The Media isn’t counting. So we will.
A comment on my COVID post from the 17th makes me want to explain some science so we can all understand why the COVID rates are dropping. When a PCR test is done, the lab is looking for the genetic material of the specific organism that is being tested for. The test detects the presence of a virus if you are infected at the time of the test. The test could also detect fragments of virus even after you are no longer infected. The PCR test is the “gold standard” test for diagnosing COVID-19 because it’s the most accurate and reliable test. That, however, doesn’t mean that the PCR test can’t be fiddled with.
For those of you who have knowledge on this subject, you will see that I am greatly simplifying this material. Please bear with me and understand that I am trying to make a complex subject easy to understand.
When any lab test is done, there is a threshold value that is set, so that any quantity that is detected above that value is indicative of a “positive” result. In order for a PCR test to detect genetic material, the levels of genetic material in the sample must be “amplified” to make small amounts of material detectable, sort of like turning up the “gain” on an amplifier.
Just like in an amplifier, when you turn up the gain, the background noise gets amplified as well as the information that you are looking for. If you turn it up high enough, you get a “positive” result even though the amounts of genetic material are so small that the person isn’t able to infect anyone, and doesn’t even have symptoms.
This amplification is called Cycle Threshold. Cycle threshold (Ct or Cq) is the number of times (cycles) a sample has to be amplified before the genetic material of the virus can be detected. A low Ct value indicates a strong viral load because it took less amplification to detect the virus. A high Ct value indicates a weak viral load because the sample had to be amplified many more cycles to detect it.
So why does this matter? It means our government has been using the rise in the number of PCR positives to influence and determine policy when “the science” suggests that using PCR positives to determine how the pandemic is advancing is impossible without clinical context. What’s worse, is these PCR tests are hyper sensitive because they record positive results for samples that have a cycle threshold of 35 to 40.
In fact, most of the high COVID case levels were due to the Ct being set at a very high level, to the point that most of the signal was noise. Then on January 20, an hour after Biden was sworn in, the WHO sent out a memo telling labs to use a much lower Ct.
So surprise, surprise, now COVID infections are down 68% from December. Joe Biden is a miracle worker and has fixed all of the damage caused by the “former occupant” as Joe likes to refer to him.
One of my favorite things to do is travel. I do a lot of it. By road, air, or cruise ship, I love it all. In the seven years my wife and I have been together, we have been to 48 states and 16 foreign countries. We typically take no fewer than 2 plane trips, 4 cruises, and 10 road trips a year. This allows me to compare travel from before COVID to travel now. Let’s take a look at the economics (or lack thereof) in “flyover country,” as the elites are find of calling the areas that are not NYC, DC, or LA.
Starting with my favorite city to visit: Las Vegas. There is something in Vegas for everyone: eco-tours, gambling, the club scene, fabulous restaurants, people watching, and the incredible spectacles of the mega-casinos. We ended 2019 there. We went back in July of 2020. In the intervening 7 months, I can tell you- Las Vegas is dying. It’s being killed by this COVID panic. If you read today’s wire story, you will see that things are not looking any better. Tourism year to date for Las Vegas is down 55%, tourism for 2020 was down 64%.
Orlando is hurting as well. The year 2020 saw a 34% reduction in tourism for the entire state, even though our governor is doing all that he can to keep the state open for business. The tourist areas of Orlando are a ghost town. That isn’t being helped by the left wing county mayor, who has a ‘strike team’ of jack booted thugs travelling the county in search of businesses that are not following his dictates. Most of the hotels in the tourist corridor are empty, with the exception of the national guard troops being housed near the convention center to help run the vaccine center. Most eateries are closed. It frankly was depressing the last time we were there in September.
We visited Savannah, Georgia the week before Thanksgiving. We are familiar with the city. Since it is a 4 hour drive from here, it is closer even than Miami and great for weekend getaways.
Unfortunately, it is a college town and therefore run by a Democrat mayor who is an absolute nut when it comes to mask mandates. Ghost tours, bus tours, walking tours, all of them were at reduced capacity. The restaurants where we love to dine have far fewer customers, and the hotels are not running nearly as full. Even tourism sites are a bit stupid about it.
We also went to Biloxi, MS in July. There isn’t much to do there at the best of times. Certainly not now. The only good thing that can be said is that the pool at the casino resorts isn’t very crowded.
