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Bunessan

3 days ago

In a hymnal, every song represents someone who took hours to craft it — maybe weeks, maybe months — who then spent even more time sharing it with others. Many others went through this process, failing along the way.
Text was added and changed, tunes were tweaked. A great deal of human effort and sacrifice later, it appeared in a hymnal to be sung by you.
Someone forsook other activity for the activity it took to make that hymn a reality. Imagine the amount of passion represented by one of those hymns in that heavy book you hoist each Sunday.
This process, by-and-large, is not a well structured process. There is no right way to get it done.
Many pieces of writing you read — articles, essays, poems — go through a similar process.

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The Niggling Little Miseries of American Marxism

8 days ago

We credit Thomas Edison in 1879 with creating the incandescent lightbulb. That bulb was made of glass enclosed platina wire contacts delivering electricity to a carbon filament within a vacuum tube.
By the time I was a child, many decades later, the thing had been perfected. And the joy of cozying up to a loved one before bed, in my pajamas in a cushy chair in the corner of the frontroom under the warm glow of the reading lamp’s incandescent lightbulb remains with me. One click of the four-position rotary switch and it came on. A second click and it got brighter. A third click and it got brighter yet. And a fourth click turned it off.
I suppose I’m not the only person with warm memories like that of incandescent bulbs.
Imagine

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Social Justice Has a Religion, and This Is Its Dictionary

12 days ago

Some identify religion as a human necessity. Seemingly as a testament to that, even those who have proudly done away with what they see as the banal and barbaric myths of the past, make a god of the state and a religion of the political process. Others may see Tony Robbins as a high priest overseeing an invigorating religious ceremony. Still others, may see Oprah as a prophet, or a periodic, lavish dinner as an epicurean communion of ritualistic value.
It is apparent that man longs for a story about the order of the universe that religion offers.
Christianity did not become the de rigueur spiritual, philosophical, and political system of vast portions of the world without having something to offer its adherents. Writers like Carl

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Welcome to the Epic the Other Generations Could Only Have Dreamt of

16 days ago

“From my youngest days I always had the feeling that we were all involved in some great crusade, that the world was a battleground for good and evil, and that our lives would be consumed in that conflict.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
With those lines, Kennedy begins his book “American Values.” In them, he cites a fundamental conflict. This conflict is at the heart of the greatest stories of literature going back to Gilgamesh: a battle between good and evil.
Welcome to 2020.
In Gilgamesh: The tyrant king, Gilgamesh, does harm to the people of Uruk. The gods make a mighty counterweight to him, Enkidu. At first coming into conflict with one another, the two go on a journey together in search of everlasting life, Enkidu dies along the

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The Resistance Thrives: 8 Successes Against Corona Communism

18 days ago

The resistance to corona communism is thriving. Though there have been additional hurdles, individual Americans are increasingly returning things to normal, one person at a time. Some backlash is also coming as people increasingly look to the normally insulated public health community and demand they explain the damage they caused and continue to cause.
Victory in Palm Beach County!
What happened in Palm Beach is not as wonderful as how it happened. On Monday, May 11, 2020 Palm Beach County became the first county in South Florida to re-open according to the Sun Sentinel, snubbing federal guidelines.
“The county commission voted 5-1 on May 5 to ask Gov. Ron DeSantis to lift restrictions designed to stop the spread of the new

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Public Health Is Another Term For Marxism

23 days ago

“Data-driven” is a buzzword even in public health. Public health is the Marxist step-brother of the individualist field of medicine and generally unconcerned with an honest reading of available data. This moment in time makes that abundantly apparent.
Public health offers collectivist plans to address health, which is an individual concept. The medical field is becoming increasingly affected by the same. However, at its core, the medical field is not collectivist. Doctors focus on the individual patient. This can be traced back to the 2,400-year-old Hippocratic Oath and other texts on medical ethics. The public health profession can trace its roots back to the late-1800s in England as ideologies intending to push a supposed

