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Wednesday, March 10. 2021
Serious COVID occurs mostly in the overweight
CNN Medical Analyst: CDC Guidance For Vaccinated People Is “Overly Timid” And “Far Too Cautious”
As Scott says, pandemic is mostly done
COVID Relief: Could This Be The Very Worst Piece Of Legislation Ever?
The Campus as Factory - Corporatist progressivism and the crisis of American higher education
The Miseducation of America’s Elites - Affluent parents, terrified of running afoul of the new orthodoxy in their children’s private schools, organize in secret.
The Military Is Resuming the Diversity Training That Trump Banned
Biden’s Executive Order on Title IX Warrants Little Practical Change for Schools
Biden’s German Shepherds Shipped Back to Delaware After ‘Biting Incident’ Involving White House Security
Imagine if Trump had owned biting German Sheperds. Nazi!
Feminist Group NOW Joins San Diego Suit in High Court Call: Let Women Be Drafted
Pepe LePew dropped, Luv Gov keeps his Emmy
DHS Pleads for Volunteers to Assist With ‘Overwhelming’ Surge at Southern Border
Biden Broke The Border, Now He Owns The Crisis
Trump’s Shakedown of the GOP - The establishmentarian GOP is heading for the exits.
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Covid and Obesity: Is this true of just the United States? I'm not disputing the numbers, just wondering why this wasn't more glaring and obvious in the early analysis of Italy and China. Don't forget it was the Italian experience that drove the measures largely adopted by Western countries.
The obese, the pulmonary-compromised (COPD, Emphysema, smokers), the cirrhotics (alcoholics). These were the main groups that suffered disproportionately from COVID-19 in my area, advanced ages mostly. At least that's what my doctor friends have been telling me.
Basically all markers for poor cardiopulmonary fitness. Which is why I inwardly chuckle at the people wearing them on the bike/jogging path. It's probably the place where you're least likely to encounter someone who is COVID positive.
Yes, but all of these are long-term effects of people who over-consume for gratification, whether it's food or drug, including legal ones. Or put differently, maybe over-consumption is also related behaviorally to deferred health-maintenance. I know that might sound self-righteous and it's not meant that way (I don't think that way, and I have overindulged plenty of times). And maybe it's an over-generalization, but it will be fascinating to see what the public health establishment finds once there is some distance from the pandemic hive-mindset.
Earlier on, diabetes was mentioned as a significant comorbidity of COVID. I wonder how much of that was again a marker of obesity than an independent factor, that is finding a representative sample of type-2 diabetics who do not suffer from the other co-morbidities would have been next to impossible.
Aggie, i do not dispute your statement regarding the short litnany of medical issues people in your area who suffered disproportionally. In fact, it make sense.
I question where or how you got your information.
I have been checking my "offical county covid data" site as least weekly for the last 11 months and also our largest area hospital group which has 4 hospitals in/or nearby the county.
The data never has included 1) co-morbities 2) numbers of smokers or fatties 3) if they went i to the hospital because of covid or were found to also have it while getting treatment for a different reason.
They do include 1) race, 2) ethnicity, which apparently we can only be hispanic or not...
Darn the babies just showed up... anyway just wondering.
That's easy - it's word-of-mouth from medical professionals who work the hospitals, both in clinic, rounds, and ER. I'm relating what experiences they've been having, conversationally when we're together socially. Texas breaks down the state into Trauma Service Areas. In my area, there are certain towns that have very heavy, concentrated drug usage - one of them so bad, that Walmart recently shut down a branch because they couldn't control the shoplifting - and this doesn't happen very often in non-big-city rural settings where a store will pull customers from a large area. Whenever a patient checks in, one of the first things the doctors do (I'm told) is to find out exactly where they live - and this will steer their investigative path to diagnosis.
It may be true, but is it useful information. Most people who get covid strictly adhere to the mask policy. Why isn't that a headline. Because no one benefits from it. I automatically think that any headline with the mention of obesity is fake news pushed out there by the anti-obesity activists.
A true story: In 1955 (I think) an Air Force reconnaissance plane went down off Cape Cod. There were a dozen or so crewmen who made it out of the plane and floated in the icy Atlantic ocean. Some 4-5 hours later they were rescued but most of them died. I think three very overweight crewmen survived because their layer of fat protected them from the cold. Where was the headline warning us about the risks of being too thin?
In counterpoint, during WWII it was observed that German POWs recovered from abdominal surgery in as little as 1/3 the time and with fewer complications than American soldiers treated at the same facilities. The assumed reason was that the lower calorie diet available to the Germans meant they had much lower visceral fat tissue to cause bleeding issues or sites for infections to set in.
It really comes down to there being no ideal body types, just situations where one on another might convey situational advantages.
It was the sauerkraut. No! Really! Or maybe it was the jagermeister. No! It was drinking beer at room temperature that did it.
Silly huh? But all of these theories have just as much basis in fact as the theory that it was obesity.
