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And still waiting...

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Some numbers from the Sacramento, Ca CBS Affiliate:

Higher COVID Rate Found In Some Counties With Higher Vaccination Rate – Why, And What It Says About The Delta Variant
State workers and health care employees will now be required to show proof of vaccine or get tested for COVID at least once a week.

The governor announced the new guidance today and is urging private employers to “replicate the example.”

And the numbers:

Statewide data analyzed by the Bay Area News Group found five counties, Los Angeles, San Diego, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco, have both a higher percentage of people who are fully vaccinated than the state average and a higher average daily case rate.

Compare that to these five counties: Modoc, Glenn, Lassen, Del Norte, and San Benito, which have below-average vaccination rates and decreasing case rates.

I want to shake the hand of the person who thought to take the adverse reactions to the vaccine and to brand them as a new COVID variant.  Pure marketing genius.  There is no Delta Variant, it is your bodies reaction to being vaccinated. Simple as that.

Great article reminding us that the current government's use of a pandemic is not a new thing.
This has been done before and will happen again if we let them. From The Western Journal:

In 1979 a COVID-Like Scenario Played Out Complete with Communists, Bioweapons, a Cover-Up & US Scientists Believing the Lies
A mysterious airborne illness plagued the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg in spring 1979.

People died in droves days after presenting with mysterious pneumonia at local hospitals. Then, the secret police stepped in.

Doctors, ordered to keep silent, had their patients’ records stripped from them and kept under wraps as the communist government searched for a “more mundane” explanation — a scapegoat — to feed the media.

The public could never know a Soviet military lab leaked deadly bacteria, so covering their tracks only seemed like a natural solution.

A pathogen had jumped from animals to humans from contaminated meat sources and caused these ailments — or so they said — but American spies picked up cues offering a different account.

A lot more at the article. Coincidentally, the name "Fauci" crops up.  The guy is not a competent physician, he is a consummate administrator and takes great care of his power and position but he is not the person you want to have dealing with any kind of epidemiological event. Quite the contrary. Serious ethics issues with that moke.

Ann Barnhardt points to one such course being offered for lawyers:

Mailbag: The Lawyers Are Gearing Up For What They Know Is Coming…
Hi Ann:

Wanted to let you know, the lawyers are gearing up for what they know is coming. This CLE (continuing legal education) seminar is sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association. It’s a six hour course. They have never offered this course before.

Remedies for Vaccination Injury Cases in Colorado: An Overview

As the late-night television commercials start up:  "If you or a loved one have been..."

China may have fscked up in the lab but nature is having a last laugh.  From Associated Press:

‘Superbug’ fungus spread in two cities, health officials say
U.S. health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in two hospitals and a nursing home.

The “superbug” outbreaks were reported in a Washington, D.C, nursing home and at two Dallas-area hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. A handful of the patients had invasive fungal infections that were impervious to all three major classes of medications.

“This is really the first time we’ve started seeing clustering of resistance” in which patients seemed to be getting the infections from each other, said the CDC’s Dr. Meghan Lyman.

The fungus, Candida auris, is a harmful form of yeast that is considered dangerous to hospital and nursing home patients with serious medical problems. It is most deadly when it enters the bloodstream, heart or brain. Outbreaks in health care facilities have been spurred when the fungus spread through patient contact or on contaminated surfaces.

More on this little bundle of sweetness and light at the Centers for Disease Control.
Today's word is nosocomial - you do not want nosocomial.

Senator Paul has him by the short and curlies:

Fauci tries to dance around it but you can see the panic in his face. Deer in the headlights.  The sheen of sweat.
Time for him to pay the piper - he has been playing fast and loose with our tax dollars as well as sending our technologies to the Chinese. Ten years in the slammer would be a great start.

The gift that keeps on giving - Texas democrats hold meeting with VP Harris.
And then this - from FOX News:

Harris visits Walter Reed for 'routine' doctor appointment days after meeting with infected Texas Democrats
Vice President Kamala Harris is going for what a White House official told Fox News is a "routine doctor's appointment" at Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday.

