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I’m just flabbergasted at how many people are either oblivious or who just don’t care about what is going on. The last two years have shown me that I’ve given people way too much credit for not only being able to use their brains, but to also do the right thing.

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I've seen the same thing. You tell them about X problem, they nod, seem to comprehend it and then move on. It's as if it's happening to someone in Outer Mongolia or Nigeria or the Moon, and has no connection to them whatsoever.

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Or else they shriek vitriol at you for your "conspiracy theories".

What they don't realize is that it is not "conspiracy theory"; it is a Conspiracy, for sure. But they live in a dream world.

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If I could simply leave them to suffer the oh so we'll deserved fruits of their self selected serfdom? With glee - the part I hate is how bitterly rage full they are to drag the rest of us down with them. I want a national divorce - it's not me, it's definitely them.

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Self-selected serfdom. Good one!

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A theory about a conspiracy is indeed a conspiracy theory. It's just that the fact that a theory is a conspiracy theory says nothing about whether or not it is true. Some conspiracies are real. Some conspiracy theories are true.

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The reason people are prone to so called 'conspiracy theories' is similar to the reason we see faces in clouds. The human mind has evolved to actively search for and identify such things because they are real and important. The history books are repositories of real conspiracies, and courts of law deal with real conspirators every day.

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Like the endless posts on FB I read "explaining" how high fuel prices are "corporate greed" and have nothing to do with executive mandates capping domestic production and forcing US suppliers to once again get their energy products from OPEC+Russia?

It's a carefully curated fantasy, not a dream, one crafted and maintained by a central controller.

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What has thrown me is regularly being told "it's too depressing" and they don't want to hear any of it. Death is a myth. Ignorance is bliss. I envy them. Me = https://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/beatles/the+fool+on+the+hill_10026543.html

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Oh, I'm with you. I can look forward and see the abyss. They are busy planning their vacation to Canada.

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Well as grandma used to say - if you're heading to hell in a bucket, make sure you enjoy the ride!

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Canada = the abyss

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Amen

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Make that two Amens.

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Sep 6, 2022·edited Sep 6, 2022

Amen, Amen - Buh tee-buh-teepee! Sorry, couldn't resist!

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same here!

the past 2 years have taught me that if someone meets 2 other people, and Person A lies, tricks and cons them into believing something false, while Person B attempts to unravel the lies and explain how they've been tricked and deceived by a malicious actor, 9 out of 10 humans will disbelieve Person B with great vehemence and do anything they can to discredit and destroy them.

it's almost as if people don't mind being lied to as long as everyone else they know believes the same lie and as long as they never have to publicly admit being duped.

conformity is a hell of a drug!

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100% agree.

Lies are OK, as long as everyone else buys into the lie.

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See my post: it's a product of controlling education and training kids to become "good adults" who play along without question or doubt. Of redefining "the right thing" that breed out personal responsibility as that leads to independent thought.

Look at how organizations that teach "outdated" notions like honor, responsibility, self-reliance and independence like BSA have been attacked, demonized, and finally altered so as to support The Party line. Deemed to have been "teaching the wrong things" they had to be "corrected". This is only possible when parents are properly trained (which is why it takes 2 generations to get where we are).

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It is easy to control someone that has become a mindless consumer.

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Or even having a brain. It's simply incredible.

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Absolutely re: the Clintons - surely part of this bioweapon plandemic as well as other atrocities (Syria, for example). Their "tell" was the trio of Bill, Hil, and Chelsea- appearing with Gavin Newsolini on a live stream on March 13, 2020 - during which Chelsea said "if anyone refuses the vaccine " --uhm, WHAT VACCINE - WE JUST HAD LEARNED THE WORD COVID!!!- "then we'll declare them a bioterrorist and throw them in jail." I started doing some digging - and lo and Behold - Newsome had been at a seminar in 2019 taught by Neil Ferguson- yes, THAT Neil Ferguson - who has been wrong throughout his "pandemic modeling " career by an average of 400% - called "The Coming Vaccine Revolution ". Don't forget, Newsome is the one who wrote the panicked letter to the NY Times in Feb 2020 - begging Trump to lock down the country.

They all orchestrated this with Hunter Biden, Soros, and DARPA ( hence the 30-46 bioweapons labs in Ukraine) - and all the investment in the Wuhan facility from Black Rock, Moderna, Gates, et al.

The entire incestuous, murderous cabal of the last 30 years- whose biggest block party to date was orchestrating 9/11... are the same players pulling the strings today.

