Friday, June 24, 2022

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act: What it Does and What it Means | Bipartisan Policy Center

I keep hearing radio commercials on conservative talk shows saying that this will destroy innovation and that people should call their senators to oppose the bill.  I have no idea.

https://bipartisanpolicy.org/explainer/s2992/

Thursday, June 23, 2022

This is why Asians are smarter than you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qdgj_i-Tso

I would not want to live in a society where my entire waking existence must follow the demands imposed on me.  I had a similar experience in medical school, which I found exhausting, and which is partly why I dropped out.  The other reason was that I didn't like it very much.

I'm going to assume that some societies have greater competition for fewer resources, leading to extreme situations like this.  What happens if you are one of the people who don't measure up?   Surely, not everyone passes.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Re: Watch "White House Admits It Lied About Vaccines; Study Shows 49% of Biden’s Followers are “Fake Accounts”" on YouTube

It is my understanding that the Trump administration was leaving some distribution details up to the states.   If true, this is probably a good thing.   I only think this because I heard all sorts of cries from the political left to federalize the distribution plan.  When I heard Biden say there was no plan, I assumed that this is what he meant.   However, I think that his statement is highly misleading.

In terms of the public not respecting a liar, I think that all politicians engage in a large amount of spin.  However, the Biden Administration seems to frequently make statements that are either demonstrably false or extremely misleading.  

On Tue, Jun 21, 2022 at 5:18 AM Albert twrote:
The democrats can't stop lying, but what else have the got? Unfortunately, when politicians are willing to lie, they have no honor and your well being as a citizen means little to them. Citizens simple become part of the voter plantation, a tool to keep and stay in power.

It's hard to respect a government which is willing to lie and deceive their citizens. People feel it deep in their core. No one with a reasonable mind respects a liar.



Monday, June 20, 2022

Fredrick Douglas



Re: Transgender Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: John

I should clarify my position.

If men want to dress like women, it is a free country, but I think that this is some type of mental illness.  I do not believe that men can become women.  It is pretty clear what a woman is in regard to reproduction.   If I were to surgically alter myself to look like a dog, that would not make me a dog, no matter how much I wanted to be a dog.

There are slight differences between the brains of men and women.  I have heard that transgender people are more likely to have brains that resemble the opposite sex.  There are effeminate males and masculine women.  There is a normal range of human behavior.  However, one's mental state or preference does not make someone the opposite sex.  

However, my issue is not with human behavior but with coerced speech.  If I don't call a 'he' a 'she' then I am labeled as a bigot.  The actress Gina Carano had her career ruined for not using preferred pronouns. Jordan Peterson became famous for opposing speech laws in Canada that would force him to use preferred pronouns.  They want to force us to lie to protect people's feelings.  However, I am not going along with this insanity.

--
Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com


On Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 9:55 AM Steve wrote:
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> thanks for the comment...pretty sure I can never watch this and be fine
>
> you have made my time more worthwhile, and I appreciate it
>
>
> On 6/19/2022 8:18 PM, John Coffey wrote:
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> In response to ...
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> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIIVNS6YSTE&t=556s
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> I wrote:
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> 9:35 I missed the use of the plural "them" and the whole transgender subplot, or that this was a transgender actor. I liked the episode quite a bit regardless. I didn't feel like I was being lectured to in order to push an agenda, which happened all the time on Discovery, and would be a negative for me. Speaking of which, I don't like being lectured to that I must distort the English language to conform to a leftist agenda.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Review | "The Serene Squall"

In response to ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIIVNS6YSTE&t=556s

I wrote:

9:35 I missed the use of the plural "them" and the whole transgender subplot, or that this was a transgender actor. I liked the episode quite a bit regardless. I didn't feel like I was being lectured to in order to push an agenda, which happened all the time on Discovery, and would be a negative for me. Speaking of which, I don't like being lectured to that I must distort the English language to conform to a leftist agenda.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Comments to Biden emergency oil power

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Larry 


        • 4 hours ago
          Democrats totally lack any logic in their brains.  They are unable to connect the dots and see the consequences of their policies. Like defunding cops wouldn't result in an increase in crime. Like stopping oil exploration and development wouldn't result in increased prices. Like spending trillions of dollars wouldn't result in high inflation. Like decriminalizing shoplifting wouldn't result in an explosion of shoplifting. Like decriminalizing drugs wouldn't result in more dealing, crime to support habits, and overdoses.
        • 4 hours ago
          Waging war on fossil fuels decades before alternatives are sufficient is just like pulling troops out of Afganistan before removing military equipment and evacuees. That's Joe's way, backwards logic.
          • 3 hours ago
            Can you imagine our troops waiting around for 8 hours for their tanks and trucks to be recharged??? Sitting Ducks.
            • 4 hours ago
              A poster earlier - "he sold the mule and bought a plow"
          https://www.foxnews.com/media/big-oil-exec-biden-failure-plan-now-significant-emergency


      Boosters and Covid

      ---------- Forwarded message ---------
      From: Larry 

      Dunn said hospitals in Utah have been "stable" until this week. The state dashboard reports a 27.3% increase in the seven-day average of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and a 35.3% jump in seven-day average cases in the ICU.

