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"...if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet." Bertrand Russell, BBC Interview, 1959.
Black and White, part deux
|Loud Girl Whitey harasses Officer Black.|
"Smile" for the camera is her bright attack.
Whitey has adopted this newest tack.
Black cops are just a White girl's snack.
|Good Guy Whitey protests cops, black.|
Though he taunts the police, they take his flack.
Whitey has adopted this kind of a crack:
The Black who's a cop is the system's hack.
|Girl and Guy Whitey are talking gimcrack|
In their race-baiting, racist Leftist yak.
When Lefty Whitey tells off a Black,
Each proves a historical amnesiac.
Each kooky Ken, each Marxi Marge,
Each acts out racism, bold and large.
Addendum of Loud Girl Whitey: "...in the protests that started in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, we're seeing a variation on that tactic that involves white leftist agitators attempting to lecture and/or shame black police officers on racism – and in some instances using the n-word to do so." In "Videos Emerge of White Leftist Agitators Attempting to Lecture Black Police Officers on Racism," by Stacey Matthews, Legal Insurrection, 24 June 2020. [ 1 ]
Addendum of Good News Underreported: "...incidents like this fail to make the news. It’s the same world most of us live in. A world where we live, work and shop among a diverse group of people, and share a common sense of decency and understand the difference between right and wrong. And above all else, are willing to extend a helping hand or stand with our neighbors in times of trouble. It cannot be said enough that while there are racist people in this country, America is not a racist nation. Instead, it remains a country that offers greater opportunity to all, regardless of the color of your skin, than any nation on earth. Not that the media is interested in that message." In "Black citizens chase punk robbing old white man, make him give money back: THIS is my America!" by Tom Tillison, BizPac Review, 24 June 2020. [ 2 ]
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Addendum of Woke Leftist Whiteness: "Broshi is every woke white woman who screams at black police officers that they don’t understand that black lives matter; she’s every woke white woman who reads a couple of books and accuses every other white person of racism; and she’s every woke white woman who secretly believes that black children aren’t as smart as her little darling but that they definitely deserve participation medals if they sit in the back of her child’s classroom." In "There's a civil war happening between minorities and woke whites," by Andrea Widburg, American Thinker, 7 July 2020. [ 4 ]
A celebration in Woke White Women
Addendum of an Observation As Black Children Are Killed: " 'As cynical as it may sound, it’s hard not to conclude that the lack of political pressure being brought to bear on Chicago leaders to get tough on crime is at least partly a function of the fact that the gang violence claiming so many innocent lives — like that of 3-year-old Mekhi James — is a problem from which the donor class lives several degrees removed,” Mangual said. 'As bad as things are on the city's South and West sides, its high-end neighborhoods and upper-middle-class suburbs remain very safe,' he said. 'As a result, the political class doesn’t bear any of the downside risk that attends the misguided 'decarceration' and de-policing efforts so popular among 'progressives' desperate to establish their social justice bona fides'." In "As Black children are killed in spiking urban violence, where's the outrage from the white and the woke?" by John Kass, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2020. [ 5 ]
BLM Trying to Force LA County's First Black District Attorney From Office
Addendum of Whitey Black Against Black: "The first black person to serve as district attorney for Los Angeles has criticized Black Lives Matter activists for showing up at her house in the middle of the night, leading her husband to pull a gun on them. Jackie Lacey, who was elected in December 2012, was asked in an interview on Saturday about the March 2 incident. She was also questioned about moves to defund the police, her record in policing the police, and how it feels to have Black Lives Matter now campaigning to get rid of her in the November election." In "LA's first black DA slams BLM for targeting her after her husband pulled a gun on protesters at their home and says defunding the police would lead to lawlessness," by Harriet Alexander, Daily Mail, 13 July 2020.
Masked White Leftist Confronts Unmasked Black "Fascist"
Addendum of "In the Name Of" BLM at Odds with the Black Community: "The Seattle Times reported that, at times, the group’s motivation appears to be at odds with the Black community in the city. The paper described a scene were Black leaders in June denounced arson at one of the locations. Tony Hopson, president of Self Enhancement Inc., which assists youth in poverty, told the Times, 'I know whoever was behind this thinks they were doing it — or perhaps are trying to have us think they were doing it — in the names of Black Lives Matter. We know that it was just the opposite. Not only was it not about Black Lives Matter. It was against Black Lives Matter'." In "Anti-fascist group seen as playing big role in Portland unrest: report," by Edmund DeMarche, FOX / Associated Press, 13 July 2020.
Portland Officer Jakhary Jackson
Addendum of White Racist Leftists Screaming at Black Officers: " 'You have white people screaming at black officers, 'You have the biggest nose I've ever seen,' said Jackson, a nine-year department vet. 'You hear these things and you go, 'Are these people, are they going to say something to this person? No.' Jackson, who graduated from Portland State University with a history degree, said the situation has been 'actually frightening' given his own educational background. 'A lot of times, someone of color – black, Hispanic, Asian – will come up to the fence, and directly want to talk to me: 'Hey, what do you think about George Floyd? What do you think about what happened with the police?' Jackson said. Then, 'someone white' would walk up and start saying 'eff the police' or 'don't talk to him,' Jackson recalled. 'It's been very eye-opening,' Jackson said during the briefing, adding that he's witnessed more minorities among his counterparts than within the crowds of 'violent' protesters." In "Portland cop reports 'frightening' racist chants from white BLM supporters," by Joshua Rhett Miller, NY Post, 17 July 2020.
Portland Women in B&W Portraits, 2020
Rational Woke Whiteness "discussion," 2020
Addendum of Self-styled Youth Liberators: "Well after protests against police have faded in many American cities, the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front has emerged in Portland as a persistent militant voice, using social media to promote rallies, and offering tactical advice and commentary on gatherings that often have ended in confrontations with the police and arrests. For the Youth Liberation Front’s anonymous leaders, these protests are part of the revolution. They are resolutely anti-capitalist and anti-fascist, and express disdain for those who work for reform within what they view as a failing political system." In "Meet the Youth Liberation Front behind a militant marathon of Portland protests," by Hal Bernton, Seattle Times, 12 July 2020. [ 6 ]
As the Seattle Amazon Store is Looted by Seattle Whites to Express Disdain" for "Reform" And Get Free Stuff
Addendum of Protests and Violence: "During the march, Seattle police said about a dozen people devolved into a rampage of destruction as they marched past the King County Youth Detention Center at 12th Avenue and Alder Street, targeting the site. ome rioters carried sledgehammers and began shattering workers’ car windows in the parking lot. At one point, a rioter grabbed a flagger’s stop sign and used it as a weapon. Protesters through incendiary devices into construction trailers at the new construction site of the juvenile justice facility. It was spray-painted before it was torched." In "45 arrested, 21 officers injured in Seattle protests that turned violent," by KIRO 7 News Staff, KIRO 7 Seattle, 25 July 2020.
Addendum of Black Cops Insulted by Chicago BLM: "This is from an officer who was at Groot's Logan Square home Saturday night: 'So my team was used to rotate out other officers on the front line of the protest. Why? To protect the mental health of the front line officers. The original group I personally observed the group of Black Lives Matter protesters hurl vile insults at the officers. One of the officers was a black man, he took the worst of the insults since, in the eyes of the protesters, he was a 'sell out', 'uncle tom', 'coon', etc, etc, etc. So my team rotated in to take the verbal abuse. In time I noted an officer, not from my team start to engage the insults by responding. I personally pulled this officer off the line and took his spot." In "Groot Supports This?" Second City Cop blog, Chicago, 20 July 2020. [ 7 ]
Addendum of the White Spectacle: "Black community leaders are urging local protesters to shift the focus of demonstrations back to the Black Lives Matter movement and away from what has become a largely 'white spectacle'." In "From Black lives to 'white spectacle,' Portland protests have lost focus, civil rights leaders say," by Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBC News, 24 July 2020.
Addendum of a Review of a Black-Made Film: "With attacks on black cops, the toppling of abolitionist statues, and the ho-hum attitude toward the killings of blacks and black babies by other blacks, it's clear that all this mayhem has nothing to do with skin color. 'Racism' is the paint they use to color over dark motives that are as primitive as Cain and Abel. Think about it: For decades we've spent trillions to implement anti-discrimination policies and poverty programs. America is home to the wealthiest group of blacks, likely, in all of history. Black mayors, black police chiefs, black law enforcers, black attorneys, black school officials and black politicians are stuffed into every crevice of city and state governments across the nation. A black man was elected to Earth’s most powerful office – twice! Yet somehow, the screech for 'racial justice' is louder now than it was when black oppression was real." In " 'Uncle Tom': A Quiet Earthquake," by Will Alexander, Townhall, 27 July 2020.
Addendum of a White Joke: " 'Do I know any minorities myself? No, I don't, but I feel very confident speaking on their behalf on the internet,' the comedian sarcastically stated bringing attention to the fact that liberals are driving this widespread campaign of culture." Quote of comedian, John Crist, by Erin Perri, The Mix, 29 July 2020. [ 8 ]
Addendum of White BLM and a Black Man: "The footage, captured around 11.30pm on Saturday night, shows the man stepping out of his vehicle on the I-35 and confronting the activists who are refusing to let traffic pass. 'I gotta go to work, I'm black! I've gotta go to work!' the unidentified man yells at the group as he waves his hand in the air. 'I've got bills! I've got kids! Get the f**k out of my way!' he continues shouting before he makes his way back to his pick-up truck. His words clearly had affect on the group, who are then seen meekly stepping to the sides of the road in order to let his car through." In "Black driver demands white BLM protesters stop blocking road in Austin so he can go to go to work to provide for his kids as rival gunmen face-off week after protester Garrett Foster was shot dead," by Andrew Court, Dailymail.com, 1 August 2020.
Addendum of White Antifa and Black Pastors: "Violent protestors showed up flashing knives! We had an entire satanic cult march through the worshippers the entire time yelling 'Hail Satan!' We had white Antifa yelling & threatening black local pastors! They yelled obscenities and cursed at my wife and kids all night long!" In "Seattle Christians confronted by knife-wielding protesters yelling obscenities at Black pastors," by Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 11 August 2010.
In this tragically silly yet destructive season, we are pointed towards the Fa Queue - there's no debating you
[ 1 ] The article adds: "Here's the same woman in another clip taunting other black police officers. When the cameraman asks the woman if she understands that she’s trying to explain racism to two black officers, the woman responds by telling him that the officers are 'part of the system' and that 'just because they’re black doesn't mean that they’re not a part of the problem'."
Racism is My Problem, Testifies the Leftist White Woman
The testimony of this Loud Girl Whitey is documented further: " 'They're a part of the system. They're a part of the problem,' she continues, pointing at the officers. 'Just because they're black doesn't mean they're not a part of the problem. I'm allowed to say this to whoever. Because I'm white, racism is a white person's problem. 'Racism is my problem. I need to fix this. That's why I'm here. I'm talking to all of them. Black, white, f****in' brown, purple. I don't give a sh**'. " In "White protester screams at three black cops during D.C. protest telling them 'they are a part of the problem' and yells that she's 'allowed to say this to whoever'," by Frances Mulraney, Daily Mail, 24 June 2020.
"Racism is my problem" is the clear testimony that this white Leftist is in fact racist. That is the point. To disagree with the passionate Leftist about race is declared "racism" as well, so either way the Left declares itself an ideological winner in a losing game.
A Comment about White Leftist Privilege
A comment posted to that article is amusing: from David, Missouri, United States, writes: "This is what a typical Marxi Marge looks like: white, upper middle class, coddled, constantly offended, elite college attendee majoring in a worthless degree who spends most of her time attending rallies sponging everything off her parents while hallucinating that her opinions are always right."
Lest one dismiss this, one might well consider the "white fragility" of White Eric and white Gavin above, and further consider that the many white Leftists fail to note the forefathers of their Marxist and postmodern stances were consistently racially white. Coupling this to the Loud Girl White testimony, "racism is a white person's problem," then clearly this is where such racism is rooted -- in today's political Left, illiberal and often violent.
White masked BLM female screaming at two Black men
who disagree with her / Washington D. C., June 2020
The BLM-announced plan to tear down the Emancipation memorial is indicative of the Marxist foundation of this ostensibly "black" movement populated by a majority of young white and violent leftists. One reads: ."On Friday evening, hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists and Antifa insurgents gathered in Lincoln Park in Washington DC to attempt to topple the 144-year-old statue, which was fully funded by former slaves and black Union Army veterans to commemorate President Lincoln’s abolition of slavery. Also present at the demonstration were several counter-protestors, including an elderly black man who appeared to be a historical tour guide for Capital Buddy Tours, who beseeched the mob not to tear down the historical monument. The man was physically accosted several times by an Antifa member who attempted to prevent him from speaking. He was repeatedly shouted over by Antifa members, who yelled empty slogans like 'No Justice, No Peace' without any care or understanding about the monument they planned to destroy." In "Journalist Jack Posobiec assaulted by Antifa in front of Emancipation Memorial," by Ian Miles Cheong, Post Millennial, 26 June 2020.
Leftist BLM "White Privilege" Confronts Black "Systemic Racist" Cop
The Antifa "protestor" who assaulted a man was a young white male, proving somewhere in this topsy-turvy time that "black" in the context of BLM does not mean black or anti-racist but Marxist.
Consider then too the Heroes' Tale - small and stale -- wherein Lily White and Billy Beige join with another heroine, Little Marcy Busy-Pants , to assert that Everything's about my colored skin - (or sadly, Why racism works) as racism "works" through the many protests, demonstrations, riots and vandalism which pass for political action in this time.
[ 2 ] Let it be stressed: "It cannot be said enough that while there are racist people in this country, America is not a racist nation. Instead, it remains a country that offers greater opportunity to all, regardless of the color of your skin, than any nation on earth. Not that the media is interested in that message."
The Marxist Signature in Portland -- Mostly White Women as Class Warriors
Karl Marx and his ardent believers would not approve, but then again he managed to find among his circle a Jewish nigger . And in this regard, we may reiterate the testimony of Loud Girl Whitey, "Racism is my problem." So says an American Left, as one can Scratch a Leftist - to the tune of "Plant a Radish," from the Fantasticks.
And Left to their own devices ....
[ 3 ] One reads: "Wisconsin State Sen. Tim Carpenter, who is a Democrat and openly gay, was assaulted in Madison Tuesday night by what appears to be two white women protestors charging toward him. It was reported that Carpenter collapsed walking to the statehouse building and paramedics were called. 'I don’t know what happened … all I did was stop and take a picture … and the next thing I'm getting five-six punches, getting kicked in the head,' Carpenter told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel." In "7 Ways White Women Have Used Their Privilege To Fuel Riots And Mayhem," by Emily Jashinsky and Madeline Osburn, Federalist, 25 June 2020.
White Leftist 'attack' females captured on Carpenter's video and by police
A picture of these white females above are from State Senator Carpenter's cell phone just moments before he was assaulted by them. Perhaps one was a Lily White? Perhaps both. It certainly seems so.
Think on today's Lily Whites and Billy Beiges in a Heroes' Tale - small and stale
Coming out of a mass of protestors on the Left, an assertion that these would be from the Right and perhaps lashing out due to notions of "white fragility" would be laughable.
Those hefty "attack females" took part in an mindless mob event. Proof? One reads: "Protesters in Wisconsin drew condemnation late on Tuesday after tearing down the statue of abolitionist Hans Christian Heg, smashing windows at the state house and assaulting a state senator, marking a departure from previous demonstrations targeting symbols of colonialists and Confederate figures." In "Madison Protesters Condemned For Toppling Statue Of Anti-Slavery Activist," by Isabel Togoh, Forbes, 24 June 2020.
Assaulting a state senator is not laughable. Assaulting a gay man is not laughable. Assaulting an unarmed, peaceful citizen is not laughable. Toppling a statue of someone who was an anti-slaver is insane.
An Intolerant Mob versus a New Way of Thinking
These white "attack females" assaulting a gay man with a camera somehow are laughable, part of an uninformed mob intent on merely expressing violent rage on behalf of the intolerant, vicious far Left.
They assert Everything's about your colored skin - (or sadly, why these games begin). And when that's not enough, then they threaten and assault even the seeming innocent just watching the political parade.
Towards Natural Human Equality
A lesson might be considered: "Historical clarification of some of the major historical figures involved is necessary. Thomas Jefferson was the author of what is arguably the most famous revolutionary sentence in world history: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' That declaration has been inscribed on the banner of every fight for equality ever since 1776. When Jefferson formulated it, he was crystalizing a new way of thinking based on the principle of natural human equality. The rest of the preamble to the Declaration of Independence spells out in searing language the natural right of people to revolution. The American Revolution delivered a powerful impulse in that direction that led to the French Revolution of 1789 and the greatest slave revolt in history, the Haitian Revolution of 1791, in which slaves liberated themselves and threw off French colonial domination." In "Hands off the monuments to Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Grant!" by Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, World Socialist Web Site, 22 June 2020.
The current mobs seem intent not on a real and true revolution of individuals against authoritarianism, but of a next tyrannical authority. Complete with physical assaults of the enforcement of correct thinking and speech.
[ 4 ] The article is complete with the recording of a New York school broad meeting in which one hears the "fragile" yet aggressive and groveling "woke" woman offending minority speakers, "...Broshi, a white Jewish Democrat, knew this because, as she said, she had educated herself by reading Ibram Kendi’s 'How to be an Antiracist' and Robin DiAngelo's 'White Fragility'."
This seems a fine example of the mind set which finds any assertion that "all lives matter" is a racist put down of the assertion that "black lives matter." When words become "dog whistle" evidence of racism, one finds a game in which many can play, finding many opposing and divisive meanings. When words become the antithesis of what they say, then dialogue becomes impossible, and education becomes mere ideological conditioning. Welcome to Woke, as "Each kooky Ken, each Marxi Marge, / Each acts out racism, bold and large."
The article notes: "Broshi didn't realize that the vice president, Edward Irizarry, a lawyer, is also a Puerto Rican man who went to segregated public schools, lived in foster homes, and was homeless. Irizarry was outraged at Broshi's casual dismissal, and he went ballistic on her...." He did not appreciate "woke" condescension.
But the race-baiting politics of the Left today says clearly Everything's about some "you ain't" skin - revealing the politics that lies within.
[ 5 ] The article's title asks: "As Black children are killed in spiking urban violence, where's the outrage from the white and the woke?" The simple answer is that there is precious little outrage, because it is focused on a few political aims. One may see this rather clearly in the true tales of White Eric and white Gavin .
[ 6 ] The article notes of this supposedly "resolutely anti-capitalist and anti-fascist" group something interesting. "In a podcast interview last October, three of their leaders, one of whom identified himself as still in high school, said they were spurred to activism over a range of issues that included climate change, law enforcement misconduct and the rise of right-wing hate groups."
Pacific Northwest YLF, affiliated with Antifa
"...still in high school" testifies to an adolescent at best, likely living at home with parents. As for the others, it is likely they too are not living as independent adults, holding down jobs and have that luxury of time for "activism." But, with the urge to act violently, they are actually like the fascists they pretend to stand against. And as for their anti-capitalism, one may consider their Auntie Capital , for it is assured they know nothing about some of the most ardent anti-capitalists of the 20th century.
Anti-capitalist? Indeed. A small drama is reported early August in Portland: "One of the rioters shouts, 'You've really internalized capitalism if you're more worried about getting a good night's sleep so you can f***ing work. F*ck you!' 'Black Lives Matter!' the crowd chants again. One voice shouts, 'We're gonna burn your building down!' 'Black Lives Matter!' the crowd chats again. One woman taunts, 'We know where you live!' " In "After Burning Police Union, Portland Rioters Threaten Nearby House: 'We're Gonna Burn Your Building Down'," by Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media, 9 August 2020.
Post on Twitter from 11 October 2019, accessed 13 August 2020
A dangerous form of "protest" which betrays that these are not protestors, but revolutionary "liberators" in their minds, and "domestic terrorists" in the minds of those they threaten. This will not come to a good end, and no dialectic and no debate will solve this. With such polarization, one side will and must lose.
[ 7 ] The meme of Groot, a fictional comic character, to apply to Chicago's mayor is telling. Of Groot, one reads: "Black Bolt's brother Maximus the Mad asserted that whenever Groot is saying the trademark 'I am Groot!' he has actually been saying a number of things, and his varying inflections of the sentence are the equivalent of words and sentences. People who have interacted with Groot are gradually able to decipher the meaning of the inflections and can carry on full conversations with Groot as time goes on." In "I am Groot," Wikipedia article, n. d.
For this, the current political climate comes down to politicians' roles, for good or bad, and to ask specifically Which role?
Casting Call in Chicago for a Heroes' Tale - small and stale
The blog continues: "Cops who were ordered to protect a mayor (who hates their guts) and required to identify themselves (by law) had to listen to scumbags threaten to rape their daughters, and via the magic of the internet, hear their home addresses broadcast to more scumbags (who know you aren't able to defend your homes and families because you're on the clock in Groot-ville.) And what do we hear from the politicians? That this is peaceful? That police are racist? That all that a civilized people hold dear is in danger simply because these miserable fuckers can't get their way by anything but violence?"
