The world is an increasingly bizarre, upside-down nonsensical place right now, or so it seems to me… While a college dropout who is not a doctor, epidemiologist, or health expert of any kind tours the country insisting everyone follow his instructions,1 the Washington Post is scolding some of America’s most respected doctors, reporting they have no business talking about coronavirus.2
For those hapless, unwitting folks who haven’t a clue how to manage their own lives – or children – never fear, CNN is here! It seems nanny state actors are always ready and waiting in the wings to help ‘guide’ (research cybernetics aka ‘steersmanship’) those all too willing to surrender themselves to people whom they’ve never met. I often wonder; how can someone I’ve never met truly have my best interests at heart, when they don’t even know me…?
Who Knows Only His Own Generation Remains Always a Child.George Norlin, inspired by Cicero
History has a [not-so-]funny way of exacting poetic justice on those who cannot remember the past. We’ve all but lost the WWII generation, what Tom Brokaw described as the Greatest Generation, and I tend to share those sentiments. We have many books as reminders, including; Ordinary Men, It Can’t Happen Here, They Thought They Were Free, and so on. We also have many lessons from them, retentiveness permitting, such as:
- Communism / Socialism / Fascism: bad.
- Statist monopoly, and tyrannical, dictatorial, authoritarian regimes: bad.
- ‘Virtue, morality, and religion’: good.
- Freedom – of thought, speech, expression, etc. – expressed in a healthy, respectful manner: good.
Among those lessons was to maintain a healthy skepticism of propaganda – a corollary, I believe, to Andrew Jackson’s admonition of eternal vigilance – and rightfully so, since its diabolical misuse was made particularly legendary and incredibly effective in Nazi propaganda. The Fabian Society, Frankfurt School cultural Marxists, and others have been busy helping us forget the lessons of the past, and I wonder; would we recognize diabolical misuse were it to arise?
In The Road to Serfdom, chapter 10. Why the Worst Get on Top, Friedrich Hayek tips the sacred cow that dictators create totalitarian regimes, and magnificently details the phenomenon that actually gives rise to dictators. In a podcast with Jocko Willink, Jordan Peterson offered some brilliant insight on How a Totalitarian State is Actually Formed.
Spoiler Alert: it’s not how most people would ever guess, and both victim and culprit often share the same mirror.
Among those essential lessons of WWII history is the fact that the ruthless and cunning are patient, if nothing else, and always have an eye on the children. After all, why fight to change people’s minds when you can simply get ’em when they’re young? From The Unseen Hand (1985) by Ralph Epperson, chapter 36. Education:
Even Hitler of the National Socialist Party in Germany sensed the importance of education. In a speech delivered in 1939, he proclaimed: “When an opponent declares: ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already. What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’“3
CNN and Sesame Street
CNN is promoting another town hall. The obvious oxymoronic fallacy of a CNN sound stage – or Zoom / Skype conference “Global Town Hall” – as a ‘town hall’ notwithstanding, I wonder who if anyone falls for this? Some clearly must, because CNN has continued this series. Perhaps I’m obtuse, but to me it seems dubious and awfully arrogant for CNN – a known propaganda outlet – to be calling anything it produces a ‘town hall’, as though we all in our various towns and communities have somehow agreed to meet, let alone to this propaganda. Very sneaky, CNN… But then, that’s precisely how “a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert” works, isn’t it…? I digress…
(CNN) – is partnering with Sesame Street for a special town hall Saturday [April 25] at 9 a.m. ET about coronavirus, focused on kids and parents.
“The ABC’s of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents” will tackle issues including education, anxiety, screen time and playdates.
The 90-minute town hall will feature experts and Sesame Street characters – including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Rosita and Grover – answering questions submitted by families.
Big Bird will join CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill to moderate the event.
How to watch: The town hall will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. It will stream live on CNN.com’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps, without requiring a cable log-in. You can also watch on CNNgo, and subscribers to cable/satellite systems can watch it on-demand.
Parents can send in their questions below, along with their full names and phone numbers.
So here to the rescue once again, to save us from our confused uniformed selves is CNN, and political props Sanjay Gupta and Sesame Street characters including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, and Grover. But don’t worry, it’s completely harmless, and there is no nefarious ulterior motive at work here – and how dare I imply anything otherwise.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want or need parenting (or any other) advice from CNN, and I think it’s creepy and weird to even air such a broadcast, not to mention invite parents to send “their full names and phone numbers.” What on earth for? And where does that information go / reside / stay? Would you say CNN terms are any indication, or provide any clarity on the matter?
For years, schools have been pushing this kind of creepy invasive agenda, asking children at the beginning of and throughout each school year to essentially spy and tattletale on their parents on behalf of the nanny state, especially if the children feel their parents aren’t playing licentious Santa Claus to a child’s satisfaction. Not to be outdone, CNN offers:
What are your children asking you about coronavirus? Do you have questions about parenting during the pandemic?
CNN is teaming up with Sesame Street for a special town hall Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET called The ABC’s of Covid 19: A CNN / Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents. Experts will be joined by characters from Sesame Street to tackle your family’s questions. Submit them here along with your name and contact information.
I think an obvious question is: what does CNN want with parents’ “full names and phone numbers?” Perhaps another obvious question is; are Sesame Street aged children really that interested in COVID-19, let alone what CNN has to say about it? Or how about; should parents really subject their children to any further trauma than what they’ve already undoubtedly experienced in this mess? I realize many are probably not ready or willing to confront the possibility of such a monstrous conspiracy. But with the lessons of history in mind, again I wonder; would we recognize diabolical misuse were it to arise?
- I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AMA about COVID-19. : Coronavirus
- CEPI on Twitter: “”We need to have the ability to scale up diagnostics, drugs and vaccines very rapidly.” 🧑🔬🌏 One of our founding members @BillGates is answering your #COVID19 questions on @reddit ⤵️ https://t.co/X3FIu14Xkp” / Twitter
- Bill Gates Discusses His Prophetic Epidemic ‘TED Talk’ on ‘The Daily Show’
- Bill Gates on Fighting Coronavirus, Future Epidemics on ‘Daily Show’ – Rolling Stone
- Bill Gates on Fighting Coronavirus | The Daily Social Distancing Show – YouTube
- Washington Post Opinions on Twitter: “First, we need a consistent nationwide approach to shutting down, @BillGates writes. “Despite urging from public health experts, some states and counties haven’t shut down completely.” https://t.co/rxDQeiVEYm” / Twitter
- Bill Gates: How we must respond to the coronavirus pandemic | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript | TED
- Bill Gates Lists Out 3-Step Plan To Fight COVID-19 In His Virtual TED Talk
- Bill Gates on his 2015 ‘virus’ warning, efforts to fight coronavirus pandemic – YouTube
- Covid-19: Bill Gates makes more coronavirus predictions, good and bad news | The Star Online
- 31 questions and answers about COVID-19 | Bill Gates
- Bill Gates explains why we should all be optimists | MIT Technology Review
- Bill Gates says federal government “needs to set the priorities” on testing for coronavirus – CBS News
- Coronavirus: Bill Gates interview @BBC Breakfast – BBC – YouTube
- Bill Gates agrees to cooperate with South Korea on COVID-19 vaccine – UPI.com
- Bill Gates outlines what he thinks world is learning about pandemics – YouTube ↩