(comma) state police said.

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When I joined The Associated Press in the Woodstein Era, I had to memorize the organization’s stylebook. I studied it so intently that I found several errors, which my test giver acknowledged.

I’m so anal about accuracy that I just checked to make sure that The Associated Press does indeed have “The” in its name. Many websites obscure the full name of their companies, but a little trick is to go to the company’s privacy page, where the lawyers write the words.

As has just about every other legacy media outfit, The AP has crossed over to the dark side. I suppose you have seen that its stylebook now stipulates that “black” will be capitalized but not “white.” Glad I’m not memorizing it now to get hired.

The story is told that a lgendary AP writer in my time, Sid Moody, saved his career in his early days in the New Jersey bureau with a clever expedient every journalist of that day understood. He wrote:

“A nuclear missile was launched tonight in New Jersey, state police said.”

Was a missile launched? No. Did the state police say it was? Yes. So Moody’s sentence was correct, and he went on to an illustrious career.

I was reminded of that story when I came across this essay by Jim Goad, who was trained as I was. i want you to read it so that you can understand the garbage thrown in your face every day. He describes his journalism teacher’s instruction.

And not only don’t you share opinions, the only way to keep yourself from looking like an idiot is to never state anything as a fact, either. Nothing. You attribute all statements of either facts or opinions to others. You never make any claims. You always attribute claims to others. That way you’re never wrong.

You are perfectly free to QUOTE someone saying the most ridiculously emotional, subjective, unquantifiable, and unfalsifiable thing. Go ahead and let someone say that there is racial injustice in the USA. Hang that stupid sentiment on them.

The reason she taught us to do it this way is because journalism, at least as she saw it, was an attempt to get at the truth no matter how unpleasant the truth might be. The LAST thing journalism was supposed to do was push an ideology, because at that point it ceased to be journalism.

He continues with a scornful look at The AP today. It was once a highly respected news organization.

Please read his entire essay.

~ Lithophones

The Reporters: Viruses, bugs, traffic jams

A closer look at what’s going on out there.

The Virus Doesn’t Care about Your Policies.  Based on the data, there seems to be no relationship between lockdowns and lives saved. That’s remarkable, given that we know for sure that lockdowns have destroyed economies the world over. Nothing like this has been tried in the whole history of humanity, certainly not on this scale. It was pure speculation that lockdowns would suppress this virus, and that speculation was based on a hubristic presumption of the awesome power and intelligence of government managers.

beeI Asked Leading Entomologists: ‘What’s The Smartest Bug In The World?’ Unlike most insects, the honey bee is a social animal, which forces it to have many intelligent abilities that non-social insects (like, say, flies, or beetles) don’t need. And its smarts are legion: the insects are able to recognize and distinguish between human faces, a surprising trait given that it isn’t really necessary for their survival. Another one: bees can count. In an experiment, honey bees were rewarded for stopping at the third in a series of landmarks, and proved able to remember this location and to thus count.

New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe. Long-sought documents finally pried from U.S. intelligence agencies prove that the Obama administration used the occasion of providing a standard intelligence briefing for major-party candidates as an opportunity to investigate Donald Trump on suspicion of being a Russian asset. The target of the probe spearheaded by the FBI — but greenlighted by the Obama White House, and abetted by the Justice Department and U.S. intelligence agencies — was Donald Trump.

newspaperThe Media’s Political Suicide. McClatchy had bought Knight Ridder for $4.4 billion to create the second largest news company. After going into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, McClatchy was won in an auction by a hedge fund, which also owns the National Enquirer, in a secret bidding which started with $30 million cash and $270 million in debt. None of this says anything good about the future of its D.C. bureau, or the Miami Herald, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Sacramento Bee, the Kansas City Star, and other hollowed out husks of major urban papers carrying huge loads of pension debt and even bigger loads of radical left-wing politics.

trafficWhy a Traffic Flow Suddenly Turns Into a Traffic Jam. Envision a uniform traffic flow: All vehicles are evenly distributed along the highway, and all drive with the same velocity. Under perfect conditions, this ideal traffic flow could persist forever. However, in reality, the flow is constantly exposed to small perturbations: imperfections on the asphalt, tiny hiccups of the engines, half-seconds of driver inattention, and so on. To predict the evolution of this traffic flow, the big question is to decide whether these small perturbations decay, or are amplified.

The Week That Perished. If you have the remotest clue about how journalism is supposed to operate, you’d realize it’s effectively dead in the United States. So-called reporters now routinely capitalize “Black” while keeping “white” lowercase, they refer to people who are clearly a “he” as a “she,” and they keep using the words “racism” and “injustice” as if they were measurable rather than figments of the collective cultural fever dream.

The New Economy. We are seeing things today that classical and neoclassical economics said were not possible, at least not in the long term. All over the West, but particularly in the United States, we are seeing contradictions for which there are no explanations. It’s as if we have crossed into a new world that operates by different economic rules.

 

 

~ Grinagog

How will you school your child now?

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Early learning pod.

So many questions. Will public schools be safe? Will the masking and other requirements be too onerous? Will they really learn online?

Plus, the teacher unions have gone mad. The politicians, who have always been mad, are playing politics with your child’s future.

Now of course is an opportunity to shift away from government schools to something more under your control. David Henderson, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, writes:

Many will opt instead to home-school. This summer, parents have had time to plan for the fall. Many of them are forming “learning pods,” which are small groups of families getting together to hire a teacher or a tutor to teach their kids.

What if, as I predict, home-schooling works, on average, better than the public schools before the pandemic? Once the pandemic ends, many parents will want to continue with home-schooling. A poll taken in May of 626 parents found 40.8% of them saying they were more likely than before the pandemic to enroll their child in “a home school, a neighborhood home-school co-op, or a virtual school” once the lockdowns ended.

Everything is in flux, including parents working at home, which changes the equation on who will watch after Junior during the day.

Here are some resources if you want to look into homeschooling.

We can’t know the future, but it’s possible that we’re in a major societal upheaval. Government schools have been taken over by The Left, and the main reason to teach your children at home is to prevent their indoctrination. And, look at these famous people who were homeschooled.

~ Aeropagus

All eyes on Little Tony Fauci

A man wearing an NBC Suit (Nuclear - Biological - Chemical)I was going to write about the possibiliity that the Kung Flu can infect you through your eyes, and then Little Tony comes along, and I have to change what I will say.

It has been suggested for several months that virus-containing droplets coughed up by your Uncle Kevin could get in your system through your eyes.

“I don’t think we can answer that question with 100% confidence at this time,” says H. Nida Sen, MD, director of the Uveitis Clinic at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, MD, and a clinical investigator who is studying the effects of COVID-19 on the eye. But, she says, “I think it is biologically plausible.”

Notice that she’s careful in what she says. It’s the kind of information that you might act on if you’re unusally worried. In fact, I bought some onion-peeling glasses that have foam around the eyes to keep fumes out. Ok, I can be paranoid. I haven’t, you know, actually worn them anywhere. You can also buy safety glasses with the foam; I have some of these, not for the foam, but because they’re safety glasses, and I do a lot of things more dangerous than the Kung Flu, like play with chain saws.

In an email, the agency says it “does not have specific recommendations for the public regarding eye protection. However, in healthcare settings, CDC does recommend eye protection for healthcare workers to prevent transmission via droplets.”

Sen agrees. “For the general public, I don’t think we have enough data to suggest that they should be covering the eyes in some form,” she says.

When she goes to the grocery store, she doesn’t wear eye protection. “I am only wearing goggles when I’m seeing ophthalmology patients up close, basically because I’m 4 or 5 inches away from them.”

Now Tony, a quite visible public health official, had no business saying: “You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye,” he continued. “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield you should use it.”

Do you see him wearing goggles? Of course not. This is the kind of statement likely to create panic and worry. It’s irresponsible. Maybe he has mucosa on the brain.

Maybe Little Tony is too busy basking in the limelight to pay attention to what he’s saying. Next he’ll recommend full hazmat suits because, you know, you can’t be too careful. Maybe he’s stirring up mischief because he despises The Donald. I can say that’s possible if he can say it’s possible to get the Kung Flu through your eyeballs.

~ Seppuku

Where do you get your news?

drudge

With The Drudge Report going over to the dark side, several Drudge-like sites are trying to fill the void. I look at these every day to get an idea of what’s going on.

Just the News. This is run by the Washington investigative journalist John Solomon, who has been a leader in exposing the coup against Trump.

Bongino Report. Launched by Daniel Bongino, a political commentator, radio show host, author, politician, former congressional candidate, and former U.S. Secret Service agent.

Trends. This site was created by Andrew Torbia, who also started the social media site Gab. It has been under repeated attack by The Left, which makes it more interesting to me. Gab also has a browser, Dissenter.

I also read:

The Epoch Times. This newspaper was founded in the United States in  2000 in response to communist repression and censorship in China. Its founders, Chinese-Americans who themselves had fled communism, sought to create an independent media to bring the world uncensored and truthful information.

Instapundit. This influential blog was created by law professor Glenn Reynolds. In 2007 network theory researchers who studied blogs as a test case found that Instapundit was the #1 blog for “quickly know[ing] about important stories that propagate over the blogosphere.”

