21 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-12-22

  1. The old man flees yet again….



  2. All while Justin the Coward hides well away from the peasants.


    Tyrannical dictator supporting tyrannical dictator.


  3. More of Fauci’s, the govt’s, medical establishment’s, and media’s lies exposed.

    “Authoritarian Science and the Case of Hydroxychloroquine

    The approach to medical information increasingly taken by authorities and the media is damaging to public health and scientific inquiry.”


    “Imperial County, California, a poor, largely Hispanic agricultural region in the southeastern corner of the state, has been hit hard by Covid-19. By the end of January, according to the New York Times’s Covid-19 database, Imperial County had suffered 845 Covid deaths, or 4.7 per thousand inhabitants—a rate almost 80 percent higher than the U.S. average. The case fatality rate in Imperial County is 1.44 percent, the second-highest in California—and was significantly higher, 2.10 percent, at the end of October 2021 before the Omicron wave.

    Two doctors in Imperial County, though—George Fareed and Brian Tyson, who run the All Valley Urgent Care network of medical centers—claim to have done far better with their Covid-19 patients. In fact, they claim near-perfect success: in a book that they published last January, they claim to have seen more than 7,000 patients and had only three deaths, all among patients who began treatment in later disease stages. A statistical analysis of part of their results by the statistician Mathew Crawford, included in their book, counts only seven hospitalizations and three deaths among 4,376 patients seen up through March 13, 2021—a reduction in hospitalization risk of well over 90 percent from the county average, even after (admittedly imperfect) statistical adjustments for differences in age between Fareed and Tyson’s patients and the general population.

    According to prevailing medical views, Fareed and Tyson’s claimed results should be impossible. The doctors’ first protocol was based around hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a repurposed anti-malarial drug, with other drugs such as ivermectin as more recent additions. Received opinion on the drugs is that ivermectin is at best unproven in treating Covid-19 (the Food and Drug Administration maintains an official webpage warning against using it as a treatment for the virus), and that HCQ has been actively disproved: early optimism from laboratory experiments and small clinical studies did not hold up in larger, more rigorous trials.

    Such opinions have influenced not just news coverage but also the moderation policies of social media platforms, which have imposed ever-stricter rules against “misinformation” (meaning, in practice, contradicting American public health authorities). After Fareed and Tyson spoke by invitation at a meeting of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles Times ran an article noting that the Imperial County Medical Society “had urged supervisors to ‘not contribute to the dissemination of false or misleading information by legitimizing unproven treatments.’” The paper also quoted an executive at an Imperial County hospital, saying, “We need to stick with what we know is approved by the FDA for COVID-19 treatments. . . . Misinformation itself ought to be stopped.” In December, Twitter also suspended Tyson’s account for breaking its policies against Covid misinformation.

    The dismissal of hydroxychloroquine as a possible Covid-19 treatment, however, was never based on solid science. The Los Angeles Times article reveals a fundamentally authoritarian worldview: medical claims are “unproven,” and dangerous for the public to discuss, until some official body endorses them—an approach that threatens public health and science alike.

    Interest in hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment stretches back at least to 2005, when an in vitro study showed that chloroquine, a very similar compound, might protect against SARS infection. Based on laboratory studies and small clinical trials, medical authorities in China and South Korea recommended chloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment in February 2020.

    Some doctors outside East Asia followed. Vladimir Zelenko, a doctor in a Hasidic community in New York, advocated a combination of HCQ, azithromycin (an antibiotic to guard against secondary infections), and a zinc supplement: HCQ increases the uptake of zinc ions into cells, a property that Zelenko surmised might provide antiviral effects. In an open letter in April 2020, Zelenko claimed to have treated about 1,450 patients, including 405 that he judged “high risk,” with only two deaths. Luigi Cavanna, a doctor in Piacenza, Italy, also claimed about the same time that thanks to an HCQ treatment protocol, none of his patients had died and only 5 percent were hospitalized—one-sixth the contemporaneous Italian hospitalization rate of over 30 percent. Many more systematic “observational” studies of HCQ—comparing patients in a hospital or elsewhere who received a drug (because of their own or a doctor’s choice) with those who did not—returned good results both as a treatment of Covid-19 cases (including one large study from the Henry Ford Health System in metropolitan Detroit) and for prevention of Covid-19 in individuals at high exposure risk. One especially striking example of the latter is a set of 11 “case-control” studies from India, where medical authorities recommended but did not mandate a weekly prophylactic dose of HCQ for medical workers. Most of these studies found that workers who took HCQ had reduced odds of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, with especially marked reductions for those who took six or more doses of the protocol.

