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Drastic Drop In Covid Vaccine Effectiveness (RT)
Dramatic Decline In Effectiveness Of All Three Covid-19 Vaccines Over Time (LAT)
Pfizer Shares Surge After Release Of ‘Miracle’ COVID Pill (ZH)
Woke Gets Whacked — But Hold the Victory Lap (Kunstler)
No, It’s Not Legal (Denninger)
Unvaccinated Troops Now Threatened With Losing All Their Veterans Benefits (ZH)
UKHSA Efficacy Stats Death Watch: Week 44 (eugyppius)
De Blasio To Pay Kids $100 To Get The Covid-19 Vaccine (Fox)
Florida Court Reinstates Governor’s Ban on Masking in Schools (ET)
A Review and Autopsy of Two COVID Immunity Studies (Kulldorff)
NFL Star Aaron Rodgers Responds To ‘Fake’ Vaccine Controversy (RT)
The Man Who Called Bullshit on Uber (MJ)
“The Fed Is Our Master And ‘We The People’, Its Puppet” – G. Edward Griffin (ZH)

 

 

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In a normal world, this would be the nail in the coffin. This is not a normal world.

Drastic Drop In Covid Vaccine Effectiveness (RT)

Three different coronavirus shots – those mainly available in the US and Europe – have shown a dramatic decline in efficacy over time, a study of nearly 800,000 Americans reveals. Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness against both infection and death was studied in three US approved jabs – the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA shots, and the Janssen viral vector vaccine. Having analyzed data from 780,225 US veterans of different ages and sexes between February and October, researchers came to a disturbing conclusion. Vaccine protection against Covid-19 infection dropped from 89.2% at its highest to a low of 13.1%, according to a joint study by the Public Health Institute, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the University of Texas Health Science Center, published in the Science journal on Thursday.

While effectiveness against infection in March was 89.2% for Moderna, 86.9% for Pfizer, and 86.4% for Janssen, by September there were massive declines to 58%, 43%, and 13% respectively. The emergence and dominance of the Delta strain of the virus during the time of the study may have played a role, researchers said, adding that vaccine protection waned across all studied age groups. More than 26,000 positive PCR tests occurred in some 498,000 fully vaccinated veterans. The authors said the pattern of breakthrough infections shows a “worrisome temporal trend.” While the analysis covers 2.7 percent of the US population, other domestic and international studies have shown significantly waning efficacy.

On a brighter note, vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization and death remained high. As breakthrough infections, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to emerge in fully vaccinated people, there is “an urgent need to reinstate multiple layers of protection, such as masking and physical distancing – even among vaccinated persons,” the scientists warn.

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About the same report, with added benefits: 1/ LA Times manages to turn the utter failure of the vaccines into a promo for the same vaccines and 2/ a booster after 28 days. Soon coming to your town.

Dramatic Decline In Effectiveness Of All Three Covid-19 Vaccines Over Time (LAT)

As the Delta variant became the dominant strain of the coronavirus across the United States, all three COVID-19 vaccines available to Americans lost some of their protective power, with vaccine efficacy among a large group of veterans dropping between 35% and 85%, according to a new study. Researchers who scoured the records of nearly 800,000 U.S. veterans found that in early March, just as the Delta variant was gaining a toehold across American communities, the three vaccines were roughly equal in their ability to prevent infections. But over the next six months, that changed dramatically. By the end of September, Moderna’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, measured as 89% effective in March, was only 58% effective. The effectiveness of shots made by Pfizer and BioNTech, which also employed two doses, fell from 87% to 45% in the same period.

And most strikingly, the protective power of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine plunged from 86% to just 13% over those six months. The findings were published Thursday in the journal Science. The three vaccines held up better in their ability to prevent COVID-19 deaths, but by July — as the Delta variant began to drive a three-month surge of infections and deaths — the shots’ effectiveness on that score also revealed wide gaps. Among veterans 65 and older who were inoculated with the Moderna vaccine, those who developed a so-called breakthrough infection were 76% less likely to die of COVID-19 compared with unvaccinated veterans of the same age. Older veterans who got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and subsequently experienced a breakthrough infection were 70% less likely to die than were their unvaccinated peers.

And when older vets who got a single jab of the J&J vaccine suffered a breakthrough infection, they were 52% less likely to die than their peers who didn’t get any shots. For veterans younger than 65, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines provided the best protection against a fatal case of COVID-19, at 84% and 82%, respectively. When younger veterans inoculated with the J&J vaccine suffered a breakthrough infection, they were 73% less likely to die of COVID-19 than were their unvaccinated peers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended booster shots for everyone who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months earlier.

Boosters are also recommended six months after a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines for everyone 65 and older; those with medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to a serious case of COVID-19; those who live in nursing homes or other group settings; and those who live or work in high-risk settings such as hospitals or prisons. In addition, all people with compromised immune systems are advised to get a booster shot if it’s been at least 28 days since their vaccine took full effect.

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Not long ago, Pfizer “falsified data, unblinded patients, employed inadequately trained vaccinators, and was slow to follow up on adverse events reported..” Now that’s a come back.

Pfizer Shares Surge After Release Of ‘Miracle’ COVID Pill (ZH)

Thursday was a rough day for Moderna shares after the company released revenue figures and FY guidance that deeply disappointed Wall Street expectations (potentially destroying the reputation of financier Steve Weiss, arguably Moderna’s biggest promoter on Wall Street, in the process). But on Friday, Pfizer – Moderna’s biggest rival – rubbed Moderna’s nose in it by announcing a revolutionary new oral COVID antiviral similar to the Merck ‘miracle pill’ that won approval from UK regulators yesterday. The news sent Pfizer’s stock surging, while Moderna and Merck shares tumbled, during premarket trade. Pfizer shares were trading up 11%+:

The key takeaway from the Pfizer announcement is this: Pfizer said studies showed its COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients by 89%. That’s even higher than the 50% reduction in hospitalizations and deaths shown by the Merck pill. Again, like Merck, Pfizer said that it was no longer taking new patients in a clinical trial of the treatment “due to the overwhelming efficacy” of the drug, which it now plans to submit its findings to the FDA for emergency authorization (just like Merck is doing). Yesterday, Merck won approval for its new COVID antiviral, molnupiravir, from regulators in the UK, and it’s pushing to wrack up as many EUAs as possible from regulators from all over.

Pfizer is already planning to seek approval emergency approval from the US government because, according to the numbers, its drug is even more effective than molnuiravir. According to the headline numbers, Pfizer’s new antiviral is even more effective than the rival pill from Merck. Pfizer’s pill, which will be sold under the brand name Paxlovid, cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% when taken within three days after symptoms emerge (the number for Merck’s drug was it needed to be taken within 5 days of infection). “The results are really beyond our wildest dreams,” said Annaliesa Anderson, a Pfizer executive who led the drug’s development. She expressed hope that Paxlovid “can have a big impact on helping all our lives go back to normal again and seeing the end of the pandemic.”

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“Citizens have a right to object to this, and to the illegal vaccine “mandate” invoked by the pugnaciously stupid “Joe Biden” regime..”

