Madison Avenue (You Know: Bullsh**) Governs America

There are persistent rumors that the Beatles didn’t play their own instruments. I recall first hearing such in the 1980’s. Probably no way to every fully prove or disprove the rumors. One thing has always struck me about the Beatles – they stopped touring in 1965. The official reason was that it was a hassle and the stage equipment couldn’t reproduce the studio sound. I can understand the hassle part of it, but in 1967 Monterey Pop happened with Hendrix giving one of his best live performances. If Hendrix could do it, so could the Beatles. But they didn’t. Gigantic amounts of money were left on the table as any Beatles tour especially in the wake of Sgt Pepper’s would have been a monster of attendance.

And that gets me to thinking that maybe they weren’t all that good…and so the rumors of session musicians re-recording Beatles tracks after the boys went home for the day sound credible.

Don’t get me wrong: they had some very good things going on there. Some of the lyrics that they wrote are sublime. McCartney by accounts of other musicians is a top flight bass player. But everyone agrees that Ringo is a merely competent drummer while neither John nor George were very good guitar players. It could be that the difficulty of what was being produced from 1966 on simply stymied the Beatles‘ in any desire to tour and so expose their limited range of musical talent. Back then, a live performance required band members who could hit the notes precisely – they didn’t have the electronic tricks that allow modern live performances to go ahead even on the thinnest talent. And even very talented musicians like those in Rush used such tricks because, hey, there’s only three of them and if you wrote a song using six instruments at once, kinda hard to pull that off with just the three of you on stage.

I bring this up because it doesn’t matter and it also illustrates how a public face is manufactured in the modern world. We of a certain age all have a mental image of the Beatles…and some of it is probably true. But a lot of it is marketing. Lots and lots of marketing. Lots and lots, that is, of people spinning things for a certain effect.

And that brings me to my real point: they don’t just go it for rock stars. They do it for anyone they please. I was trolling through Netflix the other day looking for something that wouldn’t be actually bad to watch and up pops an ad for Mayor Pete. A bio-pic on Buttigieg. It looked nauseating because even from the few clips in the ad you could tell it was hagiography: what a wonderful guy! I bet in there are bits about his “struggle” growing up gay in Indiana (as if anyone cared) and his vision for America…which is cloudy as he was recently talking up racist roads while supplies piled up in ports. What are they doing? They are prepping him for 2028. Not 2024: that is Kamala’s. There’s a chance she gets so horribly unpopular that the Democrats opt for someone else, but absent a complete Team Pudding Brain meltdown, she’ll be the standard bearer in 2024. And they know she’s gonna lose. So, here’s Pete – the future! But, what a complete zero! From a well off family, he from infancy has been on The Track – the set of schools and accomplishments which are designed to provide credentials. He’s got his Kennedy prize, his degree and his Rhodes Scholarship. He’s been a product all along – and now they are trying to sell him to all of us.

But this is what we get, right? It is what we’ve gotten for a long time. It is how we got Bill Clinton and Barack Obama…and the Bushes. If you are favored by birth or the luck of who likes you, you get the process – you get to check off all the boxes and you get to rise ever higher. As long as you don’t upset the people guiding you along the path, your life is set. Only a very few of such will get to be President simply for space and time limitations…but all of them, rely on it, have that ambition. It is fed to them. They are called brilliant (they get awards that prove it!) and kind…and the MSM only speaks well of them. And they get to have absurd bio-pics made about their lives and they’ll get those cutesy interviews on daytime TV (Side note: in The Man in the High Castle – one of the few things worth watching on TV the past ten years, though it ended a little lame – the writers beautifully captured this in a scene where the wife of the Bad Guy gets such a TV spot and it is horrid cringe, on purpose…).

And it doesn’t matter how badly you screw up! Just like the packaged rock star will have things smoothed over, so, too, will you! David Bowie could go on a year long drug fueled bender where hundreds of people see him acting like a complete lunatic…and, hey, not a peep in the press about it while it was ongoing and only years later in some sort of retrospective is it brought up. Bowie was the product and the people who packaged him weren’t going to let something like massive drug use wreck the program. You’ll notice that the rock stars don’t often die of OD’s any longer…because they’ve got minders who make sure they don’t. Nobody is going to invest massive resources in another Hendrix, Joplin or Morrison again only to have it end with the product drowning in their own vomit. Someone like Buttigieg can louse things up six ways to Sunday (as, you know, he currently is with transportation) and that won’t matter. It’ll be smoothed over. He won’t be asked the difficult question which would expose the fact that Rhodes Scholarships are passed out on connections not smarts. The marketing program will continue…and if Buttigieg winds up as President and we then get to experience his complete incapacity on a nationwide scale, he’ll still be protected. After all, after he’s done destroying the nation in the White House he’s still useful for grifting book deals and providing a bit of star power.

