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

We don’t need to restart the economy

masksIt will take care of it itself.

Still, we can enjoy the polliticians and experts telling us how to get things going again. They’ve proven to be so smart in this foofaw.

A free market works because it is free. It doesn’t work if it isn’t free. So just let it be free and see what happens.

Remember the scramble to find a mask? Now they’re everywhere. The market responded to supply a demand. No one had to tell mask makers to make masks. Now it’s buy my mask all the time.

Did you have to call your congressman and ask him to ask someone to make you a pencil? The famous essay “I, Pencil” explains how you get pencils, and it’s worth reading now. Here’s a video version for those of you who can’t read.

Did you have to ask a dozen companies to jump into the telemeeting market now that you’re staying at home? And you thought it was all Zoom.

~ Splanchnik

 

 

Kung Flu: Who will we trust the next time?

Fauci_Elton_PelosiShould a pendemic strike again, where will you turn for guidance?

The government?

The lack of preparedness at every level of government (federal, state, and local) has nothing to do with a lack of funding or inadequate staffing. Instead, it has everything to do with governments’ bloat, mismanagement, cronyism, and poor focus. That’s particularly true of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The agency’s failure to understand the severity of this virus, to provide useful advice to the American people and to political leaders, and to deliver appropriate testing capabilities has been widely documented.

The experts?

Take Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, London — arguably the single most influential person in the world right now: it was on the basis of his doomsday report that both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Trump were frightened, against their liberty-leaning instincts, into instituting the lockdowns which are killing jobs, businesses and the economy.

But it has since emerged that Ferguson has a track record of getting things spectacularly wrong. For example, his recommended response to the UK’s 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic is now widely recognised as having led to the needless slaughter of millions of animals. (What’s the word for such an unnecessarily zealous response? Oh yes. ‘Overreaction’)

His modelling has been described by critics as ‘not fit for purpose.’ Worse — a breach of the most basic scientific etiquette — he has been reluctant to share the code which he used to model his doomsday conclusions.

The media?

Not only is there no price paid for getting things wrong, there really is no financial incentive to be a grounded, straight-down-the-line, unbiased journalist these days. It’s the Jim Acostas and Philip Ruckers of the world who get the book deals and big followings, not the diligent journalists poring over documents and offering serious, context-rich reporting.

There are plenty of solid reporters, but the most of the big-name journalists are only big names because they are granted a perch by powerful corporations. Most of best-known reporters aren’t especially talented writers, or especially knowledgeable, or especially good interviewers, or especially adept at ferreting out important stories. They have access. They break stories because insiders with hostility toward an administration hand them incriminating or damaging information. All they have to do is show a modicum of skepticism and judiciousness in reporting those facts. Many rarely do.

The elites?

While money can’t yet buy vaccines for COVID-19, it can buy luxurious amenities to stave off doomsday anxiety and make isolation more comfortable. For rich New Yorkers, that means summer has come early.

“We’re headed to the Hamptons with my whiskey and Lysol wipes,” Upper East Sider Julie Macklowe says. Accommodations in a Cold War bunker and private jets are also now in high demand thanks to the novel and even faster-traveling virus.

The politicians?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday continued to spread the lie about President Trump amid the Coronavirus pandemic. “The president is asking people to inject Lysol into their lungs.” “Nancy Pelosi remembers to stock her $24K refrigerators with $13 ice cream but forgot to restock the Paycheck Protection Program for our small businesses,” tweeted Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw last week. Touché.

Let’s watch together:

No, we will be on our own, as we always have been.

~ Portcullis

Just when we could use some real journalism

cavutoWe can’t think straight and act soberly as a society when our communication is corrupted.

Our media believes its mission today is to relentlessly attack our President, not inform their viewers and readers. We can’t get good information on potential virus cures, for example, because they oppose anything the President proposes.

The latest example is Trump’s rambling comments abou disinfectants. If you watch, he didn’t make himself very clear; he was thinking on his feet. Still, does anyone seriously think Donald Trump in a public press conference would suggest that people ingest disinfectants? Really? You think he would?

Neil Cavuto, the Fox host, wants to pretend he thinks that. I used to like Cavuto. Won’t watch him anymore. He’s no better than the jokers at CNN and MSNBC. Instead of helping his viewers sort out the President’s remarks, Cavuto assumes the worst and attacks. That’s not helpful, Neil.

Thanks for muddying the waters. You aren’t professional.

~ Areopagus

 

I think I missed Earth Day

madThey had it. Did you hear?

Actress Elizabeth Hurley — who? — didn’t miss it. She used it to claim another 15 minutes of fame. She stripped nude while linking “habitat destruction and the illegal wildlife trade to deadly pandemics.”

I can see the wisdom in that.

Perhaps she was inspired by the 31 women who formed a topless human chain in London to protest against climate change on International Women’s Day.

Pope Francis perked up and said he believes the coronavirus is “certainly nature’s response” to humanity’s failure to address the “partial catastrophes” wrought by human-induced climate change.

Someone named Abdi Latif Dahir decided to inform the readers of The New York Times that, “‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms.”

Here’s the solution. Over at Popular Science, someone named Sandra Gutierrez G. advises that, “You should start eating bugs. Here’s how.” She adds mysteriously: “‘Hakuna Matata’ isn’t the only thing you can learn from Timon and Pumbaa.” I don’t have time to look it up.

Speaking of food, a newly discovered species of snail has been named after teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg: Craspedotropis gretathunbergae.

