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Coffee & Covid. Monday, May 23, 2022: BABY AIRLIFT

He is not making this stuff up.  They couldn’t make it up on SNL. “And you are voting for who?”  mrossol

*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY*

🔥 Late last week, Elon Musk went shopping for lawyers on Twitter. He tweeted, “Tesla is building a hardcore litigation department … [that] will report directly to me. Please send 3 to 5 bullet points describing evidence of exceptional ability.”

In a followup, Musk promised that, if defending a lawsuit, he would never try to win a lawsuit if the people suing Tesla were justified. And he pledged that if the claims were unjust, he would never settle.

In a further followup, possibly explaining why he was using a non-traditional way to find counsel, Musk said he was “Looking for hardcore streetfighters, not white-shoe lawyers … There will be blood.”

I have to admit, it sounds like fun. What do you think? Should I throw my helmet into the Thunderdome? Or keep on fighting for the Constitution? Let me know in the comments.

🔥 Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro said late last week that he won’t be signing any WHO “pandemic treaty.” Maybe we should reject it, too?

🔥 Over the weekend, the hashtag “#BillGatesBioTerrorist” secured the top spot on Twitter.

🔬 JAMA published a research letter last week titled, “Routine Surveillance and Vaccination on a University Campus During the Spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant.” The researches studied nearly 20,000 Cornell students’ de-identified covid data. Check out the conclusion:

Cornell’s experience shows that traditional public health interventions were not a match for Omicron. While vaccination protected against severe illness, it was not sufficient to prevent rapid spread, even when combined with other public health measures including widespread surveillance testing.

It’s not clear how they determined that the jabs protected against severe illness because the students are in one of the least affected demographics anyway.

The bottom line is, Cornell required its elite students to wear masks, get boosted (97% jabbed), PCR tests every week, and be immediately contact traced. In spite of all that “safety” nonsense, the mask mandates completely failed, and 98.6% of reported covid cases were breakthrough infections.

When will the public health experts concede that all their dumb ideas blew up on the launch pad creating a bill for injuries that is still being calculated? Could it have something to do with how it only took 14 months to go from “I will shut down the virus” and “build back better” to “there WILL be food shortages?”

📈 Gas was $7.29 a gallon in LA yesterday. Over just the last two weeks, the average price of gas in the US reached $4.71 per gallon, and JP Morgan predicted an average of $6 a gallon by August, which seems, well, optimistic at this rate.

🔥 Over the weekend, former senator Joe Biden tweeted that his Administration just delivered “70,000 tons” of infant formula to Indiana.

The problem was, it was 70,000 POUNDS, not tons. Pounds, Joe. Sadly, we have a disinformer at the top of the government, somebody should probably call the gov … oh. Never mind. Anyway, they deleted his tweet after a short period of relentless Twitter mocking, I mean misinformation, sorry, I mean domestic terrorism.

I have SO many questions about this story. It ran with great fanfare over the weekend, with stories showing a tarmacked C-150 cargo plane loaded with pallets of … something, I guess it could be baby formula. We trust the media, right?

Anyway. Why is the MILITARY airlifting baby formula? To INDIANA. Are we a third-world country now? Don’t answer that. The question is, why not Fedex? I mean, Fedex SPECIALIZES in delivering retail products fast. That’s their WHOLE JOB. Or what about AMAZON? Or, why not just ship the formula straight to Indiana in a couple semi’s, right in the containers it came in? And, where did the formula COME FROM? Why can’t WE just order the formula for ourselves, right from the source? Do they have a website?

The whole thing looks just like those staged Chinese psyop photo ops in the New York Times showing thirty government workers unloading ten boxes of food from the back of a semi in Shanghai. Totally staged. Totally fake. Makes no sense.

Stop propagandizing us.

🔥 ABC News ran a story last week headlined, “Carbon Removal Technologies To Get $3.5B Federal Investment.” The sub-head explained, “The federal government is investing in machines that suck giant amounts of carbon dioxide out of the air in the hopes of reducing damage from climate change.”

