The “Blunder” in the title makes it seem like the lockdowns were a mistake, rather than a deliberate strategy to deprive a good part of the world of what remains of their civil liberties. Other than that, this is a good article. From James Rickards at dailyreckoning.com:
The U.S. economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. Only about 55% of the jobs lost in March and April have returned. That’s a significant number.
Americans and others around the world who make their living as bus drivers, bartenders, waiters, hair stylists and boutique store clerks, among thousands of other jobs, make up 50% of all jobs and 45% of U.S. gross domestic product.
This is the part of the economy affected by the lockdowns. They are being destroyed.
When the pandemic passes, and we are able to look back on the experience without fear or political bias, it will be clear that the lockdowns were one of the greatest economic blunders in history. Lockdowns do not stop the spread of the virus, but they do destroy the economy. This is not merely a matter of opinion or conjecture.
The pandemic has now lasted long enough that we have solid comparative data from all 50 U.S. states and many countries around the world. This data covers states and countries that tried extreme lockdowns, moderate lockdowns or completely voluntary methods that involved no mandatory lockdown at all.
The empirical results show that the experience of all of these jurisdictions was about the same and that lockdowns have not “contributed in any meaningful way” to saving lives. In fact, there is other evidence that shows lockdowns killed more people than they saved due to suicides, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and depression.
This study on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns was produced by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, and his collaborators. One TV anchor who interviewed Dr. Bhattacharya said, “California has the strictest lockdowns in the country and cases there are absolutely exploding. What am I supposed to take from the usefulness of lockdowns?”
Most of the people arrested for the Capitol protest have not been identifiable Trump supporters, and some have been part of the certified opposition. From Monica Showalter at americanthinker.com:
When the Capitol riots happened on Jan. 6, the blame of President Trump was all over.
Supposedly, he was the instigator. Supposedly, he’d egged the rioters on. The tape of his urging his supporters to stay strong and fight was Exhibit A in the press, and with no skepticism whatsoever, House speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Trump guilty and rushed a crazily hasty second impeachment just days before Trump’s exit. She declared that it was all about holding Trump “accountable,” and she added that her explicit aim at the uselessly late date was to prevent him from ever running from public office again.
Never mind what the voters might want. In more ways than one, in Pelosi’s addled mind, their votes don’t count.
The press also rushed to judgment — even the Wall Street Journal’s editorial writers, claiming that Trump’s political capital and credibility was now gone and he’d never run for president again.
But as news of the arrests comes out, showing who these branded Trump so-called supporters are, the conventional argument is starting to splinter apart.
The arrests made in the riots case are starting to show the kind of people who like to riot, which is to say extreme leftists.
The war on domestic terror promises to be the war on whomever the government doesn’t like. By Derrick Broze at thelastamericanvagabond.com:
Americans appear too divided and distracted to recognize that the architects of the Patriot Act and the failed War on Terror now have their sights set on the American homeland.
The first week of 2021 kicked off with chaos at the Capitol in Washington D.C. Was it a protest, a riot or an insurrection? Were there provocateurs, and if so, were they Antifa, the cops, and/or the Feds? As usual, everyone on the internet thinks they know the answer within ten minutes. Unfortunately, this genuinely leads to the spreading of unfounded theories – many based on nothing but speculation and emotion. But while the public is debating over theories and arguing amongst themselves, the newly emboldened Military Industrial Complex is eagerly anticipating the incoming Biden Administration as an opportunity to expand the War on Domestic Terror.
In the immediate aftermath of the “storming of the Capitol”, the media pundits, intelligence community, and politicians began foaming at the mouth in excitement over the chance to push through Domestic Terror legislation. Michigan representative Elissa Slotkin, also former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense and CIA analyst, said, “the post 9/11 era is over. The single greatest national security threat right now is our internal division. The threat of domestic terrorism.” Slotkin went on to say that she urges the Biden administration to “understand that the greatest threat now is internal.”
It was not just enough to rig an election to get rid of Trump. He and his supporters had to be tarnished and discredited. From Paul Craig Roberts at paulcraigroberts.com:
In this important column I provide you with evidence that there was no assault on the Capitol, and I provide you with so much evidence that there was massive electoral fraud that it will take you all weekend to go through the evidence.
Think intelligently. The rally for Trump on January 6 was massive, which is why the presstitutes did not show it to you. No other politician anywhere in the Western World could produce such a turnout of support. For the rest of the politicians in the West, such a turnout would be in opposition like the long-lived “yellow vest” protest in France and the massive protests in Germany against the Covid restrictions.
