Having heard Fred was down with the C-19 and headed to the Hospital.
How is he doing?
I’m so sorry, dear NN2N1. It was thoughtless of me not to roll over yesterday’s post on the subject, written in honour, so it felt, of Rantburg’s return from the void.
Here is the key information from yesterday, minus the emoting:
According to Gloria, Fred is officially recovered from Covid-19, and so was released from the hospital to a rehab center. He is still very weak after nearly a month in the ICU that started shortly after Christmas. Current projections are that he will be in rehab for another 7-10 days, but he has his tablet, and was able to talk Gloria and her loyal assistant through restarting the server that went down just before we published [what would have been] the first set of articles nineteen days ago. Thank goodness he finished and debugged the changeover before all that happened!
Welcome, dear fellow Rantburgers, to Rantburg’s first full day After The Crash, now with up to date articles! Bless Gloria and her loyal assistant for being willing to restart the server before Fred Pruitt gets home.
Posted by: Frank G ||
01/24/2021 10:02 Comments ||
Recovering. Should be back at it soon.
Once again, badanov got there first, and much more efficiently. (Teamwork!) But he has a genuine journalism degree and once was in paid employment for it before moving on to more emphatically practical employment, whereas I spent my childhood intermittently editing one of my favourite scientists’ efforts at English and, eventually, writing poetry. :-)
Set as today’s headline, because with 162 views today already, after nearly 400 in less than twelve hours for yesterday’s post you lot are definitely concerned and in need of being quickly pointed to this information.
Well done in verbalizing the local zeitgeist, NN2N1!
I was just getting ready to remove the favorite from my browser and...surprise, surprise, surprise! So glad to see that Rantburg is still with us. Still the best WOT sight on the web.
Best wishes to Fred for a complete and quick recovery.
So very happy to hear Fred is recovering, and thrilled that the Burg is back. It is such an amazing resource, one we will all need to keep track of the colossal screw ups the Biden team are sure to inflict upon America and the world.
Bless you Gloria and Fred! Being on the mend is good and I have missed this page! Please be well Fred and let the group know if there is any way to help. I have read the entire page everyday for so long I can’t remember. It’s the rock. Gotta keep you healthy dude! Thank you.
Posted by: Golden Shellback ||
01/24/2021 15:31 Comments ||
All my best wishes for Fred. I was getting worried, too.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
01/24/2021 15:39 Comments ||
Thank God you are well. Hope you fully recover soon. I missed the burg so much. Prayers to you and your family.
What a time for Rantburg to go down! But I'm so glad to hear Fred is recovering. I guess this covid stuff is real. When my provider let's me know that I can, I'll get an appointment for vaccination.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
01/24/2021 16:53 Comments ||
Libya, Syria, Gaza, Afghanistan, etc...All the usual hot spots are still hot.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
01/24/2021 16:57 Comments ||
Been jonesin for the Burg like a crackhead since she went down. You just don't realize how much you depend on something til it is gone. 20 years is a long time folks. Cuttin the Burg off cold turkey was harsh, harsh for some of us. Great to see Fred on the mend and all of the regulars back on the comment thread. Thanks Fred for 20 years of the Burg. Now I'll go back to lurking.
It may have been a blessing in disguise because, given the events that transpired, I might have posted something that could (mistakenly) have been interpreted in such a way as to land me in the gulag. Multiple times.
[Jpost] Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden ...Candidate for president in 2020. When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'... 's inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... , a U.S. official said on Friday.
The U.S. government imposed unprecedented security measures in the city following the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump ...the Nailer of NAFTA... , including fences topped with razor wire and checkpoints manned by National Guard.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the number of National Guard troops who tested positive could rise but was still a small fraction of the more than 25,000 troops deployed in city over the past few days.
The National Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The military has said arrangements are being made for thousands of troops to return home, and that about 15,000 are expected to leave Washington within the next five to 10 days.
Some 7,000 National Guard personnel are expected to stay at least through the end of the month, officials have said. A smaller number of troops could stay longer.
