Pope Francis Calls Covid-19 Lockdown Protestors Selfish Complainers and Profiteers from Misfortune

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart; Let them eat Cake? Pope Francis has in my opinion demonstrated a total lack of sympathy and understanding for people whose circumstances might drive them to defy or protest against Covid-19 lockdowns.

… Your Holiness, more than thirty years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but it seems that we have not learned much from history. The walls continue to rise, and material and spiritual divisions strengthen. There is an impression that the old conflict between the blocs is reappearing, and at the same time new centers of power are emerging. The Catholic Church, especially during the work of your predecessor John Paul II, played a notable role in dismantling the two blocs, which had an ideological matrix. Today, however, economic interests are at the forefront. A materialistic culture is propagated that is focused only on personal well-being, and to the detriment of the community and the poor, who are becoming increasingly poor. In this new local and world situation, what contribution can the Church make to the overall well-being of individuals and peoples?

In your question, I heard the music of the Second Vatican Council, which undoubtedly marked the actions of my predecessors and which gives guidelines for our actions today: “The joys and hopes, sorrows and anxieties of our people, especially the poor and all those who suffer the joys and hopes, the sorrows and anguish of Christ’s disciples. There is nothing truly human that does not resonate in their hearts ”( Gaudium et Spes, 1). We Christians cannot turn our heads the other way and pretend not to notice what is happening around us; moreover, we are called to approach everyone and in all situations, in the name of solidarity born of the mercy of the Lord. He was the first to move towards us and became our brother and he did not run away from any situation. We want to follow him, to be his disciples.

I like to think that a Christian is a realistic person, very realistic, with the realism of the Gospel. Therefore, each generation should take over and appropriates achievements, but also the limitations and defects of each epoch, in order to recognize the fundamental contribution that has been invited to that . Undoubtedly, times are changing, but the mission continues to call us to witness to our hope.

In our pandemic context, we are tempted to think of “normality” as a return to the past; we want to “fix the house” again based on what we have already experienced. It is a temptation to “mourn the black onion from Egypt”, to regret what has happened, which prevents us from seeing one of the basic characteristics of the situation we are going through: we do not come out of the crisis the same; we can get better or worse, but never the same. Crises have the ability to exacerbate existing injustices to which we were accustomed and which we could unconsciously justify; but they can highlight best practices and reactions among us. During this period, we noticed two attitudes. On the one hand, we have authentic “urban heroes” armed with solidarity and quiet, concrete and everyday commitment, the one who takes responsibility towards his neighbor and seeks concrete solutions so that no one would be neglected. On the other hand, we have an increase in the number of those who have relentlessly profited from someone else’s misfortune or those who have thought only of themselves, who have protested or complained about certain restrictive measures, unable to accept that not everyone has the same opportunities and resources to face a pandemic.

I believe that the role of the Church is inscribed precisely at this crossroads. Now is the right time to create and launch long-term processes. Over the decades, the words “crisis” and “change” have become commonplace (social, economic, educational, environmental crisis, etc.). Much has been said and written about the “change of era” and the need and importance of seizing the opportunity. Today, it is no longer a common place in the speeches of the establishment, but it is becoming a reality that we all share. We need change. The pandemic has brought our organizational and development models into crisis; it has exposed many injustices, painful silences and social and health failures, subjecting a large number of our brothers to processes of social exclusion and degradation. In many cases, too, there is a lack of personal and shared “antibodies” that would help us cope with the crisis; and that is the fruit of all efforts to discredit and forget what fed the souls of our peoples, in the name, at first sight, of saving routines, which, in the end, deprive us of the necessary immunity. We have reduced development to simple economic growth, forgetting that authentic development must promote all people and the whole man (c.Populorum progressio , 14). The progress of all people and for all people. We cannot lose sight of the fact that change always has a price and we must ask ourselves who pays for it. We are not alone in this and, therefore, we do not have to answer these questions alone.

