By Jeff Childers
Good morning, C&C, and welcome to the Weekend Edition! Your roundup today includes: corporate media in corporate mourning over the official end of the Global Covid Health Emergency; media sad that Rochelle Walensky abruptly resigned; JAMA meta-study finds waning jab efficacy — all of them — and professor speculates why; FDA quietly recalls contaminated covid at-home test kits; Blinken signals openness to previously-rejected Chinese peace deal; also out is General Milley, replaced with a brand-new Proxy War strategist; study links schizophrenia and pediatric gender “affirming care”; and DeSantis accurately calls pediatric gender-affirming care “mutilation.”
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🔥 Yesterday, right after Joe Biden declared the end of the U.S. covid state of emergency, the CNN ran a deflated article headlined, “WHO Says Covid-19 Is No Longer a Global Health Emergency.”
Indeed; “who” says it’s over? WHO? Who is the WHO to say it’s over?
Haha, just messing around. In fact, the bleak announcement was drearily delivered at yesterday’s news conference by a melancholy-looking Director-General, Tedros something-or-other, who, sighing mournfully and looking like an unusually-depressed basset hound, gloomily observed that “For more than a year the pandemic has been on a downward trend.”
Tedros Whatshisname seemed so sad and depressed that I momentarily considered sending him flowers, or maybe seeing if I could find him some sort of nice memento, memorable knick-knack, or cheery chatchka, like a covid stress ball or something.
But then I realized he’s an evil monster who should actually be awaiting trial in The Hague and then I thought better of it.
You literally cannot tell from any of the reporting about the official end of the Global Health Emergency that it was good news. You’d think with how horrified and terrified corporate media was DURING the pandemic that its reporters would be the tiniest little bit happy that the globalist government — the ultimate source of all revealed truth — has now told them everything is okay. Just a smidge satisfied, or relieved or something.
But, nope. They couldn’t muster even a scrap of enthusiasm. Despite appearances, this is actually BAD news. Nearly every single corporate media report found some way to discover the dark side. For example, CNN’s article quoted a WHO scientist opinion the pandemic will NEVER actually be over, never ever, ever: “In most cases, pandemics truly end when the next pandemic begins. I know that’s a terrible thought but that is the history of pandemics,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Program.
I did not make that up.
To Dr. Ryan and his corporate media buddies, the Earth rests on a stack of pandemics, which, like turtles, go all the way down.
Or in other words, to these saturnine morons, we’re ALWAYS in a pandemic — it’s just the virus that changes.
🔥 There was more sad media news yesterday; and nobody even knew she wasn’t happy. Who knows, maybe we could have done something. Without warning or notice of any kind, official disinformation super-spreader and government fearmonger Rochelle Walensky suddenly and unexpectedly resigned from the CDC yesterday.
Her last day will be next month. So, she gave about 30 days’ notice.
Yesterday, the New York Times ran another despondent story bleakly headlined, “Walensky Resigns as C.D.C. Director.” That’s it, she’s out. The sub-headline explained, “In an announcement on Friday, the head of the beleaguered agency said she would step down in June. ‘We made this world a safer place,’ she said.”
No, she didn’t.
The emotional director held true to form and, according to the Times, broke down in tears while informing CDC staff about her decision on a conference call. Well, they’re calling it “her decision.” They didn’t actually explain the decision. Not even to say she wants to spend more time with family.
I’m guessing somebody made a phone call.
Nobody saw it coming. Public health experts contacted by the NYT said “the news had come as a surprise.” See? It was sudden and unexpected, like a jab-induced heart attack.
The Times struggled to injecting anything critical about the late director into the article. In a tortured sentence with a confusing subject-predicate, it said, “The agency’s relationship with the White House was sometimes tense, as her advice to the public sometimes seemed confusing or contradictory.”
Walensky’s advice “sometimes seemed” confusing or contradictory. But not ACTUALLY confusing, no. Not, that is, if you look at it the right way, or drink the neon-green mRNA kool-aid, or something.