The visit to the Bethesda, Maryland, hospital comes after she met with Texas Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday. Three of the Democrats had tested positive for coronavirus, with one testing positive Friday night and two others Saturday morning.

And of course:

Fox News asked Harris' office if the vice president is showing any symptoms of COVID-19 but they did not immediately respond. 

President Nixon's dirty tricks committee could not have planed this better

But but but - they were vaccinated...

And of course - Wuhan Flu mortality

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Talk about inconvenient truth - from The Toronto Sun:

More young Canadians died from 'unintentional side effects' of the pandemic, not COVID
A new report shows that during the pandemic, there were more deaths from “unintentional side effects” than COVID-19, particularly among younger Canadians.

The latest data from Statistics Canada, released Monday, is titled “Provisional death counts and excess mortality, January 2020 to April 2021,” and found there were 5,535 deaths in those younger than 65 years of age.

There were 1,380 COVID-related deaths for that same age group, according to StatCan.

That’s more than four times the amount of deaths.

The report from the Canadian Vital Statistics Death Database suggests that “the excess mortality is, in large part, related to other factors such as increases in the number deaths attributed to causes associated with substance use and misuse, including unintentional (accidental) poisonings and diseases and conditions related to alcohol consumption.”

Much more at the site - the cure was much worse than the flu. But...  The ruling elites needed a crisis to get distance us from the successes of That Horrible Orange Man.

The Wuhan Flu - I'm a believer

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Now people are starting to recognize the truth - from The New York Post:

Top Biden officials now believe COVID lab-leak theory
The Biden administration took one giant step closer to admitting that the coronavirus was leaked from a Chinese lab, a theory once derided as fanciful fiction.

An increasing number of senior administration officials engaged in a probe of the virus are now backing the theory that the virus could have emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to a CNN report.

Has to be true if CNN is finally reporting it.  How long did it have to take?
How many tens of thousands of lives had to be lost?

All because they thought they could use this against That Mean Orange Man.

Very interesting - N-acetylcysteine

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From NOQ Report:

NAC Being Studied for Use Against Covid-19, So Of Course Amazon Just Banned It

    • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is suddenly cracking down on N-acetylcysteine (NAC), claiming it is excluded from the definition of a dietary supplement. As a result, Amazon has removed all listings featuring NAC-containing supplements
    • The trade group for the supplement industry, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, is challenging the FDA’s position, calling it “legally invalid,” and is urging its members to continue selling NAC supplements
    • NAC supplements have been sold for 57 years, and the FDA has never taken action against it — until now, when 16 clinical trials are investigating its usefulness against COVID-19
    • NAC is a precursor to reduced glutathione, which appears to play a crucial role in COVID-19. There’s evidence glutathione deficiency may worsen COVID-19 severity
    • NAC inhibits expression of proinflammatory cytokines that can trigger a cytokine storm, improves T cell response, benefits a variety of lung problems, and inhibits the hypercoagulation that can result in stroke and/or blood clots that impair the ability to exchange oxygen in the lungs

N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a precursor to reduced glutathione, appears to play an important role in COVID-19. According to an April 2020 literature analysis, glutathione deficiency may be associated with COVID-19 severity, leading the author to conclude that NAC may be useful both for its prevention and treatment.

NAC has a long history of use as a poison control remedy for acetaminophen poisoning in the emergency room. It neutralizes the toxic effects of the drug by recharging glutathione, thereby preventing liver damage. But the idea that NAC can also be helpful against viral infections is not new. Previous studies, have found it reduces viral replication of certain viruses, including the influenza virus.

In one such study, the number needed to treat (NNT) was 0.5, which means for every two people treated with NAC, one will be protected against symptomatic influenza. That’s significantly better than influenza vaccines, which have an NNV (number needed to vaccinate) of 71, meaning 71 people must be vaccinated to prevent a single case of confirmed influenza. It’s even better than vitamin D, which has an NNT of 33.

Been taking NAC as a part of my semi-daily regimen for the last ten years or so. One of those things that doesn't have absolutely concrete benefits but the anecdotal benefits are persuasive and the stuff is cheap enough that chucking a few pills down the hatch every other day makes sense.

