Weekly Roundup: The Vaccine They Don’t Want You To Get Edition

Good news: There’s a COVID-19 vaccine out there that:

  • Is more than 90% effective in clinical trials at actually preventing infection of all variants, rather than being merely palliative for Delta et al
  • Operates in almost identical fashion to a conventional vaccine, rather than using the mRNA pathway or other methods that reprogram living human cells
  • Doesn’t need to be cold stored
  • Results in fewer, and mild, side effects
  • Was lauded by The Atlantic four months ago as “The Best Vaccine”
  • Has not been linked to heart disorders or anaphylaxis
  • Costs less to produce than any other “vaccine” for COVID-19
  • Was developed in the United States by an American company

Sound good to you? Are you interested in this? Great! You can get it today… in Indonesia, and India. But not here. In fact, there’s no plan to make it available to American citizens — unless those citizens have already had two shots from Pfizer or Moderna.

Surely I’m making this up, right?

Chances are some of you already know the vaccine to which I’m referring: the American-developed Novavax. It was part of President Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” but unlike the BioNTech and Moderna products, it wasn’t co-developed with a major global pharma company and therefore it has moved much more slowly through the various loopholes, er, hoops placed in front of it by global regulators.

Unlike the aforementioned “the jabs”, which should properly be called “gene therapies”, Novavax is a true dead-protein vaccine not that different from the vast majority of vaccines administered to human beings from the very first one to the present day. It doesn’t reprogram your cells and use them as factories to crank out infectious “spike proteins”. It uses encapsulated particles to stimulate your immune response. It’s more effective than any of the three vaccines currently authorized by the FDA and currently being shoved into children as young as five years old. Thirty thousand Americans have already received it; they’re doing great and VAERS doesn’t show a single death.

(Approximately one in every 14,372 “the jab” recipients dies shortly after vaccination, so in theory there would be two deaths if Novavax followed the same pattern. I should note, for the sake of accuracy, that not everyone in the VAERS database can be proven to have died from adverse reactions to “the jab”. But I should also note, for the sake of accuracy, that only six percent of “COVID-19 deaths” occur in patients with no other co-morbidities, meaning that it’s been the sole cause of death for fewer than 315,000 Americans, or under one in one thousand.)

There is no metric you can devise or standard you can imagine in which Novavax is not indisputably superior to the existing “the jabs” out there, except one: It’s not going to put any money into the pockets of the companies that rushed mRNA products to market and used the world population as human guinea pigs for a gene therapy that has degenerated to a merely palliative effect for the vast majority of people who have received it. Surely you all know people who are double and even triple THE JABBED but who have COVID-19 nonetheless; this past weekend I lost the services of a highly-respected motorsports photographer because he has failed COVID-19 tests multiple times in the past twenty days despite having taken every “the jab” he can possibly get his hands on. His Instagram continues to remind everyone that vaccines are safe and effective, in much the same way that some people in the Soviet Union were praising the dictatorship of the proletariat even as Stalin’s firing squads pulled the trigger.

Indonesia and India have already accepted Novavax as equal to the other therapies out there, rather ironically citing the results of the US clinical trial in their decision. Novavax states that they have opened a dialogue with the FDA but they don’t expect to be approved for anything more than a booster, which makes sense from a perspective of raw corporate fascist evil: you can have a vaccine that works after you pay for two that don’t, Primecitizen! Instead, the focus seems to be on bringing this low-cost vaccine to the developing world, which is possibly the dumbest strategy possible. Vaccines are not mid-sized sedans or smartphones; there is no reason for there to be a multiple-tier pricing strategy where rich Americans have to suffer through Pfizer while people in Eritrea get a truly safe and worthwhile vaccine.

In any sane universe, the FDA would approve Novavax for adults (at least) with the same reckless abandon they’ve shown in authorizing Pfizer for toddlers, allowing the “vaccine hesitant” to get their shots in the near future. Ah, but here’s the problem: It seems obvious that the controversial (and, as of this writing, court-rejected) Biden vaccine mandate is meant to get Pfizer/Moderna “the jabs” in everyone’s arm before they have a chance to choose Novavax. There is no respectable or decent reason for such a decision. The best possible justification is ensuring pharma profits for the government’s chosen vendors; the worst one is a genuinely sick, but very human, desire for “the poors” et al to suffer through the same Pfizer side effects as the Blue Tribe. There are millions of people out there who are enraged at the idea that Science Denier Hick Trash might end up getting the best and safest product because they didn’t rush into compliance. Tying the mandatory receipt of a Pfizer/Moderna “the jab” to one’s employment, housing, and even ability to eat a meal out of the house well before Novavax approval… that’s the best way to prevent the aforementioned rage.

(Sidebar: Why has President Biden tied mandatory vaccination to employment in the private sector, while steadfastly refusing to even discuss the idea of making it mandatory in order to receive public assistance? And how, exactly, have most states determined that being terminated for non-vaccination makes you ineligible for unemployment benefits? Other than O’Brien’s “float off the floor” display of raw power, where is the rationale behind these decisions, taken as a whole?)

If the FDA and the Biden Administration genuinely cared about “herd immunity”, they’d do what India and Indonesia are doing: they’d approve this traditional vaccine for emergency use immediately and watch millions of Americans sign up to get it. The fact that they’re doing exactly the opposite should tell you everything you need to know about the politics of vaxxing… the politics of ooh, feeling good about being a Pfizer or Moderna early adopter. (Yes, that’s an Eighties music joke. I’m sorry.)

Note Zero: The deliberate use of “the jab” above, even when it breaks the rules of grammar, is reflective of my personal contempt for the use of “the jab” as a phrase and as a sales tool.

Note One: It should be noted that here at Riverside Green, we were the very first people to receive multiple doses of Pfizer VAXXING and we are, in fact, on our third booster shot. If you read this at any time in the future, please assume that we have received as many booster shots as are recommended by CNN at the appropriate time. We are not the kind of racist fascist Nazis who would only have five boosters in our bloodstream when everyone else has six of them. Thank you for your compliance.

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This week, for Hagerty, I drove a Miata, and my wife also drove a Miata, albeit a racing one.

98 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: The Vaccine They Don’t Want You To Get Edition”

  1. John Van Stry

    And people say they don’t understand how the Nazi’s came to power.
    And then immediately pick up the phone to rat out their neighbor for not having gotten the jab.

