Streetwise Professor

January 16, 2022

Dispatches From Dystopia

Filed under: CoronaCrisis,Economics,Politics — cpirrong @ 7:17 pm

The shade of James Buchanan rests easy now, secure in the knowledge that he is no longer the worst president in US history.

Although the eclipse of Buck’s dubious claim to fame has been evident for some months, his successor to the sobriquet sealed the deal with a truly loathsome (even by his standards) speech on “voting rights” in Georgia last week. Unsurprisingly demonstrating no shame, or self-knowledge, the one-time buddy of full-on segregationists (e.g., Eastland, Talmadge, Byrd) and man who bragged that (a) Delaware had sided with the South in the Civil War, and (b) that George Wallace praised him, claimed that anyone who opposed the federalization of US elections was in a confederacy with Bull Connor, selfsame George Wallace and . . . Jefferson Davis.

Buchanan was a disaster because he fiddled while the country spun into disunion and civil war. But although he failed to stop it, he didn’t actively stoke division and hatred. Which is what exactly Biden did in his speech.

A sharp contrast to Biden’s previous claims (e.g., in his inaugural address) that he would be a unifier.

As if that was ever credible.

Biden’s speech was so repulsive that even his pom-pom squad (e.g., Peggy Noonan, Chuck Todd, DICK Durbin, Al Sharpton, CNN, MSNBC, etc.) recoiled in horror. Not even they would drink this KoolAid.

But to anyone who is shocked: seriously? Where have you been during Biden’s entire public life? He has ALWAYS been a mean, nasty, dishonest, repulsive schmuck. Did I mention dishonest? His hair plugs are the most honest thing about him. Anyone who fell for the avuncular Joe shtick was an idiot or self-deluded.

In sum, it was only a matter of time before Brandon elbowed Buchanan to the side, and assumed the mantle of worst president in American history. Worst in personality (which is saying something, given the likes of LBJ), the most intellectually limited (by a mile, even before his senescence), and the most inept.

An illustration of Mencken’s adage: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

Well, we’re getting it good and hard now, ain’t we?

And as for democracy, and in particular, “our democracy”, Biden’s mantra is that state control of elections is tantamount to Jim Crow. Well, state control of elections has been a staple of “our democracy” (sic–the US is a republic) since the first federal election in 1788. But now it’s not, apparently. Indeed, its an anathema to it.

So spare me any blather about “our democracy” (sic). What we are witnessing is not reverence for, and an effort to protect, our political traditions: it is a concerted attempt to overthrow them.

Switching gears somewhat in my tour-de-dystopia–to COVID. (Not a complete shift, because Biden’s idiocy appears here too).

Here there is too much ground to cover–the entire globe, in fact. So much malignity to choose from. But much of it focuses on vaccine mandates.

Even this is a target rich environment. Macron saying that those refusing vaccination were not citizens and that he would piss on them. Quebec fining the unvaccinated and Canada barring unvaccinated truckers from entering the country (thereby exacerbating an already acute supply chain situation). Germany. Austria. (Germans gonna German!) Biden’s attempts to foist them on the US via OSHA or HHS (the former foiled the latter alas not).

But Australia presents the most egregious example. Australia has been in an intense competition with Canada and New Zealand for the Commonwealth Fascist Cup, but had eased into a comfortable lead with its concentration camps and truncheoning protesters (including old ladies). It has decided to cement its lead with its actions in a very high profile case.

Unvaccinated tennis great Novak Djokovic was just deported, thereby preventing him from playing in the Australian Open (with the very good chance of setting the record for Grand Slam victories). Was he deported because he violated visa requirements? No, even the Australian government recognized that he had a recognized and legitimate exemption–a previous COVID infection which made him less of a threat to the health of Australians than his vaccinated competitors. No. They deported him because he may “foster anti-vaccination sentiment.”

That is, he might galvanize opposition to government propaganda. Or, put differently, he would potentially undermine Mass Formation Psychosis.

Can’t have that!

Note well that governments’ insistence on vaccination has been almost perfectly negatively correlated with evidence regarding vaccine efficacy and perfectly positively correlated with evidence regarding its risks, especially for the non-aged.

