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ROLLING THE DICE ON CROWDFUNDING HEALTHCARE

Personally surprised…

I was somewhat taken aback that one of my favorite commentators, both broadcast and podcast, with impeccable credentials and a no-bullshit attitude, would read a commercial that could potentially disadvantage some members of his audience in a time of extreme need. I would think that the commentator would have been more sensitive to the issue of medical healthcare coverage given his recent treatment for cancer and the need for adequate medical insurance for himself and his family.

There is a growing trend to use a crowdfunding model to simulate medical insurance. And, several reputable groups have benefited their members over the years. However, you assume the ultimate risk – especially with newer companies without a large member base and a history of competent operation.

It’s not medical insurance…

The promoted product is positioned as an inexpensive alternative that may substitute for medical insurance. Of course, it is not insurance that is regulated by federal and state strict laws. In times of financial stress, it is not subject to having actuarially-computed reserves to meet projected medical reimbursements. And they do not participate in insurance commissions risk pools to protect against company defaults.

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The scheme is ingenious. Use crowdsourcing to pay the medical bills of community members. But, instead of relying on donations, require members to pay into the system as if they were paying premiums.

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Compared to healthcare insurance premiums, the cost appears modest.

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And carries a $500 deductible.

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And a $25/month subscription…

Q: What do you mean by monthly subscription?

A: In addition to the amount contributed to the Community each month, every Member pays a $25 monthly subscription. This covers our operational costs so every penny of your monthly contribution goes directly to reduce the healthcare costs of the [redacted] Community.

Terms and conditions apply…

Q: Does my [redacted] Membership satisfy a state or federal individual insurance mandate?Dropdown icon

A: No, your [redacted] Membership does not satisfy a federal or state individual Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) mandate. If you live in a state (e.g. California, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont) with a state-level individual MEC mandate, you are responsible for securing that coverage independently from your [redacted] Membership.

Q: What about big health events?

Dropdown iconA: There is no maximum amount of health care costs you can share with the Community. The [redacted] platform is designed to maximize the probability that all Members’ eligible bills can be funded in full each month. You can learn more in the Member Guide.

Q: What are some examples of treatments and procedures that are not eligible for funding by the Community?

A: To protect the Community from excessive expenses, [redacted] certain conditions and treatments are limited or excluded from funding by the Community—things like alternative treatments, fertility, preexisting conditions over a certain cost, and anything medically unnecessary. Memberships currently don’t include mental health care or vision and dental, but we look forward to expanding what can be funded by the Community as we grow. You can learn more in the Member Guide.

Q: What if I have a pre-existing condition?

A: For pre-existing health conditions, you are responsible for all costs associated with the condition(s) in the first year. The Community will contribute up to $25K to bills related to pre-existing condition(s) in the second year, $50K in the third, and $100K in each year after. Prescriptions for your pre-existing conditions are not subject to the 120-day limit but are subject to the annual pre-existing condition maximums outlined above. You can learn more in the Member Guide.

Q: Do you accept everyone?

Almost! The Community is not currently open to tobacco users (defined as daily use for a period of 3 or more months, past or present) or those who weigh over 260/300 pounds (female/male). We want the [redacted] Community to be a place for anyone looking to improve their health and contribute through the Member Community, so we hope to add an option for people with more varied health histories soon.

No Networks.

Whether you see your favorite doctor, or we find one for you, we want you to experience high-quality care at a fair price. We’ll also help you find hospitals and outpatient facilities that have your best interest in mind.

[OCS: It should be noted that there is no guarantee that your physician or the nearest medical facility will negotiate prices, especially for admissions through the emergency room. Unlike insurance companies that negotiate capitated costs, there do not appear to be such arrangements in place using this plan although the company may assist you in the negotiation.]

What is the definition of eligible?

Plans sold on the US health insurance marketplace deny an average of 17% of in-network claims annually, which dramatically increases the healthcare cost burden to American families.  [redacted] has not denied or left a single bill unfunded for an eligible expense submitted by an active Member of the Community.

