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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
"...irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms."
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 a Definition: Hypochondriac (n.) Etymology: New Latin, from Late Latin, plural, upper abdomen (formerly regarded as the seat of hypochondria), from Greek, literally, the parts under the cartilage (of the breastbone), from hypo- + chondros cartilage, 1668 : extreme depression of mind or spirits often centered on imaginary physical ailments; specifically : HYPOCHONDRIASIS.
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 the Unproven Asserted: "It is concerning that the CDC may have willfully failed to collect, analyze, and publish accurate data used by elected officials to develop public health policy for a nation in crisis. Further federal investigation is justified by the magnitude of the crisis and the collateral damage generated by policies based upon projection data that was unproven and never peer reviewed. If the data being reported was indeed compromised by the CDC’s perplexing decision to abandon proven data collection and reporting practices in favor of untested methods, then all public health policies based upon these inaccurate data must be reexamined." In "COVID-19 Data Collection, Comorbidity & Federal Law: A Historical Retrospective," by Henry Ealy, Michael McEvoy, Daniel Chong, John Nowicki, Monica Sava, Sandeep Gupta, David White, James Jordan, Daniel Simon, and Paul Anderson, Science, Public Health Policy, and The Law, Volume 2:4-22, 12 October 2020. [ 1 ]
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 an Oddity: "If Fauci lied about masks, what else would he lie about? Turns out he lied about herd immunity, too. In December, Fauci admitted to the New York Times that he had 'slowly but deliberately been moving the goal posts' on the percentage of the population that needed to be vaccinated before 'herd immunity' against COVID-19 was reached. 'When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent. Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, 'I can nudge this up a bit,' so I went to 80, 85,' he said. Fauci is not precise with numbers, which is odd for a scientist who professes to care about facts." In "Dr. Fauci needs to be held responsible for COVID-19 mistakes," by Miranda Devine, NY Post, 24 January 2021.
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.
Addendum of Only Presumptive Evidence: " [Sin Hang] Lee said current guidelines on COVID-19 testing allow for the 'presumptive detection of SARS-CoV-2,' while his proposed method would stipulate 'definitive' detection. 'We are running the country on presumptive evidence,' he said. 'That is the problem'." In " 'We are flying blind': Fauci was warned in March 2020 of potential false positives in COVID-19 tests," by Daniel Payne, Just The News, 5 March 2021.
Addendum of Marginal Statistical Difference: "During March 1–December 31, 2020, state-issued mask mandates applied in 2,313 (73.6%) of the 3,142 U.S. counties. Mask mandates were associated with a 0.5 percentage point decrease (p = 0.02) in daily COVID-19 case growth rates 1–20 days after implementation and decreases of 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, and 1.8 percentage points 21–40, 41–60, 61–80, and 81–100 days, respectively, after implementation (p<0.01 for all) (Table 1) (Figure). Mask mandates were associated with a 0.7 percentage point decrease (p = 0.03) in daily COVID-19 death growth rates 1–20 days after implementation and decreases of 1.0, 1.4, 1.6, and 1.9 percentage points 21–40, 41–60, 61–80, and 81–100 days, respectively, after implementation (p<0.01 for all). Daily case and death growth rates before implementation of mask mandates were not statistically different from the reference period." In "Association of State-Issued Mask Mandates and Allowing On-Premises Restaurant Dining with County-Level COVID-19 Case and Death Growth Rates — United States, March 1–December 31, 2020," by Gery P. Guy Jr., Florence C. Lee, Gregory Sunshine, Russell McCord, Mara Howard-Williams, Lyudmyla Kompaniyets, Christopher Dunphy, Maxim Gakh, Regen Weber; Erin Sauber-Schatz, John D. Omura, Greta M. Massetti, CDC, Early Release Paper, 5 March 2021.
Addendum of Absolute Risk Reduction: "Vaccine efficacy is generally reported as a relative risk reduction (RRR). It uses the relative risk (RR)—ie, the ratio of attack rates with and without a vaccine—which is expressed as 1–RR. Ranking by reported efficacy gives relative risk reductions of 95% for the Pfizer–BioNTech, 94% for the Moderna–NIH, 90% for the Gamaleya, 67% for the J&J, and 67% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford vaccines. However, RRR should be seen against the background risk of being infected and becoming ill with COVID-19, which varies between populations and over time. Although the RRR considers only participants who could benefit from the vaccine, the absolute risk reduction (ARR), which is the difference between attack rates with and without a vaccine, considers the whole population. ARRs tend to be ignored because they give a much less impressive effect size than RRRs: 1·3% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford, 1·2% for the Moderna–NIH, 1·2% for the J&J, 0·93% for the Gamaleya, and 0·84% for the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccines." In "COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness-the elephant (not) in the room<" by Piero Olliaro, Els Torreele and Michel Vaillant, The Lancet. Microbe, 20 Apr 2021. [ 2 ]
Consider how some players play: Lockdown Tony, like Lockdown Neil
[ 1 ] As to classifications, one learns such "scientific" monikers, definitions and standards change rapidly in this time ol a declared, defined pandemic. One reads: "For the last eighteen months, voices all over the alternate media have been saying the Covid numbers are unrealistic, specifically because they include people who were never actually sick. We have been called 'deniers' and 'conspiracy theorists' for our trouble. But now an NHS source has actually said, going forward, the Covid data will be 'more realistic' as it will discount all the patients where Covid was only 'an incidental finding'. This is a bigger story than the media coverage suggests – only the Indy and Telegraph are covering it right now, and neither with the focus it deserves. NHS England is, essentially, tucking away a covert admission that a lot of their fear-mongering statistics were never 'realistic'." In "The NHS just changed how they count Covid 'cases'…here's why," by Kit Knightly, Off Guardian, 11 June 2021.
Fiddling and an Inversion
The notion that a PCR test should be done -- the WHO first stated 'test, test, test,' and at how many cycles -- many at first, with numbers of cycles being recommended at ever-dropping levels -- indicates that there has been no consistent method for collecting, parsing and understanding data. Rather it sully seems to have been politicized.
Knightly notes: "We've already reported that WHO changed their Covid diagnosis guidelines, and their PCR test guidelines, in late 2020 and early 2021, right in line with the first vaccination programs being launched. The US CDC has likewise been repeatedly fiddling their definition of 'breakthrough infection' in order to make the vaccines appear more effective. This NHS change is just more of the same – altering the experimental conditions to achieve the desired outcome. A total, complete inversion of the scientific method, by the same people who zealously scream about 'following the science'."
[ 2 ] Then, as to the "total, complete inversion of the scientific method," one finds hints that treatments for SARS CoV2 are being suppressed using political means.
Division -- the Trusting and the Untrusting
One reads of one of several proposed treatments and prophylaxis for the healthy as well as the sick: "The drug has become a test case for a controversy that’s long been building in health care, about how much input patients should have in their own treatment. Well before Covid-19, the medical profession was thrust into a revolution in patient information, inspired by a combination of Google and new patients’ rights laws. Should people on their deathbeds be allowed to try anything to save themselves? That seems like an easy question to answer. Should the entire world be allowed to practice self-care on a grand scale? That’s a different issue. Some would say absolutely not, while others would say the corruption of pharmaceutical companies and the medical system unfortunately make it a necessity. The world is increasingly divided along this trust/untrust axis." In "Ivermectin: Can a Drug Be "Right-Wing"? A potential Covid-19 treatment has become hostage to a larger global fight between populists and anti-populists," by Matt Taibbi, TK News, 25 June 2021.
What is a noticeable phenomenon in this maelstrom of pandemic claims and counterclaims is this. Along the way Dissent has been itself attacked by both sides of the political spectrum from time to time.
In its place has arisen lockdowns and lockdowns and mandates and mandates, all of which reek of one political fact, which evidences the Totalitarian in many different guises.
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.
"...sowing authoritarian values."
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.
Addendum of Asymptomatic Healthy People and Their Un-diagnosis: "Up to 16 million people in the United States may have had undiagnosed, asymptomatic COVID-19 as of September 2020 -- twice as many as previously estimated -- an analysis published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open reported. Just under 7% of about 62,000 people in the United States with no symptoms of infection tested in the study had antibodies against the virus, the data showed." In "Study: U.S. COVID-19 cases underestimated by half, antibody testing suggests," by Brian P. Dunleavy, UPI, 16 March 2021.
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.
Addendum of Scrapping a Problematic Pay Raise: "City College of San Francisco trustees said Monday they will no longer consider paying their interim chancellor a $20,000 bonus on top of his regular $340,000 salary, a move that students and faculty strongly opposed. Students and faculty expressed anger Friday when the college posted the proposed 23.5% monthly bonus, three days after the faculty union agreed to take pay cuts of up to 14% to avoid hundreds of layoffs and class cuts." In "CCSF withdraws 23.5% pay raise for executive amid outrage at the financially troubled college," by Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 2021.
Addendum of Twice Targeted by Problematic Double Standards: "She says she is being hounded with abuse by radical left extremist groups and although she has complained to Twitter, the social media giant is yet to take action. Ella said: 'On Twitter I get a lot of abuse from far-left extremists, and radical feminist academics. There is one group who go online and they try to resist anyone they consider to be a Nazi, racist, fascist or white supremacist. They don’t care about anti-white racism, because they appear to believe that it doesn’t exist. They have tried to floor me and criticise me continually and this has been going on for a couple of months. They tried to shut me down, shut me up and drive me off Twitter. I’ve never experienced such hate online in my life. They accuse me of 'advocating for white paedophiles' and being a 'sinister demonic entity'." In " 'I was raped by Rotherham grooming gang - now I still face racist abuse online', She says she is being targeted by far left extremists - but nothing is being done about it," by Alex Grove, Examiner Live, UK, 29 April 2020.
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.
Addendum of Human Rights Advocates Silencing a Human Right: ""The one human right no activist will grant is the right of those they claim to be protecting to have different views and wants. When states intervene to guarantee human rights, it is only the rights of those who want to tear down the values of their own state which they are protecting, to get them out of the way. Reform, democracy and human rights are real. People really want them. But when people are talking about something else, but then told they are asking for these things, alarm bells should start ringing. That doesn’t happen because those in power have silenced the bells. Why? So if their scams are found out, they will be replaced by the only option their behaviour has left available – another generation of reformers, democracy promoters and selective human rights activists." In "The Great Power Democracy Con: Promising the Moon to Destroy Humanity," by Seth Farris, New Eastern Outlook, 7 April 2021.
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.
Addendum of Communist Corruption and Properties: "A recent corruption case that has taken mainland China by surprise involves a senior CCP official from northeastern China's Liaoning province, whose family was found to own 2,714 properties in the name of operating family businesses. Xu Changyuan, a former high-ranking CCP official, was involved in mafia-linked assets worth more than 10 billion yuan (about $1.52 billion). Xu leveraged his authority to aggressively harvest money for his family businesses, based on China's state media reports." In "Corrupt CCP Mayor’s Family Found to Possess More Than 2,700 Real Estate Properties," by Frank Yue, Epoch Times, 2 April 2021.
Addendum of "Marxism Matters": "A secluded mini-compound tucked into L.A.'s rustic and semi-remote Topanga Canyon was recently sold for a tad more than $1.4 million to a corporate entity that public records show is controlled by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37-year-old social justice visionary and co-founder of the galvanizing and, for some, controversial Black Lives Matter movement." In "Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors Lands Topanga Canyon Compound," by Mark David, Dirt, 7 April 2021. [ 1 ]
Addendum of a Super-rich British Communist: "The super-rich Communist Susan Michie is so militant that her fellow Marxists once searched her baby's pram for subversive literature. They lifted the tiny infant out of the way, to check that the future Professor of Psychology was not smuggling ultra-hardline propaganda into a crucial conference. No wonder that fellow students at Oxford a few years before had called her 'Stalin's nanny'." In "Is TV's favourite Sage member Professor Susan Michie such a big fan of lockdowns because she's a Communist once known as Stalin's nanny?" by Ian Gallagher, Mail on Sunday, 24 April 2021.
Addendum of Seattle Socialist One-percenters: "Socialists on the Seattle City Council have taken advantage of our capitalist system, getting wealthy off the low-income voters they claim to fight for. In fact, Socialists Kshama Sawant and Tammy Morales are collectively worth over $3.5 million. In Washington state, they're both one-percenters: the very people they regularly demonize." In "Seattle's socialist councilmembers collectively worth over $3.5 million," by Jason Rantz, 770KTTH, 27 April 2021.
Addendum of Counting Billionaires: "Beijing has overtaken New York for the first time to become the city with the most billionaires in the world. According to Forbes’ 2021 list of the world's richest people, released in early April, Beijing has 100 billionaires, more than New York, which has 99." In "Beijing Has More Billionaires Than New York, Forbes Reveals True Identities of Beijing's Richest People," by Jessica Mao, Epoch Times, 6 May 2021.
[ 1 ] One reads: "But in insisting she did not take a salary from the organization's non-profit foundation, Khan-Cullors left unsaid whether she was paid through BLM's network of similarly named for-profit entities. What that pay might be is cloaked in secrecy, as BLM's for-profit branches do not reveal spending and executive pay. Khan-Cullor is in hot water since The Post first revealed on Sunday that she snapped up four high-end homes as donations poured into the movement...." In " 'Marxist' BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors defends real estate holdings," by Laura Italiano, NY Post, 15 April 2021.
One reads further: "A Los Angeles-based jail reform group led by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors spent nearly $26,000 for 'meetings' at a luxury Malibu beach resort in 2019, according to campaign finance records reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Reform LA Jails dropped $10,179 for 'meetings and appearances' at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club in Malibu, California, and another $15,593 at the Malibu Conference Center, a corporate conference facility owned by the resort, according to the records, which covered the time period between July and September 2019. Guests at the 200-acre resort, where rooms start at $600 a night, have exclusive access to a private five-acre strip of the Malibu coast." In "BLM Co-Founder’s Jail Reform Group Dropped $26,000 At Luxury Malibu Beach Resort," by Andrew Kerr, Daily Caller, 26 April 2021.
And: "...her departure comes after it was revealed last month that she has amassed a $3 million property portfolio, despite describing herself as a 'trained Marxist''. Cullors faced fierce backlash over revelations about her personal spending - including the recent purchase of a $1.4 million home in a ritzy L.A. neighborhood." In "BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors RESIGNS as executive director over 'right wing attacks' - after her $3 million housing portfolio was revealed," by Andrew Court, Daily Mail, and Associated Press, 27 May 2021.
This is apparently what a "trained Marxist" is capable of accomplishing -- acquiring capital wealth by stealth. It is, one supposes, now racist and right-wing to take note of a "trained Marxist" gathering capital to ascend to the top economic ranks of the nation. It is as it has been all just a matter of Power and money .
But this is merely a small example of the perversion of complaints about Income Inequality , a game of politics in which the ace is always palmed, as the rich get richer through Politics .
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.
Addendum of Professing White Guilt: " 'Give me an old-fashioned bigot, because I think at least they have a level of respect that some of these guilty white people who are...professing white guilt. I find them disgusting. To me, it's liberal racism, because you're treating people as impotent children. I can confront malice with violence. I can't confront folly,' Woodson said." In "Civil Rights icon calls white wokeness 'insulting' to black Americans," by Natalia Mittelstadt, Just the News, 2 March 2021.
Addendum of Real White Guilt, Johnson Style: "Before he became vice-president, Johnson commented to his fellow Democratic Senator from Georgia: 'These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.' As president (by way of the Kennedy assassination), he spearheaded the Civil Rights Act of 1964, passed mostly by Republicans, and opposed generally by Democrats." In "The Increasingly Secret History Of The Racist Democrats, And How Senile, Boomer Biden Heralds The End," by Thomas J. Farnan, National Pulse, 28 February 2021.
Addendum of Seeing a Hateful, Divisive, Manipulative Fraud: "Critical race theory (CRT) is a divisive, discriminatory ideology that judges people on the basis of their skin color. It has penetrated our society—it's in federal agencies' and federal contractors' 'bias training,' in school curricula and many corporations' 'diversity training.' Few are willing to speak out against it for fear of being labeled racists or white supremacists. Asian Americans, however, have emerged as a powerful voice against this pernicious ideology. The Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY) delivered the most vigorous rejection of CRT yet, calling it 'a hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud'." In "Asian Americans Emerging as a Strong Voice Against Critical Race Theory," by Helen Raleigh, Newsweek, 9 March 2021.
Addendum of Re-ignition: "Although the US is considered a 'country of immigrants,' xenophobia and racism are historically inherent in American society. One clear indication of this is that, until recently, only white Anglo-Saxon and Protestant residents, who were the majority of the US population, considered themselves '100 percent Americans'. Therefore, it is not surprising that racism against black people has been and remains a very significant factor in the domestic political environment in the United States. The recent race riots sweeping across America clearly show that because of US government policies, racial hatred remains a major tool of Washington’s influence on American society. And this is recognized both by the Americans themselves, and even by The Guardian, a British newspaper 'friendly' to the current authorities in Washington." In "White House Reignites Racism Against People of Asian Descent," by Vladimir Odintsov, New Eastern Outlook, 27 March 2021.
Addendum of Becoming Wealthy Through the Race Problem: "Contained within this wordy example of academic prose is this message: Poor whites, despite their lesser degree of 'insulation,' are complicit in maintaining an order that legitimizes white supremacy. Additionally, they benefit from this regime. (The fact that DiAngelo has become very wealthy as a result of her work on white fragility may explain why she is reluctant to treat social class inequalities as a serious subject.)" In "The Post-Marxist Left’s Race Problem," by Grant Havers, Chronicles Magazine. March 2021.
Addendum of the Aim of the Political Race Card - Money and Power: " 'Man, I think most white people and Black people are great people,' Barkley said. 'I really believe that in my heart, but I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they're Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power'." In "Charles Barkley Says Politicians 'Divide' Black, White and Rich, Poor America," by Darragh Roche, Newsweek, 4 April 2021.
Addendum of Racist Activism Camouflaged as Theory: "Critical Race Theorists describe Critical Race Theory as a movement (which is strange for a theory of society) designed to reinvent the relationships between race, racism, and power in society. To do this, they begin with the assumption that race is socially constructed and racism is systemic. This means that they view racial categories as social and political fictions that have been imposed by white people on people of color, especially blacks, and that the 'system' upon which all of society operates on every level unjustly produces 'racist' outcomes that favor whites (and minority races that adhere to 'whiteness') at the expense of people of color, especially Latinos and, even more especially, blacks. Because racism is a property of the system, which includes everything from policy to behavioral norms to manners of speech to what we consider true, racism persists even if no individual or institution acts in a racist way or holds any racist beliefs. It is the way society operates that is racist, as can be determined by the fact that there are statistical differences in average outcomes by racial category." In "Critical Race Theory: A Two-page Overview," by James Lindsay, New Discourses, 29 April 2021.
Addendum of Racist Attacks and Slurs: "Robinson told the Examiner that portraying members of the GOP, 'which is the party that is responsible for ending slavery and for ending Jim Crow,' as the KKK 'is blatantly, historically inaccurate.' 'The Republican Party ... was formed partly to stand up against the evils of slavery,' he said. 'To depict us, GOP members of the state school board, as racist because we are diametrically opposed to these standards, it is historically inaccurate. What's more, it's just wrong. It's wrong in every way that you can think of'." In "Black Republicans who don't believe racism is systemic subject to vicious attacks, slurs," by Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 1 May 2021.
Addendum of Dividing by Race: "No one is taught accurate history anymore, and those on the left who know are as desperate as the liars to keep it hidden for their own advantage; to keep people divided and to keep dividing people further. Divide to conquer. That’s the true face of systemic racism. The damage to lives be damned, same with the country. Individuals have always been disposable to the left, the last century proved that. Agenda über alles." In "The True Face Of Racism," by Derek Hunter, Townhall, 2 May 2021.
Addendum of Industry-caused Fatigue: " 'Get out of the way, stop telling us that, on the one hand, America is a racist society. And then those same races are the agents that's going to deliver you from yourself. What kind of message is that?' Woodson was an iconic leader of the 1960s civil rights movement, including with the NAACP and the Urban League. But as many of his peers in the movement moved to Democratic politics, Woodson said he became disillusioned that government wasn't helping solve poverty so he began to espouse new tactics based on economic development, self-empowerment and personal responsibility, eventually embraced by conservatives." In "Civil rights icon accuses left of treating blacks 'like an exotic pet,' predicts backlash, Robert Woodson says African-Americans fatigued by manufactured anger of 'race grievance industry',' by John Solomon, Just the News, 17 May 2021. [ 4 ]
Addendum of a Lot of Young, White Affluent Progressive People: "In a contest that centered on crime and public safety, Eric Adams, who emerged as the leading Democrat, focused much of his message on denouncing progressive slogans and policies that he said threatened the lives of 'Black and brown babies' and were being pushed by 'a lot of young, white, affluent people.' A retired police captain and Brooklyn’s borough president, he rejected calls to defund the Police Department and pledged to expand its reach in the city." In "Progressives' Urgent Question: How to Win Over Voters of Color," by Lisa Lerer, NY Times, 26 June 2021.
