☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Thursday, August 18, 2022 ☙ REORGANIZED 🦠
Alarming rates of cancer in the U.S.; CDC admits it made pandemic mistakes and announces full reorganization; Biden sets up another major public health agency on par with CDC,FDA: and lots more...
Good morning C&C, it’s Thursday! I’m still playing catchup with my summer cold, which is why the post is late, but they say showing up is 90% of winning. So better late than never. Your roundup today includes: a C&C health update; cancer rates in the U.S. are alarming; the CDC admits it has made mistakes, and promises a top-to-bottom reorganization; Biden stands up a brand new health agency comparable to the CDC or FDA; Cheney out but threatening to punish her constituents by running for President; lawsuit against me and Governor DeSantis permanently dismissed; and odious Soros prosecutor Andrew Warren sues the Governor.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🌡️ Michelle and I contact-traced my infection to a toddler’s birthday party I attended last weekend. She recalled that I’d eaten two things off the well-handled food trays: a cold chicken wing and one small bunch of soft grapes. What can I tell you? Both items had almost certainly been closely inspected and then returned to the trays by two-year-olds who were more discerning that I was. So.
It’s not covid. When I woke up yesterday and lurched out, blinking in the harsh kitchen light, I spotted a BinocNow home test kit strategically left by someone on the kitchen counter. It was a kind of passive spousal suggestion, if you know what I mean. As you can imagine, my first thought was, “I’m NOT doing that.” As I continued during the long day to visit to the kitchen for hydration, the test kit just sat there, staring at me, wearing me down, until I thought, “well if I AM positive then at least I can scrape up some ivermectin and maybe knock this out faster.”
Plus, I thought, I’m guest-lecturing at a law school class Friday morning, so I should be able to say I’m negative.
So, shamefully, I took the damnable thing, dropping the toxic liquid into the little cardboard hole, rolling that giant q-tip around my nostrils, and waiting fifteen minutes, and of course, doing my part to enrich the government’s cherry-picked favorite pharma companies. The test result was negative. I’m wasn’t happy or relieve to be negative; testing positive wouldn’t have bothered me at all. I had just talked myself into thinking the test made a difference over how I was treating the bug.
What can I tell you, it’s brain fog.
So anyway, it’s just a summer cold. I assume I had covid because I quarantined with my family twice while everyone was symptomatic and testing positive. But while the family got covid twice, I’ve never tested positive or even shown any symptoms. Weird.
This summer cold is not serious but it’s annoying, and I pray I’m in the end stages now. I did get some better sleep yesterday after the sore throat cleared up, and I managed to break up the cement-like congestion some by building a tower of pillows, to the point my head was mostly vertical all night. By the morning, it was moving into my lungs, so I’m popping Fisherman’s Friend lozenges for the uncontrollable coughing.
All this got me thinking about how I haven’t really been sick at all the last two and a half years. Lockdowns didn’t stop covid, but they might have stopped summer colds. At least I didn’t have to attend any toddler birthday parties. Anyway, I’ll still take a summer cold over the alternative.
📈 EthicalSkeptic, one of team reality’s most important independent analysts during the pandemic, reported yesterday that the CDC’s weekly deaths report shows cancer deaths flying off the charts. He pulls figures from the CDC’s MMWR — the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report — and graphs them.
Below is the graph of cancer deaths from 2014 through 2022 week 30. As you can see, the chart shows where the deaths basically leap up in a straight line — something that’s never happened during the previous years — on MMWR week 14, 2021. Coincidentally, that week was also the rollout of vaccines to all age groups. As you can also see from the chart, cancer deaths are still rocketing up as of the latest figures (2022 week 30).
It’s not just one data point. There are TONS of anecdotal reports from healthcare workers — doctors and nurses all over the country — reporting unprecedented levels of new cancer diagnoses as well as sudden renewals of old cancers. I would say the MMWR numbers corroborate the anecdotal reports.
Nobody is reporting the opposite, that cancer rates are down. Nobody’s even saying cancer rates are flat. They just aren’t saying.
The system is designed to fail. Because the media, the public health agencies, politicians, and even frontline doctors all pushed the probable cause of this disaster, they are now structurally unable to acknowledge there’s even a problem.
Remember that old nursery fairytale about the king with no clothes. We’re living through that fairytale. You remember. The evil wizard sold the king a bunch of “invisible clothes” and made a fortune. The king’s counselors and wise men were too scared of getting in trouble to say anything. So everybody had to pretend the invisible clothes didn’t cause cancer.
We need to find that kid, the one who finally called everybody out and broke the spell. Anyone have a line on him?
