Tag: Wuhan virus

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You won’t see this in the MSM, but there is a component of vaccines made up of an inflammable gas, a poisonous gas, a corrosive gas and a highly-reactive, alkali metal. Big Pharma has given this noxious substance the opaque name “0.9%NS, ” or just “NS.” It is an odorless, colorless solution containing two compounds. […]

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An Honest Question About Flu Numbers

 

One of the few pieces of good news this year is that the flu season has been exceptionally mild so far. While it’s great that we don’t have to face two deadly epidemics simultaneously, I have a question:

Why is there less flu in 2020 than other years?

Give Him a Horse

 

Okay, I’m pro-Trump. I think any sane conservative must be, given the alternatives. He’s a guy who has been trying to take the country in the direction I want the country to go, rather than into the maelstrom in which the left seems hell-bent on drowning us.

So, yes, I support him, and strongly. But I’m not going to be all hagiographic about it.

Expected Deaths and COVID

 

@misterbitcoin posted a link to the CDC website to point out that the Wuhan Virus is waning. The most interesting number to me is “percent of expected deaths.” What does that mean? Let’s go to the CDC definition:

Percent of expected deaths is the number of deaths for all causes for this week in 2020 compared to the average number across the same week in 2017–2019. Previous analyses of 2015–2016 provisional data completeness have found that completeness is lower in the first few weeks following the date of death (<25%), and then increases over time such that data are generally at least 75% complete within 8 weeks of when the death occurred (8).

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A new documentary from the Epoch Times gives us the ticktock on the CCP virus from the early days in late 2019, drilling down on the progress of the disease and the CCP lies from the very beginning, hiding the spread, hiding the deaths of health care workers, the hoarding of medical supplies while telling […]

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It’s Always Easier. . .

 

When I joined in 1981, the Albuquerque Police Department had a technique for restraining unruly suspects called “Total Appendage Restraint Procedure” or TARP. Despite the grandiose name, it simply meant cuffing one ankle with a set of leg irons, looping the chain around the chain of the handcuffs the arrestee had on (behind their back, of course) and cuffing the other ankle. The prisoner was thus trussed with bent knees, unable punch or kick and with limited mobility to bite or head-butt. We were taught how to do this in the police academy, but I don’t recall any instruction on the policy for monitoring the person so restrained. We were told to call it TARP and not “hogtie” or “suitcase.”

All was well until the late ’90s. An officer put a TARPed prisoner into the back of his car, face-down. When he got to the jail, the suspect was dead. It turns out that if you lay someone prone who has vascular or lung problems or is obese, is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and/or is agitated, they may die. The cause is something called “positional asphyxia.”

I Wear a Mask

 

Obviously not while inside by myself, but I wear a mask whenever I expect to walk by people or I am getting a delivery. It’s partly because it is required by our crazy governor (statewide lockdowns are stupid), and partly because I want to protect other people. There’s also the fact that we will enforce masking at work, and I’ll be damned if I enforce a rule I won’t practice myself. (I became a stringent recycler in my private life when I was asked to implement a recycling program at my last job)  It also is not really harming me, and I try to wear only quality American-made masks and bandanas.

I even stopped a pair of police officers and asked if the CPD didn’t give them masks. I said I’d give them bandanas suitable for masks if the department had left them out. Turns out they had just taken them off to talk outside their car. We chatted a bit before I finished heading home with dinner. It’s not like you could actually social distance from your partner in a squad car…

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Two things: I’ll start with the interesting, and end on the ridiculous. While I cooked dinner tonight for myself and Darling Daughter and then cleaned up afterward, I watched a movie on Amazon Prime, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. It’s the Theranos story, the account of a photogenic and superficially charming sociopath […]

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This is Why We Can’t Have…

 

This is why we can’t have nice things jobs, small businesses, a functioning economy, and the freedoms we took for granted twelve weeks ago.

This a $6 utility trailer plug kit I bought at Tractor Supply last week. I bought it in way-upstate New York and used it to fix a cousin’s trailer. The State of California wants me to know that I shouldn’t, I don’t know, eat the damn thing, I suppose. Because I don’t know how else two feet of insulated stranded wire and two molded plastic connectors is going to cause me “reproductive harm.”

Why End the Shutdown?

 

I can think of four pretty straightforward arguments in favor of ending the mandated shutdown. The first three will fall on deaf ears for those of the “even one death is too many” way of thinking: it’s fundamentally un-American to take away the people’s rights without an overwhelming and existential justification; the US economy and critical infrastructure are being wrecked, with serious long-term consequences that will likely exceed the cost of the disease itself; and the shutdown is likely shifting unavoidable illness a bit into the future at an enormous and largely avoidable cost.

A fourth argument for ending the shutdown might gain some traction with our friends on the left. At the very least, it’s likely to be harder to answer with the usual you’re-putting-money-before-lives accusation.

A Cross Between Albert Einstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger…

 

… the body of Albert Einstein and the mind of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Early in the Wuhan virus outbreak, we had a choice between two distinct paths: we could broadly shut down the country, creating an obvious economic disaster in hopes of limiting the spread of the virus; or we could isolate what we believed to be the most at-risk population, the elderly and sick, and allow the economy to continue functioning.

There Is a Principle at Stake Here

 

A lot of folks joined the self-styled “resistance” following President Trump’s election, either because they believed his election was illegitimate (and probably still do, though lengthy investigations pretty well confirm that they’re mistaken), or because they can’t stand losing and so do it badly.

It turns out there really wasn’t anything to resist, per se, following the 2016 election. Far from creating a fascist dictatorship, the administration set about dismantling authoritarian government programs (we call it “deregulating”) and appointing judges who would favor Constitutional values (we call them “civil rights”) over government diktats.

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Some Karen dropped a dime on my son. He and three of his college buddies were out grilling in the front yard of the apartment they share. Three police cars showed up. He tells me the officers seemed tired of the whole business, and apologetic about having to tell the young men to take it […]

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I expect this to be the last week during which “shutdown” is considered acceptable without some serious and specific justification. By the end of the month, people will want to know why they have to stay home and out of work. In most of the country, there is no good answer to that question, and […]

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Another Perspective on the Shutdown

 

Suppose we think of it this way.

The greatest problem America faces right now is that people are being deprived of their liberty: of their freedom to assemble, to go about their business, to earn and spend money, and to live as they choose. This is a problem regardless of the impact it has on the economy or on any particular individual. While pragmatic arguments about the public health consequences of economic dislocation are worthwhile, they are unnecessary: the primacy of our liberties in any but the most extraordinary and imminent crisis is absolute.

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A friend sent me this link to the article covering the study of hydroxychloroquine (HC) treatment at the VA hospitals, which I commented on a day or two ago. The headline news for the tl;dnr crowd was that there is no benefit to treatment with HC or with HC and azithromycin (AZ) compared to AZ alone, […]

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