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Doctor Says Physicians Are Being “Hunted” For Speaking Out by Press & Medical Boards


Dr Robert Malone, the inventor of mRNA vaccines, says he was branded a "terrorist" by the media in Italy and warns that physicians who speak out are being "hunted via medical boards and the press."

"I am going to speak bluntly," tweeted Malone. "Physicians who speak out are being actively hunted via medical boards and the press. They are trying to deligitimize and pick us off one by one. This is not a conspiracy theory – this is a fact. Please wake up. This is happening globally."

"I was labeled as a 'terrorist' in the Italian press when I was in Rome for the International COVID Summit. My crime? Advocating for early treatment of COVID-19 disease. I suggest that merits a bit of meditation," he added.

Malone is one of many doctors who have been completely persecuted merely for discussing issues relating to COVID treatments and vaccine side-effects.

He has faced fierce opposition for his assertion that children shouldn't be given COVID-19 vaccines and has also consistently highlighted concerns over links to myocarditis risk.

Those concerns are now being justified by Finland, Denmark and Sweden halting the Moderna jab for for younger males after reports of cardiovascular side effects.

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translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 6:01 am

We Can’t Sit This Out: We’re Dealing With a ‘Criminal Conspiracy’ To Usher in Global Socialism


Editor's note: The following is an essay written by Professor Douglas Farrow, which was published on Edward Pentin's site.

Jeremy Isaacs' The World at War includes an interview in which Hitler's personal secretary, Traudl Junge, reports that the Führer, in his last days, replied to a question about the future of Germany as follows: "I believe there will not any more be a National Socialist Party; the idea will die with me. But maybe in a hundred years or so there will arise another National Socialist idea, like a religion."[1]

It has not yet been a hundred years, but I begin to see what Hitler meant. From the South Pacific to the North Atlantic, even democratic countries such as Australia and Canada are rapidly going full Nazi.[2] We've been living for eighteen months now under a "health emergency" in which rule by fiat has replaced the rule of law. In Australia, rubber bullets are flying to suppress resistance to this perpetual state of exception.[3]

Who knew that constitutional rights could be suspended for such a long and indefinite period, with routine renewal of emergency powers by the same people who wield them? Who knew that this could be done in the name of Health and Safety when more people are dying as a consequence of the special measures than are dying from the health threat that putatively requires them? Who knew that to "safeguard" healthcare, the government could cancel much of it or make it difficult to access; build and staff quarantine camps instead of hospitals, when neither are needed; impose coercive mandates that violate the most basic principles of the Nuremberg Code; dismiss physicians and healthcare workers who dissent from the dirty tactics and dare to expose government lies?

The most remarkable thing, however, is the stupendous credulity that characterizes significant tracts of the population, especially in academia, where our "critical minds" are said to reside. The credulity and the cowardice; for when it comes to enrolling in the religion of fear, the universities have vied with each other to be first in line and to teach that religion to their students.

I have listened in disbelief to a mob of McGill professors demanding that the administration deny constitutionally guaranteed rights to students and colleagues who refuse their religion of fear. I have read with dismay the American Medical Association instructing its members how to manipulate patients and public opinion with dishonest language.[4] I have taken note of government psy-op activity and of media censorship.[5] Alas, I have also seen bishops and pastors, who ought to know better – who are obligated to know better – succumb to the new law of Fear and preach the new gospel of Safety, even to the closing of their churches, the coercing of fellow clergy, and the dividing of their flocks.[6]

One would think that several months with a weekly COVID-related death rate of less than one per 100,000 Canadians would have calmed this hysteria. [7] One would think that critical minds might recover their lost wits when jolted by new data showing that in Britain all-cause mortality has for some time been lower among the unvaccinated than among the vaccinated.[8] Or when shown by age-stratified data that, for the majority of people, the risks of vaccination outweigh the risks of remaining unvaccinated. Or that vaccination does not prevent infection and transmission, and that a non-sterilizing vaccine cannot do so.[9] Or that these are not vaccines in the first place, but novel gene therapy treatments with short-term efficacy at reducing symptoms, uncertain long-term dangers, and unacceptable levels of serious adverse reactions.

But no, our supposedly critical minds are baying for the blood of the unvaccinated and of any administrator who refuses to shed it through coercive mandates. Evidence of their own political, medical, and moral folly they simply refuse to consider.[10]

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translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 6:01 am

Why Won’t the US Medical Establishment “Believe Women”?


Amid rising reports of vaccine-related menstrual disruptions, the CDC and FDA are dismissing women's concerns and denying them information while corporate media pathologizes them in sexist fashion.

This August 11, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) overhauled its COVID-19 vaccine guidance for pregnant women, now "urging" them to accept their shots.

Just 23% of pregnant women in the US have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Only something like 11.1% have been fully vaccinated.

The CDC is seeking to drive these numbers up, but it is not doing the one thing that would, perhaps more than anything else, assuage the "hesitations" of these so-called "anti-vaxxers": investigate and explain widespread reports of menstrual disruption post-Covid 19 vaccine – and, if necessary, add a warning about it.

Why?

I have five female friends who, after receiving Covid-19 vaccines, experienced disruption to their menstrual cycles. Their symptoms have included hemorrhagic bleeding lasting more than a month; heavy intermittent bleeding for four months; passing golf-ball size clots of blood; and extreme cramping, serious enough to land one friend in the ER.

Most of these women are in their 20s and 30s, and at least one of them thinks she might want to have children. She now worries that her symptoms might be the harbinger of long-term fertility problems. At least two of my friends have symptoms that have not resolved. All are feminists and have throughout the years been consistent Democratic Party voters.