Our ever-helpful UN got into the game, with David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme, warning that the world is at risk of widespread famines “of biblical proportions” caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Those most at risk are in 10 countries affected by conflict, economic crisis and climate change.

Everyone’s favorite, Joe Biden, shared his thoughts: “COVID is shining a bright light on the structural racism that plagues our laws, our institutions and our culture. And it’s a wake up call, a wake up call to action to climate change overall and to climate justice.”

You had a question, Joe?

It’s never too late, Joe.

~ Singultus

“What country is this?”

carksib'“It’s a country in a lockdown,” Tucker Carlson answers. “We’re told we have no choice but to do this — to stop our lives completely.”

And he makes a disturbing point.

“Mass quarantines, they tell us again and again, are the only way to save lives. But that’s a lie. They don’t know it’s true, despite what they’ve claimed. There’s no scientific record to consult. It’s never been done. We’re currently living through the largest and most expensive experiment ever conducted in human history. We’ve spent trillions of dollars, and crushed millions of people, purely on the guess that a nationwide lockdown would save us from the coronavirus. Has it worked? Was the guess correct?”

When you compare per capita numbers per state, he says, you find that a state’s lockdown strategy had virtually no effect on how severe its outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus was.

“Are you surprised by this?” Carlson asked. “Maybe you shouldn’t be. You can see the same trend at work in other countries. Sweden, most famously, has never locked down. Restaurants there have never closed. That country is still suffering from coronavirus, suffering more in fact than we are in the U.S. But the country’s epidemic appears to have peaked. And without locking down, Sweden has, and this is the key, has fared far better than other European countries that did lock down. That includes Britain, Italy, Spain and Belgium.”

“How can this be true?” he asked rhetorically. “It seems to contravene everything we hear all day long. ‘Lockdowns stop the virus.’ That’s what they tell us, almost always at high volume and with maximum outrage and self-righteousness daring us to disagree. But in fact, there’s not much evidence that it’s true.”

“This is insanity,” he concluded. “It is definitely not science. This is not science. It has nothing to do with the public’s health, much less the broader public interest. This is instead what happens when mediocre people suddenly find themselves with God-like power: deciding who can go outside, when people can get married, which medical procedures you’re allowed to have. That’s a feeling of omnipotence, and they like that feeling. It fills an empty place inside. They don’t want to give it up. They want it to last forever, even as the country dies. But it can’t last forever. Because it’s not their country. It’s ours.”

~ Quidnunc

The police are not your friend

busPerhaps you were thinkng that your local police would exhibit some common sense should the authorities decide to encroach on your rights, by, for example, coming to confiscate your guns. Think again.

During this pandemic, officers around the country have followed the orders of overbearing politicians without restraint.

Idaho Police Arrest Subversive Mom For Taking Children to Playground…

16-Year-Old Wisconsin Girl Threatened With Arrest Over Coronavirus Instagram Posts, Now Suing Sheriff

New Jersey Woman Charged With Plotting to Violate Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order

Police Tell Pastor “Your Rights Are Suspended” While Busting Up ‘Drive-In’ Church Service

Passenger is ‘dragged off Philadelphia bus by 10 cops for not wearing a face mask’

Police Departments Use Drones To Enforce Social Distancing

So what happens if our betters in Washington send the troops out to control us?

~ Cumbrousl

The Kung Flu is mysterious and insidious

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For most people the coronavirus is a news event, something to watch from afar. For others who come down with it, it’s a flu-like illness that goes away. For a small percentage, however, it is a killer.

Some 15% of COVID-19 cases are severe, and 5% are critical.

Why does an otherwise healthy middle aged man go into the hospital and die from the coronavirus? Here are some answers:

How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surges past 2.2 million globally and deaths surpass 150,000, clinicians and pathologists are struggling to understand the damage wrought by the coronavirus as it tears through the body. They are realizing that although the lungs are ground zero, its reach can extend to many organs including the heart and blood vessels, kidneys, gut, and brain.

“[The disease] can attack almost anything in the body with devastating consequences,” says cardiologist Harlan Krumholz of Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital, who is leading multiple efforts to gather clinical data on COVID-19. “Its ferocity is breathtaking and humbling.”

Unusual Presentations of COVID-19: ‘Our Ignorance Is Profound’

Although a cause-and-effect relationship is unknown, people with the virus have presented with or developed heart disease, acute liver injury, ongoing GI issues, skin manifestations, neurologic damage, and other problems, especially among sicker people.

For example, French physicians described an association with encephalopathy, agitation, confusion, and corticospinal tract signs among 58 people hospitalized with acute respiratory distress.

Strange new coronavirus symptoms have been uncovered

The novel coronavirus has a few common symptoms that can be very misleading. Fever, cough, fatigue, and muscle pain are also typical of the common cold or flu, as are chills, shaking, headache, and sore throat. Shortness of breath can also appear, and breathing issues are common for other ailments. But doctors who have observed COVID-19 patients have been able to identify a slew of other symptoms that might be indicative of a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The sudden loss of smell and taste is one of the most popular signs of COVID-19. It’s been studied and explained, and it’s now associated with the new disease. Other neurological or cardiac manifestations have been observed in patients who may have not experienced other symptoms. And if you encounter skin lesions similar to frostbite, or you have bluish lips or face, then you might have COVID-19.

~ Feuilleton

Will the Kung Flu leave a better world?

Two observations suggest it is possible.

