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C&C.  C&C Censored? Ukraine Inflection Point? Bio-Labs. UFOs.

Sept 26, 2022. By Jeff Childers

Source: C&C NEWS ☙ Monday, September 26th, 2022 ☙ ADMISSION BY SILENCE

🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞

🪖 More commenters than usual reported last week that their C&C emails were disappearing and the Google was flagging links to the website as dangerous. It looks like they might be onto something:

I guess somebody doesn’t like it when you point out all their psyops narratives all the time. Would it help if I apologized? Or sent flowers or something?

🗞*WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

🔥 LibsofTikTok ran an atypical multi-part post last week, exposing Wisconsin hospital chain UW health’s revolting pediatric gender surgical program.

Within 24 hours, UW Health had scrubbed its website and made all its gender-related YouTube videos private. Whoops! Never mind!

If there was nothing wrong with what these hospitals and doctors were doing, then they would defend it, not hide it. Hiding things suggests you know it’s wrong. I can even get a jury instruction that an attempt to conceal provides an inference of consciousness of guilt.

Here’s the young lady, Dr. Gast, the “gender surgeon” who performs the permanent experimental medical procedures on kids for UW Health:

This story shows the power of LibsofTikTok. With one tweet, she shut down the public face of UW Health’s gross medical program.

💉 In a video interview with the Atlantic last week, that weasel Fauci tried to slime his way out of responsibility for the vast harms he caused while advising two administrations about covid. He pitifully tried to make the case for having to break a few eggs to make an omelet, or the ends justifying the means, or something:

“You have to do something that’s rather draconian, and sometimes when you do draconian things, it has collateral negative consequences. Just like when you shut things down even temporarily, it does have deleterious consequences on the economy, on the school children, you know that, but you have to make a balance.”

In other words, Fauci just admitted he KNEW the mitigation measures were going to hurt kids. He just thought it was worth it. To HIM, it was worth it. The kids? Well, who knows. Who cares?

Fauci only offered two examples to justify the “draconian things” that he “balanced” for our own benefit: (1) “overrun” New York Hospitals, and (2) “ICUs in hallways.” It’s telling that’s the best he could come up with.

Both are lies that are trivially easy to disprove.

Even worse, Fauci tried to silence any opposing opinions. The authors and signers of the Great Barrington declaration publicly warned that the lockdowns wouldn’t work, and would cause enormous collateral damages. Fauci’s response to that age advice — proven correct in hindsight — was to secretly conspire with Francis Collins to cancel the scientists who signed the declaration. “You have to make a balance.”

Paul Alexander, a former adviser to the WHO and HHS, has compiled a [list of more than 400 studies](https://brownstone.org/articles/more-than-400-studies-on-the-failure-of-compulsory-covid-interventions/) showing that COVID-19 lockdowns, shelter-in-place policies, school closures, masks and mask mandates have failed to curb virus transmission or reduce deaths.

Fauci was wrong. He’ll never admit it, of course, but at least he’s being forced now to admit “collateral negative consequences.” That’s Fauci-ese for “we broke stuff.”

🚀 Last week, the American Conservative published a critical piece on the Ukraine war titled, “Holding Ground, Losing War.” The sub-head explains, “Zelensky’s strategy of defending territory at all costs has been disastrous for Ukraine.”

The Conservative plainly stated the article’s main point, that Russia hasn’t really started to fight yet: “Russia always had the resources to dramatically escalate the fighting and end the fighting in Ukraine on very harsh terms. Escalation is now in progress.“

But even within the context of the current, more limited conflict, the article describes the Russians being historically patient and deliberate, while the Ukrainians let themselves be pushed around like checkers in a game played by unsupervised two-year-olds.

According to the Conservative, Ukraine made the classic strategic error of valuing inches over lives. In other words, again and again Ukraine’s military — undoubtedly encouraged by U.S. intelligence agencies who craved headlines for their psyops — traded transitory minor territorial gains for significant lives and hardware.

