So as many of you have heard (some probably have thought or even said out loud), there is a pretty brazen and naked animus being directed towards the evil unvaccinated by a disturbingly significant portion of our American population. Personally I find this to be both disturbing and disappointing as some of us have so easily been manipulated by a false narrative to so viciously turn on our friends and neighbors. Also, I see the insane danger, especially when driven by the government and mainstream media, that fostering such attitudes presents to our nation as we know it (or knew it). Normally I would appeal that we look to history as a cautionary tale but today we need only look in real time to other “democratic” countries to see how the hysteria whipped up by our overlords is driving people, and perhaps nations, to the brink of madness. And I do not find such statements to be alarmist or hyperbolic. I am just observing in a dispassionate manner (as always) the state of our Union. While the two examples below are admittedly about two spoiled, “smarter-than-everybody-in-the-room” elitists, they are, nonetheless two fairly prominent voices in mainstream culture. And similarly expressed sentiments are all-to-easy to find in what now pass for mainstream “news” sources.
First, here’s a recent piece reporting on a rant by Howard Stern. While I’m sure everyone knows the name, for those not familiar with his work, Howard Stern has been a radio “shock-jock” for some 40 plus years who made his bones essentially with vulgar humor, T&A jokes, and making fun of those perhaps less capable than the average citizen. Let me be clear that I grew up a Stern fan so I am neither an angel nor a prude, but since he hit the big money when he moved to satellite radio he finally achieved what he clearly always wanted: acceptance from the elites he spent so many years attacking. He is now a member of the Hamptons crowd and the things he recently said belie both his infantile selfishness (a common trait of those attempting to demonize many Americans) and his participation in the mass psychosis that currently grips our country.
The headline reads (caps always mine): “Howard Stern on anti-vaxxers: ‘When are we going to stop putting up with the IDIOTS?’” “Shock jock Howard Stern ripped unvaccinated people and opponents of getting the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, saying they are threatening HIS "freedom to live."
“‘F*** them. F*** their freedom. I want MY freedom to live,’ the 67-year-old Stern said on his program. ‘I want to get out of the house. I want to go next door and play chess. I want to go take some pictures. This is bull****’…Stern has no time for the former and their SELF-PROCLAIMED personal freedom, he said…‘When are we going to stop putting up with the IDIOTS in this country and just say it's mandatory to get vaccinated?’...Stern asked…Stern said the unvaccinated are ‘clogging’ up hospitals…‘So, like, if you have a heart attack or any kind of problem, you can't even get into the E.R.,’ he said… ‘And I'm really of a mind to say, Look, if you didn't get vaccinated [and] you got COVID, you don't get into a hospital. Go f*** yourself,’ Stern concluded. ‘You had the cure, and you wouldn't take it.’”
First, why am I the selfish idiot when I assert MY right to MY “SELF-PROCLAIMED” physical autonomy and freedom, but YOU aren’t a selfish infant when YOU demand YOUR “freedom”? Why does your demand for what you want outweigh my desire for what I want? My risk of a significantly negative interaction with COVID stands at about 0.1% (one-tenth of one percent) and I have determined through rationally examination of the actual data (not what Fauci or CNN tells you) that a 0.1% risk is not something I’m concerned about. And before you tell me that the unvaxxed are somehow a threat to the vaxxed, please tell me EXACTLY HOW are the unvaccinated keeping you from leaving your house, playing chess, or taking pictures? You’re vaccinated, you’re safe. “As safe as possible” according to Joe Biden. So what’s the problem? Second, as I have pointed out before, the educational group with the largest percentage of vaccine hesitancy is in those with a PhD. These are by definition the most educated people in society so I’m pretty sure they’re not all “idiots”. And surveys show many poorer people, especially people of color, have all sorts of legitimate concerns about the vax, including missing work because the vaccine knocks them off their feet for a day or two. Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you’re stupid. Third, as I have previously discussed, that trope about the hospitals being “clogged up” with COVID patients is simply not true. More on that shortly.
Then there’s Jimmy Kimmel, another guy who made his bones doing T&A humor and dressing up in black face, who has now somehow become a paragon of virtue in our society. The headline:
“Kimmel RIPS unvaccinated people and says they DON’T DESERVE ICU beds if hospitals get overcrowded “Jimmy Kimmel ATTACKED UNVACCINATED PEOPLE on Tuesday upon his return to late-night. As PENANCE for their decision not to get the vaccine, unvaccinated people should be DENIED a place in hospitals if they need care, Kimmel suggested…‘Dr. Fauci said that if hospitals get any more overcrowded, they're going to have to make some very tough choices about who gets an ICU bed,’ Kimmel said . ‘That choice doesn't seem so tough to me. Vaccinated person having a heart attack? Yes, come right on in — we'll take care of you. Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy… We've still got a lot of PAN-DIMWITS out there…’ Kimmel said.” And the audience laughed and laughed. It must be great to be so smart and so right so often. And here's a curveball; how does the guy who is not vaccinated and not infected, but having a heart attack, fit into your cute little paradigm of who lives and who dies?