First, from Instapundit:

Top Ten Surprising Consequences of Covid-19 Hysteria:

1: Democrat governors rediscover federalism.
2: Wanna-be totalitarians can’t help but unmask themselves.
3: Trump gets a daily platform to smack the media around (watched by millions).
4: The CDC is exposed as just another dysfunctional gov. agency.
5: FDA, same as above.
6: WHO, same as FDA, CDC.
7: The US media is in China’s pocket.
8: “Models” completely useless except to frighten citizens.
9: We now know Nancy Pelosi has a $24,000.00 fridge.

And the 10th most surprising consequence of the Covid-19 hysteria?

10. Donald Trump was right about China the whole time, and everybody who didn’t know it before knows it now.

Second, from American Digest:

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The debate over immigration is over: restriction wins.

The debate over borders is over: they are needed.

The debate over globalization is over: the era of autarky begins.

The debate over Europe is over: it is a geographic expression, not a polity.

The debate over global warming is over: it is irrelevant.

The debate over international institutions is over: only nations matter.

The debate over the People’s Republic of China is over: it is a menace to the community of nations, not a member in good standing.

Crisis is clarity.

~ Feuilleton

Why we tend to be pessimistic

pessimismIt’s hard to keep your head straight in this season of pandemic and panic, especially if, as I am, you are a victim of the virus.

So it is helpful to understand how our minds tend to mislead us. Marian L. Tupy, editor of HumanProgress and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, has written about this.

Here are some key points.

1. We have evolved to prioritize bad news. Organisms that treat threats as more urgent than opportunities have a better chance to survive and reproduce.

2. The media seldom provide a “compared to what” analysis or put terrible events in context. Coronavirus is deadly, but it is not the bubonic plague, which had a mortality rate of 50 percent, or the septicemic plague, which had a mortality rate of 100 percent.

3. Social media makes bad news immediate and more intimate. Until relatively recently, most people knew very little about the countless wars, plagues, famines, and natural catastrophes happening in distant parts of the world.

4. Remember that we have eradicated or almost eradicated smallpox, cholera, typhoid, measles, polio, and whooping cough. We have made great progress against malaria and HIV/AIDS. And the speed of our successes is increasing. The earliest credible evidence of smallpox comes from India in 1500 BC. The disease was eradicated in 1980. That’s 3,500 years of suffering. In 1980, we started to learn about HIV/AIDS. By 1995, we had the first generation of drugs that kept infected people alive. That’s 15 years of suffering. The Ebola epidemic raged between 2014 and 2016. The first Ebola vaccine was approved in the United States in December 2019. That’s five years of suffering. Last December, the coronavirus did not have a name. Today, human trials for the coronavirus vaccine are underway throughout the world.

Much more in the article.

~ Moloch

The Observers: Authority, fear, white people

I follow several writers whose intelligence and insight about events of the day are noteworthy. Here’s a sampling.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Thin Façade of Authority

expertsThe virus will teach us many things, but one lesson has already been relearned by the American people: there are two, quite different, types of wisdom. One, and the most renowned, is a specialization in education that results in titled degrees and presumed authority. That ensuing prestige, in turn, dictates the decisions of most politicians, the media, and public officials—who for the most part share the values and confidence of the credentialed elite.

The other wisdom is not, as commonly caricatured, know-nothingism. But it puts a much higher premium on pragmatism and experience, values instilled by fighting nature daily and mixing it up with those who must master the physical world.

David Warren: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

It is hard for people, especially while scared, to consider anything in proportion. And it is difficult to find contextual information: for we cannot expect the media of entertainment to tell us anything that might ruin the show, while they’re in the theatre business.

The “beauty” of computer projections, working from speculative data by theory, is that it won’t be off by double, or half. It will be off by orders of magnitude. This will even help the researchers wet themselves. Whereas, mere common sense will fail every time.

The Z Man: A Bridge Too Far

If there is to be just one line to describe the history of white people on this planet, it should be “No good deed goes unpunished.” White people literally pulled the world out of the dark ages, but the world remains an ungrateful place. Asians in America are now working on their grievance tales, about how the round-eye was mean to them during the great yellow pandemic of 2020. The fact that they would be eating bugs and living in huts if not for the white man is conveniently forgotten.

Richard Fernandez: Planning the Great Escape from House Arrest—and From Communist China

housePerhaps nothing will prove more difficult to salvage from the train wreck than individual rights, the fundamental building block of subsidiarity, which are being eroded at an unprecedented rate. The need to track the whereabouts of literally every citizen in the name of “contact tracing” the public means government will demand to know exactly where you’ve been and who you’ve ever met with. Scrupulous records will be kept on the public’s biometric profile to make offices habitable again.

~ Lachrymal

Treatments for the virus in your kitchen

Research supports these remedies.

appleAppes. Apples contain quercetin, a plant pigment (flavonoid). It is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea and berries.

The broad spectrum anti-viral medicine known as quercetin has already proven successful at treating Ebola and Zika viruses, says Dr. Michel Chrétien, a researcher at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal.

Numerous experiments have shown that quercetin exerts antiproliferative, antioxidative, antibacterial, anticancer and antiviral effects. It was found that quercetin could protect patients from dying from severe complications associated with the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

You can buy quercetin supplements. Quercetin has been safely used in amounts up to 500 mg twice daily for 12 weeks. It is not known if long-term use or higher doses are safe.

soupChicken soup. The mild anti-inflammatory effect conferred by chicken soup could be one of the reasons it mitigates symptomatic upper respiratory tract infections like the common cold. When an individual comes down with a cold, the inflammatory response  signals white blood cells (WBCs) to migrate to the region. This may contribute to the commonly encountered cold symptoms, such as stuffy noses. When the researchers measured the ability of the WBCs to migrate through a filter from one side of a chamber to the other side, they found that fewer cells migrated to the other side of the chamber in the presence of chicken soup.

