Mark Sidney| ‘The law of the instrument, law of the hammer, Maslow’s hammer (or gavel), or golden hammer is a cognitive bias that involves an over-reliance on a familiar tool. As Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail,’ Wikipedia explains.
Before I disclose the statements that Dr. Fauci made to a group of students at Georgetown University Medical Center back in January 2017, I want to make it clear that I am not implying that Fauci knew about the current ‘situation’ in advance or did anything nefarious to instigate it.
I, and many others, just found his warning to be very interesting, and to be frank, seemingly accurate. For this reason, and this reason alone, I thought you may want to know exactly what the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.
During his lecture to the students of Georgetown, Dr. Fauci stated:
“If there’s one message that I want to leave with you today based on my experience, is that there is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming administration in the arena of infectious diseases.”
“The history of the last 32 years that I’ve been the director of NIAID will tell the next administration that there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that they will be faced with the challenges that their predecessors were faced with.”
“We will definitely get surprised in the next few years.”
That statement struck me as odd seeing as, most of the time, the definitions of ‘definitely’ and ‘surprised’ seem to be at odds with one another.
The doctor’s comments came as part of a keynote address he delivered during a “Pandemic Preparedness in the Next U.S. Presidential Administration,” event which featured some of the world’s foremost minds in the arena of global health.
Another leader in the field, Dr. Ashish Jha, who is the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, stated “If you think about all the things that could very quickly devastate a population, devastate a country, pandemics is really near if not at the top of that list,”
If we look at history, it is not unreasonable for Fauci to expect some sort of health crisis, or hysteria surrounding a possible health crisis, to engulf the nation.
Take for instance the Zika outbreak that occurred during the Obama administration, or the Ebola scare. Then, there was also H5N1. Outbreaks are always occurring throughout the world, and some inevitably make their way into the United States.
“We need [a public health emergency fund] because of what we had to go through for Zika,” Dr. Fauci stated. Alluding to the mosquito-borne infection that had mothers worried about contracting Zika and it resulting in birth defects in their babies.
Fauci expressed his concern for how long it took to get the $1.9 BILLION in funding Obama asked for to fight Zika, explaining;
“I mean, it was very, very painful when the president asked for the $1.9 billion in February and we didn’t get it until September. That was a very painful process.”
According to CDC.gov, in 2016, the year of the Zika scare: 5,168 symptomatic Zika virus disease cases reported within the United States. However, there were 36,512 symptomatic Zika virus disease cases reported in US territories.
The, now famous Fauci, went on “There is outbreaks that are very profound, acute and dramatic — like Ebola, like what we’ve seen with Zika.”
“And then there are outbreaks that may be really subtle. They’re happening and you’re not necessarily noticing them.”
You can watch Fauci’s address in full below:
I suppose that it was not a long shot to expect that there would be some sort of biological incident during Trump’s tenure. However, I do not think anyone could have foreseen something that caused such a global and economically crippling response, do you?
Opinion| New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest authoritarian gambit is dripping with hypocrisy…
(New York Post) Out-of-state travelers could face up to $10,000 in fines if they break New York City’s two-week quarantine rule and checkpoints will be set up at entry points into the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
The new crackdown includes random checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings and up to $10,000 fines for those caught breaking quarantine.
After years of protecting illegal aliens from police scrutiny, and denying the presentation of identification in order to vote, Comrade de Blasio has ordained that American citizens attempting to enter his city must have their papers in order.
Presumably, de Blasio’s new decree applies only to American citizens.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took the mayor turned dictator to task as only he can…
De Blasio announced that he plans to encircle the entire city with military-style checkpoints, not to stop violent criminals, but to prevent people from visiting other places.
There was no public discussion of this ahead of time. There was no debate. De Blasio just decreed it.
Given that very few outsiders any longer have interest in visiting the COVID capital of the U.S., one wonders if this is de Blasio’s way of keeping New Yorkers from leaving by increasing the hassle of returning.
Go to Florida on a three-day trip to shop for houses… face two weeks in solitary upon your return.
Protecting Americans from Americans after years of refusing to protect Americans from illegal aliens.
As the Summer rolls on, the 2020 Presidential Election is drawing to completion with the Media allies and the Democrats in full swing promoting radical far-left Democrat Joe Biden as the winner, leaving political watchers scratching their heads about the demands to the electorial process the left is demanding.