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Possibly one of your best, and most needed, pieces. Great work.

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Could not agree more.

I wonder how/when we get this started?

And what does it take, in terms of resources, to meet those ends?

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One thing we all need to do is take some time to understand Bitcoin and the foundation technology of the blockchain. This technology provides the infrastructure for a decentralized database that cannot be hacked and cannot be controlled. It is the first step. Bitcoin is the first application of a project built on a blockchain database. It is not an easy paradigm to understand, but it is most likely, the foundation to the solution.

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Governments can simply shut down the internet if they cannot control it, and it is entirely plausible that modern CPUs have built-in backdoors that allow them to snoop even encrypted material. We would need different technology to transmit and host such communications. If it were possible to print open-source CPU designs and communicate over a network of small transmitters.

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So you are identifying additional requirements for the final implemention. Good. Let's start building.

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I most definitely agree with your statement!

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There actually was a law that prevented this. The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948. Passed with huge bipartisan support, in the aftermath of WW2, it prevented the US govt from using domestic media sources to broadcast propaganda or drive narratives inside the US. It was passed, as the legislative history shows, to give assurances to US citizens that what happened in Germany could never happen here.

The law actually worked quite well and stood as a silent sentry for 75 years. But it needed to be gutted, to allow for what was to come. So in 2012 the Obummer administration slipped the gutting into the massive Defense Authorization Act. Which nobody reads and generally passes on a voice vote with little or no debate. Obummer then took the unusual step of signing the bill with no fanfare while on vacation in Hawaii with Big Mike. Before anyone could figure out what had been done.

The changes essentially allowed the government to treat its citizens like they treated citizens of foreign enemies. Using and paying the media to broadcast the messages they wanted you to hear, and censoring opposing views. This was on full display, of course, with the Covid narrative. Hundreds of millions of dollars (that we know about)paid to the media and Big Tech to drive the narrative and suppress dissent.

If you ever wondered how all of that came about the elimination of the Smith Mundt Act protections tells a large part of the story.

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All roads lead to Obama.

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Not all, but a really good portion. That's why you shouldn't elect a communist president of a (relatively) free country, no matter what color it is.

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You shouldn't elect a communist as president of *any* country.

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0bama is a stuffed shirt who freezes when his teleprompter BSODs. Who is controlling him?

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That may be true, but a lot of the things that are causing us trouble now were put into place during his eight years.

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Of course. But it was not Obama making decisions. He was reading the script. Just as Biden (except Obama could read it more competently and with sincere conviction). No dispute that many of our current debacle is rooted in legislation signed by Obama, and by non-legislative precedents expanded during that administration. The list is extensive. But many of these were the cumulative result of decades of work.

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Chi-nah

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Not really. NATO expansion began under Clinton.

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Not really. Obama was just one of the faces who played his part.

All roads lead to The Party.

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Thanks for the specifics. I have been telling people this without the facts to back it up. I have it now; copied and pasted into a document.

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If you dig further you find prior to 2012 congress had authorized federal (and state) governments to use media (and even pay) for advertising. This was the start of the dismantling he Smith-Mundt Act. In the guise of "public service" all manner of "information" has been broadcast into the homes and minds of Americans for decades before 2012 (remember "this is your brain on drugs." ??). The power of incrementalism was the best tool for undermining freedom and subverting our republic until control of education had fully "educate" enough people so that outright demonization of both freedom and the fundamental principles of our republic (and a free society) could succeed.

in 2012 the administration had to be a bit covert. In 2021 it could be fully overt. And then cheered by the masses.

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Thanks! Along the same lines, people are complaining about all the enforced speech in classrooms. They aren't aware that there is no enforced speech in classrooms, per Barnette v. W. Virginia.

https://www.oyez.org/cases/1940-1955/319us624

If Americans only knew the rights they had....

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Ya. Sadly 50 years of govt schools run by Marxists have literally and figuratively ensured that students aren’t taught about rights. Unless it’s civil rights. Or trans rights.

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Exactly. Except what education has done is redefine "civil rights" so as only to include those which present no threat to authority but do serve to confuse and divide. Confusion and division are of course very effective means to suppress awareness and resistance.

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In the early 80's, Gen Xers were fired up by none other than Tipper Gore (the less fat one in the Al Gore, Jr duo)!

We were told we had to fight for our right to PAAAAARRRRRTAAAAYYYY! We hoisted our beer cans, lit our beach bonfires and rocked out.

