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Where’s the Woodward and Bernstein of the Covid Scandals? By Bill Rice

Watergate is small change compared to the damages wrought by the Covid response, and the manifest corruption in the approval and marketing of the vaccines. So when will some ambitious journalist step forward and start pursuing the story from beginning to end? From Bill Rice at brownstone.org:

I was just a kid, but I’m old enough to remember Watergate. As I grew older, I learned more specific details about this historic event. Here’s my Watergate takeaway, which I think is the accepted “narrative” on this historic event:

Watergate was the biggest political scandal of the century. The fallout or denouement caused President Nixon to resign from office and sent several “conspirators” to prison. 

It also made Woodward and Bernstein the most famous journalists of all time. 

Few people had heard of these journalists when they began compiling relevant facts about the original Watergate crime and obligatory cover-up, but this changed over the span of about two years.

Based in part on these two journalists doing their jobs, Congressional officials decided to also do their jobs and before you knew it, most of the sordid story was known to the world. 

Woodward and Bernstein, who were already minor celebrities, really cashed in with the publication of their best-selling book All the President’s Men, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, two of the biggest stars of our era.

After filling their mantles with every journalism prize, the Washington Post scribes parlayed this fame and success into a lifetime of speaking gigs. By “breaking” the Watergate scandal, they also acquired the panache that allowed them to play leading roles in future investigations that resulted in even more best-selling books.

Today, the names of both journalists are literally in the history books, where their journalistic accomplishments will live forever. 

Every ambitious journalist who followed wanted to be the next Woodward and Bernstein and break some huge scandal that might elevate them onto a similar professional pedestal. 

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Japanese Emeritus Professor at Kyoto University, Dr Masanori Fukushima, Blows Up Over the Covid-19 Vaccines and His Government’s Covid-19 Response. By 2nd Smartest Guy in the World

Far too slowly, but surely, all the suppressed issues with the Covid response and the vaccines are surfacing, even in a compliant country like Japan. From 2nd Smartest Guy in the World at 2ndsmartestguyintheworld.substack.com:

He speaks to the world: “this vaccine was scientifically misconceived”, “the harm caused by vaccines is now a worldwide problem”, “billions of lives could ultimately be in danger.”

 

Japanese come across typically as polite, restrained, and understated. This should make Dr. Fukushima’s callout all the more shocking and convincing.

Japan is among the most heavily Covid-19 vaccinated nations in the world.

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A Deeper Dive Into the CDC Reversal, by Jeffrey A. Tucker 

The CDC quietly decides that most everything it has done has been wrong. From Jeffrey A. Tucker at brownstone.org:

It was a good but bizarre day when the CDC finally reversed itself fundamentally on its messaging for two-and-a-half years. The source is the MMWR report of August 11, 2022. The title alone shows just how deeply the about-face was buried: Summary of Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individual Persons, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022.

The authors: “the CDC Emergency Response Team” consisting of “Greta M. Massetti, PhD; Brendan R. Jackson, MD; John T. Brooks, MD; Cria G. Perrine, PhD; Erica Reott, MPH; Aron J. Hall, DVM; Debra Lubar, PhD;; Ian T. Williams, PhD; Matthew D. Ritchey, DPT; Pragna Patel, MD; Leandris C. Liburd, PhD; Barbara E. Mahon, MD.”

It would have been fascinating to be a fly on the wall in the brainstorming sessions that led to this little treatise. The wording was chosen very carefully, not to say anything false outright, much less admit any errors of the past, but to imply that it was only possible to say these things now.

“As SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to circulate globally, high levels of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools have substantially reduced the risk for medically significant COVID-19 illness (severe acute illness and post–COVID-19 conditions) and associated hospitalization and death. These circumstances now allow public health efforts to minimize the individual and societal health impacts of COVID-19 by focusing on sustainable measures to further reduce medically significant illness as well as to minimize strain on the health care system, while reducing barriers to social, educational, and economic activity.

