|Internet meme accurately describing the condition of the United States during the Biden administration. Artist anonymous.|
Jones’s central claim is nothing less dramatic than that she has uncovered a massive conspiracy in the third most populous state in the nation, and that, having done so, she has been ruthlessly persecuted by the governor and his “Gestapo.” Specifically, Jones claims that, while she was working at the FDOH last year, she was instructed by her superiors to alter the “raw” data so that Florida’s COVID response would look better, and that, having refused, she was fired. Were this charge true, it would reflect one of the most breathtaking political scandals in all of American history.But it’s not true. Indeed, it’s nonsense from start to finish. Jones isn’t a martyr; she’s a myth-peddler. She isn’t a scientist; she’s a fabulist. She’s not a whistleblower; she’s a good old-fashioned confidence trickster. And, like any confidence trickster, she understands her marks better than they understand themselves. On Twitter, on cable news, in Cosmopolitan, and beyond, Jones knows exactly which buttons to push in order to rally the gullible and get out her message. Sober Democrats have tried to inform their party about her: “You may see a conspiracy theory and you want it to be true and you believe it to be true and you forward it to try to make it be true, but that doesn’t make it true,” warns Jared Moskowitz, the progressive Democrat who has led Florida’s fight against COVID. But his warnings have fallen on deaf ears. Since she first made her claims a little under a year ago, Jones has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through multiple GoFundMe accounts
*1 Our political system is hopelessly corrupt. Virtually all politicians are hopelessly corrupt. No political party can be trusted. They all can be, and have been, bought.
*2 Democracy is a sham. It has been a sham for a very long time. There will never be any real democracy when money and power amount to the same thing.
*3 The system will stop at nothing to hold on to its power and, if possible, increase its levels of control and exploitation. It has no scruples. No lie is too outrageous, no hypocrisy too nauseating, no human sacrifice too great.
*4 So-called radical movements are usually nothing of the sort. From whatever direction they claim to attack the system, they are just pretending to do so, and serve to channel discontent in directions which are harmless to the power clique and even useful to its agendas.
*5 Any “dissident” voice you have ever heard of through corporate media is probably a fake. The system does not hand out free publicity to its actual enemies.
*6 Most people in our society are cowards. They will jettison all the fine values and principles which they have been loudly boasting about all their lives merely to avoid the slightest chance of public criticism, inconvenience or even minor financial loss.
*7 The mainstream media is nothing but a propaganda machine for the system and those journalists who work for it have sold their sorry souls, placing their (often minimal) writing skills entirely at the disposition of Power.
*8 Police are not servants of the public but servants of a powerful and extremely wealthy minority which seeks to control and exploit the public for its own narrow and greedy interests.
*9 Scientists cannot be trusted. They will use the hypnotic power of their white coats and authoritative status for the benefit of whoever funds their work and lifestyle. He who pays the piper calls the tune.
*10 Progress is a misleading illusion. The “progress” of increasing automisation and industrialisation does not go hand in hand with a progress in the quality of human life, but in fact will “progressively” reduce it to the point of complete extinction.
I’m beginning to fully understand the difference between a Conservative and a Republican.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I have been fooled for so long by people who I thought were on my side, only to find out that I’ve been scammed.
I’m not the first person to have been taken by a scam artist. At least I didn’t fall for the Nigerian Prince game. But I have subscribed to various “Conservative” publications and given to “Republican” politicians.
To my embarrassment, I voted for both Bushes, McCain and Mitt Romney, convincing myself that I was voting for the “least bad” choice on the ballot.
I even supported the disastrous Iraq war and the even more disastrous “peace” that followed as the hapless Bushies blindly believed that the Arab world could, with the passage of a year transform itself from a collection of primitive tribes to a Western Democracy if they only held an election. I saw that happening and I could not believe that any professional foreign policy establishment was that capable of such blind folly.
But by supporting the Republican Party reflexively I was really encouraging the kind of scam artist who takes your money and disappears.
The Great Awakening was Donald Trump.
Here was a Republican “playboy” who shocked the bipartisan establishment by getting elected President in his first run for office, arriving in Washington facing opposition from both Democrats and Republicans as well as the animus of the united press, the entire bureaucracy plus the FBI, CIA, the DOJ and the Judiciary.
Team Hillary sold the story that the Russians stole the election for him.
He was accused of being Putin’s puppet as his DOJ appointed a Special Prosecutor to prove he was actually a Russian agent.
His Attorney General – Jeff Session - publicly neutered himself. His nominee for National Security Advisor – General Michael Flynn - was accused of colluding with the Russians and forced to resign based on bogus charges of misleading Vice President Pence. The Republican Speaker of the House – Paul Ryan – publicly denounced Trump as immoral and unfit to hold office.
Yet … despite being a virtual Lone Ranger in Washington DC, Trump accomplished more of the so-called “Republican Agenda” than anyone in my memory and that includes Ronald Reagan.
Cutting Taxes – check.
Creating new jobs – check
Reducing unemployment - check
Cutting dependence on welfare - check
Reducing government regulations – check
Appointing Conservative Supreme Court Justices – check
Building a Wall on the southern border – check
Reducing Illegal Immigration – check
Peace between Israel and Arabs – check
Negotiating better trade agreements – check
Making America energy independent - check
Putting America First - check
That was until the Chinese unleased the Wuhan virus on the world - a virus which we likely had a hand in funding. Democrats blamed the epidemic on Trump and laid the death of half-million dead Americans at his feet. Meanwhile, Trump pushed for the development of a vaccine in record time – Warp Speed – confounding every last critic. And then lost what many observers believe was a stolen election.