As Churches, it is our duty to invite other actors and encourage processes that will help us release the trapped view of the world that is organized around power, wealth, and greed. To call to create a (new) normality. I prefer to think of normality as a mission to be fulfilled, rather than as factual data or factual and unquestionable reality. Normally, it is not the past, but what we long for for our children and grandchildren: the future, which needs to be built, where social stratification and exclusion are not the dominant pattern. The normalcy experienced as a mission will depend on the way we jointly respond to the fragility of our peoples. If we learn to accept and open ourselves to the pain and vulnerability of our neighbors, we will humanize our communities and gain a (new) normality in which human dignity is not a declaration of principles, but a belief that translates into a very concrete practice and lifestyle. In this way, normalcy will not be a mere continuation of the past, nor the abolition of this difficult moment, but the mobilization of all our resources and creativity to transform the present into a link that connects us with a new chance: that things can change. The Church should play an important role here, calling and acting so that the normalcy that is being created could resemble the protocol according to which we will one day be judged (cf.Mt. , 25). If we are able to put the fragile and the small in the center, we will see that the multiplication of the loaves is not a beautiful utopia, but a reality.

Read more (Serbian): http://www.politika.rs/sr/clanak/465768/Sukobi-se-ne-resavaju-zaboravom-vec-dijalogom

Regardless of whether you agree with Covid-19 lockdowns, it is an incontrovertible fact that the lockdowns have caused tremendous hardship.

There are legitimate reasons for questioning whether lockdowns are the best response.

In many cases governments utterly failed to provide for people whose livelihoods they snatched when they drove people from the streets.

In other cases some governments, even governments in the USA, Britain and Australia, turned lockdowns into a vicious tool of political repression, shattering social trust by treating their own supporters differently to supporters of their political opponents.

Some lockdowns were so badly implemented they likely actually helped spread the disease.

Even in prosperous Australia people went hungry during the early stages of the Melbourne lockdown, thanks to the incompetence of the Victorian Government.

Not every lockdown was as comfortable as the well fed lockdown residents of the Vatican enjoyed.

via Watts Up With That?


November 3, 2020 at 04:26PM

There is something remarkable going on in America

America chooses Woke versus Traditional.

Polls are open, Queues are long, the National Guard has arrived, and random piles of bricks are already in place (ready for Civic celebrations by the Party of Tolerance?) Walmart has pulled guns and ammunition off its shelves (maybe they don’t want them stolen?) Shops are boarded up. It’s everything you need for an election.

Trump Trains are everywhere.

What a phenomenon. There’s even allegedly a 96 mile Trump Train in Arizona. Holy Smoke!

Whatever happens today, that passion, that fervour and dedication is not going to go away. This kind of energy just can’t be put back in a box.  (And if the youtube should vanish, see it at this tweet).

Some members of the Party of Love are pretending the US Flags on these cars could be ISIS banners, calling the Trump Trains “Vanilla ISIS”. Yeah. Like, that’s not divisive.

But people who love America are having a lot of fun.  Through their sheer exuberance, they must be pulling people in. Would you rather join the party of Optimism and Pizzazz or the Woke complainers?

Listen to the effect the sight of a Trump Train pursuing a Biden Bus has on the policeman driving alongside (Starts at 2:03). (Click the link above if there is no video here.)

h/t Michael Smith News

Later in this video cars keep piling in, including a white car that drove erratically and swerved into the truck, which pushed back. In Australia, this incident of a Trump supporter nudging a “Biden car” was national prime time news. But the execution of a Trump supporter in the last month, not so much. (Search the ABC for Bernell Trammell). If only Trammell wanted to vote for Biden, his black life might have mattered to the ABC?

Big Bankers support Billionaires people who they can get bail outs from

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is raking in Wall Street cash from all the big banks at five times the rate of President Trump, a CNN report admits. The securities and investment industry donated just $10.5 million to Trump’s presidential campaign and outside groups aligned with it, according to a new tally by OpenSecrets. It has sent nearly five times as much cash, $51.1 million, to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

This should be enough to scare anyone into voting

The Democrat-led House of Representatives is ready to decide the 2020 presidential election if the results are disputed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Trump takes the biscuit race

A Pennsylvania bakery that has successfully predicted the last three presidential elections with its cookie poll has revealed the final tally in its Trump-Biden contest ahead of Election Day. They show President Trump leading former Vice President Joe Biden handily, with a staggering 27,903 red Trump cookies sold compared to just 5,114 blue Biden cookies.

In the Censorship Race

Google edges ahead in the Censorship race by sending Breitbart traffic to junky plagiarists instead of Breitbart. Naturally all fellow canceled skeptics will respond by linking to Breitbart as often as possible, and warning their readers to use a different search engine. In July, Breitbart News published data showing that Breitbart’s Google search visibility is down 99 percent compared to the same period in 2016. RealClearPolitics later published data corroborating this, and showing that the same silent expulsion from Google search results has happened to a variety of other conservative news websites as well.

