Pfizer convinces governments to buy at $19.50 per dose and suppress alternatives, manufactures at $1.20 per dose

Pfizer convinces governments to buy at $19.50 per dose and suppress alternatives, manufactures at $1.20 per dose. By Robert M. Hamburger.

Despite humanitarian rhetoric Pfizer originally wanted an $100 per dose from our government (the taxpayers). They settled on $19.50 per dose.

Per American Friends Service Committee, “…analysis of production techniques for the leading mRNA type vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, which were only developed thanks to public funding to the tune of $8.3 billion, suggest these vaccines could be made for as little as $1.20 a dose.” …

Pfizer will have made profits in excess of $60 billion from the mRNA injections by year’s end. …

Big Pharma’s new moniker of “science” is one of most successful re-brandings in all of history. The pharmaceuticals have human beings convinced that defending their financial interests is the same thing as standing up for science. Big Pharma and science are not one in the same. Proper scientific study requires full disclosure of the methods and results for a proper peer review. Such is basic journal publication protocol. All good science releases their methods in order to be verifiable by other sources. …

An ugly truth, but true nonetheless, is that from a pharmaceutical industry point of view an unhealthy population is far more profitable than a healthy one. …

New patentable medicines (Remdesivir, Plaxovid) are more profitable than generic ones (Ivermectin and Hydroxochloraquine). …

The irony is that Pfizer profits increased precisely because their shots are ineffective and thus more of them are needed.

Those writing policy at the National Institutes of Health are collecting royalties from the injections. A clear conflict of interest. Will this be swept under the rug as is routine with nearly every high level scandal in Washington, D.C.? In October 2021 the NIH admitted to funding gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan lab. Anthony Fauci testified to Congress on more than one occasion that no such thing happened. Is that not perjury? Watch for more NIH and Fauci news in the months ahead. Watch nobody go to jail.

Statistically every age group under 70 years old has a 99.9% chance of surviving Covid. With healthy lifestyle choices increasing those odds, not a single major player in the past two and half years ever promoted building a robust immune system — to eat healthily, to supplement with vitamins C, D and zinc, to lose weight, to increase cardiovascular activity, etc. All of these would have prevented illness and deaths.

I think we’ve mentioned all those measures at the Wentworth Report, several times.

I had covid a few weeks ago. It went though all of my family, and we are all unvaccinated. We took ivermectin, D and zinc immediately. We all shrugged it off with at most a couple of days of mild fever and muscle aches. Apparently no long covid symptoms.

US Authorities Warn Tonight’s Protests May Escalate From ‘Mostly Peaceful’ To ‘Somewhat Peaceful’

US Authorities Warn Tonight’s Protests May Escalate From ‘Mostly Peaceful’ To ‘Somewhat Peaceful’. By the Babylon Bee.

The US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, so US news will be dominated by abortion for months. (This is the one issue that gives the Democrats a chance in a fair election in November.) Conservative states are about to apply abortion restrictions. The end result will be that abortion in the US will be like the rest of the West — available under restrictions, with policy decided by politicians rather than unelected judges.

The left will throw a tantrum, as usual (photo is from a BLM riot):

Homeland Security has raised the level of its National Protest Advisory System (NPAS) from “Mostly Peaceful” to “Somewhat Peaceful” in response to swelling crowds outside the Supreme Court Building.

D.C. Police are on full alert with riot gear to hold back the somewhat peaceful protesters to prevent them from entering the Supreme Court Building with somewhat peaceful intent. The building itself is surrounded by oppressive barricades and the justices have reportedly been issued whistles to report somewhat peaceful touching on their person in the event of a somewhat peacefully bludgeoning. .

“We advise everyone to stay away from the somewhat peaceful protests currently going on outside the Supreme Court Building,” said D.C. Police Chief Frank Turtletaub. “The peaceful fire burns mightily. Several individuals are already somewhat incapacitated.” …

At publishing time, the NPAS alert level was upgraded again from “somewhat peaceful” to “kind of peaceful.” The mayor is currently considering evacuation orders.

/irony

The Supreme Court’s Decision Is a Huge Win for the Constitution. By David Harsanyi.

The modern left doesn’t even bother pretending they believe the Supreme Court has a responsibility to act as a separate branch of government and adjudicate the constitutionality of law.

