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“Freedom Day” arrives
OffGuardian, Jul 19 2021

It’s finally here! The BIG Event! That’s right, “Freedom Day” is upon us. After 17 months of a 3-week lockdown, the UK is re-opening for business. Nobody in the press seems very excited about that. The Guardian reports on the “economic chaos” and the mathematical models predicting disaster. The Financial Times calls it “surrender day”. Reuters go with “anxiety day”. CNN call it a “huge gamble.” Nature says that “researchers” find it “alarming”. They’re desperately trying to re-stoke a year-old panic by reporting rising numbers of “cases,” as if that’s a measure with any kind of meaning. But none of that matters, because Britain can finally go back to normal … Except for all care-home workers, who are being forced to get vaccinated, of course. And all the businesses being “urged” to use Covid passes. And all the major cities still enforcing masks on public transport. And the wall-to-wall propaganda. That’s all here to stay … and the lockdowns might be coming back in the winter too. All in all, “Freedom Day” is all mouth and no trousers, and unlikely do much to dissuade the growing number of people that believe the “virus,” if it truly exists, is being used as a pretext to impoverish millions, enrich dozens and perform a global-scale theft of basic human liberty.

We’ve been told that two protest events have been planned for today, both in London, one at 9 am and another at noon. The former is reportedly a plan to “storm parliament.” If there’s any truth to that, we would consider it a mistake. Whilst we sympathise with anyone feeling angry, we could not recommend or endorse such action. Violence of any kind is the quickest way to discredit your position, and we’ve seen in the recent past how the MSM can twist a nothing-burger into a “violent insurrection.” The last thing we need is for the UK to get its own “Capitol Hill Riot,” and have every lockdown sceptic branded a “domestic terrorist” or “violent extremist.” The latter protest is intended to be peaceful, following the model of the “unite for Freedom” marches which have been a regular occurrence since lockdown began. Freedom Day or no, there are big protests planned across the world for Saturday Jul 24. You can click here to see which cities are involved and when to arrive. This follows massive protests all across France this weekend, following Macron’s announcement that vaccine passes will be needed to enter all business and public transport, and that “vaccination” will be mandatory for all healthcare workers. The resulting outcry turned the streets of Paris into this on Saturday:

In Australia, truck drivers blocked the Sydney Harbour Bridge with their lorries in protest against lockdowns. And we’ve already seen both Russia and Israel have to abandon “Covid pass” programs thanks to simple, unorganized mass non-compliance. There are definitely reasons to be hopeful; we are winning the argument, and more and more people every day are waking up the nature of their new reality. A cynical person might even suggest that “freedom day” is nothing but a ploy, designed to trick the increasingly restless majority into thinking things are returning to normal, but also then blaming their “selfishness” when “freedom day” is inevitably followed up with “lockdown autumn” and “slavery Christmas.” An even more cynical person might suggest that it’s just a massive social experiment, designed to see just how many people still wear masks, use hand sanitiser and social distance even though they don’t have to anymore. But what do you think?

  • Will “freedom day” make any difference?
  • How long will “going back to normal” last?
  • Will there be a “third wave” blamed on loosening the restrictions?
  • Will you, or anyone you know, still follow the old rules, even when they’re not enforced?
  • Will protests in Britain and France spread anywhere else as “vaccine passport” schemes emerge around the world?

A Brighter Future
Jordan Henderson, Offguardian, Jul 18 2021

Brighter Future – Oil on Linen – 40×72 inches. A child assists her father in blocking the New Normal.
If left unobstructed the New Normal would shut out their pathway to a brighter future.

The worldwide push towards authoritarianism under the pretext of a faux pandemic is coercing nearly every aspect of society into its respective pen, which means that nearly everyone is in a position to become a wrench in the gears. This is what inspired me to create this painting; it celebrates the revolutionary spirit being demonstrated by all manner of people, from grandmothers refusing to shop at mask enforcing stores, to parents exploring alternative ways to educate their children rather than letting them be muzzled and injected by the state. To represent the New Normal crowd on the right and left of the painting, I elaborated on an idea that I established in an earlier painting Safe and Sanitized, with skulls gagged by facemasks and held by their handcuffed hands (lockdowns), plus vaccine syringes stuck half haphazardly into them.

The building towering over the crowd on the left is Building 21, one of the CDC’s most iconic structures in their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. On the right is the US Capitol Building, with the bronze Statue of Freedom that crowns the Capitol dome having been replaced in my painting by a statue of the Caduceus (serpents twined around a winged rod). The Caduceus is an ancient symbol with various interpretations including commerce, though used in the USA as a symbol of medicine. Here it represents freedom displaced for “medicine” with the added irony that “medicine” is really just business and is actually being represented by a commerce symbol. Also on the right is the ancient symbol of medicine still widely used, The Rod of Asclepius (a single serpent twined around a staff). Here the serpent rises above its “patients” which it terrorizes, and the knob on the top of the rod is a human skull impaled on a large vaccine syringe. This rendition of The Rod of Asclepius more accurately captures the spirit of modern medicine.

The landscape that can be seen through the center is set both in autumn and in the evening to emphasize that it is the past, which is why our protagonists cannot go back that way. They must push back against the New Normal, thereby maintaining open a doorway to a brighter future.

Jordan Henderson lives in the Northwest of the US. He works in oil paints, and charcoals. A portfolio of his works can be viewed at either of his websites: Original PaintingsFine Art Prints.

One Comment

  1. Paul
    Posted July 20, 2021 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if I’m being melo-dramatic, but being vaccinated has now taken on the quality of a baptism into the new world.

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