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Gov. Hochul’s Quarantine Camp Regulation

Rule 2.13 was first “adopted” by the New York State Health Department on March 9, 2020. It gave the NY State Health Commissioner complete and total power to remove, isolate and quarantine a person if the State “had evidence” or “suspected” a person of having a communicable disease (no evidence of illness or contagion needed). Whether or not there was a “declared emergency.”

This regulation kept renewing every 90 days and was due to expire on July 20, 2022. NY Governor Kathy Hochul sought to make it permanent. She was immediately challenged in a lawsuit by NY State Senator George Borello and two other Assemblymen.

People in Australia have been force-quarantined for weeks (without even testing positive for covid). That means taken away by police and forced to stay in a “camp” (or pay a $5,000 fine).

Just last month in China, “health officials” tried to lock customers in an Ikea store, because a 6 year old, covid-positive (and asymptomatic) boy had recently visited. There was a stampede to the doors and the “flash lockdown” was unsuccessful. But thanks to contact tracing, everybody at the store was forced to quarantine at home for two days, and 80,000 were ordered to undergo PCR-testing.

A few more highlights from Rule 2.13:

  • Quarantine locations include homes, hospitals, temporary housing supplied by the state, hotels and other residences owned by private individuals.
  • “If the location of the isolation or quarantine orders is owned by a landlord, hotel, motel or other person or entity,” those owners lose the right to go onto their property unless they have permission from the State.
  • The duration of the quarantine is determined by the State, with no time limit.
  • A person under a quarantine order could “seek judicial review” after-the-fact, but in the meantime, was “subject to all civil and criminal penalties” if they resisted the order or failed to comply. In other words, the detainee would be denied due process of law (a Constitutional right enjoyed by all Americans including criminals).
  • State and local health authorities were expected to coordinate with local law enforcement to ensure the public’s compliance with the orders.

A lawyer named Bobbie Ann Cox successfully overturned this regulation in a Judgement made on July 8, 2022.

Governor Hochul and NY Attorney General Tisch James are appealing the decision of Judge Ronald Ploetz of Cattaraugus County. They would like Rule 2.13 reinstated.

Judge Ploetz wrote in his decision, “The Commissioner (of the New York State Department of Health) has unfettered discretion to issue a quarantine or isolation for anyone, even if there is no evidence that person is infected or a carrier of the disease. Further, the Commissioner sets the terms, duration, and location of the detention, not an independent magistrate as required by PHL 2120.” (PHL 2120 is an existing law that allows for a process of isolation and quarantine, and does not circumvent Constitutional due process.)

Michael Kane of Teachers for Choice and other Medical Freedom advocates held a Rally and “Educational Protest” last month in Harlem to inform New Yorkers of this unlawful regulation, and that their Governor would like to reinstate it.

Nobody they spoke on the street knew about it, and almost everyone was shocked and even scared once they did know.

Follow the teachersforchoice.org blog to keep up to date on lawsuits challenging NYC’s illegal (and illogical and unscientific) vaccine mandates, and their efforts to educate the public about the ongoing threats to our freedoms.

A Handbook for Liberals

(A Summary of the 2020 book, Cynical Theories by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay)

From the Introduction:

“The main tenets of liberalism are political democracy, limitations on the powers of government, the development of universal human rights, legal equality for all adult citizens, freedom of expression, respect for the value of viewpoint diversity and honest debate, respect for evidence and reason, the separation of church and state, and freedom of religion.” (p. 11)

After defining liberalism, the authors go on to describe “far-left progressive social crusaders” as those who seek to advance their cause of social and moral progress through “revolutionary aims that openly reject liberalism as a form of oppression…seeking to establish a thoroughly dogmatic fundamentalist ideology regarding how society ought to be ordered.”

These are the “Social Justice Warriors”, those who consider themselves to be woke: awake to nature of societal injustice.

