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More darkness behind the lights

I have been twisting and turning on this one, there is the case that you should not give an audience to crazy people,  because that is what it initially seemed like. Yet, I decided to take a deeper look and even as I do not agree with the Vlogger, he does put forward a decent argument and I can not pass up a decent argument. The argument (at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo-ub56O2Vw) starts right off the bat and the man (Decoy Voice) brings a good argument, yet there too we see issues and I am not blaming him, he brings the facts. Yet how far did he dig?

The Healthcare systems are buckling, not in the first in COVID, but on stupid patients making some freedom chant against vaccines and we see  again and again these people dying in some ICU on how wrong they were. Well, in the first they had no medical degree, they listened to other people who had no medical degree so there! 

Then we get the Horse Goo side of the story consider several sources giving us ‘Poisoning Caused By Horse Dewormer Up 168% Amid Right-Wing Propaganda’, so how wrong is this? Well there is a horse dewormer that was approved for human use, Ivermectin is a drug that is specific for intestinal problems and even then a few very specific ones. As such I wonder who prescribed that? It is not for the flu and it has no flu diminishing options, the scientific world at large warns about this. Yet I still fall short for calling these people nuts, some sources give us that none other than Fox News have made statements making claim that it was an option, I am merely repeating what other sources (Washington Post) claim and we have always seen Fox News as a news group, so people will fall for it. 

Then the Vlogger goes on pretty much attacking Jimmy Kimmel and there he misses the boat. Yes he is making these statements, so the Vlogger is not lying, but it is a comedy and his point of view is shared by me and many others. In a stage where healthcare is buckling you want to give priority on the patients who did everything right. The COVID part is not a fab, we have (at present) well over 4,638,546 cadavers and over 20,000,000 still being treated. This is not a US thing, it is global and I do not mind, when the stupid people die their jobs go to others lowering unemployment. 

Stupid People?
So why am I calling these people stupid? Medication is only one part, there are the anti vaccine people, the anti lockdown and the anti social distancing. In the first, there are reasons why people are anti vaccine and I accept that, but in all these cases (some religious) I accept that they want to live by the faith rule, but then the faith rule it is and you need not rely on doctors. The others are what I personally see a group of anti social people who seemingly want whatever they want at the expense of anyone else. Consider the image below, if only 5 people had it on that day, by the end of that day 50-100 more will have it on that day spreading the disease like wildfire. Now, I hate the lockdown just like anyone else, but this disease kills, it kills 2% and that was in the old setting, the new setting (the Delta variant) spreads faster and gives additional long term issues. 

How do I know this?
I listen to ACTUAL experts on the matter of infectious diseases. Dr. Anthony Fauci did not make the claim. He worked in this field from before 1983 in that time he gained the Maxwell Finland Award (1989), Ernst Jung Prize (1995), Lasker Award (2007), Robert Koch Prize (Gold, 2013) and a few others. So this man was working actively in the field of infectious diseases before some of the self proclaimed false prophets wielding their ‘cure’ were born. And there is no stage where I find it acceptable that healthcare people have to take the insult, the abuse and the loudly voiced claims, in this I support Jimmy Kimmel ‘Let them die’, we could do with fewer people on this world I say. 

I get it, it is not fair on those who did everything right and they got it all done (including vaccinations) and there is a small group who will still not make it and age is a factor. Yes, I agree in some cases it is not fair, but so is the stage given by USA Today when we saw (Yesterday) ‘Alabama man dies of cardiac event after 43 hospitals with full ICUs turned him away, so can you take that in for a second? Around Alabama 43 hospitals had no beds in ICU to treat this man. As such, my personal feelings were that the anti vaccine people taking up those beds had to be thrown out of the hospitals to take care of actual sick people and here is the rub. Those who self inflict disease on themselves, they should not be allowed to take the bed of those who work according to the rules of the game. Here is where I go up against Decoy voice. Jimmy Kimmel gave his view and he is allowed this, we see the first attack on Jimmy at 00:38. As I see it Jimmy was not the arbiter of truth, he gave his point of view and I agree with him, so will many others. But in this I do not attack Decoy Voice his point of view. I might not completely agree yet at 5:12 his point of view comes out and he does make valid points. When NBC Today (seemingly) tweets that the head of the CDC stated that the third one was based on hope not data, that is an issue and Decoy Voice should bring that in his Vlog. 

