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The Church: Non-Essential since 1859.

Here is a real head-scratcher for some people:  how is it that governments insist on keeping churches meeting at radically less capacity because of COVID but those same governments have nothing but the kindest words to say about the Floyd riots?  How is it that the protests against COVID restrictions keeping people’s businesses closed seemingly indefinitely and keeping them locked in their own homes for just as long were cause for national shaming, much bleating about ‘second waves’, and assertions far and wide that the protestors had ‘blood on their hands’ for the COVID deaths we were told would follow?  … continue reading...

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The Secularist’s Idol of Empathy; and, are Blacks human?

One of my favorite writers is Dorothy Sayers.  She has a little book called “Are Women Human?”  It is a good book, as far as it goes.  However, I reckon she would have great contempt for what “women’s rights” has become, as the answer to that question today–according to feminists themselves–is that women are NOT human.

That is to say, they cannot afford to buy their own condoms or birth control; they are too foolish not to control their bodies long enough to prevent getting pregnant, therefore they cannot be expected to pay for their own abortions; they are unable … continue reading...

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On the Prospects of America Descending into Violence

Last year, I wrote a multi-part series detailing the odds of America descending into chaos, with Americans pitted against each other, and using more than words as weapons.  I dunno… it is only been a year, but for some reason… can’t seem to put my finger on why… these posts seem relevant.

I do not apologize for the length of the posts.  If you wanted a shallow tweet, you know where you can find it.  Below are links to every part in the series.  Some very brief excerpts give you the flavor of each post.

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The Fatality Rate for Life is 100% – The Poor You Will Have Always, and Also Death

Over Easter, I posted this to Facebook:

Today is humanity’s annual reminder that the case fatality rate for life is 100%. By all and any various means, each of us will die, and no mitigation measure or scientific breakthrough will allow any of us to escape this result. There is, however, a whisper of a ‘cure,’ a rumor, if you will, of a Doctor who licked Death, and now offers his own antibodies to those who seek Him. This is your annual reminder that many who seek claim they have found and now feel they have Good reason to Hope. … continue reading...

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Masks as insight into the public health administrator’s mind

Despite my criticisms, I have generally felt that our public health officials have done a reasonable job.   I’d give them something in the C+ to B range.  This grade does not include the colossal testing failure, which I suspect was thanks to bureaucrats who we may discover are not public health people at all.  But there is another major test that has been failed, and this one is squarely in the laps of our ‘expert’ health officials.

This failure concerns masks.

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Flu vaccine to blame for Italy’s numbers? What about New York’s?

Italy is still withering away after almost 3 weeks of a complete shut down of their entire country.  As of this writing, they have 11,591 deaths and a deaths/million people of 192.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  How is it that after three weeks of a total shut down of their entire country and massive social distancing restrictions, they still have thousands of new cases a day (4,050 today) and almost a thousand deaths a day (812 today)?

Right?  Because total shut downs and massive social distancing restrictions is supposed to save us.  Those are the key to our … continue reading...

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Coronavirus: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

If you read my posts on the topic of the coronavirus so far… and I mean all of them, not just cherry picking them… I think you will find that I have attempted consistently to apportion my viewpoint to the actual facts on the ground and have, in the main, pretty well correctly described what was happening and what would happen.  However, my relative ‘optimism’ is not accounted for merely by reference to the fact pattern associated with COVID-19.  There are reasons besides, as well, which I’d like to share with you in this post.

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No, you AREN’T the only person who cares about people

Before all this started… say, about the second week of Feb… people were asking me if I was worried about the coronavirus.  Based on the data at the time, my answer was, “I worry more about the response than I do the virus.”  It really wasn’t that hard to predict what was going to transpire.  Just need to be moderately observant.

However, this seems like a good time to repeat something else I’ve said numerous times over the years:  it isn’t the bad people that ‘worry’ me; bad people act in defiance of their own consciences which alert them to … continue reading...

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What We Need Are More Sick People… The Smart Way to Handle the Pandemic

Contrary to what some people may think, I have not objected to the quarantine and stay at home orders in principle.  I don’t object to the ‘flattening the curve’ argument.  However, details matter, and so do limits.  Facts matter.  Truth matters.  Reality matters.   So, with the ‘flattening the curve’ argument, you don’t just get to make it as if it gives you carte blanche to do anything you want for however long you want to do it.  What you actually have to do is show, how IN FACT, a health provider network risks being overwhelmed.  This means producing numbers, figures, … continue reading...

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Will we all DIE like Italy, or be OK like South Korea?

About a week ago, I drilled into the incessant, breathless panic-mongering that led to our entire nation’s response being pegged to the ‘possibility’ that we would end up like Italy–all the while ignoring the fact that there were other possibilities, too.  Why might we not end up like Germany?  Or South Korea?

Don’t people know that we had our first confirmed case of coronavirus before Italy?  Instead of asserting that “WE WILL BE LIKE ITALY! AAAAAAAAAAAAH!” why not ask “Why is Italy so different than the US?”  Clearly, its not the evidence which is forcing us to choose Italy as … continue reading...

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Fake News #2: Man takes Chloroquine! Well, not exactly. BUT TRUMP!

A couple of weeks ago I gave an example of fake news, and today I came across a particularly shameful one.

Here is the article.

Here is a screen grab:

Trump trumpeted a drug that a man self-medicated with and then died?

Did a man and a wife really take the anti-malaria drug chloroquine!?!?!?!?

Read on.

Is chloroquine phosphate the same as the anti-malarial drug that Trump was talking about??!?!?!?

You see it right…. let me help….

Let’s look at that headline again:

Man dies and wife critical after self-medicating with malaria drug chloroquine touted by Trump to ward

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The Coronavirus: Germany or Italy the model for the US? Travel bans, yes or no?

Lots to say these days, but I have a life.  It may surprise some–it won’t surprise those who know me best–that my life hasn’t changed much due to these lockdowns.  When you are a quasi-prepper who anticipated such things years ago, you’re already well ahead of the curve, ya know?  So, my life continues basically as normal, which is to say, I’ve got things to do!

But I just wanted to take a minute to highlight the curious case of Germany.

As I write, Germany has only 20 deaths with 7,600 confirmed cases.   Italy has about 28,000 cases and 2,158 … continue reading...

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Coronavirus: Where are all the dead Americans?

Let’s say that Town A has a case of ebola and Town B has a case of chicken pox.  You put them both under lock down.  When it is all said and done, neither ebola or the chicken pox escape their respective towns.  The measures were successful–but then, that’s a rather trivial observation if the whole question is whether or not the town should have been locked down in the first place.  The success of the lock down tells you nothing about the danger of the particular disease.  This seems to me to be self-evident, but apparently we need to … continue reading...

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