Today’s highly interesting read (12/2/22): ‘Gaslighting’ Is the Word of the Year for Good Reason

Before today’s read a clip from a classic 1944 film…

Today’s read:

‘Gaslighting’ Is the Word of the Year for Good Reason

By Jeffrey Tucker

November 29, 2022 

Every year, Merriam-Webster picks a word to capture the culture of a moment in time. The choice is based on the frequency and quantity of searches as well as the departure from the norm. This year, the choice seems perfect: gaslighting. It’s drawn from the 1944 film noir starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman.

The term means to be subjected to extended psychological trickery to cause the victim to question his or her own reality. In the film, Boyer plays a handsome stranger who meets the beautiful heiress Bergman on a foreign journey and they fall in love. He convinces her to marry and move back together to London to her family home, whereby he embarks upon a subtle campaign to convince her she is bonkers while he secretly searches the home for legacy jewels he intends to steal.

It’s painful to watch, but the experience connects with our own as we watch mainstream media, see respectable scientists canceled for supposedly spreading disinformation, or when we watch a White House press conference. They try to convince us that they are normal and we are the crazy ones, probably guilty of wrongthink or not aware of the full facts. The more they insist on their version of truth, the more we are invited to see ourselves as nuts for failing to give them all the benefit of our doubts.

The film has this crucial moment when Bergman flips from believing that she is a broken spirit and confused person suddenly to realizing that she is the victim of an elaborate hoax. Once she realizes this, and all the pieces fall into place, she calls him out as a fraud and a thief. The film ends as this genre must in those days. He is arrested and the victim is made whole.

So it is for all of us over this past year, as vast numbers of people realize that we are being gaslit by major media, Big Tech, and government. We were told that we faced a crisis so grim and horrible that we had to surrender our freedoms in the name of pathogenic control, even though we could clearly read the data on the risk. They closed schools, businesses, and weekly worship and told us it was for our own good.

To this day, they won’t admit that they were wrong. They were gaslighting us the entire time.

Tellingly, last year’s word was vaccine. The year before was pandemic. So you see how this goes. Pandemic to vaccine to gaslighting. Yep, that pretty well sums up the past three years in a nice narrative from beginning to end. One hopes that we’re all now waking up to the scam that has been perpetuated on us.

The notion that it was the “worst pandemic in a hundred years” is certainly disputable. We still don’t have real clarity on precisely how many people died from COVID, and this confusion is due to vast false positives of PCR testing backed by subsidized and rampant death misclassification. To this day, we don’t know precisely how many people died from COVID or merely with COVID, or even if they truly had symptomatic COVID at all. None of this do we know for sure.

Then we can talk about the vaccine, which was never sterilizing the virus simply because it isn’t possible to create such a thing around a fast-mutating coronavirus, a fact that we knew long before the pandemic began. So they called it a vaccine and lied that it would prevent infection and stop transmission even though that was never possible. Once this became obvious, and the whole point of mandates disappeared, they demanded we get it anyway at the pain of losing our jobs.

Now, we have major media outlets admitting that more people are dying with the vaccine than without. And yet we are supposed to move on with our lives as if no one ever said anything false. There are no regrets, no apologies, and no admissions of guilt. Even now, foreign nationals can’t travel to the United States to see the Statue of Liberty without showing proof of vaccination!

In a word, we’ve been gaslit at every turn.

One hopes that Americans watching events in China today get the point. Zero-COVID was never about epidemiology. It was an ideology of totalitarianism, a great excuse to do to us what bad actors in tech, media, and the government wanted to do anyway but couldn’t get away with in normal times. China easily migrated from a virus-control theater to full surveillance. Even now, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is combing through cellphone data to ferret out political dissenters. The point is to punish in ways that weren’t possible decades ago.

Sadly, it likely will work. If your ability to work and live, and feed yourself and your family, are contingent on political obedience, the party in control enjoys more security in ways that dictators of old could only have dreamed.

The heck of it is that our own experience with virus control was in fact copied directly from the CCP model. In the third week of February 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci sent his deputy assistant Clifford Lane on a WHO junket to Wuhan and other cities. The WHO produced a disgusting report that wholly recommended the China approach to the world. It said:

“Achieving China’s exceptional coverage with and adherence to these containment measures has only been possible due to the deep commitment of the Chinese people to collective action in the face of this common threat. At a community level, this is reflected in the remarkable solidarity of provinces and cities in support of the most vulnerable populations and communities. Despite ongoing outbreaks in their own areas, governors and mayors have continued to send thousands of health care workers and tons of vital PPE supplies into Hubei Province and Wuhan city.

