Tag: COVID

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome a much better than expected jobs report when dismal numbers were expected. They also unload on President Biden and the Democrats for running out of COVID relief funds – because their $1.9 trillion legislation contained very little COVID relief. And they scrutinize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments that America’s Olympic athletes should just compete and not speak out against the repressive Chinese government.

Join Jim and Greg as they analyze a tense exchange between the AP’s Matt Lee and State Department spokesman Ned Price over the UN’s approach to Russia. They also review a new poll that shows Americans are ready to move on from COVID-19. And they cheer for West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin as he pronounces the Build Back Better Bill dead again.

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Dear American Medical Establishment:  As an infuriated American citizen who’s had it up to here, I’m writing this letter regarding your crimes against humanity as they pertain to your response to COVID.  That’s right, you read that correctly: crimes against humanity.  That is not hyperbole, it is real and spot on.  In fact, formal charges […]

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COVID and SUVs

 

While reading an article this morning on Yahoo Finance’s page bemoaning the perils of small business in the current economy, I was struck with a curious deja-vu moment.  The article spoke ominously of the effect of COVID-19 on American small businesses and missed no opportunity to affix blame for staffing and supply chain stresses squarely on CV’s shoulders.  People were quoted.  Examples were raised.  And the clear conclusion was that COVID-19 has really done a job on us.

I’ll be honest.  As I finished the article, I felt oddly unsatisfied.  Something was missing.  COVID, perhaps in the words of our president, is definitely “A Bad Dude”, a supervillain antagonist.  But as the article concluded, COVID-19 was left standing alone, like the proverbial cheese in the old Farmer-in-the-Dell nursery rhyme.  It had single-handedly ruined everything and left us struggling to pick up the pieces.  Case closed.

Join Jim and Greg as they cover a new report describing how Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins sought to cover up the truth about the genesis of the Covid-19 virus. They also discuss the retirement of Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper and what it means for the upcoming midterms. And a new Pew poll shows Americans don’t trust Biden to make progress on any major issues.

Join Jim and Greg as they relish the prospects of Republican wins on masks in Virginia and New York. They criticize the empty promises of collaboration from the European Union as Russia knocks on Ukraine’s door. And they review the shocking numbers of illegals apprehended at the southern border and what it means for the upcoming midterms.

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I am a good conservative, but I try to take a sensible approach to life and not dismiss outright the views and pronouncements of those of a different political persuasion.  Even a broken clock is right twice a day.  Therefore, during Covid, I have tried to do what made sense to me regarding all the […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they react to independent voters turning very negative on President Biden. They also highlight a Michigan audit showing many more nursing home deaths from COVID than Gov. Gretchen Whitmer previously admitted. And they sense Russian military activity could be coming soon in Ukraine as the U.S. considers evacuating the family members of American diplomats there.

 

Rasmussen Poll: 45% of Democratic Voters Favor Confining the Unvaccinated to ‘Designated Facilities’

 

Here’s the TLDR from a Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Report survey. For Democratic voters:

  • 55% support fines against those who choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 59% support house arrest for the unvaccinated.
  • 48% support fines or prison for questioning vaccine efficacy on social media, TV, or the radio or in online or digital publications.
  • 45% support temporarily confining the unvaccinated to “designated facilities” (cough) internment camps (cough).
  • 47% support government tracking of the unvaccinated.
  • 29% support temporarily removing parents’ custody of their children if parents refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Second look at a national divorce?

Masks For Thee But Not For Me: Cruise Ship Edition

 

Readers may recall the jarring images of maskless political elites such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney attending last year’s Met Gala as The Help stood by dutifully breathing up against pieces of fabric.

Some in the cruise and cruise-commentary world, far from seeking an escape from the reinforcement of such class divisions, find comfort in embracing them. Cynical as I am, I was surprised to learn that a cruise line would require a fully-vaccinated crew member to don a mask while working alone on the open decks of a ship even as passengers a few feet away enjoy the ineffable feeling of their lungs filling with fresh ocean air.

But such, it seems is the case.

Life During Woke Time

 

I came across this thread this morning, supposedly an insider account of life in Big Tech from an engineer enduring work life under the plague that has taken lives, disrupted workplaces, turned schools into rigid, authoritarian child prisons, and spread suffering to countless families across the country. And also, COVID, which has somehow made the woke plague even worse. Keep in mind that not only can anyone make up anything on social media, but making up fake stuff is social media’s raison d’être. (Raison d’être being a French word meaning, I believe, “shoehorn.”) Also, the usual caveat of being skeptical to any anecdote that validates a prejudice applies. All that said, it’s an interesting read.

