Will Hank Aaron’s death make the media investigate vaccine adverse reactions?

My namesake Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron, died yesterday. Notably, he was vaccinated for COVID-19 just 18 days ago. I became aware of it when I saw this on MeWe.

Of course, this is not to say that Hank Aaron died because of the vaccine, but he was alive and coherent just eighteen days ago, as this video demonstrates, and he’s dead now.

Aaron’s death comes on the heels of a seemingly large number of deaths (30) among the frail and elderly in Norway, after receiving the Pfizer COVID vaccination. Notably, Norway’s vaccination program, “has mostly focused on residents in nursing homes.”

Of course, quickly afterwards, both Pfizer and the mainstream media came out saying that the vaccine is safe. What incentive do they have to say otherwise? The real problem here is that we can’t trust the news media to give us the real scoop on adverse effects of the vaccine because they’ve proven that they have a vested interest in certain narratives, particularly that we need to trust experts. But that’s hardly scientific. True scientific inquiry means questioning everything.

After the news from Norway hit, people began reporting adverse reactions to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System’s database. Journalist Sharyl Attkisson has reported that 50+ deaths after COVID vaccinations have been reported to VAERS in the short time since we began to vaccinate for COVID in the US. Now, the media and critics are right to point out that this database is not a source of authoritative data and that it’s all self-reported. These deaths might have occurred anyway. But the same can be said of many deaths attributed to COVID itself. Also, if it turns out that these vaccines are in fact causing adverse reactions, VAERS would, by necessity, be the first place we’d begin to notice. But suddenly VAERS has to be discredited.

Now, I’m not an anti-vaxxer by any stretch. Nor am I against experimental drugs and treatments, for sick people. My life was saved when I participated in a drug study to treat Wilson’s Disease. But these vaccines have, by all accounts, been rushed to development at “warp speed”. Little to no animal testing has been done on these vaccines. And it’s not like we’ve never seen cases of pharmaceutical products being lifted from the market for safety reasons, even after years of testing and usage.

One big problem I see is that although the vaccine was tested on adults of all age ranges, it wasn’t done so at the same proportions in which we are vaccinating. In other words, the elderly made up a relatively small part of the testing but at present make up the vast majority of those being vaccinated.

If we have other high-profile deaths among those who were recently vaccinated, the media will have to at least investigate if there was a link, instead of dismissing it out of hand.

Before you inject yourself with any of these experimental biological agents, consider your risks with regards to the actual COVID illness. If you are under the age of say 70, and reasonably healthy, it may not be wise to take it. Likewise, if you are older than say 80 and have some serious health issues, perhaps you should be cautious about the vaccine. You wouldn’t want to be one of those people about who they’ll say, “he was going to die soon anyway.”

Don’t blame 2020

A scapegoat for bad decisions made by bad people.

I urge everyone who may read this not to fall into the temptation of blaming 2020 for the bad things that have happened recently. It’s false and self defeating.

Everything we’ve been through was the result of decisions made by human beings. If we don’t hold those human beings accountable, we’ll be headed for more of the same.

Let’s start with the coronavirus. It may have been deliberately released or perhaps inadvertently escaped from a lab in Wuhan (there is some circumstantial evidence of latter). In any case, it happened in 2019, so there goes the 2020 excuse. But bottom line is that the Chinese Communist Party did not level with the world about what was happening. And why would they? It’s a totalitarian regime of the worst kind. We should rightly blame the politicians who insist (even today) on cozying up to ideological enemies, not 2020.

Then there was the reaction to the coronavirus. It had nothing to do with 2020. It was a combination of stupidity, malfeasance and arrogance in our elected and appointed officials. From the lockdowns to the lies about cloth and surgical masks, this was a failure of individuals not the calendar year.

So do us all a favor and save the “that’s 2020 being 2020” crap. We need to take control of our destinies and start putting the blame for bad events where it belongs. Again, if we don’t hold those individuals accountable, then 2021 will look a hell of a lot like 2020.

Former Political Prisoner: Today’s America Has Lesson to Learn From Cuban Socialism

From The Epoch Times:

“I am sure that at this time, there are strong forces inside the United States pushing hard to turn to socialism,” said Luis Zuniga, who was imprisoned for his opposition to communism in Cuba.

He warned that, like what has been experienced in Cuba, those who are pushing the ideology may claim not to be socialists, but it’s only because “they don’t tell you.”

He goes on to say:

“The socialist economic system is a failure,” Zuniga said. “A centralized economy is a failure because it’s contrary to human beings efforts, wills, and purpose to have a better standard of living.”

There’s a 25-minute interview. Read and watch the whole thing here.