Protesting about the Handling of a Protest?
Background on this is that these police were detailed to protect the Chicago mayor. One reads: Lightfoot's Logan Square home to protest the city's handling of a demonstration the night before in Grant Park that saw clashes between police and activists. The demonstration, which began forming about 7 p.m., eventually grew to include more than 200 people protesting at Fullerton and Kimball avenues in a peaceful, but at times tense, standoff with officers. In "Protestors gather near Lightfoot's Logan Square home over city's handling of Grant Park demonstration," Sun-Times Media Wire, ABC 7 News, 19 July 2020.
What the BLM protests in Chicago have not been about is the climbing number of shootings, lethal and non-lethal alike. One reads of this: "Chicago weekend shootings have left 63 people shot, 12 fatally across the city, police said. The shootings took place from 6 p.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The latest shooting came in the Morgan Park neighborhood, where two people were killed and three wounded." In "Chicago weekend shootings: 63 shot, 12 fatally, in violence across city," by Jesse Kirsch, ABC 7, 20 July 2020.
But the mostly white BLM folks complain about the city's "handling" of a demonstration? This seems the true white privilege of the Left today, pretending to care about black lives but not protesting about the real violence on the city streets of Chicago, as through July of 2020, 1,721 were shot and wounded in the city, and 375 were shot and killed. Shh. Don't tell the BLM; they're not really interested.
Chicago Police Superintendant Brown
Of the "protest," one reads: "On Monday the department revealed videos allegedly showing provocateurs infiltrating the march, hiding behind umbrellas, then pelting officers with bottles of frozen water, fireworks and other projectiles. Supt. David Brown said the situation, 'devolved into a very dangerous situation in which mob action sought to injure officers.' The assault left 49 officers injured, including 18 who required hospitalization. One suffered a crushed eye socket. Mayor Lori Lightfoot lashed out at the instigators saying, 'that's not peaceful protest, that's anarchy and we are going to put that down'." In "Miracle Boyd, Attorney Respond After Group Said Chicago Activist Provoked Police At Friday Protest ," by Charles Wojciechowski, ABC 5 Chicago, 20 July 2020.
Outrage at the Chicago police misses a larger societal problem. As examples, one reads: "Chicago police say a group of children, ages 10 to 17, carjacked Blanchard and at least 15 other people since late June — wreaking havoc on Blanchard’s generally peaceful South Side neighborhood. Police said shots were fired by the suspects in two of the carjackings, but no one was hit." In "Armed kids as young as 10 carjack more than a dozen people, police say, including CPS teacher left ‘traumatized’ in Calumet Heights," by David Struett, Chicago Sun-Times, 20 July 2020.
And one reads: "The Illinois State Police have recorded 61 expressway shootings in Cook County this year. That compares with 52 for all of 2019, 43 in 2018, 51 in 2017 and 54 in 2016, a year when gun violence in Chicago hit levels not seen since the 1990s." In "Expressway shootings surge in Chicago area. Illinois State Police say they need license plate scanners, despite privacy concerns," by Kelli Smith, Chicago Tribune, 21 July 2020.
But Chicago's mostly white young adult, Marxist-enthused and mostly white protestors are most concerned about their treatment as they attack monuments along with the police and graffiti BLM to show their "concern." The costs will be tallied. Tax payers will pay. It was ever thus.
[ 8 ] The joke is plain to see, if one surveys skin color, that official identifier of individual human worth to white Leftists in this era. Racism comes in many colors, now. So says Robin Racist and a cohort of profiteers whose income is derived from believing in, espousing, and advocating for racism, while pretending the opposite.
Any day now, believe you me
"HIV was identified as the cause of AIDS. U.S. HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler declared that an AIDS vaccine will be ready for testing within two years." In "History of HIV Vaccine Research," NIH, Content last reviewed 22 October 2018. [ 1 ]
Any day now, believe you me,
With hope aplenty, yes siree.
Just you wait, and then you'll see.
Any day now, count one, two, three.
Any year now, annually,
Come solutions, comes the key.
Just you wait, for that's the plea.
Any year now, so hopefully.
Any decade, virology
Will cure what ails for a fee.
Just you wait for what will be
Any decade, yes, believe you me.
Any time now, effectively
Or if not proven so to be,
Cures might hatch, believe you me,
Any time now, count one, two, three.
Envoi: "Put not your trust in princes, Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help." Psalm 146:3 (JPS Tanakh 1917)
Addendum of Reinvigoration: "An empirical approach to HIV vaccine development relies on observation and experimentation to quickly move vaccine candidates into human clinical trials. The quest to develop a preventive HIV vaccine was reinvigorated in 2009 when results from the large RV144 trial showed for the first time that an investigational vaccine regimen could confer a modest degree of protection against HIV infection. Today, NIAID and its global partners are continuing to learn from and build upon findings from this and other HIV vaccine trials." In "HIV Vaccine Development," NIH, Content last reviewed 15 May 2019. [ 2 ]
Addendum of Too Fast: "The University of Oxford's Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group began developing a COVID-19 vaccine in January using a virus taken from chimpanzees. But with the number of UK coronavirus cases dropping every day, there may not be enough people to test it on, according to the institute's director Professor Adrian Hill. He told The Sunday Telegraph: 'It's a race against the virus disappearing, and against time. We said earlier in the year that there was an 80% chance of developing an effective vaccine by September. But at the moment, there's a 50% chance that we get no result at all. We're in the bizarre position of wanting COVID to stay, at least for a little while'." In "Coronavirus 'disappearing' so fast Oxford vaccine has 'only 50% chance of working'," Sky News, 25 May 2020.
Addendum of Settling for Partially Effective: "Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would 'settle' for a COVID-19 vaccine that’s 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won’t get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it 'unlikely' that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak." In "Fauci says COVID-19 vaccine unlikely to bring sufficient herd immunity with many Americans saying they won’t get vaccinated," by CNN Wire, 28 June 2020. [ 3 ]
Addendum of Any Day Tuesday, 30 June 2020: 120,326 US deaths (COVID-19) / 32,206,245 total US tests = 0.0037 or .037 percent (CDC stats)
CDC Chart 2/1/2020 through 7/18/2020 - Deaths declining
Addendum of Death in Decline: "The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has been declining for 10 straight weeks, concluding with week 26 that ended June 27. This suggests the United States could be on the verge of not being considered in an epidemic. 'Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9.0% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26, representing the tenth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC,' according to the CDC’s website." In " CDC: After 10-Week Decline In COVID-19 Deaths, It May Soon No Longer Be An Epidemic," by Allison Schuster, Federalist, 6 July 2020. [ 4 ]
Addendum Looking Back at Caused or Assumed to Have Caused: "COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death. Certifiers should include as much detail as possible based on their knowledge of the case, medical records, laboratory testing, etc. If the decedent had other chronic conditions such as COPD or asthma that may have also contributed, these conditions can be reported in Part II." In "COVID-19 Alert No. 2," National Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, 24 March 2020.
Addendum of the National Institute of Health, 2020: "Some 54 scientists have resigned or been fired as a result of an ongoing investigation by the National Institutes of Health into the failure of NIH grantees to disclose financial ties to foreign governments. For 93% of the 189 scientists whom NIH has investigated to date, China was the source of their undisclosed support. The new numbers come from Michael Lauer, NIH’s head of extramural research. Lauer had previously provided some information on the scope of NIH’s investigation, which had targeted 189 scientists at 87 institutions. But his presentation today to a senior advisory panel offered by far the most detailed breakout of an effort NIH launched in August 2018 that has roiled the U.S. biomedical community, and resulted in criminal charges against some prominent researchers, including Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University’s department of chemistry and chemical biology." In "Fifty-four scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign ties," by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 12 June 2020.
Addendum of Mutations Any Time Now: "Researchers in the US and UK have identified hundreds of mutations to the virus which causes the disease Covid-19. But none has yet established what this will mean for virus spread in the population and for how effective a vaccine might be. Viruses mutate - it's what they do." In "Coronavirus mutations: Scientists puzzle over impact," by Rachel Schraer, BBC, 6 May 2020. [ 5 ]
Addendum of Safe and Cheap Being Rejected for Unproven and Expensive: "The average death rate in the five countries (India, Costa Rica, Australia, South Korea and Brazil) that have made early and prophylactic use of HCQ is about 6.0 per million inhabitants. In contrast, the US death rate is 167.0 per million inhabitants, almost 30 times as many deaths per million citizens. The US has almost exclusively used HCQ on hospitalized patients, late in the course of infection. These late-stage treatments have largely failed. We (the authors) have the strong impression that acceptance of HCQ has become politicized. We cite below some of the evidence that, in our minds, HCQ has become closely associated with Trump. This unfortunate association has made an objective, scientific evaluation of of the risk/benefit ratio for this medication much more difficult…and we believe this has cost and will cost lives. Tragically, instead of learning from countries that have successfully used HCQ in early intervention and prophylactic treatments, the US is largely denying itself of the life-saving benefits of HCQ. If the US does not make better use of this safe, cheap and effective drug HCQ to treat COVID-19, we can expect to suffer tens of thousands more deaths than would otherwise occur. What a (completely preventable) tragedy!" In "Hydroxychloroquine Can Prevent Many COVID-19 Related Deaths," by Bruce Dale, Medium, 3 June 2020.
Addendum of Useful Non-vaccine Treatments Any Time Now: "SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, uses a surface spike protein to latch onto human cells and initiate infection. But heparin, a blood thinner also available in non-anticoagulant varieties, binds tightly with the surface spike protein, potentially blocking the infection from happening. This makes it a decoy, which might be introduced into the body using a nasal spray or nebulizer and run interference to lower the odds of infection. Similar decoy strategies have already shown promise in curbing other viruses, including influenza A, Zika, and dengue. 'This approach could be used as an early intervention to reduce the infection among people who have tested positive, but aren't yet suffering symptoms. But we also see this as part of a larger antiviral strategy,' said Robert Linhardt, lead author and a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 'Ultimately, we want a vaccine, but there are many ways to combat a virus, and as we've seen with HIV, with the right combination of therapies, we can control the disease until a vaccine is found'." In "Common FDA-Approved Drug May Effectively Neutralize Virus That Causes COVID-19," by Mary L. Martialay, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 15 July 2020.
Addendum of Another Non-vaccine Treatment: "A study conducted by professor Yaakov Nahmias at Hebrew University in Israel has found that an existing cholesterol drug, fenofibrate, could 'downgrade' Covid-19 threat level to that of a common cold. The findings allegedly come from lab tests on human lung tissue infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. According to the research, the virus leads to deposits of lipids in the lungs. Nahmias partnered with Mount Sinai Medical Center researcher Dr Benjamin tenOever to gain better insights into SARS-CoV-2 mechanism of attack on the human body." In "Study finds fenofibrate may downgrade Covid-19 to common cold level," by Pharmaceutical Technology, 15 July 2020.
Addendum of Any Time Now, Now: "Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan have found that early administration of hydroxychloroquine makes hospitalized patients substantially less likely to die. The study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, determined that hydroxychloroquine provided a "'66 percent hazard ratio reduction,' and hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin a 71 percent reduction, compared with neither treatment. In-hospital mortality was 18.1 percent overall; 13.5 percent with just hydroxychloroquine, 22.4 percent with azithromycin alone, and 26.4 percent with neither drug. 'Prospective trials are needed' for further review, the researchers note, even as they concluded: 'In this multi-hospital assessment, when controlling for COVID-19 risk factors, treatment with hydroxychloroquine alone and in combination with azithromycin was associated with reduction in COVID-19 associated mortality'." In "Hydroxychloroquine could save up to 100,000 lives if used for COVID-19: Yale epidemiology professor," by Joshua Nelson, Fox News, 21 July 2020.
Addendum of a Possible Political Hoax: "...the highly corrupt CDC has had to admit 'Nationally, levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) are low overall…Changes in indicators that track COVID-19-like illness (CLI) and laboratory confirmed SARS-CoV-2 were inconsistent during the most recent week, with some increasing but others decreasing.' Then the weekly CDC report updated 17 July, makes the following statement: 'Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 8.1% during week 27 to 6.4% during week 28, representing the twelfth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC… Nationally, ILI activity remains below baseline for the thirteenth week but has increased for 5 weeks now.' Note the language very closely. The CDC defines ILI as 'Influenza-like Illness.' So are we talking about tests for presence of a specific virus, SARS COV-2, that is blamed for the Wuhan outbreak that apparently has spread globally since the beginning of 2020? Or is it 'influenza-like' illnesses, a catchall which may or may not include the coronavirus? The CDC has cleverly lumped deaths whether from pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 into one neat basket of death cause they call PIC– Pneumonia, Influenza or COVID-19. All PIC deaths are now conveniently designated as COVID-19 per CDC instructions on a death certificate. Even with this sly sleight of hand, the CDC cannot hide the fact that all PIC deaths across the USA have declined for twelve weeks now. How to keep the nation in a state of fear and lockdown longer and how to satisfy the agenda of unscrupulous Democrats who seem willing to do everything to weaken the economy to force defeat of the Republican Presidential candidate on November 3?" In "Is America’s Second Corona Wave a Political Hoax?" by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook, 20 July 2020. [ 6 ]
Addendum of Suicides and Drug Overdoses of Greater Concern than COVID-19: "Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is promoting the reopening of schools across the country, noting the serious risks associated with keeping kids out of classrooms. During a webinar for the Buck Institute, Redfield pointed out the low risk of children spreading COVID-19 and said the spike in suicides and drug overdoses is 'far greater' than the number of coronavirus-related deaths among the country's younger population." In "CDC Director: Threat of Suicides, Drug Overdoses ‘Far Greater’ Than COVID Concerns," by Tré Goins-Phillips, faithwire, 30 July 2020.
Addendum of the Health Care Lobby: "The pharmaceuticals and health products spent $295 million in lobbying efforts in the United States which places it in 1st place in money spent on lobbying. For comparison, the insurance industry and automotive industry only spent $155 million and $69 million in 2019, respectively. In 2019, Gilead spent nearly $6 million in political lobbying efforts. This number is on track to reach record highs in 2020 as Gilead has spent already nearly $2.5 million on lobbying in just Q1 of 2020. The money appears to be well spent. The exclusive NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel that informs US clinicians how to care for patients is occupied by 8-9 experts who have received financial support from Gilead." In "Gilead: Twenty-one billion reasons to discredit hydroxychloroquine," by James M, Todaro, M.D., Medicine (Un)censored, 23 July 2020.
As Fauci threw out the first baseball of the season, he observed social distancing and wore his mask,
24 July 2020
Addendum Diagnosing Thin Skin: " 'So, I guess people want to make it a big event. I wear a mask all the time when I'm outside. To pull it down to take some sips of water and put it back up again -- I guess if people want to make something about that they can,' he said. 'But to me, I think that's just mischievous, John.' Critics took to Twitter to attack Fauci for the photo. New York Magazine and Huffington Post contributing writer Yashar Ali reprimanded the doctor." In "Dr. Fauci responds to 'mischievous' criticism after he was photographed with mask off at Nationals game," by Julia Musto, Fox News, 24 July 2020.
Addendum of Successful Devastation: "Was the lockdown successful? I say yes very successful. Successful in things like this. Anxiety hotline calls up 1000 percent. Child abuse both sexual and non up. Financially, emotional distress, Suicide. Alcohol. 150,000 Americans a month not receiving cancer screening. It's been effective alright, in all the wrong metrics — in all the areas we didn't want it to be effective. Delay in medical care. We talked about that. Orthopedics, nonessential. Suicide calls up 600 percent. Suicide calls. We heard other doctors mention this. So was the lockdown effective? If that's the effect you were going for, then yes but it was trying to flatten the curve but it had these secondary consequences that I think are devastating. People staying indoors. No exercising as you mentioned. No Vitamin D." Quote of Dr. Dan Erickson, in "Doctor Dispels Coronavirus Fears: '99.8 Percent of People Get Through this with Little to No Progressive or Significant Disease'," by Hannah Bleau, Breitbart, 27 July 2020.
Addendum of a Prophylaxis: "Dr. Stella Immanuel spoke about how she has successfully treated COVID-19 patients with Hydroxychloroquine. 'Americans don't have to die! America, there is a cure for COVID!' she yelled. 'You don't need a mask! There is a cure!' " In "Brave Frontline COVID Doctor Calls Out Fake News, Challenges CNN’s Chris Cuomo to Take a Urine Test to Prove He Isn’t Taking Hydroxychloroquine," Spectator, 27 July 2020. [ 7 ]
Addendum of a Takedown: "During the press conference, a speaker who identifies herself as a doctor makes a number of dubious claims, including that 'you don’t need masks' to prevent spread of the coronavirus, and that recent studies showing hydroxychloroquine is ineffective for the treatment of Covid-19 are 'fake science' sponsored by 'fake pharma companies.' 'This virus has a cure, it's called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax,' the woman claims. 'You don't need masks, there is a cure.' The claims run contrary to multiple studies on the anti-malarial drug and advice from public health officials to prevent spread of the virus." "Facebook, Twitter and YouTube remove viral video of doctors making false coronavirus claims," by CNN Wire, 27 July 2020. [ 8 ]
CNN, circa 29 July 2020
Addendum of Goggles, Any Day Now: " 'If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it,' Fauci, 79, the top US infectious disease expert, told ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton on Wednesday. When asked if eye protection will become a formal recommendation at some point, he said, 'It might, if you really want perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces'." In "Fauci urges Americans to wear goggles for added COVID-19 protection," by Yaron Steinbuch, NY Post, 30 July 2020.
Addendum of Fauci's Misinformation Campaign: " 'The crucial issues are (a) early treatment of (b) high-risk (c) outpatients with (d) HCQ plus zinc, [azithromycin], doxycycline etc. for (e) hospitalization or mortality outcomes,' Risch said. 'Dr. Fauci, in citing all of the studies without qualification, smeared all over points (a)-(e).' Risch said opponents of HCQ have been arguing that the drug 'doesn't work on patients near death in ventilators and therefore we can't use it on healthier patients in outpatient settings.' 'Why would you even entertain invoking a study on severely sick patients to bear on the efficacy of outpatients?' he asked." In "Yale epidemiologist: Dr. Fauci running 'misinformation campaign' against hydroxychloroquine," by Daniel Payne, Just the News, 30 July 2020.
Addendum of Withdrawing a Ban: " 'As a result of the feedback received by the medical and patient community and at the request of Gov. DeWine, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has withdrawn proposed rule 4729:5-5-21 of the Administrative Code,' read a statement from the board. 'Therefore, prohibitions on the prescribing of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in Ohio for the treatment of COVID-19 will not take effect at this time'." In "Ohio pharmacy board withdraws ban on hydroxychloroquine from coronavirus treatment," by Kristen Spicker and Cliff Pinckard, Journal-News and Advance Ohio Media, 30 July 2020.
Addendum of Tracking Diverse Studies: "...tracked all of the current international studies on HCQ use in treating the coronavirus. Here are the results: ' Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) — 100% success, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (or PEP) — 100% success, Early Treatment — 100% success, Late Treatment — 62%.' There are over 70 global studies listed on the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine in treating the coronavirus. 51 of the global studies showed positive results. 16 of the global studies showed negative results — but 10 of those studies were late stage cases of coronavirus. It is clear at this point that the top US medical professionals are KILLING Americans by downplaying the success of HCQ in treating the coronavirus." In "HUGE DEVELOPMENT: 51 Global Studies Find HCQ Effective in Treating COVID-19 — 16 Find HCQ NOT Effective — But 10 of Those Are Late Treatment Studies!" by Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit, 31 July 2020.
Addendum of Greater Reimbursement: "Asked to comment on what Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) described as the 'perverse incentive' during a hearing by the House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Dr. Redfield responded: 'I think you're correct in that we've seen this in other disease processes too, really in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack, but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there's greater reimbursement. So I do think there's some reality to that. When it comes to death reporting, though, ultimately, it's how the physician defines it in the death certificate and … we review all of those death certificates. So I think, probably it is less operable in the cause of death, although I won't say there are not some cases. I do think though [that] when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues or individuals that get discharged, there could be some play in that for sure'." In "CDC Chief Agrees There's 'Perverse' Economic 'Incentive' for Hospitals to Inflate Coronavirus Deaths," by Edwin Mora, Breitbart, 31 July 2020.
Addendum of COVID politics: "The mainstream media and other left-wing activists waged war on hydroxychloroquine the moment President Trump expressed hope for it on March 19. He must be wrong, no matter what, and damn the consequences. 'It is viewed as a marker of political identity, on both sides of the political spectrum,' Dr. Risch says. 'Nobody needs me to remind them that this is not how medicine should proceed.' We are not doctors or scientists and have no idea whether hydroxychloroquine has a legitimate role in treating COVID-19. But our society should value the scientific method and let it run its course before politics condemn this or any drug. The doctors who defend it should not be silenced and punished in a country built on the guarantee of free speech and the free exchange of ideas." In "American left looks to silence doctors who endorse hydroxychloroquine as part of COVID-19 treatment," by Gazette editorial board, Gazette (Colorado Springs), 31 July 2020.
