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"In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first. We see one nation suddenly seized, from its highest to its lowest members, with a fierce desire of military glory; another as suddenly becoming crazed upon a religious scruple; and neither of them recovering its senses until it has shed rivers of blood and sowed a harvest of groans and tears, to be reaped by its posterity." Charles MacKay, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Office of the National Illustrated Library, London, 1852.
The healthy now are sick
The healthy now are sick,
An ingenious little trick
Is daily laid on thick,
The masses' fear to prick.
The normal now is not?
Abnormal is what we've got.
Come on. Take your shot.
That's the trick's main plot.
Fear in frenzied form
Is now the newest norm.
It's the perfect storm.
See the fearful swarm.
Fiction now is fact,
All in it must act.
Odds are too well stacked,
Though much is inexact.
Irrespective of the signs?
A definition misdefines.
No symptom realigns
That illness brighter shines.
The healthy now are sick,
A clever, cheater's trick
Played out double quick
By an elitists' elitist clique.
Addendum of Those Without Symptoms: "What did we learn (see the table for the analysis) - That between 5% and 80% of people testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 may be asymptomatic. That symptom-based screening will miss cases, perhaps a lot of them. That some asymptomatic cases will become symptomatic over the next week (sometimes known as “pre-symptomatics”). That children and young adults can be asymptomatic. We also learnt that there is not a single reliable study to determine the number of asymptotics. It is likely we will only learn the true extent once population based antibody testing is undertaken." In "COVID-19: What proportion are asymptomatic?" by Carl Heneghan, Jon Brassey and Tom Jefferson, The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, 6 April 2020.
Addendum of a Definition Morphing into Marketing: "The WHO definition prior to the change stated: Herd immunity is the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection. This means that even people who haven't been infected, or in whom an infection hasn't triggered an immune response, they are protected because people around them who are immune can act as buffers between them and an infected person [emphasis added]. The WHO's new definition is largely drawn from a speech delivered in October by the organization's Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. It suppresses the fact that herd immunity is achieved by natural means and narrows the concept as to apply only to the process of vaccination, suggesting that protection from COVID-19 can’t happen without mass vaccination." In "WHO changes its definition of ‘herd immunity,’ making widespread vaccination essential," by Patrick Delaney, Life Site, 23 December 2020.
Addendum of Censorship and Destructive Controlling Policy: "...Dr. Jay Bhattacharya (one of The Great Barrington Declaration initiators) , professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician and epidemiologist gave an interview a few months ago expressing just that. Stating in an interview with Just The News, “when people say follow the science, what I’ve seen is they often mean censor scientists who don’t agree with some scientists…the people who are sort of controlling policy.” He’s one of four from Stanford’s medical school who published a paper showing that lockdowns, stay at home orders and business closures are not an effective tool for stopping the spread of COVID, not only that they are causing a lot of harm in many different areas. There are dozens of studies showing the same thing." In "Stanford Medical Prof: Scientists Are Being Censored For Sharing “Alternative” Info About COVID," by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution, 9 February 2021.
Addendum of 'Political" Science: 'Politicisation of science was enthusiastically deployed by some of history’s worst autocrats and dictators, and it is now regrettably commonplace in democracies. The medical-political complex tends towards suppression of science to aggrandise and enrich those in power. And, as the powerful become more successful, richer, and further intoxicated with power, the inconvenient truths of science are suppressed. When good science is suppressed, people die." In "Covid-19: politicisation, 'corruption,' and suppression of science," editorial by Kamran Abbasi, executive editor, BMJ 2020; 371.
Addendum of Manipulation By and Of a Test: " 'You have to have a whopping amount of any organism to cause symptoms. Huge amounts of it,' Dr. David Rasnick, bio-chemist, protease developer, and former founder of an EM lab called Viral Forensics told me. 'You don't start with testing; you start with listening to the lungs. I'm skeptical that a PRC test is ever true. It's a great scientific research tool. It's a horrible tool for clinical medicine. 30% of your infected cells have been killed before you show symptoms. By the time you show symptoms…the dead cells are generating the symptoms.' I asked Dr. Rasnick what advice he has for people who want to be tested for COVID-19. 'Don’t do it, I say, when people ask me, he replies. No healthy person should be tested. It means nothing but it can destroy your life, make you absolutely miserable. One of the countless head-spinning mysteries of this whole Corona Situation has been the advent of famous people, from Tom Hanks and his wife, to Sophie Trudeau, to Prince Charles announcing they had 'tested positive' for COVID-19 and were self-quarantining. In all these famous-powerful people cases, the symptoms were either non-existent or mild. Why, one wondered, did they make such hay about it?' " In "‘ 'Labs can manipulate how many 'cases' of Covid-19 the country has…' " by Allan Weisbecker, blog post, 16 August 2020.
Addendum of Taxonomic Questions: "A funeral director in the North West told the Mail: 'The way Covid has been recorded and reported is a national scandal and a thorough enquiry should be opened immediately.' Medical experts have cited pressure on doctors to include Covid-19 as a cause of death because it was last year ruled a 'notifiable disease', meaning any case needs to be reported officially. Professor Clare Gerada, former chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: 'When this all comes out in the wash, we will find out we have over-recorded Covid-19 as a cause of death.' Richard Vautrey, who chairs the British Medical Association's GP committee, said the toll may have been overstated at the beginning of the pandemic when testing was not widely available and 'cause of death would have been based on best judgement of clinical symptoms'." In "What IS the truth about Covid deaths? Grieving relatives along with MPs and top medics demand inquiry as families reveal MORE loved ones they believe were wrongly certified as virus victims," by Glen Keogh, Arthur Martin and Claire Ellicott, Daily Mail, 27 February 2021.
Addendum of Taxonomic Questions Amplified: "‘I have arranged funerals for quite a lot of people whose families have disputed Covid-19 being put down as the main cause of death when they don’t think it should have been,’ he said. ‘In a number of cases, the deceased has gone into hospital already seriously ill from life-threatening conditions, such as COPD, heart disease, kidney disease, liver failure and cancer, having had three or four negative Covid tests. While in hospital, they have had another test, which is positive, and then passed away and the death is recorded as Covid." Ibid.
Consider how some players play: Lockdown Tony, like Lockdown Neil
Not sick is sick - a rhymer's sort of shtick
Not sick is sick, a nifty trick, and symptom of the con.
Being well now will tell this game was a black swan.
Symptom-less? Let's profess illness thereupon.
Who'd do that? Some technocrat? Health becomes a pawn.
Not sick is sick, a dirty trick, a symptom of the con,
Lockdowns work as signs and fascistic lines are drawn.
