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Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life

I’ve been vaccinated against a ton of diseases over the decades, including ones that were probably needed for places that I’ve visited around the world, including booster shots as required. No problem.

But when I lived in the USA, every fucking company I worked for wanked up about the “Flu Shot” around September/October, the reason being less around them caring so much about protecting my precious hide than that they really didn’t want their worker bees losing 80 hours minimum over the Winter to Flu.

I ignored every single one of those reminders, for the very simple reason that I did not see how anybody could be filled with such foresight as to exactly what Flu would hit that season.

So no, I won’t be getting the precious vaccine, for similar reasons as to why I’ve refused getting stupid flu shots every Winter:

a) I’ve had the flu more than a few times. Nasty, but knowing the limited mutation capabilities of a limited virus and the capabilities of the human immune system I felt the odds were good that I’d fight off whatever mutation I got. Sure, there was always the chance that we’d hit Spanish Flu 1918 but then we rationalise the risks we run every day.

b) Covid-19 is not even the Spanish Flu, let alone the Bubonic Plague. Given my risk characteristics across age and so forth for infection and death following infection, I’m confident that I’m in a very, very low risk category.

c) Were I 70+ I’d get the shot without question because my risk factors would be different – quite radically different for both infection and then death from where I am now.

d) If I get infected with Covid-19 (low odds) – assuming I’ve not been already and had asymptomatic conditions – and assuming I die (even lower odds), then all the Chinese Lung Rot theists will be able to laugh and taunt.

But that won’t change the statistical odds given my risk factors.

So whether it’s the annual Flu shot or the Chinese Sinus AIDS “jab” my response is the same.

Fuck Off.

UPDATE: Courtesy of a friend who got this at work.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 3, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Schooling the Public

Many people have been talking about how the Great Chinese Sinus AIDS pandemic of 2020 has “changed everything“.

But by that they (“they” means the usual suspects of the Left) mean that Big Government is back to save us, since it saved us from the virus, at least here in New Zealand. So now it’s on to even bigger government, just the way Micky Savage and company would have wanted it. On that last, people should take note of the incredibly tough restrictions the First labour government placed on supplying benefits.

But the changes wrought may hit society in ways the Left have not expected, and of which they will not approve.

Like Public Education, especially in the USA, where the wooden-headed arrogant opposition of the teacher’s unions to re-opening schools in many parts of the USA – especially the Democrat parts – has left parents steaming and done more to wreck the system than any right-winger could have hoped to do.

Even the kids know there’s something wrong, as little Johnny does in this video where he explains his particular problem made worse by mask wearing and tells how his teacher doesn’t have to wear a mask because she has asthma, and that while he believes it’s ok for his teacher not to have to wear a mask, he should get the same choice too.

Perhaps I should not be so hard on teachers in the USA when you consider how many ordinary people there are who have been mentally damaged by Chinese Lung Rot: They’re Vaccinated and Keeping Their Masks On, Maybe Forever:

Whenever Joe Glickman heads out for groceries, he places an N95 mask over his face and tugs a cloth mask on top of it. He then pulls on a pair of goggles.

He has used this safety protocol for the past 14 months. It did not change after he contracted the coronavirus in November. It did not budge when, earlier this month, he became fully vaccinated. And even though President Joe Biden said on Thursday that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask, Glickman said he planned to stay the course.

In fact, he said, he plans to do his grocery run double-masked and goggled for at least the next five years.

Just imagine running into this sad, insane person at the supermarket. He’d probably start screaming at you and then running away, even if you quoted the head of the CDC on masks. And he probably watches Rachel Maddow on MSNBC every night, even as she say things like this about the new guidelines to try and guide poor bastards like Glickman into the light, step by tiny step:

“I feel like I’m going to have to rewire myself so that when I see someone out in the world who’s not wearing a mask, I don’t instantly think, ‘You are a threat’, or you are selfish or you are a COVID denier and you definitely haven’t been vaccinated. I mean, we’re going to have to rewire the way that we look at each other.”

Whose this “we” Kimosabe?

