The Whole System will Implode at Some Point

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

I’ve been looking at stories about special education for five years now for Loss of Brain Trust and things show no sign of quietly settling down. Every once in a while some story will mention the percentage of kids who have special needs or else cite the current autism rate. I’ve faithfully written about all these numbers.

The latest U.S. autism rate is one in 44, up from one in 54 the year before.

Of course that’s nothing. Over the last few years I’ve seen one in 39 in North Carolina, one in 26 in California, one in 22 in Northern Ireland, and one in 14 in Toms River, NJ.

Those are only a few. I’ve got lots more, but it really doesn’t matter. Autism will never be a real problem and neither will the percentage of kids who are considered special ed.

I’ve been collecting those percentages too, and they’re chilling: Staten Island: 24 percent of students are SPED, Ireland: 25 percent, Rumford, ME: more than 25 percent; Hamilton, Ontario: 26 percent, Clark County, KY: 30 percent, Scotland: 32 percent. It just gets monotonous after a while. None of these numbers matter at all. I don’t know why reporters even mention them. There’s never any follow-up questions or real concern.

There’s one glaring truth that can’t be ignored: With ever-increasing autism numbers and greater percentages of students with special needs, we will see rising costs to society, and it turns out that in the U.K. and Ireland, those costs are disastrous.

A couple of years ago I came in contact with an economist who knew all about what autism will be costing us. Toby Rogers, PhD studied the official reports from NIH. Here’s how he summed things up.

It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.

They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.

Those are the government’s own figures. No one pretends that things will ever level off or improve.  The numbers are real, yet there is no alarm from officials.

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Is our Federal Government making Religious Exemption lists of its employees?

Mccarthy listsBy Wayne Rohde

Sarah Perry and GianCarlo Canaparo of the Heritage Foundation on Jan 12, 2022, reported our Federal Government, specifically the Biden Administration has been collecting religious exemptions filed by federal employees across at least 19 federal agencies.

The Departments of Transportation, Justice, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services just to name a few have been secretly obtaining the religious exemptions of its employees.

It appears that many agencies are not just collecting the exemptions, but also consolidating them while preserving personal information.

First noticed in October 2021, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt is demanding answers from the Biden Administration in hopes that others will inquire as well.

The federal agencies announced their intentions using the Federal Register, with a very small following by the public, thus none of the announcements attracted public comment.

I personally scan the Federal Register on a weekly basis, using key word searches for petitions filed in the NVICP or proposed rule changes to the program. Anyone examining the daily amount of listings in Federal Register must be prepare to review several thousand pages. Just not going to happen.

Yet, the Missouri AG was paying attention. He even submitted his comment back in November by stating that the Department of Transportation did not wait for public comment on the matter. Instead, the DOT announcement became effective the day of it was announced.

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Don't Punish Progress

Don't Punish ProgressMore than 30 years, ago, I worked for a wise woman, who taught me many skills that have been useful in my day to day life, and especially as an autism Mom.  The most important piece of advice was, "Don't punish progress."  I thought of it recently, when one of my girls began using half a roll of toilet paper a day. And plugging the toilet. This is the first time she has tried to use TP and that's a life skill, one that will ensure her safety when she is with staff. It takes a lot more steps than you'd imagine. Gross motor, fine motor, crossing midline, twisting the torso, holding, grabbing, tearing. If this were 2020, when TP was scarce, I might be less cheerful about it. But I have told myself, "Buy more TP, Don't Punish Progress!" 

So.....     Our old "nemesis" Paul Offit was quoted in The Atlantic regarding Covid boosters and I immediately said to myself,
"Don't write something snarky and mean, Kim, don't punish progress." 

Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told me that getting boosted would not be worth the risk for the average healthy 17-year-old boy. Offit advised his own son, who is in his 20s, not to get a third dose. Even with Omicron’s ability to sidestep some of the protection vaccines provide, Offit said, he believes that his son is well protected against serious illness with two shots, so a third just isn’t necessary.  Should Teen Boys Get Boosted? The Atlantic

At AofA we don't wish ill on others, or gloat when the worst happens.  Take Covid, vaccines and death.  Just in the last couple of days I saw people on social media cheering that Sarah Palin has Covid. Happy that Aaron Rodgers lost the Green Bay playoff game because of his stance on the Covid vaccine. Even tearing into singer Meatloaf in backstabbing memorials after his death last week - with Covid but said to be unvaccinated.

I applaud Dr. Offit's desire to protect his child. I'm also glad Dr. Offit was able to join us anti-vaxxers so openly. Maybe he will respect our vaccine choice a teensy weensy bit going forward. We all want to protect our kids from injury. That's it. That's the crux of why AofA still exists. To protect our kids - to make up for what happened so many years ago to so many of our families.  And to shout forever, into the darkness, the wind, the rain, that vaccine injury is real. And we need to be able to say, "No."   This Atlantic article sure isn't perfect - but it cracks open an important door.  

We Remember

9ABC3CB3-B47C-40CF-AC70-8CD407FBD1E0Yesterday was 5 years that we lost the leader of the Rebel Alliance, Dan Olmsted. Cathy Jameson created that memorial photo on our Facebook page. I think Dan would have been aghast at the state of the world today. The origins of Covid would have piqued his journalist mind. The social rancor would have discouraged him. The sacrifice of children’s education & mental health would have appalled him. And he would have helped us all make sense of the senseless. We miss you, Dan.


Defeat The Mandates DC

Yesterday in Washington, DC. #DefeatTheMandatesDC

Were you there?  Remember folks, when the media approves of your message, you are a marcher, exercising your sacred American rights.  Even if you have a Molotov cocktail in your hand, "Hey, it's for hydration!" When the media does not approve of your message, you might be called a demonstrator, an activist, dangerous, and anti-government.  USA Today took a more neutral tone than usual which was interesting: USA Today: Defeat The Mandates Rally

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Freedom to Live As Per Howard Stern

Howard stern 2022By Cathy Jameson

"…I want to get out of the house already.

I want my freedom to live.

I want to go next door and play chess.

I want to go take some pictures."

— Howard Stern

What's stopping one of the loudest voices from the freedom to live?  Who's keeping him from going next door and playing chess?  And why can't he take pictures?  I know things are not as great as they used to be there, but are cameras and photographs banned in New York City now also?   

Those were my first thoughts when I read that quote from Howard Stern.  I don't usually think about him, but I really did stop and think about Stern and what a predicament he must be in to not feel like he has any freedom.  My next thoughts about him and that quote included more questions. 

Covid restrictions are still pretty intense in some localities.  But Stern is a rule breaker kind of guy.  So why is he going along with the most tyrannical of rules?  He's a headline grabbing sort of celebrity.  So why hasn't he used his platform to help get rid of these really restrictive rules?  Why doesn't Stern fight for what he wants — freedom to live — and kick the greedy government and its mandates to the curb?  He's a cross-the-line sort of person.  In fact, he's one of the most famous cross-the-line sorts of persons who ever existed! 

But what you allow is what will continue.

Quarantine and the massive shutdowns that took place in early 2020 did a number on people.  After reading the article that featured Stern’s quote above, I can only imagine they had a negative impact on Stern as well.  The decision to shutter people and to limit daily human contact affected kids, adults, and even pets.  Depression, suicide and addiction rates increased while availability of therapists and medical personnel, trained to address those conditions, decreased.  Over time people raised their concerns about how difficult having to quarantine can be, including other celebrities.  

Many people, both famous and not, want Covid to end so they can get some freedoms back.  Some think freedom, and what they remember as 'normal life' will return after Covid 'runs its course'.  Others insist that a vaccine is the only answer to make the madness stop.  With how readily available they are, Stern brought vaccines up, too.  He had this to say about people who are hesitant about getting experimental vaccines or who are decidedly against them (pardon the language):  

"...people who refuse to get Covid vaccinated are 'imbeciles' who should 'go f*uck yourself." 

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Fauci's Unvaxxed 20 Times Highter Death Risk Analyzed

Quote-when-money-speaks-the-truth-is-silent-proverbs-336806Thanks to British scientist and researcher  Michael J Cook for examining Anthony Fauci’s claim that the risk of dying of Covid-19 is 20 times higher for the unvaccinated against the unvaccinated based on a Texas Department State Health Service paper. Cook comments:

By Michael J Cook

Anthony Fauci claims that the risk of dying is 20 times higher for unvaccinated people. 

Analysis of:   COVID-19 Cases And Deaths by Vaccination Status,  

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) November 8, 2021.

The DSHS reports key findings that include:

  1. From Sep 4 through Oct 1, 2021 the rate of deaths in unvaccinated people was 20 times higher than fully vaccinated people, with a range of 12 to 55 times higher depending on age.
  2. From Jan 15, 2020 through Oct 1, 2021 the rate of deaths in unvaccinated people was 40 times higher than for vaccinated people, with a range of 30 to 99 times higher risk depending on age. Tables 5 and 6,

Analysis methodology

Tables 6 and 8 give the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the study. These are compared to data published by the Texas DSHS (Additional data: Fatalities over time by County)

Also the tables give the number of fatalities and the fatality rate for different age groups. This allows calculation of the population in each age group included in the study. Total numbers of deaths were calculated using population distribution and totals for Texas were compared to other published sources. Also, the authors limitations of the study were reviewed for major issues.

