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What I have been saying for months: “But that [100M doses] is really just the start of where we need to be”

Bingo:

Biden previously announced that his administration will aim to administer 100 million vaccine shots in its first 100 days. Jeff Zients, Biden’s coordinator for the Covid response, said on a conference call Wednesday evening that that’s just the beginning.

We feel confident that we can meet our 100 million shots in 100 days,” Zients said. “But that is really just the start of where we need to be. We have to vaccinate as much of the U.S. population as possible to put this pandemic behind us, but we don’t have the infrastructure.”

Source: Biden to sign 10 executive orders, invoke Defense Production Act to fight Covid

For months, I said we need to aim for 2-4 million doses per day, 7 days per week. Our targets have been woefully inadequate. But I am just an idiot with no health care experience. I make observations and ask stupid questions.

Insurrection is more common than we realize, and how to stop this madness

Insurrection

noun

an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/insurrection?s=t

We’ve had 3 insurrections in the past 12 months. Version 1.0 was done by some in public health who thought they actually suspend the Constitution. Version 2.0 was a combination of Antifa, anarchists and right wing provocateurs, and version 3.0 was extreme right wing pro-Trumpers on January 6th.

Insurrection seems quite common – is it stoppable? I think so but it requires a government that truly listens, bases decisions on evidence and logic, explains clearly and is transparent.

Unfortunately, seems unlikely we will see that soon.

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Wondered where this was going? British politician urges lock downs and restrictions to fight climate change

Does this mean the conspiracy theorists were correct? 2020 was a trial run? Geesh.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle told a gathering of counterparts from some of the world’s most powerful countries that the pandemic shows people are prepared to accept limitations on their lifestyles – if they recognise it is for the greater good.

He was surprised by the willingness of millions of people to wear masks and accept new rules, and said the urgent response the world has shown to deal with Covid-19 should now be harnessed to address climate change.

Source: ‘Dream on!’ Speaker Lindsay Hoyle slapped down for lockdown-style climate change rules | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

Geez, if you wanted to provide fodder for conspiracist theorists, the Speaker of the House Commons has fed them some excellent material.

Large international study finds lockdowns not effective

Locking people up like prison inmates was no better than less restrictive measures:

The peer reviewed study, which was conducted by a group of Stanford researchers and published in the Wiley Online Library on January 5, analyzed coronavirus case growth in 10 countries in early 2020.

Source: COVID Lockdowns Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows

There are issues with this study – including selection bias, the use of models, the time dimension issue. Still, this is the same conclusion that numerous other studies have reached.

That lock downs do not work has been known for many years.

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As vaccine rollouts remain in disarray, many of us will not be vaccinated until after the pandemic is over

Officially, my state says I cannot be vaccinated until Fall of 2021. That’s the official word from the state’s public health director.

At the actual pace of vaccine delivery so far, early 2022 is the more likely date of vaccination for me.

By the time I am eligible for vaccination, the pandemic will have been long since over with – having ended on its own, as most pandemics have done.

Our “lockdowns” of civilian populations delayed the inevitable. Everywhere that had did well, and was said to be “doing everything right” later ended up with a bad situation. Look at California – what happened there has happened across the country and around the world.

All we did with our public health mitigations and life restrictions has been to prolong the pandemic.

For most of us without vaccine privilege, this pandemic will likely end, as most have previously done, on its own, through natural immunity and natural herd immunity effects.

Vaccinating everyone is a better way to end a pandemic as it avoids so much serious illness and mortality. But this approach – even doing vaccines faster than ever before in history – is failing.

History will not look kindly on public health in 2020 and 2021.

I am an idiot with no health care experience. I make observations and ask stupid questions. My comments are for entertainment only.

BigTech confirms it now can control the world

  • FB, IG, Twitter and now YouTube have shut down Donald Trump.
  • Twitter deleted Tweets from the official U.S. government account @POTUS and has shut down access to it.
  • Youtube has suspended his Twitter account, including comments, for seven days.

Think about this for a moment: BigTech has the power to shut down world leaders, even official government communications.

This is not whether Trump is an idiot or not – these actions demonstrate that BigTech is in a position to control the world.

BigTech is now more powerful than the President and more powerful than the U.S. government – more powerful than any government entity.

This represents a MASSIVE SECURITY THREAT to all world governments, all world leaders, and to all people.

They have just demonstrated that BigTech must be broken up AND heavily regulated.

BigTech just killed itself.

Vaccine privilege?

Vaccine privilege is becoming real.

Today, Denmark announced it will be launching a “vaccine passport” in early 2021 and expects that you will be required to use your immunity passport to board aircraft, enter other countries, to attend festivals, events and concerts.

