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Vaccine virtue signaling and the totalitarian cult of woke

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All tyrannical systems need a large contingent of cheerleaders in order to survive and thrive; a group of exploitable and devout acolytes that will carry the torch and evangelize the masses with the ideology of control. Without this aggressive percentage of the population, totalitarians cannot remain in power. In the US and most of the west, leftist ideologues have filled this role nicely. They claim they are fighting for the rights of the downtrodden but their actions speak much louder than their words.

They have supported and viciously defended nearly every draconian measure that governments and corporate elites have enacted in the past few years. They supported mass censorship of conservatives and moderates by Big Tech companies. They supported national lockdowns which destroyed hundreds of thousands of small businesses and violated the constitutional rights of millions of Americans. They continue to support unscientific mask rules which have been proven to achieve nothing tangible in terms of preventing viral spread. They support the use of "vaccine passports" which would effectively cut non-vaccinated people out of the normal economy and normal society and drive them into poverty. And, now they are all over the web trying to propagandize for the jab.

We know these unhinged creatures by many names, including social justice warriors, snowflakes, puritans, leftists, Marxists, communists, globalists, collectivists, narcissists, etc. Basically, they are some of the worst people on the planet, and while they usually drone on about "institutional racism" that doesn't exist, or a rape culture that doesn't exist, or a patriarchy that doesn't exist (though I'm starting to wonder if maybe we should start one), they have now found a new love in the covid "crisis".

Comment: Given the pathological level of group-think that's on display, it is no wonder that many other astute observers of the drive to "vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate!" have also described this multi-pronged phenomenon as cultish:


Eye 1

UK's 'Online Safety Bill' is profoundly dangerous & will criminalise lawful free speech

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Year 9 students take part in an online class at Park Lane Academy in Halifax, northwest England on March 4, 2021.
If you think the witch hunts against the likes of JK Rowling for daring to utter something deemed offensive by one minority or another are bad now, just wait until this ill-thought-out new law comes into force.

The old saying that 'the road to Hell is paved with good intentions' seems very apt when it comes to the UK government's Online Safety Bill, published last week. While the internet has been a powerful tool for good in so many ways, it is undoubtedly true that lots of bad stuff happens online too: fraud, misinformation, offensive statements, personal attacks on individuals and groups, and much more. Wouldn't the internet be even better if we could only get rid of the bad stuff, while keeping the good?

Comment: With draconian bills being pushed throughout countries in the West, it's clear that governments have a lot that they need to hide:


Wolf

BLM grifter Patrisse Cullors whines about 'white supremacist' housing market weeks after dropping millions on real estate

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Patrisse Cullors' current real estate holdings. In her new Topanga Canyon zip code, 88 per cent of residents are white and 1.8 per cent black, according to the census.
Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and a self-described Marxist, blasted the American housing market as a bastion of "white supremacy" just weeks after splashing out millions on a real estate portfolio, snagging four high-end homes worth an estimated $3.2 million.

Cullors shared snippets from a National Public Radio documentary last week detailing the historical "racism" of the American housing market and suggesting that black homeownership — presumably including her own — was a way to "disrupt" white supremacy.

"Thank you @npr for highlighting the history of racism inside of the housing market and why Black homeownership has always been a way to disrupt white supremacy," Cullors wrote on social media, sharing a link to the documentary.

Comment: Waiting for the heart-warming stories of the families Cullors intends to house in her swanky acquisitions. She's a marxist after all:


Bullseye

Dam cracking: Wisconsin officially launches audit of 2020 election

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Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.
Wisconsin becomes the next state to audit the 2020 election as voters still question the legitimacy of Joe Biden's White House

Wisconsin is officially auditing the results of the 2020 Election, with the official announcement coming today according to Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson. Robinson announced on Twitter, "The state of Wisconsin authorized an audit of the 2020 election!"

The official audit was ordered almost three months ago by Republicans in the State Legislature, according to Newsweek. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted to order the audit along party lines. The audit will be run by a non-partisan body.

Republicans argue that the measure is necessary to increase transparency in the highly controversial 2020 election, as well as our election system in general. Since Biden only won Wisconsin by about 20,000 votes, it is imperative to ensure that voter fraud played no role in his victory.

Attention

Kids of 2 'becoming trans'? Young girls being taught to bind their breasts? The LGBTQ+ crusade is out of control

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Children in a primary school in Dresden
Parents, politicians and policymakers cannot simply hope that militant trans activism is a passing fad that will one day go away by itself. Children are being harmed, and we need to take action to stop it now.

