finding a faith stone through dark time…remembered

Great, great post by Julie on how to deal with hard times.
Reminded me of how I learned to deal with hard times. I used to be angry at God. “Why me? How do I deserve this hardship and misfortune?” I asked.
Many years later something klicked in my head and the logos kicked in. Remember. In the beginning was the logos. The answer was so simple. How did I deserve all the good moments in my life? I took them always for granted and was never thankful. That gave me peace. I want to thank Julie for reminding me of that.

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“…in our willful desire to live independently of God,
we have severed the lifeline that flows from the source of all life”

Billy Graham


(Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough National Park, County Wicklow, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)

There are no exemptions in this life when it comes to difficulties, struggles,
trials and conflicts.
Some are self imposed, some are random and some, for the believer, can be most vexing…
for it can often feel as if God has…
walked away,
deserted us,
or…
is proving to be more stubborn than ourselves.

Some periods will be more severe than others and there is certainly no clear window as to how long or how short such episodes will each last.

There will be times of great dryness…a rough patch of road that leaves one feeling empty…
or better yet, feeling nothing at all, as in void of feeling or emotion…
A sense…

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Crocodile Dumbdee

When in the course of a discussion/debate/argument you realize that the other person is an absolute ideologue who is blind to anything that is contrary to his ideology and who is immune to rational arguments, facts, data and logic, is there any point in continuing the debate?
This question is especially justified when you realize that the other person is also lacking in intellectual capacity, to put it mildly.
You might just as well teach thermodynamics to a pile of rocks or discuss quantum physics with a bunch of baboons.
Clearly, such a discussion makes only sense if there is an audience. You are not trying to convince the other person. You are trying to reach the persons in the audience who are open to rational arguments.

For the purpose of maximizing the audience I will respond to a comment made by an Australian with the moniker sklyjd here on my blog and not in the place where he made his comment, for he is someone who is both an ideologue and an intellectually underpowered (aka not too bright) person.
I know that he’s this type of person because I’ve had an exchange of comments with him on this post at Tom’s blog. His arguments and his evidence were a joke. When I stated that there was no empirical evidence that masks and lockdowns do more good than harm his answer was “they have worked in Australian states” which is idiotic because it’s neither a refutation nor evidence. As evidence that masks work, he provided a link to a Mayo Clinic page which merely states  that masks work (no evidence, no data, no statistics whatsoever). That’s no evidence. That’s merely an opinion. What a joke.

Sklyjd’s comment was in reply to a comment I’ve made on this post in which Tricia deals with the brutal, thuggish and authoritarian behaviour of the Australian police and with the question of how Germany could descend into the barbaric madness that was the 3rd Reich.
All relevant comments are provided after my general response. My thoughts are in brackets and in red color.

General response

I called sklyjd a nutjob who is justifying this insanity (Australian police thuggery) and who gives us a glimpse into the mind of the fanatic nazi because he is a nutjob with the mindset of a fanatical nazi. He thinks it’s OK that the police prevents  journalists from doing their job and that these journalists deserve any violence against them.
Only a nutjob would call the protesters brutes because they supposedly don’t care about other peoples lives. Only a nutjob would equate “not caring” with actual violence.
Sklyjd’s reply to my comment makes it perfectly clear that he is not only a fanatic but that he is also a collectivist with contempt for freedom. Fanaticism, collectivism and contempt for freedom and individual rights are hallmarks of the nazi mindset.

From the 25 points program of the nazi party (NSDAP):
10. The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. No individual shall do any work that offends against the interest of the community to the benefit of all.

18. We demand that ruthless war be waged against those who work to the injury of the common welfare. Traitors, usurers, profiteers, etc., are to be punished with death, regardless of creed or race.

23. We demand that there be a legal campaign against those who propagate deliberate political lies and disseminate them through the press. In order to make possible the creation of a German press, we demand:

(a) All editors and their assistants on newspapers published in the German language shall be German citizens.

(b) Non-German newspapers shall only be published with the express permission of the State. They must not be published in the German language.