In opposition
In opposition we need to consider a few items, the first is that this disease is still evolving. There is now a Delta variant, the initial vaccines have an impact, people who get the Delta variant will get sick but their system will get over it faster and better. If any vaccine will take 15-18 months, we will not see a proper vaccine for the Delta variant until January 2023, so how many people will die in the mean time? The fact that Pfizer and Moderna were able to produce a vaccine 6 months ahead of schedule is nothing short of a miracle, but the media does not really wonder about that side, do they? Should we take a vaccine based on hope? That is the hard question and I would listen to the point of view of Dr Fauci, the ACTUAL expert. 

Why the doubt?
I remain to some degree in doubt. You see I have no idea how the entire Ivermectin got started, it got started somehow and I wonder how it was, but it is for the FBI to investigate and prosecute the people behind that part. You see this is not about freedom of speech, this is about causing the reckless death and dangerous health conditions, I reckon that the headline ‘Poisoning Caused By Horse Dewormer Up 168%’ takes care of that and now the FBI will need to investigate Fox News as well, if they voiced that than they will have to show proof publicly or be denied the airwaves. I reckon that we will get all kinds of crying executives when FoxNews gets a 120 day shutdown order on all digital media sources. The media blatantly shows information without proper vetting and that needs to end, people are dying here. 

I missed a few items, but you can watch the video, because he does bring decent point of argument, I do not agree with several of his points but perhaps you do. In the end I am all for freedom of speech and in this the threshold for a Vlogger is lower than a news media, he is merely opinionated  and he uses plenty of sources. He merely got on my bad side when he attacked Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy is funny as hell nearly all of the time (Matt Damon seemingly disagrees).

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Who you gonna trust?

That is the issue I have and you should too. The news is no longer reliable, catering to people who they have no business of catering too. The numbers are questionable, many articles are all on a template that I personally call ‘How to create a click bitch’, but in this too I wonder who is right. This is given to us by the Daily Mail (at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9885013/Pfizers-Covid-vaccine-42-effective-against-Indian-Delta-variant-Modernas-76.html). Here we see “Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is only 42% effective against Indian ‘Delta’ variant while Moderna’s jab is 76% effective, Mayo Clinic study suggests”, the problem is that I am not a health official and the Daily Mail is throwing plenty of graphs at us. There is a clear admission, we see this with “For the study, published on pre-printer server medRxiv.org – meaning it has not yet been peer review – the team gathered data on more than 25,000 Minnesotans from January to July”, yet I will also admit that Minnesota, a state with 5.75 million people, a group of 25,000 is decent.
It is the claim “The Delta variant being able to bypass the existing vaccines also confirms what many feared, that the virus could potentially mutate to a point where it can bypass vaccines.” That is the scary one. There is no clear setting to prove it yet, but the numbers give rise to this and in the past Dr. Fauci gave a similar worry. I am not sure who to trust, but the setting is starting to get louder, at least if 10% of the population dies, nature might in part restore itself, and the 10% might be low, you will have the anti-vaxxers to thank for that part. 

The issue is actually worse, from my point of view, when we see the numbers from India, I believe that they are low, beyond acceptable. Now, here I will not blame the Indian government. With a population of 1.3 billion, no system will hold up, not in this case, but the numbers are way low and all these people screaming to open airports and travel, they might be pointed at when we see a larger escalation in Delta and Echo variations (I am assuming that there will soon be an Echo variation).
Yet this is not about speculation, so when we look at the CDC, we get “In two different studies from Canada and Scotland, patients infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalised than patients infected with Alpha or the original virus strains”, as well as “CDC is continuing to assess data on whether fully vaccinated people with asymptomatic breakthrough infections can transmit. However, the greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to contract, and therefore transmit the virus.” These are merely two quotes, yet they counter certain people and even worse people almost openly opposing the vaccine. In this several newspapers now give us ‘Anti-vax Red Cross nurse ‘injected 8600 people with saline solution instead of vaccine’’, here I get the urge to ask ‘How can a red cross nurse be ‘Anti-vax’ and work at the red cross?’, There is a reason for vaccines. I grew up in the 60’s whilst Polio thanks to the humanitarian push by Jonas Salk who invented it, and unlike many, he no wealth, he made it an open solution, he did not patent it and as such 34 years later Polio became eradicated in the US in 1994. So when we see “In the late 1940s, polio outbreaks in the U.S. increased in frequency and size, disabling an average of more than 35,000 people each year”, now the number in the US is ZERO, it has been since before the 80’s, there are cases but these are all cases that come into the US. It took a decades to eradicate polio and there is every chance that COVID will take time too. The bigger issue is that polio did not mutate to the degree COVID does and yes at all times getting the vaccine is better than not getting it. So when we see the Guardian giving us last Sunday ‘Rightwing radio host and anti-vaxxer dies of Covid’, we need to consider that even as this is in the US, they are not alone, the anti-vaxxers are everywhere and when we see “Dick Farrel was a vociferous critic of Dr Anthony Fauci and urged people not to get vaccinated”, some might be happy that he is dead, but the problem is not that he is dead, thousands are voicing similar non scientific thoughts and it is becoming a problem.