Other women of childbearing age have reported becoming temporarily "postmenopausal" after their second mRNA shot; conversely, women in menopause are reporting suddenly beginning to bleed again; trans men on hormone therapy have also reported sudden bleeding. Apparently, the number of vaccinated women around the world reporting alarmingly disrupted menstruation is, to be conservative, in the tens of thousands.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, does not warn women who get the shots that they may experience a disrupted menstrual cycle.

Why is this? In part because even though menstruation is sometimes called the sixth vital sign and directly implicates fertility, and the fact that women on average suffer higher rates of adverse reaction to vaccines of all sorts and medication in general, the effects of Covid vaccines on women's health specifically, including the menstrual cycle, were not studied as part of the Emergency Use Authorization process.

Impacts on menstrual cycles are, it turns out, very rarely studied in clinical vaccine trials. Stated another way, the quality of COVID-19 vaccine safety data is better for men than it is for women, yet across the country, vaccine mandates make no sex-distinction and in practicality, actually fall more heavily on majority-women industries. In this way, it could be argued, women are not being treated equally under U.S. law.

And now, despite widespread reports of post-vaccine menstrual disruption, it does not appear the CDC or FDA are taking the issue seriously. I contacted the FDA press office with specific and detailed questions about widespread reports of menstrual dysregulation after Covid vaccination. After some back and forth, an FDA spokesperson responded with an official statement:  boilerplate jibber-jabber that did not even speak to the issue of menstruation, much less state that all such reports had been investigated and dismissed.

One of my friends says, "I probably would have still gotten the vaccine, but I wish there had been research, a warning, something. My symptoms have been unpleasant and disconcerting, and it doesn't seem like public health officials care. I think the way this is being handled will haunt me forever."

Another, who is trying hard to not "freak out," says "I wish I would have known about these side effects prior to receiving the vaccine. I would have been more cautious about receiving it. I hope the FDA takes these reports seriously and warns others about these side effects – after all, safety and regulation is their main responsibility."

The fact that there is no warning, nor any urgent research into whether there should be a warning, seems jarringly sexist when you consider that the FDA has established and does warn that the mRNA Covid vaccines may cause rather trivial short-term side effects including the following: rashes, itching, hives, injection site pain, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea, vomiting; plus the recently added and potentially lethal conditions myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart), which primarily affect young men.

In other words, the FDA sees fit to warn that you might get itchy after the shot but has not deemed it important to determine, and if necessary, tell women – women who might be trying to conceive – that getting the shot could, at least in the short term, scramble their cycle.

Spare a thought for the tens of thousands of women undergoing expensive, invasive fertility treatments like egg retrieval and in vitro fertilization. According to Pew Research, about one third of all American women will undergo fertility treatment at some point. Most health insurance plans do not cover these difficult procedures, so many women pay out-of-pocket, sometimes dropping tens of thousands of dollars. Surely such female medical consumers have a right to know if an mRNA vaccine can trigger, for example, spontaneous prolonged bleeding that disrupts their reproductive efforts.

Covid-19 is a real and potentially lethal virus. I do not need to be convinced of this. And I understand that any healthy society has the right to protect itself, and relatedly, to regulate its members. I have empathy for public officials charged with weighing competing interests and having to make difficult calls in navigating this crisis. Even more, I empathize with American families doing their very best to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities, often in the face of profound and disorienting loss.

But it is also true that members of any healthy society have the right to demand that such regulations be based on trustworthy evidence and moral reason; and where such regulations implicate fundamental liberties, to demand that they are no more invasive than absolutely necessary.

The severity of COVID-19 does not negate women's need for a rigorous and trustworthy scientific appraisal of the benefits and risks they face if they accept a COVID-19 vaccine.

Women deserve an immediate and thorough investigation into reports of post-vaccine menstrual dysregulation, clear and honest explanations of the findings, medical guidance for restoring menstrual health, restitution where necessary, a redoubled commitment to the principle of informed consent moving forward, and (like everyone else) access to reasonable, clearly-communicated, non-punitive accommodations if they decline a COVID-19 vaccine at this time.

Instead, women concerned about the health effects of Covid-19 vaccines have been subjected to 1950's-style dismissals and demonization in blatantly sexist terms that stand at odds with #MeToo era calls to "believe women."

They now face the prospect of being barred from their educational institutions, prohibited from entering public accommodations, and losing their jobs unless they "choose" a medical therapy that has not even been fully approved by the Food & Drug Administration, which has left more than an insignificant number of their friends and loved ones struggling, alone, with surprise menstrual side effects, against which pharmaceutical industries enjoy a complete, multi-layered liability shield.

From a purely bioethical standpoint, this situation should be enough to give us pause, from those concerned with women's health; to those concerned about fundamental civil liberties like the right to privacy, equal protection, free association, and free speech; to those concerned about fighting "vaccine hesitancy"; to those concerned about the continued (yet threatened) legitimacy of foundational U.S. institutions. But it seems many in our political class only care about or understand the DC horse race. So let us put it in those terms: this issue will show up in 2022.

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translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 6:01 am

Empty Christmas Stockings? Blame California


The conventional wisdom from the left is that COVID is the reason that shipping containers are in the waters off California with no stevedores or truckers available to take care of them.  The implication is that if people would stop being selfish and take the vaccines, the whole problem would magically vanish.  That's nonsense.  As a couple of astute articles explain, the problem is that California has passed two laws — one for "climate change" and the other as a sop to the unions — that destroyed much of California's trucking industry.  Add in woes unique to the industry and COVID payments that discourage people from working and…voilà!…empty Christmas stockings.