(c) All financial interests in or in any way affecting German newspapers shall be forbidden to non-Germans by law, and we demand that the punishment for transgressing this law be the immediate suppression of the newspaper and the expulsion of the nonGermans from the Reich.

Newspapers transgressing against the common welfare shall be suppressed. We demand legal action against those tendencies in art and literature that have a disruptive influence upon the life of our folk, and that any organizations that offend against the foregoing demands shall be dissolved.

24. We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the Germanic race.

The party as such represents the point of view of a positive Christianity without binding itself to any one particular confession. It fights against the Jewish materialist spirit within and without, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our folk can only come about from within on the principle:

COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD

 

Relevant comments

     
sklyjd says:
September 28, 2021 at 2:10 am
This is not police harassment and the journalist guy is lucky he had some tolerant cops. This guy is a mouthy idiot who could not shut up and claims the virus is a “scamdemic” The police have been handling lots of these kinds (wankers we call them here) who publicise false information about the virus and support anti vax riots. Who in their right mind waves at cops, he deserves to be targeted by the cops who have a hard job and then have to put up with his BS.
 
  Tricia says:
September 28, 2021 at 7:45 am
I have nothing to say to anyone who feels this type of brutality is justified. Enjoy your existence as a slave.
sklyjd says:
September 29, 2021 at 3:13 am
Brutality? When these people care less about other peoples lives, cause more lock downs, violence and abuse the police who is the brute? Otherwise we are fine in Australia, you ought to check your own back yard. Be a live slave and get vaccinated.
 

 

     
artaxes says:
October 1, 2021 at 3:49 pm
Tricia, thanks for continuing to identify the madness and the descent into tyranny.

What happens in Australia is nothing but brutal, fascistic tyranny and their goverment is a bunch of lunatics who think that they can achieve zero covid. Human hubris and abject stupidity at its worst.
Nutjobs like sklyjd, who are justifying this insanity here in this comment section give us a glimpse into the mind of the fanatic nazi.

In June I wrote a post on “Critical race theory” and genocide.In that post I addressed the same question that always plagued me until the wuhan virus happened. Here’s a part of it.

“I’ve visited the Dachau concentration camp twice. First time as a boy, next time as a teenager. I’ve read books about the 3rd Reich. I’ve watched tons of videos and films dealing with the holocaust and world war II. In school we were taught about this dark era in German history. I’ve read books on racism, antisemitism and xenophobia. I’ve been living in this country for decades knowing the culture fairly well. And yet, and yet I could not really understand how a country that was one of the most scientifically, technologically and culturally advanced countries in the world could descend into murder, barbarism and insanity.

I could not really understand why people would so willingly give up their freedom, so easily accept being ruled by a dictatorship and so blindly follow irrational, idiotic and arbitrary rules until the wuhan virus happened. Fear and panic brought out the ugliest, most primitive sides of man.
Things prior unimaginable happened with a swiftness that took most by surprise, leaving many in disbelief about the very reality happening right in front of their eyes.
Those who kept a modicum of sanity, refusing to fear a virus not much more dangerous than a bad flu, were made to fear the state which, in authoritarian, dictatorial style, enforced irrational, idiotic and arbitrary rules.”

Fear and panic is the key, I think. In the case of Germany we must add the fact that the goverment first allowed and encouraged and later mandated the dehumanisation of group of people. We’re on the same frightening path.

We must and we will fight,
And we will win.

 
 
sklyjd says:
October 3, 2021 at 6:53 am
“Nutjobs like sklyd, who are justifying this insanity here in this comment section give us a glimpse into the mind of the fanatic nazi.”

fanatic Nazi, ? how do you know I am not a Jew or have lost family members in the Holocaust? obviously you do not care because it had no real impact on you.

[Sklyjd doesn’t know me and I’m pretty certain that he cannot read my mind.
So, HOW DOES HE KNOW that I don’t care and that it has no impact on me?