The authors contend that liberalism and “modernity at the heart of Western civilization are at great risk on the level of the ideas that sustain them,” due to the rise of the far left, progressive, Social Justice Movement.

So why is this happening? That question is best answered by realizing that this Movement is based on two principles that underpin its entire ideology (known as Theory, or Critical Theory):

1. A belief that society is formed of systems of power and hierarchies, which decide what can be known, and how.

2. Radical skepticism about whether objective knowledge or truth is obtainable.

Objective knowledge or truth is unobtainable, because of Theorists’ commitment to cultural constructivism.

Cultural constructivism is a belief that whatever it is we call truth, is nothing more than a construct of the culture calling it that, with one important proviso: Identity and oppression based on identity are treated as known features of objective reality. (p. 59)

To re-cap: the only things that are objectively real are your outward identity, the identity group(s) you belong to, and whatever rung(s) your identity group occupies on society’s ladder(s) of oppression.

To a Social Justice Warrior, everything is a “zero-sum political struggle revolving around identity markers like race, sex, gender, sexuality and many others.” (p.16) These markers have continued to splinter into ever more specific identity groups that tend to overlap (also known as intersectionality).

If the power differential or oppression cannot be detected in whatever is being considered, the evidence of oppression WILL be found by critically searching for it. Hence the name, Critical Theory. For example, when Social Justice activists speak of “racism”,

“They are not referring to prejudice on the grounds of race, but rather to, as they define it, a racialized system that permeates all interactions in society yet is largely invisible except to those who experience it or who have been trained in the proper “critical” methods that train them to see it.” (p. 15)

Critical Theory has its origins in 1960s Postmodernist thought as described by French social Theorists Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Francois Lyotard.

What is Postmodernism? Encyclopedia Britannica defines Postmodernism as “a late 20th century movement characterized by broad skepticism, subjectivism, or relativism; a general suspicion of reason; and an acute sensitivity to the role of ideology in asserting and maintaining political and economic power.”

Academics built Critical Theory out of Postmodernist concepts, and by the 1980s there was a substantial body of written work on Critical Theory.

Critical Theory has been endlessly analyzed and expanded upon within the confines of academia for decades. There are now many branches on the Critical Theory tree available for study, such as Critical Race Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Queer Theory and Gender Studies (which has replaced Women’s Studies at some colleges).

The freedom to disagree and argue that reality is not 100% based on ever widening circles of power struggles cannot exist in the Social Justice Movement. This is because its entire ideology rests on this belief. Doubt or disagreement is not allowed and often met with hostility. The authors write,

“This is confusing and counterintuitive to a culture accustomed to placing human dignity first and thus valuing charitable interpretations and tolerance of a wide range of views. At best, this has a chilling effect on the culture of free expression, which has served liberal democracies well for more than two centuries, as good people self-censor to avoid saying the “wrong” things. At worst, it is a malicious form of bullying and–when institutionalized–a kind of authoritarianism in our midst.”

Critical Theory inverts Martin Luther King’s axiom, “Judge others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Left-wing progressive Social Justice Warriors do the opposite of what Dr. King preached. This is why the old 1960s civil rights-era, liberal goal of remaining “colorblind” when assessing a person’s character, or ability to do a job, upsets Critical Theorists. Your outward identity markers (such as the color of your skin) are the MOST (and arguably the only) important and real things about you, and you MUST be judged by them.

Critical Theory has spread way, way out from where it originated at the colleges and universities. Having entered society at large, its illiberal ethos informs public education, law and government policy. An ideology which questions the existence of objective reality has entered the realms of medicine and scientific research.

In addition, people who consider themselves “liberal” may drift toward social justice causes without fully realizing that their fellow social justice warriors may not be reading from the same playbook.

Thus, a handbook is necessary to understand the far-left, progressive Social Justice Movement and the Critical Theories that underpin it.

Cynical Theories is that handbook.

Relevant viewing: Author Naomi Wolf speaks about her sense of dislocation as a liberal today in the video on the About page of this blog.

