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Omicron Spreads Faster Than Delta Within Vaccinated Individuals (ET)
Illegal Refusal to Fill Prescriptions, Civil Rights Violations, Negligence
If You Have No Symptoms, Please Don’t Get Tested (ET)
Dr. Robert Malone, After Twitter Ban, Has ‘No Choice but to Carry On’ (ET)
Covid-19 Medicine Kits’ Distribution Begins In Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (HT)
More Bad News On Covid Vaccines And Myocarditis In Men Under 40 (Berenson)
Fauci Says ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Now Includes “Up To Date” Boosters (ZH)
‘Falling Over In A Screaming Heap’ (G.)
Tomorrowland Has Fallen (Greer)
White House Puts Port Envoy on Podium to Discuss Supply Chain Issues (CTH)
FBI To Host First Annual Jan 6 Reunion (BBee)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And even faster with a booster.

Omicron Spreads Faster Than Delta Within Vaccinated Individuals (ET)

A Danish study of nearly 12,000 households has discovered that Omicron spreads faster than Delta among those who are fully vaccinated, and even higher between those who have received booster shots, demonstrating strong evidence of the variant’s immune evasiveness. The Omicron variant was found to evade the immunity of vaccinated individuals at a much faster pace compared to Delta, and at a higher rate than the unvaccinated, according to the study conducted by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Statistics Denmark, and Statens Serum Institut. “Comparing households infected with the Omicron to Delta VOC, we found an 1.17 times higher SAR for unvaccinated, 2.61 times higher for fully vaccinated and 3.66 times higher for booster-vaccinated individuals, demonstrating strong evidence of immune evasiveness of the Omicron VOC,” said the preprint of the study. SAR refers to secondary attack rate.

However, the study also discovered that unvaccinated individuals spread the virus more easily than those who are fully vaccinated, while there was reduced transmission between people who received booster shots. There were altogether 11,937 households involved in the study, out of which 2,225 already had Omicron. After one to 7 days, the team followed up with the households and found 6,397 secondary infections. The SAR was found to be 31 percent with the Omicron, and 21 percent with the Delta variant. Omicron has spread to 90 countries worldwide and has become the dominant variant in the United States. However, the strain has proven to cause mild symptoms compared to earlier variants like Delta, and results in fewer hospitalizations.

“The Omicron VOC (variant of concern) has been reported to be three to six times as infectious as previous variants, with a short doubling time, including early estimates from countries with a high vaccination coverage indicating doubling times of 1.8 days (UK), 1.6 days (Denmark), 2.4 days (Scotland) and 2.0 days (United States),” from the study. The researchers also suggested considering alternate methods for combating the infection. “Our data indicate that the non-pharmaceutical interventions that were used to control the previous variants of SARS-CoV-2 are also likely to be effective against the Omicron VOC.”

Seventy-eight percent of Danish citizens are fully vaccinated with two doses, while almost half have received a booster shot. More than 80 percent have received Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine. The effectiveness of vaccines is reduced to around 40 percent for symptoms and 80 percent for severe disease with the Omicron variant. Numbers were better with booster shots as the effectiveness was reduced only to 86 percent for symptoms and 98 percent respectively for those suffering from severe infection.

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Dr. Brian Tyson had his lawyer write a letter to the pharmacy that refused to fill his ivermection prescriptions. He no longer has that problem.

Illegal Refusal to Fill Prescriptions, Civil Rights Violations, Negligence

CVS Pharmacy #16937, NPI 1366464968
Garfield Beach CVS LLC
CVS Health Corporation
2295 N. Imperial Avenue
El Centro, California 92243-1335
Re: Illegal Refusal to Fill Prescriptions, Civil Rights Violations, Negligence

Dear Managers and Owners:
It has come to my attention that your pharmacy has refused to fill valid prescriptions for ivermectin. Your pharmacy manager told one customer that the refusal was because ivermectin was not FDA-approved for use in treatment of COVID-19. This same manager told the prescribing physician that she was “not comfortable” dispensing a prescription for ivermectin to treat COVID-19 and that there was “no indication” for the prescription. The FDA does not “approve” uses at all. The FDA merely determines whether to approve or clear products for marketing and labelling of the “intended use” submitted to it. To be marketed, a product need only have a single intended use.

All treatments beyond such intended use are a matter of discretionary medical practice by licensed physicians. New “off-label” uses for drugs are often discovered after the FDA approves a package insert. Off-label use is legal and widely accepted practice. A manufacturer’s label is not proscriptive, and does not prohibit use for a longer period, or in any other manner not described in the labeling. The FDA cannot and does not prohibit physicians from prescribing off-label use. Any assertion that a prescription is invalid because it is off-label is utterly devoid of basis in law or fact. It is for the professional judgment of a licensed physician – and not a pharmacist or the FDA – to determine that an off-label prescription is appropriate treatment for a patient.

Ivermectin is an antiparasitic medication approved by the FDA for use in humans. Ivermectin is on the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines, and ivermectin oral tablets are used worldwide for treatment of certain parasitic infections. SARS-CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19) is such a parasitic infection. SARS-CoV-2 exhibits bacteriophage-like behavior as it replicates in bacterial growth medium such as are found in the human intestines. In vitro studies have shown that ivermectin inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2. And Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes:

“In 2015, the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, in its only award for treatments of infectious diseases since six decades prior, honoured the discovery of ivermectin (IVM), a multifaceted drug deployed against some of the world’s most devastating tropical diseases. Since March 2020, when IVM was first used against a new global scourge, COVID-19, more than 20 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have tracked such inpatient and outpatient treatments. Six of seven meta-analyses of IVM treatment RCTs reporting in 2021 found notable reductions in COVID-19 fatalities, with a mean 31% relative risk of mortality vs. controls. During mass IVM treatments in Peru, excess deaths fell by a mean of 74% over 30 days in its ten states with the most extensive treatments. Reductions in deaths correlated with the extent of IVM distributions in all 25 states with p < 0.002. Sharp reductions in morbidity using IVM were also observed in two animal models, of SARS-CoV-2 and a related betacoronavirus. The indicated biological mechanism of IVM, competitive binding with SARSCoV-2 spike protein, is likely non-epitope specific, possibly yielding full efficacy against emerging viral mutant strains.”3

Moreover, Dr. Brian Tyson (no relation to yours truly) is the prescribing physician for the prescriptions at issue. Dr. Tyson is a world-renowned expert on the treatment of COVID-19. Dr. Tyson has testified nationally and internationally on topic, and he has successfully treated more than 6,500 COVID-19 patients. Dr. Tyson’s professional judgment to prescribe ivermectin for a patient to treat COVID-19 is completely supported by the science, the law, and his extensive experience.

