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Johannes Vermeer The soldier and the laughing girl 1657

 

Clinical Outcomes Among Patients With Omicron In Southern California (medRxiv)
Omicron Covid Strain Evolved In Mice – Chinese Study (RT)
Ivermectin: An Uncomfortable Truth (Uncut)
FDA Prohibits Florida From Using Monoclonal Antibody Treatments (PM)
Welcome to VEI Hell? (Denninger)
Expert Panel Backs Fourth COVID Vaccine Dose for Israelis 18 and Over
Thousands Needed To Try A New Covid Antiviral Treatment (BBC)
Patient Removed From Heart Transplant List For Being Unvaccinated (DM)
in praise of lawn darts (el gato)
The Neocons’ Primary War Tactic (Greenwald)
Let’s Not Have A War (Taibbi)
Russia May Not Be Poised To Invade Ukraine – Pentagon (RT)
Biden Approval Rating Tanks To New Low (NYP)
Assange Hearing Day Oh God It Never Ends (Murray)

 

 

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A Second Opinion

On January 24, 2022 Senator Ron Johnson invited a group of world renowned doctors and medical experts to the U.S. Senate to provide a different perspective on the global pandemic response, the current state of knowledge of early and hospital treatment, vaccine efficacy and safety, what went right, what went wrong, what should be done now, and what needs to be addressed long term. This 38 minute video highlights the 5-hour discussion.

 

 

Fair sized study: “52,297 cases with SGTF (Omicron) and 16,982 cases with non-SGTF (Delta [B.1.617.2]) infections..”

Omicron: 1 death, no mechanical ventilations.
Delta: 14 deaths, 11 mechanical ventilations.

Delta is some 45x deadlier?!

Clinical Outcomes Among Patients With Omicron In Southern California (medRxiv)

We analyzed clinical and epidemiologic data from cases testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection within the Kaiser Permanente Southern California healthcare system from November 30, 2021 to January 1, 2022, using S gene target failure (SGTF) as assessed by the ThermoFisher TaqPath ComboKit assay as a proxy for Omicron infection. We fit Cox proportional hazards models to compare time to any hospital admission and hospital admissions associated with new-onset respiratory symptoms, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, mechanical ventilation, and mortality among cases with Omicron and Delta (non-SGTF) variant infections. We fit parametric competing risk models to compare lengths of hospital stay among admitted cases with Omicron and Delta variant infections.


[..] Our analyses included 52,297 cases with SGTF (Omicron) and 16,982 cases with non-SGTF (Delta [B.1.617.2]) infections, respectively. Hospital admissions occurred among 235 (0.5%) and 222 (1.3%) of cases with Omicron and Delta variant infections, respectively. Among cases first tested in outpatient settings, the adjusted hazard ratios for any subsequent hospital admission and symptomatic hospital admission associated with Omicron variant infection were 0.48 (0.36-0.64) and 0.47 (0.35-0.62), respectively. Rates of ICU admission and mortality after an outpatient positive test were 0.26 (0.10-0.73) and 0.09 (0.01-0.75) fold as high among cases with Omicron variant infection as compared to cases with Delta variant infection. Zero cases with Omicron variant infection received mechanical ventilation, as compared to 11 cases with Delta variant infections throughout the period of follow-up (two-sided p<0.001). Median duration of hospital stay was 3.4 (2.8-4.1) days shorter for hospitalized cases with Omicron variant infections as compared to hospitalized patients with Delta variant infections, reflecting a 69.6% (64.0-74.5%) reduction in hospital length of stay.

[..] Among patients with Omicron variant infections, 7 received intensive care (including 5 whose infections were first identified in outpatient settings), 1 died, and none received mechanical ventilation, as compared to 23 ICU-admitted patients, 14 deceased patients, and 11 ventilated patients among those with Delta variant infections. The observed number of patients meeting each of these endpoints was inadequate for multivariate analyses due to the absence of counts within multiple covariate strata. Unadjusted hazard ratios of ICU admission and mortality associated with Omicron variant infection were 0.26 (0.10-0.73) and 0.09 (0.01-0.75), respectively, among cases whose infections were first ascertained in outpatient settings. Additionally, the daily risk of mechanical ventilation among patients with Delta variant infections was significantly higher than among patients with Omicron variant infections (0.04 vs 0 per 1000 persondays at risk following a positive outpatient test; 2-sided p<0.001).

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Of Mice and Men.

Omicron Covid Strain Evolved In Mice – Chinese Study (RT)

The study into Omicron, published in the Journal of Biosafety and Biosecurity, found that “coronavirus slowly accumulated mutations over time in mice” before the virus was then “transmitted back to humans by reverse zoonotic.” The research, led by Dr. Xu Jianguo, who works for the National Institute for Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention of China, has identified mice as the “most likely intermediate host.” Researchers established that the “mutations profile” of the strain “shows that the virus has adapted to infect the cells of mice.”


While scientists have established Omicron developed from a strain that circulated in mid-2020, they have been seeking an explanation for the lack of an intermediate version of Omicron within humans, raising the potential that it evolved within an animal. The discovery could “pose new challenges in the prevention and control of the epidemic,” as the risk of new Covid strains circulating within the animal kingdom creates added uncertainty in the fight against the virus. Proposing possible solutions to the issue of Covid strains circulating within non-human species, researchers called for greater “surveillance of animals, especially rodents,” due to their close proximity with humans.

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Tess Lawrie.

