Closing Thought–02Aug21

From the ‘Can’t Fix Stupid’ files……

AS the pandemic ravages the world there have been a wealth of ‘snake oil’ salesmen that have pushed one faux cure over and over….even the leader of the free world pushed the idea of injections of bleach as a cure…..

I have read an equally stupid cure….

the Springfield News-Leader released a blistering fact-check of Springfield City Councilor Angela Romine, who caused a stir on Monday when she claimed that COVID-19 already has multiple cures so there’s no need to get vaccinated.

“We’re not prescribing a certain prescription because it’s for off-label use, which could help people that are sick with COVID, and it’s not being used because it was politicized… and demonized,” said Romine in a speech to the council. “Right now we’re trying even a vaccine that has severe side effects, but we’re not willing to try a protocol that has helped people. One doctor even came out and said she’s treated 900 patients and she’s had zero deaths, yet we’re not prescribing them here.”

According to the report, she later clarified that the two drugs she meant are hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

ivermectin is a drug primarily used on livestock to remove parasites. It is not an antiviral drug,” said the report. “One study concluded it was beneficial to treat COVID, but ‘the study was retracted for plagiarism and for incorrect interpretation of data,’ Dr. Nancy Yoon, chief medical officer with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, told the News-Leader last week. Calling the drug ‘unsafe and dangerous,’ Yoon said she believed no ‘doctor is recommending it to patients.'”

(rawstory.com)

Are people really this stupid?

Or is she just passing on research?

To be fair….there is some proof that this drug may have some ‘beneficial’ results….this is a blog post that gives the research….

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/14359095/posts/3477320461

You decide if you want to buy into this ‘cure’….personally I will take my chances with the vaccine.

There has got to be something that can be done to people that offer unqualified medical advice.

Thoughts?

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Those Covid ‘Jabs’

Since the program of vaccinations began there has been lies, and more lies….but there is ‘proof positive’ that these shots work and can save lies…..

Fully vaccinated people can catch the coronavirus, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been saying all along that the COVID-19 vaccines prevent deaths among those patients. The CDC now has released data to back that up, showing that fewer than 0.001% of fully vaccinated people die of COVID-19. And not 0.004% of fully vaccinated people who are infected need hospitalization, CNN reports. As of July 26, when 163 million people in the US were fully vaccinated, the CDC totals for breakthrough cases show:

  • 6,587 infections.
  • 6,239 hospitalizations.
  • 1,263 deaths.
  • About three-fourths of the cases are among patients 65 and older.

Most new cases reported across the country are among the unvaccinated. Or, put another way by a health spokesman for one state, per NBC: “99.9 percent of Minnesotans who are fully vaccinated have not contracted the virus.” Still, the CDC wants everyone to mask up, after earlier relaxing its recommendations. That’s partly because of the realizations that even fully vaccinated people are spreading the troublesome delta variant. The CDC cautions that it relies on voluntary reporting by local governments, so the numbers aren’t complete; the agency calls them a snapshot. The CDC uses the data to spot patterns, and it says it’s seen nothing unexpected in the breakthrough cases so far. As the delta variant receives attention, the CDC says vaccinations are up 26% nationally in the past three weeks

I know nothing I say or write will change anyone’s mind…..

Sadly when it comes to health care….you cannot fix stupid.

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Closing Thought–28Jul21

How pathetic is this?

All the misinformation and lies that is swirling around the vaccine has some interesting side effects.

Like the situation in Missouri.

People in Missouri are reportedly disguising themselves so that their friends and family won’t find out that they getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Priscilla Frase of Ozarks Healthcare told ABC News that she had seen more than one person in disguise.

“I’ve had several people come in to get vaccinated who have sort of tried to disguise their appearance and even went so far as to say, ‘Please, please, please don’t let anybody know that I got this vaccine. I don’t want my friends to know,'” Frase explained.

According to the report, Ozarks Healthcare now offers a “private setting” so that patients can get the vaccine without being seen.

https://www.rawstory.com/vaccination-disguises/

How damn sad is this that one has to resort to disguises to get possible life saving treatment.

