Since When Are Nurses the Enemy?


The healthcare professionals have been warned not to discuss any of the mistreatments, nor of the crippling side effects of the vaccines: strokes, neurological disorders, seizures, heart attacks.

by Armando Simón

When the Wuhan virus first began to spread, physicians and nurses were praised universally for continuing to treat patients, even when some of the healthcare workers were dying from the novel illness. Recall how in the early days of the pandemic, Europeans on lockdown would go out on their balconies to applaud frontline workers, shout encouragement and praise, and sometimes sing songs on their behalf.

It was truly inspiring. Humanity at its best.

Now, two years into this “temporary emergency,” many of these same physicians and nurses are being persecuted by the authorities and demonized by traditional and social media.

Like the legendary hydra, there is a resurgent totalitarian movement in both North America and Europe that has attached itself to “the temporary emergency.” The COVID pandemic now comprises one of the heads of this hydra; it has been politicized by the Left, which has always had a totalitarian aspect to it. Like every totalitarian phenomenon in history, the pandemic panic shares certain characteristics with its historical predecessors: censorshippersecution of dissenters, insistence on unquestioned obedience and conformity, the NPC mentality of fanatics snitching on nonconformists, and, of course, dogma.

We hear those refusing the vaccine called zealots and science-denying, Trump-supporting, ignorant yahoos who are spreading “disinformation” and “misinformation.” (In reality, polls show the demographic most likely to be hesitant in getting the vaccine are people with advanced degrees.)

In the totalitarian mentality, if facts don’t agree with the dogma then the facts are either ignored or fabricated. We see this whenever totalitarian authorities come into contact with science. Scientific facts are mutilated, ignored, or simply made up to conform with the ideology.

Viewed in this light, the bizarre mistreatment of physicians and nurses becomes less confusing. It also explains why so many of the Covidians oppose an end to the virus apocalypse. When faced with those defending their rights of free speech, freedom to worship, and the right to assemble, the Covidians’ reaction is, “To hell with your freedoms!”

Elsewhere, I have detailed all the brave doctors who have publicly dissented from the official dogma regarding lockdownstreatments, and vaccines, based on both their clinical experience and on published research. By dissenting and by prescribing alternative treatments to their patients, and thereby saving their lives, many of these doctors have been harassed, censored, and retaliated against by the zealots threatening their jobs and their licenses. (In true Soviet fashion, one doctor was ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination for her heresy).

The same is true of nurses.

And because they have shown great courage, and because most have been silenced, and because they deserve to be heard, I will cite the nurses’ travails. I strongly urge the reader to view the accompanying heart-rending videos of their testimonies.

Here it’s worth mentioning that in both clinical practice and in lab research, the “vaccine” (which is not the usual type of vaccine but rather a kind of gene therapy) has been shown to have serious side effects, such as myocarditis and blood clots. Miscarriages and even deaths have occurred. Dr. Byram Bridle has said,

We thought the spike protein was a great target antigen, we never knew the spike protein itself was a toxin and was a pathogenic protein. So by vaccinating people we are inadvertently inoculating them with a toxin. Once in circulation, the spike protein can attach to specific ACE2 receptors that are on blood platelets and the cells that line blood vessels. When that happens it can do one of two things: it can either cause platelets to clump, and that can lead to clotting. That’s exactly why we’ve been seeing clotting disorders associated with vaccines. It can also lead to bleeding.

So, you see, there is a very good reason why it takes years for a new medicine or a new vaccine to be released to the general public. (Thalidomide, anyone?)

What the Nurses Say

Nurses and doctors are fully aware of this. Hence their reluctance to take the vaccine, once, twice, three times—plus boosters once, twice, three times. Their decision is based on science. Persons who keep parroting “Follow the science!” as they don three face masks and take multiple vaccines should take note.

A British National Health Service nurse named Emma resigned from her profession, refusing to participate in what she called “crimes against humanity.” She posted a scathing letter explaining in detail what she had witnessed.

A group of maternity ward nurses in New York resigned rather than submit to the experimental injection.

Caroline Pinto, a nursing student in Denver, was kicked out of the University of Colorado’s medical program for refusal to take the vaccine on religious grounds in spite of the university’s declaration that it honors religious exemptions.

A number of nurses quit or were fired at Houston Methodist Hospital for either refusing to take the vaccine or for speaking out against it because it was not given proper clinical trials. The hospital CEO said the nurses had circulated “misinformation.”