The warm salty nature of chicken broth is likely to help. A sore, itchy throat and respiratory congestion are some of the more common symptoms of a cold, and gargling with salt water seems to help. A saline solution can draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. Gargling also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat.

teaGreen tea. Green tea catechins (GTCs) are polyphenolic compounds from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. GTCs have been reported to provide various health benefits against numerous diseases. Studies have shown that GTCs, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), have antiviral effects against diverse viruses. EGCG binds strongly to many molecules in cells, especially proteins, and then affects their original activities and functions. By interacting with the virion surface or cell surface receptors, EGCG can interfere with the interaction between the virions and the host cells.

Sit out in the sun and fresh air with an apple and cup of green tea.

~ Hippocrene

Is the noose tightening on the spygate plotters?

Certainly there has been an uptick in news about the attempted coup d’etat.

First, attorney general William Barr made a strong pronouncement, perhaps to prepare the battlefield.

Barr says evidence from Durham investigation is ‘far more troubling’ than mistakes or sloppiness

“My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness. There is something far more troubling here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. And if people broke the law, and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted.”

U.S. Attorney John Durham, appointed by Barr to lead the investigation, has been busy.

Durham Has Subpoenaed, Questioned Witnesses Before a D.C. Grand Jury

Durham has been subpoenaing witnesses and that several have already appeared before the grand jury. (It was reported recently that Durham had driven down to Washington, D.C. in March because the investigation was ongoing, but there had been no reference to what specifically was the reason for his trip.) Journalist John Solomon said, “I’ve seen some evidence of the grand jury work [Durham’s] in the last four, five, six weeks.”

Obama’s CIA director, John Bennan, is apparently the focus.

John Brennan Is Main Focus of Durham Investigation – Intel Officers Have Already Testified
brennan durhamFormer US Attorney Joe diGenova:  “One of the more interesting revelations is what I have confirmed with my sources, is that John Brennan is in fact the focus, the main focus of the investigation.  And, a number of former intelligence officers have been interviewed and apparently testified about a series of questions involving the production of the famous assessment done after the election which of course was a phony assessment.”

Finally, irony of ironies, we’re learning that the whole spygate operation was a Russian disinformation campaign.

FBI’s ‘central evidence’ To Spy On Trump Campaign Was Russian Disinformation, Declassified IG Footnotes Reveal

putinPartially declassified footnotes from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s FBI report reveal that the most ‘central and essential’ evidence to justify surveillance of short term Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page was based on Russian disinformation, according to newly declassified footnotes.

Oh, Vladimir, you devil, you.

~ Pelion

You need sun and fresh air to stay healthy

A New York doctor at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak says his hospital is like a “petri dish.”

Do you know why? And do you know why hospitals are notorious for respiratory infections?

Windows. They can’t open windows to let in fresh air. And fresh air kills viruses.

In the years before antibiotics became available, open-air therapy was the standard treatment for tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases. Patients were nursed next to open windows in cross-ventilated wards or put outside, in their beds, to breathe fresh outdoor air. This was believed to aid their recovery and reduce the risk of cross- and re-infection. The open-air regimen was also widely used on casualties during the First World War; and during the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic.

We learned this in the 1918 flu epidemic, but we forgot it.

flu outsidePut simply, medics found that severely ill flu patients nursed outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors. A combination of fresh air and sunlight seems to have prevented deaths among patients; and infections among medical staff.[1] There is scientific support for this. Research shows that outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Fresh air can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs. Equally, sunlight is germicidal and there is now evidence it can kill the flu vi

Florence Nightingale understood this: “A nurse is to maintain the air within the room as fresh as the air without, without lowering the temperature.” What hospitals looked like in her day:

old hospital

What hospitals look like today:
modern hospital
Breathe deeply.

Top Ten Losers in the Kung Flu Pandepanic

antivirus10. Bureaucrats. Our regulatory regime is costing lives. The early administrative failings of the FDA and Centers for Disease Control, which greatly worsened the crisis in the United States, show how ugly that can be.

 9. Democrats. The Democratic leadership in Washington, led by Pelosi and  Schumer, is using the pandemic to try to further a “far-left agenda that has nothing whatsoever to do with the coronavirus pandemic.” Some of the items: gifts to unions, expanded wind and solar tax credits, and a $15 federal minimum wage.

 8. Globalization. The belief that globalization, through the radical centralization of market networks, was the unavoidable path forward has been exposed as a grave, near-delusional miscalculation.

7. Elites. Here are some people who are useless, especially now: Performance artists, diversity consultants, magic crystal healers, sociology TAs, members of the mainstream media, and gender-unspecified entities who brew kale kombucha.

 6. Socialized Medicine. An Israeli doctor working in the northern Italian city of Parma, told Israeli TV that the number of patients is continuing to grow and that authorities are not allowing those over 60 who are ill access to respiratory machines.

 5. Media. The assorted paleo-virtue signalers and candidates for anger management training that comprise the White House press corps have, as if it were possible, humiliated themselves more than ever, almost beyond recognition.