Of fatigue, one hears the Neoracists' charge of White Noise
Of class/race/identity/grievance war, one is reminded of the Marxist categorization: A Working Class Classified
Addendum of 'Color Others Skeptical': "..just one in five Americans identify going directly to a news site or news app as their main way of getting news online, underlining the weak connection news media have with much of the public. As we have shown elsewhere, trust is often in part about familiarity. It's hard to see how news media can win people's trust if they often have only a few, fleeting points of contact with them, frequently mediated by social media, an environment people generally do not associate with trustworthy news.:" In "US ranks last among 46 countries in trust in media, Reuters Institute report finds, Just 29% of people surveyed in the U.S. said they trust the news, compared to 45% in Canada and 54% in Brazil," by Rick Edmonds, Poynter, 25 June 2021. [ 5 ]
Addendum of Arguing that People of Color Are Stupid: "...give me a freaking break, you morons. All these dumbasses are arguing that people of color are not an intelligent as your average Mexican. Mexico requires a federally issued ID to vote. Pretty much the rest of the civilized world does as well. I loved the way in which Vernon Jones ripped apart the CNN reporter for not admitting that 'drop boxes' were not in voting regulations in Georgia. This is all, for lack of a better word, bullsh*t. Even that NY Times dipstick David Brooks admits that none of this voter integrity effort means much but even he thinks that minorities aren’t very bright: 'But the research suggests the impact of all these kinds of voting changes is pretty minimal. … So, it doesn’t strike me as catastrophic. But the final thing to be said is, even though the impact is incremental, it’s disparate. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, they are more likely to be hurt." In "Why do democrats continue to argue that people of color are stupid?" Posted by DrJohn, Flopping Aces, 3 July 2021.
Addendum of Liberal White 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: Nonsense Posing as Wisdom," by John McWhorter, Persuasion/Real Clear Politics, February 8, 2021
Consider the Whitest Privilege of So-called Liberals: Black and White, part deux
[ 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.
Massive Wealth via Government Service
One reads as well: "As several Obama-era officials return to the White House under President Joe Biden, their reunion comes with fuller pockets and deeper ties to corporate interests, new financial disclosure reports show. According to ABC News' analysis of the most recent disclosure reports, many of Biden's top White House officials, including Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, and coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients, have substantially multiplied their wealth over the past few years." In "Obama-era officials return to White House worth millions White House financial disclosures show several officials gained massive wealth," by Soo Rin Kim and Libby Cathey, ABC News, 21 March 2021.
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 of the wealthy one-percenters 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 .
[ 4 ] One might consider the many entrenched "saviors" atop various levels of government, all leading "systemic racist" entities which they 1) govern and 2) explain that they are unable as yet to stop the "system" of race.
Among these many exemplary modern saviors, one finds White Eric and white Gavin .
[ 5 ] The article points out: "The annual digital news report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford also found some improvement in trust in nearly all the countries surveyed — probably thanks to COVID-19 coverage — but not in the U.S. where the low rating was flat year to year. One explanation, though not necessarily the only one, is the extreme political polarization in the U.S."
This amuses, for the notion that news reporting withers as activist journalism takes the fore, whether on one political pole or its opposite, tells a tale. Media demands, "Look at me! Not them! Me!"
As the new Windows 11 is being readied one learns that ""In May, Microsoft updated the taskbar with a feature called news and interests, which lets you see a feed of content including news, weather, stocks and traffic." In "In Windows 11, Microsoft moved the Start menu, its first significant revamp in 6 years," by Erin Carson, CNET, 24 June 2021.
An operating systems hoping its users will follow the OS' direction to read certain news and content, and by design therefore not others. News -- one sort versus another, and politicized -- is about selling narratives, or discount narratives, or dismissing them.
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,
Addendum of Censoring Scientists and a Nobel Prize Winner: "YouTube's decision with regard to Weinstein and Heying seems part of an overall butterfly effect, as numerous other figures either connected to the topic or to DarkHorse have been censured by various platforms. Weinstein guest Dr. Robert Malone, a former Salk Institute researcher often credited with helping develop mRNA vaccine technology, has been suspended from LinkedIn, and Weinstein guest Dr. Pierre Kory of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) has had his appearances removed by YouTube. Even Satoshi Ōmura, who won the Nobel Prize in 2015 for his work on ivermectin, reportedly had a video removed by YouTube this week." In "A Case of 'Intellectual Capture?' On YouTube's Demonetization of Bret Weinstein," by Matt Taibbi, TK News, 2 July 2021.
Addendum of the Tube's Censorship of Science: "YouTube has in their community guidelines, a provision that actually forbids the discussion of ivermectin if the discussion involves the claim that it works. And the problem is that there is substantial evidence that it works. And works doesn’t mean one thing, it actually means two distinct things. There is strong evidence that ivermectin works for the treatment of COVID, especially if it is given early in the course of disease. It is also apparently highly effective as a prophylactic. And these things are clearly visible in the recent meta-analysis that have been released that show a clear pattern. So somehow on YouTube, the discussion of evidence that has been peer-reviewed and delivered within the scientific literature is forbidden because it contradicts the CDC’s view, which is that ivermectin does not work or that there is no evidence that it works." In "Dr. Bret Weinstein: 'Perverse Incentives' in the Vaccine Rollout and the Censorship of Science," an interview of Bret Weinstein by Jan Jekielek, Epoch Times, 3 July 2021.
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.
Addendum of the Problematic German Phenomenon: "Germany's domestic intelligence agency is investigating the far-right Alternative for Germany — the largest opposition party in parliament — according to national media. The move comes ahead of national elections. Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) have placed the Alternative for Germany (AfD) under surveillance, according to local media. That designation gives state agents more powers for surveillance in certain circumstances, including potentially tapping the party's communications." In "Germany places entire far-right AfD under surveillance — reports," by rc/msh (AFP, dpa, AP), Deutsche Welle, 3 March 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 Sufficiently Obscuring Risks of Worsening Disease: "Vaccines for SARS, MERS and RSV have never been approved, and the data generated in the development and testing of these vaccines suggest a serious mechanistic concern: that vaccines designed empirically using the traditional approach (consisting of the unmodified or minimally modified coronavirus viral spike to elicit neutralising antibodies), be they composed of protein, viral vector, DNA or RNA and irrespective of delivery method, may worsen COVID-19 disease via antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE). This risk is sufficiently obscured in clinical trial protocols and consent forms for ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials that adequate patient comprehension of this risk is unlikely to occur, obviating truly informed consent by subjects in these trials. The specific and significant COVID-19 risk of ADE should have been and should be prominently and independently disclosed to research subjects currently in vaccine trials, as well as those being recruited for the trials and future patients after vaccine approval, in order to meet the medical ethics standard of patient comprehension for informed consent." In "Informed consent disclosure to vaccine trial subjects of risk of COVID-19 vaccines worsening clinical disease," by Timothy Cardozo and Ronald Veazey, International Journal of Clinical Practice, Wiley, March 2021.
Addendum of a Harmless Piece of Spike Protein: "COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the 'spike protein.' The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19." In "Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines," Center for Disease Control and Prevention, updated 4 March 2021.
Addendum of More on a Harmless Piece of Spike Protein: "The spike protein of SARS CoV-2 contains an RGD motif that is missing in other coronaviruses and could underlie the molecular processes contributing to the observed coagulopathy and pathological angiogenesis. This motif has solvent accessibility similar to that of known integrin-binding ligands and a conformation consistent with the possibility of binding to integrins. Should this be the case, binding of intact virions to integrins could enhance viral entry into alveolar cells. Binding of virions to endothelial cells in the vasculature could lead to their activation and initiate blood clotting, contributing to the frequently observed widespread clotting and thrombosis in multiple organs. Furthermore, if virions bind to integrins on platelets, they could cause platelets to aggregate and bind to the endothelium. These processes would lead to the production of micro- and macro-thrombi in the vasculature, where they could pose a serious threat of pulmonary thrombosis and embolism, strokes and other thrombotic consequences." In "Biological and Clinical Consequences of Integrin Binding via a Rogue RGD Motif in the SARS CoV-2 Spike Protein," by Lee Makowski, William Olson-Sidford and John W. Weisel, Viruses 2021, 13(2), 146.
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 Obscuring the Risk: "COVID‐19 vaccines designed to elicit neutralising antibodies may sensitise vaccine recipients to more severe disease than if they were not vaccinated. Vaccines for SARS, MERS and RSV have never been approved, and the data generated in the development and testing of these vaccines suggest a serious mechanistic concern: that vaccines designed empirically using the traditional approach (consisting of the unmodified or minimally modified coronavirus viral spike to elicit neutralising antibodies), be they composed of protein, viral vector, DNA or RNA and irrespective of delivery method, may worsen COVID‐19 disease via antibody‐dependent enhancement (ADE). This risk is sufficiently obscured in clinical trial protocols and consent forms for ongoing COVID‐19 vaccine trials that adequate patient comprehension of this risk is unlikely to occur, obviating truly informed consent by subjects in these trials." In "Informed consent disclosure to vaccine trial subjects of risk of COVID‐19 vaccines worsening clinical disease," by Timothy Cardozo and Ronald Veazey, International Journal of Clinical Practice, 28 October 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.
Addendum of Gathering Information on Adverse Effects: "Upon investigating the Israeli Health Ministry's own data on the nation's vaccine rollout, Dr. Hervé Seligmann, a member of the faculty of Medicine at Aix-Marseille University, and engineer Haim Yativ revealed that Pfizer's mRNA experimental vaccine killed 'about 40 times more [elderly] people than the disease itself would have killed' during a recent five-week vaccination period. Among the younger class, the researchers discovered that these numbers are compounded to death rates at 260 times what the COVID-19 virus would have claimed in the given time frame." In "UK: 35 people deaf and 25 blind after taking mRNA vaccine shots, The Yellow Card scheme tracking potential vaccine injuries has flagged a combined 191,832 individual adverse events, or side effects, related to COVID vaccines," by David McLoone, LifeSite, 5 March 2021.
Addendum of Vaccination-induced ADE: "Before continuing the massive vaccination project, these adverse effects must be examined and carefully evaluated vs positive effects. The results on increased vaccination-induced infection rates (3-fold) and death rates (around 20 times the COVID-death rate of the unvaccinated) presented above are serious reasons to suspect that a balanced cost-benefit would not be in favour of vaccination for any risk group." In "Expert evaluation on adverse effects of the Pfizer-COVID-19 vaccination," by Hervé Seligmann, Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 8 May 2021.
Addendum of OSHA and Liability Lawsuits on the Horizon: "If I require my employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of their employment, are adverse reactions to the vaccine recordable? -- If you require your employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment (i.e., for work-related reasons), then any adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is work-related. The adverse reaction is recordable if it is a new case under 29 CFR 1904.6 and meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7." In "COVID-19 / Frequently Asked Questions, OSHA, United States Department of Labor, n. d.
Addendum of the Constant Messaging: "The constant messaging that the vaccines are safe and with zero acknowledgement of these adverse neurological reactions has made it impossible for us to obtain medical treatment. We are 'collateral damage' in the effort to stop the pandemic. We are all honest, hard-working Americans who genuinely believed we were doing our part by getting this vaccine. We are suffering, we are alone, we have been silenced and brushed aside by our medical providers, many of whom are our own colleagues in the medical fields. Time and time again, we are being sent home from ERs and hospital stays with no answers or guidance whatsoever. We are the blind leading the blind. We deserve and strongly request transparency and acknowledgment of these vaccine reactions so that there can be a beginning to the discoveries and developments in the care that we desperately need. Until acknowledgement of these adverse reactions exists, it will be impossible for people to receive care. We are pleading that you make the medical community aware of these reactions so we can get the medical care that we need and hopefully recover and return to our previously healthy lives." In "Letter," written to FDA: Janet Woodcock, Peter Marks; CDC: Rochelle Walensky, Jay Butler, Daniel Jernigan; and The White House, posted to Vaccine Adverse Reaction Correspondence, C19 Vax Reactions, 24 May 2021.
Addendum of Being Grossly Underrepresented: "The VAERS system is known to grossly underrepresent the actual incidence of events and should be of great concern to the FDA and CDC. Our group represents thousands of individuals severely injured and disabled by all three of these products, the vast majority being from the mRNA vaccines. The injuries are largely neuro-inflammatory in nature and include demyelination/CIDP, small fiber neuropathy, non-length dependent neuropathy, dysautonomia/postural orthostatic tachycardia (POTS), short term memory loss, and brain fog. Many continue to experience life-altering symptoms months after the vaccine such as internal tremors, muscle twitching, paresthesias, muscle weakness, difficulty walking, tinnitus, and a host of other issues. They remain without a formal diagnosis due to a lack of awareness and research in the medical community about these reactions. It is time for the FDA and CDC to take action. We implore the FDA to finally recognize the suffering of thousands and issue a warning about the neurological events associated with the mRNA vaccines. The CDC must also recognize and investigate these events. Failure to take such action will breed distrust in the process of science and continue to harm the individuals who are suffering in the background." In "STATEMENT ON THE FDA WARNING OF A LINK BETWEEN THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 VACCINE AND GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME (GBS)," C19 Vax Reactions, 12 July 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.
Addendum of the Lockdowns: "UK radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer called the WEF's messaging 'genuinely scary' and said it suggested that 'human beings are the problem.' She added, 'The WEF are absolutely stark staring insane if they think lockdowns are 'quietly improving' our cities.' Historian Roger Moorhouse chalked the post up to 'anthropophobia' – fear of humans." In "World Economic Forum shouted down on Twitter for suggesting Covid-19 lockdowns 'improved cities all over the world'," RT, 27 February 2021.
Addendum of a Constant Thread: " 'It's hard to quarrel with that ancient justification of the free press: 'America's right to know.' It seems almost cruel to ask, ingenuously, 'America's right to know what, please? Science? Mathematics? Economics? Foreign languages?' None of those things, of course. In fact, one might well suppose that the popular feeling is that Americans are a lot better off without any of that tripe. There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'." In "A Cult of Ignorance," Isaac Asimov, Newsweek, 21 January 1980.
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.
Addendum of Fear-generating Taxonomy: "There are other countries that if you had a preexisting condition and let's say the virus caused you to go to the ICU and then have a heart or kidney problem some countries are recording as a heart issue or a kidney issue and not a COVID-19 death. Right now we are still recording it and we will I mean the great thing about having forms that come in and a form that has the ability to market as COVID-19 infection the intent is right now that those if someone dies with COVID-19 we are counting that as a COVID-19 death." In "Dr. Birx: Unlike Some Countries, 'If Someone Dies With COVID-19 We Are Counting That As A COVID-19 Death', by Tim Hains, RealClearPolitics, 8 April 2020.
Addendum of Classification and Misclassification: " The CDC classified all deaths that are related to COVID-19 simply as COVID-19 deaths. Even patients dying from other underlying diseases but are infected with COVID-19 count as COVID-19 deaths. This is likely the main explanation as to why COVID-19 deaths drastically increased while deaths by all other diseases experienced a significant decrease. 'All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,' Briand concluded. In an interview with The News-Letter, Briand addressed the question of whether COVID-19 deaths can be called misleading since the infection might have exacerbated and even led to deaths by other underlying diseases. 'If [the COVID-19 death toll] was not misleading at all, what we should have observed is an increased number of heart attacks and increased COVID-19 numbers. But a decreased number of heart attacks and all the other death causes doesn't give us a choice but to point to some misclassification,' Briand replied." In "A closer look at U.S. deaths due to COVID-19," by Yanni Gu, Johns Hopkins Newsletter, Published by the Students of Johns Hopkins, 26 November 2020.
How Divine the panic
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 Odd 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.
Addendum of The Worldwide Left and Right Seeing the Many Democrat Wars: "It is worth recalling how right when Barack Obama was about to leave office The American Conservative gave an objective assessment for this president (with whom Joe Biden had worked on the same team) who had undeservedly won the Nobel Peace Prize, emphasizing his particular love for the use of brute military force abroad: 'Obama [is] … the only president to spend his entire tenure presiding over foreign wars… [T]he US has bombed at least half a dozen countries on his watch, and his administration has assisted other governments in laying waste to one of the poorest countries on earth.' According to Airwars data for that period, during 2014-2016 alone the United States carried out more than 9,600 air raids in Iraq, and about 5,000 in Syria, with dozens of thousands of civilians killed. And in the United States itself, many people died because of Obama's policies, and therefore it was with good reason that WorldNetDaily back then emphasized that 'Obama has been blithely watching coffins float by his entire presidency'." In "Biden Digs Up the Hatchet," by Vladimir Danilov, New Eastern Outlook, 2 March 2021.:
Addendum of Biden's Verbal Hatchet: "President Vladimir Putin retorted on Thursday that it takes one to know one after U.S. President Joe Biden said he thought the Russian leader was a killer and already poor relations between Moscow and Washington sank to a new post-Cold War low. Putin was speaking on television after Biden, in an ABC News interview that prompted Russia to recall its Washington ambassador for consultations a day earlier, said 'I do' when asked if he believed Putin was a killer. Biden also described Putin as having no soul, and said he would pay a price for alleged Russian meddling in the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, something the Kremlin denies." In "'It takes one to know one' Putin retorts after Biden says he thinks he is a killer'," by Andrew Osborn and Tom Balmforth, Reuters, 18 March 2021.
Addendum of a Continuing Arms Race: "Now get this. The President of the United States kicks off his administration attacking Syria first. Then, in a masterstroke of diplomacy, he threatens the president of the second most powerful nuclear nation on Earth 'they tried to influence public opinion', referring to a report from the Director of National Intelligence that said there was no election tampering. You read that correctly. America is being prepared for all-out nuclear war, based on bobble-headed speculation and doublespeak, from the same people who tore up the US Constitution by spying on Americans." In "Get Ready for That Epic Arms Race: Sleepy Joe Woke Up," by Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook, 18 March 2021.
Addendum of Growing Involvement: "The agreement between the Mozambican and US governments is for American soldiers to train local forces fighting the al-Shabaab militia - believed to have links to the wider Islamic state group (IS). 'US special operations forces... will support Mozambique's efforts to prevent the spread of terrorism and violent extremism,' the US embassy in Mozambique said on 15 March." In "Mozambique conflict: Why are US forces there?" by Christopher Giles and Peter Mwai, BBC Reality Check, 20 March 2021.
Addendum of Seven Presidents' Wars: "Members of US Congress harshly criticized the new President's decision to order the air strike without seeking approval from lawmakers first. 'This makes President Biden the seventh consecutive US President to order strikes in the Middle East,' said Representative Ro Khanna (D-California), according to Politico. 'We need to extricate from the Middle East, not escalate. The President should not be taking these actions without seeking explicit authorization instead of relying on broad, outdated AUMFs (Authorizations for Use of Military Force),' he added. In such a climate, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance would 'expand its training mission in Iraq from 500 to around 4,000 personnel.' Joe Biden's approach towards Afghanistan also seems to lack a diplomatic touch. According to the deal struck by the United States and the Afghan Taliban in Doha (Qatar) under the previous administration, the US is supposed to withdraw its remaining forces stationed in Afghanistan by May 2021. However, the new US President said it would be tough for the United States to do so. Failure to remove the troops as previously agreed is likely to prompt the Taliban to take up arms once again." In "Plans for Middle East and Joe Biden’s Actions," by Viktor Mikhin, New Eastern Outlook, 23 March 2021.
Addendum of Suffering at the Hands of Washington: "From the very beginning of the armed aggression against Libya until today, many American politicians have boasted of their dubious Libyan achievements. Among them were Democrat Barack Obama, his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other members of the Obama administration, who even boasted of their role in overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi. However, this US-led adventure turned into outspoken support for local militants, whom the West could not keep under control. Ultimately, the security vacuum in Libya was quickly filled by armed groups, Islamist extremists and human traffickers. As a result, Libya has become the largest regional exporter of instability and chaos, but the US, which recently campaigned for the security of Libyans, today hypocritically ignores this North African country. It should be emphasized that Washington officials do not like to remember Libya at all, because the armed invasion of it for many Americans has become 'a symbol of the limited US power and the recklessness of military intervention' and this factor darkens the lives of many former and current American officials. Since then, Libya as a state actually exists only on the map. In fact, the population of Libya, historically heterogeneous and actually consisting of tribes, which Gaddafi kept with his delicate, although not impeccable policy as a whole, is now still not only broke, but also without any guarantees of security." In "10 Years of Libyan Suffering at the Hands of Washington," by Vladimir Platov, New Eastern Outlook, 29 March 2021.
