☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Monday, June 13, 2022 ☙ SUPPLY CHAINS 🦠
The WEF finds someone to blame for ballooning debt; NYT figures the same about ballooning gas prices; the J6 Show continues; FDA signals vote to approve jabs for infants and toddlers; more.
Good morning and Happy Monday, Coffee & Covid team! Today’s roundup includes: the WEF knows who to blame for ballooning global debt; the NYT figures the same about ballooning gas prices; the J6 Show continues; FDA signals vote to approve jabs for infants and toddlers; Biden increases the government’s attacks on Musk, and Twitter agrees to share data; monkeypox gets an upgrade; a mysterious killer stalks Fort Bragg; a Newsweek op-ed questions the CDC; a new urgent supply chain shortage; and Russia works around sanctions.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
👮 I’m in Facebook jail for 7 days, again, on account of my Justin Bieber post. You’d think everyone would have switched to Substack by now, but people regularly say they like reading the posts in their Facebook app, for some reason. If you’re a Facebooker and you have a moment, please give the folks over there a heads-up.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 A tweet over the weekend from the World Economic Forum explained that “the pandemic” kicked global debt “to a whole new level,” and the Ukraine war has now pushed it even higher.
Well. First of all, “the pandemic” can’t do ANYTHING by itself, nor can the Ukraine war. They are just concepts, labels. Pandemics and wars are completely without agency when it comes to debt. Pandemics can make people sick, but they can’t write checks. Only PEOPLE can borrow money, dummies. PEOPLE kicked the debt up. People like the WEF.
Second, the tweet argues the solution to crippling national debt is to let countries restructure their debt. “Restructure.” Somehow I think that’s a euphemism for “not pay back.”
Um, how about trying: STOP SPENDING! At least, stop spending FIRST. Countries with debt problems should be on austerity programs. And I include the U.S. in that group. Our federal government is morbidly obese and needs to go on a spending diet, stat.
🔥 Not just high global debt! High GAS PRICES are also caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, according to the New York Times:
The pandemic and the war in Ukraine sure are busy these days, those rascals.
🔥 Episode Two of the House Committee’s January 6th Show airs today at 10am on CSPAN, if you feel like it. I already watched the first two hour episode for you, I’m not doing THAT again. I can’t. I won’t. It doesn’t matter though, since they already put their best material in the gala kickoff show. So, tomorrow I’ll just give you a recap of how all the people who get paid to watch scripted television responded to it.
💉 On Friday, the FDA released a statement saying it thinks that Moderna’s EUA covid drug is “safe and effective” for kids under 6, so you can rest assured. You believe the FDA, right? The document is a setup for several advisory committee meetings this week considering approval of Moderna and Pfizer for very young children. But, according to one usually reliable independent analyst, the FDA’s document does not show safety or efficacy. Instead it recaps safety studies that actually show serious adverse events developed in 1 out of 71 trial participants.
In other words, more than 1 in 100. Madness.
Wednesday’s FDA advisory committee will weigh approval of Moderna’s vaccine for kids between 6 months and 5 years old, and approval of Pfizer’s vaccine for all kids under 5.
There are TONS of jab-happy parents on twitter RIGHT NOW who cannot wait to inject their very young children with the experimental drugs, and these parents are kicking up a ruckus, aggressively lobbying politicians, and firing salvos of hotly-worded, demanding, and threatening email campaigns at the FDA. I can’t rationally explain this, please don’t ask me to. But these folks are highly motivated, very committed, and well-organized.
Remember — the FDA easily rounded up 1,800 trial participants who VOLUNTEERED to test the drugs on their infant children. And, all the placebo recipients were given the drug after two months — ALL of them — meaning they all accepted it gladly. Imagine that. So, there is no control group, no way to compare outcomes, no way to compare adverse events, and no way to compare deaths between the trial and placebo groups.
If you’re concerned about this issue, consider this: the biggest problem is not the FDA or the CDC. It’s the pro-jab parents demanding the government let them inject their kids. And nobody’s paying any attention to them at all. Without these medical pioneers-by-proxy, the FDA would never be brave enough to approve the drugs for use in toddlers and babies.
A recent Kaiser survey revealed as many as 18% of parents said they were “eager” to vaccinate their babies and toddlers. These are the people enabling the agencies. Pro-jab parents give the government agencies cover. And, what I have NOT seen anywhere is any organized pushback against these pro-jabbers.
It’s something to think about.
🔥 Forbes reported last week that the Biden Administration is stepping up its weaponization of the federal government against Elon Musk, escalating and expanding a “probe” into Tesla’s automated driving software, which could ultimately result in a fantastically expensive mandatory recall.
On Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, led by goofy Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, said it is investigating 830,000 Tesla cars across all four current model lines — an increase of +11% more vehicles than they had already been examining. It seems weird that they’d go after the most successful electric car maker at a time when the Biden Administration’s brilliant plan is to “transition” us all to electric vehicles. Weird.
Meanwhile, Musk looks to have won his war with Twitter’s board over getting access to the raw data, internally called the “firehose” — which includes over 500 MILLION tweets a day. Musk had threatened to pull out of the deal to buy Twitter, unless his team could review the data to evaluate the ratio of real accounts to fake ones, and the parties have been impassed for over two weeks.
It’s getting to be high stakes for the world’s richest man.
