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A-A-Ron: Sacked For Defying The Needle Gang

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“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now. So, before my final nail gets put in my cancel-culture casket, I think I would like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself.” —Aaron Rodgers

There are two popular media takes about Aaron Rodgers not taking Joe Biden’s favourite vaccines for Covid-19. The first— and easiest to find agreement— is that Rodgers was less than candid about his unique approach to combatting Covid-19 under the NFL protocols made up last year— and still unreasonably clinging to the game.

Rodgers says the Packers knew his vaccination status. “I have followed every single protocol to a T… My daily routine is the routine of an unvaccinated person.” But to those who’ve seen NBA stars like Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins publicly declare their opposition to getting jabbed, Rodgers kept his unique position on the down-low.

It seems that, after watching the NBA dudes getting slammed by FauciLand, he preferred to soft-pedal his opinions. Plus there were all his sponsors. Not good optics.

He clearly has opinions to voice. “They’re purely trying to out and shame people,” he told former teammates Pat McAfee and A.J. Hawk. “Like needing to wear a mask at a podium when every person in the room is vaccinated and wearing a mask – makes no sense to me.

“If you got vaccinated to protect yourself from a virus I don’t have as an unvaccinated individual then why are you worried about anything I could give you?” Nice try. In a game governed by rules, the liberal media mob feels Rodgers tried to add a fifth down or a ten-point TD. Rodgers should have done like Irving et al. and let these sincere objections rip rather than get exposed later.

The second take on Rodgers (engaged to actress Shailene Woodley, who prides herself on making her own medicines) is that he consulted popular podcast host Joe Rogan about alternative therapies when he learned he had an allergy to something in the mRNA vaccines. (Rodgers conversion to alternative lifestyles by his significant other is reminiscent of Colin Kaepernick— another Bay Area resident—going full BLM after being indoctrinated into Woke World by the new woman in his life.)

The Rogan consult is the take getting him most of the grief and caused his healthcare sponsor to drop him as a spokesman. As Matt Walsh tweeted, “The sports media are far, far angrier at Aaron Rodgers for not getting vaccinated than Deshaun Watson for sexually assaulting dozens of women, or Henry Ruggs for driving 156 mph while drunk and killing someone.”

For the Media Party, who demand obeisance to Woke narratives about masks, lockdowns, single-, double-, triple-xaxxing and crushing scientific inquiry, consulting a standup comedian and former MMA figure is off-script. They will countenance late-night (formerly) comedy show hosts talking Covid. But dissent? Science, to them, is carved in stone. Rogan is a poison.

Rogan, however, is curious about the science around a virus that has stumped the clever folks in white coats. He asks questions. His podcasts go into depth (often two-hours plus) with people who have credentials or are simply quoting public research. He doesn’t pretend to be an expert. He simply—no better way to say it— speaks his truth and reads the material.

This unconventionality represents a mortal threat to people who brought you Covid: The Musical! It would be no exaggeration that the millions in Rogan’s audience for his podcasts— and a string of alternative guests— has thrown shade on the litany of false narratives generated by the WHO, CDC, Health Canada  and their slappies in the press. Who react with anger when their mistakes are pointed out.

But Rogan is no Q-Anon phantom. Along with Russell Brand, Ricky Gervais and, increasingly, Bill Maher these alt-voices are relentless in debunking PCR tests, mask mandates, etc. A public exhausted by official propaganda about magic vaccines— and the media’s willing acceptance of corrupt science— is turning to non-Hollywood personalities for guidance.

While Joe Biden’s message pushed out by these sources is summed as “Comply!”, the alt-hosts are more like Maher.  “I know some people seem to not want to give up on the wonderful pandemic, but you know what? It’s over… You shouldn’t have to wear masks…vaxx, mask, pick one! You can’t make me mask if I’ve had the vaxx… the red states are a joy and the blue states are a pain in the ass.”

The results of the censorship have seen progressive cable-news media’s ratings collapse by up to 68 percent (CNN) in primetime. And the thrashing in last week’s off-year elections. But what does that say about Wolf Blitzer’s feelings? Or Rachel Maddow’s deeply felt conspiracy blockbusters on MSNBC?

