☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Saturday, March 26, 2022 ☙ THE NEXT STEP 🦠
Parent’s rights have a good day in Florida, CNN’s wartime ratings perk up, another unfortunate sudden surprising death, and why Klaus Schwab’s next step is bound to fail.
Good morning, C&C! It’s Saturday, the last day of our Spring Break, which went by lickety-split. My amazing team — for whom I am super grateful — kept things running without a hiccup and without meddling by the boss. Our schedule will be back to normal on Monday.
Enjoy today’s roundup!
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 Last week, the Florida Supreme Court refused to hear an emergency appeal by the Collier County School Board, after it was swatted down by Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals over some Sunshine Law violations. The school board relied on a secretive textbook review committee process and the Court called them out on it. (For you non-Floridians, Collier County is down in the Naples area.)
Back in 2017, the school board first encountered turbulence when it organized the original textbook committees. According to folks quoted in a recent Epoch Times article on the story, the school board systematically excluded conservatives from serving on the review committees. That’s their side, but I’m sure you don’t find it too hard to believe after what we’ve been through this past couple years.
Anyway, the school board ultimately approved and purchased a set of new textbooks based on its committees’ advice, over the vociferous objections of parents who complained the review process was a sham and lacked necessary public involvement. The parents sued, and the trial judge in Collier County promptly threw their complaint out, holding that citizen committees aren’t subject to Sunshine laws. The parents appealed to the Second District Court of Appeals, which reversed the trial court, finding that textbook review committees ARE under the Sunshine Laws, as is any “committee” or group providing advice or recommendations to a public body in Florida.
So then the school board appealed, several times, in several ways, and finally appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, which last week turned the school board’s appeal down like a bedspread, as they say. That made the Second DCA’s decision into law, and probably overturned the school board’s latest textbook selection and purchasing process, meaning the school board will now have to start all over from square one, forming new committees, providing proper public notice of each committee meeting, and allowing the public to attend every meeting and provide input.
This quiet case will have enormous impact: Textbook review committees MUST work in the Sunshine, following Florida’s tough transparency laws. And, ANY advisory committee setup by a school board — like a “medical advisory committee” — must operate in public, keep minutes, and allow public comment.
But coincidentally, yesterday the governor signed a new law, also about textbook transparency.
🔥 In unintentionally-related news, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed another parental-rights bill into law on Friday. The new law creates term limits for school board members and helps ensure “curriculum transparency” for parents, promising “education, not indoctrination” in the Sunshine State. Governor DeSantis described the law as being “probably the strongest curriculum transparency legislation in the country.”
The new law also applies to library books, a contentious subject in Florida recently, as motivated parents have been poring over school library selections and finding some surprisingly dark and disturbing material that apparently doesn’t bother school librarians at all. You may have overlooked the controversy, but the usual leftist groups are outraged over parents asking questions about some of these books. These activist groups fret that is parents are allowed to be involved in library book selection, it is JUST LIKE a modern-day witch hunt. It’s book burning! It’s censorship! It’s literally the worst thing since the French Revolution, and we all know how THAT shameful contretemps turned out.
Anyway, once again, the Florida Legislature and our governor are leading the way for parents’ rights.
🔥 In case you were worried, CNN’s plummeting ratings have pivoted. Its rating and its prospects are rising again, after nosediving to record lows late last year as the pandemic waned. The reason for all the new eyes? The War, of course. Wars are good for the news business. And CNN’s ratings are up a LOT, over 200% according to some surveys. Ditto for MSNBC and Fox.
I have a crazy question. Remember how the federal government paid corporate media and influencers billions for secret advertising contracts related to Covid and the vaccines? Payments which basically bribed all the news networks to broadcast uniform Covid pabulum for two years? There’s no chance, is there, that the government is doing it again, buying “advertising” from all the news networks and paying influencers, this time about The War?
I only ask because it is SO ODD how completely homogeneous and consistent the news reporting about The War is, regardless which corporate news networks you choose. Not one of them is asking any hard questions or challenging the war narrative. And there’s a lot to ask questions about, like Joe Biden’s recent comment on food shortages. Could somebody maybe ask, what are they DOING to stop the food shortages that they can clearly see coming? How about questions like THAT?
Call me crazy, but I’m starting to think the government shouldn’t be allowed to buy issue ads. Or really, ANY kind of ads. Or pay influencers for anything. Don’t sell us stuff. Don’t influence us. Just put out the reports. Let US figure out what to think about the facts. Stop spinning!
💉 Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died suddenly last week while on tour in Columbia. Local media reported he’d been complaining of chest pains at his hotel before they called an ambulance. Hawkins, 50, leaves a wife and three young children, who are all in our prayers this morning.
