Everything’s fine, there’s absolutely nothing to see here

In the darkest corners of our human instincts lies a psychological phenomenon that is the result of millions of years of evolutionary biology.

It’s called “tonic immobility”. And it refers to a form of paralysis that occurs when we’re terrified and facing extreme mental or emotional trauma.

Tonic immobility is common in nature. Animals in the wild will often freeze in place when confronted by a predator; the idea is that making no movement, and doing absolutely nothing, increases their chances of survival because the threat will simply go away.

But as anyone who has ever been on safari or seen a nature documentary knows, the danger seldom goes away on its own.

This instinct to ‘do nothing’ in the presence of danger runs very deep in our instincts; and it’s related to a cognitive quirk within our brains that psychologists call ‘normalcy bias’.

We’ve discussed this before. Normalcy bias is what causes human beings to believe, even in the face of obvious perils, that everything is going to be just fine.

Humans are creatures of habit. We easily fall into routines—waking up, going to work, stopping by the coffee shop on the way, spending time with the family in the evening, etc. And those routines define ‘normal’ for each and every one of us.

When the routine is disrupted, we often have a difficult time coping—even with little things. If the bakery down the street is out of the croissant flavor that we order every morning on the way to work, we’re irritated by it and don’t want to break routine by trying something new.

And major disruptions to our ‘normal’ are met by severe psychological backlash. Our brains simply refuse to acknowledge it.

This is normalcy bias. It’s one of the reasons why denial is the first stage of grief. We cannot accept the loss of a loved one who has been part of our routine– our brains won’t allow it.

Or occasionally we might find out someone has passed, and our first reaction is, “But I just saw them last week!” Again, our brains have an extremely difficult time grasping the concept that our deeply entrenched ‘normal’ is about to change.

And that’s why, when faced with something obvious that threatens our ‘normal’, it’s common for us to instinctively do nothing. Our brains are hard wired to believe that the danger will resolve itself and everything will go back to ‘normal’.

Many of us felt this way in 2020.

When the pandemic struck, it was terrifying. No one really understood anything about it; the media practically made it out to be a flesh-eating superbug that would vaporize everyone immediately.

And in the face of this threat, it was easy for politicians to convince people to literally do absolutely nothing: stay home, and shelter in place.

The idea was that if we waited long enough—if we froze in fear long enough—then the danger would pass.

And people maintained a belief throughout the year that life would eventually return to normal, no matter how crazy the world became.

When we were locked down in our homes, we believed that life would return to normal.

When mostly peaceful protestors were rioting and raging in the streets, torching private businesses that had absolutely nothing to do with their cause, we believed that life would return to normal.

When angry Marxists political candidates raged that they want to confiscate private property and nationalize entire industries, we believed that life would return to normal.

Today there are literally tanks lining in the streets of Washington DC and attack helicopters roaming the skies. A new US President is set to be inaugurated tomorrow with more than 20,000 troops guarding him.

They have already announced sweeping legislative and policy changes, ranging from substantially higher taxes to Green New nonsense to debilitating business regulations that will likely frustrate an already weakened economy.

There is absolutely zero fiscal or monetary restraint in government; there’s hardly a single policy initiative that doesn’t carry at least a trillion dollar price tag.

No one cares about the national debt—which is set to reach $30 trillion within the next few months, or the fact that the central bank balance sheet will likely pass $10 trillion this year.

Their solution to everything is to squash productivity and print money.

Yet still, countless people believe that life will return to normal. For them, part of their ‘normal’ is that America is safe, stable, and powerful… and always will be.

Their brains simply cannot accept a reality in which the country they love so dearly has changed. And it’s not going back.

This is normalcy bias, and it compels countless people to do absolutely nothing in the face of obvious threats.

When you see a government racking up trillions of dollars a year in wasteful new debt, and a central bank printing trillions of dollars of new money, a rational person would take steps to preserve his/her savings.

When the Treasury Secretary states in black and white that the Social Security trust funds will run out of money in a few years, a rational person would take steps to safeguard his/her retirement.

When the nation has become so fractured in conflict that it takes tanks and 20,000+ troops to hold a ceremony in the capital, a rational person would create a Plan B and have some backup options.

But normalcy bias makes us believe that everything is going to back to normal. So we freeze in place and do nothing.

There are plenty of solutions to mitigate these threats. But the most important thing to do right now is overcome normalcy bias.

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The latest COVID absurdity: walking with hot beverages

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

Women Surrounded by British Police for Taking a Walk

You’re allowed to exercise outside of your home under the UK’s current COVID lockdown.

But the rule states vaguely that you must stay in your “local area.”

So when two women drove five miles from their homes to take a secluded walk in nature, they were immediately surrounded by police and issued £200 fines each.

The officers used their own discretion to decide that driving to a nearby park for a walk was not in the spirit of the lockdown. The officers also decided that, since the women both had beverages, their ‘walk’ was really just a picnic in disguise… which is strictly verboten.

It’s just scary to think the damage to society that could have occured if these horrible criminals were allowed to sip tea while strolling in a remote park.

Click here to read the full story.

UK Law Enforcement Demands Power to Raid Homes Over COVID

A regional police commissioner in the UK is upset that police don’t have the power to enter your home to enforce COVID rules.

The commissioner has raised the issue with the national government, because he believes “For the small minority of people who refuse entry to police officers and obstruct their work, the power of entry would seem to be a useful tool.”

Big Brother might not be watching yet… but he wants to be able to come into your home just in case.

Click here to read the full story.