Addendum of Being Out of Practice: "...until such time as Fauci, who has not actually practiced medicine for fifty-two years, sees the results of lengthy trials, which will likely take years, he does not intend to recommend the use of a drug, which may save many American lives now." In "Fauci Hasn’t Changed – He’s The Problem Not The Solution," by Charles "Sam" Faddis, And Magazine, 1 August 2020. [ 9 ]
Addendum of the Worst: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told ABC's 'This Week' on Sunday that she does not have confidence in Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator for the White House Coronavirus task force after Politico reported that she said Friday in a closed-door meeting with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that 'Deborah Birx is the worst'." In "Pelosi: 'I Don't Have Confidence' In Dr. Deborah Birx Or The WH Coronavirus Task Force," by Tim Hains, RealClear Poltics, 2 August 2020.
Addendum of Stealing Attention and Resources: "...as the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, consuming global health resources, these perennially neglected adversaries are making a comeback. 'COVID-19 risks derailing all our efforts and taking us back to where we were 20 years ago,' said Dr. Pedro L. Alonso, the director of the World Health Organization’s global malaria program. It's not just that the coronavirus has diverted scientific attention from TB, HIV and malaria. The lockdowns, particularly across parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America, have raised insurmountable barriers to patients who must travel to obtain diagnoses or drugs, according to interviews with more than two dozen public health officials, doctors and patients worldwide." In " 'The biggest monster' is spreading. And it’s not the coronavirus," by Apoorva Mandavilli, Chicago Tribune, 3 August 2020. [ 10 ]
Addendum of Yet Another Treatment Alternative: "NeuroRx, Inc., in partnership with RELIEF THERAPEUTICS Holding AG (SIX:RLF) 'Relief' today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Fast Track designation to NeuroRx for the investigation of RLF-100 (Aviptadil) for the treatment of acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome associated with COVID-19. RLF-100 is a synthetic form of human Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) which reduces inflammation in the lungs and protects the alveolar type II cells that are believed to be an entry route for the SARS-CoV-2 to invade the lungs." In "NeuroRx and Relief Therapeutics Announce Fast Track Designation Granted by the FDA to RLF-100 (Aviptadil) for the Treatment of Respiratory Distress in COVID-19," Business Wire, 24 June 2020.
Addendum of Stealing Attention and Resources II: "COVID-19 is much more lucrative to treat than diseases of poverty. Coronavirus tests are bought for about $10, compared with 18 cents for a rapid malaria test. That has testing companies retooling away from TB. Cepheid, the California-based manufacturer of TB diagnostic tests, for example, has pivoted to making tests for the coronavirus. According to the New York Times article, 'Several public health experts, some close to tears, warned that if the current trends continue, the coronavirus is likely to set back years, perhaps decades, of painstaking progress against tuberculosis, H.I.V. and malaria'." In "THE BIGGEST UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF THEM ALL: 1.4 MILLION MORE TUBERCULOSIS DEATHS WORLDWIDE BECAUSE OF COVID SHUTDOWNS," by Kevin Ryan, Unbiased America, 3 August 2020.
Addendum of Panic Creating Wasteful Spending: "State officials envisioned the cavernous Sleep Train Arena and an adjoining facility as a place where hundreds of patients could be treated, but in the first week just one arrived. The pace never increased, and the 250 assembled medical workers - physicians, nurses, pharmacists and administrative staff - found themselves wondering what to do.' People began to question within themselves whether they were really needed or not,"' said Dr. Charles Moore, a retired internal medicine physician who worked there for about six weeks. 'There were no plans for what would happen if you gave a party and no one came.' Ultimately, just nine patients arrived over 10 weeks. The cost to care for them was a staggering $12 million." In "California spent millions on Sacramento arena hospital that saw 9 patients," by Kathleen Ronayne, KCRA/NBC3, 6 August 2020.
Observe as the Brightest and Best Divine the panic
[ 1 ] In two years? From when? One reads: "HIV was first identified in 1984. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced at the time that they hoped to have a vaccine ready within two years. Despite many trials of possible vaccines, though, a truly effective vaccine is still not available. " In "HIV Vaccine: How Close Are We?" by Christine Case-Lo, Healthline, 16 June 2020.
No - Not Yet
So, from 1984 to 2020 is a mere thirty-six years. Something like "soon." One reads further: "Is There a Vaccine to Prevent HIV? No. There is currently no vaccine available that will prevent HIV infection or treat those who have it. However, scientists are working to develop one. NIH is investing in multiple approaches to prevent HIV, including a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. These research efforts include two late-stage, multinational vaccine clinical trials called Imbokodo and Mosaico. Other NIH-supported research aims to deliver additional HIV prevention options that are safe, effective, and desirable to diverse populations and scalable worldwide to help end the global pandemic." In "HIV Vaccines," hiv.gov, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and supported by the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund, 16 June 2020.
We Have No Guarantee
But some time back, one read: "...the new work shows that over time, the weakened virus can mutate into a lethal form that causes the disease it was meant to prevent. 'To me, this fortifies that we are not ready to go into humans with a live attenuated vaccine,' said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Robert Gallo of the University of Maryland said that if the live attenuated approach fails, it means AIDS vaccine development is no farther ahead than it was in 1984, when little was known about the epidemic's cause. 'We have no guarantee that we will ever have a vaccine,' he said." In "HIV Vaccine May Cause AIDS," Associated Press via CBS, 2 July 1998.
[ 2 ] From 1984 to now is thirty-six years. Tick tock. HIV Vaccine development, so it was said. And yet, one reads further: " 'The epidemic is out of control; we need a vaccine,' says Gray. 'Just because you fail, you don't stop trying. You dust yourself off and get up.' For Gray, that means working to understand why HVTN 702 failed. But she finds cause for hope in HVTN 702's nickname Uhambo – which stands for 'journey' in the Zulu and Xhosa languages. 'We named it Uhambo,' she says, 'because we are on a journey to find an HIV vaccine'." In "A $100 Million HIV Vaccine Project Failed. But All Hope Is Not Lost," by Nadia Whitehead, NPR, 2 March 2020.
The takeaway is that there is as of 2020 no HIV vaccine. All the talk has been all hope for 36 years. The anger was there for all to see.
From 1988: "...drugs we have been begging that you test remain untested."
One reads: "I have been screaming at the National Institutes of Health since I first visited your Animal House of Horrors in 1984. I called you monsters then and I called you idiots in my play, The Normal Heart, and now I call you murderers. You are responsible for supervising all government-funded AIDS treatment research programs. In the name of right, you make decisions that cost the lives of others. I call that murder." In "An Open Letter Dr. Anthony Fauci," by Larry Kramer, The Village Voice, 31 May 1988.
[ 3 ] Less than "effective" after boasting that a vaccine would have been ready in "two years" in 1984, today's re-invigoration is a matter of sales pitches, for so it seems.
Warp Speed Without Being Proven Effective
One reads: "When it comes to a vaccine, Dr. Fauci said many manufacturers are already creating doses even without the vaccine being proven effective. This means once a vaccine proves successful, there could already be millions of doses available to the public." In "Dr. Fauci: Community spread 'insidious,' economy should be reopened in a 'measured way'," by Newsroom, OAN, 29 June 2020.
Not waiting for clinical trials, double blind studies by multiple researchers and with open documentation, this is at the minimum odd. The old advice is often to follow the money.
One reads: "For all governments in the developed world, including the U.S. government’s Medicaid program and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Gilead will charge $2,340 for a five-day course. U.S. insurers will pay 33% more, or $3,120." In "Gilead announces long-awaited price for Covid-19 drug remdesivir," by Matthew Herper, StatNews, 29 June 2020.
The article details: "The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a nonprofit which sets benchmarks for what it thinks are fair prices in the U.S., said that remdesivir would be cost-effective at as much as $5,080 per treatment course. But it also said that, given recent studies showing that dexamethasone, a cheap and ubiquitous steroid, could save lives among ventilated patients, a fair price might be as low as $2,520. That would mean that governments would be getting a good deal, but perhaps not private insurers in the U.S. In another analysis as part of the same document, ICER said that if remdesivir does not save patients’ lives, the drug might be worth as little as $310. The group also said that, to recoup the manufacturers cost, the drug might need to cost anywhere from $10 to $1,600 per patient."
So maybe not so effective. And maybe the price is incorrect, given the wide range mentioned, and the simple pattern of profiteering. But given the track record with the "soon" HIV vaccine -- often announced and then disappointment follows -- the sales and marketing for an unproven vaccine for a novel virus seems in overdrive. Follow the money. Soon.
Health Care Restrictions?
A differing perspective and therefore a flashpoint to those for whom political perspectives come before considering possible factual perspectives is read: "To date, more than 150 million doses of hydroxychloroquine have been bestowed to the strategic national stockpile. Yet, the rigid restrictions remain. And the government continues to limit use, except in cases wherein the patient is hospitalized and admitted into an approved clinical trial. Keep in mind, hydroxychloroquine has been approved by the FDA and used for more than 65 years. Millions of people could benefit from these drugs. Yet the federal government had authority to restrict supply, which it did. Restrictions have been put in place at the federal level and are included in the National Institute for Health’s COVID-19 Treatment Guidance document, which restricts use of the drugs except in a clinical trial setting. This decision has potentially cost lives and caused needless pain and suffering." In "Government health care restrictions are costing lives," by Christina Herrin, The Hill, 30 June 2020.
Other courses of action are proposed, and other companies are at working researching and manufacturing ahead of completed tests' proof. So one may follow the money. Or submit to one authority. Or another. Never mind that authorities themselves are subservient to "money," the mother's milk of politics.
But it has been observed: "The moral debate is not lives vs money. It is lives vs lives. It will take months, perhaps years, if ever, before we can assess the wider implications of what we are doing. The damage to children’s education, the excess suicides, the increase in mental health problems, the taking away of resources from other health problems that we were dealing with effectively. Those who need medical help now but won’t seek it, or might not be offered it. And what about the effects on food production and global commerce, that will have unquantifiable consequences for people of all ages, perhaps especially in developing economies?" In "How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear," by John Lee. Spectator UK, 28 March 2020.
Where were the lockdowns in all the previous pandemics? Why this one, and not those earlier, given the same leadership, as at the CDC? Why not similar advice -- a lockdown -- for as yet incurable HIV/AIDS?
Perhaps the moral debate is not about money. But it seems also not just about lives, per se. The political component is seen.
[ 4 ] As the deaths total rises, while the deaths per day declines, death totals were reported more visibly. With deaths declining even further, the cases rises even if asymptomatic and are reported more enthusiastically. But one looks back to medical professionals who foresaw this more clearly than some.
Adverse Health Consequences of Public Policy Shutdowns
One reads a warning to public policy makers: "Millions of Americans are already at triage level red. These include 150,000 Americans per month who would have had a new cancer detected through routine screening that hasn’t happened, millions who have missed routine dental care to fix problems strongly linked to heart disease/death, and preventable cases of stroke, heart attack, and child abuse. Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%. Tens of millions are at triage level yellow. Liquor sales have increased 300-600%, cigarettes sales have increased, rent has gone unpaid, family relationships have become frayed, and millions of of well-child check-ups have been missed." In "A Doctor a Day Letter - Signed, a letter signed by hundreds of doctors warning of adverse health consequences stemming from the coronavirus shutdowns," Scribd, 19 May 2020.
Estimates and Overestimates
Additionally, "We could make a simple estimation of the IFR as 0.28%, based on halving the lowest boundary of the CFR prediction interval. However, the considerable uncertainty over how many people have the disease, the proportion asymptomatic (and the demographics of those affected) means this IFR is likely an overestimate. In Swine flu, the IFR ended up as 0.02%, fivefold less than the lowest estimate during the outbreak (the lowest estimate was 0.1% in the 1st ten weeks of the outbreak). In Iceland, where the most testing per capita has occurred, the IFR lies somewhere between 0.03% and 0.28%. Taking account of historical experience, trends in the data, increased number of infections in the population at largest, and potential impact of misclassification of deaths gives a presumed estimate for the COVID-19 IFR somewhere between 0.1% and 0.41%." In "Global Covid-19 Case Fatality Rates," by Jason Oke, Carl Heneghan, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, 17 March 2020.
Any day now, perhaps the public policy makers will acknowledge that some "estimations" from months ago to Divine the panic were enormously incorrect, while others, as the above, were voices ignored by policy makers as by a hysterical press.
Possible Immunity from Exposure to Other Coronaviruses
From a less hysterical source: " 'Our team also tested uninfected healthy individuals and found SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells in more than 50 percent of them. This could be due to cross-reactive immunity obtained from exposure to other coronaviruses, such as those causing the common cold, or presently unknown animal coronaviruses. It is important to understand if this could explain why some individuals are able to better control the infection,' said Professor Antonio Bertoletti, from Duke-NUS’ Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) programme, who is the corresponding author of this study.
Indeed as the press coverage initially focused on deaths and then shifted to a focus on "cases," even those who were asymptomatic but tested positive were a "case." An "uninfected healthy" case.
The article continues: "Associate Professor Tan Yee Joo from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Joint Senior Principal Investigator, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR added, 'We have also initiated follow-up studies on the COVID-19 recovered patients, to determine if their immunity as shown in their T cells persists over an extended period of time. This is very important for vaccine development and to answer the question about reinfection.'
And yet some press printed "news" that immunity in recovered patients was short, even though "follow-up studies" are incomplete. as of the date of this article.
SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell immunity
" 'While there have been many studies about SARS-CoV-2, there is still a lot we don’t understand about the virus yet. What we do know is that T cells play an important role in the immune response against viral infections and should be assessed for their role in combating SARS-CoV-2, which has affected many people worldwide. Hopefully, our discovery will bring us a step closer to creating an effective vaccine,' said Associate Professor Jenny Low, Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, SGH, and Duke-NUS' EID programme." In "Singapore scientists uncover SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell immunity in recovered COVID-19 & SARS patients, and in uninfected individuals," Duke - NUS Medical School, 16 July 2020.
Any day now, the pandemic will have lessened into an epidemic and the epidemic into something assuredly less disastrous than the disaster proclamations proclaimed. Any day now.
Any day now, after thirty six years' worth of "any day now" in the search for an HIV/AIDS vaccine, a vaccine will be announced. Any day now.
Fauci and CDC Information from 2005
But for the moment, difficult questions loom. One reads: "...why has Dr. Fauci minimized and dismissed HCQ at every turn instead of pushing this thing from jump street? He didn't even launch clinical trials of HCQ until April 9, by which time 33,000 people had died." In "Fauci knew about HCQ in 2005 -- nobody needed to die," by Bryan Fischer, NE News Now, 27 April 2020.
The article continues: "This may be why: 'Chloroquine, a relatively safe, effective and cheap drug used for treating many human diseases...is effective in inhibiting the infection and spread of SARS CoV.' That's the problem. It is safe, inexpensive, and it works - in other words, there's nothing sexy or avant-garde about HCQ. It's been around since 1934. Given human nature, it's possible, even likely, that those who are chasing the unicorn of a coronavirus vaccine are doing so for reasons other than human health. I can't see into anybody's heart, and can't presume to know their motives, but on the other hand, human nature recognizes that there's no glory in pushing HCQ, and nobody is going to get anything named for him in the history books. The polio vaccine was developed by Jonas Salk in 1954, and it is still known as the 'Salk vaccine.' There will be no 'Fauci vaccine' if HCQ is the answer to the problem."
This is of course true as well. As of 36 years into the HIV epidemic and Fauci's work on a vaccine, there is no "Fauci vaccine" for HIV either.
The Now Banned HCQ and Its Farvoable Inhibition of Virus Spread
To review" the CDC's information from 2005: "Chloroquine is effective in preventing the spread of SARS CoV in cell culture. Favorable inhibition of virus spread was observed when the cells were either treated with chloroquine prior to or after SARS CoV infection. In addition, the indirect immunofluorescence assay described herein represents a simple and rapid method for screening SARS-CoV antiviral compounds."
So Fauci says fifteen years later that you shouldn't have it? More than odd.
Another evaluation from Brazil: "We conclude their randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial presents statistical evidence, at 99% confidence level, that the treatment of Covid-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine is effective in reducing the appearance of symptoms if used before or right after exposure to the virus. For 0 to 2 days after exposure to virus, the estimated relative reduction in symptomatic outcomes is 72% after 0 days, 48.9% after 1 day and 29.3% after 2 days. For 3 days after exposure, the estimated relative reduction is 15.7% but results are not statistically conclusive and for 4 or more days after exposure there is no statistical evidence that hydroxychloroquine is effective in reducing the appearance of symptoms. Our results show that the time elapsed between infection and the beginning of treatment is crucial for the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment to Covid-19." In "Efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine as Prophylaxis for Covid-19," Márcio Watanabe, Universidade Federal Fluminense, circa 2020.
"Beginning of treatment is crucial," and yet the CDC stalls on a possible treatment while in parallel cheering on as-yet-unproven vaccines. Odd.
[ 5 ] One notes the subtle error by the BBC, that "the virus which causes the disease Covid-19." Were this accurate reporting, the the many mutations would be causing a host of newly-numbered diseases.
Rather it is a virus, and many who have died have been noted to have co-morbidities and dies "with" but not clearly from the virus.
Given reports of many asymptomatic individuals and some who have tested positive with no symptoms, coupled to reports that immunity from the virus may -- could -- last only three months, the muddle over the whole becomes more confusing as the reports blithely now call a virus a "disease."
From panic over deaths to panic over cases reported, now there comes panic over cases not reported, as the "disease" spreads. Perhaps the "disease" is the panic itself? As with so much reporting choosing the modal verb, this "could" be. And ideas go "viral."
[ 6 ] Engdahl, writing for an essentially left-of-center journal, notes: "The influential political forces backing the NIH guru Tony 'trust science' Fauci – who has been consistently wrong in his advice, but always pushing the most draconian lockdowns and testing and vaccines – clearly are trying to continue the destructive lockdown until the November US elections. They seem willing to engage in any and every manipulation and panic promotion to do that. Now they have simply changed the narrative. Three months ago Fauci and others said the goal of the lockdowns and social distancing — something never before done in modern public health — was to 'flatten the curve' of new coronavirus cases so hospitals would not be overloaded. That overload rarely happened. Now with hospitals nearly empty across the nation, the narrative has shifted to the meaningless number 'new coronavirus cases,' which in fact mean new numbers tested with tests whose reliability has repeatedly been called 'unsatisfactory' or worse."
Fauci, who has headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, the same year that the HIV-AIDS virus was first found, co-authored a paper worth observing, since the current virus is being "diagnosed" as cause more than contributor to other co-morbidities, and now the PIC data structure seems to be being used to bolster total "cases" of "Pneumonia, Influenza or COVID-19" categorized by the CDC now as all COVID-19 per Engdahl's article.
A Differing Narrative from 2008
One reads: "The majority of deaths in the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic likely resulted directly from secondary bacterial pneumonia caused by common upper respiratory-tract bacteria. Less substantial data from the subsequent 1957 and 1968 pandemics are consistent with these findings. If severe pandemic influenza is largely a problem of viral-bacterial copathogenesis, pandemic planning needs to go beyond addressing the viral cause alone (e.g., influenza vaccines and antiviral drugs). Prevention, diagnosis, prophylaxis, and treatment of secondary bacterial pneumonia, as well as stockpiling of antibiotics and bacterial vaccines, should also be high priorities for pandemic planning." In "Predominant role of bacterial pneumonia as a cause of death in pandemic influenza: implications for pandemic influenza preparedness," by David M. Morens, Jeffery K. Taubenberger, and Anthony S. Fauci, Journal of Infectious Diseases, 1 October 2008.
One sees then that Fauci and his associates above parsed the "secondary bacterial pneumonia" away from the so-called Spanish flu, twelve years ago.
Any Day Now
This year, 2020, he through his agencies is wrapping together, not parsing out "causes of death," such that the deaths from COVID-19 could easily be less than reported due to pneumonia deaths alone, given that "the majority of deaths" in one pandemic "likely resulted directly" from bacterial pneumonia. This supports Engdahl's observation that "the narrative has shifted to the meaningless number of 'new coronavirus cases,' which might well be like Fauci's and his associates' observation that bacterial pneumonia was the killer in the "majority of deaths in the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic."
And as with Fauci's work on HIV-AIDS vaccine which isn't yet found, "any day now" a vaccine of some sort will be made available. And pharmaceutical companies will profit handsomely. They will make a killing, as the expression goes. And bacterial pneumonia might well still be the "likely" killer in the majority of cases.
[ 7 ] A number of physicians, including Immanuel, held a press conference asking why an inexpensive, sixty-year old drug is being limited by US law currently. Any day now an answer may be learned, but around the world a small dosage prophylaxis against COVID-19.