“At the individual level, the Chinese people have reacted to this outbreak with courage and conviction. They have accepted and adhered to the starkest of containment measures—whether the suspension of public gatherings, the month-long stay-at-home advisories or prohibitions on travel. Throughout an intensive 9-days of site visits across China, in frank discussions from the level of local community mobilizers and frontline health care providers to top scientists, Governors and Mayors, the Joint Mission was struck by the sincerity and dedication that each brings to this COVID-19 response.”

In a word, barf. Actually, Fauci, Lane, and everyone else involved in this gaslighting deserves full moral condemnation. They told us that it was the right way to manage a pandemic, but their virus control very quickly and easily became political control.

This is true not only in China but also in the United States. Early on, any protests against lockdowns were regarded not only as contrary to public health but also politically seditious. The media played along with this. And later with the vaccines, the refusal to get the shot was treated nearly as an act of treason.

Which is one of many problems with lockdowns. Not only do they not work at stopping the pathogen over the long term—at best they “slow the spread” for no good reason—but they intensify political control over society and attack fundamental rights and liberties. Fauci himself made frequent statements that disparaged the very idea of freedom itself, while meme culture jumped on the idea and started a deliberate misspelling: “freedumb.”

The movie “Gaslight” is a painful experience as the viewer watches a wretched man gradually crush the spirit of a sincere and trusting woman. It’s utterly abusive, but at some point, she wakes up to the racket and works to see justice done. So should we all.

—Jeffrey A. Tucker is the founder and president of the Brownstone Institute, and the author of many thousands of articles in the scholarly and popular press, as well as 10 books in five languages, most recently “Liberty or Lockdown.”

I thought Milw. Co. Supervisor Patti Logsdon was soooo conservative?

At least that’s what Logsdon and her minions have always proclaimed. Until an election’s over and she practically goes into hibernation.

Logsdon and other county supervisors put out a news release this week touting a county agency and a union that read in part:

On Tuesday, November 29, Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998, the union that represents MCTS bus drivers and mechanics, reached an agreement on a 3-year contract. The contract includes significant wage increases, more flexible hours, and minimal changes to healthcare.

Logsdon, the conservative (ROTFL), is quoted in the release:

“We work best when those with differing opinions come to the table in the hopes of finding solutions that will best serve Milwaukee County. I am thrilled that both parties were able to achieve a 3-year contract and avoid a strike, and I will remain committed to bettering our transit system through my work on the Committee on Transportation and Transit.”

Let’s refer to the first paragraph in the release:

The contract includes significant wage increases, more flexible hours, and minimal changes to healthcare.

Nine (9) supervisors including Logsdon fail to elaborate. The omission prompted Franklin Mayor Steve Olson to interject on Supervisor Kathleen Vincent’s Facebook page:

What were the pay increase percentages? Was there off-sets in other compensation areas? What are the pension benefits. No details are offered in the press release.

Olson is correct and more than justified in his comments given Logsdon represents part of Franklin. No details were offered in what is a horrible news release leading me to wonder if the nine supervisors actually know the details or even care.  The people who pay the bills, the beleaguered taxpayers, deserve full disclosure and information.

As for this Logsdon gem…

“We work best when those with differing opinions come to the table in the hopes of finding solutions…”

Remember that when you want something done and the flaming liberals on the county board tell you to take a hike.

Today’s highly interesting read (12/01/22): No longer the fringe: Small-town voters fear for America

Today’s read is from the Associated Press. Here’s a brief portion:

A word — “Hope” — is stitched onto a throw pillow in the little hilltop farmhouse. Photographs of children and grandchildren speckle the walls. In the kitchen, an envelope is decorated with a hand-drawn heart. “Happy Birthday, My Love,” it reads.

Out front, past a pair of century-old cottonwoods, the neighbors’ cornfields reach into the distance.

John Kraft loves this place. He loves the quiet and the space. He loves that you can drive for miles without passing another car.

But out there? Out beyond the cornfields, to the little western Wisconsin towns turning into commuter suburbs, and to the cities growing ever larger?

Out there, he says, is a country that many Americans wouldn’t recognize.

It’s a dark place, dangerous, where freedom is under attack by a tyrannical government, few officials can be trusted and clans of neighbors might someday have to band together to protect one another. It’s a country where the most basic beliefs — in faith, family, liberty — are threatened.

Read the entire article here.

Ridiculous claim of 90%

Another Franklin site, one I call the “We hate Franklin” page (because the members really do) is a piece of work. Rarely do they write about our city but when they do it’s normally because they can’t stand whatever.

They are the world’s biggest sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Material they post is rarely based on facts. Just throw up unsubstantiated junk and rumors and see if it sticks.

Most are a bunch of hide under the mattress, wear a mask everywhere, COVID hypochondriacs.

Within the past few weeks I read one of their guys comment that the unvaccinated accounted for 90% of COVID deaths. Can’t find it now and I’m not sure why. And I won’t mention who made the dopy claim except that he made the news when he ran for public office even though he’s an admitted “racist, sexist, ageist.”

