Thadeus Greenson 
Member since Jan 15, 2014

Thadeus Greenson

Bio:
Thadeus Greenson is the news editor of the North Coast Journal.

Recent Posts

  • Public Health Reports Three More COVID-19 Deaths
  • Public Health Reports Three More COVID-19 Deaths

    • Sep 20, 2021
  • Eureka Condemns 'Hazardous' Motel
  • Eureka Condemns 'Hazardous' Motel

    • Sep 16, 2021
  • HumCo Records 83rd COVID-19 Death, 37 New Cases
  • HumCo Records 83rd COVID-19 Death, 37 New Cases

    • Sep 16, 2021
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    Recent Articles

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  • 'Triage'

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    • Sep 16, 2021
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  • Time to Talk

    • Sep 16, 2021
  • 'A Brutal End'
  • 'A Brutal End'

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    • Sep 9, 2021
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    Recent Comments

    Re: “A Letter from 111 Local Doctors: Please Get Vaccinated

    America First-
    Well, an "internet survey" is hardly scientific or worthy of anything more than naming the Best Burger of Humboldt County. (Arguable whether it even should be trusted with that.) But the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons? Did you do any research on this group or just look for something that supported your already-held belief and post it?

    Let's take a look at the AAPS:

    First off, there are roughly 1 million licensed doctors practicing in the United States and fewer than 5,000 are members of AAPS. That's 0.5 percent. The American Medical Association, meanwhile, has roughly 250,000 practicing members and last month came out in support of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.

    From Wikipedia:
    "The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is a conservative non-profit association that promotes medical disinformation, such as HIV/AIDS denialism, the abortion-breast cancer hypothesis, vaccine and autism connections, and homosexuality reducing life expectancy."

    From Science and Medicine (2008):
    "… a major booster of antivaccinationism, HIV/AIDS denialism, and the now discredited hypothesis that abortion causes breast cancer, while on its pages it regularly attacks the very concept of evidence-based medicine and peer-review."

    In fact, it's a group so wing nutty that Sen. Rand Paul dropped from its ranks and distanced himself from it when he was outed as a member in early 2020.

    Again, the medical and scientific communities are incredibly united in saying the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
    Thadeus Greenson

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    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 08/19/2021 at 2:05 PM

    Re: “A Letter from 111 Local Doctors: Please Get Vaccinated

    America First-
    The thing is, though, that there aren't 111 doctors locally who don't believe in the efficacy and safety of the vaccines and would write a letter espousing that view. There's no equivalence. Just as the number of scientists who believe the climate crisis is real dwarf the tiny number of those in denial on the fringes, the medical and scientific communities are incredibly united in saying the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. When 99 people are saying the sky is blue but one color blind guy is saying it's green, it's hard to argue "both sides" warrant equal voice.
    Thadeus Greenson

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    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 08/17/2021 at 1:36 PM

    Re: “HumCo Hits COVID Hospitalization Record as County Confirms 33 New Cases

    America First-
    Sure, it’s very likely all adverse reactions — especially more mild ones — are not reported to the VAERS system. My point was just that we need to take these numbers for what they are — reports, not verified cases — and in the context of how many vaccinations have been administered. In that light, reports of adverse reactions are extraordinarily rare.

    And I’m absolutely not aware that there have been more deaths related to COVID-19 vaccinations than “all other vaccinations for the past 20 years.” As of mid July, only three deaths nationally had been causally linked to the 353 million vaccine doses administered in the U.S., all of them related the blood clots that occurred after people got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. If you have a verifiable source for your claim, please provide it.

    Similarly, if you have some evidence that COVID death statistics have been distorted/inflated/embellished, that a motorcyclist crashed into a wall and was recorded as a COVID death, please provide it. Your claim seems to suggest that ICU and ER doctors, medical examiners and coroners — across the nation, regardless of political beliefs — have engaged in some kind of conspiracy to inflate these numbers? Because that’s what this would mean. These deaths are reported locally to state and national agencies. It’s not as though CDC agents hop into St. Joseph Hospital or the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office to determine what is and isn’t a COVID death.

    Regarding your various data on mortality rates, I’ll just point out that the American Academy of Pediatrics just penned a letter to the FDA urging it to open vaccine eligibility to kids 5 to 12 years old, pointing out that 71,726 COVID-19 cases were recently confirmed in kids in a single week. The nonprofit association representing more than 67,000 doctors who have dedicated their lives to caring for the health of children feels COVID-19 presents a very real risk and the vaccines are safe. I’m sure you’ll understand if I take the word of 67,000 doctors over that of someone anonymously commenting on the internet.

    As to you and your personal vaccine decision, it sounds like it’s already been made but I hope you’ll reconsider. If not, please wear a mask and practice physical distancing while you’re “taking your chances." After all, it's one thing to be reckless with your own health, quite another to put others at risk.

    And just out of curiosity, if you do wind up getting COVID-19 and find yourself unable to breathe, will you seek medical care from the professionals whose opinions, recommendations and pleas you have chosen to ignore?

    Thadeus Greenson

    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 08/13/2021 at 10:20 AM

    Re: “HumCo Hits COVID Hospitalization Record as County Confirms 33 New Cases

    America First-
    Some important context:
    First, the VAERS system you refer to only documents reports of adverse events after vaccination, which can be submitted by healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers or members of the public. Importantly — so much so the database makes people sign a disclaimer before accessing its data — the data only documents reports, without investigating whether the vaccine, in fact, caused the illness, reaction or death being reported. From the disclaimer: "The reports may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental or unverifiable."
    Second, even if we imagine every single report checks out as not only being from a real person who really got vaccinated and really got sick AS A RESULT — which is almost assuredly not the case — let's do some math. The data you site doesn't isolate reports from the U.S. and more than 4.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally, which would mean there's an adverse reaction rate of approximately 0.00012 percent and a rate of adverse reactions causing death of 0.0000027 percent. And even if we pretend all these reports are both accurate AND isolated to the U.S., that would still be an adverse reaction rate of 0.0015 percent and a rate of adverse reactions causing death of 0.000035 percent.
    Third, COVID-19, meanwhile, has now been confirmed to have infected more than 36 million people in the United States, killing more than 616,459 of them — or 1.7 percent — and causing "adverse reactions" in millions more.
    Your data sure seems to say LOUDLY that the vaccines are both generally safe, and far, far safer than COVID-19.
    Thadeus Greenson

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    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 08/12/2021 at 1:56 PM

    Re: “The Advocate

    Thank you for making us aware of the error. We have fixed it.

    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 07/29/2021 at 11:40 AM

    Re: “Forewarned but Still Not Ready

    Lost-
    The story linked below should have run as a sidebar to this, as it did it print:

    https://m.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/h…

    Sorry for the confusion.

    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 05/27/2021 at 5:41 PM

    Re: “In Memoriam

    John M-
    From the article:

    "With the grim anniversary approaching and local rates of cases and hospitalizations rising, the Journal asked the Humboldt County Coroner's Office for a list of all local residents who'd died with the disease. While it appears comprehensive — including residents who died while getting treatment at out-of-county hospitals — we also know it does not reflect the full toll of this virus. For example, take the case of Esteban Gonzalez, the popular Arcata restaurant owner, who was hospitalized in December with COVID-19 and died of related pneumonia in January, even though the virus had left his system, and is thus not included on this list. There is also the possibility some included on the list were later removed from Public Health's tally because they were deemed to live outside the area."

    Hope that answers your question.

    Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 05/27/2021 at 9:35 AM

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