Rather than even ostensibly offering legal reasons for their ire, Democrats simply demand the Supreme Court uphold public sentiment (or, rather what they claim is public sentiment), even though SCOTUS exists to ignore those pressures. The fact that that attitude has congealed as the norm in one of our major political parties does not bode well for the future of the Republic.

Glenn Reynolds:

The left doesn’t value any institution except to the extent it advances the left’s goals of the moment. On the other hand, the traditional flaw of the right is that it respects institutions too much, regardless of whether they’re actually performing their assigned functions. The right, at least, seems to be learning.

There are too many incentives, mainly provided by a government that has grown too big, for people to become lefties. Their behavior, while reprehensible, is working for them and their bank accounts.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Ukraine: Russian artillery prevailing over Ukrainian infantry

Ukraine: Russian artillery prevailing over Ukrainian infantry. By Jim Dunnigan.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has failed so far, with enormous losses to Russia in terms of combat personnel, military equipment and the reputations for quality/reliability/effectiveness of Russian weapons and forces. …

One thing nearly all Russians agree on is that using nukes to avoid defeat in Ukraine is not going to happen. A majority of Russians now openly oppose the war even though Putin quickly created a law to make such public dissent illegal. … There are a growing number of anti-war demonstrations and physical attacks on military facilities, especially recruiting stations. Refusing to report when conscripted became more common.

Another form of defiance is veterans of the Ukraine fighting providing details, based on personal experience, of why Russian forces are failing. Many of these veterans are no longer in the military because they refused to renew their contracts. Many more soldiers remained in the army but refused to return to Ukraine and got away with it. … In any other country a soldier who refuses to fight during wartime is subject to severe punishment, often execution. That still happens to reluctant Russian soldiers inside Ukraine where officers have the authority to shoot reluctant troops. Initially, as Russian casualties grew and progress was nonexistent, some officers did shoot troops refusing to fight. That soon changed as the troops threatened to, and sometimes did, shoot back (or [in one case] ran over an officer with a tank). … Many Russian troops will surrender to the Ukrainians at the first opportunity and admit it to Ukrainian, Russian and foreign journalists.

The Russian government responded by lowering their recruiting standards and accepting recruits or conscripts with physical, mental, legal or psychological problems that would normally make them ineligible for military service. Russia has also dropped age limits for volunteers and is willing to accept non-Russians as long as they can speak some Russian and are willing to fight. …

Reports from Ukrainian forces and recently captured Russian troops indicate that most BTG (Battalion Task Groups) are sent into action understrength by up to 50 percent. A larger percentage of the BTGs armored vehicles are in action but most of these are IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) with just the vehicle crew of three men to drive and operate the heavy weapons. Only some carry a few infantrymen as well.

This approach was supposed to provide a force that could advance after the Ukrainians had been weakened or wiped out by a heavy barrage of shells and unguided rockets. This has not worked because the Ukrainian dig in and enough survive to stop the understrength BTGs that withdraw if they encounter opposition. The Ukrainians also have shortages, but not of personnel willing to fight. The Ukrainians have at least 50 percent more troops than the Russians in Ukraine. …

Ukrainians are running short of artillery ammunition so they use their mobile artillery only for counterbattery (firing on Russian artillery). The Russians are also using artillery ammo at an unsustainable level and, if the Ukrainians receive more artillery ammo from NATO, Russia’s artillery superiority will fade. Vladimir Putin is encouraged by some major NATO nations (Germany, France and the U.S.) not getting promised weapons and ammunition to Ukraine quickly. … The sooner the NATO big three deliver promised aid as quickly as possible, the sooner the Ukrainians will be able to push the Russians out.

The Russians are short on infantry, especially quality infantry. The Ukrainians are short on artillery. So the Russian artillery is doing massive bombardment of everything in their path — but they can only do it on a very narrow front, while their ammo holds out. But it’s working well enough to finally capture Severodonetsk after three months, after literally flattening 80% of the city:

Ukrainian Troops Retreat From Severodonetsk. By Yaroslav Trofimov.

Ukraine ordered its troops to withdraw from their remaining foothold in the city of Severodonetsk to avoid encirclement, the regional governor said, ending a battle that lasted nearly two months and giving Russia a small but symbolically important victory in the grinding war for control of eastern Ukraine’s Donbas area.

Hard to defend and separated from the rest of Ukrainian-held territory by a river, Severodonetsk, a city of just over 100,000 people before the war, had limited strategic value by itself. It holds, however, political significance for both sides because of its status as the administrative center of Ukrainian-controlled parts of Luhansk.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Major Economic Upheaval Ahead

Major Economic Upheaval Ahead. By Shanmuganathan Nagasundaram, Chief Investment Officer at Plus43 Capital.