Taking back the internet

More than seventeen years ago, when Babalú’s founding editor, Val Prieto, made his first post, the internet was a decentralized meritocracy. It seemed that everyone had something to say and was starting a blog. Those who provided interesting content found an audience and notable bloggers referred readers to one another. When Babalú was born, nobody else was posting consistently about Cuba and Cuban-American issues. So, by word of mouth our readership grew. Because Cuban-Americans are generally ideologically conservative, Babalú was aligned with some of the top conservative bloggers of the time, including Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, and Michelle Malkin. When one of these linked to us, our readership expanded, both in the short and long run. Life was good.

But then something curious but not surprising, in retrospect, happened. Tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, became clearinghouses for news and content on the internet. At first, blogs embraced the change because it posed an opportunity to get in front of even more readers. A popular blog post could be shared on Facebook and go viral. But once Facebook and Twitter established massive user bases, they began monetizing them, selling ads. Suddenly, it wasn’t in Facebook’s interest to put content in front of users unless the publisher was paying for the privilege. To borrow a phrase from the Godfather films, it wasn’t personal, it was business. But while deep pocketed advertisers didn’t mind paying for exposure, blogs like ours were lost in the shuffle.

Then we started seeing something different. After the surprising result of the 2016 election, American leftists were looking for a scapegoat. They believed Donald Trump could not have legitimately won. We all know how they created a Russia collusion narrative out of whole cloth but they also blamed “misinformation” on social media. Of course, to them, misinformation is anything that contradicts their preferred narratives. At first we saw “shadow banning” or the throttling back of exposure to content generated by those they perceive to be heretics and then we saw the biased “fact check” labels applied to certain content. Now, YouTube has decided that it will take down any videos questioning the integrity of the election.

For its part, the leftist news media has collaborated with these tech giants in gaslighting the American public. Their stories and narratives are shared easily and never questioned. For several years, they were permitted to publish uncorroborated accounts of Trump-Russia collusion, all of which were proved baseless, at taxpayer expense. Then, in the weeks before the election, the conservative leaning New York Post was censored by big tech for reporting on the corruption of Hunter Biden and his father Joe, the Democrat nominee for President. Now, after the disputed election the mainstream media is finally getting around to reporting facts that it had previously decided to embargo for political purposes.

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Proof that CNN has contempt for Cuban-Americans

Project Veritas Releases Over 100 Hours of Audio From ...

One of the revelations that has come out of the Project Veritas investigation into CNN is that top CNN staffers basically hate Cuban-Americans because of their anti-communist views.

Here’s an excerpt from Cynthia Hudson, a CNN senior vice-president and managing director, telling CNN president Jeff Zucker she had special insight into why Cuban-Americans support President Donald J. Trump, during a secretly recorded editorial meeting.

Trump has used the communism, socialism, rhetoric as part of his hook for the Cubans in Miami, how that has resonated and how the Biden team, has not done enough to counter that..

This is all that, that the only reason [Cubans in Miami] are supporting Trump is because of that [Biden is socialist] narrative—and that narrative, and the fact that sadly, I have to say, there’s a population that’s very attracted to bullies. No one is countering it properly in Florida, the Cubans are going to vote for Trump and that’s terrifying.”

Project Veritas states that no one on the call objected to Hudson’s characterization of Cuban Americans. You can listen to the whole thing here.

CNN has been slanting the news for years

With the explosive revelations made by Project Veritas about CNN’s overt bias, it’s a good time to reflect back on February 2008, when Fidel Castro suddenly stepped down. CNN sent a memo out to its employees essentially saying “be kind to Castro.”

Here at Babalu we heard about the memo and were able to obtain a copy from a then-freelancer for the cable network. Ultimately, CNN had to admit the memo was real. The whole ordeal was then covered by News Watch on Fox News.

From: Flexner, Allison
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:46 AM
To: *CNN Superdesk (TBS)
Cc: Neill, Morgan; Darlington, Shasta
Subject: Castro guidance

Some points on Castro – for adding to our anchor reads/reporting:

* Please say in our reporting that Castro stepped down in a letter he wrote to Granma (the communist party daily), as opposed to in a letter attributed to Fidel Castro. We have no reason to doubt he wrote his resignation letter, he has penned numerous articles over the past year and a half.

* Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration. in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.

* Also the Cuban government blames a lot of Cuba’s economic problems on the US embargo, and while that has caused some difficulties, (far less so than the collapse of the Soviet Union) the bulk of Cuba’s economic problems are due to Cuba’s failed economic polices. Some analysts would say the US embargo was a benefit to Castro politically – something to blame problems on, by what the Cubans call “the imperialist,” meddling in their affairs.

* While despised by some, he is seen as a revolutionary hero, especially with leftist in Latin America, for standing up to the United States.

Any questions, please call the international desk.

Allison