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Trudeau drops the hammer

Coffe & Covid 2/14/2022

Good morning, and Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day, got a restaurant reservation somewhere, and didn’t eat too much candy. Today’s roundup includes: Trudeau drops the “emergency” hammer on truckers; the Times explains how vulnerable people can protect themselves instead of waiting for the government to do it; Scott Gottlieb says we’re shifting from a shared sense of sacrifice to something else; Eric Adams fires almost 1,500 unjabbed city workers; big corporations start hauling employees back to the office; DC drops its jab passport; the Omicron looks to be ending right on time; an= CSIS article takes some remarkable things for granted; and a newly-published study takes the wind out of whiny parents’ objections to dropping school mask mandates.

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🚛 Apparently everything is an emergency now whenever executives can’t do what they want. Yesterday, in what Politico called the “biggest risk of his political life,” Castro lookalike Justin Trudeau invoked Canada’s Emergencies Act — here we go again! — to deal with the truckers clogging up the capital. Even with Covid, this is the first time in Canada’s history that the Act was used. In other words, the truckers are scarier than the virus, or something.

The Enabling Act, I mean Emergencies Act, gives the Canadian government nearly unlimited powers to quell the protests, shut down crowdfunding and freeze the individual bank accounts of anyone who might be helping the demonstrators. I’m not making that up; it’s for SAFETY. “We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue,” Trudeau said. Dangerous activities like a parked truck. “The blockades are harming our economy and endangering public safety.” Endangering people by honking.

The Act’s use generated a lot of angry commentary; not everyone is super happy about it. New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh told reporters “The reason why we got to this point is because the prime minister let the siege in Ottawa go on for weeks and weeks without actually doing anything about it.” The Canadian Civil Liberties Association tweeted “it threatens our democracy and our civil liberties.”

“The prime minister had an opportunity to talk and to listen to people who he disagreed with, and he refused to do so,” Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen said. She warned invoking the Emergencies Act was a “ham-fisted approach” that will likely have the opposite effect, and argued Trudeau was escalating and inflaming the situation by using labels to minimize people’s concerns and pandemic anxieties.

Canadian conservatives have called for Trudeau to reconsider the mandates. “The solution is staring him in the face,” Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said. “All he has to do is listen to the experts, do what other countries are doing — and that is to eliminate these mandates and restrictions — to let the protesters including the truckers go back to their jobs and their lives.”

“I’m proud of the truckers and I stand with them,” Poilievre said in a podcast last week. “If Canadians are being inconvenienced, or in any way suffering from these protests, it is because Justin Trudeau made these protests happen.”

There are some small signs the truckers might be making progress. Trudeau announced the emergency response one hour after Canadian conservatives tried to pass a bill requiring the government to present a plan for ending vaccine mandates by the end of this month; it was narrowly defeated 185-151. The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a statement Monday saying the country is entering a “transition phase” of the pandemic, and saying people should expect new Covid waves and outbreaks as restrictions ease. That seems promising.

The Prime Minister was noncommittal, but left room to make changes to Covid policy. “There will be time later to reflect on all the lessons that can be learned from this situation,” Trudeau told reporters yesterday afternoon.

🔥 Get ready to laugh. Yesterday, the New York Times ran a story headlined, “Protecting the Vulnerable.” No, it’s not advocating for “let ‘er rip.” In this article, the “pivot” away from mandates and restrictions is referred to just as a “shift,” and the article offers five ways for “vulnerable “ people to protect themselves while the rest of the country shifts back to normal. Spoiler: none of the suggestions includes making other people do stuff.

The first suggestion, of course, is jabs, lots of them. The second is masks — HIGH QUALITY ones. Here we see the term “one-way masking” pop up again, along with a helpful link to an article in The Atlantic headlined “One-Way Masking Works.”* Keep your eye on that term, I bet we see a lot more of it. The third suggestion is to take Evusheld, a new AstraZeneca Covid drug. The fourth is to stock up on rapid tests for visitors to use. The fifth suggestion is to take Paxlovid, Pfizer’s Covid drug. See? It’s a “do it yourself” approach.

(* by the way, it’s fun to use this link as a response to people complaining online about lifting mask mandates.)

🔥 “Do it yourself” appears to be a theme. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who appears to be one of the generals leading the Biden’s Narrative 2.0 charge, told Face the Nation Sunday that mask mandates lifting was “a trend across the country,” and observed there is now a shift from a “shared sense of sacrifice” to “shifting the burden to individuals,” and called for policy-makers to give parents more tools to protect their kids.

