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Covid and the Three Tests of Compliance, by Jeffrey A Tucker 

Lockdowns, masks, and vaccines all did more harm than good, but even today the mainstream defends them. From Jeffrey A. Tucker at brownstone.org:

Three Tests of Compliance

Jesus in the wilderness faced three temptations from the Devil himself: material comfort, fame, and power. Needless to say, he declined every temptation and passed all three trials. 

So too did the couple seeking to enter the order of virtue in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. They blasted right through the tests of silence, isolation, and fear. In the opera, much celebration ensues. 

Fairy tales too are often framed by three chances. The Miller’s daughter is given three chances to guess Rumpelstiltskin’s name, for example, and I’m sure you can think of other instances. 

The final movement of the 6th “Tragic” Symphony by Gustav Mahler features three hammer blows, the third of which was later removed by the composer for superstitious reasons: the fear that the third signifies death. To this day, audiences wait in anticipation to see if the conductor will motion the percussionist to deploy the third or not. When he does not, the blow is even more conspicuous in its absence. 

And here we are in year three of the times after the pandemic response sent our lives and those of billions into extraordinary upheaval. To most of us, it seems like a crazy blur of edicts, propaganda, revelations, fear, confusion, division, and shock, so much so that it is hard to keep the history straight. Indeed, many people just want everything forgotten or at least completely mis-remembered. 

Daily, we are bombarded by fake history that we know is wrong. We lived through it. Brownstone has been accumulating all the receipts: the emails, speeches, edits, threats, impositions, demands, and so on. In the face of all this attempted revisionism, it’s hard to keep one’s bearing. 

One way to think about these last three years is a succession of compliance tests: how much liberty and good sense are we willing to surrender to the regime and on what terms? The policies seem to be constructed for just that purpose. 

As if to fit the model, they came in three great waves: lockdowns, masks, and vaccine mandates. Let’s examine all three stages and reflect on their demands and terms. It begins to make sense, at least from the point of view of those in control. 

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The New Yorker Promotes “People’s CDC” And Mask Mandates Forever, by Tyler Durden

Now that real science is moving against masks, lockdowns, Covid vaccines, and all the other horse hooey, the mainstream media has decided that science doesn’t matter, after all. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

When the science no longer supports the establishment narrative, the science no longer matters.  This is the lesson we have learned time and time again over the course of the past few years when it comes to covid mandates and vaccine cultism.  Americans in particular have been whipped with incessant claims since 2020 that the “science is settled” when it comes to mask restrictions, lockdowns, mRNA technology, etc.  Yet, as time passes, every “conspiracy theory” asserted by the anti-mandate crowd turns out to be true.

This, however, is not stopping the covid cult (made up mostly of political leftists) from blindly marching forward as they cling to the sweet taste of ultimate power they experienced from 2020 – 2021.  They just can’t let it go.  The pandemic world is their ideal world, and they continue to reveal their addiction in a steady outcry for ongoing restrictions.

The New Yorker has recently joined the trend for perpetual medical tyranny with an article titled ‘The Case For Wearing Masks Forever’ in which they promote the concept of a new politicized version of the CDC, called the People’s CDC, which ignores the actual science and enables the irrational fears of covid obsessives.

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The CDC Discovers Actual Public Health, Just in Time, by Jeffrey A. Tucker

The CDC “discovery” comes just a few months before this fall’s midterm elections. From Jeffrey A. Tucker at brownstone.org:

One day I’m reading an internal memo commissioned by the Democratic Party to provide advice to dealing with Covid policy. The next day I’m reading headlines about how the CDC has drastically altered its advice on how to deal with Covid.

Is there a relationship? At this point, only the hopelessly naive would think otherwise.

Let’s look at the memo produced by Impact Research. Some excerpts:

  • Democrats have a tremendous opportunity to claim an incredible, historic success – they vaccinated hundreds of millions of people, prevented the economy from going into freefall, kept small businesses from going under, and got people back to work safely. Because of President Biden and Democrats, we CAN safely return to life feeling much more normal – and they should claim that proudly.
  • Six in ten Americans describe themselves as “worn out” by the pandemic. The more we talk about the threat of COVID and onerously restrict people’s lives because of it, the more we turn them against us and show them we’re out of touch with their daily realities.
  • [I]t means recognizing that the threat of COVID is no longer what it was even a year ago and therefore should not be treated as such – shutdowns, masks, and lockdowns were meant to save lives when there was not yet a vaccine that could do that. Voters know we now have the tools in the toolkit to be responsible in combatting and living with COVID – vaccines and boosters to minimize illness, and masks and social distancing around vulnerable groups.
  • They think the virus is here to stay, and 83% say the pandemic will be over when it’s a mild illness like the flu rather than COVID being completely gone, and 55% prefer that COVID should be treated as an endemic disease. And that’s what most Americans are dealing with—a disease with fatality rates like the flu—because most of us took the personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our families by getting vaccinated.
  • Stop talking about restrictions and the unknown future ahead. If we focus on how bad things still are and how much worse they could get, we set Democrats up as failures unable to navigate us through this. When 99% of Americans can get vaccinated, we cause more harm than we prevent with voters by going into our third year talking about restrictions. And, if Democrats continue to hold a posture that prioritizes COVID precautions over learning how to live in a world where COVID exists, but does not dominate, they risk paying dearly for it in November.

