For The Year in Review
For me, any and all of the discussions on the Trucker Protest were very resonant. Being Canadian, the media blackout on the hardships people were facing - mostly from those who were vaccine hesitant and those stories you published of people who suffered. Those stories were simply not told by the Canadian Media. Watching the protests in streams like Viva Frei, and then comparing to news coverage was both shocking and revealing. Posts and podcasts from Darkhorse brought sanity to an absolutely surreal and insane piece of history that will go down in the books as "A Small Fringe Minority".
For me, the newsletter "Science Misunderstood" in September stood out. The sheer number of "scientists" at prestigious universities who have given up on true science simply to be part of the crowd is astounding. I have to believe that they don't really believe these things, but are forced to support it because they need to support families and don't want to be ostracized. I'm hoping voices like yours begin to "win out" and the pendulum of truth swings the other way in 2023.
I like the variety of topics you pick. On some I know a lot and am looking for some additional information...which you often provide. On others, I know nothing but am delighted to learn. All around a good experience.
Just one thought -- you should leave this thread up because I expect the comments from subscribers will be of permanent interest to some of us.
Given the alarming inroads being made by the gender industry, I have most deeply appreciated your posts about the biological reality of our world now under attack by the scripted nonsense of our captured institutions. So "I Am a Woman" and "What Do Girls Do?" really stood out for me (I linked to "I Am a Woman" in an essay I wrote about gender claims and speaking the truth: https://leahrose.substack.com/p/our-lying-eyes).
Because of what is happening to free speech and critical thinking, I also loved your essays regarding the trucker protests and the corruption of science (your "Biggest Game of Whack-A-Mole" essay is particularly dear to me.🙏🏻)
I've said before, you and Bret both have served as exemplars of courage, beacons of hope, and anchors of sanity through the past few years. I'm always grateful for your podcasts, and your posts appearing in my inbox.
:) My wife is a health coach. I ghost wrote her health column in the local news paper for about 6 months. I know over time that weekly deadline becomes a pain in the @55.
I have envied you at times, because you have a bank of historical work to draw on, and still (I assume) there are days when the topics that do come to mind don't feel compelling.
Given your resignation from UA - what if you brain stormed what the alternative for higher education would look like if you were pope. I know Jordan P. has thoughts along these lines. You two may have areas of agreement. Maybe a spark could ignite a fire?
I love them all, but the ones that touch on parenting always resonate deeply with me, as this is the main focus in my life currently, and the area of my life that has felt deeply (and bizarrely) under attack in the past year. I spent much of last winter trying to understand how I could be so at odds with a school community and my own mother on the basic tenets of how society should treat children. I felt like perhaps I was going a little insane, but thankfully my husband was right there beside me reminding me that I wasn't, and sometimes forcing me to look at the things that were hard to look at, but so desperately needed to be looked at. In the spring we made a huge and unexpected decision to homeschool our 6 and 8 year old, and around that time I discovered you and Brett, and read your book. What a breath of fresh air. I always appreciate your insights on how to do right by children, even when (particularly when) society is advocating or trending toward things that are bad for their health, education, and development.
Thank you for introducing us to Tara C. with"Mila's Story".
Yep, Freedom Convoy issues still relevant as there are still legal battles and lives that were devastated for what were absolutely legitimate protests, Mama bears are still fighting hard against the gender ideology (not just protecting their children from harm, but even the ability to publicly call themselves mothers!) and our schooling systems have been completely co-opted by the gender and race activists - solutions need to be found for parents who are unable to homeschool. That said, I’d like to shout out to all of your animal nature related offerings, as they bring in a measure of understanding our place in the natural world. It is far too easy for us to get wrapped up in human created issues and forget our biological roots. Also, reading them are like finding oases in a sea of troubles.
I particularly loved the article about flow. It was at a time in my life where the way in which you described being in flow state really resonated. It had me write more about it myself. Seeing that distinction of flow struck me in a way where I see through this lense when I am not in flow (confused, disarrayed, not aligned with values) and whenn in flow (Pushing hard, figuring stuff out, aligned with values).
As a runner up, I loved the article about gift giving through the evolutionary lens. It's so interesting to think about gift giving through the lens of evolution. I mean, how come we do this "gift giving" thing? Also, the subtle nuance of giving the right gift, and giving the wrong gift.
As mentioned already, the trucker protests and the dynamics there are something worth highlighting.
Personally, I think your pieces highlighting the failures of higher education and science are worth considering. There's a lot more going on in the field of science that needs to be addressed, including how science is disseminated to the public and how science can be greatly co-opted.
I enjoyed reading your posts about newspeak, wokeness, being a woman and a mother, the issues we face in our educational systems and science around the globe. I was especially moved by your essays on Mila's story and the truckers' convoy in Canada, which resonated so deeply in my heart, though I do not come from North America, but maybe precisely because I am Lithuanian, a teacher and a mother. But most of all, I feel grateful for the post you wrote exactly a year ago called "Thoughts in Winter", to which you referred again in August in "You Are Not Alone". I still have tears in my eyes now while typing and I cannot find the right words in English to express my thankfulness... It is now, when I look back, that I realize what a dark, scary and dangerous moment it was for many of us in different parts of the world and how important it was to receive the support, the affirmation, the glimpse of hope and sanity, logic and common sense, and kindness, even if it came from far far away, from across the ocean. Thank you, we've come out of this stronger, and we are truly not alone!
