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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Reaping the Whirlwind–Coronavirus vs. the Flu, the CDC vs Effectiveness; China in Retrospect

Things are going about the direction I figured they would weeks ago.  Two weeks ago, I wondered how our liberties would fare when laid up against the coronavirus.   This was pre-Italy, mind you.  The writing, as it were, was on the wall.

At this point, the question of whether or not we are going to go draconian is moot.   The only question now is of degree.  What I would have preferred was an evidence based approach which zeroed in on the most vulnerable communities–the old folks.

It isn’t that I didn’t perceive a threat to everyone else, or that … continue reading...

Fake News: Coronavirus is “Ten Times More Deadly Than the Flu”

Things are moving fast right now.   Last night, Trump shut down travel from the EU and enacted a number of other measures designed to soften the blow to one’s finances if one were quarantined or one’s business was impacted.  These latter measures signal to me that they are laying the groundwork for a broader use of stricter, more intrusive measures, such as involuntary quarantines, or perhaps even mass lock-downs such as what we saw in the whole country of Italy last week.

No one should be surprised by these things.  Certainly not, if you have been reading my blog.

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Stop the Coronavirus? But at what cost?

There appear to be three camps when it comes to the coronavirus.  Camp 1 is alert and attentive to what is transpiring, but skeptical about statements and forecasts regarding it; Camp 2 is alert and verging on panic, ready to believe all statements and quick to equate predictions as historical facts; Camp 3 is alert and attentive to any opportunity to pin the whole thing on Trump, and seizes each and everyone of those opportunities.

As to Camp 3, recent history has exposed them as mentally and morally compromised, and we have nothing to say to them.   There will be … continue reading...

The Coronavirus–Inconvenience a Single Person? Or lock down an entire country? You decide.

I wanted to leave this alone for awhile, but after I wrote yesterday’s post, dwelling as it did on the quarantining of 16,000,000 in Italy, it was announced that the ENTIRE COUNTRY of Italy was going into quarantine.   Can you imagine?

For anyone making fun of people stocking up on toilet paper and other items, just look at Italy.  They’ve gone from being able to move about freely, acquire necessities and such at will–no hoarding necessary!–and literally overnight, they are now confined to their homes except for emergencies and going to work.

With people still going to work, one doubts … continue reading...

A Person is Smart; People are Stupid–and the Coronavirus Proves it

Watching this coronavirus thing unfold reminded me of this clip in Men In Black where the question is whether or not to tell people something since “they are smart.”  The retort is that a person is smart.  People on the other hand are stupid, panicky, etc.  If you ever doubted this, I set before you the coronavirus.

From everything we know so far, the coronavirus is not that big of a deal.   Or, I should say, COVID-19, because in fact there are many other varieties of the coronavirus; so, strictly speaking, its a coronavirus, not the coronavirus.  But that nuance … continue reading...

On Religious Exemptions From Vaccinations, Building Codes, Etc

In yesterday’s post I hit hard at a certain British politician who has been agitating for compulsory vaccination, giving special attention to his distinction between the “State” and individuals.  He made many other points, I think all of them anticipated and refuted in yet another post of mine, here.  One topic he brings up is one I haven’t spoken on before, which I’d like to address specifically.  My point will be that the carving out of exemptions for ‘religious’ reasons misses the point, and the ‘point’ is not limited to the issue of vaccinations.

Here was his bit in… continue reading...