☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, August 3, 2022 ☙ LOOSE 🦠
Biden's loose Paxlovid coughs; Pelosi visits Taiwan — for what?; VAERS shows safety signals for kids; EU jab contract with Pfizer leaks; California joins the monkeypox emergency club; and more...
Good morning C&C, and happy Wednesday. Your roundup today includes: Gibbs wins Michigan primary over RINO; Biden gets loose coughs; Pelosi visits Taiwan — for what?; VAERS reports show safety signals for kids; the EU jab contract with Pfizer leaks; California joins the monkeypox emergency club; bad employment news but things are going great; and the CIA takes out a 9/11 terrorist, apparently.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 For months, corporate media maniacally laughed at Republican candidate John Gibbs for merely suggesting there might have been some cheating during the 2020 elections. But Gibbs won the Republican primary in Michigan against Congressman Peter Meijer yesterday. It wasn’t even close: 63% - 37%. Meijer, the incumbent, was one of about ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. So, scratch another one. There are only a couple left.
NeverTrumpers complained bitterly that Gibbs won’t have the chops to defeat democrat Hillary Scholten in November, whereas Meijer would have been defending as the strong incumbent. The Cook Political Report moved Michigan from “toss up” to “leans D” following the news. But NeverTrumpers are missing the point.
The point is, Michigan Republicans don’t like RINOs, or something.
💉 Former Vice President Joe Biden’s covid rebound — his second bout of covid within 30 days — just became symptomatic yesterday, as media reported that Biden’s doctor said the Resident has a “loose cough.”
I wondered about that “loose cough.” I’ve heard of a “dry cough” and a “wet cough” but never a “loose cough.” So I went on HealthLine.com and found the page titled “What Does My Type of Cough Mean?” There were four types of coughs listed there: wet, dry, paroxysmal, and croup. No loose.
Googling didn’t help either. Biden’s rebound is the first link returned. Doesn’t seem like “loose cough” is a common expression. Does his cough fall out sometimes? Does it rattle around in this throat whenever he turns left? Is a loose cough like loose bowels? What’s it mean?
Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe one of our healthcare C&Cers can explain it.
Anyway, Biden will be quarantined until Thursday, at least, depending on what his tests show. He’ll probably be locked away until the news cycle improves. His rebound is convenient timing, in that he doesn’t have to answer any questions about Pelosi’s lunatic trip to Taiwan.
Still, there are lots of other unanswered questions. Does Biden want to roll the dice with Paxlovid again? Or is he going to demand a full refund since his first course of Paxlovid backfired? Maybe they’ll give him a credit for future doses. Or, would he like to try monoclonal antibodies yet? Has he learned his lesson — is he going to do a better job of wearing his mask from now on? Is Jill bringing him his favorite flavors of ice cream to make him feel better?
Inquiring minds want to know.
🚀 Speaker Pelosi’s broomstick, I mean plane, landed hours ahead of schedule yesterday and touched down in Taiwan around noon. The Hill reported around 6:20am this morning that she’d just left. It was a quick trip.
Fortunately, the Chinese didn’t blow her plane out of the sky, nuke any carriers, or otherwise kick off World War III. And — seriously — kudos to all the military members involved on both sides for staying accident-free during the fractious episode.
While Pelosi fans (whoever they are) are excited that the Speaker courageously “showed support for Taiwan,” whatever that means, back at home, the State Department publicly and explicitly announced that the U.S. does NOT support Taiwanese independence, a statement presumably intended to cool down the China situation, but which seems like a net loss for Taiwan. In other words, on the one hand, they got Pelosi (please keep her!), on the other hand it forced the U.S. to formally deny supporting the island’s independence.
Meanwhile, the Chinese might not have started a war over the trip, but they definitely remain less than fully gruntled about the Speaker’s visit. I know just how they feel, Pelosi was in Florida last year house shopping, and blech. I still feel oily. Anyway, the Chinese plan massive military exercises including live fire right off Twain’s coast on Thursday. So China’s going to make Taiwan pay for this trip for a while. Pelosi’s visit also gives China cover to offer more support to Russia with regard to sanctions and Ukraine, making that unfortunate conflict even more difficult and expensive for us.
Now that it’s over, can somebody explain what EXACTLY we accomplished that justifies the expense and the risk? Hello? Anyone?
💉 As of July 2022, VAERS now includes 45 post-covid-vaccine deaths in children, 60% of which were previously healthy (no comorbidities), and most of which involved blood clots or cardiac arrests. Before covid, any vaccine would have been pulled from the market after 25 to 50 deaths of people of ALL ages, let alone children. Just saying.
VAERS also includes 1,892 other reports of serious adverse events in children, including ER admissions, hospitalizations, permanent disabilities, birth defects, and other life-threatening events.
Corporate media has been completely silent about the pediatric VAERS reports. It’s SO weird that media can’t WAIT to breathlessly report on every other kind of potential threat, except for this one.
💉 We’ve finally gotten hold of one of the top-secret government contracts for vaccines, the one between Pfizer and the European Commission. It’s titled “Advance Purchase Agreement” and you can review it here: https://www.rai.it/dl/doc/2021/04/17/1618676600910_APA%20BioNTech%20Pfizer__.pdf
I haven’t waded through the whole thing yet, but I look forward to giving you more of my legal take on it after I complete my review. But I did note the following provision with great interest:
The Participating Member State further acknowledges the the long-term effects and efficacy of the Vaccine are not currently known and that there may be adverse effects of the Vaccine that are not currently known.
