In the wake of “Vaccine Aristocrats Strike Again,” I’ve scheduled a Callin discussion tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. EST with one of my favorite writers, the always funny and very astute Walter Kirn. We’ll talk moral manias, who’d be the best novelist to tackle today’s absurdities, and the end of the “Question Authority” era. Link here:
It bums me out that I am android and windows, and can't participate in these calls (unless I am missing something). I feel censored, deplatformed, confused about my pronouns, and ashamed of my long friendship with Dave Chapelle (from when we were both just starting in standup).
Seriously Matt - use a different platform that supports Android. We're paid subscribers too.
Well, I don't know what to say. At least you realize that mandates and the way Biden is handling this is bad. But I can't help but think you have not investigated these vaccines very well. You need to. Even the WHO says repeatedly giving people vaccines that only work a couple months is going to ruin the immune system. Is there going to be another unstudied vaccine imposed on people after they don't recommend a 4th? Even the booster isn't working and it's debatable if it lessens disease since we don't even keep good data in this country and have no idea how many are really "unvaccinated." And they don't get people on monoclonals and treatments early. It's a crime against humanity. You need to look more into this. Are you really going to sign up to be a guinea pig on the next unstudied vaccine? I don't think people are going to do it. I know many pro-vaccine people who are NOT going to get boosted let alone take some new vaccine.
F this Callin s. I don't want to get an iPhone. And I don't want yet another psycho SiVal surveillance capitalism app mediating our conversations for their profit. F that s.
Oh well. It only works on an iphone - the most aristocratic piece of technology around. Hope the access expands to android phones soon.
Maybe I am too old but this looks more like the Dawning of Aquarius. We are starting to ask the right questions. This is a time of metaphysics and being Socratic. Sometimes the Hemlock looks very inviting but think about whether we will be remembered in 2400 years.
What is truth.
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Big Pharma is constantly bombarding YouTube with their mindless ads telling you to ask your doctor if this shit is right for you. Capitalism is everywhere you go.
Some of us question authority types are still doing so. I suspect most from my (late boomer) cohort were just going along with the zeitgeist. Now members of the safety generation are doing the same. It’s uncomfortable to be out of step with the conventional wisdom for people - of all times and places. Some of us believe that’s the price of adulthood. Something else that might be going on: it’s difficult to see incremental changes while they are happening. Age gives you some pattern recognition. But again some things are uncomfortable to see. Many will choose to look away.
Healthcare and finance dysfunction started out Dickens but now are Kafka!
Correction: It should say "Callin Discussion Friday at 2:30 EST for Apple Device Owners Only: With Author Walter Kirn. There I fixed it.
Why not up the recordings of these Callin sessions on Substack as pod eps? Does Callin prevent that?
I'm bummed that I'm shut out of this.
I thought this was great. Thanks.
The corporatocracy has been attacking Quebec's nascent democracy for 50 years. Even the Montreal Gazette has nothing good to say about our system of governance. Here in the boonies and in Montreal our families are secure and prosperous, we have a free and independent press and we are the government and our citizens are free, prosperous and thriving.
Why doesn't the media talk to the students at Kamala's old High School to find out what they think about the tyranny you you describe. Better yet come visit and see what freedom and democracy look like and what real freedom is all about. Ontario thought they were getting another Trump and all they got was an uninformed populist, look at Alberta and Saskatchewan where their governments are run by Texas oligarchs.
I returned to Quebec 15 years ago and spent the rest of the last thirty years in a Southside Chicago ghetto and deep red Michigan.
America is a fetid swamp while life in Canada is freer and Canada's standard of living is so much higher and much more secure. America is as democratic and free as China and Russia.
Look at yesterday's Lancet on government mandates.
Covid 19 vaccination and Human Rights.
We are a democracy and America is an Empire in Decay.
If the Hunter Thompson of 1970 were still working today, what would be happening to him?
You're not missing much. Kirk is neither "always funny", nor is he "very astute". Frankly, he comes off misinformed on basic issues, and just another crank looking for someplace to grind his axe.
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(I used the fansy shmasy font to get your attention...)
OT for the callin, but I want to have the best shot to get your attention...
I just finished listening to Saagar & Marshall's pod, and the topic is sooo related to your Wall St book of the past IMHO. I hope you can get a sit down w/ the author. Here's the linky-dink:
I JUST got the ebook, and it's as well written as Griftopia.
That is all.
That is all...
Matt - I've heard both of you comment on how editors decide what to report on.
In light of the union of the whitehouse admin staff (it's not Biden, he's not sentient) and press doing a coordinated hit on Rogan - it's bigger than just Rolling Stone - could you two shed light on how this coordination occurs?
It's clear this happens, by the timing. I'm interested in hearing from you two the mechanics, how the talking points go out.
PS - if you can, listen to Bari Weiss _Honestly_ pod, "Bringing Sanity ...". It's her typically well produced piece blended with her personal view and ability to let her 3 Medical Doctors talk.
I received my weekly Lancet this morning.
This article gives this vaxer's arguments for mandates.
As always the Lancet is written in English not America's political Orwellian Newspeak.
It is titled Mandatory Covid 19 vaccination and Human Rights.
I like the final comment.
In the 16th century the bathetic theatre normally put the audience to sleep and gave the pickpockets a golden opportunity to ply their trade.
I think everybody is bored to death and the pickpockets are about to reap a bonanza.
Why not just use a conference call service for a regular old "call in", so that your prime subscriber bases of Android-using cheapskates and landline-using dinosaurs can participate?
Matt, would you please tell the whining deplorables to shut up about not having a iPhone!
Go play with your anti-vax Barbies, you hillbillies!