Please note well: I should report at the beginning here that our writer Stephers, currently inundated in flood waters, has a much better and deeper view of Covid vaccines, leading one to suspect they are not in fact vaccines, but rather gene modifiers. Graphene oxide has been found in them, she writes and backs with evidence. Somehow 5 and 6G is a tie-in. I lack her abilities in that area. I urge you to read her posts to get a broader view. Here I wrote about the vaccine as if it were a real vaccine, and by no means did I mean to sell her work short. I am a creature of habit.
I refer you to this post by Darrel Ehrlick, who was once the editor of the Billings Gazette, a longstanding Montana newspaper in what was once the state’s largest city. Travis Mateer, aka the poet William Skink, brought my attention to Ehrlick with this post, kind of a rant. I did my own rant in the comments. There I mentioned an interview I had heard, a comedian whose name I did not catch. As I posted,
[The comedian] talked about being in college, pre-med, when he realized he was funny and that comedy was his real calling. He wanted a degree, and so asked his advisor about what would be the quickest and easiest way out of college. He was advised to switch to journalism.
I then go on to refer to Dunning-Kruger, the study wherein it was determined that people of low intellectual ability are not capable of realizing their own intellectual shortcomings due to … low intellectual ability.
I have no doubt that Ehrlick’s office is lined with diplomas and honors, maybe awards. As professions go, journalism is perhaps the least self-aware, and also one that hands out awards to one another like Halloween candy. It is also a very smug profession, and as we all know, smugness, while annoying, is also a defense mechanism used to hide deep insecurity. On some level, do journalists suspect they are frauds?
I want to examine several sentences in the Ehrlick piece, and will not be handing out awards.
[Montana Governor Greg] Gianforte went a step farther to cause confusion and sow mistrust of masking in schools even though the vaccine hasn’t been approved for young children, and despite the rise in COVID-19-related illness in youth. Face coverings are among the only defenses available to that age group during these times of kamikaze politics.
I don’t know what he means by “COVID-19 related illness” in youth. The survival rate among youth for this interesting disease that has no unique symptoms and no reliable test for diagnosis is something like 99.99%. The “defense” of face covering is harmful to children, limiting their oxygen intake, slowing down brain functioning. (Will we be overrun by journalists in the future, a side effect of masks? Oxygen-deprived high school students stumbling about looking for a profession at which they can excel, but which does not tax their brains?)
Ehrlick just doesn’t know what he is talking about. That’s all I can make of it. We watched a video (linked here, skip ahead to minute 29:00) where at the outset a person noted that in this debate, facts do not matter. That is because we have been in a sealed room and fed agitation propaganda for many months, keeping us in isolation and a state of fear. In that state, we cannot reason properly … due to brain fog and fatigue.
Now, our own thing seems to have transformed into a selfish ethic of my freedom at all costs, even at the expense of life or the lives of those around me. Forgive me if the next time I hear someone tearfully talking about the sanctity of life I roll my eyes.
For a newspaper editor not to have inquired into the nature of “testing positive” and “asymptomatic carrier” and “dying with Covid” is … well … just how journalists operate. They just blindly report. They base all their opinions and “facts” on “experts”, and do not know how to think independently. I roll my eyes. (“American college students are like American colleges — each has half-dulled faculties” – James Thurber .)
And as much as I want to think kindly about this state I love, the historian in me got to wondering how the state would have responded to such a pandemic years ago. We have some clues: During the Spanish flu epidemic of 100 years ago, people masked up and prayed for relief. When the polio vaccine was available, pictures show long lines of Montana schoolchildren eagerly taking what was then a new vaccine, not so unlike the newer mRNA technology of today.
He has his facts wrong. It may well be that people wore masks in hospitals and infirmaries, but otherwise the Spanish flu, never shown to even be contagious (see Rosenau experiments) was a human tragedy not well understood to this day. Sailors out to sea during the breakout of the pandemic still came down with it at sea. The fact that it coincided with the First World War, where gases and other poisons were widely used, where soldiers lived in fetid swamps, has never been studied. The fact that most victims were young adults … never studied. (They say they came across a virus, H1N1, in a cadaver, and that it therefore was the cause. People jumped on that bandwagon. I doubt they found anything, as virologists don’t actually isolate viruses. Also, one cadaver proves nothing.)
At least with polio, we now know its true cause, lead aresenate and DDT, spread on crops to destroy pests, and which made its way through the lower intestine and attached to the base of the spines of young children. It is still with us, now called acute flaccid paralysis, identical symptoms. We also know the vaccine arrived too late to be the cause of the end of the spread of that disease. That’s just a fancy lie.
And so I look to the past to give guidance on the future. And while every generation sees itself living in precarious times with epic consequences, I struggle to find an appropriate analogue. If history really was repeating itself, then kids should be lining up for vaccines as soon as they’re available and so should adults. The community would trust science and be grateful for the amazing accomplishment of developing a vaccine and then getting it to the public so quickly. That’s what history tells us has happened previously.
