☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, June 22, 2022 ☙ MCCULLOUGH 🦠
Multiply Dr. McCullough; trans rights developments; sudden and unexpected deaths; DeSantis protects churches; a funny Sky News monkeypox blooper; teacher shortages; pilot shortages; & more...
Good morning and Happy Humpday, C&Cers! Today we have a serious emergency multiplier plus an awesome roundup: developments in international “trans rights”; three more sudden and unexpected celebrity deaths; Governor DeSantis to sign a bill protecting churches; the governor calls for courage; a hilarious Sky News blooper; impeaching Republicans falling one by one; NPR gloomily predicts a teacher shortage due to the pandemic-response; airlines cutting flights and routes for “some reason”; Merrick Garland take an “unannounced” trip to Ukraine; and there’s a deadly new hazard causing sudden adult deaths to worry about.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
🔥 EMERGENCY OPERATION MULTIPLIER: There is no one person who has been more influential for good during the pandemic than Dr. Peter McCullough, who published the most widely-cited academic paper on covid’s early treatment options. He has literally and single-handedly saved tens of thousands of lives, if not more.
More importantly, he’s given millions of us hope, which is arguably even more important. For what is life without hope?
Now, the American Board of Internal Medicine is “reviewing” McCullough’s medical license because of his covid-related statements. They sent him a demand letter with a long list of his quotes — out of context — from various covid YouTubes and media appearances. McCullough says this is a certification he can’t afford to lose.
The short version is: he needs the Coffee & Covid Army. That’s why I’m authorizing a second Operation Multiplier this month. We are sending two deafening messages: The first is to Doctor McCullough: we have your back. The second is to the board — Dr. McCullough speaks with many voices.
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Now let’s crush THAT record. On to the roundup.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 Some of us wondered if the new swimming rules for trans people would spread, and it looks like they are already spreading. The BBC ran a story yesterday headlined, “Transgender Players Banned From International Rugby League.” Progress.
The new rugby guidelines provide transgender ‘women’ may not play women’s rugby “because of the size, force and power-producing advantages conferred by testosterone during puberty and adolescence, and the resultant player welfare risks this creates.” Imagine, for a moment, Lia Thomas playing rugby against the girls on the swim team. Ouch!
You’ll recall that on Sunday, trans swimmers were banned from women’s elite races if they’ve gone through male puberty. Now the Rugby League has followed the nascent trend toward protecting women’s sports.
Not everyone is happy though. For example, Scotland’s Rugby League’s disability and inclusion director Mike Finn rage-quit over the ruling. “The IRL has decided we are not to be an inclusive sport, we yielded to a campaign of hate,” he tweeted snippily, right before also rage-deleting his twitter account. Buh bye.
In other words, pick on girls your own size.
💉 Former NBA player Caleb Swanigan, 25, died this week, suddenly and unexpectedly. The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Swanigan died of natural causes.
💉 27-year-old Gleycy Correia, 2018’s Miss Brazil, went in for routine tonsil removal in late March and suffered bleeding, cardiac arrest, and then slipped into a coma for 77 days. She never woke up, and died recently from a fatal hemorrhage.
Corporate media described Ms. Correia’s death as “complications from surgery.”
💉 The UK Sun reported that X-Factor star Tom Mann is heartbroken following the tragic death of his fiancée Dani Hampson, 34, who was also mother of the couple’s eight-month-old son.
Dani worked as a publicist and had no known health problems. Her cause of death is: ‘unknown.’
🦸♂️ Governor DeSantis received a slew of bills for signing last Friday. One of them is Senate Bill 254, which makes religious services permanently “essential,” and which precludes any emergency order from “directly or indirectly” interfering with religious services or activities, unless the rule applies equally to “all entities” in the same area. So.
Florida state Senator Jason Brodeur (R-Lake Mary) sponsored the bill. During the pandemic, at least one Florida county — Hillsborough County’s Sheriff Chad Chronister its garbage DA, to be specific — arrested Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne for leading a worship of about 300 people.
