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René Magritte The human condition 1935

 

Fauci: ‘Flood’ Of Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates After Full FDA Approval (USAT)
Covid19 Vaccine Efficacy & Effectiveness – The Elephant (Not) In The Room (L.)
Leaky Blood Vessels: An Unknown Danger of COVID-19 Vaccination (D4CE)
Early Signs Covid-19 Vaccines May Not Stop Delta Transmission (R.)
In England, Hundreds Of Vaccinated People Hospitalised With Delta (AlJ)
Greater Antibody Response In Recovered COVID Patients Than Vaccinated (Fed.)
Swedish Professor Says 5 Shots of COVID Vaccine May be Necessary (SN)
CDC Director Makes Case Vaccination Passports are Futile (CTH)
White House: No More Lockdowns Of Schools Or Economy Despite Covid Rise (JTN)
UK Draws Up Contingency Plans For ‘Firebreak’ Covid Lockdowns (iN)
Australia’s ‘Covid Zero’ Days May Be Numbered (ST)
Indiana University Students Appeal Vaccine Mandate To US Supreme Court (JTN)
US Last In Health Care Among Richest Countries Despite Spending Most (Hill)
Dems’ Crusade Against Trump Does Real Harm To Presidency, Constitution (Fox)

 

 

 

 

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They’re planning the approval in early September. That will be the last of the FDA’s credibility.

“This is a dystopian world we’re living in,” he said. The public is awash in lies and misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines, “they are being misled.”

“Americans, he hopes, will say, “I’m not going to take any of this. I’m seeing everybody around me get sick and dying. Let me just go ahead and get vaccinated.'”

Fauci: ‘Flood’ Of Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates After Full FDA Approval (USAT)

As soon as the Food and Drug Administration issues a full approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, there will be “a flood” of vaccine mandates at businesses and schools across the nation, Dr. Anthony Fauci told USA TODAY’s editorial board on Friday. Mandates aren’t going to happen at the federal level, but vaccine approval will embolden many groups, he predicted. “Organizations, enterprises, universities, colleges that have been reluctant to mandate at the local level will feel much more confident,” he said. “They can say, ‘If you want to come to this college or this university, you’ve got to get vaccinated. If you want to work in this plant, you have to get vaccinated. If you want to work in this enterprise, you’ve got to get vaccinated. If you want to work in this hospital, you’ve got to get vaccinated.'”

Fauci doesn’t see more lockdowns in the nation’s future. They were issued early in the pandemic to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed, known as “flattening the curve.” “The rationale for shutting down was that the hospital system would not be able to handle the surge of cases because everybody was getting sick,” he said. With upwards of 70% of adults having had at least one dose of vaccine, the epidemic has shifted to one of the unvaccinated, he said. “When you walk into a hospital, what you’re going to see is a lot of young people, some of whom are seriously ill, but you’re not seeing an overwhelming outstripping of the capability of the hospitals throughout the country,” he said. While he’s attacked online and in conservative media every day, Fauci said he worries less about himself than for the nation as a whole.

“This is a dystopian world we’re living in,” he said. The public is awash in lies and misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines, “they are being misled.” With COVID-19 cases rising among the unvaccinated as the highly contagious delta variant spreads, Fauci hopes people’s “better angels” will prevail over the sea of lies on social media. Americans, he hopes, will say, “I’m not going to take any of this. I’m seeing everybody around me get sick and dying. Let me just go ahead and get vaccinated.'”

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Absolute Risk Reduction = 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.

Covid19 Vaccine Efficacy & Effectiveness – The Elephant (Not) In The Room (L.)

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, 91% 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.

ARR is also used to derive an estimate of vaccine effectiveness, which is the number needed to vaccinate (NNV) to prevent one more case of COVID-19 as 1/ARR. NNVs bring a different perspective: 81 for the Moderna–NIH, 78 for the AstraZeneca–Oxford, 108 for the Gamaleya, 84 for the J&J, and 119 for the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccines. The explanation lies in the combination of vaccine efficacy and different background risks of COVID-19 across studies: 0·9% for the Pfizer–BioNTech, 1% for the Gamaleya, 1·4% for the Moderna–NIH, 1·8% for the J&J, and 1·9% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford vaccines. ARR (and NNV) are sensitive to background risk—the higher the risk, the higher the effectiveness—as exemplified by the analyses of the J&J’s vaccine on centrally confirmed cases compared with all cases:8 both the numerator and denominator change, RRR does not change (66–67%), but the one-third increase in attack rates in the unvaccinated group (from 1·8% to 2·4%) translates in a one-fourth decrease in NNV (from 84 to 64).

There are many lessons to learn from the way studies are conducted and results are presented. With the use of only RRRs, and omitting ARRs, reporting bias is introduced, which affects the interpretation of vaccine efficacy.10 When communicating about vaccine efficacy, especially for public health decisions such as choosing the type of vaccines to purchase and deploy, having a full picture of what the data actually show is important, and ensuring comparisons are based on the combined evidence that puts vaccine trial results in context and not just looking at one summary measure, is also important. Such decisions should be properly informed by detailed understanding of study results, requiring access to full datasets and independent scrutiny and analyses.

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Doctors 4 Covid Ethics: “Are we about to witness the birth of an entirely new world of autoimmune disease?”

Leaky Blood Vessels: An Unknown Danger of COVID-19 Vaccination (D4CE)

Dear colleague: Six months ago, we laid out the reasons for our fears that gene-based vaccines were potentially dangerous [1]. These concerns were based primarily on the expectation that the vaccine would through lymphatic transport soon enter the circulation, where it would be taken up by the endothelial cells. These cells would then start producing the spike protein, which would cause them to be attacked and destroyed by cytotoxic Tlymphocytes. The resulting lesions would give rise to platelet activation and blood clot formation. Since then, clotting abnormalities have indeed taken center stage as propagators of adverse events following vaccinations.