Woke Gets Whacked — But Hold the Victory Lap (Kunstler)

The CDC and the FDA have unleashed a set of untested vaccines on the public that have been shown to produce alarmingly high rates of adverse reactions, both disabling and leading to death. The CDC’s VAERS system for reporting all that is so janky that doctors can barely use it and the CDC refuses to fix it; meanwhile doctors are being punished for even attempting to report adverse reactions. The whole of medical officialdom has militated aggressively against early treatments of Covid-19 with cheap and easily available drugs, even firing doctors who attempt to use the protocols.

The entire approval process of the various vaccines has been rife with fraud, gamed statistics, sabotaged trials, bait-and-switch scams, and unaccountable manufacturing screw-ups — all immersed in a stench of moneygrubbing. The drug companies have refused to fully reveal the contents of the vaccines. Now they are ramping up an urgent campaign to vaccinate children following rushed and falsified clinical trials, with the statistical certainty that many more kids will be injured or will die from the vax than they would from Covid-19 itself.

Citizens have a right to object to this, and to the illegal vaccine “mandate” invoked by the pugnaciously stupid “Joe Biden” regime. There is an awful creeping suspicion in the USA and in other countries that people who have received vaccinations are beginning to present fatal cardiovascular and neurological illness in large numbers, and that an attempt is underway to cover all this up. There is likewise a growing body of evidence that the vaccines and “boosters” incrementally disable the human immune system so that later in the winter of 2021-2022 millions of people will be at risk of dying from Covid variants and virtually any other disease that comes along, including cancers. How many of us are prepared for that?

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In Greece yesterday, the police were using water cannon against protesting firemen.

No, It’s Not Legal (Denninger)

OSHA claims this is an “Emergency” and requires immediate action. However, it wasn’t an emergency 11 months ago. Nor was it one in September, when there were many, many more cases and deaths than there are today. It also isn’t one now until January 2nd, directly after a number of industry groups complained about the impact of it on the holidays. Note that the alleged “authority” that OSHA has to deal with workplace insults and risks when it comes to an ETS depends on it being an actual emergency. OSHA cannot deliberately decide to sacrifice employees “up to a specific date because its inconvenient for their employers.” Indeed that act alone invalidates the ETS as it makes clear there is no emergency at all and the claim of one is a pretext.

OSHA’s regulatory authority is limited to workplaces. A risk that is diffuse and beyond the workplace in at least equal quality and severity is beyond their mandate. A respiratory virus is in that category. Can OSHA mandate asbestos regulations or concentrations of chemicals in the factory or other working environment? Sure. Can they mandate that which is in the outside air in the ordinary environment at the same level of risk? No. There is no specific and articulable risk within general employment that is not present everywhere else in ordinary life.

OSHA is required to back up their findings and claims with actual science. They can’t. Specifically there is no evidence that being jabbed is superior to being infected — in fact, its the other way around. Even if it is superior at some point in time the alleged “rule” does not differentiate and, in the instant case, the evidence is that those who were jabbed in January of last year either lost all protection or actually have negative protection .vs. someone who was never vaccinated at all. This, incidentally, makes their entire argument pretextual (and which the administration has admitted.)

OSHA is required to use the least-invasive means to address whatever it claims needs addressing. Demanding an invasive and permanent medical procedure is not the least-invasive means. For example they might be able to get away with a mask rule provided those medically-contraindicated are exempted or moved to other jobs and provided the employer pays for the masks; there are protocols for safe use of same which are in fact required in other industries and certain atmospheres. That’s reasonable and carries no negative risk of temporary, permanent or catastrophic harm.

OSHA has admitted that a less-invasive means exists through their “mask and test” option and thus is required to issue that, if they issue anything. The Civil Rights Act does not give you the right to put murder others. As such OSHA cannot mandate a jab if an alternative that is less-intrusive, which they admit to, is deemed acceptable. They deemed it reasonable, acceptable and effective. Their mandate thus falls by their own hand.

OSHA further cannot mandate you play Russian Roulette in order to keep a job nor can they mandate your employer force you to playing Russian Roulette, even if they assert there is some other risk they’re mitigating by doing so. They can put in place a standard that carries no identifiable risk, and do — for example there is no identifiable risk to mandating guards on a punch press, hard hats on a construction site, air circulation standards in a factory where potential dust or other contamination is present, and similar. This mandate is for an invasive medical procedure that carries risk and it does not matter how small the risk is. OSHA simply has no authority to issue a rule that your employer must demand you risk grievous injury or death under penalty of fining them if you refuse.

In short OSHA must demonstrate that (1) the risk is unique to or concentrated in the workplace, (2) the requirement for an ETS is emergent and exigent, not one of convenience or pretextual, (3) the risk mitigated is of great bodily harm or death and (4) it is the least-invasive means of doing so. OSHA has repeatedly had their ETS issued standards thrown out because one or more of those requirements is not met. They rarely use this mechanism for this reason — and their record of success on challenge is poor.

This will go up in smoke folks — it’s just another threat by Biden and his pals, this time aimed at employers with the threat of huge fines if they push back. But you, as an employee, have all the power. No hospital runs without nurses. Garbage is not picked up without garbagemen and women. Fires are not put out without firefighters, nor are traffic accidents attended to and the “Jaws of Life” don’t operate themselves. Water and sewer systems don’t run themselves either.

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The end of morals.

Unvaccinated Troops Now Threatened With Losing All Their Veterans Benefits (ZH)

We detailed Thursday that many thousands of active duty Air Force personnel have still remained unvaccinated even after the Tuesday deadline has come and gone for the Air Force’s mandate to receive both Covid jabs, which was the earliest set deadline among US military branches. Already some branches like the Navy and Marines have clarified that members who refuse the mandate will be relieved of duty and separated from the service. After Tuesday’s deadline at least 8,500 active-duty members of the Air Force and Space Force are in non-compliance and now risk being kicked out. However, there’s no indication as of yet that commanders have booted anyone at this early point.

But now the Department of Defense (DoD) taking its threat of punitive action a big step further, saying unvaccinated service members could see their veterans’ benefits taken away. This would be based on personnel receiving other-than-honorable discharge, which will reportedly be determined by a base’s local command. The Pentagon is saying such a drastic penalty, which would result in individual veterans potentially losing everything from education benefits such as the GI Bill, to eligibility for a veterans home lone, is necessary as lack of vaccination impacts “readiness”. A new report in the Military Times quotes Gil Cisneros, Department of Defense (DoD) undersecretary for personnel, who told Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, “We see the vaccines as a readiness issue. Any discharge decision is up to the individual service as to how they proceed with that.”

The report describes that “Individuals with honorable discharges will be eligible for things like GI Bill benefits, VA home loans and transition assistance programs. Individuals with other-than-honorable discharges are still guaranteed mental health care services through VA, but may be blocked from most other benefits.” An honorable discharge would guarantee all of these benefits, while anything less throws them into doubt in terms of eligibility. Other branches have their deadlines for all personnel to get vaccinated coming in the next weeks. As for the Air Force, what might happen next is a mass expulsion of non-vaxxed service members. There was no word on what career fields the un-vaxxed were in. If some are pilots, especially ones operating stealth jets and bombers, the overreaching vaxx mandate could much more directly jeopardize America’s readiness for war.