The difference 252 days make

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From one story to another - not surprising really:

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It was never about the facts.  It was about pushing the narrative and getting that Orange Man out of D.C.

Looks perfectly legit doesn't it?

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BSL-4? Biosafety Level 4 - think Wuhan Institute of Virology and their safety track record.
From Financial Times:

Scientists fear future leaks as top-level labs proliferate
Maximum security laboratories used to carry out the most dangerous biological research have proliferated in the past decade, scientists say, warning that lax controls at some locations could lead to another pandemic. 

At least 59 maximum biosafety level 4 labs (BSL-4) are planned, under construction or in operation across the world, spanning 23 countries including the UK, US, China, India, Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire. They include the Chinese facility at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, now at the centre of a renewed US intelligence investigation into whether Covid-19 could have leaked from its lab.

Gregory Koblentz, an associate professor of biodefence at George Mason University, and Filippa Lentzos at King’s College London, who mapped the facilities, found that of the 42 labs where planning data was available, half were built in the last decade.

Three-quarters of all the BSL-4 labs were in urban centres. And only three of the 23 countries have national policies that provide oversight of so-called dual-use research, where experiments that are conducted for civilian purposes can also be adapted for military ends.

Now this just gives me the warm fuzzies.  Makes me feel good all over.
To quote the old joke: Be assured that absolutely nothing can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong...

Curious - VAERS

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VAERS?  =  Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
The VAERS Website has been down for over 48 hours now. Routine maintenence?

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Inconvenient truths?

UPDATE: The last recorded screen capture at The Internet Archive was on Thursday, June 3rd. Up until then, they had been capturing four and five copies of the site almost every single day.  After that last capture on the 3rd? Nothing.  They have been monitoring this site since their first capture on May 20th, 2005.

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Hmmmm...  Very curious

Found at 90 Miles:

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Gain of Function

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More coming to light - from the London Daily Mail:

State Department staff warned officials NOT to investigate Wuhan lab's gain-of-function research because it would 'open a can of worms' and expose US funding

    • New report in Vanity Fair exposes the tug-of-war over COVID origin investigation
    • Trump appointee in State Department was warned by staff to back off lab theory
    • Staffers feared it would expose US funding for gain-of-function research
    • WIV received grants for the research through nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance
    • EcoHealth head Peter Daszak spearheaded effort to crush lab leak theory
    • Top WIV scientist admitted in 2019 that some Chinese labs were 'neglected'
    • Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the National Institute of Health tried to suppress the department's investigation
    • Pompeo said there was pushback in his own department from people who did not agree with him or Trump
    • He also said he had to deal with 'internal debate' from the NIH

Career staffers at the State Department 'warned' officials not to investigate the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan lab, fearing it would expose U.S. funding for gain-of-function research there, according to a new report.

Thomas DiNanno, former acting assistant secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance raised the concern in a memo reported by Vanity Fair on Thursday.

DiNanno wrote that staff from two bureaus, his own and the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, 'warned' leaders 'not to pursue an investigation into the origin of COVID-19' because it would 'open a can of worms' if it continued.

Waiting for the heads to start rolling but not really holding my breath.

Now this is curious - Ivermectin

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Looks like it has another trick up its sleeve.  Not bad for the by-product of a bacteria found near a golf course in Kawana, about 80 miles southwest of Tokyo (and no where else in the world so far). It won its discoverers the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine. From the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (January 2021):

Ivermectin, a potential anticancer drug derived from an antiparasitic drug
Ivermectin has powerful antitumor effects, including the inhibition of proliferation, metastasis, and angiogenic activity, in a variety of cancer cells. This may be related to the regulation of multiple signaling pathways by ivermectin through PAK1 kinase. On the other hand, ivermectin promotes programmed cancer cell death, including apoptosis, autophagy and pyroptosis. Ivermectin induces apoptosis and autophagy is mutually regulated. Interestingly, ivermectin can also inhibit tumor stem cells and reverse multidrug resistance and exerts the optimal effect when used in combination with other chemotherapy drugs.

