Apr 072021
 


Jacobello Alberegno The Beast of the Apocalypse 1360-90

 

0.1% Of Covid-19 Cases In Ireland Come From Outdoor Transmission (IT)
Ron Paul Urges Americans To ‘Wake Up’ And Reject Vaccine Passports (RT)
Texas Becomes 2nd US State To Ban Vaccine Passports (RT)
Yup, Still Waiting for the Maskless Texan Apocalypse (NR)
California’s Failed Response To COVID (Bhattacharya/Kulldorff)
AstraZeneca Trial Involving Minors Halted As EMA Links Jab to Blood Clots (ZH)
Only Half Of Americans Intend To Vaccinate Their Children Against Covid (F.)
Travel Bubble Between New Zealand And Australia To Start On 19 April (G.)
Australia Calls On EU To Supply Outstanding Astrazeneca Vaccine Doses (G.)
Comedy Club Pulls Out Of Covid Safety Trial After Online ‘Hate Campaign’ (G.)
In Biden Change Of Tune, US Mulling Boycott Of 2022 Beijing Olympics (ZH)
Biden Admin Mulls Restarting Border Wall Construction (ZH)
The Greatest Game (Booth)

 

 

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.
– Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

Or maybe it’s even as high as twice that, 0.2%?!

Here in Greece, as in many other places, all outdoor sites, like restaurant and café terraces, remain closed, forcing people indoors, where the other 99.9% of infections occur.

And when people do go outside, they have to wear a mask. For an 0.1% risk.

0.1% Of Covid-19 Cases In Ireland Come From Outdoor Transmission (IT)

Earlier on Tuesday, a professor of immunovirology said figures showing 0.1 per cent of Covid-19 cases in the State come from outdoor transmission may be an underestimate. Prof Liam Fanning of University College Cork said he was surprised by the figures and felt there could be a “slight bias” in the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) data on cases linked to outdoor transmission. Figures from the HPSC showed just one confirmed case of Covid-19 in every thousand is traced to outdoor transmission. Of the 232,164 cases of Covid-19 recorded in the State up to March 24th this year, 262 were as a result of outdoor transmission, representing 0.1 per cent of the total, the data revealed. There were 42 outbreaks associated with outdoor gatherings, with one community outbreak accounting for seven cases.


Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast on Tuesday, Prof Fanning said there was an obvious difference in transmission rates of the virus between outdoor and indoor locations. He cautioned that meeting people outdoors still posed a risk, as the virus could be spread if someone infectious was “face-on chatting” to other individuals. People should try to avoid speaking directly face-to-face and instead attempt to speak to each other while side by side when outdoors, a common method used during the Spanish flu, he said. Prof Fanning said financial support to encourage more outdoor dining spaces should also be “much higher”, given the low transmission rates outdoors. At present, restaurants, cafes and bars are restricted to delivery or takeaway services only, with no outdoor dining permitted.

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Liberty. It’s an easy concept.

Ron Paul Urges Americans To ‘Wake Up’ And Reject Vaccine Passports (RT)

Ron Paul has warned that Covid-19 vaccine passports could be used by the US government to restrict freedoms, stirring up an already heated debate over whether such IDs are necessary. The former US congressman and physician said on Monday that requiring certificates to verify vaccination for international travel or daily activities would “solidify the whole idea that our lives belong to the government.” “They own liberty and now you are going to get permission to use a little bit of it. They are going to divvy it out a little bit. You’ll never get back what you should have,” he said while speaking on his program, the Ron Paul Liberty Report. The Biden administration has acknowledged that it is collaborating with tech companies to develop a variety of potential vaccine passport apps.

At the state level, New York has already created its own digital certificate that grants entry to venues. Paul warned that the initiative could be used to regulate nearly all aspects of life, including where you will be allowed to go and what kind of activities you will be permitted to participate in. He said he hoped Americans would “finally wake up” and oppose vaccine IDs. If people don’t “take a stand” now things are going to get “bad,” the former Texas lawmaker predicted. He called on his supporters to reach out to family and friends in order to start a grassroots movement against identification programs, adding that those who choose to do so should understand “what life and liberty is.”

The message resonated with many. Some commenters echoed Paul’s fears that the initiative could be used to usher in a dystopian nightmare. Others said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ pledge to ban the use of vaccine passports should be emulated nationwide and expressed hope that the Supreme Court will ultimately rule the IDs unconstitutional. One observer said they opposed storing personal health data in a digital device but saw nothing wrong with doctors issuing paper certificates showing vaccination status. There were plenty who disagreed with Paul, however. “The government is there to serve & protect us,” argued one Twitter user, adding that while passports could potentially lead to discrimination, the spread of Covid-19 poses a greater threat to our freedoms.

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Dormant rights?! Oxymoron.

“..bars and restaurants in Florida and Texas were thronged with people celebrating their long-dormant right to gather outside their homes..”

Texas Becomes 2nd US State To Ban Vaccine Passports (RT)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced a ban on so-called vaccine passports, becoming the second US governor to officially do so, just a few days after Florida’s Ron DeSantis. The issue has largely broken along political lines. Abbott made an announcement on Tuesday declaring that no Texas government agencies or political entities would be permitted to require “vaccine passports” in the state. “Don’t tread on our personal freedoms,” the governor warned, even as he made clear that he was not against the idea of vaccination in principle, but resented forced vaccination. “Every day Texans return to normalcy as more people get (and become immune to) the spread of Covid-19,” Abbott declared, adding that the jabs “help slow the spread of Covid, reduce hospitalizations and reduce fatalities.”

The Biden administration’s medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, seemed almost displeased with Texas’ refusal to slide down its predicted Covid-streaked death spiral, where “the restaurants and the bars are full and open, the ballparks are full, and yet we’ve seen cases and hospitalizations since then continue to tick downward,” as an MSNBC host put it. “It looks like 2019,” he said in shock, noting that bars and restaurants in Florida and Texas were thronged with people celebrating their long-dormant right to gather outside their homes. Attempting to explain why Texas and Florida’s case counts had dropped despite their having some of the least strict virus regulations, Fauci blamed a “lag,” arguing that the undesirable data everyone was waiting for was still coming – it was just a few weeks down the line.

