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

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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

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