October 4, 2021, Southwest Airways despatched an announcement to its workers informing them that “as a result of Southwest Airways is a federal contractor,” the airline is “required to adjust to the federal government federal contractor mandate for workers to be absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.”1
The next weekend, October 9 and 10, 2021, the airline was pressured to cancel some 1,800 flights. The rationale for the mass cancelations stays unclear, nonetheless.
Whereas some declare the cancellations have been resulting from a coordinated “sickout” in protest of the vaccine mandate, Southwest Airways blamed “disruptive climate” and “air site visitors points” for the cancellations. Curiously, unhealthy climate didn’t have the identical devastating impact on most different airways. American Airways, for instance, which is far bigger, cancelled simply 63 flights that weekend.2
The pilots’ union additionally denied involvement, saying that “our pilots aren’t taking part in any official or unofficial job actions.”3
The timing is attention-grabbing although. Friday October 8, 2021, Southwest’s pilot union requested a Dallas, Texas, court docket to quickly block the vaccine mandate till its preexisting lawsuit4 in opposition to the corporate, filed August 30, 2021, is resolved. In response to the pilot union’s authorized submitting:5
“The brand new vaccine mandate unlawfully imposes new circumstances of employment and the brand new coverage threatens termination of any pilot not absolutely vaccinated by December 8, 2021. Southwest Airways’ further new and unilateral modification of the events’ collective bargaining settlement is in clear violation of the RLA [Railway Labor Act].”
Whereas the mass cancellations of flights certainly made life troublesome for many individuals, coordinated walkouts seem like the one method to make our voices heard. The COVID-19 shot is much from innocent, and any blood clotting challenge can be a transparent profession killer for pilots and flight attendants. Pilots additionally aren’t allowed to fly once they report being fatigued, and fatigue is a quite common aspect impact of the jab as nicely.
Apparently, just a few weeks in the past, there was a report of a Delta pilot who had not too long ago obtained his second dose of the COVID jab, who died throughout the flight. The airplane was landed safely by the co-pilot. You may be taught extra particulars within the video beneath.
NBA Gamers Take a Stand
In associated information, an estimated 50 to 60 NBA gamers have refused to take the COVID jab.6 Amongst them is Kyrie Irving, who’s predicted to be sidelined from dozens of video games throughout the 2021-2022 basketball season. As reported by USA At this time:7
“New York Metropolis’s vaccine mandate requires skilled athletes taking part in in public arenas to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, and Irving’s vaccination standing stays unclear. Now, for the primary time, Nets coach Steve Nash is acknowledging that the crew expects Irving to overlook residence video games at Barclays Heart as a result of mandate.
‘I feel we acknowledge he is not taking part in residence video games,’ Nash instructed reporters Sunday. ‘We will need to for certain play with out him this yr. So it simply relies on when, the place and the way a lot.'”
In early August 2021, the NBA Union had held its annual summer time assembly on-line. One of many agenda objects was whether or not the league workplace ought to mandate that 100% of gamers needed to get the COVID jab. Throughout the board, these in attendance mentioned such a mandate can be a “non-starter.” As reported by Rolling Stone journal:8
” … unvaccinated gamers have been pushing again. They made their case to the union summit: There needs to be testing this yr, in fact, simply not throughout off-days. They’d masks up on the court docket and on the highway, if they need to. However no manner would they comply with a compulsory jab. The vaccine deniers had set the agenda; the gamers agreed to take their calls for for private freedom to the NBA’s negotiating desk.”
Rolling Stone additionally disparages Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac, who has refused the COVID jab on spiritual grounds:
“When NBA gamers acknowledged lining up for photographs in March, Isaac began finding out Black historical past … He discovered about antibody resistance and got here to mistrust Dr. Anthony Fauci. He seemed out for individuals who may die from the vaccine, and he put religion in God.
‘On the finish of the day, it is folks,’ Isaac says of the scientists creating vaccines, ‘and you’ll’t at all times put your belief utterly in folks.’ Isaac considers un-vaxxed gamers to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks ‘it is an injustice’ to routinely make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities.'”9
One other participant who has spoken out in opposition to the COVID jab mandate is Golden State Warriors Draymond Inexperienced, who throughout a September 30, 2021, press convention mentioned he is not going to stress different gamers to get vaccinated.10
He mentioned he believes the vaccination challenge has change into a political challenge. Within the course of, we have misplaced the notion that individuals’s private medical choices should be honored. He additionally famous that the stress levied to power folks into taking the jab is inflicting many to get suspicious. “Why are you urgent this so exhausting?” he mentioned.
