Tag: coronavirus

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Dr. Jay Bhattacharya at Stanford gives a clear-eyed critique of how Silicon Valley health officials implemented and overbroad and destructive lockdown strategy on local population.  Full article here: https://www.opportunitynowsv.org/blog/stanford-professor-challenges-sj-mercs-coronavirus-lessons-learned-assertions Key quote: Preview Open

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A Coronavirus Commission is More Relevant Than One on January 6th. Nearly 14 months ago, on April 7, 2020, I proposed a commission. Not the January 6th commission blocked this week by most Republican US Senators on the evolving and overblown incursion of unarmed yahoos at the US Capitol, which of course, had not happened yet. But a […]

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The Best Commencement Speech of 2021

 

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels warned that the pandemic snuffed out the American eagerness to take risks and move ahead boldly.

There is no finer commencement speaker at any level than Purdue University’s President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. And not because his speeches are relatively short. Nor are they delivered in a flourishing style reminiscent of former Secretary of State and Harvard President Edward Everett, the other Gettysburg speaker in 1863, giving a speech for two hours that no one remembers.

Oh, sure, there are other terrific commencement speakers. Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame comes to mind. Not to a college or university, but this short, memorable unsolicited speech via his Facebook page to trade school graduates and high school grads who forgo college for a trade. Delivered last year during the height of the pandemic, it is timeless.

Fauci Downplays Lab Leak Hypothesis

 

Anthony Fauci, an epidemiologist who plays a doctor on TV, is working overtime to ensure that the elite consensus continues to hold that the Covid 19 lab-leak hypothesis is conspiracy theory garbage.

The official investigation tasked with getting to the bottom of it all was, after all, was a joint venture between two epidemiological Dream Teams: the World Health Organization and China. (What’s next, putting James Comey and Adam Schiff in charge of FBI oversight?) No surprise, then, that when little evidence emerged for the preferred zoonotic origin of Covid 19, the team nevertheless felt compelled to state that its likelihood was “likely to very likely” while deeming a laboratory scenario “extremely unlikely.” In other words, “Based on our modeling…”

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Who doesn’t remember the public reactions some 13 months ago as mask mandates were imposed in response to the then-raging Coronavirus pandemic? It was a reversal of course. Dr. Anthony Fauci and others demanded, even ridiculed people not to wear masks. Then they changed their minds. Preview Open

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Two days ago, on May 5, the CDC published a projection of Covid cases, hospitalizations, and deaths for April to September, 2021.  You can read it yourself here, if you wish.  But you may want to read on, because I will demonstrate that their projection is, to use a technical term, garbage.  Their projections were […]

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Traveling to Hawaii? Here’s What Their Government Has In Store for You.

 

Hawaii’s COVID Protocols Are Severe, Cases Are Still Going Up, And Your Vaccine Doesn’t Matter. Will We Ever “Return To Normal?”

Most Americans in the lower 48 states are fed a steady diet of COVID news and scaremongering, with the never-ending debates over “lockdown” (read: Democratic) states, like Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, California, and Pennsylvania; versus “free states” (read: Republican) like Texas, Florida, and, to varying degrees, most everyone else.

Being overlooked is the State of Hawaii. It “reopened” to tourists on or about April 5th. They’re not making it easy to visit. And it’s complicated by a surge in new cases, not unlike other lockdown states. And it might make other lockdown states jealous.

On today’s episode of Covid in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy talk about a new FREOPP report that ranks the pandemic performance of 31 countries, including the U.S. Which countries have moved up and down in the rankings, which country is number 1, and why is Europe having such a tough time? All that and more starting now.

Measuring the COVID-19 Policy Response Around the World, April 5, 2021, FREOPP

Fauci Fully Vaccinated Against Criticism

 

Washington, DC – Dr. Anthony Fauci received his second vaccine dose today, which experts say will leave him fully immunized from criticism, fact-checks, or charges of not following The Science™. A spokesperson for the CDC said that Dr. Fauci, in an effort to avoid picking winners or losers among American pharmaceutical firms, chose a vaccine engineered by scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

After receiving his second injection in two weeks, Fauci was told by the woman administering his second dose that he may feel temporary pain or discomfort near the injection site. “Does that mean I shouldn’t come near this building?” said Fauci, an apparent attempt at humor which had reporters present outdoing one another with hysterical laughter and chants of “Give. Him. A. Raise.”

When asked by a reporter when we should expect the coronavirus pandemic to be over, Fauci quoted pre-med student John Blutarski: “Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is!” Fauci then gave reporters a thumbs-up sign, stated that he felt fine, and added that if all goes well Americans should be able to remove their second mask when home alone sometime by mid-October of 2022.

