Tag: COVID-19

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https://twitter.com/ellymelly/status/1481035540963426306?s=20 The premier of Western Australia our dear Emperor our lord and Savior our most sacred state daddy Mark McGowan has decided to help Aboriginal Australians by releasing a video so patronizing that they will surely overcome their distrust of the white fella and will stick an experimental drug into their arm.  Preview Open

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More Small Business Closings Ahead?

 

Today we went to our local gun shop/shooting range to finally get in some practice; we’d already had to cancel one trip when we both got sick. We were greeted with a barrier across their driveway stating that they had to temporarily close due to the “flu,” and were too short-staffed. I was disappointed that they weren’t open, but mostly concerned that the two men who run the shop, John and Walter, might be ill, and we are especially fond of John. They don’t have a large staff to begin with.

We all know how devastating the business closures were in many states due to mandates, fears, and precautions. This time, however, there’s a new threat for small businesses: small numbers of staff who come down with the coronavirus and flu.

To Test or Not To Test

 

Who thought that testing for COVID could be so frustrating? I guess I’m just lucky …

My adventure started with what I thought was an allergy attack. I almost never catch colds or viruses, and rarely have allergic reactions to pollen. But I figured I’d pop a 24-hour allergy pill, and I’d be fine. And I was for a little while. Or so I thought …

But on Tuesday, my “allergies” were worse. And by this morning, I sounded like a sick sea lion and had to cancel a breakfast with a friend. And then I thought the worst—

CDC: Healthy Lifestyle No Substitute For Booster Shot

 

CDC director Rochelle Wallensky announced today that when it comes to reducing the threat from COVID-19, exercise, a well-rounded diet rich in nutrients and a generally healthy lifestyle are no substitutes for receiving a vaccine booster every seven months.

“So by all means avoid direct sunlight, runny eggs and more than one alcoholic beverage per day” said the CDC director, “but the main thing is to get that BioNTech in your arm like it’s going out of style.”

Wallensky backed up her claim by citing the nation’s chief immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci who, in turn, cited the same CDC press release issued by Wallensky. Wallensky further elaborated that “The science has spoken – directly to Dr. Fauci” as the latter stood behind her waving his doctorate.

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I’m not good at watching others who are miserable, especially when I am convinced that they are suffering needlessly. I try to keep my mouth shut when they express their woes, but I’m really lousy at it. This morning proved my point. Since we moved to Solivita, Gloria (not her real name) has been a […]

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This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute’s Visiting Fellow in Life Sciences, Dr. Bill Smith, about his newest research paper, “An “Impending Tsunami” in Mortality from Traditional Diseases,” which sounds the alarm that the public health community’s focus on COVID-19 has caused many to avoid seeking medical attention for other illnesses. As a result, more Americans are dying from fear of COVID than from the disease itself.

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Omicron Variant: Here We Go Again!

 

No one — I mean no one — is going to put me through the fear and misery of the last two years with COVID-19. Fortunately, I live in Florida, and we’ve watched Gov. DeSantis behave like a mature and wise adult regarding the virus. But once again, panic reigns as another variant shows up on the scene. And one state and most definitely the federal government can’t wait to pass more draconian measures supposedly to protect us.

When the announcement first came from South Africa about the new variant, called Omicron, the scientists emphasized that data was limited:

Health officials in South Africa said the reaction by other countries was premature, given how little was understood yet about the new strain. [Professor Salim Abdool] Karim noted that it was only detected thanks to South Africa’s excellent scientific surveillance of COVID-19 cases, which specifically hunts for new variants. Few other nations have such a robust genomic sequencing program to find the strains.

FL Gov Signs Law Rejecting Vaccine Mandate – Jobs Saved

 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law that Floridians cannot lose their jobs if they choose to reject the COVID-19 vaccine.  This is huge.  It was the main headline on this evening’s local news.

Since the national mandate, there were protests in front of Sacred Heart, our local (Catholic ) hospital, when staff and medical professionals were let go after refusing the vaccine.  They are now being called back to work.  This happened quickly.  Last week protests – this evening jobs restored. My sister-in-law, a home health care nurse, along with several of her staff, were also being forced to get the jab (after it being a choice up until now).  They had to fill out exception forms, which she did and it was accepted just this week.