One Year Ago Today

One year ago, on August 25, 2021, Teachers For Choice of NYC held a rally in front of then-mayor Bill DiBlasio’s office in lower Manhattan to protest mandatory covid vaccinations for NYC teachers and school staff. I was there.

Teachers For Choice “is an organization comprised of teachers and parents that are 100% against forced medical mandates for any American to keep their job, especially educators.”

One year later, on August 25, 2022, Teachers for Choice, along with NY Freedom Rally and other Medical Freedom fighters, marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to protest vaccine mandates in NYC and elsewhere.

Some facts about the covid vaccines:

Yet, vaccine mandates still exist.

I left NYC and now live and work, unvaccinated and unmasked, in another state. Nobody cares or asks me if I’m vaccinated. Today (August 25, 2022) my 47 year old client told me that she had a bad case of Covid earlier in the month although she was vaccinated, boosted and wore an N95 on the airplane (where a covid tracking app told her she apparently caught it).

Since the beginning of all this, I have never been sick with Covid-19 or anything else. I lived and worked in NYC until December 31, 2021–the month Mayor DeBlasio mandated that all private sector employees must be vaccinated.

Up until then, I covid-tested regularly for almost 18 months straight and never was positive. Throughout the fall of 2021 I tested every week, while my vaccinated and equally vulnerable colleagues did not test at all. Testing was necessary, so the fearful vaccinated would feel safer around me, although many still refused to be in my presence after demanding I disclose my private health information.

“It is a matter of privacy to know who is or who isn’t”

For example, I was called up and berated by an angry husband for being unvaccinated because his wife fled from me in fear after I honestly answered her intrusive question (“Are you vaccinated?”).

I was afraid too. Afraid of injecting a vaccine into my body with mRNA technology never before used in humans, that would instruct my cells to replicate the toxic spike protein found in the SarsCoV2 virus, possibly indefinitely. Vaccine that were by then known to have caused myocarditis and blood clots, and had about six months of trials and testing behind them. Trials that were conducted by the same company that made that vaccine and stood to profit billions from it. But his wife’s feelings were legitimate, while mine were not.

I also wore a medical grade N95 mask at work to help others to feel safer around me, although I lacked the equipment to fit-test my mask and was therefore using it inappropriately. But it looked serious, and that was the important thing. Meanwhile my co-workers continued to wear completely useless cloth and paper masks.

Masks that do not block viral particles.

It is absolutely insane that up until I moved, I was treated like a contagious disease-carrier at all times.

It is downright pathological that my healthy body was considered “unsafe” and that I was expected to “protect others” from virus that I never even had.

For a disease that has a near 100% survival rate, no less.

RI bill would financially penalize, double-tax the unvaccinated

U.S. Senator Samuel Bell (D-RI) recently introduced a bill that would fine unvaccinated Rhode Islanders $50 a month and double their personal income taxes.

This mandate extends to all residents age 16 and older, as well as non-residents who work in Rhode Island. Any requests for a medical exemption to the mandate must be signed and notarized by three doctors. However, the Department of Health has the power to reject any exemption it deems insufficient.

Although every single student and staff member at Columbia University is required to be vaccinated and boosted, they are once again mandated to wear masks in the classroom. The belief is that the masks are needed to protect these people from the coronavirus. Let me repeat: a fully vaccinated and boosted population (100% compliance) is still required to mask. This is the case at several U.S. universities.

Last year, the world saw the only nation to be 100% vaccinated experience a subsequent 20% rise in covid cases and cancel their Christmas celebrations. Covid in Gibraltar is still classed as “level three: high” by the CDC although many there are boosted as well.

If you can still catch the virus after getting injected (multiple times) then the vaccine doesn’t work. Vaccines make you immune to a virus and this one doesn’t. The Director of the CDC has clearly and definitively stated that the vaccines do not stop transmission of the virus.

The vaccines supposedly ensure that you won’t die from (with?) covid, but data and the persistent desire of some to keep everyone masked regardless of vaccination status, seems to indicate otherwise.