Antifa Violence Forces Portland Bookstore to Cancel Book on… Antifa Violence

A book by Andy Ngo called Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, is about the violent tactics that Antifa uses to coerce and intimidate its ideological opponents.

And after a Portland bookstore began carrying the book, Antifa threatened to destroy the store and organized a seething protest outside one of the locations.

The “Anti-Fascist” activists surrounded the bookseller, plastered banners on its windows, and forced it to close early “to keep employees and customers safe.”

Antifa’s intimidation worked. The store responded that they will not carry the physical books, but that they would still keep the book in their online catalogue in order to “[shed] light on the dark corners of public discourse.”

Additionally, though, the bookstore groveled in a public statement to indicate ideological alignment with Antifa, saying “It feels ugly and sickening to give any air to writing that could cause such deep pain to members of our community.”

Sometimes it just takes the threat of violence to turn someone into a goose-stepping collaborator.

Click here to read the full statement.

New York wants to make body armor illegal

New York legislators introduced a bill that would make it a crime for all of us peasants to purchase or possess body armor, or bulletproof vests.

Law enforcement would still be allowed to buy and own body armor however.

And no one would be grandfathered in either; the commoners would have 15 days to turn in their protective gear, or face the consequences.

The first offense is a misdemeanor, which means you could face a year in prison for owning a bulletproof vest.

The second offense is a class E felony– punishable by between one and four years in prison.

Clearly only criminals would want to shield themselves from bullets.

Click here to read the bill.

Hypocrite Watch: “Don’t Travel” says Canadian Senator Who Traveled to Mexico

Last year, Canadian Senator Don Plett co-signed a directive barring all Senators and Members of Parliament from traveling outside of Canada on government business, due to safety concerns from COVID.

But apparently the Senator thought traveling to Mexico on vacation was perfectly safe.

The directive he co-signed is still in effect, but that didn’t stop Plett from flying to Mexico for a short vacation at the end of December.

The Canadian government also still advises citizens to avoid non-essential travel– but I guess that just applies to the little people.

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A message to anyone who feels like ‘Winston’ in Orwell’s 1984

“The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering . . . all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting– three hundred million people all with the same face.”

That was a quote from George Orwell’s seminal work 1984— a masterpiece that describes life in a totalitarian state that demands blind obedience.

The ‘Party’ controlled everything– the economy, daily life, and even the truth. In Orwell’s 1984, “the heresy of heresies was common sense.”

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered.”

“And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

If you were ever caught committing a thoughtcrime— dissenting from the Party for even an instant– then “your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten.”

Now, our world obviously hasn’t become quite as extreme as Orwell’s dystopian vision. But Big Tech, Big Media, and Big Government certainly seem to be giving it their best effort.

70,000 thought criminals have already been purged from Twitter. Facebook and Reddit are feverishly removing user content. Apple, Google, and Amazon have banned entire apps and platforms.

Undoubtedly there is plenty of wacky content all over the Internet– misinformation, ignorance, rage, hate, violence, and just plain stupidity.

But these moves by the Big Tech companies aren’t about violence. If they were, they would have deleted tens of thousands of accounts over the last few years– like the mostly peaceful BLM activist who Tweeted “white people may have to die”.

Or the countless others who have advocated for violent uprisings against the police

Then, of course, there’s the #assassinatetrump and #killtrump hashtags that has Twitter has allowed since at least 2016. Or the #killallmen hashtag that’s allowed on Twitter and Instagram.

This is not about violence. It’s about ideology. If you hold different beliefs than the ‘Party’, then you risk being canceled or ‘de-platformed’ by Big Tech.

Icons like Ron Paul– who spent years criticizing the current administration’s monetary and national defense policies, and had nothing to do with the Capitol, have been suspended or locked out of their Facebook pages.

The hammer has dropped, and it is now obvious, beyond any doubt, that you better watch what you say– your livelihood, your social life, and your safety may just depend on it.

Or else, you will be purged, canceled, deleted from the Internet, denied payment processing by Visa, PayPal, and Stripe, and expelled from domain registrars like GoDaddy.

The message is clear: behave and think exactly as we tell you, or you will lose everything you have worked for, in the blink of an eye.

Sure, the ‘Party’ may give lip service to tolerance and unity. As long as you fall in line. Otherwise it’s more rage and ridicule.

They act like you’re a crazy person because you have completely legitimate questions and concerns– whether about Covid lockdowns, censorship, media misinformation, etc.

It’s extraordinary that after so much deliberate misinformation and bias, the media still expects people to take them seriously. CNN seems to believe that think anyone who doubts their credibility is a ‘conspiracy theorist.’

All of these trends are probably making a lot of people very nervous. Even scared. Despair has undoubtedly set in, much like in Winston Smith, the main character in Orwell’s 1984.

So, for all the Winstons out there, the most important thing right now is to remain rational. As human beings we tend to make terrible decisions when we’re scared, sad, or angry.

Have confidence in knowing that you have MUCH more control over your own life, livelihood, and future than they want to you believe.

But you absolutely will have to make some deliberate, potentially difficult decisions.

For example, if you’re fed up with Big Tech, you can de-Google your life. No one is holding a gun to your head to have a Facebook account or use gmail. There are plenty of other options out there that we’ll discuss in future letters.

More importantly, you might find that your hometown isn’t safe anymore– especially if you live in a big city controlled by politicians intoxicated on their Covid powers.

It’s really time to consider your immediate environment– if the local schools are brainwashing your kids, the dictatorial health officials shutting down your business, or nosy neighbors ready to turn you into the Gestapo for having family over for the holidays, then you might think about moving.