Problems identified in the report.

1) For the period Jan 15, 2020 through Oct 1, 2021, the DSHS Fatalities report has total COVID-19 deaths for Texas of 40,782 whereas the subject report has only 26,704. A total of 14,078 deaths (35%) are not included. How many were vaccinated and unvaccinated?

2) For the period Sep 14 2020 through Oct 1, 2021, the DSHS Fatalities report has COVID-19 deaths totalling 7,190 with the subject report having only 4262 deaths. A total of 2,928 deaths (41%) are not included. Again, there is no data on vaccination status.

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If They’d Only Had H-E-A-R-T

Heart letterBy Julie Obradovic

It’s been 5 years since I have written anything about autism, vaccine-safety, or the controversies surrounding either. I took a break in late 2017 for personal reasons and spent some time focusing exclusively on them. Subsequently, 2018 and 2019 were very difficult but exciting years for me, free from at least one heavy situation I had immersed myself in for the previous 14: advocacy.

And then 2020 happened.

Like everyone, never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d experience what we did when we did. But perhaps not like everyone, I did foresee the implications of a vaccine-only response to a pandemic barreling down the train tracks a long time ago. I just didn’t see those implications coming to fruition in 2021.

I thought the types of things we were introduced to last year…like vaccine passports…and segregation based on vaccine status…and the loss of freedom to make your own medical decisions and still participate in a free society and/or keep your job…and “quarantine” camps….and globally organized censorship of medical dissent….would be something I wouldn’t see until old age.

Alas, here it is decades earlier. The worst case scenario of worst case scenarios playing out in front of us. All the things fellow advocates and I feared becoming reality way back in 2005 in full effect only 17 years later. (For some perspective, consider this. California was a destination for medical freedom as recently as 2014. They were one of only a handful of states with a philosophical exemption to vaccines for a long time.)

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Katie Wright on Federal Autism Funding's New Highlights and the Usual Lowlights

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By Katie Wright

Normally, this time of year I read and re read the IACC Autism Research Strategic Report. The report highlights autism research priorities that the committee believes the NIH should fund. Usually, I am aggravated by the endless over emphasis of basic science and recommendations for the millionth “learn the signs of autism” research (redundant if anything ever was). For the record there are tens of thousands published studies on the early signs of autism, we do NOT need more, we need physicians to read what exists! Same problem for early intervention research, there are thousands of published studies. The problem is lack of service providers, not lack of research.

However, over the past few years, I have been pleasantly surprised by new IACC research recommendations about the need for treatment for ASD/ Gi disease, autoimmune dysfunction, the need to study housing options, the child to adult transition and self-injurious behaviors. For the record, medical research must be conducted by GIs or autoimmune experts, NOT psychologists or psychiatrists, as it often is. These are medical, not psychodynamic, problems.

Despite improved IACC recommendations, funded NIH autism research remains EXACTLY THE SAME. The NIH has completely ignored the IACC Strategic Plan. The same universities and researchers at Yale, John Hopkins, UCLA, UCSD, Emory, Univ of Washington etc. all receive the bulk of the funding to do the same antiquated research that NO stakeholders or taxpayers (do not want their money wasted!) want done. Tragically, the vast majority of the NIH funded research is wasteful, redundant and frankly, pointless. There is a reason families feel like no progress is being made. It’s because NO progress is being made.

I seriously doubt any of the mystery men and women (have any of them actually met a kid like mine? Doubt it!) secretly choosing autism grants even read the IACC report! There is certainly no evidence they have! New research recommendations are wholly ignored and the same ridiculous multimillion $ eye gazing, rare genetic variant, genomic boondoggles are fully funded year after year.

For example, let’s look at Yale’s MacPhartland’s Autism “biomarker” project. Yes, biomarker in paratheses because it is too ridiculous to be taken seriously! The “biomarkers” include eye gazing and interviewing! MacPhartland excludes all severely ASD kids, all children with epilepsy and Gi problems from his “biomarker” study!  How can you develop ASD biomarkers after excluding half the ASD population?? It’s so stupid, it’s painful. Yet, this ridiculous project will rack up nearly 10 million dollars!

Autism Speaks funds very conservative research. However, even AS no longer funds “rare genetic variant” research! Previous AS Science Director, Dr. Frazier believed it was not fruitful and, frankly, irrelevant. Fragile X, Tuberous Sclerosis, Timothy Syndrome share some overlapping symptoms with autism, but they are not autism as lived by 99.99 ASD people. The percentage of ASD people supposedly, living with a rare genetic variant is grossly inflated and most cases do not fulfill DSM dx criteria. I have never even heard a stakeholder ask for more of this research, but wow, NIH loves to fund it!

The following are just some of last year’s NIH “Autism” grants that neither apply to, nor help anyone with autism. Timothy Syndrome study, $350,000, FX Gene Knockouts $450, 000, 3D Model of Genetic Mutations, $500,000, Fragile X $500,000, Mental Retardation and FX $450,000, Mitochondria and FX, $600,000, genetic variants $1.2 million. In total probably $15 million of taxpayer money wasted on this dead-end research that neither stakeholders nor IACC wanted funded. It is appalling.

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Time to Tap Out on Restraints and Seclusion

RestraintThank you to for continuing to look at so many important topics in autism. Safety is a primary concern, and restraint and seclusion for students with disabilities is a source of worry, and sometimes, outright crime. The thought of our kids sent to a room, alone, is maddening. Worse, being held in what I would call "submissions" (the martial arts term for restraint) that can be deadly. A knee on the neck by a police officer threw the nation into turmoil not long ago. This happens during restraints. They can go too far. Fast. Typically they are begun during bouts of aggression that put both the student and the teacher, paraprofessional, therapist, in an aggressive fight or flight mode.  I am trained in martial arts - a submission can break an arm (think Ronda Rousey's arm bar), choke, dislocate a shoulder, in fact that's the point - to cause injury in self-defense. School should not be a place for self-defense. I don't think there is a way to really teach submissions by the quick courses offered. I know that if my daughter is about to run into traffic, a teacher or para will have to GRAB her to save her, and maybe grab her hard.  I know that if a student is about to throw a chair at another student, someone has to intervene. I just don't know how it can be done without grave damage to self-esteem, self-image and safety.

All of this gets much worse in adult services. Our loved ones are fully grown, powerful men and women. And their staff has marginal training. Even the best of them. 

From Safeminds:

Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint Praises the Department’s Effort 

A group of parents, advocates, and educators called the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR) applauded the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for issuing a press release last month pledging to take active measures to prevent the illegal and discriminatory use of restraint and seclusion in Maryland schools. Furthermore, the advocacy group is pleased that the State Superintendent of Schools, Mohammed Choudhury, has directed a comprehensive review of Maryland’s regulations, policies, and procedures on restraint and seclusion and moves to eliminate practice altogether. Superintendent Choudhury went on to state, “In all cases, restraint and seclusion should be a last resort, employed only in emergency circumstances. Given the potentially devastating physical and emotional impact of restraint and seclusion on students and staff, as well the disproportionate use on students with disabilities and students of color, MSDE will work with our local school systems to eliminate the illegal use of these practices and increase system capacity to provide effective, positive means of behavior management.” MSDE’s actions appear to be in response to a letter authored by AASR to Superintendent Choudhury regarding a recent settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Frederick County Public School District. The settlement was in response to a DOJ investigation which discovered that the Frederick County Public School District had unnecessarily and repeatedly restrained and secluded students as young as five years of age in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the settlement, the school district will end its use of seclusion, revamp its restraint practices, and train staff on appropriate use of behavioral interventions for students with disabilities.   

Original Article 


39B9201C-FEC7-4733-8864-51365540F0C2No clear treatment from diagnosis going forward. No cure (forgive me for this awful 4 letter word on a family site.) No response to the devastating affects on lives. Genetic risks.

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Schools for the Blind

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

I added a number of stories to Loss of Brain Trust this past week which testify to the impact disabled children are having on schools, especially in Britain.

What is a continual mystery to me is why no one questions why this is happening. They just keep calling for more funding, more services in mainstream schools and more exclusive special schools, specifically ones for children with autism.

Adults are often seen in photos with the stories. They’re typically smiling as they cut the ribbon for yet another autism school, built so students won’t have to be sent to costly out-of-county schools.

A recent story from Kent in southeast England is but one example. The title reads, Life Skills Manor School, for children with autism, has opened in Sandwich, and it’s about a school for 22 students that “hopes to expand to 46

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pupils by September 2023.”

Hopes to expand? I’m sure these smiling adults are very well-intentioned, but these stories about autism numbers are really scary and should have everyone’s attention. Questions should be asked. Why are there always more affected children? When is it going to stop? Why are they’re never any answers?

Seriously, no one anywhere is talking about these issues. There is absolutely no alarm over what’s happening.

The story is brief, but we’re told that autism is a big part of special education in Kent.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder remains the most common primary need type with 41.2% of children and young people with an Education and Health Care Plan having ASD identified as their primary need.

