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Keith Haring Untitled 1983


Overweight, Obese Americans Make Up 8 in 10 Covid Hospitalizations (F.)
Mutant COVID Strains In Florida, New York Threaten US Recovery – BofA (ZH)
Covid Outbreak In BC Care Home Where Residents, Staff Already Vaccinated (CBC)
Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather Without Masks – CDC (AP)
CDC About To Be Canceled By Google and Facebook for COVID Heresy (Black)
US Says Russia-Backed Outlets Spread Covid Vaccine ‘Disinformation’ (CNBC)
Propaganda About ‘Vaccine Disinformation’ Is Just Another Russiagate (Malic)
Pfizer Seeks Sovereign Assets As Collateral For Vaccine Injury Lawsuits (TN)
Brazil Supreme Court Ruling Annuls Ex-President Lula’s Convictions (RT)
UK Supported Coup In Bolivia To Gain Access To Its ‘White Gold’ (DUK)
The Prophet Of The Trump Era (Taibbi)
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Kaboom (Kunstler)
The Past Is Another Country – Enforcing Orthodoxy (Lawrence)
The Self-silencing Majority (Bari Weiss)



People say the Burger King International Women’s Day campaign “backfired”. But I’m thinking: look at all the free publicity they’re getting.




Burger King gets a lot more attention than the president.




Where’s the huge nationwide campaign to prevent this?

Overweight, Obese Americans Make Up 8 in 10 Covid Hospitalizations (F.)

Nearly 8 in 10 people who were hospitalized for coronavirus were either overweight or obese, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Monday, which also found a higher body mass index is associated with serious coronavirus outcomes, such as hospitalization, being placed on a ventilator and even death. The study found obese patients with BMIs higher than 30 made up about half of all coronavirus hospital admissions between March and December of 2020. Overweight patients, or people with BMIs higher than 25 but lower than 30, accounted for 28.3% of hospitalized coronavirus patients during the same time frame.

Researchers also found an association between BMI and patients requiring admission to an intensive care unit, invasive mechanical ventilation and death, especially in people aged 65 and older. According to the CDC, obesity may contribute to serious coronavirus illness because excess weight impairs lung function and may also disrupt the body’s immune system. The CDC study looked at 71,491 coronavirus patients who tested positive for the virus during emergency room or inpatient visits at 238 American hospitals that tracked patients’ height and weight. 42.4%. That’s how much of the U.S. population is considered obese based on BMI, according to a 2018 CDC study, the most recent of its kind.

Black and Hispanic Americans, whose communities have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, are also more likely to live with obesity. Nearly 40% of Black adults reported having a BMI of higher than 30, followed by Hispanics (33.8%) and Whites (29.9%), according to CDC data from 2017-2019. Last week, the World Obesity Federation released a study based on Johns Hopkins University data that found “a dramatic correlation” between obesity rates and international death rates. Countries like the U.S. and U.K, where more than half of the population is classified as either overweight or obese, see more deaths per capita. Meanwhile, Vietnam, the country with the world’s lowest coronavirus death rate, has an adult obesity rate of only 18.3%, the second-lowest globally.

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Because bankers are experts on diseases.

Mutant COVID Strains In Florida, New York Threaten US Recovery – BofA (ZH)

Dr. Fauci and other health experts are warning about the prospect of a “4th wave” of COVID infections as mutated strains of the virus comprise a growing share of new COVID infections in the US, even as the JNJ one-shot vaccine promises to accelerate the pace of vaccinations. Worries about spreading mutant strains are being amplified by research showing that B.1.1.7 (first identified in the UK, also known as the “Kent” strain, after where it was first isolated and identified) might be on the cusp of becoming the most prevalent strain in the US. According to research cited in a note published Monday by a team of researchers at BofA, Florida is on the cusp of seeing the UK variant become the “dominant” strain in the state.

And although hospitalizations, new cases and deaths have slowed in the Sunshine State, researchers are concerned that the variants are slowing the ebb of the pandemic in the state – and could possibly supercharge it. Cases and hospitalizations are still slowing in the state, just not as quickly as they were in January. The team of analysts at BofA said these trends have raised concerns about Florida becoming a bellwether state for the spread of the new variants, which many fear could surge as states from Texas to Connecticut move to loosen at least some (or in Texas’s case, practically all) virus-related restrictions. The fact that the state’s positivity ratio has declined since the start of the year suggests that the virus truly is receding (in other words, the lower case numbers aren’t due to solely to a pullback in testing).

Perhaps counterintuitively, the analysts at BofA are worried that the UK variant might not be as dominant in Florida as they believe. They also gamed out two additional scenarios that they said would lead to a greater outlook. “We see three possible explanations for Florida’s continued improvement. First, the spread of the new variant might not be as far along as estimated. So the old variant might still be contracting off a much larger base, while the new variant is growing off a small base. This would not be good news as it would suggest an imminent increase in cases as the new variant continues to spread.

Second, vaccines might be more effective at containing the virus than we thought, by making both vaccinated people and their close contacts less vulnerable. This would be good news because the cumulative effect of vaccines should increase quickly as the roll-out gains momentum. The third explanation, which is least likely in our view, is that the B.1.1.7 variant is significantly less contagious than widely estimated. This would probably be the best news of all.”

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Covid Outbreak In BC Care Home Where Residents, Staff Already Vaccinated (CBC)

A new outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at the Cottonwoods Care Centre in the Interior Health region where staff and residents had already received vaccines, B.C’s provincial health officer announced Monday. In a live news conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said being vaccinated doesn’t mean transmission will be stopped and that precautions must remain in place for seniors and care homes. “You can have transmission even when people are fully vaccinated,” she said. “The illness seems to be milder and doesn’t transmit as much [and we] won’t see rapid explosive outbreaks.”