Funny you should ask about Rachel and credibility. Last week the DOJ charged a Russian with lying about his role in the RussiaGate investigation of Donald Trump. That would be the same RussiaGate investigation Maddow sold— and still sells— nightly as fact to her viewers for four years.

The criminal charge against Igor Danchenko makes clear that the entire Russia/ Trump investigation (which paralyzed his presidency) was generated by the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign as a dirty tricks op. Primary sources were invented, laundered to a former spy, disseminated by compliant media such as Maddow and used by the FBI to launch the failed Mueller Investigation into Trump’s activities.

Despite the evidence generated by the DOJ Maddow refused to admit she pushed a loser, citing more dark conspiracies on the right. Leading independent journalist Matt Taibbi— who called the story “a “sizable boil on the face of American journalism”— to excoriate the MSNBC darling. ”Whatever the category below ‘disgraced journalist’ is, she entered it with gusto with last night’s performance,” Taibbi wrote. “Every reporter who touched that allegation should be ashamed, and Rachel is at the front of that huge crowd.”

So if you’re looking for why Aaron Rodgers might have looked elsewhere for information on Covid-19 check out the carcass of disgraced establishment healthcare and the willing wind therapists who peddled it. And who now want to bury Rodgers for going off script.

Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy is the editor of Not The Public Broadcaster (http://www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com). The best-selling author of Cap In Hand has been nominated for the BBN Business Book award of 2020 for Personal Account with Tony Comper. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada’s top television sports broadcaster, he’s also a regular contributor to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. His new book with his son Evan is called InExact Science: The Six Most Compelling Draft Years In NHL History is now available on http://brucedowbigginbooks.ca/book-personalaccount.aspx

BRUCE DOWBIGGIN Award-winning Author and Broadcaster Bruce Dowbiggin's career is unmatched in Canada for its diversity and breadth of experience . He is currently the editor and publisher of Not The Public Broadcaster website and is also a contributor to SiriusXM Canada Talks. His new book Cap In Hand was released in the fall of 2018. Bruce's career has included successful stints in television, radio and print. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster for his work with CBC-TV, Mr. Dowbiggin is also the best-selling author of "Money Players" (finalist for the 2004 National Business Book Award) and two new books-- Ice Storm: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Vancouver Canucks Team Ever for Greystone Press and Grant Fuhr: Portrait of a Champion for Random House. His ground-breaking investigations into the life and times of Alan Eagleson led to his selection as the winner of the Gemini for Canada's top sportscaster in 1993 and again in 1996. This work earned him the reputation as one of Canada's top investigative journalists in any field. He was a featured columnist for the Calgary Herald (1998-2009) and the Globe & Mail (2009-2013) where his incisive style and wit on sports media and business won him many readers.

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Corporate Capture & Youth Checkout: The Covid Scorecard

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The decade past has witnessed a Great Realignment. (Mind we said realignment, not reset.) The election of Barack Obama through Donald Trump and Covid-19 has seen a tectonic shift in the plates beneath society. Alliances have been broken. Power has shifted. Loyalties have disappeared.

The result is a new coalition, a cult alliance of tech, knowledge-based industry, culture and corporatism. Under cover of social unrest and virus paranoia these former antagonists found common cause in punishing the middle and lower classes of society for not acknowledging their elevated, superior status. (Translation: they voted for Trump.)

These woke apostles are unapologetic. Through censorship, cancel culture and financial, leverage they’ve created an oligopoly unabashed in bare-knuckled self-interest. And to constantly remind you that they’re in charge.

To understand how revolutionary this alliance is one need only recall the dirigiste fervour of the 1960s. While it seemed to everyone at the time that society might tip in the maelstrom of riot and protest, the corporate side never blinked. They viewed the Weathermen and the Red Brigade as fringe outfits that would never see power. They held to the status quo (or privilege in today’s CRT newspeak.)

