Interesting links 30/11/23 (in lieu of a podcast!)

Unfortunately I have come down with a nasty cold, I have a headache and am running on very little sleep. So, I have decided that it’s best this week not to put myself through recording it (and you having to listen to it!) I had started preparing a segment on Christmas, so God-willing that will go out next week instead. However, I don’t want to leave you with nothing, so I have prepared a few links for you to look at instead. I’ve included a short commentary on each one.

The harm of antidepressants

Why are antidepressants so harmful? – from the Midwestern Doctor (who I’ve mentioned a few times lately).

SSRI’s (commonly known as antidepressants) are incredibly common today, and yet they have serious side effects. This article explores the problem with prescribing SSRI’s without acknowledging their downsides. They are too often seen as a miracle cure but don’t really do anything to help. I have never had to take them, but there are people close to me who have and I can bear witness to their harmful effects. The key question is, what kind of effect will the mass usage of SSRI’s have on a society?

If you use antidepressants, or know people who do, I think this would be an important read.

Young people dying of cancer

Young people dying of cancer at ‘explosive’ rates since UK jabs began, on TCW Defending Freedom.

A man called Edward Dowd, a former hedge fund manager, has done a report into the increase in deaths among young people over 2021-22. Let me quote a little of the article:

Dowd’s report confirms what Flowers and his colleagues have noticed for more than a year: ‘We’re seeing two or three times the normal rate of cancer.’

Flowers said: ‘We’re seeing younger people, we’re talking 20- and 30-year-old women, usually after they started menstruating and some form of growth promoter is going on normally, presenting with advanced tumours which are difficult to treat, but also they may have more than one tumour. Something that was rare is now relatively common.’

Perhaps most distressing, Flowers said, is the rise in the young of what some oncologists now call ‘turbo cancers’, a new term.

A few months ago, Angus Dalgleish was interviewed by John Campbell, and he said something similar. It looks like the evidence is coming in now, and it’s very concerning.

Dr Bernard Randall

A few months ago I mentioned the case of Dr Bernard Randall, the school chaplain who had been sacked (and referred to Prevent, the anti-terrorism programme) for preaching a moderate sermon in the school chapel to say that you don’t have to agree with LGBT ideology.

There have been a couple of articles about him this last week. Firstly, a piece that he wrote in The Critic: Hey, regulator, leave those teachers alone. Another piece on Christian Concern goes into more detail about his legal case against the headteacher of the school.

This whole thing does seem to be extraordinary: the idea that a chaplain who preached the doctrine of the historic church – and, indeed, the current doctrine of the Church of England – could be seen as some kind of extremist is ludicrous. That someone could be referred to the anti-terrorism programme, as well as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – which could potentially stop them working as clergy again – is wicked. Please do continue to pray for him.

Multiculturalism

Allison Pearson wrote a good piece in the Telegraph: Politicians have created a multicultural monster beyond control. Who gets the blame? We do.

She talks about the way that protestors in Dublin have been branded ‘far-right’ simply for standing against mass migration. Even when the migration causes problems, as in the stabbings last week, the problem is not the migration but the people who are demonstrating against it. It goes to show the way that the political class are living in a fantasy land.

Let me quote you a little:

Yet, the only problem the Irish authorities were prepared to admit had been caused by vast numbers of incomers is “a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment”. See what they did there? It’s your fault you’re scared, you bigots!

Repulsively, Varadkar devoted less than 10% of his post-riots press conference to the attempted slaughter of tiny children, preferring to denigrate the white working class for their racism. However, it’s getting harder and harder for globalists like him to suppress inconvenient facts about nationality and religion in order to maintain public order.

I think the elites are facing a crisis, they know their policies are failing and this is why they have to double down on labelling anyone who disagrees with them as some kind of fascist. But the truth cannot be contained, and eventually it is going to fall.

PANDA’s position on Covid Vaccines

PANDA has released an updated position statement on Covid Vaccines. It’s not long and it’s worth reading in full, not least because I think it helps to bring some sanity to the table. I’ve found over the last three years that the media gaslighting effect is so strong that it can cause you to not see the wood for the trees. What’s helpful about this piece is that it doesn’t just talk about the harmful effects of the vaccines, but it talks about the need for the vaccines in the first place.

Let me just quote you the conclusion from the article:

In other words, had we done nothing, there would have been no 2020 pandemic mentioned in the history books, using any reasonable definition of the word “pandemic”.

It follows from the above that there was no need or justification for the rollout of any novel therapeutics, including the products termed “vaccines”.

Rather than asking the question “were the vaccines needed as a response to the pandemic?” we should instead be asking “was the pandemic needed for the vaccines?”.

I have said previously that every intervention enacted by the government actually made things worse. This piece puts things into context. In particular, it helps to bring out the utter insanity of what has taken place over the last few years.

On finding sanity

A final reflection. This morning I read the passage from Mark’s gospel where Jesus restores a demon-possessed man (Mark 5:1-20). I was struck by what happens to the man:

Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man – and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

Mark 5:14-17

What hit me was the phrase “dressed and in his right mind”. The man had been driven insane by the demons, but Jesus restored him to sanity. There are shades here of what happened to Nebuchadnezzar (look up Daniel 4:34).

I think a lot of people have realised that what has happened over the last few years has been a kind of madness. Think about Douglas Murray’s book, The Madness of Crowds. The PANDA piece I mentioned above made me realise once again just how utterly insane everything has been. But what is the solution?

I think the insanity will continue unless and until we return to the Lord Jesus. He is the one who is capable of restoring us to our right minds and bringing us peace.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, the header of this piece is from Monty Python’s “intermission” music from the Holy Grail…


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