Source: Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, July 20, 2022 ☙ HYDRATE
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
💉 A peer-reviewed study comparing jabbed versus natural immunity published in April but just updated. It’s titled, “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Naturally Acquired Immunity versus Vaccine-induced Immunity, Reinfections versus Breakthrough Infections: A Retrospective Cohort Study.”
The researchers found this startling difference: jabbed people were THIRTEEN TIMES more likely to catch Covid after being jabbed than unjabbed people were likely to get reinfected. Even more significantly, it found when jabbed people did have breakthroughs, they were SEVEN times more likely to get a SERIOUS case of covid than the unjabbed people who did get a second infection.
In other words, it’s working great!
They reached this logical and unsurprising conclusion: “Naturally acquired immunity confers stronger protection against infection and symptomatic disease caused by the Delta variant … compared to … vaccine-induced immunity.”
Because it shows that the breakthrough infections are MORE likely to be symptomatic, this is a great study to give whiny jab-lovers who argue that “it was never supposed to stop infections, only serious illness or death.”
Now … explain to me again: why should people take the risks of the jab after already having recovered from covid?
💉 According to superstar “Team Reality” contributor Justin Hart, the CDC’s newly-released county-level covid data showed that counties with mandatory stay-at-home orders performed no better, or even worse, than counties without lockdown orders:
Too bad it took them so long to release this data. It might have been helpful last year.
💉 The little country of Brunei currently holds the winning slot in the competition for highest covid case rate in the world.
Brunei was late to the party. It was doing great before it started jabbing people. By the time its first wave came along, Brunei had “fully” jabbed 91% of its population; and just before the most recent wave started, they’d boosted 64%.
But it would have been so much worse!
🍺 It’s been super hot in Great Britain, and to help the New York Post ran a practical story yesterday headlined, “Beer Could Help You Survive a Heatwave, Doctor Says.” If I’m connecting the dots right, that means beer prevents blood clots. Up to two pints of beer can provide more hydration than dehydration, explained the Post.
The paper admitted that NORMALLY alcohol isn’t recommended for hydration. Not normally. But in this kind of emergency, people may need to make certain exceptions. So.
Okay, granted, it’s a silly suggestion; leave it to the Brits to work a pint or two into the mix. But the idea of drinking fermented hops for hydration is 1,000% more practical than anything the climate maniacs have come up with. And beer doesn’t destroy your economy or lead to mass starvation. A couple pints of beer doesn’t hurt anybody.
🔥 It’s come to this: The Economist’s newest issue bears an alarming cover screaming, “Wake up, Democrats!” Inside, the main article’s headline insists, “The Democrats Need to Wake Up and Stop Pandering to Their Extremes.”
What? STOP pandering to the extremes? It’s more likely Joe Biden will solve the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture before he has breakfast this morning at around 11:30.
Early in the article, the marxist rag slyly praises itself: “This newspaper does not usually hand out advice to political parties, but…” Haha, we get it, Economist. You’re not biased. Not usually. But you just can’t stop yourself, this time.
The article begins noting that NOBODY wants approval ratings like Joe Biden’s approval ratings, which it calls “the lowest approval rating of any incumbent since the 1950s.” In other words, at this point Biden has beaten Jimmy Carter in the race for most worst. He’s competing with Nixon now.
Now think about this for a second: Joe was the democrats’ BEST candidate in 2020. Kind of makes the Economist’s point, doesn’t it?
Anyway, the Economist explained that America’s democracy is sick. Sick, like it has a bad case of covid. Democracy is so sick it’s practically on the ventilator now, according to the magazine. So the Economist wants democrats to cut it with all the kooky talk. People might get the wrong idea:
Fringe and sometimes dotty ideas have crept into Democratic rhetoric, peaking in the feverish summer of 2020 with a movement to ‘defund the police’, abolish immigration enforcement, shun capitalism, relabel women as birthing people and inject ‘anti-racism’ into the classroom… Republican attacks on Democrats as out-of-touch socialists ring true to many voters in the centre.
That is 100% accurate. Now take a look at the Economist’s prescription for curing America’s democracy and saving the soul of the nation:
Moving towards the centre ground would not just be a shrewd political tactic, it could also be the beginning of a cure for American democracy… Standing up to the ideologues of the left will require grit, but if Mr Biden truly wants to save the soul of the nation he will have to start with the soul of his own party.
In other words, Democrats have gotten SO kooky that it appalls even the Economist. To be honest, most C&Cers would agree that leftwing radicalism is what’s making America sick, at least in part. But what’s surprising is that the Economist agrees with us — after all, it suggests dems should move toward the center to cure democracy?
