We did a couple of posts the other day
Is Trump Derangement Syndrome A Killer?
It's Perfect! Fauci Adopts Egg-On-Face Look!
on the famous--but fraudulent--HCQ "study" that was the basis for one more spasm of Trump Derangement Syndrome in the MSM. The claim was that Trump was recommending a medicine--HCQ--that could kill you, as Neil Cavuto hysterically proclaimed. Mind you, HCQ is one of the most widely used medications in the world today and has been approved by the FDA as safe for over 60 years. That might have been considered to be a clue, by the peer reviewers at most most scientific journals. Nevertheless, the "study" was published by two of the most prestigious "peer reviewed" medical journals in the world: The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.
It turned out that the "study" was based on the authority of a Sci-Fi writer and a porn model. Which really makes you wonder about how "peer review" is done at these storied "medical" journals.
Just as delicious, the expose was done by the far Left The Guardian, which wrote:
A peer-reviewed Lancet study claimed that Surgisphere culled data from nearly 15,000 COVID-19 patients from 1,200 hospitals around the world. There is no evidence that it collected any data from anyone.
The other night Tucker Carlson interviewed Dr. Marc Siegal about the fraudulent HCQ "study" as well as about a story I saw coming out of Italy earlier in the week. I can't provide the scientific details, but Siegal says the reports have been seconded by sources in the US, as well. The idea is that the Sars COV-2 virus is "weakening"--good news that the news media doesn't seem to want to get out to widely. According to Siegal, this development is fairly typical for viruses:
Siegel also addressed that doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) said Thursday that the coronavirus appears to be declining both in virulence and in its infection rate.
"The virus appears to be getting milder. People who are being admitted have milder symptoms. We heard the same thing out of northern Italy," Siegel said. "And guess what? I have been hearing the same thing from many doctors here in New York City over the past week or two."
Siegel told Carlson his theory on why the virus may be mellowing.
"Viruses, like anything else, want to survive. Now, I'm not sure yet that this is the case, but as viruses mutate over time, they want to get more used to the human host. They want to be able to spread more easily," Siegel said. "And if they kill the host, they can't spread. So they tend to mutate in the direction of becoming milder. It looks like this may be happening here."
And yet many Blue politicians are trying to prolong the lockdowns in their jurisdictions. With that in mind, this seems like the perfect place to quote from an excellent Don Surber blog that caught my eye a few days ago--Covid-19's big winners are the globalists:
Conventional wisdom is covid-19 hurt the globalists because people are starting to call Red China "Red China" again. But Jim Cramer followed the money. The lockdowns helped big business.
CNBC reported, "The corona virus pandemic and corresponding lockdown made way for 'one of the greatest wealth transfers in history,' CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Thursday.
"The stock market is rising as big business rebounds from state-ordered stoppage of nonessential activity, while small businesses drop like flies, the Mad Money host said.
The post said, "Tanking the economy actually helps Corporate America (which sides with Democrats) because it drives its competition out of business. While the mom-and-pop stores shuttered, Amazon flourished."
I know most readers realize covid-19 was overblown. Yes, it is a horrible disease that killed many an old person. But the threat never justified a national shutdown.
But politicians and their corporate allies feed on fear.
Fear is a powerful weapon. It just caused cops and National Guardsmen to bow before the marauding mob of riots and looters in city after city.
In fairness, I'd say that the cops and National Guard didn't bow out of fear--they were following orders from the politicians. Hopefully the American people are making a list of those responsible and will make them pay for this come November. There is no doubt in my mind that--whatever the origins of each recent crisis, whether the incidents were real or manufactured--this has all become part of what Carlson described so well recently. The appeals to fear have nothing to do with protecting our health anymore, nothing to do with justice:
In everything they do, their overriding goal is to remove Donald Trump from office. And that's exactly what they're trying to do now. That's what these riots are about. The most privileged in our society are using the most desperate in our society to seize power from everyone else.
Got that? That's the nub of it. The most privileged are using the most desperate to seize power from the rest of us. They are not seeking racial justice. If they were seeking racial justice, they wouldn't be denouncing their fellow Americans for their race, which they are. It has nothing to do with it.
What they are seeking is total control of the country. And it goes without saying that none of this has anything to do with George Floyd. Shame on those who pretended that it did -- those who fell for the lie and those who knew better but played along because they are cowards. There are many of those. You know who they are, and someday we will look back on all of them with contempt.
Meanwhile, the many people promoting this chaos remain clear-eyed. They are not lying to themselves. They never do. They know exactly what's going on, and they know what they hope to achieve by it. With every night of rioting, they grow bolder. Now, they are openly defending violence on television.
I did not appreciate how profitable fake news could be for Jeff Bezos. If the Washington Post can support the protestors long enough, there will be no retail store competition for Amazon. Almost there. I'd give it a week.
Bingo! And of course the next source of competition they'll wanna take out is--information.Delete
Officials who pushed strict lockdowns now argue protesters are an exceptionReplyDelete
“Many people--out of a respect for social distancing--missed a parent's dying hours,” author J.D. Vance wrote. “If you think experiencing that--while watching mass gatherings praised by the same scolds who prevented you from seeing family--doesn't erode trust in authorities, you're actually an idiot.”