Of course, the offering company covers itself with caveats that protect the company and its officers…

  • Fulfill your monthly subscription and contributions, timely and consistently.
  • Believe that highest cost does not indicate best care, being open to considering high-quality health care clinicians who can offer a better price for the care you need.
  • Avoid illegal activity and only submit legitimate, medically necessary bills for Community funding.
  • Care about your own health and that of the people around you, proactively engaging with your health and wisely spending on your health care costs.
  • Trust your Community to help fund your health expenses while understanding that ultimately, each Member is responsible for his or her own medical bills.

Community-Funded Care.

You trust the Crowd to fund your expenses, and your contributions fund theirs, month after month.

[OCS: Trust may be the wrong word. Like many similar faith-based health communities, I would suggest the word “faith” -- because you cannot trust a company who claims you are responsible for your medical bills regardless of the reimbursement they may pay to your healthcare provider.]

What Else Does “It’s Not Insurance” Mean for Me?

We have developed systems and processes that allow the Community to absorb very large medical expenses; however, we are not insurance, and therefore we cannot guarantee that your medical bills will be paid. Ultimately, Members are responsible for their own medical bills.

And the commentator and platform are also protected…

Credible media outlets and commentators often hide behind disclaimers.

11.  Disclaimers. THE SITE, THE MATERIALS ON THE SITE, AND ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, [NAME REDACTED], ITS SUPPLIERS, ADVERTISERS, SPONSORS AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE, THE MATERIALS, AND ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, ACCURACY, MERCHANTABILITY, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ANY WARRANTIES THAT MAY ARISE FROM COURSE OF DEALING, COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR USAGE OF TRADE. [NAME REDACTED] DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE SITE OR ANY HYPERLINKED SITE, OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING. YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND ANY MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE SITE ARE ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Bottom line…

DiceThe program may work until it doesn’t. That’s the risk you accept on blind faith since you are ultimately responsible for your medical bills. I am not commenting on the company’s offering, only using it to illustrate the type of issues you should consider before investing in a program that involves healthcare.

For those wanting to research the topic, look for Healthcare Ministries, which are much the same thing with a religious component, and where donations might be tax-deductible.

Listen to the Better Business Bureau: Investigate BEFORE you invest.

Be safe and be well.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE DEMOCRATS' 2022 MID-TERM ELECTION STRATEGY

Dishonesty, distraction, and deflection to subvert the 2022 mid-term elections…

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The progressive communist democrats and their propagandists in the media continue to exploit the hours-long January 6, 2020, riot at the Capitol complex to divert the nation’s attention from the decline and destruction of our nation from the criminality, incompetence, and ideology of the Administration under the Democrat’s watch.

Merrick Garland, an attorney general who makes the dishonest former attorney general Eric Holder look good by comparison…

Excerpts from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks on the First Anniversary of the Attack on the Capitol.

…as we begin a new year — and as we prepare to mark a solemn anniversary tomorrow – it is a fitting time to reaffirm that we at the Department of Justice will do everything in our power to defend the American people and American democracy.

We will defend our democratic institutions from attack.

We will protect those who serve the public from violence and threats of violence.

We will protect the cornerstone of our democracy: the right to every eligible citizen to cast a vote that counts.

And we will do all of this in a manner that adheres to the rule of law and honors our obligation to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of everyone in this country.

[OCS: Given the recent performance of the DOJ and the FBI, these are all BIG LIES!]

Tomorrow will mark the first anniversary of January 6th, 2021 — the day the United States Capitol was attacked while lawmakers met to affirm the results of a presidential election.

Those involved must be held accountable, and there is no higher priority for us at the Department of Justice.

In the early afternoon of January 6th — as the United States Senate and House of Representatives were meeting to certify the vote count of the Electoral College — a large crowd gathered outside the Capitol building.

Shortly after 2 p.m., individuals in the crowd began to force entry into the Capitol, by smashing windows and assaulting U.S. Capitol police, who were stationed there to protect the members of Congress as they took part in one of the most solemn proceedings of our democracy. Others in the crowd encouraged and assisted those who attacked the police.

