America, Vaccines, and What the Data Tells Us

Emperor Hirohito and General MacArthur in Tokyo, Japan in 1945. Photo: U.S. Army

In August 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, killing up to 250,000 people, effectively ending World War ll. Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, and brought a terrible war to much of Asia and throughout the Pacific. It is said up to 30 million Asians may have died at the hands of the Japanese leading up to and during the second World War.

Soon after Japan’s surrender, General Douglas MacArthur would rule the Japanese for the next five years as the United States transitioned the once hostile war driven Third World nation into a world class First World nation.

MacArthur brought Americanism to Japan, giving the Japanese a humane Constitution, ending enslavement, police oppression, thought control, centuries of a brutal feudalistic government, and lifting the nation out of the ashes of their own self inflicted defeat for a second chance.

Know what else USA did for Japan? We vaccinated the nation in a massive way.

In his book Reminiscences, MacArthur wrote, “Diseases such as smallpox, diphtheria, and typhoid—diseases which had all but disappeared in the United States by 1920—were still epidemic in Japan in 1945. Tuberculosis was almost a national scourge. I sought immediately to improve this situation. With the help and co-operation of American medical authorities, the Japanese people were given what amounted to a mass inoculation and vaccination. In three years, we vaccinated 70,000,000 for smallpox and succeeded in curbing the disease which had been rampant.”

People forget, or never knew there was a time when horrible diseases afflicted the world causing massive sickness and death.

When we talk about legit heroes that humanity has mostly forgotten about, and most will never know what they truly did for us in their contributions in discovering vaccines, there is Pasteur (France), and Jenner (England), and in America, Maurice Hilleman developed vaccines for measles, hepatitis, chickenpox, and mumps. And of course Jonas Salk announced a polio vaccine in 1953.

I am near 100% pro-vaccination. Provided the vaccine has been thoroughly tested, is FDA approved for safety, and the vaccine rollout is rational.

COVID-19 is a serious, contagious disease, and legit pandemic. Science and medical doctors know who are most susceptible to the worst risks of COVID. They are the elderly, diabetics, and people who are overweight.

COVID vaccines are still experimental vaccines, not approved by the FDA. At this time, maybe up to 80 million adult Americans are choosing to not get vaccinated because they have legit safety concerns, and are exercising their Constitutional right to not get vaccinated (on a Federal level), and it’s driving the establishment crazy.

As President Biden’s approval #’s are dropping, government wants to censor people accused of vaccine misinformation, which is not what America is about. Maybe this why Biden’s polling tanked this week.

When someone in the media says 1 million people have died because of COVID vaccines, that is inaccurate, and reckless, but it is still protected free speech. The claim should be disputed, and definitively proven wrong. So how many people have died from directly COVID vaccines in America? No one knows for sure, but numbers of 4000 to 9000 deaths (and higher) are out there.

There is data available on the vaccine rollout from VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System).

The Oregonian on May 26, 2021 citing the VAERS database: “If you select “COVID-19 vaccines” and “deaths” in the database today, you will get just over 4,000 results.” Link

I went to VAERS and downloaded 2021 vaccine data and counted up 418,781 reports of side effects reported from COVID vaccines.

Ray Sahelian M.D. a well respected medical doctor is monitoring VAERS, and writing about his observations on the COVID vaccines. Dr. Sahelian has legit concerns about the vaccines, and the unknowns which he writes extensively about on his website.

Dr. Sahelian writes: “I have reviewed thousands of case reports on the CDC VAERS vaccine injury reporting government website; reviewed the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca side effect reports during the trials; read countless news articles and published medical articles; and also read countless case reports on several online groups where people mention their reactions to the Covid-19 vaccines. I have a good understanding of the types of side effects that are occurring.”

America is in the middle of an experimental vaccine rollout as the Delta variant is seeing a surge, but at this time, case positives are rising, while data on hospitalizations and fatalities are less severe. Why is this? Not sure, but if trends hold, might be because millions have been vaccinated, and many of the highest at risk have been vaccinated too.

