Will COVID Numbers Now Shift for Biden’s Benefit ?

How much of the past year was about the actual coronavirus rather than a political weapon to damage President Trump and remove him from office? The answer is obvious. We have had viral pandemics before, including a seasonal influenza, without mask mandates, social distancing, business closures, travel restrictions, and hysterical media coverage.

Much of the hair-on-fire reporting is over cases and deaths. As I have previously written, a positive test is not the same as a case, and a death with COVID is different than death from COVID.

What if these definitions suddenly change in the upcoming weeks, once Joe Biden is in the White House, creating the impression that getting rid of the Orange Man caused the case and fatality numbers to suddenly plummet, not because of anything Biden did, but simply because he isn’t Trump?

Rewriting history is a popular pastime for the left. Just ask George Orwell or observe current events including the social media purge and cancel culture. How might this play out with COVID?

Start with testing — the PCR test which is overly sensitive. From that bastion of right-wing conspiracy, the New York Times,

The PCR test amplifies genetic matter from the virus in cycles; the fewer cycles required, the greater the amount of virus, or viral load, in the sample. The greater the viral load, the more likely the patient is to be contagious.

This number of amplification cycles needed to find the virus, called the cycle threshold, is never included in the results sent to doctors and coronavirus patients, although it could tell them how infectious the patients are.

In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds, compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The Times found.

In addition, a positive PCR test is not necessarily a case of COVID. There is a “case definition,” something the corporate media is willfully ignoring. According to the CDC, a case requires, “presumptive laboratory evidence AND either clinical criteria OR epidemiologic evidence.” Notice the AND, meaning not simply a positive test.

The result is that case counts are wildly inflated and are being used to drive lockdowns, business and school closures, mask mandates, and other measures that may not be necessary or even helpful.

What if the definitions conveniently change in the upcoming weeks?

As reported by Zero Hedge last week, “The FDA today joined The WHO and Dr. [Anthony] Fauci in admitting there is a notable risk of false results from the standard PCR test used to define whether an individual is a COVID case or not.”

Did Dr. Fauci just realize this? After decades working in public health and infectious diseases, test sensitivity is something he understands only too well. If he knew, did he say or do anything?

In an interview last July, Dr Fauci acknowledged that the PCR test is overly sensitive,

“What is now sort of evolving into a bit of a standard,” Fauci said, is that “if you get a cycle threshold of 35 or more … the chances of it being replication-confident are minuscule.”

If true, a sizable proportion of patients may have been unwittingly receiving positive test results that have little bearing on either their individual health or their risk of spreading the virus to others — suffering, in the process, much avoidable anxiety and disruption to everyday life.

Why didn’t Dr. Fauci make this case early during the pandemic, when he was active in the coronavirus task force and appearing almost daily with President Trump briefing the media and the nation?

Any bets that once Biden is ensconced in the Oval Office these test criteria are suddenly deemed overly sensitive and revised, miraculously reducing the case counts which are breathlessly reported daily on cable news? All of a sudden, COVID will be going away, only because the Orange Man is out of the White House and Brilliant Biden is now in charge, with no mention of the rule change.

Will COVID death criteria change in a similar manner? I predict they will. Early in the pandemic, Dr. Deborah Birx acknowledged that there was no distinction made between death with COVID versus death from COVID.

So, I think in this country we’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality. There are other countries that if you had a preexisting condition and let’s say the virus caused you to go to the ICU and then have a heart or kidney problem some countries are recording as a heart issue or a kidney issue and not a COVID-19 death. Right now…if someone dies with COVID-19 we are counting that as a COVID-19 death.

How soon until the CDC suddenly realizes the distinction and starts reporting deaths more realistically, as other countries do? Again this will support the narrative that all the 2020 COVID deaths were due to President Trump and it took a change of presidential leadership to miraculously reverse the death toll.

