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Join Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism in 2021

The program, which uses the Baltimore Catechism, is designed to help anyone learn the truths of the faith.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 7:51 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Thousands of children across the world have joined the Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism crusade. There is a great army of soldiers for Christ working hard to commit the truths of the Catholic faith to memory. Every week they study the questions and answers of the Baltimore Catechism. This short video gives you a glimpse of some of the children doing just that with the help of the Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism!

 

Voice of the Family’s Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism, launched in October 2020, is an entire online video catechism course that provides children and their families with the unique opportunity to learn the timeless truths of the Catholic faith according to the classic Baltimore Catechism, completely free of charge and wherever they are. 

The easily accessible lessons are presented by Fr. Anthony Pillari, JCL, MCL, STB with a view to helping all children and families commit the Baltimore Catechism to memory, as generations of Catholics used to do in order to really know and love our faith. 
By taking up this delightful challenge, they are all invited to join the mission given by Our Lady at Fatima: to work for the salvation of souls by striving for holiness in our daily lives. If your family has not started the Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism program yet, you can sign up for the course today!

Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism

The key teaching of the program consists of 41 online videos; 3 introductory videos, 37 videos of lesson content and one closing video. The content for the 37 lessons follows the structure of the Baltimore Catechism, which has been covered in its entirety. The lessons are released on a weekly basis, but once they are published you can watch these whenever you like. 

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Each video lesson begins with the prayer taught by Our Lady to the children of Fatima and a brief Bible story, normally taken from the Gospel. This is followed by questions and answers from Baltimore Catechism 1 and 2, drawing also on the teaching provided in Baltimore Catechism 4. Each lesson finishes by introducing the children to the life of a saint or another miracle from the history of the Catholic Church, such as a Eucharistic miracle. 

All children, regardless of age, are encouraged to participate in the course. Adults, who may wish to learn the basic teachings of the Catholic faith, are also invited to follow the program.  

This course is truly a crusade to learn thoroughly the essentials of the Catholic faith. 

Filled with beautiful sacred art and music, as well as the stories of countless miracles from the lives of the saints, we hope this online video course will enable your family to learn more fully the Catholic faith and take to heart the unchanging truths revealed by God. For “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8) 

We are most grateful to Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who has graciously recommended the program.

John-Henry Westen, co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews, said: 

“I am so excited about the Catechism series with Fr. Pillari giving our children the treasure of the Baltimore Catechism in a format suited to busy parents and a method designed to ingrain the teachings of the Church in the minds and hearts of our little ones. What greater gift can there be in these days when the faith is so little known and loved? May this offering of love, given freely and without cost, spark a renewal of the faith making soldiers for Christ in the years to come. This effort has been a work in honour of and in union with Our Lady of Fatima, and we pray that She may keep all these children and families brought to Her in Her Immaculate Heart.” 

The deep crisis in the Church and the world today can only be overcome by a renewed commitment to our Catholic faith in its full integrity. Knowledge of the catechism will lead us to live more fully that faith and rebuild our Christian society. In particular, this program is a real asset to Catholic parents, called to be the primary educators of their children, especially in the most important area of education — forming them in the faith. 

What greater gift is there than our Catholic faith? Sign up today!

We look forward to seeing you on the Catechism Crusade in 2021!


  anthony pillari, athanasius schneider, baltimore catchecism, catholic, fatima, john-henry westen, our lady of the rosary family catechism

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Trump supporters flood DC on eve of of Jan. 6 rallies

January 6, 2021 will feature huge pro-Trump gatherings all around the nation's capital.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 7:12 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – On the eve of the day the U.S. presidential election could be certified after a congressional showdown, hundreds of thousands of President Donald Trump supporters are demanding their voices be heard. January 6, 2021 will see members of the U.S. House and Senate debate whether the electoral college’s votes should be certified despite the rampant evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Tonight, Trump supporters are already gathering in Washington, D.C. for a day of rallies in support of the president. LifeSiteNews will be providing extensive coverage of the day’s events.

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Pentagon study: Flu shot raises risk of coronavirus by 36% (and other supporting studies)

Is the claim that the flu shot will help people fight COVID-19 remotely true? The short answer is no.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 6:50 pm EST
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By Robert Kennedy Jr.

Note: This article was originally published April 16, 2020 on Children’s Health Defense.

January 5, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — On March 12th, 2020, Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta held a global town hall on “Corona Facts and Fears.” During the discussion, Anderson said to the viewing audience, “And, again, if you are concerned about coronavirus, and you haven’t gotten a flu shot…you should get a flu shot.”

Setting safety and efficacy of influenza vaccination aside, is Anderson’s claim that the flu shot will help people fight COVID-19 remotely true? The short answer is no.

In fact, the results of many peer-reviewed, published studies prove that Anderson’s recommendation may have been the worst advice he could have given the public.

In searching the literature, the only study we have been able to find assessing flu shots and coronavirus is a 2020 US Pentagon study that found that the flu shot INCREASES the risks from coronavirus by 36%. “Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as “virus interference…’vaccine derived’ virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus…” Here are the findings:

2020 Pentagon study: Flu vaccines increase risk of coronavirus by 36% 

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Examining non-influenza viruses specifically, the odds of coronavirus in vaccinated individuals were significantly higher when compared to unvaccinated individuals with an odds ratio (association between an exposure and an outcome) of 1.36. In other words, the vaccinated were 36% more likely to get coronavirus.

Many other studies suggest the increased risk of viral respiratory infections from the flu shot:

2018 CDC Study: Flu shots increase risk of non-flu acute respiratory illnesses (ARI) in children.

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This CDC supported study concluded an increased risk of acute respiratory illness (ARI) among children <18 years caused by non-influenza respiratory pathogens post-influenza vaccination compared to unvaccinated children during the same period.

2011 Australian Study: Flu shot doubled risk of non-influenza viral infections and increased flu risk by 73%.

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A prospective case-control study in healthy young Australian children found that seasonal flu shots doubled their risk of illness from non-influenza virus infections. Overall, the vaccine increased the risk of virus-associated acute respiratory illness, including influenza, by 73%.

2012 Hong Kong Study: Flu shots increased the risk of non-flu respiratory infections 4.4 times and tripled flu infections.

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A randomized placebo-controlled trial in Hong Kong children found that flu shots increased the risk of non-influenza viral ARIs fivefold (OR 4.91,CI 1.04—8.14) and, including influenza, tripled the overall viral ARI risk (OR 3.17, CI 1.04—9.83).

2017 Study: Vaccinated children are 5.9 more likely to suffer pneumonia and 30.1 times more likely to have been diagnosed with Allergic Rhinitis than unvaccinated children.

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Vaccinated children were 30.1 times more likely to have been diagnosed with Allergic Rhinitis and 5.9 times more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia than unvaccinated children.

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2014 Study: Influenza-vaccinated children were 1.6 times more likely than unvaccinated children to have a non-influenza “Influenza-like-illness” (ILI).

Even more published science

The well-respected Cochrane Collaboration’s comprehensive 2010 meta-analysis of published influenza vaccine studies found that the influenza vaccination has “no effect” on hospitalization, and that there is “no evidence that vaccines prevent viral transmission or complications.” The Cochrane Researchers concluded that the scientific evidence “seem[s] to discourage the utilization of vaccination against influenza in healthy adults as a routine public health measure.” 

In their meta-analysis, the Cochrane researchers accused the CDC of deliberately misrepresenting the science in order to support their universal influenza vaccination recommendation. Nevertheless, CNN and other mainstream media outlets continually broadcast CDC pronouncements as gospel and, ironically, ridicules those of us who actually read the science as “purveyors of ‘vaccine misinformation”.

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CHD article on big-picture look at current pandemic beneficiaries accepted by peer-reviewed journal

The article assesses how the pandemic has facilitated a financial, tech, biopharmaceutical and military-intelligence push for centralized, technocratic control.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 6:23 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — “Planned Surveillance and Control by Global Technocrats: A Big-Picture Look at the Current Pandemic Beneficiaries,” a peer-reviewed article by Children’s Health Defense, has been accepted for publication in the journal, International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice and Research. The journal was launched in 2020 by John W. Oller, Jr., Ph.D. (editor-in-chief) and Christopher A. Shaw, Ph.D. (senior editor) “to make independent research, free from constraints of monetary, political, or any other undisclosed influence, about vaccine theory and practice freely accessible.”

The Children’s Health Defense article, which will appear in the journal by year’s end, assesses how the pandemic has facilitated a financial, tech, biopharmaceutical and military-intelligence push for centralized, technocratic control.

Here’s the article:

Abstract

Global financial patterns and pronouncements point to a seismic overhaul of governance and financial systems that is playing out beneath the surface of the Covid-19 pandemic, reaching far beyond the health domain. Increased centralized control has the potential to create an unbridgeable chasm between a tiny handful of winners and a majority of losers. To foster an integrated analysis of the technocratic and financial forces and agendas at play, this rapid review identifies some of the pandemic’s principal beneficiaries across the interwoven financial, tech, biopharmaceutical, and military-intelligence sectors, assessing developments in the context of the accelerating global push for technocratic consolidation and control. The evidence suggests that Trojan horse coronavirus vaccines may challenge bodily integrity and informed consent in entirely new ways, transporting invasive technologies into people’s brains and bodies. Technologies such as brain-machine interfaces, digital identity tracking devices, and cryptocurrency-compatible chips would contribute to the central banking goal of replacing currencies with digital transaction and identification systems and creating a global control grid that connects the world population to the military-pharma-intelligence cloud of the global technocrats. Moreover, using vaccines as a delivery vehicle for surveillance technologies cancels any legal liability.

Keywords: Biopharmaceuticals; central banks; Covid-19 pandemic; digital identity; Operation Warp Speed; technocracy; vaccines

Introduction

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded a reportedly novel coronavirus from a global health emergency (as of January 30) to a global pandemic, having given the name “Covid-19” to the newly minted disease associated with the virus (Forster, 2020; World Health Organization, 2020a). If one examines actions taken both before and since the WHO’s March decree, it seems evident that many highly placed individuals and sectors were able to strategically position themselves to benefit from the declared crisis (Children’s Health Defense, 2020b). At the same time, with a “new form of economic shock” being imposed worldwide under cover of Covid-19 (Lagarde, 2020), it has become apparent that old-fashioned corporate profiteering is far from the whole story.

In fact, global financial patterns and pronouncements point to a seismic overhaul of governance and financial systems that is playing out beneath the surface of the pandemic, reaching far beyond the health domain. These developments highlight a disturbing push for global technocracy — a form of centralized, expert-led control over resource production and consumption that the Wall Street Journal has characterized as “anti-democratic rule by elites who think they know better” (Wood, 2018, 2020; Fitts, 2020a; Schinder, 2020; Schumacher, 2020; White, 2020). In the U.S., many of the actions unfolding behind the scenes are also benefiting from a climate of institutionalized secrecy enabled by the October 2018 adoption of a game-changing policy statement (FASAB Statement 56), which turned financial disclosure rules upside-down to allow the U.S. government and its contractors to maintain secret books (Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, 2018; Ferri & Lurie, 2018).

As 2020’s rapid-fire events suggest, substantially increased centralized control and secrecy have the potential to create an unbridgeable chasm between a tiny handful of elite winners and a majority of upper and lower middle class losers. In early June, CNBC’s Wall Street analyst Jim Cramer heatedly pointed out the fact that the pandemic had already produced “one of the greatest wealth transfers in history” (Clifford, 2020). Others have echoed these observations, describing the “monumental transfer of wealth from the bottom of the economic ladder to the top” (Barnett, 2020; Kampf-Lassin, 2020). In comparison to the benefits flowing to large corporations and billionaires, Cramer bluntly observed that pandemic-related restrictions have had a “horrible effect” on America’s small-business economy, with a similar pattern on display outside the U.S. (Clifford, 2020). Even the World Economic Forum — which has promoted many of the structural changes now underway at its annual Davos meetings — acknowledges the “asymmetric nature” of Covid-19-related hardships and the “greater ferocity and velocity” of the pandemic’s impact on populations already under stress before 2020 (World Economic Forum, 2020).

By early fall, fifty million Americans (many with already high burdens of debt) had lost jobs; financial forecasters were issuing warnings about further layoffs; and millions of the still-employed were earning less than pre-pandemic (Andriotis, 2020). In addition, the bulk of the trillions in federal stimulus (which by early May exceeded the gross domestic product of all but six nations worldwide) had made its way to large corporations; Forbes reported that roughly 70 percent of the initial $350 billion intended for struggling small businesses went to large companies (Simon, 2020). Observers suggest that by channeling taxpayer bailouts to the companies that already had the greatest ability to withstand the shutdowns, the largest players have been able to gain even more of a “stranglehold” over the economy (Kampf-Lassin, 2020).

As U.S. billionaires’ wealth increased by almost a trillion dollars (a weekly average of $42 billion), weekly jobless claims, requests for food bank assistance, and reports of addiction, overdoses, depression, and suicide began “shatter[ing] all historical records” (Feeding America, n.d.; Alcorn, 2020; Americans for Tax Fairness, 2020; Baldor & Burns, 2020; Community FoodBank of New Jersey, 2020; Dubey et al., 2020; Ettman et al., 2020; Hollyfield, 2020; Lerma, 2020; Prestigiacomo, 2020; Schwarz, 2020; Sergent et al., 2020; Thorbecke, 2020; Wan & Long, 2020). Outside the U.S., the situation is similar (Bueno-Notivol et al., 2020). As a marker of the global surge in hunger, the Nobel Committee awarded its 2020 Peace Prize to the World Food Programme, prompting the agency’s head to warn that the world is “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could result in “famines of biblical proportions” in the coming year (Lederer, 2020).

In November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data identifying over 100,000 excess U.S. deaths “indirectly” associated with the pandemic (Rossen et al., 2020), including a “stunning 26.5% jump” in excess deaths in young adults in their mid-twenties through mid-forties (Prestigiacomo, 2020). Commenting on these mortality data — which reflect “a death count well beyond what [researchers] would normally expect” (Preidt, 2020) — the former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb voiced his suspicion that “a good portion of the deaths in that younger cohort were deaths due to despair,” including drug overdoses (Squawk Box, 2020). University researchers writing about mortality in JAMA concurred that “Excess deaths attributed to causes other than COVID-19 could reflect deaths . . . resulting from disruptions produced by the pandemic” (Woolf et al., 2020), including “spillover effects . . . such as delayed medical care, economic hardship or emotional distress” (Preidt, 2020). Multilateral entities like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) emphasize that it will be essential to assess the long-term impact of “confinement and deteriorating financial conditions” on mortality and warn that the social and economic fallout is likely to be “significant” (Morgan et al., 2020).

As an ideology, technocracy is recognized for exalting knowledge and expertise as the principal sources of legitimate power and authority and for asserting that there is “one best way” that only “the experts” (e.g., engineers, scientists, and doctors) can determine (Burris, 1989). However, critics of technocracy have long pointed out that, particularly in crisis situations, the know-how, “discretionary interventions” and seemingly “elastic” power claimed by technocrats can end up blurring the line between useful expertise and “arbitrary rule” (White, 2020). Moreover, technocrats typically resist attempts to make explicit “the non-rational attributes of technocratic decision-making” (Burris, 1989).

With the noticeable absence of any cost-benefit analysis and the increasingly “non-rational” justifications being put forth for Covid-19 restrictions (Handley, 2020; Kristen, 2020; Kulldorff et al., 2020; The Reaction Team, 2020) — as well as the economic, political, social, and cultural changes rolling out at dizzying speed — it is important to try to understand the technocratic and financial agendas at play. Three increasingly interwoven sectors (Big Finance, Big Tech, and Big Pharma) are reaping rewards from Covid-19, benefiting from close relationships with the military-intelligence apparatus (Glaser, 2020; Usdin, 2020). This rapid review seeks to (1) identify some of the pandemic’s principal beneficiaries (financial and otherwise) across these sectors, and (2) assess these parties’ actions in the context of the accelerating global push for technocratic consolidation and control through invasive surveillance.

Methods

Rapid reviews are used to synthesize evidence in a streamlined manner, abbreviating the timeline and requirements of more involved systematic reviews (Ganann et al., 2010). A rapid review is particularly well suited to emerging current event sequences, and the dynamic Covid-19-related situation certainly qualifies. Though not exhaustive, rapid reviews make it possible to quickly summarize available evidence across multiple disciplines, whether for the purpose of informing policy-making and decision-making or to identify patterns and take stock of the bigger picture.

For the purposes of this broad overview of current events, we relied primarily on the so-called grey literature as well as media accounts (from both the legacy media and independent journalists) and various online sources. We also consulted relevant peer-reviewed literature. Notably, while the peer-review process is ordinarily slow-moving, Covid-19-related studies have been making their way through the pipeline at breakneck speed (Packer, 2020).

Examples of sources consulted for this review include conventional and alternative financial commentary; webpages and communications from public health agencies, international organizations, and universities; individual blogs and commentary; and peer-reviewed studies cataloguing the impact of Covid-19 restrictions.

Big Finance

Assisted by the media, commentators have had an easy time framing the events of 2020 principally as a health crisis. With each passing month, however, those claims wear thinner (Barnett, 2020). In a comprehensive analysis titled The State of Our Currencies, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Housing Catherine Austin Fitts (2020a) offers a broader and more instructive interpretation. Informed by close attention to financial patterns, Fitts asserts that the “shock doctrine” measures being imposed under cover of Covid-19 are helping lay the train tracks for a new global central banking machine and a technocratic “regulatory and economic model that permits far greater central control.”

Fitts calls attention to G7 central bankers’ August 2019 approval in Jackson Hole, Wyoming of a plan called “Going Direct” (Bartsch et al., 2019) that makes the case for a novel “blurring [of] the lines between government fiscal policy and central bank monetary policy” (Martens & Martens, 2020). Drafted months before Covid-19, the plan — co-branded by the World Economic Forum (n.d.) as “the Great Reset” — evokes the prospect of a serious economic downturn and “unusual circumstances” that could be used to justify “unprecedented” global measures (Bartsch et al., 2019).

Fitts (2020a) postulates that central bankers have both a short-term aim (to extend the existing dollar-based reserve currency system) and an ambitious longer-term goal: to implement a “new global governance and financial transaction system, and gather the power necessary to herd all parties into the new system”. Characterizing these aspirations as nothing short of ending currency as we know it, Fitts suggests that the top-down digital-currency-based model being promoted as a replacement could end up sidelining traditional intermediaries and instead directly furnish populations with something akin to a “credit at the company store”. Spelling out the implications of such a model, Fitts notes that with the help of digital surveillance and a social credit system, the central-bank-controlled “credit” could easily be “adjusted or turned off on an individual basis”. General Manager Agustín Carstens of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) — the central bank of central banks — recently acknowledged as much, stating that in stark contrast to cash, a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) would give central banks “absolute control” over CBDC use “and the technology to enforce” CBDC rules and regulations (International Monetary Fund, 2020). With a vaccine-injected digital surveillance program in individuals, the CBDC would have dictatorial power at the level of individual buying and selling.

Fitts’ analysis suggests that central bankers began laying the groundwork for the desired global transition well in advance of the coronavirus mayhem. In 2019 alone, G7 finance ministers endorsed a cryptocurrency action plan in July; in August, the G7 central bankers approved “Going Direct”; in September, the U.S. Federal Reserve (“the Fed”) started making hundreds of billions of dollars in loans “direct” to Wall Street trading houses; and in October, the BIS issued a major report on global cryptocurrencies (Bank for International Settlements, 2019; Helms, 2019; Fitts, 2020a; Martens & Martens, 2020). In the middle of the frenzy of central bank activity in October, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (along with the World Economic Forum and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security) held the well-publicized “pandemic tabletop exercise” called Event 201, which played out a global coronavirus outbreak scenario strikingly similar to 2020’s actual events (Center for Health Security, n.d.).

In January 2020, U.S. corporations witnessed a record number of CEO departures (Ausick, 2020; Marinova, 2020) — a mass exodus that strategically allowed over 200 departing executives to sell their stock at or near the market high (see Table 1). Other wealthy and influential insiders also engaged in surprisingly well-timed stock market transactions. For example, following a late-January, behind-closed-doors briefing about the virus (which had yet to affect a single American), certain U.S. senators sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock, “unloading shares that plummeted in value a month later” (Lane, 2020). The world’s wealthiest person, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, sold nearly $4.1 billion over an 11-day period in early February after having also sold $2.8 billion in shares in August 2019 (Palmer, 2020).

Table 1. U.S. CEO Departures in January 2020

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Sources: Ausick, 2020; ChallengerGray, 2020

As the U.S. government turned on the stimulus spigot in March, the Fed sustained its irregular intervention in the U.S. economy. By the summer of 2020, the Fed had expanded its balance sheet by $2.9 trillion — much of it unaccounted for, according to Fed-watcher John Titus (2020) — and financial observers were warning that “the market is no longer the biggest factor in selecting [economic] winners and losers” (Whalen, 2020). Titus (2020) concurs with this assessment, baldly characterizing 2020’s events as a Fed-led “coup d’état”. Titus (2014) has been chronicling major financial forces and legal changes since the 2008 financial crisis, describing how central banks are not only able to “loot” the American people “in broad daylight” but can do so without fear of prosecution — probably because, as Titus and Fitts (2020a) both point out, the Department of Justice depends on Fed member banks for its financial operations.

The coronavirus stimulus has provided abundant financial opportunities advantageous to Fed member banks. Over a two-week period in April, for example, large banks earned $10 billion in fees (ranging from 1 to 5 percent) simply for processing the government’s loans to businesses (Sullivan et al., 2020). Class-action lawsuits subsequently alleged that the banks prioritized larger loans (and larger companies) in order to garner the largest fees, while shutting out “tens of thousands” of eligible but smaller businesses (Sullivan et al., 2020). Serving as lender to the parent company of a national restaurant chain, Fed member bank JPMorgan Chase (the largest and most profitable bank in the U.S.) earned a $100,000 fee for a single “one-time transaction for which it assumed no risk and could pass through with fewer requirements than for a regular loan” (Sullivan et al., 2020).

