DML Morning Briefing: Dec 25

DML MORNING BRIEFING December 25, 2021

By  Dennis Michael Lynch

Today is December 25 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion.

1.Covid deaths in the US spike 50% to 3,354 in a DAY as Omicron cases jump 45% and push COVID infections to near record of 261,339
DailyMail – Omicron continues to drive a surge of new COVID cases across the US, with Christmas Eve seeing total infections edge closer to the all-time record.

Figures from Johns Hopkins University published Friday show there were 261,339 new cases in the last 24 hours, up 10 per cent from 238,378 the day before.

The number of deaths caused by the virus have also skyrocketed to 3,354, a 52 per cent increase from 2,204 fatalities on Thursday. That is the highest single-day total since October 13, when 3,054 fatalities were recorded.

DML:  You relying on the almighty vaccine?  You know the one that Trump says is one of the greatest achievements of mankind.  This is the same one that Fauci pitches on TV every day, and Biden claims is patriotic to take.  But does it work?  I don’t think so.  I thought a vaccine should stop you from getting Covid (i.e., mumps, polio, etc).   I am a firm believer of the immune system.  And so is the Fauci’s NIH but they won’t tell you.  You must dig for it in their reports.  These never make it on TV or into the news feed.  For example, look at the recent report on the NIH website and then ask yourself if you’ve ever seen a report about CBD from Dr. Fauci.

SCREENSHOT from NIH website

High Dose CBD usage in patients is significantly correlated with a reduction in COVID-19 positivity.

Associations between reported cannabinoid medication use and COVID-19 test results among adults tested at the University of Chicago Medicine (total n=93,565). P*: p-values of percent positivity of the specified patient population compared to percent positivity of all patients (10% COVID-19 positive among 93,565 patients). Middle right: 85 patients took CBD before their COVID test date. Upper right: 82 of the 85 patients took FDA-approved CBD (Epidiolex®) and were matched to 82 of the 93,167 patients (Matched Controls) with a nearest neighbor propensity score model that scored patients according to their demographics and their recorded diagnoses and medications from the two years before their COVID-19 test. P-values were calculated using Fisher’s exact test two-sided.

CBD has a number of advantages as a potential preventative agent against SARS-CoV-2. CBD is widely available without restricted access if the content of THC is <0.3%. There are multiple means of ingestion, including potential for inhalation and nasal delivery. CBD blocks viral replication after entry into cells and, thus, is likely to be effective against viral variants with mutant spike proteins. Unlike drugs such as remdesivir or antiviral antibodies, CBD administration does not require injection in hospital settings.

2.Judge orders New York Times to return Project Veritas internal memos
Fox News – A New York state judge on Friday ordered the New York Times to return internal documents to the conservative activist group Project Veritas, a restriction the newspaper said violates decades of First Amendment protections.

In an unusual written ruling, Justice Charles Wood of the Westchester County Supreme Court directed the New York Times to return to Project Veritas any physical copies of legal memos prepared by one of the group’s lawyers, and to destroy electronic versions.

Wood had entered a temporary order against the New York Times last month, drawing criticism from freedom of the press advocates.

Project Veritas, led by James O’Keefe, has used what critics view as misleading tactics like secret audio recording to expose what it describes as liberal media bias. The group is the subject of a Justice Department probe into its possible role in the theft of a diary from President Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley, pages of which were published on a right-wing website.

Project Veritas objected to a Nov. 11 Times article that drew from the legal memos and purported to reveal how the group worked with its lawyers to “gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices can go before running afoul of federal laws.”

Wood said in Friday’s ruling that the Project Veritas legal memos were not a matter of public concern and that the group has a right to keep them private that outweighs concerns about freedom of the press.

DML: Looks like Santa was working the bench.

3.On Christmas, pope prays for pandemic’s end, peace dialogues
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, using his Christmas Day address to urge health care for all, vaccines for the poor and for dialogue to prevail in resolving the world’s conflicts.

Amid a record-setting rise in COVID-19 cases in Italy this week, only a few thousand people flocked to a rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square for Francis’ annual “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the city and the world”) Christmas address. Normally, the square would be packed with tens of thousands of holiday well-wishers.

At least they could gather this year. Italy’s 2020 holiday lockdown forced Francis to deliver a televised address from inside the Apostolic Palace to prevent crowds from forming in the square. Although Italy this week counted more than 50,000 cases in a single day for the first time, the government has not ordered another lockdown.

The pope’s Christmas Day speech gives him an opportunity to draw a global audience’s attention to conflicts big and small. This year was no different. Francis lamented ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, newly flaring tensions in Ukraine and Ethiopia, and an “unprecedented crisis” in Lebanon.

DML: I am a Catholic, but I do not favor this liberal-minded Pope.

4. Biden says, “Let’s Go Brandon, I agree”
Newsweek – President Joe Biden said he agreed after a Christmas caller trolled him by saying, “let’s go Brandon,” during a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa-tracker broadcast on Thursday.

NORAD has annually been “tracking” Santa’s journey on Christmas Eve to deliver gifts around the world for 66 years. On Thursday, Biden and first lady Jill Biden participated in a broadcast as part of NORAD’s tracking efforts, taking calls from viewers. One caller, identified as Jared from Oregon, called in and decided to troll the president.

“Yeah, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well. Merry Christmas and let’s go Brandon,” the man, who said he was the father of a 2-year-old daughter named Penelope, told the Bidens just before he hanging up the phone.

DML: How clueless is this man, he has no idea what the hell the term means. This also indicates that his staff doesn’t reveal the truth to him. Very scary. LETS GO BRANDON.

5.Covid is here for good, scientists say. The rest remains unpredictable.
NBC NEWS -SEATTLE — Early in the pandemic, many people seized on the hope that Covid-19 could be stopped in its tracks and buried for good once vaccines rolled out.

But hope for a zero-Covid country fizzled for most scientists long ago.

“Everyone has stopped talking about getting rid of Covid,” Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said of her fellow researchers. “It’s not going away, and that means it’s going to be endemic.”

Most scientists now expect the virus to circulate indefinitely with lower and more predictable case numbers — a status known as endemicity. That would make the coronavirus like many other viruses that humanity has learned to deal with, such as influenza. It remains unclear, however, whether the coronavirus will remain a greater health risk than other endemic respiratory viruses.

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