Facebook meanwhile, is warning of unrest, and to save the nation it will postwarning labels on posts declaring early winners.

Zuckerberg stated: “If any candidate or campaign tries to declare victory before the final results are called, we will put a notification to the top of People’s Facebook and Instagram feed letting them know the results aren’t final yet and we’ll put an informational label on the candidate’s post.” Zuckerberg added that Facebook was taking the initiative as “There is a risk of civil unrest across the country, and given this, companies like ours need to go well beyond what we’ve done before. Obviously we can’t have Democrats doing any premature wrecking. The Trump Campaign has a set of phone numbers to call if you see any funny games going on. Not only are SUV’s for TRUMP roadtrolling America, but the Amish are doing it too:

Then there’s the Amish for Trump too:

RT @45F0RLIFE: You know it’s going to be a landslide when the Amish start to rally and create their own Trump Train.

Nigerians for Trump (in Nigeria)

.. Trump for Trump:


Just in case #Election2020 #electionday #Vote2020 pic.twitter.com/677oX9HzkM — Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) November 3, 2020

Want some spare bricks?

The bolts on the chair have been taken out, and in comments on the tweet there are plenty of people, shocked and willing to pick up the bricks.

A few small results are already starting to come in: @PpollingNumbers says Trump is 1% ahead in Florida, (but without Miami Dade). CNN has no tallies yet.
The phenomenon in Butler PA is an “indictment of the ruling class”. Donald Trump is still a vote against The Swamp.

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November 3, 2020 at 02:21PM

Huge sunspot may launch solar flares toward Earth in the next two weeks

One of the biggest sunspots in years is emerging on the sun today. Hours ago it produced a C-class solar flare and a minor radio blackout over the Indian Ocean. This sunspot, if it holds itself together, will face Earth for the next two weeks as it rotates across the face of the sun, potentially setting the stage for a sustained stretch of solar activity.

This new sunspot group is rotating into view over the sun’s southeastern limb–and it’s a big one. At least three dark cores the size of Earth are inset in this magnetic map from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:

The +/- polarity of the sunspot group marks it as a member of Solar Cycle 25. This comes as no surprise. Almost every sunspot this year has belonged to the new solar cycle. Solar Cycle 25 is taking a firm hold on the sun.

Earlier today (Nov. 3rd at 0703 UT) the sunspot produced a minor C1-class solar flare. A pulse of UV radiation from the flare briefly ionized Earth’s upper atmosphere, causing a low-frequency radio blackout over the Indian Ocean: map. Mariners and ham radio operators in the area may have noticed unusual propagation effects at frequencies below ~5 MHz.

This sunspot, if it holds itself together, will face Earth for the next two weeks as it rotates across the face of the sun, potentially setting the stage for a sustained stretch of solar activity and solar flares.

via SpaceWeather.com

It is worth noting that the Carrington Event,  a powerful geomagnetic storm on September 1–2, 1859, during solar cycle 10 (1855–1867) was during a period of low solar activity preceding it.

It caused a solar coronal mass ejection (CME) hitting Earth’s magnetosphere and induced the largest geomagnetic storm on record.

If such an event occurred today, it would like create havoc with our sensitive electronics, power grids, and space satellites.

via Watts Up With That?


November 3, 2020 at 02:18PM

Wiil Climate Change Displace Millions in America?

That’s what the New York Times says, implying that your home will burn up if you don’t vote for Joe Biden. Watch this video as Tony Heller trashes a New York Times attempt to scare us with yet another catastrophic climate-change article.


Tony demolishes the Times’ claims of record heat by quoting from some of its previous articles. The Times says the recent 130-degree temperature in Death Valley was the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

Unfortunately, the author had apparently not bothered to read previous articles published in, of all places, the New York Times itself, which tell of temperatures of 131, 134, even 135 degrees in Death Valley many times in the recent past, including 1913, 1937, 1946 and 1954.

In summation, says Tony, the New York Times lied about the worst drought on record, lied about the worst-pine beetle infestation on record, lied about the worst forest fires on record, and lied about the worst heat on record.

That pretty much demolishes the entire article, wouldn’t you say?

I wonder if the Times knows how to spell a-g-e-n-d-a?

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November 3, 2020 at 01:54PM