22 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-1-21

  1. That’s because it is…..

    “WHO’s COVID Origins Report Reads Like Chinese Communist Party Propaganda

    Level of China’s involvement in report is so over-the-top, WHO’s official statement on the report indicated “all hypotheses remain on the table.””

    ““Experts” at the World Health Organization released their report on COVID-19’s origins. It looks like they blame animal farms in Asia.

    In line with the Chinese Communist Party, concerns about the virus’s potential laboratory origin have been almost entirely dismissed.”

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    So they lyin’.

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  2. They’ve become politicized and useless.

    “An FBI So Corrupt It Lets Mass Shooters Rampage Needs To Go

    While the FBI has been failing to stop terrorist attacks by known threats, it has conducted numerous political operations on behalf of Democrats. It’s time to clean house.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/30/an-fbi-so-corrupt-it-lets-mass-shooters-rampage-needs-to-go/

    “The New York Times reported on March 27 that Syrian-born Colorado mass shooter Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa had been on the FBI’s radar before he murdered 10 people in a grocery store.

    “The suspect’s identity was previously known to the F.B.I. because he was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau, according to law enforcement officials,” the Times says.

    According to a police affidavit, six days before Alissa shot 10 people to death, he purchased a pistol. That would have required him to pass a federal background check also run by the FBI. It seems the FBI is not very good at this “stopping mass shooters” thing.

    This is not an anomaly in the FBI’s history. It in fact appears to be a pattern of negligence. During the Barack Obama presidency, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., grilled FBI Director James Comey about the “known wolf” problem — of 14 Islamist attacks in the U.S. during Obama’s tenure, the FBI had been aware of at least 12 before the violence erupted, and did nothing.

    For example, the 2009 Fort Hood shooter, who killed 13; the Boston Marathon bombers of 2013 who killed three and injured 264; and the Pulse nightclub shooter who killed 49 people and wounded 53 more. All were known to the FBI and several had been interviewed by the FBI before they went on killing sprees.

    The FBI had also been warned numerous times about the Parkland, Florida school shooter, before he killed 17 and injured 17 more in 2018. It also knew beforehand about the 2018 Nashville, Tennessee Waffle House shooter, who killed four and injured two more, and the 2020 Nashville RV bomber.

    While the FBI has been failing to stop terrorist attacks by known threats like these, it has conducted numerous political operations on behalf of Democrats. The ones we know about include Crossfire Hurricane‘s use of federal spy power to affect election outcomes and prevent effective governance by elected Republicans. That operation included spying on Fox News.

    In 2020, the FBI sent 15 agents to investigate a rope tied in a loop that hysterical people alleged was a “noose” after a black NASCAR driver was assigned a garage with the rope as its door pull. The FBI investigation determined the rope had been in the same shape and spot since at least 2019.

    In 2019, the FBI executed operation “Varsity Blues” to shame rich people who attempted to buy their children entry into ruling class universities by means other than gobsmackingly expensive prep schools and SAT tutors.

    The FBI also appears to have entrapped people into a ridiculous plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, by inserting agents into their social group who presented the plan and got them to appear to go along, at least on FBI recordings. The same appears to be happening with Democrats using the Jan. 6 riot to have the FBI investigate and prosecute their political opponents among the hoi polloi.

    For that investigation, USA Today says, “agents in all but one of the FBI’s 56 field offices have been drafted to track down” people who attended the Capitol protest that day, the vast majority of whom peacefully protested. “Investigators who typically work cases involving the trafficking of drugs, child pornography and sex have taken calls from rioter’s angry ex-wives and former girlfriends and employers turned tipsters.”

    Meanwhile, the FBI and other investigators appear to be hiding the truth about the one death that occurred in connection with this havoc that hasn’t yet been definitively proven to be an accident, besides the rioter a police officer shot to death.

    It also appears the FBI is using its police power to prosecute people in connection with the Capitol riot who participated in no violence, including one who never went inside the Capitol nor harmed any person or public property, according to Julie Kelly’s reporting of court documents. His true crime appears to be belonging to a group in which some members believe, according to the federal indictment, that “the federal government has been co-opted by a cabal of elites actively trying to strip American citizens of their rights.”

    Parents of a teen who entered the Capitol and also committed no violence have been threatened by the feds for their political beliefs, Kelly reports. Their 18-year-old has been held in jail since the FBI arrested him in February, with 30 0ther inmates, and denied bail because he was homeschooled: “I don’t believe that home incarceration will work because he is an 18-year-old who’s homeschooled,” assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Buchanan told the judge.”