To learn more about evidence of the always weak and now declining efficacy of the vaccines, read Substacks by el gato malo, Steve Kirsch, or Alex Berenson. The evidence is too strong to ignore–but governments are doubling down on ignoring it.

Hell, don’t believe them? How ’bout Bill Gates?: “The vaccines we have prevent severe disease and death very well but they are missing two key things. First they still allow infections (‘breakthrough’) and the duration appears to be limited. We need vaccines that prevent re-infection and have many years of duration.” So they don’t work long and they don’t stop the spread. Other than that, they’re great!

Don’t believe Bill? How about the Pfizer CEO, Albert Bourla?:

“The two doses, they’re not enough for omicron,” Bourla said. “The third dose of the current vaccine is providing quite good protection against deaths, and decent protection against hospitalizations.”

And believe me, these are the mildest characterizations of mRNA “vaccine” efficacy.

And as for the health risks, the anecdotal evidence (e.g., athletes collapsing or withdrawing from competition due to heart issues) is pretty startling.

Well, you might say, it’s only anecdotal evidence. But I guarantee that for any other medication, this anecdotal evidence would catalyze public outrage and spur aggressive government investigations, and indeed, pre-emptive pauses on further vaccination pending a thorough inquiry.

But here we see the exact opposite from governments. They do not even deign to acknowledge the issue, but double down on their demonization of the unvaccinated, their dismissal of doubts, and their demand for obedience.

Why? For the worst of reasons.

First, governments are loath to admit their myriad errors regarding the panicdemic, most notably their errors in wildly exaggerating the miracles that mRNA technology would shower upon a beleaguered world. Two shots didn’t work??? Then THREE! Three don’t work? FOUR! (The Dutch are planning six!)

Insanity: doing the same thing over, and expecting different results.

And this does not even get into the possibilities mooted by some even before mRNA treatments were widely employed that they could have unintended consequences, such as stimulating mutation or damaging immune systems.

Second, and even more disturbingly, as with most of the COVID policies we have endured the last two years, it’s not really about public health. It’s about public control. The Djokovic situation demonstrates that clearly: he was a threat not because he jeopardized public health (which the government acknowledged he did not), but because he jeopardized the government’s control over an ovine public. The sheep might get ideas!

(Never forget that 40 percent of Australians descend from prison guards conditioned to exact obedience. I shudder to think at the proportion among those in government. And many of the rest descend from prisoners conditioned to obey.)

Take any government policy adopted over the last two years that seems completely insane from a public health perspective. Then evaluate it from the perspective of whether it advances government control–or elite control (e.g., the Bill Gateses of the world).

You’ll find that the public health insanity is the epitome of government control rationality. Every. Damned. Time.

The Djokovic deportation is unique only because it is a disarmingly honest recognition of that fact.

There are stirrings of discontent around the world. But stirrings are not enough. The time for full-blown civil disobedience has arrived. No disobedience now, dystopia forever.

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  1. Very well written prof. (although I would take Berenson’s data analyis with a grain of salt from what I have seen over the course of the pandemic)

    What would be interesting, and is missing from this piece, is an analysis how the state of affairs could come about it the US (by extension “the West”). Im afraid, civil disobedience without knowing where to go/what to change is a dead end…

    Any analysis IMHO must at least answer/tackle the following questions:
    * Where are/were the checks and balances?
    * where is/was free-speech? Why didn’t it help?
    * what about the “great” university system (which we keep hearing is the best of the best)?

    Comment by viennacapitalist — January 17, 2022 @ 4:01 am

  2. Proud Australian that I am, not even I can offer a criticism of your critique.

    I’m simply speechless. The best I could do was an expletive-laden ‘venting’ text to a friend of mine this afternoon.

    I suppose the one silver lining to this poisonous black cloud is that it has made explicit just how bovinely stupid and ovinely gullible are so many of my fellow Aussies. There are some of us fighting the good fight but, with an election to be held in a few months, and the government led by people who themselves are led by the nose by the opinion polls, it’s the squeaky wheels wot get the oil, and the squeakiest here are people with less intellect than creatures found floating lifeless at the bottoms of ponds.