This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with surgeon and author Dr. Marty Makary about the power and durability of vaccines, natural immunity and clinical therapies, that are overshadowed by the public health community’s continued target of zero COVID-19 infections.

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A Disease of Rich People?

 

Is COVID-19 a disease of rich people?

I usually check the COVID-19 data explorer at ourworldindata.org once a day, sometimes just to see how COVID-19 cases and deaths are trending in the United States, and occasionally to compare with what’s going on in the European Union or with individual countries such as Ireland, India, Ukraine, or the United Kingdom. It’s easy. On the left is a check-box list. You can check the countries or regions you want to appear on the graph or uncheck them to remove them when the graph gets too cluttered. There is also a slider one can use to take a closer look at the most recent period.

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Exclusive Audio Interview with Monica Smit of Reignite Democracy Australia If Lockdowns were an Olympic sport, Victoria Australia would be hard to beat. It’s been attributed as the most locked down place in the world under COVID-19. Sadly, it’s also become the location where a once free society now target Civil Liberties. Take for example […]

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A Return to “Normal” Life—or Not

 

As I try to return to a life that somewhat resembles “normal,” I’m finding I’m not so eager to take all the recovery steps after all. Like many people, I resent any more limitations on my freedom, yet I have been the obedient citizen and have gotten my three Pfizer shots (without any adverse reactions). My most recent decision has to do with returning to one of my most important commitments: hospice volunteer.

This past June I consulted with my internist about returning to volunteering. I had pretty much gotten my strength back, and I’d returned to my daily routines. But in June, the Delta virus was escalating, and he insisted I wait until the numbers came down. (He was so adamant that I didn’t even question him.)

Workplace Safety: Another Power Grab by the Feds

 

As if we weren’t fighting back against enough power grabs by the federal government, OSHA is now taking action against states who refuse to comply with their latest Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS):

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Oct. 19 that it is moving to relieve Utah, Arizona and South Carolina of their workplace safety oversight because of failure to adopt stricter COVID-19 protection policies, according to The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Federal officials said the three states did not adopt, at minimum, the federal COVID-19 workplace safety plans for healthcare, which OSHA released June 10, the newspapers reported.

Colin Powell, RIP

 

Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of State under George W. Bush, has died from complications of Covid-19.  He was 84.

Family statement:

We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.

Fraudci-lent ‘Science’

 

justice and COVID-19The Hill story promoting Fraudci’s latest line caught my eye. Consider the following, and the related story on the FDA advisory panel’s entirely unscientific conduct. Scientific study, we don’t need no stinkin’ studies! This is Fraudci-lent “science.”

ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked Fauci on “This Week” if the millions of Americans who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine should be concerned after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee voted unanimously to recommend adults receive a booster shot of the vaccine.

“No, not at all, Martha. I think that they should feel good about it because what the advisers to the FDA felt is that, given the data that they saw, very likely this should have been a two-dose vaccine to begin with,” Fauci said.

The Masks Slip: Pfizer, the Squad, and the Virus

 

justice and COVID-19Rep. Rashida Tlaib said the quiet part out loud, and Pfizer committed real science on hidden camera, while the lab-leak story kept trickling out. We have all seen the video clips and photographs of politicians, including bureaucrats, posing on camera with masks while unmasking immediately off set. Tlaib is the first to plainly acknowledge the playacting, the political theater. Pfizer was stung by Project Veritas. Both videos come by way of citizen journalists, not the well-funded mega-media franchises.

Here is Tlaib unmasking the truth, even knowing that she was being filmed.

President Oprah’s Dingbat Appointees

 

In our pandemic era, the American press has deemed it its solemn — and urgent — duty to protect news consumers from pseudoscience and misinformation. Snopes, for example, has a comprehensive list of ratings for assessing various claims: true, mostly true, mixture, mostly false, false, and Obama.

Enter the words “Trump fact checked” into any Internet search engine and you’ll find more than 20 million results, from organizations such as factcheck.org and politifact.com. This is as it should be. The man was, after all, president of the United States and therefore should be held to the most rigorous standards of probity, as is President Biden (pause for laugh). And yes, if Trump were still president today, he would no doubt be saying things like “And thanks to my beautiful vaccines, you’re damned right you can gather for Christmas!”

In other words, we can all rest assured that the wealthiest, most prominent, admired, and powerful purveyors of pseudoscience in popular culture are vetted at every turn by fact checkers, right?