One of the great things about understanding the principles of freedom and fighting for them is that, when we get smacked around, we fight with renewed vigor.
And the government of California has given us another reason to get energized, allowing us to spread the word and expose not only how ravenous is the political appetite to control others, but also how tepid, almost acquiescent, some media outlets are when they cover stories pertaining to freedom.
On January 6, the state of California issued one of its classic “Travel Advisory” press releases - which isn’t so much an advisory as it is a thuggish warning, kind of like a mobster walking into one’s store and saying, “Nice place ya got here. I’d hate for anything to…happen to it...”
The new “Advisory” supplants the pre-Thanksgiving COVID lockdown “Advisory” the People’s Republic of California issued as a way, it seems, to frighten people into staying away from loved ones on the holidays. And, like its predecessor, it looks like a “series of suggestions”, but within it is a darkness that anyone interested in freedom will detect and, likely, find disturbing.
Of course, since many people in the so-called “news media” don’t seem to be so interested in freedom, the NBC affiliate KCRA opened its report like this:
As California continues to deal with surging COVID-19 cases, the state has issued a new travel advisory that says residents should not travel more than 120 miles from home, except for essential needs.
The new advisory, issued Wednesday, also 'strongly discouraged' people from out of state coming into California.
Which begs two questions:
One. How does KCRA or the state actually know if COVID19 “cases” are surging? On what reliable data is that determination made? Certainly, not on the PCR test, since, as I noted last week, Dr. Kary Mullis, the Nobel Prize winning co-inventor of the polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR) test, explicitly told people that the test was not to be used to diagnose disease. This is partly because the test replicates viral genetic material, leading to more false positives the more the material is “cycled” through replication.
Dr. Joseph Mercola observes key facts about this:
A positive test does not actually mean that an active infection is present. As noted in a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention publication on coronavirus and PCR testing dated July 13 2020:2
- Detection of viral RNA may not indicate the presence of infectious virus or that 2019-nCoV is the causative agent for clinical symptoms.
- The performance of this test has not been established for monitoring treatment of 2019-nCoV infection.
- This test cannot rule out diseases caused by other bacterial or viral pathogens.
And Mercola elucidates:
So, what does the PCR test actually tell us? The PCR swab collects RNA from your nasal cavity. This RNA is then reverse transcribed into DNA. However, the genetic snippets are so small they must be amplified in order to become discernible. Each round of amplification is called a cycle.
Which brings us to the false positives:
Amplification over 35 cycles is considered unreliable and scientifically unjustified, yet Drosten tests (the first diagnostic tests for COVID19, that also used PCR) and tests recommended by the World Health Organization are set to 45 cycles.
Add to that the increasing frequency of tests, and, inevitably, one sees increasing “cases” that may, or may not, be actual disease. Then, add to that the fact that even those who are infected likely will not spread the disease if they are asymptomatic – an admission the CDC finally made after many researchers had tried to tell them for months – and the fact that the term “essential need” for travel is subjective, and one recognizes a very precarious way to start a news report about the state “advisory.”
And the second question for KCRA is: how can one forget the absurdity of telling people they’ll spread a virus if they travel, EXCEPT if they travel for “essential” needs or if they commute for a very important job? Evidently, that world-destroying virus stays away from people who commute for “important” reasons.
But, once KCRA is done employing baseless fear-mongering, and overlooking these California-sized holes in logic, the station offers more of the state “recommendation,” overlooking one key facet we will not forget.
The new advisory also calls for people returning to California from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 10 days, ‘except as necessary to meet urgent critical health care staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response.’ The quarantine guidance does not apply to people who routinely cross state or country borders for essential travel, according to the California Department of Public Health.
As mentioned, it’s just plain absurd to issue a “health advisory” telling people not to travel, EXCEPT if they travel a lot, routinely, in and out of the state or country.
Likewise, the “news” report calls this “quarantine guidance,” implying that the “guidance” involves only voluntary habits citizens may want to adopt.
As freedom-lovers might guess, this isn’t the only thing the “advisory” says.
Specifically, KCRA overlooks the fact that the CA Department of Health so-called “guidance” to citizens lets localities do a lot more than “offer guidance.”
A Local Health Officer may determine if and when the situation within the Local Health Offficer's jurisdiction warrants measures that are more restrictive than this statewide order, and retains authority to implement such measures.
Which not only tells us that the state needs better proofreaders to avoid the triple use of the letter “f” in “Offficer’s,” it tells us that the state is signaling those local, tax-consuming politicians and bureaucrats that they can impose even harsher measures that aren’t “guidance” at all, but are commands, just like we’ve seen in CA and all over the world during this Kafkaesque display of authoritarianism.
A state in which the governor’s bureaucrats tell local authorities they are clear to impose restrictions on freedom of association, business, contract, religion, and speech is a state which shows how little those bureaucrats and their boss care about fundamental rights or the U.S. Constitution.
But, even as we freedom-backers fight for liberty on numerous fronts, even as we reel from figurative punches, slippery moves like this in California – and the poor way some media outlets report on them – will animate us to intensify our efforts.
Our progeny rely on us to do so.