We willfully indoctrinated, unscientific, groupthought fucktards…” is a better take on it.

I did like the response of fellow journalist Megyn Kelly:

“Thoughts and prayers for her during this difficult time.”

Also remember that these are the sort of people who have been screaming “But Science” in your face for the last year, when they clearly would not know science if it bit them on the bum.

Meantime it would seem that Critical Race Theory (CRT) may have a tougher time overthrowing Martin Luther King’s observation than the racist fanatics of the Left have hoped for (I probably should include the fact that White Supremacists love CRT also).

This Black mother lets her school board have it right between the eyes about the mindless, racist crap they’re trying to foist on her kids:

Some teachers would also appear to be fighting back:

Another argument that is no longer off-limits

One of the detailed points of argument during the Great Chinese Lung Rot pandemic was around the definition of what actually constituted a Covid-19 death.

Early in the hysteria it was pointed out that deaths were being recorded as Covid simply because the patient had tested positive for Covid. This included even ridiculous examples such as deaths by car accident.

Naturally the pro-hysteria side, with the aid of the “If It Bleeds, It Leads” MSM, ferociously attacked such arguments. For the MSM it’s quite natural that the more death there is the better the story. That’s been true since the days of William Randolph Hearst and his famous “Sob Sisters” over a hundred years ago.

But even the medical “experts” had motive to push death numbers higher, since the more death there was the more likely they could persuade politicians and The People to undertake the extremist controls they advocated. Some of this was obvious with the pandemic models pushed by the likes of Neil Ferguson (“A spherical cow of uniform density in a frictionless vacuum“).

Naturally their counter-attacks against such critics focused on how you should not argue with medical experts, even though medical experts were among the critics of the Covid-death classifications. The motivations of the likes of Ferguson and company were not to be questioned, only those of their dastardly and uncaring opponents.

My, how things change when the motivations run the other way. In this case the criticism around deaths of people who have been vaccinated for Covid-19. Placed under such pressure, no less than the head of American Center for Disease Control (CDC) backs into …. the precise arguments put forward by critics of the Covid death counters.

Walensky is drawing a distinction between those who died directly because they got COVID and those who may have tested positive, but ultimately died of another comorbidity or condition. Now, to most people, that would seem like common sense. After all, why would you count someone with terminal cancer or an already failing heart as a COVID death – just because they had the virus when they died?

Obviously, what Walensky is saying is true. What we’ve known about COVID from early on from those hit the hardest told us that co-morbidities, including heart problems, lung problems, and morbid obesity, are the top factors, and that very old people (70+) naturally suffered more from the first two factors, hence them suffering a higher Covid-19 death rate than other age groups. If someone is otherwise terminally sick, even a mild case of Covid-19 could expedite matters – just as the Flu or Pneumonia normally does. The latter has long been called the “Old People’s Friend” for that very reason.

But the real point I want made clear here is that what Walensky is saying has previously been declared to be completely off-limits for over a year by the powers that be. In fact, it’s the kind of thing that has often gotten right wing-leaning sites in trouble with the social media censors of FaceTwit and company.

Yet, here is the Biden administration saying what was previously labeled as taboo, just because it now fits their narrative, which is driven by the motivation to reduce the death count rather than increase it because the latter would blow up the vaccination programmes. Meanwhile, the media don’t question it, and the social media overlords just shrug.

Oh, and the CDC has recently and rapidly shifted their positions on masks. Because Science.

Your Government Approved Hug is here

In case you were wondering whether the response of governments around the world to the pandemic of Chinese Sinus AIDS has set us on new paths of authoritarian control into the future, the following news out of Britain should tell you that the answer is “YES”.

What will enable this is not just the never-ending lust of politicians to control every aspect of your life but the cultural changes enabled by the disease response, including the way academia and the media treat this news:

Oh joy! Thank you, thank you government.

On the non-government good news front there is this longer term trend.

