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The Sanity Tax
Continental drift is moving Quebec closer to Austria
As I was writing “Tidings of War,” Premier Legault was announcing his intentions to fine Quebecers who won't cooperate with the needles-in-every-arm program. Call it a santé tax, if you please; for its ostensible justification is that those who have not had sufficient injections are going to (what else?) "overwhelm our hospitals" as they fall ill from Omicron. The premier is overwhelmed at the thought of paying for all this overwhelming. He wants the barbarous Unvaccinated to pay for it, or to begin paying even more for it in his already heavily-taxed province.
The hospitals here are not actually overwhelmed by covid patients, though he would like you to think so; hence they can't be overwhelmed by unvaccinated covid patients. The general intake at Emergency is typical for this time of year: élevé, but not on the whole très élevé. New admissions to hospitals are 26% unvaxxed, twice the 13% unvaxxed in the general population. But less than half the patients classified as covidians have covid as the principal diagnosis, so we shouldn’t make too much of that. Only in the ICU do covid patients predominate. There covid is indeed a serious factor, accounting for 80% of the beds. But we are still in the green zone: just 275 people and, of the 227 who are covid patients, 55% are vaxxed. Of the 45% who aren't, it is not immediately clear why they aren't—How old are they? What co-morbidities are in play? Were they even vaccinable?—or whether their outcomes differ materially. That they are there in disproportionate numbers can be conceded; to say more would require further information. In any case, they are certainly not overwhelming the hospitals.
The hospitals do have grave problems, to be sure; but they are problems of the regime's own making. Quebec is currently showing a covid-related death rate twice that of Canada as a whole. In the former, the average last week was 3.2 per 100K, in the latter only 1.6. Yet Quebec is not less vaccinated than the rest of the country. Now heading for 90%, it is more vaccinated than a number of other provinces. The same variant is highly dominant, so plainly there must be other health or healthcare factors in play. (Who is looking into them or taking responsibility for them?) But again, while Quebec numbers are decidedly élevé, even très élevé compared to the rest of the country, they are still too low to derail our hospital system. It is not covid that is plaguing our hospitals but covid policies—policies that have caused serious understaffing and a precipitous decline in morale, leaving many wards all but empty.
The age distribution of covid-related deaths, and the low number of such deaths, makes clear that there is not now, and never has been, a real crisis that can be put down to covid itself rather than to covid mismanagement. Some 90% of the deceased are in the 70+ age bracket, the great majority of these being over 80 or even over 90. Covid, whatever its lab-engineered kinks, takes the frail or the compromised, just like other such viruses do. As for case counts, do we still need to repeat that they matter not at all? Focusing on case counts was always a fraudulent exercise, even without taking into account the gross abuse of PCR testing. It's a blessing in disguise that there are now so many “cases” that counting has ground to a halt.
The vaccination categories are likewise massaged in fraudulent fashion. One major cheat is placing those still within a fortnight of their first dose into the "unprotected" category, along with the unvaccinated. That is already prejudicial, since many of the latter are very well protected through natural immunity. But the dishonesty goes deeper. As Alex Berenson pointed out a few days ago, Alberta's statistics show an embarrassingly high rate of infection in those fourteen days—so embarrassing that Alberta seems now to have hidden them. Most of these infections are a consequence of the immunosuppressive effects of the injections and must therefore be counted against the vaxxed rather than the unvaxxed.
Cumulative national data looks quite different when that correction is made, as does the Quebec data. The vaxxed still appear to benefit in the short term from reduced covid hospitalization and death rates, the former dropping (by my rough calculations) to 3.5% from 5.6% and the latter to 0.8% from 1.1%. These differentials remain significant, but they are nothing remotely like those that confront the casual viewer at PHAC's Table 2, for example, or in the Quebec daily postings. Moreover, they raise many questions about complicating factors (the culling effect, changing treatment protocols, diminished severity of successive variants, etc.) that they cannot answer.