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  3. Of course, just like the Covid Relief that wasn’t really anything to do with Covid.

    Last time it was a bailout for poorly run Dem cities.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/03/more-than-half-of-bidens-infrastructure-bill-does-not-go-towards-infrastructure/

    “More Than Half of Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Does Not Go Towards Infrastructure

    Biden plans to pay for this monstrosity by raising the corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%.”

    “Basic infrastructure makes up $621 billion of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill. That means $1.379 trillion of the bill does not go towards infrastructure.

    If you combine it with what they call “at home” infrastructure, it makes up $1.272 trillion of the bill.

    Either way, projects that have nothing to do with infrastructure will receive more money than basic infrastructure.”

    Infrastructure and “At Home” Infrastructure
    So, let’s look at infrastructure:

    The plan would invest $115 billion to revamp highways and roads, including 10 major and 10,000 smaller bridges in need of reconstruction. It also includes $20 billion to improve road safety, including for cyclists and pedestrians.
    The plan calls for $85 billion to modernize existing transit systems and help agencies expand to meet rider demand. The investment would double federal funding for public transit.
    Biden is proposing $80 billion to fix Amtrak’s repair backlog.
    Biden’s proposal establishes $174 billion in grant and incentive programs for state and local governments and the private sector to build a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers by 2030.
    The proposal seeks to replace 50,000 diesel transit vehicles and electrify at least 20 percent of the country’s “yellow school bus fleet.”
    The plan invests $25 billion in airports, including programs to renovate terminals and expand car-free access to air travel.
    Biden is also pitching $17 billion for inland waterways, coastal ports, land ports of entry, and ferries to invest in the nation’s freight system.
    The American Jobs Plan targets 40 percent] of the benefits of climate and clean infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities.

    The “at home” infrastructure must be that “human infrastructure” people within the White House told the media about a few weeks ago:

    Biden’s proposal invests $213 billion to build and retrofit more than 2 million homes. The plan would build and rehabilitate more than 500,000 homes for low- and middle-income home buyers and invest $40 billion to improve public housing.
    Biden’s proposal aims to deliver universal broadband, including to more than 35 percent of rural Americans who currently lack access to high-speed Internet.
    The plan invests $111 billion to replace the country’s lead pipes and service lines. The effort would reduce lead exposure in 400,000 schools and child-care facilities and improve the safety of drinking water.
    The proposal calls for $100 billion to upgrade and build new public schools. It also invests $12 billion in community college infrastructure and $25 billion to upgrade child-care facilities.
    The plan would put $16 billion toward hundreds of thousands of jobs plugging oil and gas wells and reclaiming abandoned coal, hardrock and uranium mines. Jobs would also be created to lay transmission lines.
    Biden is proposing $18 billion to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals and clinics, and $10 billion to revamp federal buildings.
    The plan also invests $10 billion for conservation workers, including those focusing on public lands and environmental justice.”

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  4. “It’s Important To Be Honest About What Today’s Media Actually Are

    They are Democrat propagandists and should be treated as such.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/31/its-important-to-be-honest-about-what-todays-media-actually-are/

    “The great comedian Chris Farley had a recurring “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which he nervously and incompetently interviewed celebrities. “Remember when you were with the Beatles? … That was awesome!” he “asked” Paul McCartney in 1993, after fidgeting for a suitably awkward amount of time. “Yeah … it was,” replied McCartney, who played it straight.

    That happened for real last Thursday, but without any self-awareness or comedy, when the entire White House Press Corps either effusively praised or more-than-gently handled President Joe Biden for the duration of his first press conference. Biden had his own struggles in the slow and painful press conference, repeatedly having to read off notecards to get through the few mild foreign policy topics, and occasionally getting lost in “rhetorical cul-de-sacs,” as Fox News’ Bret Baier kindly put it. But somehow it was the media performance that stood out as particularly cringe-inducing.

    “[T]he perception of you that got you elected — as a moral, decent man — is the reason why a lot of immigrants are coming to this country and entrusting you with unaccompanied minors,” PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor, the second “reporter” to be called on, asserted Farley-style. Comedian J.P. Sears joked, in a sketch offering constructive notes for the “people running Biden,” that Alcindor sounded like she was worshiping a dictator, and suggested that reporters go ahead and leave the over-the-top compliments out of their questions.

    Alcindor’s posture toward the inhabitant of the White House has not always been that of a very supportive fan. Her questions of President Donald Trump were always hostile, and never failed to accept Democrat narratives, no matter how false those narratives were. At this press conference, nobody so much as muttered quietly about her sycophancy. In fact, two more reporters riffed off her preposterous assertion.