      "The silver lining in this increase is that it's definitely not as steep," she said. "It's happening at a slower pace."

      Dunn said the increase in cases could be from new Omicron subvariants and vaccination/booster shot immunity wearing off.

      "We're starting to see that increase and with that, an increase in positivity," said Dunn. "So we're now seeing 25% to 30% positivity."

      She said current positivity rates mirror similar peaks seen in early 2021 and beyond.

      "The people-over-people method is up 625% since April 2," she explained. "The testing-over-testing method is up 850%."




      Monologue: The Party Is Over | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

      New Rule: Democracy Dies in Dumbness | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

      Thursday, June 16, 2022

      "2000 Mules"

      I watched the Dinesh D'Sousa documentary "2000 Mules."  (https://2000mules.com/)   Although the 90-minute video is maybe 30 minutes longer than it needs to be, it does a very effective job of making the case that the 2020 election was stolen.

      It is almost certain that President Biden won the popular vote.  However, Presidential elections aren't decided by the popular vote, but by the Electoral College.  Because certain "Battle Ground" states were very close, it would have only taken relatively small shifts in five key counties in those states to swing the election.  We have heard about some election weirdness in some of those counties, but none of it seemed like it was enough to claim widespread election fraud.

      Apparently, there is geo-tracking data available on all of us that can be purchased.  An organization called "True The Vote", purchased this data, and claims to have found evidence of widespread "mules" who stuffed election drop boxes with votes.  They set a very high bar for what they consider to be "evidence".  We have cases of people visiting 30 drop boxes while going back and forth to "non-profit organizations."  There is no plausible reason for people to visit so many drop boxes.

      Most of these drop boxes only existed because of COVID.

      The documentary only has videos of about a half dozen people stuffing drop boxes with votes.  This is illegal even if the votes might have been legitimate.  Most of these people were wearing rubber gloves so as to not leave fingerprints.  They also took photographs of themselves dropping in votes, reportedly because that is how they got paid.  The documentary also has a couple of whistle-blowers who explained how the scheme worked.  One person's job was to pay the "mules."

      Dinesh D'Sousa crunches the numbers, and even by the very high bar for "evidence" set by "True The Vote", the number of votes cast illegally easily would have been enough to sway the election.  He also goes into detail about the people who funded these "non-profit organizations."

      The documentary also finds people in nursing homes who were too far gone to have voted but somehow voted anyway.  One lady in a nursing home said that she didn't want to vote but a nurse made her vote, which is also illegal to coerce someone into voting.

      Although I am convinced, my opinion is very much dependent upon the idea that the documentary is telling the truth.  I have little reason to doubt it, but I can't rule out the possibility that someone is lying.


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC_Ph4o9D30&list=PLQjQKfvegGtmvYFAgkIvC16DCh_oMWXF3&index=1

      Wednesday, June 15, 2022

      Elon Musk Shocks the Media by Announcing His 2024 Voting Plans

      "Like Watching the Biden presidency"

      Re: Douglas Murray: Why conservatives will win the war on the West

      I get the impression that this experiment is self-government has completely failed.  The United States was founded on the principle of limited government, with the federal government only having limited powers granted by the Constitution.  However, any limitation on federal power has been mostly ignored for the last 90 years.

      It only takes a well-motivated minority using intimidation to control a society.  The communists used to talk about how they only needed the support of 10% of the people.  This does not bode well for our future.  The far left seems to be winning.

      I try to not dwell too much on politics because no amount of politics is going to change my life for the better.  Only I can do that.

      On Wed, Jun 15, 2022 at 1:08 AM John wrote:


      Douglas Murray: Why conservatives will win the war on the West

      Sunday, June 12, 2022

      DOOCY MICDROP🎤 “That’s NOT True”

      The fight against climate change is a fight against capitalism | openDemocracy

      Socialism is the only realistic solution to climate change | Climate & Capitalism

      To Stop Climate Collapse, We Must End Capitalism - Intelligence Squared

      This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate: Klein, Naomi: 8601422216721: Books - Amazon

      The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

      Wednesday, June 8, 2022

      US: Chinese govt hackers breached telcos to snoop on network traffic

      Fwd: Hollywood changes

      ---------- Forwarded message ---------
      From: Larry 

      A great response to an interesting comment thread dominated by a commentor  named Gemma and responses to her

      Jamicyn  Gemma  3 days ago

      Perhaps it's more difficult for you to see depending on when you grew up. For most who grew up during the millennial generation or following generations proceeding I'm sure it would be difficult to see what people are describing as woke in the entertainment industry. For those of us who are a bit older and subsequently grew up during a period when these things didn't exist; it's disheartening to see things we grew up with as children changed to suit a specific narrative. Some of us remember characters, like for instance in the Star Wars franchise, we watched these characters grow to become the extraordinary heros we've come to love. In today's Star Wars franchise we see a female character who never developed as a character. She never overcame any struggles or failures she simply was strong only because she was a female; which those at Disney who were involved in the project admitted was their intent. So for many of us I suppose that grew up in a different time the world has become a much different place and not necessarily for the better.



