By Jeff Childers
Massive multiplier news; fracas and hot-takes after Musk hires new WEF-connected CEO for Twitter; Russel Brand interviews RFK, Jr, who destroys the pandemic; DeSantis sues Biden over the Border; DeSantis signs historic numbers of conservative laws; and a hot take that unintentionally reveals a lot.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
🪖 OPERATION MULTIPLIER UPDATE: Daniel Penny’s GiveSendGo reported nearly an astounding $840,000 when I checked it this morning. The three-day-old fundraiser was hanging around $128,000 yesterday in the early morning when I started writing my post. By mid-afternoon, when many of the reported donations ended in a ‘2’, it was rocketing toward $500,000.
It could be that our multiplier kicked off yesterday’s momentum. I did a little investigating, and it turns out that about two hours after yesterday’s post went out, Governor DeSantis multiplied the multiplier by also posting Daniel Penny’s GiveSendGo to his followers, which REALLY jammed the fundraising pedal to the GiveSendGo metal.
Could Governor DeSantis be a covert-forces member of the C&C Army? We can hope! In any event, either way, THANK YOU Governor DeSantis for supporting Mr. Penny and helping make yesterday’s multiplier set an all-time historic record.
In related news, I received a very sweet message from the Penny family, who got my number from the office, thanking the C&C Army for the multiplier:
Regardless of whether we got intentional help from America’s best Governor, the combination of the two posts was absolutely electric, and this quickly became our top multiplying effort to date.
All of you — we — made this happen. And we couldn’t have picked a better reason, either. This is sending an unmistakable signal. And they’re getting the message. The Gothamist ran a story around 11am yesterday:
At that time, the total raised was only $280,000. Insider ran a similar story:
By 2pm, the Daily Beast ran a story:
Then late afternoon, NPR reported it, although it cleverly omitted mention of the burgeoning fund-raiser until the second-to-last paragraph in its story yesterday:
Just wait till they see what it’s up to now.
Here’s the link in case you missed it yesterday: https://www.givesendgo.com/daniel_penny.
🗞💬 *WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 💬🗞
🔥 Yesterday, Elon Musk officially announced NBC Universal’s streaming media executive Linda Yaccarino as Twitter’s new CEO, and a lot of people are freaking out. It only took about five seconds for independent investigators to discover Yaccarino is a skilled virtue-signaler (pronouns), and chairs a World Economic Forum woke sub-committee of some kind.
The fear and uncertainty about Yaccarino yesterday became so intense it even created a field day for lefty media outlets like Mediaite, which ran this headline, barely concealing its glee over the dustup:
Concerned critics do have a point. Obviously, the WEF might as well be run by Satan as far as a lot of folks are concerned, and any connection to that organization is an immediate trust disqualifier. Folks think anyone involved in the WEF is either a chaos agent or is likely to be a chaos agent, with an agenda to depopulate (murder) us common people.
So Yaccarino’s hiring smelt a lot like betrayal to all the people who had placed their trust in Superman, I mean Elon.
For his part, Musk seems aware of the controversy and is unruffled.
How should we think about this? First, let’s recognize that Musk just spent $40 billion to buy Twitter, which required him to liquidate a ton of his prized Tesla stock. It’s a fair guess he hopes to make some of his money back at some point. So it is rational for him to hire people for their skills rather than for their politics.
Consider three of Musk’s top Twitter-related business problems:
1) Twitter lost a lot of advertisers when Musk took over.
2) Twitter is currently shedding liberal media who refuse to pay for a blue check mark because of Musk’s apparent politics.
3) Musk intends to expand Twitter’s services, a lot, including adding a streaming video service for things like Tucker Carlson’s new show.
If you think about it, Yaccarino addresses all three problems. Musk needed a liberal. If he’d hired a top conservative executive (if those even exist these days), the first two problems listed above would have gotten even worse. But by hiring someone with impeccable liberal credentials, Musk reassures half his user base, many potential advertisers, and helps convince National Public Radio to pay $1,000 a month for a tiny blue circle, or whatever the media’s rate is these days.