    I spent years working in medical research. The amount of bullshit coming out of Faucci (who isn’t really a doctor – remember when he tried to get all the gays put in concentration camps? I do), and the CDC which is run by the same kind of incompetents as Wuhan (remember when they almost released smallpox back into this country because they left a vial of it sitting in an abandoned facility? I do), is not an organization that should even EXIST much less be listened too.

    But hey, they PAID for this to be developed, so only fair that we all suffer from it, right?

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    • Fred Lee

      Dr. Fauci isn’t a doctor? Do tell.

      It is true that he was at the center of raging controversy during the AIDS epidemic. It is not true that he tried to put anyone in concentration camps. What a ludicrous statement.

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      • Ronnie Schreiber

        Fauci may have a medical degree but he hasn’t treated a patient since he was an intern. He’s a bureaucrat, not a cliinician. The MDs and DOs in Congress, including Rand Paul, have a lot more experience treating actual patients than Anthony Fauci.

        Speaking of Rand Paul, it’s telling that the mainstream media continuously refers to “Dr. Fauci,” giving him the imprimateur of medical authority, but one rarely hears Sen. Paul referred to as “Dr. Paul”.

        It’s also almost humorous to see people who have never taken a STEM course in their life or ever worked in a scientific environment say that Rep. Thomas Massie, who has two engineering degrees from MIT, can’t discuss science in an informed manner because he’s an engineer, not a biologist.

        Ask these idiots what constitutes the scientific method and why are reproducibility and the ability to be falsified important to the scientific method and you’ll get a blank look.

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        • Fred Lee

          “””
          Speaking of Rand Paul, it’s telling that the mainstream media continuously refers to “Dr. Fauci,” giving him the imprimateur of medical authority, but one rarely hears Sen. Paul referred to as “Dr. Paul”.
          “””

          It’s not at all telling of the mainstream media. It’s telling of the radical right that they would try to make an issue of a convention that has nothing to do with the current political divide.

          When referring to a Senator, in the context of their legislative duties, it is customary and expected to refer to them as Senator, not Doctor. You are trying to make a mountain out of a pimple.

          “””
          It’s also almost humorous to see people who have never taken a STEM course in their life or ever worked in a scientific environment say that Rep. Thomas Massie, who has two engineering degrees from MIT, can’t discuss science in an informed manner because he’s an engineer, not a biologist.
          “””

          Maybe I read the wrong Discords or subreddits or don’t spend enough time on facebook, but I haven’t ever seen this argument made. But to your point about Fauci, I did just check out Massie’s background. It’s not clear that he’s done a lot of science or engineering in his recent past. Personally I wouldn’t use that to disqualify his credentials, perhaps the same deference should be shown to Dr. Fauci.

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      • John Van Stry

        It’s not Ludicrous. I was there. He was pushing for it and even called for it publicly at news conferences. Oh, he didn’t CALL them concentration camps, because it was for everyone’s own good.
        But being forced by the government to live in a facility, under guard, with no way to leave? What would YOU call it?

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        • CJinSD

          Fred would call it whatever he was told to call it that morning and never remember having called it anything different the night before.

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  2. John C.

    I liked the Newsmax like Note 1 for Riverside Green. Shows the powerlessness of the current day where traditional or conservative voices have to include a caveat of allegiance to the present dogma. I wonder when the commissars that so rigidly enforce such things slipped in all around us? I hope you won’t have to ditch Tom or Bark the way Newsmax did Emerald Robinson.

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  3. Daniel J

    Just FYI….Medicare and Medicaid are saying they won’t pay to facilities that don’t have vaxxed employees. Of course nothing in regards to those on Medicaid or Medicare and their vax status.

    Sadly the federal court stay doesn’t apply to federal workers or contractors

    This is about power and control, not safety.

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  4. Norman Yarvin

    When I did some quick numbers a while ago on those thousands of VAERS deaths-after-vaccines, comparing that to the number of millions vaccinated, I found that it corresponded to a death rate so low that if this were the natural death rate, people would have a life expectancy of about a thousand years. And that was assuming that every death within a week was reported, and none after that. Which shows that’s a bad assumption: the real death rate after receiving vaccines has to be at least ten times the VAERS-reported one, and that simply from other causes of death! (If you lengthen the interval assumed, that lengthens the corresponding life expectancy even more.)

    So what do those VAERS numbers actually mean? Precious little. They’re really a tool for people at the CDC to look at and say “Gee, that’s funny, all these people are getting urgis of the fergus after getting vaxxed, and that almost never happens normally; we should investigate further.” There’s language on the VAERS form that says every death must be reported; some doctors must be complying, but obviously not most of them. (There’s also language that contradicts that, saying that only things that seem like consequences of the vaccine should be reported. In other words, your usual government mess.)

    By the way, the mRNA vaccines aren’t “gene therapy” any more than the measles vaccine or any other live vaccine is. Well, at least live vaccines for viruses: they all get RNA into your cells and use it to make proteins there. And then they die off without leaving any residue — or at least normally they do. Occasionally they mutate into something dangerous: about one in a million doses, the live polio vaccine mutates back into dangerous polio. (That’s why we’ve switched to killed-virus vaccines for polio). The mRNA vaccines are safer in that there isn’t even the slightest chance of them mutating back to danger: they only code for one small part of the virus, not the whole. They also engender immunity only to that small part, which is safer (but easier for the virus to evolve around).

    In a way it’d be nice if gene therapy really were as easy as injecting a bit of mRNA: we could solve lots of people’s genetic problems with it. But it isn’t. mRNA is evanescent in the body, and engenders too much immunity to be dosed every day or every week.

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  5. Ice Age

    The worst part of this “vaccine” business is the lack of information, coupled with Consider The Source.
    When I search for information on side effects, I get two types of responses.

    Type One is from the official/leftist websites parroting the party line: The vaccines are completely safe, stop asking questions you rube and take the shots.

    Type Two is from the conservative/libertarian websites where the sky’s always falling, the vaccines are a death sentence and by the way, buy gold.

    I hate the relentless dishonesty of party-line leftist websites, but I’m starting to think conservative op-ed journalism is actually a leftist psy-op designed to drive normal people to despair and hopelessness.

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    • Jack Baruth Post author

      The difference between Blue and Red op-eds comes in the grift. The blue stuff is paid for by corporations and your subscription fees. The red stuff is basically samizdat so it needs to be funded by vitamins, gold scams, and endless NRA style appeals.

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      • dejal

        I see point/counter-point comments all the time.

        No one has died from a jab.
        Yes they have, 10s of thousands.
        Completely safe.
        I’ve been taking Vitamin D, Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine and I haven’t got COVID.