I have been struck most by the human ability to adapt to new circumstances and situations. I did get the initial vaccinations and my body appears to have purged it effectively. Maybe we can study the people who do not appear affected by the vaccine to find out what is different. There has been a genetic component to both Covid the virus and the mRNA vaccines from the beginning. Why did I react less than I have to past mosquito bites while my neighbor was laid out flat? We both take good care of ourselves.
Heather far and away "not being a contrarian" was my favourite. I shared it all over, it spoke directly to my approach and made me feel so seen and understood, if only by you! tThen I also loved Mama Bear, as I am own (admittedly older) but I have also held the ground for our adopted 15 yr old daughter, and I am very proud of this journey on her behalf and for me too.
And as Mike says below, I was actual at the Truck Convoy in Ottawa so hearing anyone from anywhere tell the story of what I was seeing with my own eyes was such a gift. I know, I know, I know and no one can take that from me. It was a lifetime high for me, so to hear you speak of it with this openness was also a breath of fresh air!
As for ideas for 2023, i will think on this, perhaps revisits to early treatment come to mind, maybe a revisit to Tamara Lich, maybe a recap on the Emergency Orders Commission, but these are rather Canadian centric i suppose. I you havent read Ed Dowds book yet, get it!
Thank you for your insights, Pam from Kelowna
I have been following your weekly emails and podcasts for the last two years. I was an early resister to all the mandates coming out about Covid and vaccination. I have two teenagers (9th & 10th grade) who go to public school in a district that went all in on quarantining the unvaccinated. They were almost the only kids they knew who were not vaccinated, yet they kept being sent home because of "exposure" to vaccinated kids who contracted Covid. This led to a years' long fight with the administration against discrimination. I used much of what I learned from you to wage that fight. During those years I would try to get my kids to listen to DH or read your posts, but as you might imagine much of the language and reasoning went over their heads. I tried to synthesize it for them, but I was dad and they were embarrassed I would go on the radio and attack the arguments of the school division. What you had to say was so important for them to consume, but it was not consumable based on the language they use, the media they frequent, or the way they learn, etc. I have always longed for you to modify your content so that it can resonate with teens, for it is in their woke schools, around their progressive friends, that we are losing the war. In 2023, if there is anything you can do to offer a "version" of your message targeted at teens, that is where the impact of what you have to say, the change you wish to make, lies. Not with old fighters like me. cheers,
We spoke (for about five minutes via Zoom) in November of 2021 before you jumped off the call and I finished the call with Bret. He subsequently invited me to appear on your podcast to discuss BlackRock's connection to UVA's endowment fund along with Wall Street's general control of our Nation's universities (and, as a result, our Nation's public health experts) through their investment funds (https://thegavelproject.substack.com/p/universities-and-the-covid-19-money). I lost communication with your assistant around February of this year.
I would like to speak with you and Bret about a number of important topics (publicly, privately, whatever). These include: (1) my work as an Attorney/Civil Rights Activist leading kids across CA at the start of this year in Rosa Parks inspired mask mandate (free speech, expressive conduct) sit-in protests (with the permission of their parents, I invited the police to arrest numerous children on multiple occasions after they were "suspended" for not masking and refused to leave the classroom. Link to successful protest video from March 2022, Natomas CA https://www.instagram.com/p/CjY8KfCPRw7/); (2) the lawsuits that we've filed to vindicate the civil rights of these students and hold the responsible parties, personally, accountable (complaint against Coronado Unified School District, naming more than 20 individuals in the personal capacities (https://static1.squarespace.com/static/616cbf93ce3c445ef2f10067/t/633c770667e0fe62aa43e0f6/1664907015499/COMPLAINT.G.W.Coronado.pdf); (3) TGP's work funding lawsuits to battle CRT in schools (Tomi Lahren recently interviewed TGP's charitable beneficiary, Chelsea Boyle and the Attorney TGP retained for her family's benefit to hold Capistrano Unified School District Accountable for forcing her first grade daughter to publicly apologize for making a painting that conveyed the message that "all lives matter": https://www.instagram.com/p/CkmsLqztVBW/); and (3) TGP's work funding lawsuits about courts, in the United States, terminating parental rights for the crime of "misgendering" a child (which the court equated with "child abuse" https://pitt.substack.com/p/the-governments-war-on-our-children).
If you have any time, please consider following up with myself: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your (and Bret’s) impact is cumulative. Your articles (and podcasts) are like weekly ‘pep’ talks reminding me I’m not insane, old fashioned, or wrong, particularly when it comes to vax and gender/sex issues. My partner and I are the only ones in our family, including our 5 adult children between us, and their partners, that aren’t brainwashed by the entirety of current narratives. We are also the only unvaxed in our whole extended family and I have only 3 unvaxed friends. We live in Western Australia. Needless to say, conversations with old friends have shrunk to beyond boring chitchat, like I might have with the local butcher/postie. You both keep our world from becoming a singularity. I trust your choice to be the informative and intelligent read/watch that will sustain me/us week by week. Thanks and Happy New Year. I hope the weather improves.