What utter stupidity. Complaining that I operate on assumptions and then he goes on and operates … on assumptions.
Statements like these led me to the conclusion that he’s not too bright.
Anyway, whether he’s a Jew or not is completely irrelevant. I guess, he never heared of “Patrol 36”, an Israeli, Jewish neo-nazi group. I am also aware that there are Jews who are ok with vaccine mandates aka forced vaccination with a “vaccine” that is still experimental. Forcing people to take experimental drugs is a violation of the Nürnberg code which was a reaction to the monstrous medical experiments of the nazi regime.]

You rave on about Australian violence when you condone gun ownership for all including the nutters who extract vengeance with an automatic weapon in schools and shopping centres and then also condemn the people who demonstrate against your own US police brutality when deaths have occurred. Double standards I would say.

[What a joke.
Sklyjd is making stuff up and then he’s attacking the stuff he’s making up.
That’s a logical fallacy called the strawman argument.
I want gun ownership for all EXCEPT criminals and psychos.
Obviously, he’s clueless. Automatic weapons are banned in the US. Only semi-automatic weapons are legal.
Again, he’s making stuff up.
I’m not against peaceful demonstrations. I’m against violent riots and against uneccesary police brutality.
While the Australian police is using excessive force against people who merely want to exert their basic human rights, BLM and antifa were engaged in violent riots, looting and burning.
]

“Those who kept a modicum of sanity, refusing to fear a virus not much more dangerous than a bad flu,”

Facts do matter, but you clearly do not want to learn anything and understand the facts, whatever your source of information and your belief this is not the flu.

[This dude can’t help pretending to know my mind, phantasizing about my motives. Pathetic!
Has this guy any idea how idiotic his statements are?

Estimated infection fatality rates are 0.1% for the flu and 0.2% to 0.67% for the wuhan virus.
Here’s the paper for the 0.2% estimate. We are not talking about orders of magnitude in difference here.
It’s worth noting that fatality rates are not set in stone.
The more patients are treated successfully, the lower the fatality rate.
The more patients die because of wrong treatment or no treatment at all, the higher the fatality rate.
Sending infected persons into nursing homes, as happened in the USA and in Germany, needlessly drives fatality rates up.
I’ve heared of cases where infected persons were sent home by the hospital. “There is nothing we can do, Go home and selfquarantine. If it’s getting worse come back.”
When it’s getting worse and the person is put on the ventilator it’s too late. Instead of treating persons as early as possible with drugs such as ivermectin, people needlessly died because they were denied these cheap therapeutics.
Withholding such therapeutics from patients is insane and criminal. Even if their efficacy was not as great as one hopes it would be, these are very safe drugs. You have nothing to lose. Even If they don’t work, no damage is done.
There was a time before the wuhan virus insanity, when information about ivermectin was not completely politizised and you could read in
a scientific paper published in 2011: “Ivermectin has continually proved to be astonishingly safe for human use. Indeed, it is such a safe drug, with minimal side effects, that it can be administered by non-medical staff and even illiterate individuals in remote rural communities, provided that they have had some very basic, appropriate training. “

Bottom line: By using the right therapeutics mortality can be definitely reduced further, making the mortality difference even smaller.]


You should go to the you tube videos or talk to a nurse who works in a Covid effected area where people are dying and regretting not getting vaccinated,

[Videos like this one?


]

in Victoria people are begging for a vaccination as they are put onto a ventilator while hospital beds are used up preventing other sick people from cancers and heart diseases who cannot be treated. Many who beat the virus have ongoing medical problems for life.

[In my mind I can hear the chorus sing “Carmina Burana” and I can see apocalyptic visions of pestilence and death. Notice, when sklyd runs out of good arguments he stoops to the lowest level of cheap emotionalism. No data, numbers and worst of all: no critical thinking.
Spreading fear and panic is no replacement for a rational argument based on facts and science.

First, guys like sklyjd didn’t seem to care when the goverments in many countries (incl. Australia) caused the same effects by ordering hospitals to cancel elective procedures or procedures deemed not that essential (like breast cancer screenings).
In other words: If the unvaccinated, allegedly, cause misery then they are uncaring and evil.
If the goverment causes misery then it’s all for the common good and the goverment’s motives are pure and noble.
Our “pure and noble” goverments are firing health care workers who refuse to get “vaccinated” at the same time they are accusing the unvaccinated of overburdening the hospitals.
Either our goverments are evil and they are willingly causing resource shortages or they are lying or they are just insane.

