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Is there any hope at all of building and maintaining a free society? If so, how? If you are among "the remnant", this might be the show for you. See blog & discussion at: www.bretigne.com
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As director of quality assurance, Roger Koops interacted closely with the FDA for many years. I speak with him in this episode about his experiences, the nature of that agency and about how the regulatory landscape has expanded and become more burdensome over time. He also tells about the time he was tasked with auditing the CDC, what that experience taught him, and what – if anything – that agency is good for.We also discuss the problem of professional myopia in the world of science, and the implications that has for the rest of us.Roger Koops is a contributing author for AIER, and is also a retired scientist, with a PhD in chemistry and over 25 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has authored or co-authored several papers on pharmaceutical technology and chemistry.I spoke with Roger last month about why he doesn't plan to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Recently, Jordan Peterson asked who he should have as a guest on his show to talk about Austrian economics, and Gene Epstein's name came up. In this episode, I ask Gene what he would say to Dr. Peterson, or to anyone looking to understand what Austrian economics is all about, what sets it apart from other schools, and why its insights are so important right now.Gene is the former Barrons economics and books editor, and now hosts the Soho Forum. I spoke with him last month about where he thinks the economy is headed and what individuals can do to protect themselves, here.The Soho Forum can be found here.And if you'd like to learn more about Austrian economics, there is no better place to start than the Mises Institute. I spoke with Mises Institute President, Jeff Deist last December, about whether it might be time for America to break up. 
How broken are the systems that evaluate scientific research, and what can be done to fix them? I talk with Dr. James Lyons Weiler about these questions, and about his own contributions to independent research - including his analysis of VAERS data for deaths and anaphylaxis following vaccination for Covid-19, and his participation in the international Nucleaic Acid Amplification Testing Evaluation Consortium (NAATEC), which will evaluate the efficacy of PCR testing for Covid-19.Dr. Weiler's website is here.His Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge is here, and you can read about the NAATEC project here.You can support Dr. Weiler's work here, or here.
I speak with Professor Knut Wittkowski, former head of the Rockefeller University's Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design, about what normally happens with viruses when societies are not locked down, and how locking down may have made things much worse, and especially for those most vulnerable.We also talk about the nutritional supplement he has developed, and how it might help protect against Covid-19 and other respiratory infections, as well as a host of other problems.Most of Professor Wittkowski's interviews have been removed from YouTube, but you can still find them on Bitchute.The website for his company, ASDERA, is here.And Gene Epstein wrote recently about "ASD-Cov", the food supplement Wittkowski has developed, here.
When eternal optimist Gene Epstein is worried, you know things are bad. So... is he worried? I speak with the former Barrons economics and books editor, now host of the Soho Forum, about where he thinks we are now, and what is to come. Gene lays out his view for the next few years, backs it up with good data-driven reasons, and talks a little about his own investment strategy. He also explains why I was wrong about hyperinflation in 2008.Gene's article, "The Great Suppression" can be found here.And my article, "An Open Letter to my Pro-Obama Friends" is here, and my follow-up three years later, is here.The Soho Forum is here.The next debate happens this Wednesday, March 17, and the topic is whether presidents should be given fast-track authority to propose bills for all types of legislation, that Congress must approve or deny by majority vote and without change. You can register at the Soho Forum site.You can also find Gene on Twitter.
I speak with independent journalist Jeremy R. Hammond about some of the things he thinks some of those who are critical of the official Covid-19 narratives are getting wrong.We also talk about censorship, and about how to be good news consumers in these crazy times.You can see Jeremy's work, and sign up for his newsletter (which I highly recommend), here.
The last time Kevin McKernan was on the show, he told us about the (devastating) review of the Corman-Drosten PCR methodology that he co-authored. In this episode, he talks about some of the fallout from the review, including a scathing, but imprecise, attack from PCR expert Dr. Stephen Bustin - why that attack is puzzling, and what it tells us about the state of peer review.My previous episode with Kevin, talking about the Corman-Drosten Review, is here.The Corman-Drosten Review Report (with comments) is here, and the addendum is here."Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR", by Corman, Drosten, et al, is here.The interview with Stephen Bustin, on Planetwaves, is here.Information on the Michelle Cedillo case can be found here, and the court transcript is here.I spoke with Kevin last April about problems with the peer review process, and "revolutionizing peer review with blockchain", here....and about some of the problems with PCR testing, here.You can find Kevin on Twitter.
