Surrealist News 2020
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Conspiracy Theory Round-up at Surrealist News
Updated November 27, 2020 - Happy Thanksgiving
Federal appeals court rejects Trump request to block certification of Pennsylvania’s election results
Read the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Pennsylvania election
November 27, 2020
My Theory of How COVID Spreads, by Nori
When people get together in a cozy indoor setting, all their breaths intermingle. If Covid is present, virus enters into the breath cloud. Keeping a six foot distance helps prevent breath clouds, but in indoor spaces with poor air circulation, a breath cloud containing Covid can hang in the air.
This sketch shows how people breathing together can accelerate the virus. The Covid spreader is blasting the breath cloud with a bellows, and all the other people are stoking the cloud with their bellows - their lungs. The more vigorously people exercise their lungs, the easier, and more fully the virus will spread. Whether you get infected depends on your immune system and how much virus is present.
This shows how breath clouds hover over people in an audience. It shows one Covid spreader, and how the breath goes into the cloud, then sprinkles down on people seated near the spreader. The virus may also spread directly from the spreader to people seated nearby, since they are not wearing masks. If people remain in a situation where the virus rains on them over some time, even healthy people can get sick. Proper ventilation and filtration can prevent breath clouds from forming.
Breath clouds can't form as easily outdoors, but this sketch shows how Covid carriers can "shoot" Covid at a close range. They say even asymptomatic Covid carriers can transmit the virus.
Masks help prevent breath clouds, because whatever germs each person has in their breath stays with them. The masks also offer some protection from Covid in the air, or coming from carriers.
Break the cycle
Wear a mask
Editor's note: I wrote this in my journal August 8, 2020; posted it November 23, 2020, after thinking about it for weeks.
Former White supremacist: This is how to tackle hate and bigotry
Opinion by Chris Buckley
November 12, 2020
cnn.comCovid denier Dr. Mark Yeadon
"Pandemic is Over . . . 'Second Wave' Faked On False-Positive COVID Tests
Covid denier David E. Martin: Butterfly of the Week, 23 Nov: It's an Honest Lie
Youtube (host warns in case Youtube boots them off you can see all her videos at totalhealthtelevision.com.
Yesterday, November 22, Carl Bernstein tweeted the names of twenty-one Republican Senators who privately express "disdain" for Trump: Portman, Alexander, Sasse, Blunt, Collins, Murkowski, Cornyn, Thune, Romney, Braun, Young, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Rubio, Grassley, Burr, Toomey, McSally, Moran, Roberts, Shelby. The question is, will they cooperate and do their jobs, or remain true to Trump even after he leaves office.
Notice to readers: it is legal for black Americans to vote. When black Americans vote, they vote legally. Votes cast by black Americans count toward the total in an election. Even though Trump, Graham, Giuliani, and other Republicans continue to pressure the states to throw out black votes, this does not mean Trump won. Trump just claims he won. In reality, thanks to the millions of people who voted, including black Americans, Biden and Harris won the election fair and square.
Dr. Roger Hodkinson recommends chicken soup and Vitamin D for treating Covid; poo-poos masks and social distancing:
Royal College of Canada refutes Dr. Roger Hodkinson:
"The Royal College believes COVID-19 presents a serious threat to the health of Canadians. The Royal College strongly supports all public health advice given by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, including recommendations to practise physical distancing and to wear masks to help prevent COVID-19 transmission."
People say QAnon is an online cult, but it's more sinister than a regular cult.
Many cults are right-wing, but QAnon has different motives, and their brainwashing is different.
In a regular cult, a guru's motive is to attract followers to worship them and serve them.
QAnon is more like a professional psychological military operation. They attract people just like a regular cult, and followers go through a personality change like a regular cult, but it's more than that. The motive for QAnon is to bombard their followers to make them distrust the government, media, and people who are not like them. They inflict these lies to induce cognitive dissonance and dissociation. Their most dedicated followers begin to exhibit symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia, where they see conspiracies everywhere, and believe an evil force controls the world. QAnon ultimately instills hatred of specific enemies, and their names bounce around the echo chamber. QAnon, and its offshoots, convince followers to take up arms and kill.
This is not by accident.
I study cults and wish more people would understand what's going on.
I also wish the media would investigate QAnon. A reporter from Bloomberg exposed one of the big wheels in QAnon. It is unknown whether Jason Gelinas was a fellow traveler, useful idiot, or agent of QAnon. It is unknown at this time if QAnon comes out of Russia, but it could be.
Also, they have QAnon for left-wingers, but they frame it as "anti-globalist" phillsophy.
Sunlight is the cure for cults, and also for disinformation campaigns. Here is my web page for cultic research: surrealist.org/cults.
Unmasking the Wall Street Executive Behind QAnon's Top Website
Big QAnon ringleader - Jason Gelinas, newly fired senior vice president, Citibank technology department
Citigroup fires tech executive who ran popular QAnon website
October 7, 2020
COVID-19 can age a patient's brain by up to 10 years (video)
Covid 'raises new psychiatric disorders risk'
A new rumor to consider: Tump is a child in an adult body having a hissy fit, spinning on the ground, screaming "I won the election! I won the election!" All his minders are gathered around him trying to protect his feelings. The minders will bang their heads against the wall and beat their breasts because they can't make Trump happy.
Vets for Trump founder and Armed QAnon man Busted Near Philly Vote Center Site
Here's why disease outbreaks create perfect conditions for the rise of conspiracy theories
Prior outbreaks have been a breeding ground for more than just germs
November 8, 2020
Sometime in the last eight months, you've probably come across at least one COVID conspiracy theory.
They range from the almost-plausible, like the rumour that the novel coronavirus is a leaked biological weapon, to the beyond-ludicrous, like the idea that the pandemic is a cover-up for a worldwide Satanic child sex trafficking ring.
Conspiracy theories credit world events to secretive groups with sinister motivations. Genuine conspiracies do crop up occasionally - Russian operatives, for instance, really did conspire to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The term "conspiracy theory," though, is reserved for those conjectures that aren't supported by evidence.
It's not surprising that the COVID-19 pandemic would provide fertile ground for conspiracy theories to take root. Conspiracy theories tend to gain traction in crisis situations when daily life is disrupted and people lose their sense of control.
Disease epidemics, in particular, create perfect conditions for the rise of conspiracist thinking. People feel anxious over their health, powerless to protect their loved ones and uncertain about the future. To reassure themselves, they cast about for any explanation that will make sense of what's happening.
Even before COVID, some experts believed we were living in a golden age of conspiracy theories. Fringe ideas are disseminated more easily than ever via the internet, and, for the first time in recent memory, some political leaders are even publically endorsing them.
Pandemics were producing conspiracy theories, though, long before the invention of the internet and the strategic use of "fake news" to manipulate voters.
QAnon Lost and Confused After Trump's Election Showing
Man who threatened mass shooting if Biden wins is in custody
Study Considers a Link Between QAnon and Polling Errors
excerpt from an interview about cults:
Many of the famous groups from the 1970s are still around, just smaller now: Hare Krishna (the group I was in), Scientology, the Unification Church (the Moonies), Yogibhajan Sikhs 3HO, Transcendental Meditation, theosophy groups, and all those. Theosophy groups date back much further.
There's also Qanon. Qanon is based on the notion that there's a big evil secret behind reality. I prefer to think love is the ultimate secret behind reality, but that's my preference. Anyways, there's been so much published about Qanon lately. Many people want to be told that what they're seeing is not real. Like if there's a horrible contagious disease that got out of control and is killing people, it has to be some sort of evil plot. It can't just be what it is.
In my opinion, Qanon is more of a disinformation campaign than a cult. It's part of a network of online cults that draw people in and scramble their minds. The brainwashing process resembles what happens in a cult, but done with professional means and different motives. I believe Qanon is an agent of anti-civilization propaganda, possibly connected with Russia. If so, this is military-grade propaganda. It's a military operation to inflict harm, not a random crazy person who thinks he's on a mission for god.
Cults brainwash people to love the leader, believe in the promise, and reject the outside world. Qanon brainwashes people to go insane and kill. (go to norimuster.com to read more about criminal cults)
B.C. COVID-19 conspiracy theorist and yoga studio owner charged with breaking quarantine law
Mak Parhar bragged in speech to supporters about violating rules after U.S. Flat Earth conference
November 4, 2020
A notorious Metro Vancouver COVID-19 conspiracy theorist has been charged with breaking mandatory quarantine after returning from a Flat Earth conference in the U.S.
Man arrested in connection with massacre of Mormon women and children in Mexico
Natalie Gallón and Jason Hanna
November 5, 2020
A man has been arrested in connection with last year's massacre of nine Mormon American-Mexican citizens on a remote dirt road in northwestern Mexico, officials in that country said Wednesday.
In Pennsylvania woods, church in 'spiritual battle' to re-elect Trump
Joe Campbell, Kevin Fogarty
GREELEY, Pa. (Reuters) - Deep in the woods of northeast Pennsylvania, heavy rain pummeled down at dawn on Wednesday as a few dozen worshippers kowtowed onto rubber mats at an outdoor memorial, ending the ceremony by chanting "four more years.
A note to Covid deniers. On one hand, you think Covid is a genetically engineered bio-weapon designed to aid the agenda of the deep state. On the other hand, you preach the concept of herd immunity. The virus is nothing! It's just like the common flu. Once everybody has had it, we will achieve herd immunity.
