The Reporters: Masks, Booze, Generals

A closer look at the passing parade.

falling manThe Falling Man. Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.

Unmasked. Here’s the problem with “the science” about masks: the media cited studies are built on a foundation of sand. They are based on computer models, anecdotal stories, theoretical mechanistic (non-biological) analysis, or hypothetical contra factual scenarios. There are a number of studies in the literature from the pre-Covid era regarding real world mask effectiveness at limiting contagions. In short none of them demonstrated any statistically significant diminishment in real world viral spread.

There is something very wrong with some in the top ranks of America’s military. It began to be clear last October that the Obama administration had seeded the Pentagon with leftist generals whose allegiance was to the Deep State, to cultural leftism, and to the infamous and profitable “military industrial complex” that Eisenhower warned about in 1961.  In only five years, Obama had conducted a major Pentagon purge, firing almost 200 senior officers who held the old-fashioned belief that the military exists to protect America and should not be a social justice institution with limited firepower.

The NFL’s Ratings Are Falling Even As They Are Renegotiating Their TV Deals. The ratings from NBC’s Sunday night game fell 16.1% from the ratings of the first 2019 Sunday game (and that game’s ratings had fallen from the year before, too). Now the ratings for the Monday night games falls 17.2%.

brainEven moderate drinking proves to have damaging effects on the brain — study. However, the liver isn’t the only organ that can be damaged by drinking – the brain can be damaged, too. Drinking over the current UK low-risk guidelines is associated with an increased risk of dementia. And a recent study, published in Scientific Reports, found that even moderate drinking is associated with decreased brain volume.

The Secret Life of Joe Biden. Biden isn’t always reliving memories of his own life. And I don’t mean his political life, which is filled with momentous but imaginary accomplishments. I mean that he has a habit of engaging in Walter Mitty-like episodes of delusion that he retells with great élan and specificity. During one congressional hearing, Biden told a civil-rights activist that “Joe Biden was a lawyer who did work for the black community, represented the Black Panthers at the time they were burning down my city.” Joe Biden did neither of these things.

Your Definitive Guide to Understanding Polling (and Why Most Polls Are Garbage). When reviewing polls in 2016, I came across bad poll after bad poll as a result of oversampling problems as well as push-poll lines of questions or questions that are framed in a way to influence the way someone answers. For instance, if a polling firm asked a question “Do you agree with Joe Biden’s call for all Americans to unite?”, it doesn’t leave any room for someone saying they disagree with the premise of the question, that is, Joe Biden even having that ability in the first place.

~ Excursus

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