Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Posts appear Monday & Wednesday.

40 Days in Brazil

Forty thousand Brazilians have died of the coronavirus in the past 40 days.

June 24, 2020

Financial Conflicts & the Retracted COVID Research

Lead author, paid by drug companies, gives the all-clear to products those companies sell. World’s leading medical journal fails transparency test.

June 22, 2020

Retracted Papers Written by Journal VIP

The lead author of two retracted COVID-19 papers is editor-in-chief of an Elsevier medical journal.

June 17, 2020

What Went Wrong in Massachusetts?

State hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus.

June 10, 2020

Staggering Death Rate in 7 US States

American deaths per million equal or exceed Europe’s worst-hit nations in several locales.

June 3, 2020

Fantasy Wish List Masquerades as Climate Poll

Green lobby group invites public to endorse green fantasies.

June 1, 2020

When Government Tells You Whose Balls to Touch

First came the virus. Then new rules for recreational tennis.

May 27, 2020

Racism, Magical Thinking & the Coronavirus

Rather than quarantining travelers, our leaders chose a course of action that led to entire countries being locked down. 

May 25, 2020

This Blog Will Return May 20th

In the interim, I recommend this brilliant essay on what the coronavirus has taught us.

April 22, 2020

Civil Liberties, the Economy & Typhoid Mary

Let us not be cavalier about the coronavirus. Let us pay proper respect to the dead.

April 20, 2020

Belgium: Coronavirus Hotspot

The death toll you’ve heard almost nothing about.

April 15, 2020

Inside America’s Hospitals

The coronavirus is straining the healthcare systems of the richest nations in the world.

April 8, 2020

How NYC’s Leaders Betrayed the Public

Medical bureaucrats wrapped themselves in the cloak of science. They said the battle was against paranoia, misinformation & stigma. Thousands have now perished.

April 6, 2020

Why Homemade Masks Make Sense

Coronavirus deaths follow choir practice. A grassroots, homemade-masks-for-all movement gathers steam. 

April 1, 2020

Losing Doctors on the Battlefield

170 61 physicians have died in Italy. They’re also dying in France, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

March 30, 2020

The Virus and the Fires

When things are dire, humans accomplish amazing feats.

March 25, 2020

Protect Hospital Staff, Or Healthcare Collapses

Doctors on the front lines are shouting from the rooftops.

March 23, 2020

Best Coronavirus Memes

Humour is our secret weapon.

March 18, 2020

From Valentine’s to Friday the 13th

Four weeks ago, we lived in a different world.

March 16, 2020

Italy’s Hospital Meltdown

Coronavirus has turned hospitals into war zones, say Italian doctors. 

March 11, 2020

So You Thinks SARS Was No Big Deal (Part 1)

Canada was the only country outside Asia in which people died from the SARS coronavirus. A doctor and two nurses were among its victims. All three were in their 50s.

March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Math: The Number I’m Watching

How are different countries coping? What is the case fatality rate?

March 4, 2020

When Is A Pandemic Not A Pandemic?

The World Health Organization is playing games.

February 26, 2020

Cancel Culture Hits Medical Journals

Anti-meat experts ask external bodies to suppress rival research.

January 27, 2020

About Those Nitrates in Our Food

Your salad contains more nitrates than a bacon sandwich.

September 9, 2019

Suicide Crisis, Climate Propaganda

How can zero deaths be a ‘health emergency’?

July 15, 2019

Diabetes, Doctors & Real World Results

Some people are ‘curing’ their Type 2 diabetes by changing what they eat.

June 3, 2019