These people are everywhere, and they really want you dead.
The Discalced Carmelite Sisters of Fairfield, Pennsylvania of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph were established in 2018, an outgrowth of a Carmel convent in Valparaiso, Nebraska. Following the beliefs of the great Carmelite reformer Teresa of Avila (1515-82), Carmelite religious houses are to be kept small, and when a sufficient number of sisters join a single house, a contingent of the sisters is sent elsewhere to form a new, and eventually autonomous community, such as that of Fairfield.
The Fairfield Carmelites wear a traditional habit and live a life of sacrifice. They spend eight or more hours a day in prayer, sleep 5½ hours a night, and engage in such penances as abstinence from meat and frequent fasting. They eschew modern conveniences such as indoor heating or air conditioning, electricity, and indoor plumbing. They make use of the traditional Latin Mass and breviary, and have prayer as their charism, or work, for the Church and her priests.
While such a hard life is unthinkable to many, the Sisters have flourished as a community, drawing 100 inquiries per year about joining the community. There are currently 25 sisters at Fairfield, with another two scheduled to enter; the maximum number the sisters can take at present is 30. The leadership of the community includes Mother Stella-Marie of Jesus, prioress, and Mother Therese of Merciful Love, subprioress. They are in the process of building a new monastery, with the buildings being made of stone.
While the sisters have been doing well with attracting vocations and fundraising for their new monastery, a 2018 document released by the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, titled Cor Orans (“praying heart”), has the sisters concerned about their future. According to a Vatican news release, “The document provides precise guidelines regarding all the practical, administrative, legal and spiritual aspects pertaining to the founding and running of Monasteries for contemplative nuns.”
The Fairfield Carmelites have many objections to the contents of the documents and have written Vatican officials repeatedly to request an exemption, but so far unsuccessfully. Chief among their concerns is the loss of autonomy of their community, (a hallmark of Carmelite houses for 500 years), loss of control of their finances, and formation of new members.
While the Fairfield Carmelites have yet to speak to the media about their concerns, Catherine Bauer, younger sister to Mother Therese and daughter to the community’s caretaker, Tom Bauer, spoke to CWR about the community’s concerns. Catherine serves as the community’s director of marketing and development, leading the effort to raise funds for the community’s new monastery, and is the designated spokesman for the community.
CWR: How did your sister, Mother Therese, come to join the Carmelites?
Catherine Bauer: She was the oldest of seven children; we grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. When she was age 14, and I was 11, she began telling the family she wanted to join a religious order. She looked at the Poor Clares and the Buffalo Carmelites before deciding on Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a well-established community that can trace its lineage back 400 years to Mexico. They are an incredible order and have drawn large numbers of vocations. Young women are attracted because of their stability and faithfulness to their charism. It was nuns from this community who came to establish a house in Pennsylvania, first in Elysburg and then Fairfield, in the Diocese of Harrisburg. They first came in 2009, and the three bishops who have led Harrisburg since then have all been very supportive.
How is the process of building their monastery going?
Catherine Bauer: It is coming along well. We have the funding for the foundations of the chapel, and we’re working on permitting several other buildings. We are starting work on the interior of the refectory and kitchen, and will hopefully finish in 2022. We’ve finished the recreation and work rooms building. All will be made of stone and timber.
CWR: Why stone?
Catherine Bauer: It fits in with the charism of the Carmelites. Stone is solid, permanent and lasts. If built right, a stone monastery will last a thousand years. The idea is that this community of nuns, too, is here to stay.
For the Carmelites, everything is a prayer that brings them to God, and has symbolic importance. They have to hand pump rainwater. They have to light candles and oil lanterns. They bring in wood to cook in a wood stove. All is done with great mindfulness.
They have no phone (they can, however, use the caretaker’s phone in an emergency), electricity, or computers. Everything is a littler harder to do. They are trying to live as their foremothers did. St. Teresa of Avila believed her nuns should live as austerely and laboriously as possible. She did not believe the life of a nun should be cushioned, but a hard, continually wearing away of your faults, along with a mindfulness of your surroundings and continued prayer.
CWR: The community had a four-day apostolic visitation at the end of September. Why was that?
Catherine Bauer: They were visited by two Carmelite nuns and one Carmelite father at the behest of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. The official reason given was an investigation related to the transfer of a group of Carmelite nuns out of a Philadelphia convent in 2021.
The Valparaiso Carmelites had been asked to re-found a Carmelite community in Philadelphia. There were three elderly nuns there, one of whom has since died and a second has entered a nursing home. Valparaiso agreed, and sent six nuns, with another three coming from Elysburg (now part of Fairfield). In 2021, the nuns wanted to return to Valparaiso, as they believed the implementation of Cor Orans was interfering with their way of life. The nine nuns did return to Valparaiso, along with two aspirants who had joined the community.
Due to the proximity of the Fairfield Carmelites, they received the apostolic visitation to determine what had happened in the Philadelphia convent. But we believe an issue of greater importance to those visiting was to assess Fairfield’s observance of Cor Orans.
CWR: The Fairfield Carmelites have concerns about this document.
Catherine Bauer: Yes. For the past 500 years, Carmelite communities have been small and family-like, and operate autonomously, the ideal environment to pass down the community’s traditions. If implemented, Cor Orans will give control of the monastery over to a religious federation outside of the community and will give Vatican officials greater oversight into the day-to-day lives of the Carmelites.
It is a mandate for female contemplative orders, with 298 rules the nuns are required to follow. It centralizes power in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, requiring all women’s contemplative religious orders to follow the same rules.
