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Zogby finds up to 1 / 5 vaccinated Americans report possible jab injuries; Biden is back and busy; CDC recommends limiting anonymous sex partners; health officials try not to say “gay;” and more ...
Happy Monday, C&C! In today’s roundup: A pair of new Zogby polls find up to 1 / 5 vaccinated Americans report possible jab injuries; Biden is back and busy; build inflation back better; the CDC recommends limiting anonymous sex partners; health officials try not to say “gay;” and lots more baffling flight cancellations.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
💉 The Epoch Times, which has not been shy lately about running vaccine-injury stories, ran an article this weekend headlined, “10 Percent of Americans Regret Taking COVID Vaccine, 15 Percent Have a New Medical Condition After It: Poll.” The headline actually understates things.
The story reports on two recent Zogby polls commissioned by Childrens’ Health Defense. The first surveyed just over 1,000 Americans of all ages. Of those surveyed who were vaccinated, ten percent now regret it, and fifteen percent say they have developed at least one new medical condition since their shot.
Of the newly diagnosed medical conditions, the most common were: blood clots (21%), heart attack (19%), liver damage (18%), leg and lung clots (17%), and stroke (15%).
The second poll (run simultaneously) of about 900 people aged 18-49 found that 22% reported a new medical diagnosis within weeks or a few months after the jab. Of this group, 14% said they regretted taking the shot.
Just the other day, I was chatting with Michelle about various friends who’ve died or gotten sick after the shots, or whose previously-healthy kids now have new, difficult post-jab chronic illnesses. We were talking about how it’s hard, because you WANT to talk to them about the vaccines, but there’s nothing anybody can do but treat the symptoms anyway. Even if they believed it, it would just make them feel guilty or remorseful. So we keep our big mouths shut, frustrated.
I can’t remember exactly what she asked me, but what I answered was that — t me — it feels like the ratio of jab injury is about two out of five (2/5). That is, in my anecdotal experience, it seems like in every group of five people who took the shots, two have some kind of health problem. It’s not scientific, it’s just all the personal data that’s gone into the squishy brain computer and computed an estimate. I feel that it’s accurate; accurate based on my personal experience anyway.
So, while significant, the poll results seem low to me. The second poll is closer, at a little over one person out of five (1/5) reporting a potential injury. I wonder if some folks might be reluctant to talk about their possible jab injury with a random pollster, or maybe they are experiencing some form of denial. For example, one friend told me the doctors explained that her new afib was because she was “genetically predisposed.” Maybe she wouldn’t consider that a “new” condition even though she never had heart problems before.
The polls are what they call “a signal;” they’re a pretty clear data point suggesting, perhaps strongly, that there is a safety problem with the drugs. The results demand investigation for at least two reasons. First, if they’re bad, the drugs can be pulled, so that even more people won’t be injured, Second, so that we can start funding research on treatments for vaccine injuries, beyond simply managing the symptoms.
I know, it’s ‘just’ the Epoch Times, but that’s where you get your least censored news nowadays, and it’s a start.
🔥 In case you were worried, Joe Biden is back! He beetled out of quarantine yesterday in time to get a little more R&R at the beach before he rolls up his sleeves and gets back to work today. Back to work dealing with the Taiwan situation and solving inflation by signing a gigantic morbidly-obese Democrat spending bill that not a single Republican voted for.
According the Biden, the best way to defeat inflation is to keep printing money until the inflation goes away. They titled the bill the “Inflation Reduction Act,” and one of its main goals is “to make the tax code FAIRER.” So you know what that means: it not only vaporizes a historic amount of tax dollars ($739 billion), but it’s also about to increase your taxes, too. Fortunately, Biden signed another bill in quarantine to hire 87,000 new IRS agents, because they’ll need a lot of new people to help siphon all that money out of the economy.
