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OMG! Four people have now died from the deadly Omicron variant? We are doomed.

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You spelled "with" wrong

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Dec 31, 2021Liked by Matt Orfalea

Excellent work! I almost expected to hear some air horn. Carry the torch man!

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Thanks. I considered the air horn but ultimately went cemetery bell.

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*Metallica intensifies*

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Excellent reply

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Or bang a hammer on on a pot, Monte Python style.

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Jan 1, 2022·edited Jan 1, 2022

That was brilliant. You hit all of my buttons. Jack in The Shining, Linda Blair in The Exorcist. And disease spewing Godzillacron had me looking for the theatrical release.

But the absolute best was the "deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming semi" look on Dr. Walensky's face. Her response, "Yeah a really important question..." and then subsequent dodging of that question was priceless. If she was playing poker her little pre-non-answer head shake would be called a tell and she'd now be broke and mortgaging her house.

What I would love to know is how the core of Covid true believers still don't see that they're being played constantly by con men/women who, quite frankly, aren't that good at it.

Oh yeah ya mentioned Fangoria too! Like I said brilliant.

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DEATH MOST DEATHY!

Try saying it that way: more scarier. You’re welcome.

😹😹😹

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THE SHAFT SAGGER !!! WUAHHAHAHAHA

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Best comment - moar likes plz.

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Death porn would end if people demanded taking SPUTNIK V vaccines. It is superior to our vaccines.

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OMEGA DEATH is a great heavy metal band name!

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This is true, but it works the other way around too: why not use existing metal band names for new variants? What could be more clickbaity than the Cannibal Corpse, Mayhem, or Slayer variants?

Since viruses mutate constantly, there's a lot of mileage to be gained from this, like with hurricanes, which should be given names like "Ahmed," "Jethro," and "Ivan."

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Rage Against the Vaccine

(I stole that from someone else)

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Featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci as The Omega Man

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A newsgasm

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We know there won't be a XI death, don't we...

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Relax comrades, the first 22 months of 14 days to flatten the curve are the toughest.

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Oh, how I miss the halcyon days of the sciencey-sounding "flatten the curve" mantra regurgitated hourly by a host of 3rd rate local elected officials. I enjoyed the lovely colored line graphs that adorned virtually every media outlet for weeks on end describing in banal detail how different slopes of flatness correlated with "saving lives" while spikey-ness = death. Not that any of the real-time graphs ever showed "flatness"; but a bunch of mostly lawyers, pundits and reporters thought they sounded smart talking about "curves" and "slopes."

What I missed the most was screaming things like "flatten this curve Bitch!" while pointing to my gonads at the only other two of my co-workers who were forced to still show-up at the government office I work at during the great lock-down last year. Oh the jocularity!

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The public health community helped hype the message. They fudged on "science-based" Proposed interventions can't be science-based when most of the data is provisional. In the midst of a pandemic doing nothing while you wait for the all the data to come in is an option, a really bad one. Somebody decided that the American public couldn't deal with "interventions based on best, provisional data available" and "subject to change as more data becomes available." Most of us would surely crump into a heap if confronted with uncertainty. Better to project certainty and worry later when the lies come back to bite your ass.

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This is a key point. Most pronouncements from the White House, CDC, FDA, ...., were based on very provisional data, not actual information. Data are the raw numbers, information is based on an analysis of those numbers to determine what they mean, if anything. Your phrases in quotes represent the proper way to issue statements for the public.

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and their partners

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What if when this first came to light, the people who created it were also in positions of authority to spin the narrative. This is beyond, "never let a (crisis/tragedy/emergency/whatever go to waste." This is, someone like Frankenfauci has control of the message, because the responsible old guard media doesn't exist anymore. What is to become of us.

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Am I alone in thinking that the word "crisis" has lost its punch through excessive use? Once every issue becomes a "crisis", we have no word for describing a real crisis. I suggest that "crisis" be used for any situation that is in any way unpleasant as is now the case. With that done, we'll need a new word to describe a real crisis. "Armageddon" is too biblical and ethnocentric but otherwise has the end-of-days flavor we seek.

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Crises and grim. Also harrowing and brutal.

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Since Moderna was working on a vaccine long before Cov-2 came into existence, the first light must be tied to that time period. This is obviously a psy-op with the intention of disrupting the trend at the time...Trump and his path.

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Except, the lies never seem to bite anyone in the ass…

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Point taken. It only applies if the goal is to implement effective public health policy that entails voluntary cooperation. Once creditability is lost it won't come back and then you'll need to rely on coercive tactics. Sound familiar?

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That's why I'm especially appreciative of the charts with unlabeled X and Y axes they sometimes show. (though they will sometimes helpfully put numbers along them). They help me know if I should cower in place (line going up, left-to-right) or if Fauci and Biden have saved us (line going down, left-to-right).