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They Don’t Care About the Data, and They Never Have

28 days ago

The number of viruses in you, or any other perfectly healthy human, at this moment outnumber your own cells by a factor of 100, as virologist Dr. John Mokili points out: “In the human holobiont, the 10^13 human cells are outnumbered 10-fold by bacteria and 100-fold by viruses.” Is the world really turning upside down over a virus?
Data Is Readily Available Today Like Never Before 
We live in the age of the Internet. That means with a few clicks, viewpoints that used to take hours of library work can be found in seconds.
Before the corona bans were put into place, there was vociferous opposition from all manner of perspectives as to why those bans were an awful idea.
Despite extensive datasets against lockdowns already existing,

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Just To Be Clear — The Covid-19 Vaccine Will Be Rigorously Tested

June 2, 2020

Some people claim that the Covid-19 vaccine will not be rigorously tested. That’s a lie.
I worked for a software company once that didn’t test its code in a testing environment. They tested their code “in production.” That worked until it didn’t. Everything fell apart. Customers lost millions. It was the most awful product release I’ve ever witnessed.
Similarly, the Covid-19 vaccine will be tested in production. Notable examples come to mind when people talk about testing vaccines in production.
1955 — Cutter Labs Polio Vaccine Catastrophe 
As reported in the Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine “In April 1955 more than 200,000 children in five Western and mid-Western USA states received a polio vaccine in which the process

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Why You Might Rent Yourself A Mustang This Weekend

May 30, 2020

I don’t know you, but if I did, I would wish you a lot of rumble and chrome.
I don’t know you, but if I did, I would wish you a muscle car and the bravado of classic rock.
I don’t know you, but if I did, I would wish you a long road with no radars for ages — no authority other than you, nature, and the big guy.
You’ve got male energy and you’ve got female energy. Every human has both. The lockdowns, in their insular, protective way, have come, to some extent, out of a plethora of caring female energy. Cradle-to-grave government tends to be that. More time at home lowers the testosterone. More time on Netflix. More time on the couch. More time eating carbs. It reduces some of nature’s way of putting a little more swagger in your

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Duncan Lemp – America’s First Covid-19 Death

May 23, 2020

On 9/11 it took just under 9 hours for two planes to collapse three New York skyscrapers.
As Toby Keith described it in his most jingoistic song “A sucker punch came flying from somewhere in the back.”
“What just happened?” was the dazed sentiment repeated for months. Those were hard times. Many were reminded that you can’t change the past. Eventually, most people snapped out of it.
The corona communism, put in place from the Ides of March 2020, in contrast, has unfolded in slow motion. The magnitude of the destruction takes place in full view around us daily.
“What is happening?” has been the dazed sentiment repeated for months, as people grasp at straws trying to make sense of it. While you can’t change the past, you can change

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Americans Have Protested Every Day Since Easter Sunday

May 16, 2020

Here’s a narrative for you. Americans have held mass public protests against the lockdowns every day since Easter Sunday.
The darkest day in a long time was Easter Sunday 2020. Not even on this most special day, in this most free country, were the churches open. This was not something that even the USSR could accomplish: to shutter churches.
It turns out that was the darkest day for many others. That day has served as a rallying cry. Since that day, resistance has only grown and is likely going to continue until corona communism has come to an end.
Protests Every Day of The Week! 
Six weeks ago people in some places were barely leaving their homes. Today people are leaving their homes, en masse, every single day of the week to

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We Live in the Wikileaks Era — the Greatest Ever for Advancing Human Freedom

May 13, 2020

The Century of the Great State is behind us. I plot that century from the 1917 Russian Revolution that ultimately empowered a state-level actor to be the messenger of the toxic ideology of Marxism, through to the death of the internationally popular dictator Fidel Castro in 2016.
It was a century when more than 100 million died at the hands of their own governments, as those governments claimed to be doing good for their citizenry.
That is the past. What an ugly past it was. It can be put behind us if we so wish.
And now we have a special gift. It is a gift called the present.
And a new era may be ahead of us.
I can’t predict the future. I have no crystal ball. Anyone who claims otherwise is lying. There are a lot of experts who

