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Troubling Times Now

As I have been saying in the past, I really wanted to get back to this blog and make it a regular thing, to air my personal issues and grievances as well as comment on today’s societal issues.

But I guess I’ve been having a little difficulty with motivation, not to mention this presidential election and the threats of violence if the outcome doesn’t go someone’s way, as well as the COVID false flag hysteria turning the whole society into a dystopian, Orwellian nightmare. The masses are clearly being propagandized by the liars of the government and media.

Yes, a “false flag.” What else could explain the hysteria over a virus in which a majority of the people who have it are asymptomatic? And most of those who do have symptoms have mild cold or flu-like symptoms. It has a 99.9% survival rate even with those who suffer comorbidities!

Okay, I’ve written enough about COVID. I’m sick of it. Aren’t you? We know it’s not nearly as serious as the government and media fear-mongers have been claiming, and there is no good reason for lockdowns, business closures, or even masks.

Don’t get me started on the damn masks. In my opinion, the masks represent a suppression of dissent. The orders to wear masks have nothing to do with “saving lives,” but more to do with imposing obedience and submission.

If the masks not only have shown to be ineffective at preventing the transmission of virus, but can cause oxygen deprivation and bacterial accumulation that could affect one’s health by directly placing it on one’s nose and mouth then at the very least each individual must have the choice whether or not to wear it. Right? That’s the only decent and moral policy for masks.

The only people who should wear the masks are those who are caring for very sick people, such as doctors and medical personnel, according to the World Health Organization. (“Really? That’s not what the media propagandists have been saying,” etc., etc.)

I was very distressed by Libertarian Party presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen in a photo of herself with VP nominee “Spike” Cohen wearing those damn masks, and showing their obedience and submission to the State! That’s really what that is.

But COVID and the masks are NOT what I wanted to discuss here.

I wanted to discuss the many people now who are irrational and believe various things that are not the case, especially in the U.S. A lot of superstitious people out there, some would say brainwashed, or at least very indoctrinated, from their daily and hourly mass media and minute-by-minute social media, as well as many years of government school indoctrination.

For example, there are conservatives who worship the legacy, or false legacy that is, of President Ronald Reagan. Yes, he cut taxes in 1981. But what his worshipers don’t tell you or even acknowledge themselves is that Reagan then went on to raise taxes the following year. And his administration went on to do more shell games and con games for the rest of his years as president. (This article by Sheldon Richman and this one by Murray Rothbard are informative.)

The reason why I am bringing that up here is that, currently while “fiscal conservatives” and libertarians had praised Donald Trump’s tax cuts, we were not totally informed as to the whole story. Apparently, the corporate tax cuts were made to be permanent. That is why, with the cuts themselves, the permanence of the corporate tax cuts enabled businesses, i.e. employers, to better plan for the future as far as whether to expand their businesses and that means hiring more workers. That was a big reason why Walmart and others raised wages and gave more bonuses, and the unemployment rate dropped.

However, the Trump individual tax cuts were not made permanent. They were made to be temporary tax cuts, just like the Bush tax cuts of the 2000s! “Son of a B” as one might say. What a bunch of shysters and phonies, these politicians! So most people’s individual taxes will go up starting in 2021 and continuing until 2027, as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Thanks, Donald, you crumb!

But a lot of people have convinced themselves that Reagan was a “fiscal conservatives,” or that Trump wants the workers to keep more of their own money. No, Trump wants more money to go to the overly-bloated and undeserving federal bureaucracy. And we know that’s the case because he refuses to cut spending in any significant way, especially “defense” spending.

(Have you heard Sean Hannity on the radio? He’s a Trump worshiper if there ever was one. It’s sickening. Totally delusional. But, I like hearing his producer Lynda who sounds a little like she’s from New York. But I digress.)

Anyway, like Reagan, Trump also loves the police state (recent example), the war on drugs, and continued militarism. So to hell with him as far as I’m concerned.

On the “other side of the aisle,” we have officials who for months now have been siccing government stasi and storm troopers onto peaceful churchgoers, dog-walkers, and picnic-gatherers sans masks or not observing “social distancing” diktats, but such officials look the other way when violent thugs engage in rioting, looting and arson burning down businesses in many cities non-masked and certainly not “social distancing.” That was the biggest thing this year telling us that those officials are full of it. They are absolutely full of it, and we shouldn’t believe anything they say regarding the seriousness of COVID or how “concerned” they are, because they aren’t. They just have an anti-social political agenda that targets Christians and business owners and workers.

And by the way, in those cities such as Portland and Seattle that are all but destroyed by brainwashed hooligans, many of the businesses that have been burned to the ground are owned by black people and employ black people! Where is the concern by “liberals” for those black lives (as in “Black Lives Matter”)?

