Baker the Faker – Following Trump’s Lead

A friend called me the other day. “Hey, Matty, did you get your vaccine shot?” I said no I’m waiting. “I’ve got mine a couple of weeks ago and next week I’ll get my second shot.”  It turns out he was registered with the VA. He received a call from the VA telling him he could get one at a certain place. He did and they scheduled the second one for him.

The other day I heard Governor Baker’s press conference where he announced that people over 75 would start receiving vaccine shots in February. Later the newspapers said that we could sign up starting on Wednesday, January 27. There were supposed to be many sites where we could get them. We were directed to go to a government site for further information.

Now I have envisioned something simple would be set up. We are supposed to be the center of the technical world with thousands of  geniuses walking that streets who can easily get things going. We’ve got so many companies on the cutting edge that we outrival Silicon Valley. Our local scientists can send people to the moon and Mars. You know what I mean, we’ve got the talent galore who we can reach out to so that we can develop the best system for getting the vaccine to the folk who need it in an orderly and convenient manner.

I went to the site. Wow! It is a big fraud. It reminds me of what Trump did when it came to Covid-19. He shifted the burden of dealing with it to the states and pretty much washed his hands of it. Charlie Baker has done the same thing. He has shifted the burden to the citizens of Massachusetts and walked away from it.

He has developed the worst, yes the worst, possible site for the residents of Massachusetts. The site has a map of places which will dispense the vaccine. There aren’t that many with only one major site, Gillette Stadium. The person is supposed to select the site he wants to go to.  Near me (8 miles away) there is a Walgreen – to even begin on that site I have to agree to register with Walgreen’s and agree to be subject to their propaganda and other sales pitches. I do and get  ready to sign up.

In the meantime I figure as a backup I would use Gillette. It has been up and running for some time so it should be able to facilitate the provision of vaccine with relative ease. I go to their site and follow the instructions.

The day comes to sign up – today. After navigating the Walgreen’s site I’m told no immediate appointments are available. I figure all right, then I’ll go for later in February or maybe into March to nab one. No go. The site only allows appointments for no more than a week ahead which are all filled up.

Well, then I’ll head over to Gillette. I’m thrown into a strange site that asks me where I live and how close I want the clinic to be to my location. Just to be sure I select 100+ miles.  I’m told no appointments are available.

So Baker having  punted the whole affair after having months to prepare I’m in the position where I can get a vaccine but I can’t get one because there are no sites are available. I understand that other states have set up programs that make us look like a six year old kid without computer skills has set up ours.

I wonder why we can’t have one like the VA where the burden is on the Commonwealth to do the heavy lifting. How could Baker ever think that the mad scramble he set up would work? Would it be too much to ask people to register with the state in an easy to fill out form; then have the state design a way to tell the folk when they can get the vaccine working down from those over 90 downward.

It’s not just this – try dealing with some other agencies like the RMV or the Court system – you’ll see abject failure all around. No wonder people are disgusted with politicians.

Charlie Baker – take some responsibility – the Commonwealth – you – must take control. Stop shifting the burden to the folk. Stop being a faker.

12 thoughts on “Baker the Faker – Following Trump’s Lead

  1. Take Ivermectin and you cannot get Covid ! Kibbish?

    3 Cabinet Ministers Die from Covid–Suddenly Ivermectin Becomes Legal for Use in Zimbabwe
    https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/zimbabwe-oks-use-of-ivermectin-after-officials-deaths/2125442

    Zimbabwe OKs use of Ivermectin after officials’ deaths
    ‘We have to be careful to protect patients as well as not to deny them effective treatment regimes,’ says Health Ministry
    John Cassim |
    28.01.2021

    HARARE, Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe has approved the use and import of the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients.

    “In these difficult times of COVID-19 treatment, we have to be careful to protect patients as well as not to deny them effective treatment regimes,” said a statement by the Health Ministry addressed to the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ).

    “It is in this regard, the authority is hereby granted for you to proceed to allow importation and use of these medicines under the supervision and guidance you outlined. Ivermectin can be evaluated for both treatment and prophylaxis,” the ministry said.

    This ministry’s decision comes a few days after the deaths of three cabinet ministers and several top government officials from COVID-19 in a short period of time.

    Owing to the fact that Ivermectin was not registered for use in Zimbabwe, COVID-19 patients ended up using the Ivermectin product meant for animals.

