Taking another state off my list of possible places to move, this one with considerable regret.
He wants to go through Texas. Taking people's guns. Really?
Yeah, that will end well for him.
Again, why does Gates get an audience when he talks about this subject? Why is he considered a worthwhile source of information?
Good. This is to be encouraged.
Looking forward to a time after the Union has dissolved, one of the last things we should want to see is a unified California. California has been a hotbed of our native totalitarianism, and it is large enough, with a diverse and well developed enough economy to be a threat to its neighbors.
This wasn't quite balkanization, but it was a shall step in that direction.
No comment about this, because the article is hidden behind a pay wall.
"Almost a year after the incident, the cyclist is heading back to court, but this time, to sue the girl's father for defamation.
He said that the video resulted in him feeling threatened by the public and even scared to leave his own house."
Awww, how sad ... now, when do we find out what the creep's name is?
Somebody should ask her what she thinks about that in another ten years, if she's still around then.
I hope that some of us will choose to react to stories like this with compassion instead of indulging some urge to chuckle. When so many of the institutions of this society have grown corrupt in the same way, to be taken in by lies can be easy.
Also, let's not imagine that the Right is without guilt in these matters. In years past, concerns were raised about the dangers of allowing a few people to gain so much control over so many of our news outlets. Rather than allow themselves to have the good sense to see the reasonable nature of these concerns, many on our side had a knee jerk reaction to the entire idea of the government tampering with the Market. They prevailed, media became more consolidated, and here we are, facing the mess we're in, now.
If we can forgive ourselves for making a mistake like that, then we should have no problem forgiving others for being a little gullible about the masks and vaccines. We'd better, actually. If we can not forgive those who've been on the other side, then how can our side hope to grow?
"The head of the Australian Medical Association in Queensland has issued a dark warning to those who refuse anti-Covid vaccination, saying they not only face fines and fraud charges, but will be separated from the rest of society.
'Life will be miserable without being vaccinated. You won’t be able to hide,' Dr. Chris Perry said this week, while speaking to Channel 9 television network in Australia."
Anybody who could hear a thing like that being said and still deny that the mandates are coercive in both effect and intent is a bad actor in the conversation he is in. Let us have the good sense to stop trying to engage in polite Socratic discussions with the disingenuous apologists for this kind of naked thuggery.
Normally, I am not a fan of the practice of shouting people down and bullying them into silence, but at this point, let's be real. There's not much coming from the other side other than bullying and gaslighting, and there hasn't been for quite some time.
"Even those who have an exemption from mandatory vaccination will face difficulties, as they 'won’t be able to get a doctor to sign [that] off,' Perry said during his speech, warning clinicians of possible fines for deciding to exclude someone from the jab. 'The patients who tell lies can be charged with fraud,' he added."
Got it? Any thing that goes against the narrative of his choice will be met with an attempt to trump up criminal charges. Anybody who has ever had the misfortune of knowing a narcissist personally knows what he is seeing, as he reads these quotes - that infamous narcissistic rage.
At this point, how can anybody pretend that this was ever really about health? The narcissism shouldn't come as a total shock to anybody who has known physicians, personally. It's a deplorably common trait in that profession.
"'You won’t be able to go anywhere for any entertainment,' Perry told viewers, pointing out that proof of a person being fully vaccinated will be needed to go 'into most venues.' To those who don’t have a certificate, he said,
'You will have a very, very lonely life.'"
Narcissists do love their blackmail, and the Aussies don't have the market cornered on that trait. We're bound to see some of the same attitudes in the US, so let's start pushing back against that, now. Separated from society, he says? Then let us make our own society, and our own entertainment. Remember when the French protested their own vaccine passports by creating their own rogue sidewalk cafes?
That's part of the way forward - let us create for ourselves that which others would deprive us of.
To learn who one can count on is a blessing, even if it doesn't feel like one at the time.
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