And then there are the mobs now. Are you one of those young activist punks joining mobs of angry chanting “protesters” who gang up on innocent people at a store or sitting at a restaurant minding their own business? I am getting close to age 60 and I don’t like living in fear that some mob is going to gang up on me and threaten me. I’ve been a peaceful, law-abiding citizen for all my life and would never treat others in that kind of way, or as a part of a gang of people ganging up on one lone person. If they’re going to intentionally terrorize innocent people, those mobs who do that should be charged with making threats and maybe even charged with terrorism. What do you think?

But regarding the ignorant economic beliefs that many people have, not just the conservative Reagan-worshipers mentioned above but especially the people on “the other side of the aisle,” they are not just “anti-business” but really anti-free exchange and anti-profit. Generations and generations of people are brainwashed after decades and decades of government indoctrination in the schools to have contempt for the “free market” and for profit, the peaceful, voluntary exchange of funds and capital with goods and services.

Don’t be anti-profit. We all profit. When you go to the store you give the clerk something you value less than you value the item you are buying. You are profiting from the transaction! Ooooh! I could go on and on.

But sadly, too many people are indoctrinated to have those anti-market views, and they believe that government bureaucrats, enforced by their goons the government police, must forcibly take away earnings and honestly-acquired wealth from some people to give it over to others. (And conservatives are among that crowd, too, by the way. Otherwise, they would support the Libertarian Party’s platform that includes the elimination of the income tax.) For someone to receive anything of value form others legitimately, it must be a voluntary, mutually consenting exchange. Anything that’s involuntary is criminal.

As I wrote at the top, I’d like to get back to writing on this here blog. The events of this past year and uncertainty of the future make that difficult. Will election aftermath include violence in the streets or even the suburbs? Will a President Harris, I mean Biden, impose the socialist agenda they want to force on us (like their beloved Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea)? Will the COVID false flag be even worse in the next year, with the outright forcible closing down of businesses, churches, synagogues (Mayor De Blasio is going after the Jews! What a schmuck!), and jailing of dissenters exercising their right to not wear masks that block their breathing capabilities?

It’s one of those times, quite frankly.

Many COVID Cases Might Not Be Infectious; CDC Backtracks About “Airborne” Coronavirus

Here is an article on Just the News regarding research that indicates that many COVID-19 cases might not be infectious.

And another article on Politico about the CDC backtracking on their warning that coronavirus is airborne.

As I have been saying this whole year, we have heard a lot of fear-mongering, panic and hysteria by fascist governors who love to exercise power and control, and the sensationalists in the “news” media who love to incite panic because panic and fear-porn sells.

But when more of the truth becomes more known by more people, I hope to see many indictments issued of those power-mad governors and mayors. They need to do jail time. Some of them know exactly what they’re doing, while there are others who don’t necessarily understand these issues and believe everything their “public health” “experts” tell them because they are very gullible and low-IQ people. That’s too bad, because they will need to do jail time, too.

COVID-19 Cooked Numbers and Lockdowns Based on Fraud

To further confirm what many on the Internet have already been revealing and recognizing, the CDC has updated its “Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” dated August 26, 2020.

Michael Rozeff, a blogger on the LewRockwell.com blog, writes:

As long ago as April 12, the overstatement of deaths was already recognizable. It could be estimated from data on deaths that had occurred in Italy in the preceding several months. At that time, my estimate using those data was that actual COVID-19 deaths were one-third of the stated totals.

The CDC has come out with its own estimates based on American experience. They say “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”

If there have been what are termed 180,000 COVID-19 deaths, the current number that receives the greatest attention, the CDC is now saying that 10,800 have COVID-19 as the sole cause. The rest (169,200) involve other negative health conditions that also contribute to the death. Typically, the affected person has had 2.6 other serious conditions or “co-morbidities”.

And I totally agree with Michael Rozeff’s conclusions:

Instead of 180,000 dead from the virus, a figure of 10,800 is currently pertinent. Think of what that means. It means that existing draconian measures should all be shelved immediately! They are not just neutral in their effects. They are known to be harmful in many ways, including causing deaths that otherwise would not have occurred. It means that the crash-push for vaccines should be abandoned. There is no dire need to rush an untested vaccine into production and inoculate large numbers of people. The main measures that need to be taken are for elderly people in bad health to be kept away from people with infections, not only of COVID-19 but other similar sicknesses. And everyone, including the elderly, should be keeping up their immune systems by well-known means that are not costly to implement. It means a lot more, such as the complicity of the CDC in propagating panic numbers for so long, but these are beyond the scope of this blog.

So, mainly those who died with the coronavirus had serious preexisting conditions which were the actual cause of death, even though in many cases the CDC guidelines instructed doctors and hospitals to write “COVID-19” as the cause of death even though the actual cause was still the illness the patients were already battling.

Many of the people in the nursing homes who were said to die of COVID-19 really died of their other preexisting illness or condition, but the coronavirus further weakened their immune system and “pushed them over the edge.” Or, as Rozeff put it in his blog post, they “already had one leg in the grave.”