The 75 basis hike by the US Federal Reserve on June 15th was quite extraordinary for a number of reasons:

  • The 2022 Q1 US GDP was negative at -1.4% …
  • The US Stock markets [are] in a bear market (defined as a correction > 20%) …
  • The US Bond markets had possibly the worst 6 month period in the last 40 years.
  • The Cryptos which had a total M.Cap of more than $3T have lost more than 2/3rd of its market capitalization in the last 6 months.
  • The current US housing bubble, which is much larger than the 2008 bubble (median house prices relative to median income is nearly 33% higher than that of 2008), has started correcting with six consecutive monthly declines for the Housing Market Index.
  • The US Consumer Confidence sank to a low of 50.2 – a level not seen since 1980 when the US Fed Funds rate was at 20%.

Under any one of the above conditions, the Fed would have normally dropped rates. … For sure, this hike of 75bps is going to worsen the market conditions in equities, bonds and real estate. If ever there was a lingering hope of the US Economy escaping a recession, this hike effectively vanquishes that.

Extraordinary to raise interest rates under these conditions — which tells you a major change is upon us. Inflation of the CPI has arrived, as long foreseen.

Is the 75 bps raise the right move by the Fed? Directionally Yes. In terms of the quantum, this 75bps increase is pretty much the equivalent of applying a band-aid for a bullet wound. Even much higher increases – 200 or for that matter even 500 bps would leave real interest rates deeply in the negative territory. There is virtually zero probability that this 75bps hike would even moderately reduce the inflation numbers though this hike is big enough to guarantee the onset of the Minsky moment i.e. setting off an Inflationary Depression. …

Of course, the media as well as the public at large believe that inflation will moderate over the next few years. How a 10%+ consumer price inflation will decrease with a 1.5% or even a 5% interest rate is beyond any economic logic. … The 10-year treasury which is at 3.2% today (was around 0.6% in June 2020 and 1.4% in June 2021) is still absurdly low and my guess is we will cross 6% in about a year’s time. …

QE and QT (quantitative easing and tightening — increasing and reducing the rate at which new money is created):

Was QE the correct response to the 2008 Great Recession? I would have to point out at this juncture that not only has the results have been pronounced on the above with a near unanimous thumbs-up, but Bernanke & Co have taken the victory lap as well. A bit premature, as the world now is beginning to recognize.

It is but imperative to point out that the success of QE is contingent upon the successful execution of QT. The massive expansion of the Balance Sheet from less than $1T before 2008 to nearly $9T today is hardly the sign of a stabilizing economy despite other macro-indicators such as GDP growth, stock market returns etc. IF AND ONLY IF the balance sheet can be rolled back meaningfully without cratering the economy can QE be defined a success.

This creation of artificial money and credit has the same impact as that of a drug overdose on individuals i.e. a temporary high with an apparent sense of stability. It is only when the drug is stopped, do the withdrawal symptoms surface and that is exactly the scenario with QE as well.

The US Fed has previously twice attempted QT and on both occasions, had to roll-back in short order due to adverse market reactions. Given the set of extremely negative indicators we are starting with today (as specified in the introduction), the chances of QT being done for any meaningful period of time is indeed remote.

Infinity here we come, because politicians always choose inflation over depression:

The best case for QT would be about a 0.5T reduction in the Fed Balance Sheet to about $8.5T before QT is replaced with QE to infinity. …

In all probability, the Q2 GDP will be negative and this in combination with the bursting of the housing bubble will put the US Fed and the US Government in a difficult spot. Do they fight the pervasive inflation with rate hikes and QT OR do they support the faltering economy with rate cuts and QE?

My guess, and this would sound really absurd today, is that they would do a combination of rate hikes and QE. The explanation would be that the rate hikes would temper the inflation and QE would support the economy. Not unexpectedly, the actual result would be the opposite — QE would accelerate the inflation to double-digits and the rate hikes would deepen the recession into a depression.

Running out of rope.

Suppressed, Banned and Demonised

Suppressed, Banned and Demonised. By Vernon Coleman.

At the end of the 1980s, there was a not very subtle change in the way the establishment treated original thinking: anyone who questioned the ‘official’ line was either actively suppressed or attacked. Any questioning of vaccination or vivisection, for example, drew violent attacks from the medical establishment and, in particular, from the pharmaceutical industry.

