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☕️ CHILLING EFFECTS ☙ Tuesday, September 12, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
NYT makes painful admission about boosters; G20 summit angers Ukraine with weak war statement; clock starts on the Proxy War; Ukraine chases soldiers; Bob Peters mic cut off; Newsom interview; more.
Good morning, C&C family, it’s Tuesday! Your roundup today includes: New York Times forced into shocking reveal about boosters; more bad news as the G20 downplays the Ukraine war in controversial statement; allies put a clock on the Counter-Offensive; Ukraine announces operation scrape up bodies; President Peters’ mic cut off in the middle of a press conference in indescribably humiliating public disgrace; Governor Newsom reconciliation tour; and some great medical freedom legal news out of California.
🗞💬 WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY 💬🗞
💉 The New York Times ran a story this morning headlined, “What to Know About the New Covid Booster Shots.” The sub-headline ominously added, “The updated vaccines could become available within a few days.” A remarkable admission was quietly tucked into the story.
The article ostensibly let us know the FDA approved both Pfizer and Moderna’s new 2023-model boosters yesterday, and the CDC is expected to rubber stamp them today. This time, not that anyone cares, it’s without any clinical trials, not eight mice, not even one mouse.
That is completely boring, and I wouldn’t have covered it except for an odd little nugget of interesting information buried halfway down the story. You see, last year’s jab innovation turned out not to have been so much of an innovation after all. It looks less like dynamite and more like a wet noodle:
Unlike the bivalent shots from last fall, the latest mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna are monovalent, meaning they are designed to protect against just one variant: XBB.1.5… Initial data from preprint studies has suggested that the bivalent formula from last year was no more effective against BA.4 and BA.5 than the original vaccine it replaced because of so-called “immune imprinting” bias.
“Our immune system, when we have seen something, is biased to seeing that again,” Dr. Ho said. “So if you include the original components, the immune system will react mostly to the original component and not to the new version of the virus.”
Ho, ho, Dr. Ho! We fooled ‘em again! Suckers.
But there it was, in 12-point type, straight from the New York Times’s own ghastly orifice: The Bivalent experiment failed. It’s back to the monovalent drawing board. And, how do you like that, they do know about “immune imprinting” after all. When they want to.
Last year’s amazing bivalent concept drug was supposed to be the Next Big Thing, multiple spike proteins in one shot — the mRNA shot-gun approach! — but it was just another predictably horrible experiment the drooling white-coated maniacs deployed last year on the luckless medical fetishists who rushed to impale themselves on the latest, greatest covid shot.
One easily imagines the board meeting where they decided to test out the bivalent idea. Twelve Pfizer fatcats sitting around the boardroom on the 60th floor overlooking Manhattan, smoking the finest Cuban cigar leaves rolled in hundred dollar bills. Between puffs, one languidly remarks, “you know what, gents, this bivalent thing never going to work because of immune imprinting.” A scowl erupts from the Saville Row-dressed head of the table. “That’s just a theory!” he barks, slamming his fist down and getting cigar ashes all over the mahogany conference table. “It might work! You’re talking out of your hat again!” A grey-haired executive halfway down the table quickly but gently interrupts, offering a peacable compromise: “No reason to quarrel, gentlemen. Let’s just try it. What’s the worst that could happen? Nothing!” A gentle group chuckle follows, then a murmur of agreement arises in the room like a sweet-smelling cloud of cigar smoke, and the contended puffing, so rudely interrupted, resumes in earnest.
Last year they literally tested the bivalent shot out on everyone knowing that it probably wouldn’t work against new variants. And they are doing it all over again, because XBB.1.5 has gone the way of the actual Kraken, faded away into the nebulous fog of ancient history, legends, and covid lore, and now we face a new, stiffer challenge in the expanding Pirola variant, which allegedly has 30 different mutations in its spike compared to XBB. You probably didn’t even know the spike had thirty parts to mutate.
One is tempted to suspect all this attention to highly-mutated Pirola is just to tee up their annual excuse for why the new booster shot didn’t work.
And … Haha! The old-and-not-improved “bivalent” jabs aren’t the only thing they’re trying to sneak down the memory dispose-all: For some reason, they’ve stopped calling XBB.1.5, “the Kraken!” Which for a while was their very favorite covid name. Now, poof! Just letters and numbers.
But we have not forgotten their ridiculous, hysterical moniker.
