☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Friday, August 19, 2022 ☙ REDACTED 🦠
The UK Telegraph blames excess deaths on public health mistakes; The US gets out of the jab game; and the Biden Raid affidavit MIGHT be released. Somewhat. Sort of. In part.
Happy Friday C&C! I had some pretty wild dreams last night, which was really great, because it meant I was asleep. So I’ll take that as a sign of turning the corner on my summer cold. Today’s mini-roundup packs a punch, though, with more signs that a seismic pivot is happening in real time: The UK Telegraph blames excess deaths on public health mistakes; the US gets out of the jab game; and the Biden Raid affidavit MIGHT be released. Somewhat.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
Things are breaking, they’re breaking big, so keep your eyes open.
💉 There was another huge development in the corporate media’s information embargo yesterday, in the form of a UK Telegraph article headlined “Lockdown Effects Feared to Be Killing More People Than Covid.”
And look at the sub-head: “Unexplained excess deaths outstrip those from virus as medics call figures ‘terrifying’.” In other words, although U.S. corporate media is still ignoring them (with some help from the CDC), excess deaths still just went mainstream.
Holy Late Arrivals, Batman! Did you ever think you’d see the day? Before we get to the “lockdown effects” euphemism, let’s first just consider the profound implications of taking this “lockdown effects” nonsense at face value.
The Telegraph article reported that official UK data “suggests” that “the effects of lockdown may now be killing more people than are dying of Covid.” That’s not good. It said the paper “understands that the Department of Health has ordered an investigation into the figures.” The government will have to blame somebody. Somebody else. Maybe someone who gave it bad advice.
It’s pretty bad. The paper admitted “the number of excess deaths not from Covid dwarfs the number linked to the virus.” DWARFS them. People are dying from other things besides covid so much that they DWARF covid deaths. That means it’s SO bad they can’t use any cute non-alarming synonyms anymore. Time for plan B.
The rest of the article deflects the phenomenon right onto deferred care during lockdowns. That will obscure the real problem for a little while longer, but the “deferred care” excuse won’t work twelve months from now. It’s a band-aid, and it’s not free. Not even close.
Even accepting the article’s unlikely premise that “lockdown effects” of deferred care ARE the cause of all the unexplained strokes and clots and heart attacks, “lockdown effects” reflect awfully on public health agencies. That rationale “suggests” that public health experts failed to consider the now-obvious downstream effects; and worse, anybody with a google terminal will pretty much immediately discover scientists like Bhattacharya, Kulldorf, et al who warned about those very same “lockdown effects” back at the time the decisions were made.
So public health experts won’t be able to say they didn’t know. They just “ignored the science,” which is a cardinal sin under Branch Covidia. Once “lockdown effects” becomes the default explanation, there will be a massive backlash against public health, for failing to tailor the covid response to account for side effects like deferred care. OF COURSE, it makes NO SENSE to kill more people with mitigations than die from covid, especially when those mitigations have not shown any clear benefit, and especially considering the vast economic and political costs of those mitigations.
The CDC has withheld the excess death figures in the U.S. for two and a half months now, citing a software upgrade or some equally dumb excuse. Do you suppose it’s possible those numbers, like the UK’s, are so obvious and grim and embarrassing that a “complete reorganization” of the CDC would be required, and that, to show fast and effective action, Biden might strip handling pandemics completely away from a disgraced CDC, and re-assign that important job to some other agency?
Good thing we have one waiting and ready to go! The ASPR. The ASPR wouldn’t have made these kinds of mistakes. It’s not all bureaucratically bloated and packed with political hacks, not like the CDC. No, no, never. ASPR employees don’t care about money and stuff, just helping people. They are the very definition of selfless bureaucrats. You’ll see. So … problem solved! You’re welcome.
So, once again we note that the news is not about excess deaths — we’ve known about THAT for months now — the news is that the corporate media embargo on TALKING ABOUT excess deaths — instead of just hoping they’d bugger off — is all over now. We’ve pivoted into the next narrative.
The sleight of hand over “lockdown effects” causing cancer, heart attacks, and strokes (but not other types of injuries) from “deferred care” is just a trade-off. They’re throwing public health officials under the bus instead of considering other, more politically difficult causes. Like causes with needles. But it won’t last; it will catch up with them. First of all, public health MIGHT NOT like being thrown under the bus, and MIGHT fight back, but nothing would surprise me from that squad of masochists.
Second, the “deferred care” excuse can only last so long before it just doesn’t work anymore. Maybe they are hoping that the excess deaths will resolve by themselves after a while, which could happen; nobody knows. Maybe. But they’ll need to stop jabbing people if they want to find THAT out.