Cognitive dissonance is lack of harmony in your thoughts. It must cause some dissonance to balance both theories. If it is a bio-weapon, why would you want to get it? Covid can hang around for months and cause permanent damage to the organs, including the lungs, liver, and brain. Also, for those who die in hospitals, it's a lonely death. Hospitals do not have enough PPE to bring grieving relatives into the sick rooms. So why do you want to spread it? It's not even a sure thing that getting it confers immunity.
Some Covid deniers say Covid does not exist at all, death counts are exaggerated or faked, and so on. But if Covid is not killing people, what is? This is happening all around the world, especially in our country. It's getting to the point that every American personally knows someone who has had it.
My party is destroying itself on the altar of Trump
Opinion by Benjamin L. Ginsberg
November 1, 2020
President Trump has failed the test of leadership. His bid for reelection is foundering. And his only solution has been to launch an all-out, multimillion-dollar effort to disenfranchise voters - first by seeking to block state laws to ease voting during the pandemic, and now, in the final stages of the campaign, by challenging the ballots of individual voters unlikely to support him. This is as un-American as it gets.
US Election 2020: Inside the Pennsylvania church where they pray next to their AR-15 rifles
At the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary Church, those in attendance call their guns "religious accoutrements".
By Cordelia Lynch, US correspondent, in Pennsylvania
Monday 26 October 2020
'It is heartbreaking': Families, marriages, splinter as Canadians embrace QAnon 'cult'
October 28, 2020
Unlike in the U.S., the QAnon conspiracy theory seems to have limited impact on Canadian politics, but relatives say it is exacting a deeply personal toll.
Lily talks almost matter-of-factly now about some of her mother's beliefs, sounding more fatigued by it all than flabbergasted.
" 'Nicole Kidman is a Satanist, Hillary Clinton has children hanging in her basement and Reese Witherspoon is eating children,' " the Queen's University student recounts.
And there is no way to persuade the woman she's wrong, says Lily. "It's cognitive dissonance. It's the most heavy case of cognitive dissonance you could ever imagine."
How conspiracies like QAnon are slowly creeping into some Canadian churches
Pastors say conspiracies need to be taken seriously - especially when congregations cannot gather
October 25, 2020
An American conspiracy comes north
The QAnon conspiracy theory originated in 2017 on the imageboard 4chan after a user identified as "Q" claimed they had insider information on the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Through a series of anonymous posts, Q propagated the conspiracy that Trump was battling against a child-trafficking ring that included "deep state" government officials, prominent Democrats and members of Hollywood.
Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory include members from both secular and religious groups, and aren't made up specifically of those people who participate in the Christian faith.
And though QAnon may have begun as a distinctly American conspiracy, its tentacles have since been attached to governments and notable individuals around the world.
How The Epoch Times Created a Giant Influence Machine
New York Times
By Kevin Roose
October 24, 2020
Since 2016, the Falun Gong-backed newspaper has used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire.
For years, The Epoch Times was a small, low-budget newspaper with an anti-China slant that was handed out free on New York street corners. But in 2016 and 2017, the paper made two changes that transformed it into one of the country's most powerful digital publishers.
The changes also paved the way for the publication, which is affiliated with the secretive and relatively obscure Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong, to become a leading purveyor of right-wing misinformation.
First, it embraced President Trump, treating him as an ally in Falun Gong's scorched-earth fight against China's ruling Communist Party, which banned the group two decades ago and has persecuted its members ever since. Its relatively staid coverage of U.S. politics became more partisan, with more articles explicitly supporting Mr. Trump and criticizing his opponents.
Around the same time, The Epoch Times bet big on another powerful American institution: Facebook.
The Search: Manufacturing Belief (documentary)
CBC Documentary Channel- DURATION: 1:18:13
At a time when society is confronting extreme political and religious divisiveness, THE SEARCH examines the causes and effects of persuasion, deception and authority over our most cherished, sacred beliefs.
Are conspiracy theories really 'a new religion'?
If you think we're living in an unprecedented era of conspiracy theories, think again
October 31, 2020
By Nahlah Ayed
You're not imagining things: conspiracy theories are leaving the fringes for the mainstream to drive real-life action, from protests against coronavirus restrictions, to the rejection of vaccines, to the burning of cell towers - to possibly even murder.
Social media is rife with wild, conspiracist explanations for our era's multiple shocks. They've become so pervasive that we're now used to hearing them from the current U.S. president.
QAnon, an American movement based on multiple conspiracy theories (including the belief that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against an elite global cabal of pedophiles) has been described as "a new religion," and is now making inroads into Canada and abroad.
American Medical Association rips Trump's claim that doctors inflating COVID-19 numbers
During the 1918 flu pandemic, masks were controversial for "many of the same reasons they are today"
He's a former QAnon believer. He doesn't want to tell his story, but thinks it might help.
'Great Influenza' author outlines what herd immunity supporters won't say - CNN Video
Trying to Convince Someone to Leave Behind QAnon?
This Cult Interventionist Knows the Way.
October 13, 2020
not masking = casketing
If Trump loses the election, QAnon will also lose support - and eventually disintegrate
When cult adherents get confused, then ashamed, then realize they've been scammed, they get angry and exit. People are not permanently programmed.
Oct. 24, 2020
By Steven Hassan
Founder of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center
About half of President Donald Trump's supporters believe in the tenets espoused by QAnon, according to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll released earlier this week. The survey came after Trump refused to denounce the shadowy internet-based theory whose followers believe the world is run by a global Democrat-led cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles and child-sex traffickers who are plotting against Trump - brought to power to defeat the cabal - and his supporters.
From a George Takai tweet:
What I wish I could tell Trump supporters: Anger cannot sustain you. Cruelty cannot feed your soul. Bitterness is poison. Hatred is a virus. It's not too late for many of you. Find the doors out of the cult, head straight for them, and keep walking. Life is better, free of him.
What to do when someone treads on the things you hold sacred. Sacredness represents your ideals. When politicians attack nature, honor, and humanity, it is normal to grieve, and feel hurt. It is normal to get angry and hateful, althought not everybody consciously realizes they are angry. It just feels like stress. If you feel hurt, take time to look into it for a bit. Just enough to learn it and acknowledge your downer feelings. Then put it behind you when you're ready. We decide what to keep in our minds, and it is better to focus on a positive image, like the crashing of ocean waves, or a favorite memory. We simply cannot afford to walk around angry and hateful all the time. We need to heal ourselves and move forward. It's dangerous to get stuck in anger and hate because it leads to self-pity and entitlement, feeling the world owes you. That is a dangerous state of mind.
"In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that . . .
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back."
French-Algerian philosopher, author, and journalist
McCain Institute denounces QAnon; says trafficking claims are politically motivated
'A lot of chaos': Trump's rhetoric, a global pandemic and a tsunami of lawsuits complicate 2020 election
Coronavirus: Maybe We're Getting Herd Immunity and Lockdowns Wrong
Pandemics are complex, so the response must be complex too.
By Mark Gongloff
October 21, 2020
One huge problem with [herd imunity . . .] is that nobody yet knows exactly how much of a population must be infected, and how many unthinkable thousands must die, before herd immunity is reached.
Facebook, YouTube moves against QAnon are only a first step in the battle against dangerous conspiracy theories
October 15, 2020
The announcement by Facebook on Oct. 6 to take down any "accounts representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent content," followed earlier decisions by the social media platform to down-rank QAnon content in Facebook searches. YouTube followed on Oct. 15 with new rules about conspiracy videos, but it stopped short of a complete ban.
COVID-19 outbreak at faith-healing school alarms conservative Northern California town
The Sacramento Bee
October 13, 2020
They come to Redding from all over the world for instruction in faith healing and raising the dead. They often approach strangers in local parking lots, businesses and hospitals offering prayers.
Now, state and church officials are asking the student body of more than 1,600 people at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Shasta County to lock down at their homes and apartments after 137 students and staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The cases represent 10 percent of Shasta County's total infections so far.
How QAnon uses satanic rhetoric to set up a narrative of 'good vs. evil'
October 20, 2020
In front of a TV audience on Oct. 15, President Donald Trump declared that he knew "nothing about" QAnon, before correcting himself to say: "I do know they are very much against pedophilia."
What he didn't do was disavow what has been referred to as a "collective delusion." Part of that could be down to QAnon followers holding up Trump as some sort of savior - someone playing four-dimensional chess against shadowy political insiders and power players known as the "Deep State."
But that is only part of what Anons - followers of QAnon - believe. What Trump didn't mention is the atrocious claims that underlie this supposed chess match, and the demonic imagery and language that are used in the course of the conspiracy.
Trump and QAnon: See what his supporters are saying (video)
Revealed: ex-members of Amy Coney Barrett faith group tell of trauma and sexual abuse
Opinion | What I Learned When QAnon Came for Me
Trump, the Coronavirus, and What Happens When Strongmen Fall Ill
The New Yorker
Fulfillment of prophecy? Yes, some evangelicals really do believe Trump is the "chosen one"
upshot: "The history of prophetic movements tells us that if Trump fails to secure a second term, a variety of reactions are possible. Some will blame him and begin to withdraw their identification. Others will fight the cognitive dissonance and blame dark powers. The prophets will develop a new timeline for the restoration. Some Christian nationalists may for a time refuse to "stand down," but eventually they will develop other perspectives. There is no one-size-fits-all method of de-conversion from a religious or ideological position. The best way to limit post-election violence would be to give his supporters a face-saving way to back down from their prophecy-inflated reality. It may not work all at once, but it's the first step in beginning to heal the schisms upon which Trump has so cannily capitalized."