Packaged statistics, in the covid era, often seem designed to reinforce a public message, not to enable independent thought. Until this past fortnight, those who have prepared and presented these packages have even got away with what may be the biggest cheat of all: failing to distinguish between being hospitalized or dying with covid rather than from covid. Nor is this merely a matter of sloppy presentation. Statistics on that vital matter have not been systematically kept and the resulting confusion has been exploited politically from the outset. Thankfully, age-stratification data has been available, but it is seldom appealed to, just because it undermines the message.
But enough of all that. In two years of this misrepresented and misconstrued crisis, hospitals have not been overwhelmed and very likely won't be overwhelmed, at least not for any reason posited by the Legault regime. The fines have nothing to do with paying for the province's out of pocket Omicron expenses, which are in case small potatoes that will look even smaller when the spuds of vaccine damage are dug up. Rather they have everything to do with the needles-in-every-arm program, which is political not medical.
That program, of course, is just what puzzles people—why every arm?—and the very thing they object to, because it eliminates independent thought, choice, and action. But their objections must be over-ridden. Their heroes, whether in science or on the tennis court, must be cancelled. It won’t do to have icons of independence running around. Everyone without exception must be made to get with the program, submitting their arms to the needles. The rag-tag resistance must be punctured out of existence. In an act of raw power, if not of effective persuasion, the very category of the Unvaccinated must cease to be.
In other words, what happened to the word “vaccine” must happen to those pejoratively dismissed and mocked as “anti-vaxxers.” They must be made over into something they weren’t. The unvaxxed must be made to join the vaxxed by accepting treatment for a problem they don’t have with a product that is not what it claims to be.
Now, just as I don’t call genetic therapies “vaccines,” or those who worry about them “anti-vaxxers,” I don't call the current step in that direction, here in Quebec, a santé tax. I call it a sanity tax. It is the sane that Premier Legault is trying to penalize, and ultimately to eliminate, lest they remain as a control group against which to compare the psychotic and politically insane. Otherwise put, lest they persist as as a viable resistance to the program.
The sane long ago smelled a rat. The first whiff of it came in the form of media fear-mongering. In a real emergency, media cooperates with government to inform people that there is a serious problem and to calm their fears, not stoke their fears. That a plan was afoot not only to stoke fear, but also to keep the fires of fear burning indefinitely, was evident from very early on. It has been well documented by Laura Dodsworth in A State of Fear. It belongs to a scheme of Orwellian dimensions and reach.
The next whiff came from the numbers. It quickly became evident that SARS-CoV-2 was nowhere near as dangerous or as deadly as it was being made out to be. People were suffering and dying, yes, but most of these were in the same categories of vulnerability as suffer and die annually from the more virulent flus that visit us. In countries such as our own, where there is not a large population of people with multiple co-morbidities, the average age among those dying with or from covid was (and still is) in the mid-eighties. To this day, all-cause mortality figures in Canada show no impact from covid.
Another whiff came with the extension and repetition of "lockdown." The futility, the absurdity, the unconstitutionality, the destructive criminality of quarantining the healthy was not noticed, unfortunately, by those who had succumbed to the engineered panic. They were only too happy to go diving for cover, leaving their rights to blow away in gusts of terror, especially if they belonged to the comfortable laptop class. Working from home seemed to them an excellent idea. Whether or not they had physical co-morbidities, they certainly had intellectual and psychological ones. Psychosis was already setting in. That the polities in which they lived were being Sinicized, even Stalinized, under their very noses, didn't occur to them. Covid had got their sense of smell.
Either that, or it didn’t bother them, for some rather liked the idea that the State should take care of them for the rest of their days. They were statists at heart. Neo-communism appealed to them. Perhaps they were the very folk of whom Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor boasted to Jesus—folk more than happy to trade the burdens of freedom for bread and circuses or health and safety. “Stay safe and stay well” was their new motto. At all events, they were just the sort of people Klaus Schwab and his Great Reset cronies, whose protégés had been deployed in high places around the world, even here in Canada and Quebec, were looking for.
