The Chloroquine Wars Part XCIX
“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” -Kurt Vonnegut
I suspect that I'm far from alone in loving America, as in the United States of America, and being terrified over what the government has become.
First, I want to be clear about what I love. I love the people and believe that the problems among us can be solved, and that we can better grow together. I believe that the Constitution put us on a better path, and worked better in that regard before corporatism captured much of the machinery on behalf of a clever subset of the Kunlangeta.
I don't love the way Native Americans were pushed around, black Americans were kept enslaved (a condition that remained from the European corporations that ran the colonies) and later terrorized, and the way the dollar (petrodollar) has been the world's primary driver of mass conflict (I'll take it over Sovietism/communism/Naziism, but we may be headed for worse). I could say more, but why make the basic point more complicated?
I love that most Americans still want a free nation, outside of crazy kings and authoritarian corporations.
And if this story is correct, the U.S. is not half of all the military spending among wealthy nations, but closer to 75%.
I know, I know, Trudeau is a menace, but the only budget you need to keep Canada from invading our Northern border is whatever it takes to keep the hockey leagues running. And I mean that politely---I've met those Canadians. They're tough, friendly, and largely uninterested in that fight.
After that we have two oceans and then a Southern border with Mexico where Clinton, Dubya, and Obama built most of a wall that stopped 95% of border crossings. If that sentence confuses you, do a few internet searches and meditate on Gell-Mann amnesia once more.
I suspect our targets of regime change were more about securing the dollar to the threat of a gold standard, justifying military spending and research, and controlling opposition while playing divide and govern than true threats to the American people, but my mind is more or less open to discussions in some cases, but understand that I'm pretty far South in a national defense spending estimate of $7 trillion to "control" that problem in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There is Putin and the new Chinese menace, but these are vastly overblown by our media to justify all the spending. I'll take those topics on another day, but remember that mainland China had exactly zero Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) labs before INSERM built them one that opened in Wuhan in 2015.
From where I stand, most U.S. government spending is a self-serving industry that seeks to exploit pretty much the whole world to the extent that it can. And it will invent problems to solve, over and over again, even at the expense of American lives.
Small Pox Media Terrorism or Medical Terrorism?
So, that's my question. That we're talking about terrorism is undeniable. The question is whether this is media to make Americans more anxious at a critical moment in the establishment of Western Medical Lysenkoism.
June 10, 2021: A "new drug" gets FDA approval to treat [a weaponized form of] smallpox. Heh.
The drug Tecovirimat, or Tpoxx (which I've decided will be my post-apocalyptic bounty hunter name) is a Siga Technologies product. In fact, the drug pulled the company out of dire financial straits and into a multi-billion dollar valuation years before it was even approved! This was all after Siga liquidated its laboratories at auction. Given that two million doses were generated for national stockpiles in the event of emergency, I'm guessing this really means the company's development arm simply merged with its funders at BARDA/NIH.
Nov 5, 2021: Gates warns terrorists will try and use smallpox as a biological weapon.
Gates has been stirring the smallpox pot for a number of years now. I find Bill Gates to be a terrifying human being. If I were brown or black, I'd probably be tripley terrified. What is Bill Gates even doing in this story, aside from being generally terrifying?
If this is just a money-raising thing or a pump-and-dump, the executives at Siga may want to keep an eye on fallout from the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos trial for cues on how far not to go.
And now I'm really noodling over the September, 2019 explosion at that BSL4 Russian lab that is the only legal storage host of smallpox outside of the CDC. I'm not saying that's necessarily related to the pandemic as I have no specific information to base such speculation on, but please don't tell me that it couldn't be because nobody knew about the pandemic in September, 2019.
The Threat of Biological Warfare
It is hard to imagine one of the world's great powers making a large-scale direct attack against another without MAD-style retaliation. This report suggests that biological weapons are primarily used as tools of assassination. Being married to a (biochemist/geneticist) former bioterrorism defense expert who doesn't seem particularly worried about the prospect, my inclination is to think the pandemic is being leveraged for big dollar contracts. But as I grow less worried about the usual state actors on this topic, and more worried about the terrorists.