Social Media was abuzz Monday with the narrative that Presidential candidate Biden will refuse to debate his opponent, President Donald J. Trump, before the election.
The mainstream media is going to try to help Joe Biden get out of the Debates.
The radical far-left New York Times claims that Biden should protect his lead and not debate at all.
Lily Adams from the Biden campaign was on FoxNews Tuesday and said that Biden has agreed to debates, telling Erin Perrine Trump 2020 Communications Director, “we are excited to these three debates that the Presidential Commission on Debates”.
Perrine said Trump campaign wants more debates and sooner, being concerned about early voting. Adams, smirking said, ” we have agreed to the debates and their timing with the Presidential Commission on Debates”.
“Two weeks ago, my life as I knew it changed in an instant, and my family will never be the same,” began Judge Esther Salas in an emotional video she released recounting the day her son was killed and her husband shot at the front door of their New Jersey home.
The Salas family had been celebrating the 20th birthday of their only son, Daniel Mark Salas. She called the weekend celebration “a glorious one, filled with love and laughter and smiles.”
Judge Salas took a moment to take a deep breath and compose herself before continuing.
She reflected on a conversation she was having with Daniel in their basement on Sunday, July 19th. Daniel told her, “Mom, let’s keep talking. I love talking to you, Mom.”
The next moment, the doorbell rang, her son went upstairs to answer, and then she heard bullets and someone screaming “No!”
A man disguised as a FedEx driver, complete with a package in hand, had shot both her son and her husband.
Daniel had thrown himself in front of his father and taken the shooter’s first bullet.
Judge Salas’ husband was shot three times. He has undergone multiple surgeries and remains in the hospital recovering at this time.
The shooter was later identified as Roy Den Hollander, an “anti-feminist” lawyer who had once argued a case before Judge Salas. He was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound the day after his attack on the Salas family.
In her video statement, Salas explained that “federal judges’ addresses and other information is readily available on the internet,” and that this poses a real and urgent danger to the safety of federal judges and their families.
“We may not be able to stop something like this from happening again, but we can make it hard for those who target us to track us down.”
According to Salas, Den Hollander had been able to obtain from the internet where Judge Salas lived and what church her family attended.
“My son’s death cannot be in vain,” she said, “which is why I’m begging those in power to do something to help my brothers and sisters on the bench.”
She asked that lawmakers “work collaboratively to find a solution that will safeguard the privacy of federal judges.”
Virginia Giuffre, a woman who publicly accused convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein of sex trafficking, said former President Bill Clinton visited his private island. Clinton says he was never there. Shame we have the flight manifest he was on the place nearly a dozen times.
On Friday, Clinton spokesman, Angel Ureña gave a statement saying that Clinton has “never been to Little St. James Island.”
Yeah, and I’m Mary, Queen of Scots.
“He’d not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade,” he said. “Well before his terrible crimes came to light.”
Come on. Nobody is going to believe that.
Ureña told Newsweek about a statement Clinton released back in July 2019, where he expressed the same denial.
Well, that settles it then. Clinton denied he’d been on a plane owned by a convicted pedophile with young girls. So that’s that. #SMH
“He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida,” the statement read. And we’re talking about sexual escapades that happened before the last decade.
This is how liberals try to get away with everything. They deny, and then throw in some meaningless gobbledygook that sounds official, like “He hasn’t spoke to him in over a decade,” which is supposed to make the average person believe the denial.
The recent unsealing of court documents put the focus back on Clinton’s connection to Epstein on Friday. During a conversation with lawyer Jack Scarola, Giuffre said she was on the island with Epstein and Clinton.
“Ghislane, Emmy [another girl who was allegedly a regular at Epstein’s house], and there was 2 young girls that I could identify. I never really knew them well anyways. It was just 2 girls from New York,” Giuffre said.
She told Scarola that Clinton stayed in Epstein’s home with the other women and that she remembers Epstein telling her that Clinton “owes me favors.” However, she wasn’t told what the favors were and she said she wasn’t certain if Epstein was being serious about it or if it was a joke.
“It was a laugh though. He would laugh it off. You know, I remember asking Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing here [on Epstein’s island] kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said well he owes me favors,” Giuffre said.
