Passing Observations 207

  1. ‘If this false crisis ever ends waiting lists for urgent surgery are going to be years long. Millions will be waiting for life-saving surgery, radiotherapy and so on.’ Vernon Coleman May 2020 (From the book Covid-19: The Greatest Hoax in History.)
  2. I recently suggested that the best way to avoid bad films and books is to look to see if they’ve been favourably reviewed by The Guardian. A good review from The Guardian is a guarantee that you won’t like whatever it is. It has been pointed out to me that I wrote reviews for The Guardian. This is true, I’m afraid. But I was 18-years-old at the time and didn’t know any better.
  3. Fresh on the heels of its plan to turn patients’ homes into virtual hospital wards (the main difference being that patients at home get better food) and to allow pharmacists to replace GPs, comes a plan to offer men blood pressure checks while they’re having their hair cut. Brilliant. Where will this end? Maybe bin men could do a little light brain surgery in between collecting the rubbish?
  4. ‘It wasn’t that we simply criticised evils as we saw them and supported movements of reform; we felt such an overwhelming sense of incalculable evil that we were helplessly unhappy.’ – George Mallory.
  5. In 1917, there were 37 daily newspapers in London. Now there are none – though there are a few advertising and propaganda sheets available.
  6. During the First World War, while millions of men were dying in rat infested trenches, munitions workers went on strike, often for trivial reasons, and stopped producing shells and bullets. Soldiers who had often not had any leave for over a year knew they’d be shot if they downed rifles or left their posts. It is difficult not to compare what happened then to what is happening now, as well-paid hospital consultants strike for more money.
  7. There was much cheering in the mainstream media when it was announced that food inflation had fallen to 11.5%. What most experts don’t seem to realise is that this doesn’t mean that food prices are falling by 11.5% it means that they are now only rising by 11.5%.
  8. ‘If someone found a cheap, safe cure (for covid-19) then it would be demonised and banned until an expensive, patented cure could be found and made available at great profit. If you think I am being cynical then that’s because you haven’t been writing about the drugs industry for half a century.’ – Vernon Coleman (May 2020) from Covid-19: The Greatest Hoax in History
  9. Why do so many millionaire sports stars and music stars insist on making extra money from advertising and sponsorship? It looks tacky and the only explanation I can think of is ‘greed’.
  10. How many people know that Dr Jonas Salk, famous for his polio vaccine, was also the author of a book entitled ‘The Survival of the Wisest’. I read the whole thing so that you don’t have to and I doubt if it would have been published at all if the author hadn’t had something of a reputation as a scientist. Here is a sample section: ‘If human life is to express as much harmony, constructiveness and creativity as are possible for fulfilling the purpose of life, as ‘required’ by Nature, and the purposes in life, as ‘chosen’ by Man, attitude will be needed, not of Man ‘against’ Nature, but of Man ‘inclusive with’ Nature. A more reasonable attitude would be for Man to ‘serve himself’ without regard for, or at the expense of, Nature and others.’ Hmm. Clarity was perhaps not Dr Salk’s main talent. He did also write (and this was in 1973) ‘Mutations’ as here defined, would also be produced by the introduction, either naturally or experimentally, of a virus into a sperm or egg cell, the genetic information of which would then be incorporated in either the DNA or the RNA and transmitted. Such new information might be advantageous or disadvantageous. Nevertheless, it would be transmitted hereditarily, having become part of the organism, whose survival value would then be tested in the process of natural selection.’ And now you can sit up and start to ponder.
  11. ‘If Liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’ – George Orwell
  12. War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.
  13. ‘The higher aims of ‘technological progress’ are money and ease. And this exalted greed for money and ease is disguised and justified by an obscure, cultish faith in ‘the future’. We do as we do, we say, ‘for the sake of the future’ or ‘to make a better future for our children’. How we can hope to make a good future by doing badly in the present, we do not say.’ – Wendell Berry in ‘Feminism, the Body and the Machine’.
  14. ‘If you are unhappy with an investment sell it now. Don’t wait. Don’t say that you will only sell it if you get a certain price. Sell now.’ – Vernon Coleman in Moneypower (which is packed with the best investment advice I could put together).
  15. In the last couple of years there has been an increase in the number of patients suffering from allergy problems. You would have to be an idiot not to suspect that the increase in allergy problems is related to the covid-19 vaccination programme.
  16. I don’t include references in my books (to keep down the costs) but I always try to include enough information to make it relatively easy for any sensible reader to be able to check out information in which they have an additional interest. And in some books I include lists of some of the reference books I have used. There is, for example, a useful bibliography at the back of my new book Their Terrifying Plan.
  17. Edward Mendelson (in the New Republic, February 22 1988) speaks of `the office worker whose computer keystrokes are monitored by the central computer in the personnel office, and who will be fired if the keystrokes per minute figure doesn’t match the corporate quota’. That was social credit in practical action back in 1988. If you want to know more about social credit (and it is a terrifying prospect) read my book: Social Credit: Nightmare on Your Street.
  18. Cyntha Koeter (of the utterly vital, fact-packed ‘Fall of the Cabal’ series of videos) has written an essential book titled ‘All About the Children – Part 1’. For details go to The book costs just 16 euros and is packed with crucial information about how children are being (mis) treated in modern society. Parents and teachers should read it immediately, if not sooner.
  19. An American man, upset because of a row with his girlfriend, cut a hole in his waterbed, stuck his head through the hole and drowned himself.
  20. Crap expands to fill the time you were hoping to spend on something more worthwhile. For a more comprehensive and fulsome look at what I’ve learned in life, take a look at my book 101 Things I Have Learned. You will, I hope, be surprised and even amused.