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From the New Haven Register:

Report: Yale professor to co-chair Biden’s COVID task force

By Ben Lambert Updated 3:15 pm EST, Saturday, November 7, 2020

NEW HAVEN — A professor with the Yale School of Medicine will serve as a co-chair of President-elect Joe Biden’s task force on the coronavirus, according to a report from CNN.

Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate professor of internal medicine, public health and management and founding director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center, will be among three co-chairs of the group, two sources reportedly told CNN.

Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler will also helm the group, CNN reported.

According to her biography on the Yale School of Medicine website, Nunez-Smith’s “research focuses on promoting health and health care equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on supporting health care workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of health care quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases.”

Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nunez-Smith attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, according to her biography. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology and psychology at Swarthmore College, according to her biography.

From EdTimes:

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith: Racial discrimination could be the key reason for high mortality rates of COVID-19 among African Americans
By Brand Voice -August 13, 2020

“We know that these racial ethnic disparities in COVID-19 are the result of pre-pandemic realities. It’s a legacy of structural discrimination that has limited access to health and wealth for people of color,” said Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale School of Medicine.

Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put African Americans at increased risk of getting infected and dying from COVID-19. Structural factors including health care access, density of households, unemployment, pervasive discrimination and others drive these disparities.

In contrast, high COVID death rates among blacks couldn’t possibly have anything to do with problems that blacks could actually do something about on their own initiative, like lose weight or like, as movie director Tyler Perry has suggested, get more Vitamin D during colder seasons.

 
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  1. I would suppose a potential silver lining to a Biden presidency is if, as some predict, the entire economy and thus US hegemon collapses in short order, it’ll be on him no matter how much his allies in the press try to spin it otherwise.

    But that all feels like cope. I’m not seeing much silver lining tbh.

  2. We’ve got nothing to worry about:

  3. Trelane says:

    Diversity hire here may well be superior to the trump clunkers.

  4. I don’t understand what you’re worried about, Steve. Your genius commenters have repeatedly assured us that all the problems with COVID will just magically go away on January 20, as it’s all a hoax to undermine Dumb Prole President.

  5. Thoughts says:

    So what’s the dealio with Douglas Emhoff? Is he going to be the power behind the throne?

  6. JimDandy says:
    @Matthew Kelly

    If the GOP loses the senate, this will be the accelerationist’s dream scenario.

  7. Bugg says:

    This disease is so wise and devious. It likes to kill black folks, but not typical white persons. And it spreads like wild fire among Trump rally attendees, at schools, hair salons, bars and restaurants, but not at supermarkets, nor malls, nor protests, nor riots and especially not at Biden rallies. Amazing! Follow the science indeed. Right now Notre Dame students have stormed the field to celebrate knocking off #1 Clemson, but NBC is not demanding they clear the field because of the danger.

    • LOL: Hibernian, Lurker
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  8. Actually, Steve, I wouldn’t put it past these two to really do something about the COVID-one-niner problem. All it will take is a few weeks of explaining to people, that, no, “cases” of Corona don’t mean very much, no, this really won’t be such a bad year, death-wise, yeah, OK, we’ve got herd immunity, and no, it’s not the Black Plague 2.0, like “people” told you during the Trump administration.

    I think they’ll keep pushing the face mask wearing though. You need to keep track of who the non-compliant ones are, for that little list and all …

    • Agree: TontoBubbaGoldstein
    • Disagree: Trelane
    • Replies: @bomag
    , @Mike Tre
  9. bomag says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    All it will take is a few weeks of explaining to people…

    This.

    The “press” can start trumpeting how flu deaths are way down; co-morbidities are the contributing factor in most corona-chan deaths; etc.

    The Professionals are back on the job.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  10. indocon says:
    @Matthew Kelly

    I predict a 911 like event for the economy in 2021, one day we wake up and find out that the markets cannot absorb any more US debt, and with that interest rates start rising relentlessly, you can easily game plan the scenario afterwards. If the lockdowns continue, this economy will require 3-4T of new debt this year, that is a hell of a way to get to that point quickly.

  11. If President Biden/Harris can save Black people from the ravages of COVID, I guess that’s worth the horror ahead for the next four years. We need our entire Black population and even more, to staff every advertisement until the end of time.

    You will note that I take the extra effort to bold Black. Capitalization is not enough.

  12. Given that the medical establishment has been failing miserably with the covid crisis, I doubt much will change with this task force no matter how incompetent it will be. I am actually appalled at how inept the big science has become.

  13. Formerly we aspired to have “the best and the brightest.” Now we get “the most acceptable and darkest.”

  14. The terms “do something” and “initiative” and “lose weight” and “get more Vitamin D” are as fictionally fraught and functionally racist as the terms “legal vote” and “illegal alien” and “race neutral” and “welfare queen” and “handouts” and “super predator” and “crackbaby” and “personal responsibility” and “post racial.”

  15. She’s not wrong in that living in the same household with 8 other people and not having health insurance aren’t great for not catching and getting adequate treatment for COVID, respectively.

  16. @Buzz Mohawk

    How about “clean” and “articulate”?

  17. @Thoughts

    Kamala’s husband Douglas Emhoff is a respected local corporate attorney in Los Angeles. But he’s not a national figure.

  18. @bomag

    It’s tempting to think, but it’s also true that Corona Derangement Syndrome is international, so if the Dems unlock America, they’ll be bucking the European trend, which doesn’t seem likely.

    However, if the whole world now unlocks, I’m moving into a cave some where to live alone.

  19. @indocon

    Who do you think is in more trouble economically? EU or America?

  20. If she actually attended medical school and became licensed as an MD, maybe she’s come across the studies that show that a big reason Blacks have such a bad go with the Fauci flu is due to their lack of vitamin D … and that apparently comes from having too much melanin in their skin.

    But, then, that would be a really inconvenient truth … and all of that ‘intersectionality’ is for naught …

  21. Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands…

    …or like, as movie director Tyler Perry has suggested, get more Vitamin D during colder seasons.

    Or, like, just stay in the USVI. Although there are other risks there, such as driving on the left with left-hand-drive, an accident waiting to happen.

    …the Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale School of Medicine.

    Equity Research and Innovation = Rioters eat anchovy and quinine.

  22. @Thoughts

    So what’s the dealio with Douglas Emhoff? Is he going to be the power behind the throne?

    North side, east side
    Little Willie, Willie wears the crown, he’s the king around town

    Dancing, glancing
    Willie drives them silly with his star shoe shimmy shuffle down


    Way past one, and feeling alright
    ‘Cause with little Willie round they can last all night
    Hey down, stay down, stay down down

    ‘Cause little Willie, Willie won’t go home
    But you can’t push Willie ’round
    Willie won’t go, try tellin’ everybody but, oh no
    Little Willie, Willie won’t go home

  23. @Matthew Kelly

    No. For the next 10 years, everything that goes wrong will be blamed on “the legacy of Trump”.

  24. @Steve Sailer

    He’s fixing to be. Dual citizenship and all..

  25. @Reg Cæsar

    Kamala, check. Willie Brown, check. Kamala-mouth wide open, check. Look at those choppers on that broad. Like stickin’ yer dick in a hornets nest.

    • LOL: Jim Bob Lassiter
  26. Bernard says:
    @indocon

    I predict a 911 like event for the economy in 2021, one day we wake up and find out that the markets cannot absorb any more US debt, and with that interest rates start rising relentlessly, you can easily game plan the scenario afterwards. If the lockdowns continue, this economy will require 3-4T of new debt this year, that is a hell of a way to get to that point quickly.

    I’ve been thinking the same as well. It’s strange how no one seems concerned over these enormous deficits. Soon the market for Treasury’s will dry up and interest rates will rise. The Fed only has so much magic powder, eventually fundamentals will prevail. Interest rates are historically low and can’t be kept that way indefinitely. As rates rise the debt service will eat up larger portions of the Federal budget. With more borrowing, something has to give. Senile Joe is in way over his head.

  27. AndrewR says:

    It’s cliché to say “Dems are the real racists” but it’s undoubtedly true. They treat blacks like helpless children and whites like omnipotent gods. But other than this, they’re a 180° reversal from slave owners. In the Democrat mind, whites exist only as servants to blacks and, ultimately, of course, Jews

  28. AndrewR says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Lol do you respect him or do you want to rephrase that

  29. JimDandy says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I’ve had a surprisingly hard time getting a handle on it. Near as I can tell, one of the Dems is favored by Vegas to win, and one of the Republicans is favored to win, handily. So, I guess cue the tens of millions of dollars donated to the latter’s opponent, and a reasonable chance that the Dems take the Senate.