If you don’t look at that paragraph and see the words of a very credulous man, highly susceptible to propaganda and unable to think for himself, then look again. The key words are there. Anyway, enough of Darrell Ehrlick.
I am going to repeat something here, but in my own words, as I’ve long since lost the file where I kept the original. It was written by Ben Bagdikian, a noted journalism critic, and if I find the original, I will substitute it for what is written below. It is about how journalists receive real-world training after college.
A young newspaper reporter is excited and ready to get going, and on his own goes after a story. It’s a good one, investigative, exposing some corruption, even naming names, local people with power. He works it up, working after hours and adding lots of sweat energy. He then submits it to his editor, who on reading it takes him aside and tells him that the story lacks objectivity, and that he is too personally involved, and so won’t be printed.
So, when he gets another idea for a story, rather than work it up, he approaches his editor in advance to discuss it. Again, he is told, he’s got to stand back, get a quote from both sides, and refrain from writing anything incriminatory of anyone – the job of a journalist is to objectively report both sides, and not to judge or get emotionally involved in a story.
His career was long and distinguished, as he took all advice to heart. He won awards. He wrote thousands of stories, always maintaining objectivity. And, oh yeah, before I forget, he never again had an original idea.
That is what editors are selected to do – dumb down journalists. (I once knew another Billings journalist, who in reporting on the death of a journalist friend, proudly said that he did not know over his newspaper career his political opinions. That, to them, is a compliment.)
The good ones leave. It’s been my experience that really good journalists often quit their jobs and do independent work, Gary Taubes, for instance. The ones that hang around, even the award winners, must have half-dulled faculties.
We’ve written plenty here about masks, which have no scientific merit. I would mention this Danish mask study, the largest and most rigorous done, as it showed that there is no difference in outcomes for those who mask and those who do not. However, I have a problem with it: To judge outcomes, the people behind the Danish mask study, professional statisticians, used the results of PCR tests to decide who had the SARS-CoV-2 virus and who didn’t. The PCR test used in that manner is worthless, and so the Danish mask study is worthless too. Just let it be sufficient to understand that no virus has ever been proven to exist or to cause disease, and if such a thing existed and could cause disease, no mask would stop it. If I put burden of proof on Ehrlick to make his case for masking and vaxxing, he would come up empty-handed. But like everyone, he has been living in the infested swamp of agitprop, and has his own set of unchangeable facts.
I do not mask (stores mostly left me alone), never locked down, and I will not vaccinate. On the latter, I’ve not been convinced that any vaccine has ever been effective, and unlike Ehrlick, I’ve done independent study on this matter. I’ve traveled the depths of Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur, both professional frauds. I’ve read books and papers and listened to the people who promote vaccines, and without exception they speak generally and without citation, assuming that we should all know that it was a virus that caused polio (not so) and a vaccine that stopped it in its tracks (it was not). These are beliefs, not facts. Belief without evidence is also known as “religion”.
Journalists are bought in, I know, and cannot report anything contrary to the official narrative. As it works in humans, they fix their minds to align with power rather than seeking a new profession. The lie enforcement mechanism at work these days is stunning, the censorship pervasive, and fear omnipresent.
Yes, I am being hard on Darrell Ehrlick, never having met him. I am committing a logical fallacy in assuming that all journalists are fakes, Ehrlick is a journalist, ergo Ehrlick is a fake. Still, I ask that you read his piece about masks and vaccinating, and then form your own independent judgment. I think it safe to speculate if you do so you will come away with something akin to my point of view, that Darrell Ehrlick is a typical journalist, smug and short of any real insight.
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I am proud and honored to provide pop-cultural relief to the important topics you and your in-house “staff” cover on this site. You guys (and gal) are truly inspiring and, for me, the best journalists working today.
Thanks CY. Nice words. I love the additions you make here, your insight and background into musicians, part of our cultural programming. What you mentioned (in private) about Karen Carpenter is worth further study, that she was simply too talented to ignore, but she was not part of the families, the lesser talented brats who occupy center stage long past their prime, like Mick Jagger. Perhaps, for that reason, maybe simple jealousy, her career was cut short? I think she is still alive, somewhere, but how awful to have so much to give and having to remain quiet. What power she was up against.
I’m sure everybody here is suffering from fake-tigue as much as I am, but it is like a trainwreck, I can’t avert my gaze from the menticide. Early last year, when presented with dissent with msm narrative drama, people reacted angrily. See Greta at 42 second mark. Or if you don’t want to see that again, “How Dare You!” with a stuffy 19th century scripted thespian accent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2hi1cdr4jY
This month, they don’t react at all, they seem oblivious, mute, creepily expressive of their apathy. See Mr Toad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riHe-ZGAjlE It is a dumb acceptance which seems inhuman to me.
They outsourced the opinion-making-process to the journalists rather than picking up some raw information and whipping up a homemade opinion salad. It might be politically incorrect, or just wrong but more original than a McDonalds prepack.
