☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Tuesday, May 10, 2022 ☙ DISPLEASED 🦠
A BIG Multipler update; Ozzie pols lose jobs; DeSantis tackles Communism; FDA says jabs for kids don't have to work, much; Trudeau goes to Ukraine; Biden is very very displeased about leaks; and more.
Happy Tuesday C&C! Multiplier results are in; get ready for some great news. I have a big Minority Report for you, too. In today’s roundup: Australian pols are losing their jobs; the FDA says it doesn’t matter whether jabs work well on kids; DeSantis tackles communism; Harvard experts discover the obvious; Biden tries to walk back the chatter about helping Ukraine, sort of; Trudeau goes to Ukraine; it isn’t safe to be an anti-Putin oligarch; and Biden gropes nearsightedly toward World War III.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
🪖 OPERATION MULTIPLIER UPDATE: I’ll admit I expected a good multiplier, but I never expected THIS. First, Facebook pulled the plug on the post including the multiplier Saturday morning, freezing some folks out of the C&C army. So there was a question about whether we might have some soldiers still waiting around for orders like those kooky Japanese who hid out on the Pacific islands for forty years.
Second, it was our first weekend multiplier, and I wasn’t sure how that variable would factor. Turns out it’s a good factor.
Have I stretched it out long enough yet? We had a record number of individual donors: 4,335 C&C members joined the operation. I know, I know, you want to know HOW MUCH. Are you ready? In one weekend, we raised: $167,890.49! And that doesn’t even count people who mailed in checks because they hate WinRed.
Guys, this is incredible. We beat our previous record of $120K by +47 thousand dollars. The feedback from Johnson’s fundraising team was “AMAZING! We are incredibly grateful!!!!!!” What we are doing really IS amazing.
We just sent a GIANT C&C message, not just to Senator Johnson, but also to every other lawmaker in the US. The clear message is, we want Covid accountability, and we will support it. BOOM.
🪖 Thanks to everyone helping get the word out on Facebook about the suspension.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 Australia’s Northern Territory Premier Michael Gunner, infamous for his tyrannical tirade against jab mandate opponents, just announced his resignation. An unhinged Gunner infamously ranted that “if you are anti-mandate you are absolutely anti-vaxx; if you say you are pro-persuasion, stuff it. I will never back away from supporting the vaccines.” He’d ordered some of the strictest and harshest vaccine mandates and quarantine rules in Australia.
The 46-year-old Premier explained yesterday that, after the birth of his second child, “my head and my heart are no longer in the job.” And the voters are no longer in his pocket.
Gunner is the fourth senior Australian premier to quit or be dumped by voters in the last few months. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian quit in October amidst an anti-corruption investigation; Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein resigned last month citing the pressure of governing through the pandemic; and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall lost the election in late March.
I’m guessing all this is good news for our Australian friends. What do you say, mates?
💉 Endpoints News reported yesterday that the FDA’s vaccine chief told a congressional committee on Friday afternoon that, although the FDA won’t approve adult vaccines unless they meet a 50% efficacy threshold, the jabs will NOT need to meet that same standard to be approved for the youngest group of children. Because, science.
“If these vaccines seem to be mirroring efficacy in adults and just seem to be less effective against Omicron like they are for adults, we will probably still authorize,” the FDA’s Peter Marks told lawmakers. Well. So much for standards. Who needs them anyway? I guess the FDA can just do whatever it wants.
🦸♂️ In related news, yesterday Governor DeSantis officially designated November 7th as “Victims of Communism” Day, to honor all the 100 million people who’ve suffered under the murderous Utopian ideology.
Manny Diaz, the state’s new Cuban-American education commissioner, appeared with the Governor. This “Victims of Communism Day” thing is SUCH an awesome troll. Communists HATE being criticized. They can’t stand it. They’ll hate it even more when Florida adds anti-communist material to school curriculum.
🔥 Harvard experts might finally be onto something, years after everyone else figured it out. The Harvard Gazette ran a story last week headlined, “Remote Learning Likely Widened Racial, Economic Achievement Gap,” but that’s just the beginning.
Although the story is framed in wokabulary, meaning jibber-jabber about race and economics, it’s really about remote learning versus in-person instruction. The Gazette describes a new report analyzing achievement data and pandemic learning loss in 2.1 million students from 10,000 schools across 49 states. The study found schools that spent more weeks in remote instruction during 2020-21 suffered the largest losses in achievement. No duh. And districts that remained largely in-person lost relatively little ground.
The study concluded “We find that remote instruction was a primary driver of widening achievement gaps.” Interestingly, the researchers noticed that students at schools which remained in-person did not suffer any losses in math, but did lose some ground in English and language arts. The researchers seem puzzled by this, but it looks a lot like another mask injury to me.
They made it about race and economics by assuming that poorer school districts were more likely to go to remote learning, which I find to be a dubious assumption. But I guess to get published these days you need to add all the newspeak and blabber about how whatever it is always hits minority groups the worst. But the data speaks for itself: all across this country, students in remote-learning schools lost years of productivity. And for what? So Karen could feel like she was better than you.
Here’s my take: first, we need to make sure Karen is NEVER in charge of anything ever again. Second, if these Harvard clowns couldn’t see this result coming a mile away, they aren’t really “experts;” they’re just useless. But don’t worry, they’re still getting paid the big Harvard bucks to write after-action reports using wokabulary.
🚀 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 🚀
🔥 Over the weekend, I reported on all the Biden Administration’s bragging about helping Ukraine kill Russian generals and target the nuclear superpower’s mobile command headquarters. I wondered if Putin would accept our lame excuses that WE weren’t responsible for what happened after we passed intel along to Ukraine. It’s on THEM.