October 18, 2020
He went down the QAnon rabbit hole for two years. Here's how he got out
Story by Bronte Lord and Richa Naik, CNN Business
Video by Richa Naik and Sofia Barrett, CNN Business
October 16, 2020
'QAnon only hurts people. It has helped nobody.'
See what these Trump supporters say about QAnon (video)
I won't work in Attorney General William Barr's Justice Department any longer
San Diego Union Tribune
October 14, 2020
After 36 years, I'm fleeing what was the U.S. Department of Justice - where I proudly served 19 different attorneys general and six different presidents. For the last three-plus decades, I have respected our leadership regardless of whether we were led by a Republican or a Democrat. I always believed the department's past leaders were dedicated to the rule of law and the guiding principle that justice is blind. That is a bygone era, but it should not be forgotten.
Pennsylvania Postal Worker Charged with Dumping Mail Is QAnon Follower: Report
BY EWAN PALMER ON 10/15/20 AT 5:07 AM EDT
YouTube bans QAnon, other conspiracy content that targets individuals
YouTube said it would be enforcing the updated policy immediately, and plans to "ramp up in the weeks to come."
Why the Right Keeps Saying That the United States Isn't a Democracy
Senator Mike Lee: "We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that. . . . We're not a democracy."
By Sue Halpern
October 15, 2020
QAnon Supporters Aren't Quite Who You Think They Are
Only a fraction of them believe the conspiracy theory's most outlandish claims, according to new polling.
October 6, 2020
Explainer: Amy Coney Barrett's relationship with People of Praise
Michael J. O'Loughlin
September 24, 2020
The charismatic community People of Praise is in the news this week because President Trump has met with Amy Coney Barrett, whom he is considering nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ms. Coney Barrett's affiliation with the group, based near the University of Notre Dame, where she taught law, came into view in 2017, when she was confirmed as a federal appeals court judge. With news of Ms. Coney Barrett's possible Supreme Court nomination, People of Praise came into the spotlight again, with at least one publication claiming it was the basis for the dystopian novel and television series The Handmaid's Tale.
Herd immunity is not the way out of the coronavirus pandemic, experts say
By Madeline Holcombe, CNN
Updated 5:55 AM EDT, Thu October 15, 2020
'A lesson for humankind': One-third of US believes coronavirus was sent by God
by Tyler Van Dyke, Breaking News Reporter
October 08, 2020
As people reckon with the global upheaval that the coronavirus pandemic has caused, the vast majority of the United States believes that there is a lesson to be learned from everything the virus has wrought this year.
A survey from the Pew Research Center found that a resounding 86% of respondents "believe there is a lesson or set of lessons for humankind to learn from the coronavirus outbreak."
After 750-person Ultra-Orthodox Jewish gathering, Quebec police puzzling over details
Selena Ross @seleross Contact
CTV News Montreal Digital Reporter
October 13, 2020
MONTREAL -- Police in Boisbriand, near Montreal, broke up an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious celebration on Saturday night that had grown to over 750 people, arresting one person and handing out more than 16 tickets in the process.
A night earlier, authorities had also gone to the same site to clear up a similar gathering.
Videos show closed-door sessions of leading conservative activists:
'Be not afraid of the accusations that you're a voter suppressor.'
By Robert O'Harrow Jr.
Oct. 14, 2020
As the presidential campaign entered its final stages, a fresh-faced Republican activist named Charlie Kirk stepped into the spotlight at a closed-door gathering of leading conservatives and shared his delight about an impact of the coronavirus pandemic: the disruption of America's universities. So many campuses had closed, he said, that up to a half-million left-leaning students probably would not vote.
"So, please keep the campuses closed," Kirk, 26, said in August as the audience cheered, according to video of the event obtained by The Washington Post. "Like, it's a great thing."
The gathering in Northern Virginia was organized by the Council for National Policy, a little-known group that has served for decades as a hub for a nationwide network of conservative activists and the donors who support them. Members include Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to President Trump who has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars from undisclosed donors to support conservative causes and the nominations of conservative federal judges.
COVID-19 anti-vaxxers use the same arguments from 135 years ago
October 4, 2020
How the coronavirus has reshaped LDS missionaries and members as they find new meaning in a new normal
Salt Lake Tribune
September 30, 2020
Peggy Fletcher Stack
New York Threatens Orthodox Jewish Areas With Lockdown Over Virus
Community leaders said residents have resisted the rules in part because of the influence of President Trump, whose views on masks have been embraced.
The New York Times
By Liam Stack and Joseph Goldstein
September 25, 2020
Former QAnon Followers Explain What Drew Them In - And Got Them Out
Like those leaving cults, some people who believe in conspiracy theories like QAnon and Pizzagate can break free from their beliefs
September 23, 2020
How Far Down the QAnon Rabbit Hole Did Your Loved One Fall?
Joe Pierre M.D.
Aug 21, 2020
Read the whole article: psychologytoday.com
4 Keys to Help Someone Climb Out of the QAnon Rabbit Hole
Joe Pierre M.D.
NOT A SECRET
Advice from the editor of Surrealist News
Nothing Qanon tells people is secret. Take Sociology 101 at any community college in California, New York, or any legitimate college, and you will learn all about the unseen forces that run society. You don't need to listen to an uber secret underground society on the Internet.
When I was about eighteen, and in college, I read my first sociology textbook, The Irony of Democracy. The study of sociology involves history, but also behavior. Sociology studies deviant social behaviors, along with healthy social behavior. Sociology covers corporations putting subliminal messages in TV commercials, and advertising in general, politicians manipulating crowds, suppressing particular groups, and rich families who influence politics. It's not a secret! This is common knowledge. Talk to any sociologist.
If you think there is some big conspiracy controlling civilization, please open your eyes. What is Qanon telling you is common knowledge. What's the big revelation? If anything, Qanon is the diabolical entity making things worse, but they pretend to be your friend and tell you all this common knowledge as though it's a brand new revelation, or scandal.
In Qanon, I see people who wish ill on free democracies and have brainwashed people to think there's some secret conspiracy nobody has ever found out about until now! Wow, be the first to know! Now, you can just kick out your decent government and open the doors to Russian agents like America did in 2016! Sorry to be cynical, but this stuff gets me mad. It makes me want to swat people with a rolled up copy of The Irony of Democracy.
For Trump, it has been a failure of crisis management. When he came in, the economy was recovering from the September 2008 (before Obama's election) global financial crisis due to the phony baloney mortgage-backed deriviatives the banks sold all over the world. *. When Trump was elected everybody, red white and blue, hoped the economy would continue to recover and thrive. It kept on for three more years, but then the pandemic struck. Trump told journalist Bob Woodward at the beginning of 2020, COVID was a dangerous contagion. Nevertheless, all year he has denied and minimalized it. He takes it as an affront to his ego. He encourages people to open up, ignore it, and it will go away like magic. He probably thinks it will go away just as soon as every one of us believed him. This is a child-like thought process called wishful thinking.
Now due to the pandemic, the economy crashed. It is what it is, with Trump deep in denial, breaking everything and declaring himself our leader for twelve more years..
Latest Russian talking point: it's not the president's job to solve the pandemic.! We all have to work together to solve it!
Rational thinking moment: if that's not his job, what is his job? Hasn't every president since Woodrow Wilson allowed the CDC to step in and solve a problem like this? Presidents don't fight with the CDC! They bow to the CDC for making them heroes. Trump cannot bear to let someone else take control or get praise.
Kremlin's World War III Propaganda Meltdown Shows Putin Is Cornered
Borat Congratulates 'Premier Trump' on Great Debate Victory
Coronavirus: Medical historian compares today's outbreak to the 1918 flu pandemic
How Does a Pandemic End? Here's What We Can Learn From the 1918 Flu
Did a vaccine cause the 1918 flu?
Anti-globalist Qanon-style propaganda says it was a conspiracy, but science disagrees: reuters.com
Trump COVID: In 1919, Spanish flu struck Woodrow Wilson amid pandemic
The 1918 flu is still with us
Many people still get vaccinated every year
Many still die from it every year
Reconstruction of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Virus
June 3, 2020
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes." - George Santayana
Not only are we repeating the 1918 pandemic, we are repeating two white supremacist uprisings around the time of the 1918 pandemic. First, Red Summer*, which covered most of 1919. White supremacist terror attacks and riots murdered hundreds of African Americans in dozens of US cities.
Just after the pandemic ended, the worst white supremacist attack in US history took place May 31 and June 1, 1921. This is known variously as the Tulsa race masacre, Tulsa race riot, Greenwood Massacre, and the Black Wall Street Massacre*. In this case, mobs of white supremacists attacked African American owned businesses and residents in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. White supremacists even used private aircraft to attack Greenwood, which was known as the wealthiest black community in the United States, and was called "Black Wall Street."
Police violence against African Americans has always been around, but escalated rapidly when America elected her first African American president. Now in 2020, amid our current pandemic, the instigators are white supremacists in the White House and police departments across the country. It's especially unsettling how police allowed white protesters to take over the Michigan State Capitol with big guns on April 20 and did nothing. Another show of white supremacy are the white anarchists who are allowed to get away with destroying African American businesses. The criminals here are the white people who think they are better than the rest of us. It's time we learn from history and stand up to white supremacists. They just do what they do - we need to stop them.
Was the Identity of Q Really Just Revealed? Here's Everything We Know.