“They killed tens of thousands of seniors in nursing homes. They won’t let us go out of our own homes for months. They’ve destroyed the economy. And now if you don’t do what they’ve been telling us not to do all this time - to gather with other people - we’re irredeemable racists,” said columnist Bethany Mandel, who last month was called “Grandma Killer” in a trending hashtag when she called for the lockdowns to end.
Her thread continued: “This is the scandal of the century. We’ve all been played.”
It was likely inadvertent, as politicians never look at second order events and "unintended" consequences, but letting big box national retailers remain open, and delivery operators to thrive, small business America was shut and devastated. It may not have been policy, but it was the result.ReplyDelete
When shutdowns were announced as temporary--4 weeks tops--it wasn't hard for everyone to sacrifice. But it played out to nearly 3 months. With very uneven consequences. A significant population segment has been devastated.
NYC business activity generally ceases in July and August, so the city won't likely resume any form of normalcy until after Labor Day. The big change in the decades I've lived here, since Giuliani cleaned up crime, are the tourists who flood the city in the summer. If tourists stay away this year, the devastation of hotels, hospitality, restaurants, etc., will continue apace. And these are low skill labor occupations that suffered greatly during the shutdown.
And the problem is, there are no easy answers to these dilemmas because there is no one-size-fits-all government solution--the outcomes are so uneven across the country and throughout each city and region.
But don't worry--we'll be right back to "experts" spouting nonsensical solutions on cable teevee as quick as you can say "Jack Rabbit."
Two additional points:Delete
1) No modification of the shutdown regime was allowed for after the demographic shape of the pandemic became apparent--in fact, the true nature of what was going on, the genocide of elderly in long term care facilities in a handful of states--was hidden from public knowledge as long as possible.
2) I--a total non-specialist--was able to quickly recognize that there was never going to be anything resembling herd immunity, simply because the virus didn't spread readily enough. That has long since been borne out by events, but the liberal specialists (Fauci, Osterholm, etc.) resist drawing obvious conclusions.
Having thus squandered their credibility as scientists, when we see them backing non-science hoax "studies" we're entitled to suspect political motivations.
And the same goes for business analysts who are plenty smart enough to have studies what's going on and come to similar conclusions.
Your first point is especially so, and the second point was the result.Delete
No adjustments were made based on any experience or lessons learned. In fact lessons learned from front line doctors, or people collating the data and statistics, got themselves censored and banned from social media sites. YouTube, Twitter, FB, and Medium were especially prominent in deleting content that presented clinical, observational fact-based conclusions contradictory to government dictates.
Not a better modern example of "The Emperors New Clothes" extant.
"And the same goes for business analysts who are plenty smart enough to have studies what's going on and come to similar conclusions."Delete
Couple this with "medical advice" and Cavuto has done irreparable harm to his brand. He should just transfer over to MSNBC with the rest of the TDS clowns.
"...the genocide of elderly in long term care facilities in a handful of states...."
So the question remains: Were they killing old folks, aka conservative voters, on purpose, or is this another variation of the Rosenstein defense, i.e. "Hey, it's not my fault you people elected someone like me who's totally incompetent."
"Of course, the whole argument of lockdowns until now was that it's not about *your* safety, but about spreading a pandemic disease to other people. So, the protestors are deciding how much other people's lives matter."ReplyDelete
(And all those 'officials' who have suddenly changed their tune, but only as it pertains to mass gatherings intended to get Trump)
Food for thought from Thessalonians, but let me preface it by saying I am not making predictions or assertions. Merely pointing out that the environment in which we find ourselves, even though it's mind-boggling, is exactly the type of environment that was foreseen long ago. Whether or not this is episodic or permanent is in the Lord's hands.ReplyDelete
Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
(2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, NASB)
Of course COVID-19 is weakening. All mutations of all living organisms result in a less survivable form. There has never been evidence of an organism of any sort mutating into a more complex one. No one should be surprised that COVID-19 is different.ReplyDelete
Why is there such a rush for a vaccine when there will be no need for it in six months when HCQ + z-Pak + Zinc is a clearly established cure if not given too late.
The HCQ haters hate for two reasons.
1. Trump suggested it.
2. HCQ is very inexpensive; so cheap most people have enough cash in their pocket to buy even without insurance.
From the "educated":ReplyDelete
"As public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings [Floyd protests] as risky for COVID-19 transmission ... This should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against stay-home orders."
As the kids say, "I can't even..."
Virtue Signalling also seems to be a huge part of why the decisions were made. The lack of common sense astounds me with the politicization.ReplyDelete
And I think they are in an echo chamber, and don't hear anything outside of that. They don't see how effective Trump is at making them look like ineffective, biased idiots. All they see is Trump is not Presidential, and must be removed to history can get back on track on it's correct, historic trend (In their belief) of more and more to the Left. They are like horses with Blinders On. And they are in reaction mode to Trump.
>In everything they do, their overriding goal is to remove
>Donald Trump from office.
"smart enough to have studies...."ReplyDelete
I'll bet you meant "smart enough to have studIED...."
Also, see Hindraker today, at
https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/06/german-report-blasts-shutdown.php , on
"Germany’s federal government and mainstream media are engaged in damage control, after a report that challenges the established Corona narrative *leaked from the interior* ministry."
Yes, that's what I meant, but I sadly can't edit comments.Delete
The Silence of the Lambs: Why Are the Churches Still Shut?ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mike, I'll check that out. The targeting of religion under cover of Covid is extremely disturbing.Delete