Tuesday, January 11, 2022

It's Ugly, Stupid And Useless, But Is It Art?

For the life of me, I can't figure out what it is that the folks in the CDC, just to use one example out of thousands, think they're preserving when they jammed absolute rubbish down our throats in the past and now backtrack and tell us what many of us knew at the time. Dig this.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky acknowledged that over 75% of COVID deaths were people “who had at least four comorbidities” and were “unwell to begin with.”

Walensky made the remarks during an appearance on Good Morning America.

“The overwhelming number of deaths, over 75%, occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities,” said Walensky. “So really these are people who were unwell to begin with.”

Clay Travis at Outkick pins the tail on the donkey, but that still doesn't help me explain why.

The CDC director just said over 75% of “covid deaths” occurred in people with at least four comorbidities. Since Biden can’t shut down covid, suddenly all this data is getting shared publicly. pic.twitter.com/NKvproy3lx

— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 10, 2022

Update: Some have claimed that her statements were taken out of context and only refer to vaccinated deaths, but the general data show almost the same thing - heaps of deaths with comorbidities. Panicking the general population was unwarranted.

The dementia patient we have as president is floundering and when the election heats up, the airwaves will be full of this supercut.

His promise was clearly stupid at the time, but the CDC and others rallying to his defense only deepens my confusion.

Just what is it that they're defending? Inflation? $30T of debt? Record-setting murder rates in 12 of our large cities? I could go on and on, but I think that's enough to make the point. I can understand the instinct to fight for your blue team, but when the blue world is crumbling all around you, why keep up the charade?

I've written before about our ultra-progressive, modern Nazi friends who have sworn off their Mecca, San Francisco, because it's such a disaster. Now they've decided to change their minds about the transgender mania because it's happening to some of their young relatives and they can see the damage. Reality is having its say and these proggiest of progs are recoiling at the results.

Fair enough. We're watching them get red pilled in real time. They're complete racial justice maniacs, so maybe the ultimate red pill will be to realize that they've supported the slaughter of half the black population through abortion all these years. After all, what difference does it make if half of all black babies are killed in the womb today or born and shoved into gas chambers when they're five? It's all the same. Dead is dead.

Going back to that interview with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, she's clearly fighting a rear guard action, defending the regime. By regime, I mean the whole Gramscian-trampled progressive power structure including the government, the massive corporations, the media, the universities and the entertainment and education industries. But why? What is it that she's actually defending?

This is from Amsterdam, but it could be from anywhere. The people are asking to be allowed to go back to their normal lives of work, school and recreation. The police are beating and using attack dogs to suppress them. For what? Omnicorn blows right through masks and vaccines. What are the cops defending? What is the CDC defending? When they incite violence in protests with planted agents, what is the FBI defending? When it's all said and done, what will they have?

Bonus Bit

Here's Jake Tapper, who couldn't be more of a prostitute for the regime if he wore 3" heels, fishnet stockings and a vinyl miniskirt and stood on the street corner every night, telling us what we all knew all along. He's doing it because the narrative is crumbling. It's just one more rear guard action in defense of ... what?


Chuck Pergiel said...

'The instinct to fight for your team' is a powerful force. It often overpowers rational thought. When you have been following your team down the road of ever more stupid decisions, it's very hard to backtrack to the real world.

tim eisele said...

"heaps of deaths with comorbidities"

Well, yes, but what is being counted as a comorbidity here? That table you linked to (covid19-comorbidity-expanded-12092020-508.pdf) sure does list a lot of them, but the big ones that account for most of the comorbidities with COVID-19 are:

- Pneumonia (many forms). I don't think I'd count this as a "comorbidity" so much as "I got sick with this respiratory disease, which made it easier for me to get pneumonia, which killed me"

- Various chronic respiratory diseases. I searched for "prevalence of chronic respiratory disease", and it looks like about 7% of the population has some variety of asthma, emphysema, COPD, and similar.

- Hypertension. This is a whopper. From a quick search, it looks like around 48% of the population has high blood pressure.

- Diabetes. This one is also a lot more common than I thought. All forms of diabetes combined appear to account for almost 10% of the population.

- Cardiovascular disease other than hypertension. This is actually lower than I thought, at about 7-8% of the population, but still pretty common.

- Kidney disease. This is another one that is higher than I thought, at 15% of the population.

The thing is, these are all pretty common in the population, and all of them escalate with age. And most of them don't have a lot of visible external symptoms, so just walking around looking for people who look unwell doesn't give a good feel for how many people have each of them. I expect that almost everyone over 40 is at least in the beginning stages of one of those, and probably a solid majority have two or more. And if you throw in the pneumonia as an opportunistic co-infection, racking up three or four co-morbidities is far from unusual.

