The fear and panic is being stoked heavily, once again, about surges in cases and surges in hospitalizations. Former FDA Director Scott Gottlieb (who is on the board of at least seven big pharma and medical policy companies) is calling for a "mandatory nationwide mask mandate"! Are we really returning to April levels of Covid, or is this a last-minute political ploy just a week from election day?
By Chris Rossini
Plant an acorn into the soil and you will end up with a mighty oak tree. You plant, and the soil responds.
Plant an apple seed, and the soil will produce an apple tree. A lilac seed will produce a lilac bush.
The soil will not produce until you plant the seed. You initiate the process. There is no such thing as 'something for nothing' when it comes to the soil.
The soil doesn't care which seed is planted, or who does the planting. It can be an Iowan planting corn, or a Floridian planting oranges. The soil doesn't care.
Pretty standard stuff right?
Nature...Science...It couldn't be more perfect.
Well, there are always some human beings who take this process and let their imaginations run wild. They visualize themselves treating other human beings the same way that they treat the acorn. These busybody micromanagers imagine that they can turn humans into the equivalent of the acorn.
They imagine that if they do X to the human, that the human will respond exactly as expected. Do XY, and the human will respond as anticipated. Do XYZ to the human, and once again, like an acorn sprouting into a mighty oak, the human will sprout into what the busybody micromanager wants.
The micromanager could not be more mistaken.
A human being is not an acorn. Yes, in terms of matter, both are composed of atoms, and yes, both are made up of the elements from the periodic table.
But the human has free will and the ability (and responsibility) to choose. The acorn does not. The human being is conscious. It thinks. It values. It has goals and purposes. The human being acts, and acts with a purpose. Every action is taken to achieve a subjectively valued end; an end chosen by that individual in his or her own conscious mind.
The human can imagine anything, but everything imagined cannot necessarily be made into a physical reality.
Some human beings have imagined utopias, perhaps since the very beginning; at least since the beginning of our historical records.
Today's busybody micromanagers have joined the club. By using the word "science" as a smokescreen, they've fooled (not only themselves) but a good number of other people into believing that human life can be micromanaged in the same way that a farm can be managed.
The human is just one more variable, like an acorn. Just do this, and you'll always get that.
And since the beginning, reality has always rebuffed the micromanager utopians with one simple word: "No."
This "No" delivered back by reality is accompanied by mass pain and suffering; perhaps so humans could learn from their mistakes to never trust or believe the utopians.
But human beings seem to have short memories, and the utopians always return:
"No, no, you don't understand. We have amazing technology. We have data, and more data, and even more than that. This time we can turn the human into the equivalent of the acorn. We can turn human life into one giant Pavlovian paradise, that we run."
And yet, the answer that can be tossed back never changes:
No, no, it is you who doesn't understand, and your monumental error can do nothing but produce mass pain and suffering yet again. It doesn't matter what technology you have. It doesn't matter how much data you collect. You can place cameras and microphones on every square inch of the earth and it will not make one iota of difference.
You did not make the human. You will not 'remake' him either.
You are not the Creator, but a creation that combines that which already exists. You combine thoughts to make ideas. You combine elements to make tools, products, goods, and technologies.
You heard the Beatles song, right? "There's nothing you can do that can't be done."
You combine. You don't create.
So it is you who misunderstands your place in the world, and if you're attempting to turn a human into an acorn, you're going to combine things in a way that brings mass suffering to humans, irrespective of what you think are good intentions.
Technology does, and should, serve individuals and the ends that they each individually choose.
A monumental error is made when technology is viewed as a means for you to try to control the uncontrollable.
Your means are insufficient. Your end is imaginary.
You really should stop.
Go plant some acorns.
Human beings are created free to choose, and free they shall remain.
"We can't do it, unless we raise taxes." These are words that one hardly ever hears from Washington. How can this be? How can they run a military empire, a humongous welfare state, bailout everyone, and make promises that can never be kept? Well, it's the unconstitutional Federal Reserve that created this fantasy, and all fantasies ultimately crash on the shores of reality. The great economist Ludwig von Mises spoke of the "crack-up boom." You should know what it is, and how to protect yourself before it arrives.
Tonight the two US presidential candidates are set to square off again in a debate. The former vice president has cancelled campaign appearances this week to "prepare" for the event. The debate commission said no foreign policy among the topics. Also today: the Biden scandal worsens. And...are Russia AND Iran trying to fix our elections? Plus: suicides on the increase.
NPR is reporting on several new studies concluding that schools are not nearly as dangerous for either students or teachers regarding coronavirus and also that the death rate from the virus is plunging. This is NPR - the mainstream media. So why does the war on children continue? Also in today's program: "excess deaths" - who are they? A return to lockdown in the US. And more Republican saber rattling toward China.
By Ron Paul
There is a lot to cheer about when it comes to most of President Trump's foreign policy statements. He regularly tells us he is ending foreign wars and bringing troops home. But do the people who work for him even listen? It seems as soon as the president makes a strong foreign policy statement, one of his appointees grabs a microphone to explain what the president “really meant.”
Earlier this month, President Trump Tweeted that, “we should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!”
It was a very encouraging statement. But almost immediately his statement was “clarified” – actually refuted – by two Administration officials.
First, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Mark Milley, directly contradicted his boss – who also happens to be his Commander-in-Chief - stating, “It’s a conditions-based plan. We’re continuing to monitor those conditions.”
