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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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Last Friday, I received this email, from the "Truth over Fear Summit" folks: "Today is the day! We will be digging into Patrick Coffin's Truth Over Fear summit, featuring the courageous Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the brave clergyman who exposed... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at On the Banks
As director of quality assurance for a pharmaceutical company, Roger Koops interacted closely with the FDA for many years. I speak with him in this episode about his experiences, the nature of that agency and about how the regulatory landscape... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2021 at On the Banks
This is the first draft of a presentation I am working on that lays some of the groundwork for what Special Ever After is all about. It includes some of the history of our medical system that can help clarify how it is that we got to where we are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2021 at Special Ever After
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Special Ever After began as a dream for creating a home and a community for those with special needs who will need care and supervision into adulthood. The plan was to build this community around a resort tailored to those with physical, intellectual, or emotional disabilities. The resort would be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2021 at Special Ever After
Recently, Jordan Peterson asked who he should have as a guest on his show to talk about Austrian economics, and Gene Epstein's name came up. In this episode, I ask Gene what he would say to Dr. Peterson, or to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at On the Banks
I had a fantastic conversation with Don Boudreaux earlier today. I've got a backlog of episodes to put up, so this one won't be up for another week or so, but I promised I'd send him something, so here it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2021 at On the Banks
I start off asking Michael Boldin, of the Tenth Amendment Center, how we can use the principle of nullification to put an end to the lockdown insanity and create free societies... and we end up talking about everything from the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2021 at On the Banks
Yesterday, the Freedom Angels hosted a webinar with Vanessa and Mike Colomb of Renegade Ranch, a new Private Membership Association (PMA) grocery store in Penn Valley, Nevada County, California. They talk about Private Membership Associations - how they work, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2021 at On the Banks
In which long-time libertarian writer and friend Todd Seavey does his best to offend those on both left and right on two hot-button issues that might actually unite people if only they would think about them in the right way... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2021 at On the Banks
How broken are the systems that evaluate scientific research, and what can be done to fix them? I talk with Dr. James Lyons Weiler about these questions, and about his own contributions to independent research - including his analysis of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2021 at On the Banks
I speak with Professor Knut Wittkowski, former head of the Rockefeller University's Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design, about what normally happens with viruses when societies are not locked down, and how locking down may have made things much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at On the Banks
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There they are again. Sakura blossoms. Coming out again this year just like they did last year and the year before... and hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before that. Taking over a small mountain village, a well-worn pathway... or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at On the Banks
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A year ago today, I posted my first ever podcast episode. The state I live in had just "locked down" vast swathes of our lives, and my guest was the fantastic Jeff Tucker, of the American Institute for Economic Research.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at On the Banks
When eternal optimist Gene Epstein is worried, you know things are bad. So... is he worried? I speak with the former Barrons economics and books editor, now host of the Soho Forum, about where he thinks we are now, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at On the Banks
I speak with retired chemist Roger Koops, about his experience working in vaccine development. We talk about some misunderstandings about how vaccines work, and some of his concerns about the Covid-19 vaccines. Roger Koops is a contributing author for AIER,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at On the Banks
I speak with independent journalist Jeremy R. Hammond about some of the things he thinks some of those who are critical of the official Covid-19 narratives are getting wrong. We also talk about censorship, and about how to be good... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at On the Banks
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It looks like maybe they do. On April 18 of 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for non-surgical face masks to be worn by the general public. It was updated on April 24,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at On the Banks
I've been avoiding joining Tom Woods' online group of supporting listeners for years now. Not because I have anything against Tom Woods, I don't - he is one of the best, and most prolific, advocates for liberty, and one of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at On the Banks
I speak with Meryl Nass, MD, about some of the blatant manipulation that characterizes official reporting on Covid-19 cases and deaths. We also talk about where the SARS-Cov2 virus may have come from, and the (possibly criminal) efforts to which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at On the Banks
The last time Kevin McKernan was on the show, he told us about the (devastating) review of the Corman-Drosten PCR methodology that he co-authored. In this episode, he talks about some of the fallout from the review, including a scathing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at On the Banks
Thank you!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2021 on Update: I'm Taking a Short Break at On the Banks
Yes, very similar situations. ...and time to start building alternatives.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2021 on Update: I'm Taking a Short Break at On the Banks
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(Affiliate link.) Don't bother searching for this on YouTube. You already know that independent voices on health freedom and especially on the topic of vaccine safety, have been largely kicked off of that platform. (It's why I post the videos... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at On the Banks
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I realize that I never posted this interview I did back in August on David Forsyth's Freedom Adventure podcast, about the effort to quash information about Hydroxychloroquine. This had to do with my article about the Frontline Doctors, and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at On the Banks