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On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Chef Andrew Gruel joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry and the struggle for small businesses to get back on their feet.

Coronavirus Update: Regional Analysis

 

I’ve done further analysis of the Coronavirus death data for the US. Specifically, I calculated the seven-day moving average of reported deaths for each state (plus DC), from the beginning of the outbreak in early March through December 10. My goal was to determine whether there are any regional patterns that might provide insight into the effectiveness, or ineffectiveness, of various policy responses.

It is difficult to present such data. I can easily make a chart showing all 50 states (plus DC), but such a chart would be too confusing and busy, with 51 overlapping lines.

Coronavirus Update: Excess Deaths Analysis

 

We are suffering a major spike in Covid deaths, with reported daily deaths exceeding the prior spike in late April. There is good reason for the recent tightening of lockdown and mask requirements, as annoying as they may be, though the situation will vary by individual location.

I’ve read comments by a number of Ricochetti expressing skepticism of the Covid death reports. These concerns are understandable and legitimate, as the coding and reporting of cause of death are never perfect. There is an argument that people are being reported as dying from Covid when, perhaps, they only died with Covid. I don’t know of a way to fully evaluate this concern, but I think that comparing reported Covid deaths to overall “excess deaths” will provide a reasonable reality-check on the figures.

On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity talk about why the vaccines are not a vindication of Big Pharma, but of small, innovative biotech startups. Also, who’s first in line to get the vaccine? And what about the people who don’t want to take it?

Where Is the Public Square in the COVID Era?

 

Lockdowns are coming back and blue-state authoritarians keep granting exemptions to their friends but not their struggling subjects. We all know the impact this has economically and on our dignity. But the hypocrisy of politicians and their buds enjoying lavish entertainment together despite their own restrictions opens a new gap: the social and intellectual stimulation of a public square is available to the few, but not to the masses.

I’m not in a situation to blow my savings at The French Laundry—“Maybe one day,” I sigh to myself. But what’s being withheld by not letting us go to The French Laundry or its more-affordable equivalents goes beyond just entertainment. But we don’t wine-and-dine only for the pleasure of it, and certainly not for survival. We often do so because it’s a manifestation of the public square—a place not in the home where ideas are exchanged, motivations are explained, and alliances are formed.

Plus Jamais Normal Life

 

Oh, you fools. You thought a vaccine would bring back normality. Pfft. You must be illiterate. You probably also believe that climate change isn’t an existential threat to humanity. You probably even like meat. Rube!

Thankfully, St. Dr. Anthony Fauci is here to tell us all the truth:

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As states begin to certify the 2020 election results, and the court litigation disputing the election outcome slowly ends, Americans ought to focus their attention on the two U.S. Senate races down in Georgia. Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are running close races against their Democratic opponents—and the results of these elections will […]

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Vaccines are Coming: Sign Me Up!

 

If it were up to Zeke Emmanuel, were I to catch the coronavirus he’d probably just let me die. I am, after all pretty close to his cut-off date for saving old people who are ill. He might be skeptical about my receiving the vaccine, too, since it was developed under the Trump administration. Yet I am encouraged and excited about the prospects of this vaccine, and am hopeful that we can continue to get our arms around this disease. Our first responders and related occupations should be the first to get the vaccines.

Unfortunately, the vaccines for coronavirus have been so heavily politicized that I should have no trouble finding a place in line to get the vaccination; many people in this country want to take a wait-and-see approach to vaccinations since people like me might die from the vaccine. Or they are anti-vaxxers who object strenuously to vaccinations. Others are suspicious because vaccines are being developed under Operation Warp Speed, although the Pfizer vaccine was developed without government funds. Then you have the government leaders who are determined to make sure the vaccine fails. It’s difficult for me to believe that their resistance is all about Trump, since I’m fairly confident that he hasn’t interfered with the vaccine developers. But you won’t convince New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:

The government has sent states a data sharing agreement asking for information such as age, sex, and race of someone who gets the vaccine. While Governor Cuomo says the state will reveal that data, it won’t release the other details such as passport numbers and Social Security numbers. The governor believes that information would be used to deport undocumented immigrants, a claim the White House is denying.