The WEF is gross. I can’t relate to anyone that could sit around for hours listening to Klaus Schwab’s gravelly German accent and incoherent mumbo-jumbo, no matter how good the champagne was. I certainly can’t speak the WEF’s “buzzword language,” or even understand it very well. It’s something about synergies, I know that much.
As bad as the WEF is, judging folks only by their connections is gross too. If you want to get ahead in corporate America these days you need to speak woke. That’s why I would never make it in a boardroom; I’d probably refer to someone as an “unattractive cross dresser” and that would be that, banned for life. But some other people are smarter and more patient than I am.
In that vein, some conservatives have encouraged a “wait and see” approach for Ms. Yaccarino:
For his own business reasons, Musk needed someone strong, with liberal appeal. The hire is easily explained as a rational choice. Musk said he’ll stay committed to free speech; either he will or he won’t. If he doesn’t, then nobody is any worse off than just before Musk bought Twitter last year. The only reason anyone could be freaking out or being fearful about this, is because they trusted Elon in the first place.
But why put all your hopes on Elon? He’s not Superman. He’s not even conservative. He was a lifelong democrat until about ten minutes ago. He makes brain chips and climate-friendly electric cars, for Pete’s sake. By all accounts, he’s a classical liberal atheist who believes in free speech and basic human values, like RFK, Jr.
Even ‘disappointed’ would be over-reacting. Nobody knows how any of this will play out yet. Personally, I’m saving feeling “disappointed” for when censorship actually comes back to the platform. And if so, we’ll just move over to Telegram or whatever. In the meantime, we keep rolling with the punches.
The point: Stop waiting for Superman.
🔥 Speaking of classic liberals with conservative appeal, Robert Kennedy, Jr. — who’s still polling with dems as high as 20% — neatly summarized where we are these days understanding the pandemic, in a kind of after-action report framed in a fascinating interview with Russell Brand that was making the rounds yesterday.
The clip is 18 minutes long. If you don’t have time for it right now, you should bookmark it for later. Among other fascinating things, Kennedy drew a line from the covid pandemic back to Operation Paperclip, where the CIA was tasked with bringing post-World War II Nazi scientists to the US.
In the following excerpt from the clip, Kennedy gave a great capsule of what we now know for sure about the pandemic (lightly edited for clarity):
“The weird thing about the pandemic was this constant involvement by the CIA, the intelligence agencies, and the military. When Operation Warp Speed made its presentation to the FDA committee called VRBPAC [and] turned over the organizational charts that were classified at the time, it shocked everybody because it wasn’t [being run by] HHS, CDC, NIH, FDA, or a public health agency. It was [run by] the NSA, a spy agency that was at the top and led Operation Warp Speed.
The vaccines were [not developed] by Moderna and Pfizer. They were developed by NIH, NIH owns the patents, [at least 50%]. Nor were [the vaccines even] manufactured by Pfizer, or by Moderna. They were manufactured by military contractors. And basically, Pfizer and Moderna were paid to put their stamps on those vaccines as if they came from the pharmaceutical industry. But that’s not what they were doing.
This was a military project from the beginning…
I uncovered… 20 different [government-led] simulations on coronavirus and pandemic simulations. That started in 2001. The first one was right before the anthrax attacks. And every year, the CIA sponsored them all. The last one was Event 201 in October 2019. And one of the participants was Avril Haines, the former Deputy Director of the CIA, who has been managing coverups her entire life. She did Guantanamo Bay and others. She is now the Director of National Intelligence which makes her the highest ranking officer at the NSA — which managed the pandemic.
So you have a spy who is convening these pandemic simulations and in each of these simulations going back 20 years, they’re not simulating a public health response. They’re not [brainstorming] things like, how do we stockpile Vitamin D? How do we get people outdoors, losing weight, doing exercise? How do we develop an information grid for all the 15 million front line doctors all over the world, so that we can get them information [about what] works and what doesn’t work. None of that happened. We had an incredible opportunity to manage a pandemic in a way that was intelligent and sensitive and devastating to the disease, but we didn’t do any of those things.
[Instead, it] was all about, how do you use a pandemic to clamp down [with] censorship? How you use [a pandemic] to force lockdowns?