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A Wintry Mix of Emotions

VA SnowstormBy Cathy Jameson

Greeted by the most peaceful wintry scene last Monday morning, our Christmas vacation was now extended at least one more day.  With all five kids home, including my oldest who was home from college, my Mommy heart was happy.  My heart would go through a range of emotions over the next few days...

"We have a 19 year old who needs to be next. I'm sending back Jameson, Ronan Jameson...he's just had a seizure..."

"Mom, we're next," Ronan's younger sister said, as we gathered our belongings.  

Thank God, I thought. 

Ronan had been in and out of sleep.  Tremoring.  Coughing.  Heart racing.  Feverish.  Trying to remain calm in the midst of a storm racking his now weakened body, he couldn’t do much.  At some points, he could barely lift his head.  The only time Ronan was his usual self in those early morning hours was during the exam when he was triaged.  A pro at sitting still when nurses take his temperature, blood pressure, and check his heart rate, I was grateful for his cooperation.  The nasal swab, based on the symptoms he presented with, was another story.  It took three people, me included, to convince Ronan to hold still and stay still for that invasive part of the exam. 

Knowing it could be a bit of a wait to be called back, I didn't expect it to be an hours' long wait.  When the doctor paged the nurses about Ronan, I think we were waiting 4 hours at that point.  Those 4 hours don't include the harrowing 2 hours prior to arriving.  Prior to our arrival, another kind of storm brewed, one that dumped 12" of snow in our area.  We'd already lost power before waking up the day of the storm, and that was with only a few inches of snow on the ground at that point.   

More snow would come.  

So would downed trees and power lines.  

We'd learned about the condition of the roads but it would take seeing them to believe how bad they were.  Ronan's big sister experienced them firsthand. She had reported to work before any of the roads saw a flake of snow at 4am Monday morning.  Normally a 25-minute drive, it took her 5 hours to get home.  Even with 4-wheel drive, it would be a treacherous journey for Fiona.  Snapped trees, thick snow, unplowed streets and icy patches in places that had been cleared peppered her drive back.  When she needed it, people helped her get out of the places her car had gotten stuck.  When it was safe, she helped clear the road of the jagged limbs blocking other people's paths.  Stranger helping stranger, I was comforted knowing others were quickly helping my daughter get home.  Once safely in our neighborhood, she could only get so far though.  

A utility pole on the street just behind ours, split in half, leaned and landed on the sagging power lines of the other side of the road.  Neighbors had been using chainsaws to cut trees blocking several intersections, but they knew not to touch the utility poles.  In a line of cars waiting to get around that area, my daughter sat in her cold, wet work clothes hoping it would only be a few more minutes before she was on our street.  She was so close to us!  But she had to turn around and was rerouted again.  

Forced to leave her car at a park, she walked the last mile home around more downed trees and through people's backyards in a foot of freshly fallen snow.  

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While we waited for her safe arrival, my other kids took to the hills in our neighborhood to go sledding.  I love to see them play outside!   So happy, so full of energy, I smile big smiles when they get suited up for that kind of fun.  

As they got ready to play, I got Ronan settled on the couch with his fully-charged iPad so I could begin shoveling the driveway.  Normally something my husband does, it would be up to me to clear it since he was out of town.  I always offer anyway when he's home because it's a good, little workout for me.  Knowing I'd do the bulk of the work myself, I needed to conserve my energy.  The snow was heavy, and there was just so much of it.  This time, I would have to shovel part of the street also.  The one plow that went down our street one time during the early part of the storm managed to pack extra snow along the entire length of our 4WD truck that was parked on the street.  Somehow, it dumped snow in front of it also. 

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A Few Nuggets from The Best-selling Book by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

RFK with bookThe Real Anthony Fauci, from Skyhorse Publishing

By Dr. William H. Gaunt, NMD

Format of this article

This article will cover highlights from the first 100 pages of this 445-page book. Future articles will cover the rest. The plan is to list page numbers so those who have the book can read more about each nugget and look up the references if they want more information. My comments will appear in parenthesis.

An Author’s Take on Kennedy’s Book

Best-selling author James Howard Kunstler (The Long Emergency and several other books) describes The Real Anthony Fauci as “A massive book about Fauci’s unholy career at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a virtual prosecution manual, meticulously annotated, that will be used in countless lawsuits against Dr. Fauci, his colleagues who outlive him, and the many agencies and NGOs and perhaps in actual criminal trials of these well-known perps.” (Is this derogatory quote justified? Read on.)

What is Regulatory Capture?

This quote is from page XV of the introduction. Kennedy explains: “Regulatory capture is the process by which the regulator becomes beholden to the industry it’s meant to regulate ... From the moment of my reluctant entrance into the vaccine debate in 2005, I was astonished to realize that the pervasive web of deep financial entanglements between Pharma and the government health agencies had put regulatory capture on steroids.” (The CDC, FDA, and other regulators no longer protect the people from rapacious pharma corporations. They now protect these corporations from the people.)

Early Treatment Options Ignored

On page 8, Dr Peter McCullough, MD observes that “We could have dramatically reduced COVID fatalities and hospitalizations using early treatment protocols and repurposed drugs including ivermectin (IVM) and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and many, many others…Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies now show that early treatment could have averted some 80 percent of deaths attributed to COVID…but for Dr. Fauci’s hard-headed tunnel vision on new vaccines and Remdesivir. (We will see that the use of cheap and highly effective drugs was not only ignored but was aggressively suppressed.)

Killing Hydroxychloroquine

On page 19, Kennedy explains that “Dr. Fauci led an effort to deliberately derail America’s access to lifesaving drugs and medicines that might have saved hundreds of thousands of lives and dramatically shortened the pandemic…From the outset, HCQ and other therapeutics posed an existential threat to Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates’ $48 billion COVID vaccine project, and particularly to their vanity drug Remdesivir, in which Gates has a large stake. On page 21 there is more information on HCQ: “Some 200 peer-reviewed studies ( by government and independent researchers deem HCQ safe and effective against Coronavirus, especially when taken prophylactically or when in the initial stages of illness along with zinc and Zithromax.” (HCQ and other effective and cheap drugs had to be suppressed in order to sell more vaccines and Remdesivir.)

More on page 26: “Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates, and WHO financed a cadre of research mercenaries to concoct a series of nearly 20 studies all employing fraudulent protocols deliberately designed to discredit HCQ as unsafe. Instead of using the standard treatment dose of 400 mg/day, the 17 WHO studies administered a borderline lethal daily dose starting with 2,400 mg on Day 1 and using 800 mg/day thereafter.”

Dr. Meryl Nass had this to say about these studies, “The purpose seemed, very clearly, to poison the patients and blame the deaths on HCQ.” (The correct protocol is to give HCQ, zinc, and Zithromax at a dosage that is safe and effective early in the disease before the patients are critically ill. These studies used borderline lethal doses of HCQ in critically ill patients and did not use zinc and Zithromax. The intent of these studies was to deliberately make HCQ appear ineffective and dangerous.)

Fraudulent studies published by The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine

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I Couldn’t Participate

That's the text I got from one of my daughters yesterday. Her day program took a trip to a local museum.  The text is not really from her8B155EAF-B8D5-4558-BCB9-4AFCAE673560, she would never use this language, her staff must have written it. I was disappointed for her, and am looking into what happened.

And here is a worksheet another of my daughters brought home yesterday. I ain't putting a mask on The Rock - are you? I have no idea what IEP goal this might have pertained to - no idea at all. What is the state of the world doing to your family? 












Autism: Back Up the Brinks Truck

BrinksNote to The President: We're going to need a 1000% raise for SSI.  Thank you.

By Anne Dachel

We’ve been warned.

The recent story from Naperville, IL projecting the annual U.S. cost of autism at a stunning $1 TRILLION by 2025, three years from now, shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The government recognized where this was going on the NIH website in 2015.

Few US estimates of the economic burden of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are available and none provide estimates for 2015 and 2025. We forecast annual direct medical, direct non-medical, and productivity costs combined will be $268 billion (range $162-$367 billion; 0.884-2.009 % of GDP) for 2015 and $461 billion (range $276-$1011 billion; 0.982-3.600 % of GDP) for 2025. These 2015 figures are on a par with recent estimates for diabetes and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and exceed the costs of stroke and hypertension. If the prevalence of ASD continues to grow as it has in recent years, ASD costs will likely far exceed those of diabetes and ADHD by 2025.

Back in 2015, the autism rate was one in 68, and I’m sure the current one in 44 rate was pretty much expected by those doing the numbers. No official ever makes the claim that the autism rate has finally stabilized. We’re conditioned to see another leap in the statistic every year or two.

Incredibly, the experts concluding that we’d be paying $1 trillion a year for autism by 2025 did get national  coverage as we see here.

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A Strange Unity of Confusion

Embrace unitySome unity - good news! But not really unity, more a joining of the disgruntled.  Sounds like Festivus. And strange bedfellows, indeed. Because everyone is confused, frustrated and wondering what’s right, er left, er correct regardless of politics.  We have readers all over the spectrum, pardon the phrase. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, International readers with their own political affiliations.  And all are welcome. The fact is that on January 12, 2022, the messages are so jumbled as to be useless. We're being treated like mice in a maze, and the cheese is moving fast.

