☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Saturday, May 21, 2022 ☙ MONKEYSHINES 🦠
Miracle in San Fran; dogs held innocent of hepatitis; monkeypox matches 2018 virus; poxy saunas and festivals; Russia's monkeypox bioweapons; and much more...
Welcome to the C&C Weekend Edition! In today’s roundup: A miracle in San Francisco; Florida defies experts, again, and crushes tourism; Missouri protects doctors; Oklahoma rejects bodily autonomy arguments; dogs are held innocent, fortunately for them; covid association with pediatric hepatitis less likely; weird correlations in Europe’s excess deaths; lazy corporate media reporters caught lying again; Africa skeptical about starting monkeypox; El Pais ruins my “sexual network” info embargo; then it got worse when I found out what Belgian festival was spreading the pox; researchers match monkeypox to Israel_2018; turns out Russia has experimented with monkeypox-based weapons; and my “bill of rights” for future government-sponsored vaccines.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
⛪ A story broke yesterday that might just convince you that miracles are possible. Fox News ran the story, headlined “San Francisco Archbishop Bars Pelosi From Receiving Holy Communion Due to Abortion Support.” Not only did the Archbishop ban the moth-eaten lawmaker from receiving the sacrament, but he also published his letter, probably to make sure she doesn’t try to sneak into communion in a parish church out in the ‘burbs or something, like she used to sneak in to salons to get her hair did during lockdown.
It’s not that the Archbishop doesn’t trust her. He just wanted to make sure.
Pelosi, who’s always described herself as a “devout” Catholic, had no comment on the news. For some reason. But earlier this month, she bragged, “This [topic] really gets me burned up in case you didn’t notice, because again I’m very Catholic, devout, practicing, all of that. They would like to throw me out. But I’m not going because I don’t want to make their day.”
She’s staying in church … to spite them? Something seems off about that, but I can’t put my finger on it.
📈 According to Governor DeSantis’ fierce press secretary and Twitter giant Christina Pushaw, Florida has now captured almost 45% of the entire US market share for international tourism — the highest market share ever in history, and almost twice as much as the second-highest state, New York.
Florida’s GOAT international tourism performance defies somber predictions by experts that the state’s numbers would definitely tank due to: lifting covid lockdowns, banning masks, opening beaches, opening schools, supporting off-label covid treatments, banning vaccine passports, licensing concealed weapons, banning violent protests, banning in-school grooming, etc, etc, etc. The latest numbers leave the experts totally baffled. Again.
So far, experts don’t seem to be accountable at all when they are wrong, as they almost always are. At some point, we may have to start questioning the experts’ other forecasts. Maybe. We might consider that. Just saying.
I’m thinking about a new contest, that would involve finding just three examples of where the experts got something RIGHT about the pandemic.
💊 Slowly but surely. The Epoch Times ran a story last week headlined, “Missouri Bill Prevents Doctors Being Disciplined If They Prescribe Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine.” The bill, HB 2149, passed Missouri’s house in a lopsided 130-4 vote and is headed for the governor’s desk where it is expected to be signed.
For some reason, Missouri liberals were so livid they protested by pouring their soy lattes all over their avocado toast, which totally ruins it. They’re bellyaching that the bill “gags” pharmacists, because not only does the bill stop licensing boards from disciplining doctors for making independent medical decisions for their own patients, it also bans pharmacists from disputing the prescription unless a patient asks for their stupid advice. Otherwise, shut up and fill the prescription.
🔥 The Oklahoma legislature passed HB 4327 this week, a total abortion ban including so-called “bounty hunter” enforcement mechanisms. The bill, which provides exceptions “in cases of rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life,” passed the Oklahoma house by a whopping 73-16. The bill now heads to Governor Kevin Stitt, who is expected to sign, giving Oklahoma the strictest abortion laws in the country.
I mention this story, and similar ones, not to trigger anyone with different beliefs about the issue. The point is, this and similar laws are a direct result of coercing men and women into taking experimental drugs, which completely eviscerated the decades-long reliance on arguments based on bodily autonomy.