        The jabs are 100% safe crew are willfully ignorant. The vast majority of people won’t have issues, but if you do…. The willfully ignorant ignore the fact that the stuff is wearing off way too quickly.

        The home treatment crew is touting a “Fix” where in the 1st place 98% more or less depending aren’t going to die from COVID. Taking this stuff is like Iowa creating a Dept. of Tidal Waves and when no tidal waves hit, then the Dept. was worth it. The VAERS system is a cluster. Anyone can cherry-pick any statistics they want out of it. People are catching COVID and have been fully jabbed. Everything I’ve seen still says you have about 4 times the chance of ending up in a hospital or worse if not jabbed. In Mass. about 1/3 of the population which haven’t been jabbed make up 2//3rds of ones in the hospital.

        Then you got the “I rather have natural immunity than take a jab”. Me too. Kind of extreme though to want to catch COVID so you can’t catch COVID in the future. But, if you had COVID, I’d be leery of a jab on top of it.

        Me? I posted here I have been jabbed and the reason why I was. I’m not thrilled over boosters and potential boosters of the boosters. I’m 50/50 on them. By December I fall into the 65 and you have health issues category for boosters. I think a lot of jabbed people are the same way. They might go for the 3rd one. It’s going to be tough to get people on board for over 3. Unless the 3rd is effective for at least a few years.

        Novavax isn’t going to fly, because too many staked their reputations on the new stuff because of hubris and money.

        Feel free to rip me apart. IDGAF.

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        • NoID

          If Novavax has the double win against hesitancy by being both a traditional dead-virus vaccine (it is) and being free of ties to aborted fetal tissue (I think it was developed and now produced using stem cell lines from duck embryos), then it’s a no-brainer to get it into the market. It has my interest at least…I’ve been on the fence for a while, this one could get me to jump off.

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        • Daniel J

          dejal,

          The problem with just wait until you get natural immunity is that is rolling the dice. I had Covid. The vax shot, both times, was worse than having Covid for me, outside of loosing my taste for about 3 weeks.

          I know others who had covid (some young and healthy) that came close to death or have long term effects of the virus.

          People are just terrible with risk analysis. I think everyone needs to take their own health and age into account before getting the vaccine. The analysis become very hard for those who are middle aged. There is no real need for the young to get the vax. There is absolutely a need for those over 65 to get the vax. For people from 30-65, the choice is much harder for people.

          Of course, the decision should be individual and family decision.

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      • Ice Age

        When I’d watch those commercials on where William Devane tries to sell me gold while riding his horse, I got to thinking about how we could solve two problems at once.

        Let’s take all those companies that want to SELL gold and get them in touch with all the pawn shops that want to BUY gold.

        Win-win. Everybody’s happy.

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        • John C.

          Careful ice age, putting gold buyers and sellers together is a dangerous distraction from allowing our overlords a chance at your hard earned capital by investing in cripto or high beta stocks. The casino is open.

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    • Daniel J

      I’m really not seeing this from the conservative websites I follow. Most are “talk to your doctor” types in regards to vaccines. Most I read are rarely “anti-vax” but are very much anti-mandate. I don’t follow OAN or Newsmax so maybe they are much more conspiratorial towards the vaccines.

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      • John C.

        Be careful making that distinction, because it states that it is ok for today to be anti-mandate but not anti-vax itself. Conservatives should not be in the thought police business.

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        • Daniel J

          Conservatives aren’t the ones changing the definitions of words on the fly to suit their needs.

          Neither the left or the right should be the thought police. The difference is the left gets away with it because they own culture.

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    • Fred Lee

      There are /countless/ white-papers and studies readily available.

      The problem is not insufficient information. The problem is the decision by many to label research as “leftist”, simply because they disagree with the universal conclusion among researchers that the vaccines save lives.

      I’m all for “doing your own research”, but when that means reading articles on OAN that you saw on Facebook, instead of reading articles on CDNN that you saw on Facebook (well, you didn’t because their algorithm didn’t show you those “leftist” articles), sorry that doesn’t qualify. The research is out there. It’s not hard to find.

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      • silentsod

        Do they save lives if you administer it to children who are at zero risk of severe outcomes from COVID and at actual risk of death or serious injury for the feels good of a vaccine which rapidly deteriorates in effectivity and does not stop infection or transmission? The shots were oversold and they keep pushing them and endless boosters even though each individual event means taking on additional risk.

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        • silentsod

          Should have specified children are at serious risk of injury or death from vaccine side effects which occur at curiously high rates compared to normal mass vaccinations applied to kids.

          Mind getting ahead of my fingers too often.

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  6. Widgetsltd

    So you’d rather have your spike proteins made by moth cells, as in Novavax, rather than your own cells? What’s the problem with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine then? It uses a disabled adenovirus to deliver the message. FWIW – Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have not harmed me in any way that I can discern. Meanwhile, in California’s rural Central Valley, the hospitals are very busy with mostly non-vaccinated COVID patients.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-13/la-me-san-joaquin-valley-covid-surge%3f_amp=true

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    • Jack Baruth Post author

      Dave Chappelle’s J&J joke aside, from what I can see the Novavax is more effective than J&J against Delta and other variants while having less risk of clotting.

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      • Mike

        The only risk of clotting found with the J&J shot was for women of childbearing age, and even then int was roughly 1/1,000,000. There was also a small fiasco early on with some of the production of it being tainted. There’s been almost no news about it since.

        One other fly in the ointment for the shots is the current development of effective treatments for the 19 Plague. Sure, you still get sick, but you pop a pill (preferably OTC) and it goes away. There’s some thought that says “the mandates” are going to get knocked down by the courts, and the current Administration will spin it as “well, we’ve got all these great treatments now, so really, no need to mandate the shots…which are still completely safe and effective, by the way, and you should totally get them, and mask up afterwards, because you wouldn’t want to get sick after getting the shot…”

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      • yossarian

        The j&j is based on a gmo virus/spike protein for those that care. I believe i had a mild case of covid early on. When i was faced with losing my job if i didn’t “the jab,” i j&jed in august after prepping myself for weeks on a cocktail of supplements (c,d,querctin,bromelain, nac, etc.). So far, so good… knock on wood. Meanwhile, my family is at war with ourselves over this which is of course the whole point.

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    • Eric L.

      Widgets, what do you do when someone sends you the same fear-mongering news links (from non-mainstream publications) about the surges in Israel, Iceland, Singapore, and other heavily, heavily vaccinated countries?