How about that? “Not currently known.” The contract dates to November, 2020. Do you think some folks might have benefited from knowing about that little disclaimer, while the media was promoting the jabs as safe and effective and saying the risk of long-term side effects was nil, instead of “not currently known”?
Even more sketchy, the next sentence provides that the jabs will NOT get serial numbers, which would have made bad batches a LOT easier to track:
Further, to the extent applicable, the Participating Member State acknowledges that the Vaccine shall not be serialized.
Gosh. Serial numbers would have been incredibly helpful for accountability. It’s almost like the jab makers didn’t WANT accountability or something.
🔥 The LA Times ran a story yesterday headlined, “Newsom Declares A State Of Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak.”
Governor Newsom issued a statewide declaration of emergency yesterday over monkeypox, explaining it was needed to “bolster the state’s vaccination efforts.” There have only been 800 cases of monkeypox identified statewide, but the LA Times article says lawmakers are asking for a $38.5 MILLION DOLLAR appropriation for just the FIRST 90 DAYS.
That’s $48,125 per case of monkeypox just in the first three months. The vast majority of the cases resolve naturally at home without requiring treatment, and the disease can be easily avoided by staying away from festivals for a few weeks. But whatever. It’s expensive.
It was fun to watch the LA Times’ euphemism machine working at full capacity as it described monkeypox vaccine eligibility criteria as including people who “attended a high-exposure event.” Uh huh. Darned ‘events.’ It also said eligible people include those who “visited a commercial sex venue.” What? I thought brothels were illegal everywhere except Las Vegas. Golden Staters, please explain.
So far, monkeypox emergencies have now been declared in three U.S. states: California, New York, and Illinois.
I know folks are still skittish about all these emergency declarations. If it makes you feel better, pay attention to what’s MISSING. Absent from the LA Times’ breathless report about Governor Newsom’s lightning-fast monkeypox response is any mention of DEATHS. The article reports “800 cases” — who knows how many have already resolved — but doesn’t provide ANY fatality figures.
Look where monkeypox is spreading: Europe, the US, and Canada. That’s it. Isn’t that weird? Where’s all the analysis of that odd fact? How are the eastern and southern countries avoiding the pox? But even in the European countries with the highest number of cases per million residents — Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands — only Spain has reported two deaths — both of which could be tied to existing comorbidities. So.
Without a running death counter, the monkeypox narrative will need a LOT of propping up.
📉 Remember how the Biden Administration and his corporate media allies scolded everyone last week for using the regular definition of “recession” and swore that the “real” definition was much more nuanced, and since employment was so strong we were obviously in a fake recession, and things are really quite awesome? Remember that?
Bloomberg ran a story yesterday headlined, “Amazon Shrinks Staff by 100,000, Joining Netflix and Google in Hiring Slowdown.”
Haha, “shrinks staff,” these people kill me. You’re not fired. Just shrunk!
And “hiring slowdown!” Hahahaha! When a democrat is infesting the White House, you can fire ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND employees and the good little media doggies will roll over, beg for a treat, and call it a “hiring slowdown.” Fired slowly.
Calling a 100K layoff a “hiring slowdown” is like saying a rocket that exploded in midair “experienced an acceleration reduction.” My eyeballs rolled so hard it peeled part of my scalp off.
Just within the last few months, Bloomberg has also reported double-digit layoffs for lots of major companies: Carvana (-12%), Coinbase (-18%), Compass (-10%), Gemini Trust (-10%), GoPuff (-10%), Microsoft (-1%), Niantic (-8%), Peloton (-20% of corporate staff), Redfin (-8%), Robinhood (-9%), Rivian (-5%), StitchFix (-15%), Tesla (-10%), Unity Software (-4%). Companies that Bloomberg has reported having announced hiring freezes or reductions this year include: Apple, Lyft, Meta, Netflix, SalesForce, Spotify, Twitter, and Wayfair.
So, it’s just going great! Great employment numbers.
Amazon’s reductions are a little worrisome, in that the reason for the layoffs is shrinking inventories due to increasing supply-chain problems that Amazon apparently doesn’t expect to resolve anytime soon. And Amazon should know. It’s not critical, not yet, as the online reseller still has 1.5 million worldwide employees and remains the largest big-tech employer. But the 100K layoff figures are just for the first quarter of this year, so it’s not clear how many additional employees have been terminated in the most recent second quarter. Either way, it’s sure not going the right direction.
But it’s not a recession. Be positive!
🔥 The Washington Post ran a morbid story yesterday headlined, “Zawahiri Appeared on His Balcony. The CIA Was Watching — and Ready To Kill Him.” According to the report, Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri, 71, was killed by a CIA-arranged hellfire missile drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan over the weekend.
The article takes several paragraphs to describe Joe Biden’s close involvement in the planning and execution of the mission, which if you believe that, I have some prime Everglades waterfront property to sell you where you can relax and hunt Python all day with no upper limit.
Oddly, back in November 2020, there were also reports Zawahiri had died of natural causes.
Who knows? Maybe the 2020 death reports were just disinformation. If so, what makes this week’s news any different? We have only the CIA’s word they killed Zawahiri yesterday. It’s not like there are any before and after photos. I suppose time will tell.
The ghastly reports celebrating the CIA blowing Zawahiri to bits in minute detail are unbecoming, to say the least. I guess Biden has to do SOMETHING to prop up his poll numbers. Unfortunately, Zawahiri should have been taken out 20 years ago. There are now voters who were born after the September 11th attacks who don’t even know who he was.
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