Daily Archives: December 7, 2021

What we know about the Omicron variant and the pandemic in South Africa | On Point

December 07, 2021

Sophisticated disease surveillance led South Africa to first report the Omicron variant to the world.

But instead of celebration, they’ve been met with restrictions.

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“A country like South Africa did exactly what it should have under those international health regulations,” Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, founding director of the BU Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy and Research, says. “And then they were punished for exactly that.”

Meanwhile, the rise of the Omicron variant has led to a surge of COVID cases across the country.

And while public health experts in South Africa can track the disease and identify new variants, they haven’t had as much success regarding vaccination rates.

“A lot of the things we’re seeing coming out now about the COVID vaccines, we have actually seen for other vaccines in the past,” researcher Sarah Downs says. “It’s just now with COVID vaccines, rolling out the vaccine to an entire population is something we’ve never actually had to do before.”

Today, On Point: South Africa and the COVID pandemic.


Vicky Baillie, senior scientist at the Wits Vaccines & Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit in South Africa.

Salim Abdool Karim, professor of global health in the department of epidemiology at Columbia University. Former co-chair of South Africa’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19. (@ProfAbdoolKarim)

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Sarah Downs, PhD fellow at the University of Witwatersrand. (@TheSecretSarah)

Nahid Bhadelia, founding director of BU Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy and Research. Associate director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL). (@BhadeliaMD)

From The Reading List

Business Insider: “Southern Africa is not a hotbed of variants — it’s just very good at sequencing and spotting them” — “Last week, scientists in South Africa put the world on notice. Omicron is here.”

The Lancet: “Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant: a new chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic” — “On Nov 25, 2021, about 23 months since the first reported case of COVID-19 and after a global estimated 260 million cases and 5·2 million deaths, a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern (VoC), omicron was reported.”

This program aired on December 7, 2021.


The Corporation – Documentary

Encore +– Nov 6, 2017

Based on Joel Bakan’s bestseller The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, this 26-award-winning documentary explores a corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. One hundred and fifty years ago, a corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic, and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, a corporation is today’s dominant institution. Charting the rise of such an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals, the documentary also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force. Watch The New Corporation (Released in 2020)

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Ce documentaire 26 fois primé est inspiré du livre à succès de Joel Bakan intitulé The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power qui examine les rouages, l’histoire étrange, les pratiques controversées et l’avenir potentiel d’une corporation. Il y a cent cinquante ans, une telle entité était sans grande importance. Dans le quotidien actuel, une corporation a une présence vivante et marquante qui se manifeste partout. Elle est devenue une institution dominante comme l’ont été jadis l’Église, la monarchie et le parti communiste. Ce film explique son essor et les objectifs économiques précis qui constituent sa raison d’être. Il raconte aussi des victoires arrachées à cette force vraisemblablement irréductible.

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If ocean levels are rising, why can’t we see it?

potholer54 – Dec 5, 2021

Compare two photos 130 years apart and it looks as though sea levels haven’t moved. So why all the fuss about rising sea levels and evacuating islands? This video closes the yawning gap between internet myths and science. CORRECTIONS: 1) The shades of blue on the map at 10:58 denote sea level falling, not rising at the lowest rate.. 2) I said glaciers cover around 10% or the Earth — I should have said 10% of the land surface of the Earth. 3) Two posters pointed out that Reiss’s question to Hansen could be taken to mean ‘What would the view be like in 40 years’ time if CO2 concentration was NOW double?” In other words, Hansen was predicting sea level 40 years AFTER a doubling of CO2.” To be fair to Hansen, that’s possible. If so, his prediction will very likely be correct. But it again stresses the need to have these predictions made in peer-reviewed scientific journals, where such ambiguity is eliminated, rather than books.

You can see more on how this groundbreaking charity trades heath care for forest care in my video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9-GR… See also https://psmag.com/social-justice/save… for an explanation of their work. SOURCES: 255 billion tonnes ice lost per year: “Return to rapid ice loss in Greenland and recordloss in 2019 detected by the GRACE-FO satellites” Sasgen et al 2019 Sea level rise up to 2008: http://sealevel.colorado.edu/ up to 2008 “More than half of the predicted rise in future sea level caused by the enhanced greenhouse effect is currently thought to be due to the thermal expansion of the oceans.” “Thermal expansion in ocean and coupled general circulation models” Jacket et al. 2000 “Improved estimates of upper-ocean warming and multi-decadal sea level rise” Domingues et al 2008 “Rising sea level is one of the most serious consequences of global warming. In the past 50 years, sea level rose about 1.8 (plus or minus 0.3) millimeters a year. Satellite observations since 1993 indicate the pace has accelerated to about 3 millimeters per year.”

Melt Down at the Poles – COP26

Facing Future– Dec 2, 2021

Polar ice sheets are critical to maintain ocean currents, temperature, and salinity. Only if they stay frozen can we prevent sea level rise, intense storms, and disruption of the Jet Stream and major ocean currents. #PeterWadhams, pre-eminent polar scientist, explains how brightening marine clouds with tiny particles from sea water to reflect the sun’s heat could keep the arctic frozen. #PaulBeckwith, physicist, talks about both poles, permafrost, as well as the importance of #phytoplankton. Hosted by Dale Walkonen.

George Carlin Exposes the “Deep State’


– Sep 26, 2016

Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed

George Carlin: The Owners Of This Country

balomas69 – Apr 7, 2009

This clip has become mysteriously hard to find. The only one I found has lame techno music behind it.

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Dumb Americans


George Carlin


Life Is Worth Losing

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George Carlin- “Everyday Expressions”

doctrDave– Jul 4, 2009

Classic Carlin from the early 1990s.

George Carlin – Euphemisms

DannyTechWorld– Jul 2, 2012

Oct 10,1988 – A Bring Out the Vote Performance. George Carlin shows his brillance unmasking the English language.

Mark Meadows Reverses, Won’t Agree To Jan. 6 Panel Deposition

The Hill – Dec 7, 2021

Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is reportedly refusing to sit for a deposition with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, a reversal from the panel’s announcement last week he would “soon appear for an initial deposition.” READ MORE: http://hill.cm/hF1zXHm

An Indigenous Audience with the Pope

The Agenda with Steve Paikin – 7 Dec 2021

Former national chief Phil Fontaine discusses what he and an AFN delegation hope to achieve when they meet with the Pope later this month. Then looking back on the life and legacy of Lee Maracle and the renewed interest in Indigenous storytelling.