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Managing expectations.

UKHSA Efficacy Stats Death Watch: Week 44 (eugyppius)


Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated case rates in the United Kingdom, from the latest UK Health Security Agency vaccine surveillance report

Yet again I had to draw this graph myself, and yet again, the UK Health Security Agency wants you to know that these rates are extremely, totally, absolutely unadjusted. They just don’t know precisely why or how. As I noted on Twitter, it’s emerged that UKHSA inserted all of their ill-advised disclaimers after coming under fire from the Office of Statistics Regulation, a regulatory body which periodically complains about statistics published by the British government. OSR director Ed Humpherson met with UKHSA hours before they published their Week 43 report, demanding they do something about these awkward graphs. They responded by ditching the graphs altogether and calling every last number unadjusted. This failed to satisfy him, so in the days afterwards he issued this unbelievable open letter.

“Dear Jenny, COVID-19 vaccine surveillance statistics
Thank you for the constructive meeting on Thursday 28 October to discuss the UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) COVID-19 vaccine surveillance statistics. We focused on the risk that the data presented on rates of positive cases for those who are vaccinated and those who are unvaccinated have the potential to mislead – and indeed we noted that these data have been used to argue that vaccines are ineffective. We welcome the changes you have made to the Week 43 surveillance report, published on 28 October. It is also very good that you are working closely with my team and with the relevant teams in the Office for National Statistics (ONS).”

The UK has backed itself into publishing some less-than-useful numbers. Now the office responsible for this publishing will have to work closely with a gaggle of political commissars, responsible for cleansing official discourse of anything that might be “used to argue that vaccines are ineffective.” Because he appears to be a genuinely stupid man, Humpherson spells this point out explicitly: “It remains the case that the surveillance report includes rates per 100,000 which can be used to argue that vaccines are not effective. I know that this is not the intention of the surveillance report, but the potential for misuse remains. In publishing these data, you need to address more comprehensively the risk that it misleads people into thinking that it says something about vaccine effectiveness.”

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The end of morals.

De Blasio To Pay Kids $100 To Get The Covid-19 Vaccine (Fox)

New York City will begin offering $100 to incentivize COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-11. “Everyone can use a little more money around the holidays but most importantly we want our kids and our families to be safe,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. The new policy will apply to New York City-run vaccine sites and comes two days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use for children 5-11-years-old. The mayor said that getting the vaccine now will allow children to be fully vaccinated before Christmas, hoping that the $100 incentive will drive people to show up and get extra money for holidays.

The city is hoping to speed its effort to get kids vaccinated before they travel for the holidays, noting that the updated CDC guidance says that children have to wait three weeks between Pfizer doses, even though the dosage is smaller than the adult dose. The mayor also said that every public school in the city that serves children in the targeted age range will hold a dedicated vaccination day for those students beginning next week, which will cover about 1,070 sites over the course of the week by hitting roughly 200 schools per day. The city stressed that parents should be present to give verbal consent, whether at a school site or a city-run site, for their children to receive the shot, though de Blasio noted that parents and guardians can also give verbal consent over the phone.

“All choices are good choices, but we want to make it available and easy for parents who prefer just to go to their local school building,” de Blasio said. While millions of doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been shipped around the country in advance of the guidance, pediatricians in the city say they have not been overwhelmed by calls for appointments for kids to get the shot. “We do NOT yet have the vaccine in our office. We placed an order last week and are awaiting confirmation about when the vaccine will be delivered. We will NOT schedule appointments until we have it,” a letter from Uptown Pediatrics in Manhattan sent to families Wednesday said. But city Health Commissioner David Chokshi stressed that parents can choose from multiple sites to get their children vaccinated. “There’s no wrong door here. We just wanna get as many kids vaccinated as quickly as we can,” Chokshi said.

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“Florida now has the lowest COVID-19 case rate in the entire country..”

Florida Court Reinstates Governor’s Ban on Masking in Schools (ET)

In Florida’s ongoing battle over masking mandates in schools, the First District Court of Appeal (DCA) overruled the decision of a Leon County circuit court judge on Wednesday, reinstating the governor’s ban on forced masking in schools. Some Leon County parents are cheering the ruling as a big win for parents’ rights and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. In August, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled that DeSantis exceeded his authority in banning forced masking in public schools. In September, the First DCA overruled Cooper. But the following week, Cooper ruled that his order to prevent the state from enforcing school mask mandates should take immediate effect. On Oct. 27, the First DCA again overruled Cooper and emphasized three reasons why his ruling was wrong.

To begin, the First DCA ruled that the case never should have gone to trial because the plaintiffs did not have standing. The plaintiffs, a group of parents and students, could not sue to protect the institutional authority of local school districts and the Florida Department of Health. “Those entities alone must advance their own institutional rights,” the First DCA wrote. Second, the plaintiffs were not harmed by DeSantis’ order because the order took no action against them. In fact, all the governor did was direct other state agencies to protect parental rights. Third, the plaintiffs’ claim of receiving injury because they were exposed to COVID-19 by unmasked students was not “concrete” or “palpable” enough to warrant judicial intervention in public health policy.

Most notable was how the First DCA admonished Cooper for inventing his own legal theory to ultimately rule against the governor’s school mask policy by saying DeSantis somehow violated the Parents’ Bill of Rights by giving parents more rights. “While the Parents’ Bill of Rights undoubtedly played a role in the governor’s issuance of the executive order—and was even pleaded as an affirmative defense—the [Plaintiffs] never sought relief in their complaint based on an alleged violation of the Parents’ Bill of Rights,” the First DCA wrote. “They certainly never requested an injunction against a state administrative actor proceeding in some way in contravention of the Parents’ Bill of Rights.”

Similar court battles are playing out in other Florida counties. While the full appeal in the Leon County case is still pending, Christina Pushaw, executive press secretary for DeSantis said “the preliminary ruling shows that the Plaintiffs have little chance of saving the trial court’s ruling, so this is a win for Governor DeSantis and parents’ rights in Florida!” “Florida now has the lowest COVID-19 case rate in the entire country,” Pushaw told The Epoch Times. “Infections statewide have declined more than 90 percent since schools in Florida opened. The rate of decline was the same for districts that had mask mandates and districts that followed state law by allowing parents to choose whether their kids wore masks or not.”

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“..the vaccinated were 191/8=23 times more likely to have subsequent symptomatic disease than the Covid recovered.”

A Review and Autopsy of Two COVID Immunity Studies (Kulldorff)

In the Israeli study, the researchers tracked 673,676 vaccinated people who they knew not to have had Covid and 62,833 unvaccinated Covid-recovered individuals. A simple comparison of the rates of subsequent Covid in these two groups would be misleading. The vaccinated are likely older and, hence, more prone to have symptomatic disease, giving the Covid recovered group an unfair advantage. At the same time, the typical vaccinated patient received the vaccine long after the typical Covid-recovered patient got sick. Most Covid recovered patients got the infection before the vaccine was even available. Because immunity wanes over time, this fact would give an unfair advantage to the vaccinated group. To make a fair and unbiased comparison, researchers must match patients from the two groups on age and time since vaccination/disease.