Nurse Melissa Rexroth was fired for refusal to take the experimental vaccine, but not before she posted a video about her dilemma.

At least 12 percent of American nurses are unvaccinated. As a result, some hospitals are offering bonuses for new nurses. But they must be vaccinated.

“A major part of why people were dying from COVID is [that] they were putting people on Remdesivir and intubating them,” said Helen Smith, a nurse who worked at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, in a lengthy interview with Gateway Pundit. “The only drug they were giving people is Remdesivir—and we still are. Remdesivir costs $5,000 a bag and it doesn’t do anything. It can shut your organs down. A lot of the COVID patients treated with Remdesivir end up on dialysis. Intubating patients is basically a death sentence, especially with the Delta variant, we save very few.”

“When the vaccines were first administered, you would not believe the number of strokes we got,” Smith added. “The Cleveland Clinic is a stroke center and I had never seen anything like it.” (Note, in particular, this graph on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System showing an enormous spike in deaths following the introduction of the three COVID vaccines.)

In a powerful video, Australian nurses had to go undercover in order to report the harmful, even fatal, pseudoscience that their hospitals are engaged in. The healthcare professionals have been warned not to discuss any of the mistreatments, nor of the crippling side effects of the vaccines: strokes, neurological disorders, seizures, heart attacks.

Jerry Bledsoe, a nurse at Fayetteville Medical Center in Virginia, wrote a blistering letter to his superiors. “I believe that by participating in the COVID-19 protocols, I will be intentionally doing harm to those individuals who will be placed in my care, and it will prevent me from practicing a primary duty of advocating for my patients,” he wrote. “It is my belief that by forcing my coworkers and [me] to participate in the COVID-19 protocols, the Veterans Administration is in direct violation of Title 18 US code 373, ‘Solicitation to commit a crime of violence.’”

A heartrending compilation of nurses’ and physician assistants’ testimony against what some call the “killer vaccine” includes, among other horrors, the physical restriction of elderly patients who did not want the vaccine, but were injected anyway.

The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota fired 700 unvaccinated health care workers for their refusal to be injected with a toxic substance. Meanwhile, at Arizona’s Mayo Health, several healthcare workers have been fired after testing negative for  COVID but refusing to take the experimental vaccine. Yet Mayo allows staff who test positive but have gotten the vaccine to continue working there. You read that right.

An anonymous healthcare worker reports on the attitude of her Covidian colleagues:

Among the choice accusations they routinely trot out is that health and other reasons to remain unvaccinated do not matter; not falling into line proves that these people do not care about others, that they are clearly bad parents, and that they should not be allowed to receive health care. Even musings about these people deserving to die for not being vaccinated are not unheard of in today’s fear-driven climate.

And as for those who think on their own: “They are often not the loud, abrasive virtue-signalers prevalent today; they are more likely to speak in whispers and furtive glances, afraid of who may be listening.”

Nurse Collette Martin testified that she and her colleagues witnessed “terrifying” reactions to the COVID shots among children—including blood clots, heart attacks, encephalopathy, and arrhythmias—but their concerns were simply dismissed.

Nurse Tara Vafaeenia was escorted out of UCLA Health for being unvaccinated. “The hubris of a select few in the medical community to guarantee both the short and long-term safety of the vaccines has been seized by the media and forced upon currently healthy individuals,” she said. “I do not choose to capitulate to tyranny, threats, and illogical brute force. Additionally, the way inquisitive patients and their family members have been treated any time a vaccine has been questioned has left me seriously disillusioned.”

Ventura County nurses, going undercover, report that the deadly adverse reactions from the toxic vaccine are not being reported to VAERS by the doctors and the administrators there, resulting in “voodoo statistics.” “Or they don’t want to report that they’re seeing 80 percent of the people in the ER are vaccinated, but only 40 percent of the county is vaccinated.”

Jodi O’Malley, a registered nurse at the local Indian Medical Center, contacted Project Veritas. An undercover recording shows an angry ER doctor discussing a patient suffering from side effects of the toxic substance, stating that “The government doesn’t want to show that the darn vaccine is full of shit!” O’Malley herself has seen dozens of similarly afflicted patients whose adverse reactions have not been reported to VAERS. “This is evil at the highest level.”

What the Studies Show

Although the experience of clinical practice is legitimate, there have been a number of objective studies that have corroborated physicians’ and nurses’ clinical observations and their stand against the official narrative.