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No need to properly label a graph as long as you pick a good color scheme- the red hue under the curve does look ominous. A "case" is a positive test. In a condition where most cases are without or with minimal signs and symptoms, the rate of cases will be remarkably dependent on the rate of testing. Simple enough! The MSM has ignored this because: a. They're stupid? or b. it doesn't make good copy?

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The local laundrymat still has its 'flatten the curve' posters out in the front window 2 years later. I cannot tell if is sincere or ironic.

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Whadda hoot

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Thank you Jrod for my morning chuckle, and reminding me that I have been wary of any Covid news I see on most media outlets.

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How about 183++ deaths in 4-5 minutes from a single suicide bomber?

A major MYSTERY --- 170++ dead Afghans and 13 US soldiers...

Just HOW a suicide bomber, in densely packed crowd, can kill 183 people?

PS: It turns out that US and UK SOLDIERS ended up killing many/most by recklessly firing into the crowd of civilians after the bomb went off and they started panicking. Absolutely unconscionable.

There will be a MAJOR effort by corporate media and Pentagon/arms industry to suppress this national shame

Questions With New Reports That US Forces Gunned Down Civilians After Kabul Blast - by Caitlin Johnstone - Caitlin’s Newsletter (substack.com)

https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/questions-after-new-reports-that?

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Dec 31, 2021·edited Dec 31, 2021

What does that have to do with this essay?

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Since you apparently do need an explanation --- Compare panic about possibly one death to total silence on murder of 183+ people in few minutes?!

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One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic?

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While 3,000 killed on 9-11 are the justification for a 20 year, $8 trillion (all borrowed) cluster fuck fought largely against people who had nothing to do with it, not forgetting we allowed bin Laden to escape Scot free back in December 2001, firmly replacing the Vietnam war as the biggest US foreign policy debacle ever.

All this took place as the US elite seemed not to notice that during that 20 year wild goose chase, the PRC steadily built its economy and overseas investments, developing resources in foreign lands, owning or securing leases on more than 90 world shipping ports in a concerted and well planned venture whose goal is to rival and surpass the US as the world's preeminent economy.

Not to worry though; our elites now see the danger, and true to their world view, are now trying to contain this economic challenge with yet more military spending.

What could go wrong?

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When you ask "what could go wrong?", I assume you mean some consequence more awful than some members of the 1% of the 1% not getting that private jet upgrade, or having to put off the purchase of their private island.

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Yes -- In Indonesia, unlike Vietnam, the US victory was total -- millions methodically murdered in a very short time.

“The Jakarta Method” — population is terrified to this day.

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Debatable that the U.S. won anything in Indonesia - either from earlier meddling, or from that.

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In other words....nothing.

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My obtuse JohnM... -- you probably still believe in St. Obama and in Russia-gate hoax... ;-))

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Boris is Biden like

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Don't understand the comment -- have you started drinking again ;-))

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I love Caitlin Johnstone but this is a nonsequitor.

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Who cares, another failed attempt to impose stupid US values. The pride flag was saved from the embassy, I wonder if they saved the American flag.

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Now that was mint.

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The end Nov 2019 my neighbor's 94 year old mother entered hospice care in Boston. with inoperable cancer. She was suffering from dementia and had resided in a nursing home for 2 years. She passed away in early April 2020. When her death certificate arrived in July 2020, her cause of death was listed as Covid. No mention of cancer or old age.

It would take an army of interns and boatloads of money, but every death certificate issued the past two years along with corresponding recent medical records should be examined. Names could be replaced with numbers to protect privacy. We will never understand what.has transpired in this country, until we have numbers uninfluenced by politics or billing codes.

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My husband’s best friend had been suffering from congestive heart failure for almost a year. It got to the point where he could hardly breathe. He went to the hospital and tested negative TWICE for Wuhan flu but when his heart finally gave out, guess what went on the death certificate? I’m sure you can figure it out. We live in an empire of lies.

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Perhaps, M Snow, you should have said "we live in an empire of lies due to the greater amount of money medical facilities receive when they claim Covid as the cause of death."

Wave a fist full of additional cash at a hospital administrator, or any other profession and you'll be assured to create a bit of skullduggery.

Best wishes to you for the new year. I became a widower at too young an age, so I perhaps understand some of what you have faced during the past year.

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I am not sure how facilities and counties benefit from having COVID on the death certificate (but would love to learn more), but the US government absolutely pays health providers a 20% bounty for Medicare patients with COVID diagnosis.

https://www.denverpost.com/2020/05/20/coronavirus-covid-medicare-payments-hospitals/

Of course, as well all know, America's health care industry comprises the most upright, honest and altruistic of profit-seeking companies that would never, ever game their claims to earn a penny of that bounty fraudulently.