Rapid entry of the vaccine into the bloodstream has been confirmed, as has rapid appearance of expressed spike protein in the bloodstream. Activation of clotting is very common even in those without characteristic or lasting symptoms, but the number of grave adverse events caused by this mechanism—heart attack, stroke, cerebral sinus venous thrombosis, and others—is very high. With this letter, your attention is directed to a second autoimmune pathway that will be triggered simultaneously with the activation of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes. We predict that this pathway will cause damage to and leakiness of blood vessels, with consequences that are far-reaching and profound, particularly upon repeated vaccination. This second autoimmune pathway will render booster shots uniquely dangerous.

1. The proposed mechanism
The first injection will induce the expression of spike protein, and the formation of specific antibodies to it. Re-vaccination will lead to a second round of spike protein production, including in endothelial cells. The antibodies, now already present, will bind to these spikes and will direct attack of the complement system to these cells. Neutrophil granulocytes, too, will be activated by antibodies bound to the endothelial cells. Vascular damage and leakage will ensue.

1.1. Evidence that SARS-CoV-2 spikes provoke complement attack on vessels
Investigations published last year by Jeffrey Laurence and colleagues [2] have establishedthat spike proteins direct complement attack to the inner vessel lining. The authors showed that spike proteins released from the lungs of COVID-19 patients travelled via the circulation to attach at distant sites to the inner vessel lining, i.e. the endothelial cells. Leukocytes and the complement system became activated precisely at those sites, which resulted in damage and leakiness of the vessels. Why this occurred became evident only recently, through several discoveries that we have discussed in a previous letter to physicians [3]. Specifically, the immune system of all individuals is already primed to respond to coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2, most likely through cross-immunity with widespread respiratory human coronavirus strains. This immunological memory causes antibody production to commence early on during SARS-CoV-2 infection [4–7]. Thus, antibodies will already be there to bind the spike proteins when these become stranded in the vessel linings. This inevitably triggers activation of the complement cascade.

1.2. The effect of booster shots
Repeat injections of gene-based “vaccines” are bound to intensify and reproduce this basic event wherever the newly expressed spike protein appears on the vessel lining. Spike protein-induced complement attack on vessels has been shown to evoke a plethora of skin lesions in COVID-19 patients [8]. These show a striking resemblance to some of those which are now being reported in vaccinated individuals [9]. Complementmediated vascular injury occurring at multiple sites throughout the body will have potentially devastating effects not only on the health of the vaccinated individual, but also on pregnancy and fertility. Complement will also likely potentiate coagulation abnormalities via yet another pathway. Spike protein molecules, known to be released into the bloodstream shortly after vaccination [5] will bind to platelets, marking them as targets for antibody binding. Subsequent attack by complement must be expected to cause platelet destruction, possibly culminating in immune thrombocytopenic purpura. This, too, has been clinically observed after vaccination [10–13]. With regard to long term effects of re-vaccination, what will happen when the “vaccines” seep out of damaged blood vessels and reach the organs of the body? Will gene uptake and spike production then mark each and every cell type for destruction by killer lymphocytes? Are we about to witness the birth of an entirely new world of autoimmune disease?

1.3. Conclusion
It is beyond question that repeated vaccinations carry serious and unprecedented risks as outlined above. While government officials, authorities and vaccine manufacturers may remain ignorant of the medical implications of such findings, any physician in possession of this knowledge cannot administer repeated COVID-19 vaccination in good conscience, nor in good faith. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for a doctor to knowingly inflict harm on a patient. ALL PHYSICIANS ARE HEREWITH CALLED ON TO RECONSIDER THE ETHICAL ISSUES SURROUNDING COVID-19 VACCINATION.

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Not THAT early…

Early Signs Covid-19 Vaccines May Not Stop Delta Transmission (R.)

There are early signs that people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may be able to transmit the Delta variant of the virus as easily as those who have not, scientists at Public Health England (PHE) said on Friday. The findings chime with those from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which last week raised concerns that vaccinated people infected with Delta could, unlike with other variants, readily transmit it. read more The highly infectious Delta variant has become the dominant coronavirus type globally, sustaining a pandemic that has already killed more than 4.4 million people, including over 130,000 in Britain. Vaccines have been shown to provide good protection against severe disease and death from Delta, especially with two doses, but there is less data on whether vaccinated people can still transmit it to others.

“Some initial findings … indicate that levels of virus in those who become infected with Delta having already been vaccinated may be similar to levels found in unvaccinated people,” PHE said in a statement. “This may have implications for people’s infectiousness, whether they have been vaccinated or not. However, this is early exploratory analysis and further targeted studies are needed to confirm whether this is the case.” PHE said that of confirmed Delta cases that had ended up hospitalised since July 19, 55.1% were unvaccinated, while 34.9% had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 75% of the British population has had two vaccine doses, and PHE said that “as more of the population gets vaccinated, we will see a higher relative percentage of vaccinated people in hospital”.

Separately, PHE said another variant, known as B.1.621, first detected in Colombia, had shown signs of evading the immune response triggered by either COVID-19 vaccines or previous infection. PHE has labelled the variant “under investigation” but has not declared it a “variant of concern” – a designation that can trigger strong policy responses. “There is preliminary laboratory evidence to suggest that vaccination and previous infection may be less effective at preventing infection with (B.1.621),” it said, adding there had been 37 confirmed cases of the variant in England.

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How to redefine “rare”: “..34.9 percent had received two doses..”

In England, Hundreds Of Vaccinated People Hospitalised With Delta (AlJ)

Hundreds of fully vaccinated people in England have been hospitalised with the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant, scientists said on Friday. In its latest COVID-19 update, Public Health England (PHE) also warned there were early signs that people who have been inoculated may be able to transmit the Delta strain as easily as those who have not received any jabs. From July 19 to August 2, 55.1 percent of the 1,467 people hospitalised with the Delta variant were unvaccinated, PHE said, while 34.9 percent – or 512 people – had received two doses. Dubbed “freedom day”, July 19 was the date England significantly eased lockdown restrictions. All vaccines in use in the United Kingdom – those produced by AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech – require recipients to receive two doses to be fully inoculated.


About 75 percent of the UK’s adult population has received two shots to date. “As more of the population gets vaccinated, we will see a higher relative percentage of vaccinated people in hospital,” PHE said. Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said the hospitalisation figures showed “once again how important it is that we all come forward to receive both doses of the vaccine as soon as we are able to do so”. “Vaccination is the best tool we have in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe from the serious disease risk COVID-19 can pose,” Harries said in a statement. “However, we must also remember that the vaccines do not eliminate all risk: it is still possible to become unwell with COVID-19 and infect others.”

