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Why are some respected alt-media embracing a police state?

Catte Black

It should be obvious by now to anyone that the covid19 pandemic, whatever its origins, is being used to fast forward a “new normal” world of unparalleled government power, surveillance and curtailment of individual liberty.

We are looking already at:

  • Compulsory DNRs for some elderly.
  • Biometric chips or bracelets to monitor whether or not you have permission to be outside your home or engage in work
  • Drone surveillance as normal.
  • Apps on your phone that can detect any breach of the self-isolation policy.
  • Huge new police powers of arrest and detention for anyone suspected of carrying the virus.
  • Suspension of elections for indefinite periods at government discretion

And this is only the starter course. We can be pretty sure they are currently just easing us in. The real stuff will be rolling along in the next months or maybe years (depending on how quickly they feel able to get this on)

This is the fabric of nightmare. A worst-case horror story that is the absolute quintessence of everything the alt-media is supposed to oppose.

Surely, you would think, any self-respecting alt-media person would be opposing this with everything they have while they still have a voice.

Well, some of us are of course. And we’re going to be posting links to other sites currently doing great work challenging this rollout.

But, weeks into this crisis, there are some very prominent voices still refusing to either question the official narrative of the pandemic or unequivocally condemn the fast dawn of the “new normal” Brave New World.

We’ve held off from confronting this for a while now. We figured people needed time to adjust or wake up to the reality of what was happening. It’s shocking after all, and deeply disorienting, and different individuals need different amounts of time to get their bearings when something that shakes their worldview comes along.

But adjustment time is long over by now.

Let’s also be clear, we’re not condemning people for simply disagreeing with us. We expect disagreement on some issues. It’s a source of strength for all of us.

But this is not about relatively minor differences of opinion or interpretation.

This is sophisticated analysts, with resources and experience, failing to condemn, and even supporting, what amounts to de facto international martial law.

This is Labour activists who mere weeks ago were calling Boris Johnson a murderer and psychopath, now cheering as he is handed total control of their lives and their children’s lives.

This is respected journalists, commentators and academics who loudly condemned the cynical lies about WMDs or ‘chemical attacks’ in Douma, the fake videos and fake White Helmets, suddenly and uncritically accepting the veracity of every government virus narrative, every unsourced video and media meme that has #covid19 as a hashtag.

This is people who have campaigned against the Patriot Act for 19 years, signing off on the new US anti-covid19 legislation without a murmur; who know that governments always abuse their powers, thinking they somehow just won’t abuse these.

This is people who know about Guantanamo and who have seen Julian Assange humiliated and abused, somehow thinking the people who did these things won’t use the new post-covid police state to do them even more.

This is something more than simple denial. It’s – what?

Are they simply paralysed with fear, either of the hyped-up virus, or the scary dystopia we are all suddenly inhabiting? Is it Stockholm Syndrome? Is it still possible some of them will wake up or unfreeze and see what is going on?

Are some of them gatekeepers, sleeper assets being activated in this extreme situation specifically to divert and delude the questioning and sceptical people who tend to follow them?

Well, I guess we can’t completely rule that out, can we, though I wouldn’t want to make that claim about anyone.

Are some just being self-serving and shallow, playing at being dissident while the price was low enough? Did they think writing a popular alt media blog was an easy way to be cool, but never had any intention of standing by any of it once it got a bit risky to do so?

I mean you are not gonna get that coveted slot on RT or Buzzfeed by taking on this major ‘new normal’ narrative are you? So that’s a factor potentially.

You can see the appeal of just sitting on the fence and talking in vague terms about how this fascism malarkey is a bit worrying, but stopping short of actually condemning it. That way you keep the option open to be ‘radical’ again once it looks safe enough to do so, but also don’t risk your comfy and lucrative relationship with the Establishment Left, who are all eagerly embracing the new age of mass incarceration and really want you to do the same.

Are some, as has been unkindly suggested, just too stupid to see what’s going on? Do epidemiology stats hurt their brains? Does thinking too much take up valuable psychobabble time? Is it hard to see the black clouds of tyranny rolling in when your head is too firmly planted in your own delightfully quirky posterior?

Or – we have to ask this – are a number of them simply, well, fascists? Do they actually support tyrannical top-down authoritarianism? Has their beef with the PTB merely been that they themselves are not currently high enough up that hierarchy? And do they see the covid19 rollout as some sort of revolution that will launch them and their chums into the positions of sweet supremacy they always knew they deserved?

Easy to preach permanent lockdown and biometric implant slavery when you figure none of it will apply to you and your family, I suppose.

All of these potential explanations may be the answer in some cases. And there could be a hundred other reasons besides.

But, in the end, do the explanations really matter? Do they change anything? Excuse anything?

The fact is these people stood at the barricades cheering and rallying the masses until the tanks could be seen rolling down the street – when they promptly upped and went over to join them.

Is there anything else to be said about that?

And where do we go from here?

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CAROL HENDON HARDISO
CAROL HENDON HARDISO
Apr 26, 2020 2:14 PM

why is there more discussion from the british empire in this comment thread than from americans? this is moon of alabama, after all. and why have all of you removed the unanswered potential ill effects of 5G from the conversation? the potential ill effects of ignoring the need of a national discussion regarding the antics within the democratic party? the potential ill effects of the handling of this economic crisis. the potential ill effects of an upcoming unverifiable election of our next president. fraudulent elections of our congress and senate. treasonous actions within our judicial branch. talk of taking down the united states navy, after obama and clinton took down the united states army, to be replaced by the united states air force and the pentagon which are not working under the auspices of our national constitution?

kevin king
kevin king
Apr 18, 2020 11:32 PM

An excellent artilce. Hang in there. We are going to need sites like this in the coming days.

Waldorf
Waldorf
Apr 17, 2020 7:33 AM

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/04/17/euro-a17.htm
This Trotskyist website seems to welcome lockdowns or at least rage against attempts to go back to work. No revolution in history was ever organised from a lockdown, people have to be able to move about with some degree of freedom. Political organisation and protest action except over the Internet (where it is particularly easy for the state to observe it) is impossible under lockdown. Of course maybe the WSWS does not actually want a revolution at any level other than paying lip service to it.

Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Apr 16, 2020 12:09 AM

You ask why so many “progressive” and “alternative” commentators don’t go along with your position on the COVID-19 epidemic. Have you considered they may be correct? You write: “Do epidemiology stats hurt their brains?” Try looking in the mirror on that one. As an early critic of the official story of 9/11 and the 2001 anthrax attacks, it OBVIOUSLY occurred to me – and many others – that this epidemic may have nefarious origins and be part of a nefarious plan. But there’s no conclusive evidence either way on that – and while interesting and important, there’s a sense in which it’s irrelevant. That’s because we’re not dealing with an atrocity that’s happening, finished and now should be properly investigated. We’re in the middle of a pandemic with the potential to cause death, worldwide, on a scale we haven’t experienced for many generations. Off Guardian seems to wobble between outright… Read more »

Will Freemen
Will Freemen
Apr 16, 2020 12:52 AM
Reply to  Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Apr 16, 2020 12:54 AM
Reply to  Will Freemen

Hi Will. I have read tat article, some days ago.

Please make your point if you have a point to make.

Grifon
Grifon
Apr 19, 2020 12:42 AM
Reply to  Syd Walker

the point I’d make is that this is a case of, to quote the article’ ‘hyped-up virus’. Another way to put it is that this is the first virus with its own PR machine

Chicot
Chicot
Apr 16, 2020 12:05 PM
Reply to  Syd Walker

What to do about the pandemic? Fully isolate the vulnerable and let the virus pass through the rest of the population as quickly as possible. Herd immunity will then be achieved as quickly as possible and the vulnerable can then stop isolating. All the lockdowns are doing is kicking the can down the road. Unless you’re happy with the idea of on-off lockdowns until some dodgy, rushed vaccine can be discovered, the virus is going to go through the population whether we like it or not. Yes, people will die. People die every year from various causes. It is tragic but we don’t stop living our lives because of it.

Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Apr 16, 2020 9:31 PM
Reply to  Chicot

Hi Chilcot. Thanks for your suggestion.

I’m reminded of the famous quip that opinions are like assholes; everyone has one.

In this case, I’m interested in the opinion of the authors of this website. They never seem to say how they’d cope wit this crisis and what the consequences would be in terms of human lives. In that regard, they remind me of various commentators working for the Murdoch media, at least in Australia, whose impatience to get everyone back to work is matched only by their reluctance to say how many lives they estimate will be lost if we follow their advice.

aspnaz
aspnaz
Apr 16, 2020 11:51 PM
Reply to  Syd Walker

Have you thought about your own opinion and that your opinion may be wrong? Unless you are an expert in the field, and OG has quoted many, then why should your pleas for mass hysteria be seen as any different to those in the MSM?

We are in the computer age where individual treatment plans are possible and individuals can self isolate without too much trouble, yet the most vulnerable – those in nursing homes – are still in those homes and still dying, they are not self isolated and the rest of us who are not vulnerable are not helping them by self isolation. I could go on.

I don’t know whether we are allowed to post links to third party websites here, but maybe try reading this and educting yourself on the expert opinions that differ to your own? Just an idea.

aspnaz
aspnaz
Apr 16, 2020 11:52 PM
Reply to  aspnaz

I was trying to post this: https : // swprs.org/a-swiss-doctor-on-covid-19 /

Chicot
Chicot
Apr 17, 2020 12:30 AM
Reply to  Syd Walker

I’ve told you my opinion. What is yours? Lockdown until a vaccine is available? That might be acceptable to you, maybe less acceptable to other Australians. What if they refuse to obey? Harsh crackdowns? Martial law? How many lives would be lost as a direct result of that policy? Contrary to what the media might like us to believe, people do die from causes other than Coronavirus. Suicides will rise, drug abuse will rise, as will domestic abuse.

And what if a vaccine can’t actually be made, what then? Lockdown forever?

Or do you have some magic formula for when the lockdown can actually be lifted? If so I’d be interested to hear it.

Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Apr 17, 2020 11:04 AM
Reply to  Chicot

Eradication of SARS-CoV-2 within Australia and New Zealand may well be possible and I believe that would be the ideal in the short term. If achieved, it would raise issues re returning to open travel with infected countries. But there should be no problem accepting visitors from countries that have also pursued eradication successfully. What we lose in tourists from Britain etc by forcing them into quarantine before letting them loose, we could probably gain in additional hassle-free tourism from China and other East Asian nations. Longer term, while we can’t know the future, ttreatments for COVID-19 that take away its sting may well be developed, This is what’s happened wit AIDS in recent decades. More time will help establish which are the most efficacious treatments. Trump is another asshole with an opinion on this (and every other) topic. He picks his medicines by hunch – and broadcasts his ill-informed… Read more »

Chicot
Chicot
Apr 17, 2020 1:03 PM
Reply to  Syd Walker

If we are talking about the UK, there is virtually no chance that deaths would be in the millions. Even Neil Ferguson’s original model (which has been criticized by many scientists) only predicted 500,000 deaths. He subsequently admitted that as many as half to two thirds of those 500,000 may have died anyway (poor health and/or old age). And that was with a “let it rip” strategy. Properly isolating the vulnerable would reduce that still further.