Addendum of Appealing to Fear: "...fear appeal is a persuasive message that attempts to arouse fear in order to divert behavior through the threat of impending danger or harm. It presents a risk, presents the vulnerability to the risk, and then may, or may not suggest a form of protective action. It is assumed that through a fear appeal the perception of threatening stimuli creates fear arousal. The state of fear is believed to be an unpleasant emotional state that involves physiological arousal that motivates cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses directed towards alleviating the threat or reducing fear. There are many different theoretical models of fear appeal messages. They include: the extended parallel process model, the drive theory, the subjective expected utility theory, the protection motivation theory, the health belief model, the theory of reasoned action, and the transtheoretical model. These models are widely used in substance abuse campaigns, sexual health programs, and many other general health contexts. The persuasive effect of fear appeals is thought to be influenced by several factors such as individual characteristics, self-efficacy, perception of norms, fear strength, perceived threat, perception of treatment efficacy, and defense mechanisms. Mixed results have been produced from studies that attempt to demonstrate the effectiveness of fear appeals for behavior modification, and a recent meta-analysis recommended extreme caution in the use of fear appeals." In "Fear appeal," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum of a Captive Market and Zero-Liability Money: "Gates is arguably the world’s biggest vaccine maker. As its largest contributor, Gates controls the World Health Organization which, according to Foreign Affairs, makes no significant decision without consulting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He similarly exercises dictatorial authority over an army of quasi-governmental agencies that he largely created or funds: Path, GAVI CEPI, Unicef etc. These agencies have demonstrated their power to turn the globe into a captive market for Gates’ vaccine enterprise. Meanwhile, Gates’ Big Pharma partners use their $9.6 billion in advertising expenditures to dictate round-the-clock pandemic panic and drum up blind support for highly subsidized, shoddily tested, zero-liability vaccines that prevent neither transmission nor death. The mainstream network news shows, including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox have put COVID Terror, Vaccines Salvation and the obligatory shaming of dissidents on a 24-hour loop with each segment (and I use this term in every sense of the word) with pharmaceutical advertisements." In "Critics Must Be Silenced for Billionaires to Keep Profiting From Pandemic," by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Children's Health Alliance, 16 February 2021.
Addendum of Plummeting: "Amid the dire Covid warnings, one crucial fact has been largely ignored: Cases are down 77% over the past six weeks. If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it a miracle pill. Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted? In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity." In "We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April, Covid cases have dropped 77% in six weeks. Experts should level with the public about the good news," by Marty Makary, Wall Street Journal, 18 February 2021.
Addendum of Non-liability of Pharmaceutical Companies and the Regulatory Vacuum: "Considered in light of the Vaccine Act as a whole, §22(b)(1)'s exemption from liability for unavoidably unsafe vaccines is just one part of a broader statutory scheme that reflects Congress' careful balance between providing adequate compensation for vaccine-injured children and conferring substantial benefits on vaccine manufacturers to ensure a stable and predictable childhood vaccine supply. The majority's decision today disturbs that careful balance based on a bare policy preference that it is better 'to leave complex epidemiological judgments about vaccine design to the FDA and the National Vaccine Program rather than juries.' Ante, at 15.24 To be sure, reasonable minds can disagree about the wisdom of having juries weigh the relative costs and benefits of a particular vaccine design. But whatever the merits of the majority's policy preference, the decision to bar all design defect claims against vaccine manufacturers is one that Congress must make, not this Court. By construing §22(b)(1) to pre-empt all design defect claims against vaccine manufacturers for covered vaccines, the majority's decision leaves a regulatory vacuum in which no one—neither the FDA nor any other federal agency, nor state and federal juries—ensures that vaccine manufacturers adequately take account of scientific and technological advancements. This concern is especially acute with respect to vaccines that have already been released and marketed to the public. Manufacturers, given the lack of robust competition in the vaccine market, will often have little or no incentive to improve the designs of vaccines that are already generating significant profit margins." "SOTOMAYOR, J., dissenting" in "BRUESEWITZ ET AL. v. WYETH LLC, FKA WYETH, INC., ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT," No. 09–152. Argued October 12, 2010—Decided February 22, 2011.
With Justice Sotomayor's dissent as above, consider the happy tune with unhappy lyrics -- A Concoction Song
" 'The throats of all coal miners have been slit, after their hands were tied behind their backs and (they were) blind folded,' a security official told Reuters, requesting anonymity as he is not allowed to speak to media." In "Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Pakistan's Shi'ite Hazara minority that kills 11," by Gul Yousafzai, Reuters, 3 January 2020.
Is a phrase to catch a phase.
Is centuries of replays.
Is just murder, all ablaze.
Is a phrase deserving praise.
Addendum of Muslim on Muslim Violence: "At least 15 children were killed when a motorbike laden with explosives blew up near a religious gathering in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said. The children had gathered at a home in Ghazni province to recite Quran verses, a regular activity on the Islamic holy day of Friday, when the blast happened. Mr Wahedullah Jumazada, spokesman for the province's governor, said: 'Unfortunately, as a result of this incident, 15 people - all children - were martyred'." In "At least 15 children killed in Afghanistan bomb blast," The Straits Times/ Agence France Presse, 19 December 2020.
Consider the many examples of Islamic Islamophobia in the rhyme about, and addenda and footnotes to Islamophobia
The problem attic
"...freedom of opinion is a fundamental right of 'elementary significance.' 'This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,' he told reporters in Berlin. 'Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked.' Facebook on Thursday suspended Trump’s account through Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, and possibly indefinitely. Merkel herself does not have a Twitter account...." In "German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Twitter ban on President Trump ‘problematic’," Associated Press, 11 January 2021.
Dearie me, the problem attic is bulging, piled with junk,
The rafters creak, the cobwebs grow, the floorboards all have sunk.
The problem attic is that place where festering problems lie,
And never, ever go away, but gather as we try
Thinking things that all are there just aren't, like hope and change,
As what lies then all mounts up, and we merely rearrange.
Thus the problem attic is stuffed with the more and even more,
For such are problems never solved, which lurk in the problem store.
Dearie us, the problem attic is fattening full with ills,
Dust mountains once were in the main molehills.
The problem attic is that place where decaying problems lie,
And never seem solve themselves, no matter how we try.
Addendum of an Undeniable Double Standard: "...it is clear that there is an artificial standard that many now want to apply. The staggering size of Twitter and Facebook alone, have made real change or accountability almost impossible, as the political interests and objectives of their own executives end up creating an undeniable double standard for both policing and enforcement. Over the last year, the effects of this were felt by millions of people, already kept in fear, as our nation was met by unprecedented waves of violence on life and property. In an apparent attempt to preserve voter continuity and confidence by their respective constituencies, thousands of leaders, executives, and elected officials refused to condemn it. Now suddenly our nation has the audacity to believe the actions of January 6th are any different from those that we have all witnessed over the past seven months. Though the media may persist to indicate otherwise, the lives of our public servants are no more precious than those who elected them into office." In "Official Epik Statement on Parler, Epik Statement on Deplatform Actions and Calls for Higher Discernment" by Robert Davis, SVP Communications - Epik, 11 January 2021.
Addendum of Clarity for those Unclear: "Disagreement is not oppression. Argument is not assault. Words – even provocative or repugnant ones – are not violence. The answer to speech we do not like is more speech." Douglas Murray, The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity, Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019.
