Biden is appointing judges faster than Trump, and most everyone else—for now @ Brookings Institute Blog.
Eugene B. Meyer President and CEO, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
Relational Frame Theory @ ARTICLE SERIES on newharbinger.com
Thomas Chatterton Williams Tweet about French stores hours. "I've lived in France too and sympathize with your frustration at this kind of 'inexcusable' inconvenience. Initially, it affirms preconceptions: typical European "siesta-brain"- bad service, bad business. But then reflect on quality of product, quality of life, quality of care."
Christopher Rowland (@PostRowland on Twitter): The Days of full Covid-19 Coverage Are Over (21-Sept-2021) @ "The days of full covid coverage are over. Insurers are restoring deductibles and copays, leaving patients with big bills" on twitter.com social media.
Mass state surveillance is only feasible because of surveillance capitalism and its extremely low-yield ad-targeting systems, which require a constant feed of personal data to remain barely viable. Surveillance capitalism’s primary failure mode is mistargetted ads while mass state surveillance’s primary failure mode is grotesque human rights abuses, tending toward totalitarianism.
State surveillance is no mere parasite on Big Tech, sucking up its data and giving nothing in return. In truth, the two are symbiotes: Big Tech sucks up our data for spy agencies, and spy agencies ensure that governments don’t limit Big Tech’s activities so severely that it would no longer serve the spy agencies’ needs. There is no firm distinction between state surveillance and surveillance capitalism; they are dependent on one another.
General Miller: Subordination or Hero? (14-Sept-2021) on washingtontimes.com website.
Simple binaries: "Preventing a war is easy to determine. Did Trump try to launch one?? If yes, the general is a hero. If no, doesn't matter how suspicious Pelosi or the generals were of Trump, it's no justification for refusing to withdraw from Afghanistan. Did Trump send the memo for withdrawal? If yes, the general needs to be court martialed. If no, where is the story here? It evaporates as another smokescreen wasting everyone's time while the upward wealth transfer continues and the poor continue to get f****d."
Community doesn't last outside the leftovers of ethnics in immigrant neighborhoods and stubborn holdouts doing irrelevant oldworld rituals in suburbia. Even the white Christian crackers only ape a Potemkin community they'll sell out if ever they can. The real American community is not public and not recruiting. "Let them eat cake."
The ballot paper for Presidential Election 2020 offesr only two tickets with any chance of winning the election: Republican Trump Pence and Democratic Party Biden Harris. Any other vote, including not voting, in this context means less than nothing. The corrupt political process has seldom been more accurately exemplified then in this woeful choice between different but equally masochistic forms of self-harm.
Trump is a vain, venal moron, too stupid to lead, too easily manipulated by the luddite Republican base to be anything but a racist dog whistle.
Polarization fight over small manageable percentages.
Bones to population mitigating excess until the full grifters get back in the saddle.
Sanders beaten by blacks and Michigan crackers. The DNC won that battle. It shouldn't have been close.
Choice is between Ted Bundy and Charles Manson. Fucked up.
Brexit (for instance) is another plutocracy snow job. Sold on inane identity wedge issues, caressed into millions of brains by concerted psychometrics. But it's really just about removing regulations, unshackling the govt/oligarchy so they can enrich without pesky rules. Wedge: "take back control" "Britain independent" "Keeping out the foreigners" etc etc. Playing up some bullshit caricature of a British identity in a world of foreigners and rivals. Wedge issues is a very popular method, for dividing populations, playing to people's worst instincts, to deliver an outcome that's actually against their own best interests.
Farage was the cat's paw. The model usually has one. Democratic Party this year used Bernie Sanders for that role, though it almost got away from them. In the end though, this IS democracy. One human one vote. If half the electorate vote to get exploited, that's the will of the people. It's up to the plutocrats to walk the line between exploiting them to get richer Vs fucking them to the point they push back.
But the push back is also handled by having a duopoly. So if the ruling elite goes too far, their favourite govt grifters lose an election and the next bunch of grifters come in. Exploitation finds its new slightly less harsh equilibrium. Then typically the favoured grifters get back into govt and the process continues.
There was a time, some years ago, when I didn't think my outlook on the world was unusual. I took myself for a fairly standard comfortable white middle class consumer, privileged in education and freedom to live the life I wanted, with humane hopes for an improving society better balanced to help the more deprived citizens get their fair share of the opportunity pie.