We won by the way. Still got us some dirty lyrics to party by. I jest. But the truth remains that the left even then was trying to stifle free speech/censorship. Rock on Filthy Fifteen. Braveheart Baby! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veoYcsH7Wrs

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There is a case in Southern Utah University that has garnered almost zero attention where a student has declared nonbinary, insists on pronouns they/them and will not settle for being addressed as their name or given gender. People have NO idea how hard it is to say they/them even if you want to be polite. Story: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/08/31/professor-sues-suu-argues/.

They have hired a new theater professor and announced it as Kindness in the curriculum https://www.suu.edu/news/2022/08/kindness-in-the-curriculum-for-newest-theatre-professor.html. So kindness? whatever that means in this case trumps the first amendment.

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What happened to my right to be left alone?

Hey, I support our right to any sexual identity that you want. That's your business. Why make it my problem? That's the part I don't really understand. I've been called a lot worse than by the wrong pronoun, kids, get over it.

Now this "they/them" is just wrong, grammatically. But I get it. It is part of demonizing individuality. Ironic, right?

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They will make you (society's individuals) conform even if it makes no sense. It is a power play and a way to break down your own internal compass of right and wrong. Pretty effective control if you can force people to say something they know to be untrue. Eventually the person will just do it without the hard gulp they had to do when they first submitted. They will hardly notice anymore. Their kids will adopt the non grammatically correct pronoun because that's how it was when born.

Eventually the cattle will be herded into the chute. Some go willingly, some fight then give in. Sometimes there are a remnant of cattle that will not yield to the prod. What to do with them?

You probably saw that the girl requiring the pronouns they/them would not tolerate being called by their name. That is when it should be (but isn't) painfully obvious that this is not about respect and kindness.

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Certainly not about respect, and I see no evidence of kindness either.

I have a habit when I meet people: I strive to pronounce their name properly. It is a true sign of respect, not just for them, but for their parents who named them. I don't always succeed, but for six decades now I have yet to meet someone who has taken it as anything but respectful and kind (even when I fail spectacularly at the attempt).

That is what really has been lost. Respect and kindness.

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'Kindness?' The left always gives bad things pretty names so they can accuse you, as in this case, of being against 'kindness' if you oppose their evil.

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And that is a fairly conservative Uni. But it is the Theater Dept.

Utah is going woke and are happily being wooed by the globalists.

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Accurate telling. But there's another critically important thing that had to happen during that 75 years in addition to continuously refining the methods of constitutional circumvention: control of education and in particular imposing a national (single party controlled) curriculum and mandating participation.

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Absolutely. In fact, my wife and I were just discussing this very issue. She taught Special Ed for 33 years at 3-4 Lutheran Schools. She retired in 2011. Even way back in 1980, two years in a government school was enough to convince her she couldn’t do that. Over her career she made about 1/3 the money, had worse benefits, and retired with a small pension versus friends who worked in govt schools. But she kept her sanity. And it’s so much worse today than it was in 1980.

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We have a family member (my father's wife) who was a public school teacher, taught middle school her entire career. She has an uncanny ability to be completely oblivious to what is going on around her, not sure if this is a natural trait or acquired survival skill. Of course she's drunk the coolaid and believes in The One True Party, which seems at times a bit nuts. But having known a number of other retired PS school teachers, I have to say the "norm" makes her look like the model of sanity! Again, not sure the cause-effect relationship but I suspect total immersion in that environment is not good for mental health ;-)

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Yep. Total immersion. You nailed it. My brother is the “Diversity Dean” at a large NC University. They pay him a massive amount of money, give him a huge budget, and a staff of 9. All so he can ensure that every kid on campus can experience the indoctrination. He’s never had a real job, been in Academia his entire working career. He’s very bright, he’s very kind, but he’s also a complete and total A hole. The type that wears a mask while alone in his own house, got a special exemption to be first in line for the jab cause he is so ‘at risk’ and will threaten you with canceling access to his email if you send him something he doesn’t agree with. Which with me, is virtually everything. LOL. I mostly just ignore him. It’s all a religious cult with these people.

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The Smith-Mundt Act did not prevent Operation Mockingbird, which I believe started in 1948. The CIA just concealed what it was doing. The Smith-Mundt Act was just deceptive window dressing.

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Early to mid 50s. Otherwise what you say is correct. However, the big difference is that OM was a covert op. Money was used and laundered, much of it likely stolen from the Marshall Plan, similar to the money being laundered from Ukraine funds. Threats of exposure were also used, as they no doubt were used during Covid. But not all media agreed to get on board. And very little actual evidence was ever produced.

