ViewPoint: Frogs in a Boiling Pot of Water

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The world is going to have huge difficulty coping with the crises of the 21st century.

Covid-19 has already shown that.

More frequent future pandemics, the looming climate catastrophe, environmental collapse, the ongoing Sixth Mass Extinction with increasingly rapid loss of species, water wars, overpopulation, human mass migration  – all these await mankind.

Climate change, just to take the most obvious example, is a vastly more immense, much more complicated problem that requires navigation of complex scientific analysis and the imposition of painful policies internationally to ensure collective survival.

More extreme weather events, unbearable heat waves, hurricanes, floods, droughts, desertification, more numerous and bigger wildfires all await mankind.

Covid-19 didn’t require much more than for leaders to listen to basic medical advice.

They couldn’t even do that very well.

Covid-19 is like a little pop quiz before the big final exam, and it revealed that significant portions of the elite and those in power do not care about mass death in their country and, to put it in the most naked terms, have no capacity to impose policy or respond collectively to events.

The worry is that our response to the climate crisis will look eerily similar to our response to COVID:

–  Initial denialism and delay about the severity of the looming crisis.

–  Double down on individual liberty rhetoric.

–  Obsession with economic impacts of mitigating measures.

–  Tentative, slow, incremental measures, playing whack-a-mole to tackle the crisis.

–  Desensitization to mass death.

The Earth’s climate warms faster near the poles.

Canada’s refrigerator, the Arctic, is warming faster than the rest of the world.

The reasons include positive feedback cycles that occur when the permafrost thaws, when snow and ice melt to reveal darker, warmer surfaces below, and when more energy in the air and water currents are transported to the high latitudes.

Also, land warms faster than oceans, and Canada has a huge land area that is away from the oceans.

Canada is warming at an average rate twice as fast as the rest of the world, and three times faster than the United States, leading to more winter snowfall and more  intense summer heat waves.

This has led to a 1.7°C increase in mean annual temperature across the country since 1948, with more pronounced warming in northern Canada of 2.3°C.

To put this into perspective, the United States has warmed approximately 0.56°C and the world, globally, 0.8°C, since 1948, according to NASA.

Canada will be impacted more than average by climate change but some Canadians have bought into the selfish and false talking point that we will not be terribly adversely impacted by this crisis, that it could even be a good thing for us, with warmer winters and longer summers and growing seasons.

But, like smokers who won’t quit till they get cancer, some people seem unwilling to do anything until they personally experience a climate disaster.

The amount of global warming that is already baked-in, from carbon pollution already in the air, is already enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change.

For decades, scientists have talked about “committed warming” or the increase in future temperature based on past carbon dioxide emissions that stay in the atmosphere for well over a century.

It’s like the distance a speeding car travels after the brakes are applied.

Last month’s study in the journal Nature Climate Change calculates that the carbon pollution already put in the air will push global temperatures to about 2.3 degrees Celsius (4.1 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming since pre-industrial times.

International climate agreements set goals of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times, with the more ambitious goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) added in Paris in 2015.

The world has already warmed about 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit).

“You’ve got some … global warming inertia that’s going to cause the climate system to keep warming, and that’s essentially what we’re calculating,” said the study co-author, a climate scientist at Texas A&M University.

“Think about the climate system like the Titanic.  It’s hard to turn the ship when you see the iceberg.”

The ship of mankind and human civilization is steaming inexorably ahead, what with a world population that will reach 11 billion by 2100 pressing ahead with the mindless, unsustainable imperative for perpetual economic growth and development.

The next 50-100 years will be a critical existential test for our children and grandchildren.

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  1. Innova Medical Group Recalls Unauthorized SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test with Risk of False Test Results

    The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.
    Recalled Product

    Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test (also distributed under the names Innova COVID-19 Self-Test Kit (3T Configuration), Innova SARS-CoV-2-Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test (7T Configuration), and Innova SARS-CoV-2-Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test (25T Configuration))
    Lot codes:
    25T (25 tests per box) – U2101750, U2101751, X2006004, X2008001, X2008010, X2009002, X2009004, X2009013, X2009016, X2010004, X2010010, X2011005, X2011006, X2011007, X2011008, X2011009, X2011012, X2011013, X2011015, X2011016, X2011017, X2011025, X2011051, X2011052, X2012001, X2012002, X2012004, X2012005, X2012008, X2101002, X2101004, X2101014, X2101031, X2101038
    3T (3 tests per box) – U2102003, X2012310
    7T (7 tests per box) – U2101748, U2102001, U2102002, X2012711, X2103792

    Manufacturing Dates: September 1, 2020 to March 3, 2021
    Distribution Dates: November 2, 2020 to March 22, 2021
    Devices Recalled in the U.S.: At least 77,339
    Date Initiated by Firm: March 24, 2021

    Device Description

    The Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test claimed to determine if a person has an active COVID-19 infection. The test used a nasal swab sample and test strip to detect specific proteins, called antigens, from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If the nasal sample had SARS-CoV-2 antigens, a colored test line should have appeared on the test strip, indicating that the person may have COVID-19. If the nasal sample did not have SARS-CoV-2 antigens, a colored line should not have appeared on the test strip. The test has not been authorized, cleared, or approved by FDA for commercial distribution in the United States.
    Reason for Recall

    Innova Medical Group is recalling its SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test. Labeling distributed with certain configurations of the test includes performance claims that did not accurately reflect the performance estimates observed during the clinical studies of the tests. The performance characteristics of the test have not been adequately established, presenting a risk of false results.

