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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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Coffee & Covid, Tuesday, May 17, 2022: RATIONED and It could be much worse

Jeff Childers,  May 17, 2022

Happy Tuesday and good morning, C&C! Today’s roundup: some reassuring thoughts about the world; the FDA magically approves Abbott’s baby food plant; Fetterman might not be out of the woods; another U.S. Senator has a stroke; the WSJ figured out where all the strokes are coming from; right after rationing J&J shots, the White House says it may have to ration the other shots too; an Azov battalion surrenders in Ukraine; and Sri Lanka’s PM tells citizens to get ready for a very bad time.

*SCRIBBLES AND GRINS*

I’ve seen a few comments flowing through suggesting some of you may be starting to worry again. Maybe its the “new thing” that replaced the pandemic. Whichever, let’s not fall for it again. Things are JUST FINE.

First, let’s evaluate the situation from both Christian and secular perspectives. From a Christ-follower’s point of view, we have absolutely nothing to worry about anyway. And despite lots of speculation, it is NOT the End Times, since Israel is not yet at peace and has not yet begun rebuilding the Temple — key signs of the beginning of the End. One world government is clearly reserved for the last few years of history, since the Book of the Revelation describes all the trappings of normal world function: nations, commerce, wealth, ships, and most important, a worldwide state of high function to be later destroyed by the Great Tribulation. Klaus Schwab must fail. So we can rest on the promises of Scripture that the world is going to keep on spinning more or less normally, at least for now.

From a secular viewpoint, as crazy as they are, they are nowhere near the kind of crazy that our parents and even some of us have seen before. The Carter years and earlier featured 90% income tax rates, double-digit inflation, stagflation, race riots, gas lines, communist infiltration of government, and worst of all, hippies and disco, blech, and we still roared back from that unhappy period, not only surviving but manfully defeating the Soviet Empire in the process, without a nuclear war or even a non-nuclear war.

I know it’s hard to watch current foreign policy, Bill Gates, and the WEF, but never forget that conservatives were forced to grind their teeth down into tiny nubs watching helplessly while a known communist spy working for the U.S. State Department, Alger Hiss, helped design the United Nations. Later, Nixon, a republican, tried to vaccinate the whole country for Swine Flu, until we hit 500 cases of Guillain Barré and they pulled the plug.

So.

While there are fair comparisons to make, we are still NOWHERE near those collective levels of suffering yet. Not even close. Not even after Joe Biden’s best efforts. Well, best efforts for Joe. You have to grade on a curve.

I’m not minimizing the risks and dark potentialities. Admittedly, our generation has its own issues. But don’t lose sight of the silver linings. Like what? How about the fact that a temporary period of hardship might be the way we come back from wokeness, CRT, dissolving definitions of morality and ethics, and loss of our national sovereignty.

They say that hard times create tough generations. Tough generations create good times. Good times create soft generations, which then create hard times again. Rinse, cycle, repeat. We’ve enjoyed a long period of prosperity. It’s possible that we are due for a little bit of a hard time that will toughen us up — which is just what we need. That means we’ll win in the end, and the faster we toughen up, the shorter the suffering will be. Let’s get tough!

Now on to the roundup. Lots of highly interesting news today!

🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

🔥 And just like that, right after Abbott Labs went public with the FDA’s refusal to return its phone calls, the baby formula shortage has been addressed. The Daily Wire ran a story yesterday headlined, “Baby Formula Could Return To Shelves As Abbott Plant Takes ‘Major Step’ To Reopening Facility.”

So, literally two or three work days after Abbott tweeted that the FDA had been ignoring it for weeks, and Republicans pounced on the Biden Administration’s bungling, the formula manufacturer is now already “entering into a consent decree” with the FDA to take “the steps necessary to resume production and maintain the facility.” Just like that. Whoosh! That was fast.

The press release announcing the new agreement noted that production could restart within two weeks, meaning product would be available on merchant shelves in six to eight weeks. In the meantime, Abbott says it has also been authorized to work with an Irish facility to help meet short-term demand.

For some reason, Abbott’s president Robert Ford apologized in a carefully-worded statement. “We know millions of parents and caregivers depend on us and we’re deeply sorry that our voluntary recall worsened the nationwide formula shortage. We will work hard to re-earn the trust that moms, dads and caregivers have placed in our formulas for more than 50 years,” his written statement said.

To my trained lawyer ears, Ford’s apology sounds a lot like it was carefully negotiated and wordsmithed. Despite the apology, Abbott’s press release noted that the CDC’s investigation of its plant found “no … link between Abbott formulas and infant illnesses.” So what is Ford apologizing for?

Anyway, great news for moms and babies.

💉 Yesterday, I accurately reported that corporate media said Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor John Fetterman, now running for Senate, had a stroke but the clot was promptly removed and all was well. You aren’t going to believe this, but that was, apparently, fake news. At least to some extent.

The Hill ran a story late yesterday headlined, “Fetterman stroke throws curve into Pennsylvania primary,” which said that Fetterman “would be off the campaign trail for the near future” and he has cancelled all his scheduled events. The Hill also noted that Fetterman “does not have a history of being in poor health.” It’s baffling.

So, apparently the news that Fetterman was right as rain was premature. We hope he recovers quickly.

💉 Racing close behind the Fetterman stroke story was ANOTHER one, this time a CNN story headlined, “Maryland Sen. Van Hollen Hospitalized After Stroke But Says No Long-Term Damage.”

According to CNN, the Maryland Democrat announced Sunday that he suffered a “minor stroke” over the weekend and is currently hospitalized. Van Hollen has not tweeted since his May 15th announcement about the stroke. Presumably he is following his doctor’s orders and resting.

