When RFK Jr. and George Carlin Warned Us

As Published in The Swagger #7 — Sunday Wildcard (Plus Bonus Section)

I’m finally coming to the end of this process of getting The Swagger just right. Tuesday and Thursday are settled. Then I had the idea for a Sunday Wildcard. A single article, free or premium, as the wind blows. The kickoff issue #4, last Sunday, was free. But then I recalled that I use a hybrid model here, both advertising and premium membership. So, since there are ads before the paywall, there should be original content too. So, to sum it up, if it’s a free article, then that’s it and no worries. If it’s a premium article, I’ll put up something that’s original and viciously interesting content.

Deal? Deal.


In The Swagger This Sunday

1. Bonus: It’s a Hit & Run on several topics. That means it’s primarily like a link roundup, but each one with brief commentary of a paragraph or three.

  1. Anthony Colpo Takes on Steve Kirsch
  2. The US called on Ukraine to stop attacks on Russian oil refineries
  3. Black Jesus Update
  4. I got a kick out of writing this about high-frequency gym workouts in my upcoming manual, currently under development and testing

2. When RFK Jr. and George Carlin Warned Us. Seemingly unrelated, but I connect dots. Everyone senses it anyway. For a long time, folks have bemoaned the general trend of things politically. But America was still recognizable as America and while there’s certainly enclaves that still hold true, does Downtown San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, or New York look like America to you, anymore? Washington DC? If your answer is no, then what’s caused this?

1. Hit & Run

Item 1: Anthony Colpo Takes on Steve Kirsch

Flashback to the heyday of COVID-19, an era draped in global hysteria and an array of measures that now seem as distant as a bad dream. On the digital battleground of FreeAnimal.com, I became a prolific scribe, churning out around 100 posts amidst the chaos. Each piece, a testament to time, stands unscathed by the erosion of facts, their validity as solid as ever. However, that’s a story for another day.

The crux of our tale today orbits around a certain individual, Steve Kirsch. Kirsch is somewhat of a maverick in the world of vaccine injury and excess mortality. His endeavors span beyond the COVID vaccines, shedding light on various vaccine-related injuries. Yet, amidst his commendable work lies a peculiar fixation: an alternative COVID treatment that he championed with a fervor bordering on evangelical. This advocacy, however, caught the scrutinizing eye of Anthony Colpo.

I’m no oracle on this matter, but after a cursory review of Colpo’s post claiming a $25,000 prize for meeting Kirsch’s challenge, it’s clear to me: Kirsch bungled it. Colpo emerges victorious, rightfully claiming the $25,000 prize laid out by Kirsch. Kirsch, however, has so-far balked at either granting the prize or offering any rebuttal to Colpo’s work, or further explanation. Silence often speaks volumes. In the aftermath of what is now, Kirsch’s camp has been eerily quiet, with even his most ardent supporters turning mute or, at best, whispering. Sure, life’s demands can delay responses, but this silence is deafening.

I know one thing for certain given the nature of highly charged controversy on the internet: if Colpo’s challenge claim was bullshit and easily exposed as such, there would be a feeding frenzy on Kirsch’s site that would light it up all in red.

While it might be premature to declare a definitive victor in this saga, the current silence is telling. Feel free to dive into the details and make your own judgment.

  1. Dear Steve Kirsch: Fluvoxamine is a Toxic SSRI and Does NOT Treat ‘COVID’
  2. Dear Steve Kirsch: You Owe Me $25,000
  3. Steve Kirsch Replies to My Challenge

Item 2: The US called on Ukraine to stop attacks on Russian oil refineries.

All you ninnies who got it wrong from day one…

…and all of us who got it right from day one…

…one group of us had a deep understanding of geopolitics, cold-war politics, recent history, the region, and its culture…

…and the others listened to…

…laughably moronic American/NATO propaganda that hadn’t had a critical patch or update installed since being poorly conceived in the first place, in 1993.

You buncha flag-waving and social-media-profile displaying dumbshits. All of you, all the way right up to the top.

Item 3: Black Jesus Update

“Actually worked” for whom, and for what?

  1. Americans are fatter and more chronically ill than ever.
  2. More people are on medications and under managed continual care than ever.
  3. All-cause mortality is up, life expectancy is at stand still or creeping backwards.
  4. Healthcare insurance profits are up.
  5. Healthcare facilities profits are up.
  6. Pharmaceutical company profits are up.

Item 4: I got a kick out of writing this about high-frequency gym workouts in my upcoming manual, currently under development and testing.

What I want you to achieve is what I call sucky-fun. The workouts are tough, and when you do them on consecutive days—like you’ll have to in both the 4- and 5-day programs—then it’s going to get tougher, and sometimes it’s just going to suck. You need to bust ass and embrace the suck. You’ve got to get to where you love that it sucks so bad and won’t settle for less in the gym ever again. If you find that you can’t do a workout on any one day, then stop, go home, rest, eat, and recover.

Don’t ever permit yourself to do half-assed routines.