Damn!  The misinformation BS is doing a good jab and keeping Americans from health care…..

Common sense and rational thought has left the room.

And Missouri is not alone.

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“Clapton Is God”

A very old piece of graffiti from the days of old……made the rounds on posters, t-shirts and other merchandise…..I would give you a look at the graffiti but there are too many making cash off the work….

Use your imagination….Clapton Is God is painted on a wall and there is a dog peeing on it

The news has me thinking of this……it seems the Clapton is playing God again with the pandemic….

Eric Clapton is no fan of a new policy in the UK that will require people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for entrance into large venues and nightclubs come September. “I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present,” Clapton wrote in a Wednesday statement shared by Robin Monotti Graziadei, the same London-based architect and film producer who in the spring shared a letter in which Clapton, who has peripheral neuropathy, complained that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine left him unable to use his hands and feet for two weeks. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the vaccine passport policy on Monday, hours after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in the UK.

Young people flooded into nightclubs, but Johnson warned such people that “some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on vaccination.” “By the end of September, when all over-18s will have had their chance to be double-jabbed, we are planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather,” he said, per the Guardian, which describes “an immediate backlash from Conservative backbenchers and the entertainment sector.” “Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” said Clapton, who’s next scheduled to play in the UK, at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in May, per the Guardian.

I see that health is not important….he wants to keep the cash rolling in and the public be damn.

So I think that dog in the photo has the right idea.

Clapton needs to retire to his exclusive Caribbean island resort and let the world be safe.

God these rockers are a greedy lot!

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From The ‘Can’t Fix Stupid’ Files

Closing Thought–21Jul21

There is stupid and then there is the Moronic Stupid……and Alabama’s Mo Brooks is the lead stupid….especially on masks and vaccinations…..

In the letter, Brooks casts doubt on the safety of COVID vaccines, calling them “experimental” and adding that it’s “understandable” for Americans to be hesitant to take them. Also in the letter, Brooks suggest masks could be linked to cancer.

“…I suspect time will reveal that masks, while arguably promoting health, also endanger the health of those who wear them,” Brooks wrote. “Masks have small fibers that regularly loosen and are lodged in users’ lungs. Some masks have inks and dyes which, when consumed by lungs, have unknown cancer and other health risks. Certainly, all or almost all masks reduce oxygen intake into the human body, with all the risk this imposes. There is also the unknown risk that, in the heat and humidity of summers in the South, heat stroke risks increase among mask wearers.”

https://www.rawstory.com/mo-brooks-masks/

And somewhere there is a pathetically stupid ball-scratcher that will retweet this stupidity….

How sad this is…especially for the average voter in Alabama…..even more pathetic is there will be those that will take his stupidity as serious science.

Brooks proves the theorem…..”Can’t Fix Stupid”…..

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Closing Thought–20Jul21

I cannot believe the number of Americans that are bordering on stupid….especially when it come to this pandemic and the weird crap swirling around the disease….

A fifth of Americans believe that it is “very true” or “probably true” that COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips as part of a covert government-led population control plan.

That is the shocking finding of a new survey conducted by YouGov for the Economist and published this week. The survey asked respondents if “the U.S. government is using the COVID-19 vaccine to microchip the population.” In response, 5 percent of those asked said the statement was “very true” while another 15 percent said it was “probably true.”

That means approximately 42 million adults in the U.S. believe a conspiracy theory cooked up by anti-vax disinformation groups who claim the pandemic is a cover for a plan to implant trackable microchips in people, and that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind it.

The claim initially surfaced last year but gained renewed momentum last month when notorious disinformation superspreader Sherri Tenpenny claimed, in testimony before the Ohio State Legislature, that vaccines make you magnetic.

The result is that the microchip theory now has more believers than the decades-old and unfounded claim that vaccines cause autism—which 17 percent of Americans believe to be “very” or “likely” true according to the survey.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/wx54yn/a-shocking-number-of-americans-believe-the-dumbest-covid-vaccine-conspiracy

Social Media has given birth to this stupidity….I question the mental capabilities of the American people the more these conspiracies grow.

But where did it all begin….well there are 12 that lead the way…..