      I left San Diego for Boise in The Great WuFlu Migration 2020-2022. Many concerned friends text me in early October because the MSM gravely informed them everyone in Idaho had died. Because we don’t wear masks and, gasp, barely more than half the state has opted for the jab. I thanked them for their concern and turned back to skimming CarGurus to find a nice, lifted F-150 Raptor to drive over all the corpses littering my street.

      No, Widgets, I’m just kidding. I don’t actually know an Idahoan who’s died with Covid. But given how many are vaccinated, I’m sure we’ll chalk up some nice deaths later this influenza season.

      But my wife’s now convinced we probably got The Covid sometime this fall. Her sense of smell has been off for a few weeks. I got sick to my stomach maybe a month ago and had a headache after the vomiting and diarrhea stopped. Was that The Covid, Widgets, or merely dehydration? It’s such a fascinating chimera, any symptom you get is officially a sign of The Covid.

      I eagerly await a more properly engineered virus to wipe out more of mankind. (https://www.esv.org/Revelation+15/) I’m getting rusty, but I believe a global pandemic, unrelated to the seven final plagues/”bowls of God’s wrath”, wipes out close to a third of the world before the final judgments.

      Oh, and for everyone who keeps nattering on about the creepy mRNA injections being the mark of the beast? The mark of the beast is brought by the second beast/anti-Christ. The more Pope-ish one who works miracles, not the first one who’s more a Gavin Newsom. I’m confident we don’t have Beast 1, so there’s not yet a mark of the Beast, as he’s not here. BUT this is a pretty sweet prelude to the actual mark, right? Way more interesting than SSNs.

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  7. rpn453

    Lately, my favorite sources of material on the subject have been substack authors. A few samples:

    https://eugyppius.substack.com/p/more-on-original-antigenic-sin-and

    https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/the-french-are-correct-to-stop-using

    https://popularrationalism.substack.com/p/the-argument-over-natural-immunity

    https://igorchudov.substack.com/p/uk-death-protection-accelerates-downward

    https://tobyrogers.substack.com/p/what-is-the-number-needed-to-vaccinate

    My family has natural, sterilizing immunity as of September. We will not be needing anything more than that. An array of both cold and flu symptoms, but all very mild. The most notable symptom was the complete loss of taste and smell for four days – no congestion involved – with one exception: the air was smoky from forest fires at the time, and somehow that smelled strongly of vanilla and cream soda to both me and my wife. I didn’t even know it was smoke until my buddy informed me.

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  8. hank chinaski

    Follow the money. The revolving door between business and regulators spins just as fast for pharma as it does for the financial industry. You won’t be seeing 3AM ads for personal injury attorneys like you did for vioxx and fen-phen. They were smart enough to indemnify themselves first this time.

    Supposedly Pfizer’s new wonder drug is a lightly breathed on Ivermectin. Change an inert side branch somewhere and *poof*, new patent.

    ‘Marilyn’ looks sharp in 30AE colors.
    An RF that didn’t fare so well, but saved its driver’s hide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5YG08C2ABE

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  9. Athos

    Shortly after the world started going to shit last year, May or June last year, I went and had a read of a website called EMCRIT. And read, then read some more… At the end of some days going through that I concluded that this virus is a serious matter, that needs to be tackled on since contagion and that leaving it untreated in your body was asking for trouble up to and including death. To this day it never ceases to amaze me that early treatment is nowhere to be seen in the pandemic response. Not in the media, not in the government websites. It is also interesting that apparently there are no cheap drugs that can be used for treatment.

    That website and some others I have read more recently is how we decided our own “strategy”. We keep some cold/flu medications ALWAYS in stock and tackle the lightest sniffle right on. More recently we have added vitamin D and C to the mix based on the medicine package handed over in some Central American countries. Sadly, we cannot buy ivermictin to use as treatment here.

    The reason is that down here, ivermicting is illegal to buy over the counter and the doctor would need to prove beyond doubt that such treatment is required before making the prescription. If the good doctor’s diagnosis has a whiff of doubt, they could lose their license. Something even more draconian is happening with those granting medical exceptions for the jab as one doctor was raided recently without a warrant and his records seized.

    Unless you have F-U money, there is really no choice. You either get “the jab” or starve. That’s it. As you can see is your choice, it’s not mandatory by any means. In Austria you are now formally to be imprisioned at home if not jabbed. In some Asian countries they’ll jab you at gunpoint if necessary. Some health ministers, like NSW’s, have even laughed in the face of people waiting for Novavax, because we’re bursting with pfizer stock.

    You wouldn’t buy a product in its early stages of development as it would be likely plagged with issues. On the same logic, “the jab” testing, development and approval process leaves something to be desired. So in my assessment, the risk seems to be bigger than the reward. I have heard the pro argument from a good doctor, that showed there are around 50 available worldwide. I have though come to grips that I will have to take one at some point, because really you got no choice, and hopefully can wait enough to have a go at this new one, when they finally approve it here, if they do.

    I many times wonder what do TPTB actually want. Me think that is the key question here.

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    • yossarian

      You can get ivermectin sent by post from india. Also, there are lots of reports of people successfully treating covid with hydrogen peroxide and a nebulizer. Not a doctor… just suggesting.

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  10. Jeff Weimer

    Since I’ve been vaxxed since Jan/Feb (I’m not saying before it was politicized because all the vax mandaters declared they would refuse it before they decided people should be jailed/destroyed for not taking it), I’m open to Novavax as a “booster” as it’s fundamentally different than the mRNA vaccines, thus having a different, likely complementary, mechanism for protection.

    Belt and suspenders.

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  11. bluebarchetta

    Two Miata pieces to read on a cold Monday morning. Thanks for that.

    I’ve heard more than a few conservatives express a belief that there must be something malicious in The Jab (digital trackers, bioweaponry, etc) or the Powers that Be wouldn’t push it so hard. And I say “No, it’s just the money. You accept that an underclass thug would shoot you for $50 and you iPhone. What do you think Pfizer would do for $2,000,000,000 profit in 90 days?” Glad to hear I’m not the only one who thinks The Jab is not the Mark of the Beast – just an old-fashioned Mafia-style protection scam. Big Pharma buys the politicians; the politicians require The Jab.

