“Despite being double vaccinated, wearing a mask, and taking all the precautions I could… I tested positive for COVID. I don’t have any symptoms, but am staying in until I get the green light from the Docs. I will be ready to go for @49ers on 9/12 @Lions @NFL .” Barry Sanders greatest NFL running back ever
“Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) has announced they will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter any of their arenas, stadiums or restaurants.” https://www.si.com/nba/raptors/news/toronto-raptors-covid19-vaccine-test-scotiabank-arena-mandate-mlse
From the bureau of WTF?: You can take the juice, wear the mask, not really feel sick— but still test positive for Covid-19? Barry Sanders is sadly unique. Yet the company owning the Raptors, Maple Leafs, Toronto FC etc (and now the Blue Jays) won’t let you in their building if you don’t show that you’ve taken the same jab?
Anyone reading these stories two years ago would have been shocked to learn that Sanders’ story doesn’t disqualify the overreach by MLSE. Or that Sanders’ story doesn’t at least lend some credibility to people with doubts about the various vaccines being pumped into people on pain of social ostracization.
But to today’s vaccine virtue squad, it’s more important to stigmatize people than to develop a coherent response to Covid, its origins and treatments (other than vaccines) to stop this social catastrophe. Wear the ribbon!
Pop quiz: Have you seen anyone in leadership— from PM to local doctors— come out and talk about preventive steps to avoid the worst of #COVID19? Lose weight. Be exercising outdoors. Take vitamin D3. Consult about early treatment cocktail options. Me neither. Instead it’s all death, lockdown and gagging with masks as if you can eradicate a virus.
People in 2019 would also be shocked to learn that this draconian banning of fellow citizens comes when the seven-day moving average of deaths from Covid in Canada the past month is in single digits per day. Saturday there was just one death reported— in a nation of 36 million. (Sunday there were 2) Heads to the bunkers, everyone! Variants are a-coming.
In addition 1.4 million Canadians who caught the virus and recovered have antibodies as strong— or stronger— than the vaccines. Millions more have immunity from exposure and don’t know it because we don’t test for antibodies. Only the PCR’s random strands of virus that can neither make us sick nor be transmitted. But we insist they need to “wear the ribbon”.
Yes, yes… the vaunted PCR cases are exploding again. (For how worthless they are read here and here and here .) After shutting down the hospitals and clinics in 2020 the system is now overflowing with Covid and many other urgent patients. You can lie on a gurney for three days to get a room. (When two people die of Covid in a day in Canada.)
Politicians are reaching for hyperbole to distract from the utter mess they’ve fashioned. They call those rejecting the same vaccine that Barry Sanders received social pariahs, death-bringers, a menace to the healthcare system. Note that in all this blame game no Panic Porn purveyor has thought to bring similar sanctions against others who are wilfully putting healthcare in peril. Morbidly obese COVID-19 patients are 60 percent more likely to die or require intubation, compared with people of normal weight. In many cases their condition is a lifestyle choice.
You going to deny them services and freedom of movement till they lose weight? I mean, they’re a drag on health system, right? Smokers too. Why not a passport to stigmatize smokers and drug abusers? Or people with hepatitis, herpes, STDs, AIDS and a raft of other infectious conditions that the healthcare system treats no-questions-asked? Why not a passport for mental patients? They all cost healthcare a fortune.
Why stigmatize only non-vaxxers who’ve seen the Barry Sanders story and gone, “Hmm?” Because sweeping up the obese and people with co-morbidities would involve sweeping up friends of the Church Ladies. That might stigmatize their pals who can’t get control one or many conditions, diseases or habits. Can’t have that. Better target people we don’t know.
Plus, snitching on the skeptical allows those in control to pretend their policies still have a shred of credibility left. Passports and banning are about erasing the failed WHO/ CDC/ HealthCanada promises of the past.