Addendum of One of Merkel's Double Standards: "...German arms exports are far removed from these cautious dictates in European legislation, which is confirmed by the analysis done by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt that demonstrated that German weapons have repeatedly ended up in the hands of political forces that can hardly be called peaceful and democratic in the Western sense. One example that could illustrate this is the crackdown by the Mexican government in September 2014 on student demonstrations using German G-36 assault rifles, following which students were injured and killed. German weapons are also actively used by Saudi Arabian troops in Yemen, where violent clashes have been going on since 2015, causing a humanitarian crisis and the death of civilians despite international restrictions on the sale of weapons to Riyadh because of this war, and in the wake of the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. German media outlets are also drawing attention to the duplicity of the German authorities, stating that the German government first bans the sales of weapons to Yemen and Libya, and then goes ahead and calmly sells them to those directly participating in conflicts in these countries. For example, last year the German government allowed the delivery of weapons worth more than one billion Euro to the countries involved in the conflicts in Yemen and Libya. Exports to Egypt alone amounted to 752 million EUR.The Bundestag also authorized the supply of weapons to Qatar (305.1 million), Kuwait (€23.4 million), Jordan (1.7 million), Bahrain (1.5 million), the United Arab Emirates (51.3 million) and Turkey for a total of 1.16 billion EUR. On top of that, all these countries are involved in the Yemeni and Libyan conflicts, and Germany even plays the role of mediator in the Libyan conflict, officially advocating that weapons deliveries to the country should be terminated by hook or by crook." In "Two-faced Germany is Selling Weapons to Regions where there is Armed Conflict," by Vladimir Danilov, New Eastern Outlook, 11 January 2021.
Addendum of a Little Problematic Bureaucrat: "Had Fauci listened to people with AIDS and the clinicians treating them, and responded accordingly, he would have saved thousands of lives. In the two years between 1987, when Callen met with Fauci and 1989, when the guidelines were ultimately issued, nearly 17,000 people with AIDS suffocated from PCP. Most of these people might have lived had Fauci responded appropriately. When Callen and others, including Dr. Barry Gingell, a medical advisor to Gay Men’s Health Crisis, met with Fauci to plead for his support, they didn’t just say there was “this preliminary activity and some small trials,” as Fauci claims. They explained that many frontline AIDS physicians, following the lead of Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, were already using Bactrim effectively to prevent the recurrence of PCP. The science was clear. A decade before, clinical trials by Dr. Walter Hughes had proven its efficacy in preventing PCP in other immune-compromised populations, like children with leukemia. ... Fauci refused to acknowledge the evidence and, according to one account, even encouraged people with AIDS to stop taking treatments, like Bactrim, that weren’t specifically approved for use in people with AIDS. Longtime treatment activist Richard Jefferys wrote in 2001 that Fauci “went as far as telling activists attending a 1987 meeting that there was no data to suggest PCP prophylaxis was beneficial and that it may, in fact be dangerous.” Fauci’s close colleague, Dr. Samuel Broder, who was head of the National Cancer Institute, even suggested — in the absence of any evidence at all — that the newly introduced antiretroviral, AZT, would make prophylaxis against PCP redundant!" In "Whitewashing AIDS History," by Sean Strub, Founder, POZ magazine; Executive Director, Sero Project, HuffPost, 21 February 2014.
For me, but not for thee?
"The Microsoft boss's company Cascade Investment entered the bidding war for Signature Aviation Friday, teaming up with Blackstone Group to make a $4.3 billion play for the British private jet servicing company. Cascade and Blackstone are now going head-to-head with private equity firm Carlyle, which had already made an initial takeover approach. Gates' Cascade already owns a 19 percent stake in Signature making it the firm favorite to win the bid. But news of Gates' pursuit of the private jet firm has raised eyebrows given the company's actions are at direct odds with his very vocal stance on climate change." In "Bill Gates is accused of hypocrisy after joining bidding war to buy the world's largest private jet operator - one month before he releases his book preaching about climate change," by Rachel Sharp, Dailymail.com, 8 January 2021.
For me, but not for thee?
Done deal, conditionally,
Until the rubes awake to see
Their betters critically.
Follow the rules that they break?
That's for rubes to undertake.
Flummox rubes to complicate
Reality, when wide awake.
For me, but not for thee?
Until the rubes awake to see
Their betters critically.
Bullshit, wide and thick and deep,
Keeps the rubes fast asleep.
Crises left and right and steep
Shepherd herds of willing sheep.
Capital for Communists II
"What is not obvious to most is that China is actually run by about 50 very rich families who own and control most of the choice properties and businesses in China. The 91 million CCP members are effectively a total-control Mafia ruling approximately a billion and a half Chinese people. Yes, most of the very rich are members of the CCP or are officially communists, but they more truly function like the criminal Mafia with worldwide ambitions." In "The CCP: An international thieving mafia," by Uldis Sprogis, American Thinker, 28 January 2021.
Capital for Communists
is a phrase which testifies
to Commie bosses' riches,
and, by rhyming, versifies
in a wee scrawl about those few
who lord it over many,
a cadre and their switcheroo
where Communism's penny
is billions for the fat cats who
pretend to lead the masses,
while billions in capital accrue
to these capitalist Commie asses.
Addendum of Capital and the People's Liberation Army: "The review, of more than 40 publicly available documents and research papers in Chinese and English, shows BGI’s links to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) include research with China’s top military supercomputing experts. The extent of those links has not previously been reported. BGI has sold millions of COVID-19 test kits outside China since the outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic, including to Europe, Australia and the United States. Shares of BGI Genomics Co, the company’s subsidiary listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange, have doubled in price over the past 12 months, giving it a market value of about $9 billion." In "China gene firm providing worldwide COVID tests worked with Chinese military," by Kirsty Needham, Reuters, 30 January 2021.
Addendum of the American Enablers of the People's Liberation Army: "...the elite that Friedman described saw enlightened Chinese autocracy as a friend and even as a model—which was not surprising, given that the Chinese Communist Party became their source of power, wealth, and prestige. Why did they trade with an authoritarian regime and by sending millions of American manufacturing jobs off to China thereby impoverish working Americans? Because it made them rich. They salved their consciences by telling themselves they had no choice but to deal with China: It was big, productive, and efficient and its rise was inevitable. And besides, the American workers hurt by the deal deserved to be punished—who could defend a class of reactionary and racist ideological naysayers standing in the way of what was best for progress?" In "The Thirty Tyrants. The deal that the American elite chose to make with China has a precedent in the history of Athens and Sparta," by Lee Smith, Tablet, 3 February 2021.