I was sued by all sorts of people … Most of the lawsuits were, I suspect, more to cause annoyance and waste my time. Because of my opposition to vivisection, I had MI5 and private detectives (hired by drug companies) chasing me and tracking me down. … I received writs so thick that they wouldn’t fit through the letterbox and had to be pushed through a cat flap. I’ve had papers relating to drug companies stolen from my home. And, of course, my phone has been tapped for years. …

I resigned from my last national newspaper column in 2003 after the editor refused to publish an article I had written criticising the Iraq war. …

After I exposed the way the AIDS ‘crisis’ had been exaggerated, I found that I was no longer invited to contribute to TV or radio programmes. And publishers around the world suddenly let my books go out of print or remaindered them — and refused to consider new titles. A German publisher had been selling large amounts of my books but my books disappeared overnight. The publishers did not respond when I asked for royalty statements. …

Book contracts were suddenly withdrawn and TV companies cancelled invitations. By the late 1990s, for no discernible reason, nasty articles about me started to appear in the national press. A nasty and inaccurate piece about me appeared in The Spectator. It was commissioned by Boris Johnson and written by his sister. (The Spectator had to publish a letter of correction.) …

Covid 2020:

In February and March of 2020, I questioned the claim that we were at the start of a major plague. My comments (all of which were entirely accurate and based on fact) proved deeply unpopular with the medical and political establishment..

Twenty years previously, I’d been allotted a Wikipedia page (though I had frequently asked for it to be removed). Suddenly the content of the page was dramatically changed and distorted. Overnight, without any evidence, I became a conspiracy theorist and a discredited doctor. All details of my books, TV series and columns were removed and replaced.

Wikipedia pages which had been put up about two of my book series (Mrs Caldicot and Bilbury) mysteriously disappeared. Google repeated the lies. It was clear this was all designed to make sure that no one took any notice of what I had to say.

Even the Wikipedia site relating to the award winning movie of my novel Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War has been deliberately wrecked. The film had terrific reviews, is regularly shown on TV and has over 1,000 reviews at nearly 5 stars on Amazon but Wikipedia now shows only a one star review from the BBC. The only time I’m mentioned as the author, I’m described, inevitably, as a conspiracy theorist.

(Incidentally, some Wikipedia editors will remove rubbish from a page if you give them money. Then if it gets changed back they want more money to tidy it up again. It’s probably quite a nice little earner for those Wikipedia editors.)

I was accused of spreading misinformation because the truth I was telling was considered inconvenient. I was wrongly accused of having been struck off the medical register. I was even accused of falsely claiming to be a doctor. Both print and broadcast media attacked me. I was accused of making videos to ‘make money’ though I had always refused to monetise them because I didn’t want adverts on them.

Telling the truth cost me a great deal of money, two years of my life …, a destroyed reputation, a career in tatters and a constant stream of abuse from trolls working for the conspirators.

Four decades ago my books were reviewed in most national newspapers and magazines, in countries all around the world. Today, my books are now never reviewed or serialised. Publishers in the UK and the US won’t publish them and mainstream papers which regularly used to commission articles won’t touch anything with my name on. (I’ve had four books banned in the last two years. Not even independent platforms will carry them.) …

None of those who has banned me or attacked me or accused me of spreading misinformation have ever found any inaccuracies in anything I’ve written.

YouTube removed my channel and banned me permanently. They even banned me from looking at other people’s videos. Nothing in the videos I made was factually inaccurate. …

Early on I suggested that lockdown victims should take vitamin D supplements. YouTube censored, removed and banned the video. A month or so later the Government issued exactly the same warning. …

I was refused permission to open a Facebook account or a Twitter account. My account on LinkedIn was suddenly closed without warning or explanation. I am not allowed any access to social media sites but fake sites have appeared in my name and are allowed to remain.

My website had been hacked and attacked for decades but for the last two years there have been at least 5,000 to 6,000 hacking attempts every month on the two main sites. …

Privately and professionally, sharing the truth in 2020 was the worst thing I ever did. It has brought me and my beloved, hard-working and constantly loyal wife nothing but personal and professional pain. It has taken up nearly every minute of my life for two years.