 4. Open Borders. European officials working on a migration overhaul that will affect borderless travel say that the virus is at the very least a setback for their efforts, as it offers populists another opportunity to underline the importance of national border controls.

 3. Urbanization. COVID-19 should prompt some reflection on our vulnerabilities and how to limit them in the future. One in particular bears rethinking: our ever-growing urban concentration and dependence on high-density, centrally managed mass transit.

2. Decadence, Though medical facilities may soon become overtaxed for everyone, the coronavirus pandemic has shed light on how transgender people’s care can be treated as ‘non-essential.

And the No. 1casualty of the Xi Jinping Grungies …

1. Idiots. Health officials warn aganst self-medicating with chloroquine for Coronavirus after man dies from taking fish tank cleaner.

~ Kilig Uitwaaien

The mathematics of the Chinese Flu

einstein[Editor’s Note: We are not permitted to call the Wuhan Virus the Wuhan Virus because that would be cismisogynistic or something. So this blog is referring to it as the Chinese Flu.]

For those so inclined, we can reduce the virus to numbers.

How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart

A disastrous inundation of hospitals can likely be averted with protective measures we’re now seeing more of — closing schools, canceling mass gatherings, working from home, self-quarantine, self-isolation, avoiding crowds — to keep the virus from spreading fast.

Epidemiologists call this strategy of preventing a huge spike in cases “flattening the curve,” and it looks like this:

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The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing.

From a mathematical perspective, determining how big a crowd is safe depends on a couple of key questions: How many people in a given area are infected with the disease? And how big is the event? If you know those things, you can estimate the probability of someone getting infected at the event. An elegant “Covid-19 Event Risk Assessment Planner” by the Georgia Tech quantitative biologist Joshua Weitz makes the following calculation: If, say, 20,000 cases of infection are actively circulating the US (far more than are known so far), and you host a dinner party for 10 folks, there’s a 0.061 percent chance that an attendee will be infected. But if you attend a 10,000-person hockey match, there’s a 45 percent chance.

COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planner

The mathematics for calculating the probability of exposure given the number of carriers in a population and group size aren’t difficult but they can be surprising. Even a low number of carriers can generate a relatively high probability for reasonably sized groups. For example, assume you run a firm of 1000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area (population 8 million.) Let’s suppose that there are just 500 carriers in the area. In this case, assuming random draws, the probability that at least one of your employees is a carrier is 6%. You can run your own calculations at Wolfram Alpha following this format:

p=8000000, c=500, g=1000, 1-1(1-c/p)^g //N

where p is the population size, c is the number of carriers, g is the group size and the //N at the end isn’t a division but a command to Wolfram Alpha to give you a numerical answer.

Coronavirus expert says he knows when the virus ‘will burn itself out,’ according to leaked analysis

“Sunlight will cut the virus’ ability to grow in half so the half-life will be 2.5 minutes and in the dark it’s about 13 to 20 [minutes],” Nicholls said. “Sunlight is really good at killing viruses.” For that reason, he also added that he doesn’t expect areas such as Australia, Africa and the Southern hemisphere to see high rates of infection because they are in the middle of summer.

Regarding temperatures, Nicholls said the warmer the better for stopping the spread of the virus, according to the transcript of the conference call. “The virus can remain intact at 4 degrees (39 degrees Fahrenheit) or 10 degrees (50 F) for a longer period of time,” Nicholls said, referring to Celsius measurements, according to the transcript. “But at 30 degrees (86 degrees F) then you get inactivation. And high humidity — the virus doesn’t like it either,” he added, the transcript of the call showed.

How long can the new coronavirus last on surfaces?

How long can the new coronavirus linger on surfaces, anyway? The short answer is, we don’t know. A new analysis found that the virus can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel up to 2 to 3 days. However, this studyhas not yet yet been peer-reviewed.

Another study concluded that if this new coronavirus resembles other human coronaviruses, such as its “cousins” that cause SARS and MERS, it can stay on surfaces — such as metal, glass or plastic — for as long as nine days (In comparison, flu viruses can last on surfaces for only about 48 hours.)

Ohio Official Who Claimed 100,000 Covid-19 Cases in the State Says She Was ‘Guesstimating’

The director of Ohio’s Department of Health, Amy Acton, shocked a lot of people on Thursday when she said in a press conference that she believed 100,000 Ohioans had already contracted Covid-19. The Columbus Dispatch offered effusive praise of Acton for being a “voice of knowledge.” What an incredible human being, to let her humanity “shine through” like that. Brings a tear to my eye, it does. But Director Acton forgot to mention a small detail about her Apocalypse Now statement; it wasn’t true.

~ Calash

Your eating is destroying the planet!

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Why cockroach milk is the new health obsession.The extraction process is very difficult and the scientists need to use a scalpel to cut out the cockroach’s midgut where the brood sac is located with the milk. Moreover, in order to produce 100 grams of cockroach milk, the scientists need to kill a thousand of cockroaches. But the idea of drinking cockroach milk could be appealing, and also for the ones who wish to switch to more sustainable, environmentally friendly food sources.

