I'll do a bit of a selective news and views roundup for now. The common connecting theme is the Covid Regime and how it plays into the move toward totalitarian control that we saw discussed in Session 2 of the Doctors For Covid Ethics Symposium over the last two days.
1. First up is Tucker Carlson's piece last night: Schools are creating tribalism in our kids--Academic standards are in free-fall across the country. The title doesn't actually do justice to the wide ranging monologue. Tucker starts with masking, which makes a natural transition into other forms of totalitarian controls--as manifested, for example, in, yes, pronouns. The Irish have done a study on masks in school. Are you sitting down? They found that masks serve no benefit whatsoever--but do have significant downsides. So the Irish aren't going to use masks on kids. Meanwhile in the US, Tucker tells us of study touted by the NYT, claiming that examination of "one million students" shows that "masks work." Except that there was no control group in the "study" and the author wouldn't return phone calls or answer questions.
Repeat after me: It's NOT about any kind of science an actual scientist would recognize. Scientism? Yeah, maybe that. Behavior modification--accustoming people to obeying arbitrary instructions from authority figures? Definitely. From there it's off to the schools and to the craziness in Australia--don't talk to your neighbors, but do inform on them! One part I especially liked was the government school teacher in Loudon County who resigned live last night--and urged parents to "flood private schools" with their children. Yes! If you love your kids, get them out of government schools.
Will all this craziness serve as a wake up call to semi-normals? Election 2022 will tell us.
2. You've probably heard the news from Chicago about the female cop who was shot and killed? Yesterday the straw purchaser of the gun that killed the cop--he's also the owner of the car the perps were driving--was released from federal custody on a $4,500 unsecured bond. If you're looking for an explanation of the legal aspects you can find it here: Judge Orders Release Of Jamel Danzy, Accused Straw Purchaser Of Gun Used In Slaying Of CPD Officer Ella French. I was a bit surprised that CBS News included this paragraph (with accompanying video):
As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, Danzy also dances online – and some of the videos he posts are in a classroom setting. He has been employed as a Head Start teacher’s aide in the Merrillville Community School Corporation since 2019.
The gun was a Glock 44, which is a .22 caliber. Whose lives matter?
3. Pivoting back to schools, Covid, and what liberals are doing to the kids they invoke only for political purposes--to further their totalitarian agenda--American Thinker has a story that may interest: Loneliness and COVID-19. We've heard often enough of the devastating effect Covid Isolation has on the elderly, but Mask Isolation and/or School Lockdowns --which I continue to predict will be coming this fall--with the attendant loneliness is a very real thing among the young, as well.
4. Also at American Thinker is a purely anecdotal piece, but nonetheless very suggestive: My troubling COVID vaccine story experiences. The author isn't vaxxed, but he tells of his encounters with similarly aged persons--60s. These are people who suffered heart attacks up to a month after being vaxxed. One of the persons suspected a connection, another apparently didn't. These were cases that never made it to VAERS, but the possibility that injuries from the gene therapy injections are occurring weeks and months later is one that we've been warned about.
5. Here's a fairly lengthy article cum interview at NYMagazine:
If you comb through the article you'll find that the concern or "bigger issue" is that those who have been vaxxed may turn out to be particularly vulnerable to Dread Delta and follow on variants. Boosters? We're already hearing of boosted folks in Israel dying from side effects, much as Sucharit Bhakdi has warned. Now, the interviewee doesn't put it quite like that--he mentions "natural immunity" only once and appears to believe that "natural" and "vaccine induced" immunity are basically equivalent--which we know is not the case--even though he does raise the issue of "immune escape" from Delta. Still, some food for thought.
I haven't read the whole article, but here are some excerpts:
The term itself, perhaps, is a problem. “Breakthrough” sounds bad — implying an immune-escape mutation, likely rare, and therefore alarming.
The vaccines were never tested to prevent transmission, only symptomatic disease, and those who knew the science expected, from the outset, that we would see some number of such cases, and that they would be, overwhelmingly, mild. But Delta appears to have changed things. Not everything: The vaccines are working to suppress severe outcomes from COVID infection — ... But most of the data in that analysis comes from before the arrival of the Delta variant, and during the current surge there does seem to be considerably more “leakage” in the protection that vaccines offer against pandemic spread than has widely been acknowledged. While more severe breakthrough cases remain, in relative terms, very rare, we may be seeing a rise in those numbers with Delta, as well.
We know that people start to lose the physical architecture of their immunological memory development system as they age. It’s why we get shingles. It’s why we get all kinds of infectious diseases as we get older. It’s why we get cancer, in large part, because our immune system no longer surveys the way it should.
So I think when we hit eight or nine months post-vaccination, we should expect among the elderly — especially those over 70, 75 years old — a really significant waning of immunological memory.
How significant? Enough to prevent a successful immune response for many of them?
Well, probably a large fraction would still be able to mount a successful immune response. With almost no data, if I had to put a number to it, I might predict that roughly a third of the people above 70 who are vaccinated might no longer be particularly well-protected. Half might still get symptoms.
And the other half might do just fine.
Something like that. That other half will probably still be able to participate in a transmission, but probably won’t be nearly as susceptible themselves. So we’ll still see a much lower degree of severe disease and mortality in terms of the rates of those people who get infected.
... we’re going to start seeing seasonality really take hold. So I think it will be very similar in fact to what we’ve seen across the world and across this country before — multiple waves, spatially segregated. ...
And when you compound the seasonal effect with immunological waning and even immune escape, from Delta and what will inevitably become the next variant …
How worried are you about that?
The next variants will be worse, because Delta is now the baseline. All the lineages will derive from Delta. And when you compound the two and you say, okay, you have immunological waning at the same time that you have a new variant, then all of a sudden, we’re in a much more dire situation with the elderly, where people who think that they’re protected, just won’t be.
It’s not going to be everyone. There’s going to be plenty of people who have a good “immune age” — despite being 85 years old, your immunological clock might still be doing just fine. But there’s going to be a lot of people, maybe as much as a third, who are really not protected anymore. And I think we have to come to grips with that and we’re going to have to figure out how to deal with it.
Hearing you talk about the fall, it sounds pretty bad: Herd immunity is out the window, you say, so the disease can’t be eliminated. But there are also going to be these flare-ups among the vulnerable elderly, which make it somewhat more threatening than the other endemic diseases people often talk about when contemplating this endgame. It won’t threaten at the scale it did in 2020, but also won’t just be the flu, and we’ll be managing it in a sort of ongoing way without a real expiration date in mind.
I think that’s basically right,
I’ve always said that we’re going to age out of this virus. People are going to keep getting exposed. And whether it’s to Delta or to a variant in five months from now, every time you or I or anyone else gets exposed — they’re really building up a decent cushion of immunity with each of those exposures. So it’s only a matter of time before we actually have not only vaccine-derived immunity but natural infection-derived immunity, too.
It's encouraging to see a relatively sensible article like this in a liberal publication.
6. Finally, here's a brief piece that I missed previously, from late June:
This is totally unsurprising. We referenced the Indian studies, which came out almost in a dead heat with Covid's appearance in the US. This particular technique isn't new, but it's significance is that it is a sure sign of a lab origin. Every scientist worth their salt knew this almost immediately, so ... why was it so necessary to suppress the Indian studies, which were known to be valid?