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Friday, December 17. 2021
Chevy Christmas ad:
Elite Winsor Girls School In Boston Moving Away From Calling Girls “Girls”
Elizabeth Warren Is Really Cranking Up the Commie Stupidity This Week
Democrat Senator Under Fire After Speaking at Communist Group’s Gala
The Sanctimonious, Insufferable and Clownish Liz Cheney Seeks Revenge for Republican Ridicule
How George Soros funded progressive ‘legal arsonist’ DAs behind US crime surge
The Salvation Army pays a big price for its foray into wokedom
Airline CEOs Testified Before The Senate On Taxpayer Bailouts – But You’re The One Getting Fleeced
Now that Build Back Better looks dead in the water, weird things are coming out of the mouths of Delusional Dems
Senate parliamentarian deals Democrats blow on immigration
New IRS Disclosures Confirm Flood of Private Money to Elections Offices from Zuckerberg Grantee
Biden administration scraps $450,000 payments to migrant families separated under Trump
93% of Polled Arab Residents of Jerusalem Prefer Israeli Rule to Palestinian Authority
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I'm a Ford guy, all my family are Ford people except 1 Chevrolet Nut.
But that's a GREAT commercial. I love it
Personally, I find it refreshing that Blumenthal can speak to a communist group in a conciliatory manner after all those years he spent in Vietnam killing the commies.
He could have vastly improved his talk by concluding, "Remember, the only good Commie is a dead Commie."
Blumenthal either forgot to hide his connection or thought no one would notice. Many Democrat congress members are communist, openly communist. Most of the rest are secret communist. I will say that there are a handful of Democrat congress members who are decent people but for some reason, extortion or threats, they willingly go along with the communists. But for whatever reason once the Democrats are elected to national office they either become communist or expose their communist beliefs.
Danang Dick is the 8th richest member of Congress, worth over $85 million.
Of course, he got there by finding a rich woman to marry, just like that prick John Kerry. And like John Kerry, he won't hear any criticism about his support of communists, or about his politics, because he's too rich to care, and too conceited to listen.
FLUNKIE. Big Guy! Comrade Parliamentarian says no to your immigration policy!
MRS BIG GUY. Comrade Parliamentarian needs the one-way helicopter ride.
VP ONTHEKNEES. Warm up the new parliamentarian. (Cackles)
BIG GUY. Is it pudding time?
And to lighten up Friday; You have to have a sneaking admiration for the renowned sardonic humor of the Russian’s. Can’t you imagine Putin and all the evil henchmen sitting around a Kremlin table “So, what are we going to name our new Gas Enterprise in Darkest Africa?”
Since August of this year 90% of all the deaths in Scotland from covid were people who were fully vaccinated.
Anon: Since August of this year 90% of all the deaths in Scotland from covid were people who were fully vaccinated.
From January to August 2021, there were zero deaths for those who received the Moderna vaccine. Among those with other vaccines:
18-64: 0.8, 3.1 (3.9)
65-79: 4.2, 64.8 (15.4)
80+: 14.0, 420.1 (30.0)
He's off... it's 85.6% From 5 Sep - 4 Dec 2021
Data are in reports found here
Published data prior to 11 Sep are formatted differently and don't break down numbers by week.
Of course my post is actually relevant whereas yours was a time frame that he explicitly excluded. You always try to deceive people, and your blatant ignorance is comical.
Thanks. Looking at the underlying data, virtually everyone over 60 is vaccinated. Consequently, 100% of cases among that group would be among those who are vaccinated. In other words, we would expect 100% of COVID fatalities among those over 60 would be vaccinated. How could it be otherwise?
You have to adjust by age cohort and vaccination rate in each cohort to make sense of the data. Of course, your secondary source doesn't want to make sense of the data, but wants to reach a preconceived conclusion.
DrTorch: Of course my post is actually relevant whereas yours was a time frame that he explicitly excluded.
The question arises as to why the results appeared to change after August. The answer is actually found in one of the graphs mudbug cited. As vaccinations rise, especially as vaccination reaches near universality in the most vulnerable population, then the ratio of deaths of those vaccinated compared to those unvaccinated will rise. How could it be otherwise?