I entered the trans debate in 2016 because I worried that the egregious demands by my fellow campaigners would damage the acceptance that transgender people had begun to take for granted. I was right about that. I stayed to support female friends who were fighting a rearguard action to defend their sex-based rights in a society that seemed to have forgotten the meaning of the word 'sex'.

But my biggest concern in all this has been, and continues to be, children. We last week witnessed the sad spectacle of parents Matthew and Klara explaining on daytime British TV that their four-year-old daughter was transgender.

Comment: Kudos to Ms. Hayton for speaking up. Her voice carries more moral authority than any of the shrieking members or 'allies' of the LGBTQ+ fringe who are driving this catastrophe.


Syringe

Royal family member Princess Michael of Kent battling blood clots after COVID jab

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Princess Michael of Kent, 76, who is married to Queen Elizabeth's paternal cousin, has reportedly been ill for a month.
A member of the royal family is dealing with blood clots after receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a report.

Princess Michael of Kent, 76, who is married to Queen Elizabeth's paternal cousin, was given two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot earlier this year — and now has been ill for a month, according to The Sun.

"The princess has been unwell and has sought medical attention. It has been a worrying time for those around her. It has been difficult for those close to her to see her suffering. She's really been through it," a source told the outlet.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has raised concerns about blood clots for weeks.

Princess Michael was infected with COVID-19 in November.

News of the princess' health just a week after her husband, Prince Michael, was accused of using his royal status to sell access to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The prince denied the allegation.

Star of David

Israel has killed 58 Palestinian children in one week of airstrikes on Gaza UPDATES

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Search for survivors in Gaza City's Rimal residential district.
May 16, 2021
The Latest:
  • Gaza death toll reaches 197 (and counting), including 58 children and 1,225 injuries, according to Gaza's Ministry of Health; 10 Israeli casualties, including one child. 24 schools have been destroyed in Gaza.
  • Today was the deadliest day of Israeli attacks on Gaza. Two airstrikes killed at least 43 Palestinians, among them 8 children, this morning, according to the Ministry of Health.
  • Israel shells residential neighborhood close to al-Shifa hospital overnight; two doctors among the dead; first responders still pulling people out of the rubble.
  • US President Joe Biden reaffirms "strong support for Israel's right to defend itself" in phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Palestinian Ministry of Health reports 21 deaths as a result of Israeli aggression in the West Bank since May 7th
  • The UN Security Council is meeting this morning in an emergency session. UN Sec'y General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate ceasefire. "Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said, 'Every time Israel hears a foreign leader say it has a right to self-defense it only encourages it to kill entire families in their sleep. Israel kills families in Gaza one by one. Israel expels Palestinians from Jerusalem - each time a different family. Israel commits war crimes,'" reports Barak Ravid at Axios.
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is reported to have called Israeli foreign minister Benny Gantz and expressed concern about the targeting of civilians in Gaza.
New Reports:

Israeli forces kill Palestinian man in Sheikh Jarrah after his vehicle rammed into a group of Israeli border police at a police barrier outside the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli police "deployed heavily in the area following the shooting and closed off the area and prevented medical teams' access to the man."

Comment: The following offers a roundup of news relating to the devastation and death toll raining down on Gaza from Israeli forces:

Update: 5/15/2021 All the tricks, deadly consequences, unimaginable destruction...but never wrong!
Apologizing for his warning tweet that saw him accused of tricking the media, Israel Defense Forces Brigadier Gen. Hidai Zilberman pushed back against growing accusations that a previous tweet was used to gain a tactical advantage over Hamas this week.

Update: 5/15/2021 Multiple videos showed night skies lit with rocket fire out of Gaza and Iron Dome missiles launched to intercept:
The midnight strikes came shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech vowing that Israel will continue to strike Gaza "as long as necessary."