You also have to balance the lives lost due to the lockdown. These will be harder to quantify but they will, nevertheless, take place. Suicides will increase, as will drug abuse and domestic abuse. These effects will grow the longer the lockdown persists. This is not about lives vs money, it’s lives vs lives.

Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Apr 17, 2020 4:45 PM
Reply to  Chicot

Yes, there could be millions of COVID deaths.. even in Britain – let alone the USA. There probably won’t be, because I suspect both nations will wobble indecisively between shut down measures and relaxation – over a period that could last many months, stretching into years. These are the WHO stats for the UK yesterday (16th April 2020): 98480 total recorded infections to date 4603 new infections in the last day 12868 total deaths to date 761 deaths in the last day Now check the comparable stats for the UK exactly a month ago (16th March 2020): 1395 total recorded infections to date 251 new infections in the last day 35 total deaths to date 14 deaths in the last day It’s true the rate of new infections has been slowing in recent days, but it’s still running at ~5% new infections per day (doubling roughly every fortnight). Mortality is… Read more »

Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Apr 17, 2020 6:31 PM

Hi Admin1 I surely can cite stats from the World Health Organisation. They are published daily and represent the most authoritative data on COVID-19 that we have at a global level. Of course, they’re subject to ongoing refinement and even very occasional retrospective correction (that just happened with Wuhan’s mortality data). If you want to say you don’t believe these stats, how inaccurate do you think they are? If the alleged inaccuracy is small (say 10%-20%) it makes little difference to my overall argument. As I mentioned, the likelihood is they actually underestimate COVID-19 mortality because in the case of the British WHO stats in particular, the stats relate only to hospital deaths; nursing home deaths and deaths at home don’t get recorded as COVID-19 fatalities. Anyhow, may I infer from your response that your main issue is disbelief in the official statistics? Do you accept that if the WHO… Read more »

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Apr 17, 2020 6:52 PM
Reply to  Syd Walker

Syd, may I suggest you check out our various other pieces, all this has been covered before.

To quickly get you up to speed, new infection statistics are more or less meaningless since they are only testing hospitals and other hot seats of infections. These places are not representative of overall population. As has been pointed out by experts featured in previous pieces, what is required are tests of representational populations, like they conducted in Iceland (which gave a very different picture of this virus).

Here’s a piece about death statistics, to get you going on that.

https://off-guardian.org/2020/04/05/covid19-death-figures-a-substantial-over-estimate/

Thanks, A2

Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Apr 18, 2020 5:17 AM
Reply to  Sam - Admin2

“new infection statistics are more or less meaningless since they are only testing hospitals and other hot seats of infections. ” Yes. In that regard, casualty figures based almost entirely on hospital data are significant UNDERESTIMATES of the true total. “what is required are tests of representational populations” Correct. It’s one of the prerequisites of an adequate response plan. That info would be a big help. Iceland? It is indeed something of a model although there are a still a trickle of new infections as of now. But testing is only part of the reasons they give for their success. Other measures which countries such as Britain haven’t done methodically or for as long were also crucial. See this article (a little dated, but the best I could find in English in a quick search). Officials say more restrictive measures haven’t been needed because they were better prepared and armed… Read more »

Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Apr 18, 2020 5:27 AM
Reply to  Syd Walker

Rather than extending this thread until it disappears into the right hand margin, How about revisiting this dispute on May 16th? I cited the official WHO stats for Britain for March 16th and April 16th in a post above. Let’s see how things look from the vantage point of the next month. I’ve followed “alternative media” for decades, and I’ve seen a lot of sites come and go. Some remain. I can forgive sites that gets things wrong. We all do that. It’s a confusing complex world and making sense of it all isn’t easy. What I don’t appreciate is when sites (or individual journalists) shift positions dramatically without acknowledging the shift. Even worse, for me, is when journalists and their media are unwilling to admit error even when its become embarrassingly obvious. That’s just plain bloody minded. If it becomes apparent the COVID-19 crisis IS much more serious than… Read more »

Chicot
Chicot
Apr 18, 2020 1:18 PM
Reply to  Syd Walker

I think there are several misconceptions in your reasoning. Firstly, new infections per day is absolutely meaningless unless you account for how many are actually tested each day. If you test 20,000 on one day and 200,000 the next one you will undoubtedly find far more cases the second day but it does not mean they are all new infections. It is well known that the UK has been deficient in testing compared to other nations and the testing is being ramped up. A better measure would be the percentage of tests that gave a positive result. Secondly the mortality rate you quote is only for confirmed cases. I don’t know what the situation is in Australia but, in the UK, since testing is so limited only the most serious cases are actually being tested. If you only test among the cases that are serious enough to be hospitalized then… Read more »

Mitchel Cohen
Mitchel Cohen
Apr 27, 2020 2:35 AM
Reply to  Syd Walker

In addition, Syd, to your important observations here, let’s ask “What If?”: What if the viral infection does not generate antibodies in significant enough number to confer individual immunity let alone herd immunity? What if the antibodies it does provoke do not protect against the virus (if it is a virus!)? What if we spread an illness that will end up killing people because we refused to confine ourselves to our apartments and homes? What if some fool refuses to wear a mask in a congested place like a NYC subway car or supermarket and ends up coughing out pathogens on people at risk. (That designation, really is MOST people, as we all have so-called underlying conditions and have to breathe in environmental toxins or consume them (like Glyphosate) in our foods and water?). Why is it asking too much to wear a fucking mask in public and save other… Read more »

Anthony Porter
Anthony Porter
Sep 26, 2020 5:04 AM
Reply to  Syd Walker

I can’t believe I’m reading this even though written almost 6 months ago! Gee Sid, you really are sound asleep eh? You are exactly the type of mysterious, (either seriously naive or, just untrustworthy and treacherous) person, hosting some of those Alt-media sites, which this article targets. Put your hideous, dehumanizing enslavement facemask on and f*#% off. You’re clearly a brainwashed and brain-dead fool and have nothing helpful; to contribute to any discourse relating to the most fundamental God-given right of freedom and human rights bestowed on every living human being since the beginning of time. Those core human rights are clearly being rapidly and permanently erased under the guise of what is clearly a just ruse, about an alleged viral pathogen, purported to be the most ‘deadly’ pandemic in history, spreading and infecting the entire global population; yet you obviously don’t think such basic rights are important. Not even… Read more »

kevin king
kevin king
Apr 18, 2020 11:33 PM
Reply to  Syd Walker

Anyone with half a brain cell recognises astroturfing.

Koen
Koen
Apr 19, 2020 6:20 PM
Reply to  Syd Walker

Hey NWO troll, bugger off

Refraktor
Refraktor
Apr 25, 2020 7:04 AM
Reply to  Syd Walker

“how to get through the crisis and create a better world”

Interesting how you connect the crisis and a supposedly better world. It doesn’t seem a logical connection. Would this be a carbon-neutral world perchance?

Do you subscribe to the view that the Earth has become sentient and chosen to punish humanity with a virus?

Janet
Janet
Apr 27, 2020 4:37 PM
Reply to  Syd Walker

Great quote. But Why aren’t you asking yourself that same question?

Anthony Porter
Anthony Porter
Sep 26, 2020 5:21 AM
Reply to  Syd Walker

I can’t believe I’m reading this even though written almost 6 months ago! Gee Sid, you really are sound asleep eh? You are exactly the type of mysterious, (either seriously naive or, just untrustworthy and treacherous) person, hosting some of those Alt-media sites, which this article targets. Put your hideous, dehumanizing enslavement facemask on and f*#% off. You’re clearly a brainwashed and brain-dead fool and have nothing helpful; to contribute to any discourse relating to the most fundamental God-given right of freedom and human rights bestowed on every living human being since the beginning of time. Those core human rights are clearly being rapidly and permanently erased under the guise of what is clearly, nothing more than a ruse complete with a very convincing hysterical propaganda campaign, about an alleged viral pathogen, purported to be the most ‘deadly’ pandemic in history; spreading and infecting the entire global population. Yet you… Read more »

MLS
MLS
Apr 15, 2020 9:25 AM

Caitlin Johnstone is the worst for me. That phoney ‘I’m just an Oz girl calling it like I see it’ persona looks pretty broken now. She’s spent this crisis hedging her bets and trying to stay in with the likes of Aaron Mate, talking about how sometimes we might need fascism, while keeping her options open to become anti-establishment again when it looks safe. She’s being funded and managed, even if she isn’t bright enough to realise it.

Tony
Tony
Apr 15, 2020 5:42 PM
Reply to  MLS

Fuck you talkin’ bout! She the bomb and you some nobody.

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 15, 2020 3:40 AM

Who are these respected Alt-Media sites you refer to? If your speaking about, Rense, Breitbart, Zero-hedge or the like then they never had any respect to begin with and the fact they have gone full blown msm fear porn and build a narrative with anecdotal evidense should surprise no one that hasn’t been living under the Criminal Elites Propaganda spell. Do people really need confirmation bias in order to know whats right?

aspnaz
aspnaz
Apr 14, 2020 11:29 PM

Conspiracy theory: Was Boris on Easter break or was he really in hospital? We need to know.

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 15, 2020 11:52 AM
Reply to  aspnaz

Aspnaz in hospital not ill but on an easter break!

aspnaz
aspnaz
Apr 14, 2020 11:27 PM

Moon of Alabama has just gone bizarre, questioning nothing and behaving like a sheep dog. Today the blogger even admits to deleting a comment from someone who argued against wearing masks. Plenty of respectable scientists argue against wearing masks, usually because there is no evidence that they make a difference, even from trials. Isn’t alt media suppsed to question everything? For me, one of the main reasons for not wearing a mask is to show the world that you don’t buy into the mass hysteria. Why would you care weather a mask works when all you want to do is to catch the virus and get it over with. Yes, yes, you can catch it multiple times, it will be here forever blah blah, I don’t believe that either. With such rubbish tests being used to detect the virus, I am not believing anything about this until we see the… Read more »

Phil
Phil
Apr 15, 2020 1:37 AM
Reply to  aspnaz

I think we should respect the fears other people have. Regardless if the fear is justified or not. When someone thinks that masks are important, then it is understandable that comments that advise the contrary get deleted.

B is just doing his best, he is afraid himself. Fear is human. When you are one of those who are not afraid, then be happy. I am happy, but I regret others are not happy.

aspnaz
aspnaz
Apr 15, 2020 4:52 AM
Reply to  Phil

If the MoA blogger is afraid, which I very much doubt, he is not going to help himself by getting others to join his hysteria. MoA then becomes a lunatic asylum: it is not far off.

Phil
Phil
Apr 16, 2020 2:26 AM
Reply to  aspnaz

it does not help, I agree. But I understand that older people are simply afraid of dying of a ‘killer virus’.

Phil
Phil
Apr 16, 2020 3:28 AM
Reply to  aspnaz

there’s the choice between safety and truth. To follow the path of safety will never lead to truth. To follow the path of truth will never be save. The path of truth is determined by trust. To build trust is twofold: either by a belief system which you can pray to, or by knowledge or true science.

DM:
DM:
May 9, 2020 12:37 PM
Reply to  aspnaz

Well, seems that I am banned from MoA (most of my comments get deleted anyway). ISomeone ‘Pft’ posted some fascination material re Mikovits. By the time I read it and refreshing .. and it’s gone!

Mikovits-the science
[lots of unsourced bullshit deleted.
Ptf – if you want to continue commenting here please do so with facts, not with obvious nonsense – b.]

