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CDC creativity; a new "mystery disease" stalks young women; karma comes for the jab happy; athlete deaths; Jha won't answer about school closures; Biden's losing; a Special Olympics miracle; and more.
Good morning C&C, it’s Monday again, so let’s kick the week off right with a great roundup: boosted cases trigger CDC creativity; a mystery disease strikes young women; karma comes for jab-happy Ozzies; athlete deaths; White House ambivalence on school closures in the fall; karma comes for Avenatti; Biden’s losing; a Special Olympics miracle; a Canadian editorial miracle; and another big company moves to Florida.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
💉 CBS NEWS ran an article Friday headlined, “Why Boosted Americans Seem to Be Getting More COVID-19 Infections.”
The bottom line is that the situation is baffling. CBS says the problem could be that the way we’ve been measuring cases for two years is just too complicated: “the shift [to booster cases] underscores the growing complexity of measuring vaccine effectiveness at this stage of the pandemic.” So officials are looking for different ways to measure cases now. For accuracy, you know.
The CDC thinks a survey system might be better than all this testing. “Moving beyond this crisis, I do think the future is in random sampling. And that’s an area that we’re looking at closely,” CDC official Caitlin Rivers said.
But on the other hand, CBS’s handpicked covid expert thinks it could be jabbed people’s fault: “So, one of the dynamics here is that people feel, after vaccination and boosting, that they’re more protected than they actually are, so they increase their risks,” he said. “That, I think, is the major driver of these statistics.”
Let me see if I have this straight. For SOME reason, the expert worries that vaccinated people mistakenly feel they are PROTECTED. Which, apart from being unintentionally hilarious, is a mistake because they should be masking up and locking down, or something.
So … remind me — WHY did they take the jab again?
💉 Last week, the New York Post ran an alarming story headlined “Urgent Warning to Women Under 40 After Sharp Rise in Sudden Killer.”
The first line of the article urgently reports that healthy young women are now mysteriously dying of a sudden “killer disease.” A killer DISEASE? Is it monkeypox? Small pox? Chicken pox? Hog pox? Biden pox? Some other kind of pox?
No. It’s BLOOD CLOTS. That’s the “killer disease.”
Apparently, newly-released Scottish data shows that deaths from blood clots in young women doubled after 2019 and are still increasing as of the latest report. Don’t worry, the Post carefully hauls out an anecdote about a random young woman dying from a blood clot in 2002 — long before jabs — obviously trying to sneakily prove something it is too chicken to directly mention.
There are LOTS of things that cause blood clots these days, according to the Post. Pregnancy, contraceptives, smoking, being overweight, family history, and watching too much TV can all cause blood clots in people young and old. But the Post doesn’t speculate AT ALL about why young women should be particularly affected, over other groups, right now.
Even if the experts won’t, I’ll speculate. Young women take a unique combination of two medicines: contraceptives and jabs. If only we had a well-funded government agency that could look into that kind of coincidence.
🦘 Cheerleaders of the apocalypse might be about to learn a lesson. Last Thursday, New South Wales, Australia reported 82 of 98 people (84%) who died of covid for the week ending May 28th were jabbed, including 64 with at least one booster. Of 41 people sent to ICU, only two were unvaccinated, with 11 unknowns. Even counting the 11 unknowns, the vast majority were jabbed. But that’s just the beginning.
As you surely know, Ozzies aimed for covid-zero with a gusto exceeded only by the communist Chinese. Almost no sacrifice of other people’s rights was too great for Australians, who reckoned that a couple years of stripping their neighbors’ jobs and livelihoods, consigning thousands to lonely deaths in nightmarish covid wards and elderly care facilities, plus other punishing covid restrictions, would somehow shield the core crowd of selfish human wombats who happily cheered the government on to greater and greater heights of authoritarian excess.
Rarely does karma arrive on the scene as quickly as it has Down Under. I take no joy in reporting it, nor should anyone. But we must force ourselves to look and learn from the Australians’ errors.
As I’ve reported before, Australia is being pummeled by a tsunami of excess deaths. The most recent report issued May 25th, and shows excess mortality growing, now more than 20% over baseline levels. In other words, every month, thousands more Australians are dying than normal. Thousands.
At least half of the deaths are not covid. The covid deaths are surprising because Australians were told they’d be protected by the vaccines that many had cheered for. Australia didn’t really have any covid deaths till they started jabbing everybody. Now they have lots.
Most of the non-covid deaths in the recent report are from diabetes and dementia. A couple recent studies linked jabs to diabetes:
— September 11, 2021. “Severe Diabetic Ketoacidosis After the Second Dose of mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccine.” Zilbermint, Demidowich.
— December 21, 2021. “Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) temporally related to COVID-19 vaccination.” Ganakumar et al.
We all hope this trend quickly disappears. But who knows what the ultimate cost to Australians will be, when you add up all the lives lost, productivity squandered in lockdowns, economies damaged, social trust vaporized, and so forth. It seems inevitable that pro-lockdown, pro-vaccine Australians are about to learn a very difficult lesson.