Two staff members and 10 residents have tested positive at the Cottonwoods long-term care facility in Kelowna which has 221 publicly-funded beds. Henry said that all staff and residents at the home were offered immunizations and that there was very high uptake of the vaccine. She said some of the cases were among people who had received two doses of the vaccine. “This serves to remind us that while we are confident is very effective and prevents severe illness and death it doesn’t necessarily mean that all transmission will be stopped.” Henry added the province will give new guidance by the end of month that will allow for increased visits at long-term care centres.

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The CDC is on a roll: fresh from reporting that facemasks prevent 1.32% of infections, ignores outbreaks like the one in BC, and also ignores the WHO stating we have no idea if vaccines reduce transmission.

But let us, in turn, NOT ignore how dangerous it is to discriminate against people who are simply not infected.

Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather Without Masks – CDC (AP)

Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way — in a single household — with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the guidance Monday. The guidance is designed to address a growing demand, as more adults have been getting vaccinated and wondering if it gives them greater freedom to visit family members, travel, or do other things like they did before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world last year.

“With more and more people vaccinated each day, we are starting to turn a corner,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. During a press briefing Monday, she called the guidance a “first step” toward restoring normalcy in how people come together. She said more activities would be ok’d for vaccinated individuals once caseloads and deaths decline, more Americans are vaccinated, and as more science emerges on the ability of those who have been vaccinated to get and spread the virus. The CDC is continuing to recommend that fully vaccinated people still wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves from others when out in public. The CDC also advised vaccinated people to get tested if they develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.

The CDC guidance did not speak to people who may have gained some level of immunity from being infected, and recovering from, the coronavirus. Officials say a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. About 31 million Americans — or only about 9% of the U.S. population — have been fully vaccinated with a federally authorized COVID-19 vaccine so far, according to the CDC.

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“..the difference between mask mandates and no mask mandate is literally just a 1.32% difference..”

CDC About To Be Canceled By Google and Facebook for COVID Heresy (Black)

On Friday afternoon, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (still called the CDC, even though they added a ‘P’) released a heretical report about mask-wearing and COVID-19. The report, authored by at least a dozen medical doctors, PhD researchers, and, bizarrely, a handful of attorneys, examined how mask mandates across the US affected COVID cases and death rates. You’d think with all of the media propaganda about mask effectiveness… and all the virtue signaling, with politicians and reporters appearing on live TV wearing masks… that the data would prove incontrovertibly and overwhelmingly that masks have saved the world. But that’s not what the report says. According to the CDC’s analysis, between March 1 and December 31 last year, statewide mask mandates were in effect in 2,313 of the 3,142 counties in the United States.

And, looking at the county-by-county data, the CDC concludes that mask mandates were associated with an average 1.32% decrease in the growth rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths during the first 100 days after the mask policy was implemented. Wait, what? Only 1.32%? You read that correctly, they didn’t misplace the decimal: according to the federal government agency that is responsible for managing the COVID-1984 pandemic, the difference between mask mandates and no mask mandate is literally just a 1.32% difference. And bear in mind, it’s entirely possible that the real figure is even lower than that, given all the questionable COVID statistics. For example, the CDC reports that influenza cases in the United States have dropped to almost zero in the 2020-2021 flu season, down from 56 MILLION the previous year.

It’s amazing they expect anyone to take this data seriously. Are we honestly supposed to believe that the flu has been eradicated? Or is it possible, that, maybe just maybe, at least some influenza cases have been misdiagnosed as COVID? If that’s the case, then the real impact of masks on COVID growth rates is potentially much lower than 1.32%. Even the CDC seems to understand this, because at the end of its report, they inspidly conclude by stating that mask mandates “have the potential to slow the spread of COVID-19. . .” Really? “Potential”? That’s HERESY! And an obvious contradiction to WHO guidance. It makes we wonder whether Google and Facebook are gearing up to censor this report, given they have self-appointed themselves as the Ministry of Truth.

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Why does the Kremlin bother to deny this?

US Says Russia-Backed Outlets Spread Covid Vaccine ‘Disinformation’ (CNBC)

The United States has identified three online publications directed by Russia’s intelligence services that it says are seeking to undermine Covid-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, a State Department spokeswoman said on Sunday. The outlets “spread many types of disinformation, including about both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as well as international organizations, military conflicts, protests, and any divisive issue that they can exploit,” the spokeswoman said. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) first reported on the identification of the alleged campaign on Sunday. A Kremlin spokesman denied the U.S. claim Russia was spreading false information about vaccines to the WSJ.

[..] Russia approved its Sputnik V vaccine in August, before a large-scale trial had begun, saying it was the first country to do so for a Covid-19 shot. Peer-reviewed trials months later proved it was almost 92% effective in fighting the virus. Pfizer, headquartered in New York, and Germany’s BioNTech, produced the first vaccine that was authorized in the United States, which regulators approved in December. The second, made by Moderna, headquartered in Massachusetts, was authorized later that month. The State Department’s Global Engagement Center, set up to counter propaganda and disinformation campaigns, identified the three outlets, the spokeswoman said.

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Well, obviously.

Propaganda About ‘Vaccine Disinformation’ Is Just Another Russiagate (Malic)

By accusing Moscow of spreading disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, US propagandists that spread the original ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy are doing it again, stoking fear and hatred and projecting amid a pandemic. Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal quoted an unnamed State Department official to claim that Russia is using four websites “linked to” intelligence agencies to “inject false narratives” about Western vaccines against Covid-19 that “can be amplified” by other media. Asked about this on Monday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is “monitoring” and “taking steps to address” these efforts. Meanwhile, the WSJ report was being, well, amplified on Twitter by prolific influencers declaring the alleged Russian behavior to be a “crime against humanity.”

