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  1. "Strange political bedfellows", true - when an Objectivist can endorse everything this Lefty writes (at least on this subject). Miles ahead intellectually, politically, economically and morally of the official O'ist line - imo. The greatest blunder "in living ... memory". (I kind of miss the old Left, a tough, independent and no-nonsense breed, you knew exactly where they stood. Seems any, like Shannon, are being left behind by Woke, c.r.t., etc. He's probably sneered at by them as a sell-out dinosaur). He ends: "Although it is far easier for the left to never agree with the right on anything, it is possible for the left and the right to agree to be all grown-up and adult on what divides us whilst working productively on opposing, and learning from, the disaster of lockdown. Breaking bread with your traditional enemies does carry political risk (to which the ex-leftists which litter the political landscape testify) but any fear of lockdown scepticism being a conservative Trojan Horse is overblown. Strange lockdown times make for strange political bedfellows but if the greatest political blunder and economic own goal in living political memory doesn’t throw up some novel and much needed political couplings, then what will? And who knows what new political charms and pleasures we may discover in each other’s arms".
  2. What a refreshing find, this journal, TG. I recommend this essay by (wow!) a Leftist (I gather, of the old school, British Trade Union - Up the Worker - sort). Nearly all I agree with and saw, covering the background of lockdowns in the UK and the US, and how the (New/Woke/hypocritical/virtue-signaling/elitist) "Lockdown Left" screwed up by seizing on lockdowns for socio-political gain, which heavily disfavored the blue collar, working class and poor. By his arguments he'd certainly be against mandated vaccines today. He doesn't pull his punches, Leftist or Unionist, one can relate to the intellectual candor and anti-authoritarianism. Why the Left Should Oppose Lockdown – The Daily Sceptic DAILYSCEPTIC.ORG by Phil Shannon Preamble The contemporary left’s support for an economically devastating, authoritarian lockdown, which doesn’t even...
  3. This professional author, a physician and sociologist at Yale, has 'elevated' normal human kindness, helpfulness and consideration (and respect for others' rights, during this pandemic), much as had Rand observed, into a moral doctrine. One which will consistently put an end to "normal human kindness, helpfulness ..."etc. As she observed, and is well-known. Proven daily, by the anger/hate leveled at 'selfish' parts of societies by - who else? - the self-styled 'loving, kind and selfless' members. And talking about scientific psychopaths who could support a universal experiment on children (or even dogs...): "altruism's dehumanizing influence". AR ("Enforced" altruism - is socialism) By elevating the issue of helping others into the central and primary issue of ethics, altruism has destroyed the concept of any authentic benevolence or good will among men. It has indoctrinated men with the idea that to value another human being is an act of selflessness, thus implying that a man can have no personal interest in others—that to value another means to sacrifice oneself—that any love, respect or admiration a man may feel for others is not and cannot be a source of his own enjoyment, but is a threat to his existence, a sacrificial blank check signed over to his loved ones. The men who accept that dichotomy but choose its other side, the ultimate products of altruism’s dehumanizing influence, are those psychopaths who do not challenge altruism’s basic premise, but proclaim their rebellion against self-sacrifice by announcing that they are totally indifferent to anything living and would not lift a finger to help a man or a dog left mangled by a hit-and-run driver (who is usually one of their own kind). “The Ethics of Emergencies,”
  4. "Corporatocracy", perhaps? Don't you think that may be where the Woke-ists want to go? No relation that I know of to laissez-faire, btw. No thanks. Yes, they'll be more efficiently competent than Gvts and bureaucrats and that scares me.
  5. Of course one could go on, the many artificial divisions, and old and new invented fault-lines in the name of some or other 'group' or tribe, or whatever. (Often seeking attention, cash or ascendancy, seldom "equality" like they claim). They all are sub-categories of collectivism (so, anti-individualist and anti-individual rights).
  6. Broadly the conflict boils down, everywhere you look, to: the children v. the adults. Those who need Govts to tell them what to do and look after them v. those self-informed and self-responsible. The dependents v. the independents. Collectivism v. individualism.
  7. As it was pre-lockdowns, the consequence of which many businesses permanently closed, as you know. The owners of mid-sized and small commercial concerns attracted my biggest sympathy - shut down, aspirations abandoned, wiped out finances and loyal employees losing livelihoods - why? to 'save us' supposedly older/sicker/etc. folk from a dumb virus that spread anyway. (Some of us refuse such sacrifices made for our sake, and being pandered to by govt's and a society as if helpless and stupid). The Big Corps, especially online entities like Amazon, they just got fatter in this period. Could make me convinced of a Conspiracy Theory...