Van Hollen’s stroke created renewed chatter about the Senate’s precarious 50-50 split. He is also running for re-election this year.

Just to recap, we now have THREE strokes among lawmakers so far this year:

1) New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Luján (D) — stroke in March

2) Maryland Senator Van Hollen (D) — stroke in May

3) Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D) — stroke in May

🔥 But don’t worry! It’s not that mysterious after all. The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday headlined, “Strokes of John Fetterman, Chris Van Hollen Highlight One of U.S.’s Top Health Risks,” which informs us that strokes can happen to anybody at any time at any age. It’s totally normal.

The Journal explains that “common medical conditions” like diabetes can cause strokes at any age. It suggests, and this is truly cutting-edge medical advice, eating healthy and exercising. It ends by suggesting that STRESS causes strokes, and quotes a cherry-picked expert saying “The world is stressful these days.” So…

💉 What an amazing covid coincidence! Politico ran a story yesterday headlined, “White House Prepares To Ration Vaccines As Covid Funding Impasse Looms.” Stay with me here.

Politico explained that “a painful and foreboding reality is setting in for the White House as it enters a potentially dangerous stretch of the Covid fight: It may soon need to run its sprawling pandemic response on a shoestring budget.” Painful, foreboding, dangerous, sprawling, shoestring. Politico nearly wrote a poem about it.

First of all, the White House doesn’t run ANYTHING on a shoestring budget. That’s just a way to blame this on Republicans. To reinforce whose fault it is, Politico quoted an anonymous staffer who said, “inaction in Congress is already forcing difficult and unnecessary compromises that have dire consequences for the American people.” Dire ones.

Removing all the overheated rhetoric, the gist of the story was that because of Republican obstructionism, the mRNA vaccines may have to be reserved only for people who are at high-risk of covid.

None of it makes sense. Republican obstructionism? Please. The dems run the House! That’s a dumb excuse. But they’re running with it:

So, politics as usual. But consider the TIMING for a second.

We are within two weeks of the FDA’s rationing Johnson & Johnson for the most at-risk — for safety, citing the threat of ultra-rare blood clots. Now the White House is signaling it might ration the other vaccines too, this time citing poverty and obstinate Republicans. Different explanations, same result.

Budget limits doesn’t make any sense either. Biden literally JUST promised to vaccinate the WHOLE WORLD about ten minutes ago. They’re scaring up $40B for Ukraine. Now they suddenly can’t afford jabs for Americans?

And all of this right behind the similar J&J safety lockdown. Makes you think.

A cynical person might suggest the budget limit claim is just an excuse to remove the jabs from the market without admitting there’s anything wrong with them. Sure, they’re still available to at-risk people, but that just proves there’s nothing wrong with them, and jab injuries are harder to see in at-risk people, because any strokes, clots, or death can be blamed on their comorbid conditions.

Politico is upset that the jabs might dry up, and so it’s HOPING FOR a covid comeback to force congress to cough up the dough. I am not making that up. The article suggests longingly, IN WRITING, that “with little ability left to force Senate Republicans’ hand, there’s growing fear that perhaps the only way to keep the Covid response alive will be for Covid itself to swamp the nation in infections once again.”

The geniuses at Politico don’t seem to get the irony of hoping for the thing they want to avoid in order to get the thing that would prevent the solution, if you follow me. Dummies.

💉 I’m out of time, but tomorrow, I’m reporting on the biggest vaccine story this year, which slipped by under the radar exactly one week ago. If you thought that public health experts couldn’t be shown to be any dumber, prepare to be astounded and amazed.

🚀 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 🚀

🚀 After weeks of reporting that the Russians were losing, badly, all over Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal ran a long story yesterday headlined, “Ukrainian Soldiers Lay Down Arms at Mariupol’s Azovstal Steel Plant.”

Yesterday, the Kremlin agreed to allow Ukraine to evacuate wounded Azov battalion fighters from the besieged city, and the others became POWs. The Journal noted hopefully that while Moscow might claim victory, at least the Russian forces were tied up there during the siege. So that’s something. Silver linings, I suppose.

I think Ukrainian readers and other supporters believe that when I report news like this it means I don’t “support Ukraine” or something. That’s not true. I wish fervently for an end to the war and for not one more Ukrainian to be injured or die. But I frequently don’t believe our lying corporate media and call them out whenever I see their lips moving. Here, the WSJ was forced to report something they’d been explicitly denying for weeks.

In general, I do not want to be told what to think or who to support. I just want the facts. I want to make up my own mind. I believe I am smarter, more ethical, and more reasonable than the poltroons who are in charge of the narrative. Especially experts.

🚀 The prime minister of Sri Lanka, who was recently rescued from his compound in a daring pre-dawn operation, posted a remarkable tweet yesterday. It begins by admitting, “The next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives. I have no desire to hide the truth and to lie to the public. Although these facts are unpleasant and terrifying, this is the true situation.”

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (no idea), who just took the job last Thursday, goes on to lay out eight huge problems and short proposed solutions, most of which involve borrowing money and asking for help from the developed world. This is how the World Bank can make or break a country.

Prayers for the Sri Lankans as they navigate a terrible period.

🔥 Finally, here are the alert readers and scavenger-contest winners who found rare pictures of John Fetterman not wearing a hoodie!

— Dave Ross

— Heidi Shires

— Karen Karen

— Mary Barrentine

— Penny Bargo-Buckhalter

— Ellen Middlebrooks

I owe you guys lunch! Stand by for a Facebook message from my team.

Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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