The dropping case and death numbers will also be attributed to Biden’s vaccine rollout, which he had nothing to do with, ignoring Trump’s organization and facilitation via Operation Warp Speed. Changing the rules mid-game creates new winners and losers, just as we saw in the 2020 presidential election.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is providing a preview of the great COVID shift. After locking down his state for most of the past year, destroying the economy, he now sounds like President Trump.

He recently tweeted a reversal, just in time for the new Biden administration:

We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.

What changed? A Democrat replacing a Republican in the White House, meaning new rules and gaslighting.

Although this is the likely media narrative, perhaps the numbers won’t shift quite yet. Many on the left are using the inflated death and case numbers to their political advantage, imposing draconian lockdowns, business closures, and ultimately control over the people they supposedly represent, of course exempting themselves from the rules they impose on their subjects.

They travel, dine, and get their hair done as if we live in normal times, while forcefully preventing those they govern from enjoying the same freedoms. Perhaps this taste of absolute power will be difficult for American politicians to give up.

Let’s see what happens during a potential Biden administration. Once the pandemic has served its purpose, Democrats using COVID as an excuse to finish fundamentally transforming America, the rules of the game may change, providing “proof” that the new rules, ushered in under wise Joe Biden, have finally tamed the COVID beast.

As George Orwell said, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” Watch the past year’s COVID tragedy suddenly pivot to a new and more useful narrative.

Brian C. Joondeph, M.D., is a physician and freelance writer. Follow him (while you can) on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Parler, and QuodVerum.

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Thanks to Biden Voters, California Government Censorship Coming to All of America

A preview of what’s coming nationally. And you can forget the Supreme Court. The totalitarian premise: Any speech that threatens the authority of the presiding government is DANGEROUS and therefore must be silenced and punished.

Daniel Greenfield, from Front Page online:

“Report misinformation,” a flier from California’s Office of Election Cybersecurity blares. Social media users are urged to report “misleading” materials to the Secretary of State’s office.

A government office created by California Democrats is monitoring hashtags, classifying political speech it opposes by “threat level”, taking screenshots of posts, and then storing the information indefinitely, before reporting the offending speech to social media companies for censorship.

“Election Security is our number one priority,” the Office claims.”

The Biden regime (it’s NOT an administration; it’s not a President; it’s a REGIME) will be partnering with social media giants, telling them of posts to be removed. Donald Trump’s removal from Facebook and Twitter was the opening shot. Government-directed censorship is already happening in California, and it will now go national. Don’t be so sure about running to Parler or a social media company started by Trump. The Biden regime WILL go after them. Remember the friends, family and neighbors who voted for this. This was YOUR freedom. And THEY stole it. I don’t know about you; but I do not plan on forgiving them.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

There is No Next Time

Written by me yesterday, on 1/6/21, the day Congress validated Joe Biden’s fraudulently obtained election:

Today didn’t go well, and I didn’t think it would. Pence was a disaster. Trump’s Twitter account (I just read) was suspended. The violence in D.C. was understandable, though it accomplished little and some are saying it was done by Antifa or BLM masquerading as Trump supporters. The leftists have hijacked the Constitutional system, which deserved legitimacy, and are now using it against us. They got the U.S. Senate the same way, which obliterates the Fox News/RINO idea that we preserve the system, let Trump go, fight Biden in the Senate and win next time. There is no next time.

Once they get away with fraud, all elections become meaningless. Project for a moment Trump running again in 2024. He would just lose again. So will any meaningful candidate. There’s really no way out that I can see–either it’s submission or secession. We are now trapped in a choice between dictatorship or civil war. And THEY are the ones who hijacked America! It’s the greatest victory for evil, maybe ever. In the long run evil still cannot win; but these horrible fascist-Communists have gained ground unlike ever before seen in America. It’s kind of like 1945…and the Japanese and the Nazis won.

Breitbart News reports: The former president [Barack Obama] urged Americans to unite behind President-elect Joe Biden, who promised to restore unity. “It’s up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party, to support him in that goal,” Obama concluded. [I guess Biden was sleeping while Obama spoke for him.]

