☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, May 4, 2022 ☙ ROBUST AND TRANSPARENT 🦠
You'll be healthier with the CDC tracking you; a mini-roundup of Roe Draft news; Murthy rues a lack of robust discussion about pandemic policy; supply chain woes; a wild new study; and more...
It’s Wednesday! Good morning, C&C. Today’s roundup includes: the CDC’s new plan to track you, for your own good; A Trump-endorsed first-time candidate wins his primary; a mini-roundup of news about the Roe Draft; Pfizer makes historic money; Surgeon General Murthy rues the lack of transparent discussion over pandemic responses; a bill to help vaccine injured; Florida’s DOE approves revised textbooks; a supply chain update and a suggestion; a new MedRxIV study could fuel conspiracy theories; and a theory about bloodless secession.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
👁️ The CDC is keeping a friendly eye on you! Vice News ran an article yesterday headlined, “CDC Tracked Millions of Phones to See If Americans Followed COVID Lockdown Orders.”
According to the article, Vice’s FOIA request uncovered that the CDC paid controversial data broker SafeGraph $420,000 last year for access to a year of Americans’ “anonymized” cell phone location data. The documents “show that although the CDC used COVID-19 as a reason to buy access to the data more quickly, it intended to use it for more general CDC purposes.”
SafeGraph’s cellular location data tracks where people live, work, and shows wherever they go. It also, for example, supplied the cell phone data used to create Dinesh D’Souza’s upcoming movie about voter fraud, “2000 Mules.”
While the CDC initially said it “urgently” needed the expedited data for pandemic tracking, such as checking how well people complied with lockdown orders and curfews, and how often they visited vaccinated sites, the documents obtained by Vice showed at least 21 OTHER ways the CDC wanted to use the data, including “tracking patterns of those visiting K-12 schools by the school,” “visits to parks, gyms, or weight management businesses,” “population migration,” and bizarrely, “examination of the effectiveness of public policy on [the] Navajo Nation.”
Why the CDC is so fascinated with Navajo public policy remains a mystery. Probably something to do with fake-Indian Elizabeth Warren.
To check how “anonymous” the data really is, Vice bought a small set of the “anonymized” data from SafeGraph and gave it to their data specialist to review. The specialist concluded that “in my opinion the SafeGraph data is way beyond any safe thresholds [around anonymity].” Weird.
The CDC seems completely uninterested in tracking adverse vaccine events for the biggest vaccine rollout in its history, happy to rely on the antiquated VAERS system, but it DOES want to track YOU using the latest and greatest technology. Public health at its finest!
🔥 Trump-endorsed candidate J.D. Vance won his Ohio primary yesterday and is now that state’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.
🔥 A mini-roundup on the developing Roe Draft story:
— Keep in mind that a draft decision is NOT a final order and can change, even substantially.
— Some drifting democrats disgusted by their former party’s pandemic overreach and jab mandates are now feeling politically homeless in the wake of the Roe Draft. To them, I would say: remember that the Supreme Court also didn’t find that mandatory vaccination was unconstitutional. Don’t be surprised that the same Court didn’t find that preventing states from legislating about abortion is unconstitutional. The Court is being consistent.
We’re going to have to claw our bodily autonomy back for ourselves. In the short and maybe medium terms, that effort is only happening on the right.
— The Roe issue is just what the Democrat party was looking for. Based on the near-hysterical messaging during the last 24 hours, it’s clear that the Democrat party will use the abortion issue to invigorate its lethargic base for the 2022 midterm elections. The developing argument seems to be that since Congress needs to pass a federal law protecting abortion, Democrats need an even bigger majority to pass that law.
If that happens, if the Dems do expand their majority, you can expect a federal vaccine mandate in about ten seconds, followed quickly by permanent mask mandates.
— Get ready for another summer of mostly-peaceful Antifa protests over abortion.
— The Supreme Court issued a statement yesterday in which Chief Justice Roberts confirmed the Roe Draft’s authenticity, and ordered an investigation into the identity of the leaker.