There is no logical or moral rationale for coercing or punishing anyone who does not take this vaccine which (like many medications) comes with the risk of serious side effects and cannot stop viral transmission. In fact, Pfizer has stated that covid cannot be eradicated and the (already highly survivable) virus will become endemic.

Instead of using scientific fact and logical reasoning to justify this divisive and very financially threatening bill, Senator Bell indulged in emotional web-spinning that provided no justification for it whatsoever. His infant son’s lung condition has made the Senator “more compassionate” and he is afraid his son won’t be able to interact with people. Senator Bell went on to say:

“Thousands of Rhode Islanders have died. I’ve had really painful calls from constituents who can’t go to the store because they’re immunocompromised, who have lost loved ones from the pandemic, who are really ill and not fully recovered.”

There are hundreds of viruses, bacteria and pathogens out there that could harm the immunocompromised. It’s too bad the vaccines will never rid the world of covid, and don’t have the full faith of the vaccinators who still want the vaccinated to mask. If they to want to keep masking the vaccinated, the vaccines must not be very effective. The vaccine makers have really let the immunocompromised down.

The American public deserves so much better than this Senator, who gave absolutely no scientific rationale to justify a financially punitive vaccine mandate. He thinks the vaccine commercials put out by the U.S. Government and funded by American taxpayers have made his argument for him, and he is hoping none of his constituents have wondered why the all the possible side effects aren’t named like they are in the other drug commercials.

Apparently this bill is unpopular with the public, in fact some Rhode Island residents called their representatives wondering if the bill was an internet hoax. Some Senators who originally supported it have since distanced themselves.

It is expected that this bill, which was introduced on March 1, 2022 without much press and was only recently brought to the public’s attention by a concerned Rhode Island citizen, will not pass. But these days, you cannot be sure of anything.

Virginia Alleyne Sues NYC Mayor Over Elitist, Discriminatory Mandate

A 57 year old waitress named Virginia Alleyne, who was fired from her job at Legends Restaurant in Yankee Stadium after 17 years for being unvaccinated, has sued NYC Mayor Eric Adams.

On Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, Mayor Adams took the podium to announce an exemption to his covid vaccine mandate: unvaccinated professional athletes may now play with their teams at home games. Also, unvaccinated fans can (for now) enter stadiums to watch them.

However, unvaccinated WORKERS still can’t work at these places–or anywhere. As I described in my last post, if you do not submit to medical coercion, you cannot hold a job in the City of New York.

If you were fired for not taking an injection with 1,291 known side effects (as reported by Pfizer itself) and does not even stop you from getting and spreading the virus, you will remain unemployed.

Illogical, Unjust, Unscientific and Elitist are just a few words to describe this situation, which privileges the wealthy, famous and well-connected over the common working man and woman. It is an obvious and egregious double standard.

Virginia Alleyne is fighting back against this injustice. She filed her suit on Opening Day too. It reads in part, “If an unvaccinated professional athlete can play in a baseball game, a bartender should be able to serve alcohol or a waitress should be allowed to serve food at the same venue.”

It is hard to overstate the pressure to vaccinate in NYC. It wasn’t JUST that the unvaccinated could not go where others could. It was that you would lose your job, your business, and the ability to earn a living anywhere in the five boroughs if you didn’t vaccinate. At one hospital, the unvaccinated not only lost their jobs but also paid time off was revoked as well as 401K employer distributions. While the “Key to NYC” has been suspended (for now), all New Yorkers (except for a special few anointed by King Adams) MUST be vaccinated in order to have a job.

Ms. Alleyne calls the mandates “despicable” and said, “I’ve been struggling. I can barely make ends meet. Everybody else folded. Everyone choose to make money. I chose to starve because of the principle.”

If you would like to support Virginia Alleyne and the class action lawsuit that has been filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on behalf of herself and “all other individuals similarly situated”, you can do so here.