Addendum of the Fat, Fat Military's Losing Wars: "The war in Afghanistan is the second conflict that the United States has lost. However, USA's military budget is still the world's largest in comparison to those of other powerful countries. On average, the military spending of US government exceeds that of Russia by around 10 times and of China 4 times. It is true that the United States was unable to reach many of its goals or complete its projects during various wars and conflicts in the past. It is also true that the Russian Federation and PRC are tirelessly working on creating a more multipolar world order via fruitful negotiations. In fact, many other countries support Russian and Chinese efforts. But are the US actions consistent with the norms of a multipolar world? Or has the US leadership, at least, acknowledged these transformations are taking place world-wide? For now, this does not seem to be the case. And Joe Biden’s offensive actions and statements on the world stage are indicative of this." In "Washington’s Dilemma in Afghanistan," by Viktor Mikhin, New Eastern Outlook, 1 April 2021.
Addendum of the Peaceful Biden Administration: "This negative perception of the United States in the world has a number of explanations, one of which is Washington’s recent emphasis on armament and the use of military force, since it is no longer able to ensure its hegemony by economic, financial, informational and diplomatic means. This is evidenced by the detailed draft budget for the coming fiscal year 2022, recently submitted to Congress by US President Joe Biden, in which he asks for nearly $753 billion for 'defense needs' (+12.5 billion compared to the previous year’s figures). The draft shows that overall government spending would be roughly quadrupled from $1.52 trillion to six trillion dollars, which would be the largest expenditure for the US government since the end of World War II." In "The US is a Greater Threat than Either Russia or China," by Vladimir Platov, New Eastern Outlook,7 June 2021.
Addendum of Sufficient Intensity: "The post-WW2 military posture of the U.S. has been endless war. To enable that, there must always be an existential threat, a new and fresh enemy that can scare a large enough portion of the population with sufficient intensity to make them accept, even plead for, greater military spending, surveillance powers, and continuation of permanent war footing. Starring in that war-justifying role of villain have been the Communists, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Russia, and an assortment of other fleeting foreign threats. According to the Pentagon, the U.S. intelligence community, and President Joe Biden, none of those is the greatest national security threat to the United States any longer. Instead, they all say explicitly and in unison, the gravest menace to American national security is now domestic in nature." In "What is Behind Gen. Mark Milley's Righteous Race Sermon? Look to the New Domestic War on Terror," by Glenn Greenwald, Substack, 25 June 2021.
Addendum of Again: "In a statement, the Pentagon said the strike took place near Galkayo, Somalia. While the United States has frequently carried out air strikes in Somalia against al Shaabab, this was the first since Jan. 20 when Biden took office." In "U.S. Military Carries Out First Air Strike in Somalia Under Biden;" by Idrees Ali, Reuters, 20 July 2021.
Addendum of AFRICOM Continuing: "Ah, yes. The Biden administration just refused to reverse President Trump’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. That was it. For those unfamiliar, Western Sahara is a disputed territory the United States used to uphold until Chevron and British oil and gas interests, and Israel wants Morocco in the fold. As usual, Washington, London, and energy-dependent allies point fingers to the east, about the time another significant fossil fuel discovery takes place. And Morocco, which sits a few kilometers from the southwestern tip of super-consumer Europe, is a big chip in the next game. Western powers are supposedly engaged in fighting terrorism in Africa. The fact that big energy holds oil and gas leases that could mean trillions of cubic meters of natural gas shipments across Gibraltar to Spain and beyond is only ANOTHER coincidence. We’ve known for a long time American troops at the 29 bases from one end of Africa to the other are not just playing around shooting blanks at one another. But, a 2018 story at POLITICO blew the whistle on the US has secret programs and American troops carrying out direct combat in Somalia, Kenya, Niger, and other African nations. And this once-secret map from AFRICOM marked a network of 29 US military bases stretching across the old continent. So, it should come as no surprise that the reason for the current focus and the bigger American-led militarism. Chevron Corp, and a variety of investors, of course. While it may seem a coincidence that the Biden administration let Chevron be the last US oil company operating in Venezuela, it’s not. The second-largest oil and gas producer in the United States is part of a big play in Morocco alongside the UK’s SDX Energy, Chariot Ltd...." In "Morocco Gas Flows are Now Protected by the US Army," by Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook, 30 July 2021.
It's sure I'm a racist
"The new bigotry of Wokeism can be seen in ritualized guilt surrounding 'whiteness,' which now includes bizarre ceremonies such as sending whites to the back of the room or sending white children to the back of the bus. Many businesses and institutions now single out certain individuals, solely on the basis of skin color, and require them to acknowledge and own their participation in systemic racism. Failure to participate in these shaming rituals is itself considered an act of racism. Of course, these Woke liturgies are only possible to the degree that liberal institutions renounce classic liberal values such as tolerance and non-discrimination." In "Race Neutrality is the New Racism," by Robin Phillips, Salvo Mag, 5 March 2021
It's sure that I'm a racist;
Some racist told me so.
With race the daily theme,
One simply can't say no.
The race to race into the race
Is sport to those who know
Race is a hot potato,
Trotted out to show...
...one race is always racist;
Now white's the colorless foe,
But other colors get a pass,
That racism they may sow.
It's sure each is a racist,
When race is what they know.
So many better attributes
Drown in that undertow.
Race, race, race and race, race, race
Is peddled. Tally ho!
Nothing new develops,
When race is all you know.
Race divides, so what unites
As racists always crow?
Describe by race, igniting fights
Builds to a fortissimo.
Who's the racist? Ask a racist.
The racist's the one to know.
Race, race, race and race, race, race
Is marketed. Tally ho!
Addendum of a Lemon Smear: "What's really funny is that Lemon had just claimed his book was about 'unity rather than division,' so just admit you're a racist. Stop being divisive by objecting to my smear. Of course, that wasn't the only comical statement. He also claimed he wasn't a political person! LEMON: 'I could have written, Lulu, a number of books during the Trump administration because every time the president would tweet about me, or say something offhanded about me, or some backhanded way, someone would reach out and say, why don't you write a book? I didn't want to do that because I'm not a political person, and I didn't want to write a political book. And this book is about being human. It's about unity rather than division. And that's a book that I wanted to write'." In "Ibram X. Lemon? CNN Anchor Tells White People 'Stop Saying You Aren't Racist'," by Tim Graham, MRC-Newsbusters, 14 March 2021.
Addendum of the Newest Racist Grifters: "Simmons is the founder of a group known as 'LiberatED,' which describes itself as '[a] social and emotional learning approach to racial justice and healing. A movement. A collective. A path towards liberation.' News of Simmons' fee came amid a broader controversy over how public institutions – schools, in particular – were promoting ideas such as critical race theory. Anti-racist speaker and author Ibram Kendi reportedly received at least $44,000 from Fairfax County Schools, including $20,000 for a one-hour lecture. In neighboring Loudoun County, the school system reportedly spent at least $500,000 on race programs." In "Illinois school district agreed to pay anti-racism speaker $10,500 for 1-hour talk: report 'Make America Great Again,' 'denial of white privilege' reportedly described as covert forms of White supremacy," by Sam Dorman, Fox News, 22 May 2021.
Addendum of a Common Faux Pas: "Firstly, it should clearly be understood that race does not exist, it is a scientifically debunked and obsolete term in the same manner the definitions “Mongoloid, Negro or Caucasian” are now obsolete. Historically speaking ethnic hatred of which racism is a part has also not been the monopoly of any single group, but to a certain extent has been practiced in some form, at some time in history, by almost every ethnic group on the planet. The common faux pas in the Western world is that racism and the concept race are both seen as recent historical developments. This is only true for places where different races have not interacted until recent history. " In "Blackness, Whiteness and other Mythological Creatures," by Alaric Naudé, The Professor's Blog, 23 February 2021.
Addendum of Seeing Erosion: "Marxism was focused on the destruction of the individual, and advancing the idea of collectivism. Critical Race Theory does exactly that. It redefines us based upon race rather than our individuality. It declares that America is, always has been, and always will be a racist country. It erodes the fundamental premise of America, namely, equality of opportunity, and replaces it with equity, to be achieved by equality of outcomes." In "Chairman Allen West’s Statement on Critical Race Theory,: Texas GOP, 30 March 2021.
Addendum of the Critical Race to Anti-Capitalism: "In the name of equity, UCLA law professor and critical race theorist Cheryl Harris has proposed suspending private property rights, seizing land and wealth, and redistributing them along racial lines. Critical race guru Ibram X. Kendi, who directs the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, has proposed the creation of a federal Department of Antiracism. This department would be independent of (i.e., unaccountable to) the elected branches of government, and would have the power to nullify, veto, or abolish any law at any level of government and curtail the speech of political leaders and others deemed insufficiently 'antiracist.' One practical result of the creation of such a department would be the overthrow of capitalism, since, according to Kendi, 'In order to truly be antiracist, you also have to truly be anti-capitalist.”' In other words, identity is the means; Marxism is the end." In "The Courage of Our Convictions, How to fight critical race theory," by Christopher F. Rufo, City Journal, 22 April 2021.
Addendum of Democrat Supremacy and Democrat Systemic Racism: "Americans are armed with debate techniques and focused repartes, the emotional appeals of leftism will continue to hold sway over most good-but-ignorant folks. In terms of systemic racism, an obvious rebuttal comes by looking at who exactly runs the show. If the systems are bad, why not look at the leaders of such a system? Democrats are in charge of all of the most murderous cities in the United States. In terms of total population, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Houston are the biggest black cities in America. It is in these cities – not rural white cities home to white Supremacist Trump supporters – that blacks are exposed to the highest rate of murder and sheer number of murders. According to the FBI, over 90% of these murders come at the hands of another black. In other words, white supremacy is a fraud and total boogeyman." In "2021’s Stratospheric Murder Rates In America’s Five Blackest Cities," by Parker Beauregard, Blue State Conservative, 8 June 2021.
Addendum of Being Called a Racist: " '...the Biden family is the Klan family. It’s the Klan. And Joe is the Imperial Wizard. That is outright — the terms that he used – Hunter – was the most derogatory, prejudicial way of using the n-word – regarding wine, regarding body parts,' Terrell added. 'That is a person who's comfortable using the n-word. And you will hear crickets from the Democrats. Biden and his family has had a history of demonizing blacks, and the number one reason why I left the Democratic Party, because Joe Biden went on national radio and said, 'If you don't vote for me, you ain't black.' This guy is a racist. He needs to look into the mirror and acknowledge that him and his family are racists! It is insulting,' he added." In "Leo Terrell Goes OFF: Biden Family Is a 'Klan Family' and Joe Is the 'Imperial Wizard'," by Martin Walsh, Trending Politics, 9 June 2021.
Addendum on Not Covering Racist Speech: "The president's son joked in a January 2019 text to corporate attorney George Mesires about a 'big penis', and said to the lawyer: 'I only love you because you're black' and 'true dat n***a'. In another text a month earlier he wrote to the Chicago lawyer saying: 'how much money do I owe you. Becaause (sic) n***a you better not be charging me Hennessy rates.' Mesires replied: 'That made me snarf my coffee.' Hunter added: 'That's what im saying ni…', cutting off the racial slur mid-word, then texted a picture to Mesires. " In "How the liberal media have completely IGNORED Hunter Biden's N-word scandal: Not ONE left-leaning outlet covered the president's son using racist language in texts first revealed by DailyMail.com," by Emily Crane, Daily Mail, 10 June 2021.
Addendum of Controlling Negroes: "...see here's, here's CNN. Cause see CNN is about controlling negroes. That’s what it stands [for] controlling negroes. That's what CNN is about. They don't want people of color to have certain thoughts. He's here to keep me running and to keep me from being the governor of the state. Why? Because liberals, they do not want blacks to think for themselves. They're here for Stacey Abrams. You know and I know that the drop off boxes were not in the state statutes. You know and I know that the eNet signature verification was not in the state statute. …You don't want me on your show no more because you know Joe Biden is a bigot and you don't want me calling Joe Biden a bigot…. CNN is bigot… they're race based. They use you to carry out their racist agenda and it's sad'. " Quote of Vernon Jones, in " 'CNN's About Controlling Negroes, That’s What It Stands [For], Controlling Negroes' – Vernon Jones DESTROYS CNN Reporter," by Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit, 1 July 2021.
Addendum of Growing Racism Narrative: "...why is there such a misunderstanding between the American public and the reality of US race relations? The answer, I suspect, reflects a media-driven moral panic — one that is rooted in the racialization of identity-obsessed progressive politics." In "A look at the facts tells you the left is propagating a false racist narrative," by Eric Kaufmann, NY Post, 27 July 2021.
Consider the Supremacy of Systemic Racism of Democrats like White Eric and white Gavin
Consider the Unity of the Divisive Palette: Black and white and Black and White, part deux
Consider also some information about proponents of anti-capitalism: Auntie Capital
Oh, beautiful the razor wire
Oh, beautiful the razor wire
stretched round the Congress hall;
with troops to guard -- ready, aim, fire --
its debt makers and all.
Odd how this came to be --
the Congress' own neighborhood
fears free democracy.
Oh, beautiful for metal fence
topped round with spiky points,
and guarded by a stiff defense
that politics anoints.
Odd how this came to be --
the capitol's elites now morph
Oh, beautiful conspiracy
which props its props up right,
declaring massive debt makes sense
while itching for a fight.
Odd how this came to pass,
as Washington's sharp razor wire
Is now what's come to pass.
Addendum of a Ghastly Overreaction: "An inner perimeter will be moved closer to the Capitol building this week, providing reopened access to nearby streets and some sidewalks. Strings of razor wire atop the fence will also be removed. The political pressure to remove the security fencing has been building. The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has compared it to a combat zone in Afghanistan, saying that 'we are way overreacting.' The No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, called it 'ghastly'." In "Security officials to scale back fencing around US Capitol," Associated Press, 17 March 2021.
Addendum of a Great Big Theater: "What matters is the narrative. It’s all a great big theater, and all of us here in D.C. — the Capitol Police officers, the Guardsmen, the staff, the neighbors — are living in it." In "The Capitol Police Chief And Her Democratic Bosses Are Lying To You All To Hold Our Capital Hostage," by Christopher Bedford, The Federalist, 5 March 2021.
Addendum of Shrinking the Stage: "The National Guard is drawing down troops from around 5,000 to 2,280, which is the number currently authorized through May 23. Blodgett said the National Guard 'will continue to maintain a presence to support our increased security posture although their presence has been modified to support a reduced perimeter.' He also said that the Capitol Police will 'continue to monitor the threat posture, [and] should a change occur, plans will be reevaluated.' Members of Congress have been clamoring for the fence to come down for some time." In "Outer fence surrounding Capitol complex to be removed this weekend," by Chris Marquette, Roll Call, 19 March 2021.
Addendum of Perma-Nancy: "The metal fencing that is currently up around the Capitol complex, the security review, ordered by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), recommended a permanent barrier to be constructed, along with hiring more Capitol police officers and establishing a Quick Reaction Force (QRF)." In "Defense Secretary Approves the National Guard to Stay in DC Until at Least May," by Julio Rosas, Townhall, 10 March 2021.
Addendum of Removing: "A layer of inner fencing around the Capitol building itself remains in place." In "Fencing around outer perimeter of U.S. Capitol complex removed," by Grace Segers, CBS News, 24 March 2021.
Addendum of Saluting the New Dear Leader: "Farewell, you unwise, unkind, unthinking, and unthinkable brute of a world leader. All hail Sleepy Joe Biden, the arms dealer’s best friend." In "Farewell Incredulous Trump: All Hail Belligerent Biden," by Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook, 7 December 2020.
Addendum of a June Biden Boom: " 'As demonstrated by this evening's strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel. Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks,' Kirby added. 'The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation - but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message'." In "US military launches airstrikes against three facilities on Iraq-Syria border.," by Lucas Y. Tomlinson and Lucas Manfredi, Fox News, 28 June 2021.
Indeed as to arms manufactures, one may consider A Modern Observation on The Anti-War Movement, We Bomb Back Better - "the establishment's back"
"As several Obama-era officials return to the White House under President Joe Biden, their reunion comes with fuller pockets and deeper ties to corporate interests, new financial disclosure reports show. According to ABC News' analysis of the most recent disclosure reports, many of Biden's top White House officials, including Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, and coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients, have substantially multiplied their wealth over the past few years." In "Obama-era officials return to White House worth millions, White House financial disclosures show several officials gained massive wealth," by Soo Rin Kim and Libby Cathey, ABC News, 21 March 2021.
The average Joe's a different Joe
From the Joe that runs the game.
The average Joe who's just some schmo
Gathers hardly any acclaim.
The average Joe's a different Joe
From the Joe atop the pile.
The average Joe must undergo
What fancy folk revile.
The average Joe's just not the Joe
Whose cadre wealth rakes in.
Say gathering wealth's no sin.
But average Joes gain little wealth
While the politicians reap
So much more than an average Joe
Who's supposed to be beneath.
The average Joe's a lesser Joe
Than the Joe that harvests cash,
And markets it to precious few
Through politics' Joe-balderdash.
Addendum of See, BS: "The incident took place outside the Palm Room doors in front of the Diplomatic Room, the report said. 'There was dog poo on the floor. It’s unclear which dog was responsible for it,' quoted CBS White House reporter Kathryn Watson." In "One Of Biden's Dogs Poops On Floor Outside WH Diplomatic Room: Pool," by Jon Brown, Daily Wire, 31 March 2021.
Addendum of $2.7 Million in Equity: "Although Biden has broadly taken action against oil pipelines, most notably canceling the Keystone XL oil pipeline, his administration has continued to allow the Line 3 project, which would bring Canadian oil through Minnesota to Wisconsin. Environmental activists oppose the Line 3 project, but the cause has received far less national attention than other pipelines." In "Susan Rice ordered to sell $2.7M stake in oil pipeline company after project moves forward," by Steven Nelson, NY Post, 16 July 2021.
Hey, it's just Politics
Having eaten and digested
the approved idea log,
we vomit up our answers
as a regurgitated fog...
...of ideas we rarely criticize,
for in the orthodoxy's bog
we're sunk up to our eyes.
Dialogue is at best a monologue.
By degrees, to a degree
as academics pettifog,
has eaten and digested
their approved idea log.
Each is of the collective
but a tenured, well-trained dog;
muzzle and a leash quite tight
are a bookend epilogue...
...as each bows a knee to grovel
before a grand idea log.
Nary a single narrative
not within the catalog...
...may ever be considered,
says the approving ideologue.
We vomit up our answers
and slop each fellow hog.
Addendum of Similarities Across Time: "...the Nazi Party was fixated on censorship and eliminating any cultural institution, publication or speech that did not fully support them. In other words, their version of today’s “cancel culture.” The Nazis were notorious for book-burning rituals in order to intimidate and send the message that they would shut down anyone and anything that did not align with their ideology. Once in control of the national levers of powers, they did so with impunity. The American left is figuratively burning books as it uses social media mobs as the vehicle to send the message that they will shut down anyone or anything that does not align with their ideology." In "The Commonalities Between the Rise of the Nazis and the Tactics of the American Left Cannot be Ignored," by Steve McCann, American Thinker, 29 March 2021.
Debt and more debt - governments are the threat
"The world is standing on the edge of a very real debt pit: according to calculations of the Institute of International Finance (USA), the total world debt is approaching $275 trillion, or 365% of world GDP. Because of the high level of debt of governments, businesses, and the population, the world economy is on the brink of a massive crisis. The problems of the banking sectors of individual countries pose risks to the international financial system as a whole. Whether the worldwide habit of living on credit will cause a new Great Depression is a concern that currently occupies the minds not only of economists and financiers, but also of politicians and ordinary citizens around the world, especially in the face of serious financial problems in the United States." In "Life in Debt in the Former Soviet Space," by Valery Kulikov, New Eastern Outlook, 24 February 2021.
You make a little here and there but owe a lot and more,
Asking rarely to whom you owe, and what's the growing score,
And how those damn collectors got the loans of money for
The debt now that you carry for borrowing from their store.
From where does all that money come? It's made out of thinnest air,
And handed all around for your collateral's their share.
And so the game is further played, you thinking it is fair,
Until the debts are called and then your interest's in being aware.
You made a little here and there, but borrowed triple that,
And somehow think the payback is a mouse toying with a cat.
The tale is old and still it's new, for politicians' grown fat
Have collateralized their nations to some faceless bureaucrat.
Addendum of Bailing Out State Debt With Federal Debt: "These were not just high-level employees like agency commissioners or deputy mayors. NYC employees included thermostat repairmen making up to $198,630; regular laborers hauling away $213,169; electricians taking home $253,132; and plumbers pocketing up to $286,245. The cost of benefits would be additional and is not included in these figures. These large paychecks are only sustainable because Congress bailed out New York City for $4.3 billion in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The federal bailout more than covered the overstated deficits of the city." In "New York City Paid 114,000 Highly-Compensated Public Employees Earning $100,000+," by Adam Andrzejewski, RealClear Policy, 1 June 2021.
It's all about Fat, fat government
I likes a nekked lady
I likes a nekked lady.
She likes a nekked man.
Sometimes kids pop out
Playing with that plan.
She likes some nekked lady.
