2023 began with Anthony Fauci admitting in a paper, “SARS-CoV-2, endemic coronaviruses, RSV, and many other ‘common cold’ viruses… have not to date been effectively controlled by licensed or experimental vaccines.”
The year ended with researchers in Japan claiming a new covid mutation will cause heart problems, to which one astute reader tweeted, “The new variant is called the vax.” Nice one.
And for all that happened in between we look to some of our favorite memes…
The Mayflower crew landed in Plymouth Bay on December 21, 1620. Few survived to the first Thanksgiving.
According to the writings of William Bradford, the Pilgrims’ situation greatly improved after replacing collectivism with capitalism, allowing each family to use their private property to sell the crops grown themselves.
Friends’ star Matthew Perry, age 54, died suddenly on Saturday, Oct. 28 of an apparent drowning in a jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home. Police responded to his home after a call reporting a cardiac arrest. No drugs were found.
The Economist Magazine from December-January, 2013 had an intricate cover illustration depicting the vices of various world leaders, but interestingly depicted Hamas using hang gliders vs. Israel.
If you search for “Hamas and hang gliders” from 2010 to 2013 you will find nothing. The only story we found was from an archive in 1981 about the failure of a few Palestinians using them. Send us a note if you find out more.
Hidden nuggets often adorn the cover of The Economist. In the 2015 cover below, notice the obscure gender-bending Clown Fish, which develops as male then switches to female. The pied piper, who traditionally lures children, seems to be aimed at the transgender fish.
There is also an angry tortoise, logo of the evolutionary socialist Fabian Society, who yearn for a one-world government (and whose coat of arms is a wolf in sheep’s clothing).
A notable alumni of the magazine is Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, the vice chair of Soros Fund Management and the World Economic Forum and Chairman of Smartmatic voting systems in 2020 (Malloch-Brown was mysteriously removed from the Smartmatic website on Nov. 12, 2020).