    But I could be wrong.

  30. Escher says:

    Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler will also helm the group, CNN reported.

    According to her biography on the Yale School of Medicine website, Nunez-Smith’s “research focuses on promoting health and health care equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on supporting health care workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of health care quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases.”

    I am guessing Murthy and Kessler will do the real work while Nunez-Smith focuses on creating more make-work roles.

    • Replies: @fish
  31. MAGA MOG.

    Can’t wait for the Rap remake of this … is Tupac busy these days?

  32. Anon[587] • Disclaimer says:

    The good news is that it’s a “task force.” They’ll have meetings, write a report, and go home. Everyone will ignore them. “Task forces for BIPOCs,” as Tom Wolfe would say if he didn’t care about rhyming.

  33. @Buzz Mohawk

    You’ll know a real tipping point has been reached when the quantity of words we’re permitted to use is smaller than the quantity we’re forbidden.

  34. @Dago Shoes

    What perplexes me is that a black chick with a degree from Swarthmore couldn’t get into a better med school. The world would be wide open for such a person, unless perhaps she graduated with a D average.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @prosa123
  35. @Reg Cæsar

    We’d be a lot better off if Willie Brown was Joe Biden’s VP.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  36. @Reg Cæsar

    She’s as cynical as Hillary, but better-looking and not quite as ‘smart’.
    Future times promise to be even more ‘interesting’ than the present.

  37. Anonymous[146] • Disclaimer says:

    In contrast, high COVID death rates among blacks couldn’t possibly have anything to do with problems that blacks could actually do something about on their own initiative, like lose weight or like, as movie director Tyler Perry has suggested, get more Vitamin D during colder seasons.

    Do blacks observe hygiene, mask wearing, and social distancing recommendations to the same extent as Whites?

  38. Anonymous[146] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    What perplexes me is that a black chick with a degree from Swarthmore couldn’t get into a better med school.

    Isn’t that a good med school?

    I thought all American medical schools were hard to get into?

  39. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    blacks could actually do something about on their own

    They can’t be expected to do anything on their own. Except in fantasyland where they’re all awesome geniuses as shown in commercials and movies. Oh, and don’t forget to send mo’ money.

  40. unit472 says:

    Not a lot of ‘science’ in her resume. More Neil deGrasse Tyson than Neil Armstrong.

    Covid is endemic now so what is needed is more effective treatment for those who do fall ill. Right now, almost a year into this situation, the standard treatment protocol is Zinc, Vitamin C and D. Not exactly on the cutting edge of medical science and not very profitable for Big Pharma. No $3000 per patient remdesivir treatments so they’d better up their game. An effective vaccine would be nice but it maybe elusive.

    The real public health issue that Covid poses is economic. We can’t continue to pay people who don’t work and people can’t work if they have to isolate. I don’t think a pseudo doctor with ‘good hair’ has the answer.

  41. Twinkie says:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcella_Nunez-Smith

    the Associate Dean for Health Equity Research and Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center…

    Nunez-Smith’s studies health and healthcare equity for marginalised communities…

    Nunez-Smith also developed a tool to assess patient reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare.[3][8]

    Nunez-Smith has also investigated the experiences, promotion, and retention of diverse students and faculty of the academic medical school.[9]

    So, zero experience in dealing with a pandemic, but great at spending money on why racism, not diseases and poor health habits, kill black people.

    This is the best black doctor the Biden team could find. Truly this is going to be a technocratic, pro-science administration. Because political commissars always prize truth and science over ideology.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  42. Twinkie says:
    @Anonymous

    She did an internal medicine residency and then went into academia without a Ph.D. (no M.D.-Ph.D.) where she did politicized “equity” research. That tells you what caliber medical student and resident she was. She reminds me of Michelle Obama and her legal career (as such, that is to say, close to nonexistent).

    • Replies: @Anon
  43. Gordo says:

    The rise of the Commissars.

  44. @Anonymous

    Isn’t that a good med school?

    Well, it’s one of the ten best schools in Philadelphia. Does that count?

    I thought all American medical schools were hard to get into?

    A couple dozen are. A couple dozen others are not too shame-worthy. YMMV.

  45. @Anonymous

    Do blacks observe hygiene, mask wearing, and social distancing recommendations to the same extent as Whites?

    I saw a black woman wearing a mask just the other day, so yes on that evidence I’d say it must be true. I’d read about it many times on the internet so that’s corroboration, right?

  46. @George

    “Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic”

    Humidity?

    I must say the Coronachan Task Force looks remarkably like America’s new ruling elite, or at least their public face, say, as exemplified in WaPo opinion writers.

    Jewish guy.

    Brahmin woman.

    Mulatto woman (American born (V.I.) descendant of Danish slaves – does that qualify for reparations? Can’t find much about her family background.)

    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
  47. tyrone says:
    @George

    An over-sight in the Chinese bio-weapons lab?

  48. @Bernard

    The MMT people have convinced me. Not that their theory is sound, but that we can kick the can further down the road for a good while yet. We’ll monetize more and more debt, and ultimately the nation’s living standards will take a serious hit.

    But what does anyone expect? We’re becoming a third world country, so it’s only natural that we should enjoy third-world living standards too. There will always be a veneer of very wealthy people living high on the hog and totally insulated from the masses.

    Just as in any other third-world country. We’re lucky that we have tremendous institutional and infrastructural strength built up over many generations. By negroes, of course. Funny that they can’t do that in their own countries.

  49. prosa123 says:
    @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    Quality doesn’t matter all that much when it comes to medical school. Physicians make most of their income from Medicare/Medicaid/private insurance payments, and in each case the amounts they get are the same regardless of medical schools attended.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  50. Doctor Marcella Nunez-Smith =

    Entitled U. S. coronal czar? Hmm …

    Lazier tan-colored cunts, hmm?

  51. Drew says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    America. Most of GDP is bovine feces to begin with (e.g. debt service is considered part of it), so strangling productive businesses and cutting off consumer choices is going to have nasty ramifications. What a lot of people don’t seem to grasp is that ending the lock downs won’t instantaneously bring back pre pandemic consumer habits, so regardless of policies I expect that travel, hospitality, sports and shopping malls will have lots of bankruptcies over the next 1-2 months. That means tanking property values and unemployment, which in turn means lower tax revenue. The federal and state governments will be under pressure to hand out stimulus will providing extra unemployment payments, which comes with its own obvious financial problems. My guess is we’ll find out just how much appetite the markets have for government debt. My bet is that supply will exceed demand by a not insignificant margin.

  52. dearieme says:

    three co-chairs of the group

    Is that general grade inflation, or does it mean that there will be one true chairman and a couple of diversity decorations?

  53. @JimDandy

    Once they’re peeking out at the racial paradise from between the slats of their reeducation camp walls, then, compadre, many whites will wake up to what they now deny. What a wonderful, empowering time that will be!

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    , @TomSchmidt
  54. Wilkey says:

    In contrast, high COVID death rates among blacks couldn’t possibly have anything to do with problems that blacks could actually do something about on their own initiative, like lose weight or like, as movie director Tyler Perry has suggested, get more Vitamin D during colder seasons.

    I wonder how many blacks have actually started taking Vitamin D supplements, and how many of their doctors have recommended it. Taking Vitamin D would actually require acknowledging that black skin is kind of a problem (for certain health issues anyway) and that high COVID death rates have nothing to do with racism. So I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a shitload of denial out there.

    And with death rates having fallen dramatically now that we know more about how to treat it a small, evil part of me wants us not to discover a vaccine for a while. And by “a while” I mean, oh, about four years and three months. Let the Democrats tell everyone we need to stay on lockdown for that long. Let them borrow another $20 trillion to deal with the economic damage. You know they’ve been enjoying the last eight months. Let’s see how much they enjoy it now.

  55. Wilkey says:
    @Bernard

    I’ve been thinking the same as well. It’s strange how no one seems concerned over these enormous deficits. Soon the market for Treasury’s will dry up and interest rates will rise. The Fed only has so much magic powder, eventually fundamentals will prevail.