And while the CDC and the states’ “public health” departments have been exaggerating the number of actual COVID 19 deaths many times over all these months now, most of the deaths on the list were of other causes. COVID-19 may have contributed, but it was not the actual cause of death.

However, shenanigans and improprieties have been going on.

As Robert Wenzel of Target Liberty reports, the Justice Department is launching an investigation of the states whose governors ordered nursing homes to take in COVID patients without properly separating the COVID patients from the existing nursing home residents which would have protected them. Instead, thousands of nursing home residents became infected with the coronavirus and died prematurely.

As Wenzel quoted the Justice Department:

For example, on March 25, 2020, New York ordered: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to [a nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. [Nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”

And in Wenzel’s follow-up post, he notes that investigations are now under way in Europe over the fascist, unconstitutional and evil LOCKDOWN orders by very bad political rulers. The lockdowns did MUCH more harm than good! And people need to be held accountable!

Wenzel quotes an emailer as writing:

My friend Dr. Reiner Fuellmich is a consumer protection trial lawyer in Germany and California. He is one of four members of the German Corona Investigative Committee. In this video he is describing how there is no legal doubt about the possibility of a class action lawsuit against those responsible for the lockdowns. From the local level all the way to the WHO and many pharma companies in between. Please take a look as he is working very hard to end the insanity and make those responsible financially liable.

Wenzel further writes:

Investigations against the perpetrators of these lockdowns, that is the individual officials responsible for them, must be launched. The individuals should have every penny of their net worth turned over to those they harmed financially and prison sentences for those where it is proven the lockdown and associated orders caused physical injuries including death.

And I totally agree with him. In my view, the worst of the worst: Governors Andrew Cuomo, Charlie Baker, Gretchen Witmer, Chris Sununu, Gavin Newsom, and Mayors Marty Walsh, Eric Garcetti, and many others, of course. Mainly the bureaucrats who gave the fascist orders.

And the fact that this whole thing has been based on a fraud, a scam, cooked up numbers and media panic and hysteria, it’s infuriating!

Massachusetts Imposes Flu Vaccine Mandate for Students Ages 6 Months to 30 Years

Gov. Charlie Baker and his cohorts in the Massachusetts state legislature have now imposed a mandatory flu vaccine for students returning to school and college, with the age range being from age 6 months to 30 years.

Really? And how will this order be enforced? “Your papers, please”? This is another reminder of just how thoughtful and diligent they are in actually studying these issues before passing new laws and edicts. In other words, not much.

Never mind that the effectiveness of the flu shot is maybe 10-40% (although of course the Big Pharma shills in the media assert it is higher than that).

And while “Fact-Check” online supposedly debunks this, one Pentagon study showed that having a flu shot raises the risks from coronavirus by 36%. The Children’s Health Defense quotes the study: “Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as “virus interference…’vaccine derived’ virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus…”

The Children’s Health Defense also cites other studies. including a 2018 CDC study that found that the flu shot increased risks of non-flu acute respiratory illnesses in children by 4.8 times, a 2011 study finding the flu shot increased the risk of non-influenza viral lung infections by 55% and a 2012 study finding the flu shot increased the risk of non-influenza respiratory by 4.4 times, as well as citing several other studies.

I recently posted a post including a list of articles to review on the possible harm that vaccines can cause. One aspect of many vaccines is the adjuvants including mercury and aluminum. Those elements can build up in the bloodstream and accumulate in the brain and contribute to neurological problems. And that in turn can affect one’s immune system in general.

Sadly, society is in denial of these vaccine facts because of the brainwashing of the masses which reinforces a superstitious blind faith in easy one-shot cures or methods of prevention, the vaccine shots. Society is also kept ignorant of the truth because many media outlets have pharmaceutical companies as their important sponsors.

But here is the list of articles I posted in May, for further study:

See Dr. Mercola: How Aluminum Damages Your Brain, Arjun Walia: Scientist Discovers Cells That ‘Ingest’ Vaccine Aluminum Are The Same Cells Found In Autistic Brains, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease: Human Exposure to Aluminum Linked to Familial Alzheimer’s Disease, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: MMR Vaccine’s Poison Pill: Mumps After Puberty, Reduced Testosterone and Sperm Counts, Tracey Watson: The Real Reason Aluminum Is Added to Vaccines, Barbara Loe Fisher: The Historical Facts on Measles and the Measles Vaccine Censored by Mainstream Media, Geier DA, Kern JK, Sykes LK, Geier MR: Mercury-associated diagnoses are common among children diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders, and Collective Evolution: What Big Pharma Doesn’t Tell Parents: The Truth About Aluminum & Mercury In Children’s Vaccines. And here is an article by Dr. Meryl Nass on how vaccine mandates enrich the pharmaceutical industry.

So there are risks with any vaccine, including the flu shot, and that means the government has no right to force people to have it, especially given the lack of proven effectiveness of said flu shot.