The old order of news is finished. You need to start creating your own system for keeping track of the world. You can do it for free!

~ Gobustan

The Observers: Women, Transgenders, Commies

Insights on matters of the day from those who are worth hearing..

Cui Bono? If you ran the Chinese Communist Party, what would your number one strategic goal have been in late 2019? Undoubtedly, to get rid of China’s nemesis, Donald Trump, and replace him with Beijing Joe Biden. How far would China’s rulers have gone to achieve that goal? Could the Chinese have deliberately arranged for the worldwide dissemination of the Wuhan virus? Yes, rather easily.

rowlingRowling Warns on Trans Therapy for Kids: ‘We’re on Brink of a Medical Scandal.’Harry Potter author Joanne ‘JK’ Rowling, an idol-turned-hate-figure for social justice warriors since she went public with her belief that “[biological] sex is real and has lived consequences,” provoked the fury of so-called progressives  when she shared her thoughts on social media on an academic paper titled “Freedom to think: the need for thorough assessment and treatment of gender dysphoric children.” “It feels as though we’re on the brink of a medical scandal.”

Racial justice: The new religion? What is unfolding before our eyes is a new secular religion. For all its claims of “inclusivity,” this new faith is deeply intolerant. It has roots in the American past that would likely surprise its adherents: the Puritan era of our nation’s earliest religious zealots. Progressives are now engaged in doing theology without God. “ Woke is the new Saved,” in the words of commentator John Zmirak. Parallels abound. One of Puritan theology’s core tenets is “innate depravity” — the doctrine that humans are inherently wicked as a result of original sin. The woke faith preaches an updated version: America’s original sin is white supremacy.

karenHow White Educated Female Liberals Are Destroying the Culture.Many of us recognize that white, educated, liberal women are becoming the enemy of any remnants of traditional culture.  Over the last few years, these white, guilt-ridden women have become a force for promoting identity politics and the demonization of men.  One does not see this more than in the professions of human behavior and mental health.  As an East coast therapist, I have heard stories about microaggressions concerning race, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.  For those of us who do not subscribe to this increasingly fanatical, Orwellian creed, we either self-isolate or are ostracized.  The silence of dissenting voices is the mandate of these Left-wing females.

The Deluge Of Opinion. Bertrand Russel said, “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” It is a pithy aphorism that has now been amplified by modernity into a description of liberal democracy. In every Western country, the stupid drown out everyone else in the court of public opinion, but do so with a breath-taking degree of self-righteous sanctimony. The hallmark of the modern man is to have an opinion on everything, almost all of them wrong.

~ Palmarius

What if you lose everything?

You get to start over. Consider these stories.

edison1. Thomas Edison. On Dec. 10, 1914, a massive explosion erupted in West Orange, New Jersey. Ten buildings in legendary inventor Thomas Edison’s plant were engulfed in flames. Edison calmly walked over to his son Charles as he watched the fire destroy his dad’s work. In a childlike voice, Edison told his 24-year-old son, “Go get your mother and all her friends. They’ll never see a fire like this again.” When Charles objected, Edison said, “It’s all right. We’ve just got rid of a lot of rubbish.” After surveying the damage, Edison determined that he’d lost $919,788 (about $23 million in today’s dollars). Later, Edison was quoted as saying, “Although I am over 67 years old, I’ll start all over again tomorrow.”

galen2. Galen. The great Galen, a prominent Greek physician in the Roman Empire, at one point suffered the loss of all his work and books. In a clear example of what we can call a virtuous Stoic response, he wrote that “the fact that, after the loss of the totality of my pharmaceutical remedies, the totality of my books, as well as these recipes of reputable remedies, as well as the various editions I wrote on them, in addition to so many other works, each one of which exhibits that love of work that was mine my entire life; the fact that I felt no pain shows first the nobility of my behavior and my greatness of soul.”

zeno3. Zeno. Zeno was the founder of Stoicism. On a voyage between Phoenicia and Peiraeus, his ship sank along with its cargo. Zeno ended up in Athens, and while visiting a bookstore he was introduced to the philosophy of Socrates and, later, an Athenian philosopher named Crates. These influences drastically changed the course of his life, leading him to develop the thinking and principles that we now know as Stoicism. According to the ancient biographer Diogenes Laertius, Zeno joked, “Now that I’ve suffered shipwreck, I’m on a good journey,” or, according to another account, “You’ve done well, Fortune, driving me thus to philosophy.”

~ Pelion

 

Maybe John Roberts is just stupid

robertsThe Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court has ruled against a church that was appealing Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order limiting churches to 50 attendees while allowing other businesses to operate at half capacity.

John wrote the opinion, noting that “the Order exempts or treats more leniently only dissimilar activities, such as operating grocery stores, banks, and laundromats,”

Good catch there, John.

“This is a simple case,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in a dissent. “Under the Governor’s edict, a 10-screen ‘multiplex’ may host 500 moviegoers at any time. A casino, too, may cater to hundreds at once, with perhaps six people huddled at each craps table here and a similar number gathered around every roulette wheel there.”

John didn’t catch that one.

John got down in the weeds of public health: “[Local officials] should not be subject to second-guessing by an ‘une-lected federal judiciary,’ which lacks the background, com-petence, and expertise to assess public health and is not ac-countable to the people.”

Another good catch, John.

But he notes: “The precise question of when restrictions on particular social activities should be lifted during the pandemic is a dynamic and fact-intensive matter subject to reasonable disagreement. … here, a party seeks emergency relief in an interlocutory posture, while local of-ficials are actively shaping their response to changing facts on the ground.”

No, John, this is not about the facts of the Kung Flu. Stop playing doctor, John. This is about the U.S. Constitution which explicitly forbids making laws respecting an establishment of religion. The Constitution of the United States of America.

John, are you defending the U.S. Constitution or a health bureacrat?

Think, John.

~ Homologate

Chocolate may save you from the Kung Flu

bunnieWe’ve known for some time that dark chocolate is good for you. Yet another study confirms it.

There’s also evidence that cocoa can protect against Mao’s Malaise.

Naturally occurring compounds in cocoa, the primary ingredient in chocolate, have demonstrated promising antiviral activity against a broader range of viruses—such as hepatitis, herpes simplex, HIV, and influenza—in clinical trials.

Anthocyanins, which are a type of phytochemical found in cocoa, may harbor special potential in augmenting antiviral immune responses. Cocoa consumption has been shown to have a positive impact on the immune system’s inflammatory innate response, as well as the systemic and intestinal adaptive responses. Basic science research has also proven that a diet rich in cocoa enhances T-cell function and leads to the formation of systemic and gut antibodies.

Researchers have concluded that “T. cacao is a promising plant containing anthocyanins to tackle viral infections.”

You know this means dark chocolate, not milk chocolate. You need lots of cocoa. I buy dark chocolate bar with the highest percentage of cocoa. I just bought some that have 95 percent. I also sprinkle cocoa powder on oatmeal.

There’s more: Chocolate creates nitric oxide, which is good for your blood vessels, which the Kung Flu attacks. More:

Nitric oxide, a gas that could improve breathing and potentially mitigate severe symptoms of the coronavirus, is among the latest contenders in the race to find a treatment for COVID-19.

Nitric oxide previously has been used to treat other coronaviruses, including SARS. The virus’ ability to replicate was significantly diminished when the gas was administered, according to a 2004 Swedish study.

See? There is a god.

~ Heteroclite

Three strikes and you’re out, Tony

fauciTony Fauci is a 79-year-old epidemiology bureaucrat on the federal payroll. So the Kung Flu is his last big hurrah before he ascends to that great petri dish in the sky.  “I’m caught up in the COVID-19 web, you know? That’s my world,” he says. “That’s my entire world.”

He’s also said, “I think you can trust me.” If you have to say that, maybe we can’t. He has adeptly positioned himself as the wise scientist in opposition to the boorish president. Yet his career isn’t perfect.

He’s let all the excitement of the game go to his head.

Strike One. He praised New York’s reaction to the virus. How in the world could he come up with that? The New York Times published a long and damning breakdown of how the overlapping and eternally feuding governments of the city and state of New York helped turn the already difficult challenge of managing COVID-19 in the country’s densest metropolitan area into the health and public-policy catastrophe we are enduring today.

Strike Two. He sucks up the attention. Career government bureaucrat Dr. Anthony Fauci went on a PR offensive this week, pushing back against officials in the White House who have tried to sideline him for repeatedly giving bad advice since the onset of the COVID-19 China coronavirus pandemic this year. Fauci did livestream interviews with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Georgetown University, a TV interview with PBS and he posed for a cover shoot for InStyle magazine that accompanies a softball interview with his old Beltway insider friend Norah O’Donnell. The 79-year-old Fauci told O’Donnell he has no plans to step down because, “with all due modesty, I think I’m pretty effective.”

