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Today’s dominant societal trend appears to be “Be afraid, be very afraid, and restrict your life accordingly.”

If you want people to give you control over them then you need to assure that they are so afraid that they will suspend rational thought in order to be saved by you. Convince them that they don’t know enough to make their own decisions. Show them how vulnerable they are without your protection. Then put restrictions in place to give you ongoing control over them. That’s what’s going on in our country today.

In order to control people, you need them to agree to being controlled and it’s even better if you make them think that they are controlling themselves and that, regardless of criticism they may receive, they are justified in doing what you want. You must demonize any voices to the contrary. If a news source or trusted person disagrees, then you must destroy their credibility and make it cool to reject them, like Obama did with Fox News while he was president. That caused people to dismiss anything that was reported by Fox, without even considering it.

Control by Force
Control by force gains “agreement” by making the punishment more fearsome than compliance would be. As long as you hold the whip and they fear it, you get to stay in charge. But, if they decide that the whipping is worth the fight for freedom, then you have a major problem. Your threat no longer generates compliance. When oppressed people rise up despite their fears, a revolution is imminent.

Nature gets this
Weaker animals of all types, including humans, look for weaknesses that they can exploit when confronting a greater adversary. If you’re a wildebeest being dragged into the water by a crocodile, then you fight to stay on dry land where you have a small advantage. If you are a small child being bullied, then you attempt to stay in a public place where the abuse cannot be concealed and where others might step in to help.
The same is true for predators, you look for the weakest spot and attack that. If your first attack doesn’t prevail, then you seek to injure your prey repeatedly until you have dominance. Wolves isolate the weakest elk and then bite its legs so that it cannot flee. They don’t do a head-on confrontation with their prey.

Also true in politics
If your party isn’t in control, then you isolate and target weaknesses in order to regain power. Once you are in power, assuming you are power-hungry, then you change the rules so that you can stay in power. This is blatantly going on in the USA today.
Democrats have all the major seats of power, but rather than serving the people, they seem committed to changing the rules and fueling our fears most of all. That’s their strategy for staying in power indefinitely. And it is working.

One major reason that it is working is because they control the media. When the news sources become opinion-makers and propaganda tools, then the populace sees no reason to resist you. Just show them a series of images and interviews that have conclusions already drawn and soon everyone assumes it’s the truth and the only right way to see things. Example: George Floyd’s death and martyrdom.

George Floyd was wrongly killed by Derek Chauvin.

We saw it on camera and heard the verdicts of guilt. His death was not justified and should not have happened. There’s no disagreement with that.

Now let’s look at who George Floyd was. He was imprisoned 9 times for a variety of crimes. His criminal behavior was sustained for decades. He had not been a good guy at any measurable point. He broke into a woman’s home and held a gun to her pregnant stomach. He carjacked a woman’s vehicle and then told the judge, “I needed the car, and she was wrong to resist me.” His father sat in the courtroom shaking his head in shame upon hearing this. But you won’t hear this on the news. In fact, if you watched the CBS special report on the Chauvin trial verdict, you saw a very different message. They implied that Floyd was an oppressed soul who was trying to get his life together again. No evidence supports that.

Again, his death was tragic, and he should not have been abused as he was. But that doesn’t justify making him a martyr who has a plaza named after him, legislation dedicated in his name, and national leaders, including the president and vice president mourning his death publicly while ignoring the deaths of others including police.

Fuel the Fear during key moments
This slick CBS news feature had clearly been prepackaged awaiting the outcome. I’m sure much sensational footage was edited out because of the 3 guilty verdicts. But the program pre-empted regular prime time programs and featured dramatic replays of the knee-on-the-neck video and then doubled down on fearmongering by showing the Rodney King beating from decades ago. The message, repeated and reinforced by interviewing the families of King and Floyd, was: “Racism and dangerous cops are systemic in society and we need even more support of the angry mobs in order to change the system. We need more government regulations and agencies, more required diversity education programs and funding to assure that racism is rooted out at the thought level!” And now they are threatening to riot again if the sentencing doesn’t please them.

Granted, this was international news, because the media had made it so. Other murder trials go on day to day without so much as a public mention. But this one was special because it had gotten thousands of postings worldwide. Why? Because it served the leftist message that racism is systemic, and more controls are needed. If they can’t make you afraid then they can’t get you to agree to more rules, agencies, and controls.

OK, let’s switch bogeymen to another big one, Covid 19.

This shut down has been the most effective global fear inducement since the Black Plague! Masks are required worldwide, people are hiding in their homes, terrified of normal human contact. School kids are terrified, teachers are refusing to return to class, stores are shut down, 6 foot spacing is required everywhere and they tell us “follow the science.” But science doesn’t recommend these actions. In fact, the 6-foot spacing was a tactic used in the 1918 Flu epidemic that had no basis in research. Many doctors today are saying 3 feet is plenty or just don’t touch.