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“..such infection simultaneously assists in offering protection against developing variants.”

Greater Antibody Response In Recovered COVID Patients Than Vaccinated (Fed.)

A new study has found that individuals that have previously contracted COVID-19 show a more potent antibody response than those who were solely vaccinated for the respiratory virus. Conducted by a research team at Rockefeller University in New York, the analysis found “that between a first (prime) and second (booster) shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, the memory B cells of infection-naïve individuals produced antibodies that evolved increased neutralizing activity against SARS-CoV-2,” but also that “no additional increase in the potency or breadth of this activity was observed thereafter.” Meanwhile, researchers determined that not only do recovered COVID-19 patients possess neutralizing antibodies up to a year after infection, but that such infection simultaneously assists in offering protection against developing variants.

“Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection produces B-cell responses that continue to evolve for at least one year,” the study read. “During that time, memory B cells express increasingly broad and potent antibodies that are resistant to mutations found in variants of concern.” The analysis later goes on to conclude, “Memory antibodies selected over time by natural infection have greater potency and breadth than antibodies elicited by vaccination.” Moreover, the results suggest that “boosting vaccinated individuals with currently available mRNA vaccines would produce a quantitative increase in plasma neutralizing activity but not the qualitative advantage against variants obtained by vaccinating convalescent individuals.”

The study’s findings add to further mounting evidence detailing the level of protection natural immunity offers previously infected COVID-19 patients. Last month, Emory University published an extensive investigation describing the efficiency of long-term immunity against the respiratory virus. Similar discoveries have also been identified in research released by the Cleveland Clinic and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, respectively.

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Every next shot is more dangerous.

Swedish Professor Says 5 Shots of COVID Vaccine May be Necessary (SN)

While many people have bragged about being “fully vaccinated” after taking two COVID-19 jabs, a Swedish professor says that as many as five shots may be needed to combat falling immunity. “We don’t know how long the vaccine protects against serious illness and death,” said Karolinska Institute Professor Matti Sällberg. “This means that you pick the safe before the unsafe.” Numerous European countries are planning a 3rd round of COVID “booster shots” in September, and the FDA also indicated that vaccinated individuals will be given another shot in the fall. However, Sällberg suggests this probably won’t be enough and that “recurring shots” will be necessary. “After receiving the second dose, the immune response slowly subsides. Within a year, many may have lost their protection. We do not know yet, but if you get a third dose, it will be activated again,” he said. “Biology says that a fading immune response is not unlikely. Then it’s time for a third, fourth, maybe fifth dose”.


One wonders whether Sällberg holds a conflict of interest given that he is also chairman of the board at vaccine company SVF. Meanwhile, in Israel, a doctor warned that “the effectiveness of the vaccine is waning/fading out” and that “85-90% of the hospitalizations are in fully vaccinated people.” Dr. Kobi Haviv also chillingly pointed out that 95% of the patients in hospital with the most severe symptoms are vaccinated. The meme below is already coming true, and with vaccine passports seemingly on the way, people will have to keep taking recurring vaccinations simply to maintain access to basic lifestyle activities. Whether vaccine side-effects or the hassle of continually having to return for more jabs will put some people off remains to be seen.

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“..both the vaxxed and non-vaxxed person walking into a restaurant, store, group, venue or workplace present the exact same risk to other people there, so how does the presentation of proof of vaccine make any difference?”

CDC Director Makes Case Vaccination Passports are Futile (CTH)

They are just making up narratives now, and the media are not calling them out on it…. The Director of the CDC made an important admission during an interview today on CNN. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stated the vaccine does not prevent COVID-19 infection, nor does it stop the vaccinated person from transmitting the infection or the delta variant. According to Director Walensky, the only benefit from the vaccine now is presumably that it reduces the severity of symptoms. If a vaccinated and non-vaccinated person have the same capacity to carry, shed and transmit the virus – with or without symptoms – then what difference does a vaccination passport or vaccination ID make? According to the CDC TODAY, both the vaxxed and non-vaxxed person walking into a restaurant, store, group, venue or workplace present the exact same risk to other people there, so how does the presentation of proof of vaccine make any difference?

Additionally, her entire statement makes no sense. There is no evidence that vaccinated asymptomatic carriers are asymptomatic because of the vaccine. There are likely just as many asymptomatic non-vaccinated carriers. The data shows an equally distributed infection rate regardless of vaccination rate, which is simultaneously admitted by Direcor Walensky, which, as an outcome, is an admission that undercuts the entire argument for compulsory vaccines. The reverse is also evident in the data. There are just as many vaxxed carriers who are symptomatic (ie. sick), as there are un-vaxxed carriers who are symptomatic (ie. sick). The percentage of vaxxed and non-vaxxed people hospitalized it identical to the vaxxed/non-vaxxed population around the hospital.

In regional populations with extremely high vaccination rates, the COVID infection rate continues unabated. The percentage of vaccinated people hospitalized is identical to the percentage of people vaccinated in the community. In Gibraltar, 99% of the population vaccinated; COVID infection rate climbs. In Iceland over 75% of population vaccinated; infection rate climbs. Singapore and Israel show the same thing [Data Sets Here]. So what value is the vaccination passport?

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Does Fauci agree?

White House: No More Lockdowns Of Schools Or Economy Despite Covid Rise (JTN)

The Biden White House insisted Friday that American schools and the economy will not shut down again even as COVID-19 infections rise with the new Delta variant. “We are not going back. We are not turning back the clock,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. “This is not March 2020 or even January 2021,” she added. “We’re not going to lock down our economy or our schools because our country’s in a much stronger place than when we took office.” The promise came as some teachers unions aligned with the Democratic Party call for the school year to begin with virtual classes, not in-classroom learning.

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No lockdowns in US, but the UK knows better.