Stephen Green, at PJ Media, explains some of what's going on.  As a preliminary matter, truckers are aging out of the job, and new ones aren't coming along.  Because federal law requires that truckers be at least 21, kids who leave school at 17 or 18 get involved in other careers, leaving trucker shortfalls.  Women don't offset this problem because, as is typical for most physically difficult jobs, it's not their thing.  Those are long-term problems.

The short-term problem, though, is that California has passed laws taking trucks off the road:

Twitter user Jerry Oakley reminds us that "Carriers domiciled in California with trucks older than 2011 model, or using engines manufactured before 2010, will need to meet the Board's new Truck and Bus Regulation beginning in 2020." Otherwise, "Their vehicles will be blocked from registration with the state's DMV," according to California law.

"The requirement is to purchase electric trucks which do not exist."

Sundance, at Conservative Treehouse, expands on this, explaining that the EPA reached an agreement with the California Air Resource Board

to shut down semi tractor rigs that were non-compliant with new California emission standards. [snip] In effect, what this 2020 determination and settlement created was an inability of half the nation's truckers from picking up anything from the Port of LA or Port of Long Beach. Virtually all private owner operator trucks and half of the fleet trucks that are used for moving containers across the nation were shut out.

In an effort to offset the problem, transportation companies started using compliant trucks (low emission) to take the products to the California state line, where they could be transferred to non-compliant trucks who cannot enter California.   However, the scale of the problem creates an immediate bottleneck that builds over time. It doesn't matter if the ports start working 24/7, they are only going to end up with even more containers waiting on a limited amount of available trucks.

That's Problem No. 1.

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translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 6:01 am

The Great New Normal Purge


So, the Great New Normal Purge has begun … right on cue, right by the numbers.

As we "paranoid conspiracy theorists" have been warning would happen for the past 18 months, people who refuse to convert to the new official ideology are now being segregatedstripped of their jobsbanned from attending schoolsdenied medical treatment, and otherwise persecuted.

Relentless official propaganda demonizing "the Unvaccinated" is being pumped out by the corporate and state media, government leaders, health officials, and shrieking fanatics on social media. "The Unvaccinated" are the new official "Untermenschen," an underclass of subhuman "others" the New Normal masses are being conditioned to hate.

You can see the hatred in the New Normals' eyes …

But it isn't just a purge of "the Unvaccinated." Anyone deviating from the official ideology is being systematically demonized and persecuted. In Germany, Australia, and other New Normal countries, protesting the New Normal is officially outlawedThe New Normal Gestapo is going around to people's homes to interrogate them about their anti-New Normal Facebook postsCorporations are openly censoring content that contradicts the official narrativeNew Normal goon squads roam the streets, checking people's "vaccination" papers.

And it's not just governments and corporations carrying out the New Normal Purge. Friends are purging friends. Wives are purging husbands. Fathers are purging children. Children are purging parents. New Normals are purging old normal thoughts. Global "health authorities" are revising definitions to make them conform to New Normal "science."

And so on … a new official "reality" is being manufactured, right before our eyes. Anything and anyone that doesn't conform to it is being purged, unpersoned, memory-holed, erased.

None of which should come as a surprise.

Every nascent totalitarian system, at some stage of its takeover of society, launches a purge of political opponents, ideological dissidents, and other "anti-social deviants." Such purges can be brief or open-ended, and they can take any number of outward forms, depending on the type of totalitarian system, but you cannot have totalitarianism without them.

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translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 6:01 am

How Much Is Truth Worth to You?


You come to LewRockwell.com as a seeker of truth, especially if you have been following my columns at LewRockwell.com.  You are already here reading this article because you know the truth is difficult to find these days.  Or as most people say to me, "we don't know who to believe."

In light of the fact Google recently cancelled its agreement to share click fees generated from posting its ads on the LewRockwell.com website, I ask, how much is truth worth to you?

Google's answer as to what truth is worth

I looked it up on the internet.  Google's answer to that question is some rapper who calls himself "Trae Tha Truth" has a net worth of $400,000.  That is Google's answer as to how much truth is worth.  Google's answer is, of course, irrelevant but predictable,  as it is obviously being managed by bots.

And Google is worse than being irrelevant.  Google is a public electronic roadway to finding the truth that is in the business of censoring the truth.  Google is like driving an automobile on a highway and all the road signs take you to the wrong place.  And you won't find that out till you get there.  Frankly, you might be dead before you get to your destination.

Today's truth

Would it be valuable for you to know a present truth, an actionable truth, like I shared at LewRockwell.com on February 18 of 2021 when I reported the amino acid lysine, available as an inexpensive dietary supplement, is a safe, effective and economical (10-cent) antidote or preventive against most viruses, herpes, influenza, and coronaviruses like COVID-19?

Of course, this truth is valuable, and that report resulted in an online crowd searching for sources of lysine pills.  It generated a shared profit to LewRockwell.com as the conveyor of that news.  Enough to keep LR.com operational.

A past truth

Or it might be valuable to learn a truth from the past.  I just submitted to LR.com a current report about a forgotten remedy that prevents and/or treats heart attacks, originally posted at LR.com on January 28, 2010 and now 11 years later, confirmed by current research.

This report reveals a truth, that statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are not only worthless (don't prevent mortal heart attacks) and problematic (they increase the risk for diabetes and cataracts), but a simple natural remedy (chondroitin sulfate, sold in health shops for joint pain) convincingly eradicates heart disease, without all the doctoring.  How much would that be worth to you?

A future truth

Or let's try some future truth.  Sometimes we can prognosticate an upcoming but unwelcome truth.  The anticipated approval of a drug regimen of ten pills taken over a 5-day period can literally bring to zero the number of deaths from COVID-19 and halve the risk of being hospitalized, which means the American public doesn't need to be immunized with an RNA or DNA-altering vaccine that isn't providing lasting immunity anyway.

