January 14, 2023     ₿lockheight: 771,861


We’re one tragedy away from pitchforks & torches…

“No one must ever ask where another rabbit was, and anyone who asked ‘Where?’ – must be silenced.”

In the story Watership Down a group of rabbits flee their home warren of Sandleford, ahead of its imminent destruction at the hands of real estate developers. They set out looking for a safe, new home and among their adventures they encounter another warren called Cowslip. There, all the rabbits are uncharacteristically large, affable and seemingly well fed. For awhile, the Sandleford rabbits think they’ve found a safe haven.

There’s only one problem: every once in awhile one of the the rabbits goes missing. It turns out the entire warren is on a farmer’s land who feeds and otherwise takes care of them, but then sets out snares and traps them from time to time for their pelts.

There is only one rule at Cowslip’s Warren, nobody is allowed to ask or talk about any of the missing rabbits.

I want everybody reading this to think of two numbers from asking you two questions:

Question #1) How many people do you know who died of COVID?

I first started hearing rumblings of a new Coronavirus emerging out of China in January 2020 (although it looks now like COVID was already circulating throughout the world by mid-2019).

When I got wind of it, I was emailing friends and colleagues to get N95 masks and to stock up on groceries and medications. It looked bad. By February I was probably one of the first people seen around town wearing an N95 mask. In March I started running a spreadsheet using R0, fatality rates and case-doubling times that were coming out of the CDC, the WHO, and shrieking hysterics like Eric Feigl-Ding:

The famous “HMOG Tweet”.

The screen grab above is the famous “Holy Mother Of God” tweet, which is sometimes speculated as having rang the bell beginning the global COVID panic. Feigl-Ding refers to it himself as a seminal moment, and he’s also since deleted the tweet. It is archived here.

He’s still at it, btw…

When it was all unfolding, I was initially afraid. My rough model posited that by the end of May we’d have 442,368 cases with as many as 22,118 fatalities and that was just in Toronto. By the end of July, 1.7 million cases and 88,473 fatalities.

I laid out previously what happened and what turned me into a lockdown skeptic: every day I’d plug in the new case and fatality numbers from the city, the province and federal levels and by the end of May I realized that my model was bust. By fall I knew that case numbers were bullshit (it didn’t matter how many people tested positive on a PCR test) and that lockdowns were a bigger problem than the virus.

There weren’t going to be 88K fatalities across the entire country, let alone Toronto (the official fatality count now for all of Canada is 49.5K – and we also now know that most of those, upwards of 90%, were with COVID and not from COVID. Toronto had about 3.7K total fatalities in over two years).

I naively thought this was good news. Surely everybody was looking at the data and surely everybody could see by mid-summer, that even adjusted for seasonality and expecting another wave in the fall, this was nowhere near the THERMONUCLEAR LEVEL EVENT certain prognosticators were promoting.

We all know what happened instead: by fall it had become a full fledged religion and well on its way to mass formation psychosis.

But in the early innings of that, when it looked really bad, I figured it meant that probably about once per week we’d be hearing about somebody within our extended family, circle of friends or colleagues who would die from this. Ditto for celebs, the evening news would be saturated with odes and tributes to noteworthy people who were just felled by COVID. Maybe one or more of my immediate family would die from this. Maybe I would. It was scary.

From our vantage point here in early 2023, I can only think of three celebrities who died with COVID: John Prine, Herman Cain, and much to the delight of the zerocovid lunatics: Meatloaf.

On January 1st, 2022 I surmised that the pandemic was mostly over. During the main run of COVID I did lose about four people within my social circle, none from COVID or even with COVID. That figure doesn’t count another two people I knew about in my area who committed suicide under lockdowns.

So without diminishing the tragedy of any of those 49K Canadians who succumbed with COVID, my number for the first question is zero.

Question #2) How many people do you know who died “suddenly and unexpectedly” over the last 18 months?

Recall how I was expecting to be hearing at least once a week about relatives, acquaintances and colleagues that had died from COVID, but instead didn’t hear anything.

However, when it comes to relatives, friends and acquaintances who have suddenly and unexpectedly dropped dead of a heart attack or some other unanticipated medical event, over the last year to 18 months or so… well that’s a different story.

Three. That’s people in my phone contacts. People I was talking to one day or one week and who were dead the next, add one more for someone I knew from yesteryear who was suddenly and unexpectedly a trending hashtag on Twitter.  None of these people were fighting a terminal diagnosis or dealing with “The Big C”. They were just running around, living their lives, and then they weren’t.

