Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sammyfreude.

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It would appear that the massive war chest is finally all spent out and Spam-A-Lot* is dead, at least according to Dan Fumano's piece in the VSun:

The B.C. NDP flipped the key battleground riding of Vancouver-False Creek on Saturday night, on its way to winning nine of 11 seats in the City of Vancouver.

New Democratic candidate for False Creek Brenda Bailey had collected 5,295 votes to 4,512 votes for the two-term incumbent Liberal Sam Sullivan...


Even more satisfying, to this long term observer at least, is the way Smilin' Sammy went down, essentially disavowing everything he (pretended to?) stand for:

...During the campaign, Sullivan took a “harder line” on drugs than voters had seen from him in the past, Prest said, including vocally opposing a plan approved last week by Vancouver city council to open an overdose prevention site in the riding...


Now, as for Ms. Polak and Mr. Johal?

Here's hoping that Angus Reid and Co. were right about which way early voters were leaning.




Sunday, October 18, 2020

Wilky's Way...The 'Scanning Things' Syllogism.

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It would appear that the good Mr. Wilkinson now feels that every working person deserves to receive a working wage, including folks on the front lines:




Hmmmm...

Not sure how, exactly, Mr Wilkinson got there from his springtime statements to Mikey Mike on the (no longer so) Giant '98 back in the spring, as noted recently by Dipperian Harry Bains:

"...You know, people working as cashiers in the grocery stores are making about 16 bucks an hour as a starting wage. That's good. But is it sustainable?

We've got cashiers starting at 16 dollars an hour for scanning stuff at the supermarket..."



In fairness, I suppose it could be argued that sixteen bucks an hour is a bridge too far for all those finest of the fine-type folks that Mr Wilkinson must, ultimately, keep happy.

As for that earlier GordCo Inc. training wage loophole thingy....

Well, perhaps Mr. Wilkinson could disavow that vociferously as well?


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Friday, October 16, 2020

What If....

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Paul Willcocks has written a solid piece in the Tyee about Mr. Wilkinson's 'extremist' problem.

It's worth heading over to read the entire thing, but this snippet snagged in my brain:

...Throness will still likely win his seat in Chilliwack-Kent and sit as an Independent...


Now.

I realize it is unlikely given the current polling, but let's say Ms. Furstenau and the Greens do come back and make things close when the final seat numbers are counted, at least in terms of making it problematic for the Dippers to reach majority status, and...

Well.

Can you imagine?


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Mr. Wilkinson Explains Why He Did Not Try To Stop Jane Thornthwaite, Laughably.

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Gosh.

Does this mean that Mr. Wilkinson always laughs and make smiley faces whenever he sees and hears one of his caucus members make two minute statements that are filled to bursting with words that are clearly poorly chosen?


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Subheader given you an ear worm?....This!


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One BC Liberal Explains Why He Didn't Try To Stop Jane Thornthwaite.


Update...Tuesday morning...It would appear that Mr. Wilkinson has finally fessed up, sort of.


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Jason Sturdy has been the BC Liberal MLA for West Vancouver - Sea To Sky since 2013.

On September 17th he was the lower left square on the Zoom call wherein Jane Thornthwaite (center-right), who has been the BC Liberal party MLA for North Vancouver - Seymour since 2009, spent two full minutes sexually shaming a fellow MLA.

Unlike his party leader, Andrew Wilkinson, Mr. Sturdy at least had the guts to explain why he did nothing to stop Ms. Thornthwaite on that call when he spoke to Jennifer Thuncher and Nick Wells of the Squamish Chief and the Canadian Press:

..."Certainly not my proudest moment," is how West Vancouver-Sea to Sky incumbent MLA candidate Jordan Sturdy describes sitting quietly while a Liberal colleague made degrading comments about New Democrat politician Bowinn Ma during a recent online roast for retiring fellow politician Ralph Sultan.

"I am not proud of not sort of leaping in there and saying, 'Jane, really?' which I think in a personal setting, might have been different," said Sturdy, reached at his home on Thanksgiving Day...


Gosh.

Might speak up and attempt to stop degrading comments in private but not in quasi-public?

What, exactly, does that say about Mr. Wilkinson's caucus?


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Monday, October 12, 2020

Is It Possible That...

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Is it possible that the leader of the BC Liberal Party, Mr. Andrew Wilkinson, was slow to respond to the public's overwhelmingly negative reaction to the sexualized shaming of a sitting MLA by a member of his caucus because, well....

He was listening to the boys in the band who were saying it was nothing?




If you get my drift.


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What's all
the fuss about?....This.


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Sunday, October 11, 2020

A Question For The Leader Of The BC Liberal Party...