One of the many, many new laws in the bill is a minimum 15% tax “on corporations:”
As I’ve explained many times, corporations don’t PAY taxes. They only COLLECT taxes. Corporations just snap any across-the-board taxes onto to the price of their goods and services. So corporate taxes INCREASE PRICES. I forgot what increasing prices is called. It’s “in-“ something. I can’t remember.
Anyway, what happened was Biden’s insane “Build Back Better” plan failed to pass because it would cause too much inflation. So they just renamed it the “Inflation Reduction Act,” waited a couple months, and — blliiiiing! — it magically passed. Kamala Harris broke the tie in the Senate.
So, here we go! I think it’s great. Let’s get this over with.
🔥 Newsmax ran a story over the weekend headlined, “CDC Recommends Limiting Sex Partners to Avoid Monkeypox.” The CDC’s new guideline is actually titled “Safer Sex, Social Gatherings, and Monkeypox.”
Not “safe sex.” Safe-er sex.
Does this make it sound like team reality might be making a LITTLE progress? It’s not. The CDC guidance omits any mention of gay people.* They just recommended that EVERYBODY limit their sex partners, which I happen to agree with, but it is still a typical example of government over-reaction driven by politics instead of science.
(* The one cheerful illustration does show a couple of racially diverse guys bunking together. So there’s that.)
Maybe the CDC’s advice is better viewed as common sense. The CDC’s recommendation explains that “Spaces like back rooms, saunas, sex clubs, or private and public sex parties, where intimate, often anonymous sexual contact with multiple partners occurs — are more likely to spread monkeypox.”
Sure, that makes sense. But that list!
Again, I don’t have any objection to advising people to avoid ALL places where anonymous sex with multiple partners occurs. That seems like common sense for a LOT of reasons. Still — I think they might have buried the lede. Just how many of these sex clubs and sex parties are there? I have no idea, I never got an invitation. But apparently there are enough of them that we need an official guidance about them from a federal agency.
Is it just me or does the proliferation of sex clubs and parties seem like a problem all by itself?
Even more bizarre, the CDC is NOT saying DON’T go to sex parties and clubs. Not even for two weeks to flatten the curve. They prefer you keep on clubbing and partying, just be careful for Pete’s sake. Shrink the QUANTITY a little. Don’t go overboard. The last section in the new guidance is even helpfully titled, “How can a person lower the chance of getting monkeypox at places like raves, parties, clubs, and festivals?”
See the assumption buried in the title? It would be possible to ELIMINATE the chance of getting monkeypox by NOT GOING to the raves, [sex] parties, [sex] clubs, and festivals. But the CDC isn’t shooting for elimination, not this time around. It may have been zero-covid but it’s not zero-monkeypox. They just want to give us some non-family-friendly tips on how to REDUCE the chance of getting monkeypox.
But it gets better. Because even this tepid, morally-ambiguous advice went too far for corporate media and the public health experts.
🔥 AFTER the CDC issued its new guidance, the Hill ran a story headlined, “Health Officials Walk Fine Line as Monkeypox Swells Within LGBT Community.”
The article explains that state and local governments are “walking a fine line” responding to the monkeypox outbreak, and “officials have been cautious in their messaging,” trying to avoid “stigmas.” Because obviously, avoiding stigmatizing people is way more important than preventing them from catching diseases.
So … Don’t say gay! Except this time it’s GOOD to not say “gay.” That was fast, huh?
The Hill quoted a Brown University “public health expert” who said it was like walking a tightrope. “The tightrope you’re trying to walk is making sure that people don’t see it as just a gay men’s illness, but not alarming people so that they use up resources that need to go to the people who need the most right now.”
In other words, they don’t want worried heterosexual people hogging the monkeypox vaccine. Even though it affects everyone equally.
Like on the Animal Farm, some pigs are more equal than others. San Fransisco Mayor London Breed explained it like this: “We know that this virus impacts everyone equally — but we also know that those in our LGBTQ community are at greater risk right now.”
Oh, okay. It impacts everyone equally. But it impacts gay people MORE equally. Okay. Makes sense. Got it.
