1944 – They Came to a City

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They Came to a City is the antithesis of an action movie: I have never been able to sit through an entire screening of this yawnfest without jolting awake part-way through and having to scroll back to take it up from when I started copping zzzzs. On the other hand, as a lifelong insomniac, I am grateful for the movie’s proven excellent soporific qualities, and it has place of honor amongst the rank of gently-droning audiobooks which I routinely play to lull me to sleep.

Q: So why review a 1944 black-and-white British film which is deadly dull?

A: Because this film — essentially nothing more than a socialist/communist/feminist/NWO propaganda piece — presents concepts which are plaguing us today; it even presents — with the meretricious glitter of the newly-minted — phrases (such as “social justice”) which have been part of the background static for the last 20 years. The movie is a roadmap to where we stand today and to where the globalists/trans-humanists want us to be tomorrow: living in a hive where we own nothing, not even our own children; where everyone works for the State; where the communal reigns supreme and the individual must conform to the primacy of the group; where “everyone is happy and healthy” (or imprisoned for wrong-think).

Moreover, in looking over the critical reviews of They Came to a City, I have not found a single reference to the over-arching esoteric element of the movie, one which jumped right out at me, impossible to not-see: the Masonic theme. The drama is constructed as a “framed narrative” whose frame is arguably set in the Garden of Eden and whose nested narrative presents sustained visual imagery which makes undeniably clear that the “story-within-a-story” takes place within the confines of an abstract Freemasonic temple.

The movie opens with a shot of a young courting couple, both in uniform, resting on a walking path above an English mill-town in the valley below. Factory smokestacks loom over huddled houses. The image is carefully crafted to instantly call up (in the mind of the educated audience) two key concepts: firstly, remembrances of the medieval city dominated by cathedral towers (the repressive rule of Religion); secondly, remembrances of the Nineteenth Century English factory towns which blighted lives and landscape (the oppressive rule of Capitalism).

Recall the popularity of reformer John Ruskin who, in book after book, pleaded for Britishers to reject the mass-produced and restore dignity to the craftsman by returning to the medieval method of manufacturing individual, unique items. In his day, Ruskin was as electrifyingly popular as Elvis was in his. On the flipside of the record, recall the agenda advanced by Engels who excoriated the blight of the mills and preached that the only possible solution to the oppression of private ownership was State-ownership of the means of production, with all workers happily serving the benevolent interests of the State. Engels was the son of a wealthy and indulgent factory-owner, and was thus free from the tedious necessity of earning his living: Engels was able to spend his time writing books pushing communism.

They Came to a City packs a lot of cultural history into its opening shot. But that’s not all: the concept of the Garden of Eden is immediately introduced — not the Garden of Eden you learned about in your Southern Baptist Bible School, but the Garden of Eden posited by the ancient philosophy of Gnosticism.

The courting couple are arguing about whether the present war (WWII) would subsequently produce social change in the lives of their fellow Englishmen. The young woman argues that people will demand a “better world,” while the young man (Jimmy) pessimistically rejects her argument.

Author JB Priestley sharing arcane wisdom with the courting couple — or Lucifer sitting under the Tree of Knowledge with Adam and Eve

A wayfaring stranger (played by J.B. Priestley, the author of the play and screenplay) approaches the sparring couple and, using the stratagem of requesting a light, inserts himself into the discussion.

Motifs, as you know, are defined as “irreducible elements” and are employed by kaleidoscopically shuffling them around to construct new (but similar) plots. In this scene, the “Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden” motif is evident: the young woman is trying to convince Jimmy to accept something (her argument). Jimmy balks at accepting something which goes against what he has been taught by authority figures. The wayfaring stranger fits into the Lucifer/Satan/Serpent-in-the-Garden set of motifs.

It is significant that the wayfaring stranger strikes a match and creates light. In the tenets of Gnosticism and in Freemasonry (which derives from Gnosticism; see Garry W. Trompf, The Gnostic World. Routledge, 2018, https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315561608-41 ), the angel Lucifer (literally light-bearer) is regarded as freeing first Eve, then Adam, from the intellectual darkness imposed by evil drama-queen Jehovah, that jealous and genocidal bully.

Observe that the match that the stranger strikes to create fire and light was obtained from Jimmy: Jimmy already had on his person the means to enlightenment but it took the urging of his girlfriend and the wise counsel of the stranger to access it. This occult theme is expressed in card #0 in the Tarot, where The Fool is shown about to step off a precipice.

The Fool, 1909 Waite deck

n 1909, Freemason A. E. Waite commissioned this famous illustration of The Fool (see Sørina Higgins, “A. E. Waite and the Occult” in The Oddest Inkling, 11 Dec 2013, https://theoddestinkling.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/a-e-waite-and-the-occult/ ; also see “The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, its members and related bodies,” archival material held at the Freemason Museum, London, https://aim25.com/cgi-bin/vcdf/detail?coll_id=19312&inst_id=138&nv1=search&nv2= ). On his back, the Fool carries a knapsack containing the wisdom he already holds, which would enable him to confront and correct his folly. But he is as heedless of the precious esoteric contents of his knapsack as he is of the danger dead ahead. The little dog prancing at his feet signifies the inane exoteric teachings of the Church.

There is much more to be said about these and other arcane allusions contained in the opening scene of They Came to a City, but a full discussion is beyond the scope of this short movie-review. Let us return to the “action.”

The nine who “came to a city”

The wayfaring stranger tells the couple a story about nine ordinary Brits, a cross-section of society: an old charwoman called Mrs. Batley; Alice Foster, a loudmouthed waitress; Lady Loxfield, a widowed noblewoman, and her bullied spinster daughter; the Strittens, a neurotic middle-class wife and her banker-husband; Cudworth, City businessman; Sir George, a crashing bore; and the Walt Whitman-quoting working-class hero, the ballsy merchant seaman Joe. All the characters are types — crudely drawn stereotypes seen through the lens of Priestley’s Marxist ideology: for instance, the middle-class wife Dorothy Stritten is portrayed as a narrow-minded grasping parasite, the widow Lady Loxfield is portrayed as a domineering and snobbish parasite, Sir George is portrayed as a silly ass and a misanthropic parasite (essentially a mean-spirited Bertie Wooster), while merchant seaman Joe and Mrs. Batley, the old charwoman, are portrayed as wise and brave and deeply humane (analogues of John Steinbeck’s Tom Joad and Ma Joad).

The charwoman, Mrs. Batley, swabbing the mosaic compass rose of bank (temple of money)

Each of the nine characters is suddenly, inexplicably transported to a dank and foggy swamp, a conflation of Bunyan’s Slough of Despond and Dante’s dark wood. Individually, the nine characters slog through this daunting fen and suddenly, inexplicably encounter an Ionescoesque landscape of stone stairsteps and huge ashlars. Here we leave behind the Christian imagery of Bunyan and Dante and find a panoply of Masonic symbolism (see Greg Stewart, “masonic Symbolism on the Winding Staircase” in Freemasonic Information, 04 Jan 2011,  https://freemasoninformation.com/masonictraveler/masonic-symbolism-on-the-winding-staircase/ ; see also Anonymous, “The Ashlars,” in Freemasonic Information, n.d.,  https://freemasoninformation.com/masonic-education/esoterica/the-ashlars/ ).

