Month: February 2022
Damn Lies and Covid Stats
Never in the field of pharmaceuticals has so much been gained by so few for delivering so little. With apologies to Winston. The triple-jabbed Queen has Covid. She would have likely caught it from triple-jabbed Prince Charles or Camilla, in turn, they would have caught it from some triple-jabbed royal courtiers or hangers on. The UK Government has just announced that a fourth jab will be offered to the over-fifties from next month. Wider distribution later.
Am I missing something?
This is the usual spiel from the latest NSW covid weekly surveillance report (14 February):
“…the proportion of cases with two effective doses who experience severe outcomes is still lower than that for cases with less than two effective doses in every age group, demonstrating the effectiveness of vaccines to protect against severe outcomes.”
I dare say you will find the same thing or close to it in every Covid report issued by health authorities wherever. What they’re finding out is unpalatable. The vaccines are not keeping people from getting sick and dying. Bluntly, they don’t work. They’re a crock. So, they resort to statistical legerdemain.
In the NSW covid report mentioned above, 80 percent of those between the ages of 70 and 79 reported as being in ICU’s or as dying in the reference period had at least two doses of the vaccine.
Now, it’s bad enough claiming that this is less than the proportion of people in that age group vaccinated. Really, one might say. Never mind that distraction, why are so many people protected by the vaccine getting sick? That’s the question.
Second, it’s worth me repeating something that I’ve written a few times lately. Telling us that proportionately fewer people getting badly sick are vaccinated is meaningless. It is meaningless unless we know the morbidity condition of all those getting badly sick and those not. For the edification of the statistically challenged, obviously including politicians, using the population as the denominator is invalid. Statistics for Dummies is recommended reading.
The population at risk from the virus is the population of all of those with relevant comorbidities, say, two or more of such comorbidities. This is the denominator; not the population as a whole. Above the line – the numerator – is the number of such people getting badly sick and/or dying; first, who’ve been vaccinated (to give one ratio); second, who haven’t been vaccinated (to give another ratio).
The two ratios can be compared. A priori, I don’t rule out them being more or less the same. They could be. Who knows? If they were, it would point to the likelihood of the vaccines being completely ineffective. In any event, the information would be meaningful. We need it, not the rubbish we’re fed and which the media, also statistically illiterate, laps up.
This information is not made available so far as I can find. Frighteningly, maybe the powers that be don’t even know it. Or perhaps, more frighteningly still, maybe they do and they’re keeping it from us to protect their reputations and Big Pharma’s profits. I don’t know. Is it too much to ask for reliable information when people are onto to their third and fourth jabs and when the parents of five-year-olds are being cajoled into vaccinating their children with experimental drugs; with babies and infants next in line?
Listen to the astute questioning coming from the mainstream media. The silence is deafening.
The true north weak and fascist
On behalf of a constituent, Conservative MP Colin Carrie asks about the World Economic Forum’s influence on Canadian politicians. He gets cut off and NDP MP Charlie Angus says Carrie is spreading “disinformation." pic.twitter.com/LKWMPDyLFW— True North (@TrueNorthCentre) February 19, 2022
Canadian Speaker Blames “Poor Audio,” Cuts Member’s Feed When He Asks Why Klaus Schwab Is “Bragging” About the WEF Successfully “Infiltrating Half of Canada’s Cabinet”.
And just like that, Canada becomes a totalitarian authoritarian state with no evident means to return to its former way of life.
And in case you are interested in the extent to which Justin Trudeau is an utter non-entity, you should read through this: Who Is Justin Trudeau? put together by David Solway. Here is some of it, but the extent to which this nobody is Canada’s dictator should amaze you. We really are the most depraved and inane political culture in history.
Justin Trudeau’s track record as prime minister of Canada is, to put it mildly, far from stellar.
- He has been implicated in multiple scandals and cited on several ethics violations.
- He has imposed a needless and prohibitive carbon tax upon a struggling nation and raised the national debt into the economic stratosphere.
- He is soft on terrorism, having awarded a $10.5 million reparation payment to al-Qaeda terrorist Omar Khadr, a Canadian who had been imprisoned in Guantanamo for killing an American medic in Afghanistan.
- He sympathized with Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, who killed three people and injured another 170, saying “there is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded.” We need, rather, “to look at the root causes” of terrorism.