Strike Three. He throws a baseball. Fauci will be throwing the first pitch on Opening Day for the Washington Nationals baseball team. Fauci, who has long advocated for lockdowns, social distancing, and has flip-flopped on the efficacy of mask-wearing, was quickly criticized for the upcoming event by some on social media. Moreover, Fauci said of a football season starting up again that it couldn’t be done “unless players are essentially in a bubble.” It’s unclear if he will be throwing the first pitch from inside a bubble. Some critics pointed to the fact that the President of the country historically throws the first pitch, suggesting the team may have dodged an offer to President Trump for Fauci.

You’re out!

~ Lachrymogenic

The Reporters: Burgers, Batteries, Booze

Thick guy drinking alcohol beverageNews you might find useful.

The Secret McDonald’s Trick That Will Blow Your Mind. There’s one secret McDonald’s trick that apparently, ensures the best-of-the-best. According to one Quora user, it’s only visiting McDonald’s during ‘Gapbuster Times.’ This is when mystery shoppers (also known as gapbusters, hence the name) are paid to visit restaurants and rate their experience.

Too Much Faith in Models. Even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo now admits: “We all failed at that business. All the early national experts: ‘Here’s my projection model.’ They were all wrong.” If he and other politicians had just done just a little research, then they would have known that Imperial College researchers repeatedly predict great disasters that don’t happen. Their model predicted 65,000 deaths from swine flu, 136,000 from mad cow disease and 200 million from bird flu.

Battery breakthrough makes lithium-ion tech 90% cheaper – and manufacturing is easy as ‘buttering toast.’ A battery pioneer has invented a new kind of battery that is 90 per cent cheaper to produce than standard lithium-ion batteries, and potentially much safer. Hideaki Horie – who has worked on battery technology since 1990 and led Nissan’s development of the Leaf electric car – discovered a way to replace the batteries basic components in order to speed up and simplify the manufacturing process.

Brazen Lying Is Media’s Latest Escalation In Campaign Against Trump. As if orders went out from a central director, nearly every major media outlet flat-out lied about Trump’s speech. Whether they were engaged in reflexive “political advisor” mode like the Stephanopoulos of old, whether they had pre-drafted their reports based on dubious theories about what would be in the speech, or whether they simply decided that the best way to counter an effective political message was to simply lie about it, lie about it they did.

Even having this type of drink in moderation could put you at higher risk for cancer. A new paper, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs  concluded that even those who adhere to government intake guidelines dramatically increase their risk of developing cancer over time. “Drinkers following weekly low-risk drinking guidelines are not insulated from harm. Greater than 50% of alcohol-caused cancer deaths are experienced by those drinking within weekly limits. Findings suggest that guidelines of around one drink per day may be appropriate for high-income countries.”

Will garlic save you from the Kung Flu?

garlicThe experts, and probably your family doctor, will say no.  But people have other ideas and are buying up garlic like it is toilet paper.

There’s no silver bullet for Mao’s Malaise, but garlic won’t hurt you — unless, you know, you eat it non-stop — and it may well help.

Several scientists in Vietnam have looked into it. In many countries people don’t have access to American medicine and have to depend on natural substances. Our doctors have the carefully created meds and don’t rely on the naturals.

A team led by Bui Thi Phuong, MD, PhD concludes: “The results suggest that the garlic essential oil is a valuable natural antivirus source, which contributes to preventing the invasion of coronavirus into the human body.”

That’s about the only sentence you’ll understand in their report, but suffice it to say that it has to do with what garlic does to the ACE2 protein, which the Kung Flu also fiddles with. The angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, or ACE2 “receptor,” is a protein that provides the entry point for the coronavirus to hook into and infect a wide range of human cells. “This,” the Vietnamese scientists write of their work, “is the first report on the inhibitory effects of the considered garlic compounds on the ACE2 protein, which is a crucial foundation about SARS-CoV-2 resistance.” And, wouldn’t you know it, ACE2 receptors are in the nose, mouth and lungs.

However, there’s another reason to take garlic: It protects your blood vesssels, and the Kung Flu attacks them. Garlic also strengthens your lungs, which are also under attack.

Garlic produces nitrous oxide, which could directly affect a Kung Flu infection.

Aside from improving lung function, nitric oxide also showed direct antiviral activity as well as druggable targets including nitrosylating cysteine of viral protease to interfering with S-protein-ACE-2 interaction. Inhaled nitric oxide provided to COVID-19 infected patients will likely prove to be lifesaving through both a pulmonary vasodilator effect and a direct antiviral effect.

Garlic isn’t good for everyone. It’s hard to find a good recommendation on dosage, so I’ll offer this.

Weight lifters take nitrous oxide supplements, but I’d rather get it from food. In addition to garlic, green tea and dark chocolate produce it. So does pomegranate juice. This also explains the recent run on beet root joice. Is that why mothers serve beets?

~ Adynaton

How Google is manipulating the election

googleGoogle hopes to shift 10 percent of the voting public away from Trump to fulfill a company executive’s stated goal of making populism nothing more than a “blip in history.”

That’s from Dr. Robert Epstein, the senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. He describes himself as “not a conservative.”

“I don’t think a lot of people by and large understand exactly how much they can manipulate you, Google can, with just a slight tweak to search results or search suggestions or their algorithm.”

Blogger Doug Ross bears witness to this. “Google is actively re-ordering search results, censoring news, and hiding damaging information against @thedemocrats. To put it bluntly, Google appears to be deleting search results that criticize its use of algorithms to enforce totalitarian political bias.”

You can even use Google itself to learn this.

You can find alternative search engines here. A lot of people like DuckDuckGo. You might also try Gibiru. The latter says it doesn’t censor the results. DuckDuckGo and others don’t track you, but I don’t know if they censor. I mistakenly thought StartPage was a good alternative, but I have just learned that it uses Google results. Good grief.

~ Gazunder

 

Good health is blowing in the wind

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” ~ Bob Dylan

wind

It appears that just being outside in the wind will improve your health.

Alice Fleeracker explains:

There are lots of theories about why spending time in nature might be so good for us. Some researchers, like Qing Li, a physician at Nippon Medical School Hospital and the President of the Japanese Society of Forest Medicine, believe the answer may literally be blowing in the wind. He and his team have spent years studying the effects of phytoncides, antibacterial and antimicrobial substances that trees and other plants release into the air to help them fight diseases and harmful organisms. When humans breathe in these substances—typically by spending time in nature—their health can improve. Across several studies, phytoncides have been shown to boost immune function, increase anticancer protein production, reduce stress hormones, improve mood, and help people relax.

In the Netherlands, she writes, people have been seeking out windy exercise for more than a hundred years.

Today, the practice is so common that it’s known as “uitwaaien.” It “literally translates to ‘outblowing,’” explains Caitlin Meyer, a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Dutch Linguistics. “It’s basically the activity of spending time in the wind, usually by going for a walk or a bike ride.” Meyer has lived in the Netherlands for more than 20 years and has come to specialize in the language, despite being a non-native speaker. She says uitwaaien is a popular activity where she lives—one believed to have important psychological benefits. “Uitwaaien is something you do to clear your mind and feel refreshed—out with the bad air, in with the good,” she tells me. “It’s seen as a pleasant, easy, and relaxing experience—a way to destress or escape from daily life.”

So enjoy the wind.

“The wind is like the golden breath of the world; when it blows, we feel that the world is alive and so are we!” Mehmet Murat ildan wrote. He also wrote: “There is nothing more beautiful than living a simple life in this complex universe!”

Goya may just save your life

trmp beansGoya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, is being boycotted by The Left because its chairman, Robert Unanue, described Americans as “truly blessed” to have President Trump’s leadership. And he’s not backing down.

I encurage you to buy a Goya product every time you go to the store. They have a lot more than beans.

Biut it’s the beans that may save you. Here’s why:

  • People who consume beans regularly may be less likely to die of a heart attack or other cardiovascular problem.
  • Some studies have shown that beans act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. These effects could reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Beans may help stabilize blood glucose levels or even prevent diabetes. Beans are high in fiber, which can help lower blood glucose.
  • When a person eats beans, the fiber and healthful starches they contain can help create a feeling of fullness and satisfaction, curbing appetite.
  • Research has shown a variety of beans, especially black beans, enhance gut health by improving intestinal barrier function and increasing the number of beneficial bacteria. This may help prevent gut-associated diseases.
  • Healthful gut bacteria also support immune system function and may promote weight loss. Beans feed the healthful gut bacteria colonies.

goyaHere’s another reason to boycott Goya.”

Goya Gives” is a program to support various charities, scholarships, and events, and includes donations of products to food shelters and food banks during times of crisis, such as Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In March and April 2020, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Goya donated over 300,000 pounds of food, or about 270,000 meals, to food banks and other organizations in the United States, and also donated more than 20,000 protective masks.

Try this: Next time there’s a food drive at your church or in your community, buy Goya.

~ Yarra Banker

Here’s why you’re going crazy

asylumHow can anyone stay sane with this going on out there?

Op-Ed: Is Medical Waste … Racist?

The Unintentional Racism Found in Traffic Signals

‘Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky’ – do cities have to be so sexist?

Why more parents are turning to homeschooling

weirdIn a USA Today/Ipsos poll, 60 percent of parents said they will likely choose at-home learning this fall rather than send their children to school even if the schools reopen. Thirty percent said they were “very likely” to keep their children home.