    At this point I’m beginning to wonder if we’re expected to ever pay it back. Maybe some economists know something mere mortals simply cannot grasp. Maybe the government can run the printing presses forever. (And at this point they don’t even need to run printing presses – they just press a few keys on a computer.)

    There’s an upside to this, in a way. The biggest cause of mass immigration isn’t immigration policy, per se, but welfare handouts and economic growth. Immigration soared during the good economies of the Clinton/Bush years, 1995-2007. An economic slowdown is going to dramatically reduce legal and illegal immigration. Republicans still have quite a bit of power, and will probably keep control of the Senate, so it’s unlikely we will be seeing any new welfare spending. And if foreign lenders yank out credit cards, we may actually have to reduce welfare spending.

  56. SFG says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Well, that’s the problem, right?

    The whole idea of personal responsibility is so toxic on the left that you can’t even give reasonable advice like ‘don’t get drunk during a date’ because it puts the onus on the woman. (The idea that there are evil people who will take advantage of the weak no matter what doesn’t come up.)

    Similarly, encouraging people to lose weight is bad because it stigmatizes fat people. (Blaming companies for making very unhealthy food doesn’t seem to come up, maybe because anticorporatism on the left is on the wane, maybe because all the activists are fat. It’s kind of a pity–we didn’t evolve to deal with 2000-calorie meals, and losing weight is really hard because we evolved to make it very difficult.)

    Because the idea is that all negative gaps in outcomes must be due to systemic racism/sexism/etc., stuff like telling black people to have a few extra vitamin D pills is off the table. (And it’s not due to any behavioral deficiencies, either–skin color results from a tradeoff between avoiding sunburn and absorbing sunlight to make vitamin D, so if you’re significantly further away from the equator than your ancestors you tend to be deficient.)

    • Replies: @Jack D
  57. @George

    Don’t they take a lot of quinine for malaria since DDT was banned.

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  58. Am I the only one that thinks Covid will go away a wee bit after Biden’s inauguration day? Take a man made average flu, introduce it to nursing home and diabetics, and milk it til you do a worldwide psyop. That is covid in the nutshell. Unlike its creation it’s end can be simpler, unless folks like Gates want their big payout in the form of tracking and vaccines. No doubt the diverse will take credit for all of that as well. Just think Shakespeare and Beethoven. I kind just want it over with.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  59. Anon[587] • Disclaimer says:
    @Twinkie

    She did an internal medicine residency and then went into academia without a Ph.D. (no M.D.-Ph.D.) where she did politicized “equity” research. That tells you what caliber medical student and resident she was.

    This is really common. It’s relatively easy for a black student who presents well and has half a brain to get accepted into elite professional schools and it is seen to that he or she graduates. At that point however you have a rubber-road bottleneck.

    In law the newly minted lawyer will manage to pass the bar and work as a glorified paralegal for a couple of years somewhere (many larger clients have a quota for hours billed to minority attorneys), but not get the partner tap. At that point he or she takes a massive pay cut to work for the local or federal government, and eventually ends up as a law professor publishing “equity” BS.

    Another career path is to skip a law firm and get a 9 to 5 corporate general counsel gig with a large firm that has white lawyers doing the real work, so the new minority lawyer gets to do “equity” seminars inside the company. This is popular with gabby, bossy black women.

    I’ve seen this kind of stuff loud-and-proud on resumes and LinkedIn, since the clueless attorney doesn’t even realize how embarassing it is. If your business card says “General Counsel,” you just put that on your resume. You don’t mention that your job duties were “Giving Equity Seminars.” Or maybe I’m behind the times, and the equity stuff is the highly paid growth industry now, unavailable to white attorneys.

  60. Mike Tre says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yes, the masks are the West’s version of the burka now. TPTB managed to completely alter the social image of a nation in a month with near full compliance. Why would they ever give that up.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  61. The future of medical research is probably China I suppose… They’ll open up their system to big pharma as they already have for manufacturing… and then steal all their stuff. They operate from a nationalist perspective. I have to give them credit for that… And the US will have Doctor Diversity here writ large all over the system. That is one thing that will result from this election. No one will stand up against that agenda because… Jennifer Rubin is keeping a list and if you speak out against this idiocy you are not going to get a job in academy, government, corporations etc.

    I do hope that China screws the corporations that have cowtowed to it good and hard though… And Han Chinese could give a rat’s ass about diversity in their own country… They will advocate it here in the US though as it is the rot that is already terminal to eliminate the US as a competitor.

  62. Ten selected titles from Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith’s list of publications. Presumably these novel frontiers in medical science earned her that precious associate professorship and the permanent tenure that goes with at the Yale School of Medicine.

    1. Medical school faculty promotion in the United States: Is there institutional variation by race/ethnicity?

    2. Racial and ethnic differences in personal cervical cancer screening amongst post-graduate physicians: results from a cross-sectional survey.

    3. Impact of race on the professional lives of physicians of African descent.

    4. Healthcare workplace conversations on race and the perspectives of physicians of African descent.

    5. Attitudes, training experiences, and professional expectations of US general surgery residents: a national survey.

    6. The effect of gender on the clinical clerkship experiences of female medical students: results from a qualitative study.

    7. Professional experiences of international medical graduates practicing primary care in the United States.

    8. Professional challenges of non-U.S.-born international medical graduates and recommendations for support during residency training.

    9. Gender and the pre-clinical experiences of female medical students: a taxonomy.

    10. “I’m too used to it”: a longitudinal qualitative study of third year female medical students’ experiences of gendered encounters in medical education.

    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
    , @Jack D
  63. @Matthew Kelly

    But that all feels like cope. I’m not seeing much silver lining tbh.

    In many ways the Trump presidency has been awesome, but considering his age, how long can we expect it to go?

    Biden’s infirmity is more of a feature than a bug. We know freedom is endangered by weaponized wokeness, but I’m more in fear of warmongering and re-engaging with China.

    Trump’s greatest parting gift would be pardons that put a knife between the deep state ribs. Free Flynn, Asange, and Snowden.

  64. WJ says:

    In June , Biden said 130 million Americans had died of Covid.

    In September he said 230 million American had died of Covid.

    Yesterday he said 230 million, thousand had died of Covid. Perhaps President Heels Up will have a better command of the covid situation.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  65. Dan Smith says:

    The Dems now have a huge problem. Covid ain’t going away despite all the restrictions and masking. Confirmation bias may blunt the perception of it at first, but there are still many 80+ year old people around to kill. In my own state of Minnesota cases are increasing. Practically no one under 40 dies. Schools are going back to distance learning, bars and restaurants are going to start closing next week, and the best the Health commissioner can do is try to shame citizens about non-compliance. Without Trump to blame they will have to start killing each other off.

    • Replies: @onetwothree
  66. Sean says:

    In contrast, high COVID death rates among blacks couldn’t possibly have anything to do with problems that blacks could actually do something about on their own initiative, like lose weight or like, as movie director Tyler Perry has suggested, get more Vitamin D during colder seasons.

    If something is fat soluble and you are overweight you will have a lot locked in your bodyfat and lower circulating levels of it be your skin black or white. The corollary is losing weight will liberate that fat soluble substance (vitamin D). In nature, food is in short supply in the winter, so the vitamin D in body fat would be getting released in winter.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3127511/
    Conclusion: A greater degree of weight loss, achieved through either a reduced-calorie diet or increased exercise, is associated with increased circulating 25(OH)D concentrations.

    Fat people, be they black or white, are much more likely to die of COVID-19. The vitamin D thing is a correlation but in all probability the causal relationship is with obesity. A black, whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoker and oldest man in the US.

    Think he’d be that healthy if he’ been taking vitamin D every winter? He was never fat, none of these supercentenarians ever were.

  67. @JohnnyWalker123

    America is I think. Europe still has a little bit of domestic manufacturing ability due to their more protectionist nature. Also, its will be much easier for the EU to dissolve than the US; this will allow countries to reset more quickly. Thirdly, their demographic situation isn’t nearly as bad as ours. Lastly, the European economy isn’t dominated by a handful of mega tech and financial companies like here. They have a broader economic base with small to medium sized family businesses. That said, there will be a lot of hardship in both places.

  68. Anon7 says:
    @Bernard

    “It’s strange how no one seems concerned over these enormous deficits.”

    I keep thinking it has to do with a tacit agreement to open the borders and let in a half-billion more people. The USA is vastly underpopulated compared to other first-world nations.

