Sunday, May 19, 2024

Normalizing Deviance: The Thanatopolitics of Bio-Security and Biocapitalism

About 10 days ago, I described the symbolic ruptures and catastrophic networks of the the bio-capital-security complex, which includes corporations, government agencies, scientists/academics, and "civil society" organizations that symbiotically amplify institutional and/or elite agendas:An Essay on the Failing Bio-Capital-Security Complex

The formula for failing is simple: risk seeking behavior leads to crises that are ignored or exploited by well positioned networks and organizations

I study and teach risk & crisis communications. Risks are pursued and hazards ignored when profits or power are at play, as my case studies of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the BP oil spill, the Fukushima crisis, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, and now the pandemic (2020-2022) demonstrate.

To use the language of  Diane Vaughan in her study of the Challenger disaster, "deviance" is normalized when observations of harm and warnings are censored or otherwise repressed, as discussed in this review by WSJ reporter JB Meigs:

Meigs, J. B. (2024, May 1 0). "Challenger" review: How the space shuttle disaster happened. The Wall Street Journal.

Quote: "It’s tempting to assume that if we were in a risky enterprise we would spot the danger and raise the alarm. But the study of disasters shows that such assumptions are too easy. In any organization, the pressure to normalize deviance is strong; even the best-intentioned managers succumb to groupthink; and rules too rigidly followed can make it hard to cope with contingencies"KEY IDEA: pressure to normalize deviance leads to disasters!

Deviance is normalized when hazards - especially those offloaded to less-powerful "others" - are ignored because of "perverse incentives."

We see it now coming out in the pandemic. Gain-of-function research is being done haphazardly and is funded by governments and elite networks without transparency and accountability. Everyone should read the Congressional testimony about NIH funding of GoF:

Meanwhile, a historic lapse in medical ethics drives efforts to genetically engineer the synthesis of human proteins through mandated injectables, with no product liabilities.

Gene transfection experiments are being conducted on people with adverse outcomes denied.

But the externalities are getting difficult to ignore. The public health is plummeting in highly-vaccinated nations:

Jon Ungoed-Thomas (2024, May 19). Heart patients forced to wait over a year for treatment in England. The Guardian.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) warns that heart care waiting lists are now at a record high, reaching 414,596 at the end of March 2024 in England, almost double what it was in 2020. The number of people waiting longer than a year for heart tests and treatments has risen to 10,893. Four years ago, the figure was just 53. ….
An analysis by the BHF published in January found the number of people dying in England before age 75 from heart and circulatory ­diseases had risen to its highest level in a decade. In 2022 more than 39,000 died in England prematurely of cardiovascular conditions, including heart attacks, coronary heart disease and stroke – an average of 750 people a week. It reported the annual total of deaths as the highest since 2008.

COVID-19, genetic susceptibilities, and lifestyle will take the blame but don't under-estimate the impact of the vaccines. The virus contains the optimized ACE-2 receptors and furin cleavage to enable virus to hijack cells. But the vaccine causes your body to produce almost identical spike proteins for a protracted duration, throughout your body, with the added hazard of the delivery mechanism - the so-called lipid nanopoarticles that are prone to cause clotting and auto-immune problems.

In a recent interview, Former CDC Director Robert Redfield (see here) lamented the loss of public confidence in public health agencies because of a lack of transparency around the vaccines, which he reportedly stated “saved a lot of lives” but also made some people “quite ill.”

“Those of us that tried to suggest there may be significant side effects from vaccines ... we kind of got canceled because no one wanted to talk about the potential that there was a problem from the vaccines because they were afraid that that would cause people not to want to get vaccinated,” Dr. Redfield said.

“I have a number of people that are quite ill and they never had COVID, but they are ill from the vaccine,” he continued. “And we just have to acknowledge that.”


Redfield is among a group of former vaccine advocates who are now "acknowledging" vaccine injuries, although all mentions of adverse effects were systematically ignored, censored and erased in 2021 and 2022.

I witnessed, in the flesh, medical professionals refusing to acknowledge vaccine injuries. In my personal case, the nurse line of my insurance company directed me not to go to the hospital, despite tremendous and unremitting chest pressure and breathing difficulties after the vaccine for days. I believe this study explains my experience, which is only "rare" because it was not adequately reported:

Bakos, Tamás, et al. ( 2024). "mRNA-LNP COVID-19 Vaccine Lipids Induce Complement Activation and Production of Proinflammatory Cytokines: Mechanisms, Effects of Complement Inhibitors, and Relevance to Adverse Reactions" International Journal of Molecular Sciences 25, no. 7: 3595.

Many people had adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines, and some people died. People in our network died and had life-threatening reactions, almost all of which medical professionals neglected to report or even acknowledge. Many of those injured were under 40 years old.

Many people refused to acknowledge or discuss vaccine injuries. Some of those people villified any form of resistance to mandates and cancelled friends and family who disagreed with the grand experimentation upon the population.

Propaganda was used as never before to promote a single fabricated narrative of virus origins and to stigmatize and de-platform all dissent. Documentation of the mis-use of pandemic risk communication is well established. The country was deliberately divided into the "vaccinated" and the "unvaccinated" by health authorities, as I document here.