UK Draws Up Contingency Plans For ‘Firebreak’ Covid Lockdowns (iN)

The government has put contingency plans in place for further Covid-19 lockdowns should the NHS be forced back to the brink over winter, i can reveal. While No10 is confident that the vaccine rollout will prevent Covid hospitalisations rising to the levels that led to previous lockdowns, there remains concern that the NHS could be put under intense pressure from issues such as a large resurgence in patients suffering serious flu symptoms. A senior government source has told i that the Prime Minister authorised planning for “firebreak” lockdowns if a number of factors combine to push the NHS to breaking point in the autumn and winter months. There are also said to be concerns at a sharp increase in the number of NHS staff taking sick leave following 18 months fighting on the front line of the pandemic.


“The Government believes it has got to grips with the pandemic following the vaccine rollout,” said the Government advisor. “Barring a new vaccine-beating strain, fears over a rise in infections similar to that seen last autumn are actually outweighed by other issues like an NHS staffing crisis and the likely resurgence in flu infections, and other respiratory diseases. On top of Covid infections these factors could tip the NHS back to the brink and force more lockdowns.” However, the source added the Government is determined to avoid the long lockdowns the UK has endured since the pandemic struck in March 2020. = “Should more lockdowns be necessary, the plan is for them to be short, and preferably during the school holidays in late October and over Christmas. Firebreaks rather than lasting for months at a time.”

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Zero covid is a really stupid idea. So, ideal for Australia.

Australia’s ‘Covid Zero’ Days May Be Numbered (ST)

Australia’s coveted status as a haven from the pandemic could be at an end, with experts warning that a sustained Delta outbreak makes a return to “Covid zero” unlikely. After long stretches with zero local cases – what Australians once jokingly referred to as “doughnut days” – a Sydney outbreak has now grown to 4,610. Record numbers of new cases are being reported each day despite widespread lockdowns. Slowly but surely, some local authorities have shifted to talking about containing the virus rather than beating it. “Given where numbers are, given the experience of Delta overseas, we now have to live with Delta one way or another, and that is pretty obvious,” said New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian. After 18 months of advocating “Covid zero”, that represents a step-change in the country’s approach.

For experts like Emma McBryde, an infectious diseases and statistical modelling expert at James Cook University, the shift in tone is a reflection of the new reality that Delta has brought. “We’re buying time, not getting back to Covid zero,” she told AFP. Like most experts she agrees that Australia’s old virus toolbox – aggressive tracing and testing, snap lockdowns and extensive travel restrictions – while less effective, is still essential to stop exponential virus spread. But, she said: “The goal now should be keeping Covid in check for long enough to get vaccinated.” Dr Tony Blakely, an epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne, echoed those comments, telling public broadcaster ABC that Australia will “probably never” get back to zero transmission.

Barring a few isolated Pacific islands and neighbouring New Zealand, few countries weathered the first 18 months of the coronavirus quite as well as Australia. As the rest of the world hunkered down, got sick and lost loved ones, Australians flocked to bars, restaurants and the beach. Occasionally, the virus jumped from hotel quarantine facilities into the community but aggressive tracing and testing, snap local lockdowns and domestic travel restrictions kept it in check. Then came Delta.

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“An admitted IU student’s right to attend IU cannot be conditioned on the student waiving their rights to bodily integrity and autonomy..”

Indiana University Students Appeal Vaccine Mandate To US Supreme Court (JTN)

First Amendment attorney Jim Bopp filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday on behalf of eight Indiana University students, asking the nation’s top court to stop the university from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. “Continuing our fight against this unconstitutional mandate is necessary to guarantee that IU students receive the fair due process they’re owed by a public university,” Bopp said in a statement sent to the media. “An admitted IU student’s right to attend IU cannot be conditioned on the student waiving their rights to bodily integrity and autonomy and to consent to medical treatment like IU has done here. The emergency application for writ of injunction was sent to Associate Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who is assigned to review cases coming out of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bopp is requesting she issue a decision by Aug. 13, 10 days before the start of IU’s fall semester Aug. 23. Indiana University announced its COVID-19 vaccine mandate May 21, outlining what it called “strong consequences” for all those who did not comply – students would have their classes canceled and email accounts cut off, the university said, and employees would be fired if they hadn’t gotten the vaccine by the start of the fall semester. The university said exemptions would be “strictly limited to a very narrow set of criteria, including medical exemptions, and documented and significant religious exemptions.” Students were told they needed to get their first dose of the vaccine by July 1 in order to be fully vaccinated by the start of school.

In response to angry calls from parents and a letter signed by the majority of Indiana’s state senators (all Republicans) expressing concerns with the mandate, IU softened its position, and began to grant all religious exemptions. But those students were told they would need to continue to wear masks, would likely be prohibited from attending certain events on campus and would be subjected to frequent testing. Then in mid-July, the university introduced an ethical exemption, allowing students and employees who don’t qualify for a medical exemption and do not want to object on religious grounds to cite personal ethics as a reason for not choosing to get the vaccine. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana upheld the mandate in July, and a three-judge panel with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals also sided with IU, saying if IU students didn’t want to get the vaccine, they could go elsewhere. Bopp said his firm filed suit “to preserve students’ rights to bodily integrity and autonomy and the right to consent to medical treatment.”

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The Hill labels it a “Stunning new report”. They must be the only ones who didn’t know yet.

US Last In Health Care Among Richest Countries Despite Spending Most (Hill)

The U.S. health care system ranked last among 11 wealthy countries despite spending the highest percentage of its gross domestic product on health care, according to an analysis by the Commonwealth Fund. Researchers behind the report surveyed tens of thousands of patients and doctors in each country and used data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Health Organization (WHO). The report considered 71 performance measures that fell under five categories: access to care, the care process, administrative efficiency, equity and health care outcomes. Countries analyzed in the report include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Norway, the Netherlands and Australia were the top-performing countries overall, with the U.S. coming in dead last.


The U.S. ranked last on access to care, administrative efficiency, equity and health care outcomes despite spending 17 percent of GDP on health care, but came in second on the measures of care process metric. The nation performed well in rates of mammography screening and influenza vaccination for older Americans, as well as the percentage of adults who talked with their physician about nutrition, smoking and alcohol use. Half of lower-income U.S. adults in the report said costs prevented them from receiving care while just more than a quarter of high-income Americans said the same. In comparison, just 12 percent of lower-income residents in the U.K. and 7 percent with higher incomes said costs stopped them from getting care. The U.S. also had the highest infant mortality rate and lowest life expectancy at age 60 compared with other countries.