Reports about Gottlieb’s remarks used that word again. Shift. I guess “pivot” was polling badly. Or maybe we mocked it too hard.

Well. It’s shifty, all right.

Now we can see the outlines of the new program. They are going to call on “individuals to protect themselves,” using government-supplied tools, like one-way masks, home tests, jabs and Covid drugs. That will give the Covid crazy people some new OCDs to cling to, and create lots of new opportunities for graft and government largesse.

🔥 The New York Post reported yesterday that Mayor Eric Adams fired 1,430 city workers who refused to get jabbed. The terminated employees included “36 NYPD personnel, 25 Fire Department workers and 914 Department of Education staffers.” That’s a lot of educators who wouldn’t get the shot.

I wish those folks the best; they are better off now. It’s a terrific job market for people who want to work and it will be a momentary inconvenience while they find a better job.

🔥 Microsoft announced that starting February 28 — one day before the you-know-what — employees will have 30 days to begin returning to full-time work in the office. Many other large employers have also announced plans for workers to return to corporate campuses soon. Walmart told its corporate employees last month that it expects them to begin working from the company’s offices “the majority of time” as of February 28 (there it is again). Facebook said it will fully reopen its U.S. campuses at the end of March.

It’s going to be hard to get work-from-home types out of their comfy little nests. So far, most of them have stubbornly stuck to working from the couch. According to the Wall Street Journal, a firm that tracks how many people swipe into high-end office buildings says that as of early February, offices in 10 major cities were on average only 33% occupied.

Good luck with that.

🔥 Yesterday, Washington DC announced the end of its mandatory vaccine passport — effective TODAY. Businesses are no longer required to verify patron’s vaxx status. That was fast. I was just in DC a few weeks ago for the rally, and we all had to stay in Arlington, which wasn’t too inconvenient at all. Cheaper, too.

Anyway, the DC Covid Dashboard, where the new policy was announced, doesn’t really explain WHY it’s changed just two weeks before you-know-who give the you-know-what. It wouldn’t be a good look for DC to have the passports going during the announcement, would it? It would kind of make people feel like the pandemic wasn’t over yet.

🔥 Things are shaping up nicely for the SOTU. According to the New York Times’ Covid dashboard, national coronavirus cases have fallen about 75 percent from a mid-January peak. Cases are declining almost everywhere in the country. Hospitalizations nationwide are down more than 30 percent in the last two weeks, and ICU patients are also waning. Should be right at the trough on March 1.

🔥 The Center for Strategic & International Studies published a highbrow article a few days ago headlined, “China May Move beyond Zero-Covid. That Could Benefit Us All.” I found this one sentence most remarkable: “China will inevitably move beyond Zero-Covid, a patently unsustainable approach that makes less and less sense as effective treatments arrive and immune protections from vaccines and infection rise elsewhere in the world.“

I don’t know which is more interesting, the characterization of “Covid zero” as “patently unsustainable,” the acknowledgment that “effective treatments” exist, or the uncontroversial, off-handed recognition of natural immunity. It’s a trifecta of previously forbidden wrongthink. I think it is enormously significant that these three ideas can now, apparently, be discussed without rancor or cancellation, as though these notions were just common-sense, obvious truths. I mean, duh.

🔬 A new study quietly published in January’s Journal of Infection, headlined “Immunocompromised Children and Young People are at No Increased Risk of Severe COVID-19.” You read that right. NO risk. The researchers studied immunocompromised pediatric Covid patients for a year between March 2020 and March 2021. They compared those kids’ outcomes with non-immunocompromised kids, concluding that the “study shows SARS-CoV-2 infections have occurred in immunocompromised children and young people with no increased risk of severe disease. No children died.”

How about that? This study effective rebuts the chief argument pro-maskers are making these days to keep masks on school kids. They’ve been whining, “but what about immune compromised kids???” I guess we don’t need to worry about it.

It’s fascinating that the study period ended in March 2021. Yet the study — which is huge and welcome news for some frantic parents — didn’t publish until almost a year later. Almost a year later right when it was needed most to quell parental anxiety about lifting mask mandates in schools. Another Covid coincidence! I searched twitter and found even the study linked by former-pro-lockdown “experts” like epidemiologist Jennifer Nuzzo, who cited the study and called it “interesting.”
Twitter avatar for @JenniferNuzzoJennifer Nuzzo, DrPH @JenniferNuzzo
Interesting data. Immunocompromised children and young people are at no increased risk of severe COVID-19 – ScienceDirect h/t ⁦@apsmunro⁩
sciencedirect.com/science/articl…

It’s interesting that pro-mask experts like Nuzzo are now citing article proving masks are necessary. That’s interesting.