Whatever happened to “My Body, My Choice”? Oh, that only applies to certain groups of people, but not others.

The bottom line is, people have a right to choose what to put into their own body and what not to put into it. And they also have a right to not be assaulted by a needle with possibly harmful chemicals, just as much as they have a right to not be assaulted by a fist.

Wake Up and Question the COVID Narrative

Well, in my previous post I tried to offer a summary of how the COVID “crisis” has been extremely overblown and how government bureaucrats have been outright lying about the coronavirus “cases” and the death numbers as a means to further terrify the population into compliance of even more draconian policies and to seize more power and control over us. And I of course included my own bit of sarcasm and cynicism in that post. However, the post doesn’t seem to have gotten very many views.

So perhaps you might enjoy this article by holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, MD, that gives a lot of good information on what the government “public health” bureaucrats are doing to us as far as imposing counter-productive and in fact idiotic policies to “fight COVID.” Dr. Brogan also goes into the psychological aspects underlying the “global Stockholm Syndrome,” in which the masses do not seem very capable of dealing with their traumas and instead find comfort in compliance with authorities diktats. And Dr. Brogan also gets into the effects of propaganda.

Dr. Brogan concludes by linking to QuestioningCovid.com, which has many videos of doctors and other analysts debunking many myths about the face masks, as well as questioning germ theory, questioning government and special interest agendas, questioning what COVID represents psychospiritually, and also videos with whistleblower testimony.

So I hope you find all that informative and helpful. Sadly, you will not find any useful information from the mainstream media, not from the New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and all those kinds of propagandists. I think they have outlived their usefulness, and are now just obedient government press releasers.

From the mainstream media you will get government-issued lies and psy-ops (i.e. “psychological operations,” which is a term mainly describing military psychological manipulation of the enemy in times of war). The truth and reality are important, so I hope that these alternative sources can remain online before the censors get them.

The Truth About COVID-19

As we continue to struggle our way through this months-long Alfred Hitchcock movie, I can see why some people are calling it a “scamdemic.”

There is no reason to believe a word our government “leaders” have been saying about COVID-19. They are liars, and it is best to just assume the old adage, “How do you know when a politician is lying? When his lips are moving.”

The CDC is lying about the death numbers, state “public health” officials are lying about infections and “cases,” as well as deaths. They are also hypocrites, saying that “protesters” can gather by the thousands all jam-packed and yell and scream, but church-goers can’t gather at a church and sing their songs.

Fascist business closures, lockdowns, government-imposed financial collapse and high unemployment, canceling concerts, sporting events, canceling school, and fascist mandates to wear potentially harmful face masks, turning our neighbors and coworkers into “social distance” informants and face mask stasi.

There are states that are now imposing travel restrictions, requiring travelers from other states, or returning, to quarantine themselves for 14 days, fill out a form and/or provide proof they’ve tested negative of COVID within 72 hours of their arrival.

Nazi New York is setting up COVID checkpoints at bridges and tunnels. The travel gestapo will make travelers fill out intrusive health forms or pay a $2,000 fine if they refuse. If people don’t self-quarantine they will have to pay a $10,000 fine.

In Australia police are smashing car windows of non-maskers and pulling them out at checkpoints, and assaulting people not giving their personal private details or names and addresses.

Are these fascist morons going to put up a “Berlin Wall,” too? They are freaking NUTS, these people. And there’s NO reason for any of this!

I want to say, “Something smells rotten in Denmark,” but because Denmark appears to be doing well after letting kids back in school, I can’t say that.

But, things are smelling very rotten in the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave,” that’s for sure.

Well we know America is not as free as it was last February before all this fascism, and we certainly can’t say it is “brave,” with all the propagandized and frightened little sheep running away from others sans mask or fearing going back to work after house arrest for months.

This is like nothing I’ve seen in my nearly 60 years, and it’s a total scam. But why?

Based on what I’ve learned, here are some of the main points.

Most of the people who have died of supposedly COVID-19 have been very sick elderly people in nursing homes. Average age is about 80. Others who have died include those with preexisting conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and so on. Those are the vulnerable people who should be protected.

But most of the people who have the virus are asymptomatic, and among those who have symptoms, the symptoms are very mild, flu-like or cold-like symptoms. And even more important, at least to me, was the W.H.O. epidemiologist who said that they did detailed contact tracing of asymptomatic carriers, in several countries, and they found that spreading of infection by asymptomatic carriers of the virus was very rare.

That means there’s no reason for everyone to wear a mask, “socially distance,” cancel everything, stay indoors and be isolated. In fact, those behaviors and actions probably have been making people worse off, negatively affecting their physical and mental health, certainly worse than COVID-19 affects most people.

And again, if we’re afraid that we are a “carrier” but don’t know it because of being asymptomatic, then given that asymptomatic carriers infecting others is “very rare,” we shouldn’t worry about possibly giving something to someone else, like Grandma or teachers at school.