In September, Senator Marco Rubio (Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship) wrote to the JPMorgan Chase CEO expressing “alarm” about allegations that JPMorgan employees “may have been involved in potentially illegal conduct” in the distribution of Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan funds (Rubio, 2020). Bloomberg later confirmed the possibility of Covid-19-related banking abuse on a wide scale (David, 2020). Importantly, this is not a new pattern of behavior for the U.S. banking behemoth. Since 2002 (and primarily since the 2008 financial crisis), JPMorgan Chase has paid out at least $42 billion in settlements for questionable, unethical, or illegal behavior (Fitts, 2019); its public-facing Wikipedia page lists involvement in 22 different “controversies,” including the economically shattering Enron and Madoff scandals (“JPMorgan Chase”, n.d.). Nevertheless, JPMorgan continues to earn glowing accolades from the financial community. In June 2020, Forbes urged investors to “bank on the best” in the uncertain Covid-19 environment (Trainer, 2020), citing JPMorgan’s post-2009 “industry-leading profitability” and asserting that the bank is exceptionally well positioned to expand its market share both during and post-pandemic. In October, JPMorgan rolled out a new smartphone credit card reader designed to compete with Square and PayPal (Son, 2020).

Big Tech

By July 2020, global billionaires’ wealth had surged to an all-time high of $10.2 trillion — an increase of 27.5 percent since April, and a 41.3 percent increase for tech billionaires (Phillipps, 2020). U.S. billionaires accrued a significant share of this pandemic wealth bonus, increasing their worth by $845 billion from mid-March to mid-September and prompting the observation that “for American billionaires specifically, things have never looked better” (Lerma, 2020). As a whole, U.S. billionaires’ wealth reached the equivalent of almost one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product, with four tech billionaires (Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg) plus Warren Buffett seeing their total wealth climb by 59 percent (da Costa, 2020). Calling attention to Bezos, in particular, the Institute for Policy Studies described his surge in wealth as “unprecedented in modern financial history”, requiring “a real-time hour-by-hour tracker” to keep up (Collins et al., 2020).

The companies with which top-tier billionaires are affiliated include Amazon and Amazon Web Services (Bezos), Apple (Tim Cook), Facebook (Zuckerberg), Google/Alphabet (Larry Page and Sergey Brin), Microsoft (Steve Ballmer and Gates), Oracle (Larry Ellison), Zoom (Eric Yuan), and the variety of companies (including Neuralink, SpaceX, and Tesla) spearheaded by Musk (Alcorn, 2020; Collins et al., 2020; Toh, 2020). In July, as Bloomberg described these companies’ “outsized influence on U.S. markets”, it noted that they are as well-situated to profit from the U.S. shutdown as they are to take advantage of a recovering Europe and Asia — a “one-two punch” that has already increased FAANG companies’ market (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google, plus Microsoft) by 62 percent (Ritholtz, 2020). Suggesting that Silicon Valley will go down in history as “the standout sector” (Divine, 2020a), a U.S. News analyst unabashedly recommended Facebook as a 2020 “best buy” because “it’s gobbling up the world, and reasonable people could argue that if privacy is dying, individual investors may as well profit alongside Silicon Valley” (Divine, 2020b).

Covid-19 has provided Big Tech (and Big Telecom) with an opportunity to bring a range of controversial technologies further out into the open, despite many unresolved concerns about safety and ethics (Boteler, 2017; Gohd, 2017; Ross, 2018; Boyle, 2019; Feiner, 2019; Markman, 2019; Plautz, 2019; Zhang et al., 2019; Bajpai, 2020; Goodwin, 2020; Gyarmathy, 2020; McGovern, 2020; Novet, 2020; Reuters, 2020; Tucker, 2020; U.S. Department of Defense, 2020). Singly and in combination, the technologies (some of which are listed in Table 2) have the potential to usher in unprecedented societal changes, strengthening technocrats’ ability to control many facets of daily life. Artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, “smart” utility meters, and the Internet of Things (IoT), for example, are rapidly and fundamentally changing the nature of cities, businesses, and homes — what Fitts (2020a) calls the “final mile” — forming an essential part of the strategy to convert the economic model to a technocratic model that uses AI and software to achieve centrally controlled resource allocation.

Table 2. Covid-19 and the Rollout of Control Technologies

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In October 2020, the World Economic Forum — the Great Reset’s front-row marketer — released a report on the future of jobs, describing the significant displacement of workers resulting from the pandemic and the related global restructuring that the organization has been taking the opportunity to promote (Petzinger, 2020). With automation and Covid-19 causing a “double-disruption” that is not only accelerating job destruction in the short term but “shrinking opportunities” in the longer term, the report solemnly pronounced a “new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms” (World Economic Forum, 2020). Well before the pandemic, Amazon had established a robot-centric system at its fulfillment centers, with a process focused on “limit[ing] movement of people [and] let[ting] robots move everything” (Masud, 2019). This downsizing of humans has apparently served Amazon well; by May 2020, Amazon’s e-commerce business had shot up by 93 percent compared to the previous May (Klebnikov, 2020).

A September 2020 survey showed that many other companies plan to substantially boost their spending on AI and machine learning, citing Covid-19 as their rationale for prioritizing “the adoption of new technologies that enhance and enable automation” (Shein, 2020). Observers also predict, however, that the AI gold rush will lead to even more market consolidation and control by Amazon and three other big Covid-19 winners — Alphabet, Facebook, and Microsoft. These four companies, according to Forbes, have the “scale to push the envelope”, the “talent and the technology to perfect [AI]”, and the computing power to dominate the field (Markman, 2019). Amazon already controls nearly 46 percent of the worldwide public cloud-computing infrastructure that is a key backstop for AI functions such as parallel processing and the digestion of Big Data (Atlantic.Net, 2018; Nix, 2019).

Before Covid-19, consumer rejection of 5G wireless technology had been growing (Castor, 2020). However, the imposition of social distancing measures, remote learning, and online work requirements has provided the telecommunications industry with a ready-made pretext to fast-forward 5G’s deployment while attempting to burnish the industry’s unfavorable public image. Taking advantage of virus fears, Big Tech and Big Telecom are claiming that 5G can help enable “a future in which business, health care and human interaction must be at more than an arm’s length” (Wasserman, 2020). Forbes has praised communication service providers for responding to the coronavirus lockdowns “with a sense of urgency, purpose and empathy” (Wilson, 2020). Describing areas requiring more “advanced connectivity”, a technology expert at Deloitte Consulting cited the example of “cameralytics” (video surveillance) “to help worker safety and social distancing” (Howell, 2020). Whatever the rationale, the reality on the ground has been a massive increase in U.S. telecom companies’ capital spending on 5G and a “full steam ahead” rollout of spectrum and infrastructure that has placed the U.S. “ahead of schedule” (Knight, 2020; Ludlum, 2020). The European Commission is now attempting to follow the U.S.’s lead by pushing for the removal of “regulatory hurdles” and making the case that 5G will aid the region’s post-coronavirus economic recovery (McCaskill, 2020).

Covid-19 has also brought another of Big Tech’s interests into sharper focus: food. Billionaires such as Bill Gates and Peter Thiel have, for some time, been investing in biotech start-ups that aim to produce, in a lab, stem-cell-based “meat”, “fish”, “dairy”, and “breastmilk” (Kerr, 2016; Kosoff, 2017; Beres, 2020; Wuench, 2020). These start-ups and their investors have been only too happy to position the burgeoning industry as a partial solution to pandemic-related food insecurity and supply chain interruptions (Galanakis, 2020; Pereira & Oliveira, 2020; Yeung, 2020), welcoming Covid-19 as an “accelerator” as well as an opportunity to overcome consumer skepticism (Siegner, 2019; Morrison, 2020). In addition, as the coronavirus breathes new life into the term “sustainability” — long used by technocrats as a cover term for more centralized control (Wood, 2018) — global partners like the United Nations and the World Economic Forum are making the improbable claim that the complex, high-dollar, lab-created food substitutes (which require genetically stable cell lines, bioreactors, “edible scaffolds”, and cell culture media) are a “sustainable” option (Whiting, 2020). The biopharma giant Merck is also getting in on the “cultured meat” action, offering to make its “extensive knowledge of the relevant science and biotechnology” available to companies seeking to overcome “critical technological challenges” (Whiting, 2020). Merck frequently collaborates with the Gates Foundation, including in the development of Covid-19 vaccines (Lardieri, 2020).

Big Pharma

In September 2019, an annual Gallup poll reported that the restaurant industry was America’s top-ranked and most-liked among the 25 industries regularly assessed by the polling group (McCarthy, 2019). Sadly, less than a year later the Independent Restaurant Coalition predicted the permanent demise of up to 85 percent of independent restaurants (Jiang, 2020). In contrast, the pharmaceutical industry came in “dead last” in the 2019 poll, despite $9.6 billion spent annually on direct-to-consumer advertising and another $20 billion on marketing to health professionals (McCarthy, 2019; Schwartz & Woloshin, 2019). The U.S. is one of only two countries in the world that allows drug companies to market directly to consumers and, in non-election years, roughly 70 percent of news outlets’ advertising revenues come from pharma (Solis, 2019).

The pharmaceutical industry’s history of “fraud, bribery, lawsuits and scandals” is well known (Compton, n.d.), and no less a figure than Bill Gates has suggested that the public perceives Big Pharma as “kind of selfish and uncooperative”; however, Mr. Gates and Fortune magazine propose that Covid-19 may offer the industry an opportunity for “redemption” (Leaf, 2020). The stage may have been set for Big Pharma’s year of opportunity in January, when JPMorgan Chase held its 38th annual invitation-only health care conference. The business press describes the yearly conference as “one of the biggest biotech dealmaking events, often setting the tone for funding rounds, partnerships and mergers and acquisitions” (Leuty, 2020). Thus, just when the coronavirus ball was getting rolling, the conference brought an estimated 20,000 venture capitalists, investment bankers, and drug development executives and entrepreneurs to San Francisco to hear keynote addresses by JPMorgan’s and GlaxoSmithKline’s CEOs and to stoke expectations of a strong year for the biotech-plus-pharma chimera known as “biopharma” (JPMorgan, n.d.; Leuty, 2020; Lipschultz, 2020). In 2014, McKinsey & Company described the investment opportunities in biopharmaceuticals as “big and growing too rapidly to ignore”, with an annual growth rate more than double that of conventional pharma and a 20 percent share of global pharmaceutical revenues (Otto et al., 2014).

A few weeks after the JPMorgan conference — and well before any Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. — the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) helped ensure that significant pandemic benefits would flow into the biopharma and medical space. HHS did so by issuing a declaration (on February 4) making vaccines and all Covid-19-related medical countermeasures immune from legal liability (HHS, 2020a). On March 6, roughly a week after the first reported coronavirus death, President Trump sweetened the pot by signing into law the first in a series of emergency stimulus packages, earmarking 40 percent of the $8.3-billion bill for vaccines and drugs under terms the pharmaceutical industry openly dictated (Karlin-Smith, 2020).

Following the February 4 HHS declaration eliminating legal liability, Bill and Melinda Gates instantly pledged $100 million in funding for coronavirus vaccine research and treatments, followed by another $150 million in mid-April (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2020; Voytko, 2020). When Operation Warp Speed followed, making untold billions available for research and development of therapeutics and vaccines at taxpayer expense (see Table 3), dozens of biopharma companies jumped into the fray (HHS, n.d.). Catherine Austin Fitts notes that a system that exempts from liability anything labeled as a “vaccine” amounts to “an open invitation to make billions . . . particularly where government regulations and laws can be used to create a guaranteed market through mandates” (Fitts, 2020b). Moreover, each time the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) adds a given vaccine to the CDC schedule, it is not only the equivalent of a “golden ticket” for the vaccine manufacturer but also directly benefits the CDC, which owns dozens of vaccine-related patents and routinely shares licensing agreements with manufacturers (Taylor, 2017; Children’s Health Defense, 2019).

Currently, there is one injury for every 39 vaccinations administered (2.6%), often resulting in a “disastrous outcome of life-altering iatrogenic illnesses” (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, n.d.; Kennedy Jr., 2019; Kristen, 2019). A CDC study published in JAMA in 2016 reported that one in five young children (19.5%) under age five who were admitted to emergency rooms for drug reactions were suffering from vaccine injuries (Shehab et al., 2016). Early clinical trial results and Covid-19 vaccines’ use of an array of experimental, never-before-approved technologies suggest that comparable (or worse) levels of injury could follow the rollout of coronavirus vaccines (Children’s Health Defense, 2020a, 2020c, 2020d, 2020e). The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, for example, feature mRNA molecules that are known to be “intrinsically unstable and prone to degradation”, with an inflammatory component that risks dangerous immune reactions (Feuerstein, Garde, & Joseph, 2020; Jackson et al., 2020; Wadhwa et al., 2020). Assuming the same vaccine injury rate of 2.6 percent, Operation Warp Speed’s projected vaccination of roughly 25 million Americans per month (Owermohle, 2020b) could conceivably result in 3.9 million injuries over just the first six months. (Given that the leading vaccines will require two initial doses and probable boosters thereafter, this figure could even be an underestimate.) If Bill Gates and other technocrats succeed in their declared aspiration to manufacture billions of doses of coronavirus vaccine and “get them out to every part of the world” (Gates, 2020), the scale of injury would not only be unprecedented but could open a lucrative, long-term gateway to the wider drug market to manage the injuries (Kristen, 2019).

Table 3. U.S. Taxpayer Monies Awarded to Pharmaceutical and Other Companies via Operation Warp Speed* (March–October, 2020), in Millions (M) or Billions (B)

*HHS note on Operation Warp Speed funding: “Congress has directed almost $10 billion to this effort through supplemental funding, including the CARES Act. Congress has also appropriated other flexible funding. The almost $10 billion specifically directed includes more than $6.5 billion designated for countermeasure development through BARDA and $3 billion for NIH research.”

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By mid-October, 44 candidate vaccines were in clinical evaluation worldwide, with another two hundred or so in the pipeline (Agrawal et al., 2020; World Health Organization, 2020b). Furnishing predictably uncritical coverage ensured by the pharmaceutical industry’s strategic entanglements with the media, scientists, and medical journals, the press has been telling the public that the vaccines will play “an important role in most response scenarios”, including “‘sav[ing] the world’ in worse scenarios” and serving as an “insurance policy against continued health and economic shocks” (Agrawal et al., 2020). Only a handful of journalists have called attention to Big Pharma’s pandemic profiteering, pointing out that “insiders at companies developing experimental vaccines and treatments . . . aren’t waiting until they finish the job to collect their reward” (Wallack, 2020).

An October piece in the Boston Globe cited the example of Moderna (Wallack, 2020). It took Moderna a mere three weeks after Bill Gates’ initial funding installment to send its first batch of experimental vaccine to research and patent partner, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), leading to an immediate surge in share price of 28 percent (Lee, 2020; Loftus, 2020). By early April, Moderna’s CEO had become an overnight billionaire; by October, he had sold nearly $58 million in stock, followed by another $2 million in mid-November, just ahead of the company’s intended filing for vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (Nagarajan, 2020; Tognini, 2020; Wallack, 2020). Meanwhile, Moderna’s chief medical officer has been “systematically liquidating all of his company stock” — about $70 million — “in a series of pre-planned trades that have made him roughly $1 million richer each week” (Wallack, 2020). Thus far this year, company insiders have sold $309 million in stock versus under $2 million in 2019, fueling suspicion that they may be “downplaying possible obstacles to goose stock prices — and increase their personal profits” (Wallack, 2020). Also among those selling Moderna stock options is Moncef Slaoui, the former Moderna board member and former GlaxoSmithKline executive who now heads up Operation Warp Speed (Rozsa & Spencer, 2020).

From Moderna’s perspective, the Covid-19 vaccine represents a lifeline, rescuing the company from a shaky bottom line due to its prior inability to bring any products to market (Garde, 2017; Nathan-Kazis, 2020). Other biopharma companies formerly on the skids are likewise poised to make record profits from the coronavirus (Webb & Diego, 2020). Characterizing the business model for Covid-19 (and other) vaccines as a “great scheme” — particularly given the HHS-guaranteed, risk-free environment — a watchdog group spokesman told the Boston Globe, “Taxpayers cover the upfront investment costs and shoulder any downside, while their [biopharma’s] executives and shareholders can capture the upside if their drugs pan out and are shoveling obscene amounts of money into their pockets throughout the process” (Wallack, 2020). In the words of a business school professor, “You announce a sliver of positive hope about a product and your stock price goes up,” even though “the chances of that product panning out might be relatively low” (Wallack, 2020). In 2020, the company Vaxart saw its per-share stock price rise from 27 cents to a high of $17.49 (Wallack, 2020).

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Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi (2020) describes Covid-19 as “the ultimate cash cow,” a “subsidy-laden scam,” and a legal opportunity for “giant-scale gouging”, quoting a legislator who admits that while the public is paying for the research and manufacturing, “the profits will be privatized”. Writing in August about how the government-subsidized business model played out for Gilead’s drug remdesivir, Taibbi (2020) recounted: “Gilead, a company with a market capitalization of more than $90 billion, making it bigger than Goldman Sachs, develops an antiviral drug with the help of $99 million in American government grant money. Though the drug may cost as little as $10 per dose to make, and is being produced generically in Bangladesh at about a fifth of the list price, and costs about a third less in Europe than it does in the U.S., Gilead ended up selling hundreds of thousands of doses at the maximum conceivable level, i.e., the American private-insurance price — which, incidentally, might be about 10 times what it’s worth, given its actual medical impact.”

Always a major lobbying presence on Capitol Hill, the pharmaceutical industry has been more lavish than usual with its political spending in 2020, donating over $11 million to individual candidates involved with health care policy and related political action committees (Facher, 2020a). Although the overall amounts represent a pittance for companies earning tens of billions a year, pharma and its lobbying groups recognize that “small chunks of corporate change”, when strategically allocated, “can have a significant impact” (Facher, 2020b). Coronavirus vaccine frontrunner Pfizer, the second-largest drug and biotech company in the world and the fourth-highest earner of vaccine revenues (Statista, n.d.; Hansen, 2020), has been the top political spender, likely laying the groundwork for its November 20 filing for Emergency Use Authorization for its coronavirus vaccine (Chander, 2020; Children’s Health Defense, 2020d). Pfizer has also benefited from repeated endorsements from the financial community and self-proclaimed spokesmen like Bill Gates (Speights, 2020a, 2020b).

The Military-Intelligence Complex

Traditional vaccines have their fair share of safety problems, but coronavirus and other 21st-century vaccines promise to challenge bodily integrity and informed consent in entirely new ways, particularly given their strong reliance on various forms of nanotechnology (Health and Environment Alliance, 2008; Li et al., 2009; Chauhan et al., 2020; Children’s Health Defense, 2020a). Many of the technologies being rolled into Covid-19 vaccines and their delivery systems originated in the military sphere or benefited from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funding. DARPA has had a Biological Technologies Office since 2014 and, since the emergence of Covid-19, has specifically directed many of its pandemic-related efforts toward coronavirus therapeutics and vaccines (Gallo, 2020). Far from being suspect, the military’s role has been celebrated. A BioCentury report optimistically suggested in March that as an agency “that specializes in turning science fantasies into realities”, DARPA might offer the “best hopes” for Covid-19 biotech solutions due to its willingness to pursue “high-risk, high-reward technologies”, set goals “that defy conventional wisdom”, and go after its goals with a “laser” focus (Usdin, 2020).

One of the principal DARPA-incubated vaccine technologies to gain prominence in the Covid-19 era are the nucleic acid (mRNA and DNA) vaccines that turn the human body into its own “bioreactor” (Ghose, 2015; Usdin, 2020). Vaccines using mRNA (such as Moderna’s and Pfizer’s) — which developers compare to “software” (Garde, 2017) and praise for their “programmability” (Al-Wassiti, 2019) — target the cell’s cytoplasm and rely on delivery technologies such as lipid nanoparticles to “ensure stabilization of mRNA under physiological conditions” (Wadhwa et al., 2020). DNA vaccines (such as Inovio’s) are intended to penetrate all the way into a cell’s nucleus and come with the risk of “integration of exogenous DNA into the host genome, which may cause severe mutagenesis and induced new diseases” (Zhang, Maruggi, Shan, & Li, 2019). Describing the scientific community’s early doubts about nucleic acid vaccines — arising from the potential for “many things” to go wrong — a DARPA program manager recently noted, “It was something that was much too risky for groups like the NIH to fund” (Usdin, 2020).

Risks aside, DARPA and vaccine manufacturers are attracted to one chief benefit of nucleic acid vaccines: They can be developed much more quickly and cheaply. Other military-initiated technologies are also coming into view with Covid-19 vaccines. These include electroporation, which applies a high-voltage electrical pulse to make cell membranes permeable to a vaccine’s foreign DNA (Inovio Pharmaceuticals, 2020); syringe-injected biosensors that enable continuous wireless monitoring of vital signs and body chemistry (Peer, n.d.; Profusa, n.d.; Diego, 2020b; Tucker, 2020); and the quantum-dot-based infrared detectors that are under discussion as a tool for tracking vaccination status (Johnson, 2011; Trafton, 2019). DARPA has also played a leading role in developing and funding technologies that “blur the lines between computers and biology”, including brain-machine interfaces and neuromonitoring and mind-reading devices (CB Insights, 2019; Gent, 2019; Tullis, 2019).

Some of Moderna’s earliest funding came from DARPA, which awarded the company $25 million in 2013 to develop the mRNA platform that has become a key feature of its coronavirus vaccine (Usdin, 2020). Other DARPA beneficiaries now involved in efforts to develop Covid-19 vaccines or therapeutics include AbCellera Biologics, CureVac, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Vir Biotechnology; some of AbCellera’s partners include major players like Pfizer and Gilead (Usdin, 2020).

The Pentagon’s involvement in coronavirus-related efforts goes well beyond DARPA-funded research. Four-star General Gustave Perna is serving as chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed alongside chief advisor Moncef Slaoui. General Perna, in charge of U.S. Army Materiel Command, oversees the global supply chain for over 190,000 U.S. Army employees (HHS, 2020b). For the first time ever, the distribution of the eventual coronavirus vaccines is being planned as a “joint venture” between the CDC and the Pentagon, with the latter overseeing “all the logistics of getting the vaccines to the right place, at the right time, in the right condition” (Owermohle, 2020a). In a CBS “60 Minutes” appearance in early November, General Perna indicated that Operation Warp Speed already had doses of (currently unapproved) vaccine and syringes stockpiled and protected by armed guards, and intends to get them out the door “within 24 hours” of vaccine approval and delivered “to every zip code in this country” (Martin, 2020).

The Pentagon has indicated that private-sector involvement could be a key feature of the distribution strategy, and the private sector is positioning itself to participate. Merck, for example, is testing drone delivery of vaccines in partnership with Volansi, Inc., a company that provides “on-demand” drone services for the military (Landi, 2020; Simmie, 2020). In July, Merck’s CEO set the stage for its logistics involvement by describing vaccine distribution as “even a harder problem” than the “scientific conundrum of coming forward with a vaccine that works” (Murray & Griffin, 2020).