We just let nature take its course, natural immunity being many times more effective than vaccination, and if we do become terribly sick we can take the new drug.  All of the unnecessary vaccination can be eliminated and had this drug been available throughout the course of the pandemic announced in March of 2020, only the 44 million Americans with laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19 would have now taken this new pill, and be gone with the needles!

The news media doesn't want you thinking for yourself and getting ahead of the story.  Let me say it another way: competition within Big Pharma may eliminate the need for vaccines altogether!  We won't need to vaccinate kids and just allow natural immunity to run its course, and for those who do become severely ill, we give them these new pills.  Big Pharma has met it worst enemy – itself.  The truth will certainly set you free from Big Pharma!

Upon examination, a presumed truth is a falsehood

Or just maybe there are reports that expose presumed truths, like my report that documents face masks don't work.  Believe it or not, face masks don't even lower infection rates in surgical suites where open wounds are directly exposed to airborne pathogenic bacteria or viruses!

Unless the public understands the gravity of this development, Big Pharma will keep selling the public problematic RNA/DNA vaccines AND the new pills.  There are 40 more of these anti-viral pills in the pipeline to treat influenza, herpes, HIV, hepatitis, etc.  Bye-bye hypodermic needles!

It certainly would be valuable for you to know all this now that employers and government demand you get vaccinated or lose your job.  But the vaccine game will be over the day the FDA approves this new pill.  Once there is an approved drug, all of the emergency-use permits for these experimental vaccines will be nullified and will come to a crashing halt.

Only your knowledge of this will apply pressure for modern medicine to halt all the mandated vaccinations that have now made our kids the sickest in the developed world.

Hypocritical Truths

And just to understand how falsehoods are maintained while the wool is being pulled over your eyes, wouldn't it be worth knowing that pediatricians who insist vaccines are absolutely needed for our kids to remain healthy, don't always vaccinate their own children!  What hypocrites!

Value of truth: for starters, worth $38 trillion

Or how about a truth that has been concealed for a long time, that humans can live much longer and healthier than ever imagined.  How much would that be worth?

My report published at LR.com on Aug. 19, 2021, indicated the answer to that question is $38 trillion just to add 1-year to life expectancy.  (FYI: that is larger than the national debt.).

But that is a societal benefit.  What would it be worth for you to learn that humans are only living one-third as long as they were originally designed to live due to a gene mutation that nixed our ability to make vitamin C internally?  And what would it be worth to you to learn how to repair that gene mutation and restore endogenous synthesis of vitamin C via another simple secret modern medicine doesn't want you to know about?  (As reported a LR.com on Nov. 15, 2018)

Listen to truth rather than read about it

Now if you want to listen to the truth rather than read about it, from a source that has more credentials than I, then you might want to listen to this blockbuster report at LR.com: WINNING THE WAR AGAINST THERAPEUTIC NIHILISM by Dr. Peter McCullough.

Now let's smash censorship

We CAN smash Google's censorship!  We do it by continued learning of what is true and what is not, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  We do it by putting many of these truths into practice, whether they be lysine, vitamin C or D, resveratrol, etc.

Your valuation

Now, now, if all of the above truths are deemed to be worth anything to you, before the federal government takes your money out of your bank and ushers in digital "bank" accounts managed directly by the US Treasury Department that will certainly decline any donations to LewRockwell.com, you have opportunity to donate a few dollars to keep the truth factory at LR.com going.  That is why I and others donate our time to writing for the good of all.  Keep the flame of truth burning.  Do it now!

Now in tangible terms, you tell me how valuable truth is to you.

As a wrap-up, I share a story borrowed from GotQuestions.org.

There's a story about a man who lived in Paris who had a stranger from the country come see him. Wanting to show the stranger the magnificence of Paris, he took him to the Louvre to see the great art and then to a concert at a majestic symphony hall to hear a great symphony orchestra play. At the end of the day, the stranger from the country commented that he didn't particularly like either the art or the music. To which his host replied, "They aren't on trial, you are."

The truth is on trial.  You are in the jury.  The jury is to determine a financial award.  How much is truth worth?   $25 donation to LR.com would be a good start and aggregately we could build a stockpile of capital to ensure truth has a future.

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translate | 16 Oct 2021 | 6:01 am

Vaxx Skullduggery Exposed


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Why Smart People Are Stupid


What convinces masses are not facts, and not even invented facts, but only the consistency of the system of which they are presumably part.

–          Hannah Arendt

Why is it that when you offer facts, even the most intelligent will look at you with a blank stare….

John Waters wrote a piece on Substack, Covid Totalitarianism: The Deification of Error.  In it, he examines the work of Belgian psychologist Dr. Mattias Desmet, who, as he describes, "may be the most articulate voice on the most clear and present danger facing us: the mob-baiting now being pursued by formerly democratic governments."  Desmet is a professor of Clinical Psychology at Ghent University in Belgium.  He holds both a master's degree and PhD in clinical psychology, and a master's degree in statistics.

Waters' piece is very long…and worth reading in its entirety.  He also includes three videos of Desmet, of which he finds the first most valuable (and the only one I watched; it is also worthwhile).  I will try not to make this post equally as long, only touching on some key points…I hope.  All references are from the essay; none directly from the video.

Desmet describes that the majority of the world's population has fallen under a kind of a spell – not literally a spell, but what he calls a "mass formation," a term first used by French philosopher Gustave Le Bon late in the nineteenth century in his book The Psychology of Crowds.

Individual personality disappears, replaced by group sentiment; brain activity is replaced by reflex.  These changes may produce better or worse outcomes, but usually worse – such groups are "generally disposed to destruction."