Then President Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told us that the president’s statement was merely an expression of his “desire.” “All presidents, all GIs, want the troops home by Christmas,” he said on Friday.
Then Milley and O’Brien launched a war of words against each other over troop withdrawal, with Milley attacking O’Brien’s “clarification” that 2,500 troops would remain in Afghanistan until at least early next year. Milley called it “speculation.”
O’Brien fought back, stating that it “has been suggested by some that that’s speculation. I can guarantee you that’s the plan of the President of the United States.”
It’s hard to follow!
While President Trump’s statement on bringing the troops home is to be applauded, he has a real problem getting his policies implemented by the very people he has hired to do the implementing. It has long been said that “the personnel is the policy,” and we have seen this very clearly in this administration.
President Trump ran on a sensible foreign policy, defining “America first” as getting the US out of endless and counterproductive wars. Many, me included, believe this position may have provided his margin of victory. The “peace candidate” nearly always wins.
But you cannot pursue an “America first” foreign policy if you put people like Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Nikki Haley, Mark Milley, and others in charge of carrying it out. They simply won’t do it. We are seeing that again when it comes to withdrawing our troops from the long and foolish war in Afghanistan.
For a president once made famous for uttering the line “you’re fired,” Trump seems unwilling or perhaps unable to dismiss those who actively seek to undermine his policies.
There is no need for endless negotiations with the Taliban on what the country might look like or should look like when we get out. The only way to get out of Afghanistan is to just get out of Afghanistan. To just come home. Nineteen years fighting a losing battle to re-shape a country thousands of miles away about which the “experts” know nothing is more than enough.
But if there is ever a “danger” of a war coming to a close, Washington’s warmongers are right there trying to stir up another conflict. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said late last week that would like to see huge military spending increases to counter the “threat” of Russia and China.
Robbing Middle America to enrich the millionaires in the military-industrial complex seems to be the one issue universally supported in Washington. But it is not at all what the American people want. Will Trump have another chance to pursue an actual “America first” foreign policy? Soon we will know…
Speaking on a conference call yesterday, President Trump made what appears to be a final and irreversible break with the "lockdown" and "facemask" policies of Anthony Fauci and the rest of the Covid "experts" who have spent the past half year or so attacking civil liberties in the name of fighting a virus. Will this last-minute attack on Fauci and all the other "idiots who got it wrong" pay dividends as the campaign winds toward the finish? Plus today: Dallas Morning News runs pro-Great Barrington Declaration op-ed: is the tide finally turning?
By Chris Rossini
America has a major imperialist mindset problem. Attempting to force one's way of living on others has caused tremendous turmoil, both around the world, and here at home.
The two major parties have been consumed with imperialism for a very long time; at least 100 years. Republicans have a tendency to want to impose upon people in foreign nations, while Democrats tend to want to impose upon people in America. The dividing lines are by no means clear-cut though. Many of the biggest warmongers in American history have been Democrats, and many of the biggest domestic oppressors have been Republicans. So there's plenty of overlap.
In any case, "Live and let live" is not on the agenda of either party, where "Live as I tell you to live" is.
Of course, imperialism always has to be dressed up. It must be wrapped in fluffy humanitarian terms. But the aggressive and forceful means that are used are anything but humanitarian. The results are predictably disastrous and the reason is due to a fundamental lack of understanding (or stubborn rejection) of human nature.
No one wants to be imposed upon. We are each free and sovereign individuals, endowed with the responsibility of making our own choices.
That's what makes life so special. Human beings are not homogeneous. Our ability to think, value, and choose whatever we want is the essence of being human!
When someone attempts to impose on that essence, the guard goes up!
When someone attempts to bully and force their ideas on us, resistance to the idea is automatic. It doesn't matter what the idea is. Force breeds resistance. It's cause and effect.
However, when someone attempts to persuade us with their ideas peacefully, and leaves the decision up to us, we contemplate and evaluate the idea. We may even choose to adopt it. But we must adopt it by our own volition.
That's how real and lasting change and improvement occurs -- voluntarily!
That's the natural order of things. We didn't create that order, nor will anyone re-create a new order. Real and lasting change happens by voluntary choice.
This is why the ideas of Liberty are rooted-in and rest upon a foundation of non-aggression.
Every true champion of Liberty, where the flame burns in them like an inferno, understands that Liberty cannot and will not be imposed on others by force.
Champions of Liberty merely share the ideas in a peaceful manner, and then let go. It's up to the listener to decide what to do with it.
Try to impose Liberty by force, and the imposed up will end up hating you and rebelling against you.
Try to impose any idea by force, and the results will be exactly the same...hatred and rebellion.
The United States government, with its two imperialist parties, have created incredible amounts of hatred around the world, as well as here at home.
The causes are the same. The effects are the same.
Force breeds resistance.
It's time to ditch the imperialist mindset.
It's done nothing but cause misery and trouble.
Deja vu! Once again those Russians have come through to plant disinformation during a US presidential campaign! This time they are accused of being involved with Biden's son Hunter's laptop. Rep. Adam Schiff claims he's as sure about Russian activity this time as he was sure of Trump collusion with Russia last time. How did that one work out? Also today, White House top Covid advisor Dr. Scott Atlas has his Tweets yanked - more politicization of science? And...the California governor does not want you to sing.
Individual Liberty and Big Government are mutually exclusive. When America largely operated under a Constitutional government, the American middle class was awe-inspiring. Now, with a Constitution that is ignored, and with the biggest government to ever exist, the American middle class is disappearing.