A few points. There is no strong evidence that “shutdowns, masks, and lockdowns” saved lives which is perhaps why the memo backs away slightly from the claim with the words “meant to.” Good intentions, but ruined lives.

This memo is not epidemiology but politics, most strongly illustrated by the idea that polling should make the difference as to whether a pathogen is pandemic or endemic. The constant incantation of “vaccines” here has nothing to do with the known data: they have nowhere stopped infection or spread, a point which the memo obscures with the line about how they “minimize illness.” They minimize serious outcomes for some strains so long as they last.

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Celebrities Assure Nation They Were Wearing High-Tech Invisible Masks Only Rich People Know About

From The Babylon Bee:

INGLEWOOD, CA—A who’s who of LA elite, many of whom have been vocal advocates of mask mandates, appeared to be huge hypocrites on Sunday as they cheered on the Rams at Super Bowl LVI while maskless. However, they were quick to assure everyone that they had been wearing high-tech invisible masks only rich people know about.

“No, we were totally wearing masks! They’re just… um, invisible. They use… um, top-secret invisibility technology only rich people know about,” explained Lebron James to a tearful child who has never known a life without masks.

Lebron James, crypto-miner Matt Damon, and director Ben Affleck were just a few of the celebrities who had access to the invisible masks. Damon, who previously starred in Elysium, a film about a ruling class who doesn’t share their life-saving medical equipment, was reportedly oblivious to the irony.

“Now don’t forget to mask up and get vaccinated! We’re all in this together,” chimed in a laughing J.Lo, also wearing a high-tech invisible mask.

When asked if the invisible masks will be made available to common people, Jennifer Lopez became offended. “I put on my diamond-studded pants the same as everyone else, one leg at a time!”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was also in attendance and appeared to be unmasked but confirmed he didn’t need a high-tech one as he can hold his breath for over four hours.

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Steve’s fact-based COVID-19 hub, by Steve Hirsch

A list of the most salient and important points about Covid-19 and its vaccines. You won’t see this list in the mainstream media. From Steve Hirsch at stevehirsch.substack.com:

Spotify recently created a “fact-based” COVID-19 hub that they direct their listeners to. However it is filled with misinformation. So I wrote my own. Let me know what you think.

Spotify made a press release about their new platform policies which prohibits any information which in their sole opinion may cause offline harm or poses a direct threat to public health. They refer people to their “fact-based” COVID-19 hub for accurate information.

I think their “fact-based” hub is filled with misinformation, so I decided to write my own simplified version that takes just a couple of minutes to read.

Here it is:

  1. Early treatments using repurposed drugs in a proven protocol are the best way to treat COVID. Treating as soon as symptoms appear is key. Fareed and Tyson have now treated over 10,000 people infected with COVID without any deaths as long as the people arrived early in the disease. The NIH and CDC ignore these treatments. I recommend you choose an early treatment protocol where there have been at least 10,000 COVID patients treated early without a single death (such as the Fareed-Tyson protocol), and start it as soon as you have symptoms.
  2. The evidence is clear that all of the current COVID vaccines available in the US today are both unsafe and ineffective. They are not suitable for anyone because they are more likely to kill you than to save you. If they don’t kill you, they may permanently damage your immune system or leave you permanently disabled. Avoid these at all costs. After 90 days, it appears that the vaccines have negative efficacy against Omicron, making you up to twice as likely to be infected. This is likely why case rates are so high in highly vaccinated countries. See Incriminating Evidence for details.
  3. Cloth and surgical masks do not work. There have been just two randomized trials with masks and COVID (Denmark and Bangladesh) and they proved that surgical and cloth masks have no effect. Similarly, N95 masks do not work in practice either. The FAA rules basically require you to wear these masks on planes, mandating a medical intervention that is much more likely to make you sick and has no chance to protect you. See Incriminating Evidence for details.

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Diaper Report 12/31/21, by Eric Peters

They’re hiding their faces and risking their lives on dangerous vaccines to protect themselves from . . . the common cold. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

A final report for this year – on the cusp of the new.

And the news isn’t good.

A visit to Kroger yesterday confirms what I saw a few days prior at Earth Fare, subject of my last Diaper Report.

Diapering is on the rise, again.

Because the cases! the cases! are on the rise, again. Just like the last time, these “cases” are nothing more than a positive result – on the same dodgy tests conceded to be dodgy by those who used them, last time, to create the perception of a “pandemic” by making it seem as though practically everyone was getting sick and (unsubtle hint) likely soon to be dead.

“Pandemic” in air-fingers quotes for the same reason that “cases” are in air-fingers quotes; that being to emphasize and ridicule the disingenuous ridiculousness of these terms, as they have been misused.