Curiously, CVS had been filling ivermectin prescriptions for patients of Dr. Tyson for roughly two years, and only suddenly decided to stop. That decision is illegal, violates the civil rights of Dr. Tyson’s patients, interferes with Dr. Tyson’s ability to practice medicine, and constitutes the unlicensed and negligent practice of medicine by CVS. This letter is a courtesy request that you immediately resume the longstanding practice of filling Dr. Tyson’s prescriptions for ivermectin. Fail not at your peril, as the next letter will be a formal notice of intent to sue. Thank you.

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Ladapo is fresh air.

If You Have No Symptoms, Please Don’t Get Tested (ET)

Florida’s Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo issued new guidance for COVID-19 tests on Jan. 4 in a bid to reduce the strain on the state’s testing centers. So many people are using the centers the availability of tests is under pressure. “We are going to scale back,” Ladapo told reporters at a press conference. “We’re coming back to something sensible.” People have been flooding Florida testing sites, leading to long lines, he said. Instead of restricting testing, however, Ladapo said he would place a new emphasis on “high-value” testing against those of “low-value” in order to give priority to tests that would “likely change outcomes” based on a positive or negative result.

For example, someone who is elderly with pre-existing medical conditions and is having symptoms he regards as high value. Someone who is otherwise healthy with no pre-existing medical issues and with no symptoms is low value, he explained. Ladapo said people need to get back to a “sense of normalcy” in society. “We need to unwind this sort of planning and living one’s life around testing,” Ladapo said. “It’s really time for people to be living; to make the decisions they want regarding vaccination; to enjoy the fact that many people have natural immunity; and to unwind this preoccupation with only COVID as determining the boundaries and constraints and possibilities of life. “And we’re going to start that in Florida.”

[..] He said that Florida has seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations, but added it is not comparable to the case rise. “A substantial share, based on the data we have from some of our hospitals of the patients in hospitals with COVID, are there in the hospital with COVID rather than for COVID.” In other words, people who go to the hospital are there for other reasons and then test positive for COVID-19 because hospitals test everyone who comes for treatment, Ladapo said. The surgeon general said that federal leadership had “created a monster” in public health. “What’s happened in the country is that people have forgotten, or abandoned basic public health principles,” he said. “Instead, they have opted for things that are anti-public health.”

He said anti-public health is “taking away people’s options” and “ability to choose.” “Anti-health tends to be mandates,” he continued. “Anti-public health is losing touch with sensibility.” The Surgeon General’s office wants to educate and provide people with the ability to make “better decisions.”

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“I don’t want to tell people what to think I want to help them think and give them the tools to do it.”

Dr. Robert Malone, After Twitter Ban, Has ‘No Choice but to Carry On’ (ET)

Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist and immunologist who has worked on the development of mRNA vaccines, reacted to recent bans handed down by Twitter and LinkedIn. “I felt compelled by my own ethics, that I needed to speak about what I was observing,” Malone told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program on Wednesday in reference to comments he’s made about vaccine mandates. “I may be one of the very few that has this depth of understanding of the technology that doesn’t have a direct financial conflict of interest,” Malone told The Epoch Times. “If I’m not allowed to speak about my concerns, whether they’re right or wrong … who is a valid person to participate in the dialogue?” Malone said due to his publicly vocal opposition to COVID-19 vaccine requirements and mandatory vaccinations in children, he and Dr. Peter McCullough—a cardiologist who recently argued that COVID-19 vaccine mandates should be repealed—have been “shut down, attacked, [and] had purposeful attacks” against their medical licenses or freedom to practice medicine.

Last week, Twitter suspended Malone’s account without warning for alleged violations of the platform’s policies around COVID-19. Malone also reiterated during Wednesday’s interview that LinkedIn suspended his account. “We have no choice but to carry on,” Malone said, adding that if he were “go back to my farm, and hang out with my wife, which is what I would far prefer to do,” he would be “abdicating the responsibility that I now hold as … one of the identified leaders of this globally.” Malone noted during the interview that during his podcast with Joe Rogan about a week ago, he made reference to a theory known as “mass formation psychosis,” also known as mass hysteria.

“I mean, it has been amazing watching it, and what it demonstrates is the lack of self-awareness by Big Tech,” he said in reference to reports of Google allegedly manipulating search results about the term. “They are caught up in the mass formation themselves, or they are intentionally manipulating” results, he added. “It’s more important to me to help people to get access to the data and learn to think for themselves and make their own opinion,” Malone also said. “I don’t want to tell people what to think I want to help them think and give them the tools to do it.”

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The kits double as protection against the vaccine, which they also roll out. Modi is the vaxx man.

Covid-19 Medicine Kits’ Distribution Begins In Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (HT)

With the help of monitoring committees, the distribution of Covid-19 medicine kits began in Varanasi on Saturday as a preventive measure to check the third wave of Covid-19, said additional chief medical officer (ACMO), Dr Sanjay Rai. District magistrate (DM) Kaushal Raj Sharma had procured a large quantity of Covid medicines for the city from the government and monitoring committees had been roped in to distribute the medicine kits, he said. “A total of 874 committees will distribute the kits in rural areas under eight primary health centers (PHCs) in developmental block areas of Varanasi. Likewise, monitoring committees of all 90 wards will distribute the Covid medicine kits in urban areas under 24 PHCs. These committees will also distribute the kits in Ramnagar and Gangapur areas,” Dr Rai said.

