Wednesday, August 04, 2021

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Wild U.S. deer found with coronavirus antibodies

New research suggests white-tailed deer are encountering the coronavirus in the wild, a possible spillover from human infections.

A new study detected coronavirus antibodies in 40 percent of deer tested this year. Here’s why that matters.


White-tailed deer, a species found in every U.S. state except Alaska, appear to be contracting the coronavirus in the wild, according to the first study to search for evidence of an outbreak in wild deer.

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) analyzed blood samples from more than 600 deer in Michigan, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania over the past decade, and they discovered that 40 percent of the 152 wild deer tested from January through March 2021 had antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Another three deer from January 2020 also had antibodies.

Their presence means that deer likely had encountered the virus and then fought it off. The animals didn’t appear sick, so they probably had asymptomatic infections, the agency says. Roughly 30 million white-tailed deer live in the U.S.

“The risk of animals spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people is considered low,” the USDA told National Geographic in a statement. Still, the results may suggest that “a secondary reservoir for SARS-CoV-2 has been established in wildlife in the U.S.” says Jüergen Richt, a veterinarian and director of the Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at Kansas State University who was not involved in the USDA’s work. If the virus is circulating in other species, it could continue to evolve, perhaps in ways that make it more severe or transmissible, undermining efforts to slow the pandemic.

At present there’s no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is having any detrimental effect on deer. And for humans, our infinitely greater problem is spread from other humans.

Earlier this year, researchers established that deer are susceptible to the virus when infected in the lab—and that they can pass the virus to each other. But scientists didn’t know until now if infections were occurring in nature. The only species with lab results indicating that they had contracted the virus in the wild had been mink, though cats, dogs, otters, lions, tigers, snow leopards, gorillas, and a cougar have all had outbreaks in captivity or in zoos. (Learn more about efforts to vaccinate some of these animals.)

The new USDA report was posted on a preprint website, which means it hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention didn’t respond to request for comment.

Human transmission

“At present there’s no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is having any detrimental effect on deer. And for humans, our infinitely greater problem is spread from other humans,” says Daniel Bausch, a Switzerland-based zoonotic diseases expert and the director of emerging threats and global health security at the nonprofit FIND, which works to develop tests for poverty-related diseases.

The USDA says the risk to people who hunt white-tailed deer is not high. Though researchers posit the virus may have originally jumped from animal to human at a wet market in China, where wild animals were slaughtered and sold for food, differences in food preparation procedures matter.

There’s “no evidence that you can get COVID-19 by eating [contaminated] food, including wild hunted game meat,” the USDA says. The department is not issuing new guidance, pointing instead to existing government recommendations on good hygiene when processing animals, which include properly cooking and storing meat, and cleaning and disinfecting all knives, surfaces, and equipment.

Exactly how deer may have been exposed to the virus remains uncertain, though researchers suspect they were infected by humans. “Multiple activities could bring deer into contact with people, including captive cervid operations, field research, conservation work, wildlife tourism, wildlife rehabilitation, supplemental feeding, and hunting,” the USDA researchers wrote. Other possibilities include that they contracted it through contaminated wastewater or from exposure to other infected species like mink.

Researchers also don’t know if the deer are passing the virus among themselves or to other species.

Widening the net

There’s a chance that the deer didn’t have SARS-CoV-2 at all, Bausch says; another explanation is that the USDA’s tests detected antibodies for other coronaviruses, a phenomenon known as cross-reactivity.

The USDA says that’s unlikely. Researchers used a commercially available SARS-CoV-2 antibody screening test that has been highly accurate with other species. The USDA also helped rule out the chances of cross-reactivity by testing a subset of the samples using a second type of antibody test even more specific to SARS-CoV-2. That second test’s results mirrored the earlier findings, suggesting that the tests were truly picking up SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, the USDA told National Geographic in a statement.

Pre-pandemic blood samples from deer also shore up the results: If the tests were just detecting antibodies for other coronaviruses, antibody levels in deer likely would be similar in samples taken both before and during the pandemic. Yet when the researchers tested 239 samples collected before January 2020 from a slightly wider pool that also included deer from New Jersey, they had only one positive test—from 2019. (The USDA says that the single outlier was almost certainly a false positive since it had a very low level of antibodies. Richt says that the USDA’s false-positive conclusion sounds reasonable.)

Bausch says that performing the two types of tests gives him greater confidence in the results. Still, it’s always possible that cross-reactivity is an issue. “There are many coronaviruses that circulate in animals and likely many that we’ve yet to discover,” he says. The most definitive ways to rule out cross-reactivity, he says, would be to isolate a virus on cell culture—perhaps by testing respiratory secretions from deer—but that would require finding a deer when it had an active coronavirus infection.

Exposure to the virus seemed to vary widely by location, the researchers found. Of the four states, Michigan had the largest percentage of deer with SARS-CoV-2 antibodies—67 percent. That was followed by Pennsylvania with 44 percent, New York with 31 percent, and Illinois with 7 percent of samples showing antibodies. The deer with coronavirus antibodies were also concentrated in specific counties, the USDA writes, “with nearly half of the 32 counties sampled showing no evidence” of coronavirus exposure, the study says.

“These results emphasize the need for continued and expanded wildlife surveillance to determine the significance of SARS-CoV-2 in free-ranging deer,” the USDA says. Now, the researchers wrote, it’s also important to look for the virus in predators and scavengers that may eat deer.


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White House Directs Media on What to Report on COVID and How to Report on It

by C. Mitchell Shaw August 3, 2021

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The COVID roller-coaster of sketchy science and on-again, off-again regulations has so many twists, turns, ups, and downs that it is hard for anyone to keep up with what is what from one week to the next. Last weekend, the Biden administration, the CDC, and their accomplices in liberal mainstream media took turns getting lost along the way.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported:

The White House is frustrated with what it views as alarmist, and in some instances flat-out misleading, news coverage about the Delta variant. That’s according to two senior Biden administration officials I spoke with Friday, both of whom requested anonymity to candidly offer their opinion on coverage of the CDC data released that suggests vaccinated Americans who become infected with the Delta coronavirus variant can infect others as easily as those who are unvaccinated.

Since no one can accuse CNN of having a conservative editorial slant — the network has been so liberal for so long that it is commonly referred to by many conservatives as the Clinton News Network or the Communist News Network — it is noteworthy that CNN reported on the Biden administration’s reaction to COVID coverage by liberal news outlets. Because even as the White House, the CDC, and the liberal media bounce along the tracks of the COVID-coaster — slamming into one another along the way — CNN is burying the lead in its reporting and trying to do a better job of acting as a propaganda tool of the Biden administration. For instance, CNN reported:

At the heart of the matter is the news media’s focus on breakthrough infections, which the CDC has said are rare. In some instances, poorly framed headlines and cable news chyrons wrongly suggested that vaccinated Americans are just as likely to spread the disease as unvaccinated Americans. But that isn’t quite the case. Vaccinated Americans still have a far lower chance of becoming infected with the coronavirus and, thus, they are responsible for far less spread of the disease.

“The media’s coverage doesn’t match the moment,” one of the Biden officials told me. “It has been hyperbolic and frankly irresponsible in a way that hardens vaccine hesitancy. The biggest problem we have is unvaccinated people getting and spreading the virus.”

As the Biden officials explained to me, the administration is worried that the media’s focus on these instances of breakthrough infections might lead to people being more hesitant to get a vaccine. Think about it: If you’re a young person, and already believe you will be OK if you do get infected, why would you now get a vaccine, given that coverage suggests you can still just as easily become infected and spread the virus after receiving a shot?

The worry about this line of messaging from major media sources worried officials so much, I’m told, that they reached out to several major news organizations with the aim of getting them to dial back the coverage.

Let that sink in. Someone in the Biden administration is telling the media what to report and how to report it. And while this writer is not above making that assertion, in this instance, it is CNN that makes that assertion — backed up by “two senior Biden administration officials.” Granted, that someone is not likely Biden himself — that would require him to string words together into coherent sentences. But whoever it is, they have “reached out to several major news organizations with the aim of getting them to dial back the coverage” that the White House doesn’t like.

Case in point: Darcy explains that occasionally “poorly framed headlines and cable news chyrons wrongly suggested that vaccinated Americans are just as likely to spread the disease as unvaccinated Americans.” Darcy claims, “that isn’t quite the case” since “vaccinated Americans still have a far lower chance of becoming infected with the coronavirus and, thus, they are responsible for far less spread of the disease.”

But the very first headline Darcy cites for this is a Washington Post headline that read, “CDC study shows three-fourths of people infected in Massachusetts coronavirus outbreak were vaccinated.” This headline, which Darcy — having been set straight about his job description by the good folks over at the White House — describes as “poorly framed” was an accurate summation of the CDC’s report on the outbreak in Massachusetts. Here is an excerpt from that CDC report:

In July 2021, following multiple large public events in a Barnstable County, Massachusetts, town, 469 COVID-19 cases were identified among Massachusetts residents who had traveled to the town during July 3–17; 346 (74%) occurred in fully vaccinated persons. Testing identified the Delta variant in 90% of specimens from 133 patients. Cycle threshold values were similar among specimens from patients who were fully vaccinated and those who were not.

Let’s see. The CDC report states that there were “469 COVID-19 cases” in this outbreak and that “346 (74%) occurred in fully vaccinated persons.” The headline says that the CDC study shows that three-fourths of the infected people were vaccinated. The only issue here is that the White House doesn’t like what the CDC report states and doesn’t like that the Post reported on it.

CNN’s Darcy goes on to report on several other instances of the media missing their cues and reporting things that trouble their bosses at the White House. In one instance, the New York Times tweeted an article about the CDC report stating that the Delta variant is as contagious as Chicken Pox. That tweet read, “Breaking News: The Delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be spread by vaccinated people as easily as the unvaccinated, an internal C.D.C. report said.”


“Doing it wrong.” Yes, you read that correctly. The White House just told the Times they were “doing it wrong.” It does not matter at all that the CDC report really did say what the Times claimed it said. It is still “doing it wrong” to say that. Because, remember that one of the senior White House officials told Darcy, “The biggest problem we have is unvaccinated people getting and spreading the virus.” That is the message, spreading that would be “doing it right.”

NBC News got in trouble with White House HQ, as well, after publishing a piece with the headline, “Breakthrough Covid cases: At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive.” Again, it was true, but it was another example of “doing it wrong.”

The Post amended its headline to add, “but few required hospitalization.”

The Times rewrote its tweet to say, “Delta variant infections in vaccinated people are rare, compared with those who are unvaccinated, the internal CDC report said. But vaccinated people with a breakthrough infection may spread the virus just as easily.”

And NBC updated its headline to read, “Breakthrough Covid cases: Data shows how many vaccinated Americans have tested positive.”

The White House has not yet confirmed whether those news organs are “doing it right” now, but this writer is sure of two things: First, truth and journalism are dying as a result of COVID, but it is not the virus that is killing them; someone at the White House is. Secondly, If President Trump had dared to actually pressure the media about what to report and how to report it, there would have been congressional hearings about it.

They were Fake News then, and they are Fake News now. Only now, they have the approval of the administration for whom they serve as lap dogs, rather than monitor as watch dogs.

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

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Sunday, August 01, 2021

Apocalyptic Trends

Volume 40 Issue Eight August 2021

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Apocalyptic Trends

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.”

Matthew 24:7-8

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

II Timothy 3:12-13

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Revelation 22:20

As I watched a recent news broadcast, I could not help but notice the dramatic imagery being shown on the screen. There was talk of drought, wildfires, violence in the streets, and a new surge in Covid-19 cases being driven by a variant of the coronavirus which originated in India and is commonly referred to as the Delta variant. The news of our day has taken on a decidedly apocalyptic tone, and it is an undeniable fact that we live in perilous times. While the average American might be reluctant to suggest a spiritual or even prophetic context to current events, those who study God Word faithfully might discern an startling familiarity amid the images we are shown on the news. If it seems like there’s something familiar about what we see happening before our eyes, perhaps it is because the book of Revelation declares the earth would be scorched with a great heat, (Revelation 16:8-9) and we are now seeing heatwaves and wildfires. Jesus Christ warned that there would be famine and pestilence in the days leading up to His return, (Matthew 24:7-8), and we are now seeing devastating drought and the coronavirus pandemic, which appears to be worsening once again. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ also warned that the latter days of earth’s existence would bear a strong resemblance to the days of Noah, (Luke 17:26) which were characterized by widespread violence (Genesis 6:11). Not only are we seeing horrifying violence in the streets of our largest cities, but belligerent airline passengers and ornery restaurant customers demonstrate that many people have forgotten the concept of good manners. Additionally, there is intensifying hostility toward those who have chosen not to receive the Covid-19 vaccines, and recent reports suggest that those who continue to decline the shots will be forced to live heavily restricted lives. Evil men and seducers are waxing worse and worse just as the Apostle Paul predicted, (II Timothy 3:13), and as we see worldwide conditions deteriorate, God’s children will no doubt find themselves crying out, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)

The New Segregation

For a time, it seemed as if the coronavirus which causes Covid-19 was finally starting to disappear in the United States. However, in recent weeks, the Delta variant of the coronavirus has been spreading rapidly, and by July 22, 2021, this country was seeing approximately 40,000 cases of Covid-19 each and every day. Dr. Ashish Jha, who is the dean at Brown University’s School of Public Health, believes the situation is going to get much worse. “I think people are underestimating how bad this is going to get,” the doctor said. He further went on to say, “It might peak in September, but we are far away from the peak, right now we’re doing about 40,000 cases a day. It’s going to go substantially higher before it peaks.” (1)

As the Delta variant continues to spread, there is growing acrimony toward those who have refused the Covid vaccines. Speaking of vaccine refusers, in a recent interview West Virginia Governor Jim Justice complained that “they’re not thinking right.” He then suggested that the only way these people will ever agree to be vaccinated is if a lot of people die. “I hate to say this, is what would put them over the edge, is an awful lot of people die. The only way that’s going to happen is a catastrophe that none of us want.” Later in the interview, Governor Justice declared that those who refuse the vaccines are participating in a “death lottery.” (2)

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who is a Republican, did not hold back her bitter feelings toward the unvaccinated. “Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down,” Governor Ivey declared. (3) Notice how she differentiates the “unvaccinated” from the “regular folks” thus implying that those who refuse the vaccines are abnormal, irregular, and inferior. Dr. William Schaffner, who is a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, also took an accusatory stance when he insisted that “unvaccinated people are potential variant factories.” (4)

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio also expressed his consternation toward the unvaccinated. “We tried purely voluntary for over a half a year. We tried every form of incentive. But now we’ve got to go further; we’ve reached the limits of a purely voluntary system. It’s time for more mandates,” Mayor De Blasio demanded. He then urged employers to insist their employees get the shots. “I urge every employer to go with whatever form of mandate you are comfortable with because it will help us fight Covid.” Finally, the mayor of America’s largest city linked the vaccines to freedom. “If people want freedom, if people want jobs, if people want to be able to live again, we have got to get more people vaccinated,” he said. (5) This statement presents a startling admission. By linking the vaccines to freedom, Mayor De Blasio is admitting that the American people are not free right now. However, what the mayor seemingly fails to grasp is that if freedom is contingent upon undergoing a mandated medical procedure, it is not really freedom at all.

The mandates that Mayor De Blasio claims are necessary are rapidly being implemented. In fact, De Blasio himself announced on July 26, 2021, that all workers employed by the local government of New York City would be required to take the Covid vaccines or undergo weekly testing for Covid-19. (6) In a similar fashion, Los Angeles, California, Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that all municipal employees will be required to receive the Covid inoculations. Not to be outdone, California Governor Gavin Newsom has mandated that all health workers and state government employees receive the shots, too. (7) Meanwhile, Denis McDonough, who is the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced that all health workers at VA hospitals will be required to receive the Covid vaccinations. His order will affect about 115,000 employees. These workers have eight weeks to comply with the demand. Failure to do so could result in the termination of employment. (8) This development is especially noteworthy since Veterans Affairs is the first federal institution to demand vaccination against Covid-19.

News is changing quickly even as I write this newsletter on July 28, 2021. CNN is now reporting that President Joe Biden is on the verge of issuing a mandate that will require all federal employees to take the Covid vaccines or undergo frequent Covid testing. Biden, too, is blaming the unvaccinated for the Delta variant surge. "We have a pandemic because of the unvaccinated and they're sowing enormous confusion. And the more we learn about this virus and the Delta variation, the more we have to be worried and concerned. And there's only one thing we know for sure, if those other hundred million people got vaccinated, we'd be in a very different world," Biden said as he villainized one hundred million people in one fell swoop. (9) Oddly enough, Biden’s own Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, was quoted as saying on July 23, 2021, "I don't think our role is to place blame, but what we can do is provide accurate information to people who are not yet vaccinated about the risks they are incurring not only among on themselves, but also the people around them," (10) Evidently, the President does not agree with her.

As blame for the pandemic is now continuously put on the unvaccinated, we see a new segregation taking shape. It is not segregation based on race or gender, but based on who has or has not undergone a medical procedure. Those who refuse to undergo this procedure are often treated like second-class citizens. For example, in the city of Montclair, California, city employees who choose not to wear a face-covering while working must wear a special sticker declaring themselves to be vaccinated against Covid-19. (11) The National Football League has enacted a policy that requires team players and other personnel to wear an identifier that shows they have been vaccinated. The league is recommending teams use color-coded wristbands to fulfill this obligation. (12) In the state of Washington, sports venues have been instructed to separate vaccinated spectators from the unvaccinated. (13) Churches in the state are also expected to separate attendees based on vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status must be presented by congregants looking to be seated in the vaccinated-only areas. (14) Can you imagine walking into a church and being asked to present your vaccination card for inspection?

While more vaccine rules are being implemented in the United States, restrictions in Europe are even more severe. This is especially true in France. As of July 2021, French citizens are required to present proof of vaccination before gaining access to many public places such as planes, trains, and all restaurants. Additionally, all medical workers will be required to take the Covid vaccinations by September 15, 2021. (15) As would be expected, many French citizens are unhappy with these new requirements. On July 24, 2021, 160,000 people around the European nation participated in public protests. (16) One bistro owner was quoted by The Guardian as saying, “I think [French President Emmanuel] Macron wanted to frighten people into getting vaccinated, but without ordering them directly to do it. It’s a bit dictatorial – I know about this kind of behavior from when I lived in Turkey. But I never thought it would happen this way in France.” (17) Movie theaters in France are among the venues limited to vaccinated patrons. In the days immediately following the implementation of the new rules, movie ticket sales fell by 70 percent. (18)

Elsewhere in Europe, Italy will be requiring its citizens to present vaccination passports in order to access public places beginning on August 6, 2021. Without the credential, which has been dubbed the “green pass,” Italians will not be able to dine out at restaurants, attend sporting events, visit a casino, or even go swimming in a public pool. (19) According to Helge Braun, who is a top aide to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany, too, may soon ban unvaccinated citizens from certain public places even if they have tested negative for Covid. “This could mean some things such as restaurant, cinema, and stadium visits would not be possible for tested unvaccinated people because the residual risk is too high,” Braun said. (20)

What will happen in the United States? According to a recent report from Business Insider, a growing number of restaurants in America have decided to require proof of vaccination from dine-in customers. The article quotes restauranteur Danny Meyer who claims that his decision to ban unvaccinated customers is “the most logical thing I’ve ever seen.” He further went on to say, “I’m not a scientist, but I know how to read data, and what I see is that this is a crisis of people who have not been vaccinated, and I feel a strong responsibility, on our part as business leaders, to take care of our team and our guests, and that’s what we’re doing.” (21) Down in Atlanta, Georgia, a local restaurant has posted a sign that simply states, “No Vax, No Service.” (22) We could see more signs like this one very soon and not just at restaurants.

Without a doubt, we are seeing coercion and peer pressure tactics used to force people to receive the Covid vaccinations. Even if you have been vaccinated and think the shots are wonderful, it should be appalling to you that the masses are being compelled to undergo a medical procedure which, as of this writing, has not yet even received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration. People should be allowed to decide for themselves if they want the vaccines. Furthermore, recipients of the vaccines are not even allowed to file a lawsuit against Moderna or Pfizer if they suffer negative side effects. (23) Those who follow the news might recall that many negative side effects have been documented in some vaccine recipients, including blood clots and myocarditis, a condition that causes inflammation of the heart. Yet, an opinion piece written by the chief health officer of Indiana University, Aaron E. Carroll, and published by the New York Times on June 28, 2021, advocates a nationwide Covid vaccine mandate for almost everyone in the United States. “When vaccination is the default, most people will get vaccinated,” Carroll wrote. “Mandates still aren’t popular; few public health measures are. But they work.” (24)

Saturday, July 31, 2021

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