Walensky did not respond to a Times request for comment. What can she say?
As we all ponder how much we will miss the deputy liar-in-chief, here is my favorite Walensky quote. On March 29, 2021, CDC director Walensky said in a live covid briefing, “I’m gonna pause here, I’m gonna lose the script, and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom. We have so much promise … but right now, I’m scared.”
It took a couple years, but she was right. Doomed.
And, I hate to even bring this up, it’s probably nothing, but there’s something weird about her spiral earrings — which she often wears in publicity photos, search for yourself — that seems eerily familiar and sort of sinister, but maybe I need to cut back on all those conspiracy-theory YouTube videos.
It’s probably just my imagination, right? Or maybe she’s trolling conservatives. Who knows. I’ll just leave it there.
🔬 Last week, JAMA published a meta-study titled, “Evaluation of Waning of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine–Induced Immunity — A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.”
The researchers considered studies estimating vaccine efficacy (VE) against covid infection and symptomatic disease over time. They looked at 799 original articles,149 studies published in peer-reviewed journals, and 35 preprints, and of those, selected the 40 best ones.
Here is their unsurprising conclusion:
These findings suggest that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against laboratory-confirmed Omicron or Delta infection and symptomatic disease rapidly wanes over time after the primary vaccination cycle and booster dose.
“Rapidly” wanes. Rapidly.
Unsurprisingly, the researchers concluded that the mRNA vaccines “wane” over time, but boosters restore efficacy to the same original levels before then waning too.
But WHY? Why do they want so fast? This is a very unusual, if not unique feature of the covid vaccines. If they do teach the body to make covid antibodies — and those antibodies work, even at first — then what happens to make the body “forget” how to defend itself against covid? What is the biological mechanism for this?
This study — and all the other ones — seem profoundly disinterested in the actual mechanism for one of the most novel features of the covid jabs. You’d imagine the waning would be an area of terrific interest, because if it could be easily fixed, the vaccines would be MUCH more effective.
But apparently not, for some unknown reason. This study, compiling 40 other studies, doesn’t try to explain or even speculate about the waning mechanism at all. On that subject, it was silent as the tomb.
Brilliant professor Norman Fenton published a simple spreadsheet analysis on YouTube explaining the reason the CDC didn’t count people as vaccinated until 2 weeks after their second jab.
It’s a statistical shell game.
I’ll give you the gist so you don’t need to watch the whole explainer video, but if you want to see the details, it’s all there, linked below. The basic idea is, if you shift forward the window of vaccinated infections (or hospitalizations) by calling jabbed people “unvaccinated,” you increase the unvaxxed numbers and reduce the number of vaxxed showing infected/hospitalized.
So far, we already knew all that. It was a way to make the unvaxxed look bad. But the statistical effect ripples forward for several months before the two groups catch up, so the numerical efficacy calculations falsely show a “scientific” benefit for the jabs. The jabs could just as well have been a placebo, and you’d see the exact same apparent benefit. By calculating efficacy this way, by time-shifting the vaxxed cohort, it created fake, artificially-high efficacy numbers.
No better than saline.
But eventually you get to a point where the time-shift doesn’t provide much statistical benefit, the numbers catch up with each other, but by that point, they just call it “waning efficacy,” and roll out the boosters, creating another 2-week time shift where — think about this — even people who’d already had two original shots suddenly became “unvaccinated” again for another two weeks, creating another time-shift and more fake inflated efficacy results.
Because of the time-shifting, it is entirely possible that the jabs had no efficacy at all, they were placebos with a bonus Russian-roulette feature. To figure it out, the efficacy calculations must be re-done, accounting for the time-shift. And while they’re at it, they could use absolute risk reduction instead of relative risk reduction.
But that would spoil all the fun, wouldn’t it?
🔥 Remember those disposable cotton swabs you’re supposed to jam right up your nose, I mean right up your mucosal membranes, with the testing solution on them? The Hill ran an alarming story yesterday headlined, “FDA Recalls More Than 500K COVID Tests Over Bacteria Risk.”