The aim of the attacks was not, simply to destroy me — it was to stop people listening to anything I said, or reading anything I wrote. Before March 2020 I had many millions of readers around the world. I wonder how many I have left now. Precious few, I suspect. How do people know that the word ‘discredited’, plucked out of thin air and applied to my name by Google, is just a libel and not a fact? …

The abuse on social media grew and grew. It isn’t normal, unpleasant social media abuse. It is a campaign of suppression and oppression, decorated with malicious lies, and threats (including death threats) invented to help keep the truth suppressed.

If my videos or articles are put on sites such as YouTube by other people they are taken down within minutes.

Someone watches everything I do. In May 2022, a publisher working outside the UK and the US finally produced an English language paperback version of my thrice banned book Covid-19: The Greatest Hoax in History. I mentioned the book’s publication on my website. Within hours the publisher’s PayPal account was closed making it difficult for him to sell books by mail order. He then opened another payment account with a different company and, almost immediately, that account was also closed. …

Everything I’ve written was absolutely accurate and time and time again my predictions have been correct. The videos I’ve made are still available on www.vernoncoleman.org and my articles are available there and on www.vernoncoleman.com

I tell you all this to show just how bad things have become, how the truth is suppressed and how whistle-blowers and truth-tellers are mercilessly and ruthlessly demonised.

They call it “progress,” but it looks increasingly like a return to the Middle Ages.

His account doesn’t make me want to rush out and tell the world how exactly the climate models have it wrong and exaggerate the warming due to increasing carbon dioxide .

New pharmaceutical nightmare ahead

New pharmaceutical nightmare ahead. By Toby Rogers.

Pfizer and Moderna have a problem — their mRNA Covid-19 shots do not stop infection, transmission, hospitalization, nor death from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Everyone knows this. Over half a billion doses of this product have been injected into Americans in the past 17 months and these shots have made no discernible impact on the course of the pandemic. Far more Americans have died of coronavirus since the introduction of the shots than before they were introduced.

Pfizer and Moderna are making about $50 billion a year on these shots and they want that to continue. So they need to reformulate the shots. Maybe target a new variant, maybe change some of the ingredients — who knows, these shots don’t work so it’s not clear what it will take to get them to work. …

There is a decent chance that any reformulated shot might fail a new clinical trial and the public is deeply skeptical of these shots so the scrutiny would be intense.

So Pfizer and Moderna have figured out a way to use regulatory capture to get their reformulated Covid-19 shots approved WITHOUT further clinical trials. Their scheme is called the “Future Framework” and it will be voted on by the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on June 28.

Like the flu vaccines:

Viruses vary by region. At any given time, the influenza strain circulating in England is different than it is in Thailand, the U.S., or South Africa. However, pharmaceutical companies prefer to create one-size-fits-all vaccines in order to decrease manufacturing costs and thereby increase profits. …

There is one flu shot for all countries in the northern hemisphere and one flu shot for all countries in the southern hemisphere, that’s it. …

Over the last thirty years, the federal government has paid out more compensation for adverse events in connection with the flu shot than any other vaccine — so we know that the shot comes with a high rate of harms. Given that the flu shot does not stop the overwhelming majority of flu cases, the harms likely outweigh any benefits.

In a sane world, the WHO, FDA, and CDC would admit that they made a strategic mistake and then change course to find better ways to support the human immune system. But we don’t live in a sane world. Instead, the FDA is proposing to take the failed flu strain selection process and apply it to future Covid-19 shots. …

Anti-virals and early treatment are the way to go, not vaccines that are always going to be highly problematic:

Viruses that evolve rapidly are bad candidates for a vaccine. There is no vaccine for the common cold nor HIV because these viruses evolve too quickly. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a bad candidate for a vaccine which is why all previous attempts to develop a vaccine against coronaviruses have failed (they never made it out of animal trials because the animals died during challenge trials or were injured by the vaccine).

What are some of the bad things that can happen when you vaccinate against a rapidly evolving virus? Original antigenic sin, antibody dependent enhancement, and the possibility of accelerating the evolution of the virus in ways that make it more virulent (and even more resistant to vaccination). …

SARS-CoV-2 evolves twice to ten times as fast as the flu virus and these mutations “substantially” reduce vaccine effectiveness.

The only way out of the pandemic is to withdraw these vaccines from the market and pivot to therapeutics. Instead, the FDA is proposing to just hide the data from the American people. ….

Future failure, Pfizer profits:

The purpose of the “Future Framework” is to rig the Covid-19 vaccine regulatory process in perpetuity in favor of the pharmaceutical industry. If this “Future Framework” is approved all future Covid-19 shots, regardless of the formulation, will automatically be deemed “safe and effective” without additional clinical trials because they are considered “biologically similar” to existing shots.

