Friday, November 27, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Back to normal will mean more state dinners, a prestigious and glamorous way of reestablishing global ties. And it means that Washington events traditionally attended by the president and first lady for the better part of five decades — the Honors, the Alfalfa dinner, the Gridiron, Ford’s Theatre gala and the correspondents’ dinner — will likely return to their former glory."
one of the reasons that the French revolution occurred was that the radicals manipulated the public opinion that wanted change so they could get into power. But the reason they had support is that, in a year of famine, the elite of Versailles partied on.
so is anyone noticing that the US elite are now openly rejoicing that they are again in charge?
The alternative press has noted this. However, the alternative press is being deplatformed one by one by the social media moguls with little outcry from the establishment that is pretending they want to make nice.
I am so old that I remember how the left was the one who objected to the fact that the press/MSM was run by a few rich corporations that slanted the news to control people.
but hey, even Noam Chomsky finds that he is censored (in India) for saying such things.
and the alternative media were the ones protesting how the MSM ignored stories of Biden's son's corruption, pretty well ignored the plan by the international elite to reset the economy, and the statements of those who might be in the Biden administration that the government should not put America first, but to let China take over the world.
the Biden's son's
bribes job related salary for doing nothing is essentially a bribe. Given China's increased aggression against a dozen of it's neighbors, who they plan to take down one by one (the Philippines being first, because we're the weakest link) I don't find this story comforting.
But of course, it's only a matter of time until Biden is discarded for Kamela Harris, a woman who got her influence by schmoozing around with the SanFrancisco elites but didn't win any of the Democratic primaries.
on a lighter note:
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
can Chinese herbs cure Covid?
Lianhua Qingwen, manufactured by Shijiazhuang Yiling Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., is the first traditional Chinese medicine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the country. While it was used for mild COVID-19 patients in China, it is only registered as traditional medicine in the country that can be used by patients with respiratory tract infections and symptoms like difficulty in breathing, fever, muscle soreness, and runny nose....
so is it a cure?
sorry, no. It merely helps symptoms of chest congestion.
The ingredients contain ephedra, and anti mucus ingredients, so it sounds like a mixture of herbs that relieve symptoms (Think the Chinese equivalent of Nyquil).
: It includes forsythia, honeysuckle, ephedra (ma huang), armeniacae, gypsum, isatis, dryopteridis, houttuynia, pogostemon, rheum, rhodiola, Chinese peppermint (bohe), and liquorice.....As a drug, ephedrine is a decongestant and bronchodilator. It is used for temporary relief of shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing due to bronchial asthma.... . Common side effects are heart palpitations, nausea, and vomiting. Some notable dangerous reactions include heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and sudden deaths.
here is a local video about the mixture.
In the statement, dated Wednesday, Sinopharm said it was leading the world in all aspects of vaccine development, but didn’t offer evidence from ongoing international clinical trials that its vaccine is effective. Because China has few infection cases within its borders, Chinese firms have had to conduct trials overseas to test their vaccines’ efficacy. Their Western counterparts have also recruited participants internationally. Sinopharm has argued that its vaccines work based on anecdotal observations from people who aren’t participants in the trials. Many were inoculated because they were headed overseas.
Hint: they admit they don't have evidence it works.
not good evidence: This Lancet report sounds impressive, until you realize is is about a small number of cases (700 healthy young men) and of course, it assumes that the Chinese never lie about such things.
Hint: they claim it works because of "anecdotal" reports.
Hint: they claim there is no covid in China. A claim that is applauded by a lot of western media, and only Breitbart questions if that is true, although that is an article from last March.
but if there is little covid in China, maybe it is because they started using the untested vaccine on high risk folks as early as last summer.
they are only now conducting phase three trials (something done by US vaccine manufacturers last summer).
But hey, from the standpoint of poor countries, who cares about a couple dead from side effects if it helps to open the economy, since the shutdowns are literally killing people (from malnutrition related infections, from untreated or undiagnosed diseases, from unwanted pregnancies being aborted by hulots, from people not being able to afford their BP or diabetes medicines because they lost their jobs).
the anti vaxers and the Democrats like Cuomo who dissed Trump for trying to get the vaccine approved early when the reports showed it worked with few problems are literally chosing "safety" from side effects rather than safety for people at risk.
China choses the cost/ benefit ratio: because in the long run, a heck of a lot of people will benefit from a vaccine that might have side effects and might not work as well, but it will allow the economy to open so that economic releated deaths will be fewer.
