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(William Briggs) – Hospitals do not build beds and ICUs for Worst Case Scenarios – such as the coronadoom apocalypse that has long been promised but has not yet arrived – a time in which everybody falls ill and has to be tended to in hospital.

In fact, the average ICU occupancy rate is almost 70%. Which means it does not take much to “overwhelm” one. The same is true with bed numbers. Money is lost when most beds are empty most of the time. So hospitals aren’t built to have swathes of excess capacity.

Reports are everywhere now about raging surges and surging rages of coronadoom “cases,” all of which ignore testing levels and disease severity. Ignore that and let’s ask if we’ve seen these kind of hyperbolic, hyperventilating, hypersensitive headlines before.

Let’s start with the most sober source, which is to say, not a corporate media site. We’ll move from that to what are considered “reputable” media sources to see how often they tried to panic us through the use of hyperbole and omission of perspective. Searching is limited to those things online, which will of course give a recency bias.

2016: BMJHospitals overwhelmed with patients after “thunderstorm asthma” hits Melbourne.

Wow! Sounds like a lot! “At least four people have died and thousands have been taken to hospital with respiratory problems after a ‘thunderstorm asthma’ event in Melbourne on Monday 21 November.” Also “Victoria’s health department said that since the event more than 8500 patients had presented to hospitals with respiratory problems…”

Tellingly, the BMJ does not say how unusual this number is. Is it normally 8400 and they got an extra 100? They do say 60 people are still undergoing treatment. Ah.

First lesson: ignore all stories that give no historical context. Where by “all” I mean all.

Another example, from 2018: TimeHospitals Overwhelmed by Flu Patients Are Treating Them in Tents.

Wow! Tents! Are Navy ships next?

Time reported:

The 2017-2018 influenza epidemic is sending people to hospitals and urgent-care centers in every state, and medical centers are responding with extraordinary measures: asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting friends and family visits and canceling elective surgeries, to name a few.

“We are pretty much at capacity, and the volume is certainly different from previous flu seasons,” says Dr. Alfred Tallia, professor and chair of family medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “I’ve been in practice for 30 years, and it’s been a good 15 or 20 years since I’ve seen a flu-related illness scenario like we’ve had this year.”

Tallia says his hospital is “managing, but just barely,” at keeping up with the increased number of sick patients in the last three weeks. The hospital’s urgent-care centers have also been inundated, and its outpatient clinics have no appointments available.

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Millions of people's jobs and their family's livelihoods depend on the outcome of cases being argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court TODAY, and we want YOUR NAME on this appeal to the nine Justices asking them to put a stop to Biden's unconstitutional vaccine mandates!

Two separate mandates are on the line.

The first is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate, which requires all healthcare workers and staff at such facilities subject to federal regulation, to get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to regular testing for the virus.

The second is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine mandate, which is actually much larger in size and scope, and would require all businesses operating in the United States with more than 100 employees to implement their own policy requiring their workers to get the Covid-19 vaccine, or face penalties such as citations and fines.

The OSHA mandate was unfortunately reinstated by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals back on December 18th, when it lifted an earlier injunction that had blocked it from going into effect as initially planned by the Biden Administration on the basis that OSHA did, in fact, have the authority to issue a sweeping mandate such as this.

If no action is taken prior to January 10th -- less than a week from today -- businesses that fail to comply with this vast government overreach will begin to be unjustly penalized.

That's why we're asking you to lend a helping hand with this urgent effort to defend working Americans' individual liberties and medical autonomy by signing YOUR NAME onto this petition to our U.S. Supreme Court Justices, imploring them to echo earlier federal court rulings that blocked these unconstitutional mandates from going into effect.

It should truly go without saying that any decision that could affect the health and well-being of individual Americans is one that should be made without coercion, manipulation, and intimidation. But of course, that has not been the attitude taken by our federal government over the course of the last year.

The Biden Administration has shown time and again its hostility towards American citizens' constitutional freedoms, and by attempting to institute these mandates, it is embracing medical tyranny over medical autonomy once again, and our country's workers will find themselves its latest victim.

We already know that the federal government has overstepped its bounds in its wide-encompassing campaign to coerce the public into getting the vaccine, and, of course, neither OSHA nor CMS has the ability to craft legislation, even in times of emergency, nor the authority to issue, but these mandates will effectively do just that.

This is an abuse of power within the executive branch, plain and simple.

That's why our nation's highest court must be steadfast in protecting the rights of our nation's working people rather than the authoritarian desires of Washington politicians and bureaucrats.

In the wake of the rising Omicron variant of Covid-19, we are reminded that the vaccines heralded by Joe Biden and his allies are not only experimental in their present nature (clinical trials have yet to be completed), but are largely ineffective at preventing the spread of the virus itself.

As reports of fully-vaccinated Americans testing positive for Covid pour in, we must ask ourselves: When will enough be enough?