Nope. I won’t endorse my enslavement by a corrupt, left-wing totalitarian dishonestly “elected” cabal. I will kick, scream, subvert, lie, dissent, go underground, and do whatever else it takes to assist in the utter failure and ultimate defeat of this ridiculous charade. Unity? There is no unity in self-destruction.

I believe there are 75 million people who stand ready and dedicated to make the rulers taking over the former American republic just as miserable as they can be. You attack us, you insult us, you belittle us, you crush all our liberty, you place us under permanent house arrest and you create a situation where we have nothing to lose. Whatever happens is all on you, creeps.

Update on 1/7/21: President Trump has pledged an “orderly transition” to the Biden regime. Do NOT call it a “Biden administration”. Those days are over. America is now run by a cabal; in all honesty, it probably has been for a long time, even (in part) during the Trump years. The newly empowered legalized criminal enterprise undoubtedly stole the U.S. Senate and they’re coming for all of us next. It’s only a matter of time and specifics.

At least don’t pay them the dignity or tribute of civilized language or the respect of legitimate authority. These are not civilized people; they are barbarians in suits. I also hold the average people who voted for this catastrophe morally responsible for everything bad that happens going forward. I am talking of your neighbors, friends, relatives … all of them. They did it. Perhaps other countries, filled with ignorant and illiterate people can claim a partial excuse when falling for Communism, socialism or fascism. America, for the most part a free country for its 200-plus years as a republic, had no such excuse. WE (present company excluded) were the generation that lost it all.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

In a Crisis, a Compromise Solution is Worse than No Solution

The raging argument on the left between progressives who argue for radical change and centrists who advocate for incrementalism is hardly new.

Nearly a century ago, progressive titan and Wisconsin Gov. Robert La Follette and then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt were often at loggerheads over the same question.

Roosevelt, La Follette complained, was too quick to compromise with reactionaries. FDR insisted that “half a loaf is better than no bread.” While that might seem intuitively obvious, La Follette had a ready reply. “Half a loaf, as a rule, dulls the appetite, and destroys the keenness of interest in attaining the full loaf.” That can be dangerous. The average adult male requires approximately 2,500 calories of nutrition per day. Twelve hundred and fifty is better than zero, but 1,250 is still malnutrition that would eventually kill him.

Even in a long-running crisis, the sustained agitation necessary to pressure the political classes into granting concessions doesn’t usually occur before people’s suffering has become acute. If the powers that be provide partial relief in the form of a half-measure that partly alleviates a problem, angry citizens can be persuaded to put down their pitchforks and go home peaceably. Yet the problem persists.

The Affordable Care Act is a perfect example. Barack Obama became president at the peak of a major economic crisis, the subprime mortgage meltdown of 2007-09. With hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs every month, the need for government intervention in the health care system was obvious to most Americans. So Obama campaigned on major change that included a public option. Two out of three people, including many Republicans, favored a single-payer system similar to those in many other countries.

Instead, we got the watered-down ACA.

As COVID-19 has made clear, the for-profit American health care system is even more scandalously dysfunctional than it was prior to the passage of Obamacare. The ACA “marketplace” has collapsed; many places only offer one “take it or leave it” insurance plan. Nevertheless, health care is no longer a top political issue. Support for a public option or “Medicare for All” has dropped to about 50%. The Democratic Party chose to nominate someone who promised to veto Medicare for All even if both houses of Congress were to pass it.

Tens of thousands of people are still dying every year because they can’t afford to see a doctor. But in too many people’s minds, health care was partly solved. So they are no longer demanding improvements. Though it might seem counterintuitive, the politics of the health care crisis would be vastly improved had the compromise ACA never been enacted. More people would be suffering. But the absence of an existing, lame plan would add urgency (and supporters) to the fight for a real, i.e. radical, solution.

Half a loaf is killing us.