Before COVID, before the vaccines, there was always the odd account of somebody dying unexpectedly – maybe one every couple of years. As you age, more people you know pass away, but usually there’s an arc to it: a diagnosis, a treatment, then the passing.  I knew one person who died “suddenly and unexpectedly” in January 2020, and it was the first sudden death in my circle in years.

I’m no statistician, but four people I know personally joining the ranks of the “sudden and unexpected” (three of them coronaries), within the span of a little over a year… well that seems a little weird. The reason I think these all have a common thread through them, is three of the four of these people, I would describe as ideologically committed to COVID. They all had their doses and in most cases, their boosters (or at least had a lot more trust in the process than I do now. As somebody who took two doses of Pfizer, I guess I was one of those people too).

One of them  I’m unsure of their status, so all I have there is the sudden massive heart attack.

In my case, the number for the second question is four.

Which of your numbers is bigger?

When will the corporate media face the music?

In the curious case of the corporate media we have an inversion of sorts which points at a type of hyper-normality in the world (the prevailing official narrative is so absurd and obviously untrue that it takes an act of intentional neurosis to believe it).

I remember when COVID hit, here in Canada there was this one video clip of a body being taken out of a house as announcers breathlessly hyperventilated about the spread of the virus. It was the same video clip and it was reused for weeks, months even.

What is the MSM not amplifying?

They are dutifully ignoring the wave of sudden deaths among our youngsters, children and even middle aged adults. We have video montages circulating on Youtube and Rumble of the endless barrage of people dropping during live streams and sporting events, but for some reason these aren’t being run on endless loop up by the MSM.

In the last few months this tempo of young adults dying suddenly seems to have quickened, and a requirement for being vaccinated or even boosted seems to be a common factor across many of them.

The phenomenon of athletes dropping on the field gives us a bit of a petri dish, because nearly all organized sporting leagues implemented a vaccine requirement on its athletes in order to participate.

I don’t want to cycle through the litany of victims of these tragedies. If you search them up via Google you’ll just get first page results of Reuters funded “fact-checks” explaining why the vaccines have nothing to do with it, or MSM pieces blaming this epidemic of “Sudden Adult Death Syndrome” on climate change and kids having heart attacks from playing video games.

Siri? Explain “gaslighting”


If you can wind your way through all the fact-checks and debunking, you can find the odd mainstream piece that actually looks at the possibility. In September, Science Magazine almost grudgingly admitted,

“COVID-19 vaccines do have a rare but worrisome cardiac side effect. Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle that can cause chest pain and shortness of breath, has disproportionately struck older boys and young men who received the shots. Only one out of several thousand in those age groups is affected, and most quickly feel better. A tiny number of deaths have been tentatively linked to vaccine myocarditis around the world. But several new studies suggest the heart muscle can take months to heal, and some scientists worry about what this means for patients long term. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered vaccinemakers Pfizer and Moderna to conduct a raft of studies to assess these risks.”

Baseless, my ass.

If you want to look at some actual data on Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting or actuarial data coming out of insurance companies, or actual peer reviewed research papers, or absolute excess mortality data comparing Covid to vaccine deployment, I  would recommend Edward Dowd’s “Cause Unknown”, which is a depressing read. From it we can just pull some raw data that presents a pretty compelling case that no matter what is really happening, ignoring it is an act of journalistic malpractice:

Via OpenVaers.com

We know now via the various Twitter Files dumps that Big Tech has been taking their orders from the government, intelligence agencies and Big Pharma (a.k.a The Pharmatrocracy) all along. Should we just assume the corporate press has been as well?

This would explain why instead of undertaking Watergate level investigative reporting into legions of children, athletes and young adults suddenly dropping dead or having heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies, live on the air; we’re getting gaslighted about childhood asthma from natural gas stoves.

I have been wondering if it is possible that the perceived increase in these reports of sudden deaths is the result of a self-perpetuating loop of increased focus on these events. A kind of hysteria of its own. This is why since the onset of COVID, I’ve always tried to find numbers and data – then I follow that data where it leads me.  Often times it’s not the same place as what I’m seeing on the television screen.

Anybody can look at a graph, and provided that the data is kosher, see when something is out of whack.

This one is out of Dowd’s book and sourced with CDC data is the aggregate excess mortality rate for millennials since before the pandemic.

We know that the survival rate from COVID goes up dramatically as age comes down. The vast majority of COVID fatalities were in our elderly (many of whom were forced into localized outbreaks where they died locked down and alone).

Two things stand out:

#1) The excess death rates spike higher as the vaccines deploy, reaching their highest when mandates kick in

#2) The trend line is going the wrong direction.