For review Capital for Communists - a story growing old
Color me skeptical
"As Andrew Sullivan trenchantly observes, 'to achieve 'equity' you have to first take away equality for individuals who were born in the wrong identity group. Equity means treating individuals unequally so that groups are equal.' This is exactly contrary to the central thrust of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It could easily be judged, in particular cases, to violate the 14th Amendment. Individuals discriminated against might have standing to go to court." In "Biden's 'racial justice' agenda: Judge everyone by the color of their skin," by Michael Barone, NY Post, 29 January 2021. [ 1 ]
Color me skeptical,
To contrast with bland.
Color me cynical
About what's planned.
Color me questioning,
As flames are fanned.
Color me doubtful
And please understand
Color, so dubious,
Colors the racist's brand.
Color's colored suspiciously
By the racists' hand.
Addendum of a Surprise: "In a surprise move, Biden last month named Rice – a former ambassador to the United Nations and then as his national security adviser under President Barack Obama – to lead domestic policy efforts." In "Biden names White House team to work on racial equity, immigration and other domestic policy priorities," by Joey Garrison, USA Today, 14 January 2021.
Addendum of a Wealthy Career Politician in Biden's Equity Administration: " '...about a third of Rice's personal net worth is tied up in oil producers, pipeline operators, and related energy industries north of the 49th parallel — including companies with poor environmental and safety records on both U.S. and Canadian soil. Rice and her husband own at least $1.25 million worth of stock in four of Canada's eight leading oil producers, as ranked by Forbes magazine. That includes Enbridge, which spilled more than a million gallons of toxic bitumen into Michigan's Kalamazoo River in 2010 — the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.' The Washington Post notes that there is 'nothing inappropriate about the investments, and Rice's connections to Canada go back 20 years, when she was working in the Toronto office of the McKinsey & Co. consulting firm and her husband, Ian Cameron, was a television producer there for the Canadian Broadcasting Co. Cameron, who like Rice graduated from Stanford University, is from Canada'." In "Ambassador Susan Rice Is Financially Tied To Keystone Pipeline Company," by Eyder Peralta, National Public Radio, 29 November 2012. [ 2 ]
Addendum of Other Wealthy Career Politicians in Biden's Equity Administration: "Yellen, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, brought in nearly $1 million giving nine speeches to Citi alone. She earned more than $800,000 speaking to Citadel, a hedge fund founded by the Republican megadonor Ken Griffin. She also spoke to the law and lobbying firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. In addition to Yellen, Antony Blinken, Biden’s nominee to be secretary of State, disclosed the clients he advised through WestExec Advisors, the consulting firm he co-founded with other Obama administration alumni. Those clients included the investment giant Blackstone, Bank of America, Facebook, Uber, McKinsey & Company, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, the pharmaceutical company Gilead, the investment bank Lazard, Boeing, AT&T, the Royal Bank of Canada, LinkedIn and the venerable Sotheby’s auction house." In "Janet Yellen made millions in Wall Street, corporate speeches," by Alex Thompson and Theordoric Meyer, Politico, 1 January 2021. [ 3 ]
Addendum of a Truth of Which Government Lies: "...equality of dignity, equality of standing, equality of honor, of security in one’s position in society, equality of being able to command the respect of others—this is not something that can be simply handed over. Rather, it is something that one has to wrest from a cruel and indifferent world with hard work, with our bare hands, inspired by the example of our enslaved and newly freed ancestors. We have to make ourselves equal. No one can do it for us." In "Unspeakable Truths about Racial Inequality in America." by Glenn Lowry, Quillette, 10 February 2021.
Addendum of a Comment Posted to the Above: "I can attribute my awakening to the fact that I had Kenyan parents who were immigrants. They did not raise me on any of the values that native-born black Americans are raised on, it was actually quite the opposite. They insisted that your life is your own and nobody can live it for you, if you make a mistake, own it and take responsibility, stay faithful to your wife and raise your children. When all the chips were down and I had nowhere to turn, these are the values that I fell back on. I was lucky enough to have this and many others do not. I know many black men and women that I speak to who know there is something wrong with the culture they have been brought up on but have no alternative. And not to mention the complete ostracization that comes along with that. I think it goes without saying that I have alienated most of my black friends but speaking like this. I know this type of change happens conversation by conversation and that’s what I am trying to do. But it is a long and arduous road and I get tired. I get tired of being called an Uncle Tom, I get tired of being told I am not really black, I get tired of hearing that I hate myself. But yet, I move forward. It is reading articles like this that give me the strength and motivation to keep beating this drum." In a comment by 'RayRay' to Glenn Lowry's article, ibid.
Addendum of the Neoracist Proselytizing Saviors: "I write this viscerally driven by the fact that all of this supposed wisdom is founded in an ideology under which white people calling themselves our saviors make black people look like the dumbest, weakest, most self-indulgent human beings in the history of our species, and teach black people to revel in that status and cherish it as making us special." In "The Neoracists - A new religion is preached across America. It's nonsense posing as wisdom," by John McWhorter, Persuasion, 8 February 2021.
Addendum of Skin Color and Genitalia: "The diversity demanded by identity politics, though, is a strangely limited one. It is built on crude biological criteria like skin color or sexual practice. There is no tolerance for philosophical diversity, alternative principles, or heterodox beliefs. The stark categorization of people into 'the privileged' and 'the subjugated' must not be questioned. Resist a remaking of society that elevates certain identities and pulls down others, and you will be attacked as a bigot. Identity politics is thus an aggressive marshaling of human divisions. It’s not interested in things we all share. It has no place for universal experiences, national harmony, or gratitude. Nor does it care for the wondrous idiosyncrasies and distinct variations of individuals. It draws its energy from factional resentments and fractures." In "The Compound Fractures of Identity Politics," by Karl Zinsmeister, City Journal, Winter 2021.
Addendum of the Color Left: "According to Swain, white liberal academics are using their platform to indoctrinate students into becoming advocates for critical race theory and similar initiatives. 'So systemic racism is not the problem in America. Racism is a problem, but it's coming from the political left, and it's been turned upside down,' she declared. Many observers who oppose critical race theory have claimed that you can’t solve racism with racism of another variety. Collective guilty or guilt by association has, moreover, never been part of the American tradition." In "Fmr Vanderbilt professor rips 'diversity, equity, inclusion industry' as the 'greatest threat' to America," by Robert Jonathan, BizPacReview, 17 February 2021.
One hears the Neoracists' White Noise
One is reminded of the Marxist categorization: A Working Class Classified
[ 1 ] The notion that equity between all people can be somehow defined, managed and achieved suggests a step towards some form of Marxist idealism. The NY Post article observes: "That suggests the Biden and corporate elite project to create a United States of Racial Quotas and Preferences is in conflict with a strong underlying current of American opinion that favors equal rights under law."
A Massively Wealthy Political Left?
The notion of equity will become a snare, as one simply adds adjectives to define what that asserted equity would is and how it would be measured. If a question of general net worth, as an example, then all the richest donors to the political Left would have to be stripped in large part of their wealth to bring them in line with the lowest economic classes' net worth. The basic problem with this, as a political stance, is one of definition as of words.
But to be "fair," another word with little legal definition, I Shall Believe the Socialist .