    While some revealed that the animal drug worked for them, the government warned that it causes serious side effects in humans.

    A veterinary expert who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the covert use of Ivermectin by COVID-19 patients and that one 5 millimeter shot was selling for US$5 (1,809 Zimbabwe dollars).

    Two weeks ago, the medicines control body threatened to arrest anyone found to be administering Ivermectin to humans. MCAZ Director General Richard Rukwata was quoted in the local media expressing concern that the animal drug was not registered.

    Zimbabwe has to date recorded 32,304 COVID-19 cases, including 1,122 deaths and 23,687 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.

    Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D.

    Thursday, January 28, 2021
    USG buys too much vaccine. Governments Sign Secret Vaccine Deals: Here’s What They Hide/ NYT
    Check out this NYT article published today. The US government is buying 600 million Covid vaccine doses from Moderna (alone) and has contracts to purchase perhaps 1.5 billion more doses. But it also has signed contracts restricting the overseas sale of some of this. So if it can’t be sold, why is the government committed to buying much more vaccine than Americans need? Or is the plan in place to give everyone frequent boosters? But the contracts are uber secret.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/28/world/europe/vaccine-secret-contracts-prices.html

    Multibillion-dollar contracts give drug makers liability shields, patent ownership and leeway on delivery dates and pricing — and promises that much of it will not be made public.

    When members of the European Parliament sat down this month to read the first publicly available contract for purchasing coronavirus vaccines, they noticed something missing. Actually, a lot missing.

    The price per dose? Redacted. The rollout schedule? Redacted. The amount of money being paid up front? Redacted.

    And that contract, between the German pharmaceutical company CureVac and the European Union, is considered one of the world’s most transparent.

    Governments have poured billions of dollars into helping drug companies develop vaccines and are spending billions more to buy doses. But the details of those deals largely remain secret, with governments and public health organizations acquiescing to drug company demands for secrecy.

    Just weeks into the vaccination campaign, that secrecy is already making accountability difficult. The drug companies Pfizer and AstraZeneca recently announced that they would miss their European delivery targets, causing widespread concern as dangerous virus variants spread. But the terms of their contracts remain closely guarded secrets, making it difficult to question company or government officials about either blame or recourse.

    Available documents, however suggest that drug companies demanded, and received, flexible delivery schedules, patent protection and immunity from liability if anything goes wrong. In some instances, countries are prohibited from donating or reselling doses, a ban that could hamper efforts to get vaccines to poor countries.

    Governments are cutting at least three types of vaccine deals: Some are buying directly from pharmaceutical companies. Others are buying through regional bodies like the European Union or the African Union. Many will turn to the nonprofit Covax program, an alliance of more than 190 cou

    Dr Meryl Nass

  2. Letting a plague take its way in a hot house environment like a prison not only risks the lives of the inmates, and, the folks who work there, but, also, creates a human petri dish for growing mutations. Not vaccinating inmates is a bad idea.

  3. Matt
    Dr Meryl Nass just sent me a link to her article in
    today’s medical journal.

    https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/did-cdc-mislead-public-allergic-reactions-moderna-vaccine/

    Did CDC Deliberately Mislead Public on Allergic Reactions to Moderna Vaccine?
    The CDC had more accurate and up-to-date data that it could have used to calculate the rate of severe allergic reactions to Moderna’s COVID vaccine — why didn’t it?

    By
    Meryl Nass, MD
    John Stone

  4. WOW !

    https://www.rt.com/news/513903-germany-rejects-astrazeneca-vaccine-over-65s/

    More ill tidings for EU as startling German announcement states AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine should only be given to under 65s

    28 Jan, 2021

    In other news

    https://www.opb.org/article/2021/01/27/portland-police-fbi-joint-terrorism-task-force/

    Portland police detail interactions with FBI-led joint terrorism task force

    Jan. 27, 2021 5:16 p.m.
    Portland City Council withdrew city police from formal membership in the task force in 2019.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/26/fbi-white-extremism-biden-capitol-attack

    The FBI can’t investigate white extremism until it first investigates itself
    Akin Olla

    Failing to hold the agency accountable will make a mockery of the Biden administration’s claims to combat the far right

    https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a35338627/proud-boys-leader-fbi-informant-enrique-tarrio/

    So This Anti-Government Hero Was a Garden-Variety FBI Snitch?
    We all needed a good laugh this morning.