“We’ve gotta make sure we don’t prematurely judge [the case numbers],” the doctor continued. At least 17 separate vaccine passes are in the works to track travelers’ medical data, the Biden administration told the media earlier this week, though the president has previously insisted that he has no plans for a nationwide vaccine passport. Abbott’s Florida counterpart, Ron DeSantis, unveiled a similar ban on Friday, barring all state agencies and local businesses from issuing “vaccine passports” and banning state government agencies from doing business with private companies that require such passports.

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What Fauci doesn’t like.

Yup, Still Waiting for the Maskless Texan Apocalypse (NR)

The day before Texas’s statewide mask mandate ended, March 9, Texas had 5,119 new cases of COVID-19, and the seven-day average for new cases was 3,971. On that day, the state had 126,404 active cases of COVID-19. As of March 9, the seven-day average for new deaths was 104. Yesterday, Texas had 2,906 new cases, and the seven-day average for new cases is 2,815. As of yesterday, the state had 96,640 active cases of COVID-19. As of yesterday, the seven-day average for new deaths was 81. When Texas governor Greg Abbott announced the decision, I argued that he and other state officials were not crazy or exhibiting “Neanderthal thinking.” I noted that masks were not disappearing from public life in Texas.

Major grocery chains and Walmart and Target still required them, as did many public-school districts, some localities, and so on. Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso would require them in city-owned buildings. Since early March, I have noted that Texas COVID-19 statistics keep gradually getting better instead of worse, the opposite trend of what many mask advocates and all-purpose critics of Texas expected. Every time, folks on social media told me that it’s just too early to tell, and that the catastrophic consequences of the rescinding of the Texas statewide mask mandate are just around the corner. And yet, here we are, a month later, and all of the measuring sticks show significant improvement.

I am sure many people will declare that the huge crowd at yesterday’s Texas Rangers game is a potential “super-spreader” event. Before the event, President Biden called the stadium and state policies “not responsible.” And maybe yesterday’s large attendance will turn out to be a bad decision. But some other large gatherings, where people intermittently followed social-distancing guidelines if they followed them at all, did not turn into super-spreader events, like the crowds of thousands of people around the Super Bowl in Tampa. This pandemic is unpredictable, and the data rarely line up perfectly with people’s expectations or yearning for confirmation of their partisan preferences. By far the sharpest increase in cases occurring right now is in Michigan, where the masking and lockdown policies have been comparably strict.

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Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya and Dr. Martin Kulldorff.

California’s Failed Response To COVID (Bhattacharya/Kulldorff)

From the beginning, the Golden State has taken an aggressive stance toward the epidemic, including imposing the earliest shelter-in-place order in the nation; ceasing in-person schooling for the vast majority of public-school kids; shuttering churches, parks, and playgrounds; mandating masks, with hefty fines for violators; and forcing the closure of “non-essential” businesses that cannot operate using distancing technologies, such as videoconferencing. Even Disneyland has been closed since March 2020. In short, California has followed one of the strictest lockdowns in the country. Though the state’s response received high marks in July from the “covidian” high priesthood, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the state has seen exploding coronavirus cases and deaths.


Through March 28, 2021, 8.9 percent of all Californians have been identified as COVID cases – 3.6 million cases. Since most infections are not recognized as cases, a much larger fraction of the population has been infected with COVID. Through March 29 this year, nearly 57,800 people have died in California with COVID. To put these numbers in perspective, it helps to have a comparison state that has followed a very different policy. For that, we should consider Florida, which partially lifted its lockdown in May 2020 and then further relaxed restrictions in September (based in part on focused protection ideas advocated by us).

In sharp contrast to California, in Florida most schools and universities have been open for in-person instruction since the fall, normal human activities—sports, church going, visits to the park—occur with regularity, and businesses have been open for in-person activities. Local ordinances can recommend masks and social distancing and impose indoor-capacity limitations but cannot mandate closures, as is the case in California. Disneyworld has been open since July. At the same time, Florida increased testing and protection within its nursing homes to reduce the risk of COVID among its most vulnerable residents.


The Florida policy has drawn sharp criticism from Fauci, who said it “opened up too quickly” in July. However, the infection control results to date look remarkably similar to California’s, and in some ways better. Through March 28, 9.5 percent of Floridians have been identified as COVID cases. Once we account for the fact that Florida has one of the oldest populations in the country and California has one of the youngest, the death rates with COVID through March 28 are lower in Florida than in California. In fact, the COVID death rate for the under-65 population and the over-65 population are both lower in Florida than in California.

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How can anyone inject a child with a untested substance?

AstraZeneca Trial Involving Minors Halted As EMA Links Jab to Blood Clots (ZH)

Just days after Australia’s deputy chief medical officer, Michael Kidd, acknowledged that there was likely a connection between rare blood clots and the COVID vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford, officials from the EMA, Europe’s top pharmaceutical regulator, have finally acknowledged the link, even if the agency’s official stance – that there’s no evidence of a link, but no evidence to rule it out – remains unchanged. The EMA declared at the conclusion of a hasty “safety review” last month that the benefits of the AstraZeneca jab (which is expected to to be the workhorse of the global vaccination rollout as Covax, the WHO/Gates Foundation program to vaccination developing countries, expects to heavily rely on the jab) far outweighed any risks, while saying it couldn’t definitively rule out the possibility that the blood clots and the vaccine might be connected.

But researchers from Norway, Germany and elsewhere insisted they had found evidence of a connection. And after the UK acknowledged more than 2 dozen new cases of the rare clots – 9 of them fatal – it seems the dam has finally broken. New findings from the EMA show that there is indeed a link between the “very rare” blood clots in the brain and the AstraZeneca vaccine, but the exact possible causes are still unknown, according to a senior EMA official, who made the comments in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Messagero. Here’s a Reuters summary of that report. “In my opinion, we can now say it, it is clear that there is an association (of the brain blood clots) with the vaccine. However, we still do not know what causes this reaction,” Marco Cavaleri, chair of the vaccine evaluation team at the EMA, told Italian daily Il Messagero.