As President-elect Joe Biden fills his Cabinet with Obama-era centrists and corporatists, many Democrats say they are satisfied with the improvement over President Donald Trump: officials with government experience replacing crazies and cronies, pledges to reverse the outgoing administration’s attacks on the environment, fealty to science. They are falling into La Follette’s “half a loaf” trap. Especially on existential issues like climate change but also regarding the precarious state of the post-lockdown economy, compromise will sate the appetite for meaningful change without actually solving the problems. As with the ACA, voters will be deceived into thinking things are getting better when, in fact, they will still be getting worse, albeit perhaps at a slightly slower rate.

Climate scientists are divided between those who say we might be able to save human civilization if we achieve net zero carbon emissions within a decade (which is the goal of the Green New Deal pushed by progressives) and those who say it’s already too late. A widely reported study predicts that human civilization will collapse by 2050, yet that’s the year Biden is promising to begin net zero carbon emissions. So if we do what Biden wants, we are going to die.

Trump denied climate science, deregulated polluters and pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Biden appears to be an improvement. He talks about the urgency of the problem, promises to restore Obama-era regulations and to rejoin the Paris agreement. Pro-environment Democratic voters are breathing a sigh of relief.

But if the goal is to slow the rate of global warming as much as we reasonably can, both Obama’s regulations and the Paris agreement are woefully inadequate. “Marginal cuts by the U.S. don’t have a long-term overall big effect on the climate,” Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University, told Scientific American in 2014.

According to National Geographic, a 2017 report by the United Nations Environment Program found that “if action to combat climate change is limited to just current pledges, the Earth will get at least 3 degrees C (5.4 degrees F) warmer by 2100 relative to preindustrial levels. This amount of warming would vastly exceed the Paris Agreement’s goal, which is to limit global warming by the end of the century to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F).”

“(3 degrees C increase) would bring mass extinctions and large parts of the planet would be uninhabitable,” the UNEP warned in 2019.

If liberals head back to brunch in a month thinking that the Biden administration will move the needle in the right direction, if they stop being terrified, we are doomed. For, as bizarre as it sounds, Donald Trump provided a valuable service when he scared the living daylights out of us.

Consider a more modern analogy than the loaf of bread: If a two-pill dose of antibiotics is required to cure an illness, taking one instead doesn’t make you half better. It actually makes you worse, because not only do you not get better but you also destroy your immune system’s ability to fight the disease.

This country is teetering on the verge of collapse. We can’t afford to settle for the single-pill solutions of incremental Bidenism.

Ted Rall, UNZ Review

If it’s Biden, Expect Wholesale Rejection of American Core Values

With this presidential election, American history is hanging in the balance, but not as in the past, where we perceived the implementation of unwanted policies if the wrong candidate should win. In this post-election scenario, a Biden administration is much worse than “unwanted” or “wrong-headed” policies.  To this writer, we are facing a collapse of natural rights as depicted in the Bill of Rights, the curtailing of individual mobility — upward socio-economic mobility and literally restricted travel mobility (to protect the environment under Green New Deal restrictions). If we have a new administration, we are also facing forced vaccinations and curtailment of property rights on an unimagined scale.

Critical Race Theory will be required in curricula in colleges and high schools.  Whites will be strongly pressured thereby to accept that there is endemic structural racism in our institutions, irrespective of what any individuals might think or feel, because of the inherent white privilege in American and Western civilization.  There will be national gun policy, national nutrition policy, national electric and gas controls (not state regulatory agencies), and national gun confiscation (a few types of guns at first, then all guns).  National health care (private doctors only for the very rich) will be pressed upon us.  In foreign policy, there will be re-instatement of the dangerous Iran P5+1 deal, and that in turn will connect with a renewal of the two-state “solution” (that has already failed five times) and a gradual infusion of anti-Semitism masquerading as “fairness for the Palestinians.”

Education will become even more of a monolith.  The charade of Common Core (setting standards of achievement and testing but pretending not to encroach on state control of education as required by the Tenth Amendment) will unabashedly override the Tenth Amendment, and nationwide teaching and curricular requirements will be put in place. 