America brought to market multiple vaccines in record time, and mobilized to deliver an impressive war effort level rollout, but the vaccines are still not FDA approved and vaccine hesitancy is a logical outcome.

Add to this, a recent poll (conducted on 7/12-7/13) by the Trafalgar Group (considered a very good poll) said that 71.4% of “American voters believe taking the COVID vaccines should be a personal choice, not mandatory.”

Fortunately, the United States is a Federalist government with laws that protect us from more irrational lockdowns like other nations are doing again. Some states may drive new mask mandates. Others won’t.

Where do I stand on COVID vaccines?

Do I think people will drop dead from vaccines? A tiny percentage could be at risk. There are side effects. Some unpleasant, and severe. Not everyone experiences side effects.There are long term unknowns. But for people who’ve been vaccinated, and who got past the first 2-4 weeks without severe reactions (or worse), it is expected you have immunity to the worst effects of COVID.

The COVID vaccines should be FDA approved, ASAP!

Not All Writers Are Arrogant

After writing up a business bio that is impressive and probably intimidating to some, at the end of his About Page on his website, blogger Chris Brogan ends with a Personal Note, which I think was personable and clever, and I agree with:

“Biographies are really weird things. About pages. All that. You basically have to primp yourself up and act all pompous and important and make sure people know why you’re worth it. I’m a really approachable and nice-seeming guy. Never hesitate to introduce yourself to me when you see me out and about, okay? I’m nice. Promise.”

Chris Brogan has a point, and it was worth writing up this quick post to share his quote.

Book Review: ‘Grammar For Journalists’

Grammar For Journalists (Chilton)

Thirty-five years after taking journalism in high school, while I never got a degree, I’m a journalist by behavior, and a reporter in heart, even if (admittedly) my grammar sometimes needs work. And truth is, you don’t need a degree in America to be a journalist.

Too many ivy league journalists these days are perfectly skilled in grammar, but have tossed objectivity out the window for a political agenda. While I may not have perfect grammar skills, at least I can report a news story fairly.

Grammar For Journalists by E. L. Callihan (1957) is a refresher on the rules of grammar, and a dose of old school clarity on what it means to be a journalist. And one of the better investments I’ve made in the last few years.

Callihan’s book is a crash course on gaining a ‘command of the English language’, mastering elements of grammar, re-learning the importance of a sentence (known as the journalist’s ‘chief tool’), and chapter after chapter on the proper use of verbs, nouns, punctuation, and of course, emphasis on perfect spelling.

This is a book you would find on a 1960s reporter’s desk in a busy city newsroom. Not anymore. These days, can purchase Grammar For Journalists on Amazon at a discount. Sometimes obscure books from the past no one reads anymore are quite valuable.

Thanks for reading The Daily NewsBeat. If you ever catch a blatant typo, or grammar error, please know I don’t have a personal editor, and I write way too quick sometimes, but that’s still no excuse. So I’ll keep trying harder to nip my ‘grammaritis’ in the bud, and strengthen my command of the English language.

In this book review, Grammar For Journalists gets two enthusiastic thumbs up! Get a copy today. If you have kids, give that copy to your teenager one day so they can learn the foundation of the 1950s era of journalistic excellence.

Quick Thoughts on Red and Blue States

Final House of Representatives map from 2020 Election. Credit: Real Clear Politics

No secret to anyone the United States is deeply divided. Politics is everywhere, including in big business. Can see this clearly on how big corporations are evolving their corporate goals, and especially on Linkedin, where political messaging is hammered away every single day in company post updates.

We live in a political world. How can this business minded writer not write about politics?

I subscribe to red and blue state thinking. Blue states (and cities) are more liberal, and Red states (and cities) are more Conservative.

Full disclosure, this writer leans to the red, but does hold a few blue state political positions.

Readers may disagree with this writer on important political topics of the day, but just know I write from a place where the American Heartland meets the political center of America, and contrary to what anyone may argue, many of my points of view reflect two hundred years of American normal.

See all that red on the map? Politically, that’s foundational for the DNA of American Tradition.