And then the Hill just went ahead and said it, what we all know is going on:
Part of the effort not to perpetuate social stigma has been a messaging strategy that doesn’t ask members of the LGBT community to limit their sexual partners.
Hahahahaha! The reveal is not that this attitude cuts DIRECTLY against the CDC’s latest wimpy guidance, or that the public health establishment is going to ignore the CDC anyway. And it’s NOT the wacky admission that they aren’t going to tell gay men to cut out sex — even for a little while. We already knew all of those things.
But … the bizarre logic! Or rather, the illogical premise. In other words, the unstated assumption that, if you ask gay men to limit their sexual partners, then THAT ALONE is stigmatizing.
Nobody is telling public health that it has to call monkeypox “the gay disease” or create monkeypox passports allowing hetero people into festivals while banning gay people. They could try just closing down the “festivals” for everybody: gay people AND straight people. But nope. That would “stigmatize” gay people, so instead, we are pursuing a “let ‘er rip” strategy, apparently.
What public health experts don’t realize is that all their efforts to prevent stigmatizing gay people is actually ... stigmatizing gay people. We’re focusing a LOT on all these sex clubs, parties, and festivals, and frankly it is appalling. It’s giving ALL gay people a bad rap. But public health’s tortured efforts to avoid asking gay people to stop having anonymous sex for two weeks is making things even worse, stigma-wise.
To justify not telling gay people to abstain, even temporarily, the Hill quotes another public health “expert” who explained that gay people won’t — or can’t — stop:
> [San Francisco public health officer Susan Philip] noted that adopting abstinence as a public health strategy doesn’t work, and can often be counterproductive because community members will stop listening to other guidance from officials.
Oh. So, the picture that is emerging from all this non-stigmatic messaging is one of widespread, stomach-turning, out-of-control gay sex orgies that either will not stop or the gay people are so sexually crazed they simply can’t stop. And the public health experts ASSURE us that abstinence won’t work, not even for two weeks.
Now, add the anger generated by all the disparate treatment. You know what public health experts think DO work? MANDATES. Mandates for hetero people, like lockdowns. Mask requirements. Vaccine passports. Jab mandates.
But, apparently, mandates do NOT work for gay people.
It’s a bad look. It doesn’t seem fair. While I’m totally anti-mandate for anybody, I know that the experts are NOT anti-mandate. They LOVE the mandates. Mandates for regular folks. But the response makes it look like the well-connected gay lobby is getting special treatment.
What I’m getting at is that I don’t think all this careful messaging is doing what they want, assuming that what they want is to avoid stigmatizing gay people. There are probably a ton of ordinary gay people who are getting tarred by this hedonistic sub-culture of human animals with out-of-control sexual urges.
💉 The Hill ran another interesting article this weekend headlined, “More Than 1,500 Flights Canceled in Another Tough Weekend for US Travel.”
This weekend, U.S. carriers canceled 1,500 flights, and delayed 11,300 flights, according to the FlightAware website. The weekend figures add to the 1,400 flights canceled on Friday.
The cancelations were nationwide, so they couldn’t blame it on the weather this time. They’ve kind of stopped trying to explain it at all, actually; it’s just a baffling mystery now. No real reason. The airlines used to work, and now they’re broken, but don’t ask questions.
I did find this sentence from the article telling:
Regional carriers have seen some of the most drastic pilot shortages, with many offering pay incentives to attract and retain pilots.
Ah, there it is. The most interesting sentence in the article, raising lots of questions of its own. What’s CAUSING the drastic pilot shortages? Not only doesn’t the Hill say, not only doesn’t it even speculate, but it just stops right there. Not one more word of the article discusses pilot shortages. The sentence itself even looks like something before it was cut by editors, because it is worded like a follow-up to a prior sentence about general pilot shortages.
We HAVE to be reaching some kind of tipping point. Hang onto something!
Have a marvelous Monday. I’ll be back tomorrow with another dose.
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