Protecting the Pandemic from the People: Perpetual Panic, Permanent Emergency

There are some suggestions that the Omicron variant could well end “the pandemic”. And that is a problem. It is a problem on two fronts. First, a variant that not only defeats the “vaccines,” but that also reduces the pandemic to a minor endemic phenomenon, is not one that can be exploited to generate profits for a transnational pharmaceutical giant like Pfizer, which has effectively captured the Canadian market and enjoys a near monopoly, plus a free sales-force (consisting of politicians, civil servants, academics, journalists, and many others). Second, any scaling down of illness removes the thin cover used by the state to centralize and maximize political power, under the pretext of an endless “state of emergency”.

First, what do we know about OmicronMedical authorities in South Africa have already explained, and emphasized repeatedly, that the virus is following its normal course of evolution towards a strain that spreads easily and is far less lethal—indeed, its symptoms are very mild. Scientists elsewhere have concurred. In South Africa, Omicron has been accompanied by a reduction in hospitalizations, and deaths. Mild symptoms have been the worst of the Omicron experience there, and elsewhere. As of December 12, the WHO reported not a single death anywhere could be attributed to Omicron—after months of circulation in Africa. While fanning the flames of fear about overwhelmed hospitals in Canada and the US, in South Africa a published study found that persons with Omicron were 80% less likely to be hospitalized than if they caught another variant; compared to Delta infections, Omicron infections are associated with a 70% lower risk of severe disease. South African authorities are still wondering why Europe and North America are freaking out. (Answer: the freak out is calculated.)1

South Africa reminded us of some very important facts that are overlooked too often: Africa, with a negligible percentage of people being “vaccinated,” has evaded the worst of the “pandemic,” a fact that somehow baffled First World scientists. There simply has been no pandemic in Africa, by any long-standing definition of a pandemic. This has brought forth another fact: the worst of the Covid experience has been primarily centred in First World countries, which had the strictest measures, states of emergency, lockdowns, and mass “vaccination” that has approached between 75% and 100% of their populations. More than that, countries that imposed or enforced few or no restrictions, have fared the best—in the Caribbean region, that was Haiti, which rejected the importation of “vaccines” and which could not or did not impose or enforce masking and social distancing. Haiti has fared the best in the Caribbean under Covid; it has done better than nearby Cuba (which has developed two vaccines of its own), but it has even done better than its next door neighbour, the Dominican Republic, where incomes are higher, the injection rate is higher, and serious restrictions were imposed and enforced. Sweden, Florida, and Texas might occupy attention in Western-fixated media, obsessively concerned with their immediate experience, but none of these are the real test cases of what happens when places adopt diverse responses. The really important cases are instead to be found in Haiti and the African continent.

This chart compares Covid-19 deaths in Africa as a whole (the bottom line, in green), the European Union (blue line), and North America (brown line).
This chart compares Covid-19 deaths in High Income nations (top line, red), Lower Middle Income countries (middle line, pink), and Low Income countries (lowest line, green).
This chart compares Covid-19 deaths in Haiti (green line) versus the Dominican Republic (brown line).
This chart shows that for most of the pandemic in the Caribbean, Haiti had the fewest Covid-19 deaths of all the major territories in the region.

How could the Omicron variant end the pandemic? One way would be for Omicron to show that, like in South Africa, it is massively transmissible yet minimally dangerous—perhaps not even as bad as a common cold, from which it is practically indistinguishable. Yet, it would almost painlessly generate natural immunity on a broad scale. That would hardly merit new lockdowns, new or renewed states of emergency, mandatory “vaccination,” and the extreme social divisions deliberately constructed by the political class and their media collaborators. Another way Omicron could end the pandemic is by proving the irrelevance of existing “vaccines”. At present, all across Canada injections are being made mandatory for certain sectors of the workforce—and yet they are being injected with a product designed to counter a strain that has gone extinct and has already been replaced twice. The so-called “vaccines” were already being abundantly defeated by the Delta variant, rendered completely useless in achieving any goals of eradication or blocking transmission, and now Delta itself is being annihilated by Omicron.

Clearly, the mass of the population that voluntarily complied with getting injected, has been sold a flawed product. The new ad hoc social contract—where you get vaccinated, and they promised to return your lives to normal—has been completely torn up even before it was signed. An illusion of normalcy was based entirely on what the state permitted, and what the state allowed it could just as easily disallow—and it has. Businesses which collaborated with the state by enforcing “vaccine passports,” now see themselves either being reduced in terms of capacity or hours of operation, or they are being shut down altogether—after already losing business because of the pass system. Their customers were only and exclusively those who were “fully vaccinated”. If such establishments are now deemed “unsafe,” then this tells you everything you need to do know about the benefits and the promise of the “vaccines”.

(We can add this: those who assumed they were “fully vaccinated,” will soon be redefined as “inadequately vaccinated,” and have their QR code privileges revoked. The “fully vaccinated” are about to truly become the unvaccinated: i.e., those who fell out of vaccination.)

Omicron’s arrival in Canada is entirely the consequence of divisive, exclusionary, authoritarian measures that reserved air travel only for the “fully vaccinated”. Outbreaks have also occurred on cruise ships, with only “fully vaccinated” passengers on board. It was also “fully vaccinated” persons who carried Omicron into Canada, as much as the media and the state like to demonize the “unvaccinated”. Also, among the early numbers of those testing positive for Omicron in Montreal, 90% were “fully vaccinated”. In the US, about 80% of all Omicron cases are among “fully vaccinated” persons, and the CDC reported that 33% of these had received third doses. In Europe the young and the “fully vaccinated” have spread the majority of Omicron cases. Even The Atlantic is calling this “the pandemic of the vaccinated”. Whatever damage Omicron might do, it cannot be blamed on the establishment’s favourite scapegoat, the “unvaccinated”.

As for the “fully vaccinated” who are now leading in hospital admissions for Covid, who had been trained to stigmatize and demonize the “unvaccinated” for getting sick, many of the “fully vaccinated” now have to be counselled and consoled by the Washington Post that there is no shame in getting Covid.

Finding this image by accident in Telegram, it perfectly summarizes and expresses the essence of this article. The artist is unknown to the author.

What some medical critics have said all along—and you might have heard them more easily had they not been roundly censored and expelled—is that we will not be able to “vaccinate” our way out of this “pandemic”. These “vaccines” prevent neither infection nor transmission, and what little they do, they do even less with rapidly declining efficacy. It is impossible to eradicate Covid, due to the existence of natural animal reservoirs, and the fact that the misnamed “vaccines” offer no sterilizing immunity—thus “herd immunity” through “vaccination” is impossible. On top of that, the current rules violate the principle of never vaccinating during a pandemic, since that itself helps to drive mutations that escape the vaccines. People are now being urged to get “boosters” (designed for an extinct variant), and such “boosters” will always be, at best, one variant behind what is currently dominant. A permanent lag means an unending series of shots, each of which comes with known risks—hence a multiplication of risk, with little proven benefit.

All of this is terribly worrying for the authorities. Their only answer is the most predictable one: more of the same. The objectives? Protect the pandemicShield the vaccinesKeep the people at bay.