Over the course of several hours, outnumbered law enforcement officers sustained a barrage of repeated, violent attacks. About 80 Capitol Police and 60 D.C. Metropolitan Police were assaulted.

With increasing numbers of individuals having breached the Capitol, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives — including the President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence — had to be evacuated.

As a consequence, proceedings in both chambers were disrupted for hours — interfering with a fundamental element of American democracy: the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next.

Those involved must be held accountable, and there is no higher priority for us at the Department of Justice.

In the aftermath of the attack, the Justice Department began its work on what has become one of the largest, most complex, and most resource-intensive investigations in our history.

[OCS: One might think that the criminality of the Obama Administration and the ongoing election operations which subverted presidential elections and brought about a fundamental transformation of our nation is the highest priority of an honest Justice Department.

If one considers the investigations into the assassination of John Kennedy or the terrorist attack on 9/11/2001where 2,996 people were murdered, or even the multi-year faux investigation of the Donald Trump/Russia hoax, to be the standards for resource-intensive investigations, one might ask why the DOJ is spending their time, effort, and money over an event that was relatively insignificant and did not even rise to the level of the 1983 bombing of the Senate or the 1954 Capitol Shooting by four Puerto Rican nationalists. Events memory-holed by the Democrats?]

We build investigations by laying a foundation. We resolve more straightforward cases first because they provide the evidentiary foundation for more complex cases.

[OCS: How complex can a case for criminal trespass be? It appears most of the “rioters” were lookie-loos taking selfies and souvenirs. Some of the most active participants were well documented but have never been charged – perhaps because they were associated with the FBI or other clandestine government agencies.]

Investigating the more overt crimes generates linkages to less overt ones. Overt actors and the evidence they provide can lead us to others who may also have been involved. And that evidence can serve as the foundation for further investigative leads and techniques.

In circumstances like those of January 6th, a full accounting does not suddenly materialize. To ensure that all those criminally responsible are held accountable, we must collect the evidence.

We follow the physical evidence. We follow the digital evidence. We follow the money.  

But most important, we follow the facts — not an agenda or an assumption. The facts tell us where to go next.

The central norm is that, in our criminal investigations, there cannot be different rules depending on one’s political party or affiliation. There cannot be different rules for friends and foes. And there cannot be different rules for the powerful and the powerless.

[OCS: Garland is a liar and this is a lie!]

There is only one rule: we follow the facts and enforce the law in a way that respects the Constitution and protects civil liberties.

[OCS: Garland is lying. Ask any of the unconvicted political prisoners held under inhumane conditions which violate their civil liberties and amount to torture – to produce confessions, if only to stop the pain. Garland and others should be held accountable for their behavior.]

We conduct every investigation guided by the same norms. And we adhere to those norms even when, and especially when, the circumstances we face are not normal.

[OCS: Another lie.]

Adhering to the department’s long-standing norms is essential to our work in defending our democracy, particularly at a time when we are confronting a rise in violence and unlawful threats of violence in our shared public spaces and directed at those who serve the public.

[OCS: Still waiting for the investigation of communist front groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter which caused billions in property damages, the attack on federal courts, and assaults on federal officers.]

Yada. Yada. Yada.

The United States dodged a bullet when the United States Senate refused to allow Garland to be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice…

It has become exceedingly hard to believe that the Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland, was once nominated by President Barack Obama to sit on the Supreme Court to replace esteemed Justice succeed Antonin Scalia.

"I have selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America's sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence.”

“At a time when our politics are so polarized, at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comity are so often treated like they’re disposable, this is precisely the time when we should play it straight,”

Described as a “centrist appellate judge by the radically progressive New York Times… “In choosing Judge Garland, a former prosecutor who has served on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997 and as its chief judge since 2013, Mr. Obama opted to select a jurist better known for his meticulous work ethic and adherence to legal principles than for an ideological bent.”

Bottom line…

Merrick Garland is a dishonest schmuck that needs to be impeached after the 2022 mid-terms if the GOP prevails in the House and the Senate.

