☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Saturday, February 5, 2022 ☙ COVID UTOPIA 🦠
GoFundMe backstabs the Truckers; entry to France now needs three jabs; Vitamin D news; the court orders an FDA production schedule; Alberta may roll back mandates; Israel death rates; and more.
Happy Saturday, C&C! I am a little jammed up with extra work and a Rational Ground event tonight, so we only have a Fauci-high roundup today: GoFundMe backstabs the Canadian Truckers; France requires tourists to be TRIPLE jabbed; More support for a direct link between Vitamin D levels and bad Covid outcomes; the court issues an order setting the FDA’s document production deadlines; Alberta, Canada says it may roll back mandates; Hong Kong confronts some unpleasant realities about its Covid program; and Israel’s mortality data shades the jabs.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
🪖 The FDA will meet soon to approve Pfizer for very small children. You might want to take 10-15 minutes this weekend to send a few emails expressing your point of view. You can find all the committee contact info in this blog post: [Urgent call to action! The FDA wants to approve Pfizer mRNA shots for 19 million kids ages 6-months to 4-years old](https://tobyrogers.substack.com/p/urgent-call-to-action-the-fda-wants)
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 The Canadian Truckers raised almost $10M on GoFundMe, so of course it had to cancel the fundraiser. The site explained that while it believed the truckers were engaged in “peaceful protests,” LAW ENFORCEMENT has convinced it that it has become “an occupation.” Anyone want to look back and see if GoFundMe ever cancelled the fundraisers for the CHOP/CHAZ groups as they were running out of food in there?
Anyway, GFM set a February 19 deadline for funders to request chargebacks, and then it is going to donate all the money to a radical leftwing communist grassroots outfit, or something. I’m just guessing, but I feel pretty safe about that.
The truckers have a new fundraiser going on GiveSendGo, which they should have used from the start. Here’s the link: https://www.givesendgo.com/FreedomConvoy2022
UPDATE 10:20am: Coincidentally, after GiveSendGo tweeted that GoFundMe pays $15 per chargeback, GoFundMe reversed course, and now says that all donors will receive prompt AUTOMATIC refunds:
💉 Haha suckers! The great redefinition is starting. Yesterday the Daily Mail UK reported “France bans tourists with no Covid booster: Anyone who was double-jabbed more than nine months ago will be refused entry without ‘compelling reason’.” And here you thought if you just did your part, got the jabs, slept it off, you’d be ‘fully vaccinated’ and good to go for traveling and all that stuff. Chump! Now you’d better get on the Pfizer subscription plan and have those boosters delivered to you on schedule. Hope you like spike protein.
💊 A new peer-reviewed Israeli study give more support to the conclusion that Vitamin D deficiency is linked to more severe, more deadly Covid outcomes. The twist on this new study is that it compared PRE-infection Vitamin D levels to outcomes. Most of the previous studies measured patients’ D levels AFTER they’d been infected. Somehow the researchers found people who’d had their D levels measured before they caught the virus.
The researchers found people who are vitamin D deficient are 14 times more likely to have severe Covid-19 and to die from the disease. Most significantly, mortality among patients with sufficient vitamin D levels was 2.3 percent, compared to 25.6 percent in those who were in the vitamin D deficient group. I’m not a doctor or anything, but I think it’s fair to strongly suggest Vitamin D supplementation to anyone who hasn’t caught the virus yet.
The study considered less than 20 ng/mL to be “deficient,” and more than 40 ng/mL to be normal, and was published in PLOS One titled “Pre-infection 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 levels and association with severity of COVID-19 illness.”
🔥 After Pfizer jumped into the lawsuit last week to try to block the release of documents related to its clinical trials, the court has now issued a final order giving the FDA a little more time but increased downstream requirements for production. The Court ordered the FDA to produce 10,000 pages per month for the first two months, then 80,000 pages per month for the next three months, then 70,000 for a month, then 55,000 per month after that. It’s a weird schedule but it probably arose from a lot of in-court wrangling.
Oh! Also, the FDA can only count duplicates as half pages.
🔥 Could the Canadian Trucker Rally be working? The premier of Alberta — one of the Canadian provinces — made statements yesterday suggesting that he is considering rolling back mandates. “Once we begin to see a sustained reduction in COVID pressure on the hospitals, I am looking forward to being able to make decisions on relaxation on public health measures,” said Premier Kenney.
“I believe that will happen this month, in February… including the elimination of the restriction exemption or the proof of vaccination program. I just ask people to be a little more patient,” he continued.
🔥 Bloomberg ran an article last week headlined, “Hong Kong’s Covid-Zero Strategy Is on the Brink of Collapse” and things sound pretty grim. The first line of the article says “Hong Kong has never been closer to losing its Covid-Zero battle.”
What a shock! How unexpected! I wonder what they did wrong…
Bloomberg explains it was Omicron: “omicron seems to have gotten the better of the city’s defenses, with a record number of new and untraceable infections.” According to David Owens, a family medicine specialist and honorary clinical assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong, “The horse has bolted, and I don’t think that the government is going to be able to get on top of this; this disease is just too transmissible.”
Haha, then Bloomberg repeated Hong Kong’s Orwellian new policy with a straight face: “Officials instead are pursuing what they call ‘Dynamic Zero,’ an approach that emerged from China and aims to work toward no new infections while acknowledging some may still occur.”
You see how it works, or, doesn’t work. The official policy is still Covid Zero. But they’ll dial in some centrally-planned metrics for “allowable” numbers of infections that are still considered “zero,” which will then cause all the local bureaucrats and petty apparatchiks to re-jigger all the testing and tracing programs in order to produce acceptable numbers and meet quotas. You probably think that’s a bug in central planning, but actually it’s the whole idea. You can lose your mind trying to comprehend the onion-like layers of manipulation by the central planners — weaving psyops into reverse psychology into perverse incentives intended to produce real incentives — all supposedly to achieve Utopian levels of social compliance.
They never get there, of course. Never ever. They are crazy as bedbugs in the Covid ward. But even though they never get anywhere, at least the Central Planners get to control people like puppets the whole time, so there’s that.
💉 At four jabs and one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, Israel has surpassed its highest Covid deaths per million EVER. And as of February 2, the line on the chart was headed straight up. Now, I’m not a community college associate professor with a degree in biology or anything, but if the shots work, then … um … shouldn’t the line be headed down at some point? Just saying.
Have a super Saturday, and I’ll see you guys back here on Monday to kick off another great week, as we begin counting down to the State of the Union.
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