Tuesday, January 4, 2022

2022 : A Call for Authentic Dialogue

Pope Francis has called for dialogue and openness https://www.catholicherald.com/News/National___International/Pope_at_Vatican_Library_exhibits_calls_for_dialogue,_openness/

Although I am not a member of institutionalized religion, I respect this call and feel it is well chosen.

2022 should be the year of dialogue under the conditions for "ideal speech situations" articulated by Jurgen Habermas and as expanded by thinkers such as Iris Young, among others. My own academic discipline of Communication Studies has addressed the ideal conditions and civics of free speech communications for decades. 

But we are far from an ideal speech situation.

Our survival depends upon dialogue about fundamental conflicts of interest that seemingly pit us against each other yet possibilities for connection exist under conditions of authentic collaboration.

Yet, I see that civil war is being actively fomented by a diverse array of forces (some hidden) whose interests in conflict are often sectional, rather than universal. Denialism is powerful, as I wrote in this post from 2019.

The reaction to increased civil strife over the state of exception that has been unleashed has been selective authoritarianism and increasing media control and social media censorship. The amplification of alienation, fear and anger is in a dangerous cycle of escalation.

This is the path to the dystopia represented in the film Children of Men

Transparent, disclosive and well-intentioned dialogue - with full representation - aimed at finding win-win trajectories forward regarding governance of problems, such as pandemics and collapsing eco-systems, is critical NOW or we will spiral downward downward and catastrophically.

Two Alternatives: 

(1) Transparency, Accountability, Full Collaboration, Dialogue, Hope, a Shared Future

(2) Authoritarianism, Erosion of Civil Liberties, Denial of Natural Rights, Civil War, Children of Men


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Althusser on Ideology, Bad Subjects and the Repressive State Apparatus


Louis Althusser described how ideology constitutes people as particular kinds of subjects by providing them identities to which they actively adopt ("work on themselves"), unless of course they are "bad subjects" who reject their ideological interpellation and thereby attract the attention of the repressive state apparatuses:

“The duplicate mirror-structure of ideology ensures simultaneously:

1.              The interpellation of ‘individuals’ as subjects.

2.              The subjection to the Subject

3.              The mutual recognition of subjects and Subject, the subject’s recognition of each other, and finally the subject’s recognition of himself.

4.              The absolute guarantee that everything really is so, and that on condition that the subjects recognize what they are and behave accordingly, everything will be all right: Amen – “So be it”.

“. . . the subjects ‘work’, they ‘work by themselves’ in the vast majority of cases, with the exception of the ‘bad subjects’ who on occasion provoke the intervention of one of the detachments of the (repressive) State apparatus” (37)


Good subjects embrace their subjectification. Bad subjects rebel.

Althusser's thoughts seem especially relevant these days as I scroll through my Twitter feed....




Thursday, December 2, 2021

This is NOT Disinformation - Lot 030B21A

Two people in my household suffered lasting injuries from the Moderna vaccine Lot 030B21A.

These injuries have been verified by multiple doctors, including specialists working at premier medical facilities.

This is not disinformation. This is empirically verified truth.

I recently discovered several different analyses of vaccine adverse events reported to VAERS and lo behold Moderna Lot 030B21A was one of the lots with significant counts of adverse events. For example: https://covid19up.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/VAERS-data-by-LOT-summary-findings_share.pdf

Certainly I need to confirm these analyses myself but their findings do explain the strange coincidence of two separate people in my household both having such significant and maiming adverse reactions.

Why would some lots be more toxic than others?

Were those lots contaminated, as discovered in Japan with the Moderna vaccine? See the account here as reported by Reuters.

Or were those lots "extra" experimental, containing some added properties that might, for example, elicit more spike proteins?

We have been told that we must pay for our medical bills and that the vaccine manufacturer has no liability. So, we are victims of contamination or medical foul play and have no recourse.

My only recourse is to share our story. It is true and it points to the lack of accountability that is ongoing.

Once upon a time I believed that our institutions were legitimate. I was so naive.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

A New Totalitarianism



New algorithms of control will police virtual spaces and eradicate any content that challenges the established corporate and governmental order.

Personal experiences will be deleted or excised before being posted if they do not conform to the preferred Symbolic order.

Corporations will dictate your truths and politicians in their pockets will promote convenient narratives that aim to bolster their personal interests and a crumbling status quo.

One thing I learned from studying crises is that established political authorities resort to policing the Symbolic when they fail utterly in governing the Material.

And the real coup here in my opinion is the slave-like acquisence that has been so compellingly fostered among social groupings through totalitarian media control. 

Many people whom, in the past, would have challenged a corporate-dominated status quo making life and death decisions over human bodies now embrace authoritarianism, a new apartheid, and their loss of bodily liberty. They are afraid and they are malleable.

We are now chattel having lost free speech and habeas corpus.

20th century biopolitics are waning fast. Welcome to Agamben’s “camp.”

However, those individuals and groups who represent "collateral damage" will not be silenced and resistance to their erasure will be persistent. Ideology fails when the contradictions of everyday life become undeniable. And they will....



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Have Similar SARS-CoV-2 Viral Load


Vaccinated people are as likely to get and transmit the Delta variant as unvaccinated people, as I explained using CDC data in my post yesterday.

Here is more evidence that the vaccinated and unvaccinated have similar viral loads:

Riemersma KK. 2021. Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals have similar viral loads in communities with a high prevalence of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant, medRxiv, https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.07.31.21261387, https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.31.21261387v1

Dutta, Sanchari Sinha (2021, August 3) Unvaccinated and vaccinated have similar viral load in communities high in SARS-CoV-2 delta.Download PDF Copy

If the vaccines don't prevent you from contracting and disseminating Covid-19 and from suffering long-Covid, than there is no public health mandate for forcing them:

Read: Internal CDC document on breakthrough infections (2021, July 30): https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/cdc-breakthrough-infections/94390e3a-5e45-44a5-ac40-2744e4e25f2e/ 

I stand strongly against this new war being waged. 

I've seen news headlines encouraging arresting those who resist vaccination.

I've seen news headlines declaring the unvaccinated to be unpatriotic.

I've seen news headlines that shame and denigrate people for their choices regarding a hazardous experimental vaccine for which there is no liability should you suffer myocarditis or a blood clot or neurological symptoms and that reprograms your body's innate immune system:

Domínguez-Andrés J, et al. The BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 reprograms both adaptive and innate immune responses. medRxiv, 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.05.03.21256520, https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.03.21256520v1

Too many people I know are happy to wage this new war against the "unclean." They are experiencing such fear and anxiety that they will do whatever they are told even if it defies logic.

This is a concerted propaganda campaign.

In my state yesterday there were less than 300 people hospitalized for Covid-19 out of more than 7 million.

This is not a pandemic statistic.

This is a concerted propaganda campaign designed to turn the population against itself in a new civil war and it is mapped on to an existing cleavage between Democrats and Republicans in my country.

For the record, I am vaccinated and a lifelong blue voter but I will not join the new eugenics in a war that is clearly being fostered for nefarious purposes.

I stand against eugenics and a new war of the races.