Thing is, all of this amounts to a disinformation and influence operation itself – by the very methodology the people involved are using. The WSJ source is someone from the Global Engagement Center, set up in 2016 as a propaganda shop against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, which was later expanded to advancing “fact-based narratives that support United States allies and interests” and countering “Russian disinformation.” The claim that the four websites were Russian spy cutouts was “a result of a joint interagency conclusion,” the Journal cited an unnamed State Department spokesman as saying. In other words, just like the infamous ‘Intelligence Community Assessment’ that made Russiagate official.

The WSJ article also previews a “report” – published Monday – by the Alliance For Securing Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund NGO notorious for their ‘Hamilton68 dashboard’ that promoted and amplified Russiagate by seeing ‘Kremlin bots and trolls’ everywhere. Now we’re getting somewhere! Except the report itself ends up being full of qualifications, weasel-words and hair-splitting parsing of how certain headlines in the media are “coded,” in an effort to, well, promote a narrative. ASD analyzed tweets – of course they did – from Russian, Chinese and Iranian media and concluded that “there were few instances of any studied country promoting verifiably false information about vaccines” but that reports about certain Western vaccines “were often sensationalized while downplaying or completely omitting key contextual information.”

Keep in mind that demanding “context” is a favorite trick of so-called fact-checkers to argue that something is false even when factually true. As ASD itself admits, Russia, China and Iran sought to persuade their own public that their vaccines were “safer, more effective, and more affordable than certain vaccines produced in the West.” Except, that’s what clinical trial results published in reputable Western medical journals such as Lancet literally say when it comes to Sputnik V. Doesn’t matter, it’s now “disinformation” to point out facts that the Russian vaccine costs less than the mRNA vaccines made in the West, or doesn’t require their expensive cold storage.

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It’s like a CIA operation.

Pfizer Seeks Sovereign Assets As Collateral For Vaccine Injury Lawsuits (TN)

As reported by New Delhi-based World Is One News (WION), Pfizer is demanding countries put up sovereign assets as collateral for expected vaccine injury lawsuits resulting from its COVID-19 inoculation. In other words, it wants governments to guarantee the company will be compensated for any expenses resulting from injury lawsuits against it. WION reports that Argentina and Brazil have rejected Pfizer’s demands. Initially, the company demanded indemnification legislation to be enacted, such as that which it enjoys in the U.S. Argentina proposed legislation that would restrict Pfizer’s financial responsibility for injuries to those resulting from negligence or malice. Pfizer rejected the proposal. It also rejected a rewritten proposal that included a clearer definition of negligence.

Pfizer then demanded the Argentinian government put up sovereign assets — including its bank reserves, military bases and embassy buildings — as collateral. Argentina refused. A similar situation occurred in Brazil. Pfizer demanded Brazil: • “Waive sovereignty of its assets abroad in favor of Pfizer” • Not apply its domestic laws to the company • Not penalize Pfizer for vaccine delivery delays • Exempt Pfizer from all civil liability for side effects. Brazil rejected Pfizer’s demands, calling them “abusive.” As noted by WION, Pfizer developed its vaccine with the help of government funding, and now it — a private company — is demanding governments hand over sovereign assets to ensure the company won’t lose a dime if its product injures people, even if those injuries are the result of negligent company practices, fraud or malice.

[..] In the U.S., vaccine makers already enjoy full indemnity against injuries occurring from this or any other pandemic vaccine under the PREP Act. If you’re injured, you’d have to file a compensation claim with the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP),6 which is funded by U.S. taxpayers via Congressional appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). While similar to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), which applies to nonpandemic vaccines, the CICP is even less generous when it comes to compensation. For example, while the NVICP pays some of the costs associated with any given claim, the CICP does not. This means you’ll also be responsible for attorney fees and expert witness fees.

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Well, the rich got rid of him anyway.

Brazil Supreme Court Ruling Annuls Ex-President Lula’s Convictions (RT)

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has cancelled all sentences against the country’s former leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, restoring his political rights to run again for office ahead of next year’s election.
Supreme Court judge Edson Fachin ruled on Monday that the 13th Federal Court of Curitiba, which had convicted Lula of money laundering and corruption, actually had no jurisdiction over the cases. The judge annulled all sentences handed to the 75-year-old in relation to ‘Operation Lava Jato’ (Car Wash) – a major anti-graft investigation in which three ex-presidents and numerous officials were indicted. Monday’s ruling means that Lula’s political rights have been restored, making him eligible to run against Brazil’s current leader, Jair Bolsonaro, in the presidential election in 2022.

The country’s so-called ‘Clean Record Act’ bars those with convictions from holding public office, a measure which already cost the veteran politician a spot in the 2018 presidential race. The judge’s decision was procedural and didn’t focus on the validity of the earlier cases against Lula. A lower court will now have to decide if he should be retried on those charges. Brazil’s Prosecutor General, Augusto Aras, has already announced that he intends to appeal the Supreme Court ruling. Lula served as Brazil’s president between 2003 and 2011, a period of rapid economic growth for the country which saw millions getting out of poverty through social welfare programs.

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UK Supported Coup In Bolivia To Gain Access To Its ‘White Gold’ (DUK)

On 10 November 2019, after the head of the army called for his resignation, Bolivia’s socialist president, Evo Morales, stepped down. It followed weeks of protests after the release of a report by the Organisation of American States (OAS) alleging irregularities in the election Morales had won the previous month. Persecution from the new regime forced Morales to flee the country and an “interim president”, Jeanine Áñez, was installed. Widely condemned as a coup, resulting protests were met with lethal force. Days after taking power, on 14 November, the Áñez regime forced through Decree 4078 which gave immunity to the military for any actions taken in “the defence of society and maintenance of public order”. The following day, on 15 November, Bolivian military forces shot and killed eight protesters in the city of Sacaba.