What the Economist is really saying is that the DEMOCRAT PARTY is sick, soul sick, infected with radical leftwing ideology, and that is making democracy sick too. Obviously the Economist won’t convince the gerontocrats running the party — Biden chief among them — that they should change ANYTHING. The Economist knows this, it was firing a warning shot, intended to wake up its center-left readers.
I’m surprised they didn’t also weave a suggestion for a pint or two in there somewhere.
🔥 People, PLEASE. Because of you, tireless fact-checking website Snopes was forced to debunk ANOTHER insane right-wing conspiracy theory yesterday. Fortunately, its indefatigable editors are up to the job, and alertly sprang into action almost immediately after the story went viral.
An article published on Snopes’ website yesterday bears the headline, “‘Brandon Falls’ Added to Google Maps to Mock Biden’s Bike Fall.” I checked, and apparently Google has taken it down, but here’s an archival screen grab in all its disrespectful glory:
I would be remiss if I didn’t make it clear: Snopes wants you to know that Brandon Falls is NOT a historic landmark, not REALLY. It’s kind of just a prank. So don’t make any big travel plans or anything.
Virtue-signaling scolds on Twitter think it’s terrible — just terrible — that people are tricking Google into making fun of our 96-year-old White House resident for having an accident than could happen to anybody. It’s EASY to fall off a motionless bicycle, even with one foot on the ground. You just lean over far enough and plop! And, it is NOT an analogy to anything either. The fall wasn’t an analogy OR a metaphor.
🔥 The UK is right ahead of the U.S. in its inflation curve at a reported 9.4%, but one economist interviewed said it is really closer to 20% there.
If you’ve been govern shopping lately you know it feels like 20% inflation here in the U.S., too. Thanks, covid experts!
🔥 You can add Argentina to the lengthening list of countries suffering from massive protests over economic dislocations — economic dislocations sprouting from bad governance. Inflation in Argentina is at an astounding 64%.
Have you ever seen anything like this? In country after country, monstrous protests involving regular blue-collar folks like farmers and truckers are breaking out all over the world — all at the same time. You could write a thousand articles about the phenomenon. Where are the media reports of all these immense protests around the world? What about the trends? What about what it all says about government? Where are all the breathless interviews asking the protestors to explain how they feel and what they want?
People aren’t happy. It’s like peace is being taken from the Earth or something. And the media is utterly useless, just garbage.
📉 For some reason, even though barrel prices are up, the price of gas at the pump here in the U.S. is down -$0.50 cents from the peak, about a -10% drop. At a recent press conference with Biden’s economy czar, Jared Bernstein, reporters seemed somewhat skeptical the trend would continue. They pressed Bernstein about when he said last year that “inflation will be transitory,” and asked why they should believe him now.
Bernstein responded arguing that — and I am not making this up — the economy is actually booming. “If you look at the strength of the current economy, if you look at the strength of the labor market, if you look at the strength of consumer spending, you would conclude that where we are right now remains solidly within expansion,” the delusional bureaucrat claimed.
Bernstein’s two examples don’t prove his point. When you flood the money supply, consumer spending will appear robust, especially when measured in tinydollars. Those dollars have to go somewhere. And since wages are “sticky” — always slow to adjust to inflation — employees are cheaper than they used to be, so employment isn’t showing the pain, not yet. It’s basic economics.
Plus, gas remains over $2 higher than when Biden moved into the White House. Just saying.
🔥 Across the Atlantic, Europe waits anxiously to find out if the Russians will turn the NordStream-1 gas pipeline back on tomorrow after 10 days of “routine maintenance.” European officials are arguing about the scope of sanctions. Russia has hinted that, even after resuming gas shipment through the pipeline, the amount will probably be “reduced.” Smallified. Shrunk.
Putin is blaming the reductions on the difficulty of getting replacement parts to keep everything working properly, because sanctions. So. In other words, the Russians are sandbagging the Europeans. Gasbagging.
The EU is circulating a draft plan calling for member countries to fight Russian tactics by just using less gas. You didn’t need all that gas anyways. The plan allows for mandates that would require automatic cuts if 15% reduction goals aren’t met.
More mandates! And more sacrifices. Is it just me, or does it seem like they only have one way to handle every problem? They never saw a mandate they didn’t immediately fall in love with.
🦸♂️ Governor DeSantis awarded a $6.5 million grant to create “civics academies” at three state colleges in Florida. The colleges will partner with local school districts, teaching high schoolers skills useful for public service careers, like working in a state agency or the county government.
I have mixed feelings about it. Generally I prefer less government. But clearly, conservatives need to start training more of our smart young folks how to participate in government. I think what DeSantis is doing is a small start to building an alternative to the World Economic Forum’s young global leaders training programs.
I mean, if that failed engineer and moronic numbskull Sergeant Schultz, I mean Klaus Schwab, can do it, why can’t we?
DeSantis, leading again.
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