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A very French protest

If there is one thing you can count on from the French people is an entertaining protest. A flash mob at Gard du Nord performed a catchy tune protesting mask wearing and soul crushing lockdowns. Vive la France!

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Doctors trained via video game

This can’t be good.

Of course I’m exaggerating a bit… but only a bit. Doctors are being trained using virtual rather than actual cadavers.

For generations, medical students were initiated to their training by a ritual as gory as it was awe-inducing: the cadaver dissection. Since at least the 14th century, physicians have honed their understanding of human anatomy by examining dead bodies. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, the cadaver dissection — like many hands-on aspects of the medical curriculum — turned virtual, using a three-dimensional simulation software.

New York Times

What makes this worse is that almost a third of medical schools are doing this.

nearly 30 percent of medical schools, including Mount Sinai, used online platforms to teach anatomy.

New York Times

What’s even worse than that is that both faculty and students know using technology in place of human cadavers is not beneficial.

Both faculty members and students realize that watching organs move on a laptop screen is not the same as removing them, one by one, from a human body. “A cadaver’s body parts wouldn’t look as smooth and perfect as they do on a screen,” Mr. Catlett said. “Let’s say the cadaver was an alcoholic, you might see liver cirrhosis with bumps and ridges covering the liver.”

New York Times

How many doctors are going to graduate medical school without ever seeing the inside of a real human body? Are the medical schools practicing educational malpractice? Should they provide extra liability coverage free of charge to all the students they graduate in this manner? Should these doctors have a little COVID-19 sticker on their diploma letting us all know they never went through this training?

What else in our world are we going to fuck up because of this stupid pandemic?

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If Hollywood celebrities think this is a good idea it has to be GREAT

I thought it was an April Fool’s joke until I saw this video was uploaded in January. Looks like a money making certification scheme.

Enroll your business today!!

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Kemp whiffs on opening Georgia

Middle of the road Republicans are always a problem. This is loser behavior. You can’t appease your enemies. They won’t vote for you anyway. All you do with a middle of the road stance is piss off your allies.

The governor signed an executive order that as of April 8 ends a ban on large gatherings, eliminates shelter-in-place requirements for vulnerable populations, and pares down a lengthy list of safety guidelines that businesses such as bars, retail stores and entertainment venues are supposed to follow.

Kemp issued a separate order Wednesday that could end Georgia’s state of emergency on April 30, a year after it started. But Kemp could decide to extend that declaration, as he has done repeatedly over the past year.

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Last I looked Georgia is directly north of Florida. Florida has been open since September and they are doing hunky dory.

It should be obvious by now that lockdowns only postpone the spread of the virus. Open our country back up, have people who are most vulnerable protect themselves, and get a vaccine if you’re worried. Otherwise let’s get back to life!

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Woman survives Holocaust only to be killed by Cuomo’s COVID-19 policies

Felicia Friedman lived to be 94 years old. She died on May 19, 2020 due to Emmy winning Governor Cuomo’s decision to send COVID-19 patients into nursing homes. How’s the impeachment going in NYC? Oh… it’s not. Turns out if you’re a Democrat you can send people to their deaths and diddle your staff with no repercussions.

Born Felicia Deutscher, a Jewish girl in Poland, she was 13 when the Germans invaded in 1939. From the ghetto in Kraków to the Płaszów labor camp, from Auschwitz to a death march west to Neustadt-Glewe, she would spend the next 5½ years caught up in the Holocaust. She saw her 6-year-old cousin shot for picking a flower. She was beaten repeatedly for the offense of being a Jew with a German-sounding surname. She was chased by military dogs and hounded by SS guards. She watched a friend executed for humming a Russian tune.

Wall Street Journal

When I read what the Holocaust survivors had to endure to live another day it makes me sick when today’s “progressives” cry victim. They have no fucking clue what being a victim is.

In the fall of 1944, she and others from Płaszów were shipped by cattle car to Auschwitz. Lined up for the gas chambers twice, she survived the first time when the gas ran out, and the second time when a group of gypsies were herded in ahead of her.

In January 1945, with the Red Army approaching, a group of Auschwitz prisoners were forced on a death march. Felicia observed her 19th birthday trudging through the snow toward the German border.