🔥 Dogs barked a grateful yip of relief yesterday as MedScape UK ran an article headlined, “Acute Hepatitis in Children Link to Dogs Ruled Out, COVID Association ‘Less Likely’.”
Whew, that was a close shave. Our furry friends are safe — for the moment. But the second part of the story is even more interesting: the lack of a covid association. An expert who worked on the new UKHSA government report said, “I don’t think we’re ruling out COVID completely, it’s just I’m saying, I think COVID is moving down that list of hierarchies, and that adenovirus and adeno-associated viruses, and other viruses like it, are moving up the list.”
So it’s looking like the pediatric hepatitis outbreak is probably NOT crypto-covid, after all.
The news grieved many experts who’d been hoping against hope it would all tie back to their favorite coronavirus. Will Irving, professor of virology at the University of Nottingham, groused that we can’t just jump to conclusions on whether covid was a contributing factor, “simply because the background level of SARS-CoV-2 infection has been so high that statistically one would need very large numbers of cases to prove a statistically significant difference between them and the background population.”
💉 Guess which European country has the second-lowest excess mortality at this point? It’s another weird covid coincidence.
It’s Sweden! Only frigid Norway has lower excess deaths. It sure makes for a weird correlation between lax enforcement of covid requirements and survival. And Bulgaria — one of the strictest enforcers of lockdowns, digital passports, and mandated vaccination — has the HIGHEST excess mortality in Europe.
🙈 It was only a matter of time. In this case, hours. Intrepid twitterers caught corporate media recycling old shingles fear porn to hype monkeypox mania:
Lazy lying liars.
🙈 Africa seems confused and skeptical about the notion it originated the monkeypox outbreak. The Hill ran a story yesterday headlined, “African Scientists Baffled by Monkeypox Cases in Europe, US.” An African virologist quoted for the story said, “This is not the kind of spread we’ve seen in West Africa, so there may be something new happening in the West.” African scientists have not identified ANY monkeypox cases featuring sexual transmission.
What new thing could be happening in Western Europe and Australia that is different than in Africa? Don’t say vaccination rates.
🙈 Despite my best efforts NOT to learn what “sexual networks” are, El Pais hinted at it in a new story headlined, “Health Confirms 23 Cases of Monkeypox in Madrid.” I read the sub-head before I realized the danger: “The regional government has closed a sauna in the capital in which it had identified an outbreak. Spain is the country with the most positives.”
A sauna? Is that a euphemism for something? Oh dear. What were those crazy Spaniards doing in that Madrid sauna to spread monkeypox all around? Wait, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know.
🙈 Then it happened again! NDTV India ran a story yesterday headlined, “Belgium Detects 3 Monkeypox Cases, All Linked To Festival In Port City.” A festival? That sounds like fun. I reviewed the article to find out what kind of celebratory festival the Belgians were having that might have spread the monkeypox. It never occurred to me my “sexual network” information embargo was about to be shattered into a million tiny jagged pieces.
The story explained the May 5th festival was called “Darklands,” which is a weird name for a community celebration. So I googled it. Don’t make the same mistake. I was scrubbing my eyeballs for hours afterwards using a toothbrush coated with baking powder.
The website gives you a hint: “The various tribes in the gay fetish community (leather, rubber, army, skinhead, puppies…) come together to create a unique spectacle of fetish brotherhood.” Puppies? Were they beagles? Oh, the humanity. Whatever it was, it was a unique spectacle, all right.
Meanwhile, New York City’s Health Department recommended yesterday that people wear masks to stop the spread of monkeypox. Masks. That’s it. That’s the whole suggestion. Not one word about saunas, festivals, OR beagles.
Follow the science!
🙈 I can’t confirm this yet in any official sources, but several usually-reliable independent sources say that the “new” monkeypox variant oozing up in Europe has been sequenced, and matches a 2018 strain called “Israel_2018.”
Scientists can describe the DNA of a virus using letters and numbers once the virus has been “sequenced.” They keep an online database of all sequenced germs, so it is easy to search for a match once you have a new bug’s code. This is helpful because they can easily find similar germs, or germs with parts that match parts of a current bug of interest. Here, independent researchers are saying that European monkeypox is a 99.9% match for this Israel_2018 virus.