      Read the thread and Gemma's comments and peoples responses

      Nolte: Woketard Leftists Whine as 'Top Gun' Continues to Overperform (breitbart.com)



      Tuesday, June 7, 2022

      Fwd: Studies on Mask usage

      Correlation is not causality.  You could have more mask usage in higher-risk areas.

      Previous studies showed some benefits from mask usage.  If there is no benefit, then we need to know that.  However, I think that there is a pretty good reason why everybody at the hospital is wearing masks.

      ---------- Forwarded message ---------
      From: Larry 


      If studies showed masks did not limit covid spread, that would be extremely frustrating. If they showed mask use increased covid spread, it would be horrendous.


      William Barr | The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special Ep. 125

      I heard this on the radio and then watched the video.  William Barr has some interesting insights about the working of the Trump administration and the law.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPQB5YaOpGU

      Monday, June 6, 2022

      Common Sense gun laws

      ---------- Forwarded message ---------
      From: Larry

      Florida congressman Matt Gaetz attempted to insert an amendment to the proposed bill declaring that "Congress disfavors the enactment of laws that authorize a court to issue an extreme risk protection order, also known as Red Flag laws, in the States because such laws trample on an individual's due process and Second Amendment rights."

      "You know who didn't have due process?" Cicilline continued. "You know who didn't have their constitutional right to life respected? The kids at Parkland, and Sandy Hook, and Uvalde and Buffalo, and the list goes on and on."

      "So spare me the bulls— about constitutional rights."


      On Mon, Jun 6, 2022 at 8:53 AM Larry wrote:

      The Cheese Caves of the United States

      Saturday, June 4, 2022

      Re: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Review | "Memento Mori"

      Some people dislike Discovery for its obvious Woke agenda.  Nobody is against representation, since Lando Calrissian and Princess Leia are fantastic characters.  However, when it is obvious that they are pushing an agenda, the audience feels like it is being lectured to, like the time Disney/Lucasfilm said that they weren't going to hire white males.  Racial discrimination is still discrimination no matter who it is against.

      I complained about Star Trek Discovery season 4 having a bridge crew that was all female.  It is The Ride of the Valkyries.  All the males were either passive or gay.  How is this "representation"?

      Nevertheless, I think that Season 2 of Discovery is considerably better than Season 1.  I really enjoyed it.  I also think that Season 3 is an improvement.  I wasn't near as fond of Season 4, but I still found it enjoyable.

      Season 2 of Star Trek Picard makes for passable entertainment, but it feels borderline mediocre.  It is essentially a remake of The Voyage Home with a Borg plot. 

      --

      On Sat, Jun 4, 2022 at 6:41 AM Steve wrote:

      thanks john I will give s.n.w. a try   had not watched trek since discovery.

      (yuk)  well I enjoyed picard season 1 havent paid for season 2 because of discovery

      On 6/3/2022 7:18 PM, John Coffey wrote:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VVAG1UlGtg

      The new series "Strange New Worlds" has been knocking it out of the park.  This is interesting since I wasn't too excited about the first episode, and I assumed that people were drooling over it for the simple reason that it didn't suck.  It is certainly better than Star Trek Picard and less controversial than Star Trek Discovery.

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      Wednesday, June 1, 2022

      Have the Boomers Pinched Their Children’s Futures?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuXzvjBYW8A

      The video is a bit long, but it highlights the problems with demographics and government spending, population expansion, the welfare state, and inflation.

      Although the video is about England, it applies equally well to the United States.  Although England has a National Health Service which is unsustainable, around 60% of health care spending in the United States is funded by the government.  Regardless of which country you are in, the government is not going to have the money to keep all its promises.

      These kinds of problems aren't unique to the United States and Great Britain.  It is happening everywhere.  China faces a demographic crisis because there aren't enough young people to support its aging population.

      I was a little bit disappointed by his Climate Change views, calling it an emergency, but he points out that the next generation will have to produce 88% less carbon dioxide.  This is completely unfeasible.  A great many people are going to freeze in the wintertime.  Far more people die from cold than they do from heat.

      Population increase has always been a concern of mine.  It puts pressure on finite resources and makes them more expensive.  The cost of housing has reached insane levels, as have the property taxes on those houses.

       

      Tuesday, May 31, 2022

      The rise of ‘bai lan’: why China’s frustrated youth are ready to ‘let it rot'

      In recent days, this phrase – and more previously 'tang ping' (lying flat, 躺平), which means rejecting gruelling competition for a low desire life – gained popularity as severe competition and high social expectations prompted many young Chinese to give up on hard work.

      But bai lan has a more worrying layer in the way it is being used by young people in China: to actively embrace a deteriorating situation, rather than trying to turn it around. It is close to other Chinese phrases, for example 'to smash a cracked pot' (破罐破摔) and 'dead pigs are not afraid of boiling water' (死猪不怕开水烫).