Ivermectin: An Uncomfortable Truth (Uncut)

The reported leak of United States Military documents, which appear to validate ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19, should re-ignite the debate over whether this well-established drug was buried in favour of new multi-billion-dollar experimental vaccines. The documents, authored by Marine Corps Major Joseph Murphy and obtained by the American organisation Project Veritas (projectveritas.com) contained this assessment: “Ivermectin, identified as a curative in April 2020, works throughout all phases of illness because it both inhibits viral replication and modulates the immune response.” Project Veritas claims Major Murphy’s report was for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and also included information that ivermectin and other drugs had been suppressed.


Accordingly, six Members of Congress have written to the US Secretaries of Defence and Health and Human Services stating: “Millions of Americans suffered as curatives were hidden for unknown reasons. To what extent, if any, was there any attempt to suppress potential curatives identified in Major Murphy’s report?” Watch this space. [..] These latest developments will resonate in the Georgian city of Bath, 3500 miles from Capitol Hill. It was in here, over Christmas 2020, that a highly respected scientist was confident – even elated – that a treatment for the virus had been identified. Little did Dr Tess Lawrie know that this would bring only rejection, frustration and mistrust within the science community. And in common with other leading scientists who questioned the ‘official’ Covid narrative, she received a suspension from Twitter, presumably under the blanket ‘spreading misinformation’.

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Who has what authority?

FDA Prohibits Florida From Using Monoclonal Antibody Treatments (PM)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closed Florida’s monoclonal antibody treatment sites on Monday after the federal government abruptly removed the treatments from Emergency Use Authorizations. The Florida Department of Health released a statement on Monday evening condemning the “abrupt” decision to take away treatments that can prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death in high-risk patients who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. “This evening, without any advanced notice, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)…The revised EUAs do not allow providers to administer these treatments within the United States,” the statement reads.

“Unfortunately, as a result of this abrupt decision made by the federal government, all monoclonal antibody state sites will be closed until further notice…Florida disagrees with the decision that blocks access to any available treatments in the absence of clinical evidence.” The FDA said Monday the antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly should no longer be used because the treatments are unlikely to be effective against the omicron variant, The Associated Press reports. Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has heavily promoted antibody drug treatments as a signature part of his administration’s COVID-19 response, setting up infusion sites and lauding them at news conferences, while also encouraging Floridians to get vaccinated.

Last September, DeSantis slammed the Biden administration for withholding monoclonal antibody treatments from the state, telling Floridians that he will fight “come hell or high water” to get those treatments for his residents. DeSantis explained that when it became apparent that the treatment was working, the Biden administration took over control of the supply of Regeneron, one of the monoclonal antibody treatments, and cut Florida’s supply.

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“If you keep trying to play for another month or two of “protection” that is followed by six months of enhanced infectivity you are eventually going to lose on that dice roll..”

Welcome to VEI Hell? (Denninger)

Note that the Federal Government has just pulled the EUAs for monoclonals. These are drugs that are, effectively, the “final product in the body” of being jabbed. They know damn well what the risk is — not just that the drugs are worthless against Omicron but could end up boosting the infection, making it worse. Since these drugs are, basically, the product of the jabs the obvious risk that the same thing has or will happen with the jabs either with Omicron or what may evolve from it should be clear to anyone with an IQ greater than their shoe size. At present we do not know. Its possible that the negative effectiveness of the jabs will wear off. That would be excellent but it will only wear off if people stop taking jabs.

If you keep trying to play for another month or two of “protection” that is followed by six months of enhanced infectivity you are eventually going to lose on that dice roll and get screwed. Of course all the pharma CEOs (who’s primary purpose in life is to make money) plus the government agencies (who’s primary purpose in life at this point is to keep you from hanging them for conning you into doing something stupid) are telling you to play for that extra couple of months. At present we do not know and there is no way to find out for an extended period of time. Anyone who tells you they know any, say much less all of these things and thus can compute this out and make a recommendation based on a reasoned evaluation is lying. The first of these conditions is bad enough and over time we will learn more about it, but by then Omicron will likely be gone, having infected damn near everyone.

Omicron and the vaccine negative effectiveness against it, which is now in full evidence, is a warning. A warning that included a wildly lucky draw from the evolutionary deck in that materially less virulence in the lungs doesn’t provide much in the way of evolutionary advantage, never mind that the curious absence of visible precursors in public data, even though everyone has been looking for the last two years, strong suggests that it wasn’t an evolutionary accident at all in the first place. Whether the risk bucket for those who can get screwed will shrink to any material degree with time is not known. Only time with no more jabs will answer that question. Since coronaviruses have animal reservoirs the odds of this virus entirely disappearing approach zero. We can’t go back and un-jab those who did it. If what happened turns out to be a permanent enhancement in infective risk and the short straw comes up in evolution there’s nothing anyone can do about it now.

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“Helps” for two weeks?

Expert Panel Backs Fourth COVID Vaccine Dose for Israelis 18 and Over (Haaretz)

The expert panel advising the Health Ministry on the coronavirus recommended Tuesday offering a fourth shot to Israelis aged 18 and above, on condition that five months have passed since they received a third shot or recovered from the disease. The recommendation, which will expand Israel’s limited fourth vaccine rollout for Israelis above 60 and at-risk adults, still awaits approval by the Health Ministry director-general before implementation. The panel cited data showing that a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine given to people over 60 in Israel made them three times more resistant to serious illness than triple-vaccinated people in the same age group.

