☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Monday, March 28, 2022 ☙ LONG TERM EFFECTS 🦠
Biden’s approval ratings keep sliding; Spanish data shows inefficacy for serious infection; Boomers are literally killing Earth; more sudden unexpected celebrity deaths; what about Africa; more...
Biden’s approval ratings keep sliding; Spanish data shows inefficacy for serious infection; Boomers are literally killing the planet; more sudden unexpected celebrity deaths; a new study warns of long-term cardiac effects for jabbed kids; the Times wonders why Africa did so much better without jabs; and a new Covid data report from Florida.
Happy Monday, news junkies! We’re back to our regular schedule this week as we prepare to head into April, if you can believe it. Time flies.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
📉 According to CNBC, Joe Biden’s job approval ratings are down -3% from January, which had already set the lowest polling point in his presidency. Meaning, his numbers are even MORE historically low now. Maybe if Biden had REALLY ended the pandemic on March 1st during his State of the Union, his poll numbers would be better. But now he’s mired in the slough of Ukraine and keeps himself busy warning Americans that because of his excellent Ukraine plans there will be food shortages WITHOUT EXPLAINING A PLAN TO DEAL WITH IT.
Hint: when you have bad news, break the bad news along WITH a plan. That reassures people that you know what you’re doing.
Then this weekend Biden gave a presidency-defining speech and practically dared Russia to start World War III by recklessly calling for regime change.
It’s SO WEIRD his poll numbers are down. CNBC’s headline reads, “Biden’s Job Approval Rating Hits Lowest Point Of His Presidency As Most Americans Think The U.S. Headed In The Wrong Direction.” Oddly, CNBC offers no explanation or detail about WHY Americans think we are headed in the wrong direction. The network was completely silent on that one.
For some reason.
📈 It’s happening in Spain now, too. According to official data, 82% of all Covid patients are fully jabbed, and 92% of all Covid deaths there are fully jabbed, which is really harshing the narrative that the shots protect folks from serious illness and death. In Spain, 81.66% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Do the math.
I know you probably find it hard to believe that the experts were wrong about something related to the jabs. But none of the clinical trials supporting vaccine approval measured or were even intended to measure hospitalizations and deaths. The jabs’ clinical trials only measured infections. There have been no randomized clinical trials confirming that any of the vaccines prevented or even reduced hospitalization or deaths from Covid-19.
The only measurement that the FDA relied on to approve the vaccines for emergency use — infections — turned out to be wrong. But they’re still approved, on this anecdotal suggestion that the jabs prevent serious illness and deaths. Let’s run a clinical trial and see what happens. That’s science, right?
🔥 The Hill reported a story yesterday featuring the alarming headline, “People Over 60 Account For A Third Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Haha, they’re not talking about methane. The article explains that boomers spend a lot more money on houses, energy, and food than did their thrifty, WWII-generation parents.
The problem, according to experts cited in the Hill’s article, is that seniors have big houses, which let them live off the equity and maintain their gassy carbon lifestyles, instead of moving into smaller houses and downsizing like broke 30-year-olds. This is a problem because it is literally killing grandma, sorry, grandma is literally killing the PLANET.
Yesterday, the planet was killing grandma; today grandma is killing the planet. It’s getting so hard day to day to keep track of who to hate, who’s killing who, and who we are supposed to be protecting.
Anyways, according to The Hill, you selfish boomers are putting us all at risk just by living, whereas people under 30, who have been indoctrinated to pathologically fear climate change, have compliantly reduced their carbon emissions by an average of 3.7 tons, while you boomers keep hogging all the energy and polluting the climate with your life by-products. Or something.
How could we solve this terrible problem of over-resourced elderly people? I’m sure they’ll come up with something.
💉 58-year old country music singer Jeff Carson tragically died Saturday in Franklin, Tennessee, after being admitted to Williamson Medical Center for a massive heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
💉 The Birmingham Mail expressed “shock” after 26-year-old Reddich United professional soccer player Thomas Rankin died suddenly and unexpectedly this weekend. No cause of death has yet been released. Soccer is a dangerous sport. These days.