Posted by: Pft | May 9 2020 7:41 utc | 112

Wow! – It was a pretty fascinating post. Unattributed (if not written by Pft whoever he is) – but anyway, who the fuck would want to continue commenting on Moon of Alabama now that it has degenerated to this little fascist propaganda blog.

No dissent allowed. Bernhard bullshit only (sourced or unsourced – but bullshit nevertheless).

aspnaz
aspnaz
May 9, 2020 11:31 PM
Reply to  DM:

It was at one time a good site but I have not been visiting it regularly this year for the reasons you state: no difference of opinion is allowed, dissent is deleted rather than to encourage more interesting comments, opinions and occasionally good links to other sites. Like we have here.

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 14, 2020 11:41 AM

Added to which of course, since Stooge Starmer became Leader of the Labour Party – he has not mounted an iota of opposition, demanded an urgent recall of Parliament, challenged the Government on the Bill and has not even expressed any concerns about it. This Government must be delighted: No opposition from the Leader of the Opposition, No MSM challenge (with the exception of sites like this), the over willingness to comply by the Sheeples. What is deeply concerning is the way the Police are seriously misusing their powers in some areas of the country. You are right, there is something really sinister to this especially as the Government’s figures are totally unreliable and suspect considering they are not testing. In the MSM investigative journalism is a thing of the past now. Nobody wants to be the voice of dissent except Peter Hitchens who is leading an admirable charge. John… Read more »

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 2:33 PM
Reply to  Jo Dominich

As to the ventilators, more and more medical experts are saying that ventilators are doing more harm than good ! There are a few articles saying the rate of death is higher for those on ventilators than for those treated with alternatives. Part of this is due to the fact that ventilators actually weaken and damage the lungs !!

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/why-some-doctors-are-moving-away-ventilators-virus-patients-n1179986

https://www.livescience.com/too-much-ventilator-use-for-covid19-coronavirus-patients.html

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 15, 2020 11:54 AM
Reply to  marvin

Hi Marvin, thanks for these articles, they are very interesting in the current climate.

Mike Ellwood
Mike Ellwood
Apr 15, 2020 12:57 PM
Reply to  Jo Dominich

Stooge Starmer, indeed. Tried to play up his left-wing protesting youth while campaigning to be leader, but when you’ve got a knighthood and 5 mil in the bank or property, and are on the greasy ladder, you aren’t going to risk it with too much protesting, and he won’t.

Instead, he’s concentrating on covering up as much as possible the revelations in the leaked Labour Party report, which show what we all suspected was going on, that a concerted anti-Corbyn campaign was going on directed from the very heart of the Labour Party itself.

No wonder Tom Watson jumped ship, like the rat he is.

Check out Chris Williamson’s Twitter feed, where you may hopefully find a link to the report that is still working. I notice now that (surprise surprise) Sir Blair Starmer’s first priority is to find the whistleblowers, and not punish those who have been exposed.

https://twitter.com/DerbyChrisW

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 16, 2020 1:27 PM
Reply to  Mike Ellwood

Hi Mike, Thanks. You know, they always tend to blame the ‘left’ of the Party don’t they when this clearly shows it’s the Right that not only interfered to block Labour winning the General Election at a time when the Country badly needed the Labour Party Manifesto and Corbyn as Leader but wow, the hatred towards some to the Left such as Diane Abbot is extraordinary – the bullying, racisim, sexism is beyond belief. You are right though, Stoogie seems to be intent on going after the whistleblowers rather than the actors who sought to bring down Labour at the General Election. However, the report was properly commissioned given the gravity of the conduct described and interference in electioneering. Richard Burgeon, a brilliant Labour MP and part of the Socialist Labour Group, in a tweet, summed up exactly what action should be taken. I am not on twitter but I… Read more »

Nan
Nan
Apr 14, 2020 9:14 AM

Beautiful write….i do believe..it is All of the above…i do know some crossed over because they thought the Other side had better cookies..they expect to be rewarded..they will be sadly disappointed..& deservedly so….others..crossed out of fear, turned chickenshit when the going got crazy…& some have always been fakes, little yesmen for the feds..thinking a betrayal would demoralize us into submission..

aspnaz
aspnaz
Apr 14, 2020 11:35 PM
Reply to  Nan

I believe that China is handing quite a lot of money to alt media to represent their point of view in a way that they see as fair. I do not have a problem with that as I would do the same if I were making that decision. However, my perspective is that any political party that kills their people to get into power, ie the CCP, do not understand “fair” and should not be trusted to behave in a way that is “fair”.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 15, 2020 9:04 AM
Reply to  aspnaz

You ‘believe’ that, do you? Any evidence? As for homicidal political parties, I give you the US Democrats (Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria etc )and the Republicans, (Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan etc).

aspnaz
aspnaz
Apr 15, 2020 7:20 PM

CCP killed tens of millions of their own people to get into power, killed tens of millions of their own people to stay in power, they are now killing foreigners with their virus.

aspnaz
aspnaz
Apr 15, 2020 11:06 PM

The US Deocrats are fair game but not the CCP? Is that fair?

Jennifer Peshut
Jennifer Peshut
Apr 13, 2020 9:32 PM

The COVID-19 narrative originates from Main Stream Media (MSM) and the MO is tried and true fear mongering, the twisting of facts and mis/disinformation. The order to look over there, not here, or look over here not there. Make up a sinister new name, COVID-19 (it’s SARS CoV 2, a mutation of SARS CoV 1, we know what it is) make it an unknown, incurable disease. Warn people they will die. And report it globally day and night, in every organ they own, nonstop. For those who think it may not be as bad as MSM tells them it is, add state force. The mass response to COVID-19 is irrational fear, based on what they conveniently read, live streamed on their conveniently programmed cell phones. Tuned in and dropped in. Humans respond to irrational fear like deer in headlights, paralyzed and froze in place. Stay at home orders become easy… Read more »

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 14, 2020 2:04 PM

Jennifer, added to which of course, Parliament has been suspended. Think back to when Parliament was successful in setting back a No Deal Brexit. What did Bozo say? He said he was going to make changes to Parliament so that sort of thing could not happen again. Well, here’s the start of it. Parliament’s job is to hold the Executive to account. No Parliament. No Accountability. Cue, now’s the time to bring in those changes to start the eradication of democracy. Starmer isn’t a fit Leader of the Opposition – I believe Jeremy Corbyn would have been demanding the urgent recall of Parliament and an urgent review of the Coronavirus Bill. Starmer? Still blathering on about ‘correcting mistakes’ – like all but martial law is a mistake?

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 2:36 PM
Reply to  Jo Dominich

Hungary have gone one step further and essentially turned their country into a dictatorship !! They have indefinitely suspended all elections and have granted more powers to the President !

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 15, 2020 11:58 AM
Reply to  marvin

Marvin, Orban, since in power, has implemented Fascist policies and also, just like his mentor A***f H*****r, he has put in place policies against ethnic minorities and immigrants. It doesn’t surprise me that he has used this to become a Fascist Dictator. He is, of course, one of Bozo’s close circle of international politicians. Be afraid, be very afraid!

aspnaz
aspnaz
Apr 14, 2020 11:39 PM
Reply to  Jo Dominich

We should be seeing this as a test of the people, not of our leaders. Will the people fail the test or will they be spurred into action and rise to and overwhelm the challenge? I don’t want to pre-judge because things can change so quickly, but we will discover in the comming weeks.

Mike Ellwood
Mike Ellwood
Apr 15, 2020 1:02 PM
Reply to  Jo Dominich

As Bob(?) has already suggested, we should all be writing to our MPs demanding a recall.

It should not be beyond the wit of the relevant authorities to organise testing of all MPs, and get them driven from their homes to Parliament (using tested drivers), and of course test the essential staff needed to run the place (but they should keep the bars closed!).

Not that the tests mean much, but having the test there would mean they had no excuse not to do it.

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Apr 15, 2020 4:51 PM

Heh, heh… “The mass response to COVID-19 is irrational fear, based on what they conveniently read, live streamed on their conveniently programmed cell phones. Tuned in and dropped in.”

Deciphered definition of “COVID-19”: Covert-video-#19…

Frank
Frank
Apr 13, 2020 5:52 PM

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” ― Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Controlled Opposition in the Truth Movement
https://www.natureofhealing.org/controlled-opposition-truth-movement/

Eric Blair
Eric Blair
Apr 13, 2020 3:26 PM

People have a lot of stuff to worry about and deal with at the moment. Give them some time to sort out what the hell is going on and figure out where they stand. The genuinely anti-authoritarian will come around, and those who were never anti-authoritarian in the first place will likewise reveal themselves. It’s guaranteed that this pandemic will be used by governments, corporations, financial institutions and establishment connected people and entities to consolidate power and put into play civil liberties reducing agenda they have been waiting to unleash. But not all of them will be overt. Many, likely most of them, will be more subtle. Repression and social control in the west has to date been done mainly indirectly and using psychological mind fuckery. It will be done via PATRIOT ACT type bills, social media censorship and algorithmic tweaking, media propaganda as social control, opt in smart phone… Read more »

Nan
Nan
Apr 14, 2020 9:24 AM
Reply to  Eric Blair

…Time..is something we don’t have…this very scenario has been broadcast Far & Wide for Decades by those who could See it Coming….Seriously Look at them..the Rollout is Rapid…& Time is the First thing we are loosing….

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 15, 2020 3:47 AM
Reply to  Nan

Step back and analyze what you just said. Fear and panic, of course there is always time. They call it history and it ebbs and flows. In the end we will chose freedom.

Black Picard
Black Picard
Apr 19, 2020 12:39 PM
Reply to  Nan

I’m still shocked at how easy it was Presstitute Corps to brainwash the exceptional American & EU electorate for decades. I call it a dangerous naiveté that will eventually come back to bite them in the as$. It just boggles the mind.

Now, if only I could get the fcuk off this insane planet before the sh!t hits the fan. 🤔
Where are you, Starship Enterprise?
Beam me the fcuk up! This place is about to blow. 👀

Black Picard
Black Picard
Apr 19, 2020 12:41 PM
Reply to  Black Picard

^^^ I meant “how easy it was for the Presstitute Corps to…”

jim
jim
Apr 13, 2020 3:12 PM

Police Interactions with SEPTA Riders During COVID-19

“Two videos circulating Friday morning give a glimpse into the disturbing reality faced by transit riders in Philadelphia. In one, a man who appears to be a SEPTA supervisor orders riders off a bus, some with face coverings, stating “if you don’t have a mask you cannot ride public transportation.” In another, no less than seven Philadelphia police officers are shown dragging a transit rider off a bus, apparently for not wearing a face mask.”

Enjoy the police state.

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Apr 13, 2020 3:08 PM

“Why are some respected alt-media embracing a police state?”

The answer to all Federalized fear mongering and associated press panic can be found here: >

Excerpted from: Representativeness heuristic – Wikipedia

“The representativeness heuristic is used when making judgments about the probability of an event under uncertainty.[1] It is one of a group of heuristics (simple rules governing judgment or decision-making) proposed by psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in the early 1970s. Heuristics are described as “judgmental shortcuts that generally get us where we need to go – and quickly – but at the cost of occasionally sending us off course.”[2] Heuristics are useful because they use effort-reduction and simplification in decision-making.[3] “

Complete text: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representativeness_heuristic

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 15, 2020 3:49 AM

I down voted for referencing Wikipedia.

