What a Scam!

And you know that you are being sold a really useless, dumb product when the salespeople are trying to make you feel racially aggrieved if you don’t get it:

Oooh! They are trying to deprive people of the vaccine for being / not being white / not white. I gotta get me some right now!

What a crock.

20 thoughts on “What a Scam!”

  1. Unfortunately if I go back to work in a school, I might have to get this crap. Even though the transmission rate among kids is low, our schools are all doing remote learning until January. And people around here will fall for it


    1. I’m with you! I’m standing in the very back of the line. If anybody asks why I’m not getting vaccinated, the answer is how can I, while there remains a single unvaccinated “person of color” anywhere on the planet.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. // This is all done on purpose to make Trump voters want the vaccine.

        I think those people just do what comes naturally (to them). My favorite bit (in case you haven’t seen it) is quoted below.

        As you read it, think that those people believe (even if you don’t) covid is dangerous and schools are potential mega-spread locations. Btw, mean age of teachers in Israeli Jewish high schools is 45, while the average is 46. (Arab teachers are younger.) Good luck finding many good young teachers with existing salaries. Many Israeli high school teachers are FSU immigrants who arrived in the 90ies. As they start retiring, the education system isn’t being changed for the better…


        // Later in the piece another doctor, named Marc Lipsitch, explains that teachers should not be considered essential workers for the purpose of being given priority vaccines by the CDC because, and I quote, “they are often very white.”

        A third expert, an economist named Elise Gould, counters Dr. Lipsitch that teachers should be prioritized. Why? Because the families they teach are disproportionately “Black and Brown”, and those groups would benefit more than white people. //


        1. Why do people need to “believe” things that have been massively studied and demonstrated scientifically? There’s a mountain of scientific evidence that children don’t spread COVID and schools are completely safe.

          And if these teachers you are talking about don’t “believe” in science, they should all be fired immediately. They are dangerous to children.


          1. // There’s a mountain of scientific evidence that children don’t spread COVID and schools are completely safe.

            High school students are hardly ‘children’ , biologically…

            I guess, I should be fired too since I see a difference between Klara and 15-18-year-olds.

            We had “A large COVID-19 outbreak in a high school 10 days after schools’ reopening, Israel, May 2020”

            Think teens may not experience symptoms of covid but do transmit it, so teachers, especially older ones, would do well to get vaccinated.


            1. Are we still on that recycled story from back in May?

              Unbelievable. Teen suicides and depression rates are exploding and we are still on a single completely invented news story from back in May?

              I was teaching students in their twenties in person all semester and will continue to do so in January. They are even older than teens. We had zero problems with COVID on campus. Zero. None. Our “positivity rate” hovers between 0% and 1,4%.

              In schools around the world that have been open this entire time, the situation is identical. This is a disease of very old, very sick people in long-term care facilities.

              But neurosis isn’t.


              1. One of my husband’s college instructors died of covid this week.

                Of course, she was elderly and ill already, and a number of the students had informal bets on whether she’d make it to next term, even before she got sick. All her classes were online.

                I am sure this is evidence of how dangerous it is to teach college students. Probably she should have worn a mask on zoom.


  2. On another topic, saw a very basic yet new to me idea regarding “minorities that have been unusually successful”:

    ” a deeply human insight to groups that haven’t always been treated well. Both the Jewish and Armenian diasporas in the Middle East have often been particularly successful in the merchant class, and similar things can be said for Parsis and other groups in India, but Clark argues that this is in part because the people who were most successful stayed in the group, and those who were more like their neighbors married their neighbors, as humans do when they connect to people.

    One other point Clark makes is that everyone tries to explain the success of prominent minority groups in terms of some unique cultural factor, but every group has successful and unsuccessful people. If a group seems particularly successful, you need to ask if the people who aren’t succeeding select out of the group.”



    1. That may be part of the picture, but there are also certain business advantages to being a cultural minority that is discriminated against. Everyone in the group understands how important it is to help each other be successful. Social connections are business connections. There are certain bonds of loyalty, group-solidarity mindset. This happened in Viet Nam with the Catholic population. In the initial years after the war, they were sometimes rounded up and sent to prison camps. After that, they were discriminated against by the government: Catholics were not allowed to hold government jobs or go to college. Now they are allowed to go to college, but the government cheats the scoring on the entrance exams to keep them out of the more presitgious programs like mathematics and engineering. Over the years, this has resulted in Catholics becoming the Viet business class. Mostly because they were barred from all the other good ways of making a decent living.


  3. Why is this particular vaccine so odious? I’ve got smallpox, polio and shingles, and those last forever. I had various more as a child that I think last forever, measles, diptheria, whooping cough. I am current in tetanus and I think yellow fever. I’ve had the typhoid vaccine. There may be more. They’re all great, I am happy with them. Especially the polio, I was one of the first and so many kids just a little older were permanently disabled from this disease, because the vaccine hadn’t been out yet when they caught it.


    1. And after taking the smallpox vaccine, are you still told you can’t travel or live your life freely because you are still in mortal danger from smallpox? Because with this COVID vaccine, that’s the situation. You are still contagious and infectable.

      As for polio, the whole point is that polio I’d actually dangerous. So it makes sense to vaccinate people who are in danger of serious disability. But would you get vaccinated from common cold, knowing that a new strain appears every couple of months and the actual symptoms are noting special?


      1. If I understand right, what they are worried about is the long-term effects. Rheumatic fever and the Spanish flu had them. So people who didn’t die of the diseases directly, died later because of organ damage. My grandfather was one such, heart damage from rheumatic fever, so his cause of death was heart but the cause of heart damage was the disease. It’s a reason why it’s better not to catch the disease at all


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.