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It’s all bad martinis today! After a brief commentary on the CDC still not getting its coronavirus guidelines straight, Jim and Greg groan for the First Amendment as Twitter starts meddling with free speech and President Trump starts threatening government regulation of social media. They also shudder at the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers, which was caught on video. And they discuss the story of the “Central Park Karen” and whether being cooped up for months has some people itching for confrontations.

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If you’re like Dave Carter, you are hearing a cacophony of experts and their contradictory opinions and you’re wondering who to believe? Should we be wearing masks or not? Does a cloth mask do any good or is this just the latest edition of “woke” theatrics? How fast should businesses reopen? What about churches? Should they reopen and under what circumstances? What sort of lessons have we learned to this point? Dave sits down with one of Ricochet’s favorite physicians, known affectionately as Doc Jay to talk about all this and more.

Then, Dave gets Ricochet Member “Arahant” on the phone for a rollicking and fun conversation between two professed curmudgeons. The result is equal parts laughter, commiseration, and compelling insights into life at Ricochet.

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James R. Copland joins Brian Anderson to discuss how America’s uniquely cumbersome regulatory system impeded the national response to the Covid-19 crisis and how costly litigation could damage the economy even further.

The FDA and CDC’s administrative failings in the early days of the crisis proved costly. The federal process for reviewing and approving drugs and medical devices, writes Copland, still leaves much to be desired. And a wave of coronavirus-related lawsuits poses a serious threat to future business viability.

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Dr. Birx essentially dismissed anything the CDC comes up with: https://www.businessinsider.com/deborah-birx-cdc-comments-coronavirus-task-force-meeting-2020-5 More

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This may be the video that was taken down earlier by YouTube (owned by Google) for somehow violating its community standards because Dr. Erickson and his colleague have taken issue with the W.H.O. and the CDC assumptions which have caused lockdowns around the world and shutdown the world economy. Watch as soon as you can […]

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https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm According to CDC, covid-19 deaths peaked during the week ending on April 11. More

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Having never met a spreadsheet I didn’t want to analyze within an inch of it’s life, I am fascinated listening to Jonah Goldberg interview AEI’s Lyman Stone on what we can and can’t tell from the statistics we have now and why it will take weeks before the numbers we have for, say, last week […]

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The CDC tells medical personnel how to report new cases of the Wuhan virus disease, the conditions under which patients may be assumed to be recovered without testing being performed (and, by the way, it’s a bit more hit-and-miss than I expected), and what patients who have the disease but don’t require hospitalization should do […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer multiple health insurers easing up on deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance over coronavirus. They also wince as the head of the Centers for Disease Control says it will take two years to fully defeat COVID-19. And they fume as the World Health Organization and others pretend Taiwan doesn’t exist in order to appease China and, in the process, ignores one the most successful coronavirus mitigation efforts in the world.

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I’m not going anywhere special. Is anyone? I just wanted to do something normal. The color is called “Racing Rose”. I have enough time on my hands to think that the two words don’t go together. The Florida Surgeon General came across cell phones today telling people who are 65+ or have health issues to […]

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First the good news: I may have won a cruise!

The bad news is that while Americans are sheltering in place, stocks are in free-fall and unemployment is skyrocketing, China is celebrating the Year of the Bat. The question on everyone’s mind is this: is the Wuhan virus a world-ending pandemic or God’s gift to comedy? More and more the answer seems to be the latter. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if China, which is particularly susceptible to viruses owing to its aging population, instituted a three-child policy.

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Or have they finally stopped meeting? The latest coronavirus combat logic suggests closing even the tiniest of restaurants because 20-30 people in one location will spread the virus like wildfire, yet 435 Congresspeeps and 100 Senators are still getting together to pass “emergency” legislation (Stop the spread of the virus-fully fund Planned Parenthood!). More

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Dennis Prager spoke the hard truth Monday morning: Dr. Fauci is a lifelong government employee with a salary and benefits package perfectly insulated from the economic consequences of his words. He has absolutely no skin in the game. If Dr. Fauci truly believes it is necessary to put hourly workers, waiters, bartenders, and small businesses out of work, destroying them economically, then let him and the head of the CDC ante up.

