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☕️ LITTLE VICTORIES ☙ Saturday, October 28, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
War powers in Syria and the jabs; Ozzie covid commission and int'l disquiet; great Speaker news; Times finds AI fakes creating reader distrust; 2x SADS actor; DeSantis vs WHO; epic Disney fail; more.
Good morning, C&C, and welcome to the Weekend Edition! It’s Saturday, and your roundup includes: Biden’s war letter unexpectedly includes jab signals; Australia launches covid commission and people start wondering about the U.S.’s money-grubbing role in the pandemic’s tyrannical over-response; the Hill headline hilariously quotes Speaker Johnson saying Biden is losing his marbles; more great news about Speaker Johnson; Times frets about people losing more trust in its reporting because of … AI, and accidentally raises a fascinating point; double-SADS actor and playwright; DeSantis trashes WHO “pandemic treaty”; and South Park trashes wokeness and Disney feels the pain.
🗞💬 WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY 💬🗞
💉 You’re going to think I’m becoming a broken record. Yesterday’s big news was that Joe Biden sent Congress a “war powers” notification about militia attacks on U.S. military bases in Syria, which we believe were directed or instigated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. One American died, and 30 were wounded.
So I was reading Joe’s letter and got to the part describing the single fatality and … well, tell me if I’m crazy. Read the highlighted sentence:
I mean, seriously. Am I the only one thinking that guy wasn’t killed by Iranian-funded militia, but rather probably by something that squirted out the end of a needle? Anyone else remember this:
Please tell me I’m not crazy.
Anyway, the short letter continued by notifying Congress — without much detail — that on October 26th (Thursday night), we bombed certain “facilities” in Syria to “establish deterrence,” which I guess means teach them a lesson they won’t forget anytime soon. Presumably.
Maybe it’s time to dust off this old but relevant chestnut from back in the late, great, hostage crisis days: YOUTUBE: Vince Vance & The Valiants — Bomb Iran (1976) (2:34).
💉 Next watch this highly encouraging clip from the Australian Senate this week, in which Senator Gerard Rennick grilled Australian regulators over whether in fact, covid is a genetic therapy, given that it uses ‘transfection’ to work:
To me, the discussion heralded the unraveling of the original and biggest lie of all: “the covid shots are traditional vaccines and are definitely not genetic treatments.” That lie depended on people being unable to understand all the scientific jargon and mumbo-jumbo, like what “transfection” means. But we regular folks are starting to work it out. In other words, both in the U.S. and around the world, people are catching on to how the “Science!” shell game worked.
Granted, Senator Rennick does not (yet) represent the majority. He’s Australia’s noisy conservative, and so far has not gotten much traction apart from continuing to blow the didgeridoo about vaccine harms. But things appear to be shifting. They agreed to have a covid commission now. And Rennick’s latest tweet announcing the formation of Australia’s own covid commission was mind-blowing, and most important, I believe it signals a broader trend.
Senator Rennick tweeted a list of questions that he would like the new Covid Commission to consider. I doubt I could have drafted a better list. You’ll likely enjoy reading his list, because it will vindicate your own thoughts, but while you’re reading it, consider the sheer number of issues and problems that have mounted up about the jabs and against the whole worldwide covid response.
It’s getting to be a pretty long list. Here’s part one:
I stopped to break the long post in two, but also to direct your attention to that highlighted line: “the totalitarian role of the (United) States in locking people down.”* It is becoming increasingly obvious that when this whole thing finally completely unravels — and it will — people around the world are going to be properly furious with the United States and there will be Hell to pay.
* UPDATE: I clumsily tried to extend/analogize Senator Rennick’s comment about Australian states using a parenthetical editorial change. It’s not as clear as I’d like; due to a recent Substack change, the use of brackets (‘’) is more difficult.
Mark my words: Perfectly justified anti-American sentiment could get very ugly, and the timing couldn’t possibly be any worse, what with the BRICS countries forming up against the dollar, and countries deciding whether to align with the NATO axis or the Russia/China axis. We need to get ahead of this wave of anger and either jail or execute all the U.S. officials responsible for the debacle (after a fair trial, of course).
Here is the second half of Senator Rennick’s covid inquiry wish list:
Don’t you just love the word “dodgy?” In particular, it seems so perfect, so tailor-made for describing the occult practice of “scientific modeling.” It’s dodgy, all right.
Here’s a similar example from Japan. Japan relied mainly on Pfizer, and used awfully coercive mandates to achieve a high jab rate.
A reckoning is coming. It’s in the mail with no tracking number.