Ironically, while shouting “Follow the Science!” the COVID panic zealots willfully ignore the studies that prove that face masks are useless, that the vaccines cause several, even fatal, side effects, and that lockdowns are useless in mitigating the spread of the illness and were actually harmful.

An National Institutes of Health study found a slight change in menstrual cycles among women who received the experimental vaccine. Another corrected study found that 92 percent of women who received the vaccine in the first trimester experienced a spontaneous abortion; a different study disputed the increase in miscarriages.

Another study found an increased risk of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis following COVID vaccination.

In fact, a consistent finding across several studies is the increased presence of blood clots in persons after being given the toxic substance. These included bleeding in the brain, blood clots in the brain, blood clots in abdominal veins, blockage in a lung artery caused by blood clots, as well as other types of blood clots, including strokes.

Myocarditis among young men has also been found to occur after receiving the vaccine among the general population and in the military.

Whereas the above studies looked at specific side effects, one particular study had a global outlook and found that vaccination had a negative impact in 145 countries.

Meantime, at least 14 studies have shown that natural immunity is superior to vaccines when it comes to acquiring immunity to COVID.

Here we are, over 24 months into this fiasco, and we still have the Covidians insisting on the pseudoscience and persecuting those who will not believe, those who will not conform, those who will not submit, those who will not give up their freedoms. We offer studies and clinical experience while they respond with insults. This is a typical response to a question. From a teacher:

Yes you’re [sic] fucking asshole of a president lied to you and so now you don’t fucking believe that people are dying at a rate that surpasses 9/11 on a daily basis, and this was fucking preventable. But the number of deaths is reconstructible about 7 fucking ways but fucking morons won’t believe that, yes, people are fucking dying. And so more people die. Fuck you for killing people.

When this shameful fiasco is finally over, the only ones laughing will be the lawyers.

First published in American Greatness.

30 Responses

  1. “We offer studies and clinical experience”

    You offer politically motivated quack science.

    “In the four years since, Fox viewers had become even more accustomed to flattery and less willing to hear news that challenged their expectations. Instead of understanding his narrow win in 2016 as the upset it was, they were told forecasters were going to be wrong again. Me serving up green beans to viewers who had been spoon-fed ice cream sundaes for years came as a terrible shock to their systems.”

    1. I’m curious about one thing. What do you make of these liberal politicians who foam at the mouth at people who don’t wear masks, yet you see them elsewhere in public photographed not wearing their precious masks, like Newsome, Pelosi, Bidet, AOC, and many, many others?

    2. Perhaps you care to explain (or excuse, whichever word is better) why it is that thousands of illegal aliens are allowed to enter this country but tennis player, Novak Djokovic, is not allowed because he is not vaccinated?

      1. From my side, first, a correction: it’s not thousands but well nigh 2 MILLION illegal (and “unvaccinated”) aliens so far this year. This is a direct result of the Biden administration’s “not Trump” approach to many major issues since it took office. The fact is that there quite literally is NO policy on border control now; and appointing the inept half-wit who masquerades as vice-president as ‘border czar’ confirms this fact.
        To your point, the truth is that no-one with any shred of reason or rationality can explain why Djokovic should not be allowed into the US to play in the US Open to play in front on tens of thousands of fans, many of them unvaccinated or boosted (remember, without a “booster” the original vaccination is worthless!) and most not masked and none of them “socially distanced”. Meanwhile, while hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants roam the US, while thousands more enter every week. Many of these individuals have not had real vaccinations for real diseases let alone the covid “vaccine”.
        The reason given for Djokovic – “not vaccinated” – is quite simply Kafkaesque. And beyond absurd, now that we know that the covid “vaccines” are medically worthless. This is the action of a faceless totalitarianism which presumes that it does not need to provide reasons – rational or otherwise – for its actions.

  2. Thank you Mr Simón for pointing out the absurdity, criminality and above all the human cost of what has indeed been a shameful fiasco. The treatment of so many decent health (and other) professionals who had the courage to speak out has been a disgrace to all those Western countries which call themselves “democracies”.