I knew there were others who did more, with their day to day lives, to speed up the process of making the world a better place. And I knew there were some who's politics were inspired by a preference for society of winners and losers; themselves the winners, naturally.
Right-wing my power, left-wing our love. Right covered the class of winners who knew they had inherited power and wanted to perpetuate their privilege, generation to generation, let the best of the poor prove their worth by competing out of their brutal class handicap. Left was a spectrum when it came to how, but the what - bottom line - was equality and a better world for all human beings. Save your complacent 2021 scorn for my once simplistic outlook. Hindsight is twenty twenty, as they say, but this is how I used to think.
"Trump Is A Roaming Hitler" versus "Trump Campaigns To Save America"
Pundits and propagandists love to conflate left-wing economics with identarian bullsh1t, woke feminism, BLM, vegan fascism and cancel culture; and equate right-wing economics with evangelical self-interest, ethno-nationalism, climate denial, chauvinism and militarism. BOTH WRONG.
Prediction for 2021-2024: Trump rallies start immediately after Biden's inauguration. Insatiable need for clickbait will ensure news media continues to fixate on Trump hysteria. As it happens, the Trump hysteria sharp serves the duopoly. The GOP can use Trump and rallies to evangelize their populist message, weaponizing the loss as a grand conspiracy theory to bind their base to the fundamentalist Republican agenda. The Dems get to continue using Trump as their useful bogeyman. Rallies play into the DNC-neoliberal centrists' need to whip loyalty into the progressives, as the enemy stays a visible, urgent threat. Both parties get to sell "join us, be loyal, help us to Save America" to their supporters, with the other cast in the role of corrupt anti-America evil.
And so the papers and social media and news channels will be full of the same old pantomime - which'll somehow always be urgent and polarized and complete with its own set of facts depending on your "side" in the game.
It'll keep the public busy; and irrelevant for 4 more years.
Plutocracy finds a dirty equilibrium: #Trump2024 rallies begin soon as Biden takes office. Gives media 4 years guaranteed clickbait and the GOP/Dems 4 years hysteria, ensuring polarization against an evil enemy and a "Save America" script to keep everyone busy. And irrelevant.
2021-2024 Trump rallies begin as Biden takes office. Media and GOP/Dems get 4 years clickbait and polarization to impose orthodoxy.
Some guys defy odds to make a difference. Most are content being more Ballerina than reformed fat slob endurance runner David Goggins. Now and then fate gives an individual the chance to challenge their inner mettle and - very occasionally - it comes with a public stage.
Cancel culture has been perverted into a wanton spectacle of coordinated hearsay, erasing anyone it touches. There's no recourse, no appeal, no end to cancellation. The smallest offence to prurient public opinion carries as severe a punishment as the most egregious.
Someone's got to show the world how to resist; how to break the paradigm of perpetual erasure.
Someone's got to figure a way through the coruscating glare of public bloodlust, to reach those who know and support the individual.
That reconnection may have power to build new foundations, fortified against being sacrificed by the mob to feed the insatiable spectacle of cancel culture.
Put aside all that bs you've inculcated about divide and gaslight and whatever. It's getting in the way of understanding both what I'm saying and what you're missing about what military budget is. I'll try to be more clear. 280 character Twitter isn't good for nuance.
So. Your original point was that the USPS shouldn't be judged only by profit criteria. You identify $750B - a huge sum - as annual military budget. Taxpayer money.
While the American people don't make profit on military expenditure, we don't expect profitable because we know military is vital to the country. It defends all of us, taxpayers included.
Like military, USPS plays an essential role. If it's an expense, it's for the national good. It may be publicly subsidized by taxes but it's ultimately serving the American taxpayer, i.e. all of us. USPS profitability should be treated same as military: not what matters most.
And serving the American people matters because military budget is funded by us. Most tax revenue comes from working and middle class Americans. People like you and me give nearly 24c of every tax dollar to pay for the military. Works out at just over 60 days of the average American's working year.
OK so far?
Imagine, M_ ______, 10 million+ English lads playing and CARING about football, agonies and ecstasies, sometimes in mostly out of organised teams, from reception to teens into adulthood. England has borne the weight of their hope, fear and expectation for 90+ years.
In fact, personal connection to the ups and downs of England team long ago overflowed into the national mainstream: grannies, mothers, daughters and the middle-class. Not quite the same intensely personal link as English lads (in most cases) but nonetheless one of the most potent engines of shared cultural identity.