The rudimentary challenge for the "equity" politicians is to reduce their own remuneration and net worth, as well as "nationalizing" the wealth of the richest one per cent, so many of whom are donors to the political class. For this alone, one may predict that the "equity" politics being played out will quickly crash into reality.
Once one defines "systemic racism" in a "system," one may then examine more closely those who lead such systems, in order to determine whether they have culpability in extending the life of Systemic racism - the newest oldest game in town.
[ 2 ] When the partisan "right" are made wealthy, the partisan "left" complains. But when the partisan "left" are made wealthy, the partisan "right" complains.
One reads: "Her career only gives her a little over eight percent of her total worth. So how did she get the rest of her money? Back in 2012, the Washington Post ran an article about Rice, who was being considered as the replacement Secretary of State due to Hillary Clinton stepping down. They made a note back then that her net worth was over $20 million. However, the Post says that the money came from inheritances from Rice and her husband, as well as her own personal investments. Except that was five years ago, and the total has since doubled. So again, how in the world has her wealth more than doubled in five years? Part of those investments were in concepts that the Obama administration spent the latter part of their time in office opposing: Oil." In "Susan Rice Net Worth Revealed: How Did She Make $50M Working In Obama's Government?" by Matthew Bernstein, Conservative Daily Post, 17 July 2017.
The political left and the political right both complain about the other, when in a minority position in government, and yet when in a majority position, the game merely inverts. Therefore, the latest "game" about equity will predictably not make fully equitable all in the wealthiest class -- especially those in government -- bringing them down to a fiscal 'equity' with the lower classes.
Rather one may predict this is merely another in the many tricks played on the masses, to keep them both malleable and yet in an uproar over false flags. "Equity' and the laughable moniker of Income Inequality are trotted out like bread and circuses.
It is all a matter of venal Politics played out by venal politicians. 'Twas ever thus.
[ 3 ] An amusing quote about the national debt from another wealthy one-percenter in the federal government, multi-millionaire Christina Romer, a 'Distinguished' professor of economics who served as the Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers., may be remembered, as she explained years ago that the United States of America is Pretty darn fucked .
Consider The colors of man
New lies swapped out for the old
New lies swapped out for the old
Are bargains flawed and oversold.
New lies for old, plied layer on layer,
Shill ignorant bliss as the losing player.
New lies replacing those agéd now
Are lies nonetheless, to disallow.
New lies for old, crisply sharp,
Conceal themselves beneath a tarp
Which, when the covers are stripped away,
Show themselves in the light of day.
New lies are quite like the oldest of lies
And are lies nonetheless, though one tries
To allege the new are unlike the old,
Teaching anew that liars are bold.
Addendum of the Operation of Trust: "The one Western historian who had limited access to the Trust files, John Costello, reported that they comprised thirty-seven volumes and were such a bewildering welter of double-agents, changed code names, and interlocking deception operations with 'the complexity of a symphonic score', that Russian historians from the Intelligence Service had difficulty separating fact from fantasy." In "Operation Trust," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum of Promising Perfection: "Every modern totalitarian tyranny has emerged by promising human progress and social improvement, if not human and social perfection, by means of scientific-government management and control over all areas of human life. That’s precisely how increased government power came to be associated with the ideas of progress and improvement and even perfection. The promised goals of every totalitarian tyranny, in other words, are high. And highly desirable. That’s why modern totalitarian tyrannies begin as popular governments, supported by the will of the majority, and often super-majorities, which governments claim to channel and serve. Who, after all, does not want human progress and social improvement, or perhaps even human and social perfection? The problem is that governments never produce the promised results. Because they cannot." In "Tyranny: Ancient versus Modern," by Thomas Krannawitter, SpeakEasy, 20 December 2016.
Addendum of Less Desire to Take on Real Power Centers: "...Greenwald points to New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz, who falsely accused a tech investor of using the word 'retarded' during an online chat she was monitoring. Greenwald also namechecks CNN's Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy, NBC's Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny and the Times' Mike Isaac, Kevin Roose and Sheera Frenkel, calling them 'hall-monitor reporters'. He writes: 'A new and rapidly growing journalistic “beat” has arisen over the last several years that can best be described as an unholy mix of junior high hall-monitor tattling and Stasi-like citizen surveillance. 'They have insufficient talent or skill, and even less desire, to take on real power centers...so settle on this penny-ante, trivial bulls*** — tattling, hall monitoring, speech policing'." In "The media Stasi: Glenn Greenwald slams culture of 'junior high hall-monitor tattling' among prominent 'woke' journalists that is like East German 'citizen surveillance'," by Lauren Fruen, Daily Mail, 8 February 2021.
Addendum of the Ratchet: "Google's YouTube has ratcheted up censorship to a new level by removing two videos from a U.S. Senate committee. They were from a Dec. 8 Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on early treatment of Covid-19. One was a 30-minute summary; the other was the opening statement of critical-care specialist Pierre Kory. Dr. Kory is part of a world-renowned group of physicians who developed a groundbreaking use of corticosteroids to treat hospitalized Covid patients. His testimony at a May Senate hearing helped doctors rethink treatment protocols and saved lives." In "YouTube Cancels the U.S. Senate, It censors testimony from physicians on early treatments for Covid-19 patients," by Ron Johnson, Wall Street Journal, 2 February 2021.
I. You shall not read
a dissenting voice's word.
|VI. You shall not go down |
paths we deem wrong.
II. You shall not hear
testimony deemed absurd.
|VII. You shall not in searching |
find another slant.
|III. You shall not find |
disagreements' noisy fuss.
|VIII. You shall not discover |
what we say you shan't.
|IV. You shall not learn |
to disagree with us.
|IX. You shall not decide|
for we decide for you.
|V. You shall not heed |
other arguments' siren song.
X. You shall not explore
our censored point of view.
Continuing Addendum of the Ratchet: " ...some doctors have the courage to ignore these compassionless guidelines and are using their expertise to develop protocols utilizing a variety of cheap, available and safe FDA-approved drugs to treat patients early and avoid hospitalization. Instead of being rewarded, they are being censored, ostracized, vilified in the press, even fired. This closed-minded approach represents a dark chapter in the history of medicine and journalism. The censors at YouTube have decided for all of us that the American public shouldn’t be able to hear what senators heard. Apparently they are smarter than medical doctors who have devoted their lives to science and use their skills to save lives. They have decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed, and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies. Government-sanctioned censorship of ideas and speech should frighten us all."
Addendum of Another Ratchet: " 'At first I thought it was a joke,' said Mickey Huff of Diablo Valley College, California. 'My initial reaction was 'that's absurd;' there must have been a mistake or an accident or it must have got swept under somehow. There is no violation, there was no reasoning, there was no warning, there was not an explanation, there was no nothing. The entire channel was just gone,' he told MintPress. Huff is also the director of Project Censored, an organization that sponsored the event. Higdon suspected that it was the content critical of big tech monopolies like Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter that was the reason why the channel was deleted." "Not The Onion: Academic Media Censorship Conference Censored By YouTube," by Alan MacLeod, Washington Standard, 1 February 2021.