Apart from this, the Covid medicine kits would also be available at five other identified places, including seven Covid hospitals, railway stations, bus stands and jail in the city. Dr Rai said, “The Covid medicine kits comprise different medicines for different age group of people. The kits for children from birth to 1 year, and 1-5 years contain paracetamol drops, ORS and multivitamin drops. While for 5-12 years, it has paracetamol tablets, Ivermectin 6 mg and Vitamin B complex. Azithromycin 500, Ivermectin 12 mg, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin B complex and paracetamol tablets are available for those above 12 years.” The total number of Covid-19 active cases in Varanasi increased to 46 on Saturday, with 21 more people testing positive for the virus in the district during the day.

District magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma has appealed to the people to follow Covid protocol, including wearing face masks, sanitising hands frequently and maintaining physical distancing of two yards. Chief medical officer Dr Sandip Chaudhary said, “Vaccination will be done at 529 centers in the district on January 3. This facility will be available for people between 15 and 18 years of age.” He said that slots had been opened for a week from 8pm on Saturday and beneficiaries would be able to get vaccination from 10am. “Now, six people can be registered on the CoWin portal with one mobile number. Day/night special vaccination center at Sigra Stadium and LT College, Orderly Bazar, will also be operational from 7am to 10pm,” he added.

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“For the Moderna vaccine, the risks were even higher, reaching 16-fold after the second shot.”

More Bad News On Covid Vaccines And Myocarditis In Men Under 40 (Berenson)

A huge new study has found the risk of serious heart problems called myocarditis in men under 40 soars with each dose of a Covid mRNA vaccine – and is sharply higher than the risk from a coronavirus infection itself. The findings call into sharp question the efforts by American colleges and universities to make their students receive booster shots before returning to school this January – especially since other studies have shown that the risk of post-vaccine myocarditis is concentrated not merely in men under 40 but in those aged 16-25. The study, which British researchers released in late December, showed that the risk of myocarditis almost doubled after the first Pfizer shot in men under 40.

Then it doubled again after the second and doubled again after the third – to almost eight times the baseline risk. For the Moderna vaccine, the risks were even higher, reaching 16-fold after the second shot. (The risk of a third Moderna shot could not be calculated because too few people received it.) Because each Moderna shot contains 100 micrograms of mRNA, while each Pfizer shot contains 30, the findings suggest strongly that the heart risks are dose-related and likely to continue to rise with each additional shot. The study also contained some evidence that post-vaccine myocarditis might be more dangerous than other forms of myocarditis. It showed a trend towards higher death rates in people hospitalized for myocarditis after vaccination compared to other myocarditis cases.

Both myocarditis and pericarditis are forms of heart inflammation that can be very serious, even deadly. In an appendix, the researchers reported that 263 Britons were hospitalized for myocarditis within four weeks of receiving a Pfizer shot; of those, 38, or 14 percent, died. Only about 9 percent of people hospitalized for myocarditis that did not follow an mRNA vaccination died.

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Bit of a battle emerging between Fauci and Walensky?

Fauci Says ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Now Includes “Up To Date” Boosters (ZH)

A few weeks ago, Dr. Anthony Fauci hinted that the federal government would soon change its definition of “fully vaccinated” to include not just the two original shots but at least one booster dose as well.But in the latest indication that Dr. Fauci has succeeded in pushing this scheme, the good doctor said Tuesday during a lecture at the National Institutes of Health that new terminology would be used in place of the “fully vaccinated” language. Instead of referring to somebody as “fully vaccinated”, they will be referred to as having their vaccinations “up to date” to reflect the notion that they have gotten their booster shots.”We’re using the terminology now ‘keeping your vaccinations up to date,’ rather than what ‘fully vaccinated’ means,” Fauci said during a National Institutes of Health lecture Tuesday. “Right now, optimal protection is with a third shot of an mRNA or a second shot of a J&J.”


This follows a decision by the CDC on Tuesday to shorten the time frame for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID booster jab, which can now be administered within five months of the initial two-shot series, instead of six. Meanwhile, a CDC advisory panel is expected to recommend boosters for teenagers during a meeting on Wednesday. According to certain research studies, Pfizer’s vaccine provides a 25x increase in neutralizing antibodies that fight the variant while Moderna’s booster produces a 37x increase in antibodies. Meanwhile, two doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine cut hospitalizations in South Africa by 85%. “We are continuing to follow that science and it is literally evolving daily. And as that science evolves, we will continue to review the data and update our recommendations as necessary,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing Dec. 15.

Fauci 2009

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Read this whole thing and then tell me you’re blaming the unvaccinated. Two years into a pandemic, hospital has no staff, no equipment, nada.

‘Falling Over In A Screaming Heap’ (G.)

One of New South Wales’ major regional hospitals had to source its own triage tent, is sending Covid tests six hours away due to a lack of space for its own diagnosis machine, and has had positive patients wait 30 hours to be transferred to a designated hospital for those with the virus. Doctors at the Tweed hospital, which is 1km from the Queensland border in northern NSW and serves a hinterland that includes Byron Bay, are even donning personal protective equipment to drive home, in their own cars, asymptomatic Covid-positive patients because taxis won’t take them. Kristin Ryan-Agnew, president of the local branch of the Nurses and Midwives Association and a senior nurse at the hospital, said local Covid cases were tripling daily, much faster than the 5o% growth in new cases reported for NSW as a whole on Wednesday.

As a result of increased presentations to Tweed’s emergency department, nurses were doing “double shifts every day” with one day off before resuming the toil. “They’re going to fall over in a screaming heap,” she said. “They will not be able to manage.” Eighteen staff, many of them senior, have resigned since December out of a roster of about 150, citing burn-out and the better conditions offered over the border. Queensland offers $1,800 a year for nurses’ education, a Covid bonus – both absent in NSW – and higher wages, Ryan-Agnew said. “They were really top-notch, really good quality staff, and they can walk up to the Gold Coast and they’ll just completely snaffle them.” As Guardian Australia reported on Wednesday, nurses at Lismore Base hospital – the destination for Tweed’s Covid patients needing treatment – are also struggling to cope with a surge in medical needs.