The Vaccine Gold Rush: Mining a Renewable Resource

For pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Moderna, the production of injectable drugs (dubbed “vaccines”) has been a veritable gold rush—with one important difference: the resource that is mined is renewable. Unlike a gold vein that can be exhausted, a human vein can be drilled again and again, and the drill is just a needle. What renders human veins renewable, what turns arms into resources, is the constant renewal of fear that makes arms extend in anticipation, plus the evolution of new variants which, if properly controlled and exploited, can be immensely profitable. Big Pharma is ready to cash in on Omicron, with the aid of public fear and government mandates. Fear-mongering about Omicron has been enormously profitable already: “Big pharma executives and shareholders saw their wealth skyrocket in the week after the Omicron variant was discovered, with just eight top Pfizer and Moderna shareholders adding a combined $10.31 billion to their fortunes”. Of course there is always the problem that with a greater number of injections, a greater number of resistant mutations is developing.

We may think we have been sold “vaccines,” but reality is more complicated and opaque. As others have suggested, it is we who have been sold to the “vaccines,” or specifically their manufacturers. Public funds, public infrastructure, and public-sector workers have been seized by Big Pharma, and taxpayers pay for the damages caused by the injections. Our bodies and the fruits of our labour are transferred to pharmaceutical giants. We have been purchased, acquired, captured. In return, we receive a vaccine-based security which is no security at all. That is a great deal given in return for what by comparison amounts to nothing.

For the pharmaceutical companies—and their partners in government, academia, and the media—the ideal outcome would be permanent injectability. That would mean a life that cannot be allowed to live freely without being artificially sustained through a ceaseless expansion of problems targeted with vaccines, and a ceaseless series of boosters for each product. The result, a sickly and isolated population confined to bubble-like quarters, living in terror of the world outside the window, reality mediated by what is allowed on their screens, is the perfect outcome. Like the humanitarian industry to which pharmaceutical companies are closely allied, the ideal is not just a needy subject, one obsessively focused on preserving bare life, but a permanently needy subject.

Anyone touting the virtues of “natural immunity”—indeed natural immunity itself—must therefore be an existential threat to such a system. Note how the mandates of governments, hospitals, universities, and a range of occupations never once mention even the existence or possibility of natural immunity. Natural immunity is just factored out. This is therefore not “science”; it is anti-science, or the “alternative science” of pharmaceutical corporations, authoritarian regimes, and censorial media. When nature and the natural are so feared, even detested, the only “science” that can arise is a perverse distortion driven by megalomania and fantasies of achieving invulnerability and invincibility.

Permanently Needy, Permanently Secure, Formerly Human

Three turning points directly led to the situation we now face (I will expand on these points in the future). One turning point was September 11, 2001 and what it taught about invulnerability and invincibility. First, invulnerability: the fact that a small group of what appeared to be ordinary travellers could deliver such a shocking blow, was interpreted by the dominant apparatus and most of the population to mean that “the threat” could come from anyoneanywhere. Everyone was under suspicion. Security became paramount because the threat was generalized. Second, invincibility: no longer safe and secure in their homes, Americans and then many others in the global North accepted the notion that “we need to fight them over there, to keep them from fighting us here in our homeland”. Simplistic, dichotomous thinking prevailed—as it does again today. George W. Bush’s “You are either with us or you’re with the terrorists,” has become Michael Gunner’s, “If you are anti-mandate, you are absolutely anti-vax”. Fighting them over there has morphed into a call to push “vaccines” on Africa, where they are least wanted and least needed.

The financial collapse of 2008–2009 openly manifested not just the pure incompetence and corruption of the dominant elites, but it painfully reminded everyone of the vast and growing inequalities that prevailed. Corporate technocrats’ models were proven to be not only failures, but dangerous ones at that. Their esoteric, specialist knowledge was unmasked as little more than trickery. What became firmly acknowledged by almost everyone was the two-tiered nature of the “justice” system, with none of the culprits facing any convictions or time in prison. Out of this turning point, two powerful movements arose that worried the elites, one of which shrivelled up with time and the other growing into a serious electoral challenge: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party movement, respectively. As OWS declined, leftists left behind vital political platforms on the political playing field, which were then taken up by “the right”. As the “the left” lost its way moving down ever narrowing and subdividing corridors of identity politics, “the right” took up causes associated with the working class, national self-determination, free speech, and anti-interventionism in foreign affairs. The “right” became more leftist, while the “left” aligned itself with the agendas of billionaire oligarchs and became reactionary in its anti-populist posture. The rise of “populism” was the basis for the next turning point.

In 2016, first with Brexit and then with the election of Donald Trump, the ruling elites became terrified. Liberal democracy, until then, had existed as a means of pacification and control—it was never meant to be used as a tool for challenging the system. Now, liberal-democracy itself became a threat, to the extent that it opened the door to systemic challenges. Long-standing fear of the masses erupted into full view. From 2016 onward the elites resolved to destroy what they mockingly termed “populism” and to punish all those responsible for pushing “populist” agendas and winning elections as “populists”. Demonization would play a critical role by creating fear of dangerous Others, and automatically associating any of a number of sins—white nationalism, white supremacy, racism, misogyny, etc., etc.—with any of the Other’s positions. Anti-globalization? That’s easy: Racist. Self-determination? You mean: White supremacy. Anti-vaccines? You can guess.

Whether March 11, 2020, and what followed, were pre-planned or not makes no difference. What happened does not become any worse or better depending on whether or not the “pandemic” was pre-planned. In fact, “pre-planning” answers no significant question of interest here. Of course pandemics have been expected, and just as they occurred over the past century, they were expected to occur again—the existence of rehearsals, exercises, and planned responses is not surprising. What we do know is that what was brought to bear on “the pandemic” was what was already established and already in motion. What was already in motion was the elites’ war against populism. What was already established were firm historical foundations for authoritarianism: in the Caribbean, the history of slavery and the (quasi) total institution of the plantation became the backdrop for rulers’ responses, infecting their language, their measures, and their threats; in North America, histories of segregation, of denying civil rights, of Indian Schools, stern missionary traditions, “humanitarian interventionism,” and incarceration became the reservoirs for policy and practice; in Australia, its history of penal colonies came back to life in the form of the severest lockdowns and most absurd restrictions in the world; in Europe, traditions of fascism and socialist totalitarianism were reanimated—and so on, around the world, each nation putting forward its own traditions of oppression.

This is the Third World War. It was apparently not to be a war between nations of the world, but a war within nations around the world. The evident aim of those who launched this war is to save the pandemic from the people, at all costs.

What the “pandemic” furnished—and this was not realized by all or even most political leaders at first (a fact that undermines the pre-planning argument)—was a glorious opportunity to:

a) punish the people;
b) divide the people against each other; and,
c) discipline and control the people (i.e., the broad mass of the working population).

The “pandemic” is and has been a political phenomenon, first and foremost—a fact that even few critics seem ready to recognize. The only real relevance of “science” here is the degree to which it reveals this or that measure to be (in)effective or (un)justified given the officially stated goals. There is no path of “science” out of this crisis. We are not dealing with a problem of “uninformed” policy-makers and legislators.

What has (re)gained political capital in the course of this crisis is rule by state of emergency—a favourite tool of elected dictators since Adolf Hitler. It affords nearly absolute power to enact almost any fantasy. It is as desperate as it is ecstatic; worried and yet exuberant; awesome yet unsustainable. Rule by state of emergency today is not simply, as some may think, a reflection of a “public health threat”. There are many ways one can deal with a virus, and a state of emergency is not the most obvious one—in fact, all of the measures imposed under the “public health emergency” in Quebec are demonstrable failures. Emergency rule is instead evidence of the state’s lack of trust in the population, and the state’s willingness to blame the population for the spread of the virus (which makes as much sense as blaming the public for the flight of birds). Emergency rule is thus an antagonistic and belligerent position, a reflection of the state’s lack of confidence in its ability to convince and secure consensus. Emergency rule is an admission by the elites that they lack legitimacy. Thus the state and the dominant elites resort to psychological warfare, fear-mongering, behavioural manipulation, censorship, and threats. The aim is to reduce the population to a state of complete dependency on the state. The state thus appropriates a parental role in the name of “protection”. Rule under a “public health emergency” makes the state bossdoctorfatherpriestteacher, and babysitter, all in one. Conversely, the public is reduced to the status of wards, dependent on aid and tutoring, careful not to move without permission, and even then dressed according to the state’s dress code.

