Scientific Freedom

Voices in the world of the established media have been trying to convince people that dissenting voices on the coronavirus narrative (its causes, its effects, the proper ways of dealing with it) endanger public health, and, therefore, are justifiably censored. And, though both moral and medical rebuttals can be raised in response to this deleterious position, those rebuttals have yet to gain traction inside mass consciousness, despite a year and a half of appeals.

We are talking, in large part, about a scientific debate that is being censored. That is, there is no absolute consensus on those facets of the COVID situation that are the most salient, like what factors increase the virus’s transmissibility, the proper measures to be taken in dealing with it, and even where it came from. And why should anyone be surprised by that? No scientific “truth” exists without at least some contention. It is, after all, the prerogative of the scientific exercise, to constantly challenge, constantly test, what has been accepted as natural law, is it not?

Well, this is the matter at hand. Science, that which has helped us to make so many discoveries about the natural world, and to apply those discoveries in fruitful and interesting ways, is being viciously curtailed by the media giants of our day, who are now denying a voice to those whose positions regarding COVID, though not indefensible, diverge from the established ones.

In rushing to censor individuals whose claims about COVID might “endanger public health,” media and tech giants are potentially endangering the well-being of millions, or billions, of people, because they are blocking the people of the world from what may in fact be true about COVID, information that could, indeed, save lives.

These tech giants claim to be helping to bring people together like never before. Yet, not only have their platforms become emotional cesspools, sources of mental strain and even mental illness for their users, and what might be called anti-connection, but, now that so many have had much of the communication that they engage in relegated and/or accustomed to virtual communication, these companies want to add censorship to that miserable state of affairs.

It begins to look like a total end run on free speech, does it not?

NO ONE has the right to censor information like this, certainly not when the solutions that have already been posed for the problem have themselves harmed and possibly killed plenty of people. Perhaps we need to be speaking out about this a lot more. But first, we need to be doing our own research a lot more, especially when dissenting voices are out there.

By Sha’Kim Bush

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Getting Back to Normal in the Post-COVID World

As most people sit on the sidelines while their world is transformed in unprecedented ways, many in the world are suffering. Despite high rates of vaccinnation, there is a lingering sense that the train that is human development, if you will, still has yet to fall back onto its tracks after being derailed by the pandemic in 2020. People have been forced to imagine modes of interaction that feel unnatural and far from ideal. These modes of interaction were meant in theory to be responses to a temporary emergency situation. Now we’re being asked to adapt to them for good.

It seems strange, when you consider the pains that lockdowns, mask mandates, and the like, have imposed upon people. The psychological effects of these things have been grueling, separating people from one another in ways subtle and stark. A return to normalcy is much warranted, especially with vaccines as widely administered as they have been.

The subject of vaccines is itself a convoluted one, with the inventor of the mRNA vaccine himself commenting on its downsides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du2wm5nhTXY. Ironically enough, the discussion during which this expert commentary was given was subsequently taken down by YouTube. Go figure.

I hope that the world can find its way again. The looming sense of danger from a virus, or from having to deal with the threat of penalty of going against the grain in this post-COVID world, is something which I’d rather have eradicated from my life once and for all. I miss the good old days of simple political banter.

A Note On Building Healthier Communities

What makes being healthy more difficult is the lifestyle of those in your surround. And not only those people who are in your local surround, but, maybe just as much, those inhabiting your extended surround, the members of your community, indeed, even the members of your very world.

More often than we should all be proud to admit, the opportunity to sacrifice health for instant gratification and the soothing of our addiction-like cravings is one which we seize (no, “good” taste alone is not what we sacrifice health for, because taste preference is partly a function of mere habit). This is why fast food joints do so well.

In turn, health food vendors don’t become a common thing. The market is cornered by companies that capitalize unceasingly on people’s f’d up relationship with food. The option to eat from some place that’s more health-conscious never crosses these targeted people’s minds. So the healthy spots never receive the amount of monetary energy they need to survive and grow. As a result, no one is around selling healthy food, and access to it is consequently low. People thus aren’t eating healthy food, and the cycle continues like this.

