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2022-09-24 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Other Voices , 315 references
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More fish..... gee, where'd they come from? -- Ed

 

 

“They” are not trying to kill you.

“They” are definitely trying to kill you.

I firmly believe both these statements are true. 

Many of these guest Tickers are about the war we are in.  Whether any of us have picked a side, are choosing to sit this skirmish out, or are oblivious to the battle theater, the conflict rages around us.  There are many aspects to this war, but two for today are: there are multiple factions and they are both human and spiritual.

The more obvious and most speculated on is the human side. One human faction has been dubbed “depopulationists.”  I postulate they are motivated by the deadly sin of greed.

There are some very narcissistic people who do not care if you die.  It takes a certain type of personality disorder to callously disregard suffering for a Coof Cash payment.  Each person who died through hospital action knows the exact “value” of their life to the penny.  That is all they are worth to the greedy. 

Let me rephrase that, as the previous statement was wishy-washy.  The bill survivors are handed is the exact dollar amount that the hospital administrators, doctors, and care staff who went along with “treatment” consider your loved one’s life worth.

Let me reiterate.  The bill is not blood money.  Blood money is paid to survivors in reparation for death of their loved one.  This is the exact opposite: survivors pay the hospital for sending mom home in a box.

Your loved one was not a person to them.  They were merely a budget line item. These greedy hospital pieces of shit are not trying to kill you. They are merely indifferent to death for the right price.

Greed is one of the seven deadly sins for a reason.

There are some psychopathic people who like murdering others.  They get off on it.  Fortunately for all of us, they are very few and far between.  These people are absolutely trying to kill you.

We all have our own thoughts on whether individuals are greedy or psychopathic.  I will not express mine publicly because they are irrelevant.  Form your own opinions.  Stand by them.  It takes conviction to win a war and blindly following someone else’s opinion makes poor soldiers.

Now for the spiritual side of the war, which is all conjecture.

God doesn’t tell me His plans.  I’m too short for that particular bus, plus I would spend more time rules lawyering than being useful.  Yet God indulges me with a good life despite being one of His worst servants.

The ultimate adversary is of course Satan.  After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that he isn’t trying to kill most of us.  Once he kills one of God’s people, they are forever out of his reach and safe with our Creator.  Christians refer to death as “going home to God.”  Satan does want us to suffer and commit sins so he gets us when we die.  I guess once he collects enough of us he can exchange our souls for…something.  I don’t want to know his plans.

How do the human and spiritual sides work together?  

There is no grand conspiracy outside of Satan.  There are different human factions whose goals align and Satan skillfully uses them to advance his plans.  This explains why both initial statements are accurate. Only a few individuals actively seek to kill you.  Most simply do not give a fuck if you die.

Someone, or more likely, several someone’s in the Federal government came up with the PREP Act and threw money at the coof.  It’s not some grand conspiracy. It is greedy, selfish, shortsighted, money grubbing, indifferent-to-death hospital employees choosing money over people’s lives.  I don’t know if any of these people are truly Satan’s servants, or they are on his side by happenstance.   

If you sit this one out, peace be with you.  If you are on the fence about which side to join consider this:  God rewards His servants for following His will and is light on the punishments when they fail.  Satan punishes his when they fail and is light on the rewards.

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2022-09-21 07:30 by Karl Denninger
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The common chestnut among those with a bit too much Reynolds wrapped around their head:

This is part of a depopulation move to kill you all.

IMHO, nope.

Why?  Because while those who think they're your "betters" are indeed desirous of you all getting "out of their way", such as not being on Martha's Vineyard if you're brown and from Venezuela, unless of course you're already a servant (Want to see this in prime action?  Visit Jackson Hole, MV, or any of these other places); if you are suddenly there and "in their face" they want those folks as actual people who expect to be treated on an equal footing about as much as a plantation owner wanted the black folks in his house sleeping in his bed (other than when providing sexual pleasure "on demand", of course.)

But even so all these people do fully understand that without plenty of roughnecks and "lessers" in the form of something as simple as a car mechanic they're fucked.  Their jet is useless without fuel in size and to get it to their airport it first must be drilled for, extracted, refined and then transported and none of these people will dirty their hands to do any of that.  Never mind that effectively zero of them could replace a wheel bearing on their nice expensive car if it required it; without said replacement when it needs to be done the vehicle is a 2-ton brick.

