“Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
– Mark Twain.
“When the Fuhrer says march, I sit down and think.”
There are a few people who are very angry at me for my newslog postings that question the orthodoxies of global warming and swine flu. One person, a long time friend, a very long time friend, even unsubscribed. That’s OK, people have every right to their opinions and their feelings. But I wonder a bit about the anger. Does anyone think that rkm is going to reverse the tide of the vaccine campaign or the global warming campaign? I wish I had that kind of influence!
I’m reminded a bit of the concept of blasphemy. To deny or denigrate God is considered one of the most heinous sins. I’ve always wondered why that is. Does God, if He exists, have anything to fear from mortals? Is He going to be harmed by anything we say? It seems to me He’d be be fairly impervious to our doings, being omnipotent and all.
Perhaps the anger comes because people have respect for my opinions. I guess that would be a good thing, but then I hate to see my credibility being undermined by these postings. Nonetheless, I will continue to post what I think is useful, regardless of the consequences.
As regards the swine flu, here are the basic fact as I see them:
1) It is a stated goal of those who are running things to reduce global population by 80%.
2) The swine flu was declared a pandemic almost before it began.
3) All sources agree that the swine flu is mild compared to ordinary flu.
4) The vaccines have not been adequately tested, and yet ‘they’ tell us they are safe.
5) At the same time, serious questions have been raised about their safety.
6) The pressure to get everyone to take the vaccine is unprecedented, including a declaration of a ‘national emergency’ – why??
I see all this as very suspicious. I see it in terms of the Shock Doctrine – get by with whatever you can when crisis conditions exist. I see it in terms of the CIA’s Reverend Jim Jones and ‘taking your kool aid’. I see it in terms of 9/11 – doing the unprecedented and getting by with it. I see it in terms of genocide. And I think in terms of ‘who knows what’s really in the vaccines, and who says all the hypodermics contain the same thing?’ I don’t see it in terms of Big Pharma profits. I see that as secondary.
As regards global warming, I think ‘what a joke’. The same governments who talk about carbon taxes and carbon credits are at the same time building more freeways, giving people bonuses for buying more cars, and fighting tooth and nail to control oil resources. Any government that had the least interest in reducing carbon emissions would be putting all their money into railroads. And I don’t buy the ‘scientific consensus’. Consensus is a social phenomenon, not a scientific phenomenon. And there are serious questions that have been raised regarding this ‘consensus’. I think they deserve to be heard.
Gregory W. Lester: Why beliefs are hard to change
Because beliefs are designed to enhance our ability to survive, they are biologically designed to be strongly resistant to change. To change beliefs, skeptics must address the brain’s “survival” issues of meanings and implications in addition to discussing their data.
Brendan Nyhan: The persistence of political misperceptions
An extensive literature addresses citizen ignorance, but very little research focuses on misperceptions. Can these false or unsubstantiated beliefs about politics be corrected? Previous studies have not tested the efficacy of corrections in a realistic format. We conducted four experiments in which subjects read mock news articles that included either a misleading claim from a politician, or a misleading claim and a correction. Results indicate that corrections frequently fail to reduce misperceptions among the targeted ideological group. We also document several instances of a “backfire” effect in which corrections actually increase misperceptions among the group in question.
CBS News: Swine Flu cases grossly exaggerated
(CBS) If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu.
The Atlantic: flu policy based on flawed studies
But what if everything we think we know about fighting influenza is wrong? What if flu vaccines do not protect people from dying— particularly the elderly, who account for 90 percent of deaths from seasonal flu? And what if the expensive antiviral drugs that the government has stockpiled over the past few years also have little, if any, power to reduce the number of people who die or are hospitalized?
Deaths From Swine Flu Vaccine Reported In Europe
Vaccine manufacturer attributes high rate of side effects to novel adjuvants
Europeans Reject Swine Flu Vaccine
Danes, Finns, Germans, French, Spanish, Belgians, Dutch all refusing to roll sleeves up despite government, media pressure
Paul Joseph Watson: Swine Flu Scam Reaches New Heights
President Obama’s declaration that the H1N1 outbreak represents a “national emergency” seems to be little more than a public relations stunt aimed at intimidating reticent Americans into taking a vaccine that is becoming increasingly unpopular and unnecessary.
Articles challenging global warming orthodoxy
* The First Enemy Is Within – Fourth Generation Warfare *
Going from gullibly naïve-green Chomsky student from the late 1970s where ’empire’ was the baddy – which was in itself an eye-opener from the mainstream version among the thoughtful where ’empire’ mainly suffered the tyranny of its good intentions, its ‘la mission civilisatrice’ – to the eye opening independent research into who runs the empire through the Hegelian Dialectics of opposites and fabricated enemies, has been quite a journey of shocking discovery for this scribe.
NY Times: New Era of Wall Street Wealth
Global Research: Origins of World War III
In the face of total global economic collapse, the prospects of a massive international war are increasing. Historically, periods of imperial decline and economic crisis are marked by increased international violence and war. The decline of the great European empires was marked by World War I and World War II, with the Great Depression taking place in the intermediary period.
Obama’s job creation fraud
The one answer to mass unemployment—a government-funded public works program to hire the unemployed—is rejected out of hand by the administration. Lawrence Summers, Obama’s chief economic advisor, reiterated this in a speech to business economists in St. Louis last week.
No actions by the government, he said, “must be allowed to call into question our national commitment” to reduce government debt. This comes from an administration that has added trillions to the debt by opening the public treasury to the very bank executives and speculators who precipitated the economic disaster.
Robert Scheer: The Year’s Biggest Hoax
The die is cast: People working in finance grabbed two-thirds of the growth in GDP, with the rest of us scrambling for the other third.
Nor will the situation change anytime soon. The House Financial Services Committee is in charge of writing new rules to protect consumers, but as the respected Sunlight Foundation reports, 27 of the 71 members of that committee receive at least one-fourth of their campaign funds from the financial industry, with the rest of the committee members not far behind.
Russia votes to endorse Goldstone report
Russia’s vote to endorse the Goldstone Gaza report in the United Nations Human Rights Council last Friday was an important, milestone event both for Palestine and for Russia. For Palestine, this vote opened a way to try and sentence Israeli mass-murderers, and thus ushered Israel into a new era of responsibility after a long period of Wild West-style, Colt-45 justice. For Russia, this vote has proved to its own country and to the world that it is free from American and Zionist diktat and able to navigate its own policy.
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