He likes some nekked man.
Jez not quite the optimum
For a Mum, a Dad, a clan.
XY for the double X
Is how most clans began.
Mix things up to all the same
Might be jez what you can...
...but still it's less than optimum
For generations span
When he likes his nekked lady
And she likes her nekked man.
Seven figure numbers
Seven figure numbers
worth 'bout fifty cents?
That's how inflation's hyper'd,
and politics' math is bent.
A million here, a million there,
that's how the game spent.
That's when inflation's hyped to fail,
and money theory's rent.
Addendum of the Old Mistake Anew: "The country’s central bank posted a statement on its website Friday saying it would begin circulating the new 200,000, 500,000 and 1,000,000 bills to 'fulfill the current economy’s requirements' without providing further details. The 1,000,000 note -- the largest in the nation’s history -- is worth only $0.53 cents. As Venezuela's economy shrank for a seventh straight year in 2020, the government turned a blind eye to a growing number of dollar transactions, kick-started by rolling power outages that prevented credit and debit card purchases and fostered the use of cash. About 66% of transactions across the country are estimated to be made in foreign currency, according to Ecoanalitica." In "Hyperinflation Pushes Venezuela to Print 1,000,000-Bolivar Bills," by Patricia Laya and Nicolle Yapur, Bloomberg, 5 March 2021.
Addendum of the Old Mistake Anew: II "Zimbabwe stopped printing real money long ago, when its inflation rate was still at a manageable level. Today these bearer checks are the only currency remaining. Last week in Zimbabwe 10 million dollars could buy exactly two rolls of toilet paper. By now it probably won't get quite that much." In "Zimbabwe's $10 Million Bread," by Scott C. Johnson, Newsweek, 24 March 2008.
Power and money
Power and money --
Control and wealth --
Are often acquired
By hideous stealth.
Money births power --
Wealth births control --
The two then function
As a singular whole.
Beware of both
As they aggregate.
They come like thieves
Through the powerful state.
Power and wealth --
Money and control --
Will steal from most
By tax, fee and toll.
Addendum of Power and Wealth: "Windows software, his flagship creation, was a buggy mess that frustrated millions of consumers, and Steve Jobs groused that Gates and his team showed 'no shame' and 'no taste' in ripping off Apple’s products. Even the judge who oversaw Microsoft’s crippling turn-of-the-century monopoly trial said Gates had 'a Napoleonic concept of himself and his company, an arrogance that derives from power and unalloyed success'. By the 2000s, though, the world’s richest man seemed to have realised he had to change this Redmond-robber-baron narrative — and that his wealth could help." In "Bill Gates’s carefully curated dad-geek image unravels," Agency staff, Tech Central, 21 May 2021.
Addendum of Enormous Sums and Central Bank Leadership: "US financial journalists Pam and Russ Martens in critiquing that murky 2019 Fed bailout of Wall Street remarked, 'for the first time in history, the Fed has hired BlackRock to 'go direct' and buy up $750 billion in both primary and secondary corporate bonds and bond ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds), a product of which BlackRock is one of the largest purveyors in the world.' They went on, 'Adding further outrage, the BlackRock-run program will get $75 billion of the $454 billion in taxpayers' money to eat the losses on its corporate bond purchases, which will include its own ETFs, which the Fed is allowing it to buy…' Fed head Jerome Powell and Larry Fink know each other well, apparently. Even after Powell gave BlackRock the hugely lucrative no-bid 'go direct' deal, Powell continued to have the same BlackRock manage an estimated $25 million of Powell’s private securities investments. Public records show that in this time Powell held direct confidential phone calls with BlackRock CEO Fink. According to required financial disclosure, BlackRock managed to double the value of Powell's investments from the year before! No conflict of interest, or?" In "There is More to BlackRock Than You Might Imagine," by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook, 18 June 2021.
Consider how Power and Money attempt their ballyhooed Reset
Would Doctor Mengele have been so proud - hyperbole, for the hyperbolic crowd
"Given the high frequency of adverse reactions from Covid vaccines, why are we vaccinating people on hospice who are near the end of their life? Hospice and comfort care are for people who are in the final stages of an incurable illness. The aim is to ensure they are comfortable. When someone enters hospice care they generally have fewer than six months to live and have decided to stop treatments to prolong their life. For some reason, this advice does not seem to be standard of care in the United States of America. According to reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) many people on hospice have been given a Covid vaccine, only to die very soon thereafter. What follows is a compilation of VAERS reports in which terminally ill patients received a Covid vaccine, and then died within seven days of vaccination." In "Why are we vaccinating people on the brink of death?" by Luke Yamaguchi, Life Site News, 26 April 2021.
An example among many
Would Doctor Mengele have been so proud
To find / fund trials clinically allowed
On an elderly, frail and failing crowd?
The narrative wraps this trial's shroud.
Would Doctor Mengele have been so proud?
Would Doctor Ishii have thought it great
To follow such protocols as this phase three spate
Of trial vaccines as they terminate?
The narrative fails to so stipulate.
Would Doctor Ishii have thought it great?
Would that seedy sea which washes the shore
Urge a populace all the more
To prick the elderly by the score?
The narrative nudges such deaths to ignore
While the seedy sea roils with deafening roar.
Addendum of a Historical Murder as Medicine: "Romzha and his companions were taken to Uzhhorod, where they were hospitalized. Romzha was making good progress when, late on the night of 31 October, the nuns who were nursing him were suddenly dismissed and a new nurse was assigned to him by the regime. A little after midnight Moscow Time, Romzha was found dead. The nurse had poisoned Romzha with an injection of curare provided by the head of NKVD Laboratory 12, Dr Grigory Mairanovsky. According to research in Soviet archives by Yevgenia Albats, the Bishop's murder was personally ordered by Nikita Khrushchev." In "Theodore Romzha." Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum of Pandora's Open Box and a Media Lack of Curiosity: "To my knowledge, no major newspaper or television network has yet provided readers with an in-depth news story of the lab escape scenario, such as the one you have just read, although some have run brief editorials or opinion pieces. One might think that any plausible origin of a virus that has killed three million people would merit a serious investigation. Or that the wisdom of continuing gain-of-function research, regardless of the virus’s origin, would be worth some probing. Or that the funding of gain-of-function research by the NIH and NIAID during a moratorium on such funding would bear investigation. What accounts for the media’s apparent lack of curiosity? The virologists’ omertà is one reason. Science reporters, unlike political reporters, have little innate skepticism of their sources’ motives; most see their role largely as purveying the wisdom of scientists to the unwashed masses." In "Origin of Covid — Following the Clues, Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan?" by Nicholas Wade, Medium, 2 May 2021.
Addendum of Arguing for Risky Business: "Fauci didn’t immediately return a request for comment." In "Fauci once argued for risky viral experiments — even if they can lead to pandemic," by Gabrielle Fonrouge, New York Post, 28 May 2021.
Addendum of Ignoring the Absolute Risk Reduction: "Vaccine efficacy is generally reported as a relative risk reduction (RRR). It uses the relative risk (RR)—ie, the ratio of attack rates with and without a vaccine—which is expressed as 1–RR. Ranking by reported efficacy gives relative risk reductions of 95% for the Pfizer–BioNTech, 94% for the Moderna–NIH, 90% for the Gamaleya, 67% for the J&J, and 67% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford vaccines. However, RRR should be seen against the background risk of being infected and becoming ill with COVID-19, which varies between populations and over time. Although the RRR considers only participants who could benefit from the vaccine, the absolute risk reduction (ARR), which is the difference between attack rates with and without a vaccine, considers the whole population. ARRs tend to be ignored because they give a much less impressive effect size than RRRs: 1.3% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford, 1.2% for the Moderna–NIH, 1.2% for the J&J, 0.93% for the Gamaleya, and 0.84% for the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccines." In "COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness—the elephant (not) in the room," Comment, The Lancet (www.thelancet.com/microbe), Published Online 20 April 2021.
Addendum of Being Not Particularly Concerned: " 'I'm not particularly concerned,' Fauci said. 'But I don’t want a lack of severe concern to get in the way that we are keeping an open mind to look for any possible deleterious effects as we get into and through the phase-three trial'." In "Dr. Anthony Fauci isn’t ‘particularly concerned’ about the safety of Moderna coronavirus vaccine," by Berkeley Lovelace Jr., CNBC, 27 July 2020.
Addendum of Humanized Mice and Humanized Rats: "Although humanized mice have provided in vivo platforms for modeling human diseases, the short-life span and small tissue size/volume of mice are a major limitation for long-termed and preclinical studies, respectively. We hypothesized that a larger immunodeficient rodent model, with a longer life span, namely rat, would support the development of an in vivo model for long-term studies (> 6 months) and provide large tissue volume/size. We further hypothesized that the co-transplantation of human full-thickness fetal skin, autologous fetal thymus tissues, autologous fetal liver tissues, and autologous fetal-liver derived hematopoietic stem cells into SRG rat would enable the development of a model containing human skin, autologous thymus, and autologous human immune cells, termed hSIS-humanized SRG rat." In "Development of humanized mouse and rat models with full-thickness human skin and autologous immune cells," by Yash Agarwal, Cole Beatty, Sara Ho, Lance Thurlow, Antu Das, Samantha Kelly, Isabella Castronova, Rajeev Salunke, Shivkumar Biradar, Tseten Yeshi, Anthony Richardsonand Moses Bility, Scientific Reports, 3 September 2020.
Addendum of Potentially Horrid Results: "Results of the study: COVID-19 vaccines designed to elicit neutralising antibodies may sensitise vaccine recipients to more severe disease than if they were not vaccinated. Vaccines for SARS, MERS and RSV have never been approved, and the data generated in the development and testing of these vaccines suggest a serious mechanistic concern: that vaccines designed empirically using the traditional approach (consisting of the unmodified or minimally modified coronavirus viral spike to elicit neutralising antibodies), be they composed of protein, viral vector, DNA or RNA and irrespective of delivery method, may worsen COVID-19 disease via antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE). This risk is sufficiently obscured in clinical trial protocols and consent forms for ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials that adequate patient comprehension of this risk is unlikely to occur, obviating truly informed consent by subjects in these trials. Conclusions drawn from the study and clinical implications: The specific and significant COVID-19 risk of ADE should have been and should be prominently and independently disclosed to research subjects currently in vaccine trials, as well as those being recruited for the trials and future patients after vaccine approval, in order to meet the medical ethics standard of patient comprehension for informed consent." In "Informed consent disclosure to vaccine trial subjects of risk of COVID-19 vaccines worsening clinical disease," by Timothy Cardozo and Ronald Veazey, International Journal of Clinical Practice, March 2021.
Addendum from a Lab Rat's Perspective: "It's coming down to this. Whose side will you be on when the coronavirus pandemic finally destroys nations, businesses, and innocent families unable to protect themselves? Will you side with the greedy politicians and corporate elites manipulating the situation? Or, will the stacked bodies and boarded-up shops finally make you realize what this situation is about? Democracy as a system is being put to the final test. We are test rats, in a deadly maze where the mad scientists of detente and economics roll dice and bet on which way we will run." In "The Great Coronavirus Lesson: Many Leaders Have Failed the People," by Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook, 6 April 2021.
Addendum of Reacting to Humanized Rodents: "In one study published last year, Pitt scientists described scalping 5-month-old aborted babies to stitch onto the backs of lab rats. They wrote about how they cut the scalps from the heads and backs of the babies, scraping off the 'excess fat' under the baby skin before stitching it onto the rats. They even included photos of the babies' hair growing out of the scalps. Each scalp belonged to a little Pennsylvania baby whose head would grow those same hairs if he or she were not aborted for experiments with lab rats. Pitt's explanation? 'Lab mice, not lab rats," the university's witness told the committee indignantly. In fact, the published study used both rats and mice to grow the babies' scalps. How was this paid for? With a $430,000 grant from Dr. Anthony Fauci's NIAID office at the NIH. Pitt's witness implied that government NIH grants somehow did not concern taxpayers in Pennsylvania." In "University of Pittsburgh Won't Explain its Planned Parenthood Ties," by David Daleiden, Newsweek, 26 May 2021.
Addendum of an Earlier Time in the Fauci Era: " 'I'm ashamed of my colleagues,' Sonnabend laments. 'I'm embarrassed. This is such shoddy science it's hard to believe nobody is protesting. Damned cowards. The name of the game is to protect your grant, don't open your mouth. It's all about money… it's grounds for just following the party line and not being critical, when there are obviously financial and political forces driving this.' When Duesberg heard the latest announcement, he was partially stunned over the reaction of Gay Men's Health Crisis President Richard Dunne, who said that GMHC now urged 'everybody to get tested,' and of course those who test positive to go on to AZT. 'These people are running into the gas chambers,' says Duesberg. 'Himmler would have been so happy if only the Jews were this cooperative'." In "AIDS and the AZT Scandal: SPIN's 1989 Feature, 'Sins of Omission', The story of AZT, one of the most toxic, expensive, and controversial drugs in the history of medicine," by Celia Farber, SPIN, 5 October 2015 (originally published in the November 1989 issue of SPIN).
Addendum of COVID Prophylaxis and Early Therapy: "Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease. The apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally." In "Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection, A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines," by Andrew Bryant, Theresa Lawrie, Therese Dowswell, Edmund J. Fordham, Scott Mitchell, Sarah R. Hill, Tony C. Tham, American Journal of Therapeutics, 17 June 2021.
Addendum of The Same Thing Happening Again: " 'People are being conditioned to submit passively to government dictates,' while 'children who are deprived of an education are being conditioned to distrust people,' Sharav continued. The Holocaust survivor condemned the state of the medical establishment, drawing comparisons between contemporary medical policies and those employed by the Nazis. 'Today, debate is forbidden. A doctor is not allowed to say that the virus is being exploited to maintain a state of fear.' 'Doctors and scientists who express views that challenge official dictates are treated as heretics. They are threatened with loss of livelihood,' and 'muzzled and vilified by the media' for speaking out about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, she said. 'Fear and propaganda were the psychological weapons the Nazis used to impose a genocidal regime, and today some are beginning to understand why the German people didn't rise up: fear kept them from doing the right thing,' Sharav said." In "Holocaust survivor warns against COVID mandates, new 'fascist dictatorship', 'I never thought that I would be alive to be again afraid of the same elements,' Vera Sharav said," by Raymond Wolfe, Life Site, 17 June 2021.
Addendum of Looking Back at an Antecedent: "Aktion T4 was a campaign of mass murder by involuntary euthanasia in Nazi Germany. The term was first used in post-war trials against doctors who had been involved in the killings. The name T4 is an abbreviation of Tiergartenstraße 4, a street address of the Chancellery department set up in early 1940, in the Berlin borough of Tiergarten, which recruited and paid personnel associated with T4. Certain German physicians were authorised to select patients 'deemed incurably sick, after most critical medical examination' and then administer to them a 'mercy death' (Gnadentod). In October 1939, Adolf Hitler signed a 'euthanasia note', backdated to 1 September 1939, which authorised his physician Karl Brandt and Reichsleiter Philipp Bouhler to begin the killing." In "Aktion T4," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum of the India Bar Association Charges: "...Advocate Dipali Ojha clarified the nature of the planned action, 'The Indian Bar Association has warned action under section 302 etc. of the Indian Penal Code against Dr. Soumya Swaminathan and others, for murder of each person dying due to obstruction in treatment of COVID-19 patient effectively by Ivermectin. Punishment under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code is death penalty or life imprisonment.' He further wrote, 'After receiving the said notice, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan went on the back foot and deleted her tweet. This has proved the hollowness of the WHO's recommendation against Ivermectin for COVID-19. The dishonesty of WHO and the act of Dr. Soumya Swaminathan in deleting her contentious tweet was witnessed by citizens across the world, as the news got a wide coverage on social media. By deleting the tweet, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has proved her mala fide intentions'." In "Indian Bar Association Sues WHO Scientist for the Murder of Indian Citizens by Misleading them about Ivermectin," by Brian Shilhavy, Vaccine Impact, 30 June 2021.
Addendum of the Other Side of the Coin: "The saddest part of the story is that the media has apparently chosen to look only at one side of the coin. What other explanation is there for the shrill publicity given to expensive drugs like Remdesivir and several newer drugs while the success, safety and ease of use of Ivermectin is treated with deafening silence? If patients can recover quickly with a tablet that can be taken at home, we can undo lockdowns, open up business and tourism, and run colleges and schools without waiting until the whole world is vaccinated. None of this is to say that vaccinations are not necessary. What we are trying to reinforce is that we should use the simpler, safer, quicker method of mass prophylaxis with Ivermectin as soon as possible. If properly planned, it can be done in a matter of days." In "How to prevent a third wave of Covid-19," by Kavery Nambisan and Darrell Demello, New Indian Express, 30 June 2021.
Addendum of Being Told to Stop Asking Questions: "I have personally diagnosed 2 patients with radiating unilateral paralysis of the subungulate tertial colliculum within 2 days of their second Astra Zeneca dose. When I spoke out about this to the medical director at my hospital, noting how rare RUPSTC is, I was told to stop asking questions if I knew what was good for me. Just terrifying." by Doctor, Anonymous, "Real Medical Observations," C19 Vax Reactions, accessed 19 July 2021.
Addendum of Unethical Human Experimentation in the United States: "Many of these experiments violated US law. Some others were sponsored by government agencies or rogue elements thereof, including the Centers for Disease Control, the United States military, and the Central Intelligence Agency, or they were sponsored by private corporations which were involved in military activities. ....As of 2007, not a single U.S. government researcher had been prosecuted for human experimentation. The preponderance of the victims of U.S. government experiments have not received compensation or, in many cases, acknowledgment of what was done to them." In "Unethical human experimentation in the United States," Wikipedia, n. d.
Addendum of the Same Old Defense: "Defense lawyers explained that Nazi doctors were ordered by the state to conduct such experiments as the high-altitude, hypothermia, and seawater experiments on inmates at the Dachau concentration camp to determine how best to protect and treat German fliers and soldiers. They contended that these experiments were necessary and that the 'good of the state' takes precedence over that of the individual." In "Fifty Years Later: the Significance of the Nuremberg Code," by Evelyne Schuster, New England Journal of Medicine, 13 November 1997. [ 1 ]
Addendum of the Same Old Oops: "Five public research institutions in France have imposed a 3-month moratorium on the study of prions—a class of misfolding, infectious proteins that cause fatal brain diseases—after a retired lab worker who handled prions in the past was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), the most common prion disease in humans. An investigation is underway to find out whether the patient, who worked at a lab run by the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), contracted the disease on the job. If so, it would be the second such case in France in the past few years. In June 2019, an INRAE lab worker named Émilie Jaumain died at age 33, 10 years after pricking her thumb during an experiment with prion-infected mice. Her family is now suing INRAE for manslaughter and endangering life; her illness had already led to tightened safety measures at French prion labs." In "France issues moratorium on prion research after fatal brain disease strikes two lab workers," by Barbara Casassus, Science Magazine, 28 July 2021.
Consider Little Miss Information and a story in rhyme for today -- How to kill a negro -- or would you just say no?
[ 1 ] It is important to consider the "leader" as well as "followers" in almost every human activity. Of the German doctors of under the National Socialist regime, there were those who opposed and those who went along with the horrid Zeitgeist.
One reads of complicity at many levels, from government to universities to biomedical research as to individual physicians: "Almost seven decades after the end of World War II, the German Medical Association has made a long overdue apology for its participation in human rights violations and atrocities under the Nazi regime. In a stunning admissionthe Declaration states that German doctors from all strata of the profession enthusiastically supported Nazi ideology and were not coerced to support Hitler. The Declaration of May 12, 2012, which was unanimously adopted by the delegates of the Physician’s Congress declared: 'In contrast to still widely accepted view, the initiative for the most serious human rights violations did not originate from the political authorities at the time, but rather from the physicians themselves… German doctors “were guilty of scores of human rights violations'… 'The crimes were simply not the acts of individual doctors, but rather took place with the substantial involvement of leading representatives of the medical association and medical specialist bodies as well as considerable representatives of university medicine and renowned biomedical research facilities.' 2012 also marked the 65th anniversary of the Nuremburg Doctors’ Trial." In "'A Milestone in Medical History - German Medical Association Finally Apologizes For Atrocities Committed by German Physicians Under the Nazis," by Arthur Gale, Missouri Medicine, Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association, 2013 Nov-Dec, 110(6).
In similar fashion, the architecture of this phenomenon is clarified further: "For 40 years, the horrific activities of 'Unit 731' remained one the most closely guarded secrets of World War II. It was not until 1984 that Japan acknowledged what it had long denied – vile experiments on humans conducted by the unit in preparation for germ warfare. Deliberately infected with plague, anthrax, cholera and other pathogens, an estimated 3,000 of enemy soldiers and civilians were used as guinea pigs. Some of the more horrific experiments included vivisection without anesthesia and pressure chambers to see how much a human could take before his eyes popped out. Unit 731 was set up in 1938 in Japanese-occupied China with the aim of developing biological weapons. It also operated a secret research and experimental school in Shinjuku, central Tokyo. Its head was Lieutenant Shiro Ishii. The unit was supported by Japanese universities and medical schools which supplied doctors and research staff." In "Unit 731," unit731.org, 2021.
