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Omicron, fundamentalist politics & internment camps in the Australian Covid story compost

Well, it’s more ups and downs from the illness isle, Australia. In our latest video offering we foreground positive responses and expose political fundamentalism, we sing along with a well meaning choir and we offer, yet again, a completely alternative microbiome narrative to the unfolding police state dystopia that is Victoria.

References (in order of appearance):

https://artistasfamily.is/
https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/10/3596
https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n623
https://www.worldobesity.org/resources/resource-library/covid-19-and-obesity-the-2021-atlas
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-at-a-glance-2-october-2021
Life expectancy Australia (Google)
https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2021/06/25/australian-data-answers-key-questions-about-covid19-mortality.html
https://www.abs.gov.au/articles/covid-19-mortality-1
The Guardian – Omicron variant first 2 cases
news.com WHO states omicron spreaders
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwef0i8SCZ4&t=584s
https://www.who.int/health-topics/cardiovascular-diseases#tab=tab_1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52S15-YJpxc&t=127s
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2114228
https://theathletic.com/2963733/2021/11/19/someone-collapses-football-pitch-every-four-days/
https://www.vicbar.com.au/news-events/media-release-%E2%80%93-victorian-bar-says-amendments-pandemic-bill-fall-short
https://www.multiplex.global/projects/centre-for-national-resilience/
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/is-the-mickleham-quarantine-facility-a-200-million-white-elephant-20211014-p58zxj.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGFdWcJU7-0&t=30s
https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/4766/centre-for-national-resilience-melbourne-project-quarantine-facility
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262415v1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A89CmMHcBtw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TFKkbj01NQ&t=921s

We hope this offering adds to your personal Covid compost and helps enable more nuanced conversations, which are the antidote to propaganda, shame-labelling and division. Signing off with love, Artist as Family.

Leaky facts (more Covid misinformation?)

In this week’s research we dive into the unfolding scientific literature concerning community transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and find some mind-blowing material that is not currently part of the official Covid narrative.

Please let us know what you think. Does this material change anything for you? Are leaky vaccines extending the life of the pandemic and do they potentially cause more harm to vulnerable people?

The following links are our references, in order of appearance:

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-09/210919%20-%20Burnet%20Institute%20-%20Vic%20Roadmap.pdf
https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002198
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-at-a-glance-2-october-2021
https://www.abs.gov.au/articles/covid-19-mortality-1
https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n623
https://www.science.org/content/article/could-some-vaccines-make-diseases-more-deadly
https://www.who.int/healthsystems/publications/GEVIT_Regional_Workshop_REPORTrev1_25April2016.PDF?ua=1
https://www.voiceforscienceandsolidarity.org/
https://www.livemint.com/news/world/reinfections-three-times-more-likely-with-omicron-covid-19-variant-study-11638488605969.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-06/omicron-netherlands-origins-and-strategy-to-control-it/100668682
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(21)00036-0/fulltext
https://theconversation.com/your-unvaccinated-friend-is-roughly-20-times-more-likely-to-give-you-covid-170448
https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/coronavirus/watch-live-vic-health-officials-to-provide-covid19-update/news-story/863cdc24d57dd787251a8ccff26b5ec5
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanepe/article/PIIS2666-7762(21)00258-1/fulltext
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02854-3
https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/news/omicron-variant-made-10-billion-in-a-week-for-top-moderna-and-pfizer-shareholders/
https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/wait-what-fda-wants-55-years-process-foia-request-over-vaccine-data-2021-11-18/
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/12/omicron-covid-vaccine-booster/620936/
https://www.themandarin.com.au/144276-is-it-ethical-to-use-behavioural-insights/
https://www.vic.gov.au/behavioural-insights
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)02243-1/fulltext
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00648-4/fulltext
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC8481107/

Sending warmest regards from us here to you,

Artist as Family

Who is really part of the anti-mandate movement?

In our latest ‘what-the-hell-is-going-on’ video we dive deep into the mysterious waters lapping outside the official media tent to reveal a parallel universe of thought and intention. The Age newspaper and the broader mainstream media ensemble want us to believe these protests have a hidden, sinister agenda. Maybe they do, but we haven’t seen any evidence of it. If you haven’t been at the protests yourself and want to hear a view from the other side of the discussion, from people who were actually there, we invite you to watch our latest offering.

If you were inspired by the Freedom Keeper who spoke towards the end of the video, here is their website. They have been cancelled from Instagram for telling a different story of wellbeing during Covid. Would you trust a community group working towards community health or Mark Zuckerberg (Instagram owner with a wide array of conflicts of interest)?

And here are some broader questions we have for you in this present moment: What’s going on with political languaging and shame-labelling in Australia right now? Will the othering movement help create the sort of civil unrest that’s occurring in America? Will it help heal the wounds of polarised communities and families? Who is part of the diverse protest movement that the mainstream media don’t want you to know about? Every protest we’ve ever been to has been intentionally misinterpreted by the media be it S11, anti-fracking blockades, climate change rallies, you name it. Each time we see the media reporting on the protests (ranging from the ABC to the fully corporatised press) the same thing occurs: they do everything they can can to discredit the people coming together from all walks of life to label us all as one thing. We say, this is happening once again in these protests.

Please feel free to share your views in the comments.

We hope this post finds you in goodly spirits and in good health, and that wherever you sit within the politics of Covid, you can still hear your neighbour’s perspective and respect their difference.

With much love,

Artist as Family

Vitamin D – The lowest hanging fruit for Covid-era health, rarely picked

Hello Dear Reader,

We’ve been back for three weeks now and we are pleased to present our third video in this weekly Covid series, once again drawing on the vast medical commons that is so rich online. The first video uncovered conflict of interest in media reporting. The second drew on scientists with alternative analysis to what’s reported in the corporatised media. Now we are excited to share this third story with you as we believe it is essential information to hold in our community Covid toolkits. In this video (11 mins) we take a look at the overwhelming scientific literature pointing towards the importance of vitamin D in the unfolding Covid story, and the conspicuous absence of government health advice about vitamin D deficiency and its ‘predictor’ relationship to Covid-19 morbidity and mortality.

Well, we hope you enjoyed this video as much as we did making it. Please find below the articles we drew upon to make this video and please let us know what you think in the comments.

https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/10/3596
https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/vitamind
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00513/full
https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/103/4/1033/4662891
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC7723676/
https://www.health.vic.gov.au/publications/low-vitamin-d-in-victoria-key-health-messages-for-doctors-nurses-and-allied-health
https://content.health.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/migrated/files/collections/policies-and-guidelines/l/low_vitamin_d_info-pdf.pdf
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26864360/
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/expert-answers/coronavirus-and-vitamin-d/faq-20493088 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC4018438/

We look forward to sharing our weekly videos with you, and some of the other things we have been up to now we are back home in Djaara Country.