Cavaleri provided no evidence to support his comment.[…] Cavaleri said the EMA would say in its review that there is a link but was not likely to give an indication this week regarding the age of individuals to whom the AstraZeneca shot should be given. In a separate interview, Armando Genazzani, a member of the EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, told another Italian newspaper, La Stampa, that a connection between the jab and the clots was “plausible.” The EMA is officially investigating 44 cases of the brain blood clots, an ailment known as a cerebral venous thrombosis (or CVST). More than 9.2M people in the EU have received the vaccine in total.

In response to Cavaleri’s comments, the Amsterdam-based EMA said in a statement on Tuesday: “EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has not yet reached a conclusion and the review (of any possible link) is currently ongoing.” While the EMA refused to confirm the comments made by individual officials, WSJ reported Tuesday that the University of Oxford had decided to pause trials of the vaccine in the UK that involved children between the ages of 12 and 15. An Oxford spokesman said Tuesday that while no safety issues have arisen in the trial, broader concerns about rare clotting problems in adults have triggered further regulatory reviews in the UK and Europe to investigate any potential link with the vaccine.

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“All states have the power to require vaccination among students attending school; many do for diseases like polio and measles.”

Yes, but those are tested and approved actual vaccines.

Only Half Of Americans Intend To Vaccinate Their Children Against Covid (F.)

Only half of Americans intend on getting their children immunized against Covid-19 as soon as vaccines become available, according to a new Axios/Ipsos survey published Tuesday, another potential barrier towards expanding vaccine access ahead of schools returning in fall. 48% of parents surveyed in April said they are not likely to have their children vaccinated against Covid-19 when the shots first become available. The figure contrasts with growing adult acceptance of the vaccines, which has grown from around 38% in September and October to nearly 70% today. Vaccine hesitancy remains a problem, however, and polls throughout 2021 show that one in five Americans consistently say they are unlikely to get vaccinated.

The Axios poll found Republicans (31%) and those with a high school education or less (28%) to be most resistant to vaccines. Vaccinating children is going to play a major role in ending the pandemic and getting life back to normal as schools return in fall. While children and young teens don’t often get seriously sick from Covid-19, they can and do: 227 children have died from Covid-19 in the U.S., according to the New York Times. They can also pass on the virus to others, notably adults who are likely to be much more vulnerable. A vaccine for this age group would help cut the risk of illness, limit transmission from children and better contain outbreaks. Now that adult vaccination drives are well under way, manufacturers are starting to trial shots in younger people.

After promising preliminary results from a clinical trial in late March, Pfizer said it plans to apply for an expanded emergency use authorization for young teens in Europe and the U.S. in coming weeks. Moderna also has several ongoing trials exploring its vaccine’s effectiveness in young children and adolescents. Experts are still debating whether the B.1.1.7. variant of the virus, first found in the U.K., is able to infect children more readily. Though few states have started to fully grapple with the idea of requiring vaccination for Covid-19 in children—Tennessee and Pennsylvania have said vaccination will remain optional—some school districts have signaled an intent to mandate it, setting the stage for wider conflict if and when vaccines are approved for use, especially if resistance remains high. All states have the power to require vaccination among students attending school; many do for diseases like polio and measles.

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Does New Zealand even have vaccines?

Travel Bubble Between New Zealand And Australia To Start On 19 April (G.)

After nearly a year shut off from the world, New Zealand is cracking open its borders, with a trans-Tasman travel bubble allowing two-way quarantine-free travel with Australia. The NZ prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced on Tuesday the bubble would open from 19 April, allowing quarantine-free travel between the two nations. Travellers from New Zealand have been able to enter selected Australian states without quarantining since October but the arrangements did not apply in the other direction. Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, applauded Ardern’s announcement while airlines in both countries hurriedly advertised hundreds of weekly flights and routes. However, tourism operators warned the benefits would be muted in the short term, as the first passengers would likely be low-spending travellers visiting family.


At a press conference on Tuesday, Ardern said she was “confident not only in the state of Australia, but in our own ability to manage a travel arrangement”. More than 600,000 New Zealanders live in Australia, and many families straddle the border. “One sacrifice that has been particularly hard for many to bear over the past year has been the separation from friends and family who live in Australia, so today’s announcement will be a great relief for many,” Ardern said. “This is the next chapter.” Ardern said the arrangement – of two countries, both maintaining a full elimination strategy for Covid-19 opening up to international travel – was potentially unique in the world. The plan has been in the works for months now, but was paused repeatedly after outbreaks of Covid-19 on either side of the border.

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Australia has some vaccines, but not enough.

Australia Calls On EU To Supply Outstanding Astrazeneca Vaccine Doses (G.)

Scott Morrison denies his government has presented the public with overly rosy assessments about the state of its Covid-19 vaccine rollout, as he steps up calls for the European Union to allow 3.1m outstanding AstraZeneca doses to be shipped to Australia. While declaring that vaccine supply issues were a matter of “straightforward maths”, the prime minister also attempted to calm a growing diplomatic dispute between Australia and the EU, insisting he had not made any criticism of Brussels over its handling of the matter. Earlier on Wednesday, the Morrison government issued a statement accusing the European Commission of “arguing semantics” by saying just one shipment of 250,000 AstraZeneca doses had been formally blocked.

The government said the commission had signalled it would block other applications to export vaccine doses from the region. The government also complained that the European Commission has not responded to Australia’s request for 1m doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to be made available to Papua New Guinea, one of the countries hardest hit in the region. The latest statements follow comments by a European Commission spokesman on Tuesday that the only export request rejected out of nearly 500 received has been a shipment of 250,000 doses to Australia in March. Morrison told reporters on Wednesday the government was asking AstraZeneca to resubmit its application to the European Commission to export the remaining 3.1m of the 3.8m contracted vaccine doses to Australia.

He was seeking further talks with the commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, to discuss the issue. The prime minister said he was “pleased to hear that the European Union overnight has indicated that they are not seeking to restrict these vaccines to Australia”. He said the government would therefore encourage Brussels to allow the rest of the 3.8m does to come to Australia, including 1m “to provide support to our Pacific family in Papua New Guinea that are undergoing a humanitarian crisis”. He also wanted the remaining doses to “be part of the vaccination rollout here in this country”.