These rules relate to the formation of new nuns, financial oversight and the sharing of assets between monasteries, constant visitors and requirements that our Mother Superior and Novice Mistress attend regular meetings and formation classes. Our community tried to follow these rules, but quickly realized it is impossible to do. They wrote many letters requesting exemptions, as have many other cloistered women’s communities, and talked to their bishop, telling him we are being interfered with. They cannot follow the rule of St. Teresa of Avila and Cor Orans.
This was the reason that the 11 nuns in Philadelphia opted to return to Valparaiso, which was the justification for the apostolic visit to Fairfield.
CWR: You are raising millions of dollars to build the Fairfield Carmelites a monastery. How might Cor Orans affect the finances of cloistered women’s monasteries?
Catherine Bauer: It gives officials in the Holy See access to the financial assets of the nuns and their properties. It gives them the ability to take control of the monastery, evict the nuns and then have financial control over the property. We believe there are those in leadership in Rome who believe that contemplative orders don’t have a place in the Church any longer. They believe the nuns’ assets would be better used for charitable ventures; the assets can be sold and the money given to the poor.
CWR: You also have concerns about the formation of your novices.
Catherine Bauer: Yes. Cor Orans allows religious federations to remove novices from communities, form them, and then return them later. Imagine if someone took children away from their parents, educated them, and then returned them to their home years later. Would anyone want this?
CWR: What will the sisters do if they get an unfavorable verdict from the apostolic visitation?
Catherine Bauer: When the three visitors left, they assured the Fairfield Carmelites that they were living a good life, and all was in order. We are concerned, however, that it does not matter what the three say, the directive from the Congregation will be that the Carmelites must implement Cor Orans.
The nuns will not do this, and we fear it will cause a firestorm, and could lead to their suppression. We believe that if the broader Catholic community is aware of what is happening, it will make it harder for them to shut the community down. The Catholic media and laity can be our salvation, as right now we have no recourse to canon law or the Vatican.
CWR: Will other communities support you?
Catherine Bauer: Every monastery has its own idea about how to respond to Cor Orans. We know of 60 monasteries who are very much against it, but the Fairfield Carmelites are the only ones willing to take a stand. I think the others believe that if they lay low, things will blow over. Since the Fairfield nuns received the apostolic visitation, however, it is their head on the chopping block. Our nuns have chosen to stand up and fight, even if they will be doing so alone.
Folks, you don’t even have to go hunting for the
misinformation truth. It’s all out there. I’m really starting to wonder how many healthy young people are going to get third and fourth shots.
Steven R Gundry Originally published 8 Nov 2021 Circulation. 2021;144:A10712
Our group has been using the PLUS Cardiac Test (GD Biosciences, Inc, Irvine, CA) a clinically validated measurement of multiple protein biomarkers which generates a score predicting the 5 yr risk (percentage chance) of a new Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). The score is based on changes from the norm of multiple protein biomarkers including IL-16, a proinflammatory cytokine, soluble Fas, an inducer of apoptosis, and Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF)which serves as a marker for chemotaxis of T-cells into epithelium and cardiac tissue, among other markers. Elevation above the norm increases the PULS score, while decreases below the norm lowers the PULS score.The score has been measured every 3-6 months in our patient population for 8 years. Recently, with the advent of the mRNA COVID 19 vaccines (vac) by Moderna and Pfizer, dramatic changes in the PULS score became apparent in most patients.This report summarizes those results. A total of 566 pts, aged 28 to 97, M:F ratio 1:1 seen in a preventive cardiology practice had a new PULS test drawn from 2 to 10 weeks following the 2nd COVID shot and was compared to the previous PULS score drawn 3 to 5 months previously pre- shot. Baseline IL-16 increased from 35=/-20 above the norm to 82 =/- 75 above the norm post-vac; sFas increased from 22+/- 15 above the norm to 46=/-24 above the norm post-vac; HGF increased from 42+/-12 above the norm to 86+/-31 above the norm post-vac. These changes resulted in an increase of the PULS score from 11% 5 yr ACS risk to 25% 5 yr ACS risk. At the time of this report, these changes persist for at least 2.5 months post second dose of vac. We conclude that the mRNA vacs dramatically increase inflammation on the endothelium and T cell infiltration of cardiac muscle and may account for the observations of increased thrombosis, cardiomyopathy, and other vascular events following vaccination.
And have been for six months. This chart may seem unbelievable or impossible, but it’s correct, based on weekly data from the British government.
The brown line represents weekly deaths from all causes of vaccinated people aged 10-59, per 100,000 people.
The blue line represents weekly deaths from all causes of unvaccinated people per 100,000 in the same age range.
I have checked the underlying dataset myself and this graph is correct. Vaccinated people under 60 are twice as likely to die as unvaccinated people. And overall deaths in Britain are running well above normal.
I don’t know how to explain this other than vaccine-caused mortality.
The basic data is available here, download the Excel file and see table 4:
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Outline of Article:
I. Introduction: Dr. Fauci’s Cult of Personality
II. The AIDS Epidemic of the ‘80s
III. The Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009
IV. Dr. Fauci’s Changing Role Post-9/11
V. COVID-19 Pandemic (Ongoing)
“The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocation, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet in holding scientific discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”
– Dwight Eisenhower, 1961, Military-Industrial Complex Speech1
I. Introduction: Dr. Fauci’s Cult of Personality
This article is an attempt to examine Dr. Anthony Fauci: the man behind the mask, the man behind the cult of personality. Do you think the latter to be an exaggeration? Allow me to explain then.