Clinton took four trips on Epstein’s airplane to Europe, Asia and Africa, however, he says he knew “nothing about the terrible crimes” Epstein pleaded guilty to in 2008 or the charges brought against him in New York in 2019. Clinton has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
In a couple days we’ll see Clinton standing at a podium saying, “I did not… have… sexual relations with those young underage girls. I did not. And nobody told me to lie…”
Flight logs from the website, Gawker (which is no longer running), listed Clinton as having taken at least 11 flights on the Lolita Express, a nickname given to Epstein’s plane. Ghislaine Maxwell and an Epstein former assistant, Sarah Kellen, who has been accused of recruiting young girls for Epstein, were also allegedly on all the flights Clinton took.
They both had better hire a food taster.
So, that’s 11 times listed on the plane, but only 4 times accounted for that were not headed to Epstein Island. They should be investigate if there were young girls on those four trips as well. Bill Clinton is a serial sexual predator. From Monica Lewinsky to at least three women who have credibly accused Clinton of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and even rape, he’s known by all to be a creep around women.
Maxwell’s lawyers tried to stop the release of the new documents, writing in court documents that it might kill any chance their client had at a fair trial. Maxwell is looking at 6 counts of child sex trafficking, charges that her attorneys say hold no water. Did we expect the lawyers to say otherwise?
Folks, this is the attempt at whitewashing the Pedophile Island story, and the truth depends on who has the evidence. We saw Jeffrey Epstein get murdered in his cell, only to be reported that he committed suicide. Yeah, right. He was attacked the week prior, and had strangulation marks on his body. The day he supposedly killed himself, he no longer had a cell mate, because he was transferred out prior Epstein’s death. No witnesses, right? The two security cameras on Epstein just happened to both be malfunctioning at the same time. Weird, right? And the two prison guards charged with checking up on the convicted pedophile every 30 minutes just happened to fall asleep. They want you to believe all of that. My story of being Mary, Queen of Scots is more convincing.
Evidence is evidence, and if the new evidence that was released puts a bias on Maxwell, then, oh well. That’s the nature of evidence.
Of course, since the Clintons are involved, we can expect the “evidence” to go missing, a few people to find up dead next to their typed suicide notes, and Ghislaine Maxwell trashed heavily by the mainstream news media.
A leading radical feminist, Oprah Winfrey has a leading magazine for feminists that apparently had a long and very public campaign of sexual harassment against its employees, and the radical left, feminist, social justice warriors have almost completely ignored it all.
Perhaps the reason it is being ignored is that the feminist magazine is taking a bold new stand for Black Lives Matter.
Numerous news sources are reporting that Oprah Magazine will have its final run in December after 20 years a large readership because they have a sexual harassment problem.
Last week, The New York Times reported that company president Troy Young had faced complaints for his “lewd, sexist remarks at work.” Young, despite calling the allegations “either untrue, greatly exaggerated or taken out of context,” resigned from his position on Thursday.
Reaction on Socia Media:
I honestly never thought this day would happen and I have tears of relief and shock streaming down my face for all the people at that company who will never have to be bullied or harassed by Troy Young again.
Yes, Troy Young's exit from Hearst says something about this workplace-culture reckoning across industries, but I'd like to know what it means for the publisher, which he has massively restructured during his tenure there: https://t.co/VmabZKI0sU
But where are the women’s marches and hashtag activism? The leftward leaning NYT reported on the of long history sexual harassment by a White man, however, there is no collective violent reaction by any Community Organizers or Social Justice Warriors, proving they march when ordered to march, they are not guided by an ideology of equality or fairness.
Young is white. There are no screams of racism, sexism and feminist Oprah knew of the long history and did nothing, proving the feminist left is led by their feelings about their idols and not by any sort of ideology of equality.
The New York Times reported, “At Cosmopolitan staff meetings, workers complain of discrimination and tokenism. Former employees say the Hearst Magazines president, Troy Young, made sexually offensive remarks.”
This has been ongoing for a long time, why are they just now uncovering what they ignored for so long?
Women who worked at Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire described a culture of sexism and bullying under Hearst Magazines leader Troy Young https://t.co/roRlMoKgKq
Young apologized in a statement and said his behavior was “not who he is, as a person”. That has been enough to defuse many feminists, so they can concentrate on other social justice movements like defunding the police for Urban families and children, calling themselves Black Lives Matter.
Hearst Magazines president Troy Young responds to our reporting: "I recognize that the incidents cited in the NYT article are particularly offensive to women and I want to make clear they do not represent who I am as a person"https://t.co/xqoLRFxJHypic.twitter.com/k5qrvqsp5l
California’s legislative assembly takes the lead (?) again! I’m not at all convinced what they’re doing qualifies as “leadership,” but they’re going full bore with their twisted agendas while hiding behind the smokescreen created by current events.