— I’ve been working through the Roe Draft. It’s nearly 100 pages long, making it more of a small book than a traditional legal opinion. It probably needed to be that long given the weight of the decision and the fact the Court is reversing itself after only 50 years. The length could be why so many pundits and politicians are misstating what the decision actually says. Shockingly, a lot of people seem to feel free to forcefully opine about the draft decision even though they haven’t actually read the damned thing.
For example, Joe Biden and many “experts” are claiming that the decision “affects a wide range of other rights,” such as same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. This is clearly wrong since the decision explicitly says:
And to ensure that our decision is not misunderstood or mischaracterized, we emphasize that our decision concerns the constitutional right to abortion and no other right. Nothing in this opinion should be understood to case doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion.
The actual gist of the decision is: usually, whenever the Court finds a new IMPLIED right in the Constitution, as opposed to an explicit right, it is very careful and cautious. Normally, decisions finding implied rights look back through history to prove that the particular right has always been recognized to exist under the common law. But in Roe v. Wade, the Court bypassed that traditional analysis and blithely overlooked the fact that a right to abortion has never been historically recognized; in fact, just the opposite, it’s generally been criminalized.
So, Roe v. Wade essentially did the OPPOSITE of what the Court always carefully does when finding an implied right. Instead of merely recognizing a long-observed right, the original Roe decision REVERSED an historic antipathy toward abortion. In other words, the draft decision explains that Roe v. Wade created a brand-new right, which is not the Court’s role, but should have been reserved to Congress.
Ultimately all the Roe Draft would do is defer the decision over abortion to the federal government and the states. Since Dems control the White House and the House of Representatives, and narrowly control the Senate, they could conceivably pass a new law anytime. The vaccine mandates prove the Biden Administration is not shy about issuing questionable executive orders, so Biden could possibly order an abortion mandate pre-empting state laws anytime he wants.
If you are strongly pro-choice, remember that Democrats COULD pass federal abortion protections anytime — they could’ve already done it — but, I predict they will NOT pass any such law, because they prefer to use the issue as a political catalyst. Instead, they’ll complain about Republican obstructionism and whine that voters need to give them even bigger majorities in Congress.
Let’s see if I’m right.
💉 According to an article yesterday in the UK Guardian, Pfizer has earned nearly $26 billion dollars in the first three months of this year. The drugmaker’s revenues doubled last year, shooting past $81 billion in annual income. It projects 2022 revenues over $100 billion, with over half of that total from its covid products.
🔥 U.S. Surgeon General Vivec Murthy appeared in a live-streamed blog yesterday titled “How to Prioritize Mental Health (With Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy)” on the In Pursuit of Happiness Youtube channel.
The Surgeon General complained that the U.S. could have been more transparent and deliberate in its COVID response “about the benefits and downsides of the many precautions we were taking.” As an example, he cited “school closures, for instance.”
He seemed to regret that “in retrospect, a couple things, I think, we would have perhaps approached differently. One is a more transparent and deliberate conversation about the benefits and also downsides about the measures we were taking.” Using the school closure example, he asked, “well, when does the balance shift towards harming kids?” He said “if I had my druthers, we could have those conversations in a more robust way, a more transparent way.”
But … Mr. Murthy, WHY didn’t we have a “more robust” and “more transparent” and “more deliberate” conversation? Do you think maybe it had something to do with the “misinformation” labeling? Asking for a friend.
🔥 House Representative Marjorie Taylor Green has sponsored HR 7308, the “Justice for Vaccine Victims Act of 2022,” which would require investigation of all VAERS Covid vaccine reports, and would remove certain liability protections allowing people to seek damages. It’ll never pass this Congress, for some reason, but it makes sense.
🦸♂️ After Florida’s Department of Education rejected a slew of textbooks for containing “inappropriate” material related to CRT and sexual issues, publishers resubmitted updated textbooks, of which 19 have so far been approved.
I’m old enough to remember when people said the whole “CRT and inappropriate sexual materials in textbooks” thing was completely made up. I guess the publishers removed nothing.
Anyway, other states! Pay attention! This is how you do it.
🔥 There are a WHOLE LOT of ships anchored offshore, waiting to dock in China, due to that country’s lunatic Zero-Covid policy. The supply chain problems are probably going to get a whole lot worse before they get better.