🔥 This week I compiled a very interesting set of three dots that we could try to connect. First, as you know, the CDC suddenly and unexpectedly changed its covid guidance last week, infuriating democrats and Branch Covidians, effectively ending all covid mitigations except its masking recommendation (it still has a pending lawsuit over that one).
We also know that the CDC has private access to the most recent, unpublished MMWR data. They get it before anyone else. Could there be something in the data that’s even worse than what we can see? Maybe something that the CDC is trying to get ahead of by dumping the covid restrictions?
You’ll recall that the CDC is behind in its deaths reporting by over two months because it is “upgrading” its system or something. They can see that data, but we can’t. But that is speculative.
What we also don’t know is WHY NOW? Why drop all the covid restrictions now? There is surely a reason, but the CDC hasn’t said, so we are left to speculate again.
Here’s the next dot. Yesterday, Bloomberg ran a story headlined, “CDC Director Lays Out Overhaul of Agency After Pandemic Missteps.”
Before I get into the details, let’s momentarily marinate in the fact the CDC apparently admitted that the agency has made “missteps” — what normal people who speak English call “mistakes.” Maybe I’ve missed something, but I don’t think that the CDC has ever admitted ANY covid mistakes before. That’s news all by itself. Mistakes? The Gold Standard? Corporate media — long accepting almost everything the CDC has ever published as its gospel — should be blowing the admission of mistakes out of the loudspeakers.
But Bloomberg slid right past that historic development. Nothing to see here! Look at my OTHER hand.
Director Rochelle Walensky, who once infamously claimed to suffer from uncontrollable panic attacks over covid, gave her agency the bad news this week that it has “failed to meet expectations,” which is what the HR department tells you right before they hand you your final paycheck and a pen to sign the severance agreement. She said:
“For 75 years, CDC and public health have been preparing for Covid-19, and in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet expectations,” said Director Rochelle Walensky. “I want us all to do better and it starts with CDC leading the way. My goal is a new, public health action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication and timeliness.”
Accountability! Don’t make me laugh. Anyway, what were all these alleged mistakes? Bloomberg enumerated them:
The agency has been faulted for an inadequate testing and surveillance program, for not collecting important data on how the virus was spreading and how vaccines were performing, for being too under the influence of the White House during the Trump administration and for repeated challenges communicating to a politically divided and sometimes skeptical public.
Okay. Couple thoughts. First, what do they mean about faulting the CDC “for not collecting important data on … how the vaccines were performing”? I thought the vaccines were performing GREAT? Is there something there, or am I failing to read it the right way?
And see how they neatly slid a Trump slam in there? Anyway, they forget to add the time the CDC got debunked by corporate media over its maniacal outdoor-masking guidance. But I haven’t forgotten.
You might be wondering, like I am, exactly what the “reorganization” is supposed to actually DO, specifically. While the article lists a bunch of fuzzy, happy-sounding goals like “improving relationships with other agencies,” the only concrete change mentioned in the article was creating a new department in the CDC for “health equity,” which I bet we’re going to just LOVE once we hear about whatever it does. And I bet whatever it does is going to be wildly expensive.
The article said that Walensky started her “review” back in April. Hmm.
Anyway. Again, we don’t know WHY the CDC is announcing a major reorganization and admitting mistakes NOW. Which is right around the same time that it also dropped most of its covid guidance. It could be a coincidence.
But I’ll add that government agencies always “reorganize” whenever they get caught with their hand in the cookie jar, so that when the Congressional hearings start, officials can say, “we already addressed those problems in the reorganization.”
Now let’s look at the third dot.
🔥 The third “dot” was a quiet, wild, out of left-field announcement last month that looks relevant in this new context. The Washington Post ran a story last month headlined, “Officials Reorganize HHS to Boost Pandemic Response.” Another reorganization! But check out the sub-headline: “Plan would elevate ASPR, which plays key role in emergencies, to be an agency on par with CDC, FDA.” Creating a new agency as important as the CDC or FDA seems like big news. But you probably heard nothing about it.
In its lead paragraph, WaPo explained:
The Biden administration is reorganizing the federal health department to create an independent division that would lead the nation’s pandemic response, amid frustrations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There it is again. “Frustrations with the CDC.” I thought the CDC was “the gold standard.” Where did all these frustrations come from? When did Biden ever express frustration with the CDC? Why hasn’t Joe replaced Walensky if he’s so frustrated?
The ASPR is the bureaucratically-named “Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.” It currently has about 1,000 employees, has a primary mission of preparing for bioterror attacks, but last month was elevated to its own “division,” which puts it at the same level in the org chart as the CDC and the FDA. The article says the new division will be phased in over the next two years and will be responsible for responding to all emerging health threats.