So we know it does parasites both internal and external.  We know that it is relativly harmless to mamals (side effects are more irritative - itching skin, red eyes, etc...). Here is a bit about it's anti-virus properties:

IVM not only has strong effects on parasites but also has potential antiviral effects. IVM can inhibit the replication of flavivirus by targeting the NS3 helicase; it also blocks the nuclear transport of viral proteins by acting on α/β-mediated nuclear transport and exerts antiviral activity against the HIV-1 and dengue viruses. Recent studies have also pointed out that it has a promising inhibitory effect on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has caused a global outbreak in 2020. In addition, IVM shows potential for clinical application in asthma and neurological diseases. Recently scientists have discovered that IVM has a strong anticancer effect.

Emphasis mine.  Now we find out that it has anti-cancer properties.  Is there anything that it can not do?
A gift from God? I would not be surprised.
Tip of the hat to Ann Barnhardt for the link.

About those vaccines

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From The Lancet - a well-respected British Medical journal
Go and read: COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness—the elephant (not) in the room

The money shot:

Vaccine efficacy is generally reported as a relative risk reduction (RRR). It uses the relative risk (RR)—ie, the ratio of attack rates with and without a vaccine—which is expressed as 1–RR. Ranking by reported efficacy gives relative risk reductions of 95% for the Pfizer–BioNTech, 94% for the Moderna–NIH, 90% for the Gamaleya, 67% for the J&J, and 67% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford vaccines. However, RRR should be seen against the background risk of being infected and becoming ill with COVID-19, which varies between populations and over time. Although the RRR considers only  participants who could benefit from the vaccine, the absolute risk reduction (ARR), which is the difference between attack rates with and without a vaccine, considers the whole population. ARRs tend to be ignored because they give a much less impressive effect size than RRRs: 1·3% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford, 1·2% for the Moderna–NIH, 1·2% for the J&J, 0·93% for the Gamaleya, and 0·84% for the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccines.

The real numbers are in the last sentence: The Vaccine efficacy of the Moderna-NIH jab is 1.2% and not 94%
(emphasis mine)

in terror and were silenced.  Looks like a tactonic shift in the narrative. From Politico:

Facebook no longer treating 'man-made' Covid as a crackpot idea
Facebook will no longer take down posts claiming that Covid-19 was man-made or manufactured, a company spokesperson told POLITICO on Wednesday, a move that acknowledges the renewed debate about the virus’ origins.

A narrative in flux: Facebook’s policy tweak arrives as support surges in Washington for a fuller investigation into the origins of Covid-19 after the Wall Street Journal reported that three scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in late 2019 with symptoms consistent with the virus. The findings have reinvigorated the debate about the so-called Wuhan lab-leak theory, once dismissed as a fringe conspiracy theory.

Good - the truth comes out. Finally.

How much did Fauci and his cohorts cost the American economy? How many billions of lost productivity. Yes, it is a bad virus but it is only a little worse than the bog-standard influenza. Death rates are only 0.01% to 0.03% worse than the standard flu and (numbers from our own CDC) most of these (78%) are compromised with obesity or other comorbidities (94% - see Table 3)

Facebook should not be the arbiter of social media. They do not regulate what I say, what I do or what I think. I quit them earlier this year for this reason. Twitter too. These sites add nothing to my life.

Of course - Covid and Texas

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From Zero Hedge:

Two Months After Biden Blasted "Neanderthal Thinking", Texas Reports Zero COVID Deaths
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott elicited criticism from Dr. Fauci and a host of Democrats when he decided to drop all COVID-19-linked restrictions in the Lone Star State back in March. Now, as states across the country are falling in line with President Biden's aggressive new mask guidance (clearly intended to encourage more holdouts to accept the vaccine) Texas is reporting a milestone that many of these critics once believed unthinkable: On Sunday, the state's Department of State Health Services reported its first day without a single COVID-19 deaths since March 21, 2020.

Yeah - it's out there and yeah, statistically, it is a bit more dangerous than the seasonal flu but pandemic? No.
Very convenient for the Democrats though.