The Ionescoesque landscape is an abstract Masonic Temple interior with the well-known checkerboard tile floor and two pillars (see The Euphrates, “The Checkered Flooring” in Freemasonic Information, 07 Mar 2009,  https://freemasoninformation.com/banks-of-the-euphrates/the-checkered-flooring/ ; also see Anonymous, “Pillars of the Porch” in Freemasonic Information, 07 Mar 2009,  https://freemasoninformation.com/masonic-education/books/the-beginning-of-masonry/pillars-of-the-porch/ ).

The three working-class characters, Mrs. Batley, Alice, and Joe in front of armillary, another Masonic symbol

The landscape even features a very obscure, rarely seen Masonic item: an armillary (see Yasha Beresiner, “Masonic Globes.” PS Review of Freemasonry. n.d.  http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/beresiner4a.html ).

In their interactions with the mild-mannered and always-polite middle-class and upper-class characters, Joe and Alice harshly castigate them, flinging invective and viciously scathing ad hominem attacks. Neurotic Mrs. Stritten draws their ire in particular: Mrs. Stritten’s admitted desire to have her “own children” and her “own garden” infuriates them both. Joe and Alice take that as proof of her abject selfishness. Children should be raised communally. (Mrs. Stritten has previously called Alice “common” — indeed, Alice does come across as someone who would engage in a bit of casual prostitution to make ends meet.) Joe and Alice take Mrs. Stritten’s yen for traditional family life as proof of her abject selfishness: children should be raised communally. It speaks of the viciousness of the characters of Joe and Alice that they concentrate their savage hatred on the weakest of the group, the emotionally-fragile Mrs. Stritten, while telling her that she is jealous of other people’s happiness and suggest she would be better off dead.

Interesting that Joe and Alice instantly recognized the other’s psychopathic soul: it was love-at-first-sight.

The movie received very good contemporary reviews from drama and literary critics, the same chattering crowd who, a few years before, had lauded Marxist John Reed for his sympathetic portrayal of Lenin and Stalin and his excited proclamations that the Soviet Union did things right! (totally ignoring the on-going Holodomor, the deliberate starvation of millions of small farmers).

Regarding the tediously didactic plot of this yawnfest of a propaganda film which unwinds like a snail on ‘ludes, I will leave that for you to discover. Strong coffee might-could help … Enjoy!

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1951 – Never Trust a Gambler

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Never Trust a Gambler (1951) is a film noir thriller. Vladimir Nabokov has observed: “In an Anglo-Saxon thriller, the villain is generally punished, and the strong silent man generally wins the weak babbling girl.” Let’s see how closely this movie cleaves to Nabokov’s rule-of-thumb.

Opening with a night-time shot of cars streaming across the Bay Bridge, the action cuts to a couple of Sheriff’s deputies speeding to an apartment building wherein resides their quarry Steve Garry (Dane Clark) who is, at that moment, attired in a natty dressing gown, looking at the front page of the San Francisco Post.

In large type, the lead story blares the unwelcome news: “Key Witness Missing / Steve Garry Fails to Appear in Gould Wife Murder Trial.” Obviously, the lawmen are on their way to pick up Garry so that he might be forced to take the witness stand. For some reason, Garry wants to avoid that.

Garry springs into action. As he is quickly shoving neatly-folded clothing into a valise, he hears a car pull up in front of the apartment building. He peeks out the window of his second-story studio apartment and bolts down the fire escape as the deputies enter the room.

What does Garry’s precipitously-vacated room tell us? It is well-furnished: we see a fine Biedermeyer chest of drawers and a number of bronze statuettes. Garry has a discerning eye and has surrounded himself with nice things.

Back at HQ, the Sheriff puts out the alert: “To all western cities – make it strong!” The Sheriff pounds his desk – “Steve Garry has got to be found!”

Just as the iconic Bay Bridge anchors the opening scenes in the Bay Area, so the iconic art deco City Hall of Los Angeles locates Garry’s subsequent misadventures.

In the Los Angeles Homicide Department, officers are instructed to help out their brothers in San Francisco by keeping an eye out for Steve Garry.

Scene switches to Virginia Merrill (Cathy O’Donnell) walking down a residential street on her way home from her teaching job. Virginia is wearing a modest two-piece suit. She looks exactly what she is: “a nice girl.” She is affectionately greeted by a neighbor seated on his porch, and another woman who is also out walking.

Note again these mundane details: Virginia is on her way home from her teaching job: she is walking down the street, not driving up to her front door. Does she teach at a neighborhood school, within walking distance? Or, did she take take a City bus to work?

We can’t see her feet, but we can reasonably assume that she is not wearing Converse All-Stars, that she has not switched her office shoes for sneakers in order to walk home (a trend that started in New York City, during the transit strike of 1981).

In 1951, pink-collar working women like Virginia wore sensible shoes to the office or the classroom: oxfords with kitten heels, comfortable for standing in all day and for walking home in. To work, Virginia certainly would not have worn sexy stiletto-heeled pumps nor tall chunky ankle-strap shoes; she would not have worn casual wedgies, nor sandals, nor espadrilles, nor mocs.

Her serviceable low-heeled shoes were leather, not plastic (see-through plastic shoes were all the rage amongst some young trendies). When her leather soles were worn thin, she would have taken the pair to the local shoe-repair shop and had them refurbished, for less than the cost of a new pair.

Later, we find that Virginia does indeed own a car.

Thanks to FDR’s War Production Board edicts, civilian car production in America ceased in February1942 and resumed in the Summer of 1945. The 1946 cars were simply 1942 models with cosmetic changes.

Virginia’s car appears to be a 1946 Ford Fordor. If she purchased it second-hand in 1950, this used car would have set her back about $500 – about ten thousand dollars in today’s currency.

As a public school teacher in Los Angeles, Virginia’s annual income would have been around four thousand dollars (today’s equivalent: eighty thousand). Virginia’s monthly pay (before taxes) would have been less than $330 per month, but she could easily have saved the money $500 needed to pay cash for a good used car, one of a glut of new models had which rolled out of Detroit shortly after the war ended … one which a more affluent purchaser snapped up in 1946 and then traded in a few years later for a newer model.

Virginia’s trim white house is rendered vaguely Colonial Revival in style (not Spanish Colonial Revival, a more common Los Angeles architectural look) simply by the addition of classical columns on the porch. The house was probably built in the 1920s for around one thousand dollars, today’s equivalent of twenty thousand dollars. Similar neighboring houses indicate that it is situated in a subdivision, probably constructed for aspiring middle-class workers who put their Roaring Twenties paychecks into the American Dream — to own a private single-family house.