When you enter a retail store the staff looks at you as a threat, not as a friend. They yell out, “Wear a mask please!” People are taught to shame others who don’t wear masks and accuse them of assault. It really does cause us to stay afraid, but where is the science that says this is effective? It doesn’t exist.

Actually Follow The Science
Note the following science-based report published this past week on a variety of sites.

The following excerpt is from a report authored by JD Rucker and published in the “From NOQ Report” (News, Opinions, Quotes) by JD Rucker April 17, 2021 in Big Tech, Healthcare, News, Science

April 17, 2021
Stanford study quietly published at proves face masks are absolutely worthless against Covid
Did you hear about the peer-reviewed study done by Stanford University that demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that face masks have absolutely zero chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19? … It was posted on the National Center for Biotechnological Information government website. The NCBI is a branch of the National Institute for Health, … features a peer-reviewed study by Stanford University’s Baruch Vainshelboim. In it, he cited 67 scholars, doctors, scientists, and other studies to support his conclusions.

According to the current knowledge, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has a diameter of 60 nm to 140 nm [nanometers (billionth of a meter)] [16], [17], while medical and non-medical facemasks’ thread diameter ranges from 55 µm to 440 µm [micrometers (one millionth of a meter), which is more than 1000 times larger [25]. Due to the difference in sizes between SARS-CoV-2 diameter and facemasks thread diameter (the virus is 1000 times smaller), SARS-CoV-2 can easily pass through any facemask.
The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.
Here is the link to the full article:
Also published in Gateway Pundit on April 19.

So, we are back to the main issue, Fear.
What are you afraid of? Covid19, BLM riots, being called a “racist”, or maybe disapproval by others who haven’t taken time to think things through? It doesn’t matter what you fear, what’s important to the leftists is the fact that you fear. Fear is the goal. As long as you believe they will save you if you just obey, then they are in control and your future no longer belongs to you.
Courage is being afraid and still taking bold action despite your fear. Take time to think and be courageous. Be courageous, be very courageous, and expand your life accordingly.

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 20 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his advisory work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!

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THIS is What We Must Do to Break the Mask Insanity

Lululemon in Athens, GA lost a $500 sale today.



I recently saw this on a friend of mine’s Facebook page as his post. THIS is What We Must Do to Break the Mask Insanity!

The problem is that many conservatives will simply comply in order to be “nice” or “go along” and to “not cause a scene.” Hooey! Do what this guy did:

Trending on Choosing to Trust Yourself

“Lululemon in Athens, GA lost a $500 sale today. This past year I lost 2 inches in pant size. No big diet or magic potion. We have been at home a lot and I replaced at least one meal per day with a Complete protein smoothie or oatmeal.…and drank lots of water. The alterations lady said buy new pants…these won’t alter well. So I went to replace 4 pair of pants.

“I walk in the store & they stop me and say, do you have a mask? I said no and she handed me one saying you must wear it. I said Georgia is 100% open and mask mandates have all been lifted. She said not here. I walked out and said I don’t have to shop here either. This craziness has to stop!”

The only way we stop this is to quit giving them our money. Will you? Or will you continue to feed the beast? You don’t get to complain if you continue to comply.

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The Covid News You Didn’t Hear



We have been misled!

Around June 2020, the C.D.C. and most countries RECATEGORIZED their Flu data and Heart disease data to put under the Corona Virus column. It gave the appearance that the leading cause of death, Heart Disease, was drastically removed from the picture by Covid, and the Flu has virtually gone away. (Normal total deaths per week in the US from all causes has been about 60,000 for many years.)

Here’s the most recent revelation:

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The following  is ignored information from November of 2020 and Genevieve Briand’s Applied Economics analysis of the data. It’s been over 5 months since this information went public…to a limited audience. I’ve posted a summary of her conclusions plus an excerpt from the johns hopkins News -Letter below. Scroll down to read the balance of this article.

Here is her data source: The johns hopkins News-Letter.  (Bold type emphasis added by me.)

from Genevieve Briand


“Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data.

(This is a long video presentation but you can forward to the 25 minute mark. Her main observations and why she’s skeptical are presented between times 25 and 45 minutes.)

From mid-March to mid-September, U.S. total deaths have reached 1.7 million, of which 200,000, or 12% of total deaths, are COVID-19-related. Instead of looking directly at COVID-19 deaths, Briand focused on total deaths per age group and per cause of death in the U.S. and used this information to shed light on the effects of COVID-19.

She explained that the significance of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths can be fully understood only through comparison to the number of total deaths in the United States.

After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.

Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same. 

“The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals,” Briand said.

Briand also noted that 50,000 to 70,000 deaths are seen both before and after COVID-19, indicating that this number of deaths was normal long before COVID-19 emerged. Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths. (True, many people have died from Covid infection but even more have died from other causes while testing positive for Covid.)

These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.

This comes as a shock to many people. How is it that the data lie so far from our perception?

To answer that question, Briand shifted her focus to the deaths per causes ranging from 2014 to 2020. There is a sudden increase in deaths in 2020 due to COVID-19. This is no surprise because COVID-19 emerged in the U.S. in early 2020, and thus COVID-19-related deaths increased drastically afterward.