As an example, the Conservative pointed to the recent “victories” in Eastern Ukraine, describing them as a propaganda win but a military disaster:

U.S. satellite arrays undoubtedly provided Ukrainians with a real-time picture of the area showing that Russian forces west of Izium numbered less than 2,000 light troops (the equivalent of paramilitary police, e.g., SWAT and airborne infantry).
The Russian command opted to withdraw its small force from the area that is roughly 1 percent of formerly Ukrainian territory currently under Russian control. However, the price for Kiev’s propaganda victory was high— … an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 Ukrainian troops were killed or wounded in a flat, open area that Russian artillery, rockets, and air strikes turned into a killing field.

Now that Russia has begun its mobilization — which is moving full steam ahead — the Conservative says the war has entered a new phase, provoking a critical inflection point: “Washington confronts a stark choice: Talk about having successfully ‘degraded Russian power’ in Ukraine and scale back its actions. Or risk a regional war with Russia that will engulf Europe.”

Europe, as the article notes, is on the brink of its own revolution, a rightwing ascension induced by the war’s social and political side effects:

Sanctions are hurting America’s European allies, not Russia… Discontent is growing, making it quite plausible that governments in Germany, France, and Great Britain will likely follow the path of their colleagues in Stockholm and Rome , who lost or will lose power to right-of-center coalitions.

You can add Sweden to that list. The Ukraine war may have the unexpected effect of cementing more rightwing nationalist governments in Europe. An equal and opposite affect.

🚀 On Thursday, the Russian Duma (their congress) held a meeting of the committee investigating Ukrainian bio-labs. Irina Yarovaya, Deputy Chairwoman of the State Duma, summarized the current findings from Russia’s point of view:

It has become clear that the Pentagon is working on secret plans of using tactical biological weapon of mass destruction. The Pentagon’s military biological activities violate the regime of non-proliferation of biological weapons and require the adoption of relevant measures at the international level.

Referencing documents and evidence that the Russians have collected from Ukrainian facilities, Yarovaya repeatedly stressed what is probably the most damning fact: the United States has not denied that any of the documents are authentic. To the contrary, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has equivocated about the purpose of the labs, refusing to tell our Congress that we have NOT been undertaking bio research there.

Instead, Yarovaya claimed that American officials are attempting to “distract attention by nuclear threats, while they are developing the most dangerous military-biological types of weapons of mass destruction.”

Here’s my take. It is inexcusable that American officials refuse to deny or otherwise come clean about the biolabs and the U.S. involvement in bioweapons research in Ukraine. Let me explain.

For the last 50 years, the threat of nuclear war has been successfully checked by the policy of “MAD” — mutually assured destruction. Nobody wants to start a nuclear war, because everyone loses.

But genetic editing offers the prospect of a new generation of targeted, untraceable weapons of mass destruction. International law bans this kind of research. If other governments somehow get the idea that the U.S. is ignoring international law precluding bioweapons development — hiding it behind the pathetic excuse of “pandemic preparedness,” say — then they will start doing the same thing.

They can’t afford to fall behind.

Because it is so hard to prove where a bio attack came from — just look at Wuhan — the current generation of bioweapons are inherently destabilizing. There’s no “MAD” for bioweapons, if you can’t prove who unleashed a pandemic, to know who to hit back. Bioweapons present the awful possibility of an unlimited arms race with no upper limit. Ever-escalating, tit-for-tat bioattacks can now be directly targeted at certain genetic or geographic populations.

See, e.g., monkeypox. Remember that one? The virus that never before had a mechanism for sexual transmission, which broke out simultaneously in a bunch of countries. Guess where it has hit hardest?

America’s ‘strategy’ — if you can call it that — of refusing to engage in the biolab discussion at all, and of trying to change the subject to nuclear threats, is an unforgivably reckless policy choice, in that it creates an information vacuum for Russia and other world actors to fill, and encourages people to interpret the U.S.’s silence as an admission.

Biden claimed his administration would be the most transparent in history. Time to put up or shut up.

👽 UFO News! The United States National Intelligence Manager for Aviation (NIM-A), which reports to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, rolled out its new logo last week.

It has a UFO on it. See for yourself:

I don’t blame you for being skeptical. Here’s a link to the agency’s home page.

Don’t ask me. I did some searching for an explanation but couldn’t come up with anything that made sense except that military patches sometimes include fantastical elements. But, unless Chinese hackers took over the NIM-A website, this is the official agency LOGO. Not just a patch.

