Monthly Archives: November 2021
Used to be when you quit your job or got fired, you were not entitled to unemployment benefits.
The Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee state legislatures all changed their unemployment insurance rules in recent weeks to allow those refusing to comply with vaccine mandates to claim benefits.
On October 30, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill protecting the unemployment benefits of those fired for defying the mandates.
On November 12, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed into law a bill allowing those defying vaccine mandates to claim unemployment benefits.
On November 19, Florida passed a bill allowing those defying the vaccine mandate to claim benefits as part of a broader bill providing a series of exemptions to employers’ COVID-19 mandates.
On November 23, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Kansas State Legislature passed a bill protecting unemployment benefits of vaccine-mandate defiers as part of a bill broadening religious exemptions from the mandate, the Associated Press reported.
All this just to put a thumb in the eye of the Biden administration’s attempts to get a hold of this fucker. Socialism and handouts are OK when it owns the libs, I guess.
The verdict is in: the right has lost interest in stopping the pandemic with medicine. The new policy?
Get sick, risk death, hopefully recover fully, and trust “natural immunity” to guard them from getting it again.
Once again, however, the science is not on their side.
Scientists acknowledge that people previously infected with COVID-19 have some level of immunity but that vaccines offer a more consistent level of protection. Natural immunity is also far from a one-size-fits-all scenario, making it complicated to enact sweeping exemptions to vaccines.
That’s because how much immunity COVID-19 survivors have depends on how long ago they were infected, how sick they were, and if the virus variant they had is different from mutants circulating now. For example, a person who had a minor case one year ago is much different than a person who had a severe case over the summer when the delta variant was raging through the country. It’s also difficult to reliably test whether someone is protected from future infections.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in August that COVID-19 survivors who ignored advice to get vaccinated were more than twice as likely to get infected again. A more recent study from the CDC, looking at data from nearly 190 hospitals in nine states, determined that unvaccinated people who had been infected months earlier were five times more likely to get COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people who didn’t have a prior infection.
Thanks to these chucklefucks, we’re gonna be in masks in perpetuity.
People are actually getting together at parties to catch COVID, hoping to build natural immunity to the virus so they can skirt vaccine pass restrictions.
I’m here to tell you this approach has its drawbacks. Like dying, for example.
An Austrian man who went to an Italian “coronavirus party” in an apparent bid to build immunity against COVID-19 has died from the virus, according to local media reports.
The 55-year-old died in Austria last week after contracting the virus. Similar parties are now prevalent in the Italian city of Bolzano and elsewhere across the province of South Tyrol, Rai Alto Adige reported, citing Patrick Franzoni, deputy co-ordinator of a COVID unit in the city.
Franzoni said he and colleagues are aware that some young people are deliberately attempting to catch COVID-19, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a “green pass” without being vaccinated against COVID-19.
In explaining the concept of “coronavirus parties,” Franzoni said at least one attendee is infected with COVID-19 and other partygoers deliberately try to catch the disease from that individual. They do so “not realizing that the virus is also dangerous in children and young people,” he said.
Vaccine stupidity. It’s global, baby.
There’s a general feeling in the air these days that the United States is in decline. Last week, it was added to a list of “backsliding democracies”. Think of that. The country that pretends it invented democracy is losing interest in the experiment. It’s impossible to overstate today’s existential threat to our country from within.
But that aside, a small example of how Donald Trump dicked up everything he touched. As you know, he destroyed the Iran accords by withdrawing from the treaty that his predecessor worked so hard to bring to fruition. The plan for Trump was to squeeze Iran from all directions. And the Israelis, particularly Benjamin Netanyahu, approved this approach.
Well, it didn’t work. Iran elected more hardline leaders and began to enrich uranium without limits.
This has left world leaders scrambling for a new deal. And thanks to Donald Trump, we are not negotiating partners in any deal going forward. That’s right, the only hyperpower in the world is not allowed in the room because we are, to put it bluntly, untrustworthy.
War in the region is a possibility. Israel’s bellicose stance towards Iran all but guarantees that it will try and defend itself by any means and if that means nuke for nuke, I certainly would not be surprised. We wouldn’t be at this juncture were it not for Trump’s ham-fisted approach towards diplomacy.
Here’s a real treat; an account of one man’s crusade to discredit the polio vaccine. It’s all too familiar at this point.
Crazypants Mike Flynn and even crazier pants Lin Wood are at each others’ throats lately. And I am totally here for it.
What’s the deal? Why are these two Trumpers going at it?
The fight kicked off last week when recently acquitted Kenosha shooting defendant Kyle Rittenhouse, a former Wood client, accused Wood in a Fox News interview of deliberately keeping him in jail to raise money off of his case.
Suddenly under attack by Rittenhouse, Wood grew publicly furious that allies like Flynn and pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell weren’t strenuously defending him.
This caused Wood to release a telephone call they had where Mike Flynn opined that Q was “total nonsense”. This is interesting because apparently Mike’s done his share of promoting the conspiracy theory. And Flynn’s flying monkey squad was attacking Wood over it for whatever reason. However, Flynn then confided to Wood that he thought Q was a psyop.
