October 4, 2021, Southwest Airways despatched an announcement to its staff 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 compelled to cancel some 1,800 flights. The explanation for the mass cancelations stays unclear, nonetheless.
Whereas some declare the cancellations had been because of a coordinated “sickout” in protest of the vaccine mandate, Southwest Airways blamed “disruptive climate” and “air visitors points” for the cancellations. Curiously, dangerous climate didn’t have the identical devastating impact on most different airways. American Airways, for instance, which is way bigger, cancelled simply 63 flights that weekend.2
The pilots’ union additionally denied involvement, saying that “our pilots usually are not collaborating in any official or unofficial job actions.”3
The timing is fascinating although. Friday October 8, 2021, Southwest’s pilot union requested a Dallas, Texas, courtroom to briefly block the vaccine mandate till its preexisting lawsuit4 in opposition to the corporate, filed August 30, 2021, is resolved. In line with the pilot union’s authorized submitting:5
“The brand new vaccine mandate unlawfully imposes new situations of employment and the brand new coverage threatens termination of any pilot not absolutely vaccinated by December 8, 2021. Southwest Airways’ extra 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 strategy to make our voices heard. The COVID-19 shot is much from innocent, and any blood clotting concern could be a transparent profession killer for pilots and flight attendants. Pilots additionally aren’t allowed to fly after they report being fatigued, and fatigue is a quite common aspect impact of the jab as effectively.
Curiously, just a few weeks in the past, there was a report of a Delta pilot who had not too long ago acquired 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 under.
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 Right now: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 workforce expects Irving to overlook house video games at Barclays Heart as a result of mandate.
‘I feel we acknowledge he is not taking part in house video games,’ Nash instructed reporters Sunday. ‘We’ll need to for positive play with out him this yr. So it simply depends upon 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 gadgets 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 could be a “non-starter.” As reported by Rolling Stone journal:8
” … unvaccinated gamers had been pushing again. They made their case to the union summit: There must be testing this yr, after all, simply not throughout off-days. They’d masks up on the courtroom and on the street, if they have 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 pictures in March, Isaac began learning Black historical past … He realized about antibody resistance and got here to mistrust Dr. Anthony Fauci. He appeared out for individuals who may die from the vaccine, and he put religion in God.
‘On the finish of the day, it is individuals,’ Isaac says of the scientists creating vaccines, ‘and you’ll’t all the time put your belief fully in individuals.’ 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 concern has turn into a political concern. Within the course of, we have misplaced the notion that folks’s private medical choices have to be honored. He additionally famous that the stress levied to power individuals into taking the jab is inflicting many to get suspicious. “Why are you urgent this so arduous?” he mentioned.
Rolling Stone Assaults Me
In one other article,11 Rolling Stone reporter Matt Sullivan takes goal 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 main 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 information, 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 primary 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 kind of saying, ‘They have Biden, we have Kyrie Irving,’ they usually’re attempting to see if they will use it to entry Black audiences, younger audiences and basketball followers,’ says CCDH chief govt 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 improper, the worth 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 individuals put on masks indoors — as ‘a refreshing voice of motive.’14“
Fb Has Refuted the CCDH Report
What Sullivan did not embrace was the truth that Fb has publicly refuted the CCDH’s “Disinformation Dozen” report, stating that:15
“… these 12 persons are accountable for about simply 0.05% of all views of vaccine-related content material on Fb. This consists of all vaccine-related posts they’ve shared, whether or not true or false, in addition to URLs related to these individuals.
The report16 upon which the defective narrative relies analyzed solely a slim 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 lots of of thousands and thousands of posts that folks have shared about COVID-19 vaccines up to now months on Fb.
Additional, there isn’t a clarification for a 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 is no such thing as a justification for his or her declare that their information represent a ‘consultant pattern’ of the content material shared throughout our apps.”
Regardless of that, Sullivan continues to advertise that CCDH report as “truth” and Imran as some kind 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 “In that case, how so?” Apparently, he believes I counsel skilled athletes, which I do not.