How about something more-simple?  Not all that long ago the diverter door motors in my truck puked.  The A/C and heat, while they still worked, were basically useless since the HVAC system knew those motors were faulted and would not do what the system wanted, and thus it limited things.  One of those was the inability to run defrost on the windshield, which in the right conditions means you're not able to see while driving.  How many of these "highfalutin" folks could crawl around under the dash of said vehicle and replace the actuators?  You see, that's a job for the servants; they just throw money at the problem which is fine if you have the money but you also need the servants.  What happens when they're gone?  Your car is fucked, that's what.

So no, they didn't try to kill everyone.  Not even close.  And the problem with an indiscriminate "thinning" is that it makes the taxation and spending divide greater rather than lesser, and guess who doesn't pay any taxes?  That's right -- the servant class.  Why do you think people hire them instead of lawful immigrants who have green cards or are citizens?  Simple: If you have to pay the taxes you also demand higher wages.  The point is servitude thus its cheaper, and yes, the so-called "rich" are pigs at that level all the way up and down the line.  They can afford it and choose to screw people, Americans and immigrants alike.

Thus there is an equally bad explanation that requires no tin foil around the head: Its all about the money and power; people and safety be damned where there is money to be made.

That has an extremely long history worldwide and, incidentally, was what spawned things like OSHA in the first place which, applied with reason, makes perfect sense and is probably necessary because the guard on that saw costs $20 and without OSHA the shop owner does not care if his "lessers" cut off their fingers; he can always just go get another "lesser" when the current one is no longer useful due to missing digits.

Here are the facts:

  • Parts of our defense infrastructure are very invested in bioweapon defense, with good cause.  While nobody sane uses bioweapons in war because you cannot control the "own goal" problem and every look at them inevitably reaches that conclusion that doesn't mean someone won't try anyway.  They might, thus that investment is prudent, like it or not.

  • DARPA turned down work on what certainly appears to have been Covid, and post being turned down the NIH and other entities, including universities and other entities in the United States, did it anyway.  Exactly what part that played in Covid showing up is not known at present and may never be known as much of it was in China and it must be assumed the records necessary to prove it conclusively have been deliberately destroyed.  Proving something when the evidence has been destroyed can be quite difficult especially when fact-finding is obstructed which we know, as fact, China has repeatedly done in this regard.  We also know that some of the interested parties were responsible for claiming that it didn't happen and crafting that narrative.

  • We also know that investigations of mitigating drugs were intentionally slanted or worse not run at all and thus buried.  Budesonide and Hydroxyurea, to name two that were deliberately buried.  One of them I'm quite sure works in at least some people because I used it and the positive response occurred within hours.  Is that proof?  No; I'm one person.  Perhaps God decided to create that correlation.  But near-immediate and very significant response, even in one person, is strongly suggestive.  The hydroxyurea response and results are wildly more interesting in that those were not limited to one person and were in those already written off for dead by medical science, nearly all of whom became not dead when it was used.  There was exactly zero follow-up on this.

  • At the same time even though the WHO had disavowed Remdesivir as early as the fall of 2020 it remained and still does remain a "front line" drug for hospitalized Covid patients.  This, despite a trial being stopped for Ebola when it killed more people than those who got nothing, a virus with much more lethality than Covid has.  Let me note again: Remedesivir has never passed a clinical trial for anything -- it failed for cancer, it failed for Ebola and in a huge multi-national trial for Covid it failed there too, and it has a known and proved nasty propensity to do serious or fatal damage to the kidneys.  I'm not sure how anyone can qualify that as acceptable with a straight face and not treat any such use as murder complete with the penalties that should be associated with same, but there you have it.

  • The "mRNA" nonsense has never worked either.  Every trial run prior to Covid has resulted in unacceptable safety signals.  Those signals including biodistribution were known and deliberately not run in this case in the United States.  Japan demanded and got those distribution studies which should have resulted in an immediate hard stop as they evidenced intentional concealment of risk.  Now add to that Pfizer's attempt to seal the data for 75 years (which failed, incidentally.)  There is now evidence in the form of heightened all-cause deaths, especially in younger people, that began coincident with the roll-out in that part of the population and it has not abated since.  No, they don't "kill everyone" and won't, but something that changed in the first part and middle of 2021 has resulted in a persistent elevation of all-cause death among people who do not usually die, and its not Covid because those people are not being killed by the virus and recorded as such.