Of Immanuel, less in the public eye than Fauci, one finds she "is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Katy, Texas. She graduated with honors in 1990. Having more than 30 years of diverse experiences, especially in EMERGENCY MEDICINE, Dr. Stella Immanuel affiliates with many hospitals including Sabine Medical Center, Jackson Parish Hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in many medical groups including Concord Medical Group Pllc, Hodges Emergency Group LLC." She and a number of other physicians are challenging the restrictions of an available drug as prophylaxis. The federal government is fast tracking at least one vaccine while constraining physicians from prescribing as they would do.
218 Vaccines Being Developed
Of vaccine development, one reads: "According to the London School Of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's vaccine tracker, some 218 vaccines against Covid-19 are currently being developed across the world. Of these, 29 are currently undergoing human trials, with the Oxford vaccine entering the final stage of human trials, where it is given to thousands of volunteers to see whether it is safe and can offer protection from the virus. The Moderna vaccine is due to begin its final stage of trials, on around 30,000 volunteers, on 27 July." In "How many coronavirus vaccines are in development and could we have one by the end of the year?" by Caroline Westbrook, 16 July 2020.
Fauci Touts One from 218, as Yet Unproven
One finds Fauci actively promoting one. One reads: "Fauci said he hopes the vaccine will have an efficacy of at least 60%, meaning on average the vaccine reduces a person's risk of a Covid-19 infection by 60%. 'Obviously, we would like to see it much, much higher. But 60% is the standard that you do for the cutoff. That's not unusual,' he said. 'I would like to see the highest percentage that we could possibly get'." In "Dr. Anthony Fauci isn't 'particularly concerned' about the safety of Moderna coronavirus vaccine," by Berkeley Lovelace Jr., CNBC, 27 July 2020.
This statement comes before any clinical trials are completed. It seems a weighted opinion, not science, and on behalf of one company amid the above "218 vaccines" "currently being developed across the world."
Of such vaccines, one reads of caution: "People older than age 50 are at higher risk of severe COVID-19. But older people usually don't respond to vaccines as well as younger people. An ideal COVID-19 vaccine would work well for this age group." In "COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine: Get the facts," Mayo Clinic, n. d.
Granting Non-Exclusive Rights for Fauci's Choice?
But of one vaccine out of 218 being developed, one learns of Moderna, "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed up to $20.0 million in grant funding to support our initial project related to the evaluation of antibody combinations in a preclinical setting as well as the conduct of a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial of a potential mRNA medicine to help prevent human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, infections. Follow-on projects which could bring total potential funding under the framework agreement up to $100.0 million (including the HIV antibody project) to support the development of additional mRNA-based projects for various infectious diseases can be proposed and approved until the sixth anniversary of the framework agreement, subject to the terms of the framework agreement, including our obligation to grant to the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation certain non-exclusive licenses." In "Foundations Advancing mRNA Science and Research, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, " Moderna, n. d. circa 2020.
One highlights the plan to grant to "the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation certain non-exclusive licenses." This seems more an investment than philanthropy. One wonders what such "philanthropy" would reap financially.
Effectiveness of Yearly Influenza Vaccines
As to vaccines and the CDC, one looks at effectiveness for influenza vaccines to find from the 2009-10 season until 2018-19, the effectiveness of such vaccines was from a high of 60 percent to a low of 29 percent. One reads: "CDC has been working with researchers at universities and hospitals since the 2003-2004 flu season to estimate how well flu vaccine works through observational studies using laboratory-confirmed flu as the outcome." In "CDC Seasonal Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Studies," CDC, last reviewed 1 July 2020.
Benchmarks for Consideration
By way of comparison as to effectiveness, one learns: "Two doses of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) are 90% effective or more against polio; three doses are 99% to 100% effective." In "Polio Vaccine Effectiveness and Duration of Protection," CDC, last reviewed 4 May 2018.
The 99-100 percent effectiveness for the polio vaccine stands in stark contrast to the wide variability of the yearly products marketed by influenza vaccine manufacturers.
As another benchmark, per the above footnotes, the 36 year search for an effective vaccine against the HIV virus has been a failure, there being currently only prophylaxis regimes and drugs available. A vaccine? But "any day now...." Until "now," zero.
0 < 19 < 60 < 99-100
As to inexpensive prophylaxis and drug approvals, one reads: "...infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci attempted to explain to Fox & Friends anchors who kept pushing the anti-malarial's supposed benefits in COVID-19 cases. 'But getting back to what you said just a moment ago that 'X percent' — I think you said 37 percent — of doctors feel that it's beneficial. We don't operate on how you feel. We operate on what evidence is, and data is,' he said. 'So although there is some suggestion with the study that was just mentioned by Dr. Oz—granted that there is a suggestion that there is a benefit there — I think we've got to be careful that we don’t make that majestic leap to assume that this is a knockout drug.' The CDC now removed that specific hydroxychloroquine information from its website. 'There are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat COVID-19,' the page reads. As for the controversial drug, the updated page reads, 'hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are under investigation in clinical trials.' The CDC also removed information about Remdesivir from the page, another drug that’s being tested for COVID-19 treatment. However, the Remdesivir references did not include dosage instructions." In "The CDC just changed key info about hydroxychloroquine on its coronavirus site," by Chris Smith, BGR, 9 April 2020.
Effectiveness? Who Says So?
Of the anti-malarial, one reads further: "Of the 2,171 physicians surveyed, 37 percent rated hydroxychloroquine the 'most effective therapy' for combating the potentially deadly illness, according to the results released Thursday. The survey, conducted by the global health care polling company Sermo, also found that 23 percent of medical professionals had prescribed the drug in the US — far less than other countries." In " Hydroxychloroquine rated 'most effective' coronavirus treatment, poll of doctors finds," by Natalie O'Neill, NY Post, 2 April 2020.
Then, "Peer-reviewed studies published from January through April 20, 2020, provide clear and convincing evidence that HCQ may be beneficial in COVID-19, especially when used early, states AAPS. Unfortunately, although it is perfectly legal to prescribe drugs for new indications not on the label, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that CQ and HCQ should be used for COVID-19 only in hospitalized patients in the setting of a clinical study if available. Most states are making it difficult for physicians to prescribe or pharmacists to dispense these medications." In "Hydroxychloroquine Has about 90 Percent Chance of Helping COVID-19 Patients," Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, 28 April 2020.
While trials with up to 30,000 volunteers for a specific potential vaccine are allowed, "most states are making it difficult for physicians to prescribe or pharmacists to dispense a potential "effective" prophylaxis. Why?
"...a new study suggests hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating coronavirus and could prevent deaths. Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System studied more than 2,500 COVID-19 patients. Most of them received the anti-malaria drug shortly after being admitted. The study found a lower death rate in those who took the medication, compared to those who did not. Other studies have cast doubt over the hydroxy’s effectiveness in COVID-19 patients. President Trump has claimed he’s taken it to ward off the virus. Over the weekend, the World Health Organization announced it will discontinue hydroxychloroquine trials." In "A new study suggests hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating COVID-19," by Julie Montoya, Andy Riesmeyer and Robert Puente, KTLA 5, 6 July 2020.
Even so, Fauci continues to fight against some studies, as one reads only weeks after the Ford Health System research: " 'The only thing that I can do is to do what I've done all along, consistently, is that you look at the scientific data and the evidence,' Fauci told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. 'Clinical trials that were valid, namely clinical trials that were randomized and controlled in the proper way, all of those trials showed consistently that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease or COVID-19'." In "Fauci Rejects Hydroxychloroquine Endorsements: Science Is Not There," by Sandy Fitzgerald, Breitbart, 29 July 2020.
He forgets, or has some other motive, for one sees quite clearly: From some years back: "Chloroquine can affect virus infection in many ways, and the antiviral effect depends in part on the extent to which the virus utilizes endosomes for entry. Chloroquine has been widely used to treat human diseases, such as malaria, amoebiosis, HIV, and autoimmune diseases, without significant detrimental side effects. Together with data presented here, showing virus inhibition in cell culture by chloroquine doses compatible with patient treatment, these features suggest that further evaluation of chloroquine in animal models of SARS-CoV infection would be warranted as we progress toward finding effective antivirals for prevention or treatment of the disease." In " Martin J. Vincent (CDC) , Eric Bergeron (LBN -Laboratory of Biochemical Neuroendocrinology), Clinical Research Institute of Montreal), Suzanne Benjannet(LBN), Bobbie R. Erickson (CDC), Pierre E. Rollin (CDC), Thomas G. Ksiazek (CDC), Nabil G. Seidah (LBN) and Stuart T. Nichol (CDC) Virology Journal, August 2005, 2:69.
Science is not where?
What seems certain is that many disagree with Fauci's "science is not there," because of the retraction of unverified reports published and retracted in The Lancet in June, 2020, and the CDC's participation in research from 2005 forward with "science" which seems to disagree with Fauci's public pronouncements.
But the politics is definitely there, and Fauci seems deeply involved. One reads: "The persisting political climate has made any objective discussion about hydroxychloroquine "impossible," two Henry Ford Health System executives wrote in an open letter dated Aug. 3. Adnan Munkarah, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at the Detroit-based system, along with Steven Kalkanis, MD, senior vice president and chief academic officer for Henry Ford, penned the letter in response to comments by Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, that their study on hydroxychloroquine was 'flawed'." In "Henry Ford researchers defend hydroxychloroquine study, slam politics surrounding drug," by Gabrielle Masson, Beckers Hospital Review, 4 August 2020.
Prices, Costs and Profits
The question of costs and pricing plays into the picture. One reads: "A price of 60 cents a pill for hydroxychloroquine is in the general ballpark for the generic drug, depending on the usual variables affecting pharmaceutical costs." In "Fact check: Price didn't drive promotion of remdesivir over hydroxychloroquine," by Darrel Rowland, USA Today, 9 May 2020.
The Gilead drug, remdesivir, is mentioned. One reads again of an opinion by Fauci in the article cited above, "On May 1, the FDA authorized emergency use for hospitalized COVID-19 patients of the antiviral developed by Gilead Science. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found remdesivir shortened the recovery time for some coronavirus patients by up to four days. The drug is administered by IV for either five or 10 days, depending on the patient. Although developed for other purposes, remdesivir fights the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. On April 30, the same day the NIH study was released Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called it 'quite good news.' He said the NIH trial demonstrated a 'clear-cut positive effect in diminishing time to recover,' typically from 15 days to 11 days."
And from that article, "So with those good reports and the coronavirus pandemic still raging, just how much can Gilead get for remdesivir? "...the drugmaker could fairly charge about $4,500 per treatment, assuming the drug added at least a year of life. If it doesn’t, the cost should only be $390 per treatment. (Early research is not conclusive on whether remdesivir impacts mortality.) Yet another analysis, based on Gilead’s handling of its flu-fighting drug Tamiflu, projected a price of $750 per treatment."
Screams from Capitol Hill Over Pricing
Then as to Fauci's enthusiasm for an as yet untested Moderna product, one reads: "Moderna has yet to share specifics for a potential price for its vaccine. At a hearing held yesterday by the House’s energy committee, when asked about vaccine pricing Moderna president, Dr. Stephen Hoge, said that “We will not sell it at cost.” Unfortunately, Moderna is in a difficult place here. For one thing, the NIH has staked a claim that it is a co-inventor of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. Moderna has dismissed these claims saying that it is not aware of any intellectual property that prevents it from commercializing its vaccine. Couple this to the $483 million that the federal government has already given to Moderna for vaccine development, one can already hear the screams from Capitol Hill that U.S. citizens have paid for this vaccine and should get it not AT cost but BELOW cost. The fact that the top five Moderna executives have made more than $80 million this year with stock sales – while totally legal – will also be raised whenever Moderna makes the price of its vaccine public." In "Will Moderna Match Competitors’ Covid-19 Vaccine Prices?" by John LaMattina, Forbes, 22 July 2020.
Fauci heads a federal agency, and of that agency, "the NIH has staked a claim that it is a co-inventor of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine."
Thus it becomes possible to make a simple arithmetic comparison from hydroxychloroquine to remdesivir to the as yet untested Moderna product, and finally the federal government's giving of money to a private company, involved with both the NIH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It looks like this:
60 cents < $4,500 < "We will not sell at cost" < $483,000,000
A 60 year old, readily available an inexpensive drug is being called "unproven" by a government, whose NIH/CDC/FDA bureaucracy is restricting it while ballyhooing much more expensive and unproven vaccines, while company executives rake in hefty remuneration and stock options, and while some physicians are demanding that the inexpensive prophylaxis be "freed" from government restrictions.
This seems an odd and ugly tale of behind-the-scenes operatives angling for profits and control, all the while frontline physicians are asking why. Why?
Any day now, Fauci will lead to the elusive HIV vaccine. Any day now, 218 vaccines will be proven. Any day now, many things bureaucratic will unravel. So it seems. Any day now. Any day now. Any....
And as of early August, "A 50% effective vaccine would be roughly on par with those for influenza, but below the effectiveness of one dose of a measles vaccination, which is about 93% effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health officials and scientists expect to know whether at least one of the numerous potential Covid-19 vaccines in development worldwide is safe and effective by the end of December or early next year, though there is never a guarantee." In "Dr. Anthony Fauci says chance of coronavirus vaccine being highly effective is 'not great'," by Berkeley Lovelace Jr. and Noah Higgins-Dunn, CNBC, 7 August 2020. No mention of non-vaccine prophylaxis, but perhaps any day now.
All this seems far less about medicine and the saving of lives, and all the more about venal Politics and Moolah .
[ 8 ] The reporting is itself dubious. It states "During the press conference, a speaker who identifies herself as a doctor makes a number of dubious claims."
Racist not to identify a Black Physician by Name?
The "speaker" identified herself, and spoke passionately. She does not "identify as a doctor," because she is a physician, something the CNN Wire could have easily researched and reported. One wonders therefore if this editorial slant itself "racist," to deny a black physician her identity?
As to "multiple studies," one finds them on both sides of this issue, and, more to the point, the seeming shilling of at least one "public health official" for some specific and as yet unproven vaccines and their manufacturers, if the same "dubious claims standards were applied on both sides of an evolving understanding ot the virus and its effects, then "dubious" applies quite adequately to the public health officials as well. What is unproven is unproven.
All Is Unproven At the Moment, But....
What is unproven is every proposed vaccine and every treatment protocol tried to date. This includes those which some media and some health bureaucrats have touted. As to the dubious....
One reads: "Hydroxychloroquine has been proposed as a treatment against the SARS-CoV-2 virus because it has antiviral properties that have been proven in lab settings, but not in people. It interferes with the virus' ability to enter the cells -- and also seems to block them from replicating once they are already inside. Zinc itself has antiviral properties and past research has suggested it may reduce the time people suffer from common colds. Rahimian said that it may be that when used to treat coronavirus patients, it is the zinc that does the heavy lifting and is the primary substance attacking the pathogen. Hydroxychloroquine, on the other hand, acts as an agent that transports the zinc into cells, increasing its efficacy, he suggested." In "Zinc-hydroxychloroquine found effective in some COVID-19 patients: study," Agence France Presse, 11 May 2020.
Later one finds: "A study released Thursday links the use of hydroxychloroquine by COVID-19 patients to lower death rates, as health experts around the country try to find an effective treatment to combat the pandemic. The study, conducted by Michigan's Henry Ford Health System, states that hydroxychloroquine, the controversial anti-malarial drug heralded by the White House as a potential treatment for the coronavirus, 'significantly' lowered the mortality rate among COVID-19 patients. In patients who received the drug, the death rate was 13 percent as compared to a death rate of 26.4 percent in patients who weren't administered the treatment. 'The findings have been highly analyzed and peer-reviewed,' Marcus Zervos, co-author of the study and division head of Infectious Disease for Henry Ford Health System, said in a statement. 'We attribute our findings that differ from other studies to early treatment, and part of a combination of interventions that were done in supportive care of patients, including careful cardiac monitoring. Our dosing also differed from other studies not showing a benefit of the drug'." In "Study ties hydroxychloroquine use to lower COVID-19 death rate, by Marty Johnson, The Hill, 3 July 2020.
A Medical Opinion Is Retracted
Additionally: "Trials around the world were temporarily derailed when a study published in The Lancet claimed the drug increased fatalities and heart problems in some patients. The results prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) and others to halt trials over safety concerns. However, the Lancet subsequently retracted the study when it was found to have serious shortcomings and the WHO resumed its trials. Other studies have looked at using the drugs as a preventative measure against Covid-19.The Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) is conducting mass clinical trials and has enrolled 40,000 frontline workers in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, giving participants either chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or a placebo. Professor Sir Nick White, who's leading the trial, said: 'Most experts agree there is a much better chance of benefit in prevention than treatment'." In "Professor Sir Nick White, who's leading the trial, said: 'Most experts agree there is a much better chance of benefit in prevention than treatment'," by Jack Goodman and Christopher Giles, BBC, 27 July 2020.
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and check you cell phones
Thus, returning to the CNN article and its citation of "dubious claims," the article itself makes dubious claims, and NO proven vaccine exists, though Fauci and others promise, "any day now."
It seems CNN has not done even minimum due diligence in its research and reporting. Why? One may speculate.
60 cents < $4,500 < "We will not sell at cost" < $483,000,000
[ 9 ] The opinion details much which is alarming: "The reality is that physicians all over America are already prescribing hydroxychloroquine (along with zinc) and have been since the beginning of this crisis. The results have been positive and undeniable. Many other nations have also moved to the widespread use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 and the results have been clear. The death rates from the virus in those nations have been significantly lower than those here in the United States. The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) has now filed suit against the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to compel the FDA to end its obstruction of the use of hydroxychloroquine in this country. The FDA is actually already sitting on a huge stockpile of hydroxychloroquine, of which it is refusing to release for the treatment of COVID-19 patients."
[ 10 ] The title is powerful. "The biggest monster' is spreading. And it’s not the coronavirus." The worldwide media has focused on what began as a wild assertion -- see Divine the panic -- starring Ferguson and Imperial College, Fauci and the CDC and NIAIH, an assertion proven wrong by a massive amount. While the politicians and media were absorbed with the latest SARS CoV, other diseases were left to be ignored.
Prioritizing Coronavirus Over Tuberculosis
The article observes: "Franyuti said many patients with tuberculosis at the hospital were being misdiagnosed with Covid-19. Tuberculosis kills 1.5 million people each year. Lockdowns and supply-chain disruptions threaten progress against the disease as well as HIV and malaria. ...now most clinics are using the machines only to look for the coronavirus. Prioritizing the coronavirus over TB is 'very stupid from a public health perspective,' Ditiu said. 'You should actually be smart and do both'."
With the various state-mandated lockdowns in the US, medical facilities laid off staff. The news cycle competition was for one kind of story, repetitive and alarmist. But with "clinics using the machines only to look for the corona virus, other diseases' attention and care went wanting. Mix in the politics which invaded this narrative, and the whole picture is an ugly one.
From a wild-eyed fantasy of an out-of-control pandemic dealt with through economic lockdown and loss, many other segments of society have lost. Never had there been a quarantine of the healthy nor such a wealth of pure speculation been seen historically. But as with the HIV vaccine Fauci and his "kin" have been foretelling for decades, "any day now" becomes a deep, dark joke.
Ferguson and Fauci, Murray and Gates have been responsible for an economic sickness of enormous scale. Such hubris meets its end in time. Consider: Nemesis met Hubris .
"Two black women, who only identified themselves as Bevelyn and Edmee, denounced the Black Lives Matter movement as demonic and fraudulent before a group of mostly white and Latino demonstrators." In "Two black women denounce Black Lives Matter protests in unusual confrontation in West Town," by Megan Crepeau, William Lee and Kaitlin Edquist, Chicago Tribune, 7 June 2020. [ 1 ]
Have you the right to think your thoughts, when others disagree?
Have you the right to disagree with those who would forcefully
Destroy your thoughts by way of raging mobs self-righteously?
Have you the right to buck the trends, and mark yourself as free?
Or must you bend to each greater will which acts collectively?
Have you the right to think your thoughts, when others disagree?
Your answers tells which roles you'd play in man's bloody history.
Beautiful downtown Portland
Addendum of Not Intervening: "Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler came under fire over a viral video showing antifa protesters blocking traffic and harassing drivers, but he says he supports the decision by police to watch from a distance without getting involved. 'I was appalled by what I saw in the video, but I support the Portland Police Bureau’s decision not to intervene,' he said at a press conference. 'This whole incident will be investigated'." In "Portland mayor stands by decision to allow antifa to block traffic, hassle motorists," by Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, 14 October 2018. [ 2 ]
Beautiful downtown Seattle
Addendum II of Not Intervening: "The cops were told to stand down and the precinct was left to the ravages of the mob. Could a word from the female African-American female chief have toned things down? We’ll never know." In "Seattle's Top Cop Says Don't Look at Me, Abandoning Police Station Wasn't My Idea," by Victoria Taft, PJ Media, 11 June 2020. [ 3 ]
Beautiful downtown Minneapolis
Addendum III of Not Intervening: "A reporter pressed the mayor, asking him 'what's the plan here? What are we doing? Here in the streets, a lot of businesses have been burned down, a lot of livelihoods have been hurt, we've seen very little police out there just in general, at the 3rd and throughout and I'm just wondering what's the plan and who's in charge in this city.' He first excused the rioting & looting, saying 'there is a lot pain and anger right now in our city, I understand that our entire city recognizes that.' Then after thinking about it, he added 'what we have seen over the past several hours and the past couple of nights in terms of looting is unacceptable. Our communities cannot and will not tolerate it'." In "Minneapolis Mayor Defends Stand-Down Order As Rioters Burn Police Precinct," by Michael Berry, KTRH News, 29 May 2020.