The prime reasons for this are:

  • The death of Mao Tse Tung in 1976.
  • The collapse of the USSR and it’s Eastern Bloc of slave states.
  • The pushback against Democratic Socialism starting in the 1980’s with Reagan and Thatcher.
  • The rise of the Southeast Asian states as part of the Pacific Rim growth.
  • The collapse of the post-colonialist regimes across Africa in the last twenty years. Despite various awful events that continent is actually growing its GDP quite well and may be on the verge of a China-type period of economic expansion. Given its population growth rate they need to.

A reader has raised an interesting question as to the worth of that $700 in 1968 vs today. The answer is that it’s worth $US 5,327.99 in 2021.

Of course that begs the question of what is meant by “inflation”, and the following chart has a very interesting take on that. Of course it’s the USA and only since 2000, but still.

There is also this as food for thought on things getting better.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 12, 2021 at 2:11 pm

A visit to the Shire

Why any President would want to pay a visit to a man who had one of the most failed Presidencies ever is a question in itself.

It’s not like Jimmy Carter did much in foreign or domestic policy that is remembered with respect. Whether policy or executive decisions most of what he did either did not work (energy policies for example) or was counter-productive (Iran). About the only thing I can think of that Carter got right was cranking up the development and production of new weapon systems after the USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979, something that his successor got the blame/praise for.

Moreover, within the Democrat Party itself he never built any sort of group that had influence down the line, as the Clinton’s did. He was dropped like a hot stone after the disastrous 1980 election that set the scene for the age of Reagan in that decade. Carter got the blame for allowing that to happen and was not seen during the presidential run of his VP, Mondale, in 1984, or later Democrat contenders like Dukakis, Clinton and so forth.

But Biden is part of that ancient history, so perhaps it was simply the nostalgia of an old man. However, the way it was played by his spin merchants is…. weird to say the least.

WTF is that? It’s like Gandalf visiting the hobbits. It’s possibly the most insane photo of a Presidential couple that I’ve ever seen. Even if it’s a trick of the lens, why the hell would you not photoshop it a bit to make it look more normal?

Perhaps it’s symbolic: My Presidency will be like Jimmy’s – only bigger!

Speaking of symbolism you’ll notice that Biden is not wearing a mask while he visits this old, frail couple, unlike his infamous Zoom meeting with other world leaders a few weeks ago. However, when it came time to leave…

Symbolism can be important, especially when it involves a national leader, but this is just stupid, especially in the wake of recent CDC recommendations regarding wearing masks, not to mention the fact that much of the American population stopped wearing masks weeks ago, especially outside.

Finally I’ll leave it with this, which I think sums the Biden’s up pretty well.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 7, 2021 at 9:39 am

Inside Information

I was amused by a comment made at Kiwiblog a couple of days ago by one hmmokrightitis, a long-time commentator over there.

He runs and owns an IT company in NZ that has foreign clients and he appears to have done pretty well for himself. Of course it’s a nym but when a person has stuck with the same name for years and the voice and information is consistent over time you know you’re not dealing with a troll.

So when a discussion commenced about the Ministry of Health dealing with the pandemic last year, this is what he had to say:

When the “pandemic” hit in February last year, …. Client (Ministry) dragged me to Wellington for advice. Thusly advised:

1. The MoH will, if they haven’t already (someone should check) activate the longstanding pandemic plans, we need to be guided by those.

2. Switch to Command and Control quickly, heres what that looks like, including the planning streams which you MUST follow otherwise its just daily panic sessions.

Outcome?

1. MoH didn’t, and I still don’t know why. Maybe the Royal Commission will tell us…except that’s not happening

2. C&C implemented with no forward planning capability. Daily panic ensues.

I left after 2 weeks of stupidity.

And in a reply to other comments:

They were tasked by their Minister to come up with the MIQ systems and processes.

After a month of nothing even the Minister had enough and it was thrown over the fence to MBIE with 48 hours notice.

When MBIE asked where have you got to…

tumbleweed…

I have enough contacts left in Wellington to confirm the above. It was pretty sad when you consider how much we all depend on the healthcare system.

By the skin of our teeth, seems the appropriate phrase.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

The need of the hour

Following on from Gravedodger’s post about the latest MSM Chinese Lung Rot hysteria, If It Bleeds It Leads, I thought I would take a look at actual numbers.