Covid narrative was an in your face overt op

where no laundering was needed. Every mainstream media outlet was involved. Print, radio, TV. Big Tech. Hundreds of millions were paid. Records were kept and FOIA requests have revealed much (although not who got what amount). And all of this was possible, the above board, in your face, government funded, no need to hide it, because the Smith Mundt Act was gutted.

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And all this was done without the need to change any law!

2020 showed us overt disregard for the law as enacted. Over and over and it continues to escalate and accelerate. At every level. Local, state and federal. Much simpler now.

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There ought to be a law against passing stealth legislation, either through unreadable bills, or voting it through when nobody is present to question or oppose it.

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You are not going to be thrilled to hear that there are many MANY secret laws. Many created since 9-11 and the creation of the vile Patriot Act. How do you know if you have broken a secret law? You may think you have privacy but, guess again! Not even congress knows the laws. But the unelected in government know them. They made them to suit their own benefit without us even knowing or having a say. They use the constitution as TP.

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Here is a simple fix: return "member of congress" to a part time job. Limit congressional sessions to 2 per year. The first commences end of January and (1) congress must produce a budget before they can consider ANY other legislation, and (2) limit the duration of each session (30 days each should be sufficient), and (3) all consideration, negotiation, or other work on proposed legislation MUST be captured in the congressional record, and (4) require national political parties (party) to publish, in the congressional record, all meetings, deliberations, or actions.

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And....since we are asking our members of congress to work no more than 60 days per year, and thus we expect they have day jobs, cap the pay accordingly. Most of these folks are lawyers and probably can bill upwards of $400/hour. So let's pay them $100/hour to be in congress. $48k/year which is only paid if they complete a budget. This gives them an incentive to work efficiently and get back to their $400/hour day jobs ;-).

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I like that TIOK. Downshifting and sunlight are a good start. Now how to do the same thing with the unelected officials in government?

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Getting rid of public service unions would be a start. JFK signed them into law through executive order and this has allowed them to grow and consume taxpayers' money exponentially, even bursting their banks like a river in flood to take in supposedly non-governmental agencies such as foundations and NGOs which act as an unaccountable shadow government.

A lot of money goes dark as it passes the event horizon of government, and there are a lot of dangerous vested interests eager to keep things the way they are.

Removing them would be a lot less straightforward.

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Love "the event horizon of government". Yes, a black hole where resources disappear. We've seen what happens to outsiders that try to mess with those vested interests, too.

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That is a bit tougher...but without budget...

We need the same approach at the state and local level, too.

Going back to the education thread...suggest this to most people and they will either laugh or go nuts at the thought. The notion that we can survive without government involved in everything is alien to most of the last 3 generations.

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And make it an unpaid position.

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Don’t forget, Biden wrote much of the Patriot Act in 1993, they just kept it on the shelf until after 9/11.

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Hard to believe. Not that he would have if he had the ability to use language coherently. That he was ever so capable? ;-)

Ok flippancy aside, excellent and relevant point. The so called Patriot Act was an example of opportunistic politics, using tragic events to push forward the agenda. Taking advantage of anger and fear to get away with something rational people would (at previous moments) question.

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Here is how it was designed to work: when your elected representatives failed to read legislation before the vote, you called them out for not doing their job, and then voted them out. Both houses of congress set their own rules (constitutionally). Again, if a member votes for rules that do not represent the interests of the people who elected them, they get fired by the people via the ballot box.

Here's how we get around that accountability mechanism: national political parties. We now expect members of congress to vote according to a national party agenda. Voters vote party, not candidate. Few look at the votes or read the bills being voted. Most rely on party "information sources" to inform them as to what is in the bill and who did what and the media distributed story is seldom aligned with the actual content of bills or what is captured in the congressional record.

It is impractical for we the people to keep track of all the stuff going on in congress. That too is directly counter to the design. Full time legislators are counter to the principles of our representative republic. Congress is required to meet once per year, with only one mandatory job which is to produce a budget (a job they fail to do BTW). Think about it. If congress met once or twice or even a 4 times a year, how much could they do? Not so much that we couldn't audit their work. And then hold them to account come the next election.

But by making it a full time job they create such an immense volume that it is no longer possible see it all. You can dig in to specific legislation, when you know about it, and see the record. It's a lot of work, and always a small part of the whole debacle. And of course most of what ends up as law is concocted behind closed doors and not created by those we elect. Again, the national party is the means to completely circumvent the intent and design of how congress should operate.