In English: everyone can pretty much go back to normal. Focus on illness that is medically significant. Stop worrying about positive cases because nothing is going to stop them. Think about the bigger picture of overall social health. End the compulsion. Thank you. It’s only two and a half years late.

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Fauci, Birx, & The Small-Print That Destroyed America, by Jeffrey A. Tucker

Only a tiny group of officials really knew what the U.S. was in for with the Covid response. From Jeffrey A. Tucker at 2ndsmartestguyintheworld.substack.com:

In a maddening interview yesterday, Anthony Fauci performed his usual song and dance when faced with even the most mild questioning. He stonewalled in his trademarked way.

He spoke in long, drawn-out sentences, emphasizing the word consonants, punctuated by pauses and silences that convey the sense of precision without the reality. He strung together terms that seem vaguely scientific which intimidated his interviewers into an overly cautious pose.

“Oh wow, I’m interviewing a very powerful person,” the interviewer thinks, “so I had better not say anything wrong!”

He’s been pulling this trick for 40 years. He is very good at it.

In this interview, several messages stands out: 1) in retrospect, we should have locked down even more, 2) he never pushed lockdowns; he was only passing on CDC guidance, and 3) he is utterly and completely blameless for all things, particularly in funding gain-of-function research which, in any case, is not responsible for the creation of the virus in Wuhan.

The first part is startling because many of us have had the sense that lockdowns are in disrepute. Far from it: Fauci’s message is that next time, the lockdowns will be harder and longer. And there certainly will be more. The third part I feel sure will be revealed in time. The fear that the virus escaped from the lab is likely what drove the lockdowns agenda.

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If You Voted for It, by Eric Peters

Trump’s presidency was marred by his abysmal handling of Covid. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Did you vote to pay $5 for a gallon of gas? You’re already paying 15 percent more than that, actually – since the buying power of a dollar has declined by about just that since the man 80 million people supposedly voted for replaced the Orange Man.

So you’re actually paying closer to $6 – assuming you’re only paying that. If you live in California – where most of the people did vote for this – you’re paying more than $7 for a gallon. It is very likely we’ll all be paying that soon, too.

And that’s not all we’re paying more for, of course.

Was the Orange Man that bad?

Unfortunately – for all of us – yes, he was.

As bad as the Thing is, it would not have been in a position to cause the cost of fuel to more than double – and to facilitate the devastating reduction in the buying power of the money we’re forced – by fiat – to use to buy it, had the Orange Man not been very bad, indeed.

The pain we’re feeling bears remembering – in terms of its source.

Let us never forget who enabled the things – by not rescinding the “emergency” when it became obvious it wasn’t one. People weren’t dropping dead in the streets; the hospitals never overflowed. A few were overbooked – because they were understaffed. There were plenty of beds.

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99.9 % of What you Need Equals Zero, by Nickelthrower

As if the lockdowns weren’t bad enough, the monetary response to Covid is killing even more small businesses. From Nickelthrower at theburningplatform.com:

As of the last census, 444,000 Americans owned a small business that was involved with manufacturing. These small businesses employ about 3% of the total workforce. Of course, you’d have a much greater chance of running into a doctor (985,000), lawyer (1,300,000), or real estate agent (1,300,000) than someone the produces things. That means that just 0.0013% of our current US population finds themselves in the same position that I find myself – the owner of a small business that manufactures real-world items.

Manufacturing real-world items require real-world inputs. As for myself, I need steel for the housings, epoxy and dyes for the knobs, aluminum for the face plate, copper for the circuit boards and wire, plastics, diodes, resistors, capacitors, LED’s, relays and on and on and on and on right up to and including various semi-conductors.

Luckily for me, I invested a decade and put in place a system where everything from hand-wound transformers to the cable harnesses materializes within a few days of each other and then the precision tools that I designed can be assembled, tested, and shipped. To make sure this system works, no one that supplies me anything gets paid until the finished product ships and I have the tracking numbers because, well, that is when I get paid.

When working, this just-in-time way of doing business is a wonder to behold. Watching how quickly it all fell apart is also a wonder to behold. 99.9% of what you need is zero.

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