This past decade or so, there has been rapid growth in women football at every level, from girls in school teams to women in pro clubs. England ladies teams are not just a thing, but highly ranked in world competition and some cross-pollination with football fans in the national mainstream too.
There's a spate of recent headlines on the back of Euro2020.
She's a virtue signalling cunt.
I don't understand why educated adults in positions of public trust and/or authority are so keen to make a pig's breakfast of British culture. Last Night of the Proms simply happens to be today's target for extirpation.
I don't get why these spineless 'curators' of UK cultural heritage keep kowtowing to the demands of self-appointed identity police? Is it just for social media likes? Anything for a quiet life? Virtue signalling in the hope of winning woke brownie points? To what end?
Destroying the very traditions they're supposed to look after is a heavy price to pay, not least because their craven iconoclasm achieves nothing to actually help whichever oppressed minority is being championed by the "...haughty tyrants..." of woke outrage.
Give the decision-making power on whether to bend the knee to internet mob outrage to sometime with a backbone. I'm sure they'd stand firm on not falsely editing history or spuriously censuring the culture of this "..blest isle..." (I know I would.)
Natalie "May" Edwards - Who Leaked Secret Documents To BuzzFeed - Triggering A Massive Global Investigation, Now In Prison @ Buzzfeed Article by David Mack.
How Two British Orthodontists Became Celebrities to Incels - The Mews, a father-son team of orthodontists, have an unusual theory about the source of crooked teeth — one that has earned them a following in some of the darker corners of the internet (20-Aug-2020) @ NYT Hit Piece article. Useful both for its information and as a paradigm of current "Cathedral" propaganda tactics.
To the liberal class, every big economic problem is really an education problem, a failure by the losers to learn the right skills and get the credentials everyone knows you’ll need in the society of the future. Take inequality. The real problem, many liberals believe, is that not enough poor people get a chance to go to college and join the professional-managerial elite.
"If there is an income divide in America it is over education," wrote Democratic media strategist Bill Knapp in the Washington Post in 2012, "and this makes sense: People who are better educated should make more money."
"What I fundamentally believe—and what the president believes," Arne Duncan, Obama’s secretary of education, told a reporter in 2012, "is that the only way to end poverty is through education."
"The best way by far to improve economic opportunity and to reduce inequality is to increase the educational attainment and skills of American workers," declared Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to the graduating class at Harvard in 2008, a group much perturbed by inequality.
Thomas Friedman, Obama’s other favourite newspaper columnist, comes back to the subject again and again. "The biggest issue in the world today is growth, and, in this information age, improving educational outcomes for more young people is now the most important lever for increasing economic growth and narrowing income inequality," he wrote in 2012. "In other words, education is now the key to sustainable power."
Health Act (2006) passed at the start of the third Labour term of Tony Blair's government. Across England the smoking ban in (pubs, bars, offices, restaurants, clubs, private members buildings) took effect on 1 July 2007. Key dates 1962-2021 in UK Tobacco Regulation per ASH PDF document.
Anglo-Canadian, when encountering pain, wants to eliminate it or permanently evade; the best pain is pain forgetten. Protestant aestheticism.
French-Quebecois sees pain and wants to run towards it, jealous of the intensity of feeling (even though it hurts). The most beautiful pain is pain from love and loss. Catholic angelus misericordia.
English culture worships potential - which means youth. French culture worships love - which means pain.
Youth worship subordinates mature, hard-won learning, that need years to acquire, to visceral fast-paced trends and fashions. Youth worship creates ephemeral personalities, cyclical rather than it evolving culture and a fear of being subjected to complexity. Worshippers of idealized youth practice luddite self-quarantined. The paradigm is cherubic, angelic, aggressively disinterested. Merciless purity.
Love worship subordinates material acquisition and the long-term attaining of sublimation. It can be invested in the drive to create other people (children) or instead pursue talent and accomplishment. Seldom both.
VIDEO: Yanis Varoufakis - former Greek Finance Minister - Explains Technofeudalism to Slavoj Zizek in Slovenia (21-Oct-2021)
Why are these big corporations Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca given vast public funding to develop their vaccine tech, but then no taxpayer share in the astronomical profits and no free access to the medical innovation they've funded? Why are these corporations private profit, public funding, immune from ALL legal consequences of the vaccines AFTER full approval i.e. they're no longer experimental? (see questions on Rabble coronavirus).