Nothing to worry about
15 days to flatten curve w/ lockdown
Masks, hand sanitizers mandatory
6-foot distance mandatory
PCR tests/ tracing will find the virus
Vaccine will stop virus
2 Vaccines will stop virus
2 Vaccines w/ mask will stop virus
First booster 8 months later will stop virus
Vaccine passport option
Vaccine passport mandatory
Snitch on your neighbours
All of which citizens complied with, sacrificing family life, career and mental stress to make their wish list come true. But now, thanks to the Barry Sanders and others, the gullible are saying the PM who called an election in the midst if this has no vaccine clothes. That makes them subversives who need to be punished.
So go all-out against the people who defy authority. Who question your brilliance and insight. They must be denied their rights to satisfy our cloying fear that the virus might strike us in our prime (although this never occurred to you in previous pandemics) . So if you are unvaccinated, you will soon not be able to:
Have a federal job
Be employed in a federally regulated industry
Travel by plane or train
Go to a restaurant or bar
Go to the gym
Go to a concert or sports event
The scolds have a ready answer for all this overreach. As one Twitter voice said, “I’m good with that list. But then, I believe that your “freedom” stops when you can infect me, old people, children who can’t get vaccinated yet, and immunocompromised. #VaccinesSaveLives “
You see. My freedom extends to the world. Yours is killing people. It’s all about me in my masked, locked-down safe space. Believing masks work (Not really ). Believing vaccines are the solution. Believing my neighbour is a quasi-killer. Believing children are spreaders. Believing Theresa Tam and the provincial health poobahs. Slopping up the agitprop of CBC and the Toronto Star as truth. Barry Sanders? Who he?
The election of a Conservative government might apply a gentle tap on the brakes, but Erin O’Toole still loves him some Ottawa approval. So expect him to go the route of Doug Ford and Jason Kenney, not Ron DeSantis, if he’s elected. Wetting himself at his own shadow if CBC hammers him.
The real question, one we’ve asked since April of 2022, is how does this all end ? Does it end? With the flu season coming in about six weeks are we about to do hourly play-by-play on another virus— something we never did before Covid-19? Scare the bejabbers out of everyone again? Extrapolate every full ICU into a national crisis? Promote unicorn cases into coming trends? Urge masks, lockdowns and vaccines for all?
It would appear hard for the people in government, media and healthcare now proposing fatwas on the vaccine skeptical to take a backward step. Their power over the sheeple has been reinforced. Why give it up? Those who submitted willingly since April 2020 will soon discover that reining in their betters is about as difficult as tackling Barry Sanders in the open field.
Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy is the editor of Not The Public Broadcaster (http://www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com). The best-selling author of Cap In Hand is also a regular contributor to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada’s top television sports broadcaster, his new book Personal Account with Tony Comper is now available on http://brucedowbigginbooks.ca/book-personalaccount.aspx
Get Back: Imagining The Real John Lennon
Get Back, Peter Jackson’s new documentary on The Beatles taping their Let It Be album in 1969 has revelations for all generations of Beatles fans. Using video shot at the time for an earlier Michael Lindsay-Hogg film Jackson captures the creative process of the band in all its tortured glory.
Watching the four men create, procrastinate, argue, harmonize, feud and eventually part ways puts meat on the bones of their legend— particularly for those who came to their music since the band split up in1969-70. Seeing them in the context of the time reinforces their astounding productivity and creativity.
While there are have been endless tribute bands since, The Beatles themselves almost came out of thin air. They didn’t discover rock and roll fire but they harnessed it to establish a template often imitated but never quite duplicated. The anticipation of a new album like Revolver (their best) was a cultural event for which there’s no modern equivalent. After they split up members of the group never achieved quite the success they enjoyed as a foursome (George Harrison fans might contest this.).
Jackson’s documentary does establish one salient fact. Yoko Ono did not break up The Beatles. Nor did Linda Eastman nor George Harrison nor Paul McCartney. The Brutus in this plot was John Lennon, the quixotic blunt edge of the group. Distracted and disillusioned in the film, Lennon creates the fissures that finally result in dissolution.