[Red State] A lot of people have noticed over the last few days that the Wuhan virus case/death tracker CNN kept on display 24/7 under the Trump administration at the very least frequently goes missing or, at the most, has disappeared entirely. It depends on who you talk to and how often the people making the accusations watch the network. Admittedly, I don’t have the stomach to watch most of CNN’s programmed anchors programming, but when I have this week I, too, have noticed it’s not there.
[Washington Standard] It is important that you watch it. I have watched it more than once. There is so much information that I wanted to make sure I absorbed it all.
There is so much propaganda about COVID that we need to balance our exposure with additional information. The first thing you should ask when you are being told something is, who is paying for it? The pharmaceutical industry spends huge amounts of money on advertising. Do you think they would pay people to say you should not buy their product? Of course not, they want their money.
You need to consider that when you listen to news broadcasts and the news sound bites during radio shows. The government may be paying the radio station to say what they are saying. If they are being paid you need to consider that when you decide if it is true. The only purpose of a commercial is manipulation. They want you to buy their product. The government is no different. They are not going to pay people to say they are wrong. My question is why do so many of you want to be manipulated?
That is why I want you to watch Dr. Simone Gold. People need to hear more than the bought and paid for propaganda. In my position as an Emergency Medical Technician, we have been bombarded with "get your vaccine". Sadly they have not told us we are doing more than just taking a vaccine. We are actually participating in a medical experiment. The COVID vaccine is experimental. They have not posted any animal studies. We are the animals.
One of the things that offends me is when I served in the military we were used as lab rats for vaccines. Like the COVID vaccine, they did not know if the vaccines were safe. They were not safe, because they did make us sick. I had to take whatever they gave me, no questions asked. When people say to me: "Thank you for your service" I doubt if they realize, we served as human test subjects, and we could not say no. Once we were injured, it is the same old prove they did it, and we know the likelihood of a sick veteran getting any justice.
Now here I am a member of the First Responders, trying to protect my community, and they are trying to put me back to the position of lab rat for a pharmaceutical experimental vaccine. Do not tell me it is not experimental until you at least listen to the lecture of Dr. Simone Gold. Most people are uninformed, many more are misinformed. Many people have been flat out lied to.
An awful lot of frontline medical people, first in line to get the vaccine, are reportedly refusing the opportunity. The head nurse of my 94 year old mother’s retirement home told me the other day that they had many refusers among the non-medical staff as well, many of both groups worried, she said, that they would be chipped.
My mother, on the other hand, wants to sit with all her friends at one table in the dining room during meals, and to be able to hang out with us without having to quarantine in her room for two weeks afterward. Getting vaccinated on Thursday is the shortcut to get her there, a shortcut she considers worthwhile.
As background to that decision, Mama is an occupational therapist, considered one of the “health-related professions”. She started her career working alongside nurses and doctors in hospitals (and three semesters of medical school abroad to deepen her knowledge of human anatomy beyond that then offered in OTR programs) before moving to developing training programs for mentally and physically handicapped children and adults in a school and sheltered workshop. The series of research projects she did around and for that work formed the backbone of dozens of published papers and two PhDs, and are now standard practice. The third stage of her career, home healthcare visits, resulted in more published research and an international lecture series. Mama’s childhood hero was Marie Curie, and she succeeded in emulating the research portion of it, if not the chemistry side.
While Phase 1 testing involved small numbers of animals and/or test tubes to see if the idea works, by Phase 4 they are testing tens of thousands of people. By now something like 25 million people have been vaccinated worldwide, with all the vaccines in development — and a good portion of those are the Pfizer version currently available in the US. As of Wednesday, 16.5 million shots have been given, according to USA Today’s numbers.
As of Wednesday, 16.5 million shots have been given in the US, according to USA Today’s numbers.