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Of course there’s resistance.

Comedy Club Pulls Out Of Covid Safety Trial After Online ‘Hate Campaign’ (G.)

A comedy club has pulled out of a trial to test how venues can operate safely after it said the government failed to clarify whether it would involve Covid-19 vaccine passports. The Hot Water comedy club in Liverpool said it was subjected to a “hate campaign” online after reports suggested it was working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to trial Covid-status certification. Club co-owner Binty Blair said he had tried to contact DCMS to clarify whether vaccine passports would be trialed in the pilot event, but to no avail. The club has subsequently cancelled its event, which was due to be the first in the pilot. It had been due to take place on 16 April with an audience of 300 at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena Auditorium. “The reason for us backing out is the government wasn’t clear about the Covid passports,” Blair told the PA news agency.


“The problem is we don’t know what we signed up for.” On Tuesday evening, the government confirmed there will be no requirement for participants in the initial pilot events to have received a vaccination in venues like a comedy club. DCMS announced over the weekend that a series of pilot events were planned for the coming months as officials look to find a way for venues such as football grounds and nightclubs to reopen without the need for social distancing. It said Covid-status certification would be trialled as part of the programme, while detailing a number of events on an initial list of pilots, including Hot Water comedy club. Blair said he had agreed to take part in the pilot in March but only learned of the government’s plans to trial Covid-19 vaccine passports two days ago. He said four acts had lost £300 each as a result of the cancelled event.

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Brought to you by the same people stoking unrest in Ukraine.

In Biden Change Of Tune, US Mulling Boycott Of 2022 Beijing Olympics (ZH)

As if US-China relations weren’t bad enough at this moment, things are about to escalate further – potentially taking the Biden White House past even beyond the low-point of the trade war during the Trump presidency. State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters during a daily briefing on Tuesday that the US and its allies are discussing a joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. = It’s not the first time the issue has been addressed, and previously it was mainly Republicans pressuring action regarding the Olympics and China’s egregious human rights record. In early February the White House had indicated it “had no plans” for a boycott, with Jen Psaki asserting at the time, “We’re not currently talking about changing our posture or our plans as it relates to the Beijing Olympics.”

But “plans” have clearly changed, especially following the March 22 coordinated sanctions slapped on top Beijing officials over the Uighur crackdown by the US, UK, EU and Canada. The Canadians in particular have been the most vocal in parliament for urging an international boycott of the 2022 games, which has riled China. Here’s what the State Department’s Ned Price said in the Tuesday afternoon comments: “It [a joint boycott] is something that we certainly wish to discuss,” …he told reporters when asked about the Biden administration’s plans ahead of the international games. “A coordinated approach will not only be in our interest but also in the interest of our allies and partners,” he added.

Price said that the United States has not yet made a decision but was concerned about China’s egregious human rights abuses. The Olympic Games are due to take place between Feb. 4 to Feb. 20. When pressed over a possible timeline of when such a decision would be reached, Price added: “We’re talking about 2022, and we are still in April of 2021, so these Games remain some time away.” “I wouldn’t want to put a time frame on it, but these discussions are underway.”

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It’s almost too funny.

Biden Admin Mulls Restarting Border Wall Construction (ZH)

Less than 90 days after President Biden signaled his immense virtue by halting construction on Trump’s border wall and canceling future contracts, Biden’s beleaguered Department of Homeland Security is exploring whether to restart border wall construction in order to ‘plug gaps’ in the current barrier, according the Washington Examiner, citing DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. This of course would make Biden a xenophobic tyrant, if we’re playing by the Trump-era media guidebook. “In a conversation with Immigration and Customs Enformcement employees last week Mr. Mayorkas was asked about his plans for the wall and he said that while President Biden has canceled the border emergency and halted Pentagon money flowing to the wall, “that leaves room to make decisions” on finishing some “gaps in the wall.”

“Mr. Mayorkas, according to notes of the ICE session reviewed by The Washington Times, said Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the wall, has submitted a plan for what it wants to see happen moving forward.” -Washington Examiner. “It’s not a single answer to a single question. There are different projects that the chief of the Border Patrol has presented and the acting commissioner of CBP presented to me,” said Mayorkas, adding “The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended. But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished.”

According to Mayorkas, the work would cover “gaps,” “gates,” and areas “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented.” Former President Trump’s acting commissioner of CBP, Mark Morgan, said Mayorkas’ comments were “more spin and misdirection,” and that the agency has always given the administration options on how to proceed with the wall. When Trump left office, around 460 miles of border wall was completed – most of which being improvements in areas with existing wall and/or outdated designs, or vehicle checkpoints that people could simply walk around.

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“..by preventing failure in economies in the short term, Creative Destruction has only moved — now to the level of our international economic system..”

The Greatest Game (Booth)

Breakthroughs, that step-change our lives for the better, invariably come from something that most people couldn’t see. Our belief of how the world should exist and operate is shaped from looking backwards, not forward, so it makes sense that new paradigms that change everything — face resistance in our minds. Because most people don’t see them, breaking through an existing paradigm needs to provide enough compelling value for users to disrupt an old paradigm. Apple’s iPhone for instance, didn’t copy the market leader, Research in Motion’s Blackberry design of needing a keyboard or selling to businesses who required RIM’s security. It created a digital interface when that wasn’t ‘needed’ and created an entirely new platform that changed the industry as a result.


Along the way, the Blackberry died, unable to compete with the value for users, that was now increasing exponentially on Apple’s platform. That process describes “Creative Destruction” a paradoxical term first coined by Joseph Schumpeter in 1942 to describe how Capitalism works in a “free market.” Entrepreneurs innovate and “create” value for society — and that value gained by society also often “destroys” the former monopoly power. That process and its importance is at the centre of how all modern economies have evolved and given rise to most of the benefits to society we take for granted today. New winners become so valuable that they disrupt existing market power or structures. It is all driven from a near-constant flow of innovative entrepreneurs with bold ideas and the capital backing them that go up against the status quo and are only successful, “if’’ they create value for society.