According to the Oregon Medical Board, pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas is "...a serious danger to the public health..." Oddly, they only discovered this after he published a peer-reviewed study comparing health outcomes of patients who had been vaccinated to those who had not. You can see some of the results of that study here. The study itself is here.The order from the Oregon Medical Board, suspending Dr. Thomas' license, is here.Dr. Thomas' book,  "The Vaccine-Friendly Plan" can be found here.And you can support his defense fund here, at his Freedom to Choose site.There are other ways you can help too. From his site:MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELPSupport the legal effort - donation (PayPal, Credit Card or check)Contact Providence Health Plan by Email, send letters, make phone calls (list provided at the end of this press release), and request they cancel the termination of Integrative Pediatrics in Portland, Oregon, as this removes the only option for parents seeking their legal right to informed consent when it comes to vaccines. Send a copy of all your correspondence to:Troy S. Bundy and Hart Wagner1000 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 (tsb@hartwagner.com)Contact the Catholic church leadership demanding they stop the discrimination and abandonment of the vulnerable children being cared for at Integrative Pediatrics. The latter have nowhere else to go where they can get informed consent.Contact Kathleen Harder MD Chair of Oregon Medical BoardContact Governor Kate Brown to reinstate Dr Paul Thomas’ license and take their complaints through the proper channels.And I would also add that parents (and anyone else) seeking to have more decision-making power over their medical care choices consider alternatives to insurance. I spoke last week with Charlie Frohman on that very topic, (episode here) and you can get information on the medical cost-sharing plans Charlie discussed, here.
I speak with unschooling mom and homeschooling advocate Kerry McDonald about an upcoming 4-day webinar to help inspire teens' inner entrepreneurs – and about why it is more critical than ever that we encourage our teens to find ways to create and to contribute now. We also talk about Halloween... FEE's "Entrepreneur Week" is Nov. 16-19, and is FREE. You can sign up here.Kerry's book, "Homeschooling in the Time of Covid-19" is available for download here.Her article "How our Culture Disempowers Teens", from last year, is here.And her recent article on the Halloween bans is here.
I speak with founder and CSO of Medicinal Genomics, Kevin McKernan, about some of the problems with PCR testing, as well as some of the incentives to produce high positive test numbers, both of which are making it difficult to get a meaningful picture of SARS-Cov2 infections and cases.You can find Kevin  on Twitter, and he recently Tweeted about some of these issues here.The paper on molecular mimicry that he mentions is here.The CMS document that spells out penalties for failure to report positive test results is here (p.5)And the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization summary for the Roche qPCR test is here.My previous episodes with Kevin are here and here.
I speak with Jeffrey Tucker of the American Institute of Ecomonic Research, about the Great Barrington Declaration - the document created by four esteemed scientists, calling for an end to the lockdowns. Jeff talks about how the idea came about, and about some of the backlash they have faced since the Declaration was released.You can read–and sign–the Great Barrington Declaration here.You can watch the video about the Declaration here.See coverage of some of the attacks on the Declaration here, here, and here....and witness Jeff demolish one pro-lockdown talking head, here. 
I speak with Connor Boyack, author of the Tuttle Twins series. He talks about the war that is being waged for our children's minds, why independent thinking is so critical, and gives some positive inspiration for communicating the philosophy of liberty.You can find the Tuttle Twins books here.Connor's Libertas Institute is here.And the book by Milton Meyer, "They Thought They Were Free" is here.
NYU media studies professor, Mark Crispin Miller, recently came under attack for questioning the official narrative on masks in his class on propaganda. We discuss what happened, and talk about the nature of propaganda and why, after all this time, it is still so effectiveYou can find Professor Miller here - and I recommend subscribing to his newsletter for some quality selections of content that is censored elsewhere....and you can support his work here.Professor Miller's essay "Masking Ourselves to Death" 
I speak with independent journalist and filmmaker Brandon Ferdig, about what's really going on in Minneapolis in the aftermath of the riots, and about his upcoming documentary about why our society seems more divided than ever before.One year ago, the polarization of American politics was on vivid display at Trump's re-election kick-off event in Minneapolis. Here Brandon Ferdig interviewed eager attendees and angry demonstrators; he captured the protests outside and scenes from the rally floor inside.And yet this was just the start to the past year's chaos.This film then turns to 2020, where events have only furthered this divide and heightened the emotion in our country.Where did this craziness come from? And what do we do about it?"Trump, Minneapolis, and the Divided State of America" explains how we got to this point of such polarization in the U.S. Finally, it shares how we can reverse this trajectory and come back together as a society.Watch the film here: https://www.youtube.com/c/theperipheryFacebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/986123915131411/Brandon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bferdig  ...and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/brandonferdigYou can see his writings on Hive (another cryptocurrency-backed medium) https://hive.blog/@fedoraonmyhead
I speak with educator and activist, Peggy Hall, about the legality (or lack thereof) of CA Governor Newsom's "orders" to shut down businesses and force people to wear masks. We also talk about what increasingly appears to be an executive-branch takeover of the government in California, and what you can do to stop it.Peggy's website: The Healthy American.You can see Peggy's videos here.A book everyone should read: Life and Death in Shanghai.The New California State, which Peggy talks about at the end of the interview.
