It is a small comfort to see the Austrians and Germans returning to their early 20th century Austrian painter scene defaults.

Perhaps, now that the mask has finally slipped, we can go back to watching old Faulty towers episodes without shame?

Perhaps, maybe, we can now mention the war?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will no doubt have heard that Austria has now decreed that, from February, everyone must be vaccinated. With a press release, the government of that country has stolen from its citizens the most fundamental and inalienable human right of all… the sovereignty of an individual over their own body.

No doubt this will shortly be followed by similar measures in Germany, which has already followed Austria in placing those Untermensch, that refuse to “volunteer” to have an irreversible experimental medical procedure performed on them, under house arrest.

Alea iacta est. The Rubicon has been crossed, and by people whistling a merry tune as they went.

Yeah, I know this tune. Last time we danced, it was with a bunch of folks wearing Hugo Boss that thought forced medical procedures, and the state persecution of those seen as unclean, was a pretty neat idea. Fairly sure that particular dance ended in millions of deaths, and those responsible being executed.

The difference between sex and rape is consent.

Funnily enough, it is also the difference between a public health measure, and a war crime.

Take the vaccine. Don’t take the vaccine. That is a free choice that should be left to the individual. You can try and persuade, and provide good data, however no means no. So if, once all attempts to persuade someone to make the “correct” choice have failed, the intention was always to use force, then you are nothing more than a rapist who bought your victim dinner and flowers first.

It seems that, all over the world, the idea that you ever had a choice has just been an illusion.

Australia is building concentration quarantine camps, and is now using military force to transport dissidents potential covid cases to them, against their will. The media, and large sections of the population applauding as they do so.

Then they came for the trade unionists, eh Australia?

In a recent interview, the diversity-hire-in-chief of New Zealand (a power mad lunatic, celebrated primarily for owning a particular set of genitals, rather than for competence) proudly announced the medical apartheid of her country… all with a smug shit eating grin on her face.

Then they came for the Jews, New Zealand, amirite?

If you don’t find all of this deeply unsettling, then you haven’t been paying attention.

Is it ok to call these people Nazis yet?

Can anyone seriously claim that the “slippery slope” argument is a fallacy after the events of the last two years? After all, we have gone, disturbingly quickly, from “two weeks to flatten the curve” all the way to concentration camps, state persecution of segments of the population, medical apartheid, and forced medical procedures.

Where next? Honestly, I don’t think that anything is off the table at this point.

More disturbing still, other countries, such as my own, are staying suspiciously silent on the matter. They’re seeing how this goes. Seeing… if they can get away with it…

I wonder what your hero Winston would have thought about that Boris?

But, leaders of the world… don’t think we won’t remember.

Don’t think there won’t come a reckoning.

History teaches us one thing more than anything else, and that is this…

The bill comes due, always.

I had an awkward moment today.

Today I had to refuse the first in-person meeting in over a year.

Reason? Because the building in which it was held had a policy that everyone who enters wears a mask, and submits to a COVID test.

This was, sadly, a condition of entry I could not accept, and therefore, on principle, I had to politely decline. I didn’t explain why, it wasn’t the forum, but I had to be consistent with my principles.

“But it’s just a mask! But it’s just a test! But it’s just to keep people safe!”

“But it’s just…”

“But it’s just” …the phrase that took good family men, and slowly, but surely, turned them from being ordinary policemen, into people who would shoot pregnant women in the head.

Please don’t give me, “But it’s just…”.

I think I have had enough of “But it’s just…”, and its manipulative sophistry, for one lifetime. Words designed to trick you into compromising your principles, little by little, and to accept and normalise the unthinkable.

So no, I refuse to comply. No more. I refuse to wear a political symbol, and submit to medical testing in order to have a bloody meeting. Is this a trivial thing? Yes (although not to me). Would it be easier to just go along? Yes. Will this cost me in the future? Almost certainly.

But the devil in “But it’s just”, is that it really is so easy to compromise on the little things.