How does Tor maintain anonymity when a source and destination are required at the end? question and answer on stackexchange website, plus index of similar answers.
How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism - Cory Doctorow long read article about Big Tech/State surveillance, monopoly; myths and existential threats.
John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny excerpted from "The Great Nation of Futurity" The United States Democratic Review 1839 (vol 6, issue 23).
Smashing Windows with Windows article on transparency design and Wikileaks. Openleaks, Metahaven and Jeff Khonsary.
The Safe Network Primer - an introductory guide to the world's first fully autonomous data and communications network (last update: August 2020) at safenetwork.org.
Max More born Max T. O'Connor (born Bristol UK 1964)
FM-2030 born F. M. Esfandiary (born Iran 1930-2000 died NYC vitrified "Alcor Life Extension Foundation, Scottsdale)
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (born Germany 1973)
James J. Hughes (born Columbus OH USA 1961)
Metamodernism is a proposed set of developments in philosophy, aesthetics, and culture which emerge from and react to postmodernism. One definition characterizes metamodernism as mediations between aspects of both modernism and postmodernism. Another similar term is post-postmodernism.
In 1999, Moyo Okediji reused the term metamodern about contemporary African-American art, defining it as an "extension of and challenge to modernism and postmodernism."
In 2002, Andre Furlani, analyzing the literary works of Guy Davenport, defined metamodernism as an aesthetic that is "after yet by means of modernism…. a departure as well as a perpetuation."
The relationship between metamodernism and modernism was seen as going "far beyond homage, toward a reengagement with modernist method in order to address subject matter well outside the range or interest of the modernists themselves."
In 2007, Alexandra Dumitrescu described metamodernism as partly a concurrence with, partly an emergence from, and partly a reaction to, postmodernism, "champion[ing] the idea that only in their interconnection and continuous revision lie the possibility of grasping the nature of contemporary cultural and literary phenomena."
In 2010, cultural theorists Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker proposed metamodernism as an intervention in the post-postmodernism debate.
Vermeulen and van den Akker asserted that the 2000s were characterized by the return of typically modern positions that did not forfeit the postmodern mindsets of the 1980s and 1990s, resembling a "neo-romanticism" represented especially in the work of young visual artists. According to them, the metamodern sensibility "can be conceived of as a kind of informed naivety, a pragmatic idealism", characteristic of cultural responses to recent global events such as climate change, the financial crisis, political instability, and the digital revolution. They asserted that “the postmodern culture of relativism, irony, and pastiche" is over, having been replaced by a post-ideological condition that stresses engagement, affect, and storytelling.
The prefix "meta-" referred not to a reflective stance or repeated rumination, but to Plato's metaxy, which denotes a movement between opposite poles as well as beyond them.
Vermeulen and van den Akker described metamodernism as a "structure of feeling" that oscillates between modernism and postmodernism like "a pendulum swinging between…innumerable poles". According to Kim Levin, writing in ARTnews, this oscillation "must embrace doubt, as well as hope and melancholy, sincerity and irony, affect and apathy, the personal and the political, and technology and techne." For the metamodern generation, according to Vermeulen, "grand narratives are as necessary as they are problematic, hope is not simply something to distrust, love not necessarily something to be ridiculed."
Vermeulen asserts that "metamodernism is not so much a philosophy—which implies a closed ontology—as it is an attempt at a vernacular, or…a sort of open source document, that might contextualise and explain what is going on around us, in political economy as much as in the arts."
Transhumanism cross-pollinates with a lot of alt-culture demographics. Many charlatans. Many conceited sociopaths. But also higher quality outliers, a better more capable non-conformist who wants to be active doing things that drive humanity forward rather than swaddle in the status quo. Pros and cons here. Aubrey de Grey, Aldous Huxley and Nick Bostrum are a decent "quality control trinity" re: the better, more serious multi-discipline creative types associated with transhumanism.
ALCOR LIFE EXTENSION FOUNDATION (Cryonics, monetizing death-panic, dodgy) @
Avril Haines: US intelligence chief intervenes to block state secrets in Saudi Crown Prince's feud with former Saudi official @ MSN Article.