That seems high to me. Still, after having the kids home for months, it seems many are onsidering keeping them there.

For many parents, it’s not the virus they are avoiding by keeping their children home—it’s the response to the virus, Kerry McDonald writes. Guidelines from the CDC would make school a horrible experience. It may also be that many parents don’t have jobs waiting for them to return.

There’s another, and stronger, reason to teach your kids at home if you can. David Harsanyi writes:

It’s likely that left-wing ideologues run your school district. They decide what your children learn. They are the ones who decide that your kid can protest the Second Amendment of the Constitution, but never, not in a million years, march for any cause the Founders might have championed. It was one thing when these schools were producing mere Democrats, and it’s quite another now that they’re churning out hordes of chillingly ignorant voters.

The challenge as I see it is that so many parents of school-age children are holding down two jobs. At least they were before the virus. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

The labor force participation rate—the percent of the population working or looking for work—for all women with children under age 18 was 72.3 percent in 2019, up from 71.5 percent in the prior year. Married mothers remained less likely to participate in the labor force, at 69.9 percent, than mothers with other marital statuses, at 77.6 percent.

Many are speculating that people will end up working from home permanently. Perhaps it will then be easier to keep the kids at home, maybe working out joint teaching arrangements with ohter parents. We’ll see.

~ Descamisado

Are you afraid to go out?

assaultIt’s not the virus anymore, it’s the violence. Above: a 15-year-old girl being attacked in Brooklyn.

Similar to the well-known “knock out” game, violent black males began attacking random white people as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.  The objective is to violently beat any random white person while a friend or ally films the brutality.  It is also known as “polar bear hunting’.

elderlywomanDoesn’t matter if you’re a young boy or an elderly lady. Be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and you could get it.

 

What they’re accompishing is reinforcing is the fear white people have of encountering young blacks on the sidewalk. Whether that fear was real or imagined before, it’s becoming something people have ot think about. So these thugs are destroying whatever goodwill the races shared.

The liberal politcians must be aghast at another result: people are buying guns like crazy: there’s a nationwide spike in personal weapons sales. In June, the FBI checked the backgrounds of 3,931,607 potential gun buyers, according to the Bureau. In the same month, Americans bought 2,387,524 guns,

This is being fueled by leftist politicians like Mayor DeBlasio in New York, who wants to cut $1 billion from the police force and who eliminated the street crime division. He’s a marxist for whom chaos is a weapon. Gun violence exploded across the city after the NYPD disbanded its anti-crime unit of plainclothes cops on June 15, with three times as many shootings in the last two weeks of the month over the same period in 2019,

You might end up like attorney and writer David French who carries a gun and explains why in, of all places, The Atlantic.

~ Onymous

“We will stand firm and unwavering.”

trumpI saw only the first part of President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech, but several people have said it is his best.

Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of The New Criterion, writes:

Looking back on the 2020 election, historians will say that last night’s speech was the moment that Donald Trump won reelection. It was a magnificent speech that will, I predict, take an honored place in the library of great American political addresses.

So I read it, and it is very good. Follow the link, and see for yourself. Watch it here. Why not share it with your children and discuss it? (Side note: When I search Google-owned YouTube for the speech the first thing that came up was a video of CNN’s Briant Stelter with this title: “Stelter: Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech won’t make sense to most people.” Kinda proves Trump’s point.)

Here’s a passage of President Trump’s speech that stood out for me:

We are the country of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Frederick Douglass. We are the land of Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill Cody. (Applause.) We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen — (applause) — Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton — General George Patton — the great Louie Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Mohammad Ali. (Applause.) And only America could have produced them all. (Applause.) No other place.

We are the culture that put up the Hoover Dam, laid down the highways, and sculpted the skyline of Manhattan. We are the people who dreamed a spectacular dream — it was called: Las Vegas, in the Nevada desert; who built up Miami from the Florida marsh; and who carved our heroes into the face of Mount Rushmore. (Applause.)

Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the Internet. We settled the Wild West, won two World Wars, landed American astronauts on the Moon — and one day very soon, we will plant our flag on Mars.

We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra — (applause) — the comedy of Bob Hope, the power of the Saturn V rocket, the toughness of the Ford F-150 — (applause) — and the awesome might of the American aircraft carriers.

Quite a story.

~ Aphelion

Is it safe to go out yet?

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  • Is it safe to go to the grocery store? And, how often is okay?
  • How safe is it to fly on a commercial airline? Get a haircut? Go out to dinner?
  • Should I avoid a friend whose daughter works where someone tested positive?

We now have to factor a new set of often unknown or not fully known risks into our everyday decisions. Here are some guidelines from Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor at Harvard Health Publishing.

If you’re considering relaxing restrictions in your work or social life, consider these three important steps:

And then what? Weigh the four Ps to round out your reckoning of risks and benefits:

  • Personal risk tolerance. Is your mantra “better safe than sorry”? Or is it closer to “you only live once”?
  • Personality. If you’re an extrovert, you may be willing to dial down your restrictions (and accept more risk) because the alternative feels like torture. For introverts, limiting social interactions may not seem so bad.
  • Priorities. If you put a high priority on dining out, getting your hair done, or getting a tattoo, it’s a bigger sacrifice to put these off than it is for someone who doesn’t care about these things.
  • Pocketbook. Although the pandemic affects everyone, it does not affect everyone equally: some can weather the economic impact better than others. As a result, keeping one’s business closed or staying home from work are less appealing for some than others.

Finally, listen to the experts and their recommendations, especially when they change in response to new information. Spread out your risk: if you go to the grocery store today, put off your haircut to another day — in this way, the “virus dose” may be lower than if you’re out doing multiple errands among other people over a few hours.

Listen to those you live with. They’re affected by your decisions, too.

~ Heteroclite

Dad Jokes: Ward Cleaver, call your office

“I was just looking at my ceiling. Not sure if it’s the best ceiling in the world, but it’s definitely up there.” ~ Dad

dadA couple of years ago Ashley Fetters, a writer for The Atlantic took a good long look at dad jokes. If you want to see what a serious journalist can do with a serious subject, this is your go-to article. You won’t finish it.

She elaborates:

Many varieties of jokes that get called dad jokes. Many dad jokes operate on “anti-humor,” or the deliberate denial of a clever punch line: “What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor? ‘Where’s my tractor?’” Others boil down to just playful, willful misunderstanding of a situation, for seemingly no reason. My granddad, for example, liked to pretend he thought my name was Mildred. (It is not.)

But if there’s one feature that can immediately categorize a joke as a “dad joke,” it’s wordplay, especially of the unsophisticated variety. Examples: “Hey, do you know what time my dentist appointment is? Tooth-hurty.” “You know why they always build fences around cemeteries? Because people are dying to get in.” The purposeful confusion of “smart feller” and “fart smeller.” This famous exchange: “I’m hungry.” “Hi, Hungry. I’m Dad.”

We interrupt this blog post to give you a break. Don’t worry. We’ll put you back together.

Stanley Dubinsky, an English professor at the University of South Carolina and the father of two young-adult sons, is a frequent deployer of dad jokes, mostly of the non-pun variety; he likes to deliberately mispronounce words sometimes, just to hear his kids groan and scoff exasperatedly. Dubinsky’s also a linguist and the co-author of the book Understanding Language Through Humor, and as he explains it, there’s a particular type of wordplay that gives a joke the dubious distinction of being a dad joke.

Polysemy, derived from the Greek terms for “many” and “signs,” is the coexistence of several meanings or uses for the same word. And as Dubinsky explains, dying to get in demonstrates the polysemy of the word dying by implying that someone is eager or desirous rather than in the act of perishing. “Most jokes rely on some semantic ambiguity or grammatical ambiguity,” Dubinsky says. “The things people call ‘dad jokes’ are the ones where the ambiguity is crushingly obvious.”

Fetters helpfully provides sources for dad jokes.

The Reddit page r/dadjokes, a forum where users go to share and enjoy “the jokes that make you laugh and cringe in equal measure,” has more than 1 million subscribers and amasses several new posts every hour. The online video series Dad Jokes, which pits comedians and celebrities against each other in dad-joke-telling competitions where “if you laugh you lose,” launched in 2017 and today has some 999,000 followers on Facebook. Twitter users, meanwhile, frequently call each other (and themselves) out for their simplest and squeaky-cleanest puns by tweeting “#dadjoke.”

There you go: public service journalism

“My wife is really mad at the fact that I have no sense of direction. So I packed up my stuff and right!” ~ Dad

~ Aischrolatreia

Tear down statues, join the barbarian elite

“Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not. ” ~ Isaiah Berlin

statueRemember how much fun the barbarians of ISIS had destroying statues a few years ago?

Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group’s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East.

“The birthplace of human civilisation … is being destroyed”, said Kino Gabriel, one of the leaders of the Syriac Military Council – a Christian militia – in a telephone interview with the Guardian from Hassakeh in north-eastern Syria.

