Why did Australians choose to get vaccinated against Covid-19? Did they really choose?

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Why did Australians choose to get vaccinated against Covid-19? Did they really choose?


Discernable guest Clare Pain is a medical journalist who wrote educational material for doctors throughout the pandemic and after noticing strange and sudden changes in her industry she started to investigate matters.

In particular, she wanted to know whether valid consent was received for Covid-19 injections in Australia and her workplace declined the idea, she commissioned her own survey of 27,000 Australians. The quantitative results are presented in our longform interview with Clare but she also received a large amount of qualitative data.

Here are the free-form responses she received from Australians describing why they received injection(s).

The reasons range broadly over 25 minutes and are presented in categories. They should be read in conjunction with the Australian Immunisation Handbook and Article 6 of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.

The statements on screen are raw and uncensored and do not necessarily represent the views of Discernable or Clare Pain. The full interview with Clare Pain: https://discernable.io/why-did-australians-choose-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid-19-did-they-really-choose/

Some observations:

  • From those who felt coerced or forced, there seems to be a lot of anger expressed toward governments but not much toward other Australians who willingly wanted one of the Pfizer/AstraZeneca/Moderna/Novavax products.
  • From those who willingly wanted one of the Pfizer/AstraZeneca/Moderna/Novavax products, there seems to be a lot of anger expressed toward other Australians who were less willing.
  • There is a surprisingly high amount of misinformation such as believing Australian laws automatically gave mask exemptions for the vaccinated, or that you could travel further than 5kms from home in Melbourne if vaccinated.
  • There is a sizeable number of people who altruistically made the effort to protect their community, family or other group.
  • There is an overwhelming pattern of being forced by authority figures: employers, judges, medical professionals denying treatment etc.
  • Much of the pressure seems to be second order effects of government mandates ie social, work or bureaucratic threat be denied some part of normal life even in spheres where discretion was available (privately enforced mandates).
  • The classical reason for vaccinating (to protect yourself through acquired immunity against a disease) constituted a minor percentage of the responses.

Clare Pain: Medical Journalist Writing For Doctors Throughout the Pandemic

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Clare Pain: Medical Journalist Writing For Doctors Throughout the Pandemic

1hr 51min

11 August 2022

Clare Pain is a medical journalist. During the first two years of the pandemic her work involved writing up scientific papers for doctors in Australia – to keep them up to date with the science.

She started to notice some strange changes to the culture of the medical profession and medical journalism in Australia and had increasing doubts about the way the pandemic was being handled by governments. She was particularly disturbed by mandates for vaccination and the TGA’s approach to ivermectin. She left her job in December 2021 which freed her to carry out the Australian Survey of Reasons for COVID-19 Vaccination – a survey of nearly 27,000 people.

Clare’s personal journey includes being laughed at in an Australian hospital in February 2020 for wearing too much PPE (masks and gloves), and anxiously awaiting Covid-19 vaccinations, to January 2022 in Sheffield, England where she tried – unvaccinated – to catch COVID-19 to acquire immunity. It was three months before she was successful.

In this interview we discussed:

  • Behind the scenes of medical journalism throughout the pandemic
  • The differences between UK and Australian culture
  • The Australian ban on Ivermectin for COVID-19
  • Pharmaceutical companies’ conflicts of interest
  • The Australian Survey of Reasons for COVID-19 Vaccination

Note: The 25 minute long credits to this interview display raw statements from Clare’s survey where Australians shared why they received a C-19 vaccination. The statements on screen are uncensored and do not necessarily represent the views of Discernable or Clare Pain.

The IRS Goes BEAST Mode

The IRS Goes BEAST Mode

10 August 20221 Minutes

Matt Wong

Founder and Editor

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is going BEAST MODE in the USA and massively clamping down on the population.

This is relevant for our Australian and international audience because as is so common in law and policy, politicians often take inspiration from, and justify their policy through, moves made in similar countries.


Falsely named the 'Inflation Reduction Act', the laws include 'the biggest burst of spending in U.S. history to tackle global warming - about $370 billion' and other gargantuan spending programs including a more than doubling of the IRS. The claim is that an increase of 80,000 IRS Agents is required to go after tax-dodging billionaires but the data suggests the opposite (see infographic).


Even the government's own Congressional Budget Office admits that the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will not reduce inflation. The Act passed the upper house 51 votes to 50 and is expected to easily pass the lower house before being signed into law by President Biden.


Will we see similar a similar corruption of meaning and definition in policies and laws here in Australia or will the media and population fight back against doublespeak?


*Data is taken from the actual Inflation Reduction Act and commentary by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Ken Phillips: The Attack on Australia's Self Employed

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Ken Phillips: The Attack on Australia's Self Employed

1hr 40min

8 August 2022

Ken Phillips is the founder and executive director of Self Employed Australia. He joined Discernable to lay out the long history of governments and powerful interests attacking the right of Australians to remain self-employed.

Ken dived deep into the basis of commercial contracts upon which self-employed Australians rely versus the encroachment of employment contracts that everyone is being pushed into.

We discussed:

  • The Albanese government forcing gig contractors and self-employed to be classified as ’employees’ and imposing all of the associated compliance measures
  • The difference between earning your money through commercial contracts vs employment contracts
  • The historical balance between self-employed and institution-employed
  • Predictions of future power struggles for employment
  • The corruption in Australian states, judiciaries and police forces
  • Obvious momentums in Victoria against Daniel Andrews

The People's Project Season 6 Episode 12: How Woke Can You Get?