The assumption that "it can't happen here" is betrayed by the many instances in many lands and across a century and beyond, wherein some governments, their bureaucrats and academics and physicians, all participated in the same "medical" experimentation for all their own, self-defined "best of reasons," so often couched in the vocabulary of "the greater good."
Let's speak truth to power
"Greenwald began by blasting the CIA's infamous recruitment ad, saying that it is indicative of how powerful institutions, such as the intelligence community, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley are using the 'left-wing cultural ideology' that permeates the Democratic Party to further their own interests. 'Wokeness, this ideology, is not about subverting power centers. They never talk about power centers, the CIA, big tech, monopolies, hedge fund managers, it is about turning citizens against one another,' Greenwald said. 'That person is evil. That individual is bad. It empowers these ruling class centers. That is why they not just embrace it and cynically exploit it, they actually finance it and want to spread it because it strengthens and entrenches their power.' In closing, Greenwald blasted the hypocrisy of liberals who he says have a 'complete confusion about where power lies'." In " 'Easier To Go Fight A Boogaloo Boy Than The CIA': Glenn Greenwald Says Wokeness Is The 'Ideology Of Power'," by Greg Price, Daily Caller, 4 May 2021.
Let's speak truth to power,
except when we're in charge.
When we're in charge the truth is
we would our power enlarge.
Let's speak truth to power,
except when the boss is us.
When we're the boss and whistles blow,
truth becomes quite treasonous.
Let's speak truth to power,
but only to amass our strength,
And then our strength can well preserve
our power, its breadth and length.
Let's speak truth to power,
as among our tools to win,
And then suppress that very truth
as a politically potent sin.
Addendum of the Premise Agreed To: "Professional journalists have, at least in theory, devoted their lives to the noble art of speaking truth to power, of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, of saving democracy from certain death in darkness. In practice, however, this devotion tends to waver depending on which political party controls the White House. When Democrats are in charge, for example, our noble journalists can't help but be consumed by 'The Awkward Feeling of Rooting for the White House Press Secretary.' So reads the headline of a Jen Psaki profile published in Washingtonian magazine." In "Speaking Truth to Power: Magazine Reveals How Journos Are 'Rooting' for WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki," by Andrew Stiles, Washington Free Beacon, 5 May 2021.
Addendum of Liberals Mocking Who Once Cheered: " 'It’s interesting,' Mr. Greenwald said. 'When I did the reporting with Edward Snowden in 2013 and 2014, liberals loved that reporting so much that they gave us every award that they have to offer. The Pulitzer. The Polk. The film that was done about my work with Edward Snowden was given an Oscar. I went up on the Oscar stage. They couldn't lavish enough prizes and praise on us. And now here we are, after the Trump years, and we know that the Democratic Party and journalism, in general, has aligned with the CIA, the NSA and the FBI, and has aligned and merged with the security state'." In "Glenn Greenwald calls out liberals who 'loved' his NSA reporting but are now mocking Tucker Carlson." by Douglas Ernst, Washington Times, 1 July 2021.
"Do not trust in princes, in the son of man, who has no salvation." Psalm 146 : 3
Consider Government and its Conservative-Liberal champion -- Sir Veiled Lance
In the abstract it wasn't me
"...state-sponsored murder is and was the primary fact of the twentieth century. Not the rise of democracy or the liberation of peoples as I was taught in high school, college, and graduate school, but the devastating horrors of the gulag, the holocaust, and the killing fields. Further, it gave truth to the proposition that no matter how bad war is, it’s not the greatest killer. Indeed, the bloody statistics of the twentieth century clearly bear this out. While war’s toll—of soldier killing soldier—is horrific, war only accounted for about twenty percent of the unnatural deaths of the previous century. Four times the number of persons were murdered by their governments than killed in warfare between 1914 and 1991. Of course, Rummel notes, it is not the actual 'regime' that kills, but those making up the regime: 'Saying that a state or regime is a murderer is a convenient personification of an abstraction'." In "Death By Government: The Primary Fact of the 20th Century," by Bradley J. Birzer, Intellectual Takeout," 20 May 2021.
In the abstract it wasn't me,
Though I cheered the whole thing on.
In the abstract it wasn't you,
Not you, you paragon.
In the abstract it wasn't us,
Though we voted for those weapons drawn.
In the abstract it wasn't them,
For they were played, from king to pawn.
In the abstract, abstractions fail
To shield the many at death's dark dawn.
Addendum of Conceptualizing: "How then do we conceptualize the purposeful government killing of protesters and dissidents, the reprisal shooting of innocent villagers, the beating to death of peasants for hiding rice, or the indiscriminate bombing of civilians? How do we conceptualize torturing people to death In prison, working them to death in concentration camps, or letting them starve to death, when such killing is done out of revenge, for an ideology, or for reasons of state having nothing to do with the social groups to which these people belong?" In "Death by Government," R.J. Rummel, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.), 1994.
Little Miss Information
"After nearly 18 months of punishing anyone who suggested that COVID-19 might have originated in a Wuhan lab, Facebook has decided to stop removing posts which claim the virus was man-made or manufactured, a company spokesperson told Politico on Wednesday." In "Facebook Stops Removing Posts Claiming COVID-19 Man-Made After Lab-Leak Hypothesis Finally Goes Mainstream," by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 26 May 2021.
Little Miss Information met
A Factchequer on its way,
Who cudgeled Miss Information
For what she'd shared that day.
A flight of Factchequers, rather
Like a gaggle of gurgling geese,
Swarmed to form battalions
Of community standards police.
Alas, those bold Factchequers
Are a this until they're a that,
And facts they check are changeable,
So one might smell each rat.
Little Miss Information met
Factchequers in a fact-less way,
Who cudgeled Miss Information
For what she'd shared that day.
The Sugar Mountain hive,
From which some Factchequers swarm,
Is built on ever shifting sands,
Yet to them must all conform.
Alas for twit and twittering,
Alas for books for faces, that
The cat's let out of their bag:
For out of their bag springs that cat.
Little Miss Information finds
Other media beyond their hive's reach,
That those who cudgeled Miss Information
Will soon starve as they, raging, screech.
Addendum of New Ways Factchequers: "Today, we're launching new ways to inform people if they're interacting with content that's been rated by a fact-checker as well as taking stronger action against people who repeatedly share misinformation on Facebook. Whether it's false or misleading content about COVID-19 and vaccines, climate change, elections or other topics, we're making sure fewer people see misinformation on our apps." In "Taking Action Against People Who Repeatedly Share Misinformation," Facebook, 26 May 2021.
Addendum of True and Ugly Colors: "Facebook was today accused of 'showing its true and ugly colours' and smothering free speech to cosy up to China as it scrapped its ban on posts debating whether Covid-19 could be man-made - but only after Joe Biden ordered the CIA to probe if the virus came from a Wuhan lab. Mark Zuckerberg's global policy chief Nick Clegg, the former British MP and Liberal Democrat leader, has also been branded 'feeble' for allowing months of censorship on the social network. Critics branded Facebook's behaviour had been 'contemptible' and begged them to respect free speech rather than 'ingratiating' themselves with states such as China, which has banned the website but remains a $5billion-a-year ad market." In "Facebook's censorship of Wuhan lab story shows 'its true ugly colours': Tech giant is condemned for 'ingratiating itself to China' and smothering free speech with ban - that's only been dropped after Biden opened probe," by Martin Robinson and James Tapsfield, Mail Onine, 27 May 2021.
Addendum of Scurrilous Fact Checks: "The fact-checkers, those infallible arbiters of truth, accused the New York Post, the Daily Wire, and others media outlets of trafficking in 'unfounded speculation' that the virus originated in a lab. (While PJ Media did not get slapped with a fact check on the Wuhan lab story—there have been plenty others in the same vein—our sister site RedState got caught up in one when they reported on the exiled Chinese virologist who claimed the virus escaped from a lab, as did Townhall.) 'These rumors and conspiracy theories have real consequences, including threats of violence that have occurred to our colleagues in China,' declared Science Feedback’s source, Peter Daszak, an epidemiologist and president of the EcoHealth Alliance. Did we mention that Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance partners with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV)? It’s true: EcoHealth Alliance and Daszak have been working with Shi Zhengli, a virologist at the WIV, for more than 15 years. Since 2014, an NIH grant has funded EcoHealth’s research in China, which involves collecting faeces and other samples from bats, and blood samples from people at risk of infection from bat-origin viruses. The question must be asked: Who is fact-checking the fact-checkers? For the last two years, we've tried to work behind the scenes with Facebook and Science Feedback to resolve scurrilous fact checks on everything from COVID-19 to climate change. Facebook and Science Feedback have not been honest brokers in our discussions. It's bad enough that they've throttled our Facebook traffic and reduced our revenue, but they've also harmed our reputation and credibility by repeatedly calling us liars when we report something they don't agree with, often on topics where the scientific community is deeply divided." In "PJ Media Demands an Apology for the Damage Facebook's Dishonest Partisan Fact-Checkers Have Done to Our Reputation," by Paula Bolyard, PJ Media, 27 May 2021.
Addendum of Losing Hold on a Narrative: "When the theory first began to surface in early 2020, fact-checkers far and wide decried it as a conspiracy theory. In September 2020, PolitiFact labeled the lab leak theory as a 'pants-on-fire' lie that was 'inaccurate and ridiculous.' The premature fact-check has now been retracted in May.... 'All evidence available today was available twelve months ago, and most evidence available today was available fifteen months ago,' Rutgers University chemical biology professor Richard Ebright told the Daily Caller. 'All that has changed is that the small group that seized control of the narrative in February 2020 and deceived the public and policy-makers for fifteen months now has lost control of the narrative'." In " How Fact-Checkers 'Deceived The Public' About Possible Virus Outbreak From Wuhan Lab," by Dylan Housman, Daily Caller, 28 May 2021.
Addendum of Scrambled Egg - On Their Faces: "...the lab leak theory has not changed and 'suddenly become credible.' 'The theory has always been the same,' Rogin wrote. 'The people who got it wrong changed their minds. They are writing about themselves, with zero self awareness. 'All these reporters scrambling to defend their own records on the lab leak theory are exposing their own hypocrisy and ignoring their basic error,' he continued. 'Just report the facts. Don't act like its your job to tell us what's OK to think or talk about. Own up to it when you fail your readers,' he wrote." In "Liberal media FINALLY admit they made a mistake dismissing Wuhan Lab leak theory just because Trump backed it: Washington Post, New York Times and ABC pundits say some 'have egg on their face'," by Melissa Koenig, Daily Mail, 30 May 2021.
Addendum of Evidence of No Evidence: "Science Feedback, one of Facebook's chief fact-checking platforms, in a February 2020 'fact check' cited Peter Daszak as an expert source in its ruling that there was 'no evidence' to support the theory that the COVID-19 virus leaked from the lab. Daszak has become well known as a major bankroller of coronavirus experiments at the Wuhan lab in the years leading up to the pandemic. At least one major virologist has claimed that Daszak's nonprofit, EcoHealth Alliance, helped fund lab experiments that were then used in risky 'gain-of-function' virology research." In "Facebook fact-checker for COVID-19 content cited major Wuhan lab funder," by Daniel Payne, Just The News, 2 June 2021.
Addendum of FOIA Evudence: "New email disclosures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have shown how National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci colluded with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to implement Orwellian thought control from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. During one exchange in Feb. 2020, Zuckerberg asked Fauci about the best ways he could help with the synthesizing and mass distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, offering to throw money and resources to the project through his foundation. 'I was glad to hear your statement that the covid-19 vaccine will be ready for human trials in six weeks. Are there any resources our foundation can help provide to potentially accelerate this or at least make sure it stays on track?' Zuckerberg asked Fauci." In "REVEALED: Dr. Fauci Plotted with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Push COVID-19 Fear Porn Before 2020 Election," Staff, Big League Politics, 2 June 2021.
Addendum of Amateur Sleuths: "The reason for the sudden shift in attitudes is clear: over the weeks and months of the pandemic, the pileup of circumstantial evidence pointing to the Wuhan lab kept growing—until it became too substantial to ignore. The people responsible for uncovering this evidence are not journalists or spies or scientists. They are a group of amateur sleuths, with few resources except curiosity and a willingness to spend days combing the internet for clues. Throughout the pandemic, about two dozen or so correspondents, many anonymous, working independently from many different countries, have uncovered obscure documents, pieced together the information, and explained it all in long threads on Twitter—in a kind of open-source, collective brainstorming session that was part forensic science, part citizen journalism, and entirely new." In "Exclusive: How Amateur Sleuths Broke the Wuhan Lab Story and Embarrassed the Media," by Rowan Jacobsen, Newsweek, 2 June 2021.
Addendum of Debunking the Debunking: "Facebook relies on third-party fact-checkers to 'debunk' false claims, and in the case of the lab leak theory, a February article from Facebook partner Science Feedback played a key role in the social media site's censorship. The article, which purported to 'debunk' a New York Post opinion column questioning China's denials of a lab leak scenario, prominently cited a letter to The Lancet, a leading medical journal, signed by '27 eminent public health experts'. It has now emerged that the Lancet letter, which played a key role in suppressing early debate on the pandemic's origins, was not only signed but organized by Peter Daszak, whose group funneled U.S. taxpayer dollars to controversial gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV)." In "How Facebook's 'independent fact checkers' cited letter secretly organized by Wuhan lab funder Peter Daszak to 'debunk' leak theory and punish news outlets that explored it," by Keith Griffith, Daily Mail, 5 June 2021.
Addendum in the So-called Information Age: "I hope you will forgive the sarcasm. But the reality of the west-east divide is just too simple to figure out. And this is why I wake up every morning praying the media bubble suffocating my countrymen will burst. No, Russia’s state media cannot even hold a flickering candle to the enormous propaganda beast waging information war on our minds. Let me remind everyone that 13 corporations control nearly every scrap of information distributed in the world. And Putin does not run any of these companies. Lists suck, but to understand the level of mind control we are talking about, naming these companies is essential. Bertelsmann, National Amusements (ViacomCBS), Sony Corporation, News Corp, Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, AT&T Inc., Fox Corporation, Hearst Communications, MGM Holdings Inc., Grupo Globo (South America), and Lagardère Group are the multinational controllers of information worldwide. Now let’s take a closer look at who controls these conglomerates." In "Does Putin, Bertelsmann, BBC, or Mickey Mouse Control Your Hearts and Minds?," by Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook, 8 June 2021.
Addendum of Miss-ing Information: " 'To start, of the 27 signatories, 7 were affiliated with EcoHealth Alliance: Peter Daszak (President), Rita Colwell & James Hughes (BoD members), William Karesh (EVP for Health and Policy), Hume Field, Juan Lubroth, John MacKenzie (Science and Policy Advisors),' he points out. 'The fact that a quarter of the signatories were affiliated with EHA was hidden,' he noted..... Marinos continued by noting: '3 signatories worked directly for the Wellcome Trust: Sir Jeremy Farrar (Director, also instrumental in the Feb 1 meeting between Kristian Andersen, Eddie Holmes, Anthony Fauci, and others), Josie Golding (Epidemics Lead), Mike Turner (Director of Science). In addition Larry Madoff is the editor of ProMED, which receives 'ongoing operational support' from Wellcome, Gerald Keusch reports having served in multiple committees for the Wellcome Trust. Leo Poon is in a leadership position in Hong Kong University, and given the situation on the ground, we wouldn’t expect him to be able to share any thoughts. Finally, Dennis Carroll and Jonna Mazet are in Leadership of the Global Virome Project, alongside Peter Daszak.' 'So far we’ve shown how 15 of the 27 signatories had major conflicts, considering how involved EcoHealth was with funding WIV, as was the Wellcome Trust,' Marinos notes. 'To dare write 'We declare no competing interests’ in the letter, was a mockery of science and taxpayers everywhere'." In "Scientists That Backed Influential Wuhan Lab 'Conspiracy Theory' Letter Change Their Positions," by Kyle Becker, Trending Politics, 9 June 2021.
Addendum of Miss Information Recruited and Trafficked: "In 2020 in the U.S., 59% of online recruitment of identified victims in active cases took place on Facebook alone. The report also states that 65% of identified child sex trafficking victims recruited on social media were recruited through Facebook." In "Over half of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases last year occurred on Facebook, report says," by Elizabeth Elkind, CBS News, 10 June 2021. [ 1 ]
Addendum of the Gods of Science: "Ivermectin may never be proven effective as a Covid-19 treatment, but its story has already appeared as a powerful metaphor of the Internet’s transformation. Once envisioned as a vast democratizing tool, which would massively raise global knowledge levels by allowing instant cross-global communication between all people, it's morphed instead into a giant unaccountable bureaucracy for suppressing dialogue, run by people with an authoritarian vision for information flow. Many ivermectin advocates believe discussion of the the drug is being suppressed because of its status as a threat to a billion-dollar vaccine business, but it's just as likely that its reputation worldwide as a 'populist' treatment, a medicine taken by people not waiting for official validation, has made it a target of censors and pundits alike. 'I think what happened is that at the outset of the pandemic, it was decided that all information must go in one direction, from the Gods of Science down,' says Kory. 'But that’s not the way it works. Science happens on the ground. That’s where the little discoveries are made. They don’t happen at the top of the mountain'." In "Why Has "Ivermectin" Become a Dirty Word? At the worst moment, Internet censorship has driven scientific debate itself underground," by Matt Taibbi. TK News, 18 June 2021. [ 2 ]
Consider that Allegations of Misinformation Have Been Linked to Sheer Ignorance
[ 1 ] The game's afoot. " 'Holding internet platforms accountable for the words or actions of their users is one thing, and the federal precedent uniformly dictates that section 230 does not allow it,' the majority of the court said, per the Chronicle. 'Holding internet platforms accountable for their own misdeeds is quite another thing. This is particularly the case for human trafficking'." In "Facebook failed to protect against teen sex trafficking, court rules, paving the way for tech companies to be held liable when they're used for criminal activity," by Katie Canales, Business Insider, 25 June 2021.
It seems the "Gods of Science," as Dr. Kory nicknamed the Facebook "gods" are going to be appearing in criminal and civil suits aplenty, following the judgment that "Facebook failed to protect against teen sex trafficking." Accomplice, perhaps? Enabler? Tick tock. Miss Information might well be filing a law suit or many.
[ 2 ] Let's be clear about Facebook itself. One reads: "In the 2010s, Facebook breached ethical guidelines by conducting a research experiment to manipulate 700,000 users' emotions without their consent." In "Unethical human experimentation in the United States," Wikipedia, n. d.
Lockdown Tony and a Chinese Communist
"Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is looked at as the pre-eminent authority figure on the COVID-19 pandemic, recently appeared on a virtual panel with his counterpart, and longtime Chinese Communist Party member, Dr. Zhong Nanshan, which was hosted by the University of Edinburgh. Although the video was posted by the University of Edinburgh in early March, it has received relatively little attention, despite the public health experts' advocacy for 'strict' lockdowns extending 2-3 years and global mass vaccinations." In "Dr. Fauci & Chinese Communist Caught Colluding on Mass Vaccinations, Extended Lockdowns," by Kyle Becker, Becker News, 24 March 2021.
At least one's a Communist Party member....
Lockdown Tony like a Chinese Communist
Counseled locking the healthy down;
That which followed in his wake
Turned upside trends upside-down.
Lockdown Zhong, like Tony's N. I. H.,
Could lock down for years and years,
That globally the little folk, would be
Needled with deadly fears.
Lockdown Tony, like Neil and like Zhang?
Lockdown guys with their locking teams
Counseled lockdowns worldwide,
Crushing economies, for so it seems.
Addendum of Another Chinese Communist: "Zhou Yusen, a decorated military scientist for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) who worked alongside the Wuhan Institute of Virology as well as US scientists, filed a patent on Feb. 24 2020, according to documents obtained by The Australian. The patent — lodged by the 'Institute of Military Medicine, Academy of Military Sciences of the PLA' — was filed just five weeks after China admitted there was human-to-human transmission of the virus, and months before Zhou died under mysterious circumstances, the report noted. 'This is something we have never seen achieved before, raising the question of whether this work may have started much earlier,' Prof. Nikolai Petrovsky from Flinders University told the paper." In "US-linked Chinese military scientist filed patent for COVID vaccine just after contagion emerged: report," by Lee Brown, NY Post, 4 June 2021.