"How could it be otherwise?"
So you couldn't figure it out even though there was only one answer? Haha, you really are inept.
Z: How could it be otherwise?
If the vaccines worked, it would be otherwise.
The vaccines don't protect you from getting Wuhan flu, they don't keep you out of the hospital with Wuhan flu, they don't keep you from dying from Wuhan flu, and they don't keep you from spreading the Wuhan flu. If that were all, it would be bad enough but in addition to that, vaccinated people have a higher risk of getting heart ailments like myocarditis (especially young men), blood clots, and heart attacks; GBS, blood clots; or even death. Nobody knows what the long term effects of these vaccines are either so if you get the jab, you are part of the long term study - and if the powers that be had their way, there would be no control group.
You don't understand statistics, do you? Or don't want to. All vaccines offer only partial immunity. Polio is particularly good, at 99.9 after the third dose, so we think of them as magic. But they aren't They all have partial effects. But if a vaccine causes you to get the disease much, much less often, reduces your symptoms if you do get it, and reduces the death rate for those who get it, in what possible universe can you say that they "don't work?"
As for the long term effects, we know a lot, because we know the patterns from other vaccines. Nearly all adverse effects show up in the first week. Sore arms, rashes. A tiny amount show up later, up until about six months. After that, nothing except for continuations of what has already shown up. So we know what we need to know, because of millions of trials.
And then there is still the terrible effects of covid. As reproduction is the bogeyman in primitive minds, remember that pregnant women who have covid are delivering earlier. That should worry you, not imaginary side effects of the vaccine. So you aren't worried about things that actually happening, but predicting horror on things that aren't.
Just a short comment (but probably longer than yours deserves):
The last time a vaccine was rushed was during Ford's administration for the swine flu. There were 55 deaths attributed to that vaccine (as well as some neurological side effects like GBS). That was enough to shut the project down. These Wuhan flu vaccines have likely caused tens of thousands of deaths but for some reason, that's acceptable today.
As for knowing long term effects, the mRNA vaccines are the first of their kind used on humans so extrapolating from the experience of other vaccines is useless. Maybe this discrepancy bothers me because I don't know anything about statistics.
Then there is the way the mRNA vaccines work - they induce your body to fabricate spike proteins which are toxic. What if the immune response does not "eat" all of them? What if they end up in your brain or in a lot of your organs? We're finding out now.
mudbug: These Wuhan flu vaccines have likely caused tens of thousands of deaths but for some reason, that's acceptable today.
That number is almost certainly too high. Reported deaths have to be compared to the baseline rate of death in the same, mostly elderly population. Furthermore, COVID has killed 800,000 Americans already.
mudbug: As for knowing long term effects, the mRNA vaccines are the first of their kind used on humans so extrapolating from the experience of other vaccines is useless.
Keep in mind that the vaccine generates a spike protein found in the virus, so any side effects due to this protein would be much, much worse in an actual infection.
Estimates are that ~20% of VAERS entries can be accurately associated with the vaccine in question but studies have shown that adverse affects reported to VAERS are vastly under reported. in the range from 1 to 40% being reported (https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/12/vaers_data_indicates_the_covid_vaccines_have_killed_at_least_140000_americans.html). Testimony by nurses tasked to enter VAERS data confirm the under reporting as it often is not a priority of the medical facility because nobody (or very few people) are paid to enter VAERS data, data entry is very complex and time consuming.
The 800,000 Wuhan flu deaths is certainly over stated. For most of the first year of the pandemic, the CDC counted every death where the person had Wuhan flu as a Wuhan flu death regardless of other causes (including gunshot wounds and auto accidents). Whatever the true number is, it is much higher than it needed to be if politicians hadn't sent sick elderly people back to their nursing homes to infect the rest of the residents and if various bureaucrats and agencies hadn't suppressed (often by threats of revoking licenses or firing) doctors' efforts in early treatments that were successful.
Z: Keep in mind that the vaccine generates a spike protein found in the virus, so any side effects due to this protein would be much, much worse in an actual infection.
