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Bretigne Shaffer
Former journalist, author of "Annabel Pickering & the Sky Pirates" and "Urban Yogini", wife to my amazing husband & mom to my incredible kids.
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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Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2023 on The Rules of Christmas at On the Banks
It's not schadenfreude, because I'm not happy any of these people are dead. To be clear: Yes, they were horrible people. The things they said about us, and their unrepentant desire to force a medical treatment on the rest of... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2023 at On the Banks
The Rogue Food Conference starts today, so I thought it would be a good time to share my conversation with Niti Bali - the "high priestess of the pasture", according to Joel Salatin. We cover a lot of ground in... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2023 at On the Banks
Goldbacks are shiny! But what else makes them special? I ask founder Jeremy Cordon. We talk about the practicalities of Goldbacks, how they are made, how to use them, and how to know they are what they say they are.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2023 at On the Banks
I speak with Kevin McKernan about the recent Project Veritas video in which a Pfizer employee claims that the company is contemplating directed evolution experiments with the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Kevin walks us through the reasoning behind his view that we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2023 at On the Banks
For a limited time, I'm offering a free download of my comic book "Urban Yogini: The Christmas Episode". In this episode, the Urban Yogini and her friends learn what it means to "love thy enemy" in a world of fearmongering... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2022 at On the Banks
We all know it's "one big club, and we're not in it..." but we also know it's not quite that simple. What happens when things start to go not so well for the "club", and the members start fighting with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2022 at On the Banks
Some of you may have heard that PayPal has updated its Acceptable Use Policy, effective November 3rd. The new policy prohibits using the service for activities that " ...involve the sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials that, in PayPal’s sole discretion, ... are fraudulent, promote misinformation,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2022 at Freogan Fellowship
I talk with Benjamin Abelow, author of "How the West Brought War to Ukraine." Ben explains what's wrong with the narrative you'll hear on TV about this conflict, and gives a brief rundown of the decades-long history that led up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2022 at On the Banks
Thanks! I'll check it out!
I was on Tom Luongo’s podcast, Gold Goats 'N Guns, speaking about a range of topics, from parenting in an increasingly crazy world, to the exodus from California, and especially, my vision for a long-term living community for intellectually disabled... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2022 at On the Banks
I think this is my favorite of all of my dad's talks. I was there when he gave it, nearly 20 years ago, at a time when the post-9/11 authoritarianism was still fresh, still even felt like maybe it could... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2022 at On the Banks
There is a sense of urgency to the medical freedom movement these days. With everything that has happened over the past two and a half years, it often feels like our work is cut out for us - and we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2022 at On the Banks
Our esteemed Joyce Beckett will be offering two one-time "pop-up" classes on the subject of two of James Joyce's most famous works: "Ulysses" and "Dubliners." Dates have not yet been determined. If you are interested, please contact us. "Pop-up class for James Joyce's Ulysses" In this whirlwind, 2-hour trip through... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2022 at Freogan Fellowship
Image: Public domain Our classes will be starting up again in mid-September! Your teens can choose from Our Common-Law Foundations, The Constitution, Critical Media Literacy, Austrian Economics, Propaganda and the Personal, Creative Writing, Literature, and Early American History. See our class descriptions. Our classes are online, and generally meet twice... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2022 at Freogan Fellowship
Thank you!
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2022 on When the Good Guys Get it Wrong at On the Banks
Yes, Dr. Smith is very knowledgable on these issues. His interview with Jeff Deist is here: And some more of his writing can be found here:
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2022 on When the Good Guys Get it Wrong at On the Banks
I talk with writer Starr O'Hara about her journey to anarchism, her latest book "How to Survive Dystopia (With Your Humanity Intact)", and the work we can each to do to "conquer ourselves" so that we can move forward. We... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2022 at On the Banks
...just a quick note to say that you'll find more of my commentary and other posts over on my Substack Publication, "On the Banks." I still keep this blog updated with big things, and podcast episodes, etc. but if you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2022 at On the Banks
Image: Public Domain From my article on today: Toby Rogers has been one of the heroes of the medical-freedom movement since before most Americans knew there was a need for a medical-freedom movement. (His cost-benefit analysis of the Covid-19... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2022 at On the Banks
Thank you! It was a fun episode and I appreciate his having me (an "outsider") on the show. I don't think I am wrong on immigration though, and yes I do know that there are plenty out there who will attack me because of my race. (Although, ironically, most of those who do seem to be white themselves!) But that's not enough reason for me to sink to their level. Also, as I mentioned on the show, the problems that Europe is having with "immigration" are not really so much about immigration as they are about subsidizing certain groups of immigrants, paying them not to work, in many cases prohibiting them from working, and in some cases refusing to take action against crimes they commit. That's not any kind of "immigration" I'm familiar with. It's more akin to a planned assault on the fabric of civilization in those countries. Anyway, thanks for watching the episode, and thanks for your feedback!
...and take 15% off of our fall classes! We'll be giving everyone a chance to meet our instructors, hear about our classes, and get your questions answered - and to give us input. What classes would you like to see? What formats are best for you? We'd love to hear... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2022 at Freogan Fellowship
I was interviewed by Susan May, the founder of “RiseUP with Susan May” and the RiseUP community, and creator of the Facebook group “Gather and Get Moving with Susan May”, a " place for medical freedom advocates to connect and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2022 at On the Banks
A few years ago, I had an idea. It was more than an idea - it was a compulsion. It was an urgently felt need to create a space where people who care about the human flourishing that happens when... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2022 at On the Banks
From Freogan Fellowship Learning: ...and take 15% off of our fall classes! We'll be giving everyone a chance to meet our instructors, hear about our classes, and get your questions answered - and to give us input. What classes would... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at On the Banks