Here in the U.S., I expect a third of the country to be vaccinated by end of June. That large block will put enormous pressure on businesses and government to deploy vaccine passports – so the vaccine privileged can get on with life. While the rest of us remain sequestered in exile.

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Widespread vaccinations of marketing people and administrators at hospitals

The state of Oregon’s plan all along was to vaccinate health care workers first, the people who come in contact with patients and are most at-risk of getting COVID-19.

Some KGW viewers sent emails asking why hospital marketing employees and administrators were posting pictures of themselves on social media getting the vaccine.

In a news conference this week, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) officials said what they thought was an isolated incident was more widespread.

“We have become aware of vaccinators vaccinating staff kind going beyond the 1a categories definitions, which are people involved in risk of patient contact. The key is contact,” said Patrick Allen with the OHA.

Allen said in the news conference hospitals should not be vaccinating employees without direct patient contact and said updated guidance would be going out to hospitals.

“It’s more widespread than we first thought. We are providing some very direct guidance out that we are still in category 1a and we shouldn’t be moving on to the people without patient exposure,” said Allen.

Source: COVID-19 vaccines go to Oregon hospital employees who don’t have contact with patients | kgw.com

“World leaders react to ‘disgraceful’ mob attack on U.S. Capitol”

What happened today was disgusting: World leaders react to ‘disgraceful’ mob attack on U.S. Capitol – oregonlive.com

This was insurrection and sedition and should be prosecuted as such.

And:

Members of the pro-Trump mob that broke into the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday broke into the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while there.”

Trump released a video on Twitter calling the election a landslide, stolen election and a fraud and saying he won, overwhelmingly. As disgusting a statement as one can make in the midst of insurrection.

Trump has also said he will never concede. UPDATE: TWITTER HAS DELETED THE ABOVE VIDEO CLIP. As did Youtube. However, a copy has been reposted by the Associated Press. He called the election “fraudulent” and claimed he won in a landslide.

The National Association of Manufacturers called upon Vice President Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment procedure to remove the President from office.

January 6, 2021 3:37pm 

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement in response to large groups of armed Trump adherents who have violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building as members of Congress meet to count the electoral votes:

“Armed violent protestors who support the baseless claim by outgoing president Trump that he somehow won an election that he overwhelmingly lost have stormed the U.S. Capitol today, attacking police officers and first responders, because Trump refused to accept defeat in a free and fair election. Throughout this whole disgusting episode, Trump has been cheered on by members of his own party, adding fuel to the distrust that has enflamed violent anger. This is not law and order. This is chaos. It is mob rule. It is dangerous. This is sedition and should be treated as such. The outgoing president incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy. Anyone indulging conspiracy theories to raise campaign dollars is complicit. Vice President Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy.

“This is not the vision of America that manufacturers believe in and work so hard to defend. Across America today, millions of manufacturing workers are helping our nation fight the deadly pandemic that has already taken hundreds of thousands of lives. We are trying to rebuild an economy and save and rebuild lives. But none of that will matter if our leaders refuse to fend off this attack on America and our democracy—because our very system of government, which underpins our very way of life, will crumble.”

Some note that Trump appears to have incited insurrection against the U.S. government, which would be an impeachable offense and are calling upon the House to invoke articles of impeachment to send to the Senate immediately.

Update: Wall Street Journal Editorial Board calls for Trump to resign.

What is next: The United Nations to Deploy Peacekeeping Forces to America?

And Good Question – I am so old I remember 9/11/2001 and then this happens when a mere group of thugs take over the U.S. Capitol:

This certainly appears to have been done by Trump supporters; But Trump enthusiasts say it was infiltrated by Antifa. Others will surely blame Russia. Everyone will spin this in every possible direction. Regardless, this was mishandled by all parties involved.

Update: This insurrection occurred in Oregon today as well and is reported to have also occurred in Kansas and Georgia.

In the US Capitol, Trump’s supporters did indeed fly a Confederate flag.

Update: This insurrection was likely a Covid-19 mass spreader event for many obvious reasons.

Trump’s Past Tweets

I had muted Trump so that I did not see his tweets when shared by people I follow on Twitter. I do that for lots of politicians as I have a very negative view of all politicians (with good reasons).

Today, I reviewed some of his recent tweets and his apparent desire to inspire insurrection. These tweets are kind of scary in retrospect. This certainly looks like attempts to promote insurrection.

Certainly, Trump was correct – today was an Historic Day. Perhaps not as he thought it would be however.

Fun with models

Disease model projections have proven close to worthless. Perhaps like a stopped clock, they might get close once in a while.

Here is another set of models that blew up into space – showing the October model projections for deaths in England versus actual number of deaths (black line).

The models might be a little off …

https://data.spectator.co.uk/

The grotesque failure of disease models may discourage people from believing in other model output, including climate change models.