Thursday, 17 June 2021

Conrad Black: On COVID, and much else, Canada has taken leave of its senses

Canadian flag flies in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. PHOTO BY THE CANADIAN PRESS


 Canada’s entire COVID lockdown policy, combined with our negligent failure to obtain adequate supplies of vaccine, has been a disaster, yet the Trudeau government is still preening itself about it, and the opposition isn’t scoring. It was obvious on the available facts almost a year ago that the COVID-19 survival rate was 99 per cent for healthy people up to 65, and approximately 95 per cent for the elderly and infirm and that the only successful approach was to pull out all stops to develop a vaccine while segregating the elderly and otherwise vulnerable and permitting the remaining 80 per cent of society to get on with their lives. As usual, Canada fell in with the U. Most of Europe wallowed in the exaggerated woes of the Coronavirus, but none more proudly and «systemically» than Canada. The latest flare-up of this misplaced, imitative, Canadian public policy lunacy has been around race.

YouTube suspends Ron Johnson from uploading videos for seven days over hydroxychloroquine claims

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has been suspended from uploading videos to YouTube for seven days and had a video of a speech talking about early treatments to COVID-19 removed by the video-sharing giant.

Heart inflammation in young men higher than expected after Pfizer, Moderna vaccines: CDC

A young employee receives the Pfizer vaccine in Hanau, western Germany. PHOTO BY THOMAS LOHNES/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

 The median age of patients who experienced the inflammation after a second vaccine dose was 24, according to U. The agency said it is still assessing the risk from the condition and has not yet concluded that there was a causal relationship between the vaccines and cases of myocarditis or pericarditis. While some patients required hospitalization, most have fully recovered from their symptoms, the CDC said. There were 283 observed cases of heart inflammation after the second vaccine dose in those aged 16 to 24 in the VAERS data. Shimabukuro said there was a predominance of males in younger age groups among the reported heart inflammation cases.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Why I spoke out against lockdowns

Martin Kulldorff, a professor of medicine at Harvard University.

I had no choice but to speak out against lockdowns. As a public-health scientist with decades of experience working on infectious-disease outbreaks, I couldn’t stay silent. Not when basic principles of public health are thrown out of the window. Not when lockdown opponents were thrown to the wolves.

Covid vaccine profits mint 9 new pharma billionaires

 

Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, left, and BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin.

Topping the list of new billionaires are Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel and Ugur Sahin, the CEO of BioNTech , which has produced a vaccine with Pfizer . Both CEOs are now worth around $4 billion, according to an analysis by the People’s Vaccine Alliance, a campaign group that includes Oxfam, UNAIDS, Global Justice Now and Amnesty International. The company’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine was approved for use in China in February. The nine new billionaires are worth a combined $19.3 billion, enough to fully vaccinate some 780 million people in low-income countries, campaigners said.

An Inconvenient Truth: EVs May Offer A "Negligible" CO2 Difference From ICE Vehicles

 When considering the amount of carbon and CO2 created from assembling lithium ion batteries, one firm thinks the difference could be «negligible». The firm, established in 2015, posted a blog entry entitled «Exploring Lithium-ion Electric Vehicles’ Carbon Footprint» this week, where they call into question a former ICE vs. Their analysis «details the tremendous amount of energy needed to manufacture a lithium-ion battery.» Because a typical EV is on average 50% heavier than a similar internal combustion engine, the analysis notes that the «embedded carbon» in an EV is therefore 20–50% more than an internal combustion engine.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Not a shred of doubt: Sweden was right

 

Source: SCB.SE

In the past year many are counting deaths, but the numbers have no meaning without the context of a relevant time period, population and history. The most counted country is probably Sweden, a stubborn dissenter that refused lockdowns, mask mandates and contact tracing. By the time of this writing, 14,349 Swedes have reportedly died from the coronavirus.