"Stay sane, stay free" was a counter-sentiment seldom heard at first. The perfectly obvious point that everyone dies eventually received little attention. We were in a war against death itself. Those who knew the meaning of the simile, "All flesh is like grass"—or of the petition, "Teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom"—were a special threat. And where were such people to be found? Presumably in the places where these dangerous ideas are encountered on a regular basis; places where people meet to ponder human frailty, to praise their Creator, to laud his judgments and his salvation, to reason together at his invitation, to support one another in times of trial. Which is to say, in the churches and synagogues, which naturally were among the first places closed and the last re-opened in the lockdown cycles.
That, arguably, is a strategy that can now be dropped, for the churches have by and large shown themselves to be creatures of the State. Even there, it seems, men fear death more than they fear God. Though not all of them, thanks be to God. Whether in houses of worship or in houses of parliament, there are still a few who know that a house divided cannot stand, that it is impossible to serve two gods or two masters. Some can still make the point with remarkable precision and equally remarkable sense of humour. And some are making it with remarkable determination, standing outside in freezing temperatures to render thanks to God, Sunday upon Sunday, or marching on Saturday and Sunday to demand of the authorities a return to sanity.
A further whiff came with disclosures of the horrid, even murderous, mistreatment of the elderly in the long-term care facilities, the truth about which is still seeping out. And what is that truth? The Quebec government, like several other governments in the West, deliberately sacrificed the elderly to clear space in the hospitals for potential patients with a better prognosis. These did not arrive in the anticipated numbers. It then did two other reprehensible things. It used the LTCF death tolls to ratchet up covid panic, so as to make the general populace more compliant to its draconian measures. It also tried to cover up what really happened in the LTCFs by pretending that it was merely a matter of bureaucratic incompetence combined with private enterprise malfeasance.
Something analogous soon took place with vulnerable people who were not in LTCFs, and the stench began to grow. Miracle vaccines were mooted. Things were allegedly so serious that serious testing was not required. They would appear soon. They would be safe and effective. Meanwhile, no one was to be treated with anything else. Nothing, not even multipurpose drugs such as hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin—for decades deemed safe and effective for suppression of viral chain reactions—was to be tried. Though many who were dying were dying (as Denis Rancourt has shown) of bacterial pneumonia, antibiotics were not to be prescribed. In other words, no early treatment and no late treatment; just watch these unfortunates pass while waiting for the miracle vaccines to appear. Why? Because the latter could not appear, under Emergency Use Authorization, if there were no emergency, and it had been determined that they must appear.
In support of this cold-hearted scheme, smear campaigns were conducted against physicians and researchers who broke with the narrative. The narrative was reinforced by a "flood the zone" strategy, not only in the media but in the medical literature—by an endless supply of articles and papers purporting to re-examine well-established facts about drugs, testing processes, masking, etc., so as to paralyze any physician or policy-maker who might appeal to established procedures and assumptions. SARS-CoV-2 was so novel as to break every mould. Therefore everyone must cease following prior training, common sense, or any inclination to act independently. All must follow whatever dictates came down from above, whether from national or international bodies, local governments, or their own professional associations. No attention was to be paid even to the most qualified and admired virologists and epidemiologists and crisis-management experts if they strayed from the narrative. They were simply to be cancelled. The Science, as it was now called, would deign to recognize no one, however eminent as a scientist, who dared question the narrative.
Thus was medicine co-opted into the program. It was not a search for understanding and for effective treatment that was to be assuaged, but an induced thirst for vaccines. Science itself was now a lock-step enterprise marching toward a single destination, Needles-in-Every-Arm (soon to be re-dubbed, if we are to believe one of its mayoral candidates, Chips-in-Every-Chump). Casualties of that march, as Hegel would say, were just so many trifling sacrifices laid on the altar of History.