Historian Jan Plamer identifies the following characteristics as constituting a cult of personality (also known as “charismatic authority”):
- exists in a society firmly founded upon the doctrine that the government is subject to the will of the people
- exists to convince the people of the government’s benevolence and authority
- targets the entire population as a whole, not just individual sectors
- uses mass media to spread its message
- exists when the mass media is controlled enough to prevent the creation of “rival cults”2Thomas Wright wrote, “As a result [of the cult of personality phenomenon], one is able to manipulate others based entirely on the influence of public personality…the cult of personality perspective focuses on the often shallow, external images that many public figures cultivate to create an idealized and heroic image.”3
Is Dr. Fauci truly deserving of all this fawning? This article seeks to examine this question chronologically, beginning with when he first accepted his position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1984, a position he still holds today almost 40 years later.4
II. The AIDS Epidemic of the ‘80s
The first cases of HIV were discovered in the United States in 1981 and AIDS became an epidemic during Dr. Fauci’s reign over the NIAID. Fauci was one of the most prominent researchers regarding AIDS treatments in the early 1980s. He remarked in a 2020 interview with The Guardian:
“My career and my identity has really been defined by HIV.”5
His response to the epidemic , as well as the response of the federal government under President Ronald Reagan in general, was harshly criticized by HIV/AIDS activists.
Among these critical activists was Larry Kramer, the founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). Both organizations are renowned today for having changed public health policy during the AIDS epidemic and with raising awareness for HIV and AIDS-related diseases.6
Larry Kramer wrote the following letter to Fauci in 1988, frustrated with the millions of people infected and with seeming bureaucratic apathy:
“You are responsible for all government funded AIDS treatment research. In the name of right, you make decisions that cost the lives of others. I call the decisions you are making acts of murder…You can’t hide the fact that you are nothing but a despicable Reagan-era holdover and drug company mouthpiece.
“How long will it take you to start focusing on the immune system, how to boost it and how to prevent the opportunistic infections that are killing people with AIDS? Even you admit that ‘the immune response against HIV is extremely powerful and is clearly more effective than any of the therapeutic approaches currently available in controlling virus replication.’ Still, you give your blessing to clinical trials of highly profitable toxins that destroy PWAs’ (People with AIDS/HIV) already compromised immune systems.
“One thing that 10 years of the plague has taught is how easily people and organizations can be bought off. You are one of those people, Dr. Fauci. Project Inform is one of those organizations. During this time of crisis you are complacent; part of a government bureaucracy that values thriving pharmaceutical company entrepreneurism over the health of people with HIV.
“You are a pill-pushing pimp that cooperates with drug companies in forcing dangerous concoctions down the throats of a desperate community that is brainwashed into believing that taking a pill, any pill will help them. AIDS drugs are not sold to help people, they are sold to make a profit. The situation is so out of control that drug companies now create and sell drugs like Marinol, a synthetic derivative of the natural compound marijuana.
“The conflict of interest, so apparent between you and the pharmaceutical corporations, has now been embraced by those in the AIDS community who claim that they are leaders. In their present state, organizations like Project
Inform, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and ACT UP Golden Gate are all so
embroiled in conflict of interest that they must be viewed as enemies by
PWAs. Project Inform is still pushing AZT. San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s
BETA reads like a promo piece for Glaxo. And many of today’s so-called AIDS
activists are nothing more than public relations representatives whose job it
is to create a demand for the latest overpriced cure du jour. In the
meantime, grassroots efforts like the AIDS Cure Act are assailed by these
sellout AIDS organizations that have no desire to ever see a cure.
“Ten years of hope? F*** that. Try a decade of death and greed. Go back to
Washington you b******.”7
Why was Kramer so angry? Dr. Fauci, as the head of the NIH as well as the head of the federal government’s AIDS research program, was believed to be intentionally delaying the promoting of a well-known drug, Bactrim, and other sulfa drugs, which were known to safely and effectively prevent PCP (pneumocystis carinii pneumonia), a type of pneumonia which was causing the most deaths in people with AIDS.
In 1987, AIDS activist Michael Callen, along with Dr. Barry Gingell, a medical advocate for Gay Men’s Health Crisis, asked Dr. Fauci to issue guidance for both doctors and civilians promoting the use of Bactrim as an effective PCP prophylaxis. They argued that the safety and efficacy data regarding Bactrim was clear— Bactrim had been used safely for years in immuno-compromised patients, and many frontline AIDS physicians were already using Bactrim with great success in preventing PCP. The NIH seemingly delayed in issuing guidance, believing there not to be enough evidence regarding this drug until two years later.8 Activist Richard Jefferys claims that Fauci went so far as to suggest that using prophylaxis for PCP was not beneficial, and may even be dangerous. 9 Many argue that this resulted in tens of thousands of otherwise preventable deaths.10
Sean Strub wrote for The Huffington Post that Dr. Fauci has since attempted to whitewash AIDS history and his role in it by: “fail[ing] to mention how skeptical he was of Bactrim as a preventive treatment, that he questioned the existing science, was unswayed by how frontline clinicians were treating people with AIDS and had suggested stopping a treatment that was already saving lives...These are the same officials who seem incapable of ever acknowledging or taking responsibility for mistakes they made — mistakes that cost our community thousands of lives.”11
Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, a frontline AIDS physician, wrote in 2006: “Why, in the case of AIDS, was Bactrim, a known preventative measure against PCP, introduced so many years after a need for it had been recognized? To this must be added the question of why this neglect, the consequences of which can be measured in the tens of thousands of lives lost, has received almost no attention.”12
Larry Kramer died in 2020, but before he died, he gave one last piercing criticism of American public health in general, making the following statement to Joe Biden during his presidential campaign at a town hall in 2019:
“AIDS is the gift that keeps on giving to Big Pharma and the Insurance Industry. Truvada and similar prophylactic treatments are NOT a cure for HIV. Pharmaceutical companies profit irrationally from HIV-positive Americans who depend on the medications forever. As president, how would you finance a CURE and scale back the avarice of pharmaceutical companies?”13
III. The Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009
In 2009, fears about a pandemic resulting from the H1N1 virus swept the globe. However, a 2010 study demonstrated that “the H1N1 swine flu was no more severe — and posed no greater risk of serious disease — than recent seasonal flu bugs.”14 Approximately the same amount of deaths worldwide resulted from H1N1 swine flu as are normally seen from the seasonal flu on an annual basis: 250,000-500,000.15
Official WHO estimates of confirmed swine flu deaths are actually extremely low: 18,449.16 However, the low estimate is because it is difficult to estimate the true amount of people who died, due to many people not being counted who were suspected to have died of the seasonal, not the swine flu. When this is taken into account, H1N1 swine flu is estimated to have caused approximately 284,500 deaths.