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Apr 15, 2020 4:42 PM
Reply to  Jay Khaye

Hello Jay Khaye: Well… People have been hoodwinked into rejecting the veracity or accuracy of Wikipedia for many years. I often use Wikipedia as a reference. The site is easily accessible to most web-browsers, and the references sections often lead to more insightful – related information.
I appreciate your reasons for a down vote…

Basher
Basher
Apr 13, 2020 3:04 PM

Stats on INSEE website, showing the cumulative number of deaths in France from 1st March until 30th March, for this year and two previous years

2020 – 57,441
2019 – 52,011
2018 – 58,641

So not as high as 2018. As France is a couple of weeks further on into this pandemic, I believe that the ONS will show something like this tomorrow, when they release the figures for week ending 4th April. 2020 will move up the list on average, for latest 6 years (2015-2020) – but still won’t get to 2015 or 2018 levels.

Click for INSEE page link

Offlands
Offlands
Apr 14, 2020 12:51 PM
Reply to  Basher

The ONS figures are out – https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending3april2020

They do show a spike in overall deaths and higher than the 5 year average. I am certain that many could however be attributed to fear and anxiety. People are also avoiding hospital for fear of catching the ‘virus’ and then may die from something that otherwise could have been avoided.

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 14, 2020 2:11 PM
Reply to  Offlands

To be honest, the U K figures are out of synch with the rest of the world. I for one take them with a pinch of salt considering we are not testing, considering the Government has just cancelled the order for ventilators, considering they are classifying all deaths as Covid 19 even when it has been heart failure, stroke, kidney failure etc. This Government are, quite frankly, making it up as they go along. Also, a large majority of hospitals in the UK are largely empty. The cancellation of the ventilator order should demonstrate that the crisis or number of seriously ill is not as reported by the Government when the empty hospitals are factored in – we are being told a pack of lies.

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 2:43 PM
Reply to  Offlands

Remember the ONS will also be recording some deaths twice due to the way the records and stats are recorded. It was mentioned on this site a while back. Then as Jo says below – not all deaths recorded as corvid deaths – are corvid deaths ! A person local to me put up a death certificate of a corvid fatality. The person entered hospital on the 5th April, had a positive test back on the 7th April and then died on the 8th April. That was a rapid death considering people with Corvid tend to be ill for a week or two at least. On the death certificate the first primary cause of death was put down as Corvid 19. The mitigating circumstance mentioned after – was asthma !! I find it odd that Corvid-19 was put down as the primary cause when Doctors have said it is the… Read more »

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 15, 2020 3:50 AM
Reply to  Offlands

How many did they murder in nursing homes to get to that total would be my question.

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 13, 2020 2:28 PM

What would Jesus do.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 14, 2020 11:02 AM
Reply to  Jay Khaye

Weep.

Phil
Phil
Apr 15, 2020 1:47 AM
Reply to  Jay Khaye

comfort

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 15, 2020 3:52 AM
Reply to  Phil

He certainly would not let the panic and hysteria to cause fear.

binra
binra
Apr 13, 2020 1:19 PM

Why are some quiescent of accepting of any tyranny that is couched in terms that to counter is to attract vilification, loss of carer and reputation and etc? There is a mindtrap along with the underlying threat – in which a virtue signalling identity has to be released – or allowed to run a blind eye. The establishing of no go areas that cant be openly questioned without penalty is the imposition of officially and socially accepted narrative, that to question is to be excluded. The reconsolidating of an officially enforced reality by denial and exclusion is like a rising flood in which survival seeks higher ground. I can have my own choice, but it may result in an indefinite house arrest without permission to access food, goods and services. Or I may be overridden chipped or vaxxed and killed while alive. Freedom is not at the body level –… Read more »

mikael
mikael
Apr 13, 2020 12:36 PM

Hummf. Finaly someone with an clear vission and an good article, I liked it, and it covers almost everything. I have for years warned people about sides and sites, its not befor something really majore happens they are forced or told to keep the line regarding following the official propaganda and I dont bother to name or shame them but most of the sites are run by either the Americans or people from or conected to the tribe, becaus thats why they are stil there, and most of them are controlled oposition, aka the 50 shades of gray, but as before I have some few lines, on of them is Palestina, to day, Corona and that one stil rules, then we have a lott of other stuff, like science to history, and I never claim to know everything, that is something of chasing an rainbows end in an reality where… Read more »

Alan Tench
Alan Tench
Apr 13, 2020 12:13 PM

That photo with the three goons from Seattle – which of the three looks the most sinister and menacing? My vote goes for the one on the right.

Watt
Watt
Apr 13, 2020 3:18 PM
Reply to  Alan Tench

He does look like he’s rarin’ to go, indeed!

binra
binra
Apr 13, 2020 12:00 PM

I took your question into my heart and slept on it. I may not express answer in a way that meets your question, but I have taken the journey of my own. Living our own question is a way of knowing our own will and allowing its revealing to us in recognition and integration that connects us in life rather than dividing to separate. — In being brought to the uncovering of deeper fears we are unmasked of the mind in which they hid. We operate to a large extent under narrative identity taken from and set over and against the judged and feared ‘other’ and world. This ‘self’ operates as a set of filters and distortions within a collective set of ideas to which it is dependent, subordinate or downstream. If your identity is heavily invested, your investment will be heavily protected as yourself. This is a social and… Read more »

Joerg
Joerg
Apr 13, 2020 8:55 AM

(Please note: Cited links below have an asterisk at the beginning – in order to move around the Spam filter) Thanks Catte Black for this article and thanks to all working at OffG! Yes, there is massive corruption (as user Fair dinkum/Apr 12, 2020 4:44 AM points out below). But there is more to it: Catte Black asks why even respected alt media blogs fall for this (massively pushed) betrayal we experience now. I’ll even now take an even more narrow picture: I now look at my friends and the people I meet more or less often: And a lot of them – who are definitely not paid by government or the pharma-gang – refuse to open their eyes. And they sometimes even attack you, calling you “crazy”. And this is of course true also for many individuals, who run a respectable alt-blog. Why is that so? A) My explanation… Read more »

Watt
Watt
Apr 13, 2020 3:26 PM
Reply to  Joerg

Love it!

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 13, 2020 10:12 AM
Reply to  Joerg

What’s a ‘cool’ opinion on CO2? That it’s a greenhouse gas and the current forcing of a near doubling in atmospheric levels is causing rapid climate destabilisation? That’s science, and it’s good to hear that science is considered ‘cool’.

paul
paul
Apr 13, 2020 9:53 PM

CO2 is spiffing stuff. Plants can’t get enough of it. We should all breathe on plants a bit more as we pass them. Life couldn’t exist without it. Splendid stuff. We could have 10 X as much CO2 and be no worse off.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 14, 2020 11:04 AM
Reply to  paul

Nah, not really. CO2 at 4000 ppm might have been OK hundreds of millions of years ago when the sun was somewhat cooler, but today-exeunt omnes.

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 2:46 PM

CO2 doesn’t de-stabilise the climate at the levels we have !

Watt
Watt
Apr 13, 2020 3:24 PM
Reply to  Joerg

For D) No, No and double No.

useful insight here

Joerg
Joerg
Apr 13, 2020 4:18 PM
Reply to  Watt
Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 14, 2020 11:06 AM
Reply to  Joerg

I recall that you were more than ordinarily deluded about anthropogenic climate destabilisation.

Toby McCrossin
Toby McCrossin
Apr 13, 2020 8:41 AM

So, Cattle, what would you have us do? Go about business as usual? Have no social distancing or quarantine? Just let the virus overwhelm the healthcare system? How many people would have to die before you’d take action or should we take absolutely no action whatsoever?

Tim Drayton
Tim Drayton
Apr 13, 2020 12:23 PM
Reply to  Toby McCrossin

Isolate the sick, aged and vulnerable and let the rest of us go about our business, given that 80% of those who contract the virus do not even suffer any symptoms. Let the timed cower at home, too, if they wish to. When enough of the population develops immunity, the virus can no longer spread. This is what is happening in Sweden, and there is no greater number of cases or deaths, and the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. I believe I have already had this disease and, while I agree that it was something of an ordeal, I got over it just by resting at home, and I am 63.

Toby McCrossin
Toby McCrossin
Apr 13, 2020 1:14 PM
Reply to  Tim Drayton

20 % of all those infected need hospitalization. The healthcare system will still be overwhelmed. The Swedes are beginning to regret they’re policy…

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/485522-sweden-coronavirus-worst-death-count/

Tim Drayton
Tim Drayton
Apr 13, 2020 1:52 PM
Reply to  Toby McCrossin

I am afraid the 20% hospitalization figure conflicts starkly with the results of a large-scale study conducted by Prof. Hendrik Street using a reasonably large random sample from the general population in a German town which shows, inter alia, the true mortality rate to be 0.37%. The 20% figure probably comes from placing those who are presenting severe symptoms (since these are the only cases tested), a minority of those infected, in the denominator, rather than all those infected uncluding those who present mild or no symptoms.

Toby McCrossin
Toby McCrossin
Apr 13, 2020 2:37 PM
Reply to  Tim Drayton

I stand corrected, I confused the number for hospitalized patients entering ICU.

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 3:00 PM
Reply to  Toby McCrossin

In 2009 H1N1 – Swine Flu occured. It hit those under 65 the worst. Over 60.8 million cases were reported in the USA alone in one year with 274,304 serious cases resulting in people being admitted to the ICU. Between 700 – 1.4 billion worldwide contracted it in one year. In the USA it is thought to have killed between 151-700-575,400 people – so far there have only been 119,686 deaths from Corvid 19 and that includes a lot of false reports. Did the world panic at what was another strain of the Spanish Flu – No. Did the world go into lockdown – no. In the USA pediatric mortality from influenza is still less than it was in 2017 :https://gis.cdc.gov/GRASP/Fluview/PedFluDeath.html And the number of influenza / pneumonia deaths in the USA is still less than it was in 2017 : https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/mortality.html Did they have a lockdown then – no.… Read more »

Toby McCrossin
Toby McCrossin
Apr 15, 2020 12:52 AM
Reply to  marvin

You’re comparing apples and oranges. Covid is both more deadly and more contagious than H1N1. There’s also more herd immunity to the flu. Testing for and treatment of H1N1 was also far easier to do.

https://www.livescience.com/amp/covid-19-pandemic-vs-swine-flu.html

Would you prefer no measures were taken and we all just take our chances? Are you so eager to go back to work for your money grubbing boss that you’re willing to put your or your family’s lives at risk to do so? Enjoy the holiday, it’ll be over soon.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Apr 15, 2020 2:11 AM
Reply to  Toby McCrossin

The mortality statistics speak to the fact that those at risk are exactly those at risk during normal flu season, and that the vast majority of healthy children and adults are at most at risk of contracting a mild flu-like infection, which passes uneventfully. Why must we keep adding to the misinformation? There is no public information source claiming anything but this, you are simply exaggerating and I don’t know why you would do that under the circumstances.