Why would you assume that side effects are only caused by the spike protein and not from the vaccine and why would you assume that side effects from the generated spike protein would be less than actual infection?
mudbug: studies have shown that adverse affects reported to VAERS are vastly under reported. in the range from 1 to 40% being reported
Quite the range. VAERS reporting is much more consistent with COVID, and the number of vaccinations is vastly higher than the historical numbers. Notably, you didn't provide even a simple statistical analysis of the baseline number of deaths expected.
About 1% of people over 80 die in an average month, or about 150,000 a month. We would expect that many to die regardless of vaccination status. We don't see anything that suggests a higher rate of death due to vaccination. We do see a much higher rate of death due to COVID.
mudbug: For most of the first year of the pandemic, the CDC counted every death where the person had Wuhan flu as a Wuhan flu death regardless of other causes
Again, we can look at the baseline death rate. Considering excess deaths in the U.S., different states, different countries, and different time periods, the data clearly supports the COVID death count. When COVID is prevalent, a rise rise in deaths follows. The current COVID death rate in the U.S. is about 1,200 per day.
mudbug: Why would you assume that side effects are only caused by the spike protein and not from the vaccine
There are known risks, as some people have allergies to some of the components of the COVID vaccine, such as polyethylene glycol. People who have such allergies may be able to take a different vaccine.
mudbug: why would you assume that side effects from the generated spike protein would be less than actual infection?
Because the protein due to vaccination is in a much lower concentration, but more important, there aren't viruses with spike proteins taking up residence in your respiratory tract and eating away at your cells.
It is quite a range but most estimates for the underreporting are in the 1% area so 40% is quite generous. 20,000 deaths out of 200M vaccinated is 0.01% and even if you lifted out the >60 cohort it would still be small so differences in death statistics wouldn't move because of them but those numbers are statistically significant when judging the safety of a vaccine - at least they used to be. The Swine flu vaccine was pulled after about 55 deaths out of 45M or 0.0001%.
I don't know what is in the vaccine so I can't comment on the actual potential for side effects from it but given the new technology in these mRNA vaccines, I don't assume anything. If you do know what's in it, then you might be better informed on that score. I also don't know how you can know the concentration of the spike protein. Some autopsies show them all over the body. Some people have the vaccine injected into a blood vessel rather than their muscle so that tends to spread it further. The evidence is that for some people far more spike proteins are induced than the immune system can handle and they can end up forming blood clots, damaging the heart muscles, and can end up in the brain, ovaries, and other organs. This was not what was intended.
mudbug: It is quite a range but most estimates for the underreporting are in the 1% area so 40% is quite generous. 20,000 deaths out of 200M vaccinated is 0.01%
So you are saying the purported deaths from COVID vaccination is minuscule compared to deaths due to COVID.
In any case, the problem with your study is that it uses data that isn't necessarily relevant to the current environment. For instance, it cites a 2012 study that about 23% of VAERS reports show a probable link from the vaccine to the adverse event. But reporting is much different now than in 2012. Then it cites a study that cites a study by the same author that cites a report from 2010 which indicates that only 1% of adverse events are reported. There are a number of possible confounding factors. Most adverse events are minor, so are much less likely to be reported, but deaths much more likely to be reported. Also, reporting standards have changed over the last decade, especially in response to the pandemic emergency. Finally, such a large number of deaths would probably have been detected in phase 3 drug trials.
mudbug: I don't know what is in the vaccine
Click on the vaccine product, then scroll down to ingredients:
mudbug: I also don't know how you can know the concentration of the spike protein.
Cognetti & Miller, Monitoring Serum Spike Protein with Disposable Photonic Biosensors Following SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination, Sensors 2012: "A maximum concentration in SARS-CoV-2 spike protein was detected one day after vaccination and was reduced below detectable levels within 10 days."
Keep in mind that you are much better off having the bare spike protein than having the spike protein as part of a virus invading your respiratory tract and destroying your cells.
mudbug: The evidence is that for some people far more spike proteins are induced than the immune system can handle and they can end up forming blood clots, damaging the heart muscles, and can end up in the brain, ovaries, and other organs.