By the way, with lockdowns, every pandemic preparedness document that had been adopted by any [of the] major public health agencies, whether it was CDC, WHO, European Health Agency, National Health Services of Britain. All of them said you don’t do lockdowns, you quarantine the sick, you protect the vulnerable. And you let everybody else go back to work because a lockdown actually amplifies the impact of the disease. If you isolate people, it makes them more vulnerable, it breaks down their immune system. You lock them indoors, it’s going to spread the respiratory virus.
And so all the things they’re [practicing] are about clamping down totalitarian controls.”
Russel Brand has six million subscribers. That’s a whole lot of folks who are listening to Kennedy correct their misunderstandings about the origins of the pandemic, or at least expose them to another view. That’s progress.
🔥 I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the border crisis, which has provided lots of grist for the political-chatter mill, but who’s actually doing anything about it? On Thursday the New York Post ran an encouraging story headlined, “Florida AG Sues Biden to Block Migrant Influx After Title 42 Ends.”
On Thursday, Governor DeSantis’ Attorney General Ashley Moody sued the Biden administration in federal court trying to block the mass release of migrants into the US, while the Trump-era Title 42 public health order is set to expire.
Moody had previously sued the federal government, and last month in that case a federal judge struck down a Biden executive order that would have ended Title 42 early. The judge wrote that Biden’s order turned the border into a “meaningless line in the sand,” when he struck down the policy as unconstitutional.
This week Moody went back to court, arguing that Biden’s latest move to let Title 42 expire (and not renew it) was tantamount to the very same thing the judge already found unconstitutional, that is, turning the border into a meaningless line in the sand. Moody’s motion noted that over 100,000 illegal immigrants have entered Florida so far.
I’m not sure about the motion’s prospects. I’ve noticed that, this time, rather than opposing the policy, the DHS is pretending to do something about the crisis, which may give the Biden Administration room to evade court orders. In other words, federal lawyers will say, Biden is not intentionally leaving the border open, he’s trying his best, he’s just incompetent.
The Court will struggle with how to deal with Biden’s incompetency. But at least Governor DeSantis is doing SOMETHING. We remain hopeful, given the good previous order with the same judge. All we need is an injunction ordering Title 42 to remain in place for now.
💉 DeSantis has been very busy this week. Yesterday he signed two dozen bills, including a new law banning all gain-of-function research in Florida:
Meanwhile the excellent Alachua Chronicle has been keeping up with the frenzy of law signing in Florida. On Wednesday, the Governor signed a whopping 37 bills:
DeSantis signed SB 1718, which among other things criminalizes bringing illegal immigrants into Florida, bans issuance of drivers’ licenses or ID cards to illegals, and provides $12 million to ship the migrants to blue states and sanctuary cities. This bill isn’t a hot take. In order to be signed into law this week, the bill was on the Governor’s radar since last fall.
On Thursday, DeSantis signed SB 7054, essentially prohibiting federally adopted central bank digital currency (CBDC) in Florida, by excluding it from the definition of money within Florida’s Uniform Commercial Code.
“The last thing our country needs is a federally controlled Centralized Bank Digital Currency weaponized by the Biden administration,” explained Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. “It’s just another way for Floridians to have their vital financial information surveilled and controlled by the federal government. No one asked for this, and Florida won’t let it stand. Every day, your privacy and financial freedoms are under attack, but thankfully we have leaders like Governor DeSantis fighting to Keep Florida Free.”
There was a lot more. Florida continues to set the standard for other states to follow.
💉 Here’s a hot take for you:
Okay, so that’s cuckoo with Cocoa Puffs — but it’s also very telling. If the jabs worked great and everyone knew it, there’d be no need for a tweet like this. This doctor is emotionally preparing herself for a titanic disappointment.
Did you notice what’s completely missing from her comment? The vaunted “science.”
She said, “I got vaccinated out of love.” Not, “I got vaccinated because I followed the conclusive data.” Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but this doctor’s post-hoc rationalization about why she made a poorly-considered, self-destructive decision seems more like an admission that, in hindsight, the data wasn’t actually quite as good as the government claimed.
Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you guys back here on Monday for a great big week-kicking-off roundup.
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