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The 2020 Coronavirus


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Introduction added 3/8/2020:
Sensationalism sells newspapers and keeps the teeming masses tuned to the most exciting cable TV news channels, whether or not the news contains any useful or factual information.  Hysteria sells even more newspapers; so at every opportunity, the cable TV news channels go with hysteria.  Especially if the so-called news coverage can be used for political leverage or weaponry.  As we have seen over and over, the claims of impending doom are false alarms, yet the public falls for it every time.  How many contagious diseases were supposed to have killed us all, or at least resulted in massive upheaval?  The bird flu was going to affect everybody, they said, as was AIDS, Ebola, Zika, West Nile virus, SARS, MERS, swine flu, acid rain, mad cow disease, stratospheric ozone depletion, second-hand smoke, fire ants, and so on.  Heres' how to eliminate TV news hysteria completely:  Take all of the television sets out of your house and leave them at the curb for the scavengers.  You will be surprised how much spare time you have, and very soon you'll quit worrying about contagious diseases in Africa and China.

Appended 3/12/2020:
In a way this coronavirus scare is a lot like the Y2K scare at the end of 1999.  At that time, the news media was full of baseless speculation about the worst-case possibilities, as if those were the most likely possibilities.  The endless sensationalism was somewhat tiresome, and, as it turned out, entirely unfounded.  But it served a purpose, and that was to keep the viewers agitated and glued to the TV.  The same thing is going on now.  The news media is having a field day with this virus outbreak, because it keeps the TV viewers hooked, and it might be a useful weapon to use against the President of the United States, whom the so-called journalists detest.

Appended 3/20/2020:
In my opinion, the government's response to the coronavirus is far more dangerous than the virus itself.  If the virus spreads all over town, it might affect everybody.  Shutting down restaurants and small businesses does affect everybody.  The severity of the government's response varies by state, as many things should, but state-wide curfews, shelter-in-place orders, and restrictions on worship services and peaceful assembly are ingredients for tyranny.  (And this won't be the last previously-unknown virus to emerge.)  The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the freedom of peaceful assembly.  The word emergency is not in the Constitution.  If the government is asking churches to close for a few weeks, that's one thing; but if it's a demand, that's something else.  In addition to all that, the crisis of the decade occupies the news media's full attention.  If there is anything else happening — that is, if the federal government is up to something else — you might not hear about it for weeks.

Appended 3/21/2020:
About 75 percent of the panic buying and sudden shortages is due to sensationalism in the news media; in particular, the cable TV news channels.  The other 25 percent is due to social media, and the fact that nearly every adult in America has a cell phone at hand 24 hours a day.  As I've said before, hysteria keeps you tuned in, hour after hour, and the cable TV news people are spreading fear in order to retain viewers and make money from advertising.  The poorly-educated and narcissistic hoarders (triggered by the news coverage) are a problem even worse than the government's heavy-handed control of the masses.  There are ways to deter selfish customers and small-time speculators from buying up all the toilet paper and hand cleaner.  Here's what I mean:  At Costco and Sam's, there are no anonymous purchases.  Every customer's purchases are in a database, along with that customer's address, phone number, and photograph.  In my opinion, anyone who has bought more than a few cases of bathroom tissue (or paper towels, or hand sanitizer) in the last 90 days is a hoarder, and that person's card should be permanently revoked.  Today.  Yes, even the speculators and resellers.  This action should be taken immediately, and the wholesalers should make a big publicity splash about it, because the rest of their customers want to see something done about the hoarders.  This technique could be used world-wide.  Moreover, hoarding could be detected and thwarted as soon as it develops.  The big-box wholesale stores have computerized inventory, and they should be able to see immediately when there is an unusual spike in the consumption of specific disaster-related supplies, and apply strict limits at once.  Ordinary grocery stores could do this, too.  There is a bar code on everything.  The computers know when there's a sudden demand for canned vegetables, or bottled water, or what have you, and with a little extra software, the stores could apply limits within a few minutes.

Remember, the higher an "Alert Level" goes, the more power the issuing agency gets; and once a tyrant tastes power, he is reluctant to give it back.  The longer this virus panic persists, the more likely the police state is to become a permanent fixture.

Appended 3/26/2020:
In this nation-wide madness, there are some silver linings and some (much larger) dark clouds:

Silver linings:  [#1] No school zones, much lighter freeway traffic, much cleaner air.  [#1A]  Much lower gasoline prices, partly because of reduced demand.  [#2] Playboy magazine is dead.  [#3] There is now a much greater awareness of the importance of hand-washing and cleanliness.  [#4] There is now a much greater awareness of just how low the power-hungry, baby-killing Democrats will stoop, in an effort to overthrow President Donald Trump.  [#5] After this, the mother of all news media false alarms, the general public will finally share my skepticism of the news media, the U.S. government, and the Chinese Communists.

Dark Clouds: [#1] Ben Franklin was right:  "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."  The poorly-educated public has shown itself to be much too willing to quickly forfeit the Bill of Rights in order to obtain a little temporary protection from a virus that nobody would have ever noticed without the alarmist news media screaming about it 24/7.  If you're sick, the virus is definitely more than nothing, but if you're not, and you don't generally congregate with those who visit China or Italy, then it is almost nothing.  Certainly nothing worth killing the United States' economy and political system to fix.  [#2] H.L. Mencken was also right:  "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."  The general public has lost its mind over the latest hobgoblin, thanks to the Trump-hating sensationalist news media, which is fully staffed with Democratic Party activists instead of journalists.

Appended 3/29/2020:
Mrs. Editor was quick to point out that H. L. Mencken was no hero, and is hardly worth quoting.  Mencken was very hostile to Christianity. [1] [2] [3]

Appended 3/31/2020:
I think there will be a number of beneficial after-effects of this world-wide virus panic.  [#1] A lot of people who live from one paycheck to the next are learning the value of thrift and savings.  [#2] A lot of people who never turn off their TV will finally learn that the television is a liar.  [#3] The New York Stock Exchange has "circuit breakers" that kick in whenever investors and speculators go nuts.  The state legislatures should have such protections, too, so that the state government can't suspend the Bill of Rights, just because CNN told them to, without holding public hearings.  [#4] Nobody is snickering and scoffing at the doomsday preppers any more.  [#4A] Perhaps this experience will revive an interest in fallout shelters, because such a thing is ridiculous until it is needed, and by then it's too late to prepare.  [#5] Many tree-hugging hippies will now understand that there are more important issues than global warming or the mean sea level rising two millimeters per year.  [#6] Many people may adopt irrational mysophobia, but many more will finally realize the importance of keeping their hands [#1] clean and [#2] away from their faces.  This is the sort of thing that was once taught in elementary school (during the cold war), but is no longer mentioned in school.

Appended 4/20/2020:
It is now clear that we have been lied to about projections of mass death and impossible numbers of hospitalizations.  The computer models proved to be worthless, the hospital numbers have been cooked, and the truth has been hard to find.  The Trump-hating news media has been peddling anxiety and fear for six weeks or more, apparently hoping for an economic collapse, if that's what it takes to elect a Democrat president.  It is also clear that many governors, county commissioners, and mayors have demonstrated an eagerness to assume, just by decree, the vast powers they've always wanted.  Moreover, it is clear that the next Election Day could easily be the last Election Day if these tyrants aren't booted out.  The virus panic has turned out to be the most costly over-reaction in the history of the world, both in money and in liberty.  The surest way to perpetuate the "temporary" loss of our liberties is to elect or re-elect Democrats in November.  The Republicans are not exactly clamoring for the end of the coronavirus lockdown, but bad is better than worse.

Appended 5/19/2020:
This country is in serious trouble.  Nearly all of the state governments put their entire populations under a stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, lockdown/quarantine, based on irrational fear, and the vast majority of those who live in nominally "free countries" instantly complied with the spontaneous tyranny that resulted.

The whole episode had a network of causes and another network of effects.  The malevolent Chinese communists, intentionally or not, lost their grip on a virus.  The virus spread to several remote (to them) parts of the world via airline travel and basically open borders.  Then the alarm was sounded, and someone ran a deeply flawed computer model that predicted widespread death.  Right away, the sensationalist tabloid news media picked up the ball and ran with it.  Day and night, the word pandemic was perniciously employed, even though the people affected by the virus were only in specific places, not everywhere, and the victims of this new disease were primarily those who were already in poor health.

Before long, the lockdown and quarantine, announced and supported by television, made normal life impossible, and a great number of people found themselves unemployed.  Oh, but it's only temporary, and it's for the benefit of everyone!  Then week after week elapsed while the television stoked the fear and spread the notion that wearing a mask would keep everyone safe.  Panic shopping and hoarding, which would have been easily preventable had it not been a surprise, made routine shopping even more unpleasant.

Very gradually, after months of this insanity, and after the petty tyrants at the state and county level became more insufferable with their demands, voices finally emerged to say this treatment is worse than the disease.  An embarrassingly small number of people began to rise up and denounce the tyranny at hand.  All others sheepishly complied.  THAT is why this country is in trouble.  Nobody seems to mind if, for the first time, the government tells healthy people to stay in their houses.  Nobody seems to care that the government is printing trillions of dollars' worth of hot checks to appease the masses.  Criminals are being released from jails and prisons because of concern for their safety, but then what happens to our safety?  Churches are being told whether they may operate or not, and if so, at some arbitrarily prescribed fraction of their capacity, and the pastors comply!  The American people are far more timid and malleable than I had imagined.  Especially the Republicans.  We have now known for weeks that the computer models are seriously flawed, the body counts are fraudulently high, and the disease is so hit-and-miss that half the people who get it exhibit no symptoms at all.  Yet almost nobody will stand up to their elected officials, or the cops, and resist this nonsense.

The heat was turned up very rapidly, and yet the proverbial frog is still sitting in the hot water, patiently waiting for it to cool down, somehow.

Please note that the people at the CDC and WHO are unelected, pencil-pushing bureaucrats whose lives have not been interrupted by all this hysteria.  Indeed, their jobs are now more secure than ever.  Whether you follow CDC guidelines or not is entirely up to you; however, if you run a business and you are fastidiously adhering to arbitrary rules and regulations, your business may suffer (even more than it was already).  I said goodbye to my barber this morning, when I saw a sign posted on his door listing a bunch of CDC-recommended actions that would be required of me upon entering the shop.  Sadly, he is now my former barber.  (What a shame.  I was a good tipper, too!)

(Incidentally, if you aren't sick already, and your immune system hasn't been weakened, you aren't accomplishing anything by wearing a mask.  Why are so many people driving around town, alone in their cars, wearing masks?  Trying to filter out a virus by wearing a paper mask — or a bandana over your nose — is like building a mosquito net out of chicken wire.  The mask just tells everyone how fearful, weak, and compliant you are.)

And now we see censorship on social media, to squelch the dissenters, and the exploitation of the so-called pandemic as a political weapon against President Trump.  The story was already bad enough without those ingredients.  It may already be too late to rectify this mess, and if the socialist Democrats prevail in any upcoming election, this country is finished.

Appended 7/1/2020:
If you're still wearing a mask at this late date, you must be a Democrat, or a serf who lives under the thumb of a Democrat.  If you wear a mask while you drive around in your car or ride a bicycle, by yourself, you look like a muzzled bear at the circus.  (You may not know what a circus is, because they were all cancelled years ago.)  If you wear a mask while you walk around the block for some fresh air, your ignorance is on display.

The petty tyrants are trying to get the virus and its associated shutdowns into a sequel, since they enjoyed their power so much, but not everyone is buying it this time.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Except I wasn't fooled the first time.  Bureaucrats need to sit down and let the rest of us take our chances with whatever germs are in the air, as we have for centuries.

Appended 8/1/2020:
The links and excerpts on this page are in reverse chronological order:  The newest material is at the top.  There are links on this page to over a thousand articles on other web sites, offering abundant evidence that...
  [#1]   The coronavirus crisis, if it was ever really a crisis, is over now.
  [#2]   The coronavirus crisis was the product of news media sensationalism, designed to keep everyone alarmed and tuned to the TV.
  [#3]   The petty tyrants among us at the state and county levels have used this so-called crisis to grab power that they normally wouldn't have; and even when there is abundant evidence that the worst of the disease is over, and was over several weeks ago, they cling to their edicts and mandates that nobody has had a chance to vote on.  Lockdowns and restrictions that were originally supposed to have been in place for a few weeks have been repeatedly extended.
  [#4]   The entire crisis originated in China, either accidentally or maliciously.
  [#5]   The entire crisis is political:  It's all about crushing capitalism, impeding the growth and progress seen under President Trump, and ruining the United States as we have known it, in order to bring about a new Socialist government.
  [#6]   There are cheap and effective cures for the symptoms that accompany Covid-19, but any discussion of these remedies is being suppressed on social media and censored on mainstream media.  This is most likely because Big Government does not like cheap and easy solutions to nationwide problems, and neither do the drugstores.
  [#7]   If you are still wearing a face mask voluntarily in August 2020, you're either a Democrat, a person who watches too much television, or a spineless serf who will do whatever you're told, no matter how obviously unnecessary it is.
  [#8]   Entirely too many people in this country are unaware of their rights under the Constitution, and are gladly willing to forfeit those rights, just to avoid any criticism in the news media or on social media platforms.  Almost every pastor of every church has given up any claim to the First Amendment's guarantees of the free exercise of religion, and the freedom to engage in peaceful assembly.  Once those rights are lost, they cannot be recovered.
  [#9]   Even in places where masks or face coverings are mandatory, there are no standards:  Your face can be covered with gauze, cloth, window screen, or the flimsiest veil, and you will be welcomed just as if you were wearing a fresh hospital-quality mask.
  [#10]   The Covid-19 disease is so terrible that half the people who have the virus exhibit no symptoms.
  [#11A]   As long as there is money to be made from this disease, the fearmongering will persist.
  [#11B]   As long as the sensationalized news coverage of this disease keeps you glued to the television, the sensationalism will persist.
  [#11C]   As long as there is a political incentive to amplify this disease, the hysteria will persist.







Related topics on other nearby pages:

News media sensationalism and dishonesty

The road to tyranny

Bias and Censorship in Social Media

Banning plastic bags

Ebola

The Government's Role as an Overprotective Nanny

Tracking the whereabouts of cell phone users

Releasing prison inmates because they might catch the virus

Homeschooling

Lies about President Trump

News media bias against President Trump

Snitch on your neighbor

Airline inconvenience and health hazards

Mass transit health hazards

Immigration-related health hazards

Other environmental false alarms

Voter fraud, mail-in ballots, and postponed elections

Any good news about the virus is suppressed

What's the rush?


Background, overview and recap articles:

The COVID-19 Anniversary Provides An Insight Into Progressive Governance.  This is a retrospective as we near the first anniversary of our progressive experience with SARS-CoV-2.  Liberty-loving Americans looking ahead to the Biden administration should consider the past year to have been a previewing of coming attractions for progressive governance.  Imagine Dr. Anthony Fauci gaining an audience with President Ronald Reagan.  After Dr. Fauci parroted statistics from Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London that 2.2 million Americans would die from Wuhan coronavirus infections unless a progressive fascist agenda were enacted shutting down non-essential businesses and placing all Americans under house arrest, President Reagan would have laughed and politely told Dr. Fauci to leave and close the door behind him.  Mr. Reagan was educated in economics and loved our Constitution and Bill of Rights.  He knew over-reaching government actions would cause harm and wouldn't impact viral transmission.  Mr. Reagan trusted customers to determine which businesses were and weren't essential.  It was inconceivable to place healthy, law-abiding citizens under virtual house arrest.  President Reagan would urge the vulnerable to maintain appropriate isolation and those with infected symptoms to self-quarantine.  God bless him, but President Donald Trump isn't ideological.  He came into office to implement certain ideas.  Paramount was undoing damage done to our country by Barack Obama over eight years.  Unfortunately, when Drs.  Fauci and Birx told President Trump the sky was falling, he was confounded by this curveball from left field.  In March and through May, we discovered there are two Libertarians from Kentucky, but no conservatives in Washington, DC.

Farewell to a Dreadful Year.  When the coronavirus first appeared, the neo-Thought Police in the media took pains to refrain from referring to the virus by its place of origin (the "Wuhan virus" or the "China flu") for fear of being politically incorrect.  Notwithstanding the fact that West Nile Virus, Ebola, and Lyme Disease, among other maladies, are named after the geographic origins of the disease, there was an exception made for this one.  Using the term Wuhan flu was simply not permitted.  Starting with the contretemps over the name, the virus became entirely a creature of politics:  a useful crisis that could serve as the springboard for the progressive agenda. [...] In the early spring, the Imperial College of London model predicted 2.2 million deaths in the United States and 500,000 in Great Britain.  This became the scientific basis for a large-scale abrogation of personal and economic liberty.  The models were later adjusted and by May it had become obvious that the death totals would be far short of that forecast, but by that point it was too late.

Essential Facts About Covid-19On one hand, these facts show that:
  •   the average death rate for people who contract Covid-19 is well below 1% and is much closer to that of the seasonal flu than figures that were commonly reported by the press.
  •   the average years of life lost from each Covid-19 death are significantly fewer than from common causes of untimely death like accidents and suicides.
  •   the virus that causes Covid-19 is "very vulnerable to antibody neutralization" and has very limited ability to mutate, which makes it unlikely to take masses of lives year after year like the flu and other recurring scourges.
On the other hand, elderly people and those with chronic ailments are extremely vulnerable to Covid-19, and the disease is highly transmissible, which means it could spread like wildfire and overwhelm hospitals without extraordinary measures to contain it.  This would greatly increase its death toll.  However, measures to limit the spread of C-19 sometimes involve fatal tradeoffs, and thus, overreactions can destroy more years of life than they save.

Revolution 2020.  [Scroll down]  In January 2020, when COVID hit and Trump cut off travel from China and Europe, the ruling class predictably indicted him for racist excess.  Fauci and the CDC claimed that the virus was not particularly contagious to humans, and Democrat officials urged people to attend big gatherings.  After contagion became obvious the media, following Fauci, did not apologize for their errors.  Instead, they spread estimates that the virus would kill some two million Americans, that U.S. hospitals would be overwhelmed, and insisted that Trump urge Americans to avoid contact with one another "to slow the spread and flatten the curve" of infections.  No one suggested that any measures available might stop the virus.  Trump took that step — unnecessary, but possibly politically analgesic.  As of this point in mid-March, nothing extraordinary had yet changed the balance of power in America.  But then Trump let himself be persuaded to extend the suggestion of "lockdown" indefinitely, subject to such conditions as the CDC might make for "reopening."  Thus, having made "lockdowns" his own, did Trump largely disempower himself, enabling and legitimizing the ruling class's seizure of powers that are reminiscent of Orwell's 1984.  Subsequently, the entire ruling class — the media (especially the social media giants), every officeholder, politician, and publicist associated with the Democratic party, and corporate America — took upon itself powers over the American people such as not even Woodrow Wilson had wielded in World War I.  Foremost of these is exclusion of criticism of itself from public circulation.  Banning church services and other voluntary organizations, interactions among neighbors, as well as closing small businesses reduced communications of whatever the ruling class might decide largely to one-way, top-down conveyance.  Thus did the oligarchy manage to convince the public to let it treat a virus the infection/fatality rate of which (circa 0.01%) is either equal to or lower than that of the average of seasonal influenzas, as if it were the plague.  Worse that, for the sake of public health, the public should acquiesce in restrictions — such as quarantining uninfected persons and staying indoors — that reverse the logic of quarantine.  The ruling class use of COVID-19 is medical nonsense.  But the "lockdowns" made perfect political sense because they disadvantaged primarily the sort of people who vote conservative.  The lockdowns also made ordinary people more economically dependent on government, while enriching those best connected with it.

The Attempted COVID Coup of 2020.  What history will record as the great COVID coup of 2020 is based on lies and fear manufactured by America's ruling class — led by the Democratic Party and aided by the complaisance of most Republican politicians.  In March, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) presented the coronavirus to the Western world as a danger equivalent to the plague.  But China's experience, which its government obfuscated, had already shown that COVID-19 was much less like the plague and more like the flu.  All that has happened since followed from falsifying this basic truth.  Americans were led to believe that the virus was unusually contagious, and that it would kill up to one in 20 persons it infected — a 5 percent infection/fatality rate (IFR).  Today, we still lack definitive, direct knowledge of COVID-19's true lethality.  The absence of that knowledge allows bureaucrats to continue fearmongering. [...] An honest reckoning, if we can get one, will reveal that the COVID-19 experience in America has only tangentially been about health.  It has been, predominantly, a political campaign based on the pretense of health but dedicated to the maintenance of elite control — and it has done far more damage and caused more misery than the coronavirus itself.

The Rise of the Insurgent Right.  This is tyranny.  A free country does not strip its citizens of the right to work by edict.  A free country does not dehumanize its citizens with mask-wearing mandates.  A free country does not suspend the right of citizens to travel freely within its borders.  In "The COVID Coup," Angelo Codevilla cuts through the lies on which the authoritarian coronavirus response was built.  He makes clear that the initial predictions of death and destruction were wildly incorrect and that the policy solutions proposed in response were totally inconsistent with our way of life.  Our experts failed us.  Codevilla states the truth: the "pandemic" was never a crisis of such magnitude that it required suspending basic civil liberties for months on end.  The clearest evidence is Sweden, which never locked down, refused to mandate masks, and kept schools open.  That nation saw .057% of its population die from the Coronavirus.  The United States, on the other hand, despite numerous "interventions" and the implementation of de facto medico-martial law, saw .058% of its population perish.  Sweden's death rate peaked in April and has been in steady decline since.  Today they have deaths in the single digits.  In the United States, a nation where 3 million people (0.9% of the total population) die from all causes every year, we upended our entire way of life in the vain hope we could save 0.01% of the population from COVID death.  It isn't working.

The Editor says...
That was the good part of the article immediately above.  After that, the writer proposes some soak the rich schemes that no freedom-loving American would ever endorse, after considering them for even a moment.


Timely news and commentary:


'Vaccine Passports': A Trojan Horse To Further Shrink Your Rights?  By far, the worst idea for a post-COVID-19 "reset" is the vaccine passport.  The idea is that anyone who wants to travel, attend a concert or sports event, go to the theater, hold a family gathering, or perhaps even eat in a restaurant will need a "passport" proving they're COVID-19 Clean.  Who knew that authoritarianism would show up wearing a white medical smock?  Don't worry.  They'll tell you that it's all for your safety.  The bogey-man, er, virus, is ready to spring at you again from the dark.  But you really must be able to prove that you're worthy of the privileges of open society before you can take part.  That means vaccine passports.  And, yes, it's being considered, despite White House claims to the contrary.

Medical student, 21, died a day after getting J&J vaccine leaving family devastated as officials open an investigation into his death.  Officials are investigating the death of a University of Cincinnati student one day after he received Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine.  John Foley, 21, a pre-med junior, passed away on Sunday.  His body was discovered shortly afterwards by his college roommates, reported FOX 19.  The Ohio Department of Health and the Hamilton County Coroner's Office are awaiting medical records and test results before determining the cause of death.  It comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Tuesday they were recommending a pause of the shot after six women developed rare, but serious, blood clots out of 7.2 million vaccinations.

University of Cincinnati student dead a day after getting J&J vaccine.  A University of Cincinnati student died one day after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, according to health officials.  John Foley, 21, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday — a day after he was administered the one-dose jab, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Kode Sammarco told Fox 19.  The cause of Foley's death is under investigation by the Ohio Department of Health and the coroner's office.  Foley was found Sunday by his roommates.  There is no evidence that his death is related to the Johnson & Johnson shot — which was paused in the US this week over ties to blood clots.

Mississippi man partially paralyzed, unable to talk after J&J vaccine.  A Mississippi man who experienced a blood clot after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, has been left paralyzed on one side of his body and unable to talk, his family said.  Brad Malagarie, 43, of St.  Martin, suffered a stroke soon after stepping out last week to get the one-dose shot, news station WLOX reported.  "They called me and said he had that vaccine and something is wrong, we think it's a stroke," his aunt, Celeste Foster O'Keefe, told the outlet.  The father of seven was rushed to the hospital, where they determined that he had a stroke as a result of a blood clot in his brain, the outlet reported.  "I said be sure to tell the doctors he took that J & J vaccine and that, to me, is what caused his stroke," his aunt said.

Jim Jordan Gets Dr. Fauci to Tell Congress What We've Known All Along: He Doesn't Care About Your Rights, He Cares About His Power.  For some months, I have been arguing that the declaration of a "public health emergency" based on the Wuhan virus epidemic has had much more to do with an effort to curtail civil liberties — and to develop a body of favorable Supreme Court decisions that essentially eviscerate the Bill of Rights — than they have to do with any desire to keep Americans safe.  As we've seen in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan (to name the top-shelf examples), there are state governments who are perfectly happy killing as many of us as necessary to get their way. (As an aside, perhaps no more malicious example of deliberately killing people to, I think, keep the death rate high exists than former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and current Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, "Rachel" Levine, who removed "her" mother from a long term care facility before ordering such facilities to accept patients infected with the China virus.

COVID House Arrest and Mass Shootings.  Two years ago, one in ten adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression.  That number is now four in ten.  Substance abuse and thoughts of suicide are also on the rise, though not to the same degree — at least for now.  Americans are losing grip on their lives.  The mental health crisis bubbles under the surface, erupting in episodic outbursts of mass violence.  Law-abiding citizens were not meant to be locked away from their lives and loved ones for any length of time.  The government's response is to pass more seemingly arbitrary dictums through the process of an executive order.  President Biden has signed forty-nine such orders, bypassing the checks and balances put in place precisely to prevent rule by fiat.  Simultaneously, runaway members of Congress propose bill after bill that only serve to distance themselves from the very Americans who elected them.  The apex of liberty seems to have passed.

Canada's Ontario goes for a police state in the name of Covid suppression.  A new police state has been established just north of the states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.  The Province of Ontario is home to over 38% of the population of Canada and is 55% bigger in area than the State of Texas, and it is now acting like a nightmarish police state.

Ron DeSantis Delivers a Message to Vaccinated Americans, Hysteria Follows.  Ron DeSantis continues to trigger the libs, and it's not just because he's really good at owning them.  They can't stand the fact that he beat one of their supposed future stars in Andrew Gillum, and they hate him even more for defying their COVID hysteria and producing results that bested all the comparatively populated blue states.  In fact, Florida sits at 28th in the country in COVID deaths per one million, a mark that is simply amazing when you consider the state has the second-largest vulnerable, elderly population in the country.  Today, DeSantis continued his crusade against the hysterical among us, delivering a message to vaccinated Americans.  A freak-out commenced shortly thereafter.

3rd Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Dose 'Likely ' Needed Within a Year, CEO Says.  People who have received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are "likely" to need a third dose sometime within a year after being fully vaccinated.  "A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination," CEO Albert Bourla said during an online event on April 15.  "But all of that needs to be confirmed.  And again, the variants will play a key role," he said.  "We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen."  Bourla also said it "is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus."  Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one.  U.S. health agencies this week recommended a pause in administering the J&J vaccine after several reports of blood clots out of millions of vaccinations.

Can we finally start ignoring Fauci?  Anybody who's taking Dr. Anthony Fauci seriously probably needs to stop doing so.  He endlessly moves the goalposts to maintain his unlimited power over the American people, something Democrats support.  That's why, on Thursday, during House testimony, Rep. Maxine Watters (who is a low-rent harridan) tried to shut down Rep. Jim Jordan's efforts to get Fauci to say when enough Americans will be vaccinated so that COVID restrictions can end.  The past year has shown that Fauci either has no idea what he's talking about or is trying to advance an agenda that invariably has to do with maintaining the 2020 status quo of lockdowns, isolation, and masks.  In February 2020, Fauci scoffed at masks.  By April, Fauci was urging people to wear masks.  He later explained that he was earlier covering for a perceived shortage of masks and then got panicked learning people had asymptomatic COVID.  By February 2021, as vaccines were rolling out and cases were dropping, Fauci announced that people should start wearing double masks.  Fauci also gave constantly shifting information about herd immunity.

Ted Cruz says he's done wearing masks in the Capitol.  Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer wearing a mask while in the Capitol complex or on the Senate floor now that he is vaccinated, he revealed this week.  Speaking to CNN Thursday, Cruz (R-Texas) explained, "At this point, I've been vaccinated.  Everybody working in the Senate has been vaccinated."  "CDC has said in small groups, particularly with people who were vaccinated don't need to wear masks," he continued.  While lawmakers and congressional staff were given priority access to the Pfizer vaccine in December, as well as additional staff being inoculated earlier this year, there are many other Capitol employees and reporters on the premises who have yet to be vaccinated.

Exclusive: Florida Gov. DeSantis Says Lockdowns Were a 'Huge Mistake'.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order on April 1 last year, locking down the Sunshine State for 30 days amid global panic about the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreak.  Sitting in his office exactly one year later, he told The Epoch Times that the lockdowns were a "huge mistake," including in his own state.  "We wanted to mitigate the damage.  Now, in hindsight, the 15 days to slow the spread and the 30 — it didn't work," DeSantis said.  "We shouldn't have gone down that road."  Florida's lockdown order was notably less strict than some of the stay-at-home measures imposed in other states.  Recreational activities like walking, biking, playing golf, and beachgoing were allowed, while what constituted an "essential business" was broadly defined.  "Our economy kept going," DeSantis said.  "It was much different than what you saw in some of those lockdown states."

NH governor will let mask mandate expire on Friday.  New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) said Thursday he will not renew the state's mask mandate, and will let it expire on Friday [4/16/2021].  "We'll continue to work with public health to encourage social distancing and wearing of masks when appropriate.  That will not change whatsoever.  What does change is the government's imposed requirement to do so," Sununu said during a press conference.  New Hampshire is the first state in New England to lift its mask mandate, which has been in place since November.

The Fauciite Consensus Will Never Take Us Back to Normal.  Over the past year of COVID, there's been a recurring news narrative of "experts surprised their predictions were off the mark."  It's happened on almost every major policy issue — from masks to lockdowns to surface cleaning — and the margins of error are often vast.  The CDC or some government body told us with certainty that something was true concerning COVID, and we had to obey.  But then the data comes out, and the people yelling about "the science" were totally wrong.  Yet somehow we're supposed to ignore the abysmal track record of these experts and listen to whatever their next proclamation of "the science!" may be, even as the end of the pandemic appears to be in sight.  This comes from the "Fauciite Consensus" — the absolutist voices that pretend there's such a thing as "the science" that determines public policy decisions.  Until we understand what the consensus is, and what it plans long term, it's never going away.

"Here's How it Works, Dr. Fauci, I Get to Ask You the Questions!" — Rep. Jim Jordan Puts Arrogant Fauci in His Place.  Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) ripped Fauci apart on Thursday for flip-flopping on Covid mitigation measures.  Rep. Jordan, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, demanded Fauci give him a date for the end of Covid restrictions.  "15 days to slow the spread turned into 1 year of lost liberty," Jim Jordan said.  To no one's surprise, Fauci, an unelected, overpaid bureaucrat, said:  "I don't look at this as a liberty thing, Congressman Jordan.  I look at this as a public health thing."

18 Reasons I Won't Be Getting a COVID Vaccine.  A few friends have asked my thoughts on the COVID jab(s) so I thought it was time to write an article on the topic.  Knowing how contentious this issue is, part of me would rather just write about something else.  But I believe the discussion/news is so one-sided that I should speak up.  As I always strive to do, I promise to do my best to be level-headed and non-hysterical.  I'm not here to pick a fight with anyone, just to walk you through some of what I've read, my lingering questions and explain why I can't make sense of these COVID vaccines.

Vaccines Should Be Personal, Never Political.  With a limited availability of COVID-19 vaccines now accessible, 192 million Americans have the first dose and 75 million are now fully vaccinated.  Yet, the debate about making vaccinations mandatory has only begun.  And, like the pandemic itself, expect this battle to be just as political.  Recently we've been hearing noise from companies like United Airlines wanting to make the vaccine mandatory for all employees.  United CEO Scott Kirby even encouraged other companies to do the same.  Southwest and American Airlines however have taken a more delicate stance saying that while they encourage employees to get vaccinated, there are no current plans to make the vaccination mandatory.  In a recent survey of C-Suite executives, 48 percent said they would not require employees to get vaccinated.  43 percent said they were still undecided.

That's a big IF:
If Republicans Are Worth Their Salt, They'll Block Invasive 'Vaccine Passports'.  On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Senior Editor Christopher Bedford and Assistant Editor Kylee Zempel join Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss the dangers of vaccine passports and how Republican politicians should react and respond to them.  "Right now, it's a mandate.  You show your vaccine, you show your digital passport, you show that you're a citizen in good standing," Bedford said.  "This is the path to a social credit system: corporate government alliances that keep track of your history and do you do the right virtue signals.  And it's not going to stop with COVID."  [Video clip]

Jim Jordan Proves Fauci a Fraud in One Question.  [Scroll down]  The executive branch, in which Fauci finds himself, is not shielded from oversight from Congress.  If asked for information by a member of Congress during an official hearing, he should either be prepared to directly answer the question or state that he will provide the information when he so decides.  Fauci should have been held in contempt during that exchange as well as any Congressperson who attempted to deny Jordan of his time, which essentially was wasted by the argumentative and tyrannical Fauci.  The second issue I take particular umbrage with is how Congressman Jordan asked the question of Fauci.  He kept asking "when will Americans get their rights back." To accept that premise is to accept that the Government had the power to strip us of our rights in the first place.  That in itself is ridiculously dangerous.  It states that they had that power, and reverses the intent of the US Constitution.  [Video clip]

House Republicans tear into Fauci for not letting Americans eat at restaurants while migrants cross the border without COVID tests.  House Republicans complained to Dr. Anthony Fauci for not letting Americans eat at restaurants, while charging that COVID-positive migrants are being released into the country — and people's liberties are being lost.  Fauci was chided by Reps.  Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan as he testified alongside Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky Thursday before the House Select subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.  'We had 15 days to slow the spread turned into one year of lost liberty,' Jordan said.  'What metrics, what measures, what has to happen before Americans get their freedoms back?'

Examining the Relationship between COVID Death Rates and Population Density.  Calculation of simple rates for new COVID cases and deaths has revealed that mask mandate states have performed no better than states in which masks have been voluntary.  Advocates for the mandate are looking for a confounding variable that — when properly controlled — will reveal the heroic performance of mask mandates as life-saving actions taken by enlightened governments.  Almost certainly, they will settle on population density as the knight in shining armor designated as Defender of the Mandate.  Already, some are beginning to contend that high population density is the main cause of COVID diffusion.  Once this is controlled for, they claim, the effectiveness of the mask mandate will be established.  This is the hope.  What follows is a dose of reality. [...]

Regular Exercise May Help Protect Against Severe Covid.  More exercise means less risk of developing severe Covid, according to a compelling new study of physical activity and coronavirus hospitalizations.  The study, which involved almost 50,000 Californians who developed Covid, found that those who had been the most active before falling ill were the least likely to be hospitalized or die as a result of their illness.  The data were gathered before Covid vaccines became available and do not suggest that exercise can substitute in any way for immunization.  But they do intimate that regular exercise — whether it's going for a swim, walk, run or bike ride — can substantially lower our chances of becoming seriously ill if we do become infected.

Maxine Waters snaps at Jim Jordan as COVID hearing with Fauci erupts into shouting match: 'Shut your mouth'.  The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus held a hearing Thursday titled, "Reaching the Light at the End of the Tunnel:  Ending COVID-19," but it erupted into shouting match when Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci on when that end might become a reality in terms of restrictions being lifted.  Jordan got right to the point, noting that Fauci had recently written that it is not yet the time to cease taking precautionary measures such as social distancing, avoiding gatherings, and wearing face masks.  "When is the time?" Jordan asked.  "When do Americans get their freedom back?"  "When we get the level of infection in this country low enough that it is not a really high threat," Fauci said.  Jordan continued to ask for specifics as far as what level would be deemed low enough.

Whitmer's health honcho took beach getaway as pandemic raged.  It's a simple enough question:  Did she or did she not go on vacation last week to the Gulf of Mexico while the pandemic raged in Michigan?  Elizabeth Hertel, the state's director of health and human services, will not say.  Her office instead prefers the dark art of deflection, dissembling and sleight-of-hand.  This comes on the heels of news that her colleague Tricia Foster, the state's chief operating officer who is in charge of Michigan's vaccine roll out, beat it for the sunny climes of the Keys during spring break, while Whitmer warned the rest of us to stay away from Florida.  There Foster was — if her Facebook posts are to believed — surrounded by a gaggle of teenage girls sunning themselves poolside, while her son was back in Michigan fighting Covid.

U.S. to Temporarily Halt Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccines over Rare Clotting Issue.  Federal agencies will call to temporarily suspend the use of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines, after six recipients of the vaccine developed a blood clotting disorder.  Almost seven million Americans have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is administered in a single dose.  Six recipients, all of them women between ages 18 and 48, developed an extremely rare clotting disorder, known as cerebral venous thrombosis.  The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will temporarily halt distribution of the vaccine at federal vaccination sites while an investigation is conducted into a possible link between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the clotting disorder, the New York Times reported.

How did top U.S. scientists get so much wrong about COVID-19?  Don't wear a mask.  Wait, wear a mask.  Better, wear two masks.  Wash your hands a lot.  Disinfect everything nonstop.  Wait, never mind.  Six-foot social distancing is science.  Hang on, maybe not.  More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's remarkable how little we know about the coronavirus.  And the message keeps changing, which makes you wonder whether anyone really knows anything at all.  Remember when a doctor — early in the pandemic — put out a viral video telling Americans they just needed to wash their hands a lot to keep from catching or spreading COVID? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) jumped on board, as did the World Health Organization (WHO).  But that turned out to be not at all true.  Just last week, the CDC put out new guidance.  "It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low," the guidance says.  The CDC added that the chance of contracting the coronavirus through surface transmission is lower than 1 in 10,000.

In world first, Denmark ditches AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot.  Denmark on Wednesday [4/14/2021] became the first country to stop using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine altogether over a potential link to a rare but serious form of blood clot.  The decision will push back the scheduled conclusion of Denmark's vaccination scheme to early August from July 25, health authorities said.  But that new timeline assumes it will start using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, whose rollout in Europe has been delayed over similar clotting concerns and the use of which Denmark has suspended.

Are These the 'Experts'?: CDC Flip-Flops on COVID Several Times in One Week.  In the past several days alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has flip-flopped on several important issues regarding COVID-19.  These constant reversals in messaging have called into question the government agency's efficacy.  Although messaging from the CDC has been mixed and inconsistent throughout the pandemic, this has especially been the case in recent weeks.

The J&J Pause Raises Questions About Who Should Be Getting the Vaccine.  On April 13, 2021, the FDA decided to pause the Johnson and Johnson vaccine's use due to six women suffering from an unusual type of blot clot and low platelets, which assist a person's blood with clotting.  There have been two distinct opinions on this move in the commentariat that are opposed.  The first position is that this pause on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is ridiculous based on population-wide statistics for vaccine side effects.  Six women out of over seven million doses are not sufficient to deprive the rest of the population of a vaccine effective in preventing severe illness and death from COVID-19.  This point of view is understandable and many also correctly point out that the widespread deployment of the COVID-19 vaccines has resulted in more robust data than traditional safety trials.  It also points out the genuine possibility the pause will create additional vaccine hesitancy.

'Faucian Bargain' Does What Media Failed to Do by Examining Influence of Anthony Fauci.  Experts have expertise you and I don't have, but they're not necessarily wiser, nor are they any less sinful.  Experts are also wrong all the time, because they're human, too.  Experts told Admiral Nimitz he was dumb to listen to one Japanese code-breaker and risk much of our remaining Naval fleet on an ambush at Midway, which ended up turning the tide of the Pacific theater in World War II. [...] Plenty of "experts" right now think there are 57 genders, and human life happened because two amino acids formed a single-celled protein 600 million years ago for no reason whatsoever.  Plenty of "experts" also love them some of those open borders that allowed China to export its Wuhan virus to our shores.  Beware of easily handing your sovereignty over to the experts, especially without skeptical vetting.  For sure, experts have done amazing things for humanity as well.  But a critical time such as this requires more questions, not fewer.

The real problem is minorities refusing the vaccine.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, white people make up 60% of the U.S. population.  Also according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, white people make up 65% of the vaccine takers.  So why is the Biden administration pushing the narrative that white Trump supporters are refusing to take the vaccine when the problem is minority Biden supporters?  Well, that question self-answered.  The Washington Times reported, "White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is currently engaged with NASCAR and Country Music TV, among multiple other venues, in an effort to reach White conservatives who may be hesitant to get vaccinated against COVID-19."  That is nice but the real problem is only 8% of the people vaccinated are black.

Quarter of Covid deaths not caused by virus, new figures show.  Almost a quarter of registered Covid deaths are people who are not dying from the disease, new official figures show, as the Government was urged to move faster with the roadmap in the light of increasingly positive data.  The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 23 percent of coronavirus deaths registered are now people who have died "with" the virus rather than "from" an infection.  This means that, while the person who died will have tested positive for Covid, that was not the primary cause of their death recorded on the death certificate.

College Forces Students To Pay Fifty Bucks For Not Wearing Masks.  Students are being fined $50 if they fail to wear a face mask on a college campus in Maine, CBSN Boston reported Tuesday [4/13/2021].  St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine, has issued more than 20 tickets to students in violation of the school's mask mandate, according to CBSN Boston.  Patrick Meyers, a junior at St. Joseph's College, said he was given a ticket Sunday by campus police while enjoying a nice spring day, the outlet reported.  "He kind of saw me slipping without a mask on.  I had it below my nose and rolled right around to me said 'hate to do this to you, but I gotta give you a 50-dollar fine,'" Meyers said.

Out Behind The Barn.  [Scroll down]  The apparent ultimate objective of the COVID pandemic program is to acquire global power.  COVID-19 appears to be a key element in the power grab, an excuse to impose freedom-stifling restrictions that fall short of common sense.  Consider some of the things that happened in the last year.  Or didn't happen.  The ballyhooed millions of COVID-19 deaths in America and elsewhere mercifully didn't happen as experts predicted.  Face masks are proven to offer little or no protection against COVID-19, while sometimes causing dental or dermatological problems or problems associated with rebreathing one's own expelled CO2.  Masks may be good for virtue signaling or showing subservience and obeisance to authority, but not for medical protection.  Economy-destroying lockdowns are intensely damaging. [...] Social distancing for COVID mitigation is common sense in the same way that avoiding people with the flu and colds makes sense.  Do that, but don't become a pariah about it.  Washing one's hands as once taught in grade school is the most elemental common sense and should be assumed without mention, not juiced up and marketed as COVID "science."  Slavishly wiping inanimate surfaces with disinfectant wipes may be emotionally therapeutic but it is useless for COVID control.

Perpetuating harmful stereotypes:
Biden admin: 'We're engaged with NASCAR and Country Music TV' to reach unvaccinated White people.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is currently "engaged with NASCAR and Country Music TV," among multiple other venues, in an effort to reach White conservatives who may be hesitant to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  During a press briefing Monday, Ms. Psaki was asked to address a New York Times report that said rural states such as Mississippi, Ohio and Oklahoma are seeing a lackluster demand for the vaccine.  Ms. Psaki said the White House was addressing the problem primarily at the local level but that other measures had been taken to "get directly connected to White conservative communities" and meet them "where they are."

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Cheap Shot.  Remember when characterizing entire groups of people with broad, unflattering stereotypes was considered unacceptable?  Apparently the Biden administration doesn't, as evidenced by a recent Jen Psaki press briefing in which she said that the White House was trying to push their vaccine message to white conservatives by advertising on "The Deadliest Catch" (essentially a fishing show) and making outreach via Nascar and country music.  While not specifically referenced, we assume taxpayer-funded pro-vaccination ads are also being put on confederate flags and packages of chewing tobacco, while bumper stickers ("White Trash Matters - Get The Shot") are being handed out in trailer parks.

Physical inactivity linked to more severe COVID-19 infection, death:  Study.  A sedentary lifestyle is associated with more severe COVID-19 infection and an increased risk of dying from the viral disease, according to a large-scale study.  Researchers, including those from the University of California San Diego, found that COVID-19 patients in the US who were consistently inactive during the two years preceding the pandemic were more likely to be admitted to hospital.  Inactive patients were also more likely to require intensive care, and die compared to those who had consistently met physical activity guidelines, they said.

Football Coach In The UK Has COVID Gustapo Smash Down His Door And Arrest Him, Force Him Into Quarantine After Returning From Bahrain.  Mathew Owens is a soccer coach from Liverpool who was fulfilling his dream job in Bahrain.  But following a change in the rules on how you can live, work and function normally over there, Mathew determined it was no longer for him and decided to return home.  He took all the right advice and followed all the correct procedures in order to achieve safe passage back to England.  Everything was fine until he reached Frankfurt International Airport where his story suddenly began to take a turn for the worse.  What follows is both shocking and disturbing and needs to be shared far and wide as a cautionary tale.  [Video clip]

COVID-19 fallout threat 'will ripple through the world for years,' new intel report finds.  The U.S. intelligence community warned in a new report that fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will "ripple through the world for years" and is likely to escalate existing challenges posed by America's adversaries — a sign of the challenges that lie ahead as the nascent Biden administration seeks to stem the virus' spread and reassert America's role as a global leader.  The Annual Worldwide Threat Assessment, which provides lawmakers and the American people with a vast landscape of threats to the U.S. homeland, found that the "far-reaching effects" of the pandemic, which "extend well beyond global health to the economic, political, and security spheres," may present the governments of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, an opportunity to "advance their interests at the expense of the United States and its allies."

New Dem Program Inflates Possible 'COVID Deaths' Without Testing.  The COVID-19 pandemic is the gift the keeps on giving for Democrats seeking to cash in on the viral outbreak for every bit of power and political influence it can wring from it.  On Tuesday [4/13/2021], Democrats Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer discussed a new funeral aid program that would allow posthumous deaths to be recategorized as 'may have' died from COVID. [...] "So here's what families need to know," she went on.  "Your loved one should have Covid on their death certificate.  Anywhere listed on their death certificate, either as the primary or contributing cause of death.  In those early days though we know that so many people — we didn't know what was Covid and what wasn't — and so there are several options available here, one is that we can go back to the institution that issued the death certificate, the hospital, the physician, etc., and you can have your death certificate added in retrospect knowing what we know now about COVID."

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AOC is urging her constituents to retroactively jump aboard the Covid bandwagon, to have them claim dubious victimhood, for the sake of her power and influence.

The Totalitarian Undertow of Social Distancing.  Totalitarian regimes usually take power during periods of massive social and political upheaval, and they must perpetuate the upheaval through reigns of terror in order to retain power.  This completely isolates the individual, subjecting him or her to the full power of the central government to prevent any coherent political opposition from forming.  Intervening institution such as families, churches, schools, media, unions, and political parties are co-opted or eliminated.  Local and regional governments, the military, and the police are brought under central control. [...] The strength of the United States lies in its people and their voluntary associations, not their government — regardless of how well organized or well run it may be.  The measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 may ultimately prove more harmful in the long term than the disease itself.

Chlorinated swimming pool water can kill COVID virus in just 30 seconds, study finds.  Chlorinated swimming pool water can inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19 in just 30 seconds, a study found as indoor pools re-open across England this week.  Virologists from Imperial College London studied the impact of varying concentrations of chlorine in water on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  The findings suggest that the risk of COVID-19 transmission via swimming pool water is 'incredibly' low, the researchers reported.

Is Dr. Fauci the 'Father of the Pandemic?'.  The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, believes the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  If Dr. Redfield is correct — and he almost certainly is — then Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health must assume significant responsibility for a global pandemic that has killed over half-a-million Americans, kicked tens of millions of Americans to the unemployment curb and drained trillions of dollars of wealth from the American economy.  SARS-CoV-2 first emerged in the fall of 2019 within several kilometers of both a Wuhan, China, wet market and the Wuhan Lab.  The "wet market" theory postulates the virus jumped from an animal to humans as the infected animal was being butchered, cooked and consumed.  Alternatively, the "Wuhan Lab" theory postulates the virus escaped from the lab.

Anthony Fauci Has Worn Out His Welcome.  More than a year ago, Americans welcomed Anthony Fauci into their homes as a sober scientist who was helping them make sense of a deadly new virus.  But he has worn out that welcome.  It's true that Fauci has enjoyed an illustrious career, advising every president since Ronald Reagan and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.  There's much to admire in his overall leadership since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yet, as director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he has a serious job that's not supposed to involve being a media spokesman so ubiquitous that it's hard to believe he ever turns down any media requests.

Critics erupt on Fauci after he says to not eat indoors, even after getting vaccine.  White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Sunday it's "still not" acceptable for Americans to eat indoors, even after they've received the COVID-19 vaccine.  His comments come after he and other government experts have seemingly moved the pandemic goal posts for some time now.  "Drinking indoors, restaurants, and bars.  Is that OK now?" host Mehdi Hasan asked the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director.  "No, it's still not," Fauci said.  "For the simple reason that level of infection, the dynamics of infection in the community are still really disturbingly high."

It Doesn't Take An Einstein.  To be absolutely clear:  they are not orders, mandates or requirements but [Governor] Whitmer is strongly urging residents to avoid indoor dining for two weeks, for high schools to consider going back to virtual learning for two weeks and to hit the pause button on organized youth sports.  She said she's relying on the common sense of a citizenry now experienced in struggling with the deadly virus for over a year.  In other words she trusts that enough of us have been indoctrinated.  She's now relying on the Karens and Kens to keep the rest of us in check.

Joe Biden Botched the Vaccine Rollout.  President Joe Biden has officially botched the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, as his Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspended the use of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine Tuesday because of just six reported claims of blood clotting.  As statistical expert Nate Silver noted, the decision makes no sense whatsoever:  [Tweet]  The Biden administration promised that unlike its supposedly "political" predecessor, it would use science to guide its approach to the coronavirus pandemic.  Instead, it has adopted the unscientific, risk-averse approach to public health that has been typical of most Democrat-run "blue" states during the pandemic, who have used drastic and draconian shutdowns at the slightest hint of medical risk.

The government wants you to accept an implanted RFID chip.  Don't do it.
Video: DARPA is Working on Covid Vaccine, Implantable Microchip to Detect Virus.  The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on a COVID vaccine that will work on all variants and has developed an implantable microchip that it says will continuously monitor the human body for signs of the virus.  Retired Colonel Matt Hepburn, an army infectious disease physician heading up DARPA's response to the pandemic, appeared on 60 Minutes to demonstrate the technology.  Holding up a vial of green tissue-like gel, which contains the chip, Hepburn proclaimed "You put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body, and that signal means you are going to have symptoms tomorrow."  "It's like a 'check engine' light," Hepburn added, noting that those with the chip "would get the signal, then self-administer a blood draw and test themselves on site."

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I can get by without that kind of help.

Surging Virus Has Michigan's Democratic Governor at Loggerheads With Biden.  The Biden administration and Michigan's Democratic governor are locked in an increasingly tense standoff over the state's worst-in-the-nation coronavirus outbreak, with a top federal health official on Monday [4/12/2021] urging the governor to lock down her state.  As the governor, Gretchen Whitmer, publicly called again for a surge of vaccine supply, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at a White House news conference that securing extra doses was not the most immediate or practical solution to the outbreak.  She said that Michigan — whose metro areas include 16 of the 17 worst outbreaks in the nation — needed to enact shutdown measures to stamp out the crush of infections.

Keywords:  Propaganda, infomercial, publicity stunt, Deep State.
Michelle Obama, Matthew McConaughey, Fauci, And Others Team Up For NBC Vaccination Special.  NBC will be hosting an hour-long vaccination special on Sunday titled "Roll Up Your Sleeves," in a bid to raise awareness and encourage Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  "Nearly 100 million people across the U.S. have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine — and now Michelle Obama and a few famous friends will do their part to encourage the rest of the country to get their shots," reported NBC's "Today" show.  Presented by Walgreens, the special will feature former first lady Michelle Obama, Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Texas and Florida Continue to Beat Lockdown States:  Fauci 'Not Sure' Why Open States are Winning.  Dr. Anthony Fauci is unsure why Texas and Florida continues to defy the settled "science" on COVID-19.  Since the states did away with the mask mandates and authorized all businesses to re-open, there has not been a disproportionate surge in COVID cases, hospitalizations, or deaths.  Dr. Fauci was asked why Texas hasn't seen the often predicted surge on MSNBC this week.  "I'm not really quite sure," he said.  "It could be they're doing things outdoors."  Fauci added in his MSNBC interview that it may take weeks to see any effects from re-opening the state on the number of COVID cases.

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Ri-i-i-ght.  Everything is always a few weeks away, isn't it?

Experts Like Anthony Fauci Can't Fight Fires, They Are the Fires.  Just as expert central planners routinely failed miserably when it came to crafting economic outcomes in the 20th century, so did a modern version of central planning fail in 2020. Fauci may have been brilliant, but he was no match for the collective wisdom of hundreds of millions of Americans making decisions based on what they knew, every second of every day.  Fauci wasn't the solution to what some deemed the COVID-19 "crisis."  Rather, he was the crisis.  Central planning that always fails in good times also fails during times of uncertainty.

California city erects fence outside COVID mandate-defying restaurant.  A California city erected a fence outside a restaurant that has repeatedly flouted coronavirus health orders, a report said.  The fencing was put up Saturday outside Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in Burbank after a court ordered the establishment's electricity be shut off, according to an NBC Los Angeles report.  The eatery has racked up nearly $50,000 in fines since the start of the pandemic for violating public health orders, allowing outdoor dining at a time when the practice was banned by the county, according to the Los Angeles Times.  A judge on Friday ruled the restaurant cannot reopen without new permits.  The city had previously placed sandbags outside the business in a bid to keep it closed.

Woman Get Paralyzed On One Side Of Her Body, Gets Multiple Seizures After Receiving COVID Vaccine.  Tabatha Lauren:  "I was rushed over via ambulance to [Baylor University Medical Center] where I have had numerous scans done.  I have had about eight seizures in the last two days — never had a seizure before.  They did find a 3mm brain aneurysm.  I am currently hooked up to my EEG so they can monitor my seizures."  In a follow-up video, Lauren says she began suffering seizures nearly two-and-a-half hours after receiving the vaccine, in addition to having a 102° F fever.  [Video clip]

Why bother?  What is to be gained from vaccination?
Dr. Fauci: 'It's still not OK' for vaccinated people to dine indoors.  White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said "it's still not OK" for people to gather in public indoors even if they're vaccinated against COVID-19.  Appearing on MSNBC's "The Mehdi Hasan Show," Dr. Fauci was asked whether "eating and drinking indoors in restaurants and bars" is safe now that nearly 22% of the population had been fully vaccinated.  "No, it's still not OK for the simple reason that the level of infection, the dynamics of infection in the community are still really disturbingly high," Dr. Fauci responded.  "Like just yesterday, there were close to 80,000 new infections, and we've been hanging around 60-, 70-, 75,000.

Do we now need permission to be free?  As Britain was heading into lockdown on 23 March 2020, UK health secretary Matt Hancock was busy introducing the accompanying legislation in parliament.  'To defeat [Covid-19]', he said, 'we are proposing extraordinary measures of a kind never seen before in peacetime'.  He was underselling them.  In their repressiveness, their illiberalism and often their sheer arbitrariness, the 'extraordinary measures' the government was then about to impose on British society had never been seen before in wartime, either.  They exceeded powers granted by the Defence of the Realm Act 1914.  And they went beyond those of the Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939.  These were draconian pieces of legislation, placing people and property at the service of the state.  But they certainly didn't authorise the de facto imprisonment of every single citizen in his or her home.  Because that is what Hancock's 'extraordinary measures' amounted to:  the quarantining of everybody, regardless of health.

Team Of Lawyers Suing WHO And Related Orgs.  For Misleading [the] World About COVID.  The WHO made pronouncements that protected China and blocked the world from the truth, leading to catastrophic consequences.  Now they are being called on to pay the piper.  A group of lawyers has gotten together and is taking a run at the World Health Organization's leadership for the various ways they helped screw the world over.  Along with WHO Director Tedros Adhanom, included as defendants in the suit are Dr. Christan Drosten, the head of virology at Berlin's Charité Hospital, and Dr. Lothar Wieler, the head of the RKI, the German counterpart of the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

Forced Masking Is Behavioral Science, Not Medical, And They've Been Playing Us The Whole Time.  Most people probably think of epidemiologists as simply doctors who specialize in contagious illness, but that would be only part of the story.  Indeed, rather than studying and finding cures for diseases, arguably the most important component of the field is increasingly being viewed as something else entirely — the molding of public behavior.  This explains why so many who go into epidemiology hold undergraduate degrees in public health, which focuses on the social and behavioral sciences, instead of the more hard-core sciency stuff studied by their medical doctor peers, like biology or biochemistry.  So when epidemiologists like Dr. Anthony Fauci make pronouncements from on-high, one must always be aware of the motive behind their messaging — to get YOU to do what THEY tell you to do, purportedly in an effort to "stop the spread" of whatever contagion they are fighting.  Except, if you do a deep dive into the nature of most of the world's response to today's particular disease du jour, COVID-19, you'll see that little of it ever had to do with actual science or data.

South African COVID variant may evade protection from vaccine, study finds.  The South Africa variant of the coronavirus may evade the Pfizer vaccine, according to a new study from Tel Aviv University and Israel's largest healthcare provider.  The study, which was published Saturday [4/10/2021] and still requires peer review, looked at 400 individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus despite receiving at least one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and compared the prevalence of the South African variant, B.1.351, with the same number of people who have not yet received a vaccination.  "We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared to the unvaccinated group," said Adi Stern of Tel Aviv University.  "This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine's protection."

'Huge' explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting.  La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St.  Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate.

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St. Vincent volcano evacuation:  No COVID vaccine, no rescue for you!  Seems the largest island of St. Vincent is experiencing a dangerous volcanic eruption. [...] Volcanos are serious matters in that region, and can mean complete island obliteration whenever they move to explode.  Volcanic eruptions are also unpredictable, and St. Vincent's can blow at any minute.  So now we hear how St. Vincent is dealing with this imminent volcanic eruption in which 16,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate.  Aircraft can't get in due to volcanic conditions, but cruise ships can, and to their credit, are rushing to help evacuate the island's affected residents, as are fellow Caribbean island nations, such as St. Lucia, Antigua and Grenada, which are taking evacuees in.  Just one hitch, according to a report from the Daily Wire, citing other news sources:  ["]The island's Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves, then sparked criticism by saying that those boarding cruise ships or seeking temporary refuge on nearby islands must be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Those who have not yet been vaccinated — numbering in the thousands — will not be permitted to leave the island, and will be housed in local hotels in 'safe zones,' according to the Prime Minister.["]

Greenie freaks versus COVID control freaks.  We dined this weekend at Bill's Café, the oldest continuously owned family restaurant in Collin County, Texas.  The waitresses wear t-shirts that say, "Bless our troops, especially the snipers."  What's not to love?  As if it could get any better, there wasn't a single mask to be seen at Bill's, and the place was packed.  You might say the folks at Bill's were doing their patriotic duty to "follow the science" and to be good stewards of the environment.  The science, contrary to the talking heads who want to run (and not incidentally ruin) your life, says masks are utterly ineffective in keeping you from catching or passing on the China virus.  Zero percent effective.

In 2021, you're supposed to shout your vaccine.  I've tried twice to quit Facebook, but my account lives on.  So, while I wouldn't dream of posting, I still go there occasionally to find out what's going on with people I've known over the years, almost all of whom are Democrats.  That's how I've learned that "shout your abortion" has been superseded by a new trend:  "Shout your vaccine."  It's such a "thing" now that CNN's little tater man, Brian Stelter, scolded Fox News personalities for failing to do so.  I've noted before that modern leftism is performative.  They fake waterboard each other, do die-ins, dress as broccoli, wear stupid pink hats, and generally engage in theater for their politics.  And they virtue-signal.  There is no such thing as a private political thought in leftist world — perhaps because they realize at some subliminal level that their political demands range from useless to stupid to harmful, they constantly try to offset that by showing how truly good they are.

CNN's Brian Stelter Whines About Fox Hosts Not Taking Vaccine Selfies.  CNN's Brian Stelter whined about Fox News hosts not taking vaccine selfies on Sunday [4/11/2021].  Brian Stelter specializes in three things:  Complaining about Trump, complaining about FOX News, and targeting conservatives for cancellation.  'Vaccine selfies' are a creepy trend taking social media by storm wherein people post photos of themselves getting the jab or holding up their Covid-19 vaccine card.  The 35-year-old talking spud (yes, Stelter is only 35) said he was "inspired" by all of the news anchors at MSNBC and CNN posting vaccine selfies.

The Liberal Race To Vaccinate.  This past February, popular Soul Cycle master Stacey Griffith was criticized for receiving her COVID vaccination ahead of seniors and first responders.  Griffith believed her role as an exercise instructor "made her eligible for the vaccine as an educator." While many in New York feigned outrage, this behavior is increasingly common among liberal elites in the Big Apple.  As a conservative living in Westchester County, a wealthy Democratic enclave north of Manhattan, I witnessed many New Yorkers engaging in a similar fashion to that of Ms. Griffith.  Oblivious to the fact that homebound seniors and those who live in minority neighborhoods were yet inoculated, these anxious suburbanites who once spent months fetishizing over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's daily briefings and stringent lockdown measures were now obsessively trying to promote their eligibility for the vaccine.  As a result of their rush to vaccinate, many coastal elites are contributing to the racial inequities they purport to be against.

Perpetuating the masquerade.  [T]he efficacy of masks has been much discussed and debated as they went from "not recommended or effective vs respiratory viruses" in early 2020 and in prior years to a "must have social mandate" as [C]ovid has worn on.  [D]id this ever make any sense or was it just a path of least resistance to adopt a highly visible talismanic placebo to look like experts and leaders were "doing something" about [C]ovid?  [A]t the end of the day, any medical or epidemiological mediation or intervention comes down to a cost benefit analysis.  [W]hat is the benefit of adoption and what is the price paid to do so?  [S]o much time has been spent fighting about efficacy of masks that the cost side of this equation has received somewhat short shrift.  [M]y goal here is to set effectiveness aside as an issue for a moment and take a look just at cost because [I] think this side of the story needs a better hearing and provides a far higher hurdle rate for "worth it" than is being admitted in public debate and policy.  [M]any have tried to argue that masks must be worthwhile because their cost to adopt is so low that even modest benefit must outweigh it.  [W]as this claim ever true or was it just convenient tactical propaganda used to prevent taking a real look at the policy?

South African variant can 'break through' Pfizer vaccine, new study in Israel finds.  The mutant South African Covid-19 variant can 'break through' the Pfizer jab, a study has found.  Scientists studied 400 people who had tested positive for coronavirus at least 14 days after receiving one or two doses of the jab — and 400 who tested positive with no vaccine.  The variant was eight times more prevalent in those who had two jabs than none.  It was seen in 5.4 percent of people with two doses — but 0.7 percent of people without any.

COVID vaccine passports not government's role, Buttigieg says.  The Biden administration will not require "vaccine passports" by law, but stands at the ready to "support" companies who are pursuing the technology, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday [4/11/2021].  "We don't view this as the role of the government, to create or mandate any kind of vaccine passport — but these technologies are there," Buttigieg told CNN's Jake Tapper when asked whether he supported airlines requiring customers provide vaccination documentation in order to fly.  "Private sector is working on them," Buttigieg said.  "We're interested in following that, providing any kind of technical advice or support where needed."  The transportation secretary said the Biden administration and CDC would provide recommendations for airlines to make decisions on their own about "what they think is right — to protect their passengers, to protect their workers, and to build up that confidence in the safety of American travel."

Biden tolerates a COVID border crisis.  Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doesn't want people to hope that a return to normal life can come anytime soon.  That's despite rising rates of vaccination, evidence of vaccine efficacy, and declining rates of infection.  Walensky said she has a "recurring feeling" of "impending doom" due to COVID-19 variants around the globe that could come to the United States and reignite the pandemic.  The rest of the Biden administration doesn't seem to take the threat of new COVID-19 variants seriously.  You would think it would put policies in place to limit national exposure while we assess the risks, as many other countries are doing.  Unfortunately, the Biden administration's COVID-19 border and travel policies do the opposite, undermining safety precautions and increasing the risks to all people.

Leftists will say anything to keep people masked.  Vaccinations or not, Dr. Fauci wants everyone to continue with lockdown behavior and, most especially, to keep wearing masks.  It's safer that way.  Meanwhile, a San Francisco publication says we must keep wearing masks because race-based vaccine inequities make it rude to cast them off.  Underneath this specious reasoning is the leftists' desperate desire to erase our individuality with masks.  As we've noted at American Thinker, there's increasing evidence that masks not only aren't helpful, they're counterproductive, as well as being dangerous and dirty.  Nevertheless, leftists will not let go of their mask obsession.  Fauci, of course, is all-in on masks.  Indeed, he's still all-in on lockdowns to judge by all the activities he urges Americans to continue avoiding. [...] On Saturday night, SFGATE's top promoted article explained why people should continue wearing masks even if they've been vaccinated.  Ultimately, the article explains that, because of racism, not all people can shed their masks so it's rude to flaunt your privilege by going maskless.

Masking our humanity.  Recent NPR and Yahoo! News articles addressed the supposed "debate" over whether Americans should continue to wear masks, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, in perpetuity, until the sun expires.  The NPR article touched on the fact that it appears illnesses other than COVID-19 have been less prevalent since mask wearing was mandated in most areas of the U.S.  This shouldn't be a surprise, though it has little or nothing to do with mask wearing.  People have been locked down, prevented from going outside and mingling with other humans or even going to their workplaces for longer than the mask mandates have been in effect.  Additionally, people have been urged to wash their hands longer and more frequently than most ever did before and to avoid touching their mouth, eyes, nose and ears with their hands.  Moreover, everything in every retail outlet and office setting — virtually every public and private space really — has been disinfected countless times every day and hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available everywhere.

Fauci: No Concern About Number of People Testing Positive After COVID-19 Vaccination.  Breakthrough cases refer to COVID-19 cases that appear in people more than two weeks after they have been fully vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.  The CCP virus causes COVID-19.  A number of states have reported breakthrough case numbers.  Michigan, for instance, recorded 246 residents testing positive more than two weeks after being fully vaccinated, a spokesperson told The Epoch Times this week.  Washington state authorities reported last month that over 100 fully vaccinated residents tested positive for COVID-19 and Oregon health authorities said Thursday they have identified 168 breakthrough cases, including three deaths.

Gretchen Whitmer's Top Aide Gets Caught Red-Handed in Florida.  Rules for the little people, or at least that seems to be the standard in Michigan.  As you may recall, many months ago, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's family broke her own COVID regulations by traveling to their lake house and attempting to use their boat.  Now, Whitmer's top aide has been caught red-handed partying in Florida for spring break while Michigan still has travel restrictions in place. [...] There's no excuse for this, especially when Whitmer has been so adamant about her state's residents staying home and not enjoying themselves.  Further, Michigan is experiencing the worst COVID outbreak in the country right now.  Wouldn't it seem prudent for this aide to avoid travel?

Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine halted at Georgia site after 8 adverse reactions, 4th J&J site to pause.  A Georgia vaccine site temporarily shut down Wednesday after eight people suffered serious side effects.  The site in Cumming is one of four nationwide to pause injections of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, The Associated Press reported.  A mass vaccination site in Denver halted operations Wednesday, and another in Raleigh, N.C., stopped using the J&J vaccine Thursday.  The Centers for Disease Control is also investigating a shutdown in Iowa, according to the AP.

Supreme Court Rules Against California's Limits On In-Home Religious Gatherings.  The U.S. Supreme Court in a divided decision late Friday ruled in favor of lifting restrictions on in-home religious gatherings, overturning a lower court ruling that upheld Gov. Gavin Newsom's limits on people from different homes.  The 5-4 unsigned ruling follows other similar decisions recently regarding churches and the coronavirus pandemic.  The decision noted it was the fifth time the court has rejected the Ninth Circuit's analysis of California coronavirus restrictions.  Chief Justice John Roberts dissented but did not sign the dissenting statement submitted by justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer.  The ruling stated that before it can limit religious gatherings, the government must prove they pose a greater danger than secular activities that remain open, such as shopping or attending movies.

European Union High Court Declares Mandatory Vaccinations are 'Necessary in a Democratic Society'.  The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared on Thursday that mandatory vaccinations do not violate human rights and may be necessary to remedy public health concerns.  "The measures could be regarded as being 'necessary in a democratic society,'" the court judgment stated.  They ruled that mandatory vaccinations administered in the Czech Republic were not illegal because the jabs were delivered in the "best interests" of children.  "The objective has to be that every child is protected against serious diseases, through vaccination or by virtue of herd immunity," the judgment added.

Side effects that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine caused at Colorado site.  The 11 people who suffered adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — prompting the closure of a vaccination site in Colorado — experienced symptoms including nausea and dizziness, according to health officials.  Two people within that group were also taken to the hospital for further observation, the Denver Post reported, citing a statement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  The nine others were treated with juice and water, state officials said.  The health department stressed that the side effects experienced Wednesday were "consistent with what can be expected" with the one-shot dose.  It said the decision to close the vaccination site at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City was made out of an abundance of caution.

8 Year Old Child 'Accidentally' Given The COVID Vaccine In Texas.  Fire department officials in Texas concede that an 8-year-old boy was recently vaccinated by mistake.  The colossal error occurred at a COVID-19 vaccine site in Grand Prairie.  Dallas County requires people to register online before receiving the vaccine, and date of birth is required on the registration form.  In a statement, a Dallas County judge wrote that human error from a third party that oversees the county's vaccination registration list was the root cause of the mistake.  The judge said the automated sorting process initially identified minors as not yet eligible and placed them on a list with others who aren't eligible.  [Video clip]

Masks Mandates [are] Counterproductive.  How Much More Data Do We Need?  On March 17, American Thinker posted an article entitled "Mask Mandates Do Not Save Lives."  By comparing COVID death rates in states with no mask mandate to states in which masking was mandatory, the article was able to show that, on average, states in which masking was voluntary had lower death rates than states requiring it. [...] What it highlighted, however, is the ongoing failure of our governments to provide measurable evidence that masks save lives.  At the time that article was written, there were only ten states that had no mask mandates, but since then, seven additional states have lifted them.  Those states have been heavily criticized for having done so.  President Biden has referred to their decision as "Neanderthal thinking," and a great many high-profile people of a progressive bent have expressed dismay at such irresponsible behavior.  However, no evidence has been brought forward to document the measured effectiveness of obligatory masking.

Federal Government at the Heart of 'Vaccine Passport' Development.  The Biden administration — arguably the most extremist executive regime in terms of its threat to civil liberties in recent history — is currently engaged in a coordinated effort to develop and introduce "vaccine passports" to the American public: [...] Suffice it to say, the federal bureaucracy has been less than forthcoming regarding its role in the creation of vaccine passports.  In late 2020 and early 2021, when the concept of looming vaccine passports first began to enter the public consciousness, insiders in the Trump administration assured the public that the U.S. government would not be involved in their creation: [...] This means one of three things:  a) the federal government officials who spoke to the media were lying or ignorant to the true nature of federal involvement in the creation of vaccine passports, b) the policy orientation changed from administration to administration, or c) opportunistic government bureaucracies sensed the benefits of these types of documents for social control and changed course.

Now there's even more reason to resist the masks.  In California, we have a "mask mandate" that is stringently adhered to in stores or public places.  As a general rule, we're told to wear masks.  People in cars wear them, people walking their dogs wear them.  Children religiously wear them.  Now that restaurants are open, you can see the kids taking the mask down for a bite, then putting them back in place.  They have learned to obey.  I see the kids (finally) playing outside our window, climbing the trees across the street — they're all masked up, as they are for their mandated few hours of weekly "in-person" learning.  Too bad we know with reasonable certainty that masks don't actually help prevent COVID's spread.  As I recall one doc stating, if you're breathing, your mask isn't good enough to stop COVID.  Yeah, not about to stop doing that.  So, why wear them?  Why force our children to wear them?  A report I read today really alarmed me.  It turns out that masks are far more dangerous than they are helpful.  The ubiquitous blue-gray paper hospital-type mask, for instance, is made from stuff that will kill you if you breathe it.

The Dangers of Masks.  This is a public health warning to the US population and elsewhere, as it appears that our public health agencies and television medical experts seem unable to address key health messages that could have a dramatic effect in reducing risk of severe sequelae in higher-risk populations such as the minority and African-American population to the scourge of SARS-CoV-2.  This is now clear.  They have squandered many an opportunity to inform the public on simple yet very effective messaging that could reduce morbidity and save lives.  Not just for Covid-19, but our focus here is on Covid-19.  For example, obesity has emerged as a potent human target for the SARS-CoV-2 in most studies, in addition to being elderly, frail and having comorbid conditions.  It would behoove our agencies to address these risks in a large-scale education program for the populace and especially by calling for a reduction in body weight and particularly for the minority sub-groups (African-Americans).  In a similar light, studies have shown that vitamin D supplementation for African-Americans has been associated with a lowered risk of severe disease and mortality from the SARS-CoV-2.  Early ambulatory outpatient treatment with successful combination and sequenced antiviral agents, corticosteroids, and anti-clotting therapeutics should be used widely to help the people at risk.

No, This Was Not Federalism at Work.  Rare is the business that can shut down, or operate at 25% capacity for even a few weeks, let alone many months.  The stringent limits foisted on the citizens of blue states like California, New York and Illinois were economic death sentences of sorts, but then so were the less restrictive limits imposed by states like Texas, Florida and Georgia.  To believe otherwise is to believe that pre-virus, businesses structured themselves with abundant, and unnecessary spare capacity just because, as opposed to having done so with profits in mind.  In which case it's worth imagining what the virus response from states would have been if the federal government had for all intents and purposes done nothing out of deference to states' rights.  If so, it's a safe bet that the response from Governors Newsom, Cuomo and Pritzker would have more resembled that of Governors Abbott, De Santis and Kemp, and that the response of the red state governors would have more resembled that of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who never imposed restrictions in the first place.  Absent a federal response, lockdowns of the kind Americans endured would have been an impossibility for states precisely because it was the federal government itself that subsidized the lockdowns.

Covid discrimination
Is Race Discrimination Legal, Or Not?  We live in a world in which race discrimination is ubiquitous.  Universities, government agencies and all major employers systematically discriminate in favor of some races, and against others, under the banner of "affirmative action."  This has been going on for 50 years.  And yet, the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection has been applied to ban race discrimination by public entities in a number of contexts.  Similarly, the Civil Rights Act purports to bar race discrimination in employment and public accommodations.  I have no idea what the operative legal principles are.  Here is an example from contemporary America:  race discrimination in the dissemination of covid vaccines.  This email was sent out by the University of Minnesota Health Services in collaboration with the Fairview health care system.  For legal purposes, I take it this is a public enterprise to which the 14th Amendment applies.


Biden's Chamber of Confected Hatreds.  It is all becoming absurd.  The group photograph of the Biden cabinet has 17 people sitting masked and socially distant despite the fact that they have all been vaccinated.  The idea that they might transmit or be afflicted by the coronavirus is simply goofy.

Family Member Says DMX Recieved The COVID Vaccine Days Before Heart Attack, No Drugs Taken.  Rap legend DMX, real name Earl Simmons, is currently in the ICU after suffering from a massive heart attack.  Early reports speculated that DMX's condition may have been brought about because of an alleged drug overdose.  But MTO News spoke with a member of the Simmons family who believes that it was NOT drugs that caused the heart attack.  In an EXCLUSIVE interview, MTO News spoke with DMX' family member who told us that the rapper received the COVID vaccine about a week before he suffered from the heart attack.  DMX's family member told MTO News, "[DMX] got the vaccine when they opened it up to people over 50.  He got it so that he could go travel and perform, stuff like that."  [Video clip]

Anthony Fauci's limitless publicity thirst is undermining the war on COVID.  Every day, and it seems for hours a day, [Anthony] Fauci pops up on cable shows or in interviews with major journalists, and the blue-check Twitterati amplify his messages through social media.  He is inescapable.  And the problem with his inescapability is that, unlike Sylvia Miles, it matters deeply what he says and does — and it's now clear that our epidemiologist general can't restrain himself from speaking and speaking and speaking, even when he doesn't have anything much to add and when his contributions muddy and confuse and dishearten, rather than reassure and rally, the public.

Former Pfizer VP: 'Your government is lying to you in a way that could lead to your death.'.  Dr. Michael Yeadon, Pfizer's former Vice President and Chief Scientist for Allergy & Respiratory who spent 32 years in the industry leading new medicines research and retired from the pharmaceutical giant with "the most senior research position" in his field, spoke with LifeSiteNews.  He addressed the "demonstrably false" propaganda from governments in response to COVID-19, including the "lie" of dangerous variants, the totalitarian potential for "vaccine passports," and the strong possibility we are dealing with a "conspiracy" which could lead to something far beyond the carnage experienced in the wars and massacres of the 20th century.

Michael Yeadon: 'Convergent Opportunism' Or Conspiracy?  Readers should be familiar with the name Michael Yeadon by now.  Wikipedia has no page for Yeadon, but one Wiki page refers to Yeadon as "a former Pfizer employee and conspiracy theorist."  The fact that there is no actual Wikipedia page for Yeadon but that Wikipedia publishes unsourced claims that Yeadon is a "conspiracy theorist" is highly suggestive.  Yeadon, in the eyes of the political establishment, is a 'dangerous person.'  Someone who must be marginalized — not debated.  In actual fact, Dr. Michael Yeadon was formerly Pfizer's Vice President and Chief Scientist for Allergy & Respiratory.  He spent 32 years in the pharmaceutical industry leading new medicines research.  Yeadon retired from Pfizer with "the most senior research position".  He has sterling scientific credentials. [...] Yeadon, along with leading scientists in the fields of virology, immunology, and epidemiology, has been an outspoken critic of the Covid response — especially of lockdowns and the idea of vaccines as the only salvation and route to 'herd immunity.'  'Outspoken' means he states categorically that these response are based on "demonstrably false" propaganda put out by governments.

We Must Draw the Line at Vaccine Passports.  This past week I challenged conservatives who have been hoping for a logical and reasonable dialogue to open up with the other ideological side of the aisle to stand up and draw their lines.  The time has come. [...] Some folks may draw the line at their airline getting involved in state voter laws.  Some may draw it at oppressive transgender laws that hurt women and girls' athletics.  Some may draw their line at gun control.  Wherever yours is, identify it and then stand on it and do not budge.

What Do Mandatory Vaccination and Forced Sterilization have in Common?  [Scroll down]  In the 1905 case of Jacobsen v.  Massachusetts, the Supreme Court ruled that Jacobsen could not refuse the smallpox vaccination.  The Court's Progressive majority held that the Constitution does not always allow freedom for all because there are "manifold restraints to which every person is necessarily subjected for the common good."  For that reason, statute legislatures could mandate compulsory vaccinations, enforced by the state's police power, to "secure the general comfort, health and prosperity of the state."  In other words, for the "greater good."  (Smallpox, incidentally, had a 30% mortality rate.)  Ultimately, Jacobson was fined $1,000 in today's dollars.  Given smallpox's deadliness, maybe that was aberrant.  However, Jacobson's case was later used against a woman named Carrie Buck with another Progressive Supreme Court agreeing that the government could forcibly sterilize her.

