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Thursday, March 18, 2021

To Vaxx, or not to Vaxx?

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I have been both stunned and even hurt by the reactions of family members, friends and acquaintances when I tell them I will not be getting the Covid vaccine. I have been criticized, ridiculed and even called names. I have been told my choice is foolish, and that I am being selfish. One friend flippantly suggested I probably also thought the world was flat; another had the chutzpah to tell me my choice was detrimental to all of humanity.


The near total complicity with which my friends line up for the vaccine disheartens me. It matters not what I say, my stance is dismissed as being unequivocally wrong before I am even given a chance to make my case. When I defend my position it falls on deaf ears; minds are closed. Most of the same friends (myself included) used to be dumbfounded with how one could not reason with a Trump supporter. Now, the same friends are the ones who cannot be reasoned with. Most tout science. Many say that everyone must get vaccinated in the interests of public safety. A few have even insisted that it is my duty as a human being on Planet Earth to get the jab/jabs.


As my friends’ opinions ring in unison I am reminded of General George S. Patton’s famous words, “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.”


I consider most people I’m close with to be critical thinkers. Most I know do not trust our government, knowing that it is owned by the corporatocracy and that it no longer serves The People. Most I know are critical of Big Pharma, seeing the industry for what it is: a profit-driven beast dancing the fine line of peddling drugs at unjustifiable prices and criminal activity. Most I know have serious doubts when it comes to the mainstream media, knowing that it is corporate-owned (90% by six corporations) and that independent investigative reporting has become a lost art.


Now, all three of these (otherwise suspect) entities are in lockstep with regards to the virtues of the vaccine. Even America’s bankers and agents of Wall Street (Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen) sing the chorus. My friends no longer question the entities they used to question; their critical thinking is nowhere to be found. My liberal friends, previously pro-choice, now claim to know what is best for my body. Gone are the words Big Pharma and in its stead a new word/euphemism for the times - science. 


“I trust science!” I have heard people proclaim with near glee on more than one occasion. It is truly mind-boggling, they defend science as it were the love of their lifetime.


Never in my life have I ever heard the words “I trust Big Pharma!” 


I respect what I read about Covid as a disease, there is a severity to this flu unlike with flus past. I take precautions throughout my day. I take supplements and herbs to boost my immune system. I wear a mask with no resistance, not knowing even where to begin when it comes to the mask debate. With the CDC and Anthony Fauci both having flip-flopped positions on masks since this whole thing began I cannot make sense of this. How could anyone?


I avoid the hype of websites bent on conspiracy theories. I don’t buy all that they are selling. I don’t buy all that the mainstream media sells either. I do however find it telltale that anyone who goes against the mainstream narrative has already been discredited by the transmitters of the narrative. They’ve developed the talking points and counter points to every possible objection.


Still, my main concern is that the vaccines were rushed to market. One need look no further than the more than 20 countries that have halted the use of AstraZeneca vaccine in the past few days as evidence of such. Meanwhile both Pfizer and Moderna have been floating the idea/trial balloons that three jabs/doses may be needed. Products that had been adequately tested would not need to be suspended, or be subject to shifting directives. How will you feel if you are a recipient of the Pfizer creation and 18 months from now the company says a fourth “variation of the jab” is needed? Such could be considered farfetched ... and it is not beyond the realm of all possibilities. 


As best as my non-scientific mind can piece it together a vaccine contains some of the viral antigen (usually a part, or ‘attenuated’ virus). The idea is that the body gets a smaller dose to react to, and builds up an antibody response to the vaccine, which then kicks in when faced with the actual virus in the real world. The mRNA ‘vaccines’ contain no attenuated virus or even viral particles. Rather, they are gene therapy, using genetically modified strands of mRNA designed to “hack” one’s DNA and teach it manufacture antibodies, thus bypassing the actual pathogen. 


Why would I choose a Big Pharma concoction to do for my body what my body is naturally designed to do for itself? Could the modified strands of mRNA alter our G-d given and innately brilliant immune systems in ways that might not be known until more time passes … and subsequent illnesses are to surface?


I believe that is the greatest of all of the unknowns.


The message from the authorities has been, and remains, convoluted at best. Last week the CDC put out a statement that people who have been vaccinated can now be in close company with people who have also been vaccinated, and that they can do so without wearing a mask. However masks are still recommended for those with the vaccination when in the close company of someone who has not been vaccinated. 


Such is preposterous. A vaccine (a treatment to produce immunity against a disease) provides immunity (resistance, protection and/or exemption to a particular infection or toxin). If the Covid vaccines were true immunizations then it would not matter if a vaccinated person was in the close company of someone vaccinated, unvaccinated, or even outright contagious.  


A vaccine, per its definition, provides immunity. Conversely, if a concoction does not provide immunity then it is not a vaccine, and if it is not a vaccine then it should not be marketed to the people of the world as such.

To vaxx, or not to vaxx?


The reactions of my family members and friends compelled me to further research my position. Now, I am only more aligned with my decision. More time is needed. Too many unknowns remain. The harbingers of us knowing that we do not know all there is to know should not be ignored.


