Why do governments across the world want us to take these vaxxines?

Across the bottom of the front page of The Oz is an ad from The Australian Government:

ALL COVID-19 vaccines have been approved and rigorously tested to Australia’s highest safety standards

After you read this – Research “Game-changer”: Spike Protein Increases Heart Attacks and Destroys Immune ?System – you may wish to think twice (and then some) about such statements from governments both here and around the world. Then there’s this:  Mass vaccination fails to halt Covid transmission rates – study.

Successful vaccine rollouts have failed to stop Covid transmission, with new data showing the prevalence of the virus increasing in fully jabbed individuals, according to a medical study in The Lancet.

The question really is why is there so much pressure from governments everywhere to vaxxinate against a generally non-lethal illness for which there are already other known forms of medication that will stop covid in its tracks?

“I think it’s shocking how people acquiesce to this sort of thing”

This is from Adam Creighton in today’s Oz: Hysteria of Covid to endure for years, says top Trump medical adviser.

Scott Atlas, who was a top health adviser to former president ­Donald Trump, has warned that “destructive and ineffective” Covid-19 restrictions could loom over economies for “years” because of an “unscientific obsession” with stopping cases.

Dr Atlas, a former medical doctor and now Senior Fellow in health care policy at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, said Australia had illustrated the folly of lockdowns and the “shocking power of governments to shut down everything – schools, businesses, personal movement and even the right to see your own family”.

“Australia had an explosion of cases with some of the most draconian policies imaginable,” he said, speaking to The Australian about his new book, A Plague Upon Our House, which is highly critical of the US Covid-19 response and two of Mr Trump’s other health advisers, Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx.

“As an American, and I think it applies to Australia, I think it’s shocking how people acquiesce to this sort of thing.”

There was also this letter to the editor that highlighted so many of the issues that matter to so many amongst us.

I cannot yet add my voice to the chorus rejoicing in Australia’s relatively high vaccination cover. Rates of 80 per cent and 90 per cent are milestones, not destinations. With one in five or one in 10 unvaccinated, the risk to those more vulnerable, many elderly, vaccinated but with waning immunity is unacceptable.

The same proportions of children attending daycare and pre- and primary school will come from homes with unvaccinated, highly mobile young parents and adolescent siblings. Until they can become eligible for vaccination, children under 12 deserve to be fully cocooned by immunised adults.

As a clinical immunologist, I know that people who can’t be vaccinated on medical grounds are vanishingly rare. We now have hard data to support this: 19 million Australians have received at least one dose and only 556, or 0.003 per cent, have met the criteria for permanent medical exemption.

The main focus now should be on helping across the line those who have been convinced that the vaccines aren’t safe for them. This is for their benefit as well as the community’s. In my experience, almost all are reasonable people, unreasonably influenced by others with loud voices and self-appointed expertise.

It saddens me to still hear of women considering pregnancy or who are pregnant avoiding vaccination based on internet opinion when there is irrefutable evidence of a higher risk from Covid in pregnancy – of maternal death, miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.

Please, more focus on how far we still have to go and less on how far we’ve come. I’ll start rejoicing when we reach 99 per cent; that is a destination of which to be proud.

Professor Graeme Stewart, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, NSW

“Why are we made to be bouncers?”

Here’s something unexpected: Dymocks hires security after jump in assaults on staff over COVID rules

A popular bookshop in Melbourne’s CBD has been forced to hire security guards to guard its main entrance after employees were attacked by customers refusing to follow Victoria’s COVID-19 rules, with one worker being pushed down an escalator.

Pretty gruesome story, but perhaps a lesson here about what really matters to those who have been kept in lockdown. Why are liquor stores open to the public generally  but not book stores? You can’t even go to the library unless you are vaxxed. As one of the co-owners of Dymocks is quoted as saying:

There was a big divide between essential services and non-essential retail when it came to enforcing the restrictions, with authorities putting less of an onus on essential businesses to follow the rules.

“We are booksellers, we are not security guards. Why are we made to be bouncers?” Mrs Traverso said.

“It’s one week into this mandate. People are just not able to cope with it. They are just sick of it. We are nearing 92 per cent fully vaccinated. Enough is enough. Just give up those stupid mandates.”

And speaking of bouncers.

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Of course, the supposed rebound in the economy does not quite tell the story since business costs to monitor who comes in and who does not may look like an increase in economic activity to a statistician but it’s not in any way an improvement in our living standards.

Music to take me into the life after this

And while I’m thinking of what to play at my final departure from this mortal coil, beyond Pete Seeger and Hey Djonkoye, there are a couple of classical pieces that might be included. The first is the theme that comes five minutes into the fourth movement of Brahms first symphony (5:14 to be exact in the video below).

