Word from the Dark Side – a requiem, revolving-door regulators, rabid overreactions and robotic grandchildren

Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms, composed 1865-1868. This recording by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, 2019.

The Revolving Door: All 3 FDA-authorized COVID shot companies now employ former FDA commissioners

Have an experimental drug that needs rapid authorization from the FDA in order to be sold to the masses? Looking to siphon billions of dollars from the U.S. taxpayer for your newfound pharmaceutical product? In today’s America, you can buy yourself a former FDA commissioner, and use the public-sector private-sector revolving door system of corruption to impose your will on the American public, and make a windfall for your executives and shareholders in the process.

Much the same as financial regulators.

Jew Among You notices that some overcorrect against the hype:

The China Virus has been politicized way too much. Whether you’ve had the vaccine, or wear a mask, shouldn’t be a litmus test for your political views. One can be a flaming leftists and still reject the China Virus narrative, and one can be “Far-Right” and still get the vaccine or wear a mask. These are matters of personal choice. Like so many other things, we can disagree and still respect each other or be friends.

Vaccine mandates remind me of Diocletian’s edict that all Romans must sacrifice to the pagan gods, which led to a long and bitter debate within the Church over whether those who gave in to avoid torture and execution should be allowed back, and under what circumstances. Everyone needs to calm down, including our side.

If you condemn someone for getting the vaxx in order to keep his job, well, did you offer to pay the poor bastard’s rent if he didn’t? Yeah, that’s what I thought. People are in a tough spot at the moment with most of the population gone mad. The rest of us should place a higher premium on sanity than purity, because that’s what the world needs right now.

Speaking of that madness, there is always a purge following the power grab of a totalitarian regime:

Relentless official propaganda demonizing “the Unvaccinated” is being pumped out by the corporate and state media, government leaders, health officials, and shrieking fanatics on social media. “The Unvaccinated” are the new official “Untermenschen,” an underclass of subhuman “others” the New Normal masses are being conditioned to hate . . .

But it isn’t just a purge of “the Unvaccinated.” Anyone deviating from the official ideology is being systematically demonized and persecuted. In Germany, Australia, and other New Normal countries, protesting the New Normal is officially outlawedThe New Normal Gestapo is going around to people’s homes to interrogate them about their anti-New Normal Facebook postsCorporations are openly censoring content that contradicts the official narrativeNew Normal goon squads roam the streets, checking people’s “vaccination” papers.

And it’s not just governments and corporations carrying out the New Normal Purge. Friends are purging friends. Wives are purging husbands. Fathers are purging children. Children are purging parents. New Normals are purging old normal thoughts. 

Victorian MP suspended from parliament for refusing to show proof of vaccination.

A short Australian film from 2019. HT commenter Lemmiwinks.

From November 1, Australians will be allowed to leave the country without permission:

Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to travel abroad starting from November 1.

According to new guidelines, seven-day home quarantine rather than a 14-day hotel quarantine could be in place for Australians leaving the country and returning.

The 11 best countries for residency and a second passport.

The site tells you where you can travel at the moment depending on your location, nationality and vaccination status.

This calculator helps compare the cost of living in different cities around the world.

The tyranny of civil asset forfeiture:

As with laws in many other states, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure §59.06(c) creates a sinister profit motive, authorizing police departments, prosecutors and municipal, county and state governments to keep seized property and use it for their own purposes.

According to the petition in the class action suit, civil asset forfeitures added $7.7 million to Harris County’s law enforcement salary and overtime budgets between 2018 and 2020.


Folie a Deux:

It’s a dangerous thing, attributing mental illness to your political opponents, but whatever the hell Brandon et al are doing goes far beyond politics. “Mass psychosis” really does seem to be the only consistent explanation, and when I think back on my experience with Adam and Janet, it’s clear that shared delusions are actually quite easy to manufacture.

The story itself is interesting but I mostly shared for the headline. HT Steve Sailer.

Some of those old Choose Your Own Adventure books were pretty messed up. I remember some of these.

Australian King Parrot. Source

Fake news about a bus full of Antifa coming to terrorize rural California. Or was it?

Looks like a party bus got through to Humboldt County… but maybe not all of the buses? Let me requote something that MSN said earlier: Lost Coast Outpost, a news site covering California’s northwest, documented Honsal’s insistence he’d seen “substantiated, law enforcement reports” about “buses full of people” hurdling toward the state.

Maybe the party buses that he claimed to have seen, were the buses that came down before the June 1 tips? It’s a good bet that many of those agitators were not locals.

Looks like the mainstream media is lying their heads off at law enforcement to prevent them from doing their jobs again.

Meanwhile in Japan, a man steals a police car after being left alone in the back seat:

The two officers left Amimoto alone in the car with the engine running and red light rotating when they got out to keep traffic moving. Amimoto then got into the driver’s seat and drove off.

After about 20 kilometers, he was stopped by a police car in Kita Ward, Kumamoto. Nobody was injured in the incident.

A toymaker starts selling robotic grandchildren:

Ami-chan boasts a 1,600 word vocabulary and utilizes facial recognition to identify each grandparent and address them by name once it is registered in her memory bank.