    All of which points to another disturbing aspect of life since March 2020. The covid drama (let’s not elevate it to “pandemic”) is without doubt the biggest onslaught on freedom & liberty in the West since the beginning of the 20th century. Restrictions on movement, the suspension of constitutional rights, emergency decrees, hysterical propaganda & mass censorship, all coupled with deliberate scapegoating & vicious attacks on any (even mildly sceptical) alternate views to the current “line” was a feature of our societies for more than 2 years. These features are the hallmarks of totalitarianism. Of course, an easily identifiable scapegoat is essential to the proper functioning of any self-respecting totalitarian state: someone has to take the blame for the all failures & misery. So enter “the unvaccinated”. And how about a public loyalty ritual like mask-wearing to ensure that sceptics stay on board, and to flush out dissidents. Remember, it’s all for your own good. We want to keep you safe!

    It’s all the more outrageous now that we know that the covid “vaccines” simply don’t work, except for a limited period with very old people.
    And we know a lot of other disturbing things too:
    – The large pharmaceutical companies made billions off the back of covid, notwithstanding the fact that their “vaccine” products have proved to be neither safe nor effective.
    – The number of people suffering (often deadly) adverse reactions to the covid “vaccines” was hopelessly under-reported, and frequently simply ignored.
    – “Fear porn” works in the short term to coral populations into following a particular narrative. And it works especially well in the era of the smartphone.
    – The “solution” to a proclaimed “emergency” can be any old BS, just as long as it’s plausible & applied with saturation marketing. In this case it was the “vaccination” silver bullet.

    We have endured enough official lies over the past 2 and a half years to keep an entire Pravda news agency going for a millennium. But the truth will out, and it’s beyond a trickle now. It’s time for some accountability. Here’s hoping all those lawyers keep laughing for a long, long time.

    1. Mr. Simon has done nothing of the sort. Almost all the websites he cites are questionable, for example the “Conejo Guardian”, a site that has every indication of being a one-man operation.

      “In the four years since, Fox viewers had become even more accustomed to flattery and less willing to hear news that challenged their expectations. Instead of understanding his narrow win in 2016 as the upset it was, they were told forecasters were going to be wrong again. Me serving up green beans to viewers who had been spoon-fed ice cream sundaes for years came as a terrible shock to their systems.”

      1. Mr Simón is entirely correct in his assessment of:
        * the extremely unpleasant coercive employed by authorities in the name of covid.
        * underreported, ignored and censored information about adverse side-affects of the covid “vaccine”.
        * the divisive effects of lockdowns, censorship and forced resignations.
        * the totalitarian nature of the whole covid enterprise.

        Importantly, he has also shone a light on the especially vicious treatment meted out to doctors & health workers who questioned the “lethal virus” narrative and the “safe & effective” vaccine. Of course, from the point of view of the people running the “pandemic”, this had to be done. Because if decent, intelligent people trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating diseases, identifying defective medicines and monitoring adverse side effects were not on board with “apocalyptic-covid-virus-instant-mRNA-vaccine-needed” then there was never any chance of the broader public acquiescing to the BS.

        In any case, the facts bear Mr Simón out. People who suffered severe side-effects after being coerced into taking the covid “vaccine” are just now beginning to be paid out, albeit grudgingly, by governments and local authorities. Some jobs are beginning to be reinstated. It’s still a trickle, but increasingly, those more timid health professionals who harboured misgivings (based on their personal experiences) about covid strategies & the “vaccine” but kept their heads below the parapets during the propaganda blitz of 2020 & 2021 are also beginning to speak out.

        What has happened in terms of manipulation of public perceptions via censorship & enforced social divisions has been unlawful. And what has happened medically – coercing people to take an experimental drug – is a direct flouting of the Nuremberg code and a criminal act. Let the law take its course. I hope to see long prison sentences for those who pushed this farce. And ditto for their aiders and abetters.

        P.S. Your observation about Mr Simón’s “questionable” sources is laughable: a cheap smear from someone challenged by anything contrary to what he has been told to believe. Why not go the full hog and label the whole article as “misinformation”, “false”, the work of a “conspiracy theorist”, “extremist” etc. etc. And demand it be censored! More to the point, one has to wonder where you have been the past year? As I commented in Mr Simón’s article, , it really is quite unbelievable that in September 2022 there are hayseeds out there who are are still bought into the whole covid “vaccine” nonsense! It can only be put down to the cult-like mindset of gullible diehard Covidian believers.

        1. I’m pretty sure I told you to keep it to two paragraphs of stupidity or less if you want a response.

          “In the four years since, Fox viewers had become even more accustomed to flattery and less willing to hear news that challenged their expectations. Instead of understanding his narrow win in 2016 as the upset it was, they were told forecasters were going to be wrong again. Me serving up green beans to viewers who had been spoon-fed ice cream sundaes for years came as a terrible shock to their systems.”