Does it mean that we have UFO’s in our arsenal? Are UFOs keeping a close eye on our high-tech sky fleet? Is it a joke of some kind?

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I report, you decide.

Have a magnificent Monday, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more.

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The EU is sleepwalking into anarchy

Sept. 26, 2022 – By Thomas Faze

Source: The EU is sleepwalking into anarchy – UnHerd

All eyes may be on the Italian election results this morning, but Europe’s got much bigger problems on its hands than the prospect of a Right-wing government. Winter is coming, and the catastrophic consequences of Europe’s self-imposed energy crisis are already being felt across the continent.

As politicians continue to devise unrealistic plans for energy rationing, the reality is that soaring energy prices and falling demand have already caused dozens of plants across a diverse range of energy-intensive industries — glass, steel, aluminium, zinc, fertilisers, chemicals — to cut back production or shut down, causing thousands of workers to be laid off. Even the pro-war New York Times was recently forced to acknowledge the “crippling” impact that Brussels’s sanctions are having on industry and the working class in Europe. “High energy prices are lashing European industry, forcing factories to cut production quickly and put tens of thousands of employees on furlough,” it reported.

Zinc, aluminium and silicon production cuts (amounting to a staggering 50% of output) have already left consumers in the Europe’s steel, auto and construction industries facing severe shortages, which are being offset by shipments from China and elsewhere. Meanwhile, steel plants in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and other countries — more than two dozen in total — are beginning to slow down or entirely stop their output.

The fertiliser industry, which is heavily dependent on gas as a key feedstock as well as a source of power, is in even bigger trouble. More than two-thirds of production — around 30 plants — has already been halted. The German chemicals powerhouse BASF has temporarily shut down 80 plants worldwide and is slowing production at another 100 as it plans further output cuts depending on what happens to gas prices. To make things worse, EU sanctions have also limited imports of Russian fertilisers.

Dwindling supplies of fertilisers are also having a dramatic knock-on effect on European farmers, which are being forced to scale back their use of the key nutrient. This means higher prices for less output, and the consequences are bound to be felt well beyond Europe’s borders, potentially triggering a global food shortage.

But the shortage of fertiliser isn’t the only problem facing European farmers. Across northern and western Europe, vegetable producers are contemplating halting their activities because of the crippling energy costs — in some cases ten times higher than those of 2021 — required to heat greenhouse through the winter and keep harvests refrigerated, on top of rising transport and packaging costs. Greenhouse industry group Glastuinbouw Nederland says up to 40% of its 3,000 members are in financial distress. This further threatens food supplies — and will certainly lead to even higher food prices which, coupled with soaring energy bills, is likely to drive millions of European into poverty. In other words, the European energy and cost-of-living crisis is on course to descend into an outright humanitarian crisis.

In the UK, 45 million people are forecast to face fuel poverty by January 2023; as a result, “millions of children’s development will be blighted” with lung damage, toxic stress and deepening educational inequalities, as children struggle to keep up with school work in freezing homes. Lives will be lost, experts warn. Meanwhile, in Germany’s Rheingau-Taunus district, the authorities have carried out a simulation of what such a blackout would mean for them, and the results are shocking: more than 400 people would die in the first 96 hours. And this in a district of just 190,000 inhabitants.

Now, these numbers may well be overestimates, but the local government can’t afford to ignore them. Indeed, Gerd Landsberg, general manager of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, has urged residents to stockpile water and food for 14 days. Landsberg says that Germany is “in no way” prepared for such a scenario.

What’s important to understand is that this is not some temporary crisis where all we need to do is grit our teeth through the winter, after which things will return to normal. The reality, as the chief executive of Shell recently made clear, is that if European governments insist on decoupling Europe from Russian supplies, the continent will face gas shortages “likely to last several winters”. It’s a bitter truth, but there’s simply no short-term alternative to Russia’s gas. Indeed, the European Commission forecasts gas and electricity prices to “remain high and volatile until at least 2023”.

