A Side Bet Win

Sweden-Once Mocked for Its COVID Strategy-Now Has One of the Lowest COVID Mortality Rates in Europe | Jon Miltimore

Early in the coronavirus pandemic, I asked a simple question. Could Sweden’s laissez-faire approach to the coronavirus actually work? Unlike its European neighbors and virtually all US states, the Swedes had opted to not shut down the economy. The country of 10 million people took what was at first described as “a lighter touch.”

Like someone at a craps table betting the come line mid-game after the shooter has already established his pass line ‘point’, the Swedish narrative since the covid social experiment phenomenon began is a side-bet, a game within a game. In this case, it’s a come line bet won for those that esteem the liberty of individuals and fear and reject the collective will. It won’t affect the main game, and no matter how good the news, or how relevant the tale or information, it will be deemed fact-checked, debunked and mis-information by the majority, who will never take on board and factor in what happened in Sweden this whole time. Still, though, a minor win.

That said, Scandinavia, the Nordic countries, in general, are highly socialized & collectivized, the men long ago emasculated, so this is not a libertarian story. I’m not sure why Sweden swam upstream on this, while Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland did not, but it did buck the orthodoxy about covid from the very start, and while freedom as a basic, overriding principle may not have been its lighthouse, reason did seem to prevail about this issue.

Know Thine Enemy

Intelligent assessment is always good news, and as the gentleman rightly points out in the linked article, if any progress is ever to be made about that which perpetually and catastrophically ails and plagues human society, it will first be necessary to call a spade a spade.

Aldous Huxley’s Programme

There have been for some time, especially from libertarian quarters, accusations that the COVID-19 crisis has led to a state that has been called by some “medical martial law”. I believe the more accurate term and point of departure is “medical social engineering and management”. Martial law sounds more dramatic and seems simpler to understand.

Some Chicagoland 5G Pushback

I’ve heard nothing but major (non-Luddite) warnings about the health and privacy (ending) consequences of 5G, yet, it continues its encroachment almost completely unabated, in spite of many public and scholarly protests. I no longer think that most people have any particular regard for their personal freedom, but it would appear that occasionally a risk not hyped by corporate news causes some people to withdraw consent, at least for a moment.

On a personal note, I grew up walking distance from Oak Brook, so glad to see the village on this side of the issue.

Oak Brook, IL Council Unanimously Approves Motion to Pass Resolutions Restoring Local Control Over 5G Deployment – Activist Post

By B.N. Frank In 2019, telecom executives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. This is one of many reasons why American opposition to 5G continues to increase.

Three Days of the Dodo

Another understated and funny essay by Mr. Revusky not quite ever stating his point baldly (part of that being, as he put it elsewhere, “that the Betty Ong we were presented after 9/11, Chinese Betty, almost certainly is a non-existent person”), leaving it, and its import, to be inferred. While reading this article, I thought of Redford’s film, Three Days of the Condor, and the room full of ‘readers’ his character was a member of (that got killed, besides himself), and thought that if there are readers, then there are ‘writers’, at intelligence agencies and think tanks, with people sitting around all day whose job it is to modify various historical records to fit official narratives, and to write those narratives. Seems like maybe Revusky happened upon the work of one of those writers, possibly inadvertantly sloppy, possibly intentionally so (in my view).

Revisiting 9/11, Betty Ong, and the Mystery of “Black Betty”

♫ Je vous parle d’un temps ♫ ♫ Que les moins de vingt ans ♫ ♫ Ne peuvent pas connaître ♫ Charles Aznavour I recall how, as a child, in my teens, and as a much younger man than now, people of the older generation would reminisce nostalgically about where they were when they heard that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.

And regarding duping delight, there is a fairly important public building, the Betty Ann Ong Recreation Center in San Francisco, named after her. I noticed some discussion of naming a freeway after her. Also, there was talk of naming a school after her. (Maybe that self-same George Washington High could get renamed after Betty!)

Imagine you’re the person who invented this phony person, the thrill you could get driving down the Betty Ong freeway!! Jon Revusky (in correspondence)

The Drug Peace

It’s collectivist and it’s consequentialist (the state’s still involved, and the drugs aren’t decriminalized because it’s thought that adults own themselves and thus can ingest what they wish), but it’s clearly one of the better ways to handle the social issue that is drug abuse within the current western political paradigm. That this is a better way than the prohibitional, morally and practically repugnant, and embarrassingly hypocritical (U.S. and allied troops guard the poppy fields in Afghanistan, as one spectacular example), “war on drugs” policy carried out in the United States is so obvious that it’s amazing that the approach still has any support at all anywhere, even among non-libertarians, as dangerous as illegal drug trafficking makes many places.

It probably doesn’t have much support anymore, in reality, I suspect, and so here’s an example of a better way to do things once enough people finally snap out of it and want to try something else.

Decriminalization: A Love Story

By SUSANA FERREIRA When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the eighties, one in ten residents slipped into the deep of heroin addiction-bankers, university students, carpenters, socialites, miners-and Portugal fell into a panic. The way Álvaro Pereira tells the story, it all began in the south.

Going Off the Groomed Trail

Having a Walden Two-ish aspect to it, so long as the idea envisioned for this town does not include its eventually being forced upon all, become a Venus Project type thing (as much as I admire Peter Joseph’s intellect, and was riveted by and agreed with his Zeitgeist: The Movie documentary), then I admire the trailblazing of this small town and the people in it imagining and trying to implement better economic and governmental systems than our current ones.

The underlying system for the project, Contributionism, looks now to have a large voluntary component to it, and there are some likewise big claims being made about the prosperity to be expected from it by the participants of any UBUNTU/One Small Town project. If it works, and the voluntary nature remains, then the example will surely be noted and emulated elsewhere. I particularly like the built-in provision in the plan for those not participating in it to still be able to live in geographical near proximity to those who are, albeit, and correctly, without access to the spoils of the system’s success, should any materialize.

Good luck to them. I hope they’re able to try it.

Mayor Ron Higgins Makes History in North Frontenac

Mayor Ron Higgins successfully presented his plan for implementing the UBUNTU – ONE SMALL TOWN plan of action in North Frontenac, Ontario, Canada – and was given the full support of the Council to continue with the implementation. His closing words were “One small town, starts today.”