History, as those familiar with the 1930s know, seems to be repeating itself. After all, a few things were learned playing on "the Devil's chessboard." Through feats of regulatory capture, and an enormous outlay of funds in grants and outright purchases of people and organizations, a concert of Establishment cooperation was achieved just in time for SARS-CoV-2. Data was manipulated to the desired end. Covid death tolls, most of them false, were paraded round the clock across the screens of the nations. Few paused to recall that something over 160,000 people die daily on this planet and that precious few of them die with covid, never mind from covid. For public purposes, all causes other than covid-zero (never of course the real cause) were set aside. Covid-zero was the one freedom worth fighting for. There was a single, unchallenged dogma, with a handful of commandments attached to it:
COVID = Death. Therefore fear COVID. Follow the government to freedom as it follows the Science. Trust in the vaccines. Distrust, shame, and punish anyone who doesn't or won't.
Legault & co. are still working on the last of these commandments, though we don’t hear much about covid-zero any more.
In the past few months the whiff of rat has grown nothing but stronger, even overwhelming, yet many still refuse to notice. The new “vaccines,” measured by the standards of the new “pandemic,” don't seem entirely trustworthy. The latter is conveniently defined in such a way as to emphasize transmissibility and de-emphasize severity; but the former, which are non-sterilizing, enhance transmissibility while somewhat reducing severity. Even Bill Gates admitted some time ago that they don't work as advertised, and the WHO (of which he is co-owner) is now following suit.
Neither are saying, of course, that needles-in-every-arm is no longer a sound strategy. Mammon forbid! It's just that we need the next-generation vaccines to put into the needles that go in the arms. The current generation has already done all it can do. It has made us more dependent on needles by weakening our immune systems, while making us more susceptible to autoimmune disease, from which Pharma can profit still further. Perhaps it has also done a bit more than that to carry forward the biotech agenda. Who, but those whose program we are following, really knows?
What it can't do, of course, it hasn't done. Infection rates have risen, not dropped. Hospitalization for a host of vaccine-related reasons seems set to do likewise; time will tell. But what it could do, it has done. It has made the rich and powerful still more rich and more powerful. More importantly, it has marinated the free world in its own juices, such that it may now be placed deep in the oven of Global Technocracy until it is fully cooked.
Meanwhile, then, a toast to Premier Legault and his sanity tax. He will rob the poor—for many of them, unlike Novak Djokovic, who has just been levied a rather hefty sanity tax, are poor—to pay the rich. He will fine dissenters, who prefer to preserve natural immunity and eschew the experimental immunity proffered by the drug lords, whose own immunity is immunity from prosecution for their crimes against humanity. He will make of dissenters sacrificial victims, though not quite like those unfortunates in the LTCFs with whom he began (on which more anon). Though the numbers do not support his charge against them, though the tide of data has turned quite decisively in their favour, he will make them scapegoats for the vaccine failure.
And why? Both because he is sorely in need of a scapegoat and because he has evidently committed himself, like so many other premiers and governors, to be a blunt instrument in the hands of those who are using SARS CoV-2 to create demand for vaccines, vaccines to create demand for vaccine passports, and vaccine passports to introduce Global Technocracy. Let it not be forgotten that Quebec, like the European Union, was already heading down this road before covid arrived. But anyone who supposes that Quebec's aspirational sovereignty will survive all this is a fool. National sovereignty will be just another casualty of the struggle for universal dominion.
The toll booths that now dot the road require travellers, both individuals and peoples, to relinquish their freedoms, one by one, for further passage. The coinage of truth must also be relinquished. Every kind of coinage, even the literal kind, will soon be demanded and melted down. Payment is by instalment, but payment is dear. Those prepared to pay will soon find themselves irrecoverably in debt, a debt against which the sanity tax and other punitive measures against dissenters will pale by comparison.
The latter, like the admirable Mr Djokovic, must play the long game. As Alexander Tschugguel reminded us on Saturday in a short speech everyone should watch—everyone, that is, who sees or intuits that we are engaged in a profoundly consequential struggle between freedom and tyranny—”lies have short legs.” They have no true staying power, though they may appear for a time to triumph. "Lies can only vanquish the truth if no one lends a voice to the truth."
So lend yours, and be not afraid to lend it. If you're to be fined for thinking straight and for exercising sound judgment, you may as well say openly what you have thought and what judgments you have reached. That will be a far worthier contribution toward a genuinely civil society—and one with functional hospitals—than anything the bailiff manages to force from you.