Addendum of Earlier Ratchets and a Faustian Bargain: "All content producers are forced to enter a Faustian bargain with Google. A few years ago, Google began placing selected information from search results on its search page, claiming that is what users want, i.e., fewer clicks with essential information appearing directly on top of the Google page. As a result, users not need click through to any website on which Google shares revenue with the site's content producer (or God forbid, where ads are presented by a different ad network—which these days, rarely happens). The content owner never complains, because appearing first in Google search results, dramatically increases traffic to any article. Overall, the number of people who click on links found via search results has decreased dramatically, since many people suffice with Google's excerpt. Therefore, Google never has to share the revenue." In "YouTube Wants to Fight Hate Speech. So it Censored My Educational Video About the Holocaust," by Marc Schulman, Newsweek, 14 June 2019,
Consider that it was once liberal to dissent and to allow for Dissent
Have you just a singular view, politically for all?
"Denouncing what he called 'the pathologies, illiberalism, and repressive mentality' that led him to be 'censored' by his own media outlet, Greenwald railed that 'these are the viruses that have contaminated virtually every mainstream center-left political organization, academic institution, and newsroom'." In "Glenn Greenwald on Biden, Free Speech, and Leaving The Intercept," by Nick Gillespie, Reason, 27 November 2020.
Have you just a singular view, politically for all?
This alone is proof that you've a fascist sort of gall.
In this wide and varied world one view can't rule alone,
For there are those who'd disagree with the one to which you're prone.
Have you just a singular bent, to which all other views must bow?
This alone is evidence you others' views would disallow.
Think this just? Think this wise? You must win the day?
Others without your controlling view are likely to disobey.
Have you just a singular view, politically for all?
Foresee that others over time will work to see you fall.
Addendum of Returning to the Collective: "...from the 19th-century defenders of slavery to 20th-century Progressivism, to Communism and fascism, and ultimately to 21st-century identity politics. What these seemingly diverse movements have in common, even while spanning nearly two centuries, is that they all assail the notion of individual rights, which are at the heart of the American Founding, and argue instead for group rights. Not only is this commonality instructive in understanding the enemy we face today, but it also makes clear the persecution, suffering, even mass murder that inevitably occur when the rights of the individual are subordinated to the interests of the group. ...The dirty little secret of group rights is that the elites get to decide who is in which group, and who is granted which rights. The world imagined by the purveyors of identity politics would drive us straight back into the tyranny and subjugation our Founders and subsequent generations of immigrants fought so hard to escape." In "How Identity Politics Revives Slaveholders’ Argument For Group Rights," by Katherine Gorka, Federalist, 15 February 2021.
Addendum of How It Happened and Continues to Happen: "...totalitarian revolutions on the part of the left are not really consistent with equality of opportunity or helping the poor. They are means to obtain power, and therefore they are full of contradictions. What happens is that people who question them along the way, or feel that the purity of the revolution is endangered get extinguished as counter-revolutionaries. So today on a campus, if you are a wishy-washy liberal, and you say, 'Wait a minute, the 60s were about the Free Speech Movement, and Mario Savio. It wasn’t about calling somebody a hate speaker.' That person will be destroyed, and destroyed more often and more severely even than a conservative. We saw Barry Weiss at the New York Times, or editors fired at the Washington Post, or Hollywood actors who used to be liberal who are deplatformed. You have to weed out all counter revolutionaries, as they call them." In "Exclusive: Victor Davis Hanson on Impeachment and the 'Cancer' of Woke Ideology," by Jan Jekielek, Epoch Times, 9 February 2021.
Consider Everything within -- an original sin
A Concoction Song
A, D, E, oh, C, D, C,
N, I, H, dot g, o, v.
1 in 3, yeah, you or me,
m, R, N, A, you can't see,
has a crack at A, D, E.
Some few pricks prick mystery.
V, A, H abbreviates
Errors adverse, oh yes siree,
F, D, A emergency
warp speed trumps each injury.
Some few pricks prick mystery.
On the Tune: "The ABC Song is one of the most popular English alphabet songs in the USA. The song was first published and copyrighted by Charles Bradlee in 1835 named 'The ABC- a German air with variations for the flute with an easy accompaniment for the piano forte'. Similar with Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star the ABC song has its origins in the French song 'Ah, vous dirai-je, maman' by Louis Le Maire from 1761." In "Alphabet Song," All Nursery Rhymes, n. d.
Addendum on ADE: "An adverse drug event (ADE) is an injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug. This includes medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergic reactions, and overdoses. ADEs can happen anywhere: in hospitals, long-term care settings, and outpatient settings. In inpatient settings, ADEs: Account for an estimated 1 in 3 of all hospital adverse events; Affect about 2 million hospital stays each year; Prolong hospital stays by 1.7 to 4.6 days. Each year, ADEs in outpatient settings account for: Over 3.5 million physician office visits; An estimated 1 million emergency department visits; Approximately 125,000 hospital admissions." In "Adverse Drug Events," Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, health.gov, n. d. accessed 15 February 2021.
Addendum of ADE II: "Might COVID-19 vaccines sensitize humans to antibody-dependent enhanced (ADE) breakthrough infections? This is unlikely because coronavirus diseases in humans lack the clinical, epidemiological, biological, or pathological attributes of ADE disease exemplified by dengue viruses (DENV). In contrast to DENV, SARS and MERS CoVs predominantly infect respiratory epithelium, not macrophages. Severe disease centers on older persons with preexisting conditions and not infants or individuals with previous coronavirus infections. Live virus challenge of animals given SARS or MERS vaccines resulted in vaccine hypersensitivity reactions (VAH), similar to those in humans given inactivated measles or respiratory syncytial virus vaccines. Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines must avoid VAH." In "COVID-19 Vaccines: Should We Fear ADE?" by Scott B Halstead and Leah Katzelnick, National Center for Biotechnology Information, PMID: 32785649 PMCID: PMC7454712 DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa518
Addendum on ADE and VAH: "VAH is a postvaccination outcome that may be associated with nonprotective antibodies. VAH is a complex and poorly defined immunopathology. Several different SARS and MERS vaccines have been shown to elicit a postchallenge VAH in laboratory animals. Ominously, when SARS-CoV-1–immune monkeys were challenged with homologous virus most animals had evidence of lung inflammation. It is important to note that inactivated measles vaccine and Dengvaxia exhibited short-term protection. A central challenge to SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development will be differentiating early from sustained protection and will be greatly aided by a SARS-CoV-2 model of VAH in laboratory animal models. Recognition of vaccine constructs that achieve solid protection in humans might be accelerated by challenge of vaccinated human volunteers with live SARS-CoV-2. Better understanding of the clinical and immunological behavior of SARS-CoV-2 itself might be achieved through direct infections of human volunteers. Given the magnitude of the repertoire of COVID-19 problems and the need for an effective vaccine, the full force of worldwide investigative resources should be directed at unraveling the pathogenesis of VAH." In ""COVID-19 Vaccines: Should We Fear ADE?" by Scott B Halstead and Leah Katzelnick, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Oxford Academics, Volume 222, Issue 12, 15 December 2020.
