by Christine Rosen Not quite like the American Stinker.
[Commentary] The Atlantic is one of the most prestigious magazines in the nation—and almost certainly its most lavishly funded. When Laurene Powell Jobs (whose net worth is approximately $22 billion) bought former owner David Bradley’s stake in the magazine in 2017, she ushered in an era of almost unimaginable expansion for a publication created before the Civil War. Under its editor, Jeffrey Goldberg, the Atlantic has added 100 new staff jobs. The once-staid monthly is now a round-the-clock Web content provider that releases dozens of new items a day.
The Atlantic’s prominence and seriousness—and the bottomless pockets of its multibillionaire owner—have made it a dream come true for literally hundreds of liberal American journalists who spent most of the past 20 years in a panic about the financial viability of their chosen profession. So why is the Atlantic an emotional train wreck of a publication? If the New Yorker’s annual cover model, the monocle-bearing dandy Eustace Tilley, is supposedly its personification, the Atlantic’s should be Munch’s Scream. Therein lies a tale.
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Jobs's idiot widow has turned The Atlantic into a laughingstock. It used to be the most literate and numerate of the mainstream highbrow publications -- like The New Yorker only less pompous and more concise; like The New York Review of Books but more balanced and less predictably lefty.
During the Reagan era The Atlantic published much of the best analysis of US-Soviet relations, including lengthy pieces by Kissinger and center-right experts (to their credit they're still occasionally publishing excellent analysis by Kissinger now that he's turned his attention to AI's dangers).
Now The Atlantic is hysterical, schizo and laughably predictable in its Woke hostility to Deplorables and normies. It makes The Nation look sensible.
Their data (Mass Water Resources Authority); my suggestion it's over.
Looking at the graph, you can see the original spring 2020 'the world is ending' surge, the bigger winter 2020 surge, the Labor Day 2021 bump, and the monstrous December, 2021 'hockey stick' spike. But the spike has come crashing down.
Fascinating that they first detected Omicron in Boston excreta on December 9-10, 2021. Long before, I think, it was 'discovered' in South Africa.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
According to an early December CNN article, Omicron started showing up in South Africa samples in early November, though it took a while to figure out what was going on and announce it to the world. But South Africa is claiming to be headed to the end, so it’s nice that we’re following the same curve.
YES, OMICRON IS MILD.
Refuting the new histrionics from the WHO
el gato malo
unless you live in an ice cave, you’ve probably seen this.
it’s plastered and search optimized everywhere.
it’s also just plain wrong. it’s an addled attempt at histrionics pushed by pandemia’s uncontested “house of wrong.”
such credibility as it once had, the WHO has squandered and then some over these two long years of beclowning themselves with reversals, reversions, fabrications, and fantastical fright narratives, seemingly at random.
this is just more of the same and i’m not even going to try to speculate on motive anymore. it’s just too absurd.
instead, i'll post the notes from a conversation with the head of international infectious disease at mass general that have been going around. i can vouch for their authenticity.
Notes from a call with Edward Ryan MD, Director of International Infectious Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital:
1 Close to 100% of the positive cases in MA are Omicron. Delta is almost completely gone from New England.
2 This surge will peak sometime between 1/10 and 1/21 and then begin a quick downhill journey of two to four weeks.
3 We will end up with a 20-50% positivity rate.
4 February will be clean up mode, March will begin to return to "normal"
5 Omicron lives in your nose and upper respiratory area which is what makes it so contagious. It isn't able to bond with your lungs like the other variants.
6 The increased hospitalizations should be taken with a grain of salt as most of them are secondary admissions (i.e. people coming in for surgery, broken bones, etc. who are tested for COVID)
7 We won't need a booster for omicron because they wouldn't be able to develop one before it's completely gone and we're all going to get it which will give us the immunity we need to get through it.
8 COVID will join the 4 other coronaviruses we deal with that cause the common cold, upper respiratory infections, RSV, etc. It will become a pediatric disease mainly affecting young children with no immunity.
9 40% of those infected will be asymptomatic
10 Rapid tests are 50-80% sensitive to those with symptoms, only 30-60% sensitive to those without symptoms
11 Contact tracing is worthless because we're all going to get it and there's no way we could keep up with it.
12 We are fighting the last war with COVID and should be pivoting back to normal life, but society isn't quite ready for it yet.
13 There is no need to stay home from work or to be a hermit unless you're immunocompromised or 85 or older, but he does recommend staying away from large gatherings for the next six weeks.
14 Spring/Summer will be really nice
note the agreement this take finds with the description from dr angelique coetzee, the chair of the south african medical association
Patients with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 look very different than those infected with previous variants like Delta, says the chair of South Africa’s medical association.
“It’s totally different from the Delta,” Dr. Angelique Coetzee told Global News on Tuesday. She said that these patients aren’t displaying the same loss of taste and smell, need for supplemental oxygen or elevated pulse rate that doctors noted with Delta patients.
“It’s very much like a cold or flu type of symptoms,” she said, adding that patients are reporting headaches and body aches, and a slight sore throat.