How produce stickers contribute to climate change. The stickers are too small to be screened out in the waste sorting process, but don’t break down during composting. Antler said they end up sprinkled as “foreign matter” through the finished product — compost that’s destined to be used to enrich soils in places such as gardens, farmland and parks. The stickers aren’t toxic and don’t harm the compost — although presumably they add microplastics to the environment — so it’s mostly a cosmetic issue,

So it turns out tofu and all these other vegan foods are ruining the planet. So it turns out almond milk is actually really damaging the planet. It’s putting tonnes of pressure on bees causing them to die and 130 pints of water are needed to produce just one glass of wholesome almond milk. And now you thought ok well I’ll change to oat milk and I’m still being really good to the planet because I eat tofu instead of chicken. Well turns out tofu is pretty bad too.

People think ‘butter’ made from insects tastes as good as the real thing, study claims. Researcher Daylan Tzompa-Sosa explained, “The ecological footprint of an insect is much smaller compared to animal-based food sources. Besides, we can grow insects in large quantities in Europe, which also reduces the footprint of transport. After all, palm fat is often imported from outside of Europe.”

Gas Companies Want to Recycle Your Manure. So what’s the main source of recycled methane that gas companies are beginning to cash in on? It boils down to manure, from humans and animals. “Poop is gold today,” Randy Jordan, owner of a Massachusetts dairy farm, recently explained.

~ Feuilleton

Creat your own infection intercepts

plaguePresident Trump urges all of us to be calm about the coronavirus.

“We’re prepared and we’re doing a great job with it and it will go away, just stay calm,” Trump said, “Everybody has to be vigilant and has to be careful but be calm, it’s really working out, and a lot of good things are going to happen.”

I tend to agree. The reason is that we, along with millions of individuals, families, businesses, churches, nursing homes, hospitals and government agencies, are doing everything we know to do.

Personally, we have suspended attending our church dinners, we wash our hands a lot, we don’t plan to travel, and we started using a grocery service that doesn’t require us to enter the store.

We could label each activity an Infection Intercept Point — IIP, if I were a government bureaucrat. Right now millions of IIPs are being put in place.

Remember: Not too long ago we were worried that we Americans are too clean, that our obsession with killing germs was actually making us sicker.

Megan McArdle, a fine reporter, writes in The Washington Post:

Despite early exposure, Singapore and Hong Kong have kept their caseloads low, not by completely shutting down large swaths of their economies as China did but through aggressive personal hygiene and “social distancing.” South Korea seems to be getting its initial outbreak under control using similar measures. If we do the same, we can not only keep our hospitals from overloading but also buy researchers time to develop vaccines and therapies.

She encourages you to create your own IIPs.

We are all in this together. It is your responsibility to keep America safe by following the CDC guidelines, just as much as it is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s or President Trump’s responsibility to lead us to safety. And until this virus is beaten, we all need to act like it.

Wash your hands!

~ Faute d’Mieux

The Passing Parade: Down under edition

donuts

Find yourself a good position on the curb.

The police were jealous. Police in Oregon say a man robbed a doughnut shop with a hatchet. He was found eating a doughnut.

Hate it when that happens. ‘FBI’ star Derek Hedlund nearly loses leg in New Jersey crab attack

Down under in more ways than one. Amid coronavirus panic, Australian newspaper prints extra pages because of toilet paper shortage

Going down under. Spain builds submarine 70 tons too heavy after putting a decimal in the wrong place

Well, it is Florida. Florida Man Friday: Park Closed for Snake Orgy

This doesn’t relieve my anxiety. The Causal Link Between Getting Gonorrhea and Voting for Hillary Clinton May Be Incidental

But they should be. Woman addicted to eating baby powder wants others to know ‘they are not alone’

~ Quidnunc

How we’ve avoided rampant unemployment

moneysWe’ve heard repeatedly over the years that technology will throw many, if not most, of us out of work.

What’s actually happening is that, as our economy became super-productive, we began inventing things for people to do. For money.

Look at the scientists as an example. Presumably the following are being paid, and likely by taxpayers.

Daddy, what do you do for a living? Honey, I decode bee dance moves. Daddy, I want to be like you when I grow up.

~ Natheless

The Observers: Stupid people, plastic panic

stupidInteresting perspecives on issues of the day.

The Perverse Panic over Plastic. The plastic panic has never made any sense, and it’s intensifying even as evidence mounts that it’s not only a waste of money but also harmful to the environment, not to mention humans. It’s been a movement in search of a rationale for half a century.

The Case for Professors of Stupidity. One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. By now this phenomenon has been demonstrated even for everyday tasks, about which individuals have likely received substantial feedback regarding their level of knowledge and skill. Humans have shown a tendency, in other words, to be a bit thick about even the most mundane things, like how well they drive.

Reaching Peak Progressivism. Barack Obama recalibrated the Democratic Party’s liberalism into progressive radicalism. He opened the border and all but dismantled existing immigration law. Sanctuary cities sprang up with impunity. Executive orders bypassed the Congress. Obama sought to nationalize healthcare. The concept of “diversity” replaced affirmative action by redefining racial oppression as distinct from historical grievance and economic disparity and instead lumping together 30 percent of the population as nonwhite, and thus antithetical to the new buzz construct of “white privilege.”

The Coming Violence of the Left. As Eric Hoffer pointed out, mass movements need an enemy and the Left has always had the struggle as an essential element of their identity. It’s why they have invented things like institutional racism and white privilege. Lacking anything resembling actual racism in modern America, and faced with a tsunami of anti-white sermonizing, they have been forced to invent a boogeyman. Like shamans of the past, the modern Left warns about evil spirits, but now they are called unconscious bias and extremism.

Truth, beauty and the creeping hand of totalitarianism. The witch-hunting of Scruton. Notre Dame is as beautiful as anything anyone has built since in the West. It’s clear that in what we call the Middle Ages they knew things we have forgotten; like the effect of beauty and nature on people’s spirits. They built garden courtyards into hospitals where people could sit as they struggled with illness. They knew that our surroundings can make us feel more well, or less ill; plants, gardens, waterfalls, greenery, colour, beauty in general.

~ Fanfaronade

Reduce your chance of making a mistake

trainAt the ophthalmologist recently, preparing for cataract surgery, I watched the technician making and recording dozens of measurements. As she did, she spoke each one out loud.

She apologized, and I told her I’d just read about the Japanese practice of shisa kanko (literally ‘checking and calling’), in which a person points to and names a task while performing it. It started on the trains.

As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage began talking to himself. He proceeded to perform a series of tasks, commenting aloud on each one and vigorously gesticulating at various bits of the train all the while.

It’s an error-prevention drill that railway employees here have been using for more than 100 years. Conductors point at the things they need to check and then name them out loud as they do them, a dialogue with themselves to ensure nothing gets overlooked.

And it seems to work. A 1994 study by Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute, cited in The Japan Times, showed that when asked to perform a simple task workers typically make 2.38 mistakes per 100 actions. When using shisa kanko, this number reduced to just 0.38 – a massive 85% drop.

Pointing and calling gets multiple senses in action: It requires co-action and co-reaction among the operator’s brain, eyes, hands, mouth, and ears.

~ Singultus

The Reporters: No, you aren’t going to die

Journalism from some of the best.

Andrew Malcolm:: Coronavirus context: You’ll be fine, probably

Contrary to hysterical impressions in current media, most of us are not threatened by death from coronavirus. The scarier something is online or TV, the more eyes and clicks it gets. The more eyes it gets, the better it is for media business. Do you know how many Americans actually die from the seasonal flu every year, with hardly any notice? In 2018, some 80,000 died in the United States, up from the usual range of 12,000 to 56,000. Do you know how many Americans have died from the latest Asian scourge that blankets the media? So far, one, maybe two.

eyeChristian Jarrett: Why meeting another’s gaze is so powerful

Eye contact is not always so exciting – it’s a natural part of most casual conversations, after all – but it is nearly always important. We make assumptions about people’s personalities based on how much they meet our eyes or look away when we are talking to them. And when we pass strangers in the street or some other public place, we can be left feeling rejected if they don’t make eye contact. Psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying eye contact for decades and their intriguing findings reveal much more about its power, including what our eyes give away and how eye contact changes what we think about the other person looking back at us.

Daniel Greenfield: An Obama Holdover in an Obscure Government Arm Helped Cause the Country’s Coronavirus Crisis

The decision to fly back infected American passengers from the Diamond Princess  helped spread the virus inside the United States. President Trump had been told that nobody with the coronavirus would be flown to America. The State Department decided to do it anyway without telling him and only made the announcement shortly after the planes landed in the United States. The official who did it: Dr. William Walters, honored by Barack Obama for evacuating Ebola patients to the United States.

Sundance: President Trump Nominates John Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence – Ramifications…

ratcliffeIn the position of DNI John Ratcliffe would have the ability to reach out into any intelligence compartment, retrieve and then declassify any/all documents that might be used to show the gross abuses of power by prior intelligence officials. [Acting DNI Ric Grenell also has that current authority.] The information within reach is the risk SSCI Chairman Senator Burr and Vice-Chair Warner have attempted to control.

Fake news is now so pervasive that it is much easier to assume everything is fake. The global warming deception is the oldest deeply entrenched fake news story because it is the product of government and deep state bureaucrats. Maurice Strong established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) through the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This is a UN agency run by bureaucrats in Geneva but made up of bureaucrats from the national weather offices of every UN member nation. They work every day using your tax dollars to deceive you.

Some non-hysterical advice on the virus

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It isn’t all that complicated. Here are some calm voices.

Coronavirus – How to. prepare and protect yourself as US gears up to fight it.

  1. Avoid those people who are sick with the virus
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  3. Practice good hand hygiene — wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 2 minutes
  4. Disinfect surfaces

Why hand washing really could slow down an epidemic

“We consider that, at most, 1 in 5 people in an airport have cleaned [their] hands at any given moment in time (i.e., 20% of airport population),” the researchers write in their study paper. However, the researchers argue that if more people were to wash their hands frequently and correctly, it would significantly slow down the rate at which diseases are likely to spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that best practices for hand washing include not only rinsing the hands with water, but also applying soap and scrubbing the palms, the back of the hands, between the fingers, and under the fingernails. A person should scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinsing the soap and drying the hands with a clean towel.

And from our President.

These days the President of the United States has to tell people to wash their hands. We’ve become a helpless society.

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~ Dramaturge

The anti-Trumpers are toying with our health

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Be afraid, be very afraid. That’s the word from one Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease control.

“Ultimately, we expect we will see coronavirus spread in this country. It’s not so much a question of if, but a question of when.

“I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe, but these are things people need to start thinking about now.”

No wonder the stock market is tanking.

She made this pronouncement while President Trump was out of the country.

Guess what? Nancy is the sister of … Rod Rosenstein, the DOJ offcial involved in the coup against President Trump. Credit The Gateway Pundit with breaking this story.

In July 2018 Rosenstein announced the indictments of 12 Russians right before the President was departing on a trip to meet Russian President Putin. Rosenstein’s Deep State friends regularly schedule hateful events when the President is overseas.