Spoiler alert. In the 2006 movie “Idiocracy,” time travelers discovered that the future US was starving because the government required farmers to use orange soda instead of water on their crops. But they had no idea why the plants were dying.

Now it’s 2022, and it’s real life. Don’t plants NEED carbon dioxide? I mean, even if these newly-enriched contractors COULD build billion-dollar machines big enough to make a difference, and even if the machines WOULDN’T create more carbon than they remove from the air, setting all those valid objections aside, what if the machines ACTUALLY WORK? Are they SURE there won’t be any unintended consequences? How do the plants feel about this?

We’ve GOT to be in a simulation, right? And it has a new head programmer with a really twisted sense of humor? Please tell me I’m dreaming all this.

🙈 Yesterday, the Epoch Times published an article headlined, “Biden Sounds Alarm on Monkeypox as CDC Alerts American Doctors.” Speaking to reporters in South Korea, Biden said the pox is something “everybody should be concerned about,” adding, “We’re working on it hard” — that’s what SHE said — “to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, may be available for it.”

Great, a new vaccine. According to Epoch, as of May 21st, about 80 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Australia, the United States, Canada, and Europe. Weird how the small number of cases unnaturally broke out all over the world at the same time.

BBC News ran an article this morning headlined, “World faces big challenges over Covid, monkeypox and wars – WHO.” For some reason the story is tagged on the BBC’s website with “Russia-Ukraine War.”

The WHO held an “emergency meeting” yesterday to discuss the new outbreak. That’s not our only problem. Channeling multiple chapters from the Book of Revelation, WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said, “We face a formidable convergence of disease, drought, famine and war, fuelled by climate change, inequity and geopolitical rivalry.”

Geopolitical rivalry and wars? Since when is that the WHO’s business?

Regarding the pox, experts are baffled. The pox appears to be genetically identical to an already existing strain, and the BBC said “currently there is little evidence to suggest this is a new variant.”

Who needs evidence?

🙈 Reminder: there was a monkeypox outbreak in six states in the US in 2003, supposedly from, and I am not making this up, infected pet prairie dogs. At that time, there were 72 cases reported, most of which were mild, and no deaths. In July 2021, there was a case of monkeypox reported in Dallas, and in November, one in Maryland. Right now in 2022 we only have a few reported cases in the US. So why the freakout? Could it have anything to do with elevated levels of shingles (i.e., chickenPOX)?

💉 The White House’s Covid Czar, Dr. Ashish Jha, predicted this weekend that Americans will have to deal with covid by regularly taking vaccines — for the indefinite future.

CNN’s John Berman asked Jha, “what does that mean? Does that mean we are going to be getting shots every six months? My wife just got her fourth shot, right, she had her two initial shots plus a booster, plus a booster. Are we talking two shots a year?”

Jha replied, “in the short run, yeah, like, we have had to boost people about every six months. Over the long run, I am confident we will develop more durable vaccines, the virus will also settle down. And so my hope is over the long run, this comes down to maybe a once a year shot, but right now we’re having to boost people a little bit more frequently because of how quickly the virus has continued to evolve.”

MY hope is that Jha doesn’t get HIS hope.

*THE MINORITY REPORT*

🚀 Yesterday, the Epoch Times ran a story headlined, “Gen. Milley Warns West Point Graduates of Likelihood of War With Russia, China.” General Mark Milley is the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs. His pronouns are he/him and they/them. Mercifully, Milley still identifies as male. No offense, ladies.

Milley addressed the graduates with the cheerful message that the US is rapidly losing its military advantage on the global stage, that Chinese artificial intelligence bots will ’swarm’ our soldiers and battle tech with tiny killer robots, and that “the world you’re being commissioned into has the potential for significant international conflict between great powers — and that potential is increasing, not decreasing.”

What could be making the potential for world conflict increase? It’s baffling.