It is unknown whether Virginia owns or rents her home, which would sell for around ten thousand dollars in 1950, today’s equivalent of two hundred thousand dollars. Note that, in actuality, today this house in Los Angeles would go on the bubblicious West Coast real estate market for much more that a quarter-million dollars; rent today would run a tenant close to three thousand dollars a month (an amount up a whopping 65% since 2010).

As a public school teacher, in 1951, Virginia’s annual pay topped around four thousand dollars (today’s equivalent of eighty thousand dollars), making her monthly pre-tax paycheck less than $330 (six thousand, six hundred dollars today).

Never Trust a Gambler is set in 1951. A year or two if Virginia had wanted to, she might have been able to purchase a tract house in the vast new planned community of Lakewood City, near Long Beach.

The “instant city” of Lakewood, near Long Beach, was quickly populated by young GI families, who were able to attain the American Dream (home ownership) thanks to the GI Bill and low mortgage payments. A GI Bill family could move into a new house in Lakewood for $44 (less than nine hundred dollars in today’s currency).

Both Virginia’s Colonial Revival home, built sometime in the decade after WWI somewhere in the City of Los Angeles, and the burgeoning “instant city” called Lakewood, built in the decade after WWII, point up the attractiveness of the West Coast throughout the Twentieth Century: the climate salubrious and the economy strong, it was a good place to live and easy to make a living.

Later in the story, Garry shows Virginia his bankbook, pointing out to her that he has been depositing a steady six hundred dollars per month.

Virginia is impressed with this documentary proof that her ex-husband is banking $600/month (twelve thousand in today’s dollars). Virginia believes that perhaps her wastrel ex-husband has changed …

Have you ever had a bankbook?

Have you ever even seen a bankbook?

Mid-century: bankbook coexists with plastic.

In my last post (D.O.A. – 1949), we learn that the first credit card, Diner’s Club, was introduced in 1950. In Never Trust a Gambler (released in 1951), we see that Virginia – somewhat out of character perhaps, owns a credit card.

There is much more to be said about the material culture evinced in Never Trust a Gambler (1951), but we will touch on those topics in analyzing other mid-century films.

Before closing, we will look at one more aspect of this film noir 1951 gem: Virginia and the one other important actress, her friend Dolores (Myrna Dell). Virginia is a stereotypical “good girl” while Dolores is a stereotypical “good-time girl,” The heavy-handed symbolic import of the names Virginia and Dolores is unmistakable: “virginal” and “sorrows.” Although Virginia was amongst the top-ten most-prevalent girls’ names in the early 1920s. Dolores was merely amongst the top-hundred. It is inconceivable that the names of the “good girl” character and the “good-time girl” character could have been been switched: that would have been jarringly unacceptable to mid-century mores.

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1949 – D.O.A.

Film opens with doomed Frank Bigelow (Edmond O’Brien) approaching the arcaded facade of the Los Angeles City Hall.

Seen from behind, Frank Bigelow walks down seemingly endless, shadowy, tunnel-like corridors.

He enters the Homicide Department of the Los Angeles Police, where he reports a murder – his own murder. Bigelow’s story is told in continuous flashback, ending in his collapse and death surrounded by detectives. The Homicide Chief instructs his clerk to note Frank Bigelow as “Dead on Arrival.”

His story opens on a scorching July morning in Banning, California. Bigelow, an accountant, is meeting with one of his clients, a hottie who comes close to draping herself over him. Bigelow’s jealously possessive secretary Paula Gibson (Pamela Britton) is visibly annoyed – a state of mind shared by Bigelow, the object of Paula’s fervid affections, as she threatens to quit her job and leave her boss to his own devices, in protest of his insistence on embarking on a weeklong vacation in San Francisco – without her. However, Bigelow (who, it turns out, is a real horndog) feels that Paula’s secretarial and sexual services out-weigh her irritating passive-aggressive behavior and he employs Irish charm to keep her from quitting.

Succumbing to Bigelow’s over-the-top blandishments, Paula gives him a melting, besotted gaze (the likes of which we don’t see again until the brief reconciliation of John Belushi and the mad Carrie Fisher in the Chicago sewers). Paula agrees to not quit her job. Attempting to further mollify his useful secretary/sex-partner, Bigelow invites Paula to Eddie’s, the local tavern, to cool off while he awaits the train that will take him to San Francisco … and where, like a broken record, Paula again begins haranguing Bigelow to take her along on his get-away. He refuses.

In July, Banning experiences temperatures approaching the high 90s, and Paula exults in the refreshing chill of Eddie’s tavern, expressing the wish that that Bigelow’s office could be refrigerated.

Not “air conditioned” but “refrigerated.” When I was a youngster, “refrigerated” was the term commonly used to describe artificially chilled public spaces. I recall seeing signs on commercial buildings (banks, movie houses, department stores), boasting that their rooms were “refrigerated.” Private spaces (residences) depended on swamp coolers.

In the bar, we get the first glimpse of an important motif: drinking a glass of alcohol. Paula sips her glass of beer and exchanges her nearly-full glass for Bigelow’s empty glass. This inconsequential act foreshadows the fateful switch of liquor glasses in the San Francisco bar, in which Bigelow is given the fatal dose of “luminous toxin” (some un-named radioactive substance).

Not depicted in the film is Bigelow’s journey between Banning and San Francisco, with a brief stop to take on passengers at Los Angeles Union station, here shown from its parking lot, circa 1940s.

Los Angeles Union Station: note the air of peaceful prosperity.

Post-war California enjoyed a booming economy and a generally law-abiding populace. It was common to leave cars unlocked, with vehicle registration documents in the unlocked glove compartment.

Later in the movie, Frank Bigelow leaves his gun in the unlocked glovebox of his rented open-top Buick convertible … parked on a busy street.

Bigelow would have spent the train ride (from Banning to the Bay Area) in a comfortable car, in the company of well-dressed travelers, men and women both wearing suits. They were not “dressed up” for “a special occasion.”

Southern Pacific rail car with bar and business travelers enjoying their journey

During this period in America’s history, ordinary travelers (whether by airplane, by rail car, even by Greyhound bus) un-selfconsciously wore suits. It was normal and expected: to do otherwise would be considered indecorous.

Woman’s 1948 suit and hat, typical high-end street wear. Hair was carefully combed and arranged.

Street scenes in D.O.A. show many woman in suits and woolen coats; remember, the action takes place in July, and San Francisco is chilly in the Summer.

In San Francisco, Bigelow arrives via taxi at the St. Francis, a swank hotel. Money is not a problem for Bigelow: he is a successful and affluent businessman.

Note another mode of available San Francisco City transportation, the streetcar, which shares the city streets with new-model automobiles. Later in the movie, in the Los Angeles City scenes, we see city busses. In 1945, National City Lines, a front group for GM, acquired the Los Angeles City streetcar system and converted many of its lines into bus routes, with the long-term goal of reducing public transportation and getting everybody behind the wheel of their own personal automobile. For various reasons, this plan to increase ownership of private automobiles did not proceed as rapidly in San Francisco.