This article was on Apple News, from The Washington Post (gee, I wonder if Apple News will let AofA on?)  it's in the "Business" section, not "Health" or "Science." Because Business hates uncertainty, and has that bit of cover to be able to complain about it.  Health and Science are not.

Which mask? What test? Covid’s latest surge spreads an epidemic of confusion.

Tiffany Li wants to trust the government’s guidance on the coronavirus, but the messages are so confusing now that she’s enhanced her precautions, going back to seeing friends only outdoors — in New Hampshire, in January — often with masks on.

In Houston, Mark Thiessen was all in on vaccinations last year, but now, with all the conflicting information about when and whether to get tested, he completely avoids pandemic news. When three members of his family got what felt like head colds over Christmas break, they didn’t bother to get tested or quarantine.

As Americans push into a third winter of viral discontent, this season has delivered something different: Amid the deep polarization about masks and vaccines, amid the discord over whether and how to return to pre-pandemic life, a strange unity of confusion is emerging, a common inability to decipher conflicting advice and clashing guidelines coming from government, science, health, media and other institutions.  Read more at:

Which mask? What test? Covid’s latest surge spreads an epidemic of confusion.

The Normalization of Disabled Children

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

One thing the stories on my website testify to is the normalization of disabled children. We calmly accept it if our children are labeled having ADD, ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, autism, speech delay and any of the related disorders in the DSM 5.

We have normalized all of this. We’re way past the time when anyone seriously cares why these conditions are increasing so dramatically among our kids. Research regularly finds a possible association with genetics. The focus is always on intervention. We really pride ourselves on how we provide for special needs students in our schools.

With COVID the main feature in U.S. reporting right now, we have to look to Britain to see this really playing out as I show on Loss of Brain Trust.

$1.3 billion has been added to the special education funding this year for England and Wales alone.

The stories amazingly come with photos of smiling government officials and educators. Clearly no one is in a panic over these increases (which they’re always talking about) or the massive amounts of money being spent.  And no one ever assures us that this is the end of the increases, in fact we regularly hear about projections of even more special needs students in the coming years.

Here are just some of the statements recently in the news.

Wales: Welsh Government announced that £18m [$24M] will be made available to provide extra support for children and young people with ALN [Additional Learning Needs]…

£8m [$11M] will be allocated to schools, nurseries, local authorities and Pupil Referral Units to move learners from the old Special Educational Needs (SEN) system to the new ALN system, as the roll-out of the Additional Learning Needs Act continues.

Lancashire: This 2022/23 dedication schools grant (DSG) allocation includes £869,940,171 for mainstream schools, £158,303,915 [$210M] for the special educational needs block and £80,654,601 for early years education. …

Nottinghamshire: Local MP Brendan Clarke-Smith is proud of the increase in school spending, including the $1.3B, “a record 13 percent increase on this year” in special education funding.

Essex: A special school is expanding.

Ramsden Hall Academy works with up to 100 secondary-age and Year 6 male students who have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) for Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

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Air Travel. Autism. Covid.

FAA don't make me turn this  plane aroundNote: We've been reading stories of unruly passengers wreaking havoc during flights.    "Don't Make Me Turn This Plane Around!" says a female pilot over her shoulder, as a message from FAA to travelers. No one wants to have to use a coffee stirrer to subdue a violent passenger. But what about for people with autism? And in this case, a toddler with autism. Is this a form of discrimination or Covid-induced protocol.  Do you think anyone on the plane fears getting sick with Covid from a tot? Toddlers are often runny nosed, coughing germ factories. Always have been. I sure relate to a tired autism Mom wanting to get away for a few days.  The only fault I  was going to find with Mrs. Minsky was her knowledge of geography.... turns out Cancun IS in the Caribbean.  Autism Moms have enough hassles to fill the Caribbean Sea, we do NOT need authority figures (real or self-annointed) shoving rules down our throats when we are already doing the best we can. With a small boy with autism. If you disagree - do so nicely. I have a coffee stirrer at the ready and I know how to use it.


Mother angry, humiliated over JetBlue's treatment after 2-year-old with autism refused to wear mask

There was chaos on board a JetBlue flight from Cancun to Newark over a 2-year-old with special needs who wouldn't wear his mask, CBS New York reports. The boy's mother says the airline's treatment left her feeling angry and humiliated.

After two years working as a teacher through the pandemic, East Orange mother Jennifer Minsky, her husband and two young sons took a dream vacation to Cancun.

"This was a really big deal to go away on an airplane to a Caribbean destination," she said.

"And you knew about the mask policy, right? So you had prepared the boys, 'this is what we're going to have to do'?" CBS New York's Jessica Moore asked.

"Yeah. Ezra wears a mask at school all the time with no issues," Minsky said.

After their return flight to Newark was delayed for three days, the Minskys finally boarded a plane home, where their travel nightmare continued.

Being Ever Vigilant

Constant vigilanceBy Cathy Jameson

It’s not really a New Year’s Resolution.  But if I had to share one bit of advice as we begin 2022, I’d share that we must always be ever vigilant. 

I have shared some of the complications my son has had post-vaccination, including experiencing seizures.  Other complications, ones that could have also been avoided, have crept up over the years.  Those complications were discovered while filling prescriptions or while battling insurance companies. 


Today I’m a medical billing detective.  Looking for needles in the haystack with receipts EOBs, insurance claims and wondering why money doesn't add up in our favor--someone's getting the Wrath of Cath in a phone call tomorrow.  It's always fun to do on a Friday.  Grrr…

I never knew how thorough I had to be when it came to reading medical records, filing insurance claims and filling prescriptions until bad things happened.  Sometimes, I’d be able to thwart an issue before Ronan would be affected by it. 

Other times, I could not. 

2009 – Early June

Ugh.  Ronan is having more strange eye and head activity. I believe he had a seizure right after I put his socks on. Legs flinched really fast and the rest of him was going so slowly.  I called the neuro nurse again.  We need to switch to the brand name drug to see if it is the generic drug causing the activity.  Get this though…we have to do a trial to prove the meds help so that we can then go back to insurance and demand they pay for the brand name at the generic price.  Our kids are guinea pigs to save a couple of bucks.  I'm so scared.  I'm keeping Ronan home from school today.  He looks like a train wreck with his eyes all dark.  Say some prayers.  I'm hoping he takes a nap so that he can sleep some of this stuff off.

2009 – Late June

Just tucked Ronan in for his nap.  Breakthrough seizures still trying to get through.  He's all snuggled under his yummy blankets. Gave him a kiss and said, "Mommy loves you." Ronan signed, "yes yes yes yes yes yes yes" with the biggest grin.

2009 – July

Ronan's meds are bringing on more seizure or pre-seizure activity; we need to go back on the name brand and get insurance to cover it with generic pricing since breakthrough seizures are still happening.  It is awful that a kid has to prove to the insurance that he needs the better drug.  I hate the medical industry.  

When a series of very unfortunate events brought a problem to light, like those breakthrough seizures, I would document as much as I could about what I was seeing.  I’d date stamp the issue, keep a log of whom I spoke to and record what could (or couldn’t) be resolved.  By the end of that summer, with the help of a young pediatric neurologist and the owner of the small pharmacy we’d been using, the seizures subsided.  It shouldn’t have taken a fight, but getting insurance to approve and cover the better prescription turned into a battle. 

2009 – Late Summer

Breakthrough seizures + generic drugs = whoopsie.  Okay, now we (the insurance company) will pay for the brand drug that actually works to prevent the seizure. Grrrrrrr.....

We revisited breakthrough seizures a few years later.  That time, it was from a technical error. 

2013 – Late Autumn

The Keppra we've been getting since August has been the generic.  I should’ve known. :(  Ronan gets seizures on the generic.  I know we asked for name brand.  When we needed a new script, it obviously didn't get transferred to the new supplier when it got switched to mail order.  I’m on the phone with them right now. :(  So mad and sad and feeling like poop for watching Ronan have seizures.  

Getting insurance to approve and cover new prescriptions takes time.

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A Letter to My Mother, All the Way In Heaven

Jenny  Flora Rose
Flora and Jenny Rose

Hello, dear readers. Today's post is a tribute to Gayle DeLong, by her oldest Jennifer Rose.  Gayle died on January 5 of 2022, after a battle with breast cancer. Jenny wrote a terrific book called "It's Not a Perfect World, But I'll Take It."  Surely this tribute is another chapter in the journey of a young adult with autism that no one wanted to write. Please join us in sending care and comfort to Jenny and her little sister Flora, who also has autism, and who may be struggling to understand the meaning of death and loss.  Their Dad, Jonathan Rose, has been a stalwart beacon of strength for Gayle and his daughters. Let's not forget him in our prayers. Jenny created a music playlist for her Mom - you can access it here.


By Jennifer Rose

Are you there, Mom? It’s me, Jenny. Man, oh man, I’ve got so much to say, and yet, I honestly have no idea what to say to you. Family photo 2021 Our relationship was…complicated, and while we’d sometimes fight as mother and daughter would, you were my mother and at the end of the day, I still loved you. No matter what happened, all I wanted was to see you happy. Of course, if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

It hasn’t been 24 hours, and already I’m streaming a grief playlist in your honour. Right now, I’m streaming “Hey Jude” by the Beatles. Remember how impressed you were at Flora, our daughter/sister that she was listening to classical music along with watching Nick Jr? (Okay, we could do without about 1,000 plays of the tape of Paul McCartney as a drugged-out 50-year-old, but that’s another story.)