Of course they do not want it

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From the National File:

Fauci, FDA’s Peter Marks Admit 40-50% Of NIH and FDA Employees Are Refusing COVID Vaccine
When pressed by Sen. Richard Burr about the percentage of CDC and FDA employees who have elected to receive the COVID vaccine, Biden medical adviser Anthony Fauci and the FDA’s Peter Marks admitted that the number who have chosen not take the vaccine is close to half. CDC director Rochelle Walensky dodged the question.

“Okay, this question I’m gonna go to Dr. Fauci, Dr. Marks, and Dr. Walensky,” Burr said. “What percentage of employees in [Fauci’s] institute, [Walensky’s] Center, or [Mars’] agency, of your employees, has been vaccinated.”

“You know, I’m not a hundred percent sure, senator, but I think it’s probably a little bit more than half, probably around sixty percent,” Fauci said.

“I can’t tell you the exact number, but it’s probably in the same range, some people vaccinated at our facility, and others at, uh, outside of the facility,” Marks said.

Video at the site.  Check back with me around - ohhh - 2023 or so...

Cows do it.

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Halfway tempted to get one of these from the local vet and mock it up with my vinyl cutter. I love our local food coop but they are very "progressive" - tweak a few hippies.

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Thanks to Robert Stacy McCain for the image.

Just not so soon. It escaped the lab before it was finished.  From Australia's Sky News:

This video was published on May 9th - five days ago. It has so far garnered 20,462 comments.
The media in the USA?
. . . crickets . . .

News you can use - the jab

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Don't like the numbers? Obfuscate. From Yahoo News/Business Insider:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office hid New York's COVID-19 nursing home death toll for at least 5 months, report says

    • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office hid the state's nursing home death toll for at least five months.
    • Cuomo's senior aides prevented state health officials from releasing the actual numbers, per NYT.
    • Cuomo has been embroiled in a series of scandals related to his handling of the pandemic.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office hid the number of deaths in nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic for at least five months, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Cuomo's senior advisors repeatedly prevented state health officials from releasing the actual death toll to the public, according to interviews and new documents reviewed by the NYT. Documents that included the data didn't go public until months later, the Times reported.

Yeah - the people are too stupid to know anything different.

Just the thing:

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Eighteen reasons - with links

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A solid canonical list - compiled by Christian Elliot at Deconstructing Conventional:

18 Reasons I Won't Be Getting a Covid Vaccine
A few friends have asked my thoughts on the covid jab(s) so I thought it was time to write an article on the topic.

All my friends had not heard most of the details I shared, so I figured you might appreciate hearing some of what I told them.

Knowing how contentious this issue is, part of me would rather just write about something else, but I feel like the discussion/news is so one-sided that I should speak up.

As I always strive to do, I promise to do my best to be level-headed and non-hysterical.

I'm not here to pick a fight with anyone, just to walk you through some of what I've read, my lingering questions, and explain why I can't make sense of these covid vaccines.

Here are just a few of the reasons - each reason is fully explained with links to corborating data:

#1: VACCINE MAKERS ARE IMMUNE FROM LIABILITY
#2: THE CHECKERED PAST OF THE VACCINE COMPANIES
#3: THE UGLY HISTORY OF ATTEMPTS TO MAKE CORONAVIRUS VACCINES
#4: THE "DATA GAPS" SUBMITTED TO THE FDA BY THE VACCINE MAKERS

Fourteen more at the site.  #2 is interesting.  Moderna has never brought any product to market and Fauci owns patents for Moderna products. Nice little moneymaker there... A good solid list and there are over 2,600 comments worth perusing as well. Self-education is key here.  I am choosing to not get the vaccination.  Not until it has been out for a year or more.

Of course they are going to try - does not make it right. From National File:

Pfizer CEO Claims Vaccine ‘Booster’ Shots, Annual Vaccination May Be Necessary
“I think there will be a need based on this data for revaccinations,” said Bourla, who’s been the CEO of Pfizer since January 2019. Bourla claimed that a “likely scenario” will show a need for a third so-called “booster” dose of the vaccine, somewhere between 6 and 12 months after the initial shot, “and then from there, an annual revaccination.” Bourla said that variants of the coronavirus will “play a key role” in the upcoming decisions.

I have been happy being smart, maintaining proper nutrition and the occasional dose of Ivermectin when called for. Had two sore throats this winter but nothing else. Neither lasted more than two days.