Excluding people who were coerced into taking the jabs to save their jobs, of course: karma’s a hairy tarantula.
Meanwhile, Australia media is focused on stuff like THIS:
💉 A 2006 journal article titled “Sudden cardiac death in athletes: the Lausanne Recommendations,” provides data on historic athlete cardiac deaths. The study discloses that, over a 35-year period between 1966-2004, “sudden cardiac death” occurred in 1,101 reported cases in athletes under 35 years old, or an average of about 31 per year, or 2.5 deaths per month.
Another study on cardiac disease in US athletes, over a 26 year period between 1980 to 2006 in thirty-eight sports, found 1,866 deaths of athletes with cardiac disease — about 71 deaths per year on average, or 5.9 per month.
In 2021, 394 athlete deaths were reported, plus 279 for the 2022 year to date. That’s an average of 42 per month between 2021-2022. So, in other words, it’s not just your imagination.
💉 University of Massachusetts Amherst lacrosse player Aidan Kaminska, 19, died “unexpectedly” on May 30, according to an online obituary. No cause of death provided.
💉 Jayda Grant, 20, track athlete and daughter of Dayton basketball coach Anthony Grant, died suddenly and unexpectedly Friday. The Greene County Coroner’s Office told a WHIO-TV reporter that her death was “still under investigation.”
The loss of these young lives is a tragedy. I hope that one day the families will receive closure and transparency.
😷 For some reason the White House’s covid coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha isn’t too clear on whether we’re past school lockdowns yet or not. At a presser late last week, a reporter asked him about the issue, but our extra-diverse new press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre hustled him away before Jha could answer the question. After answering scads of media questions, it suddenly and unexpectedly went like this:
REPORTER: Doctor, do you believe all schools will and must be open this coming fall?
JEAN-PIERRE: We got to go.
JHA: Yeah, I unfor—
REPORTER: Parents want to know that.
JEAN-PIERRE: He has to go.
JHA: I’m sorry.
JEAN-PIERRE: We’re over time. We’re over time.
JHA: Thank you. Sorry.
JEAN-PIERRE: Thank you.
So, get ready. Who knows what’ll actually happen, but this fall could be a wild ride.
🔥 Still, miracles DO happen. For example, the Toronto Sun ran a miraculous staff editorial last week headlined, and I am not making this up, “EDITORIAL: Trudeau Needs to Drop the COVID Theatre.” It asked this excellent question:
“The virus has receded to the background of our lives … It’s now being managed like any other similar respiratory illness. So why is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau digging in his heels when it comes to keeping some pandemic measures?”
An excellent question. Next, the Sun peeked through the covid clouds and finally showed some sympathy for unjabbed people:
“While we have encouraged people to get vaccinated in this space before, we also see zero justification for continuing to restrict the lives of unvaccinated persons to travel.”
And amazingly, the editorial concluded with a call to end all covid restrictions:
“It’s time for Trudeau to do the right thing and drop these over-the-top rules. At this point, they’re nothing more than COVID theatre.”
So the question for Canadians is: Will Trudeau and his cabinet follow the political winds? Or will they follow the WEF?
🔥 In another example of karma arriving timely, former anti-trump lawyer and potential democrat presidential candidate Michael Avenatti was finally sentenced to 4 more years in prison late last week, for defrauding his porn star client Stormy Daniels out of $300,000. He’s already in jail on other charges for trying to extort millions from the Nike corporation.
During sentencing, the judge said that, while there were ways in which Avenatti had “done good in the world,” he had also committed “brazen and egregious” crimes and “breached the highest duty a lawyer owes” to a client. Mr. Avenatti, seeking to garner sympathy and a reduced sentence, told the court, “I own the conduct for which I was convicted. I disappointed scores of people and failed in a cataclysmic way.”
You don’t say.
🔥 Haha, the Hill ran an uncharacteristic op-ed last week with the hilarious headline, “It’s Biden v. Inflation — and Biden’s Losing.”
Um. Great headline, but is there really anything that Biden’s NOT losing at? That’s a serious question.
Anyway, the op-ed is a detailed analysis condemning Biden’s poor economic performance, and it’s a good read if you want the receipts. It ends with this warning: “The gross mismanagement of our energy resources – the squandering of our 100-year supplies of oil and natural gas – will fall directly on Biden, as will a stalling economy and continued inflation. Unhappily for Joe, voters place the buck at his door.”
🦸♂️ Last week, Governor DeSantis found out that the Special Olympics wasn’t letting unjabbed athletes play at its upcoming annual USA Games event in Orlando, Florida. So the State sent a stinky letter to the Special Olympics demanding $27.5 million dollars in fines for excluding over 5,000 athletes.
It took less than 24 hours. Late Friday, the Special Olympics caved and rescinded its odious mandate. “We don’t want to fight. We want to play,” it confessed in a statement.
Last year, Governor DeSantis was named the “honorary co-chair” of the 2021 Special Olympics, for what it’s worth.
✈️ Israel’s El Al airline has moved its headquarters from New York City to South Florida, for some reason. I wonder what it could be.
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