Have a marvelous Monday! I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow morning.

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☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Saturday, May 21, 2022 ☙ MONKEYSHINES 🦠

By Jeff Childers

*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

⛪ A story broke yesterday that might just convince you that miracles are possible. Fox News ran the story, headlined “San Francisco Archbishop Bars Pelosi From Receiving Holy Communion Due to Abortion Support.” Not only did the Archbishop ban the moth-eaten lawmaker from receiving the sacrament, but he also published his letter, probably to make sure she doesn’t try to sneak into communion in a parish church out in the ‘burbs or something, like she used to sneak in to salons to get her hair did during lockdown.

It’s not that the Archbishop doesn’t trust her. He just wanted to make sure.

Pelosi, who’s always described herself as a “devout” Catholic, had no comment on the news. For some reason. But earlier this month, she bragged, “This [topic] really gets me burned up in case you didn’t notice, because again I’m very Catholic, devout, practicing, all of that. They would like to throw me out. But I’m not going because I don’t want to make their day.”

She’s staying in church … to spite them? Something seems off about that, but I can’t put my finger on it.

📈 According to Governor DeSantis’ fierce press secretary and Twitter giant Christina Pushaw, Florida has now captured almost 45% of the entire US market share for international tourism — the highest market share ever in history, and almost twice as much as the second-highest state, New York.

Florida’s GOAT international tourism performance defies somber predictions by experts that the state’s numbers would definitely tank due to: lifting covid lockdowns, banning masks, opening beaches, opening schools, supporting off-label covid treatments, banning vaccine passports, licensing concealed weapons, banning violent protests, banning in-school grooming, etc, etc, etc. The latest numbers leave the experts totally baffled. Again.

So far, experts don’t seem to be accountable at all when they are wrong, as they almost always are. At some point, we may have to start questioning the experts’ other forecasts. Maybe. We might consider that. Just saying.

I’m thinking about a new contest, that would involve finding just three examples of where the experts got something RIGHT about the pandemic.

💊 Slowly but surely. The Epoch Times ran a story last week headlined, “Missouri Bill Prevents Doctors Being Disciplined If They Prescribe Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine.” The bill, HB 2149, passed Missouri’s house in a lopsided 130-4 vote and is headed for the governor’s desk where it is expected to be signed.

For some reason, Missouri liberals were so livid they protested by pouring their soy lattes all over their avocado toast, which totally ruins it. They’re bellyaching that the bill “gags” pharmacists, because not only does the bill stop licensing boards from disciplining doctors for making independent medical decisions for their own patients, it also bans pharmacists from disputing the prescription unless a patient asks for their stupid advice. Otherwise, shut up and fill the prescription.

🔥 The Oklahoma legislature passed HB 4327 this week, a total abortion ban including so-called “bounty hunter” enforcement mechanisms. The bill, which provides exceptions “in cases of rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life,” passed the Oklahoma house by a whopping 73-16. The bill now heads to Governor Kevin Stitt, who is expected to sign, giving Oklahoma the strictest abortion laws in the country.

I mention this story, and similar ones, not to trigger anyone with different beliefs about the issue. The point is, this and similar laws are a direct result of coercing men and women into taking experimental drugs, which completely eviscerated the decades-long reliance on arguments based on bodily autonomy.

🔥 Dogs barked a grateful yip of relief yesterday as MedScape UK ran an article headlined, “Acute Hepatitis in Children Link to Dogs Ruled Out, COVID Association ‘Less Likely’.”

Whew, that was a close shave. Our furry friends are safe — for the moment. But the second part of the story is even more interesting: the lack of a covid association. An expert who worked on the new UKHSA government report said, “I don’t think we’re ruling out COVID completely, it’s just I’m saying, I think COVID is moving down that list of hierarchies, and that adenovirus and adeno-associated viruses, and other viruses like it, are moving up the list.”