But enough about me. I loved you, because you took care of me from birth, and nursed me back to health when I was sick, and believe me, I was sick quite a bit! Because, hey, that’s what mothers do. And that’s not even getting to the time you got me into a trip to Israel, and all you said was “Isn’t there another trip?” when I was booted out of one trip. Seriously, even Grandpa said more words at my first birthday, and he all-too-well lived up to the stereotype of Jewish husbands not talking a lot.

Jennifer Rose bookSomedays I just feel like I want to quit, and just be normal for a bit. Then I realize that my family isn’t, and never will be, normal. But hey, we’re handling everything the best we can. Because you know what? We’re not normal. We’re much, much better than normal. We are resilient. And we’re so because we had you for a mother.

Through your work through the Children’s Health Defense, with the great Robert Kennedy Jr., you helped children have a bright, healthy future. To quote actress Jane Fonda, Robert Kennedy “has the gift of telling vivid stories that explain how and why power is made to yield.” He has used his gift to help countless lives, whether through his environmental or autism work. It’s only natural that such an amazing man would work with you, my equally amazing mother.

I’ll have to admit, like any 16-year-old girl, sometimes I could get self-conscious about how “pretty” my life was, but I was struggling to find myself in an environment that was either over- or under-whelming. As a child of two worlds, so to speak, neither severely handicapped nor high-functioning enough to pass as fully “neurotypical”, it was always hard for me to fit in. Feeling alone, I would often escape into my own fantasy worlds, whether through pop culture or my own imagination. Even today, I’m trying to “find myself.” But, I can reassure you, someday I will be found.

When I found out you were terminally sick this Christmas, all I wanted was for you to be well and happy. That’s why I pitched in with Dad to help however I could. Seriously, if Stephen Merchant- my favorite actor and comedian and current “special interest”- had come up to my doorstep for Christmas dinner with Dad and me, I would’ve turned it down if it meant you got better. Holidays like Mother’s Day & Christmas won’t be the same without you. You were an absolutely beautiful soul, and no matter what, you’ll always be my mother.

Hero to Zero in Australia

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How quickly the tide has turned against Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic. He is an immigration detention facility in the former penal colony now Covid penal colony known as Australia.   Two years ago, he was a hero, who donated $25,000 to victims of Australia's fires. Today?

Novak Djokovic spent a day confined in an immigration detention hotel waiting for a court ruling and dealing with the prospect of deportation from Australia because of an issue with his visa application relating to COVID-19 vaccination regulations.

The 20-time major champion from Serbia will spend at least another night in immigration detention, probably even the weekend, with his chances of playing in this month's Australian Open in limbo.

With his visa canceled by Australian Border Force officials who rejected his evidence to support a medical exemption from the country's strict COVID-19 vaccination rules, Djokovic had to trade the practice courts for the law courts on Thursday.

This backstabbing, vicious treatment can and perhaps will happen to you too. Look at healthcare professionals - discarded like yesterday's bathwater. Your sound reason does not matter. Medical. Philosophical. Religious. Natural immunity. Worry about side effects. Common sense. Past history. Friends, colleagues and family (current and former, including my own daughters' father) can suddenly become rabid vaxxers, and see you as a dangerous, unPatriotic enemy, try to force you to make choices for yourself and your kids that you do not want to make. This is how wars begin. The righteous against the dangerous.  Blinded by dogma and mass formation psychosis.

Gayle Louise DeLong 1958 - 2022

Family photo 2021
Today, we share the sad news that Gayle DeLong, Mother, Wife, College Professor, Autism Advocate, and friend, passed away after a battle with breast cancer. Many readers will recognize Gayle from events, conferences and rallies. From her family:

Gayle Louise DeLong, 1958-2022

 After a seven-year struggle with cancer, Gayle DeLong passed away peacefully on January 5, 2022, at home and with her family. She proudly wore the badge of “Warrior Mom”. She worked relentlessly to lift the burdens of autism from her two daughters, Jennifer and Flora, and to help an entire generation of vaccine-injured children. She was not a physician, but she was an expert statistician, and she was able to calculate both the vested interests of pharmaceutical companies and the human toll their products were exacting.

A Zoom memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, January 16 starting at 3:00 pm EST. You can obtain a link from her husband, Jonathan Rose, at In lieu of flowers, we would be grateful for a contribution in Gayle’s name to Children’s Health Defense.

Gayle always said it was a shame that one couldn’t have a funeral before death: that way you could hear all the nice things that folks would say about you in their eulogies. Her daughter Jennifer Rose (author of It’s Not a Perfect World, but I’ll Take It) decided to write just such an advance eulogy for her mother, who was deeply touched when it was read to her while she was in hospital. We reproduce it here, with affection and admiration.

Editor's Note:  We will add the eulogy as soon as we have it.

Long Island Teacher Doses 17 Year Old with Covid Vaccine

Rotten apple for teacherNote:  The New York Times story here isn't simply that a teacher performed a medical procedure in her home on a minor child....  well, maybe it is.  While most of the comments agree that there are many problems with a lay teacher having a Covid vaccine at home AND administering it to a minor, many of the comments  on Facebook are pretzel logic at its twistiest.  If this teacher had had sex with the boy, parents would (mostly) have been appalled.  Had the teacher slapped the boy's face, commenters would be appalled.  Had the teacher given the boy cocaine, commenters would be appalled. If the teacher had prevented the boy from getting a vaccine, commenters would be rabid.  If the thread says "Whoo! Go Laura, vax that boy, his parents must be stupid anti-vaxxers who deserve to have their parental rights shattered and ignored," that's A-OK.  Pass the mustard.  The story is here, behind a paywall. A Long Island Teacher Is Accused of Giving a Teenager a Covid Shot

A Long Island teacher is accused of giving a teenager a Covid shot without permission.

A 54-year-old public-school science teacher on Long Island was arrested on New Year’s Eve after being accused of giving a teenager an injection of what appeared to be Covid-19 vaccine without his parents’ consent, the Nassau County police said.

The police said that the teacher, Laura Parker Russo, administered a shot of what appeared to be a coronavirus vaccine to 17-year-old boy in her house in Sea Cliff, N.Y. The youth later went home and told his mother, who called the police and said she had not authorized the vaccination.

Ms. Russo was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession, the police said. She has been removed from her classroom in the Herricks Public Schools system in New Hyde Park and reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation, schools officials said in a statement. A school website, which has been taken down, said Ms. Russo teaches at Herricks High School.

Ms. Russo did not respond immediately to an email sent by The New York Times. She was released after her arrest and is scheduled to appear in criminal court on Jan. 21, the police said. Unauthorized practice of a profession is a felony under the state education law that carries a penalty of up to four years in prison."

I think when comes to stupid, this really gets the prize, charging someone for vaccinating a 17 year old, to actually save their life. We need to get real if we are going to survive this pandemic.

A 17 year old should be able to get a vaccine on their own without parental consent.

"A 17-year-old student whose parents have fringe and incorrect beliefs about the COVID-19 vaccine feared for their health and safety and reached out to a teacher that provided they help they needed"
Fixed your teaser text for ya.

have a hard time getting too upset about this one. EDIT: I am worried about HOW the teacher even HAD a vaccine, and whether it had been stored correctly, but I am NOT upset that a 17-year-old decided to get vaccinated. Weird mixture of right and wrong.

Of all the things a teacher could be doing to an under aged student at his/her home this sounds not as bad as it could have been

What if said student had anti-vaxxer parents and wanted to stay safe from Omicron? Not saying it's right, but in a few months the kid would be old enough to enlist and die for the country . . .

Well the sad thing about it's the students no longer have the teacher that cares about them. We already have a shortage of teachers. Her heart was there but her common sense wasn't

As Omicron Surges, FDA’s Vaccine Strategy Called Into Question

Risk diceIn other words, from a risk/benefit perspective it is more logical to continue monoclonal antibody infusions, even if they are only marginally effective, and halt childhood vaccinations immediately.

The CDC’s and FDA’s mystifying position can only be the result of their systematic denial of any possibility of vaccine adverse events despite the enormous and mounting evidence to the contrary.

Excerpted from Children's Health Defense.

As Omicron Surges, FDA’s Vaccine Strategy Called Into Question

Madhava Setty, MD

The Omicron variant is the predominant COVID-19 strain in the U.S., prompting a pause in the distribution of certain ineffective monoclonal antibody therapies. Yet the push for vaccines, also ineffective against the variant, continues unabated.

The first case of Omicron in the U.S. was reported on Dec. 1, 2021. As of Dec. 25, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates Omicron accounts for 58.6% of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the U.S.

Omicron’s rapid emergence is indicative of the variant’s increased transmissibility and the lack of efficacy vaccines have against this strain.

The predominance of the Omicron variant prompted the Office for the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pause allocation of two commonly used monoclonal Antibody therapy combinations — bamlanivimab/etesevimab (Eli Lilly) and REGN10933/REGN10987 (Regeneron) — to regions of the country that have greater than 80% prevalence of the Omicron variant.