Who Needs Vaccination Passports?  It should come as no surprise that the Biden administration is promoting vaccine passports.  In his March address to the nation, Biden announced "in the coming weeks, we will issue further guidance on what you can and cannot do once fully vaccinated" making clear that a return to normalcy depends on one's vaccination status.  If liberties are reinstated for the vaccinated, then it only stands to reason that they will not be reinstated for the unvaccinated.  Apart from the obvious hypocrisy of pushing COVID-19 vaccination passports while pushing back even harder against voter IDs, mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports hit hard at the privacy and liberty interests of all Americans and warrant a robust national conversation.  As part of that conversation, naysayers must be prepared to respond to the question of why people are reluctant to comply with mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and vaccination passports, but willingly vaccinate their children for common childhood diseases and provide schools with the required documents[.]

Faulty Covid death numbers explained.  For many of us who have had ties to the scientific standards and procedures connected to recording fatalities there has been a serious sense of doubt about the numbers of Covid 19 deaths reported by the media, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The numbers have appeared to be somewhere between marginally overstated and grossly exaggerated.  Finally, these instincts have been supported by a peer-reviewed scientific paper.  On October 12 of last year, a 25-page paper in Science, Public Health Policy and The Law was released that explained, in detail, the foundational reason for the publicly announced fatality numbers and the mechanism by which they were derived.  This paper, authored by ten members of the scientific community is titled "Covid-19 Data Collection, Comorbidity & Federal Law:  A Historical Perspective."  At the heart of the issue is the CDC and its methods for collecting and reporting the data, a model which was changed radically in the face of the current crisis.

'Random Act of Journalism' by NBC on Virus Numbers.  Looks like The Today Show just may have committed what Rush Limbaugh used to call a "random act of journalism," as Townhall reports.  They did a piece wondering why some of the states with the strictest restrictions in the country, like Michigan and New York, were now experiencing surges in the Wuhan coronavirus while the places which removed restrictions and dropped mandates, like Texas and Arkansas, had decreasing cases?  Now, while they raised a good question, they didn't come to a clear conclusion.  They theorized that perhaps it was less testing in the southern states.  The problem with that argument is that if that were true then the hospitalizations and deaths would be going up as well and that doesn't appear to be the case.

Could sunshine help you survive Covid?  UVA rays can release skin chemical that stops deadly virus from spreading, scientists say.  With restrictions set to ease, hopes for a good summer were already sky high.  And scientists have now said there could fewer Covid deaths due to the change in season.  Experts found sunnier places had around a third fewer deaths from the virus.  They believe exposure to the sun's rays — specifically UVA — caused the skin to release a chemical which stops the virus from spreading.  Researchers from Edinburgh University compared recorded Covid deaths to UV levels across 2,474 counties in the US between January and April last year.  They found that people living in areas with the highest level of exposure to UVA rays — which makes up 95 percent of the sun's UV light — had a lower risk of dying.

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More sun, less Covid.  Apparently when the police were chasing people off the beaches last year, that was the worst thing they could have done.

County Officials Warn that Texas Rangers Games Could Lead to Coronavirus Surge.  Tarrant County's top health officials are claiming without evidence that large crowds for Texas Rangers games may turn into a coronavirus super spreading event.  "We need to be sensible about how we bring back normal.  There are times when you have to be cautious, and right now is the time to be cautious," said Vinny Taneja, the county's public health director, according to the Star-Telegram.

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Weeks from now, when no super-spreading is seen, the Startle-gram will forget all about this story.

New York to give up to $15,600 to undocumented migrants who lost work due to Covid.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers struck a deal Tuesday on a $2.1 billion fund for undocumented essential workers who lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic, The New York Times reported.  The "Excluded Workers Fund" could provide payments to hundreds of thousands of people excluded from other pandemic relief.

This massive COVID-19 vaccination site was shut down after 11 people suffered side effects.  A massive COVID-19 vaccination site at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, was closed down Wednesday [4/7/2021] because 11 people suffered adverse side effects from the vaccines, The Denver Post reports.
  •   The reactions were specifically to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  •   Two people were taken to nearby hospitals and placed under review and observation.
  •   According to KDVR, the group of people who were not hospitalized were given juice and water for their recovery.

COVID vaccination site closes early after adverse reactions to Johnson & Johnson shot.  Thirteen people at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Colorado had adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday [4/7/2021][,] shutting down operations for the day, a report said.  Officials did not disclose the types of reactions suffered by less than 1 percent of the more than 1,700 people given shots at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, the Denver Gazette reported.

Millions Locked Down Again as Canada Rues Vaccine Failure.  Back in December, before the COVID-19 variants changed the course of the pandemic, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau bragged that he had procured enough potential vaccines to protect a population four times the size of Canada.  But four months later, not even two percent of Canada's population of just under 38 million is fully vaccinated and large swaths of the country are going back into lockdown thanks to a brutal third wave.  Canada has logged nearly one million cases and 23,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.  Trudeau had hoped to get the population vaccinated by June but now says all Canadians who want a vaccine will get one by the end of September.  Canada is one of the only large economies in the world that did not attempt to manufacture its own coronavirus vaccine.

During Mass French Lockdowns, This Restaurant Opens So French Ministers Can Eat There.  French authorities are investigating accusations that government ministers and others dined in secret restaurants in violation of pandemic restrictions.  The Paris prosecutor's office said an investigation was opened Sunday into possible charges of endangerment and undeclared labour, and to identify the organizers and participants of the alleged gatherings.  A documentary that aired on French network M6 over the weekend included an unidentified man saying that he had eaten in two or three clandestine restaurants "with a certain number of ministers."  Government members quickly denied knowledge of such wrongdoing.  [Video clip]

Meet the Censored:  The U.S. Right to Know Foundation.  In July of 2020, a nonprofit watchdog group called the U.S. Right to Know Foundation — which describes its mission as exposing "corporate wrongdoing and government failures that threaten the integrity of our food system, our environment, and our health" — began filing requests for public documents "in an effort to discover what is known about the origins of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2," which "causes the disease Covid-19."  Later in the year, the Foundation began publishing the results of those document requests.  These included reports of unsafe conditions at biolabs in Fort Collins, Colorado, as well as emails connected with the EcoHealth Alliance, an American non-profit that has been supported in part by taxpayer-funded grants, and has collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  Those emails were not flattering to the EcoHealth Alliance.  They showed that its leadership had a role in helping organize a letter in the prominent medical journal, The Lancet, denouncing as "conspiracy theory" the idea that Covid-19 might have had laboratory origins, but appeared reluctant to have its own involvement made public.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Sponsors Three Bills For The People.  Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has sponsored three bills in the past month.  Her immigration bill, H.R.1883, was sponsored on Mar. 12, and she sponsored two other bills, H.R. 2316 and H.R. 2317, on April 1.  H.R. 2316 is a bill to reduce the salary of Dr. Fauci, and H.R. 2317 seeks to protect from discrimination citizens who choose not to be vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine.  Greene told Steve Bannon of the War Room Pandemic Podcast that she plans to defund Dr. Fauci's salary with the sponsorship of her new bill, the "Fire Dr. Fauci Act" or H.R. 2316.  Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-4) joined as a co-sponsor.  Fauci has been Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984 and is the highest-paid government employee in D.C., according to Greene.  She told Bannon that Fauci's salary is $434,312, more than that of the President.

Women say they are having heavier and more painful periods since getting their COVID-19 vaccines.  Several women say they have experienced heavier and more painful periods since getting the COVID-19 vaccine, with several also revealing that they have had breakthrough bleeding in the middle of a cycle after getting the shot.  Dr. Kate Clancy, an associate professor at the University of Illinois, tweeted in February that she'd been hearing talk of people who had experienced changes in their menstruation since getting one or two vaccine shots.  Her Twitter thread has prompted more women to share their menstrual concerns on Twitter, revealing their heavy flow, worsened cramps, and irregular timing — with one saying she spent 16 days bleeding after getting the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Cops Swarm Another Canadian Church for COVID Defiance and the Woke Crowd Cheers.  It's hard to know what's more disheartening, cops shutting down a church for daring to meet or the fear-mongering scolds cheering it on.  Worse, this is the second time in mere days that Canadian cops have attempted to intimidate a church for daring to meet with social distancing.  At dawn on Wednesday morning [4/7/2021] in Edmonton, Alberta — in an area that looks like it's the middle of a prairie — Alberta Health Services police and cops with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) swarmed the GraceLife Church to cut off the building from its parishioners.  Police and crews arrived at oh-dark-30 to erect fencing around the church property to send a message that the church would not be able to worship on site until the government gave permission.

What good does the vaccination do?
Avoid traveling to Canada, even if you're vaccinated, CDC says.  The CDC is advising Americans to avoid traveling to Canada, even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Canada is currently ranked as a Level 4 health risk by the CDC due to high levels of the virus and low vaccination rates.  "Because of the current situation in Canada even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Canada," the CDC wrote on its website.

The COVID-19 Response Is Killing More Than It Saves.  In medicine, we are constantly balancing risk and reward.  Nearly all medicines and many therapeutic treatments involve risk to the patient we hope to help.  It's time we use this same intellectual exercise to create a reasonable inquiry into the risks we took when responding to COVID-19 and balance it against the reward.  If nothing else is accomplished, a better plan for future societal responses can be formulated.  And if we recognize and remedy our failures in time, maybe we'll still have a recognizable United States of America. [...] Although we've lost well over 500,000 American lives to COVID-19, it could have been far worse.  Even though the number is in question (as there were economically rewarding incentives to list COVID-19 as a cause of death when it could have had little to do with a person's demise), it is still a frightening and increasing number.  But our methods to mitigate COVID-19 come at a terrible societal cost.  People will die from the fallout from the governmental response.

Texas stats reveal Fauci's failure at the scientific method.  One would think that Anthony Fauci, a man who has spent decades of his life involved in scientific research, would understand how the scientific process works. [...] On March 2, Texas governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order ending mask mandates for individuals and limits on Texas businesses.  Fauci instantly announced that Texas faced imminent disaster by doing this and that citizens should ignore the governor: [...] Fauci could not have been more wrong.  With Texas residents released to live normal lives — leaving their homes, breathing fresh air, and getting back to business — case numbers decreased, rather than increased.  This shouldn't have been surprising because it was consistent with data showing that, for the most part, the stricter the COVID rules imposed on people, the worse the states are doing.  At this point, if Fauci were indeed a scientist, he would have realized that his hypothesis was wrong, changed his mind based on the science, and changed his recommendations to America at large.  But that's not how Fauci rolls.

The Higher Superstition:  The fallacy that lies behind "follow the science" fundamentalism.  [T]he great example of the abuse and limits of scientific authority is the hysterical and contradictory pronouncement of credentialed experts about the Covid pandemic.  Politics, an unwillingness to confess ignorance, and a fear of not being proactive enough, rather than science, determined policies like wearing masks and, more costly both now and in the future, lockdowns. [...] Yet a few days ago, as [James] Freeman reports, "government disease experts Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky reasonably and responsibly urged Americans to get vaccinated and to take care in avoiding infection.  But they also went beyond reasonable admonitions, fearfully encouraging continued restrictions by state governments without even addressing the pros and cons, as if lockdowns have been proven to work and have no negative impact on public health."  No research science stood behind their advice, nor any recognition of the collateral damage some of which Freeman catalogs above.  But Dr. Walensky did confess to a "recurring feeling I have of impending doom."  Much of what we call science today and call on as a definitive authority does not meet the standards of real science.  It increasingly looks like the higher superstition — ideologies and opinions that gratify our pretensions to superiority over all who disagree with us.

Dr. Fauci Dumbfounded as Texas COVID Cases Drop Despite His Own Dire Prediction.  Last month, when Texas Governor Greg Abbott axed the state's mask mandate and other COVID-related restrictions on businesses and people, Dr. Anthony Fauci called it "risky" and "potentially dangerous."  "When you pull back on all mitigation methods on all public health guidelines, that's when you get into trouble and history has proven that," Fauci told Chris Wallace of Fox News.  "This isn't just some kind of a theoretical, a point that I'm trying to make.  It's not theoretical.  It actually happens."  But, there's been no surge.  In fact, cases have continued to decline.  And Fauci, proven wrong, struggled to explain how Texas has defied his own predictions during an appearance on MSNBC on Tuesday, and tried to suggest that there might be a "lag."

Police raid and put up fences around Alberta church that defied lockdown orders.  GraceLife Church, the Alberta church which made headlines for defying provincial pandemic-related lockdown orders, is being blocked off by police using roadblocks and fencing to prevent worshippers from reaching the building.  The church first made headlines last month after their pastor, James Coates, was jailed for violating lockdown orders on Mar 5.  He was held for weeks before his release on Mar 22, but still faces an upcoming trial.  Sources familiar with the situation say that the premises was raided in the early morning.

Over-hyped COVID variants are being used as part of a campaign of fear to destroy freedom.  The goal post for "public safety" has been moved further and further away.  At regular intervals during the COVID-19 pandemic, there's been another Chicken Little warning that the sky is still falling and that we must not let down our guard.  In a Wall Street Journal essay, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urges readers not to trust "the elites," pointing out that "Influential people in public health, government and the media" have "failed to rise to the moment."

Texas Bans Vaccine Passports.  Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a ban on government-mandated vaccine passports Tuesday morning [4/6/2021].  The Republican governor issued an executive order on Monday banning any regulation that would require Texans to show proof of vaccination before getting a product or service.  The order also blocks all businesses or entities receiving state funds from requiring vaccine documentation, as well.  "Every day, Texans return to normalcy as more people get the COVID vaccine.  In fact, this week, Texas will surpass 13 million doses administered," Abbott said in a Tuesday video announcement.  "Those shots help slow the spread of COVID, reduce hospitalizations, and reduce fatalities."  "But, as I have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced.  Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives," the governor continued. "

Gov. Abbott issues executive order banning 'vaccine passports'.  Texas is following Florida's lead in banning "vaccine passports."  Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he's issued an Executive Order banning state agencies or political subdivision from creating a "vaccine passport" requirement for receipt of services or even requesting an individuals COVID-19 vaccination status.  "Everyday, Texans are returning to normal life as more people get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.  But, as I've said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced," said Governor Abbott.

Britain will offer alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine to adults under 30, and E.U. officials said it had a "possible link" to rare blood clots.  Britain said on Wednesday [4/7/2021] that it would offer alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine for adults under 30 as European regulators described a "possible link" with rare blood clots, a setback for the world's most widely used vaccine and a blow to the more than 100 countries relying on it to save lives amid a global surge in coronavirus cases.  The European regulator, the European Medicines Agency, stopped short of advising that use of the vaccine be curbed in the 27 European Union countries, saying that it was up to the national authorities to decide who should receive which vaccine.

Fauci Turns Into a Bumbling Mess While Trying to Explain How Texas' Covid Cases.  During an interview with MSNBC, Dr. Anthony Fauci completely embarrassed himself when he tried explaining how Texas' COVID cases continue to decline despite ignoring his advice.  "It just is inexplicable why you would want to pull back now," Fauci said last month while reacting to Texas' decision to open up.  It has been a whole month later since Fauci made these comments and Texas' COVID cases continue to decline.

One Flu Out Of The Wuhan Nest.  [Quoting a tweet from Yuri Deigin:]  We examined public sequencing data from Wuhan and discovered contamination of agricultural datasets by viral sequences.  We were even able to pull out two novel MERS-like coronaviruses, one of which was in a reverse genetics backbone.  So much for "they would have used a known backbone" argument of Andersen.  Our findings confirm the following:
  •   there was massive work on many viruses in Wuhan
  •   novel CoVs and backbones remain unpublished
  •   biosafety guidelines were potentially breached
Read and shiver.

Mitch McConnell Says Something So Dumb, It'll Make You Question Everything About Him.  Perhaps no figure in Washington has caused more damage over the last year than Dr. Anthony Fauci.  The once-obscure government bureaucrat has taken a leading role in pushing disastrous lockdowns and mask mandates.  He also championed a vaccine strategy that possibly kneecapped the effectiveness of the roll-out.  Through all that, Fauci has been relentlessly arrogant despite his many, many mistakes and misstatements.  Given that, you'd expect Republicans to be unified around the idea that he's not someone to be propped up or respected at this point.  Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell didn't get the memo, delivering this unbelievable endorsement of Fauci.

Low risk of catching COVID from surfaces, CDC says in updated guidance.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday [4/6/2021] there is no significant risk of catching the coronavirus from a surface or object.  The CDC clarified its position in a guidance update that said people generally contract COVID-19 through direct contact with a sick person or from airborne transmission.  "It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low," the revised guidance states.  The official revision was made nearly a year after the agency noted last May that COVID-19 "does not spread easily" through touching surfaces or objects.

Almost 80 percent of teachers, child care workers [have gotten] at least 1 vaccine dose, CDC says.  Nearly 80 percent of school staff members and child care workers have received at least a single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, bolstering President Joe Biden's efforts to reopen schools shuttered by the pandemic.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday [4/6/2021] that about 8 million teachers, school staff members and other child care workers had gotten their first doses by the end of March.  A federal push to give such workers priority access to vaccines "paid off and paved the way" for a return to in-person education, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a news release.

At least seven US colleges say students must be fully vaccinated to come back onto campus in the fall.  At least seven US colleges have said students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to come back to their campuses this fall with Brown University and Northeastern University the latest to implement such rules.  Brown, Northeastern, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Fort Lewis College, Nova Southeastern University and St.  Edward's University each announced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for returning students in recent weeks.  Students with specific underlying medical conditions and religious beliefs can apply to be exempt from the rule which the institutions say is crucial to be able to welcome people back to in-person learning at full pre-pandemic capacity.

Joe Biden Breaks Social Distancing Guidelines at Vaccine Center.  President Joe Biden offered a glimpse into his thinking Tuesday [4/6/2021] on Americans mingling during the coronavirus pandemic.  Biden commented during a visit to a vaccination site in Virginia to promote Americans getting the vaccine.  During his conversation with one woman, Biden leaned toward her and told her to keep practicing the CDC guidance during the pandemic.  "Keep wearing the mask, wash the hands, and socially distance, which I'm not doing," he said as people around him laughed.  "I'm going to get in trouble here."  "Is this your second shot?" Biden asked the woman.  The woman told him that it was.  "Oh we're set," Biden replied.  "I've had two as well."

A Marriott hotels pilot is replacing desk clerks with automated kiosks.  Desk clerks are poised to become the latest coronavirus casualty at some Marriott hotels.  The world's biggest hotel chain said it is testing automated kiosks equipped with touch screens that can check in guests and spit out room keys, as well as giant vending machines it calls "grab-and-go marketplaces" that can dispense everything from coffee to breakfast sandwiches and cereal.  The new kiosks are being tested at two New York City hotels — the Moxy in Times Square and the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East.  They also are being piloted at the TownePlace Suites in Monroe, Louisiana.  A test also is scheduled for the Moxy in Miami.  Marriott said the so-called "contactless arrival kiosks" are meant to ease customers' fears about getting COVID-19 by interacting with hotel staff.  As such, they are equipped with "antimicrobial technology baked into the touchscreen glass, powered by UV light to kill bacteria and viruses," Marriott said in a Monday [4/5/2021] press release.

Undercover Nurse Exposes What is Really Happening with 'Covid-19 Pandemic' — 'It's Murder'.  [Video clip]

Clear Link Between AstraZeneca Vaccine and Rare Blood Clots in Brain, EMA Official Tells Paper.  There is a link between AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and very rare blood clots in the brain but the possible causes are still unknown, a senior official for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in an interview published on Tuesday [4/6/2021].  "In my opinion, we can now say it, it is clear that there is an association with the vaccine.  However, we still do not know what causes this reaction," Marco Cavaleri, chair of the vaccine evaluation team at the EMA, told Italian daily Il Messaggero when asked about the possible relation between the AstraZeneca shot and cases of brain blood clots.  Cavaleri added that the EMA would say there is a link although the regulator would not likely be in a position this week to give an indication regarding the age of individuals to whom the AstraZeneca shot should be given.  He did not provide evidence to support his comments.

Clergy Who Bowed to COVID Fears Need to Face a Reckoning.  [Scroll down]  How sad it is, then — how demoralizing — to see our fellow citizens in the sunshine with slave masks on, heads down, avoiding eye contact with fellow villagers, furtively shuffling along like sullen convicts getting a few moments in the prison yard before returning to their cells to continue a life sentence without the possibility of parole.  Even were the Wuhan flu — caused by the CCP virus unleashed, perhaps deliberately, perhaps accidentally, on an unsuspecting world sometime in late 2019 — a real global emergency instead of a jumped-up, panicked, and likely malevolent overreaction to an illness whose death toll has been largely confined to the elderly, the sick, and the obese, the way we have responded has been nothing less than a civilizational humiliation.  We have taught our people to fear one another, to move aside on a public street as if someone coming their way were radioactive, to shout at strangers for refusing to muzzle themselves as they go about their business.  And all because an 80-year-old lifelong bureaucrat whose advice seems to change monthly, commandeered the heights of the federal government and terrified the American people about a disease with a 99 percent survival rate, if you even get it.

This is Out Of Control!  Family is being thrown off a Spirit Airlines flight from Orlando to NY because their two-year-old child is eating without a mask.  [Video clip]

Vaccine Scam Caught On Video In Mexico City, Nurse Pushes In Needle But No Vaccine.  On Saturday afternoon [4/3/2021], social networks denounced the deception of an older man who went to receive his first dose of the covid vaccine at the Biological Sciences unit of Zacatenco.  The user who identifies herself as @aletopia narrated that the affected person was her uncle:  "The nurse made him believe that he was vaccinated and only made him a prick with the needle and the syringe has no liquid, it happened at the @IPN_MX in Zacatenco, it cannot be that the health personnel are doing this."  [Video clip]

Brazilian Cops Try To Close Down Rio Beach Because Of COVID Regulations, Get The Beating Of A Lifetime.  You've been seeing more and more situations where people have just had enough of the COVID police state.  The good people of Canada have been booting health inspectors with the COVID Gestapo in tow out of churches and restaurants.  [Video clip]

Carnival Cruises threatens to leave U.S. ports due to COVID rules.  Carnival Cruise Line threatened Tuesday [4/6/2021] to pull its ships from U.S. ports because of federal COVID cruise ship rules, USA Today reported.  "While we have not made plans to move Carnival Cruise Line ships outside of our U.S. homeports, we may have no choice but to do so in order to resume our operations which have been on 'pause' for over a year," company president Christine Duffy said in a statement.

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Who would travel on a cruise ship anyway?  I thought the cruise ship industry was one of the first casualties of Coronavirus in early 2020. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

The Cult of Safety.  Whether out of true concern or some other nefarious motive — power, profit, societal purchase — the inexorable march towards the bubble-wrap world of today that was launched by the professional caring class continues all the way from the classroom to the living room to the newsroom to the board room.  Obviously, we can see this process in real time in the pandemic effort.  From "two weeks to stop the spread" to fully vaccinated people being shame/told to wear two masks a year later, this continuing impact is a perfect example of a "gain of function" experimental research principle being implemented not in a lab but in society at large.  This form of — or bastardization of — progress is in fact antithetical to the tenets of a free society.  By worshiping at the altar of the safe we denigrate, delay, and deny the myriad possibilities for human advancement that are inherent in the concept of risk.

The mask's insidious symbolism.  Why are those of us who have had our COVID vaccines still wearing masks?  We are protected from the virus and cannot carry the virus despite being admonished otherwise.  Is it because Maoism is still shaping our world?  While the West mistakenly believed that China would become more like us after embracing Capitalism, the West is becoming more like China; Maoism and Chinese communism are spreading like a prairie fire.  For those of us who had the opportunity to travel to China following Richard Nixon's 1972 visit, besides the overall bleakness resulting from Chairman Mao Zedong's reign, the uniform that every person in China wore was disconcerting.  The Mao jacket was the quintessential Chinese communist apparel.  It symbolized Mao's ideology: he intended to equalize more than a billion people by what they wore.  Does this sound familiar?  Is the mask a means to "equalize" the West?

We must never forget the Old Normal.  We have now spent over a year in lockdown limbo.  Vaccines were supposed to release us by 'early spring'. Matt Hancock promised that after the vulnerable had been vaccinated, the government would 'cry freedom'. Well, it's early spring, and the vulnerable have more or less all been vaccinated.  But Chris Whitty has been back on the airwaves to tell us that there will 'definitely' be a third wave of infections.  Meanwhile, the head of Public Health England thinks nothing of saying that we will be wearing masks and obeying social distancing rules for 'years' — and might as well since, according to her, we have all grown used to it anyway.  Normal life — the pub, the real pub, where you did not have to wear a mask or produce a certificate to get in; meeting friends for a casual coffee; going to work; going to an art gallery or a football match — already seems like a dimly remembered dream.  What will be left of those memories if all this really does go on indefinitely?  Particularly if there is an 'escape variant' that evades vaccination — or if another pandemic comes along?

Joe Biden says, "getting vaccinated is a moral obligation."  It won't be long until he leaves out "moral"?
Donald Trump and Joe Biden's Easter Messages Reveal Everything You Need to Know About the Presidents.  Donald Trump and Joe Biden gave messages to Americans on Easter, the Christian religious holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The 45th President of the United States gave the salutation "Happy Easter" and then decried that he lost the U.S. election. [...] Joe Biden, on the other hand, delivered an Easter Message that preached about the coronavirus, mentioning it 7 times, but failed to mention Jesus Christ even once.  “We share the sentiments of Pope Francis who said that getting vaccinated is a moral obligation, one that can save your life and the lives of others,” Biden said.

Team-left Opposes IDs for Voting, But Not For Vaccines.  When it comes to carrying identification, democrats are simply hypocrites.  While they largely oppose Georgia's new election law requiring voter identification, dubbing it "racist," many on team-left are gung-ho on creating a "vaccine passport" despite the actual vaccine hesitancy in black communities.  As reported by The Federalist, the Biden administration is supposedly working with private tech companies to create vaccine passes for Americans to use as proof that they've received the COVID-19 vaccine.  These "passports" will be required in order to gain access to certain services, like concerts or large gatherings.  While some states, like New York, are all for the idea, others, like Florida, have already taken swift action to denounce it due to privacy concerns and manipulation into participation in "normal society."  These concerns, however, have not stopped a slew of other initiatives by organizations like the WHO and IBM from pushing for the collection of vaccination information in order to "return to normal."

Michigan coronavirus cases at record, tops daily tally among U.S. states.  Michigan topped the coronavirus daily tally among U.S. states on Monday [4/5/2021] after a steep rise in infections, about a month after the state eased restrictions when new cases showed a downward trend.  It reported 11,082 cases on Monday, which included Sunday and Monday's case load as the state does not report on Sunday.  Michigan's daily COVID-19 tally is hovering close to its previous single-day peak of 10,140 new cases on Nov. 20.  Michigan is currently the worst affected U.S. state in terms of new cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the week to April 5.  It is the only state to report more than 7,000 new cases on Monday.

The CDC said the risk of getting COVID-19 from surfaces is 'low,' suggesting deep-clean protocols are overkill.  Routine use of disinfectants to fight the coronavirus is mostly unnecessary, as the risk of transmission through touching surfaces is "low," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday [4/5/2021].  In a science brief based on analysis of the latest available data, the agency said intense cleaning was needed in only a few scenarios.  This news could bring an end to what some refer to as "hygiene theater," or routine deep cleaning of hotel rooms, business premises, and public transport.  Such measures might appear reassuring but are costly and, it seems, of limited use.

246 vaccinated residents diagnosed with COVID; 3 dead, Michigan reports.  As many as 246 Michigan residents considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were later diagnosed with the virus, and three have died, state officials confirmed Monday [4/5/2021].  The cases were reported between Jan. 1 and March 31, and the 246 had a positive test 14 or more days after the last dose in the vaccine series, said Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Healthand Human Services, in an email.  "Some of these individuals may ultimately be excluded from this list due to continuing to test positive from a recent infection prior to being fully vaccinated," she said.  "These cases are undergoing further review to determine if they meet other CDC criteria for determination of potential breakthrough, including the absence of a positive antigen or PCR test less than 45 days prior to the post-vaccination positive test.  In general, these persons have been more likely to be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic compared with vaccinated persons."

US Grant to Wuhan Lab on Bat-Based Coronaviruses Didn't Get Review, NIH Says.  An oversight board created to scrutinize research that would enhance highly dangerous pathogens did not review a National Institutes of Health grant that funded a lab in Wuhan, China, to genetically modify bat-based coronaviruses.  Experts say the NIH grant describes scientists as conducting gain-of-function research, a risky area of study that, in this case, made SARS-like viruses even more contagious.

Not yet, anyway.
Fauci says US will not require COVID-19 'vaccine passports'.  Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday that the US government will not require Americans to use vaccine passports to prove they've been immunized against the coronavirus. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the federal government "may be involved in making sure things are done fairly and equitably."  "But I doubt if the federal government is gonna be the leading element of that," Fauci told the "Politico Dispatch" podcast.  Fauci said he expects certain businesses and educational institutions to be the ones to create their own policies about vaccination.

For once, in an airline mask story, the right person got punished.  Yet another story about airlines behaving badly broke on Monday.  This time, a family of four got kicked off a flight because the two-year-old toddler was eating.  However, unlike all the other grotesque examples of panicked mask fascism, this story has a happy ending: the flight attendant who caused the ruckus was the one who ultimately got kicked off the plane, and the family was allowed back on.  As a preliminary matter, the evidence is very strong that little children neither get nor give COVID from or to those around them.  And as a factual matter, putting masks on a child who has just turned two is cruel.  The family's situation was also difficult:  not only did they have a baby who had just turned two, but they also had a special needs child who has seizures, and the mother is seven months pregnant.

The Deranged 60 Minutes Hit Piece on Ron DeSantis Gives the Game Away.  The left are terrified of Ron DeSantis, and that was never made more apparent than how 60 Minutes chose to handle the supposed "scandals" surrounding Florida's vaccine program.  RedState initially covered the absurdity last night.  As Jennifer Van Laar put it in her write-up, the memo has gone out to destroy DeSantis, facts [notwithstanding].  While 60 Minutes attempted to make it seem like DeSantis had been paid off to allow Publix to host early, pop-up vaccination sites, the truth is much more mundane.  You see, Publix has over 800 locations in Florida and also has large facilities and parking lots, a combination unmatched by smaller stores like CVS and Walgreens.  Further, and more importantly, they were the only major outlet ready to go in January to start distribution.  This is largely due to Publix already taking the lead in delivering millions of flu vaccinations a year.  In other words, they had the systems and infrastructure in place.

CBS Attempts To Controversialize Florida Governor Ron DeSantis For Doing Exceptional Job With COVID Response.  You can always tell who the left-wing media fear by the way they attempt to create false attacks against them.  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has done an outstanding job leading his state through the COVID crisis.  While balancing the economic needs of the people, and keeping the majority of the state functioning and open, DeSantis prioritized protecting the most vulnerable elderly citizens; and then, once available, coordinating the COVID vaccine for that vulnerable population by expediting a massive distribution network to be the first state with over one million doses administered for those who wanted it.  In addition DeSantis allowed local communities to make their own decisions about mask wearing and school opening.

Vacation in Hawaii:  Prison on the Pacific.  Hawaii is an American gem, a collection of island paradises that one can travel to in a reasonable period of time from most of the US mainland. [...] Under COVID however, visiting Hawaii is more like checking into prison with myriad rules and procedures, including monitored quarantine and GPS bracelets.  Virtually all countries requiring a COVID test for admission allow the standard PCR test now available ubiquitously in any pharmacy, lab, or parking lot test center.  But not Hawaii.  Each Hawaiian island, despite being part of a single state, makes its own rules, similar what American states do under the concept of federalism.  Hawaii, for inexplicable reasons, mandates a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) rather than the standard PCR test.  Both are molecular tests and their sensitivity is based on amplification cycles, as many of us have written about, that can be artificially elevated to the point of absurdity.  It's simply another version of the standard PCR test but not readily available and challenging for visitors who need the test within 72  hours of travel.

Biden Getting Together With Family For Easter, Despite Urging Against Gatherings Until July.  Rules for thee but not for me.  As many people are celebrating Easter today, Joe Biden had been urging against gatherings, saying in March that his goal would be for people to get together for "small family gatherings" perhaps by the Fourth of July to hold barbecues and normal celebrations. [...] But guess who's getting together with his family today at Camp David?  You got it, Joe Biden and his wife.  He left early on Friday for the retreat.  He wouldn't identify with whom he was getting together.  Apparently July Fourth is for the commoners.

Dozens Of Floridians Who's Been Vaccinated Have Gotten Ill With COVID.  They're called COVID-19 breakthrough cases — people who have been fully vaccinated yet still contract the virus more than 14 days after their second shot.  The cases are popping up around the country, including in Central Florida.  [Video clip]

Ivermectin is effective for COVID-19 when used early: analysis of 49 studies.  [Synopsis]  We analyze all significant studies concerning the use of ivermectin for COVID-19.  Search methods, inclusion criteria, effect extraction criteria (more serious outcomes have priority), all individual study data, PRISMA answers, and statistical methods are detailed in Appendix 1.  We present random effects meta-analysis results for all studies, for studies within each treatment stage, for mortality results, for COVID-19 case results, for viral clearance results, for peer-reviewed studies, for Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), and after exclusions.

Don't Be Surprised When Vaccinated People Get Infected.  It's hard to know when exactly the first cases appeared.  But certainly by January's end, a slow trickle of post-vaccination infections had begun in the United States.  They arose in the West, making headlines in Oregon; they sprouted in the Midwest and the South.  Some of the latest reports have come out of Florida, Texas, and Hawaii.  These breakthrough cases — discovered in people more than two weeks after they received their final COVID-19 shot — will continue to grow in number, everywhere.  And that's absolutely no cause for concern.  Breakthrough infections, which occur when fully vaccinated people are infected by the pathogen that their shots were designed to protect against, are an entirely expected part of any vaccination process.  They're the data points that keep vaccines from reaching 100 percent efficacy in trials; they're simple proof that no inoculation is a perfect preventative.  And so far, the ones found after COVID-19 vaccination seem to be unextraordinary.

COVID-19 Vaccine Tested on Babies Even as Death Toll Mounts.  If early statistics are any indication, we are facing the greatest public health calamity in modern history.  No, I'm not talking about a third, fourth or fifth wave of COVID-19.  I'm talking about the current vaccination campaign.  I have no doubt that deaths caused by COVID-19 vaccines will end up far exceeding the number of actual COVID-19 deaths.  The greatest tragedy here is that while COVID-19 kills already unhealthy elderly individuals who are just years from their natural death, the vaccines are killing the young and healthy who typically have many more decades to live.  From my perspective, there's simply no justification for this.  There's no "greater good" argument that can ever make this type of tradeoff OK.  Equally unjustifiable is the fact that death within months of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test was automatically pegged as a COVID-19 death, whereas death within days or even hours of the vaccine is shrugged off as coincidental, no matter how many times it happens.  It is reprehensibly inexcusable the way these deaths are being attributed.

3,964 Dead 162,610 Injuries:  Some Adverse Drug Reactions for COVID-19 Vaccines.  The European database of suspected drug reaction reports, EudraVigilance, is now tracking reports of injuries and deaths following the experimental COVID-19 "vaccines."

"Go, and don't come back without a warrant!": Calgary Police told to leave after interrupting Polish church service.  Seven police officers entered a Good Friday church service in Calgary, Alberta with the intent of shutting it down.  Pastor Artur Pawlowski would not have it.  The officers stand masked and ready to enforce the closure of the worship service during the highest holy days on the Christian calendar.  In response to their entry, Pastor Artur Pawlowski says "Please get out, get out of this property immediately get out."  Pawlowski, pastor at the evangelical Street Church, says again "Get out of this property immediately.  Out!  I don't want — out of this property immediately!  I don't want to hear a word.  Out!  Out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant."

Police show up at Polish Catholic church AGAIN for Easter Sunday Mass.  Police turned up at a Polish Catholic church again today [4/4/2021] during an Easter Sunday Mass after officers shut down its Good Friday service for breaching Covid rules and threatened worshippers with £200 fines.  Officers shut down the religious ceremony in Balham High Street, south London, at around 5pm on Friday, with footage showing one telling worshippers that the gathering was 'unlawful' and that they had to go home.  Today, dozens of Christians attended Easter Mass services at Christ the King Polish Roman Catholic Church — with many forced to kneel outside to avoid overcrowding.

Crowd Chants GET OUT At Health Inspectors Trying To Shut Down Restaurant In Vancouver, Forces Them To Leave.  Diners at a Vancouver restaurant flouting the province's 'circuit breaker' restrictions join in a chant Saturday, prompting health officials attempting to enforce the health order to leave.  B.C. banned indoor dining for three weeks last Monday, as a part of a "circuit breaker" meant to curb a third wave of COVID-19 infection.  [Video clip]

Man Who Paid 15 Grand For Vacation At Disney World Gets Arrested There For Refusing To Get His Temperature Taken.  A Louisiana tourist complained he paid $15,000 for a Disney World vacation that was disrupted when he was arrested after he refused to get his temperature checked at Disney Springs, according to video footage released this week by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.  Kelly Sills, 47, of Baton Rouge, pleaded not guilty on a charge of trespassing following the Feb. 13 incident.  Authorities confronted him outside The Boathouse restaurant after Sills skipped the temperature screening tent, refused to go back, and wouldn't leave the property when asked by Disney and the sheriff's office, according to the arrest report.  As deputies escorted Sills away, Sills had a change of heart and said he was willing to get his temperature checked after all.  [Video clip]

FDA approves two more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests.  U.S. health officials have authorized two more over-the-counter COVID-19 tests that can be used at home to get rapid results.  The move by the Food and Drug Administration is expected to vastly expand the availability of cheap home tests that many experts have advocated since the early days of the outbreak.

More "Covid Suicides" than Covid Deaths in Kids.  Suicide is a major public health threat and a leading cause of death for those aged under 25 — one far bigger than Covid.  And it is something that we have only made worse as we, led by politicians and 'the science,' deprived our youngest members of society — who constitute one-third of the US population — of educational, emotional and social development without their permission or consent for over a year.  And why?  For what?  We were scared.  We were scared for our lives and those of people we love.  And, like your average German-on-the-street in the 1930s and 40s, we believed that doing what we were told and supporting the national cause would save us and our families.  The reality is we sacrificed others without a second thought.  We have sacrificed our youths' lives and future livelihoods in a desperate attempt to save a slim minority of the elderly population who have surpassed the average US life expectancy of 78.8 years and those who were already on their way out.

Vaccine Passports Are A Serious Threat To American Civil Liberties.  With the advent of the deceptively named "vaccine passport" concept, coronavirus vaccines have quickly turned from savior hailed by an American populace desperate for a return to some semblance of normalcy into a cudgel with which to beat the vaccine heterodox into submission.  Add the relentless desire for Big Tech to collect all data it can suck into a rapacious corporate maw to be digested into more profits and more power over our lives, and you have a perfect storm of tyranny.  Currently, the COVID-19 vaccines are not U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved, but authorized only for emergency use.  As an investigational product, the statute governing emergency use authorizations provides that the recipient be advised of his or her option to accept or refuse administration of the vaccine, something a DC District court considered in a 2003 case that ruled against forcing soldiers to take the then-experimental anthrax vaccine (suspiciously, the vaccine was deemed "safe" not long after the court enjoined mandatory vaccination, although there are numerous claims that the anthrax vaccination program has led to debilitating side effects).

Vaccine Passports to Hell.  The latest CDC report shows that approximately 162 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered.  This number is increasing steadily every day.  These results show that millions of Americans are not reluctant to take the vaccine.  Despite the impressive distribution statistics, there is not universal support for the vaccine.  A recent poll revealed that 41% of Republicans will not get the coronavirus vaccine.  These results mimic other polls that have been taken in recent weeks.  Unfortunately, these Republicans, along with millions of other Americans who refuse the vaccine might face a severe infringement of their freedoms.  It seems that vaccine passports are being encouraged by the Biden administration and are being developed by the administration's ideological partners in academia and corporate America.

Politicians can't stop you from celebrating Easter.  It's a year ago now that Donald Trump, then president of the United States, mused about how wonderful it would be if the country opened up again by Easter.  It didn't.  Although some states have taken a few steps in that direction, most of us are still actors, willing and unwilling, in a weird germophobic paranoia play.  Even many conservatives have been well conditioned: they've convinced themselves that the country really is opening back up because all they have to do is comply, comply, comply with the order to wear a mask or get an injection or engage in mandatory cringing.

On May 1, Let's All Tear Off Our Masks.  One hundred days.  That's what President Biden asked for before he was inaugurated — 100 days of masking.  That was the linchpin of his plan to end the coronavirus pandemic.  It was in his executive order requiring people to wear masks when they are on U.S. Government property, including national parks and forests, even when there are no other people around for miles.  Just give him that 100 days and everything will be fine.  Well, April 30 is the 100th day.  On May 1, we can take off our masks for good.  Well, maybe.  But probably not.  In fact, Biden has said as much.  By now we should know that the goalposts won't be where they were when we began this latest touchdown drive.  They never are.

Marjorie Taylor Greene:  Fire Fauci and ban vaccine mandate and passport.  In a double-barreled blast at the coronavirus crisis, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene today offered bills to ban COVID-19 vaccination mandates such as those called for in vaccine "passport" proposals and to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci.  In her "Fire Fauci Act" and "We Will Not Comply Act," the controversial representative took direct aim at the Biden administration's support for a vaccination passport and promotion of near daily advice by Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  "Americans deserve better than a self-promoting career bureaucrat like Fauci, who spent the last year getting it wrong almost all of the time," Greene said.

The totalitarians' Covid con unintentionally explained by CNN public health 'expert'.  Too much freedom is a bad thing because it limits the ability of the state to coerce its subjects ("citizens" seems almost archaic as the Great Reset looms) into behavior they otherwise would resist.  That's the basic message explained to Chris Cuomo by a professor of public health policy that CNN favors with its airtime.  We lost an incredible amount of the freedom we formerly took for granted when Covid-19 leaked out of a lab in Wuhan, China, and was greeted by world leaders as a pandemic justifying the radical curtailment of liberty and enhancement of their own power.  Now, they and their lackeys in the academic and medical establishment see the restoration of those liberties as a threat.  George Washington University Public Health Policy Professor Laura Wen said it out loud — a classic Kinsley gaffe of accidentally telling the truth about something that politicians would rather the public not understand.

How not to cower before the COVID police.  Visually, the video is simple but compelling.  The church is on the second story of a building with a stairway leading directly from the front door up to the place where the congregation assembles.  A masked female spokeswoman has climbed all the stairs.  Behind her are seven police officers, in uniform, and all heavily armed with guns, cuffs, safety vests, and the ubiquitous and useless cheap paper masks.  The woman is trying to speak but there is a voice from behind the camera that thunders "Get out!" No matter what she says, he tells her some variation of "Out!  And don't come back unless you have a warrant." [...]   [Video clip] [...] As for the rest of us, the window of time within which we can act with courage and integrity (and, you'll note, without violence or threats) is closing fast.  If we wait too long, all action will be illegal.

Texas Sees Lowest Daily Average In COVID Cases Since Last June Three Weeks After Mask Mandate Was Lifted.  An update to last week's post about case counts declining in the Lone Star state.  Not only have cases continued to fall in Texas since then, the seven-day average is now the lowest it's been since June 18, 2020 according to Worldometer.  Yesterday the state was averaging just 3,263 daily confirmed infections.  On March 10, the day Greg Abbott's order lifting Texas's mask mandate took effect, it was averaging 4,895.

Number of COVID Vaccine Injuries Reported to VAERS Surpasses 50,000, CDC Data Show.  Data released today [4/2/2021] by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the number of injuries and deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following COVID vaccines revealed steadily rising numbers, but no new trends.  VAERS is the primary mechanism for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed.  Every Friday, VAERS makes public all vaccine injury reports received to the system as of Friday of the previous week.  Today's data show that between Dec. 14, 2020, and March 26, a total of 50,861 total adverse events were reported to VAERS, including 2,249 deaths — an increase of 199 over the previous seven days — and 7,726 serious injuries, up 631 over the same time period.  Of the 2,249 deaths reported as of March 26, 28% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination, 19% occurred within 24 hours and 43% occurred in people who became ill within 48 hours of being vaccinated.

Cornell University mandates COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff.  Students and staff have no shot of returning to Cornell this fall if they don't get the COVID-19 vaccine, the school said in a statement.  "With the recent announcements of expanded vaccine eligibility in New York and other states, and increasing vaccine production, it is likely that all members of our community will be able to obtain vaccination sometime this spring or summer," Cornell President Martha Pollack and Provost Michael Kotlikoff wrote Friday [4/2/2021].  "Accordingly, Cornell intends to require vaccination for students returning to Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campuses for the fall semester."  Exceptions will be made for those with religious and medical exemptions, the statement says.

Fully vaccinated people may travel, CDC says.  Federal health officials gave the green light Friday [4/2/2021] for fully vaccinated people to resume travel as more than 100 million Americans have had at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and evidence mounts of the shots' effectiveness.  While fully vaccinated people are at lower risk of infection, the officials said, travel is still not recommended due to the rising number of cases in the United States and globally.  The long-awaited guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is welcome news for the growing number of vaccinated adults who want greater freedom to visit family members and take vacations for the first time in a year.  It is also expected to help boost the travel and airline industries that have been seeking a relaxation of restrictions.

Ditch The Mask Mandates By Memorial Day.  Writing at the Wall Street Journal this week, Nicole Saphier has a very simple message for the CDC.  "Dr. Fauci, Tear Off These Masks."  This new spin on a famous speech by Ronald Reagan wasn't some sort of April Fools joke.  The author lays out a very cogent argument as to why we are already much closer to the point where there's little to no benefit from vaccinated people wearing face masks than most health officials and politicians are willing to admit.  Continuing to enforce these mandates at that point would be little more than bureaucratic oppression.  And the target date for ending the mandates should be Memorial Day weekend.

Vaccination Passports:  The Cornerstone of a Totalitarian State.  Vaccination passports, like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want everyone to be forced to carry, are profoundly un-American.  This data-driven authoritarianism, if it comes to pass, will wash away what remains of the rule of law and the Constitution, and annihilate the American way of life.  First, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) inflicted their possibly lab-designed Wuhan Virus on America, and now we get their Social Credit System, their totalitarian digital architecture for society as well.  America's placeholder president, the Communist Chinese ventriloquist's dummy who fantasizes about becoming the new Franklin Delano Roosevelt, wants these vaccination passports badly.

Wait Until You Find Out What They're Not Telling You About Covid-19.  Way back in July of 2020, I reported on the thousands of doctors and scientists desperately trying to get the word out that Anthony Fauci's program of economic ruin and crippling social isolation had no scientific justification whatsoever.  Yet, to this day, the media and tech giants have managed to keep most of the public in the dark about the existence of any dissenting opinions on the wisdom of an historically unprecedented "public health" strategy that's rained down more misery and death on the American people than our worst foreign foes could have imagined but, coincidentally, has turned out to be a financial windfall for tech giants and multinational corporations like Facebook and Amazon.  And, speaking of foreign enemies, only a tiny percentage of Americans know that the whole idea of locking down in response to a respiratory virus had never been so much as suggested in all of history until China's Communist Party rulers started pushing it on the rest of the world in 2020.

Vaccine pub passports 'will last less than a year': Boris Johnson offers to set a time limit on Covid certificates.  A 'time limit' of less than a year could be imposed on the vaccine passport scheme to head off a Tory revolt on the issue, the Mail can reveal.  Boris Johnson will give the green light on Monday to the development of a system of 'vaccine certification' as he looks to reinvigorate the economy.  Ministers believe the scheme may be essential in reopening venues such as theatres and stadiums which rely on large crowds.  But the idea of creating a new 'Checkpoint Britain' has led to a fierce cross-party backlash, with 72 MPs yesterday [4/1/2021] signing a pledge to oppose the 'divisive and discriminatory' scheme.  There was also a huge outcry over the plans yesterday, with a litany of critics branding the idea as oppressive.

Vermont accused of discrimination for moving minorities to head of vaccine line.  Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has come under fire for a newly announced statewide vaccination protocol moving minorities to the head of the line based solely on their race.  The Republican governor announced Thursday that Black, Indigenous and people of color, known as BIPOC, may now sign up to be vaccinated against COVID-19, two weeks before the state plans to make available vaccines to anyone over the age of 16.  "If you or anyone in your household identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC), including anyone with Abenaki or other First Nations heritage, all household members who are 16 years or older can sign up to get a vaccine!" Mr. Scott tweeted.

COVID-19 alarmism is working, new polls show.  That's a huge problem.  More than 550,000 Americans have died in COVID-19-related deaths.  So, of course, the coronavirus is undoubtedly a serious and life-threatening disease, at least for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.  But people wildly overestimate the actual risks posed by COVID-19, according to several new polls that show the stunning extent to which the public has internalized alarmist misinformation.  A YouGov survey out this week reveals that young people aged 18 to 24 are the subgroup most anxious about resuming normal social life — despite being by far the least at risk from COVID-19.  Indeed, the death rate for members of this age group is approximately 0.006% — a tiny fraction of a percentage.  Meanwhile, folks over age 55 are the least worried about resuming social life, even though, statistically speaking, they have the most to fear from the coronavirus.

London Has Fallen As Boris'Jackboot Thugs Declare Good Friday Mass As Unlawful.  This lunatic Boris is hell-bent on turning the entire country into a police state in the name of COVID, using cops to take away all human and civil rights of freedom to move, worship etc.  We may have hit the bottom here as London cops barge into Good Friday service and declare it an UNLAWFUL event.  [Video clip]

Lindsey Graham tells Fauci to go to border and see 'biggest super spreader event in the nation'.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., hit Dr. Anthony Fauci in a series of tweets Friday suggesting the top infectious disease doctor is turning a blind eye to the risk of coronavirus spread among migrants at the border.  "Paging Dr. Fauci:  You need to go to the southern border and witness in person the biggest super spreader event in the nation — President [Biden's] immigration policies," Graham tweeted.  Graham said thousands of migrants from Central America with a "10% COVID-positive rate" are spreading the virus at overcrowded border facilities.  The migrants are staying "on top of each other" and then "dumped off in Texas" and other parts of the country to further the spread of coronavirus, Graham said in a multi-thread tweet.

AstraZeneca Blues.  It seems like only yesterday the Euro regulators were only allowing the AZ vaccine for the under-65 crowd, saying the data for oldsters was too sparse.  But that was late January!  Well.  No one will blame these bureaucrats if thousands die of COVID and this action may even prevent a few dozen deaths from a weird clotting disease.  Weird the Brits aren't seeing it in there much larger vaccinated population, but do we trust them to tell the truth?  As to the US, AZ is preparing their trial data but has not yet applied for an EUA.  As I understand it, the US vaccine supply situation is already in good shape between Pfizer, Moderna and J&J.  We bet on a lot of horses, a lot have crossed the line, and we may not need the AZ product (which people won't take anyway.)  And Novavax is lurking in the wings!  For the rest of the world, this is a blow.  AZ used refrigerator storage, which made distribution easier in less developed countries.

Germany suspends use of AstraZeneca's Covid shot for the under-60s, dealing another blow to drugmaker.  Germany has suspended use of the coronavirus vaccine created by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in the under-60s, due to renewed concerns over reports of blood clots.  The move comes after the country's medicines regulator found 31 cases of a rare type of blood clot in a small number of people immunized with the coronavirus vaccine produced by the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker.  The suspension is likely to deal yet another blow to its vaccine's reputation.  Initially, a few regions suspended some use of the shot Tuesday due to concerns over a possible link to rare but serious forms of blood clots.  But then on Tuesday it was announced that the whole country would no longer give the vaccine to anyone under 60 years old following advice from the country's independent vaccine committee, known as STIKO.

Sunlight Inactivates Coronavirus 8 Times Faster Than Predicted.  We Need to Know Why.  A team of scientists is calling for greater research into how sunlight inactivates SARS-CoV-2 after realizing there's a glaring discrepancy between the most recent theory and experimental results.  UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz and colleagues noticed the virus was inactivated as much as eight times faster in experiments than the most recent theoretical model predicted.  "The theory assumes that inactivation works by having UVB hit the RNA of the virus, damaging it," explained Luzzatto-Fegiz.  But the discrepancy suggests there's something more going on than that, and figuring out what this is may be helpful for managing the virus.

It Sure Looks Like Joe Biden and Dr. Fauci Botched the Vaccine Roll-Out.  If you were to ask the Biden administration how the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccine is going, they'd insist it's been absolutely perfect and that only they, and not Donald Trump, deserve credit.  It doesn't matter that the development of the vaccine and the escalation of its doses has followed the exact path the former president said it would (at the time, the media "experts" insisted Trump's projection was unlikely).  Biden wants all the credit, and the media is more than happy to give it to him.

Wake up, people:  Science shows mask zealots were very, very wrong.  I've long said the data on the Wuhan virus in no way matched the hysteria visited on most of the U.S. and the world.  Whether "cases," hospitalizations, deaths, masks, lockdowns, or anything else of the like, time and again, we've seen that the actual data reveal that our efforts to "slow the spread" have been largely useless and thus unnecessary.  In other words, time has revealed the truth on the Wuhan virus.  As I noted back in August of last year, short of an effective vaccine (which, at the time, didn't seem as though it was on the near horizon), each of us is going to get exposed to the Wuhan virus, and our health outcome will be determined by how our Creator made us and what treatments are given to us.  The rise in hospitalizations and deaths over the holidays, and the subsequent steep decline we've seen over the last several weeks, has little to nothing to do with masks and the like.  The rises we saw during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season likely would not have been as severe if we had allowed for more herd immunity to occur during the summer and early fall of 2020.  In other words — and again, short of an effective vaccine — the increase in cases was always going to happen; it was just a matter of when.

The CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Travel, as Long as They Do Exactly What Unvaccinated People Do.  People should start to ask themselves, aside from personal protection from the virus, what incentive do I have to get the vaccine?  Certainly, there is some peace of mind that can come from knowing that you have significantly reduced your ability to be infected, but as far as most government mandates and recommendations, your life will go unchanged.

CDC's Incoherence Accelerates as They See Power Slipping From Their Grip.  [Scroll down]  Two separate things are happening.  First and foremost, our public health policy is being determined by idiots. [...] No matter what other motive is afoot, and there is one, it is difficult to reconcile the relentless self-beclowning the public health establishment has inflicted upon itself with anything but absolute incompetence.  It is funny, and I must admit, watching the Grand Poobahs tell us no mask, one mask, two masks, six-feet, three-feet, demonstrate-but-don't-go-to-church has been entertaining.  It is also dangerous.  We are confronting a virus that is somewhat more lethal than the seasonal flu but definitely much less dangerous than the 1918 flu, and no sane person can have any confidence that anyone advising policymakers and legislators [is competent].  For instance, states without a mask mandate and lockdowns are doing better than the states with the most extreme policies.  Events that were maligned as "superspreader events" in the media [...] have not been proven to be any more dangerous than the events, like BLM riots, that were championed by the media.

Using the vaccine to undermine freedom.  During a March interview with CNN host Chris ("I am my brother's keeper") Cuomo, Dr. Leana Wen — a former president of Planned Parenthood — said that, if Americans want their freedoms back, they'd better get vaccinated.  Cuomo talked of certain states "reopening," prompting Wen to say, "The window to do that is really narrowing.  You were mentioning, Chris, about how all these states are reopening.  They're reopening at 100%.  And we have a very narrow window to tie reopening policy to vaccination status." [...] Helpfully, she explained:  "Because otherwise, if everything is reopened, then what's the carrot going to be?  How are we going to incentivize people to actually get the vaccine?  So that's why I think the CDC and the Biden administration needs to come out a lot bolder and say, 'If you are vaccinated, you can do all these things.  Here are all these freedoms that you have.'  Because otherwise, people are going to go out and enjoy these freedoms anyway." [...] So here we have another "expert" saying that Americans should not be granted any of the freedoms the government recently stripped from them until they comply with a government mandate to have an unvetted foreign substance injected into their bloodstreams.

Fauci Gets Grilled on COVID at the Border, Says He's Too Busy, "I Have More Important Things to Do".  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the father of the COVID lockdowns, joined Neil Cavuto on FOX News on Friday afternoon.  Cavuto pressed Fauci on Senator Lindsey Graham's concerns about COVID at the border.  A report by Noticias Telemundo Investiga this week reported the Biden administration is releasing COVID positive migrants in Brownsville, Texas without testing or quarantine.  The migrants are being tested by local authorities where they gather at a bus stop to travel to other states, however they have no authority to detain them thereby leaving the infected migrants free to spread the virus throughout the U.S.  Dr. Fauci told Cavuto that border is a "difficult situation."  He then added that he's too "busy" to get involved with the border because "I have more important things to do" than acquiesce to their concerns.

Biden Is Unhappy That Baseball Fans Will Be Able to Enjoy Some Baseball.  Biden called Texas a bunch of Neanderthals when Gov. Abbott lifted the mask mandate and allowed businesses the option of reopening.  It's just an option.  Businesses can still choose how open they'll be and they can even require masks if they want.  Has Biden been here?  Most businesses are still requiring masks, but they're also opened up and hiring.  But for having the mere freedom to choose, the career politician called the nation's job-creating engine a bunch of Neanderthals.  But... unity!  Covid case numbers went down in Texas after the mandate went away.  That's a fact.  The positive test rate is about 4.2% last time I checked.  Our hospitals are fine, Texas is fine.

The Vaccine Passport Propaganda Template.  With reports that President Joe Biden's administration is planning for imposing a vaccine passport mandate in America, expect to see in the media a deluge of vaccine passport propaganda.  What will that propaganda look like?  A template illustrating several elements you can expect to see in the propaganda push was provided several weeks ago in a CNN interview. [...]
  [#1]   Include some short expression that the idea of vaccine passports can be troubling, but make sure to only bring this up superficially. [...]
  [#2]   Frame the imposing of a vaccine passport mandate as something that is both inevitable and threatens only minimal, if any, harm. [...]
  [#3]   Bring on a guest who, despite his description making him sound like someone who would be looking out for the interests of people concerned about vaccine passports, pretty much says that vaccine passports are the best thing since sliced bread. [...]
  [#4]   Reiterate that vaccine passports are inevitable, and that people should support them. [...]
  [#5]   Declare that vaccine passports must be imposed on the American people because of coronavirus. [...]
  [#6]   Say that mandating vaccine passports is really no big deal because of some other supposedly very similar restriction to which some people are already subjected. [...]
  [#7]   Dismiss as insignificant people's concerns about being required, in order to go about their daily activities, to present a vaccine passport and to take a vaccine, or, really, an experimental coronavirus vaccine that is not even a vaccine under the normal meaning of the term. [...]
  [#8]   Dismiss any concern that vaccine passports can in fact harm freedom.  Instead, describe people as benefiting from and gaining freedom by their being mandated to take experimental coronavirus vaccines and present vaccination passports in order to go about their daily activities. [...]
  [#9]   Insist that the vaccine passport mandate is fine because it will be applied equally to all people. [...]

8 Ways Public Schools Could Further Radicalize When They Finally Re-open.  I think we can infer eight negative outcomes down the pike after a long period of politicized school closures that were never justified by medical science.  I imagine our ruling elites will be happy with such outcomes.  We should be prepared for the following.  [#1] Even More Peer Pressure to Conform:  Our famine of social connection will likely spark a greater tolerance for blind conformity.  There has been a mass starvation for peer connection among students.  Many have been numbed by the drudgery of online learning with no outlets through sports and clubs, no human contact with teachers and peers.  Parents are also starving for a place their kids can engage with others during the workday.  So might they now be willing to swallow anything for some relief?  There's a phrase attributed to Lenin:  "The worse, the better," which means that the more misery people feel, the better it is for the success of communism (or perhaps the "great reset").  The longer people suffer in isolation, the higher the toll and more susceptible they are to depression and self-harm.  So after a long period of social deprivation, they may become far more willing to conform under the slightest of social pressures, no matter what's asked of them.

CDC: Our director misspoke when she said vaccinated people don't carry the virus.  How many times is Rochelle Walensky going to be embarrassed by the Biden administration publicly accusing her of jumping to conclusions about COVID? It happened in early February, when Walensky insisted that teachers didn't need to be vaccinated for schools to reopen safely.  That made the White House and its patrons in the teachers unions anxious so Jen Psaki walked it back, telling reporters that the head of the CDC was speaking merely in her "personal capacity."  The agency itself was still reviewing the data and would issue a formal judgment at a later date.  But that episode seems mild compared to Walensky excitedly telling a national TV audience a few days ago that those who've been immunized don't carry the virus, only to have her own deputies scramble to try to unwind that message as it got picked up across American media.

Hey, Fauci!  Stuff This in Your Mask!  After more than a year of lockdowns, stuffy masks, fogged eyeglasses, false promises of progress, chapped hands, pretend school classes, missed family events, lost jobs and shattered dreams, Americans appear to have decided to move ahead with their lives.  To shuck the strictures.  And ignore the DC crowd that's gotten a little too comfortable wielding authoritarian control over the routines of more than 300 million.  A new Gallup Poll reports that for the first time in this pandemic, a majority of Americans now feel safe going about their business in public places.  In just the past month that number has jumped from 44 percent up to 52 percent.  Last month nearly half the country (47 percent) self-reported it was strictly or mostly self-isolating.  In just one month that percentage has dropped to 36 percent.

Videos Are Now Being Uploaded Showing Fibers That Squirm Inside COVID Masks.  Many videos are now being uploaded to social media showing black fibers that move when coming close to heat sources.  Last November, it was reported that mask companies such as 3M will start using nanotechnology within their masks:  [W]hen the COVID-19 pandemic struck, 3M announced it would boost global production of N95 face masks to more than 1 billion per year.  Mask facilities in China also ramped up, increasing their capacity by nearly 12 times.  With less fanfare, several small companies responded to the pandemic by using nanotechnology to develop what they say is a better kind of mask.  Using a fiber production technique called electrospinning, these start-ups have developed nanofibers that capture aerosol droplets better while providing additional breathability.  Some of them are manufacturing millions of masks per month.  But in the absence of funding to scale up output, their products will likely remain niche offerings, at least during this pandemic.  [Video clip]

CNN Says the Quiet Part out Loud About Lockdowns and Vaccinations, and It's Pure Tyranny.  Sometimes tyrants just come right out and say what they mean.  Last night was one of those nights.  Chris Cuomo and Leana Wen appeared together to bat around an absolutely insane idea, and it shows just how far the left in this country are willing to go to exact their will.  In this case, Wen says that vaccinations should be tied to "freedoms," denying them to those who haven't yet gotten the shot.  I think they call this saying the quiet part out loud.  [Video clip]

Six months?  There has been a vaccine for six months already?
Pfizer Vaccine Shown to be 91.3 Percent Effective After Six Months.  The Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer has been shown to be 91.3 percent effective against infection even after six months according to findings released by the company.  The findings come from a growing body of data on how volunteers in the shot's late-stage trials are responding to the vaccine.  The data determined whether or not the volunteers contracted Covid with or without symptoms.  That the vaccine still proved to be so effective after six months is an excellent sign it may last even longer.

Misleading White House chart Biden White House Wildly Misleads Public On COVID Vaccinations.  On the front page of WhiteHouse.gov is a bar chart showing how many shots have been delivered relative to Biden's new goal of 200 million shots by April 29.  There's a curious feature about this chart, however.  Based on the scale, there were zero shots administered on Day 1 of the Biden administration.  The chart is divided up into equal 50 million shot increments.  So, it appears that on Biden's "Day 1" there'd been none, when in there had already been more than 21 million shots administered.  The exact number of vaccine shots given by Jan. 20 was 21,746,697, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  On the day Biden was sworn in, more than 1.5 million people got immunized.  The seven-day rolling average on Jan. 20 was just shy of 1 million.  By the end of January, and well before any Biden policies were implemented, the seven-day rolling average was close to 1.4 million.  That was from a dead start in mid-December.


Biden in favor of providing COVID-19 vaccines to illegal immigrants.  President Biden is in favor of providing COVID-19 vaccines to immigrants regardless of their legal status, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday [4/1/2021].  Asked during her daily press briefing about a push in Florida to waive a residency requirement for inoculation, Psaki said the president supports getting vaccines into as many arms as possible.  "The more people who are vaccinated, whether they're undocumented or not, the safer we are as a country, and that's certainly the president's point of view," said Psaki.  Access to the vaccine for illegal immigrants has been a hot-button issue since the shots became available.

Liberal Author Naomi Wolf Warns 'Vaccine Passports' Are the 'End of Human Liberty in the West'.  The Left would like to dismiss Naomi Wolf as a heretic and conspiracy theorist now that she disagrees with their anti-liberty responses to coronavirus, but her warning about President Biden's threatened "vaccine passports" should be heeded.  Wolf, who started a tech site that she says is meant to bring the right and left together, says the passport would divide people between haves and have nots: those who have had the COVID shot and those who have not.  In her words, it "is literally the end of human liberty in the West if this plan unfolds as planned." [...] Wolf told Fox News host Steve Hilton that Big Tech companies will oversee all of your personal information and intermingle it with information that government will use to determine if you're eligible to be able to travel and do anything else in polite society.  President Biden signed an executive order in January to coordinate with other countries to track people to stop the spread of COVID.  Wolf says the move is nothing short of "catastrophic."

Biden's War on CO2 — Starving Planet Earth.  One of President Biden's first executive orders, signed on January 20, aims to "restore science to tackle the climate crisis." Joe claims, "the policy of my Administration to listen to the science."  Really?  His administration can't decide how many masks we should wear, how far apart we should stand next to each other, or why despite millions of Americans getting vaccinated every day, we need to consider more lockdowns.  Most of these recommendations did not "listen to the science" and now the arbitrary changes are still not following any science, particularly evidence-based clinical trials, the holy grail for Drs Fauci, Birx, and the rest of the medical smart set.

New York Congresswoman Calls on Cuomo to Resign Over Nursing Home Deaths.  A New York congresswoman is calling on the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo, to resign over his administration's cover-up of reporting of thousands of COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes.  In an interview with The Daily Signal, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said she called on the three-term governor to step down after Jill DesRosiers, his own chief of staff, revealed the cover-up.  The cover-up "was purposely done because they were afraid of the [federal] Department of Justice getting this information," Malliotakis said.  The congresswoman said that the nursing home deaths occurred because of Cuomo's executive order of just over a year ago on March 25, 2020, which forced nursing homes to take in COVID-19-positive patients discharged from hospitals, exposing vulnerable elderly in the nursing homes to the coronavirus.  [Video clip]

The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America.  [#5] Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children.  They cannot be asked to provide an ID to vote.  "Noble lies" by our elites about COVID-19 rules are necessary to protect "Neanderthals" from themselves.  Americans deserve relief from the stress of grades, standardized testing, and normative rules of school behavior.  They still are clueless about why it is good for them to pay far more for their gasoline, heating, and air conditioning.

Welcome to the new Jim Crow.  Vaccine passports are racist.  One thing we know about the rollout of COVID vaccinations across the country is that white people are being vaccinated at significantly higher per capita rates than Blacks or Hispanics.  Whether this is a result of greater rates of vaccine hesitancy among minorities or uneven distribution of the vials as they become available is a matter you are free to debate.  But the underlying numbers haven't changed.  Black people in particular are being vaccinated more slowly than whites.  That means that significantly fewer Black people will be qualified to receive immunity passports and will be denied access to many public events as society continues to reopen.  So doesn't that mean that vaccine passports are... racist?

Texas Coronavirus Cases Drop Over Two Weeks After Restrictions [and] Mask Mandate [were] Lifted.  In March, [Texas Governor Greg] Abbott announced the end of the statewide mask mandate, which had been in effect since July, and lifted restrictions allowing businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity.  "It is time for Texas to be open 100 percent," the governor said at the time.  "Everybody that wants a job should be able to get a job.  Every business that wants to be open should be open." [...] Breitbart reports recent data out of Texas shows Covid-19 cases have been on a decline over two weeks after the state lifted its restrictions.  On Saturday, the state's seven-day positivity rate reached an all-time low of 5.27 percent, while hospitalizations fell to their lowest level since October.

The Four Pillars of the Branch Covidian Faith.  Like all religious cults, the Branch Covidians believe by faith.  They don't have a particular catechism or central document they use to indoctrinate their pupils.  This is because most everything to which they bend the knee is theory.  It changes day by day.  Separate from the deity of the virus itself, the Branch Covidians do have clergy that is quick to preach a sermon in a moment's notice, especially if there are TV cameras around.  That clergy is led by "America's Doctor" Pope Anthony Fauci, M.D. And Branch Covidian converts are quick to repeat the COVID-19 law when given the orders from the pulpit.  A staple liturgical mantra of Branch Covidian doctrine has been to "follow the science." Unfortunately, this has resembled divination more than it has bona fide "science."  Although they do not have a holy book to disseminate or specific houses of worship to attend, they do have the four pillars of the COVID faith. [...] Pillar of Faith No. 1: Lockdowns — Data are not on the side of the Branch Covidian Cult when it comes to lockdowns.  But Covidians strongly believe that lockdowns work.

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down governor's mask mandate.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' statewide mask mandate on Wednesday, stripping the governor of one of his last remaining tools to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the state stands on the precipice of another surge in infections.  The conservative-leaning court ruled 4-3 that Evers violated state law by unilaterally issuing multiple emergency orders to extend the mandate for months.

Why vaccinate the people who are least likely to get the disease, and least likely to die from it?
Pfizer: Vaccine 100% Effective For Children Aged 12-15 In First Trial.  In a release this morning [3/31/2021], Pfizer declared that a trial involving 2,000 children between ages 12 and 15 showed its vaccine to be 100% effective against COVID-19 infections.  That's an even better rate than its previous Phase 3 trials among adults, in an environment with more variants in the mix to boot.  With the FDA already allowing Pfizer vaccinations at 16 years and up, the news could touch off the next phase of the battle to end the pandemic — with middle and high schools as the battlegrounds.

Workers accidentally ruined 15 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  We've been watching the progress of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since before it was approved by the FDA.  The vaccine has some advantages in that it requires only one dose and can be kept in a normal freezer for transport.  So when J & J was struggling to crank up production, it was big news when Merck stepped in to help.  But even the best of plans can fail because of the most common of errors.  In this case, a mistake by plant workers in Baltimore has spoiled 15 million doses of the vaccine.

Shipments of 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's one dose Covid vaccine will be halted after ingredient mix-up at Baltimore plant.  Some 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine have been ruined after employees at a Baltimore manufacturing plant accidentally swapped in an ingredient meant for a different vaccine into the J&J shot, the New York Times reported Wednesday [3/31/2021].  The Emergent BioSolutions plant is also manufacturing doses for AstraZeneca, and apparently used an ingredient for the UK firm's vaccine in a batch of J&J's.  The gaff occurred two weeks ago and will delay tens of millions doses of J&J's shot slated to ship next month while the FDA investigates.

Marjorie Taylor Greene dubs COVID-19 vaccine passports 'Mark of the Beast'.  Freshman US lawmaker Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) dubbed the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine passport for those who have been inoculated against the novel coronavirus as US President Joe Biden's "Mark of the Beast."  In a video on social media by the NGO Right Wing Watch, Taylor Greene went further than the biblical allegory for the devil, and criticized the vaccine for being controlling and "fascism, or communism — whatever you want to call it."  She further added that any company requiring one was engaging in what she dubbed "corporate communism."  The idea of a COVID-19 passport first made waves after being utilized in Israel.  Known locally as a "green passport," the system has equipped people who have been immunized against COVID-19 with a special pass that allows them to participate in activities, such as going to gyms and restaurants and traveling.

Corrupt Monopolies Are A Constitutional Loophole For Fascism.  "Corporate communism" began trending on Twitter Tuesday afternoon [3/30/2021] due to a video of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene coining the term.  The freshman Republican was talking about the Biden administration's ambitions to buddy up with so-called private companies in creating a way to identify who has been vaccinated against the Wuhan virus.  These "vaccine passports" would allow some combination of companies and the government to prohibit unvaccinated people from traveling, going to events or gatherings, or otherwise participating in a free and normal society.  Perhaps more troubling than the ruling class telling Americans they must receive a vaccine in order to participate in normal life is the prospect of the government colluding with monopolistic corporations to accrue private health data from American citizens and restrict their lives accordingly.

Vaccine Passports May Not Be Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19: Experts.  Experts say that relying solely on vaccine passports to allow people to engage in certain activities again is not an effective mitigation tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and may distract from other necessary interventions or from the message of vaccination itself.  "I think pinning all our hopes on and putting all our efforts into vaccine passports as the main solution to opening up travel might be the wrong strategy," Dr. Sarah Chan, an expert in bioethics at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, told NTD's "The Nation Speaks" in a recent interview.  "And if we put too much emphasis on passports as the sole strategy, I think we risk creating a false sense of security that might lead people actually to increase their personal risk behaviors," she said.  Chan said that vaccine passports may divert resources and attention from other important "structural and social interventions to address the wider effects of the pandemic such as education, mental health, and so forth."

Why is Chile experiencing a COVID wave when it's vaccinating at such a high rate?  Ed touched on this question yesterday but it deserves its own thread, as it's one of the great mysteries of the post-vax stage of the pandemic.  Why is Chile, which has one of the highest rates of vaccination on Earth, currently mired in a nasty wave of COVID?  Only Israel, the UAE, and the UK have partially vaccinated a higher share of their population than Chile has and it's paid off lavishly for two of those countries.  Today the UK's seven-day average in daily cases is the lowest it's been since September.

CNN's "COVID War" Special Was a Scripted Fauci and Birx Reality Show.  The dynamic duo of Drs.  Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx spent nine months of 2020 (February-October) appearing to be the adults in the room who had to deal with, as the legacy media loved to frame it, an ever petulant, ill-informed, and dangerous President Donald J. Trump.  In CNN's 'COVID War' Special on Sunday [3/28/2021], I surmise that all doubt was removed on who the adults were, and it certainly was not these doctors.  The wholesale campaign to throw the president, and others, under the bus on the COVID policy that they helped to create, then taking credit for the COVID breakthroughs that they had little to do with, is reminiscent of children jockeying for position to benefit themselves.

Mother's face, arms, chest, back and legs erupt in agonising red rash after getting AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine.  A mother's face, arms, chest, back and legs erupted into an agonising red rash after getting the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.  Leigh King, from North Lanarkshire in Scotland, claimed her skin flared up almost immediately after she got her first dose two weeks ago — and is still sore now.  'My skin was so sore and constantly hot,' she said.  'I have never felt pain like this... and to say it's been the worst time of my life is an absolute understatement.'  The hairdresser, 41, was invited for the jab because she is the sole carer of her autistic son, Aidan, 13.

Huh: Vaccinated people are less likely to socialize than vaccine refuseniks are.  Bad bad bad — but not surprising.  If you've decided for whatever strange reason that you don't want to be vaccinated, what's left to do except get back to normal ASAP?  You can't hunker down until we reach herd immunity.  It might take many months and we may never ultimately reach it, thanks to the refuseniks and the attendant risk of vaccine-resistant variants arising within that group.  To refuse the vaccine is to embrace fatalism.  If you're "meant" to get the disease you'll get it and if you aren't you won't.  Might as well live life and let the chips fall where they may.

Modern education is [incompetent] — or Lincoln, math and the CDC are racist.  The Center for Disease Control announced in February that schools could safely reopen, and that it was "critical" that they do so.  They said the risk of COVID transmission in schools was minimal — even if teachers were not vaccinated — and the damage to children by remaining closed was maximal.  Experience in the schools that have opened bears that out.  There have not been cases of widespread transmission of COVID in reopened schools.  That's undoubtedly because children are nearly immune to COVID.  And their teachers retire long before they reach the COVID-vulnerable post-65 age group.  That CDC announcement that teachers, vaccinated or not, should return to work was two months ago, though it didn't get much media attention because teachers are overwhelmingly Democrats and so are the media.  Since then, many teachers still refuse to return to work even though many have been vaccinated in the meantime.  So much for "follow the science."  Teachers' unions deserve much of the blame.

Alabama Face Mask Mandate Will End April 9 Despite Biden Request.  A spokeswoman for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says the state's mask mandate will end April 9 despite the president's request for states to reinstate them.  Ivey spokeswoman Gina Maiola said Monday that we are moving towards personal responsibility and not government mandates.  President Joe Biden and a top health official on Monday appealed for mask requirements and other restrictions to be maintained or restored to stave off a "fourth surge" of COVID-19.  Alabama has kept a mask mandate in place longer than surrounding states, but Ivey has made clear it will not be extended.

If the vaccine works, why continue excessive safety protocols?  According to White House officials, more than one in three adults have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Nearly 75% of senior citizens have at least received their first vaccination.  Yet American are still being urged to remain socially distant and mask their faces despite reports of the shot's effectiveness. [...] Whatever others feel is best for them is how I feel they should proceed.  It's how I've viewed all the issues throughout the pandemic.  I, myself, have no interest in allowing my body to be experimented on.  Not all the vaccines have been FDA approved.  They have not been tested enough.  My children will not be receiving the shot either.  It makes no sense to consider inoculating children for a virus that does little or nothing to them.

Man's skin 'peeled off' in rare reaction to Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine.  A Virginia man suffered a rare reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine that caused a painful rash to spread across his entire body and skin to peel off, doctors said.  Richard Terrell, 74, of Goochland began suffering strange symptoms four days after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, news station WRIC reported.  "I began to feel a little discomfort in my armpit and then a few days later I began to get an itchy rash, and then after that I began to swell and my skin turned red," Terrell told the outlet.  But soon the rash covered his entire body, Terrell said.

Notes on the second COVID vaccination shot.  [Scroll down]  I had read that the second jab could cause a significant reaction.  Indeed, the staff at the clinic mentioned that some people might be staying away because of the potential for the second shot reaction.  However, these reactions seem to be worse for younger people, and neither my wife nor I qualify as "younger."  Because I have always tolerated vaccines well, I was only worried about my wife.  My concern was misplaced.  That evening, eight hours after the shot, it was I who was starting to have chills and severe shivering.  The vaccines are reactogenic and should be expected to produce some reactions, but most will be mild.  My wife was fine.  I slept fitfully and got up with severe body aches and a headache that felt like my head would explode.  All day I was miserable.  By evening, it started to let up, but it was a long miserable day.  In the trials for the vaccines, about 70 percent of participants were fatigued after their second dose and more than half were achy or had chills.  Take that information and my experience as a warning.  The potential for an after-vaccine reaction is real and it is not fun.

LI woman tests positive for COVID-19 after second dose of Moderna vaccine.  A Long Island woman tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday [3/30/2021] — more than a month after receiving her second dose of the Moderna vaccine meant to protect against the virus, a report said.  Melanie Rosen, who works as a secretary in the Hewlett-Woodmere school district, told PIX-11 she thought that getting the jab meant it was safe to resume normal activities without wearing a mask.  She started experiencing symptoms shortly after attending a wake — unmasked — for a friend's father who had passed away.

