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PFIZER AND UNCLE SAM, A HISTORY OF FRAUD, RECALLS, AND DEATH

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“FDA Grants Full Approval To Pfizer Covid Vaccine” read the media headlines on Monday morning. The mainstream media celebrated, President Joe Biden demanded that all employers in the United States mandate the vaccine, and the Pentagon required it for all of our brave men and women serving in the US Armed Forces. In less than a week, the vax happy are anxiously awaiting when some type of vaccine passport will be required for all. You can just feel the authoritarian energy building to a crescendo.

In the flurry of it all, few have taken the time to look at Pfizer’s track record and our government’s history of simply getting it wrong when it comes to the safety of drugs and medication they said were safe for public consumption. Here is a brief history:

In 2009, Pfizer agreed to pay the US Government $2.3 Billion for fraudulent marketing in the largest health care fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice, to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products.

In 2005, Pfizer recalled the drug Bextra due to increased risk of heart attack and stroke in some patients, but it was also found to cause a fatal skin condition.

Pfizer’s vaccine plant has a history of mold issues.

In 2014, Pfizer recalled two lots of its antidepressant drugs Effexor XR. Tikosyn was discovered in an Effexor XR bottle. Tikosyn is one of the company’s heart pills. Pfizer warned that the combination of the two different drugs could be deadly.

In 2013, Pfizer recalled Prempro, a hormone drug. Nearly 10,000 women filed Prempro breast cancer lawsuits against Pfizer.Pfizer settled most of the claims for more than $1 billion.

About 3,000 people filed Chantix lawsuits against Pfizer. They claimed Chantix caused suicidal thoughts and severe psychological disorders. In 2013, the company set aside about $288 million to resolve these cases.

Over 7,800 testosterone therapy lawsuits were filed against manufacturers as of November 2020. Pfizer had reached an agreement with the consumers suing the company in February 2018, ending its role in the massive litigation. The lawsuits say testosterone products caused strokes, blood clots and heart attacks.

Trovan. In 1996, Pfizer conducted an unapproved clinical trial. It involved children with meningitis in Nigeria, CBS News reported. The trials led to the deaths of 11 children. Dozens more were left disabled.
In 2011, Pfizer paid $700,000 to four families who lost children during the Trovan trials.

Certainly, Pfizer has done some good in this world, they invented Advil after all. They discovered citric acid and have mass produced Vitamin C and Penicillin. One might safely assume that, on the whole, the company’s innovations have done more good than harm to humanity. However, Pfizer and the FDA aren’t exactly batting 1,000 when it comes to ensuring that a mass-produced product will be safe, in the long term, for mass public consumption.

What if Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine turns out to be another Trovan, Chantix, Prempro, or any of the other products that turned out to be the farthest thing from “safe and effective?” The FDA approved all of those drugs just as they have approved the Covid Vaccine, but what if they are wrong again? What if Pfizer didn’t learn their lesson when they settled their fraud case? What if their claims regarding the vaccine are fraudulent, just like their fraudulent claims about some of their past products?

A decade ago, our government charged Pfizer with civil and criminal healthcare fraud. Now that same government has essentially become Pfizer’s chief of marketing and advertising. This is the same US Government that once encouraged people to smoke tobacco only to later prosecute tobacco companies and impose high taxes on the users of those products in the name of “public health.” The US government poisoned alcohol during prohibition, killing at least 10,000 people. Our US government tested AIDS drugs on foster children and conducted human radiation experiments at government labs, universities and public and private hospitals between 1945 and the mid-1970s. Yet we are now told to blindly trust the government when they say the vaccine is safe. The vaccine manufactured in a moldy 1970’s era factory by a company that the government accused of healthcare fraud a decade ago.

The United States was founded on a deep distrust and suspicion of government. This suspicion was so strong, that for the first 13 years of our existence, our nation operated under an extremely weak centralized government via the Articles of Confederation. It was with great and spirited debate that we ceded more power to a central government with the formation of our US Constitution. We fought a Civil War in part over questions of government power and since those early times in our history, there has always been a healthy suspicion and questioning of the government. Where have those questions of government edicts and, more importantly, the questioners gone?

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Minaj, Paul 2024!