    The deficit is an investment in the idea that our Magic Dirt will create a prosperous first world nation of a billion people, all working creatively and harmoniously like those original settlers did, back in the day. The world’s excess, useless population with miraculously transform themselves when they step over the no-wall border. But no slavery, mind you. We fixed that.

  69. Pericles says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Who do you think is in more trouble economically? EU or America?

    Compare the Warszaw Pact vs the Soviet Union.

  70. I think it’s looking increasingly likely that the Pfizer vaccine will prove quite effective, and may by itself largely eliminate Covid.

    I had expected that by now they would already have the first results on efficacy — that is what Pfizer had been projecting. But it seems they haven’t.

    Why is this good news for efficacy? Because the way it works is that the first test is of the first 32 cases of Covid found in their subjects. At that point, the data are sent to an independent group of scientists who unblind the results and evaluate them.

    But here’s the thing: other things being equal, the more effective is the vaccine, the longer it takes to come up with the first 32 cases. In the best case of 100% efficacy, all 32 must come from the 1/2 of the subjects who received a placebo.

    Of course, it’s hard to know how much of the delay is due to this factor. Presumably they originally projected how long the first 32 would take assuming some base rate among their subjects. It’s not clear how accurate that assumption might really be.

    But, again, other things being equal, the longer the delay, the better.

    • Thanks: HammerJack
    • Replies: @candid_observer
  71. @Matthew Kelly

    It’s a really delusional cope that conservatives love to go on and on about how they’re the bastion of competence and stability in this country. It hasn’t ever been true and it only gets less and less true as more high status and high education whites run towards the democratic party.

    The reality is there’s every reason to think Biden’s covid response will be much more competent and intelligent than Trump’s. Admittedly that’s a very low bar in part because Trump is incompetent even by republican standards. Yes Democrats have their diversity mania, but Republicans have a bazillion other things holding them back. Republicans are maybe more comfortable relying on whites, but the whites they get are the low status and/or weirdo dregs corrupted by an anti government phobia, or more accurately a phobia of governments doing anything other than giving money away to rich people.

    And I think republicans are probably even more enthusiastic about putting blacks into high profile positions than dems are, it’s just that their blacks are so few in number and among high performers even worse relative to the black average than their whites are to the white average that they can’t field them the way that democrats do. Republicans aren’t getting the black yale professors like this lady.

    Julius Krein says that Republicans are divided between the people too stupid to understand how little status conservatives have or those with the self awareness to understand that they can’t compete for high status liberal positions and have to settle for less competitive conservative ones.

    • Replies: @RonaldB
  72. @Bugg

    This disease is so wise and devious.

    Beer Flu is better than quantum computing AI.

    We should drop all research into everything and start building Beer Flu-based computers.

    More seriously, as iSteve has said, rule by Shaneiqua is going to be LIT!

  73. @prosa123

    You speak only of income. There are other measures of the value of a medical education, and of the quality of medical care.

  74. @PiltdownMan

    Wot? Nothing about her hair??
    I bet it’s in there somewhere.

  75. @Anonymous

    Don’t forget, BLM rallies don’t spread Covid. Nor does looting, especially when done wearing a mask. It’s Science ™.

  76. @YetAnotherAnon

    Humidity?

    More like: no old people. Average life expectancy is about the middle of next week for most Africans. And covid kills the very old more than anyone else.

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  77. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bernard

    you can easily game plan the scenario afterwards. If the lockdowns continue, this economy will require 3-4T of new debt this year, that is a hell of a way to get to that point quickly.

    Why would the lockdowns continue?

    They’ve achieved their purpose of dislodging President Trump from the White House.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  78. JohnnyD says:

    Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel is another one of Biden’s Covid advisors. In a piece for the “Atlantic,” Emmanuel argued that life was not worth living once you turn seventy-five.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/10/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
  79. indocon says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Definitely America. EU has gotten used to the slower rate of growth, or as our ruling class calls it economic malaise, from my frequent business trips there, average people there seem very happy with their lives. Their big problem is what to do with the oncoming raising of the green flag over all their capitals, right now they seem to be kicking that can down the road.

  80. ken says:
    @Alexander Turok

    The problems with a virus with a recovery rate of over 99%? Passed through my family of 8 with barely a blip. No one ever recorded a temperature of over 100. It varied from a bad cold to no symptoms. Get over it.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
  81. Hans says:

    Dear Steve, I think you mean MacBiden. Lady MacBiden has some stains to remove. Good luck to them both.

  82. Jack D says:

    Nunez-Smith, …will be among three co-chairs of the group, two sources reportedly told CNN. Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler will also helm the group, CNN reported.

    Biden is not as dumb as he looks. This is going to be the pattern for the entire Biden Administration. You get one semi-competent Affirmative Action black (preferably a Caribbean black) to be the figurehead in charge of “outreach to the minority community” and then you hire a couple of Asians and Jews to do the actual work. Aside from the fact that this inflates the payroll, this kind of system can work fairly well. By keeping blacks inside the tent, it tends to cut down on riots. It certainly beats actually putting ADOS blacks completely in charge of things where they are certain to make a mess due to incompetence and corruption.

    Harris is a twofer because she is a “black” with an Asian to do the actual work built right in.

  83. Jack D says:
    @PiltdownMan

    In other words, blackety black black. In terms of actually advancing medical science, zero contribution.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  84. How soon before the well of highly qualified blacks , slated to chair or co-chair all the iniatives, runs dry? More importantly, how many political retreads from the obama years join the biden administration and please, please pick cuomo .

    • Replies: @odin
  85. Hibernian says:
    @Alexander Turok

    It was highly exaggerated for political purposes. The commission is a cover for easing off the lockdowns so the economy at least partially recovers and the Dems can take the credit.

  86. Jack D says:
    @SFG

    It’s kind of a pity–we didn’t evolve to deal with 2000-calorie meals, and losing weight is really hard because we evolved to make it very difficult.

    And yet, prior to say 1960, this was not a big problem in the US (at least not as big as it is today). Food was plentiful and inexpensive in America 1960. Most people (especially women who are especially obese nowadays) didn’t have jobs that required burning a lot of calories. The human metabolism has not changed. So why is is harder to lose (or not gain) weight now than in 1960?

  87. In 1960 if you got fat people would say, “He let himself go,” or “She let herself go.”
    as in “It’s easy to let yourself go when you’ve got small kids.”

  88. Jack D says:
    @Alexander Turok

    Silly rabbit. Covid will not go away. The HEADLINES about covid will go away. If it’s not in the headlines, it might as well not exist.

    Instead of “OMG 100,000 new cases today!” it will be “Covid deaths way down”. The CDC will provide updated guidance on which deaths should be classified as covid deaths. You see, it turns out that we have been categorizing some deaths as covid deaths that were really from other causes, but now the scientific knowledge on this subject has advanced.

    There will be stories about “I survived Covid” – The story will highlight Rosita Rosario, a 45 year old Latina who contracted covid after her kids brought it home from school. For a few days she felt really rotten but she recovered and is doing well now.

    And now that the election is over, the FDA can stop holding back the vaccines. A few days from now, there will be a “surprise” headline – “FDA approves Covid vaccine!”.

    It’s all about the spin, baby. Now that Biden is in charge and is providing us with the proper guidance and leadership, the Covid (headline) epidemic will wane.

  89. @Jack D

    Well, we won’t need to wait long to see how your predictions turn out. Let’s just say I’ve got my TP:

    Another hint would be to look outside the country, where there’s no Dumb Prole President to undermine. Surely COVID shouldn’t be a big deal in Europe, right? And in Europe outside of Russia, the biomedical sector is fairly well advanced, so if America has a vaccine waiting around the corner, surely they should already have it, right?

    Or maybe the European governments are willing to scare their people with COVID and deal with public disapproval* just to undermine Dumb Prole President. That must be it, same with the governments of Russia, Iran, China, and Japan. Like the kid who loves legos and is incapable of modeling the mind of the human who doesn’t love legos, you are incapable of imagining that most of the world, and many of your fellow citizens, simply does not think the re-election campaign of Dumb Prole President is particularly important.

    *Which isn’t happening, though your theory that people will inevitably blame their governments for a foreign virus affecting the whole world would predict it

    • Replies: @Jack D
  90. Flip says:
    @Jack D

    High fructose corn syrup in all the food.

  91. Corn says:
    @Jack D

    So why is is harder to lose (or not gain) weight now than in 1960?