For the process to work, failure is critical! Both for entrepreneurs and the capital in them whose business doesn’t work, and for legacy businesses that get disrupted by them if their innovation brings better value to society. And while failure is hard, preventing failure is much worse. Why? Because by preventing failure, market incentives become warped, and in doing so, eventually put a small number of people (government/central banks) in charge of choosing who gets what, instead of the free market. Unfortunately, preventing failure has been the policy makers tool for the last 20 years and it has enormous consequences.


By socializing losses and preventing failure in our economies, central banks and governments have all but ensured that the existing monetary system of the world collapses — and is replaced by something new. In other words, by preventing failure in economies in the short term, Creative Destruction has only moved — now to the level of our international economic system. I believe with what is to come, Bitcoin has a higher than average probability of overcoming all barriers and becoming a global reserve currency. More importantly, I believe it gives humanity its best chance for a peaceful transition to the future. A world where the abundance gained from our technological progress is more widely distributed. It is not hyperbole to say that almost everything changes as a result of this innovation.

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  • #72653
    madamski
    Participant

    Headline calls it crazy; I call it the turning of the wheel:

    New Blood

    “What happened in Smith’s precinct was no one-off oddity; that night, longtime party activists were similarly ejected from their positions at meetings across Greenville County after hundreds of new faces showed up, seemingly out of the woodwork. The GOP loyalists did not know them, but the newcomers seemed to know the process, and they took advantage of it to jettison longtime officials.

    “Smith, and others, seemed to offend simply by having a whiff of experience in local politics, a black mark that was linked to the worst possible offense to the GOP base: not doing enough to support Donald Trump in the wake of the 2020 election.

    “Since Trump’s defeat and the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the MAGA faithful around the country have been restless. State-level activists have led the charge nationally in loudly criticizing and plotting against any Republican perceived to be an enemy of the Trump movement, from members of Congress who voted to impeach the ex-president to local officials seen as being weak or soft when it counted.”

    In time, they will become the leading clique and their righteousness will be imposed on others as they can and see fit.

    #72654
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    That 0.002% fatality rate for children with Covid inspired me to look at other diseases for comparison. There is an infectious disease with a fatality rate of 0.01% for children, which makes it roughly 5 times deadlier than Covid. I’ll call this disease “5xCovid” to better make my point.


    5xCovid
    is a common infection caused by viruses. It typically begins with a fever and feeling generally unwell. Signs and symptoms normally appear 3–6 days after exposure to the virus. The viruses that cause 5xCovid are spread through close personal contact, through the air from coughing and the feces of an infected person. Contaminated objects can also spread the disease. Some people may carry and pass on the virus despite having no symptoms of disease. 5xCovid occurs in all areas of the world. It often occurs in small outbreaks in nursery schools or kindergartens. Large outbreaks have been occurring in Asia since 1997.

    What is the approach used to prevent the spread of 5xCovid?

    “Handwashing may prevent spread, and those infected should not go to work, daycare or school.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand,_foot,_and_mouth_disease

    #72655
    zerosum
    Participant

    How to stop the pandemic. (covid math)
    Don’t tell lies
    Don’t be hypochondriac

    Look for the signs of covid as per list. Stay home. Don’t go to work. Lose your job. When you think you are sicker, call your doctor. Tell him the signs that you think you have. Your doc will get you a testing recommendation. (If not, call the ambulance and they will take you to emergency.) Get a test. Get the results. Stay home until you are very sick and need to go to emergency. Call ambulance. Go to emergency. Follow instruction given at the door. Do not enter. You could give covid to other people in emergency. Let them take you to ICU.

    A hypochondriac is someone who lives with the fear that they have a serious, but undiagnosed medical condition, even though diagnostic tests show there is nothing wrong with them. Hypochondriacs experience extreme anxiety from the bodily responses most people take for granted.

    #72656
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Re: my Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease example.

    The case fatality rate, for children under 5, is reportedly 0.01%. No mention of the infection fatality rate for other children, so it’s not quite an apples-to-apples comparison.

    #72657
    John Day
    Participant

    Go GERM!


    @Madamski
    : I’m still likin’ your style and attention to flawed assumptions.
    It’s good for mental clarity.

    #72658
    John Day
    Participant

    https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/04/political-covid.html

    If we look at the weakening of immune system effectiveness from low vitamin-D, things make more sense.
    Florida, less locked down, and California, are similar in our minds, but Florida’s North is at the same latitude as California’s South.
    Vitamin-D from sunlight does not exist above the 35th parallel in winter.
    California also has a higher packing density in major cities, which puts people in closed spaces and close proximity.
    Open Florida has more cases this spring, but closed California has more deaths.
    It’s not all political. It’s more biological, as I see it.

    California’s Failed Response To COVID

    This is a substantial article, and voices the same concerns that I have.
    This could be the big solution that our owners desire. Thanks Luc.
    Former Pfizer VP to AFLDS: ‘Entirely possible this will be used for massive-scale depopulation’​ ​

    Exclusive: Former Pfizer VP to AFLDS: ‘Entirely possible this will be used for massive-scale depopulation’

    #72659
    Mr. House
    Participant

    For what its worth Darkmatter i think your comment was one of the best i’ve read in awhile.

    #72660
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @ Mr. HOuse

    “We used to call it the Flu.”

    Even though it often wasn’t. Even though many cases reported as covid may have been influenza. What we used to call it makes a nifty rhetorical device but alas, opne based on pointless nonsense.

    So you got sick and got better. Yeah. Everyone should be more like you, I suppose. DUrn those people who get sick and die. Messing up our nice clean paradigm.

    You won’t understand me until you pull those fingers out of your ears.

    except we no long have cases of the flu or hadn’t you heard.

    Here is a rational reason for why dem/lins are currently the more loudly heard voice of obnoxious blaming and agaenda:

    Gallup: Democrats now outnumber Republicans by 9 percentage points, thanks to independents

    They’re in power, currenmtly in vogue, and the bigger clique usually rules, and with impunity. That makes more sense than what amounts to claiming you’ve seen inside the liberal group gestalt psyche (whatever the fuck that might be) and seeing qualities that one feels superior to even as one demonstrates those same qualities in oneself. After all, you would never oppress anyone, would you? No. You’re special.

    Except they weren’t in 2016 and all we heard were the voices of DEMS and ladies wearing pink hats marching around. And the media went on and on about catholic kids picking on drum pounding vets and blah blah blah

    #72662
    Mr. House
    Participant
    #72663
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @ WES

    Atlantic

    #72664
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    I have all of it maybe who knows. I feel that I have empathy but only up to a limit . Reminds me of the tribe leaving one behind to die.

    #72665
    Mr. House
    Participant

    #72666
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Mr. House

    Yes, gone by winter. Don’t believe everything you read, I’ve heard said. There may well be pockets of covid double-downing state-wise. If so, mine will likely be such a pocket. But most of the states, most of the nations will abandon this shit soon: the car doesn’t drive. It’s a bogus deal and enough are figuring it out that the illusion will not stand. Without the illusion, the coercion will not prevail.

    “Except they weren’t in 2016 and all we heard were the voices of DEMS and ladies wearing pink hats marching around. And the media went on and on about catholic kids picking on drum pounding vets and blah blah blah”

    Firstly, they were in vogue but they were for people like Sanders so the media turned their volume way down, leaving them mostly to the (much freer then) internet. On the internet, they were huge. I remember something called Occupy Wall Street, which had a predominant liberal demographic. I recall the ‘cops gone wild’ cellcam footage flood. Liberals were making major waves but foolishly tried to effect change through their brand name party, the DNC, which is anything but liberal. (Neoliberal is anything but new or liberal.) The “liberal” media (ha!), by then inseparable from the various government factions but especially the DNC, certainly didn’t promote liberal values. It promoted distorted versions of the prevailing causes du jour that progressives (in other words, genuine liberals) were selling at the time. Soon we had trans-bi-metro-everything, black social justice is THE thing, and the sense of certainty that socially-approved (media-pushed, in other words) morally righteous outrage brings out. Mob spores.

    But, four years ago, I heard plenty of GOP voices in 2016. In fact, almost “all (I) heard” about was the GOP nominee, some dude named Trump. The actual liberal candidate (some guy named Sanders) couldn’t get a peep out even with a live sparrow squeaking through the mic of his arena podium. FOX cashed in on this too, as I recall. Trump was media and media was Trump. Everything else was just seasoning.

    It was the “liberal” media that let Trump rant forever about “crooked Hillary”. (So did the conservative media.) They were hard to tell apart at the time, lib/con media, both following the money and the interests of the Deep State: Trump bad, Hillary sucks but at least she isn’tTrump, over and over and over… knowing all the time that Hillary was anything but liberal and was also likely to lose. (TV execs can both read polls and commission polls. They knew.)

    But somehow, through all this, we are asked to believe that there is a distinctive moral difference at large among what the nodding masses are taught by their media to call ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’. You really ask us to follow some party line. Seriously. When all camps have utterly and abjectly failed to promote the commonwealth in anyway except for token cake crumbs. The system is broken, bleeding, dying, the heartline monitor hasn’t flatlined but instead has gone through the roof (thanks, Fed), bullets from both camp’s elected officials equally present in the body, and you want to kvetch about how liberals are currently hard to talk with about certain things?
    It’s not like the Deep State gives a flying fuck about your or my political preferences, and we all here agree that the Deep State has taken over what was left of our already frayed political system. This, unless majorly corrected on a scale that borders on the miraculous, will bring down the State that the Deep uses as primary parasitic host, thereby removing both. We are watching it happen.
    Yes, we know the media is sold-out to the highest bidder and co-opted by the Deep State, an entity that embraces both “liberal” and “conservative” concepts as ways to distort the reality perceived by the plebiscite. The obviously “liberal” media monolith nonetheless worked overtime to defeat liberal ideals while helping to elect a conservative candidate in order to stay financially solvent and protect its government affiliations, which can be simplified as “Hillary”.

    Then both parties and both media monoliths (my impression is that the “conservative” media monolith is FOX News and what’s left of genuinely conservative mainstream journalism) attacked the Orange Demon non-stop while trashing both conservative and liberal values.

    Both camps benefitted and lost from all this. The GOP lost, period, and the Dems won as Pyrrhic a victory as possible without using napalm in the White House sprinkler system.

    But whatever… I can reverse the polarity and hear the identical sentiments from my friends of the still ardently mainstream left, only the identities change, labels are swapped, and now it’s all the other guy’s fault. Those deplorables vs those purple-haired justice warriors.

    Relax: you’re not alone. Soon you’ll be a voice in a large crowd of conversative backlash sentiment. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get to hunt down justice warriors on a bounty system one enough people agree that THEY’RE the problem, they’re the oppressors, and their removal will fix the problem.

    It starts with ‘that bunch is inferior to my bunch’, and often ends up with people crammed into railroad cattle cars. You picked the winning team, though: the power dynamic flow at this point almost guarantees that conservatives will be the dominant political group when society begins collapse in accelerated earnest and hunting season begins.

    You keep pointing that thing at others like it’s aiming solely their way when it’s a two-way water-pistol at best, and at worst a hand-held water balloon. I watch, perplexed, intrigued, studious, learning how your particular data shields are configured. Might be useful information someday.

    #72667
    Mr. House
    Participant

    MY MY MY I agree with everything you said. See what happens when you just come out and say it. “Liberals” are opening pandoras box with cancel culture and trying to get people fired and trying to control what people can say. Yes a backlash will happen, and i will not take part in any of it. I point out what i do just to say please don’t open pandoras box. Forgive them father they know not what they do. I was saying in 2016 that Trump was just Obama for white people, and he was. So you understand the problem, do you point this out to your friends? And if so how do they treat you when you do? Have you figured out how to get past what i think is probably their response? I’m still working on it. I think Darkmatters comment is a perfect wedge to actually get the gears turning. Compare it like he did to something that was proven to be a crock of poo. Thank you for you reponse, i enjoyed it!