About that vaccine - two headlines

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Veeeery interesting:

Marines aren't stupid - you go not gain entrance to an elite force by being stupid.

I would look at this story another way - from Seattle station KOMO:

Zero flu deaths reported in Washington for first time
It appears the extensive precautions Washington residents have taken to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have worked to prevent other illnesses from spreading as well, including the flu.

As the typical winter flu season begins to wane, the state has made it through the entire fall and winter without a single flu-related death, according to Washington Department of Health. It's the first time that's ever happened since the Department of Health has began reporting flu illness statistics in 2009, when the H1N1 pandemic struck.

In fact, state health officials say they haven't even seen a positive flu test since the last week in December, when they had one confirmed case -- though they say that other labs in the state may have recorded cases that were not ultimately reported to the DOH.

In the past four weeks, the state has received reports of over 1,400 tests for flu with zero positive results.

How about this scenario:
We had a normal flu season.  We also had the Wuhan variant to deal with.  Unfortunatly, the testing protocols were so bad (some reports of a 90% false positive rate) that everything got lumped into the COVID-19 column. Besides, the State got Federal money for every COVID-19 patient and death so we sorta fudged our numbers.  More money is nice.

Stunningly bad science.

See - the vaccine is perfectly safe

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From My Penseive:

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Have not taken it and not planning to.

Some vaccines are wonderful.  Others are not well thought out. The current crop of mRNA ones for Covid are not ready for prime-time in my book. Looks like a lot of people feel the same way. From Stat News:

The White House is set to unveil a wide-reaching, billion-dollar campaign aimed at convincing every American to get vaccinated
The White House will soon unveil a wide-reaching public relations campaign aimed at boosting vaccine confidence and uptake across the U.S., Biden administration aides told STAT.

This television, radio, and digital advertising blitz, set to kick off within weeks, will focus on Americans outright skeptical of vaccines’ safety or effectiveness as well as those who are potentially more willing to seek a Covid-19 immunization but don’t yet know where, when, or how. Specifically, the campaign will target three groups in which access, apathy, or outright skepticism may pose a barrier to vaccinations: young people, people of color, and conservatives, according to a Biden aide. Congress and the administration have set aside over $1.5 billion for the effort.

$1.5 Billion? That is not chump change. How about just giving me a nice big fat tax break instead. win/win

Interesting - super-spreader?

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Get a whole bunch of people seeking a Wuhan Flu vaccination and cram them into one place.
From The Seattle Times:

Lumen Field Event Center opens Saturday as huge COVID-19 vaccination clinic; here’s how it will work
Almost exactly one year ago, the cavernous event center between Seattle’s two pro sports stadiums was transformed into a 250-bed military field hospital, complete with surgical rooms, intensive care beds and a radiological unit, an emergency stopgap in case Seattle’s hospitals were overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients in the nation’s first coronavirus hot spot.

On Saturday, the event center, which has changed its name in the intervening pandemic year, will open as a mass vaccination site, capable of vaccinating more people in a day than nearly anywhere else in Washington and, hopefully, hastening the end of the pandemic.

They are starting small but have plans to ramp up:

Once vaccine becomes more readily available — and hundreds of millions of doses are expected nationwide in the coming months — officials say the site will be able to vaccinate 22,000 people a day, seven days a week. That’s about half the daily shots that are currently being administered by all sites in Washington combined.

And we will see how many cases occur because of the crowding. Someone feeling the symptoms might decide to get vaccinated so they do not get the whole brunt of the infection.  This will have zero effect - if you are feeling it, you are already infected and spreading the love.  If you are not infected, the vaccine takes a couple of days to kick in so being exposed when you are getting the jab? I do not know but I am betting that the infection will trump any vaccination and that you will get it.

If you look at the website, you will see that they have people queuing up through stanchions in a zig-zag path - just the thing to hang out less than six feet away from Typhoid Mary.