Addendum of Mounting Evidence: " 'The public is behaving as if this epidemic is the next Spanish flu, which is frankly understandable given that initial reports have staked COVID-19 mortality at about 2–3 percent, quite similar to the 1918 pandemic that killed tens of millions of people,' Jeremy Samuel Faust an emergency medicine physician and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, wrote in Slate. 'Allow me to be the bearer of good news. These frightening numbers are unlikely to hold.' Similarly, on March 5 vaccine expert Paul A. Offit, who holds the Maurice R. Hilleman Chair of Vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania, told Factcheck.org that he believed that the World Health Organization's 3.4 percent fatality rate figure was too high, suggesting it was well below 1 percent. 'We're more the victim of fear than the virus,' Offit said, adding that the world was witnessing a 'wild overreaction' to the disease. Voices like those of Faust and Offit were quickly drowned out, however. The 24-hour news cycle fanned collective fear and outrage that more was not being done. Runs on toilet paper and masks ensued. Neil Ferguson, professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, predicted millions would die in the 'best-case scenario'." In "NPR: 'Mounting Evidence' Suggests COVID Not As Deadly as Thought. Did the Experts Fail Again? The 'experts' may have subjected us to a blunder greater than any since the Iraq War," by Jon Miltimore, Foundation for Economic Freedom, 12 June 2020.
Addendum of Scientific Crap: "In simple English, the entire edifice of the Gates foundation, the Merkel government, the WHO and WEF as well as the case for de facto forced untested vaccines, rests on results of a PCR test for coronavirus that is not worth a hill of beans. The test of Drosten and WHO is more or less, scientific crap. If the stakes were not so deadly for mankind it would all be material for a comedy of the absurd. The world health Czar, WHO chief Tedros is no medical doctor whose WHO is financed massively by a college dropout billionaire computer manager, Gates, who also advises the Merkel government on COVID-19 measures. The Merkel government uses the Drosten PCR test and Drosten as an 'all-wise' expert to impose the most draconian economic consequences outside wartime. Her Health Minister, Jens Spahn, is a former banker who has no medical degree, only a stint as a lobbyist for Big Pharma. The head of the German CDC, called the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, is not a virologist but an animal doctor, Tierarzt. With this crew, Germans are seeing their lives destroyed by lockdowns and social measures never before imagined. There is science and then there is science. Not all 'science' is valid however." In "Coronavirus Scandal Breaking in Merkel’s Germany. False Positives and the Drosten PCR Test," by F. William Engdahl, Australian National Review, 21 December 2020.
Addendum of the Lockdowns' Consequences: "The lockdowns in most Western countries have thrown the world into the most severe recession since World War II and the most rapidly developing recession ever seen in mature market economies. They have also caused an erosion of fundamental rights and the separation of powers in large part of the world as both democratic and autocratic regimes have misused their emergency powers and ignored constitutional limits to policy making (Bjørnskov and Voigt 2020). It is therefore important to evaluate whether and to which extent the lockdowns have worked as officially intended: to suppress the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 virus and prevent deaths associated with it. Comparing weekly mortality in 24 European countries, the findings in this paper suggest that more severe lockdown policies have not been associated with lower mortality. In other words, the lockdowns have not worked as intended. Further tests also show that early interventions offered no additional benefits or effectiveness and even indicate that the lockdowns of the spring of 2020 were associated with significantly more deaths in the particular age group between 60 and 79 years. These general findings are consistent with the results of previous papers using a variety of simpler methods to test the effects of lockdowns." In "Did Lockdown Work? An Economist’s Cross-Country Comparison," by Christian Bjørnskov, CESifo Economic Studies, ifab003, Oxford Academic, 9 March 2021.
Addendum of Reuters' Resistance: "Multiple variants can 'escape' vaccines. Antibodies induced by the Moderna Inc and Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccines are dramatically less effective at neutralizing some of the most worrying coronavirus variants, a new study suggests. Researchers obtained blood samples from 99 individuals who had received one or two doses of either vaccine and tested their vaccine-induced antibodies against virus replicas engineered to mimic 10 globally circulating variants. Five of the 10 variants were 'highly resistant to neutralization,' even when volunteers had received both doses of the vaccines, the researchers reported on Friday." In "Virus variants found to be deadlier, more contagious; some may thwart vaccines," by Nancy Lapid, Reuters, 17 March 2021.
Addendum of Chinese Resistance: "Discontent from locked-up students simmered until it reached a critical point. At noon on Mar. 17, at least 300 Guangzhou university students launched a surprise charge on the guarded school gate and stormed off campus. Student Lin Fang (alias), told the Chinese-language Epoch Times it looked like a prison escape scene from a movie. 'It happened during break time. As guards were allowing a vehicle to exit, the crowds saw an opportunity and flooded out'." In "Angry College Students Break Free From Prolonged COVID-19 Lockdown in China," by Frank Yue, Epoch Times, 24 March 2021.
Addendum of More Consequences: "The European database of suspected drug reaction reports, EudraVigilance, is now tracking reports of injuries and deaths following the experimental COVID-19 'vaccines.' Their report through March 13, 2021 lists 3,964 deaths and 162,610 injuries following injections of three experimental COVID-19 shots: COVID-19 MRNA VACCINE MODERNA (CX-024414), COVID-19 MRNA VACCINE PFIZER-BIONTECH (TOZINAMERAN), and COVID-19 VACCINE ASTRAZENECA (CHADOX1 NCOV-19)." In "3,964 DEAD 162,610 Injuries: European Database of Adverse Drug Reactions for COVID-19 'Vaccines,'" by Brian Shilhavy, Health Impact News, 24 March 2021.
Addendum of Gross Exaggeration and Destroyed Livelihoods: "A medRxiv study by several other professors concluded bluntly that 'Claimed benefits of lockdown appear grossly exaggerated.' And a peer-reviewed study by European epidemiologists in the journal Frontiers in Public Health found that 'Stringency of the measures settled to fight pandemia, including lockdown, did not appear to be linked with death rate.' As the saying goes, 'follow the science.' There have been several vital non-medical and medical interventions that saved lives from COVID — rapid vaccine development first among them. Yet, there is simply no strong evidence that strict, lengthy lockdowns saved lives, while there is strong evidence that they destroyed livelihoods." In "States with strictest lockdowns ruined livelihoods — without saving lives," by Ryan Fazio, NY Post, 1 May 2021.
Addendum of Eroded Freedom: "There were also protests in connection with the pandemic, for example by people calling for more financial assistance and less corruption. 'But in response to this, the governments in many countries didn't fight the causes of the protests, but the protesters,' Pruin said. The picture for 2020 is bleak. According to the report, 88% of the world's population lives in restricted, oppressed or closed societies. The remaining are classified as impaired or open societies." In "COVID leads to erosion of fundamental rights and freedom," by Lisa Hänel, Deutsche Welle, 5 May 2021.
Addendum of the Pentagon and an EcoHealth Alliance Part in the Tale: "EHA also received $64.7 million from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), $13 million from Health and Human Services, which includes the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control, $2.3 million from the Department of Homeland Security, and $2.6 million from the National Science Foundation. A government funding figure of $3.4 million was widely reported, after White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci was questioned in a Senate hearing on how much money the National Institutes of Health sent to the Wuhan lab via its grants to EcoHealth Alliance in 2019. But the total grant figures including Pentagon funding dwarf that number." In "The Pentagon gave $39 MILLION to Dr. Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance - the charity that funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab accused of being the source of the outbreak, federal data reveals," by Josh Boswell and Martin Gould, Daily Mail, 4 June 2021.
Addendum of Erosion of Trust: "One of the remarkable things about the collapse of the Soviet Union is that it just melted away without a struggle. It was as if everyone could not think of a reason to keep it going. The reason for that is the trust in the key institutions had drained away. There was no reason to defend them or participate in them. The people running the institutions had used up all of the social trust to maintain their positions. When it was gone, the institutions collapsed. Something similar is happening in America. To those white civic nationalists, the people running the system now look like gangsters. They steal everything that is not nailed down, and they corrupt everything they touch. A narrow group of insiders got rich on creating the Covid crisis and they got rich in the crisis itself. In the process, they have cratered the trust in key institutions. Like the Soviet system after the Afghan war, the American empire is now running on fumes. The end is inevitable." In "Institutional Collapse," by The Z Man, Taki Magazine, 6 June 2021.
Consider that in time People walk away
Addendum of "In the First Five Weeks": "...only five weeks after China admitted there was human-to-human transmission of the virus. The holder of the patent is striking. 'Zhou is listed as the lead inventor on the patent application lodged by the 'Institute of Military Medicine, Academy of Military Sciences of the PLA',' the report states. The Australian contacted a viral expert who corroborates that the vaccine timeline is virtually impossible." In "Chinagate: Wuhan Lab’s ‘Secret Military Activity’ Led to Feb 2020 COVID Vaccine Patent, Report Finds," by Kyle Becker, Becker News, 7 June 2021.
Addendum of When the History is Written: " 'But that guy [Fauci] is corrupt. He's an idiot and corrupt. He has his fingers in the pie in various patents and so on. And he is trying to dodge the bullet which is getting closer and closer to him. There was one interview that he gave in which he looked straight at the camera and said in very precise lawyered words: 'We did not pay for Gain of Function research in the Wuhan lab'. He is wriggling off the hook in prime time television. 'But they're going to get him. He's the walking dead right now. He should be jailed. Head in the sand. These lockdowns are killing people. Quite apart from the quality adjusted life years lost, with all the depression and near suicides and bankruptcies and all the tragedies of people not attending funerals and weddings cancelled and school closures and so on and so on, this is the kind of stuff that you go to jail for in civil society'." In "Dr Roger Hodkinson – 'When the history of this madness is written, reputations will be slaughtered and there will be blood in the gutter'," by Stefan Schultz, Freedom of Speech - FOS-SA, 24 May 2021.
Addendum of the Obama Administration's Hand: "On Dec 19, 2017, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that they would resume funding gain-of-function experiments involving influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus. A moratorium had been in place since October, 2014. At the time, the NIH had stated that the moratorium “will be effective until a robust and broad deliberative process is completed that results in the adoption of a new US Government gain-of-function research policy”. This process has now concluded. It was spearheaded by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) and led to the development of a new framework for assessing funding decisions for research involving pathogens with enhanced pandemic potential. The release of the framework by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), of which NIH is part, signalled the end of the funding pause." In "Ban on gain-of-function studies ends," by Talha Burki, The Lancet, February, 2018.
Addendum of the Biden Administration's Hand: "This comes as mounting evidence shows Chinese scientists manipulated bat coronaviruses while increasing their ability to infect humans. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a Pentagon sub-agency were recently found to be giving money for those risky experiments. This is something Dr. Fauci had previously denied he was aware of regarding the lab in Wuhan. 'And the funds made available by the agency which Fauci heads, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to the tune of $600,000 went to this Wuhan Institute of Virology,' stated Alan Jones, host of Sky News Australia. 'This is a lab involved in gain of function research that is creating more dangerous pathogens'." In "Biden’s Budget Chief Won’t Commit To Ending Wuhan Lab Funding," News Room, OANN, 10 June 2021.
Addendum of Perverse Incentives: "The two appear to be the same story viewed from two different sides. And I think what people need to track is the fact that in order for the vaccines to be administered, they had to get an Emergency Use Authorization. And one of the requirements for the Emergency Use Authorization is that there’d be no safe and effective treatments available. So if the repurposed drugs are as good as some people believe they are, then the vaccines would not be available at all. They would still be in testing. Add to that the fact that the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these vaccines have been granted immunity from liability. And these two things in combination, I believe, have created a headlong rush to administering the vaccines to everyone irrespective of medical or epidemiological need." In "Dr. Bret Weinstein: 'Perverse Incentives' in the Vaccine Rollout and the Censorship of Science," an interview of Bret Weinstein by Jan Jekielek, Epoch Times, 3 July 2021.
Addendum of Overdose Deaths in a Pandemic Year: "While prescription painkillers once drove the nation’s overdose epidemic, they were supplanted first by heroin and then by fentanyl, a dangerously powerful opioid, in recent years. Fentanyl was developed to treat intense pain from ailments like cancer but has increasing been sold illicitly and mixed with other drugs." In "US overdose deaths hit record 93K in pandemic last year, a 29% increase," by Associated Press, 14 July 2021.
Addendum of Spain's Constitutional Court Ruling: "According to TVE, the court majority ruled that the limitations on movement violated citizens’ basic rights and the state of emergency was a constitutionally insufficient mechanism to do that. The six magistrates said a state of exception, which does allow the government to suspend basic rights, would have been necessary." In "Spain's Top Court Rules Pandemic Lockdown Unconstitutional, Spain’s Constitutional Court has ruled a strict stay-at-home lockdown the Spanish government ordered under a coronavirus state of emergency last year was unconstitutional," by Associated Press, 14 July 2021.
Addendum of a Symptom of the Fauci-Ferguson-Zhou Lockdown: "Onshore as the pandemic lockdowns in especially California kept thousands of workers from the major US-Asia ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, it was not possible to clear the very large backlog of containers before more started arriving, a bit like the plague of the Sorcerer’s apprentice. North America currently faces a 60% imbalance; which means that for every 100 containers that arrive only 40 are exported. Sixty out of every 100 containers continue to accumulate. Drewry estimates that these negative factors will also lead to a decade-high shortfall of officers to crew in the world merchant fleet in the next several years. All this underlines how extremely fragile and brittle the delivery system of the globalized world supply chains are today. The global COVID lockdowns are having far more serious long-term impacts than most are aware. The world economy is a dynamic, highly complex interconnected web that is not able to turn off and on like a flick of a light switch." In "Global Shipping Crisis Far Worse Than Imagined," by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook, 21 July 2021.
Addendum of Unpublished, Therefore Hidden Data "People who have had their shots and become infected with the delta variant of the coronavirus can harbor large amounts of virus just like unvaccinated people. That means they could become spreaders of the disease and should return to wearing masks indoors in certain situations, including when vulnerable people are present. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not publish the new research. In the text of the updated masking guidance, the agency merely cited 'CDC COVID-19 Response Team, unpublished data, 2021'. Some outside scientists have their own message: Show us the data." In "Experts ask to see data behind new policy," by Joel Achenbach, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Ben Guarino and Carolyn Y. Johnson, Washington Post, 28 July 2021.
Of the above, consider that Any claim can be made - a truth of a lie's charade
"Just a week ago, Fauci made what to some was a stunning admission: 'We've done worse than most any country' in managing the outbreak, he said. We say 'stunning' because Fauci, as head of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is the official most responsible for the U.S. response. His 2019 pay of $417,608 makes him the nation's highest paid federal official. As a scientist, he's held in very high esteem by many, particularly those on the left, who see his sweeping powers – lockdowns, masking, social distancing – as a nifty means of social control. It's control of 330 million people via social isolation and nonstop browbeating of those who dare to diverge from the oppressive 'new normal' we all now experience on a daily basis. The big problem has been Fauci's pronunciamentos are often nonsensical, not supported by science or contradictory. 'These are my principles,' Groucho Marx once said. 'If you don’t like these, I have others.' That’s Fauci." In "Fauci’s Failures Are Firing Offenses," by I & I Editorial Board, Issues and Insights, 2 March 2021.
Doctor Larger-Problems is in, to see you now;
He's open seven days a week
in all the worldly media, with messages quite bleak.
Doctor Larger-Problems will treat you now
globally, he opines, with changing redesigns,
his goalposts he refines.
Doctor Larger-Problems, who's worst of many nations?
His is quite a diagnosis, folks,
with prescriptions on which one chokes.
Envoi: "Covid-19 has laid bare the systemic social inequities. Addressing these larger problems must become our priority. " Anthony Fauci, in a World Economic Forum video, n .d.
Addendum of a Diagnosis of a Doctor: "...the epitome of corruption in Dr. Anthony Fauci who will say anything to keep the COVID crisis going. He now says that because he is vaccinated, he can at last hug his daughter because she too is vaccinated. He has been unable to hug his daughter in a year, he claims. Now if you get the Gates' vaccine, you will not have to socially distance from others who are vaccinated. This guy belongs in prison. He has lied so much and is in Schwab’s promotional videos touting the need for the Great Reset economically when he has no qualification on the subject." In "The COVID Fraud Will Not Stay Hidden Forever," by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics, 2 March 2021.
Addendum of Larger Problems for Fauci and the FDA: "Fauci made sure to control the treatment guidelines for COVID that came out of the NIAID, advising against both chloroquine drugs and ivermectin. Fauci’s NIAID also cancelled the first large-scale trial of hydroxychloroquine treatment in early disease, after only 20 of the expected 2,000 subjects were enrolled." In "Fauci Emails: How Top Public Health Officials Spun Tangled Web of Lies Around COVID Origin, Treatments," by Meryl Nass, Children's Health Defense, 4 June 2021. [ 1 ]
Addendum Looking Back at Locking Up Possible Treatment: "...the FDA revoked its emergency use authorization to use the drug to treat Covid-19, saying there was 'no reason to believe' the drug was effective against the virus, and that it increased the risk of side effects, including heart problems. That leaves the Strategic National Stockpile with 63 million doses of hydroxychloroquine, plus another 2 million doses of chloroquine, a related drug donated by Bayer, according to Carol Danko, a spokesperson for the US Department of Health and Human Services." In "US stockpile stuck with 63 million doses of hydroxychloroquine," by Elizabeth Cohen and Wesley Bruer, CNN, 17 June 2020.
Addendum of Funding Risky Research: "...the practice of funding risky research via cutouts like EcoHealth Alliance enmeshed leading virologists in conflicts of interest at the exact moment their expertise was most desperately needed." In "The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins," by Katherine Eban, Vanity Fair, 3 June 2021.
Addendum of a Black Opinion of Whitewash: "...Dr. Fauci conducted a personality cult scarcely seen since the days of Rudolph Valentino, and unfortunately not remotely as silent. Dr. Fauci appeared everywhere and shouldered the president aside as the most familiar figure in the American press with his whitewash of the Chinese and the WHO, and his assertions that we would never shake hands again, and his ricocheting between not bothering with masks and wearing two of them, even outside." In "Pandemic Will Alter China’s Relationship With the World," by Conrad Black, NY Sun, 9 June 2021.
Addendum of Dr. Science-and-Truth: " “So if you are trying to get at me as a public health official and a scientist, you're really attacking not only Dr. Anthony Fauci, you are attacking science,' he added. 'And anybody that looks at what's going on clearly sees that. You have to be asleep not to see that. That is what's going on. Science and the truth are being attacked'." In " Fauci: ‘Attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science’," by Jessica Chasmar, Washington Times, 10 June 2021.
Addendum of a Comic's Attack on Science and Truth: " 'Not since the days of the former Soviet Union and their propaganda machines Pravda & TASS has 'news' outlets [ sic ] like MSNBC (among most others) been such blatant Pro Government Mouthpieces'." Rob Schneider, Twitter, 9 June 2021.
Addendum of an Odd Diagnosis: "Indeed, nature itself is the most dangerous bioterrorist." Quote of Anthony Fauci, CSPAN, 26 April 2012.
Addendum from a Stanford Medical School Professor's Diagnosis: "In an email sent to Newsweek, Bhattacharya wrote: I stand behind my comment that the lockdowns are the single worst public health mistake in the last 100 years. We will be counting the catastrophic health and psychological harms, imposed on nearly every poor person on the face of the earth, for a generation. At the same time, they have not served to control the epidemic in the places where they have been most vigorously imposed. In the US, they have – at best – protected the 'non-essential' class from COVID, while exposing the essential working class to the disease. The lockdowns are trickle down epidemiology." In "Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford Doctor, Calls Lockdowns the 'Biggest Public Health Mistake We've Ever Made'," by Matthew Impellion, 8 March 2021.
Addendum of Sitting on Data: "While discussing the effects of COVID-19 on youth, Makary said, 'The headlines that were not broadcast by the CDC, and the media did not cover, was that no child in that entire study died of COVID, number one. And number two, the hospitalization rate was lower for COVID than it was of influenza. The CDC sits on a lot of data,' he continued. 'And by the way, why are we getting this data from February now in June, again, with the heart-swelling complications of over 300 kids? They had that data now for three weeks; they announced it last Wednesday. They're having their emergency meeting about a week and half later'." In "Johns Hopkins Doctor Marty Makary Accuses CDC of 'Sitting on Data' to Suit Their Narrative," by Jon Jackson, Newsweek/MSN, 15 June 2021.
Addendum of Causation: "It was only in 2004 that a prominent virologist, Peter Palese, wrote that Chi-Ming Chu, a respected virologist and a former member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told him that 'the introduction of this 1977 H1N1 virus' was indeed thought to be due to vaccine trials involving 'the challenge of several thousand military recruits with live H1N1 virus.' For the first time, science itself seemed to have caused a pandemic while trying to prepare for it. Now, for the second time in 50 years, there are questions about whether we are dealing with a pandemic caused by scientific research." In "Where Did the Coronavirus Come From? What We Already Know Is Troubling," by Zeynep Tufekci, New York Times, 25 June 2021. [ 2 ]
A Washington Post Reporter's Tweet - Fauci Was Wrong
Addendum of Doctor Gain-of-Function's Future Surprise, Revisited: " 'There is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming administration in the arena of infectious diseases,' he said in a speech titled 'Pandemic Preparedness in the Next Administration' at Georgetown University Medical Center. He delivered it just days before Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. Fauci, who has overseen the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, warned that looming health challenges would involve both chronic diseases ― ones already ongoing ― as well as 'a surprise outbreak'." In "Dr. Fauci Warned In 2017 Of ‘Surprise Outbreak’ During Trump Administration, 'There is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming administration in the arena of infectious diseases,' he said," by Nina Golgowski, HuffPost, 5 April 2020.