“But it’s just for three weeks to flatten the curve”, “But it’s just until the rates come down”, “But it’s just a vaccine”, “But it’s just a vaccine and a booster”, “But it’s just until we vaccinate the vulnerable and elderly”, “But it’s just until we vaccinate the over 50s”, “But it’s just showing your papers to enter a nightclub”, “But it’s just showing your papers to go to a restaurant… to travel… to shop… to work”, “But it’s just government mandated medical procedures”.

The point is, the holocaust didn’t begin at 8 o’clock on day one with death camps and German showers. No, it was a gradual process of capitulation to authority, innocent compromise after innocent compromise. Each compromise building on the last, making it ever easier to submit to the next. Each one, in context of those preceding, seemingly reasonable. Each one having a conveniently reasonable rationalisation.

When they came to liquidate the Warsaw ghetto, the excuse was the Jews were carrying Typhus.

This is why it is so important to resist authoritarianism the first time it appears, no matter how trivial the imposition, no matter how reasonable. Nip it in the bud, because each compromise made now makes it exponentially harder to resist in the future.

Perhaps I’m being silly. Perhaps it could never happen here. I hope you’re right.

But consider what a year of operant conditioning has done to us. What do we consider normal and reasonable now?

House arrest. The government shutting down private business on a whim. The government telling you who you can see, and what you must wear. In many parts of the world there’s medical apartheid, in others, the Government, like many Soviet dictatorships in previous decades, won’t allow you to leave.

Australia, a supposed free country for God’s sake, is building literal concentration camps, and many in the population think that this is reasonable.

“But it’s just a mask…”

No, it’s not. It is another compromise on the road to Hell.

It is the compelled loss of your bodily autonomy. It is a political symbol, a tribal symbol, and a sign of your subservience. It is a signal to others that silently says, “This is normal, and I agree with it”. Nothing to do with “keeping people safe”. Look at the met gala, or the G7 conference for proof of that! Preening Capitol elites, drinking and kissing and laughing. Maskless. Being served the finest libations money can buy, by rank after rank of anonymous, muzzled, Avox slaves.

When the mask mandates first came out, I’m sorry to say that I caved. I wore the rag in the shops, so as to be left alone, even though I knew the mandate was bullshit. Even though every part of my being was screaming that it was wrong. I made an excuse that I was rebelling in my own way by not covering my nose, or wearing my skull snood.

But these were excuses.

I was a coward.

My grandparents fought literal Nazis, but when tested, I couldn’t even stand up to this weak tea authoritarianism? Pathetic. All I did was point and splutter, and I hate myself for it.

I kowtowed.

This is what they want from us. To normalise our servitude. To train our compliance. This has nothing, whatsoever, to do with “Stopping the spread”.

“But it’s just a test…”

No, no it’s not. It is your tacit approval, your consent that requiring people to undergo medical testing to go about their day to day lives is in any way normal or acceptable. It is your agreement that an organisation which implements these requirements is acting properly.

So, no. Never ever again. I would rather lose a job, or end up in jail, than lose respect for myself again in that way. For sacrificing my principles. For knowing I’m doing the wrong thing.

So, no. No. More.

No, I won’t wear your political symbols.

No, I won’t take your tests.

No, I won’t let you compromise me, inch by inch, and make me do that which I know is wrong.

I won’t let you use me again.

There is this game I like to play.

I didn’t invent it, but I find it enjoyable and it goes something like this… whenever I come across someone saying something about a particular group of people; men, women, blacks, whites, the rich, the poor, the vaccinated and unvaccinated… whatever. Replace the “in group” with some variation of the word “Aryan”, and replace the “out group” with some variation of the word “Jew”. Then, if what the person is saying sounds like something that would have come from the 1930’s Austrian painter scene, then that person probably needs to go away and rethink their life.

Let’s keep that in mind, because buckle up kids… we’re going to talk about the vaccines.

But first, since it is the Current Year, and it is apparently illegal to hold a nuanced opinion about anything, let us begin with the standard disclaimer… I like modern medicine, and that also includes vaccines. I’ve travelled a fair amount, so I’ve had a bunch.

It is nice not dying of preventable diseases.