🔥 In LOL News: The Hill ran a “somebody said something” story yesterday headlined, “Speaker Johnson sees ‘cognitive decline’ in Biden: ‘It’s just reality.’”
New Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), 51, appeared on Sean Hannity last night. Sean asked the new Speaker, “Do you see in Joe Biden a cognitive decline? And if so, is that a danger to the country?”
Johnson replied, “I do, I think most of us do.” Fact check: True. Biden has bats in his belfry.
Laughably, the Hill got a ‘response’ from the White House that did not actually respond to the question about Biden’s last six working neurons, but instead just called Johnson names like, “MAGA Mike” and “extreme,” and then complained about President Trump a bunch.
I bet now they’re wishing they’d supported Representative Jordan a little more.
Even more hilariously, the Hill waited till its final paragraph to mention the question about Biden’s impeachment inquiry. “I believe the documents are proving all that,” Johnson told Hannity. “As my good brother Jamie Comer often says, ‘The bank records don’t lie,’ so we have the receipts on so much of this now.”
Shouldn’t that have been in the first paragraph?
🔥 Speaker Johnson triggered liberals even harder yesterday when, in a different Fox interview, he explained his worldview was — the Bible.
There are liberals who fainted so hard after Johnson mentioned the Bible that they still haven’t woken up.
🔥 Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner ran an uplifting story yesterday headlined, “Speaker Johnson has 'big plans' for House GOP and they're rooted in seven key principles.”
In 2018, when he ran to chair a GOP committee, Johnson asked the GOP caucus members how they would succinctly pitch conservatism to young liberals. When people struggled to answer, Johnson suggested that, if they took every Republican writing from the Federalist Papers to the Republican Party platform, it would boil down to seven key points, which he dubbed the "Seven Core Principles of Conservatism.”
They are: individual freedom, limited government, the rule of law, peace through strength, fiscal responsibility, free markets, and human dignity.
He was persuasive. The Republicans amended their bylaws to include Johnson’s seven principles. Yesterday, Johnson told the Examiner’s reporter that he has “big plans” as Speaker to help the conference implement the Seven Core Principles of Conservatism. Wisely declining to delve into specifics, Johnson plans to unveil his vision for the conference's future at a Thursday morning meeting.
I don’t believe in the “Superman” theory of government. That said, so far I really like what I see about Mr. Johnson. What an unexpected blessing!
💣 The New York Times ran a war story yesterday with a fascinating premise. It stood out because it tracked one of my long-standing predictions. The headline said: “A.I. Muddies Israel-Hamas War in Unexpected Way.” The sub-headline further explained, “Fakes related to the conflict have been limited and largely unconvincing, but their presence has people doubting real evidence.”
Haha, yet another reason to doubt what the Times says! But the paper had a point.
For example, take the picture shown above on the left. It first went viral after Ben Shapiro labeled it an image of a burned infant from the war. But then, alert independent investigators found the original picture shown on the right — the puppy — and exposed the alleged burn victim as an A.I. deep fake. But then, plot twist, other people accused the puppy photo of being the real deep fake and at that point everybody just threw their hands up and forgot about the whole story since it’s just too hard to figure out when the world is on fire and Biden is lurking around somewhere sniffing everybody.
But how does this affect the New York Times? The Gray Lady frets that people aren’t going to believe its photos anymore either:
People have accused political figures, media outlets and other users of brazenly trying to manipulate public opinion by creating A.I. content, even when the content is almost certainly genuine. Disinformation watchdogs fear that fakes created by A.I. tools, including the realistic renderings known as deepfakes, would confuse the public and bolster propaganda efforts.
Disinformation researchers have found relatively few (real) A.I. fakes, and even fewer that are convincing. Yet the mere possibility that A.I. content could be circulating is leading people to dismiss genuine images, video and audio as inauthentic.
It’s not just photos. My teenagers were playing with tools last month that take an audio sample of someone speaking and then help the user create brand-new audio in the sampled voice saying virtually anything. Mom, Dad said to play this for you: “Honey, I’m tied up. Please give Grant a hundred and twenty-six bucks and a ride to Best Buy.”
Emerging A.I.-based tools let users create photo-realistic videos from text prompts. Not to mention all the well-known PDF and image editors, which let people modify document images, photos, emails, and all sorts of digitized evidence. Think about all the arguments over Obama’s birth certificate. Document-related authenticity issues have been around for a while, but we’ve all been mostly ignoring their larger significance.
Here in the legal world, we are racing toward an apocalyptic endpoint where the argument over whether a particular bit of media evidence is authentic will require a whole trial of its own, with media experts, other hard evidence verifying the media, authenticating media (like photos taken of the same subject from other angles), and live eyewitness testimony.