Syd Walker
Syd Walker
Apr 16, 2020 8:04 AM
Reply to  Sam - Admin2

Extracted from the Live Science article cited by Toby McCrossin:

“In the U.S., between April 2009 and April 2010, the CDC estimates there were 60.8 million cases of swine flu, with over 274,000 hospitalizations and nearly 12,500 deaths — that’s a mortality rate of about 0.02%.

“The mortality rate for the novel coronavirus is much higher so far, around 2% (although the number will likely change as more people are tested). That may not sound like a big difference, “but when extrapolated, can mean millions more deaths,” Strathdee said.”

That’s a difference of TWO orders of magnitude!

Without going into any other factors, that difference alone should be sufficient to to quash any notion that these two diseases are similar in their impact on human populations.

Harriet
Harriet
Apr 13, 2020 2:37 PM
Reply to  Tim Drayton

The crux of the statistical situation is the denominator used in mortality rates. Until random testing for the presence of antibodies in the general population is done, no reasonable denominator can be extrapolated for a mortality rate.

Tim Drayton
Tim Drayton
Apr 13, 2020 1:59 PM
Reply to  Toby McCrossin

Let’s wait until the devastating 1930’s-style depression hits the world and see which countries fare best and have the fewest deaths due to malnutrition, suicide etc. as a result of that depression, which will be a direct result of this global lockdown.

Toby McCrossin
Toby McCrossin
Apr 13, 2020 2:23 PM
Reply to  Tim Drayton

The depression was coming anyways, corona was just the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 14, 2020 2:32 PM
Reply to  Toby McCrossin

Other way around – the depression yes was coming anyway IN THE UK and a No Deal Brexit would have tipped us into that. The Government’s Lock Down is precisely designed to crash the economy so the true cost of a No Deal Brexit can be masked. There’s a lot of information being slipped under the radar due to this relentless propaganda campaign but leading economists have said (but not reported note) that Brexit will cause far more harm to the economy than CV-19

Toby McCrossin
Toby McCrossin
Apr 15, 2020 12:36 AM
Reply to  Jo Dominich

Plenty of economists were predicting a crash this year and none of them included covid in their calculations. The lockdown is a public health measure pure and simple. Without it the public health system would have collapsed already. Are the elites taking advantage of the situation? Absolutely, but don’t put the cart before the horse.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Apr 15, 2020 2:03 AM
Reply to  Toby McCrossin

You have to admit, the Elites planned ahead for this exact occurrence with remarkable prescience. I personally think it’s a little naive to suggest that this event isn’t at least being exploited with remarkable forethought in mind.

Toby McCrossin
Toby McCrossin
Apr 15, 2020 7:47 AM
Reply to  Sam - Admin2

Correlation is not causation. The powers that be in many countries were taken completely by surprise by the virus. Look at Trump’s pathetic attempts to blame China for the pandemic to deflect from his own criminally negligent response. Sure, the elites were prepared to take advantage of whatever crisis was next in store but to say they’ve manufactured this one is absurd.

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 3:02 PM
Reply to  Tim Drayton

Al jazeera news has some interesting articles on how the lockdowns are already affecting the poorest in the world – especially in India and South America ! In South America it is now Dengue season as well !

Dors
Dors
Apr 13, 2020 8:34 AM

I welcome this article as an expression and exploration of inner thought processes and feelings … because… if there is anything that we can hang on with confidence, it is ‘the work’ on ourselves, having an inner dialogue, developing our minds … along with our refusing to be “just” “ordinary” “citizens” in this myriad of superficial and deceitful voices that we’re surrounded with, in this most extraordinary of situations in world’s history.

(in short:) First and foremost, let us try to remain actual individuals with personality, and develop ourselves. The rest is likely to follow from it.

Brannon P
Brannon P
Apr 13, 2020 3:15 AM

Wished you named them… Zerohedge Naturalnews Rense Breitbart are all Covid sellouts

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 13, 2020 11:50 AM
Reply to  Brannon P

Whats the connection between these sites do you suppose?

visitor
visitor
Apr 13, 2020 5:19 PM
Reply to  Jay Khaye

Intelligence agencies, what else?

beer
beer
Apr 13, 2020 9:04 PM
Reply to  Brannon P

The French site les-crises.fr is normally a little bit like Off-G but on this particular issue they have, sadly, gone into panic mode. They spend a lot of time laying into Prof Raoult and his chloroquine reserch.

RogerB
RogerB
Apr 13, 2020 3:07 AM

Sheepdogging and the Alt-Media I spent an hour reading comments on this article and its very odd that nobody mentioned the role that alt-media plays in sheepdogging for the oligarchs. After years of Bernie Sanders being a dedicated sheepdog for the oligarchs, that pattern should be clear to many people. The role of a political sheepdog is to allow a safe amount of opposition on safe subjects (safe for the oligarchs), let people experience a comparative sense of freedom (for a little while), encourage complainers to use up their spare energy and money, and then herd them back into the barn, after they are too drained and demoralized to be a threat to the oligarchs. To spot sheepdogging you need to estimate where the limit is on opposition, which seems safe and inconsequential to the oligarchs, and then see who frequently crosses that line. Even more important, see who systemically… Read more »

polistra
polistra
Apr 13, 2020 8:58 AM
Reply to  RogerB

Excellent comment. Should be an article! As you say, many of these false-flaggers were already showing their true colors in the last few years. I was halfway surprised by some of them last year, but I’m not surprised by the latest final convergence.

False-flaggers always create serious-sounding arguments about irrelevant details. In this case, arguing about the “biowar” origin of the virus distracts us from arguing about the real war, which is the lockdowns.

Harriet
Harriet
Apr 13, 2020 2:44 PM
Reply to  polistra

RogerB and Polistra: Both are excellent comments.
I think it is important to determine the origin of this virus.
But that is also principal subject matter of an info war against China. And that is a total tangle that obscures other more immediate concerns: What is actually happening in each person’s own country (and internationally) that affects citizens lives and even survival.

visitor
visitor
Apr 13, 2020 5:37 PM
Reply to  Harriet

That can wait. And its determination is entirely out of plebes like us.

What possible benefit will “we the people” get from determining who did it at this time?

Why insisting on this irrelevant-at-the-moment narrative?

What is in our hands (and the clock is ticking folks) is to use what remains of our rights to demand reliable and meaningful data on the progress of this virus.

The stress on our health care system (remember folks that is the ‘reason’ we are to become literally a “herd” of homosapiens with cattle monitoring systems) is determined by a very simple equation:

I = Number of infected
H = Number of infected requiring health care support

Stress factor = H divided by I. H/I. Simple basic math even the double digit iq set can perform.

What is H?

visitor
visitor
Apr 13, 2020 5:38 PM
Reply to  visitor

Correction: What is I (the number of infected)

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 14, 2020 2:35 PM
Reply to  visitor

I don’t actually see any stress on the NHS yet this lock down is all about protecting them and not saving lives.

visitor
visitor
Apr 13, 2020 5:31 PM
Reply to  polistra

What is the actual rate of infections?

Unlike the red herring blog post blizzard arguing about provenance and nature of the beast and patronizing lectures (looking at your “B” of deep deep MOA) to readership, one would expect universal demand across the board in alt space for testing to determine the actual infection rate.

This proposed police state will live or die by that number.

And they refuse to get an accurate number.

Harriet
Harriet
Apr 14, 2020 12:39 AM
Reply to  visitor

I agree with that. The public are distracted and misled by confusing numbers, and anyone who questions the confusions, or the reasons for the confusions, or demands clearer or more relevant or more consistently arrived at statistics, is accused by some gatekeeper or just panicked types of treating the virus as a “hoax.”

Black Picard
Black Picard
Apr 19, 2020 3:16 PM
Reply to  RogerB

Excellent introduction to the many forms of sheep dogging. Thank you!
Great comment overall. I will definitely share with my bluepilled contacts.

1of7billion
1of7billion
Apr 13, 2020 12:58 AM

While I’ve never believed the hype that this was a virus that justified these kinds of lockdown measures, and have been a very staunch opponent of the lockdown, I have also had the feeling that there’s something strange going on regarding this whole situation surrounding the virus, which I have not yet been able to put my finer on with certainty. I think the above article also suggests a puzzlement with how an awful lot of people are not responding as you would expect them to, people who you would have thought would object to the kind of things going on at present, who don’t seem to be doing so. And I have got two or three explanations which I think are pretty solids one, but also a third of fourth, which I’ve actually only come to in the last week and I really don’t know if is the truth… Read more »

Loverat
Loverat
Apr 13, 2020 1:41 AM
Reply to  1of7billion

1of7billion

Interesting comments. On the latter point my immediate thoughts are vast sections of the UK population are not numerate or particularly good at statistical analysis. Very much like a widespread lack of appreciation of history and basic geography. It all adds up to inability to think critically, link up events and understand lives beyond our own small worlds. In short, people cant understand simple things unless they are spoonfed – and even then they block it out if it doesnt fit in with predetermined narratives.
I left school 35 years ago with hardly any qualifications but that education prepared me far better than what I see now. What is frustrating is I see amazing creativity and intelligence in the young – but they are flashes of talent, unexplored and undeveloped towards the areas where a difference needs to be made.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 13, 2020 1:49 AM
Reply to  Loverat

Fifty percent of the UK population, by definition, are of below median intelligence. But from experience living there, those who are below that line, many far below, make up for it in belligerence, particularly when shickered. The UK is the most class dominated and exploited society this side of the USA, its bastard offspring.

1of7billion
1of7billion
Apr 13, 2020 12:20 PM
Reply to  Loverat

Thanks for the reply Loverat (hey, if you really are, there’s no need to boast about it you know!) Seriously, yes, that’s totally true about the lack of numerical/statistical ability, but I bet even though you mention lack of formal qualifications you still have a better grasp of arithmetic than the younger people do now, and I reckon a lot of them in the House of Commons in particular probably struggle with their multiplication tables even, so to make these kind of analyses of stats is “way above their pay grade” (but sadly, not above their salary, which is thus wholly undeserved). I think this is very much a consequence of the dumbing down of the education system, which has been going on on for a *very* long time. And e.g. Boris Johnson himself, is totally non-scientific in background, did English literature and classics at Oxford, so that *really* does… Read more »

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 3:07 PM
Reply to  Loverat

In addition critical thinking is no longer taught and is now frowned upon ! Children are taught to follow the narrative and to not question it !

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 13, 2020 9:09 AM
Reply to  1of7billion

Re: your comments about impaired mental functions, I have been experiencing this for years now but put it partly down to age (I am pushing 60) and to having a highly stressful care job. Bu tI have noticed other people much younger also complaining about e.g. how easily they are losing short term memory e.g. you come in to a room and forget why you did so. Part of this may also be due to an accelerating consumer culture now more fragmented and aggressively garish than anything I ever knew in youth. On the topic of why people are not openly questioning the virus narrative, there is another reason that is much more mundane and final: they will be relentlessly ostracised if they do so and may even lose their jobs. This is similar to the position after 9/11 except that back then, dissent WAS allowed under the label “conspiracy… Read more »

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 13, 2020 9:13 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Sorry – I was going to say a bit more about how younger people are experiencing this loss of mental function. The speeded up consumer culture is part of it. But I think that the constant downward trend of rights and protections for workers is having an effect. Yong people now are living in the kind of unstable and intimidating world that people of my age thought was banished for ever. And while their life options shrink, they are still being bombarded by all this glitzy consumer crap. Hence they are experiencing the strain.

