Our successor to This Week in the Guardian, This Week in the New Normal is our weekly chart of the progress of autocracy, authoritarianism and economic restructuring around the world.
1.The Worst article I’ve ever read.
The demonisation campaign against those who decline to partake in the untested gene therapy is pervasive and seemingly limitless. Article’s pop up claiming unvaxxed people should be banned from flying, banned from healthcare, banned from state benefits, and even fired from their jobs.
But this article in The Mirror is the worst of the worst. Quite honestly the worst, most hate-filled and insidious article I have ever read, and it is literally my job to search out and read hate-filled and insidious articles.
Anti-vaxxers want to kill your babies, stage a coup and cause another lockdown!”
…and you don’t really need any more information than that. Read at your own risk.
2. The return of Lab-grown meat
…well, not “the return” exactly, because it never went away. I guess “resurgence” is the better word. There’s certainly a sudden bump in the coverage.
The Guardian “asks the expert” if lab-grown meat will replace the real thing. The “expert” in question makes and sells lab-grown meat and, rather unsurprisingly, they say “yes!”.
And then the Times, with a tone of reluctant surrender, tells us we “must embrace lab-grown meat” whether “we like it or not”.
At the same time, Sky hosts a “climate debate” on lab-grown meat. One of those fake “debates” which serves a pre-determined agenda by basing a staged disagreement on fundamental assumptions which neither side questions.
In this case, it’s just assumed that LGM is good for the planet, and that actual meat is bad for it. Neither of those things are proven to be true.
But good news everyone! Your genetically synthesised meat-like protein paste is one step closer…whether you like it not.
3. “Treat violence against women as seriously as terrorism”
The result of the Sarah Everard trial in the UK has kicked off a wave of fear-based propaganda concerning just how much violence against women goes on, and what we need to do about it. Over and over again a list of very predictable names in very predictable publications talk up the idea that women are “still not safe”, or never “feel safe” (which is not the same thing).
Clearly, any murder is a tragedy for the victim and their family, but to present our country, or society, as inherently violent or dangerous is completely disengenuous.
Let’s just check the stats, for the sake of reality.
In the UK, and most of the Western world, violent crime has been generally on the decline for decades. In 2019, EU statistics found a 32% drop in homicides since 2008. In 2020, the UK suffered ~750 murders in a population of 68 million people, meaning a crude murder rate of 0.001% (or 1 per 100,000). Less than one-third of those killed were women, and only 20% of them were attacked on the street.
Our society is not perfect, but violent crime (against either gender) has literally never been less of a danger in the history of the country. In terms of violent crime, the streets are as safe for women as they have ever been. If they don’t feel safe, well that’s probably because the media keep telling them how much “danger” they’re in.
But why? Why the massive exaggeration of the danger? And why the clarion calls for “action” on violence against women?
Well, the same exact reasons behind the “pandemic” narrative. Because hysteria is always useful. Because the people in charge need us to be afraid all the time. Because they want to make sure different genders, races and orientations are constantly mistrustful of one another. And, obviously, because it can be manipulated into increased powers for the state.
Social media companies are already being pressured to “do more to protect women”. After Everard’s murder first in the news in March, people were suggesting male-only curfews so women feel safe on the streets. If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that well-stoked public panic can be parlayed into exactly that kind of insane policy.
The title of this section is taken from a tweet by British Labour MP David Lammy:
Enough is enough. We need to treat violence against women and girls as seriously as terrorism.
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) October 1, 2021
It’s not clear what (if anything) David means by this. It’s entirely possible he’s just an idiot playing to the gallery, but anyone familiar with the real purpose, and disastrous societal fallout, of the “War on Terror” should probably be concerned about just how far those in charge could go to (allegedly) “make women feel safe.”
BONUS: The totally-not-a-cult of the week
Just want to point out that the vaccine-pushers of the New Normal are totally not in a cult.
Whether it’s dressing up dancers like syringes to prance around with glassy-eyed soul-dead TV hosts:
Wow, I honestly didn’t think it was possible, but I’m even more resistant to the vax then before pic.twitter.com/dxxHmyQ6GX
— The Sheep Hate This Account😌 (@skye_daddy) September 29, 2021
Or literally citing God as the source of the vaccine:
NY Governor Hochul proclaims, "The vaccine comes from God" and asks those present in the megachurch congregation, "I need you to be my apostles."#VaccineMandate #NewYork #VaccinesfromGod#Apostles#ReligiousExemptions#ProfitPfizer pic.twitter.com/6fQRyNF6UR
— The Solari Report (@solari_the) September 28, 2021
This is all very normal behaviour, and if you perceive it as creepy or cultlike, it’s only because you are a heretic…sorry, I mean a science denier.
BONUS II: Projection of the week
For those of you who don’t know who Keith Olbermann is, well I envy you..and apologise for introducing you to his existence. He’s a petty, ill-informed, opinionated loudmouth who takes up irrational and bigoted positions on pretty much everything, and trumpets those views loudly to anyone who’ll listen.
And yesterday, he tweeted this…
NEW VIDEO: They aren't Anti-Vax. They aren't Waiting For More Information. They aren't Exercising Personal Choice.
They are AFRAID.
The Americans who won't get the vaccine are morons, snowflakes, and they are AFRAID and we need to start calling them that, and calling them out. pic.twitter.com/yYLnjEQzk9
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 2, 2021
It takes a serious lack of self-awareness to get your third untested vaccination against a disease you have a 99.5% chance of surviving, and then lambast everyone not worried about the disease for being scaredy cats.
It’s not all bad…
The world of sport, especially American sports, is somewhat of a hotbed of “vaccine hesitancy”. This is down to several factors, most probably to do with many US athletes coming from working-class demographics with longstanding (and entirely justified) suspicions of both the media and big pharma.
By way of contrast with Olbermann’s spittle-spraying diatribe, we present the calm and rational position of NBA star Jonathan Isaac, speaking at a press conference on September 27th:
The NBA has already said they will dock the pay of unvaxxed players who refuse to comply with local mandates. And both the NBA and NFL have put in place massive restrictions on unvaccinated players to pressure them into getting the shot. The media, likewise, is piling on the pressure to conform.
All the players resisting in the face of such a powerful campaign deserve respect. And they serve as a reminder that Covid sceptics, or even just those people who want nothing to do with the vaccine, are not anything like the tiny minority the media tries to pretend we are. And our arguments are rational and informed, not based on the insults and mindless frothing outrage of those trying to pressure us into conforming.
Also, for anyone who wants a chuckle this Sunday afternoon…
— meleis_0ne (@meleis_one) October 3, 2021