And at that point, you might as well just avoid the media evidence altogether and go back to the basics.
The Times’ article included the first quote I’ve seen from someone accurately predicting where we are headed: digital evidence will be abolished as reliable evidence at all:
“Proving what’s fake is going to be a pointless endeavor and we’re just going to boil the ocean trying to do it,” said Chester Wisniewski, an executive at the cybersecurity firm Sophos. “It’s never going to work, and we need to just double down on how we can start validating what’s real.”
This raises a profound spiritual or metaphysical question about what is real and what isn’t, and how we define “real,” but I don’t have enough time for that today. Maybe you guys can flesh it out in the comments.
There’s just no way to tell how all the pro’s and con’s will shake out, but I think overall this development is good news. Accelerating technology is crushing the government’s omnipresent panopticon. That’s a plus for we regular citizens. And, be of good cheer: for the first 200 years of the Nation’s life, we didn’t even have all this digitized media evidence, and we still did just fine.
The legal system will have to revert back to human evidence and exhibits you can hold in your hand. Same as 2,000 years ago.
💉 Actor and playwright Erik Jensen, 52, who starred in The Walking Dead and Mr. Robot, and wrote the play The Exonerated, was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed this week with Stage IV colorectal cancer that has already metastasized to his liver.
It’s a tough deal for Erik, since he just recovered last year from a completely different and equally unexpected injury. The family’s GoFundMe page explained, “After miraculously surviving a brain aneurysm just a year and a half ago, our beloved Erik Jensen was just diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer.”
They’ve raised about $133K of the $300K they figure will be needed to get the family through treatment and to the other side, assuming the best. Say what you like, but if it weren’t for GoFundMe, we MIGHT NOT EVEN KNOW about most of these cases. Bless these folks for disclosing their private health information even if it’s only for the fundraiser.
That information is critical for the rest of us.
It’s been a tough year and a half for the previously-healthy dad and actor. First a stroke! And now, just when he was back on his feet: turbo cancer. Erik’s doctors plan to shrink the tumors to a manageable size so they can perform two surgeries.
Hollywood actors were required to be jabbed to walk onto any movie or TV set. So, yes, of course Erik was jabbed:
We’re praying for Erik and his young family. And for justice.
🔥 Governor DeSantis is back in the post today for discussing a subject that almost no other sitting politician will discuss: the WHO’s proposed “pandemic treaty.” DeSantis told Epoch Times’ Jan Jakielek the treaty would be a non-starter in Florida, which already passed a law nullifying foreign lockdown orders:
“Go ahead, make my day. I will take that treaty and throw that in the trash can where it belongs,” DeSantis said. He’s not the only candidate talking about it, rather he’s the only elected official who is. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has also spoken against the WHO’s impending power grab. And while he was President, Trump deleted all the U.S.’s funding for the WHO for a short but glorious season until President Peters dumped cash all over the authoritarian sickness agency.
The question is, how come nobody else in government is talking about the WHO’s nefarious plans?
Anyway. The more people talking about the WHO, the better.
🔥 Finally, has wokeness finally jumped the shark? To fully enjoy this recent South Park clip, recall that, when Disney bought the Star Wars franchise, Disney executive Kathleen Kennedy was put in charge of all development. She made lots of changes. She added female characters that were, um, specifically selected to be not “for the male gaze,” and they were not, in fact, for the male gaze (it’s arguable whether they were for the female gaze either), she deleted long-standing beloved male characters because they were “too masculine,” and she humiliated male characters who survived the purge in a scriptwriting holocaust of reckless character assassination.
With that context, enjoy South Park’s ineffable Erik Cartman sending up Disney, hard:
And mirabilia dei, Disney might be getting the message, albeit slowly. Back in June, Disney caught Hades for publishing preview images of the “dwarves” from its laughable upcoming live-action remake of Snow White, featuring a black-slash-native-American title character and whatever these people are supposed to be. You can instantly imagine the sort of white-hot commentary that erupted over this movie preview image:
After the fervor died down, Disney quietly announced a halt to filming, citing the actors’ strike, and delayed the movie’s release date by a full year. Then this week, Disney released a new “first look” on the new movie. It’s a different, very non-diverse look:
The original actors appear to have all been replaced with CGI versions, and the whole live-action theme apparently has been chucked in the wasted-film bucket. According to articles reporting this latest development, it seems the original actors will still be used for voicing over the now-restored, iconic CGI characters.
Kathleen Kennedy — and everything she represents — appears to be on the outs at Disney. How about that? Chalk up another win for the counter-revolution.
Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you guys back here on Monday morning to kick the week off the Coffee & Covid way.
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