Twelve people are responsible for 73% of COVID misinformation on Facebook. A group called the Center for Countering Digital Hate says it looked at content posted on Facebook and antivaccine Facebook groups in February and March, and then monitored how the content was shared. The group says antivaccine influencers make money from their misinformation campaigns, too. Facebook says it has taken down more antivaccine content since the CCDH story was released, NPR reports. John Gregory of NewsGuard, a group that rates news website credibility, says his company has tracked the same dozen misinformation peddlers.

The antivaccine influencers include Ty and Charlene Bollinger, Rizza Islam, Christiane Northrup, and Ben Tapper, Mashable reports.

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Mississippi’s Covid

The news tells me about the Covid resurgence in Nevada, California, New York, etc so I thought I would let my readers know what is happening in my state of Mississippi….

Vaccinated…..my county of Harrison is at 29% (since we have a high population of old farts I would have thought it would be higher)….no county is over 45% and most of them are in the North of the state.

We have a Repube governor and he is doing his part to try and make it a disastrous Summer….

Back to school approaches and Tater Twat Reeves has issued his edict….

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves apparently does not plan to require unvaccinated students and staff to wear face masks when school starts up for the new school year to avoid further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

WLBT-TV reported Monday that Reeves’ press secretary said the governor has “no intention of requiring students or staff to wear masks when they’re in school this Fall.”

The reported statement seems to contradict the state’s own health officials and last week’s new guidance by the Centers for Disease Control which indicated unvaccinated students should continue social distancing and wear face masks when indoors.

Report: Tate Reeves has ‘no intention’ of requiring unvaccinated students wear masks in fall

More news about the pandemic….

With a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant in Mississippi, health officials are encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a tweet on Tuesday, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said there are seven children in the ICU due to the Delta variant. Two of the children are on life support. A previous tweeted from Dobbs said 12 children were in the ICU, and 10 were on life support. He said a hospital corrected its report to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).

According to Dobbs, a majority of the COVID-19 cases in Mississippi are the Delta variant. He said a “vast majority” of the cases, hospitalizations and deaths are of people who have not been vaccinated.

On Tuesday, MSDH reported 219 new coronavirus cases and 10 additional deaths across the state.

Two children on life support in Mississippi as Delta variant cases surge

Will Mississippi schools be in session in August?

The latest surge of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, caused by the Delta variant, is also hitting the state’s younger population, increasing concerns over the return to schools next month. 

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs tweeted Tuesday that 7 minors have been hospitalized due to Delta infections in Mississippi, and 2 of them are now on ventilators. The earlier strains of COVID-19 were much less transmissible and did not infect children to the extent seen with the Delta variant.

Over the past three weeks, the number of confirmed Delta cases in Mississippi has increased nearly sevenfold, up from 29 to 231. Those 231 cases only represent a small surveillance sample though, so it is undoubtedly only a small fraction of the Delta infections in the state.

During an interview on SuperTalk Radio’s Gallo Show on Monday, Dobbs predicted that infections in younger people will cause a large wave of infections and negatively impact school district plans to reopen fully with in-person instruction. 

“It’s going to be disruptive,” Dobbs said. “I think Delta’s going to take its toll on having a successful, vibrant school year because kids are going to have to be quarantined, they’re going to have to be isolated. We’re going to have outbreaks and all that kind of stuff.”

What those outbreaks look like will be dependent on virus circulation in a school district’s surrounding community and individual districts’ policies on mask wearing and social distancing, since no requirements will be coming at the state level. 

“Governor Reeves has no intention of requiring students or staff to wear masks when they’re in school this Fall,” Reeves’ press secretary, Bailey Martin, said in an email to WLBT this week.

https://mississippitoday.org/2021/07/13/covid-infections-children-back-to-school-plans/

Any deaths will fall squarely on the shoulders of Tater Twat Reeves (his real name is Tate Reeves).

The near future is not looking good…..all we can do is protect yourself and your family for no one else cares enough to assist.

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The Delta Flyer

Nope not some post about some fictional space ship from Star Trek:  Voyager….rather the newest variant of the Covid-19 which is sweeping the planet as I type.