          1. My humble apologies Koolaid. It’s pretty clear you struggle not only with logic but words too so we need to keep things simple. No wonder you missed the implosion of the covid narrative a year ago. I shall send you a few single bullets to facilitate comprehension on your part. Here you go:
            * So much of what official data was presented up to October 2021 has been shown to be false so many times it’s beyond a joke; if it WAS all true loads of people I know would all have died 10 times over by now !

          2. * If what we were told was all true and based on “the science” there would have been no need to smother & censor medical opinions and data which did not correlate with the official narrative.

          3. * Bill Gates still believes in the covid vaccine although it demonstrably doesn’t work. Is he insane? Nope. He’s just an old fashioned pervert and pedeophile who needs some cover.

          4. Newsflash: Fully vaccinated double boosted, fully protected, extra isolated Joe Biden contracts covid. Twice!
            Quote (JB July 21, 2021): “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations”

          5. You might find this a little too taxing, but give it a shot:
            Riddle me this:
            – If the tests work – why the false positives?
            – If the masks work – why the 6 feet?
            – If the 6 feet works – why the masks?
            – If all 3 work – why the lockdowns?
            – If all 4 work – why the vaccines?

            – If the vaccine is safe – why the no liability clause?
            – If the vaccine works – why the booster?

          6. Newsflash Feb 2022: The White house has some of the strictest protocols for covid to be found anywhere in the world. EVERYONE is fully vaccinated & boosted and special care is taken to enforce extra social distancing at all times.

  3. * Speaking of jokes, here’s one you obviously missed back in 2021.
    The government now has 2 difficult tasks to execute simultaneously: convince the unvaccinated that the vaccination WORKS so they get the shot … and … convince the vaccinated that the vaccination DOESN’T WORK so they get the booster shot!

  4. 3 bullets here, hope you can manage …
    * Newsflash March 2022: White house press secretary Jen Psaki infected with covid for a second time. Harris’ husband also has the virus.
    * Newsflash early April 2022: Deputy White house press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, tests positive for covid.
    * Newsflash April 2022: Fully vaccinated double boosted, fully protected, extra isolated Kamala Harris contracts covid.

  5. I think it’s you who is having difficulty understanding the words “two paragraphs or less”.

    “In the four years since, Fox viewers had become even more accustomed to flattery and less willing to hear news that challenged their expectations. Instead of understanding his narrow win in 2016 as the upset it was, they were told forecasters were going to be wrong again. Me serving up green beans to viewers who had been spoon-fed ice cream sundaes for years came as a terrible shock to their systems.”

      1. Arthur C: Although I admit it initially is irritating to read KoolAid, after the third second or so, I become fascinated by him, who is a typical representative of the covidians, or rather by his arguments which compose primarily in insinuations and insults. Not once does he address the objections that you, or I, bring up, the data, the studies, the many doctors and nurses. No. He just says it’s “disinformation.”

        I once heard a Brit respond to another one: “You don’t have any arguments. You’re just stooping to abuse.”

        He states that some of the websites that I use are questionable. OK. Let’s say for the sake of argument that that’s true. What about the other websites? What about the studies in reputable, scientific journals? Well. Like most fanatics, he simply ignores facts which jar their worldview.

        It is really fascinating, from a psychological perspective, anyway.

        1. I didn’t say “some”, I said “almost all”. The overwhelming majority of the links you spammed are from far right websites – The Epoch Times, Project Veritas, BizPac Review, Reason, American Greatness (where of course, you first published this), etc. A couple seem to be run by amateurs, like or the “Conejo Guardian” (not updated since the 23rd of last month, sporadic updates prior). The closest thing to “reputable” that you cite are some articles from academic and scientific websites describing the side effects of the vaccine, which they note as very rare, and which you use to support your argument that it’s a “toxic substance”.

          A couple of the pages you use to back you up actually says the exact opposite of what you’re arguing. This page says “vigilance for rare adverse events, including myocarditis, after COVID-19 vaccination is warranted but should not diminish overall confidence in vaccination”. Andthis page says people are statistically many times more likely to have blood clots after they get COVID than after they get vaccinated for COVID, and therefore this rare side effect isn’t worth worrying about as compared to the benefits. I’m guessing you read the headline wrong.