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I would include non-profit health care system in that group as well. They may not have shareholders, but they take care of themselves in the same way for profit systems do.

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Indeed. But all I have ever heard from the media in the last 30 years about the for-profit health care industry is how it's nothing but a gang of greedy lying sharks. However, when you suggest the greedy lying sharks might be gaming the numbers to collect a COVID bounty we're suddenly informed they are in fact selfless angels who would never, ever stoop to such knavery.

Well, I can only hope they stay that way after the pandemic.

BTW, Matt (Taibbi) is working on a book on the YUGE COVID grift of the last two years. That will be an awesome read.

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Lots of material, it will be a series of books.

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Yep

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That article was written in May of 2020. With as fast as everything about Covid changes it may no longer reflect reality.

You also left out that the "bounty" is for caring for those patients not for their deaths. Of course they are cared for before they die so... Just pointing out how twisted all this reporting is.

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WTF? The 20% bounty was part of the CARES Act. Was the CARES Act amended in the last year and no one told me about it?

"You also left out that the "bounty" is for caring for those patients not for their deaths. "

I left out no such thing. I actually said that in the first sentence of my post.

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The corporatization of healthcare has been a disgusting disaster. So hard to work in the system. Government takeover will not improve things

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Easy Solution. Demand the Sputnik V vaccine, it is as effective as J&J and has no side effects. This demand alone would scare the elite.

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Demand the Sputnik V vaccine because it is safer See how fast they shut up.

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I've been demanding access to Sputnik V and/or Sinovac and/or any and all of the Cuban varieties, which had actual phase III trials before being approved for widespread use. And has anyone heard the FDA will give that new one that's going to be made freely available everywhere the same fast-track approval they gave Pfizer and Moderna? #InquiringMinds❓

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Easily the moral equals of the fine folks who bring us the world's most advanced weaponry, admittedly with huge cost overruns, weapons so advanced that it took the Taliban nearly 20 years to defeat us.

Wonder when the first terrorist attack on US soil originating from Taliban controlled control Afghanistan, will strike The Homeland?

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Well, that’s one kind of lie, but there are so many others. Biden said “No lockdowns, no mandates, he’d only shut down the virus.” Three lies in one sentence. Fauci at first told us masks were not needed. Later admitted he’d lied. Sorry to hear of the early loss of your wife. And best wishes for you in the new year as well.

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Remember 100 days of masking??

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Which was always a stupid idea in the first place. Even if Biden could have waved a magic wand to make covid disappear inside the US, it would be back the next day because thousands and thousands of people travel to the US every single day.

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Actually, I had forgotten that. I’ll add it to my list.

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but but but Trump told 30,000 lies!!!!

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I didn't have enough energy to document all the chaos we've gone through during the past two years, M. Thank you for your kind comment.

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When an elder goes into a hospital from a long term care facility, I found the attending do not bother to read the chart. The director of one hospital called me saying my mother didn't have an advanced directive - I told them to take a look ffs

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Dec 31, 2021·edited Dec 31, 2021

I can see this headline on MSNBC in the future: "185 people died of Covid today when the plane they were traveling on crashed into a mountain..."

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If things pop off even more in Ukraine, everyone there will die from COVID.

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Folks should indeed track down what Scott Ritter has to say on the Ukraine events. Much more frightening than anything about Covid. Like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLpPyuzxSf4

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I saw a quote from Putin, "We have nowhere to retreat to."

It's not traditionally ended well for those doing the pushing.

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Absolutely agree. The Pentagon, CIA, and all their acronym minions started this shit. Like they've been doing for centuries. Put their proxies in power, start conflicts then shovel shit loads of money to "help". Which most of it gets kicked back. Rinse and Repeat.

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Now that's funny! Sadly so.

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A co-worker's family had to go to court to get 2 death certificates corrected. Thinking this type of thing really prevalent. CDC data says that 95% of deaths attributed to COVID, on average the patient had 4 comorbidities. COVID simply put them over the edge. So only 5% died strictly FROM COVID.

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A Linda in twitter laughed and said omg I suppose Drs don’t know what their patients died from. I said - that’s right they don’t Linda but you be you.

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Nope. Just another pain in the ass form to fill out while being drowned in pain in the ass forms

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Yep

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Epidemiologists have the ability to measure deaths over baseline. If anything the overall death count due to Covid has been underestimated worldwide. Unless you think there is another cause for the unexpected millions of deaths over baseline.

https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/coronavirus-excess-deaths-estimates

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The problem with excess deaths is that they include EVERYTHING

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Damn, accidental post. ...- not just directly from Covid, but from the lockdowns, lost jobs, depression, opioids, and so on. The combination of fear and isolation is pretty deadly, too. There's no way to know just which deaths are which.