💉 The Wall Street Journal ran an exclusive yesterday headlined, “U.S. Plans to Shift Bill for Covid Shots and Treatments to Insurers, Patients.”
Hahahahaha! They are very clever, you have to hand it to them. How do you phase out the shots without admitting they don’t work, and after getting millions of people hooked on them like strung-out junkies? The answer: Make people pay for them, that’s how! It’s simple economics, supply and demand. Who wants a crappy shot that doesn’t work if you have to PAY FOR IT?
Remember: to quell excess deaths — if the shot is the culprit — you don’t have to totally eliminate the jabs. You only have to shrink them. Fewer jabs, fewer excess deaths, is how it would work. The numbers will fade into the background. If you can squash next year’s excess deaths, then maybe you COULD shift the blame for the excess deaths onto the public health experts and get away with it.
Here’s how the WSJ describes a very surprising announcement that came out of nowhere with no warning of any kind, and frames it as a natural transition that has been in the works since, well, the beginning:
The Biden administration is planning for an end to its practice of paying for Covid-19 shots and treatments, shifting more control of pricing and coverage to the healthcare industry in ways that could generate sales for companies—and costs for consumers—for years to come… Both the Trump and Biden administrations always planned to shift the bill for Covid-19 shots and treatments from the federal government to individuals eventually… “We’ve known at some point we’d need to move over into the commercial market, and we’re approaching that time now,” said Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary at HHS for preparedness and response.
Well, sure. But do you think that jab lovers really understood it meant anytime soon? The Journal claims the BUDGET is the problem; the shots are just too expensive, nobody’s got the cash:
With Covid-19 cases dropping, more activities resuming and funding for the pandemic response running short, officials are now working to map out that transition…
This kind of shines a new light on the CDC’s recent announcement that unjabbed people should be treated the same as jabbed, doesn’t it? I mean, you can’t treat unjabbed people like scabby lepers and not offer them free shots. But if you treat everybody all the same, the problem is neatly solved. Kudos!
You literally cannot make this stuff up. I think they’re making it up as they go along at this point.
🔥 Here’s a hot take. If I’m right, and if Big Pharma, along with its wholly-owned subsidiary — corporate media — begin to throw public health under the lockdown bus for this, we should go ahead and let them. Have fun down there! There’s zero reason to defend public health after they dictated and demonized us all. They’re big boys and girls (often literally) so they can fight their own battles.
We needed to clear out public health anyway. This could help do it a lot faster. We’ll get to pharma later.
And, what does the expression, “useful idiots” mean? I think public health folks might be about to find out.
🔥 Former Epstein lawyer, DOJ turncoat, and Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart held a hearing yesterday in the Biden Raid case. He’d surprised some pundits by announcing that, before ruling on the various motions to unseal the FBI’s affidavit of probable cause, he wanted to hear oral arguments from the parties first.
We don’t have any video or audio from the hearing. But the result was that Magistrate Reinhart ordered some documents besides the affidavit to be unsealed: his sealing order, the FBI’s motion to seal, and the criminal cover sheet, which is just a standard court form. But he allowed the FBI to make “appropriate redactions,” which means you can safely bet those documents will be effectively useless whenever we finally see them. And they wouldn’t have been that informative to start with.
After listening to both sides’ arguments, which were exactly what you’d predict, the Magistrate said he was inclined to release at least SOME parts of the affidavit. According to reports from folks in the courtroom, he gave the FBI a week to get him a proposed redacted version of the affidavit, and then he would look it over and make a final decision.
Remember, Magistrate Reinhart has already seen the unredacted version of the affidavit. In fact, he carefully considered it back when he authorized the search. So he know what’s in it, whether it will withstand scrutiny, and whether it might make the court (himself) look bad if it’s released. He SHOULDN’T consider that last factor, but judges are human beings too, and he surely already feels the pressure of massive international scrutiny.
So I won’t make any predictions. It seems Reinhart wants to release SOMETHING to quell media demands, but he wants it to be properly redacted. Twitter pundits aren’t impressed and promptly predicted what the released affidavit might look like:
That kind of redaction makes unsealing effectively useless, and the Magistrate knows that. So he is trying to “split the baby” and satisfy both priorities somehow. We’ll see!
🔥 I know you want more. Here’s a great article to tide you over by Julie Kelly reporting what the FBI’s been up to over in Michigan, as exposed in what she calls the “Gretchen Whitmer Fednapping” trial, part deux.
That’s it for today. I’m definitely on the mend and hope to be back in full form tomorrow or if not, by Monday. Have a fabulous Friday, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more.
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