Skeptics Needed

We Need Skepticism (Not Free Lunch?) More Than Ever

Look at the hysterical criticism leveled at the authors of the lockdown-questioning Great Barrington Declaration, and lockdown-sceptical individuals, such as Sunetra Gupta, a professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford University. They have been personally and professionally maligned, and, more troubling still, their critics want them removed from the public sphere. This has all the characteristics of a modern high-tech witch-hunt. Of course, no one’s talking about burning or drowning the skeptical. But the cultural and academic establishment does seem to want skeptics removed from public life. Especially skeptical scientists. READ MORE

Max Eastman witnessed the failure of socialism

Max Forrester Eastman Witnessed the Failure of Socialism

Karl Marx devoted “his life to proving that this mysteriously un-analyzable object, social life, or society, is destined by the inner law of its being to contradict itself (the class struggle) and resolve the contradiction in a higher unity (the co-operative commonwealth). He thinks that by committing himself to this one mystical belief, and joining in the struggle of this supernaturally practical entity toward its dialectically determined goal, he can avoid all mysteries and be a purely rational matter-of-fact mind. In Das Kapital, as in The Holy Family, the force which guarantees the evolution of capitalism to the point of rupture, and the creation of a communist state, is that same logical necessity of ascending from the lower to the higher which Hegel laid on the whole Universe in the name of God.” READ MORE

Joe Biden China

Communist China Is Preparing To Eat Joe Biden’s (Free?) Lunch

China’s cataclysmic cyberattacks against American institutions; rampant intellectual property theft from U.S. enterprises; rapacious trade practices and exploitation of U.S. capital markets in violation of relevant rules and regulations; pervasive influence and espionage efforts across every strategically significant sector of American society, from Congress to corporate boardrooms; corruption of international organizations chiefly subsidized by America; and myriad additional bellicose words and deeds like, “build a socialism that is superior [to] capitalism and lay the foundation for a future where we will win the initiative and have the dominant position“—a future in which Xi argues that “capitalism is bound to die out and socialism is bound to win.” READ MORE

No Soup For You!

Hong Kong Police Arrest 53 Free Lunch Deniers

Hong Kong police arrested 53 former lawmakers and democracy proponents Wednesday for allegedly violating the new national security law by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory’s legislature last year. The arrests send the “signal that political pluralism is no longer tolerated in Hong Kong,” EU spokesman Peter Stano told a press conference. The security law is being used “to crush dissent and stifle the exercise of human rights and political freedoms.” Human Rights Watch senior China researcher Maya Wang said the national security law is a blanket law that allows the government to arrest people for exercising their rights. “Hong Kong is looking more like mainland China but where one ends and the other begins is hard to discern,” she said. I say China is trying very hard to ensure Hong Kong gets a fair share of free lunches. READ MORE

Great Reset and Free Lunch

The Great (Free Lunch) Reset

Proponents of “The Great Reset” argue that the pandemic proves our former society “doesn’t work,” so we need a tech-focused, “sustainable” future to reduce emissions and thereby “save the planet.” They seem to be telling themselves — and may even truly believe — that they are “saving the planet,” so the ends justify the means. In his book,” The Great Reset” Schwab poses the rhetorical question, “Is it okay to lie to the public for some greater good?” I suppose it’s okay if it means a free lunch! READ MORE

Coming Soon to Everyone

Google has made a U-turn and reinstated TalkRadio’s YouTube channel

In what appeared to be an extraordinary clampdown, Google terminated the station’s YouTube channel at around 1 am, reportedly for violating its ‘community guidelines’. ‘This chilling attack on a broadcaster is the type of thing you see in China. It is no coincidence that TalkRadio is one of the loudest critics of the Government’s mismanagement of the pandemic, nor that the Government is pressuring Big Tech companies to increase censorship under ‘online harms’ policies. READ MORE

Asymptomatic Spread

Asymptomatic Spread Revisited

Facebook is offering to throttle people who share data about Asymptomatic Spread of Covid. One of the fact-checkers, William Hanage, is obviously an impartial party and probably loves a free lunch! He has essentially, along with others, called lockdowns a “strawman” (i.e. not real or happening…obvi). He has been a major detractor of the GBD, and is a signer of the John Snow Memo. So yeah, he has a bone to pick in his free lunch bag. Balanced AND impartial. The “fact-checkers” refute something that wasn’t even said in the article and struggle to discredit the problematic study! Win-win. READ MORE

Abusive Governments

Now is the Time to Break the Cycle and Reclaim Your Life

The goal of any abuser is to ensure you feel isolated, alone, and dependent so that they can maintain control. If you have no options – someone or somewhere else to turn to – the abusive narcissist or sociopath can continue to imprison you, making it harder for you to leave. The power an abuser holds over individuals becomes exponentially worse when they are given absolute authority to enforce and implement methods for keeping you confined inside the relationship. We have ceded our power and authority to the government. READ MORE

Less Liberty! (More Free Lunch?)

This 2020 edition of the Index, which evaluates the situation for journalists each year in 180 countries and territories, suggests that the next ten years will be pivotal for press freedom because of converging crises affecting the future of journalism: a geopolitical crisis (due to the aggressiveness of authoritarian regimes); a technological crisis (due to a lack of democratic guarantees); a democratic crisis (due to polarisation and repressive policies); a crisis of trust (due to suspicion and even hatred of the media); and an economic crisis (impoverishing quality journalism). READ MORE

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