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Yup. All cause mortality way up in sync with vax rollout. It's the 'coincidence' side effect of the 'vaccines' for sure.

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Dec 31, 2021·edited Dec 31, 2021

According to this site: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/number-of-deaths-per-year there were a total of 57.63 million deaths over the entire world in 2018, 58.39 million in 2019, and 59.23 million in 2020.

That's an increase of 760 thousand from 2018 to 2019, with the virus only active at the end of 2019 and only in a few places; and an increase of 840 thousand from 2019 to 2020, when the virus was active essentially all year.

This suggests that there was a minimal impact of the virus on total deaths worldwide, which have been going up since 2014 according to that site, as populations age.

You can look at the data for each country at the link.

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My implication is the vaxes are responsible for excess deaths and they didn't roll out until 2021. VAERS data shows in excess of 20K deaths and it's likely far higher due to under reporting. There are lots of other side effects that are reported here: https://maryannedemasi.com/publications/f/experts-weigh-in-after-suing-fda-for-access-to-pfizer-trial-data

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Most countries have not reported total fatalities for 2020 yet.

Here is the same source, coming to very different conclusions.

https://ourworldindata.org/excess-mortality-covid

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Looking at it, I am puzzled that there are no reports for 2020. That is 12 months ago. Do all the countries really wait until the second year later, 2022 in this case, to report???

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Thanks for this information.

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Abosolutely! Logic indicates that most COVID "deaths" are "with" not "from" and we have overcounted by hundreds of thousands in the US alone.

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All deaths during Orange Man Bad reign were due to incompetence. Higher deaths occurring during vaccines and booster age (under President Joe) are due to lazy unvaccinated deplorables. Politics 101.

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I'll just leave this year-old link right here: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/12/17/grand-county-coronavirus-deaths-covid/

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Nice evidence

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Even in death, they serve the empire.

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My 94 year old mother passed from Remdesivir poisoning this past May.

Of course they called it....

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Have read that Remdesivir can be toxic. In fact I'm quite sure these 'vaccines' have killed more people than they've saved. There's a reason that FDA is trying to block public scrutiny of Pfizer vax data until 2096. https://aaronsiri.substack.com/p/the-fda-wants-to-hide-pre-licensure?r=dvex&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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Remdesivir is a vaccine? I thought it was a medicine.

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Remdesivir was a trial drug for Ebola. Used more than 2 weeks it had a 54% mortality rate. Of course Gates (Fauci's decade-long business partner) is highly invested in it along with numerous vaccines being deployed.

The U.S. to my knowledge is the only nation using it still as a

CDC/NIH/NIAID protocol for Covid. (See our mortality rates vs the world.)

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My condolences on your loss. Always tough to lose a parent.

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It is pretty easy to determine deaths over baseline to check the official Covid numbers. Some of these are due to people skipping elective surgeries, but so far the dear has over baseline numbers are a bit higher than the official numbers.

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So true. Would make a good academic thesis - esp noting what tests were done or not done post mortem. My guess is that hospital specialists don’t want to handle these ppl and private Drs just put down a ballpark cause - as always

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Good luck getting a grant for such research.

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True enough - my thinking back when ppl researched for PhD’s without being compromised by ‘grants’ -of course Univ times have changed (understatement of the year)

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There's nothing suspect about this.

If your neighbor's mother was shot with a gun and died, and the cause of death was listed as 'gunshot,' would you be similarly upset that cancer and old age weren't also listed as causes of death?

Just because a person is in poor health doesn't mean they can't be killed by Covid, or anything else, really...

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They thik they won't be found out, they are wrong.

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Here in NYC the Karens and the Masktards were thrilled with the fear porn Omicron. Masks were back on, furtive eyes on people outside without a mask ... they're not angry that they might get sick, or you might get sick, they're angry that you won't OBEY like they do.

#2yearstoflattenthecurve

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I'm in NYC, and you're right, it's insane.

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With every passing day, I become more grateful that I decided to move to Florida!

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I'd like to also. But we need to go beyond joking about them and running away. We need to oppose these things, and if necessary, go down with the ship.

Otherwise, it just continues to get worse for us, not to mention our descendants, who will certainly be cursing us in the coming decades.

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I think "voting" with your feet sends the message.

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Agreed ... possibly.

Seriously, yes I have been debating the correct response (i.e. beyond self-preservation), and it's not entirely clear. The damage De Blasio did with his reckless overkill makes me wonder about what the rich people who fled here last year were thinking, especially months later. Why didn't they seem to have enough power to resist the idiocy that was destroying the (city-based part of their) wealth -- and continues to threaten it through Kathy Hochul, and possibly the arm-twisting of Eric Adams?

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Complaining, while still in NYC, would have been racist.