This emergent system based on permanently needy subjects under extended if not permanent states of emergency, results in the objectification and commodification of human beings. Humans are now reduced to arms. Government is now the art of “getting shots into arms”. With such reduction and dehumanization, we can only speak of the ex-human. The ex-human is that thing which has the outline of the former human being, now subsisting largely as an object used to carry a smartphone that leads ex-humans to wherever a QR code will permit. With information tightly restricted by media and academic outlets whose output resembles wartime propaganda, knowledge can be dispensed with altogether—“just Google it”. Ex-humans in ex-university classrooms are there only to make sure that everyone is correctly repeating dogma.

“The vaccine” is thus a useful lever, part of a machine well oiled by fear and programmed for “health”. Once “the vaccine” appeared as a quasi-magical solution—an instant technological fix—its foundation had already been laid by the imposition of a “health emergency” that demanded total “safety,” which meant absolute “security”. We have moved past the 19th-century problem of Order that was the central object of concern for the new social sciences. Now the system can not only live with disorder, it thrives on disorder, it foments disorder. Disorder is an inherent feature of the discourse of Progress, which involves the destruction of traditions and never ending ruptures with the past. The problem now is not Order, it is instead that of Security. Emblematic expressions of this securitization of everything are gated communities, home alarm systems, surveillance of Canadians during lockdowns, and “safe spaces” on campuses. Anything deemed contrary is treated like an intruder who “triggers” an alarm. Ex-humans are thus reprogrammed to function as components of a social surveillance system, and experience teaches that they are all too easily “triggered”.

Megalomania: Manufacturing Fear, Selling Disease

For the clearest, most current examples of how “the pandemic” has been worked, one can examine what is presently happening with Omicron in Canada. The language used by the media and government officials, as well as media-selected academic “experts,” reveals what is undeniably a deliberate effort to promote mass fear (yet again). For the shrill-speakers, almost everything is premised entirely on the heightened mass terror of the “rise in ‘cases’,” as usual. Corporate and state media use “surging cases” to promote panic porn and to advocate for “stricter” measures, without the slightest concern for the vast range of damage wrought by lockdowns. The media’s agenda neatly dovetails with that of pharmaceutical companies which profit from disease mongering. The same is true of university-based medical “experts” predictably quoted by the media—academics whose research is either directly funded by the same pharmaceutical companies, or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or they work in hospitals and research centres funded by these entities. Fear is weaponized, playing on rising “case” numbers: a doom loop is created where fear drives people to get tested, which drives the numbers higher (when even asymptomatic people who believe they have been “exposed” to “contact” rush to get tested); as the numbers increase, so does fear, thus repeating the cycle.

In early December the WHO and “public health” authorities in Europe and North America all stated very clearly that it would take three to four weeks to seriously examine Omicron, before jumping to any conclusions. Initial statements by “public health” officials in Canada and the US—including Fauci—suggested that Omicron would be less severe in its effects than any of the previous strains, but more transmissible. Both its behaviour, and its effects, are hardly distinguishable from the common cold—a very light version of the common cold.

Clearly, this type of narrative was not satisfactory for the media in Canada, who fancy themselves as the fourth branch of government after the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, and possibly second only to the executive. This is not an exaggeration. One has only to watch their televised programs, listen to their radio talk shows, or hear their questions at press briefings, to easily pick up their pointed, commanding, instructional tones. They do not want to know what will be done; they want to tell the authorities what to do. The Canadian media always fall on the side of severity, extreme judgments, hyperbole, unrestrained scare mongering, and even violent malevolence—more on this later. When it comes to Omicron, the Canadian media will have none of this “less severe…like a common cold” commentary from scientists.

Examine even just a sample of a day’s worth of media reports in Canada, and their recurring themes:

Inflammatory language: “Omicron is raging in the U.K.”; “The World Health Organization (WHO) also sounded the alarm”: “unprecedented”; “the Omicron figure paints a starker image”; “the threat of the Omicron variant of concern mounts”; “the dramatic upturn in numbers”. (This is still not as melodramatic as the acted out hysteria one found in a selection of just one day’s headlines from US cable news channels which, almost simultaneously, repeated their characterizations of Omicron as “frightening,” “terrifying,” “scary,” and “rampaging”.)

Turning a positive into a negative: less deadly Omicron displacing deadlier Delta “is seen as potentially problematic by infectious disease specialists”.

Expecting the worst: “…Bauld said, only a small number of people are in hospital with the variant in the U.K., but she expects that to change as it’s still very early in this outbreak”; “Surely, we have learned by now that we underestimate this virus at our peril”; “could once again overwhelm unprepared health systems”; “the pandemic could spiral out of control”; “it would be ‘catastrophic’ to the health-care system”; “the prime minister recognized that this new surge in cases would be particularly difficult for families and communities given the time of year”; “We are preparing, unfortunately, for a significant rise in hospitalizations”; “we’re likely to see a substantial rise in hospitalizations”….“It’s about to start to be really challenging”; “it could cripple the Canadian health system”.

Training captive markets to freak out: “COVID-19: At least 7 schools currently closed in London, Ont”; “Two Montreal schools closed due to potential Omicron variant outbreaks”; “Feds formally advise against non-essential international travel amid COVID-19 case surge”.

Mystification: Signalling political goals, portraying them as the inevitable outcomes of Nature: “the pandemic is not yet over”; “if Canada does not respond with the proper restrictions, the situation could become disastrous”; “ If the measures are not put into place and used strictly…the toll the variant could take on the health care system would be severe”; “To those who are planning to travel, I say very clearly, now is not the time to travel. The rapid spread of the Omicron variant on a global scale makes us fear the worst for Canadians that may think of travelling,”; “avoid pre-holiday parties and gatherings…it’s really important right now to make a ‘collective effort’ and use caution”; “Trudeau and the premiers agreed that the key to moving beyond the pandemic is to ensure that as many Canadians as possible, including children, get vaccinated and have access to booster shots”.

ATOMICRON: A 100 Megaton Payload of Lies

This is clearly a game on the part of government officials and the media, with the rules invented by them and agreed upon by them alone, and with the referees appointed by them. None of their favoured “measures” have worked, and yet they want to see them reimposed or reinforced. Masks (for children too), social distancing, the injectable drugs they falsely claim are “vaccines,” their QR codes—nothing has or can stop the spread of a virus, and the present situation proves that. Trinidadian talk show host, Stephan Reis, has formulated one of the authorities’ main problems as follows: on the one hand, they have to tell the resistant that the “vaccine” works, and they should get it; on the other hand, they have to tell the rest of the population that the “vaccine” is not working well enough, which is why they need to get more. Both messages are stated nearly at the same time, in front of both audiences.