Outside the pharmaceutical arena, technological transformations that are speeding the world toward more centralized control also reveal the influence of the military-intelligence sector. For example, Amazon Web Services has held cloud-computing contracts with the CIA since 2013, with the original $600 million contract extending to all 17 intelligence agencies (Konkel, 2014). In October of 2019, the Department of Defense awarded the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to Microsoft, a decision that Amazon has unsuccessfully disputed in court (Sandler, 2020). In early 2020, the U.S. Navy awarded a cloud computing contract to Leidos (Leidos, 2020).

5G, too, relies in part on the high-range millimeter-wave spectrum previously used almost entirely by the military for “non-lethal” crowd dispersal weapons (Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities Office, n.d.). In October, the Department of Defense announced it would spend $600 million to test “dual-use” applications of 5G to enhance the U.S. military’s “leap-ahead capabilities”, including applications such as 5G-enabled augmented/virtual reality, 5G-enabled “smart” warehouses, and 5G technologies “to aid in Air, Space, and Cyberspace lethality” (U.S. Department of Defense, 2020).

Both 5G and cloud computing are critical components of the Big Data and IoT build-out that is enabling the conversion of individual data into the “new oil” (Fitts, 2020a), and both have exploded in 2020 (Howell, 2020; Klebnikov, 2020). The technologies are essential to the “centrally controlled digital financial transaction systems” envisioned by central bankers, who plan to rely on seamless data flows to and from “every smartphone, community, and home without exception” (Fitts, 2020a).

Discussion

As more individuals and organizations connect the technocratic dots and look beneath the coronavirus pandemic’s seductively simple surface, it should become increasingly apparent that the pandemic profiteers do not have people’s best interests at heart. In The State of Our Currencies and other pandemic-related writings, Catherine Austin Fitts (2020a, 2020b) strongly emphasizes the importance of accepting that what is transpiring in the financial, tech, biopharmaceutical, and military-intelligence sectors is interconnected. Part of this involves recognizing that the coronavirus vaccines currently dominating the headlines represent something likely to go far beyond the simple health intervention being held out by scientists and officials as a panacea. Instead, the evidence suggests that Covid-19 vaccines are intended to serve as a Trojan horse to transport invasive technologies into people’s brains and bodies. These technologies could include brain-machine interface nanotechnology, digital identity tracking devices, technology that can be turned on and off remotely, and cryptocurrency-compatible chips (Fitts, 2020b).

In Fitts’ (2020a, 2020b) view, this type of intimate access — achieved “without notice, disclosure, or compensation” — represents the “final inch” of interest to technocrats. Together with external technologies to control behavior (Max, 2020), such access could permit the achievement of several goals: (1) replacing currencies with a digital transaction system, digital identification, and tracking (an “embedded credit card system”); (2) creating a global control grid that connects the population to the military-intelligence clouds; and (3) obtaining continuous access to valuable individual data on a 24/7 basis (Fitts, 2020b). Countries in West Africa are already piloting a venture by the Gates Foundation, the Gates-funded GAVI vaccine alliance, and Mastercard that “marks a novel approach towards linking a biometric digital identity system, vaccination records, and a payment system into a single cohesive platform” (Diego, 2020a). As Fitts (2020b) summarizes, “Just as Gates installed an operating system in our computers, now the vision is to install an operating system in our bodies and use ‘viruses’ to mandate an initial installation followed by regular updates”. The “neat trick”, as Fitts sees it, is that the use of vaccines as the delivery vehicle cancels out legal liability.

It is noteworthy that Bill Gates announced that he was stepping down from the Microsoft board of directors on March 13 — the same day that President Trump declared the pandemic a national emergency (Haselton & Novet, 2020). That same month, the Pentagon reaffirmed its intention for the JEDI cloud-computing contract to go to Microsoft (Rash, 2020; Sun, 2020). By distancing himself from the appearance of conflicts of interest with Microsoft’s Defense Department commitments and the Pentagon’s subsequent role in Operation Warp Speed, Mr. Gates had more freedom to make the rounds and begin promoting worldwide vaccination and digital certificates (Haggith, 2020). Gates has been less successful in distracting attention from other potential conflicts of interest. An exposé by The Nation (ironically also published in March) showed that the Gates Foundation gives billions to corporations in which the foundation holds stocks and bonds — including all of the major pharmaceutical companies — creating a “welter of conflicts of interest” (Schwab, 2020). A dozen years ago, around the time of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the Los Angeles Times outlined the Gates Foundation’s numerous holdings in a number of notoriously “destructive or unethical” companies (Piller et al., 2007).

Mr. Gates is not the only party strenuously promoting digital IDs and “no-escape” financial tracking (marketed under the benevolent guise of “financial inclusion”). In October, Kristalina Georgieva, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) Managing Director, evoked “a world in which digital is the way in which financial transactions take place” and made it clear that she views universal digital IDs as a non-negotiable requirement for moving in the “right direction” (International Monetary Fund, 2020). Georgieva has, not unhappily, described Covid-19 as a “once in a lifetime pandemic” (Bello, 2020).

Georgieva’s remarks should be examined in the context of a proposal by the U.S. House of Representatives to bestow the IMF with $3 trillion “no-strings-attached” U.S. dollars as “coronavirus relief aid” (Huessy, 2020; Roberts, 2020). A U.S. taxpayer-funded gift of this magnitude would be unprecedented and would increase the IMF’s lending resources (called Special Drawing Rights or SDRs) by as much as 10-fold (Roberts, 2020). 2020’s events (including global debt entrapment and actual or potential food shortages) and the IMF’s bullying track record (Bello, 2020) suggest that the IMF could then wield the $3 trillion as a weapon, strong-arming countries into accepting an array of unwanted measures such as digital identities, forced vaccination, and eventually (as the World Economic Forum predicts), the relinquishment of private property (World Economic Forum, 2016). As a step in this general direction, the IMF has strongly praised India’s leadership in biometric identification systems. It celebrates the “delivery of social benefits through direct electronic payments to eligible bank account holders”, but glosses over the systems’ vulnerability to “unauthorized access” and the data breaches that are already rampant (Jha, 2018).

While current prospects for ordinary citizens certainly appear challenging, nothing is a foregone conclusion. Large-scale protests against the curtailment of civil rights have occurred and continue to occur in many countries, most notably in Germany (Depuydt, 2020). The Great Barrington Declaration — a statement crafted by public health scientists from Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford — has garnered signatures from over 12,000 scientists, over 35,000 medical practitioners, and nearly 639,000 citizens from around the world, all concerned about “the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies” (Kulldorff et al., 2020). Similarly, an Appeal authored in May by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, gathered 40,000 signatures within a few days, with the signatories (religious leaders, doctors, journalists, lawyers, and other professionals) all seeking to draw attention to the threats to sovereignty and freedom that pandemic-related mandates have unleashed (Tosatti, 2020). Archbishop Viganò has also penned severe critiques of the Great Reset, describing its architects as “a global elite that wants to subdue all of humanity, imposing coercive measures [and a health dictatorship] with which to drastically limit individual freedoms and those of entire populations” (Viganò, 2020).

One of the signatories of Archbishop Viganò’s Appeal is attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., founder and chief legal counsel of Children’s Health Defense, an organization dedicated to ending childhood epidemics by working to eliminate harmful exposures, holding those responsible accountable, and establishing stronger safeguards. In late October, Kennedy recorded a 19-minute video message to people around the world, describing the “coup d’état by big data, by big telecom, by big tech, by the big oil and chemical companies and by the global public health cartel” (Kennedy Jr., 2020). In his closing remarks, Kennedy also indicated that citizens who wish to maintain their freedoms cannot afford to remain complacent: “You are on the front lines of the most important battle in history, and it is the battle to save democracy, and freedom, and human liberty, and human dignity from this totalitarian cartel that is trying to rob us simultaneously, in every nation in the world, of the rights that every human being is born with.”

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Kamala Harris tells childhood story, accused of plagiarizing Martin Luther King

Senator Kamala Harris’s anecdote about her infant commitment to 'fweedom' has been traced to a story by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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OAKLAND, California, January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Senator Kamala Harris’s anecdote about her infant commitment to “fweedom” has been traced to a story by Martin Luther King, Jr.

In an October 2020 interview with Elle magazine, the 56-year-old Oakland native related a story she said was told to her by her mother about a civil rights rally she attended in her hometown as a very small child. At one point, the young Kamala fell out of her stroller.

“My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” Harris said, “and she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”

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The story is a familiar one to those who have read the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1965 interview with Playboy magazine. Here, however, the child in the story is described as “seven or eight years old,” and the march was in Birmingham, Alabama:

“I never will forget a moment in Birmingham when a white policeman accosted a little Negro girl, seven or eight years old, who was walking in a demonstration with her mother. ‘What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked him straight in the eye and answered, ‘Fee-dom,’” King related to interviewer Alex Haley.  

“She couldn’t even pronounce it, but she knew. It was beautiful! Many times when I have been in sorely trying situations, the memory of that little one has come into my mind, and has buoyed me.”

The similarity between the two stories was posted to Twitter by Andray Domise of Canada’s Maclean’s magazine.

“So it turns out Kamala Harris lifted her ‘Fweedom’ story from a 1965 Playboy interview with Martin Luther King, by Alex Haley,” Domise tweeted.

“Much thanks to @EngelsFreddie for spotting the similarity.”

Domise also supplied a link to the Playboy interview with King on the “Scraps from the Loft” blog.

Harris herself addressed the issue in June and July, as noted in a pair of tweets by Tom Elliott:

Plagiarism scandals are not unknown to Harris’s running mate, Senator Joe Biden, whose lofty 1987 hope to become the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate went down in flames after he passed off part of a speech by Britain’s Neil Kinnock as his own. According to the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, a member of the Michael Dukakis campaign recognized the passages, informed his bosses, and ended Biden’s first attempt at becoming president.

According to Newsweek, in 1987, Biden also admitted to presenting someone else’s work as his own in a paper he wrote in 1965 for the Syracuse University College of Law. Biden stated that his omission of citations was “not malevolent.”

More recently, Biden was accused of plagiarizing part of a 2011 letter from a dying left-wing Canadian politician. The veteran New Democratic Party member, and former leader, Jack Layton, had written, “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.” In his final August 2020 speech to the Democratic National Convention, Biden stated, “For love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear, and light is more powerful than dark.”


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‘The game is over’ if Georgia race makes America a ‘one-party state,’ Tucker Carlson warns

If the U.S. Senate races go to the Democrats, they're 'in charge and there's nothing you can do about it, now or ever.'
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – America is on the verge of becoming a nation of “one-party rule,” Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson warned Monday night in a blistering monologue (videotranscript) about last fall’s presidential election, this week’s Senate runoff election, and what “the people in charge of this country” would rather Americans focus on.

“A year ago at this time, the biggest story in the world was getting almost no attention in our country,” Carlson began, referring to the COVID-19 virus’ initial outbreak in China. “For a variety of reasons, the people in charge of this country didn't want to talk about it. So instead, they told us that the biggest thing happening on Jan. 4, 2020 was the impeachment of Donald Trump” over a now-infamous phone call with the president of Ukraine.

“Fast-forward a year later and the people in charge are saying pretty much the same thing: Donald Trump must be impeached over a phone call,” he continued, this time a call in which Trump demanded that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger do more to investigate election fraud in the November presidential election.

“We're willing to bet that you won't decide Donald Trump's latest phone call is the single most important thing happening in the world right now, yet CNN is claiming that it is. Why are they doing that?” Carlson asked. “Here's one guess: On Tuesday, there are two U.S. Senate elections in Georgia, and the outcome of those races will determine who controls the entire U.S. government. If the Democrats win both races -- and at this point, that is entirely possible, even likely -- the Democratic Party will run everything in Washington and they will be able to do whatever they want.”

Voting is currently underway in the Peach State on Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler’s races against Democrat challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. With the House of Representatives remaining in Democrat hands and Democrat Joe Biden slated to become President on January 20, these two races will decide the razor-thin margin for control of the Senate, which will in turn decide whether the Biden administration is able to enact its most transformative agenda items, such as packing the Supreme Court or passing the so-called LGBT “Equality Act.”

Carlson went on to discuss how “virtually every power center on earth joined the cause” of electing Biden, especially the American news media and the world’s top internet giants, from manipulating the flow of information to suppressing damaging news stories, such as police body-cam video of Warnock’s ex-wife accusing him of running over her foot during a domestic dispute.

“Google changed its famed algorithm to obliterate traffic to websites that criticized Joe Biden,” he said. “Facebook and Twitter did essentially the same thing. If that's not rigging an election, there's no meaning to that phrase. The people who control the flow of virtually all information in English became unpaid consultants to the Biden campaign.”

“Apart from Fox News, pretty much every major media outlet in the United States is beholden to Silicon Valley,” Carlson continued. “Referrals from search engines and social media sites generate revenue that news organizations need to survive. So if you mess with Big Tech, you die. Those are the new rules, and they are unsustainable. You can't have a democracy in a system like that because people can't get the information they need to make informed decisions. You bypass the First Amendment.”

Further, if Ossoff and Warnock win Tuesday, “there will be no way to stop it. In fact, it will accelerate because it benefits a specific political party.”

“You'll have plenty of time to think about what happened on Tuesday come Wednesday morning when Democrats are in charge and there's nothing you can do about it, now or ever,” Carlson warned. “On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., came out in favor of D.C. statehood. That's plainly unconstitutional, but that's not the point. The point is two more Democrats in the United States Senate, probably four if you include Puerto Rico. That's a permanent new majority. That means you have what's called a one-party state, and that means the game is over. That's coming at high speed. Just be sure not to think about it.”


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New LifeSite petition asks Trump to pardon Christian mom who protected her daughter

'The time has come to call an end to the Millers’ exile,' LifeSite's petition says. 'By pardoning Lisa and the men who helped her and her daughter, President Trump could once again show his solidarity with the Christians who support and love him and continue to stand with him.'
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 5:31 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSiteNews has launched a petition asking President Donald Trump to pardon a Christian mother and three other people who were unjustly convicted of “international kidnapping” after helping the mother and her daughter escape a traumatic home situation over ten years ago.

In 2009, Lisa Miller, with the help of two Mennonite pastors and a Christian businessman, left the United States with her daughter, Isabella. A court had ordered Miller’s former lesbian lover, Janet Jenkins, have visits with Isabella.

Jenkins is the former civil union partner of Miller, but Miller left Jenkins and the lesbian lifestyle behind about a year after Isabella’s birth.

Miller, who is Isabella’s birth mother, was to have custody over her daughter transferred to Jenkins by a Vermont judge in late 2009, despite the fact that Jenkins has neither a blood relation nor a legal relationship with Isabella whatsoever. Miller decided to end the court-ordered visitations to Jenkins after Isabella, then 6 years old, alleged that Jenkins, 44, forced her to bathe naked with her and subsequently voiced suicidal thoughts.

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Steven Crampton, Miller’s attorney for the case, told LifeSiteNews in 2008, “We have affidavits from two different licensed counselors and an affidavit from a school teacher” as well as witnesses among the child’s Sunday school teachers, indicating that the child has suffered traumatic effects from the visits.

The judge ordered new visitation dates for Jenkins later that year even though there was a wide range of evidence supporting the claimed abuse. The ruling supposedly stemmed from the fact that Jenkins was in a civil union with Miller at the time that Miller sought artificial insemination and became pregnant. Although Miller lived in Virginia, which at the time had a strict law denying the recognition of same sex unions from other states, the courts there repeatedly upheld the Vermont custody rulings.

In light of the deteriorating situation, and for fear of her daughter’s mental health, well-being and safety, Miller fled with Isabella to Nicaragua. She was helped in this process by two Mennonite pastors, Kenneth and Timothy Miller (neither of whom is related to Lisa or Isabella), and Christian businessman Philip Zodhiates, who assisted the family to cross the border into Canada and subsequently board a flight to Nicaragua.

Zhodiates lost his appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court against his conviction. He claims to have broken no laws, since Miller had full custody at the time of flight, and he was in fact helping protect the child from abuse that judges and prosecutors wilfully ignored.

It is understood that Mennonites in Nicaragua received Miller and her daughter, sheltering them from local authorities. According to the Mennonite brothers, Isabella “has become an innocent victim of an ungodly agenda,” and they will even suffer death in the cause of protecting Isabella.

“[We] believe that God has given Lisa sole responsibility to care and protect her own daughter since she has no known father. According to the Bible it is a war between good and evil, a battle between God and Satan. As congregations we stand united in this spiritual warfare against evil,” they said.

Although all three men who assisted in Miller’s escape with Isabella have already served time in federal prisons, a presidential pardon would serve to erase the blemish of a criminal record and restore justice, in some part.

For Lisa and Isabella, they are still serving time, in a sense, in self-exile, LifeSite’s petition argues. A presidential pardon for Miller would mean an end to the torment of being pursued for crimes she did not commit, and the ability to return home free. Miller has remained adamant that her actions were always in the interests of her daughter and did not constitute criminal behavior.

“Now, even though Isabella is considered a legal adult, Lisa Miller is still forced to ‘hide out’ abroad, away from her home country,” LifeSite’s petition says. “The time has come to call an end to the Millers’ exile.”

The president has already issued a number of pardons of late, as is customary at the end of any presidential term. Trump granted clemency to General Michael Flynn, whom he said should “never have been prosecuted,” commuted the sentence of former Congressman Steve Stockman, and pardoned his long-time friend Roger Stone.

“President Trump has been an unwavering ally to the Christian community, and he and his administration have done more for the pro-life cause and religious freedom than all other administrations combined,” LifeSite’s petition says. “By pardoning Lisa and the men who helped her and her daughter, President Trump could once again show his solidarity with the Christians who support and love him and continue to stand with him.”


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Evidence shows powerful influence of top ‘Great Reset’ groups in 2020 US elections

These international organizations worked to swing U.S. elections for Joe Biden and other Democrats in 2020.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 5:28 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The organization behind the Great Reset — a project seeking “to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies” — worked to swing U.S. elections for Joe Biden and other Democrats in 2020.

The World Economic Forum (WEF), which announced the Great Reset in June with support from the U.N. and top multinational corporations, is a major globalist organization known for yearly elite summits in Davos, Switzerland.

Devised by WEF founder Klaus Schwab, the Great Reset seeks to use the COVID-19 crisis to push a hard-left agenda on climate change, corporate governance, and “LGBTI+ inclusion,” among other things.

Schwab demanded in June that “[e]very country,” including the United States, “participate” in the program.

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While the Great Reset isn’t slated to go into effect until this year, the World Economic Forum already has imposed itself on the U.S. by significantly inserting itself into America’s most recent elections. Throughout the 2020 cycle, the WEF, including some of the group’s trustees and board members, organized left-wing initiatives to drive voter turnout and mail-in ballot registration in battleground states.

Companies and organizations run by top WEF leaders also buoyed Democratic candidates with tens of millions of dollars in contributions. Others boast close ties to Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, election equipment companies linked to election irregularity.

The “Global Shapers”

In the weeks ahead of the election, the World Economic Forum’s youth activism network, the “Global Shapers,” launched campaigns in key U.S. states to boost mail-in voting and energize “diverse” voters.

The Global Shapers, an international “community” of 12,000 volunteers led by Klaus Schwab, has branches, or “hubs,” across the United States, working to support the WEF’s hyper-progressive goals. The WEF has signaled that the Global Shapers will assist with the development of the Great Reset.

After “humanitarian response,” the Global Shapers’ main focus is “civic engagement,” often meaning get-out-the-vote schemes. A Munich branch claims over “500,000 downloads and active users” for an app-based project seeking to increase turnout among European Millennial voters, for example.

In January, Global Shapers in the U.S. introduced Shaping the Vote, a campaign led by a Miami hub, together with branches from other states like Texas and Georgia.

Shaping the Vote aimed for each participant “to get 5 new diverse young people to vote.” Shapers additionally planned to “host 100 Civic Dinners across the country and countless other voter education initiatives to engage new voters” and to register “1,000 new young diverse people.”

Wisconsin Global Shapers branches simultaneously ran programs to “increase mail-in ballot registration,” targeting “all Wisconsin residents who are eligible to vote.”

Madison and Milwaukee groups sought to “collaborate with grassroots organizations, civic leaders in both cities, and progressive organizations to create a voting web series for all Wisconsin residents.” Global Shapers in Milwaukee also tweeted that “many Shapers” from the branch took shifts as poll workers.

The Shapers’ campaigns in Wisconsin specifically sought “to encourage eligible voters to register and request mail-in ballots.” Voting by mail has long been recognized to pose higher fraud risks, which watchdogs have said were exacerbated this year, due to the removal of ballot safeguards in Wisconsin and other states. Mail-in and absentee ballots went overwhelmingly for Democrats in November.

Voto Latino

One of the board members of the Global Shapers is Maria Kumar, head of Voto Latino, which purports to be the largest U.S. voter outreach group targeting Hispanics. Kumar, a former Planned Parenthood Action Fund board member, is part of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader initiative and is an annual Davos participant.

Voto Latino has boasted of clinching the election for Biden. The group claims to have “registered 601,330 voters for the 2020 election cycle” and that its “investment of $33M across critical states helped lead to critical margins” for the Democratic Party.

Hispanics broke two to one for Joe Biden in 2020, according to exit polls based on the contested vote count. “The historic number of Latinx voters that cast early votes in states like Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania played a key role in securing a Biden victory,” Voto Latino announced in celebration.

For example, the organization said that almost “78,000 Latinx youth voted early in Arizona in this election cycle; nearly double the entire 41,000 cast in the state in 2016. Voto Latino registered more than 67,000 Arizonans during this election cycle.” Official numbers show Biden winning Arizona by a margin of roughly 10,000 votes, although lawsuits have alleged that election irregularities affected the count.

In Georgia, Voto Latino “registered 35,774 voters in the state, where the presidential race was decided in favor of President-elect Joe Biden by a margin of 10,000 votes,” according to the group. The margin has since changed, as the state continued counting and recounting votes through November.

Voto Latino committed to spending at least $2.5 million in the Georgia run-off races that will decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. Kumar has said that the group “will be investing heavily in the state” in favor of the radical Democratic candidates.

Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project

Biden also had strong backing from World Economic Forum trustee Al Gore. As a member of the WEF’s top internal body, Gore, a vocal proponent of the Great Reset, “determines and supervises the activities of the Forum and its governing bodies.”

The Climate Reality Project, a group founded by Gore to push his climate change agenda, is partnered with the Global Shapers and has provided training to over a thousand of the Global Shapers’ members. Climate Reality and the Global Shapers helped organize some of the “climate strikes” that shut down cities across the world in 2019.