    “How far are you willing to go to achieve those promises that you made to the American people?” asked the Associated Press’s Zeke Miller, who also heads the White House Correspondents Association, pressuring Biden to help the media and other Democrat activists to end the Senate filibuster. Miller views his job, accurately, as an adjunct of the Biden White House, heading up its media division, as opposed to something independent from the Democratic Party.

    Alcindor wasn’t sure Miller made his lobbying for that major Democrat policy goal clear enough, so she spelled it out for Biden as if he were a remedial student. “[W]hen it comes to the filibuster, which is what Zeke was asking about, there’s — immigration is a big issue, of course, when it — related to the filibuster, but there’s also Republicans who are passing bill after bill, trying to restrict voting rights. Chuck Schumer is calling it an ‘existential threat’ to democracy. Why not back a filibuster rule that at least gets around issues including voting rights or immigration?” she advocated, using Democrat talking points and slogans, from her perch as a “reporter.”

    These media activists were completely the opposite with Trump. They weren’t professional or honest or trying to get at the truth. They were the adversarial political opposition, working relentlessly against him every single day and at each press availability.

    In any case, the rest of the Biden press conference was bad, too. As Michael Goodwin noted, no one asked him why he was reading from prepared talking points, unlike previous presidents. No one peppered him about the health reports he’s kept hidden, even when he repeatedly lost his train of thought.

    Not only did the media not push back against his radical agenda, they seemed to think that nothing he proposed was radical enough. “Why don’t you, when will you, why haven’t you? Over and over, the aim was not to ask a question but to speed up an agenda,” Goodwin wrote. Here’s more:

    The man who campaigned on unity is hell-bent on permanent polarization, meaning cancel culture and the supercharged racial climate are here to stay.

    Biden gave license to the worst instincts on the left with his repeated sneering references to all Republicans and especially Donald Trump. At one point, he actually accused Trump of letting immigrant children ‘starve to death on the other side’ of the Mexican border.

    He said it in a room full of 30 supposed journalists and not a single one challenged him or even asked whether he meant it literally. In fact, not a single one challenged him on any of his falsehoods.

    This is clown world. This is embarrassing. This is unbecoming of professional adults. This is so ridiculous and self-debasing that even Chris Farley couldn’t have played it for laughs.

    The term for people who lobby for Democrat policies in this clumsy of a manner is “Democrat activists in the propaganda field,” certainly not reporters, or journalists. They need to be treated as what they are.

    It’s time to stop acting like these political activists are professionals who do honest journalism. Continuing that pretense is not doing a favor to the public. It’s not true. With very few exceptions, these people are not there to do journalism, and we need to be honest about that with the public. Not everyone is as bad as everyone else, but nearly the entire press corps is somewhere on the Democrat activist scale, from lefty to fringe, from shrewd to clumsy and clownish.”

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  5. https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/texas-state-senate-passes-new-election-integrity-bill_3758548.html

    “The Republican-led Texas state Senate passed a bill early on Thursday that would ban mail-in ballot drop boxes and most drive-thru voting—in the wake of controversy about the voting practices being used during the Nov. 3 election.

    The bill, which passed 18–13 along party lines, will now head to the Texas state House of Representatives. Committee hearings are slated to start when the lawmakers convene Tuesday, April 6.

    The measure, according to State Sen. Bryan Hughes, a Republican, is “designed to address areas through process where bad actors can take advantage because we want the people of Texas to be confident their elections are fair, honest, and open.” The legislation “standardizes and clarifies” voting rules so “every Texan has a fair and equal opportunity to vote, regardless of where they live in the state,” he added.

    It will also require voters who have disabilities to prove that they cannot access polls in person in order to qualify for a mail-in ballot, and it would also require authorization from top state leaders to be alerted about any private funding of more than $1,000 that is given to election departments, according to KXAN.

    The state already required that a voter provide a reason to vote by mail, including being age 65 or older, having an illness or disability, or those confined to jail or who are out of the United States during the election.”

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/arizona-senate-hires-4-firms-to-audit-2-1-million-ballots-from-2020-election_3758396.html

    “The GOP-led Arizona state Senate on Wednesday announced that four firms have been hired to audit election results and recount the 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County’s 2020 general election to ensure the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s win.

    The announcement from Sen. Karen Fann (R-Ariz.) comes just weeks after Arizona legislators ordered a recount of the ballots from the state’s most populous county. The state Senate released a statement on March 18 saying that it will conduct a “broad and detailed” audit, adding that it will test voting machines, scan ballots, look for IT breaches, and perform a hand count.”