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How To Sue Your Governor

May 9, 2020

Over the past month of advocating for civil disobedience against the corona ban, I’ve received many requests on how a person goes about suing the government.
A wonderful and fitting article about being civilly disobedient ran at the American Institute for Economic Research entitled “Why Aren’t Americans Suing Their Way Out Of Lockdown?”
That article, by Robert E. Wright, presents a legal framework for why more lawsuits should take place. Below, I’m going to offer a framework for HOW to make that happen. If the courts were inundated with 30 million lawsuits tomorrow, it would be a great thing. I once had the joy of suing the government in a manner similar to this one. Alternately, if even just one key test case is brought before

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The Government Invites a Black Market for Covid-Tainted Blood

May 7, 2020

How much would you pay to resume normal life? $100? $1,000? $10,000? Maybe more?
What if paying was the only way to avoid returning your life to normal without giving the surveillance state a sample of your blood? They assure you they would never store the sample, would never study, would never catalogue, would never use it against you, or engage in any other nefarious behavior with this sample.
Government has begun debating widespread blood testing to get society up and running again.
If your blood wasn’t tainted by SARS-CoV-2, you don’t get to live a normal life again. If your blood was tainted by SARS-CoV-2, you can have permission to go back to living life under the new normal.
I wonder how many barely-scraping-by

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You May Be Exempt From Wearing a Face Mask

May 2, 2020

Face masks are being turned to as a largely superstitious solution to the concerns about coronavirus, as opposed to a solution driven by data. The data also indicates that their use comes with drawbacks.
That being the case, local orders requiring a face mask are likely to make clear that there are exemptions to the order.
San Francisco Department of Public Health has played a leading role in Northern California, nationally, and globally in shaping corona response policy. That official order along with directives from City Hall deserve further attention, as it makes notable exceptions to who must wear the mask.
It Is Dangerous For Children Under 2 To Wear A Face Mask
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a poorly explained

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Are You a Dissident in the Era of Corona Communism?

April 28, 2020

In communist Czechoslovakia, one who dissented from the prevailing beliefs in “official culture” was a dissident.
It was as much, if not more, a frame of mind, as it was a way of acting. The mind had to be kept free, and the dissident had to live to fight another day.
He would also, likely, live a less-than-affluent, possibly even impoverished, existence as he sought to speak truth as much as he could get away with, as he sought to disobey as often as he could.
While it may have come with consequences, that disobedience offered its own reward. Henry David Thoreau writes “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
Barely any framework for disciplining the dissident exists in America today the way

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The Resistance Grows!

April 27, 2020

It is becoming increasingly evident that the lockdowns are an over-reaction and a power grab by power hungry and sociopathic authorities not being kept in check.
Henry David Thoreau writes “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
As if channeling the spirit of the man who wrote the book on civil disobedience, corona disobedience is on the rise.
Idaho Parents Are Still Taking Their Kids To Parks
Sara Brady, a mother at a local park, wasn’t interested in being pushed around over an illegal and illogical order. Local police trying to control the situation arrested her in a Meridian, Idaho park.
“Police said they made several attempts to get Brady to follow the rules and she refused to

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The 38-Member Blue Ribbon Committee To Protect Society From Itself Has Met and Determined That This Is the Best Way To Lift the Quarantine

April 23, 2020

The 38-member Blue Ribbon Committee to Protect Society from Itself has met and determined that this is the best way to lift the quarantine.
There are panels of Harvard MDs, Yale PhDs, government economists, and beltway attorneys who today seek a voice in how the quarantines should be lifted.
They are the same people who placed the quarantines on us.
Not only should they not have a say, they should lose their jobs in the very near future, and should be grateful that we live in an era that does not deal with the tyrant and his advisors like they’ve been dealt with for the majority of recorded history.
Historical Betrayals Of Trust Dealt With Harshly
From the tyrant Julius Caesar, to Heliogabalus and many in his court, much of