Second, when it comes to infectious diseases, there are always these options:
1. Prevent people from getting the disease.
2. Use therapeutics to neutralize the damaging effects of the disease.
3. Use vaccines that enable people to fight the disease effectively.
4. Eliminate or reduce factors that make the disease more severe.
5. Create or increase factors that make the disease less severe.

Most goverments have willingly and deliberately limited their options to #1 and #3. These goverments are criminal and negligent and they are to blame for making the disease worse than it needs to.
A notable, positive exception is the goverment of India’s Uttar Pradesh state.
Trough the widespread prophylactic and therapeutical use of ivermectin they were able to reduce the number of new infections to practically zero.
A notable, egregious example for criminal malfeasance is Australia’s goverment. They have banned the use of ivermectin as treatment/prophylactic for the wuhan virus.

Third, there is a glaring moral inconsistency that strangely enough no one seems to notice.
The unvaccinated are singled out for using up too many hospital resources.
Yet no one singles the obese out for using up too many hospital resources.
We know that obesity is a risk factor for the disease.
If those who stay unvaccinated are blamed for needlessly using up hospital resources then why not blaming those who won’t reduce their obesity for the same thing?
Isn’t it obvious? It’s not about ending the pandemic. It’s about pushing the vaccines.]

Yes if I am a fanatic Nazi you are simply uncaring and wanting to stay an ignorant freedom fighting foolish man.

[If that sounds idiotic it’s because it is idiotic. Why is it idiotic? Claiming that people like me who oppose his point of view are uncaring, completely ignores the fact that we have parents, siblings or children too. Only an idiot would assume that all of us don’t care about the people we love most.
He calls those “uncaring” who oppose the nonsensical, unscientific, coercive policies. Why, then, was no one calling for masks and lockdowns all these years when th flu killed people? Was the overwelming majority of people, himself included, uncaring then? What is the magic number of people that have to die in order to flip the switch and to become suddenly a “caring person” who calls for extreme measures? I’m pretty certain that this dude cannot answer these questions honestly but to merely ask these questions is enough to expose his statement as utter bullcrap.

Equally idiotic is the claim that I want to stay ignorant when it is I who not only consider facts from one side but from many sources while sklyd is unable to think ouside the goverment propaganda.
Furthermore, sklyd presents us with a false dichotomy. It’s not either liberty OR life. It’s liberty AND life. As I’ve mentioned before, our goverments have deliberately chosen to use only lockdowns, masks and vaccinations and to completely forgo all other options.
That’s why liberty OR life is a false choice.
Sklyds utter disdain for freedom pretty much proves my point. He shares the same disdain for freedom with the nazis.
As for being foolish, I think I have shown who is foolish here.]

Absolutely nothing is 100% safe.
[Thanks for proving my point. Because of that we should go on with our lives as normally as possible and accept the miniscule risk of getting severely sick from the wuhan virus.]

These and every other vaccine can and will cause some adverse reactions in a small percentage of people, so does eating food, because one in 100,000 people will die from a food related illness in the USA every year. Crossing the road 6,721 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2020.

Taking a vaccine is a very small amount of personal risk exactly comparable with the everyday things we do.

[Sklyd is blatandly lying. How do I know that he’s lying?
Because the “vaccines” have been barely a year around and absolutely NO ONE knows what the long term effects are. They are still experimental.]

The benefit of the greater society and loved family and friends matter and are just as important as your own health. People would be able to understand that in the past but it appears today some people are just too self absorbed in their own selfish agenda to care.

