I never watched a lot of TV news but WGN to me was king of local news. It doesn’t get more Chicago than WGN.
I blogged about this story earlier in the month and kept searching for updates on the story. The news media dropped this like a hot potato but I think they should have done some follow up. Are they afraid that Ivermectin might be a viable treatment? Cut to the chase… Nurije Fype is slowly improving and we wish her a complete and speedy recovery. The news should not be ignoring her story.
Since I could not find any updates I tweeted, John Keilman, a Chicago Tribune columnist that covered the story to see if he heard anything.
He responded to me and said he didn’t have an update because it’s out of the court system and there was no public information. I would show you his reply but it seems he deleted his reply. He must have checked out my Twitter account or my blog and determined I’m a nut case pushing anti-vax sentiments. I’m not anti-vaccine I’m just anti-experimental vaccine for a virus where over 99.9% of people survive.
Not expecting a reply from the reporter I tweeted the daughter of the woman in the hospital. I asked her directly if there was an update on her mom and she was kind enough to reply
I was happy to hear that their efforts resulted in their mom beginning to recover. The news should be following up on this to let people know. But, I guess they’re not interested in good news. God forbid another treatment other than a vaccine works against COVID-19. I sent Ms. Fype’s reply to Mr. Keilman to let him know there was an update. I’d show you my tweet to him and his reply but it all disappeared when he deleted his original reply.
Why would a reporter delete tweets that were absolutely benign? This is why there is mistrust in the media. The media ignored the story after the controversy was over. It took me, some dude with a blog, to reach out to the family to ask how things were going. I think the Chicago Tribune can afford some space for a blurb about this story with an update.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot of my hometown, Chicago, Illinois, has outed herself as a possible racist. Here is a quote from the 2 page letter she sent out. The emphasis on two words are mine.
I will be exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of color.
Then in the very next sentence talks about fighting for diversity and inclusion.
As a person of color, I have throughout my adult life done everything that I can to fight for diversity and inclusion in every institution that I have been a part of and being Mayor makes me uniquely situated to shine a spotlight on this most important issue.
I don’t give a damn if Mayor Lori Lightfoot might be racist. Racist people exist everywhere. What I care about here is the institutional racism that is being constructed into our government against white people. Institutional racism didn’t exist in our government before. Yes, people were racist and people in power did racist things. But, racism itself was not embedded into our laws or our Constitution. What is happening now, with hate crime legislation and elected officials openly discriminating against white people, is the construction and embedding of racism into our governmental institutions.
This is wrong and needs to stop now. Oh… I almost forgot. Mayor Lightfoot never mentioned Asians in her letter. Does she hate Asians too?
Rand Paul was right when he nailed Dr. Fauci during a senate hearing on COVID-19. Wearing a mask after vaccination is pure theater and now Fauci admitted as much.
On Good Morning America the nation’s favorite asshat smugly admitted he was wearing a mask, after being vaccinated, because he didn’t want to send “mixed signals”. Anyone with common sense knows that if you’re vaccinated and the vaccine works you don’t have to worry about infection. Anyone with common sense knows that if you’ve had the disease and survived it your body is now prepared to fight it again. But Dr. Fauci lies time and time again and the legacy media trumpets his lies as fact. Fauci has flip flopped so many times now on masks and vaccines that he should be relegated to the dustbin of history as an incompetent shill for the pharmaceutical industry.
I’ve been wondering the same thing about the news coverage surrounding good old Uncle Bill.
This is our Tiananmen Square moment. Except in reverse. In China when they massacred protesters there was the “official narrative” and reality. The official narrative sidestepped and denied that anything major happened other than the shutting down of illegal protests and a restoration of order. In reality hundreds and perhaps thousands of people were killed by the Chinese government. Here in the U.S. the media has told you repeatedly there was an armed insurrection at the U.S. capitol on January 6, 2021. The Democrats continue to hammer the notion home that Donald Trump and his acolytes tried to over throw the government in a deadly and bloody coup attempt. An insurrection never happened.
There were hearings in D.C. about this and this is how the Associated Press covered it.