And as Sydney had its lockdown protests two weeks ago, we now see 345 new cases of Covid in NSW, so with the protests, what are the chances that this number goes down over the next week?  Two months ago, we had a mere 3 cases added, over 8 weeks this escalated to 343 cases with a 7 day average of 312. When you consider this and you also consider that Australia has 25 million people, consider what the damage is expected to be in India with 1300 million and a population pressure that is a lot higher than Australia has, you still think I am talking out of my ass? India peak of May 9th has now decreased from 414,000 new cases to 42,000. I personally believe that there is no way that this is correct, implying that a lot more problems will emerge in
India quite soon. You see there are 200M cases and India has a mere 15% of the cases, you might think that this adds up, because the numbers match, but India with its population pressure and its lack of medical supplies as well as a lack in vaccine should be in a much larger setting, I would personally speculate that the numbers should be 30%-40% higher at the very least, and the media for the largest extent is not looking into it. In addition a few sources, give us that by end July half a billion doses will be done in India, yet what everyone ignores is that the population of India is 1.3B, implying that 2.6B doses are requires, so a mere 20% will have one shot, and whilst we now see that there is dealings over 50M more shots, it also shows that with that many not being inoculated the Delta variant can reap a lot of losses in India, but we do not get that stage illuminated, do we, or the larger impact of how these vaccines will not stop Delta, yet there is also the acknowledgement that for those who had the vaccine, they are most likely to recover from the delta versions. There are no real numbers out there, but several sources gave us that most recover. I am voicing news sources, but when we look at the greater setting there is a larger stage of who and what is to be trusted, I honestly do not know, but I do believe that places like the CDC are the most reliable ones. 

Am I right or am I wrong? I could be either, but I truly believe that the real scientific places (like www.CDC.gov) will be the most reliable source for covid information. I also believe that the people trying to silence Dr. Fauci are not opting for freedom of speech, they are betraying their constituency, leaving them to die of their own devices, but that part is something that the almighty USA and their first amendment are not willing to call out for, in history this is the first time where the first amendment is one of the handles in the USA that will get people killed and a lot of them too. I am certain that the American forefathers would never have dreamed that freedom of speech would throttle science and common sense, but here you have it, that is the setting and I have no idea how large the casualty list will be in a few months. With global protests on common sense solutions, the casualties will merely go up, but in London that also means that housing prices will drop, so there is that to look forward to. 

So who you gonna trust? You better think that through, because now you do it whilst gambling with your life. Will you trust some anti-vaxxer? Will you trust science and doctors? It is your right to chose, but remember, you life has no sequel, and this time it is your life you are taking a gamble with (as well as the people around you). So chose wisely and good luck!

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When fear becomes key

This is me, sitting on my sofa, laptop in my lap (that is why they call it a laptop) and reading the BBC News, giving us ‘Covid: Australian states enforce travel bans amid Sydney outbreak’, I am at home, which is fine, no Wife, Girlfriend or hookers here, so the chance of me getting infected is close to zero. When this is in effect, the friends coming to visit you might not be friends, it is that time of year and the situation is not a great one. So when I see “The events of the past few days… are incredibly frustrating and disappointing for people all around the country who had plans in place to get together and move in between states”, I personally go ‘Yea, whatever’, we might not like it, yet most understand the essential part of nipping this in the backside, especially 4 days before we remember a person being born who got nailed to the cross by the Italian government and eating way too much, and all kinds of exotic items (Christmas plum pudding with custard) doing so. Some might end up watching a classical work by Charles Dickens or Frank Capra on the small screen. That is what we have to endure when we optionally eat too much. 

