By Jeff Childers
Good morning and Happy Thursday, C&C! Your roundup today includes: Biden appeals censorship injunction and WaPo beclowns itself, again, while trying to defend the government’s appeal; new Lancet pre-print blows a hole right in the side of the S.S. Vaccine; SADS government officials, cardiologists, wrestlers, and YouTube stars; AI meets social media; Politico opines on the White House drug raid’s prospects; pronoun suggestions for job seekers; a total reversal in economic fortune between blue states and red states; and a highly informative clip that should put gender dysphoria treatments on ice, if we lived in a non-clown world.
🗞💬 *WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 💬🗞
🔥 Well, the Biden Administration promptly filed its notice of appeal in Missouri v. Biden yesterday, so the extraordinary 4th of July injunction against government censorship will soon be heading up to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. It appears the judge expected this, which probably explains why he issued such a long decision.
Optimistically, the Fifth Circuit has been reliably pro-freedom throughout the pandemic. Some of the best anti-mandate decisions sprang from that appellate court.
But long decisions, like this 155-page opus, can sometimes backfire. Usually, when I’m going to have to appeal something, I prefer a longer decision over a shorter one. All those extra words provide more chances to find a reversible error somewhere. So, we’ll see.
Meanwhile, the decision, which stands unless reversed, is already having a terrific effect, as evidenced by this encouraging Washington Post headline published late yesterday:
Even though the Washington Post clearly thinks the injunction is a stinker, the momentum seems to be favoring more free speech. According to the article, censorship staff at social media companies is shrinking from its peak:
Tech companies are already taking significant steps to unwind programs to combat disinformation on their services. Under the helm of Elon Musk, Twitter has slashed its Trust and Safety teams and initiatives. Amid financial pressure and company layoffs, Meta has also made cuts to similar teams.
The WaPo article, offended by the judge’s order, was a snakepit of internal inconsistency and logical fallacies. First, whenever it argued that the government critically needs to be able to communicate with social media companies, it only mentioned areas already carved out by the order: national security, elections interference, and criminal activity (think child pornography).
But whenever the article approvingly cited actual examples of government interference, none of them were actually in the three exempt categories. Most of the WaPo’s examples were about covid and face masks, neither of which are national security, elections interference, or criminal activity, which just proves the judge’s point.
Finally, and most stupidly, the article argued over and over that government censorship was never really that big of a deal anyway. One example is the aforementioned reference to shrinking censorship staff, and that government involvement was never really that bad anyway:
The person added, however, that “information sharing between platforms and government in this area was always fairly minimal.”
Un huh. This is a classic self-defeating argument in the face of an injunction. It’s so simple. Let me explain how lawyers often torpedo their own cases. To illustrate, I’ll using “me” as the lawyer seeking the injunction, and “them” as the lawyer opposing the injunction:
ME: Judge, we need this injunction to stop the defendants from further harming my client.
JUDGE: Okay. Counsel for the defense, what say you?
THEM: Judge, there’s no need for an injunction because my client isn’t even doing the stuff that Mr. Childers claims is happening. This whole thing is a joke.
JUDGE: Okay. Mr. Childers, how do you respond?
ME: Well, Judge, they just made this pretty easy for you. If they aren’t doing it, then there’s no harm in you entering an order forbidding them from doing it, is there?
JUDGE: An excellent point. I will grant the injunction. Please send me a proposed order.
The Washington Post’s third-grade-level article stepped right into that classic logical fallacy. If the government isn’t actually censoring Americans, or if it was “always fairly minimal,” then there’s no harm in an injunction forbidding them from censoring Americans, is there?
Finally, and most internally inconsistent, the WaPo ended its article by making the case FOR the injunction:
“The really tough question is when does the government cross the line from responding to speech — which it can and should do — to coercing platforms to censor constitutionally protected speech?” [Jeff Kosseff, a cybersecurity law professor at the U.S. Naval Academy] said. “The judge here believes that line was crossed, and he certainly cited some persuasive examples,” such as administration officials suggesting antitrust actions against tech firms or changes to their liability protections while criticizing their content moderation efforts.