Another important factor to keep in mind for the sake of nuance is that the H1N1 swine flu was declared to affect a different population than the seasonal flu, and this was the main reason it scared people at the time. Whereas seasonal flu tends disproportionately to affect the very elderly, H1N1 swine flu caused deaths even among the young and healthy. However, it was later admitted that children were at no greater risk from swine flu than they were of the seasonal flu, and so the panic even for that was unwarranted.
CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson conducted an investigation in October of 2009 and revealed that swine flu cases were being severely overestimated. Cases were being diagnosed based on symptoms and risk factors alone. However, when CBS requested data from individual states, they noticed an alarming pattern: the “vast majority of cases were negative for H1N1…despite the fact that many states were specifically testing patients deemed to be most likely to have H1N1 flu, based on symptoms and risk factors, such as travel to Mexico.”17
Attkisson’s investigation was immediately shut down, and CBS refused to air it.
The following is an excerpt from an interview with her:
Rappoport: In 2009, you spearheaded coverage of the so-called Swine Flu pandemic. You discovered that, in the summer of 2009, the Centers for Disease Control, ignoring their federal mandate, [secretly] stopped counting Swine Flu cases in America. Yet they continued to stir up fear about the “pandemic,” without having any real measure of its impact. Wasn’t that another investigation of yours that was shut down? Wasn’t there more to find out?”
Attkisson: The implications of the story were even worse than that. We discovered through our FOI efforts that before the CDC mysteriously stopped counting Swine Flu cases, they had learned that almost none of the cases they had counted as Swine Flu was, in fact, Swine Flu or any sort of flu at all! The interest in the story from one [CBS] executive was very enthusiastic. He said it was “the most original story” he’d seen on the whole Swine Flu epidemic. But others pushed to stop it [after it was published on the CBS News website] and, in the end, no [CBS television news] broadcast wanted to touch it. We aired numerous stories pumping up the idea of an epidemic, but not the one that would shed original, new light on all the hype. It was fair, accurate, legally approved and a heck of a story. With the CDC keeping the true Swine Flu stats secret, it meant that many in the public took and gave their children an experimental vaccine that may not have been necessary.
Robert Thompson, a professor of media and popular culture at Syracuse University, observed: “If as many people had swine flu as those that are covering swine flu then it would be a pandemic to reckon with.”18
If it was known that swine flu was neither as severe or as prevalent as publicly stated, why was all this fear being manufactured?
The answer unfortunately appears to be financial corruption. The WHO was accused of having faked a pandemic due to having a serious conflict of interest.19 Epidemiologist Wolfgang Wodarg, the chairman of PACE (The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe), has even called it “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century”, saying that major drug corporations had intentionally put together a “campaign of panic” in order to pressure the WHO to declare a pandemic so as to sell vaccines. He argued that the WHO even changed the definition of pandemic at the time, and had removed the part which stipulated that there must be “enormous numbers of deaths and illnesses.” Indeed, The British Medical Journal backed up this claim in their article: “WHO Changed Definition of Pandemic.”20
Another investigation by The British Medical Journal revealed that some of the experts advising the WHO on their pandemic response profited immensely from the pandemic. They had financial ties with the same pharmaceutical companies who were producing the antiviral treatments and flu vaccines. One example given is of a WHO advisor who received regular payments from Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu.21
However, despite the lack of there being a “true pandemic”, Dr. Fauci advocated strongly for vaccination, with a vaccination campaign resulting in the administration of 46 million doses in the U.S. It was, as Sharyl Attkisson said in her interview, an “experimental vaccine which may not have been necessary.”22
IV. Dr. Fauci’s Changing Role Post-9/11
Following the tragic events of September 11, Dr. Fauci has been given an unusual role within the NIH to protect against bioterror threats, a role some describe as resembling “venture capitalism.” Prior to September 11th, the NIH mostly funded academic or basic research, not drug companies. After September 11th, the funding his agency received for biodefense-related threats increased from $42 million a year in 2001 to $1.7 billion in 2005. His role? To fund certain drug companies, betting on their success in drug or vaccine development. It raises the question which, as Bernard Wysocki, reporter for the Wall Street Journal posed: “whether the government and Dr. Fauci should be trying to influence what drugs and vaccines the marketplace produces.”
Many drug companies are naturally hesitant towards investing in research and development for vaccines because they are prone to tons of liability issues and lawsuits, and don’t provide a great return on investment financially. Dr. Fauci funds about $500-600 million in taxpayer money a year towards drug development; much of this amount goes directly to drug companies to help overcome that hesitation. In addition, with government backing, the drug companies are better able to request immunity, which all of the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers have done.23
With this new strategy, the NIH gets to select which few “anointed” companies they want to succeed, and which they choose to dismiss by not providing funding to. According to Dr. Fauci, he “draws on the vast scientific expertise within NIH to come up with products and companies worthy of funding.”