We have to create the market for better food. Food that serves YOU, not the other way around, and doesn’t do more harm than good in the long run. And the way to do that is to want more out of life, to begin wanting to become the best you that you can be, and to inspire others with that spirit.

Eating right ain’t ALL work. It’s ultimately about the raw pleasure of consuming new energy, the energy offered freely by the Earth. It’s all about invigoration, and feeling alive! When you approach eating right with that point of view, how can you keep yourself from making it a part of your lifestyle?

Where Are We At?

It’s unfortunate that we’ve allowed ourselves to be so divided as a people in this day and age. The media has done nothing but push more and more people to the extremes of ideology, with fewer and fewer people inhabiting the middle of the spectrum. People should try to find more common ground. Maybe if we did that, there wouldn’t have to be winners and losers in as many areas of life as there are. That possibility aside, there are many different ways in which we could improve our world, although that process has been severely hampered as of lately by nations’ and municipalities’ heavy-handed approach to dealing with covid-19. People have been badly wounded by where the world has gone since last spring. Reversing that trend would be a great place to start.

A Short Thought…

It is demonstrably true that Americans do not appreciate what they have. This includes their freedoms, which have become taken-for-granted properties of their daily lives. Yesterday, Memorial Day, many Americans raved about the liberties afforded to them by being an American, and how fortunate Americans are to have them; apparently many of us are unable to recognize that we just endured an entire year of having our liberties suddenly and unjustly suspended, both directly and indirectly traumatizing millions.

It’s a dangerous precedent, and it will be exploited for a long time to come if people don’t wake up to it fast…

Facemasks: A Long Overdue Assessment

Human contact has in general been discouraged, and in some cases even penalized, by many of the world’s most highly esteemed health authorities, those enforcing their recommendations, and those citizens who hang on their every word. Probably the most conspicuous part of that program are the requirements to wear a facemask, which have been foisted upon every man, woman, and child, partly by government decree, and partly by individuals’ basic interest in maintaining a bearable level of rapport with other people in their community. Face coverings such as these not only make it impossible to learn what someone else looks like, to, in fullness, be availed to the constellation of facial features and expressions which lends them their crucial uniqueness as an individual, but also muffle the voice of the person wearing them, often sufficing in keeping people silent, even when in physical proximity to one another.

Facemasks give everyday people something to hide behind, something to conceal themselves (their facial  features along with their various facial expressions) from discerning eyes with. This is why many feel “safer” behind a facemask, even beyond the supposed benefit that it provides in protecting them against the virus. But, what facemasks give some people in concealment and a resultant sense of safety, they of course take away in intimacy, and warmth. Smiles, for example, have suddenly ceased being the commonplace smoking gun for contentment and joy that they were for hundreds of years in our civilization before all of this started. Smiles. Because smiles are now invisible, we now are all walking around with partial blindness to “where we stand” with those around us, left with the less clear elements of non-verbal communication to lead us socially.

Indeed, without the mouth-area of the face being visible to us, other people’s eyes are exclusively what remain for non-verbal, facial communication during any given interaction, when there is so much more there for that purpose. The eyes cannot communicate everything that the expressions conveyed by the lower half of the face, in response to various occurrences, can and does. In effect, this means that we cannot communicate in the manner that we need to in order to have a truly rich social experience, when we wear facemasks. So much has been taken away from the interaction. Do we deserve this diminishment to such a critical dimension of our human lives? Do we not possess the right to refuse it all? We are being dehumanized by these devices. And one can only wonder how it is affecting children, whose brains are so malleable to the conditions that they are growing up in.

All in all, perhaps the most consequential impact that mask mandates have is a reduction that they cause in the feeling of freedom, as I call it. A reduced sense of freedom, of personal liberty, is one of the sure results of mask mandates. And to me, that’s a state of affairs that shouldn’t be put up with any longer, and that should never have been acquiesced to in the first place. One that we should begin finding ways to rebel against now. What is “safety” worth if you can’t live your life the way you want to live it in the process, even when you aren’t violating anyone else’s rights? What is “safety” worth, if it makes you a prisoner?