“In front of something like this, we are speechless,” said Gabriel. “Murder of people and destruction is not enough, so even our civilisation and the culture of our people is being destroyed.”

statue kickingWell, our barbarians are better than their barbarians!

They’re pulling down statues simply because they are statues. Our barbarians have no idea what they mean. Did I say no idea? I did.

Our elitist barbarians are getting in on the action, too!

Popular Mechanics offers: “How to Topple a Statue Using Science.”

Then, “Museum curator tweets advice on how to destroy bronze statues with chemicals after BLM protests. Says next target is memorial to ‘racist’ Winston Churchill.”

And now: Calling the recent US trend of angry mobs destroying statues “inspiring but a bit amateur,” leaders of ISIS and the Taliban have agreed to send advisors to Antifa and other far left groups on how to erase historical artifacts.

Okay, that last one is satire. Or is it?

~ Gobustan

Take a break from the virus

I thought at first that the “fingers’ were controlled by a computer, but this is actually an animated video.

It was produced by a company called Animusic. The company is known for its Animusic compilations of computer-generated animations, based on MIDI events processed to simultaneously drive the music and on-screen action, leading to and corresponding to every sound. Unlike many other music visualizations, the music drives the animation. While other productions may animate figures or characters to the music, the animated models in Animusic are created first, and are then programmed to follow what the music instructs them to do.

If you understand all that, you’re smarter than I am.

~ Aischrolatreia

The Reporters: Dogs, Amish, Soros, Coughs

Fodder for your next cocktail party.

Why Do Dogs Love Us? Science Explains. There’s substantial research to support the claim that dogs truly adore their owners. An animal behaviorist confirms to Inverse there are all sorts of chemical goodness going on in puppies’ brains when they’re around us. “Of course dogs love their people!” animal behavior consultant Amy Shojai says. “The hormone oxytocin is released (in both dogs and people) when they interact/have contact with someone they like. This ‘love hormone’ helps cement and increase the bond we share … it’s also the hormone that floods the system of new moms to amp up attachment to new babies.”

whatfluiddynWhat fluid dynamics can explain about COVID-19 spread—and how to protect yourself. Rajat Mittal, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering and an expert in computational fluid dynamics, believes further research into the flow physics of respiratory diseases will be key to containing the current coronavirus pandemic. “As I started to dive into the literature, it became clear that fluid dynamics intersects with nearly every aspect of this pandemic. How droplets are formed and carried, how they infect others, the ventilators we use to treat patients with this disease, even preventive measures like face masks—many of these problems are ultimately related to fluid flow.”

Your Guide To The Obama Administration’s Hit On Michael Flynn. The unsealing  of a series of documents in the Michael Flynn criminal case cemented the reality that a small cadre of high-level FBI agents set a perjury trap for President Trump’s then-national security advisor. Beyond exposing the depth of this despicable personal and political hit job on a 30-year military veteran, the newly discovered documents hold great legal significance. Here’s your legal primer.

amishThe Amish Health Care System. Amish people spend only a fifth as much as you do on health care, and their health is fine. What can we learn from them? The Amish outperform the English on every measured health outcome. 65% of Amish rate their health as excellent or very good, compared to 58% of English. Diabetes rates are 2% vs. 8%, heart attack rates are 1% vs. 6%, high blood pressure is 11% vs. 31%. Amish people go to the hospital about a quarter as often as English people, and this difference is consistent across various categories of illness (the big exception is pregnancy-related issues – most Amish women have five to ten children).

Most of Facebook Censorship Board Has Ties to Leftwing Billionaire George Soros. The recently appointed Facebook oversight board that will decide which posts get blocked from the world’s most popular social networking website is stacked with leftists, including a close friend of leftwing billionaire George Soros who served on the board of directors of his Open Society Foundations (OSF). The group of 20 is overwhelmingly leftist and likely to restrict conservative views. More than half of the members have ties to Soros, the philanthropist who dedicates huge sums to spreading a radical left agenda that includes targeting conservative politicians.

~ Homologate

Miracles: Finding cures in nature

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

crabThe Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine Runs on Horseshoe Crab Blood

Pharmaceutical companies use the creature’s blue blood to test for contaminants. umans owe a debt to the strange-looking, ancient horseshoe crab. Its blue blood is used in medicine to ensure that anything that gets injected or implanted into the human body is free of potentially life-threatening bacterial contamination. A special compound in the crab’s blood quickly clots in the presence of endotoxins, microbial byproducts that can be harmful, supplying a perfect natural test for purity. In the race to find a COVID-19 vaccine, horseshoe crab blood is very important.

New Spider Silk Vaccine May Prevent Cancer

New technique developed by encapsulating a vaccine into a spider silk microparticle may prevent cancer and major infectious diseases. To strengthen the efficacy of vaccines on the immune system – and in particular on T lymphocytes, specialized in the detection of cancer cells – researchers have developed spider silk microcapsules capable of delivering the vaccine directly to the heart of immune cells. This process could also be applied to preventive vaccines to protect against infectious diseases and constitutes an important step towards vaccines that are stable, easy to use, and resistant to the most extreme storage conditions.

snailSea snail venom could lead to better insulin for diabetics

The Conus geographus, a species of venomous sea snail, preys on fish by emitting plumes of venom that stun and paralyze its prey, allowing time for the snail to slime along and eat the fish while it’s still alive. But the venom might be useful to humans, too. Inside the venom, there are hundreds of [different] molecules. One of the molecules looks very similar to [human] insulin, and researchers found that it works far more quickly than human insulin. While human insulin can take up to half an hour to impact blood glucose levels, the venom insulin works almost instantly, causing the fish’s blood sugar to spike and temporarily paralyzing them.

butterflyWe can soon thank butterfly tongues for better cancer treatments and vaccines

Butterflies have devised various highly efficient transport systems that move droplets, only a few microns in diameter, through their proboscices by taking advantage of basic physical forces like capillary action. This gas important applications for human technologies. For example, butterfly-inspired probes may soon deliver toxic anti-cancer agents to the interior of cancerous cells—a revolutionary breakthrough that would allow doctors to destroy wildly replicating cancerous cells but minimize risks to healthy tissues. Or, the evolutionary strategies worked out by butterflies may help surgeons deliver nano-liter quantities of blood to the tiniest of human blood vessels, thus preventing them from becoming oxygen-deprived.

A Tiny Worm Has Been Found Carrying New Antibiotic That Could Help Us Fight Superbugs

As the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs continues to get more dire, scientists may have found a new weapon for tackling some of the worst superbugs we know of: a new antibiotic called darobactin, which is able to take on gram-negative bacteria. Darobactin took some finding though, across two years of research – the antibiotic compound was discovered in Photorhabdus bacteria, lurking inside the gut of tiny parasitic worms known as nematodes. The hope is that darobactin can be developed into something suitable for humans – the first time such a leap would have been made from an animal microbiome 

~ Heteroclite

 

Self Reliance: Who you gonna trust?

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“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to prevailing superstition or taboo.” ~ H. L. Mencken

“I’m part of your government but I’m here today to say that government can’t save you.” ~ Sen. Rand Paul

This week the World Health organization was forced to clarify itself.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist and the WHO’s technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic, had said at a regular press briefing that data the WHO has received suggests it is “very rare” to have an asymptomatic person transmit the disease.

Following an onslaught of confusion expressed from social media, including from doctors, journalists, and epidemiologists, the WHO hosted a livestream on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, to clarify questions surrounding transmission of the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

The highly esteemed New York Times pubished this: “Even as the World Health Organization leads the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is failing to take stock of rapidly evolving research findings and to communicate clearly about them, several scientists warned.”

Do you need to stay home, or can you get up close and personal if you believe something?

You must stay home to save lives. You must socially distance and lock down. Unless you’re protesting racism and police brutality.

This appears to be the message from some government and health officials, who for months enforced a rigorous and unprecedented economic shutdown in the name of stemming the spread of the coronavirus pandemic — resulting in millions losing their jobs and students being sent home from schools across the country.

Maybe you trust our beloved CDC. Oops.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests, distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic.

Well, give them a second chance. Oh dear.

Earlier this month, the federal health agency appears to have quietly reformatted its page on how COVID-19 spreads. Previously, under a subheading titled “spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects,” the agency simply said it “may be possible” to contract the virus from contaminated surfaces.

For those of you still wiping down groceries and other packages amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, breathe a sigh of relief: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says the novel virus “does not spread easily” from “touching surfaces or objects”.

Remember Dr. Deborah “Scarf Lady” Birx? During a coronavirus meeting with Robert Redfield, the director of CDC, Birx, said, “There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.”

Whoa, Deb.

So just strap on your mask and go about your business. Wait …

Two of the world’s major health organisations disagree on mask wearing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) currently discourages mask use:”There is currently no evidence that wearing a mask (whether medical or other types) by healthy persons in the wider community setting, including universal community masking, can prevent them from infection with respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.

By contrast, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has recently recommended everyone wear a (cloth) mask. However, this is to prevent infected people passing on the infection, not to prevent the wearer getting infected.

Got that? You do know we’re all gonna die, right. Maybe not.