We are so screwed when party hacks and ideologues are appointed to high office or are embedded in the bureaucracy.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ARE THE SEATTLE POLICE TRYING TO COVER-UP A COMMUNIST FALSE FLAG OPERATION?

Did the Seattle Police Department, at the direction of progressive communist democrats, attempt a false flag operation involving knowingly false propaganda that was then amplified in the media?

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Seattle police faked radio chatter about Proud Boys as CHOP formed in 2020, investigation finds

At a crucial moment during 2020’s racial justice protests, Seattle police exchanged a detailed series of fake radio transmissions about a nonexistent group of menacing right-wing extremists.

The radio chatter about members of the Proud Boys marching around downtown Seattle, some possibly carrying guns, and then heading to confront protesters on Capitol Hill was an improper “ruse,” or dishonest ploy, that exacerbated a volatile situation, according to findings released Wednesday by the city’s Office of Police Accountability.

[OCS: But was it a ruse or just part of a planned propaganda plan to promote the white supremacist's narrative and provide cover for the communist front groups Antifa and Black Lives Matter who serve as the Democrat’s shock troops on the street?]

The Proud Boys is a far-right group with a reputation for street violence and with several members — including one from South King County — who have been charged with terrorism for alleged actions related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The ruse happened on the night of June 8, 2020, hours after the Police Department had abandoned its East Precinct on Capitol Hill and just as protesters were starting to set up the zone that was later called the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP.

The officers who participated described a group gathering by City Hall and moving around downtown. They delivered reports such as, “It looks like a few of them might be open carrying,” and: “Hearing from the Proud Boys group. … They may be looking for somewhere else for confrontation.”

Social media posts warning about the Proud Boys by people who were monitoring police radio transmissions caused alarm in the protest zone, where some people armed and barricaded themselves that night. Though some people in the zone may have brought guns regardless of the chatter, the ruse “improperly added fuel to the fire,” OPA Director Andrew Myerberg concluded. <Source>

Bottom line…

Can you trust any officials in Seattle after the police were ordered to “stand down,” leaving innocent residents and property at risk? Where are the prosecutions and prison sentences for these actual “insurrectionists?”

You can’t trust your elected officials, and in select cities across the United States, you can’t trust the police to perform their sworn duties.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


A WOKE NASCAR TURNS UN-AMERICAN

I never thought I would see the day when NASCAR introduced politics into racing and supported a group of communist terrorists…

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To say we are screwed when we see a cultural icon like NASCAR desecrated is an understatement. BTW: isn’t the schmuck driving the BLM-sponsored car the same peckerhead that misidentified a garage door pull for a noose?

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


IT'S TIME TO ABANDON TWITTER: KILLER OF FREE SPEECH

Enough with Twitter Censorship and Cancellations...

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When Twitter unilaterally decides to suspend a credible media company offering content and tools for professionals, including producers of television, radio, podcast, and other content consumers, the die has been cast. Twitter has fallen down the abyss of full-blown censorship and cancelation based on a particular political ideology and commercial interests.

In this instance, Twitter has suspended the account of Grabien Media for posting a video of House Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) speaking about money influencing the regulation of COVID-19 therapeutics.

‘You’ve got to look at the money angle’

BIGGS: “Thanks, Lisa, good to be with you. I think he’s right, two reasons. Number one, when he talks about big pharma having other economic interests, they got on a path and they want to keep this path there and these other therapeutics aren’t really going to make them a lot of money, so you’ve got to look at the money angle for short. But then you also have to look at the efficacy of big government married to big pharma here and what you see is kind of this power, this control, this move for that. That’s also what’s going on, in my opinion.” <Source>

Bottom line…

Considering that so much of what was attributed to “official sources” such as the Centers for Disease Control and credible medical professionals like Dr. Anthony Fauci was wrong or not connected to any verifiable science, I find it amazing that Twitter would assume the authority to decide the truth or relevance of medical information. Much less censor the comments of a Member of Congress.

How can Twitter continue to enjoy the “platform” protections of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act when they have become a “publisher” of content over which they now exert editorial control.