      State media have taken note of this trend. "Why modern young Chinese like to 'bai lan'?" one recent article in official media outlet asked. "In fact, this is as a result of negative auto suggestion, repeatedly telling oneself I cannot make it… And this kind of mentality often leads people to adopt the 'bai lan' attitude."

      But the reality is not quite as state media suggested, says Sal Hang, a 29-year-old creative industry professional in Beijing. He says that for his generation of young Chinese, this attitude of letting things rot is likely to be caused by a lack of social mobility and increased uncertainty in today's China.

      "Unlike my parents' generation, young Chinese today have much bigger expectations, but there are many more uncertainties for us, too. For example, we cannot make any long-term plans for our lives anymore, because we do not know what is going to happen to us even five years down the road."

      Saturday, May 28, 2022

      Re: Nine Meals from Anarchy - Doug Casey's International Man

      Good points.

      On Sat, May 28, 2022 at 5:55 AM Albert wrote:
      People will do anything to feed themselves and their family. This is another reason the Democratic Party will suffer in the mid-terms. I had a long discussion with some friends regarding what Biden could possibly do to make things worse than he all ready has. The most common answer was to start a war with Russia. However, no one really considered damaging the food supply. It really doesn't matter if it's done intentionally or unintentionally. It's hard for me accept Biden's administration could be short sighted in regards to baby formula. The shortage of baby formula will cost him severely at the polls. Women don't forget easily if at all. They won't forget the baby formula shortage and the fear it put in their minds. Stack this on top of calling mother's domestic terrorists because they challenged school boards across the country when they discovered the government was indoctrinating their children with Critical Race Theory. No reasonable mother wants their children taught how to hate and self-loathe from public school teachers. Anyways, back to a food shortage, this can turn into a terrible tragedy because it effects everyone. I recommend the government pay attention to the two great motivators of mankind: inspiration or desperation. Unfortunately, we are getting closer everyday to the latter.

      On Fri, May 27, 2022 at 10:07 PM John wrote:
      I don't know anything about this website, but I like this quote...

      "There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy."


      Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it?

      "Today's children, as they become more politically aware, will be much more radical than their parents, simply because there will be no other choice for them. This emergent radicalism is already taking people by surprise. The Green New Deal (GND), a term presently most associated with 29-year-old US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has provoked a wildly unhinged backlash from the "pro free market" wing, who argue that it's a Trojan horse, nothing more than an attempt to piggyback Marxism onto the back of climate legislation.

      The criticism feels ridiculous. Partly because the GND is far from truly radical and already represents a compromise solution, but mainly because the radical economics isn't a hidden clause, but a headline feature. Climate change is the result of our current economic and industrial system. GND-style proposals marry sweeping environmental policy changes with broader socialist reforms because the level of disruption required to keep us at a temperature anywhere below "absolutely catastrophic" is fundamentally, on a deep structural level, incompatible with the status quo.

      Right now we can, with a massive investment of effort by 2030, just about keep the warming level below 1.5C. This is "bad, but manageable" territory. Failing to put that effort in sees the world crossing more severe temperature barriers that would lead to outcomes like ecosystem collapse, ocean acidification, mass desertification, and coastal cities being flooded into inhabitability.

      We will simply have to throw the kitchen sink at this. Policy tweaks such as a carbon tax won't do it. We need to fundamentally re-evaluate our relationship to ownership, work and capital."

      1.  They keep moving the goalpost.  I have seen videos from a decade ago stating that we were on track to increase the average atmospheric temperature by 3 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, and that would be bad, but if we can get it down to 2 degrees Celsius then that would be manageable.  However, in recent years, I have seen videos stating that we are on track to increase the temperature by 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, and that would be bad, but if we can get it down to 1.5 degrees Celsius then that would be manageable.

      In the years prior to all these predictions, I was seeing dire predictions of a temperature change of 5 to 12 degrees Celsus by the year 2100.

      The reason for these changes is that some of the very dire predictions of the past haven't come true.  They have made claims that the polar ice caps would have melted by now and that we would have a billion climate refugees.

      If you look at the data, it has taken 140 years for the temperature to go up one degree Celsus.  These changes are very slow and don't represent a crisis.  Should we lose some coastlines, people have plenty of time to adapt, or build floodwalls.

      2.  There is a difference between what the science is saying about climate change and what the politicians are saying about climate change.  It is a difference between caution with big levels of uncertainty baked into the predictions, versus alarmism.

      3.  Climate Alarmism ignores the enormous benefits of carbon fuels and CO2.  Our entire food supply runs on carbon fuels.  Atmospheric CO2 is a valuable resource that is a necessary food for plants.  Over the last 40 million years, the atmospheric levels of CO2 have been in a steep and dangerous decline due to natural processes that sequester carbon, while the recent increase in the level of CO2 has resulted in the greening of the Earth, increased food production, increased rainfall, and a shrinking of deserts, contrary to the opposite predictions.

      4.  Should we need to, we could use a technique called "Iron Fertilization" to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.  However, I think that this would be counterproductive.

      5.  During the last 2.5 million years we have technically been in an ice age, dominated by long periods of mass glaciation covering much of the northern hemisphere, with only brief ten thousand year warm periods like the one we are living in now.

