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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.

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

They must have laughed!

Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and other national leaders that is, at least after the great AGW Zoom call was finished.

I realise that there’s not a lot going on upstairs with the ambulatory root vegetable currently titled as the President of the United States, but seriously, why is he still wearing a fucking mask on his moronic face?

He’s the only leader on the call who is doing so, despite the fact that he was injected with one of the Chinese Lung Rot vaccines before Christmas, meaning that he’s immune to the virus, so has no need to mask up, and can’t spread it to other people, which also means there’s no need for a mask.

There are 17 people on that call. Only the 78 year old Biden:

  • chose to wear a mask.
  • while sitting alone on a remote video call.
  • after being vaccinated.

Does he not realize how stupid this makes the USA look? You can imagine how much Putin was laughing inside after staring across at POTUS making an absolute clown of himself.

Perhaps Biden’s advisors, the ones who are effectively in charge of the USA, are so determined to fundamentally transform America that they think this helps and therefore allowed this to happen?

The world’s most effective Anti-Vaxxer spokesman

I wish I could say at this point that it’s all just political theatre, a carry-over from the 2020 US election, but when you have the infamous Dr Faucista also telling people that they’ll need to practice wearing masks and social distancing after they get the vaccine then it’s getting to the point of dangerous stupidity:

CHUCK TODD: “Why does a vaccinated person have to wear a mask?”

DR. FAUCI: “You dramatically diminish” possible Covid infection with a vaccine, but vaccinated people could still carry infection.”

Re-infection chances after vaccination are almost non-existent (0.0075%), and the possibility of death at that point is less than being struck by lightning. There are probably a hundred things you do throughout the day that are statistically more likely to kill you than COVID after you’ve been vaccinated. Further, the risk from COVID will never be zero, thus Fauci’s standard here is essentially a permanent mask mandate and never shaking hands again.

Does that sound reasonable? How many people will listen to his words and conclude that getting the shot is a waste of time if they still can’t get back to living a normal, pre-Covid-19 life? In that sense this 80 year-old idiot is the world’s greatest practical anti-vaxxer.

Remember also that these people have been at the forefront of screaming “Science” about this whole thing since Day One. This incident shows how much that was bullshit, as it always is with these ideologues.

As for Biden, surely this call will put to bed the endless claims that the USA would once again be “respected” by all the right people if he was elected President. He looked like a weak, scared, helpless old man, and that look will rub off on the USA, perhaps with good reason when you look at Pelosi, Schumer and the rest of the geriatric US leadership.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 25, 2021 at 3:26 pm

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

Swedish Death 2020 – and Lockdowns

The last in this series.

As usual it takes until well into January before a nation’s death statistics are settled, and this is even more true of Chinese Lung Rot deaths.

Here then the final update for Sweden’s death toll in 2020, both total and for Covid-19.

The annual death rate for 2020 was 0.94%, compared to the average of 0.92% for the previous decade. Moreover the death toll is lower than it was in 2010-2012 and the same as 2013. I don’t recall any great wave of hysteria about those years.

You’ll recall that it was predicted that Sweden was going to suffer worse than other nations because it had not gone full lockdown (true) and was instead going for “herd immunity” (false). Actually they went for “social distancing” and kept their schools, cafes and the like open. To put it bluntly, the excess deaths are just not there: the people who died with or of Covid-19 would have died of the flu or Pneumonia instead, just as they do every other year. The Swedes can be well satisfied that they didn’t crush their economy with extremist lockdowns.

Speaking of which, this miracle happened the other day in the USA.

So now that OrangeManBad is safely gone the US MSM can start reporting stories about the failure of the lockdown approach and key politicians in the USA can start saying that they have to re-open their cities and states before they completely destroy their local economies – even as those states face levels of Covid-19 case numbers and deaths that triggered the original lockdowns months ago. In some cases, worse.

Also, so much for the Leftie theory that the virus was done with urban areas (controlled by Democrats) and was now sweeping into the lands of the Low Sloping Foreheads (controlled by those hick Republicans).

As noted months ago by Professor Johan Giesecke (one of the world’s leading epidemiologists, former Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and an advisor to the director general of the WHO):

Getting out of the lockdowns will be the big challenge since the question is around which restrictions can be lifted, followed by watching for upticks in cases and deaths at each stage, with increases met by what? Reinstating the restriction?

And even with vaccines it seems. These people just can’t let go of their sense of control. Here’s the UK, which went for extreme lockdown – and still is.

And New Zealand:

Interesting that in the UK and NZ the death rate has been slowly increasing in recent years, apparently the result of ageing populations and declining birth rates.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 22, 2021 at 7:00 am

I Told You So – Right At The Start

From Powerline

By any sensible calculation, the principal worldwide covid damage has come not from the virus, but from governments’ efforts to suppress it, principally through lockdowns. Dr. Ari Joffe attempts to quantify that disproportion. Joffe is a distinguished Canadian pediatrician, having recently been named one of the ten most influential researchers in the field of pediatric critical care.

Dr. Joffe itemizes some of the adverse consequences of shutdowns:

Public health leaders are medical experts and are necessary advisors in formulating a response to the pandemic. However, their expertise is not sufficient to make policy decisions. There are trade-offs to any decision made, and preventing COVID-19 cases, deaths, and overwhelmed hospital capacity are not the only factors to consider. Unfortunately, the response perspective of controlling a single disease has had devastating, often unequally distributed, collateral effects.

Lockdowns have put many sustainable development goals out of reach. In many parts of the world there have been interruptions in childhood vaccinations, education, detection and treatment of infectious diseases (for example, tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV), and prevention of under 5-year-old and maternal mortality, projected to cost many millions of lives in the coming years. These interruptions in economic activity and supply chains are estimated to cause more than 83 million people to become food insecure, and over 70 million people to enter severe poverty (living on less than US$1.90/day), both likely to cost many more millions of lives in the coming years. Violence against women, including intimate partner violence, female genital mutilation, and child marriage are projected to also increase by many millions of cases.

In high-income countries other collateral damage from lockdowns is occurring. Fear of attending hospitals resulted in 50 percent declines in visits for heart attacks and strokes, meaning missed opportunity for time-critical treatments. ‘Non-urgent’ surgery and cancer diagnosis/treatment were delayed, with backlogs that will take years of catch-up and untold effects on prognoses. Of excess mortality during the pandemic, 20-50 percent has not been due to COVID-19 (see Kontis et al. 2020; Docherty et all 2020; and Postill et al 2020); much of that excess is likely attributable to these collateral effects. An unexplained increase in deaths of people with dementia in the US and UK also likely arose from deterioration due to loneliness. Over time, suicide, depression, alcohol use disorder, childhood trauma due to domestic violence, changes in marital status, and social isolation are projected to cause millions of years of life lost in Canada alone.

Dr. Joffe uses an approach that quantifies “Quality Adjusted Life Years” to weigh the benefits and costs of global covid shutdowns. Using that methodology, he concludes that the costs of shutdowns have exceeded the benefits by at least ten to one. He also notes that “Various cost-benefit analyses from different countries, including some of these costs, have consistently estimated the cost in lives from lockdowns to be at least five to 10 times higher than the benefit, and likely far higher.”

This kind of calculation is by no means an exact science, but I think it is fair to say that a scientific consensus is emerging to the effect that shutdowns do vastly more harm than good.

Written by adolffinkensen

December 29, 2020 at 1:20 pm