Addendum of Slow Reporting of Adverse Reactions: "Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported. Although 25% of ambulatory patients experience an adverse drug event, less than 0.3% of all adverse drug events and 1-13% of serious events are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. Low reporting rates preclude or slow the identification of 'problem” drugs and vaccines that endanger public health. New surveillance methods for drug and vaccine adverse effects are needed." In "Electronic Support for Public Health–Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS)," by Lazarus, Ross, with Michael Klompas, Submitted to: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), inclusive dates: Grant ID: R18 HS 017045, 12/01/07 - 09/30/10.
Addendum of Human Testing and Ethical Questions: "...even if a challenge trial for coronavirus gets approved, there's no guarantee that it will lead to a faster vaccine development. The U.S. government's initiative to develop a coronavirus vaccine may be called 'Operation Warp Speed,' but Christine Grady, Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, says that a lot of time and thought have to be put into properly designing a trial. 'Whether or not doing a challenge trial would even speed up the trial is a question that is not exactly clear,' says Grady, who is married to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Paul Offit agrees. 'You have to have the right dose. And to get the right dose, you have to have these mini-challenge trials,' he says. 'I don't think it’s going to happen.' Karen Lebacqz, one of the original Belmont Report authors, also has concerns about the accelerated Covid-19 vaccine protocols. 'Whenever people are desperate,' she says, 'they always want to relax ethical standards'." In "The Hideous Truths of Testing Vaccines on Humans," by Leah Rosenbaum, Forbes, 12 June 2020.
Addendum of Human Testing and Ethical Questions II: " 'While most children are relatively unaffected by coronavirus and are unlikely to become unwell with the infection, it is important to establish the safety and immune response to the vaccine in children and young people as some children may benefit from vaccination,' chief investigator of the trial Andrew Pollard said. 'These new trials will extend our understanding of control of Sars-CoV2 to younger age groups'." In "Britain to test AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in children," by Sommer Brokaw, UPI, 13 February 2021.
Addendum of Human Testing and Ethical Questions III: "In a revealing comment, a CDC virologist involved with WHO and Gates Foundation in the Africa mass polio vaccination campaign, part of something called the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, admits the vaccine is creating significantly more cases of polio paralysis than the deceptively named 'wild polio' disease. 'We have now created more new emergences of the virus than we have stopped,' virologist Mark Pallansch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is a combined effort of the WHO, UNICEF, the U.S. CDC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International. Bill Gates was reportedly responsible for driving the campaign to develop the liquid oral polio vaccine and massively administer it to the populations of Africa and Asia despite the near absence of any cases of 'wild polio.' According to one of the partners in the Gates polio initiative, from Rotary International, 'Gates personally drove the development of a new polio vaccine that is now in the final stages of testing. When the idea was put forward, about the time of the last case of polio to happen in India, many were thinking the vaccine would play no important role in eradication, but Gates insisted'." In "Gates Vaccine Spreads Polio Across Africa," by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook, 28 September 2020.
Addendum of Human Testing and Ethical Questions IV: "The Independent Monitoring Board, a group set up by WHO to assess polio eradication, warned in a report this month that vaccine-derived polio virus is 'spreading uncontrolled in West Africa, bursting geographical boundaries and raising fundamental questions and challenges for the whole eradication process.' The group said officials were already 'failing badly' to meet a recently approved polio goal of stopping all vaccine-derived outbreaks within 120 days of detection. It described the initial attitude of WHO and its partners to stopping such vaccine-linked polio cases as 'relaxed' and said 'new thinking' on how to tackle the problem was needed." In "More polio cases now caused by vaccine than by wild virus," Associated Press, 25 November 2019.
Addendum of a Rushed Prescription: "...people's mistrust of the system makes the idea that the FDA would rush this process before late stage clinical trials are complete 'colossally stupid.' 'This is one of the most ridiculous things I've heard this administration say,' Markel said. 'All it takes is one bad side effect to basically botch a vaccine program that we desperately need against this virus. It's a prescription for disaster.' FDA Commissioner Hahn said that the vaccine decision will be based on data, not politics, but Kinch shares Markel's concern." In "Past vaccine disasters show why rushing a coronavirus vaccine now would be 'colossally stupid'," by Jen Christensen, CNN, 1 September 2020.
Addendum of Being "Colossally Stupid" and No Criteria Spelled Out:" "Design defects, in contrast, do not merit a single mention in the NCVIA or the FDA's regulations. Indeed, the FDA has never even spelled out in regulations the criteria it uses to decide whether a vaccine is safe and effective for its intended use. And the decision is surely not an easy one. Drug manufacturers often could trade a little less efficacy for a little more safety, but the safest design is not always the best one. Striking the right balance between safety and efficacy is especially difficult with respect to vaccines, which affect public as well as individual health. Yet the Act, which in every other respect micromanages manufacturers, is silent on how to evaluate competing designs. Are manufacturers liable only for failing to employ an alternative design that the FDA has approved for distribution (an approval it takes years to obtain? Or does it suffice that a vaccine design has been approved in other countries? Or could there be liability for failure to use a design that exists only in a lab? Neither the Act nor the FDA regulations provide an answer, leaving the universe of alternative designs to be limited only by an expert’s imagination. Jurors, of course, often decide similar questions with little guidance, and we do not suggest that the absence of guidance alone suggests preemption. But the lack of guidance for design defects combined with the extensive guidance for the two grounds of liability specifically mentioned in the Act strongly suggests that design defects were not mentioned because they are not a basis for liability." In "Opinion of the Court," from BRUESEWITZ ET AL. v. WYETH LLC, FKA WYETH, INC., ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT No. 09–152. Argued October 12, 2010—Decided February 22, 2011.
Addendum of Suspended Rights and Standards: "...biomedical ethicists are calling the shortcut into question, according to Stat News. 'Outbreaks and national emergencies often create pressure to suspend rights, standards and/or normal rules of ethical conduct,' Jonathan Kimmelman, director of McGill University's biomedical ethics unit, wrote in an email to Stat News. 'Often our decision to do so seems unwise in retrospect.' Typically, vaccine development can take 15 to 20 years, start to finish, Mark Feinberg, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, told Stat News. The lengthy process requires that scientists first give the vaccine to animals to determine whether it's safe and effective at preventing the disease in question. Only after passing through iterative tests in animal models, and being adjusted along the way, can a formulation be tested in human trials." In "Researchers fast-track coronavirus vaccine by skipping key animal testing first," by Nicoletta Lanese , Live Science, 13 March 2020.