In February, Gore announced a campaign, “Vote Your Future: Vote Climate,” led by the political action committee of the Climate Reality Project.

The Climate Reality Project Action Fund described the initiative as “a national campaign to drive voter registration and turnout and rally support for climate action in the lead-up to the 2020 election.” The group said it would “focus its voter registration and get out the vote efforts on several key states — Texas, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada.”

As part of Vote Your Future, Gore toured college campuses in swing states, “to speak with students about the climate crisis and encourage them to prioritize climate action at the ballot box.”

The program featured vote registration drives at other colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, and Florida. Like the Global Shapers, the Climate Reality Project pushed voters specifically to choose mail-in voting.

They also teamed up with a liberal get-out-the-vote group that was granted access to state voter rolls in Michigan and Pennsylvania, which the Amistad Project recently condemned as dangerous and unlawful.

Climate Reality ultimately poured over $1.5 million into the 2020 race, spending $170,000 for an ad campaign against vulnerable GOP senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Gore’s investment fund, Generational Investment Management, pitched in another nearly $1 million.

Besides Al Gore, trustees of the World Economic Forum include chairmen of six other left-leaning organizations, like BlackRock, that raised millions of dollars for Democrats in the 2020 cycle. Early corporate supporters of the Great Reset contributed millions more to Biden and the Democratic Party, mostly from Microsoft.

Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic

One of the major Democrat funders represented on the WEF’s board of trustees is the Carlyle Group, a top private investment fund.

The founder and president of the Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein, is both a trustee of the WEF and a board member of the Global Shapers. He was once a significant contributor to the WEF's Young Global Leaders program.

In 2009, two executives from the Carlyle Group, including managing director Steve Owens, launched the firm Staple Street Capital. It was later joined by another former managing director of the Carlyle Group, William Kennard, longtime Democratic operative President Obama’s ambassador to the European Union.

Staple Street has substantial links to the Chinese government, having raised over $400 million from UBS Securities, a joint venture by a Swiss banking firm and state-owned Chinese companies. The $400 million came less than a month before Election Day.

The World Economic Forum also touts close connections to Beijing. Former deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Min Zhu is a WEF trustee, while Jun Ma, adviser to the PBOC and chairman of China’s Green Finance Committee, was an initial Great Reset–supporter.

The Epoch Times noted that Staple Street Capital has completely transformed its website since November 3. It now lacks substantial information about the group’s portfolios and management.

Two years ago, Staple Street Capital purchased a 75% stake in Dominion Voting Systems, with Staple Street’s co-founders named to Dominion’s board of directors. Dominion Voting Systems, the second largest election technology company in the United States, is tied to several election issues and fraud allegations.

Glitches linked to Dominion voting machines impacted tens of thousands of ballots in swing states on Election Day. In Georgia’s Gwinnett County, Dominion software rejected ballots from half of all ballot batches as illegible. County officials repeatedly blamed Dominion.

A recent audit of Dominion machines in Antrim County, Michigan by cyber-security and I.T. experts found they were “intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results,” according to a follow-up report.  

Lawyers and experts connected to the Trump campaign have repeatedly pointed to Dominion Voting Systems machines as an avenue of fraud. An affidavit cited by Sidney Powell and signed by the military intelligence officer who led the Antrim audit claimed that “136,098 ballots were illegally counted as a result of improper manipulation of ... Dominion software.”

Another cybersecurity expert quoted by Powell attested that “hundreds of thousands of votes” “were altered in all battleground states,” partly due to issues with Dominion systems.

Some of the scrutiny surrounding Dominion Voting Systems pertains to the company’s ties to Smartmatic, a major election equipment supplier founded by a Venezuelan national.

The chairman of Smartmatic, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, was previously vice chairman of the World Economic Forum and reported directly to Klaus Schwab. George Soros, the infamous Democratic mega-donor, named him the head of Soros’s Open Society Foundation just weeks after the election.

In 2004, Smartmatic provided election systems for a Venezuela recall referendum that was shown to have been likely stolen by dictator Hugo Chávez. In 2005, the company branched out into the American market, purchasing California-based Sequoia Voting Systems.

The dual president of Sequoia and Smartmatic testified to the Chicago City Council the following year that “software components from the Sequoia system, [sic] were developed in Venezuela” and that “the Venezuelans have access to the Sequoia code,” according to a U.S. government report.

Smartmatic divested itself of Sequoia in 2006 to end a congressional probe based on allegations that the company had used bribery to win its contracts in Venezuela. Dominion Voting Systems subsequently acquired Sequoia’s assets in 2010, including all “inventory and intellectual property.”

“Election security experts say it’s difficult to know for certain whether some Sequoia code may be used in Dominion’s software because of the industry’s limited transparency,” the AP has said.

Biden and the Great Reset

If Biden takes office in January, the WEF’s work to influence the 2020 elections will have paid off handsomely for its Great Reset plans. John Kerry, Biden’s special climate envoy, affirmed the former vice president’s support for the initiative at a WEF event in December.

As president, Biden would work to implement the Great Reset agenda “with greater speed and greater intensity than many might imagine,” Kerry told listeners.

Biden’s platform, which includes the imposition of LGBT ideology and the elimination of fossil fuel, closely aligns with the goals of the Great Reset. Like the WEF, Biden has referred to the COVID-19 crisis as an “incredible opportunity” to launch “revolutionary, institutional changes.” He even took up a Great Reset motto, “Build Back Better,” as his official campaign slogan.

President Trump, by contrast, has been a notable thorn in the side of the globalists, handicapping left-wing, multilateral deals like the Paris Climate Accords.

Most recently, Trump kept the U.S. out of COVAX, the U.N.-led, WEF-backed program to circulate over two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses. He also ended U.S. involvement in the World Health Organization, a WEF partner, earlier this year due to the group’s “repeated missteps” and “China-centric” structure.

Accordingly, Archbishop Carlo Viganò, in an open letter to Trump, referred to the president as “‘the one who opposes’ the deep state, the final assault of the children of darkness.” Abp. Viganò noted “that the United States of America is considered the defending wall against which the war declared by the advocates of globalism has been unleashed.”

“This Great Reset,” nevertheless, “is destined to fail because those who planned it do not understand that there are still people ready to take to the streets to defend their rights, to protect their loved ones, to give a future to their children and grandchildren,” the archbishop told Trump.


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China’s president gears up military, issues order to ‘prepare for war’

The Central Military Commission, headed by President Xi, has expanded its powers over the army ‘to mobilise military and civilian resources in defence of the national interest, both at home and abroad.’
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BEIJING, China, January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued an order directing the military to begin “preparing for war” in his first statement to the Chinese armed forces of 2021.

The new statement echoes numerous earlier commands of the Chinese president to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the armed forces of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), to likewise “prepare for war.” In October and May of last year, Xi called on the PLA to “put all minds and energy on preparing for war,” and to “explore ways of training and preparing for war.” Going back to 2019 Xi ordered the PLA to “prepare for a comprehensive military struggle,” and again in 2018 we hear the mantra as Xi commanded the army to “prepare for war.”

The Central Military Commission (CMC), headed by Xi, has expanded its powers over the army “to mobilise military and civilian resources in defence of the national interest, both at home and abroad” after a new law came into effect on January 1, according to the South China Morning Post. The new National Defence Law centralizes more power over the military into the hands of the CMC and away from China’s cabinet, known as the State Council.

The new powers give more authority to Xi, who is already general secretary of the CCP as well as chairman of the CMC and president of the Chinese Republic.

Alongside “preparing for war,” Chinese state media Xinhua News Agency reports that Xi ordered the PLA to “deepen the transformation of military training, build a new type of military training system, and comprehensively improve the level of combat training and ability to win.” He also emphasized the need for “full-time combat readiness,” as they could be asked to “act at any second.”

Xi also focused on the need for an expansion in the use of technology in training and on the battlefield, declaring it a “core idea in combat effectiveness.” He added that the PLA should “increase the integration of new equipment, new forces and new combat realms into training and combat systems.”

The PLA must “resolutely implement” the new techniques to honor the 100th anniversary of the CCP’s founding on July 1 this year with “excellent performances,” he said, adding that the army must “carry forward the spirit of fighting without fear of hardship or death.”

The Heritage Foundation reported in March 2020 that the Chinese government has increased its military spending over the last 30 years by over 4,000%. The author of the report, Frederico Bartels, caveats the findings by noting the notorious lack of transparency from the CCP on its military investments. This can be seen in Beijing’s latest reported military spending of $178 billion in 2020, which would be about 25% of the U.S. military budget; the Epoch Times reports that the number is actually closer to about 87% of America’s military spending.

China was engaged in one of its worst conflicts in decades during 2020. The disputed territory in China’s southwest region, a 2,100-mile-long road bordering India, saw more than 20 Indians killed and an unknown number of Chinese casualties. The Indian media claimed that between 30 and 40 Chinese were killed, but this number has not been verified.

China has also stepped up its military presence in the South China Sea in recent years, conducting a number of naval exercises aimed at establishing control over the resource-rich waters. The South China Sea has many small islands not belonging to China, giving rise to disputed claims over the resources and heightened diplomatic tensions with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam, all of which deny China’s outright sovereignty over the waters.

Last year saw a particularly marked increase in tensions between China and Taiwan, with China refusing to accept the island state as an independent country, rather considering it as a part of its own territory. China has since increased its military activities in the waters surrounding Taiwan, and performed fly-by operations. The Epoch Times reports that China “has never ruled out using force” against Taiwan, in order to establish political dominance.

While tensions rise between Taiwan and China, the U.S. has been establishing more friendly relations with the island nation on the Taiwan Strait. A number of substantial arms deals were formed with Taiwan last year, as well as heightened diplomatic relations, according to the Epoch Times.

President Donald Trump has blocked U.S. investment in Chinese companies which support the national army in an attempt to halt any American money from funding the PLA. The CCP uses a private-public investment strategy, called “civil-military fusion,” to access technological advancements across the private sector and incorporate them into the military. Trump has tried to stem any U.S. technology being shared by blocking Chinese graduate students from gaining visas to the U.S. if they have connections with the civil-military fusion initiative.

It is yet to be seen if Joe Biden would maintain such a strong stance on China, should he take office later this month. Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani has said, regarding the accusations of the Biden family and their monetary ties to China, that “[t]he Biden Family is owned by the Chinese Communist Party.”

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China expert Steven Mosher has pointed out that numerous American politicians are influenced by China in one way or another.

“John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, warned in a December 3rd op-ed in The Wall Street Journal that Beijing was attempting to ‘dominate the world,’” he wrote. “He highlighted how Chinese spies pose a much bigger threat to the U.S. than any other country not only because of the sheer scale of the effort that the Chinese Communist Party is making, but also because of its scope. Chinese spies, using sex, drugs, and money as bait, not only carry out military and commercial espionage, they also compromise U.S. lawmakers for the purpose of reshaping U.S. foreign policy to favor Beijing.”

Even though China is one of the countries most hostile to Christianity, the Vatican made a secret deal with the Communist government. Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, is the most prominent critic of the deal, calling it an “incredible betrayal.”


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WATCH: Thousands of Georgia homeless use charity addresses to register to vote

'We’ve done that for years.' (I) 'can’t even begin to tell you how many people have that address on their ID. We’ve never run into any problem with that until this election,' a center director acknowledged.
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ATLANTA, January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Countless homeless Georgians are using the address of an Atlanta anti-homelessness organization to register to vote, a new undercover video revealed, calling the integrity of the state’s elections into even further question on the day of an election that will decide partisan control of the federal government.

Central Outreach and Advocacy Center (COAC) works to “overcome and prevent homelessness” through a variety of services, including birth certificates, government identification, food stamps, and job assistance. But despite the fact that a place to live is not among those services, a new report from Project Veritas reveals that the organization allows clients to list it as their place of residence for the purpose of voter registration.

“So, the majority of the people we serve don’t have an address, so we allow them to use our address if they register to vote and to get Georgia State ID,” COAC executive director Kimberly Parker explained. “Because you have to have proof of residence, and so although we are not a shelter, we do allow them to use 201 Washington Street.”

Adding that “we’ve done that for years,” Parker said she “can’t even begin to tell you how many people have that address on their ID. We’ve never run into any problem with that until this election. One of our board members got wind that they thought we’re doing things not on the up and up because so many have the address, but we’ve not heard any repercussion from it since.”

There is an unrelated homeless shelter at that address, Central Night Shelter, although it bills itself as a “winter night shelter” open from November through March, not a long-term place of residence.

“A couple thousand people had our address (Emmaus House) registered as their mailing address for their voter registration,” added Central Night board member Adam Seeley, who is also director of Social Services for Emmaus House. Shelter is not among the services listed by Emmaus House.

Georgia law does not require voters to prove residency for a specific length of time, creating a potential opening for organizations like COAC to register large numbers of voters who would not otherwise be eligible.

The revelation follows months of bitter nationwide debate over allegations of fraud in the Peach State (and others), calling the presidential victory of former Vice President Joe Biden into question, and intensifying concerns over the legitimacy of Tuesday’s runoff election for the state’s two U.S. Senate seats, which will decide whether the incoming Biden administration will have a united Democrat Congress to enact its agenda or a Republican Senate blocking it.


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Pastor says police, politicians will face ‘God’s justice’ for deeming worship ‘unessential’

‘Our Saviour shed His blood to purchase the church, and therefore deeming the church ‘unessential’ is tantamount to deeming the blood of Christ unessential, which is a public act of blasphemy,’ the Canadian pastor wrote.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 3:51 pm EST
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WATERLOO, Ontario, January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian pastor says that police, elected officials, and bureaucrats will one day stand before the court of “God’s justice” for deeming worship “unessential” amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Pastor Jacob Reaume of Trinity Bible Church, located in Waterloo, Ontario, made these remarks after he and five other church elders were served with charges for holding a service on December 27, which violated local COVID-19 rules limiting worship size.

“Our Saviour shed His blood to purchase the church, and therefore deeming the church ‘unessential’ is tantamount to deeming the blood of Christ unessential, which is a public act of blasphemy,” wrote Pastor Reaume in a press release sent out December 31.

“One day our elected officials, bureaucrats, and police will stand before the court of God’s justice for these acts. We earnestly pray that the Holy Spirit would draw them to his Son, Jesus Christ, who offers free grace and forgiveness to all who would repent and put their faith in him.”

On December 30, Waterloo Regional Police (WRPS) charged all six of the elders of Trinity Bible Chapel. According to the church press release they were all charged with violating Section 10.1 of the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) after holding the December 27 Sunday service.

Just before Christmas, Premier of Ontario Doug Ford announced a province-wide lockdown which began on December 26. The lockdown is to be in effect for two weeks in northern Ontario, and for four weeks in southern Ontario, which includes Toronto and the Peel regions.

The new measures limit all religious services as well as weddings and funerals to a maximum of 10 people indoors and outdoors. Religious drive-in services are permitted with strict conditions in place.

On December 3, Pastor Reaume posted an open letter on his church’s website which stated that the church would stay open if any future lockdown was enacted by the Ontario provincial government.

Reaume stated that it was the church’s “observation” that the “government’s restrictive actions” have in times of “isolation” harmed people and society “by perpetuating loneliness, hopelessness, fear, poverty, division, anger, the deterioration of relationships, and a plethora of other evils which will become more evident with time.”

According to a Toronto Star report about Trinity Bible Church elders being charged, police had “observed” the church’s December 27 service to provide church officials with information about “complying with the restrictions.”

The Star report stated that police had observed that some people were not wearing masks, but that no fines were handed out. If a person is convicted for violating the ROA, they could be fined upwards of $10,000.

Pastor Reaume said in his December 31 press release that the church members charged are “peaceful family men seeking to pastorally care for our families and our church in sincere obedience to God,” and are “not criminals.”

“Although we know of officers within the WRPS who personally disagree with these charges, it appears the WRPS is trying to make an example of us,” he wrote. “For years we have taught our children to respect police, and now our children and grandchildren are witness to their fathers and grandfathers receiving charges from police for worshipping Christ with our church. It is a dark day for Waterloo Region and Ontario.”

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Yesterday, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) announced they will be helping to defend Trinity Bible Church and others in Ontario who were charted for holding church services under the ROA.

In a press release, JCCF lawyer Lisa Bildy stated that it is the actions of church leaders such as those from Trinity Bible Church keeping alive any hope of “remaining a free society.”

“Many people scoff at those who believe that defending civil liberties is especially critical during government-declared emergencies, as though they are somehow selfish and short-sighted,” wrote Bildy.

“In fact, it is only through the vigilance and courage of people like these church leaders that we have any hope of remaining a free society. History is replete with examples of authoritarianism being ushered in by a fearful public and fanning the flames of that fear is a common tactic of such regimes.”

JCCF pointed out that the ROA, like “all laws in this country,” must comply with Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “which guarantees citizens that the government will not infringe their freedoms of peaceful assembly and religion, among other fundamental freedoms.”

Other churches in Canada have been fined or charged for defying government health orders and holding in-person services.

In late December of last year, three Canadian churches in the province of British Columbia were handed fines totaling $18,400 by police for holding in-person services which are currently banned under the provinces COVID-19 rules.

The Manitoba Church of God in Steinbach was handed a $5,000 fine after defying COVID-19 restrictions to hold an in-person service in November of 2020. The same church again defied COVID-19 rules banning all church services other than virtual ones on Sunday, November 29, and held a drive-in service that saw the police block the parking lot of the church.

Only days after issuing huge fines to the church for holding “illegal” drive-in church services, the government of Manitoba reversed course to allow people to worship in their cars in church parking lots.

In early December of last year, the pastor of the Manitoba Church of God in Steinbach, Tobias Tissen, was fined over $6,000 for holding a drive-in service for the second week in a row.

Despite the Ford government promoting lockdowns, a high-profile member of his government, finance minister Ontario MPP Rod Phillips, recently resigned after it was discovered he traveled out of Canada for a vacation to St. Barts.

Phillips resignation is not the only one regarding high-profile government officials in senior roles who were caught jetting off to warmer climates for Christmas vacations.

A growing list of offending politicians and senior staff members has made headlines in recent days.

Although it is technically not illegal to leave Canada to travel, the perception of an elected official doing so while telling people to stay home is seen as a double standard and hypocrisy by many Canadians.

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Trump praises Cardinal Zen while affirming religious liberty

The president offered special recognition to Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong in his recent proclamation on the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 3:18 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In his recent “Proclamation on the 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket,” President Donald Trump not only paid tribute to this “lion of religious liberty,” but also offered special recognition to Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong for his “brave and inspiring” defense of Catholics suffering under Communist Chinese persecution.

The special proclamation links the 1170 murder of the English archbishop as a causal factor limiting the power of the state over the Church in the West, including by special provision in the Magna Carta of 1215 — an inspirational and juridical source of the U.S. Bill of Rights.

“Thomas Becket’s death serves as a powerful and timeless reminder to every American that our freedom from religious persecution is not a mere luxury or accident of history, but rather an essential element of our liberty,” Trump wrote. “It is our priceless treasure and inheritance. And it was bought with the blood of martyrs.”

“We pray for religious believers everywhere who suffer persecution for their faith. We especially pray for their brave and inspiring shepherds — like Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong and Pastor Wang Yi of Chengdu — who are tireless witnesses to hope,” he said.

Cardinal Zen is best known for his acute criticism of a 2018 Vatican secret agreement with China that provides the atheist Communist government a say in the appointment of bishops, among other concessions. Zen called the agreement an “incredible betrayal.”

Critics’ warnings that persecution would worsen have since been borne out. Persecution of other Christians and unregistered churches has also increased.

Cardinal Zen has said he fears that Pope Francis was misled into encouraging “schism” among Catholics in China.

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In July, 2019, Zen appealed to the Pope to defend his fellow persecuted Catholics, and later revealed that he had sent a letter to the college of cardinals pleading with them to denounce the agreement, calling it the “murder of the Church in China.” He also shared with his brother cardinals the “dubia” or questions that he gave to the Pope regarding the pastoral guidelines that allowed the civil registration of faithful clergy with the communist government.

“This document,” he wrote, “has radically turned upside what is normal and what is abnormal, what is rightful and what is pitiable. Those who wrote it hope perhaps that the pitied minority will die a natural death.”

The purpose of Trump’s proclamation was to emphasize the necessity of ending such religious persecution.

“To honor Thomas Becket’s memory,” Trump wrote, “the crimes against people of faith must stop, prisoners of conscience must be released, laws restricting freedom of religion and belief must be repealed, and the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed must be protected. The tyranny and murder that shocked the conscience of the Middle Ages must never be allowed to happen again. As long as America stands, we will always defend religious liberty.

“A society without religion cannot prosper. A nation without faith cannot endure — because justice, goodness, and peace cannot prevail without the grace of God,” he concluded.


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Trump debates Georgia Secretary of State on vote fraud in leaked phone call

Trump demanded that Georgia officials do more to investigate allegations of fraud which, he insisted, would more than show that Biden did not win the state after all.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 2:48 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Trump supporters are crying foul following the leak of a phone call between President Donald Trump’s legal team and Georgia officials, which Democrats and their left-wing allies initially claimed depicted the president demanding Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger manufacture enough votes to flip the state.

Over the weekend, the Washington Post released an excerpt of a call between Trump and Raffensperger, in which White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell, and Raffensperger’s general counsel Ryan Germany also participated. The conversation revolved around the Trump campaign’s demands that Georgia officials do more to investigate allegations of fraud which, Trump insisted, would more than show that former Vice President Joe Biden did not win the state after all.

“I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” Trump said during the call, which was quickly reported and amplified as Trump wanting Georgia officials to manipulate the vote totals on his behalf.

Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller soon responded that the audio was an out-of-context snippet; the Post subsequently published the full hour-long conversation, with transcript.

While the full audio does include the aforementioned Trump quote and similar statements, which Trump-friendly conservative journalists such as the Washington Examiner’s Byron York said went “over the line of propriety,” the context also shows that Trump believes he legitimately won, and was only asking Raffensperger to investigate and invalidate a sufficient amount of fraud to reflect that.

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Nevertheless, various foes of the president have insisted that Trump’s comments on the call somehow constituted a crime, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) going so far as to claim it warrants a new impeachment push, less than three weeks before Trump is slated to leave office: 

For his part, Raffensperger has been evasive as to his role in leaking the audio. He repeatedly refused to answer Fox News’s Martha MacCallum on whether he was involved in the decision to leak it, saying only that “the information is out there.” But in another interview with 11Alive’s Brendan Keefe, the Secretary of State suggested leaking it was justified on the grounds that “if [Trump is] gonna put out stuff that we don’t believe is true, we’re going to respond in-kind.”