That might simply mean moving a few miles to a new county. Or a new state/province. Or potentially overseas. We’ll help provide you with information on plenty of options.

It might also be time to reconsider some of your business infrastructure– to have backup web servers and payment processors, for example, if you have an online business.

It might be time to consider some new financial options as well, lest the banks jump on the band wagon and start ‘canceling’ accounts for heretics.

But that’s the silver lining: we’ve never had more alternatives than now. Everything– technology platforms, financial institutions, and even our personal residence– it’s all replaceable. All of it.

We have never had more control over our own privacy, data, livelihood, and environment… as long as you have the willingness to take action.

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2021 may be the year that the world loses confidence in the dollar

Nearly 186 years ago to the day, on January 8, 1835, US President Andrew Jackson accomplished what no other American president has done before, or since: he paid off the national debt.

Jackson was a staunch fiscal conservative. He despised banks, and, according to his biographer, he considered central banking “black magic”, and the national debt a “moral failing”.

So he paid it all off– roughly $5 million.

That was the first and only time that the US national debt was zero. By the end of 1835, the debt had increased to a trivial $33,733. Within three years it was 100x that amount at $3.3 million. And by 1847 it had increased another 10x to $33 million.

The trajectory continued; the national debt crossed $1 billion for the first time during the Civil War. Then $10 billion for the first time during World War I. Then $100 billion for the first time during World War II.

It crossed $1 trillion for the first time during the peak of the Cold War in the early 1980s.

And it crossed $10 trillion for the first time in 2008 after years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, followed by the Global Financial Crisis.

The national debt is now nearly $28 trillion– 40% larger than the entire US economy. And the debt will most certainly hit $30 trillion over the next several months.

Last year alone the debt grew by $4.5 trillion due to all the Covid stimulus.

This matters. Because, sooner or later, that debt is going to mature and will need to be repaid.

Now, traditionally, whenever government bonds mature, many investors simply reinvest their proceeds into a brand new bond.

In this way, the government doesn’t actually have to pay anyone back; they just keep refinancing and kicking the can down the road farther out into the future.

And the Treasury Department is praying that bondholders will continue this practice forever.

Unfortunately that’s probably not going to happen.

For starters, foreign governments like China and Japan (which are among of the biggest owners of US government debt) have already started reducing their holdings.

Back in February, just prior to Covid gripping the world, foreigners owned $7.23 trillion worth of US government bonds– approximately 30% of the total national debt.

By October (which is the most recent data available from the Treasury Department), the total amount had fallen slightly to $7.07 trillion. But as a percentage, foreigner ownership had dropped to about 25% of the total national debt.

This isn’t a earth-shattering decline. But it shows a clear unwillingness from foreign governments to buy more US government debt; and also that some of them would like to be repaid when their existing bonds mature.

Just look at China. After years of rising tensions, China has gradually reduced its holdings of US debt, from a peak of $1.32 trillion in November 2013, to $1.07 trillion in October 2020.

And it’s unlikely that China will suddenly have a fit of generosity and choose to extend their US Treasury holdings.

Aside from foreign governments, another major holder of US government debt is the Social Security program; in other words– US citizens.

Social Security built up enormous cash reserves over the years in its various trust funds, and those trust funds are 100% invested in US government bonds.

Traditionally, Social Security always buys new bonds whenever its existing bonds mature. So they keep refinancing the debt for the US government.

But now Social Security has a huge problem: the trust funds are rapidly running out of money. Prior to Covid, the Treasury Secretary estimated that Social Security’s trust funds would be fully depleted by 2034.

But Covid has ravaged Social Security’s finances.

Unemployment surged, countless businesses closed, and payroll taxes were suspended. In other words, there was no money being paid into the trust funds.

At the same time, Social Security payments increased; even more people have retired and started collecting benefits. So while Social Security inflows went to zero, the outflows jumped.

And some analysts (like the Bipartisan Policy Center) now estimate that the program’s trust funds could be fully depleted as early as 2029 because of the adverse Covid impact.

So, needless to say, Social Security will need to be paid back when its Treasury bonds mature in the coming years.

As it turns out (according to Bloomberg) $8 TRILLION worth of government debt in the US will mature THIS YEAR alone.

Plus, the Congressional Budget Office expects another $2+ trillion deficit this year due more Covid stimulus.

So that’s potentially $10+ trillion worth of government debt that will need to be placed this year. That’s $300,000 per second.

The only way they’ll realistically accomplish this is if the Federal Reserve ‘prints’ trillions of dollars of new money.

The Fed did this last year; in January 2020, the Fed owned $2.3 trillion worth of US government debt. Today they own $4.7 trillion, plus trillions more in other bonds, for a total balance sheet of $7 trillion.

This is the ‘black magic’ of central banking; the Fed conjured money out of thin air and expanded the money supply by roughly 25% last year. Then they used that money to buy US government bonds.

They’ll have to do it again this year and create trillions of dollars more.

It is rather interesting that Janet Yellen is the incoming Secretary of the Treasury; she used to be Fed chair, and during her tenure she oversaw unprecedented money printing programs.

So there will likely be plenty of cooperation between the Fed and Treasury to print absurd quantities of money this year.

Certainly there will be some bondholders who extend their securities. But most likely the Fed will need to print another $3+ trillion, pushing its balance sheet beyond the $10 trillion mark.

And if they really go down this destructive path– $30 trillion national debt, a $10 trillion Fed balance sheet– then 2021 may be the year that the world finally loses confidence in the US dollar.