~ Hygge

Crazy Years: The knees have it

With everyone in America on their knees signaling their virtue, the algorithms that determine the ads you see on web pages have been having a field day.

For instance:

Sore Knees? Do This Once Daily…

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I’d give you the link, but you don’t really want to know, do you?

Meanwhile in Washington …

Meanwhile …

Meanwhile in Houston:

Houston police chief decries ‘knee jerk reactions’

As a public service, I’ll provide a definition of knee jerk:

Patellar reflex physiology: an outward reflex kick of the lower leg caused by a sharp tap on the quadriceps tendon just below the patella

Did you know you have a patella? And then there’s this:

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Have we exhausted this topic? No. There’s this:

Jerry Nadler didn’t join Nancy in kneeling for “health reasons.” Sure, Jerry. The real reason: He was too busy wrestling his mask to the ground.

Jerry, is that woman behind you laughing?

~ Yarra Banker

The Reporters: You’re cooler than you think

Some of the stuff happening out there.

temperatureThe Average Human Body Temperature Is No Longer 98.6 F

One of the most widely accepted standard measurements of the human body, a normal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, has declined gradually for more than 150 years in the United States by about 1.6% since the pre-industrial era, a new study published in the journal eLife finds. The cooling off owes largely to improvements in health and medicine and in part to increasingly cushy lifestyles, the study’s researchers think.

What’s 5G, And Why Are People So Scared of It?

People have argued that the smaller wavelengths used in each new generation of mobile phone infrastructure have never been tested, and therefore we are guinea pigs for this technological experiment. By and large, claims about the harms of 5G are not far from gay frog conspiracies. You’ll be happy to know that none of those claims are true.

‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’: Is it real?

‘You lose your filter, you lose your prefrontal cortex,’ Dr. Robert Lustig explains. ‘Prefrontal cortical dysfunction is the hallmark of basically all of the societal behavioral problems that we have experienced in the last 50 years.’ “The presidency of Donald Trump has affected my mental health,” Fred Robbins from New Jersey tells Just The News. “I have cut back on watching and reading news articles because anything about Trump is upsetting.”

New identification of genetic basis of COVID-19 susceptibility will aid treatment

The clinical presentation of Covid-19 varies from patient to patient and understanding individual genetic susceptibility to the disease is therefore vital to prognosis, prevention, and the development of new treatments. For the first time, Italian scientists have been able to identify the genetic and molecular basis of this susceptibility to infection as well as to the possibility of contracting a more severe form of the disease.

ketchumpAn ode to mac and cheese, the poster child for processed food

People have eaten pasta and cheese together for hundreds of years. Clifford Wright, the doyen of Mediterranean food history, says the first written recipe for macaroni and cheese was created in the court of the king of Naples in the 13th century, while the first reference in an English language cookbook likely appeared in Elizabeth Raffald’s 1769 book “The Experienced English Housekeeper.”

Failure to Limit Scope of PATRIOT Act Leaves Browsing History, Search Queries of American Citizens up for Grabs

Senator Ron Wyden, one of the leading opponents of the PATRIOT Act, argues that these warrantless surveillance powers are particularly worrisome during a pandemic that has increased the average American’s internet use, and under an administration that has shown a willingness to direct political retribution against perceived enemies and opponents. This same access to web browsing and search histories would also remain available to future administrations.

~ Seppuku

Why they hate The Don so much

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They detest him because he is an alpha male. People are always a bit afraid of an alpha male, since that’s how alpha males get and retain power. And, in the current zeitgeist, beta males are ascendant.

Look at The Donald strolling through Washington to a church for a photo op. Everyone missed the point of that: The Alpha Male was showing us he is not afraid to walk the streets that had recently seen riots.

And then we had The Donald telling governors that, “Most of you are weak, If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate.”

That’s the sound of an alpha male.

Meantime, here’s the sound of beta males who got elected to positions of power which they don’t know how to use and wouldn’t if they did know.

The mayor of Minneapolis, the town where the riots started, is Jacob Frey, who lamely intoned: “If you’re feeling that sadness and that anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right.” Here he is in action:

Frey, who pleaded for calm, also approved the decision to abandon the city’s 3rd Precinct station on Thursday night, surrendering it to protesters who set fire to the building.

He pleaded for calm. Meanwhile in Washington the Alpha Male commented:

Trump said he couldn’t “stand back & watch this happen to a great American City. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”

Jacob took offense. “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell.”

Sure you are, Jacob.

~ Sayo Naraba

Meanwhile in Manhattan …

birdStep aside, Florida Man. You can’t compete with New York.

So there was this woman in Central Park and this man in Central Park, and they got into this thing, and they became instantly famous.

It happened in a part of Central Park known as the Ramble. So I suppose we could call this Rumble in the Ramble.

They probably haven’t gotten this far in thinking it through, but this incident will no doubt lead their obituaries.

Both have the surname Cooper, so there’s that. One is male, the other female. One is white, the other black. One went to Harvard, the other to the University of Chicago.

And here’s something you won’t see out there in Sheboygan as you watch your soaps and knit ebola masks for the women’s auxiliary fundraiser: One is an investment banker, the other was “a trailblazing queer comic writer.” That’s something you see only in Manhattan.

Of course the incident was recorded. This is 2020. Let’s go to the videotape.

A fellow named Chadwick Moore — isn’t that a great name? — bravely attempts to explain this to people who live in, say, Dubuque in an article entitled, “In Central Park, an unstoppable Karen meets the immovable Karen.”

If you’ve ever smugly pulled out your cellphone to record a confrontation with a stranger, hoping to publicly humiliate that person and even destroy their life, you’re probably a Karen of the worst ilk. Likewise, if approached by an insufferable busybody who lives to scold people minding their own business, and your first reaction is to call the police, you’re also a Karen. Manhattan is filled with Karens, the meme that once referred to the ‘can I speak to the manager’ lady with stacked hair and chunky highlights that evolved into a way to call out any very annoying person who loves rules and tattling.

What’s it got to do with me here in Kankakee? you might ask. Chadwick offers:

It is high Karen season across the country. The coronavirus pandemic has been their time to shine as petty authoritarians feel emboldened to enforce their government’s frivolous rules about masks and social distancing. Not wearing a panty-liner over your face while out for a stroll, you must want people to die, according to the Karen.

But it’s never really about the rules. Karenism is a spiritual malady and New York is such prime Karen territory perhaps because it’s a place that reminds people every day of their own insignificance. Plenty of people feel compelled to assert themselves in the most asinine circumstances to fight that nagging suspicion they actually don’t matter. Finger wagging at a litterbug or fake coughing as you pass by someone enjoying a cigarette is how the Karens reassure themselves that they are, in fact, here and alive in a world that exists only to disappoint.

Be careful out there.

~ Heteroclite

Wanna bet your life on a model?

maxresdefaultNext time we go through one of these pandemic panics, we need to ask two questions; “Sez who?” and “How come it is?”

We closed down entire countries based on seriously flawed models, most notoriously that of British scientist Neil Ferguson of Imperial College.

The model was severely flawed. The model’s software was 13 years old, with a program that predicted at random. Adding on to the fact is that new records are coming out of this particular scientist of a history of failed predictions.

“In 2001 the Imperial College team’s modelling led to the culling of 6 million livestock and was criticised by epidemiological experts as severely flawed. In various years in the early 2000s Ferguson predicted up to 136,000 deaths from mad cow disease, 200 million from bird flu and 65,000 from swine flu. The final death toll in each case was in the hundreds,” note biologist Matt Ridley and Member of Parliament David Davis. “In this case, when a Swedish team applied the modified model that Imperial put into the public domain to Sweden’s strategy, it predicted 40,000 deaths by May 1 – 15 times too high.”

The UK shut down because of Ferguson’s model, yet Ferguson and Imperial College refused all requests to examine taxpayer-funded code that supported one of the most significant peacetime decisions.

Next time, when you hear a prediction, decide to wait until all the evidence is in. Ferguson would appear at first glance to be reputable, so don’t trust any old “expert.” Always ask: Who are you? How do you know? Keep questioning. And if the experts and government officials tell you to do something, always ask, “Why?” Keep asking “Why?.”

~ Nimrod

A memory of what we used to be

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Roger Kimball is an American art critic and conservative social commentator. He is the editor and publisher of The New Criterion and the publisher of Encounter Books.

He observes:

In the middle of my tiny neighborhood on the Connecticut shore, there is a nobbly, plinth-like stone about 2 feet high surrounded by a circle of grass and some simple decorative stonework. On one side of the stone there is a brass plaque to “the eternal memory” of the 26 men from the neighborhood who fought in World War I, “the great conflict between liberty and autocracy.” On the other side, a plaque commemorates the 17 men who fought in World War II “that mankind might live in freedom.”

Every year for the more than two decades we’ve lived here, the neighborhood has marked Memorial Day with a little celebration: some children parade, place flowers by the stone, someone makes a few remarks at the clubhouse across the street. This year, there’s been no talk of getting together for a Memorial Day celebration because getting together is verboten. Our ancestors fought for liberty against the forces of autocracy, “that mankind might live in freedom.” We cower in our homes, constantly told to “practice social distancing,” and not to venture out of doors without a mask.