So it’s looking like the pediatric hepatitis outbreak is probably NOT crypto-covid, after all.

The news grieved many experts who’d been hoping against hope it would all tie back to their favorite coronavirus. Will Irving, professor of virology at the University of Nottingham, groused that we can’t just jump to conclusions on whether covid was a contributing factor, “simply because the background level of SARS-CoV-2 infection has been so high that statistically one would need very large numbers of cases to prove a statistically significant difference between them and the background population.”

Uh uh.

💉 Guess which European country has the second-lowest excess mortality at this point? It’s another weird covid coincidence.

It’s Sweden! Only frigid Norway has lower excess deaths. It sure makes for a weird correlation between lax enforcement of covid requirements and survival. And Bulgaria — one of the strictest enforcers of lockdowns, digital passports, and mandated vaccination — has the HIGHEST excess mortality in Europe.

So. Weird.

🙈 It was only a matter of time. In this case, hours. Intrepid twitterers caught corporate media recycling old shingles fear porn to hype monkeypox mania:

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Same photo?

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Lazy lying liars.

🙈 Africa seems confused and skeptical about the notion it originated the monkeypox outbreak. The Hill ran a story yesterday headlined, “African Scientists Baffled by Monkeypox Cases in Europe, US.” An African virologist quoted for the story said, “This is not the kind of spread we’ve seen in West Africa, so there may be something new happening in the West.” African scientists have not identified ANY monkeypox cases featuring sexual transmission.

What new thing could be happening in Western Europe and Australia that is different than in Africa? Don’t say vaccination rates.

🙈 Despite my best efforts NOT to learn what “sexual networks” are, El Pais hinted at it in a new story headlined, “Health Confirms 23 Cases of Monkeypox in Madrid.” I read the sub-head before I realized the danger: “The regional government has closed a sauna in the capital in which it had identified an outbreak. Spain is the country with the most positives.”

A sauna? Is that a euphemism for something? Oh dear. What were those crazy Spaniards doing in that Madrid sauna to spread monkeypox all around? Wait, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know.

🙈 Then it happened again! NDTV India ran a story yesterday headlined, “Belgium Detects 3 Monkeypox Cases, All Linked To Festival In Port City.” A festival? That sounds like fun. I reviewed the article to find out what kind of celebratory festival the Belgians were having that might have spread the monkeypox. It never occurred to me my “sexual network” information embargo was about to be shattered into a million tiny jagged pieces.

The story explained the May 5th festival was called “Darklands,” which is a weird name for a community celebration. So I googled it. Don’t make the same mistake. I was scrubbing my eyeballs for hours afterwards using a toothbrush coated with baking powder.

The website gives you a hint: “The various tribes in the gay fetish community (leather, rubber, army, skinhead, puppies…) come together to create a unique spectacle of fetish brotherhood.” Puppies? Were they beagles? Oh, the humanity. Whatever it was, it was a unique spectacle, all right.

Meanwhile, New York City’s Health Department recommended yesterday that people wear masks to stop the spread of monkeypox. Masks. That’s it. That’s the whole suggestion. Not one word about saunas, festivals, OR beagles.

Follow the science!

🙈 I can’t confirm this yet in any official sources, but several usually-reliable independent sources say that the “new” monkeypox variant oozing up in Europe has been sequenced, and matches a 2018 strain called “Israel_2018.”

Scientists can describe the DNA of a virus using letters and numbers once the virus has been “sequenced.” They keep an online database of all sequenced germs, so it is easy to search for a match once you have a new bug’s code. This is helpful because they can easily find similar germs, or germs with parts that match parts of a current bug of interest. Here, independent researchers are saying that European monkeypox is a 99.9% match for this Israel_2018 virus.

The significance of this is that the virus isn’t “new.” It’s been around since at least 2018. Israel uploaded the genome on November 5th, 2019, the same month the FDA approved a “live” monkeypox vaccine.