To sustain interest in their game, the pharmaceutical PR firms known as “the media” have initiated a new and more virulent round of disinformation. It is utterly transparent just how severely unscrupulous and unreservedly mendacious their dangerous propaganda has become. Not waiting for Omicron to overwhelm hospitals, Canada’s CTV News, following “public health,” rushed to invoke that spectre:

“Even with stricter public health measures introduced in Quebec, hospitals could be over capacity with COVID-19 patients as the fifth wave of the pandemic explodes, a new report published Wednesday predicts. The report from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) paints a mostly worrying picture of the situation in the province, which has been recording back-to-back record-breaking case counts in recent days. The INSPQ says that if public health measures are followed, more people get their third dose, and people can get tested, ‘we cannot exclude an overrun of hospital capacities even if these conditions are met, given the uncertainty concerning the severity of Omicron’. Local hospital leaders reported Tuesday they may need to start cancelling surgeries and clinics”.

Now that Quebec has caught up to the UK and Israel, where the “fully vaccinated” constitute the majority of Covid hospitalizations and deaths, the narrative in Canada has changed: the “unvaccinated” are now “overrepresented” as a proportion of the “unvaccinated” population. Even before that, those with a “first dose” were being counted among the “unvaccinated” because they were not “fully vaccinated”—a brazen contradiction of past narratives from earlier this year that should have raised the ire of the populace. Thus this headline: “Quebec reports close to 1,000 new COVID-19 cases, 772 not fully vaccinated”. Of those newly testing positive, 78% received a first dose of the vaccine.

According to the new norm, those who have received just one dose, were no longer “adequately vaccinated” (when boosters become mandatory, two dose people will be deemed “inadequately vaccinated”). The impression one would get—if you have zero memory, or only now started reading news reports for the first time in your life—is that just one dose is tantamount to no protection at all.

Was that always the case? No, it most certainly was not.

On January 5 of this year, the media reproduced with approval these statements from a loyal doctor: “Research has shown that the Pfizer vaccine achieves 90% effectiveness two weeks after the first dose has been administered. The second dose is a ‘booster’ shot that enhances the already high level of protection”.

On January 11, Premier Francois Legault insisted, “the first dose does grant a fair level of immunity”.

Earlier this year then, a single dose was still deemed effective, enough that getting the second dose could be delayed by a dozen weeks, even more. The second dose was, after all, just a “booster” shot.

Indeed, the policy was to delay second doses, in order to “protect” the maximum number of people, because that is what we were told a first dose would do: protect. The delay in receiving a second dose simply did not matter: “Please rest assured that this change will not affect your health or well-being”.

The government of Quebec took to calling second doses, “booster shots”. It insisted that it would be fine to delay receiving the second dose, by 90 days.

Note how much just one dose mattered back then. Now it matters almost not at all.

Thus either the Quebec government and its alleged advice from so-called “Public Health” was again wrong, and imposed measures not grounded in scientific fact—or, it was the case that the so-called “vaccines” began failing from early on. If the former is true, then the government is either ignorant or incompetent. If the latter is true, then simply stating that X% of hospitalized people now are not “fully vaccinated,” is a way of masking the fact that what was asserted earlier, about the effectiveness of the vaccines, was and continues to be false.

With each passing day now, local headlines scream of “records being smashed,” and they are speaking only about “cases” (i.e., those testing positive). One headline blasted, “Quebec doctors warn hospitals may soon be overrun as health workers catch Omicron variant”. The “Health Minister” intoned, in a now familiar refrain: “the situation is critical,” with the Premier repeating the chorus line about “difficult choices ahead”. “The city’s hospitals are also struggling,” we are told, “with emergency rooms consistently over-capacity and 99 more people admitted with COVID-19 in the last week”.

And yet, a related article reports: “Compared to this time last year, before the province launched its vaccine campaign, hospital admissions are down 61 per cent, even as cases are up 92 per cent”. How can hospitals be struggling with reduced hospital admissions? Part of the answer lies in the fact that, just days before Christmas, the Quebec government fired 500 healthcare workers for refusing to undergo discriminatory and punitive testing (Alberta also laid off 1,650 hospital workers). The decision made no sense: anyone in the healthcare system, injected or not, can be infected and spread the virus—so why test only those who refused injection? Do they already possess natural immunity, given the high chance of that being the case in their line of work? The decision made even less sense given the announcement that, due to staffing shortages, Quebec hospitals were planning to let infected and even sick workers come to work.

Then we learned that the small number of new hospitalizations was not even caused by Omicron: “While Omicron appears to spreading rapidly throughout the province, and the rest of Canada, Quebec’s health minister said the variant’s effect has not been felt in hospitals. Most of the people who end up in hospital are affected by the Delta variant, he told a news conference”. That fact was repeated by hospital records.

Nonetheless, by juxtaposing articles intended to frighten readers about “surging Omicron cases,” next to articles about “hospitals stretched beyond capacity,” the impression that was conveyed—almost certainly by design—was that Omicron in Quebec had already started to overwhelm hospitals. Next to articles about record numbers of “cases” and the prevalence of Omicron, CTV News in “Surgeries, clinics could be delayed as COVID-19 cases rise in Quebec,” stated that it is, “the Omicron-driven fifth wave,” that “has halted any attempts to catch up on almost two years worth of delayed surgeries and clinical appointments”—even though most cases in hospitals were not Omicron-related. In “Emergency rooms in Quebec are overflowing: Index Santé,” CTV News deliberately creates the impression that Covid is to blame. However, we have known from this summer—when Covid cases were at their lowest—that emergency rooms across the province were stretched far beyond capacity because of backlogged surgeries and treatments. What CTV News was doing therefore was obscuring the fact that the lockdowns, which caused the backlogs that caused hospitals to become overwhelmed in 2021, were to blame—and not Covid, and certainly not Omicron. Instead, the media have been most vocal in creating a demand for a new lockdown and curfew.

CTV News also failed to inform its audience that in 2020, there was a 17.5% decrease in hospital activity compared to 2019; in fact, from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, only 2.1% of all hospitalizations in Quebec were due to Covid. Quebec hospitals are otherwise notorious for having overwhelmed ERs in normal times—I have never been in an ER that was not at 130% capacity or more, and I personally was “accommodated” in a chair in a hallway when admitted in 2015, which was a “normal” experience for a great many patients well before Covid. Thus the media also try to obscure how the deliberate underfunding of hospitals after years of austerity helped to create the very situation we see today. But Omicron is a convenient scapegoat, as are the “unvaccinated”.

To further alarm its audience, CTV News was all over this story, “Previously healthy baby, less than two months old, dies of COVID-19 in Montreal hospital”. Despite being short on details, CTV prominently featured this story as a banner, for 48 hours, suggesting a level of glee had set in the newsroom: “Finally! We got one!”. This is supposed to counterbalance the following facts: that for the entire “pandemic” through to October 16, 2021, there was not a single death in Quebec of any child below the age of 11; moreover, 0.008% of all children aged 5-11 years were hospitalized, and only 5.3% of all children ever tested positive. Yet, under the pretext of Omicron, Quebec authorities are scaring parents into getting their children injected, and at the time of writing already 54% of children have been needlessly injected with a drug that poses great risks.

In response to “surging cases,” the Quebec government resorted to tried, tested, and failed measures, with “experts” as always crying for harsher impositions. Once again, the paternalistic state instructed families on the appropriate number of people to host in their homes. Citizens apparently lack enough judgment and discretion to be allowed to manage their own affairs, they need mandatory limits. Zones that had been reserved exclusively for the “fully vaccinated,” subject to the “vaccine passport” system, were also constrained, with capacity limits reduced, as well as banning activities such as dancing and singing, with some establishments shutdown outright, such as gyms, bars, movie theatres—all of which could be accessed only by those with a QR code, and which are now barred to the “fully vaccinated”. Businesses which complied with the government, and enforced segregation while presumably trying to recover and regain income, now found themselves locked out in the cold once more. What is perhaps more significant is that these business closures are the final indictment against “vaccine passports” and against the “vaccines” themselves.