The “novel” coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is just one coronavirus of many coronavirus. The common cold is often caused by a coronavirus.

And the tests to determine whether someone is positive for a coronavirus are just to get laboratory confirmation of coronavirus, not specifically the COVID-19 disease or the specific coronavirus that causes COVID-19. So when we hear about all the positive confirmed tests for coronavirus, that means that those people have tested positive for ANY coronavirus! There is no test to determine a specific cornavirus, or to determine COVID-19. Therefore, just THAT in and of itself shows that the people in charge are lying to us about this. And the antibodies test determines that you have antibodies in response to any previous coronavirus infection, including the common cold! So THAT’S useless for specific COVID-19 testing.

See this article on the testing that’s for any strain of coronavirus, Dr. Joseph Mercola’s article, Common Cold May Trigger Positive COVID-19 Antibody Test, and this article by Jon Rappoport on the illusion of a pandemic through diagnostic tests, and look through Jon Rappoport’s blog from the tag “PCR” as well for various further information.

Earlier in the “pandemic” when officials referred to “cases,” they were referring to people with symptoms and who tested positive for coronavirus. But now, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus regardless of having symptoms, is a “case” and added to the case numbers.

And there are further problems with the false positives, because the testing is not reliable. Good information from Jon Rappoport here, and he also asks if wearing the face masks contributes to more COVID false positives. This article explains the false positives and false negatives with COVID.

There has also been outright fraud, such as labs throughout Florida (and probably other states!) reporting nearly 100% positive test results, because the labs were ignoring negative results and only reporting the positive results, until a TV news investigative team did some digging. And then there have been those who were told they were positive when they had never been tested.

Worth reiterating: The CDC changed its guidelines on determining what is a “COVID-19 death.” Now regardless of someone dying of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, motorcycle accident, being shot to death, as long as the victim tested positive with coronavirus that person is listed as a “COVID-19 death.”

See how they’re cheating and artificially inflating the numbers? And hospitals also have a financial incentive to inflate the COVID death numbers.

The bureaucrats are lying about the face masks as well.

Dr. Mercola explains why the masks don’t prevent viral infection.

I have already linked to the article by Dr. Russell Blaylock, who explains how the face masks reduce your oxygen intake and cause excessive carbon dioxide intake.

Doctors at University College London Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care also discuss the health risks of the general public wearing the face masks.

Quebec’s public health director says the masks are too moist in minutes and their barrier against viruses is greatly reduced.

Jon Rappoport presented a study or conclusion of studies showing that the masks do not prevent influenza transmission.

This article on “Orthodox Reflections” gives further information on the masks.

And Robert Wenzel from Target Liberty quotes the WHO, who reveals the push for masks is for psychological and behavioral reasons, i.e. conditioning and control.

And in this article on the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors associated with Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital state:

“We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”

There is no “settled science” behind the masks, so they should not be mandated!

Given the .1% infection fatality rate of COVID-19, the seasonal flu is just as serious as this COVID-19 (and more so for kids!). But during flu seasons our governors haven’t been intentionally ordering nursing homes to accept influenza-infected patients as they have done with COVID now. And how many people had been unnecessarily put on the deadly ventilators?

Jon Rappoport had posted a reference to the 2018 Time magazine article about hospitals overflowing with flu patients during the 2017-18 flu season. Here is a similar article at Stat. And from the New York Times in 2000.

And, as Jeff Tucker reports, during the 1968-69 “Hong Kong Flu” pandemic that killed 100,000 people in the U.S., there were no forced school or business closures, and bars and restaurants stayed open, the stock market wasn’t crashed down and Congress didn’t pass bailouts, no forced masks or social distancing, no arrests of innocent people for going to a party. Woodstock carried on.

No craziness like now. No Twilight Zone, like now.

But for some reason, COVID-19 is different. Why are “public health” bureaucrats lying and making up numbers? Why the fear-mongering? Why such fascist policies? How un-American. And why have the “news” media been going along with it?

(Update: Since posting this, I have changed the title. No other changes.)

Should COVID Hysteria Continue to Keep Kids Out of School?

I’m not a big fan of public education, otherwise known as government schools. Home schooling or private schools (without government-imposed curricula) are preferred, if we actually want the kids to be educated, not indoctrinated (indoctrinated with the latest wacko social or political doctrine, that is).

But in the controversy over whether the kids should return to schools this September amid the COVID-19 hysteria, I think it’s better for the kids’ emotional and social development to return to the schools. This stay-at-home for lengthy periods has been irrational and destructive, in my opinion.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has strongly advised that children return to school this Fall for in-person classes. Here are some excerpts from their guidance advisory updated June 25, 2020:

[The American Academy of Pediatrics] strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has been substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and families.

Although many questions remain, the preponderance of evidence indicates that children and adolescents are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe disease resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition, children may be less likely to become infected and to spread infection. Policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within schools must be balanced with the known harms to children, adolescents, families, and the community by keeping children at home.