Rolling Stone Assaults Me
In one other article,11 Rolling Stone reporter Matt Sullivan takes purpose at yours actually, referring to me as “the anti-vax godfather.” The article seems to be an emergency response to a tweet by which I mentioned that “NBA gamers are being very brave to talk up.”12
It is changing into obvious that the technocratic machine has one major entrance group engaged on their behalf, and that’s the Heart for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). Regardless of being publicly outed — by Fb, nonetheless! — as a biased group that fabricates knowledge, Sullivan shamelessly refers to a “CCDH evaluation” carried out particularly for the Rolling Stones, which claims to have discovered:13
“… persistently elevated engagement on social posts in assist of vaccine-denying athletes from accounts linked to what they name The Disinformation Dozen.
The nonprofit estimated in March that this group … accounted for 73 % of all anti-vax content material on Fb; the social community responded by shutting down their important accounts and penalizing their different ones, however Silicon Valley’s Covid police have not stopped the anti-vaxxers from re-emerging to ally themselves with celebrities.
‘The Disinformation Dozen are form of saying, ‘They have Biden, we have got Kyrie Irving,’ they usually’re attempting to see if they’ll use it to entry Black audiences, younger audiences and basketball followers,’ says CCDH chief government Imram [sic] Ahmed.
‘This most cancers is in search of to copy itself in one other organ of society. The hope is that it may be contained and would not metastasize from there. However the worst factor that may occur is for gamers to react to nonsense — in the event that they’re mistaken, the value is paid in life’ …
Dr. Joseph Mercola, who tops The Disinformation Dozen, tweeted his applause to greater than 325,000 followers this week for Golden State Warriors celebrity Draymond Inexperienced’s rant in opposition to vaccine mandates as ‘very brave’ and for an look on Fox Information by the Orlando Magic ahead Jonathan Isaac — who instructed RS that he did not know why vaccinated folks put on masks indoors — as ‘a refreshing voice of motive.’14“
Fb Has Refuted the CCDH Report
What Sullivan did not embody was the truth that Fb has publicly refuted the CCDH’s “Disinformation Dozen” report, stating that:15
“… these 12 persons are liable for about simply 0.05% of all views of vaccine-related content material on Fb. This contains all vaccine-related posts they’ve shared, whether or not true or false, in addition to URLs related to these folks.
The report16 upon which the defective narrative is predicated analyzed solely a slender set of 483 items of content material over six weeks from solely 30 teams, a few of that are as small as 2,500 customers.
They’re on no account consultant of the a whole lot of tens of millions of posts that individuals have shared about COVID-19 vaccines previously months on Fb.
Additional, there isn’t a clarification for the way the group behind the report recognized the content material they describe as ‘anti-vax’ or how they selected the 30 teams they included of their evaluation. There isn’t a justification for his or her declare that their knowledge represent a ‘consultant pattern’ of the content material shared throughout our apps.”
Regardless of that, Sullivan continues to advertise that CCDH report as “reality” and Imran as some form of authority on who has the best affect on social media.
Are Naturally Immune ‘Antivax’?
Sullivan emailed me just a few questions in preparation for that smear piece. Amongst these questions was whether or not I’ve “recommended any NBA gamers in search of details about the vaccine,” and “If that’s the case, how so?” Apparently, he believes I counsel skilled athletes, which I do not.
He additionally wished to know the way I think about these sports activities influencers to be a part of “my motion” or “my crew,” and whether or not I imagine Irving’s defiance of the New York Metropolis vaccine mandate would rally my supporters. This is my reply:
“Many of those athletes have had COVID themselves and the general public well being officers are reluctant to confess they’re proper. Pure immunity is best than any vaccine, which proves these mandates aren’t about immunity — they’re about pressured vaccination and management.
You have mentioned the NBA is ‘counting on science’ in a earlier article but they’re ignorant and mendacity about pure immunity — simply because the federal authorities is doing. The mandates aren’t about immunity, they’re about management and obedience. www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/09/15/natural-immunity-vaccine-mandate/
People can assume for themselves and needs to be allowed to take action, impartial of pharmaceutical affect, employer mandates or political authoritarians. I imagine that every particular person should absolutely educate themselves earlier than partaking in any medical danger taking.
Persons are smarter than they’re being given credit score for, and all people has their very own distinctive circumstances to base their choices on together with organic vulnerabilities that may make vaccine dangers better for some folks than others. twitter.com/ericspracklen/status/1445901692143390720?s=21
I applaud anybody who stands up in opposition to medical mandates which might negatively have an effect on their lives. It takes braveness to tackle the assaults of the media and pharmaceutical pursuits and settle for the results being pressured upon them with out their consent.
Many stadiums are filled with 80,000 folks now, with none vaccine mandates and have embraced life past the ridiculous propaganda at present controlling within the media.”
It is Not About Well being, It is About Management
As famous by Spencer Fernando,17 the concept the COVID jab can be mandated and compelled on folks was rejected as loony conspiracy concept initially of the pandemic. Ditto for vaccine passports. But right here we’re.