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Or start wars

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I believe you are talking abt the Smith Mund Modernization Act of 2012. Because not fighting misinformation at home is "silly".

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Whatever point you were trying to make with the glib throwaway line was lost on this reader. Are you defending the Modernization Act?

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The "throw away" line is what a member of the military that was pushing and promoting the modernization act said when they were pushing it through.

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"You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of law-breakers—and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."

- Dr. Floyd Ferris, *Atlas Shrugged*

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Yup. It is definitely time to reread Atlas Shrugged. Things have been moving hard in that direction.

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It is interesting to note that Rosenbaum and Foucault came to the same conclusion re: laws and the application of same.

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Gato, you did it again; I cannot unsee what I have seen!

(The mating of Fouci/Walensky, lol!)

Hissing cockroaches running us out of our own kitchens is another issue- let's think, exactly how did Hercules clean the Agean Stables??

Oh yes, he diverted a river! Let's do the same, but with a tidal wave of citizen legislators, free speech advocates, natural medicine practitioners, local food producers, manufacturing inside our own country, and Mom's for Liberty school boards, lol!!

Time to re-up our Investments in the U.S.A.

: ))

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Chesterton said "When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws."

We've got a crisis of the Big Laws.

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Well, thanks a litterbox-load for that Walenfauxi photo horror. Now I will really never sleep again.

¡Muy malo!

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lol. That was nightmarish for sure!

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I was permanently banned from TWTR over the weekend without explanation, apparently because I joked that you would get banned for putting some variant of “Dark MAGA” in your profile which was my last post before the ban. Well, I still have Gab and Substack!

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Just a partisan shit show at this point there. My account got suspended there too a week or so ago. Not that I care.

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I think with the development of AI bots and ubiquitous electronic mass surveillance, no technological public square is fit for purpose. They can all be vectors for spying and co-option. Instead, we must return to forms of life that allow for non-technological social and political solutions. This can only work in decentralized settings, eg small towns or rural areas, with both structured in-person meetings and informal gossip.

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I hold backyard events where we invite speakers who talk about topics that big tech, big Pharma, big govt, ban and slander. It’s fun and we all walk away hungry for more.

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That sounds cool. Wish I could attend.

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Small town Michigander- you’re welcome at any time!

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Well, at least you're sorta close.

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How/where did you get your profile pic?

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In Massachusetts we have MAFA, lots of small groups that meet.

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What’s MAFA?

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Make America Free Again, they concentrate on Medical freedom, no mandates, no masks.

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Reminds me of a group I heard about that meets every Sat or Sun at 11am at a local park to talk. I think there’s a website where you can find or start a group. Does anyone know? These no tech gatherings will be important, esp if the net goes down.

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and why the elite are pushing to kill small towns, suburbs, force you into tenements, no cars. they want you controlled period paragraph.

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I believe on Friday, when Brandon walked back his vicious but peaceful anti-MAGA rant, you compared them to "Abbot and Costello."

Well, they've since doubled down on the hate. They meant every word of it: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/biden-doubles-down-tweets-maga-proposals-are-threat-very-soul-country

In light of everything this administration has done in its two years of rule, I think it's more likely that we're dealing with "Adolph and Heinrich" and not "Bud and Lou."

God help us all.

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When we build our own, we must screen out the sanpaku eyed sociopaths: https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/how-to-spot-a-sociopath-part-2

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Wow. Censoring comments about a central bank shows that they are losing. Seems like the powers that be are getting desperate. Paging the Streisand Effect

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Or maybe that they are in complete control and are exercising their power.

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Or that with the accumulation of power, the people who up until now could co-operate in gathering power and control, thinking they are on the verge of winning the game (or having already essentially won it) are starting to go after eachother?

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People much smarter than me seem to think an implosion of the radical ledt is coming because it is unstable.

That a lot of this is going to crumble. It may make it another winter if they can induce enough fear in the population.

But I think your thoughts hold some water. Empires collapse because they are unsustainable because you have to keep bribing protectors and the producers can't carry the weight. See Rome. Note, I'm no historian and I'm not saying they're the same, but the concept applies.

As El Gato has pointed out people are already changing jerseys on lockdowns. Injection jersey changing will be interesting. As with anything some never will admit because admitting you were conned and also spread the con has high social costs.

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That's certainly a way to look at it. I waffle back and fourth myself. However, lots of people are asking questions. People are seeking. I think the party is overplaying their hand because they are getting worried. I could be misinformed, but from what I've seen "injection uptake" is less than 5% for under 5 kids.

