Oops: Students now 4-5 months behind

Well, at least we got the pandemic completely under control by closing the schools, right? Right?

The CDC Loses the Storyline

When you’ve lost Chise, you’ve lost the story. Chise is the anonymous name of a senior scientist, virologist and immunologist who has commonly, cheerfully and accurately written much and answered questions about Covid-19.

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  • 16 months ago, the experts told us 15 days to flatten the curve.
  • Here we are in July 2021 and the CDC Director says if we all wear masks[1], this will be over with in 2 weeks.
  • Last July 2020, then CDC Director Robert Redfield said if we all wear masks, the pandemic is over with in weeks.
  • We had high 90+% mask wearing compliance and daily case counts increased by at least 10x.

And here we are, one year later, spewing the same 15 days to flatten the curve bull shit all over again.

Public health has failed. From 2 weeks to infinity, the pandemic will end IN SPITE OF NOT BECAUSE OF what public health has done.

Public health no longer has any credibility. Their game is over.

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The CDC’s new guidance day was based in part on a study from India, regarding vaccines not approved for use in the U.S., and which had been rejected for publication by peer reviewers. Their new guidance was also based on a single event in Province Town, MA that some think is not representative of much.

[1] As always, define “masks”. Public health “experts” keep saying wear a mask. My state’s public health agency says the public is not to wear N95s, and should not wear medical grade masks such as surgical masks. Instead, the public is told to wear random bits of “cloth facial coverings” made of unknown materials, with no standards and no evaluation metrics – to stop an aerosol spread virus. To say this in July 2021 is outright malpractice by public health.

Australia’s smart phone contact tracing app found 17 potential “cases”

The Australian government says its COVIDSafe app identified 2,827 potential close contacts from 37,668 encounters in NSW and Victoria. Only 17 cases in NSW were identified separately to manual contact tracing efforts, however.

Source: COVIDSafe uploaded 1.65m ‘handshakes’ and was only used by NSW and Victoria | ZDNet

I have been pointing out for 15 months that the technology for smart phone contact tracing is inadequate and prone to significant errors, with a high false positive rate, and missing many actual contacts. Ultimately, the teach has found very few unique cases – but it has managed to shut down whole industries in the UK after flagging 600,000 people in one week, and forced a fully vaccinated Prime Minister who also had natural acquired immunity since he had the disease – in to a 10 day quarantine.

Did you know that Covid can tell the difference between a wedding and a funeral attendee?

Amazing – SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t target funeral attendees, only targets wedding attendees.

Can weddings go ahead?

People are not allowed to attend or hold a wedding in greater Sydney.

What about funerals?

Currently, funerals can continue to take place, including in the locked-down areas, with a maximum of 10 people, including the person conducting the service. Attending a funeral is a reasonable excuse to leave home.

Source: New Sydney LGA Covid lockdown restrictions and update to regional NSW coronavirus rules explained | New South Wales | The Guardian

Or … more inconsistent, contradictory and incoherent messaging from public health “experts” (“experts” seems to a synonym for “idiots”).

Update: In June of 2020, thousands of public health experts agreed that protesting was more important than fighting a virus. But in Australia, there’s this:

Protests of the right political persuasion or topic are a-okay, but protests against lock downs are dangerous.

I am so old I remember…

I am so old, I remember June of 2020 when 1,288 public health “experts” signed a petition saying protesting was more important than fighting a virus.

Meanwhile, in Australia …

Case numbers in Australia’s most populous city could continue rising after a weekend of protests that defied restrictions on crowd sizes, authorities said, and have the potential to become a superspreader event. Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters on Saturday flooded the country’s largest cities, some clashing with police.

Source: Sydney Covid Cases Climb Amid Concerns of Protest Superspread – Bloomberg

SARS-CoV-2 is an amazing virus that only targets people who protest the wrong subjects! The virus has amazing abilities!

Heh – even the Wall Street Journal notices: “Covid Mania Returns Australia to its Roots as a Nation of Prisoners” as the government has effectively placed half of the population under house arrest until the end of 2021. Australia is proving that NPI’s are not sustainable forever – given time, everywhere ends up at the same destination. We’ve seen this with Thailand, Vietnam and other countries that were once said to be the model of how to manage Covid right – until they eventually were overcome just like everywhere else.

Update: Sydney posts record daily new cases.  Sydney residents now mandated to wear masks outdoors at all times. Police now shutting down businesses. Sydney has been in lock down for five weeks – and the entire time, cases continue to increase. This, obviously, proves that lock downs work. Or something. Guessing that with everyone wearing face masks even outdoors, cases continue to rise anyway.

Sydney has the most strict restrictions in the world – with people fined for violating public health Orders. Update – the places that allowed up to 10km from home have now cut that to 5 km, and some are already at 2.5 km. Literally, Australia, founded as a penal colony, has locked up everyone. They have now brought in the army to enforce imprisonment of the entire population. and the governor suggests people will not be released and free until more people get vaccinated. Specifically, officials are saying the citizens may be imprisoned for months, probably until the end of the year.

NSW has posted the highest daily test cases during the entire pandemic; thousands of police being brought in to arrest and fine imprisonment orders.

(I once thought I would like to visit Australia – but am losing interest in visiting a penal colony.)

Keep in mind: This is 5 weeks into a lock down and cases are getting worse. Which means the lock down does not work.

Six US States ban the sale of high end gaming computers because “climate change”

My house is powered by solar photovoltaic panels – why should my use of a gaming PC be prohibited? I generate my own power, carbon free.

US States California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have banned the sale of high-end gaming PCs under a new energy bill.

The California Energy Bill was written in 2017, and recently went into effect. This led to several US States outside of California joining in; effectively banning high-end pre-built gaming PCs.

The state had recently published a paper looking into the power efficiency of computer gaming. They claim in their findings is that computer gaming in California consumed 4.1 terawatt hours in 2016, costing roughly $700 million USD in energy bills. They list consoles with taking a bulk of the emissions at 66%, and desktop computers at 31%. In spite of this, consoles are seemingly exempt from the bill.

As an answer to this, Dell has pulled the sale of seven of its eight Alienware gaming desktops from those states. Only the Alienware Aurora R12 Gaming Desktop is widely available; packing a i5 11400F, a GTX 1650 Super, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The other R12s which are restricted on shipping feature one major component different; such as a 1TB harddrive or different graphics cards.

Source: High-End Gaming PCs Banned in Six US States after California Energy Bill Limits Sales On High Performance PCs – Niche Games

Politicians are even dumber than public health.

Sydney Australia remains in lock down, basically forever

Daily case counts have been climbing for many weeks – the entire time they have been in lock down. The lock down has worked so well, it will be continued for at least another 4 weeks, and some say, until the end of 2021.

SYDNEY, July 28 (Reuters) – The Australian city of Sydney extended a lockdown by four weeks on Wednesday after an already protracted stay-at-home order failed to douse a COVID-19 outbreak, with the authorities warning of tougher policing to stamp out non-compliance.

Source: Sydney adds four weeks to lockdown as Australia COVID-19 cases spike | Reuters

In addition to all the usual lock down rules – don’t travel more than 2.5 km for your home, remain at home at all times, except one person from the home may leave to obtain food or medicine – authorities have told people not to talk to strangers or even look them in the eye (yes, really).