☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Saturday, January 15, 2022 ☙ DEVASTATING PROPORTIONS 🦠
The court of appeals sets Dan’s case back; activist experts go after Rogan; Kamala tries to say … something; Bill Gates expresses … hope; Narrative 2.0 news, and more.
Good morning and Happy Saturday, C&C family. In today’s roundup: the court of appeals sets Dan’s case back; activist experts go after Rogan; Kamala tries to say … something; Bill Gates expresses … hope; Narrative 2.0 news, and more.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
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🪖 Frustrating his lawyers (including me) and disheartening the family, the First DCA denied our emergency appeal for Dan Pisano yesterday. It will not order Mayo Clinic to let Dan’s doctor give him ivermectin and other recommended treatments. It was bad news for the family, and very disappointing to us, as we’d hoped to either make some new law or confirm our view of existing law in a way that could be helpful around the state.
In its short order denying our petition, the First DCA said that a more complete order will follow, explaining its reasoning. I have to say, while I am disappointed in the result, I am impressed and gratified with the quick action by the appellate court, which heard the entire appeal and gave us a ruling inside of a week. We’ll have to see what the full decision looks like to comment on the legal implications.
I also appreciate that the DCA is going to write a full opinion on this. They don’t have to. The majority of appeals in Florida are resolved in a short, one-line order called a “PCA” (for “per curiam, affirmed”). Here, the family will at least get to understand WHY the First DCA believes that Florida law doesn’t give it authority to order Mayo Hospital to allow Dan’s treatment.
During the brief few days while the appeal was pending, the Florida Hospital Association — a political advocacy group — filed an amicus brief in the appeal against Dan’s position. The Association offered three arguments:
— “No statutory or common law right permits a patient to override the medical judgment of their healthcare provider and demand specific treatments or medication.”
— “The appellants are unable to show irreparable harm because the efficacy of ivermectin has never been established for the treatment of Covid-19.”
— “Allowing patients to override the medical judgment of healthcare providers and demand specific treatments will create untenable conflicts in medicine and the law.”
All three are, at best, twisted distortions of the arguments we made for Dan. Dan never asked to “override” his Mayo doctors’ medical judgment. He wants to change doctors, that’s all. But he’s stuck at Mayo, who won’t let his preferred doctor in to treat him, and also won’t discharge him because of his condition.
Look no further than this anti-patient political action group if you want some LITERALLY dangerous misinformation. Sadly, Mayo Hospital appears to have lost sight of the reason it exists: for PATIENTS.
It’s a battle. Thanks in significant part to the C&C army’s generous support, the war isn’t over. Not by a long shot!
🗞 *COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 A group of 270 “experts” just published a strongly-worded internet letter addressed to Spotify, about its biggest problem: Joe Rogan. And it was a STINKER. These experts are immeasurably indignant. One, apparently an organizer of sorts, Jessica Malaty Rivera, was described on CNN as an infectious disease epidemiologist at Boston Hospital, but a quick Google search reveals she also apparently works for the Rockefeller Foundation, a political advocacy group, where she engages with social media to “combat misinformation.” More on that in a minute.
Both Rivera and the online public letter consider Joe Rogan’s podcast interview with Dr. Robert Malone to be nothing less than MASS MISINFORMATION. It’s the most dangerous and terrifying thing that has EVER HAPPENED. I’m not even making that up. The letter says “it is a sociological issue of devastating proportions.” Devastating! Like a giant comet crashing into the Earth, nuclear war with China, or a dozen Faucis.
And, I think they’re copying. “Mass mis-information” is very similar to “Mass Formation,” if you think about it, which is what Malone was lecturing Rogan about in the first place. Mass Misinformation, Mass Formation. They only have about three letters difference between them. Ironically, “mass formation” is one of the things the activist experts objected to, and now they’re drafting behind the term.
Anyway, these activist experts think that Spotify is spreading dangerous ideas that make people think wrong. I took a look at their “open letter.” While it claims the podcast episode featured a lot of “false information,” it doesn’t actually list any, or explain precisely HOW the information is false or dangerous or identify with specificity WHO it is supposed to be dangerous to.
When you click on the hyperlinked words “false information,” it goes — and I am not making this up — to a leftwing blog site that “debunks” Dr. Malone, quibbling over fine points like whether menstrual irregularities are caused BY the vaccines or just as a RESULT of using them, i.e. “the body’s natural immune response” to the injection.