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DHS: Mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) being caused by “Domestic Terrorists”

Citizens need to take notice and take action. We are ON the slippery slope. I don’t think there is any denying that. mrossol

Dr Robert Malone, MD  1/23/2022

The U.S. Constitution

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…

First Amendment 

  • Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


In the United States, our right to free speech and the right to assemble is paramount to who we are. So when the Department of Homeland Security puts out the following National Terrorism Advisory Bulletin, it is time for all Americans to pay attention.

Summary of Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland (the full bulletin is linked here)

The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors.…The primary terrorism-related threat to the United States continues to stem from lone offenders or small cells of individuals who are motivated by a range of foreign and/or domestic grievances often cultivated through the consumption of certain online content.

(1) the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions;

Key factors contributing to the current heightened threat environment include:

  1. The proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions:

    • For example, there is widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19. Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021.

    • As COVID-19 restrictions continue to decrease nationwide, increased access to commercial and government facilities and the rising number of mass gatherings could provide increased opportunities for individuals looking to commit acts of violence to do so, often with little or no warning. Meanwhile, COVID-19 mitigation measures—particularly COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates—have been used by domestic violent extremists to justify violence since 2020 and could continue to inspire these extremists to target government, healthcare, and academic institutions that they associate with those measures.

 

This bulletin has some of my colleagues as well as myself – very worried. Those who are writing and speaking about science and health policy are now in danger of being targeted by the US Government as domestic terrorists for spreading “mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM)”.

The manipulative linking of election violence to COVID-19 policies is disingenuous. It is a calculated strategy to allow government authorities to crack down on those people who are going against the Health and Human Services narrative that there are no early treatments for COVID-19 and that everyone must get vaccinated, and that the lockdowns and mask mandates were necessary. The US Government must be held accountable for their failed policies and authoritarian behavior during this pandemic.

Scientists, the press, physicians and yes, laypeople must be able to speak and write freely. In this day and age, that means by use of the Internet. There is no one right answer for everyone when it comes to healthcare treatments and the choice to take a vaccine. As a people, we can not allow ourselves to be censored in this manner

It is time that our legislative and judicial branches of government to do their job to protect our first amendment rights. This bulletin can not be allowed to stand or we will no longer have freedom of speech in this country.

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Now they have come for the physicians and the scientists. Who is next?

https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/dhs-mis-dis-and-mal-information-mdm?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoxNTQ5MzgyMCwicG9zdF9pZCI6NDg1NTA2ODgsIl8iOiJPWlB1TyIsImlhdCI6MTY0NDc2NjM3MywiZXhwIjoxNjQ0NzY5OTczLCJpc3MiOiJwdWItNTgzMjAwIiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.eIluDcm1F1xijBSZ3Jzg1H3HDOhCywLzg3Afmip1LLI

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Beijing Unleashes Sweeping Bid to Remold Society

The Epoch Times   9/22/21 by Eva Fu

China’s tech behemoths are handing months of profits to the regime in Beijing to demonstrate loyalty to the Communist Party. Popular actors have been erased from internet history with their devoted online fan groups disbanded. Young gamers now are allowed no more than three hours of playtime per week.

Across Chinese classrooms, 147,000 newly minted inspectors have been deployed to oversee the national dissemination of the ideology of China’s top leader, Xi Jinping.

Be it e-commerce, entertainment, education, or gaming, few areas of Chinese society have been left unscathed amid Beijing’s torrent of regulatory activity in recent months. As authorities clamped down on the offending actors, stock markets tumbled with hundreds of billions wiped out, while companies and individuals have scrambled to assess the new rules, lest they tread on the regime’s toes.

The cascading crackdowns have been swift and puzzling, with some likening the Party’s attempts at social engineering to that which occurred during the Cultural Revolution, a decade-long period from 1966 when the regime’s first helmsman, Mao Zedong, sought to reassert his control within the Party by launching a mass campaign to destroy traditions, beliefs, and social mores.

A “profound revolution” is underway in China, declares nationalist essayist Li Guangman, a former editor for an obscure state newspaper. In a recent commentary quickly promoted on prominent Chinese state media websites, he hailed the regime’s campaign as a “return to the original intent of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) … and the essence of socialism,” and offered up two potential targets: housing and medicare.