    My commiserations re. Sleepy Joe. Again, just speechless.

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — January 17, 2022 @ 5:43 am

  3. C’mon, man. “He has ALWAYS been a mean, nasty, dishonest, repulsive schmuck.” At least he’s not violent as far as I know, which is good going given that he boasts of being Irish.

    At a tangent: compare and contrast the teetotallers Biden and Trump versus the boozers Pelosi and Clinton. Somebody could write an interesting essay on that.

    Comment by dearieme — January 17, 2022 @ 6:37 am

  4. M. Micron said “Les non-vaccinés, j’ai très envie de les emmerder.” The relationship to “piss” seems rather distant; the relationship to the naughty schoolboy’s favourite French noun seems rather closer. How best to translate it is above my pay grade. “I would like to immerse them in steaming ordure” is a bit flowery and perhaps too literal.

    Comment by dearieme — January 17, 2022 @ 6:49 am

  5. I forgot you were a big tennis fan Craig. Djokovic is a money-grabbing tool – talk about totally failing to read Oz’s national zeitgeist.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Covid if I were you, after all we’re witnessing a major experiment in mask & vaccine avoidance in that secretive, authoritarian state which is seeking to further restrict personal freedoms and using religious dogma to deny women their rights (no, no, not Afghanistan, I’m talking about Texas). It’s gonna be an interesting couple of months.

    Comment by David Mercer — January 17, 2022 @ 7:45 am

  6. Those “rights” are denying life to others. Do the unborn have zero rights? Are they not the interest of government protection or just to cast aside.

    Comment by The Pilot — January 17, 2022 @ 9:15 am

  7. A nice vituperative, spleen-emptying post, skewering that potted turnip Uncle Joe Biden. Well done! Does he even have a clue what he is saying anymore? Although, I think that was a rather gratuitous swipe at the Aussie’s, the jailer and jailed comment. We are all aware of our own (U.S.) history. A former chairman of the CBOT once told me “the first two things people do when reaching The United States is, learn English and start screaming to keep the foreigners out.” None of us have been here for very long (unless, of course, you are Elizabeth Warren). So picking on the Aussie’s and their progenitors may have been a little above the odds.

    Comment by Donald Wolfe — January 17, 2022 @ 11:47 am

  8. Sheep spend their lives fearing the Wolf, but it’s the Shepard who eates them.

    Comment by T C Phillips — January 17, 2022 @ 12:04 pm

  9. “Do the unborn have zero rights?” That depends on the laws, doesn’t it? In some societies they do, in some they don’t. Hell, in some societies the newborn have no rights: Rome, Sparta, …

    Comment by dearieme — January 17, 2022 @ 12:07 pm

  10. Is there any proof that Rio Tinto is behind the Djokovic deportation because his foundation helped organize strikes against a lithium mine in Serbia or is that fake news and misdirection from Australia’s Tourism Board?

    Comment by Joe — January 17, 2022 @ 3:39 pm

  11. @Donald Wolfe–Thanks, but re Australia I refer you to @Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break below.

    Comment by cpirrong — January 17, 2022 @ 6:39 pm

  12. “(Never forget that 40 percent of Australians descend from prison guards conditioned to exact obedience. I shudder to think at the proportion among those in government. And many of the rest descend from prisoners conditioned to obey.)”

    Normally I would agree with you but in this case not. Most Australians are either immigrants over the last 70 years or their descendants and of course the merino sheep from the earlier settlers. It would be a small minority descending from “First Fleeters” or their jailers. However at the moment it would appear that we could segment Australians into: 1) sheeple, derived from the mix of merino’s and brain dead humans, and 2) escapees, those humans with critical thinking skills smart enough to escape the death jabs, and 3) the Wallopers, previously known as police and the justice system, that go around walloping old, defenceless people brave enough to protest. Include politicians and bureaucrats in this category.

    We will forget the pandemic in a few months when the WEF inflict the next stage in the war against humanity, i.e. the great energy failure along with the internet and telecommunications going off the air, then ATM’s going black, no cash, no food. What could go wrong? Well if they do it will be “one bridge too far” that even the sheeple will wake up and revolt.