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  6. https://deadline.com/2021/03/los-angeles-herd-immunity-covid-late-june-twelve-weeks-1234725608/

    ~ Los Angeles Should Reach Covid-19 Herd Immunity By Late June, Say Health Officials ~

    On Wednesday, after months of not getting a three week window of projections on vaccine supply, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said, based on numbers received from the federal government, that Los Angeles will reach 80% vaccine coverage in residents over 16 years old the next 12 weeks. That means by the end of June the county should have achieved the overall the 70-85% immunity — through vaccinations and infections — Dr. Anthony Fauci says is required for herd immunity to the virus.

    “If L.A. County receives 500,000 doses a week,” said Ferrer on Wednesday, “80% vaccination of 16 and over can happen in just 12 more weeks.” …

    … Ferrer says that 30 to 40% of county residents have already been infected and so would have immunity. Fauci this week cited a study that asserted 45% of people in Los Angeles have Covid-19 antibodies. Assuming the majority of those people have not been vaccinated, one might then peg the number of immune L.A. residents under 16 with virus-exposed immunity at about 10% of the entire population. …
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    No guarantees ever, viruses are unpredictable and, to a large degree at times, uncontrollable at times. But we’re feeling some hope for the first time in a year out here.

    12:20: The real question is how many of those are hospitalized with serious complications or have died. Vaccines don’t prevent infections, completely, that was never claimed. What they do accomplish is preventing the very serious complications and illnesses that we’ve seen with Covid-19 all year.

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  7. But it’s not over yet

    https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-19-worrisome-variants-challenge-vaccination-progress-and-relaxed-precautions-20210330.html

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    Worrisome COVID-19 variants are taking hold in Pa. and N.J., threatening the success of vaccines

    If you’re thinking it’s safe to go back to normal, think again. The coronavirus keeps evolving.

    While data are limited and sketchy, it is clear that worrisome coronavirus variants are becoming more common in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, even as the pace of vaccination accelerates.

    A particularly ominous sign for the Philadelphia area: More than a third of samples taken over the last month from 80 COVID-19 patients had mutations known to make the virus more transmissible or resistant to current vaccines, or both, according to a University of Pennsylvania analysis.

    “The proportion of worrisome viral variants is rising,” Penn microbiologist Frederic Bushman said Monday. Since January, his team has genetically sequenced the virus in about 350 respiratory samples.

    Penn’s finding reflects national and state trends. Although there is no comprehensive, systematic surveillance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported that 26% of recently sequenced U.S. samples had the variant first identified in the United Kingdom in December. That strain, now dominant in far-flung parts of the world, is 50% more contagious than the pandemic coronavirus that emerged in China 15 months ago. …

    … Viruses are constantly introducing mistakes, or mutations, in their genetic code as they replicate within the human cells they have infected. Occasionally, a mistake or a combination of mistakes gives the virus a survival advantage, so that version outcompetes others to become dominant.

    Travelers help these more insidious strains to hopscotch the globe. But recent genomic sequencing suggests that harmful coronavirus mutations also have been arising spontaneously, rapidly, independently — and largely undetected — around the world. …

    … Jefferson has also launched a study to see whether the small fraction of employees who get COVID-19 despite being vaccinated have a variant of concern.

    But that, too, is challenging because the 5% to 10% of vaccinated people who still get infected generally have a low level of virus in their respiratory samples — sometimes too low for analysis, said Bushman at Penn.

    Moderna and other vaccine makers are planning to develop “booster” vaccines, in case a variant arises that completely evades the current inoculations. But if boosters are needed, it will further complicate the herculean worldwide vaccination effort.

    “I do think it’s a race against time,” said Zurlo at Jefferson. “We just have to get more people vaccinated” to suppress the pandemic. …
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  8. Treatments for Covid have improved, thankfully, but not to the extent that we’d hope for yet.

    So without the vaccine option, what is left? Just wait it all out for “natural” herd immunity (which will take out a good many people beyond the large numbers we’ve already seen)? Simply and somehow believing it’s not “all that bad,” that this is a government ploy and has all been overblown, or that the dangers are not true at all?

    I had a polio vaccine as a kid. Our parents at that time were very grateful. More recently, I’ve had some age-related vaccines including the one for pneumonia and shingles (I still need the 2nd shot of that however). Measles is another one I likely will ask about as I never had the measles or that vaccine when I was younger. It’s another very contagious disease that can be dangerous especially for people as they get older. I had chickenpox when I was in my 40s and it was a pretty rough go.