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New York Wants COVID Concentration Camps

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

Congress Goes Gender Neutral, Starting with “Amen, and Awomen.”

It’s tradition that an opening prayer is read on the first day of the US House of Representatives.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver led the prayer which he concluded, “Amen, and Awomen.”

Nevermind that ‘Amen’ does not at all refer to sex or gender, it comes from the historical Hebrew word meaning “so be it.”
(and I suppose that ‘awomen’ comes from herstorical Shebrew?)

So Congressperson Cleaver tried to play it off as a lighthearted jest, to welcome the record number of women into Congress.

Except that at the same time, Congress has passed new rules banning gendered speech in the House of Representatives.

“Seamen” is now “seafarer”. “Mother” and “father” are simply “parent”. “Brother” and “sister” become “sibling”.

Even more technical, legal language, like “ombudsman” is now “ombuds”. “Congressman” and “Congresswoman” are now “Member”.

Click here to read the bill or here to watch the video of the prayer.

Concentration Camps for COVID in New York

New York legislators have introduced a bill that would authorize state health officials to detain people without charges.

The law would apply in the event the government declares a health emergency, like the ones in force for essentially all of 2020, which were used to justify the COVID lockdowns.

The legislation would allow the state to arrest and hold anyone with a communicable disease, a carrier of that disease, or a contact of someone with the disease. So, basically anyone.

After three days detainees can ‘request’ release, at which point the government has an additional three days, plus holidays and weekends, to seek a court order.

If they don’t receive a court order after 5 days, only then must they release the detainee.

So you could potentially be held for a solid two weeks without a court even hearing about it.

But that’s only if you request release… otherwise they can detain you for up to 60 days before receiving a court order.

And after the initial court order, they need only request a court review every 90 days to continue to detain you, in the name of a communicable disease.

It’s just three months in a concentration camp without charges… and then another three months… and another.

I’m sure this will do wonders for New York’s crumbling tourism sector.

Click here to read the bill.

Journalist Wants to Murder Anti-Maskers

An extremely tolerant, mostly peaceful journalist named Kurt Eichenwald wants to beat an anti-masker to death.

Days ago he tweeted: “it’s at a moment like this that I want to find an anti-masker and beat them to death. Since they believe they have the right to kill others, they have surrendered any right to object.”

If you haven’t heard of Eichenwald, he was accused by a fellow journalist of paying off a child pornographer while working at the New York Times. So he clearly has the moral high ground.

Now, Eichenwald is nearly 60 years old. He’s overweight, epileptic, and has sat behind a desk for his entire career. So we assume he has neither the intention nor the physical ability to actually beat anyone to death.

Eichenwald lost a loved one last year from Covid and acknowledges that he has “so much hate in [his] heart”, and it’s obvious he’s just lashing out.

But this is a perfect example of how many journalists are really just activists… and they despise anyone who doesn’t share their ideology.

Are we really supposed to trust this person to be a credible source of objective information? It’s no wonder so few people trust the media.

Click here to read the full story.

Saying “Burn off those Christmas calories” is offensive

When a fitness magazine tweeted that “It’s a great day to burn off those Christmas calories,” that was too much for one psychologist to take.

She decided to lead the Twitter-mob charge, saying that the Tweet was “hugely concerning and problematic.”

The problem the good doctor and others on Twitter identified was that the tweet treated exercise like punishment for eating too much, instead of a healthy, fun part of everyday life.

And that’s the state of the Twitter mob in 2021: being offended because a fitness magazine was encouraging people to get off their fat asses and exercise.

Click here to read the full story.

42 Vaccine Recipients Given the Wrong Shot

At a West Virginia health clinic where the National Guard was helping to administer Covid vaccines, 42 recipients were accidentally injected with the wrong shot.

Instead of Modern’s mRNA vaccine, the patients received Regeneron– which ironically is the drug cocktail that many physicians now use to treat Covid.

Whoops.

There has been zero testing to see if it’s safe for people who have received Regeneron to also receive the Moderna vaccine. So the CDC recommended waiting 90 days before giving those 42 patients the mRNA vaccine.

But the National Guard disagreed with the CDC. They believe that “there are no concerns” for the Regeneron patients to also receive the Moderna vaccine, so everyone was re-offered the vaccine again that very day.

So… exactly which scientists are we supposed to listen to?

Click here to read the full story.

City Councillors in Ireland are Taking Mileage Reimbursement for Virtual Meetings

While millions suffer at the hands of Draconian city councillors shutting down local economies, some of those councillors haven’t even stopped receiving travel expenses.

Despite the fact that most meetings have moved online, councillors across Ireland continue to be reimbursed for travel and mileage, as if they were still hopping in the car to attend an online Zoom meeting.

Some honest councillors have waived the reimbursements, and one even alerted the media to the issue. But plenty of others have continued taking the money.

God forbid these politicians suffer financially amidst all the misery they have caused.

Click here to read the full story.

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This is an obvious double standard

I imagine that every single one of us has had a huge argument with a loved one at some point in our lives.

Sometimes it’s because of some issue that’s deeply personal to us. But the other person just doesn’t get it. We’re angry, they’re dismissive.

We’ve probably all been there– upset about something that’s important to us, and our wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend just acts as if they don’t care. It’s like they’re not even listening.

And that attitude only escalates the argument.

It makes a lot of people want to scream WHY AREN’T YOU LISTENING?!?!!?

And that’s human nature. People become even angrier when someone pompously waives us off and says, “Oh just calm down.”

When you’re in a relationship, you have a reasonable expectation that, if something is important to you, your loved one will make that issue important to them. Or they’ll at least listen and take you seriously.

