“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
― Will Rogers
“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”
― Mark Twain
“When you have dogs, you witness their uncomplaining acceptance of suffering, their bright desire to make the most of life in spite of the limitations of age and disease, their calm awareness of the approaching end when their final hours come. They accept death with a grace that I hope I will one day be brave enough to muster.”
― Dean Koontz
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This week: more Coronadoom news (including the introduction of “health equity”); the IRS bank snooping bill is back – again; the wokesters declare “math is racist”; and a terrifying assault on Press freedom by the Biden Administration.
In Texas, if you have Covid and are black or latino you can easily receive monoclonal antibody treatment (the most effective therapeutic for keeping you out of the hospital). If you’re white however, not so much:
I predicted this would happen years ago: once the government started calling the shots on your healthcare, they would “reverse discriminate” based on race and/or sex and/or sexual orientation, at first, using some form of convoluted reasoning. This is referred to as “health equity“. Now, here it is.
Covid-infected POCs have been designated as “high-risk” compared to other races – allegedly due to higher rates of mortality. But outside of the pat explanation of “white supremacy” very little effort has been put into figuring out “why”. Are they not receiving the holy sacrament of vaccination? Are they more likely to delay seeking treatment? Perhaps they have a higher incidence of co-morbidities? Regardless, each patient is an individual case, and if you’re dying, you’re dying. So how can the medical profession justify a one-size-fits-all approach based solely on skin color?
Even if you do not currently face imminent death from Covid, research clearly shows that early intervention is key to keeping you from winding up hospitalized. Patients should be carefully evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and monitored for deterioration of their condition if they are initially refused monoclonal antibody treatment. And perhaps there should be more emphasis on increasing the supply of monoclonal antibody drugs instead of finding absurd rationalizations for restricting their use?
In 2016 “Statnews” ran a piece exposing questionable practices and a toxic work culture at vax maker Moderna. I’m linking to a post covering the original article because the poster did a nice job of highlighting some scary and prescient bits that seem very relevant today. A link to the original article is available in the post for doubters. One money quote:
It’s highly risky. Big pharma companies had tried similar work and abandoned it because it’s exceedingly hard to get RNA into cells without triggering nasty side effects.
CDC’s push to vaccinate your kids is (understandably) not going over so well. Here’s a picture that sums-up the sentiments of many:
Dr. Robert Malone (co-developer of mRNA vaccine technology) on vaccinating your kids:
Ah, but our leaders are – uh, leading the way! Showing us plebs how it’s done by doing their civic duty and getting boosted. Or maybe, not…..?
To briefly recount the history of the pandemic response:
2 weeks to flatten the curve – keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed
Extended lockdowns and masking because of “cases”!
Once we have enough people vaccinated or naturally recovered to achieve 70% herd immunity we can go back to normal
Natural immunity is useless, get vaccinated or you’ll kill grandma!
“Crisis of the unvaccinated” – mandates!
Well prepare for the goal posts to be moved once again. Coming soon (probably), “fully vaccinated” will now require endless boosters:
Here’s another example of the upside-down banana republic that was formerly the “United States”: Border Patrol agents will be fired if they aren’t vaxxed, but we cannot deport illegal aliens from Nicaragua under Title 42. Recall, Congress has already rejected testing requirements for illegals being released into the United States, but if you’re visiting from a foreign country on business or for leisure, you must be tested.
Make sure to check out “CDC Admits Crushing Rights of Naturally Immune Without Proof They Transmit the Virus“. A FOIA request indicates the CDC has “no data” on the transmission of Covid by naturally immune individuals. You’d think that would be something they would definitely want to track, since it could conceivably bolster their argument for vaccination over natural immunity. My guess? They have the data and are claiming to not have the data, because it doesn’t fit their narrative. Or maybe they really are just feckless incompetents – hard to say for sure.
Once again, the Simpsons predicted all of this:
More on IRS Snooping:
As I’ve covered previously, there was a proposal for the IRS to snoop on Americans’ bank accounts with >$600 in combined transactions annually. Then Sen. Ron Wyden claimed they were going to increase that threshold to $10,000. Then they claimed it was removed from “Build Back Better”. Then they put it back in with the original $600 threshold. Then they removed it – again. Now it’s back in – again, with a few tweaks.
To explain those “tweaks”: the latest version would double-report payments from 3rd party processors Apple Pay, Venmo, Paypal, etc. I say “double-report” because the “American Rescue Plan” passed earlier last spring already contained a provision to report your receipt of payments by those platforms. Now, if those payments go into your bank account, they will be reported again.
The major change here is this clearly targets primarily small businesses and gig-workers (which was the primary mission all along), not ALL Americans as did the original proposal, and certainly not “billionaires” as Biden and Pelosi claimed. Stay tuned – this could revert back to the original dragnet at any time.
Speaking of Banking:
In the Biden Administration’s seemingly never ending quest to turn the United States into a socialist dystopia, he has nominated one Saule Omarova to the position of “Comptroller of the Currency”. The Comptroller of the Currency:
…serves to charter, regulate, and supervise all national banks and thrift institutions and the federally licensed branches and agencies of foreign banks in the United States
You might be surprised to learn that Ms. Omarova was born in the Soviet Union, and is an admirer of their economic system. She has opined that she would like to starve the U.S. coal, oil and gas industries of capital, causing them to go bankrupt in the name of remedying “climate change” (that’s nearly 10 million direct jobs):
Biden nominee Saule Omarova saying the quiet part out loud. On the oil, coal and gas industries:
While the supply chain burns to the ground, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants you to know that America’s highways are racist (yes, really) – and he’s just the guy to fix that.
California is planning to “de-mathematize” math, because, racism. Meanwhile (with all that de-mathematizing going on), the Pentagon frets about the lack of STEM talent in the defense industries and military ranks. Guess things aren’t going to get better any time soon. China is going to clean our clocks. But hey, diversity!
The Orwell Files:
The home of independent journalist James O’Keefe (Project Veritas) was unceremoniously raided by those nice fellas from the FBI over a lost diary belonging to Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley. Most suspect that Mr. O’Keefe’s whistleblowing gonzo journalism had more to do with the raid than the diary.
What makes the O’Keefe raid particularly disturbing is that the FBI apparently leaked information to the New York Times before the raid, and then proceeded to leak private cellphone data to the Times after they searched O’Keefe’s phone. It should be noted that O’Keefe is currently embroiled in a defamation lawsuit he filed against the Times. Ironic, no?
The fireworks are still coming in the wake of parental anger against local school boards teaching their children CRT. In Scottsdale, Arizona it appears that the school board President, Jann-Michael Greenberg had compiled quite the dossier on his detractors. This included photos of their kids and private investigator reports. Parents were reportedly tailed by the PIs and background searches performed.
Remember the infamous “Pee Pee Dossier” the DNC and media pushed for 4 years during the Trump Administration? “Russia Russia Russia!” Well in case you haven’t heard, it was all a hoax concocted by Hillary Clinton and used by Barack Obama to justify warrantless spying on a Presidential candidate. The rest is history – 4 years of unrelenting caterwauling that parallelized a lawfully elected President – like him or not. Special Counsel John Durham has quietly continued his investigation, and there have been indictments (more on the way).