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☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Friday, March 18, 2022 ☙ SWIVELING 🦠
Health officials aren't feeling the respect; Fauci's back & not optimistic; Moderna wants to jab everybody, again; Biden makes a forever-masker the new Covid Czar; pilots sue over air masking, & more.
Happy Friday, C&C! Today’s roundup includes: public health officials complain about being unappreciated; Moderna wants to jab all adults a fourth time; Fauci crawls out and shockingly predicts doom and gloom; Biden replaces the White House Covid Czar with a sick forever-masker; Fauci frets about being investigated; DeSantis dunks plane masking; brave pilots sue to stop plan masking; and Apple adds a not awesome new feature to iPhones.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
🪖 The Joe Harding campaign told me late yesterday that the final multiplication numbers topped $62,000. All from small donations, which are the typical measure of a politician’s popularity. Well done. I also understand an Epoch Times article mentioning our Operation Multiplier is in the works.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 Stat News reported on a new research survey yesterday in an article headlined, “‘Is it worth it?’: New Report Lays Bare Harassment Of Public Health Officials During The Pandemic.”
Hahahahaha! Poor public health officials. After swanking their unelected arbitrary emergency authority all over their fellow citizens and generally making everyone’s lives miserable pushing and enforcing restrictive measures that in hindsight were utterly useless if not terrifically destructive, public health officials were shocked to discover nobody was thanking them.
According to the survey, health officials said that, during the pandemic, they were personally attacked, villainized, and their experiences were often marginalized. Oh my gosh! Not marginalized! The officials also complained feeling that their work was unappreciated (they should be thanking us) and that they were sometimes blamed for undefined “broader problems.” I bet they were.
And it gets worse for the poor officials. Those who claimed they’d been “harassed” broke down like this: 24% reported facing “backlash on social media”; 6% said they had received mean messages; 6% said they received threats; and 2% were doxxed.
Only six percent of officials who felt harassed actually received threats? Crybabies. Were any actually tarred and feathered? I’ve received plenty of threats over my mask and jab lawsuits. But nobody’s surveying ME.
Well, one thing is certain. These officials haven’t learned their lesson. According to the article, they think the answer is MORE POWER. Study author Beth Resnick demanded CONSEQUENCES for criticizing government officials: “There should be more legal consequences for impeding people from trying to do their jobs, especially government officials,” she said. Guess who she wants looking into it? Of course — the FBI.
How about NO? Public health officials need to go back to advisory roles and stay there. Don’t let public health officials off the hook for what they have done.
And if you’re tempted to feel sympathetic or forgiving, say because the officials just had a hard job to do during a tough time, remember these are the same people now telling everybody that young, healthy people having blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes is NORMAL. So. They’re frauds, or worse.
💉Here’s another hard pass. According to Business Insider, “Moderna is Seeking FDA Approval For a 4th Covid-19 Vaccine Shot For Those Aged 18 And Above.”
Moderna is trying to shoot past Pfizer, who also this week sought emergency authorization for a 4th booster, but only for 65 and up. As recently as Monday, Moderna president Stephen Hoge insisted that only older and immunocompromised adults would need the fourth booster. But the science swiveled through the week and here we are.
The tone of the article suggests that there is broad market demand for the 4th booster. I hope that’s not true. But I must admit, I know some folks who would probably run down and get it, eager volunteers in the grand experiment to find out how much spike protein the human body can tolerate.
🪳 Ugh. It’s baaaaack. The Daily Mail UK’s classic extended headline yesterday said, “Voice of doom Dr Fauci warns US could face MORE COVID lockdowns as he admits latest variant set to hit US is less serious than Omicron: ‘We can’t just say we’re done’.”
I have to admit, I laughed out loud a little considering the nickname “Voice of Doom” for that little cockroach. Anyway, I think Fauci syndrome is more like herpes simplex or shingles or fungus or something. It’s always there, dormant, right below the surface, erupting painfully at the most inconvenient times. The trick is to apply the antibacterial paste directly to the affected area.
The Mail explained that Fauci told CNN yesterday, “If in fact we do see a turnaround and a resurgence, we have to be able to pivot and go back to any degree of mitigation that is commensurate with what the situation is.”