D.J. who moonlights as a titan of Wall Street, David Solomon is a crossover media-finance bullshit artist. Under him, Goldman Sachs - the investment bank - has tried to shed its uptight image as a haven for besuited M.&A. bankers and chest-thumping traders. That effort now includes its own typeface. Meet Goldman Sans. The firm describes the font, which is free to download, as “approachable without being whimsical” and “neutral, with a wink.” It was created for Goldman Sachs by the British design firm Dalton Maag, with a mandate to create a typeface with just the right amount of personality for the 151-year-old bank.
It follows other efforts by Goldman to come across as cool, including relaxing its dress code, pitching itself as a tech company and collaborating with Apple on a credit card. The reaction from experts is, shall we say, mixed. They are on record saying that it suffered from “lack of courage,” was “missing life” and was the typographical equivalent of “a casual Friday.”
Retired stock analyst covering the housing, mortgage and consumer finance industries. US investment strategist and portfolio manager. Work career at PaineWebber and UBS, an adjunct professor at Mercy College in New York. Written articles about - for example - AMC where Gordon advocates sell the stock, exposing reasons why it's going to drop, telling the audience to get out while the going is good. Turns out he's got a lot of AMC stock and he's short on it!
Neoliberal US Cathedral - Ken Dilanian - Intelligence and National Security Correspondent @ MUCKRACK PROFILE on the neoliberal shill index at muckrack.com website.
The former House speaker Paul Ryan is reportedly preparing to launch a special purpose acquisition company, The Wall Street Journal reports. The investment fund is aiming to raise $300 million in an I.P.O., with Mr. Ryan, who left Congress last year, as chairman. He’s not the only famous face joining the SPAC boom. Figures from financiers like Bill Ackman, Dan Loeb and Michael Klein to the famed baseball executive Billy Beane have launched versions of these “blank check” investment vehicles. They have been buoyed by strong equity markets and private companies’ desire to sidestep the traditionally laborious I.P.O. process by merging with these funds, assuming their stock listings.
This SPAC is notable for its Republican ties. In addition to Mr. Ryan’s involvement, the fund’s sponsor is Solamere Capital, an investment firm run by a son of Senator Mitt Romney, who picked Mr. Ryan as his running mate in his 2012 presidential bid. But its financial adviser has strong Democratic leanings. Mr. Ryan’s SPAC is being underwritten by Evercore, whose founder and senior chairman is Roger Altman, who served in the Carter and Clinton administrations and is a major fund-raiser for Joe Biden.
Evercore has been strengthening its SPAC expertise, hiring Neil Shah, a specialist in these funds, from Citi last year. The bank has also emphasized its capital-markets business of late: Executives told analysts last month that the firm was coming off its “strongest period ever in equity underwriting.”
Four star American Army general and entrenched neoliberal character actor, Stanley A McChrystal was a prime mover in the enrichment detail of the Military Industrial Complex during the Obama Presidency. As is the norm, his retirement from the military led to a series of appointments in business and heading up various fronts for deep state interests. Corporate boards, consulting, speaking fees: How U.S. generals thrived after Afghanistan is a useful article on Stanley McChrystal exemplifying how ex-generals sell their battlefield experience in other arenas, from corporations to Covid-19 response grifting.
August 2021 report on Ivermectin In Africa Blocking COVID-19 on paulcraigroberts.org blog website. Poorer countries are denied access to the vaccines produced in rich nations. Many must tackle Coronavirus using prophylactics and treatment protocols repurposing existing methods like antivirals.
From 4 January to 4 August AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK: 24.8M + 23.9M doses with 412 suspected CVST (Cerebral Sinus Vein Thrombosis) 89% first dose (14.9 per million), 11% second dose (1.8 per million). CVST as a complication of COVID-19 infection 42.8 per million. Of the 411 cases 73 were fatal.
Ultra-Vaxxed Israel Now Has Highest CV Case Rate In The World; Sweden Bans Travelers From Israel from blacklistednews.com
What Scientists Know About the COVID-19 Virus (6-Jun-2020)
Origins of COVID-19: Fauci’s $191 Billion Bio-Weaponization of Viruses Against Humanity (21-Jun-2021) on David DeGraw substack page.
Bacterial Pneumonia Caused Most Deaths in 1918 Influenza Pandemic (19-Aug-2008) on nih.gov website.
IDSA says US antiviral supply for flu falls far short (17-Jun-2005) on the University of Minnesota website.
Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread (22-Aug-2005) on nih.gov website.