Fewer than 10% of Americans show signs of past coronavirus infection, study finds
How right-wing extremists, libertarians and evangelicals built Quebec's movement against COVID-19 restrictions
They may appear to make strange bedfellows, but experts say they share some fundamental values
September 25, 2020
Before the rioting started in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Denver, Atlanta, and other cities, allegations emerged that undercover police officers might be to blame for some of the worst commercial destruction in Minneapolis. Experts on political violence (and not just Qanon conspiracy theorists) shared stories on social media that the May 27 looting and arson at AutoZone by an unidentified man in a gas mask carrying an open umbrella (dubbed #umbrellaman) was not necessarily a protester but could be an agent provocateur or member of the police. In video posted to YouTube, while this man smashed windows with a hammer, protesters at the scene accused him of being an outsider and began to film him.justsecurity.org
Emergency dispatchers overrun with QAnon fans spreading fake claims about wildfires in Oregon - CNN
PTSD expert Seth Norrholm: Americans "are being psychologically abused by Donald Trump"
Leading neuroscientist says America will face a health crisis from "post-Trump syndrome" for years to come
September 11, 2020
What Is QAnon, the Viral Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory?
Explaining the "big tent conspiracy theory" that falsely claims that President Trump is facing down a shadowy cabal of Democratic pedophiles.
The New York Times
August 20, 2020
Why Your Brain Loves Conspiracy Theories
Who believes and why, and whether conspiracism is really getting way worse
September 8, 2020
Robert Roy Britt
Wild and seemingly crazy conspiracy theories can spring from any stressful or disruptive event or phenomenon, as people seek tangible explanations for the invisible or the inexplicable.
Why masks are a religious issue
September 4, 2020
Leslie Dorrough Smith
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Avila University
South Korea's defiant churches face backlash for hampering COVID-19 response
South Korea's defiant churches face backlash for hampering COVID-19 response
Early Herd Immunity Against COVID-19: A Dangeros Misconception
Bloomberg School of Public Health epidemiologists David Dowdy and Gypsyamber D'Souza explain the misconceptions around herd immunity as we discuss when and how to phase in re-opening.
To reach herd immunity for COVID-19, likely 70% or more of the population would need to be immune. Without a vaccine, over 200 million Americans would have to get infected before we reach this threshold. Put another way, even if the current pace of the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States, we won't reach herd immunity in 2021. If current daily death rates continue, over half a million Americans would be dead from COVID-19 by that time.
Did Pangolin Trafficking Cause the Coronavirus Pandemic?
The elusive animals' possible involvement in the origins of COVID-19 gives them a weird ambivalence: threatened and, perhaps, dangerous.
By David Quammen
August 24, 2020
Plandemic video, by Judy Mikovits, claims COVID is a conspiracy by a mysterious dominating world cabal.
"Fact-checking Judy Mikovits, the controversial virologist attacking Anthony Fauci in a viral conspiracy video" Science magazine. May 12, 2020.
How the 'Plandemic' Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online
Conspiracy theories about the pandemic have gained more traction than mainstream online events. Here's how.
By Sheera Frenkel, Ben Decker and Davey Alba
Seen 'Plandemic'? We Take A Close Look At The Viral Conspiracy Video's Claims
May 8, 2020
Why People Cling To Conspiracy Theories Like 'Plandemic'
Plandemic: how the debunked movie by discredited researcher Judy Mikovits went viral
If you believe in "Trust the Plan," you are under the influence of Q Anon. You are in a cult the FBI calls a domestic terrorist threat.
QAnon, the scarily popular pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained
How a conspiracy theory that Trump (and Robert Mueller) were saving the world from cannibal pedophiles got from 4chan to Trump rallies to Donald Trump himself.
By Jane Coaston
Aug 21, 2020
QAnon: What's the truth behind a pro-Trump conspiracy theory?
By Elizabeth Cassin and Mike Wendling
August 2, 2018
The baseless core of the QAnon story is that the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is actually an investigation into global elites, and that the president is masterminding a secret plan to arrest top politicians and Hollywood stars for corruption and child abuse.
What is QAnon - and why does it matter?
Aug 20, 2020
The outlandish conspiracy gets a boost from Donald Trump
A guy walks into a bar and says I'll have a Corona and two Hurricanes.
The bartender says that'll be $20.20.
Qanon Destroys Lives. Now It's Coming For Congress
It's Hard - But Possible - To Save People From The Conspiracy Theory's Grip
by Justin Ling
August 12, 20202
Politics, Psychiatry, and Psychoanalysis
Donald Trump and His Followers: Are They a Cult?
Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton and others explore the issue.
John Martin-Joy M.D.
Politics, Psychiatry, and Psychoanalysis
September 27, 2020
The rumor that Trump and AG Barr are trying to gaslight America by nominating an actual judge from the TV series Handmaid's Tale. But here's an even worse rumor, now being spread by Professor Barbara McQuade: "When justices are installed by presidents who lack democratic support, at some point, the Court itself loses public confidence, and its decisions lose the respect of the people. The Court risks being seen as just one more cog in a political machine." Hard to tell what's real, isn't it? Do you believe Trump and Barr, or the Professor? Trump and Barr really did nominate a judge from the TV series Handmaid's Tale. So are they right? Or is Professer McQuade right that our courts could lose credibility with stunts like this?
Donald Trump es un idiota y sus seguidores también. La belleza de decir esto en español es que ninguno de ellos entenderá.
Meet The New Cult In Town: Love Has Won, Now Quarantining On Kauai
Honolulu Civil Beat
September 3, 2020
By Allan Parachini
Hutterites fear stigma could resurface as Manitoba COVID-19 cases rise, province offers more detail on cases
Hutterites going to great lengths, even forgoing deeply ingrained traditions, to fight COVID-19
August 23, 2020
Manitoba Hutterites are concerned the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the province, coupled with the more geographically specific information the province is now releasing, could lead to more scrutiny, or even discrimination against specific colonies or Hutterites generally.
Kenny Wollmann, who sits on the Hutterian Safety Council's COVID-19 task force, says there was an uptick in stigma against the religious minority in Manitoba last month, when the province informed the public about outbreaks in communities in the Interlake.
There were reports of Hutterite people being refused service at retail stores and at physical and massage therapy clinics, and being confronted by people on the street, according to the Hutterian Safety Council, which develops safety programs in Hutterite communities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Trump likes Qanon because they like him (he is their god)
Trump praises QAnon, a conspiracy theory the FBI has deemed a domestic terror threat
QAnon groups have millions of members on Facebook, documents show
The preliminary results of an investigation by Facebook shed new light on the scope of activity and content from the QAnon community on the platform.
By Ari Sen and Brandy Zadrozny
Aug. 10, 2020
Reddit community QAnon Casualties share stories of conspiracy cult
by Jack Gramenz
August 11, 2020
Distraught, disillusioned and plain fed up people who have lost loved ones to the QAnon conspiracy cult are sharing their experiences online in the hope of helping others avoid the same fate.
Opinion - QAnon: The alternative religion that's coming to your church
At a time when church leaders are having to host digital church and try to meet members' needs virtually, the idea of adding "fight heresy" to their to-do list might sound exhausting. But a core calling of church leaders is to speak the truth in love. It's not loving to allow impressionable people to be taken in by falsehood. Nor is it loving to allow them to spread falsehood and slander to others.
Religion News Service
August 17, 2020
I'm dating a conspiracy theorist. But it feels like I'm the one going crazy.
By Trent Kay Maverick
August 16, 2020
How to Chart a Path out of QAnon and Other Cult-like Communities
KQED public radio interview - 35 min
Mina Kim, host
Reddit community QAnon Casualties share stories of conspiracy cult
Jack Gramenz, news.com.au
August 11, 2020
Distraught, disillusioned and plain fed up people who have lost loved ones to the QAnon conspiracy cult are sharing their experiences online in the hope of helping others avoid the same fate.
How millennials turned away from religion and embraced new lifestyle cults
From Harry Potter to wellness to astrology, Tara Isabella Burton argues that young people are not abandoning faith but reinventing it to suit their own lifestyles.
September 9, 2020
The QAnon orphans: people who have lost loved ones to conspiracy theories
For some Republicans, QAnon is an opportunity to garner support. But for those who have lost loved ones to it, QAnon is a destroyer of families and relationships
Cecilia Saixue Watt
Wed 23 Sep 2020
"I lay awake at night and worry if my brother's going to shoot a bunch of protesters," said Daniel, 36.
Why Christian Scientists believe in 'prayerful healing' - and what they think of a COVID-19 vaccine
ABC Radio National
September 21, 2020
By Siobhan Hegarty
The Volatile Mix Of A South Korean Church, Politics And The Coronavirus
September 15, 2020
Religious Leader Who Blamed COVID-19 on Same-Sex Marriage Tests Positive For Virus
September 10, 2020
By Jaia Clingham-David
A prominent Orthodox religious leader in Ukraine has tested positive for coronavirus after blaming the virus on same-sex marriage.
Anti-mask protest in Montreal draws large crowd, propelled by U.S. conspiracy theories
March falls on same day police given authority to fine anyone not wearing a mask
Jonathan Montpetit, John MacFarlane
Sep 12, 2020
"You will be sucked into a multi-level marketing organization today, and will lose all your friends, along with your self-respect. Later, though, you'll realize that your new friends are much better than those old friends, and that you feel like you're part of a big 'family.' Or at least, that's what you'll say."
- Astrology reading from the now offline Humorscope.com
The Psychological Needs That QAnon Feeds
Part 1: What to do when someone you love becomes obsessed with QAnon.
by Joe Pierre M.D.
Aug 12, 2020
South Africa likely to see boom in cults after Covid-19, warn researchers
By Tebogo Monama
August 13, 2020
Johannesburg - Researchers are warning that the country is likely to see a growth in the number of cults after Covid-19.