To put it simply, if it stays on its current course, Europe is looking at years of economic contraction, inflation, deindustrialisation, declining living standards, mass impoverishment, and shortages — and this without taking into account the terrifying prospect of an outright military confrontation with Russia. How can anyone think Europe can survive this without plunging into anarchy?

The folly of the situation becomes even more apparent when we consider that, in its attempt to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, the EU is increasing its reliance on supplies from countries like China and India — which, it would appear, are simply reselling to Europe gas that comes from… Russia (at a higher price, of course). If people’s lives weren’t on the line, this whole thing would seem like a sick joke.

Europe has lost the energy war

By Thomas Fazi

It’s truly a sign of the feebleness of Europe’s politicians that despite the fast-approaching cliff, no one can bring themselves to state the obvious: that the sanctions need to end. There’s simply no moral justification for destroying the livelihoods of millions of Europeans simply to school Putin, even if the sanctions were helping to achieve that aim, which they clearly aren’t.

And so, rather depressingly, the only voice of reason appears to be that of Hungary’s prime minister, Victor Orbán. For weeks he and other members of his government have been warning about the economic calamity facing Europe. “The attempts to weaken Russia have not succeeded,” he said recently. “By contrast, it is Europe that could be brought to its knees by brutal inflation and energy shortages resulting from sanctions”. This is a statement of fact, not an opinion. But nobody seems to want to listen.

In response, the technocrats in Brussels are proving to be just as senseless as national leaders. Not only is the EU’s gung-ho approach to Russia one of the main causes of the present crisis, but its leadership continues to pour petrol on the fire. Just this month, Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that “the strategy against Russia is working and must continue” — and promised new sanctions.

Even worse, the EU isn’t even doing anything to help cushion the effects of the crisis it helped create. After dropping the ridiculous proposal of capping only the price of Russian gas — which would have led to the latter’s immediate cut-off — Brussels is now mulling a cap on all gas imports, which even the German Minister of State for Europe has warned could lead to severe shortages.

The proposal also fails to take into account a basic fact: it’s not energy exporters that are ramping up the price of gas; the latter today is linked to the price at which gas is traded on virtual trading markets such as the TTF in Amsterdam, where speculators have been rallying up prices for months, making huge profits. Moreover, in today’s liberalised market, which is based on so-called marginal-cost pricing, the final price of power is set by the most expensive fuel needed to meet all demands — in this case gas. This means that as gas prices soar, so does electricity, even if cheaper, clean sources contribute to the total mix.

So, if the EU were serious about tackling about energy prices, it would decouple the price of gas from speculative trading markets and overhaul the marginal-cost pricing system. But that would go against the European technocrats’ fundamental ideology: the idea that prices should be set by markets. Indeed, the EU was among the most ardent supporters, against Putin’s advice, of the shift from long-term, fixed price gas deals to a system where the price is set by virtual trading markets.

Civil disobedience is coming

Given the unlikelihood of radical reform, what will Brussels do next? In all likelihood, it will settle for half-baked solutions — such as a cap on the excess revenues made by non-gas power plants and a windfall tax on surplus profits — as well as for what it does best: austerity. Meanwhile, the ECB, instead of announcing a new round of bond purchases to provide governments with the cash they need to cushion citizens and companies from soaring gas and energy prices, has started to taper its quantitative easing programmes and hiked interest rates, causing the spread between 10-year government bonds issued by Italy and Germany to widen to their highest levels since the pandemic began. This could easily precipitate a new debt crisis, which is the last thing Europe needs.

Without central bank support, governments in the EU have essentially been left to fend for themselves. Once again we are reminded of what it means for euro countries to have given up the power to issue their own money; it’s no coincidence that the UK alone has allocated more than 50% of what has been set aside by the EU as a whole.

This is already leading to beggar-thy-neighbour policies: those countries, such as Germany, that can rely on financial markets to raise the cash they need to help citizens and businesses, and nationalise or bail out ailing energy utilities, will inevitably outcompete weaker countries that are already facing stress on bond markets, such as Italy. In fact, this is already starting to happen, as more and more countries engage in what can only be described as energy protectionism.