And there you have it. That final paragraph should have been the whole story. If my old J-school professor could hand out F’s from the grave, the Washington Post would have to change its major from journalism to shop.
💉 Can you hear that giant sound of rushing water? It’s the dam breaking. Not the Kahkova dam the Ukrainians destroyed. The dam holding back vaccine injury data. Yesterday we discussed last week’s publication of the Science Insider article about “Long Vax.” Well guess what? Yesterday the world’s premier medical journal dipped a toe into the vaccine injury pool.
Yesterday — the 5th of July — the Lancet published a preprint titled “A Systematic Review of Autopsy Findings in Deaths after COVID-19 Vaccination.” The review’s nine authors included Harvey Risch of the Yale School of Public Health, Paul Alexander, who worked at the Department of Health and Human Services during the pandemic, and courageous covid doc and top-published cardiac researcher Peter McCullough.
Before I begin, I’d like to remind you of what Eric Rubin said in 2021, just before voting to approve the shots for kids. Rubin is the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, a professor at Harvard, and sits on the FDA’s Vaccine Advisory committee. In October of 2021, to persuade his committee colleagues to vote in favor of shots for kids, Rubin infamously said:
“We’re never going to learn about how safe this vaccine is [for children] unless we start giving it. … I do think we should vote to approve it.”
Got that? Okay, back to the new preprint. Researchers reviewed 678 individual studies — all of the published autopsy reports they could find — collapsing those into 44 papers describing 325 autopsy cases and one tissue study. To make the final cut, three physicians independently reviewed each death to determine whether it would have been the safe and effective covid vaccination that killed the patient.
Of those 325 cases, 73.9% were determined by a majority of the three reviewing doctors to have been caused by the shots in full or in part. Timing was critical to the diagnosis: folks in the study group killed by the jabs died on average two weeks following the first shot, three weeks after the second shot, and one week after the third shot.
Unsurprisingly, the two largest groups of organs injured by the shots were the heart (the cardiac organ) and the blood (hematological systems), which includes strokes, clotting, and so forth. Here’s the handy chart:
They concluded that the evidence — the science — strongly suggested a causal link between the jabs and the deaths:
The consistency seen among cases in this review with known COVID-19 vaccine adverse events, their mechanisms, and related excess death, coupled with autopsy confirmation and physician-led death adjudication, suggests there is a high likelihood of a causal link between COVID-19 vaccines and death in most cases.
… Criteria of causality from an epidemiological perspective have been met, including biological plausibility, temporal association, internal and external validity, coherence, analogy, and reproducibility with each successive report of death after COVID-19 vaccination.
By necessity, this paper only looked at acute (sudden) deaths that occurred soon enough after vaccination to provoke an autopsy. Because of the authors’ desire to firmly link jabs to deaths by “temporal proximity” (closeness in time), their review excluded longer-term causes like turbo cancers or delayed strokes and heart attacks.
That may be why, at the end of their paper, the authors brought up the large, unexplained numbers of baffling excess deaths, as additional evidence shoring up their conclusions:
The large number of COVID-19 vaccine induced deaths evaluated in this review is consistent with multiple papers that report excess mortality after vaccination. Pantazatos and Seligmann found that all-cause mortality increased 0-5 weeks post-injection in most age groups resulting in 146,000 to 187,000 vaccine-associated deaths in the United States between February and August of 2021.
With similar findings, Skidmore estimated that 278,000 people may have died from the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States by December 2021. These concerning results were further elucidated by Aarstad and Kvitastein, who found that among 31 countries in Europe, a higher population COVID-19 vaccine uptake in 2021 was positively correlated with increased all-cause mortality in the first nine months of 2022 after controlling for alternative explanations.
Furthermore, excess mortality from non-COVID-19 causes has been detected in many countries since the mass vaccination programs began, suggesting a common deleterious exposure among populations. Pantazatos estimated that VAERS deaths are underreported by a factor of 20. If we apply this underreporting factor to the May 5th, 2023, VAERS death report count of 35,324, the number of deaths in the United States alone becomes 706,480. If this extrapolated number of deaths were to be confirmed, the COVID-19 vaccines would represent the largest medical failure in human history.