We are still a ways off from herd immunity. Here's a true article about that from the Mayo Clinic: mayoclinic.org
William Barr Is Neck-Deep in Extremist Catholic Institutions
His troubles don't only involve his obeisance to Donald Trump. He's a paranoid right-wing Catholic ideologue who won't respect the separation of church and state.
By Joan Walsh
October 15, 2019
Russian bots are targeting Kamala Harris from two directions - Russiabots tell right-wingers Harris is a radical left liberal who was not born in America; Russiabots tell left-wingers Harris is too conservative, since she was a prosecutor. Think for yourself, refuse to let social media bots dictate your thoughts.
Member of controversial church sues online critics who claimed he helped spread COVID-19
The Charlotte Observer
by Michael Gordon
August 5, 2020
Dr. Reiner Fuellmich
October 3, 2020
He's preaching the COVID-is-a-hoax gospel and filing lawsuits against states and cities for shutting down to combat COVID. People posting at his site are Qanon plants, bots, and misled COVID deniers.
another reality denial video - get your Internet propaganda here
Does Pence have a dieseling problem in his voice box?
Dr. Dareld Morris on the Lies and Crimes of the COVID Operation
By Mark Taliano
August 1, 2020
In the following interview, Dr.Morris, COVID denier, explains how the pandemic is fake and part of a plot by liberals who want to destroy the world.
In 2016 the same doctor warned people they probably had low testosterone if they vote for Hillary Clinton
If you are worried about violence at BLM protests, here's some true news on the type of Americans spreading violence at BLM protests:
Alleged 'boogaloo' member accused in riot plot charged with sexual exploitation of children
Stephen Parshall was one of three people accused of planning to incite a riot at a Las Vegas protest.
July 29, 2020 / Updated July 30, 2020
By Phil Helsel
Donald Trump defends doctor who touts unproven coronavirus drug hydroxychloroquine
US president insists Dr Stella Immanuel 'has had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients' in treating Covid-19
By Josie Ensor
28 July 2020
Stella Immanuel's theories about the relationship between demons, illness and sex have a long history
July 29, 2020
Mary Trump to her Uncle Donald's supporters: If you care about him, get him out of the Oval Office
Psychologist and bestselling author says her uncle can't help being cruel - but his enablers should know better
by Dean Obeidallah
August 12, 2020
The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic
The minute we make any decision - I think COVID-19 is serious; no, I'm sure it is a hoax - we begin to justify the wisdom of our choice and find reasons to dismiss the alternative.
July 12, 2020
Elliot Aronson and Carol Tavris
Vetted journalism sources include: local newspapers, such as the L.A. Times, Arizona Republic, and other longtime respected city papers; Public Radio and TV news; magazines ranging from the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and Vanity Fair, to Time and Newsweek; network TV news - ABC, CBS, NBC, and cable news MSNBC, CNN, etc. Good news for us - these outlets are all still reliable. They are NOT lying about the pandemic. Various media may put a different spin on the news, but none of these are making up facts from thin air! Maybe your cult leader says it's all fake news, but WARNING - you may have become brainwashed, deceived, and delusional. If you cannot easily name a dozen or half a dozen established media outlets you trust, check yourself into a psych ward. Do it now - cult brainwashing can turn you into a paranoid schizophrenic.
WATCH: Angry anti-maskers erupt in Idaho after county officials point out the science behind face coverings
July 24, 2020
By Brad Reed
I've been talking to conspiracy theorists for 20 years - here are my six rules of engagement
July 22, 2020
Author Jovan Byford
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University
Former Scientologists Sound Off on the Church Collecting COVID-19 Relief Money
The Trump Administration doled out disaster funds to the celeb-obsessed religion, even though Leah Remini say it's staffed by "volunteers"
By Ian Spiegelman -July 22, 2020
1. international child abuse ring linked to the Deep State
2. mysterious government police invade American cities and abduct people off the streets
3. due to falling poll numbers the president fears he may lose the election, and become useless to his Russian - once no longer useful, he may be tortured and killed
Truth behind these conspiracy theories:
1. there is an international child abuse ring, but it was run by Trump's friends Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
2. unidentified federal thugs invade Portland to beat, teargas, and abduct citizens, but they were sent by Trump and Barr
3. The president could lose his relevance to Putin, so he's doing everything he can to destroy America.
Conclusion: deranged and brainwashed people believe any crazy conspiracy theory except things that are actually happening.
Letter writer Leon Buns made the observation that "liberals are concerned with helping people and conservatives are concerned with the dollar - The problem is: It's the conservatives' dollar that the liberals want to help people with." (July 3, 1989)
This is a big lie. The Blue states are the prosperous states that provide proportionately more money to the federal coffers, which in turn goes to the poor red states who need more federal support.
South Korea's latest church-linked coronavirus outbreak is turning into a battle over religious freedom
By Paula Hancocks, CNN
August 19, 2020
Seoul (CNN) A South Korean religious group at the center of a new coronavirus outbreak has been accused by the government of withholding key information and obstructing public health authorities in their fight against the pandemic.
CDC official affirms coronavirus deaths really are coronavirus deaths
By Holly Yan, Maggie Fox and Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN
Updated 7:10 PM ET, Wed September 2, 2020
South Korea church coronavirus cluster causes alarm
August 17, 2020
Coronavirus: leader of Shincheonji church questioned by South Korean prosecutors
Secretive sect was hotbed of Covid-19 infection during early phase of country's outbreak
Lee Man-hee, 88, is accused of ordering church officials to hide followers' identities, hampering contact tracing by health authorities
South China Morning Post
July 18, 2020
Shincheonji sect leader arrested
Sect leader indicted on charges of obstructing COVID-19 response
August 14, 2020
SUWON, South Korea, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- The leader of a minor religious sect at the center of the early coronavirus outbreak in South Korea was indicted Friday for allegedly obstructing the government's efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic.
Tainted Korean sect makes Covid-19 plasma offer
Some 4,000 members of Shincheonji Church who recovered from the coronavirus are willing to donate blood plasma
Union of Catholic Asian News
UCA News reporter, Seoul
July 09, 2020
Opinion: Can unpopular sect expect justice?koreatimes.co.kr
Coronavirus: How to talk about conspiracy theories - video
Conspiracy theories have thrived during the pandemic. Maybe you even have a friend or relative who's brought one up in conversation. How can you talk to them without starting an argument - or sending them further down the rabbit hole?
How I escaped my 'cult' in lockdown
Jasmine, 20, a former member of the South Korean Shincheonji Church, recalls her experience of detaching from the group due to Covid-19
The Telegraph, London, UK
1 July 2020
By Anonymous author
DEBUNKING FALSE STORIES
Social Media Posts Spread False Claim About Fauci's Wife
By Caitlin Quinn
July 10, 2020
Social media posts falsely claim that Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is the sister of Dr. Christine Grady, Dr. Anthony Fauci's wife. Maxwell and Grady are not siblings.
Church of Scientology Received Coronavirus Small Biz Loans From Trump Admin
Three Church of Scientology branches were among thousands of religious institutions to receive relief funds.
Breaking News Editor
Jul. 08, 2020 / Published Jul. 07, 2020
Parents take teenaged daughter, Carsyn Leigh Davis, to a mask-free "Release" party at a fundamentalist church in Fort Myers, Florida; hospital discontinues parents' hydroxychloroquine treatments, so parents blame hospital for child's death from COVID-19
By Allyson Chiu
July 7, 2020
Yelly guy in a Fort Myers Costco won't wear a mask, but wears a t-shirt that says "Running the world since 1776." Here he is yelling at an elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask - twitter.com
yelly guy gets Twitter-fired
HEALTH AND SCIENCE
How Hong Kong beat coronavirus and avoided lockdown
July 2, 2020
by Uptin Saiidi
A good model of how to stop the virus (not a conspiracy theory)
Russian Orthodox Church defrocks coronavirus-denying monk
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
July 3, 2020
MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defrocked a coronavirus-denying monk who has defied Kremlin lockdown orders and taken control of a monastery.
"HE'S THE CHOSEN ONE TO RUN AMERICA": Inside the Cult of Trump, his Rallies are Church and he is the Gospel
Trump's rallies—a bizarre mishmash of numerology, tweetology, and white supremacy—are the rituals by which he stamps his name on the American dream.
Reporting by Jeff Sharlet
Photography by Bruce Gilden
June 18, 2020
Rep. Kinzinger (R): 'It's time' for leaders to disavow QAnon
The Illinois Republican called on leaders of both parties to stand up against far-right wing conspiracy theories that have circulated in recent days.
by Allie Bice
August 16, 2020
Born on the dark fringes of the internet, QAnon is now infiltrating mainstream American life and politics
By Paul P. Murphy, CNN
July 3, 2020
The congressional candidates who have embraced the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory
by Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
August 12, 2020cnn.com
Daegu files damage suit against religious sect of Shincheonji for mass coronavirus infections
Jun 23, 2020
Indian guru warned against marketing $7 herbal virus 'cure'
June 23, 2020
What to Say If People You Love Believe Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories
by Colleen de Bellefonds
June 25, 2020
Origins of the Pizzagate Conspiracies
The FBI just released new documents about 'The Finders,' which conspiracy theorists think was a CIA-linked child abuse cult.