This figure is based on a comparison with people in the same age group who received a third dose at least four months earlier. The ministry said its analysis was based on statistics of some 400,000 people who had received a fourth shot and 600,000 who had received a third shot. Last week a study by Sheba Medical Center found that a fourth shot of the COVID-19 vaccine boosts antibodies to even higher levels than the third jab, but it likely is not enough to prevent omicron infections. The study, led by Prof. Gili Regev-Yochay, included 270 staffers who received the fourth dose and a control group of employees who were not given a second booster.

Prof. Regev-Yochay, who is not on the advisory panel which made the recent recommendation, criticized the decision and said that the number of young Israelis in “serious condition or on ECMO machines” is still low and that therefore offering a fourth shot to “young people is wrong.”

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First you licence it, then you do the trials.

Thousands Needed To Try A New Covid Antiviral Treatment (BBC)

Over-50s and younger adults with underlying health conditions are being urged to participate in a study of a life-saving treatment for Covid-19. The study is open to those who test positive for Covid and had symptoms develop in the previous five days. Volunteers will be given pills to take at home. The study will help decide how antiviral drugs will be used, Prof Sir Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, said. Health Secretary Sajid Javid asked everyone eligible to “step forward” and “help us to learn more about medicines which could save thousands of lives”.


Antivirals were “part of our approach as we learn to live with Covid, by preventing the most vulnerable from being hospitalised”, he said. The pill being used in the Panoramic trial is called Molnupiravir and is made by Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD). It was licensed by UK regulators in November after trials showed promising results at reducing the risk of serious illness or death. The study will give doctors an idea of the potential benefits to vaccinated patients – and help the NHS plan how the drug can be used. Launched in December, it already has 4,500 people signed up but needs 6,000 more as soon as possible.

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How does a hospital value a human life?

Patient Removed From Heart Transplant List For Being Unvaccinated (DM)

An unvaccinated and gravely ill 31-year-old father-of-two has been taken off the donor list for a heart transplant by a Boston hospital because he ‘does not believe’ in the COVID vaccine. DJ Ferguson, who has a hereditary heart condition that causes his lungs and heart to fill with blood and fluid, was denied the life-saving organ transplant by Boston Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The hospital said it removed Ferguson from the donor list because all transplant recipients need to get the vaccine in order to ‘create both the best chance for successful operation and also the patient’s survival after transplantation.’

However, Ferguson’s father, David, said getting vaccinated is ‘kind of against his basic principles’ and that his son ‘doesn’t believe in it.’ ‘I think my boy is fighting pretty damn courageously and he has integrity and principles he really believes in and that makes me respect him all the more… It’s his body. It’s his choice.’ The hospital, which has a list of protocols for transplant candidates that includes a ban on lifestyle choices like smoking and alcohol, said requiring the COVID vaccine is common at many medical center’s throughout the country. The mortality rate for transplant recipients who fall ill with COVID is more than 20 percent, according to UCHealth.

‘It’s a policy they are enforcing and so because he won’t get the shot, they took him off the list of a heart transplant,’ David told CBS Boston. ‘My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he’s been pushed to the limit.’ Ferguson’s family is considering transferring him to another hospital, but his wife said that he may be too weak to move. ‘At this point DJ is unable to leave the hospital until he gets the heart surgery he needs. Without the surgery his lungs and heart will continue to fill up with blood and fluid (on top of everything else that’s going on),’ said Ferguson’s wife, Heather Dawson, on Facebook.

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“..every game was taught to them by someone instead of invented..”

in praise of lawn darts (el gato)

we must be free to scrawl our own designs upon the world. we must face the difficulty of doing so, the responsibility for failure, the lessons of losing, and the triumphs of getting stuff right. that is the most important lesson in all of growing up. not piano or soccer or interpretive headstand watercolor painting and certainly not indoctrination into the grievance cults of wokedom: what must be learned is how to become self-governing. and it has been stolen from our children. it has been stolen by overbearing structure and supervision. every edge has been dulled, every pointy part wrapped in 4 layers of padding, every head helmeted, every scary image and idea painted over or hidden from view while every need, no matter how performative indulged.

everyone gets a trophy. we have taken from them not just the glories of doing it yourself and winning despite difficulty, but the actual skillset prerequisite to undertake such things. and that is the true damage. every game was taught to them by someone instead of invented. it was supervised by authority figures: parents, teachers, coaches, referees. disputes were resolved by these authority figures. and THAT is a serious, serious problem. system creation and dispute resolution are skills. they need to be learned, they need to be practiced. so does resilience. it’s stuff you have to figure out and grow into. a child of the 70’s would be shunned for the dire moral sin of “tattling.” it simply was not done. you rat the other kids out to an adult, you’re done here.

being the wussie kid was as low as low status got. sure, it’s tough. it can be nasty and unfair and everyone got bullied and beat up at some point. but, consider the alternative: every kid yells “MOM!” at the first sign of trouble and mom wades in and regulates. so no one ever learns anything except how to yell for help in more compelling fashion than the other kids. no one ever toughens up or gains the skills that allow independence. instead, they cultivate helplessness and stunted dependence. they do not learn to solve their own problems, they learn to rely upon authority figures to order and regulate their lives and engage in performative behavior to curry favor with the umpires. it’s a tattle tale arms race and it lasts a lifetime. he who tattles first usually wins and that’s a rotten incentive set.

then they go off to college and mom is no longer in yelling range. so they learn to yell “DEAN!” then they graduate and learn to yell “BOSS!” or “GOVERNMENT!” what choice do they have? they never learned to do this themselves, to handle and adapt to a plurality of views, to learn compromise and respect and conflict resolution. every disagreement is a threat you cannot assess or resolve. and so, you start to drown. worse, you start to adopted ever more absurd poses and positions to gain leverage in the “battle of tattle” and get to punch first or declare “no punchbacks.” we’ve all seen how THAT is going.