Unfortunately, after all that encouragement, they then go into all these specific directions on social distancing, the 6 feet apart stuff and promoting the terrible face coverings. There are a lot of specific directions, like it’s Soviet central-planning kinds of stuff. (I don’t know what’s wrong with these people, quite frankly.)

But we have more realistic assessments, at least of the mandate that everybody wear the masks, from more rational and non-hysterical physicians out there.

For instance, Dr. Marilyn Singleton, M.D., of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, recently published a science-backed article on the face coverings, including:

Filter efficiency was measured across a wide range of small particle sizes (0.02 to 1 µm) at 33 and 99 L/min.

  • N95 respirators had efficiencies greater than 95% (as expected).
  • T-shirts had 10% efficiency,
  • Scarves 10% to 20%,
  • Cloth masks 10% to 30%,
  • Sweatshirts 20% to 40%, and
  • Towels 40%.
  • All of the cloth masks and materials had near zero efficiency at 0.3 µm, a particle size that easily penetrates into the lungs.

Another study evaluated 44 masks, respirators, and other materials with similar methods and small aerosols (0.08 and 0.22 µm).

  • N95 FFR filter efficiency was greater than 95%.
  • Medical masks – 55% efficiency
  • General masks – 38% and
  • Handkerchiefs – 2% (one layer) to 13% (four layers) efficiency.

Conclusion: Wearing masks will not reduce SARS-CoV-2.

  • N95 masks protect health care workers, but are not recommended for source control transmission.
  • Surgical masks are better than cloth but not very efficient at preventing emissions from infected patients.
  • Cloth masks will be ineffective at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, whether worn as source control or as personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Masks may confuse that message and give people a false sense of security. If masks had been the solution in Asia, shouldn’t they have stopped the pandemic before it spread elsewhere?”

Dr. Singleton continues with several more studies and conclusions from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the New England Journal of Medicine, all apparently discouraging the use of face masks by the general public, stating that they offer little to no protection. Dr. Singleton also suggests maintaining healthy vitamin D levels, and, if someone is sick that person should stay home.

So if a child has any actual cold- or flu-like symptoms that child should obviously stay home from school. isn’t that the way it should be now, anyway?

Further, the New York Times published an article that discussed the psychological effects of children wearing masks, as well as their family members also wearing masks. Such activities can affect the children’s ability to develop recognition skills. The article discussed mainly masks in the context of Halloween masks, but I think the comments should apply to what we are discussing here.

In my opinion, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ directions for children returning to school are not necessary when we are dealing with an illness and a virus that is very much like the flu for most of the people who have the virus. We are talking about an infection fatality rate of less than .1%. The CDC has said more recently that it’s an infection fatality rate of .26%. That’s one-tenth to two-tenths of one percent.

No children have died from COVID-19, although some states using the revised “count every non-COVID death as a COVID death” guidelines are now citing some child deaths (who have died from some other illness but happened to have tested positive for COVID-19). But in reality, no children have died from COVID-19.

The people who have been dying of COVID-19 are mainly elderly nursing home patients, and not just elderly nursing home patients but already very sick elderly nursing home patients who have been battling some serious illness, and others with very serious illnesses and conditions, such as obesity, hypertension, heart disease and kidney disease.

But the government bureaucrats in charge have been disseminating a lot of misleading propaganda, and the mainstream news media merely repeat the government’s propaganda and fear-mongering. They have been provoking hysteria among the general population who don’t look into these things further.

If the schools are allowing the kids back to resume their “education” (such as it is these days, mainly “woke” social justice indoctrination more than the needed reading, writing, and math learning), but are going to impose all these Orwellian, draconian guidelines for kids constantly being self-aware and pathologically self-conscious, and constantly worrying if they are 6 feet apart or if they are wearing a terrible face mask or covering the right way, the educational and health bureaucrats are going to drive these little kids literally INSANE!!

More Information on the Unnecessary, Unconstitutional and Harmful Mask Mandates

I have said that I don’t want to write about COVID anymore, because it’s getting very tiring. But the mask stuff, the mandating of wearing a mask, is out of ignorance and hysteria. That’s getting tiring, too.

But I don’t have enough time to write about the masks, their safety or effectiveness. So, here is a very good article on Health Impact News that addressed many issues with the masks, by Jim Meehan, MD, Healthy People Should Not Wear Face Masks.

And on the LewRockwell.com blog, Becky Akers has had several blog posts over the last week or two on the masks, including some experiences and thoughts about the masks from her many correspondents. Here is the blog archive for Becky Akers. She addresses the churches as well, in their obediently complying with the government’s totalitarian edicts to stay closed, or everyone wear masks and stay 6 feet apart.

Whatever Happened to the “Color Blind Society”?

I may have written this already here. But I am not a collectivist. I am an individualist. I can’t think of other people in terms of what group they belong to, such as based on their skin color, and then say this or that about them. Each one of us is an individual.