Our exceptional nation was founded on ideas, and public discourse is necessary for our continued advancement. It appears that Twitter has become the propaganda operation of the progressive communist democrats and their corporate masters.

Lest you find yourself suddenly canceled or censored without warning or recourse, it is time to seek a safe harbor by preparing alternative free speech platforms such as GETTR, Parler, Rumble, and the yet-to-launch Truth Social.

Screw Twitter before the screw you and America.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


MORE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HYPOCRISY

Once again, the shameless World Health Organization displays its blatant hypocrisy…

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One of the world’s largest sources of lies and distortions on the worldwide pandemic caused by the Communist Chinese Virus has the brass balls to encourage individuals, many of who lack medical knowledge and believe what they have been spoon-fed by a corrupt, deceptive, and dishonest media, to report “misinformation” to social media platforms. The equally corrupt and fraudulent social media platforms will then use these reports to cancel or censor correct information, dissent, and legitimate discussion on their respective platforms. 

How to report misinformation online

As the world responds to the  COVID-19 pandemic, we face the challenge of an overabundance of information related to the virus. Some of this information may be false and potentially harmful. Inaccurate information spreads widely and at speed, making it more difficult for the public to identify verified facts and advice  from trusted sources, such as  their local health authority or WHO. However, everyone can help to stop the spread. If you see content online that you believe to be false or misleading, you can report it to the hosting social media platform. [OCS: Especially the ignorant layman do-gooder in their basement!]

Here's how to do it. <Source>

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To add insult to injury…

Be careful what you share. Things aren't always what they seem online.

Not all information you find online is true. The internet is great, but it can also be used to spread misleading news and content. Protect yourself and your friends from false information about coronavirus, vaccines and more. Use the SHARE checklist to help you spot false information to make sure you don't contribute to the spread of harmful content.

When shared, false information can take on a life of its own and have some serious consequences. It can lead to health scares, false accusations and potentially damaging hoax stories. Recently there has been a lot of this kind of false information about coronavirus and the new vaccines that protect us from the virus. It’s not always easy to spot, so use the SHARE checklist to make sure that you are not contributing to the spread of harmful content.

Use the SHARE checklist

Before you like, comment or share content online, use the SHARE checklist to make sure you’re not contributing to the spread of harmful content.

Source: Rely on official sources for medical and safety information. Check the facts about vaccinations and coronavirus from the WHO and your national and local public health authorities.

Headline: Headlines don’t always tell the full story. Always read to the end before you share articles about coronavirus, including those about vaccines.

Analyse: Analyse the facts. If something sounds unbelievable, it very well might be. Independent fact-checking services are correcting false information about coronavirus and vaccines every day.

Retouched: Watch out for misleading pictures and videos in stories about coronavirus vaccines. They might be edited, or show an unrelated place or event. Check to see who else is using the photo.

Error: Look out for mistakes. Typos and other errors might mean the information is false. Official guidance about coronavirus will always have been carefully checked. <Source>

Every one of the highlighted statements may be bullpucky and balderdash. Simply put, it is next to impossible to find reliable sources, and most agenda-driven officials pull “the science” out of Fauci’s butt.

More importantly, ask yourself why the World Health Organization is going beyond news releases to engage in propaganda and information warfare?

Remember, the World Health Organization director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is not a medical doctor and is a member of a Marxist-Leninist Ethiopian political party that analysts have listed as a perpetrator of terrorism. He is a communist with close ties and allegiance to Communist China. 

Also, Dr. Fauci knowingly and maliciously withheld critical medical information and spread false information to cover up his criminal involvement in a mass casualty event arising from research he supported. 

Bottom line…

“They” want you to repeat ONLY authorized lies promoted by demonstrably dishonest organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and other “official” sources pushing the globalist views of the progressive communist democrats.

I suggest you consider establishing an auxiliary presence on free-speech platforms such as GETTR, Parler, Rumble, and others who refuse to suppress free and open discussions and will not cancel you or censor your posts on a whim. Social media platforms that won’t employ “fact-checkers” and then admit they are only “opinion checkers” when challenged in court proceedings. Social media platforms that admit their mistakes, correct false and misleading information, and apologize to those they have harmed or slandered.