Again, note the dress of the people on the sidewalk: unless it is a workman in his work uniform, everyone is wearing what used to be called “street clothes” (now called “office wear”). At that time, it would have been extraordinary, a sign of madness, for even a poor person to walk down the street dressed like a scarecrow, with hair like straw blowing in the wind.

The well-heeled Bigelow checks into the St. Francis Hotel suite he has reserved. One hundred dollars in 1949 would purchase what would take two thousand dollars in 2022. Bigelow’s suite at the St. Francis probably set him back about $100 for the week of his planned vacation. (Today, you can reserve a similar suite at the St. Francis for about two thousand dollars a week.) Bigelow made liberal use of room service and long-distance calls through the hotel switchboard, tipped generously, took cabs, and – in the course of this misadventures – flew from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where he rented a new Buick to pursue his killer. Bigelow pays cash for everything.

Q: Why doesn’t he flash his plastic instead of his cash?

A: D.O.A. was released in late December, 1949, and the first credit card (Diner’s Club) was introduced in 1950. The world of D.O.A. was a pay-as-you-go world.

Toward the end of the movie, Bigelow asks Paula how much money the business has in the bank. She answers: twenty-two hundred dollars, today’s equivalent of nearly a half-million dollars. (This might make you wonder why Bigelow’s office is equipped with a fan, not refrigeration – has he decided to not make improvements because he is planning a flit?) Apparently, Paula is a signer on the checkbook or on the safety-deposit box: Bigelow instructs Paula to withdraw all the money. She asks if they are going to just not pay the bills; Bigelow tells to not worry about that, but to buy herself a mink coat. Paula reasonably asks Bigelow if he is drunk!

In 1949, when D.O.A. was filmed, a mink coat such as this 1949 high-fashion Fur by Fredrica would have cost the equivalent of about $100,000 today. Of course, a rabbit-fur jacket from Sears would have cost far less.

Seventy-five years ago (before emerging nations flooded American markets with shoddy clothing made by slave-labor), store-bought clothing was made by union-labor and was relatively expensive. Using commercially-made patterns (manufactured by Vogue, McCall’s, Butterick’s, and Simplicity), many women stitched their own clothing or employed the local dress-maker. Today, it is common for Americans to have dozens of articles of clothing: closets bulge with cheap clothing. But 75 years ago, wardrobes were carefully edited, and clothing was constructed of natural fibers, made to last for years.

Even suits aimed at the working-class/lower-middle-class market (such as these dreary suits featured in the Montgomery Ward’s 1947-1948 mail-order catalog), although uninspired in design, were well-constructed in union sweatshops and offered the purchaser good value for money.

One obvious difference between low-end and high-end design: less expensive outfits used less fabric. Compare these 1947-1948 Montgomery Ward suits to the previously shown 1948 couture ensemble.

Today, the lifespan of a typical woman’s top (shoddily constructed of cheap and flimsy synthetic material) is very short indeed: the second-hand stores and the landfills are full of these sagging rags. But, in 1949, American consumers had not yet entered the Throw-Away Era, and well-made, natural-fiber clothing was the norm.

When Bigelow checks in to the St. Francis, he is told that “Paula Gibson from Banning” has called. Bigelow instructs the concierge to have the switchboard call Paula back and to put the call through to his room phone.

Although in 1949, there were thirty million telephones in America, direct dial long distance was not available: the first direct-dial long distance call took place in late 1951. Bigelow’s long distance phone call (San Francisco to Banning) had to go through a number of long-distance operators stationed in separate buildings at various geographic locations.

The long-distance phone calls between Bigelow and Paula had to go through a number of long-distance operators inn various locations, like this telephone company switchboard, circa 1948

The flurry of phone calls placed between Paula and Bigelow are expensive – but (in the age before cellphones, texting, instant messaging, and emailing) the telephone offers the only way they have to quickly share information.

Paula has no idea that Bigelow is dying of luminous toxin; she is just thrilled to be talking with him, long-distance. Paula and Bigelow could have sent telegrams back and forth somewhat more cheaply than calling long-distance, but without the immediacy and convenience of telephoning: even though, in 1949, long-distance calls had to be patched through switchboards, telephoning offered a quicker means of communication.

Ensconced in his hotel suite, Bigelow takes the first of many long-distance calls from Paula while quaffing a scotch. Throughout the movie, Bigelow is seen frequently drinking … but never eating.

Bigelow finds that his swank hotel is rife with gorgeous, very well-dressed and attractive women. It’s “Market Week,” a San Francisco tradition: the annual week during which representatives (traveling salesmen) from important fashion manufacturers meet with department store buyers (all highly-fashionable women). Bigelow is thrilled. He is invited to join a party in the room across the hall. There, booze is flowing and women are dancing, wiggling their hips suggestively. Bigelow is delighted; he is drawn into a rumba, and then dragooned into accompanying the group of merrymakers to a jazz bar at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Speed-fueled, frenzied jazz-musicians

It is a wild scene: the musicians and the flailing clientele obviously on amphetamines. Montaged close-ups of their faces look demonic. Their speech and their clothing mark them as members of the contemporary counter-culture: “beatniks.”

New York City and San Francisco were capitals of this sociocultural movement which provided lurid fodder for the movies, as seen in this poster for the 1959 movie The Beat Generation.

Hot jazz was the preferred music of the beatniks who, in poetry and novels, scornfully expressed their contempt for “squares”: law-abiding, work-a-day citizens.

Ironically, albeit respectable and affluent, the hard-drinking horndog Bigelow is essentially akin to the anti-establishment beatniks in that his outlook is nihilistic, as is theirs. This points up the invisible rot in post-war American culture.

Jazz-fan’s hair is worn loose and untidy, signifying her loose and sluttish nature (according to the mores and standard proprieties of the times). The couple’s facial expressions signify their dissolute characters.

The clientele of the jazz bar are obviously under the influence of amphetamines. Stimulants had been routinely given to military men during WWII and, after the war, were marketed as “diet pills” and “mood elevators.”

Abuse of these “pep pills” was very common during this period, especially amongst “the beat generation.”

Benzedrine, Dexedrine, Methadrine, and other pharmaceuticals were easy to obtain both from doctors and from friends and easy to become addicted to.

End result in many cases: pharmaceutical-induced psychosis.

Bigelow is not pleased to find himself in such a loud and dissolute venue, where the regulars literally speak a different lingo: incomprehensible beatnik slang. Bigelow tries to pick up a blonde in a mink, Easy Jeanie, who likewise speaks a language of strange slang. She is enjoying the music and refuses to go with him. While Bigelow is distracted, a mysterious tall figure surreptitiously switches Bigelow’s drink for one which he has poisoned with luminous toxin; he then withdraws.

The mysterious man in the checkered topcoat skulks away after poisoning Bigelow’s drink.

Bigelow takes a drink, grimaces, complains that it’s not his. The bartender insists that it is Bigelow’s drink: “You saw me pour it.” Bigelow takes another swallow and then rejects it, ordering a fresh drink. Two swallows of the luminous toxin is all it takes: Bigelow is a walking dead man.