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    • Jack Baruth Post author

      I would further say that there is no “air gap” or “missing link” in the COVID story that requires an authentic conspiracy. It seems obvious that the virus was bioengineered as part of some US-supported research that probably had some unpleasant people involved but which also had at least the pretense of future medical benefits. The response has been shaped by the powerful people who don’t want to let a crisis go to waste. The vaccines were made with profit in mind and no more thought for long term health than the Sacklers devoted to their OxyContin program.

      The wealthy have thrived because their assets are inflation-adjusted. The poor have suffered because there’s been less work to be had. The middle class has been systematically milked for a trillion dollars, which happens every time there’s a financial crisis of any sort.

      The Blue Tribe has an emotional attachment to COVID because it allows them to exercise some power and control over the people they don’t like. The environmentalists want to use it for a Great Reset. The Red Tribe fundamentally distrusts the people who have benefited most from COVID and have allowed that to color how they see the data.

      Oh, and every health system in America tacks COVID19 onto every death possible because it turns money-loser Medicaid deaths into profitable transactions.

      It’s like watching flies cluster around a dog turd. There was no fly conspiracy to eat the shit. It’s just what they’re all individually compelled to do and from a distance it looks coordinated.

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      • Disinterested-Observer

        “Oh, and every health system in America tacks COVID19 onto every death possible because it turns money-loser Medicaid deaths into profitable transactions.”

        Ultimately this is the reason why people with an ounce of sense are suspicious. The vast, I mean vast, majority of COVID deaths had comorbidities, even if that comorbidity is just being old. Colin Powell didn’t die from covid, he died because he was 84 years old, 14 years past his three-score and ten. If I make it to 84 I will feel like I left money on the table.

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        • stingray65

          Colin Powell died from Cancer with Covid, approximately 12 years beyond the average expected lifespan of a US black male.

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      • yossarian

        Oh, and every health system in America tacks COVID19 onto every death possible because it turns money-loser Medicaid deaths into profitable transactions.”

        The hospitals in nyc that were overrun in march 2020 were public hospitals in poor neighborhoods. The hospital emergency rooms in manhattan less than 5 miles away never even got crowded. I personally witnessed this. The javits center and the hospital ship never saw covid patients. I witnessed empty ambulances parked in front of them and manhattan hospitals the whole time.

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      • Vladimir B

        The blue tribe also loves the virus since they FUCKING LOVE SCIENCE. Being loudly pro-vax not only has the benefit of sticking it to the great unwashed but also in the name of SCIENCE as well. It’s a twofer.

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          • Disinterested-Observer

            I fucking love data analysis! I fucking love experiment design! I fucking love grant writing! I especially fucking love the part of grant writing where my fucking proposed experiment has a fucking foregone conclusion that coincides with whatever fucking result the money people want my fucking experiment to confirm!

            I like to think I am somewhere in the middle of the Dunning-Kroger curve. I hope I am not wrong. I think that given a couple of minutes or a couple of days most experiments could be explained to me. I make no such claims about higher level math. However if you are talking about something in the physical world, I think I have enough processing power that someone as smart as, say, Dick Feynman could probably explain it to me. I know plenty of people who you can’t explain the Milikan oil drop experiment to, but they FUCKING LOVE SCIENCE!

      • bluebarchetta

        NA Smurf. It’s a nice fair-weather daily – looks showroom new from 10 feet, but up close you see the little dings from 30 years and 135k miles. I’ve autocrossed it a few seasons, but I can’t seem to bring myself to drill holes in it and install a jungle gym behind the seats so I can do track days with it. A brilliant blue barchetta from a better, vanished time.

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        • hank chinaski

          Smurfs are best blue Miatas. Honorable mention for 10AE. Other than ‘Winning’ most of the other blues lean too black, grey or green.

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  12. Dan

    When their vaccine push is a caricature of clumsy lies and contradiction that no thinking person could credit there are two possible explanations.

    1. Our oligarchy wants you, their political opponents, to get vaccinated. This insult to your intelligence delivered by people who openly hate you was the best PR campaign that they could come up with. Most of a year of you not buying it later their response is to double down. It’s so ineffective because they’re stupid.

    2. Our oligarchy doesn’t want you to get the vaccine.

    Take your pick.

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  13. stingray65

    The CDC head would not answer the question she received during Congressional testimony recently about how many CDC employees had taken the jab, which I assume means the answer is well below 100%. Hospitals are also very short staffed because so many nurses and doctors refuse to take the mandated jab and have been fired/put on leave. In other words, the people who are closest to Covid and the vaccines are not on 100% on board, but senile 80 year old Biden and Fauci are.

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  14. Dirty Dingus McGee

    So far I remain jab free, and will stay that way for a while longer. I have taken no extraordinary precautions beyond the face diaper, grudgingly, when it’s required.I have been in fairly close contact with folks who have had the virus and came thru fine, and in fairly close contact with folks who have had it and didn’t survive.I have underlying health issues, Type 2 diabetic (diagnosed earlier this year), COPD, and rapid heartbeat (90+ at rest) as do many in my age group (60+). In recent years I have went onto a high vitamin intake and some diet changes which seemed to lower my blood pressure, and weight, to a reasonable level. The Type 2 diagnosis changed my diet further, resulting in further weight loss ( my weight now starts with a 1 instead of a 2). Today I’m probably in better health than anytime in the last 10 years.

    Am I the picture of health? Hell no but I have yet to have a positive test for the virus, even given my extensive contact with folks from all over the USA in my travels. The issue I have with the jab, to date, is that even for folks in my age group the survival rate from the virus is still well over 90%. I have a higher chance of getting squashed by a bus in my frequent commutes into any urban area. As time has gone by and more of the side effects of the jab are coming to light, it reinforces my decision to avoid it for a while longer. If/when it gets to the point where I have to “show my papers” proving I have had the jab to shop, travel, or pretty much do anything, then this country is lost. We will have become what communist countries, and some supposed free ones(see Australia) are.

    I have never been a believer in conspiracy theories, Illuminati,New World Order, etc, but this jab madness does make one wonder.Are TPTB really trying to create 2 separate classes of people? When you see our “leaders” disregarding their mandates they are trying to force on the rest of us, it does make you go hmmmmm.As a quick example; why is the USPS exempt from the jab mandate but not the military? Why are citizens being forced to get the jab, but not illegal immigrants that are then being flown to cities across the country?

    As I said, makes you go hmmmmm.