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Push back. Every way and every chance you get. Pushback

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But haven't you heard? Gov. "DeathSantis" is killing us all here! LOL What a joke. And by joke I mean the fear-porn, not the actual virus and its implications.

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That source is not very reliable. Just look at the bias in the other articles listed at the link. Actually Governor DeSantis has been quite active. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/juliorosas/2021/12/31/no-liberals-gov-desantis-is-not-currently-on-vacation-n2601249

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You aren't seriously telling me that "Townhall" is more reliable than "The Hill".

The information in the article you posted is exactly what a Press Secretary covering for her boss would put out. Just like when "what's-his-name" went hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Don't get me wrong though. I'm not saying that "The Hill" is gospel.

My post was suppose to be kind of ironic and hilarious.

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Thanks for the humor.

No, I'm not saying that. Just that The Hill is biased heavily toward the Democrats, based on the articles they list. I am sure Town Hall also is biased, but not worse than The Hill.

Mark the non-hiker hiker?

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I'm in NY area and think it's great people show concern for the community by taking the minor inconvrnience of masking until we figure out what this new thing is. That's in stark contrast to DeSantis-land where it's fuck y'all, I'll do what I want

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We already know what this "new thing" is. IF you've been paying attention to how COVID has been mismanaged for the past two years, that is.

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But to address your monomania here: The very first days this was reported, the South African doctor who discovered it, not mention several other researchers and physicians (likely reported only through alt media), was pointing out it that was not very dangerous.

But if you want to know what happens to people who oppose The Party -- no matter what their credentials -- just look up Dr. Robert W. Malone.

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Malone has caused untold deaths due to his fast and loose interpretation of the science. He's a frustrated academic, denied recognition for his legit discoveries, who finally gained recognition as an anti-vaxer, putting his ego ahead of public health . Colleagues call him "headstrong" "naive" "sensational" -- https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/08/robert-malone-vaccine-inventor-vaccine-skeptic/619734/ Hope there's a special place in hell for this guy

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Yes, I know, the narrative that he miraculously turned into a careless idiot is far more convincing than that TPTB oppose him. After all, there's no track record of continuous and countless episodes of malfeasance by TPTB; moreover, only geniuses like Dr Fauci rise to the top ... and not, say, credentialed but feral political animals.

Your (and the entire rest of TPTB) are way, way past their credibility due date. All your work is for naught, even *when* a wolf is actually at the door. Frustrating, isn't it? So, we know just how nutty you will continue to get in your Empire of Lies, and what strategies will be necessary to oppose your madness. 2020 began a whole new era of nakedness among parading emperors.

So keep flailing, we've broken out the popcorn, for while we are planning and acting, we are certainly enjoying the show!

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Malone PREDICTED Omicron (a mild, highly contagious variant that will end the pandemic) last summer.

Meanwhile, have any of your heroes in the media and government made any accurate predictions at all? Just one? Anyone from the Atlantic?

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You could benefit from reconsidering your sources.

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How can you be reading Matt Tiabbi and then regurgitating that crap propaganda? Your adherence to "The Narrative" will not be rewarded.

"Malone has caused untold deaths..." lolol. You are right about that, just not how you think you are.

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Try actually reading some of the stuff he's written. It's surprisingly mild and well balanced.

Special place in hell? Maybe the 1st for 2nd rung, and not for this.

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Problem is, given his credentials, his comments about possible unknown long term effects get cherry picked and broadcast widely. Two people I know have cited him for why they don't get vaxed/boosted. He has special responsibility to quell anti-vax hysteria - and he's done exactly the opposite. Hence the hope for a special place...

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You state something as fact and it's a lie. No surprise. Hiel!

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Wow Godwin's law asserts itself in record time - congrats for the insight

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mspark/ So many things I could say but it is futile argue with someone about their religious beliefs.

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Oh, if it's from the Atlantic, it must be...

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Show some actual fucking concern and realize freedom is more important than safety - especially when that "safety" is cover for further government control.

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Do you oppose seatbelt laws and DUI laws as well? Outdoor masking is useless, but indoor masking has some limited utility.

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If you are vaxxed, as I suppose you are, why are you worried about perhaps catching a mild flu or cold? Masks are, at best, a religious talisman.

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Amen and awomen!

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I oppose seat belt laws. I wear one, but it solely impacts the individual; we shouldn't be rooting for government to mandate what it deems "smart" behavior, as it can easily and rapidly encroach on liberty and more ambiguous activities.

DUI laws I can see the case for, but I never thought it an apt comparison to mask or vax mandates. One has to draw a line somewhere about potentially dangerous personal activity that "could" impact the society at large, but the restraint placed on an already licensed activity being undertaken by a relatively objectively impaired individual strikes me as fundamentally different from forcing healthy individuals to adhere to specious, increasingly debunked ritualistic behavior or injecting dangerous, experimental drugs to perhaps lessen the mere exposure to another indivudal for whom their own appropriate levels of mitigation are available. The latter strike me as closer to a PKD pre-crime law than it does a fair and balanced invocation of the Social Contract.