So while we don’t know long term impacts yet, or second generation impacts, we know about as much as is normally known about a vaccine at the time it is approved. Yes, we’re part of the experiment, but opting out is an option for those who don’t believe their personal situation is low enough risk that it changes the calculation. My mother is 95, trailing and final daughters and I are in poor health — for us catching the disease is a high enough risk that we prefer to brave the risk that is the vaccine. Mr. Wife’s biggest concern is that he might be relatively untroubled by the disease that he passes on to us, so he is content with the idea that he might not be offered the possibility until sometime this summer.
And that is the calculation: not whether it is perfectly safe — nothing is perfectly safe, including not being vaccinated — but whether the individual and group benefit is greater than the individual and group risk. At this point we have some information, and based on that make a calculation. We’ll soon have more information, enough that some will recalculate their preferences — and that’s fine, too.
Big Pharma need not spend any money on advertising because the deal President Trump made with them was that their research costs are covered and the government will purchase X number of doses of their vaccine if it earns FDA approval. So the government has already completely absorbed the entire risk that usually belongs to the manufacturer. As a society that was a worthwhile investment, even if it only proved that vaccines can be developed significantly more quickly, so that when the CCP sends out something really bad, we’ll be better prepared to defend ourselves against it. But we got a bunch of what looks like good vaccines, an even larger bunch of treatments that will be useful for a broad swathe of diseases well beyond COVID-19, and even a bunch of techniques to create emergency ventilators, everyday face masks, and hand disinfectant out of odds and ends that we would normally ignore or throw away.
So the CCP’s enemies are suddenly much more hardened against viral attacks, limiting their options for conquering the world. Annoying as the hysteria and vicious Karen posturing has been, from a Darwinian perspective it seems to me we have been out-competing them, no matter what China’s rulers intended.
[PJ] New research predicts that, like the virus that caused the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918, COVID-19 will become another seasonal bug that we build efficient long-term immunity against. Researchers at Emory University and the Department of Biology and Center for Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University published their findings in Science. It provides a hopeful outlook for the course of the pandemic, especially for young, healthy individuals who have been infected:
We are currently faced with the question of how the CoV-2 severity may change in the years ahead. Our analysis of immunological and epidemiological data on endemic human coronaviruses (HCoVs) shows that infection-blocking immunity wanes rapidly, but disease-reducing immunity is long-lived. Our model, incorporating these components of immunity, recapitulates both the current severity of CoV-2 and the benign nature of HCoVs, suggesting that once the endemic phase is reached and primary exposure is in childhood, CoV-2 may be no more virulent than the common cold.
Unlike some viruses that cause severe illness in children, COVID-19 does not. Children, especially those under the age of 10, seem to tolerate the infection, exhibiting only mild symptoms. They also don’t appear to be drivers of disease transmission. The researchers evaluated scenarios for continuing vaccination when the virus falls below pandemic levels because of this pattern. Even for the rollout, they propose:
I had a little cruel fun with an all-in Covidian of my acquaintance the other day. I told him word is the Joe Bidet regime will outlaw mask wearing in public by this summer as the crisis is "now over." Poor SOB was speechless.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/24/2021 7:59 Comments ||
I thought the common cold is a coronavirus. There are, like, seven different kinds of coronavirus.
[Gateway] One of the vilest perpetrators of political purges was Joseph Stalin. Stalin’s memorable quote regarding his attitude toward those in the opposition was: "If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves." This epitomizes the energy of the Purge—The ruling Elite decides you are wrong, you are to be punished, and you have no option but submit!
[Free Beacon] The latest draft of a state-mandated public school curriculum is generating concerns among Jewish groups, who say California's proposed ethnic studies agenda raises troubling questions about the treatment of Jews compared with other minorities.
The draft curriculum is intended to serve as the foundation for schools to fulfill California's required high school ethnic studies class. It includes a sample lesson on Jews, recommending students discuss how Jews "sometimes have experienced conditional whiteness and privilege." Though the proposed curriculum touches on the experiences of several other ethnic groups, the word privilege is applied to only Jews.
The draft also highlights the contributions to the Arab-American experience of several prominent anti-Semites, from the late journalist Helen Thomas to the Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.).