My thought is that this will ultimately be another self-inflicted injury, spurring a new renaissance in U.S. manufacturing industries. It will take time to spin up, but I’ll bet you a lot of U.S.-based entrepreneurial types are already putting domestic manufacturing plans together. Local regulations encouraging manufacturing and transportation would be very helpful right about now. For example, red counties should be passing ordinances expediting permits for new manufacturing operations.
If you want to do something to help locally, lobby your county commission to pass new rules encouraging manufacturing and transportation industries.
🔬 A fascinating new study just published in MedRxIV suggests a potential revolution in the way we understand the covid vaccines, and possible evidence for the widely-suspected “shedding” phenomenon. It’s titled, “Evidence for Aerosol Transfer of SARS-CoV2-specific Humoral Immunity.”
Is another “conspiracy theory” about to move into the “we always knew that” category?
The study first reports that covid-specific antibodies were found in some surgical masks worn by vaccinated lab workers. But even more interesting, they also found that unvaccinated children of vaccinated adults had covid antibodies, whereas children of unvaccinated adults did NOT have the antibodies. The researchers theorized that the jabbed parents must be EXHALING the antibodies in aerosols.
The researchers noted that nothing like this has ever been seen before, concluding: “The data we show provides evidence for a new mechanism by which herd immunity may be manifested, the aerosol transfer of antibodies between immune and non-immune hosts.”
The researchers did NOT investigate whether the children’s antibodies could be the result of spike protein shedding by jabbed parents. Nor did their conclusion explain how antibodies could be aerosolized when it is well-known that the jabs do not create mucosal antibodies.
But it’s also not true that nothing like this has ever been seen before.
🔥 This seems like a good place to point out an interesting March 18, 2022 article in National Geographic headlined, “The Controversial Quest To Make A ‘Contagious’ Vaccine.” The article’s first paragraph reads:
Imagine a cure that’s as contagious as the disease it fights—a vaccine that could replicate in a host’s body and spread to others nearby, quickly and easily protecting a whole population from microbial attacks. That’s the goal of several teams around the world who are reviving controversial research to develop self-spreading vaccines.
The article describes a 1999 field test of a self-spreading vaccine conducted on Isla del Aire off the Spanish coast. The results showed that 56 percent of unvaccinated wild rabbits had vaccine antibodies, presumably received from exposure to vaccinated rabbits that had been captured, jabbed, and released. In other words, the contagious vaccine worked. In 1999.
National Geographic said “renewed interest and funding for the technology popped up [again] around 2016.” The article explained that “each of these [contagious] vaccines uses a cytomegalovirus, or CMVs, a group that belongs to the herpes family.”
The herpes family. Which, coincidentally, includes shingles. Just saying.
The article ends by quoting Alec Redwood, a principal research fellow at the University of Western Australia who has been working on contagious vaccines. He said, “the way that I like to think about it is that it may never be used, but it’s better to have something in the cupboard that can be used and is mature if we need it. And to say, ‘Let’s just not do this research because it’s too dangerous,’ to me, that makes no sense at all.”
Also coincidentally, it was an Australian lab that first announced they’d isolated the covid virus, which allowed Pfizer and Moderna to start work on their injections.
Nothing could go wrong with a “contagious vaccine” plan! Thanks, experts.
🔥 Finally, I’ll share another one of my crazy theories. As you know, the pandemic response widened a significant political divide between the red states and the blue states, not to mention a massive political migration, and the abortion issue will split the two groups of states even further apart, in a way we possibly haven’t seen since the Civil War. As an amateur Civil War historian, I’ve thought about that conflict and its politics a lot.
One of my pet theories is that the rebellious blue states might have successfully seceded from the United States without any war if they had just been a little more patient, and had only waited an election cycle or two until they had control of the federal government. If they’d done that, and then moved to secede with a Democrat president in the White House, there would have been no need for war. And if they’d controlled Congress, they could have just passed a law authorizing blue slave states to withdraw from the Union.
In other words, it is possible to have secession without civil war. Could it happen now? Of course, the problem is nobody likes to wait for anything in these days of twitter hot-takes and same-day deliveries. If they couldn’t wait in 1860…
Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll be back with more tomorrow as usual.
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