Weekday Reading #7

How COVID Lockdowns Handed Global Warming Extremists The Tools To Crush Freedom (The Federalist)

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.

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid’s crying shame: Devine (NY Post)

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. 

Germany Continues to Post Record SARS-2 Infections (Eugyppius)

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.

norwegian covid hospitalization trajectory study (Bad Cattitude)

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.

14 thoughts on “Weekday Reading #7”

  1. Please, please, please, will someone bring some global warming down here to Victoria. It’s been nothing but endless rain and often freezing cold since autumn and we still have our fire going because it’s so bloody cold.


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  2. endless rain and often freezing cold

    Classic La Nina weather plus an occasional Antarctic shot of cold air from the loopy jet streams, like yesterday, due to the 11 year solar minimum which we’re just starting to emerge from.

    I was amused how Joy Reid managed to pretty much accuse Winsome Sears of being a white supremacist. Pretty much sums up the Left that she could even think of doing something that ridiculous. The slaves today are still African-Americans and the slaveowners are still elite American lefties. I wonder if they’ll ever be free?


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  3. The slaves today are still African-Americans and the slaveowners are still elite American lefties. I wonder if they’ll ever be free?

    I’ve pointed out many a time that the slave owners of the south never died out, they just moved on and took on a different persona, as well as a new set of slaves via the Hispanics and now illegals flooding the country. Once that’s cemented, middle America will be the final list of slaves.


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  4. @shatterzzz:

    When Alexander was romping about NORTH AFRICA, the general population of Egypt, etc. was NOT “black”, nor was it “Arab”. That all came MUCH later.

    The locals were a whole different bunch.

    All of these bozos have NO idea of the size and geographic and ethnic complexity of that huge continent. Nor do they want to acknowledge that actual history, preferring to peddle a toxic “narrative” of their own sociopathic invention.

    And those are their FINER attributes.


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  5. Please, please, please, will someone bring some global warming down here to Victoria.

    Amen. It’s mid November but still winter in Melbourne. Along with Christmas decorations, another thing which is already appearing are the ‘bushfire ready’ ads on TV. They must have felt silly running these last summer, with a cool summer and no bushfires in Victoria.


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  6. They must have felt silly running these last summer, with a cool summer and no bushfires in Victoria.

    We took a drive this past weekend to the north of us and everything was in flood. I’ve never seen the Avon river so full and raging in my life and I’ve been going there for over 40 years. If this summer is going to be like the last, nothing will dry out sufficiently to burn.


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  7. “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. “

    It simply must be racists!
    A white man kills 2 white men and injures a third.
    One of the men killed was just released from a mental institution for the criminally insane after performing unspeakable and disgusting perversions on children, has a very violent and criminal past, had twice threatened to kill Rittenhouse on the night in question, and had gunpowder residue and burns on his hands consistent with attempting to take Rittenhouse’s weapon away from him. BTW, if he had his hands on the weapon, then at law he was armed, same as Rittenhouse, so deadly force was reasonable.
    The second one was beating him over the head with a skateboard.
    The one that was just injured was only shot (by his own admission) after he pointed a weapon ( a .40 cal automatic pistol, for which he had no permit and certainly not a concealed carry permit, and he had it concealed in the small of his back prior to drawing it) at Rittenhouse and advanced from 5 feet away to 3 feet away.
    Judge has already ruled that as a matter of LAW, Rittenhouse was legally carrying his rifle – which the prosecution conceded – and dismissed that charge.
    Rittenhouse’s mother, uncle, cousins and other family and friends live in Kenosha (in the same street where he was “patrolling”), Kyle works there, but lives over the border about 30km away.
    He did NOT carry the weapon over state lines, it was stored correctly (in a safe) in Kenosha. The person who handed him the weapon has been charged for doing so, even though everything was done legally.
    He had cleaned up graffiti on the walls of a school, was a life guard, had first aid training and was offering first aid to anyone (including protesters) who was injured on the night. The police in Kenosha had seen him on the night, told him he was legally carrying the weapon as a 17 year old, and thanked him for offering first aid and attempting to protect life and property. He put out the fire in a burning skip bin that it is alleged was being pushed into a petrol station.
    He repeatedly ran from confrontations (even though he had the right to “stand his ground” in Wisconsin) and only fired his weapon when in imminent danger. Only those who attacked him physically, or threatened him with a weapon were shot, and only enough rounds were discharged to neutralise the direct threat to his life.
    All of which is either captured on video or testified to by an independent witness, in most cases more than one.
    The prosecutor has repeatedly disregarded the judge’s directions and attempted to impugn witnesses because they have exercised their constitutional rights – the right to remain silent, and the right to legal counsel – which is clearly “against the rules” as the judge rightly pointed out.
    These are all facts that have come out in the trial.
    Joy Reid knows all this – or should. As should everyone in the media – the trial itself has been live-streamed in it’s entirety, so they do not even need to be in the court to be able to see and hear what has gone on. Fox News has posted at least some days of the trial – the entire day (7+ hours) – on youtube.
    Yet she call him a racist because he is white and the protesters were protesting about police violence against a black man.