Here is a fresh European artichoke, https://alethonews.com/2021/09/03/23252-deaths-2189537-injured-following-covid-shots-eu-database-of-adverse-reactions/
And some herbs and spices stored from last year, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XEyycHsertjsyXmkpaaism62PC8y9lwPSHlurgn4wqY/edit
You can always find some study somewhere that will prove whatever you want to prove, but those things are perishable, seasonal, even climate sensitive, and not to every taste. You also may have to pick bugs out of them too.
I recommend definitions of terms for a quality opinion salad.
Season your salad with your own emotion. Do not borrow a feeling, please. Go heavy on Outrage and chuck the fear on the compost pile.
I like Taubes (cautiously) on nutrition. He’s mum on covid so far as I know. Back when I was debating virology with a friend, I recommended Taubes for some perspective on how scientific dogma can become entrenched in a field. He emailed Taubes to ask directly about covid, and Taubes replied quickly with very qualified statements, IIRC to the effect that he had no reason to doubt the science there, but it wasn’t something he had researched. It was a very weasely answer I felt, though my friend took it as support for the mainstream science. I should try to find that email, it was kind of interesting.
Adding… Taubes has a very interesting family background. I think his brother is actually highly placed in medicine, again IIRC
He is the reason I am not overweight. Good Calories Bad Calories was a well written tome. He was also involved in cold fusion. I don’t know anything about that affair.
Kudos on that. I’m still trying to figure out how to apply his insights on nutrition to my own situation. I’m naturally skinny, but I have issues with energy crashing plus hunger between meals, that seems carb related. Plus I do have some belly fat as I’ve gotten older. I’d rather not do full (extremely low carb) keto though. Would prefer to find a happy medium, like the “Mediterranean diet” – 40% carbs, 40% fat, 20% protein.
I read his cold fusion book. It’s been awhile, but it struck me as describing an episode of “controlled opposition” within the physics community. An extraordinary claim was made by a relatively obscure researcher/ professor, which catapulted him into fame – front page news on newspapers across the land. Then a big shot older scientist from Europe, Royal Society member, parachutes in to team up with him. (IIRC the chronology correctly.)
Other scientists can’t replicate their extraordinary result. They are told they aren’t following the subtle recipe properly. Controversy ensues. The prof has trouble with his school, becomes sort of a zealot or iconoclast, a lighting rod. Eventually it fizzles out in ignominy. But plenty of ambiguity and gray areas, so everyone can claim victory, or confirm their biases. The bigshot parachutes back to his villa… LOL
Actually, I think the disgraced prof gets endowed with a fancy lab over there too? Just another confusing muddle of a story, by the scriptwriters(?)
And Taubes, I guess, got to write the book-form wrap-up on the whole affair. I wonder what inspired it, whether there was anything genuine about it – to begin with, maybe? – or whether it was fiction from the ground up. Maybe they wanted to teach the physics community a lesson – show what happens when you buck the entrenched dogma, go off on tangents? “Just color inside the lines, guys! No thinking for yourselves!”
I got sucked in to Judy Woods, and she used cold fusion as part of her act, and when in revulsion I realized she had scammed me, I turned around and ran away, never again looking at it. I know Taubes was involved, and nothing else.
I am amused by the story of the five (so far) anti-vax talk show hosts allegedly dying of Covid. I’ve seen a few memes, chuckles about it, from pro-vaxxers.
But statistically – what are the odds? It just seems absurd on its face, by the numbers. How many anti-vax talk show hosts ARE there? I live in Alabama, and ALL my local “right-wing talkers” are either pro-vax, or at most “ambivalent-vax.” So there can’t be more than, what, 20 or 30 in the entire country? Are there really even a hundred openly, outspokenly anti-vax talk show hosts? And FIVE of them – and these are presumably healthy, professional, middle aged people – get Covid. Not just “really bad Covid” or “hospitalized with Covid,” but “dead Covid.”
By this tally, you would think that the mortality rate is about 25%, or let us say 5% at the most generous estimate of anti-vax talk show hosts. Rather than the official claim of less than 1% for people in their 50s and 60s who aren’t grossly obese, diabetic, etc.
Maybe most talk show hosts ARE obese and diabetic? These are questions the media doesn’t ask…! Ha.
Again, not doing any real paying attention, I am falling back on this, that if people are really dying, it is the vaccine that is killing them.
Was working in Huntsville AL and came across a lingerie shop at a strip mall.
I couldn’t help but notice the visuals portrayed in the window: 8 foot tall poster of a 400 lb obese woman in panties and a bra.
I literally almost lost my Bo Jangles fried chicken and biscuit lunch!!
Tailored marketing I suppose.
No “Southern Belle” in Huntsville!!!
It all goes with the overturn of everything truthful, honest, and beautiful.
When beauty is replaced with grotesque semblances of “women”… When pigs with wigs rule the roost…
When “ministers” and even “The Pope” proclaim poison to be a “blessing from God”…
Then you may as well flush the commode and never look back!!