That has changed, because of writers such as French socialist economist Thomas Piketty. Thanks to him Corporate America is now obsessed with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), not shareholder value. It is dominated by HR departments deeply committed to radical notions of social justice and racial equity. Inspired by the example of Michelle Obama, they’ve made Wall Street into Woke Street.

As we wrote in February of 2021 “the New Left now ruthlessly employs Big Tech, Wall Street and the media against its idealogical enemies— including some of its former allies… the Democratic Party of 2021 has morphed from brave to slave, dedicated to intellectual conformity, not contrary opinions. Gone are the civil libertarians like (William) Kunstler. In their place are AOC and her brigades of SJWs purveying hate-speech laws and attacking deniers of the “true climate religion”. First amendment rights have been replaced by cancel-culture indictments.”

Jordan B. Peterson, who recently resigned his tenured position at University of Toronto, describes the corporate submission: “What in the world is wrong with you? Can’t you see that the ideologues who push such appalling nonsense are driven by an agenda that is not only absolutely antithetical to your free-market enterprise, as such, but precisely targeted at the freedoms that made your success possible?

“Can’t you see that by going along, sheep-like (just as the professors are doing; just as the artists and writers are doing) that you are generating a veritable fifth column within your businesses? Are you really so blind, cowed and cowardly?”

While this corporate surrender has transpired, another schism has developed under cover of the Covid-19 pandemic panic. Its effect could be just as enduring. This one is based on age.

The group in society most vulnerable to the ravages of the pandemic is the 55+ cohort, the aging Boomers— the same one orchestrating the reaction to the virus. They are also the most afraid of its impact on them personally. It would be no exaggeration to say those health concerns have been reflected in the overbearing lockdown, mask, distancing and detention policies used against the virus. The generation that once worshipped free speech was quick to abandon civil liberties in its panic to save its own hide.

But younger generations who are far less vulnerable to the virus are tired of being participants in the psycho-dramas of aging the Boomers and their death phobia. And they’ve reached their end. They now flock to clubs, arenas and stadiums to see their friends. They know some of them will get sick, but 99.99 percent of them will be fine even if infected.

They are dismissive of the political shell game of their elders and the autocrats of Big Health. And, as we can see from one of the major sports, they’re headed in a new direction.

NHL players, God bless ‘em, have recognized that old people’s worries are not their worries. For months the league has gone with the Covid catechism to please politicians. Players were ordered to be vaccinated. Anyone testing positive from the wonky PCR test was sidelined. Even asymptomatic players. Games were played with undermanned rosters.

With 100 percent vaccinated, the league still saw 70 percent of players test positive. So the NHL now says “No more”. Only players who show symptoms will be removed from play. Excellent athletes are not 81-year-old U.S. senators shaking in their Depends.

With the accepted narrative now collapsing— Britain has abandoned the mask and lockdown mandates— more jurisdictions will do contrition for overshooting the mark. Dottering Joe Biden can talk about belatedly sending out 400 million masks, but he’s lost the room. Under 50s have moved on.

The only question is how long the ESG folks propping him up will wait before he’s sent overboard. While health is important, everything is second to their power.

Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy is the editor of Not The Public Broadcaster (http://www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com). The best-selling author was nominated for the BBN Business Book award of 2020 for Personal Account with Tony Comper. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada’s top television sports broadcaster, he’s also a regular contributor to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. His new book with his son Evan Inexact Science: The Six Most Compelling Draft Years In NHL History is now available on http://brucedowbigginbooks.ca/book-personalaccount.aspx

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Fortress Australia Gets Its Scalp, Tosses Djoker Out

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The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst   

Are full of passionate intensity. —W.B. Yeats

There has always been a large reservoir of affection for Australia in the West. The sun-kissed land down under. Kangaroos. Beaches. Crocodile Dundee. Aussie Rules Football. Men At Work. Foreigners embraced all the clichés gleefully.

The Australian Open tennis tournament was part of that scenario. The first Grand Slam, played in scorching sunshine while the Northern Hemisphere freezes in January. TV coverage was laced with tourist entreaties to fly 14 hours to the Great Barrier Reef and Gold Coast.