Prominent Jewish leaders and activists slammed the proposed curriculum, which is open for public comment until Jan. 21. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called the curriculum a "tragedy," describing it as "woke gone wild with skin color and specific groups installed in a new pecking order."
The first dozen:
1. “Those that talk about “individual liberties”
2. “Those that advocate for states’ rights
3. “Those that want “to make the world a better place”
4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”
5. “Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”
6. “Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”
7. “Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”
8. “Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”
9. “Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”
My name is trailing wife, and I am a “domestic terrorist”.
Myself being of advanced age, have long accepted my comments and posted remarks are a small donation to keeping my country free or at least slowing the progression of a Ruling Class.
So with that said.....
Yes we seem to be about to exp. how Socialists will rule.
As a 10 year old. I spoke with my 1st Dictatorship Escapee in Oct. of 1963, while I was in Hilden West Germany as Military Brat. Since then I have had the privilege to have spoken with many more worldwide Dictatorships escapees.
To date they all had the same thing in common.
* A small group of Elite Ruthless and Powerful people seizing power.
* Systematically installation of Censorship.
* The consistent elimination of Basic Rights and Freedoms.
* Mass Book & Information disposal campaigns.
* An agenda called or played as the "Common Good".
* All using the umbrella of some type of Socialism called form of Government.
All progressed into greater ruthless controls, as Utopia agenda plan after plan fails. Then basically revert into a Dictatorship run by Masters controlling the increasingly powerless Minions/ Starving workers.
In every case the "Ruling Class" was quick to imprison, or murder their own as needed. So as to maintain control and live as a well off Privileged Class.
Unless we the US Citizens start demanding our Government answer and adhere to the US Constitution and REAL Human US Citizen Voters. Then the Mega-Donors will be the Puppet Masters and we will be like East Germany (1945-89) in just a few years.
[Federalist] I noticed St. Fauci was the one who announced Biden was going to rescind the Mexico City and Hyde rules on not funding abortions (domestic and abroad). Why the f*ck he was the one is not explained
[Strategic Culture] As many people are aware, CNN recently aired a wonderful interview by former Moonie-turned-cult-deprogrammer Steve Hassan giving advice to Americans wishing to deprogram their MAGA-hat wearing loved ones, now that the age of Trump is coming to an end.
I was fortunate enough to have read Hassan’s book and had the loving scrub-brush of truth wash my brain of all of its formerly pro-Trump sympathies and can honestly say that I am most certainly better off for having left those old delusions in the past.
For one thing, I used to enjoy my right to free speech... but thanks to the terrible events of January 6, 2021 that left 3 people dead, horned Q supporters doing photo ops for media, pro-Trump rioters let into the capitol building by guards, and busloads of conspicuous violent figures whom some say were "provocateurs" (whatever that means), I have come to realize that I was all wrong. Free speech is actually very dangerous. Words we took for granted like "patriot", "nationalism", or "vote fraud" are actually very racist and using them is a sure fire sign that you might be a domestic terrorist. At any rate, using them should at least be enough to get someone banned from social media and put under surveillance.
For a long time, I thought that record numbers of Black and Hispanic voters supporting Trump in 2020 meant that Trump was not racist, but I now realize that these poor folks just suffered from "multiracial whiteness".
I thought that questioning voting machines that had been caught red handed manipulating elections across the world was patriotic and that somehow some conglomeration of Big Tech, the media, intelligence agencies and a thing called "deep state" were colluding to create a color revolution in the USA... but I now realize that I was actually supporting conspiracy theories and thus violence and thus domestic terrorism.
I was so far gone that my pre-deprogrammed self was actually persuaded in the crazy idea that depopulation agendas hid behind the cover of a "Great Reset agenda", concocted by a shadowy elite of sociopathic oligarchs. I have now learned that this was either a silly conspiracy theory, the result of my own delusions or if it was true, then I can at least say with certainty that it is all for my own good.