I also suggest you join the campaign to revoke section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which allows social media platforms legal immunity against defamation actions based on the fiction that they operate as platforms, not publishers with some degree of control over third-party content.

It is time to return to the days of free speech, academic freedom, trust in the scientific method, and the punishment of charlatans. Note, all information seems to be associated with progressive communist democrats.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

References:

WHO’S WORLDWIDE SURVEILLANCE AND INFORMATION OPERATIONS


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ROBERTS' REPORT ON THE SUPREME COURT -- BALDERDASH & BULLPUCKY

HIDDEN-PARTISANSHIP

I found that the 2021 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary submitted by John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, on December 31, 2021, is somewhat problematical.

The problem is encapsulated in Roberts’ contention that “the Judiciary’s power to manage its internal affairs insulates courts from inappropriate political influence and is crucial to preserving public trust in its work as a separate and coequal branch of government.”

One, we have seen the Supreme Court usurp the sole law-making power of Congress to legislate from the bench rather than ruling on the constitutionality of the matter and either returning the matter to the lower courts or allowing Congress the opportunity to correct defective legislation. Two, allowing the Judiciary to manage its internal affairs without oversight hinders the critical checks and balances deemed necessary by our Founding Fathers. And three, the public’s trust in the Supreme Court has been steadily eroding due to tortured interpretations of the Constitution, several important ones by Roberts himself as the deciding vote.

Additionally, only the Supreme Court was created by the U.S. Constitution; Congress created the lower courts. Considering how judicial nominations are made and confirmed by the Senate makes a mockery of the assertion that the lower courts are independent and free from political taint.

Roberts cites three significant concerns.

I would like to highlight three topics that have been flagged by Congress and the press over the past year. They will receive focused attention from the Judicial Conference and its committees in the coming months. The first is a matter of financial disclosure and recusal obligations. The second topic is the continuing concern over inappropriate behavior in the judicial workplace. The third agenda topic I would like to highlight is an arcane but important matter of judicial administration: judicial assignment and venue for patent cases in federal trial court.

  • About ethical lapses concerning financial disclosures and the required conflict of interest recusals of sitting judges…

Roberts writes, “Let me be crystal clear: the Judiciary takes this matter seriously. We expect judges to adhere to the highest standards, and those judges violated an ethics rule. But I do want to put these lapses in context.” He points out that these cases were exceedingly small, primarily accidental, and can be remedied by additional ethical training.   

Roberts himself appears guilty of an ethical lapse in 2017. After hearing oral arguments in a patent case, Roberts discovered he owned 1,212 shares of the parent company of one of the parties worth in excess of $100,000. While nobody claimed undue influence or an ethical breach, Roberts concluded he should not continue with the case and recused himself from further proceedings. But I do not see where he set up a central mechanism to review financial disclosures and potential conflicts of interests within each judicial district.

  • About behavior in the workplace…

“The Working Group made more than 20 recommendations in three primary areas, proposing that the Judiciary: (1) revise its codes of conduct and other published guidance to delineate more clearly the principles of appropriate behavior; (2) strengthen and streamline its internal procedures for identifying and correcting misconduct; and (3) expand its training programs to raise awareness of conduct issues.”

Being federal employees, one would think that government training programs, monitoring, and remedies would have been in place long ago.

  • About venues and assignments of judges in patent cases, some worth hundreds of millions of dollars…

One might consider venue-shopping for patent judges who do not have the technical expertise to understand the underlying issues to be a procedural matter. An issue that would assume reduced importance when measured against the immigration courts’ operation is affecting national security, economic viability, shifts in voting patterns, and changes to the American culture of exceptionalism. The immigration courts claim to be so backlogged as to render timely hearings on immigration matters a cruel joke played on American citizens to benefit the open-borders groups and those who profit from immigration matters.