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Thought about this more.

Laws should be opposed in general. It's just an opinion with a gun. If a certain action is a positive one, then it's up to you to persuade someone to do it.

Of course I realize how difficult that is, since the vast majority of us are out of practice and prefer to rely on our whip hand, but to that I simply say: git gud.

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Philosophically I agree with this 100%. We certainly have far too many laws. In smaller communities we can count on social pressure and share standards to enforce behavior.

In cities with diverse cultures, the free rider problem is real. There are probably better ways than government to solve them but I haven’t seen any implemented yet.

But we should demand that legislatures spend as much time repealing bad laws as passing new ones. I know that this won’t happen. The American experiment will most likely collapse under the weight of its own bureaucracy.

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Collapse is probably the only way out. I don't welcome it, just feels like writing on the wall right now. However, this will provide space for alternative ideas and solutions.

I don't know how to scale up the bonds smaller communities create, but I'm lucky enough to be in a situation where I can really dig deep into how it works. A common goal, with an unrelenting drive to question everything, seems to go a long way.

I dunno. Just improvising here, like all of us.

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Nope. It really doesn’t.

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I oppose seatbelt laws and DUI laws when bars can continue serving you while drunk and there are car companies offering seatbelts along with advertisement that seatbelts are "safer" in a crash and people still choose to die. Btw, did you know that the govt. had exceptions to safety standards if it was a "work" truck because, well, if you're a corporation, you get that exemption to expensive safety standards because, well, it's better for corporate fleet purchases, lowers prices for corps and never mind the safety thing.

Meanwhile, the feds prefer a drinking age of 21 so you can get your highway money on a state by state basis but you can join the Marine corps at 18 and kill people as long as they are foreigners. You govt at work.

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I oppose automobiles in general. Sooooo…

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Me too!

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LMAO

Horrible, smelly monsters. Wish we'd tear up all the roads.

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The "minor" inconvenience is 1) hygiene theater and 2) psychologically and socially detrimental.

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Fast forward twenty years… these children will be in therapy with their innate fears.

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And that's no joke.....they really will.

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Yup, with a dose of hypochondria….

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We get it, you are comfortable being a sheep. People like you allowed the wars in the ME to start and last 20 years. People like you allowed the banks to be bailed out and now we're (about to be) screwed for it. People like you stand for nothing except their own sense of personal safety while thinking others are the selfish ones for exposing you to the reality of the falsehoods you embrace.

You are a coward, easily swayed by confirmation bias propaganda. You need the feeling of comfort your bias towards a benevolent government provides you. In your heart you know you are being lied to, but your head knows what accepting that reality will do to your psyche. You would be alone and lost. The Atlantic, cnn, msnbc all provide you and the many others like you a refuge, a steady diet of BS for you to suckle, lest you have to deal with the big bad scary real world.

"Showing of concern" is a crock and you know it, it is a sign of obedience and membership in the herd of sheep. You have been domesticated, pay your tax and obey.

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I think this was a bit harsh, but you get a like for "People like you stand for nothing except their own sense of personal safety while thinking others are the selfish ones for exposing you to the reality of the falsehoods you embrace," which is pretty good.

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Except that that makes no figgin sense. That "herd of sheep" is called society and we all live there. Guy should go live in a cave.

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Fuck your society. Your society is based on lies and deceit and you not only know it, you are just fine with it. I don't owe you a single thing nor you I.

Your society may think that wearing a mask shows concern for the community, but it doesn't. It shows ignorance and compliance and gullibility...exactly what your masters expect from you.

Use your brain, have some fucking balls, and expose the liars. Of course the liars have contempt for most everyone, why shouldn't they when they can oh so easily get them to think things like "wearing a mask shows concern for the community." What a complete bunch of bullshit.

I'm sorry if "it's harsh," but I am sick and tired of people evangelizing their bullshit fears and spoon fed propaganda to the rest of us 1. as if they know wtf they are talking about, 2. as if the people that they think are listening have an obligation to pander to their vapidity, and 3. as if avoiding conflict is the goal (especially if they agree with your general political bent).

Signal your virtue, some people will revel in your solidarity, the rest will either be laughing at you or sad for the state of your society.

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That's why I said it was harsh. But it's a fair point: pandemics, wars, economic crises, these are not "safe," but the state and other large institutions have a stake in pretending they can be and convincing people they are. And those same institutions will demonize anyone who attempts to correct the absurd narrative that we can experience cost-free pandemics and wars. And yes, they will call such people the selfish ones, the bad ones.

The state's supporters will go along with it, and will experience real outrage that anyone would, as neill_here suggests, expose them to the reality.