In case you missed it (it wouldn’t have been hard with all the fluff surrounding the so-called pandemic), it was with no debate or hesitation that the California Assembly voted overwhelmingly a few weeks ago to give minors and adults surgeries and cross-sex hormones (and funding said procedures with taxpayer dollars) that will permanently destroy their reproductive systems.
AB 2218 establishes, according to its author, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D) Los Angeles, something called an “LGBT Transgender Wellness Fund” is designed to provide grants to hospitals, nonprofits, health care clinics, (like Planned Parenthood), and other medical providers that supply cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers for minors, as well as “sex change” operations and cross-sex hormones for adults.
The bill originally asked for $15 million to start the fund, but that amount was recently removed from the bill text. Now the exact amount added to the fund will be decided by the legislature at a later date.
According to Dr. Quentin Van Meter, a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist who testified against AB 2218 in the Assembly Health Committee, reported that studies show that children who are treated with cross-sex hormones for their gender confusion have “significant mental health issues,” that remain even after hormone therapy.
Van Meter warned legislators that the state would be sued in the coming years for funding transgender-affirming treatments for troubled and vulnerable children because they destroy healthy body tissue, sterilize the recipient, and cause irreversible damage.
You can read the full text of his letter opposing the bill here.
Several other letters of opposition from various medical professionals were submitted. You can see them if you follow the links below:
The tactic of distract, divide, and conquer has been a devastatingly effective mantra for the far left. The depravity to which they will stoop seems to have no limits.
Their deceptions and the pork they slip into bills that have nothing to do with the original purpose of any proposed legislation has become so commonplace that it has taken the confrontation of men such as President Trump to expose the hypocrisy and underhanded subterfuge.
The issue of many sexes and alternative lifestyles is something that will not stand up under the scrutiny of Biblical standards.
There will be a day when each of us stands before God and answers for the things we did in this lifetime, and if these ungodly people don’t see and accept the light of salvation via the blood of Jesus in time, I have no doubt they will regret not having admitted to their sins and accepted his cleansing.
Peaceful protesters in California and Colorado did nothing violent last night unless you consider attacking the police, burning courthouses and assaulting people is violent. Evidently Democrats and the mainstream media doesn’t.
They champion the domestic terrorists in their cities and states.
The Oakland Police Department asked the more peaceful demonstrators to help with the rioters but to no avail.
The rioters were breaking windows and yelling racial slurs at the local residents. The rioters set the Alameda County Superior Courthouse on fire.
Fireworks and dangerous projectiles are some of the items agitators used to assault officers. We ask the organizers of tonight’s demonstration to work with us, calling for peace and help us provide safe spaces and safe places for demonstrators. pic.twitter.com/ImpQdquirU
Opinion| I think that a case could be made against Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for treason. If a general were to lay down arms and allow the enemy to capture his command without a fight, that is treason. (See Benedict Arnold) So, wouldn’t a mayor of a city who turns over his charge to BLM and antifa also be equally guilty?
The riots in Portland have gotten way out of hand and now at least three federal officers could be blind for life after rioters shone lasers into their eyes as the pelted the federal courthouse with mortars and high grade fireworks as well as the attempts they have made to trap the feds inside the building as they try to burn it down to the ground.
Wheeler has allowed the riots to continue for more than 55 days. But, at the end of the day Wheeler will insist that the federal government bail his city out of the mess they are currently experiencing.
Deputy Director of Federal Protective Service, Richard “Kriss” Cline, told reporters on Tuesday that 1,000 rioters tore the planks off the windows inside the federal courthouse and that they began to throw things at the officers.
Cline says that when officers came out to put out the fires, the rioters aimed laser pointers at them, blinding at least three of them, possibly for life. And still not one peep from the Democratic leaders who appear to showing their pleasure with the rioters by their unseemly silence or their praise of the so called “peaceful protesters.”
The Blaze reported:
Also during the news conference, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf took aim at the city of Portland for its apparent disinterest in quelling the violence.
“These individuals carried lasers, baseball bats, explosive fireworks, metal pipes, glass bottles, accelerants, and other weapons all targeting federal facilities and federal law enforcement,” Wolf said. “And yet the city of Portland takes little to no action.”
Federal officers have been active in Portland since earlier this month despite resistance from Democratic officials.