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DC mayor calls in National Guard to manage tomorrow’s pro-Trump protests

A defense official said that a few hundred Guard members will be activated in D.C., while over a million Trump supporters are expected to protest against election fraud.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 2:36 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has called in the National Guard to help manage pro-Trump protests taking place as Congress meets Jan. 6 to vote on whether to certify the electoral college’s election returns.

While some estimate that more than a million Trump supporters will flock to D.C. to support Trump’s re-election, a defense official has reported to the Military Times that only “some 340 D.C. National Guard members will be activated, with about 115 on duty in the streets at any given time.”

The Guard members are tasked with crowd management and traffic control, and will not be armed or wearing body armor, the official told the Military Times.

Trump supporters “plan to rally on Tuesday evening at Freedom Plaza and again all day Wednesday on the Ellipse,” demanding election transparency and integrity, and rejecting election fraud.

D.C. Acting Police Chief Robert Contee revealed that sealing off Black Lives Matter (BLM) Plaza is “a very real possibility.”

“We know that historically over the last few demonstrations that BLM plaza has been a focal point,” Contee said. “We want to make sure that that is not an issue.”

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President Trump has repeatedly announced his plans to attend on Twitter:

Politicians and others are publicly voicing their support of the rally.

Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) echoed the sentiments of many other Americans in a tweet declaring the American Republic hinges upon the integrity of the elections.

Both chambers of Congress will convene on Wednesday, January 6, to decide whether or not to certify the results of the Electoral College vote in December.

 

 


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Constitution expert: Trump has multiple paths to victory at Jan. 6 joint session of Congress

‘Jefferson, Nixon, Gore, all three of them acted unilaterally over the objections of House members and Senate members, so Mike Pence could do the same thing.’
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 1:59 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — According to Constitution expert Rick Green, President Trump still has multiple paths to victory in an election marred by unprecedented unconstitutional action by election officials and top Democrats across battleground states.

In his conversation with LifeSiteNews, the former Texas lawmaker and founder of Patriot Academy particularly highlighted the opportunities presented by the joint session of Congress tomorrow that is set to vote on the results of the Electoral College.

Vice President Mike Pence has the authority to reject electors from contested states, Green said. Pence will preside over the joint session, fulfilling his role outlined in the Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which requires that the Vice President “open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.”

“He’s the President of the Senate and he can do his duty under the constitution … he can follow historical precedent, he can follow the language of the Constitution,” Green explained. “Jefferson, Nixon, Gore, all three of them acted unilaterally over the objections of House members and Senate members, so Mike Pence could do the same thing.”

Green noted that then-Vice President Richard Nixon “refused to hear the objections” that resulted from the 1960 presidential race that Nixon conceded. He “accepted Democratic electors rather than Republican electors unilaterally,” Green said.

“If [Pence] does what he can do under the Constitution,” and dismisses electors, “yes, there’ll be wailing and gnashing of teeth, but [Democratic members of Congress] would have to then go to the Supreme Court and ask for some sort of ruling.”

The procedure of tomorrow’s session is governed both by the Constitution and the Electoral Count Act of 1887. The law, which Green called “the worst written statute in history,” purports to grant powers to either chamber of Congress against those laid out in the Twelfth Amendment. Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) sued in December to clarify the law, although his case was dismissed last weekend due to a technicality.

While a lawyer representing Pence had sought the rejection of Gohmert’s suit, Green cautioned, “I don’t know that we can really deduce from that what Mike Pence is going to do.”

On Sunday, the vice president’s chief of staff reported that Pence “welcomes” the objections announced by a dozen Republican senators.

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Green also noted that the vice president has constitutional authority to “set up the rules” for the joint session. “He could actually say, ‘Listen, there’s going to be debate on this. I’m the presiding officer.’”

“I can’t imagine the Democrats in the House going along with that, but Mike Pence could require that. He could stop everything right from the beginning on January 6 and say, ‘Okay, we’re going to have a hearing right now, in session, and allow people to start presenting evidence,’” Green said.

Trump legal advisor Jenna Ellis detailed a similar strategy yesterday, saying that the Vice President could defer the certification of the election and send requests to state legislatures to review their states’ electors.

“That’s not setting up any sort of bad precedent,” she said. “That’s actually returning the authority to the constitutionally vested entity and just simply directing that question” to “these very timid, to put it lightly, state legislators that haven’t been willing to act,” Ellis added. Some state lawmakers have endorsed the idea already.

“The states that are in question could still meet and name their slate of electors and should do that. They could literally do that tomorrow,” Green stressed.

State lawmakers “have plenary power granted through the Constitution — granted to them, not to the governor. They can come together and they can name that slate of electors, remove all uncertainty,” he continued.

“It would be clearly constitutional and then we wouldn’t have this chaos and the uncertainty going forward,” Green stated, pointing to three Supreme Court cases, including Bush v. Gore, that have affirmed states’ prerogative.

Regardless of which electors Pence chooses to accept, Green emphasized that there are other avenues to adjudicate the election after tomorrow. “There’s definitely time, regardless of what would happen on January 6. I think the Supreme Court can still step in.” Several cases releated to the 2020 election are still in the Supreme Court’s docket.

The dozen GOP senators who vowed to challenge electors barring the creation of “an emergency 10-day audit” are “thinking the exact same thing, Green said. “They’ll definitely carry it out past January 6.”

He urged that concerned patriots “have to be influencing our state legislators about election integrity.”

“Everyone needs to call their senator and their congressman,” he said, even Democratic lawmakers: “They need to know you’re watching.”

Republican lawmakers must be reminded, “[t]hat if you don’t object, if you don’t stand against this lawlessness, then we know that you support that lawlessness and there’s no way we’ll support you for any office in the future, and we’re coming after you in the Republican primary next year.”

Readers may contact their congressmen here and their state legislators here. They may contact the vice president’s office here.

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Planned Parenthood president: It’s ‘stigmatizing’ to call abortion ‘small part’ of what we do

Alexis McGill Johnson said that her organization is ‘proud’ to kill babies in the womb
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 1:40 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In a stunning reversal of one of Planned Parenthood’s biggest talking points, the abortion giant’s CEO boasted in an interview last week that to say abortion is only a very small part of what Planned Parenthood offers not only stigmatizes abortion, but it minimizes a “critically important part” of the organization’s overall mission.

Alexis McGill Johnson, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood, told The Washington Post Dec. 29 that it’s not a problem if “abortion” is the first word that comes to mind when people hear the name Planned Parenthood.

“I think abortion is health care. And so, if the first thing they think about is health care when they think about Planned Parenthood, I think that’s fine. Planned Parenthood proudly serves all forms of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, and I think when we try to exclude it, we’re excluding a critical part of and a critical option for health care,” she said.

When pressed that Planned Parenthood has historically made the case that abortion is a very small part of all the things the organization does, McGill Johnson replied that such a characterization is problematic.

“Overall, certainly. But it is still a critically important part of what we do. So I think when we say, ‘It’s a small part of what we do,’ what we’re doing is actually stigmatizing it. Like: It’s really not a big deal that Planned Parenthood does this,” she said.

“We are a proud abortion provider. We believe that abortion is health care, and we believe, fundamentally, that self-determination begins with being able to control your own body and freedom begins with being able to control your own body. So I don’t like to marginalize it in that way,” she added.

McGill Johnson replaced Leana Wen as Planned Parenthood’s president in July of 2019.

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Planned Parenthood has for years attempted to bolster its public image with the claim that abortion “is only three percent” of its activities, a claim that has been debunked by pro-life groups such as Live Action. Far-left online magazine Slate exploded the myth in a 2013 article titled “The Most Meaningless Abortion Statistic Ever” in which author Rachael Larimore reveals how Planned Parenthood “unbundles” its services to make it appear like abortion, when compared to other services offered, is a small item on the list. Larimore points out that no matter what Planned Parenthood claims, abortion certainly accounts for more than 3 percent of its revenue, a figure that she said is closer to 33 percent.

Former Planned Parenthood clinic manager Abby Johnson told Christian Post in 2014 that the organization’s “only way to make money and the only way to generate revenue" is through abortion. She said that abortion accounts for over 50 percent of Planned Parenthood's revenue.

Johnson said that Planned Parenthood uses “creative accounting” and “stealthy bundling” to hide the truth that abortion generates the most revenue.

“All of it boils down to how they bill for services,” Johnson said. “For example: an annual exam, pap smear, gonorrhea and chlamydia tests, and seven packs of birth control account for one visit and are billed as 10 services. But they unbundle for abortion, and count all services provided as one. We don't really know what the true numbers are because of the bundling and unbundling."

"They really are creative accountants. We know their abortion budget makes up 50 percent. We also know that when states pass laws regulating abortion clinics, like in Texas, instead of meeting basic health and safety standards for abortion clinics, they choose to shut down,” she added.

Johnson said that if abortion was only 3 percent of revenue, Planned Parenthood would not be able to sustain itself.

Planned Parenthood saw an increase of abortions in the 2018-2019 fiscal year for a total of 345,672, an increase of nearly 13,000 from the previous year. This translates to an abortion every 91 seconds.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute noted that the 2018-19 numbers reveal that abortions “made up 95% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy resolution services, while prenatal services, miscarriage care, and adoption referrals accounted for only 2.7% (9,798), 0.6% (2,236) and 1.2% (4,279), respectively.”


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Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky home vandalized in a ‘radical tantrum’

The vandals graffitied the front of McConnell’s home in Highlands, Louisville, with messages saying, 'Mitch kills the poor,' and asking, 'weres (sic) my money?'
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 1:29 pm EST
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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate’s majority leader, has had his house vandalized in the wake of Congress failing to pass a $2,000 stimulus relief vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has also had her home in San Francisco, California vandalised.

The vandals graffitied the front of McConnell’s home in Highlands, Louisville, with messages saying, “Mitch kills the poor,” and asking, “weres (sic) my money?” 

The attack comes after McConnell blocked the increased $2,000 stimulus package proposed by President Trump to replace the $600 package that was passed. The Kentucky senator called Trump’s proposal “socialism for the rich.” In response to the vandalism at his home, McConnell called out the malefactors as having thrown a “radical tantrum.”

The senator went on to say: “I’ve spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest. I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not.”

“This is different,” he added. “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook.” 

Republican Gov. Andy Beshear gave his support to the senator, echoing McConnell’s words in a tweet, saying that the vandalism to was “unacceptable.” 

“While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason,” he wrote.

Protestors outside McConnell’s home on Saturday were reported to have said that “McConnell has turned his back on the president, on the election,” and that “[McConnell] said he wants to go ahead and certify the election… and it was a corrupt election.”

“I'm very disappointed in Senator McConnell for turning against the President and the Constitution,” Frank Simon stated in a report by WHAS. Simon was standing alongside the group D.C. Under Siege as demonstrators gathered for about 2 hours, protesting McConnell’s stance on the stimulus bill and on the election.

The Louisville Metro Police Department have said there is an open investigation into the incident. No suspects have been named as of publishing.

McConnell was not alone in facing backlash for the failed $2,000 stimulus package. 

Nancy Pelosi also reportedly had her house vandalised after the relief vote tanked, with the perpetrators graffitiing the words “cancel rent,” and “we want everything,” as well as an anarchist symbol, on her garage door. There was also a severed pig’s head surrounded by fake blood left on Pelosi’s driveway.

President Trump, in a video released December 23, decried the $900 billion COVID relief bill as a “disgrace,” proposing that Congress might amend it to increase stimulus payments to American citizens from “the ridiculously low $600 to $2000, or $4000 for a couple.” Trump also suggested lowering the cost of the package by “immediately” removing “the wasteful and unnecessary items” from the legislation. He listed a number of programs included in the COVID relief bill that have “almost nothing to do with COVID,” amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, including $25 million to Pakistan for “democracy and gender programs.”

Congress passed the bill, unamended, with veto-proof majorities.


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Woman, 46, arrested for filming empty hospital corridors in locked down England

Debbie Hicks had recorded herself commenting on the deserted hallways and wards at Gloucester Royal Hospital
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 12:57 pm EST
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STROUD, England, January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A woman who objects to the coronavirus lockdowns was arrested before her family last week for filming what looked like empty hospital corridors.

Debbie Hicks, 46, was taken into custody on December 29, the day after her visit to Gloucester Royal Hospital, and charged with a public order offence. In a subsequent interview, she says that the arrest took place before her husband and 13-year-old son, frightening the child. 

Hicks recorded herself commenting on the deserted hallways and wards, claiming that the hospital was “completely empty” and condemning the lockdown measures and, as an aside, the MacMillan Cancer Support charity. After she was confronted by people in the hospital, she remarked that they were “two stupid old women who want to know why I’m not wearing a face covering.” 

Hicks then posted eight minutes of the footage to Facebook. 

The National Health Service (NHS) has denied that Hicks’ video illustrates that the hospital is empty. The Gloucester Hospitals NHS Trust made a statement on December 28, addressing the video. 

“Our hospitals are and remain extremely busy and colleagues at both our hospitals have been working hard throughout the festive period to care for our patients,” it said. 

“Contrary to what you may have seen through ‘secret filming’ on Facebook, our hospitals are and remain extremely busy. We are currently caring for more than 200 patients with COVID-19, including many who require treatment in our critical care departments and a further 500+ non-COVID patients who need our care and expertise.”

The NHS also stated that “outpatient departments and some shops” in their hospitals had sometimes been closed over “the Christmas break” and condemned the filming of patients. Hicks’ film footage shows about a dozen people in the hospital, including in the emergency A&E department   

“Filming patients who are waiting in A&E without their consent is both intrusive and upsetting as maintaining patient confidentiality is key to our hospitals being a safe space for you to receive the care you need,” the NHS stated. 

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Hicks’ husband filmed her arrest at home. Hicks first spoke to police, and was handcuffed, wearing only a bathrobe and after receiving permission to dress, was handcuffed again. She was granted bail on the condition that she not enter any NHS building without an appointment, except in an emergency.

On January 2, Hicks recorded a statement in which she described her arrest and processing at the Gloucester Constabulary custody suite. She believes there were serious breaches of protocol or procedure during her arrest and detention, including the police not showing a warrant before entering her home, and her remaining handcuffed, with her hands behind her back, for an hour before she was read her charge. 

“And when the handcuffs finally came off, after much protest from myself that they were hurting, my hands were swollen up really badly, and I showed them, and [the police]  ignored me,” Hicks related. 

According to Hicks, when she said that she didn’t understand the charge, her words were used as evidence that she was mentally ill, and she was told she would need a “responsible adult” with her. After being provided with one, she was put in a holding cell. She was not allowed to make a phone call or to get her own lawyer, and yet she was made to have a police interview, she said. She also stated that she would be held down and forced to give a DNA sample if she did not do so willingly. In her interview, where she was accompanied by the unwanted “responsible adult”, she refused to answer questions and voiced her resentment at being treated as if she were “mentally ill or incapable.” 

Hicks also said that police told her husband, in front of their 13-year-old son, that they believed she was mentally ill and asked him to sign her bail papers, which he refused to do.  

“It doesn’t matter what you think about the Covid situation,” Hicks said in her January 2 statement.

“What you seriously have to ask yourself is if we have reached a point as a society where just for filming an empty hospital, a woman with no criminal record, who is not a risk to the public, is subject to all of that.” 

But despite her “horrific” experience, Hicks was upbeat, for she believed that her arrest had opened an international conversation about the truth about the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital. 

Hicks had been arrested previously at a lockdown protest.


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NY bill would allow health officials to detain ‘suspected’ disease carriers for 60 days, force vaccines

The bill – which would also allow public health officials to mandate ‘preventive medication’ – ‘violates the state constitution and the federal constitution, denying citizens due process,’ an attorney told LifeSiteNews.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 12:52 pm EST
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ACTION ALERT: New NY COVID bill threatens forced vaccinations – Contact your Assemblyman today!

NEW YORK, January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A Democratic Assemblyman in New York has proposed a bill that would allow the governor and state health officials to mandate COVID-19 vaccines and detain anyone deemed “a danger to public health.”

The legislation, titled Bill A416, is sponsored by Assemblyman Nick Perry and will be referred to the New York Assembly’s Health Committee on Wednesday. It may not be voted on until later.

Bill A416 would enable the governor or his “delegees,” “including, but not limited to the commissioner or the heads of local health departments” to “order the removal and/or detention” of anyone who “presents a potential danger to the health of others,” in officials’ estimation.

The definition of “delegee” is left vague, as New York lawyer and legal expert John Virdone  noted in an interview with LifeSiteNews, adding that it could extend to hospital administrators. 

Under the bill, any official with delegated authority and at least “a reasonably specific description of the individuals or group being detained” would be able to confine people by obtaining a court order.

Detainment could occur in “in a medical facility or other appropriate facility or premises designated by the governor or his or her delegee,” the bill reads.

Moreover, a person could be taken into “the custody of the department” merely for being a “suspected case or suspected carrier,” putting additional weight on often wildly unreliable COVID-19 tests.

Bill A416 also allows the governor and state officials to let detainees who challenge their confinement “continue for more than five business days” in isolation “in the absence of a court order authorizing detention.”

Virdone slammed the proposed bill on these grounds, saying that it “violates the state constitution and the federal constitution, denying citizens due process.”

“If you’re going to be detained and your constitutional right to freedom is at stake, you need to be heard right away,” he said.

Legal activist KrisAnne Hall noted that “if a New Yorker is arrested and accused of murder they are guaranteed, automatically without asking, a hearing within 24 hours.” Under Perry’s legislation, a New York resident “picked up on the whim of some health department worker” will “have to wait at least 3 days to have a hearing[.]”

In fact, Bill A416 appears to cap detainment without a court order at 60 days, without guaranteeing access to an attorney.

It leaves open the possibility that a court order ultimately could be sufficient grounds for arbitrary detainment lasting more than two months. Current international guidelines consider solitary isolation for over 15 days to be unlawful and torture.

Resembling dictates seen in Communist China and echoing Dr. Anthony Fauci’s admonition to American citizens “to do what you’re told,” Assemblyman Perry’s bill further mandates that: 

a person who is detained in a medical facility, or other appropriate facility or premises, shall not conduct himself or herself in a disorderly manner, and shall not leave or attempt to leave such facility or premises until he or she is discharged.

The bill also quietly seeks to initiate compulsory vaccination and other state-ordered “treatment,” while purporting to grant virtually unlimited power to the governor and his “delegees”:

the governor or his or her delegee may, in his or her discretion, issue and seek enforcement of any other orders that he or she determines are necessary or appropriate to prevent dissemination or transmission of contagious diseases or other illnesses that may pose a threat to the public health and to require an individual who has been exposed to or infected by a contagious disease to complete an appropriate, prescribed course of treatment,” including “preventive medication or vaccination.

Notably, the provisions in Bill A416 apply not only for COVID-19 but for any “illnesses that may pose a threat to the public health,” in the event that the governor declares “a state health emergency.”

Criteria used by left-wing governors to declare health emergencies has grown increasingly subjective during the COVID-19 crisis, with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer naming “racism” a public health crisis in April, for example.

“The emergency conditions of COVID” have afforded governors “the ability to issue regulations by fiat, by imposing their beliefs, will on all citizens before due process is considered,” Virdone commented.

“The public officials feel that… they can issue decrees without due process consideration, that the emergency outweighs due process considerations, and I think that is not correct,” he said.

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News

Leftists threaten Sen. Josh Hawley’s family for objection to electoral college vote

‘Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door.’
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 12:02 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called out Antifa protestors for gathering in protest outside his residence close the nation’s capital in order to violently persuade him to rethink his objection to the 2020 election results.

Tweeting late Monday night, Hawley wrote that while he was “in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”

The protest was organised by ShutDownDC, which describes itself as “an organizing space where individuals and groups can come together to organize direct action in the fight for justice.” The group’s website adds that with regard to the 2020 election, its members were “making plans to rise up to confront the Trump administration’s attacks on democracy.”

In a now deleted tweet, ShutDownDC described their protest as “an hour long vigil,” a “candlelight vigil” outside Hawley’s home in Vienna, Virginia, “to demand that he drop his baseless contestation of the 2020 presidential election results.”

Patrick Young, an organizer of ShutDownDC, justified the protest by claiming that Hawley’s contesting of the electoral college vote was “undemocratic and unacceptable.” Young styles himself as a “organizer, campaigner, trainer and researcher” for hire, and last year, regarding the then-upcoming election, he wrote an inflammatory piece, urging that “those of us who are committed to seeing Donald Trump removed from office should start organizing now to fight back against the Trump administration’s systematic efforts at voter suppression, hit the streets in key states where election outcomes are likely to be contested, and be ready to take bold direct action to bring Washington, DC to a standstill if Trump refuses to concede.”

ShutDownDC’s own Twitter page acknowledged the organization’s presence outside Hawley’s house, but denied his description of threats, claiming they “sang songs, chanted and shared our stories.”

However, conservative news outlet Reagan Battalion rejected this explanation, saying that the protest was “an attempt to terrorize” Hawley’s family, children and neighbors.

Reporting on the incident, the Washington Post characterized ShutDownDC as “peaceful,” with quotes from Young saying that “[this] was a pretty tame and peaceful visit to his house.” Hawley was swift to respond to the article, writing that the piece contained “outright lies,” and that the protestors had actually “screamed through bullhorns, shouted down my wife when she asked you to leave, vandalized property, pounded on our door, and terrorized neighbors.”

The group’s actions are not an isolated incident. Early in December, ShutDownDC took part in leaving body bags outside the homes of GOP Senators Mitch McConnell, James Inhofe, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins, in protest over the COVID relief bill. The bags bore the inscription “Trump COVID Death.” Similar scenes were seen in the past few days, as McConnell’s (R-KY) house was vandalized by graffiti, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) house.

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Hawley was the first of a number of Senators to announce his intent to challenge the electoral college vote tomorrow. In a statement issued before new year, Hawley noted that he would object during Congress’ certification of the vote, referring to elections done by states in violation of their own laws, as well as the huge influence of Big Tech to swing the vote for Biden.

Led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a group of 11 senators subsequently issued a joint letter explaining that in the face of “unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities” they would vote to “reject the electors from disputed states.”

Sen. David Perdue from Georgia spoke on Fox News to say that he would also object to the certification, but since he would not himself be certified on January 6, he could not do so.

Just yesterday, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) announced that she would join her colleagues’ objections, although in an independent capacity, and would vote to “give President Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve.”

 

  


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Opinion

It’s not COVID that’s a catastrophe. It’s the lockdowns.