The outbreak’s timing is also odd. According to yesterday’s article in Science, “In the past 3 days, more than 100 suspected cases were reported in Spain, Portugal, the United States, Canada, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, and Israel.”

That’s not the way these outbreaks usually happen. Not when they’re spread naturally. Nature’s viruses usually start somewhere specific, and contact tracers can figure out where they came from. Remember Wuhan? Now, monkeypox is sprouting up all over the place at the same time. Which is very unusual natural behavior for a new viral outbreak.

What other explanations could there be?

🙈 Well, another odd thing about monkeypox, an oddity it happens to share with coronaviruses, is that the pox has long been considered a good option for bioweapons engineering. Metro UK ran a story yesterday headlined, “Russia ‘Planned to Use Monkeypox as a Bioweapon’, Report Warned.”

How about that.

In a 1998 report to Congress, a former USSR bioweapons scientist said the “Russian Ministry of Defence decided to continue working with monkeypox to ‘create future biological weapons’ after the end of the USSR.” In the same report, an anonymous UN weapons inspector was quoted saying, “There’s no confirmation that (monkeypox) leaked out, but the potential exists,” and that “it was not a problem to get any of the orthopox viruses (smallpox, camelpox and monkeypox).”

It’s not a problem! Well, it’s SOME kind of problem.

Too bad we can’t ask them, since Russia happens to be a bit chaffed with the West at the moment, and probably also quite un-gruntled that the U.S. was nabbed secretly assembling bioweapons plants in Russia’s backyard, as its officials presented last month to the UN Security Council, which did zero about it. I’m starting to think it might have been a bad idea to do those secret bioweapons labs, because Russia might interpret an action like that as breaking the historic agreement to refrain from using bioweapons. And I wish that U.S. officials would stop obliquely threatening to assassinate Putin all the time. He could do something reckless, like, oh, I don’t know. Things and stuff.

It’s probably all just a big coincidence or an unfortunate misunderstanding of some kind.

Oh, one more thing. Russia is NOT gay-friendly. It’s the opposite of gay-friendly. Same-sex marriage is illegal, and in 2013, Russia famously banned “promoting” gay lifestyles. The UK Sun reported that it is “dangerous” for gay international travelers to even hold hands in public in that country and described how a gay married couple fled Russia in 2018, fearing for their lives.

For that matter, Russia’s big new ally China is not gay-friendly either. Russia’s developing ally, India, also isn’t gay friendly.

Like I said, it’s probably just coincidence.

🙈 Don’t forget that — so far — all the new monkeypox cases have been described as “mild” and no one has died. It is, however, a nasty threat of inconvenience to certain people’s chosen lifestyles and the bizarre recreational habits of some lawmakers in Washington, if you believe Madison Cawthorn, that is.

I take no position on whether Cawthorn is right, since I absolutely do not have any personal knowledge about it. So.

That said, if they want me to even CONSIDER taking a monkeypox vaccine, at least three things will have to happen first:

1) Everyone involved, vaccine makers, manufacturers, doctors, nurses, and hospitals, plus mandating lawmakers, must have FULL LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY if anything later goes wrong with their “safe and effective vaccine.” Period.

2) The U.S. must replace all management at the federal health agencies involved in vaccines, including the FDA, the CDC, and the NIH, with scientists having unimpeachable credentials and who proved their scientific independence during the pandemic.

3) It must be a first-degree felony to accept money directly or indirectly, related in any way to any government-pushed vaccines — including accepting money for a government agency over which the person has any control. It must be a second-degree felony to hold stocks in companies profiting from government-pushed medical treatments, even if the stocks are held in so-called “blind” trusts.

Do those things and I will CONSIDER the awesome new “live” monkeypox vaccine. I’m not saying I’ll take it. But I’ll THINK about taking it. Some. When I have a minute.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see ya’ll back here on Monday to kick off the week right.