The problem is, this tyranny is being applied not only by the state, but, perhaps even more so, it is being applied by the citizenry, those members of it anyway who have bought into the establishment narrative regarding the virus, and who enforce hostile conformity to mask-wearing, social distancing, and the like by their sheer size in numbers as a group. Ending all of this will thus come down largely to changing the minds of the citizenry, and to that end we have many means available to us, evidence-based data regarding the disastrous effects of lockdowns, for example, being one of them. But the opportunity doesn’t stick around forever. It must be used, before it dissolves.    

Where Is Alll of This Taking Us?

Amidst all that has transpired since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, I can’t help but recall one of the amazing interviews that was conducted by London Real’s Brian Rose of the one and only David Icke, in which the guest pointed out that all of that which is coming to pass with regard to the developing coronavirus situation, that is to say, the world’s response to it, has been predicted and warned about by him for the last thirty years. And nobody seems to have noticed that.

Indeed, it feels all too coincidental that such a litany of control measures and so many sweeping societal changes are being deployed and instituted  in the name of combatting this virus, when you consider the  prescience of Icke and all of those who have offered similar sociological forecasts. The physical and geographical restriction, the violations of the people’s right to free speech, the penalization of free choice, have all, through the years, been poignantly foreseen by a great many thinkers, not just David Icke, through a variety of media, while what the stated justification for said policies would be has usually been speculated on without precision, apart from the almost universal contention amongst those involved in the discussion that it would all be touted as a necessary response to one exigency or another.

Whatever the case may be, the brave new world that is attempting to be molded amidst the supposed health crisis of COVID-19 has shown itself to be quite the unlikable place in many respects. Moreover, it is very concerning where things might be heading, as the world as a whole appears to be moving in a direction of ultra-authoritarianism, where individual liberty is an antiquated ideal. That is to say, YOUR liberty. All in the name of preserving health. If you ask me, it is within our rights at this point to begin to contest en masse these restrictive policies, before they take complete hold of us.

Changing Your Diet: A Useful Primer

It seems to be the case that going without the regular consumption of a particular food type for long enough can cause someone to eventually develop allergies for said food, even if that food is supposed to be good for them. What a dilemma! This is observed in the case of the wretched banana, for example, a fruit whose unsavory tendency to cause an itchy throat and/or a sore mouth I can personally attest to, but one which I now can’t live without.

 For me, sensitivity to highly nutritious foods diminished over time, as I persevered in my endeavor to incorporate increasingly more of them into my diet. That’s right, downright continual exposure was what proved effective for me. Of course, I’m not anywhere close to perfect as far as my eating habits go; I myself still have a long road to travel in that regard. But at least now I can enjoy a banana or an orange or a cup of pineapple thoroughly, that is, without any unpleasant reactions on my end. And let me be the one to inform you that, once the allergy is conquered, helping yourself to a serving of fresh fruit makes you feel a lot more alive than eating a bag of chips does, especially once you normalize it.

Undoubtedly, a new and improved diet is something very much worth pursuing. But there is something critical to going about obtaining it that must be born in mind. And that is, as I have hinted at, that dietary improvement is a process, not an event. It’s not something that one should or need attempt to make happen overnight. It’s all about assimilation over time, of which shedding your sensitivity to these foods is unquestionably a part. I will detail this point more in a near future post, but suffice it to say, for now, that improving your diet is a process.

In my experience, it is at the beginning of your dietary transformation journey that going easy on yourself is particularly important. No, paramount. Look at it this way. If you throw a very large weight on your shoulders too early, that is to say, in this case, make too great a change in your diet, you will invariably experience the undertaking as a sudden, unsustainable burden. From there, you will either fail with it repeatedly and, in turn, eventually come to view what you are doing as a futile effort altogether, something with which lasting progress can’t be made, or, you will incur stress sufficient to render the whole undertaking too unpleasant to be worthwhile, or even to create other health problems for you. This is true at any stage of the process, in fact. Not just at the beginning. But it’s best to begin the journey bearing this principle in mind, so that avoidable pain can be avoided as much as possible, and so that living in heed of this principle can be ingrained in you from the earliest possible point.  