      6.  Capitalism is really a free market, which is your right to own property and own a business.    My retirement fund is invested in the S&P 500, which technically means that I am invested in hundreds of businesses.

      7.  Socialism takes away all these rights in the name of euphemistic terms like fairness and environmental protection.  However, the net result is slavery, or at best tyranny.  The government will tell you what you can own, where to live, where you can work, and what you must do.

      8.  Rahm Emanual said, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste."   Nobody voluntarily goes into a prison unless they are more afraid of what is outside the prison.   People don't voluntarily give up their freedom unless they are afraid of a crisis.  For this reason, the political left is always trying to justify infringement on our freedom by telling us there is a crisis.  (This is "The Walking Dead" theory of socialism promoted by Dan Bongino.  In the show, "The Walking Dead", the survivors of a Zombie Apocalypse try to hide inside a prison because it is well fortified.)  

      9.  The real goals of the political left are about power. It is about who is in charge and who gets to run things.

      10.  True socialism, which means that the state owns the means of production, is unsustainable.  No socialist system has been able to keep itself going without adopting some free-market measures.

      11.  When confronted over their ideas, the left tends to change its definitions.  They will assert that they never meant what they said previously and that the rest of us are just too stupid to understand their theories.  They also claim that they want one thing, like a Nordic-style welfare state with a capitalist economy, while out of the other side of their mouth claim that they want to get rid of capitalism.

      Friday, May 27, 2022

      Nine Meals from Anarchy - Doug Casey's International Man

      I don't know anything about this website, but I like this quote...

      "There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy."

      It's The Small Things, Charlie Brown — Official Trailer

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-2VQe7JcuE

      I think that they have ruined my beloved Peanuts.

      It is going eco-friendly over a weed.

      Vaccine Lies?

      FYI.

      On Fri, May 27, 2022 at 10:34 AM Albert wrote:
      The lies about Covid vaccine keep co I got. I think there is no end to it.



      ---------- Forwarded message ---------
      From: John Coffey <john2001plus@gmail.com>
      To: Albert

      What lies do you think are being told?  The vaccines were very effective against the original variant and became less effective as the virus evolved.  This was expected.

      Being vaccinated produces much better results than not being vaccinated.

      "The age-standardized IRR for cases in unvaccinated versus fully vaccinated persons was 13.9 during April–May and progressively declined to 8.7 during June, 5.1 during July–November, and 3.1 during December, coinciding with the periods of Delta emergence, Delta predominance, and Omicron emergence, respectively. This decline suggests a change in crude VE for infection from 93% during April–May, to 89% during June, 80% during July–November, and to 68% during December. Age-standardized IRRs for deaths among unvaccinated versus fully vaccinated persons were relatively stable; crude VE for deaths was 95% during April–May, 94% during June, and 94% during July–November.

      Rates of COVID-19 cases were lowest among fully vaccinated persons with a booster dose, compared with fully vaccinated persons without a booster dose, and much lower than rates among unvaccinated persons during October–November (25.0, 87.7, and 347.8 per 100,000 population, respectively) and December 2021 (148.6, 254.8, and 725.6 per 100,000 population, respectively) (Table 2)."

      https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7104e2.htm


      Tuesday, May 17, 2022

      The Cycles of Revolutions in Our Midst › American Greatness

      At a time of impending recession, runaway inflation, and climbing interest rates, universities are charging students thousands of dollars in increased tuition and fees to subsidize an unproductive diversity, equity, and inclusion industry. And like all good commissariats, the DEI apparatchiks produce no research, do no teaching, and bully and repress those who do.

      Their chief legacy is the millions of opportunistic mediocrities emerging from the shadows to mouth wokester shibboleths about climate change, diversity, equity, and inclusion, identity politics, and transgenderism, while damning the customs, traditions, history, and values of a prior society that alone is responsible for their very affluence and leisure. 

      The stuff of life—water storage for agriculture, gas and oil production for transportation and home livability, building materials for shelter, deterrent police to ensure safe streets, and competent medical officials and scientists—is now subordinated to ideological censure and audit. All that is not a sustainable proposition for a sophisticated but vulnerable multiracial democracy of 330 million. Nihilist ideology finally trickles down to shelves empty of baby formula, idled diesel semis, and parked cars left open to thieves in hopes they will merely steal rather than also vandalize. Boutique university theories turn deadly when any society is unhinged enough to adopt them.

      So this cannibalistic woke revolution is no Wobbly mine take-over, no 1960s Woodstock, not even a Black Panther, Weatherman, or Symbionese Liberation Army violent spasm. Instead, wokeism is so institutionalized that, like the Soviet Party or the adherents of Mao's little red book, joining the virtue-signaling wokesters is seen as a smart career move. Going woke is a bully's paradise, an indemnity against a past ill-considered tweet or a future peccadillo. Indeed, it is quasi-religious groupthink proselytizing. 

      The world is fragmenting and changing in all different directions. Unfortunately, contemporary America is offering no guidance. To the extent it seeks to lead and inspire, its current elite wish to take other nations and cultures down a nihilist pathway of self-loathing that few wish to follow.