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“..in a bid to return to the driver’s seat of American foreign policy.”

The Neocons’ Primary War Tactic (Greenwald)

One of the most bizarre but important dynamics of Trump-era U.S. politics is that the most fanatical war-hungry neocons, who shaped Bush/Cheney militarism, have become the most popular pundits and thought leaders in American liberalism. They have not changed in the slightest — they are employing the same tactics they have always invoked, and for the same causes — but they have correctly perceived that their agenda is better served by migrating back to the Democratic Party which originally spawned their bloodthirsty ideology. The excuse offered by Democrats for their embrace of neocons — we did it only as a temporary coalition of convenience to oppose Trump — is false for many reasons.

This unholy alliance pre-dated Trump. In 2014 — long before anyone envisioned Trump descending down an escalator on his path to the White House — the journalist Jacob Heilbrunn wrote a New York Times op-ed entitled “The Next Act of the Neocons.” He predicted, correctly as it turned out, that “the neocons may be preparing a more brazen feat: aligning themselves with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her nascent presidential campaign, in a bid to return to the driver’s seat of American foreign policy.” The corporate media outlets consumed most voraciously by liberals are filled to the brim with war-loving neocons. Liberals catapult their books to the top of best-seller lists, spread their viral tweets, build their credibility into contracts with CNN and NBC News or stints as columnists for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and giddily applaud their cover stories for The Atlantic and The New Yorker.

Bill Kristol’s frequent appearances on MSNBC are due to his high levels of popularity among its liberal audience. One of the most beloved hosts on that network is the former spokesperson of the Bush/Cheney White House and 2004 Bush campaign, Nicolle Wallace. The Lincoln Project’s Rick Wilson and Steve Schmidt went from producing commercials in 2002 accusing War on Terror critics of being on the side of Al Qaeda to wallowing in “generational wealth” from gullible liberal donors giddy over their similar Trump-era ads accusing their enemies of being Kremlin agents and traitors. Two of The Washington Post’s most popular-among-liberal columnists are Jennifer Rubin and supreme war advocate (from a safe distance for him and his family) Max Boot.

Security state officials like former CIA Director John Brennan, former Bush CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper became liberal TV stars with their endless accusations that various Trump supporters were unpatriotic and treasonous. And on and on and on. But perhaps the most influential and beloved pundit in U.S. liberal political life now is former Bush White House speechwriter David Frum, now at The Atlantic and CNN. His cover stories for that magazine warning that Trump is an unprecedented evil (which has the convenient benefit of absolving him and the rest of the D.C. establishment of all their past sins) were passed around and celebrated as if they were this generation’s Dead Sea scrolls.

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“..the playbook prescribes responses to different events, and these responses tend to be militarized responses…”

Let’s Not Have A War (Taibbi)

In 2013, Ukraine was proceeding down a path of integration into the E.U. Paul Manafort client Viktor Yanukovich, always described in America as an outright puppet of Moscow, was actually a proponent of Euro-integration at this point. “Yanukovich cajoled and bullied anyone who pushed for Ukraine to have closer ties to Russia” is how Reuters correspondent Liz Piper described his attitude, quoting him as saying to those wanting to go back to Russia’s arms, “Forget about it.. forever!” But Putin’s ferocious tactics, including intense economic and military threats, pushed Yanukovich to back out of the EU deal, and take instead an economic trade package with Russia that included $15 billion and the lowering by a third the price the country paid for natural gas from Russia.

This, in turn, spurred a Western response via the “Maidan revolution,” really a U.S.-backed coup, in which Yanukovich was replaced with someone more suitable to our foreign policy geniuses. “Yats is our guy” is how our current undersecretary for political affairs Victoria Nuland put it, insisting that Arseniy Yatsenuk be Ukraine’s next leader, even though Ukrainians might have preferred former boxer Vitaly Klitschko. When apprised some of the E.U. countries were uncomfortable with a coup, Nuland famously said, “Fuck the E.U.” Forget gunboats, here was F-bomb diplomacy!

Putin responded by annexing Crimea, which in turn led to the moment when Barack Obama made his decision to drop the bluff and stop the escalation. His reasoning was simple: Ukraine was always going to matter more to Russia than to the United States, and when push came to shove, he, Obama, wasn’t going to war over it. Moreover, because the hawks in Washington would never come out and say they would, either – “If there’s somebody in this town that would claim that we would consider going to war with Russia over Crimea and eastern Ukraine, they should speak up and be very clear about it,” he challenged – the issue instead would keep being presented as an improper defiance of consensus:

“There’s a playbook in Washington that presidents are supposed to follow… And the playbook prescribes responses to different events, and these responses tend to be militarized responses… You are judged harshly if you don’t follow the playbook, even if there are good reasons.”

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Don’t tell Blinken.