In theory, Europe’s gas security is governed by a regulation adopted in 2017, which makes solidarity among European countries mandatory. But EU countries don’t always observe those rules when confronted with a supply crisis. So, for example, the Italian newspaper la Repubblica recently reported that Italy had received written notification from France’s state-controlled utility EDF regarding a potential two-year halt on power exports as part of France’s energy-saving plans. A spokesperson for Italy’s Ministry of Ecological Transition later confirmed the newspaper report, although it was denied by EDF. Similarly, Croatia and Hungary have both announced that plans to implement measures to limit exports of natural gas to neighbouring countries. While Norway, which has supplanted Russia as the EU’s largest source of gas, making gigantic profits on the back of higher gas prices, has thus refused to back a price cap on its gas exports.

Yet while moaning about such “lack of solidarity” between European states is easy, it is also naïve. This, after all, is simply how capitalism works. For all the talk of “global capitalism”, individual nations — or better, their respective capitalist elites — are still engaged in competition with each other. While the ruling classes of individual countries are more than happy to collaborate to pursue the interests of capital-in-general at the expense of workers — just look at the European Union — their competing interests inevitably re-emerge in times of crisis.

The EU, in fact, far from encouraging solidarity among countries, actually makes inter-capitalist competition even more fierce, by depriving countries of the basic economic tools that are required to deal with external shocks. It doesn’t matter if the continent is experiencing a financial crash, a global pandemic or an energy shortage. In Europe, beggar-thy-neighbour policies aren’t an exception to the rule — they are the rule.

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Fauci Retires – Vinay Prasad’s Observations and Thoughts

Source: Fauci Retires – Vinay Prasad’s Observations and Thoughts

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On Aug 22, 2022, Anthony Fauci announced he would be retiring by December of this year. Dr. Fauci was the head of NIAID for several important decades, where many great discoveries were made. His work during the George W. Bush years to help control HIV in Africa is truly worthy of praise and admiration. At the same time, his policy choices during the pandemic will ultimately define his legacy. Fauci was the architect of lockdowns; He supported school closure in 2020 (he criticized DeSantis for reopening), His stinging rhetoric against schools would keep them closed in blue districts for 18 months; He flip flopped on masks and herd immunity; He favored one size fits all booster policies and vaccine mandates; He played a role in many other major decisions. Ultimately, these actions will define his legacy far more than anything that came beforehand, simply because these decisions will affect more lives.

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A few years ago, a small anecdote went viral, during the peak of Fauci-fandom, but I didn’t see commentators put their finger on the interesting bit. Instead, a colleague called me to point it out, a few days after the post. Pls read.

The colleague said, with all due respect to Fauci, the letter contains several elements of narcissism. Fauci goes out of his way to mention that he didn’t just read 2 senior theses this year, they were theses from Harvard. He hasn’t just given a commencement address, he gives so many ‘commencement addresses’ that he likes to reuse themes. He makes a point to mention that he will be talking with the President again. The whole letter was unusual, infused with the excessive praise, which seemed both over-the-top and servile.

At the time, I didn’t think much of my colleagues comment, but as the years unfolded, I realized he was likely quite accurate. Fauci’s actions throughout the pandemic do displayed several elements of narcissism. He chose to hold onto his position as NIAID director for decades, perhaps because he liked the position’s power. News stories described him as a frequent guest at Washington insider parties. He certainly enjoys hearing himself on television, as he accepted countless invitations, perhaps hundreds or thousands.. And he agreed to more photoshoots than I can keep track of.

Dr. Anthony Fauci ditches the mask for magazine photo shoot

Narcisism is not always bad. It can help a politician have the confidence to take bold actions at trying times. But, for a scientist is is a dangerous trait. It leads one to motivated reasoning. It leads one to try to silence dissenting voices (as Fauci famously did.)

Ultimately, Fauci (aged 78-81) personally influenced the most devastating policy choices of the pandemic, mentioned above (lockdown, closure, vax mandates). In each of these instances, these choices were made far beyond evidence. A neutral scientist would have been more cautious— both for dismissing masking (in early March 2020) and for promoting it (in April 2020). A neutral scientist running NIAID would have commissioned a cluster RCT to answer the question; It takes a certain personality trait to lie (either the first or second time with respect to masks), and think that the public and media will forgive you, and you can continue to be spokesperson.