But soon, churches will be protected. More progress! And, less power for local governments, as I predicted would happen as a result of their delusional petty dictating.
🦸♂️ This week, in widely-shared public comments, Governor DeSantis called for COURAGE:
“What we really need in our state and in our country is leadership. We need people that have some courage, the courage of your convictions. When you’re standing up on principle, when you’re standing up for what’s right, people are going to come after you in this realm, that’s the reality. It not just me as governor, it’s parents going to school board meetings … you will face some opposition for that. Nothing is cost-free. But if people aren’t willing to stand up and take those arrows and pay the price, to be able to do what’s right, then we don’t have much of a future…. Just be willing to have the fortitude and the strength to stand up for what you believe in.”
Be brave! It’s working.
🔥 Sky News published an unintentionally hilarious accidental typo in its Monkeypox headline yesterday: “Moneypox: Gay and bisexual men at higher risk of exposure to be offered vaccines.”
Moneypox. Money. You can’t make this stuff up.
🔥 NewsMax ran a story yesterday reporting that half of the republicans who voted for President Trump’s impeachment have now either retired or have been primaried. There’s only five left, and according to NewsMax, “all face uncertain futures in the midterm elections.”
The latest impeaching Republican to fall was Representative Tom Rice (R-S.C.), who lost last Tuesday to Trump-endorsed primary challenger Russell Fry.
Bloomberg reported yesterday that Benedicta Arnold, I mean Liz Cheney, is now “depending on democrats” to win the Wyoming primary against Harriet Hageman. Hah. I have two words for you, Wyoming: “closed primaries.” That’s how we do it in Florida, when we’re not competing in python challenges or alligator roundups.
🔥 The New York Times ran a story yesterday headlined, “Citing A Disastrous Pandemic Response, an Expert Panel Calls for an Overhaul of the U.S. Public Health System.”
At first glance, that sounds pretty good. The so-called experts failed in every single measurable way during the pandemic, wrecked the economy, and did incalculable harm to kids. The public health system NEEDS an overhaul.
The problem is, “experts” are in charge of the panel. So of course, their recommendation is to “greatly expand the role of the federal government, giving Washington the authority to set minimum health standards and coordinate a patchwork of nearly 3,000 state, local and tribal agencies.”
Um, no thanks. You’ve done enough for us, really.
Panel member Dr. Julie Goebbels, I mean Gerberding — C.D.C. director during George W. Bush’s administration — said the pandemic had “taught us that we have to have a coordinated, integrated public health network that functions — and the only way that we can bring that together is by having a national approach.”
Sorry Julie. That’s exactly what we DON’T need. We need to be able to keep the evidence of how your stupid suggestions don’t work, by letting different states handle health issues differently. We don’t need to erase the ability to measure how awful your performance was.
Nice try though! Now bugger off.
🔥 NPR ran a story last week headlined, “We Asked Teachers How Their Year Went. They Warned of an Exodus to Come.”
“I feel like at the beginning of the school year, I basically got second graders, because that’s the point where they were in school full time,” one teacher told NPR. “Though you’re a fourth grade teacher, you’re teaching kids who are emotionally at the second grade level. And academically, we’re back to working miracles, like, ‘Hey, we need to get these kids caught up, we need to fill these gaps.’”
NPR said teachers are also reporting serious concerns about kids’ mental health. “[Teachers are] very worried about the students that they had this year, because they saw a lot of depression. Someone even brought up cutting, they were afraid that a student would begin cutting again,” another teacher explained.
The story shared the biggest concern: that many teachers will have had enough at the end of this semester and just won’t come back in the fall.
At some point, we may need to figure out what caused all this damage, and then have a little reckoning with the people whose disastrous recommendations injured so many of our most vulnerable young people.
✈️ Fox Business ran a story Monday headlined, “American Airlines Ending Service in Three Cities Due to Pilot Shortage.” My goodness. What could have caused this? The article doesn’t say.