    #72668
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Perhaps, just perhaps, the deep state wants to have the left and right tear each other apart while they continue to loot the last sinews off of whats left of this country? But that would be too much of a plan.

    #72669
    Mr. House
    Participant

    #72670
    Noirette
    Participant

    Ugo Bardi, a post from Jan. 15, 2021:

    The Pandemic as a Worldwide Ritual of Purification.

    Excerpt. … All the trappings well-known to be involved in these rituals are present: from the ritual ablutions to the wearing of special clothing, including the believers being involved in various forms of penance in order to purify not just the body, but also the spirit.
     
    The correspondence is nearly perfect: face masks, compulsive hand washing, isolation of the cathecumens and the generalized punishment of all the “ludic” activities, from restaurants to tourism. If you read the piece below, written by prof. Sherry B. Ortner and published on “Britannica.” You could be thinking that you are reading a description of the current Covid-19 pandemic, yet it was published more than 20 years ago, in 1999.
     
    So, we are going through this ritual just because we have to. The only problem is that the rituals observed in “primitive” societies tend to last for a short time and to end with the believers ready to restart their normal life. Here, there is no end in sight for this series of rituals that seem to be going on forever.

    https://chimeramyth.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-pandemic-as-worldwide-ritual-of.html

    This struck a chord as I have just been to the hairdresser and to a dental clinic. The purification / protective rituals were passing strange (e.g. hairdresser disinfects scissors 5 times but shouts at me without mask to overcome noise of hair dryer, not that I mind; dentist is super dressed up in triple type protective gear, but the waiting room is packed with 30 children and their minders, 4-5 older ppl, all jammed together.. – all of whom filled out a form, as I had to do, about ‘symptoms’, ‘contact with ppl with covid’, ‘health probs’ and on and on.)

    The vaccines, seen thru such a lens, are imposed / accepted self — other harm devices, designed to induce suffering and pain (like self-flagellation, punishment, deprivation) which within some cosmic, esoteric or even devilish exchange scheme will be protective, beneficial – one suffers for future indulgence or gains.

    On show at the hairdresser, ppl were arguing about which vaxxes were ‘da best’ (AstraZ deadly, Pfizer wonderful) and that they could all make you grave malade – very ill… but it was necessary, and at the same time, measures would have to be even stricter (masks, social distancing, disinfection..), that is life, get used to it. In any case, without being vaxxed, soon one won’t even be able go to the market to buy food. (!)

    Of course much of this discourse is ‘for fun’ / ‘cynical’ / ‘tongue in cheek’, this is CH and everyone mocks, ups the ante. Still.

    #72671
    zerosum
    Participant

    Why?
    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-canada
    Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Canada
    Key Information for Travelers to Canada

    Travelers should avoid all travel to Canada.

    Because of the current situation in Canada even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Canada.
    If you must travel to Canada, get fully vaccinated before travel. All travelers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands.

    #72672
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    Salmon juice can be very tasty especially when properly addressed. Beavers are a bigger concern

    #72673
    DarkMatter
    Participant

    @MrHouse

    Steal and improve at your leisure.

    #72674
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Mr. House

    I don’t try to make people aware politically unless they seem to want it. I work on generating good will and trust. I do not worry about this or that pandora’s box of socially confused ills: they’re products of a psychotic culture and can’t be stopped. I have no interest in large group answers, in preaching politics to form a political consensus relevant to this thing we call our government. I agree with Zappa that “politics are the entertainment division of the miolitary-industrial complex.” Make work to distract us from being ruled by tyrants.

    If people discuss covid, I tell them what I think works, why I don’t want a vaccine. If they argue against me, I don’t engage. That’s my opinion, that’s all,I say, and I quite like it the way it is. You do what you think is best. .I don’t want to run your business for you.Smile. Kinda fun watching their heads asplode… or absorb what I’ve said. Works both ways. I focus mostly on smiling and being nice in the process. Smiles are more convincing than facts for most people anyway.

    There’s a quote by someone, Seneca, I think, that says “War is a wind that shakes humanity like leaves on a tree.” Same with politics. They’re both dangerous folly. They’re also inevitable, best I can tell. My hope for the future is to help a few young people get through without losing their sense of decency and self-worth. What I can do isn’t much but it’s what I have to offer. I could care less about the USA constitution or democracy, socialism, communism, modernism, post-modernism, progressivism, conservatism… nice to read about but in practice they’re like directing a Marx Brothers movie without a script.

    I am interested in how large power structures affect us because large weird shit is interesting and because the future has grown so risky these days, not because I have the faintest hope that we can direct this megaculture that is slamming us into a brick wall future like a train full of crash test dummies. I have some hope, however, to be a tolerably nice person as things burn down.

    Don’t tell anyone, but this crazy woman thinks she wants to be a saint when she grows up. I literally have nothing better to do.

    Sinful Singing

    %^&

    “Perhaps, just perhaps, the deep state wants to have the left and right tear each other apart while they continue to loot the last sinews off of whats left of this country? But that would be too much of a plan.”

    Well, it’s what they’ve always done. They’re sawing off their own tree limb but it’s all they’ve ever done.

    #72675
    madamski
    Participant

    There goes Pakistan:

    Russia to boost ties with Pakistan

    ““We stand ready to strengthen the anti-terrorist potential of Pakistan, including by supplying Pakistan with special military equipment,” Lavrov said, without going into detail about the equipment.

    “Washington is reviewing an agreement it signed more than a year ago with the Taliban as it rethinks a May 1 withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Moscow has stepped up its involvement there and hosted talks last month between the Taliban and senior Afghan government officials. Lavrov suggested another high-level meeting could again be held in Moscow.

    “Lavrov arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday from neighboring India, with which Moscow has had a long and solid relationship. The apparent reset in Pakistani-Russian relations, however, is by contrast a more recent phenomena.”

    We’re running out of friends.

    #72676

    Hit middle c on the piano. This is the world envisioned for us.
    Play Beethoven’s seventh. This is the world we crave.

    Australia/NZ bubble: for OffG readers, Gezzah Potts can go home!

    Will the jokes at the comedy clubs allow Covid jokes? (It’s so cute that Covid is automatically capitalized.)