That is precisely what the study authors did, matching also on gender and geographical location. For the primary analysis, the study authors identified a cohort with 16,215 individuals who had recovered from Covid and 16,215 matched individuals who were vaccinated. The authors followed these cohorts over time to determine how many had a subsequent symptomatic Covid disease diagnosis. Ultimately, 191 patients in the vaccinated group and 8 in the Covid recovered group got symptomatic Covid disease. These numbers mean that the vaccinated were 191/8=23 times more likely to have subsequent symptomatic disease than the Covid recovered. After adjusting the statistical analysis for comorbidities in a logistic regression analysis, the authors measured a relative risk of 27 with a 95% confidence interval between 13 and 57 times more likely for the vaccinated.

The study also looked at Covid hospitalizations; eight were in the vaccinated group, and one among the Covid recovered. These numbers imply a relative risk of 8 (95% CI: 1-65). There were no deaths in either group, showing that both the vaccine and natural immunity provide excellent protection against mortality. This is a straightforward and well-conducted epidemiological cohort study that is easy to understand and interpret. The authors addressed the major source of bias through matching. One potential bias they did not address (as it is challenging to do) is that those with prior Covid may have been more likely to be exposed in the past through work or other activities. Since they were more likely to be exposed in the past, they may also have been more likely exposed during the follow-up period. That would lead to an underestimate of the relative risks in favor of vaccination. There may also be misclassification if some of the vaccinated unknowingly had Covid. That would also lead to an underestimate.

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Reigning NFL MVP, treated like a five year old.

NFL Star Aaron Rodgers Responds To ‘Fake’ Vaccine Controversy (RT)

NFL star Aaron Rodgers has hit out at reports that he ‘lied’ about his vaccination status as he reveals that he has been taking advice on alternative Covid therapies from podcast host Joe Rogan, including the use of Ivermectin. Reigning NFL MVP Rodgers, 37, was the source of a media frenzy this week when he was accused of lying about his vaccination status against Covid-19 after telling the media in August that he had been “immunized” against the virus. That was despite it emerging this week that he was unvaccinated after contracting the illness, forcing him out of the Green Bay Packers’ crunch showdown with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.

Rodgers’ vaccination status comes amid strict rules within the NFL designed to compel players to receive one of the various vaccines, with harsh financial penalties imposed on players who fall foul of the league’s vaccine protocols. It emerged that, despite Rodgers not having received a vaccine, he appeared without a face-mask at various press events – a situation strictly disallowed for unvaccinated players. By contrast, the Packers had made a host of their unvaccinated players available to the media only by teleconference. Addressing the firestorm for the first time on former NFL player Pat McAfee’s radio show, Rodgers said that he was aware that he had enflamed tensions with the ‘woke’ mob and that he had become the darling ‘cancel culture’ brigade.

He outlined that he had sought alternative methods to protect himself from the potentially fatal virus – including following podcast host and UFC presenter Joe Rogan’s alternative theories by taking the controversial Ivermectin medication. “I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now, so before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket I think I’d like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself right now,” said Rodgers. “I didn’t lie in the initial press conference. During that time there was a very… a ‘witch hunt’ that was going on across the league where everybody in the media was so concerned about who was vaccinated and who wasn’t, and what that meant and who was being selfish and who would talk about it.

“[It was about] what they meant when they said it was a ‘personal decision’, [and that] they shouldn’t have to disclose their own medical information… “And at the time, my plan was to say that I had been immunized. It wasn’t some sort of ruse or lie, it was the truth. “Had there been a follow-up to my statement that I’d been immunized, I would have responded with this: look, I’m not some sort of anti-vax flat-earther. I am somebody who is a critical thinker. You guys know me, I march to the beat of my own drum. “I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some sort of ‘woke’ culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something.”

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Profitable destruction.

The Man Who Called Bullshit on Uber (MJ)

In December 2016, Forbes put Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick on its cover. “Super Uber,” a headline declared. “The most valuable startup ever isn’t content to be the Uber of Uber. How the $68 billion juggernaut is about to change the way everything moves.” bThe story opened with Kalanick pacing about a conference room. He was not just some “bro” or “douche.” As “jam sessions” like this one revealed, he had a “special sauce.” This was Uber’s actual genius: A PR machine that could transform six men listening to a boss in gray chinos into something almost mystical.bTwo weeks before, Hubert Horan, a little-known expert on the airline industry, wrote a blog post for an equally little-known website, called Naked Capitalism, that went in a different direction.

Horan’s thesis was that Uber was a tremendously unprofitable, inefficient, and not particularly innovative company that would make money only if it bought its way to an unregulated monopoly. Compared to the Forbes piece and many others like it, Horan’s article was a fiduciary root canal. (“There is no simple relationship between EBITAR contribution and GAAP profitability,” reads part of one sentence.) The goal was to show that Uber was hugely unprofitable and how, in the event that it did succeed, profit would come from hurting consumers and overall economic welfare by cornering the taxi market. Horan, who started consulting in the airline industry after getting his MBA at Yale in 1980, has now written 26 more installments of his Uber series. When combined as PDFs, the posts run 193 pages.

They reveal him to be much more a Cassandra than a crank. Uber has lost in the neighborhood of $28 billion since it launched in 2009. Its rides now cost far more than cabs in many major cities, its workers are as exploited as ever, and taxi drivers face massive debts, partly as a result of its business practices. Consumers, meanwhile, are shocked to learn what the rides investors have been subsidizing actually cost. =bIn Uber’s telling, the dynamic is about to change. In a late September SEC filing, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that the company was reaching an “important milestone” after running “more profitably than ever before” in the third quarter of 2021, which ended in September. As the beginning of another Forbes headline put it: “Uber Poised To Turn A Quarterly Profit.” It will likely officially announce this newfound profitability during its quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

But Uber has not actually become profitable. Instead, as the company stated in its September SEC filing, it believes it will be profitable based on its own “adjusted” formula, which excludes 13 categories the company does not like to count, such as stock-based compensation and the money it’s spending to respond to the pandemic.

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“The government doesn’t control the banks; the banks control the government..”

“The Fed Is Our Master And ‘We The People’, Its Puppet” – G. Edward Griffin (ZH)

The Federal Reserve has become so powerful over the years that its intended roles have entirely reversed and gone haywire, according to G. Edward Griffin, author of the book, many claim a financial bible – The Creature from Jekyll Island. In a rare and exclusive interview, Griffin joined anchor Daniela Cambone on Stansberry Research to discuss the true nature of the Federal Reserve and its place in American society, foreshadowing a world without the institution as we know it. As Cambone points out, the controversial yet influential voice Griffin promulgates would be argued as necessary, among former Congressman Ron Paul and Robert Kiyosaki. Griffin presents a stark reality that dives into the Fed’s foundational structure and how its practices are that of a “banking cartel.” On the surface, one might find it extreme to say that a private institution working in cohesion with the government is playing the role of “masters” to citizens.


Griffin presents his argument accurately by pointing out how Chairman Powell and the Federal Reserve swiftly implemented economic policies contributing to the greatest wealth transfer in human history. “The government doesn’t control the banks; the banks control the government,” he says to round out this servant-master metaphor. In a world where central bank digital currencies will inevitably be the new form of money, Griffin warns, people could lose control of their money because the banks could “just throw a switch and shut you out of your account if they don’t like you.” He then says it’s crucial to hold “marketable assets” outside of what the banking cartel cannot control, such as valuable physical objects – to the likes of precious metals, noting that gold is only one of the few safe places to hide.