In a recent neighborhood survey, 86 percent of the respondents (but not your faithful correspondent) were in favor of people keeping “a minimum 6-foot distance” from one another (my emphasis), 60 percent were in favor of “limiting large group gatherings on common properties.”

One respondent noted that she (I feel sure it was a “she,” though the posted responses were anonymous) would be “happy to wear a mask in the neighborhood” but wanted “guidelines.” For example, “should I wear one in my front yard?” I would say yes, she should. “What about when running?” Definitely when running. Also when showering or eating.

Another respondent advised wearing a mask “when off one’s property,” while a third scolded that “Any event must have social distancing, even by children, have ample space for social distancing, and require masks.”

I wonder what the 43 men commemorated on that neighborhood stone would have made of this Eloi-like display of conformity, egged on by bottomless docility, on the one side, and Nurse Ratched disapprobation, on the other. I do not think they would approve.

For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful. But the symptoms this time will not be nausea and headache but shame at our credulousness and rage against those who exploited it. Rage. Look for it in a neighborhood near you in the coming weeks and polling stations across the country in November.

~ Leonidas

An app that flips off The Donald

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I have the Flipboard app on my phone and like it because the interface is kind of fun. You have to use it to know what I mean. However, the “news” Flipboard brings me is un unrelenting firestorm of Trump criticism.

Flipboad is a 10-year-old news aggregator created by two California sofware types.

Here is a sampling of the articles these “journalists” gave me yesterday.

  • Trump Tells Agencies to Slash Environmental and Health Protections
  • This may be Donald Trump’s most damaging legacy
  • Trump Campaign Cites Bogus Medical Society To Defend Unproven Medication
  • Trump Steps Up Attacks on Mail Vote, Making False Claims About Fraud
  • Trump Is Brazenly Interfering With the 2020 Election
  • Trump tweets he’ll kill Nevada’s federal funds if state votes by mail, after threatening state of Michigan with the same
  • Fact-checking And Assessing Trump’s Letter Of Rebuke To WHO
  • Trump inspector general scandal expands to include Secretary Chao
  • How Biden wallops Trump
  • Too Late, Martha McSally Discovers Standing By Her Man Donald Trump Was A Really Stupid Idea
  • Republicans Are Planning to Spend $20 Million So Americans Won’t Vote
  • Trump doesn’t really want to be president
  • Biden warns of ‘abuse of power’ in measured Trump critique

And that’s just one day!

~ Feuilleton

Whole milk is good for you

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God made cows and cows make milk full of fat and, the Bible says, “and God saw that it was good.” If it pleases the Big Guy, it’s good enough for me.

So don’t go second guessing Him, even if your doctor tells you to. Doctors can be as foolish as the rest of us.

Full fat milk (the kind cows make and of which God approves) can help prevent diabetes and other bad things.

Eating at least two daily servings of dairy is linked to lower risks of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as the cluster of factors that heighten cardiovascular disease risk (metabolic syndrome), according to a large international study published online in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

Here’s a good rule of thumb for living life: Avoid syndromes when possible.

Of course we’ve known this about milk for some time. You can also mix some dark chocolate in your whole milk.

Who says there is no God?

~ Hippocrene

 

This is not your father’s coronavirus

covidFor most of the population — 80 percent, they say — the Kung Flu was a non event. If they got sick it lasted a week or so and was a flu-like annoyance.

For 15 percent of us, however, it became a serious illness. For 5 percent, it became critical, and in this last group were those who died.

I had it, and it took six weeks to fully recover. I didn’t require hospitalization and never became critical, although as I read more about it I did worry at times and asked my doctor for reassurance. What my research tells me is that living or dying for some is a result of a genetic roll of the dice. Some people have immune responses that just don’t work right.

My doctor says I’m not contagious and that I’m immune, at least for the time being. This is the thinking of the CDC. What I know is that I’m going to take this thing seriously, especially in the fall when we start closing wndows and staying inside.

Here’s the headline of a USA Today article:

‘Something we’ve never seen before’: Scientists still trying to understand baffling, unpredictable coronavirus

The article continues:

The new coronavirus has spread like wildfire, killed – and spared – people of all ages and all health conditions, baffled doctors, defied guidance and conventional wisdom, and produced an unprecedented array of symptoms.

There’s never been a virus like it.

“This gets into every major biological process in our cells,” said Nevan J. Krogan, a molecular biologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied HIV, Ebola, Zika, dengue and other viruses over the past 13 years.

“At the molecular level, it’s something we’ve never seen before, and then look at what it does to the body – the long list of symptoms – we’ve never seen that before.”

I’m sympathetic to the point of view that our national reaction has been overblown. At the same time, having experienced the virus, I have a deep respect for it.

There are some who beieve that we can’t really stop a virus from spreading, no matter how many masks we buy. I’m sympathetic to that, as well, but I’m not going to needlessly expose myself or family to it.

~ Al Desko

 

Noxious weeds in the Rose Garden

If I were invited to the White House and given a chance to ask a question of the President of the United States of America and Leader of the Free World, I might show a little respect.

How would you describe each of the following media darlings?

  • professional
  • precious
  • petulant
  • childish
  • snowflakulent
  • foolish
  • self indulgent
  • ignorant

Let’s got to the videotape.

In this first one ask yourself what the purpose of her question is.

This young lady is the essence of charm

In this one, is the “reporter” being disingenuous or has he been on Mars for the past three years?

Here’s one accusing him of racism.

The granddaddy of fake journalists featured here:

And here he is again.

~ Grinagog

Woodward and Berstein: Call your office

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“He got caught, OBAMAGATE!” President Trump tweeted over the weekend. This was in response to the revelation that Barack Obama knew about the effort by his administration to get General Michael Flynn.

Trump made the remark in retweeting this Michael Nöthem tweet:

Barack Hussain Obama is the first Ex-President to ever speak against his successor, which was long tradition of decorum and decency. Should anyone really be surprised?

Barack was no ordinary president. He was a radical , Third World revolutionary. His intent was not to preside over the government and lead the country but to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”

That means anything goes: decorum and decency are laughbable concepts. He used the IRS to attack is opponents and the FBI to spy on unfaborable journalists. His followers have lost perspective and even sanity.

Here’s an example. Joshua A. Geltzer, executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, previously was senior director for counterterrorism and deputy legal adviser at the National Security Council, wrote this for CNN:

Regardless of who runs in 2020, if Trump loses, will he leave the Oval Office peacefully? In light of these overreaching assertions of his own authority, it’s at least plausible that Trump might attempt to cling to power in ways previously unimaginable by an American president. Our civilian and uniformed Defense Department leaders have a role to play. … imagine … Trump refusing to leave office. In those circumstances, the military would no longer owe its loyalty to Donald Trump as of noon on January 20, 2021. And it’s worth asking the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,to affirm that they understand that and would act consistently with it.

Madness. Especially in light of what is factual: Obama physically left the White House but wages war on its new occupant. Andrew McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has more.

~ Adonic

Your faith can protect your health

doctorDoctors and nurses are all too human and subject to emotional stress as they work hour after hour with victims of the virus. But those with a religious faith have an edge, research is showing us. Of course that applies to all of us.

“Religious service attendance is associated with a lower risk of death from despair among registered nurses and health care professionals,” writes Li-juan Wang, MD, PhD., lead author in a study published in the Journal of the Amercan Medical Association. “These results may be important in understanding trends in deaths from despair in the general population.”

In this cohort study of 66 492 female registered nurses and 43 141 male health care professionals in the US, attendance at religious services at least once per week was associated with a 68% lower hazard of death from despair among women and a 33% lower hazard among men compared with never attendance. The findings suggest that frequent attendance at religious services is associated with lower subsequent risk of deaths from despair.

We’ve known for some time that attending religious services is good for our health; this research extends that to the medical profession.

~ Hippocrates

Kung Flu Scoundrels: Take a number

Are our “betters” being deliberately stupid and obnoxious?

waltersDr. William Walters. He’s an Obama holdover in an obscure State Department office who helped cause the coronavirus crisis. President Trump had been told that nobody with the coronavirus would be flown to America. But Walters made the decision to fly back infected American passengers from the Diamond Princess. This helped spread the virus inside the United States. President Obama honored Walters for evacuating Ebola patients to the United States.

Andrew Cuomo. The coronavirus’ suspected death toll among New York’s nursing home residents exploded by an additional 1,700 fatalities — as Gov. Andrew Cuomo caught bipartisan backlash for his administration’s edict that the facilities take in COVID-19 patients. “I don’t know the details, frankly,” the governor lied. And, health care workers that came to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic at its epicenter will have to pay state taxes, according to the governor.

Neil Ferguson. This British scientist, whose wildly wrong coronavirus model prompted U.S. and UK lockdowns, resigned after being caught breaking social distancing rules with his married lover.

Ken Turnage. This California city official said COVID-19 should be allowed to run its kennyturnagecourse, killing elderly and homeless residents to “fix what is a significant burden on our society. We would have significant loss of life, we would lose many elderly, that would reduce burdens in our defunct Social Security System, health care cost — once the wave subsided — make jobs available for others and it would also free up housing in which we are in dire need of.” He was fired.