None of this requires any more motive than money.  I point to two specific examples I have bought up before, both of which are proved and one of which is contemporary too -- statins and the recent approval of a drug for Alzheimer's.

Statins do reduce LDL cholesterol.  That's a scientific fact.  But, in persons who have not previously had a documented heart attack, they do not reduce all-cause mortality.  Dead is dead, in short, and if the point of a given drug is to make it less-likely that you will be dead due to some body parameter being out of a claimed "acceptable range", the drug reduces the parameter and yet you still die then quite-obviously whatever is being claimed as the reason you become dead is wrong.  Anyone claiming otherwise is neither a scientist or a doctor; they are money-grubbing assholes.

The Alzheimer's drug is another example.  The disease has been believed for a long time to be caused by "plaques" in the brain.  The seminal study, incidentally, that allegedly showed this originally has been exposed as almost-certainly a fraud, which you'd think would result in voiding all the downstream work including this drug.  You'd be wrong.  The drug does on a very-significant basis, reduce said plaques.  However, it does nothing to halt or reverse the cognitive impairment from Alzheimer's in the studies submitted, and thus on the basis of what occurs with Alzheimer's disease it failed.  The FDA approved it anyway despite this showing, and that's not an EUA either; it received full approval.  Again, this is neither science or medicine; it is in fact exploitation of people suffering from a horrid disease with the only true motive being the acquisition of money.

In both cases there was lots of money to be extracted, billions in the case of statins and who knows how much will be collected from desperate Alzheimer's patients and their families (likely even moreis all that matters; obviously whether the drug(s) in question actually work to stop the bad thing from occurring is immaterial.

One final example: "Trans" stuff with kids.  This also has nothing to do with anything but money.  Witness the recent blow-up with VUMC (Vanderbilt) being caught peddling add-a-dick-to-me garbage and bragging about the increase in number of procedures.  You think this isn't purely about the money?  Like hell it isn't; not only is the surgery very expensive it generates effectively-mandatory continuing expense too; some estimates are that for every such person who "transitions" they make close to a half-million dollars!

Now look at our local hospital and its record of dead bodies during the back half of 2021 with Covid.  Did our "illustrious and conservative" Governor give a crap about the latter?  He said not one word and neither did our County Mayor; you see, lots of money was made.

All this comes down to is money.  That's it.  Callous disregard for the health of the public be damned; nobody cares about that, not in Congress, not in our regulatory agencies and definitely not in our pharmaceutical businesses.  If their drugs and other devices happen to produce some measurable effect by which they can get an approval and make money that's all they care about.

We, as Americans, have steadfastly refused over the space of four decades to respond to this sort of corruption with a demand that it stop or we will stop it and we don't care what means are required to do so.  The HIV/AIDS years should have been more than enough to bring about massive change in this regard, never mind Vioxx and countless others.  One small part of the HIV/AIDS "make money" scam was pushing AZT to the exclusion of anything else, including a known effective prophylaxis against PCP pneumonia, Bactrim.  Some sixty thousand people were shoved in the hole in America as a direct result of that, most of them gay men, and all because protecting the money flow from AZT was very important.

I remind you that AZT was also a failed cancer drug and it failed on toxicity, often doing critical damage to the marrow and immune system which is partially rooted there.  This was known about the drug before it was "pushed" for AIDS and in the fullness of time it was found that in fact AZT did not work and did not save a single person who had AIDS.

At the same time creating more customers is part and parcel of the game too.  Again, witness AIDS.  It was known by the CDC within months of the original cases that gay bathhouses in San Francisco were the largest vector source for the virus.  The obvious thing to do was to shut that crap down and make very clear that promiscuous gay sex was a literal death sentence for which we had no means of stopping at the present time.  We didn't do that, deliberately, and thus seeded the virus all over the nation and indeed the world at a highly-accelerated rate.

The same thing just happened with Monkeypox, it was known almost immediately that men screwing each other in the ass was the common factor between people who got it and yet the CDC and state authorities have been and still are refusing to shut down large public events that feature as their prime attraction for gay men lots of highly-promiscuous and high-volume sex between said gay men.

Covid simply put into the public sphere something that was going to screw everyone to some degree and, since it was of nearly-universal impact the amount that could be grifted off and taken was much larger than, for example, a flu bug or even HIV.  That's all.