Oh - and by the way - that 250-bed hospital? It was never used.  Didn't see a single patient.
More at The Seattle Times, April 8, 2020

Not only nursing homes - from National Review:

Don’t Forget Andrew Cuomo’s Other Coronavirus Victims
In late April 2020, while field hospitals built with millions of dollars stood empty and the USNS Comfort prepared to leave NYC after having only treated 182 patients, Governor Cuomo announced that further construction on such sites would halt, because they were unnecessary. “Thank God New Yorkers listened, and the projection turned out to be incorrect, because we reduced the spread of the virus with the closings, NY PAUSE, etc.,” Cuomo said on April 21. “Did you need the beds? Yes. You needed the beds because that was the projections. We stopped any new construction when we saw the rate starting to stabilize.”

We know now that this “stabilization” for hospitals involved sending contagious individuals back to nursing homes, where they would infect others. But it wasn’t just nursing homes. Cuomo’s edicts put another vulnerable population in inexcusable peril: New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living in group homes. A study released in June in Disability and Health Journal titled “COVID-19 outcomes among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in residential homes in New York state” found that people with IDD living in residential group homes were more than twice as likely to have severe outcomes and deaths as the state’s general population.

The order in question - FOX News:

Cuomo admin ordered homes for disabled to accept coronavirus patients & never reversed it
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration ordered homes for people with developmental disabilities to accept coronavirus patients — and never rescinded the order.

The April 10 directive, which mirrored the Cuomo administration's controversial order to nursing homes, also told homes for people with developmental disabilities that they could not require hospitalized residents to be tested for coronavirus prior to admission or readmission.

Five hundred fifty-two residents at homes for people with developmental disabilities have died of coronavirus, the New York Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) told Fox News on Monday.

More than 6,900 people out of the more than 34,552 who live in such resident homes have been infected with the virus, according to OPWDD.

Explain to me why this idiot is still in office.

From Detroit radio station KXYZ:

Macomb County Prosecutor says criminal charges possible against Governor Whitmer over nursing home deaths
Criminal charges could be in the works against Governor Gretchen Whitmer over putting COVID patients inside nursing homes used as hubs early in the pandemic.

New Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido says people who lost loved ones to COVID as residents or staff inside nursing homes should go back to get the vital information about the circumstances of their death and take that to local police and make a complaint as a wrongful death.

Lucido says with HIPAA laws, he can’t get that information in his own investigation.

And a bit more:

Lucido tells 7 Action News, “If we find there’s been willful neglect of office if we find there’s been reckless endangerment of a person’s life by bringing them in then we would move forward with charges against the Governor. Of course, we would. Nobody’s above the law in this state.”

And the numbers are telling:

Lucido started looking into this last year as a State Senator. He issued a statement in August that said more than 2,000 residents and 21 staff died in nursing homes, 32% of all deaths.

That is a lot higher than to be expected - well above the statistical noise floor. If they get Whitmer, then, they can go after Cuomo and the others. Five states used Nursing Homes to stash Covid patients. Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California. Time to pay the piper.

Told 'ya so - Florida

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From the Wall Street Journal:

Vindication for Ron DeSantis
In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed strict lockdown policies—many still in place—and became the media’s golden boy. “The governor of New York’s morning news conferences have become part of the country’s new daily rhythm,” the Washington Post’s Style section gushed in March 2020. “He’s the strongman who can admit he’s wrong. He speaks fluently about the facts. He worries about his mother, and by extension, yours, too.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis took a different approach and was pilloried. He was among the first to lift his state lockdown, adopting something resembling Sweden’s strategy of protecting the vulnerable while keeping businesses and schools open. “Florida Man Leads His State to the Morgue,” read a June headline in the New Republic. “Ron DeSantis is the latest in a long line of Republicans who made the state a plutocratic dystopia. Now he’s letting its residents die to save the plutocrats.”

A year after the virus hit the U.S., Mr. Cuomo’s luster has faded, and Mr. DeSantis can claim vindication. The Sunshine State appears to have weathered the pandemic better than others like New York and California, which stayed locked down harder and longer.

Mortality data bear out this conclusion. The Covid death risk increases enormously with each decade of age. More than 80% of Covid deaths in the U.S. have occurred among seniors over 65. They make up a larger share of Florida’s population than any other state except Maine. Based on demographics, Florida’s per-capita Covid death rate would be expected to be one of the highest in the country.