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Coffee & Covid: Thursday, May 19, 2022 PROBED; High Vacc, High cases

The experts: they just can’t figure things out. Yet we are to trust them. How’s that work? mrossol

5/19/22 by Jeff Childers

It’s Thursday — another week in Pandemia almost in the vault. In today’s roundup: Covid cases rising around the US, in very interesting areas, and the CDC wants local officials to mask us up; Chicago’s covid numbers are bad for the jabs; you’ll never guess how 95+% jabbed Connecticut is doing; bad news for public school enrollment, except in some baffling areas; monkeypox poses a horrid messaging problem for US public health experts; Jankowicz is out at DHS; Montana’s new election laws upheld; Georgia’s new election laws defy democrat predictions; and Elon Musk runs rings around Twitter.

I’m speaking (remotely) at the Pensacola Doctors for Truth two-day conference for an hour this morning. Wish me luck!

 

   

🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

🔥 Covid cases are increasing across the US. The New York Times ran a story yesterday headlined, “Biden’s Health Officials Warn Of A Substantial Increase In Coronavirus Cases.” (Why do they put always Biden’s name in the headline? He probably doesn’t even know what day it is.)

Anyway, the CDC reported that a third of the US is now in “high” covid territory, and encouraged local officials to re-order indoor mask mandates. No thanks. After reporting THAT unpleasant fact, the Times noted “The warnings from Dr. Walensky and other federal health officials seemed somewhat at odds with [Joe] Biden’s own stance…Mr. Biden no longer wears a mask in most settings.”

How about that.

Take a look at the Times’ covid maps. Is it just me, or do the higher covid areas seem to basically track with higher vaccination rate areas? Check out these two charts from the Times’ interactive covid tracker:

Covid:

   

Vaccinations:

   

Where’s that Geert Vanden Bossche guy when you need him? Maybe HE could explain this baffling coincidence.

(Facebook users: charts and inline graphics are available on the Substack version: LINK)

📈 Chicago public health data shows covid infections in vaccinated 5-11 year-old kids is significantly higher than infections in unvaccinated kids.

   

So … the kids missed out on two years of school only to get jabbed and then get covid anyway. Thanks experts!

🔥 95+% vaccinated Connecticut has the highest case rate in the country. Cases there have jumped +885% in the past two months. Experts are … you know. They have no idea what’s going on.

   

🔥 And … the experts are baffled yet again! More baffling. The New York Times published an article this week headlined, “With Plunging Enrollment, a ‘Seismic Hit’ to Public Schools.” Uh oh.

The alarming sub-headline reads, “The pandemic has supercharged the decline in the nation’s public school system in ways that experts say will not easily be reversed.” Supercharged. Not easily reversed.

But … why would you WANT to reverse it? Never mind.

The Times reported that America’s public schools have lost at least 1.2 million students since 2020, and the data shows “no sign of a rebound” to previous national levels any time soon. What do the experts think about this? The Times glumly reported, “No overriding explanation has emerged yet for the widespread drop-off.”

Baffled.

What they DO know is that bigger cities have seen worse student losses, but some entire states, like Florida, seem to be going the other way, for some reason. The NYT said in “Florida, for instance — enrollment has not only rebounded, but remains robust.” And, “private schools have also seen some gains in enrollment.” It’s such a mystery! Nothing about it makes any sense.

Even more oddly, California has been hit the hardest. Late in the article, the Times momentarily muses about a disappointing survey last month showing lots of Orange County parents who said they’d pull their kids from public school next year if covid vaccines become mandatory. I wonder if this could have anything to do with … nah.

Can anyone help these poor experts figure out what might be causing these horrible losses to public school funding, I mean horrible losses to free educational opportunities? Because the Times thinks this is really bad. It said, “educators and school officials are confronting a potentially harsh future of lasting setbacks in learning, hardened inequities in education and SMALLER BUDGETS[.]”

Not that. Not smaller budgets. Please, say it isn’t so.