The Tweed hospital is buckling under spiking demand for care and a lack of trained staff and appropriate equipment. A senior manager, for instance, had to phone around themselves and then purchase the triage tent prior to Christmas after months of pleading to the health department, Ryan-Agnew said. The tent, though, remains far from adequate, with no toilet, forcing potentially Covid-positive patients – and anyone waiting for PCR testing to cross the border – to traipse through the main hospital lobby. “You can have people with heart conditions, sick kids, elderly, frail, all sitting there waiting to be seen, and you’ve got a potential Covid patient walking through the waiting room,” Ryan-Agnew said.

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“People couldn’t do anything about the plague, but they could burn witches, and so they did.”

Tomorrowland Has Fallen (Greer)

Watch the way that the people who are shrieking about the Omicron variant fixate on case numbers and go out of their way to avoid talking about how few people have been killed or made seriously ill by it. Watch the way that these same people pounce, with something that looks unsettlingly like delight, on any suggestion that some other microbe is about to spring out of hiding and kill us all. For that matter, the overreaction to the Covid-19 phenomenon is really rather odd, when you think about it. If you subtract all the people who died with rather than of Covid-19 from the statistics, it’s pretty clear that what we’ve dealt with is an ordinary respiratory epidemic like the 1958 and 1967 influenza outbreaks.

Those had comparable fatality rates, and were dealt with by throwing the available resources into protecting the old and vulnerable—not by shutting down whole economies, shredding civil rights, and shoving inadequately tested experimental drugs on entire populations. What we’ve seen over the last two years doesn’t look like a constructive response to a pandemic. It looks like the desperate gyrations of control freaks who are trying to avoid dealing with their fears by piling exorbitant demands on everyone around them. Thus I’d like to suggest that something of the sort may be involved in the love affair between the managerial aristocracy and the Covid-19 virus. I think that it’s a displacement activity. If you know much about ethology—the study of animal behavior—you already know all about displacement activities.

For those who don’t have that background, I’ll summarize. Most social species have ways to deal with aggression short of killing each other. Watch two starlings who are upset at each other. They may suddenly start preening their feathers, or draw themselves up as though about to fight, or even peck suddenly and violently at some object besides each other. Human beings do the same thing: watch an angry man scratch his head in frustration, ball up his fists on his hips, or slam a fist down on a table, rather than punch the daylights out of the person who’s angered him. Those are displacement activities. Anger isn’t the only emotion that generates displacement activities in animals, or for that matter in humans. One of the more interesting details of human collective psychology is the way that fear can drive even more elaborate displacement routines, especially when there’s nothing that can be done about the actual reason for the fear.

Consider the witch hunts that followed in the wake of the Black Death. For three and a half centuries after bubonic plague first swept through Europe, new outbreaks of the disease were a constant threat, and the medical knowledge of the time offered no effective means of prevention or cure. The result? Panic over evil witches became the displacement activity du jour, and around fifty thousand people were burnt or hanged as a result. (No, it wasn’t nine million, nor were they all women; the Neopagan movement, back in its heyday, competed heavily in the Oppression Olympics, with the usual collateral damage to mere historical fact.) People couldn’t do anything about the plague, but they could burn witches, and so they did.

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Supply chains for supermarkets vs restaurants are entirely different entities.

White House Puts Port Envoy on Podium to Discuss Supply Chain Issues (CTH)

The 60/40 supply chain for food away from home (restaurants, fast-food locales, schools, cafeterias etc.), and food at home (supermarkets and grocery stores etc.), is not something you can just fiddle around with. Supply chains are challenging on their own. However, within the various supply chains, the supply chain for U.S. food distribution is the most complex supply chain in the world. There’s nothing even close. It was created by decades of free market operators following efficiencies of scale to produce the best, most wholesome and reliable food supply chain ever created. In many ways it is our best national security advantage. The free-market distribution system would eventually overcome the problem and reestablish its efficiencies.

However, given the scale of disruption -and the fact that catch up harvests are seasonal- it was obviously taking several years. Most Americans were not aware going into the COVID mitigation effort that food consumption in the U.S. was a 60/40 proposition. Approximately 60% of all food was consumed “outside the home” (or food away from home), and 40% of all food consumed was food “inside the home” (grocery shoppers). Food ‘outside the home’ includes restaurants, fast food locales, schools, corporate cafeterias, university lunchrooms, manufacturing cafeterias, hotels, food trucks, park and amusement food sellers and many more. Many of those venues are not thought about when people evaluate the overall U.S. food delivery system; however, this network was approximately 60 percent of all food consumption on a daily basis.

The ‘food away from home‘ sector has its own supply chain. Very few restaurants and venues (cited above) purchase food products from retail grocery outlets. As a result of the coronavirus mitigation effort, the ‘food away from home’ sector was reduced by 75% of daily food delivery operations. However, people still needed to eat. That meant retail food outlets, grocers, would see sales increases of 25 to 50 percent, depending on the area. The retail consumer supply chain for manufactured and processed food products includes bulk storage to compensate for seasonality. As Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue noted in 2020, “There are over 800 commercial and public warehouses in the continental 48 states that store frozen products.”

“Here is a snapshot of the food we had in storage at the end of February 2020: over 302 million pounds of frozen butter; 1.36 billion pounds of frozen cheese; 925 million pounds of frozen chicken; over 1 billion pounds of frozen fruit; nearly 2.04 billion pounds of frozen vegetables; 491 million pounds of frozen beef; and nearly 662 million pounds of frozen pork.” This bulk food storage is how the total U.S. consumer food supply ensures consistent availability even with weather impacts. As a nation, we essentially stay one harvest ahead of demand by storing it and smoothing out any peak/valley shortfalls. There are a total of 175,642 commercial facilities involved in this supply chain across the country

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Enjoy the tribunal!

FBI To Host First Annual Jan 6 Reunion (BBee)

Special agents involved in last year’s ‘January 6th Insurrection Against Democracy™’ are set to reunite as guests of honor at an extravagant gala hosted by the FBI. The event will reportedly feature live music and entertainment, with comedian James Corden acting as master of ceremonies. Numerous celebrities and public figures are expected to be in attendance, including former FBI Director James Comey. “I’m really excited to be relevant again,” he said, excitedly rubbing his hands together. According to sources, several private citizens have questioned why taxpayer money is being used to throw a lavish party for government officials.