Nope. Florida’s death rate is in the middle of the pack and only slightly higher than in California, which has a much younger population. Florida’s death rate among seniors is about 20% lower than California’s and 50% lower than New York’s, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

Simple really. Cuomo followed the narrative.  Everyone in the bubble follows the narrative so of course, Cuomo was the golden boy. DeSantis followed the science.  People following the narrative do not concern themselves with the science.  These people think that the narrative is the science. DeSantis got it right.  A lot of small businesses in Florida are doing just fine.  A lot of small businesses in New York are deader than Cuomo's grandmothers. Again - simple.

Gee - I wonder why

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From The Jerusalem Post:

Pfizer CEO's Israel visit cancelled because he is unvaccinated
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has cancelled his expected visit to Israel, after it turned out he was not vaccinated against coronavirus, N12 reported Friday.

The report noted that Bourla, as well as members of the delegation that was meant to accompany him during his visit, have not received the second dose of the vaccine.

As a result, it was decided to delay the visit by several days, which also posed a logistic challenge because of the upcoming Israeli elections.

Bourla said in December that he has not yet received the vaccine yet because he does not want to "cut in line," and would wait until his age group is next in line for getting vaccinated. As such, he has received the first dose, but not the second one yet.

Not a matter of cutting in line.  He should have been one of the first - right up there with the scientists and lab rats who made the vaccine initially.

There is a long standing tradition in the tech world - you use your own product well before it is released as a product to the general public. It is called "eating your own dog food".

A simple truth from reired journalist Don Surber:

ITEM 2: The Washington Free Beacon reported, "The CEO of CNN's parent company said on Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic will continue to dominate the news network's coverage because it's 'really good for ratings.' "

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said, "It turns out the pandemic is a pretty big part of the news cycle and that's not going away anytime soon. It turns out it's really good for ratings."

No wonder the media cuts off anyone who dares challenge the masks and the social distancing.

What's good for WarnerMedia and its owner AT&T isn't necessarily good for America.

Yeah - at least they are being honest about their bias.  Pity this does not extend to their reporting.

Yet another paper - lockdowns do not work

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Lockdowns simply do not work - a very comprehensive analysis at the European Journal of Clinical Investigation:
Abbreviations:
Non Pharmaceutical Interventions = NPI
less restrictive NPI = lrNPI
more restrictive NPI = mrNPI

Assessing mandatory stay‐at‐home and business closure effects on the spread of COVID‐19
Abstract
Background and Aims
The most restrictive nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) for controlling the spread of COVID‐19 are mandatory stay‐at‐home and business closures. Given the consequences of these policies, it is important to assess their effects. We evaluate the effects on epidemic case growth of more restrictive NPIs (mrNPIs), above and beyond those of less‐restrictive NPIs (lrNPIs).

Methods
We first estimate COVID‐19 case growth in relation to any NPI implementation in subnational regions of 10 countries: England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and the United States. Using first‐difference models with fixed effects, we isolate the effects of mrNPIs by subtracting the combined effects of lrNPIs and epidemic dynamics from all NPIs. We use case growth in Sweden and South Korea, 2 countries that did not implement mandatory stay‐at‐home and business closures, as comparison countries for the other 8 countries (16 total comparisons).

Results
Implementing any NPIs was associated with significant reductions in case growth in 9 out of 10 study countries, including South Korea and Sweden that implemented only lrNPIs (Spain had a nonsignificant effect). After subtracting the epidemic and lrNPI effects, we find no clear, significant beneficial effect of mrNPIs on case growth in any country. In France, for example, the effect of mrNPIs was +7% (95% CI: −5%‐19%) when compared with Sweden and + 13% (−12%‐38%) when compared with South Korea (positive means pro‐contagion). The 95% confidence intervals excluded 30% declines in all 16 comparisons and 15% declines in 11/16 comparisons.

Conclusions
While small benefits cannot be excluded, we do not find significant benefits on case growth of more restrictive NPIs. Similar reductions in case growth may be achievable with less‐restrictive interventions.

Some variation as with any population but in general, no lockdowns? No problem.

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