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The article itself is behind a paywall, but I think the headline suffices to show how sick Western politics has become
Virus, spie e vaccini: così la missione "Dalla Russia con Amore" ha permesso al Cremlino di difendersi dal virus e realizzare Sputnik. Ingannando il governo italiano
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Dec 28th, 2021 at 08:32:27 PM EST
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well, the situation here still is pretty psychotic.

28 hours ago | Remarks by President Biden at COVID-⁠19 Response Team's Regular Call With the National Governors Association

THE PRESIDENT:  Asa* -- thank you very much, Asa.  Look, there is no federal solution.  This gets solved at a state level.  I'm looking at Governor Sununu on the board here.  He talks about that a lot. And then it ultimately gets down to where the rubber meets the road, and that's where the patient is in need of help or preventing the need for help.

23 hours ago | CDC cuts isolation time for Americans who test positive from 10 days to 5.
pre-omicron: delta COVID care workers only
quarantine: 10 days
test neg/re-entry/mask: 7 days IF neg, 5 days IF labor shortage

pre-omicron: any delta COVID contacts
quarantine: 10 days, IF no-vax; 0 days, IF vaxed
test neg/re-entry/mask: 10 days

omicron COVID positivity

  • triple-vax: 0 days
  • breakthru/no-low vax: 5 days
test neg/re-entry/mask : 10 days, IF triple-vax; 5 days, IF breakthru/no-low vax

41 min ago | US move to shorten COVID-19 isolation stirs confusion, doubt

[France] Health Minister Olivier Veran said the rule changes will be aimed at warding off "paralysis" of public and private services. By some estimates, France could be registering more than 250,000 new infections per day by January.

Italy, meanwhile, is considering doing away with a quarantine altogether for those who have had close contact with an infected person as long they have had a booster shot. Projections indicate as many as 2 million Italians could be put in quarantine over the next two weeks as the virus spreads.

The U.S. airline industry applauded the CDC move.

* Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas, plaintiff in 27 states, et al. v. US Dept of Labor, OSHA

by Cat on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 12:07:05 AM EST
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Problem is, his regulation from early November that federal employees get vaccinated is now a the Supreme Court. A general vaccination requirement would be enough to trigger a revolution.
by asdf on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 02:03:16 AM EST
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Federal Register has published
EO 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (9 Sep 2021, pub'd 14 Sep)
EO 14043, Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees (9 Sep 2021, pub'd 16 Sep); Federal Register has published
COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard, 490 pp (5 Nov 2021), NB. ambiguous findings of "scientific" fact and law; * et al. v OSHA et al (6 Nov 2021); errata: Biden administration suspends enforcement of business vaccine mandate (1 Dec 2021)


Successive administrations ("federalists") have eroded public trust in the beneficence of a centralized bureaucracy, epitomized by or personified in each POTUS.

Subsequently, the immediate obstacle ("problem") to obtaining "public health and welfare" (TITLE 42) qua "national security" appears to some to be  solely vested in the current POTUS, rather than the US Congress or even poorly apprehended rules of engagement ("US Constitution") to COMBAT a "grave danger" (cf. OSHA ETS regulation) posed by one communicable disease.

Unfortunately for some of us, the incumbent administration has in a relatively brief period sabotaged the very authorities--"scientific," constitutional, statutory, and practical--prepared for review by the SCOTUS in defense of extraordinary disruption of real and imagined civil rights hitherto enjoyed by "rational self-interested actors" resident in the USA (EO 14042, EO 14043) and anywhere else on the planet.

WHEREAS the necessity or urgency of "Biden's mandates" are now obviously moot points of credible "grave danger," posed by iterations, mutations, and revised estimates of SARS-CoV-2 circulating workplaces, has passed through executive capitulation into the realm of (un)certain social cohesion; and local regulation of public health obviate the POTUS belated concession to state' sovereignty;

one academic question pertaining to the scope of presidential prerogative (which even cheeto did not defile, contrary to yella press expectations) remains for SCOTUS to deliberate before deciding consolidated appeals.

As a practical matter, "revolution" of either the violent or coercive sort by < reckless eyeballin'> deputies to enforce socially acceptable behavior is already under way.

by Cat on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 05:56:03 PM EST
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