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“Elon Musk: ‘Give People Back Their Goddamn Freedom’: Tesla CEO rails against coronavirus-caused closure of auto maker’s lone U.S. assembly plant after reporting surprise first-quarter profit” By Tim Higgins in The Wall Street Journal on April 29, 2020. The company eked out a third consecutive quarterly profit, fueled by the sale of regulatory credits and […]

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Releasing news, fueling a decades old conspiracy theory, or cult, or deep suspicion about government, on a Tuesday, in the middle of the media workweek, would surely cause a firestorm for the rest of the week. Only, it did nothing of the sort. That is just how much oxygen has been sucked out of the […]

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Faces of “Non-Essential” Workers, and a Real “Public Health” Perspective

 

The White House web and social media team is whip-sharp. A day after the event with small businesses we get highlight videos out on the lawn. Even the images over the video titles paint a picture of America beyond the Beltway and the cultural capitals; just look at the line-up of the newest videos on the White House YouTube channel. We see the leader of the nation’s oldest public health service, the original federal force to stop infectious disease from entering and spreading through our port towns and cities. He, for the first time, provides inconvenient truth about the lethal side effects of the prescribed “public health” response to the pandemic. So, you get expert and human story arguments for reopening America as quickly and fully as possible.

A Worthy Counterpoint by Emergency Room Doctors

 

One of my sisters is seeing a drastic slowdown in medical laboratory employment in Washington state. This is a predictable side effect of Dr. Fauci’s “public health” fraud, in which he has consistently misrepresented his unconstrained opinion from a mere slice of the whole field of public health as a fully informed recommendation.* This was simply not the case from Day One, with real public health including suicide prevention, substance abuse treatment and prevention, domestic abuse of every flavor, and prevention and early treatment of lethal diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, and stroke. All of these are being predictably aggravated as known side effects of Fauci’s flawed prescription for treatment of the Chinese coronavirus.

We will, indeed, face a public health crisis as the country re-opens, as the healthcare system gets slammed by patients with delayed, worsened conditions at the same that everything from the local lab to the largest hospital scrambles to get staff back to work. Hear it from two ER doctors from California [hat tip to John Hinderaker at Power Line]:

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There is no rest, even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, for Trump bashers. Our current condition has brought the best, brightest, most innovative, and strongest to step out and combat this insidious virus head on. It’s taken leadership, courage, projecting a positive outlook when you want to cry, putting aside personal concerns for […]

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Arizona is one of the premier locations for Major League Baseball’s spring training. The stadiums and training complexes, along with hotels, are all in place. So, there is some exploratory talk, possibly initiated by the Diamondbacks, between Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and MLB executives. Governor Ducey answered a question on this during his April 14 […]

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[A glitch of some sort rendered all the links invalid. Thanks to an alert reader pointing this out, I’ve fixed all the links and the fix seems to be sticking.] Baijiu* shot: The Washington Post launched a clumsy attack on a woman, the governor of South Dakota, because she is a Republican and her ideas on […]

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Chicken, Egg: Heart disease, COVID-19

 

This Wednesday, Dr. Fauci gave one of his occasional snippy, generally poor answers when indirectly challenged. The set up was a leftist White House press reporter (but I repeat myself) putting the “conspiracy” label on anyone pointing out that loose counting in COVID-19 fatalities helps juice the badly sagging projected numbers. Vice President Pence failed to reject the premise and show respect to Americans daring to challenge “experts.” Dr. Fauci signaled his first instinct to avoid honest discourse by appealing back to AIDS conspiracy theories. Dr. Birx, on the other hand, added a bit of context.* Let me explain.

The most appropriate models for the question of a population’s risk of dying from a disease are competing risk models. Such models do what they sound like. Consider an example:

  • The chance of developing severe adult onset mental illness, usually between 18 and your early 20s, and committing suicide, is affected by
  • The chance of you and your friends, as high school students, getting into a fatal car accident, which is affected by
  • The chance of dying from a childhood cancer, which is affected by
  • The chance of dying from infant and early childhood diseases, now mostly controlled by immunization, which is affected by
  • The chance of dying from a birth defect, which is affected by
  • The chance of dying in the womb as your mother is killed or severely injured by some cause or another.

You can, of course, run the analysis forward as well, right to the point of actuarial life span for the demographic. For now, let us come back to the completely legitimate question that Dr. Fauci wrongly dismissed, and that Dr. Birx obliquely acknowledged.

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George W. Bush in 2005: ‘If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare’: A book about the 1918 flu pandemic spurred the government to action.: by Matthew Mosk on April 5, 2020 In the summer of 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his ranch in […]

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Dear Chuck…

 

Ouch. This was hinted at in the April 2, 2020, Coronavirus Taskforce briefing, but I still was not prepared for this level of smackdown. It serves as forewarning to the leftist hacks like Adam Schiff that their continued dishonest partisan assaults, including their planned grand inquisition just before the election, will be returned with politically lethal force:

Warning: set down your beverage, safely away from your keyboard and screen! Now enjoy a “Letter from President Donald J. Trump to Senator Charles E. Schumer.”

Unexpected Disaster and Unexpected Triumph: Spring Storms and Flowering Futures

 

An important day in history will coincide with one of our darker days this month,* and President Trump should be ready to link the lessons of the past with our current condition. On April 11, 1970, Americans saw the increasingly mundane sight of yet another Apollo mission rocketing towards the Moon. There were no grand new tricks promised to amaze the global audience. Just two missions after “one giant leap for mankind,” Americans had a false sense of security about an extremely dangerous enterprise in the most unforgiving conditions. Then, on the third day of the Apollo 13 mission, we were given a giant bucket of ice water in the face: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” That was 50 years ago this month, and what an auspicious time to celebrate America!

President Trump’s team must seize the opportunity now, preparing a video presentation and live link-up of the surviving key players, to remind the nation, at our likely Chinese coronavirus nadir, that there was another very dark week in which all seemed lost but Americans refused to lose. Get on Jim Lovell, who said “Houston, we’ve had a problem,” and Gene Kranz, the NASA chief flight director on duty when the threat unfolded, whose autobiography is Failure Is Not An Option. Celebrate our ingenuity, our resolve, our resilience, and link it all with our current troubles and responses.

Link the disasters of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia. In each case, we were not expecting catastrophe. In each case, we mourned our losses, solved the problems, and advanced with greater safety preparedness. So too, we will now really learn from our response to the latest pandemic, because we know it will not be our last great challenge by a disease.

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Good morning, America, how are ya? I have in my hands a few KF94 face masks. These are the most common masks you see in Korea, and they’re an “all occasion, year round” accessory that you simply MUST have. Before the wet markets of China unleashed the Wuhan Virus™️, they unleashed SARS™️, so people bought masks. […]

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Death Is a Trailing Indicator

 

Every time I see one of these apocalyptic exponential projections based on a “doubling of the death rate every two days,” or whatever the current numbers suggest, I want to slap someone. At the moment, and for the next week or so at least, the death count is a trailing indicator of contagion.

It appears to take, on average, from about ten days to two weeks between infection with the Wuhan virus and subsequent death. That suggests that today’s death figures are a proxy for the rate of infection ten days to two weeks ago.