Sure, every now and again someone on The Track has to be sacrificed for the greater good (ie, so the reality can continue be covered up as the proles are given a pre-selected victim to hate). Weinstein is the most recent example of this and he got it really bad in the form of a criminal prosecution. Former Governor Cuomo seems to be set to get that axe, as well: but you and I know how rare that is. Toobin is the more usual course: gets caught spanking the monkey on a Zoom call and in a couple months he’s back at it on CNN saying Trump is stupid (perhaps he is – but he wasn’t yanking the crank in a meeting, sport). Right now, former Senator Franken is rehabilitating his career. Doubt he’ll go for elective office again…but you can already see the future in that he’ll be back intoning solemnly how lousy we all are pretty quick.

Different careers have some slight differences in them for those on The Track, but its really all the same. For an Army officer hoping to be a general one day, getting the ticket punched as a combat vet is a crucial as the guy on the Tenure track to get published…that the combat might well have been a lost battle and the published article sub-literate drivel doesn’t matter. The Credential is “combat vet” or “published author”. The box has been checked…they are now absolutely better than everyone who hasn’t been in combat or published and they are just as good as the successful commander and the brilliant author. But, even better than that – if you’re on The Track, your credential is worth more than someone not on it. Your fellow Lt Colonel with his pesky ideas about combat readiness will be removed from the promotions list by those helping you along…and so his victory over the enemy will mean absolutely nothing while your bronze star for not getting more than 20 of your own soldiers killed will shine brightly.

Here’s the really bad news: we’re on the third or fourth generation of people selected for advancement based on wealth and/or connections. It has been happening since the 1950’s. Dolt A begat Dolt B who begat Dolt C…who really likes the cut of the jib of that intern who got the gig because his Mom is friends with the person passing them out. It is a huge negative feedback loop and each generation is worse than the previous because the one thing the incompetent can’t stand to have around them is someone competent. These people don’t look for someone better than themselves…they’re forever on the look out for the most mindlessly pliable person available. This is why things progressively suck…why even very basic things are being done badly. Why, you know, cargo is piling up in ports when we’ve were moving cargo easily just a few months ago and the guys in charge haven’t the foggiest notion of what to do.

We make our jokes about burning it all down – but in a real sense we must do it. Any random 100 people pulled in off the streets and placed in charge of, say, the FBI will better ensure criminals are caught and justice is done than the people currently in there. They can’t possibly do worse…and as they would go in with the mindset of catching bad guys and protecting the innocent, you’d actually get at least some of that…unlike now, when we get none of it. If we win in 2024, we have to top to bottom start getting rid of the credentialed incompetents. We have to: if we don’t, these idiots will destroy the country and then insist that China give them a medal for it.

34 thoughts on “Madison Avenue (You Know: Bullsh**) Governs America

  1. jdge1 November 15, 2021 / 1:00 am

    The band “The Monkees” that gained popularity back in the 60’s was a total fabrication, an idea to promote and produce a tv comedy series. The group of 4 young men hired to act as a band for the tv show, were credited with music that was largely produced and played by others. For many of their initial albums, the group was brought into the music studio to provide voice only AFTER the music was taped by other musicians. Though Naismith and Tork had actual experience playing music instruments, the band as a whole did not play their own music until well after their initial debut. Strangely, it is said the Monkees records outsold both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined in the years 1966 to 1967. Despite their early popularity, the band members were highly dissatisfied with the music production and choices and wanted a greater role in what they played and sang. After certain contracts expired the band set out to produce their own music which largely flopped.

    Kind of reminds me of certain people brought into politics, propped up and marketed to appeal to a targeted group. Once they get elected, their egos kick into high gear believing in their own superiority and feel compelled to voice ideas that are typically illogical, idiotic and destructive. It makes for a compelling argument that the threshold in the right to vote needs to be set much higher than simply turning 18.

    • Cluster November 15, 2021 / 9:52 am

      Great analogy. Can you say AOC??

    • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 11:02 am

      The info on the Monkees is old—-I think we knew about this, at least in concept, even when the show was on TV. The book/documentary “The Wrecking Crew” talks about it, as well. The name refers to the brilliant studio musicians who were the instrumentals on many albums, including the Beach Boys. It’s a fascinating book by the way, much better than the documentary.

    • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 11:06 am

      It makes for a compelling argument that the threshold in the right to vote needs to be set much higher than simply turning 18.

      I’m sure if you look into the driving force for lowering the voting age to 18 you will find it was Democrats. Since then they have tried to lower it to 16. It’s all part of the trivializing of the vote. But it’s not just Dems who treat voting as some frivolous exercise—that dipweed GOP Representative from New York who voted for the latest Dem spending spree did so because AOC voted against it, and she wanted to vote opposite to AOC.

      • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 12:37 pm

        Speaking of trivializing the vote—even now, 40% of people polled of Iowa likely voters say they would vote for Biden—again.

        These are not serious people. These are not people giving serious thought to the best way to govern the nation. These are shallow people whose concern for the nation is outweighed by their emotional spasms and dedication to Identity Politics.

  2. Cluster November 15, 2021 / 9:52 am

    And that gets me to thinking that maybe they weren’t all that good…and so the rumors of session musicians re-recording Beatles tracks after the boys went home for the day sound credible.

    Pink Floyd also recorded at the Apple studio and I once read an account from David Gilmore where he said that he would sometimes go down and watch the Beatles work and record and get inspiration when he was struggling. Gilmore said the Beatles were perfectionists and would replay parts of their songs over and over again to make sure it was right, and he really enjoyed watching and learning from them, so who knows ….

    I know that I am with Jason Whitlock on this one … he was on Levine last night

    Jason Whitlock: I want to take the conversation a little bit differently though, in terms of, I don’t want to diminish racism, I don’t want to diminish anti-Semitism, those are real issues and real problems. But what we’re really seeing here from Joy Reid, from Michael Eric Dyson, from Jonathan Capehart, this is satanism. This is satanic. — When there is an attack on truth, it’s an attack on God. It’s an attack on Jesus. The truth is what sets us free. The truth is what Jesus, God, faith, are about.

    These people willfully lie and that is an affront to God and yes … evil. They are satanic. I am watching Morning Joe this morning and they knowingly lie about every issue. I just heard Scarborough report that illegal immigration exploded under Trump and what we are seeing now is just a continuation which is a LIE. Also heard this morning, Trump was threatening Mike Pence to over turn the 2020 election. The people are not our domestic political rivals. They are truly evil people who need to be put down.

    • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 12:34 pm

      How do you propose “putting them down”?

      • Retired Spook November 15, 2021 / 1:11 pm

        If Republicans/Conservatives gain the level of control next year and in 2024 that I think is possible, I wouldn’t be opposed to a Nurenburg style prosecution of hundreds, maybe thousands of Progressive and Socialist/Fascist Democrats whose lies have resulted in the deaths of Americans. There would necessarily be a few Republicans in this group as well. The most egregious offenders I’d execute, and I’d add a large wing on the Federal Prison at Leavenworth, KS , for the rest. I’d build a special solitary section for all those involved in putting Jan. 6th trespassers in solitary in the DC Jail for an indefinite period.

      • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 1:51 pm

        I agree that the full force of the law should be applied to those whose purposeful actions have led to the deaths of people. I can’t think, offhand, of anything calling for the death penalty, but I certainly think there has to be accountability for putting people at risk just to pursue power.

        For example, I no longer accept that the push toward vaccination is based on concern for the health and welfare of people. There is too much documented evidence showing that (1) vaccination is ineffective, and (2) that it is dangerous to many people—how many we still don’t know, as micro-clotting is only discernable in its early stages through a special test. Combine these two factors with the frantic determination of the government and its minions, mindless as well as complicit, to literally force this procedure on people and it is clear that it is not a matter of health or safety but of power and control. These people should be held accountable.

        However, the term “putting down” is nearly always used in the context of killing and as such is a reckless statement. I think it is meant that way, possibly as bait to get a response. Of all the terms that can be used to show defeating of opponents—taking down or taking out, for example—only “putting down” carries the implication of ending life.

      • Cluster November 15, 2021 / 2:16 pm

        However, the term “putting down” is nearly always used in the context of killing and as such is a reckless statement.