Republicans sought to rewrite the history of the Jan. 6 insurrection during a rancorous congressional hearing Wednesday, painting the Trump supporters who attacked the building as mostly peaceful patriots and downplaying repeatedly the violence of the day.Yahoo! News
The violence of that day is well-established, particularly after an impeachment trial that focused on the clashes between rioters and police that left officers beaten and bloodied, including one who was crushed between a door and another shocked with a stun gun before he had a heart attack. Some of the insurrectionists threatened to hang then-Vice President Mike Pence and menacingly called out for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an apparent effort to find her in the building.Yahoo! News
They’re trying to tell you something happened when it didn’t. Was there a protest? Yes. At most 2 people died during the protest. One was shot by capitol police and another was trampled. I’m sure there were injuries as things got out of control but it is abundantly clear from anyone watching it unfold live on TV that day is that most of it was in fact peaceful and there was no armed insurrection. If what the media is peddling actually occurred there would have been far more damage and way more people dead.
We’re being lied to once again. It’s up to the people to realize what is happening and vote these people out. They are guilty of dereliction of duty. They are violating their oath to protect and defend the constitution. They need to be removed.
Here’s a reminder of exactly what happened that day. I have videos that I blogged that surprisingly are still up on YouTube.
CDC has the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States at 578,520. NPR is reporting on a new study that estimates over 900,000 people have died due to COVID-19… sort of.
A new study estimates that the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. is more than 900,000, a number 57% higher than official figures.
Worldwide, the study’s authors say, the COVID-19 death count is nearing 7 million, more than double the reported number of 3.24 million.NPR
How do they get to this number?
Then, it examined other mortality factors influenced by the pandemic. For example, some of the extra deaths were caused by increased opioid overdoses or deferred health care. On the other hand, the dramatic reduction in flu cases last winter and a modest drop in deaths caused by injury resulted in lower mortality in those categories than usual.
Researchers at UW ultimately concluded that the extra deaths not directly caused by COVID-19 were effectively offset by the other reductions in death rates, leaving them to attribute all of the net excess deaths to the coronavirus.
“When you put all that together, we conclude that the best way, the closest estimate, for the true COVID death is still excess mortality, because some of those things are on the positive side, other factors are on the negative side,” Murray said.NPR
In other words, government lockdowns and mandates contributed to almost as many deaths as the virus itself. How many lives would have been saved if we didn’t lock down. If we only protected the vulnerable?
The New York Times has a story about COVID-19 infections and deaths among the U.S. prison population. They say the infections and deaths are higher than the general population. Here are the numbers from their story.
The virus has killed prisoners at higher rates than the general population, the data shows, and at least 2,700 have died in custody, where access to quality health care is poor.New York Times
These deaths, and many of the more than 525,000 infections so far among the incarcerated, could have been prevented, public health and criminal justice experts say.New York Times
Since the 1980s, the nation’s prison population has increased by more than 500 percent, and about 1.4 million peopleNew York Times
2,700 deaths out of 525,000 infections in a prison population of about 1,400,000. That means the death from infections is only .514%. Just slightly more than half of one percent. That’s a 99.486% survival rate of those infected. But out of the entire prison population which by definition is a captive population you only have a .121% chance of getting infected and dying from COVID-19. Out of the entire prison population you have a 99.879% of living through this “deadly” pandemic.
What about the corrections officers working in the prisons? They’re at risk too.
In addition to inmates, more than 138,000 prison and jail correctional officers were sickened, and 261 died, according to the Times data.New York Times
The New York Times reports 261 deaths out of 138,000 corrections officer infections. Deaths from infections in this group is even less of a risk than inmates. The risk of death is only .189%. A survival rate of 99.811%.
If it’s 3 times worse in prison than the general population and the infection survival rate is a whopping 99.486% what the fuck are we afraid of?
I feel so honored that someone is trying to understand me. I feel wanted… validated. Okay, enough bullshit.
This New York Times story is trying to patronize vaccine skeptics like myself into getting vaccinated. Who would have believed I’d be skeptical of this story. They let us know that we’re not stupid.
“The instinct from the medical community was, ‘If only we could educate them,’” said Dr. Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, who studies vaccine skepticism. “It was patronizing and, as it turns out, not true.”New York Times
Then they throw us a bone by calling us sensitive and liberty oriented.
Dr. Omer and a team of scientists found that skeptics were much more likely than nonskeptics to have a highly developed sensitivity for liberty — the rights of individuals — and to have less deference to those in positions of power.New York Times
While the above is true it is not the reason why we’re skeptical. I’ll get to that in a moment. They go on to say that we’re really concerned about what goes into our bodies.