    Comment by Sandy K — January 17, 2022 @ 6:56 pm

  13. “Take ant government policy” I do agree, but I would add money to the equation. There is always money somewhere tipping the argument.

    Comment by AlfromChgo — January 18, 2022 @ 8:06 am

  14. any sorry

    Comment by AlfromChgo — January 18, 2022 @ 8:07 am

  15. “At one point in the hearing, Djokovic was described as a potential “icon of free choice.””

    The new low for Australia. Free choice forbidden. Australia is now a slave state in all but name. Macron is driving France to the cusp, with Germany and Austria right along.

    As to Covid, the CDC admits that 94+% of deaths include an average of 4 comorbidities. That statistic has also found its way into a peer-reviewed publication.

    Covid-alone deaths are therefore about 5% of the reported number (0.05×800,000 = 40,000). Scale that by the fact that Covid patients do not receive the known-since-May-2020 early (safe and effective) treatment that typifies treatment of flu patients, and reduce the 40,000 by another 65-85% ~ 14,000 inherent Covid deaths in the US.

    That means about 786,000 unnecessary deaths to hold against the CDC (Fauci) the FDA (Wallensky) and the entire medical establishment.

    Comment by Pat Frank — January 18, 2022 @ 8:54 pm

  16. @Pat – So if you have say, hypertension (an eminently treatable condition, which I’d wager many hereabouts suffer from), and then catch Covid and perish, you’re assigning this death 100% to the former? If so I’m pretty certain you’ll be standing alone on this, away from any statisticians, data scientists, medical professionals etc.

    Re you’re comment about “786000 unnecessary deaths”, surely if, according to your fag-packet, they have nothing to do with Covid they would have happened anyway, ergo no blame to be assigned?

    Comment by David Mercer — January 19, 2022 @ 3:07 am

  17. “Macron saying that those refusing vaccination were not citizens and that he would piss on them”
    False: “Emmerder” means to “piss off” or to annoy, not “piss on”, which obviously are very different sentiments. As for not being citizens, that seems harsh to me, but there’s no denying that he has the support of a MASSIVE majority of his population on that point.

    As for doubts about the effectiveness of the vaccine, I refer you to this chart, which shows the rate at which the vaccinated and non-vaccinated are going into intensive care:

    Comment by HibernoFrog — January 19, 2022 @ 4:39 am

  18. Oz became a penal colony because the previous one had a revolution and kicked the Brits out.

    Comment by philip — January 19, 2022 @ 6:05 am

  19. Remember “We can send a man to the moon but we can’t cure the common cold”?
    I should have thought a bit more deeply. In retrospect it was a bit of a stretch to believe that putting modified RNA into my arm was going to perfectly protect my respiratory tract. Oh well, never mind.

    But what really gets my bile up is the forced vaccination of my children, who are at nugatory risk.

    Anyone who does find a cure for the common cold will make a fortune. Before then we will suffer plenty more escapes of coronaviruses from research labs.

    Comment by philip — January 19, 2022 @ 6:11 am

  20. @Pat Frank

    ‘That means about 786,000 unnecessary deaths to hold against the CDC (Fauci) the FDA (Wallensky) and the entire medical establishment.’

    I remember reading years ago about a meeting Curtis LeMay held with the pilots who napalmed Tokyo into oblivion, after they returned from their world-historic raid in March 1945. The raid had been executed with B-29s, which had been engineered to fly high above the reach of anti-aircraft fire, but which, to increase the precision of the bombing, had been ordered by LeMay to fly well below this safe level, exposing them to danger.

    One pilot complained about the losses of men suffered. He asked why flyers had been exposed to this danger when they were flying in an aircraft purposely designed to avoid it.

    LeMay commiserated with the pilot over the loss of his comrades. But, he said, look at the plus side – ‘We wiped out Tokyo’.