[Here, Sklyd displays again his collectivist mindset which he shares with the nazis.
He disgusts me. Calling people wo want to be free selfish is the height of hypocrisy and mendacity.
Why does he not just kill himself? By killing himself he would make 100% certain that he doesn’t spread the virus. The answer is: He is selfish.
He also enjoys the fruits of the liberty he so despises. The enormous advances of technology, science and medicine are the fruits of a capitalist system that is based an economic FREEDOM. Killing freedom results in a decline of technology, science, medicine and material wealth which in turn reduces life expectancy and leads to the deaths of MORE PEOPLE. We can witness this phenomenon in all socialist, collectivist sh*tholes which presume to know better than the people what is good for the people themselves.The problem with collectivism is: Who determines what the common good is?
The temptation for the rulers to confuse their own good with the common good is simply too great.
Even if the goverment had the best of intentions, it is impossible for the goverment to know what is good for all people or even most people because every individual is unique and human beings are just too divers.
For this reason you won’t usually see doctors on TV prescribing the same remedy for all.
They always caution that you should first consult with your doctor because he knows your medical situation best. This simple wisdom has, in the collective psychosis that has gripped the world, gone out the window.]

Concluding thoughts

It is not self-evident that it is better or morally right to sacrifice the individual good for the sake of the “greater good” or the common good.
Is it right to kill one person if doing so saves a village? No!
Nowhere is it written that the life of the individual is less worth than the life of the community. Such an idea would be based on a completely arbitrary assumption.
Collectivism finds its most extreme expression in human sacrifices. Mayas and other cultures offered human sacrifices to the gods for the sake of good harvests or the sun’s continuing shining or other graces and favors.
Strangely enough, it was never the ruler or the king who was sacrificed but it was someone who had no other choice than being murdered for the “greater good”.
There is a profound moral difference between a goverment which brutally forces the individual to make sacrifices he doesn’t want to make for the “greater good” and the volontary sacrifice of the individual. We recognize this difference when we see Christ’s volontary sacrifice on the cross or a soldier’s sacrifice when he throws himself on a grenade to save his buddies.

Determining what the “greater good” or the common good is, is very difficult and perhaps even impossible but even if we use the very simple definition that the greater good is that which is good for the overwhelming majority of people, sklyjd’s view is a perversion of that definition for the simple reason that more than 98% of people survive an infection with the wuhan virus and the overwhelming majority of people can deal perfectly well with the virus. Making the vast majority sacrifice their freedom and their economic prosperity for the sake of a miniscule minority runs completely counter to that definition.

One could justify any and all violations of individual rights if one adheres to sklid’s view that the greater good trumps the individual’s rights.
For this very reason there are protections for the rights of the individual in a constitutional republic.

Even so, our basic human rights are given by God or if you are an atheist, they are natural rights and I don’t care whether it is a majority, no matter how big, that wants to take these rights away from me. I simply refuse to let that happen. This is especially true when there is no good reason given for taking away my rights. We are only offered nonsensical arguments that fly in the face of the data, empirical evidence, science and medical ethics.

Amazing Voice: Lena Chamamyan

Of all the musical instruments I find the human voice to be the most fascinating one.
No other instrument comes even close to the range of expressions that the human voice can produce.

When an artist isn’t just blessed with a great voice but when the artist knows how to use it, then something truly exceptional is created.
Lena Chamamyan, a Syrian-Armenian singer, is such an artist. Enjoy!

THE ACCURACY OF HOSPITALIZATION DATA AND THE “WISDOM” OF MAKING OTHER PEOPLE COPY ME

Tom approaches the wuhan virus in a very rational way and uses common sense, two qualities that are in short supply these days when it comes to the wuhan virus. He also cites a most welcome “random act of journalism” manifested in an article by the “The Atlantic”.

The only thing missing from the article is a consideration of the potential impact of fraud which could skew the numbers.

An OIG report of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from February 2021 indicates rampant upcoding for the fiscal year 2019.

Upcoding is a type of fraud in the healthcare system which involves the use of a false secondary diagnosis or the fraudulent swapping of main diagnosis and secondary diagnosis.
For a good and simple explanation see https://www.hallrender.com/2021/03/01/hospitals-beware-new-oig-report-suggests-rampant-inpatient-upcoding/

It would be extremely naive not to consider the possible impact of upcoding, especially if the diagnosis Covid-19 is a lucrative one.