In the call, Wood complains to Flynn that his QAnon supporters had attacked Wood online. But Flynn attempts to disown QAnon, claiming it’s a “disinformation campaign” created by the CIA.
“I think it’s a disinformation campaign,” Flynn said on the call. “I think it’s a disinformation campaign that the CIA created. That’s what I believe. Now, I don’t know that for a fact, but that’s what I think it is. I think it’s a disinformation campaign.”
So I guess now Lin has control of all the Q-tards and Flynn’s lost some 2024 votes. Or something like that.
It’s always a hoot to watch people discredit each other who have no credibility to speak of in the first place.
It’s not news that Russia is actively engaged in spreading disinformation among the American public about a number of issues. One of those is sowing vaccine mistrust.
Globally though, 21st century citizens everywhere are all doing an atrocious job at understanding what is threatening our survival. COVID-19 is one of them. After centuries of progressive inoculations that have saved populaces and helped them thrive, somehow the COVID vaccine has been singled out as a threat worse than the disease it is intended to prevent.
I don’t know why. As an adult, I’ve always known vaccines save lives. I don’t understand people who don’t. I suspect I will never get a good answer explaining those people.
Anyway, Russia’s getting a taste of its own medicine, as its disinformation machine has now reached their country. People’s prejudices about vaccines are being writ large and hesitancy is up, just like here. Nationally, they’re doing worse than we are in terms of percentage inoculated. Approximately half the population has no plan to vaccinate. Meanwhile, they’re racking up 40,000 cases a day.
There are theories for Russian vaccine stupidity. Some of them could easily apply to us. There’s a healthy mistrust of Vladimir Putin and the government in the mix. Others have developed distrust in the poor quality of the Russian medical system. There’s also a historical bias against them, again, heaven knows why.
Despite the number on the calendar, most of the world is made up of folksy people who listen to their own whispers rather than pay attention to facts and realities being relayed to them by the thinking classes, the media, and the government. Perhaps if those institutions had done a better job improving the lives of ordinary people, we might not have this disconnect. Then again, folksy people hold onto their belief systems fairly tightly. Not even death and sickness will shake them.
Part-time Batman villain and political advisor Roger Stone is bizarrely selling people down the river after being subpoenaed by the January 6 commission. Clearly there was more than a share of factionalism in the Trump administration, and the old fraud liked it that way. But toxic chickens may be coming home to roost.
It’s very important we pay attention to what he’s saying because he’s not just talking about the rally, he’s talking about the violence. So who did he roll on?
Roger Stone, an ally of former President Donald Trump, claimed this week that former Trump aide Katrina Pierson was “deeply involved” with the violence of the January 6 attack targeting the U.S. Capitol.
“Given what I know, I am perplexed as to why the January 6 committee has not issued a subpoena to Katrina Pierson (he did not seem to know that she had been served), in other words, someone deeply involved in the violent and unlawful acts of January 6, rather than me, given that I was not there and have no advance knowledge or involvement whatsoever in the events at the Capitol That day #Jan6Cmte,” Stone wrote in a message to his Telegram channel subscribers.
Pierson’s that fatmouth who came on TV regularly in the runup to 2016 to lie about Hillary Clinton and pump Trump up. But she had an ongoing paid gig with Trump thereafter, and was reportedly instrumental in who took the stage at the rally. She was a recipient of calls from the now famous “burner phones” that organizers used.
Should be interesting. I think Stone’s a ratfucker and a liar but not above saving his own skin at the cost of someone else.
So Eric Trump was on the receiving end on one of the now well-known “burner” phones that were purchased by January 6th rally organizers. Reports of this spread like napalm.
This is making him have a sad. He got righteously indignant and threatened to sue The Palmer Report for defaming him. He’s real big and bad for going after the small but influential blog, even though every news outlet you can think of passed that shit around like Thanksgiving mashed potatoes.
I have my problems with Palmer, but they did nothing outside the bounds of ordinary reportage.
Rumors are swirling that Tucker Carlson’s nightly antics are causing more chaos at Fox than originally thought. I mean, you know it’s bad when the author of “Liberal Fascism” thinks you’ve gone too far.
Fox News staff are divided and tensions are growing as Tucker Carlson’s support for political violence and domestic terrorism is splitting the network.
According to five people with direct knowledge, the resignations reflect larger tumult within Fox News over Carlson’s series Patriot Purge and his increasingly strident stances, and over the network’s willingness to let its opinion stars make false, paranoid claims against President Biden, his administration and his supporters.
Veteran figures on Fox’s news side, including political anchors Baier and Chris Wallace, shared their objections with Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and its president of news, Jay Wallace. Those objections rose to Lachlan Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of the network’s parent company, Fox Corp.
That’s great and all, but Fox’s audience comes for the red meat. They’re not a legitimate news channel, more of a right wing propaganda clearinghouse. I don’t see Fox cleaning its act up soon-in fact, with channels like OAN and Newsmax nipping at their heels, I expect them to get worse as they vie for wingnut eyeballs.