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Obsessed with power.

Dems’ Crusade Against Trump Does Real Harm To Presidency, Constitution (Fox)

The progressive crusade to bring down Donald Trump by any means necessary continues to damage the Office of the President and the Constitution’s separation of powers. New York prosecutors succeeded in subpoenaing a sitting president — and thereby interfering with his ability to carry out his duties — all for the sake of indicting a single Trump Organization official for under-reporting taxes. Now the Biden administration has inflicted even more damage on the Presidency by waiving Trump’s constitutional right to confidential communications with his closest aides. On January 23, 2021, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to the Department of Justice demanding production of documents concerning meetings and communications between Trump and high-ranking Justice Department officials regarding election fraud.

House and the Senate committees subsequently followed up with subpoenas for a slew of top former Justice Department officials, such as Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark, and U.S. Attorneys in Georgia and New York. In normal times, the Justice Department would immediately reject these demands. Article II of the Constitution specifies, after all, that the President “may require the Opinion” from his principal officers “upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective offices.” Ever since President George Washington refused to share documents with the House about the Jay Treaty, the Executive Branch has asserted the need to keep confidential documents and information that reflect presidential decision-making and deliberation.

In Nixon v. United States, the Supreme Court recognized that the President must enjoy an executive privilege in order to receive the full and frank advice of top officials in order to effectively discharge his constitutional duties. More recently, the D.C. federal court has recognized that “history and legal precedent teach that documents from a former or an incumbent President are presumptively privileged.” The Supreme Court has only recognized an exception when a criminal defendant’s own constitutional right to information conflicts with the President’s right to confidentiality. Then—and only then—has the Court sought to balance the two competing rights by intruding only as necessary on the claim of privilege. Congress’s demands for documents and subpoenas for testimony are more far-reaching and much more destructive to the separation of powers.

While Congress has a right to investigate the events leading to the terrible riot of January 6, it does not have a right to override the constitutional prerogatives of an independent branch of government. If Congress has the right to demand presidential documents and discussions at will, it could just as easily force the Justices of the Supreme Court to reveal their deliberations about the electoral fraud cases brought after the November 3 elections, too. Imagine the howls from Capitol Hill if the Trump Justice Department had issued subpoenas to Nancy Pelosi to obtain internal documents and communications between her and her top legislative advisors about threat assessments provided in the run-up to the January 6 joint meeting of Congress.

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    René Magritte The human condition 1935   • Fauci: ‘Flood’ Of Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates After Full FDA Approval (USAT) • Covid19 Vaccine Efficacy
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 7 2021]

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    I can barely believe that Tucker Carlson is one of the few folks on US tv making sense of the Corona-panic..

    Check out yesterday’s revelations.
    We’ve been hit over the head with bullshit for the past year and a half!
    Incredible.

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    Examine this latest UK gov report released yesterday.

    Check out pages 18 and 19.

    253 deaths in unvaccinated with delta / 151,054 unvaccinated with delta = 0.167%
    402 deaths in vaccinated with delta / 47,008 vaccinated with delta = 0.855%

    You’re 5x more likely to die from a Delta infection if you’re vaxxed than if not.

    That the UK gov. telling you that. That’s ADE right there.

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1009243/Technical_Briefing_20.pdf

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    This is the most comprehensive Covid treatment protocol I’ve come across.

    It’s even more comprehensive than the iMASK+

    https://ippocrateorg.org/en/2020/12/15/how-to-treat-covid-19/

    #82735
    Germ
    Participant

    Israeli data shows that Pfizer ‘vax’ is utterly useless against Delta.
    Check out the lower right pane – “July 4th – July 31st” :

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E8LTBE5VUAEUjrk?format=jpg&name=medium

    #82736
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    René Magritte The human condition 1935

    Ah, more of Magritte’s magic…brilliant…

    #82737
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Ilargi re; yesterday’s comment by you; please. please, do step in to stop the theft of your precious blog by a few galoots here, interested only in their own aggrandizement…
    Your’s is a rare gem in a sea of flotsam…

    #82738
    Germ
    Participant

    “Tens of thousands of people who volunteered to be in studies of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are still participating in follow-up research. But some key questions won’t be easily answered, because many people who had been in the placebo group have now opted to take the vaccine.

    How convenient!

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/02/19/969143015/long-term-studies-of-covid-19-vaccines-hurt-by-placebo-recipients-getting-immuni

    #82739
    Germ
    Participant

    Iceland data: Delta variant has taken over all other variants & vaxed individuals can contract it relatively easily & spread infection; around half of those hospitalized have been vaccinated.

    ” …it has become clear that vaccinated people can easily contract it as well as spread it to others… ”

    “COVID-19 in Iceland: Vaccination Has Not Led to Herd Immunity, Says Chief Epidemiologist”
    https://www.icelandreview.com/society/covid-19-in-iceland-vaccination-has-not-led-to-herd-immunity-says-chief-epidemiologist/

    #82740
    Germ
    Participant

    Tell me when to stop Raul 😉

    #82741
    Germ
    Participant

    SCOTUS asked to block Indiana U C19 vax mandate: students filed an emergency appeal at the SCOTUS, asking justices to block enforcement of IU’s requirement, which they said violates their constitutional right to bodily integrity under the 14th Amendment.

    https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/08/06/indiana-university-students-ask-supreme-court-block-vaccine-order/5505558001/

    #82742
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Upstatenyer
    Thanks for your support yesterday…
    from a Long Island NY’er
    Cheers

    #82743
    democritus
    Participant

    Re “risk reduction” this is from the end of the Lancet article:

    “These considerations on efficacy and effectiveness are based on studies measuring prevention of mild to moderate COVID-19 infection; they were not designed to conclude on prevention of hospitalisation, severe disease, or death, or on prevention of infection and transmission potential. Assessing the suitability of vaccines must consider all indicators, and involve safety, deployability, availability, and costs.”

    #82744
    Germ
    Participant

    Nothing needed to add:

    #82745
    Germ
    Participant

    “Very rare” – now, where I have I heard that before?!
    Hahaha.