    Even if food was cheap in 1960 I do think Americans are more gluttonous nowadays. When my mom was a child in the ‘50s her mom would make her and her two siblings share one bottle of Pepsi. Nowadays people drink cans or bottles of soda throughout the day, for one example.

    I’m also curious what effect different chemicals have on our body chemistry. Sometime ago someone posted either here or on ZMan’s blog that they lived in Russia for a period of time and lost twenty pounds without even trying. I’ve read that USDA allows far more dyes, preservatives and other chemicals in food than European regulators.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    , @Bill B.
  92. This is a real litmus…

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/joe-biden-administration-likely-overturn-120117861.html

    Joe Biden administration likely to overturn controversial Donald Trump diversity training executive order

  93. odin says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    How soon before the well of highly qualified blacks, slated to chair or co-chair all the iniatives, runs dry?

    I thought we were talking about the COVID task force.

  94. @Jack D

    Actually both the US Virgin islands and the territory of the British Virgin islands have done a much more successful job than the United States in containing the spread of the covid-19 virus.

    And in general the Caribbean islands have done well. In fact the numbers for dengue fever this year in places like St Lucia might be more of a concern than the numbers for covid-19 virus.

    It might be time to bring in some more creative thinking in fighting contagious diseases.

    We have been told for eons that the United States of America has the best healthcare in the world, but the statistical reports on the covid-19 virus certainly are no indication of superior health service performance.

    Biden probably ought to bring in some Chinese infection control experts as well.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  95. El Dato says:
    @Wilkey

    The problem occurs when Johnny Foreigner says “How are you going to pay me? US dollars? Madre de Dios, I don’t think so.” Then it’s brown diapers time.

    Putting Benjamin to bed? In major move, China & Russian-led EEU bloc to replace trade in dollar & euro with domestic currencies

  96. @Jack D

    Well how many other countries have already approved vaccines? Even the Russian vaccine is, I believe, not released to the general population.

  97. Charlotte says:
    @Jack D

    A few thoughts:

    1. People were more likely to be eating home cooking, and the cooking may not have been all that tasty compared to modern highly processed options. Intact families where the wife got dinner on the table were still the norm.
    2. Restaurant/fast food meals were much smaller https://naturalsociety.com/portion-sizes-restaurants-quadruple/
    3. A larger slice of the population was engaged in manual labor, thus using more calories. Housework was also somewhat more labor-intensive, despite the many appliances already available.
    4. Lots and lots of smokers.
    5. Less consumption of sugary drinks.

    • Agree: Bernard, Jonathan Mason
  98. @Alexander Turok

    True, why would open borders liberals come up with a hoax about a virus that causes countries to slash immigration, attack China, and consider a greater shift towards economic nationalism?

    Overall, covid is big boost to the nationalist cause, and smart globalists know this, its just unfortunate for nationalist populists that it happened to occur in an election year when the Republicans were in government at the time.

  99. @Jack D

    Instead of “OMG 100,000 new cases today!”

    Another thing they might do is fiddle with the number of cycles in the PCR test, which is the main reason they focus on the PCR test.

    One day soon, the CDC will issue new blanket guidance based on, “the science,” that the PCR test only needs to run for 20 cycles rather than the typical 35 or 40.

    Suddenly, the number of new cases will begin dropping precipitously and WuFlu will be no big deal in Biden’s nuMerica of Unity and Light.

  100. dvorak says:

    problems that blacks could actually do something about on their own initiative

    Like refraining from talking with each other, animatedly, up close without masks.

  101. @George

    Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic

    Perhaps it’s the fact that by comparison to the pathogens running wild in Bantustan, the corona cold virus is weak sauce? That anyone weak enough to fall from a cold virus died twenty years ago of malaria, dengue, Marburg, or the Plague?

    • Agree: Wielgus
  102. Libre says:

    Are any of them epidemiologists? Scott Atlas would like to know.

  103. Libre says:
    @Matthew Kelly

    It’s already Trump’s fault, even if Biden triples taxes and regulations and has an 18 month lockdown

  104. Libre says:
    @George

    You can’t die of something that doesn’t exist

  105. @Hangnail Hans

    Good to see at least one other person has the ability to reason and chose to reply.

    It’s been edifying around here to observe how many of Unz’ “smart commentariat” are saying:

    It’s too bad Trump lost, but maybe Biden can cure our coronacaust plandemic.

    You’ve got to be really stupid to conclude, at this stage of the game, that this is anything other than the seasonal cold/flu bug weaponized by the media and political leftists in pursuit of ousting Trump. I guess you could just be incredibly naive and credulous, but at what point does that just equal “stupid”?

    • Thanks: Hangnail Hans
    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  106. @Jack D

    Excellent comment, Jack D! (Ran out of “responses”.)

  107. @The Wild Geese Howard

    We run two different analyzers that utilize PCR and I have yet to see a positive result extend to the full 40 cycles. Positives occur at about 20 cycles. We use the Abbott IDnow and a Cepheid GeneXpert that runs all our other PCR testing like C.diff and strep A. The Cepheid is a solid device the Abbott not so much but it was free and easy to use. We have the new Abbott card test now too, it is an antigen immunoassay test, also very easy to use.

  108. @WJ

    Yesterday he said 230 million, thousand had died of Covid.

    The misuse of “million” is intentional.

    The goal is to program the credulous under media cover and a veneer of plausible deniability.

  109. @Anonymous

    Why would the lockdowns continue?

    Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum say, “Guten Tag!”

  110. Brutusale says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    At the risk of incurring the Wrath of Jack D, the photo seems only to show two types of people at this particular gathering.

    The (((Rulers))) and the Shock Troops.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  111. @Dan Smith

    The media doesn’t care that people are dying. Once they stop talking about it, it is effectively gone. This is junior grade propaganda.

  112. @JohnnyD

    So his contribution will be to advise no treatment for those under 75. That would be logical, wouldn’t it? You have to admit it is pretty frugal.

  113. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Actually both the US Virgin islands and the territory of the British Virgin islands have done a much more successful job than the United States in containing the spread of the covid-19 virus.

    It probably had nothing to do with their actions – it’s that vacation travel has mostly shut down.

    It might be time to bring in some more creative thinking in fighting contagious diseases.

    Why? Global pandemics that kill a million or more people happen maybe once every fifty years. Even after the Spanish influenza there was no “New Normal” – people went right back to the old normal. Why shouldn’t they have? Wars kill more people than large pandemics do. We’d be better off spending our energies trying to decrease the incidence of war. America could do a lot in that regard if we just stopped f**king around in other people’s business.

    Biden probably ought to bring in some Chinese infection control experts as well.

    Why? So we could hose down the streets with bleach foggers, like the Chinese did? Maybe we could sterilize beaches like they did in Spain.

  114. @Stan d Mute

    You could be probably right about it being a bad seasonal flu that particularly affects old people (like me), but the virus is affecting every country in the world not just the United States of America, and leaders like Holness in Jamaica and Burt in Bermuda have been returned in elections this year with massive increases in their majorities.

  115. @Jack D

    Smoking. It really is an appetite suppressant. People in Europe smoke like chimneys and are all thinner than us.

    Attitude. Nobody says anything if someone is obese anymore. There’s no social pressure to be thin like there used to be.

  116. Mr. Anon says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Kamala’s husband Douglas Emhoff is a respected local corporate attorney in Los Angeles. But he’s not a national figure.

    Jared Kushner wasn’t a national figure either.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
  117. @Corn

    I have been in Ecuador for the last month, and I’ve lost 10 lb without really trying. A lot more walking instead of driving, plus much smaller portions of food, and practically zero consumption of processed foods, except for things like jam and mayonnaise.

    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
    , @J.Ross
    , @Corn
  118. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jack D

    Instead of “OMG 100,000 new cases today!” it will be “Covid deaths way down”.

    It’s like how the homeless problem instantly stopped being a crisis on January 21st, 1993, and then instantly started being a crisis again on January 21st, 2001. Or at least, that’s what the media tried to do. Problem was, by that time, any sympathy that people felt for the homeless had completely evaporated.

  119. Jack D says:
    @Brutusale

    Duh. This must have been at some kind of Democrat event in SF. The last straight white Protestant working class person left San Francisco 30 years ago or more. There are probably more Samoans than founding stock Americans.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  120. Guest007 says:

    Considering that the Trump Administraiton refused to actually deal with the pandemic, stepped on every message they ever tried to make, and made the reponse partisan, how can Biden do any worse.

