Susan Northrup, FAA's federal air surgeon, should resign: Part II
The AOPA published an op-ed containing ad hominem and completely false attacks. Wow. Is that the best they can do? I challenged the writer to a recorded discussion on his hit piece.
On Jan 23, 2023, I wrote an article calling for FAA’s Federal Air Surgeon Susan Northrup to resign. It called out 22 different reasons, even though many of the reasons cited, on their own, were sufficient to justify the call.
Instead of responding to my requests for comment to their press office, on February 22, 2023, the AOPA published a hit piece written by Dr. Brent Blue entitled “LEAVE DR. NORTHRUP ALONE IN DEFENSE OF THE FEDERAL AIR SURGEON” accusing me of making false statements and ascribing my motivation in writing the article as an attempt to get more subscribers. Wow.
Their article deliberately misses the point of my article: that the FAA isn’t investigating the pilot incidents. The article never talks about this. This is the elephant in the room.
I was alerted to the AOPA article today. I wrote the author back immediately asking for a civil dialog to resolve any misunderstandings. I doubt I’ll hear back because these people seem to never want to be held accountable for anything that they write.
This article addresses each of Brent’s allegations towards me (and selected misinformation he’s propagating) and shows that they are false.
“In my opinion, the whole issue has been created by the blogger to increase his online following so he can increase his subscription revenue.”
When I want to increase my subscription revenue, I write articles with a paywall in them. Not a single article I wrote relating to Susan Northrup has, or has ever had, a paywall.
Dr. Blue has simply provided no evidence to back up his opinion. He just made it up.
If he wanted to know why I wrote the article, he should have called Captain Bob Snow. After my initial call with Susan Northrup where she said she agreed to call Captain Snow, I called Captain Snow and discovered that nobody from the FAA has ever called him about his incident. It was right after that call that the article was written and the article highlights that event. It’s item #1. It can’t be any more clear than that.
“Vaccines are different, and most recommendations have come from the CDC and FDA. Yes, there were problems, mostly with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but even those were as close to statistically non significant as one can get.”
From the Fraiman paper which simply re-analyzes the “gold standard” phase 3 trial data:
Combined, the mRNA vaccines were associated with an excess risk of serious adverse events of special interest of 12.5 per 10,000 vaccinated (95 % CI 2.1 to 22.9); risk ratio 1.43 (95 % CI 1.07 to 1.92). The Pfizer trial exhibited a 36 % higher risk of serious adverse events in the vaccine group; risk difference 18.0 per 10,000 vaccinated (95 % CI 1.2 to 34.9); risk ratio 1.36 (95 % CI 1.02 to 1.83).
This is hardly as close to statistically non significant as one can get. These values are all statistically significant harm.
In addition, Table 1 from the Claussen paper comes to mind. p=.00001 is about as statistically significant as you’ll ever see in a paper.
That paper says:
“Results prove that none of the vaccines provide a health benefit and all pivotal trials show a statistically significant increase in “all cause severe morbidity" in the vaccinated group compared to the placebo group.
Based on this data it is all but a certainty that mass COVID-19 immunization is hurting the health of the population in general.
Scientific principles dictate that the mass immunization with COVID-19 vaccines must be halted immediately ...”
If this paper got it wrong, I’d love to hear from Dr. Blue so we can get the paper corrected. Again, this is just analyzing the Phase 3 trial data.
“The blogger used half-truths and unsupported numbers in his attack on Northrup.”
My primary attack on Northrup is that nobody called Snow or any other injured pilot. That’s the only thing that matters. She never called. If Dr. Blue shows the she “half called” Snow (whatever that means), he needs to cite evidence of that. But he completely ducks the main point.
Instead, Blue zeroes in on the most unimportant detail. He wrote:
For instance, he states that airline pilots are 40 times more likely to get blood clots than nonpilots, and without any attribution. That is like me saying airline pilots are 40 times more likely to be cheapskates than the general population. Not scientific data but just another personal observation.
Dr. Blue is just making this stuff up out of thin air. The article itself says (and has ALWAYS said) that “Pilots are 60% more likely to suffer blood clots than the general public and blood clots are a known side-effect of these vaccines.”
Last time I checked, a “60% increase” is a factor of 1.6X and is not the same as a 40X increase. I’m excited to hear how 1.6=40. This must be “doctor math” which is not taught at MIT.
He’s right. I didn’t attribute it. My mistake. I should have added a hyperlink and now I can’t find the reference. So a simple request to ChatGPT of “Are pilots more likely to develop a DVT? By how much?” gave the response:
According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, pilots and cabin crew had a slightly higher risk of developing DVT compared to the general population. The study found that the incidence of DVT was 0.47 cases per 1,000 flight years among pilots and 0.12 cases per 1,000 flight years among cabin crew, compared to 0.07 cases per 1,000 person-years in the general population.
So .47/.07= 6.71, which is a 571% increase, not 60%.
But I couldn’t find the reference that ChatGPT referred to, so I’ll take it out to eliminate points of attack.
“What do I tell people to do? I tell them I got the vaccinations, and my family has as well.”
Dr. Blue should demand to see the vaccine death-vax record data before he advises his patients. That’s what good doctors do.
It’s crystal clear that the health authorities are, as usual, keeping the data hidden. v-safe was kept under lock and key for years before Aaron Siri finally pried it loose from the CDC. The Medicare death/vax records have NEVER been released by the CDC. The BEST system death-vax records? You aren’t allowed to see those either. The VSD records? Nope, those are under lock and key. The US vax-death records? Not being shown to anyone. The UK records? Not going to release them. The New Zealand death-vax records? Nope. Not going to release them even if I pay all the costs.
Do you see a pattern here? World governments keep the data hidden and tell doctors that the COVID vaccines are safe and effective and to ignore the death-vax records. Heck, the CDC even keeps all the hundreds of events generating safety signals in VAERS hidden from public view as well.
Any doctor not calling for full data transparency of the death-vax records for the COVID vaccine is not your friend.
Dr. Blue is not your friend. He isn’t calling for data transparency. And he supports people like Dr. Northrup who willfully look the other way when a pilot is injured or killed by the COVID vaccine. This isn’t keeping the pilots or the public safe.
I’ve invited Dr. Blue to a live discussion where we can talk about these issues. He did not reply to my request. Why can’t we talk about it?
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What is causing incapacitated pilots?
My Letter to AOPA …
The FAA/Susan Northrup are in clear violation of their own rules by mandating experimental products not in use for at least one year (covid vaccines). Also, their lack of investigation of pilot vaccine injuries and deaths is appalling, to say the least. Instead of an ad hominem attack of Steve Kirsch, AOPA should have addressed his concerns, which are valid.
Ditto for "Dr. Blue" whose ridiculous defense of Northrup is based on her being "friendly." He also should be ashamed for his attempt to smear Kirsch instead of addressing the questions. I have cancelled my membership to AOPA and will be recommending all other pilots who want the truth to do so as well, Neither the FAA nor AOPA can hide the elephant in the room, so you may as well come clean, rather than being seen as complicit when the reckoning for this mess comes home to roost. And I know you will if you really care about pilot and passenger safety.
Farewell to a formerly great organization.
~~ Johnny Haley (Austin), MD