The tempo towards tyranny is slower in the US in comparison with another nations, because of our Structure, however President Biden’s try to dictate unconstitutional COVID injection mandates to personal employers throughout the nation is proof that the Structure is routinely being overstepped even right here. Some nations, like Canada and Australia, aren’t even pretending to cover the truth that it is about social management anymore. As famous by Fernando:18
“Have you ever seen how occasions in Canada have actually moved in just one path? Compliance in any respect prices. The development has been clear: Increasingly management, increasingly threats of punishment, and increasingly calls for for compliance.”
As of November 30, 2021, unvaccinated Canadians might be barred from planes and trains” to make sure a minority of individuals can’t sabotage Canada’s financial restoration” by spreading the virus and getting folks sick. However there is a big gap on this rationale.
An individual with pure immunity is safer than anybody who has gotten the jab, as a result of its extra strong and supplies wider safety in opposition to variants. The COVID shot doesn’t forestall an infection or unfold of the virus.
If the objective have been to stop unfold of the virus, then the one issues that may make sense can be to show you are not contaminated or that you’re immune. Proof of vaccination could have zero affect on the unfold of the virus. You will simply find yourself with a vaccinated inhabitants that spreads new mutations amongst themselves.
The Energy of Pure Immunity
In a September 15, 2021, Washington Put up article, Dr. Marty Makary, professor on the Johns Hopkins College of Drugs and Bloomberg College of Public Well being, acknowledged:19
“It is okay to have an incorrect scientific speculation. However when new knowledge proves it mistaken, you need to adapt. Sadly, many elected leaders and public well being officers have held on far too lengthy to the speculation that pure immunity affords unreliable safety in opposition to covid-19 — a rivalry that’s being quickly debunked by science.
Greater than 15 research have demonstrated the facility of immunity acquired by beforehand having the virus. A 700,000-person examine from Israel two weeks in the past discovered that those that had skilled prior infections have been 27 instances much less more likely to get a second symptomatic covid an infection than those that have been vaccinated.
This affirmed a June Cleveland Clinic examine of health-care staff (who are sometimes uncovered to the virus), by which none who had beforehand examined constructive for the coronavirus bought reinfected.
The examine authors concluded that ‘people who’ve had SARS-CoV-2 an infection are unlikely to profit from covid-19 vaccination.’ And in Could, a Washington College examine discovered that even a gentle covid an infection resulted in long-lasting immunity.
So, the rising science means that pure immunity is pretty much as good as or higher than vaccine-induced immunity. That is why it is so irritating that the Biden administration has repeatedly argued that immunity conferred by vaccines is preferable to immunity brought on by pure an infection, as NIH director Francis Collins instructed Fox Information host instructed Bret Baier just a few weeks in the past.
That inflexible adherence to an outdated concept can be mirrored in President Biden’s current announcement that enormous firms should require their workers to get vaccinated or undergo common testing, no matter whether or not they beforehand had the virus.”
If You Do not Take a Stand, Who Will?
Clearly, we’re not coping with both logic, science or well being. The trouble to vaccinate the entire world, whether or not they want it or not, is about management and greed.
“Some have mentioned that individuals have ‘gone loopy’ throughout this disaster,” Fernando writes.20 “Nevertheless, I feel the truth is that individuals have been revealed.
Numerous folks (and almost all politicians) have demonstrated that in a disaster they panic, lose any sense of proportion, are unable to assume creatively, and double-down on the identical failed method again and again.
Worse than that, they’ve proven that they would like to demonize and direct worry in direction of others, fairly than search to take duty for their very own lives and their very own well being. Reasonably than search management over themselves, they search management over others.”
Many are actually so locked into irrational worry, it is nearly not possible to get them to take a look at knowledge or details. In the meantime, the political class has grown obsessive about controlling everybody, and do not wish to see or hear something which may undermine that purpose.
In consequence, these prepared to defend freedom and particular person rights seem like a shrinking group. However regardless of how small that group will get, we are able to by no means stop. As famous by Fernando:21
“… it is remnants that maintain on to values in troublesome moments, and supply the muse from which these values are renewed and rebuilt. That is why we should proceed to face up in opposition to measures just like the nationwide vaccine passport, and arise for our fellow residents who’re being demonized by our pathetic and failed leaders.”
The query is how? How will we stand in opposition to the ever extra draconian guidelines being thrown at us? For starters, all of us must cease creating wealth for the authoritarians. Which means not donating to political campaigns that assist authoritarian leaders or shopping for merchandise or utilizing companies supplied by firms that in flip assist the elimination of our rights.
Secondly, we have to get organized. In the event you work at an organization that’s threatening to implement obligatory vaccination, you can coordinate a “sickout,” the place everybody calls out sick on the identical days, or another type of strike. It’s also possible to think about taking authorized motion.
In early September 2021, USCourts.gov posted a listing of attorneys prepared to tackle vaccine damage instances and/or instances involving vaccine mandates. Since then, that webpage has been eliminated, however the checklist can nonetheless be discovered on Each day USA24.22 Authorized counsel can also advise you on the best way to defend your communications.