'The ascendancy of crowds,' wrote Le Bon, 'indicates the death throes of a civilisation.' The upward climb to civilisation is an intellectual process driven by individuals; the descent is a herd in stampede. 'Crowds are only useful for destruction.'

It is this that we see today – throughout the West certainly – in size and scope never before seen in recorded history.  What is interesting is that Le Bon describes, over 125 years ago, that which he saw occurring in his time and that which is overtly obvious today.  The causes are twofold: destruction of common religious, political, and social beliefs, and the creation of entirely new forms of existence due to modern discoveries.

Enough of Le Bon.  What of Desmet?  He sees the strange situation – people indifferent to their own suffering, and certainly to the suffering of their fellow man (talk of increased suicides, drug and alcohol addition, etc., and get a blank stare).  Loss of freedoms, loss of work, loss of human contact.  Everything is closed out and sacrificed except that which has attracted the group's single focus.

Being educated in statistics as well as psychology, Desmet early on understood that the numbers don't add up.  His training and study in psychology led him to conclude that the whole point was to drive the crowd toward this phenomenon of mass formation.  His fear wasn't the virus.  It was the inevitable move toward totalitarianism.

Four conditions must be met to enable this mass formation: a large presence of socially isolated individuals – this described as the most important; second, a large number of people who lack sense-making in their lives; third, lots of free-floating anxiety – anxiety not connected to a mental representation; fourth, free-floating psychological discontent – anger and frustration aimed at…they don't know what, exactly.  And you need mass media.  And, as Waters adds, the media must be corruptible.

These conditions were all in place prior to covid.  All that was left was for these to be aimed at one specific event, one cause that would set the wheels in motion.  As my own aside: the fear of terrorism was not personal enough; to make it more personal, we needed to be instilled with a fear of breathing.

Now mesmerized, the mass has meaning and purpose – that which they lacked is now offered to them.  A new, bogus, solidarity is offered.  It doesn't matter the absurdity of the narrative: Desmet offers, "The more absurd a narrative is the better it functions as a ritual."

Further, politicians once again can become true leaders – and the move toward totalitarianism, desired by the mass and the politicians, is in full form.  This embrace by the masses is required for totalitarianism, unlike simple despotic dictatorships where the masses understand well the enemy.

These circumstances combine to ensure that people don't want to go back to the 'old normal'. This is important: Many among the mesmerised do not want their prior meaningless lives back.

But unless there is something else offered to fill their void, there is no possibility that they will let go of the narrative.  In the meantime, camps quickly divide into friends and foes – friends cleaved to, and foes excoriated, banished, destroyed.

Desmet offers an interesting point: only 30 percent are hypnotized.  About 40 percent are just going along with the crowd.  The last 30 percent are those who are not hypnotized, who try to speak out, who resist; this group has some underlying ideological outlook.  Unfortunately, this last group is heterogeneous and disunited.  If they could unite, the whole thing would come to an end.

My observation: this explains why the forces of the state want to crush every move of joining together in dissent.  Who dares attend a political rally against the current narratives?  Yet feel free to march in a pride parade, loot downtown Portland, or fire the unvaxxed.  Even speaking out at local school board meetings is now considered domestic terrorism.

Returning to Desmet.  Intelligence is no guarantor of resistance to this hypnosis: "In mass formation, highly intelligent, highly educated people become exactly as intelligent as everybody else in the masses — everybody becomes equally intelligent, which usually means extremely stupid, in the masses."

We each have had this experience.  We are dumbfounded by the stupidity of our highly intelligent and (normally) rational friends, colleagues, and family members in the face of facts and counter-arguments.

We ought not to approach our fellows in this condition with the mindset that we might change their minds. That is folly indeed.

Yet, Desmet offers, we must continue to speak out – but be careful to choose our moments.  This is the only way to break the link to free-floating anxiety – in this case, regarding the virus.  Certainly, there is also the middle 40 percent – those who are just going along with the crowd.  They may just need to hear that there is a counter-narrative.

Waters, through Desmet, continues with some examination of the work of German philosopher Hannah Arendt and her book The Origins of Totalitarianism.  These comments – like the entire piece – are worth reviewing.

Now we may be at or approaching the most difficult phase of the totalitarian thinking process: when the mob, like an attack dog, awaits the instruction to go for its designated enemy.

The mass requires an enemy.  First it was the virus; now it is those who don't buy into the entire narrative – from the virus, to the masks, to the jab.  This bonds the mass further, adding to their newfound meaning in life.

This, says Desmet, gives rise to a 'mental intoxication', providing a 'new deeply fundamental type of satisfaction for a human being'.  Under mass formation, people become 'radically intolerant of dissonant voices', while at the same time being 'radically tolerant' of their lying leaders.

This usually only stops after much destruction – crowds are always "intrinsically delf-destructive."  The only way this comes to a positive end is if those in the mass discover the underlying reasons for their dissatisfactions and find a new, positive, meaning.  But once the mass emerges, people are not easily moved to take on such a search.

When a society reaches the point of transgressing all ethical limits, there are no longer any guarantees. We must not be in any doubt as to the suggestibility of our neighbours. If we doubt that it could go much further, he warns, we should consider how far it has gone already.

The objective for those who are outside of this mass hypnosis is to find a way for the story to survive and to find a way to survive outside the system "for a few years."  At some point, the masses will wake up.  Then what?

"Then they kill their leaders."

I think they will also want to kill those who, all along, have been telling them that the narrative is bogus – that they lived a deadly lie.  They won't want to be reminded of this, and every time they see you – even if you never say "I told you so" – you will be a reminder to them of this.

