Posts Tagged ‘lockdowns’

By John Ruberry

When one looks back the great artists–and I dislike this term–of the classic rock era of the mid-1960s thru the early 1970s, the usual big names to come to mind, the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Bob Dylan. 

One name–and he just released his 43rd studio album last week–is generally overlooked. And that artist is Van Morrison, also known as Van the Man and the Belfast Cowboy. Oh sure, he’s recorded some memorable hits, such as “Brown Eyed Girl,” along with “Moondance” and “Have I Told You Lately.” Before Morrison’s first album, Blowin’ Your Mind, was released in 1967, he was the frontman for Them. That band’s anthemic “Gloria” deservedly appears on many best-ever song lists. 

But Morrison isn’t a much of a self-promoter–he doesn’t do many interviews and he’s not the best media conversationalist–even though Van the Man’s lyrics are generally eloquent and articulate. 

Two years ago Morrison began attracting media attention for his impassioned opposition to COVID-19 lockdowns, which, during the height of them, prevented Van, who turns 77 this summer, from performing live.

Morrison just concluded a short USA tour, a British tour begins Monday. 

In 2020, Morrison released three anti-lockdown songs, “Born to Be Free” and “As I Walked Out,” as well as “No More Lockdown.” That same year Eric Clapton recorded a Morrison-penned anti-lockdown song, “Stand and Deliver.” Clapton, who celebrated his 77th birthday in March, was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. Hey, no reasonable person believes COVID is un-catchable. 

Those anti-lockdown songs led Northern Ireland’s health minister, Robin Swann, to write a Rolling Stone op-ed attacking Morrison, where Swann declared, “Some of what is he saying is actually dangerous.”

Last year in Belfast, after four of his concerts were cancelled, Morrison led a “Robin Swann is very dangerous” chant at a banquet. Because of the chant, Swann sued Morrison.

Which brings us to “Dangerous,” the opening track of Morrison’s brand-new album, What’s It Gonna Take?

Somebody said I was dangerous
I said something bad, but it must’ve been good
Somebody said I was dangerous
I must be getting close to the truth, alright, alright

But Morrison isn’t done with lockdowns, as the first ten songs of this 15-song effort attack COVID-19 restrictions on varying levels.

On the title track, Morrison opines,

Politicians don’t represent the people
Government doesn’t represent us at all
Government takes and ruins all our business
Big tax about to take it all.

In life, I’ve learned that sometimes life is just blah blah blah. Really, because that’s another great tune here, entitled of course, “Sometimes It’s Just Blah Blah Blah.”

How do you like the new normal?
Tell me, how is that going for you?
How did you overcome the restrictions?
How do you handle the news?
Do you still think the government’s not lying to you?
Oh, has the penny dropped yet?
Seems there’s no way out of this impasse
Is it something we’ll live to regret?

What’s It Gonna Take? is absolutely an essential musical release but I suspect it will be savaged by the critics, most of whom are liberals. Morrison’s prior collection, a double album, Latest Record Project, Volume 1, also blew the whistle on lockdown restrictions, as well as social media–quite obviously so on the song “Why Are You On Facebook?” It’s a good album, albeit a bit long, but still far better than the swill that passes as 21st century music. And the critics for the most part hated that Latest Record Project, Volume 1.

As recently as 2017 Morrison described himself as apolitical. Clearly, at least in regards to COVID lockdowns and government overreach, he is now a strident libertarian. 

Rock music, with few exceptions, hasn’t been the soundtrack of rebellion for decades. It’s ironic that the most rebellious rocker today–or perhaps he’s a bluesman?–is a man in his late 70s, the Belfast Cowboy, Van Morrison.

Here’s one final brilliant lyrical excerpt from Van’s latest album, this time from “Damage and Recovery.”

Snowflakes hiding in their houses
Most of us need to get right back to work
Money doesn’t grow on trees
Jobs don’t thrive on barren ground
Narrow-minded politics
So-called social scientist tricks
Telling lies, they’re meant to be
Watching morons on TV.

There are a couple of references to “Gates,” as in Bill Gates, a COVID-alarmist. A couple of weeks ago, the Microsoft founder and self-appointed virus expert said about COVID-19, “We didn’t understand that it’s a fairly low fatality rate and that it’s a disease mainly in the elderly, kind of like flu is, although a bit different than that.”

Wow. Two years ago, if someone posted that sentence on Facebook or Twitter, they’d probably have their accounts suspended.

Morrison was right in 2020 about lockdowns and Gates was wrong.

