Get vaccinated, still die, don’t question

I subscribe to the UK Telegraph. Supposedly conservative. Its readers seem to be at any rate. This email headline came through this morning: “Majority of under-50s of people who died [in England] with the delta variant were unvaccinated.” That means that a distinct minority who died were fully vaccinated. In fact, twenty-four percent. That seems significant to me and more worthy of being headlined. But wait. I read down. Of the 1,076 deaths of people aged over 50, sixty-one percent had been fully vaccinated.

Imagine, if 60% of people dying from, say, smallpox had been fully vaccinated against this disease; and recently. There might be an inquiry. There might be questioning. But no, in this case, the proffered solution is vaccinating children to stop the spread, even though there is increasing evidence that it won’t, and booster jabs to prevent fully-vaccinated people getting very sick and dying.

Someone who I have known all my life has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her daughter hopes that medications will help but distressingly says that she could have been on these much sooner if her medical appointments had not been cancelled because of COVID. Saving lives and improving the quality of life used to be the aim of medicine. Now its focus is on COVID and go hang the rest. And, to boot, the vaccines don’t work effectively and treatments have been pushed aside. What an unholy mess. Perspective and reason have been lost.

Mater’s Musings #5: 1 Year, 4 Months and 21 Days too late

Reference: My phone

I received this unsolicated SMS message on Thursday. Apparently it went out to 287,000 ‘Veterans’, everyone on DVA’s books and not limited to those who served there.

It’s a nice touch, I guess, but in my opinion, it addresses the wrong event and is 508 days too late. I didn’t sign up to make or keep Afghanistan free from oppression, but I did dedicate my life to that ends with respect to this country, Australia.

If they genuinely think that the loss of liberties in a faraway country can have such an effect on the entire Veteran community, one that warrants this type of response, what do they think the suspension of even the most basic rights in their own country (for what appears to be an indefinate period) is doing to their psychological state?

Everything most* servicemen thought they were sacrificing for (not just for a tour or two, but their entire military careers), has been decimated in the blink of an eye.

Like everything that comes from Governments in Australia nowadays, a non-solution to the wrong problem, too late.

Soldiers have a collection of acronyms that may be considered appropriate in 2020/21:

WOFTAM: Waste Of Fucking Time And Money

FUBAR: Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition

BOHICA: Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!

* This blog knows of at least one who would be the exception.

Trump discusses Afghanistan

This was Donald Trump speaking to Sean Hannity on August 18. Only 6772 views, it says, which is an example of just how powerful and deceitful the media in America now are. Part of the text.

This is the greatest embarrassment in the history of our country….  Biden put us in this position. He should have gotten the civilians out first. Then he should have taken the military equipment. We have billions of dollars of brand new, beautiful equipment. Take the equipment out and then take the soldiers out. And frankly, I said, take the soldiers out. But before you leave, blow up all the forts because we built these forts that are being now used by the enemy. It’s not even believable.

It is unbelievable, especially how fantastically ignorant of anything that matters the left across the world actually seems to be.

TRULY FANTASTICALLY IGNORANT: Having written the above, I then came across this. I wouldn’t say it’s representative, but I would say it is accurately suggestive of a deeper reality.

Naughty, naughty Victoria

This really is over the top. Who is he to get angry? What is he getting angry about? Does he get angry if people catch a cold? From The Herald-Sun: ANGRY DAN WARNS RULES MAY TIGHTEN

Mr Andrews said the spike in Victoria’s cases was “a very significant challenge, making today a bad day.

“I have no restriction announcements or rule changes but I can’t rule that out, ministers and public health officials will be sitting down this afternoon, this evening and into tomorrow determining whether there is any more we can do in terms of rules and settings to try and pull this up.

“Earlier in the week we talked about being at a tipping point. This is very, very serious, very serious indeed.

“I can’t be any clearer with the people of Melbourne and more broadly the people of Victoria. If we have a weekend this weekend like last weekend, next week it will be like Sydney.”

“It’s now up to every single Victorian to make the best possible choices, so we don’t get overrun with cases, so we don’t get locked into the year, so our nurses are not having to deal with hundreds and hundreds of patients who need a machine to breathe.

“We are right on the edge of this getting away from us.”

In total, 28,601 vaccine doses were administered and 48,273 coronavirus tests were received.

And maybe, just maybe, it is Andrews who is screwing up. After all, it is Victoria that has had the vast majority of the fatalities within Australia associated with Covid. Whose fault is that, Daniel?