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    Dr. D
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    I understand the parallel to the Japanese war now, it seemed somewhat stretched. Merits to the Japanese, considering their position it was intelligent, daring, possible, and creative strategy. They were no less aware that it was a long shot than we were, and ran it the best they could. Classic Japanese and why they are highly respected.

    And although a story and thus not ‘true’ in some ways, the parallel to today isn’t that far fetched. Everyone wants to know, since it’s clear the policy method and goals were “Fabian Socialism,” and thus slow, whose mascot is a turtle, winning every day year after year, and who only needed to relax, upright the ship, and carry on, now WHY did they suddenly triple the pace, run around shouting, panic the herd, and alarm everyone? Because smart people don’t suddenly turn stupid one day. If this somnambulant strategy would have worked in 2050, why did they suddenly crush to attack in 2020 before people, structures, supplies were ready? That’s like pitching half of D-Day, then attacking anyway.

    However, thankfully, that’s what they’ve done and continue doing. When it fails, every day for six years, they just continue doing it, like the slavish minions they are, lacking all creativity and change. When 1/6 doesn’t exist, they just pretend it does. When RussisRussiaRussia doesn’t exist, they just pretend it does. When Congress is savaged in ‘20, they just pretend it wasn’t, they were the winners of an overwhelming mandate. And so on. In one way, they are psychotic, so this is their mental illness: they cannot perceive reality, only their own egos. But the lack of creativity is amazing to me, and somewhat un-human. Are the mentally ill usually this lacking? I mean in the one-by-one level down in the psych wards? I know they’re usually fixated, returning to their delusion, but my experience is that they’re vibrant, lively, unexpected, creative, and these guys are rigid, hypnotic, feckless, and robotic.

    Luongo: “I believe when they put these plans on the white board that they could control the Critical Race Theory and White Supremacy narrative. But they really can’t.

    Because chaos is chaos for a reason. It cannot be controlled.

    When you foster it in people to the maximum through 24/7 anxiety pimping on social media they begin to act chaotically.” That is, they act unexpectedly, creatively, and out of your control. So Let’s Go Brandon.

    As Admiral Yamamoto said: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” In PTA meetings in Virginia. So you guys who think you’re so big, as I said, you haven’t even got BillyBob off the COUCH yet. He hasn’t even roused and dug out the can opener for your whoop-ass yet. Last time we got annoyed we nuked a country and all their civilians. Twice. Time before that, we burned half our own nation to the ground, men, women, children, black, white, native. Lines of mortar fire, 20,000 at a pop, like the world had never seen, didn’t believe, and didn’t repeat for 50 more years. …’Because we were just that mad.

    So now they’ve gotten BillyBob to look around and consider getting up on your ass. And he hasn’t even yet. This is what I say when I point out they can crush you with their old Big Mac wrappers from the back seat. You have no idea how large the mountain of humanity is. That’s why, although annoying to us and the planners, the human overspirit doesn’t get alarmed, panic, or move quickly: because it’s not in danger. Not in any REAL danger, anyway. Like these wars you can wipe out 1/3 of them and they’ll bounce back instantly in 20 years, better and more populous than before. Individuals may lose, but the extremes necessary to put “humanity” in danger are nearly inconceivable. Think of the Ark.

    Now these morons think Arya Stark and the Needle will bring down The Mountain. Get a grip. This isn’t a childish fantasy tale. Clearly every one of these Harvard guys needed to be punched more often. Then stuffed in a locker, upside-down.

    Everyone has a plan until Butterbean stand up out of his chair. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR95ZlDI2D8 He doesn’t even have technique. Because he doesn’t need it.

    For every 20 pounds of weight, you need to be a whole class better fighter. That’s what makes all the movie-time women bad-ass tropes so laughable. Okay, you’re better, yes! We get that. You’re 5x better. You’re faster, better trained, more fit. …But Joe Rogan – for a very normal-size, mid-range example – is only half as good as you are and weighs 100lbs more. That’s an guaranteed win. Now I’m talking about a fighter who is 3,000 to 500,000 TIMES larger than you. Larger than government, larger than the Army, larger than the whole party, all members included.

    I guess it TAKES a serious, generational, life-long mental illness from sucking too much copper to even THINK you could win. They couldn’t put down humans even if you ran T2 killer drones and ‘Nuked us from Orbit.’ Does no one understand this? Read pre-history: we’ve BEEN nuked from orbit. Over and over from the “Angel of Death”, Nibiru, “The Destroyer” Here we are, more than ever, unharmed and moving forward as ever.

    So don’t get upset about this too much. Yes it’s all happening, and it’s happening to YOU, but you also have to look at the human scale, the world scale. For the human mass it’s barely starting and the pin-headed prep schoolers already lost. They’re just fleeing and delaying pieces on the chessboard now. And P.S., don’t be the last guy killed in the war, dying for your country. “Make the other poor bastard die for his.” It’ll be much funnier and a lot more satisfying.

    “We must make the lives of the unvaccinated a total misery and keep escalationg the exclusions until we crush the resistance and break their spirit in order to force compliance so they learn never to resist government again.”

    Think of that when we haven’t got off the couch yet. He has declared war on everyone in the country. Sounds easy. What happens next? At this guy’s house? For the next 25 years? Okay, I warned you but I’m not your Mommy, I can’t stop you. Good luck and Godspeed sir.

    1/6:
    LikeaPrayer
    https://sinfest.xyz/view.php?date=2021-11-06

    As commented, AOC says, as per Kunstler, Pool, Luango, that the problem in Virginia was they were too moderate and didn’t go far enough. Allowing child rapes and covering it up while transferring the student to do it again and lying to parents and having them arrested for it clearly is far too moderate an action. We need more extreme behavior than this from our leaders if we want to get anywhere.

    “De Blasio To Pay Kids $100 To Get The Covid-19 Vaccine (Fox)”

    Pretty sure this is coercion to participate in a medical experiment and a war crime. But for a guy that closes the Fire Department and rounds up the Jews, it’s just an average Thursday.

    “NFL Star Aaron Rodgers Responds To ‘Fake’ Vaccine Controversy (RT)”

    No, only Mayors, Congress, the White House, the NIH, CDC, have exemptions from vaccines and masks. That is, Party Members. Some animals are more equal than others. So when we enforce unequally, which is always, our friends are fine and our enemies go to jail! What’s wrong with that?

    “PR machine that could transform six men listening to a boss in gray chinos”

    Chinos. So he’s a White Supremacist. Or is it because they’re gray and not tan?

    “Uber was a tremendously unprofitable, inefficient, and not particularly innovative company that would make money only if it bought its way to an unregulated monopoly.”

    Like all Tech companies. They cannot make money unless monopolies and like Amazon, barely then. Note monopolies only exist using the money, force, permission, and help of government. That is, they are anti-capitalist. They are Socialist, or to repeat myself, Fascist.

    “The government doesn’t control the banks; the banks control the government..”