He additionally needed to understand how I take into account these sports activities influencers to be a part of “my motion” or “my workforce,” and whether or not I consider Irving’s defiance of the New York Metropolis vaccine mandate would rally my supporters. Here 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 healthier than any vaccine, which proves these mandates usually are not about immunity — they’re about compelled 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 usually are not about immunity, they’re about management and obedience. www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/09/15/natural-immunity-vaccine-mandate/
People can suppose for themselves and must be allowed to take action, unbiased of pharmaceutical affect, employer mandates or political authoritarians. I consider that every individual should absolutely educate themselves earlier than partaking in any medical threat 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 higher for some individuals than others. twitter.com/ericspracklen/standing/1445901692143390720?s=21
I applaud anybody who stands up in opposition to medical mandates which may negatively have an effect on their lives. It takes braveness to tackle the assaults of the media and pharmaceutical pursuits and settle for the implications being compelled upon them with out their consent.
Many stadiums are full of 80,000 individuals now, with none vaccine mandates and have embraced life past the ridiculous propaganda at the moment controlling within the media.”
It is Not About Well being, It is About Management
As famous by Spencer Fernando,17 the concept that the COVID jab could be mandated and compelled on individuals was rejected as loony conspiracy concept originally 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 and dictate unconstitutional COVID injection mandates to non-public 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 course? 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 individuals 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 gives wider safety in opposition to variants. The COVID shot doesn’t forestall an infection or unfold of the virus.
If the aim had been to forestall unfold of the virus, then the one issues that might make sense could be to show you are not contaminated or that you’re immune. Proof of vaccination may have zero affect on the unfold of the virus. You may simply find yourself with a vaccinated inhabitants that spreads new mutations amongst themselves.
The Energy of Pure Immunity
In a September 15, 2021, Washington Publish article, Dr. Marty Makary, professor on the Johns Hopkins College of Medication and Bloomberg College of Public Well being, acknowledged:19
“It is okay to have an incorrect scientific speculation. However when new information proves it improper, you must adapt. Sadly, many elected leaders and public well being officers have held on far too lengthy to the speculation that pure immunity gives unreliable safety in opposition to covid-19 — a competition that’s being quickly debunked by science.
Greater than 15 research have demonstrated the ability 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 had been 27 instances much less prone to get a second symptomatic covid an infection than those that had been vaccinated.
This affirmed a June Cleveland Clinic examine of health-care employees (who are sometimes uncovered to the virus), by which none who had beforehand examined optimistic 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 Might, a Washington College examine discovered that even a light 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 also be mirrored in President Biden’s latest announcement that giant corporations should require their staff 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 hassle to vaccinate the entire world, whether or not they want it or not, is about management and greed.
“Some have mentioned that folks have ‘gone loopy’ throughout this disaster,” Fernando writes.20 “Nonetheless, I feel the fact is that folks have been revealed.
Numerous individuals (and almost all politicians) have demonstrated that in a disaster they panic, lose any sense of proportion, are unable to suppose creatively, and double-down on the identical failed strategy again and again.
Worse than that, they’ve proven that they would like to demonize and direct concern in the direction of others, reasonably than search to take accountability for their very own lives and their very own well being. Quite than search management over themselves, they search management over others.”
Many at the moment are so locked into irrational concern, it is just about inconceivable to get them to take a look at information or details. In the meantime, the political class has grown obsessive about controlling everybody, and do not need to see or hear something which may undermine that goal.
Because of this, these keen to defend freedom and particular person rights seem like a shrinking group. However irrespective 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 inspiration 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 get up for our fellow residents who’re being demonized by our pathetic and failed leaders.”
The query is how? How can we stand in opposition to the ever extra draconian guidelines being thrown at us? For starters, all of us must cease earning money for the authoritarians. Which means not donating to political campaigns that assist authoritarian leaders or shopping for merchandise or utilizing providers supplied by corporations that in flip assist the elimination of our rights.
Secondly, we have to get organized. When you work at an organization that’s threatening to implement obligatory vaccination, you could possibly coordinate a “sickout,” the place everybody calls out sick on the identical days, or another type of strike. It’s also possible to take into account taking authorized motion.
In early September 2021, USCourts.gov posted an inventory of attorneys keen to tackle vaccine harm circumstances and/or circumstances involving vaccine mandates. Since then, that webpage has been eliminated, however the record can nonetheless be discovered on Each day USA24.22 Authorized counsel can also advise you on the best way to shield your communications.