    Medical researchers tend to discount doctors’ reports and observational studies—which, granted, have many potential biases that can’t always be spotted or corrected. For instance, observational studies can underestimate the efficacy of a treatment that’s given more often to sicker patients—or overestimate it, if health-conscious patients are more likely to demand experimental treatments, or if doctors who give ineffective experimental drugs are also more likely to give effective experimental drugs (this latter point was a common and valid criticism of the Henry Ford study). So doctors generally consider randomized trials, which avoid these classes of bias, to be more reliable—though they have drawbacks, too, such as considerably greater expense and, therefore, typically smaller sample sizes.

    And most analyses of randomized trials of HCQ—on the basis of which mainstream medical opinion decided that it doesn’t work for Covid-19—do draw negative conclusions. For instance, a February 2021 review by Cochrane, an organization that produces comprehensive reviews of randomized trials, concludes, “HCQ for people infected with COVID‐19 has little or no effect on the risk of death and probably no effect on progression to mechanical ventilation.” Another meta-analysis in Nature by Cathrine Axfors et al. estimates an 11 percent increase in risk of death on the basis of 26 randomized trials.

    The results of both meta-analyses were essentially determined by two large, similar trials: the Solidarity trial run by the World Health Organization and the Recovery trial at the University of Oxford. These trials accounted together for over 97 percent of the statistical weight in Cochrane’s main analysis, and both claimed to rule out more than a tiny benefit of HCQ for hospitalized Covid-19 patients.

    But neither trial disproves claims such as Fareed and Tyson’s. First and most importantly, both trials were on hospitalized patients and are not necessarily applicable to “outpatients” earlier in the disease course. Antiviral treatments work better earlier: for instance, oseltamivir (also known as Tamiflu), an antiviral influenza treatment, works well if started within two days of symptom onset, but not later. In Covid-19, viral load peaks soon after symptom onset, and viral replication has already ceased in most hospitalized patients, guaranteeing that antiviral treatments will have limited effect. One review in The Lancet found that dozens of studies consistently find that viral load in Covid-19 peaks in the first week of symptoms and that “No study detected live virus beyond day 9 of illness.” Lethal symptoms of Covid-19 in hospitalized patients are usually secondary effects, such as blood clotting and a dysregulated, hyperinflammatory immune response called “cytokine storm,” not continued action of the virus itself.

    The Recovery and Solidarity trials also both tested HCQ alone, even though the most widespread protocols combined it with other medications such as zinc, and they used bizarrely high doses. Most doctors who prescribed HCQ used low doses: for instance, Zelenko’s original treatment regimen comprised 2,000 milligrams in total of hydroxychloroquine sulfate (a compound that is about 78 percent HCQ by weight), comprising two doses of 200 mg each per day for five days—quite similar to the regimen of 2800 mg total recommended by a group of Chinese researchers based on in vitro study.”


  4. The US one will be a hoot. Can’t wait to watch Biden and the media lose their feeble little minds. 🙂

    And oh look, the French have found something worth fighting for I guess.

    For a change.


    “Canadian-Style French Freedom Convoy Reaches Paris, To Defy Police Ban

    France 24 TV: “France mobilised thousands of police, armoured personnel carriers and water cannon trucks in Paris on Friday to keep out convoys of motorists.”

    “Inspired by Canada’s Freedom Convoy, thousands of motorists from across France are converging on Paris to demonstrate against government’s coronavirus restrictions. Up to 2000 vehicles could be part of the convoy that intents to defy the police ban and enter the capital, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday.

    The French police have banned the convoy from entering the city, news reports say. The Paris-bound convoy is expected to face tough police response. Some 7,200 police officers will be on duty in Paris to enforce the ban, French media reported.

    “Thousands of opponents of the [COVID] vaccine pass, who came in convoys from all over France, camped on Saturday morning at the gates of Paris where they intend to enter in order to demonstrate despite the ban placed by the police headquarters,” French newspaper Le Figaro reported.

    The French Freedom Convey has galvanized support from across the country. The “opponents of the government set off from Bayonne, Perpignan, Lyon, Lille and Strasbourg aimed at converging on the capital,” Le Figaro noted.

    The media footage shows people waving French, Canadian and U.S. flags, and cheering the passing convoy with the chants of “liberté.”

    The state-owned TV network France 24 reported the government’s response to the Freedom Convoy:

    France mobilised thousands of police, armoured personnel carriers and water cannon trucks in Paris on Friday to keep out convoys of motorists converging on the capital for a protest against COVID-19 restrictions.

    Checkpoints were set up at toll points on major entry roads while riot-control barriers were erected across the city centre ahead of rallies that the protesters aim to hold over the weekend.

    Inspired by horn-blaring “Freedom Convoy” demonstrations in Canada, the motorists – from numerous cities across France – were expected to gather outside Paris during Friday and seek to defy a police order not to enter the city. (…)

    As the evening rush hour got under way, police began checking drivers’ documents at various entry points into the city centre. More than 7,000 officers will be mobilised over the next 72 hours.