Indeed grift, intentional crafting of trials to evade answering questions the companies know are likely to kill their drug's prospects and even tampering with trial data, which has repeatedly occurred and been proved has not led to those doing it going to prison.  Never mind the alleged "trials" that, when run by a disinterested party, fail to produce statistically-identical results which implicates either sloppy procedure or intentional misconduct along with depraved indifference as to whether you live or die so long as there is money to be made.

In short the same pattern of behavior that has gone in the so-called "medical industry" for the last forty years continued and resulted in these failures and deaths.  It was not different in character or motivation, only in impact and only because of the size of the target population, in this case damn near everyone in the United States and indeed worldwide.

If you're younger than 60 (yeah, this includes me) then get up and go look in the mirror.  Your refusal to demand that this crap stop over the last 40 years if why it all happened this time and if you were one of those talked into it and you or a loved one got or get fucked that happened because you sat on your ass during those last four decades and did not put a stop to it.

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2022-09-20 11:20 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 620 references
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It is a felony to wiretap someone without a court order.

"Tech" has claimed a "necessity defense" on this repeatedly, and there's logic to it to the extent it really is necessary.  That is, it's not a felony for the phone company to "wiretap" (listen into your call) to find a fault in their circuit.  The intent isn't to divulge the contents of the conversation or monitor it per-se; it is to find out why there's static on the line and repair the fault.

Same applies in the tech world.  When I ran MCSNet if you were having problems with email, for example, there's nothing wrong with me, or a tech in the company, looking into the system to find the problem and fix it, even though we might wind up reading emails to or from you in the process.  Our intent isn't to monitor your communications which you have a reasonable expectation of being private even though I did not encrypt them, it is to find and address technical issues with the service.  This is perfectly legal.

What Facebook was doing, assuming this is correct, was and is not.

Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice.

Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena.

IMHO that's a felony.

Facebook can respond to a subpoena; I used to get them from time to time and while you can challenge one I never got one that I believed was worth of challenge.  We therefore complied rather than go to court because on its face the subpoena was reasonable.  I didn't know if the claimed thing was true but that's not the test -- the test is whether or not the subpoena, given the information available to me without taking upon myself a duty I don't have (e.g. to investigate and prove up or not the allegations made) is reasonable.  Said subpoena was reasonable in every case, therefore it was complied with.

have, in other contexts, fought subpoenas -- successfully.  In fact every time I did challenge one I prevailed and it was either withdrawn or quashed.  Yes, people do use them as weapons and that's why you have a right to challenge them.

But the allegation here is that Facebook, despite holding forth the statement that "messenger" is a person-to-person and not public communications medium then systematically violated the privacy of the people involved.

There is no expectation of privacy in what you post to the public.  But if I am having a private conversation via a venue or method that some company or other entity represents is limited to the knowing participation of the parties involved, as is the case for a phone call, surface mail with a stamp on it or, as is the case here, an electronic emulation of the same then for that to be systematically invaded for the purpose of monitoring the content and giving it to outside parties, including the government, without a subpoena is quite-arguably both a felony and a ruinously-serious civil cause of action as well.

So where are the handcuffs?

Oh, about in the same place they are for Pfizer's CEO who stated in public that his jabs prevented you 100% from getting Covid when he knew damn well that was a lie -- and yet without that being true there was utterly no basis, ever, for any mandate issued against anyone since all benefit, whatever it might be, would be entirely personal.

We will never stop the crazy in this country until and unless people who lie in this fashion are held to account -- and "held to account" does not mean the firms are fined.

It means people MUST go to prison, which is an equally-nasty consequence for all irrespective of how rich you are, a severity that is never true in the case of a fine because a fine that impoverishes a middle-class chump is laughed at by people like Zuckerpig.

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2022-09-19 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Musings , 775 references
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I'm sure you've all heard the hue and cry about illegal immigrants being bussed to Chicago, DC, NYC and now Martha's Vineyard.

All of which are full of people who voted for, and thus are represented by, politicians who allegedly support "open borders", "free migration" and, of course, sanctuary cities where nobody can ask about your immigration status -- that is, are you here legally or not?

This is all fine and well when it comes to posturing, of course.  But when it comes to actually doing it, not so much.

And this, my friends, is the underline on the facts -- and what you ought to pay attention to.