I ♥ NY
Addendum of Disagreement about Intervening: "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) threatened to remove New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) over his refusal to allow the National Guard to quell the increasing violence in the city. Cuomo didn’t pull any punches in a Tuesday press briefing, blasting De Blasio’s hesitance to allow outside law enforcement into the city. 'The NYPD and New York City mayor did not do their job last night,' Cuomo said. 'I think the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem and the duration of the problem. What happened in NYC was inexcusable'." In "Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatens to ‘displace’ De Blasio over mishandling of riots," by staff, American Digest, 2 June 2020.
Addendum of The Big Apple Rotting from Within: "...NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea last week admitted: 'You have a criminal justice system that is imploding. Imploding. That’s the kindest way to put it.' Beleaguered police unions have accused de Blasio of being ‘anti-cop’. In the past month, 272 officers have applied for retirement, 49 per cent up from the 183 who applied during the same period last year. 'We have a mayor who cares more about optics [how things look] than on-the-ground policing,' one police officer said. 'The NYPD is utterly demoralised'." In "Nightmare in New York: How Covid-19, BLM protests and a liberal mayor are turning the city into a no-go zone as murders skyrocket, shops are looted and 500,000 middle-class residents flee," by Caroline Graham, Mail on Sunday, 4 July 2020.
Addendum of Suing New York's Leadership: " 'My law firm believes [that] through depositions, through discovery we’re going to be able to find that the city or state had intelligence in regards to these criminals that looted these stores and didn’t do anything about it,' he added. Strazzullo continued, 'The lackeys that are politically appointed in the NYPD probably were told to stand down and basically it is a travesty.' He added that he believes more businesses will join as plaintiffs to make it a class-action lawsuit, seeking more than $100 million in damages." In "NYC store owner suing Gov. Cuomo over looting damage, says cops were told to 'stand down'," by Joshua Nelson, Fox News, 11 July 2020.
Addendum of NYC's Minority-Owned Businesses versus Politics: "New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has shared an 'alarming' analysis outlining the economic challenges facing the city's minority and women-owned businesses during the pandemic. According to a June survey of over 500 city-certified businesses owned by women or people of color, 85% said they likely can't survive beyond the next six months, given their current cash on hand." In "Most NYC minority and women-owned small businesses might not survive next 6 months: Stringer," by Mark Sundstrom, PIX 11, 11 July 2020.
Addendum of Do Nothing NYC Cops: " 'Put the f–king camera down!' sneered the not-so-peaceful demonstrator as he swung a wooden board at Sheehan multiple times, knocking his phone to the pavement and striking him in the face. Many within the encampment snickered, while one woman could be heard calling, 'All right, all right!' as though to break up the 11:15 a.m. run-in. 'You guys saw that, right?' asked Sheehan of the approximately 30 NYPD cops gathered around keeping watch over the protest — which began last month to call for a reduction of up to $1 billion in funding to the department. But none of the cops so much as moved in the direction of the attack, as the man responsible, wearing a Brooklyn Nets T-shirt bearing Kyrie Irving’s number 11, disappeared into the encampment." In "City Hall protesters attack NY Post reporter as cops do nothing," by Tina Moore and Aaron Feis, NY Post, 12 July 2020.
Addendum of a Shitty Protest in NYC: "The MTA chief said: 'All the people who were here were going to the bathroom in the vents. 'They were s******g and p*****g in the vents. They were using this as a facility, as a bathroom. It's unbelievable what's in there.' A group of transit workers are currently tasked with removing the brown sludge from between the subway grates, from near the Citi Bike rack and on the plaza on the corner of Chambers and Centre streets." In "Clean up will take weeks: New York officials begin the massive task of getting lower Manhattan back to normal after cops in riot gear cleared out the remaining Occupy City Hall protesters," by Ryan Fahey, Mailonline, 23 July 2020.
Addendum of Few People and Most People: "Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions." In "Essay to Leo Baeck," Albert Einstein , 1953.
Addendum of Your Right to Freedom: "Evelyn Beatrice Hall (28 September 1868 – 13 April 1956), who wrote under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre, was an English writer best known for her biography of Voltaire entitled The Life of Voltaire, first published in 1903. She also wrote The Friends of Voltaire, which she completed in 1906. In The Friends of Voltaire, Hall wrote the phrase: 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it' as an illustration of Voltaire's beliefs. This quotation – which is sometimes misattributed to Voltaire himself – is often cited to describe the principle of freedom of speech." In "Evelyn Beatrice Hall," Wikipedia article, n .d. [ 4 ]
Addendum of Explaining A Lot: "...I traced the tyranny of relativism and how it has intensified our divisions and made reasoned discussions nearly impossible. In this climate, the 'winner' of a debate is the one who yells the loudest, or has the greater power, or publicity. Our culture has become fierce and contentious and both social and regular media help to further overheat it. Many of the very ones who speak of tolerance end up being the very one who use raw judicial power to get their way and demand that we will either comply with their agenda or face increasingly punitive measures." In "A Warning From The Prophet Amos Explains a Lot of Our Current Decline," by Msgr. Charles Pope, Community in Mission blog, 2 July 2020.
Addendum of How the Game Works for the White Woke Elite: "Last night campaigners, an MP and an academic criticised the SWP for attempting to hijack the BLM movement and said its involvement could harm the campaign for racial equality. Dr Remi Adekoya, a political science lecturer at Sheffield University, said: 'It could turn the British population against the BLM movement and that is going to come back and bite us — people of colour. It’s not going to bite white members of the Socialist Workers Party'." In "Hard left ‘hijacks’ Black Lives Matter movement," by Ben Ellry and Mutaz Ahmed, The Times, UK, 13 June 2020.
[ 1 ] The article details: " 'This man’s business was beat to the ground in the name of Black Lives Matter,' Bevelyn told the Tribune in an interview conducted in shouts between the barrier of police officers. 'This is evil. This is ungodly.' Bevelyn and Edmee, whose website describes them as traveling ministers, wanted to show support for the owner of Nini’s after meeting his pastor last week, Bevelyn said. 'We have the right to say we don’t support LGBTQ because it's an abomination,' she said. 'I have the right to say that ... even if (the owner) was a racist, he had a right to be one'."
The gist of the social trend leaps out. Does an individual in a free society have the right to think, speak and believe differently than another individual. One's personal response to this question informs greatly.
The article also interlocks with notions found in considering the above, Black and White, part deux .
Looking on Without Intervening
To place the business "beat to the ground in the name of" any reason is to revisit the history of businesses "beat" by a socio-political movement. As an example: "Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, also called the November Pogrom(s), was a pogrom against Jews carried out by SA paramilitary forces and civilians throughout Nazi Germany on 9–10 November 1938. The German authorities looked on without intervening. The name Kristallnacht ("Crystal Night") comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues were smashed." In "Kristallnacht," Wikipedia article, n. d.
In the early days of National Socialism, the mob did its destructive work, and "authorities looked on without intervening."
Intolerance of the National Socialists
Just as highlighted above, one reads of Chicago: "... SA Kim Foxx as a 'Bystander' during the riots and lootings a few weeks ago that destroyed thousands of jobs on the south & west sides of Chicago, Loop and suburbs." In "As Chicago is riddled w/lootings, shootings, homicides & police stand-downs, Watch SA Candidate O'Brien take on SA Foxx, Cable & Web," by Jeff Berkovitz, Chicago Now, 28 June 2020.
Beautiful Chicago which "stood down"
The story element is similar to that above, as "police stand-downs" are essentially the authorities looking on without intervening.
Similarly history teaches: ""Dekulakization was the Soviet campaign of political repressions, including arrests, deportations, and executions of millions of kulaks (prosperous peasants) and their families in the 1929–1932 period of the first five-year plan. To facilitate the expropriations of farmland, the Soviet government portrayed kulaks as class enemies of the USSR." In "Dekulakization," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Soviet Socialist Propaganda against the "Prosperous" Peasant
Prosperous peasants as the USSR's collectivization destroyed stand in direct comparison to the many shop owners and operators of small businesses as the riots of 2020 destroyed those modern-day "prosperous peasants." In favor of what?
[ 2 ] What then is a cause to intervene for a Portland mayor? One learns: "Protesters on Wednesday night used items including dumpsters and stolen construction materials to build an 'autonomous zone' in Portland’s Pearl District near an apartment building where Mayor Ted Wheeler reportedly lives. They put up barricades and set up tents in the North Park Blocks area." In " Portland Police Quickly Shut Down 'Autonomous Zone' Outside Mayor’s House," by Mairead McArdle, MSN/National Review, 18 June 2020.
One Role When Not In My Backyard, and Another Role When...
Which role did Mayor Wheeler play in the first scenario? He chose not to intervene. In the second, he chose to intervene. Thus one may discount consistency as the underlying principle. NIMBY - "not in my backyard" -- might better explain the different roles the same individual played.
There is humor in all this as one finds an exchange of Twitter messages, the first a white elite testifying to a "system of white supremacy," and then a comment worth noticing.
The struggle is real
As to Portland, a snapshot in time reveals the effectiveness of the mayor's policy: "In Portland, Oregon’s largest city, those demonstrations have raged for six weeks straight, and local businesses have reported $23 million in losses due to looting and rioting that have gripped its downtown area since the end of May." In "Portland's unrest continues for six straight weeks with no apparent end in sight," by Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 14 July 2020.
As to one "protestor" one reads an interesting tale as a stabbing victim says: " 'That's what you get here in Portland. You can’t have free speech. You can't be a conservative or have opposing views to Antifa or otherwise they’ll try to hunt you down, put a couple of bounties on your ass. And also too let's not forget that Twitter allows this to happen. There are still posts up of Antifa—Rose City Antifa—these mother**kers actively putting my number, my address, information out about me and trying to tell me to hunt me down. Twitter openly allows this sh*t'." In "Antifa militant arrested for stabbing black Trump supporter in Portland," by Ian Miles Cheong, Post Millennial, 25 July 2020.
Portland Protestor Hampe
Of the Antifa "militant," further details tell: "Hampe, who incriminated himself during the search, stated that he was kicked out of his uncle's home on account of a discovery of child pornography, and that he had also stored the illicit material on his mother's home computer, and had received counseling for his 'problem'. In 2008, Hampe was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release." Apparently the justice system was and remains at fault, and so he violently attacks a political opponent. Such is this tale so far.
Portland Protestor (and Software Engineer at Google) Trudo
In another tale of "protest" and subsequent arrest in Portland, one finds in the Portland Police reprts, "32 year old Zachary A. Trudo, Hillsboro: Interfering with a Peace Officer, Assault IV, Resist Arrest, Attempt Escape III." An instructive snapshot of Twitter posts tells a tale:
Now there's an example of protest. "Burn it to the ground!" And as to small business owners which he calls the "bourgeoisie," ILWU is the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union, whose members make no money when businesses "hurt." Or "burn." One wonders why Trudo did not being with his employer, Google. Such white Leftist privilege.
Teaching Portland's Children to Protest, 2020
An editorial view is read: "Peaceful protesters don't try to burn down federal courthouses or jails or the headquarters of a local police union, nor hurl rocks and bottles at cops, night after night for weeks on end — nor assault a police station: What's going on in Portland is somewhere between riot and insurrection, and demands a strong federal response even if local officials are in denial." In " What’s really going on in the 'battle of Portland'," by Post Editorial Board, NY Post, 17 July 2020.
YouTube video interview with a Portland Citizen Upset with White Protestors:
"And we get blamed for your Black Lives f---ing Matter!"
Peaceful Burning of a Bible
Protest what exactly? "Around 12:30 a.m. people began starting a fire in the street in front of the federal courthouse which started with burning a bible, then an American flag, until more and more items were added. Finally around 1 a.m., yellow clad members of the group Moms United for Black Lives Matter went over to the fire and put it out with bottles of water and stamped it out." In "Bonfires end 64th night of Portland protests after peaceful gatherings," by Danny Peterson and Jennifer Dowling, KION/CBS6, 31 July 2020.
An eyewitness bears witness: "Johnson says protesters called him a coon, Uncle Tom, and the n-word—'with the -ER, not -a.' He has done several interviews this week because he wants the world to know that when leaders say that the federal law enforcement officers have caused the riots, and that the protests are largely peaceful, that’s a lie." In "Black Portlander Changes His Mind About the Nightly Protests After He Attends One," by Jeff Reynolds, PJ Media, 24 July 2020.
Johnson tells: " 'Unfortunately, 90% of the people don't look like me, but 99% of the people that I talk to don't even live in Portland,' he added. 'If you are down here at one of these movements or one of these protests, one of the things you're going to notice is there's a lot of out-of-state license plates. People are very brazen about the fact that no, they're not from here'."
And more on the tale of destruction and chaos under Wheeler: "Daryl Turner, the head of the Portland Police Association, said Sunday that city politicians have not acted in the best interest of the city after weeks of violent protests and instead prioritized their own political agenda as the city burned. 'The elected officials have condoned the destruction and chaos,' Turner, who is Black, said, according to Oregonlive.com. 'They have placed their political agenda ahead of safety and welfare of the community. This must stop'." In "Portland politicians 'condoned' destruction of city, police union boss says," by Edmund DeMarche, Fox News, 20 July 2020.
Some Portland "Peaceful" Protestors, Their Shields and another Hammer and Sickle Logo
And so, a black head of the Portland Police Union, as with other examples above, is on the opposing side of a white "liberal" for whom "peaceful protestors" do indeed commit arson and assault for weeks on end. "Unrest" is a very expensive political gambit.
As to the "peaceful" protests, one reads not only of overt racism on the part of some "peaceful protestors," but also blatant, violent sexism: "...many in the crowd turned their attention to two female officers. 'The crowd keyed in on them, saying some of the most vile things to them, talking about sex assault, about being sex objects for other officers,' Maxey said. 'There was one individual that said that he was going to take the baton from one of the female officers and sexually abuse her with it. It was something that is so vile, no one should be exposed to it'." In "'The most horrific displays of hate that I've ever seen' | Portland police describe front lines of protests," by Staff, KGW8, Portland, 6 August, 2020.
Let the City Put Out Its Own Fires and Fund Its Own Cleanup
A sea change in sympathies and attitudes is seen. One reads: "Anarchists and rioters have wreaked havoc on Portland, Ore., for nearly two months. Democrats have excused and emboldened them, and they’re now claiming the real problem is that federal law enforcement has intervened to restore order. Maybe the feds should leave and let the city put out its own fires." In "The Mess in Portland: Progressives blame Trump for the disorder they’ve tolerated," by WSJ Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal, 10 July 2020.
Some tale telling of the city and its wealthy Leftist mayor: "It's surely an 'only in America' story, where you can go from gritty, end-of-the-line Western outpost, to something out of Norman Rockwell, and then embark on a headlong rush to mirror the Chinese cultural model of 1966-76, all in the space of a citizen's lifetime. Add the presence of a 40,000-strong downtown university — and, perhaps not coincidentally, a thriving drug scene — and you get some of the flavor of the place. Lots of people have tattoos and piercings, bikes are everywhere, and a Republican has about as much chance of being elected to public office as I do of becoming Pope." In "Hell in Portland," by Christopher Sandford, Spectator, 20 July 2020.
Sandford writes further: "...the nightly sight of hundreds of masked demonstrators, predominantly white and male, collecting in downtown Portland in order to pelt police with rocks and urinate on the steps of the courthouse. Mayor Wheeler has told us how sorry he is about this state of affairs, but at least he can solace himself by decamping to one of his three luxury homes bought with the proceeds of the family timber business and his own career as an executive at the same Bank of America that helped trigger the great economic meltdown of 2008."
Detail from an editorial cartoon
A racialized tale of mostly white capitalism and mostly white Communism, of a rush to devolve and of mostly white violence directed at the police, with racial slurs and threats directed at blacks in police uniforms. Any wonder the Wall Street Journal editorial suggests letting Portland "put out its own fires." And pay for its own swath of vandalism and destruction. That must be what "white privilege" is these days.
Democrat Mayor Wheeler -- a "F--king fascist"
Another sign of apparent weakening white privilege seems to involve a "caterer": "Despite Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler having spent his whole career as mayor catering to left-wing extremists, Rose City's extremists showed him zero love when he chose inexplicably to march among them during a 'protest' Wednesday. From the moment Wheeler entered the scene — reportedly with his security detail close by — he was hassled, with the extremists pouring broken glass in front of his path, yelling in his face, cursing him out and calling him a 'f–king fascist'." In " 'F—ing facist’': Portland mayor taunted and cursed at in brutal reality check from raging protesters," by Vivek Saxena, BPR Business & Politics, 23 July 2020.
Shall one assume that Anti-fascists would know who is a fascist? If no, then what is their anti-fascism all about? If yes, then the Democrat mayor of Portland must be a fascist. It's one or the other.
[ 3 ] From Seattle, an insight into the riot's instigators: "Much of the violence was, she said, 'instigated and perpetuated not by the people most impacted by generations of discrimination and institutional racism but by young white men,' Durkan said. 'These were not the acts of allies'." In "Seattle mayor, police face questions over response to George Floyd protests, downtown turmoil," by staff, Seattle Times, 31 May 2020.
Once again, one returns to the political nature of Black and White, part deux .
Having No Problem and Then Having a Problem
As to the motivation of the mayor, one finds: "Before the left-wing mob came to her door, Durkan had no problem with allowing CHAZ/CHOP to fester. The death and destruction happened on her watch, and she had no problem allowing it to happen until it personally affected her safety." In "Shortly After Protesters Rush the Home of Seattle Mayor, CHAZ/CHOP is Quickly Retaken by Police," by Shane Trejo, Big League Politics, 1 July 2020.
Another tidbit is found: "Business owners, afraid that Mayor Jenny Durkan will continue to let the rioters go buck wild while simultaneously standing down the cops, are hiring private security at a frantic pace. The Seattle Times reports that local security firms have been swamped with calls asking for private security to watch their businesses in case rioters, arsonists and looters further target them." In "Seattle's Liberal Elite Cheer Anti-Police Protesters Then Hire Their Own Private Security," by Victoria Taft, PJ Media, 15 June 2020.
The storytelling elements between Durkan and Wheeler, detailed above, are strikingly similar. To intervene or not intervene? That is the question. The answer is 'it depends' on how close "chaos" gets to the politician. So it seems.
Durkan's "Summer of Love" - 25 July 2020
As a civil suit, perhaps growing into a class action suit against the political leadership of New York by one or more business owners "discovering" stand down orders, becomes more visible nationally, it is likely that more civil suits against those in mayoral and gubernatorial offices will be mounted. When a mob is allowed "space" and time by the actions of political leadership, then that same political leadership becomes responsible for the break down of law-abiding and civil society. It is not a "Left versus Right" political model, but rather a right versus wrong societal model.
Peaceful graffiti for Jenny Durkan
But revolutions often turn on their own: "Messages written on a street at Durkan's home read 'Guillotine Jenny' and 'Resign Bi---,'" according to The Seattle Times. Windows at Pedersen's home read 'F--- You' and 'Don't be racist trash.' Separately, Councilmember Tammy Morales, who has called for the police to be defunded by 50 percent, spoke with demonstrators outside her home Sunday. 'I had a brief conversation with a few members of the group that came to my home last night,' Morales tweeted Monday. 'I appreciate the opportunity to listen to what they had to say. We exchanged numbers and will be talking later today'." In " Seattle mayor, council members see offensive messages written outside homes: 'Resign bi---'," by Louis Casiano, MSN/Fox, 27 July 2020.
[ 4 ] Again, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." The notion of "intolerant tolerance" as proposed by the controlling psychology is of course Orwellian, though it has found a home among some, as may be seen in Anthem of the Academic Left .
In answer, one need not rely on a mob to reply. Individual voices suffice.
One says: "I should like to say two things. One, intellectual, and one moral. The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this. When you are studying any matter or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only, what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted either what you wish to believe or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. Look only and surely at what are the facts. That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say. The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple. I should say -- Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet." Bertrand Russell, BBC Interview, 1959.
"...we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things we don't like."
Or we can take up as a rampaging mob of "protestors" with weapons and the urge to destroy demanding that there be only one truth - The Truth - no doubt about it.
Which is your role in this tragedy and this comedy makes all the difference.
Should government be limited?
Should government be limited?
Who would argue no?
Should one be individual?
If not, how would life go?
Should one? Would one?
The questions linger, so....
Should government be limited
Or be unchecked to grow?
Should one be an individual?
Why would one argue no?