    If there had been a market, platforms that actually provided privacy and encryption would have overtaken platforms which exploited their customers’ data.

    Failure -and the ability to learn from it- is ….normal.

    Yearning. Wanting. Like the extraordinary, fascinatingly unicorn-loving pitbull- it warms us when someone wants something and gets it. The one who desires is admired.
    Lockdown was quite effective in killing my desire to get things done that I first thought I would do when it was declared.

    It will be interesting to see what has been written while I was composing these trivial words over the last hour or so.

    #72677
    WES
    Participant

    You won’t hear of this in any of the msm.

    So many children being held in Biden’s border holding camps, are being raped that Texas is asking the Texas Rangers to investigate these federal gov. centers.

    Naturally the feds are resisting these Texas investigations as none of their business!

    If you want to become the guardian for one of these sex slaves, you will be glad to learn that the FBI will not perform any background checks on you before handing the child over.

    Your real risks lies with the Drug Cartels for stealing their sex slaves.

    #72678
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    I am increasingly of the mind that Covid is something the post-modern world will have to live with for quite a while, as smallpox (a much nastier customer) was for the world of old. I just can’t help wonder just how much more craziness the world will have to go through before the mass of people are ready to accept this unpleasant truth? Maybe one reason they’re militating and propagandizing against the use of Ivermectin is that using it would probably make people calm down a lot more about the pandemic.

    #72679
    WES
    Participant

    Madamski:

    My brother knows an Indian engineer who spent enough time in Russia that he speechs Russian. So did many other Indians, especially in the navy. A while back after some terrorist from Pakistan hit Indian, the Indian Navy hit back. They did this by speaking Russian! The Pakistanis heard the Russian voices and dismissed the threat allowing the Indian navy to get in close before striking the Pakistanis!

    #72680
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Some of the readers here might be interested in this. I bought his second book a few years ago, was really a compilation of comments from FT articles. He had a website i visited which he took down right before 2020 saying the path forward had been decided. Just found this right now while googling his name. Seems he decided to comment again.

    What We Can Learn From Lockdowns In Previous Ages

    #72681
    WES
    Participant

    Madamski:

    My brother, in Detroit, earns his living by slamming cars and trucks into brick walls!
    It is a rigged game!
    The wall always wins!

    #72682

    There is something called “protein S deficiency”. It is a “rare” genetic disease that goes mostly unnoticed, but shows up as deep vein thromboses, etc. It’s a clotting problem. Did the vaxxers look into this before fiddling around with the all important S proteins? Might Protein S deficient folks make up a large portion of the clotters?
    In my sci-fi mode, I am cynical enough to think that there’s some mad scientist thinking- “this mRNA tweak will target this genetic group! That one will go after that group! Mwah-hahahaha!”
    I have been out on this limb before, but man, they want this data.

    #72683
    WES
    Participant

    Mr. House:

    Lockdowns are all about keeping one person in power.

    Stalin didn’t care how many Russians died, as long as it wasn’t him!

    #72684
    WES
    Participant

    my parents said know:

    I hope after this heat wave, which hit my brother in Detroit yesterday and hits Toronto tomorrow, your boat doesn’t get frozen in lake ice!

    #72685
    Mr. House
    Participant

    @WES

    Read his article on how capitalism requires world war. I always enjoyed that. One of the people i came across while reading his second book was a good writer. His blog is here:

    https://www.markgb.com/

    #72686
    Mr. House
    Participant

    #72687
    madamski
    Participant
    #72688
    madamski
    Participant

    Insanity

    Absolutele insanity. Our species has npo idea what to do with all this (briefly abundant) energy. We’re like a dog with a big stick in its mouth stuck in the doggie door.

    #72689
    madamski
    Participant

    @ my parents said know

    “It will be interesting to see what has been written while I was composing these trivial words over the last hour or so.”

    Best read I’ve had all week anywhere, dear. LOvely sentiments and thought-provoking. I don’t encounter that as much as I’d like, alas. Thank you.

    #72690
    madamski
    Participant

    @ WES

    “My brother, in Detroit, earns his living by slamming cars and trucks into brick walls!”

    There has to be an insider slang term for this. We wanna know.

    #72691
    Mr. House
    Participant
    #72692
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Mr. House

    Aye, real lockdowns are different than what has happened the past year. Even what China did was hybrid: universal (everyone in a zone, in other words) lockdown with individual quarantine. But then, we never had an entirely indoor culture until recent decades when AC became a universal given in any modern society.

    The way people gather indoors these days is a fright. he same air recycled over and over…The state of modern people’s immune systems, even before covid lockdowns, was atrocious. (Life in major Chinese industrial centers is not exactly healthful.) The modern mindset is taught to be deeply germophobic for over a century, while the easy power of antibiotics removed any sensible public health/sanitation public awareness programs.

    For Fauci (who I mostly certainly am NOT defending), it would be imnpossible for him to give proper good advice. Not only is he a product of the, um, Welfare Vaccination State and Germs Kill scholasticism, but he would also have to grow a genuine pair and go against modern thinking. He would have to say: keep your doors and windows open! wash your hands and cover when you sneeze but for god sakes, don’t wear a mask unless you’re symptomatic and out in public among people! Take lots of D, lay off the junk food, go talk with your neighbor and go for walks with them, be as happy as you can be cuz it strengthens your immune system, have lots of safe sex and snuggles, hydrate really well and keep your sinuses moist (points to generic saline spray)… work would have to shut down for 40 days or so, but then roar back to life with a populace healthier than in a long time and primed to stay that way.

    This would be crazy talk to most people at first although they’d probably go along with it just fine especially once they realized they were enjoying life again. But an epicyclopian Ptolemaniac like Fauci, another “little manager” as Raul calls them, couldn’t find his testes with both sacks teabagging his own eyes.

    Plus, vaccines pay better. Maybe enough for him to buy some bootleg balls from Xinjiang’s Uighur “body farms” (prisons).

    Ugh. Government. Make me sick.

    #72693
    madamski
    Participant

    Trial balloon.

    Youtube actually put this in my feed. They want this to make the rounds.

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