A pandemic used to mean widespread death, not widespread positive tests. Or fleeting and usually – almost always – not fatal illness. The new meaning means that testing positive for colds – like the Moronicon “variant,” for instance – qualify as “pandemics.” Which is politically useful as it keeps the population in perpetual fear of catching a cold.

Something that can never be prevented.

A “case” used to mean an acute condition of some kind serious enough to require medical care. If you were in the hospital – or under a doctor’s care – you were a case.  Now you are a “case” if you take a test that says you’re “positive” – even if (as in most cases) you are fine.

Well, physically fine.

Mentally is another matter.

Millions aren’t sick – and literally almost no one has died from the Moronicon “variant” – but tens of millions are once again terrified of getting sick; of catching a cold that appears to be even less likely to kill 99.8-something percent of them than the Mark I ‘Rona.

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Deranged Psychopath Seen Putting Mask On A Toddler

From The Babylon Bee:

JACKSON, MS—Police are on high alert after a stark-raving lunatic was seen at a public park attempting to put a mask on a young toddler.

According to witnesses, the deranged nutjob struggled for over 5 minutes to affix the pointless and uncomfortable mask on the face of the innocent little girl as she kicked and struggled.

“This isn’t just for your protection! This is to protect me!” yelled the dangerous, certifiably unhinged wingnut as he completely ignored the girl’s protests.

Several sources attempted to step in and help the little girl, but were quickly scared off as the man began recording them on his cell phone and calling them “grandma killers.”

“We’ve seen an increased number of instances like this,” said Police Chief Buggs Tubberskaw in a press conference. “Please know that we have every available officer working on bringing these looney-tune wackos to justice. Please stay alert when you are out and about. If you see something, say something.”

The press conference was quickly cut short, however, as the police received reports of a frenzied maniac attempting to sit down with her toddler to read a copy of Woke Baby.


‘They Will Never Take The Precious From Us!’ Hisses Liberal Tightly Clutching Mask In Dark Cave

From The Babylon Bee:

“It is my own, my precious,” he whispered to himself, having been locked in the cave since last March. His eyes have adjusted to the dark, dank cave, causing them to grow into large green orbs. Since he’s too scared to get DoorDash, he eats fish from the cavern’s pool, causing him to evolve sharp teeth and slippery, wet, fish-like skin.

The man reportedly grows angry if anybody tries to take his mask from him or suggests that he won’t need it forever. “IT’S MINE! IF I’M ANGRY IT’S YOUR FAULT!” he snapped as a neighbor checked in on him, not having seen him for many months. “YOU WANT THE MASK FOR YOURSELF!”

The burglar, trying to help out, managed to snatch the mask from the liberal after tricking him at a game of riddles. He has taken it to the factory where it was forged in order to cast it into the fire from whence it came and destroy it once and for all.

Asked for comment, Frederic was in hysterics and only shouted, “WE WANTS IT, WE NEEDS IT! MUST HAVE THE PRECIOUS! THEY STOLE IT FROM US! SNEAKY LITTLE REPUBLICANS! WICKED, TRICKSY, FALSE!” He is currently stalking the thief to try to get the precious back.




Study Finds Anyone Still Wearing A Mask At This Point Is Probably Just Super Ugly

From The Babylon Bee:

Masks Are a Ticking Time Bomb, by Joseph Mercola

Wearing masks is not only bad for you, the billions that are being worn are an environmental disaster. From Joseph Mercola at articles.mercola.com:

Story at-a-glance

  • It’s estimated that 129 billion face masks are used worldwide each month, which works out to about 3 million masks a minute
  • Not only are masks not being recycled, but their materials make them likely to persist and accumulate in the environment
  • Because masks may be directly made from microsized plastic fibers with a thickness of 1 mm to 10 mm, they may release microsized particles into the environment more readily — and faster — than larger plastic items, like plastic bags
  • Microbes from your mouth, known as oral commensals, frequently enter your lungs, where they’ve been linked to advanced stage lung cancer; wearing a mask could potentially accelerate this process
  • The “new normal” of widespread masking is affecting not only the environment but also the mental and physical health of humans

The planet may be facing a new plastic crisis, similar to the one brought on by bottled water, but this time involving discarded face masks. “Mass masking” continues to be recommended by most public health groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite research showing masks do not significantly reduce the incidence of infection.1

As a result, it’s estimated that 129 billion face masks are used worldwide each month, which works out to about 3 million masks a minute. Most of these are the disposable variety, made from plastic microfibers.2

Ranging in size from five millimeters (mm) to microscopic lengths, microplastics, which include microfibers, are being ingested by fish, plankton and other marine life, as well as the creatures on land that consume them (including humans3).

More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally annually — and that was before mask-wearing became a daily habit. Most of it ends up as waste in the environment, leading researchers from the University of Southern Denmark and Princeton University to warn that masks could quickly become “the next plastic problem.”4

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