Potential therapeutic agents to COVID-19: An update review on antiviral therapy, immunotherapy, and cell therapy (16-Mar-2021) on nih.gov website.
Operation Choke Point an Obama era squeeze on small business access to money, payment processing, etc.
Operation Choke Point reveals true injustices of Obama’s Justice Department (7-Nov-2018) on The Hill online blog site.
Probe of Secret Vaccine Talks Finds 'Access for All Was Never a Priority' (24-Sept-2021) on commondreams.org website.
Biohacker' Who Injected Himself With DIY Herpes Treatment Found Dead (5-May-2018) on slashdot.org and livescience.com websites.
"In most cases, there is no deferral time for individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they are symptom free and feeling well at the time of donation. There is no deferral time for eligible blood donors who are vaccinated with an inactivated or RNA based COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, Janssen/J&J, Moderna, Novavax, or Pfizer."
Delta’s Extra $200 Monthly Healthcare Surcharge To Unvaccinated Airline Workers May Have Serious Unintended Consequences, according to the pro-corporate forbes.com website.
CDC data shows very very low risk from Coronavirus vaccines (mRNA or ad-vector) though the chance of serious side effects increases - separate to co-morbidities - for much younger patients, especially males under 21. CDC site numbers give between 5000-1 and 20000-1 serious myocarditis/pericarditis risk for mRNA (Pfizer/Moderna) vaccines, especially after second dose. This risk is far higher than the risk of serious Covid-19, for that age/gender group. Is it OK to put young lives at greater risk for the sake of older lives potentially facing greater risk, e.g. coronavirus caught by grandkids passed on to grandparents?
"Vioxx" is the name is a smear campaign playbook used by Merck Pharmaceuticals to campaign against its own competing drug—the FDA-approved, Nobel prize-winning antiviral Ivermectin, which is generic, cheap and globally available with very little scope for significant profit.
Anti-cancer drug derived from fungus shows promise in clinical trials article from the Oxford University website.
Exemplar study, both useful data, reasonable conclusions and also propaganda by what's left unstudied and unsaid. Like a hundred other similar studies, it concludes efficacy of vaccine boost plus natural immunity results in better longer lasting immunity than double vaccination alone and natural immunity alone... But this conclusion is burying the question of interrogating the real value of the vaccine immune response in direct comparison to naturally acquired immunity. It is important to highlight this comparison because government enforced mandates are ignoring natural immunity in favour of vaccine passports, forcing those with prior infection to be vaccinated or else submit to expensive testing (if this option is even available). The policy makes no sense as a public health (pandemic minimisation) measure but, if the goal is selling more vaccine, public health is subordinated to profit. Examining these studies in more detail reveals the vaccination is short-lived (3-6 months) and less effective than natural immunity, though an argument could be made for vaccination plus natural immunity as the highest level of protection from current variants of SARS-CoV-2. In light of this, government policies like "Vaccine Or Test" risk prolonging the pandemic - because vaccine efficacy wanes, testing by PCR reveals past/current Covid-19 infection after 2-3 days but not the more important infectiousness (viral shedding) phase like the antigen test picks up in 15 minutes. The only explanations for these policies persisting after over a year into vaccine proliferation are incompetence or profiteering. Neither breed confidence in the vaccine hesitant. Misdirected mandates and lockdown of unvaccinated are therefore criminal abuse of government power.
Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting to discuss Pfizer-BioNTech’s supplemental Biologics License Application for administration of a third dose, or “booster” dose, of the COVID-19 vaccine, Comirnaty, in individuals 16 years of age and older
Will My Health Insurance Cover a COVID-19 Vaccine? (29-Aug-2021)
Citizens United v Supreme Court ruling in favour of plutocracy.
More money, less transparency: A decade under Citizens United on opensecrets.org website.
Citizens United v Federal Election Commission argued: 24-Mar-2009 decided 21-Jan-2010. Opening the floodgates for corporate money in politics (including lobbying, campaign finance, etc) by 5-4 judgment equating corporate spend with First Amendment (free speech) for the first time.
"Under the First Amendment there is no such thing as a false idea. However pernicious an opinion may seem, we depend for its correction not on the conscience of judges and juries but on the competition of other ideas."