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Illustration of the morphology of coronaviruses; the club-shaped viral spike peplomers, coloured red, create the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically (from here (en.wikipedia.org))

What is one of the big headaches with the COVID-19 pandemic? Most of the news media is constantly trying to scare us with fear porn. Occasionally, however, we see something increasingly rare, a story in the news media that is actually informative. Here is an excerpt from one such story.

If you want to make sense of the number of COVID hospitalizations at any given time, you need to know how sick each patient actually is. Until now, that’s been almost impossible to suss out. The federal government requires hospitals to report every patient who tests positive for COVID, yet the overall tallies of COVID hospitalizations, made available on various state and federal dashboards and widely reported on by the media…

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Revelation

It feels like we’re living in biblical times. It’s as if a spirit of darkness and oppression has settled over the world. While millions, if not billions, are forced to hide their faces behind veils others are dropping their masks, revealing the darkness in their hearts. Those who reveal the darkness of their hearts are often members of the medical profession, a profession we like to think of as noble and ethical but in truth it is no more noble than your average person. Don’ get me wrong. There are many wonderful doctors and nurses out there but all doctors and nurses are still humans and subject to the same temptations and lusts that we all are.

The medical profession, since antiquity, has adopted an ethical code which was articulated by Hippocrates of Kos, the founder of modern medicine. This ethical code was supposed to keep the less noble aspects of human nature in check. This ethical code is written down in the “Oath of Hippocrates” which doctors in many countries have to swear upon entry into their careers as doctors.
After the monstrous medical atrocities of the 3rd Reich in 1948 the World Medical Association (WMA) adopted the “Geneva Declaration” which was supposed to be a modernized version of the Hippocratic Oath.
This declaration has no more references to gods.

These days members of the medical profession are shamelessly and openly violating both the Hippocratic Oath and the secular, humanistic Geneva Declaration when they declare that they won’t treat unvaccinated people and when Frank Ulrich Montgomery, Chair of the Council of the same WMA that adopted the Geneva Declaration, supports forced vaccination and calls for new rules that would forbid unvaccinated persons to go to places like coffee shops and restaurants and other public places in Germany.
Montgomery, this sick bastard, calls for even more draconian rules than the ones imposed on the French. Under his “2G” rules only the vaccinated and those who had already have covid would be allowed to visit places like restaurants and you wouldn’t be able to go to the restaurants even if you would test negative.
This sick bastard violates the Hippocratic principle “first, do no harm.” and the declaration that his own organisation adopted.

So, when Julie, a fabulous blogger, wrote in one of her posts “we have moved into a post Christian society”, I was thinking that we have become not just a post Christian society. We have become worse. We have become a post pagan and even a post humanistic society.

We have seen in recent years the unmasking of many institutions. The journalists, for example, dropped the mask, the pretence of objectivity, and proudly revealed their blatandly partisan nature.
This spirit that has settled over the world is causing many to reveal their ugly natures and their black hearts. What has been hidden behind the mask is now revealed in the open.
The good thing about all this that we now can see our enemies. They are not hiding anymore.
Whether it’s these medical fascists or those who view mankind as a virus and a cancer on the earth that needs to be eradicated, they are our enemies because they hate humanity.

The 2017 version of the Geneva Declaration:

“AS A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION:

I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to dedicate my life to the service of humanity;
THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MY PATIENT will be my first consideration;
I WILL RESPECT the autonomy and dignity of my patient;
I WILL MAINTAIN the utmost respect for human life;
I WILL NOT PERMIT considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I WILL RESPECT the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I WILL PRACTICE my profession with conscience and dignity and in accordance with good medical practice;
I WILL FOSTER the honour and noble traditions of the medical profession;
I WILL GIVE to my teachers, colleagues, and students the respect and gratitude that is their due;
I WILL SHARE my medical knowledge for the benefit of the patient and the advancement of healthcare;
I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard;
I WILL NOT USE my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
I MAKE THESE PROMISES solemnly, freely and upon my honour.”

The Hippocratic Oath:

“I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius the surgeon, likewise Hygeia and Panacea, and call all the gods and goddesses to witness, that I will observe and keep this underwritten oath, to the utmost of my power and judgment.