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William F. Buckley once wrote “I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard.” His point being that he did not believe academics made the best legislators. Perhaps the elite intelligentsia are not best suited to govern our affairs. I have long been of the opinion that a highly competent and successful small business owner , a one man (or woman) auto-shop, a Plumber with his own van, or a house painter would be better suited to set economic policy than most of the stuffed suits who have been failing at this task for years. The former has had to beat the ground, provide top-notch customer service, and balance the books every month or risk going broke. The latter was more than likely born with a silver spoon in their mouth, been brainwashed with “theories” at the university, and if they fail, can still write a book, give some interviews, and leave Washington with a pocket full of cash. Similarly, a charismatic mid to large sized real estate agent or most large comprehensive High School Principals likely have the skills to be President of the United States.

When you look at the track record of the people who have been running our government for just the past 20 years alone, the catastrophic foreign policy misadventures, the national debt, the rise of the police state, the failures of the criminal justice system, the fraud, the waste, and the abuse; there is little reason to think that we could be any worse off by plucking average citizens from everyday life to serve in the federal government. Unfortunately, most average citizens do not have the name recognition, money or ability to raise it, or general “star power” to build a national profile. Accepting the premise that any competent adult with a bit more character, intelligence, and integrity than a rattlesnake can serve in the highest office of the land opens a plethora of possibilities.

It is for this reason that I think Nicki Minaj should be the next President of the United States with Rand Paul as her running mate. Unfortunately, the US Constitution would have to be amended to enable Mrs. Minaj to run, as she is not a “natural-born citizen” (given the significant influence foreign agents have on most of our current politicians, one must wonder how relevant this clause still is in 2021). In a previous article I expressed some disappointment with Minaj for her initial response to the criticism she received for her vaccine hesitancy. I did not think she was rebellious enough. Since then, she has doubled down on her position and defended herself aptly against her critics. As an African American, she has every right to be suspicious of the US government pushing free vaccines or any other type of medical treatment, considering what the same US government did in the Tuskegee experiment. Dr. Fauci and crew would like everyone to forget that the US government INJECTED 600 African Americans with syphilis just to see what would happen.

Minaj grew up in NY and waited tables at Red Lobster before she became famous. She is tough, smart, and a successful businesswoman,and a philanthropist. She would win the black vote and possibly turn some major cities out to vote for her. Rand Paul would be the perfect running mate. Paul has been the only national politician who has consistently and bravely questioned mask and vaccine mandates. He has taken Lord Fauci to task more than once. Paul has served in the Senate long enough to be the perfect person to help navigate Nicki Minaj through the swamp. While both she and Rand Paul may hold differing political positions, none of that matters now. A crisis is before us and they are united in a more pressing and common cause; the defense of individual liberty. As I have written before, bodily integrity, informed consent, and our 1st, 4th, and 14th amendment protections are all on the line. As Tucker Carlson has articulated regarding forced vaccines, “If you can do that, why can’t you sterilize me or give me a lobotomy? What can’t you do to me if you own my body?” The elites in power spend a great deal of effort keeping us divided along the lines of race and social and economic class. A pairing of two leaders with different ideas could be the start of bringing people together and taking back the power.

Minaj is an excellent entertainer with a stage presence eclipsing that of Donald Trump. She would easily win a debate with Joe Biden or Kamala Harris. Her ability to act and freestyle rap means she will be quick-witted and articulate on the debate stage and she can connect with her audience better than any politician. She has the charisma and star power to win and, other than opposing vaccine mandates, she does not have to provide specific details on any other political positions. I recall in 2016, Donald Trump ascended to the White House with no details, just phrases like “we are gonna have great health care, we will build a beautiful wall, we’re gonna have the best military…” There were never any details. At this point, the only thing that really matters is that people like Minaj and Paul get in power so that people like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Anthony Fauci are NOT in power. We can figure the rest out later.

Vaccine mandates illuminate clearly the core issue before us today. It is the same question that we answered in the revolution of 1776. Are we citizens or are we subjects? In the 1770’s, South Carolina historian David Ramsay explained the difference between the two: “The difference is immense. Subject is derived from the Latin words, sub and jacio and means one who is under the power of another; but citizen is a unit of a mass of free people, who collectively possess sovereignty…” Nicki Minaj translated and modernized this line of thinking in her response to Meghan McCain’s attempt to shame her into taking a vaccine by tweeting “Eat shit you.” This might be an appropriate campaign slogan for the elite to hear in 2024! It certainly encapsulates the mood of over half the country who refuse to be treated like subjects and who have been told not to test the patience of their daddy in the White House.