The anti-Spotify experts didn’t mention Justice Sotomayor’s disinformation about the number of kids in critical care. I’d like to see THAT open letter! And … who do you think has more influence, Joe Rogan or Justice Sotomayor? Just asking.
I’m starting to get a little suspicious of these billionaire-funded advocacy groups employing all these “scientists” and trying to cancel everybody all the time. The Rockefeller Foundation is a giant leftist “think tank” that launders money and influence to advance leftwing communitarian causes, like the Bill Gates Foundation. The Rockefeller Foundation was involved in eerily predictive pandemic planning in 2010 fueling conspiracy theories. A Foundation report available online describes a fictional pandemic, praising China for its draconian lockdown and quarantine policy. (https://tinyurl.com/yk8zbvcz). Yech.
While these advocacy Foundations claim to want to be organized to help impoverished Africans, they sure spend a lot of time and money meddling in domestic politics. I think we could use Ms. Rivera on the front lines; you know, helping sick people in the Third World. I would offer to pay for her travel, but I’m sure The Rockefeller Foundation can afford it.
Anyway, the funniest tweet I saw this weekend was this gem:
> Kid: Mom, what’s mass formation psychosis?
> Mom: It’s just a made-up term by right-wing conspiracy theorists who think politicians and the media are lying to us and making everyone crazy. It doesn’t exist. Now get in the trunk.
🔥 Late this week, NBC interviewed Joe Biden’s second-in-command, Kamala Harris, and it didn’t go well. First, when challenged about whether it was time for Biden to do “more” to “stop the pandemic” — whatever that means — Harris said this in reply: “It’s time for us to do what we have been doing and that time is every day.”
Our best experts and scientists have been analyzing that comment for two days now, trying to find even a subatomic particle of meaning, and so far: nada. They keep coming up empty.
The interview is even more fun to watch because, after that, the interviewer starts asking Harris if she’s heard the rumor Biden is going to replace her with Liz Cheney in 2024. She squirms around like someone trying to get comfortable sitting on a stovetop that is slowly getting hotter and hotter. Despite a lot of blah-blah, she never gets around to denying the rumor, sticking to the script, “I’m just focused on helping people right now, not three years from now.”
🔥 Narrative 2.0 alert! According to BleacherReport, the NBA announced that it will discontinue its daily testing requirement for people unless they show symptoms. Ta-da! See how easy that is?
🔥 More Narrative 2.0 news. Yesterday, the UK Daily Mail ran an article headlined, “England ‘will scrap Covid passes and [Work from Home policies] at the end of the month’ because they are ‘hard to justify’ now that Omicron is subsiding.”
According to the Daily Mail, once the passport system ends, the only government mandates remaining in Great Britain will be the country’s mask mandate in trains and shops. The Mail provides some helpful charts showing that the Omicron wave in the UK is already headed back down, sharply, and hospitalizations and deaths remain low, particularly when compared to the summer wave.
The UK’s Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, also announced that, “after reviewing all the evidence,” the quarantine period will be reduced to only five days — just like in the U.S..
U.S pro-lockdowners were hardest hit. They are really having a bad month so far.
🔥 This week, one of our top science and medicine experts and the architect of Windows ME and Microsoft BOB, Bill Gates, said that he saw “hope on the horizon.” Hope! During a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, Gates was asked when the pandemic would be over. He said, “Once Omicron goes through a country then the rest of the year should see far fewer cases so Covid can be treated more like seasonal flu.”
I guess if Bill Gates says it’s okay, then it must be okay. You can relax now! Bam.
🔥 After the Supreme Court’s decisions on Thursday, Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis, said “The state of Florida is not going to serve as the Biden Administration’s biomedical police. Firing unvaccinated healthcare workers, many of whom have infection-conferred immunity, is unethical and unscientific on its face.”
It is not clear to me what this means, if anything. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud the sentiment, but the enforcement mechanism for the CMS Mandate is the withholding of federal medicare reimbursements from corporate hospitals. I’m thinking that the states can’t do much about that.
Governor DeSantis commented on the decision, saying “Honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh didn’t have a backbone on that decision. That’s the bottom line.”
As I predicted, there has not been much analysis of the text of either decision so far. There’s just not a lot to work with in them.
🔥 Reuters announced that General Electric suspended its “vaccinate or test” requirement for employees after the Supreme Court decision on Thursday, becoming the first major company to do so. On the other hand, Honeywell announced it will keep its mandate. Time for GE to fire up a carefully-worded hiring campaign, I’d guess.
Have a terrific weekend, and I’ll see you on the flip side Monday morning to start the week off right.
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