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Saturday 10 October 2020

Great Barrington Declaration IS A SHAM

Jeffrey Tucker, editorial director of the American Institute for Economic Research, reassured his followers this morning that “The admins of [The Great Barrington Declaration] have been working scrupulously all day and have found a 0.1% false positive rate on signatures (mostly due to trolls who announced themselves on Twitter). The attacks are desperate at this point”. He was aware his employer’s credibility was at stake.

But not everyone agreed with him, and the ease with which false signatories could be added was becoming clear. Nafeez Ahmed, who you can tell as he’s a doctor, explained “The Great Barrington Declaration claiming to represent over 5,000 medical & public health scientists to promote herd immunity from #COVID19 is a gigantic fraud. Here's how I know. To test it out, *I* signed it pretending to be such a scientist with a Harvard degree”.

Do go on. "There are no meaningful standards, checks or controls for new 'scientists' signing Declaration in addition to original signatories. I used the name 'Mad Scientist', masqueraded as Professor, faked my Harvard PhD, and used a Zipcode from New York University School of Medicine … My fake profile … [allowed] me to receive a simple email verification to get my 'Medical & Public Health' scientist signatory status confirmed”.

Lee Ewen noted “It’s also been signed by Dr Harold Shipman. Dr Ivor Fakename, Dr Johnny Bananas and Dr I P Freely. As well as Dr Dominic Cummings”. Maria Einhorn signed in as Dr Billy Horrible, United States Supervillain. One Tweeter “signed it as Dr Crippin and Dr Knox of Burke and Hare fame”. And Dean Morrison wanted the world to know that “I just successfully signed as Professor Donald Duck”.

As Sir Sean nearly said, I think we got the point. More seriously, the President of the Academy of Medical Sciences has denounced the declaration as “unethical and simply not possible”. Sky News “found 18 self-declared homeopaths listed on the open letter as medical practitioners … signed by well over 100 therapists, including massage therapists, hypnotherapists, psychotherapists and one Mongolian Khöömii Singer”.

Could it get worse? You betcha, says Sarah: after one Tweeter mused “this smells of the Koch Brothers”, Byline Times revealed that the Great Barrington Declaration really did smell of the Koch Brothers: “Documents seen by Byline Times confirm that the Great Barrington Declaration advocating a ‘herd immunity’ approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has been sponsored by an institution embedded in a Koch-funded network that denies climate science while investing in polluting fossil fuel industries”. There was more.

The latest available IRS documents reveal that in 2018, the AIER received $68,100 for 'General Operating Support' from the Charles Koch Foundation … All [the AIER’s] climate change related reports and commentaries are studiously dedicated to downplaying the severity of climate risks and obfuscating the science around human exploitation of oil, gas and coal in driving current global warming levels”. Well, well.

Charles Koch

It looked like the same tactics used with smoking and climate change - creating a “scientific divide”, pushing the “both sides” argument. There was a good reason for that.

The Great Barrington Declaration is a sham. What you will not read in the right-wing press.

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Anonymous said...

The biggest proof of it being entire fraudulent is that it is being promoted by Isobel oakshitt and the usual line of pigshit pokers ... Lozzzzza faux, tobes -wish I had a real job- young, dickie tyce, farage al ... oh and Ian-have you bought and read my new book yet- dale .... all of em drain hole covers of notoriously high order

Anonymous said...


Yet another far right propaganda effort....Who'da thought it?

Well, me for starters.��

Arnold said...

Dr John Watson has just signed it. (Whistles nonchalantly.

gillette said...

Has Dr Shipman signed it yet. Allegedly

Anonymous said...

Puzzling article in the DM today. Apparently the guy writing it had two separate professional colleagues kill themselves due to the existential despair of lockdown. Both of whom had no mental health problems but decided to end it all.

Then we read on and find out is a plug for... the Great Barrington Declaration.



Anonymous said...

The establishment don't like being challenged. Perhaps the fake signatures are designed to undermine the valid argument it presents. They can easily be weeded out. The virus will never go away so we need to live with it and not destroy every we all enjoy. The fallout from the restrictions in terms of delayed treatment missed illnesses and mental health will be far greater than the virus. The government of the UK needs to look after the whole country and it has failed miserably. In two years time the 84 year old who has been saved from covid will be dead but the 45 year old who couldn't get timely treatment for cancer because the NHS has shutdown to all but covid will also be dead. Tragic for the UK.

Anonymous said...

Dr Gammon is back and brandishing his advanced degrees in both Economics and Epidemiology from the University of Assfacts.

Anonymous said...

Hear hear. All the criticism is of the people, the website etc. Much more difficult to criticize the content.

Anonymous said...

Aw bless, Dr Gammon has himself a sockpuppet to agree with him. Pity he doesn't realise the two accounts need to have different names in order to be at all convincing. LMAO.

Bugunc said...

It isn’t the names tha you can’t confirm or seem fraudulent but rather the names you know are not. The names and the accolades that they represent is quite impressive. It’s hard to imagine any document they would be supporting would not also be supported by many health experts. Even if the document was signed by only one health expert it wouldn’t matter because the data is in. All bets have been called. The views espoused in the Barrington Document have been tested. Critics of the document have had their ideas refuted.? The Barrington Document has been put into practice and proven to be the most effective way to handle this pandemic.

Anonymous said...


"The Barrington Document has been put into practice and proven to be the most effective way to handle this pandemic". Please provide a link to the data together with an outline of the methodology used. Otherwise we'll have to conclude you're talkinng shite.

When even Matt Hancock can eviscerate your claims, you know they're bollocks. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/13/hancock-turns-on-tory-lockdown-sceptics-ahead-of-key-covid-votes