This is literally the worst idea in the history of public health.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

‘YOU take YOUR seat’: Very specific cheat sheet reminds Biden how to act

‘YOU take YOUR seat’: Very specific cheat sheet reminds Biden how to act. By Steven Nelson.

President Biden on Thursday inadvertently held up a comically detailed cheat sheet prepared by his staff instructing the gaffe-prone leader of the free world to “take YOUR seat” and to limit his remarks to “2 minutes.”

A photographer snapped an image of the document when Biden held it up backward at a meeting with wind-industry executives, which he attended after skipping his administration’s morning meeting with oil companies about combatting record gas prices. …

Republicans often accuse the 79-year-old president of being in mental decline. Former President Donald Trump claimed ahead of the 2020 election that Biden was cognitively “shot.”

“Leader” of the free world?

A US reader asks: “Would Australians accept this?” I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t. Australian politicians are more responsive to the public, via Question Time in Parliament and greater media exposure, and a dud would be laughed off the stage.

Republican leaders side with Joe Biden, declare war against Republican voters

Republican leaders side with Joe Biden, declare war against Republican voters. By Tucker Carlson.

Biden’s malicious ineptitude is so overwhelming that it is single-handedly changing American politics and everywhere there are signs of it, signs of a massive generational realignment taking shape, taking shape in response to the disasters this administration has created.

The old coalitions are crumbling before our eyes. Suddenly we’re seeing Hispanic voters, African and Middle Eastern immigrants, as well as huge numbers of American-born young men, all running at remarkable speed from Joe Biden and the anti-human corporate neoliberalism he represents. …

Joe Biden’s support among Hispanics has dropped to a stunning 24%. That’s the lowest among any ethnic group in America. …

Roughly 9 out of 10 Black voters supported Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Since then, less than two years, Biden’s approval rating among African-Americans has dropped by 20 percentage points and the same is true with Asian voters. …

The only group that continues to enthusiastically support Joe Biden is college-educated White voters in urban areas, particularly middle-aged women with unhappy personal lives. If you’ve got more than three cats in an NPR tote bag and wear a mask alone in the car, you are all-in. Everyone else is running away. Effectively, what we’re seeing is the end of the modern Democratic Party. …

First 18 minutes, one of his strongest monologues ever:

So what does the stupid party do?

How are Republican leaders responding to this fact, to this opportunity? Are they making the case for a better way? Are they offering an alternative to what the Democrats have brought this country? No, they’re not. They’re doing something you never would have expected. Republican leaders are siding with Joe Biden.

At the very moment that Joe Biden is at his weakest, months before a pivotal midterm election, Republicans are propping him up. They are saving Biden from himself.

Since the day Biden was elected, Republicans in Washington have taken Biden’s side on virtually every significant item in his policy agenda. That would include: COVID restrictions, vaccine mandates, transgender ideology in school, sanctions against China, the January 6 charade, free speech, civil liberties, spying by the Intel agencies, preserving the big tech monopolies, the anti-White race politics of CRT and Juneteenth, border enforcement and energy policy, and above all, the administration’s signature issue: its lunatic and reckless support for the war on Ukraine. Republicans are all-in.

Republican leaders have more in common with the Democrats — the party of government and the wealthy — so they switched sides, without informing their voters:

Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer are united in their fear of populism and in their gut-level loathing of the American public and they’re not alone. What Washington fears most is democracy — that is letting voters have what they want. That’s not allowed. Republicans and Democrats have formed a uniparty specifically to prevent it. You see this everywhere, but you see it most clearly in the gun control legislation that’s in the Senate right now. …

You have to ask how many of those voters went to the polls in the last election, hoping above all, to elect leaders who support gun confiscation of law-abiding Americans, red flag laws? Not very many. So, what we’re seeing here, to be clear, is a subversion of democracy.

You get to vote for whoever you want in this country. It can be a Republican or a Democrat, a liberal or conservative, but in the end, you’re going to get the very same thing every time. You’re going to get a weaker U.S. dollar. You’re going to get more pointless foreign wars and you’re going to get a lower standard of living for the middle class.

In America, as in Western Europe, there’s only one flavor of politics allowed, and that is corporate politics. Just as there’s only one flavor of media allowed, which is corporate media and those two forces work together toward the same goal: more power for them, less power for you; fewer families, more dollar stores; less choice, more coercion; less diversity, more sameness. Sound familiar?