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed these concerns during her daily press briefing. “Well, first I would say, that President Biden is committed to the Build Back Better™ bill,” Psaki reasoned. “Therefore, he cares for the American people and, as such, cares deeply about how their money is utilized. So, obviously, it’s fine.” Psaki went on to applaud the FBI for all their hard work that cannot be disclosed. The event will not be open to the public.

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    Caravaggio Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence 1600   • Omicron Spreads Faster Than Delta Within Vaccinated Individuals (ET) • Illegal Ref
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    I don’t want to tell people what to think I want to help them think and give them the tools to do it.

    Isn’t that what TAE is for most of us?

    Unfortunately, too many have been brainwashed by propaganda passing as media, exploiting the gen pops’ willingness to have others think for them…

    Even free thinkers have fallen under the spell of mass conditioning, many times I’ve had to reexamine my core beliefs, praying & meditating that my mind be free of external tampering.

    Cultural mores normalize herd behavior, who wants to be the “weirdo”?

    TPTB relies on controlling “The Narrative”, which people like Malone, McCullough & Us have rejected in the face of wanton crimes against humanity…

    One could only hope that the large portion of humanity currently in a daze will tune out the media mind screwing & use their brains to properly assign blame for the blatant inequities fomented by fascist totalitarians, whom I see as villainy writ large.

    God help us all,

    Gary

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    Deflationista: But somebody of 7 billion people said they didn’t like the guy I posted. Others accused him. Therefore your premise is false! Oh no, there was a human, and we found someone who DIDN’T LIKE him? Roll it up folks, that’s a wrap. If there was an ACCUSATION, then go no further; no more needs to be asked.

    It’s called “Ad hominem” and it’s a “Fallacy”, meaning bogus, baseless, wrong. The criticisms posted are “Appeal to Authority”, a “Fallacy” meaning bogus, baseless, wrong. See why we stick with facts and evidence now? Okay, what SPECIFIC thing did you disagree with in his study? What SPECIFIC thing did you prefer in their studies? Were there SPECIFIC criticisms of his character, and can that be in any way substantiated beyond an accusation? In the most highly politicized, money-based event in the last 50 years? Please proceed.

    Is there mass Psychosis? NO. It’s perfectly normal for the most modern and intelligent country in Europe to suddenly fall to a beer-hall dictator, then attack and kill everyone he can find with the full support of his countrymen in just 5 years. Happens all the time! Hardly a year goes by that there isn’t a Tulip bubble, Pet Rock mania, or Salem Witch trial murdering millions. Um, I’m taking the other side on this bet in support of McKay: “Men go mad in herds, but come to their senses slowly and one by one.” Just a minute ago that was considered consensus knowledge no normal person would oppose, not even by someone as idiotic and uneducated as a Professor. But money involved, boom! The unthinkable, unspeakable suddenly becomes “What we always did.”

    Then for talk: Covid exists? OMG this is the first I’ve heard of this! What is this Covid of which you speak? And people…get sick? Heavens tell me more. F around, find out…oh, great Odin above! If only we had!!! Because all their measures worked everywhere they were tried! If only we’d had the good sense to stop flights, try masks, and distance! And now that we have vaccines that work, and everybody has taken one, we still attack old men on planes and arrest children for not wearing a mask…that no one needs…because they’re all vaccinated with a vaccine that works 100%…where everyone who’s protect then gets sick at a 3x rate to people who never did nuttin’. Like Sweden and Florida.

    Next! Go on… THAT. Is our point. If you understand something, while others are lost in fear, you use your stability and mental collection to bring THEM out of fear and back into logic. Because as you say, it’s not that easy. There are lots of thing still out there that are laughably false, provable in seconds, that people believe to the death. Like Dominoes and VietNam. Tet Offensive. #Winning! That the AMA would never run a Tuskegee experiment and giggle all the way to Marieval Indian School and everyone from the State Police to the RCMP Dudley Do-Right to the Pope would cover it up. Which I could have told you in the 90s. The 18-90’s. JHC

    But people lost in fear LOVE FEAR. They have, by definition, lost their ‘minds’. So the way to bring them back is appalling to them. They think anyone who re-assumes logic is crazy and reckless, and everyone is brought back to their senses in a different way, “Slowly, and one by one.” So you have to use many different methods and pointing out their being stupid is one of many and works I dunno, 30% of the time. Usually the last ones only come in when it’s overwhelmingly obvious that they’re in the tiniest minority of weirdos and can’t admit in public to clinging to their fear anymore, even though they actually do.

    Covid exists? Yeah, uh, Cancer exists. Heart Disease exists. Diabetes exists. And kills like 10x covid each, even with their numbers. But I don’t hear anybody locking up the cheeseburgers and Cokes. That’s how you know it’s an emotionally-run scam hijacking your brain. If you’re going lock yourself in your room, terrified of death, for GOD’S sake at least do it for something that will kill you, like the above, and car accidents. Covid is like being afraid of rattlesnakes and lightning strikes, and similarly 2 years of non-stop draconian attempts have proven they’re harder to avoid than lightning.

    Hundreds of Victorians have been left waiting for ambulances”

    Do we know why? Because in IL, they had a “Medical Crisis” when they closed ANOTHER 1,000 ICU beds in the last year. Cause that’s what we do in a real pandemic: raise prices, shut services, fire workers.

    Oh and they’ve changed the “Scienz!” again. So now when they want/don’t want cases, they suddenly allow/don’t allow testing! Worldwide, all the same week, like that “BBB” backdrop all western leaders were photographed in front of as their brand new, personalized, “grassroots” slogan. Just as we cranks and conspiracy theorists predicted! Ontario, of course, “Cases drop in half! It’s working!!!” (by not working, as we’re not ‘working’ anymore doing tests). …And all this with tests that still don’t work, and we’re not sure of the several replacement tests that may be just as terrible, and test positive for “papaya.”

    I mean, you get one or two of these as you move through any process things happen, but like 24 months of every decision making no sense and all of them increasing fear and numbers? Crikey. And Here we go again.


    “Bit of a battle emerging between Fauci and Walensky?”