I work in Big Tech. A name you would know and have probably used before. Wanted to give a rundown of what it’s like from the inside right now. Obviously insanely radically leftwing. BLM/LGBTQ. Trans flags hanging in office. Pronouns stated before meetings. Special affiliation groups for everyone but white men. All what you’d expect.

Join Jim and Greg as they dissect the stunningly horrible poll numbers for President Biden in a new poll both on key issues and his overall performance. They also shake their heads as the backlog of cargo ships off America’s west coast gets worse and worse. And they are flabbergasted as just how bad Vice President Kamala Harris is at the simplest parts of her job, like answering basic questions.

 

The Omicron Variant: COVID or Common Cold?

 
Genetic relationship between SARS-Cov-2 variants.

Omicron variant and other major or previous variants of concern of SARS-CoV-2 depicted in a tree scaled radially by genetic distance, derived from Nextstrain on 1 December 2021 (Wikipedia)

Now that the full sequence of Omicron has become known it’s remarkable to see how different Omicron is from all the other SARS-CoV-2 variants. It did not arise as a simple mutation of the others, it’s different in several ways. It has 60 RNA mutations causing 36 amino acid changes, several in the all-important spike protein. In a radial graph of genetic distance Omicron forms its own group way off to the side of the other variants (see diagram).

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New York, Boston, Chicago and Washington have instituted or are about to institute vaccine mandates to eat in restaurants.  But we know that COVID is a disease of the obese with the CDC (cough) stating that the obese may have triple the risk of hospitalization from COVID. Therefore, I think that the solution is to […]

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Joe Selvaggi talks with Alva10 CEO and precision medicine expert Hannah Mamuszka about which tests are best for determining who is contagious and the implications for the CDC’s new isolation recommendations.

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Senate Republicans making their decisions about running in 2022 and with two incumbents deciding to run again, the GOP odds of taking the majority probably improved. They also fume as New York City Mayor Eric Adams decides to support a city council resolution allowing 800,000 non-citizens in the city to vote in municipal elections. And they’re stunned as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor claims – in oral arguments – that 100,000 kids are seriously ill with COVID and that many of them are on ventilators. None of that is anywhere close to accurate.

Urgent Care Doctor: I Quit

 

I quit my job last week. I was working another Urgent Care shift and I finally reached my limit. We have been slammed with the third wave of Covid. Volume is up to over 100 patients a day. This compares to normal times when 40 patients is considered a busy day. That’s 100 patients. 12 hours. One provider. One nurse. One X-ray tech. One front desk person.

Since the last surge, we have been begging our management to do something to relieve the pressure. For a brief two-week period, they paid time-and-half if people would pick up extra shifts. They had some shifts double staffed with providers. They even shut down registration when things got out of hand. But these were temporary, intermittent, and not consistent. By and large, we were just told to “deal with it.”

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that Senate Dems have virtually no hope of advancing their bill to federalize elections and BBB isn’t faring any better. They wince as the December jobs report once again comes in way below expectations. And they throw up their hands as Connecticut orders COVID-positive patients into nursing homes.

 

Great Barrington Declaration Was Always the Best Way to Handle Covid

 

The scientists who drafted the Great Barrington Declaration: Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Harvard University; Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Oxford University; and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford University. (Photo via AIER.)

The controversy over Covid management is not a medical disagreement but a political fight. It’s also a free speech issue, the question of whether those who disagree with the political/medical status quo should be silenced.

Although we have learned more over time about the origins and development of Covid, there is no question it is a contagious virus that spreads primarily through respiratory secretions. Infections range from symptom-free to fatal, but serious disease and death occur almost exclusively in the infirm and the elderly. Like all viruses, the coronavirus mutates, apparently into variants that are more contagious but less deadly.

The Vaccine Mandate: A Case for Caution

 

New York, NY – October 25, 2021: Municipal workers of the city march across Brooklyn bridge and rally at City Hall Park against vaccination mandate.

On Friday, January 7, the United States Supreme Court will hear argument on one of the most contentious cases of modern times: National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, which addresses the question of whether the plaintiffs are entitled to a stay of legal proceedings until the legality of a federal vaccination mandate can be authoritatively resolved on the merits.

COVID-19 policymaking has been at the center of attention in the United States since early 2020. Over the past two years, the cases, hospitalizations, injuries, and deaths have had multiple cycles with no clear end in sight. By the end of 2020, a number of different vaccines had become available to prevent the disease. Two of these, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, rely on a new mRNA technology. With great expectations, both of these were approved by the Food and Drug Administration last summer, a step taken only when the FDA determines that vaccines (or other drugs or medical devices) “meet the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards.” The FDA also continuously updates its recommendations for approved booster shots for COVID. The work of the FDA has been complemented by that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which as of December 29 had adopted a categorical position of recommending that all individuals get their initial or booster shots of the vaccines as soon as possible.