    Meanwhile, a black man in NY says on national cable TV that unless they get what they want, there will be riots, fires and bloodshed and no-one blinks – some even offer support.

    This is the state of the MSM in the US today.
    Is it any wonder that trust in the MSM over there is lower than trust in politicians? Is it any wonder that Fox News, which at least makes an attempt to show both sides of the story, has been smashing the ratings? Is it any wonder that Virginia and New Jersey voters went against Democrats in droves – where even a man that spent just $160 on his campaign won, because he wasn’t a Democrat? A freaking ham sandwich would have gotten in if it didn’t have an “D” next to it’s name!


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  8. The one that was just injured was only shot (by his own admission) after he pointed a weapon ( a .40 cal automatic pistol, for which he had no permit and certainly not a concealed carry permit, and he had it concealed in the small of his back prior to drawing it) at Rittenhouse and advanced from 5 feet away to 3 feet away.

    I remember seeing the prosecution trying to make the point that if Grosskreutz had wanted to hurt Rittenhouse he would not have had to advance on him so the young bloke should not have interpreted the advancing waste of cytoplasm pointing a gun at him as a threat.

    All the arguments used by the prosecution must have sounded so much more convincing in their heads, ‘cos as soon as they were loosed into the air they were embarrassing.

    Joy Reid knows all this

    Bet she doesn’t. Her mind was made up by other people pushing a narrative and it gels with all the other BS she accepts.


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  9. When Alexander was romping about NORTH AFRICA, the general population of Egypt, etc. was NOT “black”, nor was it “Arab”. That all came MUCH later.

    I remember Tony Blair giving a speech (because talk is cheap and don’t like giving) where he ‘reminded’ the audience of Africa’s contribution, such as St Augustine.

    Africa was on this occasion implicitly ‘Black’ Africa. Or perhaps I should say Sub-Saharan Africa. It did not include North Africa, which would comprise Egypt, Libya, Tunisia etc.

    St Augustine was born in a town in modern Algeria where the native people were of the same stock as those that ran from the middle east to western end of the southern coast of the Mediterranean. They were not sub-Saharan. And obviously Augustine was culturally Roman.

    The point is St Augustine was not really an example of ‘Black’ Africa’s contribution to the modern world. The fact Blair had to try such a strained (and failed) connection more or less admits that they could find nothing more credible than out-and-out BS.

    Normally I would be content to note that they probably not contributed much to European civilisation for millennia, but who cares. Are they somehow undeserving of something on that count? Like what?

    But, of course, Blair was trying to make the point that black Africans in the UK had somehow ‘earned’ the right to be there, inherited from their supposedly illustrious ancestors, and culturally to some extent Britain was and had been black (even before the African migrants arrived and it was culture moving across the seas).

    But it was clear he could not sustain the argument.

    He was a politician. You know. Worthless.


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