[ 1 ] That Fanci is at the center of things regarding the pandemic in the United States is an understatement. Present and visible from press conferences to media interviews, his various and changing stances have been noted. Nowhere among them has there been concern for the damage being caused by the mRNA gene therapies, and as reported to the VAERS system, with deaths over 10,000 as of July. And yet one finds recorded concern elsewhere from practicing physicians.
Failing to Appreciate Unintended Effects?
One reads from eight months earlier, "While there are pieces to this puzzle that have yet to be worked out, it appears that the viral spike protein that is the target of the major SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is also one of the key agents causing the damage to distant organs that may include the brain, heart, lung, and kidney. Before any of these vaccines are approved for widespread use in humans, it is important to assess in vaccinated subjects the effects of vaccination on the heart (perhaps using cardiac MRI, as Puntmann et al. did). Vaccinated patients could also be tested for distant tissue damage in deltoid area skin biopsies, as employed by Magro et al. As important as it is to quickly arrest the spread of the virus by immunizing the population, it would be vastly worse if hundreds of millions of people were to suffer long-lasting or even permanent damage to their brain or heart microvasculature as a result of failing to appreciate in the short-term an unintended effect of full-length spike protein-based vaccines on these other organs." In "RE: Notice of Meeting; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments related to consideration of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2," letter to US FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, by Patrick Whelan MD PhD, UCLA Pediatric Rheumatology, 8 December 2020.
But FDA Approval Is Good As Done?
One reads in contradistinction to Dr. Whelan's concern: "Fauci said he believed one reason some had been reluctant to mandate coronavirus vaccines was that they had not been fully authorized in the US. The vaccines there so far have received only emergency-use authorization, which can be used by the Food and Drug Administration during public-health emergencies. But Fauci said the data behind the vaccines was robust. 'The amount of data right now that shows a high degree of effectiveness and a high degree of safety is more than we've ever seen with emergency-use authorization,' he said. 'These vaccines are as good as officially approved, with all the I's dotted and the T's crossed.' Fauci said that the vaccines hadn't received full approval because of processes that needed to take place at the FDA but that 'it's as good as done'." In "Fauci says vaccines should be mandated at the local level but the federal government will not mandate them," by Kelsey Vlamis, Business Insider via Yahoo, 11 July 2021.
Thousands of Deaths and Hundreds of Thousands of Adverse Reactions
As to VAERS reporting, mid-July, one reads: "Of the 10,991 deaths reported as of July 9, 22% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination, 15% occurred within 24 hours and 37% occurred in people who became ill within 48 hours of being vaccinated." In "Nearly 11,000 Deaths After COVID Vaccines Reported to CDC, as FDA Adds New Warning to J&J Vaccine, VAERS data released today by the CDC showed a total of 463,457 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 10,991 deaths and 48,385 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020 and July 9, 2021," by Megan Redshaw, Children's Health Defense, 16 July 2021.
Denying There Is a Link
Counterpoint to this is an assertion: "The CDC denies there is a link between death and COVID-19 vaccines, except a potential causal relationship between the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 and thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) that involves blood clots and low platelets that can cause death." In "More Deaths Reported to VAERS Following COVID-19 Vaccinations Than for Any Other Vaccine," by Barbara Loe Fisher, Vaccine Reaction, 11 July 2021.
But, the article title above AND the VAERS system both report "more deaths." "It's as good as done."
[ 2 ] The news suggests there is a "rare" side effect. One reads: "Researchers found that both inflammation of the heart muscle, known as myocarditis, and inflammation of the heart's fluid-filled sac, known as pericarditis, have occurred particularly in men under 40 following their second dose." In "People warned not to exercise after getting Pfizer Covid jab following rare heart inflammation side effects, The side-effect is more common in men under 40 who have just had their second dose of Pfizer and Moderna," by Mark Smith, Wales Online, 15 July 2021.
A Confluence of Vaccine and Debilitating Symptoms
One finds: "A certain percentage of people – in the thousands – who had the covid vaccine are suffering with debilitating symptoms. Our lives, in many cases, have been ruined with terrifying symptoms, leaving many of us with the inability to work. The widespread general denial – even bullying – of those facing symptoms is making matters worse. We continuously find doctors who do not know how to help, as this is not yet a recognized issue by the CDC and FDA. Many doctors even refuse to see us, if the vaccine is mentioned as a possible cause." In "We Want To Be Heard," VAX Longhaulers, n. d., accessed July 2021.
Certainly one may then conclude for the "rare" side effects and deaths that "scientific research" indeed was part of the cause.
Monthly Vaccinations Proposed in a Time of Unfinished Clinical Trials
And so, "more of the same" is being proposed by pharmaceuticals which have no legal liability at all, but can only profit from continuing vaccinations. "Thousands of long Covid sufferers are set to be offered monthly vaccine doses in an effort to beat the debilitating illness – after reports that patients can make a dramatic recovery after a jab. More than one million Britons are said to be suffering from long Covid, with studies suggesting 400,000 have been hit by symptoms for more than a year. This will be the first drug trial of a long Covid treatment." In "Monthly vaccine doses will be offered to long Covid sufferers to help more than 1million Britons beat the illness," by staff, Mail Online, 10 July 2021.
"Reports" are claimed, and yet reports that vaccines have killed and injured are discounted. Such seems the current state of affairs in a world of destructive government lockdowns and censorship of competing opinions, research and experiences of real people and their human tragedies.
A Larger Problem for Doctor Larger-Problems
Given the ongoing pandemic and testimonies and data being accumulated, "safe and effective" seems an unsubstantiated claim, given that the inoculations with mRNA are in fact still a Phase 3 clinical trial, now the largest in the history of medicine. Indeed there are "larger problems" suggested.
A Harmless Piece -- the Spike Protein
Among the larger problems are the spike protein with its proposed solution -- more spike protein. One read months back of a theoretical assertion: "Upon injection into muscle cells, the mRNA genetic code enters the cell and gets translated into spike proteins. These spike proteins then train the immune system to mount proper immune responses and form immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2. 'COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the 'spike protein,' the CDC stated. It’s harmless because the coronavirus can’t hijack the cell’s replication machinery without its genome." In "Spike Proteins Used in Covid-19 Vaccines: Are They Safe?" by Shin Jie Yong, Medium, 27 December 2020.
Only months later: "When whole blood was exposed to spike protein even at low concentrations, the erythrocytes showed agglutination, hyperactivated platelets were seen, with membrane spreading and the formation of platelet-derived microparticles. In all samples, spontaneous amyloid deposits formed after exposure to the spike protein without the need for thrombin exposure." In "SARS-CoV-2 spike S1 subunit induces hypercoagulability," by Liji Thomas, News-Medical, 10 March 2021.
Meaning Harmful Effects of the 'Harmless' Piece of Protein
The article noted, "Thus, the free S1 subunit has harmful effects on the host even without direct infection of the cells themselves. This strengthens the case for targeting the spike protein via antibodies and vaccines."
A Key Point for the Pathologist
After another month: "The key point for the diagnostic anatomic pathologist is to focus their studies in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection on degeneration of ACE2+ endothelia using routine H&E stains in conjunction with immunohistochemistry for ACE2, caspase 3 and, when possible, the spike protein." In "Endothelial cell damage is the central part of COVID-19 and a mouse model induced by injection of the S1 subunit of the spike protein," by Gerard J. Nuovo, Cynthia Magro, Toni Shaffer, Hamdy Awad, David Suster, Sheridan Mikhail, Bing He, Jean-Jacques Michaille, Benjamin Liechty, and Esmerina Tili, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, Volume 51, April 2021.
We Never Knew It Was a Toxin Itself
A month thereafter: "COVID vaccine researchers had previously assumed mRNA COVID vaccines would behave like traditional vaccines. The vaccine’s spike protein — responsible for infection and its most severe symptoms — would remain mostly in the injection site at the shoulder muscle or local lymph nodes. But new research obtained by a group of scientists contradicts that theory, a Canadian cancer vaccine researcher said last week. 'We made a big mistake. We didn’t realize it until now,' said Byram Bridle, a viral immunologist and associate professor at University of Guelph, Ontario. 'We thought the spike protein was a great target antigen, we never knew the spike protein itself was a toxin and was a pathogenic protein. So by vaccinating people we are inadvertently inoculating them with a toxin'." In "We Made a Big Mistake’ — COVID Vaccine Spike Protein Travels From Injection Site, Can Cause Organ Damage," by Magan Redshaw, Children's Health Defender, 3 June 2021.
Consider Doctor Larger-Problems' A Concoction Song
I've trillions of friends
"Every human being has a unique virome with a unique balance of species. Lifestyle, age, geographic location, and even the season of the year can affect an individual's exposure to viruses, and one's susceptibility to any disease that might be caused by those viruses is also affected by pre-existing immunity and both viral and human genetics. The human virome is far from being completely explored and new viruses are discovered frequently. Unlike the roughly 40 trillion bacteria in a typical human microbiome, an estimate of the number of viral particles in a healthy adult human is not yet available, although virions generally outnumber individual bacteria 10:1 in nature. Studying the virome is thought to provide an understanding of microbes in general and how they affect human health and disease." In "Human virome," Wikipedia, n. d. accessed 2/2/2021.
I've trillions of friends to help me out
Though to me they're not well known.
All sorts live with and live in me
So I'm not really all alone.
I've trillions of friends, most never foe,
Who do many things I'll never know.
Symbiosis with all such as these
Surely sometimes lends me ease.
I've trillions of friends once and for all,
Unique in many ways.
Thanks are due trillions of times
Across my live-long days.
Addendum of Being Contrary: "Contrary to common belief, harmful viruses may be in the minority, compared to benign viruses in the human body. It is much harder to identify viruses than it is to identify bacteria, therefore our understanding of benign viruses in the human body is very rudimentary." Ibid.
"...the irate man continues to yell racial abuse. Moments later, a man passing by on a bicycle overhears the slurs and calls out the abuser. 'Why you calling people ch**k, man? F*** you!' the cyclist yells at the man in the white t-shirt. The man immediately turns on the biker, repeatedly yelling at him to 'suck my d***.' When a bystander accuses the enraged man of being racist, he shoots back: 'black people can't be racist, you piece of s***.' The man continues peppering the Asian-American officer with racial slurs as he and his colleagues walk toward the iconic Washington Square Park Arch." In "'You're not even from this country, you ch**k!' Shocking moment man hurls slurs at Asian NYPD officer before yelling 'black people can't be racist'," by Snejana Faberov, Daily Mail, 8 June 2021.
The man, a reporter writes, yells out racist abuse,
But he cannot be a racist, so does the man deduce.
Color alone defines his game as to skin all must reduce.
The man, that reporter wrote, yelled out racist abuse,
Stupidly, raw and loud, it's the racists' race excuse.
"In an emailed statement, former University President Lawrence H. Summers wrote that he believes academia is naturally more 'progressive' because professors are choosing to forego more lucrative job opportunities. 'People who don't like capitalism tend to gravitate to academia because they don't like working for companies, whereas people who like capitalism have many more choices,' Summers wrote." In " 'An Endangered Species': The Scarcity of Harvard's Conservative Faculty," by Natalie L. Kahn, The Crimson (Harvard), 9 April 2021.
That's rich and true and ironic too.
Foregoing lucre? Is that really true?
Don't like capital? It seems you do.
What's rich then? It's your point-of-view.
Once President and Professor Veritas
Addendum of Summers Past: "In addition to receiving $5.2 million in compensation from hedge fund D.E. Shaw and $2.7 million in speaking fees, former Harvard President and professor Lawrence H. Summers also received nearly $600,000 in salary from the University this past year—only slightly less than what he was earning prior to his 2006 resignation as Harvard’s head. According to White House public financial disclosure reports—available because Summers now serves as director for President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council—Summers received $586,996 in salary as the Charles W. Eliot University professor in 2008 and 2009. According to the report, he held the position at Harvard from 2001 until January of this year." In "Summers Salary Data Released, Summers earned nearly as much from Harvard last year as he did while president," by Peter F. Zhu, Crimson Staff Writer, 6 April 2009.
Addendum of Progressive Money: "University provost Alan M. Garber earned $926,217 in total compensation in 2018, up from $880,900 the previous year, and Michael D. Smith, the former dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who stepped down in August 2018, earned $761,770, up from $730,382 the previous year. Other reported University administrators making more than $500,000 in total salary and benefits in 2018 include President Lawrence S. Bacow, who began his term on July 1, 2018, and earned $570,072; vice president and chief financial officer Thomas J. Hollister; senior vice president and general counsel Robert W. Iuliano; executive vice president Katie Lapp; former vice president for alumni affairs and development Tamara Elliott Rogers; vice president and chief information officer Anne H. Margulies; Harvard Medical School dean George Daley; and dean of Harvard Business School Nitin Nohria. The University’s two highest-paid faculty members, Baker Foundation professor Michael L. Tushman and White professor of business administration Carliss Y. Baldwin, taught at Harvard Business School and earned more than $1.5 million, which included for each of them a teaching salary, early retirement package, and insurance benefits." In "Harvard Discloses Top Earners," by Jonathan Shaw, Harvard Magazine, 10 July 2020.
Addendum of More Progressive Money: "N.P. 'Narv' Narvekar, head of Harvard Management Co., scored a pay package of $9.25 million in his first full year spearheading an overhaul of the university’s ailing $39 billion endowment. The compensation for 2017 included $2.75 million that the school agreed to give Narvekar to reimburse him for pay he forfeited when he left his job overseeing Columbia University’s investment office in 2016, Harvard Management said in a release Friday." In "Harvard Endowment CEO Reaps $9.3 Million Payday in Overhaul," by Michael McDonald, Bloomberg, 10 May 2019.
Addendum of Alleged Jim Crow at Harvard: "West has called the US a 'racist patriarchal' nation where white supremacy rules all aspects of everyday life. 'White America,' he once wrote, 'has been historically weak-willed in ensuring racial justice and has continued to resist fully accepting the humanity of blacks.' In "Professor Cornel West dramatically resigns from Harvard after being denied tenure and says the 'shadow of Jim Crow' in the form of 'superficial diversity' persists at the Ivy League school," by Keith Griffith, Daily Mail, 13 July 2021. [ 1 ]
[ 1 ] There is delightful irony at play. Professor West crossed swords with them-President, as the article reports: "In 2002, he got into a a widely publicized dispute with Harvard's then-President Larry Summers, who reportedly rebuked West for missing too many classes, contributing to grade inflation, and neglecting serious scholarship in favor of economically profitable projects."
The pot calls the kettle black, so says the adage. Vertias, anyone?
Holy moly! Take a chance
"Kreuper used her position to funnel $835,339 of the school’s funds 'to pay for expenses that the order would not have approved, much less paid for, including large gambling expenses incurred at casinos and certain credit card charges,' according to the plea agreement. The nun was in charge of overseeing tuition money, fees the school received and charitable donations, prosecutors said." In "California nun to plead guilty for stealing over $800K to help pay for gambling trips," by Kenneth Garger, New York Post, 9 June 2021.
Holy moly! Take a chance.
What are the odds of such finance?
Pass the hat! Pocket change?
Cook the books and rearrange
Numbers, none should seem askance.
This habit should not attract a glance.
Pass the plate. Believe you me,
Such cons as this end in a guilty plea.
And consider that Naturally no one steals anything
Made in China
" 'Nanoform graphene' refers to the carbon coating on the masks. It's made of graphene, a type of carbon, in its nano form, meaning extremely miniscule particles in a single tight layer. In a statement, Metallifer said its company does not manufacture the masks, and that when it imported the products from China, they 'were fully qualified at the time.' 'Since the beginning of the pandemic, Metallifer has used its vast network of suppliers in China to offer its customers quality protective masks that meet current standards,' said Metallifer president Michel Filion." In " 'I just now feel a bit betrayed': Quebec teachers and parents respond after potentially toxic masks pulled," by Selena Ross, Montreal CTV News, 26 March 2021.
Made in China, a Communist state,
is a phrase so often read of late.
Made in China, a one-party slate,
is a fact to testify and validate
That Made in China will reverberate
as betrayal, so to demonstrate
Made in China is a Communist state.
Addendum of Masks Labeled Biomass Graphene: " 'In an informational message from 25 May and published 31 May, Santé Publique France says 'stop using FFP2 masks labelled 'Biomass Graphene.' 'Reason: possible risk linked to the presence of graphene in these masks.' Biomass graphene is a material widely used in electronics, due to its resistance and conductivity. The recalled masks are FFP2s forming part of the state stock, supplied by the Chinese manufacturer Shandong Shengquan New Materials (SNN 200647 model)...."
Addendum of the Original Article: "Dans une note d'information publiée le 25 mai, et mise à jour lundi 31 mai, l'agence Santé publique France demande 'de ne plus utiliser' les masques FFP2 labellisés 'Biomass Graphène'. En cause : un 'éventuel risque lié à la présence de graphène dans ces masques', un matériau très utilisé dans l'électronique pour sa résistance et sa conductivité. Les masques rappelés sont des FFP2 faisant partie du stock d'Etat, fourni par le fabricant chinois Shandong Shengquan New Materials (modèle SNN 200647)...." In "Covid-19 : Santé publique France demande de ne plus utiliser les masques FFP2 'Biomass Graphène'," by franceinfo, France Télévisions, 7 June 2021.
Addendum of Defective Chinese Products I: "The purchase of Chinese products to combat the new coronavirus has become a headache for several countries in Europe. As the pandemic spread throughout the old continent, some governments have turned to China for basic health products that later have had to discard or return between complaints of reliability issues. Spain, Turkey and Czech Republic received tens of thousands of rapid diagnostic kits that they rejected as useless, while Holland had to quickly withdraw thousands of face masks that it distributed among health personnel because they did not protect against the virus." In "The scandal of defective Chinese coronavirus products bought by Europe," Web24 News, 2 April 2020.
Addendum of Defective Chinese Products II: "Allegations of defective equipment come after critics warned China could be using the coronavirus outbreak to further its influence. In a blog post last week, EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell warned that there is 'a geo-political component including a struggle for influence through spinning and the 'politics of generosity'.' 'China is aggressively pushing the message that, unlike the US, it is a responsible and reliable partner,' he wrote. 'Armed with facts, we need to defend Europe against its detractors'." In "Coronavirus: Countries reject Chinese-made equipment," BBC, 30 March 2020
Addendum of Defective Chinese Products III: "Chinese products account for 60 percent of all recalls in the United States, with the number of those products being recalled doubling over the last five years. Of perhaps the greatest recent concern were hazardous toys – Mattel alone recalled some 19 million – and 450,000 defective radial tires made for light trucks." In "Defective Chinese Products," Kline & Specter, accessed June 2021.
Addendum of Defective Chinese Products IV and American Executives' Bait-and-Swithch: "The front page of today's New York Times provides a glimpse into how corruption and lying have become endemic among the Chinese professional class. It documents 'dishonest practices that permeate society, including students who cheat on college entrance exams, scholars who promote fake or unoriginal research, and dairy companies that sell poisoned milk to infants.' It's become part of the culture and it's reflected in the product quality of goods manufactured there. Don't get me wrong. I don't blame the Chinese. They're the ones that will suffer in the long term for letting corruption fester. When it comes to the stuff that's sold in the U.S., I blame the U.S. executives who were so stupid that they thought they'd be getting a bargain by outsourcing. By sticking U.S. brand names on Chinese-made products, these executives have played bait-and-switch on the American public." In "Made in China = Piece of Junk," by Geoffrey James, CBS News, 7 October 2010.
Addendum of Defective Chinese Communist Policy: "China's one-child policy was launched in 1979 and limited urban couples to having only one child. In many rural areas, a second child was allowed if the first child was a girl. The strong culture of son preference (particularly in rural areas), along with the availability of ultrasound technology and female infanticide and abandonment, has resulted in a profoundly skewed sex ratio. Much has been written about the impacts of the policy—including on fertility and sex-ratios, marriage, aging of the population, the labor market, savings, and anti-social behavior, such as selfishness. Several authors draw attention to the potential for crime and social conflict—and a 2013 study finds that crime is higher in provinces with higher ratios of men to women." In "China’s One-Child Policy: Effects on the Sex Ratio and Crime," by Lisa Cameron, Xin Meng and Zhang Dan-dan, Institute for Family Studies, 19 December 2018.