After a long delay for which he offers profuse apologies, Jack returns to the podcast with his National Review colleague Isaac Schorr to mock Joe Biden’s goals for a return to normal life (maybe the Fourth of July? Are you kidding?), goals that seem disconnected from reality but definitely connected to the now year-long pattern of government bureaucrats wanting to tell us what to do.

Cuomo Highlights Accusers’ Lack of Diversity

 

Albany, NY – In a press conference on Thursday, embattled New York governor Andrew Cuomo called attention to the lack of diversity among the women who’ve accused him of sexual harassment. Members of the state’s congressional black caucus joined in criticizing the group of so-called “Karens.”

Prominent gay rights activists have also questioned what they called the “sexual homogeneity” of Cuomo’s accusers, pointing out the absence of any member of the LGBTQ+ community among the rapidly-growing group.

Cuomo’s accusers, who now make up New York’s second-largest voting bloc, have also fielded criticism of a similar nature from the American Association of Retired Persons as well as the New York chapter of NAAFA, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

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  C-Anon is a disproven and discredited left-wing conspiracy theory alleging that New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D) exemplifies the probity, tone and leadership qualities Americans seek during the coronavirus crisis and which were sorely lacking by former president Trump and, more recently, by bloodthirsty Republican governors such as Ron DeSantis (FL) and Greg Abbott […]

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Best Commentary I’ve Heard on Virus Management

 

I don’t have medical credentials, but some of what ZDoggMD says about mandates being “paternalistic” and about how our messaging could have been more along the lines of “here’s how you protect yourself” in a context of freedom aligns with what I have been thinking.

He says that instead of elected officials making rules about staying inside, people should have been encouraged to go to the beach, go hiking, do healthy things where there’s plenty of air circulation. We didn’t have to be in the mess we’re in now.

Sometimes a Strip Poker Invite Is Just a Strip Poker Invite

 

Even Freud recognized that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. As embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) fights off allegations ranging from the unserious (covering up the number of Covid deaths in state nursing homes) to the very serious (complimenting a woman’s haircut), it’s time our culture readdressed power dynamics, sexual harassment, and the #MeToo movement.

According to an AP report, a former member of the governor’s administration said that Cuomo suggested that they should play strip poker. Many readers, including myself, are asking the question has that ever worked?

Our era is one in which everything is fraught with a hidden meaning, usually of a sexual nature. Long gone are the days when a man can innocently invite an unpaid female intern who’s young enough to be his daughter to play strip poker without it being interpreted as something inappropriate.

Fauci: “Nothing stops. Or am I being obtuse?”

 

The nation’s highest paid federal employee issued a stern warning to all Americans on Monday, stating that the long-awaited vaccines against COVID-19 won’t alter the long-term necessity of masks, school closures, lockdowns, and social distancing measures.

Responding to a question from a reporter about the possibility of relaxing restrictions once a majority of Americans have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, Dr. Fauci replied “Nothing stops. Nothing! Or you will do the hardest time there is. No more protections from the Bill of Rights. I’ll pull you out of that one-bunk Hilton and cast you down with the New York nursing home residents. Wearing a mask is too onerous? I’ll make you wear three – and throw in a charcoal filter just for giggles.”

Cuomo Receives Special Emmy for Nursing Home Cover Up

 

Having become the first politician to receive Emmy’s coveted Founders Award for his 111 press briefings in 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will receive a second Emmy for his role as a tough-as-nails Democrat of immense probity who in reality was covering up the fatal consequences of his decision to send Covid-positive patients to recover in upstate nursing homes.

On March 2, Cuomo conducted a media briefing from Manhattan to delude New Yorkers and the public at large about the coronavirus outbreak that was just starting to be recognized as a massive public health threat. The 110 briefings that followed would be aired on CNN, MSNBC, and other fake news outlets.

Cuomo’s lies, angry deflections, and refusal to take any responsibility for policy mistakes have reinforced his image as the kind of governor New Yorkers deserve. Cuomo is especially popular in the state’s urban areas: on Thursday approximately 10,000 people gathered in Central Park chanting “Thank you sir, may I have another” while supporters in Buffalo marched downtown carrying banners that read “Cuomo-Spitzer 2024.”

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The individuals who rise to national prominence here in the U.S. puzzle me with their apparent mediocrity–the lackluster communication skills (or slick speaking ability devoid of content), the lack of clear principles, the absence of fresh ideas. I find it frustrating that we can’t elect strong, principled leaders in a country of more than 300 […]

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Overton Window: You Should Wear 4 Masks

 

On February 27, 2020, CDC Director Robert Redfield was asked at a hearing Capitol Hill whether healthy people should wear a face covering. His answer? “No.”

Two days later, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams went full Trump – never go full Trump – and tweeted “STOP BUYING MASKS!”, claiming they are “NOT effective in preventing (the) general public from catching coronavirus.”

On March 8, the government’s leading expert on infectious diseases, the un-fireable Anthony Fauci said “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask”.