  8. That could be in part, a practical explanation of the "puzzle". I lean towards such a person's absolute conviction in a utopian future - just around the corner... For which any means is justified by the noble ends. That sort of visionary is dangerous, of course. Road to Hell, etc. I think many a rational mind doesn't understand how an otherwise intelligent, educated and logical-seeming, professional and secular person can as easily be a True Believer, in the most religious sense. The desire to "do good" for the patient which a doctor properly starts with, is perhaps subverted to wishing to do good - on the grand scale. He has to sacrifice his mind and knowledge, medical ethics and training and anything humane, to that goal. How else can one refuse giving an unvaxed patient treatment - or encourage child vaccinations they are more at risk of than the disease - merely that those children might slightly lessen the Covid transmission to others in society? And - be able to sleep at nights? It's that vision of the world's eventual perfection, for which sacrifices will regrettably have to be made, that sustains the dangerous dreamer.
  9. "It is your minds they want". AR. Short cut, convince people to commit their bodies - for the universal good - and their minds fall into place. Marc, a great thinker wrote: "Not self, but the absence of self is closer to being the root of all evil". N. Branden
  10. I'm alright Jack - is that rational selfishness? Anecdotal: Round here, there's such an outpouring of gratitude to the Gvt. after benignly allowing us to drop to Level 1 lockdown and maybe get their suffering businesses, theaters, etc. running, nobody seems to recall it was Gvt. that forced the lockdown tyranny upon us. The Stockholm Syndrome revisited. No one, or a few, questioned 'the inevitability' of mandated lockdown and the human destruction that brought, and so they don't question now, with soon to be mandated vaccinations. Lesson in how to subjugate people to anything that comes. Lately, as a couple of businessmen I'm friendly with I heard exclaim, almost jumping back in horror, when I answer That Question - Waddaya mean you're not vaxxed?! You must! Don't you know that's how we can return to business as normal?! Next could be a Covid fourth wave! Ha. What can one say to that, in a few words?
  11. The untermensch sub-class has been constructed. Resistance will not be easy.
  12. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/10/covid_and_medical_ethics.html "I must confess that the rather shocking estimate of 608K avoidable deaths in the U.S. is unrealistic because the count of total confirmed COVID deaths here (now over 724k) is grossly inflated. This is due to the U.S. changing the cause of death rules at the beginning of the pandemic to count deaths with COVID instead of deaths from COVID. I have no idea if the U.K. or other countries reported their cause of death data like the questionable American method. Regardless, there are still a lot of dead Americans who may have survived COVID if the overarching goal of our medical establishment was to save lives and thereby allowed the flexibility to permit the emergency use of HCQ and ivermectin as an early treatment protocol. In summary, it appears the left has permanently trashed medical ethics in their quest to fundamentally transform America".
  13. Yes, by many accounts, there was and is a certain eagerness to bolster the fatality numbers. The motives we can guess at. I have a slightly different take, and offer this for consideration. With all the best "test and trace" (which I believe is impossible, a fantasy, to accurately measure in a large and dynamic country - "like herding cats") my impression is of a large under-count of (so-called) "cases" - with a large over-count of fatalities (due to coronavirus). That would, if partly valid, adjust the case:death ratio considerably. And the death:population ratio. Further, as an over-view, about 55million die in the world of all causes, annually. (Mostly of disease of one kind or another). About 2.5m in the US. I think rather than the numbers of reported CV deaths ¬adding¬ cumulatively on top of those, there must be SOME substantial overlap with those who would have died shortly after, anyway, of natural causes. Then 4.9 m globally - recorded - would be an inflated number, 'only' (!) adding, say, 2 or 3millions directly from Covid to the annual count. Then we get into the ambiguities of - 'with' or 'of'. And deaths how soon after positive diagnosis - 30 days, even 60 days, has been noted by medical professionals - etc.,etc., and assessing the data gets too complicated for me. Not to downplay the tragic effects, but the general impression I have is that there have been *more cases* and *less deaths* due to the virus than counted, estimated or admitted. That would drive up the figures of those "walking around" with natural immunity, of course.
  14. This says plenty. There are over 44 million people walking around with natural immunity in the US. Forget what the NIH says and follow the studies, they are MUCH better 'pre-vaccinated' than the vaccinated. .