On 21 November, regime forces killed another 10 protesters in the neighbourhood of Senkata just outside the capital La Paz. Despite the deadly violence, which was condemned by human rights groups, the British embassy in La Paz moved quickly to support Bolivia’s new regime, Declassified can reveal from documents we have obtained. We have seen a project list for a Foreign Office programme in Bolivia called “Frontline Diplomatic Enabling Activity”, which the UK government describes as a “small pot of money that [embassies] receive and have authority over to spend on projects supporting [embassy] activity”. Bolivia has the world’s second-largest reserves of lithium, a metal that is used to make batteries and which has become increasingly important due to the burgeoning electric car industry.

The UK government has stated that lithium battery technology is a priority for its “industrial strategy”. In June 2019, it announced it was investing £23-million in “electric car battery development”. The government has further noted: “It’s estimated that South America holds 54% of the world’s lithium resources, which are increasingly in demand to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles and energy diversification programmes.” It added: “The UK aims to have a thriving, sustainable battery industry, which would translate to a £2.7 billion opportunity … and our bilateral partnerships are essential to ensure this.”

In February 2019, Evo Morales’ government had chosen a Chinese consortium to be its strategic partner on a new $2.3-billion lithium project which would focus on production from the Coipasa and Pastos Grandes salars (salt flats under which the lithium is deposited). But after the coup, the regime’s new minister for mining cast doubt on whether the deal would be honoured by the new government.

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“Kids ran around him like he was a shrubbery.”

The Prophet Of The Trump Era (Taibbi)

I entered Martin Gurri’s world on August 1, 2015. Though I hadn’t read The Revolt of the Public, at the time a little-known book by the former CIA analyst of open news sources, I hit a disorienting moment of a type he’d described in his opening chapter. There are times, he wrote, “when tomorrow no longer resembles yesterday… the compass cracks, by which we navigate existence. We are lost at sea.” Gurri’s book is about how popular uprisings are triggered by collapses of faith in traditional hierarchies of power. I felt such a collapse that day in Waterloo, Iowa, covering the Republican presidential primary. The first debate was five days away and the man expected to occupy center stage, Donald Trump, held a seemingly inexplicable six-point lead.

Two weeks before, on July 18th, Trump lashed out against former Republican nominee John McCain. Even McCain’s critics considered his physical and mental scars from years as a Vietnam war prisoner to be unassailable proofs of his patriotic gravitas, but the service-evading Trump was having none of it. “I don’t like losers,” he said, adding, “He’s only a war hero because he was captured.” It was the universal belief among colleagues in campaign journalism that this was an unsurvivable gaffe, a “Dean scream” moment. We expected him to apologize and wash out. Instead, he called McCain a “dummy” and kept a firm grasp on the lead.

A different candidate, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, was in Waterloo. Two years before, Time all but dubbed Christie the favorite for 2016 with a silhouette cover portrait, over the nastily shallow (but publicity-generating) double-entendre headline, THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. Christie was every Washington consultant’s idea of a “crossover” superstar. I’d describe the concept in Rolling Stone as someone “mean enough for the right-wing, but also knows a gay person or once read a French novel.” Christie parked himself in the middle of Waterloo’s annual “Irish fest” street fair, waiting for an Iowan to ask for a souvenir campaign handshake. He had his hand out and thumb stuck upwards, like an Iguanodon. Nobody came. Kids ran around him like he was a shrubbery.

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“Even the news media may seek to know who is actually in charge of the executive branch before much longer..”

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Kaboom (Kunstler)

One-time $1,400 handouts and even regular $300 unemployment subsidies won’t pay the mortgages or feed families very long, and every day there are fewer families bringing in anything close to that mythical $150,000. For many, it’s more like… nothing. The one-time bailouts of recklessly insolvent city and state governments and pension funds will only postpone their collapse. The varying guaranteed basic income schemes, enhanced child credits, advances on tax refunds, and other gimmicks would turn the former working class into sub-lumpenproles with nothing to occupy them but crime and vice. In fact, we already have a sizable underclass demonstrating exactly what you’ll get from enlarging the social group dependent on government support.

The only other question for now is when do the different population groups in this land explode in violence? The group loosely bundled as “Red” is angry enough with the ongoing insults of Wokery, failed rule-of-law, and abridgments of basic constitutional rights. The states where they dominate are likely to resist any more fiats by the federal government, like the imminent attempt to confiscate firearms. The “Blue” auxiliary armies are beyond their creators’ control. Antifa will be ready to rock-and-roll in the streets with good weather because so many young people have absolutely no prospects to thrive in the collapsing economy, and the streets have become their social space, with so little money for lattes and beers. And BLM need look no further than the Derrick Chauvin trial in Minnesota, starting today, for an excuse to resume its characteristic activities.

Does anyone seriously believe that the husk of Joe Biden will remain in office more than another few weeks? It’s obvious that he doesn’t have the mental mojo to work an authentic press conference, and surely not the customary address to a joint session of Congress. Even the news media may seek to know who is actually in charge of the executive branch before much longer. Pay close attention to events unspooling. Get ready for trouble. It’s coming every which way, from money to public order to rollicking spring weather.

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This is our exceptionalist consciousness at work: “It can’t happen here..”

The Past Is Another Country – Enforcing Orthodoxy (Lawrence)

To censor is an act of deprivation, a taking away. To enforce an intolerant orthodoxy is an act of imposition. The two cannot be understood separately from one another.

[..] It is time, then, to sit up and look squarely at the grave threats with which a creeping, apple-pie authoritarianism now faces us. Censorship and its sibling, official propaganda, have lately come to imperil our civil liberties, our civil rights — especially our right to express ourselves freely— and altogether our right to knowledge, our right to understand the world we live in and the events that shape it, and at last our right to shape those events. Compared to these, the supposed threats of the Jan. 6 protests on Capitol Hill and the running, no-evidence business of the Russians having intruded into hundreds of corporate and government computer systems are nothing. Numerous are the voices raised in opposition to this menacing, corrosive drift in America. But too few grasp the gravity of our shared predicament.