I talk with Sara Brady, the Idaho mom who was arrested for "trespassing" on a park playground that had been closed off as part of that state's lockdown measures. We discuss what happened on that day, her upcoming court battle, and a question each of us needs to be asking ourselves in these times: Where do we draw the line against tyranny?The video of what happened is here.News coverage is here. And you can contribute to Sara's legal defense here.  
I speak with independent journalist Jeremy R. Hammond about the nonsensical and devastating government actions in response to Covid-19, why a vaccine may not be the answer, and the opportunity this represents for educating about health freedom and problems with medical orthodoxy.You can find Jeremy's work here.And you can see his recent series of videos on Covid-19 here.
I speak with Kevin McKernan, CSO of Medicinal Genomics, about some of the problems with the peer review process, and how blockchain technology can provide a solution.Links discussed in the episode:Nature Biotech articleCannabis Genomic Blockchain on DASHCryptocurrency Incentivized, Blockchain Recorded Peer Review (CIBR)
I interview Stefan Raymond, a Canadian who has lived in South Korea for nine years. We chat about some of the differences between how the Covid-19 outbreak has been handled in the US vs. in South Korea, as well as how people living in both places have reacted to it all.You can read Stefan's blog here, and the blog post I mention in this podcast is here.After recording this podcast, I was struck by something that I had kind of forgotten about in all the years since moving back to the US from Asia. I remember coming back, not the last time, in 2000, but the time before that, in 1996, from two plus years in Japan. It was probably the worst culture shock I have ever experienced. Because I was coming from a place where I never had to think about politics. I could focus just on work, and writing, and friends, and appreciating the beauty around me. It was such a beautiful time. Even my time in Hong Kong, where I was a journalist and was focused on politics, was so different from being here. I never feared the government while I lived there. I worried about what the Chinese government might do after 1997, but I wasn't really afraid, and I certainly didn't fear the government (pre- or post- handover) while I was there.Coming to the US from that was a huge shock, and not only because of the government. The things that stand out for me the most are: Being inundated with loud, violent, scary images all the time. In entertainment and on the news, which a lot of people seemed to be tuned in to ALL the time. There were the constant car pursuits, where police chased citizens in cars for god only knows what reasons; there were the reality TV shows following police around as they broke into people's homes and threw them down on their lawns; there was the constant, constant fear porn masquerading as news, with furrowed-browed newscasters issuing dire warnings about all the things we were supposed to be afraid of today.I was in Tokyo when the Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack took place - on a subway train I sometimes rode on. It was a huge shock, but people's lives got back to normal pretty quickly. Probably there were some additional security measures put in place after that - but if there were, I never heard about them. And the event wasn't used as an excuse to clamp down on the free movement of peaceful people, as every crisis in this country is.My interview today reminded me of all of this - of what it is like to live in a country where you don't fear your own government. And I don't mean that the governments of Japan or Hong Kong were completely libertarian (although HK came very close), or perfect by any means. But, speaking as a foreigner living there for many years, those governments were in the background. I never worried about them doing the things I worry about the US government doing to the people living under it.I want so badly to get back to that kind of place. A place where I don't have to be obsessed with politics, where I don't feel like the biggest issue outside of my own personal ones is an out-of-control state rampaging over our society.It is possible to live in a peaceful, civilized, culture. I know, because I have lived in some. I just don't know if it is possible here.
I talk with Jeff Tucker about how governments around the world have responded to the threat of the Covid-19 virus, whether the response of the US government has been warranted, how that response will impact our society and the people living in it, and whether there is any hope for liberty in these times.Jeff is editorial director for the American Institute for Economic Research, where you can find analysis about the economic impact of all of this that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. You can also find Jeff on Twitter.Some of the articles that he mentions here include:An Epistemic CrisisGood Reasons to Doubt the Estimate of Covid-19 DeathsSouth Korea Preserved Open Society & Now Infection Rates Are FallingCoronaVirus Isn't a Pandemic
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