💉 Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital published a peer-reviewed study recently in the Journal of Pediatrics, finding heart abnormalities in some adolescents persisted months after vaccination. The researchers reviewed cases of patients younger than 18 who went to the hospital with chest pain and elevated serum troponin levels — two key markers of heart inflammation — within a week of getting their second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine.
35 patients fit the criteria. Of those, 19 were excluded for various reasons, such as receiving care in another state after the initial visit. Of the remaining 16 patients, cardiac imaging showed 11 had persistent late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), a heart abnormality, and showed abnormal global longitudinal strain, a measure of heart function, in three-quarters of the patients.
The researchers explained that “the presence of LGE is an indicator of cardiac injury and fibrosis and has been strongly associated with worse prognosis in patients with classical acute myocarditis. LGE is a predictor of all cause death, cardiovascular death, cardiac transplant, rehospitalization, recurrent acute myocarditis and requirement for mechanical circulatory support.”
About 4 in 10 patients were still on exercise restrictions months after experiencing the inflammation, a parallel survey with the patients’ health care providers found.
The researchers concluded that most patients were responsive to treatment but noted a “persistence of abnormal findings … raising concerns for potential longer-term effects.”
Long-term effects? I thought we were assured there were none?
🔥 President Trump filed a sweeping 108-page RICO lawsuit Thursday against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and others, alleging that they “maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that he was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty [Russia]” to try and rig the 2016 election. The suit claims up to $24 million in damages.
I haven’t furnished reading it yet, but the details so far are unsurprising given everything we know. President Trump filed the lawsuit on Thursday in the Southern District of Florida. We’ll keep an eye on it.
🔥 Last week Governor DeSantis signed a new bill into law which requires high schoolers to take a financial literacy course to graduate. The proposed course covers issues like credit scores, calculating federal income taxes, checkbook balancing, and so on. It amazes me that something like this took so long.
🔥 The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on “Learning Loss During the Pandemic,” finding that 1.1 million U.S. students did not show up for school AT ALL during closures. Thanks, experts!
🔥 The New York Times — of all places — ran a surprising article last week headlined, “Trying to Solve a Covid Mystery: Africa’s Low Death Rates.” It’s a mystery! The sub-headline reads, “The coronavirus was expected to devastate the continent, but higher-income and better-prepared countries appear to have fared far worse.”
Well, well, well.
The Times reported population studies showed that about two-thirds of the population in most sub-Saharan countries already have Covid antibodies. Since only 14 percent of the population has received any kind of Covid vaccination, the antibodies must be overwhelmingly from natural infection.
The bottom line is, the experts have no ideas why low-jabbed Africa is doing so much better than countries with well-developed corporate hospital systems and high jab rates. No ideas at all. The experts are baffled. Again. The article explored and rejected a series of possibilities, like whether a large number of deaths had somehow gone unreported in Africa. But, according to an expert cited for the story, “it was clear there had been no tide of desperately sick people.”
Because of previous scares like Ebola, Africa has one of the most highly-developed infection tracking systems in the world. It’s not like they aren’t keeping track.
The story concludes that Africans should STILL get the shots, of course. “Because at this point, it’s not for those people: It’s to try to prevent new variants,” an expert explained. “A new variant as infectious as Omicron but more lethal than Delta could yet emerge, he warned, leaving Africans vulnerable unless vaccination rates increased significantly.”
Sure. New variants. You never know. Jabs now, jabs later, jabs forever.
📊 *COVID IN FLORIDA AND ALACHUA COUNTY* 📊
We have a new Covid report from the State of Florida, now published every other week, and it shows the numbers continuing to recede. The first noteworthy item is that we might have expected to see the next seasonal uptick beginning, but instead, numbers are still dropping, and are now below the prior trough’s low point.
In particular, daily national Covid admissions fell below 500 for the first time ever. I suspect this is a result of the new CDC rules for reporting hospitalizations “for” Covid and not just “with” Covid.
The next report will be significant. Will the numbers keep falling or will we see the seasonal Spring wave picking up? I can’t wait!
Have a marvelous Monday, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more.
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