Addendum of an Awaited Disappearance: "Socialists from Marx and Engels onwards have always held that with the establishment of Socialism the State will disappear. The State, which exists where society is divided into an owning class and a propertyless class, and is a coercive institution through control of which the dominant class imposes its will on the subject class, would lose its function when society ceases to be divided into classes. The Marxian view was put by F. Engels in his 'Socialism, Utopian and Scientific':— 'The first act by virtue of which the State really constitutes itself the representative of the whole of society—the taking possession of the means of production in the name of society—this is, ay the same time, its last independent act as a State. State interference in social relations becomes, in one domain after another, superfluous and then dies out of itself; the government of persons is replaced by the administration of things, and by the conduct of processes of production. The State is not 'abolished.' It dies out.' - Sonnenschein edition, 1892, p. 76. (The phrase "dies out" has sometimes been translated 'withers away.')" In "The Withering Away of the State — From Marx to Stalin," Socialist Standard, March 1946, via Marxists.org. [ 1 ]
Addendum of the Concept: " 'Withering away of the state' is a Marxist concept coined by Friedrich Engels referring to the idea that, with realization of the ideals of socialism, the social institution of a state will eventually become obsolete and disappear as the society will be able to govern itself without the state and its coercive enforcement of the law." In "Withering away of the state," Wikipedia article, n. d. [ 2 ]
Addendum of the Victory of the Buttocks: "Controversial Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld argued (in his brilliant The Rise and Decline of the State) that government – the most important institution in the world – peaked in the 20th century and was now, as another seer once memorably put it, withering away. ...Prof. van Creveld thought the welfare state was effectively destroyed by its own success. Between 1940 and 1975, government's share of GDP 'doubled in Germany, tripled in the U.K., quadrupled in the Netherlands and quintupled in Denmark.' Yet, the apparent need for state intervention increased, proving 'the amazing ability of the welfare state to aggravate the social problems it was designed to cure.' The paradox was this: The larger the benefits, the larger the number of people who qualified for them; the larger the number of people who qualified for benefits, the larger the bureaucracy. Prof. van Creveld blamed the state's decline on the nature of bureaucracy. 'Considered as individuals, bureaucrats may be mild, harmless and self-effacing people. Collectively, they have created a monster whose powers far exceed the mightiest empires of old. By merely waiting, a bureaucrat can outlast any individual. For the first time in history, victory goes to the buttocks rather than the fist'." In "The withering of the state," by Neil Reynolds, Globe and Mail, 7 March 2011. [ 3 ]
Addendum of an Example of Government: "...an absurd bureaucratic nightmare. Everyone was entered in at least seventeen different files. Yet nothing was certain. Only the Nazi rules and ridiculous prohibitions, but even they were changed at whim. People weren't allowed to sing or whistle in the streets. No one was allowed to touch a chimneysweep for luck. Abortions were compulsory, but smoking was regarded as a serious crime." In "Paradise Camp," a documentary on the Theresienstadt concentration camp, written and directed by Australians Paul Rea and Frank Heimans, 1986.
Addendum of Botched Responses At All Levels of Government: "...new data show that the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent botched response at all levels of government may be starting to relieve people of their naive belief that more government 'help' is a good idea. According to a new Gallup poll, Congress’s already-low approval ratings have done a nosedive in the last few months. At 22% in March, when the coronavirus outbreak began, approval ratings had briefly ticked up after Congress passed a $2 trillion relief bill. But now, the legislative branch has fallen to just 18% approval. That means nearly 4 in 5 people in the United States do not approve of our legislators' performance amid this crisis, and it's not a partisan phenomenon. The gap between Republicans and Democrats on this metric is only a few points." In "The coronavirus has shown people that big government can't solve all their problems," by Brad Polumbo, Washington Examiner, 1 August 2020.
Consider a truth about all government, of all kinds: Fat, fat government
[ 1 ] The state's bureaucrats, should there be a disappearance of the State, would be lost. What next for these functionaries whose lives are (were) dedicated to the State? The existential threat to their roles in society then are great, in any age. It is they, the population of politicians and administrators and functionaries, who would be cut adrift in a society no longer in need of a State.
Consider the modern reality of The Story of Innocent Bloat .
[ 2 ] The concept is Marxist, but it is also a more conservative stance which suggests that government becomes too large, too invasive and too authoritarian, and as well a more liberal stance which suggests that freedom and individuality have a rightful place in a free world. The words and too many competing definitions stumble, one over another. Consider: Left and Right .
Interference of State Power in Social Relations
The Wikipedia article observes: "The phrase was coined by Friedrich Engels in part 3, chapter 2, of Anti-Dühring: 'The interference of the state power in social relations becomes superfluous in one sphere after another, and then ceases of itself. The government of persons is replaced by the administration of things and the direction of the processes of production. The state is not 'abolished', it withers away.' Another related quote from Engels comes from Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State: 'The society which organizes production anew on the basis of free and equal association of the producers will put the whole state machinery where it will then belong—into the museum of antiquities, next to the spinning wheel and the bronze ax'."
Whether on one seemingly clear political side or another, all will likely agree that "state power in social relations" is a reality. One side accuses the other of exactly the same thing - social interference. One solution proposed is then clear. Wither away the interference, whether it be regulation, action, application of monies for competing projects, and so on. The administrative state, dependent on the State, would be aghast. Why? The administrative state seeks to administer, and administrative actions amass, grow and flood into and over society.
"Free and equal association on the producers" would strip away arbiters, controllers, regulators, and so many other forms of state administration as to create an earthquake across the entire reach of Politics .
[ 3 ] That someone notices, given the investment modern media has in not noticing, is interesting. The imagery is dark and amusing at the same time. "By merely waiting, a bureaucrat can outlast any individual. For the first time in history, victory goes to the buttocks rather than the fist'."
Losing Its Raison d'être
As a recent historical matter, this is easily seen. Novak writes: "The Soviet Union, Prof. van Creveld said, was the first state to exhaust itself completely in war and welfare – but then it was an experiment to determine the feasibility of a totalitarian state. But the democratic state, he said, has also lost its raison d'être and has, of necessity, delegated much authority to multinational companies, NGOs, criminal gangs, all sorts of organizations – and to mere things, too, such as the Internet – that are neither territorial nor sovereign. The state is in full retreat. As Prof. van Creveld warned, the retreat could well turn into a rout."
A clear conclusion is that the "victory of the buttocks" requires a solution. Given then picture of "buttocks" versus "fist," it is predictable that the administrative State would rage -- using its "fists" -- against its withering "by any means necessary," a phrase so often heard and thought incorrectly to be "revolutionary." The proof is that such a reaction by the administrative State, its politicians and bureaucrats, would be "reactionary," using socialist vocabulary. Indeed.
The Status Quo Seeks to Remain the Status Quo
"In political science, a reactionary or reactionist can be defined as a person or entity holding political views that favour a return to a previous political state of society that they believe possessed characteristics that are negatively absent from the contemporary status quo of a society. As an adjective, the word reactionary describes points of view and policies meant to restore a past status quo." In "Reactionary," Wikipedia article, n. d.
The administrative State is the status quo, and it is assured maintaining that status quo is its stance, its policy and its strategy. From the perspective of the State withering as it loses its "raison d'être," returning to it would be reactionary and the ultimate irony.
Large, growing and pervasive government then has as its raison d'être increasing its size, scope and reach. Should government be limited? / Who would argue no?
Most obviously the State would argue no.
Not the center, right nor left. All would argue no, existentially.
Ultimately then the State is the reason for the State.
The larger State seeks itself then in more and more powerful ways than the smaller State, something which may be seen throughout a bloody century or two.
The terminology used is shifty. Consider one who said clearly: We might have called ourselves the Liberal Party .
See, shan't he? - to be sung to the 19th century sea shanty tune, "Blow the Man Down" [ 1 ]
Oh-oh, burn the town down,
Bullies, burn the town down,
To me, weigh, hey, burn the place down.
Arson is peaceful when looting a town,
Oh, give us thugs time to burn the town down.
As I was a strutting, downtown on the street,
A bright, pretty shop window seemed such a treat.
Once full of products that aren't there now
Prove looting's just protest, as mayors will allow.
It was in through a window to take what was mine,
So I took what I wanted, and thought, "this is fine."
I spray painted quickly my radical sign,
Violently protesting, and this by design.
Then I flipped cops the finger and ran with my stuff,
And brightly the fires I lit were enough
To keep the streets roiling, for this was no bluff.
When I'm out with my mob, I'm ever so tough.
That downtown still smolders with ashes and trash
And yet from the mayors comes little backlash.
They cower, well silenced, and speeches rehash
To tell they are down with the struggle and clash.
And soon again comes a reprise from the mob,
With Molotov cocktails to light and to lob.
Signing our slogans -- graffiti to daub --
We'll loot and we'll burn and we'll pillage and rob.
So I give you fair warning, or maybe I shan't.
Repetitive slogans make for my chant.
Don't ask that I cease, for simply I can't.
It's rage and its anger that scream in my rant.
Burn the town down, bullies, loot it and burn;
Mayors and cops, bullies, will violence spurn.
Burn the place down, not just once, but return!
The mayors and the councils will meet, then adjourn.
Oh-oh, burn the town down,
Bullies, burn the town down,
To me, weigh, hey, burn the place down.
Arson is peaceful when looting a town,
Oh, give us thugs time to burn the town down.
Minneapolis St. Paul
Addendum of the Wake: "In their wake, vandals left a trail of smashed doors and windows, covered hundreds of boarded-up businesses with graffiti and set fire to nearly 150 buildings, with dozens burned to the ground. Pharmacies, groceries, liquor stores, tobacco shops and cell phone stores were ransacked, losing thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise. Many were looted repeatedly over consecutive nights. Other property — like gas stations, restaurants and even parked cars — was set on fire, with much of it completely destroyed." In "Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul after riots," by Josh Penrod, C.J. Sinner and MaryJo Webster, Star Tribune, 6 July 2020.
Addendum of a Heartbroken Neighborhood: "The trail of property damage at places like Scores and Islam's Gandhi Mahal restaurant couldn't have happened at a worse time, according to local business leaders. Stores were already suffering heavy losses from coronavirus-related closures, and now they say it will take even longer for the area to recover. 'People are devastated by the violence, and now it's compounded with the loss of their livelihood,' Peter Frosch, CEO of the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, told CBS MoneyWatch. 'The small business community is more than hurting'." In "In Minneapolis, a vibrant neighborhood now looted, burned and heartbroken," by Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 1 June 2020.
Addendum of a Holistic Response to a Burned Out Neighborhood: "...'We are closer than any time in history, and anywhere else in the country, to a safe, thriving city without police.' Under the proposed plan, the city would eliminate the existing police department and replace it with 'a department of community safety and violence prevention, which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach.' The department would be overseen by a director, nominated by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Only individuals with 'non-law enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches,' will be eligible to hold the post, according to the amendment." In "Minneapolis Council Moves To Defund Police, Establish 'Holistic' Public Safety Force," by Vanessa Romo, National Public Radio, 26 June 2020.
Minnesota Governor Walz, Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Frey - See, shan't they?
Addendum of Questions and an Alternative: "The people of Minneapolis have every right to ask their elected officials who are promoting eliminating the Police Department why this solution is better than all the other solutions they've offered up for decades that didn't stop racism, violence and bad cops who failed their city. Why didn't they protect the people of Minneapolis? Why didn't they protect good cops from bad cops? Why didn't they stop their city from burning? Mayors Frey, Rybak and Hodges and the City Council all claim they were impotent because the police union was too strong for them. If that is true then the remedy isn't to defund and disband the Police Department. It's time to defund and disband the current elected leadership at Minneapolis City Hall and find people with the courage and conviction to protect all of the people of Minneapolis, all of the time, everywhere in the city." In "Defund and disband Minneapolis City Hall leadership," by Norm Coleman, Star Tribune, 16 June 2020. [ 2 ]
Mayor Frey in Beautiful Downtown Minneapolis, and a Beige Protestor Enjoying the View
Addendum of Black Advocates Against White Activists: "A panel of African-American violence prevention advocates held what they call an emergency news conference to speak against the city council’s push to dismantle the police department. 'It is time to stand up in this city, it is time to tell the city council that utopia is a bunch of B.S. We are not in Mayberry we are in the wild wild west and it is time for some answers,' Clemons said." In " 'It Is Time To Stand Up In This City': Twin Cities Citizens Speak Against Dismantling The Police," by Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield, WCCO CBS 4, 7 July 2020.
Addendum of City Council Approval: " 'Defund,' 'Dismantle' and 'End the MPD' are among the oft-heard cries from police reform proponents. A police reform report released in June by Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) included a lengthy list of recommendations such as community input on police contracts, mandatory psychological testing for police, and an independent agency to handle police misconduct cases. The Minneapolis City Council last month approved a proposal to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and replace it with a community-led public safety department. They want city voters to weigh in on the proposal in the November general election by agreeing to amend the City Charter." In "Leaders discourage any rush to judgment on police reform," by Charles Hallman, Spokesman-Recorder, 9 July 2020.
A Traditional Sport for Some
Addendum of Less Cops, Anyway: "At least 150 Minneapolis Police Officers have begun the process of seeking 'duty disability' for post-traumatic stress under the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), said an attorney representing the officers. The attorney, Ron Meuser, who handles most disability claims for the Minneapolis Police Federation, told the FOX 9 Investigators 75 of those officers are under doctors’ orders not to return to work as they undergo treatment for symptoms consistent with PTSD. 'The symptoms didn't just start six weeks ago,' said Meuser. “They've been dealing with symptoms for decades'." In "150 Minneapolis police officers seeking disability for PTSD following riots," by Tom Lyden, KMSP / Fox 9, 9 July 2020. [ 3 ]
A Shopkeeper's Advice to Politicians
Addendum of the Aftermath: "The Walz administration conducted a preliminary damage assessment that found nearly $16 million of eligible damages related to fires. The federal funds would have been used to reimburse local governments for repairs and debris removal. Republican Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer on Thursday sent a letter to Trump in response to Walz’s aid request, asking for a 'thorough and concurrent review' of the state’s response to the unrest so that 'every governor, mayor and local official can learn from our experiences' and prevent such a situation from happening again. 'If the federal government is expected to assist in the clean-up of these unfortunate weeks, it has an obligation to every American — prior to the release of funding — to fully understand the events which allowed for this level of destruction to occur and ensure it never happens again,' Emmer wrote." In "Feds deny Walz's request for aid to rebuild after riots," by Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, 11 July 2020. [ 4 ]
Addendum of Police Going Home: "According to Minneapolis City Council member Jeremiah Ellison, who supports efforts to defund police forces, police officers who leave the force are not willing to help make a change. 'Policing as an institution has largely been untouchable, despite the many, many, many failings that are cultural,' said Ellison. 'Here we are in a moment where people all over the country are saying, ‘No, no, no, no, no, we are interested in real accountability.' Ellison claims that officers who leave the force are essentially saying, 'You're picking on us, you don't know how hard our job is and we're going home'." In "Nearly 200 Officers Apply to Leave Minneapolis Police Force," by Kyle Morris, Breitbart, 21 July 2020. [ 5 ]
Addendum of Democrat Mayor and Democrat Governor: "Mayor Jacob Frey, the Minneapolis Democrat who faced sharp criticism over his handling of the George Floyd riots in June, on Monday seemed to place much of the blame on Gov. Tim Walz, another Democrat, for failing to act quickly on early requests from the city for state intervention, a report said. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune published a detailed report that shed light on the interaction between the mayor's office and Walz in the early days of the protest. The governor's office made it clear that National Guard Troops were ready within 24 hours of the mayor's informal request, but Frey seems to be unconvinced that the governor's office took the unfolding crisis as serious as the moment demanded. The report also shows clear fissures in Frey’s relationship with Walz. Frey told the paper that he remembered a press conference that the governor held outside the smoldering Third Precinct when he called the city’s response to the unrest the night before an 'abject failure'." In "Minneapolis' Frey accuses Walz of dragging feet during early unrest," by Edmund DeMarche, Fox News, 4 August 2020.
[ 1 ] "Blow the Man Down is an English sea shanty. The lyric 'Blow the man down' most likely refers to a common mishap at sea during the age of sail wherein a strong, sudden gale catches a ship with its topsails fully set – the force of the wind, depending upon the load and balance of the ship's cargo, can actually 'blow the man down', or blow the man-o'-war down into the water, partially capsizing it. When this occurs during a violent storm, the result is almost always a loss of the ship, however there are techniques for righting the vessel in relatively calm positions (cutting free the sails and rigging dragging in the water)." In "Blow the Man Down," Wikipedia article, n. d.
The sentiment is apt. "Fighting for the vessel" and fighting for the small business owners are quite parallel situations. As one has seen, one may ask the question of city mayors, councils, police chiefs and state governors as to whether they take a side in the riots and resulting destruction. One asks plainly of them, Which role? .
It has turned out to be a difficult question for the public servants, as to which public they serve. Squirming is the order of the day.
[ 2 ] Most amusingly, Coleman observes a political conundrum for Minneapolis: "What is it about the culture of politics in Minneapolis that failed time and time again to address what is now labeled 'systemic racism' in the city’s Police Department? Blaming the police union is, no pun intended, a cop-out. Blaming Republicans isn’t an option as there isn’t an elected Republican in the city as far as the eye can see."
One finds the same conundrum being played out in Chicago. See the first footnote to the rhyme, Let's all go to the funeral .
Additionally one finds the same conundrum being played out elsewhere. See the rhyme, associated imagery, addenda and sourced footnotes to White Eric and white Gavin .
[ 3 ] A thought experiment is proposed, now in real time. Is serving as police becoming less attractive? More dangerous? More complicated?
One finds: "Nationwide, interest in becoming a police officer is down significantly. In Nashville, job applications dropped from 4,700 in 2010 to 1,900 last year. In Seattle, applications have declined by nearly 50 percent in a department where the starting salary is $79,000. Even the FBI had a sharp drop, from 21,000 applications per year to 13,000 last year, before a new marketing campaign brought an upswing. And retaining officers once they’ve joined is getting harder, too. In a PERF survey of nearly 400 police departments, 29 percent of those who left their police job voluntarily had been on the force less than a year, and an additional 40 percent had been on the job less than five years. At a PERF gathering in Washington on Tuesday of police chiefs and commanders from across the country, many attributed their declining numbers to a diminished perception of police in the years after the shooting and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and an increase in public and media scrutiny of police made possible by technology and social media." In "Who wants to be a police officer? Job applications plummet at most U.S. departments," by Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 4 December 2018.
The article notes: "...whatever the reason for officers leaving, replacing them has gotten tougher. Nearly 66 percent of the nearly 400 police departments surveyed said their number of applicants had decreased. Hiring in a healthy economy is one problem, police officials said, because private industry can offer better salaries. Still, pay isn’t the main reason many pass policing by, Seattle Deputy Police Chief Marc Garth Green said. 'Number one is validation,' he said. 'The validation that they’re putting their life on the line. There's no respect for that.' He blamed the news media for undermining respect for police authority."
The story continues as one learns the Seattle Deputy Chief was demoted. "According to a profile on the city's website, Green has been with the Seattle Police Department for 19 years, formerly serving as a patrol officer, sergeant, SWAT team member and patrol operations lieutenant. Green's departure from leadership staff was among several changes to the command structure announced by the Seattle Police Department Monday night. Best said the department will bring back the 'Homeland Security Bureau,' tasked with managing hundreds of events and demonstrations annually, headed by Assistant Chief Eric Greening." He was reassigned, demoted from leadership. So his comment above seems apt.
One finds in Minneapolis: "The applicant pool is also much smaller now than in years past, asserted Minnesota Police Officers Union president Bob Kroll, who estimates the number of would-be cops is only about 20% the level it was three decades ago." In "Lack of cops causes devastating Minneapolis crime spree," by Storm Gifford, New York Daily News, 17 September 2019.
Trouble, Right Here in Any City
Nationwide the tale is similar. Critique, non-stop, coupled to abuse. " 'I can't ignore that that's a factor. When you do a job that's being highly criticized on a daily basis, we have to ask ourselves, how do we find good candidates that really want to be under that type of scrutiny,' Jones said, according to Bethesda Magazine. 'If you feel like you're being scrutinized all the time, then this may not be the career that you want, so we understand that that may be a roadblock for us'." In "US police agencies having trouble hiring, keeping officers, according to a new survey, The survey shows decreased officer applications, early exits and retirements," by Luke Barr, ABC News, 17 September 2019.
Fewer applicants, all the while city councils are politicking about "re-imagining." It becomes necessary, because what is isn't working.
"The natural whittling process further carves the pool, as candidates depart due to failed background checks, pregnancy, or landing more immediate work. By the time it’s over, 'all these departments are fighting for these students,' says Lamirande, former chief of the Cloquet Police Department who now runs the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College law enforcement program. 'We're at the first time ever that we're at 100 percent placement.' Much of the problem is self-inflicted. Cops describe countless good deeds in their daily routine—helping women flee violent relationships, rescuing kids from unloving homes. But these acts are instantly erased by a single bad shooting or violent arrest, the footage roaring across TV screens and Facebook feeds, sowing distrust and disdain with the power of a multimillion-dollar ad campaign." In " Why no one wants to be a cop anymore," by Pete Kotz, City Pages, 30 January 2019.