Assuredly, many will want Trump to run again in 2024. Ironically, the same problem that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton had in 2016 now befalls Trump, albeit to a lesser extent. People were tired of “Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton.” Enough people could have “Trump fatigue” by 2024. Larry Elder’s landslide loss in the California recall after he was (fairly or unfairly) painted as another Donald Trump is a concern. Further, Trump presided over enormous deficit spending, is the father of the Covid Vaccine, and made the fatal mistake of surrounding himself with a cabinet of Washington insiders who undermined him at every turn from day one. Trump may have had good intentions at some point. He and his brand are now compromised. His enemies know him too well. Trump showed us that Washington hates a disrupter, but needs one – and the citizens need a fighter. Nicki Minaj could be that fighter. Plus it would be cool to see her and Rand Paul on the inauguration stage with balloons and confetti raining down while “Super Bass” or “Starships” played in the background.

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Guns N Roses Frontman Axl Rose was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of property damage for the role he played in instigating a riot in St. Louis in 1991. He dove headfirst off of the stage and into the crowd to attack a man with a camera and then left the stage mid-concert. This angered the crowd and sparked a rebellion. Months later, when Rose returned to the states from a European tour, he was arrested at the airport. Axl Rose came under fire again in 1992 and was accused of homophobia for having used the word “faggot” in one of his lyrics. In the late 80s and early 90s, Rose was notorious for the use of controversial lyrics, getting arrested, and being a rebel.

By the early 2000s, as Axl Rose’s star faded, rap star Eminem ascended to take his place as the new controversial lyrical artist and troublemaker. What both men had in common is that they were probably the last true mega stars to have been true rebels. Neither artist was readily associated with any cause or social movement. In fact, like Madonna most of the time, it appeared they were being controversial, just to be controversial. Some of it may have been immaturity, drug induced behavior, or the result of a toxic combination of the trappings of fame and misguided youth. Certainly marketing was part of the mix. The result was that the controversy sold records. The polarization of their songs and actions is what stood out.

In 2021, one can’t help but realize that far too many artists have replaced polarization with conformity. Take the latest “controversy” over the news that Nicki Minaj is hesitant to be vaccinated. She revealed she is waiting and doing more research and she shared a story of people who she knows who have had adverse reactions. She has every right to feel however she wants and to express herself regarding this matter in whatever way she chooses. That her very reasonable response to not getting a vaccine is controversial is laughable when compared to say… starting a riot or sending a Native American woman to accept your Oscar award as a protest the way Marlon Brando once did.

Minaj’s tweet about the subject left those longing for the days of rock n roll and artistic rebellion a little disappointed. She wrote: “If I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.” A missed opportunity for sure. Our increasingly conformist and authoritarian society longs for a time when artists were controversial and didn’t try to softly land their positions as Minaj does here with a nod to mask wearing. What happened to the Rage Against The Machine Mentality of “F&#Ck You I Won’ t Do What You Tell Me!” What happened to the music of liberation, the sound and lyrics of Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, James Brown? Where is the spirit of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and NWA?

While most rational people understand that the actions and words of such artists are frequently grounded in hyperbole, and just plain offensive, most also understand that there are usually one or more kernels of truth in such works. This makes it entertaining. Some of the best art illuminates an injustice, uncomfortable truth, or articulates someone else’s hypocrisy uniquely. Until recently, it seemed rather common for an artist to lambast a national politician, a corporate figure, or law enforcement. One is hard pressed to find a recent song questioning our 20 year misadventure in Afghanistan, the militarization of the police departments, election fraud, lockdowns, social distancing, mask mandates, or forced vaccinations. We know that people, and certainly artists, have strong opinions on these matters, regardless of their position. Eric Clapton and Van Morrison recently collaborated on an anti-lockdown tune, but to little attention from the corporations. Perhaps many artists have found it easier to send a tweet than to write a clever lyric.

Today’s radio waves don’t have a Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind” or a Joan Baez protesting for social or political change. Everything just feels corporate, quadrate, as if everything we see and hear has been approved in some boardroom. The truth is, it probably has been. Dissent is quickly purged from social media and the major television networks. We are living in an age of “Approved Dissent.” If you are protesting perceived racism, sexism, or police brutality, the protest is parroted by the mainstream corporate and social media. Protest an election result, a mask mandate, or a forced vaccination and you will get very little to no air time unless it is to paint you as a deranged conspiracy theorist.

Perhaps artists have figured this out. In the year 2021, the age-old question of “does life imitate art or does art imitate life?” has been answered. As approved dissent devolves into approved art, we see art imitating life.

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