There is, it seems, not very much reliable data for the average – non-statistician – to consider when deciding to get a vax shot or not. UN-like the US CDC, however, the British have been much more clear (dare we say transparent?) in their reporting.
For those keeping track, the latest is out in Week 45-date released some 20-hours ago. What it shows? Well, yes, shots seem to prevent deaths, but there’s a huge asterisk to discuss. Numbers first, however:
Pretty obvious to us – when looking at the under 18 data, sure looks to us like the vax-the-kids move will save 1-tenth of one death per 100,000 people. Source Report here. Data on page 22.
What doesn’t show up in the data – as Reader Ray so ably noted – is that people dying rather inconveniently apparently FROM vax effects are counted as unvaxxed. And things go downhill from there:
“A 52-year-old prominent New Brunswick cardiologist suddenly died in his sleep just two weeks after getting his 3rd Covid jab.
I anxiously await the results of his autopsy…”
Elaine and I continue tracking data. Which, if you go back up to the first columns on the left, for example, show in the 40-49 age bracket, you’re more than twice as likely to get the ‘rona with two or more shots than with none. Although the mortality seems lower that could be by not counting recent recipients as “fully vaxxed.”
Like elections, it really does matter who’s counting.
But, in the end, we hold that this is more about money than medicine since the majority of cases now are among those vaccinated. Which is soft-soaped in reports like COVID-19 hot spots offer sign of what could be ahead for US. Again, look at the British figures above: More people get Covid after vaccination than without, but they survive better. Counting the side effects cases (clots and sudden organ failures) as “without” is dishonest statistics, as we see it.
Fortunately, for the vax profiteers, we don’t matter. But, we’ll mention it, anyway.
Brandon’s Biz Fibs
The supply chain remains broken in America, but the reasons are varied enough that it’s an easy Big Lie to sell as to why it’s happening.
However, this week’s report from the Association of American Railroads, bolsters our contention that the “Economic Recover” is more sham than substance:
“For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 504,111 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
Total carloads for the week ending November 6 were 235,585 carloads, up 3.1 percent compared with the same week in 2020, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 268,526 containers and trailers, down 8.6 percent compared to 2020.
Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2020. They included coal, up 7,624 carloads, to 66,745; metallic ores and metals, up 3,486 carloads, to 21,039; and chemicals, up 1,178 carloads, to 33,780. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2020 included motor vehicles and parts, down 3,204 carloads, to 11,946; grain, down 2,039 carloads, to 25,386; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 413 carloads, to 10,010.”
Searching the keywords “supply chain” returns lots of sit-rep, but little in the way of specifics revealing actionable moves anyone can take. Prices of local goods jump amid supply chain issues, labor shortages.
Our (OK, cynical) view remains that it’s due to changes in regulation in California (including new electric truck rules), regs on container stacking, a longshore contract in negotiations, railroad inefficiencies driven by their bottom lines, and a heaping side order of China teaching us a thing or two about self-sufficiency.
Of course, the Useless administration has fed into this, with deals to kill pipelines and wreck American energy independence. Why, if they keep working at it, we’ll all be on diets as famine coming to America is one of the hallmarks of a Depression.
It’s crazy, but since the Bidenistas are replaying the 1929 collapse (though printing wheelbarrows of money and choking off supplies to drive up prices and thus avoid the Effective Lower Bound of interest rates, they seem intent on bringing back the Spanish Flu with a kind of hysteria and then setting us up for famine.
Yessir, way to go Brandon! (Go back up and read the decrease in grain shipment numbers…) Then haul out the T.H. Watkins book The Hungry Years: A Narrative History of the Great Depression in America to get a sense of where this is driving.
Of course, at the end of the cyclical disaster, it ends in world war…and that brings us to?
Feeding into the middle-lower discontent with our marginal leadership, the Chinese have nailed it: China slams U.S. democracy as a ‘game of the rich,’ at an event promoting Xi’s growing power.