There is a hard truth herein. "There are nearly 10,000 cops in Minnesota. Only the tiniest fraction is involved in cases of high-profile violence. And if police can be accused of profiling, so can their critics, who tend to paint all 10,000 with a one-size-fits-all malignance. Few occupations make for a more convenient punching bag. Nor has the body politic done them any favors."
For the black cop today, one watches the woke white Leftist, as in Black and White, part deux .
[ 4 ] It is an interesting notion, "the state's response to the unrest." Another is the city's "response." That Governor Walz would have the country -- via the federal government -- fund some to all of the clean up is clear. But a comment beneath the article offered a reminder from recent history: "The Feds didn't pick up the tab through FEMA for Baltimore in 2015 under the Obama administration or the race riots in Detroit in 1967 under the Johnson administration."
Another Shopkeeper's Advice to Politicians
If a mayor and city council suggest that they are not responsible, and a higher level of government is, then the question immediately becomes, "why have a mayor?" The same holds true for a city council. And the same for a state governor. Why have them, if it is the federal government's responsibility to do the work? This returns to the larger question: Should government be limited?
Another Shopkeeper's Advice to Politicians
What seems obvious from the beginning of the Minneapolis riots is that the city "limited" its response. And then the state "limited" its response. Now, with a denial of the federal government, response is also "limited." Limitations seem the order of things, something the mayor and then the governor should have considered, rather than to "stand down."
Another Shopkeeper's Advice to Politicians
"Burn the town down, bullies, loot it and burn; / Mayors and cops, bullies, will violence spurn. / Burn the place down, not just once, but return! / The mayors and the councils will meet, then adjourn."
[ 5 ] The political statement by a Minneapolis council member is most enlightening. It translates to "do the dangerous job, and we will criticize you anyway and seek to defund you." Perhaps Minneapolis' voters can call the city council members in an emergency, to see what the response would be. This demonstrates a very human and seemingly universal phenomenon: People walk away .
Perhaps Councilman Ellison and other elected officials could police Minneapolis? Or, if they had to, they too would walk away. Time will tell.
"Red spray paint covered the faces of Lucy Higgs Nichols and her daughter on the sculpture. BLM was painted on the side. 'The fact that it was such a community effort to make this happen, it wasn't just an assault on that sculpture, it was like a public affront to this community,' said Finn, who helped to put the sculpture in the Underground Railroad Gardens. The gardens was a community project that now sits behind the Second Baptist Church in New Albany. The statue is meant to honor and remember Nichols, who escaped slavery and worked for the Union Army as a nurse during the Civil War. When she returned to New Albany after the war, she was a member of the church." In "Community raises money for security system after Lucy Higgs Nichols statue vandalized at Underground Railroad Gardens," by Abby Lutz, WHAS 11(ABC), 6 July 2020.
A White Limestone Target of Red Black Lives Matter
Red was sprayed upon white stone
Which honored a black slave,
With yellow-bellied cowardice
For radical vandals crave
Defacing even the memory of
A black mother oh so brave.
Red is stupid, coarse and mean,
And Red would re-enslave
As it has throughout the world
In every Red enclave.
Red was sprayed upon white stone
Which honored a black slave.
Consider a parallel from another time and place in the Breaking of the Hands - so politics commands
Addendum of a Vapid Cultural Politics: "...one problem with all of this: MAGA and BLM turn out to be entirely empty slogans on close inspection. Or at least, any substance they might have represented has been emptied out by the pre-existing and elite interests that commandeered them. ...The vapid cultural politics of academia talking to itself in the mirror. 'Gender identity' and 'gender expression' come ahead of the first mention of economics." In "The emptiness of 'MAGA' and 'Black Lives Matter'," by Michael Brendan Dougherty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16 July 2020.
"It collapses all identity into racial categories. 'It is crucial for white people to acknowledge and recognize our collective racial experience,' writes DiAngelo, whose teachings often encourage the formation of racial affinity groups. The program does not allow any end point for the process of racial consciousness. Racism is not a problem white people need to overcome in order to see people who look different as fully human — it is totalizing and inescapable. Of course, DiAngelo’s whites-only groups are not dreamed up in the same spirit the same as David Duke’s. The problem is that, at some point, the extremes begin to functionally resemble each other despite their mutual antipathy." In "Is the Anti-Racism Training Industry Just Peddling White Supremacy?" by Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine, 16 July 2020. [ 1 ]
Robin Racist peddles views, spying value in skins' hues.
She tells tales, she sees clues. She sees reasons to accuse.
Robin Racist's racist ruse oozes racism to bruise,
As it has, to enthuse those who'd they themselves excuse.
Robin Racist ballyhoos racism in richer hues;
Still it's all the same old blues. Skin means values, as you choose.
Addendum of Pseudo-intellectual Horseshit: "DiAngelo isn’t the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory. White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category. If your category is 'white,' bad news: you have no identity apart from your participation in white supremacy ('Anti-blackness is foundational to our very identities… Whiteness has always been predicated on blackness'), which naturally means 'a positive white identity is an impossible goal'." In "On 'White Fragility'," by Matt Taibbi, blog post, 28 June 2020. [ 2 ]
Addendum of a Racist Tract: "Rather, I have learned that one of America’s favorite advice books of the moment is actually a racist tract. Despite the sincere intentions of its author, the book diminishes Black people in the name of dignifying us. This is unintentional, of course, like the racism DiAngelo sees in all whites. Still, the book is pernicious because of the authority that its author has been granted over the way innocent readers think." In "The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility," by John McWhorter, Atlantic, 15 July 2020. [ 3 ]
Addendum of a P. T. Barnum For Our Time: "DiAngelo is a white lady who has gotten very, very rich speaking to litigation-averse corporations, campus groups, self-flagellating white progressives, and black allies joining the cause of white guilt, which is apparently like the rain in Blade Runner, a mephitic poison that is forever soaking everyone to the bone. People have been mocking DiAngelo. We should be in awe of her instead. She’s the absolute master of this, a P. T. Barnum for our time." In "The Capitalist Genius of the Anti-Racism Industry," by Kyle Smith, National Review, 16 July 2020. [ 4 ]
Addendum of Another Barnum For Our Time: "Ironically, though, Ross has used his own privilege to enrich himself at taxpayers’ expense. In the language of his own discourse, he has monetized collective black pain to create individual white profit." In " 'White Fragility' Comes to Washington, Profiteering race theorists expand their footprint in the federal bureaucracy," by Christopher F. Rufo, City Journal, 18 July 2020. [ 5 ]
Addendum of the power of Black Leaders' white superiority complex: "The power of the white superiority complex held by black leaders doesn't just come from distorting racism, but also from minimizing any issue that requires self-examination and self-correction within black culture. There is no greater example of this than the reluctance of black leaders to publicly address the decades-long disappearance of the black nuclear family. We black Americans may talk about the importance of family structure amongst ourselves, but any leader who addresses it publicly — including President Obama — is denounced by leftists and accused of engaging in 'respectability politics'." In "It's Time For The Conversation About Black Lives To Stop Focusing On White People," by Delano Squires, Federalist, 21 July 2020. [ 6 ]
Addendum of Ensuring Racial Differences: '...today's cultural revolution. It seeks to ensure that racial difference is the foundation of American life, dividing the country between supposed non-white victims and purported white victimizers, past and present." In "Why This Revolution Isn't Like the '60s," by Victor Davis Hanson, TOwnhall, 23 July 2020.
Addendum of "If You're White": "If you’re white...." In "Anxiety over racism: A path towards peace," by Roxane Battle, Sanvello, 7 July 2020. [ 7 ]
Addendum of Surveying Racism in America: "A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of American Adults think the term 'racism' refers to any discrimination by people of one race against another. Just 15% say it refers only to discrimination by white people against minorities. These findings have changed little in surveys for the past several years. ...Eighteen percent (18%) say most white Americans are racist. But 25% believe most black Americans are racist. Fifteen percent (15%) think most Hispanic-Americans are racist, while nearly as many (13%) say the same of most Asian-Americans." In "Americans Say Blacks More Racist Than Whites, Hispanics, Asians," Rasmussen Reports, 24 July 2020. [ 8 ]
Addendum of Declaring Grammar Racist: :...the department said it will provide more reading to upper-level writing classes on the subjects of racism, sexism, homophobia, and related forms of 'systemic discrimination.' Leonydus Johnson, a speech pathologist and libertarian activist, said the school's change makes the racist assumption that minorities cannot comprehend traditional English. Johnson called the change 'insulting, patronizing, and in itself, extremely racist. The idea that expecting a student to write in grammatically correct sentences is indicative of racial bias is asinine,' Johnson told the Washington Free Beacon. 'It's like these people believe that being non-white is an inherent handicap or learning disability…. That's racism. It has become very clear to me that those who claim to be 'anti-racist' are often the most racist people in this country'." In "Rutgers Declares Grammar Racist," by Chrissy Clark, Free Beacon, 24 July 2020. [ 9 ]
Addendum of Obsession: "Ward Connerly, a civil rights leader who is older and wiser than I, writing in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, asserts that there is no such thing as institutional racism in America. Frankly, I am relieved, because I have lived in this country for decades, and it has been some 40 years since I encountered a racist, a white supremacist, or even a Euro-maniac. I have encountered some left-wingers — once politely called liberals — who are obsessed with race, but even these troubled souls I do not consider racists, though some might be. They are more properly referred to as bigots, and intolerant bigots at that. They, of course, call anyone who might disagree with them 'racists,' but I have tried to verify their charges from time to time, and I have been unsuccessful. They, as a rule, present no evidence that race is even at issue. In point of fact, I have found that in debate the first person who brings up the matter of race is usually the real racist. For instance, if I were debating Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, either one might bring up the question of race before I would utter the word, and Al might talk about nothing else." In " Listening to Ward Connerly on Racism, An honest voice in a singularly dishonest debate," by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., Spectator, 29 July 2020. [ 10 ]
Addendum of Prolific Hate Speech Ignored: "It's time to put to rest the black vs. white, white vs. black preoccupation with one another. In case it hasn't been noticed, America is not just black and white. No, we aren't simply the black and white keys of a piano. We have become a beautiful masterpiece of art. America is one of the most beautifully colorful, multi-racial nations in the world. This preoccupation with two races ignores the reality of today's America. The politicians and the media can do much to alleviate and bury this falsely promoted enmity based on racial hatred if willing by ceasing and censoring the usage of 'white Americans' when addressing race issues. Neither black Americans nor white Americans represent monolithic perceptions or thought. We shouldn’t be treated as if we are monolithic. That treatment is based on a grave and huge falsehood—even what could be called a myth." In "A Most Prolific Form of Hate Speech Is the Most Ignored," by Helen Louise Herndon, Aquila Report, 30 July 2020. [ 11 ]
Consider a clearer view -- The colors of man
[ 1 ] The article notes: "DiAngelo's answer seems to imply that she would abolish these high-paying professions altogether: 'Capitalism is so bound up with racism. I avoid critiquing capitalism — I don't need to give people reasons to dismiss me. But capitalism is dependent on inequality, on an underclass. If the model is profit over everything else, you're not going to look at your policies to see what is most racially equitable.' (Presumably DiAngelo's ideal socialist economy would keep in place at least some well-paid professions — say, 'diversity consultant,' which earns her a comfortable seven-figure income.)"
The assertion that some others economic system under some other governance would not yield "inequality" or an "underclass" is an article of faith to the Left, which pretends that the history of the Left across that last century has not bred enormous inequality and a bi-furcated class of rulers and underlings.
In the article Chait amusingly notes that this particular racist has managed a "comfortable seven-figure income." This is consistent with -- as but one example -- the reality of Capital for Communists - a story growing old.
Chait also opined ""...one day DiAngelo’s legions of customers will look back with embarrassment at the time when a moment of awakening to the depth of American racism drove them to embrace something very much like racism itself." More plainly said, this is merely a new intellectual form of racism.
It seems, in fact, that an elite to include academics, has bought into racism as camouflaged by this moment. One reads: "This is just stunning. This handy little flyer is available at the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) website under a section called Talking About Race. This Talking About Race section is pure toxicity and, in the parlance of the Left: hate speech. It hits all the shibboleths and jargon of the woke mob we’ve been seeing and hearing in the last couple of months of 'mostly peaceful protests' which have resulted in hundreds of billions of dollars of property damage and the direct deaths of dozens of people. If one did not know any different one might think the NMAAHC Talking About Race section was from Black Lives Matter – in this section are matter-of-fact definitions and discussions of white supremacy, white fragility, white nationalism, white privilege, systematic racism, and institutional racism as if these were long established and agreed facts, presentations by race hustlers such as Robin DiAngelo and the flyer that started this post...." In "The Casual Bigotry of Elite Black Americans: National Museum of African American History & Culture," posted by "tigerlily," Ricochet, 16 July 2020.
The oddity of defining "whiteness" is that, if different from "blackness," the definitions by these academics by their specificity imply that whatever "whiteness" is, "blackness" is something else. An opposite? A nuanced parallel? The "conversations" on race goes no farther than a laundry of accusations against one race, and oddly by members of that ostensible race.
It seems quite an ado about White Noise , as race is serving now as a substitute for the old games of class distinctions.
But certainly the focus on collapsing "all identity into racial categories" is a matter of arguing that Everything's about my colored skin - (or sadly, Why racism works) and Everything's about your colored skin - (or sadly, why these games begin).
To Dehumanize Blacks
For this, a conservative Jew opines: "If blacks are black before they are human -- if no nonblacks can relate to blacks, disagree with blacks or want to see past color to the person's heart -- black-nonblack relations will have been set back a half-century. Incredibly, beginning this coming year, thanks to progressive teachers, there will be mandatory reading of racist tracts like "White Fragility" to dehumanize blacks. That any black would see this as progress is worthy of tears." In "The Dehumanization of Blacks," by Dennis Prager, Townhall, 21 July 2020.
And for this a liberal exchange in an interview: "Chotiner: 'How much of this role of whiteness we’re talking about is about whites being the majority here the way whites are the majority in France or Hindus are the majority in India, and how much of this is really about America itself?' DiAngelo: 'I actually don’t think it’s about numbers. I think it's about power. White men are approximately 34 percent of the population in the U.S. and control virtually all institutions. Women are the majority of not just the country but the world, and the poor are the majority of the world. It's about institutional power. That's why with the so-called browning of America, there will be adaptations, but the institutions will continue to be controlled by those who currently control it'." In "Why White Liberals Are So Unwilling to Recognize Their Own Racism," by Isaac Chotiner, Slate, 2 August 2018.
The game is afoot. How many of the 34 percent identified actually hold "power?" An indication of this and the political consequences may be considered through the rhyme, addenda and footnotes to White Eric and white Gavin .
One also reads another view: "...DiAngelo's thinking is so extreme that it carries its own kind of racial essentializing. In her view all white people without exception are racist, even — indeed, especially — progressive ones. 'I believe that white progressives cause the most daily damage to people of color,' she writes. Any denial of this is taken as evidence of white fragility and prejudice. It may be true that all white Americans have at least some race prejudice given the gruesome history of this country, but this is blatantly circular reasoning, and raises the question of just what the point of all this self-flagellation is. In DiAngelo's own telling, most of her diversity seminars flop, and studies have shown no benefit whatsoever from her style of training — indeed, some show a backfire effect where people become more prejudiced." In " The limits of White Fragility's anti-racism," by Ryan Cooper, The Week/MSN News, 24 June 2020.
The object of such diversity seminars as with book publishing is money. Money at any rate.
[ 2 ] Taibbi opines: "DiAngelo’'s writing style is pure pain. The lexicon favored by intersectional theorists of this type is built around the same principles as Orwell's Newspeak: it banishes ambiguity, nuance, and feeling and structures itself around sterile word pairs, like racist and antiracist, platform and deplatform, center and silence, that reduce all thinking to a series of binary choices."
Race, White Race, and an Obsession About Race
Robin's race theory is called in the article "Hitlerian race theory." It seems an opposite, when one considers "For years before Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany, he was obsessed with ideas about race. In his speeches and writings, Hitler spread his beliefs in racial 'purity' and in the superiority of the 'Germanic race'—what he called an Aryan 'master race.' He pronounced that his race must remain pure in order to one day take over the world. For Hitler, the ideal 'Aryan' was blond, blue-eyed, and tall." In "Nazi Racism," United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n. d.
One reads: "Hitler evidently suffered also from severe anxiety. How much of Hitler's destructive behavior, before and after rising to power, was a defense mechanism against his painful anxiety? Existential anxiety stems from the inevitabilities or givens in life that we are unable to control or overpower, such as insecurity, aloneness, meaninglessness, suffering, sickness and mortality." In "How Mad was Hitler?" by Stephen A. Diamond, Psychology Today, 20 December 2014.
Existential anxiety? Fragility? Obsession? And yet, like that "obsession" with older ideas of race, the current crop of ideas is quite "obsessed with ideas about race." Obsessed about skin color. Therein lies the similarity. And the argument for fragility, for anxiety. Moreover, the ideas are quite identically structured. Embrace racism, one way or another, and it still comes to embracing racism.
One finds this a theme throughout the academe. It is among The Privileges of Intellectuals .
Standing against the whiteness and its "condescension" directed at blacks, one finds a quite opposing and plainly spoken view: "Nobody cares about your fucking skin color. Nobody gives a damn about your brown skin. See, it's your fucked up shit in the head is why people don't like you. That's why I don't like you." A rant on TikTok by Derek Knighton, circa 25 July 2020. Ideas "in your head."
[ 3 ] McWhorter, professor of linguistics at Columbia says: "In my life, racism has affected me now and then at the margins, in very occasional social ways, but has had no effect on my access to societal resources; if anything, it has made them more available to me than they would have been otherwise. Nor should anyone dismiss me as a rara avis. Being middle class, upwardly mobile, and Black has been quite common during my existence since the mid-1960s, and to deny this is to assert that affirmative action for Black people did not work. In 2020—as opposed to 1920—I neither need nor want anyone to muse on how whiteness privileges them over me. Nor do I need wider society to undergo teachings in how to be exquisitely sensitive about my feelings. I see no connection between DiAngelo’s brand of reeducation and vigorous, constructive activism in the real world on issues of import to the Black community. And I cannot imagine that any Black readers could willingly submit themselves to DiAngelo’s ideas while considering themselves adults of ordinary self-regard and strength. Few books about race have more openly infantilized Black people than this supposedly authoritative tome."
This last conclusion stings in the same way as does Chait. The reduction of all things human to skin color is racist, no matter how well marketed by Beacon Press.
McWhorter continues: "DiAngelo’s outlook rests upon a depiction of Black people as endlessly delicate poster children within this self-gratifying fantasy about how white America needs to think—or, better, stop thinking. Her answer to white fragility, in other words, entails an elaborate and pitilessly dehumanizing condescension toward Black people. The sad truth is that anyone falling under the sway of this blinkered, self-satisfied, punitive stunt of a primer has been taught, by a well-intentioned but tragically misguided pastor, how to be racist in a whole new way."
One may survey this "dehumanizing condescension toward Black people in the "news" above, which breaks the nation merely into Black and White, part deux .
[ 4 ] Smith notices the effects: "Is hiring DiAngelo to educate/browbeat your team likely to make anything better in any way? It’s hard to see how. People who consider themselves victims of racism will emerge angrier than before. People who don’t believe they are racist will feel resentment at being forced to sit through an attack session. People who fear they are racist will come out guiltier and more self-hating than before, will feel more powerfully than ever before that daily existence is a stroll through a minefield. All of these are negative, destructive feelings. DiAngelo and her fellow hucksters make the world more divided, surlier, less at ease. As recently as 2013, two-thirds of blacks and nearly three-quarters of whites thought race relations between blacks and whites were good. Will we ever experience such a moment again? I doubt it. There’s too much money to be made."
Smith says we "should be in awe of her," for she has made racism popular again, call it anti-racism or anything else, it still "collapses all identity into racial categories." For money.
A Duplicitous Tactic
In that regard, one finds basic research to explain this new game: "Together, our studies present converging evidence that the virtuous victimhood signal is an effective mechanism for persuading others to part with their resources in a way that benefits the signaler and that people who tend to engage in amoral social manipulation to achieve their goals are more likely to emit them. To reiterate, we do not refute the claim that there are individuals who emit the virtuous victim signal because they experience legitimate harm and also conduct themselves in decent and laud-able ways. We strongly caution against this interpretation of our findings and the uncritical categorization of people as being good or bad depending on whether or not they publicly communicate their suffering or misfortune. Our conclusion is simply that victim signals are effective tools of social influence and maximally effective when deployed with signals of virtue. We also provide evidence supporting our proposition that for some people these signals can be deployed as a duplicitous tactic to acquire personal benefits they would otherwise not receive. Given the ubiquity of victimhood claims circulating through public discourse by word-of-mouth, news reports, social media, legal cases, and the like, an explanation for the multiple motives that drive people to claim this status has both theoretical and practical relevance." In "Signaling Virtuous Victimhood as Indicators of Dark Triad Personalities," by Ekin Ok, Yi Qian, Brendan Strejcek, and Karl Aquino, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2 July 2020.