Our imaginative ambition may impel us to attempt to accomplish something like this overnight. But my recommendation is, don’t give in to that urge! As attractive as that approach may appear, it usually isn’t very feasible or realistic. Luckily, you needn’t go about it that way. There is another option, probably the best option, and for many, perhaps the only option. And that, my friends, is the gradual way, the incremental way. So long as you are consistent and steady, you will accomplish an increasingly improved diet, and that change will stick. Your ambition will be better served if you aim at the goal this way. And slowly but surely, you will reach closer and closer unto your destination!

By Sha’kim Bush

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The Perfect Storm…

You don’t eat right, you don’t exercise, and to add insult to injury, you’re addicted to scrolling down your various social media feeds, but by doing so, you, hopefully inadvertently, end up needlessly burdening yourself with uncomfortable feelings of forlornness and jealousy at the sight of your “friends’” just perfect lives. At least, that’s how they make their lives look on social media. Then, on exactly the same platforms, you are dowsed with brazenly inconsiderate and painfully opinionated posts, some of them on extremely complicated issues, whose amelioration is further complicated and indeed delayed by as much.

What a perfect storm! And I have yet to even mention, among many other things, the general weakening of the social fabric in our nation, and in our world for that matter, along with the roiling anxieties that consumption of pornographic media, for example, appears to have created for many people, a fact evidenced by the contents of such voluminous internet forums as YourBrainRebalanced and those to be found on YourBrainOnPorn. Although, these latter two problem sets, weakened social fabric and pornography’s effects, are, as far as I can tell, a bit more complicated than the others I’ve mentioned.

No doubt the lockdown this year has made many people’s battles with all of these things more difficult, perhaps unjustly.

Man, do we have our work cut out for us.

Let’s get cracking then, shall we?

 

By Sha’Kim Bush

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Sovereignty of Individuals During Crisis

Whether or not I will wear a mask is my right to decide. My face, and everything under that umbrella that wearing a mask directly affects, including the quality of my respiration, my overall comfort, my visibility, both physical and emotional, to the world around me, what I can/cannot smell, and the health of the skin on my face, belong to me, after all, and not to anyone else. Those things are aspects of my experience of life, and not of anyone else’s. I therefore ought to possess the final say regarding what will affect all of those things. People decry my sentiment on this score, contending that mask-wearing is a duty right now, an act that serves the greater good. Whether or not it does, however (and there is increasing reason to believe that it may not), cannot compete with the fact of my sovereignty. I, Sha’Kim Bush, am sovereign. I have ownership over myself. You don’t own me. And I don’t own you. If we, the people of the world, don’t become cognizant of this essential reality, we will one day find ourselves in a closed, lockdown society, where human rights are an antiquated ideal. More dangerous than any virus, the popular view of which can, in light of certain, unappreciated science, be properly questioned in the case of COVID-19, is our forgetting of what it means to be free. This threat, this virus if you will, looms greater now than it ever has.

Good ideas don’t require coercion to be implemented. The necessity of wearing a mask is a matter that must be left to individuals to decide. Or, perhaps our governments do not have that kind of faith in us. Do individuals lack the wisdom required to do what will most benefit them? Here’s something to ask yourself. If the people cannot be trusted to make the right decisions for their own health, why should they be allowed to decide anything for themselves? Remember that you are one of the people. Why should you have any liberty, in any sphere of life? Maybe it would be best to just let the “experts,” that is to say, in the case of COVID-19, those people who keep on changing their tune regarding the nature and behavior of this virus, dictate our every last move in this life.

Personally, I’d rather not live in that world. I’d rather call home a world in which people have the liberty to live as they see fit according to their own assessment of the available facts that are relevant to any given situation, so long as they are not harming others. That is what ought to determine whether or not someone puts a mask on. Their own justly arrived at understanding of the risks and rewards, of the likely costs and benefits, of doing so. Can people not be trusted to do that for themselves? Can you not be trusted?

As it turns out, in the case of wearing a mask to protect against contracting SARS-CoV-2, there is more than one conclusion that might be arrived at regarding those costs and benefits.

 

 

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