“They don’t have a severe cough and they don’t have a running or blocked nose as you would see with an upper respiratory tract infection,” she said.
this is where all the evidence based medicine is coming down. i have no idea what the WHO is on about or what data they cite here.
it appears to be a complete fabrication in an attempt to rebrand what is rapidly becoming known as “omnicold” as something dangerous.
in an age when even US supreme court justices are so ill informed that they think that 100,000 US children are in serious condition from covid right now, this is reprehensible.
Twitter: Phil Kerpen
This is just absolutely astonishing. "100,000 children in serious condition," per Sotomayor. Where do these people obtain their misinformation? The current national pediatric COVID census per HHS is 3,342. Many/most incidental.
January 7th 2022
it’s so bizarre to me that the very same people who demand limits on disinformation, censorship, and claim no one has absolute speech rights all slavering support the WHO as they literally stand up, time and time again, and yell “FIRE!” in a crowded theater where there is not an ember in evidence.
but the lie is too big and the fig leaves too tattered to hide this anymore. it’s all coming out now and more and more of the actual experts, so long cowed by pressure and intimidation are finding their nerve and rising to their feet to speak the truth.
May I suggest a good old redneck remedy?
You can get a Netty pot for very cheap. Please make sure you use distilled or boiled or sterile water, put 1 of the packets of saline in it, but then also add 2 or 3 mL/1/3 teaspoon of Johnson's baby shampoo to the 8 ounces of saline nasal lavage. It will break up the biofilm that is hiding all of these critters in your sinuses, and may even dissolve some portion of the lipid membrane of the CCP virus. It may even knock out some of the other usual seasonal respiratory pathogens. Hate to use the colloquial term rinse and repeat, but do that twice a day and you will significantly decrease the number of pathogens you have to contend with or you might spread around. By the way, please take your vitamin D between 1000 and 5000 international units daily. Most likely vitamin D deficiency and high melanin content skin rather than "equity" is a cause for some ethnic disparities that have been identified.
This text is provided by an unofficial source, the People's Militia of the DPR, not the Donetsk or Lugansk ministries of defense
[ARMIYADNR] The DPR army issued a warning about a possible provocation by Ukrainian terrorists on the territory of the republic in the very near future.
The military-political leadership of Ukraine does not leave attempts to destabilize the situation on the territory of the Republic.
Intelligence of the People's Militia of the DPR received reliable data on the preparation by the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the JFO zone of acts of sabotage on the territory of the People's Republics near the line of contact between the parties. The commander of the special operations forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Major General Galagan, gave instructions to the 8th special forces regiment to prepare and carry out these terrorist attacks.
According to reports, life support facilities of the cities of Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Donetsk, Dokuchaevsk and other settlements located in close proximity to the contact line will be hit. The primary goals are transformer substations, water and gas pipelines, power lines. In the future, it is planned to carry out a number of terrorist attacks on industrial facilities with hazardous chemical production.
These actions are planned to be carried out under the guise of military personnel of the People's Militia of the DPR and special operations forces of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. All actions of Ukrainian saboteurs will be recorded on video with subsequent presentation as evidence in international organizations.
In order to implement the above scenario, six sabotage groups have been formed in the 8th Special Purpose Regiment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They were trained by British specialists.
After the sabotage, the forces of information and psychological operations will distribute video materials of interrogations of servicemen of the People's Militia who allegedly went over to the side of Ukraine, which will confirm the participation of Russian special operations forces in terrorist acts in the territories of the Republics.
The main goals of these provocations are to accuse the Russian Federation of creating pretexts for unleashing aggression against Ukraine, destabilizing the situation on the line of contact and creating panic among residents of border settlements.
This will be used by the Ukrainian political leadership to subsequently accuse Russia of aggressive actions against Ukraine.
We call on the public and international monitoring organizations to pay close attention to the impending criminal actions of the Ukrainian side.
In the current situation, the People's Militia of the DPR is taking a set of measures to strengthen the security and defense of dangerous and socially important facilities.
The command of the People's Militia appeals to the citizens of the republic with a request to be vigilant. Report all suspicious persons and their actions to emergency services, military commandant's offices or local law enforcement agencies by calling 0713001981, 0713040470, 0623886363, 0623886364.
Commentary by Russian military journalist Boris Rozhin
Of course, since Russia was already accused of preparing any acts of sabotage and terrorist attacks ("the separatists fired on themselves," as was the case, for example, with the bombing of the Lugansk Regional State Administration), such provocations are de facto an attempt to form a solution for a ready-made answer, which was voiced by Washington.
Accordingly, no matter what Russia does, it will be accused of "the separas blowing themselves up again to blame Ukraine," and if Russia reacts by force, they will say that "you see, we said that Russia would attack and it attacked."
In general, a fairly win-win scheme. Hence, such a game of preemption, since the Ukrainian special services regularly flow through intelligence and technical channels, which was perfectly shown by the story of Wagner Gate.