Sure, but the evidence is that those adverse events are small in number.
Assistant Village Idiot: Polio is particularly good, at 99.9 after the third dose
90% after two doses. If the vaccine works so well, why do you need a booster shot!?
Without even looking I know the answer, and you should too. The older and compromised people are way more likely to be vaccinated, skewing the numbers. Wherever you got your data, adjust for age and watch your assertion disappear and even reverse. I've been giving the same answer to people for six months, but those who don't want to see, won't. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center carried last week in the Union Leader*: The unvaccinated are 14 times more likely to die of covid. Stop wasting your time trying to prove stupid things wrong just because your ego won't allow you to back down.
*When I link, it still rejects me as spam. But that should give you enough to go on.
Please don't worry too much about the illegal immigrants, your tax dollars still have their back.
"…”So, for starters, country-specific IOM “Cash Working Groups” are indeed coordinating the handouts of the cash-holding plastic cards I saw (referred to as prepaid debit cards, e-wallets and e-cards) to intending U.S. border crossers in Reynosa, Mexico. But it turns out that is just an iceberg tip. The IOM is handing out cash and other material support to intending illegal border crossers in as many as 100 other shelters it helped build, expand, or supports from Central America north.”
re The Salvation Army pays a big price for its foray into wokedom
Until they came out with their little diatribe against white people, I thought the SA was one of the few good charities left.
I find it interesting that this has had such a profound effect on fundraising. I haven't seen much about it except on, as my lib friends call them, my loopy right wing sites. Legacy media coverage looks to have been absolutely minimal.
Apparently alternative news sources are much better at getting the word than I have imagined.
Me as well...now I am down to Samaritans Purse run by the Billy Graham family. The Salvation Army now joins the Red Cross as no go charities.
Re: Democrat Senator Under Fire After Speaking at Communist Group’s Gala
From what I've been able to tell, he was under fire only from Republicans. Democrats don't seem to have a problem with it but then they get support from the CPUSA so that's not surprising.
School District Considers Math Textbook That Claims Conservatives Are More Racist Than Liberals
George Soros funded DA's. The voters who support this deserve what they get. The others should find a better place to live and quit subsidizing this BS. I don't even sympathize with the woke corporations that have given large donations to the woke institutions and still get burned out or looted. Quit paying for your destruction.
"New IRS Disclosures"
15 months after the fact... which kinda moots the "sunshine is the best disinfectant" rationale for these laws/restrictions.
Egg Armageddon': Mass. voters passed animal welfare law that effectively bans eggs from being sold in the state
They have until the end of the month to fix this.
If they don't it will cause a massive disruption in the egg market.
I feel for the egg producers. As for the people of Mass., perhaps not having any eggs might wake them up to the fact that there are consequences for their ignorant, irresponsible voting? Or not.
If they don't get it fixed, the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth by Massachusetts consumers next year will be fun to watch.
Fact is, the people in power probably import gourmet eggs from Spain and Irish butter and lamb in their private jets.
Young People 40 Times More Likely To Die From Vaccines Than From COVID Says Major Japanese Study https://greatgameindia.com/young-people-40-times-risk-vaccines/ Why isn't this in our media?
Glad Government Motors has the time and cash to film a four minutes soap opera. Shocked it wasnt an electric car.
Various commies. One thing I have to keep in mind is, the communists are not playing a role in some political drama, but truly believe the things they say and attempt to enforce upon the rest of us. In Communist society, there are two classes of people, those who take and those who give. Those who take tell us what they will do. We don't listen closely enough.
Chevrolet manipulated me very well with that ad. And I don't even like the car.
It was a well done video.
But buy a Chevy?
Nope. Ugly, relatively poor quality and about as much "made in America" as many Subaru's and Toyota's.
I walked by a pair of Salvation Army bell ringers the other day. I smiled and said "Merry Christmas" but didn't drop a buck or two into the kettle. That never happened before. It pained me to do it, but that seems to be the world we are living in.
As for the Chevy vid, I was moved. I also noticed it was the first commercial I've seen since I don't know when that just had white people in it. Did I mention that it was moving?