Just so we’re clear, the “vaccinated person having the heart attack” is almost always showing up to the ER because of PERSONAL DECISIONS AND CHOICES he has made for DECADES. Per the United Nations: “Lifestyle diseases share risk factors similar to prolonged exposure to three MODIFIABLE LIFESTYLE BEHAVIOURS -- smoking, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity…By 2030, the proportion of total global deaths due to chronic diseases is expected to increase to 70 PER CENT…” Interestingly, the WHO writes in April 2021: “Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% OF ALL DEATHS GLOBALLY.” So I guess we beat the UN’s estimates by a good 10 years. Yay us! This has been a well-established and accepted understanding of why we get sick and die for years. But of course nobody ever suggests we don’t treat the heart attack patient or stroke patient or the obese diabetic or even (sometimes) the cancer patient; all of whom are often significantly responsible for their presence in the hospital. It takes, in my opinion, a truly loathsome human being to so cavalierly dispense of our fellow man based on a clearly politically-driven narrative. And that goes for all who laughed at or agreed with Kimmel’s “jokes” as well. And the whole “horse goo” allusion is equally as depraved. The term "horse goo" is a purposefully pejorative term used to assail the intellect of those who you "know" are idiots because some talking head told you so. Never mind the studies from all over the world showing Ivermectin may in fact have some benefit in fighting COVID, Jimmy Kimmel called it "horse goo" so anyone who even thinks of using it is clearly a moron deserving of death. I have been repeatedly astonished over the last 20 months by how many people really believe they “know” something about this pandemic because they heard it from some “expert” or talking head. In case you haven’t heard, you would be very well served to stop listening to these people. They are provably lying to us all the time.
Just for some perspective, a brief comment about how we’re told the vaccine reduces hospitalizations by somewhere between 70% and 90%. The CDC currently lists on a page entitled “Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19-Associated Hospitalizations” a grand total of 217,254 hospitalizations. On another page, however, they list 6.2 million as the number of “estimated” hospitalizations. And then there’s Statista.com, which is a reputable website that estimates a total of about 590,000 hospitalizations. First of all, what gives? How is it possible that the US government doesn’t have an accurate accounting of COVID hospitalizations? Wouldn’t this be something of an important stat to know? Why wouldn’t they make a better effort to ascertain this seemingly vital tidbit of data? Oh well, moving on…
Second, if we take a figure somewhere between 200,000 and 6,000,000, let’s settle on 3,000,000 hospitalizations. Still seems high to me but whatever. 3,000,000 hospitalizations would be approximately a one percent population hospitalization rate (of course grossly skewed towards the very old). If we take the government at their word (don’t laugh) and accept that the vax reduces your risk of hospitalization by some 90% to 95%, that means the vax reduces your risk of hospitalization from COVID from about 1% to about 0.1%. That’s a reduction of 0.9% or nine-tenths of one percent. That’s the number. That’s it. It will of course be sold to you as a 90% risk reduction, but 90% of nothing is still nothing. So before we go completely off the reservation (we’re already on step 4 of the10 steps to genocide, so there's that) maybe we should all catch our breath and look at the actual data. I had written about this months ago when I told you about the actual data in the actual trials conducted by Pfizer in applying for vax approval. Those differences between the vaccinated and unvaccinated were equally as minuscule. The numbers you have been sold as to the efficacy of the vaccine are what are called “relative risk reduction” numbers and are a sort of Kabuki Theater of statistics used to improve the perceived efficacy of a drug treatment. The fact is, by the absolute numbers we are being provided, if you are vaccinated you stand about a 0.1% chance of ending up in the hospital and if you are not vaccinated you stand about a 1% chance of ending up in the hospital. The difference is, again, 0.9%. That’s what all the hubbub is about. And that's a mathematical fact.
Also, other countries like the UK and Israel report very different numbers as to who’s in the hospital. The BBC reported several days ago this gem of a headline: “Covid-19 in Wales: A third of positive cases are unvaccinated” which is a wickedly interesting way of saying that two-thirds of new cases are VACCINATED. Further, the piece goes on to report: “Nearly 13% of hospital patients with confirmed Covid were unvaccinated…80% of patients have been double-dosed with a vaccine.” So across the pond 80% of COVID patients in the hospital are “fully vaccinated” but here it’s only 5%; maybe only 1%. And before you start parroting that nonsense about “since more people are vaccinated we would expect more people positive and in the hospital” the BBC also reports “The hospital admissions rate is 53 per 100,000 of the population in those unvaccinated compared to 32 per 100,000 in those fully vaccinated, in the past month.” That’s not even twice the RATE ("rate" equalizes effect regardless of absolute numbers between groups) of hospitalization for the unvaxxed, let alone the 20 times higher rate one would expect from the “95%” protection figure that everyone thinks they “know” to be true. 85% of Wales’ population is fully vaccinated (aged 16 and over). So 85% fully vaxxed and 80% of hospitalizations fully vaxxed vs. only 15% either not vaccinated at all or with one shot, and 20% of those people accounting for hospitalizations. Those are essentially 1:1 ratios which shows no advantage to being vaccinated as it concerns ending up in the hospital. As far as “cases” in Wales, the population “case” rate in the FULLY VAXXED (as of the week of 9/19) was about 0.4% and the “case” rate among the COMPLETELY UNVAXXED was about 0.6%. That’s a difference of 0.2% (two-tenths of one percent). Doesn’t seem like 95% protection, but whatever. Anyway, that’s the dumb old Brits. Over here we have Fauci so you can believe our hospitalization numbers are legit!
Again as always, get vaccinated, don’t get vaccinated, who cares? Certainly not me as it’s none of my damn business. But the point of this post is to bring attention to the language we are using and the not-quite-so existential threat of this kind of vitriol which allows us to see our friends and neighbors, and even our family as “them”. It ain’t good and we should reject that line of thought wholeheartedly. Especially in the face of the false narratives of both the danger of the virus and the danger of the unvaxxed under which many of us are operating. Get strong, get healthy, live life without fear.
“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18)