Xi and Biden will be doing a video conference today. Against this background some really silly shit is making the rounds. Take the WSJ for example: Biden and Xi Pressed for U.S.-China Climate Statement.
Seriously? China’s bigger economy and they don’t need us, like we need them, give Xi the opportunity to drive the agenda. Contrary, to the wokeness of the WSJ, the reality is China is still building coal plants having not swallowed the woke pill.
Now, if you conclude we are neutered social media addicts, and incompetent losers, for not only letting America get lapped – but for electing people to office who are career panderers – well, can’t say you’d be wrong.
Putin Has Gas
The story about Slow Joe and his personal emissions at COP26 were really more of an indicator of things to come. Future’s like that – offers an event – keywords fly (gas) and people all titter and chuckle.
The REAL passing of gas that matters is now apparent as Vlad Putin has Kevlar marionette strings into Belarus. Which the EU is trying to play hardball with, not realizing it’s like Russian Gas Roulette. As now becomes evident in Belarus threatens to choke off EU gas supply over border dispute.
Meanwhile, tensions (also gas-related) are rising over Ukraine. Although Moscow won’t invade Ukraine — unless provoked: Russian envoy. Well, except we’ve already poked the Bear in the eye by? “US concerned about Russian military activity near Ukraine, as House Republicans press Biden to deploy troops.
You should understand in truth that the labels Republican and Democrat are already bankrupt. There’s a Peace and Progress Party (liberal Rs and conservative Ds), there’s the Idiot Socialists (Bernie, AOC types), and there’s the NeoCon War Party which is orchestrating sending more hardware into eastern Europe.
Of course, there’s also the Vax Party, remnants of a Liberty Party, but it’s never all so simple as Rs and Ds. They all sell-out; we just need to check the going bids. Which should be on eBay so we can see what they’re worth, but that’s never going to happen.
Noticed in Passing
Do as we say, not as we do: How green was the COP26 climate summit? – BBC News. And what are the climate shills proclaiming? Catastrophic Climate Change Cannot Be Stopped If We Keep Using Coal. We figure John Kerry should stick to what he knows…selfies?
Been a few years since the fear-mongers rolled out the “thermohaline conveyor shutdown” as a climate terror. But here, we see it’s back: Concern grows over Atlantic Ocean ‘conveyor belt’ shutdown. Taxes to the moon to buy water pumps, anyone?
The BLM Shakedown of NYC hits a rough patch: NYPD cops rip ‘domestic terrorist’ BLM leader Hawk Newsome. Saying, in effect, “We’re going to riot for no law and order” is nearly the stupidest thing ever. Well, if we ignore Pelosi, Schemer, Slow….hmm. Quite a list now that I think about it.
Around the Ranch
Zeus the Cat got us up around 4 AM to talk. Said he needed to go outside to check the possum trap because he was sure one had been snagged. Sure enough, he was right.
ShopTalk Sunday – lots going on around here. Doing research on how much laser to put on the small CNC machine in order to be able to precision-cut 1/2″ Baltic birch…40-60 watts seems the peak before moving into a more spendy CO2 laser rig…so not sure – research continues. Have a 5.5W/40W laser now.
Nearly done with detailing the tile kitchen. Black silicone stove-to-counter gap-fillers will be installed today. And a new black drainboard goes better with the dark green tile than an aging clear one…
New ham radio receiver arrived – will be testing the ATS-20 vs. the larger color touch-screen ATS-25 receiver today or tomorrow.
Eyeing a new EdX course: CS50’s Introduction to Programming with Python | edX.
Just the charts on Peoplenomics tomorrow, unless Taiwan falls this weekend, but two weeks of Thanksgiving seems like Xi would wait, if not for spring and even into next fall.
Futures up 100 on the Dow, 10 on the ess and pee. Don’t want to risk a position over the weekend, so cash and good night’s sleep this weekend…
Have a great weekend and?
Write when you get rich,