    It is a toss-up and a false diversion of who is in charge when State and Corporations have fully merged. The only thing that matters is it’s not us. Pfizer execs = not vaxxed. No passport required, just like Congressmen.

    Thanks for your kind words, I consider myself annoying and ungenerous. Barely literate and mostly stupid — so slow to catch on and still too trusting. But I read a lot, remember a lot, and type real fast.

    #91705
    upstateNYer
    Participant

    Dr D: “Now these morons think Arya Stark and the Needle will bring down The Mountain. Get a grip. This isn’t a childish fantasy tale.”

    That’s a money shot. Well done.

    #91706
    chooch
    Participant

    #91707
    Germ
    Participant

    All bad.

    “SARS–CoV–2 spike proteins can weaken the DNA repair system of older people and consequently impede V(D)J recombination and adaptive immunity.”

    “full–length spike–based vaccines may inhibit the recombination of V(D)J in B cells

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8538446/

    #91708
    Germ
    Participant
    #91709
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Fourth COVID shot well on its way!

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

    Yes!

    CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot
    https://www.axios.com/cdc-immunocompromised-covid-fourth-shot-1b47635c-c464-4d29-9832-3d94ea1cecf9.html

    F.S.

    #91710
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Faucist in Hell, … not soon enough. Snip:

    Anthony, there’s no need for obfuscation. You’re in Hell.

    I take the Fifth. There was a plan. I helped carry it out. I was an administrator. It was my job. I followed orders.

    You profited handsomely.

    You have no idea. I made out like Rockefeller.

    We know, Anthony. We’re not distracted by limited hangouts or cover stories.

    I have no intention of becoming a subject or a victim. It’s below my rank and status. Talk to Hillary. Talk to Bill Gates.

    We have a program specifically prepared for Hillary. Bill is a different story. He’s one of our active agents on Earth. When he finally makes port here, his arrogant ego bloated beyond all reasonable standards of propriety, he’ll require a step-down protocol designed by the Marquis.

    De Sade?

    None other.

    This is starting to sound like a nightmare. There HAS to be a mistake. I deserve my rewards.

    Do you have any idea how many I’ve heard that in this room, Anthony?

    I’m a master of designing protocols and studies. I could help you.

    Now on Tuesdays, we feature a forced march through thriving soldier-anthills and snake pits in a driving rain.

    But Jesus is my Savior.

    Fauci: a conversation in Hell

    Fauci: a conversation in Hell

    F.S.

    #91711
    boilingfrog
    Participant

    Watched PBS NewsHour last night and David Brooks had a sub, a writer from Ohio, I believe.
    After they went through all their slanted news coverage, the fawning over Biden and Pelosi, etc, it was time for Capeheart and this other writer.

    From my vantage point on the ground here in Virginia, all I’ve seen since the election is for Democrats to say: “There’s no problem with WHAT we have been promoting, it’s that we’ve been too slow in PASSING it. That’s why we lost.”

    From the top on down, that seems to be the takeaway. Including Capeheart, who did not appear to hear a word of what his fellow commenter was quietly saying, but simply monologued on about how (basically) “Woke” is correct thinking. Blah blah blah.

    I don’t know if Capeheart went to Harvard, but Dr D got me thinking about it this morning, this “blah talk” versus 200 pounds of Big Mac wrappers in the back of the El Camino.

    Most days now feel like a visit to the optometrist: “Focus on the bottom row, which is clearer, this…or, *click*, this?” That’s how the world seems, and the comments here are like the different settings on the machine. Aspects of the world are ‘fuzzy’ (to say the least), and then someone’s comment “clicks” and there might be a moment of clarity. In one aspect, at least.

    Thanks all, for assisting in the search for clarity.

    #91712
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    China accidentally sparks ‘doomsday prepper’ frenzy after telling residents to stockpile food

    The global village is destroying itself to save itself, using the media as napalm.

    “For every 20 pounds of weight, you need to be a whole class better fighter. That’s what makes all the movie-time women bad-ass tropes so laughable. Okay, you’re better, yes! We get that. You’re 5x better. You’re faster, better trained, more fit. …But Joe Rogan – for a very normal-size, mid-range example – is only half as good as you are and weighs 100lbs more. That’s an guaranteed win.”

    Playing a silly-ass faux-fighting sport with rules of engagement designed to determine who’s a little faster, smarter, and more physically endurance among more-or-less physical equals, yes, this is true.

    On the street, no.

    I saw a 5’6″-ish tiny little gnome of a flaming queen faggot kick all holy fuckall out of a mountain of a man. (Little faggot was a ballet dancer, btw.)

    I’m about average build, and the last time anyone fucked with me was in ’83 when some mountain of a man (like 6’2″ and a zillion pounds) thought he could big dog me cuz his lonely wife wanted to talk to the cute young man reading a book in the corner of a bar. He decided he wanted to live after all and let me be.

    Reality ignores the confines of our culturally/politically/scholastically/religiously indoctrinated constructs of what reality “is”. Reality does as it will. As is happening now. Obviously, some of TPTB suffer megalomaniacal delusions that they can own/control the world, when all they can do is get rich for awhile by destroying said world (“world” meaning the aspects of reality we need in order to continue surviving as a large-population tech-based civilization) including the part of it they foolishly believe they own.

    Welcome to the end of Modern Civilization: some rich cabal will “own” everything and be miserable, yea, even unto death.

    Gazed into the visions of the night Seen the darkness fall I’ve heard a mountain fall away from sight Heard that thunder call I have seen the beast I call myself Creature of the night I feel the creeping darkness close That I need electric light They say the meek shall inherit the earth How long will you keep it? They sow a harvest but what’s it worth? There’s no one left to reap it

    The Police’s first album is more promise than fulfillment, imo, a promise fulfilled by their subsequent albums, but the lyrics speak to me. LIke most young bands, they were better live, if this video is adequate witness:

    Tally THIS Banana, mofos

    #91713
    Henry
    Participant

    @Dr. D really insightful post, I had not thought of it that way. Very good points, thank you.

    #91714
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “So now they’ve gotten BillyBob to look around and consider getting up on your ass. And he hasn’t even yet. This is what I say when I point out they can crush you with their old Big Mac wrappers from the back seat. ”

    Gotta love that line.

    Sadly, BillyBob tends to crush himself in the process. Still, my money is on BillyBob to be the last man standing. Yeah, a nice bit of thinking aloud/ en write, Doc D.

    “Thanks for your kind words, I consider myself annoying and ungenerous. Barely literate and mostly stupid — so slow to catch on and still too trusting. But I read a lot, remember a lot, and type real fast.”

    As perhaps your most ardent critic, I applaud this. Humility is the necessary foundation of audacity. Your self-assessment is only half-true, because you’re also and equally endearing and generous, hyper-literate and intellectually brilliant, quick to catch on and very skeptical.

    Here’s to us:

    Big Man on Mulberry Street

    #91715
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Back in January of this year, my computer problems with regard to being stuck with Windows XP caused my to lose access to Reddit.com. Now that I have the new puter with Windows 11 on it, I can see Reddit again. But it’s a testament to how much my thinking has changed between then and now that every time I go to Reddit, it’s like catching a downwind whiff of days-old roadkill on a very warm and humid August afternoon. And yes, that would be the stench of Team Blue authoritarianism. I hope those little urbanite coastie Millennials enjoy their Great Reset…at least until it all collapses into a flaming shitpile in very short order!