There’s a little bit of Van Morrison in all of us. There’s a lot of Van Morrison in all thinking people.

What’s It Gonna Take? is available for download on iTunes and for purchase in the CD format on Amazon, where, as of this writing, the reviews are fairly good. And you can buy it or stream it from the Van Morrison official website.

UPDATE May 31, 2022:

Yesterday multiple United Kingdom news outlets reported that Morrison has turned the tables on Robin Swann. He’s suing the Northern Ireland health minister.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit, he’s married to Mrs. Marathon Pundit. Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately” plays on their wedding video.

A large fraction of the nations of this world are descending into abject tyranny, caused by hysteria over the Wuhan Virus.  It is truly appalling to watch, knowing that it is even taking hold here in several states.

This article, Vaccine Segregation And Quarantine Camps Are Flashing Warnings To Stop Covid Insanity Before It’s Too Late, by the Federalist, chronicles the sickening tyranny.

In Austria, COVID-19 vaccines have become compulsory, and a “lockdown for the unvaccinated” has partitioned society into classes of jabbed and unjabbed. In Greece, those older than 60 without a vaccine are fined €100 ($112) a month.

Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Slovenia have all introduced vaccine passportsIn Lithuania, speakeasies and “Soviet-style markets” have opened to sell groceries to those incapable of entering stores without showing a vaccine passport. Now Germany intends to violate their Nuremberg Code, introducing a “de facto Covid lockdown for the unvaccinated” and possibly mandating vaccines.

None of this compares to Australia where:

Australia is setting up COVID quarantine camps, relocating people from their homes in towns with regional outbreaks. Guards are stationed to capture and return “people who escape.” No matter the “free wifi, nice food, and aircon” provided for detainees, internment at the camp is still involuntary for international arrivals on repatriation flights. A comfortable prison is still a prison.

The author of the Federalist article notes a dangerous historical parallel between the events now regarding the Wuhan Virus and the events and rhetoric that led up to the Holocaust and other mass slaughters.

The Parasite Stress Hypothesis finds the presence of infectious disease in nations with low sanitation is a prerequisite to authoritarianism. States enforce conformist social policies to reduce transmission, or “stop the spread.” Minority groups are scapegoated as harbingers of pestilence, with propaganda depicting them as rats, fleas, or parasites. Under communism, the Ukrainian Holodomor killed millions of people with the justification that they were “pariahs, untouchables, vermin.”

In other words, there is historical precedent to the claim that demonizing your fellow man as a socially irresponsible bioweapon can precede genocide. We’re watching other frightening prerequisites move into place as well.

The rest of the world is far more susceptible to genocide and similar horrors than the United States because our constitutional system is based on inalienable individual rights, rather than collective rights granted by the government.

Jean Jacques Rousseau’s “Social Contract” conceives rights as given by the government — not recognized and protected — thus allowing the government to rescind them at any time. This belief in government as progenitor — rather than guardian — of rights, is replicated in Germany’s philosophical tradition: with Friedrich Hegel decreeing that obeying the state provides “the very conditions in which Freedom is realized.”This line of thinking is why the French revolution differed from America’s; why Germany birthed Marxism and Nazism in the span of a century; and why Europe is now subject to forced vaccination. The American experiment is unique and a bulwark against the tyranny seen overseas.

All of the hysteria caused by the Wuhan virus pandemic is based on several lies and out right fraud.  The most notable fraud involves the PCR test, which is the test almost universally used to detect Coronavirus in humans.  Check out this article by the Brownstone Institute PCR Tests and the Rise of Disease Panic

PCR tests magnify the number of target DNA particles in a swab exponentially until they become visible. Like a powerful zoom lens, the greater the magnification needed to see something, the smaller it actually is.

The magnification in PCR is measured by the number of cycles needed to make the DNA visible. Known as the Cycle Threshold (Ct) or Quantification Cycle (Cq) number, the higher the number of cycles the lower the amount of DNA in the sample.

To convert Cq numbers into doses they have to be calibrated against the Cq numbers of standard doses. If they aren’t they can easily be blown out of proportion and appear more significant than they actually are.

Take an advertisement for a car for example. With the right light, the right angle and the right magnification, a scale model can look like the real thing. We can only gauge the true size of things if we have something to measure them against.

Just like a coin standing next to a toy car proves it’s not a real one, and a shoe next to a molehill shows it’s not a mountain, the Cq of a standard dose next to the Cq of a sample shows how big the dose really is.