Wealthy Mexicans [are] Traveling to [the] U.S. to Get [the] Coronavirus Vaccine.  Americans are being told to wait until it is their turn to get a coronavirus vaccine while wealthy Mexicans are heading north to the United States to get vaccinated.  In Mexico, only five percent of citizens have been vaccinated and the wait time is lengthy.  Taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) reported on what the leftwing media outlet called "the quest for shots."

CDC Director:  Our Data Shows Vaccinated People Don't Carry COVID.  We've been hearing this sotto voce for a few weeks, and we're also seeing it in data from areas with better delivery of inoculations too.  However, CDC director Rochelle Walensky offered it as a conclusion last night in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, noting that this has been confirmed by "real-world data" as well as in clinical trials.  However, Walensky's overall message was aimed not at promoting a return to normalcy but in extending the restrictions in the US — at least for a little while.

Canadians wary of AstraZeneca vaccine:  Poll.  A new poll shows Canadian citizens have more reservations about receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as opposed to other approved vaccines amid blood clot concerns, CP24 reports.  In a poll conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, just 53 percent of poll takers would opt to receive or have a family member receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, far less than other vaccines for coronavirus.  The poll asked 1,523 adult Canadians about whether they would take that vaccine or not.

Biden's proposed 'vaccine passport' is worse than you realize.  This will not be the first post in which you've read that the Biden administration is contemplating a vaccine passport — that is, an official government document proving to all the world that you've gotten the COVID vaccine.  However, this may be the first post that notes that the proposed vaccine passport is another example of how the current administration is avoiding the Bill of Rights through partnerships with corporate America and Big Tech.  The Biden administration has explained that the government won't really be doing anything.  It will just coordinate with American corporations to force everyone to have a vaccine passport to function in the modern world.

Are Democrats Dangerous to Your Health?  Consider the performance of Republican governors versus Democratic governors in keeping minorities free from COVID-19 infection and death.  On a national basis, it is true and troubling that minorities have been more adversely affected by COVID-19 than whites.  The media reports this all the time.  But the story that hasn't been told is that Democratic governors have done a much, much worse job keeping Blacks protected from the virus than red-state governors.  For proof of this, I checked the racial composition data from The Atlantic's COVID Tracking Project through January 2021.  Two findings jump out.  First, Blacks per 100,000 population were substantially MORE likely to die from COVID-19 if they reside in blue states with a Democratic governor than in red states with a Republican governor.  Of the 10 states with the highest rates of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 Black residents — led by New York, New Jersey and Michigan — most have Democratic governors.  Eight of the 10 states with the lowest death rates for Blacks have Republican governors.

Chris Cuomo reportedly received even more attention than other 'VIPs' during COVID tests.  The Washington Post ran a brutal "behind-the-scenes" report on how Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prioritized COVID testing in the early months of the pandemic, including how his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, allegedly received treatment "beyond" others on the so-called VIP list.  According to sources, more than "100 individuals" with close ties to the governor were referred to as "priorities," "specials," "inner circle" or "criticals" and were "logged in an electronic data sheet that was kept separate from a database for the general public."  The Post reported that Dr. Eleanor Adams, a top New York physician who was tasked by the Cuomo administration to coordinate COVID testing in nursing homes, was "dispatched multiple times" to Chris Cuomo's home in the Hamptons, where visits "sometimes stretched hours."

'Your papers, please!'  It is becoming increasingly clear that part of the global left's master plan to institute absolute control over the world's population is to mandate their still-experimental vaccines for all of us even though Covid is a very treatable disease from which nearly 98.5% of those afflicted recover.  Given that fact, there are many millions of people who will not willingly submit to any medically intrusive procedure without doing their own research.  Those who are resisting turning their bodies over to an insufficiently-tested group of vaccines that are not only experimental but the very first of their kind, mRNA messenger vaccines, are not going to get the jab just because the government says they must.  Those of us old enough to remember some of the most egregious "scientific" experiments on people (Tuskeegee, LSD, e.g.) are not going to be guinea pigs for the global reset crowd, especially since the man who fancies himself a deity, Bill Gates, is involved.

Blue Check Lawyer Explains One Motivation of Vaccine Passport, He Gets Blasted Big Time by Trump, Jr, Naomi Wolf.  People projected the government might at some point require papers proving you were vaccinated and the idea was pooh poohed.  But now, it looks like we're here.  The Biden White House is working on developing a "vaccine passport," which may then become required to get into events, enter businesses, go on cruises, potentially to travel anywhere you would have to prove you have a negative test or have been vaccinated.  If businesses jump on board with all this, it could mean that very quickly you would be very limited if you were not vaccinated and in the government system.  This is a good thing according to the WaPo because it could "motivate skeptical Americans" to get vaccinated.

WHO report: Of course the Wuhan virus didn't start in one of China's laboratories.  Nearly two full months after the World Health Organization sent a team to China to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus, they are finally close to releasing their findings.  An early copy of the draft report was leaked to the press by an anonymous diplomat from a WHO member country and the overview portion doesn't inspire much confidence.  Rather than being able to pin down the precise origin of the first strain of the virus, the report offers multiple scenarios (all of which we've heard before) with varying degrees of "likelihood" for each.  But the one thing the WHO team seems to be very confident in is that there's almost no chance that the virus could have leaked out of one of the two advanced viral research laboratories in Wuhan.

Remember how we segregated smokers?  It could be a lot worse for the unvaccinated.  Anyone who is older than they care to admit remembers the time when smoking not only was expected, but welcome outside the small designated areas designed to corral and shame those within.  Smokers and non-smokers mingled easily in offices, hospitals and bars — wherever people tended to gather in clumps large and small.  That all changed when science determined the hazardous chemicals within smoke withered the lungs of all who inhaled it.  Non-smokers insisted on social distancing from smokers, the kind requiring physical barriers.  For those too young to have ever boarded a plane divided into smoking and non-smoking sections — apparently airborne particulates could do what no 3-year-old could, stay in their area — you'll soon experience what it was like as the vaccinated and non-vaccinated mix in greater numbers.  The divide between the two is already emerging.

Let's not get sucked into a WHO "international pandemic treaty".  A group of twenty leaders of countries that are members of the United Nations and the World Health Organization have cooked up a plan to establish an "international pandemic treaty."  On the surface it sounds harmless enough, calling for a commitment to "reinforce the world's pandemic preparedness and response systems."  Given how hard the majority of countries in the world have been hit by COVID, everyone is justifiably interested in making sure that we don't get caught with our pants down the next time a bug like this shows up.  But what sort of obligations would we be signing on for if the United States were to enter into such an agreement?  We don't know because the WHO isn't really providing any details beyond some sort of gauzy description of everyone being in this together.

Stop listening to Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Dr. Anthony Fauci might have been an important figure in the early days of the pandemic, but he is now hurting our response to the coronavirus by pushing unreasonable restrictions that defy both science and common sense.  Fauci's latest warning is to parents who allow their young children to play with others without masks.  "When the children go out into the community, you want them to continue to wear masks when they're interacting with groups or multiple households," he said on Sunday [3/28/2021].  "The children can clearly wind up getting infected."  This is nonsense.  Multiple studies, including one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirm that children rarely transmit the coronavirus.  When they contract it, they are also far less likely to fall seriously ill from it.  Less than 10% of all coronavirus cases have been among children and adolescents ages 5-17.  If anyone is safe from the coronavirus, it would be this age group.

It's 'entirely possible' vaccine campaigns 'will be used for massive-scale depopulation': Former Pfizer VP.  Dr. Michael Yeadon, a former Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Pfizer, spoke with great urgency to America's Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) late last week warning that the drive to inject the largest possible portion of the population with experimental COVID-19 vaccines is "madness," involves "evil," includes "crimes against humanity" and may have the intention of "massive-scale depopulation."  Yeadon's comments are also made in the broader context of a sharp debate over theories offered by Geert Vanden Bossche, a vaccine expert associated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who, with the appearance of a "whistleblower" has also warned of a "global catastrophe without equal" due to the way these vaccines have been utilized.

Mark Meadows slams Fauci, Birx for 'revisionist' account of COVID response.  Ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday [3/29/2021] hit back at new criticism of the COVID-19 pandemic from former White House coronavirus task force members Drs.  Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, calling their accounts "revisionist" and "disingenuous."  "What we heard last night on CNN was rhetoric we never heard in the West Wing from Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx," Meadows told Steve Bannon, once former President Donald Trump's strategist, on his "War Room" podcast.  The infectious disease experts faulted Trump's handling of the crisis in interviews for a special broadcast on the pandemic.

The costs of zero COVID are too high.  Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are going up in much of the United States, hinting at a third wave.  Fortunately, healthcare businesses and governments have the tools to fight this surge:  testing, tracing, quarantining the infected, and most of all, vaccinating the public.  Nonetheless, the Biden administration is reacting with hysterics and ridiculous nitpicking.  Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invoked an "impending sense of doom."  Biden adviser Anthony Fauci over the weekend explained why vaccinated adults getting together could still be dangerous if their children played together.  If Walensky and Fauci are going to keep this up, President Joe Biden should bar them from further media appearances.  Public health officials should be spending their time approving and deploying the vaccines from Novavax and AstraZeneca, not spreading baseless fears.

Biden Demands States Reimpose COVID Mask Mandates.  Apparently the far-left have a need to reignite COVID weaponized fear.  With more states dropping mask mandates and opening up their restrictions, the JoeBama administration is facing a crisis of spontaneous self-reliance breaking out.  They really need the COVID fear to continue their control over all facets of society.  It's likely they need to funnel more money into their allied corporate funders and the COVID fear is a necessary component therein.  The globalist vaccination passport agenda also needs a dangerous virus in order to facilitate the control program.  If states are open, masks dropped, restrictions removed and COVID is not deadly, it will be a lot harder to sell the registration program underpinning the vaccination passport agenda.

CDC Director Freaks Over COVID Spikes, but the Data Shows She's Spewing Nonsense.  The current CDC Director is a hopelessly politicized figure, and she has shown herself to be completely subservient to whatever political message the Biden campaign is trying to push.  You'll probably recall that she famously said schools could re-open before completely reversing herself just a few weeks later. [...] That flip-flop clearly came after administration officials pulled her aside and told her to get on message.  A CDC director is supposed to simply tell the truth and follow the science.  Walensky continually doesn't do that because she's a partisan hack.  Thus, you get unscientific idiocy like today's freak-out session in which she broke down about the impending doom of COVID because some states are spiking.  These are the people ostensibly leading our country.

Fearmongering AP Reporter Urges Biden, Psaki to Thwart State Reopenings.  Hours after CDC Director Dr. Michelle Walensky was on the verge of tears warning of an "impending doom" of increasing coronavirus cases, Associated Press correspondent and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Lemire took her marching orders Monday afternoon to President Biden and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and pressing them to urge states to halt reopening efforts.  For a liberal media and public health community that's realizing their death grip on the American people was slipping away, it seemed as though they've found their new narrative to keep an increasingly vaccinated country from returning to pre-pandemic life.  Lemire led off the Q&A of the White House press briefing by gushing over Walensky's "impassioned warning against a rise in COVID cases and said it filled with a sense of 'impending doom'" and so he wanted to know if Biden would be "reach[ing] out directly to governors, including Democratic governors of states like New York, New Jersey, and Michigan that are seeing rises and ask them to slow down or pause them reopening their states."

Some things to keep in mind about Dr. Fauci.  Just because Fauci says something, everyone automatically assumes it's the right thing to do.  People, he's an immunologist.  His job is NOT to care about the whole picture.  He sees only infection numbers on a screen.  He's a walking Excel spreadsheet.  But he's somehow been elevated to "unquestionable CEO of America during the pandemic" when he actually has very narrow vision regarding the totality of what's going on.  The pandemic is MUCH more than just infection numbers on a spreadsheet.

Dr. Fauci and his coevals try to burnish their tarnished names.  The COVID industrial complex and its disgraced leaders are somehow trying to burnish their reputations now that COVID is coming to an end and they want it to go on and on, remodeling themselves into heroes.  Medical bureaucrats, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, have gotten their words in front of the cameras of late.  They aren't going to succeed.  Their actual records show nothing but failure.

The vaccine passport idiocy.  [Thread reader] [F]or the past year, Justice Roberts has allowed the fed courts to turn away hundreds of Constitutional & legal challenges to COVID government overreach in the name of emergency powers.  This is the civil right crisis of our time.  In the last year, I appeared before federal judges in several states from HI to CA to VA to NJ.  One after the other they gaveled down challenges to the blocking of prayer, protect, small business, schools, outdoor sports — even beaches! — despite the dearth of science to back it.  At @Liberty_Ctr my year and that of many other attorneys was an extended triage to determine which of thousands of civil rights violations was the worst.  Was it the violations of the constitutional requirements for how we make voting laws?  Or was it governors telling hundreds of millions they could only pray by video conference, forget about getting married baptized or burying your loved ones?  Was it telling poor and disabled children, "no school for you — the teacher's union said it's unsafe"?  Was it praising a 100,000-person BLM march in Los Angeles while telling 100 anti-shutdown protestors in Sacramento they would be arrested if they exercised their First Amendment rights peacefully and safely?

Trump accuses Fauci, Birx of 'trying to reinvent history' on COVID-19 response.  Former President Donald Trump slammed Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx on Monday [3/29/2021], accusing the infectious disease experts of "trying to reinvent history" in televised interviews detailing their roles in combating the coronavirus pandemic.  Trump spoke out after Fauci and Birx, who both served as key members of his administration's coronavirus task force, were interviewed for a CNN special titled "COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out."

Biden and the CDC feel their power slipping away as Covid-19 fades into irrelevance, and they're unhappy.
Biden Calls on Governors to Reinstate Mask Mandates, Says He Shares CDC Director's Sentiment of "Impending Doom" on Covid Pandemic.  Joe Biden on Monday said he "shares the sentiment" of CDC Director Rochelle Walensky who warned of "impending doom" with the Covid case trajectory.  "We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential... and so much reason for hope, but right now I'm scared," Walensky said of a virus with a 99.98% survival rate.  The US is currently recording a weekly average of approximately 63,000 Covid cases per day, a slight uptick from last week.  Biden said he shares the sentiment with Walensky.  [Video clip]

Biden officials brace for worst despite vaccine data.  The Biden administration painted a grim picture of the U.S.'s ongoing bout with COVID-19 on Monday [3/29/2021] as officials grow increasingly concerned with the nation's current trajectory despite key silver linings in the push to vaccinate Americans.  Over the last week, the U.S.'s daily case count has jumped to around 60,000, representing a 10 percent rise in the seven-day average.  Coupled with rising hot spots in states such as New Jersey and Michigan, it prompted a new warning from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky that a fourth surge and "impending doom" could be in the offing without renewed vigilance even despite the current pace of vaccinations.

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[#1] There is no impending doom.  Even if that were true, politicians would be useless at that point.  [#2] A ten percent increase in the daily case count just means there were ten percent more people tested.  What is a case, anyway?  It's not a hospitalization, necessarily.  It's just a positive test result.  Fake news.  [#3] When the news media says, "brace for the worst," you first have to ask what "the worst" is.  Quite often, their idea of "the worst" is the opposite of yours.

Biden Owes His 'Popularity' to Trump's Success With COVID. Here's Why.  Joe Biden can't always speak in full, coherent sentences.  He has trouble with stairs.  Half the time, I'm not sure if he knows what office he holds, yet, he has a 53.4% average approval rating, according to RealClearPolitics. [...] Biden has a whopping 75% approval for COVID vaccine distribution.  It just so happens that's the very thing the Biden administration has been lying about repeatedly by claiming the Trump administration hadn't given them a vaccine distribution plan and saying they had to start from scratch.  Not only did Dr. Fauci dismiss that claim, but, according to Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the former head of Operation Warp Speed, the Biden administration is still using the same vaccine distribution model developed by Operation Warp Speed under President Trump.  Joe Biden's Department of Defense also doesn't dispute that the distribution plan is the same as it was under Trump.

Biden Has Some Advice for States Like Texas.  Earlier today [3/29/2021], Joe Biden blasted governors who had relaxed restrictions and/or mask mandates on the Wuhan coronavirus, asking that they reinstate their mandates.  Even though he was reading, he seemed tired and rambling.  [Video clip]  Here, he forgets how long he's been in office and treats that time as though that's the only period of time in which we have been fighting the virus, under him.  [Video clip]  What does he say about those states who have reopened like Texas and dropped any government mandated restrictions?  He says that states should pause their re-opening efforts.  [Video clip]  o basically he would have us masked and locked down in perpetuity?  He's been vaccinated and can't transmit the virus.  He's still walking around with two masks on (and not following the guidelines touching his face and touching the inside of his masks).

Google still Misinforms Us about COVID-19 Treatment.  [Scroll down]  Ivermectin based treatment and prophylaxis has nearly the same or even higher effectiveness (~80% with the best protocols), safety, and availability as Hydroxychloroquine.  Ivermectin use is not affected by TDS.  Despite these facts, Google's search for ivermectin yields a propaganda piece Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19 from the FDA.  The 'propaganda piece' is not an exaggeration.  It attempts to insinuate that Ivermectin is only used in veterinary practice (with a picture of a veterinarian and a horse at the top), and it further associates the drug with stigmatized diseases such as parasitic worms and head lice.  The article ends with the advice to muzzle up.  In addition to Google's search being misleading, there are also "Common Questions and Answers", which are exclusively Google's own (mis)information, and in no way fall under Section 230 protections.  For the question "Is Ivermectin recommended to treat the coronavirus?" the correct answer is Yes, but Google incorrectly says No.

The Politically Incorrect Secret That May Have Led to Thousands of Covid Deaths.  If you're woke, or want to be woke, or support wokeness, chances are you probably congratulate obese people for being "body positive" despite all medical evidence pointing to obesity as a leading cause of cancer and heart disease.  As it turns out, we don't hear much about the dirty little secret that obesity easily killed as many people as mask avoidance — perhaps more.  The Washington Examiner's Brad Polumbo did a deep dive into the issue of weight and Covid deaths and found some shocking correlations. [...] This isn't really "news" in the sense that the CDC had been warning obese people since the beginning of the pandemic that they were at higher risk of serious illness and death.  So why did so many obese people ignore the warning?

'Give me a break': DeSantis vows executive action against vaccine passports.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday railed against the idea of vaccine passports, pledging he would ban businesses from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry.  This comes after New Yorkers starting last Friday were first able to use such a passport to gain entry to certain events and venues.  "You want the fox to guard the hen house?  I mean, give me a break," DeSantis said of allowing companies to have access to vaccination information, at a press briefing in Tallahassee, Florida.  "I think this is something that has huge privacy implications, it is not necessary to do."  "We're going to have hit three and a half million seniors that have gotten shots sometime this week, likely 75% of seniors," he continued.  "It's important to be able to do it, but at the same time we are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally."

Biden says 90% of adults will be eligible for COVID vaccine in 3 weeks.  President Biden announced on Monday [3/29/2021] that the "vast majority" of Americans will be eligible to get their first COVID-19 vaccination shot by April 19.  "I'm pleased to announce that at least 90% of all adults in this country will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19, just three weeks from now, because we have the vaccines.  For the vast, vast, majority of adults, you won't have to wait until May 1," the president emphasized.  Biden also announced that he's directing his administration to ensure there is a vaccine site within five miles of 90% of all Americans by the same date.

This sounds a lot like the global warming fearmongers.
'Scared' CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warns of 'impending doom'.  CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky became emotional at a White House coronavirus press briefing on Monday [3/29/2021] — her voice breaking as she warned that the US is facing "impending doom" as COVID-19 cases rise again.  "I'm gonna lose the script and I'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom," Walensky told reporters at the briefing.  "We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are, and so much reason for hope.  But right now I'm scared."  "I know what it's like as a physician to stand in that patient room, gowned, gloved, masked, shielded and to be the last person to touch some else's loved one because their loved one couldn't be there," she continued.

Reinstate coronavirus mask mandates, Biden urges governors.  President Biden called on governors and local leaders to reinstate coronavirus-related mask mandates during a White House briefing Monday, before announcing several other vaccine-related directives.  "I'm reiterating my call for every governor, mayor and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate," Biden said.  "Please, this is not politics, reinstate the mandate if you let it down."  The call follows actions taken by several states to lift mask requirements earlier this month and ease business restrictions, such as Texas and Mississippi, which drew sharp criticism amid early-stage vaccine rollouts and the spread of highly transmissible coronavirus variants.

CDC: Real-world data shows Pfizer's and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines are 90% effective at preventing infection.  On Monday [3/29/2021], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some of the first real-world evidence that mRNA vaccines are 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 infections, even asymptomatic cases.  The CDC study, released Monday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, featured data from nearly 4,000 first responders and frontline workers in the US who received the vaccines between December and March and self-tested weekly for infection after their vaccinations.  The new study found that two weeks after receiving the first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna, recipients were about 80% protected from infections.  Getting both doses offered about 90% protection against COVID-19.

New York COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding to age 30 Tuesday.  New York residents age 30 and above will become eligible for a coronavirus vaccine starting Tuesday at 8 a.m., Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday [3/29/2021].  A week later, on April 6, eligibility will expand to all New York residents who want a vaccine and are at least 16 years old — three and a half weeks sooner than the May 1 deadline the White House set for universal vaccine eligibility, Cuomo said.

California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley Debunks Gavin Newsom's Morbid Fixation on CA COVID Numbers.  Governor Gavin Newsom's attempts at painting the Recall as a partisan coup spearheaded by right-wing crazies have failed bigly.  So now, he has no choice but to rewrite his tortured record.  In tweets and news conferences Newsom asserts how his actions saved millions of California lives.  It is all theater, and a bald-faced lie.

I'm in Texas.  Why Hasn't COVID-19 Killed Me?  I just realized something.  It's been two weeks since Texas Gov. Greg Abbott rescinded the statewide mask mandate and I'm still alive.  As you can imagine, I'm dealing with a tremendous level of cognitive dissonance and existential confusion.  The media told me, as well as millions of other Texans, that Abbot's repeal of the mask mandate would result in widespread death and desolation all across the Lone Star state. [...] Where are all the mass COVID deaths?  Where is the skyrocketing infection rate?  To make this situation even more curious is the fact that COVID-19 cases have actually been decreasing over the past two weeks.

Biden's Two-Front War.  While the Covid-19 pandemic is declining in Western Europe and America due to the availability of effective vaccines, it is likely to rage on in the Third World until 2022 or later due to shortfalls in pharmaceuticals and the emergence of resistant variants.  Most poor nations "will take until 2024 to achieve mass Covid-19 immunization," says the Guardian.  Lockdown policies promoted by Western governments distorted demand so much they created a crisis in a global logistics chain designed to meet former patterns of consumption.  China is the "big trade winner" from lockdowns in the West, says the Telegraph.  Chinese goods exports have gained ground on the U.S. and eurozone, reaching 110% of pre-virus levels.  A giant container ship stuck crosswise in the Suez canal provided a visual illustration of the logistics crisis caused by the wholesale shift in demand patterns.

Dr. Fauci appears to claim he gave the go-ahead for COVID vaccine and gives no credit to Trump's Operation Warp Speed for development.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, appeared to claim credit for the decision to quickly develop vaccines against COVID-19 on Sunday[,] in comments that are sure to anger Donald Trump.  Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the comment in an interview with CNN for a special, diving into the details of America's pandemic response.  'When I saw what happened in New York City, almost over-running of our healthcare systems, and that's when it became very clear that the decision we made on January 10 to go all out and develop a vaccine, may have been the best decision that I've ever made with regard to intervention as the director of the institute,' Fauci said.

New York, New Jersey now lead the country in COVID-19 infections.  New York and New Jersey now have the highest rates of COVID-19 infection in the country.  The Empire State has averaged 548 cases for every 100,000 residents over the past 14 days — only surpassed by the Garden State with 647 cases.  Despite vaccination efforts, New York has not seen a dramatic reduction in infections.  Daily cases have averaged about 50,000 people per week since mid-February.  And across the Hudson River in New Jersey, the number of new infections has climbed by 37 percent in a little more than a month, to about 23,600 every seven days.

MIT Researchers Grudgingly Admit COVID 'Team Reality' Is Effectively Winning Minds With Real Data.  On paper, Team Reality should be winning the battle for truth about COVID-19, and it shouldn't even be close.  After all, we've got the science along with over a year of hard data to back up our positions against lockdowns, masking, and other useless measures to "stop the spread" of a highly contagious respiratory virus.  Team Apocalypse, however, does have the media, Big Tech, and the medical & political establishment firmly behind them, and thus the power to brainwash the majority of the non-critical thinking populace with platitudes, scare tactics, and appeals to authority.  We are making headway though, albeit frustratingly slower than we would like.  And while our gains may be snail-like for us, the other side has been paying attention, and they are NOT happy about it.  So, how SHOULD the powers-that-be deal with us rebellious, meddling upstarts who refuse to know our place, especially when we happen to have the data on our side and are using it effectively?  One team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) did a whole lot of research to find out.

Study: Media Reported Only Bad COVID News (Until Trump Lost).  A study published by the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research finds that coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic by the domestic press was overwhelmingly negative.  More negative than the international press.  More negative than the local press.  And more negative than the science.  But then a funny thing happened after President Donald Trump lost his reelection bid.  Researchers at Dartmouth College and Brown University did a content analysis of tens of thousands of COVID-19 news stories to look at the levels of negativity.  What they found was that 87% of the stories published by the top 15 news sources in the country were negative in tone.  That compares with 50% of international news sources, and 64% for scientific journals.  They also found the mainstream media were 25 percentage points more likely to be negative than more general U.S news sources.  What's more, this overwhelming negativity included even "areas with positive developments, including school re-openings and vaccine trials."

Biden Administration Developing "Vaccine Passport" To Allow Travel and Entry to Businesses That Will Require COVID Vaccination.  CTH warned since last summer of the ramifications if a leftist group used COVID-19 to expand federal power over peoples lives and livelihoods.  The day after his inauguration JoeBama's team unleashed a series of TEN EXECUTIVE ORDERS fully weaponizing the opportunity.  Today [3/28/2021] the Washington Post is reporting about the Biden administration working with private corporations to create a universal "vaccine passport" to restrict the movement of non-vaccinated Americans.  If you follow the natural progression of the effort, there will come a time when employers will be forced by federal regulation to require vaccination for all their workers.

[Discard] Your Mask:  Take Back Your Freedom — Hope Is Eternal!.  [Scroll down]  Another Holocaust will not materialize from the mask.  But it does clearly show what happens when a piece of cloth isn't questioned.  We are told to simply wear a mask — any piece of cloth covering the mouth and nose will work.  The scientific data behind this idea is weak at best.  What is the percentage of completely healthy individuals in their 20s [to] 50s who have died from COVID only?  And what, if any, were the circumstances?  There is so much the Government doesn't tell us.  No, questions can't be asked.  If you dare speak up, share data from other sources or call the Virus Hysteria a sham, you will now become part of the censure culture — no Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or other platforms for you!

Rutgers University Will Require COVID Vaccine to Attend In-Person Classes Starting in August.  Keep in mind the vaccines are not FDA approved yet; instead all the vaccines are being administered under a federal Emergency Use Authorization (EAU).  Essentially what Rutgers is forcing upon their students is a mandatory policy for a vaccine that is not FDA approved.  However, faculty and staff are not required, only the students.  This is nuts!

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As far as I know, nobody is forcing anyone to attend Rutgers University.  There are plenty of other universities that are just as good.  On the other hand, I suppose if Rutgers offers you a full scholarship or a deep discount on tuition, or if you happen to live right across the street, you have to weigh your options carefully.

Psaki: Biden Admin Preparing Another COVID Relief Bill Despite Passing Trillion Dollar Aid Package.  The Biden White House is planning to push forward with another massive coronavirus relief bill despite having just passed and signed a trillion-dollar relief package, Press Secretary Jen Psaki told Chris Wallace Sunday.  The bill's $1400 individual stimulus relief is barely in Americans' bank accounts, but the Biden administration says it wants further stimulus payments, as well as increased funding for healthcare and education — two industries that received major handouts in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. [...] Biden is, in fact, scheduled to debut a "multi-trillion-dollar" infrastructure investment bill later this week during a trip to Pennsylvania, but the president had yet to specify whether that initiative was also a COVID-19 relief project.  According to Psaki, it may, in fact, be the first over several pandemic-oriented bills, all with price tags over $1.9 trillion — more than Biden's first bill.

From COVID to 'Critical Environmental Justice'?  [T]he Democrat Party and its liberal media lapdogs' embrace of the coronavirus and its never-ending lockdowns and restrictions has been suspect from the beginning.  Put simply, the left hasn't had a cause célèbre this good, as they see it, in decades.  The Vietnam War pops into mind as their last big politically-expedient "crisis."  As I've written multiple times in the past, in the immortal exploitative words of Rahm Emanuel, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste."  No one better understands Emanuel's admonishment better than the Democrat Party — and the pandemic has provided them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on a silver platter.  So what's next?  What will come of the "COVID experience"?  How can the Democrat Party continue to exploit [...] COVID after its no longer a perceived threat?

Biden administration is working on unified vaccine passport scheme but critics call it 'un-American' and like 'needing your papers' and should not be mandated.  The Biden administration and private firms are reportedly developing a 'vaccine passport' that will allow Americans to return to pre-pandemic activities like travel and shopping by showing proof they've been inoculated against COVID-19.  The 'vaccine passport' is considered key to meeting the administration's goal of emerging from the lockdown and returning to a semblance of normalcy this summer.  It will in all likelihood be available for free through smartphones.  Vaccinated Americans will be able to flash a scannable code while those who do not have phones could print out a code on a piece of paper, according to The Washington Post.

Biden Regime Is Developing 'Vaccine Passport' Americans Must Have To Engage In Commerce.  After months of speculation, today [3/28/2021] The Washington Post confirmed that the Biden regime is developing a "vaccine passport" that Americans may need to present to prove they have received their COVID-19 vaccine before they will be allowed to engage in commerce in a "return to normalcy" that looks nothing like the past.  According to The Washington Post, the Biden regime "and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials — often referred to as 'vaccine passports' — that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen."

Good News on the Coronavirus Pandemic.  It's been hard to objectively assess where we are in the coronavirus pandemic when political agendas, special interests, and media irresponsibility have clouded our outlook. [...] That's too bad, because an objective look at the public health picture shows promise for good news soon that justifies a prompt return to normal life.  In the next few months, you can expect conditions to get much better and you can expect the media and leftist politicians to grasp at progressively thinner excuses to spend money and extend control over your personal liberties.  Let's start with a bold prediction:  Herd immunity (the point where diseases find it hard to spread) is imminent in the next two months!  This is far earlier than expected by medical pop stars like Dr. Anthony Fauci.  We assume herd immunity when 70-80% or more are immune to a disease.  This immunity can be from surviving an infection, or from a vaccination.

Listen up!  Dr. Fauci has your mask marching orders for the new week.  The fading Sunday morning talk shows have been a favored forum for Dr. Anthony Fauci to steer national behavior on masks and travel, and families getting together.  The usual prescriptions from him that have grown pretty tired to many of us.  Sure enough, there he was again Sunday [3/28/2021] on "Face the Nation," urging continued mask vigilance and ongoing travel cautions because, you never know, there could be more health devastation ahead.  Fauci has been elevated to chief medical adviser to Joe Biden, who does need medical advice.  He warned about the dangers of new virus variants and families' Spring Break vacations, after more than a year of insulation and isolation and the threat of some states like Texas easing health restrictions.

Amish community in Pennsylvania becomes first in US to achieve herd immunity.  An Amish community in Pennsylvania has become 'the first in the US to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19' after 90 percent of their households became infected with the virus when they resumed church services late last spring.  The administrator of a medical center in the heart of the Amish community in New Holland Borough estimates as many as 90 percent of Plain families have since had at least one family member infected, and that this religious enclave achieved what no other community in the country has: herd immunity.  'So, you would think if COVID was as contagious as they say, it would go through like a tsunami; and it did,' said Allen Hoover, an Old Order Mennonite and administrator of the Parochial Medical Center, a clinic that primarily serves the Plain community.

Why Is Everyone In Texas Not Dying?  I'm sitting at a bar in Texas, surrounded by maskless people, looking at folks on the streets walking around like life is normal, talking with nice and friendly faces, feeling like things in the world are more-or-less normal.  Cases and deaths attributed to Covid are, like everywhere else, falling dramatically.  If you pay attention only to the media fear campaigns, you would find this confusing.  More than two weeks ago, the governor of Texas completely reversed his devastating lockdown policies and repealed all his emergency powers, along with the egregious attacks on rights and liberties.  There was something very un-Texan about those lockdowns. [...] After nearly a year of nonsense, on March 2, 2021, the governor finally said enough is enough and repealed it all.  Towns and cities can still engage in Covid-related mischief but at least they are no longer getting cover from the governor's office.  At that moment, a friend remarked to me that this would be the test we have been waiting for.  A complete repeal of restrictions would lead to mass death, they said.  Would it?  Did the lockdowns really control the virus?  We would soon find out, he theorized.  I knew better.  The "test" of whether and to what extent lockdowns control the virus or "suppress outbreaks" (in Anthony Fauci's words) has been tried all over the world.  Every serious empirical examination has shown that the answer is no.

Welcome to the "COVID Testing Industrial Complex", Which Is Fast Becoming a $100 Billion a Year Industry.  The COVID-19 Testing Industrial Complex in the United States is completely out of control, and the American taxpayer has been drafted into churning out hundreds of millions of dollars per day to keep it afloat.  This continually growing behemoth, which was spawned in 2020 because of the urgent insistence of select, powerful members of the U.S. "public health expert" class, has no intention of exiting the stage quietly.  Individuals and healthcare-related corporations are getting filthy rich off of this broken, corrupt industry, which largely produces junk tests, and has contributed to an out of control, ongoing "casedemic" in the United States.  Despite the fact that this industry has failed to do anything positive for "public health" related to the coronavirus epidemic, some in the industry are even devising plans to put a COVID testing kit in every home in America.  The COVID-19 Testing Industrial Complex has produced a shockingly high revenue stream over the course of a year.

Biden Called Lifting Restrictions/Mask Mandates in Texas 'Neanderthal Thinking,' They Showed How Wrong He Was.  So many on the left were predicting disaster for Texas after Republican Governor Greg Abbott lifted any remaining Wuhan coronavirus restrictions from the government and eliminated the mask mandate.  Texas announced on March 2 that it would take effect March 10.  Immediately, Joe Biden slammed Abbott's decision as "Neanderthal thinking." [...] So how has that "Neanderthal thinking" worked out?  Has the state fallen to all the increased virus cases?  Hardly.  The number of new cases has continued to go down, according to Worldometers and the state's own records.

Our apathy is Why We are in the Situation We are in Now.  I've been doing a lot of watching of people and talking to people over the last few months about the situation we find ourselves in.  I always ask, Why are you wearing a mask?  Most people respond with things like, "I don't like the looks I get from people when I don't have it on."  Or "I'm afraid of the confrontation that may come from not wearing it."  Or "because it's what our government has told us to do."  People have lost the ability it seems to critically think for themselves. [...] The sheeple continue to wear their mask and take this experimental vaccine, which isn't a vaccine, in the hopes of the government promise that we can go back to "normal" if you just continue to do as we say.  Newsflash, the world that was in January 2020 is never coming back without a fight.  It seems the conditioning of doing nothing and blindly following what the government tells you has been a great success.

Nation's first 'vaccine passport' coming to New York.  The nation's very first "vaccine passport" is coming to the Big Apple.  The program, dubbed the "Excelsior Pass," is an app that will allow New Yorkers to prove their vaccination status, or recent history of a negative COVID-19 test, in order to gain entry to events and businesses, Governor Cuomo announced in a news release Friday [3/26/2021].  "Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app," the news release explains.

Herd Immunity Is Near, Despite Fauci's Denial.  Anthony Fauci has been saying that the country needs to vaccinate 70% to 85% of the population to reach herd immunity from Covid-19.  But he inexplicably ignores natural immunity.  If you account for previous infections, herd immunity is likely close at hand.  Data from the California Department of Public Health, released earlier this month, show that while only 8.7% of the state's population has ever tested positive for Covid-19, at least 38.5% of the population has antibodies against the novel coronavirus.  Those numbers are from Jan. 30 to Feb. 20.  Adjusting for cases between now and then, and accounting for the amount of time it takes for the body to make antibodies, we can estimate that as many as half of Californians have natural immunity today.

'So it appears it was the Wuhan Virus after all?' Ohio Lt. Gov. under fire after tweets on COVID-19 origin.  Jon Husted, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, took to his personal Twitter account Friday afternoon with a comment on the origin of the coronavirus.  [Tweet]  Husted is now facing criticism.  The response is overwhelmingly negative.

Scientists wonder:  Why are Texas's cases still going down after it reopened everything and ended its mask mandate?  Jazz wrote about this mystery on Tuesday [3/23/2021] and now print media is sniffing around it.  On March 2, Greg Abbott announced that he would lift the state's mask mandate and reopen most businesses at 100 percent capacity on March 10.  That seemed rash at the time given the spread of more contagious variants across the U.S. plus the fact that Texas's daily cases on March 2 (6,660) weren't dramatically lower than they were on July 2 of last year (7,381), the day Abbott implemented the new mandate.  Public health experts like Fauci and Rochelle Walensky warned him that he was risking a new spike.  Sixteen days after the mandate was lifted, there's no spike.

Fauci Must Go.  It is conceivable that the United States might have had a worse government health care official in charge of informing and advising the citizenry than Anthony Fauci, longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during the past 13 months as the nation struggled to come to grips with COVID-19. [...] Over the past year, Dr. Fauci has personally discredited the parts of government that are meant to be apolitical.  He has done this through his bizarrely ego-driven need to be front and center, constantly; his willingness to undercut President Trump, seemingly for the sake of attention; and his ever-changing instructions and assertions about what the "facts" are.  This became clear early on, with his flippant directions to ignore masks, then to wear masks, then to wear double or triple masks — but, hey, if you feel the need to use Tinder to hook up with a stranger — go ahead.

Index of Covid pandemic response among 98 countries ranks Mexico second to last.  Mexico has ranked second to last among 98 countries in a "Covid Performance Index" developed by an Australian think tank to measure the effectiveness of pandemic responses around the world.  Developed by the Lowy Institute, the index tracked six measurements in the 98 countries for which data was available:  confirmed cases, confirmed deaths, confirmed cases per million people, confirmed deaths per million people, confirmed cases as a proportion of tests and tests per thousand people.  The period examined spans the 36 weeks after each country's 100th confirmed case of Covid-19 using data available to January 9, 2021.  Mexico recorded its 100th case on March 18 last year.

Gov. Cuomo prioritized family and associates for COVID testing in early days of the pandemic.  Embattled New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker reportedly instructed local health officials to prioritize Cuomo's family and individuals with links to his administration during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to the Albany Times Union, sources with direct knowledge of the occurrences told the outlet that family members received multiple tests even when they were scarce.  Reportedly, epidemiologist Dr. Eleanor Adams was sent to the Governor's brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo's residence in Long Island to test him.  The Cuomo Prime Time anchor was diagnosed with the coronavirus on March 31 and according to the Times Union, the test came "at a time when many members of the public struggled to obtain coronavirus tests."

Rutgers University to require COVID-19 vaccines for all on-campus students.  Rutgers University announced it will require all students receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the fall 2021 semester.  All students enrolled for the fall semester must be vaccinated before arriving on campus, the university said Thursday [3/25/2021].  "We are committed to health and safety for all members of our community, and adding COVID-19 vaccination to our student immunization requirements will help provide a safer and more robust college experience for our students," said Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway.

1 report, 4 theories:  Where did COVID-19 come from?  A team of international and Chinese scientists is poised to report on its joint search for the origins of the coronavirus that sparked a pandemic after it was first detected in China over a year ago — with four theories being considered, and one the clear frontrunner, according to experts.  The lengthy report is being published after months of wrangling, notably between U.S. and Chinese governments, over how the outbreak emerged, while scientists try to keep their focus on a so-far fruitless search for the origin of a microbe that has killed over 2.7 million people and stifled economies worldwide.  [Video clip]

Maskless priest has homeschooling mom of 11 arrested for not masking in church.  It was Halloween when Jane Bernardel, a homeschooling mom of 11, was hauled away by police for praying in an empty church without a mask.  It's a Bernardel family tradition to attend Vespers and recitations of the litany of the saints on Halloween, the eve of the great feast of All Saints, to sanctify a day they see as having been secularized.  On Halloween 2020, Bernardel and some of her children prayed at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Clown World On Steroids:  Mexican Scientists Have Now Invented A Nose Mask To Wear With Your Face Mask.  Researchers in Mexico have sniffed out a new COVID-19 mask designed for people to wear only over their schnozes while they eat, according to a report Wednesday [3/24/2021].  The nose masks — worn under a full mask with similar behind-the-ears straps — were unveiled in a demonstration video where a man and woman sit down for lunch, according to Reuters.  In the video, the pair takes off their normal masks to reveal their nose-only gear before chowing down at an outdoor table.  [Video clip]

COVID and the Semmelweis Reflex.  The "Semmelweis Reflex" is a metaphor for our reflex-like tendency to reject new knowledge because it contradicts with an established belief or norm.  That is exactly what is happening today with COVID.  Around the world, a small number of esteemed physicians have found combinations of drugs that can produce a near complete cure for COVID, as long as patients are treated when the viral load is low.  Dr. Thomas Borody is a gastroenterologist and infectious disease specialist in Sydney, Australia who discovered cures for two diseases, ulcers and Crohn's.  According to Dr. Borody, the tri-combination of ivermectin, doxycycline, and zinc is a near complete cure for the outpatient treatment of COVID. Dr. Borody states, "it is just hard to believe how simple it is to cure the Corona virus."  The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance ("FLCCC") was organized in March 2020 by a group of critical-care physicians.  Their outpatient COVID protocol also contains ivermectin and zinc, but adds to it vitamins C and D, quercetin, melatonin, and aspirin.

The cult of the vaccine.  People are being misled into believing they're virtuous and brave for taking a highly experimental vaccine that was hastily conceived and is the first mRNA vaccine ever distributed.  We don't know what negative effects the vaccine will have on our bodies.  We don't know if there will be side-effects or the possibility of death later on.  Despite this, the media, businesses, and government officials have helped create what I call the "Cult of the Vaccine."  Just recently Krispy Kreme announced that you can have a free doughnut every day this year.  The catch?  You guessed it.  You have to be vaccinated and able to provide proof of your vaccination when visiting one of Krispy Kreme's locations. [...] Various entities are doing all they can to entice Americans to get the vaccine.  They'll tell you that you need it.  They'll make getting vaccinated a momentous, celebratory occasion, and they'll promise trivial rewards for doing what they say.  This ridiculous amount of enticement and desperation should terrify all of us.  It makes me think that they want us vaccinated for some nefarious purpose.

Ohio lawmakers override DeWine veto, pass limits on governor's coronavirus powers.  The Republican-led Ohio General Assembly on Wednesday [3/24/2021] voted to override Gov. Mike DeWine's veto of legislation to rein in his administration's coronavirus powers.  Senate Bill 22, which takes effect in 90 days, gives lawmakers the authority to cancel any gubernatorial health orders that last longer than 30 days, require the governor's office to renew such orders every 60 days, and create a legislative oversight panel.  The bill also limits local health officials' power to require people to quarantine or self-isolate without a specific medical diagnosis and allows Ohioans to sue over the constitutionality of any state emergency order in their home county.

Sure Seems Like Cuomo Broke The Law By Prioritizing His Family For Early COVID Testing.  It's a real foot race at this point between the Cuomo boys to see who'll lose his job first.  On the one hand, we seem to be gaining completely new and independent grounds for impeaching Andrew each week.  On the other hand, Chris's ratings are tanking and CNN's embarrassment at his softball treatment of his brother last year — which the network approved, let's not forget — is deepening by the day.  I used to wonder how many of Andrew's scandals Chris was privy to yet withheld from his colleagues and his viewers despite their obvious news value.  In light of today's news, I've started wondering how many of Andrew's scandals Chris may have personally participated in but didn't disclose.

Cuomo directed NY health officials to prioritize COVID-19 testing for his relatives:  Report.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker directed health officials to prioritize the governor's own family and figures with ties to his administration in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report Wednesday [3/24/2021].  Family members who allegedly received preferential testing included Cuomo's brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, as well as his mother and at least one of his sisters, the Albany Times-Union reported, citing sources with direct knowledge of the matter.  Some family members reportedly received multiple tests.  Chris Cuomo was reportedly tested at his home on Long Island.  One source told the Times-Union that tests administered to Cuomo's family members or associates were referred to as "critical samples" and processed ahead of others.

Billionaire Wealth:  Who Are the 10 Biggest Pandemic Profiteers?  A year ago, the Institute for Policy Studies published "Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes and Pandemic Profiteers," and began tracking billionaire wealth gains as unemployment surged.  We teamed up with Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) to track the wealth growth of America's billionaires over the last year.  This report summarizes the extraordinary growth in wealth of those now 657 billionaires based on real-time data from Forbes on March 18, 2021.

Biden meets the press and the pandemic disappears.  During the first news conference of his presidency, Joe Biden was never asked about the issue that likely got him elected and, in all likelihood, will be the defining crisis of his time in office.  Over the course of 62 minutes on Thursday, the Covid-19 pandemic never arose, except for in the president's remarks at the start of the event, touting the accomplishments his administration has made in the U.S.'s year-long fight.

Pfizer has begun testing its coronavirus vaccine in children as young as six months.  Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE have begun testing their COVID-19 vaccine in children under age 12.  On Wednesday [3/24/2021], Pfizer spokesperson Sharon Castillo said the first volunteers in the early-stage trial were given their first injections.  The vaccine was authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late December for those aged 16 and older.  The companies hope they will be able to expand vaccination to that age range by early 2022.

Ex-CDC Director Robert Redfield believes COVID-19 came from Wuhan lab.  The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the virus that causes COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, according to a new interview.  Robert Redfield told CNN on Friday that it was his "opinion" that SARS-CoV-2 — the new coronavirus responsible for killing 2.7 million people globally — did not evolve naturally.  "I'm of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory — escaped," said Redfield, who led the CDC during the height of the pandemic.  "Other people don't believe that.  That's fine.  Science will eventually figure it out."  Researchers believe the deadly and highly transmissible strain of coronavirus behind the global pandemic mutated from a virus that infects animals — namely, bats — to one that sickens humans.

Former CDC Director Redfield Says He Believes Coronavirus Originated Inside a Wuhan Lab.  Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said recently he believes the novel coronavirus originated inside a lab in Wuhan, China and "escaped," and was potentially spreading as early as September 2019.  "If I was to guess, this virus started transmitting somewhere in September, October in Wuhan," the virologist told CNN in a clip that aired Friday.  "That's my own feelings.  And only opinion.  I'm allowed to have opinions now."

Top health officials [were] told to prioritize COVID testing for Cuomo's relatives.  High-level members of the state Department of Health were directed last year by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to conduct prioritized coronavirus testing on the governor's relatives as well as influential people with ties to the administration, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.  Members of Cuomo's family including his brother, his mother and at least one of his sisters were also tested by top health department officials — some several times, the sources said.

Judicial Watch:  New Emails Detail WHO/NIH Accommodations to Chinese Confidentiality 'Terms'.  Judicial Watch announced today [3/1/2021] that it and the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) received 301 pages of emails and other records of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. H. Clifford Lane from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showing that National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials tailored confidentiality forms to China's terms and that the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an unreleased, "strictly confidential" COVID-19 epidemiological analysis in January 2020.  Additionally, the emails reveal an independent journalist in China pointing out the inconsistent COVID numbers in China to NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Special Projects Cliff Lane.

Cruz Swats Away Reporter's Request For Him To Wear A Mask: 'You're Welcome To Step Away If You'd Like'.  Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas., was quick to dismiss a reporter's request that he wear a mask during a Senate presser on Wednesday [3/24/2021].  Cruz stepped up to the microphones, but was stopped before he could speak by the unidentified reporter asking, "Would you mind putting on a mask for us?"  "Yeah, when I'm talking to the TV camera, I'm not going to wear a mask," Cruz responded.  "All of us have been immunized, so..."  "It'd make us feel better," the reporter is heard replying.

319 migrant kids in U.S. border facilities have COVID-19: Report.  Hundreds of migrant children detained in U.S. government facilities at the southern border are in medical isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, Axios reported Wednesday [3/24/2021].  Nearly 2,900 unaccompanied minors tested positive for the virus upon entering the U.S. since March of last year and 319 remain in medical isolation, a Department of Health and Human Services official told the outlet.  The population of migrant children in isolation represent less than 3% of the unaccompanied children currently living in government shelters, which is more than 11,500, Axios reported.

Covid Test And Beer.  When beer makes a covid test show positive, one has to wonder.  [Video clip]

Nose-only mask
Researchers create nose-only COVID-19 masks to wear while eating.  Researchers in Mexico have sniffed out a new COVID-19 mask designed for people to wear only over their schnozes while they eat, according to a report Wednesday [3/24/2021]. The nose masks — worn under a full mask with similar behind-the-ears straps — were unveiled in a demonstration video where a man and woman sit down for lunch, according to Reuters.  In the video, the pair takes off their normal masks to reveal their nose-only gear before chowing down at an outdoor table.

The Editor says...
This is probably just a test to see how many people will comply with government recommendations, no matter how obviously futile they are.


Hugs, Smiles, Awe, and This Past Weekend's Celebration of Life.  It's March 2021.  We are one full year into the "health response." [...] The liars are mixing up real problems with imaginary problems, they are artfully directing peasants' blaming fingers at other peasants, and they are hoping that we won't notice the chicanery.  Well, we notice.  And as the world is being ushered toward new digital colonialism, I personally object.  I object to the virtuousness of human isolation.  (It's abusive.)  I object to viewing healthy people as biohazards.  (It's impossible to live with.)  I object to the attempt to cancel the physical world so that billionaires and their corporatchik servants can enjoy control and enrichment at the expense of everybody else.  I object.  We are more than function.  Mechanical conveyor parts, we are not.  What makes life worth living is caring human touch, our relationships with friends and family, the people around us, our community, the joy of unrestricted interaction.

MTA will continue $300M-a-year subway cleaning after COVID crisis.  The MTA will continue splashing out for its $300 million-per-year subway cleaning effort into the future — even as the COVID-19 crisis that spurred the practice winds down, officials said Tuesday [3/23/2021].  Gov. Andrew Cuomo and transit officials instituted the "24/7" subway cleaning effort in the spring as ridership cratered in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic — at a cost of $250 million, MTA budget director David Keller told city council members during [a] budget hearing[.]  The authority has spent another $44 million so far this year, Keller said.

The Editor says...
[#1] $250 million per year is an average of $28,500 per hour.  How many people are working 24/7 on subway cleaning?  [#2] Since the continuous cleaning will continue after the "crisis" is over, that means the alleged crisis was only an excuse to initiate a $250 million perpetual make-work program.

Crony capitalism, vaccine style.  In 1986, the United States Congress authorized the national Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to respond to adverse reactions to vaccinations.  The program was designed as a no-fault alternative to settling disputes in place of a traditional tort process.  The program was part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.  The VICP was established after lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers threatened to clog the pipeline for new vaccines as well as reduce vaccination rates against traditional childhood diseases.  The vaccine companies may have had good intentions in supporting this program, but they were wrong on many levels.  Imagine a business model where the government mandates that customers must use a service or product, but then exempts the producing company from any liability.  Doesn't this sound like a license for companies to make money under an umbrella of government protection?  To me, it is a classic form of crony capitalism.  Yet this is exactly the model used by vaccine manufacturers today: mandatory sales to captive customers and no liability if anything goes wrong.

Do We Need Mask Mandates?  Joe Biden has counted on face masks to control the Covid-19 pandemic.  On his first day in office, the president issued an executive order requiring masks on federal property and called for their widespread use for 100 days.  More recently, the Centers for Disease Control has mandated masks on airplanes and mass transit, though most airlines and transit systems already require them.  These recommendations mark the latest step in a thorough reversal of the pre-pandemic public-health consensus that masks are useless or counterproductive.  Yet the evidence underlying this reversal turns out to be quite weak.  Widespread use of masks throughout the United States and Europe has failed to stop massive pandemic waves in the fall and winter.  Preliminary signs also suggest that mask mandates may be causing considerable harm.  Several state governments have recently rescinded their mask mandates, and a look at the science suggests that more should consider following.

How Many Covid-19 Vaccine Deaths Are Acceptable?  In the early days of the controversial China Virus "pandemic," President Trump was asked by a typically hostile MSM reporter, "How many deaths from Covid-19 are acceptable?"  Trump, uncharacteristically snookered by the [trick] question, answered, "None!"  Of course you can't prevent all deaths from any naturally occurring illness.  But now let's ask a more relevant question, since you can prevent deaths from a medical intervention if it proves deleterious, simply by ceasing to use it:  How many deaths from Covid-19 vaccines should be allowed?

Fully vaccinated Americans can only socialize with ONE unvaccinated household of low risk family and friends at a time, new CDC guidelines say.  Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with unvaccinated family members and friends without any restrictions who live under one roof, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday[.] [3/22/2021] In a clarification of its guidelines for those who have received one of the three approved vaccines, the agency said that visits should be kept to one unvaccinated household at a time amid fears of large gatherings, CNN reported.  Officials also reiterated the unvaccinated people must be at low risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19.

The Editor says...
CDC guidelines do not supersede the Bill of Rights, which says we have the freedom to associate with anyone we please.  The CDC is hoping you don't know that.

Covid And The Costs Of The Technocratic State.  Political leaders and television pundits like to say, "we are all in this together," but the fact is that some of us are more in more than others, particularly young people. [...] There were three critical failures making this pandemic much worse than it need be:  the media, the political class, and the technocrats.  The newsreaders, writers, editors, pundits, and cable news talking heads used the pandemic to boost ratings and tilt the political scales in favor of their candidates and party.  It was used as a weapon to divide and isolate Americans, to control the narrative, and to facilitate change using fear.  As they oozed manufactured empathy, how many in the media class died of COVID?  Or lost their jobs?  How many were sitting at home worried about their futures while trying to get their kid to participate in Zoom lessons?  How many politicians missed months of income?  How many elected officials took a job at Walmart or Target to put food on the table?  How many pols lost sleep over missed mortgage payments or their children's mental well-being?

Could an accident have caused COVID-19?  Why the Wuhan lab-leak theory shouldn't be dismissed.  As members of a World Health Organization expert team have made international headlines recently dismissing as "extremely unlikely" the possibility that a laboratory accident in Wuhan, China, could have sparked the COVID-19 pandemic, I can't stop thinking of the hundreds of lab accidents that are secretly occurring just in the United States.  As an investigative reporter, I have spent more than a decade revealing shocking safety breaches that officials at laboratories in our own country don't want the public to know about.  I have uncovered exotic and deadly bacteria that have hitched rides out of high-security labs on workers' dirty clothing, silently spreading contagion for weeks.  I have revealed how spacesuit-like protective gear and tubes carrying safe oxygen to scientists have torn or broken — repeatedly — and high-tech safety systems have failed dramatically.  Vials of viruses and bacteria have gone missing.  Researchers bitten by infected lab animals have been allowed to move about in public — rather than being quarantined — while waiting for signs of infection to appear.  These and similar safety lapses are happening with disturbing regularity at elite U.S. labs operated by government agencies, the military, universities and private firms.  There is no reason to believe they aren't happening at labs in other countries as well.

A Wilderness of Lies.  [Scroll down]  This is something Americans are learning.  When consuming American media, you start with the assumption that the narrative is false.  The framing of the story is always a self-serving fairy tale.  You eliminate that and then try to figure out a new narrative from the facts that can be verified.  Figuring out what is really happening has become a booming industry for independent commentators and analysts.  You see this with the Covid panic.  The one thing everyone agrees upon is that the virus did not start from a bat market in rural China.  That is the official explanation, but everyone knows it is a lie.  Similarly, few people think the government measures have much to do with public health and safety.  Some do, but they are mostly old people more afraid of the Grim Reaper than being lied to by their government.  The result is we have lots of theories about what is "really happening" behind the Covid scare.

Texas "Neanderthal" mask policy appears to have worked.  When Texas Governor Greg Abbott ended his state's mask mandate on March 10, he was accused of "Neanderthal thinking." But what's happened since then?  Over at National Review, Jim Geraghty declares that he's still waiting for the Maskless Texan Apocolypse.  Much like most of the pandemic-related headlines these days, everything ends up being boiled down to a numbers game.  Sadly, when you get to cherry-pick which numbers to highlight, you can make the weekly COVID figures say almost anything you want.  But at least in the initial weeks after Texas ended the mandate, the Four Horsemen are still stubbornly refusing to appear.

Did SARS CoV2 Eradicate the Flu?  [I]f you look at the CDC Maps, you'll notice that the state's without mask mandates or lockdowns or quarantines or curfews did (much like with COVID19) as well or better than the states that did do all those things.  A fact that doesn't change even if the data has been altered, the flu was misdiagnosed, or that infection surveilling was misrepresented as SARS CoV2 'cuz reasons.  Those being the effect of government force or incentive upon a marketplace (in this instance the medical diagnosis of anything with flu-like symptoms as COVID19 using a flawed test that returns substantial false-positives).  In other words, it is just like when NH Gov. John Lynch reduced public school dropouts to near zero.  He'd done no such thing.  They just changed what they called them and they magically went away.  But it didn't.

A decade ago, a prescient thinktank document predicted 2020.  A friend sent me a link to a 2010 document that the Rockefeller Foundation produced, called Scenarios for the future of Technology and International Development. [...] It describes society coming to a screeching halt, with industries like tourism, travel, local businesses, and offices all closed.  In this scenario, the one country that fares best is China, which uses a seemingly admirable totalitarian approach, sealing its country, quarantining all citizens, and swiftly ending its pandemic.  It then describes a world with national leaders imposing draconian rules and restrictions, from face masks to temperature checks.  "Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified... leaders around the world took a firmer grip on power."  The scenario posits that at first, people willingly give up privacy and sovereignty to more paternalistic states, in exchange for greater safety.  Independence of thought is stifled.  In the narrative, it takes 13 years for citizens to weary of this control, which enables rampant cronyism and corruption.

Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA.  Ever since the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for two new vaccines, employers, schools, and other organizations are grappling with whether to require Covid-19 vaccination.  While organizations are certainly free to encourage their employees, students, and other members to be vaccinated, federal law provides that, at least until the vaccine is licensed, individuals must have the option to accept or decline to be vaccinated.  Knowing what an organization can or cannot do with respect to Covid-19 vaccines can help them keep their employees, students, and members safe and also save the them from costly and time-consuming litigation.

AstraZeneca Vaccine Safe, 79 Percent Effective in U.S. Trial.  AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine was 79 percent effective in preventing symptomatic disease and 100 percent effective against severe disease and hospitalization in a new U.S.-based clinical trial, the company announced on Monday [3/22/2021].  Experts did not find any safety concerns related to the vaccine, including any increased risk of rare blood clots that have raised concern in Europe.  A number of European countries, including Norway, France and Denmark, have temporarily suspended distribution of the vaccine in recent weeks following reports of blood clotting in patients who had received the shots.

Science in an Age of Fear.  [Scroll down]  There is great danger from those who would use science for political control over us.  How do they do this?  They instill, and then continuously magnify, fear.  Fear is the most effective instrument of totalitarian control.  We are immersed in an Age of Fear. [...] For the last dreadful year we have suffered from a virus.  Without question COVID-19 is a disease to be feared.  Many have died.  Many families have grieved.  We will be glad to put this epidemic behind us — we normal people, that is.  Some glory in the abused power that fear of this disease has given them.  The fear of this epidemic has been used by governments to imprison us.  After all, "lockdown" means we must remain in our locked cells.  The lockdown has wreaked havoc with our economy, obliterated multitudes of businesses, and demolished the savings of millions of citizens.  There is no science behind this imposed tyranny.  It should be obvious that the directives coming from those charged with managing the epidemic are based not on scientific understanding but on intentionally magnifying fear for political advantage.

Understand That Some People Love the Pandemic.  It might not occur to you, because you are not a bizarre wierdo, but a lot of people really love the pandemic. [...] They resist a return to normalcy because their normal lives were not that great to begin with and this is the most exciting thing that will ever happen to them.  People crave a challenge, and for a while one of the most challenging things about America was its utter lack of challenge.  It's generally safe here.  You probably won't get hurt, except by accidents or if you live in a big Democratic city, and only then if you find yourself in the wrong neighborhood.  You won't starve — even if you are a bum, someone is handing you a ham sandwich.  You really have to go looking for danger, and people do.  They get into extreme sports, or flirt with crime, join the military, or date a Cuban chick.  The hardworking people who built America and made it safe, secure, and prosperous, also made it, in some ways, empty.  We inherited a paradise.  We paid nothing, did nothing, and most importantly, we risked nothing.  But human beings are designed to do all those things.  And we never really got a chance to.

Mixed Messaging and Silencing Campaign Fuel Vaccine Skepticism.  During a series of pointed questions, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted the COVID-19 vaccines won't stop people from contracting the virus; the shots only lessen the symptoms if a recipient is later infected with SARS-CoV-2.  "There's a 95 percent chance you will not get a symptomatic infection," Fauci told Eugenio Derbez last week. [...] Accustomed to softball interviews by swooning American journalists, Fauci was unprepared to face tough questions.  But his responses exposed the confusing, and frankly unconvincing, promotional campaign for COVID-19 vaccines.  Americans generally understand vaccines to be a safeguard against getting a harmful virus, not an immunity booster to make the resultant disease more manageable.  This is especially true of a highly contagious virus that can be lethal to the elderly, obese, or immuno-compromised.  No one expected the vaccine merely would act as an injectable version of DayQuil or a vitamin pack but with unknown side effects.

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It sounds to me like Dr. Fauci is admitting the Covid-19 vaccine isn't a vaccine at all.  If I get a polio vaccine or a smallpox vaccine or a rabies vaccine, I expect immunity, not just mitigation of the symptoms.

America Has Had Enough of Anthony Fauci.  [Scroll down]  Clearly, he is not only overrated, but also overpaid.  It is high time the highest paid federal government employee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, be fired.  Fauci is irritating for a number of reasons.  He loves the media and is constantly on television, pontificating about COVID-19.  If he provided a consistent, reassuring message, his words of wisdom would be appreciated.  Unfortunately, he is inconsistent, and his changing stories have left Americans confused and dejected about our future.  Fauci has frightened countless people with his doom-and-gloom prognostications about COVID and our future coexistence with the disease.  Initially, Fauci was insistent that masks were not necessary.  Today, he not only believes in one mask, but claims that double-masking is preferable.  While acknowledging the progress of Americans becoming vaccinated, he publicly worries about the threat of COVID variants.  He uses this concern to justify continued masking, social distancing, and other mitigation measures.

Cult of Fauci:  The bungling bureaucrat now gets lionized in a storybook for kids.  Will the cult of Anthony Fauci ever end?  First it was Fauci underwear, branded by TMZ in its SEO link as a "hot commodity trend" and reported to be a "huge online seller."  Then it Fauci socks, branding him a 'hero.'  There were Fauci face masks.  There was a Fauci Fan Club on Twitter, which is still up, its pinned tweet showing Fauci apparently leaning down to kiss a dog.  There also was nomination of Fauci petition for People magazine's sexiest man alive.  And this idiocy about how Fauci, plus New York's disgraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California's about to be booted Gov. Gavin Newsom, form a "dream team" of rulers for us ignorant masses.  Now the Fauci cult is spreading like an infectious disease into storybooks for kids, undoubtedly fodder for the next drag queen story hour.

Simon & Schuster Announces Forthcoming Children's Book About Dr. Fauci.  Publishing company Simon & Schuster recently revealed the cover to their upcoming children's book about Dr. Anthony Fauci.  The book, titled "Dr. Fauci:  How A Boy From Brooklyn Became America's Doctor," is written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Alexandra Bye. [...] Fauci has become a national celebrity since the COVID-19 pandemic and has received numerous awards and recognitions during the past year, including a $1 million Israeli prize established by the late Italian Israeli philanthropist Dan David.

Foolhardy orders like this assume the tests never return false positives.
Every adult in the UK will be asked to 'play their part' and test themselves for coronavirus twice a week to help ease the nation out of lockdown.  Every adult will be encouraged to test themselves for coronavirus at least twice a week under new plans to help ease Britain out of lockdown.  Testing chiefs are pushing the message in the hope of identifying people without symptoms.  They believe that getting people to regularly swab is vital in driving down the spread of the virus and an advertising campaign will encourage Britons to 'play their part'.

Fauci's Fall from Grace Began a Year Ago Today.  One year ago today, an article of mine at American Thinker became a flashpoint of mainstream media coverage and criticism.  Before two weeks had passed, my article was referenced, including with links to it and me in four major articles at the Washington Post, two in the New York Times (one of them on page one — which I exposed as Fake News here), Politico, Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, and others.  Many of these articles were syndicated and went around the world.  The reason for all this fuss was that I was the first one in the national media to challenge the media-driven image of Dr. Anthony Fauci as a sage and a savior, a man whose commands to shut down the nation must be obeyed.  You see, I had studied Fauci's handling of AIDS starting almost 40 years ago, and I knew how he operated, and that he was far from politically neutral.

Gov. Whitmer Could Be Facing Cuomo-Type Trouble Over Nursing Home Debacle.  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could be facing scrutiny over her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it relates to elderly residents in nursing homes.  Like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, she made decisions that could come back to haunt her in the not-so-distant future. [...] In an article published in USA Today, plaintiffs Steve Delie and Charlie LeDuff laid out the details of their lawsuit against the governor, decrying the fact that she has been less than transparent regarding her executive order about nursing homes.

You Can Link COVID With Any Country — Except China.  It was a year ago today President Donald Trump was forced to defend using the phrase "Chinese virus" when referring to the novel coronavirus where its first outbreak occurred in central China.  "Why do you keep calling this the 'Chinese virus?'" pressed ABC News' Cecilia Vega at a White House briefing one day after another reporter used the precious time to make the same charge of racism in the form of a question.  "A lot of people say it's racist."  [Video clip]  Trump repeated himself from the day before.  "Because it comes from China," Trump said plainly.  "It's not racist at all... It comes from China.  That's why.  It comes from China.  I want it to be accurate."

China Declares a Vaccine War on the World.  China will allow foreigners to enter the country, but it has directed embassies around the world to only issue a visa if the traveler has gotten a COVID-19 vaccine that was made in China.  "It's very much at the sharp end of vaccine diplomacy," Nicholas Thomas, an associate professor in health security at the City University of Hong Kong, told CNN.  "(It's) essentially saying if you want to visit us, you need to take our vaccine."  There has been no Chinese-made vaccine approved for human use in America, nor is there likely to be one anytime soon.

The Battle of Burbank.  Tinhorn Flats is a family-operated bar and restaurant in Burbank.  Burbank has had a death rate from the Wuhan virus of 2.8 percent of which 80 percent were of those over 65 who had, on average three co-morbidities.  Despite this, and disregarding the substantial sums restaurant and bar owners had shelled out to keep outdoor patrons safe, on December 6 the city council ordered all restaurants closed.  Tinhorn refused and continued to serve patrons outdoors.  Six days later their health permit was revoked.  Tinhorn continued its outdoor service, ignoring the city's revocation of its permit.  In response, the L.A. County Department of Health cited the restaurant 13 times for operating without a permit.  Tinhorn stayed open.  The L.A. County Attorney filed a cease and desist order.  Tinhorn stayed open.  After a few more legal forays the Burbank City Council filed suit against the restaurant and obtained a temporary restraining order.  Tinhorn stayed open.  The city cut power to the restaurant and patrons and fans donated generators and equipment so the restaurant could continue operations.  The city council padlocked the front doors.  Tinhorn removed the doors and stayed open.  When the padlocked doors were somehow reinstalled, the restaurant posted on Facebook a picture showing a side door open.  Tinhorn stayed open.  Another L.A. County judge required the county to prove that the ban on outdoor dining was necessary.  The county failed to do so, but inexplicably the judge refused to lift the ban.

The Russians Have Gone Into Terror Tactic Mode To Make People Wear Masks.  Sure, this may be a setup, the cop and his beating victim are players but the end game is scaring the Stolichnaya out of citizens who aren't buying into the COVID mask hype.  Would this work in America?  Don't think so.

CDC Changes Guidelines For Schools, Says 3 Feet Distance Is Acceptable.  The CDC announced new guidelines on Friday [3/19/2021], stating that 3 feet of distance is acceptable within schools after nearly a year of Americans abiding by the 6-feet social distancing rule.  A recent Clinical Infectious Disease study in Massachusetts schools showed that there was no major difference between rates of COVID-19 among students who were 3 feet apart from one another or 6 feet apart from one another.  The study found, "Student case rates were similar in the 242 districts with ≥3 feet versus ≥6 feet of physical distancing between students ... Cases among school staff in districts with ≥3 feet versus ≥6 feet of physical distancing were also similar..."

Is the federal government going to make vaccinations mandatory?  While it hasn't happened yet, it is obvious that the Biden administration, along with the rest of the globalists, thinks vaccinations should be mandatory despite the hesitation of many millions of Americans to submit to what is essentially an experimental vaccine, approved on an emergency basis, still unapproved by the FDA.  Testing that would ordinarily take at least five years has been rushed even though the mortality rate of Covid is low and there are now very effective treatments.  Had HCQ and Ivermectin been approved once it was known that they worked, thousands of elderly lives might have been saved.  But the self-appointed Covid czar, the execrable, highest-paid employee of the entire federal government, Dr. Fauci, denied what he knew to be true, that those old and inexpensive drugs worked.  And because President Trump mentioned HCQ, the media made sure it was thoroughly discounted.

The Illegal Immigration Crisis:  It's All About New Covid Lockdowns.  The bottom line is this:  Covid is a non-threat to 99.7% of the public, and the citizenry is getting wise to this fact.  However, there are certain people that NEED the pandemic lockdowns to continue regardless of what the public wants.  The Biden Administration and its globalist handlers have BIG plans for the next few years, and all of it relies on pandemic fears and totalitarian restrictions.  The "Great Reset", as Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum calls it, is never going to happen unless global populations are locked down and placed under control.

The Real Reasons Why Millions Of Americans Will Defy Covid Mandates And Vaccines.  I suspect a large portion of the public is at least partially aware when they are being pushed or lured into a specific way of thinking. [...] The other day I came across this revealing interview on CBS news about a poll of Americans showing at least 30% will refuse to take the covid vaccine outright.  The interview is, for some reason, with another journalist from The Atlantic with no apparent medical credentials and no insight into the data surrounding covid.  [Video clip]  One thing to note right away is that the discussion itself never addresses any actual facts about the virus, the pandemic, the lockdowns, the mandates, or the vaccines.  The establishment keeps telling us to "listen to the science", but then they dismiss the science when it doesn't agree with their agenda.

Rand Paul Says Fauci Is Lying About Masks 'Because He Doesn't Believe We Are Smart Enough To Make Decisions'.  Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Friday that Dr. Anthony Fauci was lying to the American people about the need for masks after vaccination.  Paul joined Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson to discuss the heated exchange he and Fauci had during Thursday's Senate hearing.  [Video clip]  Carlson began by thanking Paul for pushing back on Fauci, asking whether there was any science at all behind claims that masks would still be necessary for those who received the coronavirus vaccine.

Fauci Blames Coronavirus on Our Failure to Live in 'Harmony With Nature'.  "There's a lot of folks who think that, due to climate change and due to the globalization in general, it is inevitable that we'll deal with more and more viruses like this," Dr. Fauci told Meet the Press.  The "lot of folks" in question include the patron saint of the pandemic.  In addition to appearing on every single news show on the planet, Fauci occasionally co-authors papers.  But "Emerging Pandemic Diseases:  How We Got to COVID-19" in the journal Cell is less of an academic paper and more of a survey and an advocacy editorial.  It might not be all that significant except that its co-authors are David M. Morens, the Senior Scientific Advisor at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Fauci who heads it.  If you didn't know that its authors are prominent figures in the scientific community, you might mistake its contents for the ravings of hippies at an Earth Day rally a generation ago.

DeSantis rips idea of 'COVID-19' passports.  Gov. Ron DeSantis has emphatically resisted placing restrictions on businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  But DeSantis this week suggested he may go after companies if they require customers to show proof that they are vaccinated, saying "it's more than just a private decision."  The governor was referring to what have been called COVID-19 passports, a phenomenon gathering momentum abroad.  "It's a very, very bad idea," DeSantis said of requiring COVID-19 passports.

If the Covid Bill is So Popular, Why is It Important to Go Out and Sell It?  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were planning on visiting Atlanta on Friday [3/19/2021] to promote their pork-filled Covid relief bill as part of their ridiculous "Help is Here" tour.  However, Biden and his babysitter Kamala Harris have postponed the event and decided to meet with Asian-American leaders in Atlanta instead.  Kamala Harris was confronted by a reporter on the "Help is Here" tour and Harris was so caught off guard that she awkwardly cackled her way through an answer.

COVID Infection Rate at Migrant Minors Shelter Nearly Doubles Texas Average.  Federal officials announced it is no longer moving unaccompanied migrant children to the oilfield mancamp in Midland, Texas, after nearly 11 percent tested positive for COVID-19.  The statewide average in Texas is less than 6.5 percent.  U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) spokesman Mark Weber told the Associated Press they put their plans to move more unaccompanied migrant teenagers to the Midland facility on pause.  The pause followed the finding that 53 of the 485 migrant teens tested positive for COVID-19 after being secretly moved by buses to Midland under the cover of darkness.

Biden Administration Flying Migrants to Northern Border for Processing.  No one should worry.  The Biden administration says there's absolutely, positively, cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die no crisis in any way, shape, or form at the border.  Claims to the contrary are just right-wing propaganda and misinformation.  So why will ICE be flying hundreds of migrants a day to border facilities hundreds of miles away near the Canadian border?  Perhaps Biden wants us to pretend the border surge is mostly Canadians fleeing the oppressive Ottawa regime.  Or perhaps it's a surge in Eskimo and Aleut peoples fleeing climate change.  I'm sure the president would dearly love either scenario to be true, but alas, they are not.  And his refusal to acknowledge the crisis has become almost comical.

California Study Advocates Injecting Men With Female Hormones To Treat Covid.  A new study from a Los Angeles hospital pushes for injecting men with the female sex hormone progesterone to treat COVID-19.  The trial, carried out by pulmonologist Sara Ghandehari of the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, recruited 40 male patients hospitalized with COVID-19.  "As an ICU doctor, I was struck by the gender disparity among COVID-19 patients who were very sick, remained in the hospital, and needed ventilators," she emphasized.  "One group acted as a control sample, for comparison, and received only the standard medical care given at that time for the disease.  The experimental group, meanwhile, also received 100-milligram injections of progesterone twice daily for five days during the time they were hospitalized.  All the patients were assessed by the team daily for either 15 days or until they were discharged from hospital," a summary notes.

Report: FBI Probing Whether Andrew Cuomo's Staff Provided False Nursing Home Data.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is said to be investigating whether aides to embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) gave false data regarding the number of deaths in the state's nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic. [...] The Times' report builds on reporting by the Albany-based Times Union, which first revealed that both the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn had launched an investigation to examine the Cuomo coronavirus task force's handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.  As the nursing home probe continues to advance, Cuomo faces growing calls to resign due to multiple allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted touches brought forth by multiple former female aides.

The FBI is investigating whether Cuomo and his advisors undercounted COVID-related nursing home deaths.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to find out if New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his advisors provided false numbers on the state's nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic to the Department of Justice last summer, according to a New York Times report on Friday [3/19/2021].  Four people with knowledge of the probe told The Times that federal investigators have subpoenaed Cuomo's office for documents regarding the data, reached out to lawyers for Cuomo's aides, and spoken to officials from the state's Health Department on the matter.  The investigation is part of the FBI's broader examination of Cuomo's handling of nursing homes as New York became a COVID-19 hotspot last spring.  Cuomo has come under immense scrutiny in recent weeks amid reports that his aides pressured state health officials to undercount the nursing home death toll in a July report.

President Biden Gets Reamed for Using Coronavirus to Virtue Signal and Race-Bait.  You would think that the Democrats would have learned by now that trying to pin the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes on conservatives was a failing strategy.  But it appears they are slow learners.  In the latest in a series of attempts to virtue signal about racism, President Joe Biden added to the chorus of leftist castratos singing their classic hit, "Everything Is Racist."  On Friday [3/19/2021], Biden tweeted a subtle race-baiting criticism at those who reference COVID-19's country of origin when discussing the pandemic.  "Words have consequences.  It's called the coronavirus.  Full stop," he tweeted.  Biden's tweet was met with a flurry of criticism from right-leaning Twitter users who took issue with his attempt to link their description of the virus to the increase in Asian hate crimes.  It was quite a show.

Serial Anti-Masker Arrested In Galveston After Run-Ins In Bank, Office Depot.  A 65-year-old woman from Grants Pass, Oregon drove an RV to Galveston, Texas.  Her purpose in making the trip was to to "cross items off her bucket list".  She ended up in jail for her refusal to wear a face mask in not one but two business establishments.  Terry Lynn Wright is the subject of a video that went viral showing her encounter in a Bank of America in Galveston.  She refused to wear a mask inside the bank, even after being offered one by an employee, so the police were called when she would not leave the building.

"Burn Your Masks!" Massive Anti-Lockdown Protests Rage Worldwide.  Thousands, and possibly tens-of-thousands of protesters across Europe marched on Saturday against continued government lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions based on questionable science — which have resulted in mass unemployment, destroyed small businesses, stoked widespread depression and mental illness, and cost taxpayers trillions to keep the whole ship from sinking.  Protesters in London, Germany, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Japan, Vienna and elsewhere came out for the Worldwide Rally for Freedom.

A year ago: top officials urged people to congregate in crowds, not wear masks.  What a difference a year makes.  Around this time last year:
  •   Vaccine propagandist Dr. Peter Hotez made the case against travel bans
  •   Dr. Anthony Fauci said there was no reason to walk around wearing masks
  •   New York City's Health Commissioner urged people to go to crowded places and busy restaurants
  •   Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) encouraged people to get out and be around others in San Francisco's Chinatown
And one year ago, the World Health Organization gave what many scientist called confusing guidance on wearing masks for Covid-19.

Watch Rand Paul Pound Propagandist Anthony Fauci During Senate Hearing.  This is absolutely epic, and is something every American should watch and digest, because Dr. Paul is absolutely correct about Little Menace to Society Anthony Fauci's sinister motivations for continuing to insist we must all keep wearing masks — preferably two at a time — even after we've had the vaccine.  [Video clip]

Rand Paul calls out a slippery, evasive Anthony Fauci.  Ever since getting a big spotlight in the public eye, the National Institutes of Health's Dr. Anthony Fauci, billed by a fawning press as America's foremost expert on infectious diseases, has revealed himself a slippery chameleon or magician of sorts, constantly changing his recommendations and positions on public health in a bid to extend the coronavirus crisis as far out as possible.  He's pretty well burned up all of his credibility with the public as a result, [...] but he doesn't seem to know it.  He continues his role as snake-charmer, or snake-oil salesman, assuming a fawning media will continue to carry him through.  He got called out.  By probably the sharpest guy in the Senate, (and my favorite), Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who questioned his ever more elaborate mask mandate recommendations.