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    • stingray65

      Glad to hear you have adopted a healthier diet and that it is having a positive effect on your health and a negative effect on your weight (as in going down). When you look at the Covid statistics and see that the massive majority of serious Covid cases involve obese people with other often obesity related health conditions, and you look at the obesity statistics going up around the world, it seems strange the the medical establishment and CDC have not put more emphasis on getting people to eat healthier, take vitamins (especially D and zinc), and exercise. In fact, official policy has been the opposite as lock-downs have forced people to hibernate inside and eat, while gyms are closed and police have been out in some areas to arrest joggers and kids playing the park. Perhaps the politicians are not only trying to protect pharmaceutical profits with their jab mandates, but also Coke, Pringles, and Mars profits with their lockdowns policies.

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  15. silentsod

    I find the mandate business distasteful at best and evil at worst. In the name of public health we’ll put you out of a job and make you and your family starve for a disease which is mild to most of the population.

    I don’t know if it’s schoolmarm bureaucrats running the show and thinking they have to take care of everyone; people are afraid to admit to error; or what’s going on but it certainly isn’t rational and it certainly isn’t pursuing a realistic health goal (what is the goal, anyway?). It would have made far more sense to implement a nationwide morning exercise routine and diet shift. If the top comorbidities all center around people being fat then it is wise to increase the health of the nation directly. Instead we get endless medical interventions and big $$.

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    • stingray65

      Hey – who needs, nurses, doctors, firefighters, police, military, pilots, or truck drivers – fire their asses if they don’t comply with the jab mandate – we can’t have them infecting all new residents arriving daily from south of the border who will be happy to replace them.

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  16. Fred Lee

    There is much to think about in this post. Important for context: Approximately 1 out of 500 Americans has died from Coronavirus.

    First, the Novavax vaccine does sound promising! One needn’t disparage the existing vaccines to acknowledge that. One should at least, in the interest of intellectual integrity, acknowledge that it comes a year later than the original vaccines. The availability of other vaccines, even if ultimately less effective than Novavax (from what I’m seeing, the effectiveness of Novavax against variants is still being determined, but it’s reasonable to be optimistic), has likely saved scores of thousands of lives in the US alone.

    It’s tough to believe the conspiracy theories you propose about Novavax. Novavax is not available in the US in part because it has not even /applied/ to be available in the US, apparently because of production and quality problems. The reality is as of today Novavax is not authorized for use /anywhere/, though that will change soon. This is not a case of The Deep State holding it back because of some evil plot to control humanity via MRNA vaccines. It’s simply a case of a smaller company taking a longer time to develop their vaccine, test the vaccine, and manufacture the vaccine. Yes, that slowed the whole timeline down.

    This is not a case of a giant conspiracy theory. It is a case of first-to-market and very effective, and then second-to-market (third? fourth? hard to keep track these days) and hopefully even more effective.

    There is a disheartening desire on both extremes of the political spectrum to read entire novels between the lines, when the most likely and obvious answer is right there in black and white. Here’s the most likely answer: Novavax was developed long after Pfizer/Moderna et al. It was developed by a small company without an ability to quickly ramp up testing and production. When they did ramp up production, they had quality control problems, thus /even Novavax/ didn’t think their vaccines were ready for primetime. Those issues are now being resolved, and the company is now applying for and likely soon receiving approvals.

    No need to accuse Biden of wanting to kill the reds. No need to claim with zero evidence that The Deep State wants Pfizer to be rich. Sometimes, in fact usually, there is no big conspiracy.

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    • Daniel J

      The FDA is slow, period.

      https://fee.org/articles/the-fda-is-holding-up-potentially-life-saving-covid-treatments/

      1/500 is about the same number of people who die from heart disease every year. Where’s that paranoia at from the left and left wing media? Simply put, politicians won’t get re-elected if they tell their voters they are fat and unhealthy, and that they need to make better choices to combat this virus, along with having their own choice about getting the vaccines.

      While I agree that the vaccinations have possibly saved lives, it’s also very disingenuous how the media and the left have portrayed the vaccines. When it comes to children and the vaccines, its like the sky is falling, when in fact children are 20x more likely to die drowning or 10x more likely to die in an auto accident.

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      • Fred Lee

        Regarding heart disease:

        The vast majority of death from COVID is, today, easily preventable. That is not true of heart disease.

        COVID spreads from person to person. That is not true of heart disease.

        COVID left untamed mutates and may become more deadly. That is not true of heart disease.

        Comparing the two is a bit silly. This graph tells an interesting story, particularly given that COVID
        https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7014e1.htm
        https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/figures/mm7014e1-F1.gif

        As does this one:
        https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/figures/mm7014e1-F2.gif

        Imagine if we could prevent cancer or heart disease with a vaccine? Sensible people would be falling all over themselves to get it.

        All that said, I do agree that any alleged hysteria about impact specifically to children from coronavirus is likely mis-placed. Concern about children as a vector for spread is certainly much less misplaced. It’s likely that these concerns would be allayed if the overall vaccination rate were higher.

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          • trollson

            > Heart disease isn’t preventable? What?

            LOL I had the same reaction. When trying to convince people of something it’s usually not wise to open with a salvo of bullshit.

        • Newbie Jeff

          “Important for context: Approximately 1 out of 500 Americans has died from Coronavirus”

          Well, first, let’s add context to your context… 1/500 is the TOTAL number of deaths over a pandemic that is now officially 21 months old. Comparison to annual (that would be 12 month) heart disease/cancer death rates is a sleight of hand debate tactic that falsely projects Covid-19 as a higher death rate. Even the CDC itself reports the 2020 Covid-19 death rate as 91.5/100k, or about 1/1,100…

          “The vast majority of death from COVID is, today, easily preventable”

          Is it really though? Time for more context… also from the CDC’s own website: “COVID-19 death rates were highest among adults aged ≥85 years”… so the global crisis of the century is a virus that kills elderly and very sick people? Can we really say for certain that these people were denied decades of fulfilling existence because of coronavirus? I know, I know… a statistically miniscule number of younger people have died of Covid-19, that can’t be denied, and this is the point in the discussion where the Fred Lee’s crap their pants. But here’s some more context: the “remedies” we have implemented have been immensely destructive to our society… politically, logistically, economically, financially, and socially. We have very nearly destroyed the United States over this and there’s no indication that we’re recovering from these “remedies”… So yes, people died because of coronavirus, but life has turned pretty miserable for all of us Covid-19 “survivors”…

          This may seem like I’m calloused towards my fellow Americans dying, and maybe I am, but death is an inevitable part of life. It’s just reality… and that reality is coming for all of us sooner or later… 500 out of 500. If I live to be 85, don’t despair over my cause of death, raise a beer and toast the lengthy and distinguished existence of Newbie Jeff.