John Clerici, a lawyer and representative of BioPort, the company which manufacturers anthrax vaccines, said: “[The] NIH can and will do what it wants to ensure the game is being played by its rules, no matter what the rules have been in the past…This isn’t exactly fair and open competition.”
Richard Hollis, chief executive of Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biotechnology firm, said: “If the NIH is giving grants, they become the gatekeeper. They define what gets developed, and exclude all these other innovative ideas.”24
Thus, pharmaceutical companies vie for Dr. Fauci’s blessing, and Fauci has enormous power with the fate of these companies in his hands. It would not be surprising to find out that a significant reason cheaper, off-patent drugs have been slandered and/or not researched is because they are not money-makers for the drug companies Fauci props up.
V. COVID-19 Pandemic (Ongoing)
Stanford professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya said of Dr. Fauci’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“When the pandemic hit, America needed someone to turn to for advice. The media and public naturally looked to Dr. Anthony Fauci—the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an esteemed laboratory immunologist and one of President Donald Trump’s chosen COVID advisors. Unfortunately, Dr. Fauci got major epidemiology and public health questions wrong. Reality and scientific studies have now caught up with him.”25
Dr. Fauci has been noted for his long list of “noble lies” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Slate magazine posed the following intriguing question regarding these lies:
“Do we want public health officials to report facts and uncertainties transparently? Or do we want them to shape information?”
It’s up to you to decide for yourself, but I will share the following attempts by Dr. Fauci to “shape information.”
- Masks: Early on, Dr. Fauci said masks were not effective for reducing spread. In this following interview from 2019 (beginning around minute 23:10), he even describes mask-wearing as “paranoid”:https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/NaYDxJfatYg?rel=0&autoplay=0&showinfo=0&enablejsapi=0In February 2020, Dr. Fauci wrote in an email:“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material.”26
A month later in March 2020, he said the following during an interview with 60 Minutes:
“The masks are important for someone who is infected to prevent them from infecting someone else. There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is…And often, there are unintended consequences. People keep fiddling with the mask and people keep touching their face.”
The video this interview is from is below for context:
Within a few months, Dr. Fauci reversed course and said everyone should be wearing a mask, regardless of whether it is a cloth mask or an N95. He said he did so to prevent masks from being sold out, to preserve them for health care workers. That is understandable, but still a noble lie which, when exposed, makes it harder for the public to trust. In July 2020, Fauci said the following:
“We know that masks are really important. And we should be using them– everyone.”
In addition, he said that leaders should be “as forceful as possible” in getting the public to wear masks.27
- Origins of COVID-19: Though Dr. Fauci has repeatedly dismissed it as unscientific and baseless that COVID-19 originated in a lab, he received an email on January 31, 2020, suggesting that it was. The email he received, written by Dr. Kristian Andersen, said:“Some of the features [of the virus] look engineered. Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.”Dr. Fauci said in a May 2020 interview with National Geographic:“Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.”As time progresses, the evidence becomes more clear that this was likely a result of a lab leak.28 The question becomes: did he deliberately ignore evidence, or was it a result of incompetence? And why was there censorship directed against anyone who suggested it was a lab leak?29
- Gain-of-function research: Dr. Fauci has repeatedly and definitively stated throughout the pandemic that the NIH did not fund gain-of-function research in Wuhan. Gain-of-function research is defined as “research aimed at increasing the virulence and lethality of pathogens and viruses.”30 In May 2020, he said the following before the Senate:“However, I will repeat again — the NIH and NIAID categorically has not funded gain-of-function research to be conducted in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”He still denies it despite a letter written in October 2021 by the NIH’s principal deputy director, Lawrence Tabak, stating that EcoHealth Alliance, led by Peter Daszak, violated the rules of the grant stipulated by the NIH during their bat coronavirus research, and that the bats unintentionally became sicker through the lab-created virus. It is important to note that though the NIH recognizes that the bats became sicker with the lab-created virus, they say it is impossible for this virus to have become COVID-19. The letter is copied below.Letter from Lawrence Tabek, NIH Principal Deputy Director
Multiple staff members at the NIH expressed their concern over the “chimeric” work being done at the Wuhan Institute. Two of them wrote to EcoHealth Alliance noting that the work “appear[s] to involve research covered under the [gain-of-function] pause.” However, it seems this concern was ignored, and, instead, EcoHealth Alliance created language that allowed them to escape oversight on these experiments, and the NIH knew yet turned a blind eye to it.The Intercept reported on emails which demonstrated that NIH officials helped EcoHealth Alliance evade these gain-of-function restrictions.31
The last notable thing regarding gain-of-function research which I will detail here is that until recently, the NIH had a section on their website discussing gain-of-function research, defining it as:
“a type of research that modifies a biological agent so that it confers new or enhanced activity to that agent.”32
On October 20, 2021, the NIH removed that section from their website, and replaced it with a section entitled “ePPP (Enhanced Potential Pandemic Pathogen) Research”, which it defines as:
“research that may be reasonably anticipated to create, transfer or use potential pandemic pathogens resulting from the enhancement of a pathogen’s transmissibility and/or virulence in humans.”33
Though it hasn’t been definitively proven yet, the timing of it causes it to appear as though they did so as to bolster Dr. Fauci’s claim that he never lied about denying funding gain-of-function research.