    Really, it’s all a matter of perspective and priorities, Pat. Sure, all those hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives as a result of the deliberate withholding of treatments which, the recent leaks from DARPA reveal, were known by April 2020 – yes, April 2020 – to cure Covid. But look at the plus side: the pharmaceutical companies found a highly lucrative market for their mRNA technology, which previously had no takers! And many ‘important’ people have become absolutely filthy rich as a result!

    Once you see it from others’ point of view, you see that, to some, those deaths weren’t really so unnecessary after all. They were collateral damage in the pursuit of a higher goal.

    The question for us is: what are we going to do about what has been done to us? I’m doing everything I can to bring to people’s attention the magnitude of what just happened, and what is still happening – but I’m failing to persuade anyone. I think the enormity – in the classic, dictionary-definition sense of the word – that these people have carried out over the past two years is simply too much for most people to comprehend.

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — January 19, 2022 @ 6:39 am

  21. @14 David — it’s a question of statistics and consistency of method.

    Until April 2020 the CDC adhered to the WHO standard of assigning cause of death as explicated in the ICD-10 Mortality Manual. For influenza and other respiratory diseases, ultimate cause of death (UCOD) was always the longest-duration comorbidity, when present.

    In April 2020, the CDC upended those rules in the cause of Covid.

    In the new CDC directive (NVSS Report No. 3), whenever present, Covid was to be assigned as the UCOD. Any serious comorbidity was relegated ancillary.

    CDC changed the rules of reporting UCOD to vastly inflate the number of deaths assigned to Covid-19. By a factor of 20 or so. Intentionality is the only rational surmise.

    Ironically for your choice of scorn, Kompaniyets, et al., (2021), found that hypertension was the leading comorbidity (50%) contributing to deaths in their half-million-strong Covid-19 study cohort (doi: 10.5888/pcd18.210123).

    Meanwhile, the social media and their mainstream TV savants have actively suppressed information about the effective early treatments of Covid-19 available since May 2020. The deaths forced thereby probably number into the millions.

    Collectivists — those whose affectations you so clearly reflect, David — have managed their first mass murder of the 21st century. Space must be made in their Pantheon of modern heroes — Lenin through Pol Pot. A new generation of progressive stalwarts has emerged! What a triumph!

    Comment by Pat Frank — January 19, 2022 @ 10:53 am

  22. @Pat: Err, in your first comment here you said Covid wasn’t a problem in the grand scheme (comorbidities, no worse than flu blah blah), but now you’re saying the Deep State MSM actively suppressed information early treatments of the disease resulting in the deaths of millions. So which is it?

    Oh, you may want to remind Ex who was in charge in the US in April 2020 (is DARPA really into this sort of thing, or this another emergent conspiracy bollocks theory?)

    Comment by David Mercer — January 19, 2022 @ 11:18 am

  23. @20 David — It’s both. If 100 million Americans get the seasonal flu, with a death rate of 0.1%, then that’s 100,000 deaths despite a 99.9% recovery rate.

    If some dingbats prevent the early treatment typically applied to flu cases and 500,000 people die as a consequence (99.5% recovery rate), then those 400,000 excess flu deaths are dingbat-caused.

    Surely that’s not too hard a concept for you to grasp. I know the example presents higher math along the Mercer scale, but do try.

    Whoever was in charge in April 2020 recommended HCQ and ordered up 500 million doses of anti-Covid antibody, each of which is curative.

    The EUA mRNA that was also part of the effort was almost certainly a Fauci recommendation. Naive acceptance by your unnamed in charge but conscious malignance in Fauci.

    Comment by Pat Frank — January 19, 2022 @ 12:10 pm

  24. Nobody can yet know the total of deaths that may reasonably be placed at the door of the Covidophobes – that is to say those with an irrational fear of Covid. (Those with a rational fear tended to be called Covid sceptics, by some strange inversion of language. Some were even slandered as Covid deniers.) Anyway, when the sums are done in a decade or so, I suggest that the natural unit for measuring them is the Adolf. US combat deaths in WWII were about 300k: I define that to be one Adolf.

    Sum deaths by lockdown, deaths by vaccine, deaths by Covid that could have been avoided by rational, evidence-based behaviour. No doubt the American total will exceed one Adolf. Maybe it already does? Will it become many Adolfs? Perhaps. Wait and see.

