Archive for November, 2020

Fight Or Flight In The Face Of Fear? A Principled Reaction To Stand (November 30, 2020)

Posted in Collapse on November 30, 2020 by

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K          “Two different individuals, two different personalities, two different weltanschauungs, two different backgrounds, two different conversations at two different times and in two different places.  Same analysis and same conclusion.  In separate conversations, they came to the revised conclusion I reached a few years ago.”

J          “And the two of us agree at this time and in this place.  The mind focuses while the body fails.  Should we call ourselves the intrepid ‘Walker Brigade’ rolling to the rescue.”

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K          “Either you fight or you flee.  He said that as much as he admires the drive, desire and discipline of the ‘preppers’ and the ‘back to the landers’ who leave society, it is still at core fleeing if not surrendering.  The community is left with one less defender.”

J          “Do we want to continue standing for it?  Is it time to take a stand?  Has it been time to take a stand for some time?  Even if we cannot stand.  For some time.”

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[See the e-commentary at “On Revolution (March 15, 2010)” andThe Residue of Unrelenting Fear: PTSD Afflicts The Populace (August 28, 2006)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking:  What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?  Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?  …  The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!  If … if … We didn’t love freedom enough.  And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation … We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”  Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 – 1956

The Vaccine: The Shot Felt Round The World (November 23, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Vaccine on November 23, 2020 by

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K          “There is probably no other government action that would trigger immediate, spontaneous, unorchestrated, sustained and wide-spread resistance from the public than a mandatory Covid-19 vaccine.  Jamming a needle into a body would be the catalyst for a grand collective commotion from the body politic.”

J          “If a vaccine is rushed to market with even a small number of publicized side effects, the public across the political spectrum will resist.  However, the guinea pigs will all be eager volunteers.”

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K          “So many people are concerned about gun confiscation.  I do not believe the government could possibly confiscate even some guns because there are so many guns and gun owners and too few law enforcement authorities who would enforce the order.  That threat is improbable but not impossible.  However, the threat of forced vaccines is very real.”

J          “If the government comes to confiscate guns, I believe and hope the American people will resist at the first warning.  Forced vaccines are beyond the red line.”

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K          “I do remember being either firm or obstinate or pig-headed depending on your perspective and refusing to get into the car to get the vaccine.  He was far busier than I realized and did not have time to engage in gentle Dr. Spock persuasive reasoning.  The pictures in his medical books were graphic enough to get me to get on board.  I asked the nurse to give me a shot in each arm.  And have not missed a fall flu vaccine since.  But may not take any flu shot next year.”

J          “A friend told me that he remembers the pediatrician patriarch coming up the sidewalk with a treated sugar cube in a cup for the three of them.”

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K          “Absent proof beyond a reasonable doubt, I will not get any Covid-19 vaccine.  I firmly believe there are currently available treatments that are much safer and much more effective and much much cheaper.”

J          “I may consider taking the vaccine, but I will be at the back of the line looking and listening attentively and possibly stepping out to move again to the back of the line.”

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[See “How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Midst of Toxic Politics and COVID-19 Lockdowns” in “The Rutherford Institute” dated November 23, 2020 by the award-winning John W. Whitehead.]

[See the e-commentary at “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Now What?!  Make Masks Great Again (June 15, 2020)”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

?Give it a shot?

Make masks good again

2020:  The Year of the Virus; 2021:  The Year of the Vaccine 

1963:  Kennedy

Interregnum: Incredulity And Instability (November 16, 2020)

Posted in Elections, Political Parties, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on November 16, 2020 by

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K          “After a dubious election, the ‘D’ division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ is taking over from the ‘R’ Division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ again.”

J          “The ‘D’ Division will send in more divisions overseas and create more divisions in the land betwixt the shining seas.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

That shit don’t flush

That dog don’t hunt

Panda < Eagle > Bruin; Panda + Bruin > Eagle  

The Trumpi Referendum (November 9, 2020)

Posted in Elections, Presidency, Trumpi on November 9, 2020 by

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K          “He did more than anyone else in history to get out the vote on the Great Referendum.”

J          “He really was the only one on the ballot with voters voting for him or voting against him.  When he didn’t get the votes, they gave it to the other guy.  Good ol’ what’s-his-name . . . and the young Black Hillary.”

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K          “Listening to all the arguments and reviewing all the commentary, I suspect that a few extra ballots were slipped into a few ballot boxes.”

J          “Back in 2004, it was so easy and simple when Karl rerouted the Ohio votes to another computer and rejiggered and reduced the vote for Kerry and . . . insured the reelection of George Bush.  By 2012, the folks at Anonymous were on to Karl and did a workaround that outwitted Karl’s workaround resulting in the votes in Ohio actually being voted that . . . insured the reelection of Barack O’Bama.”

K          “Clinton was earmarked to get the nod in the 2016 election, yet the signals got confused.  Many were not amused.  That oversight was not going to be tolerated this time.”

J          “A friend contends that we should not disparage someone who steals something fair and square.”  

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J          “Ten years ago, I advocated for making Election Day a national holiday.  Working people are working on Tuesday.  Now the country needs a national election process for national elections with write in ballots and far more security.”

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K          “The economic, social, national and international problems are beyond intractable and off their radar.”

J          “Will all the problems that will only get worse result in President Harris being a one-term President?”

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See the first e-commentary (“e-ssay” at the time) at “Boycott Red America (January 3, 2005)”.

Bumper sticker of the week:

Wine  The Glue Holding This 2020 Shitshow Together

Le Election: One First Street (November 2, 2020)

Posted in Elections, Supreme Court, Voting on November 2, 2020 by

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K          “One First Street is my number one concern.”

J          “On the third of November, One First Street is foremost on my mind.  The coup d’état at the Supreme Court was completed a fortnight ago, but we need to keep fighting.  What else do we do.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Suffer Clinton.  The Devil.  We know. (November 7, 2016)” and “Better the crook we know than the crazy man we don’t?  Applying The Conservative Tie Breaker. (June 20, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“I am endorsing Hillary, and all her lies and all her empty promises.  It’s the second-worst thing that can happen to this country, but she’s way behind in second place.  She’s wrong about absolutely everything, but she’s wrong within normal parameters.”  P.J. O’Rourke

“I am endorsing Joe, and all his lies and all his empty promises.  It’s the second-worst thing . . . .”

“And how many more of these stinking double-downer sideshows will we have to go through before we can get . . . a chance to vote for something, instead of always being faced with that old familiar choice between the lesser of two evils?”  Hunter S. Thompson

I’m (Not Really Totally By Any Means Excited To Be) With Him

When your IQ reaches 50, YOU SHOULD SELL.