- Herd immunity: Dr. Fauci originally said only 60% of the population would be required to be immunized in order to achieve herd immunity.34 He now claims it’s 85%. He himself says he changed the percentage not based on new studies, but based on what he thinks he can convince the population to do:
”When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent. Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, “I can nudge this up a bit,” so I went to 80, 85.”35
- Natural immunity: Even though more than 1/3 of Americans have natural immunity to COVID-19, and despite strong evidence suggesting that natural immunity provides better and longer protection than vaccination, Dr. Fauci continues to push for vaccine mandates.36 37 An Israeli study found that those who were vaccinated were 27x more likely to be infected than unvaccinated who had already recovered from a previous infection.38 Natural immunity has since time immemorial been understood to be a strong protection against reinfection for a disease. To fire doctors and nurses, the majority of whom have likely already been exposed to COVID-19 due to their heroic work of working during the height of the pandemic, simply because they refuse to be vaccinated is extremely unreasonable. No regard is given to their natural immunity and it is senseless to fire much-needed workers during a pandemic when hospitals are said to be at their limit.
- Targeted approach: Dr. Fauci has consistently ignored that there are different risks for different sectors of the population, instead favoring total vaccination for all, regardless of their relative risks to COVID-19. Many public health scientists have advocated for targeted approaches so as to better protect the vulnerable populations.39
- Collateral health damage from lockdowns: Dr. Fauci failed to consider the collateral health damage from lockdowns, including the impact on cancer detection and treatment, mental health, and diabetes care.40 Americans will suffer from these effects for many years to come.
- Drug overdose: 100,000 overdoses were recorded from April 2020 to April 2021, the highest number ever. The previous year recorded 78,000 deaths.41
- Suicides: Doctors in multiple states noted that they observed more suicides resulting from the lockdowns than deaths from coronavirus. They described the numbers as “unprecedented.” 42 43 44
- Domestic abuse: CNN reported that domestic violence increased 8.1% as a result of lockdowns.45
- Depression: A JAMA study found that depression symptoms were noted three times more during the lockdowns.46
…and all these are just to name a few.
Dr. Fauci is one of the most cited and respected scientists in the world, but it wasn’t until 2020 that a cult of personality really blew up around him. This article sought to address the question of whether this hero worship is truly warranted. Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of the PCR test now used for COVID-19, didn’t seem to think so. He spoke quite harshly of Dr. Fauci’s response to AIDS, saying:
“Tony Fauci does not mind going on television in front of the people who pay his salary and lie directly into the camera.”
Mullis has since died (2019) and so is unable to provide his comments on the COVID-19 response, but his widow said that “[Mullis] was disappointed in science in general because it was all about money and grants and scaring people and [Mullis] was totally about the truth.”47
There are many similarities to be drawn between how the AIDS epidemic, the 2009 swine flu pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic were all managed. Criticisms made about the former still apply today. Dr. Fauci may not be a malevolent individual (although the repeated funding of cruel and torturous animal experiments may indicate otherwise48), but he certainly believes in the use of noble lies, implying that he believes the public to not be able to handle the truth, and that he thinks the scientific elite know better.49
Further, throughout his history as the director of the NIAID, we have seen the ignoring of cheap and generic drugs in favor of expensive and profitable ones (even at the cost of great life), the aggressive pushing of vaccines and preference of vaccines to any other treatment, and a pattern of fear-mongering. His funding and support has fattened the pocket of pharmaceutical companies at the expense of public health.
Is he truly deserving of the hero-worship?
Up to you to decide.1
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“Whitewashing AIDS History.” See note 9.12
“Whitewashing AIDS History.” See note 9.13
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“CDC estimate of global H1N1 pandemic deaths: 284,000.” See note 15.17
“Swine Flu Cases Overestimated?” CBS News. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/swine-flu-cases-overestimated/.18
“Swine flu gets big dose of American media coverage.” Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-flu-usa-media-sb-idUSTRE53R89520090428.19
“WHO Changed Definition of Influenza Pandemic.” The British Medical Journal. https://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/02/who-changed-definition-influenza-pandemic.21
“Conflicts of interest.” See note 19.22
“Summary of 2009 Monovalent H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Data – Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.” U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. https://web.archive.org/web/20161221140111/https://vaers.hhs.gov/resources/2009H1N1Summary_Nov25.pdf.23
“Agency Chief Spurs Bioterror Research.” See note 23.25
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“Fact check: Missing context in claim about emails, Fauci’s position on masks.” USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/06/03/fact-check-missing-context-claim-mask-emails-fauci/7531267002/.27
“Fauci says ‘everyone’ should wear masks to curb spread of coronavirus.” Yahoo! News. https://news.yahoo.com/fauci-says-everyone-wear-masks-165031498.html.28
“The Evidence Mounts.“ City Journal. https://www.city-journal.org/new-evidence-for-lab-leak-hypothesis-of-covid-origins.29
“Media Groupthink and the Lab-Leak Theory.” The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/opinion/media-lab-leak-theory.html.30
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“NIH Officials Worked with EcoHealth Alliance to Evade Restrictions on Coronavirus Experiments.” The Intercept. https://theintercept.com/2021/11/03/coronavirus-research-ecohealth-nih-emails/.32
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“How Much Herd Immunity Is Enough?” See note 34.36
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Our friend Dr. Briggs has done the heavy lifting dissecting what the good court had to say. Lots of zingers. Enjoy.
AUSTRIANS CONCENTRATING ON COVID
DAYS OF YORE
That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.
Now what could be the cause, dear Experts? It can’t be cold air by itself. It has to be something else.
All you lockdown fans, please answer first.
HERE COME DA JUDGE
Much good news in Fifth Circuit’s reaffirming the stay of Biden’s dictate, which happened late last Friday. The Court order can be found here.
