☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Friday, December 17, 2021 ☙ BATS AND MICE 🦠
The Atlantic declares a ‘pandemic of the vaccinated’ and you’ll never guess what it thinks the solution is; the WHO says we're back to square one; Biden is ignoring his own experts, and more...
Good morning, C&C, and Happy Friday! Today’s roundup includes: a link to Dr. McCullough’s interview with Joe Rogan; the Atlantic declares a ‘pandemic of the vaccinated’ and you’ll never guess what it thinks the solution is; Winter wave breakthrough cases pop up everywhere; NSW peaks in cases in spite of its odious quarantine camps; the Atlantic prepares its delicate readers for some bad news; the doctor who found Omicron speaks in an op-ed; the CDC picks two winners; a Taiwanese lab leak sheds light on Wuhan; the WHO says vaccines don’t work; an op-ed by former Biden officials points out he’s ignoring the experts now; a new study by experts is optimistic about Omicron; and an expert theorizes about Omicron’s evolution.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
💉 As you guys know, I rarely links to external news, much less recommend them. After all, what do you need THEM for? You already have Coffee & Covid. But every once in a while there’s something so important that I suggest it to you.
My recommendation today — and it’s three hours long — is Joe Rogan’s interview with Dr. Peter McCullough. I've met Dr. McCullough and he is the real deal. He explains his extremely impressive credentials right at the start of the interview. It includes a TON of information that you haven’t heard yet, even if you're a Covid news junkie (which you are, admit it).
Here’s the link on Spotify:[Ep. #1747 - Dr. Peter A. McCullough - The Joe Rogan Experience | Spotify]
YouTube already cancelled it. Google won’t return the Spotify link in its search results, and suggests a bunch of “fact check” websites instead. Somebody’s afraid of Dr. McCullough, and they probably should be.
His main point, which you can’t get out your head once you understand it, is that NOBODY EVER talks about TREATMENT of Covid. It’s just injections. But WHY won’t anybody talk about treatment? Why do they pretend like Covid can’t be treated?
💉 As the winter wave rolls all over the US, breakthrough infections are becoming almost more common than are ordinary infections. In sports news, 21 of Washington’s players and 20 Browns players, including both quarterbacks, are positive for Covid — fully injected. More colleges — most of the Ivy League, in fact — are closing down to face-to-face instruction after experiencing Covid surges.
💉 New South Wales, Australia, is seeing its highest daily number of new cases since the pandemic began — in spite of mask mandates, vaccine passports, government quarantine camps, over 93% of those over age 15 being fully-vaccinated, and over 100 days spent in lockdown since June.
🔥 It happened. Last week, the Atlantic published an article with the headline, “The Pandemic of the Vaccinated Is Here.” And you’ll never guess what the solution is going to be.
Anyway, the Atlantic said that when Rochelle Walensky referred to a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” it was “an unfortunate turn of phrase.” It implied that the phrase — promptly repeated about ten thousand times by Joe Biden — is illogical, jabbed people are now the pandemic, and it’s TERRIFYING:
“Now the flaws in [the phrase’s] logic are about to be exposed on what could be a terrifying scale. Unvaccinated Americans will certainly pay the steepest price in the months to come, but the risks appear to have grown for everyone. The pandemic of the vaccinated can no longer be denied.”
Un … who was “denying” the pandemic of the vaccinated? And, HOW bad is it? The Atlantic warns darkly that “anecdotal reports already suggest that large indoor gatherings of fully vaccinated people can become super-spreader events in the age of Omicron.”
Fully Vaccinated Super-Spreaders!
That’s bad, but it gets worse! The Atlantic prepares its readers, which have dutifully followed all its pro-injection advice since day one, for the WORST CASE SCENARIO:
“In the worst-case scenario, highly vaccinated areas could also see the kind of overwhelmed hospital systems that we saw back in 2020 with the early phase in Boston and New York City.”
It must be interesting to have the kind of mental flexibility to be able to SIMULTANEOUSLY believe the injections are awesome, essential, protective, safe, and effective, and ALSO believe that the highest-injected areas will have overwhelmed hospitals and THAT MEANS THE JABS ARE WORKING.