They literally picked the biggest animal they could think of, the Kraken!, to describe the tiniest virus in the lineup.
I guess they wanted to boost covid’s confidence or something.
Anyway, you should be able to get injected with Big Pharma’s latest lab experiment later this week, if for some insane reason you actually want the awful thing, which offers tons of risk and no benefit.
🚀 There was more bad news for the Proxy War this weekend, and perhaps a sign of things not to come. The UK Daily Mail, in a classic long-form headline, reported “Ukraine slams G20 declaration saying it's 'nothing to be proud of' after Biden and other leaders sign on to document that doesn't call Russia an aggressor in the war but bans nukes.”
The “Group of Twenty” (G20) is a political club of leaders of nineteen countries plus the European Union that meets every year at a “summit” to soberly gas on about a wide range of political and economic topics. They also party with hookers in high-end hotels, quaff fancy champagne while toasting the suckers footing the bill, and gobble up expensive, organic, non-GMO food with no seed oils — all in service to the taxpayer.
Anyway, in a very ominous development for Ukraine, a message it got loud and clear, the G20 snubbed the counter-offensively-impaired country. First, Zelensky wasn’t invited to speak, like at last year’s summit. But even worse, the G20 delegates spent five days carefully crafting a statement on the war. Let’s just say the statement did not exactly endorse Ukraine.
The best evidence of how weakly the carefully-worded statement turned out is that a Russian news agency, Interfax, quoted a Russian government official who called the statement’s language “balanced.” But the Ukrainians didn’t see the balance, they were outraged — outraged! — and Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko tweeted an image of the actual statement along with his markups of what Ukraine thinks it should have said.
As you can see, the G20 delegates did not denounce Russia. In fact, they completely left Russia’s name out of the statement, instead using the more general “all states” to sort of refer generally to anyone who breaks the rules. We’re not criticizing RUSSIA. We’re just saying EVERYONE should try to get along.
You can also see the Ukrainians didn’t care much for the passive voice in the G20’s phrase “War IN Ukraine,” preferring the much more lively “War AGAINST Ukraine.” But the G20 clearly disagreed. This year. And then the G20 further inflamed Ukrainian passion by calling the Proxy War “Ukraine’s crisis,” and — worst of all — allowing “there were different views and assessments of the situation.”
Hahahaha! Different views!
President Peters signed onto the slippery war statement. Not that it means anything, since we can’t be sure Joe was even awake at the time. But still.
The Mail accurately reported the controversial language but stopped short of speculating what it means. It means there was a great effort to please Russia, a G20 member, at the expense of the Ukrainians, who are not G20 members.
The Proxy War might be entering the end game. Which neatly tees up the next story.
🚀 Start the clock! The UK Telegraph ran a very suggestive story Sunday, and here’s a screenshot of the headline so you know I didn’t make it up:
Warned! The Telegraph began saying Ukraine “could have as little as 30 days of fighting left in its counter-offensive.” It quoted U.S. top general Mark Milley, who told the BBC that in a month or so, “The rains will come in, it will become very muddy and very difficult to maneuver and then you get the deep winter.”
According to the Telegraph, General Milley’s comments were a “discrepancy in positions” between the allies, which is a fancy way of saying nobody except Ukraine thinks it can keep fighting. Although the article reported “some Nato members” criticized Ukraine for its dawdling counter-offensive, consummate politician General Milley was more circumspect.
“There’s battles not done... they haven’t finished the fighting part of what they’re trying to accomplish,” Milley explained, using non-technical language for Portlanders, and optimistically noting that Ukraine was “progressing at a very steady pace through the Russian front lines.”
A very steady pace of inches.
As you know, I don’t report on the Proxy War whenever one side or the other captures some twelve-syllable village in Ukraine. Who cares? But if you ever want an up-to-date look at the war’s progress, there’s a surreal website featuring a live, interactive war map:
You can zoom out for the big picture or zoom in for the village-level data. As far as I know, nothing like this has ever been available during an armed conflict. It sure beats little tank and soldier pieces pushed around on a map table.
Anyway, it got even worse for Ukraine.