    #91716
    zerosum
    Participant

    The truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth comes only from Fauci, not from Israel.- according to A. Fauci

    A Review and Autopsy of Two COVID Immunity Studies


    A Review and Autopsy of Two COVID Immunity Studies
    BY MARTIN KULLDORFF NOVEMBER 2, 2021

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262415v1

    How effective is immunity after Covid recovery relative to vaccination? An Israeli study by Gazit et al. found that the vaccinated have a 27 times higher risk of symptomatic infection than the Covid recovered. At the same time, the vaccinated were nine times more likely to be hospitalized for Covid. In contrast, a CDC study by Bozio et al. claims that the Covid recovered are five times more likely to be hospitalized for Covid than the vaccinated. Both studies cannot be right.
    ————

    Woke Gets Whacked — But Hold the Victory Lap


    “There is likewise a growing body of evidence that the vaccines and “boosters” incrementally disable the human immune system so that later in the winter of 2021-2022 millions of people will be at risk of dying from Covid variants and virtually any other disease that comes along, including cancers.”

    Lets hurry, give the vaccine boosters to fat, sick, seniors that have high blood pressure and are diabetic.
    A cheap pill, ($700.00), is coming that will keep 90% of seniors out of hospitals and dying of covid or vaccine complications. Seniors will only die from the same causes as pre-covid.
    – Tomorrow CDC instructions to reporting procedures
    ———–
    If your sick, take this vaccine to help you through the pearly gates

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC8538446/
    the spike protein might impede adaptive immunity and underscore the potential side effects of full-length spike-based vaccines.
    ————

    #91717
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Vision appointments at Nationwide vision take a LONG time — I plan for at least 90 minutes. However, the kids’ vision insurance is through Medicaid, and Nationwide Vision is the contracted provider. Yesterday I approached the door to their office — maskless. Two different signs were posted on the door, both explaining that masks were REQUIRED to enter for everyone. I had a mask in my bag. I steeled myself and left it there.

    I entered and viewed a sea of masked faces — including my daughter’s. There were several other family groups — all masked. I did the normal thing, approaching the masked employees at the main desk, here for my daughter’s appointment, yadda, yadda. I wondered if anyone would say anything about my naked face, or would I get dirty looks? The employees said nothing to me. If there were any dirty looks, I didn’t notice them, and neither did my daughter. (She would have told me all about it if she’d noticed any.)

    I relaxed a little after the first 10 minutes — it looked like the employees weren’t going to make an issue out of it. However, it was difficult to be truly “comfortable” as the only person not conforming. Nearly an hour later my daughter and I were in the exam room with the optometrist. The optometry eye gizmo had a face shield hanging from it. The optometrist told my daughter that she didn’t need to wear a mask while the eye gizmo was being used. My daughter seemed reluctant to remove her mask. The optometrist reassured her that the gizmo had a face shield and that she, the optometrist, was vaccinated and didn’t care whether or not my daughter was masked.

    “And I’m practicing civil disobedience,” I stated. “Someone’s got to do it.”

    Today, at 11:30 am, one of my sons has his eye exam. Time to do “civil disobedience” all over again.

    #91718
    Django
    Participant

    Oxy I was thinking of you whilst mushrooming. They grow at above 2000 metres here in the Catalan Pyrenees. Do you recommend cane toads as a narcotic being an Australian and all?

    #91719
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “Today, at 11:30 am, one of my sons has his eye exam. Time to do “civil disobedience” all over again.”

    The group is not very powerful unless directed by authority figures either charismatic or deeply graven into life by tradition or law, or when BillyBob’s life is so disaturbed he gets off the couch en masse (I think it’s called a ‘mob’?)

    An individual has far more power to act. Mere audacity alone can stymie seemingly powerful groups.

    I cite the infamous Colonel Sherburn again.

    Do What You Like

    (I recall being in a hippy head shop circa 1972. Incense and the smell of weed. This song is playing from the box. Drum solo starts and some gorgeously pelvic and large-breasted hippy girl says, “I LOVE this drum solo!” andf starts shaking it.

    I was 16. Innocent Mormon brat recently departed from the church and mainstream thinking in general.

    ‘Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!’ I thought as I watched.

    #91720
    zerosum
    Participant

    Here’s Everything America Capitalists Business Welfare SNOBS will gets for $ 1.2 trillion that will be printed and will be charged, with interest, for you, the consumers to pay.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/heres-everything-america-gets-12-trillion-infrastructure-spending-including-crazy-stuff
    Here’s Everything America Gets For $1.2 Trillion In Infrastructure Spending – Including The Crazy Stuff

    Meanwhile, ( a socialist, communist spending program, Cough, cough ), that the White House is scrambling to bring Democrats together around the bill – which now has a $1.75 trillion price tag – down from the $3.5 trillion that House progressives insisted they wouldn’t accept – (holding a parallel bipartisan infrastructure bill hostage until they get their way.)
    We will know later if the rich SNOBS will make life better for the poor consumers.

    #91721
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    I’ve noticed that we sometimes discuss partisan politics here albeit mostly elegaically in a rearview mirror perspective on our political past. It feels odd to mourn what was o0bviously a shitshow from Day 1, but it seemed to be the only show in town at the time. (What’s another little delusion, eh?)

    Addressing that, I share this:

    The Lonesome American Choo-Choo with special emphasis on the de facto punchline beginning at 7:10.

    We, the politically friendless, salute those who still believe their glowing tele-screens when told that Biden is a genuine human being or Trump or Rand Paul will set things straight. NOt that we ever WANTED to wuin a bullshit pie-eating contest, but still, wow. That’s impressive.

    Me, I place my hopes for the future in TInkerbell. Everybody… CLAP!

    #91722
    those darned kids
    Participant

    pelvis and breasts in 5/4. gotta love it…

    #91723
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    What’s that grinding noise I hear downstairs? (KD today…Jimminy Car Wax!)

    #91724
    Noirette
    Participant

    Pfizer ad for the VAX, 1 min. Children as superheroes!

    That ads of this type exist shows that our W “society” is doomed.

    The contents are designed to resonate with adults, with distilled versions of the prop. used on adults —> Protecting others, moral necessity, following ‘science’, ‘doing one’s bit.’ So, the ad, ostensibly targetting children reinforces the overall message(s).

    The children don’t need convincing, as they are entirely dependent, and can be dragged to the DOCs for any med procedure.

    Yet, getting the children on board, i.e. making them mouth, repeat, some propganda slogans, can be a powerful feed-back mechanism, with the adults loving, cheering, the kiddies parroting of the TV, and rewarding the children for that. Mouth propaganda, get treats, privileges, be seen as superior, clued in.. is more rewarding to the targets and thus an easier, more subtle sell than pushing being ‘paid’ to obey in a straightfoward Pavlovian or ‘corrupt’ fashion.. which is easily condemned..