You may recall the Foo Fighters made news last summer by being one of the first bands to require all their fans to show proof of vaccination in order to buy a concert ticket on their tour “Live in the USA.”
🚀 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 🚀
🔥 The loopy social media engineers at the World Economic Forum, which I assume needs no introduction these days, have been tweeting up a tweet storm lately. One standout featured a promo picture of Klaus Schwab, who lately appears to be auditioning full time for the role of Antichrist in the movie version of the Book of the Revelation.
Schwab, who in the attached promo picture looks like a man enjoying a post-prandial brandy after eating a baby, is quoted saying it’s time to “reform” the Internet because “there is too much misinformation out there.” In case you weren’t paying attention, Schwab even added, “this will be the next step for the Great Reset.”
It’s like he’s rubbing his stupid plan in our faces. He’s practically bragging about it.
I bet you feel vexed that Schwab — who’s never accomplished anything memorable or been elected to any office by anybody — somehow thinks he’s in charge of the internet or something. But I kind of sympathize with the man. If anybody has a reason to complain about the internet, it’s Klaus Schwab, who — thanks to Al Gore’s brainchild — might now be the most hated man alive, making maniacal dictator Vladimir Putin look like a scratched-at-the-post non-starter in the race to the bottom.
I mean, just look at the facts. On one hand, corporate media has spent weeks making clumsy comparisons between president Putin and literal nazi Adolph Hitler. But Schwab is a much closer comparison to Hitler, if you think about it. Schwab and Hitler were both eugenicists; and eugenics informs both of their core hateful passions and ideologies. In other words, Schwab and Hitler both share the view that humans are like farm animals and the human race can be improved by selective breeding and culling. Also, Schwab and Hitler are both German. Schwab, a mechanical engineer turned economist, has not really accomplished anything noteworthy in or out of government — much like failed artist and part-time writer Hitler, when he got his start.
Finally, like Hitler, Schwab has a breathtakingly narcissistic notion of global domination with himself at the head, and of remaking the world in his own image. Even Putin’s not dreaming THAT big; not even close, he just wants Ukraine.
So, all in all, I don’t blame secretive conspirator Klaus Schwab for wanting to tidy the Internet a little; you know, to pare down all that online “misinformation,” especially the stuff about what Klaus been up to lately. And in that spirit of sympathy, allow me to briefly discuss the WEF conspiracy theory.
🔥 Having just considered Klaus’ tweet about reforming the Internet, I next randomly came upon Dr. Robert Malone’s recent Substack post, where he describes what he thinks is really going on between the World Economic Forum, the pandemic, and The War. It’s a conspiracy theory by definition because he has no direct evidence, but is supported by what Robert sees going on in the world.
I usually stick to facts I can prove, but hey, Schwab started it. Plus, conspiracy theories have been having a good run lately. In short, to summarize Robert’s excellent and well-written essay, he thinks:
1) The WEF is working with its agents and co-conspirators to create a global crisis — including intentionally-manufactured hyperinflation.
2) The global crisis and the inflation are meant to crash the world’s currencies.
3) Once the world’s currencies have crashed, the World Bank will “save the world” by rolling out its two favorite projects: a universal digital currency (UDC) and a universal basic income (UBI).
4) The UDC and UBI are intended to provide the new one-world government with a direct and immediate way to control everybody, minute by minute. Like a social credit system on steroids.
Malone notes that if they can pull it off, it would accomplish two very important objectives. First, it would rescue the banksters from certain destruction, a doom arising from the real estate crash of 2008, which has been forestalled ever since by a series of increasingly massive bailout packages and artificial interest rates so low they’ve gone negative. In other words, they’ve been paying the banks to lend money. Since bailouts and negative interest rates are unsustainable, and only make the ultimate reckoning worse, the banksters think they NEED a great reset to deal with the inevitable collapse.
Second, UBI and UDC would theoretically advance the globalist goal of achieving a de-facto one world government by providing a mechanism of individual control and enforcement through financial incentives and punishments, and through microscopic management of every purchase we make, or don’t make, when and how much.
You can crawl down this rabbit hole as far as you like. The pandemic and the response to the pandemic coincidentally resolved or at least alleviated another huge financial crisis facing the world governments: the demographic problem of there being too many old people to support and too few young people to pay the taxes to support them with. But you don’t hear much about that problem lately, do you? Just like you don’t hear much about overcrowding in nursing homes anymore. I’m not accusing anyone of anything; I’m just saying. Silver linings and so forth. Glass half full, old boy, stiff upper lip.
Anyway, Malone has a point, doesn’t he? Let’s just consider one obvious example: inflation. If you look at how governments are responding to surging inflation rates, it looks a lot more like they are intentionally trying to make the problem worse rather than make anything better. For example, Canada just announced another stimulus to fix the problems created by previous stimuluses. They are sending $500 to everyone who makes less than $100K a year, to “help offset inflation.”