Addendum of Infecting Intentionally: "The aim of this initial work was 'to understand how the virus infects people and how it passes so successfully between us,' Chiu said. Further trials using the challenge models could then be conducted in the months and years ahead to establish which vaccines and treatments work best, he said." In "In first for the world, Britain to expose volunteers to coronavirus," by Reuters, 17 February 2021.
Who denies there's climate?
"Climate deniers are using a spell of unusually cold weather in Europe to incorrectly argue that CO2 emissions are not warming the planet." In "How global warming can cause Europe's harsh winter weather," by Jeannette Cwienk, Deutsche Welle, 11 February 2021.
Who denies there's climate?
And yet the accusation's flung
one must assume there's someone
How else can a writer write the phrase
to arbitrate of truth of things
Who denies there's climate?
Names could help identify
Adjectives and nouns
alleging as word experts
Climate changes, yes indeed,
yet measly little men aren't up
Climate deniers don't deny
which makes the phrase just bullshit
No one that I know.
at such deniers, so
saying climate is not real.
except with an zealot's zeal
and miss information when
it fails to submit itself
to that writer's dripping pen?
Climate deniers? Oh?
deniers who say 'no.'
can say most anything,
that slogans can take wing.
and blows both hot and cold,
to control it as they've sold.
that climate goes through changes,
as it around the wide world ranges.
Addendum of Combating the Widespread Problem: "Facebook has introduced these information hubs and relied on them as a key part of its tactic to combat the widespread problem of misinformation on its services. It's a stark turnaround from CEO Mark Zuckerberg's statement last May, when he defended unfettered speech from politicians on the platform, and said he did not think 'Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth'." In "Facebook will debunk myths about climate change, stepping further into 'arbiter of truth' role," by Salvador Rodriguez, 18 February 2021.
One finds so many Chilling comments hot
Fear - a litany for today
"Roosevelt proceeded to deliver his 1,883-word, 20 minute-long inaugural address, best known for his famously pointed reference to 'fear itself' (paraphrasing Thoreau in one of its first lines: 'So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days'." In "First inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt," Wikipedia article, n. d.
We've nothing to fear but fear itself,
For fear is a fearful thing.
It's daily peddled in the press,
As stinging headlines sing.
We've nothing to fear but fear itself,
Politics remind us much,
For fear does well to manipulate;
Such is politics' crutch.
We've nothing to fear but fear itself,
This infection of mind and heart,
Accusation, weapon, virus wielded
With the fear makers' fearful art.
We've nothing to fear but fear itself,
Invisible, though easily seen;
Fear works its fearsome sickness,
We've nothing to fear but fear itself,
As it stalks both hearts and minds,
For fear will nest within one's thoughts,
Rending a love that binds.
We've nothing to fear but fear itself;
Great words have spoken thus.
Cast off its lure and seductive call,
Its worry and its fuss.
We've nothing to fear but fear itself.
Addendum of Not Fearing I: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?" From Psalm 27.
Addendum of Not Fearing Over the Centuries: "In the sixteenth century, the great French writer Michel de Montaigne... the man who pretty much invented a whole new genre, the essay – wrote: 'the thing of which I have most fear is fear'. Although it depends on which translation you read. In another, the wording is slightly different: 'The thing in the world I am most afraid of is fear, that passion alone, in the trouble of it, exceeding all other accidents.' Then, in the seventeenth century, the English writer who brought Montaigne's new invention of the essay form to England and made it his own, Francis Bacon, wrote in his 1623 book De Augmentis Scientiarum: 'Nil terribile nisi ipse timor', or 'Nothing is terrible except fear itself.' Then, in the nineteenth century and in yet another country, the United States, Henry David Thoreau offered in his journal entry for 7 September 1851: 'Nothing is so much to be feared as fear' ." In "Who Said, 'We Have Nothing to Fear Except Fear Itself'?" by Oliver Tearle, Dispatches from The Secret Library, April 2020.
Addendum of Not Fearing II: "The Lord is on my side, and I am not afraid of what others can do to me." From Psalm 118.
A Modern Observation on The Anti-War Movement, We Bomb Back Better - "the establishment's back"
Bomb, back, better.
That's the racket named war.
Build bombs, debtor,
And bomb a little more.
Cruise your way to penury,
Trillions at a time.
Blow it all and build back arms;
The bomb's their paradigm.
Bomb, back, better,
There's just no "anti-war."
Munitions must be blown
So we can order more.
Bomb, back, better.
That's the racket named war.
Revolving doors for bombers
Let fat cats fatten more.
Addendum of the "New" Same Old Belligerency: "It has taken only 36 days in office for the Biden administration to show the world, through a bombing attack on Syria, that it is belligerent, aggressive and hell-bent on war. There was only a short respite from Trump’s vile words and actions. Now we have to face Biden’s vile deeds and resist them. Even the excuse U.S. imperialism gave for bombing Syria was feeble. A rocket attack some weeks ago killed a mercenary in Iraq. Excuses like that open the door to new U.S. wars and interventions all over countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America where Washington has replaced official U.S. troops with soldiers of fortune." In "Tell Biden: Stop bombing Syria!" by Workers World Party, 25 February 2021.
Addendum of the Politics of It: "US President Donald Trump said in a farewell address Tuesday, his last full day in office, that he was the first president in many years to have left office without starting a war." In "Trump touts record of 'no new wars', standing up to China in farewell address," by France 24, 19 January 2021.
Addendum of Better Military Violence: "The Global Times suggested Biden had undermined his promises to the American people in its coverage of the strikes, in an article it titled with Biden’s words, 'America Is Back.' the Communist Party-approved experts quoted in the piece made the case that, under President Donald Trump, the White House preferred to use economic incentives and punishments like sanctions to confront national security threats by starving them of funding. Under Biden, military violence superseded the sanctions policy, they claimed. 'During the Trump era, the US tended to use economic sanctions against Iran and did not politically engage with Iran. Nonetheless, the pro-establishment Democratic government wants to resume the Iran nuclear deal, but it is telling Iran not to take action in Syria, as they are two different issues,' one of the experts said. The Global Times added that its experts expected Biden to attempt to 'push European countries to get involved in Middle Eastern affairs' rather than attempt to unilaterally handle threats to America." In "China Mocks Biden Syria Bombing: 'America Is Back'," by Frances Martel, Breitbart, 26 February 2021.
Addendum of a Most Liberal Revolving Door: "Austin has more hurdles than usual to being confirmed for the post. He needs both the approval of the Senate for the job as well as a separate congressional waiver since he retired from the military less than seven years ago. Austin would be the second Pentagon chief in four years to need such a waiver, after Trump picked retired Marine general James Mattis to be his first defense secretary. Some lawmakers are wary of granting such waivers, citing a need to maintain civilian control of the military. Austin's role with businesses that seek contracts with the defense department also could give pause to some liberals among Democrats. Austin headed the U.S. Central Command under President Barack Obama and would be the first Black defense secretary." In "Biden's Defense Nominee Could Get $1.7 Million as He Leaves Raytheon," by Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters, 10 January 2021.