By Lauren Theisen
Nov 11, 2019
Televangelist sues to halt inquiry on virus product
by Tony Holt, June 10, 2020
Bakker became nationally known in the 1970s and '80s while hosting, along with his then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker, The PTL Club, a Christian television program. In 1987, he resigned after a sex scandal and a couple of years later was convicted on several counts of wire and mail fraud.
Jim Bakker returned to televangelism less than a decade after his release from federal prison in 1994.
Russian monk denying coronavirus takes control of monastery
June 17, 2020
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Russian priest who called coronavirus a 'pseudo-pandemic' seizes convent
Father Sergei Romanov who was banished by church leaders in April says he will only be removed by force
Andrew Roth in Moscow
Thu 18 Jun 2020
Restaurants Have Accidentally Promoted Coronavirus Info From Scientologists
Given the Church of Scientology's history of unusual recruitment techniques, it's pretty likely this is all just a PR move.
By Jelisa Castrodale
Jun 15 2020
Self-professed cult leader requests jury trial in quarantine violation case
By John Burnett
Friday, June 12, 2020
Unless a self-professed cult leader can raise $4,000 in bail money, it appears he'll be sitting in jail until his next court date for two alleged violations of the state's emergency 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Hawaii from out of state.
Protesters Vandalize Kauai Home Rented By Religious Cult, Police Say
The group only recently arrived on island but dozens showed up to demonstrate against it.
Honolulu Civil Beat
By Allan Parachini
September 5, 2020
Love Has Won escorted to airport
By Sabrina Bodon
The Garden Island | Monday, September 7, 2020
Why Laid-Back Kauai Got Fired Up Over A Cult
Kauai has a long track record of showing unwanted visitors off the island.
By Lee Cataluna
September 13, 2020
India's goddesses of contagion provide protection in the pandemic - just don't make them angry
June 15, 2020
Author Tulasi Srinivas
Professor of Anthropology, Religion and Transnational Studies, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College
God has 'removed' coronavirus, Tanzania's president claims
By Tom Odula
June 9, 2020
Meet the Russian Trolls Meddling in Your Election
By Ali Fitzgerald
April 13, 2020
Facebook removes nearly 200 accounts tied to hate groups
by Stephanie Chavez, June 6, 2020
'He wears the armor of God': evangelicals hail Trump's church photo op
June 3, 2020
Warning: this is a faked photo meant to stir up liberals and white supremacists alike! Carefully step over the lies. Remember to always look things up if they seem too weird to be true. The Russian and other anti-American propaganda is that good! They queue up a fake photo then their puppet pulls the stunt, then people in Russia laugh at America. This is hilarious to them! ha ha
Far-Right Extremists Are Hoping to Turn the George Floyd Protests Into a New Civil War
Armed extremists are showing up to protests and urging a "boogaloo" - code for civil war - online.
By Tess Owen
VICE News, May 29 2020
How to have a conversation with a conspiracy theorist
By Moataz Hamde
June 2, 2020
Pentecostals and the spiritual war against coronavirus in Africa
April 30, 2020
Catastrophe and Conspiracy (lecture)
Philosophical Research Society
Roots of conspiracy theory in myth and legends
May 26, 2020
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Spitting on Other People
The culture wars around the coronavirus pandemic center on conflicting ideas of freedom, revealing an utter lack of national common cause.
By Masha Gessen
The New Yorker
May 26, 2020
COVID-19: What we can learn from conspiracy theories
By Zaria Gorvett
24th May 2020
The Church of QAnon: Will conspiracy theories form the basis of a new religious movement?
by Marc-André Argentino
May 18, 2020
Ellen Braaten Coronavirus conspiracy theorists have now revealed themselves. What can the rest of us do?
Relationships that suffer as a result of unreconcilable politics may force you to make a decision. To make that less distressing, choose consciously.
By Ellen Braaten, associate professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School
NBC News, May 9, 2020
Coronavirus: David Icke kicked off Facebook
Facebook has taken down the official page of conspiracy theorist David Icke for publishing "health misinformation that could cause physical harm"
BBC News, May 1, 2020
The Coronavirus and God
Michael Coren: There have always been some Christians who see crises as punishment from God for our sins. Coronavirus has been no exception.
By Michael Coren March 16, 2020
Rev. Michael Coren is ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada
In 2020 scientists learned:
• COVID19 may attack the lungs, kidneys, brain, or other organs.
• It can cause blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.
• Symptoms may continue for months.
• It can cause permanent damage.
• It can infect children, and may cause an inflammatory disease.
• Wearing a face covering in public slows the spread.
• Staying home, out of circulation, slows the spread.
• Virus can hang in the air in poorly ventilated, enclosed areas.
• People already on pharmaceuticals are more vulnerable to infection.
• For otherwise healthy people, Vitamin C, zinc, elderberry, and deep breathing may reduce symptoms. (If you have trouble breathing, seek appropriate medical help.)
• People can be reinfected within several months, so it is unclear how long immunity lasts after recovering from infection.
Conspiracy theories run rampant when people feel helpless. Like now.
A pandemic is an especially dangerous time for false information to spread.
By Adam M. Enders and Joseph E. Uscinski
May 5, 2020
Concerns over church in Australia selling bleach which its US leader claims can cure coronavirus
By Grace Tobin, May 5, 2020
The Australian chapter of an international church that peddles bleach as a cure for coronavirus is selling the product locally.
ABC NEWS AUSTRALIA
Prevention of COVID Hospitalizations
September 4, 2020
We may be unable to prevent exposure to COVID, thanks to the socially deviant people. However, we can do our best to prevent a trip to the hospital. Here are things you can do if you feel you were exposed, or have symptoms. Disclaimer: if you cannot breathe call 911.
The COVID pollen can hit you and you can sluff it off. Or, it can take root and the virus cells can begin to infect your healthy cells. That's when it becomes dangerous. Elderberry (tea, caps, lozenges, syrup, etc.) disable the needle on a virus cell, to weaken it so it cannot infect cells. Vitamin C (EmergencC powder is a good one and convenient, but you can also get food-based C, eat lots of berries and oranges, or other high quality C). The role of Vitamin C is to strengthen your cell walls. The combination of elderberry and C will help prevent virus infections. Zinc is also found to be helpful. You cannot take too much elderberry or C, but do not does up on zinc because it can put your other minerals out of balance. Elderberry is a berry, from a plant, so you cannot OD. Vitamin C can be taken in mega doses when you are fighting illness, up to 10,000 mg per day.
Deep breathing helps if you feel short of breath or dizzy. The virus inhibits breathing, so take a series of twenty deliberate deep breaths. COVID has many of the same symptoms as altitude sickness, so breathe deeper to get your usual amount of oxygen.
These are not cures for COVID. They are common sense prevention, along with social distancing, stay-at-home, and wearing a mask.
Hurricane Names Run Out
September 14, 2020
The list of hurricane names runs out with W, and as Sally hits the Gulf, we already have T, U, and V forming. Only one more hurricane name remains, and after that we go to the Greek alphabet. This is the sea level rise Al Gore warned us about. We already have the technology to reach climate sustainability.*
Surrealist News Stands with Black Life Matters
Vigilanti and police brutality have terrorized good people for too long. We support peaceful demonstrations in our cities and reform.*
New Positive Verbs for "Defund"
June 8, 2020
Here at Surrealist News, we prefer active voice positive statements. Passive voice is when you say the police will be reformed. Active voice is to say reform the police. A double negative statement includes words like "de-fund, de-escalate, and de-militarize." Unlimited funding for police is negative, and "de" is the double negative. Escalating an already bad situation is negative, and "de" makes it a double negative. Militarizing the police is a negative, and "de" makes it a double negative.
We do not have a perfect solution for this, but here's a list of double negatives.
• End bloated budgets for tanks, body armor, and other military gear.
• Reduce money spent on incarceration, stop putting people in jail for minor offenses such as unpaid parking tickets.
• Crack down on police who escalate situations.
• End police brutality, such as choking, beating, and shooting innocent people.
• Stop treating African Americans with suspicion.
• Stop treating the American public as the other, and stop calling our cities battle zones.
• Stop police lack of transparency.
There's a long list of things we DO NOT want! Notice the last item is a tripple negative - "stop" negates, so it's negative, "lack" is negative, and "transparency" is good, so you have to negate it in your head to make sense of the statement. So start not doing what's not positive. Negative statements are confusing. So stop your lack of positivity, and let's take a look at a list of things that describe what we want. For those tracking double negatives, following is a list of positive changes we want:
Freedom of Speech - we want equal justice under the law. We want to put PROTECT back in To Protect and to Serve.
A note to the police: if you see your job as protecting white people from black people, you have failed as a human being. Life brings enough problems on it's own. There are car accidents, and other countless emergencies where we need police. Law enforcement is meant to enforce laws like breaking and entering, burglary, theft, arson, assault, and investigate murders. It's not about protecting the white people. Recent government reports show it's white supremacist groups who are responsible for most of the gun violence in America.
Here's another thing we want in this struggle is justice. We want honest people to handle life's disasters and challenges and keep us safe. We want qualified, smart people. We need systemic change - the police fraternities deserve justice for all the harm they have done. The plot of every third cozy mystery is when the protagonist can take down an inside job. If it's a well written story, everybody cheers when the aristocrats and big wigs get busted and taken down.
We want community resources. The phrase "defund" police is a way to make a point. It means instead of giving the biggest slice of a city's budget to the police to uber bully, give a portion of that money to the communities. We want community youth programs, social services, park services, activities, all things that make neighborhoods safer. We also want community policing. The police contribute because they may also live there, walk the area on foot, on bicycles, or horses, and get to know people. This creates an atmosphere of trust to replace fear.