And put conspiracy theory here that the covid is being pushed in order to promote the Great Reset, so a lot of the bots pushing anti vaccine propaganda were successful in keeping a safe vaccine from being released early. (hint: this already worked: how many more would have voted for Trumpieboy if the vaccine was released two weeks earlier?)
so is China's vaccine screwing up the Great reset, or is it part of their plan? I suspect the first, because China will make money and also gain good political points in third world countries from pushing their vaccine early.
CS Lewis passed away on Nov 22 1963, the same day as JFK and Huxley.
He was ridiculed by his more PC peers for his old fashioned approach to Christianity, but you know, those PC attitudes are now considered quaint: I mean, the Fabians had the headlines then and maybe now with the Great Reset, but seeing the deaths from socialist utopias in the past makes one wonder if Lewis will outlive them all as a prophet: in That Hideous Strength fortells what is happening today: the elite who despise ordinary folk making a technocratic utopia. Hmm... I thought the Great Reset was a myth made up by idiots, but hey, it's happening in front of us and if you go against them, hey, you will be deplatformed and banished.
Personally, I find Lewis a bit brittle in his writing, but I first read him as a sci fi fan with the book Out of the Silent Planet.
some of the themes are the evils of colonialism by positing earth men who aim to settle humans to displace the peoples of Mars... in other words, OOTSP was a novel about racism:
On Malacandra, three races live in perfect harmony under the rule of the benevolent spirit Oyarsa. Lewis contrasts the happiness on Malacandra with the turmoil on Thulcandra, or Earth, where racism has led to widespread discord.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
notice nothing is 100 percent: but your odds are good for not getting the covid virus is you get the vaccine. Here is one discussion on the data, and other videos with some information about the Philippine's plans in the other videos.
from Newsmax:....A key advantage of Moderna's vaccine is that it does not need ultra-cold storage like Pfizer's, making it easier to distribute. Moderna expects it to be stable at standard refrigerator temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius (36 to 48°F) for 30 days and it can be stored for up to 6 months at -20 degrees Celsius. Pfizer’s vaccine must be shipped and stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius, the sort of temperature typical of an Antarctic winter. At standard refrigerator temperatures, it can be stored for up to five days.
In Africa, we ran into this problem when the measles vaccine was first released in the 1970s. We did have a refrigerator that would stay cool for 24 hours without electricity, so we could keep it frozen, but many small clinics in the small villages did not, so we had to bring it and give the inoculations in a way that the vaccine was still cold until it was ready to be given.
And then how did we transport this for our baby clinic outreach sites that might take an hour or two to get there and another couple of hours to do the inoculations? we used a beer cooler tub with lots and lots of ice.
I posted a link to this BBC article about the difficulties in getting measles vaccine in the DRC to rural patients to stop an epidemic that has killed 7000 children so far.
one will see a similar problem with the covid vaccine: and as for the Pfizer vaccine that requires ultra cold storage: sorry, no way that it will be a practical answer for stopping the epidemic in poor countries.
Tony Blair's organization has a long report about the problem of getting the vaccine into Africa: LINK
and for you conspiracy types: Yes it discusses covid passes so you can travel.
But it also points out that these infectious disease passes have been used for years: In the past, you needed one for small pox, and you still need one if you are traveling from an area with Yellow fever.
and no: it's not a micro chip but a small yellow booklet.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
we are already busy cleaning uphere is a video on youtube about the damage to our Plaza: the Christmas tree was blown over as were some trees and part of the food kiosks ..............
The bad news? The cable to the modem in my room was cut when the roof (actually the skylight part of the roof) blew off. Since the business wifi reach here I'm able to blog again in my room, at lower bandwidth unless I sit in the living room.
quote of the day:
the rabbi explained that his goal was to defend the “most beautiful idea in the history of civilization," the concept of love as the origin of new life.
"What made the traditional family remarkable, a work of high religious art, is what it brought together: sexual drive, physical desire, friendship, companionship, emotional kinship and love, the begetting of children and their protection and care, their early education and induction into an identity and a history," he explained.
“Seldom has any institution woven together so many different drives and desires. … It made sense of the world and gave it a human face – the face of love.
For a whole variety of reasons, some to do with medical developments like birth control, in vitro fertilization and other genetic interventions, some to do with moral change like the idea that we are free to do whatever we like so long as it does not harm others, some to do with a transfer of responsibilities from the individual to the state … almost everything that marriage once brought together has now been split apart. Sex has been divorced from love, love from commitment, marriage from having children and having children from responsibility for their care."
from a speech given at the 2014 Vatican conference on Marriage by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who died this week.
quoted at Get Religion Blog.