My point being that Covid-19 being much more dangerous to people who have other conditions, isn't really comforting because most of us do, in fact, have other conditions.

Ohioan@Heart said...

Tim - You are quite right about many, particularly many older, Americans having one or more of the co-morbidities (I am, for example a Type II diabetic). But this was known very, no make that, VERY early on. Only those who chose to close their eyes to this could then decide that a general lockdown of everybody, including the young and healthy. To continue to today is the height of asininity (or, charitably, ignorance). That this was true from practically the start is clear from, among other things, the post I made on April 19, 2020 (see particularly paragraph 7). That post was 38 days after Goober Nuisance locked California down. Let me repeat that: 38 days. Today we are only 61 days short of the second anniversary of the lockdown, or 669 days after the start. More than 17 times later.

We must at some point accept that we must reopen. I have come to terms with that and that is why I chose to use a very experimental vaccine. My calculation said the long term risks from the vaccine are less than the near term risks of CoViD-19, or even Omicron/Omnicorn or whatever you call this relative nothing-burger of a variant. Each of us needs to make the determination for ourselves. It is time for all of us to decide for ourselves.

As an important aside, I believe that our right, and in some sense our responsibility, to choose for ourselves stems from the 10th Amendment to the Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. [my italics]

Mostly Nothing said...

KT, Kendall Qualls is on Garage Logic today, 1/12. If you want to hear him.

Ohioan@Heart said...


Latest data from a study using Southern California data is reported here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrVGymR-jFU&t=438s

Bottom line... Omicron is less serious than Delta. This is true for all age groups and all comorbidities. It is also true for vaccinated and unvaccinated. Nothing we didn't already know from the South Africa data from mid-December. It is all consistent with it not being a SARS virus (as I've said before). Hopefully that is comforting.

Now my two cents on what should be next...
Reopen. Now. Get the vaccine if you have any risk factors. Get the booster if you are still afraid or just want 'to play it safe'. If you don't have any risk factors, then it is your choice. Don't mandate vaccine for anyone, especially not for kids. No more facemask requirements (and certainly don't now make them worse by requiring N95 masks). If you want to wear a mask, go for it. Reopen the schools. If the teachers don't want to teach, then they can find a different job. Anyone previously fired because of a vaccine mandate should be re-hired immediately. The time for dithering and obfuscation is over. The SARS pandemic is over.

Mostly Nothing said...

So, as you know, my wife is a preschool director and full time teacher. They closed for 2 days last week because they had 35% of the kids out with covid or covid exposure. The straw was a kid got sick with a stomach thing all over the classroom.
So they closed to deep clean. She went into school to get cleaning the next day, and was home within 40 minutes. She had caught the stomach bug. She slept the entire day.

There are NO substitutes, none. Before covid, she was underpaid for full time, worked much more than 40 hours a week. Works unpaid all summer on registrations, cleaning the rooms, re-cleaning the rooms after the church comes in with summer camps leaving them disgusting, painting the room, etc, etc.

Christmas break was not a relaxing time for her, she spent much of it doing more and more Covid paperwork. The CDC, MDH, state and local government, and school district drop more and more conflicting things on them. Parents increasingly drop all responsibility to raise their own kids. They have gotten back to the "give the child Tylenol and send them to school so I don't have to parent them for the morning".

Parents are taking their kids out of school 5 days before going to Disney so they don't get sick for the trip, but want to basically get off the plane and drop the kids off at school.

Meanwhile, out of pressure, the CDC drops quarantine to 5 days IF you can reliably wear your mask for 5 more days. Not because of science because of public pressure.
Guess what, under 5 year olds don't reliably wear masks. Typically they sneeze in your face. They are walking disease factories.

She, by the way, works at a small Christian school. Not the school district. Extremely underpaid compared to the union teachers in the districts. And they serve the east side of Saint Paul, Maplewood, and Oakdale. Not the most affluent areas of the cities. The pandemic may be over, the affects are far from over.

tim eisele said...

So, an old friend's son-in-law has been in the ICU with COVID that progressed to pneumonia, and I just heard that he died. He was on a respirator for a week. He had thought he was healthy enough to be safe, because he was "fairly young and didn't have any comorbitities", and so didn't bother to get vaccinated, even though his wife and two kids did. He was only 38.

My friend said the last thing he said before they intubated him, was that he was sorry for not listening when his wife told him to get vaccinated.

And now he's dead.

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