It was the theme for a CBC radio programme when I was growing up – Music in the Morning. It would come on at 9:00 am so what made it particularly special was that I would only hear it when I was sick at home and being tended to by my Mother. The combination provided a special warmth that has stayed with me all my life.

Perhaps you need the five minute build up to make it really work but I don’t think so. I also heard the symphony performed in Melbourne with Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic. The most transfixing moment in all of my concert-going life, which was not all that comprehensive but was not negligible either.

The second is the start to Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. It is impossible to believe how beautiful this is and how few people will ever have heard it. But there you are.

Life just goes by so quickly that you hardly notice. The video shows the same violinist playing the music both when he was young and then when he was old. Very interesting idea and sadly appropriate. But some music does make time stand still. There are no doubt other pieces I could add to this but these remain extraordinary in my life.

Hey Dzhankoye

Having watched Geoff Giudice’s funeral I thought about what music would mean the most to me played at my own funeral. This one crosses so many lines for me – in Yiddish, sung by Pete Seeger on the banjo, from the optimistic days of Russian communism so loved by my parents – that I put it on and it made me weep for a life gone by and for the people, now all departed, from whom I learned the song. I even used to play it on the banjo myself and can still recite the words in Yiddish.

In Yiddish

Az men fort kayn sevastopol,

Iz nit vayt fun simferopol,

Dortn iz a stantsie faran.

Ver darf zuchn naye glikn?

S’iz a stantsie an antikl.

In dzhankoye, dzhan, dzhan, dzhan.

Refrain: Hey, dzhan, hey dzhankoye, Hey dzhanvili, hey dzhankoye, Hey dzhankoye, dzhan, dzhan, dzhan.


Enfert yidn af mayn kashe,

Vu’z mayn bruder, vu’z abrashe?

S’geyt ba im der trakter vi a ban.

Di mume leye ba der kosilke, Beyle ba der molotilke.

In dzhankoye, dzhan, dzhan, dzhan.

Refrain: Hey, dzhan, hey dzhankoye, Hey dzhanvili, hey dzhankoye, Hey dzhankoye, dzhan, dzhan, dzhan.


Ver zogt as yidn konen nor handlen,

Esn fete yoych mit mandlen,

Nor nit zayn kayn arbetsman?

Dos konen zogn nor di sonim —

Yidn, shpayt zey on in ponim,

Tut a kuk af dzhan, dzhan, dzhan.

Refrain: Hey, dzhan, hey dzhankoye, Hey dzhanvili, hey dzhankoye, Hey dzhankoye, dzhan, dzhan, dzhan.


And in English translation

When you go to Sevastopol,

Not too far from Simferopol,

There’s a little depot there.

Why seek your luck elsewhere?

It’s a special kind of depot.

In Zhankoye, zhan, zhan, zhan.

Hey, zhan, hey Zhankoye, Hey, zhanvili, hey Zhankoye, Hey Zhankoye, zhan, zhan, zhan.

Jews, answer my question,

Where’s my brother Abrasha ?

He who rides his tractor like a train.

Aunt Leah is at the mower,

Bella is working the thresher,

In Zhankoye, zhan, zhan, zhan.

Who says that Jews can only be traders

And eat fat soup with soup nuts

But cannot be workingmen?

Only our enemies can say that—

Jews, let’s spit right in their faces,

Simply look at zhan, zhan, zhan.

And here are The Travellers with the same song but with some background on the song. Also with the banjo.

The Travellers I remember almost as well as Pete Seeger: this is who they were. And as for where I am from, I used to go to Camp Naivelt when I was very very young, perhaps even was there in 1953!. Incidentally, Camp Naivelt (Camp New World) is where I first heard Pete Seeger live who was grateful for any gig he could find during the McCarthy era.

Folk music group The Travellers was formed at Camp Naivelt in Brampton, Ontario, during the summer of 1953. Founding members included Jerry Gray (banjo and lead singer), Sid Dolgay (mandocello), and the singers Helen Gray, Jerry Goodis and Oscar Ross. At first, they sang with the left-leaning United Jewish Peoples Order, with which they shared a commitment to the labourpeace and civil liberties movements. Then, piggybacking on the popularity of the folk music revival, The Travellers modelled their act after the popular American folk group The Weavers and were encouraged by legendary American folksinger Pete Seeger.

Also remember the UJPO, and The Weavers.

This is of course how it should be sung, from Martha Schlamme as I first heard it. This is from 1957.


Oh my goodness, a pandemic!!

From Jupes in a previous thread, with thanks.

The ‘38th’ figure is where Covid was placed on the ABS list of 2020 causes of death.

Thirty. Eight. No, seriously. It’s official.

Well, as official as a number from the ABC can be. Anyway all part of our current forms of insanity. As others have pointed out, Omicron is an anagram for moronic. I can only hope when we get to Omega it will really be the final end to it all, as in the Alpha and the Omega. Omega is last!