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Project Veritas update; Florida squarely attacks the jabs; county cancels CDC contract; East Palestine; GOP considers dropping FISA; Biden-we shot down a toy balloon; non-stop revival in KY; and more.
Good morning, C&C, and Happy Friday! I am pleased to present another “good news” edition where the majority of the roundup will encourage you. In today’s bag: a reassuring update on Project Veritas; Florida drops a massive bombshell on the vaccines; Naples county cancels CDC contract; East Palestine developments; GOP lawmakers consider ending FISA; YouTube CEO steps down; Joe Biden explains we just shot down a recreational balloon and some folks aren’t buying it; Florida sets tourism records; a nonstop revival at a small Kentucky college electrifies the Christian world.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
🪖 One downside of having a lawyer as your blogger is that, due to professional experience, I usually won’t wade into a brand new debate until I have some verifiable facts. Sometimes that means I wait a few days to comment, like with the Project Veritas issue. But at last, I’ve got some facts together and am ready to give you a quick report.
I’ve been waiting to hear from corporate and yesterday they got around to reaching out to me. They were (obviously) limited about what they could say, and some of what they told me is attorney-confidential. I was generally reassured by what I heard. I understand “founder vs. board” conflicts, that is right in my pre-covid practice area (commercial litigation), and I am familiar with all the dynamics.
The call satisfied my biggest concern, that the board publicly aired the conflict. I was told the situation was originally intended to be kept confidential, but an unknown person disclosed the conflict to media.
That’s kind of ironic, if you think about it.
Next, according to my contact, contrary to widely circulated rumors, there has been no change to James O’Keefe’s employment status. His title has not changed. His office has not changed. His salary has not changed. His two-week involuntary vacation ends on Monday.
On Wednesday, Robert Kennedy, Jr. tweeted a mountaintop picture with James and his wife (or girlfriend?) appearing to be quite happy and enjoying his time off. James looked like a perfectly-satisfied founder, not an ejected founder.
Also on Wednesday, PV’s executive director Daniel Strack released a genuine-seeming (not over-lawyered) public letter explaining that (1) the all-volunteer board was hand-picked by James, (2) some employees had “expressed concerns” about James’ management style to the board, (3) the board asked other employees to comment, (4) somebody leaked a letter that was part of the process, (5) the board handled it, and (6) the Pfizer story has nothing to do with it.
Some folks will remain suspicious, and I get it, trust is hard to come by these days when every official and every leader constantly lies without facing any consequences. I think lying is profoundly unethical, and if someone lies to the public they should lose their job, at least.
But there are so many potential angles we cannot possibly know whether to oppose or support the board. I’ll give you just one example. Let’s say that on the company’s internal chat system, several staff publicly accuse the CEO of Acme Media of sexually harassing a temporary female intern at a company retreat.
As counsel to Acme, I would advise that the best practice for handling that delicate situation is for the board to give the CEO two weeks off while human resources conducts an investigation.
In two weeks, the situation will be fully resolved. If the allegations were false, HR will publish a report, and that will be that. There would be no room for rumor mongering, no accusations the CEO got unfair preferential treatment, and no damage to employee morale. In fact, morale would improve, because (1) the board took the employees’ concerns seriously, and (2) the CEO was cleared of wrongdoing after a legitimate, neutral HR investigation.
The two weeks of PTO actually helps the CEO in this situation, and the CEO would be all for it. Nobody can accuse him of influencing the investigation because he wasn’t even there.
I could be wrong but, based on all the evidence I have, this situation looks a LOT more like the example I described, and a lot less like a hostile board takeover. It it were a takeover situation, I would have expected O’Keefe to have already filed for an emergency injunction somewhere.
Let’s see what happens on Monday. I think everything is going to be okay.
🗞*WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 BOOM. Florida has done it again! And it escalated. Florida Surgeon General Ladapo sent a letter to the CDC and FDA demanding they admit that the vaccines are causing unacceptably-high levels of injury:
Haha, he put “safe and effective” in quotation marks and called that a “claim.”
You’re not going to believe your eyes, but on Wednesday, after sending the letter to the federal agencies, Florida’s Health Department also released a “Health Alert on mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Safety,” which was sent to all Florida healthcare providers. The alert included this chart showing the massive spike in VAERS reports since the mRNA EUA jabs’ rollout:
The Health Alert also cited three recent studies (plus the CDC’s anemic stroke advisory) about the risks posed by the mRNA vaccines. Check out how many types of injury were included:
Here’s the list of everything the Health Alert warned about: cardiac arrests and other events; coagulation disorders (clotting), acute cardiac injuries, Bell’s palsy, encephalitis (!), thromboembolic and thrombocytopenic events, increased risk of coronary disease, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and finally, strokes in 65+ (the only age group they studied).