Racism is popular again, and may been seen as an "effective mechanism for persuading others to part with their resources in a way that benefits the signaler," and, as an "amoral social manipulation," it is very profitable.
Race relations be damned. Social progress be damned. Racial harmony be damned. There's money to be made. "DiAngelo and her fellow hucksters make the world more divided, surlier, less at ease."
[ 5 ] White millions, in fact. And one learns it is centered on race as fact, not social construct: "Critical race theory a subset of Marxist thought — the academic discourse centered on the concepts of 'whiteness,' 'white fragility,' and 'white privilege' — is spreading rapidly through the federal government. Last month, a private diversity consultant, Howard Ross, conducted a training for federal financial agencies called 'Difficult Conversations about Race in Troubling Times,' which asked white employees at the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, the National Credit Union Association, and the Officer of the Comptroller to pledge 'allyship amid the George Floyd Tragedy'."
No Exit: It Begins With the Narrative of Racism and Ends With Racism
"Corrective" conversations, more like required confessions, starting from a position of unproven assertions and accompanying condemnation are the stuff of cults. So to participate is to begin and the predetermined end point. One reads further: "According to whistleblower documents, the training begins with the premise that 'virtually all White people contribute to racism' and have internalized 'fairly consistent narratives about race' that 'don’t support the dismantling of racist institutions.' Therefore, the trainers argue, white federal employees must 'struggle to own their racism' and 'invest in race-based growth'."
As other comments above observe, it is essentially racist at its core. One reads: "Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has "label[ed] critical race theorists and postmodernists the 'lunatic core' of 'radical legal egalitarianism.' " He wrote: What is most arresting about critical race theory is that…it turns its back on the Western tradition of rational inquiry, forswearing analysis for narrative. Rather than marshal logical arguments and empirical data, critical race theorists tell stories – fictional, science-fictional, quasi-fictional, autobiographical, anecdotal – designed to expose the pervasive and debilitating racism of America today. By repudiating reasoned argumentation, the storytellers reinforce stereotypes about the intellectual capacities of nonwhites'." In "Critical race theory," Wikipedia article, n. d.
An Untestable Theory Which Pays Very Well Indeed
Moreover: "Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that critical race theorists have constructed a philosophy which makes a valid exchange of ideas between the various disciplines unattainable: 'The radical multiculturalists' views raise insuperable barriers to mutual understanding. Consider the 'Space Traders' story. How does one have a meaningful dialogue with Derrick Bell? Because his thesis is utterly untestable, one quickly reaches a dead end after either accepting or rejecting his assertion that white Americans would cheerfully sell all blacks to the aliens. The story is also a poke in the eye of American Jews, particularly those who risked life and limb by actively participating in the civil rights protests of the 1960s. Bell clearly implies that this was done out of tawdry self-interest. Perhaps most galling is Bell's insensitivity in making the symbol of Jewish hypocrisy the little girl who perished in the Holocaust – as close to a saint as Jews have. A Jewish professor who invoked the name of Rosa Parks so derisively would be bitterly condemned –and rightly so."
But the peddlers of modern racism are become wealthy, violating thereby their own supposed concerns about Income Inequality as Doctor Oppression comes to call .
[ 6 ] Squires observes with great clarity: "Any political philosophy that says black people are powerless victims of society's institutions and systems who require white people to use their autonomy, agency, and privilege to uplift blacks is held down by the black intelligentsia's unique view of white supremacy. Suggesting whites have a greater capacity for moral reasoning, emotional regulation, and reasoned decision-making than blacks is a paternalistic and infantilizing impulse that should be rejected completely. It doesn’t matter if the people pushing it are grievance grifters targeting guilty white liberals, anointed prophets of anti-racism who promote sophomoric ideas, or people who would trade the solid substance of black self-sufficiency for the thin gruel of white benevolence. Any social, cultural, economic, or political phenomenon that affects other groups can affect black people as well."
But, as seen above, millions are to be made by "grievance grifters." And indeed they are "targeting guilty white liberals" with a "thin gruel of white benevolence." Millions. Follow the money.
Squires writes also about "the Talented Tenth," ostensibly leaders among blacks. One reads: "Perhaps the single biggest failure of the Talented Tenth is its total (public) rejection of responsibility that black people bear in addressing the most pressing problems in our community. Black folk have very complex conversations privately about where solutions for social and cultural ills fall on the spectrum between systemic change and personal responsibility, but our public conversations have been monopolized by the types of people who believe that the eradication of white supremacy is the key to black people getting ahead in America. That means that conversations about disparities in academic performance only focus on school funding, segregation, transportation, and racism to explain why black students are below the city average in math and English but never even ask about home environment and the extent to which academics are prioritized. In fact, you can’t even get people to accept responsibility for black people getting their children to school or ensuring they attend school every day. When DC uncovered an attendance scandal at one local high school (the majority of graduating seniors missed more than 30 days of school during the year), the conversation quickly pivoted to systemic failures (unreliable transportation) and competing priorities (jobs, medical care for sick parents) without even addressing what role parents were playing (and should play) in ensuring their children show up to school every day ready to learn. The same thing is seen in black culture. Bring up any substantive critique of hip hop culture glorifying violence, drug use, and disrespecting women and watch the conversation switch from the responsibility of artists (largely black) to the responsibility of music executives (largely white) or larger American culture. Whether we’re talking about NWA’s declaration that “a bitch is a bitch”, Snoop showing up at the 2003 MTV Awards with two women on leashes, or Nelly swiping a credit card down a woman’s backside in Tip Drill, our reactions predictably exonerate the creators of the art and indict the people funding it. Simply put, there isn’t a single venue outside of the black church where public conversations about black issues even give significant space to individual agency and responsibility. This is infantilizing for adults who have the capacity to make decisions for themselves and their families." In "The Talented Tenth is Failing Us – Part 2," by Delano Squires, Truth No Chaser, 26 August 2019.
The wealthy, white Robin Racists would disagree, for obvious reasons. $$$s.
[ 7 ] An app "free to download" is encouraged, marketed through universities. The company, Sanvello, markets by offering through its app that one may "Introduce yourself to an ecosystem of clinically validated techniques for feeling better. A whole new understanding of your personal challenges and goals awaits."
Oddly this is the "pitch" of all religions as well as the entirety of psychology and psychiatry, offering "techniques for feeling better" and with the lure of "goals." So how does the "free" app pay for itself?
One reads from the Sanvello site, "On Your Time, a therapist or psychiatrist speaks with you during a scheduled video session. Many insurers cover teletherapy like a regular, in-person appointment. For Your Health Journey, we match you with a clinician who’s licensed to provide evidence-based therapy or psychiatry in your state of residence. Their first step is getting to know you, assessing your needs, and developing an effective therapeutic plan."
So to cure the anxiety of racism "if you're white," money is of course required. Again as with the above programs, seminars, books and speakers with their fees, it comes down to money. "If you're white," spend money on white people, as a pictorial survey of the company management reveals.
Sanvello Management, alphabetically: Beermann, Bremmer, Dusil, Edds, Mockler, Roots, Sauer, Rutstein
Based in Minneapolis, the company states "37 million Americans have Sanvello covered by their health plan." That is indeed a lot of referrals, by "keeping patients, doctors, counselors, and insurance providers on the same page, Sanvello is working to make the mental health system more connected and effective."
Of the company, one reads: "Targeted to help those with anxiety and mood disorders and stress, this app teaches deep breathing, behavioral exercises, excises and identifying cognitive distortions (negative thinking patterns), and learning how to replace them with positive thinking patterns. It’s also good for those experiencing bouts of anxiety between treatment sessions. The app does a terrific job of personalizing one’s cause of anxiety using voice recordings, and introducing CBT and reinforcing exercises between therapist appointments. This app is designed to be used in conjunction with therapy, not as a substitute for professional treatment." In "Sanvello," Anxiety and Depression Association of America, n. d.
It is reported that the company with about 40 or so employees does annual business of $4,800,000.00. And, as above, among the sales pitches is the one which says "if you're white...." And anxious. And insured.
A "premium subscription" to Sanvello includes, per their site, "All meditations, All Guided Journeys, All thought activities, Unlimited health habits, Retroactive mood/health ratings, All themes."
One might consider how such an "if you're white" company's marketing plan fits into the larger theme of White Noise .
[ 8 ] A reputable poll suggests that 75 percent of Americans clearly in a way the "white fragility" and "white privilege" purveyors do not. But the constant media focus on race, and on race-based counseling and such seems to be having an adverse effect.
Rasmussen notes: "Only 25% of Americans think race relations in this country are getting better, while 43% say they are getting worse. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of blacks – and 22% of all Americans – think most Americans are racist." Perhaps focusing on race and race and race is not progressive in the sense of making social progress, though seemingly effective as a part of "progressive" politics.
"Skin means values, as you choose." It seems that if you assign value to the color of skin, you are a racist. It would be better not to.
Opinions are changing for the constant focus on race. One reads as an example: "Social Justice Marxists LIE. Look at their behavior and see if it matches up even with their redefined words. It doesn’t. They tell us that we must shut up and listen to black voices, listen to women, listen to gay people and trans people. Oh but, not that black person, or that woman, or that gay person or that trans person. Or that one or that one or that one or that one. What they REALLY mean is that we must speak their ideology, and only their ideology, or else remain quiet. They are the FIRST to use racist and sexist and homophobic slurs against anyone brave enough to stand up to their backwards beliefs." In "A Liberal for Trump," by Keri Smith, Medium, 12 August 2020.
[ 9 ] The article states: "Rutgers University's English department will change its standards of English instruction in an effort to "stand with and respond' to the Black Lives Matter movement. In an email written by department chairwoman Rebecca Walkowitz, the Graduate Writing Program will emphasize 'social justice' and 'critical grammar'."
Pin the Tail on the Racist?
This is an amusing turn of political events, given notions of what race is and who are the proponents of racism. Therefore a test is suggested, as we try to identify the racist, as below:
Leonydus Johnson / Rebecca Walkowitz
Johnson, left, states "It's like these people believe that being non-white is an inherent handicap or learning disability…. That's racism. It has become very clear to me that those who claim to be 'anti-racist' are often the most racist people in this country'." And the department chair, who therefore holds some degree of power over those in her department and is de facto a white racist according to Robin DiAngelo, has decided, in Johnson's parlance, "that being non-white is an inherent handicap or learning disability."
What is "critical grammar" exactly? Anything like critical race theory, which is Marxism coupled to the "collapsing identities into racial categories?" But "collapsing identities into racial categories," in Chait's verbiage, is evidence of racism. Is a white English professor "fragile," in DiAngelo's parlance? "Condescending," in McWhorter's sense of the word?
Or perhaps Johnson is an "uncle Tom," a "sell out," a "race traitor" and other such pejoratives with which white Leftist women have attacked black police officers, as one has seen in Black and White, part deux .
[ 10 ] In the game of life, few things are certain. But among them is this. Any claim can be made - a truth of a lie's charade.
[ 11 ] Herndon finishes: "It's time to bury a most prolific form of hate speech that is ignored and refuse to apply it to any other race. This isn't only for the sake of white Americans; it's for the sake of all Americans. If we achieve this, we will have won another round for justice and equality. Good-bye to another form of racism—hate speech based on racial identity!"
Opinion from seemingly opposite ends of the political spectrum agree that applying "values" monolithically to any group based on skin color -- I would add other characteristics as well -- is hatred, whether it be called loathing or self-loathing, hate or self-hate. But to assign to any taxonomically identified group worth or worthlessness is a form of hatred. Then the question remains, who practices racism? Who plays the so-called "race card?" Who "hustles" as a "race hustler?" The implications are enormous, as are reactions.
Racism Answered With More Racism
. One reads: "The Left has decided that the solutions to problems with race relations in America is more racism." This assertion by the #walkaway movement is a direct answer to the Robin Racist assertions.
One reads further: The #WalkAway Campaign encourages and supports those on the Left to walk away from the divisive tenets endorsed and mandated by the Democratic Party of today. Classical liberalism on the left is a thing of the past. Today’s leftist pseudo-liberalism is more committed to expanding the scope of government, pushing us into collectivism, and groupthink. The Democratic Party has gone astray, and it is time to recognize that there is very little true liberalism practiced there anymore. ...The 'liberal' agenda of today has become authoritarian and fascist: forcing people into government-controlled health care; restricting school choice to assigned government-run schools; stifling speech that challenges liberal beliefs and candidates; buying political support from corrupt interest groups; welfare programs that breed dependence upon the state; legal preferences for particular groups rather than equality for all before the law; establishing price floors and ceilings enforceable by law; using government to redistribute wealth just to satisfy their egalitarian instincts, and shaming anyone who dares to deviate from their obligatory way of thinking." In "About #walkaway," Walkaway Campaign, circa 2020.
Indeed, it seems that "Classical liberalism on the left is a thing of the past." Or conversely, a wave of the future. One sees the odd dissonances of Marxist postmodernism in a very racist Black and White, part deux .
Under the Mantle
Under the mantle of diversity,
Diverse thinking is excluded.
Under the rubric of tolerance,
Some tolerant are deemed deluded.
Under the thumb of progress now
Transformation must be concluded,
And in concluding what must be foregone,
Obedience has intruded.
Then from the mantle of diversity,
Tyranny is thereby extruded.
Addendum of Twits: "Twitter seems to exist primarily for the purpose of generating mobs — composed primarily of individuals who are hungry for blood and desiring to bask in the joys of reasonably risk-free reputation destruction, revenge and self-righteousness." In "The activists are now stalking the hard scientists; Expert researchers in STEM fields are already in great danger of being pushed aside by activists of the proper opinion. The rest of us will pay in the longer run," by Jordan Peterson, National Post, Jun 24, 2020.
They're gonna put y'all back in chains
"Police in northern Nigeria rescued nearly 70 men and boys from a second purported Islamic school where they were shackled and subjected to 'inhuman and degrading treatments'. The raid in Katsina, the northwestern home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, came less than a month after about 300 men and boys were freed from another supposed Islamic school in neighbouring Kaduna state where they were allegedly tortured and sexually abused." In "Nigerian police rescue 67 from 'inhuman' conditions at Islamic 'school'," by ad/Reuters, 15 October 2019.
They're gonna put y'all back in chains,
Some Joe joked sometime.
Was it just rhetoric, as one explains,
Just tricky political grime?
They're gonna put y'all back in chains
Is a reality for this time.
It isn't rhetoric, for it obtains
To an uglier truth, a crime.
They're gonna put y'all back in chains,
Not politics' quicklime,
For the real truth, someone disdains,
Tells chains are found all the time.
They're gonna put y'all back in chains
Is an ancient paradigm.
Addendum of Imagined Chains in a Southern Drawl: " 'We got a real clear picture of what they all value,' Biden said. 'Every Republican's voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they're proposing. Romney wants to let the - he said in the first hundred days he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, 'unchain Wall Street.' They're going to put y'all back in chains'." In "VP Biden Says Republicans Are 'Going to Put Y'all Back in Chains'," by Jake Tapper, ABC News, 14 August 2012. [ 1 ]
Addendum of Real Chains in 2020: "Police have freed 15 children from an Islamic school in central Nigeria where they were kept in chains and tortured. The children, aged between two and 10, were discovered Sunday in a 'dehumanising condition' at an informal Koran school in the town of Suleja in Niger state, regional police spokesman Wasiu Abiodun said on Tuesday. In the house where they were found, 'three chains used to tie their legs were also recovered,' he said." In "15 children are found covered in scars and wounds at a Nigerian Islamic school where they were tortured and kept in chains," by Agence France Presse and Sophie Ranno, Mail Online. 21 July 2020. [ 2 ]
Addendum of Chains: "Narrated Abu Huraira: The Verse:--'You (true Muslims) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind.' means, the best of peoples for the people, as you bring them with chains on their necks till they embrace Islam." Sahih al-Bukhari 4557, Vol. 6, Book 60, Hadith 80.
[ 1 ] Political puffery sounds as if it tells truths. It so often lies. One reads: "Sen. Joe Biden told an audience which included hundreds of African Americans that Republican economic policies would 'put y'all back in chains'." In "Did Joe Biden Tell a Racially Mixed Audience that Republicans Would 'Put Y’All Back in Chains'?" by David Emery, Snopes, 15 May 2019. They judged it "True."
Harsh words require finessing. One reads further: " 'The last time these guys unshackled the economy, to use their term, they put the middle class in shackles,' he said. 'That's how we got where we are. Nine million jobs lost, wage stagnation, 16 trillion dollars in wealth you all lost, in your home equity, in your 401ks, and your pension plans - you're the ones that got nailed. All of America except for the very few'." In "Joe Biden clarifies 'in chains' remark," by Brian Montopoli, CBS, 14 August 2012.
Drawl and clarifying nuance aside, this was an example of racially divisive politics, as was Everything's about some "you ain't" skin - revealing the politics that lies within.
[ 2 ] The dissonance between American political rhetoric conjuring images of modern slavery, made illegal in the United States with the ratification of the 13th amendment to the US Constitution in 1865, on the one hand, and the reality of the wider world on the other, makes such as Biden's drawling "metaphor" an insult to the true injustices of the modern world. One should consider the harsh, inhumane reality of Modern Slavery
Showplaces intended to fool the world
Showplaces intended to fool the world
are founded on lies atop lies.
Promises emptied of all but pretense
to trick even skeptical eyes.
Showplaces planned as make-believe
As long as the make-believe's propped up
and only each showplace amplifies.
Showplaces intended to fool the world
are places and acts in disguise,
With realities hidden from scrutiny,
for to trick is their greatest prize.
It's the little tidbits that I like
"The government has slashed public spending, even as it hands out sweeteners in the form of luxury vehicles for senior officials to shore up its base of support, in a bid to reduce the budget deficit to 1.5 percent of GDP." In "Zimbabwe: Social unrest grows amid economic collapse," by Stephan McCoy, World Socialist Web Site, 25 July 2020. [ 1 ]
It's the little tidbits that I like which tell a detailed tale;
It's the little things that so strike, to reduce news' size and scale.
It's just a few words out from many which tweak the narrative,
As truths twist, all and any, as accusative and imperative.
It's the smallest things that I like which cut to the chase so well.
It's the smallest things, often alike, that capsule much in parallel.
Luxury vehicles for the ruling class, mentioned so casually,
Tell a tale of governments' crass corruption contextually.
It's the little tidbits that I like which tell a detailed tale.
[ 1 ] "Zimbabwe's currency has collapsed against the US dollar and inflation has risen to a catastrophic 785 percent."
While the press which does not announce itself as socialist, directly as or in sympathy with socialism, the World Socialist Web Site speaks clearly and plainly to what is often attacked in the West as governments practicing "austerity." The reality looking through any lens is that when one -- individual or nation -- runs out of a reasonable form of currency and is burdened with crushing debt, it is in trouble. And in the midst of such trouble, governments still feather their own nests. In this instance "senior officials" get "luxury cars" as gifts. How socialist? Not really. How capitalist? Not really. Just corrupt.
Consider asking the question from any political perspective. Should government be limited?
Any day now, truth'll be told
"An Arizona State University professor who posted on Twitter for years about social justice issues and recently detailed her fight with COVID-19 was said to have died last week — but she actually never existed. BethAnn McLaughlin — who announced the made-up professor's death on July 31 — admitted to The New York Times on Tuesday that she was behind the hoax. 'I take full responsibility for my involvement in creating the @sciencing_bi Twitter account,' she said in a statement through her lawyer." In " Scientist says she made up Twitter account for Arizona State prof who ‘died’ of COVID-19," by Tamar Lapin, NY Post, 4 August 2020.
Any day now, truth'll be told.
Until that day, many've grown bold.
Any day now, lies'll unfold.
After all that, truth'll be extolled.
Any day now, lo and behold.
Racism as your point-of-view
If you say that the color of skin
Tells of the individual alive within,
Then race is a strong held belief for you;
Your racism steals out into view.
If you make distinctions based on skin,
Ignoring that man should all be kin,
Then race means far too much to you;
Your racism's evident, plainly true.
If on skin color you most depend,
Rather than true character comprehend,
Then race is your measure and a clue
That racism is your point-of-view.
Addendum of a Point-of-View: "If there is an endgame here besides the accrual of power and control, it is advancing the idea that being a nice person is no longer enough. Now that the vast majority of Americans are non-racists, the push is for everyone to become 'anti-racist,' which is a whole different deal. Anti-racists are expected to actively strive each day to dismantle what they say is the systemic injustice that defines America. It means seeing every act as a political act that supports the existing tyranny if it doesn’t purposefully seek to dismantle it. Racial reconciliation is yesterday's goal; today's is reparations, which doesn't mean just a check from the government but personal sacrifice – of jobs, money and other tangible things. This apparently now includes sending one's children to demonstrably lousy schools to serve the greater good." In "The Newest Demon in the Left's Sights: Woke White Women," by J. Peder Zane, Real Clear Politics, 4 August 2020
For examples of the political leaders over Systems of Racism, see: White Eric and white Gavin
For an example of tyranny and "every act as a political act," consider: Everything within -- an original sin