Still, the fear-laced drumbeat of the suspect entities continues, directing all to get vaccinated without delay.


Still, and just as I did when the orange-haired man was in the Oval Office, I cry “Resist!”


And never, ever, ever stop questioning the narratives of our times.

34 comments:

  1. Excellent and unbiased. Thank you! I'd add that the very low death rate of this virus being close to the common flu.....and interesting that deaths from influenza have not been reported this year. It's ALL Cvd now. Why are we vaccinating at all for this treatable virus?

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  2. The "suspect entities."
    LOVE IT!

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  3. The media is the virus.

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  4. Check out the Geert Vanden Bossche, DMV, Ph.D.interview. A pro-vaccine expert and independent virologist delves into some of the same concerns you bring up.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_ksalhIi5c

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  5. Well said. Lots of good points. Quite a bit of group think non-think going on out there. We learn more about the vaccine's non-effectiveness every day... Ill wait for J&J if I get vaccinated.

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  7. I concur wholeheartedly with this sediment and have experienced similar reactions with my own friends and family. There seems to be a mass brainwashing of sorts occurring, driven by fear from the mass media and too much faith that government and big pharma will save their lives!

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  8. This article will speak to many who are going through the same type of 'no-vax' shaming which divides us even further from the deeply divisive election we just went through.

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  9. I cannot tell if you've considered the very real effect that a year spent in unknown territory has had emotionally on a very many people. I would venture that some otherwise inquisitive folk would opt for, and defend, the vaccines simply because they need to feel hopeful for a change. How do we quantify the benefit of an emotional lift, a go ahead from the experts (I know, I know) that 2 weeks after the second shot you can go hug your grandkids?

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  10. I'm with you Robert. I've long since forgotten the content of most of my Stanford classes. One thing I have carried forward though is critical thinking which was a major part of that school's cultural teaching and grounding in my day. It looks like that is no longer taught in the educational system.

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    1. Yes, youth 50-years ago accepted the mantra, "Question authority." Today, seemingly, it is, "Accept authority."

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  11. Brilliantly written. You have very effectively summed up much of my own thought and speculation on the this topic of controversy. For in this era where a daunting amount of the population goes to entities like big pharma and main stream media when they seek "truth" it can be a difficult and valiant task to attempt to help people open their eyes. We are always being sold something. Always. And for the last year we have been sold fear on a massive scale. A demand has been created and the vaccine has been presented "just in time "to the masses as a solution for the chaos and fear that have had us firmly in their grip. I have let my intuition and critical thinking guide me for my life thus far and they have yet to steer me wrong. And now they are screaming from the rooftops "not to vaxx!!!!" Cheers to you Burger

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  12. Very interesting: even this very mild guy (much more "innocent" than most of us here) getting bashed by his family and friends for a perfectly reasonable position.
    I think it shows the effects of people being assaulted from morning till night on tv shows with "covid19" propaganda combined with endless "lies of omission" - never mentioning that there are no excess deaths, there are lots of safe, effective and cheap cures, South Dakota is no worse off than anywhere else, despite NO public masking rules etc, etc. Stress and fear makes people lose their rationality . . . ?

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  13. CDC Ignores Inquiry Into Increasing Number of Deaths, Injuries Reported After COVID Vaccines
    VAERS data released today showed 38,444 reports of adverse events following COVID vaccines, including 1,739 deaths and 6,286 serious injuries since Dec. 14, 2020.

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  14. After watching the Geert vanden bossche video i quite simply concluded i will wait 1 year to see how this all plays out. If there is indeed a problem it will show meantime i take adequate suppliments to maintain a good immune system.,

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  15. Two comments/quotes for your consideration:
    1. "Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom." - Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745-1813)
    2. "You see, the more we are conditioned by education and just living in a society which teaches us to think along certain lines, the easier we are to fool. . . . Thus, the hardest to fool are children, who take little for granted. The easiest are scientists." - Charles Reynolds, magician's consultant, Parade magazine, 24 August, 1980

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  16. I agree entirely, turn off the main stream media and look at the alternate media, get educated.

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  17. The cry in the UK was 'we are following the science'. That raises the question, 'whose scientists?; yours' or mine' 'But the benefits of the vaccine far ouweigh any risks'; try telling that to those that have died after being injected.

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  18. Excellent piece! As a physician, I wholeheartedly concur with your views, and my 27 yrs of experience with numerous medications that were touted as "the new standard of care", only to be removed from market a few years later with "black box warnings" (the most severe). I will wait and see how the safety profile progresses over at least a year. May I humbly make a small correction in your description of the activity of the mRNA vaccines? You said they: "..teach it manufacture antibodies, thus bypassing the actual pathogen". They actually contain the code (mRNA) for your cells to manufacture the spike protein (main pathogen), and then display it on the cell surface or into the bloodstream for the body to then mount an immune response and create antibodies. You are very correct in stating that this is a VERY different mechanism than all our previous vaccines. Cheers.