    When India’s response is better than the USA’s response, then changes needed to be made.

    • Troll: William Badwhite
  121. Congrats to the first childless VP since Thomas R. Marshall (Woodrow Wilson‘s VP)! Miss Harris proves ya don’t need a stake in the future to rule over those that do!

  122. Bill B. says:
    @Corn

    When I first visited the United States, about 35 years ago, I was entertained by my sponsoring company for dinner in a fairly ordinary restaurant in Chicago somewhere.

    I was utterly astonished at the size of portions – a broccoli side order, for example, would give me enough broccoli to feed four. The steak was much bigger than anything I had had before.

    Portion sizes have increased in the developed world generally but American still leads with its love of – what is the word? – not greed but excess, size, when it comes to food.

  123. @Reg Cæsar

    An old song we sang in school:
    Old Abram Brown is dead and gone/ you’ll never see him more
    He used to wear an old brown coat/ that buttoned down before

    Sad.

  124. jill says:

    I guess this why Oregon took US taxpayer covid funds to hand out to blacks only…must submit photo with the application
    https://www.theoregoncaresfund.org/

    Would not surprise me to see all spending bills by Congress with a statement:
    [ 20 percent of this spending bill ] is a targeted investment in the Black community from the [ US taxpayer]. [ 20 percent of these funds ] are meant to provide the Black community with the resources it needs to weather the global health pandemic and consequent recession. [ This spending bill ] is for Black people, Black-owned businesses, and Black community based organizations.

  125. @Jonathan Mason

    Why are you in Ecuador for a month? Isn’t that Covid Central [along with Peru]? And you say you are elderly?

  126. BenKenobi says:
    @Mike Tre

    masks are the West’s version of the burka now.

    Well said.

  127. @indocon

    There isn’t really a ‘market can’t absorb more US Treasuries’ as things are set up now. The Fed will just buy the excess. A trillion here, a trillion there.. it makes no difference to the Fed.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  128. J.Ross says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    >In Ecuador
    >And he eats mayo
    Never change, comrade doctor.

  129. Escher says:

    OT: Feminists calling each other sexist.
    One more example of the aptly named circular firing squad.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/live/election-us-2020-54786937

    Social media row over articles about Kamala Harris’s appearance

    It’s long been known that women in political office face different scrutiny to men. Now a row on social media has broken out in the UK over allegations that some media are focusing too much on Harris’s appearance, her clothes and her make-up.

    British political party the Women’s Equality Party accused newspaper The Daily Telegraph of asking its beauty section to cover the news that Harris had won the election.

    It was quickly pointed out that the newspaper’s story about Harris as a “beauty icon” was just one of many it published about her and that many media outlets write about female politicians as style icons.

    Following that, the Huffington Post published a comment piece suggesting that it was “sexist” to assume that women who like to read about beauty are not feminists.

    “There are multiple stories about her [Harris], one of which is about her make up. Which happens to be one of the biggest industries which employs women. Make up isn’t silly or flippant or unimportant,” journalist Rebecca Reid wrote on Twitter.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  130. @Jack D

    Silly rabbit.

    Oops, thought you said “Silly rabbi” which is plain disrespectful.

    Yes, they’re at it yet again. When these freaks start dropping like flies, Biden-Harris can use it as evidence of Disparate Impact and Systemic Anti-Semitism, and shut down apostate websites like The UNZ Review!

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8927409/Hundreds-gather-NYC-funeral-influential-rabbi-despite-requests-avoid-large-crowds.html

  131. @Skylark Thibedeau

    I’ve read that they pop Hydrochloroquine like M&Ms, and have been doing so for decades to stave off malaria.

  132. @Jack D

    In 1960 if you got obese people would say about you, “He let himself go,” as in

    To fail to maintain an attractive physical appearance. A: “I was surprised to see that he had gained so much weight.” B: “I know, he really let himself go after college.”

  133. Lagertha says:

    the weird party is that Bill’s Covid # 2 Really attacks Black, Brown people more vicsiously than in 2012

  134. RonaldB says:
    @Guy De Champlagne

    This is a parody, right? Otherwise, in your raft of charges, you’d include a specific or two about how any Democrat could handle COVID better than Trump. I suppose one could create a hero of the day by, say, picking an international expert like Dr. Fauci, and simply follow whatever he suggests. Or, perhaps the WHO. Or CDC. It hardly matters. Pick some scientist of renown and just do what he says. Or she says.

    We populists are simply too stupid to see how dire a threat global warming is, or how many jobs can be created out of thin air by shutting down existing fossil industries and dumping all our dollars into windmills and solar panels. And the beauty of the action is that the more inefficient the renewable energy source is, the more jobs will be created. Voila…no unemployment. No industrial pollution either.

    • Replies: @Guy De Champlagne
  135. duncsbaby says:
    @White Guy In Japan

    Don’t forget the 70 million white-supremacist wreckers who voted for literally Hitler.

  136. Excal says:
    @Bernard

    Does anybody actually think that Joe Biden is ever going to be president in any meaningful way?

    Ms. Harris may not be much of a politician, but she’s a proven fixer, and there are plenty of other people who will be only too happy to help her dump her good buddy Joe into the Potomac when the Cause no longer requires him. And that moment is fast approaching.

    The timing and specifics will depend on the precise way things play out in the next few months, but watch for somebody obvious, like an Evangelical with a nice big gun collection and a MAGA hat.

    Biden’s sunny visage and state-of-the-art teeth will be easy to convert into propaganda paintings. Children will be taught what a great hero he was, and how he gave all for world progress.

    Personally, I’m praying that Mr. Biden lives at least through the end of Mr. Trump’s second term.

  137. @Wilkey

    Speaking of immigration, I may have found Biden’s choice for Director of the INS. You know, the person who will oversee the dissolution of the Agency.

    Houston woman faces 20 years for arranging dozens of fake green card marriages

    They tagged her with 40 fake marriages. Who knows how many she did, all told?

    And what do you make of the fact that migrants will spend $70K to get to America, at this late date? Vietnam isn’t so bad, except for the fact that it’s full of Vietnamese..

    [MORE]

    A woman who arranged dozens of sham green card marriages pled guilty to the immigration fraud in Houston last week, according to federal prosecutors.

    Ashley Yen Nguyen, 55, charged immigrants up to $70,000 to provide fake wedding albums and documents so that they could obtain legal residence status in the US.

    Nguyen, who arranged 40 marriages for her Vietnamese clients, admitted to conspiring to engage in marriage fraud, mail fraud, immigration fraud, money laundering and making false statements in a tax return, according to the Houston Chronicle.

    Prosecutors said that the couples would meet briefly before their marriages, and Nguyen would create fake wedding albums to make it appear as if a wedding ceremony had actually taken place.

    Nguyen faces 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

    FILED UNDER HOUSTON , IMMIGRATION , WEDDINGS , 11/7/20

    https://nypost.com/2020/11/07/woman-faces-20-years-in-jail-for-arranging-fake-green-card-marriages/

  138. Iskandar says:

    Do not insult the pokemons, Mr. Sailer.

  139. Rob McX says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Nor was Hillary Clinton, for that matter.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  140. @Old and Grumpy

    Ending the Covid-19 hystera is one option. The other is to declare it “the legacy of Trump,” and use it to force confinements, mandatory health passports, mandatory testing and mandatory vaccines. Finally, you will have to have a smartphone (or a computer chip installed into your body) that will track and report your movements at all time to ensure that you aren’t a public health menace. You will have to text your proposed movement and be given permission to do it before you can leave home (already in force in Greece).

    Oh Brave New World of public health.

  141. @candid_observer

    An update to my original comment:

    Pfizer has just leaked to WSJ that the first batch of 32 shows 90%+ effectiveness.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-vaccine-from-pfizer-and-biontech-works-better-than-expected-11604922300?st=sag1pe8iafa6lg3&reflink=article_copyURL_share

    The article is behind a paywall, so I can’t see any more detail. But the natural way to understand this is that the claim of 90% effectiveness would seem to entail that all 32 cases of Covid came from the placebo.

    (Use a binomial distribution calculator.

    https://stattrek.com/online-calculator/binomial.aspx

    Set the probability of success is to .1 (corresponding to the 90%), the number of trials to 32, the number of successes to 1. Calculate. The probability that there is 1 or fewer cases is .156 — far too high to conclude a 90% effectiveness rate.)