Even before Bigelow unknowingly drinks the luminous toxin, he is on a suicidal course: a heavy drinker, a womanizer stuck with an annoying mistress whom he does not love and who desperately wants him to marry her and give her children, an affluent man whose life seems to be rudderless and without purpose, Bigelow is an empty husk of a man. Even before his death sentence, he is essentially dead, a traveler trekking through a nihilistic wasteland.

Bigelow returns to his hotel and goes to bed. In the morning, he orders a Corpse-Reviver (hair of the dog that bit him), but cannot bring himself to taste it when it arrives. He leaves and makes his way to a Medical Building.

The doomed man walks into a doctor’s office and is immediately examined. No appointment, no wait for insurance authorizations: simply show up and pay cash up front.

Later in the movie, Bigelow hops on an airplane to go to Los Angeles in search of his killer: no full-body search nor public xray nor public stripping off of belts and shoes and jewelry in public places like airports and court houses such as we have been subjected to since 9/11; no forced masking nor covid passport such as we have seen since the plandemic … none of these assaults on body-autonomy were in place in 1949.

These details point up the fact that mid-century America was an era of personal freedom which is today almost unimaginable: Americans today are little better off than Chinese slaves under constant surveillance. And where is the outrage? We see only simmering discontent in the Right and blind acquiescence in the Left.

At the Medical Building, the doctor takes x-rays and examines him. A specialist enters with the results of his lab-work. Bigelow’s prognosis: he is doomed. He has only a few days to live.

Bigelow hysterically rejects the doctors’ judgement and runs wildly out of the office and down busy Market Street. This scene was not okayed in advance with city authorities, hence the authentically surprised reactions of many of the pedestrians as Bigelow rushes past them.

These pedestrians are not extras: they are actually real denizens of San Francisco out doing their morning shopping. Note their clothing: they are not “dressed up” but are wearing typical “street clothing.”

Note also the total absence of homeless drug-addicts living on the sidewalk. That societal phenomenon is dimly foreshadowed by the pep-pilled fueled beatniks seen the previous night in the wild jazz-club scene presciently hinting at the full social collapse which is to manifest 60 years in the future.

Bigelow frenetically pushes his way into another medical office and wrestles with an orderly. When Bigelow says “luminous toxic,” the doctor takes him seriously and immediately conducts lab-work. The diagnosis of the first doctors is borne out by the glowing fluid in the test-tube: it is Bigelow’s blood, irredeemably contaminated with luminous toxin. Bigelow is a walking dead man.

In case you have not yet seen this movie, I do not want to spoil it for you by revealing further plot. As you watch this movie, I urge you to enjoy it on several levels: as an entertaining thriller (fiction) and as a window into a vanished America (fact).

Thank you, and check back soon for more movies and analyses.

LETTERS from a CRIMINAL, 04: How Hazardous is Covid to Kids?


It is well-known that young people just don’t catch covid to the extent that adults do. This is because:
Children’s lungs don’t make a lot of a certain protein called ACE2. This protein, which appears in much higher amounts in adult lungs, is exploited by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to infect cells. Less ACE2 means less cells with viruses inside. Children also have more T-cells in their lungs — the cells that fight viruses. These cells come with proteins called IL-10, which makes sure inflammation doesn’t get out of control and damage other cells.34
Because of this, when young people do contract covid, it is usually a very mild case (basically what parents call “a little cold”).

In March 2020, a study of covid cases in America found that, among 4,226 reported cases, only 508 people (12%) were hospitalized and, of these, fewer than 1% were younger than 20 years old. 35 In other words, four (or three or two or only one — all we know is that the number is “less than 1% of 508”) people under the age of 20 needed hospitalization.

In children aged 5 to 9 who are diagnosed with covid, the IFR (infection fatality rate or the proportion of those who die from infection) is 0.001% that’s than one in 100,000. Moreover, virtually all those children already suffered from various co-morbidities.36

Kids can come down with a mild or even asymptomatic case of covid and develop natural immunity, which protects them the next time they are exposed. 37 When babies, kids, or teens who do not already suffer from severe co-morbidities contract covid, it’s usually a very mild case: in September, a study determined that children between the ages of 11 and 18 are six times more likely to die of the experimental injection than of covid. 38 Former Pfizer researcher Michael Yeadon put the risk at much higher than that: “It’s a crazy thing to vaccinate children with something that is actually 50 times more likely to kill them than the virus itself.” 39

There are 73 million children in America, and covid has claimed fewer than 700 in the last two years. 40 According to the CDC, since January 2020, about 50,000 children under 14 have died of all causes, while fewer than 700 of the 50,000 have died with covid. Not “died of covid” but “died with covid.”

Everyone remembers the famous case of the seven-year-old boy who drowned in the bathtub — his death was officially listed as a covid death. 41 The little boy’s corpse was swabbed and, when the PCR test (we’ll look at the PCR test in another post) isolated infinitesimal bits of genetic debris that matched the covid profile, his cause of death was officially listed as “covid” — even though he actually died of drowning in the bathroom.

To put this in perspective: between the first day of January 2021 and the first day of November 2021, in just two Arizona Counties (Maricopa and Pinal Counties), 19 kids died from drowning.42 Child-drowning is endemic in Arizona: Arizona kids die from drowning at a rate nearly twice the national average. 43 Where is the hysteria? Where are the media pundits and politicians demanding that swimming pools be filled in and bathtubs be ripped out?

In 2019, in the City of Yuma alone, 18 people died in car crashes and hit-and-runs. 44 Where is the hysteria? Where are the media pundits and politicians demanding that private cars and trucks be banned?

Children have a greater chance of dying from drowning in a swimming pool or dying in a car crash than they have of dying from covid. Nevertheless, even though kids have an almost-zero chance of catching covid and a near-infinitesimal chance of being harmed by covid, in late October, the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel gave the green light to injecting the experimental gene-altering concoctions into kids as young as five — no clinical trials needed.

One of the 17 members of the advisory panel, Dr. Eric Rubin of Harvard University, expressed the unanimous agreement of the group: “We’re never going to learn how safe the vaccine is unless we start giving it, and that’s just the way it goes.” 45 46 47

In other words: the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously to “just use millions of American kids as lab rats.” The next day, Pfizer reported that it had sold the United States government “an additional” 50 million pediatric doses of their experimental mRNA vaccine.48

This, even though post-injection cases of myocarditis among adolescents are skyrocketing. Last month, a peer-reviewed article which examined the disastrous increase of myocarditis in adolescents who had taken the experimental mRNA injections was suddenly pulled mere days before it was to appear in the journal Current Problems in Cardiology. No reason was stated for this act of science suppression. 49 Fortunately, the censored scientific study was has been published in pdf so the public can see what information the vaccine manufacturers don’t want people to know.50

Robert W. Malone, 1988 inventor of mRNA vaccines and today an outspoken critic of their use, 51 tweeted about this censorship: “More Censorship / Cancel Culture. The authors were not notified of this ‘Temporary Removal’ action. I have never seen anything like this, ever, in my entire scientific career.” 52

Dangerous meds being pushed and high-level censorship of medical fact: do you smell payola? Do you hear the drumbeat of medical tyranny? (We will look at this topic in future posts.)