Should these mandates be upheld by the Supreme Court, and therefore permitted to go into effect while appeals from challengers work their way through lower courts, countless Americans will be at risk of losing their jobs and sacrificing their livelihoods for not adhering to authoritarian-style demands on the part of our federal government.

The CMS mandate will ensure that millions of healthcare professionals and frontline workers will go without work, and, in turn, millions of patients will go without the care they need -- even as Covid numbers continue to spike.

Likewise, the OSHA mandate, which would affect an estimated 84 million American workers, will not only leave millions more without work, but will also penalize employers who choose to prioritize their employees' freedoms and personal needs over submitting to unreasonable, oppressive government demands.

This is not for the greater good of our country and its people, and it's certainly not constitutional.

Our Supreme Court Justices must do their duty and protect the American people from these dangerous mandates.

Please SIGN and SHARE this important petition asking our nation's Supreme Court Justices to stand up for the rights of American workers by blocking Joe Biden's unconstitutional vaccine mandates from going into effect while challenges to the policies work their way through the court system.

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A quick glance through headlines over the years shows a recurring theme:

2016: GuardianNHS hospitals now so overwhelmed patients could die, says top doctor.

Wow! The “NHS is now in an eternal winter.” Now where have we heard that phrase before…?

2011: Globe & MailHospitals overwhelmed by surge of flu cases. Wow! “…clogged hospital emergency rooms, postponed elective surgeries…” Say!

2018: CBS, Hospitals overwhelmed by spike in flu cases.

2011: LA TimesSwamped hospitals fear an ER emergency

2014: Dayton Daily NewsHospitals overwhelmed by flu cases ask some to stay away

2009: News Perspective‘Worried well’ overload gives taste of pandemic scenario – cidrap, “…overwhelmed…”

2018: Fox 32, Chicago area hospitals overwhelmed with flu patients

2011: Taipei TimesGerman hospitals overwhelmed with E.coli outbreak

2009: CNBC, Swine Flu Might Overwhelm Hospitals in 15 States.

2018: UPI, Hospitals overwhelmed by mass influx of flu patients.

2013: BBC, Kirsty Williams claims hospital staff are ‘overwhelmed’.

2019: Daily MailHospitalizations surge for sepsis, UTIs and kidney failure.

2019: Healio, Opioid-related hospitalizations surge for rheumatic diseases.

2018: SPH, Amphetamine-Related Hospitalizations Surge Between 2003 …

2009: ABC, H1N1 Crisis Could Swamp Intensive Care Units.

2018: Toronto City NewsSurgeries postponed after severe flu cases overwhelmed hospital.

2019: National GeographicThe world’s second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging

2019: NIH, Leprosy—A raging persistent enigma.

2015: Euractiv, Report: Tuberculosis still raging in Eastern Europe.

2016: Global Contagions, While the world focuses on Zika, Dengue is raging in the background.

2014: NYTDespite Aid Push, Ebola Is Raging in Sierra Leone.

2016: NYTZika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing

2018: NBC, Measles outbreak raging in Europe could be brought to U.S.

2013: Washington PostThe flu can kill millions.

2018: NPR, California STDs Raging At All Time Highs For Third Year In A Row.

2017: Ars TechnicaMysterious flesh-eating bacteria is raging in Australia.

2014: Tell Me Project, The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is still raging.

2013: Chicago MagazineChicago Has a Raging Case of Gonorrhea.

2019: Chicago TribuneCommentary: Ebola is raging again — and the US is not ready.

2018: BBC, British PM May apologizes as overwhelmed hospitals cancel non-emergency operations.

2019: Irish TimesHalf of Ireland’s hospital doctors exhausted and overwhelmed by work.

2018: LA TimesCalifornia hospitals face a ‘war zone’ of flu patients — and are setting up tents to treat them.

2019: TelegraphHospitals at ‘breaking point’ as winter NHS crisis deepens.

2017: France 24, French hospitals cancel operations amid brutal flu epidemic.

2018: LA TimesSwamped hospitals fear an ER emergency.

2017: Washington PostSurge in human cases of deadly bird flu is prompting alarm.

2009: ABC, Seeming Overnight Surge in H1N1’s Death Toll.

2017: Stat, Human cases of bird flu are surging, alarming public health officials.

2019, U. Minnesota, DRC Ebola surge marks 2nd straight record-setting day.

2005: NYTHurricane and Floods Overwhelmed Hospitals.

1958: NYTVirus Epidemic Hits India.

1966 NYTFLU DEATH TOLL UP TO 7 ON WEST COAST. Maybe the first attempt to do daily panic death stats.

1966 NYTInfluenza Epidemic in Far East; Less Dangerous Type The 57-58 Asian flu went on the kill about 2 million worldwide, at a time when the population was about a third it is now.

The second lesson is never trust the corporate media. Seek second opinions.

2008: NYTFort Bragg baby boom overwhelms hospitals. Well, not all news is bad.

Reprinted with permission from William M Briggs


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