🙈 And … more monkeypox! The Daily Mail UK reported a story yesterday headlined, “Monkeypox hits Europe: Five men in Portugal test positive as Spain probes eight suspected cases in men – as experts warn there could be ‘tens’ of cases in Britain.”

Probes. That’s pretty funny.

Experts theorize that the disease is spreading through SEXUAL CONTACT, since the thirteen new cases in Portugal and and Spain were detected at STI clinics in younger homosexual men. In fact the story says experts think it’s spreading in something called “sexual networks,” which must be something the kids have come up with because I don’t remember that one from the old college days, but I bet it involves probing.

El Pais reported TODAY that Madrid has now probed, er, identified 23 monkeypox cases — some retrospectively — and loquaciously reported, “the Director General of Public Health of the Community, Elena Andradas, has reported that 22 of the first 23 cases studied have explained that they have had relations with other men in recent weeks.”

Relations! Cue the euphemism team, we’re going to need them.

I originally reported a few days ago about a couple cases in the UK; that number is now up to seven, and like the others, at least four are known gay folks. The Telegraph’s headline reads, “Monkeypox ‘spreading in sexual networks’.” Again with the networks.

The Daily Mail reported that the cases don’t appear to be linked to each other, which makes experts think the virus is already widely spreading in the community. The probe is out of the medical bag, as it were. But if it IS sexually transmitted, as it appears, then it should be easy to get the outbreak under control if people will just press “pause” on the sexual networking, whatever that is. Don’t tell me — I don’t need to know.

Late yesterday, Massachusetts public health confirmed the US’s first case in a Boston man who recently returned from a trip to Canada.

That’s the good news. The bad news is the potential fatality rate: one in ten, if infected. Of course, that’s in Africa, where monkeypox has always been found until now. Even if not fatal, it’s still pretty gross, part of the smallpox family, featuring nasty skin rashes and lesions, or “pox.”

The UK’s CDC is warning gay men to watch for skin pox, and advises seeing a doctor if you get symptoms, in case that’s not obvious. Here in the US, public health twitter experts are busily virtue signaling and scolding any mention of sexual orientation related to monkeypox and straining their imaginations to come up with alternative explanations. You know, it could just be that gay men have better health clinics because they’re fastidious or something and so they’re the ones finding it first. Or something.

For example, Twitter pandemic expert Dr. Eric Feigl-Dingle, I mean Feigl-Ding-Dong, I mean Feigl-Ding, sorry; he was quite stern about all this “gay networks” talk. He tweeted, “I don’t like the reporting that implies LGBT or sexual clinics. Too early to say. They have good screenings and it could just be picked up there first.”

But Eric, the European reporting isn’t IMPLYING a gay connection. They’re SAYING IT. And, just offhand, I wonder how Eric knows so much about the quality of screenings in gay clinics. Never mind. The most important thing THIS TIME is we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. You can call them anti-vaxxers but don’t say gay sex networks spread monkeypox.

If the mode of transmission IS what it appears to be, and if people will just be reasonable in adjusting their lifestyles, and it doesn’t mutate into something more infectious, monkeypox won’t amount to any wider public health problem. What is more interesting about the story is the timing of the outbreak, its novel mode of transmission (monkeypox has never been an STD before), and that it is infecting otherwise healthy young men, showing another novel vector.

What we’d all like to know the most is: what’s their jab status? How’s their immune system holding up, overall? I’m just asking.

🔥 Chipper 33-year-old TikTok star and head of Homeland Security’s brand new Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board Nina Jankowicz abruptly resigned yesterday, as the White House announced the new sub-agency will be “paused” for re-tooling. Buh bye.

🔥 This week, the Montana Supreme Court overruled a lower court, restoring Montana’s voter ID law, and ending Election Day voter registrations. The two laws were passed by the state’s Republican majority in 2021, intended to increased election efficiency and security.