That is all.

(for now)


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The Real BC Liberal Party Reveals Itself...

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The following is from a BC Liberal party 'roast' on September 17th, with invited supporters present, of former MLA Ralph Sultan.

Current MLA Jane Thornthwaite does most of the talking.

The other fine figures, safely ensconsed in their Brady Bunch boxes, do most of the guffawing and smirking, including the current leader of the party.

No one puts a stop to it.


Again.

This event was apparently engineered and broadcast, on purpose, by today's BC Liberal Party.


Just ponder that a moment...

OK?


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Meanwhile,
the good Ms. Thornthwaite just keeps on digging.... and ...'fall flat' out digging.
And then there are those super-fine, finest-of-the-very-finest-kind of folks offering their support to the poor, beleagured Ms. Thornthwaite...by the Trillions!
Ms. Ma, as expected, takes the high road.


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Saturday, October 10, 2020

The Drug That Mr. Trump Did Not Receive At Walter Reed (Allegedly).

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Lost in all the excitement of the past week was the appearance of a  paper published in the New England Journal Of Medicine titled: "Effect of Hydroxychloroquine in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19."

The paper reports on a randomized, controlled clinical trial of 4,716 hospitalized patients with a primary endpoint of death at 28 days. You can find the abstract with the specifics at the bottom of the post.

Once again, for informed, expert analysis on this topic (which is not my field), we turn to drug development guy Derek Lowe:

...I’m not in a mood to be subtle. Hydroxychloroquine treatment for coronavirus does not work. It is not beneficial, and in fact appears to be actively harmful. As far as I’m concerned, administering it to infected patients now constitutes medical malpractice. I have no interest in goalpost-moving efforts to say that they didn’t administer zinc or azithromycin, or they picked the wrong patients or the wrong loading dose or whatever. No. This is special pleading, and it is not backed up by any hard data. None of the countries or regions where HCQ was enthusiastically adopted, with or without the addition of zinc, azithromycin or what have you have seen discernable benefits. It. Does. Not. Work...


Enough said?


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In the same post, D. Lowe also weighs in on another recent paper in the NEJM, and concludes that the latest clinical trial supports the earlier conclusion from A. Fauci that the anti-viral treatment remdesivir is moderately beneficial.
In case anyone is wondering about those 'HEK 293' cells that were originally derived from human fetal tissue in the 1970's that currently have the public prints in a tizzy...Well...Those cells, which have since been modified by many labs, were originally developed by a Canadian, Frank Graham, while he was a post-doc in the Netherlands in the 1970's. These cells are really are an invaluable tool in biomedical research the world over because it's very easy to get genes into them that can then be expressed (i.e. turned on) so that you can test their function, alone or in combination with other genes.
Added the 'allegedly' to  the header....Just in case...Interestingly, according to news reports the current President of the United States apparently did receive zinc in his VIP cocktail (see bottom of this report)....Hmmmmm.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have been proposed as treatments for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on the basis of in vitro activity and data from uncontrolled studies and small, randomized trials.

METHODS

In this randomized, controlled, open-label platform trial comparing a range of possible treatments with usual care in patients hospitalized with Covid-19, we randomly assigned 1561 patients to receive hydroxychloroquine and 3155 to receive usual care. The primary outcome was 28-day mortality.

RESULTS

The enrollment of patients in the hydroxychloroquine group was closed on June 5, 2020, after an interim analysis determined that there was a lack of efficacy. Death within 28 days occurred in 421 patients (27.0%) in the hydroxychloroquine group and in 790 (25.0%) in the usual-care group (rate ratio, 1.09; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.97 to 1.23; P=0.15). Consistent results were seen in all prespecified subgroups of patients. The results suggest that patients in the hydroxychloroquine group were less likely to be discharged from the hospital alive within 28 days than those in the usual-care group (59.6% vs. 62.9%; rate ratio, 0.90; 95% CI, 0.83 to 0.98). Among the patients who were not undergoing mechanical ventilation at baseline, those in the hydroxychloroquine group had a higher frequency of invasive mechanical ventilation or death (30.7% vs. 26.9%; risk ratio, 1.14; 95% CI, 1.03 to 1.27). There was a small numerical excess of cardiac deaths (0.4 percentage points) but no difference in the incidence of new major cardiac arrhythmia among the patients who received hydroxychloroquine.

CONCLUSIONS

Among patients hospitalized with Covid-19, those who received hydroxychloroquine did not have a lower incidence of death at 28 days than those who received usual care. (Funded by UK Research and Innovation and National Institute for Health Research and others; RECOVERY ISRCTN number, ISRCTN50189673. opens in new tab; ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT04381936. opens in new tab.)



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