Today is July 13. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.
1.Fauci admits that COVID-19 vaccines do not protect ‘overly well’ against infection
Fox News – White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci conceded that COVID-19 vaccines do not protect “overly well” against infection Tuesday on “Your World.”
Fauci said, “One of the things that’s clear from the data is that even though vaccines – because of the high degree of transmissibility of this virus – don’t protect overly well, as it were, against infection, they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death. And I believe that’s the reason, Neil, why at my age, being vaccinated and boosted, even though it didn’t protect me against infection, I feel confident that it made a major role in protecting me from progressing to severe disease. And that’s very likely why I had a relatively mild course. So my message to people who seem confused because people who are vaccinated get infected – the answer is if you weren’t vaccinated, the likelihood is you would have had a more severe course than you did have when you were vaccinated.”
DML: I have lost count of how many of my videos, podcasts and articles have been removed and or demonitized by Twitter, Youtube, Google, and Facebook because I said the same thing Fauci just said. The vaccine doesn’t work as advertised. That’s it, case closed. With that in mind, on Tuesday, Fauci appeared on MSNBC and joined a White House press briefing by video conference to warn about the spread of the BA.5 variant, a subvariant of the Omicron strain. He called on Americans to get vaccine booster shots and said health officials are now ‘recommending’ people return to wearing masks in indoor group settings. He wants stuff to shut down again, and right before the election.
2.Biden heads to Mideast jittery about Iranian nuclear program
(AP) — Joe Biden starts the first visit to the Middle East of his presidency with a monumental task: assuring uneasy Israeli and Saudi Arabian officials that he is committed to preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
Biden begins the visit Wednesday with a three-day stop in Israel, where officials say Iran’s quickly evolving nuclear program is at the top of their agenda for talks with the U.S. president. Biden made reviving the Iran nuclear deal, brokered by Barack Obama in 2015 and abandoned by Donald Trump in 2018, a key priority as he entered office.
But indirect talks for the U.S. to reenter the deal have stalled as Iran has made rapid gains in developing its nuclear program. That’s left the Biden administration increasingly pessimistic about resurrecting the deal, which placed significant restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
Shortly after his arrival in Israel on Wednesday, Biden is expected to get a briefing on the country’s new “Iron Beam” missile defense system and visit the Yad Vashem, a memorial to Holocaust victims. Besides meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, he’s slated to receive Israel’s Presidential Medal of Honor and visit with U.S. athletes taking part in the Maccabiah Games, which involve thousands of Jewish and Israeli athletes from around the globe.
DML: 52 gaffes. That’s my estimate on how many dumb sounding or completely incorrect statements Biden issues during this blind man tour.
3.Biden claims that Democrats WANT him to run in 2024
DailyMail – Joe Biden has claimed Democrats want him to run in 2024 despite polling showing the majority want another candidate.
The President got into a spat with a reporter during a garden party at the White House on Tuesday afternoon and insisted he was still the favorite.
He slammed the journalist saying ‘you guys are all the same’ and told them to ‘read the polls, read the polls’, adding: ‘They want me to run.’
Biden said 92 per cent of Democrats would vote for him, citing a poll by Siena College which found he would win if the contest was today and between him and Donald Trump.
But he failed to mention that in the same article, published in the New York Times, 64 per cent of Democratic primary voters would prefer someone else in the next election.
DML: He is one crazy guy.
4.Sri Lankan president flees to Maldives, protesters storm prime minister’s office
(Reuters) – Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country on Wednesday and hundreds of protesters stormed the prime minister’s office demanding his ouster, as a people’s uprising over a devastating economic crisis overwhelmed security forces.
Rajapaksa called the speaker of parliament to say he would resign later in the day and that his ally Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should be interim president, infuriating Sri Lankans struggling with months-long shortages of food, fuel and power.
The president’s flight brought an end to the rule of the powerful Rajapaksa clan that has dominated politics in the South Asian country for the last two decades.
DML: People are beyond pissed.
5.Google CEO Pichai says company will slow hiring through 2023
CNBC – Google parent Alphabet will slow the pace of hiring and investments through 2023, CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees on Tuesday.
“Like all companies, we’re not immune to economic headwinds,” Pichai wrote in the memo, which was viewed by CNBC. “We need to be more entrepreneurial working with greater urgency, sharper focus, and more hunger than we’ve shown on sunnier days.”
He started by acknowledging that “the uncertain global economic outlook has been top of mind.”
Alphabet shares are down 21% so far this year.
DML: The collapse is so very close. First it’s the resurface of COVID, next it’s job losses, then the housing will crash. You should take steps now to brace yourself.