has the ministry of truth gone local?
Yesterday, I wrote about the struggle of speaking up locally, but cited the ability to get letters/articles published in neighboring communities as a reason to be hopeful.
Scratch that (maybe).
Almost as soon as I published that, I learned that TAPintoParsippany - the one town out of the 20 (that’s the limit) I submitted my letter to that published it - no longer has my letter posted. The link is dead.
I sent them a letter to inquire about it… we’ll see.
Sadly, I came upon this while I was looking for my letter. He was 35 years old. I can’t seem to get away from stories like this.
I’m going to try not to jump to conclusions… about this young man… or about the disappearance of my article. But I do want answers.
Meanwhile, here’s the letter, which currently has no other place to live.
I have been attending Board of Health meetings throughout the pandemic trying to figure out what science our health departments are using to support their recommendations and protocols. To the best of my understanding, our board defers to the CDC, often via recommendations that come through the NJACCHO (New Jersey Association of City and County Health Officials), but it’s hard not to notice the wiggling bar when it comes to justifying pandemic and other emergency health measures.
Last year, much was made of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”, and for a brief period the Board was tracking COVID cases by vaccination status. We later learned that among those “unvaccinated” cases, were people who had received one shot or were within two weeks of receiving a second shot. This allowed the health authorities to prop up a misleading and polarizing narrative while ignoring valuable data that pointed to the possibility of an increased vulnerability immediately post-vaccination (as many scientists warned and was suggested in early clinical trial data) – a vulnerability that may very well have contributed to the spread of disease. In many communities mass vaccination campaigns were followed by new outbreaks.
We can call it coincidence, but that’s not science.
The flawed vaccinated vs. unvaccinated numbers were also a mere snapshot of a bigger picture that has evolved to show us concerning drops in antibody protection just a few months after the initial series and rapidly waning efficacy following boosters.
We have since confirmed that these shots provide no public health benefit. They do not stop infection or transmission. They were formulated for variants that no longer exist and they’re not effective against the current circulating strains. Studies show that the vaccinated, when infected, carry the same viral load and can spread disease as easily. In the July 2021 outbreak in Barnstable Country, Massachusetts, 74% of cases were among the fully-vaccinated – 79% of those cases were symptomatic. And four of the five people who were hospitalized were also fully-vaccinated.
Over time, an increasing percentage of vaccinated people are being hospitalized with COVID. There are also a growing number of COVID deaths among the vaccinated. Interestingly, it has been many months since our health departments reported on the vaccination status of recent COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
While the BOH no longer appears to be tracking vaccination status, we continue to discriminate against the unvaccinated here in New Jersey – forcing unvaccinated teachers to test regularly and requiring many to get the shots to keep their jobs. In June, the heads of both our Assembly and Senate Health Committees proposed legislation requiring students and staff at NJ colleges to get COVID shots to attend school. On what grounds?
These shots were mandated for many young athletes and by March 2022, at least 769 of them collapsed on the field, many from cardiac events. Average age 23. This age group is not at high risk for hospitalization or death from COVID, but they are at increased risk of myocarditis following the shots.
Shouldn’t following the science mean incorporating what we learn as new information comes in?
There have been over 50,000 cases of myocarditis, nearly 16,000 heart attacks and nearly 30,000 deaths reported to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System VAERS. A Lazarus report from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in 2009 asserted that fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are ever reported, so imagine the real world numbers. (And to those who would argue that anyone can file a report, note that it is a felony to file a false report). We’re learning that there are at least temporary impacts in fertility for both men and women and the long term impacts remain unknown. Miscarriages are off the charts. While we cannot prove causality for all of these cases, these are ENORMOUS safety signals. What kind of science would overlook them before introducing these shots to babies who are not at risk for serious disease from COVID?
Yet that’s exactly what we did.
And now our health departments are warning of a new threat, once again lumping together “confirmed and probable cases” and distributing “a smallpox vaccine that we believe works against monkeypox,” according to NJACCHO’s Megan Avallone. Again, I would ask what that belief is based on. Meanwhile, I hope people consider the fact that monkeypox is neither deadly nor easily transmissible. The vaccine (NJ is using the JYNNEOS vaccine) is associated with some unpleasant side effects and “a causal relationship to JYNNEOS could not be excluded for 4 SAEs, all non-fatal, which included Crohn’s disease, sarcoidosis, extraocular muscle paresis and throat tightness.”
And of course, according to the manufacturer insert, “there is the possibility that broad use of JYNNEOS could reveal adverse reactions not observed in clinical trials.”
Please, before we go down this road of mandates and polarization again, can we revisit the science and keep an open dialogue?
The official response from TAPinto is as follows:
I deleted the Letter to Editor because you aren't from Parsippany and its TAP’s standard operating procedure to limit out of town LTEs. You can send to your local TAP editor. Thank you!
I guess it's new, because I have published letters to the editor in TAPinto Morristown, Bloomfield, Clark, Passaic Valley, Piscataway, Randolph, Roselle Park and Berkeley Heights...