Update: 5/16/2021 Secretary-General Guterres issues a warning as he opens an emergency UN Security Council session on the escalation in Israel and Gaza:
"The utterly appalling hostilities in Israel and Gaza could plunge the whole region into an uncontrollable crisis. The fighting must stop. The fighting must stop immediately." The ongoing situation "has the potential to unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis and to further foster extremism, not only in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel but in the region as a whole. The United Nations is actively engaging all sides toward an immediate ceasefire. Both sides must allow mediation efforts to intensify and succeed."
He also expressed dismay over growing civilian casualties in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and criticized the destruction of media offices in Gaza. Guterres' spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement on behalf of the United Nations secretary-general:
"The Secretary-General reminds all sides that any indiscriminate targeting of civilian and media structures violates international law and must be avoided at all costs. He is dismayed by the increasing number of civilian casualties, including the death of ten members of the same family, including children, as a result of an Israeli airstrike last night in the al-Shati camp in Gaza, purportedly aimed at a Hamas leader. He is deeply disturbed by the destruction by an Israeli airstrike today of a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed the offices of several international media organizations."
Despite criticism by the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who urged both parties to stop the fighting immediately, Netanyahu responded:
"Our campaign against the terrorist organizations is continuing with full force. We are acting now, for as long as necessary, to restore calm and quiet to you, Israel's citizens. It will take time."
Update: 5/16/2021 As expected, none of the death and destruction is Israel's fault:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shifted all the blame for the deadly spiral of violence on Hamas in a Saturday night address, accusing the militant group of committing a "double war crime" - all while Israel is "doing everything possible to protect our civilians and keep Palestinian civilians out of harm's way."

Update: 5/16/2021 Spokesperson for United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) had these concerns:
Juliette Touma, UNICEF Chief of Communications for the Middle East and North Africa, told RT on Saturday. Touma called on all sides to stop fighting.
"It's a terrifying situation. Only in the past five days we have reported that at least 40 children have been killed in the Gaza Strip. Violence will not bring a solution. Violence will only bring more violence. It means children will suffer first, and they will suffer the most. Right now, when it comes to Gaza - no place is safe for children."
The spokesperson noted that more than 30 schools were damaged in Gaza and three in Israel. UNICEF is working on the ground to deliver medical supplies in the Palestinian Arab enclave, as many locals have found shelter in UN-run educational facilities. She added that two children were killed in Israel during the same period.

Gazan health officials said that the Palestinian death toll surpassed 180 on Sunday, with at least 52 victims being children. In Israel, 10 people were killed over the past week.
Update: 5/16/2021 As the attacks continue, Israel claims to have targeted and taken out the home of Hamas' leader:
IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Hidai Zilberman confirmed to Israeli media that the military targeted the home of Yehiyeh Sinwar, the top Hamas leader in Gaza, who is said to live in the town of Khan Younis. Al Jazeera cited a Hamas TV station confirming Sinwar's home was attacked. The IDF also struck the home of his brother, another senior Hamas member, but it's not clear if the two shared a residence. It is also not known if Sinwar was at home during the raid.


Note: In addition to AP, Al Jazeera, BBC facilities destroyed in the recent Gaza bombing, also included was Middle East Eye.

Update: 5/16/2021 Any sign of abatement? Glimmers from Israeli officials indicate global pressure for ceasefire are mounting (but not from Biden):
US President Joe Biden, speaking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, "reaffirmed his strong support for Israel".

Senior defence officials were reportedly urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Benny Gantz to start working toward a ceasefire. An end to the IDF operation was sought based on the understanding that the military had met most of its goals since the start of the operation on 10 May. The ceasefire would be mediated by Egypt - however, one issue which is on the agenda is Israel altering its position on Egyptian proposals to open ceasefire talks. If Hamas has a ceasefire proposal, Israel is willing to listen. Diplomatic activity has so far failed to achieve any breakthrough.

On Sunday, a building of the Labour Ministry in the Gaza Strip was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, while a nearby building of the Ministry of Social Development was heavily damaged, stated the press service of the Gaza Strip government.

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Syringe

Unhinged leftist Bette Middler threatens to kill unvaccinated kids

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"Vaccinate or I'm bringing the Jiffy"

"Entertainer" Bette Middler has called for KILLING children who have not had COVID shots.

In a completely mental tweet aimed at 'anti-vaxxers', the unhinged Middler advocated using peanut butter on kids with allergies if they haven't been vaccinated against coronavirus.

Normally anything coming out of her mouth is easily ignored, but this mind to keyboard splurge is a particularly hot take...

Comment: While celebrity opinions are one tier below YouTube comments in their astuteness, this is a pretty good indication how the average Covid True Believer thinks. Every unvaccinated person, child or adult, is a threat that needs to be 'taken care of'.

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Eye 1

CDC says children must 'wear masks for rest of school year until they're all fully vaccinated', despite being at virtually no risk from coronavirus

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The CDC announced on May 15, 2021, that it still recommends children wear masks in school for the rest of this academic year. Mark Lennihan, File/AP
Sorry, kids, no bare faces for you.

Schools should continue to require face masks "at all times, by all people in school facilities" for the rest of the academic year, according to updated CDC guidance issued Saturday.

