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☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, June 8, 2022 ☙ PIVOTING AND RECASTING 🦠
A pause for encouragement; FDA committee greenlights Novavax, because hesitancy; sudden and unexpected injuries and deaths; DOJ charges Proud Boys; the dems recast; and more...
Good morning C&C, and Happy Wednesday! Are you excited for the January 6th spectacular tomorrow? I bet you are. Today’s roundup: a few encouraging words about being happy although the world is chaotic; the FDA is poised to approve a fourth covid vaccine aimed at hesitant people; more sudden and unexpected injuries and deaths; the boosted hold their top slot for covid infections; DOJ charges Proud Boys with sedition; the New York Times accurately describes the J6 Committee hearings; Biden lets lefty rioters off the hook; and the World Bank issues a stinky economic forecast.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
🎈 The world is looking increasingly chaotic and unpredictable, and it’s stressing some folks out. It that describes you, stop it! Things are NOT terrible, even if we do dream up all sorts of gloomy scenarios. Don’t fall for it. We could just as easily dream up all sorts of GREAT possibilities. It’s just that we don’t think or talk about hopeful possibilities much.
Try this thought experiment: If you went on a media diet for a month, would you notice anything particular wrong with the world as you live your day-to-day life? Aside from high prices for everything, so far there’re no evident real-world problems. So things aren’t REALLY terrible. They’re fine. Our grandparents survived real problems during World War II, and the world kept on spinning. We can also do it, if we have to.
In fact, things could get a lot worse here and we’d STILL be fine, or maybe even better than fine. Tough times make strong citizens. It might be good for us to eat a ‘tough times hoagie’ every once in a while.
Oddly, the parts everything happening these days that freak you out the most are probably the parts you can’t see: diseases and conspiracies. I won’t even try to talk everyone out of their favorite theories, but I suggest also spending a little time visualizing the millions of awakened people out there who are just like you and me, who are paying attention, who are highly-motivated, and who are pushing back. True, our enemies have a lot of money and resources, but we have NUMBERS. Expect miracles.
I taught a bible study class for almost seven years. My favorite topic to teach on was the sin of fear and worry. I know everything the Bible says on that topic. My Christian brothers and sisters: you should never feel stressed out. Faith and fear are mutually exclusive. Faith forces out fear. Focus on your faith and you’ll overcome all your worries and concerns. “You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” John 26:33b (HCSB).
Fear and worry are sinful because they show trust in something other than God. If you trust Him, then you have nothing to worry about, do you?
For my secular friends: You don’t have to look too far back in history to find examples of much more difficult periods of time in this country, from the Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis (both including the assassination of a sitting president). Contrast where we are now — where are ARE; not where we MIGHT be — to those prior historical periods, and you should feel reassured and encouraged. We can do this.
Things are FINE. We just have some work to do, is all.
On with the roundup!
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
💉 ABC News ran a story yesterday headlined, “FDA Advisers Vote in Favor of Authorizing Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine [21-0].” If approved, it will become the fourth EUA covid vaccine available in the US.
According to the story, the main reason the committee approved the new drug was to reach “vaccine hesitant” people who don’t want any high-tech drug. Reinforcing the point, the story describes a lot of blah-blah between committee members and presenting Novavax reps about reaching unvaccinated people.
The technology used to make the drug is not like smallpox or polio vaccines. ABC calls the drug “a more traditional protein vaccine that has been used for decades” on things like hepatitis B, shingles, and unnamed “other diseases.” The New York Times’ story explained the drug maker scrapes covid spike proteins off engineered moth cells and clumps the harvested spike into nanoparticles, or bunches, which they inject into the shoulder muscle along with an adjuvant, or immune stimulant.
The drug will come with a myocarditis warning. ABC reported that within 20 days after dosing, there were 20 cases of myocarditis among the 40,000 trial participants, mostly in young men. And Novavax did not test its drug against Omicron since the trials were completed by January.
Oh, I almost forgot. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave Novavax an $89 million dollar grant in 2015. Novavax stock is currently trading at $47 a share, down from a 6-month peak of $217 in December, and is trending downwards this week. Personally, I don’t think “vaccine hesitant” people are going to be much interested in ANY kind of vaccine at this point, especially if they’ve already recovered from covid. It’s more like a “horse is already out of the barn” kind of situation now.
Take your spike protein!