Her fabric frame is highly hug-resistant and she has a head of fully brushable hair. Ami-chan can also sing 40 nursery rhymes and songs, recite 35 tongue twisters, ask questions that vary depending on the time and season, and talk in her sleep in the most gosh-darn adorable way, all on four C batteries.

That’s it.


  1. Kentucky Headhunter · October 23

    “Vikings weren’t Europeans?” That’s the first thing I thought of too.

    Scientists who study cosmic rays used to think that these particles arrived in a relatively constant barrage, meaning that the ratio of carbon 14 to carbon 12 in the atmosphere has largely remained steady over time. But then in 2012, …

    So the science was “settled”, became unsettled, and has now settled again?

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  2. overgrownhobbit · October 23

    If you condemn someone for injecting a helpless teen or pregnant woman with an experimental drug in order to…


    If you want to blame the so called vaxxers here’s your narrative.

    There was a window when the pseudo vaxx could have been used to downgrade the risk to vulnerable elderly people & those were sick with diseases like Leukemia. Biden Reich and the various Powers That Be declare victory; open everything up, and children, teens, and the young men and women could have all gone out and caught the CCPox. They get lightly sick, get better, and and create an ecology of the virus that favors more contagious and less deadly strains. Elderly beloved come out after a few months and all is well! But you [redacted] [expletuve] narcissists had to jump on the band wagon and get the magic talisman that would protect you against the corona doom spell even better than the magic power of cotton masks. And you could virtue signal and post it Instagram at the same time: Win!!!

    If you wanted to play that game, you could and it’s not political at all: it’s just human nature. And biology.

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    • Nikolai Vladivostok · October 23

      I agree with that approach in general but I’m trying not to blame those who don’t understand the complexities. Also trying not to be consumed with a reciprocal hate.
      As you say, it’s human nature to be swept up in the crowd. There are many other examples of this sort of thing happening, although Covid’s the first global wave of hysteria.
      It would be nice to be part of a species not given to this sort of group behaviour, but we do, and we need to accept that. In fact, we should be thankful it hasn’t been worse. They’re not burning the unvaxxed at the stake yet, or blowing their brains out in mass graves. Both the virus and the mind-virus are mild compared to previous pandemics of each.
      All I can think to do is stay calm and wait it out. No point stewing over that which cannot be helped.

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      • dickycone · October 23

        “Both the virus and the mind-virus are mild compared to previous pandemics of each.”

        Thanks for that perspective. It’s comforting. A lot like your post about inflation due to the stimulus payments. Your reminder that inflation is going to be bad but not Venezuela bad has really helped me keep perspective and stay serene over the last few months, as will this reminder.

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      • overgrownhobbit · October 24

        Oh, I agree wih you. That was just an example of what one *could* qyuite easily do (and which I have not seen), so the “both sides are” schtick is a non-starter.

        Hating *people* is like holding one’s hands in a bowl of acid to throw it at other people. Do what you have to do in the fight, but pray for mercy. It’s not. like I do not need it in spades.

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  3. dickycone · October 23

    I thought about sending the FDA revolving door article to some family and friends but then didn’t. I mentioned the Oxford COVID risk calculator to some of them after you posted it and it made no difference at all, just as you predicted, so I can’t see this making a difference either.

    About Russia, it appeals to me a lot too. The thing about emigrating there permanently that worries me more than anything is that, at the end of the day, I’m not Russian. Then again, you’d likely point out that at this point heritage Americans and Australians like us can barely call our own countries our own, so maybe being foreigners in an actual foreign country would be preferable.

    It’s possible that nowadays Russia is like Texas, in that you can get the people to almost accept you as one of their own if you sincerely like it there and constantly say nice things about it. In Texas this dynamic works because Texans love their state and are extremely proud of it, while also being painfully aware that many outsiders hate it and them. I could see Russia working that way too at this point.

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    • Nikolai Vladivostok · October 23

      Russians have a gruff exterior but they’re pretty friendly once you get to know them and they decide you’re alright.
      Hostility to foreigners tends to increase when there are too many of them. Just a few and you’re an exotic novelty.

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  4. dickycone · October 23

    Also, the Ami-chan dolls were cuter and less creepy than I expected. The video with the old ladies talking to them actually made me smile. Maybe if they were speaking English it would be different.


  5. Maniac · October 24

    I don’t believe that the vaccines are part of a plot by Bill Gates and George Soros to depopulate the planet. But as someone who usually gets unused sick time in his year-end paycheck, I’ve decided that the vaccines, and the risks they pose, aren’t necessary.
    I was supposed to go to a concert featuring one of my favorite bands next week, but the venue is requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. I think I’ll pass.

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  6. Kentucky Gent · October 24

    J.A.Y. wrote: “These are matters of personal choice. Like so many other things, we can disagree and still respect each other or be friends.”

    With some on the Left this might be true, but overall this claim doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, especially for Leftists holding government power. The Left hates the Right and wants them/us dead. It’s why Communism in the 20th century had the highest murder count of any “ism” in history (and the 20th century had more Christian martyrs than the previous 19 centuries combined).

    Evil hates Truth and hates all people who hold to Truth.


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