On Thursday, the FDA issued a stern advisory directing that half a million at-home test kits with certain Roche batch numbers sold at CVS and Amazon should be discarded or destroyed. And, whatever you do, don’t pour the solution down the drain!
The FDA advised, “The FDA is continuing to work with SD Biosensor Inc. to assess the company’s corrective actions to address the reason for bacterial contamination and help ensure the situation is resolved and will not return.”
Well, thank goodness. Because the last thing a bunch of immunosuppressed people need is to be snorting up random bacterial contaminants.
The FDA’s alert directed people to immediately seek medical attention if they see any signs of a bacterial infection after contact with the testing solution, including fever, discharge, red eyes or other “concerning symptoms,” like stroke, sudden death, or angry aliens gnawing their way out of your chest cavity.
In other words, before people compulsively test themselves for covid, after which they’d do nothing different at all regardless of the test result, they should consider ALL the risks.
Risks like the test solution is even worse than the virus.
🔥 Up: Prince Charles. Today will be a mostly-jubilant day in England, as King Charles III is crowned, or coronated, or whatever they call it.
God save the King.
🔥 The Washington Post ran a surprising op-ed Thursday headlined, “The U.S. Warms to a Role for China in Resolving the Ukraine War.” It was written by David Ignatius, a Harvard College alum, D.C. foreign affairs columnist, and spy-genre author.
Yesterday: Not one inch! Today: Mr. Ignatius says that, after vowing to fight the Russians to the last Ukrainian, Joe Biden is now considering, maybe, never say ‘never’ and all that rot, a PEACE DEAL:
The Biden administration appears to be weighing whether to work with China to seek a negotiated settlement of the Ukraine war after what U.S. officials predict will be Ukrainian gains in their long-planned offensive.
At a WaPo event on Wednesday, obviously expecting something deceptive or obfuscatory, Ignatius asked Secretary of State Tony “Blinkey” Blinken about the possibility of a negotiated peace and got a surprising answer:
When I asked Blinken about working with China to achieve a stable outcome in Ukraine, he gave a surprisingly frank answer: “In principle, there’s nothing wrong with that if we have a country, whether it’s China or other countries that have significant influence that are prepared to pursue a just and durable peace. … We would welcome that, and it’s certainly possible that China would have a role to play in that effort. And that could be very beneficial.”
Both Blinken and the article referred to a “just peace,” and repeatedly used the term “territorial integrity,” which is a code phrase for Russia giving back the annexed Eastern territories. But Blinken didn’t say, not explicitly, that territorial integrity was an actual red line. And once negotiations start, they tend to have a kind of momentum, and you never know what the result will be. Even red lines are often crossed in a final compromise, because parties always posture before they start negotiating in order to get a better deal.
It looks more to me like this is yet another puzzle piece building a picture of American de-escalation prior to withdrawal from Ukraine. Consider this: Ignatius’ op-ed ran right before the Kremlin drone attack. In other words, the Kremlin drone attack happened right AFTER this op-ed ran, an op-ed that disclosed Biden’s wavering position.
Asked another way, could the drone attack been an attempt to shore up waffling allies? If Putin had been killed or injured, or even if the Kremlin was just visibly damaged, pro-war momentum — and Ukraine’s negotiating position — would have been energized even better than a counter-offensive, which on its best day looks like it might recover a few hard-to-pronounce Ukrainian towns nobody ever heard of.
If so, it would explain why the Ukrainians had a ready-to-go postage stamp illustrating the Kremlin’s dome engulfed in flames. That’s what they were hoping for.
🔥 In addition to Walensky, also out yesterday was General Milley. Looking down, mumbling, and stumbling through his words, Joe Biden announced the abrupt, sudden and unexpected departure of the head of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, who will now be replaced by Air Force General Charles Brown Jr., pictured below.
Fondly recalling General Milley — if Biden actually did recall him — Biden explained, “He’s one of the best I think I’ve ever served with — been with.” Joe hinted at other staff changes coming, but said Milley was one he “really” will miss.