Conclusion

Society, he says, was being prepared for such a narrative for a long time. For centuries, the dominant view of man has been a mechanistic-materialist view: Man is a machine, a little part of the larger machine of the universe — 'that is the ideology that has prepared the world for mass formation, and for connecting all our anxiety to a mechanistic-materialist organism such as a virus.'

While it is barely touched on in the essay or video, it is clear that the root cause is the death of God in the Western mind.  There is no higher purpose or meaning to our being, because we are nothing more than the product of random atoms smashing together randomly.

Epilogue

Desmet has so far emerged as the most interesting voice on the Covid totalitarian play, discoursing brilliantly on mass psychology and how it might be manipulated. [Jordan] Peterson has adhered to the continuing Combine-enforced omertà.

The best way to describe omertà:

You must never betray the secrets of this society, observing the ancient tradition of omertà. The penalty for violating this law is death.

–          Michael Corleone

This is quite true about Peterson.  Yet, he finally came out with a video on this topic, a discussion with John Anderson from Australia – a place with as draconian a set of tyrannical abuses as anywhere on earth.  In other words, a place more than any other that should open the eyes of those truly interesting in answering the question.

I give Peterson, at best, a grade of "C" for his performance: no one should be forced to take the vaccine; there has been a forceful clamp-down on dialogue; Biden's 80-million-person so-called mandate might cause some real pushback.  But none of this forcefully questioned.

Beyond this, the conversation addressed or questioned nothing of importance, and when it strayed in that direction, the answers were mainstream narrative.  And Peterson's obligatory "we shouldn't fall into conspiracy theories" was thrown in several times, for effect.

Maybe I will change the grade to a "D."

Reprinted with permission from Bionic Mosquito.

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Mass Death Ahead


Universal suffrage finally came to South Africa in 1994. Not everyone cheered. Many whites hoarded beans, rice, rusks, canned protein, candles and gasoline, etc. They expected societal breakdown, if not mass violence committed by blacks in retribution.

Thousands of whites emigrated, but, this is often overlooked, thousands also returned from overseas, so the "chicken run" was balanced out by repatriation. Foreigners also arrived to join the Rainbow Nation. Here in Cape Town, I've met two Americans who are still here, though their children have left.

Chicken Licken is a South African fast-food chain. Founded in 1981 by the son of a Greek immigrant, it has 259 branches in two countries. In 2010, it aired a classic ad that begins with a snapshot of suburban tranquility. We see a pleasant house in Krugersdorp boasting a landscaped front yard, date palm, arbored entrance, stone chimney and handsome muntined windows. Its fence is low, with no razor or electric wires above it.

A young male voice narrates, "In 1994, we moved from our house in Oranje Street, number 30, to our new home, under Oranje Street, number 30." From warm, natural light, we shift into a darker world that's blueishly lit. Long rows of steel shelves hold boxes, bags and cans of food. Brilliantly cast, a ghostly pale, moon faced boy with a bowl haircut seems incredulously at his new abode. A thick steel door slams shut.

"Whenever I asked pa why we moved down here, he'd just say, 'Don't be silly. Go play outside!' Of course, there's no outside. As the boy hugs a ball while running around a pole in a tight circle, his mom tells him to go back inside! It's too dangerous outside, you see, even when there's no outside.

"But life in our new home was very fine… for a while." The mother is shown lounging beneath several lamps, with an electric fan behind her. She's sunning herself at a mental beach, to the strumming of an electric ukulele.

As soul sapping boredom sets in, they become zombie like. Dead eyed, the boy throws a ball repeatedly against a wall. He presses the vacuum cleaner hose against his mouth or cheek. Their meals always feature Vienna sausages. They welcome a baby girl into their tiny, suffocating universe. We see her blowing out two candles on a Vienna sausage cake.

"We lived there for 16 years, 9 months and 5 days." Finally, their food runs out, so the father has to emerge to look for some. After three days, he's still not back, so the son has to go find him. With a backpack and bush hat, the young man laces up his boots with trepidation.

Above is a cheery Chicken Licken franchise, next to the old date palm. He comes out through the garbage can to a heavenly chorus, "Gloria… Gloria…" Basking in the normalcy of it all, his face is angelic. Suddenly, he sees his pa at a Formica table, pigging out and looking guilty. Golden fried chicken fills the final shot, "IF YOU HAVEN'T TRIED IT, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?"

In 2010, it's easy to laugh at the hysteria of 1994, but some of it had been justified. A lot depended on where you were. By 2010, over 3,000 white farmers had been killed by blacks. It's a problem that's especially serious in the eastern, more Zulu-dominated provinces, such as Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

In the three Cape provinces, it was less of a problem. Cape Town based J. M. Coetzee, though, has seared us with the horrific black-on-white gang rape in his 1999 novel, Disgrace.

Coetzee also describes "cardboard-and-iron shanties clustered on the fairways of the golf course." Shacks and tents have certainly become common all over Cape Town. Bits of the black townships have encroached into civic spaces and formerly all-white neighborhoods.

Many ramshackle dwellings or just ragged people sleeping on the ground can be found outside the Castle of Good Hope or Saint Mary's Cathedral. The Grand Parade opposite City Hall has turned into a third-world bazaar, with shoppers rummaging through steel bins for used clothing.

Coetzee is off, though, with this prediction, "Inexorably, he thinks, the country is coming to the city. Soon there will be cattle again on Rondeborsch Common; soon history will have come full circle." Cape Town hasn't devolved that far yet.

An Oriental immigrant tells me Cape Town has gone steadily downhill through his two decades here, yet he won't go anywhere, for he still loves this sophisticated beauty. Plus, can you deny that the US, UK, Australia or France, for example, hasn't suffered maybe even worse decline?

On his cellphone, the Oriental man shows me a party of whites dining in rococo splendor at some country mansion. "They get there by helicopter," he chuckles.