So there is a quick look at the nation. In short, the government and the restrictions they are imposing are what is killing America, not COVID.
I am bringing this to you because all of the major media, as well as social media, have admitted that they have become the official propaganda arm of the Biden administration.
1.- Can I stop wearing the mask?
2.- Can they reopen restaurants, pubs, bars etc and everyone work normally?
3.- Will I be resistant to covid?
Government Response – Maybe, but we don’t know exactly, it probably won’t stop you getting it
4.- At least I won’t be contagious to others anymore?
Government Response – No, it doesn’t stop transmission.
5.- If I am vaccinated, can I stop social distancing?
6.- If I am vaccinated, can I stop disinfecting my hands?
7.- If I vaccinate myself and my grandparents, can we hug each other?
8.- Will cinemas, theatres and stadiums operate as per normal thanks to vaccines?
9.- What is the benefit of the vaccine?
Government Response – We are hoping the virus won’t kill you.
10.- Are you sure it won’t kill me?
11.- If statistically the virus won’t kill me anyway (99.7% survival rate) … Why would I get vaccinated?”
Government Response – To protect others.
12.- So if I get vaccinated, I can protect 100% of people I come in contact with?
Government: No, the vaccine doesn’t prevent transmission
- – Isn’t that why we are wearing a mask?
Government response: We realized masks didn’t work, so now we are asking that you wear two.
- Can you guarantee that I won’t experience adverse affects from taking the vaccine or die from the vaccine itself?
Government Response – No
- – Since you’re encouraging every American to get vaccinated then when people experience severe adverse reactions, long term effects (still unknown) or die from the vaccine will they or their families be compensated?
Government response: NO – the government and vaccine manufactures have 100% zero liability in experimental stages.
- -How long does the vaccine last?
Government response- we aren’t sure.
I remember saying that COVID would disappear after the election. I was wrong. I just didn’t take into account the fact that Democrats would never give credit to Trump for anything. However, look at the miraculous decrease in new COVID cases, beginning the week before the inauguration.
The Mayor of New Orleans ordered all bars and restaurants in the French Quarter to close from February 12th through the 16th. All of the tourists who spent money to come, and all of the businesses who spent money ordering supplies? Well, the Democrat mayor says that you can just go fuck yourself.
Elections have consequences.
Bear Grylls says that the COVID pandemic means that it has never been harder to be a young person than it is today. I am sure that the kids who lived through the Athenian plague of 430 BC, where two thirds of the city was wiped out would feel sorry for the kids of today.
Then there was the Justinian plague during the 6th century AD, which wiped out one quarter of the world’s population.
Or how about the black death of the mid 1300’s? I mean that only wiped out a third of the world’s population. This disease was so severe, that there are still traces of the loss of genetic diversity to be found in the DNA of people today.
The arrival of the Spaniards in the Caribbean in 1492 wiped out 90% of the indigenous populations of the Caribbean isles.
The Spanish flu of 1918 killed 50 million people worldwide.
Over a million died from the Asian flu in 1957.
But hey, that COVID pandemic with the 98% survival rate and the 10% infection rate is the worst EVER.
A couple left for Hawaii for Valentine’s day. Aware of the COVID testing requirement, she got tested swabbing her own nose in the parking lot of a Walgreens, he got tested at the Mayo clinic.
Well, it turns out that the Mayo clinic hasn’t applied or paid Hawaii to be a ‘trusted partner’ so the husband was not allowed to stay Hawaii and had to fly back to Los Angeles. He is hoping to get tested and return to Hawaii in time to spend Valentine’s with his wife.
Breaking news this morning:
Premiere President Biden is reportedly considering domestic travel restrictions for the state of Florida, including cancelation of all air travel to and from the state.
This move is reportedly due to COVID, and is not targeted at Florida because Trump lives here, nor is it because our Governor refuses to lock down the state, but the state still has better numbers than California.
I was just contacted by a contact tracer from the health department in the county where I work, because I was exposed to COVID through my in laws. My employer reported me because I told them about the exposure. They informed me that I am under quarantine for fourteen days from the date of exposure. Without too many details:
My in laws, as well as my wife and I, live in one Florida county. My wife works for a school in the same county. I work in the neighboring county directly to the north. My wife was told she could return to work after ten days, which meant she returned to work yesterday.
So I live in South county with my wife, who also works in south county. I work in North county. My wife and I were both exposed on the same day, but I am quarantined for four days longer than she is, because why?