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Make It Impossible To Walk Through Your Park Peacefully

April 22, 2020

Some time ago, I resolved to do a thing dangerous in our era.
I resolved to speak truthfully to the people I met. If they didn’t like it, I would stop, and let the conversation wrap up shortly thereafter, to allow us both to spend our time in ways we’d each prefer.
It’s not really that dangerous once you get used to it.
A few people may find contempt for you, but in all likelihood, they were never people whose admiration you would want anyway. The contempt of some can be taken as a compliment.
When you speak truthfully, you give an often welcome, much in demand, offer to a fellow human. You invite them to speak truthfully back to you, and the way that this invitation tears down walls is nearly unmatchable.
You don’t even need to

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The First Easter Morning in a Long Time, That the Sun Did Not Shine

April 20, 2020

A detail I’ve noted since childhood, likely with a little bit of superstition built into it, and probably a selective memory, is how often Easter Sunday was met with a bright sunrise, no matter where in the world I found myself on that day.
This past Easter morning, churches around the world kept their doors shut. Pastors around the world voluntarily complied with Caesar’s requests. Very little opposition was shown, very few lawsuits were even filed to see if Caesar’s right arm agreed with Caesar’s left arm. Very few discussions took place to identify what loopholes may exist.
The pastors charged with caring for the disciples of the courageous Christ exhibited so little courage, they didn’t even go to Caesar and say “Let’s see

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The Fear Mask and the ‘I Surrender’ Pose

April 18, 2020

“For if you put me to death, you will not easily find another, who, to use a rather absurd figure, attaches himself to the city as a gadfly to a horse, which, though large and well bred, is sluggish on account of his size and needs to be aroused by stinging. I think the god fastened me upon the city in some such capacity, and I go about arousing…”
-Socrates, as reported by Plato in The Apology
A gadfly friend of mine has never done the pose of submission to the great state, the “I surrender” pose.
You know, the one where you stick your hands up in the air when someone points a gun at you, exposing your vulnerable torso and midsection.
You know, that “I surrender” pose – the pose that is drilled into you every time you pass

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The Resistance Has Begun! 24 Examples of Americans Resisting

April 16, 2020

Neil Ferguson has called for an 18-month rolling quarantine. Many government officials have cited his Imperial College paper as defense of the corona lockdowns. Like every other algorithm, this too has turned out to be based on the mere guess of an academic. Algorithm is another word for “guess.” Model is another word for “guess.”
It turns out that those guesses aren’t actually panning out. We have wagered a lot on those guesses, and taken unprecedented anti-social action. New York, for example, has needed some 18,000 hospital beds, not the 55,000, 73,000, or 136,000 that some predicted.
Data from Oregon shows the lockdown to be unnecessary. A professor there demonstrated more than a week ago that lockdowns are not working.

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14 Ways To Be Civilly Disobedient in the Face of the Corona Ban

April 10, 2020

Let’s face it, these corona shelter-in-place orders are illegal and ineffective. Politicians, however, aren’t just going to back down over such a grandiose idea. They need to be pushed. The bigger the government mistake, the harder it is to kill. And the corona bans need to be killed if they are going to die.
Case in point, even the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, more than two weeks ago, acknowledged that the hasty and heavy-handed corona ban may have backfired, saying “If you re-thought that or had time to analyze that public health strategy, I don’t know that you would say ‘Quarantine everyone.’” Yet the corona ban remains firmly in place in New York.
Sometimes fell swoops work to enact change, other times a general change

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Thank You to the Mother Who Brought Her Son to the Playground