1of7billion
1of7billion
Apr 13, 2020 11:51 AM
Reply to  George Mc

“On the topic of why people are not openly questioning the virus narrative, there is another reason that is much more mundane and final: they will be relentlessly ostracised if they do so and may even lose their jobs.” George Mc – thanks for the reply, yes, that’s a massive point you make, and I’d add to it, by saying that there are even a lot of very wealthy and secure people who are some level of celebrity, whom one is surprised are not objecting, but I think that’s to do with the also unprecedented “social media tyranny.” You know – according to the polls, there’s a lot of public support for this lockdown, though I don’t trust polls much, but even if it’s 50% (they claim about 80%+ I think), people with celebrity will be very alert that they aren’t targeted by the “Twitterati”, and as Peter Hitchens puts… Read more »

Mike Ellwood
Mike Ellwood
Apr 13, 2020 12:12 PM
Reply to  George Mc

I can remember further back, that if you were not in favour of The Falklands War (you were not supporting “our boys”), you were a traitor and an outcast. Wise dissenters kept their dissent to themselves. There was no social media then, of course.

I also remember too at that time that the media went crazy like it is now. If I remember correctly, the FM service of Radio 4 basically became a 24 hour rolling war news service, with presenter Brian Redhead apparently loving every minute of it. (I’d quite admired him up to that time).

Mike Ellwood
Mike Ellwood
Apr 13, 2020 12:15 PM
Reply to  Mike Ellwood

BTW, I think I can trace it to about that time that the poppy nonsense started. Until that time, people of my generation, who had known no wars (Korea and Suez had taken place when we were too young) first became of war as a reality, rather than history.

Before then we might have gone along with the poppies for the sake of our parents, but we didn’t take it very seriously. But after Falklands, wearing a poppy in November became a badge of patriotism.

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 3:10 PM
Reply to  George Mc

It is much the same with Brexit – those that supported it were scared to speak out due to the vitriol aimed their way – so they became the silent majority !

paul
paul
Apr 13, 2020 12:24 AM

Gates is being deferred to as the oracle on all health matters. He is treated with all the deference due a head of state. He casually informs us that all 8 billion of us are going to have to have one of his vaccinations and will need a vaccination certificate from him to work, travel, or go out. He is not a doctor. He is not a scientist. He is not even a university graduate. Who elected him? Who put him in charge of health care? Who gave him the right to play God? Who is he? Somebody who suppressed the competition and made a fortune out of a second rate monopoly operating system that somebody else invented. He has been pushing his vaccinations for polio, malaria, and other conditions in hapless third world country for years, with reckless and shambolic trials on impoverished human guinea pigs that have left… Read more »

hotrod31
hotrod31
Apr 13, 2020 6:41 AM
Reply to  paul

‘They’ don’t need to microchip you if you have an iPhone. The iPhone means you’re micro-chipped. and digi-ID carded.

Reachable Spike
Reachable Spike
Apr 12, 2020 9:40 PM

What I’m seeing so much of is people who were immediately skeptical of Rumsfeld and the military/security state in the aftermath of 9/11 are lionizing and adoring Fauci and the health agency officials, national and international. This has to do with the difference in the way that the educated view scientists as compared with soldiers, and it speaks of a great naivete which in itself is derived from ignorance of science and of the corruption and dogma of institutional Science. Climate science is held up as the paradigm of the virtue of Science, but that field is one of the unusual ones that doesn’t appear to be dependent on and held in the sway of some large industry. Health science and medicine is probably the most staggeringly corrupt of all scientific areas, dependent on and held in the sway of the pharmaceutical industry and other medical industries, and you can… Read more »

Mike Ellwood
Mike Ellwood
Apr 12, 2020 9:50 PM

Climate science is held up as the paradigm of the virtue of Science, …er, not by everybody it’s not. but that field is one of the unusual ones that doesn’t appear to be dependent on and held in the sway of some large industry. No? Well, it’s promoting the sale of a lot of electric cars, for example, some of them quite expensive. Plus wind-turbines and solar panels. Al Gore is supposed to have made quite a few dollars out of the whole racket. Health science and medicine is probably the most staggeringly corrupt of all scientific areas, dependent on and held in the sway of the pharmaceutical industry and other medical industries, and you can bet that anyone who has risen in the hierarchy of national or world public health agencies would not have gotten there without compliance to the agenda of those industries. Now we are on the… Read more »

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 13, 2020 1:51 AM

I saw Fauci wheeled out on Fox yesterday to lie and abuse China’s response to the outbreak. He’s a little place-man, having survived so long in the piranha pool of US politics. He knows what’s expected of him.

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 13, 2020 1:57 PM

Lying about China’s response must have been particularily tough on fauci since his agenda is to celebrate the success of a authoritarian regimes response to such events. At least that was what was in the playbook of the scenarios drawn up the Global Business Network for the Rockefeller Foundation all the way back in 2010. Yes lots of planning has gone into the Plandemic.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 14, 2020 11:12 AM
Reply to  Jay Khaye

The use of ‘authoritarian’ to describe China is Orientalist balderdash. China has a different civilization, history, society and collective consciousness from those of the West. Authoritarian better fits the USA, with its huge prison-industrial complex, corrupt and Draconian injustice system, incredible inequality, destroyed communities, killer cops, massive military and collective brainwashing.

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 15, 2020 12:11 PM

Richard, at last someone has spoken the truth about the USA. There is too much wrong thinking about Russia and China – when they are fortunate enough to have two visionary and honest leaders. Scratch the surface of the American Dream and you find a third world petty Dictatorship, immense poverty and all the things you have stated. The UN Report is harrowing reading.

ZenOn
ZenOn
Apr 12, 2020 8:56 PM

Exactly my thoughts for quite a while. I love Catte’s mind and her sharp writing style. She covered probably most of the possible motives out there. I would add just one more: mental bias (just that). People on the progressive left tend to be pro-science and therefore jump uncritically into believing what “the doctor says”, be it MD or PhD. They are very critical of corpo-governments, some of them go beyond right and left politics, seeing them as two sites of the same corporate coin. But when it comes to science, they suddenly, uncritically swallow everything and treat any reasonable doubt as if it comes from medieval, religiously brainwashed mind. Therefore they don’t question man made global warming idea (although some prominent scientists do), they don’t bother to look into vaccines, as if they were always sent by God – pure, uncontaminated and without profits. It was always stunning for… Read more »

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 13, 2020 1:56 AM
Reply to  ZenOn

Climate science is questioned EVERY day by scientists. No theory is perfect, no model is 100% correct, although they can be useful. Science progresses, and old theories are replaced by the new, and hopefully, more accurate ones. Those who honestly question it are just doing science, but those who deny it, dishonestly, meretriciously and with disinformation and misrepresentation, are doing the very dirty work of the Right and the fossil fuel industry, or expressing their own ideological prejudices.

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 13, 2020 2:00 PM

Climate Science is not science. There is nothing scientific about misrepresenting data to fit an agenda.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 14, 2020 11:13 AM
Reply to  Jay Khaye

But that DOES NOT happen. Your slur is itself a crude misrepresentation, possibly a knowing lie.

paul
paul
Apr 13, 2020 9:58 PM

Global Warming “science” makes voodoo mumbo jumbo look scientific.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 14, 2020 11:16 AM
Reply to  paul

It works, it’s peer-reviewed, it accords to the Laws of Physics, it is concurred with by ALL the Academies of Science and Scientific Societies on Earth and very nearly 100% of climate scientists, and is denied by hard Right ideologues and the fossil fuel industry.

Hazzo
Hazzo
Apr 14, 2020 8:38 AM

Theres been no serious debate on CC, its been fed to the masses for thirty years and the reasons for it has changed half a dozen times as each one lost its credibility and now we’re blaming a gas which is heavier than air supposedly floating to the stratosphere creating a blanket effect which keeps the heat in. What a nonsense. I like millions of others acknowledge the climate changes as it has done since the dawn of time otherwise we’d be living alongside dinosaurs, however when taxes are added to my each and every fuel bill I become suspicious of the agenda, where is all the money going? My answer to that is straight into the pockets of those who don’t deserve it as they’ve never worked in their sorry fraudulent lives. I’ve had two friends in my home village contract this virus, one posted video from his hospital… Read more »

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 14, 2020 11:19 AM
Reply to  Hazzo

It has NOT ‘changed’ half a dozen times. It has not ‘lost its credibility’ but been confirmed by modeling and evidence from the real world ie record global average temperatures, warming oceans, melting ice sheets and glaciers etc. The bit about ‘heavier than air’ in the ‘stratosphere’ (it’s the troposphere that counts), is bizarre, almost beyond belief, save if one has encountered Dunning-Krugerism already. I wish you and your wife good luck, and good health.

Hazzo
Hazzo
Apr 15, 2020 7:22 AM

Its BS, the biggest lie told to mankind, ‘modelling’, computers only output according to the data input if thats biased so is the results, the whole thing began with ‘holes in the ozone’, then it became human caused through burning FF and now we have the unqualified 16 year old greta funbags looking for her niche to make money, the Al Gores with their malibu beach homes, the Maldives haven’t disappeared and the arctic and antarctic aren’t defrosting other than in their seasonal summers and the ‘modellers’ have now settled on a gas without which all life on Earth would disappear, is too heavy to float above the air and you swallow this garbage, you’re a mug of the first order and the reason half the world is in poverty, 30 years of intense lying has brainwashed you, a useful idiot.

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 4:39 PM
Reply to  ZenOn

I and several others in my family have PhD’s in various disciplines. When you work closely with academics and in Science you realise how flakey he data truely is and how easily it is manipulated to suit a narrative !Especially as years or research and thousands of pages of data have to be summarised in just six pages of a journal article !!

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 15, 2020 9:27 AM
Reply to  marvin

Tell me, Marvelous, what field do you have your doctorate in?

Arsebiscuits
Arsebiscuits
Apr 12, 2020 8:50 PM

Sentimentality is the superstructure erected upon brutality

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Apr 12, 2020 10:30 PM
Reply to  Arsebiscuits

Arsebiscuits: Hmmmm….. Good one!

Arsebiscuits
Arsebiscuits
Apr 12, 2020 10:36 PM

I was reading Carl Jung’s essay about James Joyce’s Ulysses’s and this sentence stuck out and relevant in describing the faux concern of this pandemic by the neurotically inclined.

binra
binra
Apr 13, 2020 12:04 PM
Reply to  Arsebiscuits

Because true sentiment is destroyed and the hollowness must be covid over with paramount concern

Blubber
Blubber
Apr 12, 2020 8:05 PM

I think the hysteria works because there are a lot of narcissists around, and such narcissists are so full of their own importance that a virus with the potential to deprive the world of their great insight and intellect must surely be stopped whatever the cost to liberty. I’d love to see a skeptical psychologists analysis of why a virus has totally freaked out historically rational commentators – fascinating.

Portonchok
Portonchok
Apr 12, 2020 10:24 PM
Reply to  Blubber

Exactly that, narcissism and social media, the plague of the past ten years. It used to be called Ego. The poor darlings cannot imagine the planet without them, so they are willing to sacrifice everyone.