The science is settled!  Until it isn't.
CDC Changes School Social-Distancing Requirements from Six to Three Feet.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced new guidance for physical-distancing requirements between children in schools, allowing for just three feet of space between students instead of the six feet it had previously recommended.  The new guidance, which will allow more students to be inside classrooms, does not apply to teachers and other adult school staff who still must remain six feet apart.  Masks should remain mandatory as well, according to the CDC.  Students also must continue to maintain six feet of distance in common areas, such as auditoriums, and when masks are off, the guidance says.  Many schools had shifted to hybrid or part-time schedules to reduce class sizes in order to accommodate the six-foot rule.  The new guidance will free up space for more students to return to in-person learning.

They Said Things Would Be Much Worse in States without Lockdowns.  They Were Wrong.  Like nearly all US states, Georgia imposed a stay-at-home order in March 2020 in response to demands from public health officials claiming a stay-at-home order would lessen total deaths from covid-19.  But unlike most states, Georgia ended its stay-at-home order after only five weeks, and proceeded to lower other restrictions quickly.  The legacy media responded with furious opposition. [...] All this hyperbole about human sacrifice and recklessness leads us to conclude that states which ended lockdowns quickly must have experienced far worse numbers of deaths from covid than states which maintained lockdowns longer.  Indeed, when it came to lockdowns, we were told, the longer the better.  Ideally, lockdowns shouldn't be loosened up at all until everyone can be vaccinated.  But things didn't turn out that way.  Experts have scrambled to come up with explanations for why this is the case, but the fact remains some of the most strict states (i.e., New York and Massachusetts) have covid deaths at far worse rates than the "reckless" states like Georgia and Florida.

What weird contradiction will Anthony Fauci spin next?  Various questions remain, even a few months after the emergency use authorization of vaccines designed to target the enigma that is COVID-19.  Is the ultimate purpose of the non-FDA-approved vaccines to stop the spread of infection, or is it primarily to lessen the symptoms and severity of COVID-19?  If viral spread is at least partially attributed to asymptomatic carriers, how will a lessening of symptoms via mass vaccination prevent further spread?  And if a majority of those infected don't have symptoms, why should they take the vaccine?  How is herd immunity achieved if the vaccines offered only lessens the symptoms?  These are just a few of the questions that Dr. Fauci has thus far insufficiently addressed.

Say it ain't so, Joe.  Befitting an age of masks, Joe Biden's first prime-time address to the country last Thursday evening was pure kabuki theater.  Reprising his campaign schtick of walking, talking to a teleprompter, and avoiding improv, it was dispiriting at best. [...] Before closing his remarks, Biden threw a bone to Anthony Fauci, the nation's pandemic Svengali, whose reputation in the past year has suffered much at his own hands.  Fauci's noblesse oblige continues to foment confusion and fear in the citizenry.  In asking Americans to pledge allegiance to Fauci, Biden has ennobled one of the few medical scientists who has flip-flopped on every aspect of the pandemic, contagiousness, masks, social distancing, medical therapies, and lockdowns.  In his newfangled position as chief medical advisor to the White House, Fauci will have to bend science to politics as a fulltime job, putting him at odds with his sworn oath as a physician, primum non nocere — first do no harm.

Going Anywhere Is Like Going to a Leper Colony.  An entire year passed since people around the world were driven to live in fear of dying of an influenza virus.  We lost a year in which we could have LIVED and enjoyed life instead of worrying about death.  Some people died of this influenza and we mourn their loss but humans must go on and not live in fear of their fellow humans, their neighbors, their relatives, and total strangers in the street whom they view with contempt as if they were dangerous lepers on an imaginary colony called Corona.  In our temporary and permitted "freedom" to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and an occasional restaurant, it feels like we are visiting a leper colony.  Even the beach has a few irrational humans who are wearing masks while walking at the edge of the water, biking, or jogging.  Suddenly everyone around have turned into irrational snitches and zombies, following every order coming from the Mother Ship steered into endless darkness by Dr. Fauci and his team of medical "experts" and financial accomplices.

Officials like Fauci have undermined trust in government institutions.  We now have several COVID vaccines.  All work, all have passed safety testing, and all are in wide distribution.  This is a huge accomplishment, but there's one problem:  A lot of people aren't taking the shot.  Are they just ignorant anti-vaxxers?  No.  As a recent focus group by Frank Luntz, reported in The Washington Post, demonstrates, a lot of people who won't take the vaccine aren't skeptical about vaccines in general.  Just about this batch.  So maybe they're just Red State Luddites?  No.  In fact, it's a worldwide phenomenon.  Yes, there's resistance in the United States:  Gallup reported in February that 34 percent of front-line health workers said they wouldn't get the vaccine, with another 18 percent unsure; fewer than half said they would definitely get jabbed.  Only 65 percent of Americans as a whole said they would get the vaccine.

More Victories for Florida and DeSantis — School Data Shows Lowered COVID Activity.  While being scorched in the media and even challenged in the courts by teachers' unions, the plan installed by Governor Ron DeSantis for reopening the schools across the state of Florida has been a success.  Parents who wanted children back in social settings and students in the most need of personal guidance have been given the chances they asked for, and the results have been only positive across the board.  Now, data is supporting this decision as well.  During the pandemic, the media have been operating in a paradox.  While members of the press declare the need to keep the public informed and adhering to the principles of science and medicine — all in the name of safety — they behave in the opposite fashion, politicizing pandemic details and doing what is needed to keep their mask-mandates and lockdowns in effect.  Often this was done while ignoring or even defying the science.

One Of The Lockdowns' Greatest Casualties Could Be Science.  The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns have not only been devastating for society, they have had a chilling effect on the scientific community.  For science to thrive, opposing ideas must be openly and vigorously discussed, supported, or countered based on scientific merit.  Instead, some politicians, journalists, and (alas) scientists have engaged in vicious slander of dissident scientists, spreading damaging conspiracy theories, even with open calls for censorship in place of debate.  In many cases, eminent scientific voices have been effectively silenced, often with gutter tactics.  People who oppose lockdowns have been accused of having blood on their hands, their university positions threatened, with many of our colleagues choosing to stay quiet rather than face the mob.

My original position on the non-existent virus.  About a year ago, I wrote and published my position on the existence of SARS-CoV-2.  I still stand by it. [...] If researchers had actually been interested in proving the virus exists, they would have a conducted a large-scale study.  Here it is.  Take 500 people who have been diagnosed with the pandemic disease, line them up, and take swab samples from them.  Using correct and meticulous procedures, which involve centrifuging those samples, produce 500 clear electron microscope photos — one good photo for each sample.  Place the 500 photos side by side, and answer the following questions:
  [#1]   In each and every photo, do you see MANY particles of what is unmistakably a virus?
  [#2]   In each and every photo, are these particles the same virus?
  [#3]   Are these particles of a virus you’ve never seen before?
If you answer any of the three questions with a no, you go back to the drawing board.  Your attempt to prove the existence of a new virus which is causing disease has failed.

A NYC judge pulls custody of a child from a mom for refusing to wear a mask?  In a story that's provoking outrage across parts of the conservative Internet, a New York City judge has ordered a child removed from the custody of her mother, over what the mother says is her refusal to wear a mask on a city street in broad daylight in front of her daughter's tony private school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. [...] [Dr. Micheline] Epstein is involved in a contentious divorce over child custody with her ex-husband, and apparently the school sent a note to the mom to not drop off the kid anymore given her failure to wear a mask, the ex got a copy of the note, and he took it to the judge, who made his ruling to yank custody and give it all to the ex.

Biden Strategically Neglects 'Operation Warp Speed' And Any Credit For Trump On Vaccines.  Joe Biden's first address to the nation last week (after more than 50 days in office) was profoundly dishonest:  It referred to the vaccine success against COVID-19, sure, but failed to mention the role the Trump administration played in the establishment of "Operation Warp Speed," which produced the vaccine in record time.  Say what you will about many pandemic decisions coming last year from the White House, one thing is certain:  In under 10 months, Donald Trump single handedly willed not one but several successful private sector productions of "China Virus" vaccines which are proving effective despite predictions from many — including the now discredited "Saint" Anthony Fauci — that it could not be done on such a short timeline.

Happy Anniversary America!  It's One Year After 15-Days To Slow The Spread.  One year ago today, during a March 16, 2020, White House press conference, President Trump, Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx announced the 15-Days To Slow The Spread program, which began the shut down of the American economy.  365 days and a few peaks later, COVID-19 is still spreading, albeit at a much slower pace thanks to President Trump's "Operation Warp Speed," which so far has produced three vaccines in record time.  The "15 Days" were the latest in a series of Trump administration serious moves attempting to fight the pandemic.  Already demonstrated on this site were the specific actions the Trump team took immediate action on the virus during the last nine days of January 2020 and the first two weeks of February and itemized that during the same time period Joe Biden and his team downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19.

Biden Bashes People Who Are Disinclined to Get the Vaccine, Suggests They Aren't Patriots.  Joe Biden did a pre-taped interview with George Stephanopoulos which aired this morning on "Good Morning America." [...] "I just don't understand this sort of macho thing about, "I'm not gonna get the vaccine.  I have a right as an American, my freedom to not do it,"' Biden said during the interview with Stephanopoulos.  'Well, why don't you be a patriot?  Protect other people."  He doesn't understand the concept of freedom, really?  Yes, Joe Biden, people have the freedom not to get the vaccine if they don't want it.  If you don't understand that, you're missing a rather critical part of being an American.  There are people on both sides of the aisle who are not inclined to get the vaccine, that's up to them and Biden really is the last one who should be questioning anyone's patriotism.

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ALL interviews with Joe Biden are pre-taped, because the sympathetic news media can't risk putting senile Joe Biden on live TV.

California Group Considers 'Effects Of Shouting' On Rides As Theme Parks Reopen.  The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) is a trade group that represents theme parks across the state and supports guidance that would attempt to limit the virus-spreading effects of screaming and yelling on rides at amusement parks.  CAPA released a "Responsible Reopening Plan" detailing how parks should be allowed to reopen, adding that outbreaks have not been linked back to amusement parks in states that have allowed the attractions to offer their entertainment and services.

Climate czar John Kerry caught going maskless on flight.  President Biden's climate czar, John Kerry, sparked outrage Wednesday when he was spotted going maskless on an American Airlines flight to Washington D.C.  The Tennessee Star published a photo of a bare-faced Kerry apparently flying first-class from Boston to D.C. on Wednesday [3/17/2021].  The airline requires all passengers wear masks on board, in accordance with directives from the CDC and TSA and Biden's Jan. 21 executive order mandating face coverings during interstate travel.  A man who sat next to Kerry took to Twitter to describe the former Massachusetts senator and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate's time on the flight.

Italy Opens Manslaughter Probe as Teacher Dies Hours After Getting AstraZeneca Vaccine.  Italian officials have begun a manslaughter investigation following the death of a 57-year-old music teacher hours after receiving AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, according to local media reports.  Officials have so far said there is no evidence of a direct link between the man's death and his shot.  Prosecutors in the northern Italian region of Piedmont announced they opened a manslaughter probe into the death of Sandro Tognatti, who received the vaccine in his hometown of Biella on March 13.  His wife told news outlets that he went to bed that night with a high fever.  The next day, she said, an ambulance was called for him, and he later died.  The local prosecutor in Biella, where Tognatti lived, announced the opening of a criminal case for manslaughter after his death, Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reported.

Trump encourages his supporters to end vaccine resistance.  Former president Donald Trump on Tuesday [3/16/2021] encouraged his Republican supporters — one of the main groups resistant to Covid-19 vaccines — to get their shots.  "I would recommend it," Trump said during an interview on Fox News.  "I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly," he said.  "It's a great vaccine, it's a safe vaccine and it's something that works."

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As much as I hate to disagree with President Trump, nobody is sure it's a great vaccine, or if it works.  Ask the families of those who died immediately after receiving the vaccine if they think it's safe.  Some people say it's not a vaccine at all.

Fauci: Actually, Large Gatherings By July 4 Are "Entirely Conceivable And Possible".  Fauci realizes that the Texas Rangers are planning to allow full capacity for Opening Day, right?  That's 40,000+ fans in the stands on April 5, three months before Biden's target date for all Americans to feel safe having small barbecues with friends for Independence Day.  I dare say the era in which people take Fauci's and the CDC's advice on socializing is rapidly drawing to a close.  School districts will still listen to the experts on whether and how to reopen for bureaucratic [...] purposes but the average joe will be flying solo on gauging his or her personal risk of infection long before July 4, to the extent they aren't already.  The very fact that Fauci felt obliged to do clean-up for Biden here, transforming the president's scenario of Independence Day cookouts from a grand aspiration to a bare minimum of what to expect, betrays a sense of anxiety among public-health experts.  They've heard the criticism from colleagues like Leana Wen and Scott Gottlieb that they're being too cautious.  And they know that endlessly extending the timeline for normalcy ends up underselling the vaccine to skeptics.

Why don't you be a patriot?  Protect other people!  Biden says he doesn't understand 'macho thinking' of vaccine skeptics.  President Joe Biden said he doesn't understand the 'macho' thinking of vaccine skeptics, as former President Donald Trump urged MAGA-world to get shots.  'I just don't understand this sort of macho thing about, "I'm not gonna get the vaccine.  I have a right as an American, my freedom to not do it,"' Biden said in his ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos.  'Well, why don't you be a patriot?  Protect other people.'  Trump brought up that he respected people's freedom, but he also encouraged Americans to get the vaccine and admitted some anti-vaxxers were part of his fan-base.

Sen. Joni Ernst:  U.S. Funded Wuhan Institute of Virology Coronavirus Research with NIH Grants.  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) told Breitbart News on Wednesday that the federal government provided funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for researching bat coronaviruses.  "Through our research and some great researchers out there working in various levels of the press, they have discovered that through the NIH, we did have grant dollars that went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology," Ernst said in an interview with Breitbart News[.]

Lockdowns: Class warfare of the rich and the professional class against the working class.  A year after "15 days to flatten the curve" began our lockdowns, we have enough data to answer the classic question about lockdowns (which still exist a year later in many places, including much of California):  cui bono?  (who benefits?)  The answer is:  as an individual, Jeff Bezos.  His stock in Amazon, the single biggest beneficiary of lockdowns, is worth billions of dollars more than before the lockdown.  As a group:  educated professionals, able to work from home via Zoom and other internet-based services and able to afford home delivery.

Mask Mandates Do Not Save Lives.  Although some studies have concluded that masks help stop the spread of COVID-19, usually they have failed to replicate real-world situations.  A common approach is to evaluate the effectiveness of mask material at stopping the expulsion or intake of the aerosols presumed to be the airborne carriers of the virus.  Useful information, perhaps, but at this stage, what we need to know is whether the widespread use of masks is measurably reducing the risk of death from the disease.  To continue requiring the use of masks makes sense only if there is compelling data that death rates are lower for people who wear masks than it is for people who do not.  We have no way of measuring whether or how much and how appropriately individuals wear masks, but state mandates that people wear them are predicated on the notion that more people will do so if they are threatened with a fine or punishment.  Thus, it makes sense to demand that states with mask mandates have lower COVID-19 death rates than states that don't.  If states with mask mandates are not experiencing lower rates than states without them, the citizenry should insist that the burdensome policy of requiring masks be abandoned.

This is exactly the kind of cops America does not need:
Ron Paul:  She Wouldn't Wear A Mask; Galveston Police Broke Her Foot.  A 65 year old Galveston woman found herself tackled, handcuffed, arrested, and with a broken foot after she refused to leave a local Bank of America branch without her money.  The bank demanded she put on a mask, she refused, so they called in the police.  [Video clip]

Also posted under No offense is too petty to overlook.

Is The Pandemic Over?  At the start of the pandemic, we were told that the SARS-COV-2 was a "novel" virus, meaning a brand-new virus that has not been seen before.  If this were true, then it would be much harder to treat or make a workable vaccine.  Fortunately, this was not true.  SARS-COV-2 is in the family of coronaviruses and shares common characteristics with other members of the same family. [...] Some levels of pre-existing immunity may explain why some people don't get infected and why others have a milder case of COVID-19.  Because children have a higher chance of catching the "cold" viruses, this may also partly explain why children are not affected very much by SARS-COV-2.  This also happened in the 2009 H1N1 Swine flu pandemic.  It was found that 30% of people over 60 years old had prior immunity to Swine flu from earlier immunity to other influenza infections.  This fact lessened the severity of that pandemic, but that fact seems to have been forgotten in the current pandemic.

Fauci: So, The Six Foot Rule May Not Be Necessary.  The Centers for Disease Control guidelines on social distancing may be changing again after a new study shows six feet of distance to avoid the spread of Wuhan coronavirus may not be necessary.  During an interview with CNN over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged three feet of distance may be sufficient to reopen schools that remain closed.

Hollywood Hypocrisy:  Celebs Walk Red Carpet Maskless After Shaming America For A Full Year.  Despite having face mask requirements and socially distanced tables inside the outdoor tent where the Grammys were held Sunday [3/14/2021], celebrities still found a way to show their hypocrisy.  Los Angeles is currently under a mask mandate, but that didn't stop celebrities from removing their masks to take red carpet pictures with each other.  The celebrities also took off their masks once they made it on stage to accept their awards, sometimes even hugging and kissing the presenters, News.com reported.

McConnell To Biden:  Your Overcautious Views On When Americans Can Safely Gather Is Another Example Of You Being Anti-Science.  A fine, if characteristically low-key, indictment of some of Biden's worst foibles on COVID messaging to date.  You didn't "inherit a shambles" from Trump's administration on the vaccination program, McConnell reminds him, which is true.  And your aspiration to administer 100 million doses in 100 days is a joke considering that we were already exceeding that pace on some days before you were sworn in, he adds.  Again, correctly.  That's Team Joe's approach to the pandemic in a nutshell, though.  Don't just underpromise and overdeliver, underpromise to a ludicrous degree.  The same goes for Biden's target date of May 1, announced last week, for making all Americans over 18 eligible to be vaccinated.  States were already moving expeditiously in that direction; all adults are eligible in Alaska right now and all adults will be eligible in Mississippi tomorrow, with Georgia, Michigan, Utah, and Connecticut to follow in early April.

Boxing legend suddenly dies shortly after getting vaccine.  Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler died at the age of 66 Saturday night, and an online battle has erupted over reports his death was a direct result of getting "the vaccine."  Hours before the undisputed middleweight champion died, his fellow boxing great Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns noted Hagler was "fighting the after effects of the vaccine" before the former undisputed middleweight ultimately passed away.

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler's Wife Says It 'Wasn't The Vaccine That Caused His Death'.  Before the death of boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler was announced on Saturday, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns, loser to Hagler in one of the greatest battles in the squared circle ever, posted on Instagram that Marvin Hagler was in the hospital because of the COVID vaccine.  Anti-Vaxxers jumped on Hitman Hearns' post as their latest weapon to warn people against the vaccine.  But today [3/15/2021], without mentioning Hearns by name, Kay Hagler, Marvelous Marvin's widow, slammed the Hearns claim.

Idaho School Board Member Angrily Argues For Masks In Schools While She Sounds Like She's Suffocating To Death In Hers.  This Idaho school board Karen freaks out when a fellow male member argues for letting the kids come to school without a face diaper.  As she tries to make her point, it becomes more and more clear she is hyperventilating within her own mask, taking in too much carbon dioxide.  [Video clip]

Does the Astrazeneca Covid vaccine cause blood clots?  At the moment, it can't be said for certain whether this is the case or not.  The European Medicines Agency (EMA) — the first to raise the alarm — is conducting an investigation.  It will be looking at whether the blood clotting events were caused by the coronavirus jab, or if it is just a coincidence.

The Fierce Urgency Of Reopening Schools Now.  Last spring, when the novel coronavirus and its means of transmission were still mysterious, a temporary school shutdown was a defensible precaution.  Since then, our understanding of the disease has become more sophisticated.  We know that surface transmission is, at worst, a minor hazard, obviating the need for constant cleaning and decontamination.  We know that airborne transmission in close quarters is a major risk and how to mitigate it.  We know that only about 10 percent of those infected with COVID-19 transmit the disease to another person.  We also know that young people are resistant to the disease and that schools are not focal points for community spread.

NYT: We might owe a COVID-19 lockdown apology to Florida after all.  If so, the New York Times offers it grudgingly.  They acknowledge that Florida's death rate is no worse than the national average despite the state's more liberalized approach to pandemic restrictions, which had critics predicting a catastrophe for months.  In fact, Florida appears to have fared better than several states that imposed much more draconian lockdowns, although the NYT still casts Florida's decisions as "an unspoken grand bargain".

Johns Hopkins Doctor Notices Something Peculiar About the COVID Vaccine Guidelines.  Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was bold in his projection that we'll have herd immunity by April.  This has been disputed by those who are nowhere near his level of expertise when it comes to public health, but I get the pushback since it shreds the Democratic Party's COVID lockdown regime.  In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Makary says that we're underestimating natural immunity and with the pace of vaccinations, we'll reach that critical benchmark towards reclaiming normality by tax season.  "About 1 in 600 Americans has died of Covid-19, which translates to a population fatality rate of about 0.15%.  The Covid-19 infection fatality rate is about 0.23%," Dr. Makary wrote.  With those figures, he estimates that two-thirds of the country has already had the infection.  We're rapidly approaching 100 million vaccinations.  It's not an insane projection, but one he says other health experts are afraid to push for fear of impacting the rate of vaccinations.  That's not their job, he argued.  Good health news should be disseminated, not buried.  There was pushback, and there will be more when he recently wrote about the vaccine protocols.

The Latest Word From Fauci.  At what point did our society hand over our lives to government bureaucrats?  Over this past year, it surely has seemed that we have done that, with so much of society being dictated to, not only by those bureaucrats, but by seemingly arbitrary rules that they then imposed like a religion and upon which then, so many policy decisions were then based.  All based on one virus, but not based on considerations of a raft of other viruses/illnesses/freedoms/jobs/school or other concerns.  We saw "guidance" from Dr. Anthony Fauci change from masks not being necessary in March of 2020 to, most recently, him saying double masking was likely better.  We saw some then thinking the more masks, the better (breathing being optional).  Now there's another massive flip from Fauci and it's really enough to make you want to rip your hair out and say exactly what's going on here and how is this guy in charge of anything?

The Legends of Our Fall.  The origins and nature of the virus were hushed up by the Chinese Communist Party from the beginning.  A sycophantic and compromised WHO issued lies about the imminent danger, consistent with its patron China's instructions.  On the accessibility and reliability of initial testing, the utility of masks, travel bans, transmissibility, and the dangers of a pandemic, our medical experts at the CDC, the NIH, NIAID and our own Dr. Anthony Fauci were, as humans and like our politicians, contradictory and sometimes dead wrong.  They presented arguments from authority rather than from fact — and then constantly changed narratives without admissions that prior assertions were flat-out wrong.  Often their narratives were shaped by media flattery, political polls, and the election year 2020.  Year-long quarantines and lockdowns finally lost credibility not because of clueless red-state governors or the ignorance of the deplorables.

Leaked Pfizer Documents Reveal Only 55% of Some COVID Vaccine Samples had RNA Intact Prior to European Approval Exposing Huge Quality Control Issues.  In December of 2020, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was allegedly the victim of a cyberattack as they were reviewing documents received from Pfizer regarding their mRNA COVID vaccine trials in preparation for issuing emergency use approval for the vaccine in Europe.  More than 40 megabytes of classified information was allegedly published on the dark web, and sent to several journalists, including The BMJ which just published a review of the leaked documents last week.  One of the key issues revealed in the leaked documents, according to The BMJ, was that European regulators had major concerns over unexpectedly low quantities of intact mRNA in batches of the vaccine developed for commercial production.  Some batches were as low as only 55% intact.

Ingraham still searching for 'all rights are suspended during a pandemic' clause in the Constitution.  Fox News host Laura Ingraham laced President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci during her Friday [3/12/2021] opening monologue for their continued reliance on COVID-19 restrictions even though they have proven to be failures.  "Every day we wake up, and it seems like another constitutional right is under threat," Ingraham began.  "The First Amendment, the Second Amendment, even the Fourth Amendment."  She went on to say that many Americans are self-censoring "because they're afraid of the consequences" of speaking out and sharing their own opinions that may run counter to government narratives and cultural groupthink regarding the pandemic and other issues.

Expert: China knows it can release viruses and not be held accountable.  Critics of communist China have warned the nation could attempt to release more pathogens in the future after it witnessed how the current COVID-19 pandemic was handled.  In a recent interview, China critic Gordon Chang spoke to Steve Bannon and said China was never held accountable for its part in releasing coronavirus into the world.  Chang further speculated China wanted to prevent the world from knowing it was accidentally released.  Chang forewarned this will likely not be the last pathogen that will come from Chinese soil.

Cuomo's Top Vaccine Distribution Official Called County Executives To Gauge Their Support For The Embattled Governor.  The head of New York state's vaccination rollout — Larry Schwartz — made personal calls to county executives asking about their support for Governor Andrew Cuomo as the state's top Democrats continue to call for his resignation, according to reports from the Washington Post and the New York Times on Sunday [3/14/2021].  The phone calls alarmed at least one county executive so much that the official filed a complaint to New York State Attorney General Letitia James's office, according to both reports.  Schwartz insisted to the Post he "did nothing wrong," though did acknowledge he had spoken with various county executives across the state to "ascertain if they were maintaining their public position that there is an ongoing investigation by the State Attorney General and that we should wait for the findings of that investigation before drawing any conclusions."

Propaganda, Chris Wallace and Anthony Fauci Edition.  Once you realize that COVID-19 is being pushed as a purposeful political control tool, it becomes easy to spot the propaganda as it is delivered.  The statistics just do not match the expressed narrative.  Small jumps are labeled "massive spikes."  For an audio visual demonstration, watch this prompted segment from Fox News Sunday and the DC Swamp Gatekeeper Chris Wallace as he discusses narrated statistics of the virus.  Compare what he is saying to the graph he displays to support what he is saying.  They do not align.  [Video clip]

Three Hospitalized with 'Unusual Symptoms' After Taking Newest COVID Vaccine.  Three Norwegian health care workers have been hospitalized after receiving the newly-unveiled single-dose AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, authorities have announced, which has led to a temporary suspension of giving out the shot.  Reuters reported that the workers experienced issues relating to blood clots and other vascular issues.  Norwegian authorities did not say how long the distribution of the vaccine would be halted as those people remain hospitalized.  Sigurd Hortemo with the Norwegian Medicines Agency told reporters at a media briefing with members of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health that each of the hospitalized health care workers were under the age of 50, but said the hospitalizations could not be definitively linked to the shot.

Fauci to Trump Voters Rejecting COVID Vaccines: 'So Disturbing,' Getting Vaccinated Is a 'No-Brainer'.  National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday [3/14/2021] on NBC's "Meet the Press" that it is "disturbing" some supporters of former President Donald Trump are unwilling to get the coronavirus vaccine.

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I agree.  It's a no-brainer.  You have no brain if you voluntarily accept an experimental vaccine (if that's what it really is) with unknown long-term side-effects that apparently kills some people within days.  You have no brain if you follow Dr. Fauci's instructions like he's some kind of national hero, which he is not.  You have no brain if you think influenza has suddenly been eradicated.  You have no brain if you if believe everything CNN and MSNBC say about Covid-19.  You have no brain if you are afraid of a disease that's less deadly than the flu — except for people who are already in poor health.  You have no brain if you're still wearing a face mask in 2021.  You have no brain if you allow a county judge to override your First Amendment rights.

COVID And The Tyranny Of Comfort.  One year ago this week, my old boss here at TAC told us to start working from home.  I remember riding the Metro train back to my apartment that evening — the last time I took public transportation, as it turns out — and naively looking forward to the staycation to come.  My inventory was in good shape: lots of canned soup and coffee, plenty of toilet paper and soap, books to read, whiskey in the pantry, a countertop grill, some new recipes I wanted to try, board games, Netflix, Hulu.  "Two weeks to flatten the curve," they said, like it was our "Remember the Maine," and two weeks at home sounded nice.  We would defeat this foe by sleeping in until eight and then maybe taking up homebrewing or knitting.  One year later and those two weeks still haven't ended.

Are We Still Free?  Like many of us, when the lockdowns first began, I believed the directives were basically suggestions from the government that, for our own protection, we needed to close everything down for 15 days. [...] But when the state governments began picking and choosing which businesses could reopen and which ones could not — coming up with crazy and specific lists of how businesses may reopen, and demanding everyone wear masks — I realized government "suggestions" actually had teeth and were not suggestions at all.  Apparently, emergency powers supersede all constitutional rights.  I did not realize before the pandemic that this was the case.  Although some governors, like Kristi Noem of South Dakota, put trust in her citizens after giving them the information they needed, refusing to lock down and cripple her state businesses and citizens, too many other Republican governors followed the herd.  Unbeknownst to me, we actually live in large fiefdoms called states in which you may have either a freedom loving governor, a benevolent dictator, or a medieval king doling out crumbs to the masses and telling them to eat cake when they complain.

Why is Biden releasing thousands of Covid-positive migrants into the country?  The answer to that question may be in his absurd speech on Thursday when he said "we may have to reinstate the lockdown restrictions" if... If what?  What if the migrants the Biden Administration is allowing to come across the southern border without being tested, even if showing symptoms, then given bus tickets to any American city they hope to reach, is a grand plan to spread this flu throughout the country again in order to reinstate all the unconstitutional restrictions to which millions of Americans willingly submitted?  Chances are that the powers that be never dreamed so many people would give up their freedom to work, shop, eat, go to movies, vacation, have their kids in school, etc. without a fuss... but they did.  The carefully calculated, thoroughly propagandistic fearmongering the media has done over the past year in service of the left was embarrassingly effective.  Too many Americans have lost the ability to question authority and have accepted the covid "mandates" as if we are all subjects of a benevolent oligarchy.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Baltimore Tries To Lock Down Residents After Governor Lifts Restrictions.  Maryland residents received some good news yesterday from Governor Larry Hogan.  Starting at 5 pm on Friday, capacity limits were lifted for a wide range of businesses and social activities.  These include both indoor and outdoor dining, retail outlets and churches.  Gyms and bingo halls were also included, along with bowling alleys and skating rinks.  Hogan credited the progress the state has made in vaccinating people and the continued decline in new COVID cases for the decision.  Unfortunately for the people of Charm City, their new mayor was not a fan of Hogan's decision.  Brandon Scott immediately issued a statement saying that the current conditions did not warrant lifting the restrictions in Baltimore on the governor's schedule.  I'm not sure who will be coming for Scott's scalp first... the Governor or his own residents.

Cuomo Was Warned His COVID Group Home Policies Would Kill.  A New York State whistleblower says that another wrongheaded policy has cost lives to the state's most vulnerable, and he blames Governor Andrew Cuomo.  In 2011, Jeff Monsour won a landmark federal jury trial for whistleblower retaliation after he disclosed abuses in New York state's group homes.  He told The American Conservative that he and Mike Carey, whose son died in a group home over fourteen years ago, have been warning everyone — including Gov. Cuomo — of the so-called floating policy and its deleterious effects on COVID spread in group homes.

Thousands of Bikers Arrive in Daytona Beach, Florida in Defiance of COVID Mandates.  Tens of thousands of motorcyclists arrived in Daytona, Florida earlier this week, present to celebrate the city's yearly Bike Week tradition.  This year's Bike Week is the 80th occurrence of the tradition, with some estimates of up to 300,000 attending the event.  The Bike Week event is akin to a street festival, and was welcomed by small businesses in the city as a much-needed tourist attraction after the economic onslaught of the coronavirus recession.  The yearly event started as a meeting of rival motorcycle gangs, evolving to a national motorcyclist meetup.  The bikers were largely welcomed in the city, with the Chamber of Commerce and city governments displaying materials welcoming them.

What Could Go Wrong?  Dallas Launches Database for Businesses Still Requiring Masks.  In my piece on Nevada's Democrat Socialists of America takeover of the Democrat Party in the State, I gave this warning about Texas:  "With the full opening of the state and the lifting of any mask mandates, Texas businesses who are choosing to not maintain mask requirements for their establishments will now become the focus of harassment."  Now the City of Dallas thinks that this is a good idea.

Uncle Joe Threatens America.  Take the vaccine or be locked down forever!  [Video clip]

DeSantis to Biden:  Thought of reinstating COVID-19 restrictions 'insane'.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Friday blasted President Biden's warning that the U.S. could need to reinstate certain coronavirus restrictions if the public does not stay "vigilant" about defeating COVID-19.  "To even contemplate doing any type of lockdown, honestly it's insane," DeSantis said during a press conference in Florida, touting the state's efforts to administer vaccines to the elderly and other populations.  "That's not gonna happen in the state of Florida," the governor continued, referring to reinstating restrictions.  "We're gonna continue doing what works, but under no circumstances would we entertain anything of the sort."

28-year-old physical therapist dies two days after taking COVID vaccine.  A 28-year-old physical therapist died two days after being injected with an experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, according to reports.  Haley Link Brinkmeyer, who completed her doctorate in physical therapy in 2018 and soon after was married to her high school sweetheart Evan Brinkmeyer, died unexpectedly on January 21, after receiving the shot on January 19, according to her mother.  In a social media comment, Shauna O'Neill Link spoke with significant candor, stating, "My 28 year old daughter took the vaccine on Tuesday and was dead by Thursday ... Autopsy shows no other red flags.  Corner [sic] has assured us he will get to the bottom of this vaccine crap.  Anything with Bill Gates or Quack Fauci's name attached should be a red flag.  Depopulation my folks, depopulation.  That's their objective."

One Year Later, Vindication for Lockdown Skeptics.  One year ago, I tweeted:  "This is what the Left wants.  They want people stripped of wealth, isolated, and terrified.  They want sources of joy — church, sporting events, vacations, large social gatherings — eliminated.  This is how they get control.  And it's far scarier than any virus."  It was not a popular sentiment at the time.  My initial reaction to government-ordered lockdowns, promoted by politicians on both sides and President Trump, was in the slim minority to say the least.  "Flattening the curve" required deep personal sacrifices, we were warned.  Anyone skeptical of the alleged effectiveness of lockdowns or concerned about the long-term consequences was condemned as a bloodless "grandma killer" or "greedy capitalist" defying science and lacking compassion.  But from the start, "the curve" was bogus stagecraft.  As I explained last year, the curve the authorities presented to Americans wasn't accurate.  "It's not unreasonable, in fact, it's necessary and responsible, to consider that COVID-19 has been in the states since the first of the year," I wrote March 19, an assessment we now know is true.  "If this is the new normal, where incomplete data and media-fueled panic rule the day, that is an even more frightening prospect than what's happening right now."  Sadly and shamefully, it has been America's new normal for one year and counting.

Nanny-state officials don't seem to understand:  Sometimes safety isn't everything.
Indoor dining still risky and eating outside is safer, officials warn as L.A. restaurants reopen.  Even with indoor dining returning in many parts of Southern California, officials are urging caution because of the ongoing COVID-19 risk.  Dr. Muntu Davis, the Los Angeles County health officer, cautioned that eating in a restaurant's indoor dining room is still risky.  If eating at a restaurant, dining outdoors remains safer, he said Friday [3/12/2021].  "People are susceptible to this virus.  There are variants that are circulating in our county," Davis said.  "Many of those can be more easily transmitted, and some may be causing more severe disease."

The Editor says...
You might catch Covid-19 at a restaurant.  You might also choke on a sandwich.  Any number of things might happen.  The government is responsible for maintaining our freedoms, not our safety.

65-Year Old Texas Woman Tackled, Arrested For Refusing To Mask A Day After Abbott Lifted Mandate.  Early on in the pandemic "lockdowns" it was sadly an all too familiar scene to see people getting arrested over standoffs that ensued when patrons of businesses refused to wear a mask.  But in Texas despite Governor Greg Abbott having lifted the mask mandate and opened the state back up "100%" it's still happening, apparently.  The mask mandate was lifted statewide on March 10, but the very next day on Thursday a 65-year old Texas woman found herself being tackled to the ground by police after being told by a Galveston Bank of America branch to mask up.  Abbott had left it up to businesses or any premises on private property to decide if they want to require masks or not.

Woman Arrested For Resisting, Trespass After Not Wearing Mask Inside Texas Bank.  A woman was arrested at a bank in Texas on Thursday [3/11/2021] after she refused to wear a face mask inside the building, police said.  The encounter was captured on an officer's body camera.  Police in Galveston said the woman, identified as 65-year-old Terry White, was charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass after she became uncooperative with the officer.

Did The Shutdowns Save Lives?  A Year Later, Statistical Analysis Suggests Not.  The government response to COVID-19 has mostly been a failure.  Theatric, yes — see New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Emmy.  Symbolic, yes.  But there is no evidence shutdowns did anything but deepen the economic suffering, increase suicides, and prevent lifesaving medical tests and treatments.  With the exception of former President Trump's effort to speed research, approval, and rollout of a COVID vaccine through Operation Warp Speed, and efforts to discourage the spread of the virus through border restrictions (now abandoned by President Biden), what policies can objectively be shown to have worked?

The Biggest COVID-19 Vaccine Skeptics?  Frontline Health Care Workers.  What do frontline health care workers and first responders know about COVID-19 vaccines that politicians and their public health advisers don't?  According to a January analysis by Gallup, 51 percent of health care workers and first responders polled in December were unconvinced of the merits of getting vaccinated, even if the vaccine "was free, available, FDA approved and 90% effective."  Gallup found these results especially concerning since those at highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 — the professionals required to meet America's health, safety, and critical economic needs whom the National Academies of Engineering, Science and Medicine define as "Tier 1A workers" — were the likeliest to refuse vaccination (34 percent).  The frontline workers proved to be as defiant as Gallup's survey of their intentions anticipated.  In California, over half of Tehama County's hospital workers at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, an estimated 50 percent of frontline workers in Riverside County, and 20 percent to 40 percent in L.A. County refused the vaccine, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Leftist U.S. Public Health Experts Proclaim The "Pandemic" Will Never End, We Should Embrace The New Normal.  Many people understand the COVID-19 fear and weaponization will continue until the political leftists promoting the narrative have exhausted its usefulness.  To support that opinion a Vanderbilt University medical director for the National Foundation for Infections Disease tells CBS news:  "that it would be best to give up the idea of life going "back to normal," and instead embrace a "new normal" where our lives revolve around COVID-19." [...] People would be wise not to dismiss these leftist 'health experts' as political narrative engineers in the healthcare field because they have a very specific purpose.  This is the ideological outlook that will fundamentally transform.  This is the justification for "vaccine passports', control over travel, control over business operations and ultimately control over the lives of everyone.  COVID is a purposeful political tool and this has long been planned out.

Is COVID Almost Over?  Covid is widely regarded as a scourge because of the number of people who allegedly have died from it.  Covid death statistics are notoriously unreliable: a number of shooting victims, for example, have been classified as covid deaths.  Here in Minnesota, among other absurdities, a guy who was killed in a car accident was classified as a covid fatality.  So death certificates, to the extent they are reliable at all, mostly reflect the numbers who happened to have the Wuhan bug when they died, not the number who would have lived, but for covid.  As is widely known, the overwhelming majority of Wuhan victims are not just elderly, but elderly and already sick and frail.  (My 99-year-old father is elderly, but not sick.  He tested positive for covid but otherwise didn't notice it.)  One doctor famously described the typical covid victim as someone who has one foot in the grave, and the other on a banana peel.  The median age of death of reported covid victims is equal to, or — as in Minnesota — older than the average life expectancy.  The fact that we have blighted the lives of our young people and devastated many millions of lives and businesses on account of this virus is, in my opinion, criminal.

Vaccine reaction chart
How safe are the COVID vaccines? (updated).  [Scroll down]  Here, for example, is the screen shot of the CDC's sorted list for the adverse effect of congenital anomaly/birth defect.  [Chart]  See that 144 such effects were reported in total, from all vaccines over all time tracked by the VAERS database.  COVID vaccines account for 37 of them, or over 25%.  Of 23,950 emergency room visits following some kind of vaccination, the COVID vaccines accounted for 4,969, or over 20%.  Of 11,559 deaths after getting some type of vaccine, COVID vaccines accounted for 1,153 of them, or almost 10%, and more than 92 of the 93 other vaccine types.  I got these numbers from the CDC's VAERS database on March 10, 2021.  You can do the same.  The CDC has this disclaimer. [...] So we can't say the vaccines caused these effects.  These effects just happened to follow shortly after the vaccines were given.  One thing to keep in mind with these numbers is that COVID vaccines have been around for less than three months.  Most of the other 93 vaccine type have been in use for years.


Mark Meadows slams Biden for attacking Trump, taking credit for vaccines in primetime address.  Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows slammed President Biden on Friday [3/12/2021] for taking credit for the coronavirus vaccines in his primetime address.  During an appearance on "America's Newsroom," Meadows criticized Biden for attacking former President Trump over his coronavirus response and taking credit for vaccines created under the previous administration.  Meadows said he found it "interesting," that Biden would attempt to take credit for the vaccine, created under Operation Warp Speed, given that Biden received his own coronavirus vaccination while Trump was still in office.

Biden Omits 'China,' 'Operation Warp Speed' from Coronavirus Address.  There were key words and phrases President Joe Biden failed to use during Thursday's [3/11/2021] primetime address marking the one-year anniversary of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, including "China," — the virus's place of origin — and "Operation Warp Speed" — the partnership prompted by former President Trump's administration that sped up the development and distribution of vaccines to fight the illness.  Biden appeared to place blame on former President Trump nearly immediately, telling the American people, "A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked, denials for days, weeks, then months." Biden notably failed to mention the travel ban on China Trump instituted weeks before officials formally declared a pandemic.  That was not the only subject Biden failed to mention.

The Editor says...
Why is it necessary to commemorate the first anniversary of the lockdowns?  Especially when they were only supposed to last two weeks!

Mark Levin rips Biden over 'disgusting, propagandistic' address to nation on coronavirus pandemic.  President Biden's remarks on the progress in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic were "the most disgusting, propagandistic speech" any politician has ever given, Mark Levin told "Hannity" Thursday [3/11/2021].  "I used to think Joe Biden was a doddering fool," Levin told host Sean Hannity sarcastically.  "He couldn't tell his sister from his wife and he didn't know the name of the secretary of defense and there you are mocking him for not having press conferences.  "Now I know why he doesn't have press conferences.  He's busy inventing the vaccines and figuring out how to distribute them."

Lapdog Corrupt Media Coverage Of Biden's Carteresque Speech Is Embarrassing.  It's embarrassing.  Our corrupt, partisan media are embarrassing.  Thursday night [3/11/2021], President Joe Biden gave a speech to mark the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization's delayed acknowledgment of the COVID-19 pandemic that China unleashed upon the world.  The media swooned.  The speech was delivered off a Teleprompter by a man who wasn't inspiring even when he had better command of his faculties decades ago.  It was ungracious, going out of its way to refuse to acknowledge his predecessor's Operation Warp Speed, the only pandemic response that has worked.  And it worked so well:  throwing money at private developers and getting rid of regulatory hurdles to do the impossible of obtaining vaccines within a few months.  The dark and depressing speech was reminiscent of Jimmy Carter's "malaise" talks.  He painted a horrible future with threatened future lockdowns if the people didn't keep following his rules.  The best-case scenario, he argued, was that if everyone did what he wanted, he'd let people have very small backyard barbecues with just a few select people on Independence Day.

Reporter to Psaki:  Why can't you give Trump's administration some credit on the vaccines?  She gave two answers at today's [3/12/2021] briefing which I can't square.  One:  She acknowledged that a Democratic White House is poorly positioned to convince Republican vaccine skeptics to get their shots, which is true.  [Video clip]  Two:  Invited to remind those Republican skeptics that their hero had a major role in this vaccination program, she passed.  The most she could bring herself to do is credit a "Herculean, incredible effort by science and by medical experts."  [Video clip]

Exasperated Jen Psaki refuses to give credit to Operation Warp Speed on COVID vaccine.  A clearly exasperated Jen Psaki on Friday [3/12/2021] refused to give the Trump administration credit for its work on the COVID vaccine and also admitted Joe Biden wasn't the best person to convince 'hardcore' supporters of Donald Trump to get a shot in the arm.  The White House press secretary was asked repeatedly about the work of Trump and Operation Warp Speed on the pandemic and she was pressed on why there wasn't more outreach to skeptics of the vaccine, many of whom are also supporters of the former president.  'Let me try this again,' she said at one point during Friday's briefing when she was pushed again and again on the matter.

Joe Biden on Lockdown Anniversary: 'Stick with the Rules' and Trust Government.  President Joe Biden recognized the year-long anniversary of the coronavirus lockdowns on Thursday [3/11/2021] but urged Americans to continue obeying guidance from the federal government.  "Put trust and faith in our government to fulfill its most important function, which is to protect the American people," the president said.  In his first primetime speech as president, Biden spoke about the punishing emotional toll of the coronavirus lockdowns but encouraged Americans to continue following all of the rules from health officials.  "We need to remember that the government isn't some foreign force in a distant capital," he said.  "No, it's us.  All of us."

The Editor says...
From where I'm sitting, the federal government most certainly is "some foreign force in a distant capital."

A Generation Conditioned to Give Up Their Freedom.  As I scrolled through some news articles on Thursday [3/11/2021], one particular article caught my attention.  CNN ran the article and it was talking about a new generation that is being referred to as Gen C or Generation COVID.  The concept is that the global pandemic which has struck our world is creating changes among a generation of kids that are growing and developing through all the craziness.  Throughout the article, several examples were shared of how this pandemic is affecting this 'Gen C' in ways that others may have not experienced in the past.  It spoke of canceled birthday parties, the inability to see family, and more.  Images filled the page showing kids that were in masks, in contact with other people behind glass doors, and images of a child where the parent was creating a TikTok video explaining how the child had yet to know what a playdate was really about.

Biden will announce in first prime time speech that EVERY ADULT will be eligible for the COVID vaccine by May 1.  President Joe Biden asked Americans to stay the course fighting the coronavirus while offering hope that life could begin to return to 'normal' later this summer.  In a prime time address to the nation, given from the East Room of the White House, Biden outlined the steps his administration has taken to combat the deadly disease, and said the 'goal' was to have Americans enjoy July 4th with their loved ones.  'July 4th with your loved one is the goal,' he said.  'If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together by July Fourth there's a good chance you and families and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.  That doesn't mean large events, with lots of people together but it does mean small groups will be able to get together,' he said.

The Editor says...
"If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together" sounds a lot like a demand for mandatory vaccinations.  It also sounds like a veiled threat.

Texas A.G. Paxton Threatens Legal Action Against City Of Austin's Mask Mandate.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threatened to sue the City of Austin Wednesday [3/10/2021] over the city's continuation of a mask mandate.  Governor Abbott removed the statewide mask mandate last week and his order went into effect Wednesday.  Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown are keeping a mask mandate in effect until April 15 to "avoid another surge of cases."  I assume that the mayor and county judge (county CEO, not a judicial office) are concerned that newly free-to-be maskless Texans will throw caution to the wind. [...] Republicans and Democrats are just as split in Texas as they are in Washington, D.C.  Mask wars often turn on a political dime.  Austin and Houston both have Democrat mayors and county judges.  [So does Dallas.]  The governor and attorney general are both Republicans.  Finger-pointing is a favorite pastime.

Biden Announces U.S. Will Now Be on 'War Footing' at [his] First Prime Time Address.  President Biden finally made his first prime time address on Thursday night [3/11/2021].  During his speech, the president promised the United States would be on a "war footing" with its efforts to "beat the virus," which entails vaccinating the public.  "My fellow Americans," Biden said, "you are owed nothing less than the truth."  "And for all of you asking when things will get back to normal, here is the truth," he continued.  "The only way to get our lives back, to get our economy back on track, is to beat the virus.  You've been hearing me say that while I was running, and the last fifty days I've been president."

The Editor says...
On the contrary, there is another way to get the economy back on track:  Get the government out of the way and let the free market take over again.

Joe Biden's Inspiring Vision of Defeating COVID-19 Is Depressingly Bleak.  [Scroll down]  Well, Biden's delivery certainly is boring — but he is driving America to the Left at breakneck speed, and his own words suggest he wanted to use the pandemic as cover for this "structural" transformation.  Biden's new "normal" championing abortion, railroading religious freedom, forcing the transgender destruction of women's sports, opening the southern border, and more will likely horrify the Americans who thought Trump's presidency was exhausting.  Yet Biden's dour tone on the end of COVID-19 may suggest something else, something perhaps too horrible to contemplate.  Is the president actually depressed that the pandemic is receding?  Does he fear that COVID-19 will no longer provide an "opportunity" for "structural" change?  That would be truly terrifying.

What's Scarier?  Biden's Totalitarian Promises, or the Number of Americans Who Willingly Acquiesce?  Joe Biden's Wuhan Flu anniversary speech was insulting and disturbing in many ways.  He started out by lying about President Trump's actions at the beginning of the pandemic, then went through a list of everything we lost during these draconian lockdowns — attempting to convince us that he sympathizes with what we've lost and that We're All In This Together™.  Watching Biden lie to us and hearing him insult us is annoying and, frankly, boring at this point — because we expect it.  But in this speech Biden went far beyond annoying and straight onto a terrifying new path, the path of complete government control.

One tablet of ASPIRIN a day can reduce your risk of catching Covid-19 by up to 29 percent, study finds.  Taking aspirin pills may help protect against coronavirus infection, a study suggests.  The common, cheap and safe drug is often prescribed to prevent heart disease and stroke as well as a regular over-the-counter painkiller.  Data from more than 10,000 people who were tested for Covid between February and June 2020 revealed one aspirin tablet (75mg) a day led to a 29 percent lower risk of catching the virus.

Biden's scary, boring, and bizarre address to the nation.  [Scroll down]  The main thrust of the speech was that everyone must get the vaccine (the wonderful Biden vaccine).  However, Biden conceded that even with the vaccine, masks and social distancing must continue.  Even with everyone vaccinated, by July 4, maybe we can gather with small groups outdoors.  In other words, even as we're all pumped full of a vaccine, nothing will change.  But we should trust Biden and remember that we're all in this together.  Here's the scariest thing Biden said, although he slipped it in so quickly many may not have noticed (emphasis mine):  "Fourth, in the coming weeks, we will issue further guidance on what you can and cannot do once fully vaccinated to lessen the confusion, to keep people safe, and encourage more people to get vaccinated."  The vaccine, rather than freeing us, will bring us even more tightly under government control as the federal government mandates what [we] can and cannot do.

How safe are the COVID vaccines?  I'll bet you haven't heard this:  more congenital anomalies/birth defects and emergency room visits were reported after getting a COVID vaccine in the U.S. than after any of the other 93 vaccine types in the CDC's VAERS database.  And more deaths than 92 other vaccine types.  Here is how COVID vaccines rank among 94 vaccine types in terms of reported post-vaccine adverse effects.
  •   Congenital anomaly/birth defect: 1.
  •   Emergency room: 1.
  •   Death: 2.
  •   Life threatening: 5.
  •   "Serious" adverse effects: 7.
  •   Hospitalized: 10.
  •   Permanent disability: 12.
  •   Total adverse effects: 15.

Utah mother dies four days after taking second COVID-19 vaccine dose.  A 39-year-old Utah mom died just four days after receiving her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, according to a Wednesday report that investigated vaccine side effects.  Kassidi Kurill, who lived in Ogden, took the second dose on Monday, Feb. 1.  By Friday evening that week, she was dead, according to 2News, which was the first to report on Kurill's case.  "She was seemingly healthy as a horse," Kurill's father, Alfred Hawley, told Fox News.  "She had no known underlying conditions."

39-year-old woman dies 4 days after second Moderna vaccine, autopsy ordered.  A 39-year-old woman from Ogden, Utah, died Feb. 5, four days after receiving a second dose of Moderna's COVID vaccine, according to CBS affiliate KUTV.  Kassidi Kurill died of organ failure after her liver, heart and kidneys shut down.  She had no known medical issues or pre-existing conditions, family members said.

Stop Trying To Create a Zero-Risk Society.  A lot has been said about the harm to people resulting from government lockdowns imposed in the name of fighting COVID-19.  However, lockdowns aren't the only misguided policies that we've had and continue to endure because of this pandemic.  In fact, we will suffer many tragic effects from the pandemic-induced changes long after lockdowns are lifted and the coronavirus is endemic.  The case against lockdowns is pretty well established.  In fact, contrary to accusations issued by lockdown advocates, one doesn't have to believe that COVID-19 isn't a serious disease to oppose lockdowns.  Nor does one have to make the claim that doing nothing would have worked wonders in controlling this nasty virus.  All you have to show is that lockdowns do not control the spread of the virus any better than less-draconian alternatives.  In fact, when all costs are considered, such as the short- and long-term health, educational and psychological harms the lockdowns caused, their costs far exceed their benefits.

'I will sue you': Texas AG warns Austin to lift local mask requirement.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday threatened to sue the city of Austin for choosing to keep its COVID-19 mask mandate for businesses in place.  The AG accused Austin of not complying with Gov. Greg Abbott's recent executive order, which ended his statewide mask mandate and banned coronavirus restrictions on businesses.  The governor's order "has the force and effect of state law and supersedes local rules and regulations," Paxton said in a letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown.  "You and local health authorities have until 6:00pm today to rescind any mask mandates or business-operating restrictions and come into full compliance with GA-34," Paxton wrote on Twitter.  "Otherwise, on behalf of the State of Texas, I will sue you."

The Real COVID Nursing Home Scandal Is Why Cuomo And Other Democrats Did It.  The real scandal is what lay behind the high nursing home deaths in New York and a handful of other states led by leftist governors such as Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota's Tim Walz, and Pennsylvania's Tom Wolf.  It is the story of how grandpa and grandma got tossed aside for money.  The high nursing home deaths were the direct result of policies that quickly discharged elderly or disabled COVID-19 patients from the hospital when they were still COVID-positive and then put them back in group or nursing homes.  The hospital lobby directly engineered this approach, and these governors obliged.  The stated reason for the policy was concern about hospital capacity, but these states kept the policy well after COVID hospitalizations peaked in April.  In states like Minnesota, the policy remained in place even though the health-care system never faced the strain that was initially feared.  What you don't hear is that hospitals didn't want to keep Medicare and Medicaid patients (especially Medicaid patients) in hospitals for too long, because longer stays with such patients are less profitable.

Not Just Cuomo:  These Other Democrat Governors Also Jammed COVID-Stricken Patients Into Nursing Homes.  While conservative media has been consistent in highlighting the disastrous March 25 nursing home policy from Cuomo that jammed COVID-stricken patients into the state's long-term care facilities, the New York governor was promoted to celebrity icon among leftists in the corporate press for his aggressive pursuit of draconian lockdowns.  All along, Cuomo's state has led the U.S. with the highest coronavirus death rate in the country, a feat accomplished in no small part by Cuomo's nursing home policy, which is estimated to have sent nearly 6,500 patients to an early grave.  New revelations related to the governor's early actions on New York nursing homes have now provoked a long-anticipated reckoning on Cuomo's pandemic leadership.  According to data unearthed in a Freedom of Information Act case brought by the conservative think tank Empire Center, Cuomo was manipulating the numbers on nursing homes to underestimate the devastation of his nursing home policy while he paraded around the country to brag about pandemic triumph.  Subsequent reporting from The New York Times found the nursing home death toll in New York at more than 9,000.

23 Percent of COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths [were] in 4 States Where Democrat Governors Forced Admissions:  NY, PA, NJ, and MI.  Twenty-three percent of COVID-19 nursing home deaths were in four states — New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan — where Democratic governors forced nursing homes to admit residents who had tested positive for COVID-19, according to the most recent data published on March 4 by the COVID Tracking Project.  As of March 4, a total of 510,383 Americans have died from the Chinese coronavirus.  Thirty-four percent of those COVID-19 deaths, or 174,474, have been reported as long-term care (LTC) facility residents, according to COVID Tracking Project.

What do they all have in common?  The Deep State Uniparty.
All living former Presidents except Trump urge Americans to get vaccinated in new ad campaign.  All living former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and their respective former first ladies — with the exception of the Trumps — are part of a newly released ad campaign urging Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine when it is their turn, a push that is aimed squarely at combating vaccine skepticism.  The ad campaign reunites almost every member of the so-called President's Club, the group of living former commanders in chief.

Censorship Kills:  The Shunning of a COVID Therapeutic.  Doctors fighting COVID-19 should be supported by their profession and their government, not suppressed.  Yet today physicians are smothered under a wave of censorship.  With coronavirus variants and vaccine hesitancy threatening a prolonged pandemic, the National Institutes of Health and the broader U.S. medical establishment should free doctors to treat this terrible disease with effective medicines.  For centuries, doctors have addressed emerging health threats by prescribing existing drugs for new uses, observing the results, and communicating to their peers and the public what seems to work.  In a pandemic, precious time and lives can be lost by an insistence on excessive data and review.  But in the current crisis, many in positions of authority have done just that, stubbornly refusing to allow any repurposed treatments.  This departure from traditional medical practice risks catastrophe.  When doctors on the front lines try to bring awareness of and use such medicines, they get silenced.

Happy COVID Anniversary, We've Learned Almost Nothing.  It was one year ago today that President Donald Trump imposed that travel ban on most of Europe over the Wuhan Coronavirus, the official kickoff of the dominoes falling that bring us to the point we are at now.  There were a few actions that happened before the European travel ban — the China travel ban, the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force, travel warnings, etc., but today is the anniversary of when those dominoes started to fall in quick succession.  In the week that followed, the world was basically shut down.  Emergencies were declared, borders were closed, economies halted, lives put on hold.  Ultimately, it culminated in "15 days to flatten the curve."  Through all of it, over the past year, we've learned next to nothing.  How many things have the "experts" gotten wrong?  It'd be easier to ask what they'd gotten right — a new virus started infecting humans.  That's about it.  Everything else has been contradicted at some point by the very people who made the original declarative statements.

Biden would bar Granny from traveling but invites COVID-infected illegals to cross freely.  President Biden's health honcho, Rochelle Walensky, announced Monday that vaccinated Americans can visit with others who are vaccinated in small groups at home.  But when Walensky was asked about visiting grandchildren, she said no, unless the kids are local.  Even vaccinated people must avoid traveling, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention insisted:  "Every time there's a surge in travel, we have a surge in cases in this country."  The Biden administration is making one exception, however.  It's OK to wade across the Rio Grande River and enter the US illegally.  Even if you have COVID-19, you can get on a bus in a Texas border town and travel to any part of our nation.  Never mind how far and wide COVID-infected migrants spread the virus as they fan out.  On the travel question, Biden's double standard is mind-boggling.  It's a firm "No" for Granny, but a warm "Yes" for illegal immigrants.

Fauci Turns Into A Bumbling Mess When Asked About the "Science" For Denying Vaccinated Americans Travel.  During an interview with CNN host John Berman, President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci couldn't answer how it is "science" to deny Americans the right to travel even after they have been vaccinated.  "We know from the Biden administration that they say it will make its decisions based on science.  What's the science behind not saying it's safe for people who have been vaccinated, received two doses, to travel?" Berman started.  Fauci danced around the question as he offered zero "science" in his explanation, saying the CDC is "heading in that direction."  He did oddly point out that CDC Director Rochelle Walensky's released a report stating that "fully vaccinated" people could meet indoors without masks.  "That was the first in a multi-step process that they are going to be rolling out," Fauci said.

Sheila Jackson Lee:  Texans Who Go Maskless Face 'Destiny of Death'.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on Wednesday declared Texans who do not wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic face "a destiny of death."  "Do not have a 'remove mask' party tonight, because you will be walking into a destiny of death," Jackson Lee said during a speech on House of Representative floor.  [Tweet with video clip]  Jackson Lee's warning coincides with Texas lifting its mandatory mask restriction across the state.

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Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, unfortunately, really does represent a lot of poorly-educated people in Houston who place their trust and faith in the government, in the news media, and in face masks.  If Covid-19 was anywhere near as deadly and as contagious as the government and the news media would have had us believe a year ago, the face masks most people wear wouldn't do any good, especially when they are worn in such a manner that they are obviously useless.  But perhaps unlike some of her constituents, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee appears to have learned nothing in the last year, beyond what she was told at the outset of the Coronavirus panic.  The rest of us now know that business shutdowns, school closings, and mandatory masks do more harm than good.

The nursing home scandal is bigger than just Cuomo.  It's convenient for Democrats that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's scandal has shifted from him sentencing more than 15,000 seniors to death by allowing COVID-19 patients access to nursing homes to "Me-too" allegations.  Convenient because Democratic governors in Michigan, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania followed the same disastrous coronavirus practices in their nursing homes and would more likely be held accountable by their constituents if it received more air-time by the national media.  Broadcast news networks ABC, CBS and NBC have spent nearly three times as much coverage on allegations from several women that Mr. Cuomo sexually harassed them in recent years than they did on his nursing home scandal, according to a new report from the Media Research Center.  The less the press focuses on the nursing homes, the more cover they provide to the likes of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Eli Lilly's combination antibody drug cuts the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization and death by 87%, study finds.  Eli Lilly & Co says its combination antibody therapy is effective at treating mild to moderate cases of COVID-19.  The treatment, a mixture of drugs bamlanivimab and etesevimab, was developed by Indianapolis-based Lilly and the Canadian company AbCellera.  It recognizes the virus once a person is infected and attaches to it, preventing the pathogen from entering human cells, and therefore neutralizing it.

Masks Are Just Part of the Socialists' Uniform.  This whole "masks don't seem to be having much effect, but wear them anyway" bureaucratic calculus may seem like a frivolous controversy to Americans preoccupied with the pandemic, but for Americans who are equally worried about the State's steady encroachment into the lives of families, mask mandates are the worst kind of noxious administrative abuse — another iteration of government coercion that constricts a person's freedom while accomplishing next to nothing.  It's government rule-making for the sake of rule-making whose chief purpose is to demonstrate that it is the government's job to command and each citizen's duty to readily obey.  Mask mandates are the perfect metaphor for a government that demands obedience:  Mask mandates are reminiscent of Barack Obama's belief that wealthy Americans should be taxed at higher rates, even if the imposition of those new taxes produces no net benefit for the federal treasury. [...] In the same way, our American mask mandates are not really about reducing the spread of disease or "following the science," but rather about insisting that individual Americans prove through their attire that they take COVID-19 seriously, even if masks do nothing about it.

Doctors Starting to Offer Louder Dissents to the CDC's Recent Decisions.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not having a great week.  First, in USA Today, a group of doctors is accusing the CDC of misinterpreting their research and using it to downplay the need to reopen schools, contending the CDC guidance on reopening schools is an "example of fears influencing and resulting in misinterpretation of science and harmful policy." [...] Second, the airline industry argues that the CDC guidelines for vaccinated people issued this week make no sense because they still discourage vaccinated people from traveling.  Unvaccinated people are traveling while wearing masks now; why would it be considered particularly risky for vaccinated people to do the same while wearing masks on airplanes, etc.?  Third, Dr. Leana Wen — the former health commissioner of Baltimore and short-lived head of Planned Parenthood — writes in the Washington Post that the recently issued guidelines "are too timid and too limited, and they fail to tie reopening guidance with vaccination status.  As a result, the CDC missed a critical opportunity to incentivize Americans to be vaccinated."

So Much For Bringing Dogs Back To The White House.  When I covered the White House for The Washington Times during the George W. Bush administration, I used to play a game with then-Press Secretary Dana Perino, now a Fox News host.  The game was simple:  One of us would send the other an email that said, "Can you imagine if W. had ___."  You could fill in the blank with anything that the Democrats were currently getting away with in the milquetoast U.S. media.  The game, of course, can still be played today, just with different players.  Take former President Donald Trump.  He said in March 2020 that masks weren't needed to combat COVID-19.  That's exactly what the nation's top immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci was saying at the time.  "There's no reason to be walking around with a mask.  When you're in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it's not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is," the doctor said on CBS News.

Whistleblower: Biden's FAA Forcing Air Traffic Controllers to Wear Masks While Speaking to Pilots, Causing Serious Read-Back Errors.  An Air traffic controller is ringing alarm bells about the Biden administration's mask mandates, warning that the face coverings are creating a serious safety hazard.  Investigative journalist Alex Berenson reported on Twitter that he received an "urgent warning" from an air traffic controller who works at a major Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The whistleblower told Berenson that the FAA issued a guidance about a month ago requiring controllers to "wear masks at all times" while at work and in position, and warned that the directive could have devastating consequences for airline passengers and pilots.  Prior to this, he said, most controllers took off masks while speaking directly with pilots.  "For context, our headsets use a boom microphone that adjusts to fit somewhere an inch or two away from our face.  It has created an issue where we get a lot more read-back errors from pilots on instructions because they can't hear us clearly over the radio," he explained.  "A bad readback or failure to even copy can cause a lot of problems when we're busy because we use up more time to correct them," he continued.  "Worst case scenario is a pilot thinks we say something, reads it back wrong, and it results in disaster because we can't correct them before we lose them on radios."

Things that don't make sense, except to Democrats.  [Scroll down]  Now that cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are declining rapidly we see fewer stories.  They have to get the $1.9 Trillion leftist slush fund passed before the public is allowed to learn the truth.  I also am seeing frequent reporting complaining that not as many people are getting tested.  The media, bureaucrats and other Democrats should be cheering that fewer people are scared and fewer people feel the need to get tested but they are complaining.  The cheers should be very loud because even with fewer people testing, the positivity rate has dropped rapidly.  It's as if the media and other Democrats would rather keep destroying the economy and children instead of getting schools and businesses open.  The cheerleading and campaigning for Democrats is what reporters do.  How is that valuable to the American people?

It's time to move forward, Illinois.  According to the Illinois Department of Health, COVID hospitalizations on March 3, 2021, Illinois had 1200 statewide COVID hospitalizations out of a staffed hospital bed capacity of 31,313 and 1,779 new COVID cases.  Overall inpatient hospital beds are 69.8% occupied.  For comparative purposes, the average hospital's inpatient bed occupancy rate in August 2017 (pre-COVID) was 65.4% (Becker's Hospital Review).  When Governor Pritzker issued his executive order April 30, 2020, there were 4,906 COVID hospitalizations in Illinois and 2,563 new cases.  The worst COVID new case day for Illinois occurred November 15, 2020 when there were 10,636 new cases.  The worst COVID hospitalization day was November 22, 2020 when there were 6,171 hospitalizations and there were 9,373 open hospital beds.  On our worst day, our hospitals were not overwhelmed.  Additionally, on April 30, 2020 there were 141 COVID deaths and on March 4, 2020 there were 42 COVID deaths.  In 2019, there were 108,937 deaths in Illinois (all causes) and nationally, there were 2,845,793 deaths.

Censored: National Vaccine Information Center.  A highly-rated nonprofit vaccine safety charity has been censored by Facebook on behalf of pharmaceutical industry interests in a purge of vaccine safety information.  The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) had maintained a Facebook page since 2008.  The organization was started 39-years ago.  Co-founder and president is Barbara Loe Fisher.  Fisher became a vaccine safety advocate after her two-and-a-half-year-old son suffered a severe neurological reaction to DPT vaccine in 1980.  He was left with multiple learning disabilities that required him to remain in a special education classroom throughout his public school education.  Far from a fringe group, as propagandists try to convince the public, Fisher has provided consumers with crucial vaccine safety information for decades and served as an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee as part of the Vaccine Safety Writing Group, on the agency's Vaccine Policy Analysis Collaborative, on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Vaccine Safety, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Vaccine Adverse Events.

New scientific study finds "no evidence" that stay-at-home orders reduced COVID-19 deaths.  A significant scientific study published by Nature found that the imposition of "stay-at-home" orders issued by governments attempting to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 was an ineffective strategy. [...] The study contradicts the conventional wisdom promoted by the World Health Organization, governmental entities, and the leadership of social media platforms who have limited or censored contrary views.  The results, released Friday [3/5/2021], also come at the same time a recent CDC report found that face masks mandates reduce the spread of COVID-19 by less than 2%.

Wyoming Gov. Gordon lifts mask mandate, rolls back coronavirus restrictions.  Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced on Monday that the state would be lifting its state-wide mask mandate as well as some other Covid-19 economic restrictions.  The new order lifting restrictions will allow a number of business categories — including bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters — to "resume normal operations" on March 16.  Gordon, a Republican, cited the "declining number of active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations" in Wyoming as well as the state's "significant success" in a vaccine rollout as reasons behind the easing of restrictions.

In 2018, Diplomats Warned of Risky Coronavirus Experiments in a Wuhan Lab.  No One Listened.  On January 15, in its last days, President Donald Trump's State Department put out a statement with serious claims about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The statement said the U.S. intelligence community had evidence that several researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory were sick with Covid-like symptoms in autumn 2019 — implying the Chinese government had hidden crucial information about the outbreak for months — and that the WIV lab, despite "presenting itself as a civilian institution," was conducting secret research projects with the Chinese military.  The State Department alleged a Chinese government cover-up and asserted that "Beijing continues today to withhold vital information that scientists need to protect the world from this deadly virus, and the next one."  The exact origin of the new coronavirus remains a mystery to this day, but the search for answers is not just about assigning blame.  Unless the source is located, the true path of the virus can't be traced, and scientists can't properly study the best ways to prevent future outbreaks.

Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford Doctor, Calls Lockdowns the 'Biggest Public Health Mistake We've Ever Made'.  Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor at Stanford University Medical School, recently said that COVID-19 lockdowns are the "biggest public health mistake we've ever made...  The harm to people is catastrophic."  Several U.S. states have started to ease their COVID-19 restrictions over the past few weeks.  Bhattacharya, who made the comments during an interview with the Daily Clout, co-authored the Great Barrington Declaration, a petition that calls for the end of COVID-19 lockdowns, claiming that they are "producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health."

Larry Hogan lifts many Maryland COVID restrictions, leaves mask mandate in place.  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the state will lift many of its coronavirus-related restrictions on indoor capacity of restaurants and businesses, travel limits and more, while leaving place the state's mask mandate.  Maryland will also continue to impose a capacity limit of 50% on large venues like stadiums, and diners will be required to be seated and distanced to be served.  But the state is removing large amount of its pandemic-related rules after virus numbers in the state dropped precipitously from their peaks between November and January.  The pandemic is "far from over," Hogan said.  But improvements in vaccines and health metrics "have enabled us to continue to follow the science and to be able today to take significant steps to further ease more of the mitigation measures that are currently in place," he added.

The CDC's New 'Rules' Will Have You Pulling Your Hair Out.  I bring good news.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new 'rules' for those who have received one of the coronavirus vaccines.  You'll be excited to know that you can enjoy "limited" freedom, according to CNN.  [Tweet]  The framing here is just incredible.  A mainline news outlet is presenting the CDC as the arbiter of freedom without even a second thought about questioning whether these guidelines even make any sense.  This is, of course, a stark turnaround from the conspiracy-mongering from CNN about the CDC that went on under President Trump.  With Biden in charge, though, we are expected to treat the CDC as sacrosanct.

Yes, Johnson & Johnson used aborted fetal cells in its creation of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Was the Johnson & Johnson vaccine developed from aborted fetal cell lines?  It is a question many of you have asked the VERIFY team after the Catholic church issued a statement warning Catholics that the shot is "morally compromised".  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Committee on Pro-life Activities posted a statement online and social media.  It said, in part, "The Johnson & Johnson vaccine ... was tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising ... moral concerns.  Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna's vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson."

The CDC Is About To Be Canceled By Google & Facebook For COVID Heresy.  According to the CDC's analysis, between March 1 and December 31 last year, statewide mask mandates were in effect in 2,313 of the 3,142 counties in the United States.  And, looking at the county-by-county data, the CDC concludes that mask mandates were associated with an average 1.32% decrease in the growth rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths during the first 100 days after the mask policy was implemented.  Wait, what?  Only 1.32%?  You read that correctly, they didn't misplace the decimal:  according to the federal government agency that is responsible for managing the COVID-1984 pandemic, the difference between mask mandates and no mask mandate is literally just a 1.32% difference.  And bear in mind, it's entirely possible that the real figure is even lower than that, given all the questionable COVID statistics.  For example, the CDC reports that influenza cases in the United States have dropped to almost zero in the 2020-2021 flu season, down from 56 MILLION the previous year.  It's amazing they expect anyone to take this data seriously.  Are we honestly supposed to believe that the flu has been eradicated?

The Media's Miserable Record on Getting It Right.  [Scroll down]  A mask mandate may mitigate the death toll in a state, but not by much.  The state that ranks the worst in COVID deaths per million residents is New Jersey, with 2,654, as of this writing.  New Jersey was the first state to require masks at all businesses starting April 10, 2020, and outdoors in circumstances where social distancing is not possible since July 8, 2020.  More than 90 percent of the state's 23,557 deaths occurred since the former mandate was implemented.  The second state to enact a mask order was New York, which enacted a mask requirement April 15, 2020, and that state ranks second worst in COVID deaths per million residents, at 2,497.  The states that rank at the bottom in deaths per million residents are Hawaii (mask requirement), Vermont (mask requirement), and Alaska (no mask requirement).

Study:  Projected Deaths of Despair from COVID-19.  More Americans could lose their lives to deaths of despair, deaths due to drug, alcohol, and suicide, if we do not do something immediately.  Deaths of despair have been on the rise for the last decade, and in the context of COVID-19, deaths of despair should be seen as the epidemic within the pandemic.  The goal of this report is to predict what deaths of despair we might see based on three assumptions during COVID-19:  economic recovery, relationship between deaths of despair and unemployment, and geography.  Across nine different scenarios, additional deaths of despair range from 27,644 (quick recovery, smallest impact of unemployment on deaths of despair) to 154,037 (slow recovery, greatest impact of unemployment on deaths of despair), with somewhere in the middle being around 68,000.  However, these data are predictions.  We can prevent these deaths by taking meaningful and comprehensive action as a nation.

Report: The progress of the COVID-19 epidemic in Sweden.  I thought it was time for an update of my original analysis of 28 June 2020.  As I wrote then, the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden is of great interest, as it is one of very few advanced nations where no lockdown order that heavily restricted people's movements and other basic freedoms was imposed.  Unfortunately, some of the comment on how the COVID-19 epidemic has developed in Sweden has been ill-informed.  Indeed, a shadowy group of academics, opinion leaders, researchers and others who are upset about Sweden's strategy and are actively seeking to influence it has been unmasked.  They have been coordinating efforts to criticize media coverage of Sweden's strategy and to damage both the image of Sweden abroad and the reputation of individuals who work in this field.

Investigation Links Fauci to Experiments That May Have Led to Pandemic.  Fox News investigation says there's "reasonable grounds to suspect" that SARS-CoV-2, which may have leaked accidentally from a lab in Wuhan, China, was the product of taxpayer-funded gain-of-function experiments commissioned by the U.S. government and overseen by Fauci.

Science, Politics, and COVID: Will Truth Prevail?  The COVID pandemic has been a tragedy, no doubt.  But it has exposed profound issues in America that threaten the principles of freedom and order that we Americans often take for granted.  First, I have been shocked at the unprecedented exertion of power by the government since last March — issuing unilateral decrees, ordering the closure of businesses, churches, and schools, restricting personal movement, mandating behavior, and suspending indefinitely basic freedoms.  Second, I was and remain stunned — almost frightened — at the acquiescence of the American people to such destructive, arbitrary, and wholly unscientific rules, restrictions, and mandates.  The pandemic also brought to the forefront things we have known existed and have tolerated for years:  media bias, the decline of academic freedom on campuses, the heavy hand of Big Tech, and — now more obviously than ever — the politicization of science.  Ultimately, the freedom of Americans to seek and state what they believe to be the truth is at risk.

"Second Nuremberg tribunal" to try global lockdown promoters for crimes?  Should the technocrats who pushed governments to lockdown their citizens be tried for crimes against humanity?  One prominent German lawyer, who is also licensed to practice law in America, thinks they should.  And he is organizing a team of thousands of participating lawyers who want to prosecute a "second Nuremberg tribunal" against a cadre of international elites responsible for what he calls the "corona fraud scandal."  Targeting the Davos, Switzerland-based World Economic Forum and its devotees among global political leaders, attorney Reiner Fuellmich says they are guilty of crimes against humanity for their perpetration of COVID-response policies that led to forced shutdowns, destroyed businesses, impoverished families, broken lives and a spike in suicide rates.

Georgia Governor Sues Atlanta Mayor over Mask Mandate.  Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has filed a lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta City Council challenging the city's decision to mandate masks and revert to phase one reopening guidelines.  The lawsuit calls the city's new mask requirements "void and unenforceable" and asks a judge to block Bottoms from issuing any orders or press releases imposing a mask mandate or enacting other restrictions that are stricter than the state's.

Injuries Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Climbs by 4,000± in 1 Week.  The latest data made public by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) on deaths and injuries reported after COVID vaccines are in line with trends that have been emerging since the first data were released in December.  Between Dec. 14, 2020 and Feb. 18, 2021, 19,907 reports of adverse events have been reported to VAERS, including 1,095 deaths and 3,767 serious injuries.  About a third of the deaths reported occurred within 48 hours of vaccination, and 48% of the people who died became ill within 48 hours of being vaccinated.

Experimental Gene Therapy Should Not Be Called A Vaccine.  Vaccine makers rarely use inert placebos (such as a saline shot), which is the gold standard for drug trials.  Instead, they typically assess the safety of a new vaccine against another vaccine.  This hides side effects, as most vaccines have side effects and risks.

Catholic bishops caution that J&J COVID vaccine is morally wrong.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging people to seek alternatives to coronavirus vaccines produced by Janssen, a company of Johnson & Johnson, arguing that the product raises additional moral concerns through its connection to aborted fetal cells.  In a press release Tuesday [3/2/2021], Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades said that people should instead take Pfizer's or Moderna's vaccines if possible.  "[I]f one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen," the statement from Rhoades reads.  "Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna's vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson's."  On Friday, the Archdiocese of New Orleans released a similar statement warning that "the latest vaccine from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson is morally compromised."

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Study: Why current COVID-19 vaccines not be used for mass vaccination.  The bottom-line is that I don't see how mass vaccination campaigns would not lead to a disastrous aggravation of the Covid-19 pandemic.  However, no one else seems to realize; instead, vaccinologists, clinicians and scientists are merely focusing on the (positive) short-term results and impact at an individual level.  Nobody seems to be looking at the consequences and risk at a human population level (which, according to my understanding, will become manifest quite soon).  Why is nobody worried about 'immune escape' whereas Covid-19 has already escaped people's innate immunity as reflected by multiple emerging, much more infectious, viral variants (most likely due to the global implementation of infection prevention measures)?  Vaccine deployment in the ongoing mass immunization campaigns are highly likely to further enhance (adaptive) immune escapeas none of the current vaccines will prevent replication/transmission of viral variants.