      Title IX charges for pronouns

      Begin forwarded message:

      From: Larry

      A Wisconsin school district has filed sexual harassment complaints against three middle schoolers for calling a classmate by a wrong pronoun.

      The school district in Kiel, a city of 3,600 residents, has charged the three eighth-graders at the Kiel Middle School with sexual harassment after an incident in April in which the students refused to use "they" to refer to a classmate who had switched pronouns a month before the alleged incident, according to reports.

      "I received a phone call from the principal …forewarning me, letting me know that I was going to be receiving an email with sexual harassment allegations against my son," said Rosemary Rabidoux, whose 13-year-old son Braden is one of the students charged with sexual harassment.

      "I immediately went into shock," she continued in an interview with FOX 11. "I'm thinking sexual harassment? That's rape, that's inappropriate touching, that's incest. What has my son done?"

      The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is defending the accused students, and claims that misuse of pronouns is not covered by Title IX, the US Education Department's statute that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education.

      "Title IX sexual harassment typically covers things like rape, dating violence, quid pro quo sexual favors — really egregious stuff," WILL's deputy counsel Luke Berg told the network. "There's nothing even remotely close to that alleged in this case."

      Kiel, Wisconsin school charges kids for using wrong pronouns (nypost.com)


      The school board of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) in Fairfax, Virginia, is reviewing updated rules that could potentially expose students to suspension or expulsion for "maliciously misgendering" their peers based on "frequency and intensity."

      The Fairfax County Public Schools Students Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) handbook, which will be voted on May 26, includes in its updated version rules that make "malicious deadnaming" and "malicious misgendering" of classmates a Level 4 offense, which allows for a suspension up to five days "if frequency and intensity are present," according to page 19 of the document.

      "Using slurs based upon the actual or perceived gender identity" is forbidden under the rules of the document, "which includes, but is not limited to, malicious deadnaming or malicious misgendering."

      The document defines "deadnaming" as "when someone, intentionally or not, refers to a person who is transgender or gender-expansive by a name other than their own chosen name."

      The handbook explains that "Level 4 responses" include individualized intervention that often requires disciplinary action. The principal is able to refer such violations to the superintendent, which the document says "may result in a number of different responses based on circumstances and rarely results in an expulsion."

      Fairfax County Schools may suspend for 'malicious misgendering' (nypost.com)

      Monday, May 16, 2022

      The dangers of the COVID-19 spike protein

      The dangers of the spike protein.

      "SARS-CoV-2 Spike Proteins Disrupt the Blood-Brain Barrier, Potentially Raising Risk of Neurological Damage in COVID-19 Patients"



      "Recent publications provide new findings that may help decipher the pathogenesis of long-COVID. One paper reported perivascular inflammation in brains of deceased patients with COVID-19, while others showed that the spike protein could damage the endothelium in an animal model, that it could disrupt an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), and that it can cross the BBB resulting in perivascular inflammation. Moreover, the spike protein appears to share antigenic epitopes with human molecular chaperons resulting in autoimmunity and can activate toll-like receptors (TLRs), leading to release of inflammatory cytokines. Moreover, some antibodies produced against the spike protein may not be neutralizing, but may change its conformation rendering it more likely to bind to its receptor. As a result, one wonders whether the spike protein entering the brain or being expressed by brain cells could activate microglia, alone or together with inflammatory cytokines, since protective antibodies could not cross the BBB, leading to neuro-inflammation and contributing to long-COVID. Hence, there is urgent need to better understand the neurotoxic effects of the spike protein."

      https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12035-021-02696-0

      "A lot of people think of it as a respiratory disease, but it's really a vascular disease," says Assistant Research Professor Uri Manor, who is co-senior author of the study. "That could explain why some people have strokes, and why some people have issues in other parts of the body. The commonality between them is that they all have vascular underpinnings."

      "If you remove the replicating capabilities of the virus, it still has a major damaging effect on the vascular cells, simply by virtue of its ability to bind to this ACE2 receptor, the S protein receptor, now famous thanks to COVID,"

      https://www.salk.edu/news-release/the-novel-coronavirus-spike-protein-plays-additional-key-role-in-illness/

      COVID-19 spike proteins may cause neurological issues

      "Researchers from the University of Bristol have found that, in cells in a dish in the lab, the spike protein binds to cells called pericytes which line the small vessels of the heart. This binding triggers a cascade of changes which disrupt normal cell function, and can lead to the release of chemicals that cause inflammation. This happened even when the protein was no longer attached to the virus.