Dr. Fauci’s easiest path is completely shutdown of our economy, doing maximum damage to people who were just starting to see real success and a brighter future. He can claim noble motives, even as he seeks to avoid blame for early failures. Words of concern and supposed sympathy tripping off a career bureaucrat’s lips ring hollow and are bitter to those he ruins.

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The physical bars and restaurants and being ordered to close in many places but the Three Martini Lunch remains open. Come in and join us! Today, Jim and Greg react to the CDC urging Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks and mayor and governors forcing bars and restaurants to close. They also discuss the awkwardness of the Biden-Sanders debate in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and highlight how Bernie Sanders and other Democrats have pushed Biden into extreme liberal positions on energy, immigration, guns, abortion and more. And they discuss the stunning political fall of Andrew Gillum, who came less than a percentage point from becoming Florida’s governor in 2018.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Pence Coronavirus Team Announces Daily Briefing [updated with transcript links]

 

We’ll be back here every day. Get used to seeing us. We’ll bring the experts in to make sure to give you the best and most high quality real time information. Best people in the world.

–Vice President Pence

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Alert the Army: Treating COVID-19 Seriously

 

There is a large untapped pool of federal workers, highly trained and disciplined, who already know a thing or two about operating safely in a contaminated environment. These personnel may be among your neighbors, the ones who put on a military uniform at least one weekend a month. There are already contingency plans for them to respond to domestic mass casualty situations involving radiation, biological, or chemical agents. They have been training since the months after September 11, 2001. They should be alerted now, and staff should be mobilized immediately to refine contingency plans to match the worst case and most likely case scenarios for COVID-19 in the United States.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Army Chemical Corps units, whose core mission had always been decontamination of U.S. military personnel and equipment from radioactive dust, biological, and chemical agents, had a new mission. They would perform the same scouting/surveillance to define a contaminated area’s boundaries and they would perform the decontamination mission, including for people who had become casualties, the end of the decon line becoming the beginning of the medical treatment line. The same mission, only different: instead of “green” equipment, they would go “white” as in medical and civilian lab white, responding to mass casualty incidents inside the United States. They do not carry weapons, because it is not a military threat environment.

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President Trump’s team has come out with an initial briefing on the coronavirus outbreak, offering facts, cautions, and pushing back against panic. Johns Hopkins University has an excellent data visualization tool, constantly updating data on maps: “2019-nC0V Global Cases (by Johns Hopkins CSSE). CNET has a fact-based story, with lots of links, that is being regularly updated; it is now titled: “Coronavirus cases pass 11,000, US declares emergency: Everything we know.”

This was a display of competent communication to the American public, treated as adults. Dr. Redfield gave the numbers. Dr. Fauci then explained the question posed by people on Ricochet, including me: why is this different from the well-known annual deaths from the seasonal flu?* With the numbers and the differentiation in place, the briefers laid out a series of screening and quarantine steps that will go into full effect Sunday. Anyone who has been in the province where the outbreak started will be quarantined for 14 days, while those coming from other areas with known infections would be screened and then go into “self-quarantine.” They were also careful to speak of sympathy and compassion for the Chinese people who have been affected, directly or with family losses.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Remembering the Fluoridated Water Wars

 
Flyer used by opponents to water fluoridation in Seattle 1952

If you’re of a certain age, you probably remember the fluoridated water controversy of the 1950s and early 1960s. I’m old enough to remember it and the other day I came across a brief discussion of the controversy in the book I was reading which whetted my appetite to see how accurate my memory of the issue was. What I found, I think, is that my memory of the controversy was only partially correct and incomplete. I thought I’d write about here at Ricochet because the actual story is 1) more interesting than the cartoon version I remembered, 2) I believe the story has been somewhat mythologized and distorted, and 3) the fluoridated water wars continued long after the early 1960’s and to a certain extent still exists.

Before I start, let me provide links to wikipedia articles for water fluoridation and for the fluoridated water controversy for your reference.

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Marriage and Love In high school my friend Josh and I once discussed marriage and love. Was true love even real? Do people marry other people for reasons of character or more material considerations? Was anyone even capable of keeping their virginity for marriage? He and I had different answers to these questions. More

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I cannot add words to make this any more ironic: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5335457/CDC-director-RESIGNS-buying-tobacco-stocks.html More

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