Before you roll your eyes at the marvelous stupidity of showering more stimulus money during an inflationary period and expecting it to do anything but drive prices even higher, consider yesterday’s CBS News article, headlined: “Stimulus Checks for Inflation: Here Are the States Planning to Send Money to Residents.”
That’s right! We’re stupidly doing marvelous money showers here too. CBS’s article reported that about a dozen states are considering sending tax rebate checks to their residents “to offset the highest inflation in four decades.”
How do you fix inflation? More money! For everybody! Wheeeeee!
Basic economics says that when you increase the supply of money, you also increase demand, because people will generally spend their windfall money on goods and services that they wouldn’t have otherwise purchased. And higher demand for goods and services drives increased prices for those goods and services. It’s called the LAW of supply and demand for a reason.
But that’s just the tip of the inflationary iceberg. If the government was honestly trying to curb inflation, as it claims, then it would already have increased interest rates, a lot. Dialing up the prime rate is about the only tool the government has to combat inflationary pressures. Well, apart from stopping doing stupid stuff, of course. But let’s not get carried away.
Yet the government is NOT meaningfully increasing interest rates, although people are constantly talking about it, since it is the obvious thing to do.
Just yesterday, CNN ran a story headlined, “Inflation Is So Hot the Fed May Have to Hike Interest Rates Like It’s 1994.” In a sane world, CNN would be reporting that the fed had ALREADY announced a series of rapid interest rate hikes. Instead, there’s not one single quote in the article from the fed about any plans, of any kind. Instead it’s just quotes from private money managers and low-level banksters predicting that the fed WILL raise interest rates, someday, of course they will, because that would be the only rational thing to do.
But in the only statement by a fed official that CNN quoted for the article, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, speaking in a dialect of bureaucratic gobbledygook, said the need to do SOMETHING was obvious: “there is an obvious need to move expeditiously to return the stance of monetary policy to a more neutral level.” Assuming that means we need to do something fast, just what does the fed plan to do about it? Powell’s quote is just word salad, circular gibberish, going nowhere.
What kind of worthless Fed chairman admits we need to so something “expeditiously” but doesn’t say what?
And to Malone’s point, historically-high levels of inflation combined with irrational monetary policy seem to be cropping up in lot of WEF-influenced countries at the same time, which looks a lot like circumstantial evidence of coordination. It doesn’t prove anything, but it’s convinced Dr. Malone, and he’s pretty smart.
Like me, Malone remains optimistic. He feels that the great resetters have bitten off more than they can safely swallow, and worse, have awoken the public, which isn’t going to just sit by quietly and be happy owning nothing and letting the WEF own everything. There’s a lot more to Malone’s essay, I’ve only scratched the surface, but I agree with his hopeful conclusion.
If there IS a great reset conspiracy, it is bound to fail. Malone explains it much more eloquently, but the bottom line is the resetters are not actually very smart. Sure, they THINK they are smart. They call themselves “elites” and “experts” and hold expensive conferences in ritzy destinations in alpine countries. They train “global leaders” and give TED Talks. But at the end of the day, they are high on drugs if they think they can pull this off.
Central planning has never worked, not ever, not one time. Impressive economists like Friedrich Hayek have written detailed economic proofs showing that central planning CANNOT POSSIBLY work. If you read the WEF’s website, and the details of its awesome reset, you will see right away that the plan is rife with childlike magical thinking. All the practical questions like how it will work, how will consensus be achieved, and how will it all be governed — those details have been left to be worked out later or described in flowery generalities.
For instance, much of the great reset’s agenda completely relies on the existence wonderful new technologies that don’t really quite exist yet, like artificial intelligence. AI wasn’t too smart during the pandemic, was it? Remember all those awesome AI-based predictions about what a highly-predictable seasonal virus would do next? As I recall, they were ALL WRONG. Every time. If AI can’t predict a pandemic or the weather, how exactly is it going to run a worldwide economy and social credit system?
Finally, to the extent there IS a great reset conspiracy, it sure looks like the schedule was drastically pushed up on the calendar for one reason or another, and they had to start it all up in a rush before they were completely ready. It’s a big project to just suddenly advance on the timeline. TOO big.
There’s more to say about the WEF “great reset” conspiracy theory, but I’m already long, so it will have to wait for another post. The bottom line is, while I’m positive we are in for a wild ride, there is no way these morons can pull off something like this great reset they are always bragging about. The “next step” on the great reset. Please. They’re not going to reset anything, except themselves.
Have a terrific weekend! I’ll see you back on Monday to kick off the new week the C&C way.
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