The story reports blandly that the airline industry is short TWELVE THOUSAND pilots. I wonder how many pilots are left. And, at least 300 airports across the nation — a majority of them — have been cutting flights. It’s not just a little, either. The Regional Airline Association said, “188 communities lost at least 25% of their air service, either during the pandemic or during the first half of 2022 as the pilot shortage worsened.”
In addition to American, Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines, and United have also been cancelling flights or routes.
The experts are just baffled.
🚀 For some reason, Merrick Garland, the UNITED STATES’ attorney general, just went to visit Ukraine’s prosecutor general, who reports to president Zelensky, or Zelenskyy, or whatever.
The New York Times’ article about Garland’s surprising trip yesterday was headlined, “The U.S. Attorney General Visits Ukraine to Discuss Russian War Crimes.”
What? International war crimes is one thing that is clearly NOT in the U.S. Attorney General’s job description. Do the Times’ readers just accept this nonsense at face value? The paper said Garland made an “unannounced trip” to Ukraine yesterday to visit the former techno-pop dancer’s lead prosecutor.
Why was the trip “unannounced?” How does that make any sense? Why wouldn’t it be planned, scheduled, and announced? And what exactly does former judge and not-soldier and not-international-law-expert Merrick Garland have to do with the Russia-Ukraine war, or conflict? The paper also said the “meeting is expected to last about an hour.”
An hour? Why travel into a war zone on the other side of the world for a one-hour meeting about boring legal issues? Are you telling me that they couldn’t have done it by Zoom? If the U.S. does plan to get into Russia war crimes — another escalation — then why not involve State Department international criminal law experts? Why Garland?
The Times didn’t even TRY to answer any of those questions. It just credulously accepted Garland’s lame explanation for the trip. Forgive me, but I’m not buying any of it, not without better explanations, like first, how the U.S. Justice Department is involved — and not the Department of State — and second, why a face-to-face meeting was even necessary in the first place to have a sixty-minute dry legal discussion.
Stop gaslighting us.
🔥 Finally, in the bottom story of the day, Vice News ran an article yesterday headlined, “Scientists Studying Temperature at Which Humans Spontaneously Die With Increasing Urgency.” You really can’t make this stuff up.
There’s a new threat out there: “wet bulb conditions.” According to Vice, things are heating up. According to scientists, “wet-bulb” conditions are when heat and humidity can cause otherwise healthy humans to overheat and just keel over, suddenly and unexpectedly. Vice warned, “They’re happening more often than ever.“
Gosh! This is alarming! It must be climate change, right? So I dug into the story to find out how hot and deadly it’s getting out there.
Vice says the science experts are now saying deadly “wet bulb” conditions occur at … get ready … EIGHTY-EIGHT DEGREES. I’m not kidding:
Wet bulb conditions occur when relative humidity is above 95 percent and temperatures are at least 88 degrees F, according to the study.
Ha. I’ve got news for Vice: that describes every single day in Florida between June and October. In fact, 88 degrees at 95% is a pretty good day during the summer. I’d play tennis in 88-degree weather, no problem. Any day under 90 degrees is a “cool” day here.
But it got even dumber. Vice said the scientists’ study showed that “the human body … is essentially unable to withstand wet bulb conditions at all once temperatures hit 95 degrees F.”
They must be joking, right? Here in central Florida, 95 degrees at 95% humidity is an AVERAGE DAY. They don’t call our football stadium “The Swamp” for nothing. When we were kids, during the summer our parents would make us play outside ALL DAY LONG so we weren’t causing trouble in the house. Wandering the neighborhood all day, you’d have to run up to some random person’s house to drink water from their garden hose. But: you had to let the hose run for a minute before you drank, because the water that comes out at first is boiling hot. From the sun.
Anyway, the World’s Dumbest Article suggested that excess deaths in the U.S. are at least partly due to hot “wet bulb” conditions.
You know, every time I think they’ve reached the summit of epic gaslighting, they somehow manage to climb just a little higher on the moron scale. I can’t wait to see what other commonplace items morph like advanced terminators into new deadly hazards this year.
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