A suitable whisky for a foggy Saturday evening.

So there we were, armed with a fresh bottle of 10-year-old Ardbeg Islay whisky (not quite as peaty as Laphroaig or Talisker), and all set to plunge back into political philosophy again and escape yet another thrashing at the hands of Lucretia, but then the Supreme Court laid an egg, politicians acted stupidly again about COVID (in other words, as they usually act), and news came out about the further adventures of our favorite fictional professor, the archeologist Indiana Jones, giving rise to speculation about whether a film about the aging academic would include the by now obligatory Title IX complaint.

And there went our game plan, though if Hollywood is going to remake old film franchises forever, how about a sequel to The Princess Bride, only this time with the villain being Dread Chief Justice Roberts? (The Princess Amicus Brief perhaps?)

If I do say so myself, I think we both had our A-game Rants in action in this episode, for which no vaccine has been invented yet. So settle in with a glass of your favorite hootch.

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  1. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio…
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    I very much like this podcast, but Lucretia repeats incorrect information about Covid. She claims that there have not been excess deaths in the US in 2020, citing a Johns Hopkins study.

    This study was badly erroneous. I demonstrated its errors here, on Nov. 28. I posted a follow-up analysis on excess deaths, graphing the number of such excess deaths in 2020 and comparing it to the reported Covid deaths, here, on Dec. 11.

    This is disappointing.

    It is disappointing for two reasons. One possibility is that Lucretia read this erroneous article uncritically, without really analyzing it, and simply accepted its false conclusion. The second possibility is that Lucretia read the erroneous argument carefully, but did not notice the glaring flaws in its methodology, and did not bother to look at the actual excess death figures (as I did, prompted by the same article).

    I do like and respect Lucretia. In fact, this is one of my 2 or 3 favorite podcasts. I hope that this gets to her or to Prof. Hayward, so that the error can be corrected.

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  2. Steven Hayward Podcaster
    Steven Hayward
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I very much like this podcast, but Lucretia repeats incorrect information about Covid. She claims that there have not been excess deaths in the US in 2020, citing a Johns Hopkins study.

    This study was badly erroneous. I demonstrated its errors here, on Nov. 28. I posted a follow-up analysis on excess deaths, graphing the number of such excess deaths in 2020 and comparing it to the reported Covid deaths, here, on Dec. 11.

    This is disappointing.

    It is disappointing for two reasons. One possibility is that Lucretia read this erroneous article uncritically, without really analyzing it, and simply accepted its false conclusion. The second possibility is that Lucretia read the erroneous argument carefully, but did not notice the glaring flaws in its methodology, and did not bother to look at the actual excess death figures (as I did, prompted by the same article).

    I do like and respect Lucretia. In fact, this is one of my 2 or 3 favorite podcasts. I hope that this gets to her or to Prof. Hayward, so that the error can be corrected.

    We’ll try to revisit the whole thing.

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