The significance of this is that the virus isn’t “new.” It’s been around since at least 2018. Israel uploaded the genome on November 5th, 2019, the same month the FDA approved a “live” monkeypox vaccine.
The outbreak’s timing is also odd. According to yesterday’s article in Science, “In the past 3 days, more than 100 suspected cases were reported in Spain, Portugal, the United States, Canada, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, and Israel.”
That’s not the way these outbreaks usually happen. Not when they’re spread naturally. Nature’s viruses usually start somewhere specific, and contact tracers can figure out where they came from. Remember Wuhan? Now, monkeypox is sprouting up all over the place at the same time. Which is very unusual natural behavior for a new viral outbreak.
What other explanations could there be?
🙈 Well, another odd thing about monkeypox, an oddity it happens to share with coronaviruses, is that the pox has long been considered a good option for bioweapons engineering. Metro UK ran a story yesterday headlined, “Russia ‘Planned to Use Monkeypox as a Bioweapon’, Report Warned.”
How about that.
In a 1998 report to Congress, a former USSR bioweapons scientist said the “Russian Ministry of Defence decided to continue working with monkeypox to ‘create future biological weapons’ after the end of the USSR.” In the same report, an anonymous UN weapons inspector was quoted saying, “There’s no confirmation that (monkeypox) leaked out, but the potential exists,” and that “it was not a problem to get any of the orthopox viruses (smallpox, camelpox and monkeypox).”
It’s not a problem! Well, it’s SOME kind of problem.
Too bad we can’t ask them, since Russia happens to be a bit chaffed with the West at the moment, and probably also quite un-gruntled that the U.S. was nabbed secretly assembling bioweapons plants in Russia’s backyard, as its officials presented last month to the UN Security Council, which did zero about it. I’m starting to think it might have been a bad idea to do those secret bioweapons labs, because Russia might interpret an action like that as breaking the historic agreement to refrain from using bioweapons. And I wish that U.S. officials would stop obliquely threatening to assassinate Putin all the time. He could do something reckless, like, oh, I don’t know. Things and stuff.
It’s probably all just a big coincidence or an unfortunate misunderstanding of some kind.
Oh, one more thing. Russia is NOT gay-friendly. It’s the opposite of gay-friendly. Same-sex marriage is illegal, and in 2013, Russia famously banned “promoting” gay lifestyles. The UK Sun reported that it is “dangerous” for gay international travelers to even hold hands in public in that country and described how a gay married couple fled Russia in 2018, fearing for their lives.
For that matter, Russia’s big new ally China is not gay-friendly either. Russia’s developing ally, India, also isn’t gay friendly.
Like I said, it’s probably just coincidence.
🙈 Don’t forget that — so far — all the new monkeypox cases have been described as “mild” and no one has died. It is, however, a nasty threat of inconvenience to certain people’s chosen lifestyles and the bizarre recreational habits of some lawmakers in Washington, if you believe Madison Cawthorn, that is.
I take no position on whether Cawthorn is right, since I absolutely do not have any personal knowledge about it. So.
That said, if they want me to even CONSIDER taking a monkeypox vaccine, at least three things will have to happen first:
1) Everyone involved, vaccine makers, manufacturers, doctors, nurses, and hospitals, plus mandating lawmakers, must have FULL LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY if anything later goes wrong with their “safe and effective vaccine.” Period.
2) The U.S. must replace all management at the federal health agencies involved in vaccines, including the FDA, the CDC, and the NIH, with scientists having unimpeachable credentials and who proved their scientific independence during the pandemic.
3) It must be a first-degree felony to accept money directly or indirectly, related in any way to any government-pushed vaccines — including accepting money for a government agency over which the person has any control. It must be a second-degree felony to hold stocks in companies profiting from government-pushed medical treatments, even if the stocks are held in so-called “blind” trusts.
Do those things and I will CONSIDER the awesome new “live” monkeypox vaccine. I’m not saying I’ll take it. But I’ll THINK about taking it. Some. When I have a minute.
Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see ya’ll back here on Monday to kick off the week right.
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