I will reverence my master who taught me the art. Equally with my parents, will I allow him things necessary for his support, and will consider his sons as brothers.
I will teach them my art without reward or agreement; and I will impart all my acquirement, instructions, and whatever I know, to my master’s children, as to my own; and likewise to all my pupils, who shall bind and tie themselves by a professional oath, but to none else.

With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgment and means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage. Nor shall any man’s entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so. Moreover, I will give no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the child.

Further, I will comport myself and use my knowledge in a godly manner.
I will not cut for the stone, but will commit that affair entirely to the surgeons.
Whatsoever house I may enter, my visit shall be for the convenience and advantage of the patient; and I will willingly refrain from doing any injury or wrong from falsehood, and (in an especial manner) from acts of an amorous nature, whatever may be the rank of those who it may be my duty to cure, whether mistress or servant, bond or free.

Whatever, in the course of my practice, I may see or hear (even when not invited), whatever I may happen to obtain knowledge of, if it be not proper to repeat it, I will keep sacred and secret within my own breast.

If I faithfully observe this oath, may I thrive and prosper in my fortune and profession, and live in the estimation of posterity; or on breach thereof, may the reverse be my fate!”

This Is Why Big Tech Censors You

By now there are many peer reviewed studies, showing the efficacy of treatments with ivermectin, hydroxychloraquin and other substances.
There is no solid empirical evidence that lockdowns and masks do more good than harm. Yet, those idiots advocating for such measures completely ignore their very severe negative side effects. They pretend that there are no such side effects or that it’s still worth having those measures imposed on all of us. The few studies that have been done could not show that masks or lockdowns have any substantial, positive effects.
From the beginning it was clear that the “vaccines” could not be the sole solution or even the main part of the solution for the problem.
The “vaccines” would not be effective enough and therefore too many viruses would escape. Vaccinating too many people, let alone all people would put too much pressure on the virus, resulting in escape mutants which would be resistant to the “vaccines”.
For this very reason, to prevent resistant strains of bacteria, you don’t give out antibiotics like lollypops.
From the beginning the virus was overhyped and everything was done to spread fear.

These and many other facts have been known for a long time.
Why, then, does Big Tech suppress every information that could result in ending the pandemic and why does Big Tech promote information that helps prolonging the wuhan virus crisis?

It’s not only ideology or goverment pressure that causes Big Tech to censor everything that challenges the official narrative with regards to the wuhan virus.
Big Tech has a very strong incentive to prolong the wuhan virus crisis.
It’s the money. As you can see in the graphics I have provided (data from https://www.macrotrends.net), since the start of the pandemic Big Tech has been making money like pirates.

While small businesses were nuked and millions lost their jobs Big Tech has made a veritable loot.
The closing of shops on a massive scale resulted in a huge increase in online shopping.
The widespread closing of offices resulted in a huge increase in home office work.
The closing of schools, restaurants, cultural institutions like museums, theaters and concerts as well as severe restrictions of gatherings of people, be it for church services or just for the usual communication between persons resulted in a huge increase in online communication via social media and other online platforms. After all, man is a social animal and can’t live without interpersonal communication.

All this has hugely benefitted Big Tech by enormously increasing demand for hardware, operating systems, all kinds of software, especially software for online conferences like Microsoft Teams, software services and software licenses, cloud and online services, server capacities and the whole cloud infrastracture like Amazon AWS and too many other things to mention.
I don’t know the numbers but you can rest assured that a huge increase in online activity has also resulted in an equally huge increase in advertising revenues for companies like Facebook.

Biden was right when he said about the social media: “They are killing people”.
He was right but not for the reasons he thinks. Through its censorship Big Tech is killing people by needlessly prolonging the pandemic and by keeping people away from effective treatments such as ivermectin which could save the lives of people who really need these treatments.