          “In the four years since, Fox viewers had become even more accustomed to flattery and less willing to hear news that challenged their expectations. Instead of understanding his narrow win in 2016 as the upset it was, they were told forecasters were going to be wrong again. Me serving up green beans to viewers who had been spoon-fed ice cream sundaes for years came as a terrible shock to their systems.”

          1. Sorry it took me so long to reply. Many distractions. Very busy.

            In regards to the citations I used,, the authors do indeed state “vigilance for rare adverse events, including myocarditis, after COVID-19 vaccination is warranted but should not diminish overall confidence in vaccination” which is kind of odd because the results/ the data of their study clearly indicated that the blood clots occurred after the second dose. I think the contradiction may be explained as being due to the particular bureaucracy where they worked, i.e., the military, and so they cannot go against official policy. Regardless, dozens of studies since then have confirmed the vaccines as the causal agent for blood clots.

            Now, in the second study I cited, I did, indeed, misread the study, or perhaps more likely I used the wrong citation. So there you got me. You get a gold star.

            Having said that, I repeat that since those studies a large number of studies have come out indicating the lethality of the “vaccines.” You can look them up. Or not.

        2. Mr Simón, to further elaborate on my earlier comment.
          You will notice that Koolaid always appears very early on in an article on these pages- ideally as primary commenter, otherwise “first level” responder in a thread, so as to attract the most attention. Additional attention-getters he uses are bold and/or upper case text, combative headings & links and, frequently, a separate quote as with the one in italics in this article. His standard modus operandi is to then directly trash the author and any “dissenting” opinion on “settled truth” (think Jan 6 disturbances, covid insanity, Russiagate, Trump etc.) which is discussed in the article: and then to provide links to “fact-checkers” or supposedly “neutral” websites as supposed proof of the correctness of his rant. Repetition is key: Koolaid’s quotes and other attention-getters are generally repeated ad nauseam each time he posts. In the past he has also posted under multiple pseudonyms to try and create the impression that many people support his bluster. And of course he will never engage properly with other commenters.

          The above techniques are, of course, the hallmarks of ideological propaganda. There are some fascinating snippets about government trolls in a couple of documents leaked by Edward Showden back in 2013. They explain how paid government trolls are trained to use “psychology-based influence techniques” on social media and independent news sites, the aim being to warp Internet discourse, sow discord and discredit – by smearing, ridiculing or simply abusing – any individuals (like yourself) who point out unpleasant truths or fallacies with the current “line”. The Koolaid entity fits neatly into this pattern (I say “entity” because once or twice when the “default Koolaid” has been out of his depth, someone with a clearly different style has jumped in & posted under the Koolaid pseudonym).

          I have pointed all this out before, for example in the comment section of this article: .But revelations makes no difference. Koolaid gets nasty, and then continues in the same vein. Of course he and his ilk are mere foot soldiers. They do what they are told. So one should not expect too much from him, as his infantile ‘blah’ comment shows. Koolaid is doing his job, which is to foul an environment considered ideologically dangerous by making “noise” & regularly dumping excrement about. Dogs do the same thing. But let’s be charitable and say this type of behaviour is the one thing Koolaid appears to be quite good at.

          So where does this leave ordinary folks like you who use this forum in good faith. Well, if you see fecal droppings from a dog on the pavement you step around it. But it does smell. And occasionally you might step right in it, which is irritating, and might cause you to change your route. Koolaid pollutes this forum, and has nothing to offer but unpleasantness & abuse. One course of action might be to contact the people running the Iconoclast and ask them to institute a “fair & decent use” policy. Such polices were – and still are – standard practice on many forums catering to special interest groups which were much more common before social media came along. And users are required to agree to a forum’s policy when they sign up or before they post.

          Of course today, companies like YouTube and Facebook have entirely abused the concept of “Terms of service” to censor people on an ideological basis, with victims then having no recourse to correction, or even a proper explanation as to why they were censored in the first place. This is not what I am suggesting. A simple “rules-of-the-game” policy, advising users they should conform to basic standards of decency & not abuse authors or commenters for the sake of it – would put a marker down on acceptable behavior. On a small site like this, if someone then felt unjustly done by, they could contact the moderator, verify their identity and get an explanation. I would say it’s worth a try.

          1. Because I was feeling especially nice today, I suspended my “two paragraphs or less” policy and skimmed through your massive wall of text. Your accusations are amusing. Really bright of you to accuse someone of being mean in reply to a comment of theirs which strictly addresses the facts.