That’s the Chinese model. But for Mitch McConnell, whose family, like so many families in Washington, has become rich from its ties to the Chinese government, it seems normal, but it’s not normal.

This level of disconnection from what voters actually want is dangerous and it’s destabilizing. Self-government is what keeps countries calm and stable. Democracy is a pressure relief valve. Don’t storm the Bastille, vote. If you take that away or if you strip it of its meaning, people become angry and frustrated and over time they become revolutionary and everyone in Washington knows this.

So, no wonder they want to disarm you. You can’t have guns because they no longer trust you and they no longer trust you because they know they’ve betrayed you. This is how democracy dies, not in darkness, but in plain sight, live on C-SPAN.

We were hoping that by opening up with trade and relations the Chinese would become more like us. Nuh, backfired.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Yes, Biden Is Hiding His Plan To Rig The 2022 Midterm Elections

Yes, Biden Is Hiding His Plan To Rig The 2022 Midterm Elections. By Mollie Hemingway.

President Biden really does not want the public to know about his federal takeover of election administration. Dozens of members of Congress have repeatedly asked for details, to no avail. Good government groups, members of the media, and private citizens have filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act. Not a single one has been responded to. All signs indicate a concerted effort to keep the public in the dark until at least after the November midterm elections. The lack of transparency and responsiveness is so bad that the Department of Justice and some of its agencies have been repeatedly sued for the information.

When President Biden ordered all 600 federal agencies to “expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process” on March 7, 2021, Republican politicians, Constitutional scholars, and election integrity specialists began to worry exactly what was up his sleeve.

They had good reason. The 2020 election had suffered from widespread and coordinated efforts by Democrat activists and donors to run “Get Out The Vote” operations from inside state and local government election offices, predominantly in the Democrat-leaning areas of swing states. Independent researchers have shown the effect of this takeover of government election offices was extremely partisan and favored Democrats overwhelmingly.

At the time the order was issued, Democrats were also hoping to pass H.R. 1, a continuation of the effort to destabilize elections throughout the country via a federalized takeover of state election administrations.

Biden gave each agency 200 days to file their plans for approval by none other than Susan Rice, his hyperpartisan domestic policy advisor. Yet fully nine months after those plans were due, they are all being hidden from the public, even as evidence is emerging that the election operation is in full swing.

There are several major problems with Biden’s secret plan, critics say. It’s unethical to tie federal benefits to election activity. It’s unconstitutional to have the federal government take authority that belongs to the states and which Congress has not granted. And, given that all 50 states have different laws and processes governing election administration, it’s a recipe for chaos, confusion, and fraud at a time when election security concerns are particularly fraught.

Mobilizing voters is always a political act. Choosing which groups to target for Get Out The Vote efforts is one of the most important activities done by political campaigns. Federal agencies that interact with the public by doling out benefits can easily pressure recipients to vote for particular candidates and positions. …

Conservatives may be in the dark, but left-wing activist groups are fully involved in the plot. The left-wing dark money group Demos put out press releases immediately after the executive order was issued, saying it would be happy to work with federal agencies on the project.

When they say “our democracy”, they mean it. It’s theirs.

Pandering to women won’t save conservative parties in Australia

Pandering to women won’t save conservative parties in Australia. By Bettina Arndt.

For the last month or two, Australians have been treated to unabashed celebration from our biased media about the ousting of the conservative government, and wild assertions that this was all due to angry women turning on the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison. No mention, of course, of the fact that conservative parties everywhere are now struggling to attract women.

[Australian] women are turning left. Five years ago, I wrote about the growing power of left-wing women, making the point that women are becoming more left wing in their policy preferences — not only in Australia but across much of the Western World. …

By 2019, 45% of men and 35% of women voted Liberal, while the split for the Greens was 9% men to 15% women. …

One of the key factors [is] … leftist university education. “The hearts and minds being captured in our universities belong mainly to young women” … Women emerge from university education notably more left leaning than women without degrees, whereas male graduates aren’t very different from less educated men in their political views.

Women’s increasingly left-wing policy preferences have been showing up … on issue after issue: asylum-seekers; government spending on indigenous affairs; stiffer criminal penalties; positive discrimination for women, same sex marriage. …

Over 60% of graduates are now female, so women are disproportionately affected by the ideological indoctrination taking place in our universities, particularly as they are mainly the ones studying humanities subjects steeped in identity politics and neo-Marxist propaganda.