    The fun part of this is no matter who you choose, you’re both supporting and ignoring the “Science.” Everyone’s happy. The authority lovers can say we’re ignoring them, and so can the dissenters.

    Country divided against itself. Which is what you want in a well-planned world war attack.

    Where’s it heading? No one trusts the authorities, who have all been captured? As Rand Paul can now say openly as Overton moves his direction? No authorities = devolution. Or let’s put it another way: “Distributed power.” Not centralized power. That is, “Power” where, children? Say it with me: “To the People.”

    Killing authority is by definition “Power to the People” “We the People, of the United States of America, In order to form a more perfect Union…” Follow along world, if you can. Chuck out the rubbish.

    #97143
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    • Omicron Spreads Faster Than Delta Within Vaccinated Individuals (ET)

    Link to the full text of the study:

    SARS-CoV-2 Omicron VOC Transmission in Danish Households
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.12.27.21268278v1.full-text

    “Comparing households infected with the Omicron to Delta VOC, we found an 1.17 (95%-CI: 0.99-1.38) times higher SAR [Secondary Attack Rate] for unvaccinated, 2.61 times (95%-CI: 2.34-2.90) higher for fully vaccinated and 3.66 (95%-CI: 2.65-5.05) times higher for booster-vaccinated individuals, demonstrating strong evidence of immune evasiveness of the Omicron VOC. Our findings confirm that the rapid spread of the Omicron VOC primarily can be ascribed to the immune evasiveness rather than an inherent increase in the basic transmissibility….

    Surprisingly, we observed no significant difference between the SAR of Omicron versus Delta among unvaccinated individuals (Table 3). This indicates that the increased transmissibility of the Omicron VOC primarily can be ascribed to immune evasion rather than an inherent increase in the basic transmissibility…

    On the other hand, although we showed that booster vaccines did offer some protection against household transmission, the reduced level of protection means that vaccination is less likely to be sufficient to curb transmission within a population. Furthermore, the duration of the protective effect is currently unknown, and the rapidly waning effectiveness of the second dose against the Omicron VOC as well as data from neutralization assays (14; 8) do raise some concerns about the longevity of the booster response. This means that the current vaccines are unlikely to mitigate the spread of the Omicron VOC to the extent that has been achieved for previous variants on the long term.

    By the way, 99% of the vaxxed in this study had the mRNA injections.

    Then there’s this finding:
    “We found an increased transmission for unvaccinated individuals, and a reduced transmission for booster-vaccinated individuals, compared to fully vaccinated individuals.”

    I wonder why they showed “susceptibility” for Omicron and Delta individually, but for “transmissibility” they combined the data for both variants. (“Column 3 shows the transmissibility based on the vaccination status of the primary case, unconditional on the variant in the household.”)

    I found no mention of how they calculated “transmissibility” or what this really means.

    This seem like a flaw in the study:
    “Partially vaccinated individuals were regarded as unvaccinated in this study.”

    One of the limitations:
    “Similarly, there are likely underlying behavioural drivers for an individual being unvaccinated, which are likely to confound with other risky behaviours that might be expected to increase both transmission and susceptibility to infection (e.g. poor use of face masks, reduced attention to hygiene).”

    That limitation could be minimized by this assumption:
    “However, a key point of our study is that these biases are non-differential with respect to variant, i.e. they would be expected to affect transmission of both the Delta and Omicron VOC identically because risky behaviours and/or underlying health concerns should affect both variants equally.”

    However, it’s questionable whether the two variants are really comparable here, since:
    “We found that a large proportion of the Omicron VOC cases were aged 20-30 years, and therefore different from the age distribution of Delta cases (Table 1). Furthermore, the Omicron VOC is mainly found in households with 2 members, whereas the Delta VOC is mainly found in households with 4 members.”

    #97144
    Germ
    Participant

    #97145
    Germ
    Participant

    For UK parents of school-age children:

    1) Mask wearing is a RECOMMENDATION (!!) (page 7). They don’t even use the word “mandatory”. So absolutely no need to comply with a “recommendation”. I’d say no need to even claim exemption, but it’s a nice back-up.
    2) They clearly state in the GUIDANCE that asymptomatic testing remains VOLUNTARY. (Page 13). So again, it’s very easy to refer to this government document and say “no thanks” to that particular medical intervention for your kids.

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1044890/Schools_guidance_January_2022_.pdf

    #97146
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Clever positioning of the Periodic Table.
    So here’s a question for the crowd.
    1. If our Earth’s molten core is made of iron (Fe) and our Sun’s energy is far greater than our Earth’s energy, which energetic entity created the iron (Fe) in Earth’s molten core, the Sun from fusion or the Earth’s fusional capacity secondary to overlying compressive/gravitational forces?

    Hint: no fair peeking back at the Periodic Table

    #97149
    chooch
    Participant

    Kimo wrote, “Ian Ricksecker was an interesting read, I kept thinking, if the virus does all of this, why would I want to inject it’s spike protein? I liked Dr. Shankara Chetty analogy to a bee sting… it’s hard to predict who’s immune system is going to over-react.”

    JLW points out some research into this mechanism, makes a plug for his course on immunology ands offers some solutions to deal with it.

    The NLRP3 Inflammasome response is one of the myriad normal responses by which mammalian immune systems activate against viral infection. It’s supposed to be a short-term response than shuts down after the pathogen is defeated.

    Good news: Spike protein primes the NLRP3 Inflammasome.
    During infection, the NLRP3 Inflammasome response does its jobs.

    Very bad news: Spike protein primes the NLRP3 Inflammasome, is systemic, and is found 4 months following injection.
    After injection (and during Long-Haul COVID (LHC)), the NLRP3 Inflammasome response and must be doing chronic, systemic damage.

    https://popularrationalism.substack.com/p/sars-cov-2-spike-protein-takes-the

    Sadly, Ian’s virtuous stance in the face of fear and a lack of curiosity in spite of the obvious has led to another child unnecessarily jabbed for benefit of others.

    #97150
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Deflationista.