Complacency — complacency induced by propaganda, indeed — is another of our urgent problems. One can read in any history book about suppression and repression and the incessant repetition of officially approved perspectives to the exclusion of all dissenting views. But the past is another country in the American mind, ever distant. Such circumstances are supposed to befall others but never Americans. We customarily identify grim polities of this kind and blighted pubic space with the Soviets, or the Latin American dictators, or the too-numerous-to-name despotic regimes that fill history texts. This is our exceptionalist consciousness at work: “It can’t happen here,” as Sinclair Lewis titled the anti-fascist novel he published — note the date — in 1935.

It has not happened here — let us not succumb to language inflation — but we are now on notice that it can. Overcoming exceptionalism, even among those who purport to reject its ideology, is where the project must begin. When we are sitting up, we owe it to ourselves and those around us to get up. If we are to defend our rights as just enumerated, it is up to each of us to act. And taking part in a patently broken electoral system — this is my personal view —can no longer be considered acting: It amounts to acquiescing. “Aux armes, citoyens!” is a thought I leave to other sorts of columnists. My salutation is simpler: “Arise!” will do. We had better wake up, this is to say, if we are to avert a very dark age and reinvent the country and its institutions—which, forget about reform or restoration, is what must be considered the imperative now.

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Why she left the NYT.

The Self-silencing Majority (Bari Weiss)

I was born in 1984, which puts me among the last generation born into America before the phrase “cancel culture” existed. That world I was born into was liberal. I don’t mean that in the partisan sense, but in the classical and therefore the most capacious sense of that word. It was a liberal consensus shared by liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats. The consensus view relied on a few foundational truths that seemed as obvious as the blue of the sky: the belief that everyone is created in the image of God; the belief that everyone is equal because of it; the presumption of innocence; a revulsion to mob justice; a commitment to pluralism and free speech, and to liberty of thought and of faith.

As I’ve observed elsewhere, this worldview recognized that there were whole realms of human life located outside the province of politics, like friendships, art, music, family and love. It was possible for Supreme Court justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be the best of friends, because, as Scalia once said, some things are more important than votes. Most importantly, this worldview insisted that what bound us together was not blood or soil, but a commitment to a shared set of ideas. Even with all of its failings, the thing that makes America exceptional is that it is a departure from the notion, still prevalent in so many other places, that biology, birthplace, class, rank, gender, race are destiny. Our second founding fathers, abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, were living testimonies to that truth.

This old consensus — every single aspect of it — has been run over by the new illiberal orthodoxy. Because this ideology cloaks itself in the language of progress, many understandably fall for its self-branding. Don’t. It promises revolutionary justice, but it threatens to drag us back into the mean of history, in which we are pitted against one another according to tribe. The primary mode of this ideological movement is not building or renewing or reforming, but tearing down. Persuasion is replaced with public shaming. Forgiveness is replaced with punishment. Mercy is replaced with vengeance. Pluralism with conformity; debate with de-platforming; facts with feelings; ideas with identity.

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    Keith Haring Untitled 1983   • Overweight, Obese Americans Make Up 8 in 10 Covid Hospitalizations (F.) • Mutant COVID Strains In Florida, New Yor
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 9 2021]

    Doc Robinson

    • Overweight, Obese Americans Make Up 8 in 10 Covid Hospitalizations

    This sounds fairly incriminating, at first glance. The “8 in 10,” more accurately stated, is 79.1%.

    “Among 148,494 adults who received a COVID-19 diagnosis during an emergency department (ED) or inpatient visit at 238 U.S. hospitals during March–December 2020, 28.3% had overweight and 50.8% had obesity.”

    But, hold on. What’s the percentage of the American adult population (in general) that is overweight or obese? 73.6% (in 2017-18, and might be higher for 2020?).

    So, 79% of those hospitalized for Covid are obese or overweight, while 74% of the general population is obese or overweight.

    79% vs 74% is not as remarkable as the headline might suggest.

    Well then, what if we only look at the data for the obese. “One half (50.8%) of adult COVID-19 patients in this analysis had obesity, compared with 43.1% in the total PHD-SR sample and 42.4% nationally.”

    If obesity was totally unrelated to the likelihood of being hospitalized with Covid, then we would expect around 42.4% of the hospitalized patients to be obese. The data shows that 50.8% are obese. This is frankly not as big a difference as I expected, based on earlier news coverage.

    Mister Roboto

    And probably a fairly significant percentage of those Covid-hospitalized overweight Americans are diabetic or at least pre-diabetic, I would be so bold as to venture.

    a kullervo

    “Between the body and death there is only me.”
    (The ego is the way the human body reacts to its demise.)

    “Saving lives” is a fallacy;
    “Procrastinating death” the sole reality.

    Basseterre Kitona

    Where’s the huge nationwide campaign to prevent this?

    • Overweight, Obese Americans Make Up 8 in 10 Covid Hospitalizations (F.)

    Well, firstly, exercise is a major component of overcoming obesity but getting outside for running & sport is in direct contradiction to the lockdowns…so can’t have that.

    And secondly, fat shaming is fast becoming taboo in the official woke-world with even words like obesity being spelled as if unspeakable, i.e., ob*sity. Good grief!

    madamski cafone

    @ Raul

    “Why does the Kremlin bother to deny this?• US Says Russia-Backed Outlets Spread Covid Vaccine ‘Disinformation’ (CNBC)”

    Possible reasons: their bots are learning as much about media manipulatiuon of the masses thrpough these exchanges as we are. Reacting promotes the illusion in the US that it’s still in the game (rather like espionage logic where you don’t let the spy know you’re onto him), which tends to keep us less jittery and therefore likely to do something we’ll all regret including Vlad and the lads.

    That said: “Russia’s embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.” They probably have a crack comedy team working with their experts in plebiscite groupthink dynamics to come up with a really good wisecrack.

    a kullervo

    Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather Without Masks – CDC (AP)

    The jab ploy is being pushed relentlessly.
    Obviously, this is not about money; what, then?
    Is it because TPTB crave the submission? Or are TPTB pursuing a specific goal by inoculating an alien agent in as many subjects as possible?