The Smug Arrogance Of The 'Science' Crowd.  Last summer, fed up with Democrats' claim that theirs is the "Party of Science," we pointed out that it is in reality the Party of Science Fiction.  We hope others have had their fill, too, and public opinion will force the Democrats to grow up.  "Science" is never invoked by the political left to illuminate, educate, or guide.  It's used to terminate discussion, to shut down debate.  It's employed in exactly the same way "racist" has been used for decades.  Not as a legitimate charge but a bomb thrown into a conversation in an effort to "other" the person or persons the smear is directed toward.  It's a means closing off further dialogue, a bully's tactic. [...] It's a convenient — and shallow — way of showing the rest of us that they're intellectually and morally superior.

Neanderthal Thinking Is Good for Public Health.  hen the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi announced that they planned to lift their statewide COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandates, President Biden accused them of "Neanderthal thinking." Yet, despite the president's repeated assurances that his coronavirus policies would "follow the science," it's clear that neither he nor his advisers have bothered to compare the mortality statistics of states with stringent mask mandates to those with no statewide mandates.  As it happens, the average number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents in the knuckle-dragger states is about half that of those whose governors still impose strict mask mandates, according to statistics provided by the New York Times.  In the 34 states whose hapless citizens still endure stringent mask mandates, the average number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents is 308.  In the 16 states run by "Neanderthals," the average death rate per 100,000 residents is 156.

Biden cancels visit to vaccine manufacturer after scathing report.  President Biden scrapped a Wednesday [3/10/2021] trip to a vaccine manufacturer after a scathing report said the firm's lobbying left the federal medical supplies stockpile unprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic.  Biden was scheduled to visit a Baltimore facility run by Emergent BioSolutions, but he canceled the trip following the Sunday report.  "We just felt [the White House] was a more appropriate place to have the meeting," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday at her daily press briefing.  "The administration is going to undertake a comprehensive review and audit of the National Stockpile," she said.  The CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Merck are expected to meet with Biden to discuss the rollout of the third US-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Whitmer Could Face Criminal Charges Over COVID Deaths, Prosecutor Says.  A county prosecutor in Michigan told a local news station Monday [3/8/2021] that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could possibly face charges for her early handling of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.  Peter Lucido, the Macomb County prosecutor, told WXYZ.com that he is limited in his own investigation into nursing home deaths, but if it is revealed that there was "willful neglect of office" or "reckless endangerment of a person's life," there could be criminal charges.  Lucido, a former Republican state senator, appealed to those in the state who may have lost loved ones to the virus who were in nursing homes to seek out information about the deaths.  He said HIPPAA laws prevent his office from obtaining some patient information.

Austria suspends AstraZeneca vaccine batch after death.  Austrian authorities have suspended inoculations with a batch of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigating the death of one person and the illness of another after the shots, a health agency said on Sunday [3/7/2021].

My respond to Focus on the Family on the vaccine.  [Video clip]

Dr. Anthony Fauci One Year Ago: 'People Should Not Be Walking Around with Masks'.  The chief medical advisor to the president, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said masks were not necessary one year ago Monday.  His advice was overridden by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) four weeks later.  "Right now in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks...  There's no reason to be walking around with a mask."

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Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says.  Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials.  The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way — in a single household — with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the guidance Monday [3/8/2021].

Climate and COVID: The Erosion of Common Intelligence and Common Sense.  [Scroll down]  Climate delirium has been with us for a generation and more and has been discussed and analyzed in innumerable articles and books.  The authentic literature on the subject has long been discoverable by any sentient person.  What is comparatively new on the psychogenic scene is Covid Derangement Syndrome.  The massive public accommodation to the onset of the coronavirus and the draconian measures deployed to combat it have proven to be useless and, indeed, ruinous.  Support for such oppressive measures remains high, despite the fact that public health lockdowns are unprecedented in the West and testify, as former Clinton advisor Naomi Wolf and American Institute for Economic Research senior fellow Donald Boudreaux warn, to the imminence of totalitarian rule.  These measures are instruments of political control, more suited to the police state than to a democracy.  Tucker Carlson gets it right in his February 23 [2021] segment.  Even so, the masked stream by like armies of the living dead or creepy, beaked creatures from outer space, scarcely humanoid.  It's a positive relief to see people who still have faces.  Multitudes continue to insist on virtual incarceration and the demolition of small businesses.  Studies into the effect of mrNPIs — more restrictive NonPharmaceutical Interventions, i.e., lockdowns — conducted by the prestigious European Journal of Clinical Investigation do not "find strong evidence supporting [any] additional benefit of stay-at-home orders and business closures."  These benefits, the report continues, assuming they exist, "may not match the numerous harms of these aggressive measures."  The language is careful but the findings are undeniable.

'Almost useless' COVID-19 tests on migrants dropped in Texas town find 25% infected.  A quarter of the illegal immigrants dropped off in one Texas town tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the man who runs the homeless shelter where Border Patrol agents are bringing the migrants they're catching and releasing.  Bill Reagan, director of Loaves and Fishes, the food bank and shelter in Harlingen, Texas, said more cases are likely but are not being detecting because, given the conditions, testing is "almost useless."  Mr. Reagan told a Harlingen City Commission meeting last week that the migrants are processed at the border and then bused to his facility, so they may have contracted COVID-19 but show no signs of infection.  Besides, he said, there is not much the city can do.

US officials believe Russia launched a disinformation campaign against the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to boost the status of its own:  Report.  Russian intelligence officials are attempting to cast doubt on the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.  Four publications acting as fronts for Russian intelligence are disseminating information that questions the efficacy and safety of the Pfizer vaccine, State Department officials told the Journal.  Russia is pedaling misleading information designed to make Americans question whether the US rushed the approval process for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

CU Boulder Frats Riot After Police Try To Break Up Party Over COVID Concerns, Attack Cop Cars.  Chaos erupted in Boulder's University Hill neighborhood Saturday night after a large party got out of control.  According to the Boulder Police Department, it's estimated 500 [to] 800 people gathered at the height of the riot.  "This is an unlawful assembly.  Due to riot conditions, you're ordered to leave the area immediately," a SWAT officer was heard announcing over an intercom at one point in the night.  A CU Boulder student, who did not want to be identified, told Denver7 what happened Saturday night was a result of frustration over COVID-19 restrictions.  [Video clip]

Is the pill red or blue?
COVID-19 pill effective in preliminary testing may be 'holy grail' of pandemic, Dr. Marc Siegel says.  A new possible medication to treat coronavirus-positive patients could be enough to turn the pandemic on its head, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel revealed Sunday on "Fox & Friends Weekend."  First-stage testing of the experimental COVID-19 pill called Molnupiravir, by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, showed promising signs of effectiveness in reducing the virus in patients.  "It may be the holy grail on this because it was just studied in phase two trials and it literally stopped the virus in its tracks," he explained.  "And there wasn't any virus found in the patients that were studied."

The Coronavirus panic may have started out as a public health concern, but now it's 100 percent political.
Greyhound Lines stands up to the Biden administration.  From the start of his campaign, Biden weaponized the Wuhan virus against Trump.  Informed and intelligent people realized quickly that Trump was moving with extraordinary rapidity to get systems in place to combat the virus (masks, ventilators, temporary hospitals, etc.) and was unleashing the scientists so that they could find a vaccination for the virus.  On the other side, Fauci was saying whatever nonsense entered his head, frightening people and often stymieing Trump's efforts; the media were battling any treatment Trump supported (most notably hydroxychloroquine); and Biden, despite a 47-year record of incompetence, was promising to do everything better than Trump did.  Once in the White House, Biden and Fauci said America will be dysfunctional for months or years, that we'll be wearing masks indefinitely, and that even getting the vaccination will not return things to normal.  The administration also targeted Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis, who'd never closed his state and who ended up with slightly fewer deaths than lockdown states while keeping Florida's economy alive.

Thousands of people who visited a COVID-19 vaccination site in California received the wrong dose, report says.  Thousands of people who visited a mass-vaccination site in Oakland, California, on March 1 received the wrong dosage of the Pfizer vaccine, KTVU reported.  An estimated 4,300 people were administered less than the recommended dose while getting a shot at the Oakland Coliseum, two unnamed medical workers told the media outlet.  The optimal vaccine dosage is 0.3 milliliters of Pfizer, but thousands of people received around 0.2 milliliters, KTVU said.

Switzerland bans face coverings in narrow vote.  Voters in Switzerland narrowly voted to adopt a measure banning facial coverings in public spaces.  More than 51% of Swiss voters voted to adopt the ban, which is estimated to affect only a handful of the nation's citizens.  The new guidance, adopted five years after the measure was first proposed, forbids niqabs and burqas, religious garb often worn by Muslim women, as well as the ski masks and bandannas often worn by protesters, in public spaces such as restaurants and public transportation, according to the Associated Press.  Exemptions will be allowed for places of worship, and masks designed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 may still be used.

Immunity Passports Bring Back Racial Segregation.  Vaccine passports aren't coming: they're already here.  And while discriminating against people based on their vaccination status is bad enough: the implications are even worse.  A vaccine passport transforms all of society into a two-tier system, but the basis for it isn't a needle, it's a set of government guidelines that were based on identity politics or 'equity'.  From the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to various state equity initiatives, some even worse than the CDC's push to prioritize people by race, the vaccine rollout was designed to put minorities at the head of the line.  These prioritizations were meant to be invisible, using disparate impact to advance groups with the right demographic skew.  The government using race to prioritize medical treatment is horrifying enough, but vaccine passports take the biased vaccine system and embed that bias into everyday areas of life.  The end result is a horrifying cross between China's social credit system and the racial segregation of the South.  Call it the equity credit system based on racial and sexual identity.

Why Cuomo Cooked the Books on Nursing-Home DeathsThey even lied about lying.  That would be a fitting epitaph for Andrew Cuomo's administration.  An epitaph could be useful to have.  We may end up needing one sooner rather than later.  The governor's top aide, Melissa DeRosa, recently confessed to state lawmakers that Cuomo had misled them about the true extent of COVID-related nursing-home deaths.  Administration officials had done this, she said, because they "froze."  They were paralyzed by the prospect that Donald Trump's Justice Department could politicize the information if it were revealed.  In admitting that the administration had lied, though, Cuomo officials were still lying.  [Paywall]

Preventing a Repeat of Disastrous Lockdown Policies.  The announcement that Texas and Mississippi are lifting their COVID lockdowns and mask mandates is welcome news. [...] Meanwhile, the CDC continues to wax hysteric and Dr. Fauci predicts that we may be wearing masks into 2022.  And, thanks to the Teachers Unions, students still aren't back in school in large parts of the country.  There are many people and institutions in the U.S. that are heavily invested in the pandemic and they won't turn on a dime.  Nonetheless, the movement in the red states may well herald the beginning of a change in some of the big blue states where the financial realities of the lockdowns are becoming impossible to ignore.  Once COVID is in the rear-view mirror, however, conservatives and libertarians — the pro-freedom forces — need to seize the narrative from the Left to make certain that policies like these never happen again.

The Rise and Fall of Andrew Cuomo.  As many as 15,000 virus deaths have now been attributed to Cuomo's March 25, 2020 policy of forcing the admission of patients who had tested positive for the China virus into nursing homes which held the most vulnerable to the virus.  The policy made no sense except as a payoff to the Greater NY Hospital Association, a major donor, (nearly $1 million in support of his 2018 election) which found the COVID patients unprofitable and wanted to make room for more lucrative patients. [...] He paid the donors off in another way, too.  Legislation which he signed on April 2, 2020 shielded the hospital and nursing home executives from any lawsuits respecting the China virus outbreak in their institutions.  The directive deliberately ignored former President Trump's provision of a hospital ship which made it to New York in record time and other quickly arranged alternative sites for treatment.  It was designed to help the donors and the Democrats fashion and enforce the notion that Trump didn't help New York, but that Cuomo was the man for the job.

There is no Covid-19, she says.  That's why the flu has completely disappeared.
Angry Nurse Rants On The Madness That Is COVID-19.  This nurse has had it was the fake news and quack science surrounding COVID-19.  [Video clip]

Ben Stein Warns About His Nightmarish Experience With The COVID Vax.  Ben Stein:  I had the COVID booster by Moderno four or five days ago and I am still feeling wild side effects from it like I have the worst flu in the world, extreme shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, extreme irrational thinking.  And it has just been devastating.  "It has just got to be told to the people that this booster is very, very strong.  Beware."  A word of warning from Ben Stein.  "This booster is a killer!"  [Video clip]

Columnist: COVID Numbers Vindicate Ron DeSantis.  Allysia Finley, a member of The Wall Street Journal's editorial board, penned an op-ed showcasing how Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' COVID policies have been vindicated. [...] There are more numbers vindicating DeSantis as well.  Bureau of Economic Analysis:  Florida's economy shrank 3.7% in the 3rd quarter of 2020 from the 4th quarter of 2019.  During that same time period, California's economy shrank 4.9% while New York's shrank 8%.  Census Bureau:  Between April 2020 and January 2021, Florida's per capita business formation was 2x higher than California's and 75% higher than New York's.  This is more evidence of the harm the lockdowns have done to the residents of states where they were imposed.

CDC Bends COVID Rules to Allow Migrant Shelters to Operate at Full Capacity.  All over the country, there are businesses, schools, and churches that are still not allowed to reopen, but it's a different story at migrant shelters.  The CDC is now bending the rules to allow these shelters to operate at full capacity.

The Editor says...
CDC rules are arbitrary and flexible, and the application of the rules is 100 percent political.

The Department of Health and Human Services is Hiring Coronavirus Quarantine Enforcement Officers.
  •   These positions are subject to permanent reassignment to another CDC Quarantine Station or duty station as the needs of the service warrant.
  •   These positions are subject to temporary assignment at any location in the United States and its territories or possessions, in foreign countries, or at sea.
  •   Selectee will be required to sign a Geographic Mobility Agreement.
  •   These positions are subject to shift work, weekend work, irregular work schedule and evening hours.  On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, independent of shift work assignments.
  •   The incumbents will be required to wear a uniform.
  •   The incumbent must be able to qualify for unrestricted access to secure areas at U.S. ports.
  •   The incumbent must be able to obtain an official U.S. passport.
  •   The incumbent must have a valid State government-issued driver's license.
  •   The incumbent is required to be current in his/her immunizations per ACIP guidelines.  Must undergo baseline and periodic health screening procedures such as respiratory fit testing and PPD tests for tuberculosis exposure.  May be required to wear an N-95 respirator.
  •   The incumbent must be physically fit enough to work long hours and frequently travel on foot to remote gate areas in a short period of time.

The Editor says...
"Remote gate areas" — perhaps at a FEMA camp?

Why is Cuomo Being Thrown Under the COVID-Con Bus?  Less than a year ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was a darling of the left over his "leadership" in managing the COVID pandemic in his state. [...] Cuomo received an Emmy award, "In recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world."  I'm sure those in nursing homes receiving a new COVID positive roommate, courtesy of Governor Cuomo, felt calmed watching his daily "I'm the governor and you're not" thuggery on television every day. [...] Did Dr Fauci not know about Cuomo sending COVID infected patients into nursing homes?  And then covered it up?  While a hospital ship and several makeshift hospitals in New York City sat nearly empty?  Was Fauci unaware or part of the slaughter and coverup?

Famed NYC restaurants opening in Miami due to lax COVID-19 restrictions have seen business 'boom' with three-month-long wait lists.  Famed New York City restaurants that have opened up in Miami despite the COVID-19 pandemic are reaping the benefits of lesser restrictions with business said to be 'booming' and overflowing with patrons and reservations.  While the once thriving hospitality scene in NYC has been largely been crippled due to the state's strict COVID-19 measures, some restaurant owners say Miami has opened up new opportunities to expand and survive amid the pandemic.  NYC's high-end sushi chain Kissaki is among the latest to open in Miami, with restaurateur and owner Garry Kafner preparing to open two new locations this year.

Some Covid Links.  Even the New York Times is now reporting that New York strongman Andrew Cuomo and his henchmen intentionally covered up the number of deaths from Covid-19 that occurred in that state's nursing homes.  A slice:  ["]The central role played by the governor's top aides reflected the lengths to which Mr. Cuomo has gone in the middle of a deadly pandemic to control data, brush aside public health expertise and bolster his position as a national leader in the fight against the coronavirus.["]

A Fourth State is Now Announcing That It Will Be 'Reopening' 100% and Ending Lockdowns — Arizona.  The Great State of Arizona is putting an end to the coronavirus lockdowns and reopening its state for business.  The state's governor, Doug Ducey, stated that Arizona will reopen all businesses at 100 percent capacity.  "We've learned a lot over the past year," Ducey said in a statement.  "Our businesses have done an excellent job at responding to this pandemic in a safe and responsible way.  We will always admire the sacrifice they and their employees have made and their vigilance to protect against the virus."  "We withstood the calls from the extremes on both sides, and we will continue to ignore them," he added.  "We always knew that fighting this virus would be dependent on the personal responsibility of everyday Arizonans."

AZ Sheriff: 'Would Love to Hear Dr. Fauci' on COVID Risk from Border.  On Friday's [3/5/2021] broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," Cochise County, AZ Sheriff Mark Dannels (R) stated that the Biden administration's immigration policy "goes against the grain of the CDC.  I would love to hear Dr. Fauci."  And that people entering the U.S. are "being released without being tested into communities."  [Video clip]

West Virginia to lift indoor limits at bars, most businesses.  West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ordered to loosen pandemic restrictions on Friday at restaurants, bars and most businesses to allow full capacity at those establishments where social distancing is possible.  The state's mask mandate will remain in effect.  Full capacity will be allowed at small business and retail stores and gyms and museums.  Justice said standing room to congregate will not be allowed in places such as bars.

Why we shouldn't worry about Covid super strains.  Should we worry about new Covid variants?  Much has been made in recent weeks about the potential for new Covid strains to arise, and the danger of a new super variant bypassing all our vaccines and bodies' existing defences to cause another global pandemic even worse than this one.  But while I would say that this is not impossible and could happen, it would be very unusual if this took place.  We know from previous epidemics what happens when a population encounters a new virus.  When Europeans first discovered South America, the viral infections they imported — measles, chickenpox, smallpox, influenza — killed more of the indigenous people than any of the related wars taking place.  But over time, people (particularly during childhood) gradually acquire a certain level of immunity, resulting in improved survival when later exposed to these viruses.  Smallpox has now been eradicated and immunity to measles and chickenpox is very stable and generally lasts for life.

Andrew Cuomo blamed The Post — but HE was the liar and a fraud.  On July 24, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked about criticism of his handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes.  His response:  "I believe it is a political issue.  I think it's the New York Post, I think it's Michael Goodwin, I think it's Bob McManus, I think it's Fox TV.  I think it is all politically motivated.  If anybody looked at the facts, they would know that it was wholly absurd on its face.  People died in nursing homes.  That's very unfortunate.  Just on the top line, we are number 35th in the nation in percentage of deaths in nursing homes.  Go talk to 34 other states first.  Go talk to the Republican states now.  Florida, Texas, Arizona.  Ask them what is happening in nursing homes.  It's all politics."  We now know that New York scored as 35th in the nation only because Cuomo was engaged in a criminal coverup to hide the true numbers.

Japan Supercomputer Finds Double-Masking Doesn't Work.  Last month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the president and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, initially said, "there's no data that indicates that that is going to make a difference."  He then flip-flopped, saying that the CDC is investigating "whether two masks may be better than one" and added that "it makes common sense"... and added that the reason they have not recommended it until now is that "they are a science-based organization."  Fauci then added, unscientifically, "if one mask serves as a physical barrier, it makes common sense, and certainly can't hurt and might help to wear two masks."  This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom also doubled-down (literally) on double making following Texas and Mississippi actions to go maskless.

Wearing two masks does little to prevent viral spread of COVID-19, new study shows.  Wearing two masks delivers little additional benefit in blocking the viral spread of COVID-19 compared with one properly fitted mask, according to Japanese supercomputer simulations.  Using a single, good-fitting surgical-type mask, made of non-woven material, provides 85% effectiveness in blocking particles, Reuters reported.  But adding a second polyurethane mask on top of the first one increased effectiveness to just 89%.  And wearing two non-woven masks doesn't work, either, because air resistance within them forces air to leak out round the edges.  "The performance of double masking simply does not add up," wrote the researchers, led by Makoto Tsubokura.  "Researchers used the Fugaku supercomputer to model the flow of virus particles from people wearing different types and combinations of masks, according to a study released on Thursday by research giant Riken and Kobe University," Reuters wrote.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Quietly Changes Definition of 'Vaccine' to Include COVID-19 mRNA Injection.  Merriam-Webster dictionary has quietly changed the definition of the term 'vaccine' to include components of the COVID-19 mRNA injection.  The definition of vaccine was specifically changed due to the COVID-19 injection.

Connecticut dramatically rolls back COVID restrictions, allowing full indoor dining, increased entertainment and sports capacity; travel ban lifted.  Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday [3/4/2021] announced that he will soon roll out an expansive reopening plan for Connecticut, including allowing restaurants to operate at full capacity, loosening rules on sports and entertainment venues and lifting the travel ban.  Most of the changes will go into effect on March 19, with several more coming down the line over the following two weeks.  The decision comes as President Joe Biden warns states not to move fast on reopening.  Lamont said the decision was a result of Connecticut's dropping COVID-19 metrics.

One Governor Is Standing in the Way of Opening Schools.  "I am a Democrat.  He's the governor, and a Democratic governor."  And with that explanation, North Carolina state senator Paul Lowe cast the deciding vote to sustain Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bipartisan bill offering in-person learning for kids.  Seldom does a politician so openly declare a preference for party over parents, but honesty is a nice change of pace for elected Democrats in the Tar Heel State.

Gov. Doug Ducey lifts restrictions on occupancy at Arizona businesses.  Citing expanded vaccine availability and declining COVID-19 case numbers, Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday [3/5/2021] announced he would relax emergency restrictions previously placed on businesses.  While mask and physical distancing requirements will not change, businesses including bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters and water parks can now operate at full capacity.

Virus experts demand new probe into origins of COVID-19.  An international group of virus experts on Thursday called for a new "full and unrestricted" international forensic probe of the emergence of the coronavirus, expressing concern over China's dissembling and lack of transparency on the origins of the pandemic.  The scientists' call for a new inquiry comes after a probe by a World Health Organization team of experts into the virus's origin produced what critics said was an incomplete and questionable report after a recent visit to China.  "Finding the origins of SARS-CoV-2 is critically important to both better addressing the current pandemic and reducing the risks of future ones," the group of 26 noted virologists, epidemiologists and other medical specialists stated in an open letter posted online.  "Unfortunately, well over a year after the initial outbreak the origins of the pandemic remain unknown," they added.

Cuomo's Aides Massively Undercounted COVID Nursing Home Deaths in Report:  WSJ.  Aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo altered a public report on COVID-19 nursing home deaths so that the fatality numbers excluded a huge number of those who died in hospitals, The Wall Street Journal reports.  Sources cited by the Journal said Cuomo's advisers convinced health officials to limit the death toll to those who had died of the virus in long-term nursing home facilities, excluding all of those who fell sick in such facilities but later passed away in hospitals.  The July report consequently showed that only 6,432 nursing home patients died, a figure that represented a massive undercount.  The actual death toll is more than 15,000.  Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo's top aide, had previously admitted to lawmakers that the state withheld COVID-19 nursing home death numbers so that the tally could not "be used against us."  The governor has been under mounting scrutiny over the state's nursing home deaths in light of his July 2020 decision to direct nursing homes to accept coronavirus-positive patients after their discharge from hospital.

Impeach Him:  Cuomo Staffers Altered COVID Nursing Home Death Count in Reports.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing a series of sexual harassment allegations, but let's not take our eye off the other scandal.  He covered up thousands of COVID deaths to make himself look better.  Yes, his top aides said they feared a federal investigation under the Trump administration, but that's weak sauce.  That's not an excuse.  We all see why Cuomo undercounted the number of COVID deaths in nursing homes.  He signed an executive order that forced these facilities to admit COVID-positive patients.  He was on television looking like a COVID response ace.  In reality, he was an incompetent moron who was killing New York's elderly by the fistful.  He won an Emmy for his pressers.  He wrote a book about how awesome he was; the media establishment adored him.  He was a beacon of leadership amid this pandemic, boasting that incompetence is what caused unnecessary COVID deaths.  He should look in the mirror.

More about Governor Andrew Cuomo.

'Neanderthal' Governors Outscore Biden On The COVID Science.  resident Joe Biden wasn't too happy when Texas and Mississippi decided to reopen their economies and liberate their people from statewide mask mandates, calling it "Neanderthal thinking."  But wait a minute, who's following the science here, and who isn't?  While Biden is clearly in love with the idea of the government forcing Americans to wear masks and keeping heavy restrictions on businesses, the science is piling up showing that these measures are not very effective, if they are at all.  One Swiss group, for example, found 10 studies challenging the effectiveness of masks.  One is a Danish review that compared a control group that followed social distancing guidelines but didn't wear masks, while another group wore high-quality surgical masks.  It found no statistically significant difference between the two groups.

Obesity [is] a driving factor in COVID-19 deaths, global report finds.  The majority of global COVID-19 deaths have been in countries where many people are obese, with coronavirus fatality rates 10 times higher in nations where at least 50% of adults are overweight, a global study found on Thursday [3/4/2021].  The report, which described a "dramatic" correlation between countries' COVID-19 death and obesity rates, found that 90% or 2.2 million of the 2.5 million deaths from the pandemic disease so far were in countries with high levels of obesity.  The study analysed the COVID-19 death figures from Johns Hopkins University in the United States and the World Health Organization's Global Health Observatory data on obesity.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson forces Senate to read all 628 pages of Biden's COVID bill aloud.  Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., forced the Senate to begin reading all 628 pages of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID bill aloud on the Senate floor Thursday, further delaying a vote on the legislation Democrats hope to make law by next week.  Johnson said his tactic was about "educating" the American public on what was in the $1.9 trillion package, which he has derided as full of provisions unrelated to COVID relief.  The entire process could take at least 10 hours.

Dr. Fauci Rips Texas Governor For Reopening Businesses, Ending Mask Mandate.  The authoritarians are panicking over the loss of their control.  Florida, Texas, Mississippi and several other states in the union are open for business at full capacity with zero mask mandates. [...] But the DC establishment and Democrat tyrants don't want to lose their newfound power.  Dr. Fauci ripped Texas for reopening at full capacity and ending the unconstitutional mask mandate.  "It just is inexplicable why you would want to pull back now," Fauci said.   UHVsbGluZyBiYWNrIGlzIHdoYXQgRmF1Y2kncyBmYXRoZXIgc2hvdWxkIGhhdmUgZG9uZS4=

COVID Restrictions Are Being Lifted in These States.  Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout, several states have pulled back on some safety measures.  The most recent addition to this list is Texas, the largest state so far to lift its mask mandate.

Biden Prioritizing Texas Allowing Personal Choice over People Bringing COVID Across Border.  On Wednesday's [3/3/2021] broadcast of the Fox Business Network's "Making Money," Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) reacted to President Joe Biden's criticism of Texas for lifting its mask mandate by stating Biden is "prioritizing whether or not a Texan can make that decision" to wear a mask over border security, "when we have thousands of migrants coming across the border, some are bringing the disease with them."  Gooden said, "The governor did not come out yesterday and ban masks.  He just eliminated the mandate to wear them.  If you want to wear a mask, you can wear a mask. [...]"

Biden Mocks Texas, Mississippi for Lifting Mask Mandates: 'Neanderthal Thinking'.  President Biden criticized decisions by the governors of Mississippi and Texas to lift their state's mask mandate as "neanderthal thinking" during a talk with reporters on Wednesday [3/3/2021].  "I hope everyone has realized by now these masks make a difference.  We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease," Biden said, in comments reported by Bloomberg.  "The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything's fine, take off your mask, forget it," the president added. [...] Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that he would rescind restrictions on businesses to reopen Texas "at 100 percent," and revoke the state's mask mandate by the middle of next week.  The state's daily reported coronavirus cases are far lower than their peak in mid-January, and over 13 percent of residents have received at least one vaccine shot.

The Editor says...
Today I went to the bank, the dry cleaning shop, the Walmart store, two other stores (with Mrs. Editor), and to a sit-down restaurant whose name you would recognize if you live in Dallas.  A few people stared at me as if I were half-dressed, but nobody said anything to me.  And the Walmart store has finally turned off the annoying Big Brother wash-your-hands announcements from the portable PA system in the parking lot.  It surprises me to see people walking around with face masks, even though there is no longer any requirement to wear them.  It is as if they are afraid to return to normal.

"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man and brave, hated and scorned.  When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
- Mark Twain                  

Joe Biden Calls Texas and Mississippi Removing Mask Mandates 'Neanderthal,' but His Fear of What Is Next Is the Real Story.  Yesterday [3/2/2021], Texas and Mississippi announced they'd had enough of the CDC-recommended precautions to stop the spread of the China virus.  We are now nearly a year into "fourteen days to flatten the curve" and "thirty days to stop the spread," and, needless to say, none of the wishcasting by the brainiacs at CDC have had any measurable impact.  In fact, the data indicates quite the opposite.  Mississippi bought into the entire draconian scheme and has one of the highest death rates in the nation.  Texas has blown off nearly all the restrictions on civil liberties and is right at the national average in Wuhan virus death rate.

China makes COVID-19 anal swabs mandatory for foreigners.  China has made anal COVID-19 swabs mandatory for all foreign travelers arriving in the country, a report said Wednesday [3/3/2021].  The government has claimed that such tests provide a higher degree of accuracy than other screening methods for the virus, the Times UK reported.  As part of the new travel requirement, there will be testing hubs in Beijing and Shanghai airports, the outlet reported.  Li Tongzeng, a respiratory disease medic, said the anal swabs are better because virus traces stay in fecal samples longer than they do in the nose or throat, state media reported.  The move comes after Japan asked China to stop performing the exams on its citizens when they enter the country because the swabs cause mental anguish.

Chinese Checkers:  Anyone Flying Into China Can Now Be Forced to Get an Anal Swab.  I've got bad news about that trip to China you've planned. [...] Travelers to the Red Dragon can now be forcibly tested for COVID — with an anal swab.

The Editor says...
If you're planning a recreational trip to China, Vietnam, or North Korea, have a nice time, and don't come back!

You might be a Neanderthal if ...  Joe Biden disparaged governors who are opening their economies by calling them "Neanderthals." [...] To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy, you might be a Neanderthal if:
  ·   You believe the masks are the solution even though states and countries without the mask mandate did as well or better than the ones who had the mandate.
  ·   You believe that masks and other tyrannical mitigation rules stopped the seasonal flu this year when states and countries without the mask mandate and strict lockdowns also did not have much seasonal flu this year.
  ·   You still believe that the virus easily spreads off surfaces.
  ·   You still believe that millions of people without symptoms are actively spreading the virus.
  ·   You continue to keep schools closed while you bend over for your special interest groups.
  ·   You keep destroying small businesses while you allow yourself to be controlled by social media billionaires and while you allow large corporations to remain open. [...]
  ·   You tell citizens they can't travel and must quarantine while you let illegal aliens roam the country free with the virus.
  ·   You called governors who forced nursing homes to take in sick people to kill the vulnerable elderly "the gold standard" while chastising governors who dared give their residents freedom to stay open and not wear masks who had better results.
  ·   You might be a Neanderthal (or their sheep) if you believe and follow everything Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United Nations's WHO or the CDC say, despite all the things they have intentionally or unintentionally gotten wrong.

Why Democrats are scared.  The Democrats are proud of their ill gotten success, but they know they cheated, and they are afraid of the truth eventually being revealed.  They are consumed with pride and alarm — pride in their power, alarmed that they cannot force the probably seventy-five-plus millions of voters who support Trump to submit to their authoritarian agenda.  Their solution?  We must be forced to comply by any means necessary.  Any and all discussion or references to the fraud that so characterized the 2020 election must be censored.  And it has been censored, just as any legitimate but skeptical medical opinions about COVID and the vaccine must be censored and most certainly have been.  The alarm of the left dictates the deletion of any and all voices that do not align with the fear-mongering narrative that COVID is going to kill us all if we do not submit to their tyrannical restrictions on our freedom.  Their "narrative" is all nonsense, a ruse, part of a grand plan, the "great reset."

New York Legislature Strikes Deal To Strip Cuomo Of Emergency Pandemic Powers.  The New York Post remembered today that not long ago, when certain state legislators were accused of sexual misconduct, Cuomo himself was quick to call for them to resign rather than insist upon an investigation to determine their guilt.  I wonder how many state lawmakers who'll end up voting to strip him of his COVID powers remember those episodes and resent the double standard.  Democrats have two problems in demanding that Cuomo resign, though.  One is that what he's been accused of isn't that different from what Joe "Busy Hands" Biden has been accused of.  Cuomo's intent sounded more lascivious than Biden's did in the incidents recounted by his accusers, but then Cuomo hasn't been accused of anything as bad as what Tara Reade accused Biden of.

Cuomo's Fatal Nursing Home Order May Be Payback For Major Campaign Donations.  Campaign donations of over a million dollars from a hospital trade association may have been behind NY Gov. Cuomo's infamous nursing home order, resulting in thousands of Nursing Home deaths.  In September 2020[, i]n the Wall Street Journal, Bill Hammond reported that one trade association came up with and sold to Cuomo the idea for his March 25, 2020 order that caused the deaths of thousands of Seniors in nursing homes. [...] According to Hammond, it was the powerful GNHA that came up with and sold the idea to the Governor, which resulted in the lame-brained March 25th, order which said, "No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to a nursing home solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.  Nursing homes are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 before admission or readmission."

Reports: New CDC Guidance Will Encourage Vaccinated Americans To Socialize In Small Groups, Without Masks.  The cynical response to this is "Who cares?  The CDC has handled the pandemic terribly.  Americans ignore their advice in other health matters, why wouldn't they ignore this too?"  I do think it matters to elite opinion, though, and elite opinion seeps down into the culture via its many levers of power.  Like I said last week, it can't be a coincidence that media coverage of family reunions is so hard to find despite the fact that more than 25 million Americans have already received both doses.  Clearly the press is hesitant to showcase the social benefits of vaccination for fear of getting ahead of the experts by encouraging people to relax pandemic precautions — even though it's safe for vaccinated people to do so.

Publix gets 1 out of 4 Florida coronavirus vaccines, which officials don't track.  State officials have shipped 70,000 COVID vaccine doses a week to Publix's central distribution hub in Lakeland in Central Florida, without knowing exactly where the shots will go, a Miami Herald analysis of state vaccine distribution data from the past five weeks and interviews with state officials found.  The grocery chain — a major financial supporter of Gov. Ron DeSantis — is the state's single-largest vaccine supplier and receives nearly a quarter of Florida's available doses without providing state officials a store-specific distribution plan ahead of time, according to Jared Moskowitz, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the agency leading the vaccination campaign.

Turns Out WaPo Ridiculed Masks & Called Them 'Useless' in April 2020. Here's What Changed.  It seems that Anthony "I Only Lie For Your Own Good" Fauci isn't the only one who's done a total about-face on masks.  Almost 11 months ago to the day, the Washington Post ran a story citing research on the mandates adopted in various U.S. cities to combat the 1918 Spanish Flu that... well, honestly, it reads like something I might have written.  The Post portrays the donning of masks to prevent the spread of a respiratory virus as a ridiculous and thoroughly discredited practice, calling it 'useless' in their very headline!  Turns out folks called them chin sails or flu fences back then rather than face diapers.

Chait: Teachers unions and 'Zeroism'.  Today [3/3/2021] Jonathan Chait puts a name to something we've all observed over the last few months.  Teachers unions around the country have been fighting a return to classrooms and largely ignoring statements from the CDC and other experts that reopening can be done safely even without vaccinating teachers first.  The impact of distance learning on many marginal students has been shown to be a disaster but somehow that doesn't seem to matter.  Teachers in many places are unwilling to return until the risk to them is effectively zero.

Fauci's Failures Are Firing Offenses.  Dr. Anthony Fauci has impressive credentials and a lengthy tenure as a top-level government health official dating back to 1984.  But his performance during the COVID-19 pandemic has been abysmal, with politicized non-science-based edicts and frequently reversed "medical advice" that have confused and frightened Americans.  Just a week ago, Fauci made what to some was a stunning admission:  "We've done worse than most any country" in managing the outbreak, he said.  We say "stunning" because Fauci, as head of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is the official most responsible for the U.S. response.  His 2019 pay of $417,608 makes him the nation's highest paid federal official.  As a scientist, he's held in very high esteem by many, particularly those on the left, who see his sweeping powers — lockdowns, masking, social distancing — as a nifty means of social control.  It's control of 330 million people via social isolation and nonstop browbeating of those who dare to diverge from the oppressive "new normal" we all now experience on a daily basis.  The big problem has been Fauci's pronunciamentos are often nonsensical, not supported by science or contradictory.

America Will Be In Lockdown As Long As Dr. Fauci Is A God.  White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci traded barbs with South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem on CBS Sunday, speaking one after the other on the flagship political program over whether aggressive endless lockdowns serve the public's best interest.  Fauci first responded to Noem, who celebrated her state's triumphant success protecting the vulnerable while its economy remained open, in direct rebuke to Fauci, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the weekend.  "We never focused on the case numbers.  Instead we kept our eye on hospital capacity.  Now Dr. Fauci, he told me that on my worst day, I'd have 10,000 patients in the hospital.  On our worst day, we had a little over 600," Noem touted at the annual gathering of grassroots conservatives.  "Now, I don't know if you agree with me, but Dr. Fauci is wrong a lot."  Fauci called the governor's remarks "unfortunate."

'It is now time to open Texas 100%:' Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reverses statewide pandemic orders.  Exactly eight months after issuing a mask mandate in most Texas counties, Gov. Greg Abbott reversed that order on Tuesday, along with most other statewide COVID-19 orders he signed last year.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made the statewide announcement Tuesday while speaking to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.  "Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities," Abbott said.  "Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills.  This must end.  It is now time to open Texas 100%."  Effective next Wednesday, all businesses regardless of classifications are allowed to open to 100% capacity, Abbott said.

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Greg Abbott came in dead last in the CPAC presidential straw poll over the weekend, and two days later,  poof!  the mask restrictions were lifted!  What an amazing coincidence!

Texas and Mississippi announce a return to the Old Normal.  March 2 was a red-letter day in America because Texas announced that all COVID restrictions are henceforth over.  Additionally, Mississippi, while it didn't go quite as far, did end mask mandates.  Individual citizens in those states can still make their own choices about masks, social distancing, and their business plans but the government is no longer riding herd on its citizens over a disease that is fading away.

Are Mask Mandates Crumbling?  For quite a few months now, my family has been living a normal life, unimpeded by covid hysteria.  Sure, it's not perfect: the restaurants are open again, but we do have to wear masks for a few seconds while walking to our table.  Also during the few moments while we walk indoors to our offices, and in grocery stores, etc.  Given that I think the science is clear, and masks do no, or virtually no, good, I eagerly await the day when we can burn them all.  Is the mask dam starting to break?  I think so.  In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds has lifted her state's mask mandate.  In Texas, too, Governor Abbott has said businesses can operate at full capacity, and no more masks.  In Mississippi, Governor Tate Reeves has revoked the state's mask mandate in all counties.  And I believe there are a few more who have taken similar steps, like Montana and North Dakota, joining South Dakota which never had a mask law in the first place.

Reactions to Governor Abbott lifting the mask mandate, reopening businesses.  Governor Abbott chose the 185th anniversary of Texas Independence Day to announce he is completely reopening the state and eliminating face mask mandates, too.  This action goes into effect next week, on Wednesday, March 10.  Reactions from Texans and others came swiftly and were as split as the nation is in general.  As Allahpundit pointed out yesterday, there are not a lot changes with the governor's move.  The timing is questionable.  Is this a counteraction to the CDC and others like Dr. Fauci stressing that now is no time to ease up on taking precautions against the coronavirus?  Or is it a move to distract from the other big story in Texas, that of the catastrophic power failure during the Valentine's Day winter storm?  Supporters were celebrating and opponents were full of doom and gloom.  For example, Rep. Dan Crenshaw is pleased and Beto O'Rourke flat out says Abbott is killing Texans.  There is no room for nuance here.

Handcuffed and Stripped by Welsh Police — for Eating an Ice Cream on the Beach.  A man has described how he was handcuffed, arrested and stripped in a police cell for the crime of not giving his name after being caught taking his family to their favourite Welsh beach.  [Video clip]  Radek Kotlarek moved to Wales from London with his family seven years ago for a peaceful life.  But his treatment at the weekend by Welsh police, he says, was more redolent of Nazi German or the communist era in his native Poland.

[Nearly vertical] "Slippery Slope" - Vaccine Passports Are A Technical & Ethical Minefield.  Vaccine passports are essentially certificates that link proof of vaccination to the identity of the holder, a potential silver bullet to return to our pre-Covid-19 lives.  Before the pandemic, the EU was working on plans for cross-border electronic certificates to replace the paper booklets that many travellers carry.  At this week's EU summit some leaders pressed for further steps towards coronavirus passports.  A recent Royal Society report that I led came up with 12 different criteria that would need to be satisfied to make such passports feasible.  This is a complex ecosystem that requires an understanding of everything from immunity and infection to technology, ethics and behavioural factors.  But the underlying question must be: what would a vaccine passport be used for?

Illinois smokers now prioritized for the coronavirus vaccine.  Illinois smokers are now among the priority groups eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  As a part of the state's vaccination schedule, residents with certain high-risk medical conditions — including smoking — are now able to get shots, along with seniors and medical and essential workers.  The move to Phase 1B+ went into effect Feb. 25.  The expansion was done in order to "advance the state's goal of equitable distribution" to communities of color, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Contagious Brazil COVID-19 variant evades immunity, scientists warn.  A highly transmissible COVID-19 variant that emerged in Brazil and has now been found in at least 20 countries can re-infect people who previously recovered from the disease, scientists said on Tuesday [3/2/2021].  In a study of the mutant virus's emergence and its spread in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, the scientists said the variant — known as P.1 — has a "unique constellation of mutations" and had very rapidly become the dominant variant circulating there.

In Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves says masks will no longer be mandatory.  Just encouraged..  Gov. Tate Reeves signed a new executive order Tuesday afternoon [3/2/2021] removing all mask mandates in Mississippi, deciding to instead encourage mask-wearing rather than mandating it.  The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday.  Mississippi wasn't the only state Tuesday changing mask requirements.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also announced removing that state's mask mandate.  Reeves' announcement on the heels of Tuesday's reported 301 new cases, and 44 COVID-19-related deaths.  But Reeves said, while he looks at daily case data, "total number of daily cases in not the end all be all."  Instead, it's the number of hospitalizations, filled ICU beds and people on ventilators that dictated his executive orders.  All three of those numbers decreased significantly last month, Reeves said, triggering his move to end county mask mandates.

There's a reason states are still locked down.  Remember how about a year ago they told us to sit tight for a few weeks so that hospitals wouldn't be overrun and then we'd be back to normal?  Heck, we even had a vaccine within eight months (thank you, President Trump, for Operation Warp Speed).  Yet here we are, a year in, and they still resist re-opening.  Why?  Because they crave the control and power they have over their "subjects."  Vote every single one of the Lockdown Politicians out next chance you get.

New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday [3/2/2021] the rollout of a new pilot program in which New Yorkers would have to flash a sort of COVID-19 passport in order to enter sports arenas, theaters and other businesses as the state continues reopening efforts.  The plan is to test the "Excelsior Pass," which will use secure technology to confirm if a person has gotten vaccinated or has had a recent negative COVID-19 exam result, during events at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center, Cuomo said in a statement.  The pass was tested at Tuesday night's New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.  Similar to an airline boarding pass, people will be able to print out their pass or save it on their phones using the Excelsior Pass's "Wallet App."  Each pass will have a secure QR code, which venues will scan using a companion app to confirm a person's health status.

Biden Says When He Thinks Things Will Get Back to Normal, It's Not Good.  It sounds like some states are well on their way to getting back to normal.  Both Texas and Mississippi today [3/2/2021] announced today [sic] they would be discontinuing all mask mandates and allowing businesses and schools to open back up.  This isn't just out of the air or haphazardly but based on dropping numbers of cases.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifts COVID-19 mask mandate, allows businesses to open at 100%.  Gov. Greg Abbott says it's time to reopen businesses in Texas and remove the state's mask mandate.  "It is now time to open Texas 100%," Abbott said in Lubbock, joined by Lubbock business leaders at Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant.  "Everybody who wants to work should have the opportunity.  Every business that wants to be open should be open."  Abbott pointed to the state's "abundance" of personal protective equipment, testing capabilities and antibody therapeutic drugs to treat the virus as reasons why businesses can fully reopen.  He also maintained "Texans have mastered the daily habits to avoid getting COVID."

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Ends Mandatory Mask Mandate: 'Time To Open Texas 100%'.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, announced on Tuesday afternoon that he is signing an executive order that will lift the state's mandatory mask mandate and will do away with limits on the number of people that businesses can serve indoors effective next week.  "Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities," Abbott said.  "Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills.  This must end.  It is now time to open Texas 100%.  "So today, I'm issuing a new executive order that rescinds most of the earlier executive orders," Abbott said.  "Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%.  That includes any type of entity in Texas.  Also, I'm ending the statewide mask mandate."

Lockdowns:  Which 'Experts' Were Right?  It has now been nearly a year since "public health experts" began appearing on television talk shows insisting that, to survive COVID-19, the nation would have to pursue unprecedented mitigation policies.  They told us that our salvation required draconian measures such as school closures, stay-at-home orders, and business lockdowns.  Moreover, we were advised not to expect a fast return to our normal lives.  In early April 2020, for example, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel solemnly assured us, "We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine....  We need to prepare ourselves for this to last 18 months or so and for the toll that it will take."  The good doctor didn't mention that, for a man of his means, "the toll that it will take" would be negligible even as it disrupted the education of millions of children, rendered their parents unemployed, and wreaked social and psychological havoc throughout society.

Gavin Newsom Snipes at Texas for Opening, Ends Up Absolutely Owned.  Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas announced this afternoon that his state will completely lift all COVID restrictions, including allowing 100% capacity in businesses while also nuking any mask mandates.  Texas has already been largely open for months, and while one could argue that Abbott is late to the party on removing the remaining limits (especially in contrast to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Gov. Kristi Noem), it's still good to see the Lone Star State doing the right thing.  It's well past time to make the jump, in my opinion, and it's become a societal and economic necessity regardless.

With These Data Points, NY Post Delivers the Kill Shot to Biden's $1.9 Trillion COVID Bill.  [Scroll down]  Dr. Marty Makary, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins, decided to do something that Dr. Anthony Fauci has refused to do which is to take a position based on the current scientific data, not the political winds.  Makary was blunt the straight-forward:  we're going to have herd immunity by the end of April.  The vaccination rate is on a trend to hit 100 million people.  Johnson & Johnson's vaccine will add a third option to supplement the supply.  And all of this is thanks to the Trump administration.  Based on the current numbers, Makary said that with an infection fatality rate of 0.23 percent and 1 in 600 Americans dying from the virus, two-thirds of the country has already contracted the disease.  We're underestimating natural immunity.  There's that other bit too, which is we've seen a drop in COVID cases over the past six weeks.  How big a drop?  Oh, it's to the tune of 77 percent.  Even in nations with these new strains, deaths and cases are going down.  Why is this news being buried?

New Zealand debates punishing 'rule-breakers' who get Covid.  Mass insanity appears to have gripped nearly the entire nation of New Zealand, which has placed its largest city, Auckland, under its fourth lockdown requiring people to stay indoors at home (aka, "house arrest"), this time because one case of Covid was discovered (a second case followed after the lockdown was announced). The nation's leader, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, is blaming the victim for presumed rule-breaking, on the theory that the spread of a virus can be completely prevented if only people obey their leaders who are imposing radical confinement rules on them.

Report: SARS Covid-2 is the 'Product of Genetic Experiments Commissioned and Funded' by Fauci's NIAID.  Fox News host Steve Hilton on Sunday [2/28/2021] shared the latest shocking findings from his months-long investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, alleging that the virus links back to U.S. commissioned research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that was overseen by Dr. Anthony Fauci.  The host of the "The Next Revolution" told his viewers that there is reason to believe that SARS Covid-2 — which is now widely believed to have leaked from the Wuhan Lab — is the "product of genetic experiments commissioned and funded by our own government."  Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has been an influential advocate of a very controversial type of research called "Gain of Function" virus research.  The research "aims to take a virus and then manipulate its genetic code to make it stronger and more contagious.  The virus would gain new functions, hence the name," Hilton explained.  "The thinking goes, if we could engineer the most deadly viruses ourselves in lab conditions, we could better prepare for our pandemic response."

A Canadian city added a sadistic child abuse twist to its COVID response.  It's starting to look as if an unspoken side effect of the Wuhan virus is that it drives bureaucrats insane.  How else can one explain a flyer from a fairly populous municipality in central Canada telling parents to isolate their children in a room if they've been exposed to a positive classmate?  The city later apologized saying it was all a mistake but by then people had followed these abusive guidelines.  Canada's quarantine guidelines for travelers are equally subject to abuse, albeit of the financial kind.  The Toronto Sun broke the news about the sadistic guidelines that the Regional Municipality of Peel in Ontario, Canada, which is home to almost 1.4 million people, issued to parents:  ["]Peel Health has issued guidelines to parents instructing them to keep any children who have been sent home because a classmate has tested positive for COVID-19 isolated in a separate room from all other family members for 14 days.  The severe guidelines, which apply even to small children who are dismissed from child care, are being criticized by experts as harmful and not supported by science.["]

Swedish professor quits COVID-19 research amid hostility over his findings.  A Swedish professor of epidemiology has quit researching COVID-19 after facing fierce backlash over his findings that the illness poses a low threat to children — undermining the political argument that schools can't reopen.  Jonas Ludvigsson, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute, said he has lost sleep as a result of the "angry messages through social media and email" assailing his study and partly blaming him for Sweden's contrarian COVID-19 strategy, The College Fix reported.  His research focused on children aged 1 to 16 during the first wave of the pandemic last spring, including those with "laboratory-verified or clinically verified COVID-19, including patients who were admitted for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children" because it's "likely" related to the bug.

Neo-racists in state government prioritizing Blacks and Latinos for Covid vaccination.  A new wave of racism is sweeping across the country in the guise of "anti-racism" or "equity."  A better term is "neo-racism," for unlike the previous waves of state-sanctioned racism under slavery, the KKK, and Jim Crow (all of them largely at the hands of Democrats), this wave of racism claims to be about fighting racism, though, in fairness, it is also largely being implemented at the hands of Democrats. [...] Oddly, there is no mention of the widely-reported reluctance of many Black people to take a vaccine in the wake of the Tuskegee atrocity; it is all about victimology.  One of the fundamental tenets of neo-racism is that victim classes have no personal agency, no ability to affect their situation.  They are acted-upon, not actors, which is terribly dehumanizing.  But that element of racism is a major component of neo-racism.  Like the old racism, it sees certain groups as inferior.  But the neo-racists translate that into an imperative to discriminate against other groups, as if racial discrimination is a good thing if the right people (in their mind) are discriminated against.

Fauci: Just take whichever vaccine is available.  With the emergency approval of Johnson & Johnson's COVID vaccine having been granted by the FDA, three different pharmaceutical companies are shipping doses around the country.  But which one is right for you?  Does it make a difference which one you get?  Appearing on Meet the Press this morning, Dr. Anthony "Move the Goalposts" Fauci urged everyone to not pay attention to such piddling details and just take whichever one is being offered when you're given the chance.  The doctor said that the nation now has "three highly efficacious vaccines" available and he described them all as being "quite good."  But that doesn't explain some of the differences between them that have been explained in excruciating detail by both the government and the media.

Newsom films pro-vaccine PSA inside restaurant that's closed due to pandemic restrictions.  Via Breitbart, is it really so hard for this guy to stay out of restaurants during a pandemic?  His night out at one a few months ago might end up costing him his job.  If that's not a reason to dine in until COVID is over, I don't know what is.  This PSA was filmed at Los Amigos restaurant in Fresno.  Fresno is in California's "purple tier," per Fox News, which means indoor dining isn't allowed.  Yet there was Newsom with comedian George Lopez, firing off this PSA about vaccinations inside the building.  Fox notes that he was at Los Amigos to discuss a relief grant received by the restaurant's owners to help them weather the economic storm until restrictions are finally lifted.  Okay, but why did they need to meet indoors to do that?

2 in 3 Russians Believe Coronavirus Is a Bioweapon — Poll.  Nearly two out of three Russians believe the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus is a bioweapon created by humans, a survey by the independent Levada Center polling agency said Monday [3/1/2021].  According to Levada's results, 64% of Russian respondents said Covid-19 was artificially created as a new form of biological weapon.  That compares with 23% who said the virus emerged naturally and 13% who couldn't answer.

CDC director warns states against lifting COVID-19 restrictions.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky on Monday warned states against lifting coronavirus restrictions, pointing to the threat of variants and the "stalling" of recent declines in new cases.  "Our recent declines appear to be stalling, stalling at over 70,000 cases a day," Walensky said at a White House press briefing.  "With these new statistics, I am really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from COVID-19," she added.

Total CV deaths by state
The Folly of Lockdowns Exposed in One Simple Graph.  Jeffrey Tucker and his colleagues at the American Institute of Economic Research have been working overtime exposing both the horrific costs as well as the utter lack of any compensatory benefits of the economic carnage and spirit-crushing isolation that somehow became America's go-to public health strategy against COVID-19 since this awful nightmare first began.  He's even written a book on the subject whose title aptly sums up the choice we've been facing all along:  Liberty or Lockdown.  Today on Twitter, however, Tucker posted an image compiled by a businessman named Keith Anderson that couldn't possibly better exemplify that old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words.  It's a simple bar-graph of the total number of COVID-19 fatalities each U.S. state has reported as of February 24, in ascending order, which was posted this morning at the invaluable website, Lockdown Skeptics.


Virginia to shift vaccine distribution toward Black, Latino residents ages 65 and up in next few weeks.  The Virginia Department of Health is finalizing details that would adjust how the state distributes its vaccines, giving more weight to localities with higher rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths among Black and Latino residents ages 65 and older.  The announcement comes as Virginia's seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has been decreasing every day for more than a week straight.  It's the first time this has happened since June.  The shift away from the current population-based model will likely not go into effect for a few weeks, said Dr. Danny Avula, the state's vaccine coordinator, in a media briefing Friday [2/26/2021].  The plan is among the latest steps taken by Virginia to bake equity into its vaccination policies on the state level.

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In this case, "equity" is a code word for affirmative action and reparations for slavery.

Face Covering Exemption Cards
Face covering exemption cards.  [This is just a sample.]


Fauci and the Danger of Problem Solvers Who Benefit From the Problem.  One of the fundamental problems with the liberal technocracy is that it envisions tackling problems by putting experts in charge of them.  The approach [...] contains within it two flawed assumptions.  The first flawed assumption is that certified experts know how to solve problems.  The second is that they want to solve them.  Take Fauci and the pandemic.  An obscure careerist was suddenly vaulted into a cult of personality and constant television appearances.  It wasn't a unique phenomenon with the point men for the pandemic becoming celebrities in different countries.  There are Fauci masks, dolls, and action figures.  Does Fauci actually have an interest in returning to normalcy, a normalcy in which he's an obscure figure at whose whim economies, presidents, celebrities, and industries don't leap?  Obviously not. [...] Fauci's advice has been light on the science and heavy on the social elements.  And that's just how the Left likes its crises.  A crisis which can be solved using the fruits of actual science is of much less interest than a perpetual crisis that lingers as a social problem with social solutions that never work.

A culture of lies.  Almost everything you are being told to believe by the mainstream media is a lie. [...] We were told not to refer to COVID-19 as the Wuhan Flu, as that would be racist, and besides, there was absolutely no concrete evidence that it really came from China. [...] We were informed that most of our jobs really weren't "essential," whether we thought they were or not.  The response to the coronavirus pandemic, including lockdowns and social distancing, devastated small businesses from coast to coast.  Small businesses had always been the backbone of America, employing as much as 90% of its workforce, but the elites couldn't care less.

Lockdown Sceptics.  A gold mine of information about Covid-19: never-ending lockdowns, suspicious statistics, politicians as tyrants, masks, testing, treatments, hysteria.  Everything.

The Fake Covid "Pandemic" Is the Excuse for Concentration Camps.  The official narrative of 9/11 is unbelievable as it is contrary to all known science.  The official narrative of Covid relies on running the PCR test at high cycles known to produce false positives in order to produce headlines of a scary high rate of infection.  Covid deaths are magnified by ignoring co-morbidities and by counting even motorcycle deaths as Covid deaths.  In the US, financial incentives were created for hospitals to report all deaths as Covid deaths.  The flu season has been conflated with Covid and has disappeared.  It is possible that more Covid patients were killed by ventilators than by Covid and by immune systems unsupported by adequate intake of vitamins C and D and zinc.  No Covid deaths were necessary as two proven and safe treatments — HCQ and Ivermectin — were available but banned by public authorities.  Deaths were wanted in order to build fear in order for pharmaceutical companies to make billions of dollars on vaccine sales and in order for governments to impose more controls over citizens and more inhibitions of civil liberty.  In Florida there are no lockdowns, no mask mandates, no arrests of people for "non-compliance," and Floridians are not dropping dead in the streets.  Indeed, you would not know that there was a "Covid pandemic."  This indicates that the Covid pandemic is an orchestrated hoax with ulterior motives.

Enough Is Enough:  Time to Finally Follow the Science on Masks.  Recently I was "fact checked" by PolitiFact for a demo I did showing that masks don't stop the spread of aerosols.  The reporter asked for my comments and then said what his narrative required, without regard for any scientific data.  The list of CDC and Medscape information in the video description escaped his attention.  He also completely ignored the fact that Anthony Fauci has flip-flopped on masks more than a fresh-caught fish on deck.  Scientists have been very busy.  When the Wuhan Flu came to America, we were told to constantly bathe our hands in sanitizer.  Now we know that very few cases are spread by contact, so constant hand-washing isn't necessary.  That leaves droplets and aerosols.  Unfortunately, many studies use arbitrary size criteria to distinguish between them, giving us confusing answers.  A better distinction is that droplets are too heavy to stay suspended in the air, so they follow a spitball's trajectory to the floor.  Aerosols can stay suspended for hours, much like cigarette smoke.

Is Cuomo's Destruction a Dress Rehearsal for Biden?  Cuomo rocketed in popularity by providing a vivid contrast to Donald Trump during the days of dueling COVID-19 press conferences.  The media swooned over the telegenic but incompetent New York governor.  From the beginning, COVID was a tool to take down the Big Bad Orange Man.  The media now claim they didn't report on Cuomo's COVID scandals because of his "cover-up." [...] We've known since at least last May the essential facts of Cuomo's deadly policy to force nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients.  None of that mattered because the governor looked good on television.  So good that he began receiving mentions as a possible last-minute alternative to the ethically and cognitively challenged Democratic front runner, Joe Biden.  How bad was Cuomo's leadership on COVID-19?  If New York were a country, it would be second in the world for the worst per capita COVID-19 deaths with 2,442 deaths per million.

Coronavirus Fact-Check #10: Why "new cases" are plummeting.  The scary red numbers are all going down.  Check any newspaper or covid tracking website you want.  Cases.  Deaths.  Hospitalisations.  They're all going down, sharply, and have been for weeks, especially in the US and UK.  So, why would that be?  Pundits across the media world have made suggestions — from vaccines to lockdowns — but there's only one that makes any real sense.  The assumption most people would make, and would be encouraged to make by the talking heads and media experts, is that the various "vaccines" have taken effect and stopped the spread of the "virus".  Is this the case?  No, no it's not.  The decline started in mid-January, far too early for any vaccination program to have any effect. [...] Further, the drop is happening simultaneously in different countries all around the world, and not every country is vaccinating at the same rate or even using the same vaccine.  So no, the "vaccines" are not causing the drop.

What happened to the flu?  Not one case of it in the UK.  Health authorities in England announced they have not had a single case of influenza this year. [...] They want Brits in masks for life, BUT are they basing this on FACTS or assumptions?  Could there be other reasons?  Now they want the same restrictions for the flu as they have for COV. Why not colds also?  Of the 685,243 samples that have been reviewed at PHE's laboratories since the first week of January, not a single one has tested positive for influenza, the Independent reports. [...] Before we make assumptions that could be dead wrong and establish policies based on scientists guessing, we need to get the facts.  We need to know what happened to the flu and pneumonia.

If someone in your household has COVID-19, there's only a 1-in-10 chance you'll catch it too, study finds.  Just one in ten people who catch Covid pass it on to someone they live with, a study has found.  US researchers analysed data from more than 7,000 homes in Boston and found more than 25,000 people lived there between March 4 and May 17, 2020.  In this time frame 7,262 people caught Covid but they only passed it on to a further 1,809 people they lived with, a transmission rate of 10.1 percent.

Virginia giving certain minority residents preference in access to COVID vaccine.  [Scroll down]  As a potential justification for this racial preference, the news article cites a report by the CDC claiming that black and Hispanic life expectancy fell disproportionately in 2020.  But that report was based on an obvious mistake, says Professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA, a child prodigy and math whiz who started his own computer firm as a teen and graduated from college at age 15.  Prof. Volokh notes that the true fall in life expectancy last year was a statistically insignificant five days, not a year.

US Dr. Ralph Baric Was Reviewing Moderna and Dr. Fauci's Coronavirus Vaccine in December 2019.  When did Doctors Fauci and Baric find out about the China coronavirus leak in Wuhan and how did they know it?  Why was the US investigating the coronavirus vaccine before the Western world even knew about it? [...] The Moderna mRNA vaccine is now being given to people around the world.  Pfizer also has an mRNA vaccine.  Ralph Baric is a long-time coronavirus researcher with close ties with the batwoman and the Wuhan Institute of Virology as noted above in our post from April 2020.  December 12, 2019, is very early in the COVID-19 outbreak before it was reported in the West.  Baric would be a logical person to test the efficacy of an mRNA vaccine.  What this tells us is that Doctors Baric and Fauci may have been aware of what was happening in China and Fauci and Moderna were likely working on coronavirus vaccines before COVID-19 was announced in the West.  The Moderna vaccine was ready for human testing very quickly.

Warren's whistleblower bill turns Americans into government spies.  Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a new bill on February 4th, titled S268, the Whistleblower Protection Act.  It reads like something you would see in pre-war Germany in that the government encourages snitching on colleagues, possibly neighbors.  If they forget to wear masks, they could be in trouble under this law.  She's broadened the definition of a whistleblower to include the pandemic.  The virus is an excuse to push the country left.  The Act's goal:  To protect certain whistleblowers seeking to ensure accountability and oversight of the Nation's COVID-19 pandemic response, and for other purposes.

Gobbledygook Coronavirus Math Updates 2020.  Back in the middle of the Coronavirus "pandemic," we reported on the Gobbledygook Coronavirus Math we later updated this with a post entitled, Gobbledygook Coronavirus Math Updates.  The Right Wire Report has been asked to update this article again with the final data for 2020 from the CDC for the U.S. and put the new data into a meaningful perspective to see if anything has changed. [...] The analysis is first to combine the data of the recent CDC projected data and the CDC's final data to see historical trends over the past 5 years.

The Progressives are the extremists.  The Progressives' extreme loyalty and submissiveness to "all things China" are allowing for American tax dollars to continue to go to the Wuhan laboratory.  The COVID virus almost certainly came from this viral laboratory in China and thus caused the deaths of 500,000 Americans.  Progressives find it easier just to blame Trump rather than hold China responsible.  Progressives are the Blame America First party.  Progressives' extreme hatred of "all things Trump" in terms of COVID certainly caused American deaths.  Instead of New York politicians sending COVID patients to the underutilized Javitz Center, Samaritan's Purse, and USS Comfort naval ship, New York's Governor Cuomo sent them to nursing homes.  Nursing homes!  There were plenty of beds at Javitz, Samaritan's Purse, and the Comfort.  They wanted to make sure Trump got no credit for COVID relief.  This is extremely hateful, extremely stupid, extremely petty, and probably criminal.

Biden Lied And 105,334 People Died.  uring one of his presidential debates last year when about 220,000 people had died from COVID-19, Joe Biden said that "anyone who's responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America."  So should Joe be looking for another job, now that more than 100,000 have died in just the two months that he's been president?  Biden said, after all, that he had a plan on "day one" as president to tackle the disease.  He was going to move "heaven and earth" to save lives, etc., etc.  But since Jan. 20, there have been 105,334 deaths attributed to the coronavirus as of Saturday, according to the COVID Tracking Project.  That means that one-fifth of all the COVID-19 deaths have occurred just since Biden took office.  Now Biden is busy casting blame for why the disease continues to claim lives, while repeatedly lying about what he inherited from President Donald Trump in order to make his own efforts seem more heroic.

Supreme Court Again Allows Indoor Church Services, Lifts Ban.  The U.S. Supreme Court said a California county must let five churches hold indoor services, adding to a line of orders that have curbed the power of government officials as they battle the spread of the coronavirus.  The latest high court action follows a Feb. 6 order that let indoor worship services resume in most of California at 25% capacity.  The court's unsigned one-paragraph order said the outcome "is clearly dictated" by the earlier decision.  The three liberal justices — Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor — dissented.  Santa Clara County, which includes San Jose, said its ban remained valid because it was part of a broader prohibition on indoor gatherings at both religious and secular establishments.  The county's policy let facilities operate at 20% capacity for purposes other than gatherings.

World Economic Forum commits a 'Kinsley gaffe' and then deletes Twitter video revealing its real agenda.  The World Economic Forum, founded by Klaus Schwab in 1970, hosts a yearly January gathering of global corporate and political elites in Davos, Switzerland.  Annually, it draws hundreds of private jets, as attendees gather to assure the rest of us that we must tighten our belts and sacrifice our standard of living in order to reduce carbon emissions. [...] It's one thing to pontificate at meetings or in print about the types of changes that the pandemic requires, but it is another entirely to show people, approvingly, what that hoped-for world would look like.  And in a tweet released yesterday, the WEF did exactly that, via a one minute video that proclaimed, "Lockdowns are quietly improving cities around the world," heedless of the bankrupted stores and restaurants, the unemployed millions, and the unschooled and suicidal children that have been victims of the lockdown.

Previously jailed Texas salon owner speaks out at CPAC: 'It wasn't about a haircut... it's common sense'.  The Texas salon owner jailed for defying coronavirus lockdown orders spoke out at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and recounted her fight for basic freedom rights.  "It wasn't about a hair salon, it wasn't about a haircut... you could get an abortion, you could get liquor to go in Texas... but you could not get your hair cut by trained stylists who have hours and hours of sanitation training... but it just comes down to common sense," Shelley Luther, owner of Salon a La Mode in Dallas, expressed at CPAC.  [Video clip]

Why Are Stockpiles Growing While Delivery Rates Decline?  What vaccination stall, readers might ask?  It's been very apparent here in Minnesota, where appointment availability in participating pharmacies dried up early last week before the worst of the storm hit, and have yet to materialize almost a week after it passed.  I've mentioned it on Twitter the last few days; the only participating pharmacy still scheduling vaccinations is mainly-rural ThriftyWhite.  The media, however, has seemed curiously incurious about the lack of supply.  Today the Washington Post finally reports that "logistical" problems kept pharmacies and states from getting their planned distributions, and that might continue into next week.

Time to dial back the universal vaccine mania.  Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is an American osteopathic physician who is making some disturbing claims about the dangers to human health from the new vaccines being produced by companies such as Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZenica — dangers she predicts will manifest themselves over the next three to six months or so.  These mRNA vaccines contain instructions for building antibodies to the spike protein that has been identified on the surface of the COVID virus. [...] It's the nature of experimental vaccines not to know if there are long-term adverse effects.  Did the pharma companies conduct similar animal studies during the development of these new vaccines?  If the results of that 2019 experiment carry over to humans, then vaccinated individuals may suffer serious lung damage if they contract the virus a few weeks or months after having been vaccinated.

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China Gave Biden Officials 'Anal Swab Tests' in 'Error'.  The Chinese government admitted it gave officals from the Biden Administration anal COVID swab tests in "error" following complaints from Washington that the practice was undignified, according to the U.S. State Department.  "The State Department never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when we learned that some staff was subject to it," a State Department spokesperson told VICE World News earlier this week.  Beijing had assured Washington that the test was given "in error," adding that the mandatory test is exempt for diplomatic personnel.

The Shame of Joe Biden.  Politicians are not, in general, renowned for honesty.  Spin is universal and exaggeration goes with the territory.  But actual lying — [...] about an important public issue — is relatively uncommon.  Unless we are talking about Joe Biden.  During the campaign, Biden absurdly alleged that President Trump had mishandled the COVID epidemic, and therefore had murdered the several hundred thousand Americans who allegedly died from that disease.  The theory was that if Trump had done something differently [...] the U.S. would have been the only country on Earth with zero Wuhan deaths.  Reporters went along with Biden's fantasy.  Since his inauguration, Biden has continued his assault on his predecessor by claiming, repeatedly, that little was going on with regard to vaccinations until he took office, and that the Trump administration "had no plan" to effectuate vaccinations.  This, too, is a [...] lie.  Biden repeated it today [2/25/2021].

Gov. Greg Abbott weighing end to mask order, other statewide coronavirus rules, says announcement coming "pretty soon".  Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday [2/25/2021] that Texas is looking at when it will be able to lift all statewide orders related to the coronavirus pandemic and that an announcement is forthcoming.  Abbott made the comments at a Corpus Christi news conference where he was asked when the statewide mask mandate would end as Texans continue to get vaccinated.  That requirement has been in effect since July.  Abbott called it a "great question."  "We're working right now on evaluating when we're gonna be able to remove all statewide orders, and we will be making announcements about that pretty soon," Abbott said, without giving a specific time frame.

Kristi Noem:  Democrats Use COVID to Promote Fear and Change in America.  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem appeared on Sean Hannity Wednesday Night to discuss Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi's spending bill as a "bailout for bad actors" and discusses destruction caused by Keystone XL pipeline cancellation.  [Video clip]

Should Big Tech determine what the truth is about the COVID vaccine?  The Biden administration is going to collude with social media billionaires to determine what the public is allowed to see about the vaccines.  Should billionaires who campaigned for, colluded with, donated to, and buried truthful stories about Biden corruption before the election be the ones who determine what is truthful about the vaccine?  Should we trust social media outlets and other media puppets to tell the truth about the vaccine when they were so willing to spread so much misinformation about the virus itself?

How many people would still be alive today without media COVID malpractice?  If there's one thing we've learned from the COVID-19 lockdowns, it's that the mainstream media duped us time and again.  Not surprisingly, trust in the Fourth Estate is at an all-time low.  According to Axios, nearly 60 percent of Americans agree with the statement that "journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations."  From the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, the pro-lockdown media propagated an apocalyptical narrative, dismissing any hope whatsoever — even though most people infected with the coronavirus eventually recovered.  For nearly a year, the media manically obsessed over cases, cases, cases — instead of highlighting more meaningful metrics, like hospitalization rates and the devastating consequences of lockdowns.

U.S. diplomats in China subjected to anal swab testing for Covid-19, State Department says.  U.S. diplomats in China were subjected to anal swab tests for Covid-19, a Department of State spokesperson confirmed Thursday, adding that a protest had been lodged with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The United States had received assurances from China that the tests were done in error and that diplomatic personnel were exempt from this specific testing requirement, the spokesperson said.  "The Department is committed to guaranteeing the safety and security of American diplomats and their families while preserving their dignity, consistent with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, as well as other relevant diplomatic law provisions," the spokesperson said.

Gov. Cuomo and the Science of Political Decay.  "Follow the science" is what progressive Democrats demand when the science suits them.  And yet, like Pavlov's salivating dog and the meat powder, a whiff of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prompts a predictable, conditioned response:  a barking chorus of "whatabout whatabout" Ted Cruz or other Republicans. [...] But it wasn't Cruz who ordered senior citizens infected with COVID-19 back into nursing homes.  Cuomo did that.  It wasn't Cruz who allegedly manipulated the numbers of nursing home deaths, now under federal investigation, while writing a book about his admirable handling of the health pandemic.  Cuomo did that.  Cuomo's decisions regarding COVID-19 patients allegedly harmed thousands of seniors.  Letitia James, Democrat and New York attorney general, issued a report on the undercounting of deaths.  The New York Post reported on an admission of a cover-up, and investigations began amid Democrat vs. Democrat bullying and shrieking.

Why do they want us all vaccinated?  Our vaccine is experimental, and we, the people, are being herded into a mass drug trial such as the FDA has never before attempted.  That is the unembellished truth.  Nobody in authority wants to mention this truth.  Instead, there's a long trail of rah-rah news propaganda, about fabulous new stadium-parking-lot vaccine sites (because, what else would a parking lot at a stadium be used for these days?), numbers of doses available, and reports about the elderly in nursing homes doing a dance of joy at getting their jabs and maybe being let out of jail to see family and people other than one another. [...] Nothing is said of potential ill effects.  The fact that this drug trial has claimed a good number of victims already is never mentioned.  Nor do we hear about the mRNA injection causing potential long-term problems, despite much speculation on censored sites.  While the media glossed over co-morbidities in COVID stats, when it comes to deaths after getting the jab, if the deaths and adverse effects are mentioned at all, it's with the disclaimer that the victim had other issues, too.  If you try to access information from the CDC about adverse reactions, there's not a word that I could find.

Naomi Wolf Warns:  USA Rapidly "Moving Into A Coup Situation, A Police State" Under The "Guise Of A Real Medical Pandemic".  Former Clinton adviser Naomi Wolf warned that the U.S. is becoming a "totalitarian state before our eyes" Monday evening [2/22/2021] on Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight."  The warns that the country is rapidly "moving into a coup situation, a police state" under the "guise of a real medical pandemic."  "We know from history no one gives up emergency powers."  "That is not a partisan thing," Wolf told Carlson.  "That transcends everything that you and I might disagree or agree on.  That should bring together left and right to protect our Constitution."  "The state has now crushed businesses, kept us from gathering in free assembly to worship as the First Amendment provides, is invading our bodies ... which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, restricting movement, fining us in New York state ... the violations go on and on," she said.

COVID-19 case counts are incorrect.  It is spoken across our land in constant refrain, "We are just following the science."  Unfortunately, there has been only selective reporting of the science related to COVID-19 that has led to unnecessary fear and hysteria.  Major media outlets seem to pick the science that supports a narrative and ignores completely other important scientific findings.  Some government health authorities seem to pick the science that supports their policies for masks, lockdowns, treatments, and testing and ignore other science that would lead to less onerous and destructive policies restricting our personal freedoms.  Having a rational discussion of ALL the science would lead to much less fear and more helpful policies aimed at balancing the need to protect the vulnerable and preserving our rights, freedoms, and means to make a living.  This essay comments on COVID-19 case counts being artificially high due to errors in testing.  PCR testing that has been done for COVID-19 can be a faulty way, used by itself, to diagnose a case.

Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared.  Israel's parliament passed a law Wednesday [2/24/2021] allowing the government to share the identities of people not vaccinated against the coronavirus with other authorities, raising privacy concerns for those opting out of inoculation.  The measure, which passed with 30 votes for and 13 against, gives local governments, the director general of the education ministry and some in the welfare ministry the right to receive the names, addresses and phone numbers of unvaccinated citizens.  The objective of the measure — valid for three months or until the Covid-19 pandemic is declared over — is "to enable these bodies to encourage people to vaccinate by personally addressing them", a parliament statement said.

Alarming COVID-19 study finds virus survives on fabric for 3 days.  A new study has revealed that the virus which causes COVID-19 can linger on fabric, such as clothing or upholstery, for up to three days.  Between polyester, a poly-cotton blend and 100% cotton fabrics, the polyester posed the greatest risk, even after 72 hours; on full-cotton samples, the virus lasted one day, while the poly-cotton blend remained contaminated by viral droplets — designed to mimic human saliva — for just six hours.  The breakthrough finding could be especially dangerous when it comes to clothing worn by health-care workers, said Dr. Katie Laird, a microbiologist and author of the study.  If not frequently washed, the fabrics could help transmit the virus from patient to patient.  "When the pandemic first started, there was very little understanding of how long coronavirus could survive on textiles," said Dr. Laird, a leading infectious disease researcher at De Montfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom.

N.D. House votes to ban mask mandates: 'Diabolical silliness'.  Mask mandates are in jeopardy in one state.  The North Dakota House of Representatives, on a 50-44 vote, passed a bill Monday that would ban any future mask-wearing mandates.  The bill, which is now headed for the state Senate, follows the repeal in January of a November order by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum requiring the wearing of masks in public, though some local mandates remain.  State Rep. Jeff Hoverson, Minot Republican, called all mask mandates "diabolical silliness" and the conspiracy of "unelected, wealthy bureaucrats who are robbing our freedoms and perpetuating lies," according to a report in the Grand Forks Herald.  "Our state is not a prison camp," he said.

Fauci: Vaccinated people still can't dine indoors 'because of the safety of society'.  Dr. Anthony Fauci declared this week that people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 still shouldn't dine indoors at restaurants or go to movie theaters "because of the safety of society," even as the number of positive cases in the country continues to decline.  "There are certain aspects of being vaccinated and what that means to you personally and your own personal safety and that of your family, versus what vaccines will allow you to do in society," Dr. Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a White House COVID-19 press briefing.

The media crusade against Ron DeSantis will backfire.  The media are working hard to make Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis the national coronavirus villain.  In doing so, they just might make him the 2024 GOP nominee.  DeSantis has been the target of criticism since the early days of the pandemic for reopening Florida earlier than the experts would have liked.  They predicted his reluctance to lock down the state and implement coronavirus restrictions would result in widespread deaths and overwhelmed hospitals.  DeSantis proved them wrong:  Florida's death rate is half of New York's and far below most other states', including Mississippi's, South Dakota's, Michigan's, Illinois's, and so on.  But the media have not stopped.  Now, they're attacking DeSantis over his vaccination strategy, which is to prioritize elderly residents first.  NBC News ran a piece over the weekend suggesting DeSantis was only prioritizing senior citizens because they might be Republican voters — to say nothing of the fact that senior citizens are also the most at-risk group.

The Blue States Are Now the Beggar States.  Last week, I visited South Florida for four days, and what a shock:  Everything was open.  The beaches, the hotels, the restaurants (with some sensible safety and social distancing restrictions).  The classrooms are full.  The other strange thing about being in Florida was that people were happy.  They were playing tennis and golf.  They were going to work and getting on with their lives.  Florida is a Republican, can-do kind of place.  Then, there is New York.  Manhattan is a morose and deserted place to be.  It's as if it's boarded up.  People are living their lives afraid.  They are depressed, which makes the whole place depressing.  In Southern California, I experienced the same dreariness.  And it wasn't the weather, which was warm and sunny.  Restaurants were closed or highly restricted.  Stores were sparsely attended, and people were generally grimacing and standoffish.  They yelp in horror if you take off your mask, even for a moment.