The CDC’s count of 700 covid deaths among children in the last two years is gravely suspect, especially in view of the fact that there is a strong incentive for hospitals to deem every death a covid death: more payola. Hospitals are paid a bounty of $13,000 per person admitted as a covid case, and another $39,000 bounty for every patient put on a ventilator. Who pays this bounty? The taxpayer, through the government. CDC director, Robert Redfield has admitted that the financial policies put in place “could” have resulted in elevated hospitalization rates and death toll statistics. 53



34 Hyde, Embriette. “Scientists may have figured out why children less likely to have severe COVID-19 symptoms.” Study Finds. 2020 Dec 12. https://www.studyfinds.orgscientists-figure-out-why-children-less-likely-have-severe-covid/
35 Rettner, Rachael. “How does the new coronavirus compare with the flu?” Healthline. 2020 May 14.
36 O’Driscoll, M. et al. “Age-specific mortality and immunity patterns of SARS-CoV-2.” Nature. 2021 Feb 04. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2918-0
37 Inskeep, Steve and Michaeleen Doucleff. “Scientists are starting to understand the likely endgame for COVID-19.” NPR. 2021 October 21. https://www.npr.org/2021/10/21/1047891615/scientists-are-starting-to-understand-the-likely-end-game-for-covid-19
38 Høeg, Tracy Beth, et al. “SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination-Associated Myocarditis in Children Ages 12-17: A Stratified National Database Analysis.” medRxiv. 2021 Sep 08.

39 “Dr.Michael Yeadon The ‘vaccine’ is FIFTY TIMES MORE LIKELY to cause death in children than COVID. ” Freedoms Square TV. 2021 Dec 07. https://rumble.com/vqdvyk-dr.michael-yeadon-the-vaccine-is-fifty-times-more-likely-to-cause-death-in-.html

40 Haseman, Janie and Aleszu Bajak. “How bad is COVID-19 in kids?” USA Today. 2021 Oct 08. https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/graphics/2021/10/08/covid-19-kids-cases-hospitalizations-deaths/8361479002/
41 “7-year-old Chatham County boy dies from COVID-19, according to DPH. ” WTOC. 2020 Aug 06. https://www.wbtv.com/2020/08/06/year-old-chatham-county-boy-dies-covid-according-dph/
42 “Maricopa and Pinal Counties (Valley of the Sun).” Children’s Safety Zone. 2021. https://childrensafetyzone.com/go/water-related-incident-reports/maricopa-and-pinal-counties-valley-of-the-sun/
43 Wang, Bayan. “Child drownings in Arizona are nearly twice the national average.” The Republic. 2018 Aug 04. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2018/08/04/child-drownings-arizona-nearly-twice-national-average/903126002/
44 “Fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents in Yuma, Arizona.” City-data. http://www.city-data.com/accidents/acc-Yuma-Arizona.html
45 “Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee – 10/26/2021.” US FDA Youtube Channel. 2021 Oct 26 [livestream]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laaL0_xKmmA
46 Liebing, Abby. “Buried 6 Hours Into FDA Video: Doctor Makes Chilling Admission on Child COVID Vax.” The Western Journal. 2021 Oct 26. https://www.westernjournal.com/buried-6-hours-fda-video-doctor-makes-chilling-admission-child-covid-vax/
47 Menahan, Chris. “FDA Panel Backs Pfizer Shot For Kids: ‘We’re Never Going to Learn About How Safe This Vaccine Is Unless We Start Giving It.’” InformationLiberation. 2021 Oct 26. https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=62628
48 “Pfizer and Biontech to Provide U.S. Government an Additional 50 Million Pediatric Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to Support Further Preparedness for Future Needs.” PfiZer. 2021 Oct 28. https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-provide-us-government-additional-50
49 Rose, Jessica and Peter A. McCullough. “A Report on Myocarditis Adverse Events in the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in Association with COVID-19 Injectable Biological Products.” Current Problems in Cardiology. 2021 Oct 01. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8483988/
50 Rose, Jessica and Peter A. McCullough. “A Report on Myocarditis Adverse Events in the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in Association with COVID-19 Injectable Biological Products.”
51 Bigtree, Del. “MRNA Pioneer Raises Covid Vaccine Concerns.” The HighWire. 2021 Jun 25. https://thehighwire.com/videos/mrna-vaccine-inventor-calls-for-stop-of-covid-vax/
52 Malone, Robert W. Twitter.com/RWMaloneMD. https://twitter.com/RWMaloneMD/status/1449142757335863297
53 Edwards, Sage. “CDC Admits Financial Hospital Incentives Drove up COVID-19 Death Rates.” Organic Lifestyle. 2020 Sep 2. https://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/cdc-admits-finacial-hospital-incentives-drove-up-covid-19-death-rates

LETTERS from a CRIMINAL, 03: Definition: Pandemic


CDC estimates that, in the 15 months from February 2020 to May 2021, there were 120.2 million cases of covid in America; in other words, one in three Americans fell victim to “the pandemic.”18

Traditionally, “pandemic” has been used to describe a widespread disease resulting in a high degree of fatalities: “Pandemic [is] an epidemic (a sudden outbreak) that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent, or the world due to a susceptible population; by definition, a true pandemic causes a high degree of mortality (death).19

CDC admits that only 6% of people who purportedly died of covid had only covid: the remaining 94% were already in very poor health, prey to an average of three other serious diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer.20

Because of the lockdown, cancer patients were not permitted to have scheduled surgeries or even routine medical care. 21 22 23 Moreover, covid-hysteria promulgated by mainstream media contributed to cancer fatalities, as cancer-patients reported that they felt safer staying home than going to the doctor.24

As a result of the lockdown and the media-generated hysteria, there was a 46% decline in diagnoses of six common cancers (breast, colorectal, lung, pancreas, stomach, and esophagus) during March 1 to April 18, 2020, compared with January 6, 2019, to February 29, 2020, ranging from a 25% drop for pancreatic cancer to 52% for breast cancer. 25 26

This will affect cancer deaths for years to come:
Tracking the eventual rebound in the coming months will be important for predicting how many patients continue to delay screening because of concerns related to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous immediate impact on the world, and it is clear that there will be effects for years to come. Of note, the data presented here reveal quantifiable trends that indicate substantial declines in cancer-related patient encounters. Ultimately, these observed trends have serious implications for future cancer care and validate the need to study and monitor the effect of COVID-19 mitigation on cancer diagnosis and treatment moving forward. 27
Those undiagnosed and untreated cancers continued metasthetizing throughout the lockdown, driving up the putative “covid” death rate.