Specifically, witless Pentagon press secretary John Kirby had told CNN, “Ukraine combines information that we and other partners provide with the intelligence that they themselves are gathering on the battlefield, and then they make their OWN decisions, and they take their OWN actions.” Uh uh. We don’t influence them AT ALL. There’s no quid pro quo. We’re just charitable that way; we like to help people.
Yesterday, Biden’s media team seemed to be trying to walk it all back, calling the information provided by the Pentagon’s PRESS SECRETARY and other senior American officials “leaks.” The Hill ran a story on the walkback attempt headlined, “Biden ‘displeased’ with intelligence leaks, says Psaki.”
So, Biden is “displeased,” whatever that means. It sounds more like something you would say about a king rather than someone who is taking up space in the White House. “His Majesty is displeased with the nation’s ill temper,” the Brits might announce imperiously. “Displeased” is not a very strong word; “displeased” suggests annoyance or mild aggravation. After all, kings don’t really notice what we mortals are up to down here.
Speckled short-timer Jen Psaki explained yesterday, “the president was displeased with the leaks. His view was that it was an overstatement of our role, an inaccurate statement, and also an understatement of the Ukrainians’ role and their leadership.” Psaki added that Biden doesn’t think the leaks were “constructive.”
Joe is so blamey, isn’t he? It’s not Joe’s fault, it’s the Ukrainians’ fault. Or the leakers. Blame them, not Joe.
The Washington Post reported late last week that U.S. intelligence helped Ukraine target and sink the Russian warship the “Moskva.” Yesterday, NBC reported that after seeing WaPo’s story, Biden met with Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, CIA Director William Burns and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and complained that the “intelligence sharing” was “counterproductive.”
Biden is displeased about all this counterproductive information sharing. Gosh. He sure told those intel chiefs. But what Biden DIDN’T do is deny the story was true or clarify exactly what the US’s role WAS. I wonder what Putin thinks about Joe’s displeasure? I’m thinking not too much.
🚀 Trucker-hating Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau braved the missile-filled skies of Ukraine this weekend to visit beloved and oft-feted president Zelensky in Kyiv. Between ducking grenades and dodging bullets, the two politicians reportedly attended a private U2 concert and a dog award. Canada’s Premier courageously traveled in and out of Ukraine BY TRAIN. Photos show maskless Trudeau mingling with the Ukrainians, who are only 35% jabbed.
While Justin frolics overseas with unvaccinated Europeans, unvaccinated Canadians are forbidden from using public transportation or crossing borders. Because science! Shut up!
🚀 Newsweek reported that Russian oligarchs are suddenly dropping like sprayed bugs after opposing Putin or the war in Ukraine:
— former top manager of Russian energy company Lukoil Alexander Subbotin died under mysterious circumstances over the weekend, according to Russian media, having been found in a shaman’s basement, dead of an apparent heart attack. Subbotin had called for a “quick end” to the war.
— Sergey Protosenya, a top manager at Russian energy company Novatek, was found hanged in the garden of a rented villa in Spain on April 22. His wife and daughter were found dead in their beds with stab wounds.
— One day earlier, Vladislav Avaev, the former vice president of bank Gazprombank, was found dead in his apartment in Moscow, along with his wife and daughter, in an apparent murder-suicide.
— Gazprom’s Deputy General Director of the Unified Settlement Center (UCC) for Corporate Security, Alexander Tyulyakov was found dead in a cottage near St. Petersburg on February 25.
— On March 24, Vasily Melnikov, who worked for medical firm MedStorm, reportedly died in his apartment with his wife and two sons. Investigators said Melnikov stabbed his family before stabbing himself to death.
It could all be jab adverse effects; that’s what I usually assume these days whenever I hear something bad happened to somebody. Or, Putin has never been timid about removing inconvenient opponents. I would say, either way, the message has been delivered: Oligarchs need to shut up.
🚀 The New York Times ran a story yesterday headlined, “Biden Speeds Up Military Aid to Ukraine, Drawing U.S. Deeper Into War.” The Times explained that in 1941, FDR signed the original “lend lease act,” which paved the way for the U.S.’s involvement in World War Two. Yesterday, Mister Magoo — sorry, I mean Joe Biden — signed a new, improved “lend lease act” to help pave the way for the U.S.’s involvement in World War THREE, I mean, the Russian-Ukrainian “conflict,” or “war,” depending on which side you are on.
The NYT said that the new lend-lease act will let Biden Venmo billions in military equipment straight to Ukraine, right from his iPhone, without wasting all that time getting Congressional approval. In other words, it’s emergency executive powers, all over again.
Notably, even though Joe is displeased about the leaks, the Times didn’t back down from its coverage last week, reiterating that Biden “provided intelligence helping Ukraine to kill a dozen generals and sink Russia’s flagship.”
There were more details about Biden’s call with the intelligence chiefs to chew them out about the “leaks.” The NYT revealed “Mr. Biden was drawing a line — providing Ukraine with guns to shoot Russian soldiers was OK, providing Ukraine with specific information to help them shoot Russians was best left secret and undisclosed to the public.”
See? Biden isn’t saying DON’T GIVE INTEL. He’s saying KEEP IT SECRET.
But don’t worry, Biden’s not TRYING to start World War III. Not really. It just looks that way. As a cold-war history buff, I will make the controversial but defensible claim that the original lend-lease program directly empowered Stalin to seize control of Eastern Europe, subjecting millions to death, gulag, starvation, and misery for decades. But I’m SURE Joe Magoo, I mean Biden, has thought THIS one through. Well, I’m mostly sure. Or actually, not THAT sure.
Have a terrific Tuesday, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more.
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