      There is some previous evidence to suggest that following Covid-19 illness, the spike protein can remain in the bloodstream after the virus has gone and travel far from the site of infection. This research could help explain and ultimately treat some of the effects of severe Covid-19 infection, where levels of the virus are particularly high. "

      https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/news-from-the-bhf/news-archive/2021/august/covid-19-spike-protein-binds-to-and-changes-cells-in-the-heart


       "while other papers showed that the spike protein by itself (without being part of the corona virus) can damage endothelial cells and disrupt the blood-brain barrier. These findings may be even more relevant to the pathogenesis of long-COVID syndrome that may affect as many as 50% of those infected with SARS-CoV-2. "


      "Very recently, Tavassoly et al. proposed a view that seeded protein aggregation by SARS-CoV-2 could be attributed to long-term post-infection complications including neurodegeneration [4]. They suggested that SARS-CoV-2 spike protein S1 region binds to heparin and heparin binding proteins (HBPs) present in brain which are prone to self-assembly, aggregation, and fibrillation processes. They also showed that the peptide from S protein (S–CoV-peptide; ∼150 aa) has more aggregation formation propensity than the known aggregation-prone proteins, suggesting that this peptide is prone to act as functional amyloid and form toxic aggregates. Thus, the heparin binding and aggregation propensity of S1 protein has been suggested the ability of S1 to form amyloid and toxic aggregates that can act as seeds to aggregate many of the misfolded brain proteins and can ultimately leads to neurodegeneration. It has been suggested that SARS-CoV-2 infection invades the CNS by controlling protein synthesis machinery, disturbs endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondrial function and increases the accumulation of misfolded proteins, thereby activates protein aggregation, mitochondrial oxidative stress, apoptosis and neurodegeneration [3,5,10].

      Interestingly, it has been shown that HSV-1 spike protein binds to heparin and increases the aggregation of amyloid β (Aβ42) peptides on its surface spikes [11]. This study suggests that the heparin-binding site of the spike protein might act as a binding site for Aβ42 peptides and thus could dock to the viral surface and catalyze aggregation of Aβ42. As the receptor binding domain (RBD) of SARS-CoV-2, which is located within the S1 subunit of spike glycoprotein has several heparin binding sites [[12], [13], [14]], the same mechanism of aggregation of neurodegeneration causing proteins such as Aβ, α-synuclein, tau, prions, and TDP-43 can be observed in COVID-19 infection in the brain."





      The vaccine spike protein is different.


      In actual fact, the two spike proteins behave very differently in the body. According to Health Feedback, the spike proteins generated by Covid-19 vaccines differ in three key ways to those attached to SARS-CoV-2. Firstly, in the case of the vaccines, the cells mostly break down the spike proteins into fragments. Secondly, the spike protein generated by a Covid-19 vaccine doesn't assemble into new viral particles, unlike the spike protein from SARS-CoV-2. Thirdly, the spike protein in Covid-19 vaccines is genetically modified to enhance the immune response and to stop it binding to cell receptors in the same way the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein would.


       

      'Toxic' spike protein claims misinterpret vaccine study

      "There is no spike protein in the vaccines first of all. The amounts that are made after the mRNA is injected are very small and it almost exclusively stays locally. It is nowhere near the amount he was talking about," Dr Ratner said.

      US fact checking website Health Feedback, which uses experts to verify claims about health science, said Dr Bridle's statement "rests on the assumption that if the viral spike protein causes cardiovascular toxicity in COVID-19 patients, the spike protein produced in vaccinated people should be toxic as well".

      However, Health Feedback said this assumption was incorrect: "While both mRNA vaccines and viral vector vaccines carry the instructions to produce the entire spike protein, the cells break down much of the protein into small fragments. Furthermore, unlike infection, the spike protein from COVID-19 vaccination doesn't get assembled into new viral particles."

      Prof Munro told AAP FactCheck that mRNA vaccines were "proving to be incredibly effective and safe" in protecting both the recipients and others from COVID-19, backing up clinical trials which "consistently demonstrated an excellent safety profile".




      Will spike proteins generated through COVID vaccines cause illnesses to spread in schools?



      "Vaccine skeptics have seized on the study to cast doubt on the safety of vaccines. But a review of the study's findings shows that the concerns raised by vaccine doubters are much ado about nothing.

      The Study

      The vascular endothelium is an important player in the illness and death associated with COVID-19. The endothelium is a system of cells that line and protect the inside of blood vessels. SARS-CoV2 injures the endothelium leading to blood clots, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, and stroke. Despite the established link between COVID-19 and these cardiovascular complications, the mechanism by which they develop is unknown.

      Researchers from Jiaotong University; the University of California, San Diego; and the Salk Institute used a pseudovirus coated with spike protein to investigate the effects of the viral protein on endothelial cells. Pseudoviruses – which were first developed over 50 years ago – contain the outer shell of the virus, but they lack the viral genes needed to reproduce.

      Hamsters treated with the spike protein coated pseudovirus showed lung damage similar to that seen in humans infected with SARS-CoV2. When researchers added pseudovirus to cultured endothelial cells they found that the mitochondria inside the cells were injured. Since mitochondria are responsible for providing energy to cells, their dysfunction can cause cell death.

      When isolated pulmonary arteries were exposed to the spike protein carrying pseudovirus there was some disruption in the ability of the blood vessels to dilate. The decreased ability to expand blood vessels that serve the lungs could impair the ability of the body to take up oxygen from lungs that are damaged by the virus.

      The novelty of this study was the discovery that the spike protein itself causes damage, and that the pathway triggered by the spike protein could explain the widespread cardiovascular complications that develop in COVID-19 patients.