The centrality of natural rights in our way of life has already begun to unravel.  The rights advocated by the Leftocrats are not rights at all, but preferential laws that advance the lives of some of our citizens at the expense of others under the false rubric of “advancing equality.”  Also, environmental rights means controls over so many areas of our lives that we, in essence, become controlled mannequins, supposedly for our own good.  And “Palestinian rights” in the Middle East is just thinly disguised anti-Semitism.

rights defined and listed in our Constitution are natural rights.  These are “natural” in the sense that they are God-given to the individual.  Just as God gave us nature by creating it, in similar manner, God gave us rights as individuals as part of our “natural” inheritance.  These rights are thus protected against encroachments by government.  Natural rights cannot be removed by passage of law because our Founders understood that law forces us to acknowledge and respect individual rights that exist independent of and prior to law itself.  Governments can prevent certain behaviors and promote others, but government cannot withdraw our natural rights.  To do so is tyranny. There are no specific “protected classes” under natural rights because all citizens are a protected class against encroachment and oppression by government.  A government that fails to recognize that is inherently tyrannical. 

However, the Leftocratic Platform of 2020 seeks to implement a host of “rights.”  This listing is to place a natural rights aura around the various rights enumerated as though they have a high dignity that resonates with our Bill of Rights.  Actually, they are saying rights in addition to natural rights accrue to certain protected classes of persons within our society.

Here is a sample from the Leftocrat platform of the perverse thinking about rights that actually not only fails to protect our rights, but diminishes existing natural rights: “Democrats are committed to standing up to racism and bigotry in our laws, in our culture, in our politics, and in our society, and recognize that race-neutral [gender-neutral is also included] policies are not sufficient to rectify race-based [gender-based] disparities.” 

The selfish, sycophantic authors of the above words know they are advancing a purely demagogic, vote-seeking — not a principled —agenda.  They recognize in the above quotation that there are race-neutral policies now in place that under a natural rights understanding are the only legitimate policies. 

My grandparents came from Russia, where there were laws restricting where they could live, what occupations they could engage in, and how far they could advance in the areas of employment in which they were allowed to participate.  In the USA, when they arrived, there were still individual employers who did not want to hire them because of race.  There were still places that would not sell them real estate.  But the natural rights philosophy of the country, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc., etc. was rights-neutral and sufficient to make the transition possible. This was not because they were white or straight, but because they could enjoy the liberty inherent in the American way of life.  This liberty is what the Leftocrats seek to dilute or destroy.

Did they need special treatment to prove that America is really a place that accepts and welcomes people?  Should subsidized housing in better neighborhoods have been provided to make their transition easier?  Should they have been guaranteed a minimum income?  Should they have been told they had automatic admission to college and free tuition?  What about my father, who as a young man dropped out of school after 8th grade (free public high schools 9–12 existed even in the 1920s) because his mother had died and he was no longer motivated to achieve?  He went to work before there were labor laws and put in 70- to 80-hour work weeks for years to put a roof over his head, buy food, enjoy an occasional movie or book, or take a girl out for a soda.

What about my grandfather who emigrated here and had six kids?  Is it up to the government to make it up to me as a second-generation citizen that as a young worker and parent, he had so many trials and struggles?  Should the government say to me that because your grandfather was discriminated against in hiring, because he had poor English and few skills, and your father had to work so many excessively long hours for minimal survival, society should make that up to me?  Should I be compensated in some way for the struggles of my grandparents or my own struggles?  Frankly, such a proposition is idiotic.  I am grateful to my grandparents and parents for their fortitude and endurance.  I am grateful for their love.  I am grateful that the U.S. allowed my grandparents to emigrate to this special country.

The Leftocratic platform is not progressive and enlightened.  It is a poorly written, boring, and wicked program projecting tyranny.

E. Jeffrey Ludwig, American Thinker