First, and obvious, the stay remains in place until a full review. If Biden again dictates “Ignore the Court”, we have a real cold civil war upon us. By “Biden” I of course mean those telling him what to say.
Second, Court said “We first consider whether the petitioners’ challenges to the Mandate are likely to succeed on the merits. For a multitude of reasons, they are.”
This is cheering. Then this juicy bit, to which we can all say Amen (I don’t attempt to reproduce all the italics and special marks):
We begin by stating the obvious. The Occupational Safety and Health Act, which created OSHA, was enacted by Congress to assure Americans “safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.” See 29 U.S.C. § 651 (statement of findings and declaration of purpose and policy). It was not—and likely could not be, under the Commerce Clause and nondelegation doctrine—intended to authorize a workplace safety administration in the deep recesses of the federal bureaucracy to make sweeping pronouncements on matters of public health affecting every member of society in the profoundest of ways. Cf. Ala. Ass’n of Realtors v. HHS, 141 S. Ct. 2485, 2488–90 (2021) (per curiam).
Next: “On the dubious assumption that the Mandate DOES pass constitutional muster—which we need not decide today—it is nonetheless fatally flawed on its own terms.” These reasons are given.
This is just plain hilarious.
The Mandate’s stated impetus—a purported “emergency” that the entire globe has now endured for nearly two years,10 and which OSHA itself spent nearly two months responding to11—is unavailing as well. And its promulgation grossly exceeds OSHA’s statutory authority.
Judges are now better scientists than our best Experts:
But the Mandate at issue here is anything but a “delicate exercise” of this “extraordinary power.” Cf. Pub. Citizen, 702 F.2d at 1155. Quite the opposite, rather than a delicately handled scalpel, the Mandate is a one-sizefits-all sledgehammer that makes hardly any attempt to account for differences in workplaces (and workers) that have more than a little bearing on workers’ varying degrees of susceptibility to the supposedly “grave danger” the Mandate purports to address.
There is a discussion of the asinine Don’t Sit Here, Sit There Fallacy our rulers love, which insists workers can only get infected at offices (only if unvaccinated) and nowhere else. This is one of the dumbest fallacies Experts concocted during the crisis they caused.
“We have to fire you because you can get infected on the job, or may infect somebody else on the job.”
But I can’t get infected elsewhere, or can’t infect anybody else elsewhere?
“Trust us. We’re Experts.”
Fact checkers agree with you. You are Experts.
Here, OSHA’s attempt to shoehorn an airborne virus that is both widely present in society (and thus not particular to any workplace) and non-life threatening to a vast majority of employees into a neighboring phrase connoting toxicity and poisonousness is yet another transparent stretch.
More exposure of the Don’t Sit Here, Sit There Fallacy:
A natural first step in enacting a lawful ETS is to show that employees covered by the ETS are in fact exposed to the dangerous substances, agents, or hazards at issue—here, COVID-19. See, e.g., Int’l Chem. Workers, 830 F.2d at 371 (noting OSHA’s stated view “that a finding of ‘grave danger’ to support an ETS be based upon exposure in actual levels found in the workplace”). As it pertains to the vast majority of private employees covered by the Mandate, however, OSHA fails to meet this threshold burden.
The Court then cogently argues that the risk, even on Biden’s terms, has not been shown to be grave, or even more than meh, given so many people already infected, vaxxed, or are young and healthy.
Next comes a stunner.
It is thus critical to note that the Mandate makes no serious attempt to explain why OSHA and the President himself were against vaccine mandates before they were for one here.
Several prior quotes from OSHA officials saying no to mandates. Walk that back, Experts!
Two more quotes:
The Mandate is staggeringly overbroad…
OSHA itself admitted that ‘an ETS once issued could very well become ineffective or counterproductive, as it may be informed by incomplete or ultimately inaccurate information.’
Why the magic number of 99 employees?
At the same time, the Mandate is also underinclusive. The most vulnerable worker in America draws no protection from the Mandate if his company employs 99 workers or fewer. The reason why? Because, as even OSHA admits, companies of 100 or more employers will be better able to administer (and sustain) the Mandate.
Court affirms OSHA’s own actions say there is no emergency: “the Mandate flunks a cost-benefit analysis”.
The most important argument, I think, especially as we try to grasp the outlines of our expertocracy, is that OSHA delegates itself police power.
A person’s choice to remain unvaccinated and forgo regular testing is noneconomic inactivity…And to mandate that a person receive a vaccine or undergo testing falls squarely within the States’ police power.
Court points out that if this stands, the government can essentially order citizens to do anything. “Courts ‘always have rejected readings of the Commerce Clause . . . that would permit Congress to exercise a police power.’” [Ellipses original.]
Second, concerns over separation of powers principles cast doubt over the Mandate’s assertion of virtually unlimited power to control individual conduct under the guise of a workplace regulation.
Next comes the harm to businesses (which is to say people, you).
It is clear that a denial of the petitioners’ proposed stay would do them irreparable harm.
The States, too, have an interest in seeing their constitutionally reserved police power over public health policy defended from federal overreach.
States rights! Incidentally, it was hilarious to see the left invoke state rights in the Rittenhouse trial, telling us ad naseum that young Kyle “crossed state lines.” The South shall rise again!
Sweet line next:
In contrast, a stay will do OSHA no harm whatsoever.
From economic uncertainty to workplace strife, the mere = specter of the Mandate has contributed to untold economic upheaval in recent months.
Next a well deserved OHSA spanking.
But health agencies do not make housing policy, and occupational safety administrations do not make health policy. [Yet they do!]
OSHA runs afoul of the statute from which it draws its power and…violates the constitutional structure that safeguards our collective liberty.