But when they just dismiss your anger, it can feel like a betrayal. That’s not how a loved one should be treated. And it’s enraging.

We saw this last year after George Floyd was killed.

Countless people were already angry and disgusted. They felt like no one was listening. They felt like their completely valid and justifiable concerns had been dismissed for years… decades.

And the rage finally exploded.

But remember what happened– the media and political establishment almost immediately extended their support.

Politicians took a knee and raised a fist in solidarity. The boy mayor Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, sobbed about his “brokenness” in front of a crowd of protesters, while mayors across the country began heeding the call to #defundthepolice.

Kamala Harris went on The Late Show while looting, rioting, and arson peaceful protests took place across the country and told the host Stephen Colbert:

“They’re not going to stop. And everyone beware. Because they’re not going to stop before Election Day in November, and they’re not going to stop after Election Day . . . they’re not going to let up, and they should not.”

Meanwhile, the media went out of its way to present the protests in the best possible light.

Even if a reporter was literally standing in front of a blazing inferno, they still called the protests “mostly peaceful.” And they applauded vandalism and destruction of public property.

The Associated Press ‘stylebook’, which is sort of the syntactical bible in journalism, told reporters never to use the word “riot”, and instead replace it with “unrest”.

Back in August, a BLM leader stood on a street in Washington DC and said,

“I’m at the point where I want to put these police in a fucking grave. I’m at the point where I’m ready to burn the fucking White House down. I want to take it to the Senators. I want to take it to the Congress. I want to take the fight to them. And at the end of the day, if they ain’t gonna to hear us, we burn them the fuck down.

Another told supporters, “We about to go get that motherfucker,” referring to the President of the United States, and then led the crowd in chanting “It’s time for a revolution!”

But the media and politicians still had nothing but support. The message was clear: “We hear you, and we understand your anger. We want to help fix it.”

This is what a hurt loved one often needs: Respect. Empathy. Understanding. They need to feel like someone is really listening.

And lately this sort of empathy and understanding is being extended to every possible group or identity that feels oppressed.

We’ve covered so many of these stories– like the child molesters and rapists who have been released from prison or had their sentences reduced simply because they’re trans. Or the masktivists who aren’t charged with a crime when they pepper spray other people who aren’t wearing masks.

If you feel victimized, the media and political establishment now showers you with respect, empathy, and understanding…

… unless, of course, your problem is with the media and political establishment, in which case you are a treasonous conspiracy theorist whose assertions are completely baseless.

And this is what we saw yesterday.

Regardless of how you feel about yesterday’s events– whether you’re horrified or happy– a rational person should at least be able to acknowledge the massive double standard.

For example, the media wasted no time in calling the events of yesterday “treason”.

This is bizarre, because the Article III of the Constitution clearly defines treason. And the Supreme Court has clarified it in numerous cases, like Cramer v. United States in 1945, in which the Justices stated:

“the crime of treason consists of two elements. . . breaking allegiance. . . and rendering [the enemy] aid and comfort. . . if there is no intent to betray [the country], there is no treason.”

What did we see yesterday? Thousands of people waving American flags on the balcony of the US Capitol chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!”.

CNN seriously thinks that such actions constitute an intent to betray the country. Yet BLM activists wanting to murder police, burn down the White House, and “go get that motherfucker” is totally fine.

During the BLM riots, the ‘news’ site Vox ran articles praising the riots, saying they are “destructive, dangerous, and scary– but can lead to serious social reforms.”

But yesterday’s Vox insisted that every Capitol protester “should be arrested”.

The double standard is extraordinary. And it’s obvious.

The protesters from yesterday, along with millions of other people, are angry.

They feel that they have legitimate grievances. They feel they’ve been lied to. They feel betrayed.

But the media and political establishment has been dismissive at every opportunity. They pretend to want unity and reconciliation. But there is no respect. No empathy. No understanding. No one is listening. No one cares. And the blatant double standard only makes it worse.

So just like an argument between two loved ones, this is only going to escalate.

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The coming ‘woke’ American Theocracy

Over a two day period in late March of 1979, the people of Iran held a groundbreaking referendum to turn their country into a theocratic Islamic Republic where the religious leaders ruled supreme.

According to the wholeheartedly honest and incorruptible officials who counted the votes, 99.3% of the ballots were cast in favor of becoming an Islamic Republic.

(This bears a striking resemblance to Kim Jong Un winning a 2014 ‘election’ in North Korea with 100% of the vote, or when Saddam Hussein won re-election in Iraq back in 2002 with 11.4 million votes in favor, and 0 against.)

Within months, a new constitution was drafted, and Iran became a theocracy.

In a theocracy, the rules and rituals of the official state religion become pervasive in everything– politics, education, business, news, entertainment, and even your daily routine– regardless of whether or not you’re a believer… if you’re even allowed to be a non-believer.

In its own way, the United States (and much of the West) is rapidly becoming a theocracy where the woke leftist religion similarly pervades our daily lives.

We can already see it.

Just look at the education system, where schools and universities are indoctrinating young people into the virtues of Marxism, Critical Race Theory, and other woke pseudoscience topics.

Children are taught to view themselves as oppressors or victims, and to judge themselves (and others) not based on the content of their character, but on the color of their skin.

And even basic subjects are being radicalized.

The United States was founded in 1619. Biology is intolerant. 2 + 2 = 4 “reeks of white supremacist patriarchy”.

Entertainment is dominated by these same ideals. You can’t even watch a basketball game anymore without having a woke agenda thrust in your face.