A Merry Bloody Christmas

Firings, suspensions, threats, insults, and the promise of a grim threat, these were the special “Christmas” messages offered by political leaders in Canada, the US, Trinidad and Tobago, as elsewhere. In the US, Anthony Fauci advised families gathering for Christmas to exclude “unvaccinated” members: “Yes, I would do that. I think we’re dealing with a serious enough situation right now that if there’s an unvaccinated person, I would say, ‘I’m very sorry, but not this time, maybe another time when this is all over’”. (Of course none of this will be over if he has his way.) For his part, Biden predicted: “We are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated”, after which he shouted at a national audience during a televised address, exasperated that the official religion of vaccine worship was still being challenged. Yet Biden did at least try to balance these statements in a cheerful Christmas message to a caller: “Let’s go Brandon, I agree”. Preceding this was another comedic act, or perhaps we confuse levity with bad taste: nurses from New York’s Northwell Health—the state’s largest health provider which fired 1,400 employees in October for refusing to be injected with the novel gene therapy—performed a cringe-worthy song-and-dance routine at the White House. It was rightly mocked. At a time when images of death and suffering were invoked by Biden and spread across headlines, someone felt it was appropriate to have nurses joyfully performing. This reminds us of the numerous TikTok videos of nurses dancing it up in allegedly overwhelmed ERs at the start of the emergency lockdowns in 2020.

Jabs for Jesus? This was the strikingly bizarre message contained in UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Christmas address, which equated getting “vaccinated” with following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. He said: “Getting jabbed not just for themselves, for ourselves, but for friends and family and everyone we meet…that, after all, is the teaching of Jesus Christ, whose birth is at the heart of this enormous festival, that we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves”. But that was not the only myth at the core of his address. Here Johnson reasserted the greater myth that the current Covid injectables stop infection and transmission, which they do not, and cannot, since they offer no sterilizing immunity. Yet this myth continues to be asserted, again and again, as if one gains special points for the number of times one repeats utter nonsense.

Keith Rowley, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, introduced some extremely harsh new mandates: the entire public service was slapped with mandatory “vaccination,” with hardly any time given for two doses should any public servants comply. This was announced less than a week before Christmas. Public sector workers in Trinidad who refused to comply, would be suspended without pay, indefinitely. It was revealed that certain sectors hosted workforces that were majority “unvaccinated”—this included the Police Service, the Defence Forces, and Prison Officers. Every branch of the public sector announced that workers would reject the mandate. Similar to Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines had instituted a similar mandate for public sector workers, and there too workers were pushing back via the courts. But in Trinidad, Rowley’s Christmas message included some menacing remarks: “We should not, at any moment, think about asserting our rights, without acknowledging our responsibility to the person standing within arms’ length and, overall, to the nation-state of TT”. Rowley added that the global chaos he wrongly blamed on Covid-19, would “ultimately lead to the birthing of a new order”.

In Canada, colleagues in universities across Canada were facing the certainty that 2022 would bring unemployment, only without any unemployment benefits. Some nurses in Quebec, as already mentioned, were fired just a week from Christmas. New closures and restrictions were announced just three days before Christmas, with a hint of more to come. Canada was one of at least 12 countries that instituted special restrictions and emergency measures to limit Christmas activities.

Quebec, as already mentioned, instituted new restrictions in time for Christmas. These included the imposition of “vaccine passports” on all churches, to limit attendance. In a province where secularism is the new fundamentalist religion, this seemingly gratuitous measure is part of a pattern of attacking churches, some of which have been centres of opposition to the authoritarian mandates. What makes the measure truly absurd—along with existing “vaccine” mandates and “vaccine” passports—is that it demands getting injected against a variant that, very soon, will be very extinct. Elsewhere in Canada, masses of nurses, teachers, and students are being purged for not having an irrelevant “vaccination” against a dead variant. What Legault needed to spring on his audience, as a special Christmas gift, was the news that all people are being marched back to being 100% “unvaccinated”. Omicron nullifies injectables designed for a strain that has abundantly passed already, injectables which were already being solidly defeated by Delta. Welcome back to the fold of the “unvaccinated” everyone! We have been waiting for you.

Timing these messages to be delivered immediately before Christmas is clear psychological warfare. Workers, business owners, and members of the general public were subjected to psychological torture: their very livelihoods were threatened with annihilation just as they were preparing to celebrate Christmas with their families. Anxiety levels would skyrocket, as well as depression. We can imagine the impact this will have on the health of those affected, not to mention their family lives. With all we know about the vast damage done by lockdowns, these acts of state terrorism were committed with full knowledge of their impact.

Queuing Up for Nuremberg 2.0: The Toronto Star

The Toronto Star, one of Ontario’s most prominent newspapers and even one of Canada’s, seems to be keen to be on the first bench to answer charges for hate crimes and crimes against humanity in any future Nuremberg trials. How the paper has evaded the attention of the professional human rights industry is something that deserves an explanation. In the summer of 2021, The Star devoted its front page to the most brazen incitement of hatred seen on the front page of a Canadian daily since WWII. It not only incited hatred, it came very close to advocating violence against the “unvaccinated”. “We are all in this together” has given way to a pent up lust for genocide against a minority.

But The Star did not have the good sense to stop there. Instead, just five days before Christmas, the paper published an editorial demanding compulsory/forced “vaccination” for all Canadians. One could just easily dismiss the article as an expression of ignorant and fevered minds—compulsory vaccination is a legal impossibility in Canada. There is no federal law mandating vaccines, and in most cases there are no provincial laws mandating vaccination on even a limited scale (i.e., targeting some diseases, among children). There is thus neither a legal nor a customary precedent for current vaccine mandates (outside of Ontario, Manitoba, and New Brunswick, for children), and none for compulsory vaccination for adults anywhere in CanadaperiodThat is just a fact.

What is notable is that three of the five reasons given for forced vaccination, include a premise that the “unvaccinated” are overwhelming hospitals. The general experience across Canada, even at the height of the so-called “pandemic,” was one where hospitals were neither overwhelmed, not even particularly busy, and the phenomenon of empty ERs was not all that uncommon. We have direct evidence of this (as shared above for Quebec) plus anecdotal evidence from healthcare professionals. A mother of one of my students works as a nurse in a Montreal hospital and, according to her, not a single patient was admitted with Covid to the ICU during the worst of the “pandemic”—clearly, this happened in some hospitals, but not all apparently, and nowhere in numbers that were unmanageable. However, what no one has denied, is that the backlogged surgeries and treatments—backlogged due to fear of Covid and hospitals emphasizing Covid as a priority concern—are what has predictably overwhelmed hospitals, as discussed above. That is not the fault of the “unvaccinated”; it is the fault of the lockdowns and those who imposed them.

In Quebec, half or more of those in hospital with Covid are now themselves “fully vaccinated”. The so-called “vaccines,” it is worth repeating, do not and cannot stop infection and transmission. The Star’s solution does not match the problem.

The Star takes “war” beyond a figure of speech, and insists that this is a literal war. There could be no greater error of judgment than treating the spread of a virus as a war. This is pure fear-mongering, and it is fear that is the major political threat, and it does both psychological and immunological harm.