Graphics: Big Tech net income from 2014 to present,

Stupid Warriors

I wanted to write this post back in July I but didn’t find the time to do it.
The military and political debacle in Afghanistan which was caused by Joe Biden has given new motivation for writing it.
In a lengthy interview Admiral James Stavridis talks a lot about his book “2034: A Novel of the Next World War” which describes a military conflict between the US and China.
In the book China has technologically outstripped the US by 2034 and because of domestic politics and the mishandling of its alliances the US has not a single ally left, which looks like a shot at President Trump. That is understandable because at the time the book was written this was the easy and safe thing to do and I don’t blame the admiral for doing that.

However, I blame Stavridis for failing to acknowledge that the radical change in Biden’s half year in office makes the situation for the US military even worse than described in the book. Critical race theory, transgender soldiers and other woke projects in the military, accelerated destruction of the economy, inflation and policies directly favoring China, the increased deindustrialization of the US and the cutting of defense spending are all weakening the US military and they are changing the balance of power to China’s advantage.

There is one thing I have not seen discussed anywhere. It is the effect of America’s radical shift towards socialism on America’s alliances. Just like the rise of marxism accompanied with increased antisemitism, exemplified by people like Ilhan Omar, have a negative impact on America’s alliance with Israel, I believe, an America dominated by socialist ideas would negatively impact its alliances against China. Just like an America that would see Israel as an imperialistic oppressor would hardly be inclined to support Israel, why would an America that more and more resembles China want to support some militarily weak democracies in the pacific? Why would an America that shares the same ideology with China want to support the democracies in the indopacific region in their effort to thwart Chinese attempts at dominating the region?
If America was ideologically the same as China why would these democracies want to ally themselves with America? They might just as well join China.

Enter the wrecking ball Joe Biden.
If one wanted to severely damage America’s alliances with NATO countries like Britain, Germany and France and make new future alliances much more difficult or impossible to achieve, one could not do a better job than Biden.
Without notifying its NATO allies the US abandoned Bagram airbase thus making it much more difficult to evacuate their militaries and civilians.
As the Biden administration shamelessly abandoned its Afghan allies, who would want to ally themselves with the US?
Never mind that Biden abandoned America’s allies. He has thrown American citizens to the wolves.
Who in his right mind would trust this America?

In the end, Admiral Stavridis may be right that America has not one single ally left but it would be not because of some trumpian figure with isolationist impulses and a crude personality.
It would be because of a mean, cold and morally decrepit sociopath such as Biden.
Even so, the biggest irony would be that by the time America would have no more allies left, it would no longer need any allies against China because it would have become China.

Letter To My Employer

One of the bloggers I really like, is Tricia with her blog “Freedom Through Empowerment” (https://freedomthroughempowerment.wordpress.com/).
She is constantly and consistently writing against the mass psychosis that is induced and fueled by the world’s goverments (supposedly) in reaction to the wuhan virus.
This tells me that “Freedom Through Empowerment” is not just a slogan but that her fight for the cause of freedom stems from a burning desire for keeping and expanding our individual freedoms.
I share the same desire and I see in her a kindred spirit
She writes using rational thought, data, scientific evidence and, most importantly, critical thinking.
Not only talking the talk but walking the walk, she published a letter to her employer dealing with the company’s vaccination requirements. I agree wholeheartedly with her post and her letter.
The only thing I want to add is this: As true as “Freedom Through Empowerment” is “Empowerment Through Freedom” and it is by taking away our freedoms that certain persons and institutions seek to keep or increase their power. We cannot let it happen.

Freedom Through Empowerment

Like many of you, I’m starting to get pressure from my company to get the vaccine. They’ve not made it a requirement for employment yet, but you are expected to mask up while on company grounds if not vaccinated. I hate this, but as a remote employee it also doesn’t effect me much.

More recently they implemented a double vaccination requirement to attend our upcoming sales achievement bonus trip, which is an annual event that rewards sales people for achieving their quotas. I’ve always enjoyed these trips, as you get to mingle with colleagues who for most of the year you only communicate with virtually and everyone feels appreciated and rewarded for all their hard work.

I won’t be attending this year because I have not gotten the vaccine, nor do I plan to.

I know many of you are facing much more dire circumstances with these mandates and risk…

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