The idea that PCR may have been used to make a mountain out of a molehill by blowing a relatively ordinary disease outbreak out of all proportion is so shocking it’s literally unthinkable. But it wouldn’t be the first time it has happened.

The effectiveness and safety of Coronavirus vaccines is another monstrous lie.

The announcement that another variant of the Wuhan Virus is spreading across the globe is causing a marked upswing in the hysteria an tyranny.  This hysteria and tyranny is based on a fraud because the Omicron variant is a mild variant.

Except under the most dire circumstances nonviolent resistance to any form government tyranny and overreach is far more effective than violent engagement.  That is most definitely the case when it comes to the government imposed nightmare most of the world has been living under for the past eighteen months.  Violence should always be the absolute last resort.  Conditions in all but one nation have not been serious enough to warrant violent resistance.  The one possible exception I believe might be Australia where the Tyranny imposed by that government is now most extreme.

Noncompliance is the first step in ending the lockdowns and mandates.  Unfortunately the spirit of noncompliance has been very weak here in the United States, thanks to many decades of progressive indoctrination in all levels of American schools.  When outdoor mask mandates were instituted here in Massachusetts I simply ignored them.  Every day I did my walk without a mask and got away with it.  It was not so easy with indoor mask mandates.  In this state store owners called the police on individuals not wearing masks.  The miscreants were fined and the strore owners then trespassed them so they could not shop there again.  That is a heavy price for individuals to face alone.  The only way to fight this is organized groups entering stores without masks who, do nothing except peacefully shop.   Because of the nationwide surge in individuals testing positive for the Delta Variant, cities and states are reimposing mask mandates.  This is being met with far more resistance this time around.  I believe the time is right for these unmasking parties. All we need is for individuals in different communities to organize them and make them stick.

In last week’s article I chronicled how mass protests to Coronavirus restrictions are beginning to pop up worldwide.  For these restrictions and mandates to end once and for all here in the United States mass protests need to be organized in as many communities as possible, as often as possible.  We need to step out of our comfort zones and step up and organize these mass protests through social, media as often as possible until social media shuts us down.  Then we need to seek alternate methods to organize.

So few are stepping up and saying enough because they are living in fear, thanks to all of the propaganda being spread by the mainstream media, politicians, government agencies, social media, and so called scientific experts.  We need to flood social media with the truth about the true nature of Coronavirus, which is far less harmful to the vast majority of the population than is reported by all of the phony experts and fear mongering media.  We need to spread the truth about how ineffective mask mandates and lockdowns are in stopping the spread of any virus. I have been doing this nonstop for well over a year and so have many of my friends.  This has cost me a lot of friends on Facebook but that has not stopped me and I don’t care if I go to Facebook jail.

Organized mass protests and individuals willing to coordinate them is the key to ending these lockdowns and mandates.

Very few of us Conservatives and Libertarians ever attempted to fight the political left in the area of cultural issues.  We abounded Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry to progressives and other Marxists. 

Now the vast majority of movies and television programs are a cesspool of leftist propaganda.  Hardly any at all present America or its founding principles in a positive light. 

America bashing is one of the most prevalent themes encountered today.  Conformity, the liberal orthodoxy, and doing whatever those in authority demand have been hammered into the heads of all that partake in any form of entertainment. America’s sins of slavery and racism are constant themes,  They are portrayed as being the absolute foundation and soul of this nation, which are very much far from the truth.  All of the tremendous good that America has done and stands for is ignored. 

Young children who watch cartoons, Disney movies, and Nickelodeon are subjected to gay and transgender brainwashing.  I believe this is something that should be left out of children’s programming.  Most parents are probably unaware that this going on.

The liberal brainwashing on college campuses has gone unchecked by those of us on the political right for decades.  It has now spread through high schools and grade schools.  A recent poll declared that more than half of all young people have been brainwashed into viewing socialism as positive and capitalism negative.  No wonder so many young people voted for Biden and no wonder so many blindly follow all of the liberty destroying mandates and lockdowns.  If American founding principles and civics were still taught these mandates and lockdown would have ended soon after they were attempted.

Conservatives and others on the right allowed leftists to gain almost complete control of the news industry and social media.  Without the suppression of the truth about the theft of the 2020 presidential election Donald Trump would still be in office.  Without the suppression of real scientific facts about the effectiveness of masks and lockdown those liberty destroying ineffective mandates would not have remained in effect for more than a week or two.

We need to take up the culture war on all fronts immediately and fight to win.