So, I don’t care about skin color or race, because they mean nothing to me. It’s who someone is as an individual that matters to me. Why do some people think otherwise? It seems to me that to some people skin color is important. Black this or black that, white this or that.

Unfortunately we have many forms of collectivism being expressed today.

And the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. would say that what matters is the “content of one’s character,” not the color of one’s skin. Why do so many people reject that philosophy now? I think it’s because collectivism in general still hasn’t gone away, regardless of whatever progress society has made.

And regarding the social and political activism these days, during the 1960s Dr. King had peaceful protests and marches, because he believed in nonviolence. And he also believed in civil disobedience. If a law is unjust, such as the Jim Crow laws, then it is moral to disobey it. But I think King would have condemned the “anti-racist” violence going on today. That’s just my view on that.

Orwellian Tolerance of Violence But Intolerance of Verbal Goof-Ups

Because of mass brainwashing in America, and ultra-hyper-sensitivity, we now have harassment of people who stupidly made some innocent remark, not because they are racists, but just out of insensitivity.

Intolerant society now does not forgive people for such verbal mistakes, and people persecute the insensitive louts, getting someone fired from a job or a TV show cancelled, such as Rosanne Barr.

As I mentioned previously, if someone says, “All lives matter,” that is called “insensitive,” and a person is fired from one’s job. I already mentioned how a professor was reading from Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which Dr. King used the “N-word.” and because the professor read that out loud, even though it was Dr. King who was using the “N-word,” that professor is being investigated. A liberal, non-racist professor. That is how irrational our society has become.

Well, I have another case of hysteria in the area of hyper-sensitivity. Dave Andelman, who had been CEO and host of “Phantom Gourmet,” a restaurant related Boston TV show, was forced to resign from his CEO and hosting positions because of writing sarcastic remarks on his Facebook page regarding the Black Lives Matter protests, the rioting and vandalism that have been taking place, and the irrational COVID lockdown.

In one post, Andelman wrote, “If the people who fought to create and defend this country knew politicians and police were ‘taking a knee’ after looting in major cities, while millions of law abiding citizens were denied the right to make a living, they’d jam bayonets into their own heads.”

Now, in today’s climate of hostility, that was obviously very dumb of him to write that. However, when you see hundreds of businesses being burned down, owned by people who are not involved in racism or in whatever the rioters’ grievances are, I can understand the need to express a sense of cynicism. Can’t you?

And the people burning down whole businesses, looting and stealing from innocent people, and destroying churches, libraries and homes as well, are not “protesters.” Acts of violence and criminality are NOT legitimate forms of “protest”! If they were, then America is just another third-world hell-hole.

Andelman also mixed his cynicism over the “protests” and rioting and looting with his cynicism over the COVID hysteria, including, “Zero effort to stop or distance these ‘protests’. Open business now and stop this silly charade.” And, “Maybe Back Bay restaurants and retailers could offer touchless, curbside looting and gyms could call workouts “protests against obesity.”

Now, I can see how some ultra-sensitive people may interpret that last remark as showing a lack of compassion toward what actual protesters are protesting, when he writes about workouts being “protests against obesity.” But can people lighten up, for crying out loud? I don’t think that someone should be fired for that.

Again, “looters” are not “protesters.” Looters are thieves and hooligans. Stealing from others is not a legitimate form of protesting. And when people involved in protesting turn to looting and arson, then their own acts of criminality in and of themselves de-legitimize whatever legitimate grievances those perpetrators may have had.

Hooligans and barbarians who violate the lives, property and liberty of others are just as worthy of cynicism, sarcasm, and parody as are the Orwellian “pandemic” policies of our fascist dictator governors.

So the looting, burning down and destroying businesses and threatening the lives of others have nothing to do with protesting racism or police brutality.

If our society continues to tolerate violence but not tolerate mere words, then we really are in serious trouble.

Is There “Systemic” Racism in America?

There is a lot of ignorance and brainwashing in America now. One thing that many people really believe is that there is “systemic racism” in America. Maybe up to the 1960s when there was still no Civil Rights Act, and there were still “Jim Crow” laws. But now? “Systemic”?

The Jim Crow laws were government laws that forced segregation by race onto private businesses and organizations, and prohibited private business owners from desegregating. When white business owners allowed black customers to sit at a counter right along with black customers, such as in Alabama or Mississippi, the police came in to harass and even beat up the business owners and arrest them for violating “the law.” Obviously, that kind of fascism should not be tolerated in a free and civilized society.

But all those laws were repealed all across the U.S. by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which also prohibited discrimination based on race.

After 50+ years, we now have many black government officials, state representatives and Congressmen, black mayors, city council members and black police chiefs. And other minorities as well, obviously. There are many black people working side by side with whites in businesses all across America, and there is no conflict there, mostly. There are many black businessmen, black doctors and lawyers, accountants and teachers. My Stop&Shop store has mostly black workers, as does my nearest CVS. I don’t see their bosses doing anything against those people because they are black. I don’t see police going in there and harassing them. Are there isolated incidents? Sure. But it’s not common.