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Journalists walk past a screen showing video footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a visit to the Museum of the Communist Party of China, near the Birds Nest national stadium in Beijing on June 25, 2021. (Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)

As with past measures, the Chinese regime has framed the series of actions as necessary for the public good. But the pace of the activity has been dizzying, with a thoroughness unseen in China’s recent memory.

It looks like the “opening days” of a cultural revolution, said June Teufel Dreyer, a political science professor at the University of Miami.

To Robert Atkinson, economist and founder of Washington-based think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, some of the measures mark the latest efforts by Beijing to curb freedom of expression. He cited the ban on “effeminate actors” and gaming restrictions as examples.

“You get the sense that what Xi is saying is, ‘No, we don’t want a society that’s individualistic. Your job as a Chinese citizen is to support and follow the state,’” Atkinson told The Epoch Times.

“The goal of Chinese society is not to make people happy, it’s to make the state powerful,” he said.

Total Control

The “straw that broke the camel’s back” goes back to last October, according to Dreyer, when internet giant Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma made a blunt speech criticizing China’s regulatory system. For his outspokenness, the entrepreneur went missing for three months. Overnight, regulators pulled the plug on what was meant to be the world’s largest initial public offering by Ant Group, Alibaba’s sister fintech firm.

The regime is “trying to prevent wealthy, vested interests like Jack Ma from … winding into the political decision-making process,” Dreyer said.

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Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, speaks during his visit at the Vivatech startups and innovation fair in Paris, on May 16, 2019. (Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images)

The punishment of Ma appears to be the lightning rod that set off a sweeping overhaul engulfing virtually all facets of society. Since then, regulators have pulled apps for alleged data transfer violations, shunned “misbehaving” celebrities, disciplined thousands of “self media” accounts for “badmouthing the financial market,” and barred paid private tutoring on core school subjects.

“It’s about sending a message that says to the capitalist class that … you as a businessperson are under the thumb of the state,” Atkinson said.

Paralleling the moves is Beijing’s renewed emphasis on “common prosperity,” a slogan the Party has touted since its early days as the end goal of socialism.

Xi’s recent pledges include redistributing wealth to close the yawning income gap—likely to drum up popular support as he mounts his bid for an unprecedented third five-year term late next year.

The targeted sectors have been racing to align with the Party’s decrees. Dozens of actors have signed statements supporting Beijing’s campaign. The embattled Alibaba on Sept. 3 vowed to spend 100 billion yuan ($15.5 billion) by 2025 in support of the common prosperity drive.

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The logo of China’s pioneering digital payments firm Alipay on the office block of its parent company Ant Group in Shanghai on Nov. 4, 2020. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Rejuvenation’ Chase

Behind the avalanche of changes is Xi’s vision for a grand national “rejuvenation,” a term he invoked more than two dozen times as he spoke from the balcony atop Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on July 1 to mark the CCP’s 100th birthday.

But the rejuvenation campaign has hit some domestic roadblocks.

China’s workforce has been shrinking for years, in part due to the decades-long birth policy allowing each household to have one child only. Even as Beijing moved to a two-child limit in 2016, the costs of raising children in urban China have deterred would-be parents. China, now encouraging a third child, has called off tests for first- and second-graders and banned for-profit tutoring firms, blaming them for adding a financial toll on families. Hotlines have been set up to catch violators.

Such measures haven’t necessarily been embraced by Chinese parents, who are known for expending large amounts of time and money on their child’s education to ready them for the hyper-competitive university entrance exams.

“This is the system’s flaw, and students and parents shouldn’t be asked to bear the consequences,” Amy Ma (a pseudonym), a primary school teacher in central China’s Hubei Province who has taught for 30 years, told The Epoch Times, adding that the education policies would do little to ease parents’ anxiety about their child’s future.

For most Chinese families, the education system is “the last chance to change their children’s fate” when “the Party has monopolized all resources in society,” she said.

To boost their academic performance, Chinese kids would now have to turn to in-home tutors, Richard Zhang (a pseudonym), a division chief for a city-level education bureau, told The Epoch Times. With the tutor pool slashed as a result of the new regulations, the cost of such services could become prohibitive, he said. Thus, ultimately, it may only be rich families who can give their children a competitive edge.