- He is on record admiring the “basic dictatorship” of Communist China and made no secret of his fondness for Castro, waxing eloquent in his eulogy for the dead dictator and extolling “his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people.” Trudeau concluded his oration by “join[ing] the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”
Canadians used to see Canada as a better version of North American political culture. Now it is no better than Mussolini’s Italy.
Open Thread – Tues 22 Feb 2022
Welcome to the fascist state of Kanada
From Small Dead Animals where the post is captioned, “Average everyday Canadians that have had enough. Peacefully standing up to Justin’s stormtroopers.” This meanwhile is from Instapundit:
DISPATCHES FROM MOSTLY PEACEFUL TRUDEAUPIA: Rebel News journalist Alexa Lavoie attacked by Ottawa police.
As police and “Freedom Convoy” demonstrators faced off in downtown Ottawa on early Saturday morning, police turned physical towards the protest line, deploying riot suppression devices and striking multiple protesters.
On Saturday, the gridlock continued as police, who formed a line in front of the protesters, attempted to push back against demonstrators gathered at the city center.
Amid loud pops, Rebel News’s Quebec-based reporter Alexa Lavoie was directly hit by police during the melee, injuring her.
Prior to the melee, at least two police officers can be seen accidentally dropping some of their less-lethal firearms and attempting to pick them back up as other officers push back the line.
Canadians thought they were dealing with reasonable people. Turned out that the Prime Minister is a fascist scum. There is no reasoning with these people. Hard to know how it will end up.
Open Thread – Weekend 19 Feb 2022
Hello darkness my old friend
This is from The New York Times: Coastal Sea Levels in U.S. to Rise a Foot by 2050, Study Confirms.
And this is from The Oz:
I’m sure it will all work out in fifty years’ time. And oddly for me, I have been hearing the same things said over and over literally for the past fifty years.
Debrief after Canberra Truck Convoy with Retired Military Doctor Bruce Paix
The Agenda is in plain sight
WolfmanOz at the Movies #9
This is The End
Jim Morrison’s lyrics are the first words you hear in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 seminal and epic psychological Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now as US helicopters strike in the jungle with a napalm attack whilst Captain Willard hallucinates in a drunken haze in his Saigon hotel.
Willard is then dragged from his drunken stupor to a briefing at headquarters in Nha Trang where he is ordered on a mission to assassinate one of his own officers, Colonel Kurtz, who he is told has gone renegade with his own local army and is presumed to be insane. The briefing climaxes with one of the most chilling lines in movie history “Terminate with extreme prejudice”.
And now the film has been set for one of the most mesmerising journeys into a modern day hell ever committed on film as Willard joins a US navy river patrol boat which is to navigate up the Nung River to Kurtz’s outpost.
The movie is loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart Of Darkness written back in 1899 and despite, or because of, the many difficulties experienced during the filming, it has entered into movie folk-lore with original leading man Harvey Keitel being replaced by Martin Sheen who then had a breakdown and a heart attack on location; Marlon Brando turning up on the set grossly over-weight; severe weather destroying sets and numerous postponements of the film’s release.
The patrol boat rendezvous with a helicopter air assault unit commanded by Colonel Kilgore (memorably played by Robert Duvall) which then escorts the patrol boat through a Viet Cong held coastal mouth attacking the Viet Cong at dawn whilst memorably playing Ride Of The Valkyries on loudspeakers.
It is all totally appalling but it is also utterly compelling cinema at it’s most majestic and operatic.
There are numerous adventures the river boat experiences on the way up the Nung River but the sense of foreboding of approaching Kurtz (Brando) hangs over the journey.
Willard finally reaches Kurtz’s compound and he is bound and bought before Kurtz where he tells Willard about his theories of war and life. He then implies to Willard that he will accept his death at the hands of him.
There are 3 versions of Apocalypse Now – Theatrical, Redux and Final Cut; of which I have always preferred the theatrical cut version as IMO the longer versions simply add more padding to a film that is already at the right length at 147 minutes in it’s original release length.
Today, a film like Apocalypse Now would never get made where the artistic vision of an obsessive film-maker would never get financed in the woke-drenched excuse that was once a great movie-making industry.
It’s now generally acclaimed as one of the greatest films of all-time and is one of my top 20 favourite films.