Bottom line…

This report is balderdash and bullpucky. The Court has been politicized and has produced rulings that upheld unconstitutional rulings. Even worse than these flawed rulings are the cases the Supreme Court refuses to hear – either because of partisan ideology or the fear of upsetting a significant portion of American citizens. Nobody believes that certain justices are not partisan ideologues, and Roberts has a spine of marshmallows.

The Court refused to demand the State of Pennsylvania uphold their existing election laws or seek changes through their state legislature is one of the proximate causes of the 2020 election integrity issues. A simple comment, “follow the law,” would have put all states on judicial notice that not following their state laws would have consequences.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans who said the secretary of state had no authority to extend the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots in the 2020 general election. The court's denial, issued with no explanation and no noted dissents, was no surprise. The justices have consistently declined to take up any of the post-election challenges from the state. <Source>

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THE GOP CONTINUES TO INSULT THE INTELLIGENCE OF ITS BASE

Yesterday, I pointed out that the GOP’s fundraising efforts were somewhat deceptive (BEFORE YOU DONATE TO THE GOP -- CHECK WHO IS RECEIVING THE DONATIONS). Today, I discovered that I was not alone in my disdain for GOP fundraising efforts.

It seems that PJ Media’s Matt Margolis experienced much the same thing.

The Most Inappropriate Fundraising Email I've Ever Received

Mm-em

On New Year’s Eve, I received an email that, quite frankly, worried me. The alert came on my Apple Watch, and the subject read: “WARNING: Payment Incomplete.”

Well, crap, what happened? Did a credit card expire without me realizing it? I panicked. Something was up, and I had to fix it right away. So, I quickly dropped what it was I was doing and went to the email to figure out the problem so I could fix it.

It turns out there was no problem at all. That was merely a rather tactless subject line of a fundraising email from the Republican National Committee.

“We just checked your Trump Social Media Founding Supporter membership status, and it appears that your payment is still pending,” the email read.

Groan.

Look, I get that finding new ways to grab people’s attention is crucial to getting clicks and donations. Heck, this email clearly caught my attention. As soon as I saw the subject line, I went right to the email. But as soon as I saw what the email was about, I could not have been more turned off. So, instead of a donation, I unsubscribed from the list.

Do better, Republican National Committee. Do better. <Source>

Bottom line…

Not only was the e-mail deceptive and misleading, but it was also an indication of the disrespect the Republicans appear to have for their small donors. They continue to insult our intelligence with every fundraising pitch. 

There is little or no doubt that the GOP spends so much time, effort, and money fighting among itself in the primary that when the general election comes, the opposition has a free catalog of vicious opposition video to throw at the surviving GOP candidate – surprising no one that the GOP, once again, snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Republicans appear to be on their way to taking over the House of Representatives in 2022 and perhaps gaining a slight majority in the Senate. BUT NOT IF REPUBLICANS STAY HOME – disrespected and disillusioned by their party.

It’s time for the GOP to clean up their act.

We are so screwed when the GOP cannot articulate their values and put forth a solid platform – counting on that part of the electorate who votes against the progressive communist democrat opposition rather than supporting the GOP!

With ten months five days until the general election on November 8, 2022 – minus early voting days, we cannot afford to continue crapping on our base.

Vote for RESULTS, not RHETORIC.

It’s time for LEADERSHIP, not LIES.

-- steve

Trump-card


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BEFORE YOU DONATE TO THE GOP -- CHECK WHO IS RECEIVING THE DONATIONS

By now, almost everyone knows that former President Trump has cut a deal to launch his own media company known as TMTG (Trump Media & Technology Group) to combat the media moguls and tech tyrants who want to censor or cancel conservative voices. The initial offerings of this enterprise are TRUTH Social, TMTG +, and TMTG News.

Trump Media & Technology Group -- A Uniting Force For Freedom of Expression

  • No Political Discrimination
  • Canceling Cancel Culture
  • Standing Up to Big Tech

Our Vision

In the year 2021, the media pendulum has swung dangerously far to the left. Silicon Valley, the mainstream media, and Big Tech have begun to forcibly silence voices that do not align with their woke ideology. Big Tech platforms demonetize, throttle, and cancel those who stray from the mainstream narrative. They are not just censoring content – they are determining what can and cannot be said. By controlling how information is shared, they control the narrative. They control the future. They control you.