    I add that I see the defect of simply adding deaths together. Hastening the death of some poor old sod with handful of serious maladies is not the same as killing a healthy fifteen year old. But if you start counting loss of quality-adjusted life years your answer is a plain different thing. It should be done too, of course.

    In case of doubt: I think the people vaccinating children are criminals. If they get their just deserts I think they should be added to the deaths total too. The death of an evil bugger is still a death.

    Comment by dearieme — January 19, 2022 @ 12:23 pm

  25. @dearieme
    Great Rant!
    If in some future imaginary objective enquiry the proper metrics of Quality of Life Years were applied (with a % for the deterioration of future life chances for those unfortunate enough to be schoolchildren) then I suspect the harm / benefit ratio would be in the thousands.

    Comment by philip — January 19, 2022 @ 4:29 pm

  26. @18 Ex-Global — Thank-you for the droll exposition on opportunistic morality. It nicely captures the imposed tempo of our times. One can only hope that sanity re-emerges and justice prevails in our lifetimes.

    If you’re not aware of Reiner Fuellmich’s work:

    He heads up a group of lawyers and physicians which is dedicated to bringing justice to the Covidist/mRNA sociopaths for crimes against humanity.

    If you’ve not seen the data on systematic variations in mRNA lots, it indicates global-scale hidden toxicity experiments have been carried out on unwitting human subjects: https:_//

    Crimes against humanity indeed.

    Comment by Pat Frank — January 19, 2022 @ 5:18 pm

  27. Thank you Pat.

    The idea of a huge ‘hidden toxicity experiment’ is consistent with the conjecture that those who own and run the pharmaceutical companies saw the coronavirus as a unique opportunity to try out a whole bunch of ideas they had been holding onto for a while.

    What shocks is their ability to get their way and direct a fire hose of revenue into their coffers. While they appear not to have created the crisis, they used their sway to intensify and prolong it in their own interests. The amount of power they wield over elected governments, which control military, intelligence and police assets, is extraordinary: how did they acquire this power, and why are governments powerless against them?

    So much to consider, and we have hardly scratched the surface.

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — January 19, 2022 @ 6:34 pm

  28. Ok, so what you’re presenting is an aide memoire for the cognitively dissonant i.e. a tiny number if you want to play the whole pandemic thingy down, and a huge number if you want to assign blame (but not to anyone of the GOPher persuasion, obvs). Got it.

    Also, what of all these hospitalizations of people claiming to have Covid, as is happening now and most recently last August (again, is this normal for flu?)? Those goddam malingerers! Chuck ‘em back out on the street I say!

    @Ex: “I’m failing to persuade anyone” Well colour me fucking surprised. Pure 24 carat comedy gold – that’s one for the album.

    Comment by David Mercer — January 20, 2022 @ 2:48 am

  29. @26 David – “he who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.” — John McCarthy

    Most appropriate to your case.

    The people in hospital have been denied — denied — early effective treatment, David. Guess what that means.

    Comment by Pat Frank — January 20, 2022 @ 8:06 am

  30. Pat: “The credulous fool who listens to any old conspiracy bollocks is destined to disappear up his or her own a$$” Anon.

    Reiner Fuellmich Fact Checked and Exposed as a Covid Conspiracy Con

    Annnd as always, they ask “Where’s the grift?”. Did you donate Pat? Please tell me you didn’t.

    Comment by David Mercer — January 20, 2022 @ 9:33 am

  31. @30 David — let’s see you disprove any one of my factual statements in 15, 21, 23, 26, or 29.

    You can’t do it. You’ve no case.

    Your factcheck on Reiner Fuellmich is ludicrous; a thin polemic. No more than personal attacks and opinion-mongering. Not surprising you’d mistake that for analysis.

    You show no more compassion for the thousands injured or killed by the imposers of mRNA jabs than you showed for the thousands of young girls raped by Muslim rape-gangs. Curious consistency, that.

    Comment by Pat Frank — January 20, 2022 @ 6:11 pm

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