    I’ve not taken the annual flu shots, for the most part, but recently did begin to avail myself of those as well. I don’t get the flu often, rarely actually, but have been hit with it a couple times in the past 10 years and it was no picnic. You can still get the flu after you receive the flu vaccine, too, but it won’t be as severe a case (in other words, it won’t likely kill you or land you in the hospital).

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  9. I don’t understand the definition of vaccine vs shot. I thought the definition of vaccine was something to be given to combat a disease? Isn’t Covid a virus? Like the flu. So isn’t this shot a Covid shot? And now “they” are telling us this shot will not fight off the different strains…kind of like the differing “flu” shots every year?
    So my conclusion would be this is NOT a vaccine. It’s not a one shot takes care of the problem. In a few months we are going to be told we have to get it every year…or maybe twice a year?

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  10. Crisis?

    How about now?

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  11. The flu vaccine also is imprecise due to mutation — we’ve all heard the discussion of which strain fo the “flu” is anticipated. Sometimes they hit the mark pretty well, other times only partly.

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  12. “We just have to get more people vaccinated to suppress the pandemic.”

    First of all, there is not a pandemic, and “getting vaccinated” actually suppresses one’s one’s immune system (so that they will be extremely vulnerable to future mutations, for starters), the very immune system that God has given us to protect against such viruses.

    The fake pandemic was created in part to come up with an excuse for the ‘vaccines’, which actually create many dangerous side affects (not to mention the many deaths). When healthy young people die within hours of receiving a ‘vaccine’, the deaths are simply dismissed as coincidences. Don’t let them fool you!

    Here’s what is really going on…

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/nFMwCaApptoe/

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  13. Why do all the vaccine conspiracy theorists focus only on the danger of the vaccine and never the very real danger of the virus?

    From wikipedia: “Vernon Coleman (born 18 May 1946) is an English conspiracy theorist, anti-vaccination activist, AIDS denialist, blogger and novelist who writes on topics related to human health, politics and animal issues. Coleman’s medical claims have been widely discredited and described as pseudoscientific. He was formerly a newspaper columnist and general practitioner (GP).” Not a wikipedia fan, but he doesn’t seem to need deeper research to say he’s at best iffy as a source.

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  14. And seriously, I really hate it that conspiracy theorists are making people like my mother-in-law avoid the shot, when the virus is more of a danger to her.

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  15. NancyJill – I’ve always thought of the word “shot” (as in “flu shot”) as merely a casual form of the word “vaccine”.

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  16. Saw my veterinarian today who said he’d had a very serious bout with Covid (and now is getting vaccinated, he was glad to hear I’d gotten my “shots” as it were, haha). He definitely wouldn’t say this is a “fake” pandemic.

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  17. I suppose my confusion lies within my head! I think of vaccines as the Polio, Smallpox, measles, mumps etc. Those being “one and done” 😊
    Now this “vaccine” is said to not last. Just like the flu shot. I am supposing when people get this shot they will need to keep getting them.
    I am not an antivaxer…I see the benefit of the childhood vaccines. With this Covid shot I am suspect and wary. If people want to get it I think that’s great if it gives peace of mind. But this vitriol and conformist attitude swirling around is a bit much for me. My neighbor has even suggested that if some of us don’t get the shot we would be excluded from summer get togethers with other neighbors. So there you have it…they will have a cookout and since we or others didn’t get the shot we will be excluded. So be it…..

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  18. The real or perceived separations between vaccinated vs un-vaccinated will only be temporary, if all goes as planned — once the population locally reaches a point where Covid is no longer spreading like wildfire (we seem to be in that position now in LA, though who knows if it will last), this virus will begin to subside in reality. With limited places to “go” as people build up immunities and are resistant to being infected (either via vaccine or by having had the disease already), the virus, while it will mutate somewhat, will eventually wither.

    My vet is probably close to 65 but is tall and lean and an avid exerciser and health food practitioner, btw (a true scientific research ‘brain,’ too, I don’t understand 3/4 of his tweets). That he became so seriously ill is instructive, I think. Again, he was so glad when I confirmed I’d had the vaccine, gave me a big thumbs up in the clinic parking lot.

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  19. I am happy with those who get the vaccine and happy with those who don’t. I have a few friends (liberals) who are pushy about me and Art getting it. Other church friends are like me, let each decide. Art and I are still deciding and realize it is a risk we are taking. We don’t want that horrid illness. But I realize there are differences between this vaccine and the ones in the past. And the mainline news can not be counted on to give all the facts. I am not hearing as much about people having trouble or side effects from the vaccines lately. I wonder why? Has something changed?

    My friend, Karen, watches BBC and said they call it a poke instead of a shot.

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