But coming after the agency proclaimed this week that adults vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely ditch their face coverings, the unchanged rule threatened to add even more confusion as the nation grappling with a hodgepodge of mask messages.

Strict rules requiring mask use and physical distancing should remain in schools nationwide "regardless of the level of community transmission" of coronavirus, the CDC insisted.

Comment: Yahoo reports that some people continue to wear masks despite it not being necessary, which reflects just how irrational some people will behave when hystericized:
Some tourists wear masks at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

A day after the top US health agency eased Covid-19 mask restrictions, many people could still be seen walking around the capital Washington wearing face coverings.

Among them was a student, Chloe, who said she was fully vaccinated -- but was wearing her black face mask anyway.

"I think the announcement... was definitely a shock to a lot of people. It definitely was a shock to me," the student, who declined to give her last name, told AFP Friday.
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Some tourists wear masks at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, where not everyone is ready to give up face coverings just yet
Chloe, 20, viewed the CDC announcement as "hopeful" but said she plans to keep wearing her mask for a while longer.

"If I see more people not wearing masks, it'll make me feel comfortable not wearing masks," she said. "And then just seeing the number of people who are vaccinated in the US will definitely help. If that number goes up, I might feel more comfortable taking it off."

But "it's really important to recognize that the pandemic's still going on."

Currently, only 36 percent of people are fully vaccinated in the United States, where the pandemic has killed more than 580,000.


This number is up for debate but it most certainly is not the figure Fauci & his ilk are claiming it to be. Note that in countries with light to no restrictions excess deaths were actually lower: Reuters: Sweden had 10% lower 2020 death spike than much of Europe


"Yesterday, I was not really into the idea" of going maskless, said Lauren, who wore a white cloth face mask. "Even though I'm vaccinated, what if there's some slight chance that I'm around somebody who's sick? A non-vaccinated person?"

The 36-year-old consultant, who also chose to only give her first name, told AFP she plans to keep her mask handy when she's out and decide whether to put it on based on a "day-to-day, even hour-to-hour feeling."

"It has kind of become a part of our face. I feel kind of bare without it," Lauren said, adding her mask sometimes can feel like a "security blanket."


For some, the programming is complete.


Health experts say it's normal to feel anxious about returning to normal life, given how hard the last year has been.


No it's not. Although it's understandable, because a year of fearmongering has resulted in soaring suicide rates and mental health issues.


But there is such a thing as being too careful, warns Dr. Amesh Adalja: "The science is showing that if you're fully vaccinated, the virus is going to treat you very differently, so you can act very differently."


We're barely 6 months into the vaccine experiment, and vaccines trials shows that it can take many years before the science on their impact is known.


Part of the problem, said Adalja, a senior scholar from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is that the CDC was overly cautious during the pandemic and has now shocked people with what seems like a more aggressive step.

When the CDC announced Thursday that people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer had to wear masks outdoors, President Joe Biden celebrated the decision, calling it a "great day" for the country hardest-hit by the pandemic.

Comedic takes flooded Twitter, but their humor belied users' deeper-seated anxiety over the issue.

"We don't have to wear masks anymore if we're vaccinated but what if I'm mistaken for a republican," another woman wrote, referring to political divisions over masks.

"This is a just a note to say that masks are like weighted face blankets and I'm keeping mine forever," tweeted author Glennon Doyle.

According to Adalja, "people didn't develop the ability to risk calculate."

"There just was a lot of precautionary principles that got carried away to a point that I think it's going to be hard for people who totally embraced all of that to jettison it," he told AFP.

But "what value are you deriving from the vaccine if you're not actually living your life?"

Lauren ultimately agrees: "I'm really desperate to see people's faces again," she said. "I want to be able to smile at people."
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Tucker Carlson exposes divisions over critical race theory in American schools

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Parents in Loudon County, Virginia, have been fighting back. A wealthy, diverse suburb of Washington, DC, Loudon County used to have great schools. But once parents eyes were opened to the emergence of critical race and gender theory in the schools, as well as the absurd COVID requirements keeping kids locked out, they began speaking up and talking back to a school board that has maintained an iron grip on education.

The community has been the site of confrontations between parents and the school board for months. Teachers have targeted parents who are not aligned with critical race theory, and parents have attended school board meetings to voice their concerns, often at the top of their lungs.

Tucker Carlson brought these local issues into the national spotlight on Thursday night, showing both a teacher and parent in a stand-off at a school board meeting in the county.

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