The sort of numbers not seen in the MSM.

The current daily death rate in India of 2,600 is equivalent to 126 deaths per day in the UK. That is far below the UK’s peak rate and closer to what they are experiencing now.

Take a look at this graph produced by John Hopkins University to understand the context.

India is one of the mysteries of Covid-19. When the pandemic started in China early in 2020 I expected that India would soon become a hotbed of the pandemic; an equally gigantic population of some 1.4 billion, a poor health care infrastructure and poor healthcare in general, and even poorer than China, with all that implies about living conditions and public sanitary care.

But as the months went by it became apparent that India was not suffering anything like the rest of the world. Until now? Perhaps, but if it has started in India now you’d have to ask what has changed? It’s not like the Indian government ever cut itself off from the rest of the world or went for a nation-wide lockdown.

Dehli has been the worst hit and the focus of the MSM, providing them with those juicy scenes of horror. Well, the photo below is of Dehli on a normal day.

And you thought air pollution was bad in Chinese cities! The city has the most toxic air in the world, which often leads to the city having to close down due to the widespread effects on respiratory health. The city was also the first to develop an “oxygen bar”, where the wealthier citizens could go to add some whiffs of the precious gas to whatever they were drinking and eating.

Respiratory diseases including COPD, TB, and respiratory tract infections like bronchitis leading to pneumonia are always among the top ten killers in India. These conditions are severely aggravated by air pollution and often require oxygen which can be in short supply during air pollution crises.

Also note that more people die of diarrhoea every day in India – and have done for years, which led to the following editorial cartoon in an Indian newspaper.


One aid worker commented that:

My contacts have reported that the usual seasonal bronchial infections have not been properly treated by doctors afraid of getting Covid, and people’s avoidance of government hospitals due to fear of getting Covid.

Undoubtedly, these fears will have been fuelled by the media’s alarmist coverage of the situation.

Thanks MSM.

Finally I’ll leave it with this graph. What it suggests is that the government and people of India may have focused more on the vaccines saving them and lost focus on post-infection treatments. There seems no other explanation for the Covid-19 surge happening after the vaccine campaign began.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

Reckless (with your love)

Kristi Noem

One of our more prolific commentators stated some weeks ago that the Republican governor of South Dakota had been one of the most “reckless” governors in the USA when it came to dealing with the Chinese Lung Rot pandemic.

She was supposedly condemned by two things. First, her own words:

For those of you who don’t know, South Dakota is the only state in America that never ordered a single business or church to close. We never instituted a shelter in place order. We never mandated that people wear masks. We never even defined what an essential business is, because I don’t believe that governors have the authority to tell you that your business isn’t essential.

I provided all of the information that we had to our people, and then I trusted them to make the best decisions for themselves, for their families, and in turn, their communities. We never focused on the case numbers. Instead, we kept our eye on hospital capacity.

Even in a pandemic, public health policy needs to take into account people’s economic and social wellbeing. Daily needs still need to be met. People need to keep a roof over their heads. They need to feed their families. And they still need purpose. They need their dignity. Now my administration resisted the call for virus control at the expense of everything else. We looked at the science, the data and the facts, and then we took a balanced approach.

Balance instead of an autistic approach to a problem? Trusting ordinary people to make the right decisions? Are you crazy? Soon you’ll have them selecting their leaders by voting.

Second, supposedly by the results. For months into the pandemic South Dakota was doing very well, much better than the likes of New York, whose Governor, Andrew Cuomo, was receiving all the plaudits that Noem was not – while killing thousands of elderly people by forcing them out of hospitals (to make space for the Covid-19 wave) and into home care and hospice facilities, who were not allowed to test them for Covid.

But as with all diseases it eventually got to South Dakota and its death rate rose. However the assumption – even in the face of states that supposedly did all the right things, including lockdowns, and still have higher death rates – is that South Dakota did it wrong and that being a rural state they would have done much better if only Noem had followed the conventional wisdom of Public Health officials.

