Hi TD - no I don't know what kind of paper BILD is - I just know it is a German paper and could see they were apologising.
However I have worked in the health services and I know, as a person who dealt with the data, picking it up and doing the processes on it to push it out the front end (ie onto the public facing websites) that some of the data I was expected to process was made up. This was a good few years before any of this Corona Virus stuff.
There were other odd things going on and I tried very hard to blow the whistle just on the fake data. But there was no one in authority who was willing to listen. In the end it was put to me like this :-
"My love, my love they will not listen to you. They will never listen. Go quietly now."
The one who said this was a seasoned IT person who was perfectly happy to take the many 100s of pounds per day he was given to sit there and watch the chaos grow. He was open about it. He did not approve of it but knew that despite his best advice and efforts the managers would not implement what was needed. So I handed in my notice and took his advice and went as a self-employed IT consultant.
My manager described the work I had done as extraordinary. He himself said there had been no one like me, so capable of dealing with the data accurately. A previous manager had said something similar - he even described it as privilege working with me. Praise that frankly took me aback because I just did my job as a faithful, loyal employee who wanted to get it right to help others and do my part.
Because I was so capable with data, it surprised me how much people like me are offered once they go as consultants. But I never did this for the money. I care about people and honesty is important to me because I know I answer to Jehovah and Jesus Christ. Let alone the fact that EVERY NHS employee is subject to the Nolan Principles - and principle number 6 is HONESTY.
It is incredibly easy to mess with data. At the most basic level you just change the column heading from apples to pears or from flu to covid.
A while back I briefly heard reports of someone advising the government who was a professor or similar. His SQL script had been examined and someone had effectively said 'this is spaghetti SQL'. What that means is the code he has put together is likely full of errors. It seems to work but he probably does not know why it works or if the results are 100% accurate (which they should be). How many people could challenge this guy? Of course I could but frankly I couldn't be bothered cause even if I prove him wrong what we facing is media induced hysteria. Bit like WT constantly saying 'you are going to die at Armageddon unless you wear a facemask,' oh no they don't say that do they. It's 'unless you lay 15 miles of cable and paint walls with a 2in paint brush and do paper rounds for us.'
Anyway my advice for ANYONE wanting to know the health situation in their area - go into the hospitals and literally count who is in there with COVID. Next learn how to test for COVID and carry out the tests yourself. Believe what your own eyes and ears tell you in real life not what you get from a screen.
If there is a pandemic going on you will hear constant ambulance sirens and there will be queues at the cemetery.
Also - regarding spaghetti SQL - those who are 8-12 years old, might get educated (as a group - ie plenty of them) with enough skills to trash that academic's SQL. But how many people will have been vaccinated by the time they grow up?
I have spoken up. That's because I care about the well being of my fellow man and woman. Yes even those who have thrown me out of what was my congregation because I knew that 1914 was wrong and I spoke up to warn others. I was thrown out because I would not shut up. If I had shut up I'd still be in now.
One elder even called me IRRATIONAL for saying that I was certain that the 3rd year of Jehoiakim's rulership was... the 3rd year of Jehoiakim's rulership.