        You know I do say that to trigger you and it works every time. Don’t fall for it. That’s what emotional leftists do … they freak out over words while at the same time using the most incendiary language possible. If conservatives start being language police, then we have lost.

      • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 4:06 pm

        I commented that the phrase was just bait……I didn’t finish the sentence to say it was a juvenile little game you play so you can compare me to leftists. I don’t “freak out over words”—-I merely comment on the mentality that constantly falls back on pseudo-macho bluster. As I have said, I am very protective of this blog, and don’t ever want it to be held up as a site encouraging or even tolerating the kind of violent rhetoric we see from the Left, or from unhinged people who would be better off if their midlife crises involved a mistress and a red convertible instead of late-blooming chest-thumping.

      • Retired Spook November 15, 2021 / 2:58 pm

        I agree that the full force of the law should be applied to those whose purposeful actions have led to the deaths of people.

        The tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people (millions worldwide) who died because they were deprived of effective treatment are just as dead as the 7 million Jews who were gassed and thrown in the ovens of the Nazi concentration camps. And the people who facilitated it are just as guilty as the Nazis, IMHO. The only difference is the level of gruesomeness. If this modern genocide is allowed to stand, it will only get worse.

      • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 4:34 pm

        Spook, I agree completely. I just think it would be impossible to, in our courts of law, elevate these crimes to a level where the death penalty would be imposed. Which, by the way, I think is too bad.

        The labyrinth of evidence necessary to show purposeful intent to harm vs criminal negligence is daunting. At this late date it would be impossible to prove, absolutely, that any treatment would have saved a life. All we can do is look back and speculate that if the patient had been given this or that treatment it probably would have saved that life, and that would not suffice for a conviction, much less a death penalty.

        I don’t think the NYT, for example, could be convicted of murder or even manslaughter in any degree merely by printing glaring headlines claiming that hydroxychloroquine WILL KILL YOU !!! In a perfect world, every person at the Times involved in those headlines and stories would be held accountable, but in the real world as we know it that tangled mess of names and job titles would protect the guilty from individual responsibility.

        I do think the CDC can and should be held accountable, Fauci in particular. I think he should be arrested and tried on several charges, and the CDS submitted to the same clean sweep I want to see in the FBI.

        I promise you, I am as outraged as you are, and have been for quite some time. But I also don’t see a way to untangle the convoluted mess of who is most directly responsible for what. It might be possible to do a direct relationship between whoever first declared hydroxychloroquine to be a dangerous drug down through the doctors who refused to prescribe it to the pharmacists who refused to honor prescriptions, and somehow fit the politically motivated fake news headlines and stories into the mix. A much better researcher than I can, and probably is working on, a timeline and a relationship chart.

        I do come back to the Agenda Media, with its equivalent of shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater. The media herded the masses into hysteria, but doctors and pharmacists all the way up to the CDC aided and abetted that effort.

        I think/fear that the only way we can get anything like justice is to somehow buy or create a mainstream media platform and then do an in-depth reveal of what happened, and why, naming names of the guilty and outlining the carnage they created. I’m talking about a merciless detailed account of every media talking head, every printed statement, every claim made by every “expert”, held up against the known benefits of certain therapeutics. And then every family member of every person denied appropriate care can pursue individual or class action suits against the people most closely involved in their cases.

        It’s not enough, I would agree, but I think it is what we might accomplish. What I would want it to lead to would be the permanent banning of every media person involved from any future job in anything that might be related to “journalism”, every publication and television station that was part of the hysteria being either shut down or punished so severely it would be crippled if not destroyed, every politician associated with this summarily removed from office, and new laws written to cover the kinds of abuses we have seen from the Agenda Media. If we could go after anyone in a more significant way it would be the agency heads and the media heads who either invented these stories or who approved of them for publication. And we could and should see doctors lose their licenses for malpractice.

      • Retired Spook November 15, 2021 / 5:06 pm

        At this late date it would be impossible to prove, absolutely, that any treatment would have saved a life.

        I don’t know if the differential between the COVID death rate in the U.S. and the death rate in Sub-Saharan Africa has stayed what it was when I did an analysis a little over a year ago, but I can think of no better proof than the fact that Sub-Saharan Africa had a death rate from COVID that was around 3% of ours (ie., 97% lower). The difference — hydroxychloroquine is over-the-counter.

      • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 5:37 pm

        I agree, but I am so cynical about our “justice” system that I tend to believe the worst. However, that is a powerful statistic, which I did not know.