Analysis of deaths per cause in 2018 revealed that the pattern of seasonal increase in the total number of deaths is a result of the rise in deaths by all causes, with the top three being heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia.

“This is true every year. Every year in the U.S. when we observe the seasonal ups and downs, we have an increase of deaths due to all causes,” Briand pointed out.

When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising, as seen in the graph above, this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.


Graph above depicts the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018.

Chart above depicts the total decrease in deaths by various causes, including COVID-19.

This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly, as depicted in the table below, the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19. 

The CDC classified all deaths that are related to COVID-19 simply as COVID-19 deaths. Even patients dying from other underlying diseases but are infected with COVID-19 count as COVID-19 deaths. This is likely the main explanation as to why COVID-19 deaths drastically increased while deaths by all other diseases experienced a significant decrease.

“All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.

In an interview with The News-Letter, Briand addressed the question of whether COVID-19 deaths can be called misleading since the infection might have exacerbated and even led to deaths by other underlying diseases.

“If [the COVID-19 death toll] was not misleading at all, what we should have observed is an increased number of heart attacks and increased COVID-19 numbers. But a decreased number of heart attacks and all the other death causes doesn’t give us a choice but to point to some misclassification,” Briand replied.

In other words, the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the U.S. is considered problematic only when it increases the total number of deaths or the true death burden by a significant amount in addition to the expected deaths by other causes. Since the crude number of total deaths by all causes before and after COVID-19 has stayed the same, one can hardly say, in Briand’s view, that COVID-19 deaths are concerning.

Briand also mentioned that more research and data are needed to truly decipher the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the United States.

Throughout the talk, Briand constantly emphasized that although COVID-19 is a serious national and global problem, she also stressed that society should never lose focus of the bigger picture — death in general.

The death of a loved one, from COVID-19 or from other causes, is always tragic, Briand explained. Each life is equally important, and we should be reminded that even during a global pandemic we should not forget about the tragic loss of lives from other causes.

According to Briand, the over-exaggeration of the COVID-19 death number may be due to the constant emphasis on COVID-19-related deaths and the habitual overlooking of deaths by other natural causes in society.

(NOTE: My conclusion and observations about Dr. Briand’s presentation and the Johns Hopkins report is this: We’ve been grossly misled.)

Panic over the threat of Covid has been fueled by politicians seeking control. The more fear they induce through the media, the more willing the populace becomes to accepting new restrictions, regulations and taxes. The medical community has been infected with this fear mongering as well. The world’s leading pharmaceutical corporations have profited mightily by the clamor for a vaccine and the public shaming of anyone who didn’t agree to receive it.

Highly respected groups of doctors, researchers, scientists and practitioners have been silenced, ridiculed and ignored by the press when they encouraged calm and reassured us of the safety of such known solutions and treatments as, Hydroxy Choloroquin, Zinc, Vitamin D and other inexpensive remedies. They said this disease is serious but not much more than the seasonal flu which also takes lives annually. That caused them to be immediately silenced.

Despite the “science” showing clearly that the regulations and mandates don’t work, the deception goes on. Again, here’s the data on masking to fight Covid.

A profound societal shift has taken place with vast numbers of people embracing the fear of Covid. In many communities, it is considered right and reasonable to require masks in all places of human contact, and parents and children have been taught for over a year now to fear this disease. Mainstream media has done nothing to reduce the fears. Even the White House has denied the science and reinforced the alarm despite profound evidence to the contrary. As recently as President Biden’s speech on April 28, 2021 to a Joint Session of Congress, masks were worn by all present even though all had received the vaccinations. 

It is time to expose the myth and relax our fears. Be reasonable, do what you do when the flu, Ebola, AIDS, SARS, MERS, Meningitis and other diseases are present. Practice good hygiene, avoid contact with others when you or they are ill, respect people’s phobias, but get on with life!

And remember, we still need hugs just as often as we ever did. Plus, shaking hands does more to bond a relationship than an “air high five” could ever do. Social distance ought to be a foot or two apart from strangers, as a courtesy, not six feet or more because you fear getting a disease from them. Take the stickers off your retail floors. Give people the option of no mask. Gather in crowds, hold parties, dance, sing, and enjoy life. Touch each other without fear. We have done this for centuries without creating a pandemic, and we didn’t cause one this time either! This was a pandemic created by the media around a new variant of the flu that didn’t need the response we gave it. Open your businesses, your homes, your minds to normal human behavior. Be reasonable but don’t cower in fear. P.S. I am not a doctor and do not have medical qualifications for this advice, so do what works for you, but don’t believe all that you’ve been told, including this report. Do your real research, don’t just trust the headlines and evening news.

We have been misled!

For yet another example of how our government and CDC has done this before go to Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes when he was doing a report on the Swine Flu. Millions were vaccinated (some disabled by the vaccine) and yet only one person died from it while four others recovered and the nation was panicked over a virus that had shown no impact large enough to sound an alarm. 

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