    I land my judgement on thee reluctantly. We have now over the course of 2 years read endless amounts of science, news, data, opinion and analysis on all things relevant to Covid and the so-called vaccine. We have worked hard and been under duress in our external lives. We here – yes I am speaking for others – don’t need to be ridiculed for our position and at this stage in the game we can’t be swayed as the burden of evidence is against you.
    My judgement is that you need to consider the toxic and emotionally immature attitude you are displaying as not wanted or appreciated (speaking for myself now).
    If you are in paid employment re – this task – it is a miserable end. Wash dishes, work the phones anything but shut the fuck up, your input here is simply ridiculous and shameful. If you are a bot well my words are as useless as your program.

    We are open to doubt (like die-off from jabs – the world has added 140 million people so we still have an open mind) but not open to bullshit. Open bullshit is the site of new normals putting fingers in their ears when you mention the death rate of this mild seasonal virus and open bullshit talk is nearly every comment by Deflationista – it is rude if it is just slander. Go slander your own office workers at Langley or Delhi or whatever call/centre or “intelligence’ firm you work for.

    Or in Australian – “you are being a dickhead now”

    #97151
    chooch
    Participant

    Malones warning to parents.

    #97152
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    BioNTech SE & Pfizer Inc. in the News – Jan. 6, 2022

    “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it expanded the eligibility of Pfizer and BioNTech’s booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old. The move came after a panel of outside experts advising the CDC voted earlier to recommend booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine be made available for ages 12 to 15. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 13 to 1 to recommend that the U.S. health agency support booster shots for those aged 12 to 15 at least five months after their second dose. Separately, Pfizer expects the latest results from a clinical trial for kids under the age of 5 of the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Germany’s BioNTech by April, a top company scientist said on Wednesday.”

    … so you’re all newsed up!

    F.S.

    #97153
    absolute galore
    Participant

    I know Zuby has been featured here in the past, but such a calm, reasonable person. And good for Megyn Kelly, who has been tackling some of this madness and who I think is important because she widens the demographic of viewers that are getting this information.

    https://youtu.be/W-c_e7NUUvg

    Also, shout out to TDK and the reconstituted classic rock lyrics & covid doggerel –good stuff! And thank you Dr. D for the Jimmy Dore yesterday. His takedown of the CNN “Business CEO of the Year” is just so excellent, and a reminder of the corporate mafiosos behind all this crap. It is so sleazy and obvious. Maybe TDK can run with Where Have All The Progressives Gone, Long time passing…

    #97154
    absolute galore
    Participant

    Not sure if that Zuby on Kelly link puts you in the middle of the video. If so,rewind to beginning.

    #97155
    absolute galore
    Participant

    Oops, I see My Parents Said Know is also doing good repurposed rock lyrics. Or am I getting everybody confused? Parents, kids, all good.

    #97157

    “…to enjoy the fact that many people have natural immunity…”
    Wow. Finally, someone who uses a positive word!

    #97158
    those darned kids
    Participant

    happy insurrection of the grannies day!

    #97159
    sumac.carol
    Participant

    I’m not sure if this interview has already been shared but just in case: infectious disease specialist at Hamilton Ontario McMaster Children’s Hospital gives a firm sensible take on the impact of covid restrictions on kids and also refers to the international comparisons clearly demonstrating that the outcomes for everyone globally are not improved by masks and lockdowns. She also calls out the media. I would imagine her workplace is probably not too thrilled with her right now.

    #97160
    zerosum
    Participant

    Is it worldwide or Only in the USA
    Hate is in the air

    Today, Jan 06, Main Stream Media does cut, paste, and copy rather than do creative thinking.
    Main Stream Media has been captured.
    Main Stream Media dances to the tune of the piper.
    Main Stream Media is the propaganda machine of the democrats.
    ———–
    Its in Canada.
    ———–

    #97161
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant
    #97162
    Kimo
    Participant

    Thank you very much for posting that link for my benefit, @Chooch, it certainly advances my understanding of spike protein impact on human health! An excellent example of why I hang my very modest monetary hat here at TAE. (att: @deflationista)

    #97163
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant
    #97164

    There’s a special character in the URL, FS, that don’t work.

    #97165
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Often…the best way to deal with overwhelming fear is to simply face it, to go through with it, and come out on the other side. (It depends on what is feared, of course, have to use some logic.). I remember how terrified I was when my mother contracted Covid, (and then my partner, and then myself.). But then…it passed, we were fine, and the fear had been faced and was gone.

    This is the gift that omicron may give us all.

    But then, there is my son’s fitness trainer…survived Covid and still terrified to catch it again. I don’t know the man well enough to identify why…maybe he just listens too much to MSM…?

    #97166
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    @ RIM – strange stuff, link works for me outside of TAE, … but not inside. Anyway, the picture is of, … entitled:

    The sunset lights up the sky behind the U.S. Capitol dome on the eve of the first anniversary of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, in Washington, January 5.

    … just perhaps DuckDuckGo! will fetch it?

    #97167
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    https://thesmartcitizenreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/LYNXMPEI050BM_L-hw9gmn.jpeg
    The sunset lights up the sky behind the U.S. Capitol dome on the eve of the first anniversary of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, in Washington, U.S. January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    #97168
    those darned kids
    Participant

    phoenix: excellent point. i often have thought how “lucky” we were to have contracted covid in early 2020. my wife did suffer greatly (and may still be doing so), but my son and myself felt little to nothing. that experience liberated me from the fear that was being thrown at me every day.

    #97169
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    The links provided by chooch led to this article which recommends polyphenols and other anti-oxidants “to prevent the harmful actions of the spike protein.”

    Be aware of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein: There is more than meets the eye
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34100279/

    In this regard, it is known that polyphenols are natural anti-oxidants with multiple health effects. Hence, there are even more reasons to intervene with the use of anti-oxidant compounds, such as luteolin, in addition to available vaccines and anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent the harmful actions of the spike protein.

    Below are some search results for “polyphenols” mentioning tea, NAC, quercetin, curcumin…

    N-Acetyl Cysteine and Catechin-Derived Polyphenols: A Path …
    pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov › 32390631
    Several studies have shown that epicatechin-derived polyphenols from tea improve cognitive performance; also, the polyphenol molecule N-acetylcysteine (NAC) promotes neuroprotection.