    Convoy members exchanged information via social media on how best to slip into the city, avoiding a police presence that included heavy-lifting equipment to dismantle any makeshift roadblocks.
    The Canadian-style protest movement is on the move just weeks after the French parliament passed more restrictive vaccine regulations. The so-called “Vaccine Passport” rules bar people from entering cafes, restaurants, trains, and other public venues if they don’t take COVID vaccinations.

    The movement has also spilled over to neighboring Belgium, where the government has banned the Freedom Convoy from entering Brussels, the city which serves as the capital of the country and that of the European Union.

    The convoy reaches Paris as France is heading towards a presidential election in two months time. President Emmanuel Macron, who is running for a second, faces tough challenge from the right.”


  5. The media accuses Rand of being an “insurrectionist” in 3… 2…. 1…. 🙂

    “Sen. Rand Paul: I Hope Truckers Come To D.C. & L.A., “Clog Up Cities””


    “MARY MARGARET OLOHAN, DAILY SIGNAL: I would love to talk about this Freedom Convoy — the Canadian truckers who are protesting vaccine mandates for drivers who will be crossing the border. We just heard this morning that there will be a potential for such a convoy in Los Angeles, about the Super Bowl, and perhaps one later in D.C. What do you make of this?

    SEN. RAND PAUL: I’m all for it. Civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is a time-honored tradition in our country from slavery to Civil Rights to you name it. Peaceful protests clog things up, make people think about the mandates. And some of this, we started. We put mandates on truckers coming across the border from Canada so that they would put mandates on and the truckers are annoyed. They are riding in a cab by themselves, most of them, for 8, 10-hour long-hauls and they just want to do what they want to do. It’s their own business.

    That’s what healthcare used to be, it used to be your own business what you and your doctor talked about, what medications you took. It wasn’t anybody else’s business.

    OLOHAN: And do you foresee that D.C. would react in a certain way if such a convoy came here?

    SEN. PAUL: It’d be great, but the thing is, it wouldn’t shut the city down because the government workers haven’t come to work in two years anyway. So I don’t know if it would affect D.C. It’d be a nice change, we’d actually have some traffic.

    Not only do the government workers not come to work in D.C., neither are the tourists allowed. Nancy Pelosi closed the Capitol down 2 years ago for God know’s what reason, and you walk in there and I’ll give people a tour on occasion and we’re the only people in the Capitol. It’s kind of crazy.

    But I hope the truckers do come to America. I hope they clog up cities. And we’re seeing a break in the dam now. Several Democratic governors are finally sort of relinquishing. What they’re finding is, moms and dads are upset about this, and not just Republicans, everybody is upset about this. They’re annoyed that their little kids have to be in a mask.

    It’s breaking through. Even CNN, you know, they’ve got the Dr. Fauci acolyte (Dr. Leana Wen), that woman’s like, ‘Oh, facial masks are now just simply decorations.’ She’s admitting the truth. That’s what they’ve been the whole time, but she’s finally admitting it. So even people who only watch CNN are finally getting the understanding that the masks don’t work and they’re starting to push back too.”


  6. Watched your Trudeau video from yesterday; whoever wrote the headline clearly does not understand Question Period — the booing and heckling is no different from any other day; the opposition always does that. However, Candice Bergen is an excellent speaker and did perform better than Trudeau. She’s the interim leader as the leader of the Cons has resigned due to the split in the party over the protest. The Con party has had several excellent women in high positions yet none have run for leadership; the last interim leader was Rosa Ambrose another excellent leader. Her accusations of splits and divisions among Canadians actually refers to the splits and divisions in the federal conservative party not Canadians as a whole. The slowness of the conservative premier of Ontario to reopen as opposed to the western conservatives reflects this split. Only about 20% of Canadians support the protest and almost all are conservative voters. The Conservatives regularly attract 30-35% of the total vote. The protests then have split the party in half whereas the other parties are united in their opposition as are the vast majority of Canadians. No matter how eloquently she speaks, Bergen knows the protests damage her party and desperately needs a solution. Trudeau doesn’t need to rush, eventually court orders, exhaustion, money, loss of employment, etc will lower protest numbers.

    You really can’t call him a coward — he showed up for Question Period, he doesn’t have to, he could have easily let Chrystina Freeland, the deputy PM and real person in charge, take the questions. He’s not as bright or eloquent as his father but he’s managing this crisis far better than the conservative party which is split in half.