April 9, 2020

In West Coast lockdown land, where everyone is compliant, I saw a miserable looking old man taking photos of children and parents who were having an amazing time together at an officially closed playground.
Locked in for more than a week, the parents had enough and took the children out to play.
It was a joy to behold, watching grandmother doing her laps, dad chasing the sons around, leaping over slides and other obstacles as they played tag with the hulking man, boys laughing hysterically, mother looking on from the park bench. A small sign had been posted at the park. It labeled the playground officially closed because of Covid-19. The next day barricades were put into place, intending to more seriously keep people off the

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Silver Lining: Corona Communism Helps You Lose Weight

April 6, 2020

An often overlooked detail about communism is how much more slender the people are.
The Cuban government to this day offers their people a weight loss plan.
It’s a mandatory plan that comes from preventing a functioning marketplace from working. The weight loss plan got more restrictive for a few years after the Soviet Union crumbled and stopped propping up Cuba. People went hungry. It got worse again after even petroleum-rich benefactor Venezuela fell apart at the hands of leaders with communist ideas.
Venezuela too has a weight loss plan that has resulted from the once prosperous country’s own experiment with communism. Venezuelans lost 19 lbs in 2016.
Then there is the horrific Holodomor, in which proud farmers in the USSR

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It Takes True Cowardice To Close Church Doors, Especially During a Corona Pandemic

April 1, 2020

Now I’m not talking to the pastor here who can’t do a thing about whether or not church meets. That’s a decision made by a committee in many congregations.
I’m talking to the soul of that pastor here who I hope I can have access to for a minute, because that soulful guy in there is who matters. And I would be crestfallen if a little piece of your soul were abandoned in this coronavirus hullabaloo.
But the pastor and the soul are also not entirely separate. You probably didn’t take your calling as a minister, because it was the best paying steady job you could find. You courageously did it for other reasons. Who knows, some of those reasons that originally attracted you to the cloth, may even be forgotten by you all these years

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Northwestern Hospital Asks Seedy Illinois Pol For Permission To Ignore Dying Corona Patients

March 31, 2020

As America experiences a contagion known as cowardice, doctors are suggesting shirking their responsibilities and standing idly by as corona patients that can be saved, die on their hospital beds. Doctors plan to do this irrespective of the wishes of the patient or the family.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago has announced it is considering implementing an across-the-board do-not-resuscitate order for all patients with corona. Patients are told not to worry, however, everything will be all right since the hospital will only proceed if the Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, approves it, making everything okay.
Somehow the whims of politicians have been confused with the hard-earned concept of ethics.
According to a

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COVID-19: The “Experts” Have No Crystal Ball

March 25, 2020

On the night of Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and in the wee hours of Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Donald Trump became US president-elect. I am not aware of a single media source that predicted that. Many predicted Hillary Clinton would win. Some stayed out of the fortune-telling game. The most striking thing was the lack …

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Should Government Really Have Any Power in a Crisis?

March 18, 2020

Please forgive what may appear as fatalistic to some. It is quite the opposite. Fatalism would be the belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable. No events are predetermined as far as I can tell. Free will is everywhere.
Humans tend to be imperfect. To date I’ve yet to meet a perfect human. The better I know a person, the more flawed I realize they are. Which is okay.
What is not okay, is putting so much power in the hands of someone so flawed.
To take it a step further, what is not okay is to put so much power into the hands of institutions, like government, that are so predictably net negative utilizers of the power already handed to them.
Marketplaces leave lots of room and lots of methods for

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Suddenly Everyone Is a Corona Expert

March 13, 2020

In 2008, I ran for federal office in Illinois. I had the opportunity of spending every day speaking to voters.
It was an affluent and well-educated district, the most affluent and well-educated in all of Illinois.
Favorite places to campaign in the mornings were the commuter rail stations. Everyone there had a minute or two to spare as they waited for the train.
I observed a phenomenon that I wouldn’t have believed had I not observed it.
Every day of the week, including Thursday mornings, I would hear what was on the minds of the people I saw. By Thursday night, the weekend news cycle would start. A story would break, an idea would get disseminated. Friday, it would catch on a little more. Saturday and Sunday, it would be all

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