Addendum of High-Speed Debt: "Zhao also noted that the railway system is in huge debt following the construction of high-speed rails, ballooning from 476.8 billion yuan in 2005 to 4.72 trillion yuan ($701 billion) in 2016. 'Even without considering the operation costs, the total revenue from ticket sales is not enough to pay interest on the loans,' Zhao wrote. 'By the end of September 2018, the total debt of China Railway had reached 5.28 trillion yuan ($784.2 billion). To maintain its operations, China Railway has to apply for new loans [from Chinese banks] to pay its old debts, and rely on financial subsidies [from the central government]'." In "China's Much Touted High-Speed Rail System Has a Huge Fiscal Problem," by Nicole Hao, Epoch Times, 13 June 2021.
Addendum of Communist China's Trading Trust: "Much of this merchandise was of low quality and created a false sense of security that exacerbated regional outbreaks. European nations were among the most severely hurt by the choice to purchase Chinese PPE. The U.K., Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic all discovered critical errors in the manufacturing of PPE made in China – mostly masks and gloves of low quality – that left health workers and others vulnerable to contagion. India, Tanzania, Turkey, Czech Republic, and Israel have accused China of selling them test kits that do not offer accurate testing results, meaning individuals carrying the virus could test negative and go on to infect others. In Tanzania's case, the tests resulted in false positives on several absurd examples, such as goat's blood and the pulp from a pawpaw, a fruit similar to papaya. China's coronavirus vaccines also appear to be failing to prevent outbreaks in countries that trust them, particularly the low-quality product from Sinovac Biotech known as 'Coronavac.' The government of Chile, where the overwhelming number of vaccinated people have received Coronavac, locked down the Santiago metropolitan area starting on Saturday due to a dramatic rise in cases that has corresponded to a dramatic rise in vaccinations with Chinese products. Seychelles documented a similar experience with Chinese products, as has Mongolia, which relied largely on a different Chinese product by the firm Sinopharm." In "9 Ways China Created a Pandemic that Have Nothing to Do with the Wuhan Lab," by Frances Martel, Breitbart, 11 June 2021.
Addendum of a Chinese Communist Admission: "Chinese vaccines haven't been approved for use in the United States or the European Union. The Chinese vaccines are also excluded from the EU's digital vaccination pass program. The Chinese regime has announced retaliatory measures, denying entry for travelers who haven't been inoculated with Chinese vaccines and not recognizing vaccination with non-Chinese vaccines. The measures have prevented many overseas Chinese citizens from returning to the country. Despite their low efficacy and lack of transparency in trial data, the World Health Organization recently approved both the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines for emergency use. That decision comes as more countries around the world are casting doubt on the Chinese vaccines." In "Italy Rejects Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines as China Admits They’re Less Effective Against Delta Variant," by Alex Wu, Epoch Times, 7 June 2021.
Addendum of Chinese Communist Billionaires and the Poor: "China now has the second highest number of billionaires in the world. But it's also home to some 600 million people whose monthly income is barely 1,000 yuan ($154). The huge disparity has led to an increasing resentment from the young against their employers. And there's a growing sense amongst the young that their struggles aren't understood by those at the top." In "The buzzwords reflecting the frustration of China's young generation," by Fan Wang and Yitsing Wang, BBC World Service, 14 June 2021.
Consider that Chinese Communist Phenomenon, Billionaires Made in China -- Capital for Communists - a story growing old
Addendum of Luo's "Lying Flat": He titled his post 'Lying Flat Is Justice,' attaching a photo of himself lying on his bed in a dark room with the curtains drawn. Before long, the post was being celebrated by Chinese millennials as an anti-consumerist manifesto. 'Lying flat' went viral and has since become a broader statement about Chinese society. A generation ago, the route to success in China was to work hard, get married and have children. The country's authoritarianism was seen as a fair trade-off as millions were lifted out of poverty. But with employees working longer hours and housing prices rising faster than incomes, many young Chinese fear they will be the first generation not to do better than their parents. They are now defying the country's long-held prosperity narrative by refusing to participate in it. Mr. Luo's blog post was removed by censors, who saw it as affront to Beijing's economic ambitions. Mentions of 'lying flat' — tangping, as it's known in Mandarin — are heavily restricted on the Chinese internet." In "Chinese Millennials Are 'Chilling,' and Beijing Isn’t Happy About It," by Elsie Chen, NY Times, 3 July 2021.
Addendum of Communist Snubbing Communist: "The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) has doubled down on its efforts to distance itself from its erstwhile ideological ally in Beijing, refusing to congratulate the Chinese Communist Party on the centenary of its founding on July 1. Instead, JCP chairman Kazuo Shii used the anniversary to lambast China's government in a series of tweets. He cited Beijing's 'aggressive' territorial claims and described its treatment of Hong Kong and the Uygur Muslim minority in its westernmost province of Xinjiang as 'human rights violations'." In "Japanese Communist Party snubs China's Communist Party on centenary, saying it is 'not worthy' of name," by Julian Ryall, South China Morning Post, 5 July 2021.
Addendum of Bad Loans Made in China: "Outstanding non-performing loans in the banking sector stood at 3.5 trillion yuan ($540.79 billion) by end of June, an increase of 108.3 billion yuan from the beginning of the year, while the bad loan ratio declined to 1.86%, Liu Zhongrui, an official at the statistics department of China Banking and Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), told reporters in Beijing." In "China's bank regulator warns of rising bad loans due to uneven recovery," by Tina Qiao and Ryan Woo, Reuters, 14 July 2021.
Addendum of Chinese Communist Schemes: "Wooed by the glitzy sales pitch, many cannot afford to keep up with the return payments when China comes knocking like an international loan shark. And then the building projects end up being abandoned or unfinished until the debt is settled - with the Communist Party more than happy to take their pound of flesh." In "COWBOY BUILDERS Roads to nowhere, abandoned railways and half-built bridges – China’s ‘debt traps’ schemes which cost nations BILLIONS," by Imogen Braddick, Sun UK, 14 Jul 2021.
Addendum of Chinese Communist Credit Downgrades and Defaults: "According to a Unigroup filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the creditor who requested the court proceedings was Huishang Bank Corporation Limited, a Hong Kong-listed bank based in Anhui, China. On Nov. 16, 2020, Tsinghua Unigroup defaulted on $198 million in bonds, resulting in a credit downgrade. And at least six more of its bonds had defaulted by June of this year, the group disclosed. Tsinghua Unigroup is a semiconductor conglomerate under Tsinghua Holdings Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tsinghua University. It was founded in 1988. Tsinghua Holdings owns 51 percent of Tsinghua Unigroup, and its Chairman Zhao Weiguo’s management firm holds the remaining 49 percent." In "China’s Chip Ambitions Fade as State-Backed Chip Giant Faces Bankruptcy," by Anne Zhang, Epoch Times, 22 July 2021.
Addendum of Signs Made in China: "China has also used its vaccine as a political tool. Several Latin American countries were encouraged to cut their trade ties to Taiwan in exchange for Chinese vaccines. In Peru, the political elite has been accused of accepting bribes from Chinese businessmen. Yet, in the end, ‘vaccine diplomacy’ may well work against China’s interests. Beijing has often been the first to offer medical equipment, but its vaccines have proven far less effective than those developed in the US, Britain or Germany. There has been a surge of post-vaccination infections in countries using the Chinese vaccine, including Mongolia, the Seychelles and Bahrain. And there are now signs that Latin American countries are reconsidering their initial embrace of the Chinese vaccines." In "The coming collapse of the developing world," by Joel Kotkin and Hügo Krüger, Spiked-Online, 23 July 2021.
Addendum of Losses Made in China: "American investors are asking whether China Inc. is still worth the risk following a widening series of regulatory crackdowns that have wiped some $400 billion off the value of U.S.-listed Chinese companies. Investors ranging from pension fund Orange County Employees Retirement System in California to money manager William Blair & Co. are rethinking their portfolios following Beijing’s decision last week to curtail the operations of China’s for-profit tutoring industry along with its ongoing campaign to rein in tech companies. The moves fueled large declines across sectors of China’s stock markets and hammered Asia-focused funds stateside." In "Investors Lost Hundreds of Billions on China in July," by Juliet Chung , Justin Baer and Dawn Lim, Wall Street Journal, 30 July 2021.
Addendum of Forecasting More Losses Made in China: "Aside from Covid-19 fallout – and signs that China’s Sinovac vaccine isn’t up to the Delta variant challenge – rapid population aging and weak social safety nets for health care and retirement income risk turning mainlanders into Japanese-style savers-not-spenders sooner than feared. Put it all together, Roach says, and you have this: Expect less and less discretionary spending on everything from motor vehicles to appliances to furniture to travel to entertainment and other sectors that were expected to flourish as China zoomed toward high-middle-income status." In "Xi’s tech clampdown signals end of a capitalist era - With over $1 trillion in stock market losses tied to recent regulatory lurches, control is the new name of the game in China," by William Pesek, Asia Times, 3 August 2021.
Run for the hills! We're all gonna die!
"...guidelines, together with the tendency of the political and media class to groupthink, have created a culture in which too many journalists accept the Government's assertions as fact. It has led to lazy assumptions about the efficacy of lockdown as a policy, evident recently, for instance, in the belief of a member of the Telegraph's Global Health Security team that the new lockdown in the Czech Republic is responsible for a fall in cases that began a week before it was actually announced. More significantly, the media's magnification of the Government's messaging, together with dramatically morbid footage and the selective use of exceptional cases of Covid among the young – not to mention death data presented with misleading historical comparisons – has amounted to an additional offensive in the campaign of fear that has had profound and troubling implications." In "The Government’s Shameful Use of Psychological Techniques to Terrify People," by James Moreton Wakeley, Lockdown Skeptics, 23-4 March 2021.
Run for the hills! We're all gonna die!
We're all gonna die, I say!
Then Bob, he ran, yes, ran for the hills,
And a heart attack took him away!
Walk for the hills! We're all gonna die!
We're all gonna a die, straightway!
Then Betty walked, yes, walked for the hills,
But was stricken down that day!
Stroll for the hills! We're all gonna die!
We're all gonna die, like prey!
Then Fred he strolled, he strolled towards those hills,
As death traveled with Fred's holiday!
Don't go near those hills today!
We're all gonna die on the way!
So Mary, she sought to stay away,
Thinking there was some sort of hideaway!
Scream and wail for yesterday!
We're all gonna die, they say!
What then does all the worry do
For those now well underway?
Rage and weep for what's in play!
Life ends with death's display.
Don't or do! Do or don't!
We're all gonna die someday.
Addendum of the Australian Overreaction: "...countries can't keep everybody out forever. The lockdowns have become another political black eye for conservative PM Scott Morrison. As we reported yesterday, many Australians are growing increasingly frustrated with what they see as an overreaction. Unfortunately, when everybody looks back at this a year from now, will they be even more furious when the realize how badly public health authorities overreacted?" In "Half Of Australia's Population Locked Down As Delta Hysteria Worsens" by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 30 June 2021.
Consider a little tale of The very ants
Me - a pronoun's tale
Me has a pocket mirror
for emergencies unplanned,
When mirrors upon surrounding walls
don't satisfy demand.
Me is the mantra,
a meditation and
Me erects that pronoun
atop all shifting sand.
Me has a pocket mirror,
reassuring as it's needed,
When reflections seem too pale,
As if too far receded.
Me is that cushion,
a comfort ne'er impeded,
On which to lounge, to bask, and lie
with certainty ne'er exceeded.
How it works
"In July 2019, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Biden was paid $911,643 by Penn. The student newspaper, the Daily Pennsylvanian, counted just nine on-campus appearances by the then-former senator and vice president between February 2017 and February 2019. Five of those events featured cameos by Gutmann." In "Biden’s pick for German ambassador is president of university that paid him nearly $1M," by Samuel Chamberlain, NY Post, 2 July 2021.
How it works,
These little quirks,
In a system rich and rare,
Is that some perks,
In connected cirques,
Are paid to some millionaire.
How it works,
Is how these elite folks share.
With no such connected pal,
In the richly upper classes.
It's all just Politics because Naturally no one steals anything
Trust us, so often was it said, with an authoritative air
'The promise of eugenics at the very earliest is: 'We could do away with all the state institutions — prisons, hospitals, asylums, orphanages', Lombardo said. 'People who were in them just wouldn't be born after awhile if you sterilized all of their parents'," In "California to pay victims of forced, coerced sterilizations," by Adam Beam, Associated Press, 7 July 2021. [ 1 ]
Trust us, so often was it said, with an authoritative air;
We know what's best that lies ahead, and what is ever fair.
Trust us for we know what's best then obscured the waiting snare.
We know how very right we are, for the greater good we care.
Trust us, as was so often said, and again is said. Beware.
Addendum of 'Following the Science": "...it eventually came to light that the doctors let 622 men believe they were getting free healthcare and treatment — but actually gave them no treatment at all. Instead, the purpose of the Tuskegee experiment (a.k.a. the Tuskegee syphilis study) was to observe untreated black patients as syphilis ravaged their bodies. The United States Public Health Service ran the Tuskegee experiment from 1932 to 1972. It was the brainchild of senior official Taliaferro Clark, but he hardly worked alone. Several high-ranking members of the Public Health Service were involved and the study’s progress was regularly reported to the government and given repeated stamps of approval." In "‘You Don't Treat Dogs That Way': The Horrifying Story Of The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment," by Mark Oliver, All That's Interesting, 16 April 2019. [ 2 ]
Addendum of Having Followed the Science and the Law: "Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927), is a decision of the United States Supreme Court, written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., in which the Court ruled that a state statute permitting compulsory sterilization of the unfit, including the intellectually disabled, 'for the protection and health of the state' did not violate the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Despite the changing attitudes in the coming decades regarding sterilization, the Supreme Court has never expressly overturned Buck v. Bell. It was widely believed to have been slightly weakened by Skinner v. Oklahoma 316 U.S. 535 (1942), which involved compulsory sterilization of male habitual criminals (and came to a contrary result). The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has also made guaranteed protections from the federal government to people with disabilities, including the intellectually disabled. The case is often cited as one of the worst Supreme Court decisions." In Buck v. Bell," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum of a Mandatory Vaccine Scandal: "...there are questions about BioPort's role as the nation's only anthrax-vaccine maker. How did Fuad El-Hibri, 43, a German-born entrepreneur and former director of British vaccine-maker Porton Products, come to have so much control over the West's supply of anthrax vaccine? Why didn't the Pentagon turn to a larger, more established drug maker for the crucial anti-biowarfare weapon? And how could it let BioPort remain the sole maker of the vaccine after it failed repeatedly to gain FDA approval for its renovated facility? 'It speaks to DoD culture more than anything else,' says a congressional staff aide who asked not to be named. 'The Pentagon just does not have a corporate culture. Once they decided to go with this program (BioPort), they stuck with it, even though oversight indicated they had built their biodefense program on a foundation of sand, and they had an unreliable producer. The DoD is simply incapable of admitting a mistake. They genetically just can't back out'." In "The anthrax vaccine scandal, Why did the Pentagon allow BioPort Corp. to remain the sole U.S. supplier of a crucial weapon against bioterror, despite years of failure to deliver the vaccine?" by Laura Rosen, Salon, 15 October 2001. [ 3 ]
[ 1 ] "While the allegations against ICE are undoubtedly horrific and must be investigated, they are not at all unprecedented or un-American — in fact, they are very American. The United States has a long, egregious, and largely unknown history of eugenics and forced sterilization, primarily directed towards poor women, disabled women, and women of color. The American eugenics movement originated in the late 1800s and has always been undeniably based in racism and nativism. The word 'eugenics' originally referred to the biological improvement of human genes, but was used as a pseudoscience to justify discriminatory and destructive acts against supposedly undesirable people, such as extremely restrictive immigration laws, anti-miscegenation laws, and forced sterilization. The ultimate goal of the eugenics movement was to 'breed out' undesirable traits in order to create a society with a 'superior' genetic makeup, which essentially meant reducing the population of the non-white and the mentally ill. The eugenics movement was widely accepted in American society well into the 20th century, and was not at all relegated to the fringes of society like one might expect. In fact, most states had federally funded eugenics boards, and state-ordered sterilization was a common occurrence. Sterilization was seen as one of the most effective ways to stem the growth of an 'undesirable' population, since ending a woman’s reproductive capabilities meant that she would no longer be able to contribute to the population." In "America’s Forgotten History of Forced Sterilization," by Sanjana Menjeshwar, Berkeley Political Review, 4 November 2020.
Sterilization by Government
That the "eugenics movement was widely accepted in American society" and still continues is obvious and yet still somehow clothed in new slogans to dress up the same activities. Consider a story -- and challenge -- in rhyme, How to kill a negro -- or would you just say no?
[ 2 ] Of this decades long experiment by government, one learns: "On May 16, 1997, President Bill Clinton issued a formal Presidential Apology for the study." In "The Tuskegee Timeline," The U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee, CDC, 22 April 2021. What this demonstrates is that the federal government was wrong, and criminally so ,over a period of forty years, and it required another twenty-five years for a formal apology. Such is the nature of government in America, so one may argue with cause.
The notion that a citizen must trust in government under any political party is ludicrous, given the simple and ongoing testimony of government and its rampant Corruption .
Justice Perverted and Lovers of Money
From the Jewish tradition, one reads of this: "If you see the poor oppressed, rights violated and justice perverted in the province, don’t be surprised; for a high official has one higher watching him, and there are others above them. But the greatest advantage to the country is when the king makes himself a servant to the land. The lover of money never has enough money; the lover of luxury never has enough income." Ecclesiastes 5:7-19, Complete Jewish Bible.
Avoid Such People
From the Christian tradition, one finds a similar skepticism: "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people." 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
Believe Every Word of Both Sides' Accusations
Advice is found as regards believing in what government says. "Washington's sudden fixation on campaign finance won't bring about honesty in government, and it won't increase anyone's liberty. But it does give the public a real-world civics lesson. For it shows that government is no neutral arbiter of justice, but a corrupt scheme by which the politically powerful enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else. As each political party accuses the other of corruption, here's the rule of thumb: believe every word." In "Corruption in Government?" by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr., The Free Market 15, no. 4, April 1997.
[ 3 ] Judging this government-caused scandal by follow-on reports, one finds: "In federal court, two lawsuits are pending against BioPort, a third against the Food and Drug Administration, the Defense Department and the Department of Health and Human Services. The lawsuits challenge whether the vaccine is safe, effective, even necessary. On Dec. 22, 2003, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, D.C., blocked the Pentagon from forcing soldiers to get vaccinated. He ruled that the FDA had never approved the vaccine for use against inhaled anthrax. The military, he said, could not make troops 'serve as guinea pigs for experimental drugs'. Eight days later, the FDA approved the vaccine against inhaled anthrax." In "Are U.S. Soldiers Victims of Experimental Anthax Vaccine? Victims of Experimental Anthrax Vaccine? N.C. troops say military program is unsafe," by Team VCS, Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), 26 September 2004.
A Month Later
A month later: "Justice Sullivan rebuked the government, stating: 'Congress has prohibited the administration of investigational drugs to service members without their consent. This Court will not permit the government to circumvent this requirement. The men and women of our armed forces deserve the assurance that the vaccines our government compels them to take into their bodies have been tested by the greatest scrutiny of all - public scrutiny. This is the process the FDA in its expert judgment has outlined, and this is the course this Court shall compel FDA to follow.' This decision is a major victory affirming the universal right of informed consent to medical experimentation—including members of the armed forces. The decision is a bitter sweet victory exonerating soldiers who were subjected to disciplinary measures for asserting their right to refuse an experimental vaccine that in their judgment posed unacceptable heath hazards. The anthrax vaccine decision underscores the need for civilian oversight over the military and the immense importance of trial lawyers who often provide the only means for stopping government officials from abusing their authority. Once again, the FDA has been shown to put its seal of approval to illegal practices that adversely affect the health and safety of citizens - in this instance, military personnel." In "US Court: Forced Anthrax Vaccination Illegal - FDA's Approval Invalid," by Vera Hassner Sharav, New Media Explorer, 28 October 2004.
And Another Month Later
And yet a month later: "Vaccine accidents do happen, they do get covered up, and they deserve close scrutiny. One of the most famous vaccine accidents is the contamination of the first polio vaccines with a monkey virus, and a new book on the accident by Debbie Bookchin and Jim Schumacher, The Virus and the Vaccine, has many parallels with Vaccine A. But the research in this book is meticulous, and Bookchin and Schumacher’s tone is so measured and thoughtful that my mind opens to their controversial thesis (that the monkey virus accidentally injected into people through polio vaccines causes human cancers). I’m not convinced that the monkey virus does, in fact, cause harm, but I am convinced that the question merits serious attention. Matsumoto, in contrast, with his sloppy errors, remote possibilities trumped up as facts, and outright dismissal of evidence that doesn’t support his thesis, leaves me groaning." In "Anthrax Scare, Did the military secretly doctor its anthrax vaccine?" by Jon Cohen, Slate, 16 November 2004.
Yes, no, maybe. Follow the science? Follow the politics. Follow the money.