Maybe he’s right about the latter, but his 90% unvaccinated assertion that he made just recently? Not sure it’s EVER been that high. But again, just throw it out there and see what happens. The COVID hypochondriacs will eat it up.

From today’s Epoch Times that cites data from…the CDC:

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that vaccinated and boosted people made up most of the COVID-19 deaths in August.

Of the total 6,512 deaths recorded in August 2022, 58.6 percent of the deaths were attributed to vaccinated or boosted people, and seem to be a sign of a growing trend where vaccinated individuals are increasingly becoming the majority in COVID-19 mortalities.

In January 2022, COVID-19 mortalities in the vaccinated was still the minority with 41 percent of the data related to vaccinated or boosted individuals.

However, analysis of the CDC data from June and July showed over 50 percent of deaths were being reported in vaccinated individuals, with 62 and 61 percent reported respectively.

“We can no longer say this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Cynthia Cox, the vice-president of the Kaiser Family Foundation told the Washington Post in an article dated Nov. 23. 

Read the entire article here. Subscription may be required.

Does soccer really stink?

Wembley Stadium in London is the national stadium of England and the home of English football. With 90,000 seats, it’s the largest sports venue in the UK and the second-largest stadium in Europe. 

Seen on “Jeopardy” today, this globally-renowned soccer stadium boasts that it has the most bathrooms of any building in the world.

That’s 2,618 toilets.

My Most Popular Blogs – November 2022

Here are my most popular blogs from the month of November 2022:

1) Two Franklin kids are Halloween heroes

2) The Tripledemic

3) A huge under-reported issue in the race for WI governor

4) Milwaukee County voters, choose NO on Tuesday, TWICE!

5) Franklin alderwoman insults city staff, unfairly compares to police

6) Franklin by the numbers: NOVEMBER 2022 ELECTION RESULTS

7) Waukesha judge Jennifer Dorow for WI SUP CT? Not so fast

8) The average age of pickleball players is going…down

9) Franklin voters help approve two meaningless referenda

10) FLASHBACK: A brine explainer

UPDATE: Waukesha judge Jennifer Dorow for WI SUP CT? Not so fast

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

Supreme Court candidate Jennifer Dorow has been critical of the cash bail system

Dan Bice
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Deep-pocketed conservatives dropped millions of dollars on TV ads criticizing Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes in this year’s U.S. Senate race for his opposition to cash bail for defendants awaiting trial.

So what are those same interests going to do when a conservative candidate expresses her own concerns about the cash bail system?

We’ll soon find out.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow, a conservative candidate for the state Supreme Court, was a member of the Legislative Council Study Committee on Bail & Conditions of Pretrial Release several years ago.

As a member of that panel, Dorow, who graduated from an evangelical Christian law school and is married to a former President Donald Trump appointee, expressed concerns about cash bail.

Under the current system, judges direct defendants to pay a certain amount of money, or bail, to be released from jail. Bail is intended as a financial incentive for a defendant to show up for trial or future hearings. The system has come under criticism, especially among liberals, because it often means that wealthier defendants get released while poor defendants are forced to sit in jail because they cannot afford to post bail.

Dorow told the members of the legislative study committee that the state’s current system is coming up short.

On Dec. 11, 2018, the Waukesha County judge said there is “a huge body of evidence” about whether cash bail is keeping communities safe. “There is a lot (of evidence) that says it doesn’t,” she said, though she added that there might be “a time and a place for it” until the state goes to another system.

Nearly two months later, she was more expansive.

“We don’t have a workable preventative detention, and more importantly, cash bail is not a best practice any more,” Dorow said on Jan. 29, 2019. “And so if we are going to change anything, we should be looking at a system that eliminates cash bail with a robust preventative detention coupled with statewide pre-trial services because uniformity and funding need to be part of this solution as well.”

Dorow has even come under criticism from conservative talk show host Mark Belling, who wrote last year that she has “consistently defended the lenient bail decisions made by court commissioners.”

Read the entire Bice column here. (subscription required)

ALSO: Brooks is appealing conviction.

From Channel 3000:

Following his conviction, Madison criminal defense attorney Chris Van Wagner said the appeal process for Brooks case would be lengthy and potentially complicated.

A potential appeal could also focus on whether Brooks should have been allowed to represent himself.

“The lawyer can actually claim ineffective assistance of counsel to himself, as crazy as that sounds, and claim that he didn’t get a fair trial in the interest of justice because he should not have been allowed to represent himself,” Van Wagner said. “That seems to fly in the face of common sense and logic as well as Mr. Brooks’ wishes, but I have no doubt that will be considered.”