Shaking My Head
Shaking My Head
Apr 12, 2020 11:06 PM
Reply to  Blubber

I definitely am getting that vibe with all the selfie videos of healthcare workers supposedly drained from the ‘utter chaos’. It’s a chance for a lot of people to get their fame and be adored as heroes of humanity.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 13, 2020 2:02 AM

NASSTY comment.

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 13, 2020 2:05 PM

Let me guess you have a friend who is a nurse/doctor.

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 4:41 PM

Richard – if they were as drained and worn out as they say, the last thing on their mind would be taking a selfie or making a video ! They would just want to go home and crash out !!

Germs Bond
Germs Bond
Apr 13, 2020 5:35 AM

I’ve believed for a long time that medicine is the narcissist’s profession. I’ll be more precise about it. 99% or more of doctors could be diagnosed with with psychopathic or narcissistic personality disorders in my opinion.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 13, 2020 10:15 AM
Reply to  Germs Bond

From my experience its about a quarter. Others are just doing what mummy and daddy want, and there are plenty of humanitarians, fewer in surgery, particularly orthopaedics.

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 13, 2020 2:14 PM
Reply to  Germs Bond

There are some good ones I have discovered while trying to research this plandemic. They seem quite disturbed by what are are seeing. Dr John Ioannidis
-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6MZy-2fcBw
Dr Jay Bhattacharya -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UO3Wd5urg0&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0Eu9UUXnCO8H8-sweuZiqqp_5yK8B_tzhxM0ijptqbh8DbwWWfJcgHW_k
They seem to want to make a difference

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 14, 2020 2:50 PM
Reply to  Germs Bond

Germs Bond – I’d definitely agree with that – particularly rife in Consultants and Psychiatrists. Let’s not forget Shipman and other GPs also. Don’t forget the nurses too. I rarely meet nurses that are either competent or committed.

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 4:42 PM
Reply to  Germs Bond

Most that i met studying medicine at University, were just in it for the money. They couldn’t care less about the patients !!

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 13, 2020 2:04 PM

I have tangled with a few that want to drop there superiority complex on me just because their wife is a nurse or they have a friend who is a Doctor. I hope I wasn’t to tough on them.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 13, 2020 2:02 AM
Reply to  Blubber

We are living at the true End of History. The capitalist Moloch is devouring the world, the global ecological Holocaust is proceeding apace, with accelerating effects and the 500 year reign of terror of the West over humanity is ending, in farce. The subconscious of individuals, the collective conscious of the species and whatever ‘morphic’ or ‘ nooetic’ influence there may be in action, all create a sense of dread, of impending doom. The powers that be are exploiting a nasty, new, potentially cultivated, disease to crack down, in preparation for war with China and Russia, and whatever further, ‘useless eaters’ eliminating bioweapons they have in reserve. I’d avoid any ‘vaccine’ for this disease like the plague, and get scripts for Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin and buy some zinc and eat a lot of oysters, myself.

MLS
MLS
Apr 15, 2020 9:16 AM

Why bother trying to cling to the sinking wreckage of your old belief system. It was all a lie, Richard. Smell the coffee. The threat of war is over. Russia and China are in on it too. This is a new normal, new rules and a global government. They are going to lock you up forever to save you from viruses – and climate change.

You are about to get what you thought you wanted.

binra
binra
Apr 13, 2020 12:45 PM
Reply to  Blubber

Narcissus can be taken as an archetypal myth for the mind obsessed and fixated in its own imaged thinking. It can thus cast out onto everyone and everything else the world it assigns and so run as the maker of a self-isilating and locked down ‘reality’ into which the true relational field cannot find entry or answer – even though it stands at the door and knocks. The ability to maintain a private bubble is yet dependent on the very thing it denies … relationship. So all of those who THOUGHT they were in a real world of real relationships have been made aware of the lack of foundation to what is now realised not to be a solid place on which to stand – and so they reach for whatever offers support and cover for what they lack. Fear of death can bring this on. Prepping for wtshtf is… Read more »

VainSaints
VainSaints
Apr 12, 2020 7:50 PM

How about you start calling out these people by their names instead of writing this time-wasting load of crap?

Alan Tench
Alan Tench
Apr 12, 2020 11:17 PM
Reply to  VainSaints

From where should they be called out – the kitchen? The bedroom? Where precisely?

Koba
Koba
Apr 13, 2020 5:18 AM
Reply to  Alan Tench

How about in the actual article Alan instead of the passive aggressive shite we got. Just name the narcissists in alt media so we can be careful and be done with it.

DomesticExtremi
DomesticExtremi
Apr 13, 2020 10:32 AM
Reply to  Koba

Are you not able to tell the good from the bad by yourself?

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 4:44 PM
Reply to  Koba

I have to agree – i was looking for them to be named.

Alison McDowell
Alison McDowell
Apr 12, 2020 7:05 PM

Also important to know that Omidyar Network is funding many outlets as well and Pierre is pushing adoption of global digital ID, which I believe is tied in with the anti-body certifictes. He owns the Intercept, which I discuss here, but is funding many other outlets. https://wrenchinthegears.com/2017/09/29/omidyar-the-intercept-impact-investing/

Eric McCoo
Eric McCoo
Apr 12, 2020 7:32 PM

Great article Alison. I subscribed to your blog.

Alison McDowell
Alison McDowell
Apr 12, 2020 7:04 PM

In the US most of the press has fallen in with the “Solutions Journalism” project, including higher-profile alternative press. They are set up to advance the transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution “social impact” poverty mining schemes. Background on my experience in Philadelphia here: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/09/30/dont-let-impact-investors-capture-the-non-profit-activist-media/

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 13, 2020 2:03 AM

‘Nickel and dimed’ were you?

Alison McDowell
Alison McDowell
Apr 13, 2020 3:25 AM

Not sure what is meant by that?

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 13, 2020 10:16 AM

Check Barbara Ehrenreich.

Alison McDowell
Alison McDowell
Apr 13, 2020 1:50 PM

Yes, I’m familiar with the book, just not sure how it is relevant to my the linked post, which is about the rise of “Solutions Journalism” and impact media.

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 12, 2020 7:03 PM

Tim Brooke Taylor (or as the under 40s call him “Tim Brooke Who?”) has died – naturally of coronavirus. I’m starting to think that “coronavirus” is just another expression for “death”.

woodlark
woodlark
Apr 12, 2020 7:40 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Sorry to hear that. I am of a generation that enjoyed the ‘Goodies’…comedy has changed beyond recognition since those innocent days when a joke was judged on whether it was funny as opposed to whether it was politically correct.

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 12, 2020 8:07 PM
Reply to  woodlark

One day we’ll be saying, “Comedy has changed beyond recognition since those innocent days when people could actually go outside and meet each other!”

Mike Ellwood
Mike Ellwood
Apr 12, 2020 10:06 PM
Reply to  woodlark

I am also sorry to hear that. He was also famous (for some of us) in the radio series
I’m sorry I’ll Re\ad That Again”, and later “I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue”.

He was 79 (17 July 1940). Not really all that old by modern standards, but of course, plenty of people do die around that age, and younger.

A well-known, much-loved victim is perfect for promoting the narrative though.

“Stay at home, or you might die like poor old Tim (*sniff*)”.

Watt
Watt
Apr 13, 2020 4:22 PM
Reply to  Mike Ellwood

Pre-covid one would/might say..’Ah well, a good innings’. No fearful panic, at all.

Watt
Watt
Apr 13, 2020 4:20 PM
Reply to  woodlark

Yup. I’m a recent convert to.. ‘The Catherine Tate Show’ Was screened on BBC1, if you don’t mind. Unbelievable now.

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 12, 2020 7:50 PM
Reply to  George Mc

He was a very funny man. A highly gifted comic from the earliest beginnings of the Monty Python age. I couldn’t help noticing that the media steadfastly refuse to indicate in any of their obituaries whether he had any underlying sickness – apart from being quite old, of course…

Jay Khaye
Jay Khaye
Apr 13, 2020 2:22 PM
Reply to  George Mc

I think everyone who has died since March 13 has died with Covid19, in fact the CDC now mandates that Physicians write up the death certificate that way regardless if they were even tested.

alexander reynolds
alexander reynolds
Apr 12, 2020 6:40 PM

I wasn’t actually sure who the author of the article was referring to with her phrase “alt-media”. From the comments section, I can see that it may be a group of commentators I’m not familiar with. I will say, though, that the phenomenon she refers to has been very noticeable these last few weeks among those pundits and journalists of the “Alt Right” who have, these past ten years, sprung into the gap left by the left after its authoritarian turn. The absolute carbon-copy unanimity of a certain broad complex of “Alt Right” authors and broadcasters on this issue is quite striking. Raheem Kassam and the “Breitbart” authors generally (taking their cue from Steve Bannon); Alex Jones’s protegé Paul Joseph Watson; online “philosopher” Stefan Molyneux in Canada and prominent Trump cheerleaders like Mike Cernovich and Scott Adams. All these people share a basic “three-point stance” on the current “health crisis”… Read more »

milosevic
milosevic
Apr 13, 2020 7:49 AM

if there can be left alt-media, why can’t there also be right alt-media? surely it’s worth acknowledging the distinction, if only so that you don’t mistake one for the other.

alexander reynolds
alexander reynolds
Apr 13, 2020 9:26 AM

>Alt media, or alternative media is an informal term for bloggers or vloggers or news outlets that are independently funded, usually by reader donations, and publish non-mainstream analysis of geopolitics and current events. It has nothing to do with ‘alt Right’. Hmmmmm…So you’re an admin here and yet you appear to be blithely unaware that there is absolutely nothing in the definition of “alt media” that you give which would exclude from the concept any number of sites conveying “Alt Right” ideas, i.e. that it is completely nonsensical for you to end your contribution with the words “It has nothing to do with Alt Right”. Almost all of the platforms I mentioned – Stefan Molyneux’s, Paul Joseph Watson’s etc. – do PRECISELY what you say, and are funded precisely in the way you describe, in your description . I haven’t posted on OffGuardian before but I think I’m beginning to… Read more »

JudyJ
JudyJ
Apr 13, 2020 12:28 PM

??

To say I’m bemused by this rant is putting it mildly. You insult OffGuardian and its readership on the grounds of two responses to your original post (Milosevic was actually replying to Admin 1’s comment); and Admin 1’s comment was, as usual for them, offering helpful clarification. And you regard two innocuous replies as “staggeringly ‘cliquey’ “?

I shall just point out that underneath your original post there are two symbols – a ‘thumbs up’ and a ‘thumbs down’. You might care to look at the tally there. Not that I care, but do you still feel that your irrational attack is justified?

Mike Ellwood
Mike Ellwood
Apr 13, 2020 12:46 PM

Alexander, welcome and I hope you will stick around. I enjoyed reading what you wrote, even though I’m probably one of the targets, definitely having been a confirmed yoghurt knitter at one time, although I’m in recovery now.

Off-G is a dissenting voice, I like to think, and no harm at all in having dissent within the dissent, so long as it isn’t vicious or ad hominem, which yours wasn’t.

I didn’t necessarily agree with everything you wrote, but I enjoyed reading it; the experience was a bit like reading Peter Hitchens (not that I am saying you are like him).

I personally don’t pay much attention to labels like alt-left or alt-right or alt media. They come and go and change meanings.