Russia May Not Be Poised To Invade Ukraine – Pentagon (RT)

US officials appear to have backtracked on claims that Moscow could be on the verge of ordering an invasion of neighboring Ukraine, while warning that the risk of escalation remains high. Speaking to reporters at a press briefing on Monday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that “obviously we’re mindful of things that the Russians could do that would potentially give us indications of some sort of imminent incursion.” However, he went on, “we’re not there yet, but we are watching for those indicators very, very closely.” At the same time, the official reiterated Washington’s assertions that Russia is seeking to “threaten its neighbor further and potentially violate further Ukraine’s territorial integrity.”

“It’s very clear that the Russians have no intention right now of de-escalating,” Kirby went on, adding that Washington wants to deter Moscow from attacking. The Pentagon has placed around 8,500 troops on higher alert on Monday in response to the tensions in Eastern Europe, while NATO simultaneously announced that it had put more forces on standby and sent additional ships and jet fighters to the region. The US, UK, and Australian embassies in Kiev were advised to evacuate non-essential staff and family members over the weekend as NATO continues to accuse Russia of gearing up to invade its neighbor. Moscow has repeatedly denied planning to attack Ukraine, with the Kremlin insisting that it forces are no threat.

Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Alexey Danilov also appeared to downplay the risk of a larger conflict earlier this week. “As of today, we don’t see any grounds for statements about a full-scale offensive on our territory. It’s even physically impossible,” he said on Monday. Danilov added that Kiev was tracking the movement of Russian forces. “Maybe, [seeing Russian troops] is an oddity to our foreign partners who finally saw that there are Russian forces and they move a certain way,” Danilov said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky echoed a similar message in a televised address, urging the public not to panic. The comments come after US President Joe Biden warned during a press conference last week that Russian President Vladimir Putin could “move in,” adding that “he has to do something.”

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As long as Kamala polls even lower, 10% for the big guy.

Biden Approval Rating Tanks To New Low (NYP)

President Biden’s approval rating has tanked to a new low of just 39 percent as his administration contends with a number of domestic and global concerns, a new poll shows. The abysmal rating was derived from the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll that was shared exclusively with The Hill. “This is a new low for President Biden as he struggles to solve a myriad of issues,” pollster Mark Penn said, according to the report. The White House is grappling with soaring inflation, the pandemic, rising crime in big cities, an inability to pass signature legislation and an escalating situation overseas with a Russian threat to invade Ukraine.


The poll began computing Biden’s approval rating in March. The newest tally is six points less than Biden’s November rating of 45 percent. Just 18 percent of the 1,815 registered voters surveyed in the latest poll said they strongly approved of Biden’s work, the report said. 53 percent of those polled indicated they somewhat or strongly disapproved of the way the president is handling the job.

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“..the Supreme Court can refuse extradition on the one point now certified by the High Court”

Assange Hearing Day Oh God It Never Ends (Murray)

Now some of the appeal points which the High Court refused to certify as arguable and of general public interest, were important. One point was that the diplomatic assurances by the United States promised not to engage in certain illegal practices amounting to torture, but made that assurance conditional on Assange’s future behaviour. Now, legally prohibited treatment of prisoners does not become lawful if the prisoner does something wrong. That ought to have been a slam-dunk argument, even without the fact that the decision on Assange’s future behaviour would be made by precisely the same authorities who plotted to kidnap or murder him. All of which was not certified as an arguable point of law of general public interest.


What is certified and going forward is the simple question of whether the diplomatic assurances were received too late… By introducing them only at the appeal stage, the United States had evaded all scrutiny of their validity… This is very important, because it may be the screen behind which the British Establishment is sidling slowly towards the exit. ...the Supreme Court can refuse extradition on the one point now certified by the High Court, and it can be presented as nothing to do with anything bad about the USA and its governance, purely a technical matter of a missed deadline. Apologies all round, never mind old chap, and let’s get to the claret at Simpson’s. Can there really be an end in sight for Julian? Is the British Establishment quietly sidling to the exit?

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    Johannes Vermeer The soldier and the laughing girl 1657   • Clinical Outcomes Among Patients With Omicron In Southern California (medRxiv) • Omic
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 26 2022]

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    teri
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    For the usual reasons, the US wants a new war (to distract the public, because it’s a money-maker, to fuck with other countries, to support the arms manufacturers, killing others is simply fun for neocons and neoliberal, etc). Russia doesn’t seem to be too interested overall.

    Reminds me of a bumper sticker that was popular back in the Vietnam War era: “What if they gave a war and nobody came?”

    #99097
    ctbarnum
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    #99098
    boscohorowitz
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    Nowadays. “woke/wokedness” is more of a slur than a moral movement, but when it started, the roots of wokedness addressed essentially the same principles we address here.

    The New Jim Crow

    Anti-wokedness will soon become the new wokedness, probably with a pronounced bias of vengeance against the ardent pro-vax karenistas currently experiencing uncomfortable tremors in their bandwagon juggernaut.

    Whenever everyone else seems wrong, they probably are — including you and me?

    Well, looky here:

    O Brave New World!

    #99099
    boscohorowitz
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    The Legendary Cat Rescuer of Tanasborne:

    Catman

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    boscohorowitz
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    I grew up with this guy.

    FB reconnected us awhile back. He’s a preacher these days, on and off. Former Marine, classic right wing religious profile. A snapshot of a social demographic vis a vis covid et al.

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    boscohorowitz
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    Mass formation hypnotic psychosis is only natural for societies based on Rule of Law under Monopoly on Violence. How could it be otherwise?

    Rule by abstract deities like this meta-thing named Law is even crazier than rule by BBQ’d baby-munching idols. You can at least melt down bronze idols. Memes are more difficult to remove. They’re mostly invisible and essential viral.