Between shrinking estimates of covid deaths (because of over-diagnosis), and increasing evidence of jab-caused mortality, we are now well on the way to proving that the jabs killed more people than covid.
Back in 2021, responding to Dr. Eric Rubin’s grotesque comment about approving the vaccine so we can learn how safe it is for kids, Dr. McCullough explained, “That statement will go down as the most reckless, as the most reprehensible scientific statement in the history of medical bioethics:”
We are now engaged in a long, difficult battle to claw our way out of vaccine madness. Dr. McCullough, for one, is diligently using his skills as a researcher and writer to patiently and professionally build an undeniable case, brick by painful brick, while the court jesters like Eric Rubin keep prancing for their Pharma masters, and contribute nothing to their defense but bleated denials and hand waving.
💉 Belarussian Minister of Transportation Oleksiy Avramenko, 47, died suddenly, mysteriously, and unexpectedly on the 4th of July. No cause of death was released.
Coincidentally, consider this December, 2021 tweet from the head of the European Union:
💉 Canadian doctor and cardiologist Dr. Thomas McAvinue, 67, died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack on June 23rd AT HOME. He never made it to the hospital.
You’d think a CARDIOLOGIST would have noticed the warning signs and gotten tested or something. You’d think that he would’ve, if he’d had any warning at all.
💉 On June 25th, pro-jab family physician and blogger Dr. Buzz Hollander died suddenly WHILE TRAVELING from his home in Hawaii to Seattle for treatment for his rapidly-progressing cancer that was first diagnosed in December 2022.
Recently, Dr. Hollander optimistically announced on his Substack that his prognosis was excellent. He often wrote on his blog and social media about vaccine safety, even mildly criticizing the Pfizer clinical trials, while always concluding that the jabs were safe and effective and everyone should take them. Dr. Hollander opposed mandates, and opined in January 2023 that the benefits for young people to take the jabs did not outweigh the risks.
To give you a flavor of Dr. Hollander’s pro-mRNA stance, consider this excerpt from his Substack. He didn’t like Dr. McCullough too much:
Dr. Hollander has a different perspective now. Rest in peace.
💉 Former NFL player turned professional wrestler, Darren Drozdov, 54, mysteriously died on Friday.
Darren was wheelchair-bound after a tragic accident in the ring in 1999. Despite a long, glowing obituary, no information was released about the cause of his death.
💉 California-based YouTube star Grace Helbig, 37, with 2.6 million followers, announced this week she was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 2A triple-positive breast cancer.
“I have breast cancer, it’s very shocking, it’s very surreal. It doesn’t sound real, but it’s real,” Grace said at the beginning of her announcement video. She explained that she only just discovered her diagnosis “a month ago.”
The young YouTube star told fans her prognosis was excellent and she intends to fight. We pray for her complete and total recovery.
🔥 I stumbled across an ad for a new AI-fueled service called TwitterGPT the other day. You can find the free ‘beta’ at twittergpt.com. It allows you to enter any person’s twitter handle and get back an AI-based summary of their personality and political preferences.
So of course, I checked myself. Here’s what TwitterGPT said:
Guilty as charged, on all counts. By the way, for what it’s worth, all my tweets about DNC bots, mind control, and secret CIA meetings were based on headlines from traditional media sources. But I digress.
TwitterGPT is an example of what I’ve been saying about the intersection of social media and artificial intelligence. If an everyday startup can do this kind of thing, using only publicly-available Twitter posts and widely-available AI tools, just imagine what the government can do, using advanced, top-secret, DARPA-fueled artificial intelligence algorithms and the depth of data they collect on all of us.
My long-standing hypothesis about AI chatbots, which seemingly popped out of nowhere like a Jack-in-the-Box in the wake of the pandemic, is that they were originally produced by government researchers creating ways for the government to effectively process the vast amounts of data collected through Patriot Act-enabled methods and social media. The government’s problem is it has TOO MUCH data about each of us. They needed a way to avoid spending hundreds of man-hours reading our Facebook posts, gmails, google searches, and cell phone logs.
There’s no way the government could monitor all that data at scale. Enter artificial intelligence large language models. Ta-da! Problem solved.