Unlike many men who become more conservative as they age, the work/life patterns in most women’s lives simply reinforce these beliefs. Women predominantly work in education, health care and welfare services or as public service professionals. They make up 58% of public service positions and are more likely than men to work in unionised jobs. All this means their working environment provides a culture which supports rather than challenges their political beliefs.

Then there’s the motherhood issue, with mothers particularly receptive to the left’s big spending promises — and scare campaigns — on health and education. The growing number of single mothers significantly dependent on government benefits is another key issue, with the left-wing parties playing up their support for such disadvantaged families. …

Pandering to the feminists backfired:

It wasn’t that the Morrison government didn’t listen to women. This pussy-whipped crew sniveled, and groveled, like a cuckolded man clutching desperately at the ankles of his departing wife. Remember the appalling apology to Brittany Higgins, when her rape allegation has not yet been heard in court? Or Morrison’s forced smile when Grace Tame insulted him with her infantile side-eye. Or the cowardly act of allowing Christian Porter and Alan Tudge to be pushed out of their ministerial roles over unproven sexual assault allegations. Or the cringing over the parliamentary harassment report, denying the very low incidence of actual harassment and high rates of female bullying.

We’ve seen successive Coalition governments cowering to the feminist lobby, throwing endless money trying to appease their insatiable appetite for an obscenely large slice of the cake. Malcolm Turnbull’s first act as Prime Minister was his plea for “respect for women” as he announced the first $100 million of the never ending bucketloads of funding poured into the domestic violence industry. Last year Scott Morrison topped up these rivers of gold with a 150% increase in funding, from $100 to $250 million per year, as a result of the feminist’s Covid scare campaign about women being locked up with dangerous men — money paid out even as official statistics showed decreased violence during lockdowns.

Recent Coalition governments have gone in for shameless promotion of women into every conceivable public role. We had Susan Kiefel appointed Chief Justice of the High Court. Ita Buttrose as Chair of the ABC. Lorraine Finlay for Human Rights Commissioner. Cathy Foley as Chief Scientist. Women, women, women. A constant stream of beaming female faces endlessly gracing our news.

Somehow, we need to convince conservative politicians that they have long been bleeding votes from ordinary folk who have had a gutful of seeing women endlessly privileged whilst the men they love, their fathers, sons, brothers, friends, are pushed to the back of the bus and at every point denied fair treatment.

Hints for conservative politicians: Don’t chase leftist votes, and don’t appease the left in order to get media coverage on the ABC etc.

Cheers to Elon Musk for finally saying ‘no’ to whiny, entitled millennial babies

Cheers to Elon Musk for finally saying ‘no’ to whiny, entitled millennial babies. By Karol Markowicz.

A few days ago, employees of spaceflight company SpaceX released an open letter criticizing their CEO Elon Musk. Less than 48 hours later, at least five employees who orchestrated the letter were fired.

Good.

The dam is breaking. The “listen to meeeeee” millennials, who have had an overblown influence on corporations, and on our culture, are finally being told to sit down and be quiet. It is very much overdue.

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But isn’t Elon Musk supposed to be a “free speech absolutist?,” screech his critics. As I explain to my small children, freedom of speech under the First Amendment means the government can’t arrest you for calling the president a doofus.

It doesn’t mean you can do the same to your boss and expect to remain employed. (Similarly, you can’t tell your wife she’s ugly and then plead “Free speech!” when she gets mad and leaves you for the pool boy.) …

Nor can you can tweet about how terrible your workplace is and expect your bosses simply to take it, as the Washington Post’s Felicia Sonmez recently found out. Sonmez was finally fired after a full week of nonstop tweeting about what a horrible place the Washington Post is to work at. …

Enough!

For some time now, corporations have been bending to people like Sonmez and the angry SpaceX employees. But in the past few months, it seems like Americans have finally had enough of these entitled babies.

These people have coarsened our discourse, pretended words are the same as violence and made an international incident over retweeted jokes, until everyone was afraid to speak. They got people fired from their jobs for wrongthink. They’re the ultimate crybullies, making sure no one gets to speak except them. For someone to finally shut them down is their just desserts.

With luck, this moment will bring back the dividing line between work and life. You shouldn’t be fired for what you tweet if it doesn’t affect your employer. But if it does, you tweet at your peril. We need to make work a separate thing from the rest of our lives again.

Amen.