💉 WJHG Pensacola reported yesterday that Florida Blue Devils pitcher Hayden Revels is recovering from surgery. He noticed that his arm was swollen and discolored during a game. He finished the game but didn’t pitch. Later the hospital diagnosed Revels with a blood clot requiring immediate surgery, including removal of his first rib, for some reason.
Revels will miss the rest of the season, including the team’s title run, but is expected to make a full recovery. His doctors are baffled about what could have caused the clot.
💉 Sadly, former NFL running back Marion Barber, 38, was found dead in his apartment a week ago by police making a welfare check. No cause of death has been released.
💉 Walgreen’s covid report as of June 4th continues to show boosted folks having the highest rates of covid infections, with the highest cohort being those having 3 jabs over five months ago. Those folks are showing positive tests almost 40% of the time, nearly double the unvaccinated rate.
🔥 CBS reported yesterday that the DOJ just charged five members of the Proud Boys with seditious conspiracy for their alleged roles in the January 6 Capitol riots. The serious charge of sedition was previously considered too difficult to prove, but the Justice Department has discovered that DC juries will find J6 defendants guilty on laser-thin evidence.
My guess is the Proud Boys’ lawyers will recommend they plead guilty to avoid a jury trial, and take some prison time on a negotiated plea. Four of them are veterans of US military service.
The timing of charges this week has nothing whatsoever to do with the J6 Committee’s gala public hearings also beginning this week, so don’t even start.
🔥 Well, looky here. The New York Times ran a story yesterday headlined, “Jan. 6 Hearings Give Democrats a Chance to Recast Midterm Message.” I guess it’s that obvious.
‘Recast’ their message? Recast? Oh, they mean, “change the subject.”
The article explains, “With their control of Congress hanging in the balance, Democrats plan to use made-for-television moments and a carefully choreographed rollout of revelations over the course of six hearings to remind the public of the magnitude of Mr. Trump’s effort to overturn the election, and to persuade voters that the coming midterm elections are a chance to hold Republicans accountable for it.”
According to the Times, excited Representative and Committee member Jamie Raskin (D-MD), gleefully promised the hearings will “blow the roof off the House.” And — get this — the article says “a significant portion of the first hearing on Thursday evening will focus on the Proud Boys.” Oh.
How weird. It’s almost like they already knew about the new Proud Boys charges after all. What an odd coincidence. Just lucky for democrats I guess.
The NYT reported that mood democrats have scheduled more than 90 celebrations, I mean ‘watch events,’ in various states, including a ‘flagship’ event at the Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon in Washington, where democrats will set up a Jumbotron and dish up free ice cream to attendees. That’s not a joke.
This frenzied push to change the trajectory of the elections will fail, because democrats mistakenly believe people can forget about gas prices, bungled military operations, arming terrorists, the border, inflation, and reckless warmongering just to “punish” Republicans for doing something that never gets punished when leftists do it.
🔥 Look no further than this story. This week the Biden administration also quietly reduced the already plea-bargained sentence of two white-shoe lawyers who threw a Molotov cocktail into a police car during the 2020 summer riots in Brooklyn. The two lawyers pleaded guilty last year to one count of possessing and making an explosive device, a charge that carries up to ten years in prison, but DOJ lawyers have now retroactively offered to reduce the charges to ones carrying a maximum of only 18 to 24 months.
Not one single J6 defendant threw explosives anywhere. Just saying.
🚀 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 🚀
🚀 Reuters ran a gloomy story yesterday headlined, “World Bank Slashes Global Growth Forecast to 2.9%, Warns of ‘Stagflation’ Risk.” Uh oh!
In its Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank predicted that the global economy is entering “a protracted period of feeble growth and elevated inflation.” That doesn’t sound too good. But the World Bank also warned things could get even worse.
“The danger of stagflation is considerable today,” the report begins. Stagflation! Last seen under democrat one-termer Jimmy Carter, who coincidentally employed many of the same economic policies that White House resident Joe Biden does. Odd.
I know what you’re thinking, but the problems have nothing to do with Joe. The World Bank says its covid plus Russia, which equals stagflation. Their suggestions for managing the crisis include working on reducing climate change. In other words, nothing is going to change until we get a different Administration here in the US. So buckle up.
The good news is much of the economic damage can easily and quickly be reversed. Just look how fast the energy sector turned around after the disastrous Obama presidency when President Trump opened the fracking fields.
It will happen. We just have to hang in there for a little while.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll be back here on the flip side for more C&C fun.
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