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A woman wears a protective mask as she sits in front of a sign promoting a local government COVID-19 vaccination center in Beijing on May 23, 2021. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A lack of enthusiasm from Chinese millennials also is hindering the regime’s prosperity drive. A new counterculture movement called “tangping,” or lying flat and doing nothing, is catching on with young people, who are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the exacting demands of professional and social life.

Labeled as “disgraceful” by Chinese state media—while praised as a silent form of resistance by some others—the “lying flat” approach to life adopted by many young Chinese is the exact opposite of what Xi needs to back Beijing’s ambition, Dreyer said.

“He wants to see a highly competitive society in which everyone works hard and therefore the Chinese country nation is able to eclipse the United States,” she said. “He’s not going to get it if people are going to lie flat.”

Economic Woes

A pressing cash problem is also forcing Beijing to turn on the rich, according to Antonio Graceffo, an analyst of China’s economy and Epoch Times contributor who has spent more than two decades in Asia.

The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19—which spread to half of China in August—has continued to challenge Beijing’s costly strategy of shutting down cities and quarantining every positive case, which has disrupted travel and dented tourism, a once booming industry contributing to roughly a tenth of China’s economy in 2019.

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A worker makes an iron bar at a steel factory in Lianyungang, in China’s Jiangsu Province, on Feb. 12, 2021. (AFP via Getty Images)

Sales growth and factory output in August both hit a one-year low as authorities toughened social restrictions to curb surging virus outbreaks. China’s overall debt meanwhile grew to about 270 percent of its GDP in 2020, a jump by about 30 percent over one year.

Monthly data from August showed that one in every seven young urban workers—those aged 16 to 24—have failed to find employment. The move against the private tutoring industry has put some $140 billion at stake and triggered waves of layoffs.

Such signs suggest “the brink of an economic crisis,” Graceffo told The Epoch Times. “The money has to come from somewhere.

“I think that Xi Jinping is reaching for anything to make money.”

Attempts to stimulate growth will be further frustrated by the CCP’s practice of embedding Party branches in companies, which puts another strain on economic freedom.

“They’re not going to be making decisions based on profitability—they are making decisions based on government leaders and giving them to the Party,” he said.

Trade-Offs

Alongside such domestic challenges, the regime is facing strong headwinds from the West.

In the past year, Beijing has aggressively pushed back as Western criticism rises over the regime’s human rights record, militarism, the lack of transparency on COVID-19 origins, and its consistent efforts to cast the blame on the outside world.

Clad in a gray Maoist suit during the Party’s centennial, Xi warned that foreign forces would figuratively get their “heads bashed” if they dared to bully China.

The regime’s recent policies give off a sense of growing wariness toward Western influence.

Gone are English-language tests from Shanghai’s primary schools; in is a new course on Xi Jinping Thought—mandated from grade school through college nationwide.

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Chinese schoolchildren attend class at the Shiniuzhai Puan Center Primary School in Pingjiang County in China’s Hunan Province, on the first day back to school after the national holidays, on Oct. 8, 2015. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing is setting up a third stock market that some analysts read as a move to financially decouple with the West. A new data law, applying to Chinese and foreign companies alike, expressly prohibits the transfer of domestic data into foreign hands and threatens to retaliate against any country using “discriminatory” measures with respect to data.

Social media channels have been purged for “reposting overseas reporting or commentary that carry distorted interpretation of China’s financial trends.”

“You don’t want people thinking about anything except the Party and how to serve the state,” Graceffo said.

According to Dreyer, the regime has decided to make a “trade-off”: Cutting English studies and private tutoring could throw millions out of work, but it also means students have more time to study Party ideology.

“Less English instruction, more indoctrination, in the long run is what China needs,” she said.

But given China’s share of global trade—nearly 15 percent in 2020, and third only to the European Union and the United States—keeping out Western influence entirely may be impossible, Dreyer said.

“You can’t divorce the technology completely from the society that produced it,” she said.

“He’s simply trying to resist,” Dreyer said, referring to Xi. “The future is not preordained, it never is.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/

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How Pro-CCP Communists Are Working to Flip North Carolina

If this doesn’t get you thinking, you are not awake. Its coming to a State near you, or one in which you live. mrossol

The Epoch Times – Counter Punch Aug 25, 2021

In this episode of Counterpunch, Trevor Loudon talks about how pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) communists have set up voter registration networks in minority communities across North Carolina. Trevor says they are working feverishly to flip North Carolina into a Democrat-run state—knowing that this turn will ensure Democratic presidential victories for decades to come.

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