    (Is it possible for the common citizen to get an independent assessment on what the vaccines are made of?
    “Too expensive, too complicated, and you wouldn’t understand it anyways.”
    I thought so…
    A functioning society is based on shared trust, and trust doesn’t live here anymore.)


    For everyone taking Vitamin D supplements: I was listening to Robb Wolf’s podcast (Healthy Rebellion Radio), and he mentioned that Vitamin D can increase calcium retention. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be a bad thing if the body does not put the calcium in the right place. You want it in your bones, not your arteries. He recommends to take Vitamin D with Vitamin K2. Apparently Vitamin K2 helps the body figure out where the calcium should go.

    I am curious to hear if our resident doctors agree.

    I also recommend his podcast. He is another rebel who is fighting against the tech monopolies and the government censors who are trying to shut down scientific debate on a lot of food, health and nutrition topics.


    Who is actually in charge …..

    Feed the medical monopolies
    Feed the military
    Feed the Immigrants
    Feed the Sick,
    Feed the Overweight, and Obese
    Feed the seniors
    Feed the colored
    Feed the untoucheable
    Feed the poor
    Feed the non-producers,
    Feed the enemies
    Feed the politicians
    Feed the world

    Mister Roboto

    All these stories I see about “Russian disinformation” always crack me up. As though the US and the UK haven’t been doing the same thing all over the world ever since before I was even born?

    Maxwell Quest

    “The White House – 425 watching now”

    The most popular president since FDR! “10 million [votes] more than the previous record set by President Barack Obama in 2008.” Uh huh, sure.

    “Covid Outbreak In BC Care Home Where Residents, Staff Already Vaccinated (CBC)”

    With their death-grip (no pun intended) on media outlets I’m surprised that this story saw the light of day. Obviously, BC health staff need a three-day junket to NY for a Cuomo “How to Alter Covid Data and Get an Emmy” intensive.

    “Censorship – Cancel Culture”

    I watched the clip of Jimmy Dore’s interview with Hard Lens Media, who were shut down for a week by YouTube for unknown “policy” violations. Is it just me or did they both dance around the issue of YouTube censorship? Each kept insisting that this happened accidentally because of some algorithmic glitch. That it was unintentional. In other words, the decision to shut down Hard Lens Media was made by a computer and not some person in the morning staff meeting. And once this “mistake” is pointed out to YouTube they will quickly rectify it. Uh huh, sure.

    After watching this display of pussyfootery, I couldn’t help feeling that self-censorship is in full swing for everyone who makes their living on YouTube.


    @RIM: Grateful for the insightful and inspiring article by Bari Weiss – The Self-silencing Majority. This is a must-read for today. There are so many great ideas here that it was impossible to single out key points for fear of leaving out something essential.

    It takes my Winnie The Pooh post from yesterday into the stratosphere; my intention was to point out how “Cancel Culture” had itself been weaponized (and how we are mercilessly clubbing one anther to death). Buckle-up, this perfectly rational and practical piece of writing identifies self-silencing (individual censorship) as the response to ILLIBERIALISM which is the cause. She goes on to lay out the roadmap showing where we are, how we got here, where we are headed – and how to change course (including a call to action).

    This article has the potential to RE-FOCUS and RESET the conversation – in so many ways. Anyone else agree?

    Dr D Rich

    @Maxwell Quest

    Tucker Carlson censored by YouTube. Subtly or not so subtly depending on your YouTube acumen.

    Watch “Tucker Carlson Tonight 3/5/2021 FULL | FOX BREAKING TRUMP NEWS March 6 ,2021” on YouTube


    Pfizer’s behavior is just another reason not to trust their vaccine.

    joe’s 2 german shepherds have been banned from the white house for biting staff. Is joe forgetting to feed them or what? joe gave a nice speech yesterday. Not really sure what he was saying. Is he president marble now? Calling “heels up” harris!

    Looks like this coming weekend we need to “spring” forward an hour.

    Doc Robinson

    • Overweight, Obese Americans Make Up 8 in 10 Covid Hospitalizations (F.)

    As I pointed out in a comment above, “Overweight, Obese Americans” make up more than 7 in 10 Americans. The percentage hospitalized for Covid isn’t much different than the percentage in the general population.

    However, I looked at the hospitalization data in that CDC report and found:
    Americans Over 64 Make Up Nearly 8 in 10 Covid Deaths.

    A relevant comparison: 16.5% vs 76.5%
    Americans age 65 and older are only 16.5% of the population.
    Yet, that CDC report shows that 76.5% of the Covid deaths occuring in hospitals were age 65 and older.

    US population demographics:


    @ Boogaloo
    “I am curious to hear if our resident doctors agree.”
    Another poster asking very simple question, since whom else to ask?
    At this point it is irrelevant if the drum roll waiting for that answer will continue forever.

    Quite an interesting episode of mine in “our pot of democratic thinking” that looking back I can summarize.
    Aside from profanity laced reply by self elected comment traffic controller that I have no intention to return in kind, some expressed that they (somewhat?) “share my frustration” in asking the same question, others were quiet and at last some claim that they got all the answers that they needed.
    Well that’s that.

    madamski cafone

    @ SUsmarie108

    “Anyone else agree?”

    Yes. I already sent it to a few people.


    Looks like the Guardian has decided it’s time to take down Vitamin D.



    Piers Morgan stormed off the set of “Good Morning Britain” on Tuesday as a colleague called out his diatribes against Meghan Markle.
    Piers Morgan’s bizarre hatred of Meghan Markle just cost him his job

    Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan
    Meghan Markle
    Harry (no last name)

    Dr. D

    “Overweight, Obese Americans Make Up 8 in 10 Covid Hospitalizations (F.)”

    Thank every start they’re not doing anything about this. No one on earth would be safe.