🔥 The UK Telegraph ran a story last week headlined, “Monkeypox Upgraded To Same Severity Level As Leprosy And Plague.” It explains the British government made monkeypox a mandatory reporting disease, meaning that doctors are required by law to notify the government of each and every case they encounter.
The change elevates monkeypox to the same legal status as 33 other diseases designated as “notifiable” under the UK’s health regulations, a list that includes awful bugs like leprosy, malaria, rabies, plague and yellow fever.
The Guardian reported — and I’m going to quote this sentence exactly — that: “The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that the ‘sudden and unexpected’ explosion of cases suggests the virus has been spreading silently for months, possibly even years.”
I found it fascinating that the Guardian bracketed the words ‘sudden and unexpected’ with scare-quotes. Isn’t that interesting? Quotation marks in this context indicate some kind of skepticism.
Next, the WHO's suggestion that monkeypox has been spreading for years is clearly a deflection to protect the you-know-what, and is totally inconsistent with the idea the outbreak is sudden and unexpected.
You didn’t EXPECT it to make sense, did you?
💉 An article in the Miami Standard this weekend is headlined, “Fort Bragg Lost Over 80 Soldiers From ‘Sudden’ And ‘Unexplained’ Causes, And Stopped Reporting On The Deaths After June 2021.”
The Miami Standard reported that the military can’t explain why dozens of young, healthy soldiers are dying on base in their bunks at Fort Bragg, home to about 52,000 servicemen. On February 9, 2022, Rolling Stone Magazine investigative reporter Seth Harp reported the mysterious deaths of 83 soldiers at Fort Bragg in the 18 months ending in June 2021.
For some reason, Fort Bragg stopped reporting the fatalities after June 2021, but the bodies keep piling up. Out of the 83 “sudden and unexpected” fatalities, only eleven were determined to be from natural causes.
Reporter Harp provided some examples. In January of 2021, Army captain Robert Latham died suddenly of an “apparent heart attack.” The 32-year-old was previously in top physical condition. A Green Beret named Calvin Rockward passed away from a “sudden, unexpected medical event,” whatever that is. The 38-year-old was also in excellent shape. Nine more young and fit soldiers were found “unresponsive” in their bunks.
Corporate media usually loves a good “mysterious killer” story, but not this one. I wonder why?
🔥 Newsweek ran an op-ed Friday by Dr. Marty Makary headlined, “Why America Doesn’t Trust the CDC.” You don’t say. (Ironically, when I opened the article, the video ad playing in the middle of the page was titled “No Time to Wait on afib.”)
Makary complains about the stage-managed vote last month approving boosters for kids aged 5 to 11. He complains that the CDC relied on a Pfizer study, which even a Pfizer spokesman said did NOT conclusively determine the efficacy of the booster in the 5-to-11-year-olds. That didn’t matter to the CDC though. During its public discussion, the CDC’s ACIP vaccine committee seemed to be more concerned about whether their decision would promote vaccines or make people hesitant, than whether boosters were actually safe and effective for kids.
Unsurprisingly, the committee approved boosters in an 11-1 vote. Dr. Makary thinks that the CDC ignored swathes of scientists and doctors who think there’s too little data about jabs for young kids to support the CDC’s recommendation that kids “should take” the boosters.
Following the science!
🔥 The war on women continues! Time Magazine ran a story last week headlined, “The Great Tampon Shortage of 2022: The Supply Chain Problem No One’s Talking About.”
The article is a lot of blah-blah, and ultimately concludes that the Great Tampon Shortage of 2022 is due to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. In other words, it’s Putin’s Tampon Shortage. Of course. Plus, as an little extra fact to consider, Time repeatedly mentions that MEN run tampon manufacturing companies. Men. So, you know, it’s a conspiracy.
Conspicuously absent from the article is any analysis of all the new state laws forcing schools to install and fill tampon dispensers in men’s restrooms, in case a confused female finds herself in there looking for a free menstrual product. For example, in Oregon:
Oh, and it’s not just gender-confused females. The guys are doing something with the sanitary napkins, too:
I started to consider, where are these guys are putting the tampons? But I shut down that line of thought, fast. And please don’t tell me. I do NOT want to know.
🚀 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 🚀
🚀 Russian automaker Lada released a new car model last week, costing only about $12,000, in an entry-level vehicle called the Granta Classic Sedan — built from all-Russian components. In other words, the car is “sanctions proof,” meaning that it doesn’t depend on any parts that might be restricted by the USA or its international allies. To achieve the low $12,000 price point, and the manufacturing independence, the car omits some features that folks used to think of as luxuries, like “anti-lock” brakes, high-tech seatbelts, and navigation.
Those features won’t be missing forever. If sanctions continue for a couple more years, it’s likely other Russian manufacturers will reproduce the missing features — or maybe China will. China isn’t participating in the US-led sanctions program, after all.
This story illustrates more Western self-inflicted injuries. Harming the Russian carmakers in the short term is actually harming US component makers in the long term. Since Russian manufacturers are shifting from foreign to domestic sources, sanctions will backfire on the sanctioning countries, because when sanctions are dropped, it will take a long time for Russian manufacturers to start buying foreign raw materials and components again, since they’ll have already adapted to locally-sourced products.
And apparently they can do it pretty cheaply, maybe even cheaper than by buying foreign parts. The Russians might not have figured that out without all these sanctions. Thanks again, experts!
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