Here was the situation on January 6, 2021. Members have applied rules that require the House and Senate to listen to the evidence of election fraud. As Lew Rockwell points out, this means the public would also hear the evidence for the first time. https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/01/lew-rockwell/the-truth-about-january-6-and-where-we-should-go-from-here/
The evidence will show enormous fraud in the swing states where the election was stolen. Regardless of the evidence, everyone suspects Biden is going to be found the winner, because that is what the Establishment demands and has the means to enforce with media, Antifa, and BLM as threats to be unleashed and campaign contributions to cut off`. Large majorities of both parties would prefer not to see the evidence than to have to vote against the evidence.
The situation is pregnant with glory for Trump. Congress is putting him out of office in the face of a massive demonstration from 50 states in support of Trump.
One of the left’s favorite tactics is to accuse its opposition of doing what it in fact is doing. From Vasko Kohlmayer at lewrockwell.com:
The American Left has spent the better part of last year laying waste to America. Beginning in May of 2020, they unleashed and conducted the most extensive and violent riots in this nation’s history.
In the process, they wrecked dozens of American cities and caused billions of dollars in damage. The insurance industry declared these Democrat sponsored riots a “catastrophe” across several states.
According to data from Princeton University, forty-eight of America’s fifty largest cities were hit by violence from Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
The rioting became so severe and extensive that over 200 hundred cities had to declare curfew.
Within a month of the riots’ onset 14,000 people have been arrested.
n the first two weeks of the protests in Minneapolis alone the rioters caused “upwards of $500 million in property damage to 1,500 locations.”
Pay no attention to those isolated cases behind the curtain. From Bob Moriarty at 321gold.com:
The Bill Gates Effect: WHO’s DTP Vaccine Killed More Children in Africa Than the Diseases it Targeted.
Portuguese health worker, 41, dies two days after getting the Pfizer Covid vaccine as her father says he ‘wants answers’.
Mexican doctor hospitalized after receiving COVID-19 vaccine.
Hundreds of Israelis get infected with Covid-19 after receiving Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Wife of ‘perfectly healthy’ Miami doctor, 56, who died of a blood disorder 16 days after getting Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is certain it was triggered by the jab, as drug giant investigates first death with a suspected link to shot.
75-year-old Israeli man dies 2 hours after getting Covid-19 vaccine.
Death of Swiss man after Pfizer vaccine.
88-year-old collapses and dies several hours after being vaccinated.
Thousands negatively affected after getting Covid-19 vaccine.
Hospital worker with no prior allergies in intensive care with severe reaction after Pfizer Covid vaccine.
4 volunteers develop FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid-19 jab, prompting FDA to recommend ‘surveillance for cases’.
Investigation launched as 2 people die in Norway nursing home days after receiving Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.
One more step towards making your car a mobile panopticon. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
Soon, your car will not only track you in real time – and make sure you’re paid-up on your insurance and have all your “papers” in order – it will also sell
you. Digital license plates – approved for use in California, Arizona and most recently, Michigan
– will replace the old metal plate that you controlled with an LCD screen connected to a computer that’s connected (via WiFi) to you-know-who.
And controlled by you-know-who.
The screen can be configured to show more than just your number, Number 6.
It can also show “targeted messaging” – ads, in straightforward English, which these shysters avoid using like Dracula avoids daylight – which you’ll advertise as you drive. You become a free billboard as well as a leashed serf, always under the watchful eye of the government and corporations that “partner” together to mulct you and keep track of you.
Let the driver behind you know all about the latest deals on Amazon!
Your payoff? A “DMV approved” banner selected by you . . . from a menu of politically correct messages.
“Wear a mask,” for instance.
You won’t be allowed to run unapproved messages.
If they can get everybody to wear goofy masks and lock themselves down, they undoubtedly think they can torch what remains of civil liberties in this country with a Patriot Act II. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:
It’s been obvious for a long time that the best way to stop the rise of right-wing extremism in America that everyone’s so worried about today is not to pass a bunch of authoritarian laws, but to reverse the policies of soul-crushing neoliberalism and domestic austerity which led to Donald Trump. Instead of doing this, the next president is already pushing a Patriot Act sequel and reducing the stimulus checks he’d promised the public before he’s even been sworn in.
President-elect Biden promised unambiguously that if voters gave the Democratic Party control of the Senate by electing Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia earlier this month, checks of $2,000 would “go out the door immediately”. Warnock blatantly campaigned on the promise of $2000 checks if elected, literally using pictures of checks with “$2000” written on them to do so. This was not an unclear promise by any stretch of the imagination, yet when Biden unveiled the “American Rescue Plan” on Thursday, the number 1400 was written where the number 2000 should have been.