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Bretigne Shaffer
Interests: This is also the personal blog of bretigne shaffer, and i will include announcements about projects i am working on or have completed, interesting things i see or do, and/or "stuff i've made" to read about my films and books, and occasional musings on nothing in particular. if you're not interested in the personal stuff - and why should you be? - just click on the "punditry" or "stuff I've made" category to see only that stuff.
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Image: Public domain. From my article on LRC today: It’s like reading something out of Solzhenitsyn: A courtroom that is nothing more than a stage for a grotesque parody of justice, some sort of theater meant to satisfy God only... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at On the Banks
You may know my friend Tomasz, from some of the awesome videos he has created: George Ought to Help, Edgar the Exploiter, and You Can Always Leave are some of the most well-known, although this one – How Government Solved... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at On the Banks
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Image: J.W. Waterhouse, public domain. I noticed the police officer standing just to the side of the young lady who scanned our tickets as my husband and I went to see “Joker” this past weekend. Part of me was glad... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at On the Banks
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By unknown, held by The Granger Collection, New York - Britannica.com, Public Domain If you're not familiar with the "Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates", it is a principle dating back to at least 39AD, and formally articulated by Christian pastors... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at On the Banks
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I was on Michael Storm's podcast, Toward Anarchy, on Sept. 22nd. We talked about... what else? BEACH BALLS! ...and some other stuff. Check it out! Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at On the Banks
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Photo used with permission. From September 17, on LewRockwell.com: Something extraordinary happened in Sacramento last week. The people protesting California’s increasingly draconian vaccine-mandate legislation—most of them mothers of vaccine-injured children—stopped playing by the rules. On Monday, Senate Bill 714—the companion... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at On the Banks
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Photo used with permission. I had a piece up on LewRockwell.com a few weeks ago, about the concerted effort to censor any conversation on social media about vaccines that strays from the official line: Recently, the news and opinion site... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at On the Banks
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This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, on so many levels: Here's the text: The Johnson-Goldwater Election of 1964 was most memorable to my grandfather, Butler Shaffer, because it was the election he was most... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2019 at On the Banks
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Photo, public domain, via GoodFreePhotos. Actually no, we talk about vaccine mandates, liberty, pirates, and the incredible protests going on all over the world now against medical tyranny. See to the whole thing here! Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at On the Banks
This is for my CA friends who don't yet realize what has happened here (and what will very likely happen elsewhere, for those of you not in CA): NOBODY is able to get medical exemptions for vaccines required for school... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at On the Banks
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Earlier today, California lawmakers pushed a draconian bill through the CA Assembly, that would make it near-impossible for anyone to ever get an exemption from any of the vaccines required for school (whether public or private.) I, and others, have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at On the Banks
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I remember my first trip to Shanghai, in the winter of 1986. It was like a ghost town, but one filled with people–all shuffling around in their identical clothes, looking miserable, as if everyone was being dragged down by some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at On the Banks
A very few of the people who come into your life connect with you in a certain way, and get to know you well enough, that they carry a piece of you with them. It's almost as if that piece... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at On the Banks
So... that whole thing about how you'll still be able to get medical exemptions under SB276, if you "really need them"??? And in accordance with the CDC guidelines? Nope. You can't even get one NOW. Here's the reality: Doctors who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at On the Banks
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I have an article on LewRockwell.com today, about the attempts by the folks pushing vaccines to paint those who are critical of vaccines (or who just don't want the government forcing them on people) as "violent." From my article: The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at On the Banks
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Image: Public domain. You may have heard that California Senator Richard Pan was "assaulted" earlier this week by an "anti-vaccine activist" - An act that every single vaccine critic I know has strongly condemned (committed by a man who very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at On the Banks
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I love the Great British Baking Show (The Great British Bake Off, in the UK) for many reasons. Here is one: It is an embodiment of some of what is best about Western culture. Each season's group of contestants starts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at On the Banks
A coalition of organizations opposed to SB 276 will be hand delivering educational materials on the law to California lawmakers. I am reprinting the full report from one of the coalition members, in anticipation of it being taken down by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at On the Banks
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California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez came under fire recently for her insensitive treatment of parents opposed to SB 276, the latest attempt to tighten restrictions on medical exemptions for vaccines required for school attendance. ("I'm not letting people go into testimony... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at On the Banks
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At a time when the rest of the world is coming to realize just how destructive, deadly, and counterproductive the War on (Some) Drugs has been, the British government is still seizing medicinal cannabis from children who need it. Well... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at On the Banks
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This is a photo from a kinder, gentler, age of protests in Hong Kong: The handover to Chinese rule in 1997. There was no teargas back then, no gangs of Beijing-backed thugs beating crowds of people in shopping centers. In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at On the Banks
Hannah Arendt, in her coverage of the war-crimes trial of Adolf Eichmann, alerted us to the "banality of evil." Eichmann was not, she observed, a maniacal monster filled with hate, a psychopath, or indeed, anyone very different from most of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at On the Banks
SPOILERS. It's possible that it is too early to call this, but I don't think so. For those who have been watching Stranger Things (maybe not so much for those who haven't), this clip is destined to go down in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at On the Banks
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a GP in Scotland, writes: When it comes to the science, it does amuse me that vaccination began before anyone understood any of the science – of anything to do with microbes and the immune system. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at On the Banks