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Brandon's administration purchased 105 million doses of "vaccine." I fear that mandates will be back on the table after the mid-terms, at the start of cold and flu season. People will once again be coerced into taking these poisons or lose employment, education, and freedoms (in blue cities/states.)

I'm with Dr. Yeadon on this. Once you accept the previously unthinkable notion that our governments are actively trying to harm us, it all makes sense.

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Mandates of injections wouldn't surprise me at all. Whether or not people will bother to take them or even try to enforce them is another. I saw a very "woke place" stating that they won't be enforcing masking rules.

If masks get reinstated on airplanes I could see people following that because of the dynamics. But I think that's a losing move politically.

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Agree with you and Dr. Y. - even with the core assumption that our governments "are actively trying to harm us". But I disagree that it "all makes sense". To a certain extent logically consistent, perhaps, but not sensible. I can't see how "they", our would-be lords and masters, think they are in some way immune to the effects of the massive damage being wrought; the deliberate destruction of the world economies; and looming concurrent food and energy shortages. The peons who grow their food, fix their plumbing, fuel their private jets, and wipe their collective asses have to be housed, clothed, and fed too.

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the study of history makes the claim that governments trying to harm their 'subjects' is unthinkable, unthinkable

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What is the Streisand Effect? I have heard of it but not really sure about it.

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

I'm not saying this will map 1:1 to real life. But more people are waking up.

My take: anytime anyone says you can't "criticize" (notice the labeling of being ''critical') then you have to raise your eyebrows.

Translated: I can't even comment on something?

Comments aren't allowed?

Lol. Okay.

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Wow. Thank you for the link! :-)

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Sep 6, 2022·edited Sep 6, 2022

Of course. The whole point is to share and learn from one another.

Note: if you read the comments on the Twitter thread lots of people are calling bs.

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Okay I get it now thank you

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You rock! ❤️

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‘"When you are not with what majority of Americans are, then you know, that is extreme. That is an extreme way of thinking." There is no such entity as, ‘majority of Americans’. The US is a society of individuals wherein there is a broad spectrum of opinions, ideas, behaviour, thought including some at the margins; these is no aggregate of these that produces a single animus with unitary purpose to constitue ‘a majority’. In a free society there is no authoritarian centre which determines what thoughts and ideas may be held and with which all are compelled to comply or be declared heretic and anathema. The Biden administration is very close to reinventing The Inquisition

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Yes, and I think you could extend that observation to all societies, even the ones under totalitarian rule. There is no 'majority' animus. Die Gedanken sind frei.

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Totalitarian rule - a quaint distinction if I may say so. Where do you see any society not under totalitarian rule these days? At least those governments who don’t pretend to be free and democratic are honest, so you know where you stand.

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Does your German phrase translate to, Penso urgo sum - I think therefore I am?

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As Please says, it means "Thoughts are free," i.e., tyrants and fanatics can't prevent us from thinking what we will. It's an old German freedom song, that was produced in its current form in 1842. Older versions on that theme go back to about the 12th century or so.

Here is a link to subbed version of it, one of many traditional German songs put up on YouTube by Dr. Ludwig, who has been carrying on his own struggle against the censors:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h6ZZ28QtX4

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I think it means thoughts are free, it's the title of a song.

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Indeed they do. With Big Mike, Susan Rice, Tom Perez, Lisa Monaco and a few others playing back up. They told us exactly what they were going to do. And they counted on two things. First, that the media lapdogs would provide the cover. Smith Mundt gutting was part of that. And second, that a huge percentage of citizens are barely functional idiots, incapable of independent or critical thinking. That might hurt. But it is indisputable and Covid proved it. It’s not entirely their fault. 50 years of government run schools, totally infiltrated by Marxists, along with massive over proscribed “downer” drugs have left the bulk of the population unable to use their brains in the way God intended for them to be used. I don’t know how that gets fixed.

I do believe (sadly) that 10s of millions who did not think for themselves and (figuratively) climbed on the cattle car will die in the coming years. Which means thst those of us who have stood in the breach from Day 1 will represent a greater percentage of the population. Will that help. It might if we can stay one step ahead of the Brownshirts.

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Within the functioning Constitutional system laws play a critical role. On the other hand, empires are rooted in power and don’t care about laws. They can break laws because they have the might. We cannot solve this problem by introducing new laws, because the power will just ignore them. The solution lies in the power equation. People must gather the necessary power to take away the power from the current ruling set, and slay the empire to bring back what we used to have - an imperfect republic, which can, over time, be improved. Time is running out!

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