Since the vaccine rollout started, the narrative around them shifted quite radically. Here’s another graph from Cause Unknown, I added the annotations (somewhat off-the-cuff, I will admit, but the overall beats are 100% accurate):

It’s the deaths attributed to COVID before and after the rollout. The vaccines were supposed to effectively drive that to zero. These shots were pitched to the public as a magic bullet, the original announcements were of “95% efficacy” (on a virus we knew by then, had a 99.95% survival rate).

It turns out now, that not only does the vaccine not confer immunity (it was more expedient to change the meaning of the word “vaccine” instead), they didn’t even test if it reduced transmission (if you try to search up either of these, you just get more pages of “fact check” articles admonishing you that whatever it is you’re looking for, it’s a nothing-burger….)

Thanks, Fact Checkers.

The entire point of  the vaccine mandates was the premise that “the vaccines stopped transmission”. Everybody said this. They are now telling you they didn’t say this, and the media, with the complicity of Big Tech are telling you it never mattered.

How can anybody be faulted for not knowing what to believe or who to trust?

With the conventional narratives being so ephemeral and one “conspiracy theory” after another being validated (lockdowns, lab leak, vaccine passports…) is it any wonder people are becoming skeptical or outright distrustful of our institutions and media?

The tempo of sudden deaths and tragedies seems to be quantifiably increasing, but policy makers, pundits and the media are mostly doubling down on vaccinations.

This article claims that before 2021 the average annual number of athletes collapsing on the field was 29, and that since 2021 that’s blown out to 1,652 (and counting). For the sake of balance, here’s the AP Fact Check telling you “there’s nothing to see here”, saying, this number “simply cites a blog, goodsciencing.com, for that figure”.

The GoodSciencing article itself derives that number from media reports of each individual incident – and has a footnote with an attribution and a link for every one, all 1,652 of them.

We’re one tragedy away from pitchforks and torches

The disconnect between what the average person on the street is seeing happen right before their eyes and what they’re being told is happening (or not happening) by paternalistic fact-checking media propagandists will soon come to a breaking point.

The only thing that can stop it is for some policymakers and pundits to start throwing the engine brake and try to get out in front of what will be an inevitable public backlash. My fear is this won’t happen.

There is too much invested: the entire regime of Digital IDs and health passports was to be built atop the COVID vaccine deployment.  Vaxports were supposed to be the official lubricant of The Great Reset. If it turns out that these things are not only ineffective but harmful, it will set The Fourth Industrial Revolution back decades.

It’s going to take a long time to rebuild public trust and probably not while any incumbents are still in office.

There are glimmers of rationality returning, where we are beginning to see some institutions reverse course instead of doubling down:

  • My alma mater, University of Western Ontario unexpectedly scrapped their vaccine mandate a few weeks after two students died suddenly in October and November. UWO not only required students to be vaccinated in order to attend on-campus classes, they even required at least one booster.
  • The US military ended all vaccine mandates last week.
  • York Region (part of the Greater Toronto Area) also ended their vaccine mandate last week. The City of Toronto this past November.

What I hope is that the tempo of this return to rationality accelerates, and mandatory vaccines are a thing of the past. Otherwise the risk increases that some kind of “George Floyd” moment occurs first. That’s when a particularly vivid tragedy strikes for all to see and it ignites the pent-up resentment, distrust and hostility into outright rage.

That won’t be good for anybody. We know what happened when the French people were told “to eat cake” until they hit a breaking point. The Terrors. Nobody was safe, the violence was undiscerning and total.

The choice we have today is between a complete moratorium on vaccine mandates and some kind of “truth and reconciliation” process to try and earn back the public trust, or something that more closely resembles pitchforks and torches (not to mention guillotines).

I think we’d all prefer the former.

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Mark E. Jeftovic

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  1. Great article, Mark! You really have so many witty turns of phrase to parse the mad world with.

    We had Andrew Bridgen MP, suspended from the ruling Tory politburo this week in the UK for citing studies on vaccine harms (he quoted a cardiologist who said vx damage was the greatest crime since the h#*=c’u%t) which got the gaslighters putting an antisemite label on him, interrupting the fact checkers from their Andrew Tate hit pieces! It makes me wonder how many more people will have the balls to speak up and make the dam finally burst. I agree that it won’t be pretty if this isn’t handled properly by authorities. The concern for now is that political classes are so utterly corrupt and discredited that nobody could trust them to fix anything or reappraise living under smaller government.

  2. Politicians, government, and technocrats, are not the only ones to worry about how they handle this moving forward. There is the underlying impact on our society, and the great divide created as a result, even within families.

    Not sure what it will take for the masses to be deprogrammed from all the fear they bought into. Its a huge feat as it would require overcoming cognitive dissonance and admitting of being duped. That feels like just a big a mountain to overcome.

