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Don midwest
Don midwest

How much longer can climate denial last?

This article in NYT is about un-American actions

What, progress is our most important product

No growth!!! Un American

NYT article

A Drought So Dire That a Utah Town Pulled the Plug on Growth
Groundwater and streams vital to both farmers and cities are drying up in the West, challenging the future of development.


yes, serious climate scientists and even the occasional economist are saying we cannot continue to grow, unchecked, and have a hope of changing our hurtling into destruction.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I subscribe to a couple of “experts” on twitter, read articles in NYT, Atlantic, WA Post, etc., but don’t read the research literature. An IM – internal medicine doc, IM Doc, posts on Naked Capitalism with first hand experience dealing with Covid. Here is his update last night

IM Doc
July 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm
To Lambert and Yves and all commenters here –

Sorry to have another update in just one day – but I think this is so illustrative of what is going on right now that I feel compelled to share.

I did not feel well when I got home from work last night. As the night wore on, I began to have a very severe cough, very loud wheezing (I do not wheeze), a mild headache, and a fever of 101. I knew exactly what was going on. As soon as I could, I called work to tell them I was not going in and headed right to medical care to be checked – and indeed I am now positive for COVID. I was fully vaccinated in mid April.

To me, this day was not and if but when. From the very first day in my internship in the big city in the middle of the AIDS pandemic – one of the leading internists in the country told my class – “We do not run from pandemics, we run into them.” My office of fully vaccinated staff has already had one wave of COVID go through about a month ago that somehow I missed – my time was up last night.

I am in great physical shape for my age – very healthy – and am already feeling much better today – I am going to be fine. But what has happened in the interim since this AM – has been eye-opening.

I was actually called by a health department phone operator within an hour or two of my diagnosis. They then put another administrative person on the line who informed me that I was vaccinated – and therefore no quarantine was necessary. I told them right away that was ridiculous – and I would be staying at home for now. Within 30 minutes, someone from the state health department contacted me – and I will be brief – informed me that it was very reckless for me as a physician to be talking about quarantine of myself a vaccinated person – the CDC has told us this is not necessary – you cannot spread the virus – doing this would potentially discourage others from vaccination – It may cost lives – My response – “so having me, a positive COVID patient, hang out in exam rooms or the grocery store with obese diabetic cancer patients is not going to cost lives? Please if you think I am being reckless – report me to the Medical Board – I will happily discuss this with my peers.”

These are the kinds of things that occur with pathologic lying. People actually begin to believe the accumulated lies are truth. All rational thought is completely clouded. I will state for the record – that neither person who spoke to me today was an MD DO RN or MPH. All administrative. I truly believe that most health care workers are beginning to wake up. I think a real genuine health worker would have rotted in hell before making such statements.

I called one of my old students/residents right after this call. He is currently the head of the Internal Medicine Dept at one of our big universities in Blue America. I was informed that out of the 20 or so faculty members in his division – all 100% vaccinated – 7 of them had become ill with COVID in the past few weeks. We kind of laughed nervously about the 95% number for relative risk reduction – and how we as a profession were about to learn that misrepresenting numbers like this to the public was a very bad idea. Then some profound statements from him ——

“I have been dealing with this nightmare called evidence-based medicine for years. Students and residents both now tell me that only peer-reviewed RCT are what they should be looking at – nothing else matters. They would not know the difference between a relative risk reduction and an incidence if they had to – they do not even bother to look at anything but an RCT – therefore they know nothing of medical statistics. This has been on full display for the world to see the past 18 months. Just look at any Twitter feed. We have a lot of work to do.”

And I, IM Doc, have several times discussed the human theater, the “stupid human tricks” of putting your vaccination photos on Facebook or TV as a motivator. And then spend days talking about the bad reaction you had to your vaccine – “I got really sick – Hallelujah – I know it has activated my immune system”. I got so so tired of that chestnut – but it was all over the Internet for months. Any vaccinologist, immunologist – etc – would tell you that was just horse shit. And now you know why that was a very very bad unprofessional thing to be doing. It literally motivates no one, and now there is going to be lots of explaining going on.

My old student today – “Actually the Facebook vaccination meme was the second worst thing. The absolute worst was the whole health care TikTok Video dancing – often done in ERs where there were lines of sick people waiting. It made me want to punch the wall. But now all these kids that put their Facebook vaccination photos online and bragged about it – are going to get to explain to all their patients and friends how they still got COVID after the vaccines – we have quite a few housestaff and students fully vaccinated becoming positive – not just the faculty.”

“Young Grasshopper – pride goeth before a fall”. There are those of us who have been warning that all was not well with our entire approach for months – and were laughed and scoffed out of the room. We as a profession are going to have a lot to answer for.”

All that is from my old student – now a leader in academic medicine – I am so so relieved – people are starting to wake up.

The take home message from where we are today –
These vaccines are non-sterilizing. That means they may limit or eliminate symptoms – but they do nothing for the spread. There are probably all kinds of vaccinated patients harboring active infections at this very minute and they have no clue – the vaccine is making them not sick. But they are sharing it with all around them. Many if not most of them taking no measures because the CDC told them they did not have to – YOU ARE VACCINATED. The good news for today is that the symptoms, hospital, and death all seem to be low. The bad news is all of these harboring the virus are further playgrounds for the virus to mutate. And when you allow it to become more and more widespread – the more likely a really bad mutant will come to the fore. That is THE danger of non-sterilizing vaccines being used for a virus that is profoundly capable of mutating.

My advice today – DO NOT PLAY INTO THE DIVISIVE UNVACCINATED/VACCINATED GAME – at this point and in the near future – it is going to become increasingly obvious this is just not a hill to die on. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF and YOUR FAMILY. Find and identify any elders in your community that may need help. Plenty of sleep – plenty of sunshine – lose weight, exercise, eat well – vitamin D 2000 daily. AND SMILE. It does wonders.