Although the erroneous statement of fact is not worthy of constitutional protection, it is nevertheless inevitable in free debate. As James Madison pointed out in the Report on the Virginia Resolutions of 1798: "Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of every thing; and in no instance is this more true than in that of the press." A rule of strict liability that compels a publisher or broadcaster to guarantee the accuracy of his factual assertions may lead to intolerable self-censorship. Allowing the media to avoid liability only by proving the truth of all injurious statements does not accord adequate protection to First Amendment liberties.
The First Amendment requires that we protect some falsehood in order to protect speech that matters. Per Supreme Court Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. 418 U.S. 323 (1974).
Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA  passed by UK House of Lords (17-Oct-1985)
H.R.748 - CARES Act  legislated by the 116th House of Congress (2019-2020)
"Speech that is obscene and thus lacking First Amendment protection must be without serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. It also must appeal to the prurient interest in the view of an average person according to community standards, and it must describe sexual conduct or excretory functions in an offensive way."
To sustain a claim of defamation or libel, the First Amendment requires that the plaintiff show that the defendant knew that a statement was false or was reckless in deciding to publish the information without investigating whether it was accurate.
The First Amendment as it relates to libel laws, is that seditious libel – criticism of government and public officials – falls beyond the police power of the State [273-276]. In a democratic society such as ours, the citizen has the privilege of criticizing his government and its officials.
John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny, 1839 Excerpted from "The Great Nation of Futurity" in the United States Democratic Review, Volume 6, Issue 23
The Constitution “demands that content-based restrictions on speech be presumed invalid . . . and that the Government bear the burden of showing their constitutionality.” Content-based restrictions on speech have been permitted only for a few historic categories of speech, including incitement, obscenity, defamation, speech integral to criminal conduct, so-called “fighting words,” child pornography, fraud, true threats, and speech presenting some grave and imminent threat the Government has the power to prevent.
The purpose of the Albert Hofmann Foundation is to further the understanding and responsible application of psychedelic substances in the investigation of both individual and collective consciousness.
The mission of the Alexander Shulgin Research Institute is to preserve and continue the work of seminal biochemist Sasha Shulgin, by performing basic biochemistry and neuroscience research; providing support services to toxicologists, emergency room doctors, attorneys, chemists, and other scientists and professionals; and conserving and disseminating 50 years of existing research.
The Sarlo Foundation was started in 1992 by venture capitalist George Sarlo. It offers financial support for pioneers in mental health with a particular focus on addiction, early childhood trauma and education, and research with psilocybin, MDMA and other transformative medicines.
The Heffter Institute promotes research of the highest scientific quality with the classic hallucinogens and related compounds (sometimes called psychedelics) in order to contribute to a greater understanding of the mind leading to the improvement of the human condition, and to alleviate suffering.
The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS) is a charity dedicated to 1) the integration of ayahuasca, iboga and other traditional plants as therapeutic tools in modern society, and 2) the preservation of the indigenous cultures that have been using these plant species since antiquity on their habitat and botanical resources.
The ICRS is a non-political, non-religious organization dedicated to scientific research in all fields of the cannabinoids, ranging from biochemical, chemical and physiological studies of the endogenous cannabinoid system to studies of the abuse potential of recreational Cannabis.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
The River Styx Foundation attempts to lessen human suffering caused by fear and misguided social policy while advocating for greater compassion, healing, and transformation in such areas as criminal justice and end-of-life care.
Spoken in the House of Commons (18-Nov-1783). Based on the original lines in John Milton's Paradise Lost (Book IV, Line 393): "And with necessity, / The tyrant's plea, / excus'd his devilish deeds"
It's important to understand the motives of a Conservative movement versus what are the tools a Conservative movement may be using to get to where they want to be. Solely on root motivations, some will say: Conservatives at the very top, they're racist, they're anti black, they're anti semitic. They want an all white world And so that's what the objective is. And a current tool they happen to be using is voter suppression. Motivated by racism. Not wanting to raise the minimum wage, motivated by racism. Everything in American Conservative ideology is motivated by racism. And there's another camp that will say: We live in an oligarchy, people are very driven to protect elite financial interests. And since the dawn of America, race has been weaponized. It's an underclass signifier even when it's no longer a cheap economic engine (slavery, etc). To protect and perpetuate elite power, we will exploit factions that emerge along racial lines, we will create and teach people to Balkanize themselves in these ways and others. All in order to prevent them from noticing (and resisting) the ways that they're being exploited economically.
Articles from seekingalpha.com by Gary Gordon, retired stock-broker and prolific serial investment bullshit artist: