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NYC Mayor Eric Adams: “If you don’t follow the rules, you won’t be able to be employed.”

Let’s recap the vaccine mandate situation in New York City. Nobody can work without showing proof of a covid-19 vaccination. You must be vaccinated to earn a living in the Big Apple. The mandate is in effect in all sectors, for all workers regardless of position. Even a teenage babysitter is expected to show proof of vaccination if asked. Unvaccinated city workers are put on unpaid leave or terminated, and unvaccinated private sector workers get fired. Capiche?

This, even though there have been MORE deaths classed as Covid in 2021 when vaccines were available, than in 2020 when there weren’t. It is fully acknowledged that the vaccines do not stop viral spread. And we can’t even be sure that the fabled claim that “the vaccine prevents hospitalization and death” is true. This data analysis of covid patients showed that hospitals declared those admitted with unknown vaccine status as “unvaccinated.” Once the vaccine records were matched and verified, the unvaccinated cases dropped by a third. And, the initial numbers of hospitalized vaccinated patients were shown to have been “grossly understated” by THOUSANDS.

The truth is, we are all still learning about what these vaccines do and do not do. There is no public safety or moral justification for coercing people to take them and there never has been. Full stop.

The “Key to NYC” program expired on March 7, which means the previously banned unvaccinated are once again allowed inside restaurants and other venues. But the mandates made it socially acceptable to discriminate, so some businesses keep up those nice, blue city-made “unvaccinated, do not enter!” signs in their windows.

NY Nets basketball star Kyrie Irving made waves last year for his refusal to vaccinate. When previous NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio put forth the private sector mandate last December, that meant Kyrie couldn’t play for the Nets. Eventually, they let him play again, but only for road games. Why? Because Kyrie would be in violation of the mandate if he played home games, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. He was allowed to play with his team in other cities because those cities DIDN’T have mandates. The virus stopped being a problem when Kyrie left town.

The virus also stops being a problem when unvaccinated VISITING players come to town. An unvaccinated player on the opposing team can play at Barclays Center (because he’s not an employee of an NYC business).

When the “Key to NYC” expired, that meant the Barclays was no longer off limits for unvaccinated spectators. So, Kyrie Irving attended a home game a few weeks ago, as a spectator.

To recap: Kyrie Irving, unvaccinated, could not play basketball at Barclays because of a vaccine mandate. But unvaccinated visiting players COULD play inside Barclays. And Kyrie could play with his team, but ONLY if the Nets were out of town. And then, Kyrie Irving COULD enter Barclays as a spectator, but NOT as a player. The virus is or is not a problem, according to rules about certain people entering certain buildings. Got it?

So, it’s pretty stupid that Kyrie Irving can be inside Barclays as a spectator but not as a player, right? When pressed about the hypocrisy and downright absurdity of the vaccine mandates, Mayor Eric Adams lamented that he couldn’t bend the rules for Kyrie because “it would send the wrong message just to have an exception for one player when we’re telling countless numbers of New York City employees, “If you don’t follow the rules, you won’t be able to be employed.”

Got that? Being vaccinated isn’t about health. It’s about following rules.

But, it turns out that being an elite athlete who makes millions of dollars has its perks. Now, the rules WILL be bent for him and other unvaccinated NYC athletes (and performers). They can play at-home games now. But for all other workers, the vaccine mandates are still in effect, indefinitely.

Hear ye, hear ye! King Mayor Adams decrees that he “really wants that ring” so he will allow Kyrie Irving the privilege of playing his game! I say, unjabbed athletes may play now at the pleasure of the King, who is a big NY Nets fan! Be it known however, that the peasants must continue to abide by the King’s mandate! This exception is for multimillionaire athletes and entertainers only! Hear ye!

NYC has allowed a horrible (and dangerous) precedent to be set. Now, one person with power can stop millions of people from exercising their basic right to work for a living if they don’t follow his absurd, illogical, unscientific and inhumane rule. Your ability to work in NYC is now contingent on following an arbitrary rule (not a law), not voted on by anyone, put in place by someone who happens to be a mayor, who can have it apply whenever and to whomever he wants.

Kyrie Irving was very happy about playing home games again, but he did say this: “Any special privilege or exemption, I think there are a lot of people dealing with real consequences from being unvaccinated. I don’t think it’s talked about enough in terms of our essential workers and people on the front lines. It’s a whole community of us that really want to stand together.”

Consequences like job termination with no unemployment benefits and social ostracization, Kyrie? Can you be more specific, please, even though the truth sounds harsh? It would be so righteous if Kyrie really did stand with his fellow unvaccinated New Yorkers, and refused to play until the mandates were lifted for everyone and people got their jobs back. Somehow, I doubt that will happen.

What do Canada, the US and China have in common?

As the new year began, many Canadians felt dissatisfaction with the government’s response to Covid (after 2 years) and wanted all government-imposed Covid restrictions and vaccine mandates to end. This was a reasonable position given the fact that in many countries, Covid is effectively “over” and restrictions are being lifted by the day.

Thus, the Canadian Trucker Convoy began to take shape, eventually becoming known as the Freedom Convoy. Thousands of Canadians assembled to peacefully protest and occupy Parliament Hill in Ottawa. This protest also became a catharsis of sorts. The tone was distinctly celebratory as people came back together to socialize normally after two years. Tables offering coffee and hot food popped up as people played music and danced in the freezing cold. Bouncy castles were erected for children.

In spite of all this, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not want to talk to the protesters in person, listen to their problems or figure out the way forward together. Turns out he’s more of a “my way or the highway” kind of guy.

Here is a bullet list of just some of the actions taken by Justin Trudeau (or by others as a result of his actions) against his own people:

  1. Trudeau enacted the Emergency Measures Act, employed when lives are at risk or the sovereignty of Canada is threatened, so that he could justify having large numbers of police confront protesters and have them arrested.
  2. Although the government-funded Canadian media refused to acknowledge it, there was widespread police violence against protesters. Police on horseback were caught on tape trampling two people including an elderly Mohawk woman with a walker.
  3. Trudeau tried to get other Canadians on board with hating the protestors (and thus not caring what happens to them) by smearing them as white supremacists and racists when that was clearly not the case.
  4. The Emergency Measures Act also empowered Trudeau to hurt protestors financially by freezing the bank accounts of those who contributed to the Convoy, even if they didn’t physically attend the protest. After Trudeau declared the Emergency Measures Act, contributing to the Convoy became retroactively illegal. For example, a single mother in British Columbia who donated $50 to the Convoy before the Act was declared, subsequently had her bank account frozen. This created such financial hardship for her, that her local MP stepped up to bring attention to her situation.
  5. Without explaining how they determined which truck operators would be targeted, twelve of them had their operating authority suspended and their license plates revoked, effectively destroying their livelihoods.
  6. Convoy organizers were arrested and lead organizer Tamara Lich was in jail for 18 days because the judge wouldn’t grant her bail. After finally doing so, the judge said that a condition of Lich’s release is that she must not use social media or talk to other organizers. Someone Lich knows is supposed to “supervise her” and report her if she uses social media or converses with someone she’s not supposed to.

Slandering those who don’t fall unquestioningly in line with what the government thinks is best has become rather par for the course these days. Combine this trend with financial punishment and control, and you have full blown totalitarianism on the horizon.

But why stop with freezing bank accounts? Why not have all money become virtual and thus 100% controllable by the government? China would like to do just that by creating a digital yuan, or DCEP (Digital Currency/Electronic Payments), and banning cash.

China’s social credit system is not actually a single, nationally coordinated system. Local and central governments all have the power to infringe upon a person’s liberty arbitrarily and without due process. The ability to use public transportation, have a certain job or borrow money are just a few examples of freedoms that can be removed if a person criticizes local or national officials or challenges their edicts.

The advent of a national digital currency dispensed by the Chinese government would allow it total financial control of the population. Government could instantly remove a person’s funds, or ability to make financial transactions, at will. The existing climate of political oppression would merge with financial authoritarianism. This article from the Competitive Enterprise Institute explains China’s plan for a national digital currency, and is worth reading to fully understand its implications. The article warns that the Chinese model of digital currency is a threat to global freedom, and should not be adopted by anyone.

But hang on: Biden just announced a study into developing a “digital dollar” in the United States! Hey, Canada is looking into making their currency digital too! Wow. The US, Canada and China are all having the same idea at the same time!

But when the US and Canada talk about digitalizing currency it’s different. So don’t worry. Justin Trudeau invoked a wartime measure in order to financially punish those who disagreed with him while Joe Biden said nothing about it, so we’re good. I’m sure that digitalizing currency would have no negative unforeseen consequences, or threaten our privacy or freedom. And that the global Covid response has been totally legit. There’s no hidden agenda here. Carry on!

(For incisive and intelligent analysis of what’s been happening in Canada for the past two years, I highly recommend following this blog)

Cloth Mask: Symbol of Societal Harm

For two years, the experts’ dictums around masks have been contradictory, confusing and incorrect. Especially cloth masks.

First, we must begin with the fact that at the beginning of the pandemic, US surgeon general Jerome Adams specifically said not to wear masks. Any kind of mask. Even an N95 mask, which he said needs to be fitted properly and should only be used in a medical setting. Anthony Fauci also said mask-wearing by the general public was not necessary on 60 Minutes.

Then, the messaging changed and we were told to do the opposite. Cloth masks were celebrated and encouraged. Masks were deemed an essential tool to combat Covid. Masks became emblematic of the pandemic, always there to remind us (along with the news) that it was happening. This tool–a mask–was so important in the fight against Covid, that people were arrested for not using it.

The CDC gave some guidance on fabric type and fit on its website, meanwhile studies supporting cloth masks were flimsy at best. Perhaps knowing this, the CDC eventually recommended wearing two masks to improve the efficacy and fit of cloth masks about a YEAR AND A HALF into the pandemic.

Think about that. It took the best minds in science well over a year to figure out that cloth masks are so ineffective you should wear TWO of them.

But why didn’t they KNOW that already? There were several studies, dated PRIOR to the pandemic, asserting that cloth masks aren’t effective and shouldn’t be used. Heck, a 2015 study in the NIH’s National Library of Medicine stated 97% of respiratory viral particles penetrated the cloth masks and weren’t recommended for health care workers!

But the massive mixed messaging around cloth masks REALLY took off when epidemiologist and advisor to the Biden Administration, Michael Osterholm, went on CCN in August 2021 and dropped this bombshell:

In the video Osterholm says: “Many of the cloth face coverings people wear are not very effective in reducing any of the virus movement in or out; either your breathing out or your breathing in. And in fact, if you’re in the Upper Midwest right now, those who are wearing their face cloth covering can tell you, they can smell all the smoke that we’re still getting. We need to talk about better masking.”

Excuse me? Sixteen months into the pandemic and this leader in Science who advises the president on all things Covid is JUST NOW discovering (even with the benefit of relevant studies available to him in government-owned libraries) that cloth masks are “not very effective”?

So, people wore cloth masks for over a year in good faith, believing they were effective protection against a deadly virus, and this guy comes along and blows that out of the water. But, no biggie! Nobody’s ticked off with the government and media approved experts about this fairly large error regarding a critical life-saving tool.

Even after her colleague on CNN said so, it took Dr. Leana Wen another few months to clearly state that cloth masks do nothing. Her actual words during a CNN interview in late December 2021 were, “Cloth masks are little more than facial decoration. There’s no place for them in light of Omicron. So wear a quality mask, at least a 3-ply surgical mask.”

Faced with this media hitjob on cloth masks, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky finally conceded on January 14, 2022 that that cloth masks aren’t that effective but “the best mask you can wear is the one you will wear.” Almost two years into this pandemic and now the recommendation is that it doesn’t matter what you wear, as long as you have something on your face.

You don’t saw a log with a butter knife. The type and quality of a tool needed for a job MATTERS. Especially when it comes to a tool so important in “the fight against Covid” that you can get arrested, or be publicly accused of killing people, for not using it. But the truth is, there STILL is not a consensus about mask usage–type, fit, fabric or even if they are necessary in the first place–and there never has been.

For every parent who insists all children be masked in school to protect others because there is no real risk to the child, there is another who cites an article stating that masking is detrimental to children. Meanwhile, many of the masks worn by children are…..cloth. Cloth masks that, according to one media-anointed expert, are mere “facial decoration.” Do we need to wonder why some people are losing patience with masks and would like them to be optional? And also why others are digging in their heels and want those masks to stay on?

At first, our trusted government and media experts said that they didn’t want people to wear masks. Then they said they DID want people to wear them, absent of any major study to justify the switch. Pro-mask studies and news articles flooded the internet AFTER they made the recommendation. This distinction is important. Why? Because the government suddenly told us to do something that they specifically told us NOT to do, BEFORE there was any “science” to justify their total 360.

The president says he wants to send N95 masks to Americans. But the CDC still presents cloth masks as a viable option and the prior US Surgeon General said N95s aren’t appropriate for the public either.

Are you seeing an insane-making pattern of contradictions here, or is it just me?

Contradictions like this are a wonderful way to sow fear, confusion and anger amongst the public. How about we all come off this battlefield and take a look at who is really causing societal harm in this country?

Canadian Freedom Convoy: Holding the Line

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens have clearly stated their desire for ALL Canadians to be permanently free of ALL Covid mandates and restrictions. They are peacefully protesting in Ottawa and in other areas. They would like the government to a show them a plan for the elimination of the mandates and restrictions. The Canadian Freedom Convoy 2022 protesters are willing to sit down with the country’s leaders to discuss such a plan.

Canadian leaders prefer to dangle the possibility that soon, in the near future, some mandates in some places will be lifted. It will depend, now and for the foreseeable future, on what the government-approved science experts say.

This isn’t going to cut it for the Canadian Freedom Convoy. They’d like something more definitive.

Justin Trudeau doesn’t want to meet with his constituents. Instead talking to people he would like keep avoiding them and invoke the Emergency Measures Act. For starters, this will enable the government to seize protestors’ personal bank accounts without a court order on the basis of suspicion alone, suspend the truckers’ insurance and tow their vehicles. Justin doesn’t expect to bring in the military. At the moment.

One of the lead Organizers, Tamara Lich, held a press conference with Brian Peckford, a founder of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Her statement is as follows:

“I am honored to be sitting next to the last surviving founder of our Charter Rights and Freedoms, the very document that is now being used against the people it was designed to protect. The federal government is planning to invoke the never before used Emergency Measures Act.

First of all, we are not afraid. In fact, every time the government decides to further suspend our civil liberties, our resolve strengthens and the importance of our mission becomes clearer. We will remain peaceful but planted on Parliament Hill until the mandates are decisively ended. We recognize that there is a democratic process within which change occurs. We have never stepped outside of that process or do we intend to. All Canadians should be surprised, no matter your political opinions, that such an extreme measure could be used against a peaceful demonstration.

We have countless vulnerable people in our crowd including children, the elderly and the disabled who cannot be met with force in a genuine liberal democracy. The right to peacefully protest is sacrosanct to our nation. If that principle is abandoned, the government will reveal itself as a true tyranny and it will lose all of its credibility.

In that unfortunate situation we have faith that those politicians, police officers and military will listen to their conscience. Remember, “I’m just following orders” has always been used as an excuse by those who ignore their moral intuition. But we have faith in you Canada, to do the right thing. Do not let this become a dark moment in our history.