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          • hank chinaski

            You can’t have a ‘Great Reset’ without a fabricated destruction of society. Stalin’s omelet/eggs quote springs to mind.

            Another significant possibly related secondary effect are the recent spike in traffic fatalities per mile driven. It’s multifactorial of course, but I’d wager a significant portion are related to SotB DUI enthusiasts, legalized pot, and overall decreased police enforcement after the summer of love and Chauvin trials.

            Covid19, like the corona viruses before it and most similar viruses in general, become less virulent as they eventually become endemic. The societal damage was intentional and unnecessary.

  17. CliffG

    I think we need a new word. A word that would describe an organization that is ostensibly not corrupt (i.e. FBI, FDA) but continually acts in a way that looks corrupt. I am sure there is a German word for it, but that would take six syllables. I am being charitable in presuming they are not corrupt to their core, and admit, like many government agencies probably just need to be completely disbanded and rebuilt from the ground up. Imagine being a $90K a year FBI agent, all kitted up in your fancy gear, vest, MP5 on burst, Glock and two mags ready to go, rolling down the street in your MRAP, just to end up a some apartment to burst in and grab…..a diary written by the President’s daughter. Wow, what a service to your country! You must be so proud.

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    • stingray65

      Well, as an FBI agent you could also be proud of withholding exculpatory evidence from Michael Flynn’s lawyers, or Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers, or the Jan 6 protesters lawyers. Or you could be proud for the FBI role in the fake Russia-gate scandal and willingness of the FBI to overlook the crimes of Hillary Clinton and her cronies, or the crimes of Hunter Biden and his cronies, or the crimes of Zuckerberg and Soros in buying fraudulent votes to elect the senile old fool currently in the White House. So much to be proud of at the FBI!!!

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    • Ronnie Schreiber

      The Biden diary and the leaking to the New York Times of Project Veritas’ privileged communications with their attorneys (while PV is suing the NYT) shows that the DoJ and FBI are now functioning as the enforcement arm of the Democratic Party.

      Are there any honest FBI or DoJ employees at this point?

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      • Dirty Dingus McGee

        “Are there any honest FBI or DoJ employees at this point?”

        Given the history of the FBI, I wonder if there EVER was any honesty in the entire organization. And the rest of the alphabet gangs have learned well from them.

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  18. Eric L.

    I recently started a new job working for a $2B fintech startup that makes a debit card for kids, headquartered in a skyscraper in downtown Atlanta. You’ve seen their YouTube ads[0].

    They added a “No proof of jab, no being around coworkers in the office or at company events” requirement between me signing the offer, resigning from my last job, and starting this one. My boss insists I won’t be fired for not having the proper papers, but that the company is also serious about the issue.

    Apparently, an unvaccinated engineering manager attended an event this fall and some vaccinated millenial snowflake devs were present. The snowflakes somehow knew the EM wasn’t vaccinated and told HR, “Never let this happen again, or we’re quitting.” HR (and senior leadership, I assume) decided there are more snowflakes than anti-snowflakes such as myself. So the edict came down: Unvaxxed are not permitted in the gleaming skyscraper. Or at bars around downtown Atlanta at company events. It’s too risky. A quitting snowflake can’t be replaced in this brutal labor market.

    Makes perfect sense to me, after I conquered the panic of realizing I have no future with this company as I won’t be permitted to attend mid-level managerial meetings in meatspace; seriously limiting whatever opportunities for ladder-climbing existed before that mandate came down.

    Ah, well. Best to learn from big companies and take that back to more nimble organizations in the future.

    [0] Please install Firefox and use the uBlock Origin ad blocker so you don’t see YT ads.

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    • CJinSD

      Are you talking about a company that starts with a G? I know someone who works for them in Atlanta. He’s middle aged, but he drinks so much Kool-Aid that he’s been rewarded with a trans-kid for his ideological rigor.

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      • Eric L.

        Hey, that’s the one! The whole 6-degrees thing really holds true, huh? I’ve been tip-toeing through the wokeness here, using it as a trial run for harder challenges to come. The term for non-male employees at this place is apparently `womxn` because the feminist term `womyn` from the 70s/80s(?) must be too exclusionary in Current Times.

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        • CJinSD

          It’s enough to make one wonder whether giving children debit cards rather than a work ethic isn’t meant to prepare them for a smooth transition from parental support to an entitlement program.

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    • Dirty Dingus McGee

      I know a guy, who knows a guy in Midtown, that can get a document showing that you have been jabbed. Jabbed for anything you want, up to anthrax.

      That is, if you really want to stay at that job. Me, I would forward a link to the old Johnny Paycheck song as my resignation.

      What I’m having trouble wrapping my head around is how unjabbed me is a danger to jabbed “you”? Are you saying that your vaccination doesn’t work? If that’s the case, why the big fuss about making everyone get it?

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      • Eric L.

        I go back and forth on that, Dingus. Like, if Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (aka Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) built cool busts of themselves kneeling before Nebby II’s image… what would that have meant? They’re pretending to go along with a pagan degree that conflicts with God’s law, but simultaneously committing an act of deceit. Which is against God’s law. Ultimately, I am instructed to trust in the omnioptent God I worship. If that means I fear man more than God, and buy fake vaccination documents, I’m doing something wrong. I don’t truly believe God is omnipotent and has His best interests in mind, which coincide with my best eternal interests.

        In regards to how the unvaccinated endanger the vaccinated, no one, literally no one has a coherent answer to that. The best I’ve heard, from an engineer working for me, is “Well, the vaccine is only 95% effective, so 95% * 1 unvaccinated person = 0.95% chance of getting the virus. But 95% * another 95% vaccinated person = ~.9% chance of getting the virus.”

        Yes, I understand that’s not what 95% effective means and that logic is totally warped in several key areas. But, I mean, at least the guy is trying his best to explain why he keeps hearing that unvaccinated people are dangerous to him. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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      • Keith

        I won’t be compelled to lie.

        Refuse every test and refuse every mandate. Make them fire you. If things take a turn for the better you’ll be getting a large payout.

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    • Fred Lee

      From your description of the scenario, it’s really tough to tell which group is actually the snowflakes.

      But OK, if you want to call those who believe in civic responsibility (something that used to be a core tenet of conservatism, by the way) “snowflakes”, it’s only fair to call anti-vaxxers death-cult members.

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  19. coreytrevor

    Jack, always love your writing but sometimes you get a bit hysterical.

    “But I should also note, for the sake of accuracy, that only six percent of “COVID-19 deaths” occur in patients with no other co-morbidities, meaning that it’s been the sole cause of death for fewer than 315,000 Americans, or under one in one thousand.)”

    The problem is basically everyone has some co-morbidity when you look at the % of people overweight or having high blood pressure or something like that. So that’s not really an argument against the lethality of covid. Sorry to nitpick this, but I notice the same people who lost their minds over 3,000 people dying in a terrorist attack are the same ones shrugging off hundreds of times more deaths as just a fact of life/acceptable losses.

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    • Jeff Weimer

      We shrug off similar numbers of deaths as a fact of life for lots of things, including the regular flu. Thinking we can do that with COVID is a fool’s errand.

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      • coreytrevor

        Annual flu deaths are not similar, they’re like 10x less than covid.

        But yeah it’s a matter of politicization. 3k 9/11 deaths was useful for furthering GW’s foreign policy ambitions, and Trump shrugging off half a million covid deaths was helpful to his election prospects.

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        • stingray65

          94% of Covid fatalities have been some serious combination of serious co-morbidities “with Covid” and an average age over 80, and 6% of the deaths are “of Covid”. If you plug in 6%, the figures are not nearly so scary.

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          • coreytrevor

            But my point is when a huge percentage of people have these co-morbidities, so it’s not like a “no normal people are affected”. The average person isn’t in tip top shape. 137k people between 50-65 died as well, and you can’t just say “oh it’s because of *insert factor*” because excess deaths over previous non-covid years align almost perfectly with reported covid deaths. If anything they’ve slightly undercounted. Just because diabetes or obesity might eventually kill them, if they died 5-10 years earlier while positive for covid, that’s still a covid death, not a diabetes death because that’s how we look at lifespan philosphically.

          • stingray65

            Yes because of modern medicine and low fertility rates we now have much larger proportions of old/obese/sick who in past generations would be dead because of illnesses/unhealthy lifestyles/accidents that are now treatable and allow people to live longer, but something is going to get us all in the end. Trying to hide from a virus by locking down entire populations was never going to save those who were already on borrowed time, and no vaccine in history has been very effective against Covid type viruses so asking people with natural immunity, or who have little or nothing to fear from Covid (i.e. anyone healthy under 60/65) to take the jab or be fired/canceled/locked away is crazy – but then again Leftism is a mental illness.

      • Fred Lee

        Why will this mis-information not die?

        It’s been 18 months since one could credibly make the claim that “Covid isn’t any worse than the flu”.

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    • hank chinaski

      Yes, this. The US skews old and obese as does its most influential and vocal demographic. That said, the most fervent Covidians are decidedly the 30-60 y.o. ‘Karens’, and the countries and states where they hold power suffer the most for it. Even Handsy Andy, when he eased the lockdowns in NY, was gutsy enough to state that the jabbed shouldn’t fear the unjabbed, before he was hurled into the void.
      Morbid though it may be, a substantial of nursing home residents have always been likely to die of any cause within a year of entering, before covid (mostly flu or pneumonia) after covid.

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    • CJinSD

      “Sorry to nitpick this, but I notice the same people who lost their minds over 3,000 people dying in a terrorist attack are the same ones shrugging off hundreds of times more deaths as just a fact of life/acceptable losses.”

      Things might have been different if the media had truthfully reported the origins of the viral attack and our government wasn’t full of their conspirators.

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    • Jack Baruth Post author

      You’re correct — in a system where health data is accurately reported and is not influenced by the way hospitals are paid for dead bodies.

      The authentic mystery of the 94% is: How many of them died FROM the virus, and how many died WITH the virus? It’s been widely reported that George Floyd was COVID positive when he died. Had his death occurred away from the cameras, would he be just another COVID statistic? My brother and I lost our grandmother a few months ago. She was COVID positive at time of death. She was also in her late nineties and suffering from several other issues. I have zero doubt that she was recorded as a COVID death, but under any truly ethical standard she wouldn’t have been counted.

      In any event, if we could answer that question we’d know how serious COVID truly is. The fair and independent news media won’t help; they have consistently mis-reported the HOSPITALS ARE FULL story because it gets clicks and eyeballs, even if it is rarely true.

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      • coreytrevor

        Well but how do we rule out that she may have lived another year or 10 or whatever if covid did not exist? In a sample size of 1, we can’t, it’s pure speculation, but over the entire country’s population we can make broad conclusions about how deadly covid is through excess deaths.

        Anyway, as soon as it became clear that the vaccine doesn’t stop the spread super effectively the argument for vaccine mandates became wrong and it did turn into a personal choice matter. Previously, before this knowledge was a given, like 9 months ago, anyone arguing against the concept of vaccine mandates was a libertarian baby. I do believe this, and will continue to, though my thoughts have evolved with the situation. Same with people who are still denying its deadliness.

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        • coreytrevor

          That’s been debunked.

          I’m willing to evolve my thoughts on things like vaccine mandates (was for, now against), can you shift from a pre-packaged narrative developed for you by someone else?

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    • Panzer

      One of those things was an act of war and a direct assault on our way of life by the number one hit squad of a large chunk of a 1.6 billion strong cult founded by a warlord pedo whose favourite wife was a six year old girl. It was a direct political challenge that had to be answered.

      The other thing is a disease that can’t be reasonably controlled (we here in New Zealand are an isolated island nation of four million and even we gave up, because eradicating this disease would mean locking down 4 months of every year) but only mitigated at best.

      So yes, the conservative reaction to both of those -different- things is entirely justified.

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  20. Jeff Weimer

    There seems to be a widespread acting assumption that the unvaccinated are 100% infected and 100% contagious.

    No, I don’t understand that, either.

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  21. JMcG

    I’m vaccinated. I’m on the fence about the booster. The numbers from the Irish Health Service as of this morning, as posted on the Midwest Radio Website:
    606 People have died of Covid between April 1 and November 6, 2021.
    292 of those who died were fully vaccinated.
    72% of those deaths had an underlying medical condition.
    Average age of death was 80.
    No other stats reported.
    Ireland is >89% fully vaccinated for people over 12.
    They are currently experiencing a huge increase in new cases and hospitalizations.

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    • CJinSD

      You don’t need to have a one hundred and fifty-two IQ(my lowest ever score) to understand that whatever the big pharma vaccines do, it isn’t protecting you from COVID. When do we stop putting up with the accusations of being the baddies from the people who embrace censorship and overt lies?

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