In Canadian media you will frequently read or hear statements along these lines: “We had to get vaccinated as children, so what’s the problem with mandating Covid vaccines?” Or: “Vaccination is compulsory for all children”. Or: “you were vaccinated to go to school, so this is nothing new”. These statements are, at a minimum, misleading, and in most cases, false. The Star chose to repeat this very disinformation. Leaving aside the highly disturbing reduction of Canadian adults to the status of infants, and leaving aside the problem of transforming the country into one large primary school, Canada simply has no nation-wide law making vaccination mandatory, not even for children, for any disease. What we hear echoed in The Star is the Ontario experience: Ontario, along with New Brunswick and Manitoba, is one of only three provinces that have mandatory child immunization, and even then only for some diseases (or just one). And there are clearly established exemptions. There are a total of ten provinces, plus three territories. In terms of population, this means that just 44.6% of Canada’s population is covered by some form of mandatory immunization for children. It is by no means the norm nor a universal standard.

What really animates the editors of The Toronto Star are not evidence-based arguments grounded in factual research, but rather malevolent myth-making used to cement divisions and motivate hatred. In particular, The Star is clearly bent on creating fear of a dangerous Other, using the very same principles we find in racist and genocidal ideological advocacy. In Nuremberg 2.0 trials, we would be well advised to line up the editors of The Toronto Star in the first wave of defendants.

Conclusion: The Utility of Fear

Since the evidence is clearly there, that the authorities are deliberately manufacturing excessive fear—despite all the known harmful costs and consequences of increased and sustained fear—the question is why? Here are some tentative answers:

(1) The authorities are worried about a variant that rubbishes their much touted “vaccines”—destroying an exclusive, monopolistic, captive market. However, trying to shield the “vaccines” from the variant means re-imposing restrictions, on everyone, especially “the vaccinated,” which ruptures the ad hoc social contract between the authorities and the public.

(2) The authorities are worried that Omicron may be too much of a good thing, too soon: it could help generate natural immunity, far and wide, with the most minimal consequences yet in terms of sickness or death. That would destroy the epidemiological basis for insisting “the pandemic is not over,” and the massive increase in political power that the authorities have captured. The alleged basis for “vaccine” mandates and passports would be ruined.

(3) The authorities need to rush consumption of “booster shots,” while increasing injections among children. Hyping up Omicron could increase the pace.

(4) The authorities are trying to divert blame away from their continued underfunding and mismanagement of health care, by redirecting attention to a new scariant.

(5) The authorities are aiming for a new round of lockdowns, or bundles of measures that approximate lockdowns. The blame will be placed on the new scariant plus “the unvaccinated”. This could be the on ramp towards compulsory “vaccination”.

(6) The authorities might be looking for cover: specifically, by blaming Omicron for the hospitalizations and/or deaths that are actually due to the “vaccines” themselves. Such injuries/deaths are projected to rise with each successive booster shot.

NOTES

1 Some of the scientists interviewed in the Canadian media voiced doubts as to whether South Africa’s experience with Omicron would be the same in places such as Canada and northern Europe. Reasons for their doubts included the fact that the populations are not comparable: overall, South Africa’s population is younger, and there is a far higher degree of natural immunity given the very low “vaccination” rate. However, if we use this same logic, then “vaccination” itself cannot be a universal, one-size-fits-all solution, precisely because populations vary. Yet Africa is being targeted by “good intentions” and a drive to push the new injectables onto the continent’s peoples.


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14 thoughts on “Protecting the Pandemic from the People: Perpetual Panic, Permanent Emergency

  1. haederpaul

    Now the CoronaSARS-2 Pill/Pax (peace) lovid! — Again, media, no question marks, nothing. Thanks for the piece, Max:

    2022 will be the year of the Drug Lords — Pfizer, Merck, Moderna, et al, paid for by you and me.

    How’s that new pill regimen, of three-a-day, twice daily (6) for five days (30) at $500 a dose from Pfizer, and you and I, taxpayer, are footing that bill.

    Pfizer currently has 180,000 treatment courses available worldwide, with roughly 60,000 to 70,000 allocated to the U.S. Federal health officials are expected to ration early shipments to the hardest hit parts of the country. Pfizer said the small supply is due to the manufacturing time — currently about nine months. The company says it can halve production time next year.

    The U.S. government has agreed to purchase enough Paxlovid to treat 10 million people. Pfizer says it’s on track to produce 80 million courses globally next year, under contracts with the U.K., Australia and other nations.

    Pfizer pill becomes first home COVID-19 treatment authorized in the U.S.
    No question marks about this pill’s background, the technology, how close it is to anti-viral Ivermectin, etc.? Pfizer’s “drug” is part of a decades-old family of antiviral drugs known as protease inhibitors, which revolutionized the treatment of HIV and hepatitis C. The drugs block a key enzyme which viruses need to multiply in the human body.

    Again, where is the robust discussion about this drug? Price? And, here, feeding the Medical-Pharma-Insurance Complex:

    Patients will need a positive COVID-19 test to get a prescription. And Paxlovid has only proven effective if given within five days of symptoms appearing. With testing supplies stretched, experts worry it may be unrealistic for patients to self-diagnose, get tested, see a physician and pick up a prescription within that narrow window. “If you go outside that window of time I fully expect the effectiveness of this drug is going to fall,” said Andrew Pekosz, a Johns Hopkins University virologist.

  2. haederpaul

    Oh, those residential schools. And, these things — genocide in Klanada — are telling:

    “What was already established were firm historical foundations for authoritarianism: in the Caribbean, the history of slavery and the (quasi) total institution of the plantation became the backdrop for rulers’ responses, infecting their language, their measures, and their threats; in North America, histories of segregation, of denying civil rights, of Indian Schools, stern missionary traditions, “humanitarian interventionism,” and incarceration became the reservoirs for policy and practice; in Australia, its history of penal colonies came back to life in the form of the severest lockdowns and most absurd restrictions in the world; in Europe, traditions of fascism and socialist totalitarianism were reanimated—and so on, around the world, each nation putting forward its own traditions of oppression.”

  3. haederpaul

    Compelling — Covid Illegal Tracking In perpetuity . Critics argued that government tracking of citizens is likely more extensive than has been revealed and may become more troublesome in the years ahead.

    “I think that the Canadian public will find out about many other such unauthorized surveillance initiatives before the pandemic is over—and afterwards,” privacy advocate David Lyon told the Post. He noted, too, that “de-identified” data can easily be “re-identified.”

    Author Julius Reuchel said the tracking initiative smacks of a surveillance state spying on citizens “for your safety.” Another author, Paul Alves, said that with its new contract, PHAC will have direct access to all mobile location data, and expressed fear that “contact tracing will no longer require permission or a warrant.”

    https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadas-public-health-agency-admits-it-tracked-33-million-mobile-devices-during-lockdown

  4. Dennis Riches

    Thanks again for another good essay. You express here many of the thoughts I’ve had over the past few weeks, but I’ve been too busy to write. I’ll leave you with some notes I took on the work of another anthropologist who covered in two books the development of the security state since the dawn of the nuclear era. The notion of security went from nuclear dread to bioterror and pandemic dread. https://dennisriches.wordpress.com/2021/12/16/nuclear-security-to-biosecurity-how-tony-fauci-built-his-empire/

  5. Joel Gauthier

    I have virtually no doubts about the governments, media, and big pharma’s motivations, and I largely agree with what you present here. One lingering question I have had since nearly the beginning of this thing is, how did they convince so many doctors who are meant to be scientists and to do no harm per the Hippocratic oath to conform to the narrative they’ve presented from the start? Sure there has been large scale censorship of those who disagree and have been willing to speak out … but why have so many been compliant? They are not state agents, and it’s highly unlikely they receive direct benefits from pushing these drugs, at least in Canada where there are laws preventing that. Maybe the “powers that be” only needed to conform the bureaucrats running the health networks, and the conformity trickled down to individual doctors who became more preoccupied with keeping their jobs (as we have seen many who speak out are quickly tar/feathered and expelled) … thoughts?