Thus the best comparison is not SD to NY but to a similar state: North Dakota, which did follow the instructions of Fauci and the CDC. Here’s restricted N.Dakota vs. no-restrictions S.Dakota.

Even more interesting when you learn that S.D had a 9 day bike rally event in August with approximately 500,000 attendees yet their case patterns fared better than their northern neighbour.

During the winter surge of cases there is no statistically significant difference in case-load between the two states.

Then there’s this graph comparing the death rates between lockdown and non-lockdown states.

Finally there’s Texas. On March 10th their governor lifted the mask mandate, only to be immediately greeted with a blast from the ambulatory root vegetable currently acting as the US President, to the effect that lifting the mandate was “Neanderthal thinking” (The Neanderthals really don’t deserve this abuse) as opposed to those wonderful states that follow the “science”.

The result. Note especially the recent mini-surge in Michigan, New Jersey and New York, who are still following the “science”.

We always hear “just wait 2 weeks and you’ll see cases spike” when restrictions are lifted. On March 10 Texas lifted all their restrictions and opened up their society. I guess the science is different in Texas than Michigan and New York, right?

This led to an embarrassing interview with Dr Fauci, who is yet another octogenarian US government member that should be put out to pasture. Can you believe that this bureaucrat is the highest paid member of the US government (spare me the medical doctor routine, he hasn’t practiced medicine in decades)

Let’s be blunt: after all his flip-flops he simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Despite the previous burbling over his wrong predictions he went on in the same interview to predict that the Texas Rangers opening season baseball game could spark another Covid wave. FFS!

The possibility that Democrat politicians and Deep State midgets could possibly be wrong just doesn’t occur to them, not for one hot second.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 12, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Decision making at the highest levels of government

Those of us old enough to remember the great financial meltdown of more than a decade ago which was quickly labeled the GFC (Global Financial Crisis), will recall the series of bad calls from the US Administration of GW Bush in 2006:

As early as 2006, top advisers to Bush dismissed warnings from people inside and outside the White House that housing prices were inflated and that a foreclosure crisis was looming.

The Federal Reserve of Ben Bernanke in 2007:

“We believe the effect of the troubles in the subprime sector on the broader housing market will be limited and we do not expect significant spillovers from the subprime market to the rest of the economy or to the financial system,”

Plus earlier bad calls from the US Congress, such as that of then ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank in 2003 on the idea of more regulation of the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:

“I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision]. I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing.”

All of which led to the disaster of 2008 and beyond.

You will thus also recall the measures repeatedly taken to try and solve the problem once it unwound as a result of all this poor decision making: bailouts of the banks and institutions that were Numero Uno in causing the crisis, with the government as their enabling drug pusher.

The cartoon series South Park, which I doubt many on this blog have seen, let alone followed over its twenty-plus year run, was typically profane, grotesque, brutal, uncompromising and definitely not PC in their take on the crisis, as per the following clip. I thought of this segment last night.

Just substitute the word “lockdown” for “bailout” to describe our current situation.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 15, 2021 at 11:16 am

FISH AND CHIP PAPER INDEED

So earlier this week we were treated to the spectacle of an Ardern sycophantic media having a hack at the Australian Prime Minister for busting the one-way bubble that allowed Kiwis quarantine free access into Oz following discovery of the community based COVID case in Northland.

Note ‘one way bubble’. It was never reciprocated by New Zealand and it is rich indeed for Ardern to cry poor (by proxy) over that.

Last year Ardern was reported as saying we could expect open borders with Australia and the Pacific Islands by the end of March. Yesterday she said our borders would likely remain closed until the end of the year. Clearly her ongoing pronouncements over border openings have a certain fish and chip paper quality to them.

I see too that Stuff is reporting that the MOH refused to name two of the businesses visited by the COVID symptomatic lady after her release from managed quarantine citing privacy considerations. One apparently was a hairdresser and the other a holiday home. That simply beggars belief. No wonder epidemiologist Nick Wilson described the MOH’s (read government) response as ‘not very impressive’.

New Zealand the way you’ve got it.

Written by The Veteran

January 28, 2021 at 11:36 am