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Tomconroy's Journal
Tomconroy's Journal
September 10, 2023

The hospitals are NOT filling up with Covid patients

The latest figures available are from Aug 27. when 9722 are hospitalized with Covid. Many of those are simply testing positive when they come into the hospital.
By comparison last Jan.6the number of Covid patients was 48200
On January 7, 2022 the number was 159207

Track Covid-19 in the U.S. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/us/covid-cases.html?smid=nytcore-android-share

And yet our test positivity rate is one of the highest of the Covid era: about 14% (I assume all of these are hospital tests)

September 10, 2023

The latest from Ukraine:


The Donetsk Int. Airport was the site of a legendary battle in 2014 when Russia began it's Imperialist war.

Last fall and winter Russians tried to encircle Avdiyivka. They are now being driven back as Ukraine advances.

September 10, 2023

Dr Jha, administration covid spokesman, on the current state of the virus

“Nearly every death is preventable,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, who was until recently President Joe Biden’s top COVID adviser. “We are at a point where almost everybody who’s up to date on their vaccines and gets treated if they have COVID, they rarely end up in the hospital, they almost never die.”

That is also true for most high-risk people, Jha pointed out, including older adults — such as his parents, who are in their 80s — and people whose immune systems are compromised. “Even for most — not all, but most — immunocompromised people, vaccines are actually still quite effective at preventing against serious illness,” he said. “There has been a lot of bad information out there that somehow if you’re immunocompromised that vaccines don’t work.”

That excess deaths have fallen close to zero helps to make this point: If COVID were still a dire threat to large numbers of people, that would show up in the data.

September 10, 2023

Hurricane Lee to affect East Coast


As Hurricane Lee fluctuates in intensity over open Atlantic waters, its effects may soon be felt at beaches up and down the East Coast in the form of life-threatening rip currents and dangerous shoreline conditions.

Lee is forecast to continue moving well north of Puerto Rico, the British and US Virgin Islands and the northern Leeward Islands, but it will have an impact there and at other Caribbean islands. It remains too early to determine its long-term track for later this week and how significant the impacts could be for northeastern US states, Bermuda and Atlantic Canada.

The East Coast, however, is expected to face large swells and rip currents in an increasing manner through this week – much as the Caribbean is being affected now.

Hurricane Lee is forecast to restrengthen as East Coast faces hazardous beach conditions this week


September 8, 2023

Covid 19 is not unique in having some long term effects.

I put this article up some months ago. It is by Prof Marc Veldoen, a world renown immunilogist whose articles have been cited some 22000 times in other scientific journals. It is a very clear, well written article explaining our present knowledge (and we know a great deal) about the SARS covid 19 Corona virus.
Rather than relying on annonymous posters on DU who purport to claim knowledge of the disease, read through this.
It explains that long term effects of covid are not unique. They can occur in a number of viruses. It also explains how our immunity systems have rapidly responded to the disease and why we are not going back to 2020 or even 2022, rather the virus is headed to being seasonal, just like the flu.There is no need to panic over each slight variance to the covid virus. We have already adapted.
It would be helpful if every one referred to this article the next time some annonymous poster puts up the latest bit of covid fear porn, but I don't have a lot of hope.


And for those who do xitter here's a thread or two on why you shouldn't listen to fear mongers this fall:






September 7, 2023

Regarding Mitch McConnell and Ukraine

He is key to US continuing support. Try to damp down the DU hate a little. He is willing to face the wrath of the majority of republican voters to do what is right for Ukraine. This is what President Kennedy called a Profile in Courage.
From a Washington Post newsletter this AM:

McConnell has made it a personal priority to ensure Ukraine has the resources it needs.

At a closed-door lunch for Republican senators Wednesday, he briefly spoke about Ukraine aid and the need to keep funding its war against Russia, nudging those present to support funding, according to Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), who attended the meeting.

“There’s no doubt that Leader McConnell will make a compelling argument and put a lot of energy, resources into persuading others to follow his lead,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said.

McConnell this week said that “the Senate’s top priority must be keeping the American people safe. This month, he said, “we’ll have the chance to do that with supplemental appropriations for urgent national security and disaster relief priorities,” referring to a funding request of more than $20 billion from the Biden administration to further aid Ukraine.


On Wednesday he went a step further, suggesting two challenging issues could be linked: passing a short-term funding bill to keep the government open, known as a continuing resolution (CR), and the Ukraine aid requested by the White House.

September 7, 2023

Maj. General Budanov does a riff on NAFO memes

to celebrate Military Intelligence Day in Ukraine!


We brain damaged dogs of NAFO salute you, sir!


September 6, 2023

NY Times Dealbook: How oil's surge is upsetting the global status quo

How oil’s surge is upending the global status quo
Brent crude oil was trading this morning at around $90 a barrel for the second straight day, and is up 25 percent since June thanks to the prospect of more production cuts by leading oil exporters.

The surge is sending ripples through the global stock and bond markets. And the prospect of higher prices at the pump and throughout manufacturing may spur diplomatic efforts to increase supply and tamp down any inflationary effects on the global economy.

Saudi Arabia and Russia are behind the price increase. The two said yesterday that they would extend their oil production cuts — equivalent to a combined 1.3 million barrels a day — through year-end. The duration of the cuts surprised market watchers, as did Saudi Arabia’s hint that it may make even deeper cuts in the coming months.


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