The Health Department also cited an alarming rate of incidence of injuries: 1 in 550.
Here’s Ladapo’s tweet:
Here’s a link to the Health Advisory letter on Florida Health’s website: [Health Alert on mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Safety | Florida Department of Health](https://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2023/02/20230215-updated-health-alert.pr.html)
Some people you know might need to see that Health Advisory. Something to think about.
Florida just became the first state in the country to officially label the vaccines as being generally risky. Florida might also be the largest political subdivision in the world to do have done that.
💉 Meanwhile, elsewhere in Florida, on Valentine’s Day Collier County’s courageous county commissioners voted to cancel a $1.2 million dollar CDC grant related to the covid jabs, and return the $167,000 already received under the grant.
Jamie Ulmer, president and CEO of the HealthCare Network, which administered the grant, spoke in support of keeping the CDC money, which was intended to be used for “vaccine education” of migrant laborers. But as opponents pointed out, the so-called “educational materials” failed to educate people about any risks or side-effects of the vaccines.
The Naples Daily News said Mr. Ulmer “acknowledged that as the pandemic has changed, the educational material needs to be updated.” Oh.
In other words, the CDC’s outdated “education materials” were indistinguishable from pharma marketing materials. In fact, it’s worse than that. Pharma is required by law to state their drugs’ side effects in their drug ads. But now they’ve found a way to get around that requirement: by having official U.S. government agencies do the marketing for them. It’s so simple!
Collier’s commissioners saw right through the scheme, and appear to consider the CDC’s taxpayer-funded vaccine “educational materials” are really just dressed-up pharmaceutical “false advertising.”
Among other health freedom advocates, Karen Kingston led the effort to convince the board to return the money. She described the commission meeting where the unanimous 5-0 vote occurred in her entertaining and informative Substack: https://karenkingston.substack.com/p/collier-county-commissioners-unanimously
Great work! As far as I know, this is another first.
🚀 Right after I said yesterday that the Russians were being a bit too quiet about Nord-Gate, Reuters ran a sobering story headlined, “Russia to Call U.N. Security Council Meeting Over Nord Stream Blasts.”
Russia announced yesterday it has called a special United Nations Security Council meeting, scheduled for February 22nd, to discuss the sabotage of its Nord Stream gas pipelines. Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to officially deny any involvement in the sabotage operation, calling the allegations it had anything whatsoever to do with the operation “utterly false.”
These same people who deny the U.S. was involved also promised the vaccines were 90% effective in stopping transmission of the virus, including saying that in court, and then built a gigantic mandate apparatus to coerce citizens to take unwanted, risky medicine, all based on that lie.
I doubt that even our Ukraine defenders believe the U.S. government’s lies about Nord-Gate. (Horsey?)
Remember what I said about official lying? Anybody caught lying to the American people about Nord-Gate should be fired, impeached, and executed for treason, after a fair trial. I’m not kidding. If they did it, and then lied about it, it was the most reckless, un-sanctioned, illegal act of war in the nation’s history, which includes plenty of other boneheaded mistakes.
Some analysts think that Russia wants the security council meeting to create a public record of its justification for some planned retaliatory act. Whatever it is, it’s probably going to be something we won’t like.
🔥 Biden’s EPA Administrator Michael Regan arrived in East Palestine yesterday to “assess the ongoing response” to the train derailment. Independent journalist Nick Sorter said he graciously offered Mr. Regan a drink of local water:
Mr. Regan wasn’t thirsty, apparently.
At a press conference earlier this week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine let slip that one of his first calls after finding out about the derailment was to the Department of Defense, who apparently advised or agreed the leaking chemicals should be ignited in a “controlled release.” For SOME reason DeWine called the DoD.
Now don’t get carried away. Governor DeWine totally did NOT call the Department of Defense because the governors think that the country’s infrastructure is under attack or anything. It’s only natural to think of calling the military after a local train accident. Because, well, for SOME reason. I’m sure there’s a good one.
Finally, as I predicted in my first article about the accident, back when nobody was writing about it, East Palestine residents are being asked to sign waivers in exchange for small amounts of railroad support money.