It sounds a whole lot like they’re standing up a potential replacement for the CDC in case anything were to happen to that tarnished gold standard, maybe like disgruntled lawmakers pulling the plug on the failing agency, or at least taking pandemics away from it.
Another fact that stood out to me was that this is all coming the pike down pretty fast. The article reported, “some senior Biden administration officials said they were unaware of the plan to reorganize the department, which was approved by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and has been held close by his deputies.”
Unaware? The new agency took Biden officials by surprise? It guess it was like monkeypox, striking when you least expected it and just minding your own business and having a great time at the festival.
Was the quiet “reorganization” of the ASPR somehow coordinated with or connected to the “reorganization” at the CDC? Does Biden think that pandemics are going to have to be taken away from the CDC, for some reason? All the signs suggest that something big is coming, something that will make the CDC look awful and in need of a top-to-bottom overhaul, and the government is getting ready to be able to say they’ve already fixed it.
🔥 Liz Cheney is now, officially, out. Buh-bye! The remaining damage she can do is limited to just the next three and a half months. And her profoundly disastrous performance in the Wyoming primary completely undermines whatever authority she might have had on the monstrous J6 Committee.
You’d think that after a drubbing like Cheney just received, she would take some quiet time for reflection; maybe retreat for a few days, and contemplate how she got so sideways with her constituents.
But no. Not Liz. Defiant till the end, she is floating the idea of running for PRESIDENT — as an independent, since Republicans hate her so much.
If she did run, it would be as a spoiler, to try to siphon votes from the Republican candidate, whether it’s Trump or DeSantis. Haha, maybe it would, but she’d also siphon votes from disaffected democrats. There’s no way to tell how it would shake out.
I think she should do it. Let her be the “conservative” Bernie Sanders.
🔥 Earlier this week, a federal judge in the Northern District of Florida dismissed a lawsuit against me and Governor DeSantis, that was filed by former school board member Diyonne McGraw. The gist was that last year, I filed a lawsuit as part of an effort to remove her from office since McGraw lived about 300 feet outside her school board district. Once I got an order from the judge finding that she did not live in her district, the Governor helpfully declared her seat vacant and appointed her replacement.
Understandably unhappy about being removed, Ms. McGraw sued me and the Governor, alleging that we’d conspired to violate her civil rights by depriving her of her “right to vote” or something. It took several months, and she got two tries to plead a legitimate claim, but now it’s all done.
I’m not sure McGraw ever believed she could win the lawsuit. The process is the punishment. It’s intended to discourage lawyers like me from taking these kinds of cases. In this case, it didn’t work, because for me, it just makes it personal, and making it personal just makes me work that much harder. So.
🔥 Fox ran a story yesterday headlined, “Florida Prosecutor Andrew Warren Sues Gov. Ron DeSantis Over Suspension.” Last month, Governor DeSantis suspended Tampa District Attorney Andrew Warren because he’d publicly said he was refusing to prosecute duly-enacted Florida laws banning CRT and grooming in schools, and even sent out a departmental policy describing a “presumption of non-enforcement” for a list of crimes.
The governor’s executive order removing him said that “these statements prove that Warren thinks he has authority to defy the Florida Legislature and nullify in his jurisdiction criminal laws with which he disagrees[.]” Calling Warren “one of these Soros prosecutors,” DeSantis suspended him for failing to do his duty and for incompetence, and appointed an interim replacement.
Now, of course, Warren has sued DeSantis, alleging the Governor violated his First Amendment right to say whatever dumb thing occurs to his little pea brain. His lawsuit tracks another lawsuit of dishonor, that of cowardly Sheriff Scott Israel, who DeSantis removed for refusing to let his officers enter a Broward school during an active shooting. I suspect Warren’s lawsuit will end the same way as Israel’s, who isn’t a sheriff anymore, is he?
Former DA Andrew Warren seems like the kind of guy who would get his Dalmatian infected with monkeypox. I mean by letting it sleep in the bed, of course. What did you think I meant?
Have a terrific Thursday! I’ll see you back here tomorrow morning for more.
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Results in a database or not, I have not taken a single covid test ... ever. Seeing how long this will last. I also wanted to be the last person on earth to carry a cell phone, but failed at that. My resistance so far for the tests, holding strong. I have had to make changes to my lifestyle, but worth it to me.
There is no reorganizing of the CDC and its bedfellows.
It's simply a case of "..but honey, I've changed." Umm, no.
The only way they regain trust is to all quit and never come back.