    Now, a meme about a real virus — that is either reality or a really dumb college assignment for a philosophy major. (It is said that Fauci came forth fully developed from the forehead of some dumbass homework assignment.) When irony twists too far around, it becomes mere stupidity, our glorious birthright in a world entirely defined by hominid culture with occasional intrusions by that weird reality thing.

    Heh. I said ‘law’: William Lawes

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    Doc Robinson
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    • Thousands Needed To Try A New Covid Antiviral Treatment [Molnupiravir]

    According to Reuters, while Molnupiravir was authorized in the US, “some other Western countries have cancelled or are reconsidering orders after the drug showed low efficacy in trials.” So it’s now being pushed into Asian and African countries.

    “A molnupiravir course of 40 pills for five days is expected to cost about $20 in poorer nations… That is far below the $700 per course the United States agreed to pay for an initial delivery of 1.7 million courses.”
    https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/merck-covid-pill-molnupiravir-be-produced-by-27-drugmakers-2022-01-20/

    India is resisting the Molnupiravir being pushed on them, even at the low price, because their experts say its “known and unknown harms far outweigh its claimed benefit”.

    Experts of the ICMR’s National Task Force on COVID-19 for the fourth time have unanimously rejected the inclusion of anti-viral drug Molnupiravir in the coronavirus treatment guidelines saying its “known and unknown harms far outweigh its claimed benefit“.

    ICMR experts reject inclusion of Molnupiravir in Covid treatment guidelines for fourth time citing safety concerns
    https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2022/jan/13/icmr-experts-reject-inclusion-of-molnupiravir-in-covid-treatment-guidelines-for-fourth-time-citing-s-2406335.html

    #99103
    those darned kids
    Participant

    of mice and men and monkeys, it seems.

    #99104
    those darned kids
    Participant
    #99105
    those darned kids
    Participant

    Devon Air Ambulance has ‘busiest year ever’

    a record that will be broken in 2022..

    #99106
    those darned kids
    Participant

    the washington post (!) says it’s time to stop masking kids:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/25/schools-safely-make-masks-optional-new-cdc-guidelines/

    only two years late..

    #99107
    Oroboros
    Participant

    This headline

    Expert Panel Backs Fourth COVID Vaccine Dose for Israelis 18 and Over

    gives new weight to the phrase ‘the Chosen People’.

    When the dust settles, please don’t blame the Huns for your self inflicted medical holocaust, the current Teutonics are trying to out do all other nations in Coof and Rona madness.

    “Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.”

    “Madness is not a consequence of uncertainty but of certainty.”

    ~Nietzsche

    .
    https://th.bing.com/th/id/R.8e6ba9f27f27a4d4a205e8bed76bdc0d?rik=%2bAQlaO8bUXKzwA&riu=http%3a%2f%2fdailynous.com%2fwp-content%2fuploads%2f2018%2f01%2fmandik-2018-1-16-nietzsche.png&ehk=haryT6KB2tpACnlVf52S4Mc6ESzlPsSq6Z9AoersXAU%3d&risl=&pid=ImgRaw&r=0

    #99108
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Boscohorowitz wrote, “When irony twists too far around, it becomes mere stupidity . . . ”

    Yes. Verily. That is true. And I want to add another observationa to his observation.

    But first I want to make a special point, that what I’m about to say is not meant to be taken in any sort of funny, humorous or ironic way. It could easily be taken as a wise crack, but it should not be. I say this in simple earnest :

    In all of the world the must difficult thing to understand is stupidity.

    Anything and everything we can learn and understand about that most common of all human failings is worth the effort and warrants hard careful study. All mistakes ultimately come down to some form of stupidity, regardless of who makes them, and since we all suffer from the mistakes of ourselves and others then it would probably be in our own most enlightened best interests to figure out what the hell is really going on with all of this stupid mistake making.

    #99109
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    (macaque lab monkeys) sigh. I miss the days when beasts of burden meant animals who did work together with humans that served them both rather than meaning ‘tortured for probably meaningless profit before being euthanized’.

    Why yes, I’m existentially weary unto sickness unto death of being a modern human being. Why do you ask?

    But I am working on Santa now that I’ve gone from being a shadow on the wall to someone like me again. One facet:

    “Dad’s dressing up as Santa for their kids is virtually the only shamanism we have left. Santa means something very very big. Underneath that crust of commercial crap is something rare and, I believe, crucial to our survival as a species or beings or whatever the fuck we are.”

    It’s been hard going. Writing about someone who’s been immortal for 1700 years, the crushing loneliness of it, requires the immortal to have a sidekick at least, a true friend for sure, and maybe even an internally resident angelic being. Otherwise the whole thing is just too tragic to endure and I should stick to writing tourist guides for hell.

    But I believe we have found that companion. Looks like this:

    wcdf

    It lives in Santa’s Sack. Well, sort of.

    The theme song of a saint weary from 1700 years on Terra: Lay Me Down

    #99110
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Willful ignorance is the kissing cousin of willful stupidity, both of which rule the land.

    You can’t wake someone who’s pretending to be asleep.

    There are ‘rainbow’ shades of stupidity like there are ‘rainbow’ shades of wokeness.

    Woketardness is a sad minor shade of madness and stupidity, a Venn diagram if you will of dysfunction.

    The coming counterattack on ‘wokeness’ will be joined at the hip with the counter attack building against the Plandemic Evil.

    It will be Epic.

    In case you haven’t been noticing, Epic is the new Awesome.