To counter this dangerous exercise of Big Tech monopoly power, President Donald J. Trump and TMTG are building a media and technology company rooted in social media, digital streaming, and more. TMTG intends to even the playing field by providing people with open media platforms where they can share and create content without fear of reputational ruin. <Source>

So why do we find the scummy scammers at the National Republican Senatorial Committee trying to piggyback on Trump’s efforts with a fundraising pitch that has apparently nothing to do with  Trump’s project?

Trump-social-media-card

President Trump TOOK ACTION against the Silicon Valley socialists running Big Tech and DELIVERED for the American people, so we CANNOT believe a TOP TRUMP PATRIOT, LIKE YOU, has not stepped up yet to pledge your loyalty.

We’re only selecting 75 patriots to activate their OFFICIAL TRUMP SOCIAL MEDIA MEMBERSHIP PLEDGE CARD a day, so if you don’t claim yours now, there’s NO guarantee yours will EVER be ACTIVATED. 

Please contribute $45 within the NEXT HOUR to claim your personalized Trump Social Media Membership Pledge Card. >>

Paid for by the NRSC. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Bottom line…

There is little or no doubt in my mind that the corrupt and feckless Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell uses funds collected to promote GOP Senate Candidates for office to keep himself in power by selectively dispersing the majority of those funds to allies who will continue to support him. Most likely, once again, as the Senate Majority Leader if the GOP should assume the majority in the 2022 mid-term elections.

But Mitch McConnell is no friend of conservatives, nor does he keep members of his caucus from jumping the aisle to advance the progressive communist agenda.

I see no reason why we should allow McConnell or the NRSC to misrepresent themselves to “We the People.”

Don’t be screwed by these phony pitches… Investigate BEFORE you invest in the GOP future.

Save your money to support TMTG, not Mitch McConnell.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


NEW GOP AD: "WE WILL NEVER BACK DOWN"

Once again, the deceptive GOP bullshit is flowing freely…

Bullshit

GOP 2022 CAMPAIGN AD: Kevin McCarthy: Never Back Down

When they walk away, we step up. When they stay silent, we speak up. When they silence us, we speak louder and longer.

We are Republicans. We are conservatives. We believe in freedom, in family, in security, in prosperity, and we fight for you.

To secure our border.

To stop socialist tyranny.

To save America.

For those who served, for those who wear the badge, for America’s job creators, remember this: Tough times don’t last. Tough Americans do.

House Republicans have a commitment to America.

We will never back down.  <Source>

What annoys me about this GOP commercial is that it is full of the same type of platitudes we have been hearing from the wishy-washy Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) since he assumed the position of House Minority Leader on January 3, 2019. Look closely; something is missing! Fiscal responsibility-- including a reduction in unnecessary spending and a more aggressive push to curtail waste, fraud, and abuse.

For those who have observed McCarthy’s actions, the tagline of this commercial should be, We will never back down. Until we do.” The sad fact is that McCarthy seems unwilling or unable to control his caucus – while we continue to see members of his GOP caucus jump the aisle to advance the progressive communist agenda by voting with the Democrats.

The pork-laden, progressive-supporting infrastructure bill is a prime example of a significant House GOP sell-out…

Thirteen Republicans in the House voted with Democrats pass (228-206) the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which will now be forwarded to President Biden's desk for his signature. They are:

  • Rep. John Katko of New York
  • Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska
  • Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey
  • Rep. Don Young of Alaska
  • Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Tom Reed of New York
  • Rep. Andrew Garbarino of New York
  • Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York
  • Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia
  • Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey

Without those 13 squishy RINOs (Republicans In Name Only), the 228-206 win would have been a 215-219 loss.

Bottom line…

Vote for RESULTS, not RHETORIC.

It’s time for LEADERSHIP, not LIES.

We are so screwed if we win the House in 2022, and the feckless housemate of Frank Luntz becomes the House Speaker.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS