From mid-January of this year until October 1, 29,000 Texans were killed by COVID-19. Texas health authorities estimate that only 8% of those were fully vaccinated. Of that 8%, half were over 75 and probably those elderly people had health conditions that made them vulnerable. So if you are under 75 years of age and relatively healthy, you have a vanishingly small chance of dying if you are vaccinated. This is true even though the delta variant is nearly twice as deadly and ten times more transmissible than the original alpha variant. All this should be good news. It is overshadowed by the bad news of our 2021 massive death toll, most of it avoidable.
Source: COVID-19 killed more Americans in 2021 than 2020, and the Republican Party Death Cult is mostly to Blame
My thought for the day Will we ever grow intellectually to the point where we can discern, understand and act on those matters that seek the good within us? ( John Lord )
Source: They will blame the pandemic for nine years of doing nothing, except for submarines – » The Australian Independent Media Network
“Mr. Trump’s Blame List is long,” reported Peter Baker for The New York Times. “On top, of course, is Jerome H. Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve — never mind that Mr. Trump was the one who appointed him. Then there are the Democrats, and not to mention the news media. And on Friday, the president added American businesses to the list, arguing that struggling companies have only themselves to blame and are rationalizing their own mistakes by pointing to, just to name an example, Mr. Trump’s multibillion-dollar tariffs and America’s biggest trade war in generations.”
via Shifting Blame Is a Favorite Habit of Polluters and This President | The Smirking Chimp
It is often noted during outrage about youth crime gangs of a certain ethnicity that this panic has been seen before: fears about white kids, Middle-Eastern kids, Vietnamese kids, stretching back to the 1950s.
But none of those kids stood out like D does. None of them was tall and black.
“There’s good police, but there’s a lot of bad ones, too.
“How can you respect someone who doesn’t respect you?”
The same submission spells out that youth offending is decreasing, but a smaller group of offenders are committing more crimes, and that those aged 10-17 who were born overseas averaged more offences than those born in Australia.
Meanwhile, he fears being attacked. It has almost been forgotten that, 10 years ago, a Sudanese teenager who also had his troubles with police, Liep Gony, was beaten to death by a pair of men, one of whom had earlier yelled he was going to “take my anger out on some niggers”.
“How are we supposed to assimilate if we keep being told how different we are?” Sebit asks.
via African youth crime: ‘How can you respect someone who doesn’t respect you?’
“We’re not actually dealing with more youth offenders but the youth offenders we’ve got are committing more and more offences,” Chief Commissioner Ashton told 3AW.
Source: ‘Grand Theft Auto generation’ to blame for spike in crime: Chief Commissioner
Over and over again, Pell gave evidence that it was others who failed to disclose the crucial details he needed in order to act on child sexual abuse
Source: Once again Cardinal Pell has thrown his men to the wolves – it’s everyone’s fault but his | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian
America’s major foreign policy and training of Islamist radicals in the past are responsible for “disasters” in the Middle East now, such as Syria and Libya and Islamic State, a former head of the US consulate visa department in Saudi Arabia J. Michael Springmann told RT.
Source: ‘US’ foreign policy, training of Islamic radicals behind ISIS, Syria crisis’ — RT Op-Edge