Judge Duncan writing separately concurs and calls OSHA out for greedy sloppiness: “OHSA invokes no statute expressly authorizing the rule.”
Who knows what the simps and cucks that comprise the majority of SCOTUS will do, but this order is a double-edged serrated knife through OSHA’s heart.
It also says nothing directly about Biden’s other dictate that Fed employees and contractors will lose their jobs on December 8 (that’s the one getting my family). So that one is up in the air, too.
How many times have I told you? Rulers call for a result and midwit Experts, anxious to curry favor, “discover” that result.
This just is the expertocracy. We must replace their Experts with our own…
Read the rest: https://wmbriggs.com/post/38099/
Sleepy Joe forgot he canceled the pipeline as his first act in office, eliminated domestic production, and begged OPEC to help. At this point, how is all of this not a planned collapsed strategy?
President cites ‘mounting evidence of anti-consumer behavior’
By Jackson Lewis on Nov. 17, 2021
WASHINGTON — President Biden urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate oil-and-gas companies for any illegal practices that keep gas prices high, according to a Wall Street Journal report. He cited “mounting evidence of anti-consumer behavior by oil-and-gas companies,” in a letter to Lina Khan, chair of the FTC.
“This unexplained large gap between the price of unfinished gasoline and the average price at the pump is well above the pre-pandemic average,” Biden wrote. “Meanwhile, the largest oil-and-gas companies in America are generating significant profits off higher energy prices.”
The president advised Khan to “consider whether illegal conduct is costing families at the pump,” and to “bring all of the commission’s tools to bear if you uncover any wrongdoing.”
Biden penned the letter amid surging gas prices and low poll numbers concerning the president’s performance. U.S. gasoline prices in October averaged $3.38 per gallon while U.S. oil prices averaged $81.48 per barrel, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating is sitting at 43%, according to political analysis firm FiveThirtyEight.
I’ve written many times as to why the antichurch must destroy the Contemplatives: Because these monasteries, and the work done within them, are the heavy artillery of the spiritual battle we are engaged in. They are MARSOC, special warfare operators, the elite. The enemy knows this, as he has to deal with them every day. We benefit from their prayers in ways we cannot imagine, and the geographic domains where these cloisters exist enjoy special protection. That is why it’s sort of a big deal when a group of Carmelites decides the only way to protect themselves from attack is to extract themselves from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Woe to that place in their absence.
Note well these quotes, which reinforce what I’ve written in this space as to how the demolition works:
“Under Cor Orans, every monastery is required to join a federation, and if they do not, they are forcibly enrolled. Federations violate the autonomy of monasteries dictated in the rules of their saintly foundresses, such as the discalced Carmelites. St. Teresa of Avila, for instance, was adamant that monasteries maintain strict autonomy from each other and from other monastic governing structures, especially federations—a tradition reaffirmed by Pope John Paul II in 1990. Cor Orans takes away this long-recognized monastic autonomy… federations have unchecked power over individual monasteries and their nuns. Assets and members must be shared, which means a federation can require a monastery to surrender money and sisters at any time, for any reason. Additionally, the federation can visit and inspect the monasteries at any time—and for any length of time… The possibilities for financial corruption are rampant in the federation system. The assets of closed monasteries are split between the federation, the diocese, and the Holy See (according to regulations 72 and 73). Since Cor Orans added this power, federations now have the ability to fund their own bureaucratic expenses, which gives them a vested interest in closing monasteries. The property is held by the federation with this caveat: that the Holy See can step in at any moment and claim the closed monastery for itself (regulation 72). Since 2018, Carballo has closed hundreds of monasteries around the world.”
NOVEMBER 15, 2021
Why is the Vatican Assailing Contemplative Life?
The future of contemplative orders in the Catholic Church is under siege, not by the oft-bemoaned vocations crisis, but by Archbishop Josè Rodrìguez Carballo, the secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In 2018, Carballo released Cor Orans, a series of regulations on women’s monastic orders. Cor Orans is the practical implementation of Pope Francis’ 2016 Vultum Dei Quaerere. While women’s orders globally were required to conform within one calendar year, Cor Orans has proved so toxic to authentic monastic life that many monasteries have applied for exemptions, only to be met with silence, delays, and retaliation.
While much can be said about Cor Orans, it is essentially a planned obsolescence program for contemplative monasticism, designed by a bishop who has, time and again, announced that such a vocation has overstayed its use.
Carballo holds no love for contemplative monasticism. He has said that the collapse of religious vocations over the past fifty years is proof that this form of religious life is antiquated. Even when an order has flourishing vocations, he dismisses it as a fluke. In a 2015 speech, he claimed that contemplative life was outmoded and “say[s] hardly anything to people today.” To an assembly of Carmelites, he denied that Teresa would want them to remain faithful to her rule: “what does Teresa want now? We don’t want to walk as we did 500 years ago.”
How is it that some people still don’t understand that this will never, ever, end?
“Some of us need boosters for two reasons. The first is that the protection against mild and moderate illness provided by the initial vaccination appears to wane over time, especially among older individuals,” says Jessica Justman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University. “The second reason is that the delta variant is more infectious. This means everyone, even vaccinated people, is more likely to get exposed to an infectious dose of the virus and have it challenge their immune system. The booster helps your immune system mount an effective response.”
Some states, such as California and Colorado, have opened up booster shots to all adults who are at least six months past their second mRNA dose. It may turn out that the term “booster” is a bit of a misnomer, and that the correct number of shots for maximum efficacy isn’t yet known. Vaccination recommendations often change as more data becomes available over time.
“It’s a good idea to keep an eye on CDC guidance,” says Justman.
Now on to the question of how long boosters will last. That’s a tough one.