    “You’re obese? Let’s bomb your food supply!”
    “Surely a $55 minimum wage will price food WAY out of your range.”
    “We’re outlawing everything but Nutrisystem Clif Bars. …Brought to you by Clif Bars for America and I approve this message.”

    But yeah, Type II diabetes kills more people in a month than COVID all year and nobody’s every cared that I remember. Corn syrup is subsidized and moves briskly while the U.S. forces Europe to take it overseas.

    “Dr. Fauci and other health experts are warning about the prospect of a “4th wave”

    Good news! They’ve lied about everything else they’ve ever said, so this too! Any reason they would know the future, or just unscientific, common sense, seat of the pants hunch like everything else?

    Good logic like this: “new cases and deaths have slowed” therefore they’re about to spike. Up = Down. War = Peace. Freedom = Slavery. In my world, when you say deaths have slowed you say, “Wow, great, that sounds nice,” Not “aw shucks, I’m certain, I stake my reputation that some new alien bubonic plague will land from Alpha Centuri and kill us all now.”

    Hey, remember Bird Flu? SARS? Swine Flu? Ebola? Yeah, I don’t either because they didn’t kill anyone. ADM did with HFCS and the Farm subsidies and pharmaceutical profits therein.
    “US Says Russia-Backed Outlets Spread Covid Vaccine ‘Disinformation’ (CNBC)”
    This is embarrassing. The United States is the clear leader in Covid and vaccine disinformation. It’s impossible to be otherwise since they’ve been reporting every fact, and its opposite, every day for a year.

    “Trump lashed out”

    All reporters are required by contract to use this phrase at least once per article. Taibbi is no exception. To hate is required.

    Martin Gurri is right though. Everything is going to change right now and be unrecognizable. Thank God. Authority is discredited. Since they haven’t deserved credit since before my father was born. Is there bad stuff too? Cause right now dis-crediting and drumming out “Authorities” who don’t know what the Defense Chief or a “Pentagon” is just a straight win.

    To censor is an act of deprivation, a taking away.”

    It’s also a “desperation”, meaning you already lost. Suck it, losers. Like I would care who Twitter censors. The whole population just leaves them as a bunch of un-funny, irrelevant, lemon-sucking church ladies, nags and scolds no normal human can stand. So have fun! They did just defend more man-boy-love accounts though, so…priorities.

    “That world I was born into was liberal.”

    Poor Bari still has a lot to learn. It was never liberal, and never truthful. We each think the time we were born into is “normal” and the changes are what’s new. This with gay generals working with black secret agents in the Revolutionary War, at a time when Abigail Adams and Dolly Madison were running the White House, as far back as you look. Eleanor of Aquitaine and Queen Elizabeth agree. It’s just a matter of being totally ignorant of history. Read a book, you two.

    Doc Robinson

    That article in the Guardian (linked by chettt) says that “evidence for a direct link between vitamin D deficiency and Covid outcomes is lacking.”


    Doc Robinson

    Yet, the study which the Guardian uses to support its claim says this:
    “our results do not apply to individuals with vitamin D deficiency.”


    Doc Robinson

    This bears repeating: That study, which questioned the Covid-related benefits of Vitamin D, did not apply to people having a vitamin D deficiency.

    If the Guardian were honest, it would instead report something like “Vitamin D supplements may offer no Covid benefits for those who already have adequate levels of Vitamin D, data suggests”

    Followed by reporting on the significant percentage of the population that is indeed deficient in vitamin D.

    Doc Robinson

    My above comment wouldn’t post until I divided it into 3 sections.

    Here’s the link to the study I quoted:


    I’ve been trying to think which book I shall memorize.

    Bari Weiss will find good company in Reality.

    I have Lewis’s book upstairs in my room- I was going to read it because I haven’t already, and because my sister said it was terrible.

    A while back people cited the late Rush Limbaugh saying an intelligent thing: ‘You know why there’s a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.’


    @a-kullervo you wrote “The jab ploy is being pushed relentlessly. Obviously, this is not about money; what, then?”
    I’ve wondered about that a lot.
    I do think a lot is about the money (for the manufacturers of course, and to make up lost $$$ for the hospitals after all of the revenue loss, the cancelled and postponed surgeries and procedures from last year)
    And yes for those that lean more sociopathic among the TPTB – yes, it’s simply power – they like the submission, the granting the promise of normalcy after months of fear
    And I’d add a couple more – the vaccine manufacturers can swoop in like the Second Coming and save humanity, a boost to their ego, prestige, and influence
    And my best guess is that the mRNA vaccines are an end-run around the regulatory process, so the tech can be deployed more broadly and with even less oversight from our milquetoast already-captured regulatory bodies. I wrote in comments a couple of weeks ago how little data is available for (long-term) effects of mRNA vaccines

    John Day

    @Boogaloo; Vitamin-D does not cause abnormal calcification of arteries or injured tissue. Vitamin-D does help the body absorb calcium and retain it. Vitamin-D and parathyroid hormone work in different ways to keep blood calcium levels about right. Vitamin-D allows calcium to be absorbed from the gut, and then used, and parathyroid hormone allows calcium to be extracted from the bones, to keep the blood level up. Vitamin-D receptors exist on every human cell. It’s a hormone we lost the ability to make, back when we lived in the sun. Vitamin K2 is good , somehow, and I have tested it in my body, for the claim that it is good for the heart, improving work efficiency. I tested it accidentally, and numerous times. I commute 11 miles each way on a fixed gear bike. The biggest uphill is on my way home. In the heat, there is added stress. Going up Steck on my fixie in the heat is better on days that I take the K2, and we had numerous days of running out in recent years. YMMV. Look at doses. Some pills have 100 times as much as others, for similar prices. Here is what we get:

    @Kultsummer: I don’t live here. I have not been able to look at the blog since early on Friday the 5th, when I posted something I had put together the night before. I have been so swamped with work lately that I have not been able to do more than work and sleep. I’m pretty oversubscribed right now, having had to work an extra 7 clinics since the ice storm ended, and having a whole lot of repair and replacement work to do in the 3 vegetable gardens I manage (Austin duplex, Austin clinic, Yoakum homestead).
    What is the question for which you seek an honest opinion? I’m sorry something has been eating you.
    I just spent an hour catching up on TAE posts and comments. It’s the first chance I have had.
    I got asked to go down to the Capital building tomorrow morning, asked last night, after a long day, to accompany Peter McCullough MD, as he goes to address some legislators regarding early treatment of COVID. I will be most humble, but I’ll do my best to present what I know and see and explain my experiences, if I am called upon. I have to get over to the clinic to work the afternoon, and that will take me another hour. I can’t blog or research again tomorrow, but maybe I can do something useful before clinic, maybe. I’m not being pissy. I would like to answer a question, if it is within my power to do so.
    Anyway, I keep trying to show up, but I’m running with the Red Queen these days.

    John Day

    @everybody: Obesity is an inflammatory condition. So is sleep deprivation. Inflammatory processes in the bloodstream allow SARS-CoV-2 to attack the blood vessel lining more aggressively, leading to clotting cascade and organ injury (think lungs from blood vessel side)
    Vitamin-D is very stabilizing to the endothelium (vessel lining). K2 is rumored to be a good Robin, to Vitamin-D’s Batman, but I’m weak on details.

    John Day

    Here is COVID in Texas, dail graphs from The Texas Tribune:

    Look how the second wave is just fizzling out to below the September low mark. Especially look at the very low percent positive tests.
    I think the Governor has made a shrewd bet to slightly front-run herd immunity. I also think it’s what the vaccine companies are trying to do, to take credit for what is well underway, already.


    I’m struggling and failing (several times) to get a reply including a link to post today.
    Kinda hard to believe this is just a “buggy” software update causing all these issues.
    But then Dr D seems to be able to post unimpeded.


    OK, so that posted just fine. I’ll try again with my link:
    Imperial College


    The context of the above link is the Guardian accidentally publishing a truth nugget (though conspicuously burying the lede wrt to the implications.
    Imperial College has no qualms about taking MI5 money to develop tools of surveillance. But they’re not thrilled that such links are revealed by the media.
    That seems kinda pertinent to the Neil Fergusson led clusterfuckery of the past 15 months..


    “But then Dr D seems to be able to post unimpeded. Weird..”

    No aspersions on the good Dr intended, only that the sometimes inflammatory content of his posts seems to survive unmolested.

    I’m keen to understand the “dark arts” and vagaraties of te WordPress.


    I have found the hardest thing about old age is the brain sees what it wants to see. I read that this is also a problem with youngsters who are raised watching smart phones. Charter schools kept open and public education closed does not help. It is frustrating how in the West public health procedures that prevent the transmission of coronavirus were dumped in a time of plague without a peep. Too many sick and dead, unsafe behavior, corporations making more money, and ignoring reality reflect the failure of government and the end of democracy — a Woke Plutocracy. This is what yesterday’s post “The Trial of Winnie the Pooh” illuminates so well.


    FWIW,, K2 can be helpful with calcium adsorption,
    there are 2 different compounds of different lengths
    and effects
    K2-4 is more for the cardio-vascular system
    K2-7 (and longer) is more for calcium metabolism
    I really hate cramps, so I pay close attention


    I have found the hardest thing about old age is the brain sees what it wants to see.

    “All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest.”

    V. Arnold

    I have found the hardest thing about old age is the brain sees what it wants to see.

    I would need you to expand on that a bit…
    Closing in on 76 in about 12 weeks myself; I do not fully understand your point.
    I look at things, and sometimes it takes me a few seconds to see what they are…
    …but in no way are these things mis-seen or mis-identified.
    Cognition is slowed a bit; but not skewed…
    So, it would be nice if you expanded a bit on that comment…
    Looking forward to your reply…

    Dr. D

    I was still hammered by comments, and most links deny, but I just adjusted. Outdated FireFox, W10.

    I agree Warner, their mRNA they sunk billions in was a total failure and couldn’t get approval. So they shove it down the world’s largest hamster experiment to make it so common knowledge mRNA is “safe” that they can use it anyway and recoup their losses. And all villains (and the rest of us) always see themselves as the misunderstood heroes. It’s possible it is safe, but I see this with the same companies and drugs, they’re determined to authorize them when the side effects are equal to the good effects and should perhaps pass. That’s their incentive structure.

    V. I see that in “old man brain”, which naturally is a cognitive and not a age function. Where they can’t see and absorb new learning, get flustered and emotional if required to, and because now information is glancing off, turn instead that any new thing remind them of past stories they can recall in great detail. Not sure the mechanism, especially as memory appears to open up when processing shuts down, but it’s been shown that doing new things even as mundane as puzzles can have an effect of keeping the mind “young.” I imagine there are a lot more nutritional/exercise components than they’re admitting.


    For those wishing to follow up for themselves on the Vitamin D study that Doc Robinson linked above, the relevant disclaimer regarding Vitamin D deficiency is on line 422. Good catch, Doc Robinson.

    Doc Robinson

    Re: Vitamin D article in the Guardian

    The first study cited by the Guardian doesn’t apply to people with a Vitamin D deficiency, as noted above.

    The other study cited by the Guardian is on shaky ground, as it used aggregate data for Covid mortalities and recoveries (obtained online from Worldometer) and estimations of overall prevalence of Vitamin D deficiencies in various countries (from mention they found in unrelated studies on PubMed.) It sounds like a high school level project. In my opinion, it doesn’t really address whether the Vitamin D deficient people in those countries would get improved Covid outcomes after taking Vitamin D supplements. The study admits that their findings are “not in line with outcomes of similar research works published recently.”

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