If there’s any doubt that Nancy’s words were anything other than a political hatchet job, look no further than the media.

“You might not want to rely on Trump for information about the risk of coronavirus” ~ The Washington Post

“Even Republicans Are Worried the Trump Administration Isn’t Ready for a Coronavirus Outbreak” ~ Rolling Stone

“Both GOP and Democratic lawmakers slam Trump admin as unprepared for coronavirus” ~ ABC

And, of course ….

“Romney: Trump administration unprepared for coronavirus outbreak” ~ The Hill

Mitten’s only purpose in this world is to let us know when things are political. Otherwise, he’s just a fool.

~ Fanfaronade

The long march through our institutions

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“Revolution is a long, complicated process,  which I have once named ‘The Long March through the Established Institutions,’ in which awareness is brought in and outside the university, in schools, in trade schools, in engineer schools, also technical universities and finally in factories.” ~ German Marxist Rudi Dutschke

Families.

The tragic — and overlooked — fallout from the ’60s sexual revolution. By many measures, our society is in trouble, and we are ignoring a root cause: the unprecedented familial dispersion that followed the 1960s sexual revolution. At heart, that revolution aimed to radically sever human sexuality from marriage and child-rearing, from the responsibilities society had hitherto imposed on the individual sexual appetite.

Churches.

Bored with Sunday Service? Maybe Nudist Church Is Your Thing.A nudist church in Virginia where the pastor delivers sermons in his birthday suit. A drive-in church in Florida where parishioners can attend services from the comfort of their cars. A 500-foot-long, “Biblically accurate” reconstruction of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. “If you’re a surfer, there’s a church for Christian surfers. If you’re a biker, there’s a church for bikers.”

Colleges. 

NYU professor founded anarchist group that attacked subways last month. Amin Husain, 44, is a co-founder of Decolonize This Place, which urged its radical followers in a social media campaign to “f-ck sh-t up” on Jan. 31 in a violent assault on the city’s transit system that concluded with 13 arrests and $100,000 in damage.

Schools.

Teacher Who Supported Drag Queen Visiting School Says Parents Shouldn’t Have “Final Say” in Raising Their Children. A teacher at a school in Texas said parents shouldn’t have the “final say” in raising their own kids after some of them complained about a drag queen visiting the school to give a talk to the children. “Let’s be honest, some of you don’t know what is best for your kids.”

Courts.

Rein in politicized judges and their injunctions. By issuing putatively national injunctions, Attorney General William Barr said in a May 21 speech to the American Law Institute: “One judge can, in effect, cancel the policy with the stroke of the pen. No official in the United States government [rightly] can exercise that kind of nationwide power, with the sole exception of the president. And the Constitution subjects him to nationwide election, among other constitutional checks, as a prerequisite to wielding that power.”

Organizations. 

An Obituary for the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America opened its doors to girls and rebranded as Scouts BSA. This change was overdue, as the organization had already accepted girls — who identify as transgender boys — into the program. American culture has grown increasingly hostile to the mission of raising boys into men. Concerns about “toxic masculinity” have grown into an assault on masculinity itself, with the American Psychological Association demonizing traditional masculinity.

~ Logodaedaly

The Observers: Family, art, civilization

Interesting points of view.

artThe Postmodern Establishment Wants to Exterminate the Experience of Art

Postmodernism is the magical thinking of the ruling elites, who have decreed that they can alter reality with the sorcery of sophistry, and deny out of existence the eternal chains of cause and effect. The world has suffered greatly under this subversive hoax. Anything that could disrupt the systematic brainwashing of the populace was infiltrated and corrupted. The arts were early casualty in the battle, targeted because true art is such a powerful threat to the elite’s influence and control. There has been no freedom of expression for decades in the establishment art world.

The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake

This is the story of our times—the story of the family, once a dense cluster of many siblings and extended kin, fragmenting into ever smaller and more fragile forms. The initial result of that fragmentation, the nuclear family, didn’t seem so bad. But then, because the nuclear family is so brittle, the fragmentation continued. In many sectors of society, nuclear families fragmented into single-parent families, single-parent families into chaotic families or no families.

The Great Displacement of Americans: The devolving of Western Civilization

“Mass immigration is a tool of the global elites and of the Left – that is, of the Democrat party – to fragment American society and to displace those who adhere to traditional American values and the foundational premise of our Constitutional Republic. In other words, to disempower Whites, who will become a minority in their own country by mid-century. This isn’t a slur on Blacks or any other nationality, but in essence it is White Europeans who invented and perpetuated Western Civilization. This great displacement of Whites is therefore synonymous with the displacement of Western Civilization.”

ericThe People’s Avenger

Eric Ciaramella, the CIA plant, who concocted the predicate for the impeachment hoax is friends with John Brennan, the former CIA director. He is also in the same social set as members of Adam Schiff’s crew of witch hunters. Like a religious cult, these people reinforce the paranoia of one another with these bizarre theories to explain what they think is some great anomaly. Trump could not have won the election fair and square, so there must be some hidden reason behind it.

The Intellectual and Moral Decline in Academic Research

President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned that the pursuit of government grants would have a corrupting influence on the scientific community. He feared that while American universities were “historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery,” the pursuit of taxpayer monies would become “a substitute for intellectual curiosity” and lead to “domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment…and the power of money.” Eisenhower’s fears were well-founded and prescient.

~ Fanfaronade