      • Cluster November 15, 2021 / 5:20 pm

        …or from unhinged people who would be better off if their midlife crises involved a mistress and a red convertible instead of late-blooming chest-thumping.

        LOL thanks for keeping us safe

      • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 5:36 pm

        Not you, just the blog.

  3. Amazona November 15, 2021 / 12:28 pm

    The first time I recognized this was the PR package put together for John Kerry. He was a total wanker, a whiny prepster trying to run up some military cred, and thanks to a hyperactive Agenda Media he got away with it. He joined the navy and volunteered for Swift Boat duty, because at that time the Swift Boats were just couriers, running between shore and the big offshore ships. But by the time he was deployed they had been shifted to river patrols, and when he learned he was going to be in-country, actually in the middle of things, he pitched a screaming fit and demanded to be reassigned. He was denied. On riverine duty he was a total screwup. Thanks to his ineptitude a kid got killed—his boat was stationed around a curve in the river and his job was to watch the radar and let the crew know if a boat was coming, so they could move out into the channel and stop the boat to search for supplies being smuggled to the Viet Cong. Kerry was not doing his job and a boat got past the radar, and when the crew suddenly found a boat coming up on them both they and the man running the boat were taken by surprise. The man reached for a rifle, the Swift Boat crewman shot at him, and killed his six-year-old son. It was a total failure and the crew was very upset.

    Kerry later put in for medals for himself and the crewmen, claiming this was a successful encounter with an armed enemy. He once got a splinter in his arm, refused to just pull it out and demanded it be seen by a doctor, then demanded that the doctor put him in for a Purple Heart for it. The doc refused, so Kerry hung around till a new doc came on duty and lied about the extent of his “wound” (which called for a band-aid) and got his first Purple Heart. His entire military career was like this, one scam after another where he could lie and get some kind of official notice of honorable duty.

    To this day his shameful bogus military career has gone unreported. The crew members who wrote about it were vilified and slandered and libeled, and the book was largely ignored. Kerry went on to help VP Biden set up American funding to countries where their sons then went into business with the governments of those countries, or criminals in those countries, to bleed off billions of that American aid.

    I think Kerry is probably the most obvious success story of PR packaging of a political candidate. JFK got a lot of it—– his most famous exploit was due to him disobeying orders and taking his PT boat where it didn’t belong, where it was hit by a Japanese boat, leading to the concoction of the infamous Hero Of PT109 fantasy.

    Clinton just got cover for his criminality but at least didn’t seem to have a lot of imaginary feats attributed to him. Of course, the media were kept busy with the coverups. The packaging doesn’t always work—Kamala Harris is a great example.

    I’m not aware of any overt packaging done for Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan or Trump, and never heard anything about either Bush that sounded like packaging.

    • Cluster November 15, 2021 / 2:18 pm

      Bush was packaged as the “compassionate conservative” … in other words, malleable to Democrats desires and when Paulson came out and approved the 2008 bank bail out, we all learned just how “conservative” Bush was.

      • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 4:09 pm

        I don’t remember anyone but Bush the Elder using that phrase.

        The Bushes were/are just examples of the Identity Politics mentality that uses an “R” on the lapel to describe themselves while never staying true to Constitutional principles. But I don’t remember puff pieces and lavish praises from any of the media about either of them.

      • Cluster November 15, 2021 / 5:19 pm

        True but the Obama’s and Bush’s are now BFF’s

      • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 5:35 pm

        At least they aren’t slaves to the Rogue Apostrophe.

      • Cluster November 15, 2021 / 6:50 pm

        Or the rogue autocorrect. So much to stay on top of. Grammar, punctuation, inflammatory speech, etc. lol

      • Amazona November 15, 2021 / 8:05 pm

        When you know the rules you don’t have to put effort into following them. You’ve always misused apostrophes, so don’t blame your computer. I’ve seen Spell Wrecker try to turn “its” into “it’s” but not change a name from a plural (Obamas) into a singular possessive (Obama’s).

        We are seeing the effects of a few loudmouths on January 6 spouting that “inflammatory speech” you snicker at, as these ignorant outbursts of anger and frustration are now being used to smear an entire protest and by extension all Trump supporters. One hyper-emotional chest-beater howling “we need to burn it all down” and the entire movement is identified as “insurrectionists”. All of the mealy-mouthed backtracking of “I really only meant a purely symbolic protest against corruption” is just what it sounds like, and doesn’t change a thing. And people who know better are tarred with the same brush, merely by association.