We are told all about the lethality of this variant….but what is the rest of the story…..

Luckily I am here to help……

COVID cases in the US and around the world are rising again, thanks largely to the fast-spreading delta variant. But in the New York Times, David Leonhardt offers up a counterpoint to the doom-and-gloom coverage. While delta is indeed more contagious than previous variants, preliminary data suggest it doesn’t cause more severe cases. Its threat might be summed up in a quote from Dr. Rebecca Wurtz of the University of Minnesota. “As far as anyone can tell, delta isn’t more dangerous in the sense that it causes worse disease,” she says. “It’s a sneaky opportunist, not a mayhem man.” Related coverage:

  • Numbers: The piece notes that England provides an example. Delta has been in wide circulation for a couple of months, leading to a spike in cases. However, the rates of hospitalization and deaths aren’t rising. All this could change, but until then, Leonhardt cautions against sloppy news reports that equate contagiousness with severity.
  • Breakthrough cases: A story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal illustrates delta’s ability to spread. Eleven staffers of Sunrise Hospital contracted COVID after attending a party last month, and at least 10 got the delta variant. Eight of the staffers had been fully vaccinated, and two others had received one of two doses. However, underscoring the point made by Leonhardt, none of them required hospitalization, per the Guardian, and all have recovered.
  • Another: Entertainment reporter Catt Sadler says she also contracted the delta variant despite being fully vaccinated. The 46-year-old thought she’d be safe while caring for a person who came down with COVID, per People. “Delta is relentless,” she says on Instagram. She’s been recuperating at home while suffering fever, headaches, and fatigue.
  • The speed: Stats at ABC News show how fast delta is spreading in the US. The variant accounted for 58% of new cases from June 20 through July 3, up from 31% two weeks earlier, according to the CDC. In late May, the figure was 3%.
  • States: CNN reports that 46 states are reporting case rates at least 10% higher than the previous week. In 31 states, the percentage increase was at least 50%. And the situation is worst where vaccination rates are low. Missouri, for example, has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, along with one of the worst delta outbreaks.

Be Well……Be Safe…..

As always,

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Covid News For Morons

There has been some really moronic news around the Covid pandemic….I decided to do a series around just how moronic this stuff truly has become.

Did you know that a Covid vaccine will make you magnetic?

Seriously!

Videos of sweaty nurse Joanna Overholt at a Ohio hearing went wide on social media over the surreal hilarity of watching a woman trying to stick a key to her neck as proof that simply associating with someone who had taken a vaccine was enough to make a person “magnetic.” But Overholt was actually there as a backup to another medical professional, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, who was the original source of this claim. Silly as it was, the vaccines make you magnetic claim was just one of a very, very long line of claims from Dr. Tenpenny that included arguments that masks make people sicker, social distancing causes illness, vaccines cause autoimmune disease, vaccines cause men to become sterile, vaccines could cause women to have mutant babies, and vaccines create an “interface” to talk to 5G cell towers.

Dr. Tenpenny and Overholt didn’t burst into that Ohio hearing on their own. They were invited there by Republican state representative Jennifer Gross. Not only is Gross a member of the House Health Committee, she’s also the author of legislation that would stop any government agency, school, hospital, or business of any kind from requiring vaccination. Not just COVID-19 vaccine. Any vaccine.

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2021/7/14/2039822/-The-vaccines-make-you-magnetic-claims-are-ridiculous-but-the-cult-of-ignorance-is-terrifying

Then there are the religious types…for me these are some of the biggest morons around….and please do not get me started on those idiots that believe this fecal matter….there is one ‘pastor’ (if you can call these idiots that) that says prayer will un-vaccinate you…..

A right-wing Alabama pastor urged his followers to repent and God would undo the effects of the coronavirus vaccine they’d taken.

Self-proclaimed “prophet” Robin Bullock, pastor of Church International in Warrior, called on Christians to pray for the vaccine to stop protecting them from the potentially deadly COVID-19 as the new delta variant surges in his state, which has the fewest fully vaccinated residents in the country, reported Right Wing Watch.