The way you get a no-bullshit shooting civil war is to believe you can take a policy, any policy, and ram it down someone else's throat while not executing the same policy at the same expense upon your own region and people.

That is precisely what the Democrats generally and Biden specifically are doing: Punishing those border states and regions by forcing them to absorb the cost of illegal migration which, under federal law, requires it to be stopped or even declared an invasion with use of whatever force is necessary to bring it to a halt while the "blue" regions laugh and pay nothing.

Well, now they're paying, like it or not, and Newsom is even trying to argue this amounts to kidnapping or, in the alternative, transporting illegal aliens across state lines in violation of the law.  Except, of course, that's exactly what Biden has been doing with his late night plane rides, so if its illegal to voluntarily let people board a bus to "greener pastures" why isn't Biden in prison right now?

We all know the answer.

This was a major part of what led to the first Civil War; the North and DC passed laws that wildly favored certain business lines in taxation while punishing others, which just happened to be all Southern States.  Then the DC and North decided that concurrent recognition of the laws of Southern States were unnecessary or even criminal while at the same time they expected that the laws favoring themfor example when it came to contracts and matters of business and finance, were to be enforced against those in the South.  Yes, that encompassed slavery, of course, but the point remains: Full faith and credit only ran one way just as it does now.

In the modern era how this can be turned against you is quite simple and, if it comes, disastrous:

  • You don't like cows because they fart methane?  Fine; you don't get any being raised here.  Eat bugs.

  • You don't want natural gas fired power, coal, or nuclear?  Only wind and solar?  Fine; no power from any of those other sources will be exported to your state.  Oh, its calm and raining/snowing?  Tough crap.  Die in the dark, assholes.

  • You don't want gas (or diesel) powered vehicles?  Fine; not one item will be imported into your state using or carried by them, nor will any of those fuels cross into or through your state.  That includes trains too; yours might be electric, but OURS are diesel and they're not coming to your state border.  Don't like that?  Tough crap.  Starve.

  • I know, chemical plants are nasty.  You don't want them inside your state.  Sounds good to me; no chlorine intended for water sanitation for you!  Die of cholera, assholes.  Oh, you think the same with regards to herbicides, fertilizers and similar?  Sounds good to me; now try to feed yourselves with the yields you can obtain without them.

See how this works?

Now explain the following: 50 so-called "migrants" resulted in Martha's Vineyard calling up the state National Guard to effectively expel them to a military facility.  Fifty.  Given this precedent and that the federal government did not step in to stop it explain why Texas and Arizona cannot mobilize their National Guards to cut off the flow of said people which numbers in the thousands per day between them and, quite-obviously, is a much larger burden.

If one is ok then so is the other and the Federal Government is not permitted said distinction. Indeed the entire premise of our Constitution is that the States stand as equals and thus if one can call up the Guard to expel migrants so can the rest.  It was the direct refusal to equally treat southern states with respect to "full faith and credit" that was a major component of why the Civil War occurred.

Be careful what you wish for folks; nobody with an ounce of common sense wants to see a real civil conflict.  But if you think that such a thing has to be a shooting war it most-certainly does not.

Just think about the four examples above and then contemplate how many more can be enforced without firing a single shot.  Yes, such enforcement would be "leaky" and some people would violate such an embargo.  Tell me how well it works out for you if even just 10 or 20% of that which you rely on in said blue cities and states doesn't show up.

Choose wisely.

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2022-09-17 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Other Voices , 336 references
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Another fish -- and its a big-un with plenty of teeth -- comes over the transom courtesy of Ishmael....

 

There are a lot of strong feelings about the Brandon administration's recent student loan forgiveness announcement. I'm not going to get into it now, other than disgust that somebody who never went to college, as well as those who paid their loans off, are now paying for someone else’s puppet mastery degree. If money came out of University endowments, I would have cheered this on wholeheartedly. The sheer ire universities received might have snapped them out of their spending sprees.

Every state in America has universities, typically public land-grant, whose primary goal is research. Or should be.  We live in clown world, so their current focus is sports ball and DIEversity. And paying a whole bunch of non teaching, non research, paper pushing administrative positions. 

But where do they get the money?  There are several federal government agencies who give cash to universities via grants. 