Cicatriz
Cicatriz
Apr 13, 2020 1:01 PM

The alt-right is just a term used by/for the new far right groups who want to be held as distinct from the more traditional. They are alternative and alt is short for alternative. Alternative media is media distinguished from traditional media as Admin points out. Some of this alternative media is right wing, some is left, some may be harder to pin down. Due to the whole stupid left/right anachronism, different people will have different views as to what is left, right or indeterminate. So, alt-rght will have alt-media, alt-left will also have alt-media. The point is, alternative media is not mainstream, it does not have traditional revenue streams and is typical aimed at people with alternate views (whatever they may be). The thesis of the piece is why do outlets that take alternative views on a range of issues suddenly fall lockstep with the mainstream view. I think you… Read more »

alexander reynolds
alexander reynolds
Apr 13, 2020 2:08 PM
Reply to  Cicatriz

>You are falling into an association fallacy: “alt-right has alt-media therefore alt-media is alt-right.” Actually, what I was pointing out in all of the posts I have made was that YOU people are falling into just this fallacy, or rather a fallacy precisely analogous to it: to you “alt-media” is simply synonymous with “media to the LEFT of the mainstream media”; at best, some of you appear to be willingly grudgingly to concede that there has been a sort of “establishment-critical” narrative developed recently that relies on values like “national identity” and “tradition” and that might, at a pinch, be mentioned in the same breath as the “establishment-critical” narrative that relies on values like “solidarity” and “universal human liberation”. I base myself, in saying this, on pretty much all the “alternative media” sources that I see specifically named in the posts and replies above mine. The users of OffGuardian seem… Read more »

Cicatriz
Cicatriz
Apr 13, 2020 3:26 PM

Actually, what I was pointing out in all of the posts I have made was that YOU people are falling into just this fallacy, or rather a fallacy precisely analogous to it: to you “alt-media” is simply synonymous with “media to the LEFT of the mainstream media” I do not fall into that trap at all. I consider alternative media alternative because it is not part of the mainstream corporate funded media. I honestly do not care where the media falls on the left right spectrum as to whether it is alternative or not. The two are not coupled. Some people may view only the left as truly alternative, I find unsophisticated. And let’s be honest, a lot of the right take exactly the same view of the left. I read left and right wing media, but am generally put off by the extremes of both. However there is still… Read more »

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Apr 15, 2020 9:34 AM

Is the ‘gauchosphere’ inhabited by the gauche, in which case I qualify, or gauchos, in which case I must count myself out, as my horse is indisposed? Or is it a typo, for the ‘grouchosphere’, which I could not join, unless they rejected my application?

milosevic
milosevic
Apr 13, 2020 2:09 PM

oh, I see what your problem is — you’re a moron.

Koba
Koba
Apr 13, 2020 5:22 AM

Alex the fact you ever listened to gobshite PJW shows that you too should butt out of things

Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe
Apr 12, 2020 6:36 PM

ASSUME NOTHING, BELIEVE NOBODY, AND CHECK EVERYTHING. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to carefully scrutinize all hyped events. We should all adopt the mentality of a forensic scientist and recite this “ABC” mantra: assume nothing, believe nobody, and check everything. Unfortunately, billions are still mesmerized by the mainstream media news. It’s hypnotic effect is super-powerful and has the capability to convince most to accept every official narrative. However, the ranks of the more discerning are demanding independent news. Don’t despair, this large segment of the population has NOT been abandoned by the security state. The intelligence agencies know there’s a large percentage of the population who will no longer listen to mainstream media news. Enter “independent media” comprised of an assortment of “pseudo-independent” websites and YouTube channels. Come on now, did you think the national security state would leave anyone out. Of course, the supposed “independent” sites are more… Read more »

clickkid
clickkid
Apr 12, 2020 7:02 PM

Outstanding post – you got a lot in there.

Charlotte Ruse
Charlotte Ruse
Apr 12, 2020 9:05 PM
Reply to  clickkid

Thanks

RobG
RobG
Apr 12, 2020 7:07 PM

I agree with ‘clickkid’: an outstanding post.

Hugh O’Neill
Hugh O’Neill
Apr 12, 2020 9:16 PM

Once again, Charlotte nails it with style. Democracy Now may be one example: you know they will never cover 9/11 or the assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK. We have been supplied with another Litmus Test with which to discern truth.

Frank Speaker
Frank Speaker
Apr 12, 2020 10:32 PM

Charlotte, you should explain why you don’t believe this site is compromised by the Deep State, since your logical argument above doesn’t exclude it.

My personal view is that there are Deep State personas operating on this site, trying hard to bring it into disrepute with outlandish claims. Some of you will know as to whom I am referring to, the Admins certainly do.

Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe
Apr 12, 2020 11:35 PM
Reply to  Frank Speaker

My post, is an observation or a general analysis of independent media primarily relating to how they’re reporting and reacting to the COVID-19 panic pandemic. But as one commentator did astutely point out, there’s an interesting correlation between the lack of introspection or “hesitation” to analyze the motives behind the promotion of excessive panic and the same lack of introspection when
reflecting on other past hyped and questionable events.

What’s especially interesting, is that each past suspicious and hyped event ultimately resulted in a greater loss of liberty. My conclusion, is that many independent commentators are actually deep state assets who are replicating the mainstream media’s position in a more nuanced way.

Now getting back to your question are you referring to the bloggers on this site and their comments, or the actual site itself.

Harriet
Harriet
Apr 12, 2020 10:53 PM

Please name names. Otherwise the great analysis is basically worthless.

Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe
Apr 12, 2020 11:59 PM
Reply to  Harriet

Your comment is ludicrous–make your own assessment based on the general guidelines of the analysis. Put your own thinking cap on…..

Harriet
Harriet
Apr 13, 2020 3:42 AM

No, my comment is not ludicrous. Yours is. What are you afraid of?

Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe
Apr 13, 2020 4:12 AM
Reply to  Harriet

I’m not doing a report card for security state websites. I’m merely pointing out their tactics, and that they operate a slew of full of shit dumbass websites and Youtube channels, which any person with half a brain can figure out. WTF is wrong with you. Why do you want to know which crap-ass sites they should remove. Too damn bad, let the national security state figure it out.

Harriet
Harriet
Apr 13, 2020 5:00 AM

” which any person with half a brain can figure out. WTF is wrong with you. ”
Tut Tut. If any person with half a brain can figure out which sites you are talking about, then what in the world is the point of this post, or of your comment? They would have figured all of this out on their own.
“Why do you want to know which crap-ass sites they should remove. ”
Obviously the reason I want to know what sites you are talking about is so that I become more skeptical and realize I am being lied to by someone.
Who should remove the crap-ass sites? Me?
You have ceased making sense.

Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe
Apr 13, 2020 5:21 AM
Reply to  Harriet

In fact, many have already figured it out. I’m just pinpointing what many already know.

“Obviously the reason I want to know what sites you are talking about is so that I become more skeptical and realize I am being lied to by someone.”

You seem like a pretty wise cookie, I’m sure you’ll be able to compose your own list of sellout sites…..

Theo Bartley
Theo Bartley
Apr 13, 2020 12:31 PM

“I’m just pinpointing what many already know.”

No, you’re not ‘pinpointing’, you’re generalising because it’s safe, and doesn’t expose your supposed knowledge of specifics to testing or criticism.

There is no logical reason for not naming names.

Jen
Jen
Apr 13, 2020 11:44 AM
Reply to  Harriet

It should not be necessary for Charlotte Russe to name “names”. You are acting like a troll wanting “names” in order perhaps to trip her up if she were to name a particular site or blog. Russe is describing scenarios which should be familiar to most Off-Guardian readers by now because these are scenarios that have been repeated over time. Once the Deep State latches onto something that time and again brings success, even if that success comes less than 50% of the time, it will keep using it in other environments regardless of whether those particular environments favour success or not. Examples are the various Color Revolutions that TPTB employ around the world even though in some countries (China and Iran come to mind) they continually go nowhere. The TPTB thinking goes: if Color Revolutions succeed in Ukraine, they’re bound to succeed somewhere else and everywhere else, they just… Read more »

Harriet
Harriet
Apr 13, 2020 3:10 PM
Reply to  Jen

“You are acting like a troll wanting “names” in order perhaps to trip her up if she were to name a particular site or blog. ” Jen, in what way would Russe be “tripped up”? If names are named of sites already working for the Deep State, how does that “trip up” anyone, since these sites are, obviously, known to the Deep State, since they are already running them. Right? No news for the Deep State there. The only ones “tripped up” are the innocents who continue to believe they are reading genuine alternative new sites? “Russe is describing scenarios which should be familiar to most Off-Guardian readers by now because these are scenarios that have been repeated over time” Jen, in that case what is the point of Russe’s post? If everyone already knows what she is talking about. “That is one reason why Russe does not need to… Read more »

Harriet
Harriet
Apr 13, 2020 3:29 PM
Reply to  Harriet

In short, Russe is basically crying “Fire!” in a crowded theater. When the frightened audience shouts back “Where??” Russe says “You work it out for yourself” as she runs away in a presumably safe direction. Pfui!

alexander reynolds
alexander reynolds
Apr 13, 2020 9:45 AM
Reply to  Harriet

Great point, Harriet. Really the only one that needs to be made. The thuggish, expletive-filled response from Ms Russe proves that you struck a nerve. And the nerve – to say it even more explicitly than you have – was this one: the breadth of Ms Russe’s reading and viewing (and I think this also goes for the author of the article that she praises so fulsomely, assuming they are not the same person anyway) is probably comparable to that of the reading and viewing of the typical OffGuardian reader which, I am sad to have to acknowledge, looks like it’s probably comparable to that of the reading and viewing of the typical Guardian reader. In other words, she – just like Ms Black (again, assuming that they’re not the same person) – concerns herself regularly and religiously with the utterances of Democracy Now!, Glenn Greenwald and a few other… Read more »

milosevic
milosevic
Apr 13, 2020 2:18 PM

I would like to vote that the above commenter is a state disinfo troll.

Harriet
Harriet
Apr 13, 2020 2:29 PM
Reply to  milosevic

Oh, come on!
I still don’t understand why Russe doesn’t state what she is talking about. There has been a fair amount of online discussion of Glenn Greenwald and his relationship to The Intercept. So no news from Russe there. I assume she is referring to other sites, but which ones? When someone comes along and accuses Julian Assange of being a limited hangout, I do have problems with that and reckon I am dealing with la-las. Assange is literally hanging on by a thread, headed for an early grave. Or is all of that a fake news narrative, per Russe? Is that what she is talking about? What in the world does she, a lowly commenter at Off Guardian, have to fear from being specific about her charges? Absent some specifics for reality checking, her post is just a wild denunciation that generates more paranoia.

marvin
marvin
Apr 14, 2020 4:49 PM
Reply to  Harriet

I too would like to know as i am not aware of all the alternative sites out there, so i would like to know which ones are just following the narrative and are therefore not worth bothering with !!

Hazzo
Hazzo
Apr 14, 2020 12:36 PM
Reply to  milosevic

Sounds like a balanced view to me rather than being a blind ‘lefty’ or ‘righty’, where you come across as a far left one liner who thinks his opinion is not up for debate just like the rest of the most recent ‘left’, do you mask up for protests?

Max
Max
Apr 13, 2020 12:29 AM

Excellent analysis.

Nobody
Nobody
Apr 14, 2020 7:39 AM