According to HHS, “These two products are not expected to be effective in patients infected with the Omicron variant…”

Support the New Poetic Justice Platform for Autistim Creativity & Communication

Lina Hjalmarsson LyonsNote: We introduced readers to Lina Hjalmarsson Lyons' new publishing platform for the autism community: Not the Moms and Dads and providers, but the boys and girls, men and women with autism who may prefer to be called autists or autistics or just by their names. Spelling has been a new road to success for many. Not all. But we have to promote and push and praise all progress.  All of it.  Lina is the daughter of author Helina Hjalmarsson and Skyhorse Publishing's Tony Lyons.  Please share her site widely.  Thank you.


Hello, I am Lina. So nice to meet you here. I am a nonspeaking speller. I am really smart and incredibly perceptive. I want to create a really lovely space for people who rarely find the right spoken words.

With Universal Enthusiasm,

Lina Hjalmarsson Lyons, Editor in Chief

Congratulations– you have arrived. We are looking forward to co-creating with you a community of rebels, creative minds, changemakers, pathfinders, nonspeakers, communicators, spellers. Visit the Blog page to peruse our online publication, meet us on the Rebellious Editors page, or become a contributor on the Submit Work/Contact Us page. Contributors are teenagers or young adults who use some form of assisted communication.

We intend for this site to be a place for spellers to publish their work as well as a forum for real social exchange. Let’s make full use of the comments section below each post to enter into a dialogue about our work and ourselves.

“HELPED are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception, and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.” Alice Walker, Helped Are Those

People's Coalition New York State Medical Rights Rally January 5

Kids rally nyChildren's Health Defense is Providing free bus transportation to this event at 10:00am at the Capitol in Albany, NY.  Click here for all details.

Advocate Speakers
Mary Holland, Children’s Health Defense
Kevin Jenkins, Urban Health Global Initiative
Rev. Aaron Lewis
Rita Palma, My Kids My Choice
Donna Schmidt, New Yorkers Against Medical Mandates
Sujata Gibson, Children’s Health Defense
John Gilmore, Autism Action Network
Trammell Thompson, Progressive Action
Cait Corrigan, Students Against Mandates
Paul Schweit, Bravest for Choice
Mo Oliver, Educators for Choice

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Mass Formation Psychosis

The_Joe_Rogan_Experience_logoHurry before this video is deleted. Have you ever heard the term, "Mass formation psychosis?"  Take a look at many of your friends and family and their response to Covid for the last 19 months. Most of us are adequately cautious, taking care of our families and respectfully ensuring the health of those around us. That's known as "common courtesy." But as with anything, there are extremes. Yet today, the extreme is a large portion of the population under what Dr. Robert Malone calls "mass formation psychosis."   We at Age of Autism would argue that this is exactly what we have seen for two decades with autism and vaccine injury. Perhaps autism was the global precursor to what we see today? A generation of children was diagnosed with a previously rarer than rare diagnosis, children who can not speak, can not care for themselves independently, children who in no way resemble any other "disability" with not only a callous disregard, but with a vehement and vicious gaslighting.

From, Joe Rogan interviewed Dr. Robert Malone.

Dr. Robert Malone On Mass Formation Psychosis: How Is A Third Of The Population Being Hypnotized?

Dr. Robert Malone On Mass Formation Psychosis: How Is A Third Of The Population Being Hypnotized?

When you have a society that has become decoupled from each other and has free-floating anxiety in the sense that things don’t make sense, we can’t understand it. And then their attention gets focused by a leader or series of events on one small point, just like hypnosis. They literally become hypnotized and can be led anywhere.

And one of the aspects of that phenomenon is the people they identify as their leaders, who come in and recognize their pain and say "I alone can fix this for you," they will follow that person through hell...

Anybody who questions that narrative is immediately attacked. This is what has happened. We have all those conditions.


Mass says no
There are two events this month in Boston, Massachusetts, the cradle of the United States' Liberty. The first is January 5th, the second is on the 15th. Visit for continued information.

Wed, Jan 05
Massachusetts State House
Jan 05, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133, USA
Join fellow freedom fighters at the Massachusetts State House on the opening day of the session as we ADVOCATE FOR OUR MEDICAL FREEDOM. Let's unite our voices and put an end to these mandates!


Join fellow freedom fighters from all across Massachusetts at the Massachusetts State House from 12PM-2PM on the first day of the legislative session return as we advocate for Medical Freedom. We will then MARCH to Boston’s City Hall!

We have an amazing line up of speakers... Shana Cottone • Rabbi Michoel Green • Frank Mendoza Rasheed Walters • Erin McDermott • Reverend Steve Craft Lissette Carter • Dave Kopacz • Dave Blondin State Representative Peter Durant and more LIVE MUSIC with ROUTE 2 REVOLUTION!

Let’s UNITE our VOICES and put an end to these MANDATES!

Please note this event is supported by MANY across Massachusetts and will be shared widely from various organizations or grass-roots groups. You may have been invited to the same event in another group.

To learn more on World Wide Walkout Day please visit:

A Collaborative Effort by: Health Choice 4 Action (HC4AMA) Health Rights MA (HRMA) • Mass Against Mandates (MAM), Boston First Responders United (BFRU) • MA Freedom Keepers Make Americans Free Again MA (MAFA-MA) Children’s Health Rights of MA • MA Medical Freedom Homeschoolers America’s Frontline Doctors Citizens Core (AFLDS)

Just One Word

Pink typewriter last year's wordsBy Cathy Jameson

I never jumped on the bandwagon to make vision boards or do any sort of journaling.  Those are creative avenues people have used to focus on their goals and dreams.  To me, it seemed like extra work.  I have enough work to do on a day-to-day basis trying to keep up with my kids.  Don’t get me wrong, I do dream and I do have some great goals.  I’ll talk about them and write them down, but I don’t have a separate book or wall space where I display those.  I love that others have the time and creativity to keep up with those activities.  I love that they will come up with new goals and dreams, oftentimes using January 1st as the day to set or restart something.  When I read somewhere that some people choose a word to focus on when the New Year begins, I thought that might be more my speed. 

Pick just one word? 

That’s easy! 

Tired.  J

I don’t think the goal of that activity is to pick a word that drags you down, though.  The word is meant to inspire throughout the year.  Even though I can get super tired on some of our busiest days, I don’t need any visual reminders that I am.  The goal of picking the word is meant to be something you strive to achieve.  It’s supposed to be an inspiration and maybe a guide for you if you’ve fallen off a path you’d set out to travel.  Picking just one word may be difficult, so some people have set up word generators on their websites that will randomly chose a word for you.  Since I’ve never done this before, while the kids were all sleeping in on New Year’s Day I thought I’d give it a whirl. 

Going with a Christian-based  writer’s word generator, I liked what I saw. 

CJ Create

Wondering how random these random-word generator things could be, I tried a different one.  This time, the word was offered after I answered several questions.  No question was too personal, but each of them did have me reflect on life.  Life’s been…a lot.  It’s been difficult.  It’s been exhausting.  But, it’s also been filled with blessings, extra family time, and some moments of peace.  Another Christian-based website, I liked this word that was generated for me also!

Cj empowered

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Twas the Week After Christmas


Dear Readers, we hope you are having a week with a little bit of rest, a little more help and a lot of love. Thank you for your support during 2021.  Here's to a 2022 of.... fill in the blank.


Best of: Wyeth 1979 Memo on DPT

A_long_time_agoNote: Dan wrote this post in 2008. Most of know that vaccines have been protected for decades. Many more are finding out today. We're going to run Dan's posts more frequently - his work deserves fresh notice.

By Dan Olmsted

Now that my Age of Autism colleague J.B. Handley has demonstrated the role of Wyeth in funding Every Child By Two (HERE) -- the vaccine initiative that Rosalynn Carter, Paul Offit and Amanda Peet boosted a week ago -- I think it's time to share a piece of paper someone slipped me a while back. It looks innocuous enough -- an inter-office memorandum from 1979 (Click HERE for the pdf)* about distribution of Wyeth's DPT vaccine. But read closely -- a series of SIDS deaths in Tennessee is prompting Wyeth officials to make sure that vials from a single lot don't get distributed to a single state, county or health department.

The memo says "senior management staff" gave the OK to proceed with the plan.

I am going to refrain from interpreting this document -- although, if there is an interpretation besides the obvious one that Wyeth didn't want correlations being drawn between DPT vaccine lot numbers and SIDS deaths, I can't think of it right now. And sure, it can be argued this is ancient history -- the vaccine has been changed, what happened in 1979 does not necessarily reflect what's happening today in the debate over adverse events following vaccination, and so on.

Except .

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Merck to Pfizer But We're None the Wiser

Merck-buildingGoing on a DECADE.  But now Pfizer is King. Why?


2019:  As mumps or "mumps like illness" is in the news, we're re-running this post from Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill from 2012. Here we are, 7 years later - 9 years after Krahling and Wlochowski originally launched the suit. Merck is more powerful than ever and vaccine mandates are racing across the nation like wildfires.

From June, 2012.

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

At its core, the 55-page whistleblower lawsuit unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia makes one stunning allegation – that pharmaceutical giant Merck traded children’s health to protect monopoly profits, and engaged in a systematic, elaborate, and ongoing fraud to do so.

If the charges – which Merck denies – are true, a 12-month-old child getting a recommended shot containing the mumps vaccine at their pediatrician’s office this morning would not be adequately protected from the disease, and could face serious health complications down the road as a result.

The alleged fraud: a multi-year effort to hide the fact that the mumps vaccine is no longer anywhere near as effective as Merck claims. The project was widely known and approved within the company’s vaccine division and even had a name, Protocol 007, according to the two former Merck scientists who filed the suit more than two years ago under the federal whistleblower statute. Virologists Stephen A. Krahling and Joan A. Wlochowski claim they witnessed the fraud firsthand when they worked at the Merck vaccine laboratory in West Point, Pennsylvania, between 1999 and 2002, and were pressured to participate.

They describe a supervisor manually changing test results that showed the vaccine wasn’t working; hurriedly destroying garbage-bags full of evidence to keep the fraud from being exposed; and lying to FDA regulators who came to the lab after being alerted by the whistleblowers. A top Merck vaccine official told Krahling the matter was a “business decision,” the suit says, and he was twice told the company would make sure he went to jail if he told federal regulators the truth.

The alleged fraud occurred because, in order to maintain its license for the mumps-measles-rubella vaccine, known as the MMRII, Merck needed to show that the mumps vaccine was still as potent as when originally approved in 1967 as a single vaccine, able to induce immunity in 95 percent of those vaccinated. That number, according to vaccine authorities, is crucial because it leads to “herd immunity,” protective against outbreaks even among unvaccinated people. The problem with the mumps vaccine lay in the fact that by the late 1990s, after decades of producing it with the original strain of mumps virus, the vaccine’s effectiveness had steadily declined, the suit says.

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The Age of Polio Revisited

Dan Obit HeadshotDan Olmsted wrote, But the question remains, and it remains important, because while the worldwide eradication effort makes slow progress, related viruses like EV-68 -- which paralyzed and killed children in the U.S. -- are surfacing, and other diseases with similar characteristics are waiting for their moment."

All 8 parts of Dan's series are below. He was planning to write a book on The Age of Polio, an epidemic he believed was a result of environmental toxins triggering the virus.  I miss Dan every day.  How we could have benefited from his writing today. Kim

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Limestone stele of priest with withered leg. Fourteenth Century BC by anonymous stonecutter.


By Dan Olmsted


"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein



On May 1, 1916, thirteen-month-old Lettie Caruso* moved with her family to a tenement at 1295 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn. A fifty-six-year-old woman named Mrs. G.H. Franklin lived and worked on the first floor, where she ran a small ice cream parlor that “the children naturally frequented,” according to a subsequent report by the New York Health Department. Lettie and her family lived in the apartment adjacent to the ice cream shop. On May 9, Lettie became ill. “A private physician was called the first day and came several days,” the Department reported. “She was examined with the stethoscope and at the first visit the doctor thought it was only a cold. As she grew worse a physician from New York was called in consultation. Mrs. Caruso thought the diagnosis was pulmonary bronchitis. So far as she knew the child was not paralyzed, but she cannot remember any special examination for that. There has been no Infantile Paralysis in this house, nor in the adjoining properties.”

That was about to change.

Looking back with perfect hindsight, Brooklyn in May 1916 was ground zero for an explosion that no one saw or heard for a month and more -- and, to this day, no one has satisfactorily explained. Before it ended late that summer, 25,000 people in the Northeast developed paralytic poliomyelitis, most of them young children, and an extraordinary 5,000 died -- nearly half of them in the City of New York, a toll approaching the September 11 tragedy. It was by far the largest and most lethal polio epidemic to date, and it remains one of the biggest ever (see chart).

As spring turned to summer, polio gripped every parent with fear, not just in the Northeast but nationwide. It was a fear that never entirely lifted until the outbreaks ended in the U.S. and most other countries after the Salk vaccine was introduced a half-century later, an occasion so momentous that church bells rang out across the country. But 100 years ago, and especially Brooklyn, there was barely suppressed panic that the authorities and the media did their best to tamp down.

"While there is no need of undue alarm," the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported in a careful front-page (but one column) article on June 17 announcing the epidemic, "the officials of the board of health are somewhat worried and are taking measures to stamp out the disease."

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Dr. Fauci’s Twelve Days of Christmas

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A Real Hallmark Ornament

Thanks to a clever FOO (Friend of Ours) for this rendition. 


Dr. Fauci’s Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas Dr Fauci gave to me, a devastated world economy.

On the second day of Christmas Dr Fauci gave to me, two FDA approved toxic drugs and devastated world economy.

On the third day of Christmas Dr Fauci gave to me, three useless but mandatory vaccines, two FDA approved toxic drugs and devastated world economy.

On the fourth day of Christmas Dr Fauci gave to me, four captured federal agencies, three useless but mandatory vaccines, two FDA approved toxic drugs and devastated world economy.

On the fifth day of Christmas Dr Fauci gave to me, five lab leaks in Wuhan! Four captured federal agencies, three useless but mandatory vaccines, two FDA approved toxic drugs and devastated world economy.

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A Merry Christmas Reflection

Christmas reflectionsBy Cathy Jameson

The kids give me a hard time when I take a photo when we’re at church. MOM, it's not allowed.  MOM, you should be paying attention.  MOM, you know you’d be mad at us if we did that.  They liken it to a mortal sin (it’s not).  They tell me it’s distracting (but I do it so stealthily).  They tell me I should wait ‘til later (but then the moment is gone).  So I snap photos when I see something that needs to be more than just a memory.  I did that on Christmas Eve when Ronan did more than just go with us to the Vigil Mass.  

I had to.  

Not only did Ronan walk into the little chapel by himself (just walking in is a feat), not only did he sit without fussing (it can take some coaxing to get to the pew and then stay in the pew), but he was showing interest in what was going on–without any prompting from any of us!. 

For many years, I’ve shared that we’ve had to split up for Mass.  Ronan just can’t handle it.  So that the rest of us can still attend, my husband will go to the early one, and I’ll go to the later one.  None of us likes that set up, so every few months we try, try again to bring Ronan to the church.  Since the end of September, Ronan’s been able to join us every few Sundays (or Saturdays) once again.  Depending on which church we go to, and also what time we go, he is finding success in joining us.  We don’t know if it’ll work until we go back each weekend, but it's been an exciting part of our weekends to have Ronan right there with us at church.  

I was really hoping that with all of the recent practice, and with the on-going encouragement from the siblings, that we could all go to Christmas Mass. 

Could he handle one that might be a bit longer than a regular Mass?  Could he handle the lateness of the time of the one we picked (9pm)?  Could he sit through the whole thing, or would he and I be back in the car even before the entrance song began as happened last weekend?  Christmas is my favorite holiday.  Christmas Mass is the most important Mass of the year for me.  I had my heart set on our family, plus extended family who were visiting, going together instead of being forced to Ronan hand holdingsplit up.

Before we left the house, we’d told Ronan the plan.  He seemed agreeable.  Then we packed his favorite book and picture.  But I’d forgotten those in the car.  Things could’ve ended poorly without those comfort objects.  But they didn’t.  When I thought he might decide 12 minutes in was plenty (out of a typical 60 minute Mass), he surprised us.  He stayed!  And he started to follow along.  Ronan even gently held my hand.  

That feeling, when your non-speaking, super sensory, severely delayed adult child with autism reaches for you and holds your hand in his - what an amazing feeling!  

The rest of the time Ronan was with us was absolutely perfect.  He didn’t sit, stand and kneel with us, but he sat ever so patiently waiting and listening.

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We Need a Little Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Haul out the holly
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again
Fill up the stocking
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now
For we need a little Christmas, right this very minute
Candles in the window, carols at the spinet
Yes, we need a little Christmas, right this very minute
Hasn't snowed a single flurry, but Santa dear we're in a hurry
Climb down the chimney
Turn on the brightest string of lights I've ever seen
Slice up the fruit cake
It's time we've hung some tinsel on the evergreen bough
For I've grown a little leaner, grown a little colder
Grown a little sadder, grown a little older
And I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder
Need a little Christmas now
For we need a little music, need a little laughter
Need a little singing ringing through the rafter
And we need a little snappy, happy ever after
We need a little Christmas now

Christmas Eve 2021

82ED868F-C27E-44FF-870F-BE226C1B3E95Twas the 17th month of COVID and all over town

Businesses still struggle
Profits are down

The masks still hang on each doorknob and chair
In the hopes that the vaccines the pandemic would repair

My wife on her Zoom call
And I on Webex
We hug via Facetime
We’re afraid to have sex

When out on the street I swore I heard chatter
I crept from my chair to see what was the matter

I waited a moment until I heard more
Then I cautiously opened my rusty front door

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a couple on my doorstep with smiles so clear

“Who are you?” to each in horror I asked.
“And tell me right now are you boosted and vaxxed?”

“Do you not know that the variant is here?
Where is your caution? Your worry? Your fear?”

They laughed and assured me that they were quite healthy
And talked of the past when I was still wealthy

My company thriving, my children in school
We dined out! We saw friends! We swam in the pool!

After giving a nod, down the drive they did walk
I turned to my wife and said, “We need to talk.”

Covid has changed us. We can’t live like this.
Then I hugged her and held her and gave her a kiss.

Written with a wink, by Kim Rossi

Fauci Calls Robert Kennedy Jr Pazzo (Crazy)

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Dr. Anthony Fauci  goes low and calls Robert Kennedy "pazzo" (crazy) in response to Kennedy's blockbuster expose, "The Real Anthony Fauci."  This is the old "nuts and sluts" autism playbook, coming back with a Covid Twist.  Men who question vaccine science are nuts, women are nuts AND sluts. This is Wakefielding. We see through it because we have lived it for decades. Americans who are in the mass psychosis Fauci has fabricated will not. Dr. Fauci needs to attend a class on bullying. Che cazzo....

Thanks to Anne Dachel for transcribing and preparing this post. 


Dr. Fauci Calls Anti-Vaxxer RFK Jr. a ‘Deeply Disturbed Individual’ After Comments Spark Death Threats

Dr. Anthony Fauci called out vocal anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for the wave of death threats he and his family received following his new book The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health.

Fauci spoke at length to Dylan Stableford and Kate Murphy of Yahoo! News Tuesday, a day after Fox News host Jesse Watters made inflammatory remarks to a crowd at a Turning Point USA event. He pinned death threats he faces on comments from the likes of Watters and Kennedy.

From the Yahoo! report:

“It’s very unfortunate because I don’t think he is inherently malicious,” Fauci said of Kennedy in a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo News on Tuesday. “I just think he’s a very disturbed individual.”

The former environmental lawyer’s book, “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health,” was published last month.

“It’s a shame because he comes from such an extraordinarily distinguished family, many members of whom I know personally,” Fauci continued. “I was very close to Sen. Ted Kennedy, who was such an extraordinary person and a real warrior for public health and to have RFK Jr. just spouting things that make absolutely no sense … I’m so sorry that he’s doing that.”

Fauci added: “Not just because he’s attacking me — that seems to be the rage among some people — but because ultimately it is going to hurt people.”

RFK, Jr. responded by blaming Fauci for “catastrophic mismanagement” of the pandemic in a statement to Yahoo!  and also accused  him of “adopting a militarized response to a public health crisis.”

“Dr. Fauci’s belief that, as a government official, he should be immune from criticism is contrary to our nation’s democratic traditions,” he added.

Watch above via Yahoo! News.

The Militarized Response to a Public Health Crisis Doomed Us

Autism, the man-made epidemic.  When Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill wrote their book, and launched this site 14 years ago, autism was front page news. Since then, we've endured exhaustion, ridicule, gaslighting, epidemic denial, diagnosis unicorn'ing (gift!) and marginalization. I know this isn't a cheerful start, especially during a holiday week, but bear with me.  Take a look at the meme-quote above  from Robert Kennedy, Jr. He has been willing and able to make a huge impact with his number one selling book, The Real Anthony Fauci." Many members of our AofA community helped make the book a reality, check out the acknowledgements for a who's who of friends of ours.

I remember when Autism Speaks was launched, with great hope, and the founders said something like, "Autism knocked on the wrong door."  That did not turn out to be true.  Because no one, no matter their wealth, position and intention, was able to fully expose the autism epidemic that was cultivated by Anthony Fauci. Autism and Covid are intertwined through Fauci. If you have downtime during the holiday week, crack open Kennedy's book, write a review, share it with others.

The Transcription That Cost 5000 FB Followers

Taking notesWe've added part II of Anne Dachel's transcription. The video has been removed. And Anne faces suspension from Facebook for running it. Happy Season of illness, death and doom.

Dec 16, 2021, (Australia) Kalkine Media Explosive revelations about the FDA and Pfizer's COVID vaccine [PART 1]

The highly confidential Pfizer documents, which have been synonymous with the extreme lack of transparency revealed by the actions of pivotal governmental agencies, over the past 20 months, lead critics of the official narrative to demand “show us the data,” is finally being revealed–well sort of, the first few hundred redacted pages out of a trove of 451,000.

What led to the disclosure?

The crack in Pfizer and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) iron dome-style data safeguarding, arrived in the form of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) release with the request filed on August 27, 2021, to access all the Pfizer documentation that the FDA had relied on to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use authorization. An agency that has received a FOIA request is required to ‘determine within 20 business days after the receipt of any such request whether to comply with such request,’ as set out by the 1967 FOIA law. It took the FDA though three months to release the first 91 redacted pages, on November 20.

Kalkine Media anchor, James Preston: With billions of COVID 19 shots having been mandated by various governments, the desire for more information surrounding the process of their creation and approval from governing bodies has reached fever pitch.

The FDA or Food and Drug Administration who is in charge of regulating the vaccine in the U.S. was recently hit with a freedom of information request from a group of 30 scientists and academics from across the globe wishing to get an insight into the approval process of the Pfizer vaccine.

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Pocket. Mobile Phone. Under the Skin.

Wallet checkbookRemember carrying a wallet? I'm old enough to remember when wallets had room for your checkbook and a pen. Maybe a nice Cross pen that you got for graduation. Then Apple and other tech gadgets put your wallet in your phone. And now a Swedish startup is putting your wallet under your skin. Yesterday's conspiracy theories are today's breakthroughs.

Swedish startup Epicenter unveils rice-sized microchip implant that stores your COVID vaccine passport under your skin and is read with technology used to take contactless payments

Sneetch Meets Grinch

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Theodore Suess Geisel, known as Dr. Suess was a political cartoonist, ad man and of course, known best for having written many of the most beloved children's books ever published. The Sneetches is about a huckster who comes to town with a machine can that can put stars on the belly, so that the plain belly Sneetches can enjoy the benefits that the Star belly Sneetches have always had.  Once the plain belly Sneetches had stars, the Star Belly sneetches wanted their removed. It's a story about discrimination, relevant for the time. Relevant today, with a twist. Vaxxed versus unvaxxed is becoming a deep social divide. It used to be just an "autism thing." As CDC pushes boosters on top of the initial Covid vaccines, 2 doses for Pfizer and Moderna, 1 dose for J&J, Americans are headed toward the Sneetches ending. How many times must Americans run through the vaccination machine? What of those who never get vaccinated?  If you haven't read the story, here it is below.

Pfizer Transparency Rarer Than a Santa Sighting

Taking notesTranscribed by Anne Dachel. Update:The video has been removed. Anne faces suspension from Facebook for running it. 

Dec 16, 2021, (Australia) Kalkine Media Explosive revelations about the FDA and Pfizer's COVID vaccine [PART 1]

The highly confidential Pfizer documents, which have been synonymous with the extreme lack of transparency revealed by the actions of pivotal governmental agencies, over the past 20 months, lead critics of the official narrative to demand “show us the data,” is finally being revealed–well sort of, the first few hundred redacted pages out of a trove of 451,000.

What led to the disclosure?

The crack in Pfizer and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) iron dome-style data safeguarding, arrived in the form of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) release with the request filed on August 27, 2021, to access all the Pfizer documentation that the FDA had relied on to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use authorization. An agency that has received a FOIA request is required to ‘determine within 20 business days after the receipt of any such request whether to comply with such request,’ as set out by the 1967 FOIA law. It took the FDA though three months to release the first 91 redacted pages, on November 20.

Kalkine Media anchor, James Preston: With billions of COVID 19 shots having been mandated by various governments, the desire for more information surrounding the process of their creation and approval from governing bodies has reached fever pitch.

The FDA or Food and Drug Administration who is in charge of regulating the vaccine in the U.S. was recently hit with a freedom of information request from a group of 30 scientists and academics from across the globe wishing to get an insight into the approval process of the Pfizer vaccine.

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Chain of Regrets

ChainBy Cathy Jameson

I keep getting it wrong, so I keep asking my daughter.  “What was the name of the thing?  The thing you did for Literature class?” 

“It was the Chain of Regrets," she tells me for the fifteenth time this week. 

“Oh, yes.  Thanks.  I keep forgetting,” I sheepishly reply.  Having never heard of that phrase, I learned that it came from a lesson her Literature teacher was presenting while reading a book by Charles Dickens.  I trudged through only one Dickens’ book as a young teen, Oliver Twist, but was familiar with the story my daughter was reading for class.  They’ve acted out scenes of A Christmas Carol, even wearing a large paper chain to bring the story alive. 

“You are fettered," said Scrooge, trembling. "Tell me why?"

"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”

Link by link, and yard by yard.  Oof.  What a heavy weight to bear. 

I could probably drop some of the heavy weight I’m carrying around.  I have a lot going on, not just because of the time of year, but because of juggling life in general.  Being mom to many makes life super interesting and super busy.  With the Christmas season about to begin, I’m in overdrive.  I'd promised to do a better job of keeping our focus on Advent this year, but the Advent season has been a blur.  I hate that I’ve rushed through it and even skipped over parts of it.  If I’m counting them, that’s probably Regret #257. 


I think we all have them:  Not taking an opportunity.  Ignoring a nagging feeling.  Walking away from something we later discover would've been a blessing.

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