And the mainstream media is clearly playing a major role in championing these principles to the public, including shaming of any intellectual dissent and burying information they don’t want you to see.

Big businesses have completely sold out to the wokists. Huge brands like Gillette wag their fingers at their own consumers, presuming that all men are sleazy, oppressive scumbags.

Tech companies which once stood for the free-flow of information are zealously censoring content.

And most large companies are now overtly prioritizing top executives and directors based on identity characteristics like race, sexual orientation, and gender, rather than talent and integrity.

(Ironically they all sing the praises of the Chinese Communist Party, which is conspicuously exempt from abiding by these fanatical woke principles.)

The wokist religion is invading daily life as well. You must participate in the rituals– raise a fist in solidarity, say the names, support the peaceful protesters, etc.

Any dissent is greeted with rage and cancellation. Daring to utter the words ‘all lives matter’ can result in you losing your friends, your business, and your reputation.

You must use only the words that have been prescribed. For example, “women” has been replaced with “people who menstruate.”

(And you must feign OUTRAGE on social media when someone uses the incorrect words.)

This 1984-style language cleanse has become so ridiculous that even the word “pedophile” is being quietly replaced with “minor-attracted person” so as not to ‘unfairly’ stigmatize… the pedophiles.

This religion is also a major influence in government now.

Elected leaders rush to show their constituents how pious and virtuous they are, whether they’re kneeling in solidarity for a photo opp, or changing their own rules to banish gender-specific language in the House of Representatives.

And we saw last year how government policy has started to become driven by the supreme religious leaders, i.e. American Ayatollahs who wield extraordinary, unelected power.

They control a perpetually outraged Twitter mob through hashtags and memes. They get to tell people whose life does and doesn’t matter… who’s an oppressor and who’s a victim. And they rake in hundreds of millions of dollars in donations with zero oversight or transparency.

It’s important to point out that this new woke fanaticism is a polytheistic religion with many gods to exalt.

There are the cultural gods whose followers wage jihad peacefully protest against everything in their path– monuments, buildings, and businesses run by infidel non-believers.

But there are also fanatics who worship Covid… or more appropriately, they worship the FEAR of Covid.

Theirs is a god of panic and outrage who demands strict obedience.

And they follow the commandment to terrorize anyone who isn’t afraid or commits the blasphemy of asking a rational question about the disease or a vaccine.

There are also the Marxist gods, whose worshipers demand you make a routine sacrifice of your hard work to the failed altar of Communism.

And there are plenty of other gods in the mix, like the Green gods whose devoted followers at the World Economic Forum want to eliminate cows and condition humans to eat weeds and “drink toilet water” because of climate change.

It is a busy religion indeed.

Bear in mind that I’m not talking about the future here; this fanaticism has already taken hold in the Land of the Free, and much of the West.

And given what’s happened over the past several days and weeks, there’s plenty of runway for those in power to hit the accelerator.

I know there are a lot of readers right now that are nervous, even scared. Your fears are well founded… these are truly bizarre times.

Just remember that human beings tend to make bad decisions when we’re emotional, especially when that emotion is fear.

Don’t do anything rash. This is not a time to panic. It’s a time to plan.

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How does anyone take these people seriously?

Last week, just before the canceled New Year’s holiday, the US federal government released updated dietary guidelines for the next five years.

You know what I’m talking about– these are the government guidelines that recommend we consume a certain amount of Calories, fats, protein, carbs, etc. every day.

I don’t know that anyone actually pays attention to this stuff; taking diet advice from the federal government is about as sensible as seeking moral direction from Congress.

But nevertheless the government still makes a big deal about its dietary standards.

In fact the Department of Health and Human Services convened an ‘expert committee’ of PhD researchers, physicians, nutritionists, and public health officials to come up with the new recommendations.

Here’s where it gets interesting: in its final report to the Department of Health and Human Services, the committee strongly recommended that Americans should reduce their sugar and alcohol intake.

This seems hardly controversial.

Yet the Department of Health and Human Services rejected this recommendation, stating that “there was not a preponderance of evidence in the Committee’s review . . . to substantiate changes to the quantitative limits for either added sugars or alcohol.”

Really? Not enough evidence?

There have been countless studies spanning decades of research showing the harmful effects that excess sugar has on the human body, especially in children. Parents know this from personal experience.

Not to mention there has literally never been a single, credible study which concluded that children should consume more refined sugar.

And yet despite decades of hard evidence, the Department of Health and Human Services still can’t reach the same conclusion. For them, the jury’s still out on whether sugar is harmful.

How is anyone supposed to take these people seriously?

Coincidentally, this is the same department of government that has been telling us the COVID vaccines are completely safe.

So… they can’t figure out if sugar is bad. But they’re 100% positive that the vaccines are safe and everyone should take one.

This is just a tiny example of the truly nonsensical, oxymoronic thinking about Covid-1984. There are so many more.

Here’s another one: the Department of Health and Human Services is also responsible for tracking influenza statistics during the flu season.

For example, during last year’s flu season which began in October 2019, they reported up to 56 MILLION cases of influenza.

Remember, this was the 2019 flu season… so before the Covid hysteria.

How many influenza cases do you think have been reported so far this flu season? 10 million? 1 million? 100,000?

According to the most recent CDC data, the total number of influenza cases reported in the Land of the Free this flu season through December 27, 2020 is a big fat 877.

Not 877,000. Just 877, i.e. fewer than 1,000 people in the US have had the flu.

Seriously? Are we honestly supposed to believe that our infallible public health officials have miraculously eradicated influenza?