So why do I giggle when I see: “Sydneysiders scrambled to leave the city for other states on Sunday”? You see the Coronavirus was shown to be an issue because people were travelling although they were unknown to already be infected, they felt fine until at least two days later, so this thing will end up all over the place. It is good to see that people tend not to learn. In addition, I learn “Scrutiny has again fallen on the hotel quarantine system – which is believed to be the source of Sydney’s new outbreak, as it was with previous outbreaks in Melbourne and Adelaide”, a sidestep that is optionally a larger issue, as these people came by Bus, train and taxi, how many did they infect? I am merely asking. Yet, it is not all bad news, especially when we consider “Australia so far has recorded 908 deaths and 28,200 cases in the pandemic – a level far lower than seen in many other nation”, although, 3.2% mortality, all whilst France is showing 2.4% mortality, and Germany reportedly has as low as 1.7% mortality (if all the numbers are to be believed), the setting of “a level far lower than seen in many other nation” is still up for debate. But I get it, in a place with 20,000,000 people, less than a thousand jobs and houses became available and that should be seen as a positive thing. And indeed, we are doing marginally better than the United Kingdom who has (apparently) a 3.3% rate of non living, we are alike both island, yet they have 68 million, but we are roughly 3,078% larger, so yes, we are doing better, even if only to hide the bodies in all those stretches of untouched wilderness (See movie Wolf Creek for explanation). It is also nice to learn at the very end “Testing has shown the latest outbreak is likely to have come from the US. However, it remains unknown how the virus was taken into the community”, which is OK, it is optionally not their fault, but in that light and in the light of what is happening, I still have a giggle at “Sydneysiders scrambled to leave the city for other states on Sunday”, I wonder where the next hot points are. That issue was seen 12 hours ago when 9News gave us “‘Complacency is not our friend’: Warning as interstate arrivals found breaching quarantine rules in Queensland”, yes, fear (and optionally stupidity) is the key when we are confronted with ‘breaching quarantine rules’ and I basically wonder if that person gets to court and that his or her defence would become a crying ‘But I was so afraid’ is seen, optionally with a fear of life without his or her teddybear. 

And in all this the added news “Two travellers from New South Wales have breached their home quarantine orders after travelling to Queensland amid tightening border restrictions” I basically am wondering how many people will it take for the next 15 hotspots to become explained by quarantine breaches. This is not merely the end of it, that is seen when we turn to the New York Times (at https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/12/03/world/covid-19-coronavirus) where we see ‘After a Skirmish Over U.K. Vaccine Approval, Fauci Offers an Olive Branch’, so why id Dr. Fauci having to offer an olive branch? Even when we take notice of “As the U.K. claims bragging rights for the best vaccine regulators (yes, really), U.S. officials beg to differ”, I for one tend to think that Dr Fauci has had to deal with too many idiots in government positions, but that might be just me. It is shown with “British and American officials sparred Thursday over how Britain had beaten the United States to authorising a coronavirus vaccine, a debate touching upon both regulatory standards and politics that has heated up as wealthy countries vie to receive the first shipments of vaccines”, I wonder why properly testing a vaccine has become a pissing contest, my inner self tends to doubt the fast one on being thorough and that is purely from within me. And when we compare all this to new strains, hotspot issues and stupid travellers, in the end, the disease will get to where it needs to go and it wants to go EVERYWHERE.

Did I oversimplify the problem here? 

I did like the response by Dr. Fauci ““We have the gold standard of a regulatory approach with the F.D.A.,” Dr. Fauci said. “The U.K. did not do it as carefully and they got a couple of days ahead.”” This gives light to my pondering, at what moment in time was a race the best way to go about all this? We are globally at 77,236,327, a million more than yesterday, in what setting is a race the solution? I will offer that only in the needy eyes of short sighted politicians is a race a solution. It is not in the eyes of scientists and vaccine creators, there it is finding the best solution and that takes time, especially as we are now seeing version 2.0 of the Covid-19 virus, as such I am willing to bet that this all is far from over, giving in to a key element like fear will not help anyone in anyway anytime soon.

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