Some of Fauci’s quotes have not helped, “They’re really criticizing science because I represent science.” and “What I symbolize in an era of the normalization of untruths and lies and all the things you’re seeing going on in society, from January 6 to everything else that goes on, people are craving for consistency, for integrity, for truth.” January 6 was a terrible day in this nation’s history, but Dr. Fauci is not the symbol for truth. He has lied at least twice, per his own admission. Each one was big enough to be disqualifying.

Fauci still enjoys the position of darling of the media, including bizarre one sided pieces like this from Nature, but that will change. As time wears on, and the harms of his policy choices grow, public sentiment will shift. Many who agreed with him will forget their agreement, and all of us will remember the massive harms of school closure and lockdown. I suspect future bills will be passed for term limits at NIAID and other NIH agencies. Ultimately, Dr. Fauci remains a careful and charismatic politician, a scientist cursed by narcissism; so sure he was right, he would be unwilling to hear voices that tried to warn him, even as he led us all, off the cliff.

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CDC Walks Back “Everything”.

Links to some very eye-opening stuff. Thank you Brownstone Institute! mrossol

Source: Brownstone Institute ⋆ Open Society and Liberty

The day after the CDC decided to declare a truce in the war on Covid, the twenty somethings running Twitter still haven’t gotten the message. They are on the warpath at the behest of government.

For the first time, Twitter took after Brownstone Institute for an article by a scientist. In this remarkable piece, Carla Peeters explains that most of the symptoms of long Covid can be traced to poisoning from masks themselves. The article is technical but compelling…and Twitter has decided that it should not be seen.

It’s bizarre because Brownstone has probably run 40 articles on the topic, including the definitive list of academic studies cited the world over.

So it goes, but from the beginning we knew this would be a threat. We’ve already decentralized to build a presence on every other major platform. We’ve also unplugged from the big three as much as possible. We’ve even eschewed Google’s freebies as a way of protecting your privacy.

One war seems to end just as so many others have begun. We always knew that this was fundamentally about the Bill of Rights. Some people don’t like it. It’s as simple as that.

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Here is some content from this week.

Dr. Birx’s Fake Science Revealed in Her Own Words BY DEBBIE LERMAN. In her “excruciating story” of the pandemic, The Silent Spread, Deborah Birx does not even try to make coherent scientific or public health policy arguments in favor of the Chinese-style totalitarian measures she advocated. Instead, she provides nonsensical, self-contradictory assertions – some downright false and others long disproven in the scientific literature.

CDC Quietly Ends Differentiation on Covid Vaccination Status BY MICHAEL SENGER. CDC’s COVID-19 prevention recommendations no longer differentiate based on a person’s vaccination status

How Masking Contributes to Long Covid  BY CARLA PEETERS. A lingering disorder that can last for months or years is affecting an increasing proportion of the workforce. The symptoms that contribute to Long Covid could be a result of pandemic measures and masking in particular. Increased exposure to microplastics, nanoparticles, chemicals in masks and nasopharyngeal tests parallel many of the symptoms that define Long Covid.

Why I Signed the Great Barrington Declaration BY DONALD BOUDREAUX. The Declaration merely reminded humanity of what was until early 2020 the consensus among public-health officials, including those at the World Health Organization, of the best means of dealing with respiratory pandemics. All the GBD did, really, was to advise that long-standing consensus be regained and followed.

The Brutalization of Compassion  BY DAVID MCGROGAN.  During the Covid era, we see the same schema writ large in the responses taken by governments across the globe. For the first time in human history, the availability of mass-testing allowed us to convince ourselves that we could measure the health of the population, holistically, in real time, and to generate precise statistics permitting us to do so – right down to the last ‘case’ or ‘death’.

Did Lockdowns Turn Americans Into Lazy Bums? BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER.  If governments say that the work ethic amounts to nothing but pathogenic spread, and we can all contribute more by staying home and doing less, it’s hard to go back. It wrecked a generation. We are paying the price now.

The Disastrous High-Tech War on a Pathogen BY W. AARON VANDIVER.  If we carefully analyze each aspect of “world war” on Covid-19, we can see how each tactic and high-tech “weapon” has harmed human health, destabilized civil society, and possibly disrupted the ecological balance between the human population and the virus, while enriching private interests and empowering financially captured government regulators.