Or is it possible that, maybe just maybe, influenza cases are being counted as COVID-1984 ?

We already know the Covid numbers have enjoyed quite a bit of fuzzy arithmetic. Covid reporting standards in many municipalities, states, and countries require that anyone who tests positive for COVID and passes away is automatically counted as a COVID-related death.

Motorcycle accidents, heart attacks, even cancer… they’re being counted as COVID deaths.

Just a few weeks ago there was a murder-suicide in Grand County, Colorado in which the police report listed cause of death as “blunt force injuries due to a gunshot wound”.

But Colorado public health officials listed both of the deceased as COVID deaths.

Even the CDC acknowledges that 94% of all reported COVID deaths were related to some other condition besides, or in addition to, COVID-1984. So only 6% of reported deaths were pure COVID.

The CDC also stated that, “on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes” for every single COVID death reported in the Land of the Free, including (as we now know) murder, suicide, heart attack, and traffic accident.

It’s remarkable that, if someone tests positive for COVID and dies for any reason, the cause of death will often be reported as COVID.

Yet if someone takes a COVID vaccine and dies, the cause of death will never be listed as the vaccine. The vaccines will kill zero people. Listen to the scientists. Obey.

It’s also remarkable that they seem to be making up the vaccine procedures on the fly.

Bear in mind that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine requires two doses, three weeks apart. So you’re supposed to take the first dose, and then, 3 weeks later, a second dose.

And Pfizer (presumably the ‘expert’ about its own vaccine) has flat out said there is zero data to suggest that a single dose would be effective after 3 weeks.

But in the UK, public health officials have suddenly deemed in their sole discretion that the vaccine will continue to be safe beyond 3 weeks. They have conducted zero studies, and no research exists on the matter.

Yet they are now insisting that a single dose will keep people ‘70% protected’ despite the manufacturer’s objections.

And on this basis they decided to delay the second dose until week 12, if not later. (We assume they’re going to mix the first injection with a strong dose of Hopium…)

This sudden change is pretty amazing because, even just before Christmas, they were telling everyone how important it was to have the second injection after precisely 21 days.

Now they’ve completely reversed this and are telling people that 12 weeks is just fine, even though this contradicts what they just said, and what the manufacturer requires.

(And now the US government has said it will consider the same thing.)

They’re clearly just making it up as they go along. But hey– listen to the scientists. Obey.

It’s not just the government either. The private sector is totally on board with this oxymornic thinking.

A few days ago I boarded an American Airlines flight while traveling from Chile to Puerto Rico; as part of the check-in procedure, I had to swear to the airline that I had not tested positive for Covid, nor had I been in contact with anyone who had tested positive.

Yet it’s perfectly fine to board a commercial fight if you have Tuberculosis.

Or Ebola for that matter. Or influenza (not that it exists anymore). Or any other infectious disease… as long as it’s not COVID!

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1984? Twitter Mob cancels English Literature

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

San Francisco Drug Overdoses Outpace COVID Deaths

San Francisco is a city that implemented some of the more strict COVID lockdowns in 2020, inside a state that may have been the most draconian in the US.

And while San Francisco has only seen 173 COVID-19 deaths in 2020, the city has watched as 621 people died of drug overdoses.

In 2019 there were 441 San Francisco deaths from drug overdose in San Francisco; so even just the INCREASE in drug overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020 (an increase of 180) is greater than the number of COVID-19 deaths in San Francisco.

This echoes other unintended consequences from lockdown isolation, such as Japan’s spiking suicide rate.

Click here to read the full story.

Twitter Mob Takes Aim at Classic Novels Taught in Schools

Under the hashtag #DisruptTexts, English and Literature teachers across the United States are banding together to censor dangerous classic novels.

For example, a teacher in Lawrence Massachusetts said that the organization #DisruptTexts helped her school district remove Homer’s The Odyssey from the curriculum.

Others have done away with the “slut-shaming” classic, The Scarlet Letter, as well as Shakespeare for his works written “at a time when hate-ridden sentiments prevailed.”

The idea is that anything written too long ago will reflect the bias and prejudice of the past, and fail to properly indoctrinate students into the correct way of thinking, according to the woke Twitter mobsters.

Instead the organization has partnered with Penguin Publishing to suggest teachers use titles such as Antiracist Baby a “picture book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves… to help readers recognize and reflect on bias in their daily lives.”

Click here if you want to see the #DisruptTexts website for yourself.

High School Student Sues Over Woke Curriculum

A high school student from Nevada, William Clark, has filed suit against his high school for forcing its woke curriculum on him.

Clark has a white father and black mother; his father is deceased and he is growing up in a predominantly black household with two black siblings.

But given that he has a white biological father, Clark is “regarded by his peers as white”. And that’s enough for him to be guilty.

According to the lawsuit, Clark’s high school is forcing him to “unlearn the basic Judeo-Christian principles” from his upbringing.

These values include “the proposition that every person is unique and equal before the eyes of God and will be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.”

But Clark’s public school doesn’t believe in such principles.

To them, whiteness is oppressive. And despite Clark being half black (i.e. just as black as Barack Obama), he is deemed to be an oppressor by school officials.

The lawsuit alleges that school officials deliberately misled parents about the curriculum and did not inform anyone that their children would be indoctrinated into Critical Race Theory and other woke principles.

In one class in particular, a mandatory ‘Sociology of Change’ course required for all students, the teacher greets students in the morning with “Hello my wonderful social justice warriors!”

Students are expected to label and identify themselves based exclusively on gender, race, sexuality, and religion and then determine if your identity is associated with oppression or privilege.