And, let’s not forget that the federal government paid hospitals a multi-thousand dollar bounty for every “covid death” that they were able to rack up: $13,000 per person admitted as “a covid case,” and another $39,000 for every patient put on a ventilator. 28 Mighty fine payola for the hospitals — and too bad for the ventilated patients. The great majority of patients put on ventilators die 29 because it is the wrong sort of medical intervention: they died because of the ventilators, not in spite of being ventilated. 30

George Washington contracted pneumonia and was killed by his doctors: he was bled dry. For centuries, in the era before antibiotics, aggressive bloodletting was considered the therapy of last resort in medical crises. In modern-day medical crises, covid patients are intubated and their lungs are exploded by aggressive ventilation: the vast majority of covid patients who are put on ventilators die. Did the $39,000 bounty the federal government paid to hospitals for every ventilator case have anything to do with that?

New York City emergency-medicine physician Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell warns: “I fear that this misguided treatment [putting covid patients on ventilators] will lead to a tremendous amount of harm to a great number of people in a very short time.” 31 Dr. Kyle-Sidell warned that ventilators are actually killing people. 32

Thus we see, when we consider that, by definition, a true pandemic causes a high degree of mortality (death), 33 the scourge that has been destroying the America that we lived in before 2020, is not a “pandemic” but something altogether different.

Some people call it a “scamdemic.”



18 CDC. “Estimated COVID-19 Infections, Symptomatic Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in the United States.” 2021 Jul 27. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/burden.html
19 “Medical Definition of Pandemic.” Charles Patrick Davis, editor. Medicine Net. 2021 Mar 29. https://www.medicinenet.com/pandemic/definition.htm
20 CDC. “Conditions contributing to deaths involving COVID-19, by age group, United States. Week ending 2/1/2020 to 12/5/2020.” https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/health_policy/covid19-comorbidity-expanded-12092020-508.pdf
21 Printz, Carrie. “Cancer screenings decline significantly during pandemic.” Cancer. 2020 Sep 01. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32776530/
22 Mast, C. and A. Munoz del Rio. “Delayed Cancer Screenings – A Second Look.” Epic Health Research Network. 2020 October. https://ehrn.org/articles/delayed-cancer-screenings-a-second-look.
23 Issaka, Rachel B. and Ma Somsouk. “Colorectal Cancer Screening and Prevention in the COVID-19 Era.” JAMA Health Forum. 2020 May. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8443218/
24 Schoenborn, Nancy L., et al. “Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer screening attitudes, intentions, and behaviors in older adults.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2021 Aug 21. https://agsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.17449
25 Kaufman, Harvey W., et al. “Changes in the Number of US Patients With Newly Identified Cancer Before and During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.” JAMA Network Open. 2020 Aug 04. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2768946
26 “Cancer Facts & Figures 2021.”
27 London, Jack W., et al. “Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Cancer-Related Patient Encounters.” Journal of Clinical Oncology Clinical Cancer Information. 2020 Sep. https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/CCI.20.00068
28 Edwards, Sage. “CDC Admits Financial Hospital Incentives Drove up COVID-19 Death Rates.” Organic Lifestyle. 2020 Sep 02. https://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/cdc-admits-finacial-hospital-incentives-drove-up-covid-19-death-rates
29 Skeptical Scalpel. “Mortality rate of COVID-19 patients on ventilators.” Physician’s Weekly. 2020 Mar 30. https://www.physiciansweekly.com/mortality-rate-of-covid-19-patients-on-ventilators
30 “Dr. Cameron Kyle Sidell ER physician, Maimonides Medical Center, NY.” Youtube. 2020 May 04. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXL5AXxeZ6M
31 Ducharme, Jamie. “Why Ventilators May Not Be Working as Well for COVID-19 Patients as Doctors Hoped.” Time. 2020 Apr 16. https://time.com/5820556/ventilators-covid-19/
32 “Dr. Cameron Kyle Sidell ER physician, Maimonides Medical Center, NY.” Youtube. 2020 May 04. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXL5AXxeZ6M
33 “Medical Definition of Pandemic.” Charles Patrick Davis, editor. Medicine Net. 2021 Mar 29. https://www.medicinenet.com/pandemic/definition.htm

LETTERS from a CRIMINAL, 02: Is This a Joke?


This jest encapsulates people’s understanding of the cynical way that any and all deaths are written up as “covid fatalities”:

Wife to husband: “Honey, did I get fat during the lockdown?”

Husband to wife: “Well, you weren’t all that skinny to begin with.”


CDC’s all-encompassing criteria for what constitutes a “case of covid” explains:

  1. why the CDC can claim that an astounding one in three Americans fell victim to “the pandemic” in the 15 months from February 2020 to May 2021;15 and
  2. why the CDC can claim that. during the 15 moths from February 2020 to May 2021, more than 600,000 Americans died due to covid ;16 and
  3. why the CDC can claim that covid was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020,17 and
  4. why official statistics say that numbers of covid deaths keep rising in America.

When the rules state that virtually every death that occurs — whether from falling off the roof or drowning in the bathtub, whether from crashing a motorcycle or falling prey to a driveby shooting — falls under the definition of “covid death” … is it a “pandemic” … or a “scamdemic”?



15 CDC. “Estimated COVID-19 Infections, Symptomatic Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in the United States.” 2021 Jul 27. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/burden.html
16 Helsel, Phil and Austin Mullen. “Covid has claimed more than 600,000 lives in United States.” NBC News. 2021 Jun 03.
17Ahmad, Farida B., et al. “Provisional mortality data—united states, 2020.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 70.14. 2021 Apr 09. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8030985/

LETTERS from a CRIMINAL, 01: Definition: A Case of Covid


The CDC says that any one of four criteria1 can be used to determine “a case of covid”:
1) Clinical Criteria;
2) Laboratory Criteria;
3) Epidemiologic Linkage;
and — in the absence of any of the foregoing criteria —
4) Covid Listed as ‘Cause of Death on Death Certificate’.

Let’s look at each of these four criteria in detail.

  1. Clinical Criteria
    In the absence of a more likely diagnosis:
    Acute onset or worsening of at least two of the following symptoms or signs:
    *fever (measured or subjective),
    *sore throat,
    *nausea or vomiting,
    *congestion or runny nose
    Acute onset or worsening of any one of the following symptoms or signs:
    *shortness of breath;
    *difficulty breathing;
    *olfactory disorder;
    *taste disorder;
    *confusion or change in mental status;
    *persistent pain or pressure in the chest;
    *pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone;
    *inability to wake or stay awake;
    Severe respiratory illness with at least one of the following:
    *Clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia;
    *Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
  2. Laboratory Evidence
    *Detection of SARS-CoV-2 ribonucleic acid (RNA) in a post-mortem respiratory swab or clinical specimen using a diagnostic molecular amplification test performed by a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified provider;
    *Detection of SARS-CoV-2 by genomic sequencing;
    *Detection of SARS-CoV-2 specific antigen in a post-mortem obtained respiratory swab or clinical specimen using a diagnostic test performed by a CLIA-certified provider;
    *Detection of antibody in serum, plasma, or whole blood specific to natural infection with SARS-CoV-2 (antibody to nucleocapsid protein);
    *Detection of SARS-CoV-2 specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen;
    *Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA or specific antigen using a test performed without CLIA oversight.
  3. Epidemiologic Linkage
    One or more of the following exposures in the prior 14 days:
    *Contact within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes (cumulative over a 24-hour period) with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 disease;
    *Member of an exposed risk cohort as defined by public health authorities during an outbreak or during high community transmission.
  4. Death Certificate listing COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 or an equivalent term as an underlying cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Criteria number 1 (Clinical Criteria) states that having a case of pneumonia is sufficient for the patient to be deemed a “covid case.” In 2018, 1.5 million people were diagnosed with pneumonia in an emergency department.2 If those 1.5 million people suffering from pneumonia had entered an ER in 2020, they would automatically be documented as covid cases because “clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia” is enough to qualify the patient as “a case of covid.”