    1. Maximilian C. Forte

      While your last sentence is likely one of the key factors–with Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons warning doctors not to spread “misinformation,” and raiding the offices of those that provided medical exemptions–there are many other factors at work as well. There are certainly “go along to get along” types in the medical profession, as in any other. Some (perhaps nearly all_) doctors will be doctrinal adherents to the principle of vaccination to begin with, and from many accumulated personal experiences we know of doctors who think of their role as one of reciting statistics and doling out drugs–for every disease, there must be a drug, and people must take them. Do you feel fine? No matter: get all these tests done, because for your age group there is a 33% chance of X, and 74% chance of increased Y…so until we find that there is a problem, you may actually not be well at all, so we need to keep testing. Then, if there is a problem, we will prescribe daily doses of A, B, and C, along with nightly doses of E, F, and G. Others will be influenced by politics, at least in part, especially when the issue of vaccination has been converted into a weapon of partisan politics. Fear of the disease is also a motivation. Control over scientific information will alter assessments. And funding actually is an issue: many of the research centres in universities and hospitals, as well as individual medical researchers are often in receipt of substantial funds from pharmaceutical companies as well as the NGOs that act as lobbyists for Big Pharma, and as advocates of vaccination programs in particular. Some of the top university-based medical experts repeatedly interviewed in Canadian media, are directly funded by Pfizer. What Bourdieu described and analyzed in Homo Academicus is also relevant, where academic capital and academic power are concerned. Once one understands how “scientific consensus” is actually constructed in the real world, affirmations of the existence of “consensus” are far from reassuring, and ought to cause people to worry.

  6. haederpaul

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution that is advancing on the heels of Covid is a program to remake the earth as a machine controlled by artificial intelligence, automation, and synthetic biology. This is not a deep state conspiracy theory. I wish it were, but it is not. This Great Reset is a catalyst for what the Japan Science and Technology Agency is advancing in its Moonshot R&D program, Society 5.0 or Cyborg Avatar Capitalism. The aim is to create a society where humans are “free from limitations of body, mind, space, and time by 2050.” In a word they are aiming for most of humanity, besides the billionaire class, to be virtualized and disconnected from the earth for our own good. And this new world has to be coded. The synthetic biology agenda must be advanced. Slowly the world will be remade as data. Remaking the food system is a part of that.

    from Alison McDowell — https://wrenchinthegears.com/2021/01/06/an-open-letter-to-zach-buch-about-impact-agriculture/

    Human Capital Finance 101 – Futures Trading on The Data of Vulnerable Populations

    Implement austerity budgeting for 10-20 years.

    Cultivate Third-Way politicians, similar timeframe as above.

    Build out smart-city sensor networks, similar timeframe as above.

    Document and measure social problems in detail – unemployment, addiction, incarceration, mental illness, special education, affordable housing, etc.

    Assign fixed costs to as many problems as possible. These will be the cost-offsets against which social impact profit can be extracted.

    Build support for “accountability” and “transparency” in pay-for-performance government contracting.

    Advance e-government and open-data initiatives (optional, but helpful).

    Invite policy leaders from esteemed global academic and development institutions to advise on enabling legislation.

    Groom social welfare providers – non-profits, faith communities, municipal departments, and for-profit-prison companies in “continuum of care” transition

    Conduct pilot programs that will be promoted through “Solutions Journalism” media outlets.

    Evaluate data-warehouse and social impact dashboard options.

    Standardize “success metrics” and hire third party program evaluators.

    Identify best practices for conducting intrusive, ongoing data surveillance of all who access public benefits.

    Establish government digital identity.

    Plan transition to programmable assistance via vouchers that can be programmed using blockchain smart contracts.

    Alert investors: BlackRock et al, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, high-net worth individuals, charitable endowments, faith communities among others.

    Once sufficient deal flow is reached, begin to securitize the debt associated with the privatized social welfare “investments” (see ReadyNation and the Kaufman Foundation’s Invest in Kids Bonds for a model).

  7. haederpaul

    Since you are jumpstarting a lot of us to think outside the Omicron wheelhouse, try this writer out for size —

    Quoting — Unless you have been living under a rock, undoubtedly, you have heard of one iteration of digital dung. It’s called Omicron. You may have thought it was only the name of a deviant (cough cough, I mean, variant), or an anagram of moronic or oncomir. Word play seems to have had a renaisssance since this mischievous deviant appeared on the scene. I suppose that’s a good sign. Some of us have been playing with words for many years, and it is kind of nice to see others joining in on the decoding amusement. Funny thing, though, there is one underhanded and unremitting thread that I have noticed, which seems to have been omitted from public awareness, and thus, deserves unraveling. Once you see it, I suspect you may not unsee it. Further, you may start to detect the curious pattern elsewhere. Let’s dip our toes into de-occulting this, shall we?

    The blockchain technology platform, Ethereum 2.0, is slated to come online in February 2022. This long-awaited upgrade aims to “make Ethereum more scalable, more secure, and more sustainable.” It claims to be faster and more robust than its current version.

    Relatedly, COVID-19 vaccine passports are built on the backbone of Ethereum, and “represent the first large-scale deployment of the [blockchain] technology in an app that is used by millions, potentially billions of people around the world.” Do vaccine passports imply the “way forward” and planned entrance into Society 5.0 — presumably the “imaginative” bedrock of the new digitalized normal ?

    Do you know what else is situated on the Ethereum blockchain? I doubt anyone will know the answer. So, here it is — SmartGuns. Listen to this five-minute explanation of “Triggers & BlockSafe” — a crypto project placing sensor-based, “smart” guns on the blockchain, and incorporating functions such as “Trigger” (TRIG) tokens. [Note: It is unclear if this project is still viable. If not, it is possible it went underground as a classified defense project.]

    https://pieceofmindful.com/2021/12/14/the-stench-of-digital-dung-virtual-variants-trigger-events-and-blockchain-cults/

  8. Joel Gauthier

    Another major hurdle related to this is, I have no idea whatsoever how to break the iron grip of fear/ignorance that so many people live with (and seem to do so contentedly). How can logic and reason be used to draw people to conclusions other than what they are fed by governments/media, when the basis for those beliefs are essentially antithetical to logic and reason? Ironically, those two things paramount to scientific thinking is rendered inert to those who #FOLLOWTHESCEINCE.

    It is truly astounding to see the mental gymnastics needed to maintain belief and faith in the narratives driven by government and media. Speaking with an in-law over Christmas (who I know is a kind person at heart) and watching their face darken as I go “offscript” on my views on this topic, followed by the predictable backlash of rebuttals which are little more than a regurgitation of the fear mongering headlines such as you cite in this article, was astonishing, though unfortunately not unsurprising. The problem with many people who believe in these narratives, is they also seem to believe COMPLETELY that they have the morale high ground on this issue. They are the good guys, and anyone trying to get in the way of any and every mandate it takes to get through this pandemic is the bad guy. They whittle massively complex problems down to bite sized talking points they can wrap their mind around e.g. They care about society, their families, their neighbours so much they are willing to adhere to these lockdowns. They also conveniently ignore all the nuanced ways these lockdowns cause far more damage then they prevent. Even thinking about that puts them at risk of becoming one of the bad guys.