Grants, student loans, and now student loan forgiveness.  There is a running theme here, but I can’t put my finger on it.  I really should have graduated from that state school instead of dropping out after a few semesters, perhaps I could recognize the pattern…

Here is a dirty little secret nobody will admit: research funding has become increasingly politicized in the past few years.  A prime example is the subject of today’s guest Ticker.

A University of Much Research partnered with a College of Mucher Research and produced a study that TPTB will love if they ever read it.  In typical fashion, the study attempts to apply SCIENCE! to something so fundamental a baby knows the answer:  Do masks affect social interaction?

Of course, the answer is masks do absolutely nothing to impede social interaction.  Because fuck your experience, it’s SCIENCE!

The basic design of this study involved dividing a college psychology class into two groups.  One group wore masks, hats, and sunglasses.  The other group did not.  Each group was instructed to find another person similar to them on the other side of the room and have a conversation based on a few prescribed topics.  Masks with masks, free breathers with free breathers. Demographic information, including political attitudes, was collected before the study.  Test subjects' impressions were surveyed after the experiment.

We’ve already seen what they were paid to discover, let’s look under the kimono and see how they did it. (All formatting from study quotes was added.)

From the study: “One of the 14 tests was significant; posture and movement were indicated as a reason to choose a partner more for conservatives in the No Mask condition, and this reverses in the Mask condition, F(1,202) = 7.45, p < .01. We are not sure how to interpret this individual coefficient.”  

Since these are PhD’s, I’ll use small words they can understand.  It’s body language, dumbasses.  Conservatives tend to be more reality based than liberals (although both are relative among college students).  The point was to pick a similar partner, and to do that someone has to be both honest with themselves and realistic about the world.  They size people up as they are, not fanciful projections. It is impossible to read facial expressions with a mask, sunglasses, and a hat!

Speaking of honesty, I have no idea how this dangerous research passed the Institutional Review Board. Afterall, according to SCIENCE! sex, race, and (made up words like) gender are all social constructs, not biological facts.  Surely being confronted with honest facts would be dangerous to some snowflake participants.

More study quotes:  “The liberal-conservative dimension played almost no role in response to wearing masks and interacting with masked others in 2012. But in 2020, mask-wearing was the most common difficulty for Republicans during the COVID-19 pandemic (van Kessel & Quinn, 2020). Democrats listed it ninth, and even then, a typical complaint was that others refused to wear them. This suggests that there is nothing inherent in wearing a mask that might concern conservatives—it is more likely the political meaning of mask-wearing that is being objected to (Martinelli et al., 2020).”  

There are plenty of problems with masks which have been discussed at length.  But the worst part is not ignorance of the statement, it’s the arrogance.  This is blatant gaslighting.

They defined one group’s reaction as NORMAL and judged others based on it. Who are these ass clowns to dictate what the proper attitude towards a mask is and further explain away the reasons for disagreeing as political?  This study was designed and executed by psychologists.  They know exactly what gaslighting is. Fuck them and their universities.

Let’s try that again from the reality perspective (where men and women are biological, not social constructs).

Liberals are too busy minding other people’s business to function in society.  This suggests wearing masks is not about safety, but control (Ishmael, 2022).  There’s some SCIENCE! for you.  It’s got a made up citation and everything.

But that wasn’t the worst conclusion.  This is:

“Meeting a stranger and having a short, low-stakes conversation is a common task, particularly for college students, but the task is not unusual in urban or industrial societies in general. We can tell, without directly asking, if a stranger shares our attitudes; and these shared attitudes can help form the basis of friendship, romance, allyship, and cooperation (Bahns et al., 2017). For a common task of this sort, regardless of location on the political spectrum, wearing a mask, a hat, and sunglasses does not impede this fundamental skill.

And there is the money quote. Human relationships are not formed on banal interactions. They are formed by meaningful, deep conversations. And that is the crux of the problem. These people drew conclusions that demonstrate they think banality and depth are the same. Can you imagine trying to raise a child talking about the weather? What about talking to a loved one and not being able to read their expression?

The media can quote this study to gaslight all of us. This pile of bullshit “proves” dehumanizing a person doesn’t impede relationships.

What was the real goal of this, besides a university handout? The more atomized and alone we are, the easier it is to mold us into true believers and create a mass formation. 

This study justifies gaslighting people until they believe masks are normal, their objections are a personal failing, and they must do the Current Thing to be accepted.  These tortured souls will do anything to belong.

And your tax dollars paid for it.  University Delenda Est!

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