    “Canada now lists Bell’s Palsy as possible, though very rare, side-effect of Pfizer vaccine”

    https://nationalpost.com/health/pfizer-vaccine-label-amended-in-canada-to-list-bells-palsy-as-possible-side-effect

    #82746
    Germ
    Participant

    Ding! Ding! Ding!
    We have a WINNER:

    https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/andrew-dice-clay-diagnosed-bells-130940118.html

    What a hoot. We’re gonna be seeing alot of droopy faces in the months ahead!

    I know – that’s sick humour.
    But I just don’t care anymore at this point.

    #82747
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Stampedes are easy when the herd is grazing and everything is relatively quiet…
    But this herd is deaf; and even a gunshot in the quiet of the night will barely be heard…
    Today is most dangerous…but nobody is awake………………..

    #82748
    democritus
    Participant

    Germ, you are dividing by the number of people admitted to hospital, overlooking the fact that more unvaccinated ended up in hospital. You need to divide by the number in the population who got the delta.

    #82749
    democritus
    Participant

    “How to redefine “rare”: “..34.9 percent had received two doses..” Again that’s 34.9 % of the people who were admitted to hospital, not the percentage of the people who were infected. How many people were infected but did not go to hospital? How many people did not even have a test?

    #82750
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Magritte: “The Human Condition”: mistaking the map for the territory. Same as “Ceci n’est une pipe” You’re seeing your MIND, not ‘reality’. If you were looking at reality directly without the intermediary of your mind, you would know it.

    We’re in deep comments and all against the wall, but maybe some additional donations would make it worth his while? They don’t have to be for him, under his control, they can be sent to Athens or any other place of need. Keep it open: we’re at a emotional peak and will figure it out somehow.

    Quite a number of Covid sotries being pushed, but as Pool says, every one seems a little too “on point”. “Whyyyy?” one man screamed as he clutched his respirator, “WHY did I not just make the vaccine??? Now I’m going to die, die. …Die. Doctor, my dying wish is that you escape to tell others. Tell everyone: do not do as I once did. Save the vaccinated from the disease they’re already safe from. I beg you.”

    Poppin’ up everyhwere. Like the Dr. in Alabama who claimed that just happened when nobody had died in months.

    FAKE DOCTORS PAID TO PEDDLE JABS ON TIKTOK“ Like this. And all along, actually.

    He’s the problem: everything they say has been a lie for 21 years, so even if they’re telling the truth no one believes them.

    Dr. Benton, yes, materialism is their religion which like other religions has TERRIBLE problems they are blind to, and is now running their own Jesuit shock troops. Same as before, there was no “Catholic” (because what would you compare it to?) it was “just the way things are”, everyone was Christian, with a similar worldview, so it was hard to distinguish the Inquisition from the background culture. So today. And it’s unconstitutional to have State Religion and theocracy. I do it regularly for this same reason, they are dangerous zealots of a weirdo religion. I ask, “how does the body heal itself” well, cells and stuff. “Great how does it KNOW” to do this? How does it remember what your finger looked like to grow it back the same?” Crickets. No idea. Never once thought of it only one level down. How? Consciousness. If you don’t understand that, and time, which are everywhere, in everything, you understand nothing, and they don’t. …Nor me either, but at least I can say so. Live in a magic world of wonder, looking at the creator, these self-organizing currents that come and go forever.

    Irony, and affront is that they hate religion with the heat of a thousands suns while being one and exhibiting every bad habit of one, lacking none. Not even grooming little boys in the choir box, they’re outrunning the Pope on that one too. Know thyself.

    They worship machines, so no doubt they’re following AI, or as we say it: “Sniffing their own farts” and “Believing their own bulls—t.” Is they won’t leave their hermetically sealed air tight bubble because they’d have to get within 100 miles of a filthy deplorable, they have no way to realize how out of touch and out of control they’ve become. Which is ideal. They didn’t realize THEY’RE THE PROGRAMMERS, so reading their program output is the world’s tightest echo chamber. How dumb do you have to be? Their whirlpool gets smaller and smaller and faster and faster, expelling adherents at the speed of light until there’s no one left but that one, perfect, Science-ordained messiah like “Mr. Science-n-Stuff” on TV. Turns around, like a cartoon, no followers. Alone in the street. Everyone looking at them, naked and smeared in s–t wearing a tiara. Even Mr. Roboto is willing to vote straight-enemy to stop their genocide, the same equation that got Bernie and Trump going with earlier adopters going back 8 years. And it’ll end, but who are you convincing? Who do you think you’re adding with this behavior? The Right has their own problems but you can’t even see it anymore over the new flood who say “we agree to debate stuff and leave each other alone, have a beer.” You don’t have to agree with them to know that’s the side of the road you’re truly safe on.

    I think with the rising emotion even here: they’ve “Had enough”; they are breaking and that Covid pivot day will be right soon, strangely matching the 50th anniversary of Nixon in 8 days. Sorry Deflationista if you’re caught up in this. If we’re right, you’ll understand later. I grasp that since we get a pipe-fed fire hose of “The Narrative” everywhere else, they don’t prefer that here as well. Although to me it seems a slow 180 as I protested against the commenting public right here a year ago, but with not as much high emotion. Now I’m on the majority side, I feel like I should switch. (but can’t: Logic.)

    Amish sort of chose by lottery. They are chosen by the people as both competent candidates, then drawn randomly from that smaller pool. Just enough so there’s no point in wasting time trying to be great leader personality as your odds are like 4:1 anyway. So they’re also somewhat conscripted to it like we once were in Congress, before everyone abdicated their duties to specialists and “experts”. We can do that again if we just want to.

    Adding to Yeadon, Cornell PhD chemist Collum also says Fauci is a pathological liar and his science is full of s—t. His science makes no sense, at first glance, from any level, and is illogical to itself. …If you hadn’t noticed. We have.

    Iceland, near-zero efficacy. Really? It took –ZERO– for anyone to notice and complain? BTW, this is going around as a Pfizer footnote, since they knew all along but needed to give known poisons like graphene.