    Good on you for bringing these details together. What we still need are solutions for our families, communities, society, country and nations around the world.

    But with the linking of this with the next world catastrophe, aka the climate change agenda, seems daunting and discouraging at times, as I still see too many buying into the narrative or afraid to address it, let alone raise the discussion.

  3. Great article Mark.

    Let us hope that more and more people realize that there really has been and still is an agenda to centralize control more and more. If we want freedom, we need to make efforts to stop this most dangerous trajectory.

    Truth is the antidote and decentralized actions in our own communities will help.

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  4. Just read a few of the comments. Remember Schwarb of the WEF said in interview that "there will be a lot of angry people" I think this translates to "we want a lot of angry people" A perfect excuse to lockdown society with draconian laws limiting any dissidence against government, Digital IDs digital money, limitation of travel, suspension of elections for the public good and bingo a totalitarian government handing over control to the UN, with hoards of Apparatchik scumbag minions to do their dirty work and Karen to report all descent to the narrative as more and more die. My only solace is to imagine the faces of those who were in on the scam and chose to go along when they find out they are not in the Club

  5. Let's play What if.

    What if the reason they are allowing Fentanyl to run rampant in this country
    is to help cover for excess deaths of young people from the jab?

    It gives them something else to take the blame.

    You know how they made every death with COV. turn into death FROM COV.

    Think about it…

  6. I'm beginning to think the pitchfork and torches solution is the likely scenario. That's what the Sri Lankans resorted to – wondering if they are better off now.

    The only other way out I can see comes from The Sovereign Individual – defund the politicians. I am pretty sure the wealthy and the foreign are way ahead of us in getting their money out of Canada big time – both investments and tax payments. If you went to a bank or precious metal exchange the day after the Emergency Act was turned on you could see the bank run in action.

    Meanwhile the Left is busy destroying the economy and our way of life as fast as they can. Is the Sri Lankan experience in our future? Is this part of the Leftist plan? They certainly don't seem to be concerned.

    At least articles like yours are helping to wake people up. Thanks as always for your excellent work.

  7. This is the very best writing on the subject. I would like to see the huge building of the College Of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario levelled with salt plowed in the ruins.

    I watch with interest as countless law suits wend their way by those many whose rights were summarily abrogated by entities like UWO. Imagine the evidence and cross-examination under oath.

    If the vaccine damage continues, more and more deaths. How far will authorites go to deny it? Some rats will flee the sinking ship to save themselves. Those who can spill the beans, produce the emails, documents et all of the criminal lying.

  8. They came with their Doctors and their lockdowns. Torched our economies, suffocated our lungs with masks, destroyed the minds of our children, killed and maimed us for life with poison filled needles…

    And now they want us to be thankful to the WHO for being saved…

    from a cold.

    Once the psychopaths responsible for this are swinging from lampposts, we must never forget this tyranny, and never allow it occur again.

    Always remember: it's never been about safety.


  9. MARK E. JEFTOVIC … I see you know two people who committed suicide. When I had covid (Sept '21), I had compelling and urgent suicidal thoughts. I was not vaccinatted. It was so bad it scared me. In May '22, my half brother committed suicide and it turns out he had covid when he did it. He was fully vaccinatted. All the reported unexplained suicides suddenly made sense to me. It is part of the covid flight for some and the medical industry and the government and the media are not telling us we could expect that particul flight of sumptoms.


    1. I’m sorry for your loss.

      To be clear, the two suicides were not people I knew personally, but two people I heard about in my part of town who committed suicide under lockdowns (before the vaccines). One lived within my neighbourhood the other was a restaurant owner (who presumably was put out of business by the lockdowns).

  10. Brilliant analogy to Watership Down – one of my favorite books as a child. And like so many such books, it contains truths I only dimly grasped at the time.

    The best fiction is immensely powerful.

  11. Great article – As we all know when the stats are tortured long enough they will say whatever the profiteers want them to say – Thanks for giving your take on the situation – Everyone knows the only commonality of all the athletes dying on the field is the jab no matter how the MSM covers for Big Pharma and Big Government.

  12. Sure, no guillotines. I'd rather see some sledgehammers to the head like those Russian mercenaries used on the "traitor" from their ranks. The Head Covidians are PURE EVIL and should be treated as such. NO MERCY for their criminally insane and vile crimes. If they get away with what they have done, next time will be far worse. Hell, they are already talking about, and running "simulations" for, their next bio attack.

  13. "Otherwise the risk increases that some kind of “George Floyd” moment occurs first."

    You mean something artificially created by the MSM? Yeah, I don't think that it is going to happen for the moment.

    You have learnt nothing.

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