After two weeks, there was still time to undo major parts of the damage of lockdowns. After 10 months, not so much.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 7:41 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (American Institute for Economic Research) — As a naturally optimistic person, it vexes me that the word catastrophe has echoed in my mind since early March 2020. It’s the word the great smallpox eradicator Donald Henderson used in his 2006 prediction of the consequences of lockdown, a word that wasn’t around then. His masterful article addressed the idea of travel restrictions, forced human separation, business and school closings, mask mandates, limits on public gatherings, quarantines, and the entire litany of brutality to which we’ve been subjected for nearly a year, all summed up in the word lockdown. 

Dr. Henderson warned against it all. This is not how you deal with disease, he said; at a minimum society needs to function so that medical professionals can do their work. Diseases are managed one person at a time, not with grand central plans. That was the old wisdom in any case. Under the influence of vainglorious modelers, ideological resetters, and politicians hoping to make names for themselves, most of the world tried the lockdown experiment anyway. 

Here we are nearly a year since I wrote my first article warning that governments presumed themselves to possess the quarantine power. They could use it if they wanted to. I didn’t expect they would. I wrote this piece as a “for your information” public service just to let people know how terrible governments could be. 

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I had no idea that quarantines would be only the beginning. At this point we know what we did not know then. They are capable — by they I mean even governments in presumably civilized countries with functioning democracies — of the unthinkable, and they are capable of persisting in the unthinkable for an appalling amount of time. 

Now the lockdowns are our life in the US, unless you are lucky enough to live in Florida, Georgia, South Dakota, South Carolina, and perhaps a few other places. Here in these outposts of what we used to call civilization, life seems normal. Our readers in these states don’t even think about the virus much, and they read my articles and find them overwrought, like I’m describing life on another planet. 

The US seems to have two economies, one open and one closed. You see the difference on social media: people at the beach, malls, living life more or less normally. Meanwhile, in the lockdown states, businesses are shuttered, people are demoralized, fights over masks are breaking out in stores, the arts are wrecked, and multitudes are still cowering in their homes. The unemployment differences between the two reveal exactly what’s going on. 

We are experiencing what is a migratory demographic shift that could compare to 19th century legend. From what is being reported by U-Haul and other moving companies, people are fleeing from closed to open. Reports United Van Lines: “Among the top inbound states were South Carolina (64%), Oregon (63%), South Dakota (62%) and Arizona (62%), while New York (67%), Illinois (67%), Connecticut (63%) and California (59%) were among the states experiencing the largest exoduses.” And this all happened since the summer when it became unbearably obvious that the bastards were not going to stop tormenting their people. 

Moving, however, is not a panacea. Normal life seems to be breaking down. The government mails are running 2 to 3 weeks behind. Companies can’t even close their books because the tempo of life has dragged to a crawl. Tech support takes many hours on hold. Accountability for failure to deliver on services seems to be evaporating. Groceries experience sporadic shortages in unpredictable ways. We no longer know the rules and yet fear breaking them. 

Health care is not functioning normally, with non-Covid patients hurled out too soon while positive tests land you in ICU whether you need it or not. (My own 81-year-old mother was hospitalized with a serious condition and then thrown out because she didn’t test positive for SARS-CoV-2). Vaccine administration has been mostly chaos because society is not functioning normally. Weddings and funerals are still out. We are being socialized to treat everyone, including ourselves, as nothing but pathogenic disease vectors. 

The hatred and threats of violence in online venues are out of control. Society has never been more angry or divided in my lived experience. Tech giants are still censoring dissent, trying to force everyone to believe the pronouncements from the World Health Organization even though they change week to week, as if they are working hard to realize Orwell’s vision of the future. The blue check marks and people with access daily advocate trampling on the rights of those who can’t live their lives online. 

The mainstream media that most people once trusted continues to pretend as if this catastrophe is a result of the pandemic rather than the pandemic response. Just look at the number of headlines that begin “Pandemic Has Caused….” and then fill in the blank with any one of the many terrible things happening now: a third of restaurants bankrupt, opioid deaths, alcoholism, suicide ideation, female unemployment, demoralized and abused children missing a whole year of schooling, loved ones separated by borders, murder rates soaring, vaccinations missed, cancer screenings forgone, and so on. It’s all the pandemic, they say. 

Why won’t the media name the lockdowns as the culprit? It’s not just denialism. The implication is that we had no choice but to shatter life as we know it. Lockdown is just what one does in a pandemic. It’s utterly not. Nothing like this has ever taken place, never in history. This remains an egregious attack on fundamental rights, liberties, and the rule of law. The results are all around us. That the news media refuses to name the reason feels like gaslighting, except that we know they are lying, they know they are lying, and they know that we know they are lying. It’s just an unwritten rule in journalism now: never name the lockdowns (unless you bury it in the 13th paragraph of an otherwise boring article). 

And even after a full year, the public remains mostly deeply ignorant of the age/health gradient of Covid-19 fatalities, even though we’ve known this since February of last year! According to the CDC — even conceding the accuracy of testing and exigencies of fatality classification — it’s 99.997% for 0–19 years, 99.98% for 20–49 years, 99.5% for 50–69 years, and 94.6% for 70+ years. It’s nursing homes that have been a main vector for disease outcomes. The threat to school-age kids approaches zero. The more information we get — the more normalized the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen seems, a respiratory and flu-like illness we have seen become pandemic before it became endemic just like another dozen times in the last hundred years. We didn’t shut down society, and, for that reason, we managed them just fine. 

Is it that numbers like the above are just too abstract to mean anything to people? More likely, the numbers mean something but that meaning is overwhelmed by the nonstop panic porn one sees on the media each day. People can no longer distinguish these various terms that media pundits throw around to signal how terrible this disease is: outbreaks, cases, outcomes, deaths, spread, infection rates, hospitalizations — it’s just a huge and blurry blizzard of terrible. 

Citing a bit of reality-based data cannot make a dent in the pathological Munchausen Syndrome that has been unleashed. Primal fear has swamped rationality for the better part of 10 months. So people douse themselves in sanitizer for fear of the enemy they cannot see, and presume everyone else is trying to infect them. They put up with attacks on their rights under the belief that it is for their own good. 

The fiscal and monetary policy response has been equally egregious, all premised on the idea that money printing and spending — it all goes together these days — can possibly be a substitute for private investment and actual people buying and selling things. That combined with continued protectionist measures in the last days of the Trump administration make for the worst combination of policy malpractice in generations, or perhaps ever. The pain of recovery will be monstrous. 

Many of us spend a good part of our days poring over the latest research, which reveals their terrible toll of the lockdowns, the inescapable horror that it is the lockdowns not the pandemic that has done this. It shows the absence of any relationship between lockdowns and lives saved. It shows that a significant number of excess deaths are due not to disease but to drug overdoses, depression, and suicide. It shows the tremendous problems with PCR testing, the nondriver of “asymptomatic transmission,” the incredible proliferation of disease misclassification, and the absurdity of the idea that political solutions can intimidate and arrest a virus. 

We do all this research every day, and then turn on the TV to find the nation’s top medical spokesman (a certain Dr. Fauci of fame and fortune) knows nothing and cares nothing for any of the research. He is a performance artist who just likes being on TV, being fawned over while he advocates the permanent overthrow of our rights and liberties. And yet even his colleagues and others in the profession, who know his long-running racket very well, dare not call him out for fear of losing grant money, being ostracized within their institutions, and trolled on Twitter. He is a scary man with the power to make or break careers, so rather than take the risk, others just shake their heads and turn the channel.

Sheer cowardice explains most of the dearth of dissent. It’s easy to forget how cravenly careerist people become when they are afraid. Most people would rather lie or be silent than risk facing disapproval of friends and colleagues. Cancel culture makes this worse. Doctors who dare talk about natural immunities or the talisman of masks and distancing find themselves investigated by medical boards. Academics who speak out are accused of encouraging superspreaders, blasted by colleagues including students. It’s way beyond witch hunts at this point. As a result, you can easily get the impression that everyone agrees with the desperate need to dismantle civilization as we know it. 

None of this is sustainable. When it was “14 days to flatten the curve,” I feared for the future of investment, public confidence in government, lost revenue for small and medium-sized businesses, and their permanent shock that would come from the realization that government can and will do something this horrible. Another two weeks went by and we were writing furiously to warn the world of the deadly consequences of this course. April 13 came and AIER released the most strongly worded editorial then in print: we need complete liberation now. The Wall Street Journal followed and said the same two days later. 

In those days, the prevailing theory of the virus was that you cannot stop it but you can slow it down. Tall or short, the area of the curve is the same. Why prolong the pain? The talking point at the time was to preserve hospital capacity. But over time, this plausible idea mutated into a full suppressionist agenda. Slow the spread became stop the spread. It was a small step until the “experts” defaulted to a medieval view of disease: run away! Actually, that’s too flattering: it was a gradeschool view of cooties that became the new and thoroughly fake science. 

Then we arrived at the current moment in which professional virus fighters, having failed miserably to suppress the virus, have turned against the public, blaming those who do not comply with complete enthusiasm. Fauci says some version of this daily on TV: if everyone would just comply, we won’t have to lock down anymore. Unless morale improves, the beatings will continue. 

After two weeks, there was still time to undo major parts of the damage of lockdowns. After 10 months, not so much. There will be loss of life for many years to come plus population-wide psychological, social, and economic damage. The catastrophe has not been averted. It is far worse than any of us could ever have imagined at this time last year. The world has shifted and drastically, and the pain and suffering are unspeakable. Our governments are the pathogens that have done this to us. They were aided and abetted by fake news, fake experts, fake intellectuals, fake science, and a fake view of life. 

At this late date, we’ve lost confidence in most of what we used to trust and think was normal. Despair is taking over. Many of those who were willing to fight in the spring and summer have given up, tired of writing, tired of protesting, tired of yelling. The attempt to demotivate the opposition is working. This is a huge error. 

What, then, is the path to the future? We can stay on the present catastrophic course or we can reverse it. The sooner governments wise up and stop hurting everyone like this the sooner the healing can begin. It will take years, decades, but a version of the rule of medicine from the ancient days pertains: first stop doing harm. 

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Opinion

The Bill Gates Effect: WHO’s DTP vaccine killed more children in Africa than the diseases it targeted

Anyone defending the Bill Gates/WHO global vaccine program needs to explain this study.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 7:05 pm EST
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Note: This article was originally published April 23, 2020 on Children’s Health Defense

January 5, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — Anyone defending the Bill Gates/WHO global vaccine program needs to explain this study: Mogensen et al 2017. Prior to 2017, neither HHS nor WHO ever performed the kind of vaccinated/unvaccinated (or placebo) study necessary to ascertain if the DTP vaccine actually yields beneficial health outcomes. The DTP vaccine was discontinued in the US and western nations in the 1990s following thousands of reports of death and brain damage.

… girls vaccinated with the DTP vaccine—the flagship of Bill Gates’s GAVI/WHO African vaccine program—died at 10 times the rate of unvaccinated kids.

But Bill Gates and his surrogates, GAVI and WHO, made DTP a priority for African babies. The Danish government and Novo Nordisk Foundation commissioned this study by a team of the world’s leading experts on African vaccination. The two most prominent names, Drs. Soren Mogensen and Peter Aaby, are both vocal vaccine supporters. They were shocked when they examined years of data from a so called “natural experiment” in Guinea Bissau where 50% of children die before age five. In that west African nation, half the children were vaccinated with the DTP vaccine at three months and the other half at six months. Dr. Mogenson and his team found that girls vaccinated with the DTP vaccine died at 10 times the rate of unvaccinated kids. While the vaccinated children were protected from Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, they were far more susceptible to other deadly diseases than unvaccinated peers. The vaccine apparently compromised their immune systems. Thanks to Gates, DTP is the world’s most popular vaccine.

The researchers suggested that the DTP vaccine is killing more children than the diseases it targets.

For African nations, GAVI and WHO use DTP vaccine uptake to gauge national compliance with vaccine recommendations. GAVI can financially punish nations that don’t fully comply. The researchers suggested that the DTP vaccine is killing more children than the diseases it targets. It’s possible that millions of children are adversely affected. Although the New York Times and other Gates boosters will accuse me of promoting “vaccine misinformation”, this is a peer reviewed publication in a respected journal by the world’s most authoritative vaccine scientists describing catastrophic outcomes.

Shouldn’t we be scrutinizing Bill Gates’ record in Africa before we let him dictate which medicines we need to take? By muzzling legitimate criticism as “anti-vax”, the media avoids honest debate on many damning studies like Mogensen.

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Opinion

Congressmen and senators have the Constitutional authority to challenge electoral votes

The principal author of the Fourteenth Amendment, Republican Congressman Jonathan Bingham (OH), and the father of the Republican Party, President Abraham Lincoln, clearly explained that state legislatures and Congress have a joint responsibility to verify the authenticity of the certification of electors and electoral votes. 
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 4:33 pm EST
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January 5, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A number of Republican U.S. Senators claim that the Constitution prevents them from challenging suspect slates of Electors. But is this true?

Senator Tom Cotton stated, “Under the Constitution and federal law, Congress’s power is limited to counting electoral votes submitted by the states.” There are roughly 25 Republican U.S. Senators who appear reluctant to support an electoral vote challenge. 

But the principal author of the Fourteenth Amendment, Republican Congressman Jonathan Bingham (OH), and the father of the Republican Party, President Abraham Lincoln, clearly explained that state legislatures and Congress have a joint responsibility to verify the authenticity of the certification of electors and electoral votes. 

The Republican Congress on February 8, 1865, passed Joint Resolution, HR 126, which “declared that Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Tennessee were in, ‘such condition on the eighth day of November, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, that no valid election . . . was held’ and that these states were not entitled to representation in the electoral college.” (Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 8, page 271)

President Lincoln agreed with and signed the Congressional Resolution, noting that, “the two Houses of Congress, convened under the twelfth article of the Constitution, have complete power to exclude from counting all electoral votes deemed by them to be illegal; and it is not competent for the Executive to defeat or obstruct that power by a veto, as would be the case if his action were at all essential in the matter.” (The Congressional Globe, February 9, 1865, page 688)

Further, members of Congress, both pro-and anti-slavery, both before and after 1865, held that Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate had an obligation to evaluate the legality and conformity of certifications of electors and their votes as a necessary condition for approval by Congress acting as the Electoral College.

Senator William Eaton (CT): “Let me suppose that the condition of the country just after the next presidential election should be as it is now and has been for years past, though I hope it will not be. … I apprehend that if a return came in here that I believed was a fraud, that I had no doubt the seal of the State was fraudulently placed upon, I would vote against the reception of that return … .”  (Congressional Record, February 25, 1875, page 1783)

Congressman Jonathan Bingham (Principal Author, 14th Amendment, OH): “I am convinced that it is the office and duty of the House and Senate to see that no votes are counted, which, by the certificate opened and read in their hearing, were given contrary to the express requisitions of the Constitution and the statutes….” (The Congressional Globe, February 11, 1857, page 659)

Senator Charles Stuart (MI): “… the Constitution has devolved upon the Presiding Officer the duty of receiving these votes, of keeping them, of opening them in the presence of the two Houses, of counting them, and declaring the result.  What votes he shall count it is entirely competent for Congress by law to declare.”    (The Congressional Globe, February 11, 1857, page 646)

Senator Robert Toombs (GA): “I again affirm … that it is competent for the two Houses in their separate capacities, to decide which are the votes under the Constitution.  … The point is, what are the votes to be counted?  I insist that nothing shall, by legal intendment or implication, assert the doctrine that anybody can determine what are votes except the Senate and House of Representatives or that anyone can prevent them from deciding that question.” (The Congressional Globe, February 11, 1857 page 649)

Senator David Reid (NC): “The President of the Senate does not open the votes in the presence of the two Houses in their individual characters; but the two Houses are assembled in their character as a Senate and House of Representatives under the Constitution; and I infer that the counting of those votes is to be directed and controlled by the two Houses. … The Framers of the Constitution seemed to contemplate, if there was any power given to revise at all a contested election of President, that it should be jointly in the Senate and House of Representatives.” (The Congressional Globe, February 11, 1857 page 647)

Senator George Edmunds, (VT): “The Constitution requires that the vote of each State shall be opened by the Presiding Officer, the President of the Senate. When opened the votes are to be counted.  The question on which the whole thing turns, … is what is a vote of a state.…  We all agree that every vote of every State ought to be counted.  We all agree that whatever pretends to be a vote, or looks like a vote but is not a vote, should not be counted.” (Congressional Record, February 25, 1875, page 1767)  

To justify their inaction, some Republicans in Congress now are pretending that there is some constitutional bar to their challenging a slate of electors approved by the Governor. This view is a fabrication – purely pretextual. Their predecessors firmly believed that Member of Congress had an obligation to exclude slates of electoral chosen by unconstitutional procedures and corrupted by fraud.  

Voters must contact their Senators and Congressmen immediately – today, January 5 and even the tomorrow morning (January 6) – to urge support for the challenge to the Biden electors that will occur tomorrow.     

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Blogs

Pope Francis declares 2021 will be year dedicated to error-filled Amoris Laetitia

Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 6:24 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has announced a full year of reflections dedicated to his most controversial and error-filled document, Amoris Laetitia.

In his Angelus address of December 27, 2020, Pope Francis announced that beginning on March 19, 2021 – the Feast of St. Joseph – a year of reflection on his exhortation Amoris Laetitia would begin. It will last until June 2022. The Pope noted that March 19, 2021 would coincide with the upcoming fifth anniversary of the publication of his controversial exhortation and that the year of reflection “will be an opportunity to deepen the contents of the document.”

These reflections, he says, “will be made available to ecclesial communities and families, to accompany them on their journey. From now on I invite everyone to join the initiatives that will be promoted during the year and which will be coordinated by the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life.”

The lead up and aftershocks of the controversial exhortation were already enough to threaten schism for the Church. And playing out that disaster all over again is fraught with danger.

Recall that the 2014 and 2015 synods in Rome were all a lead-up to Amoris, which was released in 2016. During those first couple of years the suggestion to permit Holy Communion for remarried divorcees without annulments or even the need to live in continence (as brother and sister – without sexual intimacy) was unthinkable for all Catholics who held to the constant teaching of the Church. But despite all those who believed – including Cardinals with whom I spoke at the time – that it would never and could never happen, or that if that happened the Pope would be formally corrected, here we are now five years later with that so-called teaching still standing and mass confusion rampant in the Church and not only on that matter.

Remember that the key interpreter of Amoris Laetitia, by Francis’s own definition is Cardinal Schoenborn, who said that all tradition is to be interpreted in light of Amoris rather than Amoris in light of the constant tradition of the Church. And because it is modernist and relativist, we are headed again for a crisis the likes of which the Church has not yet seen.

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Here is a summary first put out by 45 eminent theologians which gave a list of some of the most egregious errors in Amoris Laetitia. The controversial papal document posited these faulty notions:

  • Living according to the teachings of the Gospel may be impossible for some people
  • No one is condemned to hell
  • “The divorced and civilly remarried who choose their situation with full knowledge and full consent of the will are not in a state of serious sin, and that they can receive sanctifying grace and grow in charity”
  • “A Catholic believer can have full knowledge of a divine law and voluntarily choose to break it in a serious matter, but not be in a state of mortal sin as a result of this action”
  • “A person with full knowledge of a divine law can sin by choosing to obey that law”
  • One’s conscience can “truly judge” that sexual sins explicitly condemned by the Gospel “can sometimes be morally right or requested or commanded by God”
  • “Our Lord Jesus Christ wills that the Church abandon her perennial discipline of refusing the Eucharist to the divorced and remarried and of refusing absolution to the divorced and remarried who do not express contrition for their state of life and a firm purpose of amendment with regard to it”
  • “Absence of grave fault due to diminished responsibility can permit admission to the Eucharist in the cases of divorced and civilly remarried persons who do not separate, nor undertake to live in perfect continence, but remain in an objective state of adultery and bigamy”
  • Wives should not submit to their husbands
  • That the death penalty is always unjust

Moreover, Amoris Laetitia is also tied intimately to the new push for acceptance of homosexuality in the Church. Remember during the first of the Synods on the family in 2014 when the mid-term report or relatio as it was called, called for “valuing” the homosexual sexual orientation, saying that “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community.”

That connection between Amoris and a homosexual push in the Church became more clear as Pope Francis appointed all sorts of homosexuality-friendly Cardinals such as Blase Cupich. (During the second family synod in 2015 I asked Cupich if the new approach would allow homosexual couples to receive Holy Communion as it would remarried divorcees and he responded in the affirmative.)

That connection between Amoris and the promotion of the homosexual agenda in the Church was clearly foreseen by the infamous Father James Martin at the time of Amoris’s publication.

But it could not at the time be fathomed by apologists who tried to defend Pope Francis’s orthodoxy. Yet today after his having supported and met with countless pushers of the homosexual agenda in the Catholic Church including Fr. James Martin himself; the Pope's approval of a priest who gave a homosexual blessing; and the Pope’s own public statement in favor of homosexual civil unions (and so much more), those objections have been silenced.

So, the year of St. Joseph that was announced to the joy of all Catholics has now been usurped and the good Saint is being utilized to give a holy veneer to Amoris Laetitia. But that is where the powers of darkness always fail. In trying to use St. Joseph to give a holy appearance to an evil document, St. Joseph – known as the terror of demons – will demolish the falsehoods and re-establish the Truth of His Divine Son.


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Pope Francis’s latest video promotes religious indifferentism ‘at the service of human fraternity’

'When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs' Pope Francis says in the video
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 3:20 pm EST
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VATICAN CITY, January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In the latest video as part of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (PWPN), Pope Francis appeared to be focused less on prayer and more on making a propaganda piece in order to promote religiously indifferent human fraternity.

The PWPN itself has as its goal “to encourage prayer and action for the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church, expressed in the Pope’s prayer intentions.” As part of the PWPN, each month is given to a specific intention, and this January the intention is “Human Fraternity.” 

Pope Francis’s video for the January prayer intention is thus focussed on fraternity, and as the accompanying press release describes, calls “for people of different religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to return to the essential: love of neighbor.” 

It builds upon the ideas of the Pope’s recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, in which he promoted a concept of “Universal Brotherhood.” The encyclical was welcomed by the Masonic Lodge of Spain, who stated that Francis “embraces…the great principle of modern [freemasonry].”

The video’s footage itself arguably promotes the concept of religious indifferentism, opening on a woman praying the rosary, then switching to a Muslim woman and afterwards, a Jewish man performing their respective prayers, before moving to a clip of the Pope. 

“When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs. We are brothers and sisters who pray,” Francis states. 

“Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother or sister, to share our lives or to support, to love, and to know each other.”

After highlighting aspects of other religions, Pope Francis then says that for Christians the foundation of “dignity and fraternity” is found in the Gospel. 