That all being said, I also have this funny penchant for my vaccines to be tested and not politicised. Humanity doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to drug safety, even under ideal conditions, and so early on I adopted a “wait and see” policy when it came to the COVID vaccines. This is especially true for the current batch of vaccines, which are based on an entirely novel set of technologies (mRNA and Viral vector DNA respectively), for which the long term health effects, despite all assurances to the contrary, cannot possibly be known.

Don’t get me wrong, these classes of drug aren’t necessarily bad, indeed, they show a lot of promise. Since they’re basically programmable, they’re a very fast way of producing vaccines, and the COVID ones do appear to be effective. Things seem to be ok, at least in the short term… although while there are some disturbing side effects already starting to come to light, they are… so far… quite rare.

Time will tell.

Life is all about calculating risk, so as time moved on and we learnt more about who COVID seriously affects, it increasingly looked that, for me, the unknown longterm effects of an experimental drug seemed the bigger risk (vs the relatively well understood and low risk from the virus). I am in an overall low risk demographic – still relatively young, healthy weight, no known underlying health conditions. My parents, both in their 70s, have had the shot, and I’m relatively comfortable with this as it makes sense for them. If you’re clinically vulnerable, or elderly, then by all means take the vaccine, it probably makes sense for you… I don’t know, talk to your doctor.

… but for me?

This is my opinion, and I’m not going to tell you what you should do… “my body, my choice” … and here is, as they say, the rub. Because, increasingly, governments around the world have moved way past just recommending you take the vaccine, and onto coercion, mandation, and out and out threats. Seemingly, governments are of the view that it is the state’s body, and increasingly, it is not your choice.

As De Blasio proclaimed, “The voluntary phase is over”.

I wonder, can you claim that something was ever truly “voluntary” when it seems that it had always been the plan to, once the majority had volunteered, use increasing levels of force and coercion in order to “volunteer” those remaining?

The Aryan and the Jew should have different freedoms

Tony Blair

From the beginning of August, the Aryan pass will apply to cafés, restaurants, hospitals, retirement homes, and long-distance transport: planes, trains and coaches for long journeys

President Emmanuel Macron

Some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on being Aryan.

Boris Johnson

Having one’s human rights contingent on undergoing a government mandated medical procedure, especially an untested experimental one, doesn’t sound particularly “voluntary” to me. Indeed, it definitely starts to make you sound like “The Baddies”.

This all started last March, when the whole world threw out decades worth of pandemic planning in favour of a policy used by one of the world’s most nightmarish totalitarian regimes, sketched on the back of a napkin by Winnie-the-Pooh’s evil cousin. Since then, all I have had are questions.

Why are we taking a public health steer from a bunch of folks who have concentration camps, and who like to weld people into buildings?

Why are we quarantining healthy people and shutting down our economies, deliberately destroying small businesses, and making it much harder for us to fund future healthcare?

I suppose you’re going to tell me that when the money printing, and inevitable inflation, simultaneously reduces the purchasing power of regular people, and at the same time inflates asset prices with cheap cash, it’s just an accident that this directly benefits the powerful and politically connected who own lots of those assets? What about all that property that various investment firms are gobbling up at rock bottom prices?

Why is it, when deaths were falling, did everyone quietly start to ignore the stat and instead begin leading with the larger cases figure instead? Did everything start looking too good too quickly? Were people not yet desperate enough to accept what you had planned next? Better get those rookie numbers up and have another Lockdown I suppose…

Why did we base every decision on obviously flawed and wildly inaccurate modelling? Why do we keep going back to Neil Ferguson, a guy who has built a career from being spectacularly wrong about everything, and yet is somehow still listened to? Pretty sure I’d get a more accurate prediction from throwing chicken bones on the ground than from anything that comes out of Imperial College.

Why the omissions? Why are recovery rates never reported? Why are deaths from other causes not also reported for context? Why do the graphs not include data from the previous “waves” (or indeed, in some cases, a scale)? What is the false positive rate of the PCR test being used? How many cycles? Indeed, why is a diagnostic test being used for population level screening in the first place?