Fauci: For the good of society, you can't dine indoors or go to theaters — even after being vaccinated.  I'm willing to cut him slack on asking vaccinated people to still wear masks when they're out and about in the near term, as that's a minor imposition to protect the unvaccinated when we're still not sure how contagious the average vaccinated person might be.  (Although the early evidence is:  Not very.)  But asking the vaccinated to continue to isolate in misery after they've done the prudent and virtuous thing by rendering themselves immune from serious illness?  Madness.

Fauci's Boss Francis Collins Contradicts Biden, Praises Trump's 'Operation Warp Speed'.  National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins contradicted the Biden Administration on Sunday [2/21/2021] when he said the Trump Administration deserves credit for the "breathtaking" coronavirus vaccine development.  "The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to [former HHS Secretary Alex Azar], was a[n] effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary.  And it was thought about as a Manhattan Project," Collins said.

Democrats starting to panic over a reckoning at the polls for blue state bungling of Covid.  The two most prominent Democrat governors in the country, New York's Andrew Cuomo and California's Governor Gavin Newsom, may both be tossed out of office over their botched handling of the Covid panic.  Both men had been considered presidential material, and because their states are populous media centers, both had high national profiles.  Now, Cuomo is facing calls for impeachment and a reported criminal investigation over his coverup of nursing home deaths, while the recall petition for Newsom appears to be gathering the required number of signatures.  More broadly, the economic and social price paid by residents of states with lockdown hardline Democrat governors like Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, and California is starting to look way too high.  "Free states" like Florida are not doing medically worse than states where joblessness is stratospheric, restaurants and other small businesses have been killed, their employees jobless, and the families that owned them financially devastated, with no commensurate health benefit.

Former Clinton adviser Naomi Wolf tells Tucker Carlson she fears America will become a 'totalitarian state' as a result of COVID restrictions under Joe Biden.  Naomi Wolf, a former adviser to Bill Clinton during his reelection campaign, sounded an alarm about COVID-19 lockdowns during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday [2/22/2021].  Wolf made her comments on the same day the U.S. surpassed 500,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.  Wolf was extremely critical of Joe Biden's leadership and recently claimed on Twitter that his COVID-19 policies are making her regret her vote for him in the last election.  Wolf says the country is 'moving into a coup situation, a police state' due to all of the coronavirus restrictions.  'That transcends everything that you and I might disagree or agree on,' Wolf said to Carlson, owning up to the political divide between the two.

Leftist Naomi Wolf comes out swinging... in favor of the Constitution.  Naomi Wolf became well known over the years as a third-wave feminist, a member of the Clinton camp, an adviser to Al Gore during his 2000 presidential campaign, and a reliable leftist on most issues.  On Monday, though, she surprised the heck out of Tucker Carlson and, probably, most of his audience, when she turned out to be a fierce defender of individual liberty.  A mesmerized Tucker listened as Wolf fluently expounded on principles of liberty and tagged the Biden government as creating "a totalitarian state before our eyes."

Biden's CDC chief delivers grim public service message with bizarre continuous smile.  At a time when Americans are starting to suspect a COVID-industrial complex with an entrenched interest in permanent lockdowns, out comes Joe Biden with a very bizarre video tweet from his newly appointed CDC director:  [Video clip]  The unmasked woman with the strange, smirking, mirthless grin, making that grim message about COVID having no end in sight and calling for everyone to wear a mask is Biden's appointment to the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.  Who [...] delivers news like that with that bizarre kind of extended smile?  And worse still, the head bobbing, and that flippant giggly ending?  That's the image she wants to project as the calm, knowledgable, trustworthy top doctor?  Even Dr. Anthony Fauci was pretty good at putting that act on.  Her strange smile suggests that apparently she thinks her audience is stupid.

I doubt the CCP really knew how well its lockdown psyop would work.  [Thread reader] ... but everything about its response suggests the lockdowns were part of a larger plan.  This was Xi's plan to make the world China, and what the world would look like if he had his way. [...] The CCP's global lockdowns also appear inspired in part on the work of Stanley Milgram, whose experiments proved the willingness of most individuals to commit human rights abuses when instructed to do so by scientific authorities. [...] In Oct 2019, Gates Foundation, Johns Hopkins, and the WEF hosted an international pandemic simulation in which China took part.  The CCP appears to have modeled its lockdown fraud on Event 201, so Gates, Hopkins, and the WEF would play into their hands.  Lockdowns were launched when Xi instructed his inner circle on Wuhan on Jan 7.  No person ever publicly conceived of "lockdown" before that date.  Businessman Ren Zhiqiang was sentenced to 18 years for a letter requesting Xi's instructions be made public.  As soon as CCP announced its lockdowns had "reversed the escalating cases" in Wuhan, WHO adopted lockdowns as universal world policy for all countries and cities outside China, regardless of economic circumstance, number of cases, or any other factor.

A COVID-19 Bill That Treats COVID-19 as an Afterthought.  While combating the pandemic ought to be the centerpiece of legislation referred to as "COVID-19 relief," public health represents less than 10% of spending in the package.  The legislation throws massive amounts of taxpayer dollars at causes that are barely or entirely unrelated to the pandemic, yet neglects some potentially crucial approaches to bringing the disease under control.  For example, rapid tests for COVID-19 could be deployed for a fraction of the cost of the package, yet would provide a vital tool for individuals and the medical community in preventing unnecessary disease transmission.  Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration is dragging its feet, having only approved one type of rapid test that will be available in limited quantities later this year.

By Offering Amnesty Now, Democrats Are Setting Up A Massive Immigration Crisis.  Perhaps Democrats could have picked a worse time to unveil their expansive immigration bill that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, but not much worse.  The legislation, introduced Thursday by congressional Democrats with the full support of the Biden administration, dubbed the "U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021," comes as President Biden is rolling back border security measures implemented under Trump and the number of illegal border crossings is surging.  Combined with the ongoing pandemic and shortages of food and water in Texas after freezing temperatures left millions of Texans without power last week, a perfect storm is brewing on the border.  Earlier this month, Mexico stopped accepting Central American children and families apprehended at the border.  They had previously been quickly "expelled" under emergency pandemic protocols.  Now, U.S. border officials are releasing them into communities across South Texas, often without conducting COVID-19 tests.

Unmasking the Medical Experts.  Masks have become an unwelcome staple of American life with no end in sight.  Mask recommendations change faster and more frequently than the weather.  How did we get here?  In the medical world, particularly in operating rooms, masks protect patients undergoing surgery from bacteria passing from the mouths and noses of surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists, to an open surgical wound.  The Rolls Royce of masks is the N95 mask, used by healthcare workers when caring for COVID infected individuals.  Assuming the mask is properly fitted and worn, a given for healthcare workers (but much less likely for a shopper in the grocery store), they are generally effective.  I say generally because the COVID virus is about 0.125 microns in size while the N95 mask pores are larger, at 0.3 microns.  But the N95 mask is not simply a miniature chain link fence but uses fibers and electrostatic charges to capture viral particles.

There was no Covid-19 spike after the big maskless Super Bowl celebration.  The post-Super Bowl celebration in Tampa where thousands were seen partying without masks or social distancing was not a superspreader event:  [Tweets]  Eventually, experts will realize that being outside without a mask on is safe, right?  RIGHT?  Here's a good thread on how we keep reading that these are superspreader events but then when they're not, it's not reported.  [More tweets]

New Israeli Drug Cured 29 of 30 Seriously-Ill COVID-19 Patients.  A new coronavirus treatment developed at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Medical Center appears to have cured 29 of 30 moderately-ill and seriously-ill COVID-19 patients, the hospital said.  The patients were released within 3 to 5 days of being treated.  This was only the first stage of trials and many months and thousands of patients will have to be treated before anything definitive can be said about the treatment.  But the drug apparently works on the immune system to prevent a cytokine storm, which often leads to critical illness and death.

Doctors Link Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Life-Threatening Blood Disorder.  For the second time in under a month, The New York Times has published an article about people who developed a rare autoimmune disease after receiving COVID vaccines.  Monday's [2/8/2021] article featured two women, both of whom were described as healthy before they received the Moderna vaccine.  The women, ages 72 and 48, are now being treated for immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), a condition that develops when the immune system attacks platelets (blood component essential for clotting) or the cells that create them, according to the Times.  On Jan. 13, the Times reported on the death of Dr. Gregory Michael, a Florida doctor who died 15 days after getting the Pfizer vaccine.  Michael, who was 56 and described as "perfectly healthy" by his wife, developed ITP three days after being vaccinated.  He died of a brain hemorrhage on Jan. 3.  As The Defender reported on Jan. 13, Dr. Jerry L. Spivak, an expert on blood disorders at Johns Hopkins University, said it was a "medical certainty" the Pfizer vaccine led to Michael's death.

Will Small Businesses Burn through Americans' Goodwill by Snitching on Their Customers?  [Scroll down]  It was my first visit to the establishment, and when I stepped inside, a pink-haired receptionist with rhinestone-studded cheekbones took my temperature and handed me the questionnaire.  I dutifully answered the 15 questions on page one pertaining to any physical symptoms I may be experiencing.  Then I turned to page two, stopping abruptly when I read the first questions:  "Did you take part in a social gathering of more than 10 people in the last week in which you were within 6 feet of others?" followed by "If yes, was everyone wearing a mask/face covering, you included?"  I puzzled over the questions.  Had I mistakenly stepped into a doctor's office rather than a hair salon?  Was a small business truly probing into my recent involvement with other people just so I could get my hair trimmed and styled?  Perhaps page three would require my blood type and Social Security number.  I also wondered what the salon's policy would be if I answered "yes" to either question.  Would they deny me service?  More importantly, would they send my private information to the Oregon Health Authority to follow up?

Masks forever!
Masks Today, Masks Tomorrow, Masks Forever!  A friend who is a superb doctor sent along this communication from Fairview/University of Minnesota Health Services:  [Illustration]  Got that?  Vaccination changes nothing!  Wear masks, wash your hands frequently, socially distance and — above all — stay home!  "Until it's gone," which is never. [...] This is the battle that is rapidly shaping up.  As the Wuhan bug fades away, the authorities — the proto-fascist ones, anyway — will hang on to their "emergency" powers and will try to humiliate the rest of us by such measures as forcing us to wear masks and preventing us from traveling.  (They, of course, will mock such restrictions privately and will jet around the world without having to tolerate middle-class travelers.)  It will be incumbent on normal people, in particular those who are well-informed and therefore not cowed by covid hysteria, to insist on a return to normal life.


WHO Coronavirus Report Is Such Blatant Chinese Propaganda That Even The Biden Administration Admits It.  For all their differences, scientists, the Biden administration, and alumni from the Trump administration have reached a consensus that the upcoming report from the World Health Organization on the origins of the Wuhan virus is Chinese propaganda.  A team of researchers sponsored by the WHO wrapped up their six-week investigation in Wuhan, concluding in a preliminary report that the novel coronavirus had not been transmitted in humans prior to December 2019 and that it was "extremely unlikely" that the pathogen came from a lab.  Closer examination of the WHO's work, however, has provoked skepticism from scientists and prominent members of the U.S. Intelligence Community.  While 72,000 deaths were reported in China from individuals who said they had COVID-like symptoms between October 2019 and the end of the year, only 92 cases were analyzed.  A mere 67 of those cases were given serology tests by Chinese doctors, who concluded they all came back negative.

Despite Successful Vaccine Rollout, Jen Psaki Threatens 'Months and Months' of 'Sacrifice' and 'Suffering'.  They're never going to let you go.  The Biden administration is still coasting on the vaccine rollout developed by the Trump administration but according to Joe Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki, we're still in for "months and months" of suffering and sacrifice.  "We need to remain vigilant... It's still going to be months and months of sacrifice, of work, of suffering, unfortunately, in order to get through the pandemic," Psaki said during Monday's [2/22/2021] press briefing.

Andrew Cuomo's legal woes.  Those who read Power Line faithfully know that Andrew Cuomo may be in legal jeopardy.  The Justice Department reportedly is investigating him and some members of his staff for their conduct in response to a DOJ request for information about nursing home deaths in New York.  John Daukas was principal deputy to the DOJ's assistant attorney general for civil rights at the time the Department requested information from Cuomo.  Later, he became the acting assistant attorney general for civil rights.  In [a] Wall Street Journal op-ed, Daukas explains why Cuomo should be worried about the federal probe.

Everything is Fake in Utopia.  When Democrats gain power through fraud, everything that follows becomes fake as well. [...] I'm not shocked that Andrew Cuomo falsified COVID-19 death counts at nursing homes.  Frankly, it's stunning the media is covering it at all.  I'm sure Cuomo is surprised to face scrutiny for lying when fraud is the party's modus operandi.  We've already witnessed counties falsely attributing deaths to COVID-19.  A recent study even concluded COVID-19 deaths might be 1600% overreported.  If I were part of a fraud syndicate like Cuomo and was the only one required to report honestly, I'd be upset too.

CDC double mask "study" a perfect example of politicized junk "science".  The latest trend in Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) fashion is to wear not just one but two masks over the nose and mouth, which the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims provides improved protection against infection.  The CDC "evidence" that supposedly proves this, however, is based on mask experiments that were conducted on mannequins.  As revealed by journalist Jordan Schachtel, writing for The Dossier on Substack, the CDC basically slapped different mask configurations on lifeless dolls, sprayed aerosols at them, and declared wearing multiple masks to help decrease the spread of Chinese virus by "about 95%."  Presenting this junk "science" on Twitter, which did not bother to fact-check any of it, the CDC alleges that wearing a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask, or covering a mask with pantyhose, may "potentially" help to reduce infectious aerosols from going into the mouth or nose.

COVID-19 Data Collection, Comorbidity & Federal Law:  A Historical Retrospective.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 23, 2020, "For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.  For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death."  For a nation tormented by restrictive public health policies mandated for healthy individuals and small businesses, this is the most important statistical revelation of this crisis.  This revelation significantly impacts the published fatalities count due to COVID-19.  More importantly, it exposes major problems with the process by which the CDC was able to generate inaccurate data during a crisis.

CCP Withheld Pandemic-Relevant Data From WHO, Leaked Documents Reveal.  Internal documents that were leaked to The Epoch Times show that the Chinese communist regime has a large amount of data on influenza and other diseases that have symptoms similar to COVID-19, but did not disclose it to the outside world.  Since wrapping up an investigation into the origins of the global CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, experts on the team assigned by the WHO have complained about the Chinese regime's refusal to provide the related data.  The Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 12, that Dominic Dwyer, a member of the WHO expert team and an Australian infectious disease expert, said that when the WHO expert team conducted an investigation into the source of the epidemic in Wuhan, the CCP refused to provide raw data of 174 COVID-19 patients in the early stages of the outbreak, as well as data on pneumonia patients who may have been infected by the virus earlier than December 2019.

Fear and Falsehood, Dr. Anthony Fauci States Masks Could Be Needed Until 2022 or Beyond.  The scale of false narrative engineering by Dr. Fauci is quite literally stunning when you stand back and look at the bigger picture behind the narrative engineering around COVID-19 and the threat it represents.  Within this interview Fauci-Mengele claims he has not seen his adult children because it is a risk.  This is full-blown Pravda-level manipulation toward the viewing audience.  There is no level of fear that needs to be this great from the virus.  Take Florida as an example; the entire state is essentially open, people are engaged, there is physical interaction at all levels of human contact, and there is no extreme death or outbreak pattern related.  The false and exaggerated stories just do not reconcile with the reality amid a population of more than 19 million, with massive inbound residential visits from all 50 states.  Nothing is happening and life is essentially normal.  Additionally, Fauci claims masks may be needed into some unknown future, again because of some fearful determinations that have absolutely no basis on fact.  This is propaganda.

Rebuttal to Fake News CNN's Hatchet Job.  The recent baseless CNN attack on us is a fake news media hit job of epic proportions which lacks all journalistic ethics and impartiality.  CNN's attack demonstrates that it is not just questioning of the alleged safety of vaccines but "free speech itself."  What is indisputable (but not mentioned in CNN's biased report) is that the COVID vaccines are being used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA.  An EUA makes the vaccine available for "public health emergencies," but also means that the FDA has not yet compiled all the evidence and clinical data that it would examine before fully approving a drug for public distribution and use.  When combined with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Declaration of February 4, 2020 and the invocation of the PREP Act, the vaccine manufacturers are immune from legal liability (i.e., they cannot be sued for money damages in court) for losses relating to the administration or use of covered countermeasures (like vaccines) against COVID-19.  Despite over 500 reported deaths from the COVID vaccine (according to the CDC's VAERS database), the CNN report insinuates that vaccines are undeniably "safe" while totally ignoring the indisputable $4.4 Billion paid out to Americans damaged by previous vaccinations — an amount paid by the DHHS itself!

NYC subway hours extend on Monday, MTA will give riders two masks to double up face coverings.  It's good news for late night straphangers — and riders who need fresh face masks.  The city's overnight subway shutdown will be scaled back starting early Monday, with passengers not allowed to ride from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. instead of the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. closure that went into place May 6.  At the same time, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said transit crews would help riders meet new guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention by giving out a second mask to anyone who asks.

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A chicken-wire fence won't keep mosquitos out.  Two back-to-back chicken-wire fences won't either.

People who wear glasses may be up to 3 times less likely to catch COVID, new study suggests.  People who wear glasses could be up to three times less likely to get coronavirus, according to a new study conducted in India.  The preliminary study suggests that glass-wearers may have the extra protection because they tend to touch their eyes less frequently than most people.  "Touching and rubbing of the eyes with contaminated hands may be a significant route of infection" for COVID-19, the authors wrote in a report published on medRxiv, a website that compiles medical studies before they are peer-reviewed.

WHO's COVID origin probe lacks credibility, scientists warn.  Multiple scientists at major institutions around the world are sounding an alarm over what they say was an incomplete and unreliable investigation by the World Health Organization into the origins of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.  The team, led by an international cohort of researchers, said last week that it was "extremely unlikely" that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, an infectious disease laboratory that has for years conducted experiments with coronaviruses — some of it funded by the U.S. government.  The WIV is located just a few kilometers away from the Wuhan city "wet market" identified as the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A growing number of skeptics have cited the lab's well-documented research into the dangers that bat-borne coronaviruses posed to human beings as a likely source for the virus.  But the WHO team concluded that theory should not be considered as an "avenue of future study."

Biden's big con — here's what president, Democrats afraid to tell you about COVID, the economy.  Joe Biden is conning the American people.  He is lying about COVID and he is lying about the economy.  We are not in the midst of a dark long winter.  We are on the cusp of a bounteous blooming spring.  President Biden doesn't want you to know the good news.  Why?  Because then you will refuse to write him and his Democrat colleagues a big fat $1.9 trillion blank check.  And, because if the virus disappears in the next few months, even the most gullible CNN-watching Biden groupie will know that Donald J. Trump conquered COVID, not Joe Biden.  Some radicals might even conclude that President Trump's Operation Warp Speed has delivered a miracle.  Consider the facts.  COVID cases have dropped by more than 70% in recent weeks, more than the "experts" predicted.  Fatalities, which lag cases, are also plummeting.  Vaccine delivery is ramping up, and already some 15% of Americans have received a shot.

Vaccination Rollout:  Red States Outpace Blue States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for example, West Virginia has delivered twice as many full (two-dose) vaccinations per 100,000 residents than has California.  Indeed, according to news reports, the Golden State's vaccine distribution mess is an important reason the initiative to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has continued gaining momentum.  Inevitably, Newsom blames former President Trump for his own sloppy vaccine rollout, but this is just as preposterous as the whoppers Biden and Vice President Harris have told about the vaccine distribution plan they inherited from the Trump administration.  The reality is that Democrats at both the state and federal levels are better at making promises than making things go. [...] West Virginia is by no means an outlier among red states.

The End Is Near for Covid Hysteria.  Sadly, the hysterical mainstream news media, their allies in "big tech," along with the Biden administration and many Democratic Governors, are not reporting the good news that is happening in the country.  Their motivation is to keep Americans in a state of total fear.  Fortunately, the good news is overwhelming the attempts to suppress the truth.  In a recent Fox News interview, Makary noted that "There is a 77% reduction in daily cases over the last six weeks.  You, as a scientist, have to ask why.  We cannot explain that by vaccinated immunity.  We can't explain it by a sudden change in behavior.  It is natural immunity and it's now over 50% of the population."  Instead of celebrating this news, Democratic Governors and President Joe Biden among others are doubling down on the COVID mandates.  A recent example is Biden's new executive order requiring the wearing of masks on all federal property.

YouTube Takes Down Video of Testimony Given During Ohio House Session.  Google's YouTube last week removed a video that showed an attorney testifying to the Ohio legislature.  Thomas Renz, an attorney with the Ohio Stands Up! group, spoke to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee in support of House Bill 90, which would implement legislative oversight of orders given by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.  Renz said over the course of around 36 minutes that he opposed the harsh orders imposed by DeWine, a Republican, and health officials amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Renz noted that officials initially believed the fatality rate from the disease, which is caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, was much higher than the flu, but it's now close to the influenza's rate.  He also alleged that no one under the age of 19 has died from COVID-19 in the state, among other claims.  State officials say 11 children under 19 have died from the disease.

Jen Psaki dodges question on whether Biden thinks Cuomo is 'gold standard' leader after nursing home deaths scandal.  Jen Psaki dodged a question Sunday on whether Joe Biden still considers New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 response the 'gold standard' in the midst of his nursing home scandal.  'Does President Biden still consider Andrew Cuomo the gold standard when it comes to leadership on the pandemic?' ABC 'This Week' host John Karl asked the White House press secretary.  'Well, Jon, we work with Governor Cuomo, just like we work with governors across the country.  He's also chair of the NGA,' Psaki dodged.  'So, he plays an important role in insuring that we're coordinating closely and getting assistance out to people of his state and to states across the country.  And we'll continue to do that.'

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That's a great answer to a question that nobody asked.

California, land of delusion.  The latest verbal gymnastics our local San Francisco Bay Area, 11 o'clock news team tried and failed to explain was why, when COVID cases are rapidly plummeting, we are not opening the state.  There are only five counties that have "graduated" out of the deadly Purple Tier as of this morning [2/21/2021].  After months of touting the so-called crisis in ICU capacity, now we get no mention of that issue.  Instead, we're treated to ten minutes of proud stories about massive new vaccination sites.  These are immediately followed by stories about the lack of available vaccine doses.  It's almost funny.  We are exhorted to do our duty and get vaccinated, for the common good, if we can find any vaccine.  I know people who desperately wanted it and had to drive for hours to locate doses.  Personally, I wouldn't get the vaccine.  But that's another story. [...] What's a "case"?  Is it someone in the ICU or just someone who tested positive?  I've looked up that definition, and it's a bunch of either/or/and mumbo-jumbo that seems to get redefined frequently.

Nearly 100,000 in U.S. Died from Coronavirus in Biden's First Month in Office.  Nearly 100,000 people in the United States died from the Chinese coronavirus during President Joe Biden's first month in office.  An estimated 99,763 people in the U.S. have died due to complications from the coronavirus during Biden's first month in the White House, according to statistics provided by Johns Hopkins University.

The first 30 days of Biden's reign are as bad as we feared.  Within this first month that the cabal has instituted its figurehead, we have seen our worst fears realized and our timid hopes destroyed.  Here is what we now know and have learned in just one short month of what the Progressive Dystopians have done and are planning to do against America and her people.
  •   Florida remaining a Free State and Governor DeSantis receiving national acclaim have made for an embarrassment to the new regime.  So the federal government is actually in discussions on segregating the state of Florida from the rest of America in terms of open and unrestricted travel plans.  This is clearly to punish DeSantis.
  •   There was a self-imposed blackout by the left media of all things wrong with Governor Cuomo as he caused the deaths of thousands of seniors in nursing homes in New York.  We know how the leftist media would have treated it if the name was switched from Cuomo to Trump.  Not just biased journalism, but purposeful lying and falsehoods by media.
  •   If someone is in the country legally, he is assumed to have COVID.  If someone tries to come into the country illegally, he is assumed not to have COVID.  What?

Two Democratic Governors See Stars Dimmed by Virus Woes.  At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, two Democratic governors on opposite ends of the country were hailed as heroes for their leadership in a crisis.  Now they're leaders on the ropes.

No Longer Consenting, Carlsbad California Restaurant Owners Defy Order and Open for Indoor Dining.  The power of government comes from the people; or as we say in the U.S. "from the consent of the governed."  When people lead, the politicians are forced to follow.  Without implied consent the municipal or state government has no power.  None.  The power of the local, regional or state authority comes from the expressed consent of the people.  As soon as the majority of people deny that consent, those officials and state authoritarians lose all of their power.  Yes, it really is that simple.  [Video clip]

'Don't waste vaccine!' After early confusion, experts say it's always better to use leftover shots than toss them.  When the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began, there seemed no good answers for what to do with leftover doses.  Vaccinators were punished for giving shots in violation of priority lists, while fearful clinics were condemned for throwing doses away.  "Early on, the question was, 'Is the absolute red line that you don't throw a dose away?  Or is the red line that you don't give it to the wrong person?'" said Dr. Matthew Zahn, medical director of the division of epidemiology for Orange County in California.  Federal guidelines existed but weren't widely emphasized.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issued guidance urging "a flexible approach" to the vaccine, especially when it was in danger of going unused.

Politicized 'Science' Is Not Science at All.  [Scroll down]  Hold aside the fact that the Left, on issues such as the biological personhood of the unborn child and the chromosomal immutability of sex, holds substantive policy positions that are manifestly hostile to science.  The frequency with which the Left acts as if the science on any given issue is "settled" — indeed, the very notion of "settled science" — is anti-science, no matter how confident proponents of any specific scientific theory may be.  It was less than a year ago, after all, that the World Health Organization's Dr. Mike Ryan pronounced:  "There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit."  It turns out that "science" was not particularly "settled." And within just a few months, after the WHO changed its mind on the efficacy of mask-wearing, Facebook outright removed a prominent mask-skeptical group on its platform for spreading COVID-19 "misinformation."

Suddenly, It's All a Conspiracy Theory.  Gov. Cuomo continues to insist that nursing home-related charges against him are a "conspiracy theory."  Cuomo is referring to suggestions that thousands of seniors may have died as a result of his actions and that he and others working under him undercounted and covered up those deaths.  Liberals now use the phrase "conspiracy theory" to respond to any sort of criticism.  But what exactly does Gov. Cuomo mean by "conspiracy theory"?  What is the "theory," and who are the "conspirators"?  Is it a "theory" to say the governor ordered nursing home patients with COVID-19 into nursing homes, where they might infect other patients?  Is it mere theory to point out that Cuomo's administration underreported the number of deaths from COVID-19 among nursing home patients?  Is it theory to say Cuomo failed to respond to New York representatives' request for information concerning nursing home deaths?  And who are the conspirators?  According to Cuomo's aide, Melissa DeRosa, information was withheld because Cuomo and DeRosa feared that "it was going to be used against us," presumably by Republicans and specifically by the Trump DOJ.

35 Questions for Dr. Fauci.  Dr. Fauci has become the face and voice of the virus, with dozens of pronouncements over the past year on what Americans should and shouldn't do.  Many of his statements have been contradictory to the point that I (and probably many others) am confused about official virus-related policies from the federal government.  Accordingly, I have a few simple questions to put to him that would clarify matters bigly:
  [#1]   Why is there virtually no incidence of seasonal influenza ("flu") this year?  The low incidence of flu cases this year is unprecedented.
  [#2]   Why has the federal government not made a major push on comprehensive personal measures for improving one's immune system other than a few anecdotal comments?
  [#3]   What is the US government's position on the use of therapeutic drugs like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin given their successful use in many countries?
  [#4]   Why has there been a 77% decline in virus cases in the US over the past six weeks?
  [#5]   Would herd immunity have been achieved faster without the mandatory masking and social distancing of the vast majority of Americans who are almost impervious to the effects of the virus?  If not, why not?

The verb you're looking for is preside.
Media Discovers:  Presidenting In A Pandemic Is Unexpectedly Difficult.  Neither CNN nor Politico are incorrect in that approach, but the timing of their epiphanies is certainly ... curious.  For instance, after a full year of assigning personal responsibility for every COVID-19 development to Donald Trump, Politico suddenly discovered that presidents don't have total control of pandemic management three weeks into Joe Biden's term:  [Tweet]  The irony of their headline about Biden's voyage of discovery no doubt eluded Politico's social-media editors.  Biden's not the only one discovering federalism and the limits of executive power, it seems.

Joe Biden Falsely Claims Trump Had No Vaccine Distribution Plan.  CLAIM: "Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country." — President Joe Biden   VERDICT:  MOSTLY FALSE.  Trump had a plan that was complicated by the diverse policies of state governments.  Biden, speaking at a Pfizer manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday [2/19/2021] claimed that President Donald Trump had left him no plan for the distribution of coronavirus vaccines.

Why Are These Four Democrat Governors Given a Pass After Sending Sickly COVID Spreaders to Nursing Homes Like Gov. Cuomo?  Governor Andrew Cuomo is in hot water after sending thousands of COVID patients into nursing homes and long-term care facilities and then lying about if for months.  But Governor Andrew Cuomo was not alone.  Four other Democrat governors also signed orders like Cuomo to send sickly COVID patients back to nursing homes where thousands of seniors were killed from the coronavirus.

Johns Hopkins Doctor Thinks COVID Will Be Largely Gone By April, Half of U.S. Has Herd Immunity.  Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon and a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, believes that the coronavirus will be "mostly gone" by April.  In an op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal on Friday [2/19/2021], Makary argued that half of the U.S. has already reached herd immunity because there are more coronavirus cases in the country, possibly 6.5 times as many, than the 28 million that have been reported.  Combined with the 15 percent of Americans who have already begun receiving the vaccine, the doctor argued that normal life will return by the spring.

How the COVID-19 Censors Killed the Truth.  The oddest part about the effort to stifle debate over COVID-19's origin is even the experts agree we still don't know the answer.  There is a prevailing theory, but nobody knows precisely where COVID-19 originated.  The disease has killed nearly 2.5 million people around the world and almost 500,000 in the U.S. alone.  It's in everybody's interest to understand exactly where it came from and how it started, but efforts at investigation have been stymied from the start.  Among those eager to suppress dissent on this topic are:  the Chinese government, U.S. media outlets, the Big Tech platforms, and scientists with a financial or reputational stake in the outcome of any investigation.

German Study:  Laboratory Accident Most Likely Cause of Coronavirus Pandemic.  Professor Dr. Roland Wiesendanger, a leading German nanotechnology expert and three-time recipient of the prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grant, has completed a one-year, hundred-page study on the origin of the novel coronavirus, Sars-Cov-2.  Professor Wiesendanger concludes that "both the number and quality of the circumstantial evidence point to a laboratory accident at the virological institute in the city of Wuhan as the cause of the current pandemic."

Biden Advisor Stunned That Florida Covid-19 Numbers Remain Stable Despite Open Economy.  One of President Joe Biden's advisers expressed genuine shock over the monumental differences in how Florida, under the leadership of GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, managed to keep its COVID-19 death and illness rates stable even though he took an 'open the economy' approach rather than a 'lockdown the economy' approach, like his blue state rivals. [...] What isn't difficult to understand is that DeSantis, early on, took a far different approach than his New York Democratic gubernatorial colleague, Andrew Cuomo.  The former moved specifically to protect the elderly and the infirm in nursing homes; the latter ordered eldercare facilities in his state to take in patients sick with COVID-19 and the result was predictable.

AOC calls for 'full investigation' of Cuomo's handling of nursing homes amid coronavirus pandemic.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a chorus of New York lawmakers demanding an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.  The New York Democrat said in a statement:  "I support our state's return to co-equal governance and stand with our local officials calling for a full investigation of the Cuomo administration's handling of nursing homes during COVID-19. Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic.  Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor's remarks warrant a full investigation."

UK supermarket makes disabled people wear yellow stickers if exempt from mask-wearing.  A totalitarian supermarket is forcing those exempt from wearing masks, mostly disabled people, to wear yellow stickers.  After this man politely refused, shop staff called the police and recorded him.

Biden Administration Moves Goalposts Again, Now Says Schools Need Better Ventilation To Combat Asthma, Mold Before Reopening.  The Biden administration continues to provide numerous shifting answers on whether schools should reopen and how soon.  Now the administration wants ventilation systems in schools not just to combat COVID-19, but also asthma and mold.  Much of the confusion surrounding Biden's education plan comes from the administration's conflicting definition of what reopening schools would even look like.  Back in December, Biden pledged "to bring the coronavirus pandemic under enough control to open most of the nation's schools during his first 100 days as president."  "It should be a national priority to get our kids back into school and keep them in school," Biden said at the time.  "If Congress provides the funding, we need to protect students, educators and staff.  If states and cities put strong public health measures in place that we all follow, then my team will work to see that the majority of our schools can be open by the end of my first 100 days."

Forget Double-Masking.  Here's a Better Way to Curb COVID-19.  California-based Innova Medical Group produces millions of COVID-19 tests every day — tests that people can perform at home and that yield results in minutes.  These tests could transform the pandemic response and move us beyond the public health policy stalemate.  Yet not one of them is available to Americans.  Innova is exporting them to other countries because the Food and Drug Administration bans their distribution in the U.S.

The Pandemic Is Over.  Conservative writers and pundits haven't done too well this past year, and many of them turned out not even to be especially "conservative."  One oft-repeated prediction was that once the Democrats had taken over, COVID-19 would disappear overnight.  This was based on the supposition that the panic was created or at least amplified to get Donald Trump out of office.  To take just one example, the American Medical Association shortly after the election rescinded its statement against the use of hydroxychloroquine, admitting that the drug could actually be beneficial (just as Trump had claimed all along).  The AMA, like the mainstream media and other ultra-Left pressure groups, had been perfectly happy for more people to die as long as it made Trump look bad.  But conservatives who predicted that COVID-19 would end with the Trump Administration were overlooking a central point:  The Left's hatred of Trump is merely a symptom of their guiding philosophy, which is, as "Yes, Minister" put it so concisely back in the 1970s, gradually to exclude people from government.  The Left is in favor of any action that will expand the authority of bureaucrats by taking decisions out of the hands of citizens.  With the coronavirus, the Left is beside itself with glee:  This is the first crisis since 9/11 broad enough to make possible a fundamental transformation of American society.

Disgusting Hot Mic Moment Ends With SF Bay Area School Board President Sprinting for the Exit.  Parents who have had it with teachers dragging their feet getting back to work will surely be infuriated over this call.  Board members of a school district in Oakley, California, which is in the San Francisco Bay Area, were caught mocking parents during a video call and could only respond with "uh oh" when they realized all of their remarks were being broadcast live.  I've said it for a while now and I think a lot of other people have done so as well.  Teachers are lazy.  They worried about COVID even it's safe to reopen.  The science is clear.  Reopen the [...] schools.  Kids don't get it and they don't spread it.  And now, even with teachers being vaccinated, they still don't want to work.  Where I live, in Northern Virginia, the teachers cut the COVID vaccine lines.  They still want to stay home.  And yet, these are the same people who complain about their salaries.  They don't work year-round to start, and now they're pulling this nonsense.  Sorry, teachers, you earn every bit of scorn from parents.

Cuomo silent as watchdog report says policy may have led to over 1,000 nursing home deaths.  An Albany-based watchdog group says that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nursing home directive was likely responsible for more than 1,000 additional resident deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, despite numerous denials by the administration that their order was heavily to blame.  Cuomo's office has been silent on the contents of the report released by the nonprofit Empire Center for Public Policy on Thursday [2/18/2021] and reviewed by Fox News, which relies on the information provided to them by the New York State Department of Health (DOH). The governor is facing intense backlash over the scandal, including a federal probe into his administration's handling of the crisis.  The focus on Cuomo comes as liberal CNN and the governor's brother, host Chris Cuomo, have given the Democrat's controversies little to no airtime.  Previously, the network gave Chris Cuomo free rein to conduct friendly, comical interviews with the governor, who wrote a book about successfully handling the pandemic in the middle of the pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccine honchos sold $496 million in stocks last year: report.  Pharma honchos cashed out nearly half a billion dollars in stock as their companies raced to develop life-saving coronavirus vaccines, a new report says.  Executives and directors at 13 firms working on vaccines — including Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax — collectively sold more than 8.5 million shares worth about $496 million last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The pace of those sales nearly doubled from 2019, when insiders at the same companies dumped 4.7 million shares worth roughly $132 million, the paper reported Wednesday, citing data from Kaleidoscope, a financial research firm.  The bulk of last year's sales were reportedly made by bosses of Moderna, the upstart Massachusetts-based biotech firm behind one of two COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized in the US.

Our Democrat-run institutions are in a big hurry to vaccinate the young.  Last night, on the 11 PM report, the newsreader mindlessly said, "The objective is to get the vaccine to every Californian over the age of 16 by the end of the year."  My brain froze at this news.  This is an experimental vaccine, with no studies on long-term effects.  While deemed safe, how do they know?  They can't!  Why on earth would you give it to the young?"  I am old enough to remember Thalidomide babies, born after doctors gave the "safe" drug, which prevented early-term nausea during pregnancy, to pregnant women, mostly in Germany.  What followed was a plethora of children born missing limbs.  This was in the late 1950s and early '60s.  You can see plenty of graphic pictures of these children online, along with plenty of information — all of it after-the-fact.  Although there were warnings that the drug, which was also used for other conditions, was powerful and potentially toxic, no one anticipated the actual horrific effects.  Why, on earth, when almost all kids, teens, young adults infected with the virus recover as if they had a cold, would anyone think it's safe to vaccinate them en masse?

Donations 'Requested' by Newsom Exploded as His Emergency Powers Ballooned.  In 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office reported that individuals or organizations made $226 million in private donations to organizations at Newsom's request.  These "behested payments" were a record-setting haul eclipsing all prior donations on record by nearly $100 million.  While most donations supported COVID-19 relief efforts, a closer look suggests Newsom's fundraising was supercharged not just by the pandemic, but also by the broad emergency powers the Democratic governor has assumed because of it.  Behested payments are a unique feature of California politics.  State law defines a behested payment as a donation to a government program or charity made "at the request, suggestion, or solicitation of, or made in cooperation, consultation, coordination or concert" with a public official.  While payments of $5,000 or more are disclosed to the public, they remain an overlooked portion of politicians' finances, even though contributions often come from businesses with interests in the state government.  Last year, Newsom raised a combined $45 million from insurance giants Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente for Project Homekey, his housing initiative.  Newsom had selected Blue Shield CEO Paul Markovich to co-chair California's task force on COVID-19 testing.  In January, the governor again tapped Blue Shield, with assistance from Kaiser Permanente, to manage vaccine distribution across the state.

Covid Therapies versus Covid Vaccines:  Who Benefits?  I knew something was amiss when the pandemic hit.  I have four degrees in the field of psychology including a PhD. My years of training and experience were telling me something wasn't right.  My BS detector as all the best psychologists would call it kept going off.  I just kept wondering why our National health leaders kept putting the burden of handling the spread on us?  Yes, they were feverishly working on a vaccine.  But why were they not as frantically looking for a cure or treatment?  And why were they continuous knocking down every possible treatment that was suggested?  So, I did what any good academic would do.  I started trying to figure out the answer to my questions.  In my search I uncovered a trail of corruption, monetary incentives, secrecy, and lies.

We do not need lockdown to keep Covid under control.  When we examine Covid-19 data across the world, two facts stand out.  First, when there is a surge in infections, cases eventually come down whether or not a lockdown or significant legal restrictions were imposed.  Second, many lockdowns and legal restrictions have only a limited — though not necessarily zero — impact on hospitalisations and deaths from Covid.  In January 2021, it was clear that infections in England were falling some time before the national lockdown was imposed.  But this is a familiar pattern.  In the vast majority of places that experienced a big winter surge, infections have since been decreasing, irrespective of whether they imposed lockdowns (such as England, Portugal and Scotland); business closures, but no lockdown (such as Spain and Croatia); or few legal restrictions at all (such as Sweden and Japan or Florida and Texas in the US).  The academic evidence on the impact of lockdowns and business closures is, at best, mixed.  Some studies identify significant effects.  But a recent Stanford University study, which analysed the effects of stay-at-home orders and business closures, concluded: 'While small benefits cannot be excluded, we do not find significant benefits on case growth of more restrictive [measures].'

A Bad Week for The Science™.  Monday [2/15/2021], we learned that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was consulting teachers' unions about whether it was safe to reopen schools.  This might strike you as odd.  You probably thought the CDC was following The Science™, and kindergarten teachers, to be sure, are not scientists.  Could it be that our esteemed government scientists are beholden to certain political interests, and not necessarily just to The Science™?  Could it be that nobody working for the federal or state governments knows what [...] they're doing?  That doesn't seem right.  These are professional scientists, and The Science™ is sacred, we've been told.  Of course, there was a period in time when following The Science™ meant not wearing a mask.  Masks weren't effective in fighting the coronavirus, The Science™ said at the beginning of the pandemic.  These days, The Science™ says double-masking — wearing two masks instead of just one — is a more effective measure in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.  Following The Science™ in 180 degree circles can be dizzying, but who are we to argue?

New York Times wildly exaggerates NYC's COVID rates to prolong lockdowns.  Picking on The New York Times these days is almost too easy, as the Gray Lady routinely renounces or corrects false articles and podcasts and fires staffers who aren't woke enough for its Twitter masthead.  The Times should next cancel its daily "Coronavirus Tracker," which posts infection rates and related data from across the nation.  It claims, and has for weeks, that there's an "extremely high risk level" and an "extraordinarily severe outbreak" of the bug in Gotham.  The Times says that it relies for its Big Apple numbers "primarily on reports from the state," as well as from "health districts or county governments."  This week, the paper cited an 8 percent test-positivity rate in the five boroughs, based on a 14-day average.  The problem:  The state data on which the Times says it mainly relies this week cited a seven-day average in the city of 4.39 percent and falling — the lowest rate since Nov. 28.  In Manhattan, the most densely populated borough, the seven-day average was a mere 2.59 percent.

What's the penalty for wearing only one mask?  And how would they know?
NYC health officials issue new COVID guidelines: start wearing two masks.  New York City health officials issued new guidance Thursday to prevent the spread of coronavirus — and its growing number of variants — urging people to wear two masks now, instead of just one.  The new recommendations came from both Mayor de Blasio and city Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi amid growing concerns over more contagious coronavirus mutations.

Majority Now Says It'll Take A Pass On This Rushed Covid Vaccine.  I got a Covid-19 vaccination the other day.  Even though I displayed remarkable courage, I was not awarded a lollipop.  Turns out, it appears federal and state public officials are gonna need more than a simple sweet or urgent urgings to get many Americans to take the new needle.  Media and Faucistas are fussing over a chaotic delivery system reminiscent of that botched Obama-BidenCare rollout that fed the historic 2010 midterm rout of Democrats in the House plus about 1,000 elected Dems in state legislatures across the country.  Not that Barack Obama cares, but his party has still not recovered from that electoral catastrophe.  And, oh, look, here comes another congressional redistricting.  Millions of doses of the new vaccines have gone missing.  Millions of people who want the inoculations haven't a clue if they qualify, where to go, how to sign up.  And somehow some foreign nationals have cut in line ahead of Americans.  Now, comes a national survey revealing that a surprising number of Americans have no intention of submitting their upper arm to the vaccine.  Intriguingly, the resistance appears to have a base in one political party.

No face diapers required
Florida restaurant goes viral for 'Face diapers not required' mask policy.  A Florida restaurant is getting some heat — and praise — for telling its patrons that "face diapers" aren't required to dine there.  Beckyjack's Food Shack, in Spring Hill, Hernando County, posted a photo to Facebook Sunday of the sign taped to its window.  "Face diapers not required," it said.  "Everyone welcome."  "Howdy Folks!  Happy Valentine's Day," said the caption on the post.  "A friendly reminder that we DO NOT require Face Masks."


Chicago: Mayor Reportedly Used $281M in CoVID Relief Cash to Pay Underfunded Police Dept..  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot found herself the center of a growing backlash this week after reportedly using CoVID relief funds to help finance her city's underfunded police department.  "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reportedly used $281.5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay personnel in the Chicago Police Department," reports the Daily Caller.

Report: Lightfoot Used $281.5 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funds To Pay Chicago Police.  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reportedly used $281.5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay personnel in the Chicago Police Department.  The use of coronavirus relief funds to pay police department personnel sparked outrage from many community members after a summer of anti-police protests, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.  Alderman Daniel La Spata told the mayor Wednesday that "the last thing people wanted" was to send more money to the police.

Wuhan Lab Eligible to Receive US Taxpayer Funding Through 2024, NIH Confirms.  The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is authorized to receive taxpayer funding for animal research until January 2024, the National Institute of Health told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  The WIV is at the center of widespread speculation that COVID-19 could have entered the human population in China due to an accidental lab leak.  Researchers at the lab were studying bat-based coronaviruses prior to the outbreak, a project partially backed by $600,000 in U.S. taxpayer funds routed to the lab through the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance.  The president of EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak, was the sole U.S. member of the World Health Organization (WHO) delegation that investigated the origins of the pandemic on the ground in China in January and February.  While the WHO delegation has yet to release a report on their findings, Daszak said the White House should blindly accept their conclusion that it's highly unlikely the virus could have leaked from the WIV.

DeSantis: I Was Criticized for Not Closing Beaches While Media 'Ignored' Nursing Homes.  On Wednesday's [2/17/2021] broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Ingraham Angle," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) reacted to the scandal around New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic by stating that while Florida was facing criticism for not closing beaches, "the media totally ignored how the governors were handling the nursing homes."  [Video clip]

How gone is he?  President Biden claimed during his CNN town hall in Wisconsin on Tuesday that his administration came into office with no coronavirus vaccines available. [...] Biden's remarks are confused, confusing, and absurdly erroneous.  How gone is he?  Or aren't we supposed to ask?

5 Keys to Understanding Cuomo's COVID-19 Cover-up in New York.  New York state lawmakers say they want to impeach Gov. Andrew Cuomo, strip him of emergency powers, and investigate his administration as new information shows the state's COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes is even higher than a revised estimate.  The New York Department of Health released data Wednesday on 647 more nursing home deaths to the Empire Center for Public Policy, a state think tank that has analyzed the issue through a state statute called the Freedom of Information Law.  These additional deaths come on top of the more than 15,000 reported to have died in New York nursing homes while the Cuomo administration put that total at 8,000 as of January, according to The New York Times.  The Empire Center still seeks details about nearly 1,000 other deaths that occurred in "adult care facilities" that are not clearly identified as nursing homes.

The CBO Just Destroyed The Case For Biden's $1.9 Trillion COVID 'Relief'.  he non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released its economic forecast for the next decade.  It got little press attention, probably because it completely undermines the arguments for another massive COVID-19 stimulus bill.  President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress continue to portray the economy as deep in a recession.  In Wisconsin on Wednesday, for example, Biden said that "Now is the time we should be spending.  Now is the time to go big."  But according to the CBO's economic forecast, real GDP this year will climb by 4.6%.  Assuming that holds true, it would be the biggest annual increase in gross domestic product since 1999.  What's more, GDP will have made up all the ground lost by the pandemic lockdowns by mid-2021, according to the report.

Faith over fear.  [Scroll down]  Consider just this: adults across this country have caused a lot of unnecessary harm to their children during the pandemic.  We have taught them to be afraid; we have indicated that they should not question authority; we have shown them how to be obedient to the government.  We have suggested to them that any sacrifice in the name of community health is acceptable.  We have even modeled a path forward — the easiest way to get along is to go along, to shut up and obey.  Is this why we are now seeing an unprecedented level of mental illness in our children?  Is this the cause of the escalation of substance abuse and the teenage suicide rate?  We have also seen an increase in child abuse and domestic violence all in the name of health, über alles.  As my friend Mark McDonald, M.D., a child psychiatrist, says, forcing a child to wear a mask is a form of child abuse.  We have all witnessed much of the current insanity:  a lone jogger with a mask on, a solo driver with a face covering, the dog-walker covered up and the children in school forced to don a mask.  Recently I saw a group of little kids in a schoolyard walking socially distanced, wearing masks, heads bowed.  It was like a dystopian procession of tiny prisoners.

Thousands of service members saying no to COVID-19 vaccine.  By the thousands, U.S. service members are refusing or putting off the COVID-19 vaccine as frustrated commanders scramble to knock down internet rumors and find the right pitch that will persuade troops to get the shot.  Some Army units are seeing as few as one-third agree to the vaccine.  Military leaders searching for answers believe they have identified one potential convincer: an imminent deployment.  Navy sailors on ships heading out to sea last week, for example, were choosing to take the shot at rates exceeding 80% to 90%.

Waitress says she was fired from NYC eatery for not getting COVID vaccine.  A New York City waitress says she was fired from a popular Brooklyn restaurant after choosing not to get the COVID-19 vaccine for fear it might hurt her chances of getting pregnant.  Bonnie Jacobson, 34, told The Post that the management at Red Hook Tavern canned her on Monday because she balked at getting the shot immediately.  "It was shocking to me," she said Wednesday.  "I went through the stages:  I'm hurt, I'm in shock — then I got mad."  Jacobson, who has been married since October 2019, stressed that she's not an anti-vaxxer and "fully supports" people being inoculated, but said she wants to wait for more research on the coronavirus vaccine's possible effects on fertility.

Re:  The calculus really is complex.  We already know that immunity seems temporary.  We already suspect that re-infection will be the norm (we haven't yet seen it much because the timescales are too short).  And from what we know of Corona Viruses in general, CoVid does not appear that different.  The big difference between Sars-Cov-2 and other corona viruses is that we've never met Sars-Cov-2 before.  And it's the *first* *exposure* that seems to be the lethal one.  Come next autumn, pretty much everyone will either (a) have been vaccinated, or (b) actually caught the virus.  Or (c) be young who typically just shrug it off without even realising they've been infected.  Which means, based on the experience of corona viruses and past pandemics, Sars-Cov-2 will become endemic in the background, mostly unrecognised, and might kill a few already weakened individuals every now and then.

Trump says Biden is either 'lying or he's mentally gone' after claiming there was no Covid vaccine when he took office.  Donald Trump has speculated that Joe Biden is either lying or 'mentally gone' after the president on Tuesday night [2/16/2021] said his administration arrived to find no COVID-19 vaccines available.  Trump, who on Wednesday broke his silence to give a series of interviews marking the death of Rush Limbaugh, told Newsmax Biden made 'a very dumb statement' about the vaccines.  The former president teased a possible 2024 run, boasting about his 'tremendous support', and said he would not be returning to Twitter — the platform from which he was banned last month.

New York Senate Democrats to scale back Cuomo's sweeping COVID powers.  Democrats in the state Senate are ready to move forward with a measure to curb Gov. Cuomo's sweeping pandemic powers.  Lawmakers are preparing to pass a measure that will strip the governor of the wide-ranging executive authority granted to him last year as the COVID-19 crisis began.  "I think everyone understands where we were back in March and where we are now," Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said in a statement late Wednesday [2/17/2021].  "We certainly see the need for quick response but also want to move toward a system of increased oversight, and review."

FBI, U.S. attorney in Brooklyn probing Cuomo administration on nursing homes.  The FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn have launched an investigation that is examining, at least in part, the actions of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's coronavirus task force in its handling of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the pandemic, the Times Union has learned.  The probe by the U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York is apparently in its early stages and is focusing on the work of some of the senior members of the governor's task force, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter who is not authorized to comment publicly.

FBI, US Attorney investigating Cuomo's handling of NY nursing homes.  The FBI and the Eastern District of New York US Attorney's office have opened an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources said.  The probe is examining the Cuomo administration's actions relating to the nursing homes and other long-term care facilities after thousands of their residents died of COVID-19, according to two sources familiar with the matter.  In its early-stages, the investigation is focusing on some senior members of Cuomo's coronavirus task force, according to The Times Union, which first reported its existence.  Cuomo's administration has faced fierce criticism for a since-rescinded March 25 state Health Department directive ordering nursing homes to admit infected patients being discharged from hospitals.

Cuomo Self-Destructs:  Dem Says Gov Threatened to 'Destroy Him', Ruin Career If He Didn't 'Cover Up'.  Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim told reporters this week that Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to "destroy him" and ruin his career if the lawmaker refused to "cover-up" the administration's nursing home scandal.  "Gov. Cuomo called me directly on Thursday to threaten my career if I did not cover up for Melissa [DeRosa] and what she said.  He tried to pressure me to issue a statement, and it was a very traumatizing experience," Kim said.  Cuomo then told the assemblyman that "we're in this business together and we don't cross certain lines and he said I hadn't seen his wrath and that he can destroy me," according to Kim.

Cuomo's Show of Corruption in Cover-Up of Nursing Home Deaths [Was] Aided By ABC and CBS.  On Monday in a press conference, corrupt New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spun a web of lies and misinformation about his administration's cover-up of nursing home deaths due to COVID-19.  He was blaming everyone from former President Trump to nursing home staff and he refused to take responsibility as he openly lied about his administration's actions.  Despite how blatant and easily disprovable his claims were, ABC and CBS refused to give him the "Trump Treatment" and fact-check anything he said.  Instead, reporters like Carter Evans, Los Angeles based correspondent on CBS Evening News, who worked to prop up Cuomo's false claims.

Gov. Cuomo threatens Dem over nursing home scandal: 'You will be destroyed'.  A state lawmaker from Queens says Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened that he'd be "destroyed" if he didn't help contain the damage over Cuomo's cover-up of nursing home deaths from COVID-19.  Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) on Wednesday said he got a phone call from the governor on Thursday night, shortly after The Post exclusively revealed how secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa privately admitted that Cuomo's administration withheld death data for fear it would be "used against us" by federal prosecutors.  "At first, there was a silence on the phone," Kim said.  "Then the governor says, 'Mr. Kim, are you an honorable man?'"  Kim — who said he was "in the middle of bathing my kids" — said Cuomo asked him to draft a statement "to say that Melissa DeRosa said there was a federal investigation and they had to deal with that first."

A Freedom-Loving People Needs to Call the Bluff of Those Instilling Fear.  While it took the combined elements of the New Deal and American mobilization during World War II, the land of the free and the home of the brave eventually reasserted itself and America won through to victory — over straitened economic circumstances and the combined military might of National Socialist Germany and Imperial Japan.  What followed was two decades of prosperity, social harmony, and relative peace.  Today, that country has nearly vanished into history, defeated by a combination of "progressive" assaults on the nation-as-founded, and a concomitant loss of self-confidence and even legitimacy.  Worst of all, the fear that FDR warned of has now inculcated itself as the new American default mode: everything terrifies us, and sends us scurrying for the imagined security of "safe spaces."  Which are, of course, really prisons for a people no longer capable of governing themselves.  Exhibit A is COVID-19, China's gift to the world, the overreaction to which has elevated "civil servants" to the status of dictators, abrogated the Constitution, destroyed the economy, and encouraged the citizenry to shun their fellow men as if they were radioactive.  It has terrified a country grown ever more effeminate in its mannerisms and speech patterns, and fearful of engagement with everyday life.  It has created the absurd spectacle of once-free citizens habitually masked and shuffling along like the captive residents of a communist country, tethered to their iPhones, bombarded daily with government and Google propaganda, and accepting the notion that this is somehow the New Normal — and ought to be.

Absolute power is such a thrill!
Health Inspector Does Happy Dance Moments After Ordering SoCal Brewery to Close.  A health inspector named Jatinder Chhabra did a happy dance moments after ordering a brewery (already struggling because of Covid lockdowns) in Southern California to close.  The brown shirt health inspectors are drunk on power and won't stop until the American people say "enough."  Jatinder Chhabra waltzed into Bravery Brewing Company in Lancaster, a high desert city in northern Los Angeles County last weekend and told the owners to close up shop.  Bravery Brewing Co doesn't have TVs so they set up Super Bowl Sundays with limited hours so customers can take the freshly brewed beer home with them before the game starts.

LA health inspector is caught on camera clapping her hands and dancing after incorrectly shutting down brewery on Super Bowl Sunday over COVID guidelines.  A Los Angeles County health inspector was captured on video dancing inside a brewery after incorrectly ordering the owner to close his doors on Super Bowl Sunday for violating COVID guidelines.  Bart Avery, an owner of Bravery Brewery in Lancaster, California, told Fox News that the inspector came to the establishment around 11am on February 7.  Avery claimed the inspector told an employee that the business was in violation of county guidelines because there was no food truck and needed to close just moments before she broke out in a dance.

Power Crazed:  Inspector Dances with Glee While Shutting Down Los Angeles County Brewery Restaurant.  Moments after shutting down the Bravery Brewing Company for allowing customers to pick up prior to the Super Bowl rather than delivering, the LA County Health Inspector does a little happy dance.  Surveillance footage shows Los Angeles County inspector Jatinder Chhabra entering the building just over half an hour after they opened.  They had to shut down right now, she informed the employee, who was ringing up two customers at that moment.  Why?  No food truck.  [Video clip]

Critics Must Be Silenced for Billionaires to Keep Profiting From Pandemic.  On Feb. 15, the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post published a Feb. 11 Associated Press article applauding the censorship of those who criticize the government's pandemic response policies.  The lockdown has netted Bezos $70 billion since its start.  If you are Bezos, a permanent lockdown is a goldmine.  Bill Gates, meanwhile, has made $20 billion from the lockdown he previously war-gamed and then cheer-led.  His strategy has included emasculating the independent media — the most likely sources of the sort of vigorous journalism that might otherwise scrutinize his self interest in the polices he helped successfully engineer for the rest of us.

Former Detroit TV Anchor Dies One Day After Taking COVID Vaccine.  Karen Hudson-Samuels' career in broadcast journalism spanned over four decades in Detroit.  After making her name at WGPR-TV as an anchor, producer and news director, the historian and journalist used her vision to create one of the biggest accomplishments of her lifetime.  To preserve the history of the country's first black-owned and operated television station, WGPR, Samuels worked tirelessly to bring the William V. Banks broadcast museum to life.

Follow the Money:  Hydroxychloroquine vs. the "Vaccine".  As of Feb. 1, more than 270 deaths and nearly 10,000 total adverse events suspected to be associated with the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 "vaccines" have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).  Considering that a nearly three-year study on VAERS found that "fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported," those numbers are downright scary.  By contrast, if anyone knows how many deaths or adverse events occurred due to people taking hydroxychloroquine the way Dr. Vladimir Zelenko prescribes it, please tell me.  So far all I hear is crickets.  In other words, I can find no reports of deaths or adverse effects that occurred because of people taking HCQ when on the Zelenko Protocol.

I suspect it generates more money if a flu patient comes in and the hospital calls it Covid.
US flu hospitalizations at historic low amid COVID-19 school lockdowns.  The flu season has been virtually nonexistent this season — with the lowest rate of hospitalization ever since that data has been tallied.  Just 165 flu-related hospitalizations were recorded between Oct. 1 and Feb. 6, according to recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  That's compared to roughly 400,000 people who were hospitalized during the 2019-2020 flu season, which also saw 22,000 deaths.  "This is lower than average for this point in the season and lower than rates for any season since routine data collection began in 2005, including the low severity 2011-12 season," the CDC said.

The Grand Illusion.  The pandemic had to do with getting Trump out of office.  But, that was not its primary purpose.  The primary purpose was to see if the people could be bullied into conceding to authority that was obviously and intentionally unconstitutional.  The purpose of that was to see if they could cheat as much as they had to steal the election.  It was to see if the American people could be ruled after they had been denied their choice for president.

The Coming Parent Revolt Over School Reopening.  The public health community has long since concluded that the perils of prolonged school closures are far greater than the risks posed by COVID-19 to students and teachers.  This fact has not been lost on parents, who are growing increasingly impatient with teachers who won't return to the classroom.

Press Sec Refuses to Answer Question About CoVID 'Relief' Funds Going to Abortions.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to comment on whether aspects of the President's CoVID relief package can go towards funding abortions; saying he's "shared his views" on the subject.  "Regarding the American Rescue Plan... Pro-life groups are very concerned that taxpayer dollars will go to the abortion industry.  With that being said, can this administration guarantee that no taxpayer dollars will go to the abortion industry?" asked one reporter.  "Which component are you referring to?  The President believes that community health centers are a key part of addressing the pandemic.  People have access to vaccines and treatments, to make sure that they're healthy," said the Press Secretary.

Chuck Schumer Repeatedly Refuses To Answer Questions About Cuomo Nursing Home Scandal.  Andrew Cuomo's COVID nursing home scandal is become a major liability for the Democrats.  Senator Chuck Schumer of New York was recently questioned about it repeatedly and wouldn't give an answer.  For the first time in a long time, a reporter actually asked a Democrat a tough question.

Biden Falsely Claims: 'We Didn't Have' A Vaccine 'When We Came Into Office'.  President Joe Biden falsely claimed during a CNN town hall on Tuesday night [2/16/2021] that his administration did not have a vaccine to work with when he came into office, saying, "It's one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn't have when we came into office, but a vaccinator, how do you get the vaccine into someone's arm?"

NAACP files lawsuit against Trump, Giuliani, Proud Boys for launching Capitol riot.  A Democratic House lawmaker and the NAACP sued former President Trump and others in federal court on Tuesday [2/16/2021], seeking money damages for putting the lawmaker in fear of his life during the riot by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, described the emotional distress he felt while cowering in the House chamber with a gas mask while rioters pounded on the doors.  When he was evacuated to what he thought was a more secure location beneath the Capitol, Mr. Thompson said, he ended up in a coronavirus "hot spot" with Republican lawmakers who refused to wear masks.

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Aha!  He was in a "coronavirus 'hot spot'" surrounded by those evil maskless people!  That was over a month ago.  Did he get sick?  If not, maybe there is no reason for panic in the presence of those who choose not to wear a muzzle.

Longtime nursing home worker slams NY Gov. Cuomo for blaming staff for COVID spread.  A longtime New York nursing home worker told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave nursing home staff "no plan" to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and blasted him for "never" taking responsibility "for anything."  Danielle Pagoulatos-Lieblein, a nursing home nutrition director with 30 years of experience in the industry, made the comments one day after Cuomo held a press conference where the embattled Democratic New York governor admitted that he should have moved sooner to release relevant data related to COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes amid mounting criticism of his administration's handling of the scandal.  In his first press conference since reports surfaced that his office underreported or withheld critical information on nursing home deaths during the pandemic, Cuomo said all relevant information was "fully, publicly and accurately reported."  When asked if he felt the need to apologize, the New York governor said his team's failure to publicly address concerns created a "void" that allowed the spread of "conspiracy theories."

CDC Admits It Based School Guidelines on Teacher Input and Stakeholders.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admitted during a press conference that it based its new school guidelines on science, but also input from teachers and stakeholders.  No wonder the guidelines pretty much give unions and schools an excuse to not return to in-person learning.  It's weird how one week officials say schools should reopen and the next they come up with every excuse to keep it all closed.  The bipartisan group Open Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia found a few interesting tidbits in the transcript of a press conference with the CDC. [...]

The vaccines will end the pandemic — whether Dr. Fauci likes it or not.  Repeat after me:  Vaccines will end the pandemic.  This bears repeating, as some elites seem bent on prolonging restrictions for a long time, perhaps indefinitely.  If they have their way, we will wear masks for years, continue to socially distance and never get back to our regular lives.  The sane among us need to make sure none of this transpires.  On Thursday, President Biden delivered remarks to the National Institutes of Health while wearing a mask.  Standing on a stage, the president said he had consulted with government gurus Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins about removing his mask and noted that despite being 10 feet away from people, "it's important that I not."

The Rich Don't Need A Mask — Major Airline Company Drop Mask Requirement For First & Business Class.  The arrival of COVID-19 has changed the way we travel.  While the number one priority of airlines is the safety of its passengers and crew, COVID-19 presented airlines with a whole new set of safety-related challenges to deal with.  From mandatory mask-wearing and blocking middle-seats to reduced in-flight service, new safety measures have become standard in most cases.  However, one airline, Cathay Pacific, created quite a stir when it announced it will be giving its business and first-class passengers the option to remove their masks. [...] Cathay Pacific joined Qatar Airways in a rare category, but Qatar Airways after facing huge backlash now says masks are mandatory for all, [despite] words to the contrary, and a press release stating "Business Class customers are asked to wear their face shield and mask onboard at their own discretion, as they enjoy more space and privacy."

More Media Blackout — Report:  Nearly 1,200 Dead Following COVID Vaxx In US In Less Than 2 Months.  These drug pushers are doing nothing but lying to the American people and at the cost of lives.  I reported on Thursday that the January Vaccine Adverse Events Report indicated nearly 3,000 entries and almost 460 deaths.  However, the Center for Disease Control is now saying that from the middle of December to the first week of February, nearly 1,200 people have died following getting the experimental COVID jab, but have no concern, the CDC claims that what you need to know is that they are "safe and effective."

Fact Check?  Kamala Lies to Axios with 'Start from Scratch' Vaccine Claim that Fauci Debunked.  Isn't it fascinating that the liberal media lectures us about all the dangers of misinformation about the coronavirus, but now the Biden-Harris team just keeps repeating nonsense about how they had to start "from scratch" on the vaccine?  That there was "no plan"?  Even after CNN fell on its face running this claim from an anonymous source, only to be corrected by media darling Anthony Fauci, Vice President Kamala Harris said it out loud to Axios reporter and co-founder Mike Allen for the website's HBO show.  Allen just accepted this garbage.  [Video clip]

Honolulu mayor extends coronavirus restrictions.  Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has extended coronavirus restrictions until the middle of March despite reports of new cases remaining low in the state the past two weeks.  "The health and safety of everyone in the City and County of Honolulu remains our top priority and I want to move us forward in a way that is deliberate and based on science," Blangiardi said in a statement, the Star-Advertiser reported.  "Successfully minimizing the spread of this virus during occasions like Super Bowl weekend, Valentine's Day, and beyond, is the key to getting more of Oahu back to work, school and back in the community activities we desperately need," he added.

Cuomo blames 'politics,' fails to address nursing home cover-up admission.  An unapologetic Gov. Cuomo doubled down on a litany of past excuses Monday [2/15/2021] as he blamed "politics" for the spiraling scandal that's engulfed his administration since The [New York] Post revealed his top aide admitted they hid from elected officials and the public the true number of nursing-home residents killed by COVID-19.  During a virtual news conference at which he declined to take a question from The Post, Cuomo claimed that "there's nothing to investigate" regarding the cover-up to which Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa confessed during a video conference call with Democratic lawmakers last week.  Cuomo never directly addressed DeRosa's recorded remarks in which she admitted "we froze" over whether to come clean to the Legislature — or the public — about nursing home deaths in the face of a Justice Department inquiry.

Democrats slam 'lying' Cuomo over COVID-19 nursing home 'cover-up'.  Fellow Democratic legislators in New York weren't buying Gov. Andrew Cuomo's explanation Monday [2/15/2021] as to why he refused for months to release a true accounting of nursing home residents who died from the coronavirus.  Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), whose uncle died from COVID-19, bluntly said, "all of it is BS" and a cover-up.  "They could have given us the information back in May and June of last year.  They chose not to," Kim said, when hearing Cuomo was blaming the DOJ probe for delays in releasing the accurate coronavirus death tally of nursing home residents.  Cuomo cited an exclusive Aug. 26, 2020 story in The [New York] Post that broke the news about the Department of Justice inquiry into his administration's nursing home admission policy and the undercounting of deaths, claiming Albany legislators should have known about the probe based on that report.

The Pandemic Cure is Far Worse than the Disease.  [Scroll down]  This description of the "War on Covid" causing societal stress though is incomplete.  What has actually been inflicted on Americans and much of the world has been psychological warfare, using distorted statistics, diagnostic manipulations and medical historical amnesia as cover in pursuit of government's agenda namely, further societal control.  Psychological warfare on the general public has taken the form of messaging, using the relentless repetition of words, phrases and ideas not only daily but hourly.  It is transmitted throughout the day on all TV and radio stations, breaking news reports, print journalism whether medically or non-medically related, signage on roadways, business windows, doorways etc.  Think how many times you've heard the following over the past year:  Covid, Coronavirus, novel virus, pandemic, "vaccine", masks, social distancing, cases, ventilators, ICU beds, death count, emergency use, "vaccine" passports, immunization, and mandates.  Now if you're not in a medical occupation try to think how often you've heard these used in the media over your lifetime.  The purpose of this psychological warfare is to overwhelm our individual psychological state, normally used to cope with our everyday life, and replace it with obsessive thoughts.

Cuomo's COVID Cover-Up.  Reporting from the New York Post tonight [2/11/2021] confirms what the public has long suspected: that New York Democrats, under Governor Andrew Cuomo's leadership, hid the real numbers of nursing home COVID deaths to avoid political accountability and to slither out of a Department of Justice investigation. [...] Today's NY Post reporting exposes the worst type of political cynicism and cover-up we have seen in quite some time.  Health officials essentially killed off thousands of nursing home residents with their mandate and then knowingly hid data on nursing home COVID deaths from the public.  Thousands dead.  And to whom did the Secretary to the Governor, Melissa DeRosa, apologize?  Not the the victims, but to fellow Democrats for putting them "in that political position with the Republicans."

Unexplained Covid-19 cases prompt first lockdown in New Zealand since August.  New Zealand's largest city of Auckland will go into a three-day lockdown beginning just before midnight Sunday [2/14/2021] following the discovery of three unexplained coronavirus cases in the community.  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the move after an urgent meeting with other top lawmakers in the Cabinet.  She said they decided to take a cautious approach until they find out more about the outbreak, including whether the infections are of the more contagious variants.  The lockdown is the first in New Zealand in six months and represents a significant setback in the nation's largely successful efforts to control the virus.

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It is irrational to lock down an entire city because three people got sick.

Fauci says new coronavirus relief bill must pass before schools reopen.  Dr. Anthony Fauci said a coronavirus relief bill needs to be passed before schools can reopen.  "I think that the schools really do need more resources, and that's the reason why the national relief act that we're talking about getting passed — we need that.  The schools need more resources," the nation's leading infectious disease doctor said on ABC's This Week. [...] The comments come after Fauci said late last year that bars should close, but "keep the schools open."  "The default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school," Fauci said on Nov. 29.  "If you look at the data, the spread among children and from children is not really very big at all, not like one would have suspected.  So let's try to get the kids back," Fauci added.

A Doctor's View About The New mRNA Vaccines.  With the passage of time, I've learned that what we don't know about medicine outweighs what we do know.  I've always been a proponent of older, more established vaccines.  However, they are imperfect and, like all medical treatments, can have side effects.  Unfortunately, in the conversation about the new COVID-19 vaccines, the tenets of honesty and a willingness to admit ignorance are being compromised.  Operation Warp Speed was remarkable, but it leaves an uncomfortable question:  Is it a good thing to rush a vaccine (or medicine) to the public without the usual safeguards?  Operation Warp Speed might be a great business objective or military goal, but is it great for a medical treatment?  The pharmaceutical industry, government health authorities, and the media insist the new vaccines are safe and effective.  While the initial results are promising, this is not the whole truth.

Woman, 78, dies after receiving vaccine in California.  A 78-year-old woman died in Pomona, Calif., on Friday [2/12/2021] after receiving a shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at an inoculation center.  The cause of death wasn't immediately determined, but the patient did not display signs of a severe allergic reaction, said Dr. Michael Morris, the physician director of Kaiser Permanente's Southern California vaccination program.  The woman lost consciousness in the observation area after receiving the shot, Morris said.

Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for 'defending science'.  Dr. Anthony Fauci has won the $1 million Dan David Prize for "defending science" and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.  The Israel-based Dan David Foundation on Monday [2/15/2021] named President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser as the winner of one of three prizes.  It said he had earned the recognition over a lifetime of leadership on HIV research and AIDS relief, as well as his advocacy for the vaccines against COVID-19.  In its statement, the private foundation did not mention former President Donald Trump, who undermined Fauci's follow-the-science approach to the pandemic.  But it credited Fauci with "courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging COVID crisis."

The 'Insurrection Hallucination' and How We Got There.  You could hardly pick up a newspaper or turn on television news without seeing Andrew Cuomo depicted as someone who bravely locked down his state to prevent a rapidly spreading COVID-19 from killing off more of its citizens.  The President got a hospital ship there in record time and provided every assistance, including a substantial number of respirators Cuomo begged for and didn't use.  In truth, no one was more responsible for the deaths of 15,000 elderly in New York nursing homes than he.  Refusing to use the emergency facilities provided him, he forced nursing homes to house COVID-19 patients removed from hospitals, and, to add to his shame, he withheld the nursing home death count, because, as his top aide Melissa deRosa admitted this week in a conference call, "we froze" out of fear federal prosecutors would use the truth against them.  Anyone who spent a moment looking into the nursing home deaths knew precisely what a disaster Cuomo had inflicted on New York's elderly.  But he was the Left's shining star.

Joe Biden Moves the Goalposts, Pushes Mask Mandate From "100 Days" to "Through the Next Year".  15 days to slow the spread of Covid has turned into a never ending lockdown and power grab for the Democrats.  Now Joe Biden is moving the goalposts on his mask mandate.  Biden previously stated many times that wearing masks for just 100 days would save lives so his first day in office he signed an executive order requiring masks on federal property — just for 100 days.  On Thursday Biden's "100 days of mask wearing" turned into "wearing masks through the next year."

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The goalposts aren't moving.  There are no goalposts.  We can't win this game, and the only sensible option is to stop playing it.  I don't know anybody who voluntarily wears a face mask.  Civil disobedience and constant lobbying are the only ways to stop this foolishness.

Newly Elected Montana Governor Greg Gianforte Ends State Mask Mandate.  Montana's Republican Governor, Greg Gianforte, revoked the statewide mask mandate instituted by his Democrat predecessor, fulfilling a campaign promise.  Governor Gianforte made the announcement on Friday, saying the state of Montana had made "significant progress" in vaccinating elderly and vulnerable parts of the population, meaning that the mask mandate was no longer needed on a state level.  Gianforte had made the removal of the mandate a campaign promise in November, with his defeated Democrat predecessor having signed it into law in July.

7 Reasons Fake News Media Had a Very Bad Friday.  [#3] Andrew "Grandma Slayer" Cuomo Exposed:  Although everyone has known for months that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) forced nursing homes to accept people still contagious with the coronavirus and that he lied about this and then buried the truth of just how many people died as a result, on Friday [2/12/2021], fake news outlets like CNNLOL and the New York Times — outlets guilty of aiding Gov. Grandma Slayer in this cover-up — were at long last forced to report the truth.  Better still, this story is only starting to explode.

Bill Gates' daughter jokes on social media about getting COVID-19 vaccine.  Bill Gates' daughter told her social media followers that the first dose of the COVID-19 "did NOT implant my genius father into my brain."  Jennifer Gates, 24, made the joke to dispel wild conspiracy theories that the billionaire Microsoft founder was somehow using the vaccine to get inside people's minds and track their movements, according to a report.  Jennifer Gates is a second-year medical student at New York's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Joe Biden sure is friendly with China.  I wonder why.
Biden administration expresses 'deep concerns' about WHO's China probe.  The Biden administration on Saturday expressed "deep concerns" about the World Health Organization's (WHO) probe into the Chinese handling of the coronavirus.  "We have deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the COVID-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them," National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a lengthy statement.  "It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or alteration by the Chinese government."  The WHO sent a team to investigate the origins of the virus in Wuhan, and was closely watched for evidence of Chinese stonewalling.  The team left this week after saying that it was "extremely unlikely" that the virus emerged from a lab in Wuhan — and said it was pretty much not worth "further studies."

Covid vaccines are set to be tested on six-year-old children and 'even newborns and pregnant women' as trials are expanded.  Covid-19 vaccines are set to be tested on children and potentially even newborns.  AstraZeneca, which produces the Oxford vaccine, says it is expanding trials to children as young as six, and The Mail on Sunday can reveal that fellow vaccine maker Janssen, part of Johnson and Johnson, is now looking into testing on newborn babies and even pregnant women.  Janssen last month revealed trials in adults showed its single-dose Covid vaccine is 66 percent effective in preventing coronavirus.

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I'm no doctor, but even I know that unnecessary vaccines should never be given to newborn children.  In the case of Covid-19, anyone under the age of 30 is at such low risk of serious complications that the vaccine is pointless for them.

Top Biden COVID Adviser Wrong About Spiking COVID-19 Numbers (Again).  President Joe Biden's top COVID-19 adviser wrongly predicted that Florida would experience a large, "house on fire" virus outbreak unrivaled by states with lockdown restrictions due to Gov. Ron DeSantis's reopening orders.  "Florida is ripe for another large outbreak," Dr. Michael Osterholm told CNN's Jake Tapper in October.  "What they've done is opened up everything as if nothing had ever happened there.  And you and I could be talking probably in eight to 10 weeks and I will likely bet that Florida will be a house on fire."  Osterholm also ragged on North Dakota and South Dakota for maintaining anti-lockdown and mask policies that he labeled as political decisions motivated by "pseudoscience."  Despite Osterholm's previously failed projections and his drastic vacillations on COVID mitigation strategies, Tapper praised the adviser for "being right the whole time" about COVID-19. [...] Despite Tapper's fawning over Osterholm's coronavirus opinions, data from October when the doctor first gave his prediction about a surge in Florida COVID cases suggests that other states still under strict lockdown orders experienced similar and even worse hospitalization and deaths attributed to the virus.

The Callous COVID Cruelty of Our Ruling Class.  As I wrote in April, coronavirus hysteria has unleashed the inner tyrant in anyone with a modicum of authority, from fame-seeking aged bureaucrats down to the local homeowners' association president.  The only upside, if one can be found in an otherwise catastrophic period of unnecessary human misery, is that the ruling class' depravity now is fully exposed; the face mask, so to speak, has slipped, and slipped for good.  More horrifying, however, is that no one in power shows the slightest hint of regret.  They are, by all indications, actually enjoying it.  They are sadists.

The CDC could have said this six months ago, but then it might have helped Trump, not Biden.
CDC Urges Schools to Reopen 'as Soon as Possible,' Says COVID Risk Can Be Mitigated.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called to reopen schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, in new guidelines released on Friday [2/12/2021].  The guidelines were updated as many local governments have struggled to return students to in-person learning, almost a year after the coronavirus pandemic forced schools across the U.S. to shutter their doors.  San Francisco is suing the city's own Board of Education to reopen its public schools, while Chicago reached a deal with the city teachers' union to reopen schools in March after weeks of negotiations.

Did the CDC Really Say We Need to Wear 2 Masks?  Throughout the course of this pandemic, there has been widespread confusion, misunderstanding, and anxiety about COVID-19 — how it is transmitted, how dangerous it is, and how to protect yourself from it.  Now, the latest topic of debate is whether or not the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend double-masking, and like other COVID-19 debates, misconceptions abound.  The use of masks as a simple infection control measure has become a controversial and polarizing issue.  Now, a new push to wear not one, but two masks at once threatens to make it even worse.  But does it even make sense?