Coetzee taught at the University of Cape Town in Rondeborsch. As with college neighborhoods everywhere, political statements are common, so I wasn't surprised to see anti-Covid vaccine fliers there.

Threatened by the Coronavirus, a sweating man crawls towards a carrot dangling over a skull-filled gully, with a false bridge over it. "NEW NORM," says a sign. "We're In This Together," mutter the skulls.

From above, there are three messages, "Almost there!" "…And The Next VARIANT…" "It's JUST For Two Weeks!"

On the N1 Freeway, I'm behind a car with a large sign in its back window, "I SAY NO THE EXPERIMENTAL."

In 2 ½ months in Cape Town, I've taken Uber just three times. Two of those drivers told me about Covid vaccine deaths.

Shaun, a Mozambican immigrant, told me about his 23-year-old friend. Vaccinated on Friday, he felt unwell so went to a clinic on Saturday, where he was assured he was fine. Sunday, he went to a private doctor and, again, was told there was nothing wrong with him. On Monday, he died.

"Before he was vaccinated, we even joked about vaccine passports. He said, 'If we don't have vaccine passports, who will buy food for us?' We were laughing about it."

"If he had any doubts about the vaccine, why did he get it?"

"Many companies require you to get it."

"So he had no choice."

"No choice."

"And you can't even sue them!"

"No, you can't sue them."

"What will happen to his wife and children?! You said he was only 23. Did he have a wife and children?"

"Yes."

The other anti-Covid vaccine driver was from Burundi. One of his country's leading intellectuals had just died, he said, after being vaccinated. During my ride, he got a call from a fellow Burundian, and they discussed this shocking death.

No way in hell would he be vaccinated, he said. "They're trying to kill people! They want to get rid of us." On his phone, he found an anti-Covid vaccine video to show me. "See? He makes sense."

With his phone already out, he also showed me photos of his family, "My wife. My son. He's sixteen-years-old."

"Good looking kid! Very manly!"

Justly proud, he smiled. Then, "Today is my 50th birthday! You're my last customer. Now, I go home and have a nice braai!"

"And some beer!"

"Yes, and some beer!"

Castle Lager and Castle Milk Stout are both healing, and cheap. Slightly burnt meat is nice, too, and straight talk. Normality is soothing.

When I came here in early August, there was only one silly Covid related rule, no alcohol takeouts on weekends, but that's been lifted, so life's almost 100% normal. Most people still wear masks, because that's the rule, but many have their nose sticking out.

It's sad to see masked kids in school playgrounds. What crime we complicit adults are committing against children.

As for social distancing, you can shove that unlubricated uptightness up your misanthropic ass.

Me, I'm never happier than in a packed taxi van. For less than a buck, I can ride where I please!

In one, though, I found this most preposterous sign, "COMMUTE SAFELY DURING COVID-19 […] Avoid touching surfaces […] Keep distance in queues […] Avoid contact with other passengers […] Only travel when necessary […]"

It's almost impossible to avoid touching other passengers inside a taxi van. Your average worker, then, will have plenty of contact with surfaces and other passengers at least 12 times a week.

When Covid broke out in January of 2020, I was in Laos, and since then, I've been to Vietnam, South Korea, Serbia, North Macedonia, Lebanon, Egypt, Albania, Montenegro and, now, South Africa. Nowhere did I have to endure a lockdown, though it was technically in place for two weeks in Lebanon. So lamely enforced, it didn't cramp me.

Lockdowns weren't necessary, I realized, for life went on everywhere I went. Nearly each day, I ate and drank in crowded cafes and restaurants, and walked or rode buses among the masses. Also, an extended lockdown in Albania, Lebanon, Egypt or South Africa would have triggered massive social unrest, since their economies were already so precarious.

Even in richer countries, though, lockdowns inflict tremendous economic harms, so why has it been enforced so ruthlessly in so many places? Vaccine passports and mass layoffs of the unvaccinated are also wrecking economies. None of this makes sense until you realize many governments are not just trying to cripple, but kill their own people.

With the first wave of Covid, it was knocking off the old in nursing homes. Now, it's the culling of the young through bogus vaccines.

They've been talking about overpopulation for decades, with too many people wrecking the planet with their plastic bags, flushing toilets, plane travels, eating, drinking, breeding or just living, in short, so seven billion must be trimmed to less than two, at least. There are too many lights on all the time, too many plastic knives, polyester scrunchies, cans of baked beans and Styrofoam cups of coffee.

Nothing about the Covid vaccine makes sense. If it's so safe, why would thousands of nurses rather lose their jobs than being jabbed? Battling Covid for a year and a half, they should know better than anybody what's what.

Why are the most vaccinated countries, such as Israel, experiencing new Covid outbreaks? Why did Vietnam suffer almost no Covid deaths until it started jabbing people with American vaccines? Pfizer just donated a million doses to that foolish government, by the way.

Though a vaccine is supposed to immunize you against a specific disease, the Covid ones destroy your natural immunity, to make you more susceptible to Covid! Isn't that a sick joke, at your expense.

Seeing through all this, commenters such as Mike Whitney, Paul Craig RobertsDel Bigtree and James Howard Kunstler all expect a very dark winter ahead, as the wokingly vaxxed keel over by the millions.

Since I'm in the southern hemisphere, spring has just begun. Up and down Kloof Street, the cafes and restaurants are packed, and the shelves at my local supermarket, Checkers, are always overflowing. At Hartlief Deli, I can eat a great, cheap breakfast at the counter, then buy some Schwarzbrot and biltong spread to take home. Its lively atmosphere always cheers me up. Unlike in Paris, Rome or Amsterdam, there are no protests here. Once again, I'm blessed with normalcy, and it feels good.