    “Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

    ~Friedrich Nietzsche

    Nemo nostrum tam stultus est quam omnes Us

    None of Us is as Stupid as All of Us

    #99111
    Henry
    Participant

    @oroborus love the Nietzsche comics. Good morning laugh.

    #99112

    It seems that the new method of governance is to break the law and see if “anyone” cares.
    I remember thinking this after the S&L and Enron problems (etc, etc,etc.) Bad guys just sticking their toes in the water to see how deep they could go.
    It’s the Nuremberg Code this time, and any other declaration that prohibits human experimentation without informed consent. If they aren’t slapped down hard on this, humans are kaput.

    “It is said that Fauci came forth fully developed from the forehead of some dumbass homework assignment”
    Hey Bosco- Fauci is NOTHING like Athena! 😉
    (He is a god-sized headache, however.)

    #99113
    Oroboros
    Participant
    #99114
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @Oroboros ” You can’t wake someone who’s pretending to be asleep.”

    Oh, man, that is the best, most theftworthy one-liner I’ve heard in years. I’m definitely gonna use it at every opportunity, and in these times I reckon there’s gonna be plenty of opportunity.

    #99115
    Mr. House
    Participant
    #99116

    “grievance IS status for tattle tales.”
    Wokeness in a nutshell. (From the cat’s lawn darts post.)

    “Epic is the new awesome.”
    Awesome. I mean, epic.

    #99117
    Noirette
    Participant

    Tried to post this, no dice, so shortened it and put links in 2/2.

    Benton Smith posted previous (link 1) and Orobos posted a vid. prev. — concerning vax batches and variation in ‘toxicity’, defined as no/type of adverse events in VAERS.

    DBS: ..the significance was clearly missed about the hyper importance of the OFFICIALLY documented fact that the vaccine lot numbers directly correlate to dramatic differences in rates of adverse reactions and deaths in vaccine recipients. (…) that very undramatic little fact is tantamount to, nay it PROVES, that the Covid vax program is .. with no doubt whatsoever .. and continues to be a VERY thoroughly premeditated act of mass murder on a scale nearly impossible to comprehend.

    Strong words! V. important.

    The ref. is to the work of Craig P. Vid explaining his analysis. (link 2) His site, gives his work, data, tables, etc. (link 3)

    CP shows that different lots (batches) of cov-vax (USA) have very different no. of adv. events reported in VAERS, = ‘severity’ or ‘toxicity.’ Ex., CP quote:

    Pfizer lots vary in % severity by 40 fold. They also vary alphabetically. As the alphabetic identifier of the batch code ascends, the % severity decreases.

    40 x difference is massive, overrides (imho) the criticism of **who knows! so what!** re. reports to VAERS based on, no control, no follow up, only voluntary reporting, etc.

    Some lots are ‘toxic’ (about 1/200), others not at all, imho this concl. can be accepted – the variation is just too high.

    — One caveat: the size of the lots (no. of doses.) Ex. If lot A is 1,000 with 1 death and lot B is 40,000 with 40 deaths, the difference between 1 and 40 deaths is meaningless — CP has obtained the size of lots only for 33 – Pfizer. —

    Moving forward, is this data indicative of:….?….?

    1. The WIDGETS! Produced in tens of factories, they all go to a mega-site to fulfill the same purpose. Some batches don’t work in part, are defective, for different reasons, coming from diff. factories, and diff. time-spans (one minor machine glitch in A for 3 weeks, quality control down in B for 2 months, etc.)

    2. A deliberate experimental plan, with codes set up to analyse the results? (Relying on VAERS -> not a good exp. design). If so, it is likely (this is just my interpretation, nothing to back it up) that the non-toxic lots were saline / placebos, and the ‘new tech’ was tested only on a relatively small %.

    #99118
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Poor Nietzsche. The most misunderstood philosopher since Socrates. Ah, well, at least he got people talking.

    #99120
    those darned kids
    Participant

    “In all of the world the must difficult thing to understand is stupidity.”

    it’s especially difficult because it’s difficult to untangle stupidity from cupidity.

    #99121
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    sumac.carol has a certain enthusiasm. It reminds me of this forgotten song from when she and I were younger:

    Bev Bivens!

    #99122
    Oroboros
    Participant

    I think we have a theme threat for today’s comments

    THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY
    by Carlo M. Cipolla

    http://www.combusem.com/stupidity.html

    #99123
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    vfgh

    #99124
    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    fgh

    #99125
    Noirette
    Participant

    links didn’t go through. To see Craig P. work goog “How bad is my batch.”

    Is it bit chute which is not accepted? (the link I posted to a vid.)

    #99126
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Omicron has ‘passed the peak’ in LA County [population 10 million]… roughly half of the COVID-positive patients in county hospitals were actually admitted for reasons other than COVID, and only discovered they were infected when they were hospitalized.

    https://www.dailynews.com/2022/01/25/omicron-has-passed-the-peak-in-la-county-ferrer-says-but-transmission-rate-still-worrisome/

    #99127
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    bosco: Catman has many lives…black and white looks good on you.

    NOTE: Happy to see that Calvin’s Owl crossed-over and is now in your Santa sack. A good friend to have around!

    “Dad’s dressing up as Santa for their kids is virtually the only shamanism we have left. Santa means something very very big. Underneath that crust of commercial crap is something rare and, I believe, crucial to our survival as a species or beings or whatever the fuck we are.”