Forgiveness is going to take a long time. People lost lives and health. Those who refused were villified and censored. Many people lost jobs for resisting. Those who had adverse events and those who resisted were ignored or cancelled by the petty tyrants.

It will take a long time for forgiveness but before that can be achieved there must be truth and reconciliation and I don't see that happening.

Instead, it appears that Gain-of-function research on viruses continues and includes bird flu and other nasties as bio-security is cast as both defensive and offensive and as bio-capital cannabilizes the human body.

Meanwhile the material and symbolic failures of the bio-security are becoming increasingly apparent.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

An Essay on the Failing Bio-Capital-Security Complex

 An essay on the failing bio-security complex, with implications drawn for liberal-democratic biopolitics.

As I discuss and document in this recent post, Bio-economy and thanatopolitics, the 21st century was supposed to be the century of the life sciences, especially bio-engineering.

Biden endorsed the 21st century bio-economy in the "Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy." September 9, 2022. 

But the promise of bio-capital foundered on the practical realities of engineering life (e.g., see Kaushik Sunder Rajan Biocapital: The constitution of postgenomic life and Erica Borg & Amedeo Policante's Mutuant Ecologies: Manufacturing life in the age of genomic capital).

Bio-engineering faces challenges of delivery (i.e., vector) and deliverable (including synthetic mRNA, DNA(fragments), contaminants.

Vectors for delivering DNA and mRNA are especially hazardous, whether viral or lipid nano-particle (e.g., PEG). 

Vectors and/or deliverables cause inflammation and clotting problems, which have been documented in scientific and medical publications (see my summary here), as well as in media coverage prior to 2020. Newly documented problems are especially alarming, such as DNA fragments in the Pfizer vaccine and frameshifting problems with protein synthesis caused by mRNA vaccines.

Yet, scientific and medical research and critics were ignored or de-platformed. Anecdotal (but authentic) subjective accounts of  vaccine adverse events were labeled "mal-information" by the newly appointed truth brokers, leading to alleged "mal-informants" being discredited, de-platformed and stigmatized. 

What were elevated institutionally were the promise and enforced delivery of experimental "vaccines," which tested the bio-tech-biosecurity phantasy of remotely engineering in situ cellular synthesis by delivering a "vaccine."

The bio-tech century would be delivered regardless of its readiness or its ethics. 

The acceptable discourse about the origins, hazards and governance of the SARS-CoV2 virus was highly filtered and constrained. Dissenters of many origins were de-platformed, ousted and symbolically annihilated.

The mediated campaign of "safe and effective" was highly profitable for those bio-economy "stakeholders" whose time had arrived for demonstrating the full potential of their tech, with the threat of the virus used to rationalize all manner of ethical violations of medical and democratic principles.

Increasing documentation of the hazards of the mandated experimental transfection-based vaccines pulls back the curtain on the mantra of" safe and effective" that was delivered through a media/social-media campaign whose engineering exceeded the propaganda campaigns of the 20th century world wars.

That propaganda campaign used fear, de-humanization, scapegoating and gas-lighting to enforce its agandas. Just as elements of the legacy media and their publics demanded the unvaccinated be dragged away into concentration camps, the propaganda campaign tempered in 2012, but did not fully withdraw and continued to push endless boosters, despite evidence that risks for adverse events accumulates across exposures.  

Today, the public has become restless as their biovitalities are failing due to the hazards of the spike protein (both viral and vaccine-induced) and the dangerous delivery vectors, as well as the psychological trauma of four years of propaganda designed to incite fear of biological and social contagion. 

Adverse events have escaped engineered containment. Biological, psychological and social adverse events from the great experiment are cascading, with unknown, but surely adverse, events before us.

The bio-capital-security complex is on the defensive. Beware because it seeks to administer all life, including genetic and molecular "building" blocks at the micro scale and  psycho-social fields at the macro scale.



Porter, H. (2016). Ferreting things out: Biosecurity, pandemic flu and the transformation of experimental systems. BioSocieties (2016) 11, 22–45. doi:10.1057/biosoc.2015.4; published online 30 March 2015

Abstract: At the end of 2011, microbiologists created a scientific and media frenzy by
genetically engineering mutant avian flu viruses that transmitted through the air between ferrets,
the animal most widely used to model human flu. Though the studies offered new evidence of
avian flu’s pandemic potential, they were nevertheless restricted from publication because of
concerns about their possible threat to human health and security. 

In this article, I examine the mutant flu controversy to show how nascent biosecurity regulations engender transformations in experimental systems; namely, in the use and interpretation of experimental organisms, and in the establishment of a culture of security among a globalizing community of scientists. 

Drawing on analyses of academic publications, interviews with microbiologists and biosecurity regulators, and ethnographic observations at a biosecure laboratory, I show how these experimental transformations
are structured by the local demands of scientific production as well as by broader concerns
about biosecurity made visible in formal and informal regulations on scientific conduct. I further
argue that while the controversy signals unprecedented controls over publication in the biological
sciences, such controls build upon and extend on-going shifts in scientific thought and practice in
the wake of pandemic threats.


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