The Narrative Unravels

  • Danish newspaper says sorry for not questioning the government enough.
  • Fox News reporter crushes CDC Director in an interview.
  • Hospitalizations from and with Covid comingled – separate data “forthcoming.”

A good Tuesday to you!

I hope you’re well.  We had a pretty standard weekend here in Cebu.

Even with all the restrictions, things are relatively normal.

Micah can’t eat inside most restaurants due to child restrictions, nor can he go into supermarkets, but he can wander around the malls.

Doesn’t make sense to you?  Me, neither…

I bought my new Apple Watch Series 7 this weekend and will provide a review for you sometime this week.  I want to wear it a bit before I write anything down.

But calling it a watch is like calling a microwave oven a watch because it’s got the time on it.  It’s a supercomputer for your wrist, as far as I can see.

Anyway, to the real story: The Narrative is unraveling for governments worldwide.  (Except for the insane Victorians in Australia, who seem to like prison far more than their ancestors did.)

Let’s get to it.

Djokovic Gets Deported; The World Rolls Its Eyes

One question resolves this whole matter: why on earth was he allowed on the plane?

Anyone who’s been to an airport knows this: if your documentation isn’t in order for your destination country, you don’t get on the plane.  They won’t let you.

I was flying to Moscow once, and the secretary who did my visa put the first day I was teaching and not the day I was arriving (the day before).  I couldn’t get on my flight.

The only thing they let me do was to get a later flight, where I’d land in Moscow early in the morning.

Not great, but I landed the day my visa was valid.

With the world’s Number One tennis player, you’d think the Aussies would get the visa right.

My guess is the administration did, but the politicos weren’t involved.  And then they realized this could be a bad look in an election year and made a stink once he already legally landed.

Hang your heads in shame.

And that’s why I’m so surprised the Aussie outlet news.com.au would print any article on media malfeasance at all.

“We Failed”

The Aussie site reported on Friday that Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet published a piece titled “We Failed.”

In it, journalist Brian Weichardt writes (caps his; Oxford commas, mine):

WE HAVE STARED at the oscillations of the number pendulum when it came to the infected, hospitalized, and died with corona.  And we have been given the significance of the pendulum’s smallest movements laid out by experts, politicians, and authorities, who have constantly warned us about the dormant corona monster under our beds.  A monster just waiting for us to fall asleep so it can strike in the gloom and darkness of the night.

THE CONSTANT mental alertness has worn out tremendously on all of us.  That is why we – the press – must also take stock of our own efforts.  And we have failed.

Forgive the Google translation.  I have no doubt Mr. Weichardt is an excellent writer.

He goes on to pillory the authorities for publishing misleading numbers.

And this is especially important concerning the Omicron variant, which spreads faster, but is much weaker than the Delta variant.

New South Wales (the state where Sydney is) Health Minister Brad Hazzard told Australia’s The Daily Telegraph that up to half of the covid hospitalizations “are actually people with other reasons for admission” and get swabbed and find they have the virus there.

That is, a kid has a broken bone, goes to the hospital to get it set, and gets swabbed.   The swab reveals the ‘rona.  The hospitals have been counting that as a covid hospitalization.

It’s ludicrous.

But let’s face it, hospitals get extra government funds for coronavirus pretty much everywhere in the world.  So, of course, they’re going to overcount.

I know that breaks the hearts of friends who think doctors should and do work for free, but economics rules all – even healthcare.

The trick is getting the incentives right.

The Numbers are Almost Certainly Way Off

Last week, Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked CDC Director Rochelle Walensky a simple question:

“Do you know how many of the 836,000 deaths in the US linked to Covid are from Covid or how many are with Covid, but they had other comorbidities?  Do you have that breakdown?”

Her answer: “Yes of course, with Omicron we’re following that very carefully.  Our death registry of course takes a few weeks to collect.  And of course Omicron has just been with us for a few weeks.  But those data will be forthcoming.”

Really?  How do they not have that data on arrival, so to speak?

My guess is that the Joke Biden administration is trying to contain the damage of overegging the pudding for so long.

Later, Dr. Walensky apparently told Good Morning America that a recent CDC study found more than 75% of deaths in fully vaccinated people had occurred in those with at least four comorbidities.

Four.

She said, “So really these are people who were unwell to begin with.  And yes, really encouraging news in the context of Omicron.”

My questions are these:

What about the other 25%?  How many comorbidities did they have?

And…

How many Covid deaths were for unvaccinated people with at least four comorbidities?

Many thanks to Frank Chung at news.com.au for his great article.

Wrap Up

This stinks to high heaven.

As it always has.

But now it looks like the powers that be are running out of road.

With the European Union already saying booster shots will weaken the immune system to the CDC getting caught overstating the numbers, The Narrative is unraveling with great speed.

The Unintended Consequences like starvation (in poor countries like the Philippines) and rampant inflation (in the rich countries of The West) are rearing their ugly heads with dire outcomes.

Governments never like to admit they were wrong, no matter how wrong they were.  And their apologists will never say they were wrong, thanks to regret bias and thinking they’ve got “the science” on their side.

But to get out of this mess, an enormous mea culpa is in order.

And that the Danish media got the ball rolling is a good thing.

I wonder if they’ll apologize to their friends in Sweden, whose government didn’t imprison their citizens.

Until tomorrow.

All the best,

Sean

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