Borders: The lobbyists for human, sex, and drug trafficking sure got it going on. Otherwise why is preying on poor people, especially poor brown people such a priority, considering covid. It even edged out the very high priority of bailing out their corrupt Blue State minions with the coyly named "covid relief".
It isn't enough to Kill the American Dream by any means necessary, or Make America Suck Again by bringing back the Obama years, or to sell out Working Americans to China, or accelerate the transfer of wealth from working America to the global corporatists by the sneakiest means possible, or concentrating the wealth into fewer and fewer hands, or shuffling more and more power into the unaccountable and irresponsible hands of bureaucrats and supranational organizations. These people are compelled to be predators.
How else to explain they're avidness to cheerlead migration while knowingly and simultaneously killing the America dream, while deliberately increasing the cost of living, and while knowing that large sectors of the economy are shut down, like hospitality, and may not be coming back any time soon. Compassion, my a$$.
Would be nice if "Trump's Shakedown" weren't behind a subscription paywall (or I knew of a way around it) - I sure would like to know how the Establishment GOP fleeing the party can be seen as a bad thing. Given that the GOP Establishment seems to me to just be Democrats in the slow lane and have done little enough to roll back the growth of Big Government, I think of Cromwell's entreaty to Parliament:
“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.
In the name of God, go!
Well if you want 75% of Trump's votes to go somewhere else, sure.
Trump's people are the more energetic and sold out. They are an enormous percentage of new voters, which had effects down ticket.
But don't fall into the trap of thinking that most voters care at this point. They have opinions, and they don't like Democrats. That's most of our votes. It's okay to try to skim off the worst actors, but picturing it as the 95% true Trump voters, 5% GOPe (we'll make them up somewhere...) is simply not accurate. If Trump goes third-party, he gets 15-20% of the vote.
So careful who you decide to piss off.
Trump has already said he doesn't want to go 3rd party. And by telling the RNC, etc not to use his name and for donors to give to Trump's PAC he becomes the "kingmaker", why hassle with trying to be President again. Take over the Republican party and make it more America First then lobbyist or China first. Primaries in 2022 will be very interesting. As Mark Steyn has said it's easier for the Republican base to get a new elite than the Elite to get a new base. and the Dems have the replacement voters now streaming across the borders.
and the worse piece of legislation was whenever the tax withholding law went into effect. 1930's or 40's. If people had to write a check on April 15 for all they owed, things would be different.
"The Miseducation of America’s Elites"
The latest left wing anti-racist training/purge is ironically extremely racist. This isn't a movement for equal rights or anything akin to MLK's teachings. This is a full court press of anti-white, Asian, male racism. It is embraced by the neo-racists in this country but it originated in communist countries as a way to weaken and hasten the fall of Democratic countries. This war by other means.
Drafting females is pointless. A good portion of them would "accidentally" get knocked up before deployment.
Yes, but wonderful So Called President Biden and the left wing military are designing flight suits for pregnant women! How wonderful!
This happened during the run up to the first Gulf war. It caused a number of problems with ships and land units all of a sudden under strength right as they were deploying to the middle east. I knew a National Guard co-worker that deliberately got pregnant so she wouldn't have to deploy.
But how can you NOT draft them? The problem, highlighted by the recent well publicized two women officers promotion to general, is simply that if we insist that they can do what the men do and to deny them is sexism then you MUST draft them OR admit that they are a poor fit for any position in the military. This is the conundrum that the left has created and if it is necessary to destroy the effectiveness of our military to prop up their stupid claims then that is what they will do. After all aren't they destroying women's sports for no other reason than to prove that men who want to be women are in fact women???
Everything the left/Democrats do is toxic and seems intended to destroy us and our country. Logic and reason is gone and has been replaced by lust for power, Marxism and communism and doing whatever it takes to achieve those goals. The left has been slowly destroying this country for decades and now they are doing it in overdrive.
Could This Be The Very Worst Piece Of Legislation Ever? Yep! (So far...)
Trump’s Shakedown of the GOP: I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO not bummed for the GOP, which I refer to as "The GO Along To GET Along with the DEMS" Party, riding along in the trailer behind the Democrat's (BOO, HISS) bus.
"The GO along to get along with the dems" Party... "As a GOP senator I decry the majority's machinations. Now let's head to the Friday Surf N Turf at the dining room, then maybe a massage. Join me, Senator Schumer?"
“If you publish my name, it would ruin my life."
The above statement says it all. It's no longer necessary for anyone to be guilty of anything. An "accusation" is now a conviction. And with the internet, the record of your "crime" remains forever. This is exactly what Meghan and Harry did to the Royal Family. It's easy nowadays to level a charge against someone, because there's no risk. Once the claim has been made, that's it. As a result, everyone in the country is now guilty of racism by default. Guilty people don't have any rights. And all men are automatically guilty.
There is an epidemic in America of false rape claims. Females can accuse men of rape without any evidence, and then the defendants are arrested, and have to post bail. When the females are discovered later to have fabricated the rape charges, they don't even get punished. In America, females are immune from prosecution.