Nursing a nasty heroin addiction as the band starts recording, Lennon is starting the slow-motion breakdown that leads to his later incarnations as Ghandi, Gene Vincent, Randall McMurphy and finally martyred Jesus figure. He can’t concentrate on anything for more that a few minutes. He wants Phil Spector, the Rasputin of rock, to produce the album. He wants Allen Klein to mange Apple, their creative company. He wants to play a public concert.
Eventually it all gets to be too much for the other Beatles. Harrison chafes to record his own music, Ringo feels bored, while McCartney wearies of trying to hold the whole business operqtion together. Lennon, meanwhile, wants to hang with the New York crowd that Yoko has introduced to him.
At its heart the band dramas were about Lennon and loyalty to The Beatles brand. His current beatific image is nothing like the man we see in Get Back. In 1969 he was the scruffy guy who’d written songs like Run For Your Life (“I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man”) and dumped his wife Cynthia for Yoko. (John singing “I’m in love for the first time” about Yoko must have been comforting for his ex-wife Cynthia and son Julian.)
His pacifist politics are summed up in Revolution (“If you talk about destruction, don’t you know you can count me out”) He liked getting in the face of authority. “Once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humour.”
And he famously debated his popularity versus that of Jesus. There were seams and creases to the man in the studioi who later became the sloppy drunk pal of Harry Nilsson, boozing themselves to oblivion. It wouldn’t be an understatement to say he was the least loveable of The Beatles in his day— an image he was okay with, apparently.
So Lennon would probably hate the people who define him now by Imagine, the song he wrote that has been sanitized by the establishment. Imagine is what you’d get if Karl Marx met Sesame Street
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharin’ all the world?
No possessions? Kids who can’t go ten feet without checking for their iPhone sing this tripe without irony. Remember that Apple’s name and its iconic startup tone are Beatle tributes. There’s more.
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Livin’ life in peace?
This is how we got Facebook censoring the posts of people who might actually prefer borders and religion. (Frankly this is the part I blame on Yoko.) And this verse prefiguring post-1980s marketing.
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
Because Lennon was shot to death by one of his lunatic fans— precluding any second act to his llfe— we now see him as corporatized John, smoothed out to be marketable like Big Macs and Apple tablets. As Jackson shows he was anything but a bite-sized commodity.
Watching Lennon still fascinate the public 40-plus years after his murder suggests one lyric that might serve as epitaph: “It’s not like me to pretend. But I’ll get you, I’ll get you in the end. Yes I will, I’ll get you in the end. Oh yeah.” Get Bak to that.
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
No News Is Good News: When Facts Don’t Matter
The facts are crystal clear. The man travelled across state lines with an unregistered gun to take part in a political demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin. When the demonstration turned into a riot he found himself confronted by another person wielding a weapon. He pointed his gun first at the person.
But Kyle Rittenhouse shot him in the arm before he could pull the trigger. The person in question is People’s Revolution member Gaige Grosskreutz. Grosskreutz,, who has arrests for domestic abuse, prowling, trespass, two DUIs, felony burglary and two charges of carrying a firearm while intoxicated, travelled from Illinois with an illegal handgun and later was a key witness in Rittenhouse’s trial, inadvertently sinking the prosecution by admitting he pointed his gun first.
If the news about crossing state lines with an unregistered gun etc sounds familiar, it’s because that was the much-repeated media allegation against then-17-year-old Rittenhouse. The charge was a lie about Rittenhouse (he obtained his registered AR-15 in Wisconsin) but true of Grosskreutz who had no permit for his gun. Yet Rittenhouse was, predictably, the person Wisconsin state attorneys charged, not Grosskreutz.
Another lie receiving considerable international media play was that Rittenhouse shot and killed three black men. (All victims were white men with criminal records. One survived.) Or the MSNBC Joe Scarborough claim that Rittenhouse sprayed bullets widely. Or that Rittenhouse was a known white supremacist and the episode was an assault on BLM supporters.