And don’t worry! The Atlantic didn’t ignore the un-injected. Look how the magazine describes what could happen in places — well, FLORIDA — where people don’t take Omicron seriously, and where they have wrong politics:
“In places with low vaccine coverage and strong anti-shutdown politics, inconvenience could be replaced by mass death and even greater grief. “
Mass death! Greater grief! Oh, please. The readers of the Atlantic are supposed to be liberal intellectuals. But how intellectual can you be if you believe this sort of nonsense? Here’s what the Atlantic suggests its sophisticated readers should be considering, the ‘solution’ to the ‘pandemic of the vaccinated,’ get ready:
“In areas with sufficient political will—mostly highly vaccinated ones—high case rates could spur local leaders to institute new shutdowns. In any event, fully vaccinated people are still required to isolate for at least 10 days after a positive test, and anyone they’ve been in contact with might have to stay home from school or work. A positive test in a classroom could send dozens of kids into quarantine, and keep their parents out of work to care for them. Jon Zelner, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, told me that massive disruptions caused by surging Omicron cases this winter could force Americans to reconsider these sorts of procedures.
In areas with “sufficient political will” … it’s all politics, all the time, at the Atlantic … in those blessed parts of the country — the SMART ONES with right politics who LIKE to comply — folks can eagerly anticipate “new shutdowns” and quarantines for injected people and asymptomatic positives and school closures ... again. It’s Groundhog Day in Covid World!
🔥 Doctor Angelique Coetzee is no slacker. She’s the chair of the South African Medical Association, and the doctor whose announcement of the first case of Omicron in South Africa triggered all the travel lockdowns against Africa. Well, Dr. Coetzee wrote a bemused-sounding op-ed yesterday chiding the world’s over-reaction to her announcement. She pointed out that all the Omicron cases she’s seen so far have been mild and unconcerning, and that new variants are coming out all the time.
She wonders what — exactly — is the big deal? … she obviously hasn’t read the Atlantic … not smart enough … went to the ‘wrong’ schools, you know … misinformed … unlike the editors of upscale magazines, say, just as an example.
Reading her op-ed, I wondered if next time she’ll be so quick to announce the next new variant? For that matter, after seeing what happened to South Africa, what other continent wants ANY of its scientists to announce finding any new variants at this point? If you proudly announce the discovery of a new variant — so that everybody can be on the lookout for it — your reward is getting your own vacation promptly cancelled and your economy set back five years. So.
Great job, experts. What would we do without you.
Another thought I had is that Omicron is so mild, getting a booster shot tends to cause more symptoms than the VIRUS. Something to think about.
🔥 I wonder who Johnson & Johnson refused to pay off? In another Christmas gift for Pfizer and Moderna stockholders, the CDC’s vaccine panel met in emergency session yesterday to hysterically review the ancient news of six cases of thrombocytopenia syndrome — a blood clotting condition — from April. The CDC said that people who take J&J are more likely to get that unpleasant side effect — and here you thought the vaccines were safe and effective — than people who take the other injections, the ones in which the government’s scientists own shares of stock.
The committee recommended that Pfizer and Moderna should be jabbed into patients first, unless they are stubborn and really want J&J. And that’s how it works! Sorry, J&J.
🦇 The Epoch Times reported this week that Covid recently leaked from a research lab in Taiwan where they were studying the virus. Apparently a researcher tested positive after was bitten by a mouse. The Taiwanese lab where this happened is a “Biosafety Level 3” (BSL-3) facility, which requires PPE, biosafety cabinets, sustained directional airflow without recirculation, and self-closing, interlocked doors.
You know what else bites people, has little mice teeth, and is also in the rodent family? It rhymes with “hats,” flies into women’s hair somehow, and vampires can turn into them.
That’s right! BATS. Now, where were they studying Covid and bats, again?
It gets better. Guess what Biosafety Level the Wuhan lab is rated at? It’s only a BSL TWO (BSL-2) lab. Rutgers University biologist Richard Ebright described it like this: “BSL-2 is the biosafety level of a US dentist’s office (i.e., lockable door, screened windows, sterilizer, gown, and gloves).”
Columbia University virologist Ian Lipkin, who originally defended the Wuhan lab but later changed his mind when he found out about its BSL level, made this understated remark: “People should not be looking at bat viruses in BSL-2 labs.” Nope.
But, in spite of the fact that the Wuhan lab was conducting dangerous gain of function experiments on humanized bat viruses in what is essentially a DENTIST’S OFFICE, America’s top Covid doc Dr. Fauci still says there is NO WAY the virus could have come from that lab. Impossible. What rubbish. Misinformation.