Is it legitimate to use YouGov polling still, in order to claim public support for government policy, when the company was co-founded by the current vaccine minister?

Perhaps most importantly, why is it seemingly no longer ok to ask these kinds of questions without being shouted down and called a “conspiracy theorist”, or some similar dismissive and thought terminating phrase?

Is this the “new normal” everyone is talking about?

You lack credibility…

If you are trying to convince me that you have my best interests at heart when you’re asking me to take an experimental drug, then trust is vital… and I generally don’t trust people who attempt to manipulate me.

We know that SAGE and the government, right at the start, adopted a policy of psychological terrorism in order to get compliance. It worked, and we have a largely traumatised population as a result. This was, frankly, unforgivably evil. It also shows the significant level of distain the “intellectuals” in SAGE have for the population at large.

Next, if you want me to believe you, then your actions should also be consistent with your message. If you want me to accept that COVID is such an existential threat that it requires the demolishing of our liberal democracy, me to surrender my human rights, and surrender the right to control what I put in my own body (rather than, as it appears to me, something that is serious, but which has been catastrophised out of all proportion)… then perhaps government ministers should obey their own rules, even when they think the cameras are off? Perhaps at least cancel the activities elites like, as well as those enjoyed by regular folks?

If you want me to accept that these vaccines are perfectly safe, maybe take them yourself Mr Macron? Indeed, if these vaccines are so prima facie beneficial, why the secrecy over the contracts being signed with the drug companies? Why did it take a leak from the Albanian government for us to find out about Pfizer’s profiteering, blanket immunity from prosecution, and decade long gag clause?

I’m sorry, but I just don’t trust you. You lack credibility.

While it’s all too easy to see patterns where there are none, there are far too many inconsistencies, and it is starting to look an awful lot like we are being played. It is starting to look an awful lot like there are agendas being served here, and that those agendas increasingly look like they are not in our best interests.

Today, we live in a world where governments are using increasingly coercive measures to force people into surrendering their bodily autonomy. This is something we have, in the past, executed people for doing, and in terms of medical ethics, this is a line I never believed we would be crossing again.

Maybe I’m just an old kamudgen, but I’m just not prepared to let deeply untrustworthy people, who I wouldn’t even trust to wipe their own noses, inject me with an experimental drug against my will. It seems bizarre to me that this is even a controversial thing to say, but hey, this is apparently the timeline we’re on now.

Under government threat of reimposing restrictions, the populations of the world are being turned against each other. Friends against friends, parents against children, employer against employee. I’m sure I am not alone in having relationships strained, and in some cases fractured, over the events of the last 18 months.

The Jew is selfish, and putting other people’s lives at risk

Michael Gove

Jews are potential variant factories

Dr. William Schaffner

There is a chance that some restrictions may be brought back as a result of Jews winding up in hospital, putting pressure on our NHS services

Conservative MP Tom Hunt

With suspiciously convenient gleichhaltung, governments around the world are rolling out a de facto social credit system, in order to control the population at the individual level. Corporate, and social media, quietly suppressing descent and “fact checking” opinions. While we are being distracted with toxic division, a world of medical apartheid is being built up around us, and nobody who has been paying attention seriously believes that this is where it is going to stop.

Perhaps this was the plan all along? Tony Blair tried to bring all this stuff in the early 2000’s, but unfortunately for him “Terrorism” just wasn’t scary enough. Perhaps, all around the world, there were a lot of plans, in a lot of draws, waiting for a good crisis?

Who knows, doesn’t really matter. We’re here now.

For me at least, if the government wanted me to line up to get on this particular cattle cart, the messaging and manipulation has backfired. If I was ever on the fence, I am now firmly of the view that, when it comes to the current vaccine offerings, they can vaccinate my cold dead corpse.

I accept that this probably means I will never travel again, and will increasingly become a second class citizen in my own country.

We are on a very dark road, and we know where it goes. How far will we have to go before we go down a different path? Will we have to repeat all those mistakes again I wonder?

I guess we will have to wait and see.