And on the college campuses, there are many black professors and other black workers and administrators. However, it is at those places that many young people are being told to ignore real life all around them, and instead they are indoctrinated to believe that there is “systemic racism.” Especially when a single police incident occurs that is amplified and a video repeated over and over and over. That helps with the brainwashing.

But in the cities, we have the problem of police attempting to enforce thousands and thousands of laws of prohibition, such as drug laws, and bureaucratic laws and code laws, such as selling individual cigarettes. And yes, police tend to be targeting black citizens and other minorities.

What can overwhelmingly contribute to resolving that situation? Repeal ALL those laws, especially every single drug-related law on the books, and you will greatly decrease police harassment of innocent people. I am sure of that. Ending “qualified immunity” will also help.

Police Brutality, Riots, Racism, and Political Correctness Run Amok

The riots going on in various cities are troubling, and I don’t believe they have that much to do with racism. The riots mainly have to do with cops killing unarmed black people, which is not happening as often as the media tells us, but there are activists who are exploiting and exaggerating the racial conflict problem.

Please explain to me just how breaking windows and breaking into a business and looting and stealing from small business owners’ livelihoods and burning down businesses, burning cars and burning down the public library, have to do with a cop killing some guy? Or how it has to do with racism in America?

Why take your anger out on innocent people who haven’t harmed you and their livelihoods?

Some of the looted or destroyed businesses in Minneapolis were owned by black people or other minorities or immigrants. Some of them put signs in windows stating, “Black owned business,” or “Business owned by immigrants.” But no, those businesses got destroyed anyway.

During the 1960s the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. protested racial discrimination and injustice peacefully. He and others, hundreds of thousands of others, marched on Washington, and they did so peacefully. And they effected in getting the Civil Rights Act passed and repealing Jim Crow laws throughout the country.

However, they didn’t seem to change things with local police departments. In New York the police are known to harass and “stop and frisk” blacks and Hispanics and regardless if there were reasons to suspect someone of wrongdoing. (Repealing the drug laws and ending the failed “war on drugs” would go a long way in stopping many of those police abuses, but that’s for a different discussion.)

But why are things different now with protests, as compared to the Martin Luther King era? And while there is police brutality, that obviously should not be tolerated. The protests go beyond government violence against blacks and other minorities, and protesters are going after speech, including innocent, harmless speech. And for absurd political correctness reasons.

To show just how absurdly things have changed, and for the worse, now we have another example of political correctness run amok. It appears that UCLA’s political science department is investigating a lecturer for reading Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to the class. And the letter includes the “N word,” which the lecturer also read out loud. Why would he not? Oooh, he said the “N word,” even though it was Dr. King who wrote the word, and not the lecturer using the word himself.

So the kids complained. And I’m not even going to write out the whole “N word,” you know what I mean. I don’t want this blog to be taken down. So I have to censor myself, because there are people out there who feel offended by every little word or sentence, so it seems.

And I’m Jewish, but if someone utters the “K word” I couldn’t care less. Or the “H word.” I really couldn’t care less, and those things don’t offend me. Why have people become so offended by everything?

Another example: Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer, Grant Napear, was fired by the Kings and the radio station, because he tweeted, “All lives matter…” in response to a discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement. All he did was tweet, “All lives matter.”

What, not all lives matter? Why is that offensive? It’s like everything is “racist” now.

Sorry if I’m too rational for today’s “systemic” irrationality. And yes, it appears to be systemic now, the absurdity, the Orwellian nonsense. Racism, by the way, is not “systemic.” That is just not the case. Barack Obama couldn’t have gotten elected president and reelected president if the U.S. were a racist country. (And there are some people who believe that pointing that out is itself “racist.” Not exactly thinking people, quite frankly.)

But, “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.”

Speaking of “Orwellian,” one of my favorite libertarian bloggers, Robert Wenzel, has a post about police in various municipalities going overboard to show how they are NOT racists, by lying face down on the ground and “washing the feet” of Black Lives Matter organizers. Wenzel notes that this is an example of “early-stage Cultural Revolution of Mao’s China.” (I think it’s early stage nuttiness, if you don’t mind my saying that.)

And, regarding the police controversies I’m not a “hate-cops” person, or a “blue lives matter” person. In my world, no one would be above the law, including the enforcers of the law. But I don’t see all police as one group, because each of us is an individual.

We can’t say “white people this” or “black people that,” or “cops this or that,” because there are many good cops who probably have gone through their entire careers never having hurt anyone or even shot their guns while on duty.

Unfortunately, one psycho comes along and keeps his knee on someone’s neck and kills him. We have to weed out those ones, if there is to be a government monopoly on security. Perhaps consider privatizing that function?