    By Charles P. Pierce
    Jan 27, 2021

  5. Matt

    Dr Meryl Nass sez “ bottoms up “……

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Israel and Pfizer just discovered facial nerve (Bell’s) paralysis is a side of effect of Pfizer’s shot/ We knew it December 17
    Israel National News reports below that new side effects are discovered when you vaccinate 2.5 million people at once with an experimental vaccine.

    Funny, even before one Israeli was vaccinated it was reported in this blog on December 17 that the mRNA vaccines caused Bell’s Palsy. Don’t you think Pfizer and Moderna knew it too? What else do they know while feigning ignorance?

    The coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has apparently caused a number of side-effects not anticipated by the producers, a department manager at Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer said Tuesday.

    Professor Galia Rahav, chief of the Infectious Disease Unit and Laboratories at the Sheba Medical Center, spoke with Kan Reshet Bet Tuesday about the newly-discovered side-effects some people have reported experiencing after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

    The new side-effects range from paraesthesia – a nerve condition causing a tingling sensation or ‘pins and needles’ – to facial nerve paralysis.

    “When we noticed this and spoke with [the company], they started to get reports about this,” said Rahav.

    “At the beginning, they said that it was just hysterical women, but it doesn’t seem that way, because we’re seeing this with men as well.”

    Prof. Rahav emphasized that the side-effects are likely temporary, and that it is not yet certain that the vaccine caused the reactions. But, she added, since the vaccine is new “we need to examine it, to learn, and to observe.”

    “We’re just now learning about the effectiveness of the vaccine in real life. In real, day to day life, you learn different things. The effectiveness is a little different. When you vaccinate 2.5 million people in one shot, obviously we’re going to see different things happening.”

    Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 11:36 PM

  6. Matt

    https://www.rt.com/news/513710-iran-zarif-coronavirus-vaccine/

    Tehran to use Russian, Chinese, Indian & own vaccines, while US jabs are rejected due to ‘lack of trust’ – Iranian FM to RT
    27 Jan, 2021 04:59 / Updated 10 hours ago

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-proud-boys-tarrio-informant-20210127-bfhiifk5yfe2pdeguko27bhgta-story.html

    Proud Boys founder worked as government informant: report
    By LEONARD GREENE

    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
    JAN 27, 2021 AT 2:03

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/7k9mpd/roger-stone-used-the-oath-keepers-as-security-on-the-eve-of-the-capitol-riot

    Roger Stone Used Oath Keepers as Security on the Eve of the Capitol Riot

    Members of Oath Keepers, a far-right militia, were photographed backstage with Stone and escorting him in a golf buggy to an earlier speech by the Supreme Court.
    TO
    By Tess Owen
    January 26, 2021, 1:2

  7. Hello Matt, We , Snowbirding in Florida ,have experienced the same frustrations that you seem to be having in Boston. In this morning’s paper I read that at the San Diego Zoo the Gorilla Residents will be getting their shots as soon as possible due to the fact several have contracted the COVID virus. I’m back on the computer trying to score an appointment for my wife and myself and I’m thankful knowing that if we hopefully survive this Pandemic, that we will be able to visit our Zoos , knowing that the Gorillas were more successful than we have been to date! Slainte. ☘️

    1. JRC:

      Not only will you be able to visit the gorillas who have a priority but also the incarcerated who are also part of the first group to get vaccine. You may remember the days when the winter storms started to appear on the horizon that a lot of the street guys would commit a minor crime and ask the judge to send them to “the Island” for a few months to get through the winter. That seems to be a better way to get the vaccine than trying to do it on the outside on the up and up.

      But you should look at the bright side. Think of your favorite politician who is looking out for your welfare. He/she has jumped to the front of the line so that he/she would be healthy enough to represent you. It is good to know that we when we are vaccinated it will be safe to visit the gorillas, criminals and the politicians, and perhaps you may find one visit to one person may encompass all three.