I'm part of society, and I never believed we could vaccinate ourselves out of this pandemic, that there was a reason to invade Iraq, that the 2008 financial collapse was caused by janitors walking away from their mortgages. Yet in my skepticism on these matters I was repudiating the views of what you call "society."

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Im a Bernie socialist as Matt Is. But like Bernie and maybe not Matt I recognize the absolute need for incremental change that will make government work for people here and now. Sure, there is corruption, malign influences, venality to be fought but just braying at the moon and spitting out vitriol as Neill does nothing. Another commenter rightly called it nihilism. In this crisis a communitarian approach is watrented - willingness to sacrifice some individual rights and principles for the greater good. Yeah pay taxes, wear masks and compromise when it likely will make a difference

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We knew what this was a month ago from reports out of South Africa. Back in the last week of November Dr John Campbell suggested (with sensible caveats) Omicron could end the pandemic.

Now we know it probably will. Within 60 days.

Suicide watch is now in place for national media figures and amateur fear-mongers.

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Dr. John Campbell who, it should be noted, was also on the "he's spreading disinformation" hit list via the narrative-producers' declaring he wasn't qualified to discuss the subject because he was "only" a distinguished professor in a school of nursing. Fortunately, since the only thing he does is interpret the science for the public, they couldn't find any way to shut him up.

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According to Francis Collins in an e-mail to St Anthony Fauci, Dr Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, Dr Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, and Dr Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, are all "fringe epidemiologists."

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Then do it on your own. Nothing is wrong with that. The "stark contrast" is best illuminated by the fact that NY has the most cases and hospitalizations than anywhere except Kalifornia. Far exceeding Florida, where people still seem to understand what individual rights and responsibilities are.

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Earlier this year Florida health authorities pivoted to early treatment rather than preventing the unpreventable, which is why their numbers have been so good. In most of the rest of the country it's heresy to discuss early treatment because that suggests there could be an alternative to vaCciNAtiOn.

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And now the FL surgeon general is saying they can't get the monoclonal antibody supplies, saying the Feds are withholding. I mean why would you want to help your potential 2024 opponent?https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/restoring-america/faith-freedom-self-reliance/florida-battles-federal-government-again-over-monoclonal-antibody-supplies

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Florida has far more hospitalizations, cases and deaths per capita than California. Are you taking about total cases?

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We have nearly two years of mask data and it all shows they do nothing at all.

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You’re wrong! I feel so good about myself shaming people who don’t wear them..and I sleep better at night knowing how right I am! 😉😉😉

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Megyn Kelly did a podcast with David Zweig on his report in The Atlantic on the CDC's own mask study on children in AZ. Totally flawed and Wollensky ran with it.

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That sounds a bit like a simplistic, one size fits all approach to masking. What kinds of masks? Big difference. What about children? There are other issues on this planet besides COVID, from which the young have little to fear. Read the mask studies, maybe start with the mega-studies and drill down from there. I have, and they're not very convincing, frankly. It's also ironic that COVID is a threat when you walk into a restaurant, but apparently ceases to be when you sit down to eat. Who knew?

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100s of people packed into an airliner like sardines with everyone wearing masks. Then you literally take them all off to eat and breath all over each other.

Clearly, we need to mandate our meals via IV. Quick, call big pharma.

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When I'm stuck on a long flight (e.g., mainland to Hawaii), I am in the habit of stuffing my carry on with various snacks, so I can practice ABE (Always Be Eating)

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Absolutely. I have learned the four hour nibble

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You'd be shocked how long it takes me to get through one of those airport bags of trail mix! :)

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We can share tips. Most important for me is to never insert more than one nut in your mouth at a time. And chew S L O W L Y. Appear to be drinking your diet coke, when in fact you are just chewing on the plastic cup. Of course, you risk getting assaulted by a Mask Karen like the old guy on that Delta Flight, but this is all about risk-taking, after all..

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On a recent flight I had a stewardess (yeah I said it) hassle me for not returning my mask to my face quickly enough after sipping my water.

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I forget when it changed to Flight Attendant. 1980s?

Anywho, she's just doing what she's told to do. I also got grief on a flight at some point during all of this for my pointless cloth mask kept falling off my nose. I was in the very front seat and she was sitting right across from me. Lesson learned - do not sit where they see you all the time. If they walk by, actively sip your drink. 98% of the time, they'll keep on walking.

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As a former “ Stewardess” I’d prefer you use “ flight attendant”. We did our job respectfully without channeling Nurse Ratchett! 😂😂😂

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Right. And Breatharians (I'm from California - they really DO exist here) aren't happy either.

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Well, they don't have to worry for long.

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Given there are something between 6 and 9 million deaths attributed to air pollution EVERY YEAR, I can think of a better reason for wearing a mask than not spreading a virus.