A fun article in the Epoch Times about the Taiwan story reminds us about the time when sporified anthrax leaked out in the USSR, back in 1979, and the communists invited a Harvard scientist to come over and “investigate” the accident. The Harvard biologist wrote a nice little report clearing the communists of all responsibility for the leak, and explaining how the anthrax probably came from contaminated meat in a local meat market. I am not making that up.
Years later in 1992, after the USSR fell and the records opened up, we found out the anthrax actually came from a Soviet military bioweapons lab after all.
🤥 On Tuesday, unpronounceably-named WHO director Tedros something something Ghebreyesus said that Omicron is spreading all over the place and it could be really bad, this time, because the health care system is “completely unprepared.” I am not making that up.
How could hospitals POSSIBLY be “unprepared?” It’s TWO YEARS into a pandemic where more government money has been spent on one disease than probably all other diseases put together since Christopher Columbus first stepped ashore and coughed on a native.
Are the hospitals even TRYING to prepare?
Anyway. Then Tedros said, “vaccines alone will not get any country out of this crisis.” Got that?
I’m old enough to remember back when they used to say the ONLY way out of the Covid pandemic was through vaccines. Well, that was fast. Anyway, you’re not going to believe this, but Tedros says its masks, hand washing, and social distancing that are the key. We’re back to that. Back to the beginning. Just like the Atlantic suggests. Coincidentally.
💉 Because the injections work so well, “one way” aisles are now being mandated — again — in highly-jabbed Wales, to stop the spread of the highly-transmissible, airborne Omicron variant. Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking, but … Science! Shut up!
🔥 The former deputy director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review and the former acting chief scientist at the FDA co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post yesterday. They criticized the Biden Administration for ignoring its own vaccine experts.
The op-ed is titled “The Biden administration has been sidelining vaccine experts.” The scientists who penned it were critical of three recent decisions by Biden Administration’s agencies — each of which completely bypassed the vaccine advisory committee, which has ALWAYS been involved in these types of decisions before. The three unilateral decisions were:
— Nov. 19: the FDA authorized boosters for all adults — regardless of their job or any underlying health conditions.
— Nov. 29: the CDC announced that everyone 18 and above SHOULD get a booster shot, expanding previous guidance that strongly recommended boosters — only for those 50 and older.
— Dec. 9: the FDA authorized booster shots (of Pfizer) for 16 and 17-year-olds, down from the prior age limit of 18.
Now, I’m also old enough to remember back in the old days when they said we were SUPPOSED to listen to the experts. How times change! I guess even Biden is sick of the experts. Hey, it happens.
🔬 In some actual good news — a true Covid Christmas present — a new preprint study out of Hong Kong suggests that Omicron might be a variant that has evolved OUT of the lungs, preferring to live primarily in the upper respiratory tract. This would explain why it seems milder; if it stays out of the lungs, cases are a lot less serious. This would be terrific news.
The researchers found that, while Omicron replicates seventy (70) times faster than Delta in upper respiratory areas, it replicates ten (10) times SLOWER in lung tissue than Delta.
The study is titled, “HKUMed finds Omicron SARS-CoV-2 can infect faster and better than Delta in human bronchus but with less severe infection in lung.” If Omicron becomes dominant, the pandemic really COULD be over, hysterical intellectuals notwithstanding.
🔥 Dr. Robert Malone, credited with inventing mRNA technology, recently explained on his Substack that Omicron almost certainly mutated in injected people — not the unvaccinated. Because of how evolution works, and because Omicron evolved to evade the vaccines, it would have had to evolve in the presence of the injections — a process called “evolving around” the shots. In an unvaccinated person, the variant would have evolved randomly, and the chance that those random mutations would coincidentally evade a vaccine is vanishingly small.
There really is no logical alternative to the hypothesis that the injections themselves are driving mutations for vaccine escape. So.
✏️ ERRATA: Two corrections:
— Yesterday’s post was dated as December 14 and should have been December 16. This is what happens when I am super-slammed. Sorry.
— A few days ago, I described Hillsdale College as the only large college in the country that refuses to take federal money. But an alert reader pointed out Grove City College in western Pennsylvania, which is a small conservative college that also eschews taking government cash with lots of strings attached. In fact, there is a famous Supreme Court case involved in their rejection of federal money: Grove City College v. Bell.
Have a fantastic Friday. I’ll see you tomorrow morning, as we hit our last weekend prior to the Big Day.
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