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  19. The "orange man" you refer to tried to direct your attention to hydroxycloriquine (sp?). It has been 99% effective and used around the world against Covid-19. It has been used for decades and proven safe (already tested). But no money or control of the people(fear) in that drug.
    You say you don't trust the MSM but it was that very MSM (again) lambasting "the orange man" on this topic.
    How many died ? How many billions of people had their lives destroyed because you are all trained to discard anything "orange man" says ?
    If your judgement was wrong in this how many other judgements against the man have you gotten wrong ?

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    1. Why are you loyal to one who would stab you in the back?

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    2. Hamburger, your answer to Jeff's sagacious queries is a complete non sequitur.

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    3. My response to Jeff’s piercing perspectives was not intended to be non sequitur, Dismal. I can see how my koan may have been confusing for you.

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  20. There is an easily obtainable homeopathic remedy for influenza that knocks it down in 6 hours, Oscillococcinum, flu solution. You don't need a flu shot, either. Vitamin D3, quercitin, zinc, vitamin C, green tea, Ivermectin, etc. will help you survive Covid.

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    1. Quite true. And why does MSM ignore the scores of MD's who have been treating 100's if not 1000's of people with CV19 with a ZERO death rate using these safe and proven methods? Even those with preexisting conditions

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    2. Quite true. And why does MSM ignore the scores of MD's who have been treating 100's if not 1000's of people with CV19 with a ZERO death rate using these safe and proven methods? Even those with preexisting conditions

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  21. I have been singing your tune this whole crazy time. As you said, these covid experimental biologics are not even vaccines by definition. They do not meet even one of the five criteria that make a vaccine a vaccine. I know enough about real vaccines, scary enough in themselves, to not ever take a flu shot or pneumonia, or shingles, or all the other crap big pharma and our industrial medical complex try to push down the throats of anyone over the age of 55, and don't even get me started on the untested and dangerous childhood vaccination schedule; poisoning our babies shortly after birth and compromising a large percentage our children's health for the rest of their lives, all for the massive profits of big pharma. I'm with you, I trust my intuition, my instincts, and I trust my innate immune system, which I support by living a healthy lifestyle, eating a very nutritious and nutrient dense diet and take the supplements necessary to support one's immune system, get enough sleep and take no drugs. You are not alone with your decision and position. I feel better knowing one more person feels as I do, so hold on and hang in there... and thank you for sharing your thoughts!!

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  22. Here, here! Common sense and simplicty wins the day everytime. Take control of your health by boosting your innate immune system; proper sleep, excercise, healthy food choices and nutritional supplements. And don't forgot to support your mental, emotional and spiritual well being. True health and vitality is a wholistic synergy of all of these pursuits. Instead, we're fed a steady diet of societal measures and controls by our fear mongering medical "authorities", unelected bureaucrats and oppressive politicians suitable for any Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers episode. Wear your masks children, social distance from each other, lock yourselves up and isolate from society, obsessively clean everything you come in contact with and then wait in line for the vaccine fairy to deliver the magic bullet jab and everyone lives happily ever after. Complete and utter nonsense that underlies a lack of critical thinking. It is time to take personal responsibility for your health and stand up to the increasing tyranny, misinformation and propoganda being pedalled. We need to achieve this one person, one family and one community at a time until we reach a critical mass. The pendulum will swing back in favour of truth and freedom.


    We've been fed a steady diet

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  23. I am not a vaccine person but I did get this. Is there risk? Of course. I have seen friends and family who got Covid, some died some dont have taste back.....all were in excellent shape

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  24. Vaxxies that may work - Is but an oxymoron - My body, I say

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  25. I suspect, when the dust settles, that a few thousand international units of Vitamin D a day, a good long walk and, perhaps a baby aspirin and a bit of Vitamin C will be as effective in preventing infection/serious consequences from COVID as a vaccination. It also helps not to be obese.

    I am not in the least anti-vax, I am anti vaccines which (sort of) prevent a 99.98 survivable illness but which have not had any sort of long term testing. I live in a low COVID environment. There is no reason for me to take the vax so I won't. A year or two from now I may revise my view.

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  26. Oh boy. Vaccines do not provide immunity. They never have. They increase resistance and with a certain percentage vaccinated, decrease the likelihood of a population being affected. What's unclear about this vaccine is not whether it protects you but whether you can transmit it. The mRNA vaccines were well underway years ago in response to MERS. Not rushed, really, except that our lives and economy depend upon it, do faster is better. The same happened w polio. It was tested on way more people than was usually required. I am a craniosacral therapist and see long-haulers in my practice. They are all quite fit people in their 30s and 40s. Triathletes even! No underlying conditions. You do not want to get this. I always laugh when people compare it to the flu. Well,who wants to get the flu either? This is not about a choice for your body. It's about transmission.... (And re the cdc flip-flopping on masks, for heaven's sake, they were figuring this out on the fly. Science is science because it corrects itself.) As for some here saying they have no reason to get the back...well trust me it would increase your chances of getting laid greatly. Maybe that's a good reason for some. Oh, and one more thing...ALL viruses alter your DNA. Even the common cold.

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