Is the US, say, more threatened than South Africa in 1994? Aren't all its wheels falling off? How fitting, then, that it has another clown as president.

Impotent, citizens can only try to save their own asses by stocking up on rice, beans and Vienna sausages. Even those who can afford to emigrate don't know where to go, for isn't America still number one, with the rest of the world mostly a dangerous or filthy mess? So suckered, many still wait for the second coming of Trump!

On April 5th, 1994, the Los Angeles Times quoted a South African doctor who gave his reasons for leaving, "Political uncertainty and violence. Worrying about getting shot and killed. Worrying about getting hijacked. Worrying about the kids… We finally both woke up one morning and said, 'We've had enough.'"

Michael Treisman then moved to Saint Louis. A quick web search shows that he's still there, working at Mercy Hospital. Saint Louis' murder rate is already nearly twice that of Johannesburg, however, and about the same as Cape Town. At least the doctor has a second home.

Political violence, loss of all basic rights, fear of losing your mind and despair at seeing your kids satanically brainwashed. This dark winter, billions will more than realize they've had enough.

As published at Unz Review and Smirking Chimp, 10/14/21.

Reprinted with the author's permission.

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A Formula for Understanding


CP+MSM=T

Say there, Friend…have you been searching for an answer to 'What the hell is going on?' Do you find yourself saying repeatedly "This doesn't make any sense!" Or using 'WTF?' in your business letters and Mother's Day cards? Understanding the simple formula above can solve the problem.

CP stands for the Cloward-Piven Strategy, a 1966 political concept conceived by two American sociologists, Richard Cloward and Frances Piven (who also led an active activist life moonlighting from their gig at Columbia U.). The idea was based on their belief lotsa folks eligible for Welfare bennies weren't getting their spot at the public-provided trough. To resolve that tragedy, they needed to foment a sign-up campaign so large, the sheer numbers would blow the doors off the administrating agencies, creating a crisis so big, it would shake awake the DC bureaucrats and emotionally driven Democrats, always sensitive to trading Boo-Hoos and Temper Fits for votes, government expansion, involvement, and dependency.

Being 1966, with the Ds in charge of everything, this was like mainlining catnip to Tabby!

Cloward-Piven "proposed to create a crisis in the current welfare system – by exploiting the gap between welfare law and practice – that would ultimately bring about its collapse and replace it with a system of guaranteed annual income. They hoped to accomplish this end by informing the poor of their rights to welfare assistance, encouraging them to apply for benefits and, in effect, overloading an already overburdened bureaucracy." – Michael Reisch, "The Road Not Taken"

'Cloward-Piven' became so popular in its simplicity and effectiveness, it morphed into a cliché. Its successful application is evidenced by the sheer volume of mind-numbing issues cascading over News consumers.'. Consider the permanent 'COVID' pandemic, vaccines, 'variants', mandates, the Afghanistan debacle, China, Russia, the southern border invasion of illegal immigrants, murders, riots, the economy, weak US labor data, inflation, recession, rising taxation, economic populism, collapsing supply chains, shortages and delays, soaring energy and food prices, CRT, public schools, social media censorship and the drumbeat of more appalling laws and regulations being schemed in the backrooms of Washington – everything happening concurrently. Who can comprehend it?

You can't.

That's the goal of the Cloward-Piven Strategy: Overwhelm to Overthrow.

Comprehension is not required.

The popular abbreviation, MSM (Main Stream Media), represents the necessary partner with those administrating the C-P Strategy. One could argue overwhelming government agencies commandeering the burgeoning Welfare State would have been accomplished eventually with typical political hubris, the unrelenting tenacity of Democrats, and vanishing principles of Republicans. However, that would have consumed more time than the Elite's Timekeepers could allow.  The surprise election of Donald Trump ignited such panic within Deep State,  Swamp Things had to turbocharge their implementation of CP+MSM=T, an understatement easily supported by a pantload of yellow journalism.

When combined, C-P + MSM manifest the unholy matrimony between the political entities administering the C-P strategy and public conditioning by a weaponized MSM; to inundate an ignorant and apathetic populace with a perpetual torrent of incomprehensible disinformation and outright lies. Thanks to Alt Media, the Public gradually caught on to many of the lies, smears, and 'fake news' tactics but by then, the damage was done. Perpetrators, 'empowered' by the ease with which they pulled off their coup, were already on to bigger and badder things. 'Disrupting' and 'overwhelming' programs, policies and a Presidential election became mere playthings; the entire concept of America, a Constitutionally-Limited Government instituted to protect the unalienable Rights of Citizens was "oh-so-1776!"! It must be transformed.

The events of just the last 12 months are sufficient to understand the " T" in our formula.

Tyranny. While the "T" word still gets derisive scoffs and snorts among the Raised Pinky set of the 99%, Liberal/Progressives policies championed by controlling Dems and marketed by their PR agencies embedded in the MSM, are eagerly marching the country down the one-way highway to Tyranny, the elimination of Freedom, to the point of not just 'ruling', but 'owning' us.

Resistance thus far has been sadly underwhelming.

Official Knee-Jerk Responses to public revelations of this campaign –  "Unacceptable!", "Outrageous!", "Unconstitutional!", "UnAmerican!" – are transparent expressions of defeat, not the full-throated retaliation required. Where is the battle plan with specific recommendations for a counter-attack to defend and preserve the Republic? While there may be some cynically accurate answers, defeating the Cloward-Piven Strategy requires an equal and opposite reaction with identical operating principles and goals: a passionate, overwhelming and consistent response that nullifies the anti-freedom programs and policies incrementally established for the last 100 years.

All that's needed is solving for X  in  L = X where L is Leadership and X is Who?

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