    The most likely reality, then, is that the efficacy is well above 90% — perhaps very close to 100%.

    And it seems pretty unlikely that safety is going to be any problem. They would presumably have already observed real problems among their tens of thousands of subjects.

    Looks like the silver bullet for Covid.

  142. JackOH says:

    FWIW-we have a medical school 30 miles from me that also confers public health degrees, plus a nearby university where there are maybe four or five profs who claim expertise in public health matters. They’ve been silent during the pandemic.

    Why? A partial explanation almost surely is that public health folks without medical degrees don’t want wish to cross the “doctor line”, the barrier that has it that only MDs may speak about public health matters. And, as a further complication, no one is willing to believe physicians have well-concealed interests. Revenues, professional autonomy, and public prestige, for example.

    Kind of horrifying to think physicians would sacrifice good public health stats to preserve their interests, but I’ll bet that national mask mandate blather disappears quickly, partly because physicians don’t wish talk of a national response to a national pandemic that would undercut their insistence that medicine is a private practice deal.

  143. Corn says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Jonathan, are you enjoying Ecuador? My sister lived in Cuenca for two years after college and loved it. (Did the TEFL thing). She lost a large amount of weight as well. She attributed it to a carless lifestyle with lots of walking, smaller portions as you mentioned, and her new habit of salsa dancing.

  144. Corn says:
    @candid_observer

    Pardon me if this is a stupid question, but I’m not a scientist.
    Is this vaccine (or any vaccine) really legit?
    Covid is a coronavirus, many cold viruses are corona viruses. I read something once where a vaccine skeptic said if we develop a vax for COVID, then we’re not far from developing vaccines for the common cold, and I don’t think anyone expects that to happen.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  145. 5tyy says:

    These affirmative action doctors won’t have any real power in the Biden presidency. They’ll be given nice sounding titles, but won’t have real power. I’m not very worried about this, to be honest.

  146. jill says:
    @candid_observer

    Full WSJ article: https://archive.is/vSeEu

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta

    @drsanjaygupta

    ·

    1m

    Just finished speaking to @pfizer

    CEO @AlbertBourla

    about #COVID19 #vaccine. Very promising to hear 90% effective, but questions remain, such as: how well the vaccine will protect against serious disease vs infection, overall safety data and how long immunity lasts.

  147. @Lockean Proviso

    My favorite AntiFA graffito: ” liberals get the bullet too.” I’ve adapted that to “Mensheviks get the bullet.”

    Frankly, the bullet beats torture. I doubt the neoBolshies could resist that temptation.

  148. @Alexander Turok

    The stock market is up BIG today. Apparently the Pfizer vaccine is 90% effective, or some nonsense.

    Huh… and just two days after Biden was declared the winner. So, you’re right: the commenters who mentioned JAnuary 20th were wrong. Biden now has the perfect excuse NOT to lockdown and cause further economic damage.

  149. @Rob McX

    She had served on the Watergate committee in the 70s. Trump was nowhere near there.

  150. @RonaldB

    It’s hard to say what Biden will do that will be better because there are so many unknowns about the disease. We don’t know why different countries and different areas are doing so much better and worse than others.

    I will say that Biden is going to be more pro mask, more pro testing, and more pro social distancing, which are three things I think there’s the best reason to think are the most important and Trump has been shamefully negligent on all three. It’s a breaking story that the Trump white house hosted another super spreader event on election day. Biden isn’t going to keep doing that.

    You were being sarcastic, but I think blindly copying the policies and relevant cultural habits of the democratic east asian countries would be the best response. Not blindly following our discredited experts though. I would love to see massive blanket testing, which is what I suspect those east asian countries would be doing if they had let the situation deteriorate to the degree it has in the US.

    • Replies: @vinteuil
  151. Jack D says:
    @Alexander Turok

    You’re right that you wouldn’t have to wait long.

    Here was one of my predictions, yesterday:

    A few days from now, there will be a “surprise” headline – “FDA approves Covid vaccine!”.

    And today, this announcement:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/health/covid-vaccine-pfizer.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

    Now the vaccine is not yet approved, but the trials have shown over 90% effectiveness (where the threshold for approval was 50%) so it’s only a matter of time until they print my headline. Pfizer has already manufactured 100 million doses in anticipation of approval. But when Trump said that we were turning the corner, the newspapers printed , “Trump says “WITHOUT EVIDENCE” that we are turning the corner. I wonder if this new “without evidence” standard will be applied to every word that comes from Joe Biden’s mouth. But I think I already know the answer.

    • Replies: @Alexander Turok
  152. Alfa158 says:
    @Wilkey

    As far as I can see, no one has any plan to pay back the debt. I haven’t seen a serious one in almost 30 years, since the post Cold War peace bonus produced a temporary budget surplus, so I would love to hear if anyone has seen such a plan. People talk about how we are saddling our descendants with an unplayable debt. They will have a lot of problems, but paying back an un-payable debt won’t be one of them.
    Treasuries are being bought mainly by the Fed. In other words the government is printing Monopoly money and then writing itself an IOU. For the moment everyone has agreed to pretend that the Monopoly money is real. That will all come to an end if the Chinese and their associates manage to get some other form of currency to replace the dollar as the medium of exchange for selling products and resources worldwide.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  153. FPD72 says:
    @candid_observer

    My wife and I both participated in the Pfizer trial. Because of our reactions to the second injection (in my case fever, chills, joint aches) we had a high level of confidence that we had gotten the vaccine but we went to an independent lab three weeks later and they confirmed that we both tested negative for the virus but positive for antibodies.

    Because of our age we had been very cautious in our activities; we referred to it as house arrest. When our adult kids or grandchildren would come over, we stayed outside. Home delivery or curbside pickup for the grocery store and Costco, very limited takeout from restaurants, etc. Now we’re engaged in more normal activities; indoor gun range, shopping in stores, babysitting indoors at our son’s house, attending church, eating inside at a restaurant, etc.

    Our attitude is if this vaccine is ineffective then we don’t want to spend the last fifteen years of our life under house arrest and it’s better to catch it now at 70 instead of later at an even more advanced age.

  154. @Alfa158

    In other words the government is printing Monopoly money and then writing itself an IOU. For the moment everyone has agreed to pretend that the Monopoly money is real.

    “Real”, sure, but only as currency, not as stable money. I just got an insurance bill – 2nd year in a row it was up by 22%. I told the lady if this went on, I’d be paying “like a million dollars” ten years from now. I was trying to make light of it, but all I heard back was, “yeah, well we talked to 9 underwriters … ” and she went reeling off all the numbers that were higher. I’ve never had a claim, Alfa, in 20 years with them.

    Inflation is going to be much more real than the US dollar is going to be. Other than a real default, that’s the only way this can play out. The dollar will get devalued to peanuts as Americans are fooled by the numbers out of the BLS (they need to be low to keep those indexed transfer payments like SS low) and the electronics.

  155. @candid_observer

    Amazingly, Pfizer had 94 cases of Covid in their initial batch!

    https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-announce-vaccine-candidate-against

    They had clearly targeted only 32 in their original design.

    Why would they not go with 32, and instead wait for 94?

    I can think of only one answer: so that Trump would not be able to claim an effective vaccine before the election.

    This really is a scandal.

  156. Jack D says:
    @candid_observer

    If you want to go behind the WSJ (and many other) paywall, install the “Bypass Paywalls” plug in to chrome or firefox.

    The article explains:

    Researchers originally planned for a first interim analysis after 32 subjects became sick. After talking with the FDA, Pfizer agreed to conduct the early peek after at least 62 subjects became sick, Dr. Jansen said.

    By the time the two sides came to an agreement, the number of subjects who developed Covid-19 symptoms reached 94, Dr. Jansen said.

    In other words, the Permanent Government stalled until after the election. I am shocked, shocked I tell you. Can you imagine that the denizens of DC (93% Biden, 5% Trump) would have prioritized Trump losing the election over the thousands of lives that could have been saved by an early vaccine approval? It’s unimaginable I tell you. Anyway, I am making this assertion WITHOUT EVIDENCE, therefore it is FALSE. The FDA was just exercising scientific caution, that’s all. I wrote this to save the MSM the trouble of editorializing in the middle of their news stories, which is their new practice. “Fact checks” are so old fashioned and no one reads them anyway but if you put the “fact check” right in the story then no one can miss it.