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The Nazis proficiency in killing people could take her down. She met her end at the hands of an incompetent governor that was heralded by the media and the Democrats because they hated an orange colored man in the White House.

In the end, she died as a result of bureaucratic bungling when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration allowed Covid-19 patients to be moved to nursing homes—stealing from us a treasure of historical memory.

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Georgia to join other free and open states on Thursday

Hopefully this isn’t April Fool fake news.

The governor said Friday that his administration will outline plans to roll back the remaining coronavirus restrictions, which include capacity limits, restrictions on large-scale gatherings and dozens of safety guidelines for restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and other venues.

“Georgians know the right thing to do,” Kemp said. “They know the value in best practices, but they also can’t wait to return to their normal life. Loosening these restrictions is the next critical step in that process, and it signals an even bigger light at the end of the tunnel.”

The scaled-back changes are expected to take effect Thursday.

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Meanwhile in my old stomping grounds the scare mongering continues. Talk about a third surge can’t be a good thing. Businesses must be sweating increased restrictions.

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Sanitize your hands with a side of cancer

While the news is making a bit of a deal about this I don’t think it’s all that big a threat. One, I don’t use hand sanitizer. And two, the problem is not widespread. The real kicker to me is did anyone know the FDA changed its regulations allowing more of the cancer causing chemical benzene in hand sanitizer in the first place?

Benzene causes cancer, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The World Health Organization’s cancer research arm puts it in the highest risk category, on par with asbestos.

Valisure analyzed 260 bottles from 168 brands and found 17% of the samples contained detectable levels of benzene. Twenty-one bottles, or 8%, contained benzene above two parts per million, a temporary limit the FDA set for liquid hand sanitizers to ease the supply squeeze.

That level “can be tolerated for a relatively short period of time,” the FDA said in June. Fifteen brands were represented among the 21 bottles with the highest levels of contamination. The samples came from the shelves of stores nearby its headquarters and online outlets, Valisure said.

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The COVIdiot mask

Now they’re just fucking with us. Just when you think things can’t get more dumb.

This was in a tweet from CBS News.

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Concept of prolonged COVID-19 symptoms dubious

I don’t doubt that some people who have severe infection from COVID-19 can have permanent damage. Seems logical. But, I’m against the NIH spending over $1 billion to study something based on a dubious surveys where almost half never had a COVID test in the first survey and only 15.9% tested positive in the second survey. The NIH is using the politicized results of a political organization’s un-scientific survey to spend billions in taxpayer money.

The concept of long Covid has a highly unorthodox origin: online surveys produced by Body Politic, which launched in 2018 and describes itself atop its website’s homepage as “a queer feminist wellness collective merging the personal and the political.” In March 2020, the group’s co-founders created the Body Politic Covid-19 Support Group, and as part of their mission of “cultivating patient led research,” the organization coordinated a series of online surveys on persistent symptoms. Based on the results of these, Body Politic produced the first report on long Covid in May.

But many of the survey respondents who attributed their symptoms to the aftermath of a Covid-19 infection likely never had the virus in the first place. Of those who self-identified as having persistent symptoms attributed to Covid and responded to the first survey, not even a quarter had tested positive for the virus. Nearly half (47.8%) never had testing and 27.5% tested negative for Covid-19. Body Politic publicized the results of a larger, second survey in December 2020. Of the 3,762 respondents, a mere 600, or 15.9%, had tested positive for the virus at any time.

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Hey, it’s all funny money anyway now. So, really, who cares.

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Illegal aliens may qualify for $4.38 billion in COVID-19 stimulus

This is a problem. This money should go to the small businesses that got shut down by government fiat.

During the debate over the Covid relief bill Sen. Durbin (D-Ill.) stated that “Undocumented immigrants do not have Social Security numbers, and they do not qualify for stimulus relief checks.” This is incorrect; we estimate that there are 2.65 million illegal immigrants who have Social Security numbers that allow them to receive stimulus checks. We estimate that 2.1 million of these individuals have incomes low enough to qualify for checks, and they have 1.1 million U.S.-born dependent children. As a result, illegal immigrants could receive an estimated $4.38 billion in cash payments from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Center for Immigration Studies