“If We Get Covid, So Be It” BY RAMESH THAKUR. Australia just elevated Covid hypocrisy to a whole new level. They arrived in Birmingham deeply troubled by the English approach to “living with the virus.” Maybe they will return home with the epiphany that in the final analysis, that is the only way to live.

The Demonization of Dissent BY MOLLY KINGSLEY. It is dangerously naive to dismiss this spike in vaccine hesitancy as the deluded actions of an indoctrinated minority of crackpots who must be brought to their senses. Denouncing parents who raise reasonable questions and challenges about risk/benefit for their children as heretic anti-vaxxers, as the public health machine in the US and UK has done repeatedly, is proving equally self-defeating.

The Cult That Took My Michael BY HANNAH GRACE. Michael lost more than two years of high school, his junior and senior years. Classes were conducted on Zoom, then later, two days per week in person, masked, and the other days on the computer. When school resumed in person, five days per week, students were masked and prohibited from sitting together at lunch and socializing normally. Fear infused every aspect of school.

Did Health Officials Enable Big Pharm to Defraud the Government? BY THOMAS HARRINGTON.  It would seem at the very least that we are looking at a clear case of highly organized lying. Whether this lying rises to the level of colluding with a corporate entity to commit fraud against the US government remains unclear.

Freedom Itself Is Gravely in Peril  BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER. We are all watching as all the things we love – the way of life that many generations have fought to protect – are being swept away. And it is happening with not nearly enough explanation or protest.

Flatten the Curve: The Song BY BROWNSTONE INSTITUTE. Is it possible that the lockdowns would inspire interesting music? Yes, there is plenty out there. Here is a sample of an album forthcoming from composer Neil Baker.

Missouri and Louisiana Attorneys General Sue the Biden Administration Over Free Speech BY BROWNSTONE INSTITUTE. The state attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana have filed suit against the Biden administration. Among the plaintiffs are Brownstone Senior Scholars Martin Kulldorff, Jay Bhattacharya, and Aaron Kheriaty who have experienced this censorship first hand. The case is joined by the New Civil Liberties Alliance and filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Monroe Division.

The Rights of the Previously Infected BY NATHAN TESKER. Suppose for the sake of argument that you accept natural immunity as equally good or better than vaccine-induced immunity in protecting from severe disease. What are the ethical consequences? Vaccinating the recovered without informing them that they don’t need it violates both the principles of informed consent and the classic medical ethic of not treating without necessity. Doses are wasted on the immune instead of saving the lives of the vulnerable in developing countries.

The Madness of Groupthink BY ROBERT MALONE.  Janis’ insights into the process of groupthink in the context of dysfunctional public policy decision making profoundly foreshadowed the behaviors observed within the HHS COVID leadership team.

Data Theft and Government Power BY JOHN MAC GHLIONN. In the United States, according to Bennett Cyphers, a technologist who focuses on consumer privacy and state legislation, data brokers have formed an unholy alliance with the country’s military, intelligence communities, and law enforcement agencies. This immense, highly secretive partnership was established for one reason and one reason only—to surveil the actions and activities of U.S. citizens.

Just How Healthy Are These Labor Markets? BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER. These troubles came about with the beginnings of lockdowns based on the outrageous presumption that “the economy” could be turned off and then turned on again. In so doing, governments privileged some and harmed others, creating a caste system based on skills and technologies, and then, eventually, vaccine status.

Humanity as Homo Ideologicus: On Hitoshi Imamura’s Theory of General Ideology BY NARUHIKO MIKADO. Anyone who is alert to our past should have noticed the ire with which the stronger have striven to silence and extinguish the weaker. It should remind us of those historical conflicts in which the party that was more powerful in number, status, and force and thus passed as righteous would later turn out to be tremendously disastrous.

Vaccines Will Not and Cannot Make this Virus Endemic. BY PIERRE KORY. While Americans across the ideological spectrum wish the president recovery, we must take this moment to acknowledge that a strategy blindly focused on vaccinations is not getting the job done.

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