Rough Rider Teddy must be rolling in his grave as he looks down upon these poseurs gathered in the Roosevelt room. For crying out loud, every one of them is double vaxxed and totally boosted. And they have issued orders to force the same upon more than 130 million of their countrymen – allegedly to prevent the latter from becoming walking vectors of disease and killers of their neighbors.
Yet if the Vaxx is actually a spread stopper, why do they sit there in their face diapers? What’s the need to protect Sleepy Joe from Fauci when the sainted doctor is armed to the teeth with vaxxed-in antibodies?
And why is Sleepy Joe festooned with the medical equivalent of Depends when he’s already got the accident-prevention protection of the Vaxx?
Or does he? That is to say, if it doesn’t work to stop the spread, there is no earthly reason for mandating it against the will of millions of citizens who fear that the risks outweigh the benefits. And if it does stop the spread – despite the manifest evidence to the contrary – why all the face mask virtue signaling on live TV?
In short, this “photo op” is worth a thousand words. It’s a live action illustration of what’s been wrong since the beginning in March 2020. Namely, the predicate that one-size-fits all social control mechanisms – lockdowns, distancing, masking, vaxxing – must be preemptively and harshly employed by arms of the state in order to stop the spread of an aerosolized airborne virus which cannot be seen and cannot be stopped.
Indeed, the latest argument for mandatory vaxxing – -that it prevents not transmission and infection but just a serious course of the disease – makes the picture below patently absurd. What are these cats afraid of then?
The fact is, the real contagion at loose in the world – especially among the western nations which noisily congratulate themselves as model liberal democracies to be emulated by the more benighted nations inhabiting the purported darker corners of the planet – is a virulent outbreak of statist authoritarianism. That is, a definitely not Black Plague virus of the type that has challenged mankind o’er the ages has become a universal excuse for the wholesale cancellation of civil liberties and property rights like never before – even in times of world war.
Take the pathetic case of the United Kingdom. It is governed by a Conservative Party that’s traitorous to the cause of liberty and led by an unkempt Donald Trump wanna be who has assaulted the essence of liberal democracy to such a sweeping extent that his most authoritarian predecessors (i.e. Winston Churchill, among others) scarcely dreamed of it and the Donald himself couldn’t hold a candle to it.
BoJo, in fact, is hauling out all the tools of public health authoritarianism in response to what amounts to a run-of-the-mill winter cold among the British population.
And that latter proposition is not debatable. Not when you compare the peak January data, when virtually no one was vaccinated compared to 80% of adult Brits today, with the 7-day rolling averages through last week. Thus,
The case rate last week was 1,138 per million or 30% higher than the 875 per million recorded at the January 2021 peaks, but –
The death rate last week of 1.64 per million was down by a god-is-apparently-smiling 91% compared to the 18.21 rate at the January 2021 peak.
Of course, peek under the covers and what you have is the same old, same old. Not only is the Omicron variant far more transmissible and massively less lethal than earlier variants–for the inherent reasons that sensible virologists and epidemiologists have explained ad infinitum – but the propaganda contagion of the state’s Virus Patrol appears to be even more virulent.
That is to say, as the government, the BBC, the Guardian and their mass media ilk have stirred the fear pot one more time, the UK testing rate has also skyrocketed and is now well more than double the rate of last January at the previous winter season peak. Thus:
The test rate last week was 18,810 per million or 121% higher than the 8,500 rate at the January 2021 peak.
Alas, the public health machinery has so effectively stirred the fear quotient among the populace that the positivity rate has fallen dramatically. Compared to a 10.8% rate in January 2021, the current rate is just 6.0%.
Obviously, what is happening is that more and more asymptomatic and completely healthy well people are getting tested in response to the drumbeat, which testing surge has generated the predictable wave of new “cases” and new measures of propaganda and control from the Virus Patrol.
At the end of the day, of course, there is no case for mandates on anything – from lockdowns to masking and vaxxing – because the Covid just ain’t no Black Plague.
After 22 months of counting every death in America with the remotest Covid connection – including postmortem testing of the human residue of motorcycle crashes – the annualized mortality rate for the population under 50 years of age is about 500 per million – the same figure as for traffic accidents and other unintentional injuries. That is to say, for the 211 million Americans who are not in the higher risk, immune system compromised older population, the Covid risk is the same as the risks inherent in everyday modern life that we have long ago learned to live with.
Alternatively, for the population under 65 years of age, the survival rate for the estimated 110 million Americans (40%) in that cohort who have contracted the virus since day one (i.e. February 2020) is 99.87%; and if you take the healthy sub-population without significant underlying comorbidities, the risk of death is virtually nil.
So here we are with another public hysteria, fueled by another speech from the White House, promising yet another mobilization of the public health apparatus of the state, including use of the defense production act to commandeer the manufacture of hundreds of millions – nay, billions before its over – of test kits that will only fuel the hysteria.
That’s pretty scary. And even more so is Biden’s renewed attack on the 60 million unclean Americans – overwhelmingly in the younger, low risk cohorts – who have exercised their constitutional liberty and have chosen not to take the jab:
Biden sought to draw a clear contrast when describing how the omicron surge will affect the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated, issuing a dire warning to 60 million unvaccinated Americans.
“How concerned should you be about omicron, which is now the dominant variant in this country and it happened so quickly. The answer is straightforward: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you have good reason to be concerned……Omicron is serious, potentially deadly business for unvaccinated people,” Biden said.
Sorry, Joe. But it’s none of your damn business what people chose to do about a vaccine that self-evidently does not stop transmission and infection from this latest mutation; and it is most certainly not the “patriotic duty” of Americans who think the risks are not worth the benefits to take the jab on your say so.
Meanwhile the extremely astute and alert Alex Berenson noted the implications of the recent announcement by Regeneron and Eli Lilly that their go to monoclonal antibody therapies are not likely to work against Omicron. That’s because like in the case of the vaccines, the inherently mutant virus has already found its workaround:
We call them vaccines. But it is clear after a year of use that the mRNA shots do not produce a robust long-term B- or T-cell immune response.
What they do is drive up antibodies to the spike protein (to unnaturally high levels, levels that all by themselves may cause problems, but put that aside). And those antibodies are extremely narrowly focused, not just on the spike protein but on a particular part of it.
In other words, they basically turn your body into a factory for generating monoclonal antibodies for the original wild-type virus.
But THOSE ANTIBODIES DON’T WORK ANYMORE AGAINST OMICRON. Its shape is too different. They can’t attach properly. Which is why the Lilly and Regeneron antibodies are being phased out.
In a word, we are in the midst of the greatest and most fraught science experiment of all time, with more than 11 billion shots having been administered already. But rather than even acknowledge the rapidly fading risk/reward equation for much of the population – most especially the children – the powers that be trotted out an obviously semi-senile TelePrompTer reader today to stoke the public hysteria.
The only real patriotic duty under these circumstances, of course, is to adopt the words of the other Joe from West Virginia and utter a loud “I’m a no!” when it comes to Sleepy Joe’s mandates and exhortations.
Reprinted with permission from David Stockman’s Contra Corner.