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The (not so) independent fact checkers

Our Board member Dr Benoît Ochs was recently the target of a fact-check by Agence France-Presse (AFP), one of the major players in this field. It was about statements in a video distributed by alternative media, where he expressed his concern about the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccines. This prompted us to take a look behind the scenes of this media group. Even a very superficial investigation revealed numerous cross-connections to and financial dependencies on governments, the European Commission and NGOs. The complexity and true scope of all these networks can therefore only be touched upon in this article.

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I want to break through

Vaccine breakthroughs are currently a hotly debated topic. Such infections are not conducive to an already faltering vaccination campaign, especially not when the emerging extent of this phenomenon takes on frightening dimensions. The reactions of those responsible and those in favour of vaccination could not be more bizarre, which is why we present a few gems here.

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Adaptation and obedience (4)

Most of the time we trust our own thoughts, our own feelings or even our own perceptions. Of course, sometimes we let others convince us that we are wrong.

But how often does that happen?

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Conformity and obedience (3)

The first studies on adaptation and obedience in the late 19th century focused almost exclusively on mass phenomena.
But how are adaptation and obedience to be understood in a normal, everyday situation, without all the mass hypnosis and collective trance?

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Note on our own behalf

Lately, there seems to have been an increasing amount of speculation in about Expressis-Verbis and our intentions as a non-profit association. Obviously, we have

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Conformity and obedience (2)

When we think of conformity and obedience, most people like to think of coercion and violence. This simplistic association then gives rise to the countless references to and comparisons with dictatorship and tyranny.

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Conformity and obedience (1)

From measure to measure, from law to law, everything should get better. But the viral state of emergency just won’t stop. Could this have something to do with the spread of the coronavirus? Most certainly!

But in the first place, it also seems to be because a few black sheep are not following the shepherds and the flock. That is why we need a new viral imperative: Obedire aude!

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Conformity and obedience

In a series of at least 11 episodes, Thierry Simonelli presents you with interesting findings from the field of psychology and the sociology of obedience and adaptation.
Nathalie gives an overview of the issues addressed.

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Pandemic of the vaccinated

For some weeks now, the weekly reports of the Ministry of Health have compared the number of vaccinated and non-vaccinated/partially vaccinated people in terms of positive tests and hospitalizations. This could be equated with the evaluation of a control experiment to determine the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines. We show that the counting method used disregards the usual “ceteris paribus” principle in this context in several respects and that the calculated values accordingly provide a distorted picture of reality: at least for calendar weeks 38 and 39, the incidence rate of the vaccinated is many times higher than that of the non-vaccinated.

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The law and the hammer

While the Minister of Health endeavours to wield the ‘hammer’ of vaccine compulsion, the European Commission rules on the non-discrimination of health passes.

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OPEN LETTER ON THE AMENDING PROVISIONS OF BILL NO. 7897 OF THE COVID ACT

“The real goal revealed during the press conference: to attain a certain vaccination rate (established in a completely arbitrary way) to be able to end the anti-freedom measures. After all, the excessive discriminatory anti-freedom measures correspond to a purely political objective and not to a legitimate objective related to public health. The introduction of indirect vaccine mandates whose purpose is to give politicians an excuse to reverse their own anti-freedom decisions is not a legitimate objective.”

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Mea culpa!

I would like to thank Facebook, its well-meaning community and the kind people who denounced my post for opening my eyes to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I am pleased you are there and willing to help and will enter into a spirit of obedience.

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I cannot do it anymore

In an open letter, ARD employee Ole Skambraks speaks out against one and a half years of Corona coverage: Skambraks has worked as an editorial assistant and editor at the public broadcaster for 12 years.

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A hundred thousand ignorant people

We are told that a vaccination rate of 85% is needed for a return to “normality”. A brief analysis shows, however, that this percentage is virtually impossible to attain. On the other hand, the number of unvaccinated people will be in the six-digit range.

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1,200 ignorant people cannot be ignored

We were supposed to be separated, but we have united.
We are supposed to remain ignorant, but we have learned so much.
We are supposed to obey, but we choose freedom.
We are supposed to be afraid, but we are becoming more and more courageous.
We are told to keep our heads down, but we stand up.
We are not alone and you do not have to be either (any more)!

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Lehrer Lämpel

Zur Charakteristik der Geschwurbel-Verächter

Wenn es sich um Corona-Maßnahmen handelt, scheint jeder Wissenschaftler, jeder Politiker, aber auch jede nationale oder internationale Institution als Schwurbler zu gelten, die von der harten Linie der selbst ernannten „Verantwortungsvollen“ abweicht.

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The crisis of representative democracy (2)

The discovery of the people as political actors as we know them today is a product of the revolutions of the eighteenth century.
Democracy opens up the prospect of the plurality and change of the people, for with each new generation and each new experience, the people change.

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The Time of Crises (2)

The crisis of modernity is conceived as a “total social phenomenon”, in analogy to the medical model of the pivotal moment when the patient survives or perishes.
In the 19th century, the four major concepts of crisis emerge, with which we interpret, manage and instrumentalize crises until now.

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Democratic representation and its crisis (1)

Modern democracy is a political form characterised by representation and by the principle of popular sovereignty.
It requires a lively exchange between representatives and the represented, between the state and civil society, in order to express and implement the will of the people.
But if this exchange is interrupted or becomes inconsistent, then there is a crisis of representation.

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The time of crises (1/3)

The 21st century has already triggered or gone through an astonishing number of crises: a crisis of globalized terrorism, economic crises, an ecological crisis, migration crises, debt crises and now a health crisis that will probably precipitate another economic and sovereign debt crisis.

However, the inflationary use of the concept of “crisis” has also meant that one is no longer sure what the concept of “crisis” actually means any more or what it refers to. An opportunity, therefore, to pick up the historical thread of the concept of crisis.

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The children of the pandemic

From 22 February 2021, masks were compulsory in schools. This was justified by an assessment of the epidemiological situation in a press conference of the Ministry of Education on 12 February. A critical examination of this argumentation leads to the question of the proportionality of the measure, and a brief harm-benefit analysis brings to light the fundamental problem of one-sided political decision-making. Are the children ultimately victims of instrumentalization?

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Invasion of the Mutants

Forecasts Professor Dr John P. A. Ioannidis of Stanford University, one of the world’s leading epidemiologists [1], has always viewed scientific research with a

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Dr. Benoît Ochs

16 June 2021 was a special day for the Expressis-Verbis team and, on a more symbolic level, perhaps also for the health policy situation

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A plea for freedom

A contribution from one of our donor members in the context of an email exchange about support for our organisation. Editor’s note We were

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The small arrangements of a large-scale testing

In the international competition for the best anti-epidemic strategy, Luxembourg was supposed to become a role model.
With 42.9 % of infections avoided, the small country would have avoided a major health and economic catastrophe through a large-scale testing programme.
At least that is what the politicians and their scientists unanimously proclaim. But what about the science that informs this health policy?
A critical examination of the scientific study and its context reveals a somewhat more entangled picture than the proponents of “evidence-based” policy pretend.

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Incidence for everybody

In the search for a “reliable” indicator for assessing the current epidemiological situation, pretty much every possible and impossible variable has been used over

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Pandemic 2020?

Population data for Luxembourg, ordered by age and sex, can be downloaded from https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/population-demography-migration-projections/data/database. Death figures from 1980 to today, ordered by age and

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