Today’s highly interesting read (11/29/22): Coolest high school science class ever takes students hunting

“Readers are leaders.”
—Ronald Reagan

Today’s read is from Cam Edwards, the co-author of “Heavy Lifting: Grow Up, Get a Job, Start a Family, and Other Manly Advice.” Here’s an excerpt:

Want to know what real gun safety education looks like, as opposed to the “don’t own a gun” definition of gun safety dreamt up by the anti-gun lobby? It doesn’t involve after-school marches to create new, non-violent, possessory crimes out of a constitutional right. It’s not based on trying to make gun ownership taboo, abnormal, or an inherently bad idea. Instead, it’s based on the idea that we live in a world where guns exist and will never go away, so our kids should know how to be safe and responsible with them. Real gun safety involves real guns, and in Wisconsin, 30 high school students have received an excellent education in firearms safety as part of their science class.

Read the entire column here.

UPDATE: The PR around marijuana is all lies

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

Smoking Marijuana More Harmful to Lungs Than Cigarettes: Study

By Lia Onely
The Epoch Times
Nov 29 2022

A man smokes marijuana in a file photo in Paris, France on May 14, 2016. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

A man smokes marijuana in a file photo in Paris, France on May 14, 2016. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

A recent study suggests that smoking marijuana might cause more harm to the lungs than smoking tobacco.

The Canadian study was published in mid-November in the peer-reviewed journal Radiology.

The research looked at CT examinations that were taken between October 2005 and July 2020 at The Ottawa Hospital and its affiliate hospitals to investigate the effects of smoking marijuana on the lungs.

The researchers grouped chest CT examinations according to marijuana smokers, tobacco-only smokers, and nonsmokers.

The “study suggests that distinct radiologic findings in the lung may be seen in marijuana smokers, including higher rates of paraseptal emphysema and airway inflammatory changes … when compared with nonsmoker control patients and those who only smoke tobacco,” said the authors.

Higher Rates of Emphysema

The study found higher rates of emphysema among marijuana smokers (42 out of 56, 75 percent) than nonsmokers (three out of 57, five percent). Emphysema is a serious lung disease, caused in most cases by smoking damage leading to shortness of breath.

Emphysema was found to be more common among the marijuana smokers (28 out of 30, 93 percent) who were 50 and older than the tobacco-only smokers (22 out of 33, 67 percent ) in the age-matched groups. The tobacco smokers were older, so the researchers created age-matched subgroups.

The researchers included tobacco-smokers 50 and older who smoked one pack a day for 25 years at a minimum. For the marijuana smokers the average quantity they smoked was 0.065 ounces (1.85 grams) per day. However, less than half of this group specified the amount they used.

A subtype of emphysema, called paraseptal emphysema, which affects the outermost parts of the lung, was found to be more common among marijuana smokers than tobacco-only smokers regardless of their age, the study said.

Workers produce medical marijuana at Canopy Growth Corporation's Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ont., on Feb. 12, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Workers produce medical marijuana at Canopy Growth Corporation’s Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ont., Canada, on Feb. 12, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Higher Rates of Airway Inflammation

Markers of airway inflammation were found to be higher in the marijuana smokers group versus nonsmokers and tobacco-only smokers.

For marijuana smokers compared to nonsmokers the rates of airway inflammation were: bronchial thickening (64 percent versus 11 percent), bronchiectasis (23 percent versus four percent), and mucoid impaction (46 percent versus two percent).

Bronchiectasis is a condition where the lung airways become widened, leading to a build-up of mucus that may make the lungs vulnerable to infection.

Mucoid impaction is a condition where the airways become filled with mucous.

For marijuana smokers versus tobacco smokers, the rates of airway inflammation were: bronchial thickening (64 percent versus 42 percent), bronchiectasis (23 percent versus six percent), and mucoid impaction (46 percent versus 15 percent).

Analysis of the age-matched subgroups showed an even more significant difference between the rates of bronchial thickening (83 percent versus 42 percent), bronchiectasis (33 percent versus six percent), and mucoid impaction (67 percent versus 15 percent) in marijuana smokers compared to the tobacco-smokers.

The researchers also looked at non-lung-related parameters one of which was Gynecomastia, a condition that causes enlarged breast tissue in boys and men.

They found it to be significantly more common among marijuana smokers (13 out of 34, 38 percent) than in nonsmokers (five out of 32, 16 percent).

The researchers noted that the small sample size in the study limited their ability to draw strong conclusions.

They also noted that most of the marijuana smokers also smoked tobacco (50 out of 56) and said that the participants’ other health conditions were not accounted for.

The study comes as more states are legalizing the drug.

“There’s a public perception that marijuana is safer than tobacco, and this study raises concern this may not be true,” said study author Giselle Revah, assistant professor in the department of radiology at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, according to CNN.