Like I said last time: DON’T DO IT. Read ALL the fine print carefully. Get a lawyer if you need one. Call the office if you need a referral and we’ll try to hook you up with a good local attorney.
🔥 The Washington Times reported that House GOP lawmakers are considering NOT renewing the FISA surveillance authorization, for the first time ever since that awful law hit the books, during some long-forgotten state of “emergency.”
This would be huge. I pray they deny re-authorization.
🔥 Another one bites the dust. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is resigning to spend more time with her family. I’m not joking:
She will be replaced by YouTube’s number two, Neal Mohan. There doesn’t seem to be much enthusiasm for the choice.
🚀 Our long national nightmare is over! Joe Biden finally address the national defense emergency requiring missiles fired by fighter jets over the continental United States — for the first time in history.
It was nothing. False alarm. It was just some kid’s science project or something.
Representative Darrel Issa (R-Ca.) isn’t buying it and immediately challenged Biden:
Who knows? But researching the story clued me into the fact that high-altitude balloons — both government and commercial — are WAY more common than people think. I’m beginning to suspect there are thousands or tens of thousands of them floating around. Seriously.
I did some research yesterday. Balloon-based tech platforms, which do the exact same thing as satellites — like take pictures, monitor weather, relay communications, you name it — are orders of magnitude less expensive to deploy on a balloon than a satellite. And apparently modern balloon platforms can stay aloft for months or even years.
Think about it this way. A high-altitude surveillance balloon that can move itself around and will stay aloft for a year might only cost a few thousand dollars, and can be launched from the back of a truck. A space satellite that does the exact same thing costs millions to build, millions more to launch, and requires a vast multi-million dollar spaceport from which to launch it.
Why on Earth would anyone use a space satellite, when a balloon works just as well, and you can have thousands of balloons floating around for the same cost as one satellite that might be wiped out by space junk ten minutes after it gets situated in orbit?
There’s no space debris in the high altitude zone.
I also found that entities regularly using balloons, like NASA and Google (think Google maps), are kind of loose with their terminology. It seems that when they say “satellite,” they sometimes or even often just mean “high-altitude balloon.”
I don’t know what any of it amounts to, but it’s interesting. We shouldn’t just forget about these balloons.
🔥 On Wednesday, the State of Florida announced it had shattered all prior records and achieved its highest-ever tourism figures in 2022. The state estimated that Florida hosted 137.6 million visitors in 2022, an increase of 5% over 2019 and 12.9% over 2021.
Meanwhile, in California:
Note that -500,000 is the NET loss. Actually, 700,000 people have left California since the pandemic started. And I suspect the ones who left are a lot more productive than the 200,000 replacement citizens.
I wonder what could be attracting people to Florida? Could it be … sanity?
🔥 Yesterday, the Cincinnati Enquirer ran a story headlined, “Nonstop Revival Breaks Out At Kentucky College. Now, It’s Viral On TikTok.”
I’ve been meaning to write about this amazing story for several days but breaking news kept filling up the stack. Back on February 8th, a regular chapel service at Asbury college in Wilmore, Kentucky broke out into a Christian religious revival. And it’s kept going, twenty-four hours a day, day after day.
And it’s been going strong ever since, now almost ten days later.
Videos of students engaged in nonstop prayer and worship have made their way to social media, and have gotten national and international attention. Here’s a February 15th headline from the Washington Post:
As of yesterday, posts with the #AsburyRevival hashtag have generated 34.5 million views on TikTok. Here's how WaPo described the revival in its article Wednesday:
The revival has disrupted life and brought national attention to Asbury, an evangelical Christian school in Wilmore, Ky., about a half-hour outside Lexington. Videos of students singing, weeping and praying have been posted on social media, leading to both criticism and praise from onlookers. News of the revival has also drawn students and other visitors to the campus to take part in the ongoing prayer and worship…
The ongoing meetings in the chapel — which have none of the flashing lights, fog machines or other trappings that accompany many modern worship services — have also brought back memories of a similar revival in the 1970s, which is recounted in a video produced by the university.
Christian find these kinds of events extremely encouraging. Hopefully this type of enthusiastic worship will spread. It’s just what we need in a time like this of widespread uncertainty and concern.
So be encouraged! The Spirit is still moving.
Have a terrific Friday! I’ll see you back here tomorrow morning for the weekend edition.
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