    Not sure where YOU are going with this, but keep going. Here’s a story to share…I know from direct experience that Santa means something very very big – something rare, and PRECIOUS. Many years ago, my late husband and I agreed to BEcome Santa and Mrs. Clause for an evening in late December – to delight a group of 35+ kids and adults attending their family Christmas Party. When Santa arrived, everything stopped and everyone gathered around. Every single kid, young to late teens sat with Santa. And everyone, adults and kids, stayed focused as “witness” (Wisdom Keepers) through each individual’s experience. There was laughter, tears, and smiles. It was beautiful, uplifting, and joyous. We didn’t want it to end. When Santa and I got back to the car we took a minute to resettle. In unison, we looked at each other and said – “that was amazing – where can we go next?”…It was a transformative experience, a CONFIRMATION, one that remains in my Heart.

    #99128
    deflationista
    Participant

    #99129

    links didn’t go through

    How do you guys post these links? I see these issues a lot, but can’t replicate them. Do you use the tags for LINK and IMG, or not?

    #99130
    zerosum
    Participant

    To make a link go through, I remove the First part, “http”

    #99131
    Mr. House
    Participant

    This was worth a watch and a listen:

    #99132
    Noirette
    Participant

    Where are these billions of cov-vax doses produced, where are the factories, who works there, what are they paid, what is their output?

    Who ships, delivers the vaxxes, at what cost, what about the ‘cold’ requirement touted at the start?

    Vaxxs seem to pop up in jabber-tents and shoddy clinics like magical potions out of the ether, a blessed substance (see the Pope!), and nobody is asking ANY questions.

    Who know someone who works in a vax factory? Big biz, after all.

    The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Association, touts, in obfuscating corpo-speech:

    The manufacturing scale up of COVID-19 vaccines that had been developed in record time required building new production lines able to consistently produce millions of doses to the highest quality standards, managing global supply chains for hundreds of components and ingredients, as well as forging over 300 partnerships around the world to increase manufacturing output. Of these deals, 229 include various forms of voluntary collaboration that rely on technology transfer, sharing of know-how about the processes and the technologies used to make the vaccines, as well as training specialist personnel to ensure quality standards..

    11 billion COVID-19 vaccines produced in 2021 has resulted in the biggest immunization campaign in human history and 2022 will require more and better vaccine redistribution and innovation

    #99133
    zerosum
    Participant

    $5 million and counting means that there are a lot of people who are against “mandates”

    #99134
    those darned kids
    Participant

    NEWSFLASH!!! PFIZER RELEASES VACCINE RECIPE!

    Round about the cauldron go;
    In the poison’d entrails throw.
    Toad, that under cold stone
    Days and nights has thirty-one
    Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

    Fillet of a fenny snake,
    In the cauldron boil and bake;
    Eye of newt and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

    #99135
    deflationista
    Participant

    Speaking of stupidity, ironically at least

    Willful ignorance is the kissing cousin of willful stupidity, both of which rule the land.

    You can’t wake someone who’s pretending to be asleep.

    Indeed! The same person saying this, is the same person, who just a couple of days ago, said this:

    “Dr Stuckelberger is a whistle blower

    She is explaining how the Clotshot contains highly toxic components starting with graphene oxide then actual live parasites, and nano transistors of some type.

    She says that the graphene oxide is the vehicle mechanism that helps and facilitates the spread of the spike protein to every part of the body.

    She says it’s a tossup as to whether the graphene oxide or the spike protein is more deadly.

    She says that the autopsies of dead sports figures show massive amount of blood clots that are so thick it can’t possibly be just the spike protein doing it, it’s the graphene oxide somehow. The clotting can be measured by D-Dimer tests.

    The graphene oxide and spike protein are acting as a combination to spread the toxic effect throughout the whole body, especially the brain.
    She said scientist in German with Reiner Fuellmich held a press conference with an electron microscope and put the ‘vaccine’ up under magnification to show high doses of graphene oxide in it for all the world to see. There was also a lot of metal, nickel and chromium in it that has no purpose being in a ‘vaccine’.

    They also found that the parasite found in the ‘vaccine’ was called Hydra Vulgaris and that at body temperature at activated and went out to spread through the body. It might be that the presence of Hydra Vulgaris in the shots is contamination in production and a quality control issue.

    Hydra Vulgaris has never been seen EVER in any book of medicine in history as being in an injection or vaccine. What’s it doing there?

    The last point she makes is the ’vaccines’ are actually some type of chemical intoxication or poisoning which then creates an infection or a heart attack.

    She said emphatically for vaccinated people to NOT EVER give blood because it is highly contaminated with graphene oxide and other nano particles.

    The vaccinated are spreading these particles quite easily.

    Interesting if the ‘narrative’ finally flips and the vaxed are the ones to avoid out of fear of them contaminating the unvaxxed.

    Two people merely holding hands, one vaxed and the other not, will contaminate the unvaccinated. The unvaxed after a short period of time of just holding hands with a vaxed person will test for a high D-Dimer test levels!

    The point is that the deaths are coming from a chemical poisoning agent/action more than from some biological/virus function.

    The Vaxed are able to spread the toxin agent easily through close contact. Like if you’re unvaxxed don’t sleep with someone who is taxed.

    You can get poisoned by them, not infected.

    The take away is that the Covid Plandemic is a chemical, mechanical poisoning event NOT a biological/virus one.

    The graphene oxide is working hand in glove with the spike protein, neither of which is ‘alive’ in any tradition sense.”

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