Too many eggs in the wrong basket

Too much reliance on vaccines over therapeutics

The Biden administration’s obsession with coercing vaccines will cost lives in early 2022 as an inadequate supply of Paxlovid results in unnecessary deaths.

With 35 million Americans over 65, and millions more younger with weakened immunity, only 10 million courses were ordered, guaranteeing a shortfall as Omicron sweeps through the population regardless of immune status.

Further supplies will have to wait while other orders by other nations are filled.

Of course, we wouldn’t have this problem if drug store chains were doing the ordering instead of the government. At least one of the many chains would have guessed right and preordered enough to meet the demand, at market prices, of course.

So, now the elderly will have to go back into seclusion ordering their groceries and hiding in their homes to delay infection until the shortfall is relieved.

We should never have trusted government with anything related to our health.  As Milton Freidman warned, “If you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a shortage of sand.”

Bad Moon Rising

Regeneron ineffective on Omicron

The Omicron mutation is causing a lot of breakthrough infections in both vaccinated and previously recovered patients, and while the variant is not especially lethal for young people, it is still dangerous to the elderly and immunocompromised.

The only worthwhile antibody treatment in the US, the Regeneron cocktail, doesn’t work against Omicron. AstraZeneca’s cocktail does appear to work, but it is scarce and not approved in the US.

That makes prompt deployment of the anti-viral Paxlovid vital if we are to avoid a catastrophic outbreak next month. Paxlovid is a protease inhibitor and is not affected by the mutations to the spike protein.

Already, COVID has killed 1 out of every 100 Americans over 65, and if the FDA keeps dragging its feet, the Social Security shortfall problem will be solved by spring.

Are we in the wrong on Ukraine?

Russia has stated their position on Ukraine quite clearly. They want a binding agreement that Ukraine will not be part of NATO and not be a base for offensive weapons on their border, much as we did with Finland. If we don’t guarantee that, Russia will feel obligated to occupy the nation to preserve it as a buffer.

How is that different from our position on offensive weapons in Cuba, over which we nearly went to war 60 years ago?

This is not a partisan issue, repeated US Presidents have engaged in the same brinkmanship for a long time, but it is beginning to look like Russia is the reasonable player in this contest.

What if Omicron is COVID Cow Pox?

Newsweek Omicron no deaths

It is way too early to know for sure, but what if Omicron is highly transmissible but non-lethal?

Smallpox was prevented with a vaccine made from Cow Pox, which doesn’t produce serious disease in people. If Omicron doesn’t kill, spreads widely, and leaves you immune to the other variants as well, this is over.

But I’d rather the FDA gets its act together and gets Plaxovid to market immediately.

Who owns the public square?

LTE Don’t take your guns to town

Mr. Candler’s letter starts with the usual hoplophobic, pseudo-psychiatric claptrap assigning supposed motivations to those who bear arms in the public square. Seriously, when is the last time you read of a VCDL, NRA, or for that matter, Militia, member shooting anyone other than in legal self defense? There are millions of us, with tens of millions of AR and AK type arms, and trillions of rounds of ammunition. If we were a problem, you would know by now.

But what is really troubling is the last paragraph, in which he advises that “real men” cower in their homes and leave protecting their homes, businesses, and communities to the police. Continue reading “Who owns the public square?”