  15. "Be moral" - means I think, is this good or bad (or indifferent) for ME? That's why the hierarchy of values, and why a person (not just O'ists, btw) will not or rarely, sacrifice "a greater value for a lesser or non-value". E.g. allowing an unnecessary, unwanted intervention - for the healthy and/or younger - into one's body (according to a hierarchical, cost-benefit, medical assessment). That's "A lesser or non-value". Objective value: good for whom? for what purpose? By the standard of value, man's life. (Which extends far more than staying alive: For one aspect, living independently, not being subservient to authority). Peter, I believe the "moral" you mean, indicates something other: Is it good for society? - therefore defaulting to altruism; the collective good; 'one's civic duty', etc.. This especially is the time for objectivity, not pragmatism, in ethics and individual rights. Distinct categories. By rights, one might rationally and morally disapprove of and criticize others' (although often good) reasons, or quasi-rationale or weird beliefs for not getting vaccinated, BUT their right to act freely on their choices cannot ever be up for grabs. Objectivists must defend them - unreservedly on principle. It is certain all will lose, otherwise. The business owner, equally, could choose that policy, by his right; but that doesn't make him 'rational' or moral (its an injustice on his employees and sacrificial on them). Sorry, I find invoking "free enterprise" a disingenuous rationale for mandating the vaxx onto staff/workers. As for their free "choice"... some choice! Go against your convictions and maybe get ill and worse - or - lose your livelihood and career. Simple query - again - what have the vaccinated to be scared of? Why can't both 'groups' mix freely, secure and content with their own free choices? Let's face it, Peter, like a dress rehearsal but also a test of their power, it's getting everybody obediently vaccinated and controlled that is the underlying purpose for the vile ideologues. The innocents by the billions just tag along. The apparent 'solution' to Covid amounts to the Final Solution in a New Normal, global regime.
  16. Who gets the blame, if anything goes wrong, for that other vile policy I touched on of not requiring parental consent (for 12-17's) ? I haven't looked up if that's happening or being touted in the US and any of the states, TG. A guaranteed method of creating discord and strife within families. Having a little more experience (of two neo-marxist Gvts), undermining of the family's authority and autonomy is par. (Your children ultimately belong to the State). I believe you are witnessing over there and in the West the continuation of a war on family values, naturally, conservative ones.
  17. Steady as she goes, sailor. Don't go getting carried away by a challenge. Question remains, why force all the unvaxxed to also get dutifully vaxxed? The vaccinated show they are anything but invincible, by their timid actions advised by 'experts'. Nautical again, just like the press-gang pulling civilians aboard to bail out a leaky ship that will go down without them.
  18. What's excruciating, the Left, its tame media, corporations and some fascist portion of the vaccinated (not all - many are also unhappy with bully tactics, they or other citizens losing their rights and free choice, to keep their employment and so on) have been politicizing the pandemic, lockdowns, vaxxes to the utmost for two years and Peter sees the declining numbers of "anti-vaxxers" - as the culprits! There's the cause and effect you're reversing, Peter. The "Left" has been the *predominant* (not altogether, exclusive) cause of Everything in the past 7 or so years. Political, cultural, social, activist, moral, philosophical. What you believe you observe ("been politicized") are the flurries of resistance by individuals, like the many little waves in a powerful tidal bore dragging everyone out to sea. (To Socialism). Whatever some find too complex to rationally and effortfully unravel will be safely written off as "conspiracy theory". As if there cannot be anyone colluding with anyone else and with many other collaborators in all this.