So, I’m done with Republicans. I have less use for Republicans than I do for honest Democrats. Democrats are upfront about hating you and stab you in the front, Republicans tell you they’re on your side and stab you in the back.
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach three million people. Yet the origin of pandemic remains uncertain: the political agendas of governments and scientists have generated thick clouds of obfuscation, which the mainstream press
seems helpless to dispel.is busy covering up. [fixed that for the author] ...
Dr. Daszak had much at stake in the assigning of blame for the pandemic. For 20 years, mostly beneath the public’s attention, they had been playing a dangerous game. In their laboratories they routinely created viruses more dangerous than those that exist in nature....
“If the virus escaped, nobody could predict the trajectory,” said Simon Wain-Hobson, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris....
From the hindsight of 2021, one can say that the value of gain-of-function studies in preventing the SARS2 epidemic was zero. The risk was catastrophic, if indeed the SARS2 virus was generated in a gain-of-function experiment....
Dr. Shi returned to her lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and resumed the work she had started on genetically engineering coronaviruses to attack human cells.
How can we be so sure?
Because, by a strange twist in the story, her work was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). And grant proposals that funded her work, which are a matter of public record, specify exactly what she planned to do with the money....
What this means, in non-technical language, is that Dr. Shi set out to create novel coronaviruses with the highest possible infectivity for human cells....
The lab escape scenario for the origin of the SARS2 virus, as should by now be evident, is not mere hand-waving in the direction of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It is a detailed proposal, based on the specific project being funded there by the NIAID....
the SARS1 virus has proved a true escape artist, leaking from laboratories in Singapore, Taiwan, and no less than four times from the Chinese National Institute of Virology in Beijing....
For the lab escape scenario, a Wuhan origin for the virus is a no-brainer. Wuhan is home to China’s leading center of coronavirus research where, as noted above, researchers were genetically engineering bat coronaviruses to attack human cells. They were doing so under the minimal safety conditions of a BSL2 lab. If a virus with the unexpected infectiousness of SARS2 had been generated there, its escape would be no surprise....
“When I first saw the furin cleavage site in the viral sequence, with its arginine codons, I said to my wife it was the smoking gun for the origin of the virus,” said David Baltimore, an eminent virologist and former president of CalTech. “These features make a powerful challenge to the idea of a natural origin for SARS2,” he said....
People round the world who have been pretty much confined to their homes for the last year might like a better answer than their media are giving them. Perhaps one will emerge in time. After all, the more months pass without the natural emergence theory gaining a shred of supporting evidence, the less plausible it may seem. Perhaps the international community of virologists will come to be seen as a false and self-interested guide. The common sense perception that a pandemic breaking out in Wuhan might have something to do with a Wuhan lab cooking up novel viruses of maximal danger in unsafe conditions could eventually displace the ideological insistence that whatever Trump said can’t be true.
And then let the reckoning begin.
The Ashli Babbitt killing may open the underlying question about the truth of the narrative by which an oligarchic regime has largely substituted its sovereignty for that of the voters.
By precluding criminal proceedings against the unnamed officer who killed Ashli Babbitt as she tried to climb through a window into the House speakers’ lobby on January 6, the U.S. government meant to shield itself from embarrassment. Instead, its indefensible manipulation of the justice system further confirms the patent dishonesty of the narrative by which it tries to frighten potential critics.
The Babbitt family’s $10 million lawsuit against the Capitol police and the officer who killed Ashli will force the government to defend an obviously indefensible act, and the even more indefensible attempted coverup thereof. Unless Babbitt’s attorneys and Republican elected officials prove to be extraordinarily stupid, the lawsuit will discredit the pseudo-security narrative our oligarchs are using to rule us.
The hard facts are not in dispute. On January 6, Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old woman weighing around 110 pounds and carrying no weapon of any kind, tried to fit through a broken window. As she struggled to get through, an armed male officer, who was presumably much bigger and stronger, shot her in the neck and killed her...
... she was killed while posing no physical threat to anyone or anything...
What did the government do with the fact that one of its big, strong, armed agents had killed a small, weak, unarmed woman who was not harming anyone?
If ever there was a frontal attack on the Constitution, of which the First Amendment’s safeguards of freedom of speech and of the press provide the bedrock, this is it. Any politician who claims to represent the republic’s remnants must begin by calling out the official narrative’s fraudulence for what it is: the oligarchy’s attack on our democracy.
HAMPTON FALLS, IA—White liberals gathered in the town of Hampton Falls were shocked and astonished as local black man, accountant, and father of three Michael Sparkton walked right into a DOT office and acquired an ID without any assistance from liberals whatsoever.
"It was amazing -- he was smart, clean, and articulate enough to walk right in and acquire the ID without consulting us white people at all," said anti-racist activist Chloe Ryder to reporters. "He walked right in and got the ID, no questions asked. We thought it would be way above his intelligence level because, well. You know what I'm saying, right? Yeah. You know."
Reporters said they did not know, and Ryder was forced to whisper, "because he's black and I don't think he's capable of doing it!"
At publishing time, the liberals were amazed to see he had walked up to a vending machine and purchased a bottle of water all by himself.