(The study material makes it easy by pre-determining for the students which identities are oppressors, and which are victims.)

Those with oppressor identities would then be forced to submit themselves for ridicule by the rest of the class.

Clark chose not to participate in the exercises. And for his resistance, he received failing grades, which will prevent him from graduating and threaten his college prospects.

Click here to read the full lawsuit.

Sheriff’s Office Makes List of Innocent Kids Susceptible to “fall into a life of crime”

Pasco County Florida thinks it can predict which kids will grow up to be criminals. So it keeps a detailed list of these innocent children.

Factors which land kids on the list include getting bad grades in school, witnessing or being the victim of violence at home, and even “a juvenile’s social network,” which the Sheriff’s office tracks.

Other factors which have landed 420 children on the list of potential criminals include “hanging around in public”.

This is all described in the Sheriff’s office’s own manual, in a section on crime prevention.

Deputies do engage some of the at-risk youth. But the main objective seems to be spying and intelligence gathering to aid in investigations– not to innocently mentor youth.

Click here to read the manual.

UK Bans “Buy One Get One Free”

In the country’s quest to save people from themselves, the United Kingdom will ban “buy one get one free” offers, and other promotions, on unhealthy food items.

The rules which go into effect in April 2022 also forbid restaurants from giving free soda refills, and stop unhealthy items from being featured at the checkout.

The argument is that obesity related illness costs the socialized healthcare system of the UK 6 billion pounds per year.

Therefore the government has the right to dictate health standards to citizens and businesses alike.

Click here to read the full story.

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Mandatory Vaccines and woke logic

In response to COVID-19, Cornell University requires that students returning to campus must receive a flu shot.

That’s not a type-o: they want you to have a flu shot… to battle Covid.

Obviously the flu shot doesn’t protect you from COVID-19. But hey, this isn’t the first COVID response that makes absolutely no sense.

But it does indicate that Cornell, and other universities, might require students to receive a COVID vaccine when they become widely available.

In fact, in its “Behavioral Compact” which Cornell forced students to agree to before returning to campus, the very first line states,

“Until there is an effective vaccine for COVID-19, we live in a world of significantly enhanced community and personal health risks.”

The compact goes on to explain how everyone has a responsibility to adhere to the safety requirements, not just for themselves, but to keep the entire community safe, especially those most at risk.

And this, apparently, means requiring that everyone have a flu shot.

Well, not quite everyone:

The university will be happy to exempt Black, Ingenious, and People of Color (BIPOC) from the flu shot mandate.

Cornell’s website states that “due to longstanding systemic racism and health inequities in this country,” the university understands that these “requirements may feel suspect or even exploitative” to BIPOC people.

For example, “Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) have been mistreated, and used by people in power, sometimes for profit or medical gain.”
And to be clear, Cornell’s claim is 100% true.

The Tuskegee syphilis experiments come to mind, in which the United States Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control pretended to treat black subjects for syphilis from 1932-1972.

In reality the government was studying the progression of untreated syphilis, allowing the black subjects to be killed slowly and painfully, while spreading the disease.

The whole experiment was a disgusting lie that turned its subjects into unwitting lab rats.

The website continues:

“At the same time, we know that long-standing social inequalities and health disparities have resulted in COVID-19 disproportionately affecting BIPOC individuals. Higher percentages of individuals from these communities become infected with COVID, and the health outcomes related to infection are often more serious.”

So, to summarize:

– Cornell mandated the flu shot to keep the most vulnerable people safe from COVID.

– BIPOC people are among the most vulnerable.

– Therefore Cornell exempted BIPOC people from the flu shot.

MAKES PERFECT SENSE!

You’d think that if the flu shot truly were necessary to keep people safe, then Cornell would demand that EVERYONE take the shot.

You can’t have it both ways. Either the flu shot is critical and necessary to protect the most vulnerable, or it’s not.

And if it is critical, then why would Cornell allow the most vulnerable to slip through the cracks?

And if the university does not believe the flu shot is critical, then why subject anyone to the requirements?

Also– why are BIPOC people the only ones who are allowed to not trust the medical establishment?

I seem to remember a certain Dr. Fauci admitting that he lied at the beginning of the pandemic, when he told people that masks would not help slow the spread of COVID-19. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the lies and coverup from the World Health Organization.

So haven’t we all been lied to, at least by certain key figures in the medical establishment, about COVID?

But if you’re not BIPOC, you’re apparently not allow to have a different opinion, express skepticism, or raise any concerns at all.

The irony here is that Cornell is supposed to be a UNIVERSITY after all.

So if they really feel that a flu shot is critical and necessary to protect vulnerable people in their community, perhaps they might try EDUCATING their students about why they believe this is an appropriate public health policy, as opposed to coercing certain ethnic groups, while exempting others.

Don’t worry, Cornell addresses that too: “we understand that someone may know the science and still feel distrusting of health care and may have addition (sic) questions.” [note the grammatical error from one of the nation’s top universities.]

You have to understand that the Social Justice Warrior is a walking contradiction.

They care so much about inequality in health outcomes for people of color, that they will hand them an excuse on a silver platter to allow that inequality to continue.

They recognize that BIPOC people have reasons not to trust the establishment, but everyone else is a science denier for simply asking questions, and wanting more information.

They say that vaccines are not just to keep the individual safe, but the community as well. But it’s acceptable for BIPOC people to ignore this.

Sort of like how opening your business causes COVID-19 to spread, but “peaceful protests” are so righteous that they can’t spread disease among their tightly packed crowds.

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