    Getting people to question narratives they’ve been fed should be as simple as referring them to an article such as this one, that provides all the information, and verifiable research (and even the hyperlinks so they don’t even need to google it themselves). But those that have been Zombified by “the narrative” will reject it before they even finish reading the title. It’s Stockholm syndrome. It’s lunacy.

    The flow of propaganda and fear mongering is a flood unleashed, and trying to curb it with sense and reason is like wading into the middle of fierce rapids and attempting to build a dam with snowflakes. Even on the occasions when enough “dissenters” are able to band together to push back against that current (e.g. the numerous record breaking protests that have taken place in Montreal the past year), the government/media are simply able to divert the river around that potential stopping point altogether … by ignoring it. It’s like using a cheat code in a video game, and they are able to do that because we have to play by their rules, and they can change the rules anytime they want.

    I see no way out of this assault on peoples rights and freedoms by working within their system. Protests, “democracy”, law, even free-speech, are all controlled by that system, and if enough momentum builds to threaten the Powers’ position, they just change the game. If there is ever a way out of it, and I am not confident there ever will be, it will be a scene painted with blood.

  9. haederpaul

    There will be blood. Imagine, unvaxxed (sic) folk being charged with manslaughter. Expect it. However, read this — MARVelous on the horizon.

    https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/196/Supplement_2/S131/858753

    We have given up to “trust the science” fascists, in many cases, dictatorial, elites, and they are almost always wrong, that is, with the “science,” but always correct in the patents nad in the profits. Who will be charged with manslaughter? Big Pharma, Big Bio-tech, Big Military Labs? Universities?

    https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/196/Supplement_2/S131/858753

    Quoting: https://theintercept.com/2021/12/28/covid-pandemic-virus-hunters-ecohealth-alliance-peter-daszak-wuhan/

    But as a microbiologist named James LeDuc recognized early in 2020, all sorts of activities besides gain-of-function experiments could have led SARS-CoV-2 to leap from bats to humans. LeDuc was clearly worried about such activities when he emailed a colleague at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Yuan Zhiming, in early February of last year. As the first U.S. cases were being reported in Washington state and Wuhan was still under lockdown, LeDuc suggested that Yuan and others at the institute conduct their own investigation into whether the new coronavirus might have escaped from its main campus or the newly constructed biosafety labs, according to emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know.

    Then serving as director of the biosafety level 4 Galveston National Laboratory in Texas, LeDuc had previously worked on infectious diseases for the WHO, the CDC, and the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick — and had trained scientists in biosafety procedures when the biosafety level 4 lab opened in Wuhan. And his list of questions for Yuan demonstrated his deep knowledge of the potential perils of viral research: Where were the coronavirus stocks stored? How many people had access to them? Were any of them disgruntled? Were exhaust air filtration systems working correctly? What about autoclaves and waste stream disinfection systems? Were biological safety cabinets used and appropriately certified? Was the waste stream properly managed?

    LeDuc, who did not receive a response from his colleague, remained convinced that researchers could have caused the outbreak. “It is certainly possible that a lab accident was the source of the epidemic,” he wrote to another scientist named Philip Russell in April 2020. A physician and Army major who had also worked on biodefense, Russell agreed: “I have no doubt that Zheng Li Shi is a brilliant scientist and very charming. That does not rule out the possibility that one of the many bat coronaviruses isolated in the Wuhan lab infected a technician who walked out the door. No need for engineering the virus.”

  10. Joel Gauthier

    (randomly I was curious do comment here have to be manually filtered before they are posted? I’ve noticed on a few articles I’ve sent comments that never got posted … not sure if they are missed or am i being CENCORED?!?!? HAVE THEY GOTTEN TO ZA TOO?!??!?! :P)

    1. Maximilian C. Forte

      None of your comments have been permanently lost–I always find them. For reasons I do not understand, your postings in particular are always channeled to the spam box, wrongly. Thankfully, they stand out in contrast with all the actual spam, so it is easy to filter yours out.

      1. haederpaul

        The WHO just digs deeper ==

        The World Health Organization warned that new coronavirus variants could emerge during the pandemic that render current vaccines useless.

        “It’s possible that new variants could evade our countermeasures and become fully resistant to current vaccines or past infection, necessitating vaccine adaptations,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

        Reactionary political movements fostered vaccine inequity and “created the ideal conditions for the emergence of new variants,” he said.

        Or what? Why this virus when during flu season, 35 to 50 percent max get that vaxx? How does this work, the unvaccinated create new variants? This isn’t a precedent for the viral world? No questions about SARS-MERS-CoV2-DARPA’s origins? So Round Up Ready creates resistant super weeds, though a very simple process around GE and GMO tinkering. Sanitizing causes antibiotic resistance. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is created by all manner of industrial processes. But this omega virus’ infinity variant mutation, just because of we unvaxxed folk? No inquiries into origins? And then nitric oxide nasal spray — by Vancouver CA company, SaNoTize. Kills 99.9 percent of flu and the SARS-MERS-CoV2-DARPA variant? Right — USA and Canada pursuing that simple product for everyone’s med kit? Hmm, two squirts in the nasal canals, before a crowded confined space entry, and then after the Broadway Show or airline trip? Now, how simple is that? It’s like they know the militarized propaganda is a quadrupled hoax. And they do not care.

        https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/12/29/who-warns-vaccine-resistant-covid-variants-could-emerge-amid-pandemic.html

        So it begins now in NYC, cops busting the unvaxxed — https://www.globalresearch.ca/jackboots-arrived-nypd-begin-arresting-unvaccinated-americans-during-indoor-covid-compliance-checks/5765798

        So it begins.

  11. Douglas Smith

    To shift the discourse a bit, here’s an xmas poem about stiffening vaccine resistance in rural Ontario:

    House

    To an all-thumbs poet the house presented
    its challenges. Built in ‘51 by the Austins –
    not the Kinmount clan but those who
    settled around Brady Lake – it was judged
    sturdy, built with true 2 by 4s, but money
    was lacking, then as now, and some things
    didn’t get done. Marie and Hughie raised
    five children in this two-story salt block.

    Where a shed had been we opened a garden.
    Over the span of three wives I built a circle
    of fieldstone on the knoll where alder grew.
    With his excavator a gimpy giant dug our pond.
    Starting with the upstairs we took it to the walls,
    leaving the kitchen with its asbestos tiles unaltered.
    Wife #2 walked in november, stove detached
    from the insulated pipe, drywall looking sullen

    We have since hosted our share of celebrations –
    Newfanglers, a wedding canopy for rebel artists –
    Mooseman, psychedelics luring wild animals –
    maybe a fire spinner circus next summer –
    but also just Lynn and I in close embrace,
    listening under duvet to coyotes yipping.
    To winter goats we’ll need a higher fence,
    says she. Or an matted old donkey, I parry

    In this house with no neighbours in view
    we fancied we could hold babylon at bay;
    now babylon wants to do the same to us.
    As yet it makes little difference either way –
    mail still appears in the roadside post box,
    we gas anonymously, buy grub mask-free,
    hold house-concerts with curtains drawn,
    and to an accident victim provide a remedy

    The authorities must tighten the noose
    if they hope to make our lives miserable.
    Denial of net access though a hard blow
    can be offset with a hand-cranked radio,
    and we can subsist till spring on potatoes
    miashed with baltic sprats and thai sauce.
    Alas, to evade spying eyes, our visitors
    may have to trudge through the woods

    as in bygone days when the Austins
    held dances here in the living room,
    kin following trails they knew by heart –
    and since the hydro came around ‘48
    they might glimpse a light beaming
    intermittently among the black trees,
    quickening pace as the frost is deep
    and there are tender bonds to keep

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