“The Church values God’s action in other religions, without forgetting that for us Christians, the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity, is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” At this point, the video switches once more to footage of the Muslim women finishing her prayers.

“We believers must return to our sources and concentrate on what is essential. What is essential to our faith is the adoration of God and love of neighbor,” the Pope continues. Whilst he mentions adoration of God in the video, the emphasis and further explanation is given entirely to the aspect of fraternity. The video description furthers this message, by drawing on his words at the launch of the Abu Dhabi document in 2019: “Religions, in particular, cannot renounce the urgent task of building bridges between peoples and cultures.”

In a graphic accompanying the video, specific mention is made of the duty of “believers” in promoting human fraternity, which is almost entirely devoid of any reference to religion. Believers are told to “collaborate among ourselves” to respond to the various “scourges of the world,” which include: “War and hunger…poverty…environmental crisis…violence…”

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The Pope also mentions the “lack of hope” amongst the current scourges of the world, but a few lines above equates hope with human fraternity saying “It is important for religions to become more and more beacons of hope, as promoters and guarantors of fraternity.” St. Thomas Aquinas instead describes hope as a theological virtue which has God as its object.

Francis further inverts the relation between fraternity and religion, having fraternity as the end to which religion must tend. The Pope poses the two questions: “What does it mean to be at the service of Fraternity?” and “What role do religions play on the path to human fraternity?”

The graphic presents an entirely earthly view of men's relation with each other and with God, as the Pope states that God has made all “human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity and has called them to live together as brothers and sisters,” but does not mention the supernatural vocation which man has to reach heaven.

Pope Francis’s video seems to be thus imbibed with the spirit of Fratelli Tutti, a document which Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò styled as being “the ideological manifesto of Bergoglio, his profession of masonic faith, and his candidacy for the presidency of the Universal Religion, handmaid of the New World Order.”

In recent weeksPope Francis has shown much support for the globalist “Great Reset” plan, which appears to be intimately linked to COVID-19. Head of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab, is a prominent proponent of the Great Reset, stating, “In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.” Schwab has even published a book titled “COVID-19:The Great Reset,” in which he outlines the “changes” necessary for a more “sustainable world going forward.”

Fr. Frédéric Fornos S.J., the International Director of PWPN, noted the link between COVID-19 and the Pope’s renewed push in the video for human fraternity: “After a 2020 marked by the impact of the pandemic, on both the sanitary and socioeconomic levels, it’s especially important that this intention of the Holy Father help us to see each other more truly as brothers and sisters on the path towards peace, which becomes more necessary each day.”


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7 key reasons why every member of Congress must reject swing state electoral votes

Push your representatives to restore our constitutional election process, demand integrity, and reestablish our ‘government of laws, and not of men.’
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 1:51 pm EST
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Challenge to the Electoral College vote needs YOUR help! Contact your U.S. Rep and Senator today!

January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Tomorrow, on January 6, both houses of Congress will convene to decide whether to certify the Electoral College vote from last month that ostensibly named former Vice President Joe Biden “president-elect.”

A movement among federal and state lawmakers to contest these results is rapidly growing in light of massive evidence of lawlessness and irregularity in swing states’ elections this year.

In particular, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — the states named in the “Texas lawsuit” that sought to overturn their results, which was never addressed on its merits — have been identified as major, obvious theaters of unconstitutional election protocol.

While some legislators of both parties continue to resist calls even to investigate serious breaches of the Constitution and state and federal statutes, an insurmountable body of evidence is emerging that proves the necessity of decertifying or contesting tainted electors.

The list provided here is a compilation, by no means exhaustive, of seven of the worst election abuses perpetrated by swing state officials and politicians acting in clear violation of the law.

You can contact your legislators here and here and remind of them of their constitutional duty to defend the American republic on January 6 from issues like those enumerated below. You can find other reports on election problems here, here, and here.

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Democratic officials made election plans with a nonprofit to receive millions in private grant money, against federal and state law.

The Amistad Project, an election integrity and civil rights watchdog, reported last month how Democratic officials in swing states unlawfully organized elections with a left-wing nonprofit, receiving hundreds of millions dollars in grant money from Mark Zuckerberg.

Local officials and administrators in disproportionately Democratic areas “contracted with Center for Tech and Civic Life, a nonprofit funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to make election plans against ones legally provided for by state legislatures under federal statutes,” the Amistad Project said.

“Private monies dictated city and county election management contrary to both federal law and state election plans endorsed and developed by state legislatures with authority granted by the United States Constitution,” the watchdog explained.

The “recruiting of targeted jurisdictions for specific government action and funding runs contrary to legislative election plans,” as well, the Amistad Project noted.

Their report cites the example of a $100,000 grant from Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) to the Mayor of Racine, Wisconsin, in May. For the grant, CTCL directed “the Mayor to recruit four other cities (Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, and Milwaukee) to develop a joint grant request of CTCL,” the Amistad Project related.

The four cities then sent CTCL a “Wisconsin Safe Election Plan” in June, which led to the distribution of $6.3 million. This plan “was not authored by the state,” Amistad said.

“The provision of Zuckerberg-CTCL funds allowed these Democrat strongholds to spend roughly $47 per voter, compared to $4 to $7 per voter in traditionally Republican areas of the state,” they continued.

In Pennsylvania, CTCL leveraged funding to push Philadelphia to “increase its polling locations and to use drop boxes and eventually mobile pick-up units.” Grant money “allowed Philadelphia to “cure” absentee ballots in a manner not provided for in Republican areas of the state,” the Amistad Project’s report states.

“In Democrat Delaware County, Pennsylvania, one drop box was placed every four square miles and for every 4,000 voters. In the 59 counties carried by Trump in 2016, there was one drop box for every 1,100 square miles and every 72,000 voters,” the report said.

Administrators and courts repeatedly violated the Constitution and state statutes, disregarding the rights of Congress and state legislatures to decide election procedure.

Swing state administrators and judges further violated the Constitution and state law by upending statutory election protocol in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

The Constitution reserves authority to determine election law to state legislatures and the U.S. Congress in Article 2, Section 4: “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations[.]”

Nevertheless, in Georgia:

  • Without legislative approval, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger promulgated new election rules in April, mandating that counties open and scan ballots weeks before Election Day. Georgia statute prohibits the opening of ballots ahead of elections, although the state election board accepted the secretary’s order nonetheless.

  • In March, Secretary Raffensberger entered into a “Compromise Settlement Agreement and Release” with Georgia’s Democratic Party to resolve a lawsuit. The agreement purported to change statutory requirements of signature verification.

  • Georgia’s election code requires clerks to reject ballots that lack certain information, including matching signatures, which the agreement sought to loosen in contravention of the law.

  • The settlement additionally seeks to have state officials consider issuing guidance based on recommendations of an “expert” affiliated with the Democratic Party.

The legislature of Georgia never has codified any of these attempts to modify election statutes.

Michigan:

  • In May, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson violated state law and the Michigan Constitution with an initiative to send unsolicited absentee ballot applications to all of the state’s registered voters. Michigan’s election code reserves the right to distribute mail-in ballots to county officials.

  • In June, Benson announced a program to let voters request absentee ballots online without signature verification. This once again flouted Michigan election law, which clearly demands that all voters sign their applications. State statutes require that clerks throw out the applications of voters that lack signatures and reject ballots with signatures that don’t match applications.

Millions of Michigan’s unprecedented, largely pro-Biden, 3.2 million absentee ballots may have been cast without legally-mandated requirements and may be invalid.

Pennsylvania:

  • In September, the State Supreme Court unilaterally extended the deadline for mail-in ballots and changed the state’s statutory postmark requirements, following a “friendly suit” by top Democrats.

  • On October 21, Pennsylvania’s anti-Trump Secretary of State, Kathryn Boockvar, released guidance stating that voters with rejected ballots could cast provisional ballots to effectively “cure” their vote, which has no reference in Pennsylvania election law.

  • The Department of State later told counties multiple times to inspect ballots before the election and to contact voters about any flaws. This infringes on state law, which doesn’t allow “pre-canvassing” activity until after Election Day.

  • Pennsylvania also bans the disclosure of voter information revealed from pre-canvassing, but the Department of State repeatedly told counties to give voter information to political parties to contact voters.

Wisconsin:

  • The Wisconsin Election Commission promoted the installation of manned and unmanned ballot drop boxes across the state. Wisconsin election law bars drop boxes and unstaffed sites in general, and the election commission lied about this.

  • Election administrators in Wisconsin encouraged residents to declare themselves “indefinitely confined” due to COVID-19, in order to skip photo ID requirements when registering to vote.

  • The state Supreme Court quickly shot down this approach as unlawful, but the Wisconsin Election Commission still impeded counties from removing suspect “indefinitely confined” absentee ballot requests, barring writing permission from voters. Wisconsin statute actually requires clerks to purge dubious “indefinitely confined” ballot requests “upon receipt of reliable information that an elector no longer qualifies for the service.”

Nearly 216,000 Wisconsin voters said that they were indefinitely confined in the 2020 election, up 400% since 2016.

Election practices and rule changes punished law-abiding Republicans and flouted the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids states to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The Equal Protection Clause is understood to guarantee that “all persons in similar circumstances shall be treated alike,” Lexis Nexis notes.

In light of that interpretation, above-mentioned election abuses constituted textbook violations of the Fourteenth Amendment Amendment.

In Pennsylvania, Secretary Boockvar’s lawless ballot guidance divided county officials across the state, but was taken up by three out of the four counties in Pennsylvania with the most Democratic voters. As a result, Democrats in the Keystone State disproportionately benefitted from (illegal) opportunities to fix ballot mistakes.

The CTCL’s grant funding contributed to a constitutionally highly dubious “two-tiered system” in 2020, as well. “When evaluated in the context of the 2016 presidential election, CTCL grant funding patterns demonstrate clear partisanship in grant funding awards” that extended beyond Wisconsin, the Amistad Project related in their report.

Of the more than $6 million granted by CTCL in Michigan “$5,939,235 was awarded to the ten jurisdictions where candidate Clinton won and only $402,878 where candidate Trump won,” the Amistad Project said.

In Pennsylvania, “$13,063,828 (94.7%) went to jurisdictions where candidate Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election; only $692,742 (5.3%) went to jurisdictions where candidate Donald Trump won.”

Breitbart has shown that the vast majority “of Joe Biden’s 221,751 vote margin gain in Georgia, compared to Hillary Clinton’s performance in 2016,” resulted from three counties awarded over $15 million by CTCL. The Zuckerberg-funded group did not contract with any counties in Georgia that Trump previously had won.

“This two-tiered election system allowed voters in Democrat strongholds to stroll down the street to vote while voters in Republican strongholds had to go on the equivalent of a “where’s Waldo” hunt,” the Amistad Project said.

Moreover, “CTCL funded mobile precincts used by election officials to collect ballots and register people to vote, resulted in a disparate, statewide access from precinct to precinct, favoring specific demographics,” the Amistad Project added. These satellite polling places and “were established outside of HAVA plans and protocols,” also.

Swing state elections violated state constitutions.

The current Pennsylvania election code, which authorizes mass mail-in voting, flagrantly contravenes the state’s constitution, which allows for four, narrow reasons for absentee ballot requests. According to the Democratic governor’s press release for the act, it “creates a new option to vote by mail without providing an excuse.”

No-excuse mail-in voting in Pennsylvania would require a constitutional amendment,

according to a lawsuit brought by Republican candidates that was dismissed on a technicality. Pennsylvania ultimately received over 3 million mail-in ballots this year, which skewed dramatically for Joe Biden.

Likewise, Michigan’s state constitution stands unequivocally at odds against Secretary Benson’s unilateral creation of absentee voter initiatives. The Michigan Constitution requires that registered voters who choose to vote by mail request to do so.

It re-affirms the state legislature’s Constitutional role in election lawmaking, as well: “Except as otherwise provided in this constitution or in the Constitution or laws of the United States, the legislature shall enact laws to regulate the time, place and manner of all nominations and elections, to preserve the purity of elections... and to provide for a system of voter registration and absentee voting.”

The Georgia Constitution similarly confirms the state legislature’s power over election procedure.

Local officials flagrantly broke the law, counted thousands of unlawful ballots.

For example, Pennsylvania officials in Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, refused to segregate ballots that lacked statutorily-required “secrecy” envelopes, instead returning them “by mail to the voter with instructions on how to remedy.” Another top Democratic county may have counted ballots with missing secrecy envelopes outright.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in September “any ballot that is not returned in the official ballot envelope (secrecy envelope) must be set aside and declared void,” according to the Department of State. Ballots submitted without secrecy envelopes in Pennsylvania could have totaled more than 100,000 for the general election, the Philadelphia city commissioner has said.

Officials from Allegheny publicly announced in November their decision to count at least 2,300 undated ballots, in addition to hundreds of provisional ballots that did not have signatures. The state Supreme Court ordered that the ballots be counted, following legal challenges.

There has not been and will not be a recount or comprehensive audit of Pennsylvania’s results. Democrats in the legislature successfully blocked calls for an audit in November.

In Wisconsin, a poll watcher who testified before the state legislature levied allegations that state officials counted “hundreds and hundreds” of flawed ballots. Two months ago, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel attested to 131 affidavits describing election fraud or other issues in Michigan, at least one of which cited officials coaching election workers to backdate ballots, among other things.

Members of Michigan’s Wayne County board of canvassers swore affidavits claiming that Detroit’s vote count should not be certified and detailing extensive harassment (some of it public) that county Democrats put them and their families through.

Since the day after the election, Republicans also have condemned officials in Georgia’s Fulton County for telling observers to leave a polling site and then continuing to process ballots anyway. Republican poll watchers’ accounts are backed up by security video and news reports and never have been “debunked.”

Ballot irregularities implicating millions of votes across swing states have not been resolved.

Despite cries that ballot irregularity claims are “conspiracy theories,” various reports of large-scale ballot issues remain unsettled.

A group of Pennsylvania state lawmakers last week discovered a “difference of 202,377 more votes cast than voters voting in the state,” based on totals provided by the Secretary of State. “These numbers just don’t add up, and the alleged certification of Pennsylvania’s presidential election results was absolutely premature, unconfirmed, and in error,” the representatives said.

In Georgia, almost 500,000 absentee ballots do not yet have chain of custody documents or other delivery information, which are required by counties under an “emergency order” published by Secretary Raffensberger.

Millions of illegal immigrants probably voted in the November election, based on several past surveys conducted by Harvard University and YouGov. 11% of illegal aliens sampled by Harvard in 2012 claimed to have “definitely voted” and 82% surveyed in 2008 said that they voted for the Democratic Party.

Non-citizen votes may have clinched the election for Biden in Georgia and Arizona, Just Facts projected. Pennsylvania admitted to at least 11,000 illegal immigrant registrations on voter rolls in 2019, the Washington Times reported.

Michigan and Pennsylvania severely mismanaged voter rolls and verification processes, potentially compromising election security.

As the Amistad Project revealed last month, “secretaries of Michigan and Pennsylvania allowed flawed administrative procedures that gave third party access to state voter information” in voter registration systems.

“The voter registration databases of both Michigan and Pennsylvania fail to fully comply with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) standards required by National Institutes of Standards (NIST),” the group said.

HAVA demands that states protect private voter information from third-party access. Michigan and Pennsylvania, however, both have contracted with a liberal, get-out-the-vote group called Rock the Vote (RTV), allowing them access to state systems without providing guarantees that the right precautions have been followed, Amistad said.

“There is no assurance that the voter rolls are only populated with legal, Michigan voters nor is there assurance that voter data has not been exfiltrated or misused,” as a result, the watchdog stated.

Moreover, based on a press release from 2016, “Rock the Vote is documented to have an application linked to 25,000 ‘partners,’” the Amistad Project continued. “The public record is silent as to how the Pennsylvania Secretary ensures certification of its registration system for RTV’s 25,000 partners.”

“Without public review, it is not possible to ascertain the security of the Pennsylvania SURE system under HAVA and NIST,” they concluded.

SURE, Pennsylvania’s voter record system, has come under fire repeatedly. Last year, the office of the Democratic auditor general of Pennsylvania reported roughly 45,000 voter roll inaccuracies following a three-year audit of the state election system. The audit report slammed the Department of State for failing to comply in the investigation, which left the auditor general “unable to determine with any degree of reasonable assurance that the SURE system is secure.”

Other legitimate concerns abound, like ones about the integrity of voting machines, voting buying schemes, and foreign influence in the election.

With a catalogue of third-world-style fraud and abuse before us, and the future of the American Experiment completely on the line, now, more than ever, is the time to use your voice.

Come to the January 5-6 March to Save America in D.C., if you can. Push your representatives to restore our constitutional election process, demand integrity, and reestablish our “government of laws, and not of men.” “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government,” in the words of Alexander Hamilton.


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It is time for civil disobedience in the name of fidelity to Christ

To all clergy, mainstream and traditionalist, the challenge has been sounded: your continued compliance is not going to be a tactful investment in tomorrow after 'things blow over'
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 1:03 pm EST
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January 4, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics around the world admire Archbishop Sample for many things he has said and done. For example, he is one of a select few bishops in the world who regularly offers traditional Pontifical Masses, at a time when that is definitely a way to ostracize oneself from the halls of power. He was also placed by Benedict XVI in one of the USA’s most liberal dioceses, Portland, and has managed to keep a steady hand on the tiller. The same holds true for Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco.

However, back in November when Governor Kate Brown imposed heavily restrictive measures in Oregon, limiting attendance in ANY church to 25 people at a time—even if the building can hold 300 or 1,000—the reaction of Archbishop Sample was deeply disappointing. After freely admitting that the restrictions are unconstitutional, unjust, and wrong from a Catholic point of view, all he does is verbally protest it. There will be no civil disobedience. 

Similarly, Archbishop Cordileone pushed a movement he called “Free the Mass,” but the underlying premise is that we should assume good will on the part of civil authorities and always try to accommodate the health dictatorship, until they can be persuaded to relax their unjust limitations. Matthew Archbold insightfully commented:

I applaud Archbishop Cordileone’s efforts. He has done so much more than countless priests, bishops, and Cardinals. But I plead with all of them right now. Catholics need a hero. The faithful are calling out to the clergy for one perhaps ridiculous and fruitless effort to show how important the Eucharist truly is. The American Church is desperate for some action. Catholicism must be heroic, brave, and countercultural. Or it is nothing. There’s a time for lawyers and press conferences and petitions. This is not that time. Now is the time Catholics must be willing to draw a line in the sand and say here, and no further. Open the Churches. Don’t allow them to be closed. Let’s be willing to go to jail. Let’s be fools for Christ. Take a stand. Imagine the impact of seeing a priest put in jail for celebrating Mass. Yes, the media would ridicule that priest. Perhaps many in the Church would as well. But it would inspire millions to understand that ours is not a passive faith. We are different because we believe. Think of all the young men who might see that and be inspired. Force the secularists to put a priest, bishop, or cardinal in jail or rescind their anti-Catholic mandates. Force them to unmask themselves. Show the world who they really are. And let’s show the world who we are.

It has been no different in Ireland, where the bishops instantly caved in; and in many other parts of the world. With this kind of “playing dead,” pretty soon the Church will move past playing dead—it will just be dead. And thus does Christian faith go out... not with a bang, but with a whimper. We witness the spectacle of Successors of the Apostles folding under lady governors’ sanitarian diktats.

The rejoinder quickly comes: “We are supposed to overcome evil with good. That means abiding by all the civil laws and regulations.” But laws and regulations must be proportioned to the common good and not be—or appear to be—radically opposed to it. Categorizing religious gatherings as “unnecessary” or “inessential” is manifestly contrary to the common good of society, which includes the public recognition of God’s right to receive due worship, and the priority of our spiritual obligations and needs, as Leo XIII, Pius XI, and other popes taught with one voice. In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr. memorably recalled the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas: an unjust law is no law at all (and the same holds for regulations, policies, and other government initiatives, whether officially passed in a legislature or not). To such “laws” we must give not obedience but civil disobedience, which, indeed, is obedience to a higher law, indeed the highest law.

Among the sad lessons learned in 2020, perhaps the saddest was that we cannot rely on most of our bishops to look out for our spiritual good, or even to exhibit a basic understanding of the non-negotiable and non-erasable priority of divine worship. We enter 2021 with a gritty awareness that we are more or less left on our own to find whatever resources we can, where and when we can. It is our good and holy priests who will need to carry the holy water, so to speak, and do the heavy lifting when push comes to shove. That will include—and here we come to the crux of the matter—a willingness to suffer suspension or other disciplinary measures for doing so.

It is time to show forth in broad daylight the two kingdoms that currently occupy the same physical, liturgical, and juridical space. The servants of these respective kingdoms do not work for the same ends, and the gods of the new religion are hungrier by the day. It will continue to compel a choice. The traditional Latin Mass is part of it, but clearly not all. The priests of so-called “Ecclesia Dei” institutes (e.g., the Institute of Christ the King, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter) will need to figure out ASAP their “bridge too far”—and perhaps die to their own fears of the marauding indy chapel life. The whole canonically-regular edifice is going under; it is falling in line for state subservience. COVID continues to show that we are already living in a state church, just without the visible bloodshedding of China.

To all clergy, mainstream and traditionalist, the challenge has been sounded: your continued compliance is not going to be a tactful investment in tomorrow after “things blow over.” What will then be left to defend—a set of “services” that can be canceled at the whim of a heathen governor? Yet laity are simultaneously supposed to teach our children about the heroism of martyrs and how good it is to stand in the stream of sacred Tradition? Things haven’t even begun to get really rough, and the fort’s already been betrayed.

Dear Priests: If and when you decide to start offering underground Masses, here are some points of advice that have been shared with me by those who are experienced in such matters.

1. Do not communicate about anything via emails. This is a major mistake. Those emails are likely to end up in the chancery office.

2. In general, do not put things into writing. In-person communication is best, even traveling by car to tell people something. A phone is the next best thing, in spite of the fact that Apple or Google or someone will own your voice.

3. Be careful about who is taken into confidentiality. This is good advice for laity as well as clergy. It may sound harsh to say it, but we should not let our excitement about having a Mass blind us to the malice that exists, or the poorly-formed consciences that might believe they have a “duty” to rat on people like us. We are in a time of spiritual warfare, so we must know well who our allies are, and assume nothing about those whom we do not know well. If you are going to invite someone to a Mass, let it be someone that you know agrees with the reason why the Mass is being held and is capable of maintaining silence, rather than inviting someone who “might be interested in coming” but whose allegiance you’re not certain of. Yes, this might mean that certain deserving souls will be excluded for a time, but it is better thus, than to put the entire endeavor at risk.