Wait a minute. We ALREADY pivoted. We pivoted AWAY from the pandemic. If we pivot again, that’s a swivel. That’s swiveling, not pivoting. Say it right.
Fauci wasn’t done. Neither are we, apparently. “We can’t just say, ‘We’re done. We’re going to move on.’ We’ve got to be able to be flexible because we’re dealing with a dynamic situation,” the insect-like bureaucrat explained.
According to Fauci, we CAN’T just move on. We CAN’T be done. Why? Because Fauci is stuck in 2021: measuring CASES. “The overall mortality is actually down,’ Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “It’s a very interesting situation where the cases are going up, but it does not, at this point in time, appear to be any degree of severity.”
Just cases. Not hospitalizations or deaths. So we can’t move on? Why doesn’t someone ever ask him how we are supposed to get to Covid-zero?
Under their faces, CNN’s Chyron blared “W.H.O. Director-General: Global Covid Spike ‘Tip of the Iceberg.’” Blech. Please stop.
So anyway, we aren’t out of the woods yet. Keep fighting. Don’t stop till its a distant memory.
🔥 According to NPR, the Biden Administration re-pivoted again, or swiveled, or whatever, and suddenly replaced Covid Response Coordinator Jeff Zients yesterday with forever-masker Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.
During the pandemic, Jha was a frequent and loud fan of failed lockdown measures, measures since proven to have done absolutely nothing to stop the spread of the virus but which have definitely wreaked enormous social and economic damage. Jha’s still clutching the masks and he thinks they should be an essential standby item for Americans. Forever.
“A mask is like a raincoat,” Jha explained to NPR, “You wear it when it’s raining. You take it off when it stops raining.” He continued, “and if we think of masks in that way then, yeah, during surges, we should have masks. And everybody should be wearing them. And then when the surge ends, we should take off our masks.”
Jha is not a medical doctor, has never treated a Covid patient or any other kind of patient, and has no Covid scientific expertise. Is he a “mask forever” true believer or is he just good at parroting White House policy? I hope it’s the second one.
Ugh. So, again, this thing ain’t over. We’re going to have to bury mask mandates in a nuclear waste mine in Colorado or something.
🪳 Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Epoch Times reported a story headlined, “Fauci Braces for House GOP Investigations: ‘Benghazi Hearings All Over Again’.”
Fauci told the Washington Post that he expects to be investigated like there’s no tomorrow if Republicans retake the House in November, just like Hilary Clinton was investigated over the Benghazi disaster. We can only hope.
He’s got good reason to think so. Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) told Fox News last week, “And if you’re watching this, Dr. Fauci, look out, because when the Americans give us control in the House of Representatives, God willing, we’re going to get some answers on behalf of the American people.”
Fauci is worried about having to answer America’s questions because he says it will just distract him from doing his work. Which would be a great outcome, if you ask me.
🦸♂️ Yesterday, Governor DeSantis told reporters “This [mask mandate on planes] should not be extended. It should have never been done in the first place but clearly now this is a farce. They need to repeal the transportation mandate. Let people fly and let them breathe normally. We’ve got to stop with the theater.”
😷 Go Pilots! The Independent UK reported a story yesterday headlined, “U.S. Pilots File Lawsuit Against Federal Mask Mandate On Planes.”
The article explains that a courageous group of ten U.S. pilots from JetBlue, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines — some of whom are C&C fans — is now suing the CDC and HHS for its witless mask mandate that only creates a flying, virtue-signaling theatre of the absurd and just makes managing the aircraft that much harder.
Filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the suit alleges that the mask mandate is wreaking “chaos,” and points out the CDC “ignored countless scientific and medical studies” disproving the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of Covid-19.” The legal claim is the CDC failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act, which is an argument that has gained traction in other courts considering various mandates around the country.
We thank these heroic pilots and wish them well in their suit!
📱 The bottom story of the day. Yesterday, Apple announced adding a new feature to iOS 15.4 — the ability to unlock the phone using Face ID while wearing a mask. Great. But, can it unlock my phone with my eyes rolling this hard?
Have a fantastic Friday! I’ll catch you back here tomorrow, which will be the first day of my Spring Break family vacation. Be prepared for a missing post here and there during the next week.
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