    Some of the child-actors featured show they like to sorta act-out super hero roles, aka they (supposedly) feel themselves to be heroes, in a kind of fictional, mythical (TV) realm. Not in RL.

    https://bit.ly/3mNWQkH

    Normalising dropping dead of heart attacks when under 20, BBC. 3 mins. You can be young, pretty / good-looking, athletic, but have to be careful of your heart! Like, that’s just LIFE.

    https://bit.ly/2ZWdXHM

    #91725
    chooch
    Participant

    Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!’ I thought as I watched.

    Moth to a flame.

    #91726
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    @noirette re: drop-dead healthy

    Jim Fixx

    This was a big deal when it happened. Very few athletes just dropped dead, and the cause was usually assiduously sought. He was a celebrity in the same club as Richard Simmons, Jack LaLanne, Jane Fonda. It became an irony to use Fixx’s death in conversation. “Well…you know what happened to Jim Fixx!”

    BTW, thank you for posting here. Your posts are often like the pivotal scene in a Colombo episode: “Oh…just one more thing…Can you clarify a point for me?”

    ———————————————————–

    Bosco, welcome back!

    To your points about deflat-o-bot-or-not and the written English, I, as well as others up-thread, value the language immensely. I make great effort to write clearly (not always successful), and tend to proof and proof. I’m dismayed reading recently published works of my favorite SF authors (Niven, Benford, Vinge) as they seem to have skimped on editors’ salaries of late.

    #91727
    ctbarnum
    Participant

    “In addition, all people with compromised immune systems are advised to get a booster shot if it’s been at least 28 days since their vaccine took full effect.”

    Um…yeah, I’m going to get right on that. Not.

    #91728
    ctbarnum
    Participant

    Mandates go bye bye for now.

    #91729
    ctbarnum
    Participant

    From the order:

    “Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court.”

    #91730
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Butterbean = Great White Hope?

    Maybe someone can conscript him to do battle with the USNS Harvey Milk? 😉

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USNS_Harvey_Milk_(T-AO-206)

    Democrats right now in Virginia/District of Criminality:

    #91731
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Interview:
    Moderna’s chief medical officer on vaccinating kids, booster shots
    https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1970398275955

    F.S.

    #91732
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    pןɹoʍ ןnɟɹǝpuoʍ ɐ ʇɐɥʍ

    #91733
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “pelvis and breasts in 5/4. gotta love it…”

    tdk has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter. 🙂

    “Moth to a flame.”

    Excuse me for switching from the satirically hedonistic to the poignantly bittersweet romantic, but:

    Beeswing

    “BTW, thank you for posting here. Your posts are often like the pivotal scene in a Colombo episode: “Oh…just one more thing…Can you clarify a point for me?””

    NIce. Noirette does indeed do a fine job sweeping the nuances into a tidy plot resolution. 🙂

    ***
    VP: In this lufrewnow dlrow that we live in, I wonder if we’ll see flagellants a la the 13th?14th? century plague years when people realize they’ve sent their kids, spouises, friends, and parents to the slaughter.

    #91734
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    CNN deploys ‘Sesame Street’ muppets to promote vaccines to children

    F.S.

    #91735
    aspnaz
    Participant

    My position is we must make the lives of the unvaccinated a total misery and just keep escalating the exclusions until we crush the resistance and break their spirit in order to force compliance and so they learn not to resist government mandates.

    This is wrong on so many levels that it is difficult to know where to start:

    • The social contract does not permit the ruling party to crush the losing side. If Repulblicans under Trump had decided to re-educate or imprisson anyone who voted Democrat, then Trump would still be in power.
    • These people you want to crush are tax payers, their ancestors were also tax payers.
    • Does the government work for the people or the people work for the government.
    • Why would you want to crush your fellow citizens, are you wanting to convert the country from a democracy to an authoritarian regime?
    • Will the “resistance” still be allowed to vote?
    • Will different opinions be allowed or do we all now have to think like civil servants?
    • Is being a sick fucker one of the qualities required to be on Twitter
    • \

    • Would meet you meet someone outside your house with baseball bats? You on for that or are you just an armchair fuck!
    • Mental illness is becoming far too common, especially the mental illness of being emboldened as a result of weak people not paying any consequences for picking a fight
    • etc

    Something went badly wrong with Doug Little’s education: he has the morals of an 8 year old computer game player and does not appear to be able to distinguish real life from gaming. Maybe he should get out on the street, declare his support for mandates to a few non-compliants and learn the link between threats and broken nose: yes, in the real world pain exists.

    Armchair Hitler: he is not alone, the Democrats seem to breed this sort.

    #91736
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “Armchair Hitler: he is not alone, the Democrats seem to breed this sort.”

    In this century’s first decade, the Republicans bred abundant armchair generals willing to bomb the flaming crap out of anyone they felt didn’t have enough democracy.

    “Everybody takes their turn in the bucket.” (old carny phrase)

    Splash!

    I perceive a roughly equal lack of intestinal fortitude in both partisan camps. Over time, they become increasingly identical. With the War on Terror, Dems went along so they wouldn’t appear “soft on terror”. Likewise, most Republicans went along with covidiocy because they didn’t want to be seen as “soft on covid”.

    ring

    #91737
    ctbarnum
    Participant

    My take as well.

    #91738
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    • Pfizer Shares Surge After Release Of ‘Miracle’ COVID Pill (ZH)

    Some information about Pfizer’s Covid pill:

    Pfizer is calling its medication Paxlovid with the study drug name of PF-07321332/ritonavir. Those of us with medicine training will recognize the ritonavir component as this is a medication used in HIV and has been around for decades…

    The study found an 89% reduction in risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization or death from any cause compared to placebo in patients treated within three days of symptom onset…

    Although these numbers sound extremely promising, when you plug in these numbers into your number needed to treat calculator, you find that you have to treat 16.1 patients to avoid one hospitalization or death from any cause

    In the Paxlovid group, no one died. These are high-risk patients (although we don’t know how high-risk) as a quick reminder. 1.6% of patients died in the placebo group at day 28. The numbers are too small to be academically honest and provide an accurate NNT but, just for fun, the NNT here is 62.5. This get you thinking a bit about the overall mortality rate of all this. If high-risk patients have a mortality rate of 1.6%, what does that mean for other populations? I’ll leave that for you to decide risk tolerance…

    The number that I have read on various media outlets, and I don’t trust media outlets, is $700 a regimen. If we do math here, and know that we have to treat 16.1 people to keep one person out of the hospital, this means that we will be spending over $11,000 tax or debt dollars per hospitalization that we will be avoiding. Whether this is cost effective I leave up to your interpretation.

    Paxlovid (PF-07321332/ritonavir) for outpatient COVID-19: EPIC-HR Trial
    https://eddyjoemd.com/paxlovid/

    #91739
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Mandates go bye bye for now.

    Thank you, Spirit! (That has to be one of the fastest prayer-answers I’ve ever had.)

    #91740
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    However, I have to think I wasn’t the only one making that particular cosmic petition!

    #91741
    ctbarnum
    Participant

    Mister Roboto:

    Brandon only has one business day to respond. A welcome reprieve that might last longer than we think.

    Given JMG’s COVID posts, there likely was more than one cosmic petition.

    #91742
    ctbarnum
    Participant

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