    The effect of three polyphenols and some other antioxidant …
    pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov › 32758584
    The effect of three polyphenols: resveratrol, quercetin and curcumin and of two antioxidants: vitamin C (VitC) and N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) was explored..

    #97170
    Doc Robinson
    Participant
    #97171
    redshift
    Participant

    Eagerly awaiting for Raúl to post his take on Djokovic situation in Australia.

    #97172
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    @ Doc Robinson: Thanks a bunch for stepping up to the rescue. Earlier this a.m., when I saw this photo, … my first thought was, ‘How perfect, … how most fitting for this January 6th! AD!

    Best,

    F.S.

    #97173
    absolute galore
    Participant

    Nice angry rant and summary in first 10 minutes from the Megyn Kelly show. She then talks to Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of the Great Barrington Declaration, & Cynthia Millen

    https://youtu.be/s_Cp9w_d_k4

    #97174
    those darned kids
    Participant

    Mine eyes have seen the story
    Of deplorables in D.C.;
    They were trampling on the mall
    With MAGA hats, it was all on the T.V.;
    They rambled up the fateful steps,
    Urged on by F.B.E*.;
    The truth just matters not.

    Glory! Glory! Trump’s a Loser!
    Glory! Glory! Trump’s a Loser!
    Glory! Glory! Trump’s a Loser!
    The truth just matters not.

    I have seen them taking selfies
    With a hundred D.C. cops,
    The rabble filled the Capitol
    Armed with viking hats and mops;
    Truth be told, they let them all run in
    The bullshit never stops;
    The truth just matters not.

    Glory! Glory! Trump’s a Loser!
    Glory! Glory! Trump’s a Loser!
    Glory! Glory! Trump’s a Loser!
    The truth just matters not.

    So round up a commission
    That has just one thing to find;
    Obscure the facts and lie and cheat,
    And Warp the People’s mind;
    Nancy, Chuck, Liz Cheney, Adam Schiff
    Have it all so well Designed;
    Blackrock will be so pleased!

    Glory! Glory! Trump’s a Loser!
    Glory! Glory! Trump’s a Loser!
    Glory! Glory! Trump’s a Loser!
    The truth just matters not.
    The truth just matters not.

    *Federal Bureau of Entrapment

    #97175
    Noirette
    Participant

    those darned kids posted some time back:

    where did all the terrorists go? did they get covid?

    Nah. They joined the new White Helmets who wear white jackets, like, heh, became jab-em gig-workers in pop-up tents; volunteered for body removals; became lower-level sanitary Po-lice, mostly paid decently.

    They despise terrorists, who are now, white supremacists, misogynists, Do-mestic terrorists! Doughy whities or dumb right-wingers are the pits! Specially the men!

    They don’t suffer from Covid as they take vitamin D, have horse-paste in their pockets, are skinny, and don’t drink or do drugs.

    >> Black humor is hard to bring off, hmm. I have to practise.

    #97176
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Here we have our Booster-Boy – he got his booster on the 4th January – preaching COVID-19 vaccine programme:

    … relentless dump truck!

    … fwiw

    F.S.

    #97177
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    That photo of the Capitol reminded me of this song:


    Should have taken warning
    it was just
    people mourning
    running, hiding, lost
    couldn’t find
    find a place to go,
    now it’s red skies at night
    (red skies at night)
    oh oh (oh oh)
    War

    Someone’s taken over
    and it looks like they’re aiming
    right at you
    and me
    and everybody, everybody
    someone said we could be dead by morning
    someone cries
    leaving red eyes at night
    (red eyes at night)
    oh oh (oh oh)
    War

    “Red Skies” by The Fixx
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCM4_5uB1ww&ab_channel=TheFixxVEVO

    #97178
    Noirette
    Participant

    VietnamVet posted:

    Yes, it is true. If PM Justine Trudeau, President Emmanuel Macron, and President Joe Biden all denigrate, piss on, the unvaccinated; western democracies are no more.

    Significant portion of their populations are scapegoats for the government’s spectacular failure to control the coronavirus pandemic with mRNA vaccines alone. This was fundamentally caused by the West’s discarding of public health principles, stopping off-patent treatments and ignoring non-pharmaceutical interventions — all in order for the rich to get richer at the expense of others.

    VV, great summary. All these ‘leaders’ have now made astonishing statements targetting the unvaxxed.

    ——-

    The proper translation of Macron’s words was not “to piss them off” but “to fuck them over to the bitter end.”

    The MSM backed off the words or one of their darlings, softened them, as Macron was too outspoken.

    Macron: «J’ai très envie de les emmerder, donc on va continuer de le faire, jusqu’au bout. C’est ça, la stratégie»

    => .. I really . .feel like .. /emmerder / = > shitting all over them / fucking them. So, we will continue to do it, to the end. That is the strategy.

    #97179
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    There is no period in the history, prehistory or the archeological record of the existence of sentient life on earth that was free of the phenomenon of wilful political bullshit for nefarious purposes. Hierarchical systems are baked into the cake of life itself. The so-called “Law of the Jungle” is just another way of saying “Hierarchy”. Big fish consume little fish. The Big Dog eats first. King of the Hill rules the hill. These patently obvious truths are as dependable as the fact that hierarchy ALWAYS devolves into “Authoritarianism” as a consequence of those who are not actually superior seeking to hang on to power anyway (which they don’t deserve by virtue of any REAL superiority) by using other means at their disposal . . . usually violent, dishonest, deceptive, and evil. That predictably ill-fated authoritarianism (born as it is out mass formation psychosis) will always end in cataclysmic destruction, failure and horrendous quantities of death. From the ashes of that collapse then rises the next iteration of the eternal cycle. Luckily for life the cycle is not precisely circular. It is upwardly “spiralish” . I call it spiralarity. Other folks call it “Evolution”. In any case, it’s the only game in town, so you might as well get good at it.

    #97180
    ctbarnum
    Participant

    “Cultural mores normalize herd behavior, who wants to be the “weirdo”?”

    Well, given media has turned the weirdo into the norm…..

    #97181
    those darned kids
    Participant

    “it’s so ridiculous that it sounds real.”

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