“Virtue has a veil, vice a mask”

H/T to Filbert for raising this to my attention

In 2003, it was ‘profiteering’ and playing on peoples “fears and anxieties” to sell surgical masks under the pretence that they provided “effective” protection against the SARS virus. Individuals and businesses faced fines of $22,000 and $110,000 respectively

In 2021, individuals and businesses face fines for NOT wearing or carrying around those very same (dubiously effective) masks. Fines are currently $500 and $55,000 respectively.

Retailers who cash in on community fears about SARS by exaggerating the health benefits of surgical masks could face fines of up to $110,000.

NSW Fair Trading Minister Reba Meagher yesterday warned that distributors and traders could be prosecuted if it was suggested the masks offered unrealistic levels of protection from the disease.

“I’m sure everyone would agree that it is un-Australian to profiteer from people’s fears and anxieties,” Ms Meagher said.

“There appears to be some debate about whether surgical masks are able to minimise the effects of SARS.”

Health authorities have warned that surgical masks may not be an effective protection against the virus.

“Those masks are only effective so long as they are dry,” said Professor Yvonne Cossart of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney.

“As soon as they become saturated with the moisture in your breath they stop doing their job and pass on the droplets.”

Professor Cossart said that could take as little as 15 or 20 minutes, after which the mask would need to be changed.

John Bell from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, who owns a pharmacy in Woollahra, Sydney, said mask supplies were running low.

Mr Bell agreed with Professor Cossart’s assessment regarding the effectiveness of the masks.

“I think they’re of marginal benefit,” he said. “In a way they give some comfort to people who think they’re doing as much as they can do to prevent the infection.”

… “We were told you need 16 layers on your mask for it to offer 95 per cent protection,” Ms Taylor said.

Sydney Morning Herald, 2003

Damn those Charlatans trying to pass masks off as something they are not. Throw the book at them!

Roll up your sleeves and ask no questions

Hopes of the side, Matt Canavan and NSW Liberal MP Tanya Davies were interviewed by Andrew Bolt this week. Abandon hope. Canavan expressed some mealy-mouthed qualification about enforced vaccinations. Davies was completely hopeless, keen to establish her pro-vaccination credentials, her objection to no jab, no work, was focussed on the deficient supply of vaccine available to workers in South West Sydney. The outcome: Bolt unchallenged in the view that those vaccinated should have freedoms denied to the unvaccinated.

I agree the issue is complicated. However, there has to be heavy onus on those who would deny inalienable rights to others; who would create medical apartheid.  I don’t see evidence of the vigorous public debate. For the most part so-called conservatives roll over without drawing their swords. We don’t have a Ron DeSantis.

To leave principle for pragmatism, this vaccine is experimental. Moreover, it doesn’t prevent the disease from being caught or being spread. According to the CDC and Public Health England the viral load of those catching COVID is the same among the vaccinated and unvaccinated. And, if the parochial media types would look beyond Australia, they would find that a large proportion of those in intensive care in England have been fully vaccinated as have the majority of those in Israel. Hence booster shots. This evidence severely weakens the case for compulsory vaccination. Yet we hear little of it from our health authorities or from the media. Us guinea pigs out here are badly served.