Governor Ron DeSantis Responds to the Biden Administration Singling Out Florida.  Governor Ron DeSantis is responding to rumors that the Biden administration is considering travel restrictions for his state.  The onslaught of criticism for the way DeSantis is handling the pandemic has reached a crescendo following the Super Bowl coverage showing residents moving freely, with and without masks, in the stadium stands and celebrating the game.  DeSantis was photographed maskless in a box seat and preemptively told the press he couldn't drink a beer with the mask on, and beer is required to watch your home team play in the big game.  They were unimpressed.  Here is an example of the overwrought and grossly inaccurate coverage from the unimpressive and often wrong Joy Reid.  [Video clip]

The Morning Briefing:  Andrew Cuomo Should Be in Prison for His COVID-19 Lies.  While the Democrats are busily engaged in the world's worst creative fiction workshop masquerading as an impeachment trial, the real world continues to spin, and not in a way that is very friendly to the Democrats.  When you look at what Grandpa Gropes is actually up to and then see what a disaster vaccine distribution has been in blue states, it's easy to see why they want to keep the impeachment shiny object sham around as a distraction.  Longtime readers here are very well aware of the fact that I am not a fan of New York's petty tyrant chief executive, Andrew "Send Grandma to the Grave" Cuomo.  I don't like his brother Fredo either, but at least he doesn't have a body count.  For the longest time, there was a race between Cuomo, California's Gavin Newsom, and Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer for the title of "Worst Governor In America." [...] Cuomo is now well ahead and putting distance between himself and Newsom.  He may even lap Whitmer by the end of this month.

CNN and the dangerous distortion of truth while New Yorkers died.  CNN was blasted as "an abject disgrace to both the journalism profession and America writ large" in the wake of an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitting the state withheld COVID-19 nursing home death data after months of glowing coverage from the disgraced network.  Gov. Cuomo's little brother, Chris, hosts "Cuomo Prime Time" on CNN, regularly providing a platform last year for the governor to appeal to viewers by conducting playful on-air conversations masquerading as interviews amid the nursing home scandal.

Cuomo lied and covered it up — we need a federal investigation to find the truth.  New York needs the truth about the Cuomo administration coverup of nursing-home deaths — and that means an independent federal investigation.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aide confessed privately this week that the administration suppressed the true COVID toll in the homes.  She also offered an apology — not to the thousands of New York families who needlessly lost loved ones thanks to her boss's mismanagement but to Democratic lawmakers put in a difficult "political position with the Republicans" by the coverup.  A federal investigation may be the only way to get the full truth of Team Cuomo's order to nursing homes, populated by those most vulnerable to the virus, to take in COVID-positive patients.  Not just the "what" of how many lives it cost, but the "why" behind this madness, and the months and months of coverup.

As [the] 'walls close in' on Gov. Cuomo, rank media favoritism [is] exposed in [a] devastating thread.  If there was going to be a case study on the corrupt bias of the media establishment, it would have to center on the coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  You may recall that back in the early days of the Democratic primary, when Biden was coming in fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire, before his revival in South Carolina, there appeared to be an effort afoot in the media to sell Cuomo as a possible alternative.

Cuomo's nursing home death coverup one of NY's worst scandals:  Ex-Gov. George Pataki.  Former Gov. George Pataki unloaded on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling the COVID-19 nursing home death reporting "cover-up" scandal "one of the worst things I have seen in state government."  During an interview on AM 570 WMCA radio, Pataki called Cuomo's nursing home policies and actions "inhumane," "reprehensible," "outrageous," "despicable" and "beyond the pale."  He called for a criminal probe by the Biden Justice Department, state Attorney General Letitia James and independent investigation conducted by the state Legislature.  "This is one of the worst things I have seen in New York State government, and I've been following this for a long time," Pataki said of the nursing home death cover-up.

14 Democrats In NY Senate Want Repeal Of Cuomo's Emergency Powers.  Fourteen New York Democrats are seeking to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of emergency powers granted to him throughout the COVID-19 pandemic after a top aide revealed his administration withheld data about nursing home deaths in New York from Justice Department investigators.  "Without exception, the New York State Constitution calls for the Legislature to govern as a co-equal branch of government.  While COVID-19 has tested the limits of our people and state — and, early during the pandemic, required the government to restructure decision making to render rapid, necessary public health judgements — it is clear that the expanded emergency powers granted to the Governor are no longer appropriate," a joint statement by the state Senators said.

Cuomo Chaos:  N.Y. Dems Consider Revoking Emergency Powers as Nursing Home Coverup Unravels.  Democrats in the New York State Assembly will weigh rescinding Governor Cuomo's emergency powers as one of his top aides attempts to walk back her stunning admission that the administration covered up the true number of COVID nursing home deaths in order to avoid being attacked by the Trump administration.  The Democratic lawmakers plan to hold a conference Friday morning to discuss stripping the governor of the emergency powers granted to him last year when the pandemic began, local news outlet NY1 reported.  Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa recently admitted that the Cuomo administration covered up the real data on coronavirus nursing home deaths in New York in order to hide the magnitude of the issue from federal authorities, the New York Post reported.

Illegal migrants are getting Covid jabs in plush quarantine hotels at Heathrow.  At the four star Crowne Plaza Hotel overlooking lawns on the outskirts of London, 20-year-old Abdul from the Sudan says he is pleased with his new life here in Britain.  He proclaims proudly:  'I was given the vaccination yesterday at the hotel to stop me catching Covid.  There are 400 migrants living here and we nearly all had it.  No one I know refused.'  Tapping his arm to show the site of the injection, he adds in faltering English: 'It's important that we don't catch the virus and get sick.'

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Well, look on the bright side.  He might turn out to be an Islamic terrorist in a few years, but at least he learned a little bit of English.

Biden tells Americans to wear masks for COVID-19 until at least 2022.  President Biden on Thursday [2/11/2021] stressed the importance of wearing masks until at least 2022 to save lives — despite declaring the US will have enough supply of vaccines by the summer to inoculate 300 million Americans.  The president told reporters during a visit to the National Institutes of Health complex that he would not take his mask off even though he was standing more than 10 feet away from Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.  "You know that wearing this mask through the next year here can save lives — a significant number of lives," Biden said.  "And so I apologize if you don't hear me as clearly as you, maybe you should."  Biden warned that the country is still "in the teeth of this pandemic" with new, highly contagious variants spreading.

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The vast majority of the people who might die from Covid-19 have already done so.  Anyone who is extremely susceptible to Covid is also susceptible to a number of other illnesses, and may have such "comorbidities" already.  People like that stay home and isolate themselves.  They will not be affected if I go to the grocery store without a face mask, because they'll be at home, waiting for the grocery delivery driver.  My point is that "wearing masks saves lives" is not true.  It is an emotional outburst used by politicians to extend their "temporary" power and unilateral decrees.

Biden Administration Threw CDC Director Under The Bus After She Said Teachers Can Return To School.  President Joe Biden's administration threw the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the bus after she suggested that teachers could return to classrooms before being vaccinated.  "There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a Feb. 3 press briefing.  "Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of schools."  White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to Walensky's statements later that same day, telling reporters that the CDC Director's comments were not official guidance and that she was speaking in her "personal capacity."

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It appears Ms. Psaki is lying.  Ms. Walensky made her statements "at a Feb. 3 press briefing."  One does not ordinarily hold a press briefing in one's "personal capacity."  Nor was it reported that way.

Report Reveals Mounting Evidence That China Concealed COVID-19 In October 2019.  As first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, good evidence suggests the COVID-19 virus was evident in Wuhan hospitalizations at least 90 days before the disease was first formally identified in Dec. 2019.  The Chinese Community Party (CCP) has been notably evasive in working with health experts and turned down the World Health Organization's (WHO) urging to perform additional lab testing on blood samples collected in autumn 2019. It has also been pushing myriad cover stories about the virus's outbreak, including that it originated in a wet market and came in from foreign countries in frozen food.  While Chinese authorities communicated that they recently performed antibody tests on two-thirds of the patients documented as having COVID-19-like symptoms 90 days before Dec. 2019, WHO investigators claim such antibodies would not necessarily be detectable long after.  Of the 92 patients who were tested for antibodies, a third are now deceased or "did not grant permission" to participate, and the remaining individuals tested negative for serology tests.

Swamp Strikes Back.  The movement against capitalism is very broad and the politicians have caused this crisis to further their agenda.  Governments were shaken by the election of Donald Trump in 2016.  That is why they have brought this impeachment — they are trying to drive a stake in the heart of democracy which they call "populism" for we are too stupid to know who to vote for.  They have had the audacity to even claim that this pandemic has created a further gap in inequality so they must avenge the poor, who they deliberately made poorer knowing they can not work remotely. [...] But it has been the very lockdowns that has destroyed our culture.  There are studies showing that these lockdowns have been ineffective.  Indeed, never before in 6,000 years of recorded history has any government EVER shut down its entire economy because of some disease.  There is absolutely NO historical precedent that any such measure has EVER be used.  This has been a huge experiment by the left to take control of the globe counting on the stupidity of the majority to just follow orders as the Nazis defended themselves at the Nuremberg trials.

Governor Ron DeSantis Responds to Biden Threats of Restricting Florida Travel.  Yesterday [2/10/2021] it was widely reported the JoeBama administration was considering federal intervention to restrict travel into and out-of Florida.  Essentially a travel ban.  Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis discussed the position of his state during a segment of a COVID update press conference from Port Charlotte, Florida.  [Video clip]

'The worst of the worst': Massive counterfeit N95 mask operation busted in Queens warehouse.  A Queens warehouse manager was busted after investigators discovered his building was filled with millions of counterfeit N95 masks, prosecutors said Thursday.  The large-scale fraud — which a Department of Homeland Security official said ranked up with the "worst of the worst" of the country's many personal protective equipment scams during the coronavirus pandemic — unfolded in a nondescript warehouse in Long Island City run by Zhi Zeng, 34.  One unnamed Southern health care system coughed up more than $700,000 for the bogus masks, meaning that frontline hospital workers were wearing the counterfeit face coverings, prosecutors said.

Joe Biden Mumbles Through His Face Mask, Blames Trump For His Own Administration's Vaccine Distribution Failures.  Joe Biden mumbled through his face mask and blamed Trump for his own administration's failure to administer vaccines to hundreds of millions of Americans.  Joe Biden is the biggest idiot to ever be installed as president.  The Biden Admin inherited Trump's vaccination program already meeting their target of 100 million shots in 100 days.  Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed he will use the Defense Production Act to speed up vaccinations — but Trump used the DPA repeatedly.  Biden continues to lie about Trump's vaccine distribution plan and blamed him for his own failures.

Cuomo aide admits they hid nursing home data so feds wouldn't find out.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state's nursing home death toll from COVID-19 — telling them "we froze" out of fear that the true numbers would "be used against us" by federal prosecutors, The [New York] Post has learned.  The stunning admission of a coverup was made by secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa during a video conference call with state Democratic leaders in which she said the Cuomo administration had rebuffed a legislative request for the tally in August because "right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football," according to an audio recording of the two-hour-plus meeting.

Over 9,000 recovering virus patients [were] sent from hospitals to NY nursing homes.  More than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes under a controversial order that was scrapped amid criticisms it was accelerating outbreaks, according to new records obtained by The Associated Press.  The new number of over 9,000 recovering patients sent to hundreds of nursing homes is more than 40% higher than what had been previously released by the state health department.

Doctors warn Covid will become endemic and people need to learn to live with it.  More and more physicians and public health officials are warning that even with the mass rollout of safe and effective vaccines, Covid may permanently establish itself.  White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel and World Health Organization executive director of the Health Emergencies Program Dr. Mike Ryan have said in recent weeks that the coronavirus may never go away.

What Data Shows About Impact of COVID-19 Vaccines So Far.  Are the COVID-19 vaccines effective?  The early evidence is very encouraging.  After the vaccine distributions began in December, we have seen a marked and sustained decline in hospitalizations in America for most of January.  COVID-19 testing rates have been fluctuating for the past several months, probably due to the holiday season and inclement weather, so hospitalizations are currently a better gauge of the pandemic situation in America.  On Jan. 6, America hit a record high, with 132,474 current hospitalizations, according to the COVID Tracking Project.  Since then, we have seen three straight weeks of decreasing hospitalizations.  That portends real progress against the COVID-19 pandemic.  There are several possible explanations for this downturn in hospitalizations, all of them likely contributing to it.

New York Gov Cuomo's top aide admits they HID data on COVID deaths in nursing homes amid fears that stats would be used against them in DOJ investigation.  Calls were mounting on Thursday night to prosecute Andrew Cuomo and his staff for their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic after a top aide admitted that their administration hid damning information about deaths among nursing home patients, amid fears that it would be used against them in an investigation by Donald Trump's Department of Justice.  In a remarkable confession made during a conference call with New York state Democrats, obtained by The New York Post, Melissa DeRosa admitted that officials 'froze' in August when the state legislature asked for the data, before rebuffing the request.  DeRosa told lawmakers: 'We were in a position where we weren't sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren't sure if there was going to be an investigation.'

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They "weren't sure if there was going to be an investigation."  Ri-i-i-ight.

White House eye domestic travel bans to stop coronavirus mutations surge.  The White House won't rule out the travel restrictions into and out of Florida, California or any other state struggling to contain new coronavirus variants.  Republicans say the restrictions under consideration would be unconstitutional and hypocritical for Democrats, who blasted the idea when a Republican was in the Oval Office.  When President Trump considered domestic travel bans roughly a year ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, slammed any federal restrictions as a "declaration of war on states."

Here's how reliable the vaccine is:
Joe Biden to Be Tested for Coronavirus Every Two Weeks, Despite Receiving Vaccine.  The White House announced on Wednesday [2/10/2021] that President Joe Biden will be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks, despite receiving the vaccine for coronavirus.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke to reporters on Wednesday, confirming that President Biden will be regularly tested for the novel coronavirus, even after receiving both required doses of the Pfizer vaccine in January.  The vaccine provides approximately 95% protection from the disease, effective within a few weeks of the second dosage.  "There is 95% protection from the vaccine, but it's not 100 percent protection," Psaki explained, "so the president's doctor believes it is reasonable and prudent to randomly test the president every two weeks as surveillance."

Our Tarnished Institutions and the Boy Who Cried Wolf.  COVID-19, the Wuhan virus, will most likely turn out to have been nothing more than a bad flu.  It wasn't really the dangerous pandemic the left needed to camouflage stealing the 2020 election.  But that devastating pandemic is coming.  They show up periodically.  Will we heed the warnings when the real pandemic rolls around, given the cynical use made of this one?  Probably not.

As Things Stand with COVID.  As things now stand, we have reached a point where it is almost impossible to differentiate medical truth from medical fiction, health information from health misinformation.  While there have always been disagreements in medicine about how to treat almost every illness and care for different patients, there has never been an organized effort to censor and completely shut down opinions that differ from the "mainstream" in the last 200 years of medical practice.  But it is happening now. [...] I am sometimes accused by those afraid of my thinking of being anti-science or an anti-vaxxer.  That's way too easy and too simplistic.  Call a name, attach a label and hope that that's enough to bury the other person's point of view.

Deaths of Elderly Who Recovered From COVID-19, but Died After Vaccine, Raise Questions.  Two small clusters of deaths after COVID-19 vaccination have been reported among nursing homes in Kentucky and Arkansas.  In Kentucky, four seniors died the same day of their vaccination on Dec. 30, 2020.  Three of the four who passed away reportedly already had had coronavirus prior to getting vaccinated.  In Arkansas, four seniors died at a long term care facility about a week after their vaccination.  All tested positive for COVID-19 after vaccination.  The deaths are reported in a federal database called VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.  Deaths after vaccination don't necessarily mean the vaccine is to blame.  Of those receiving coronavirus vaccines, many are elderly and frail, or already suffering from serious illnesses.  That makes it difficult to know whether there's a connection.

The Vaccine Had to Be Used.  He Used It.  He Was Fired.  The Texas doctor had six hours.  Now that a vial of Covid-19 vaccine had been opened on this late December night, he had to find 10 eligible people for its remaining doses before the precious medicine expired.  In six hours.  Scrambling, the doctor made house calls and directed people to his home outside Houston.  Some were acquaintances; others, strangers.  A bed-bound nonagenarian.  A woman in her 80s with dementia.  A mother with a child who uses a ventilator.  After midnight, and with just minutes before the vaccine became unusable, the doctor, Hasan Gokal, gave the last dose to his wife, who has a pulmonary disease that leaves her short of breath.  For his actions, Dr. Gokal was fired from his government job and then charged with stealing 10 vaccine doses worth a total of $135 — a shun-worthy misdemeanor that sent his name and mug shot rocketing around the globe.

J&J CEO Says Annual Covid Vaccine Needed "For Years" As MSM Warns Virus Will "Circulate For Decades".  In recent days there has been a flood in good news on the covid front.  Consider that a recent report from Bank of America, which notes that "COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to plunge" we read the following encouraging data points:  The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the US has declined dramatically to 81,439, or 51,035 (down 39%) from the peak which occurred on January 5th — a rapid turn in the crisis.  The decrease is broad-based (50 states + DC, except for AK, which saw a minimal 2-person increase over the past week).  The weekly percentage change in US COVID-19 hospitalized is consistent with the largest declines seen during the coronavirus crisis.  Moreover the 7-day test positivity rate has declined to 7.2% from the 13.6% peak on January 8th.  Since hospitalizations are lagged relative to time of infection,US coronavirus outbreaks peaked back in the second half of December.

Hawley, Scott Introduce Bill To Withhold Taxpayer Money To WHO Until Reforms [are] Made.  Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Rick Scott of Flordia have introduced a bill to withhold U.S. taxpayer funds from the World Health Organization until it makes leadership reforms.  The legislation introduced Tuesday called the World Health Organization (WHO) Accountability Act aims to hold the WHO accountable for what the senators allege to be playing a role in China's early coverup of the COVID-19 pandemic when it was just starting to spread through China.  "Time and again, [WHO] has prioritized advancing the Chinese Communist Party's interests over building a healthier world," Hawley said in a Tuesday statement, naming WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and "other WHO leaders" as those who "must be held accountable for this dereliction of duty."

WHO drops investigation into whether COVID-19 virus leaked from Wuhan lab, calling theory unlikely.  A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic downplayed the possibility that the virus leaked from a lab near Wuhan, China, during a news conference on Tuesday [2/9/2021].  Instead, coronavirus likely spread from an animal to humans, WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek said.  The WHO and China have faced strong criticism from around the world over their pandemic response, as China blocked WHO investigators from entering Wuhan for months; they finally arrived in mid-January of this year.  "Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway and one that will require more studies and more specific, targeted research," Embarek told reporters.

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Report: WHO COVID Investigator Is Recipient Of Chicom Grant; Worked With Wuhan Lab For 18 Years.  An influential member of the World Health Organization who claimed to have no conflicts of interest regarding China, has accepted research grants from the Chinese Communist Party and runs a U.S.-based research organization that been working with the Wuhan Institute of Virology for 18 years, the National Pulse reported.  Peter Daszak recently traveled to Wuhan with other WHO researchers to uncover the origins of COVID-19.  The investigative team concluded that it is "extremely unlikely" COVID-19 came from a Chinese Communist Party lab.  In February of 2020, however, scientists from the South China University of Technology came to the opposite conclusion.  These scientists released a research paper on the origins of COVID-19 that concluded that the deadly virus was likely created in a Wuhan city lab.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been banned from Instagram.  Instagram on Wednesday [2/10/2021] took down the account of controversial anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  "We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines," a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement.  Kennedy, the son of late former US Attorney General, US Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, has repeatedly spoken out against vaccines.  He has lobbied Congress to give parents exemptions from state requirements that mandate they vaccinate their children.  The lifelong Democrat downplays his anti-vaccine views, though, by saying that he is actually in favor of safe vaccines and noting that all of his children have been vaccinated.  Kennedy's Facebook page, with more than 300,000 followers, was still active at the time of publication.  The company spokesperson said there were no plans to take down that page "at this time."

Schumer and AOC Team Up to Announce Taxpayers Now on the Hook for COVID Funerals, Including for Illegal Immigrants.  If there's one way to make sure COVID-19 deaths don't go down, this is it.  New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined forces this week to publicize a federal program that will reimburse the families of coronavirus victims up to $7,000 for funeral expenses for deaths from the disease that occurred in 2020 — even if the death involved an illegal alien.  And, according to CNN, Schumer said the lawmakers want the program to last as long as the pandemic does — which means the numbers are likely to show the pandemic lasting a good long time.

Beating Democrat Electoral Corruption.  COVID was the key element in last fall's electoral fraud.  Probably the foulest example yet of the Dem's "never let a crisis go to waste" philosophy.  There's no question that Democrats have exploited the pandemic for their own benefit — the Empress of Ice Cream has boasted as much.  It may be going too far to assert that Democrat policies have deliberately intensified the effects of the disease, though at times it's hard to avoid that conclusion.  Certainly, the irrationality of the anti-disease efforts (what, exactly, is a curfew supposed to do to control a disease?) is hard to explain any other way.  COVID enabled the Democrats to ram through a vastly expanded use of absentee ballots on the grounds that voting was now "dangerous."

Masks are killing us.  The bulk of seniors who are at risk from COVID have either died of the disease, survived the disease or been vaccinated against the disease.  New cases are dropping quickly.  Over ten percent of the overall American population has been vaccinated — over 40 million of them — and that figure is increasing at the rate of about 11 million a week.  It looks like nearly everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be vaccinated by late spring.  Meanwhile, drug treatments have proved increasingly effective.  Most recently, the FDA approved a drug cocktail from Eli Lilly.  There will come a time when COVID masks are no longer necessary.  The implicit assumption in that statement is that masks were necessary before.  The science is not clear in that regard, but it seems logical that they helped to some degree.  The virus seems to be transmitted by airborne particles like microdroplets of sputum.  The virus is far too small to be intercepted by a mask, but many of those microdroplets are not.

CDC Inflated COVID Numbers, Accused of Violating Federal Law.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stands accused of violating federal law by inflating Coronavirus fatality numbers, according to stunning information obtained by National File.  CDC illegally inflated the COVID fatality number by at least 1,600 percent as the 2020 presidential election played out, according to a study published by the Public Health Initiative of the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge.

WHO attacks America after Wuhan whitewash.  A scientist on the WHO's controversial fact-finding mission to Wuhan has today launched an extraordinary attack on US intelligence, saying it is 'wrong on many aspects' about Covid.  Peter Daszak, a British-American expert in pandemics, warned people not 'to rely too much' on information coming out of the US and instead to 'trust' Chinese data.  He also accused President Biden of 'trying to look tough on China' after a State Department spokesman questioned whether Beijing had been fully open with the WHO investigation.

Universities' Insane COVID Rules And Snitch Culture Are Training The Next Generation To Embrace Totalitarianism.  If you think state and federal government COVID-19 policies are too restrictive, you haven't been to a college campus lately.  Schools across the country have imposed extreme, micromanaging rules on 19-22 year olds — a demographic more likely to die from the seasonal flu and pneumonia than COVID.  Paying top dollar at already overpriced institutions for vastly inferior remote learning, university students remain unnecessarily isolated and barred from using the services and facilities they and their families are paying for.  Many schools, like Southern Methodist University, forbid students from having guests in their dorm rooms.  Others have even installed security cameras in the hallways aimed at residents' doors to monitor adherence.  Most institutions have isolation dorms or, as some students call them, "isolation prisons," where students who test positive for COVID are forced to live alone for two weeks (sound familiar?).

The WHO's Covid shame.  Since the pandemic started, China has promoted various narratives on its possible origins.  First, the country's top scientists blamed a Wuhan market selling wild animals, which was rapidly cleaned up and all the samples kept secret.  Then officials suggested the devastating disease might have come from outside the city, even pointing the finger at a possible laboratory leak — from a United States military base in Maryland rather than within their own borders.  More recently, following the slaughter of infected mink at farms in Europe, prominent figures focused on these furry mammals as hosts of the virus, while pushing hard with another theory that Covid might have been imported on chilled or frozen food.  These ideas have been knocked down or failed to fly.  Several studies showed Sars-CoV-2 — the strange new strain of coronavirus — was unlikely to have come from the market, leading to formal dismissal of this suggestion by Beijing's top expert last May.

Two masks, snug fit reduces COVID-19 spread, U.S. study shows.  Making sure a mask fits snugly on the face and use of two masks is likely to significantly reduce a person's exposure to the coronavirus, laboratory experiments described by U.S. health officials on Wednesday [2/10/2021] showed.  The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January conducted experiments to see how well wearing a cloth mask over a three-ply medical procedure mask, and knotting the ear loops of a surgical mask and then tucking the excess material close to the face, protects against COVID-19.

CDC Exposed:  Inflated Covid Deaths By 1600% Throughout The Election, "Violated Multiple Federal Laws" Peer-Reviewed Study Finds.  Throughout the election, Donald Trump was battered by CCP Virus statistics in order to hurt the American economy and his political campaign.  We know that it was shamelessly wielded as a political weapon to prevent President Trump and his supporters from rallying as Antifa and Black Lives Matter burned progressive poor and minority neighborhoods to the ground throughout the entire year.  Now that Biden has been installed into the office of president, he promises to increase Covid lockdown measures and extend them further into your ability to travel and force unscientific mask-wearing for at least 100 days.

Corona Cash:  Financial Disclosures Reveal Biden Surgeon General Made Millions off Pandemic 'Consulting'.  Vivek Murthy, President Biden's pick for surgeon general, cashed in last year as the Chinese coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation, making more than two million dollars off pandemic "consulting."  Several of Biden's nominees have filed financial disclosures, including Murthy, who according to Politico made millions by consulting various companies, including those in industries severely impacted by the pandemic, such as Carnival Cruise Line.  Such consulting gigs have raised eyebrows due to concerns of bias.

How much credibility does the WHO have?
WHO says COVID-19 unlikely to have leaked from China lab.  A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of COVID-19 determined Tuesday that it's "extremely unlikely" the virus leaked from a Chinese lab.  The team that visited the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak first emerged at a seafood market in late 2019, said more work is needed to identify the source of the novel virus that has killed 2.3 million people worldwide.  "Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway and one that will require more studies and more specific targeted research," WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek said.  "However, the findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population," he added.

J&J CEO says people may need annual Covid vaccine shots for the next several years.  People may need to get vaccinated against Covid-19 annually, just like seasonal flu shots, over the next several years, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky told CNBC on Tuesday [2/9/2021].  "Unfortunately, as [the virus] spreads it can also mutate," he told CNBC's Meg Tirrell during a Healthy Returns Spotlight event.  "Every time it mutates, it's almost like another click of the dial so to speak where we can see another variant, another mutation that can have an impact on its ability to fend off antibodies or to have a different kind of response not only to a therapeutic but also to a vaccine."

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All sorts of things could happen.  The virus might mutate.  The government might decide to make vaccines mandatory.  You could be forbidden to travel if you don't have proof of vaccination.  The vaccine itself might kill you.  Your freedoms could disappear overnight.

How Many Americans Has the American Medical Establishment Killed?  I should state at the outset that were it not for doctors, I would either be paralyzed or dead.  I owe my mobility and probably my life to wonderful physicians.  However, I will now state with equal certitude that the American medical profession as a whole and many individual doctors are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans — very possibly, more than that.  Along with the media — from The New York Times to Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter — Americans have been denied both life-saving information and life-saving drugs.  I am specifically referring to hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.  These drugs (along with zinc), which are as safe as any medicines humanity has taken in the last half-century, should have been almost universally used to treat COVID-19 patients as soon as those patients showed symptoms or tested positive — and even as a prophylactic to prevent or minimize the effects of the illness in the first place.  If they had been, it is likely that tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands of those who died of the virus would have lived.

Facebook Will Take Down Posts With Claims About Vaccines It Deems False.  Facebook announced on Feb. 8 that it will take down posts with claims about vaccines that health organizations or its fact-checkers deem false.  "Today, we are expanding our efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines, and vaccines in general during the pandemic," said a post from the social media giant.  "Since December, we've removed false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts."  "Today, following consultations with leading health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), we are expanding the list of false claims we will remove to include additional debunked claims about the coronavirus and vaccines," Facebook stated in a blog post.

Maskless Fans at Super Bowl Will Be Identified, Tampa Mayor Says.  [Video clip]

COVID-19 patients with gum disease more likely to have severe complications, study says.  Here's another reason to keep up the brushing and flossing during the pandemic, researchers found those with gum disease who contracted COVID-19 were at least three times more likely to have severe complications from the virus.  A team of international researchers published their findings in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology this month.  The study looked at more than 500 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Qatar between February and July last year.  Of those, about 45% had gum disease.

Pete Buttigieg Says DOT Studying Requiring COVID Tests for Domestic Airline Travel.  Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg made a rather stunning statement during an Axios interview today [2/9/2021].  When discussing domestic travel and transportation as it related to COVID-19, the transportation secretary said: "there is an active conversation within the CDC now" about requiring COVID tests prior to air travel inside the United States.  This ridiculous position was unfortunately one of the issues CTH predicted might happen.  COVID is not a virus inasmuch as it is an opportunity to achieve social-change goals advocated by the far-left.  Remember, one key element within the Green New Deal was to ban airplanes altogether.  The kindergarten class of tree-shouting, algae-cake-eating, everything must be sustainable and stupid, i.e., leftist moonbats, are the ones offering actual policy suggestions.

Giving 1st and 2nd doses at once complicates vaccine effort.  The U.S. has entered a tricky phase of the COVID-19 vaccination effort as providers try to ramp up the number of people getting first shots while also ensuring a growing number of others get second doses just when millions more Americans are becoming eligible to receive vaccines.

Gov DeSantis throws back stunningly common-sensed answer for why he was mask-less at Super Bowl.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was caught mask-less in a photo inside an executive suite at Raymond James Stadium at the Super Bowl.  He was speaking with someone else less than six feet away.  When he was questioned about it, he gave the perfect answer.  Politico's Marc Caputo tweeted on the subject, stating that DeSantis mentioned the picture of himself at the big event circulating on the internet.  DeSantis told Caputo, "Someone said, 'hey, you were at the Super Bowl without a mask' ... but how [...] am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on?  Come on.  I had to watch the Bucs win."

See?  You just don't know what's in those vaccines!
Iran cleric:  People who are vaccinated for COVID have 'become homosexuals'.  An Iranian regime cleric in the holy city of Qom on Tuesday issued a homophobic rant against people vaccinated for COVID-19, claiming that they become gay after receiving the vaccine.  Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian wrote on his Telegram social-media platform:  "Don't go near those who have had the COVID vaccine.  They have become homosexuals."  The radical Islamist has nearly 210,000 followers on his Telegram account.  Tabrizian has a history of derogatory opinions about Western medicine.

How did we go so wrong?  So how is it that at this time of unparalleled advances, we find ourselves locked down, masked up, and further isolated from humanity, ostensibly for our protection, from a rather mundane virus that has a 99.5% survival rate, according to our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)?  The one word answer:  politics. [...] The COVID-19 "pandemic" (which just means that a disease has spread to all continents, not that it's more deadly than any other) has an extremely high recovery and survival rate, yet we've been cowed into believing that this is the greatest threat to mankind in our recorded history.

Elderly man collapses, dies shortly after getting COVID-19 vaccine at Javits Center.  An elderly man collapsed and died in Manhattan on Sunday morning [2/7/2021] shortly after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination at the Javits Center, a health official said.  The man, in his 70s, fell as he was leaving the building about 25 minutes after his vaccination, according to a statement from New York state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.  "Initial indications are that the man did not have any allergic reaction to the vaccine," Zucker said in his statement.  During a required 15-minute observation period following the vaccination, the man exhibited no adverse effects from the jab, Zucker said.

The Supreme Court Decision Vacating California's Church Attendance Regulations Is Not a Victory and Should Terrify Us.  [Scroll down]  Ever since this pandemic crisis was imposed upon us, I have argued that the regulations imposed upon an initially supine but now restive America had little to nothing to do with public health and everything do with arrogating power to bureaucrats (not the "government"), creating administrative carveout to the Bill of Rights.  If a "public health emergency" brought on by a virus that is not terribly dangerous to anyone who is not already sick or suffering from conditions that would qualify as comorbidities trumps the black-letter right to assemble and to worship, then the First Amendment and Second Amendment have effectively ceased to exist.  At least two state governors have declared "racism" to be a "public health emergency[.]"  Inevitably, gun violence will also attain that status.  It doesn't take a particularly inventive person to see how the ability to declare anything you don't like a "public health emergency" is going to be weaponized to suppress any kind of dissent.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Discusses Economy and The False Narratives Behind COVID Lockdowns.  Florida's MAGA Governor Ron DeSantis appears on Fox News to discuss how his state is dealing with the COVID-19 issues and keeping the economy open.  Visitors to Florida are shocked at how open the state is... outside of the hospitality industry there are few signs that COVID is having any impact.  Florida home prices and real estate are/is skyrocketing in value as millions of people leave states that are heavily influenced by totalitarian government.  The building industry in Florida is higher than ever before to meet continued and increasing demand.  Additionally, DeSantis discusses his recent confrontation with Big Tech censorship and manipulation.  The Florida legislature are finalizing laws that will allow residents to sue social media platforms for unfounded, unethical and ideological targeting.  [Video clip]

Ivermectin to undergo rigorous clinical trial as Covid treatment.  The cheap, generic, anti-parasite drug Ivermectin finally is to undergo rigorous clinical trials in a first world nation for use in fighting Covid-19.  Japan has been hit with a second wave of Covid cases, and as result, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (population: 13.8 million) is looking for approaches which could minimize stress on available hospital beds. [...] Japan has a large and thriving pharmaceutical industry as well as a respected medical research capability.  In fact, Ivermectin was developed in Japan by Kitasato University professor emeritus Satoshi Omura, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his feat.  But notably Japan's pharmaceutical industry has not produced a vaccine for use on Covid.  Argentina has also reported extremely promising results using Ivermectin, in a trail known as IVECAR.

How to create a surveillance state.  Thanks to the technology in our smartphones, each one of us has the capability to contribute, and many on the left seem to revel in the power.  The rest of us must weigh every action we take, every word we say.  If we say or do the "wrong" thing, we may no longer have the right to earn a living.  If our vigilant self-censorship fails, an idle thoughtcrime might occur publicly.  All it takes is a few ill advised words or actions, caught on video, to ruin us.  Censorship is swift, aggressive, and irrational, without regard to either facts or effects. [...] The news reported that a San Jose gym that stayed open got dozens of complaints from "the public"' and was fined $500K. People are turning into self-righteous tattletales, and those in charge of the companies and social media platforms that created the means for recording and for tattling automatically side with the tattler, without any thought to due process.  We no longer have the right to make our own decisions.

Biden-Induced Border Crisis, Where COVID Meets Catch-And-Release.  Before Joe Biden even took office, DHS reported a surge in illegal border crossings in anticipation of his presidency.  Since taking office, Biden has been busily undoing President Trump's border and illegal immigration policy, effectively opening our borders in the midst of a global pandemic.  In addition to halting deportations and abolishing Trump's "remain in Mexico" policy, Biden has reinstated the disastrous Obama-era 'catch and release' travesty and hamstrung ICE to the point that one official said that Biden has effectively "abolish[ed] ICE without abolishing ICE."  None of this is a surprise since Biden ran — in part — on an open borders agenda, but there is a giant COVID donkey in the room.  Even the left is questioning the wisdom and impact on public health of rashly opening the borders to thousands of migrants in the midst of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

US Customs:  China Flooded the USA with Counterfeit Covid Tests and Masks in 2020.  The Chinese Communists:  First they lied about the severity of the disease and allowed it to spread, with their pointless coverups and obstructionism, then they followed up by apparently turning a blind eye while Chinese criminals profiteer off people's fear and misery, by selling Americans fake Covid products.

Divided court allows indoor worship services to resume in California.  Friday's [2/5/2021] ruling spawned several different opinions.  Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch indicated that they would have given the churches everything that they had asked for — that is, allowed them to reopen immediately without any limitations.  In a statement that was also joined by Justice Samuel Alito, they suggested that it is not difficult to determine in this case whether California has singled out religion for special, and more stringent, treatment.  They acknowledged that the state "has a compelling interest in reducing" the risk of transmitting COVID-19, but [...] "if Hollywood may host a studio audience or film a singing competition while not a single soul may enter California's churches, synagogues, and mosques, something has gone seriously awry."

Did Biden Get Booed?  Bidens Make Creepy Video Appearance at Super Bowl, Tell Americans to Wear Masks and Get Vaccinated.  Super Bowl LV: Kansas City Chiefs v. Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicked off Sunday [2/7/2021] at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  According to reports, 22,000 fans attended the Super Bowl on Sunday.  The Bidens barged in and made a creepy video appearance before kickoff to lecture Americans about "social distancing."  Americans just can't get on with their lives because the Democrats have to drone on and on about Covid every second of every day.  Joe Biden and his  handler  wife Jill made a video message from their Delaware basement bunker that played on the jumbotron — as if people watching football and drinking beer want to hear from Dementia Joe.

NYC's COVID vaccine hubs are ghost towns as DOH mum on distribution.  The city's 15 vaccination hubs were ghost towns last Saturday, and the city Department of Health is refusing to reveal just how bad distribution went.  One DOH staffer stationed at the Hillcrest High School hub in Queens on Jan. 30 said he did nothing all day.  "You cannot imagine how much nothing it was," he said of the demoralizing day.  He said there were about 70 workers on hand — some earning overtime pay for 12-hour shifts — and about 10 people to vaccinate.

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Wow.  It's almost as if the public believes Covid-19 isn't really such a big problem.  It's almost as if people aren't too sure what's in those vaccines.  It's almost as if Joe Average doesn't want his name entered into a contact-tracing database.

Britain will not introduce COVID-19 vaccine passports.  Britain will not introduce COVID-19 vaccine passports, but people will be able to seek proof from their doctor if needed for travel to other countries, vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday [2/7/2021].  "We are certainly not looking to introduce it as part of the vaccine deployment programme," Zahawi told Sky News.

Why is the FDA stalling on approving Johnson and Johnson's COVID vaccine?  You may be forgiven for thinking the current pandemic was a crisis requiring immediate, significant, and unprecedented government responses.  The news cycle and social media have been filled with doom and hysteria for almost a year.  We have run out of synonyms to describe the situation.  Disaster, calamity, and catastrophe are some of the milder descriptions we have heard.  Three thousand people per day are dying from the disease.  Yes, I know there is a difference between dying from a disease and dying with a disease.  I am using the government's own language and metrics to ask if it is really serious about its response to this disease.  Why do we have to wait 22 days before the FDA decides to hold a meeting on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine?

Joe Biden sure does a lot of favors for China.  I wonder why.
Biden Deletes China COVID Evidence.  Shortly before the end of the Trump Administration, The U.S. State Department provided information about the deadly COVID-19's origins in China.  The Biden Administration has removed this data, for reasons undisclosed and highly questionable, particularly in light of the Biden family's financial relationship with Beijing.  The World health Organization added to the problem.  Heavily influenced by China, it completely failed to provide or disclose urgently needed information.  The now-deleted State Department report found that for more than a year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) systematically prevented a transparent and thorough investigation of the COVID-19 pandemic's origin, choosing instead to devote enormous resources to deceit and disinformation.  It notes, "The CCP's deadly obsession with secrecy and control comes at the expense of public health in China and around the world."

You Knew It Was Coming:  AOC, Bernie, and Earl Introduce Bill to Declare National Emergency on Climate.  President Trump declared a national emergency over the novel coronavirus on March 13, 2020.  As the crisis evolved throughout 2020, many governors took that football and ran it as far down the field as they could, implementing ever more severe restrictions on their states as they declared their own state emergencies.  As COVID-19 lockdowns spread across the states, they began to take on an appearance of permanence, despite questionable results in slowing the pandemic's spread.  The populace, often scared into submission, mostly complied out of a fear of the unknown.  This gave those governors a taste of power heretofore resisted by the American public, and many of them found the sensation intoxicating.  Even more intoxicating was the willingness to accept the new normal.  As more despotic governors declare more states of emergency without legislative approval or oversight, or even a light at the end of the tunnel, it seemed the light bulb went on for the far left.  We could finally rid the United States of that pesky republican form of government once and for all and install direct democracy.  This led me to believe that these permanent temporary lockdowns would soon become a dry run for national emergency after national emergency — like climate change — that would create fun new normals ad infinitum.

Climate change "may have played a key role" in coronavirus pandemic, study says.  Human-caused climate change "may have played a key role" in the coronavirus pandemic.  That's the conclusion of a new study which examined how changes in climate have transformed the forests of Southeast Asia, resulting in an explosion of bat species in the region.  The researchers found that, due to changes in vegetation over the past 100 years, an additional 40 species of bat have moved into the region, carrying with them 100 more types of bat-borne coronaviruses.  Bats are known carriers of coronaviruses, with various species carrying thousands of different types.  Many scientists believe the virus that started the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic originated in bats in southern China's Yunnan province or neighboring areas before it crossed paths with humans.  These findings have scientists concerned about the probability that climate change will make future pandemics more likely.

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[#1] What changes took place in the climate, sufficient to alter the forests of Southeast Asia any more than anywhere else?  [#2] If the climate changes took place over the last 100 years, that would include a few decades in which internal-combustion engines were very uncommon.  [#3] Why did 100 years of climate change manifest in this way in a single year?  [#4] It is far more likely that Covid-19 was cooked up in a Chinese lab, it escaped into the wild, it was more or less intentionally spread all over the world, and its arrival in the U.S. was used as a convenient excuse for all sorts of political mischief.

Also posted under Global warming causes everything.

Jill Biden:  We Owe It to Our Dogs to Keep Wearing Masks.  Jill Biden has urged Americans in a filmed public service announcement to keep wearing their masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Biden appeared in a video with her family's two dogs Champ and Major.  The ad was titled "Puppy Bowl XVII" which coincides with this year's Super Bowl on Sunday.  "The unconditional love from a dog is one of the most beautiful things on earth, and we owe it to them to keep ourselves healthy," Biden said in the video.

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That's all you've got?  Wear a mask because you owe it to a dog?  If I don't have a dog, is it okay to forego the mask now?

Biden makes case for $1.9T coronavirus relief plan, calls bypassing Republicans 'an easy choice'.  President Biden on Friday [2/5/2021] made the case for Congress to quickly pass his nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package even if it means abandoning Republican support, warning of an economy that's still in the grips of the pandemic.  "It is very clear our economy is still in trouble," Biden said during remarks at the White House.  "I know some in Congress think we've already done enough to deal with the crisis in the country.  Others think that things are getting better and we can afford to sit back and either do little or do nothing at all.  That's not what I see.  I see enormous pain in this country.  A lot of folks out of work.  A lot of folks going hungry."  Biden's comments came as the Labor Department reported that employment rose by just 49,000 last month, a lackluster start to the new year as COVID-19 and restrictions implemented to curb its spread continued to weigh on businesses.  The unemployment rate edged down to 6.3%.

Sounds like vaccinations will be administered at gunpoint.
Pentagon approves 1,000-troop deployment to support COVID-19 vaccine effort.  The Defense Department approved the deployment of more than 1,000 active-duty troops to help with COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the White House said Friday [2/5/2021].  Biden adviser Andy Slavitt said the effort will begin in California on Feb. 15, with additional missions to follow.  The troops are being deployed at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Hospital 'Medically Kidnapped' An Elderly Woman Who Refused To Take A COVID Test, Protesters Shut Down Facility.  A hospital near Vancouver went into lockdown Friday night, as protesters gathered outside the building, apparently on behalf of a woman who they claimed had refused a COVID-19 test while in the care of the medical facility.  According to a live stream shared online, protesters said a woman in her 70s had been hospitalized at Legacy Salmon Creek the previous night with a urinary tract infection, and declined to take a coronavirus test.  A woman narrating the Livestream said hospital employees did not allow her to leave, prompting demonstrators to gather outside.  [Video clip]

TSA Announces It Could Slap You With a $1500 Fine if You Don't Wear a Mask.  [Scroll down]  There's just one problem with that.  We already have something that gives us the right to due process — and the right to decide if and when we wear a coronavirus face bag.  It's called the U.S. Constitution.  Executive orders signed by the man or woman sitting behind the Resolute Desk are not laws.  And that line about the process possibly being a long one?  Sounds like it might skirt several basic rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.  Also, isn't the TSA supposed to be about keeping us safe from terrorists?  Nothing in this big government power grab has a thing to do with handling that task, as far as I can tell.

SCOTUS apparently not fans of shutting down churches.  In a Friday night [2/5/2021] ruling, the Supreme Court voted along ideological lines and ruled that California Governor Gavin Newsom can't entirely ban indoor church services due to the pandemic.  But they didn't go so far as to say that churches are "untouchable" and can't be restricted in any fashion.  Unsurprisingly, the court's three remaining liberal justices dissented and would have been willing to allow Newsom to forbid indoor church services entirely.  This is a decision that will likely impact a number of other pending cases in multiple states.  It was a case of the First Amendment being pitted against the extraordinary authoritarian powers granted to executive officials during a declared state of emergency.

Supreme Court rules California churches may open despite the pandemic.  The Supreme Court lifted California's ban on indoor church services during the pandemic Friday [2/5/2021], ruling that Gov. Gavin Newsom's strict orders violate the Constitution's protection for the free exercise of religion.  The justices in a 6-3 decision granted an appeal from a south San Diego church that has repeatedly challenged the state restrictions on church services, including its ban on singing and chanting.  The ruling overturned decisions by federal judges in San Diego and San Bernardino, and the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco, which upheld the state's orders despite earlier warnings from the high court.

NYT: The Left Has A Vaccine Problem.  We already know what it is, but it's encouraging to see America's most influential newspaper pinpoint it.  The first step is admitting you have a problem.  If the Times thinks it's time to be less fussy about prioritization in the name of expanding access, certain blue-state governors are destined to start feeling that way too.

What if the pandemic never really ends?  [Scroll down]  What will that world look like?  In Denmark, they are already planning on issuing immunity passports, which would allow those who've been vaccinated to travel and socialize and do business in ways that others still can't — a sort of immunity apartheid system of the kind that many warned about at the beginning of the pandemic but appears more and more difficult to avoid and that may ultimately persuade some number of vaccine skeptics to receive doses after all.  There could also be harder measures taken, with companies requiring vaccine compliance from employees or even a national vaccine mandate — though each of these measures would run up against health-privacy protections in the U.S., where even masking regulations have proved difficult to enforce.

Iowa governor rolls back state's COVID-19 restrictions.  Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a new health proclamation Friday that relaxed many of the state's existing COVID-19 regulations.  Among the policy reversals in the Public Health Disaster proclamation are the removal of the indoor mask requirements in public spaces and the social distancing requirements that previously regulated limits on social gatherings and businesses.  The new policies go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday [2/7/2021], KCCI reports.

British Woman Is Arrested By The COVID Gestapo For Singing In Her Backyard.  UK police invade this family's home, physically force this woman face down on the floor and handcuff her, as her terrified children scream in horror.  What is her crime?  Singing in her garden.  [Video clip]

Guy Demonstrates Why [Single] Masks Don't Work, Not Even Two.  Leave it to a regular Joe to do the job journalists no longer do.  When the hapless Dr. Fauci told Americans to not wear a mask last March, saying it may make you feel better and perhaps block a droplet or two, he was actually correct.  [Video clip]

Poor Toddler Has Been So Brainwashed By COVID Dystopia, She Thinks Everything Is A Hand Sanitizer.  This poor child will know nothing other than germs are everywhere and the black plague around every corner.  Before long, she'll have a mask, strike that, 2 or 3 masks on.  [Video clip]

Dr. Fauci Is Just Making It up as He Goes, and This Latest Example Proves It.  Dr. Anthony Fauci may be a saintly figure within media circles, but most of us recognized his game within a month or two of the pandemic starting.  Claiming expertise does not in fact make someone an expert, as Never Trumper Tom Nichols so aptly illustrates, and Fauci has quickly fallen into that category.  The good doctor's claims shift on a dime, moving from each side of an issue with no accountability for ever being wrong.  The commonality in everything he does just so happens to be politics.

Texas sends 10,000 COVID-19 tests to McAllen, where border agents are releasing migrant families.  A state senator from the South Texas border region told Border Report on Wednesday that the City of McAllen "sounded the alarm" to state leaders over swelling numbers of migrants being released by DHS officials for the past week, and the city has been sent 10,000 COVID-19 tests from the state to test the migrants who are being paroled under the agency's newly reimplemented catch-and-release policy.  This is a unique collaboration with the state that is not happening with other cities along the Texas border with Mexico, State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, told Border Report.  He said it is "a local policy" by the City of McAllen to try to test all migrants released into McAllen, but Hinojosa said that is not necessarily happening in other South Texas cities where migrants are being released.

Joe Biden Does the Most Joe Biden Thing Possible to Try to Appear to Have a Plan for Wuhan Virus.  The Joe Biden we see in the Oval Office is remarkably similar to the Joe Biden we've observed over his political life.  He says random [stuff], he's pretty much clueless about every issue but can mouth platitudes with the best of them, and a partisanly passive Washington press corps politely applauds him and tells the yokels in the hinterlands what kind of a genius he is.  Right now, the Biden regime is flailing about trying to do something about the Wuhan virus.  And by something, I mean something that was not planned and set into motion by the Trump administration.  The vaccine research and approval... all Trump.  The vaccine production... all Trump.  The vaccine distribution... all Trump.  While Biden and his sycophants were blasting Trump's reaction to the virus.

Jen Psaki warns 'wearing masks is going to be essential' even for vaccinated Americans.  The Biden administration wants Americans wearing masks for the long haul — even if they're vaccinated.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Thursday that being inoculated against COVID-19 should not be seen as a green light for citizens to abandon social distancing or mask rules.  "What we are also trying to do is make our health and medical experts available to ensure people understand — and I'll reiterate it here today — it's not just a vaccine," Ms. Psaki said.  "It's obviously an incredible medical breakthrough and we want every American to have one, but even after you're vaccinated, social distancing [and] wearing masks is going to be essential."

COVID-19: 'Too risky' for special mixing rules among vaccinated people.  Allowing people who have had both doses of the coronavirus vaccine to meet up with each other without social distancing has been ruled out.  During the government's daily coronavirus briefing, the prime minister and England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, said it remained too risky for such a prospect. [...] More than 10 million people in the UK have had a first dose and nearly half a million their second — figures that are growing by the day — but Boris Johnson said it was still too soon to relax measures.  The prime minister said "further down the line" the government may think about "what potential is opened up by these vaccinations".  However, he added that there wasn't yet enough data on the potential of vaccinated people to catch and transmit the virus, despite being vaccinated themselves.  If people are out more — even if they are meeting others who are vaccinated — they might still be able to spread the virus.

The "Florida COVID-19 Whistleblower" Saga Is a Big Lie.  At first glance, the story of Rebekah Jones — a brave "COVID-19 scientist" standing up to a corrupt right-wing machine — looks like a bombshell.  When the Florida Department of Health (DoH) fired her last May, Jones claimed she had been terminated for refusing to falsify case numbers to support Governor Ron DeSantis' plans to reopen the economy.  Overnight, she became a heroine.  She launched her own COVID-19 dashboard, raised half a million dollars, and gathered a Twitter army of 378,000.  Jones shot to stardom because she lent a fresh face to a "Narrative."  According to The Narrative, Florida wasn't supposed to be winning the fight against the pandemic.  It's full of high-risk seniors, teeming with tourists, and run by a Republican who is an unapologetic ally of former President Donald Trump.  To liberal intelligentsia, the idea that DeSantis could handle COVID-19 better than mask-mandating lockdown enthusiasts like Andrew Cuomo or Gavin Newsom was unthinkable.  But by May, the facts had begun contradicting The Narrative.

Risk of catching coronavirus by touching surfaces such as cash machines, petrol pumps and pedestrian crossings is low, scientists say.  The risk of catching coronavirus from frequently touched surfaces such as ATMs, petrol pumps and pedestrian crossings is low, according to researchers.  Scientists swabbed hundreds of supermarket door handles, post boxes and bin lids between April and June last year, during the first wave.  But they only detected Covid 29 times — or eight percent of samples.  And even when the virus was identified it was in amounts so small the researchers said the risk of infection was 'low' — estimated to be as little as one in 2,000.

Psaki Ignores CDC Findings On School Reopenings To Play Scientist And Keep Kids Home.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki misconstrued the results of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study on student and teacher transmission of COVID-19 to fit President Joe Biden's ever-growing anti-school-reopening agenda.  "The CDC study, which I know has received a lot of attention, was based on kind of an area that was more rural in Wisconsin. ... For areas where they are more populated or schools where there is a lot more foot traffic ... there are going to need to be a lot of steps put in place in order to make the schools reopening safe," Psaki said.  This means, the press secretary continued, that schools shouldn't reopen until "every school is able to have the equipment and resources to open safely, not just rural schools or private schools, which often is where a lot of the school reopenings and schools staying open is happening."

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If you're waiting for 100 percent safety in public schools, you'll be waiting a long time, especially since there are serious safety hazards in the schools other than Covid-19.

A brief history of vaccine screwups.  I've made a minor hobby of looking skeptically at immunizations since my case report on atypical measles was published as the centerpiece article in JAMA 45 years ago.  That case illustrated at least one unpublicized problem from immunizations.  It seems that the original measles vaccine, "a killed measles vaccine" was given to preschool kids beginning in 1962-63 and available until 1968.  It did prevent measles for about six years.  Thereafter, when these kids were exposed to measles they sometimes developed an inverted and much more serious illness.  My case was the first that occurred in a young adult 14 years after immunization.  The current live virus vaccine is somewhat less likely to lead to atypical measles.  Among other immunization screwups I include Robert Koch's attempts to immunize for tuberculosis which apparently caused a few deaths as reported in older literature.  Before him, there was variolation, the inoculation of children with smallpox, which greatly diminished the number of serious cases but also led to about 1% developing smallpox and dying.

Hong Kong Threatens to Knock Down Doors to Force Covid Tests.  Hong Kong is threatening to knock down the doors of residents who don't respond to authorities conducting mandatory-testing blitzes, as the city tries to end a persistent winter wave of coronavirus cases.  "The government may take legal action including removing individuals or applying to a magistrate for a warrant to break into and forcefully enter a unit," authorities said in a statement on Tuesday [2/2/2021].

Super Bowl 2021 parties:  Dr. Fauci has warning for anyone planning to watch the game.  The COVID-19 pandemic is still very much a threat in the United State [sic].  For that reason, Dr. Anthony Fauci wants Americans to watch Super Bowl LV between the Chiefs and Buccaneers at home.  In an appearance on "Today," the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden said people in the United States should avoid large Super Bowl parties and believes that COVID-19 cases could increase even further in the country if people hold or attend Super Bowl parties.  "Every time we have something like this, there always is a spike, be it a holiday, Christmas, New Year's Thanksgiving," Fauci said.

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There are germs in the air.  When you get close to other people, you all exchange germs.  This has been going on for thousands of years.  We can deal with it — without help from the almighty government.

Will New Yorkers Let Andrew Cuomo Get Away With Killing Grandmas Just Because He's A Democrat?  The coronavirus pandemic was kind to Andrew Cuomo.  The New York governor has a well-earned reputation as something of a bare-fisted political thug in Albany but an event that turned out to be a disaster for President Donald Trump and most Americans has been a political windfall for Cuomo.  Or at least it was until last week, when New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a report concluding Cuomo's administration had undercounted the number of coronavirus deaths of nursing home patients by nearly 4,000.  The real death total was far higher than Cuomo had claimed.  Within hours of the report being issued, the state Health Department released previously unpublished records acknowledging that the real number was 12,743, not 8,740 as posted by the state's website only hours earlier.

CDC: Mask Order Will Be 'Further Enforced' by 'Federal Authorities'.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) latest order, requiring individuals to wear masks when using public transportation or residing in transportation hubs, will be "further enforced by other federal authorities," the agency announced in its order, which went into effect this week.  Under the order, individuals are required to wear masks while using public transportation, which includes "awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares as they are traveling into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. territories," per the CDC.  "People must also wear masks while at transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, seaports) and other locations where people board public transportation in the United States and U.S. territories," the agency said, encouraging the "operators of public conveyances" to enforce the requirement to the best of their abilities.

Duke gives some COVID-19 patients a choice: a hospital bed or their bed at home.  When Susan Sellars was diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia, she was sent to the emergency room at Duke University Hospital, where doctors told her she would be admitted to treat her labored breathing and severe cough.  Then they returned a short time later with an alternative:  Sellars could go home, through an experimental home health program for COVID-19 patients.  She'd be given the supplemental oxygen she needed, have her condition and vital signs checked regularly through a tablet and receive as many visits from a nurse as she needed each day.

It's time for Washington Legislature to check Gov. Inslee's pandemic superpower.  Much of Western Washington had reason to rejoice Thursday when Gov. Jay Inslee modified his COVID-19 restrictions and allowed seven counties, including Pierce, to move to Phase 2 in his revised reopening plan.  Restaurants, gyms and museums can resume indoor activity at 25-percent capacity.  High school athletes can return to the field.  People will start to emerge from their winter funk like Punxsutawney Phil from his groundhog burrow.  And Inslee will deservedly win brownie points for flexible pandemic leadership.

Biden Is Already Failing On His COVID Vaccine Promises.  When not attacking the Trump administration for the pace of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, candidate Joe Biden said he'd dramatically accelerate the rate at which Americans got treated.  What's more, he was supposed to be ready on day one.  At least, that's what he and his team kept telling the public.  So why is the growth rate of daily vaccinations decelerating?  And why is President Biden now busy making excuses?  Before taking office, Biden stated that he'd directed his team to prepare a "much more aggressive effort, with more federal involvement and leadership, to get things back on track."

DHS Is Giving Illegal Immigrants 'Equal Access' to Wuhan Coronavirus Vaccines.  The Department of Homeland Security announced today the agency supports granting illegal immigrants equal access to the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine, which is in short supply for American citizens.  "DHS and its Federal government partners fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants.  It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine.  DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines," DHS released in a statement Monday [2/1/2021].

We've turned teens into lockdown lab rats.  Certainly it's not a good time to be a kid.  Teenagers in previous national crises risked being bombed out of their houses, killed by polio or Spanish Flu, or being sent to fight in the trenches.  What Covid is wreaking is relatively invisible, and while the disease dominating the world is vanishingly unlikely to kill anyone under 25, there is a parallel epidemic of anxiety and depression crushing its way through young minds.  The Royal College of Psychiatrists is warning that the psychological damage caused by the last 12 months could last for years.  Rates of referral to child and adolescent mental health services were already alarmingly high before the pandemic; in the last year, they've gone up by 20%, to nearly 1 in 20 as teenagers are forced to stay home with their stressed families and live their entire lives through a screen:  education, entertainment, their grandparents' funerals and their own school-leaving prom.  And, most important for teenagers, their social life.

When Did CDC Become A Law Making Body?  As I was watching Mark Levin on Sunday night, a very interesting message crept across the bottom of the Fox News crawler.  It advised that the CDC has issued a law that required the wearing of face masks on all public forms of transportation.  The message also said that CDC would criminally enforce this law.  I looked at the CDC website about masks, and [indeed], it said they created such law.  Now to be sure I hadn't been unconscious for a period of time where the Constitution had been changed, I checked and it was still Sunday, January 31, 2021.  How did I miss something as important as Congress and the President signing something into law that transferred law making authority to the Center for Disease Control?  More important, it would appear CDC also somehow acquired law enforcement authority.  How does that work?  I know Uncle Joe has been signing things left and right, but I missed the part in the Constitution where he would have the authority to make laws on his own or turn CDC into a lawmaking body and a law enforcement agency.

Fauci Concedes 'There's No Data That Indicates' Double-Masking Is Effective.  Last week, Dr. Anthony claimed on NBC's "Today" that wearing two masks "just makes common sense."  "I mean, this is a physical covering to prevent droplets and virus to get in.  So if you have a physical covering with one layer, and you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective," Fauci said.  A week earlier, the New York Times had called the practice of double-masking a new "fashion trend" and a "sensible" and "easy way" to reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, but Fauci's remarks really set off an intense public debate over whether Americans should start double-masking, after being told for nearly year that wearing a single mask and social distancing was adequate, which also came after Fauci told the American people in March 2020, "There's no reason to be walking around with a mask."

Slowing Killing The American Frog.  The preparation for ensuring Biden won started with a multi-pronged attack.  COVID was an integral part, and I don't doubt China's intention was to use it as a means for decreasing the wealth and integrity of as many Western countries as possible.  The proof:  When the Chinese noticed over a year ago that the virus passed from human to human, the CCP closed all travel inside China from Wuhan, but allowed or sent Wuhan residents to travel worldwide.  I would venture to infer intention from that fact.  COVID is complicated by the virus almost certainly having been genetically manipulated.  The media then amplified its bad effects to keep us scared.  This has allowed the government to perpetrate the utter destruction of our foundational small business community, destroying prosperity.  Our repressive COVID restrictions make no sense.

Are TVs Attracting the Pandemic?  Now that Joe Biden has been elected president of the United States and Calif.  Gov. Gavin Newsom is the target of a recall effort, the science on the "Flumanchu" has miraculously changed.  KTLA informs us, "After a two-month ban, Los Angeles County restaurants are once again welcoming customers for outdoor dining Friday."  The get-out-of-"Wuflu"-jail order includes restaurants, wineries and breweries.  Then the troll takes effect:  "But when the eateries reopen, they can't have televisions on, according to the county's new health officer order."  What's the science behind that senseless royal decree?  Nowhere else in the country are restaurants forbidden to operate their TVs.  Costco's electronics' departments have multiple TVs going from open to close, some with a screen as big as a bedsheet.  Yet there have been no reports of coronavirus outbreaks in Costco.  Why are televisions only potentially deadly when patrons are chewing?

White House to invest $230 million in rapid coronavirus test.  The Biden administration announced Monday it has struck a deal with an Australian company to ramp up the production of an over-the-counter, self-administered, coronavirus test that yields results in a matter of minutes.  Andy Slavitt, senior adviser for the White House's COVID-19 response, said the Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Service has awarded $230 million to the company Ellume to bolster the manufacturing and rollout of its rapid at-home nasal test.  "These are over-the-counter, self-performed, test kits that can detect COVID with roughly 95% accuracy within 15 minutes," Mr. Slavitt said at a COVID-19 briefing.  "They can be used if you feel symptoms of COVID-19 and also for screening for people without symptoms so they can safely go to work, to school and to events."

The Editor says...
Is the Executive Branch authorized to spend money on stuff like this?  Does the Congress not have the Power of the Purse?

Half of Moscow's 12 million residents have had Covid-19 — six times official figures.  Half of Moscow's 12 million residents have had Covid-19, six times the official figures, according to the city's mayor.  In an interview with news outlet Rossiya-1, Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin said the number was based on city hall 'analysis and research'.  It puts the number of those infected at over six times the officially recorded 925,000 cases in the city since the beginning of the pandemic.

"Wildly irresponsible": CNN slams Cuomo for dismissing expert opinion on vaccinations.  I'm trying not to be conspiratorial about the beating Cuomo's taken in the media lately, coincidentally at the very moment Joe Biden has supplanted him as the Democratic leader of America's pandemic response.  For almost a year that role was filled by Cuomo, starting with New York's hellacious outbreak last March — made more hellacious through his mismanagement — and continuing with months of press conferences that contrasted favorably with Trump's meandering rants.  Sleepy Joe has finally arrived to relieve him of duty.  Now the press can finally tell the truth about how terribly he's done and how Trumpy he's been at times in his performance. [...] I'm guessing Team Cuomo's going to pivot hard soon to a message of "Why is everyone focused on what happened months ago with COVID when they should be focused on what's happening now?"  That's some new water that the press can carry for him, if it's so inclined.  And they probably are inclined.

Nine N.Y. Public Health Officials Quit amid Feud with Cuomo over Vaccine Rollout.  At least nine senior state health officials have quit the New York State Health Department since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, in part due to clashes with Governor Andrew Cuomo over his approach to battling the virus.  The senior officials who have resigned or retired from the state health department in recent months include the deputy commissioner for public health, Dr. Isaac Weisfuse, who left in late summer.  Following Weisfuse's departure, the director of the bureau of communicable disease control and the medical director for epidemiology also left.  Last month, a state epidemiologist also announced her departure.

Democrats' Climate Agenda Will Mimic Their COVID Tyranny.  If you've enjoyed the last 10 months of foolish, science-denying lockdowns and mask mandates, the widespread destruction of businesses and economies, and the government telling you what jobs are "essential" and how you are to conduct yourself in your own home, then you must absolutely love the Democrats' climate agenda. [...] As soon as the Wuhan virus entered the U.S. in early 2020, Democrats across the U.S. saw it as a means to a political end.  Consumed with hatred and obsessed with the removal of President Trump, the 2020 presidential election was their primary political target.  To help accomplish this, Democrats in politics and the media rampantly spread Wuhan virus fear porn.  Subsequently, Democrat mayors and governors across the U.S. — encouraged and enabled by their like-minded allies in D.C. and the media — enacted widespread and economically devastating lockdowns and accompanying measures.  In spite of the fact that most of these measures were unproven and unnecessary — time again has proven this true — the Democrats persisted because "orange man bad."  They also persisted because, to paraphrase David Horowitz, inside every leftist is a totalitarian screaming to get out.  Because of their lust for political power — because they have made a god of government — leftists are always looking for the next problem that their government elites (supposedly) alone can "solve."  Again, the Wuhan virus provided an excellent opportunity for this.

Massachusetts congressman has COVID after getting 2 vaccine doses.  U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch tested positive for coronavirus on Friday [1/29/2021], after receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.  A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Democrat, who attended President Biden's inauguration last week, confirmed his diagnosis and current asymptomatic status, in a statement, CNN reports.  "This afternoon U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch received a positive test result for COVID-19 after a staff member in the Congressman's Boston office had tested positive earlier in the week," said Molly Rose Tarpey.

Watch: Furious Woman Whose Mother Died In NY Nursing Home Says NBC News Blocked Her Mentioning Cuomo's Name.  On Monday [2/1/2021], in an explosive condemnation of both the mainstream media and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a woman who lost her mother to COVID-19 in a New York nursing home told Fox News that NBC News barred her from using Cuomo's name when she spoke of her mother's death.  Dawn Best, whose mother died in April 2020, told Brian Kilmeade of "Fox & Friends" that she was told by NBC News, "Can you say that a different way without Governor Cuomo's name, and just say New York failed you?"  Best continued, "So I had no choice.  So I had to say, 'New York failed me.'"

Missouri and COVID — Is It Safe to Come out Now?  [Scroll down]  Not that I don't take COVID seriously — I do.  But I also take a dim view of much of the hype and politicization surrounding it, not least of which has been local and statewide officials' efforts to "do something" by picking and choosing which businesses are "essential" or deemed safe enough to remain open in seemingly illogical (and not backed-by-the-science) fashion.

Will they stop all their other nonsense if there is an "outcry?"  Are we all in a big shouting match now?
Biden admin halts plans to give Gitmo detainees COVID-19 vaccine ahead of Americans after outcry.  After a massive outcry, the Biden Defense Department paused plans to give the COVID-19 vaccine to about 40 Guantanamo Bay detainees, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the masterminds behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  While millions of Americans wait in line, The New York Times reported last week that Gitmo detainees and prisoners will be offered vaccines on a voluntary basis, beginning as early as Monday.  But the Pentagon halted those plans Saturday in the face of heavy criticism for prioritizing terror suspects ahead of American citizens, according to CBS News.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pinned responsibility for the initial decision, which the Department of Defense confirmed Friday, on President Joe Biden.

Canada Implements Racist Travel Ban On United States.  Everything old is new again and that apparently includes Canada.  Our neighbors to the north have just ramped up their restrictions on international travel to a level that will constitute what amounts to a total ban in practice if not in name.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement yesterday at a press conference and the details are indeed impressive in their oppressive nature. [...] Anyone wishing to travel to Canada or any Canadians wishing to leave the country and come back will need to be tested for COVID before boarding a plane and then again upon arrival.  They will then go to an "approved hotel" and wait up to three days for their test results to come back.  Both the test and the hotel room are to be paid for by the traveler, so you can expect to shell out more than $2,000 for that.  Then you'll have to move into self-quarantine for the rest of the two week period — even if you tested negative — and do so "under significantly increased surveillance and enforcement."

Senator Cassidy:  No, The White House Never Reached Out To Republicans On COVID Relief Bill.  Senator Bill Cassidy didn't hold back during an interview Sunday morning [1/31/2021] with FNC's Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.  The talk of working with the other side of the aisle is just a whole lot of malarkey coming from Joe Biden and his administration.  On a top priority, a COVID relief package, Senator Cassidy told Wallace that the administration never reached out to work with Republicans.  Not once.  Cassidy didn't say it once, he said it twice as Wallace did his usual bidding for Democrats and Joe Biden's administration.

China Doesn't Have to Lift a Finger to Push Biden Around.  "Xenophobia" has been a constant Biden theme.  On January 31 of last year, President Trump announced the "travel ban," prohibitions and restrictions on arrivals from China.  Within moments of the announcement, Biden went on the attack.  "This is no time for Donald Trump's record of hysterical xenophobia and fear mongering to lead the way instead of science," he said.  Biden's campaign said the attack was not in response to the travel ban, yet on the following day the candidate expressed the same thoughts in a tweet:  "We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump's record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering."  There was nothing "xenophobic" about Trump's travel ban.  It was imposed on arrivals from the country where the disease first appeared.  The ban, therefore, saved lives, and it would have saved even more if it had been stricter, announced sooner, and had been more rigorously enforced.

The CDC's National Face Mask Mandate For Public Transport Starts Tuesday.  Starting Monday, just before midnight, there's a new mandate taking effect and it's on the national level rather than the usual state and municipal orders we've been seeing.  Anyone taking public transportation of any kind is not to be allowed to travel without wearing a face mask.  The order applies to airplanes, buses, trains, subways, seaports, transportation hubs, taxis, and ride-sharing vehicles.  The order is coming from the CDC, but you know that it wouldn't have gone out without running it past the White House first.  Also, this goes much further than President Biden's first executive order which only covered travel on federal property.  (Though he seems to have trouble obeying it himself.)  This order applies everywhere in the fifty states.  So it seems that the days of the federal government allowing the individual states to decide what works best for them are over.  It's just another day in Big Government America.

Biden's team can NOT find 20M doses of COVID vaccine sent out to states.  After just one week in the White House, the Biden administration is already buckling under the pressure from the coronavirus pandemic as officials are still yet to locate 20million COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed to the states last month.  A Politico report on Saturday painted a picture of what officials have described as a messy transition for the Biden team that has been confronted with a worse-than-expected situation on nearly all fronts.  Prior to taking office, Biden had promised to tackle the pandemic with an effective COVID-19 response plan and later announced a rather ambitious goal to inoculate 100million Americans in his first 100 days.

If One Mask Doesn't Work, Try Two, or Three, or Four.  Once upon a time, my primary specialty of anesthesiology was the most scientific of all the medical specialties that actually touch patients.  Then I saw that Dr. Scott Segal, chair of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina told NBC news that we should consider wearing four — count 'em — four face masks at once.  I had thought that the insanity would stop at double masking.  Welcome to the new normal.  Panic porn has taken over even the medical community that should know better. [...] So the first step in "Will more masks help?" is to ask, "Do masks help at all?"  Lots of people have done a lot of good work on the mechanics of masks.  Jose-Luis Jiminez at the University of Colorado and Linsey Marr at Virginia Tech are two excellent scientists who study the mechanics of the aerosols that transmit COVID-19.  Both have demonstrated that masks will markedly reduce droplets.  Numerous YouTube videos have also demonstrated that quite dramatically.  Masks may even slightly reduce — not eliminate — aerosols.  The problem with all this work is that it starts from two primary assumptions.  First is the questionable idea that droplets are responsible for spreading the bug.  The second is that if we stop droplets, we will necessarily stop the virus.

You Will Be Made to Believe Implausible Things.  I bring to your attention implausible things you are expected to believe this week. [...] [#2] You can Trust Dr. Fauci.  Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of the China Virus was appropriate even though he placed the virus carriers in nursing homes and ignored the presence of the USNS Solace, the Javits Center, and Samaritan's Purse hospitals which were fully staffed and ready to assist.  Dr. Fauci was right to praise him.  Ignore the New York Attorney General Letitia James, who investigated and announced this week that the Cuomo administration failed to report thousands of COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents after forcing these homes to admit COVID-19 patients.  And you know you can ignore James's report and credit Dr. Fauci's praisee of Cuomo's performance because Joe Biden said "Dr. Fauci isn't just one of our foremost experts on combating viruses — he is a good man and a tireless public servant.... Our administration, and our country, will be stronger because of his guidance."  Dr. Fauci is one of our foremost experts on combating viruses and is totally nonpartisan.  Ignore his waffling and misstatements.

Hey Killer Cuomo:  Your AG Says You've Been Cooking The Books On Nursing Home Deaths.  Why?  It sure would be embarrassing for someone who wrote a book about his own amazing Gubernatorial leadership during a pandemic if it turned out that he was keeping us all in the dark about how bad it REALLY was.  Especially if his state had the second-highest per-capita death toll in the country and a COVID deaths-per-100k rating that far exceeded those of EVERY SINGLE national average in the WORLD?  Because that might make it look like all the trouble Andrew Cuomo took to scapegoat 'Orange Man Bad' was nothing more than one giant New-York-sized CYA move from the very beginning.  And a cynical attempt to run a hated Republican out of office.

Covidictators Up North:  Canadian Prime Minister Announces Harsh Lockdown Restrictions On International Travel.  Were you thinking of heading to Canada in the next few months?  We've got some bad news for you:  it's going to cost you mucho dinero and your freedom.  The restrictions limit international travel to just 4 airports and quarantine at travelers' expense.  Since the beginning of the pandemic all the way back in mid-March 2020, anyone crossing the border into Canada had to quarantine for 14 days or face a penalty of 6 months in prison and/or a fine of $750,000 for violation of the Quarantine Act.

Vaccinated Congressman Tests Positive for COVID-19.  A member of Congress who received a COVID-19 vaccine has tested positive for the disease.  Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) tested positive for COVID-19 after receiving two doses of Pfizer's vaccine.  "Congressman Lynch had received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and subsequently received a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending President [Joe] Biden's inauguration," a spokeswoman told news outlets.  The inauguration was nine days before Lynch tested positive.  Pfizer has said its vaccine is 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 in those without prior infection 7 days or more after the second dose.  In an email, the company told The Epoch Times it does not know the specific details of Lynch's case.

Los Angeles County Orders Restaurants To Keep TVs Off As Outdoor Dining Resumes And Super Bowl Approaches.  Restaurants and breweries were allowed to reopen for outdoor dining in Los Angeles County on Friday, but the revised order from public health officials says "televisions or other screens that broadcast programming must remain off until further notice."  The Los Angeles Daily News reports, "the restriction is an apparent effort to prevent gatherings of sports fans to watch games and other events, most notably during the most-watched TV show of the year, the NFL's championship game."  Critics say the mandate could have the opposite effect, driving more people into cramped quarters indoors to watch Super Bowl LV.  The big game is set for February 7, when Tom Brady, who has won six rings, leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home against the defending champs, the Kansas City Chiefs.  It is unclear when officials plan to lift the rule.

The Editor says...
If the no-TV rule doesn't have a firm expiration date already, it's probably permanent.  Just like the mask rules.

China Gene Firm Providing Worldwide COVID Tests Worked With Chinese Military.  BGI Group, the world's largest genomics company, has worked with China's military on research that ranges from mass testing for respiratory pathogens to brain science, a Reuters review of research, patent filings and other documents has found.  The review, of more than 40 publicly available documents and research papers in Chinese and English, shows BGI's links to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) include research with China's top military supercomputing experts.  The extent of those links has not previously been reported.  BGI has sold millions of COVID-19 test kits outside China since the outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic, including to Europe, Australia and the United States.  Shares of BGI Genomics Co, the company's subsidiary listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange, have doubled in price over the past 12 months, giving it a market value of about $9 billion.  But top U.S. security officials have warned American labs against using Chinese tests because of concern China was seeking to gather foreign genetic data for its own research.  BGI has denied that.

Unite and Heal With Show Trials and Fascist Purges.  The new rules of unity are that no one may question an election that the Democrats claim to have won, no one may say anything that Big Tech doesn't like, and no one may suggest that Biden's Assistant Health Secretary is a middle-aged man in a dress and a flowing blonde wig.  (Now there's a man who knows a lot about healing.  Just ask the 8,400 seniors who died in Pennsylvania nursing homes while Dr. Rick 'Rachel' Levine, Biden's new Assistant Health Secretary, withdrew his mother, but forced facilities to accept infected coronavirus patients.)

Fauci Looks To UN To 'Rebuild The Infrastructure Of Human Existence'.  I have never been a singer in the anti-Dr. Anthony Fauci chorus.  I always admired his work in the 90s to bring the HIV catastrophe to heel and thought his early efforts as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, advising President Trump on fighting the COVID crisis, provided a vital public service to our country.  But of late, I had been having second thoughts.  I am mildly put off by Fauci's relishing embrace of worldwide celebrity.  I thought it a bit frivolous, for example, his agreeing to be interviewed for a cover story in the fashion magazine, In Style.  And it was certainly an eye-popping obeisance to popular culture when the man — who said we will have to give up handshaking forever — benignly blessed in a Vanity Fair interview (of course) “asymptomatic strangers” hooking up for sexual liaisons using the dating app Tinder.

Biden's COVID-19 Bill Costs More Than Entire 1981 Federal Government.  The $1.9 trillion relief bill that President Joe Biden wants Congress to pass now as his response to the COVID-19 pandemic would cost Americans more than the entire federal government cost in fiscal 1981.  That year, according to the historical budget numbers that Biden's own Office of Management and Budget has published on the White House website, the federal government spent approximately $678,241,000,000.  When that is adjusted for inflation from September 1981 dollars into December 2020 dollars (using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator), it equals $1.895 trillion.  Last March, President Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion spending law to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  In December, Trump signed another spending law that included $900 billion targeted toward COVID-19 relief.  Now Biden wants to spend another $1.9 trillion.

Joe Biden's COVID-19 Deceptions.  President Joe Biden contends there is "nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months," which is the exact opposite of what presidential candidate Joe Biden promised voters during the 2020 campaign.  And by "exact opposite," I mean the president's alleged plan to beat the coronavirus literally said that "the trajectory of COVID-19 in America is headed in the wrong direction" and only he could fix it.  The Biden "plan" amounted to a slew of nebulous promises that would be implemented to correct the "Trump fiasco," such as accelerating the development of a vaccine, producing more masks, and pressuring governors to sign mask mandates.  Biden repeatedly promised to alter the trajectory of COVID-19.  In a platitudinous Oct. 23 speech, Biden pledged to "immediately put in place a national strategy that will position our country to finally get ahead of this virus and get back our lives." "Immediately" is an adverb meaning at once, instantly, without any intervening time.  It does not mean waiting around to take credit for when the Trump-era vaccines kick in.

CDC Orders Sweeping U.S. Transportation Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Rages.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a sweeping order late Friday [1/29/2021] requiring the use of face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation Monday as the country continues to report thousands of daily COVID-19 deaths.  The order, which takes effect at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday (0459 GMT Tuesday), requires face masks to be worn by all travelers on airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares and at transportation hubs like airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations and seaports.