🔥 Fox News ran a story yesterday headlined, “Georgia early voting shatters records despite election reforms Dems labeled ‘voter suppression’.” “Shatters” might be an understatement. 540,000 people cast ballots as of Tuesday, far surpassing the 182,000 votes by the same point in the 2018 midterm primary elections, and even shooting past the 2020 presidential election numbers by +156%.

Democrats and woke corporations like the MLB, Coca-Cola, and Delta had complained bitterly about the Republicans’ new voter laws aimed at increasing voting efficiency and security, and argued bitterly that the new laws would unfairly frustrate some voters. Apparently not. Apparently just the opposite. Which is supposed to be a good thing, right?

The Abrams campaign, the MLB and the White House “did not immediately respond” to a Fox News request for comment.

It should be easy to vote and hard to cheat.

🤡 I hardly know what to say about this story except Elon Musk is a Trump-level media troll. Axios ran a story yesterday headlined, “Twitter Turns The Tables On Musk, Will “Enforce” Merger.”

Hahahaha! You can’t make this stuff up! Somehow, with a handful of mean sarcastic tweets a day, over the space of two weeks or so, Musk has somehow manipulated the Twitter board from resisting his buyout into now insisting that he go through with it. It looks to me like the tables are turned the OTHER WAY.

In a written statement to the New York Times, Twitter’s board said, “The board and Mr. Musk agreed to a transaction at $54.20 per share. We believe this agreement is in the best interest of all shareholders. We intend to close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement.”

Oh man, this is rich. How things change. On Monday, Musk questioned whether Twitter’s official numbers of “live users” was accurate. Live users are distinct from and better than what are referred to as “bots,” which are useless fake throwaway accounts used by psyops teams and trolls. Musk said sadly that a viable deal wasn’t out of the question, it’s still possible, but maybe at a lower price.

Cue the Twitter board freakout. A lower price! Never!

Touché Elon, touché.

Have a terrific Thursday! I’ll see ya’ll back here in the morning.

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Ghana: Very Low Vax Rate, Very Low COVID Infection Rate

Ghana: Very Low Vax Rate, Very Low COVID Infection Rate

5/19/2022

By Jon Fleetwood 18 hours ago

“I’ve heard people say it’s common sense (to get vaccinated), but what about all the other countries that have taken it and still put people in lockdown,” says local Ghanaian.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The perception that COVID-19 doesn’t pose a significant threat is common in Ghana’s capital and elsewhere in Africa, where the population has suffered a fraction of the casualties suffered in places like Europe and America, Reuters reports.
  • “I mean, Ghana has been spared up until now doing just what we’re doing,” said a 28-year-old construction worker in Accra, named Nana Kwaku Addo. “I’ve heard people say it’s common sense (to get vaccinated), but what about all the other countries that have taken it and still put people in lockdown.”
  • In Ghana, only 31.5% of the population is vaccinated, 19.7% fully, and the country had only 15 new COVID infections on Tuesday.
  • Compare those figures to Australia—which has about 5 million fewer citizens—whose population is 86.8% vaccinated (84% fully) and yet still suffered 56,461 new coronavirus infections on the same day.
  • In other words, Australia is more than four times fully vaccinated than Ghana but has over 3,764 times more COVID cases.

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GHANAIANS NOT WORRIED ABOUT COVID:
  • For many Ghanaians, COVID-19 is not a concern.
  • “Let me ask you one question,” said Mawule, an Accra businessman. “Is COVID the biggest problem in Ghana right now? You think it’s a bigger problem than inflation, the way people suffer for fuel?”
  • Vaccination sites in Africa are empty, Reuters notes, millions of unused vials are piling up, and one of Africa’s first vaccine producers is still waiting for an order.
BACKGROUND:
  • The United States was averaging 97,024 new coronavirus infections per day as of Monday, up from about 73,000 a week before, according to Google statistics, which use data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • 78.3% of Americans are vaccinated (67% fully), according to the same data.
  • COVID vaccine rates are high in America, as are the nation’s infection rates, signifying an inverse of what’s happening in Ghana.
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