Don’t Blame Restaurants for Covid Spread

 

Last week, I sat with a new potential restaurant client, six feet apart and fully masked, of course. Let’s call her Viola.

Viola told me her story. She and her husband are both non-citizens, with a strong entrepreneurial spirit—and they opened a small restaurant a few years ago in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s in a hard-to-find location that is, however, usually found by tourists from all over the US and Canada in the booming tourism season in the Desert Southwest.

Enter 2020. Viola told me how they had finally picked up traction in their tiny spot; she shared stories of her regular customers, expanding hours, wine dinners, and more. They were so confident and excited, that she purchased a building to expand into with a new concept that would eventually also house her existing restaurant. That all happened in January.

On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity talk about this week’s vaccine news from Pfizer and Biontech. How good is the data? Are more vaccines on the horizon? Will Joe Biden strive to distribute vaccines around the world or prioritize Americans?

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine that is reportedly more than 90 percent effective with no discernible side effects. They also hammer New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for whining about the vaccine being ready before Biden is president. And they react to out-of-touch liberal Chuck Schumer claiming that if Democrats win a Senate majority because of the races in Georgia, then they will change America and the world.

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Faced with the need to Do Something! about rising COVID cases, Maine governor Janet Mills has indeed done something: On Thursday, Gov. Janet Mills issued a new executive order requiring people to wear face coverings in public regardless of the ability to maintain physical distancing. . . . The order requires people to wear a […]

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On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about the World Health Organization’s new guidance that lockdowns are bad. What took them so long? And with the holidays coming up, Avik explains why his kids will be trick or treating and why he’s even looking forward to seeing his relatives.

Montana Governor Takes Legal Action Against Local Businesses

 

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post noting how local Montanans were done wearing masks. It turns out that I was not the only one who noticed the casual stance toward the mask mandate; it seems that our governor did as well. In response, he has taken steps to pressure businesses into compliance, moves that may backfire on him. According to this Flathead Beacon article, he:

1.) Is responding to hundreds of complaints about businesses, and soaring COVID numbers in our valley and elsewhere, by sending investigators out into our town’s establishments.

On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about President Trump’s recovery from the virus. What really happened, and what do we need to know about the new treatments that Trump has taken?

On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about Avik’s congressional testimony on data and COVID-19. Why haven’t we been better at measuring deaths in nursing homes? Why are so many lab tests coming back with false positive results, and what can we do about it?

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Yet another Ricochet member giving her take on these issues. I just hear things that burrow into my brain, and they incubate and hatch in a poorly timed post.  1.) Joe Biden’s DNC nomination speech: NPR was broadcasting bits of his speech and “analyzing” it. Their tone revealed how deeply serious and deep his deep […]

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Our Safely Circumscribed Future

 

I find this image peculiarly repellent. Look, I wear a mask when I go grocery shopping. I do it both as a courtesy to those who are worried about the coronavirus and to avoid causing trouble for businesses that have to comply with whatever rule-of-the-day has been handed down from our wise and gracious rulers.

And I try to pay attention to the little arrows that tell me which way I should walk down the grocery aisles. For a guy like me, who already can’t find what he’s looking for half the time, these one-way aisles make my shopping trip considerably longer. But I don’t complain. I’m a trooper. I do what it takes.

At the checkout line, I politely maintain the FDA-approved six-foot safety margin. I’m not a monster, after all. I smile at the person ahead of me, hoping that the crinkles my smile adds to the lines already around my eyes convey something of my bonhomie. We’re all in this lifeboat together, my friend. We’re going to make it.

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But she’s still in charge, peons! Lansing — In a landmark ruling with far-reaching implications, the Michigan Supreme Court decided Friday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer violated her constitutional authority by continuing to issue orders to combat COVID-19 without the approval of state lawmakers. Preview Open

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On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about Joe Biden’s claim that Trump is responsible for all 200,000 COVID deaths in America. Also, how should we think about COVID’s impact on different ethnic groups? And how would the rollout of a vaccine actually work?

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