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The People's Project Season 6 Episode 12: How Woke Can You Get?

1hr 28min

5 August 2022

In this week’s episode of The People’s Project:

The moment the Indigenous Voice to Parliament died – is Senator Lidia Thorpe showing guts or will her disrespect scuttle the referendum?

7 NRL players refuse to wear ‘Pride’ jerseys and the world loses their mind. But if you are Muslim and play in the AFLW, it’s totally fine.

Hollywood studios continue to lose massive amounts of money on woke movies. Is it a pattern?

Claims that antidepressants don’t work the way we’ve been sold. Have we just been taking placebos?

Scandal of fabricated Alzheimer’s research used to generate billions in profits. Are we surprised?

The Australian Government spends up on propaganda street signs

The Commonwealth Bank is just the latest to suddenly ‘forget’ about mandates

The Victorian Liberal Party referred to Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, the Victorian Electoral Commission, The VIC Ombudsman and IBAC over ‘secret scheme to breach donation laws’







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Bhaskaran Raman: Lockdowns, Mandates and Natural Immunity in India

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Bhaskaran Raman: Lockdowns, Mandates and Natural Immunity in India


4 August 2022

Bhaskaran Raman is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has a particular interest in data analysis and has been on a mission to ‘unscare India’ since witnessing what he describes as the ‘destroying of society for our children’.

In this interview we explored the pandemic in the Indian context. I specifically wanted to hear a first hand account of Indian lockdowns, mandates, compliance, sickness and immunity, especially in the context of the poorest who suffered disproportionately.

We also discussed the class/caste system, the politicisation of data, and the psychology of the Indian population.

Edward Hore: President of Australia Cycle Alliance

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Edward Hore: President of Australia Cycle Alliance

1hr 29min

3 August 2022

Edward Hore is the founder and President of Australian Cycle Alliance, an organisation that advocates for safe and inclusive riding for anyone who decides to ride a bicycle, for any reason.

We discussed:

0:41 What is the Australian Cycle Alliance?
3:06 Programs to help people start riding
6:45 How popular is riding a bike?
10:20 Drivers vs Cyclists
16:03 When your workmates abuse you when you’re cycling
18:11 Sympathetic driving
21:00 Police attitudes toward cyclists
22:06 Edward and his son attacked by an angry driver
27:07 Dehumanising cyclists
29:40 Cycling makes better drivers
30:48 Bike riding effects on mental health
37:30 The hardest part of any ride
38:30 200km rides and a custard slice
41:40 Recreational riding
47:55 Bike share
48:49 How Matt started cycling
49:28 Getting your first bike
53:10 E-bikes
57:53 Cyclists on the road and in the way?
1:00:20 Shared bike paths and feeder routes
1:06:58 NYC prioritises people over cars
1:09:47 The downsides of cycling
1:12:16 The best way to get potholes fixed
1:18:58 Advocacy for families who have lost loved ones

Matt's Rich Custard/Ice Cream Recipe

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Matt's Rich Custard/Ice Cream Recipe


This is the creamiest custard/ice cream you will ever taste. Recipes like this are commercially unviable so impossible to find unless you make it yourself. Follow along and experience Matt’s rich custard (and ice cream!).

600ml cream (thickened cream from Woolworths is perfect)
150ml water
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup xylitol (or 1/2 cup sugar)
1/4 teaspoon guar gum (only if proceeding to ice cream)
Large pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (alcohol base)
1 vanilla bean (optional)

Silicon spatula
Glad wrap
Digital temperature probe
Ice cream maker (only if proceeding to ice cream)

1. Mix guar gum evenly through xylitol/sugar (guar gum only required for ice cream).
2. Combine cream, water, salt, xylitol mix and vanilla, in a pot.
3. While gently stirring, heat pot to fully dissolve ingredients (about 60C is fine)
4. Allow pot to cool below ~50C while preparing egg yolks in a mixer bowl.
5. Gently whisk egg yolks while dribbling cream mix in. Dribble slowly at first to prevent heat-shocking the eggs, gradually speeding up pouring in the remaining liquid.
6. Pour liquid mix into a pot through a sieve to remove any lumps of egg and guar gum.
7. Add butter and scraped vanilla bean seeds to custard and heat to an absolute maximum of 83C, making sure to slow down heat and stir well as you approach 80-83C.
If any part of the mixture gets to 85+ it will set and make a lumpy custard!

8. Once 83C is reached, cool custard quickly to get it out of the danger zone (75C+)

Hot custard is now ready to eat, or proceed to the next step.

9. FOR COLD CUSTARD: pour into a bowl and cover with glad wrap, pressing the glad wrap down to touch the surface of the custard, which will prevent condensation and skins forming. Cool for hours in a refigerator.

10. FOR ICE CREAM: pour cold custard (refrigerate overnight) into your ice cream maker and follow the instructions. The colder the custard to begin with, the better the ice cream.

11. Remove ice cream from maker which will be at soft serve consistency. Freeze overnight for a hard, supermarket style ice cream.

Ice cream too hard/soft after freezing overnight? Adjust cream/water ratio. Higher fat = softer final result. More water = firmer ice cream.

Still can’t get ice cream soft enough? Cheat by adding a dash of vodka before churning in ice cream maker.

Icicles in your ice cream? You didn’t freeze the custard fast enough. Make sure the mix is cold as possible before churning.

Grainy ice cream? Your temperatures are wrong. Either you went too hot in the final cook separating some of the fats and creating a grainy texture. OR you didn’t dissolve all the ingredients properly in the first cook – heat higher and longer.