PS. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation today submitted to the State Duma an appeal to Putin on the need for Russia to recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. It is proposed to recognize the DPR and LPR as independent, independent and sovereign states. It is proposed to consider the appeal in the Duma in February.
Commentary by Russian military journalist Boris Rozhin
[ColonelCassad] 1. The withdrawal of Russian troops from Kazakhstan has officially ended. Completely met the originally announced deadline of 2-3 weeks for the entire operation. The CSTO de facto recorded Tokayev's victory and prevented other players from fishing in troubled waters. As a result, Kazakhstan remained in the sphere of influence of the Russian Federation and China. The Kazakh Foreign Ministry said the decisive actions of the CSTO played a major role in ending the unrest.
NN2N1 parked the essay at JustPaste.it so as not to use up Fred’s electrons. Those interested in following his logic will find it at the link. Here’s the taste he shared:
More than likely you have heard the phrase; "Forty acres and a mule" acquitted to Reparations. This is what the crazy idea of Reparation is based on.
So where did all this Race Pandering, Baiting and Pimping that is used every national election year to stir up certain voters, but never happens, start?
Where did this semi-annual process to emotionally stir up certain voters emotions to blindly forget they are supporting the same Political Party that just 50 years ago was still openly supporting; Jim Crow Laws, Open Discrimination, separate lunch counters and bathrooms. The use of fire hoses, attack dogs and yes even lynchings. Well it was initially started by Civil War Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman on or about January 16, 1865. It's purpose then was little more than a carrot on a stick offer, just like today.
Race Pandering, Baiting and Pimping idea that surfaces every national election year to stir up certain voters is insulting and demeaning. Its sole purpose is to stir up trouble in this country and try to hustle votes to try to put/keep the Party of the KKK in power.
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.—Democrats have issued a dire warning to the American people that Republicans will steal the election in 2022 by blocking all Democrat efforts to steal the election.
"Republicans want to destroy our democracy by stealing the election, just like Hitler," said Nancy Pelosi in a speech supporting the Voting Rights Act. "If Republicans are not stopped, they will block all our noble efforts to steal the election for ourselves, because Republicans are racist and want to bring back Jim Crow. We cannot allow that!"
The crowd of enthusiastic school kids in the audience who had been bussed in for the speech cheered in agreement.
Democrat strategists agree that their best hope in the midterms is to cheat as much as possible. They warn that if their cheating is stopped by Republicans, Republican candidates may win, which is the same thing as literal fascism.
"When Democrats cheat, that's just Democracy as Martin Luther King intended," said Pelosi. "When Republicans stop Democrats from cheating, that's an unfair attack on Democracy itself. We will not rest until the will of felons, illegal immigrants, and dead people are heard and every vote is counted!"
Republicans started to say something in objection but stopped short after being told that was cheating.
[JPost] More on the blurb from earlier this week. "Never underestimate Joe's capacity to fuck things up"
The pipelines from Eilat and also to Greece might have revolutionized southern Israel and helped cement a pact between Israel, the Gulf and Greece as well as strengthening ties to Jordan, Egypt and France.
The new US administration has voiced misgivings and no longer supports the pipeline.
US opposition to a pipeline from Israel to Greece via Cyprus will cause ripples across the Mediterranean.
[ZERO] On Monday, a team of Israeli scientists publicized research showing that even a second booster dose of the Moderna or Pfizer mRNA vaccines doesn't bestow complete immunity from the omicron variant.
Now, just days later, their conclusion appears to have been corroborated by a team of South African researchers from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University who observed seven individuals who had been infected with the omicron variant despite having been "boosted". The patients represented the first known cases of breakthrough infection by omicron, the researchers told the Lancet, the British medical journal where their findings were published.
Keep in mind, the South African team used a very different approach. First of all, the patients they examined had only received a single booster dose (unlike with the Israeli study, which focused on patients who had received two doses).
The wife and I were fully vaxxed and boosted, got sick and tested positive at the end of 2021. Like a cold with a mild fever. A couple of my double-tapped (not boosted yet) grandkids brought it home from school, but the parents isolated them and only one of four parents is sick today.
Kids missed a couple days of school last week with a scratchy throat, mild headache. Well enough a couple days later, but by then into the weekend. When wondering if they were able to go to school Monday, daughter tested positive Sunday night.
Knowing that the tests are unreliable, yet that a chunk of her class also stayed home and tested , we stayed home, wife and I waiting our turn. Kids had full run of the house, we ate together at the table, sat next to each other for some video game action. If wife and/or I got it, we had nothing to show for it. Wife tested negative same time that Sunday night.
[JPost] Iranian media claims ’economic facilities and investments in the UAE are the Achilles heel of the UAE’s war in Yemen.’
A recent drone and missile attack on Abu Dhabi has raised concerns across the Middle East about the increasing threat of Iranian drone technology. The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen are alleged to be responsible for the attack, but key details remain missing from many accounts about how it was carried out.
A long article at Iran’s Tasnim News, which is close to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has laid out a blow-by-blow account of the attack; its background is likely the fullest explanation yet as to what was behind it and Iran’s next steps.
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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.