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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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On January 16th, this piece, "Rise of the Coronavirus Cranks", appeared on Quillette, written by Christopher Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs. In the piece, Snowdon purports to take apart some of the arguments made by critics of government... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at On the Banks
Me too!
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Thank you!
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Just a quick update: A couple of days after Christmas, we had to take our daughter into the hospital because she was having non-stop seizures. I'll have more to say about that, but for now I'll just say this: It... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at On the Banks
Thanks so much! But this one was all Don Cooper's.
Image: Public Domain I am heartened to see all of the massive protests that have been going on over the past year. But I agree with Don Cooper, below, that protesting itself is not going to change what needs changing.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2020 at On the Banks
"We deserve to live peaceably as neighbors," says Jeff Deist, "even if that means breaking up and creating new political entities." The divisions in our society are undeniable. Is it possible that making them official is the best way forward?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at On the Banks
Hi Terry, You shouldn't have to. That's very strange. Were you watching the video or listening to the audio? If video, you can go here to view it on Bitchute: And you can also access the audio-only version here: (There are also links there to listen to it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.) Please let me know if none of these work!
Yeah, sorry about that! My neighbors' gardeners started mowing or leaf blowing or something right in the middle! I don't have much in the way of soundproofing over here.
Thank you Jon! And that's nice to hear about the audio quality - it's something I worry about because I'm pretty low tech with this. No special software - just a Blue Yeti mic, recording on Zoom, and then cleaned up a little in Alitu. Glad to hear it's clear for others!
According to the Oregon Medical Board, pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas is "...a serious danger to the public health..." Oddly, they only discovered this after he published a peer-reviewed study comparing health outcomes of patients who had been vaccinated to those... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2020 at On the Banks
I speak with long-time health freedom advocate Charlie Frohman, about his cash pay alternative to health insurance, how medicine is becoming even more authoritarian, and about some practical ways to combat that. Charlie's organization, the National Health Federation, is here,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at On the Banks
I talk a lot about the evils of centralized control, and have had several guests on to talk about it too. But I think that unless you've experienced it firsthand, it's hard to fully appreciate what that means. In this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at On the Banks
From Susan Lang: Holding hands, hugs and Vitamin C, Hikes in sunshine and coffee shops with friends, Strangers who dance cheek to cheek. Don't tell me it's subversive to be a person, There's nothing worse than Being human all alone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at On the Banks
JP hits another one out of the ballpark: Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2020 at On the Banks
Image: Public domain From my latest article on I don’t have any grandchildren yet. But if I ever do, I want them to understand what it is we went through during this time in history, and even more, to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2020 at On the Banks
I speak with Kevin McKernan about the report he co-authored calling for the retraction of the paper upon which much of the world's Covid-19 PCR testing is based. Kevin also thanks you guys–my listeners–for possibly helping to get the attention... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at On the Banks
Image: Non-commercial use I wrote this six years ago, but I think the issues I raise here are more relevant than ever: I wouldn’t have expected a conference on therapy for children with autism and related disorders to have much... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at On the Banks
There are some exciting things happening around the US, and around the world. Here are a few highlights: Staten Island pub "Mac's Public House" has declared itself an autonomous zone and is continuing to operate, in defiance of orders from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2020 at On the Banks
Can Urban Yogini defeat the forces of fear and division? Find out in the Christmas installment in the Adventures of Urban Yogini: A superhero who can't use violence. Order from me directly (BretigneATgmailDOTcom), this week only, and you can get... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at On the Banks
This week ONLY, I'll be offering signed copies of Annabel Pickering and the Sky Pirates, and Urban Yogini: A Superhero Who Can't Use Violence, at special discounted prices. Because... you know... Christmas and everything. To get the special price, you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at On the Banks
I urge everyone to share this, even with those who you don't think will listen. Especially with those ones. From the Very Opinionated Kate Wand: Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2020 at On the Banks