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Crazy. Just crazy. First they don’t work. Wear whatever you’d like but, LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!!

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WEAR THE MASK!!!

KNOW YOUR PLACE!!!!

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Did Desantis,actually say that? Or, was that what your ideology heard?

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Tell that to an asthmatic. And then check the Florida stats.

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Can confirm, it's not a great time.

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Masktard. I'm going to steal that, although my wife scolds me when I call Utah drivers U-Tards (we live in Wydaho, so get a lot of them).

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24 hour new networks have done more damage to mankind than Covid will ever do.

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That's true, but treating this insanity as merely from unintended consequence of technologies and random events isn't going to address the clearly *systematic* destruction of society over decades to benefit the few.

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Brilliant! You’re not wrong!

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I always meant to tell you I like your name. Happy New Year.

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Thank you for that. And Happy New Year & Namaste to all who gather here, particularly our fearless scribe, the Magnificent Dr. Taibbi!

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I have to say these boards have been a lot of fun. I just watched the MT clip on "The Hill" and he was excellent. He's so calm and straightforward. It's like he is standing by a cliff as the MSM reporters jump off and just shaking his head wistfully.

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Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, but reporters? I approve.

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For what it's worth, COVID-related hospital admissions have downtrended from ~1600 to ~1100 from Dec 1 to Dec 29 in our metro area per our internal data.

Omicron certainly seems more transmissible but likely (I hope, anyway) this reflects evolutionary pressure on virus to select for strains that propagate efficiently. Killing your host does not facilitate efficient propagation. I am hopeful that this means COVID continue to abate in clinical severity and we finally can get a break from this come Spring/Summer.

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This is great news, but the real pandemic is fear & submission, and I don’t see that scourge abating anytime soon as the faceless tyrants busy themselves stoking hysterical fear to amass unbridled power over the credulous public.

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As a physician there is also a very real pandemic in the hospital too and it makes my life shitty. In October our floor team's patient caps were doubled to accommodate the rising number of hospitalized COVID patients which mean every patient got approximately 50% of the time and probably even less of my mental energy than they would have otherwise. Our ICU rooms were double-booked (again) while the sickest lingered on mechanical ventilators for 30 days or more before either compassionate extubation or tracheostomy for weaning off a ventilator.

So in addition to having to do substantially more tracheostomies (not my favorite surgery), our "elective" cases were cancelled left and right as we didn't have beds open to admit them to post-operatively, not to mention the overwhelmingly higher risk of poor outcomes should they get sick perioperatively. I am still in training so rotate from service to service but our transplanters in particular do awfully when they get COVID after transplant. Really tragic given how impossibly valuable transplant organs are, and how normally transplant is a surgery defined by immediate, frankly miraculous improvement in the patient's overall health.

I'm pretty sick of the fear mongering too but the virus itself is what fucks up my day most noticeably. I don't read the news enough (no time, don't care) for the former to be a big factor in my life.

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I am very sorry that you are faced with this. Wondering if you are aware that there are physicians on the front lines like Dr McCullough who are giving their patients early treatments that work. He says that with effective early treatments 85% of all the deaths could have been avoided. Thank you for all you do. The system would seem to be broken.......

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There are several doctors doing early and/or preventative treatments following Dr McCullough’s approach, my neighbor being one of them, and most are reporting zero deaths and minimal hospitalizations. My wife is an attorney, so she’s constantly interacting w/ others and then coming home, so that would seemingly infect me. But the OTC vitamin regimen our neighbor doctor has us on, which includes nasal rinses every few days, has kept us infection free…….and, you may want to sit down for this one, we’re both unvaccinated!!

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Thank you for this. I don't have time for watching news either, but I pay attention. What you say is at the heart of the matter. People are coming in sick enough to need ICU and exhausting staff and resources. So reading your comment is worth more than reading hundreds of opinions.

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The real problem at this point is staffing. So many people out at the same time. The “rules” need to change more, and more quickly

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Thank you for an on-the-ground description. Thank you also for continuing to show up for work despite it all.

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Which begs the question why people weren't told and continue not to be told how the virus affects the body and suggesting simple, inexpensive ways to mitigate those effects using natural anti-inflammatories like green tea and turmeric and boosting the immune system with sufficient sleep and decent meals.

We know there are people who will refuse to seek medical help in the early acute stage because they fear the cost. How many of those ended up in your hospital who might not be there had the goal not been to enhance the revenue of Pharma and their ancillary industries, and instead they'd been provided sensible advice for self-care from day one?

Bless you and all your coworkers. It's precisely the fact you're bearing the brunt of this debacle that makes me even more outraged. And yes, I'm someone in the alleged high-risk cohort who had the virus.

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You heretic. How dare you mention natural remedies and early intervention. For shame.

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