    BTW, there’s no more information in the story to explain what “90% effective” means. Presumably, if the vaccine was completely ineffective there would have been roughly 47 cases expected among the vaccine group and 47 cases in the placebo group. If it is 90% effective then the number of vaccine cases would have dropped to only 4 or 5 and the other 90 cases were all in the placebo group. But I’m just speculating.

    • Replies: @candid_observer
  157. @Jack D

    Here’s a more detailed report:

    The first analysis was to occur after 32 volunteers — both those who received the vaccine and those on placebo — had contracted Covid-19. If fewer than six volunteers in the group who received the vaccine had developed Covid-19, the companies would make an announcement that the vaccine appeared to be effective. The study would continue until at least 164 cases of Covid-19 — individuals with at least one symptom and a positive test result — had been reported.

    That study design, as well as those of other drug makers, came under fire from experts who worried that, even if it was statistically valid, these interim analyses would not provide enough data when a vaccine could be given to billions of people.

    In their announcement of the results, Pfizer and BioNTech revealed a surprise. The companies said they had decided not to conduct the 32-case analysis “after a discussion with the FDA.” Instead, they planned to conduct the analysis after 62 cases. But by the time the plan had been formalized, there had been 94 cases of Covid-19 in the study. It’s not known how many were in the vaccine arm, but it would have to be nine or fewer.

    Gruber said that Pfizer and BioNTech had decided in late October that they wanted to drop the 32-case interim analysis. At that time, the companies decided to stop having their lab confirm cases of Covid-19 in the study, instead leaving samples in storage. The FDA was aware of this decision. Discussions between the agency and the companies concluded, and testing began this past Wednesday. When the samples were tested, there were 94 cases of Covid in the trial. The DSMB met on Sunday.

    https://www.statnews.com/2020/11/09/covid-19-vaccine-from-pfizer-and-biontech-is-strongly-effective-early-data-from-large-trial-indicate/

    Pfizer clearly played a leading role in the delay.

  158. Lurker says:
    @Escher

    Large swathes of the MSM were happy to collude with the fiction that Michelle was the most beautiful, stylish woman evah.

    • LOL: Hibernian, Escher
  159. @candid_observer

    The article quoted makes the claim that there must be 9 or fewer for the 90%+ effective rate to hold up.

    This is very likely wrong: I can’t see Pfizer making the claim that the vaccine is 90%+ effective unless the likelihood of that being so is above a pretty high threshold — say p<.05 or p<.01.

    By my calculations, the first threshold would require 5 or fewer, the second would require 2 or fewer.

  160. vinteuil says:
    @Guy De Champlagne

    Biden is going to be more pro mask, more pro testing, and more pro social distancing, which are three things I think there’s the best reason to think are the most important and Trump has been shamefully negligent on all three.

    Jeezus. You mean Biden’s not going to ease up on all the crap? He’s going to ramp it up?

    Mandatory mask wearing 24/7? Universal “testing?” Nobody allowed to approach anybody within – well, you tell me: I guess the current 6 feet isn’t good enough for you?

    Oh happy day! What joy, in this dawning of the year zero, to be alive.

    • Replies: @Guy De Champlagne
  161. Jack D says:
    @Corn

    As I understand it, there are a bunch of coronaviruses (and other viruses) that we group together as the “common cold” – rhinoviruses, maybe 4 different coronaviruses, RSV, etc. A “common cold” vaccine would have to vaccinate you against maybe 20 different viruses so it has never been practical. A vaccine against a single coronavirus like the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine would take out maybe 5% of common colds. A vaccine against all 4 coronaviruses known to infect humans (there are another 20 or so that haven’t yet jumped the species barrier) would only take out 20%. And normally colds don’t kill you. So no one has ever bothered trying.

    But I would expect that if they wanted to, Pfizer could use the same technology to develop vaccines for the coronaviruses that cause (some) colds. But for the reasons mentioned above, it’s not worth it. It would be a tough sell – “get a shot of our new expensive vaccine and you’ll get 5% fewer colds!” is a lot less compelling that a vaccine that saves you from a serious risk like Covid.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Thanks: Corn
  162. @Jack D

    He did say so WITHOUT EVIDENCE. If he wanted us to believe him, he should have provided evidence. But yeah, you were right. They were holding it back to sabotage Dumb Prole President’s re-election campaign.

    What is still true:

    1. 200,000 people died from something that was supposed to “just go away somehow.” Trump’s been singing happy songs ever since the pandemic began.
    2. If I was in charge, we would have done challenge trials and had this vaccine months ago.

  163. @candid_observer

    Right now Google News has absolutely nothing about the Pfizer vaccine on their Headlines page (I’m using Android). This despite the story being the top headline on virtually every news site I’ve checked.

    Their chicanery knows no bounds. What proportion of the population is even slightly aware of it?

  164. Hubbub says:

    Questions:

    Is the Biden team already transitioning Woeful Joe from his home basement to the White House basement for his first term?

    Will he stay sequestered for the full four years?

    Will Harris have an office built in the basement so she can ‘be there’ at the right time to take over the ‘reins of government’ should the need arise?

    Will cabinet meetings take place in the basement or an adjacent wing? Will department heads be required to wear masks at all times like the general population, or will they, like Chris Cuomo, have special dispensation from Sanctimonious Joe and Kamala ‘Where’s my Willy when I need it’ Harris?

    So many more….

  165. fish says:
    @Escher

    I am guessing Murthy and Kessler will do the real work while Nunez-Smith focuses on creating more make-work roles.

    Don’t forget the photo shoots!

  166. Hibernian says:
    @Jack D

    It amazes me that Mike Holmgren grew up in SF.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  167. Jack D says:
    @Hibernian

    Current demographics of his HS:

    Asian 51.5%
    Latino 24.6%
    White 7.5%
    Black 5.3%
    Filipino 4.3%

  168. @vinteuil

    There comes a point where the disease has a low enough severity and the response is incompetent enough that just giving up becomes rational. I don’t have a full handle on how severe the disease is. We may well see a dramatic shift in how it’s presented by the media. Though of course if the MSM goes full “it’s just the flu bro” it doesn’t mean that the new message is the factually correct one and the old message was the manipulation, it could be the opposite or some mix.

  169. I am sure I speak for many here when I say that having a corn-rowed AA joggette with a hyphenated last name as the head of this august body fills me with confidence.

    • LOL: JackOH
  170. @stillCARealist

    Smoking. It really is an appetite suppressant. People in Europe smoke like chimneys and are all thinner than us.

    Same in much of E/SE Asia.

  171. IQrealist says:

    “Which death do they choose? Covid-19 or police shooting?” asked Vickie Mays, a distinguished professor of health policy and management at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health who studies health disparities and has been tracking incidents where Black men wearing masks were harassed. “We have African Americans who have been dragged out of stores, who have been ordered by police and store guards to pull their masks down or take their masks off.”

    “You also see people protesting during this pandemic because people feel strongly what is happening to them is worse than the risk of death,” said Mays, who is also a professor of psychology. “These are horrible risk assessments no one should have to make.”

    One Black man who was recently targeted is Kam Buckner, a 35-year-old attorney and state senator from Illinois who was shopping at his local hardware store in Chicago’s South Loop while wearing a face mask, as mandated by an executive order in Illinois. While many white customers streamed by wearing masks, a uniformed officer stopped Buckner as he was leaving the store with a cart, asking to see his receipt and ID.

    “It wasn’t like I had anything that was the least provocative in my cart. It was flowers for my garden,” Buckner told STAT in a phone interview from his porch Monday evening as protestors marched just yards away. “When I asked why, he said, ‘I can’t see your face. You look like you might have been up to something.’”

    Trying not to escalate the situation, the 6-foot, 4-inch Buckner nodded and went home. But he grew increasingly upset. “It woke me up in the middle of the night, and I said this is not OK,” said Buckner. “I thought about all of the millions of Black men around the country being told they have to wear masks. We are extremely apprehensive about the masks, even though we know it’s the right thing to do.”

    • Replies: @anon
  172. anon[393] • Disclaimer says:
    @IQrealist

    “We have African Americans who have been dragged out of stores, who have been ordered by police and store guards to pull their masks down or take their masks off.”

    Video or it didn’t happen. It’s Current Year where every store has a security cam, so stories like this should come with a nice vid clip.

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