Where Has Gavin Newsom Been?

California Governor Gavin Newsom has not made a public appearance since October 27, when he got a booster shot. This article is from Nov. 6:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A week after abruptly canceling plans to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has receded from public view to deal with unspecific family obligations.

When the surprising announcement was made Oct. 29, a spokesperson said Newsom planned to participate virtually in the conference this week. But the California delegation’s schedule at the meeting this week, released by the governor’s office, did not include Newsom.

Instead, the schedule included in-person appearances by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who Newsom tapped to lead the state delegation in his absence; Sam Aseffa, director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission and California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot.

After the federal government late Tuesday authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use for kids 5 to 11, California implemented what state officials deemed a “robust vaccination program.” It’s the kind of announcement that Newsom typically makes in-person in front of TV cameras.

But the governor’s office announced the plan with an emailed news release. His last public appearance was Oct. 27, when he received a coronavirus booster shot.

Newsom’s office did not respond to questions Friday about what the governor has been doing this week.

Newsom spokesperson Erin Mellon said the governor will appear virtually at the U.N. conference next week.

“The Governor will participate in a couple events next week focused on global efforts to advance zero emission vehicles and to move beyond oil,” she said Thursday.

Newsom submitted some prerecorded remarks to a transit conference earlier this week and his office announced some appointments to state agencies and boards. He also posted a photo on his Instagram account with his wife and four children, aged 5 to 12, dressed as pirates on Halloween.

His Twitter account went dark from Oct. 28 until Tuesday, when he tweeted Election Day support to fellow Democratic Govs. Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, who were seeking reelection. As the week went on, Newsom’s Twitter account was more active.

It’s rare, but not unprecedented, for Newsom to go a whole week without some type of appearance. Such absences are usually explained, including when Newsom leaves the state for vacation.

In this case, the only statement from Newsom’s office came Oct. 29 and referred to unspecified family obligations. No additional information about the family’s circumstances has been released.

So he gets the booster shot, and now he hasn’t been seen in public since then.

There’s been speculation on social media that the Governor has come down with Bell’s Palsy as an adverse reaction to the booster shot.

There’s been nothing to substantiate this claim, however.

Over the weekend, Newsom was apparently spotted at a fancy wedding for an oil heiress named Ivy Getty. Vogue reported on the wedding and mentioned that Newsom was present, along with Nancy Pelosi, who officiated over the wedding.

There weren’t any clear photos of Newsom, but it does appear to be him:

Now, however, these pictures don’t really tell us much about where Newsom has been the past two weeks, or if he actually got Bell’s Palsy. They don’t tell us why he had to abruptly cancel his trip to Scotland.

Newsom is scheduled to do a livestream today, so we should see him for the first time in nearly two weeks if all goes according to plan.

This post on Substack by someone named Steve Kirsch gets a little bit more into detail on the allegations of Bell’s Palsy:

It’s been rumored that Gavin Newsom is out of sight since getting his booster on Oct 27 because he developed Bell’s palsy (or a closely related, but more serious condition of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)). This can happen within hours after getting his booster so this make perfect sense. This explains why nobody has seen him in public since he got the shot; anyone who saw him would instantly know.

Now, November 9, almost two weeks later, he is scheduled to do a livestream 11:45 am on at the California Economic Summit per this articleBy then he could look totally normal as I will explain below.

I’m guessing it is Bell’s palsy for three reasons:

1. it’s far more common COVID vaccine side effect than GBS (by a factor of almost 5)

2. it’s common after Moderna (which is what he got) because Moderna has a large dose,

3. it resolves relatively quickly compared to GBS (within days or weeks) so it would enable him to “fully recover” in 2 weeks and do the event today.

For example, Brady Smith, a dentist in Camas, Washington, had two patients (of 10,000) who got Moderna (not administered by him) and developed Bell’s palsy within a few hours after the shot. In both cases, the paralysis resolved with a few days. This can totally explain how Newsom can now (as of Nov. 9) appear in public with no traces. Nobody will know he was vaccine injured. All he has to do now is come up with a lame excuse for why he dropped from sight for nearly two weeks with no explanation. Simple.

Here’s the background for my hypothesis that he’s vaccine injured:

1. Twitter reports of facial paralysis (my first thought was Bell’s Palsy).

2. Emails with my friends say it is GBS (either can cause facial paralysis).

3. I had a “soft” confirmation from a friend who absolutely knows him. The friend acted in a way consistent with the hypothesis that he has Bell’s palsy.

4. I’ve heard from two lawyers, both of whom told me he has GBS. One lawyer talked to two different very close friends of Gavin and got the exact same story: GBS.

5. There is an article about it on the CHD website (archived here)

6. Confirmation in multiple checks done by Alex Jones.

I went and viewed the Alex Jones video at InfoWars, and actually Jones is very tame and calm the whole time, no outrageous predictions or pronouncements or anything like that. He says he has sources close to the Governor who confirmed to him that it was either Bell’s Palsy or the more serious Guilliane-Barre Syndrome.

I did a little research on Steve Kirsch, because I’ve never heard the name until now, and apparently he’s, according to MIT Technology Review, a “veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur” who made “a fortune as the founder of Infoseek, an early search engine that was the Google of its day.” Kirsch is an MIT alum.

The MIT article, however, trashes Kirsch as a “misinformation superspreader” because he’s a vaccine skeptic:

By March 2020, he’d settled on the idea of searching for covid treatments in the pre-existing pharmacopeia. The premise made sense: Most experts were predicting vaccines would take years, while finding helpful drugs with known safety profiles could shortcut the approval process.

With little government funding available for such work, Kirsch founded the Covid-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF), putting in $1 million of his own money and bringing in donations from Silicon Valley luminaries: the CETF website lists the foundations of Marc Benioff and Elon Musk as donors. Over the last 18 months, the fund has granted at least $4.5 million to researchers testing the covid-fighting powers of drugs that are already FDA-approved for other diseases.

That’s a big no-no, however.

That work has yielded one promising candidate, the antidepressant fluvoxamine; other CETF-funded efforts have been less successful. But that’s not a surprise, according to researchers who conducted them: the vast majority of trials for any drug end in failure. 

What has alarmed many of the scientists associated with CETF, though, are Kirsch’s reactions to the work he’s funded—both successes and failures. He’s refused to accept the results of a hydroxychloroquine trial that showed the drug had no value in treating covid, for instance, instead blaming investigators for poor study design and statistical errors. 

He’s also publicly railed against what he claims is a campaign against drugs like fluvoxamine and ivermectin. And, according to three members of CETF’s scientific advisory board, he put pressure on them to promote fluvoxamine for clinical use without conclusive data that it worked for covid.

More recently, he’s adopted extremist positions on covid vaccines, which he alleges are “toxic.” He has claimed that one in 1,000 people who have received mRNA vaccines have died as a result, and even claimed the vaccines “kill more people than they save” at an FDA public forum, which was first reported by the Daily Beast.

As Kirsch has gone deeper into the anti-vaccine scene, many professional associates have increasingly distanced themselves from him. In May, all 12 members of CETF’s scientific advisory board resigned, citing his alarming dangerous claims and erratic behavior. Over the summer, the conflict reached his most recent startup, M10. Its board told him that if he wanted to remain part of the company he would have to stop making public anti-vaccine statements. In September, he resigned as CEO and gave up his board seat.

Of course. Cowards will always turn tail and run the moment the going gets tough.

Anyway, we’ll probably never know for certain what happened to Gavin Newsom over these past few weeks.

If he suffered an adverse reaction from the vaccine, that story is never going to see the light of day.

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