Skeptics were also twice as likely to care a lot about the “purity” of their bodies and their minds. They disapprove of things they consider disgusting, and the mind-set defies neat categorization: It could be religious — halal or kosher — or entirely secular, like people who care deeply about toxins in foods or in the environment.New York Times
This may also be true for some. But again, it is not the reason why we’re skeptical. So first they were nice to us. Then they hit us with the stubborn hammer.
“At the root are these moral intuitions — these gut feelings — and they are very strong,” said Jeff Huntsinger, a social psychologist at Loyola University Chicago who studies emotion and decision-making and collaborated with Dr. Omer’s team. “It’s very hard to override them with facts and information. You can’t reason with them in that way.”New York Times
We’re so stubborn even with facts and information we can’t be reasoned with. The NYT has a difficult time pinning us down. In the same breath they say skeptics are mostly conservative… but are also liberal or apolitical (everyone in other words).
These qualities tend to predominate among conservatives but they are present among liberals too. They are also present among people with no politics at all.New York Times
We’re religious rubes (I’m agnostic by the way).
Mr. Delesbore, 26, has seen information online that a vaccine might harm his body. He is not sure what to make of it. But his faith in God gives him confidence: Whatever happens is God’s will.New York Times
We want to feel in control because we’re so out of control elsewhere.
The vaccines have also raised a fundamental question of power. There are many things in Mr. Delesbore’s life that he does not control. Not the schedule at the warehouse where he works. Or the way he is treated by the customers at his other job, a Burger King.New York Times
We’re conspiracy theorists.
Conspiratorial thinking is another predictor of vaccine hesitancy, according to the 2018 study. Conspiracy theories can be comforting, a way to get one’s bearings during rapid change in the culture or the economy, by providing narratives that bring order.New York Times
Distrust in government and political polarization.
The moral preference for liberty and individual rights that the social psychologists found to be common among skeptics has been strengthened by the country’s deepening political polarization.New York Times
We don’t trust big pharma.
Brittany Richey, a tutor in Las Vegas, does not want to get one of the vaccines because she does not trust the drug companies that produced them. She pointed to studies that she said described pharmaceutical companies paying doctors to suppress unfavorable trial results. She keeps a folder on her computer of them.New York Times
Enough of this nonsense. Some or all of the above may be true. But they are still not the real reason a real skeptic is holding off on vaccines. Here’s a prime example of “facts and information” directly from the New York Times that shines a light on why I don’t trust the vaccine, I don’t trust the information coming out of the government, and I don’t trust the lockdowns, masks, and distancing protocols.
More than 170,000 migrants crossed the border in March — many coming from countries still grappling with high infection rates — but the Border Patrol is conducting no testing for the coronavirus during the several days that the newly arrived migrants are in U.S. custody except in cases where migrants show obvious symptoms.
The government says it has insufficient time and space to test migrants upon their arrival. So while migrants get a basic health screening, testing is being postponed until their release to local community groups, cities and counties, usually after the new arrivals have spent days confined in tight spaces with scores of strangers, often sleeping shoulder to shoulder on mats on the floor.
Unaccompanied children are being tested, but only after they have spent around three days in custody, just before being loaded onto buses or planes for transport to government-run shelters.
U.S. officials say the challenges to testing all the new arrivals when they are first apprehended are insurmountable.New York Times
SARS-CoV-2, and all its variants, are so dangerous and deadly that the U.S. government will release 170,000 people into the country without testing or vaccinating them. We have Dr. Fauci on TV daily promoting vaccines, testing, masking, and social distancing for everyone. We are supposedly worried about a new wave of infections from variants and states that are reopening. We’re so worried about all of this but yet the government can release almost 200,000 illegal aliens into the country without testing or mandatory vaccinations.
That’s one small part of the “facts and information” I use to be skeptical. I combine that with the “facts and information” that over 99% of those infected survive, the people most affected are very old, obese, diabetic, or are immunocompromised. Studies showing masks aren’t effective. Studies showing distancing does nothing. Studies showing Ivermectin is an effective prevention and treatment. No studies showing mRNA is safe (the vaccinated are the study) over time.
That’s why I’m a skeptic and will remain so until things make logical sense.
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Daily Caller put together the report from 60 Minutes with the full video from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Putting the full video after the 60 Minutes hit edit shows how dishonest the dominant news media is and why we should not watch it.