    False-negative results may lead to delayed diagnosis or inappropriate treatment of SARS-CoV-2, which may cause patient harm including serious illness and death. False-negative results can also lead to further spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including when presumed negative patients are grouped into cohorts in health care, long-term care, and other facilities based on false test results.

    False-positive results could lead to a delay in the correct diagnosis and the initiation of an appropriate treatment for the actual cause of patient illness, which could be another life-threatening disease that is not SARS-CoV-2. False-positive results could also lead to further spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus when presumed positive patients are grouped into cohorts based on false test results.

    Who May Be Affected

    People who were tested using these devices
    Health care providers who may have access to and use these tests or whose patients have used these tests
    Organizers of large testing programs, such as on college campuses, who may be using and distributing these tests for diagnostic use

    What to Do

    On April 23, 2021, Innova Medical Group sent all affected device users an Urgent Medical Device Recall letter. The letter provided the following information:

    Do not use these tests to screen for or diagnose COVID-19.
    Identify and remove all affected tests from inventory.

    Either destroy the tests by placing them in the trash or return the tests using the FedEx return label that was included with the letter Innova sent to its customers.
    Complete and return the form Innova sent to its customers, indicating the number of destroyed or returned tests.

    The FDA also recommends:

    Test users and caregivers: Talk to your health care provider if you think you were tested with the Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test and you have concerns about your test results.

    Health care providers: If the test was given less than two weeks ago, consider retesting your patients using a different SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test if you suspect an inaccurate result. If testing was performed more than two weeks ago and there is no reason to suspect current SARS-CoV-2 infection, it is not necessary to retest.

    Testing program organizers: Notify participants in your testing program to discontinue diagnostic use of these tests and to use an FDA-authorized test to continue testing. For listings of FDA-authorized tests, see:
    FDA-Authorized Molecular Diagnostic Tests for SARS-CoV-2
    FDA-Authorized Antigen Diagnostic Tests for SARS-CoV-2
    Report any problems you experience with the Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test to the FDA, including suspected false results.

    For more information, please see the FDA’s June 2021 safety communication, Stop Using Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test.

    Contact Information
    Customers with questions about this recall should contact Linda Weinreb at [email protected] or call 747-494-0852.

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    • You fail to mention two very important points:

      1. This is one manufacturer’s product that is being recalled at FDA direction. There are hundreds of manufacturers making Covid tests. This does not apply to other manufacturers.

      2. This manufacturer’s test was not submitted for FDA approval as is required.

      One company trying to scam with a shoddy product. This does not mean other tests are not accurate.

  2. You can not patent anything found in nature.. there are over 170 patents associated & attributed to Covid-19 so there’s that & then the entire narrative falls apart when we see the ‘cure’ was patented before they finished creating the ‘virus’.

    So what do we do when we see that our own government(s) look at us as ‘frogs’.. to be boiled at their discretion, just sayin’.

    Pitch-forks & Torches.. ‘Winter is Coming’.

  3. Last week NASA released data they’ve uncovered that the wobble in the moon they detected has been significantly impacting earth’s weather – flooding, ocean currents, ocean temperatures, wind, etc – why is it taking so much for climate scientists to listen to NASA?

    As for covid, well, that storyline is evolving every day. Last week the CDC quietly released a lab alert encouraging them to replace the PCR test because it’s been found unable to differentiate between the SARS-CoV19, common cold coronavirus and virus borne influenza cases – – why is it taking so much for leaders to listen?

    People will listen to the money trail. Leaders, scientists, schools, etc listened more to feminism when the feminism industry was more profitable which changed when the climate change industry became more profitable which changed when the covid industry became more profitable. Seeing the trend yet?

    • @ Reality.

      You seem to have difficulty with reading comprehension.

      Paragraph #1… The moon wobble doesn’t affect anything but tides. And isn’t occurring at the moment. They are predicting it to impact in the next decade, and cause flooding due to higher than normal tides.

      Paragraph #2 The CDC didn’t ‘quietly release’ anything. The current PCR test’s emergency authorization expires in December 2021, and the CDC is advising labs to replace it before it does.

      • @Tom
        You seem to have difficulty with reading comprehension.

        Paragraph #1: NASA has indeed confirmed that the moon wobble is also linked to inland flooding events.

        Paragraph #2: Yes the emergency authorization has been due to expire however the CDC lab alert released on July 21/21 is urging a shift away from that PCR test and toward a multiplexed method that can more accurately facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses where the current PCR test has been identified as faulty.

        • Per the CDC point… that totally went over your head. They’re suggesting labs use a multiplexed testing solution to replace the existing COVID test. This means that a single test would also test for variants, other viruses etc. This does NOT imply that the COVID PCR test misidentifies anything. 3 swabs worth of tests for a single swab up the nose.

          Now you may why you would combine flu and covid tests. One answer is transfusion to immune compromised people. If you’re sick period they will test you to see what you have, and in the case of flu provide Tamiflu to fight it off. In that case it would save you from getting 3-4 swabs stuck up your nose.

  4. It is what it is and the few stewards of the earth are failing miserably at reversing the doom. Few seem to care.

  5. What a load of…. Well, you know.
    I’m old enough to read about a new global ice age (didn’t happen), mass world starvation (didn’t happen), mass extinction (didn’t happen and isn’t happening), sea level rise by 30 feet (didn’t happen), global warming (a proven fraud and name changed 3 times to keep the fear going).
    Please stop the fear mongering.
    This opinion piece should be deleted.

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