But with the nation’s behaviour in fighting Covid-19, this is all (in the words of Yeats) “changed, changed utterly.” The fever-swamp regime now running the nation has gone off the rails with detention camps for unvaxxed, flying squads of police roaming the streets and total lockdowns in emulation of the Chinese.

Australia’s heavy-handed “cures” for Covid would make Curfew Quebec look a model of tolerance. While America is moving away from draconian lockdowns, (Associated Press is now asking its writers to play down Covid numbers) Australia is still singing from the 2020 WHO hymn book that pretends lockdowns save lives. For example, mask mandates were recently re-imposed when five— count ‘em— five local cases were spotted in Perth.

Look, Australia is entitled to run their nation any way they want. They have the constitutional right to act like so many scared kookaburras in the face of a virus that will spare 99.98 percent of them. But don’t push the “shrimp on the bar-b” hokum on the world when the tennis begins.

This whack-a-mole mania culminated in Sunday’s expulsion of Covid rebel Novak Djokovic. After granting the No. 1 men’s player in the world a visa to play, Australia’s Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke said he had cancelled the 34-year-old’s visa for a second time on “health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”. He said Djokovic’s example was— wait for it— a threat to his people.

Good order? Hawke and his government have to lock up the population because their Island Fortress strategy isn’t enough to curb Omicron’s arrival. Yet Djokovic is the threat, not their frantic search for a fifth column of viral killers in Canberra.

Djoker knew he was going into headwinds as he sought to play in the Open as an unvaccinated player. He was less than forthcoming on his entry documents. So his highly political stance made him a target. But a threat to the people of Australia? Please. (The cops escorting him to the airport was reminiscent of Judy Garland being shooed from the country in the 1960s for being too drunk to perform.)

The Australian PM Scott Morrison, with his eyes on re-election, greeted the expulsion, mumbling about needing to “keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe… It’s now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer.”

Djokovic’s argument is that the Australian government that initially granted him a visa is now using him as an easy target to whip the natives in line. The independent, unapologetic Djokovic has certainly served the Aussie politicians well as a convenient whipping boy for the petrified millions who put their faith in governments and health “experts” to save them from the dreaded virus.

(Sounds like France, which never misses an opportunity to enforce the status quo, will emulate Australia by banning an unvaxxed Djokovic if he ventures there in June for the French Open.)

The “burn the witch” frenzy feeds into the non-vaxxed insanity currently underway in Canada and the U.S. There are demands that those who declined the juice be denied healthcare or fined or have their taxes audited. Immunity is dismssed. Cobbled hospital numbers are conflated with truths. Instead, images of gap-toothed hillbillies saturate progressive media who find their allies have been unable to halt the virus as promised.

Inconveniently, polling by Abacus in Canada has shown that the typical anti-vaxxer is not a swaggering tennis player, a bow hunter or toothless yokel but is in fact a 42-year-old Ontario white woman who votes Liberal.

The bright side of this Kafkaesque farce is that Omicron is fading like old Xmas decorations. Many are predicting that it is peaking now and will be a spent force by February. The tinpot tyrants in Australia, having booted Djokovic, will need something else to reinforce their desperate grasp on power.

Ditto here in North America. Unless a follow-up variant can be swiftly produced (remember that subsequent viruses are always weaker) Skippy and Biden will be left to explain their enforced vaccines and virus solutions to a public disinterested in their ongoing need for power.

To use a tennis analogy they’ll be down two breaks and facing Djokovic’s best serve. Should be entertaining.

 

Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy is the editor of Not The Public Broadcaster (http://www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com). The best-selling author was nominated for the BBN Business Book award of 2020 for Personal Account with Tony Comper. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada’s top television sports broadcaster, he’s also a regular contributor to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. His new book with his son Evan Inexact Science: The Six Most Compelling Draft Years In NHL History is now available on http://brucedowbigginbooks.ca/book-personalaccount.aspx

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