“There are some who took that vaccine, and you are very concerned whether you will live or whether you will die as time takes its toll,” Bullock told his congregation. “The Lord said, ‘Reach out to me today and I will neutralize its effects inside your bloodstream.”

https://www.rawstory.com/robin-bullock-prophet/

I am sure that his help will come at a monetary price…..these types are a greedy lot…..as well as just plain stupid.

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Saturday Covid News

Oh joy!  Since I live just north of a hurricane I am always watching the weather come 01  June….and now we have our first storm in the Caribbean, Elsa…..

Florida may soon feel the wrath of Elsa—and it’s going to be windy, not icy. Hurricane Elsa, which was preceded by Tropical Storms Ana, Bill, Claudette, and Danny, is the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season and the earliest E-named storm on record, reports AccuWeather. The previous record was held by Tropical Storm Eduardo, which formed on July 6 last year. Elsa lashed the eastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds early Friday and it is on a course that could bring it to Florida early Tuesday, the AP reports.

The storm hit Barbados early Friday, and a hurricane watch is in place for islands including St. Vincent, where many people are still in shelters after volcanic eruptions earlier this year. The National Hurricane Center says tropical storm conditions are expected in Haiti and the Dominican Republic Saturday. The center says there is a risk of storm surge and other conditions in Florida early next week, but the “forecast uncertainty remains larger than usual due to Elsa’s potential interactions with the Greater Antilles this weekend.”

Florida does not need any more bad news….

Now for the actual news that you may be able to use…..

Covid is still making news….less than half of the nation’s population is fully vaccinated…..I can say here that I am one of those that has had the full course…….

There is always bad news about the virus in the MSM…..but once in awhile there is good news….and this is one of those rare reports.

Anyone who received a double dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines may not need a booster shot anytime soon. A new study in Nature suggests that the mRNA vaccines provide years of protection—maybe even a lifetime of it, reports the New York Times. One big caveat: The virus is ever-evolving, and a significant new variation could make boosters necessary. The peer-reviewed study did not explicitly address the new Delta strain, which is thought to be particularly contagious, notes Forbes. Nor did the sample study include anyone who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, though lead researcher Dr. Ali Ellebedy of Washington University in St. Louis says the J&J immune response would likely be less robust over the long run. But on the mRNA vaccines, the news is better.

“It’s a good sign for how durable our immunity is from this vaccine,” says Ellebedy. The study buttresses earlier research suggesting that people who recovered from COVID retained protection for nearly a year, notes Fox News. The new study set out to see if the vaccines could provide similar protection, and certain cells found in recipients’ lymph nodes suggest they do. As for the worrisome variants, a University of Washington immunologist in Seattle has a counter to that based on the research. “Everyone always focuses on the virus evolving—this is showing that the B cells are doing the same thing,” Marion Pepper tells the Times. “And it’s going to be protective against ongoing evolution of the virus, which is really encouraging.”

Read more–https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/560497-study-finds-sign-of-long-lasting-protection-from-covid-19-vaccines

Makes me smile since I was given the Moderna vaccine…..I was not looking forward to a booster ever so often…..

There are a few things that need to be reported around the virus….

New, varied medical issues are plaguing hundreds of thousands of people who contracted COVID-19, even those who didn’t become ill from the coronavirus, a study has found. The study, the most comprehensive of its kind, examined the insurance records of almost 2 million US patients who caught the virus in 2020, the New York Times reports. The findings mean the nation’s health care system, as well as COVID patients, will have to adapt to the disease’s lasting effects, experts cautioned. The study was conducted by FAIR Health, a nonprofit. The report said:

  • The conditions people most often sought treatment for are pain, often in nerves and muscles; breathing problems; high cholesterol; and high blood pressure.
  • 5% of patients, more than a fifth of those who reported post-COVID problems, had new pain.
  • Breathing problems accounted for 3.5% of the reports.
  • Malaise and fatigue, which can include the brain fog that patients with long COVID have reported, affected almost 3% of the patients.
  • Those in their 40s and 50s, especially, reported high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  • More than half of the 2 million people who’d had COVID-19 had no symptoms, while 40% had symptoms but didn’t need to be hospitalized.

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