Nancy Pelosi. “We all have found our ways to keep our spirits up during these trying times,” she said. “Mine just happens to fill up my freezer.” The appliances, two large stainless-steel freezers, are filled to the brim with an extreme prestige brand name called Jeni’s, which is marketed largely over the internet and sells for a minimum of $12 a pint. “Nancy Pelosi remembers to stock her $24K refrigerators with $13 ice cream but forgot to restock the Paycheck Protection Program for our small businesses,” Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw tweeted.

Alex Villanueva. The Los Angeles County Sheriff is worried that there might be a crime wave coming after he released what amounts to 4,276 inmates over the coronavirus concerns.

Enough for now. Many are waiting in the wings.

~ Excursus

The Observers: Experts, fathers, informers

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Intelligent commentary on matters of importance.

Victor Davis Hanson: The War between Experience and Credentials

One of the most depressing aspects of the coronavirus epidemic has been the failure of the credentialed class — the alphabetic transnational and federal health organizations, the university modelers, the professional associations, and their media enablers. Their collective lapse was largely due to hubris and the assumption that titles and credentials meant they had no need to accept input and criticism from those far more engaged in the physical world — they saw no need to say, “At this time, I confess we are as confused as you are.”

In sum, the ER doctors, the nurses, and the public in general all eagerly welcomed the research of the experts. But the reverse — in which experts would listen to those with firsthand experience — was not true. The asymmetrical result is that we all have paid a terrible price in misjudging the perfidy of China; the rot within the World Health Organization; the origins, transmission, infectiousness, and lethality of the virus; and the most effective, cost-to-benefit response to the epidemic in terms of saving lives lost to the infection versus the likely even more lives lost through the response.

Suzanne Venker: America is awash in overmothered men

Growing up fatherless, or with a father a son rarely sees due to divorce or workaholism, almost invariably stunts a boy’s growth. The end result is almost always too much mother, which means boys will absorb too much femininity and none of the masculinity they need. Ergo, he will spend years trying to figure out what it means to be a man. It’s a tough subject, and thus taboo. But at some point, we will have to answer why there are so few strong, grounded, purposeful men among us when they used to be a dime a dozen.

Daniel Greenfield: 1-800-INFORM

It’s not just New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Informing on your friends and neighbors is a nationwide trend where smartphone technology meets classic commissarism.

Chula Vista, CA advertises that its official app can be used to report “groups not-adhering to the COVID-19 stay-at-home directive” in both English and Spanish. Santa Clara, CA has set up a public health referral email address at the DA’s office and is urging rats to call or email.

In Hays County, TX, Judge Ruben Becerra was asked how he plans to keep “non essential customers out of Lowe’s , Home Depot and other stores”. He replied, “Call the police in the city the store is located. My order comes with a fine. Take pics. Get proof.”

Steven F. Haward: Earth Day at 50

The decline in most forms of pollution across the board are greater in magnitude than the more celebrated drop in the crime rate or the large reduction in welfare dependency from welfare reform in the 1990s. The congenital Malthusianism of environmentalists, however, prevents them from celebrating this progress or learning the lessons (chiefly economic growth and technological improvement more than lawsuits) that could inform the next generation of environmental policy. To the contrary, many environmentalists will fly into a rage when you point out the facts of this immense improvement, because belief in the end of the world is their chief source of happiness.

~ Chad Band

Christopher Wray: the FBI’s insider fixer

wrayDonald Trump has trouble hiring good people. My theory is that in his corporate life he could take a chance on someone and dump them if they didn’t perform.

Doesn’t work that way in Washington, as Jeff Sessions demonstrated. Now The Donald is stuck with Chrisopher Wray. Didn’t Trump know about this:

He was born to privilege with a silver spoon in his mouth and is now worth $23 million to $42 million.

Wray was Assistant Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey.

While heading the Criminal Division, Wray oversaw prominent fraud investigations, including Enron. The Enron task force was led by Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s chief lieutenant. Unsealed records in the Enron case expose efforts by Weissmann to intimidate witnesses and to interfere in the attorney-client relationship of a cooperating witness.

He has professional associations with many Trump critics.

Wray joined King & Spalding in 2005 as a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Atlanta offices.

In 2018, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates rejoined the firm’s Special Matters and Government practice group as a partner. Trump removed Yates after she instructed Justice Department attorneys not to defend his immigration order. She has since emerged as a vocal critic of the administration.

Just this year, Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who initiated and oversaw the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller, joined  King & Spalding LLP as part of their special matters and government investigations team,

His words an actions point to his bias.

Wray pushed back critics who say the FBI is part of the “Deep State,” saying the characterization is “affront” to bureau employees.

He sat on documents revealing that the FBI set up General Flynn. “Where’s Christopher Wray?” Rep Jim Jordan asked. “Why didn’t we learn any of this from him?”

Wray resisted pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to replace the bureau’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, who was fired for leaking to the press.

He referred to the FBI’s numerous illegal actions regarding FISA as “multiple omissions and misstatements.” He refused to even refer to the FBI misconduct as deceptions. Wray promised he would send a message to the entire FBI workforce reminding employees of the importance of adhering to accuracy procedures.

When Attorney General William Barr recently agreed there had been “spying” on the Trump campaign, Christopher Wray told senators “that’s not the term I would use.”  As the FBI boss explained, “lots of people have different colloquial phrases.”

He is fighting to keep the thousands of outstanding text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page under wraps until after the 2020 election.

“Perhaps the president thought he had better things to do than face another interminable nomination battle for a new director,” columnist Roger Simon writes. “Or perhaps he was trying to co-opt Wray. But if the FBI is meant to come back, proudly or otherwise, Christopher Wray is not the man. He is part of the problem.”

~ Eustace

So what’s the deal with Tony Fauci?

Supporters of Donald Trump are skeptical of Dr. Anthony Fauci, a visible member of the President’s Kung Flu task force, and rightly so.

Tony visibly smirked when the President referred to “the Deep State Department.” Watch:

And then Tony showed solidarity with two “reporters” who were rude and antagonistic with Trump, giving them a thumbs up as they saluted. Watch:

You can read about these faux journalists here. They aren’t real journalists, but they play them on TV.

So what do we know about Doctor Tony? Turns out he’s part of the Washington in crowd, the effetes who consider themselves smarter and more righteous than Donald Trump. This incudes Hillary Clinton, who was smart enough to lose the election to Trump.

In 2016, Doctor Tony wrote Hillary a love letter: “Please tell her that we all love her and are proud to know her.”

Here is Doctor Tony with fellow members of the Swamp Elite.

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Fauci Bill

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And a parting shot with his buddy, Acosta

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Swamp rat.

~ Scheherazade

About the drug nobody can pronounce or spell

trumpRemember how Donald Trump was vilified for suggesting the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine might work for the Kung Flu?

Well, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons reports that of the 2,333 treated with HCQ 2,137 or 91.6 percent improved clinically.

Moreover, one of five physicians in front-line treatment roles has prescribed hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, according to a new survey.

For example, hydroxychloroquine is currently first-line for people hospitalized with polymerase chain reaction–confirmed COVID-19 in the Yale New Haven Health System, which operates hospitals across Connecticut, many of them hard hit by the pandemic.

And at a nursing home in Texas, where 56 residents and 33 staff members were COVID-19 positive, hydroxychloroquine a Zpac and zinc were given as soon as a resident first started showing symptoms. Only one of the patients has died. Everyone who got on treatment who started on treatment is actually doing really well, a doctor says.

And yet the anti-Trumpers went nuts when he touted the drug.

Even as its hometown devolved into COVID-19’s epicenter, the so-called “Paper of Record” slammed Trump. Based on “minimal evidence,” the Old Gray Lady sniffed, Trump’s enthusiasm for this possible treatment “defies science.” One of this “news” outlet’s headlines crowed as conclusively as if it reported that the sun rose in the east: “No, These Medicines Cannot Cure Coronavirus.”

The Washington Post published an op-ed co-authored by Zeke Emanuel, Obamacare’s snotty, snarling chief architect. Headline: “Trump’s not a doctor. He’s only playing one on TV.” The Beltway’s bible also hurled this rotten tomato at the president: “Trump is giving people false hope of coronavirus cures. It’s all snake oil.”

“Trump peddles unsubstantiated hope in dark times,” CNN scolded. Even worse, the lightly viewed channel’s John Berman lied by claiming that an Arizona man died from consuming an aquarium cleaner after Trump endorsed “that drug.”

Trump-hating Democratic governors joined the onslaught. Nevada’s Steve Sisolak banned these drugs as COVID-19 treatments. Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer saw and raised Sisolak’s bet: The woman who officially rebutted Trump’s latest State of the Union threatened inquests and “administrative action” against doctors who prescribed and pharmacists who dispensed these remedies. Alas, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D., N.Y.) has ordered that doctors cannot prescribe HCQ against COVID-19 and dispense it via pharmacies.

How many people died because they lied?

~ Faute de Mieux