The truth that I have now come to discover, is that free speech has just gone too far. This practice has reached its limits, and Twitter’s legal executive Vijaya Gadde is absolutely right. Social Media should do its civic duty and extend its censorship of "dangerous thoughts" to citizens and political officials outside of the USA in order to protect the world from itself. If other world leaders are worried about this new truth, then they should seriously do some soul searching and learn to think differently.
The old me is long gone, and now all I can say is "thank god" Joe Biden has found himself in the position of leader of the free world at this historic moment of change.
[American Thinker] M*A*S*H was an American television comedy that ran from 1972 through 1983. Set in the Korean War, it followed the exploits of a U.S. Army field surgical hospital (the "4077th") as they dealt with the hardships of war, the bureaucratic inefficiencies that hindered their medical efforts, and the many characters and personalities they encountered along the way. Although the series had a constant subtle undertone of anti-Americanism and took veiled jabs at the military establishment and conservative thought, the series itself was well acted and entertaining, as borne out by its remarkable eleven-year run.
For the first three seasons, the 4077th was commanded by the character Lt. Colonel Henry Blake. Blake was a kindly, bumbling sort, who never quite knew what he was doing and was blissfully unaware of the shenanigans continually being pulled off by the mischievous doctors and staff under his supervision. One particularly funny character was the company clerk, Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly. It was O'Reilly's task to get Col. Blake to sign the authorization orders and requisitions.
On many occasions, O'Reilly would put multiple requests on Blake's desk and wait impatiently for them to be signed. The hapless, oft-confused Blake would say, "Radar, what the heck am I signing?"
The clever O'Reilly would reply, "Oh, don't worry, sir. You want this." "Okay, Radar. If you say so."
Joe Biden is this country's Lt. Colonel Henry Blake.
To begin his largely symbolic, retribution-based term of office, "President" Biden issued 17 executive orders on his first day. There can't be any real doubt in peoples' minds that Biden didn't write or conceive any of these. The 17 E.O.s presented to him in a painfully choreographed, ostentatiously grandiose fashion on his opening day in office were quite obviously prepared by his Progressive-minded operatives well in advance, his group of unelected, unaccountable sycophants who will control the puppet strings for as long as Biden is able to sit upright and remain awake behind the desk. Biden dutifully and unthinkingly signed each one, as his minions of O'Reillys looked on, satisfied with knowing they had put one over on the big guy, much as the 4077th's clerk consistently hoodwinked the oblivious Col. Blake.
[National Review] Every time former CIA director John Brennan appears on cable news to warn America about some new "insidious threat to democracy," I am reminded again that he deserves to be in federal prison. In this corrupt media environment, however, the official who oversaw an illegal domestic-spying operation on the legislative branch of the United States government, who tried to cover it up and blame innocent Senate staffers when discovered, and who then brazenly lied about it to legislators and the American people — this man is held up as a paragon of civic virtue.
We still don’t even know what role Brennan played in spying on his political opponents during the 2016 campaign. We do know he went on TV for years after, alleging to have insider knowledge of an unprecedented seditious criminal conspiracy against the United States. Never once was he challenged by his hosts. And when an independent multi-million-dollar investigation couldn’t pull together a single indictment related to those claims, Brennan shrugged it off by saying that he may have "received bad information."
Brennan was back on MSNBC yesterday, contending that American intelligence agencies "are moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about" the pro-Trump "insurgency" that harbors "religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians."
Even a former Communist such as Brennan surely understands that there is nothing prohibiting Americans from being religious extremists, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, or even libertarians. It’s definitely none of his business, or that of intelligence agencies, to define what those terms mean. (And the idea that libertarians, who can’t get a minyan to agree on anything libertarian, are marshaling forces for a national insurgency is nonsensical.)
See yesterday’s headline story, g(r)omgoru. He came down with Covid just after Christmas, and enjoyed the hospitality of his local hospital intensive care unit until this week. He is now in rehab for at least another week before he’ll be ready to be sent home.
Rantburg went down while he was in hospital, and Gloria was not confident that she could safely restart it on her own.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.