Listen to this, you can’t make this stuff up:
Here’s new head of Joint Chiefs, General Charles “Chucky” Brown:
Changing generals sure suggests a change in the Proxy War strategy. For a chuckle, compare the way corporate media always describes changes in Russian generals with how it described the Milley—Brown swap.
🔥 The Post-Millennial ran a story yesterday headlined, “’Trans Kids’ Prescribed MORE Anti-Psychotic Meds After Beginning Gender Transition Than Before: Study.”
The article described the results of a new study — a study written by pro-transitioning researchers — concluding that young people who start transition therapy also tend to increase their prescriptions for psychotropic medications.
Not too good.
The study also found no improvement in mental health indicators after kids started taking hormone blockers. Specifically:
Among 963 [transgender/gender diverse] youth using gender-affirming pharmaceuticals, mental healthcare did not significantly change and psychotropic medications increased following gender-affirming pharmaceutical initiation; older age was associated with decreased care and prescriptions.
The most pronounced increases in mental healthcare were for adjustment, anxiety, mood, personality, psychotic disorders, and suicidal ideation/attempted suicide. The most pronounced increased in psychotropic medication were in SNRIs, sleep medications, anti-psychotics and lithium.
The researchers also compared the trans children to their non-trans siblings. Unsurprisingly, the trans-identified group was more likely to have a mental health diagnosis, more likely to use more mental healthcare services, and be more often prescribed more psychotropic medications compared with their non-trans sibling group.
Shocking, I know.
It was bad news for trans doctors, and the researches bent over backwards to explain away the results. Co-author David Klein told the Urology Times that, at first glance, his study might appear to suggest transformers are more likely to suffer from serious psychotic conditions like schizophrenia. But Klein suggested that — maybe, you never know — the anti-psychotic drugs are just being prescribed as “adjuncts for severe depression or for insomnia, as opposed to a primary psychotic condition.”
In other words, without offering any evidence at all, Klein asks you to believe that all these trans kids’ doctors somehow misdiagnosed their depression — depression caused by society and transphobes like Governor DeSantis, of course — with complete breaks from reality like schizophrenia.
I guess David Klein thinks he’s smarter than all those other doctors.
But here’s what I’m wondering: Do you suppose there is any way that repeatedly telling a little girl she’s actually a boy could induce a clinical break from reality? In other words, once she lets go of her biological reality, is it possible she begins to release the rest of her reality framework?
When asked for a response to Dr. Klein’s point of view, the Pentagon changed the subject: “Hormone therapy is not a treatment for psychotic conditions.”
No duh, Sherlock.
The real question is the other way around: are psychotic conditions inducing doctors to prescribe hormone therapies that are making the kids’ psychotic conditions even worse?
🔥 Yesterday, Governor DeSantis — safely back on home turf in Florida — held a delightful 45-minute press conference about the just-concluded, jam-packed Florida 2023 legislative session. The Governor was back in his own element, in top form, looking and sounding terrific.
In this clip from late in the press conference, a reporter sparred with DeSantis over the new Florida laws banning so-called gender surgeries on minors. DeSantis didn’t even let the reporter finish asking the question, but interrupted him as soon as the Governor saw where he was going:
REPORTER: Cultural issues that you’ve identified with — do you think American voters want [crosstalk]…
DESANTIS: How many of these people were paid to come? I mean, like, honestly. It’s like, seriously, some of this stuff is totally manufactured. And when you talk to people, and I know, people in your industry will dress it up with a euphemism, and they’ll say it’s ‘healthcare’ to cut off the private parts of a 14 or 15-year-old. That is not healthcare, that is mutilation.
You might even say it’s psychotic.
Here’s the full press conference if you’re interested: https://twitter.com/GovRonDeSantis/status/1654506916473888768
Have a wonderful weekend! We’ll gather ‘round again on Monday morning to start off another great week of Coffee & Covid.
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