But there’s a major problem: While it might have felt like a return to normalcy, it wasn’t. We’re not going back to normal — at least not without a hard and vicious fight.
Why not? Because the past two years have witnessed the very things that kept those stupid marches largely confined to just stupid marches: our society’s apparent decision to sacrifice liberty on the altar of fear and the triumph of timid technocrats over bold citizenry. This had been building behind the scenes, mind you, but with the excuse of COVID was it ready to be revealed.
Joy Reid is a racist sociopath. How else to explain her reaction to Kyle Rittenhouse breaking down in the witness box during his murder trial last week?
“White crocodile tears,” said the hate-mongering MSNBC prime-time anchor.
This is a woman on a seven-figure salary who went to Harvard and has more elite privilege in her little finger than the 17-year-old son of a single mother who was in Kenosha working as a lifeguard when all hell broke loose in the form of BLM-Antifa riots in August 2020.
The inset graph is last year, for comparison. For August and September (weeks 30-39), you can see how the lesser-vaccinated 35–59 year-olds (purple) dominated hospitalisations. Now, as we enter late fall, the 80+ crowd (orange) are taking the lead, with the 60–79s just behind them. Precisely the same thing happened last year. All those things we heard over the summer, about how higher infections and hospitalisations in lower age brackets reflected their lower rates of vaccination, were not really true. The clear pattern, also observed last year, is that summer infections are primarily in younger age groups, while the deadly winter infections affect primarily the olds.
i’m a little puzzled by the >18 years ICU admission benefit given that unvaxxed did better in every cohort apart from 65-75. something seems off there or perhaps it’s just an intense salting/something of a simpson’s paradox.
but deaths were still hugely variant with 4% unvaxxed and 12% vaxxed. given age variation in cohorts though, i’d be hesitant to make much of a claim on overall and think we do much better looking exclusively at age stratified to get some balance.