Guest Post: Vicki Campion on Priority Confusion

Climate change, benevolent sexism, lockdowns for areas without a trace of Covid-19 – this perpetual war of distraction plagues us whilst the US Embassy in Kabul tweeted a Pride flag, as the Taliban wearing little more than sandals and AK47’s in the scorching sun, readied to attack.
The role of the Australian Infantry is to seek out the enemy, kill or capture him, seize and hold ground, and repel attack by day or night, regardless of season, weather or terrain. It is not to seek out the enemy, engage a diversity officer to record their gender preference, sexual orientation, and attitude to wind farms, by bike or carbon-neutral canoe.
Our defence force is there to fight for freedom, but our army has been caught in the distraction, losing focus on Kabul to patrol the streets of western Sydney and the Tweed River. Brigadier Mick Garraway told Sunrise soldiers are delivering groceries and supporting police. Forget kill and capture; it’s about keeping a five-star rating as they morph into UberEats and Covid Cops.
Unemployed drivers in western Sydney who can’t leave their LGA would be thrilled to be paid by the government to deliver bread and milk.
The sobering issue is not terrorism or even the Taliban; our chief ally is sailing away from us. How are we going to defend ourselves in the new world? Apparently, climate policy.
How do you feel about climate change? Terrible, they say as they get into their Range Rover. I can’t sleep at night, they say, as they plan their home renovations.
What is the prize in winning the climate debate when the Chinese Communist Party, happy to accept delegations from the Taliban, glad to make the Taliban part of their Belt and Road Initiative, and seemingly having no problem with the change, has kept its Kabul embassy open?
Most of our primary communication channels go under the South China Sea, which China believes it now owns. They have weapons to turn off our satellites.
China has 50 attack submarines and four ballistic missile submarines with many more planned. We have eight submarines, and not all of them work.
China has around 2100 fighter planes, attack jets and bombers. We have 110 combat aircraft.
Our defence force – not offence force like China has – is not even a big day at the cricket; all our serving personnel couldn’t fill the MCG, while China’s military is bigger than the city of Adelaide.
Did Senator Matt Canavan believe he was belittling the efforts of troops when he said on social media, “Does anyone know if the Taliban will sign up to Net Zero?”
He issued a wake up in 44 letters only to be cancelled before he could explain the world is changing, and it’s time to understand the real threat. Senator Canavan, who went against the grain when he called for repatriation planes to rescue Aussies stuck in India, who believes Afghani’s hunted for helping Australians should get refuge, has nothing but contempt for the Taliban.
However, more righteous is the ever-eloquent Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe, who told a Senate committee, “you can’t con this little black gin” , appearing on top of the cancel culture pile-on, tweeting:  “What a fucking joke!!! You are disgrace!!!”
Apparently, his tweet is the problem – not people dying in Kabul while our soldiers patrol the border of one Covid-free community to another.
The Greens called for 20,000 visas, but Senator Thorpe took it a step further: “We need to protect and give all people seeking asylum the protection they need.” Music to the ears of a range of brutal terrorists set to embed operatives on a Boeing to Blacktown.
Other MPs who have fought to bring Afghan interpreters to Australia are warned off from advocacy after intelligence investigations bring up violent terrorist links – in one case, gauging out the eyes of a six-year-old girl.
According to the Greens, we need to give them a house next door to you, preferably carbon neutral.
Is it climate, or a totalitarian rein that has spy ships off your coast, hacks your Parliamentary computer system and openly states it seeks to invade Taiwan, with a military bigger in number and soon to be more powerful than the United States?
Seven years ago, the Arctic was supposed to be ice-free, and by 2005, children weren’t supposed to know what snow was anymore. Now the IPCC tells us global warming of 2°C will happen during the 21st century, and it’s all Canberra can think about.
If the CCP launch hypersonic missiles over the horizon, you can shout, “I drive a Tesla”, “my house is carbon neutral”, “my dog is vegan”, “you will not define my gender”, “English is the language of the oppressor”.
This war won’t be won with solar panels or the non-binary box in the Census.
Our kids inherit our priority confusion. Afghanistan has shown us another mum is not going to offer her son to fight your war.

Policy outpaced by events

As the days and weeks pass, we are learning that the road maps offered by the PM and premiers, particularly, the sign posts of our deliverance from house arrest, do not comport with reality. Zerohedge reports that the most recent study of vaccine efficacy re delta variant is significantly reduced compared with alpha and degrades over time.

It should be clear now that the vaccines, though helpful as a part of a coordinated policy, are no panacea. As Mater described in a previous post looking at the Cabinet’s final response to the Spanish Flu in 1919, the government’s resources are exhausted and the public is by now well-informed of the measures they can take to avoid COVID; continuing the present course is ruinous.

“Those who take Covid ‘vaccines’ … have a HIGHER risk of severe disease or even death”

What is one to make of this: mRNA Tech Inventor Dr. Robert Malone: Easier for Delta to Kill ‘Vaccinated’ than Jab-Free People. If this is true, why the urgency for vaxxination?

Those who take the Covid-19 “vaccines” are MORE susceptible to the Delta Variant and have a HIGHER risk of severe disease or even death. This information comes from Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the very mRNA technology used to transmit both the Pfizer and Moderna injections.

mRNA Tech Inventor Dr. Robert Malone_ Easier for Delta to Kill 'Vaccinated' than Jab-Free People

What are we being rushed into and why the rush anyway if the vaxxines are so potentially dangerous?

Meanwhile, going in a very different direction but still dealing with the virus, we have this: New Zealand’s Tyrannical PM Tells Kiwis To ‘Blame Australia’ For COVID Lockdowns. “Tyrannical” is their word, not mine. But here’s what she said:

New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern decided to place the entire country on lockdown after finding a single case believed to be (but not proven to be) caused by the delta variant. And she wants desperate Kiwis eager to avoid the two-month horrorshow of lockdowns currently plaguing Australia (which has failed to stop the spread of the virus) to know that the real culprit responsible for their current situation is: Australia.

Specifically, New South Wales, which according to Ardern didn’t lock down “hard and fast” enough to stop the virus from leapfrogging to neighboring New Zealand, which hasn’t seen a case of COVID in months.

These politicians are always looking for an excuse for their own failures. Not that I think of one case in months actually is a failure, but she set the standard to live and die by so here we are.