🚀 Ukraine is running out of bodies to throw at the front lines. Yesterday, former comedian Zelensky, not kidding this time, posted on his Telegram channel that the government will be “revisiting” medical exemptions previously granted to Ukrainians seeking to avoid military conscription, and also its plan to pursue dastardly draft-dodgers who fled the country to avoid being turned into human hamburger. Zelensky, in his own words:
Displaced Ukrainians who fled the country to escape the press gangs now have to consider re-locating again, this time to a country without an extradition agreement with Ukraine. Not surprisingly, Russia is warmly inviting Ukraine’s wandering citizens, and most pundits suspect a lot of them will accept, so — ironically — Zelensky’s new crackdown will probably result in turning even more Ukrainians into Russians.
🔥 In another UK Daily Mail article you won’t see in U.S. Establishment Media, this weekend’s headline said, “Incredible moment White House staff abruptly end Biden's rambling Vietnam press conference mid-sentence and cut his mic.”
In a difficult start, President Robert L. Peters began by telling reporters, “I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go to bed.” Well. That’s obvious. Then, Biden continued, rambling incoherently, “We talked about stability, we talked about the Third World, excuse me, the Southern Hemisphere has access to change. It wasn't confrontational at all….”
Suddenly, the booming voice of Biden’s extra-diverse press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, can be heard butting in. “Thank you everybody. This ends the press conference. Thanks everyone,” she said firmly, abruptly terminating the presser, all while Biden goofily continued trying to talk on the dead mic.
It is excruciating to watch, even for Joe.
Curiously, this time Establishment Media pointed out Joe’s struggles to remain compos mentis. For example, from Newsweek:
It raises questions, indeed. Like, is the Establishment Media trying to torpedo Joe’s presidential run to make room for someone else?
🔥 In a Meet The Press interview with Chuck Todd, Governor Newsom expanded on his poor pandemic response and “humbly” said that he’d learned a lot of lessons and, in hindsight, “would have done everything different.” Newsom doesn’t blame himself, he blames partisanship: “I think science took a big hit,” the coiffed Governor explained. “It should be alarming to all of us that all of sudden it became partisan.”
Nobody got it right! “Even Florida’s Ron DeSantis” closed the beaches, Newsom explained, suggesting Florida and California handled the pandemic about the same.
But even more politically fascinating, the California governor announced he’s assembled a DeSantis-style “international panel of experts,” including “ones who disagreed with our approach,” and will soon be publishing a non-partisan report “with our own lessons learned,” offering suggestions for the next pandemic.
“What is something you would have done different?” asked Todd.
“We would have done everything different,” Newsom calmly replied.
How about that? I’ll make a rare prediction. This interview is Newsom’s unofficial announcement he is running for president. They’re trying to fix what appears to be his biggest weakness: California’s disastrous pandemic policies. The tell was Newsom’s repeated invocation of non-partisanship and his excellent upcoming book report, which Establishment Media can triumph as an example of great leadership.
Governor Newsom is lining up to be the “people’s governor.” I say, good luck to him! He’s going to need it.
🔥 Finally, in more terrific legal news, yesterday the LA Times ran a story headlined, “Controversial law punishing doctors who spread COVID misinformation on track to be undone.” Gosh. That was fast!
A few days ago, California bill SB815 was sneakily amended to include a provision to repeal AB2098, the state’s currently-enjoined doctor censorship law. Everything you need to know is in the LA Times’s description of that law as “a well-intentioned poorly worded and ultimately doomed effort to curb the most flagrant cases of COVID-related falsehoods by people wielding medical licenses.”
Haha, “people wielding medical licenses.” Just say ‘doctors,’ morons.
The LA Times reported there are four separate pending lawsuits attacking AB 2098. The state clearly doesn't like its chances of winning, especially since one group of plaintiffs has already obtained a preliminary injunction against the unconstitutional law. Judge William Shubb of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled that the law’s “unclear phrasing and structure” could have a “chilling effect,” and even called the law “grammatically incoherent.”
Last year when the law was passed, the censorship law was critical and essential to save the lives of patients too stupid to make up their own minds. But now, all of a sudden, woke California legislators don’t think the original bill was even necessary. Much ado about nothing, and so forth. As they say, success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.
For example, the article reported one of the bill’s original authors, Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), seemed “unbothered” by AB 2098’s looming disappearance from state law. “Fortunately, with this update, the Medical Board of California will continue to maintain the authority to hold medical licensees accountable for deviating from the standard of care and misinforming their patients about COVID-19 treatments,” Low casually remarked in a statement.
And that’s progress.
Have a terrific Tuesday! I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow morning with a freshly-brewed pot of Coffee & Covid for your caffeinated enjoyment. Till then.
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