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Is this ok with you?

Stuff that pissed me off before 7am this morning.

1.) Cheryl Johnson is the Clerk of the House. Because there is no speaker and Kevin McCarthy lost his election for speaker THREE TIMES yesterday, Johnson is in charge of the House. Mind you, this doesn’t mean there is actually a Congress in session. It can’t be sworn in until there is a new Speaker. Johnson is only there to keep the lights on, follow procedures to elect a new speaker and any other tasks that fall to her to prepare the House for the new session. Presumably, she was appointed to this very important position because she was the best person for the job. Indeed she was. Her profile and credentials are a mile long. She’s more qualified to run the House than most House members. Lauren Boebert couldn’t touch the hem of Cheryl Johnson’s skirt, that’s how elevated Johnson is in credentials.

But apparently, Kevin McCarthy didn’t like the way Johnson adjourned the House yesterday after three votes failed to produce a speaker. In his late night press conference yesterday, he practically snarled that Cheryl Johnson was chosen by Pelosi, as if that alone made her a bad choice.

What Kevin is probably more upset with was that Johnson wisely terminated the vote for Speaker yesterday because it was going nowhere and forcing another three votes would just keep House members glued to their seats for an indefinite period of time while Kevin did the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.

I don’t know what is worse for Kevin. Is it that he keeps losing or is it the fact that Hakeem Jeffries keeps beating him? Whatever the case may be, Johnson spared him more humiliation yesterday. He should be thanking her for her good judgement and executive decisions, not fairly spitting out her name when he has to refer to her, as if she were nothing and certainly not worthy of respect.

God help us all if he gets to be Speaker. I can’t imagine anyone who deserves it less.

2.) The awful thing that happened to Damar Hamlin the other day has brought out the Covid nuts again. By the way, Hamlin’s cardiac arrest was caused by something called commotio cordis. That is a ventricular fibrillation caused by a sharp blow to the heart at a specific point in its beat. It’s a weird, flukey thing that has been observed in other athletes where they may be struck by flying objects to the chest or close contact with other players.

But that won’t stop the anti-vax nuts from jumping in and claiming some kind of averse reaction.

And it has suddenly occurred to me that the reason they’re doing this is because it benefits the class action legal industry. Let’s put it this way, if you can generate enough anger about the vaccines, justified or not, you could potentially persuade juries to award copious amounts of money.

Think of it this way. If we conservatively estimate that 1 billion vaccines were administered and if 1% of all administrations resulted in an adverse reaction, whether sufficiently investigated and correlated, you might be able to convince a jury of ordinary people to award damages to a class of people. Let’s put a dollar amount of $250,000 per claim.

Let’s do the math:

1,000,000,000 vaccines X .01 X $250,000 = $2,500,000,000,000.00.

That’s trillion with a T.

This is likely the reason why the companies that made the mRNA vaccines demanded a guarantee from the government that they would be shielded from lawsuits. It’s because ain’t nobody got trillions of dollars in their corporate bank accounts and no sane insurer is going to take on that risk.

That doesn’t make the companies or government guilty of negligence. They likely made some calculations about what would happen to the country and economy as a whole if out of control variants killed a high number of people, collapsed the health care system, and brought commerce to a screeching halt.

I’ll leave that to the ethicists to sort out. But I will say one thing based on my years in pharma R&D. You never know what kind of adverse events will show up in the general public until the therapeutic is widely available. There is no amount of clinical studies that can account for every possible genetic and environmental factor that might contribute to an adverse event.

Given the high number of doses administered throughout the world and the extremely low number of verified adverse events, we may actually be looking at one of the safest therapeutic agents ever approved. It’s only the wildly high number of doses that makes the potential payoff extremely attractive to the class action legal profession.

They’re looking for deep pockets. It’s either going to be pharma or government. If you were a pharma company looking at those kinds of potential suits, wouldn’t you want some guarantees? I know I would.

The benefit to mankind was enormous. The adverse effects were minuscule. Not everything that goes wrong is the fault of the Covid vaccine. Sometimes it’s just an untimely blow to the chest.


9 Responses

  1. Yesterday was the humorous part. Today will either be McCarthy getting the votes to win, or Scalise winning. Then comes the daily efforts to destroy the American economy in the name of damaging Democrats, by refusing to raise the debt ceilings, and starting a series of phony investigations.

    One of those will probably involve vaccines.I would not be surprised if Republicans in general want to remove all guardrails, and throw the country into chaos. All because their Supreme Court let them gerrymander enough seats, and most Democratic-held states opted instead for neutral districting commissions, to flip the House. Republicans never let an opportunity to wreck the country go unused, and this group is insane, or in the employ of Russia.

  2. As I understand it (with my little tiny layman’s brain), the time interval in each heartbeat when a blow can cause commotio cordis is a constant number of milliseconds. What this means is that when your heart rate is elevated (e.g., when you’re playing a sport), the amount of time you’re vulnerable goes up. This is one of the reasons why athletes in contact sports are more likely to experience it than most people. Also young people are more vulnerable in general. This caused a redesign of the chest protectors worn by Little League baseball catchers a while ago. I think a few kids still die every year in spite of that. See: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1951221/

  3. Aaaannnnnd, Kevin’s lost a fourth time. I think he’s channeling Harold Stassen. It’s not surprising they’re going after Johnson – it’s part of their whole contempt for expertise schtick.

  4. In the fourth round, Victoria Spartz, who represents the wealthy suburbs north of Indianapolis, changed her vote from McCarthy to “Present”. At this point, I’m putting my money on “Present” who seems more than qualified to be Speaker of this clown car party.

  5. At this point, I think they should just nominate Liz Truss to Speaker. There’s no constitutional requirement that the Speaker be a US citizen and I hear she’s looking for a job.

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