  8. Maine doctor Meryl Nass MD had her home burned
    down in a confirmed case of Arson after showing
    the Gulf War Syndrome was caused by the Anthrax Vaccine.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Two prominent med school professors confirm what I have been saying: You get excellent immunity after having Covid, and while it has only been studied for an 8 month duration, there is every reason to think immunity will remain robust for the forseeable future
    Quoting from Martin Makary, MD and Monica Gandhi, MD:

    https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/90894

    Gandhi: my favorite paper had natural immunities which I will tout to the ends of the Earth because I just couldn’t believe how well done it was — it was this Science paper that was just published in November — because it had the longest data.
    This was Jennifer Dan and colleagues from UCSD, and showing that if you follow these 888 people with COVID-19 with a wide range of severity of illness, some hospitalized, some asymptomatic and mild infection, that you get profoundly robust antibodies, expected, memory B cells that don’t even seem to have a half-life. [In other words, they do not reduce in number over the 8 months of measurement–Nass]

    They just keep on going at the same level, so they’re estimating it could be lifelong memory B cells, and then memory T cells that are so high that they emulate the half-life of what happens after a yellow fever vaccination with memory T cells. The yellow fever vaccination is once in a lifetime…[So the T cells probably last a lifetime–Nass]

    Then this recent data that’s gotten a lot of attention, the Science paper, would suggest you could wait 8 months. It actually could, by the half-life extrapolations, it’s suggesting you could wait many years [before immunity would wane–Nass]. But at least if we want to be very strict about it, the Science paper went out to 8 months and you have profoundly strong immunity at 8 months after natural infection, very strong from all arms of the immune system, so you could at least wait 8 months.

    If people have had it for sure, they’ve been confirmed to have the positive COVID test or the antibodies, they should step aside in the vaccine line in order for us to save the most number of lives.

    Gandhi: They should step aside.

    So the CDC could say, very well grounded in excellent data, that you should wait 8 months. Just let everyone else get it [the vaccine] first and then you can wait at least 8 months. They could very well say that on strong scientific data and it would help because people are estimating that at least 14% of the U.S. population and up to 20%… Paul Offit said maybe 20% of the U.S. population has had natural COVID-19 infection, which is not surprising. We’ve been the epicenter of the pandemic. [CDC estimated that 16% of the popultion had had Covid in December–Nass.]

    If people have had it for sure, they’ve been confirmed to have the positive COVID test or the antibodies, they should step aside in the vaccine line in order for us to save the most number of lives.

    Gandhi: They should step aside.

    As I said earlier, if you have already had Covid, you will already have much better immunity than you can obtain with a vaccine. You will only subject yourself to the side effects, without any benefits and possibly expose yourself to additional risks, if you receive Covid vaccinations. Smile and step aside. You are no longer at risk. You are one of the lucky ones who can safely restart your life.
    Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D.

  9. Hi Matt:
    Sorry. There is no system. It’s chaos! Let me explain the relatively good experience I had in New York City. Since I’m 77, I qualified as a member of one of the priority groups, but I’m not sure it made that much difference. Our nitwit mayor announced the creation of so-called super vaccination sites at places like Yankee Stadium. But since the vaccine never arrived, the super sites disappeared. I had friends who went to great lengths to get the vaccine, calling here and there, without much success. My plan was to do absolutely nothing. I was therefore rewarded. About a week ago, around 11:30 at night, I got an e-mail from NYU-Langone, the hospital I use, saying I could make an appointment to get the vaccine. (While it seems terribly logical, I didn’t recall reading or hearing anything about NYC hospitals distributing t he vaccine.) Anyway, I went to my NYU-Langone account online and found that the hospital was offering the vaccine at about eight locations. I clicked on the two Manhattan locations and was told there were no appointment available. This struck me as odd, since the email arrived at 11:30, and I applied immediately. But I clicked on and found an opening at the Astoria, Queens, site. I went to Astoria on Jan. 21, two days after I’d gotten the email, with a sense of dread, fearing there would be long lines or no vaccine at all. But it worked out well. I spent an hour there, including the 15 minutes you have to wait after getting the shot. I was also able to schedule the second shot at a Manhattan location. I know this story has a crummy moral: Do nothing and get rewarded (more or less), but that’s what happened to me.

    1. Dan:

      I tried so now I am in the do nothing group other than I’m trying to join the VA which in itself seems somewhat a mystery. I called several numbers. I was given a choice to press 1,2,3, etc. depending on the purpose of my call. When I pressed the one relating to the call I was told that the number was not in service. I finally went to the Web to try to enroll there. I was told to be patient since it takes a week or so to review my application.

      On the good news front I received an email today from the Brigham/Mass General that they are going to set up sites beginning next Monday and will notify people over 75 about the availability. I hope it works out as well as your experience.

      Thanks for the information

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