Imagine you're waiting in line for to vote and a police officer on a horse goes by . . . everything is fine. Now imagine you're waiting to vote and a white supremacist shows up firing guns, then the police rush to the scene in personnel carriers and helicopters. Not safe. This is the crossroads where we have arrived. We need community policing and community resources.
There are other ways to get money for communities. It does not have to come out of one budget and go to another budget. Anyone who has a checkbook knows you can get more money two ways - raise more money or cut the budget somewhere else. Therefore, focusing on defunding the police comes off as a threat, it's a double negative (over-funding is negative, and "de-" negates). It's also dangerous because in the real world, cutting the budget would mean firing anyone who is honest, so only the worst people keep their jobs.
Regardless of where the money comes from, the top thing on our list of postive goals is to invest in communities. As communities heal, we will get a rebate peace dividend from policing and prisons.
SUMMARY: A List of Positive Goals
We well know what we don't want because we've been studying police brutality for decades, forever. However, putting George Floyd to rest today, let's take a minute to imagine what we want in his name:
• We create funding for community services to create strong and cohesive communities.
• We create 911 agencies who send qualified counselors, social workers, or other licensed professionals to address domestic issues, noice complaints, issues with the mentally ill, and similar situations, with police back-up if necessary.
• We call on justice for all police who murdered or covered up murder, including individuals in police fraternities.
• We create honest policing systems that are transparent to the public.
• We find and hire police who are qualified for their jobs taking care of the problems, crimes, and emergencies.
• We find and hire police officers who are honest and care about the communities and residents they serve.
Is the Pandemic a Conspiracy?
A friend wrote to me today asking if the pandemic is real, or a hoax. Here's my advice, and I wanted to share it at the blog since a lot of people are feeling confused.
The reason we've never been through anything like this before is people learned the lessons from the last time this happened. The 1918 Spanish Flu killed twenty to fifty million people worldwide. Ever since then, we have prevented it from happening again, mostly because America developed the best Center for Disease Control in the world. It still worked fine as recently as the Obama Administration, when America prevented four pandemics. President Obama knew enough about history to take immediate action. For example, when Ebola broke out, the CDC advised him to send ten thousand medical experts to Africa to stop it. So that's what happened, and it worked.
The current White House did worse than nothing. Trump thought it would make him look bad, so he failed to prepare. Instead, he said it would just go away on its own. Under pressure he admitted it was real, but now he has gone back to minimizing it. We still do not have adequate testing or protection for medical workers.
Positive visualization and positive words are great, but ultimately there's a brick wall of reality. Here's the famous Frank Zappa quote:
The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.
In 2020, we see the brick wall because Republican leaders want to open the economy before it's safe.
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R): "There are more important things than living."
Ohio State Rep. Nino Vitale (R): "Death is inevitable"
Death is inevitable, so get back out there and pretend it's safe. It is no longer profitable to continue the illusion we care about your life, the only thing we care about is how much money this is costing us.
Frank Zappa, 1940-1993.
The pandemic is real. Viruses have jumped from animal to human several times already, and there's no reason why that would stop just because we choose to ignore it. It's too bad the current White House forgot the lessons of 1918, but the most important lesson was "tell the truth."
Self-Care for the Pandemic
April 23, 2020
With our health care workers under stress, one thing we can do to help out is to take good care of ourselves. Here are some ideas on where to get started. I'm writing this based on my own experience with possibly having "it" since the end of February. After a few days of frantic phone calls the first week in March, and watching the news, I realized testing was not going to happen. Since then, I have gone on the assumption that I have it. I'll know it's gone when my temperature stops bouncing around.
The first two weeks were awful, but since then I've had a few days where I've felt weak, dizzy, or have found it hard to breathe. So here are the things I've done to bide my time until I can get an antibody test and possibly qualify to opt out on a vaccination.
Deep breathing. The disease cuts back on natural breathing making it harder to get oxygen. Thus, deep breathing alone can reverse many effects of the disease. Times when I woke up with trouble breathing, I stayed in bed and took twenty or thirty slow deep breaths in a row. I've found deliberate breathing also helps with weakness, dizziness, and other symptoms. It's similar to what you might expect in a high altitude, except your lungs feel like an algae-clogged swamp.
Other things that have helped me: elderberry, Vitamin C, zinc, and other supplements, white tea, sleep, exercise, good food including fresh vegetables and fruit, and some comfort food. I've watched the news to stay informed, but set aside hours of the day to tune out and focus on something productive. I've tried to dwell on the positive things going on, and not get sunk in anger, hatred, envy, or my flaws and mistakes. I've tried to share love with my friends and people I meet, and avoid things I dislike, such as nagging friends, and the Trump Reality Show.
Face Covering Factory
April 18, 2020
Editor's note - I have relocated the face covering factory news to my other site Dreaming Peace. For patterns and procurement protocols to open your own organic cotton face covering operation, click here: DreamingPeace.net/facecoverings.html.
Hiku for the Pandemic
April 7, 2020
We here at Surrealist News encourage everyone to Hiku the pandemic. Here's our first try . . .
the pandemic is
we are in this together
time to rest and heal
Regarding President Trump
April 1, 2020
This is just a PS about Trump. He grew up in the church of Rev. Norman Vincent Peale. Since it was his family religion, he learned how to affirm, and visualize when he was growing up. Unfortunately for him, and for us, he did not learn best practices for positive thinking.
The main thing he gets wrong is, to succeed, you take the highest good for all into consideration when you visualize. Visualizing something that would hurt others will come back to you. Imagine all the times he has not taken the highest good for all into consideration when he visualizes a plan, or makes a decision. Once I found out he grew up with Rev. Peale, I worried about what brick wall of reality would come back on Trump. Now we are starting to see what he has manifested, and we are the extras in his drama.
True positive thinking is to find out what you want to do with your life, then set goals. Once you have goals, you study, practice, persist, and eventually you achieve your goal. It also involves winning friends and influencing people, and that only works if it's genuine. You don't just flatter a person, and then get something in return.
Another point, one of the greatest riches of life is the people you've known. That's part of positive thinking, to learn how to get along in the world, so you can achieve your goals.
Positive Thinking Resources
April 1, 2020
In my essay on positive thinking, Dreaming Peace*, I suggest substituting images for verbal affirmations. Images convey more than words, and are more likely to be positive if the image is positive. One example is watching the waves come in at the ocean.
I also wrote an article for the Sedona Journal on how to use tarot cards for positive visualization*.
If you are more verbal than visual, I have a collection of 300+ positive thinking quotations. These came from my Dreaming Peace research in the first couple years after 9/11. I also posted a positive thinking timeline with about a thousand titles in the positive thinking genre from ancient times to the Twenty-First Century*.
Two ideas for Governors and Mayors
March 31, 2020
Idea #1 - test for antibodies
A couple days ago, ABC News reported news from Telluride, Colorado, where they are testing all residents for COVID-19 antibodies. ELISA is a test that detects and measures antibodies in the blood, and can determine if the antibodies are related to certain infectious conditions. Once the body develops long-lasting antibodies against a virus, it creates immunity. Scientists have not had time to fully study this virus yet, but based on similar viruses in the past, they believe the immunity would last a year or longer.
THEREFORE, we call on governors and mayors to begin widespread testing for antibodies. Even people who never felt sick need to get tested. In Telluride, they found half of those who had antibodies were asymptomatic. As head of your state or city, you can decide when people with immunity can go back into the world to work and assist with the recovery. The more immune people out there, the slower the virus will spread.
Idea #2 - wearing masks
Besides the lack of widespread testing available, another big controversy is whether to wear masks. First of all, a mask or bandana does not protect people from getting the virus. A bandana or cheap mask would not block someone else's saliva from getting to you. If it hit the cloth covering your face, it would sink in until you breathe it. So it's not meant to prevent the virus. However, if your saliva hits the cloth, it stays with you. Nobody will get close enough to breathe in what's on your bandana. Therefore, if you are a carrier of the virus, you will be much less likely to infect someone else, as long as your hands are clean. Many people carrying the virus are asymptomatic, so everyone should wear a mask when they go out.
The debate over masks rages on - I've heard everything from "hogwash - it's no use to wear a mask" - to - "my opinion has evolved over the last few days" - to - "people in South Korea already do this with good results. I'm now in the "better to err on the side of caution" side, and I believe covering one's nose and mouth in public is much better than sneezing and coughing into your elbow, or covering your mouth with your hand when you walk near people in the aisles of a store. Here's a video on the importance of wearing masks to prevent spread of the virus: Youtube.
THEREFORE, we call on governors and mayors to encourage their citizens to wear a mask or bandana when they go out, and issue specific guidelines on how to use it, the importance of laundering it, and clearly explain what it will and will not do.
March 29, 2020
1) if you have symptoms - stay home
2) if are not sick - stay home and stay safe
3) if you think you had it and are now immune - stay home until we have antibody tests
4) if you think you can't get it - stay home
5) if you don't have symptoms, and don't feel sick, stay home because people can carry the virus and not have symptoms
It's unthinkable we are sending people into the field to keep things running during a pandemic with no masks. This virus is named "19" because that's when this started. We need testing and equipment. This is the end of March.
Right now is the turning point. We need to stay down for the next several days, especially. We will know in April how bad this can get.
Pray for medical equipment and tests. Whatever is holding these things up, pray to Jesus or Saint Ganesh or whatever Saint you pray to, and if you're atheist or agnostic, call upon humanity itself. This is a matter of saving lives, and bringing our world back to normal as soon as possible.