  7. I’m amused at Republican criticism of Biden’s trip to Camp David — a gov’t retreat with full communication abilities to keep Biden in touch with gov’t including the armed forces. Would they rather he play golf at a resort he owned with no capability to communicate to the gov’t

    Biden or his advisers probably misunderstood division of powers in Canada; we are far more decentralized than the US; policing is a provincial matter even at an international bridge. Ontario’s conservative premier is stuck with this mess — for political reasons Premier Ford would rather not deal with it; rural Ontario, the base of the conservative party support the protest, whereas the swing voters he needs in the Toronto area do not. So he’s also abdicating responsibility to the police, making it strictly a police matter. Not a bad policy, avoid politicizing public heath measures is always good policy. The auto industry which depends on traffic flow between Ontario and Michigan has obtained a court order to clear the bridge, the police are enforcing it as I type this.

    The French have always protested just about anything. They are extremely good at it. I’m surprised you’re surprised. As good as the French are at protest, their police is just as good at policing it. Its a from of political theatre long part of the French political scene. Macron similar to Trudeau will ignore them; they are a minority and they don’t vote for him.

    Rand’s comments are amusing — health care used to be your own business between you and your own doctor. Public health measures have long been a part of any civilized society — Ellis Island was a quarantine site, we have poop and scoop laws, public urination is illegal, medicine has long been regulated, in the US insurance companies are part of the conversation you have with the doctor, etc. And finally I’m sure he doesn’t think abortion is your own business.


  8. Has he met with demonstrators to hear their side?

    Then he’s a coward.

    Has he hide from the peasants in an “undisclosed” location?

    Then he’s a coward.

    Sheesh at least when Trump was whisked away by security there was an actual riot, with burning, looting, and assaults.

    But none of that was happening when Justin fled, because he’s a coward, mere disagreement with him sends him into hiding.

    He’s a wuss.


  9. Oh look, Trump was right again.

    He was spied on.



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  11. ——–

    Way past time.

    Lock her up.


  12. AJ — If my place of employment was surrounded with flags saying F*ck Henry I wouldn’t meet with them either. And I would take a week off work too. Why meet with the mob? For a Canadian mob, this is violent. Why meet with a fringe group? It would give them legitimacy. Only 15-20% strongly support this group. 65% of Canadians think they are a small minority of selfish Canadians.

    But I am starting to enjoy the gong show as it splinters the Conservative party…their federal leader resigned and my premier is suffering whiplash as he tries to keep his party intact before provincial elections. That 15-20% is breaking up the conservative party…..Trudeau hands off policy is correct (its a matter for the Ottawa police, the PM shouldn’t get involved) and additionally it benefits him politically.


  13. Nazi like tactics…..



  14. Bingo.



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  16. Brilliant!

    Close the highway, so the truckers can’t.

    Who wants to tell these morons they did the truckers job for them?




  17. The response to truckers versus the response to BLM/Antifa:
    Husband comments that the truckers are valuable and necessary to the economy.
    The “mostly peaceful protestors” were non value adding.

    So they have to try to stop the truckers but allowed the other to carry on. Occupy Wall Street. Chop. Whatever.


  18. I’m surprised people are surprised police monitor social media. In previous decades they sent spies to monitor “fringe” groups right or left, now they sit in an office and people type out their plans and thoughts for them. With the current situation, they are focusing on “convoy” groups; do people seriously expect privacy on a facebook group? Just checked a few convoy groups — they’re public, naivety at its finest. As for the interaction in the video, its not unusual for police to inform people what is and isn’t illegal. They usually do this with the leaders of the group but these demonstrations have very little leadership and are far more spontaneous. In addition, the protesters are often confused on what’s legal, what’s tolerated, etc Many are influenced by American right wing groups who seem to think its the same laws here. I’ve seen a few videos where protesters confront police despite committing illegal acts. I’ve been to a few demos and there’s a few things you don’t do and argue with cops about what they can do is one of them.

    Alot of American commentators are also conflate what happens in the US to the demonstrations here. A number of you cite BLM etc, but these have been entirely peaceful here. The last leftist violence was over a decade ago with the G20 and police were found guilty of human rights violations. In terms of occupying pubic space and causing a public nuisance/disturbance, the current Ottawa demonstration tops most leftist demonstration. The nearest equivalent is First Nations but those are land disputes and have no political intention other than land rights.

    Although it may look counterproductive, diverting traffic from the freeway and downtown areas (the freeway the police blocked leads to downtown and provincial parliament) prevents convoys from arriving intact at important political or economic infrastructure. The Ottawa police chief made a mistake by welcoming the convoy and letting them park in front of parliament. He thought they would leave. Police elsewhere have found that diverting traffic in congested areas breaks up the convoys (which are mostly pickups and SUVs, not transports) and they can’t reach any important infrastructure worthy of blocking. This has worked effectively in Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere. I’m amused one tweet referred to it as LiberalLogic — its a police tactic and it works (they do the same with street protests).


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