    Sadly “they”, the White Hats, are definitely going to let them approve and put in mandates before they act much. People need to know and they’re VERY slow learners. It needs to be undeniable what we escaped as a lesson to others.

    Early Signs Covid-19 Vaccines May Not Stop Delta Transmission (R.)”

    As they don’t know their own writing and science – cuz: journalists, the guaranteed illiterate – pharma never said it WOULD stop transmission, just that it would keep you safe. We argued this at the time, and VDB and Denniger bc non-sterilizing. Reporter and Politcos just said it would cuz reality-is-whatever-I-thought-just-now.

    Swedish Professor Says 5 Shots of COVID Vaccine May be Necessary (SN)”

    First zero since masks would work, then one (that Joe and Kamala promised to refuse) then two, then 5, and as I’ve said, 50: two a year until 70 for a man of 20yo. …But they won’t be done. The Wendigo of profits has to INCREASE each year, consume more, grow bigger, forever. And we have a name for that: a cancer. It’s fatal. The market is at that point now, with nothing left to consume and must go down.

    “CDC Director Makes Case Vaccination Passports Are Futile (CTH) “

    We are breaking through. Just need to hold on to human rights a little longer. This is inevitable as a consequence of pathological liars, although I’m sure nobody thought it would take this long when they put Tony in front of a camera 24h a day. You couldn’t tell from Day 3 or his own emails?

    the Prime Minister authorised planning for “firebreak” lockdowns

    As they’re lost, I just read headline NBC “How Britain, on the brink, turned around and is recovered and open and double-plus goodly now.” Huh? Reading daily, that’s not true, but illiterate reporters from NYU never heard of “Google”. Then this sort of article. How? Discrediting themselves until we no longer believe and then divorce them. Like other abusive narcissistic sociopaths Johnstone could describe.

    Australia’s ‘Covid Zero’ Days May Be Numbered (ST) “

    Well if they never want to open up again, like North Korea or Sakoku under Tokugawa, this is a good way to do it. If they ever plan to trade goods, get iPhones, or join the human race again, not so good. Worse than prison actually, which has an end date. DumDumDumDumDumDumDum. And haven’t they “Smashed the Curve”? Almost no cases. All along. But then…? We can never open up and need totalitarian control forever.

    Speaking of, Joe + CDC love child say CDC legally now has complete dictatorial control of everything forever. Yes, if you can just confiscate all goods, never pay rent, shut down any where or any industry, any person, or open up anywhere, like WalMart, Amazon and your close personal fiends, so….what do we have Congress for? S.C. said, “Uh, duh, obviously not”(Only CONGRESS can trample all law and human rights). Joe said, “Suck it peasants. Make me stop.

    Interesting legal argument there, Joe. “I know it’s wrong but do it anyway”? Don’t know if courts will support you on that, and therefore there is NO contract between people and government WHATSOEVER. End of all authority. Jungle Rules. You won’t like it. We’re going to divert but people need to see it, feel it, suffer by it.

    US Last In Health Care Among Richest Countries Despite Spending Most (Hill)”

    As I usually say. We spend more than Switzerland since Obamacare, who spends more than France where you can get all maternity, both genders, and a daily home nurse. We get not even Peruvian clinic care, and more likely a kick in the teeth (which are also not covered). All run by the government, all since they got involved around 1990. Congress oversaw and demanded the whole thing, every step approved, required by law. And you want National Health Care? Can you see why they pushed for it (and removal of guns) so hard for decades now? Where would you be if they had got it, with no ability for Doctor dissent at all? And universal medical records, accessible at grocery and restaurants?

    Never. Trust. The. Government. I don’t know what history has to happen for that to sink in to people. You’d think the 14th century would have been enough.

    Germ: ADE. Yes, that’s why they have to get the vax now. It’ll be waaaaaaay too obvious to hide in even a few weeks. 0%? In the top vaxxed countries?? Gee, is having the same bad reaction to the same non-vaccine you had during 10 years of testing, replicating and re-proving it, “Science”? Yes it is. They triple-checked the mRNA experiment. It kills.

    Songs to Sing, from someone who Johnny said wrote perfect songs:

    Yeah, he said all these things years, generations ago. Nobody listened. Nobody done nothin’. Well now you got no food: can you hear me now?

    #82751
    Dr. D
    Participant

    #82752
    userzeroid
    Participant

    This song is set to the tune of Mr. Sandman.

    Dr Fauci
    You gave us “vaccines”
    Big pharmas profits, they went to extremes
    We tried protesting in the rain and the thunder
    Uncle bill got vaxed, now he’s six feet under

    Oh Fauci
    Youre such a cunt
    You say youre a doctor but that’s just a front
    CDC, NIH but we all can tell
    “Medical science” is now one big cartel

    Hey Fauci
    Take it from me
    Why don’t you get lost and make like a tree
    Adverse reactions, from shingles to coma
    Your days of popularity are over

    Hey fauci
    Who paid you so much?
    Flip flopping questions that you don’t want to touch
    Backing the advice of “medical experts”
    The media propaganda is so bad my head hurts

    Oh fauci
    Say it aint so
    Money seems quite funny in the WHO
    This whole charade makes me feel sick
    Being “vaccinated” by such a tiny prick

    #82753
    those darned kids
    Participant

    thanks for the great work, germ.

    #82754
    Dr. D
    Participant

    And like John here says, now like an American I have to go work all day for peanuts, a kick in the teeth, the scowling of my neighbors, or likely no thing at all.

    #82755
    glacons31
    Participant

    Many thanks Germ. Great work!

    And many thanks for this blog everyone. I love it here.

    #82757
    those darned kids
    Participant

    it’s too bad these leader types don’t suffer from “balls palsy”, thus preventing future generations of leader types.

    nice song, zoid. needs a title: “hey, mr. vaxxer”.

    try to keep caring, germ. people are in trouble and they need your clarity.

    #82758
    Oroboros
    Participant

    I first heard Dave Collum being interviewed by Max Keiser, and then by James Kunstler. The interviews were mostly about economics. But he’s very funny. He’s a professor of chemistry at Cornell but has a knack for money trends.

    He writes a very funny and pithy year-end summary he calls The Urine Review.

