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One of the things I miss about living in the SF area was diving into the Chronicle & reading this classy lady’s column. I was a lib at the time – but she had many opinions based by facts that forced me to consider new ways of viewing problems.
And of course the letters to the editor were almost always against her, rarely in favor!!
Biden states he received 74 million votes. (Per his announcement after being declared the victor.)
Yet the public is told he garnered 81 million. So why this discrepancy?
As far as Trump not showing concern for the assembled throngs of people as to whether the rally put them in danger of being COV-infected, by then the virus was on the wane. It also is a scientific fact that people willing to assemble outdoors are more likely to be hardier types of people. It is very possible that most people of this type had already gotten COV, and those who hadn’t had had stockpiled sufficient Vit D in their systems to keep them safe.
Of course, Trump does not mention this. Like many aspects of the COVID viral infection, he is not as fully engaged as was needed. Had he tasked his teams of attorneys to checking out the actual meaning of declaring a “National Emergency” to attack the matter in early March, and to use the sme diligence the attorneys use in finding out about the difficulties of being a candidate for the Dem party nomination or the Republican one, perhaps the nation would have avoided all of the many pointless and contradictory edicts used by Fauci to mask us up, lock us down, destroy the economy, and more.
Thanks so much for the kind words and evoking fond memories. I always valued those who read my column expecting to disagree. Still do.
You are welcome.
May I mention I am thrilled that you replied to me? Even in the 1990’s, newspapers were a lot of fluff. Your pieces almost always made me think.
Your saga of what it took to even score your interview of Trump in Nevada underscores your determination.
These days, way too many reporters are just taking their articles off the AP or Reuters. Both of which are far less than news sites and far more about firming up the official narrative. (Regardless of what issue is being discussed.)
The number was 74m on Nov. 7, 2020, when not all votes were counted.
You are incorrect about COVID being “on the wane” in September 2020, as this chart shows.
You seem to have read things in my remarks on COVID that I never intended to convey. I share this column written in March 2020 for the record.
Thanks for listening to the podcast.
By 2005 I no longer paid much attention to The New York Times. (Except occasional recipes, film and book reviews.) Is Bill Gates not an investor in NYT’s? Plus pharma ad revenue.
I was paying attention to Dr Ryan Cole’s research into how Vit D played a large part on who got any corona virus infections, including COVID.
I live rurally. Those I knew who were outside a lot also mostly refused to wear masks, refused to get testing (the tests, some of them carried the infection,) & thought 6 feet distancing was silly. (You would need to be much further apart!)
We all remained healthy. (We are generally people over the age of 55. Many in the group were in their 80’s) This did not mean we didn’t get COVID, but our cases were mild.
My thinking/research on COVID has been extensive. You might take a gander: https://ricochet.com/members/caroljoy/blog/ (Updated from earlier which was wrong URL)
Early on I was of the school of thought that vaxxes could not possibly stop transmission or infection. But they would carry huge amounts of risk.
What we are seeing now – and ever since the first announcement of a COV mutation – is exactly as the Big Shots in the world of virology, vaccinology, and immunology all predicted by mid summer 2020: that due to antibody dependent enhancement, those humans who took the vaccine would continue to have infections from “mutations.” The vaxxed body is primed to consider only one virus or bacterial particle the problem and so it gives a free pass to all the others, including mutations!
Glad to hear an answer about why the vote count numbers were different. The one you offer makes sense.
I will take a look at the “review” article you wrote in March of 2020. Sorry if I conflated what you had said in your podcast.