        You may think it is darling and precious to blurt out some stupid comments about putting people down, getting rid of people, etc. You may find some odd kind of enjoyment in repeating this until I comment on it. Obviously, you need a better hobby than playing “Wanna see how desperate I am for attention?” The thing is, you make these kinds of comments so often, in so many contexts, it is hard to buy the excuse that they are only efforts to get a rise out of someone, so you’re kind of stuck between coming across as a belligerent Proud Boys violence-seeking kook or a sad seeker of attention, even negative attention. That’s not a paradigm I created for you, but take my word for it, it’s not a good look.

        Jes’ sayin’

  4. Cluster November 16, 2021 / 9:53 am

    Why is it that the weakest of men are usually the most authoritarian?

    Fauci says that there is a “misplaced perception about people’s individual right to make a decision that supersedes the societal safety.”

    Who determines what “societal safety” is?? I guess my aspiration is to ultimately not tar anyone who knows better. Lord knows there are a lot of them.

    • Retired Spook November 16, 2021 / 10:44 am

      Who determines what “societal safety” is??

      It is always — ALWAYS those who wish to rule over others, and that’s pretty much all you need to know.

      • Amazona November 16, 2021 / 12:22 pm

        In a similar vein:

        ‘MUST READ’: John Hayward’s thread on why ‘totalitarians constantly rewrite history’ puts in stark perspective what conservatism is up against

      • Retired Spook November 16, 2021 / 3:37 pm

        From early in Hayward’s thread:

        nothing that predates the Party has any authority.

        Right out of Orwell’s 1984.

  5. Amazona November 16, 2021 / 12:27 pm

    “The CDC and FDA are running the [vaccination] program. They are NOT the people who typically run vaccine programs,” McCullough says. “The drug companies run vaccine programs.

    When Pfizer, Moderna, J&J ran their randomized trials, we didn’t have any problems. They had good safety oversight. They had data safety monitoring boards. The did OK. I mean I have to give the drug companies [credit].

    But the drug companies are now just the suppliers of the vaccine. Our government agencies are now just running the program. There’s no external advisory committee. There’s no data safety monitoring board. There’s no human ethics committee. NO one is watching out for this!

    And so, the CDC and FDA pretty clearly have their marching orders: ‘Execute this program; the vaccine is safe and effective.’ They’re giving no reports to Americans. No safety reports. We needed those once a month. They haven’t told doctors which is the best vaccine, which is the safest vaccine.

    They haven’t told us what groups are to watch out for. How to mitigate risks. Maybe there are drug interactions. Maybe it’s people with prior blood clotting problems or diabetes. They’re not telling us anything!

      • Amazona November 16, 2021 / 1:59 pm

        Despite widespread and sometimes mandatory use, all the currently available COVID-19 so-called vaccines have yet to complete clinical trials, with the earliest completion date set for May of 2023.

        “Permissible Medical Experiments.” Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals under Control Council Law No. 10. Nuremberg October 1946 – April 1949, Washington. U.S. Government Printing Office (n.d.), vol. 2., pp. 181-182.

        The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion, and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment.

        The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.

        The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature.

        The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other problem under study that the anticipated results will justify the performance of the experiment
        The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injury.

        No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.

        The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.

        Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury disability or death.

        The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons. The highest degree of skill and care should be required through all stages of the experiment of those who conduct or engage in the experiment.

        During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end if he has reached the physical or mental state where continuation of the experiment seems to him to be impossible.

        During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required by him that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.

  6. Amazona November 16, 2021 / 6:27 pm

    What’s it like to live in a Democrat city?

    Today I was driving through Denver on I-25. Four lanes of traffic, moving along at about 55 MPH, and then I saw a man lying in the small area left of the left lane, curled up against the concrete barrier.

    20 minutes later I had still not gotten anyone to answer my 911 call. All I got was a loop of “All call handers are busy. Do not hang up. All call handlers are busy. Do not hang up. ” In Spanish, as well, naturally. When I finally hung up, being well out of town by then, the system kept calling me back, but when I pushed “1” to indicate an emergency it just kicked me back to the same loop.

    Denver is quite concerned about “the homeless” but what about citizens needing emergency assistance? Evidently not so much.

    • Cluster November 16, 2021 / 7:59 pm

      Build Back Better

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