Or that Jacob Blake, whose shooting by police inspired the spasm of violence in Kenosha, was an innocent father killed by cops. Blake, who is alive, was not, as media portrayed him, another urban black saint like George Floyd, but a sexual-assault perp who attacked police then tried to escape in a stolen car with three kids. As we wrote in August 2020, “To celebrate this creep downtown Kenosha was burned, businesses destroyed, at least two people killed and $2 million raised.”
For these reasons consumers of liberal media outlets watching the Rittenhouse trial were bewildered by discrepancies between the evidence and what they’d been continually fed by their favourite talking heads on TV.However you feel about the case— and feelings are very strong— the least the media could do is get the facts right to condemn Rittenhouse. But when the U.S. president pre-judges those facts there’s more safety in the company of online liars and dissemblers. (Canadian media gleefully picked up on all the Rittenhouse lies and spread them gratuitously.)
The taking-sides pattern continues in nearby Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a career criminal names Darrel Brooks drove his SUV through a Christmas parade of kids, families and grannies, killing six and injuring dozens more. Because Brooks is black and has said clever stuff like “KNOCK WHITE PEOPLE DA FUC- OUT”, this mass murder is receiving something less than Rittenhouse blanket coverage from your legacy media. Page 22 in the NY Times. The Washington Post call is it a “tragedy caused by a SUV”. Go figure.
We have entered a time where narratives supersede facts in reporting. Newspapers refuse contrary stories or do only white-on-black crime, not the 94 percent of blacks who murder other blacks. Twitter bans inconvenient research or videos that upset the Covid establishment. Donald Trump is the most prominent example of Big Tech making a non-person for his questioning the 2020 presidential election results. There are dozens more.
In a typical Canadian example of censoring the news, a recent CBC PEI story on a handful of positive Covid cases (none of them hospitalized) drew comments on its website comparing PEI’s stringent efforts to stop the virus with those of Florida where the state has been open for some time. The comments were taken down. So was an inquiry to CBC about why the comments were nuked. Standards and practices, don’t you know. But Biden’s libels on Rittenhouse remain on CBC media.
The difference from a decade ago is that media has succumbed to the mission creep of self worship. Where once stories were assembled to create a picture of the day’s news, stories are now assembled to support a preordained picture. One that flatters the cult of journalists with their moral superiority.
And so what is that narrative? Is it racial? Gender fluidity? Binary? All of the above? The new reality is class— a generation of educated whites, many in the knowledge, government or media industries. Their Woke opinions are like the electric cars, private schools, summer cottages, pink pussy hats and other trappings they accumulate to cement their superior status. Talismans of their significance.
Probably the distinctive feature of the new journalism— entrenched by the Trump tenure— is to flatter these people by punching down on lesser educated whites for their gullibility and lack of class consciousness. Witness Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, SNL.
As Barack Obama so wittily observed, they are the people who “cling to their guns and religion”, making them perfect targets for wags such as Howard Stern who is, apparently, now tired of liberalism. “I used to be into freedom, but I’m not anymore.” Stern said. “I don’t feel good about what’s going on in my country. I might have to run just to clean this f**king mess up.”.
Kyle Rittenhouse, whose tears were labelled white privilege, was the perfect embodiment of the 75 million “guns and religion” crowd who voted for Donald Trump in 2020. So Rittenhouse, not black sexual-assault guy Jacob Blake, served as the show-trial for people looking out for the latest hot take.
Biden’s plummeting polling seems to say that, in America at least, the media’s means of dividing cultures is not working. But the 12 months till the 2022 midterms is a long time in politics. And the media has its ways. With facts a fungible commodity, we wouldn’t bet against the culture war getting hotter before it ever cools down.
Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy is the editor of Not The Public Broadcaster (http://www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com). The best-selling author of Cap In Hand 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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