The Editor says...
Covid-19 does not "rage," except on CNN.  There will always be germs in the air.  With the exception of airline travel and mass transit, the problem of germs in the air was not a great concern until 2020.  Something tells me the airlines could pump fresh air into their planes, but it would reduce their profits.

Trump, the Covid Panic and the Symbolism of Masks.  [Scroll down]  To be sure, Mr. Trump's refusal to employ masks as a prop was a function of his genuine contempt for artifice; you'd never catch him posing in a hunting outfit à la John Kerry in 2004.  In that respect, the public Donald Trump is, for better or worse, the genuine article.  That has always been a great part of his appeal.  Mr. Biden on the other hand, being nothing but artificial, had no such compunction.  Turning masks into the insignia of the fearful, rather than the tool of the stalwart they might have been, Biden nevertheless correctly gauged the mood of many nervous voters and played upon those fears shamelessly.  It was a short-sighted, ultimately harmful formula, displaying no real leadership at all.  But alas, it worked, undoubtedly costing President Trump votes.  Perhaps more than any total accrued to Biden by fraudulent means.

Alleged 9/11 mastermind, Gitmo detainees to start getting COVID vaccines.  Here's a real kick in the shin:  chances are accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will get the COVID vaccine before you do.  Accused terror masterminds like KSM and other detainees at Guantanamo Bay will begin receiving the coronavirus vaccine, the Pentagon confirmed Friday [1/29/2021], even as the United States continues to experience severe shortages of the miracle jab.  A spokesman for the Department of Defense confirmed that officials had signed an order which will see COVID-19 vaccinations "offered to all detainees and prisoners."  The shots could be given as soon as next week.  "It will be administered on a voluntary basis and in accordance with the Department's priority distribution plan," spokesman Michael Howard told The [New York] Post.

Cuomo callously addresses COVID nursing home report: 'Who cares!'  "Who cares [if they] died in the hospital, died in a nursing home?  They died."  That's how Gov. Cuomo callously responded Friday to the damning state attorney general's report that revealed his administration downplayed the total number of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19.  During his first remarks on the spiraling controversy, Cuomo said, "If you look at New York state, we have a lower percentage of deaths in nursing homes than other states."  "A third of all deaths in this nation are from nursing homes," he said.  "New York state, we're only about 28 percent — only — but we're below the national average in number of deaths in nursing homes."

One hour after Biden inaugurated, WHO changes COVID testing criteria.  In what some have suggested is politicized timing, the World Health Organization on Wednesday changed the protocol for COVID-19 tests, which will result in large reductions in the numbers of positive cases.  The body took this action just one hour after Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States.  On Wednesday [1/20/2021], the World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidance regarding the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which is being widely used across the globe in order to detect cases of COVID-19.  In a short information notice, the WHO referred back to an instruction booklet for COVID testing, released in September 2020, noting that "careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed."

One week in, Biden administration shows its exquisite cruelty.  Biden's handlers are leading him around by the nose, putting the words they compose on his teleprompter, which he has difficulty reading.  It took the Obama administration a year to do this much damage.  This crowd, believing they have absolute power in every sense of the phrase, have set about implementing the transformation of the U.S. from a democratic republic to a communist oligarchy.  In a flash, there is no more freedom of speech or assembly.  This new regime is about to make the COVID vaccine mandatory.  Medical treatment cannot be mandatory.  President Trump got the vaccine up and running, but now we must wonder how many Chinese scientists were in on its design.

COVID-sniffing dogs screen spectators prior to Nuggets-Heat game in Miami.  As an added preventive measure on top of health questionnaires and a mask mandate, COVID-sniffing dogs are now being used to detect possible infection in fans waiting to watch a sports game.  That's what happened before an NBA game between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, January 27.  The virus-sniffing dogs screened fans waiting in line to get into the American Airline Arena before entering the venue.  [Video clip]

Biden, Teachers' Unions, and the $630 Billion Shakedown.  For all their devastating, long-term side effects, the various failed remedies to COVID-19 have been clarifying.  The "expert" class, in case it was still unclear to anyone, is overrun not with critical thinkers devoted to scientific inquiry but hyperpartisan hacks with a hive mind no better than that of a typical seventh-grade cheer squad.  The scientific method is dead; in its place is a multitiered campaign to bully, silence, and cancel anyone who dares to challenge their unchallengeable expertise.  Political leaders on both sides of the aisle are as clueless as they are callous.  Little daylight exists between Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican Governor Mike DeWine.  The majority of Americans, sadly, quickly submit to the whims of the expert class to the point of self-destruction.  Millions of Americans are doubling up on face coverings because Master Fauci said to do so and they are prepared to harass others into compliance as well.

Fauci: The data shows kids are less likely to get infected inside school than outside of it.  It's been a long journey for him on schools.  In May, the early days of the pandemic, he was cautious about reopening schools because the data about transmission among kids wasn't firm yet.  But just a few weeks later he was more encouraged.  By late July he was pushing Trump's position that it was important to try to reopen schools in the fall, citing the "downstream unintended consequences on families" if schools stayed closed.  After Thanksgiving, as cases began to surge, he continued to prioritize schools by insisting that businesses like bars should close to limit the spread so that students can stay in the classroom.

Steve Hilton finds stunning Covid 19 connections: 'Specific activity that Dr. Fauci funded and it is terrifying'.  Fox News' Steve Hilton shared an investigation that breaks down the origins of the coronavirus, and not only links it back to U.S. commissioned research, but also to Dr. Anthony Fauci.  The host of the "The Next Revolution" told his viewers that the evidence uncovered "points to the most likely cause of the pandemic and it's worse than anything that we have heard so far."  Highlighting a study 10 years ago in the Netherlands involving ferrets, which have respiratory systems that operate similar to humans, Hilton said researchers "were trying to see if the virus that starts out without the ability to be transmitted through the air can eventually gain that ability."  "This led to the creation of an entirely new type of scientific research made possible by advances in gene technology," he said.  "It was called gain of function virus research.  The idea was to replicate in a lab what had been done with those ferrets — to take the virus and manipulate the genetic code to make it stronger and powerful.  The virus would gain new function, hence the name."

COVID Continues:  Death By Shopping!  President Biden, immediately upon taking office, mandated the use of masks for 100 Days.  No explanation on the randomness of 100 versus 101 or 99.  Some have even suggested wearing them into 2022!  Where is the logic!  If the virus was so lethal, so contagious, how did many millions of Americans manage to shop at "Essential Stores" and not die?  How can this be? [...] At some point, nearly all of us went to these Box Store types.  We were part of the "experiment" without even knowing it.  Very few of us use medically approved masks.  Nor do we wear gloves or properly disinfect our clothes upon returning home.  No, we are wearing pieces of cloth not designed to be used as medical masks; these garments allow germs both to enter and exit.  We didn't hear horrendous tales featuring Walmart employees dying by the tens of thousands because the stories don't exist.  Or, are they really just that good at sanitizing?  Give me a break.  I've been to those stores, and they aren't exactly a sterile environment.

The Editor says...
Walmart makes a great effort to keep its stores clean, but even so, it is an unsanitary place and you should avoid going there if you have a compromised immune system.  The Editor was in a chemotherapy clinic many years ago, and overheard a conversation between a nurse and a very sick patient, whose immune system was all but completely gone.  The nurse advised the patient to boil all his food before eating it, and stay out of Walmart!  Especially the waiting line at the pharmacy.  And not just Walmart — any pharmacy!  That's where sick people go.  On the other hand, if you are reasonably healthy, Walmart is great.  Mrs. Editor and I spend money there at least two or three times a week.

Beto O'Rourke considering run for Texas governor, cites Abbott's failed virus efforts.  Former El Paso Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke said in a radio interview that he is contemplating a run for governor of Texas next year against Republican incumbent Greg Abbott.  Abbott will be seeking his third term in office and O'Rourke told ABC-7's media partners at KLAQ radio that he's considering a bid to oust the governor.  "It's something I'm going to think about," O'Rourke said.  "This state has suffered perhaps more than any other in the midst of this pandemic."

The Editor says...
[#1] Exactly the opposite is true.  Texas has been affected far less by Covid than most other states.  [#2] If the state has "suffered" at all, it's because of endless lockdowns and mask mandates inflicted by ledftist politicians like Robert F. "Beto" O'Rourke.

Gov. Cuomo's COVID polices were more murderous than we thought.  A shocking story broke yesterday:  According to a study from the New York State Attorney General's office, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's criminally murderous Wuhan virus policies killed 50% more elderly people than originally reported.  Not only does this highlight what conservatives had already realized (namely, that Cuomo is an awful human being), but it also suggests that Cuomo is about to find himself up to his neck in political alligators.  The Attorney General, Letitia James, is a hard leftist, and she now seems to have Cuomo in her crosshairs.  There were two different Andrew Cuomos at work in New York in 2020 once the Wuhan virus hit that state.  The first Andrew Cuomo was the media darling.  He gave regular press conferences, during which he charmed swooning "journalists" with his earthy Italian, New York style.  He warmed the cockles of their hearts by blaming Trump for the state's unpreparedness to meet a pandemic, although he eventually acknowledged that Trump gave the state everything Cuomo could have wished, including a military hospital ship that was almost completely unused.

N.Y. Severely Undercounted Virus Deaths in Nursing Homes, Report Says.  An investigation by the New York State attorney general has concluded that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration undercounted coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes by as much as 50 percent.  The count of deaths in the state's nursing homes has been a source of controversy for Mr. Cuomo and state Health Department officials, who have been sensitive to any suggestion that decisions made at the outset of the pandemic may have caused some of those deaths, which the state puts at more than 8,700.  They have also been accused of obscuring a more accurate estimate of nursing home deaths, because the state's count only included the number of deaths at the facilities, rather than accounting for the residents who died at a hospital after being transferred there.

New York Undercounted Coronavirus Deaths in Nursing Homes by up to Half, AG Report Says.  New York may have undercounted coronavirus nursing home deaths in the state by as much as half, the state attorney general's office said Thursday in a report.  New York Attorney General Letitia James's office released its initial report on an investigation into nursing home deaths in the state, an issue that has dogged Governor Andrew Cuomo since New York logged more than 8,500 virus deaths among residents of those facilities.  "Among those findings were that a larger number of nursing home residents died from COVID-19 than the New York State Department of Health's (DOH) published nursing home data reflected and may have been undercounted by as much as 50 percent," James's office said in a statement.

The 'After Trump' Era Begins.  Pfizer had hinted that a vaccine could be ready in late October.  Then, mysteriously, it wasn't.  Then, stranger still, it appeared — a few days after Election Day.  Suddenly, after Joe Biden's inauguration, Illinois, Michigan and other blue states eased some of their lockdown restrictions to get their economies back on track despite little change in COVID-19 rates.  During the Trump Age, the president was supposedly responsible for every death from COVID-19.  Now, the media reports that career scientists and health administrators in the federal government, especially at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were largely to blame for past slow testing, and were tardy and lax in apprising the nation of the infectious threat.  The Biden campaign's widely reported promises of a new, superior COVID-19 plan turned out to be more of the same old, same old from the Trump Age.  Biden did mandate the wearing of masks on all federal property.  But he then immediately undermined his own order during the first few hours on the job by going mask-less during a photo op at the Lincoln Memorial.  Stranger still, President Biden announced during his first few hours in office:  "There's nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months."  For the first time, we now learn that there is "nothing" Biden can do about COVID-19?

Wisconsin Senate Votes to Overturn Democrat Governor's Statewide Mask Mandate.  The GOP-led Wisconsin senate on Tuesday voted 18-13 to repeal Democrat Governor Tony Evers' statewide mask mandate.  Governor Evers issued an emergency 60-day order in August of 2020 and continued to extend his unlawful mandates — until now.  The Republican state lawmakers are working to put an end to Evers' abuse.  The resolution will head to the GOP-led state assembly on Thursday [1/28/2021].

China begins using anal swabs to test for Covid in Beijing because 'they are much more accurate'.  Beijing is using anal swabs to test its residents for coronavirus, a method that experts say is more accurate and raises the chances of detecting the virus.  [Lurid details omitted for brevity, among other reasons.]

About That Non-Existent Vaccine Plan:  Operation Warp Speed Staffers Claim Over 300 Transition Meetings With Biden Team.  The Biden administration is not interested in giving credit where its due, apparently; especially, it seems, as it concerns the plan to rollout coronavirus vaccines in a plan developed under the Trump administration through Operation Warp Speed.  According to a report from National Review, Team Biden has been insisting through press conferences and administration talking heads that there was no vaccine plan to speak of when they entered the Oval Office, and they've been forced to start from scratch to achieve their goal of vaccinating 100 million people in 100 days.

It's All About (Political) 'Science'.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom has always claimed that he has based his coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders solely on the "science," yet suddenly — without any dramatic changes in scientific breakthroughs, albeit following some hopeful decreases in hospitalizations — he announced a wide-ranging reopening that lifts stay-at-home orders and gives county officials the final authority on such matters.  "As cases surged after Thanksgiving, Newsom tore up his playbook," AP's Don Thompson reported last week.  "Rather than a county-by-county approach, he created five regions and established a single measurement — ICU capacity — as the determination for whether a region was placed under a stay-at-home order."

Biden's Virus Response Resembles Trump's, Adds Bureaucracy.  President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to turn the tide of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, telling Americans that he had a superior plan to the one that was being executed by the administration of President Donald Trump.  Biden unveiled his strategy in the first days of his administration amid a flurry of executive orders.  While some of Biden's ideas are truly novel, including his vision for a centralized national contact-tracing workforce through the establishment of the U.S. Public Health Job Corps, the plan largely mirrors what had been set in motion by Trump, plus the addition of several layers of bureaucracy and the infusion of the quasi-Marxist "equity" agenda into every aspect of the pandemic response.

Twelve Times the Lockdowners Were Wrong.  This has been a year of astonishing policy failure.  We are surrounded by devastation conceived and cheered by intellectuals and their political handmaidens.  The errors number in the thousands, so please consider the following little more than a first draft, a mere guide to what will surely be unearthed in the coming months and years.  We trusted these people with our lives and liberties and here is what they did with that trust. [...]

The Question of Masks.  I envy the reader who can reach the end of Alex Berenson's Unreported Truths About Covid-19 and Lockdowns:  Masks, without tearing her hair out in frustration at the absurdity of the world today, which apparently is not so different from the one that Galileo inhabited four centuries ago.  Berenson makes an airtight case (no pun intended) that there is no evidence whatsoever that surgical and cloth masks work to control coronavirus spread, and a substantial amount that they do not.  Nevertheless, as anyone who has tried to discuss the topic in a blue state knows, the subject has been so politicized that to make this contention amounts to heresy.  This is the third booklet in a series, Unreported Truths About Covid-19 and Lockdowns.  The first two focus upon the deleterious effects of lockdowns and overestimation of the virus's dangerousness.  Berenson, who used to work as a reporter at the New York Times before he became a full-time novelist, has been known from the very beginning as a coronavirus "contrarian," and has since attained unofficial status as king of the lockdown skeptics.  As his Twitter profile famously depicts him smiling sardonically with a mask under his chin, it is about time he addressed the subject.

Carlsbad, CA Says No More to Lockdowns.  May It Be a National Model!  [Scroll down]  A different, more local revolt began last weekend in Carlsbad, CA, a town just north of San Diego.  Its restaurant and bar owners decided they're weren't going to take it anymore.  They're no longer going to allow witless politicians to destroy what they've worked so long to build.  They're going to open their businesses to eager customers.  Some will ask what California legislators right up to Governor Gavin Newsom will say.  Ideally the mini-revolt will wake these sick people up to the extraordinary damage they're doing, but if not it's worth reminding everyone that the very individuals in government who are presently limiting your right to work, operate your business, and live your life as you desire, used to not be in government.  Some even used to have regular jobs in the private sector.  The main thing is that they're not experts on medical matters, nor are they abnormally smart.  They just happen to be good at politics.  They're in no position to tell us how to live, or operate our businesses, or whether or not we should have a job to go to.  They're just people who want power, prestige and money, only they want it the easy way.

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Blue States' COVID Restrictions Are Killing Jobs, But Not The Virus.  We have long suspected that the left would use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to take greater control over people's lives, whether or not it helped fight the disease.  The evidence appears to support this.  Wallethub has been ranking states based on their COVID-19 restrictions — things such as mask mandates, limits on travel and gatherings, school closings, liability protections, work-at-home requirements.  The nearby table lists the 10 states with the most and least restrictions in place as of Jan. 25.  Notice anything?  We did, when we looked at these states through the prism of their local politics.


How A Legitimate Theory About COVID-19 Emerging From A Lab Got Dismissed By Media Fact Checkers.  As COVID-19 spread across the world, President Donald Trump suggested in an April press conference that the virus may have emerged from a lab in Wuhan, China.  Fact checkers sprang to check out the claim, often dismissing it summarily by noting there was little to no evidence backing it up.  And it's true, there was no direct evidence, but there was mountain of circumstantial evidence.  Still, the story fizzled.  In part because fact checkers and reporters, while focusing on the more wild claims that China deliberately created and released the virus as a bioweapon, often dismissed out of hand the less aggressive possibility that it simply leaked out of a lab.  Then, in January of 2021, things changed.  An investigative essay published in the New York Magazine's Intelligencer dove into the lab theory and found a number of surprising discoveries.

The Right to Refuse Service Should Be Universal and Absolute.  Restaurant owners in New York City have discussed refusing to serve the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, because, as part of the draconian response to the coronavirus, indoor dining was shutdown again at New York City restaurants.  Naturally, restaurant owners are furious.  "I came up with this motto — if we can't feed our families, we certainly won't feed yours," said organizer Michael Quinn.  He points out that "banning indoor dining just pushes people to gather in homes and other places that don't have the safety measures in place that restaurants have" and that "the state says 70 percent of coronavirus cases can be traced to households and small gatherings, while no more than 2 percent have been attributed to indoor dining at restaurants."

Now the CDC is urging schools to reopen ASAP.  Try to keep up with the science.  Had your child gone back to school yesterday, he and all the teachers in the universe would have died.  But today, it's urgent he go to school.  And safe for him to do so.  [Tweet]

Report: CDC Apparently Changed COVID Criteria That Inflated Fatalities 10-Fold (2/2).  [Scroll down]  You see, in March of 2020, the CDC announced some changes to the way they wanted doctors to start filling out death certificates.  And a few weeks later, the CDC issued some new diagnostic guidelines.  But these changes turned out to be very narrowly focused, indeed.  The[y] didn't affect how heart disease or cancer deaths were diagnosed or reported.  Nor did physicians need to change the way they report or diagnose the flu or any other manner of disease, accident, homicidal intention, act of God, or any other conceivable way that a human being can wind up meeting his maker any differently except for just one special ailment.  For some strange reason, the CDC decided that COVID-19 alone among all mortal perils was to get its own unique method of accounting devised especially for it.

Regeneron's antibody cocktail used to treat Trump prevented 50% of people exposed to coronavirus from getting infected.  Regeneron's coronavirus antibody drug reduces the risk of getting COVID-19 after exposure by 50 percent, early data suggests.  The treatment prevented 100 percent of the 186 people who got the drug after being exposed to coronavirus from developing symptomatic COVID-19.  It comes a week after Eli Lilly said its similar drug prevented 80 percent of nursing home residents from getting COVID-19.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calls White House 'disingenuous' for COVID-19 vaccine claim.  Gov. Ron DeSantis is firing back at the White House for claiming that Florida has only used about 50% of the COVID-19 vaccine supply it's received from the federal government.  That controversial statement was made on Monday by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a news briefing in Washington.  "I will note, because we're data first here, facts first here, they've only distributed about 50% of the vaccines that they have been given in Florida," Psaki said.  "So clearly, they have a good deal of the vaccine."

Have 400,000 Americans Died of Covid-19?  Many assumed, lots screamed it, but now there is proof:  The Covid-19 death count is a fabrication.  However, the story is much bigger than number manipulation within our government. [...] Milan Kundera called this kind of thing "Communist Kitsch." Exploiting the dead (no matter what they, in truth, died of, but primarily old age), the pageant was all about Covid, with flags representing those who could not attend due to the Covid Scare and the Domestic Terrorism (from Patriots) scare.  Throughout the ceremony, those who died "of Covid" were remembered, though no mention of those who have died from lockdowns.  PSYOPS hyper-direct our allowed emotions.  In the end, the supposed "blood on hands" of the outgoing President was fused with the (dark) triumphalism of the incoming one.  Meaning:  The very theme of Biden's Presidency would not be, say, America, but rather, "Covid."  Don't serve America; serve Covid, as the new America.  The new America is actually America inverted, prepared, and served up to The Great Reset and the final destruction of all human freedoms, in the name of a "virus" you may not question without risking prison.

White House still can't say where COVID-19 vaccine supply stands.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday again lacked answers on how many doses of the coveted coronavirus vaccine the US has in reserve, one day after admitting that the Biden administration didn't know how many shots were on hand.  At her daily briefing, Psaki repeatedly danced around requests for hard numbers on the available jabs, at one point punting to a briefing by President Biden scheduled for later in the day.  "The president is going to have more of an update later this afternoon," she said, when asked point-blank how many doses are currently in the US stockpile.

So How's Biden's First Week Going?  A Side-By-Side Look At What He Promised Versus What He's Doing.  It's been less than a week since Joe Biden's inauguration.  In that time, how has Biden's campaign rhetoric matched his actions in office?  I'm not fooling around with "pants on fire" or childish Pinocchio ratings like the legacy media does (but, outrageously, won't now that Biden is in office).  He either lied or he didn't.  As adults you can make up your own minds.  During the campaign, Biden promised that he had a plan to "change the course" of the COVID pandemic.  But once in office, he admitted that "there is nothing we can do" to change the pandemic's course (trajectory is a synonym of "course" as used here).  So, he had no plan.

Just 20 of 128,000 vaccinated Israelis got COVID one week after second dose.  Just passing along some exciting news this morning as America inches towards herd immunity.  Estimated time of arrival:  Uhhhhh, 2028?  Israel's going to get there much faster.  Scientists are being cautious about celebrating this study too much, as there was no control group and there are reasons to think there might be some sample "bias."  But knocking down infections to a "one in 6,400" clip would be tremendous progress.  The end of the pandemic is on the horizon.

Biden administration can't say how many COVID-19 vaccines US has in reserve.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday admitted that the Biden administration does not know how many COVID-19 vaccinations the US has in reserve.  Psaki made the startling revelation during a briefing with reporters at the White House, where she was repeatedly pressed on the nation's lagging coronavirus vaccine rollout.  "Is there at least a ballpark amount that officials are aware of how much vaccine there is?" one reporter asked.  "We've been here for five days to evaluate the supply so that we can release the maximum amount while also ensuring that everyone can get the second dose on the FDA-recommended schedule," Psaki said of what President Biden had said would be his top priority, before she then tried to lay the blame on the Trump administration.

Our Pandemic Fears Are Killing What Makes Life Worth Living.  The unconstitutional lockdowns provoked by the Chinese Communist Party virus have dragged on for almost a year now, with little sign of the "pandemic" letting up.  "Two weeks to slow the spread" and "fifteen days to flatten the curve" — lies from the moment they were uttered, as anyone with an ounce of sense knew — have molted into months and soon enough into years.  Meanwhile, the media has been content to celebrate — excuse me, "mourn" — the mounting death toll attributed to Covid-19 as long as it could damage the Trump administration, now driven from a militarily occupied Washington, D.C.  Almost everything that has happened this past year, it seems, could be blamed on the CCP virus, exported from Wuhan whether on purpose or by accident.  Not that it matters.  The Biden administration is no more going to hold Communist China responsible for its malignant carelessness — or its deliberate malignity — than Hunter Biden will ever come clean about his business dealings in both China and the Ukraine.

Something's in a nosedive.  Scary news stories are the norm in the Age of COVID.  Earlier this month, on January 2, 2021, The Hill reported that experts at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicted 150,000 deaths by the beginning of February.  Just one problem:  Recent data suggest that the worst of the pandemic is over.  In the interest of unity, let's analyze the COVID data on daily new cases and deaths from the New York Times — in particular, the seven-day moving averages.  Using a moving average is important since there are obvious reporting problems from the relevant state agencies.  The raw daily data have a suspiciously consistent saw-tooth pattern.  There is an unrealistic drop on weekends and holidays and a corresponding explosion during mid-week.  Using the seven-day moving average effectively eliminates the reporting problems by incorporating data over the prior week.  Looking at the curves for new cases and deaths, the NYT data show something perplexing.  As seen in the graphs, the curves are going the wrong way for nightmare scenarios.  According to the NYT data, the IHME's January model's prediction of 150,000 deaths is a fantasy.

Netherlands rocked by worst civil unrest in years as anti-lockdown rioters wreak havoc across country.  More than 180 people were arrested Monday during the third night of violence in the Netherlands, where rioters appear to have hijacked an anti-lockdown protest to cause destruction across the country.  The civil unrest began over the weekend in response to the Dutch government's strict measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, which includes a newly imposed curfew between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.  But the seemingly peaceful demonstrations turned into chaos as groups of mostly teenagers began organizing on social media to attack public and private properties in different parts of the country.  Images shared on social media showed rioters looting stores, smashing windows, clashing with police, setting vehicles on fire and vandalizing buildings.

Firehoses and dogs:
The Dutch Government Goes To War With Its Own Citizens Protesting Lockdown.  Police in Amsterdam turned a water cannon on hundreds of demonstrators who were taking part in a banned protest Sunday against the Dutch government and its tough coronavirus lockdown.  Police on horseback also moved in to break up the demonstration on a large square ringed by museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.  Amsterdam municipality said riot police took action to disperse the crowd because people weren't adhering to social distancing measures.  [Video clip]

Fauci [is] the highest paid out of 4M federal employees.  President Biden's chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, is the highest-paid employee in the entire federal government.  The nation's leading infectious disease expert made $417,608 in 2019 and is projected to net approximately $2.5 million in salary from 2019 to 2024, according to Freedom of Information Act requests obtained by Forbes.  Fauci, whose salary is funded by taxpayers, received a pay bump in 2014 when his paycheck increased from $335,000 to the current $417,608.  Fauci raked in $3.6 million from 2010 to 2019.  The United States's 4 million federal employees are usually subject to a pay cap, dubbed level IV, which is $172,500.  However, Fauci and other doctors and scientists employed by the government are exempted from the cap to make their salaries more competitive to the private sector.

And the Award for Highest Taxpayer-Funded Government Employee Goes To....  Mirror, mirror, on the wall — who's the highest taypayer-funded federal employee of all? [...] As it turns out, Anthony Fauci's a very lucky man.  According to Forbes, in 2019, the big guy pulled in $417,608.  How many folks do you know making nearly half a mil... at 80 years old?

Report: Fauci is the highest-paid employee in the U.S. federal government.  According to a new report by Forbes, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is the highest paid employee in the U.S. federal government.  In 2019, his salary was $417,608, the highest salary out of all four million federal government employees.  In comparison, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will earn $223,500 this year, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will make $270,700 and Members in the House of Representatives and Senators will make $174,000, Forbes reports.

Fauci:  Wearing two masks is better than one.  Two face masks are better than one, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday [1/25/2021].  The infectious diseases specialist that double-masking is a logical way to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  "If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective," Fauci said on the "Today" show.  The White House advisor explained that the face coverings prevent respiratory droplets — and the virus — from spreading to other people, as well as protecting the wearer.  Other experts also say that wearing a surgical mask underneath a cloth face covering provides more protection.

The Editor says...
I don't think I've seen any pictures of Dr. Fauci wearing two masks, but there are plenty of pictures of him with no mask at all.

As Biden Became President, [a] Medical Journal Quietly Retracted [a] Study That Falsely Claimed Hydroxychloroquine Is Ineffective.  A leading medical journal has issued a retraction of their endorsement for a study that concluded the anti-viral drug hydroxychloroquine was ineffective against the Covid-19 virus.  This retraction appears to validate the claims then-president Trump made about the medication being a frontline drug in the battle in the pandemic.  The Lancet, a respected online medical journal, issued an apology to its readers in an edition last year after the retraction.  "We deeply apologize to you, the editors, and the journal readership for any embarrassment or inconvenience that this may have caused," the publishers of The Lancet said.  Compared to the significantly more expensive medications being used to treat the virus, hydroxychloroquine — a drug widely used to treat malaria — is relatively inexpensive and universally available.  Hydroxychloroquine ranges in price from $0.30 to $6.63 per dose depending on location.

The Editor says...
Yes, the timing of this action is political.  The entire Coronavirus scare is political.

China rounds up people without masks.  All people must wear masks, according to law.  [Video clip]

Gov. Newsom plans to cancel California's COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday [1/25/2021] plans to lift regional stay-at-home orders across the state — allowing restaurants to resume outdoor dining amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.  Sources briefed on the governor's plans told the Los Angeles Times that all counties will return to a colored tier system that assigns local risk levels based on the number of cases and positivity rates.  Most counties will go into the "widespread" risk tier, which allows hair salons to provide limited services indoors but restricts many other nonessential indoor business operations.  Some elected officials and the restaurant industry have fought in and out of court to overturn the highly controversial outdoor dining ban, according to the newspaper.

Mayor Lightfoot and CDPH announce plan to ensure equity in vaccine distribution.  Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health officials announced new initiatives Monday to ensure racial equity in distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, after initial data shows low vaccination rates in Black and Latinx communities.  Lightfoot and public health officials released the plan Monday in conjunction with the state moving into Phase 1B of its vaccine distribution, in which an estimated 3.2 million people statewide are eligible for inoculation.  'Protect Chicago' has been the primary plan in Chicago's response to the pandemic, including vaccine distribution.

Biden to reinstate COVID-19 travel ban targeting UK, Europe and Brazil: report.  President Biden will reinstate a re-entry ban on nearly all non-US travelers trying to come into the country from the United Kingdom, Ireland, 26 other European countries and Brazil — and impose a new ban on travel from South Africa, a report said Sunday [1/24/2021].  Former President Trump had signed an order Jan. 18 that was to lift the coronavirus-related ban Tuesday — but Biden will take action Monday to keep the prohibition stays in place, federal public-health sources told Reuters.  Biden also will put into place a ban on most non-US residents entering the country after having recently been in South Africa — amid the breakout of a new, more infectious mutant strain of COVID-19 in that nation, the officials said.

Biden to introduce travel bans on South Africa, UK, and others:  Report.  President Biden will reportedly introduce a ban on non-U.S. citizens attempting to enter the United States from South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, and several European countries.  "We are adding South Africa to the restricted list because of the concerning variant present that has already spread beyond South Africa," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deputy director Anne Schuchat told Reuters, adding that the agency was "putting in place this suite of measures to protect Americans and also to reduce the risk of these variants spreading and worsening the current pandemic."  NBC confirmed the restrictions Sunday afternoon [1/24/2021].

Right on Schedule, COVID Pivots for Biden.  Imagine changing the rules in the middle of the game, so that hits rather than runs, or first downs rather than touchdowns, determine the game winner.  That is exactly what is happening with COVID reporting, just as many of us predicted.  This confirms the lingering question of how much of COVID was about the actual virus versus a political club to hurt President Trump and drive him from office, quite successfully.  As an interesting coincidence, the first case of the novel coronavirus arrived in the U.S. on the same day the House walked articles of impeachment to the Senate.  The next impeachment was based on Trump's supposed calls for violence at a pre-planned Capitol riot just before Congress was to certify (or not) the Electoral College vote, the riot blamed on a speech he gave after the rioting already started.  In politics, there are no coincidences, and the recent rule changes for tallying COVID case are no exception.

GOP Congressman:  Give $1,400 stimulus checks to people who get the COVID-19 vaccine.  One Republican Congressman says instead of sending stimulus checks to every qualifying American, direct payments should go to people who receive the coronavirus vaccine.  "I hope the administration will look at that option because we actually buy something with our $1,400 — and that's herd immunity," said Rep. Steve Stivers (R., Ohio) in an interview with Yahoo Finance Live.  President Joe Biden has called for individual $1,400 payments in his $1.9 trillion relief plan — which some Republicans argue is too much and some progressives say is too little.  Stivers opposes additional stimulus checks as the proposal currently stands.

The Editor says...
If you had to pay $1,400 to get the vaccine, you could reasonably assume that it must be quite safe and really beneficial.  If they have to pay you $1,400 to take it, what does that tell you?

Biden: Oh By The Way, I Can't Do Anything About the Pandemic.  Now he tells us.  Biden and the Democrats had one messaging ace up their sleeves.  Backed by their media, they falsely claimed that President Trump had mishandled the pandemic leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths and that once they were in charge, they would get everything right.  Granted, they couldn't actually explain what they would do differently except order everyone to wear masks on federal property (before violating their own rules.)  Now, a few days later, we're down to the admission that they don't have an actual plan for fighting the coronavirus beyond pushing pork to their base.

Joe Biden Makes Not Wearing a Mask Acceptable Again.  Since the start of COVID-19 in 2020, journalists and other Democrats have taken it upon themselves to snitch on anyone (meaning Republicans) who didn't wear a mask and promptly accuse them of recklessly endangering the lives of others.  Now that Joe Biden is president, it appears that snitching is no longer cool, and not wearing a mask is acceptable so long as you're a Democrat doing it for a good reason, like "celebrating" a Democratic victory.  After Biden and his family were photographed without masks at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday — in violation of the federal mask mandate that he himself had just approved via executive action — White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed a reporter's question about Biden's refusal to follow the rules.

Nation's 5th Largest District Sends Kids Back to School Following a Pandemic - of Suicides.  Clark County, Nevada's seen a surge of student suicides.  As stated by The Daily Wire, "The shocking news of a rash of student suicides in Nevada has school districts across the country rethinking the strategy of in-home and online learning amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and reconsidering their position that students might fully recover from a year spent out of the company of peers."  Makes sense.  Following a series of self-inflicted fatalities around the Las Vegas area, in January, the district voted to begin retuning select elementary school grades as well as struggling students to in-person learning.

Calif Gov Newsom appears to be retreating on Covid restriction as recall petition signatures surge.  [Scroll down]  Newsom is fighting for his political life in the face of a recall petition that already has garnered 80% of the signatures necessary for a recall election to be conducted by the state. [...] The immediate spark of the surge in signatures was the release of photographs of Newsom attending a lavish birthday party at the French Laundry in the Napa Valley, one of the most famous and expensive restaurants in America, with no mask and sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with his pals, including the honoree for the occasion, a lobbyist.  This in defiance of the lockdown orders he had imposed on lesser Californians.

Steve Hilton reveals explosive evidence on COVID-19 origins and the Fauci connection.  'The Next Revolution' host Steve Hilton investigated the origins of the coronavirus and announced his findings on Fox News Sunday night [1/24/2021].  Hilton noted that a Utah mink was the first case of COVID-19 to be found in a wild animal.  According to Hilton, minks and related animals have respiratory systems that operate similarity to humans.  About 10 years ago, researchers in the Netherlands did an experiment on ferrets and found that a virus that started without the ability to be transmitted throughout the air, can eventually gain that ability.  This led to a new type of research called "Gain-of-Function" virus research.  The idea was to replicate in a lab what had been done to the ferrets.

'On the cusp of great things': Dozens of other COVID vaccines working their way to public.  COVID-19 has existed for barely more than a year, but 64 vaccines are in clinical development and another 173 in preclinical development worldwide nonetheless, according to the World Health Organization.  Dozens of hopefuls are in clinical trials in the U.S., including several by California researchers.

Vaccinated People May Still Spread CCP Virus:  UK Medical Officer.  People who have received two doses of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccine may still spread the virus to others, a senior British medical officer has warned.  Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, said on Jan. 24 that "we do not yet know the impact of the vaccine on transmission of the virus."  "So even after you have had both doses of the vaccine you may still give COVID-19 to someone else and the chains of transmission will then continue," he wrote in the Sunday Telegraph.  Therefore, he urged the millions of Britons who have already been vaccinated to keep following the lockdown rules.  "If you change your behaviour you could still be spreading the virus, keeping the number of cases high and putting others at risk who also need their vaccine but are further down the queue."

Dutch COVID-19 testing facility torched during ongoing riots over curfew.  A COVID-19 testing facility was torched in the Netherlands during riots on the first night of a strict new curfew — with police later using water cannons against protesters as the violence raged on Sunday [1/24/2021].  Local media video from Urk, a fishing village about 50 miles northeast of Amsterdam, showed a mob breaking into the portable testing facility on Saturday night and setting it ablaze.  By Sunday morning, only a burnt-out shell remained, with police saying it came on a night where rioters were throwing stones and fireworks in an attempt to destroy cop cars.

More sunlight equals less COVID transmission, new study suggests.  As if the winter darkness doesn't present its own health challenges in a non-pandemic year, a recent study suggests that the sun's lack of intensity in the coldest months of this year might also be enhancing the transmission of COVID-19. However, that also means good news may be on the horizon, literally, as an increase in sunlight could shine hope in the battle against coronavirus transmission.  As researchers continue to expand their understanding of the role weather elements such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation play in the spread of the pandemic, a new study says understanding the factor it plays is crucial in refining strategies to slow and stop the coronavirus.  The seasonality of the virus remains an important puzzle to piece together for researchers, as an environmental effect could help better understand the spread patterns of the virus and inform local public health responses alongside other mechanisms, like vaccination.

World's richest ten people 'are half a Trillion dollars richer since Covid-19 pandemic began'.  The world's ten richest people, including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill Gates, have seen their collective wealth increase by half a trillion dollars since the start of the Covid pandemic, according to a new report.  The business magnates could even pay to vaccinate the entire world with their profits from the last year, the Oxfam study claims.  The anti-poverty campaigners used figures from the Forbes 2020 Billionaire List and wealth data from Credit Suisse to investigate the financial impact of the pandemic on the world's wealthiest.

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Grain of salt:  Rich people get richer.  That's what they do.  The same expansion of these guys' fortunes might well have happened without the Covid pandemic — for different reasons.

Merck ends clinical trials for 2 'inferior' COVID-19 vaccine candidates.  Drugmaker Merck announced on Monday [1/25/2021] that it's ending development for two potential coronavirus vaccines.  The pharmaceutical company said research has been terminated for its V590 and V591 vaccine candidates, because the immune responses it produced in first-stage trial volunteers were inadequate.

WHO Changes CCP Virus Test Criteria in Attempt to Reduce False Positives.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned experts not to rely solely on the results of a PCR test to detect the CCP virus.  In updated guidance published on Jan. 20, the WHO said that lab experts and health care practitioners should also consider the patient's history and epidemiological risk factors alongside the PCR test in diagnosing the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.  The new guidance could result in significantly fewer daily cases.  "Most PCR assays are indicated as an aid for diagnosis, therefore, health care providers must consider any result in combination with timing of sampling, specimen type, assay specifics, clinical observations, patient history, confirmed status of any contacts, and epidemiological information," the guidance says.

W.H.O Modifies Testing Criteria That Will Make Biden's Numbers Look "Better" Than Trump's.  The top international health organization has issued a stunning new directive regarding COVID testing guidelines that will result in a drastically lowered number of cases just as Joe Biden sets up shop in the Oval Office[.]  It's highly unlikely that a career swamp dweller like Biden could have become the nation's 46th president were it not for the mass hysteria created by the coronavirus pandemic and the radical social changes that have been implemented.

COVID Miracle:  Democrat Leaders Are Allowing Businesses to Open As Biden Becomes POTUS.  Democrats across the country are suddenly changing their COVID-19 orders and rhetoric now that President Joe Biden is in office.  Orders such as reduced or banned in-door dining at businesses look to be lifted soon.  The groundwork for such a 180-degree turn was laid even before Biden was officially in office.  On January 11, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has overseen one of the worst statewide response to the coronavirus, said he was no longer in favor of having a hard lockdown because of the negative effects of the economy.

Oops: Media Darling Tony Fauci Debunks Massive CNN Story on COVID Vaccines.  On Thursday morning [1/21/2021], CNN White House correspondent MJ Lee filed an anonymously-sourced story on behalf of her fellow lefties that set the agenda for Zuckerville and like-minded outlets (which our friend Drew Holden chronicled in another legendary thread):  "Biden inheriting nonexistent coronavirus vaccine distribution plan and must start 'from scratch,' sources say."  But as we would learn hours later from Dr. Tony Fauci of NIH, the Biden administration "certainly [is] not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution."  Huh.  So, in other words, Lee's story was nothing more than pants-on-fire fake news.

Shutdowns Kill.  At AmericanExperiment.org, my colleague John Phelan notes research indicating that many thousands of people will die, not from COVID, but from the shutdowns that have been implemented to try to slow the spread of the virus.  Whether much benefit has been gained from these shutdowns is debatable, but the costs are not:  ["]On the one hand, policymakers have, too often, oversold the benefits of their measures.  On the other, they have downplayed any costs:  indeed, pointing out that these costs exist at all is likely to get you branded a 'Covid denier'.  But these costs are very real.  As I wrote in June, the economic suppression in the name of fighting Covid-19 will hurt today's graduates for years to come.["]

Biden Now Says 'Nothing We Can Do' To Change Pandemic Trajectory Over Next Several Months.  After spending months on the campaign trail criticizing the Trump administration's COVID-19 response and promising to 'crush' the virus with a comprehensive action plan, President Biden now says there's "nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months."  After saying on Thursday [1/21/2021] that "We didn't get into this mess overnight and it's going to take months for us to turn things around," adding "We will defeat this pandemic, and to a nation waiting for action, let me be the clearest on this point:  Help is on the way," Biden lowered expectations even further on Friday.  [Video clip]

We were told over and over again, that the Biden team was going to turn the coronavirus pandemic around.  [Thread reader]  Today [1/22/2021], they told us that wasn't true.  We've got a lot more examples to go.  [Numerous tweets]

Why Is Gavin Newsom Hiding Coronavirus Data from the Public?  California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom is hiding key coronavirus data from the public while inexplicably allowing several counties in the state to reopen.  Following a surge in November, Newsom unveiled new lockdown orders that divided the state into five regions, with each region locking down whenever ICU hospital capacity dipped below 15 percent.  Before long, about 98 percent of the state's population fell under the new restrictions.  Despite ICU capacity still south of 15 percent, the governor has lifted restrictions for 13 counties in the Greater Sacramento area, the AP reported.  State data updated daily shows the Sacramento region currently has an ICU capacity of around 7.8 percent at the time of this writing.

Tucker Carlson Triggers CNN by Pointing Out Their COVID Death Tracker Now Frequently Goes Missing.  A lot of people have noticed over the last few days that the Wuhan virus case/death tracker CNN kept on display 24/7 under the Trump administration at the very least frequently goes missing or, at the most, has disappeared entirely.  It depends on who you talk to and how often the people making the accusations watch the network.  Admittedly, I don't have the stomach to watch most of CNN's  programmed anchors  programming, but when I have this week I, too, have noticed it's not there.

Obey, America, for Your Own Good!  If you question how the Constitution empowers local municipal tyrants to combat illness by unilaterally sentencing Americans to house arrest, confiscating their places of business, and separating them from their families, nobody even pretends the Constitution still exists.  It doesn't matter whether wearing a mask reduces the spread of disease or just forces people to touch their faces routinely with unclean hands and dirty strips of cloth; you have been told to wear a mask!  It doesn't matter whether social isolation causes more deaths than the Chinese virus or whether enforced business closures permanently destroy Americans' futures; science must be obeyed, even when it's routinely wrong.  Especially when it's wrong!  Government fiat works, you see, only when common people are trained to abandon common sense.  When people know that rules are absurd but follow them nonetheless, they are finally progressive enough to do exactly as the government commands!

CNN To Biden:  Come On Man, No One Thought 100 Million Vaccinations In 100 Days Was "Impossible".  A surprising fact check from a surprising source.  After all, CNN spent yesterday morning trying to push the nonsensical claim from Joe Biden's White House that Donald Trump' distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccines had been "non-existent," a claim that flew in the face of 36 million doses distributed to states and 17 million vaccinations delivered by the time Biden walked into the Oval Office.  By the end of the day, even liberal journalists were tossing fact-check flags on CNN.

Biden's vaccine pitch relies on you being bad at math.  President Biden has a coronavirus plan.  The plan is to mostly continue the coronavirus plan of the Trump administration but use credulous reporters who can't do division to convince the world that he has hatched a brilliant new coronavirus plan. [...] Biden is promising 100 million vaccines in 100 days.  That's 1 million [vaccinations] per day.  In the final seven days of the Trump administration, about 6.4 million vaccine doses have been given.  That's more than 910,000 per day, or 91% of Biden's "ambitious goal."  What's more, that number is only so low because the weekend was 50% longer than usual.  The weekday average is nearly 1.2 million.  On Trump's last day, 1.6 million vaccines were administered.  Compared to that, Biden's talking about slowing down vaccinations by 35%.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki, after receiving all sorts of reporter praise for being a straight shooter, tried to make it look like Biden's 1 million per day was a massive increase.

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Now That Biden's President, CNN's COVID-19 Death Counter Appears to Be Gone.  If you happened to flip on CNN prior to Inauguration Day, chances are you noticed a COVID-19 tracker chyron that tallied the total cases and death count both globally and in the United States.  Now that Joe Biden is president, that chyron seems to have disappeared from broadcasts. [...] Fortunately The Washington Free Beacon anticipated CNN would do this so the outlet decided to pick up where they left off.  "4,409 Americans have died from COVID-19 since President Joe Biden took office," the latest update from 9 a.m. on Thursday [1/21/2021] read.

Biden's COVID Agenda Can Be Summed Up In Six Words.  Joe Biden pretty much says he no immediate plan to combat the coronavirus.  None.  It can be summed up in six words: "there is nothing we can do."  Okay, that's not exactly fair.  He said, there is nothing we can do for several months.  We're in cruise control, but that's not what he sold on the campaign trail.  He didn't say we're going to coast for the better part of a year with no plan to voters.  It was I'm going to stop it and Trump is at fault.  He should take responsibility.  If you elect me, I will be the COVID killer.  All of this said while he doled out talking points that mirror exactly what the Trump administration's plan was with COVID management.

The Masks Are Coming Off.  [Scroll down]  Last year really was nuts.  It was a year when the authorities managed to convince people that even though they have no symptoms of an illness and feel as right as rain, they need to go get tested for the illness they don't have, using a test that is not fit-for-purpose, such that they come away telling others that they have the illness they don't actually have. [...] Yet despite 2020 craziness, it doesn't seem like it will hold a candle to 2021.  If the first week or so is any barometer, it may be that 2020 was just the trailer or the warm-up act for the real thing.  We've already seen the Chief Medical Adviser telling people who don't have an illness to act as if they do have an illness.  We've already seen the rollout of a vaccine, the study for which is not due to be completed until on 27th January 2023.  And we've already seen international organisations telling us that restrictions are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, Salvation by Vaccine notwithstanding — although those of us who have followed things carefully knew this anyway.

Right On Cue For Biden, WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives.  Were the 'conspiracy theorists' just proven right about the "fake rescue plan" for COVID?  Did the 'science-deniers' just get confirmation that it was political after all?  The short answer to both of these questions regarding the COVID-19 'casedemic' and the fallacy of asymptomatic PCR testing is YES and YES!

Biden order lets people who quit jobs where they thought they might catch coronavirus to collect unemployment.  Continuing a flurry of executive action, President Biden signed an order Friday calling on the Labor Department to allow workers to collect unemployment benefits if they quit jobs they fear put them at risk for COVID-19.  Pointing to a Gallup Poll finding that found 43% of Americans live in a household where at least one member has a preexisting condition, the White House wrote in a release:  "The President is asking the Department of Labor to consider clarifying that workers have a federally guaranteed right to refuse employment that will jeopardize their health and if they do so, they will still qualify for unemployment insurance."

'Packed us together like sardines': Guard deployed to Capitol struggles to contain Covid.  The National Guard has struggled to implement a plan to test troops flowing into and out of Washington, D.C., for Covid-19, with some Guard members being forced to find their own tests and others pressured to leave their quarantine early to report to duty.  Already, hundreds of Guard members who poured into Washington, D.C., after the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol have tested positive for Covid-19 or are quarantining in nearby hotels, three Guard sources said.  Guard leadership has declined to release an official number of positive cases, but troops and lawmakers alike worry that the deployment is becoming a superspreader event.

Biden's Covid Cluster:  Hundreds of National Guard Troops in D.C. Test Positive or Are in Quarantine After Deployment for Inaugural.  Hundreds of National Guard troops deployed to Washington, D.C. for the Biden inaugural this week have tested positive for the COVID-19 China coronavirus or are in quarantine for exposure to the virus, according to a report by Politico published Friday [1/22/2021].  Troops have been seen resting and sleeping in close quarters since their arrival at the Capitol last week.  Thursday night 5,000 troops were reported to have been ordered to rest in a parking garage on Capitol grounds, prompting outrage among Congressmen and Senators.  Because of long shifts that keep them from going back to their hotel rooms in the city, troops have been taking breaks in close quarters.

Biden Press Secretary Turns Into Bumbling Mess When Asked Why Biden Didn't Wear A Mask At Lincoln Memorial.  As you know, Joe Biden is a total hypocrite.  Yesterday evening, he signed an executive order which mandated masks to be worn at all times while on federal land.  Ironically enough, it only took him a few hours to break his own rule.  He and his entire family didn't think it was important enough to wear masks while visiting the Lincoln Memorial last night.  [Video clip]

MSNBC host admits 'Trump would be getting crushed' if he had done what Joe Biden did.  I never expected that an MSNBC host would deliver outright admission that the media have a serious double standard and would attack Donald Trump for actions that Joe Biden just took to no approbation at all.  Has someone spiked the coffee pot at the MSNBC's DC studios with sodium thiopental?  Or is it that with Democrats in charge of all 3 elective organs of the federal government, it is deemed safe to let a little bit of truth out?

Biden Joins the Ranks of Covid Hypocrites.  Yesterday Joe Biden signed a number of executive orders, including one requiring mask wearing on federal grounds.  Yesterday, he also was filmed on federal grounds not wearing a mask, along with various member of his family.  To my surprise, a reporter actually asked Biden's Press Secretary, the inept Jen Psaki, about the contradiction.  She was out of ammo.  [Video clip]

New Documentary 'The New Normal' Maps Out The Frightening Road Ahead For The World.  Amazing but frightening documentary that investigates The Fourth Industrial Revolution, what the 1% has to gain and the rest of us are about to lose.  The filmmakers have a website.  They hosted the documentary on Vimeo (another censoring platform) but it has been taken down.  [Video clip]

10 Executive Orders To Federally Weaponize COVID Against Us.  One of the bigger issues never fully grasped by many Americans was President Donald Trump's restraint in relation to the power of the federal government under the guise of COVID-19 action.  No president in our lifetime was ever more reluctant to weaponize the opportunity to expand government; Donald Trump stood the gap.  CTH warned since last summer of the ramifications if a leftist group used COVID-19 to expand federal power over peoples lives and livelihoods.  Today [1/21/2021], JoeBama's team has unleashed a series of ten executive orders fully weaponizing the opportunity.

Biden administration is trying to figure out what's delaying Covid vaccine shots, CDC says.  The Biden administration is trying to figure out exactly what's holding up the national Covid-19 vaccine rollout, searching for any hiccups in the manufacturing process, suppliers and distribution networks, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday [1/21/2021].  President Joe Biden has vowed to have 100 million shots of vaccine administered in his first 100 days in office, a task that would require the U.S. to modestly accelerate the current rate of vaccination.  Some large states, though, are telling the federal government they have capacity to vaccinate even more people but aren't getting enough doses.

Total Coincidence Alert:  C19 Diagnostic Criteria Tightened by WHO on Biden Inauguration Day!  Well, what are the odds?  It just so happens that — on the very day Joe Biden took office — the World Health Organization also released new guidelines ratcheting up the diagnostic criteria for COVID-19.  A single positive PCR test for the virus isn't going to cut it anymore.  For some reason, as of today, the organization decided that those tests for the virus we've been relentlessly assured are the gold standard for detecting infection are, in reality, just a mere "aid for diagnosis."  Clinicians now, not only can, but "must" also consider a wide array of other factors, like "timing of sampling, specimen type, assay specifics, clinical observations, patient history, confirmed status of any contacts," and even something called "epidemiological information" — whatever that exactly is — before diagnosing anyone with COVID-19.

The WHO Finally Updates Its COVID-19 Testing Policy... One Hour After Biden's Inauguration.  Today, within an hour of Joe Biden being inaugurated and signing an executive order mandating masks on all federal property, the WHO sent out a notice to lab professionals using the PCR test.  It said:  ["]WHO guidance Diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 states that careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed (1). The cycle threshold (Ct) needed to detect virus is inversely proportional to the patient's viral load.  Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.["]  This translates to "in the absence of symptoms, a high Ct value means you are highly unlikely to become ill or get anyone else sick in the absence of very recent exposure to an infected person."  Dr. Fauci knew this in July when he said that tests with a Ct above 35 were likely picking up viral debris or dead virus.  Even at a Ct of 35, the incidence of virus samples that could replicate is very low, according to Jaafar et al.  The only state I know that requires reporting the Ct with every test is Florida, which started this policy in December.

D.C.'s Unscientific Vaccination Plan Pits the Elderly Against the Obese.  When Washington, D.C., enters its next phase of vaccine distribution in February, all residents who are smokers, have asthma, suffer from high blood pressure, are obese, or possess a wide range of other health conditions will be permitted to get the jab.  The list of included conditions is so vast that a huge portion of the city will be eligible.  For instance, the city considers an obese person to be anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher.  But as Nate Silver points out, the average U.S. adult male possesses a BMI of around 29.  (BMI is a flawed tool for gauging health in any case, as people who are extremely muscular tend to have high BMI scores even though they are not obese.)  There's practically no scientific basis for this plan.  While the morbidly obese may be at risk for worse-than-normal COVID-19 health outcomes, people with a basically average BMI do not fall into this category.

Amazon Offers To Help Biden With Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout.  Amazon sent a letter to President Joe Biden Wednesday offering to help the White House distribute the Covid-19 vaccine, marking a sharp change from the company's contentious relationship with former president Donald Trump as the Biden administration faces a significant challenge in ramping up the vaccine rollout.  In a letter to Biden, which was first reported by Reuters, Amazon worldwide consumer CEO Dave Clark said the company "stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal" of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of Biden's presidency.  Amazon is "prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration's vaccination effort," Clark wrote, noting the company's large scale "allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately."

They're Coming to America (with Covid).  Last Sunday, thousands of Hondurans formed caravans in an attempt to violate Mexico's southern border on their way to our southern border.  Police and soldiers wearing riot gear tried to block them, but the migrants broke through, undeterred by tear gas and batons.  They are likely coming because they are hearing that President Joe Biden plans to deport fewer of them and because relatives have encouraged them to make the risky journey.  They are coming because of poverty and crime in Honduras and other countries.  Many of them had their homes destroyed by hurricanes.  Biden has also said he will not continue construction of Donald Trump's border wall, which the Trump administration touted as having a significant deterrent effect on undocumented people crossing the border.  That, too, sends a "y'all come" signal southward.

Amazon Offers To Help Biden Administration With Vaccine Effort After Sitting On The Sidelines For A Month.  Amazon offered to help the Biden administration on Wednesday, shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, with efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine, a proposal that the tech giant had not submitted to the Trump administration in the month since the vaccine was approved for public use.  "As you begin your work leading the country out of COVID-19 crisis, Amazon stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration," Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of world-wide operations, wrote in a letter to Biden, according to Axios.  "We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration's vaccination efforts.  Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we stand ready to assist you in this effort," said Clark.

Amazon offers Biden vaccine assistance after months of silence with Trump.  Amazon is offering to help President Biden hasten distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, inviting questions about whether the offer was ever made to the Trump administration.  Amazon executive Dave Clark pitched the idea to Biden as soon as he took office in a Wednesday [1/20/2021] letter that also congratulated him on his inauguration.  "We are prepared to leverage our operations, IT, & communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration's vaccination efforts.  Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately," Clark wrote.

Biden Spotted Maskless on Fed Property, Hours After Mandating Masks on Fed Property.  President Joe Biden confused millions of Americans during a televised speech Wednesday night; appearing maskless on federal property just hours after signing an Executive Order requiring face-masks on federal property.  "Wearing masks isn't a partisan issue — it's a patriotic act that can save countless lives.  That's why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property.  It's time to mask up, America," posted Biden on social media.  [Tweets]  "Does Joe Biden's new executive order mandating masks on federal property not apply to Joe Biden while he's on federal property?  Because here he is at the Lincoln Memorial with no mask just hours after signing it," fired-back Charlie Kirk.

Biden signs mask mandate, immediately violates it multiple times.  As promised — though only after he was declared the winner of the election — Joe Biden signed a face mask mandate for anyone on federal property or engaged in interstate travel.  Later, he went out for more of his victory lap, visiting the Lincoln Memorial and addressing the press at the base of the historic statue.  (Wait... I thought statues of Lincoln were a bad thing now.  Oh well...)  There was an awkward issue with that photo-op, however, as Ryan Saavedra pointed out on Twitter.  While the entire press corps appeared to be following the mandate, Biden himself was not.  Included are a video and a still shot of the new president addressing some reporters.

Biden Snipes at Reporter Questioning His Vaccine Plan: 'C'mon, Give Me a Break Man'.  President Joe Biden has gotten into his first dustup with the media since taking office.  It happened Thursday [1/21/2021] in the White House when the AP's Zeke Miller pressed Biden about one of the signature promises of his first 100 days — the pledge that 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be administered in that time.  "You set the goal at 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days — is that high enough?" Miller asked.  "Shouldn't we set the bar higher?  That's basically where the U.S. is right now."  Biden bristled at the question and sniped at Miller in response.  "When I announced it you all said it's not possible," Biden said.  "Come on, give me a break, man.  It's a good start, 100 million."  The president did not engage further.  He got up and left the room as an aide broke up the proceedings by urging reporters out.

CNN ripped as Biden 'PR shop' after 'scoop' that he inherited no vaccine distribution plan from Trump.  CNN is under fire for publishing an anonymously sourced "scoop" that the Biden administration will have to "build everything from scratch" because there was no Trump plan to distribute coronavirus vaccines, when reality tells a far different story.  A CNN producer pushed the story from reporter MJ Lee as a "great SCOOP" on "how bad this situation is with vaccine distribution."  The story quoted anonymous figures with knowledge of the administration's COVID-related work as saying there was "nothing for us to rework" and there was no plan at all:  "just further affirmation of complete incompetence."  Politico editor Sam Stein said the assertions in the story were "not true," as a distribution plan was part of the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed.  "Biden folks are spinning here or trying to lower the bar strategically," he tweeted.  "There was, indeed, a plan from Trump.  I listened in on govs calls on vaccine distribution.  The plan had obvious shortcomings[,] but to say there's nothing to rework is not true."

That CNN story claiming there was no vaccine distribution plan was Biden camp spin.  [Scroll down]  Dan Diamond from the Washington Post revealed that people from the Biden camp had been making this claim to reporters but said it looked to him like an obvious attempt to lower expectations. [...] If the difference between no plan and the Biden plan is 88,000 doses per day, that's not much to brag about is it?  When Biden was asked about this today by an AP reporter he replied, "Come on, give me a break, man."

Psaki: Biden violated his mask mandate last night because he was "celebrating".  It's one thing to break your own rule on your first day in office.  It's another to come up with a justification this lame after having 18 hours to prepare.  By this logic, the idiots who celebrated Biden's victory in early November by crowding into city parks to pass around the 'rona are also off the hook.  Here's what she could have said:  "The Lincoln Memorial isn't an enclosed indoor space, he wasn't in close proximity to anyone else, and he's received both doses of the vaccine so it's highly unlikely that he can transmit the virus.  He wears the mask most of the time to set an example." But of course, that would have raised the question of why those exceptions weren't also written into his mask mandate.  Basically, there's no good answer here.  He broke the rule and got caught and Psaki's got nothing.

Fauci says it's 'liberating' to no longer have Trump as president.  Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged Thursday that life's a lot less difficult with Donald Trump out of office, saying he's finally able to do his job without feeling "uncomfortable."  Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert who now serves as President Biden's chief coronavirus adviser, made the candid admission during his first appearance in the White House briefing room since Trump's exit.

Biden Does Not Wear Mask At Lincoln Memorial After Signing Mandate Requiring Masks On Federal Land.  President Joe Biden appeared to not adhere to the federal mask mandate that he signed on Wednesday [1/20/2021] when he visited the Lincoln Memorial.  "The most pressing of his priorities are measures to combat the deadly coronavirus pandemic," The Washington Post reported.  "Biden signed executive actions to require masks on all federal grounds and asked agencies to extend moratoriums on evictions and on federal student loan payments."  The Wall Street Journal noted that the order lasts 100 days and "applies on federal property and on airlines, trains and transit systems traveling between states."  Despite his order, Biden was seen late on Wednesday night visiting the Lincoln Memorial and not wearing a mask while he stood only several feet away from [any] another person.

11,900 Doses of Moderna Vaccines Spoil During Transport:  Health Officials.  McKesson distributing company notified Michigan state health officials on Tuesday that 11,900 doses of Moderna vaccines were damaged due to exceeding cold temperature limits.  Twenty-one shipments of the vaccine were reported to have their temperature drop below the safety range on Sunday, Jan. 17.  The pharmaceutical distributor will investigate the causes.  The frozen vaccines must be kept in temperatures between -13°F and 5°F, the CDC stated.

Ontario asks Biden for a million vaccines amid shortage.  Canada won't be getting any Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines next week and 50% fewer than expected over the next month, officials said Tuesday, prompting the leader of Canada's most populous province to ask U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to share a million doses from Pfizer's Michigan plant.

Time Lapse Footage Shows China Building a Massive Concentration Camp they Claim is for Quarantined COVID Patients.  Footage has emerged of a huge quarantine facility being built in China to house people infected with coronavirus, and presumably anyone else the state deems to be a COVID threat.  The time lapse video shows a sprawling complex in the province of Hebei being fully completed within a week.  [Video clip]

Louisiana Woman Having Severe Convulsions after Taking the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine.  Fears over the vaccine's safety were prompted by a video of a woman suffering convulsions after receiving a Pfizer coronavirus jab in Louisiana.  In an exclusive interview with RT, Brant Griner, son of the affected person, says that she hadn't experienced any health issues before taking the shot, and added that the response he'd received to his video about it suggests his mum's case isn't a one-off.  [Video clip]

Wait, what happened to "no time to waste" on "immediate relief"? Dems to send Biden a COVID relief bill in March.  So much for the fierce urgency of now, at least as far as Andrew Cuomo's concerned.  Democrats fought for months with Republicans and kinda-sorta Donald Trump over the scope of COVID-19 relief.  Now that they have nominal control over both chambers of Congress and the White House, and Joe Biden calling for "immediate action," when can we expect it to happen?

Slew of Biden orders on COVID to include resuming WHO membership.  President-elect Joe Biden is slated to issue numerous executive orders on his first day in office aimed at improving the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, including one that will have the country resume its membership in the World Health Organization (WHO).  "[Today] starts a new day, a new different approach to managing the country's response to the coronavirus crisis," said Jeff Zients, coordinator of Biden's COVID-19 response, in a press call with reporters.  "As you've heard the President-elect say: the pandemic will continue to get worse before it gets better.  This is clearly a national emergency and we will treat it as such."

Bombshell U.S. State Department Report Reveals Evidence The Wuhan Virus Originated In A Chinese Lab.  The U.S. State Department announced last Friday it has evidence that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), a laboratory in Wuhan, China, became sick in fall 2019 with flu-like symptoms.  This has led U.S. officials to believe the researchers may have been infected with COVID-19 as a result of a lab experiment.  "This raises questions about the credibility of WIV senior researcher Shi Zhengli's public claim that there was 'zero infection' among the WIV's staff and students," reads the State Department "Fact Sheet:  Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology."

Erasing Trump:  Biden [is] even scrapping [the] Warp Speed name for [the Covid-19] vaccine program.  When Joe Biden is sworn in as president at noon on Tuesday [1/20/2021], the U.S. project to develop a coronavirus vaccine no longer will be called Operation Warp Speed, two government officials confirmed.  The project's new name has not yet been announced, said the officials, who noted that the renamed project also will have new leaders.  "The Biden team wants to purge every possible vestige of anything connected to President Trump," one official told Just the News.  "That includes wiping out the name of an outstanding program."

Social Media Goon Spends His Days Harassing People Without Masks, Then Doxxing Them Online.  This is what the poisonous Social Media platforms have spawned.  An army of Millenials and gen X'ers who go around and point out where all the witches are so people on Twitter and Reddit can go hunt them.  [Video clip]

Highly unlikely, in my opinion.  I'm no doctor, but viruses spread worldwide, eventually, no matter what.
WHO's refusal to sound alarm, lack of power allowed coronavirus to spread worldwide: report.  The World Health Organization acted too slowly in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing the virus to spread worldwide and eventually kill more than 2 million people, an independent report found.  The report, commissioned in July by the WHO itself, also blamed world leaders for their lack of action, saying China locked down too late in January 2020 but otherwise refusing to single out nations.  The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response suggested that had the WHO taken emergency measures sooner, perhaps its member nations would have realized the severity of the virus and reacted accordingly.

DOJ will not criminally charge Sen. Richard Burr for stock trades he made after getting Covid intelligence.  The Justice Department will not criminally charge Sen. Richard Burr in connection with stock trades that the North Carolina Republican executed on the heels of being briefed about Covid-19 last year, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic rocked the U.S. economy.  The probe of Burr had included the highly unsusual seizure of his cell phone by the FBI in May, and led to his stepping aside as chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee that same month.  "Tonight, the Department of Justice informed me that it has concluded its review of my personal financial transactions conducted early last year," Burr said in a statement Tuesday night.

Beware the experts who want lockdowns to go on forever.  Now that the COVID-19 vaccines are here, it's time to celebrate the beginning of the end of this plague, right?  Not so fast.  The media and expert classes seem determined to make permanent the pandemic's abnormal way of life.  In December, a New York Times piece, "Here's Why Vaccinated People Still Need to Wear a Mask," kicked off the perma-gloom.  Vaccinated people will still need to wear masks, because those with high viral loads could be "even worse spreaders," the paper quoted Dr. Yvonne Maldonado of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  "Even worse spreaders!"  That's horrible.  It's also horribly misleading.  I know this, because I read the rest of the article.  The fear arises from studies on monkeys, which found that some vaccinated monkeys didn't get sick but still carried the novel coronavirus in their noses.  But wait:  "Those monkeys were intentionally exposed to massive amounts of virus and still had less virus than unvaccinated animals," Weill Cornell virologist John Moore told the Times.  Ah.  Well, maybe don't intentionally expose yourself to "massive amounts" of the virus, then.

The Press Suddenly Discovers Positive Pandemic News on the Eve of Inauguration Day.  Joe Biden is poised to have one of the breeziest Presidential terms in history.  The man has not even been sworn in and the press has been flush with beatific coverage of the man, from his socks to his food preferences and we have been given all assurances his administration will be most successful in everything from economics to global harmony.  It has been a running gag that the media is poised for a 4-year vacation, but the humor is muted somewhat by the very reality it appears true.  They seem to be pre-writing stories for the coming years.  One other example is that the tone of coverage on various issues is already shifting not only before our eyes but before Biden has even taken the office.  Case in point — there is suddenly positive news to report surrounding the pandemic!

Kristi Noem's No-Lockdown Win:  People Moving To South Dakota.  South Dakota GOP Governor Kristi Noem's rejection of instituting draconian "lockdowns" because of the coronavirus seems to be bearing fruit.  In a survey conducted by United Van Lines in January that tracked customers' 2020 state-to-state migration patterns, South Dakota ranked fourth in the nation, virtually tied for second behind the state of Idaho.  "Black Hills area realtors and builders say there's an influx of people who are relocating permanently or buying land in the region — and the trend isn't expected to slow anytime soon.  Newcomers from California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Texas, Michigan, Colorado and Virginia along with Minnesota, North Dakota and Wyoming are leading the trend of relocating to South Dakota, local realtors say," the Rapid City Journal reported.

Enter the Dumbest Administration on Earth.  All Joe Biden had to do is ... nothing really.  Just about all of his supposed plans for combatting the Chinese plague have been tried by Democrat governors and disastrously failed.  Or they are ideas he stole from President Trump and are already working.  So, Joe, just leave it alone and continue to deliver Mr. Trump's miracle "Warp Speed" vaccines.  The only thing Mr. Biden is supposed to do differently is NOT call it the "China Virus." [...] Not allowed to mention where the "Kung Flu" came from.  (It is kind of interesting to note for you "conspiracy" theorists out there that China was the only country on the planet last year to see its economy actually expand in 2020, Year of the China Virus.)  But, again, don't call it the "China Virus."

Man caught living in O'Hare for months, prosecutors say he was afraid to fly home due to COVID-19.  A 36-year-old allegedly lived inside O'Hare International Airport for three months before he was caught on Saturday [1/16/2021].  Prosecutors said Aditya Singh was too afraid to fly back to Los Angeles due to COVID-19.  Cook County prosecutors said Singh was found with an airport worker's misplaced credentials and survived inside a secure area of O'Hare Airport.  Singh arrived at O'Hare's Terminal 2 on a flight from LA back on October 19th according to prosecutors, and has lived in the airport's security zone since then.

The Editor says...
This is the inevitable byproduct of 24/7 fearmongering on TV.  This guy isn't the only person frozen in place by irrational fear.  Turn off your television!

Biden Picks Health Sec Who Forced Nursing Homes to Accept Infected Coronavirus Patients.  The most notable thing about Biden's pick of Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rick 'Rachel' Levine as his assistant secretary of health is the doctor's drag act.  For the dead senior citizens in Pennsylvania nursing homes and their families, Rick is known for something more gruesome than turning coronavirus press conferences into the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Shutdown foes buoyed by study showing 'no clear significant' benefit to lockdowns.  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and other lockdown critics have been accused for months of ignoring the science on the novel coronavirus, but a recently released study by Stanford University researchers is providing an empirical boost to those who want to shut down the shutdowns.  A peer-reviewed article in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation found "no clear significant beneficial effect" from stay-at-home orders and business closures in eight nations, including the United States, versus voluntary measures adopted by South Korea and Sweden.  Published Jan. 5, the article offers what may be the strongest scientific challenge yet to more restrictive non-pharmaceutical interventions, or NPIs, prompting cheers from policymakers calling for the reopening of schools, restaurants, bars and gyms.

Former NYS Dem Party head gets vaccinated — in Florida.  A former head of New York state Democratic Party has already received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine — no thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  John Sullivan, who was co-chairman of the state party in the 1990s, was among the New York snowbirds to become eligible for the shot in Florida before Cuomo opened vaccination sites to senior citizens in the Empire State.  "I got the vaccine down here.  I probably wouldn't have gotten it by now in New York," Sullivan, 73, told The [New York] Post on Sunday.

Fight against COVID-19 hits wall of defiance, suspicion in rural California: 'The excuses just go on'.  Jeremiah Fears sat beneath an elk head mounted on the wall of the volunteer fire department in his little city and rolled up his sleeve for what he hopes is a step toward normality: his first dose of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.  "If we can get vaccinated and do our thing to protect one another and ourselves, we can hurry up and open and go from there," said Fears, chief of the Corning Police Department.  "I know there's controversy behind it.  But it is what it is."

This writer is skeptical of the skeptics.
Rise of the Coronavirus Cranks.  "Lockdown sceptics" have been recording footage of empty hospital corridors which they then post on YouTube as evidence that the health crisis is being manufactured.  It saddens me to admit that this kind of thing is coming from people on my side of the argument, people who are anti-lockdown.  Grifters, conspiracy theorists, and bad faith actors have been tolerated for too long by lockdown sceptics.  You can draw a straight line from those who talked about a "casedemic" a few months ago to the crowds of protestors outside hospitals today screaming that "COVID is a hoax." [...] [Ivor] Cummins came to wider prominence on September 8th, 2020, when he published a 37-minute video entitled "Viral Issue Crucial Update Sept 8th: the Science, Logic and Data Explained!"  In this presentation he claimed that "the epidemic largely ended around May/early June" and asserted that around 80 percent of Europeans were "already de facto immune" to the novel coronavirus.  He claimed that increases in testing had created large numbers of false positives, leading to a "casedemic" in which the number of infections appeared to rise but there was "no mortality" because "the epidemic's gone."  It attracted a million views on YouTube within days.  [Video clip]

China blasts Mike Pompeo for 'conspiracy theory' about COVID-19's Wuhan lab origins.  China has dismissed heightened claims from the US that COVID-19 may have originated in a Wuhan lab — slamming it as baseless "conspiracy theories" and dubbing outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "Mr. Lies."  Beijing's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying insisted Monday that a US State Department "fact sheet" published Friday was "full of fallacies," according to Bloomberg.  The US report — which claimed that before the pandemic hit, several researchers fell sick in the Wuhan lab that worked on "secret projects with China's military" — was the "last madness" of Pompeo, Hua reportedly said at a regular news briefing Monday [1/18/2021].  "The so-called fact sheet is another lie sheet produced by the US side," Hua added, according to Bloomberg.

Research: 890,000 Americans may die due to COIVD lockdowns.  A new working paper from US National Bureau of Economic Research predicts disastrous long-term effects of the COVID-19 lockdowns.  The paper, authored by Francesco Bianchi from Duke University, Dongho Song of Johns Hopkins University, and Giada Bianchi of Harvard Medical School, examines the long-term consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns.  The paper predicts an excess death of 890,000 Americans over the next 15 years due to the unemployment caused by COIVD lockdowns.  "These figures translate in a staggering 0.89 million additional deaths over the next 15 years," the researches write.  The team estimates that woman and African Americans will be hit hardest in the short-term, but white men may suffer larger consequences in the future.

Let's Roll America — Recovering From COVID Lockdowns, The Move to Freedom.  As John Spiropoulos works his way back to California he stops to talk to middle-America about the impacts of the COVID lockdowns and how people are adjusting their family life to retain their values.  This short segment is the story of a family of five who were fed up with the lockdown in Oregon and so they picked up and moved to South Dakota.  [Video clip]

Germany to repurpose refugee camps to detain people who repeatedly flout Covid rules by going out when they should be quarantining.  Germans who refuse to quarantine after being exposed to Covid will be held in detention centres under new rules prepared by regional authorities.  The eastern state of Saxony has confirmed plans to hold quarantine-flouters in a fenced-off section of a refugee camp set to be build next week.  The regional state claimed that the facility will only be used for people who have repeatedly flouted lockdown rules around self-isolation.  Baden-Württemberg in south-west Germany will use two hospital rooms to detain repeat offenders, who will be guarded by police.

Grandma-Killer Gov. Andrew Cuomo Deflects From His Failures By Attacking Janice Dean's Career.  Fox News' Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean is a vocal critic of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic after she lost both her in-laws to the virus due to bad state policies.  Cuomo's office, however, doesn't think she should have a voice in the fight.  Earlier this week, Dean wrote an opinion editorial explaining that despite the countless awards and praises the governor has received for his leadership, Cuomo's Wuhan virus response and vaccine rollout has been a complete disaster.  "If Cuomo had not spent valuable time promoting and celebrating himself for months, missing meetings with the White House in the fall and instead had prepared for the massive vaccine roll-out here in New York, maybe we wouldn't have the mess and mass confusion that is currently happening across the state," Dean wrote.

Fauci warns of 'more ominous' strains of COVID-19 from Brazil, South Africa.  Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday [1/17/2021] warned that "more ominous" strains of COVID-19 have emerged out of South Africa and Brazil.  The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said they're looking "very carefully" at the two new mutant variants in addition to another highly-contagious one that was first detected in the United Kingdom.  "People need to realize there's more than one mutant strain," Fauci told NBC anchor Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press."  "There's one from the UK that's essentially dominated...  There's another more ominous one that's in South Africa and Brazil."

NY says 'unauthorized' COVID vaccine appointments were made.  Here's where they were voided.  New York said Thursday [1/14/2021] it has voided appointments for COVID-19 vaccines at six state sites that have yet to open after a website link to schedule the appointments was wrongly made public.  The "unauthorized" link was shared on social media this week and apparently led to a flood of appointments for the hard-to-get vaccine at future state sites.  The sites where the leaked scheduling link was released were at a Binghamton University property in Johnson City; the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica; the University at Buffalo South Campus; Plattsburgh International Airport; SUNY Potsdam and Stony Brook University on Long Island.  So since those sites are not yet accepting appointments, the state nullified any made through the unauthorized link this week.

Los Angeles Health Crisis Could Be Repeated Across the U.S. in the Next Few Months.  Los Angeles County is experiencing a health emergency as hospitals are literally filling up with COVID patients.  Ambulances circle the city waiting for a spot to open up in emergency rooms.  The ICUs are at zero capacity.  They are running out of oxygen.  The emergency rooms are treating six patients at a time.  There are people in hallways waiting for a bed.  The COVID crisis is hitting hospitals across the U.S. although none appear to be in as bad a shape as LA — for now.  But the dramatic rise in positive tests and increasing numbers of people showing serious symptoms across the country point to a similar crisis erupting in other big cities as well.

A Successful Recall of California Gov. Newsom Could Portend a Disaster for Democrats in 2022.  As has long been transparently predictable, the eve of the inauguration of Joe Biden has coincided with the determination of state and local elected Democrat officials that the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic has passed, and economic and social life in Democrat-controlled cities and states can now begin to return to "normal". [...] Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot suddenly has a plan for reopening bars and restaurants in Chicago. [...] But one Governor who apparently has not received the message that the political imperative of knee-capping the economy to get rid of Donald Trump has now passed is California Governor Gavin Newsom.  He is maintaining the restrictions that have been in place for months, continuing to impose regulatory restrictions in California on a per county basis.

CBS' Catherine Herridge Drops Some Troubling Previously Unknown Info About Coronavirus.  There has been a lot of speculation over time about the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus.  Obviously, it originated out of Wuhan and China was responsible for hiding from the world its true nature and spreading it to the rest of the world.  But now CBS' Catherine Herridge is dropping some intriguing information from the U.S. State Department.  They've come out with a fact sheet with previously unknown facts about the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Very Frail "Should Probably NOT Be Vaccinated," Says Top Norwegian Doc After 13 Elderly Deaths Linked to Pfizer's Experimental Concoction.  Did you know that 1300 people — including 800 kids — had their lives irreparably destroyed after a shot of the rushed-to-market Swine Flu vaccine left them with incurable narcolepsy?  Probably not, I suppose, since our media has gone into full-time shilling for the vastly more rushed-to-market product Pfizer's now peddling as a COVID-19 prophylactic.  Say what you will about that disastrous Swine Flu vax, however.  Unlike the mRNA technology that Pfizer's currently pushing on a mostly unsuspecting world, at least it really meets the definition of a vaccine.  The CDC defines a vaccine as "a product that stimulates a person's immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease."  And, whether or not those same exact words are used, so does every other authority you'd care to consult.  But that's NOT what the stuff Pfizer wants to make a fortune injecting into your veins does.  It doesn't stimulate your system to produce immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  It doesn't stimulate your system at all.  What Pfizer's concoction does is insert a piece of the virus's RNA into some of your cells to genetically alter them into human-virus hybr