  19. (A New Zealander's pleas to her PM. Seems some Down Under still appreciate freedoms and individualism. All those points apply here too. One of the most despicable: By edict, South African 12 to 17 year olds won't need parental permission for jabs). Posted on Jacinda Ardern's page by a person named Jo Wright Of all the vaccines I have taken in my life like Tetanus shots, measles, mumps, polio, meningitis, TB shots, etc... Never have I heard so many lies and deceptions over a vaccine that says I have to wear a mask and socially distance even when fully vaccinated, and that I could still contract or spread the virus even after being fully vaccinated. Never had to get tested when I was perfectly healthy without any symptoms whatsoever. Never been bribed by the establishments to take the vaccine in order to win a holiday and/or cash prizes or earn frequent flyer points. I never had to worry about cardiac issues, neurological disorders, blood clots and sadly more! Didn't even have to worry about death. Never was I ever THREATENED by the use of FORCE by the Government, Employers, Police force, and Military for a vaccine as seen overseas. I was never judged by my friends or relatives if I didn't take it. I was never discriminated against for travel or other regular services to a point where I could not buy or sell without it. The vaccines I have listed above never told me I was a bad person for not taking them or for even taking them for that matter. I have never seen a vaccine that threatened the relationship between my family members and/or close friends to a point of destroying my relationships with them ever. Never have I seen it used for political gain. Never seen a vaccine needing 24/7 mass media advertising and promotion on every media outlet known to man. Then there’s mixing and matching different vaccine brands and being told it's okay to do it one day and then told the next day to not do it (overseas). I have never seen a vaccine threaten someone's livelihood, as well as wipe out their jobs. I have never seen a vaccine that allows a 12-year-old child's consent to supersede their parent's consent (that one alone blows me away). Finally, after all the vaccines (jab, shots) I listed above, I have never seen a vaccine like this one that discriminates, divides, and judges a society. So much information is censored, deleted, and removed from the internet and mainstream media! So many doctors, health care professionals, police and scientists are censored and forbidden to speak out or ask legitimate questions when what is being allowed or not allowed does not make sense! Particularly when it comes from mainstream media. I have never known a vaccine that has made all the Pharmaceutical companies that manufacture it exempt from liability if it kills everyone to a point where no life insurance will cover it! This is one powerful vaccine guys! It does all these things above that I have mentioned and yet? It does NOT do the one thing it is supposed to do which is - FIGHT OFF THIS PANDEMIC so why on earth should I get it?
  20. What's stopping you? Or those establishments, functions and gatherings from operating? The vaccine makes everyone (vaccinated) invulnerable to harm, right? If it's so good, all those normal activities would have been restored to everyone, leaving only the unvaxxed to have something to fear. Therefore: It's not "so good". Of course. Been pointed out here regularly, transmission/infection is *also* vaxxed to vaxxed people. Then how could you want to persuade anyone to get the jab? And for the Gvts/CDC/ Health Ministries to be blackmailing people into doing such a thing not-so-good? The vaxxed need to walk their talk. Confidently if not fearlessly getting out and about. Else, why should anyone believe them?
  21. For the boffins here, the results of studies in an article (co-authored with Peter McCullough). The intro and conclusion, in brief, argues for the superiority of natural immunity and against mandates on the healthy (e.g soldiers and children). While not being dismissive of the vaccines. An interesting item, survivors of the Spanish Flu had antibodies that lasted a lifetime. https://trialsitenews.com/is-there-evidence-that-natural-exposure-immunity-to-covid-virus-is-similar-or-superior-to-vaccine-induced-immunity-and-should-we-force-mandate-these-vaccines-on-our-healthy-military-and-police/
  22. Peter, That - "I am not for mandates" - takes priority for me. In return, I am for vaccinations. A false dichotomy you're aware of. We may argue "the science", but that's a separate matter. As I've constantly said, vaccines are still better than nothing, at very least a fairly safe port in the storm, for us and all ageing (etc.) individuals. They apparently have enough efficacy for anyone who knows they need vaccinating or simply want it. In my case and having a pretty good metabolism and resistance to diseases - I've not had flu for as long as I can recall - and I'm sure I'd cope with Covid (if I've not already asymptomatically caught it) but growing older and undoubtedly, gradually getting immuno-compromised, my choice would have been to wait a year or so. This bug will be around for a while. That I won't be allowed a choice and freedom to decide, as with the healthful many who would do fine without vaxxing, is abhorrent. Covid and all the un-needed measures that were forced along with it, have lost us freedom.
  23. Looks most helpful. From a glimpse: The "elephant in the room", natural herd immunity, has indeed been ignored if not scorned (From the start). This makes one wonder if a country's health is *actually* what matters most. Or is it more, grabbing power, when the whole world is morally (etc.) uncertain, afraid and fragile? (Rhetorical). Not an article by an ARI O'ist, shamefully. The ARI bunch have still not, that I'm aware, come out unequivocally against Vaxx blackmail, and YB hasn't admitted his blunder implicitly nor explicitly. Instead has been doubling down, covering his tracks, from what I've heard. About ready for another pertinent ARIWatch column...?
  24. "Mandate" is now euphemistic and synonymous with career-ending, social pressure, psychological intimidation, Govt. coercion. I think I'll stop using the word. This is vaxx blackmail.
  25. I think we should give them some due, Ellen, apparently they do ~reduce~ the severity of the disease and the ~chance~ of fatality (for those who need it). BUT - the fact vaccines don't stop infection and transmission, is crumbling any altruistic rationale behind the vax mandate. The way it should always have been, one gets it or doesn't - by informed choice, for personal benefit and for those one cares for/has responsibility to - not for the social good.