4. Be wise about how to gather, if you are using a church or chapel. A friend of mine in Eastern Europe described her experience this past All Saints and All Souls: “My visit to my family passed undisturbed. There was a beautiful All Saints Mass, and three Masses for All Souls, in a church locked with a key. The organizers opened the church fifteen minutes before the Mass, and then again one minute before the beginning for possible latecomers. It was prohibited to gather near the door; we were told to walk about nonchalantly in the park, in case we came and the church was still closed. After the Mass, we left one by one, at random. It resembles the years of Communism all too much.”

On the other hand, there may be situations where the most appropriate course of action is to seize hold of an unused or shut-down church and to claim it for one’s community, as occurred among the Port Marly traditionalists in 1987. As Christian Marquant says: “Piety and fortitude are not opposed.” 

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I think the challenge is making that first giant step of saying “I’m full in, no matter what.” It seems to me that the comforts and conveniences of our modern Western life make that step nearly impossible for most people. Let it not be so for us. What a glorious opportunity Our Lord is giving us to show us that He is first in our lives, first in our hearts!

It is only fair to say that some bishops, especially in France, have stood up to the civil authorities in a more forceful way. Gladden Pappin relates:

Mgr. Marc Aillet, bishop of Bayonne, was one of five initial bishops to request that the Conseil d’État lift restrictions. In an interview with Le Figaro, Aillet suggested that in some circumstances, the common good of the Church outweighs obedience to civil mandates. “If Saint Paul exhorts us to obey the civil authorities,” he said, “it is with respect to the common good—that of society, but also the superior common good of the Church, whose supreme law is the salvation of souls.”

Jane Stannus narrates:

Bishop Ginoux of Montauban has also spoken out loudly against the ban, tweeting on October 29, “It’s easy to ask bishops to take the lead if no one stands behind them. Invade the churches at Mass times, ask for the Mass and bishops and priests will come to celebrate it… Actions, not words!” He said Mass himself on Sunday, November 15, in the presence of ten or so faithful, and publicly congratulated pro-Mass protestors.

Here are Successors of the Apostles who are not afraid to encourage the faithful to act openly against unjust or irreligious laws and regulations, and who promise their support every step of the way. This is a lesson all the bishops need to internalize, if they are ever to recover the sheep who, no longer recognizing the voice of the divine Shepherd, have walked far away from them.


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Here is how you can stay sane and peaceful in 2021

Here are some specific ideas for a program of spiritual and intellectual development.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 1:02 pm EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – As the U.K. and much of Europe head into ever-stricter coronavirus lockdowns, Americans can look forward to something similar from the likely incoming Biden administration. This isn’t quite the vaccine-protected, hopeful new year we were promised, and our short-term ways of dealing with the situation may be getting a bit tired.

In a similar way, some people who were worried about Pope Francis comforted themselves with the thought that his approach, which in certain obvious ways contrasts so strongly with his predecessors’, was unlikely to last long. The Italians have a saying: a fat pope is followed by a thin pope. As time has gone on, I’ve become less sure this is how things will be. They don’t seem to make cardinals like Joseph Ratzinger (elected as Pope Benedict XVI) any more.

In any case, it seems to me that in this bright new year we should be thinking about adaptation, rather than either hibernation, waiting for better times, or the hyper-activity of a response to an emergency. We can’t afford either the loss of time from the first, as months of crisis lengthen into years, or the stress of the second.

In practice I would like to suggest that we consider the more fundamental aspects of our lives, even if this feels like a difficult moment to do that. We may not get a better moment for the foreseeable future.

Last year I suggested to readers that they learn to cook. This turned out to be rather a good idea, and one nice thing about the coronavirus business is the increase in home baking we have seen, although this was sometimes impeded by a shortage of ingredients. This year I propose something even more fundamental to staying sane: a program of spiritual and intellectual development.

Here are some specific ideas.

Periodic fasting has become a significant trend in the secular world. A recognition of its health benefits, and some helpful explanations of the “how” in serious fasting, should make possible a revival of a Catholic penitential discipline regarded as fundamental by our predecessors. Fasting requires no equipment; you can do it at home; you can do it alone; and it actually increases your free time. In the right spirit, and in imitation of Jesus Christ, we can fast in reparation for our own sins and for the conversion of the world.

Church-going may or may not be impeded where you are, but you can always pray. The best prayer is that done in common with the whole Church, and the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) can be done practically anywhere, and if necessary on your own. The Code of Canon Law heartily recommends this even for lay people (1174.2):

Other members of the Christian faithful, according to circumstances, are also earnestly invited to participate in the liturgy of the hours as an action of the Church.

Lay people can pray any version of the Office they wish: older editions, monastic or Roman, and in any language we like. Those starting out on this should consider the short, easy to understand and hugely satisfying Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are several editions in print: this is really making a come-back.

Finally, it is not just our spiritual lives we should consider, but our intellectual lives. We are living in a time when our intellects as well as our spiritual values are challenged. Things happen which don’t appear to make sense. We are asked to accept arguments which insult our intelligence, and yet those who object can find themselves publicly pilloried and driven from the their jobs.

One way of dealing with this is to read specific things on the specific issues of the moment. This is a good thing but the issues are so many, and constantly changing, that we would do well to think as well about our intellectual foundations. Our understanding of the history of the Church would be one place to start: perhaps with the nicely written, not over-long new history of the Popes, Vicars of Christ by Charles Coulombe.

I also think that we need time to exercise our thinking, not just on the traumatic issues of the moment, but on something completely different, in a space where no one is shrieking at us to think one thing rather than another. This may be about any subject, but one way of getting a breath of cool air is with those parts of philosophy least infected with fashionable thinking and least distorted by the need to get the answers demanded by some political ideology. A little walk with Socrates in his short, early dialogues might be just the thing. If anyone is interested, I could even join you for such an amble.

Above all, give yourselves space to breathe in 2021. I don’t think anyone else is going to do it for you.


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Three reasons why Canada’s so-called ‘conversion therapy ban’ would be dangerous

Let ‘pastors, priests, church leaders … know how damaging this Bill is, especially for the LGBT community and kids needing help.’
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 10:34 am EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Earlier this month, I interviewed Jose Ruba, a Canadian who has struggled with same-sex attraction, for my LifeSiteNews podcast (The Van Maren Show). He detailed how Trudeau’s so-called “conversion therapy ban” would make it illegal for people like him to seek the therapy that they want to live the lives they desire, and the ugly totalitarian over-reach the legislation represents. Ruba testified before the Justice Committee to explain why the Liberal bill is dangerous along with several other Canadians with similar experiences in the hopes that parliamentarians would amend the law.

Canada’s “conversion therapy ban” is part of a wave of such laws being passed worldwide, an effort that constitutes the next step of the LGBT agenda to move from “equality” and “tolerance” to criminalizing opposition to their lifestyles and ideology. The traditional Christian position is being demonized in the mainstream press in truly vile ways, with words and religious practices being equated with violence. The BBC’s LGBT correspondent Ben Hunte, for example, lumped prayer for those with same-sex attraction into the same category as rape, stating: “While some violent practices which may be classed as conversion therapy, such as ‘corrective rape’, are already covered by existing criminal offences, many religious practices, such as ‘group prayer’, are not.”

In summary, “conversion therapy bans” are necessary because “violent practices” such as “group prayer” are not yet banned as criminal offences. Don’t think that prosecution won’t follow such laws, either. Olaf Latzel, a pastor of the Evangelical Church of Germany St. Martini in Bremen, was recently given a fine of 8,100 euros for making comments opposing homosexuality during a marriage seminar. Those who do not believe that these laws will not be used to prosecute and silence Christian speech have not been watching the LGBT agenda unfold over the past several years, and have not been listening to what our ideological opponents are saying.

In fact, the Trudeau Liberals responded to the objections posed by Canadians such as Jose Ruba by amending the bill — and actually making it worse. I followed up with Ruba to get his reaction and analysis to the changes.

What are the greatest concerns you have with this legislation?

There are three main concerns with this legislation:

Well-meaning people want to pass the law without understanding its implications to LGBT Canadians.

I realized when I spoke to MPs, staffers and others on Parliament Hill, that many of them did not fully understand the problems with the Bill, whether they supported it or not. The proponents kept talking about how important it is to protect LGBT people, which no one disagrees with. What we disagree with is that this specific “conversion therapy” is the best protection for LGBT people. The Conservatives talked about how vague the law is but didn’t seem to give a reason why the vagueness is a problem.

What someone needs to say is the vague definition of “conversion therapy” results in discrimination against LGBT Canadians. The law defines conversion therapy using a definition that no North American medical or professional body, like the Canadian Psychology Association, uses. They define it as a specific therapy (with a licensed professional) that aims to change someone’s orientation. In contrast, the government’s bill expands that to include any “practice, treatment or service” that aims to reduce “non-heterosexual attractions or behaviour.” As witnesses pointed out, “practice, treatment or service” is never defined in Bill C-6. Kris Wells used almost the exact same definition in crafting the municipal “conversion therapy” bans in Alberta. In his testimony before Edmonton’s city council, he indicated that this definition would ban simply praying for an LGBT person who wants their non-heterosexual behaviour, reduced. No such ban exists for heterosexual Canadians.

A gay Catholic witness to the Justice Committee also pointed out that there are many reasons someone may want to reduce unwanted sexual behaviour of any kind. They may want to reduce a porn or sex addiction or to end an extramarital affair. But if Bill C-6 passes, only those aiming to reduce heterosexual behaviour would be allowed to get the help of their choice but adults seeking to reduce non-heterosexual behaviour would only be allowed to get free counseling. Those under 18 who want to reduce this kind of behaviour, wouldn’t be allowed to get any counseling at all. This means consenting LGBT patients are going to have their counseling sessions criminalized. Even those who don’t seek to change their orientations but simply want to reduce unwanted non-heterosexual behaviour could not get professional help unless it was offered for free.

Counseling bodies such as the Canadian Psychological Association have professional standards that respect the right of patients to determine the outcomes for their counseling sessions. Therapists aim to guide their clients to the outcome their clients choose. As some of the Justice Committee witnesses asked, if therapists don’t determine outcomes for their patients, why should the government determine outcomes for LGBT Canadians?

Colette Aikema, one of my colleagues, spoke to the committee about how she was gang raped and faced unwanted non-heterosexual attractions and behaviour, including the use of gay porn. As a Christian and as a married (to a man) mom of three kids, she didn’t want to act on those feelings and got the support she wanted to reduce those behaviours and attractions. She testified that both the secular counseling she received and the religious support group she joined would be criminalized if Bill C-6 becomes law.

The NDP member of the Justice Committee, Randal Garrison, tried to argue that the Bill won’t ban the counseling Colette received because it wasn’t “conversion therapy.” However, he never explained why he thought this, given her experience included a “practice, treatment or service” that “reduced” her “non-heterosexual behaviour.” Garrison actually made the Bill worse by introducing an amendment that narrowed an exemption from the ban. The original wording exempted people who wanted to explore their sexual feelings or identity. This would not protect Colette because she wasn’t interested in “exploring” her feelings, just reducing them. The new wording that Garrison proposed would only allow for counseling that would not “[favour] any particular sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” In other words, someone like Colette who wants to “favour” heterosexual behaviour, would definitely not be allowed to get paid, professional counseling even more so than under the original wording.

It’s important the government bans coercive counseling and torture. We all agree with that goal. But coercive counseling is already against the professional codes of the governing bodies of psychologists and counselors. Torture is already in the criminal code. If they truly wanted to ban those practices, why are those words not even in the wording of the Bill? Instead, by leaving the definition broad and vague, it ends up discriminating against LGBT Canadians and criminalizing their counseling sessions. Any paid counselor who does provide help could go to jail for 2-5 years.

Children and parents will lose support they want.

Bill C-6 prevents adults from paying for any professional help they want. But it’s worse for kids and their parents. Youth under 18 would be denied support unless the counseling or therapy affirms their non-heterosexual behaviour or attractions or gender identity and expression. This means even if a 16-year-old wants to “reduce” non-heterosexual porn use, she would be prevented from getting that counseling, free or paid.

Canadian law already recognizes that at 16 a child may be mature enough to get married though even then, only with their parents’ permission. Bill C-6 would, however, prevent that same 16-year-old from getting counseling they want, even with their parents’ support. Moreover, the Bill would permit five-year-olds changing their gender identity without their parents’ knowledge or support. If they are mature enough to transition to another gender then, why aren’t they mature enough to get married? The Bill ends up treating five-year-olds the same way as 16-year-olds, without respecting the younger children’s diminished capacity to understand long-term consequences.

The challenges to this kind of thinking are already evident in Europe. A U.K. case actually just came down while this Bill was being debated in Canada. There, the high court sided with a 23-year-old who argued young people do not have capacity to understand all the long-term consequences of gender transitioning. The woman took a government-run facility that helped her transition at 16 to court. She argued that she wasn’t old enough to understand the consequences of the hormones and other treatments she was given to transition to male. As she got older, she realized that she didn’t really want to transition. But by then it was too late as she was already experiencing consequences of the transition which include early bone loss, sterility and life-long medication use.

The U.K. court ruled in her favour, stating that children can no longer get hormone treatments to alter their gender unless they are fully informed about the consequences. Other European countries are starting to accept this common-sense approach. In contrast, Bill C-6 strips away the rights of parents to protect their children from their own immature requests. But even if a five-year-old child asks for counseling to reduce their unwanted behaviour, parents and any counselor who helps that child reduce that behaviour, can go to jail under this law.

Another amendment that Garrison proposed and was passed was the addition of a ban on the reduction of “gender expression.” The problem of course is the Bill doesn’t define “gender expression.” Surprisingly, the Bloc Quebecois (BQ) MP on the committee asked some very important questions of the government and its lawyers. Usually, BQ MPs are not sympathetic to our views. But in this case, the MP said the addition of that phrase made the Bill much too broad. He raised this scenario with the government lawyers: What if your five-year-old boy wants to wear high heels and a dress? The other kindergarteners make fun of him and you encourage him to not dress that way until he is older and more prepared for others’ reactions. If you bring that child to a therapist who helps reduce this gender expression, would you now be aiding and abetting a criminal act? The government lawyer clearly evaded that question, suggesting she didn’t want to admit in this scenario that a parent could go to jail if Bill C-6 is passed.

In fact, the government intends to insert this Bill into the Criminal Code beside its ban on child pornography, insisting that offering counseling a child wants is akin to sexually exploiting a child. That simply makes no sense.

This Bill treats disagreement as hate.

The last main concern about the Bill is that it treats disagreement as hate. The proponents of the Bill insist that anyone who offers help to LGBT people who want to reduce unwanted sexual behaviour is providing something akin to torture. This is because in their view, in order to care for our LGBT neighbours, we must embrace any sexual or gender identity they declare themselves to be. Disagreeing with that identity, even for a child as young as five, must stem from hatred of an LGBT person, rather than concern.

Billions of people around the world hold the view that sex should only occur between a man and woman who are married. This is the fundamental teaching of most world religions. This Bill is based on the premise that LGBT Canadians cannot believe this or cannot live according to these beliefs — we must prioritize our sexual attractions over our religious faiths. My story, and that of millions of other Canadians, show this is a lie. Even if you disagree with our personal beliefs on sexuality, I would hope Canadians respect our right to personally live out these beliefs for ourselves. Yet this Bill would say I am allowed to live a chaste life as an unmarried male but cannot seek professional counseling with someone I choose who upholds the values I do. That is a violation of my Charter rights.

No one suggests that if I uphold the traditional view of marriage that I hate single people who have sex. I don’t hate them. I simply think they harm themselves when they don’t follow what I believe is God’s plan for sex. In the same way, I can disagree with members of the LGBT community about their gender identity or sexual behaviour and not hate them.

When we judge the motivations of other Canadians who disagree with our values as “hate” or treat disagreement as torture, we can no longer have a democracy. Democracy by very definition starts with the premise that we must live among a group of people who don’t always agree with each other but respect each other’s right to live according to their wishes. Instead of banning opposition, we seek ways to live together despite our differences. In fact, the true definition of tolerance is that you put up with ideas and people you disagree with. If you ban views you don’t like, you cannot be tolerant.

Remember: Disagreement is not hate. Agreement is not always love.

You and others testified before the justice committee on this law. What was the effect of that?

I think the political leadership of the parties have already decided what they want to do. However, by being able to share our own personal experiences with counseling, we could push back on the narrative that no one of their own free will seeks to reduce non-heterosexual behaviour. For example, several witnesses to the committee claimed 100% of people who have gone through what they define as “conversion therapy” were coerced. Simply by speaking to that committee, we could point out the lie to that claim. This helped encourage MPs, including the Bloc MP, to understand just how badly worded this Bill is.

Amendments have been made to this bill. Have they been positive or negative?

They’ve made the Bill worse. I’ve already mentioned the addition of gender expression and the narrowing of the exemption. The other significant amendment was modifying the wording that bans advertising of “conversion therapy.” By adding the word “promotion” to what is banned, the government aims to ban even free advertising or promotion of what they deem as conversion therapy.

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When we were fighting our “conversion therapy” ban by-law in Calgary, the city’s lawyers explained that simply verbally inviting someone to counseling would be considered promoting “conversion therapy.” They specifically mentioned that if a pastor verbally invited someone to a counseling session at his own church and that counseling aimed to reduce unwanted non-heterosexual behaviour, it would be considered “advertising.” In other words, this Bill would dictate what support churches can verbally announce at their own services.

If this bill passes as is, what will our legal status quo be?

It won’t be status quo. It will make radical changes to how we parent our children, how much support LGBT Canadians can get and how believers can support those LGBT friends. Churches, Christians and people of many faiths or no faith, will be targeted for their beliefs. Already in Calgary, we are seeing churches shying away from teaching and practicing their faith. Our conversion therapy by-law, which was passed in the spring, has resulted in churches refusing to talk about sexuality, pastors not returning the calls of LGBT people and conferences disinviting speakers who uphold the traditional view of marriage.

What can people do to respond?

MPs will vote on the amended Bill after their Christmas break at the end of January. Unfortunately, we expect that only 40 of the MPs, all Conservative, will vote against the Bill. After talking to MPs and their staffers, I realized most of them don’t truly understand how bad this Bill is. We must tell our MPs that they can support a “conversion therapy” ban but they shouldn’t support this one if they want to protect the rights of all Canadians, including LGBT Canadians. In particular, we must contact the Opposition Leader’s Office. They are the ones who are discouraging Conservative MPs from speaking out against this Bill. If we can get them to oppose this Bill, many other Conservative MPs will vote our way.

Most importantly, tell your pastors, priests, church leaders and neighbours. Let them know how damaging this Bill is, especially for the LGBT community and kids needing help. The saddest thing I heard from an MP is that he went to large churches in his Alberta riding, a very safe and very conservative area, and the churches had no idea about this Bill. This tells me that we need to educate our church friends first and then teach them to educate others.

One way to get educated is to join us for a Zoom meeting on Jan 7th at an event we’re calling the Ambassador Training Event. The event is in conjunction with groups across Canada, working under the banner of Free to Care. The Zoom meeting will feature speakers who’ll share legal advice, medical facts and personal testimonies of how this law will affect Canadians. The seminar is free. The only thing we ask is that if you attend, you consider hosting a similar event for your church or school or denomination. We need Christians and others to be educated about this Bill and then begin conversations about it with their friends and their Members of Parliament. You can register HERE.


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Sickening experiments using baby body parts only confirm the humanity of unborn children

The University of Pittsburgh recently released details of its experiments grafting the scalps of aborted babies onto mice to create 'humanized mice'
Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 9:27 am EST
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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) –It has been five years since David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress broke the story that body parts retrieved from aborted babies were being used for medical research in a modern-day feticidal Frankenstein story. Abortionists, it was revealed, were amending surgical procedures to ensure that some body parts weren’t crushed so that they would still be usable by researchers. StemExpress overnighted baby body parts by FedEx from Planned Parenthood to keep them fresh. Each news cycle spawned new horrors.

David Daleiden and the heroic undercover journalists who spent years working to expose these hidden brutalities are still bogged down in a snarl of court battles with the abortion industry, but new revelations that confirm their exposés continue to emerge. Chemistry expert Dr. Stacy Trasancos, for example, recently released an investigation into laboratory practices at the University of Pittsburgh where the body parts of aborted babies killed in the second trimester are used for experiments.

According to Trasancos, the experiments utilizing aborted baby parts include grafting the scalps of aborted babies onto mice to create “humanized mice.” Once this was completed, the impact of the fusion of baby hair on the immunity of the mice to various pathogens was then recorded by researchers. Photographs show little tufts of child’s hair sprouting from the side of rodents where researchers have replanted it after slicing it from the skulls of children killed in their mothers’ wombs. 

According to Dr. Transancos, the University of Pittsburgh’s study utilized a number of aborted babies between 18 and 20 weeks, supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to examine “full-thickness human skin” on the humanized mice and rats:

Full-thickness human skin from fetuses was grafted onto rodents while simultaneously co-engrafting the same fetus’s lymphoid tissues and hematopoietic stem cells from the liver, so that the rodent models were humanized with organs and skin from the same child. The human skin was taken from the scalp and the back of the fetuses so that grafts with and without hair could be compared in the rodent model. Excess fat tissues attached to the subcutaneous layer of the skin was cut away, and then the fetal skin was grafted over the rib cage of the rodent, where its own skin had been removed. Human hair was evident by 12 weeks but only in the grafts taken from the fetal scalps. In the scalp grafts, fine human hair can be seen growing long and dark surrounded by the short white hairs of the mouse. The images literally show a patch of baby hair growing on a mouse’s back.

It isn’t just the University of Pittsburgh, either. The University of California-San Francisco used the corpses of 249 second-trimester children for research, removing their livers for various tests. Yale University utilized fifteen dead second-trimester babies for dissection, using their bone marrow, spleens, and livers for research into immune levels. At UCSF, the reproductive tracts and fetal intestines were actually removed from aborted babies and transplanted into rats. The University of Pittsburgh’s baby scalping isn’t a one-off atrocity. It is common practice.

It is also the inevitable consequence of the pro-choice worldview. Children in the womb are not human enough to qualify for protection under the law, but are human enough to have their corpses pillaged for medical research. Those of us who understand that these are children being killed and that this is child’s hair sprouting from rats--soft, delicate, and grotesquely misplaced—are sickened by all this. But those who deny, in the face of all evidence, that these children are human have no solid grounds to object to these experiments besides the shrieking of their own consciences. Why throw out a perfectly good body when we could recycle it?

The very crimes we commit against these tiny people confirms their humanity, because if they were not human, they would not be useful for human research. These experiments confirm their humanity—and that we are losing ours. 

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