A New Perspective from ScienceMag.org
March 20, 2020
A new article by Gretchen Vogel in ScienceMag.org explains how helpful it will be to identify people who have already had COVID-19. Immune people could enter back into society, and would slow the spread of the virus overall.
Here are some excerpts from the article, with a link at the bottom to read the whole thing.
New blood tests for antibodies could show true scale of coronavirus pandemicRead the whole article to find out the current state of COVID-19 antibody testing:ScienceMag.org
March 12, 2020
In the absence of wide scale testing, you have to make the call for yourself. If you feel sick, Surrealist News encourages you to stay home. As of today, the CDC is only testing people if they can confirm they have been in contact with somebody already diagnosed. Don't waste energy trying to understand this.
This is a virus, not bacteria, so do not try to treat it with antibiotics. Your immune system is based on keeping a culture of live microbes in your gut, and all over every part of your body.
Instead of prescriptions, which are non-existent at this time, here are the go-to natural medicines that may help you recover more quickly: mega doses of Vitamin C (10 x 1,000 mg per day as possible), elderberry (tea, tincture, capsules, or lossenges), zinc (three a day, or what's on the label), probiotics, lots of water, lots of rest, eat well, get fresh air and exercise as possible, and stay warm. If you feel nauseous, eat dry toast and drink green tea or other medicinal tea instead of plain water.
When you use anti-biotic cleaning products, it kills all the microbes. This leaves a vacuum for bad microbes to move in. To prevent this, spray probiotic spray on clean surfaces. Here's one we've been using for a few years and it works great: biokleen BAC-OUT. Clean and spray your living space with probiotic sprays like Bac-Out. The best way to kill bad bacteria is by introducing and overwhelming it with good bacteria.
When you wash your hands, use soap that does not kill everything, as the "hand sanitizers" claim to do. Instead of killing everything on your hands, use something natural like Dr. Bronners castile soap. It will kill the bad microbes but not disturb your good microbes.
The editors at Surrealist News want to remind you, our whole bodies are covered by microbes, and friendly bacteria are an important part of our immune system. If you kill off your immune system, that will just make things worse.
This chart circulating on the Internet shows why it helps if we can stop the immediate spread of the virus.
Here's an explanation of where the virus came from, cited in Natural Therapies and Coronavirus - What You Should Know Now, by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc - click to read it now!
March 12, 2020
Although we supported Elizabeth Warren, Surrealist News eds would happily vote for either Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden. We are grateful the Democrats settled on Joe Biden before the COVID-19 crisis took hold. (updated 3/26)
Is COVID-19 a Hoax
by Nori Muster
March 12, 2020
The roots of the COVID-19 conspiracy theory go back to a devious soul who took birth as a bat in China. Do you get where I'm going with this?
As the Hindus, and other cultures believe, a soul may pass from one species to another. In this case, the devious soul wanted unlimited power to inflict pain on the world. He destroyed mountains, sank people's boats, murdered his critics, and tried to stop anything that made people feel happy. He had power because of his family line and everyone was afraid of him. The people prayed to Vishnu to help.
This is not a real story from the Vedic scriptures, but the idea is, this is how it happens in their stories. To make it simple, the devious soul gets recycled and takes birth as a bat. Due to some misfortune, the bat becomes diseased with a brand new virus that never before existed.
Hunters bagged the bat and took him to the wet market, where they sliced him up into meat. Cutting up the bat, the virus traveled on its blood, and passed to a human. It had great potential to cause harm since nobody had any immunity to this new virus. Thus, the bat got his revenge. We are the extras, seen grappling with the dystopian future as the camera pans away.
Or is COVID-19 a hoax or secret operation of the Democrats? Is it the Clintons and Nancy Pelosi? Do you think they sit around brainstorming how to destroy the world? How could they find the time - maybe when they're not busy up in Alaska at the HAARP laboratory planning the next hurricane.
If you think there is no danger from highly contagious disease, then open a book and read about history. Pandemics have changed the course of history. It's not a hoax by the Democrats to make Trump look bad. It's just something that can happen. In recent decades we've usually been able to prevent things like this. It takes a little luck, but it also takes a lot of work and preparation. Or as we've known it up until recently: civilization.
But if you look at how fragile and precious civilization actually is, it's more scary. It's much easier to call witch! Hillary and Nancy are witches! They caused this plague to make their political rival look bad.
We need to somehow stop this from happening. Stay indoors, take care of yourself. They're not going to give us tests, so just stay calm and rest. Follow the instructions above* on how to survive if you're otherwise generally healthy.
Be cooperative and help yor local officials protect people. One thing that would help is if people stay home. Even asymptomatic people can pass along the virus.
Every time there's an epidemic, it's a conspiracy theory.
This time it's about a bat.
Reasons for the Housing Market Bubble and Crash
By Nori Muster
February 16, 2020
I'm just a lowly real estate instructor in the State of Arizona, but Candidate Michael Bloomberg would get an "F" on my final exam. The finals for Real Estate Law (REA 281) and Real Estate Finance (REA 282), ask students to explain what led to the 2008 housing market bubble-crash. If a student attributes the bubble-crash to poor people of color buying houses, they get an "F." In ten years of teaching, I've only had one student so uninformed he blamed the crash on Fair Housing Laws.
Editor's note: Nobody appears to understand the term "redlining." It refers to the practice of real estate professionals who draw a red line around certain neighborhoods. It may be a red pen on paper or a metaphorical line. Then they discriminate against the neighborhood that has been redlined. Generally this refers to refusing to lenders redlining, which means they will not make loans to the redlined neighborhoods. It can also refer to Realtors who will only show people of color houses in redlined neighborhoods. However, it usually refers to discriminatory lending practices.
Laws that Led to the Housing Market Bubble-Crash
In the final exam instructions, I ask students to review these laws and cite the impact of these laws in their answer.
* 1999: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
* 2000: Commodity Futures Modernization Act
* 2004: SEC further deregulates financial institutions
If you do not know why the bubble-crash happened, or you buy into anti-Fair Housing propaganda, then learn something today. Here is a compilation of some of my best student work: 2008marketcrash.html
Unite with Elizabeth Warren - Our First Woman President
January 9, 2020
A woman can fix things men cannot fix. Plus, they say she's every Democrat's first or second choice. She embodies America because she worked her way up from nothing - just like my dad*.
When the critics put her down, she pops back up. Trump hasn't been able to lay a glove over her. Has he tried the racist epitaph with her again? No. She travels light because she's told her honest and scrappy life story at every event. We need a candidate who travels light, but with a good knowledge of how things work.
If we believe a woman can win the presidency, now's the time. Naturally, Surrealist News endorses Elizabeth Warren. If you love this dream world, you have the opportunity to help make it a better place with Warren - and whoever she chooses as a running mate. I love this photo and have been meaning to post it. Now is a good time.
America's True Loss
January 27, 2020
Dear true Americans - today we are mourning the loss of our stars and their associates who were shining lights of good for our world. This morning the prayers in the Senate chamber included prayers for Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all who are affected. Since learning of this while watching the news yesterday, I've had several more friends tell me they lost a loved one this weekend. Life on earth is happy in the sense that we have moments of satisfaction and love. There's also a lot of loss and sadness.
Because I'm from Los Angeles, and watched the Lakers in the early 00s, and because I grew up near the site of the accident, I had to look up the exact location. It was just south of the 101, and within a couple miles of the Malibu Hindu Temple. This area always held beautiful memories for me, but is now associated with this tragedy.
This morning I turned on the TV and watched the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance in the Senate to begin the day's Impeachment hearing. The prayer included:
. . . Almighty God, as millions mourn the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and those who died with them, we think about life's brevity, uncertainty, and legacy. Remind us that we all have a limited time on earth to leave the world better than we found it. As this Impeachment process unfolds, give our Senators the desire to make the most of their time on earth. Teach them how to live, Oh God, and lead them along the path of honesty. May they hear the words of Jesus of Nazareth reverberating down the corridors of the centuries, and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free."
I would like to add the Hindu gods to that, and everyone knows the Hindu gods mean business. You see them on horses with big swords. Even the god of love, Krishna, was a warrior. The New Testament savior, Jesus, may take all your sins for you when you die, but don't press your luck. The god of history and legacy may not be so kind.
I don't mean to complain here, but soon after the prayers and Pledge of Allegiance the Republicans started again with their proven lies. Then, seriously, Ken Starr? Do we need to hear from the man who sexually abused America with the Starr Report that enumerated graphic sexual information about the president of the USA? Thanks to the Starr Report, parents of young children all across America had to anwser there children's questions about oral sex. Seriously? I do not want to be lectured by Starr about anything. I had to turn off the TV.
Luckily for me, I have a life, and I do not depend on the TV to entertain me all day. I can work in silence or with music or TV running. Either is okay. Working in silence is better for first drafts and complex problems. Boring tasks are made for listening to audio.
But what do we do with this tragic death? Mourn. Also pray we can keep our Democracy. I've never lived in a totalitarian country before, and would never want to. I don't even like to visit totalitarian countries. I know lots of people love to visit China, Russia, etc. You are free to go, but I don't want to go to support regimes like that. I certainly don't want America to become a nationstate of Russia, which is what the Republicans would prefer. I also do not believe in the Apocalypse. If the world ends, it will be because we burn it up and turn it into Mars. Come on humanity, get it together.
Surrealist Denounces Trump's Assassination of Qasem Soleimani
January 4, 2020
On January 3 in the Middle East, Trump orchestrated the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It's a disaster what our impulsive and misguided president has done.
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