    Anyway, he tears Fauci a new one and tees off on all things Covid in this radio interview from:

    Quoth the Raven #260 – Dave Collum August 4, 2021

    #82759
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    I won’t attempt to speak for anybody else, but I thought yesterday showed an improvement in the comments section, and I hope I was able to be part of that improvement. I always try to sweep my own doorstep first, these days.

    If some of us have been taking excessive liberties with posting lately, I think that may have to do with the fact that these are rather anxiety-spiking times. Such times can make us a bit more “gabby” than we should ideally should be as a way of processing these feelings.

    I posted Eisenstein’s third article in the “Girard” series on Facebook last night with the announcement that I was probably going to be away for a long while. And this is after only posting two or three links to eighties music videos for the past two months. BTW, I recommend periodically re-reading all three article in that series, as he gives your mind a lot to chew on in them. 🙂

    #82760
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    And I actually just posted a link to the first of Eisenstein’s articles in that series by mistake. Here is Part 2. Here is Part 3.

    #82761
    zerosum
    Participant

    pathological liars

    No lies. No misleading. No omissions. No suppression of knowledge.

    Only the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    The public is awash in lies and misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines, “they are being misled.”

    sea of lies on social media.

    ———-

    Why have none of our media leaders never told us the “Absolute Risk Reduction” of the vaccines?
    What is the “Absolute Risk Reduction” of the HCQ, vitamine D, zinc, Ivermectin?

    Someone with a degree in math can make the numbers tell any story that they want.
    ———–
    Confused

    I just noticed that there is a positive improvement …… when going to next page of the comments

    I’m noticing and wondering if some of the frustrated unwashed of the world have decided use fire as a weapon against the establishment. (wildfires everywhere)

    #82762
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Dave Collum from Zero Hedge

    He’s A Pathological Liar”: Cornell Chemistry Professor Dave Collum Unloads On Dr. Fauci And Covid Hysteria

    The take away quote:

    “And you know what else is psychotic? The moment where it crossed the dotted line was December 2020. The vaccine had been out for a very brief period. The CDC Tweeted, I can recite it almost verbatim, although there are no studies, there’s no reason pregnant women shouldn’t get the vaccine.”

    He continued, exasperated: “You’re telling these women who are told don’t even drink a fucking glass of wine’ to get a god damn MRNA vaccine even though there’s no studies?”

    “That showed you the sociopathy of the campaign,” Collum concludes…..”

    #82763
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    ‘This is a dystopian world we’re living in,’ he said. ‘The public is awash in lies and misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines, they are being misled.’

    Such utter, unbelievable projection. But projection is certainly something you get with Cluster B personality disorders (narcissism, sociopathy, and borderline-ism), as well as with burgeoning totalitarianism.

    #82764
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    I’m sort of [6 degrees removed] proud that Dave Collum is from Cornell, right here in NY state. Shows that not everyone in NY has balls palsy. 😉

    Btw, some of the commenters here have a wicked sense of humor and are talented in bringing that across in writing. Many thanks to all of you. Sometimes your comments are the only laugh I get in a day.

    D. Benton: enjoyed your comment on consciousness yesterday. Well done.

    #82765
    madamski cafone
    Participant

    Regarding today’s Magritte: wee excerpts from a story I wrote for my wife about her and I:

    It was a big train, as long as the world is round, but narrow the way trains must be to stay on the tracks. Inside was warm and bright with lots to eat… but so cramped. The rails running underneath were like prison bars to the wolf. He’d roam the aisle restlessly, and got off most every stop.
    ***
    She wondered why he preferred the woods, cold and dark, to the cozy light of the train. He tried to explain that most of the world was out there, not inside the train, and he couldn’t live without the world.

    “Why?” she asked. The train was in the world. You could see out the windows, and it stopped at stations, sometimes staying overnight.

    “It’s where I find god,” he explained. Wolves can talk. This wolf talked a lot, always trying to share the world with her. Especially, he wanted to share the glimpses of God he found out there. “Hard to see with all the lights on board. Even the cleanest windows show reflections from inside as much as the world outside.”
    ***
    He learned, eventually, it took many many years, that what most people saw outside the train was darkness, where he saw starlit snow and things like the light in an owl’s eyes or the moon in clouds. Sometimes there were campfires he could approach and, if he was careful to wear that wool suit, they’d let him warm up a bit and eat something good before running running running to meet the train at the next stop.

    As he grew old, he had to stay on the train, nose glued to the window when he wasn’t sleeping or watching the world from the tourist car. Always moving away, always passing by. The world, he knew, was not his to keep any more than it was his to own. It belonged to God, as do we, even though we seem lost and don’t know if we’ll ever get home again.
    ***
    It wasn’t just age that kept him on board. It was how she finally understood that he’d never wanted to get away from her, nor, for that matter, away from the train. The train was cozy, the food good.

    It was the reflections that bothered him. How people saw themselves out there, outside, in the world, when all they really saw were their reflections in the windows, superimposed against the forest vista rushing by outside, moving so fast it was gone before you knew it, replaced by the next. Nice enough to watch, but more illusion than reality. Just scenery in a picture frame, always changing so fast there was nothing you could call you in it, that is, nothing you could belong to.
    <end excerpts>

    And, of course, a song:

    Magic Mirror

    My second favorite mirror after my wife’s eyes:

    JB

    #82766
    Germ
    Participant
    #82767
    Germ
    Participant

    Predictive Programming:

    #82768
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently also misappropriated state resources as part of his list of, shall we say, “impeachable” behaviors.

    As Paul Joseph Watson said in the video linked somewhere above, “Us, and Them”.

    #82769
    Germ
    Participant
    #82770
    Germ
    Participant

    Incoming ……… !!!

    “Government draws up contingency plans for ‘firebreak’ Covid lockdowns over winter”

    https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/covid-government-draws-up-contingency-plans-firebreak-lockdowns-over-winter-1140135

    #82771
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Sorry if this link has already been posted here, but I saw on JMG’s hypothesis blog and it appears to be a legitimate analysis of potential vaccine associated deaths. The math is a bit difficult to wade through, but the outcome seems rational. Thoughts?

    https://roundingtheearth.substack.com/p/estimating-vaccine-induced-mortality

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