God bless us all.

Don midwest
Don midwest

IM Doc points out that CDC now does not keep track of breakthrough cases — cases of people fully vaccinated, unless they end up in the hospital.

This means that I am not sure about myself and will start wearing mask again.

He says at the end, that I could get COVID and not know it and spread it to others. Non-sterilized means that I can spread it.

Comments on Naked Capitalism says shows on Broadway are getting delayed or cancelled because of outbreaks of the staff.

The lack of complete data collection, and lack of extensive contract tracing, means that things could get much, much worse with Delta and/or other strains, and the “experts” have squandered their legitimacy and Republicans and anti-vaxers continue to pollute the airways.

And the demographic with the lowest level of full vaccine level is the blacks. We know some of the reasons like past health trials of unknown victims, but there are other issues like transportation, availability, etc.

As an aside, one of the few great politicians in the WORLD is Bernie.

Pandemics and climate change require great politicians and almost all of them fail.


thank you, don. wish i’d read this before this last weekend, even though, thank the dieties, the days are moving on and i’m my usual self. i will likely start masking again, although i am so sick of it…

at this rate, is it going to just keep mutating and circling round the globe? or at least around countries that pretend that everything they don’t want to see doesn’t exist?


Bernie is a public servant and statesman. But, where are his kind in the Senate? The US House is changing but not fast enough. 🙁

Don midwest
Don midwest

Styles change. Who you follow changes.

I used to follow George Monbiot at the Guardian. I have not for a couple of years. Today and article came up which is what has happened in the US.

Pushing the limits of people, animals, plants, air, etc., has consequences

along with forever chemicals, …

Here is George

Britain’s rivers are suffocating to death
George Monbiot
Water that should be crystal clear has become a green-brown slop of microscopic algae because of industrial farm waste

Don midwest
Don midwest
Don midwest

a conversation between a UK doctor and an American doctor

from the article linked above

“Britain’s Jaw Dropping Stupidity… ”

I posted this in the wrong place. Sorry.

“They think that, and let me quote, ‘the link between infections and deaths is broken,’ so it’s totally OK to reopen the country, for political reasons, meaning some bizarre notion of ‘freedom,’ which apparently doesn’t include public health or sanity or facts or logic. Since Brexit took ahold of it, the country you remember is gone, and now it’s kind of a nationalist cesspool burning with the lava of human idiocy, all of which is slowly going thermonuclear. Brexit broke their minds. They believe every foolish fantasy and Big Lie their politicians tell them now. Britain post-Brexit is like a nuclear meltdown of human stupidity which never ends. It just keeps on combusting, into hotter, purer, more explosive forms of stupidity.”

He tried to argue. “But. But the link between infections and deaths isn’t even the issue. First, infections still lead to hospitalisation at alarming rates. Second, Delta Covid hits young people harder, and they get hospitalized. Third, it has lasting consequences, like damaging your vascular and pulmonary systems, not to mention all kinds of stuff we barely know about. Fourth, what about elderly people and vulnerable groups. What about us doctors? What about…I mean…nobody else in the rest of the world is this stupid!”

His list, it seemed, could run onto infinity. She could see it happening before her eyes. His brain was being melted down by Britain’s shocking, bewildering stupidity, and at that point, staggered, nobody much stops to ask: can you really argue with an entire nation that’s chosen achieving world-beating, history-making, brain-melting levels of human folly as its noble and glorious destiny?
“I know, I know!”


they are not alone.

Don midwest
Don midwest

This man posts a lot. He holds no punches. Check out the graphic of the growth of Covid in UK — graphic right at the start of the article.

Britain’s Jaw-Dropping Stupidity is a Danger to the World
Britain’s Decided to Let Covid Rip, and the Consequences Will Be Disastrous. How Can Any Country Be This Foolish?

Don midwest
Don midwest

the threat from our own history

we don’t want to know about our colonial past and our continued racist action

we are #1

Moon of Alabama is a blog written by one man with occasional extra posts. Yesterday he described the threat of competition from China to our sacred, #1 USA USA USA

July 20, 2021
China Has First World Problems
People in China have first world problems:

Peter Jolicoeur 周力克 @pajolicoe – 5:35 PM · Jul 20, 2021
My subway trip from home to Hongqiao rail station tomorrow (28 km) will take longer at 70 minutes than my high speed rail trip from Shanghai Hongqiao to Nanjing South Station at 59 minutes (295 km, averaging 300 km/h).

Who does not such hate long train rides? Well, that first world problem might be solved pretty soon:

World’s first 600 km/h high-speed maglev train rolls off assembly line

China’s new high-speed maglev train rolled off the production line on Tuesday. It has a designed top speed of 600 km per hour — currently the fastest ground vehicle available globally.
The new maglev transportation system made its public debut in the coastal city of Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province.

But Peter is going to Nanjing which recently had a first world problem with Covid-19. One traveler had brought it in. Ten close contacts were identified and 140 possible contacts beyond them. All were notified, isolated and tested and Nanjing is again free of Covid. Meanwhile over 90% of all adults in Beijing have been vaccinated.

What amazes me is that some in the U.S. still think they can compete with and beat such an efficient system.

here is a link to see that post in proper format



T and R, jcb!! 🙂


you get the feeling they doctor the photos


Thanks author, for your fundraising efforts!




I found the author’s twitter page:

President Kamala’s Hand (STILL)

He asserts some libelous things vis-a-vis Nina. Not sure how Myron thinks that Kamala could ever win the presidency with bitter and vicious supporters like him.