Remember, under current law you have no valid expectation of privacy for anything you put online on social media. Even services like gmail, with their vast end-user agreements that nobody ever reads, include provisions for users to agree that gmail can sell their email information to third parties. It’s described as being “for advertising” but there are no legal limits on who Google can sell your information to.
As I’ve said many times before, DO NOT put anything in writing that you don’t want a government AI using to profile you with. Keep that in mind.
🔥 Haha, Politico is trying to set our expectations about the White House’s cocaine investigation. Our expectations were already scraping the sandbar, but in a jaunty, tongue-in-cheek story yesterday Politico sought to set them even lower than that:
What did I tell you? I applaud the Politico’s sense of humor about the ritual humiliation of our ‘highest’ office. But its premature conclusion that the investigation will turn up empty raises some serious questions like, does anyone care about White House security? The sycophantic Politico article unironically explained that the illegal drugs were found in an area “highly trafficked” (indeed) by White House staff, and even if there WERE cameras, the coke baggie’s small size means they probably won’t detect it. So.
Good thing it wasn’t Anthrax.
🔥 And yesterday, a suggestion for job searchers from CNBC:
Stop! Don’t tell them! This was the BEST way to filter out the bad eggs. If someone demands being called by certain pronouns or they’ll file an HR complaint, you can easily imagine how well they’d handle other workplace issues. We should be encouraging the woke to put their pronouns right at the top, right next to their name.
To be fair, the headline overstated the case a little. A secret test using fake resumes found a relatively minor 8% drop in callbacks when resumes included pronouns.
I’d call it a good start.
🔥 Next, enjoy this encouraging headline that Bloomberg ran last week:
Here are the first couple paragraphs:
Drive along the 240-mile stretch of the Atlantic coast from Charleston, South Carolina, through the grassy marsh land of southern Georgia and down into northern Florida, and you’ll see one of the most profound economic shifts in the US today.
Welcome to the New New South.
Electric-vehicle factories and battery plants are overtaking pine forests in this region of antebellum architecture and shrimp and grits. More broadly, the entire South from here, north to Kentucky and west to Texas is where businesses are moving to, jobs are being created and homes are being bought. The uplift isn’t happening equally everywhere, or equally for everyone. But the implications for the entire country are enormous.
It’s enormous all right. It’s a complete reversal. Take a gander at this helpful graph, showing that the southern conservative states’ share of national GDP has flipped with northeastern, blue states during the pandemic, in just two years:
I’m not sure anything like this has ever happened in U.S. history before. Thanks, blue state officials!
Ironically, one of the mega-corporations to recently move to Florida was economic powerhouse Dun & Bradstreet, which relocated to Jacksonville in 2021 after being headquartered in New Jersey for 182 straight years. Bloomberg didn’t mince words, either, correctly attributing the amazing turn of economics events to blue state governments’ ineffectual, overreaching pandemic policies:
Beth Woods, 47, and her husband were eager to escape the Covid-19 shutdowns and shuttered stores up north, so they started making bi-weekly trips from Mount Olive, New Jersey, soon after the pandemic struck. Before long, they decided to make the move permanent.
“You could get your hair done, your nails done, you could basically live your life. And it has lower property taxes here, too,” Woods said.
Every lawyer I know down here is swamped with work and turning away good cases. Hopefully, the southern states’ conservative social policies will continue to discourage woke liberals from moving down here. So … we need lots MORE conservative, pro-parent, pro-ethics, pro-freedom policies, which will help to keep the red states bright red.
🔥 Finally, enjoy this March 2020 clip of one of the most senior gender dysphoria experts in the country explaining that “affirming” therapies are totally irrational for trans people. Among other things, Dr. Stephen Levine pointed out to the Pennsylvania health committee that, apart from lobotomies, gender affirming treatments are the only surgical interventions ever used to treat psychological conditions:
“Since doctors gave up performing lobotomies to treat psychiatric disorders many decades ago, gender dysphoria is the ONLY psychiatric diagnosis which doctors are attempting to treat by surgery.”
And we know how the whole lobotomy thing turned out. So.
Have a terrific Thursday! C&C will be back here tomorrow morning, right on schedule, with another fabulous roundup. Till then.
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