This is secret #1.

But, in return for embracing the suck, I’ve made it as fun as I possibly can. The suck is a lot easier and fun, actually, if it sucks a little differently each time.

Think of it like sex. It’s said there’s no such thing as bad sex, but that presumes that’s with a new partner. If it’s with the same partner day in, day out, then it is, indeed, bad sex, and you’ll eventually stop having it.

But what if you had 20 different partners, and each wasn’t super great, but at least it was sex, and it got the job done?

See?


2. When RFK Jr. and George Carlin Warned Us

When Robert F. Kennedy Jr. burst onto the political scene with his contrarian views on COVID, vaccinations, and then his presidential run, I applied my two golden “Richard’s Rules.” Rule number one: if everyone is saying the same thing, everyone is wrong. Rule number two: if half of everyone is saying one thing and the other half of everyone, the opposite, everyone is wrong. So, I decided to ditch the echo chambers. I didn’t buy into the left’s portrayal of RFK Jr. as a vaccine-hating villain, nor did I swallow the right’s depiction of him as an environmentalist tree-hugger on a mission to save the planet. Instead, I did something radical—I actually researched the guy.

I dove into RFK Jr.’s environmental cases, which span over decades, and here’s the kicker: the guy was on point. He wasn’t just spouting off about global warming or dreaming up Green New Deals. He was in the trenches, fighting against real, tangible environmental destruction—things like polluted lakes and rivers, courtesy of companies that had cozied up to the right people in government. These weren’t abstract, high-in-the-sky problems. These were local disasters, harming public lands—our lands. Reading through those case summaries, it dawned on me that maybe, just maybe, RFK Jr. wasn’t the bogeyman I’d been led to believe.

Now, George Carlin. You might wonder, “What the hell does George Carlin have to do with any of this?” Well, if you lean conservative, you might think Carlin’s monologues put him squarely outside your camp. But here’s the thing: Carlin wasn’t a conservative, sure, but he wasn’t a leftist cheerleader either. He was a misanthrope, an independent thinker who took shots at all things organizational—corporations, governments, you name it. Conservatives and Republicans might bristle at his critiques of free enterprise, but Carlin had a secret weapon: humor. Comedy has this unique power to lower people’s defenses and get them thinking, all while cracking them up.

Now, let’s circle back to RFK Jr. It wasn’t too long ago that he was the darling of the left. Fast forward to his presidential run, and it’s like he’s become invisible to the Democrats. Compare him to the current Democrat contenders, and it’s enough to make you scratch your head.

I’ll show you a couple of clips, one about Kennedy, the other is a Carlin bit. Watch it, think about the connections between these seemingly disparate dots, and then we’ll regroup. What’s the common thread linking RFK Jr. and Carlin? I’ll circle back, you can see if you nailed it.

And now George Carlin.

We’re diving into the nitty-gritty of business, politics, and where these two worlds collide. This isn’t just about selling lemonade at your front yard stand; this spans the gamut from your neighborhood bakery to the behemoths of industry that tower over us. At its core, business is about a simple exchange: you do something for me, I pay you. It’s straightforward, really—I want something more than my money, and you want my money more than you want to keep doing whatever it is you’re doing. This delicate dance of desires keeps the world spinning on its axis, powered by the twin engines of free trade and free association.

Now, let’s stir the pot with a bit of political drama. On the right, we’ve got champions of the American Dream, where free enterprise, profit-making, and job creation are the holy trinity. Then swing to the left, and you’re met with a wall of skepticism towards profit motives, often masking a deeper craving for a socialist utopia where everyone’s living off everyone else—a notion that grinds against the very gears of free enterprise.

Enter the corporation, a creature unlike any other in the traditional business bestiary. Think of it as a business on steroids, shielded by a layer of legal armor that protects its owners from personal liability. This setup lets corporations take risks that would make the average entrepreneur sweat bullets. But here’s where things get spicy: when corporations cozy up to the state, they gain the kind of power that can bend laws, influence policies, and sway nations.

When a corporation pays someone, it’s all peaches and cream until the person holding the purse strings wields power over you. Imagine a pharmaceutical giant wanting the whole world hooked on its latest pill. They can’t just pay their employees to make it happen, but they sure as hell can grease the palms of those who have a say in your life.

This, in essence, is what the likes of Robert Kennedy Jr. and George Carlin are driving at. It’s a cautionary tale of power, influence, and the murky waters where business and state mingle. It’s a world where your well-being might just hinge on who’s getting paid to make your life easier or, conversely, a living hell.

The final distinction is this: when a business seeks to influence an authority, by whatever means, are they influencing that authority to merely make their own business life a little easier, or to make your personal life tougher or with fewer options or choices than you might otherwise have?

The big money is in doing the latter.


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1 Comments

  1. Bret on March 28, 2024 at 09:06

    That’s one of my two favorite Carlin clips of all time.

    The other:

    https://youtu.be/YLuZjpxmsZQ?si=r3tTrW6zmcQxEd-N

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