            I’m sorry to hear that you can’t stand me and think I’m a big poopyhead, but I’m not going anywhere.

            “In the four years since, Fox viewers had become even more accustomed to flattery and less willing to hear news that challenged their expectations. Instead of understanding his narrow win in 2016 as the upset it was, they were told forecasters were going to be wrong again. Me serving up green beans to viewers who had been spoon-fed ice cream sundaes for years came as a terrible shock to their systems.”

          2. (PS. Please note that despite today’s exception the “two paragraphs of nonsense or less if you’d like a response” policy remains in effect)

            “In the four years since, Fox viewers had become even more accustomed to flattery and less willing to hear news that challenged their expectations. Instead of understanding his narrow win in 2016 as the upset it was, they were told forecasters were going to be wrong again. Me serving up green beans to viewers who had been spoon-fed ice cream sundaes for years came as a terrible shock to their systems.”

          3. You READ? That’s huge progress Koolaid.
            Perhaps in a year or 2 you can think about starting to learn to write?

          4. No-one on these pages gives 2 hoots in a rain barrel about any self-inflicted “policy” residing in some fevered corner of Koolaid’s imagination. We all know, too, that if, say, a demagogue like Elizabeth Warren, an oaf like Trump or a seasoned political thug like Mohammed bin Salman offered him more money Koolaid would happily switch jobs and start spouting whatever new twaddle fitted the job description. I trust they are paying you enough Koolaid.

  6. Dear Mr Simon,
    Your decency, integrity and tolerance are to be admired. You’re correct that Koolaid will not address any objections we bring up in an intelligent, reasonable manner. And that he simply blurts abuse and spouts dogma. But I am afraid you give him way too much credit by affording him the classification of interesting human psychological specimen.

    Those who still support the covid “apocalyptic virus” and “vaccine silver bullet” narrative now -in late 2022 – belong to one of 4 categories:
    1. Borderline intelligence
    2. Insane
    3. Individuals possessing the mentality of a devoted cultist: i.e. they have bought into the narrative with all the fervor of a religious fundamentalist
    4. Do it for the money.

    Your assumption is that the Koolaid is a member of what has come to be termed ‘the covidian cult’: category 3 above. Such people do still exist of course. And they are indeed fascinating in the dogmatic way they cling to the same old gobbledygook in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. And this at the same time as so many of the loudest erstwhile supporters of the cult amongst the political class are running for the hills or keeping a very low profile on all things covid (soon they will claim they were just following orders!). But although it might appear so on the surface, Koolaid is not a covidian cultist. It might also seem plausible to place him in category 1, borderline intelligence. But that would also be incorrect. The fact of the matter is that Koolaid belongs in category 4: he is simply a professional troll, and is tasked to attack authors & commenters who dare to discuss particular points of view (ideological “lines” if you like); “covid denial” is one of them.

    Trolls like Koolaid have no principles. Abuse and bluster are the tools of their trade. Stigmatization & demonization of people discussing “incorrect” views is the purpose of their attacks. And they will push whatever line they are instructed to. A good example of this is the covid “lab-leak” theory.
    Back in early 2020, the “line” was that the idea that covid came out a laboratory was utterly false and baseless. Anyone suggesting otherwise was ridiculed by the media as a deranged conspiracy theorist: YouTube took down videos, social media posts were censored. And on independent news sites, trolls like Koolaid fervently urged everyone to subscribe to the “truth”, backed up by “the science”, while at the same time viciously attacking any “conspiracy theorists” who dared to point out salient facts indicating that things might not be so clear cut. Fast forward 15 months and the senile new leader of the US declared abruptly to the world that the lab-leak theory was entirely plausible and a thorough investigation was needed! This new truth was instantly and enthusiastically adopted and propagated by the mainstream media: old articles & posts were doctored or removed. And almost overnight, we were presented with a new truth & a new “science”; all “fact-based” of course. Simultaneously, trolls like Koolaid dutifully performed their own U-turns, and referred us to “fact-checkers”.

    You might marvel at why anyone would waste their time patrolling independent news sites merely to push lies, peddle untruths & slander & abuse decent folks while refusing to engage in meaningful discussion. The answer, of course, is that no sane person would,. Unless it was their job. In short, Koolaid is not in the business of logic & reason. His aim is solely to discredit and smear as tasked.

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