      A Twisted Tale

      Shortly after Lei and colleagues published their study, vaccine skeptics touted the findings as proof that newly developed COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous. Afterall, if COVID-19 vaccines produce spike protein to trigger immunity, and that same spike protein causes injury, then vaccines are really no different than the disease they are designed to prevent.

      The problem with these claims is that science doesn't support their arguments.

      The Long Road to Perdition....

      In order to damage the endothelium of blood vessels, COVID-19 vaccines have to enter the vascular system and infect cells that circulate in the blood. Data collected by the European Medicines Agency shows that no significant amount of vaccine enters the circulation (3). The confinement of the expressed spike protein away from the circulatory system significant prevents it from causing damage to the vascular endothelium.


      Redesigning the Spike Protein

      The spike protein attaches SARS-CoV2 to cells through a receptor called ACE2. In order to fully interact, the spike protein must undergo a conformational change.

      A research team lead by Dr. Barney Graham from the Vaccine Research Center at the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases created an engineered form of the spike protein that is unable to make the shape change required to effectively bind to cells (5). The Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines all use this inactivated spike protein, which means any spike protein that is produced by the vaccine is not able to be activated. This safety-switch limits the ability of the spike protein to bind ACE2 and limits its ability to cause damage.

      Stuck in a Hole

      In addition to engineering the spike protein so it can not be fully activated the protein is tagged with an extra piece called a "transmembrane anchor" (6). The transmembrane anchor allows the spike protein to appear on the surface – or membrane – of the cell, but it is held in place by the anchor. This prevents the spike protein from drifting away and creates a fixed target for the immune system to recognize the foreign protein."

      https://covid19resources.ca/2021/05/13/the-thorny-problem-of-covid-19-vaccines-and-spike-proteins/

      So far, there is no scientific evidence available that suggests that spike proteins created in our bodies from the COVID-19 vaccines are toxic or damaging our organs. COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new and long-term side effects are yet to be known. However, the vaccines have met the safety standards of many government and international safety agencies.

      Several systems help us monitor vaccine safety. In the United States these include the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), The Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), the Post-License Rapid Immunization Safety Monitoring (PRISM), and the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Project (CISA). These systems are used by scientists to monitor side effects and any other patterns of risks from vaccines.

      The COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to 135 million people in the United States. As expected with any vaccine, some fully vaccinated people still got sick, hospitalized, and/or died. These "breakthrough cases" are a very small percentage of those vaccinated (<0.001%) and are being studied to detect any relevant patterns.

      So far no scientific evidence is available that gives credence to claims that spike proteins created from vaccines travel in our bloodstreams. Research shows that spike proteins stay stuck to the surface of the cells around the vaccine's injection site. They are not known to wander around to other parts of the body.

      A very tiny dose of the vaccine does make it to the bloodstream (about 1%), but as soon as it gets to the liver, the enzymes there destroy it completely. The U.S. CDC refers to the spike protein made from the vaccine as "harmless."



      But researchers and health officials told FactCheck.org there is no "mistake" and that there is no evidence to support Bridle's claims.

      There is no evidence that the spike protein in vaccines "is toxic or that it lingers at any toxic level in the body after vaccination," an FDA spokesperson told us in an email.

      Jason McLellan, a structural biologist at the University of Texas at Austin who has been studying spike proteins in other coronaviruses for years and whose work was fundamental for the development of COVID-19 vaccines, said Bridle's statements are not correct.  

      "The spike protein is not pathogenic. It is not a toxin," McLellan told us in an email. "I have not seen any data to support what Bridle claims."




      How long does the mRNA vaccine stay in the body?
      https://youtu.be/dTXnCcBHGDM?t=58

      "The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work by introducing mRNA (messenger RNA) into your muscle cells. The cells make copies of the spike protein and the mRNA is quickly degraded (within a few days). The cell breaks the mRNA up into small harmless pieces. mRNA is very fragile; that's one reason why mRNA vaccines must be so carefully preserved at very low temperatures."


      Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause Prion disease?




      Safety of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

      "The clinical trials for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines found both to be safe overall. When serious side effects did occur, they happened at comparable rates between people who had received the vaccine and those who had received a placebo injection."


      "Notably, the study identified 34 cases of heart inflammation in patients aged 12 to 39 years. 85% of these cases occurred in males. 82% of these people were hospitalized for a median of 1 day. The authors calculated that among patients aged 12 to 39 years, there is a slight risk of 6.3 additional myocarditis cases per million doses during the first week after vaccination.

      However, a separate study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that heart inflammation events are far more likely after COVID-19 infection than vaccination."







      "But because reinfection is possible and COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications, it's recommended that people who have already had COVID-19 get a COVID-19 vaccine. A recent study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than twice as likely as fully vaccinated people to be reinfected with COVID-19.

      Recent research also suggests that people who got COVID-19 in 2020 and then received mRNA vaccines produce very high levels of antibodies that are likely effective against current and, possibly, future variants. Some scientists call this hybrid immunity."