Stomach flu3 and food poisoning4 are two common ailments from which no one escapes suffering at one time or another. The symptoms of both stomach flu and food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps. Those symptoms likewise fit the clinical criteria for “a case of covid.”

Seasonal flu has virtually disappeared. Between October 2019 and February 2020 (2019-2020 flu season), 8,633 people were hospitalized with the flu. CDC put the number of flu deaths at 22,000. Between October 2020 and February 2021 (2020-2021 flu season), only 155 people in the United States were hospitalized with the flu; 700 deaths were attributed to the flu.5 6 (Similarly, Australia has seen a 95% reduction in flu cases. 7) It’s 2021, and influenza has been re-branded “covid.”

Criteria number 2 (Laboratory Evidence) is more complicated and merits extensive discussion. We will look at PCR covid testing in a later post.

Criteria number 3 (Epidemiologic Linkage) deals with contact tracing. Anybody who, for 15 minutes (or even less), has been within 6 feet of someone deemed to have a “case of covid” under Criteria 1, Criteria 2, or Criteria 4 is likewise considered to be another “case of covid.” In practical terms, that means that everybody in the waiting room at ADOT has “a case of covid.” The person with the “case of covid” alledgedly infecting everybody else does not have to show any symptoms. Just having been in the vicinity of someone who likewise does not have to show clinical symptoms but who himself has been deemed to be “a case of covid” is sufficient to be counted as another “case of covid.”

Criteria number 4 (Death Certificate) boils down to: if the attending doctor or Medical Examiner writes “covid” in the “Cause of Death” box on the death certificate, there’s your diagnosis.

Remember the case of the young motorcyclist in Florida who crashed and died? His death certificate stated his cause of death as “covid.”8

In Oregon, a man who died from falling off a ladder was officially counted as a “covid death.”9

In Colorado, a man who died of acute alcohol poisoning 10 and various other gunshot fatalities were counted as “covid” deaths: that’s what their death certificates listed.11

That’s authorized under criteria number 4: even though they crashed a motorcycle or slammed a quart of Everclear 190-proof or fell off a ladder or got shot, these people who died with covid genetic debris in their system (as determined by lab-testing) were tabulated as covid deaths. Follow the so-called science: poisoning or blunt force trauma might have been the immediate cause, but officially the underlying cause was covid … like the seven year old boy who drowned in the bathtub: he drowned because he had covid.12

It is safe to say that, if they were not already in very poor health and suffering from three or more chronic co-morbidities, or victim of sudden-impact blunt force trauma or of drowning, these unfortunates who died “from covid” would have survived their bout with covid. Nevertheless, survivors who recognize this gross logical discrepancy and who say things like “my grandfather died from Stage 4 cancer, not covid” or “my brother-in-law died from crashing his motorcycle, not covid”) are said to be operating under cognitive dissonance and are branded covid-death-deniers.

Sociologist and grief specialist Holly Prigerson explains it to NPR:

If people believe the pandemic is a hoax, or that the dangers of the virus are overblown, then anything, including the death of a loved one from this disease … they compartmentalize it. They’re not going to process it. It gives them too much of a headache to try to reconcile.

Sociologist Holly Prigerson says that trying to argue covid-death-deniers out of their silly belief that someone died not from covid but because he fell off a ladder and broke his neck leads to what psychologists call the backfire effect. When challenged, people stubbornly double down on their beliefs and refuse to listen to the voice of authority (such as that of sociologist Holly Prigerson).13

Those travesties of logic occurred in 2020, and continue — not just in America but around the world. In November 2021, a healthy Australian man was gunned down in his driveway. He died within a minutes. His lifeless body was transported to the morgue where it was swabbed and, subsequently, the gunshot victim was officially declared “dead due to covid.”14

Is this a joke?



1CDC. “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 2021 CSTE position statement, clinical description, case classification, case definition, data modernization.” https://ndc.services.cdc.gov/case-definitions/coronavirus-disease-2019-2021/
2CDC. “Pneumonia.” https://www.cdc.gov/dotw/pneumonia/index.html
3Mayo Clinic. “Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu)”. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/viral-gastroenteritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20378847
4Mayo Clinic. “Food poisoning.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-poisoning/symptoms-causes/syc-20356230
5Ries, Julia. “Why the Flu Season Basically Disappeared This Year.” Health Line. 2021 Feb 11.
6Peek, Katie. “Flu Has Disappeared for More Than a Year.” Scientific American. 2021 Apr 29. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/flu-has-disappeared-worldwide-during-the-covid-pandemic1/
7Derwin, Jack. “Australians are having fewer funerals through the pandemic, as restrictions lead to fewer seasonal deaths.” Business Insider Australia. 2020 Aug 25. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australian-funerals-pandemic-restrictions-costs-2020-8
8Powers, Frieda. “Fla health official shocks reporter when he says man in 20s listed as Covid death died in motorcycle accident.” BizPacReview. 2020 Jul 17. https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/07/17/fla-health-official-shocks-reporter-when-he-says-man-in-20s-listed-as-covid-death-died-in-motorcycle-accident-948122/
9Straka, Ben. “COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Oregon Include Those Who Didn’t Die From the Virus.” Freedom Foundation. 2020 Jul 24. https://www.freedomfoundation.com/covid-19/covid-19-deaths-reported-in-oregon-include-those-who-didnt-die-from-the-virus/
10Maass, Brian. “COVID-19 Death Dispute: Colorado Coroner Says State Mischaracterized Death.” CBS Denver. 2020 May 14. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/05/14/coronavirus-montezuma-county-coroner-alcohol-poisoning-covid-death/
11Pavlich, Katie. “In Colorado, They’re Counting Gun Shot Fatalities as COVID Deaths.” Townhall. 2020 Dec 17. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2020/12/17/in-colorado-theyre-counting-gun-shot-fatalities-as-covid-deaths-n2581730
12Vera, Amir Vera and Jamiel Lynch. “The 7-year-old Georgia boy with Covid-19 who died drowned in a bathtub after a seizure, coroner says.” CNN. 2020 Aug 10. https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/10/us/georgia-boy-covid-19-death-drowned/index.html
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