I want to now address all Canadians. We love you all. Some of you might oppose our grievances, however democratic society will always have non-trivial disagreements and righteous dissidents. There are many reasons for us opposing the mandates. Some of us have been mistreated by our government, including many of our indigenous communities who have personally experienced medical malpractice. Some of us simply want bodily autonomy and oppose the mandates on principled grounds. No matter our reasons and opinions, it is how the government responds to its citizens that determines the fate of the country. Listen to your hearts, Canadians. Is the Emergency Act the right response to our demonstration of love and freedom?

Now I want to address the Prime Minister. No matter what you do, we will hold the line. There are no threats that will frighten us. We WILL hold the line.

Lastly, to our truckers and friends on Parliament Hill. Do not give in to fear and threats. Your courage has already exceeded all of our expectations and inspired an international movement. Be strong. Show kindness. Love will always defeat hate.

Hold the Line.”

Canadian Freedom Convoy: Second Press Conference

The Organizers of the Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy 2022 held a second press conference yesterday and kept tight control of the messaging. Statements were made by protest leaders and they took no questions. At the end, a lawyer answered questions only about the Freedom Convoy’s Go Fund Me account, which is currently suspended.

Lead organizer Tamara Lich made the following statement which was then translated into French:

“We are here out of love for our families, our communities, and our nation. These past two years, the Covid mandates have divided us. This protest began because of government’s restrictions on truckers’ freedoms. Our movement has grown in Canada and across the world, because common people are tired of the mandates and restrictions in their lives that now seem to be doing more harm than good. As of today, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Norway, Finland, Ireland and Switzerland have removed all Covid mandates and restrictions. We are therefore calling on all levels of government in Canada to end all mandates and restrictions. We will continue our protest until we see a clear plan for their elimination. Premier Scott Moe of Saskatchewan has taken leadership in Canada by ending restrictions and mandates in that province. Hopefully, these words will turn into long lasting action. No one from the federal, provincial or municipal government has met directly with us. Instead they are using you, the Media, to portray us as racists, misogynists and even terrorists. As a woman of Metis heritage, a mother and a grandmother, I am offended.

The reality is that members of the movement are average, peace-loving, law-abiding citizens from all walks of life who are fed up with being disrespected and bullied by our government. We continue to see additional Canadians coming to Ottawa every day for peaceful demonstrations. We want to thank the thousands of residents of Ottawa who have stepped forward to show their support, providing accommodations, food and just plain friendship to members of our community. This love of community is what Canada is all about.

Let me assure the people of Ottawa that we have no intent to stay one day longer than necessary. Our departure will be based on the Prime Minister doing what is right: ending all mandates and restrictions on our freedoms. We also want to thank the thousands of people who have so generously donated to this protest on Go Fund Me. Over the past three days our accountants and lawyers have been working hard to deal with the legal details. This morning, our lawyer sent all the details that they have asked for. I am confident that Go Fund Me has all the information needed to immediately lift the suspension they put on our campaign. I am hoping to hear from Go Fund Me soon, so that we can get the money to the truckers and keep our protest for freedom moving forward. I will be providing regular updates. I want to thank all Canadians from the bottom of my heart for our quest to restore our freedom. Thank you.”

Then a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who resigned after 15 years in opposition to the mandates, stepped forward. His name is Daniel Bulford and he now seems to be working fulltime for the Freedom Convoy. As former law enforcement, he was able to assure that the heavy police presence, barricades and the like were standard practice for large scale events. The protesters are working with police to ensure access for emergency vehicles. Bulford also addressed the supposed “desecration” of a war memorial and a statue of Terry Fox. The protestors are providing 24 hour protection of these sites; at night volunteers sleep nearby in tents to make sure nobody vandalizes them. He also said that he has it on “very reliable information” that three people arrested recently were outside agitators. The truckers and supporters are feeding the homeless, have brought a trailer full of food to a homeless shelter and are cleaning the streets, shoveling snow and doing regular garbage collections.

These people have their act together, plenty of money, widespread support and show no sign of backing down. Time for Justin to face the music.