We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Sunday, May 24. 2020
What an elderly gent who I know socially said to me as he came out of the supermarket today and immediately ripped off his (required) mask.
"Yeah I know what you mean," I replied consolingly. "Just play the game."
Nobel Laureate Michael Levitt takes a look at the numbers. It's good news. (h/t reader). "This lockdown stuff is madness now."
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
4:13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.
4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.
5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.
5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
5:8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.
5:9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.
5:10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.
5:11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Saturday, May 23. 2020
In the rush to care for patients with COVID-19, are we forgetting the millions of victims of government shutdowns?
Some random estimates are that up to 1/3 of American small businesses will go bankrupt or completely out of business. Sounds as extreme as 2.2 million deaths, but we'll see. That's the heartbeat of America. Not to mention suicides and substance abuse with broken hopes and dreams.
"They" offered 2 weeks of shutdown - almost national - to "flatten the curve." People went along with that, although it really was appropriate mainly to NYC and the NY metro area. Whether that worked or not we'll never know, but viruses pass through and curve down anyway. It is their natural course so no policy can take much credit for that.
What ensued is that the goalposts moved, and keep moving. We can pray for the dead and their families, but let's remember the lives destroyed by COVID hysteria. In the end, if there is an end, that could be more people and more despair.
Somebody needs to write the book. If I had the time, the ability to write snappy prose, and the research energy that I had in college, I would do it. Right now, I am trying to keep our business on life support. I am not optimistic.
The population success of the American Bald Eagle in the lower 48 of the US (never in danger in Alaska) is an accomplishment to feel good about. It's now listed as "Least Concern."
This eagle, unlike the Osprey which ranges world-wide, is a North American sea eagle. Europe and Asia have their own sorts of sea eagles.
It's sort of amusing that the conservation successes of the Wild Turkey in the US parallel those of our sea eagle. Ben Franklin famously wanted the Turkey as the US' national symbol, but now it's just a bourbon.
As Common Sense Returns to the Gender Debate, Radicals Set Upon Their Own Allies
Climate Change is a Threat to Expensive French Wine
Coronavirus pandemic shows how risk-averse Americans have grown
CDC Admits Coronavirus Mortality Ratio is Similar to 1957-58 Flu Pandemic Where No Lockdown Was Needed
California doctors say they've seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns
As predicted by our idiot President - the press mocked him for that.
Via Cafe Hayek:
Judge Positively Scorches Ohio Health Director for 'Criminalizing' Gyms
Stop Calling The B-52 Bomber ‘Old’ — It’s More Youthful Than A B-2 Stealth Bomber
2030 Scenario: US Navy Robots, Carriers and Mines Counterattack China
Why is China an enemy?
Friday, May 22. 2020
The CDC Just Gave Us the Biggest Reason to End the Coronavirus Lockdowns
Do we really know yet how dangerous this virus is? No, but with new info it keeps getting less.
The President and his mask
The purpose of masks is to not infect others. Another purpose is to simply show respect. A social signal.
Yesterday, a post by a fellow commentator addressed whether anyone would listen to epidemiologists again. This, in itself, is not a controversial question. There is a range of opinions, even among epidemiologists, on how to deal with viral outbreaks. That said, most posts are designed to create a discussion. None are likely to ever come to any complete answer, though hopefully some shared ground can be hammered out. It seems this did not occur and considerable animus was shared in the comments section.
I will begin by saying I have not lost anyone to Covid, but I can list about 15 people in my family who are at risk. They have all been isolating, as they should. They know isolation won't prevent them from getting ill, as we know there are many other problems with isolation. But it is a safety feature. There are no guarantees for any of us.
The questions which remain are whether we 'flattened the curve', actually 'saved lives', and even if we could do these things.
There is no way, literally none, to answer whether we 'flattened the curve' or 'saved lives'. Saying we did will only be based on what you presume may have happened otherwise. That's not science, that's an opinion. My opinion is we didn't and can't do either, but my opinion is no better informed than yours. I base my reasoning on logic. Isolation has happened, and people are still getting sick despite isolation. The virus spreads more easily in confined spaces, and shutting up a family with one asymptomatic member may well doom the entire family. Multi-generational homes in Italy, where that kind of living is more common than in the US, certainly played a role in the Italian situation.
Continue reading "The Personalization of Disease"
The Maine Ship Captain Who Invented the Modern Donut
But donuts are
Writer At ‘The Nation’ – I’d Vote For Joe Biden Even If He Boiled Babies And Ate Them…
Obamagate: Co-ordinating The Cover Story
How Russiagate Began With Obama’s Iran Deal Domestic Spying Campaign - Michael Flynn posed a threat to the former president’s legacy and was made to pay for it
The ACLU vs. due process: The nonprofit takes a surprising stand against more rights for those accused on campus
"Social Distancing Walls" - Gym Reveals Future Layout In Post-Corona World
Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger says online encyclopedia scrapped neutrality, favors lefty politics
The Coronavirus Timeline Liberals Don't Want You To See
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Nukes Media For Wishing More Virus Deaths On His State
Do Lockdowns Work? Mounting Evidence Says No
Two Countries That Just Declared the Pandemic All but Over
Thursday, May 21. 2020
Was the COVID-19 event the biggest medical blunder of modern times? Maybe it was.
What if Dr. Fauci was correct in the beginning, when he declared a nasty flu?
Springtime in New England is squid time, especially from Narragansett Bay to Cape Cod. Calamari. Delicious if not over-cooked into squid bubble gum. Squidding is mostly a nighttime game. Lights seem to attract squid.
The youtube below is recreational squidding. For commercial squidding, here.
Susan Rice’s Team Confirms She Was Directed By White House Counsel to Write January 20, 2017 Email About Secret Oval Office Meeting
The ACLU’s Absurd Title IX Lawsuit
Why California Is In Trouble – 340,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Paychecks Cost Taxpayers $45 Billion
CDC Now Says Virus 'Does Not Spread Easily' on Surfaces
Did The Lockdown Save Lives?
Illinois Governor Pritzker Threatens Business Owners with a Year in Prison if They Try to Reopen
Update: Illinois State Police Defy Tyrannical Governor — WILL NOT Arrest, Jail Business Owners for Breaking Lockdown
Florida vs New York: Who did better?
Doctors raise alarm about health effects of continued coronavirus shutdown: 'Mass casualty incident'
Data Leak Suggests China Had Hundreds of Thousands of Coronavirus Cases in 230 Cities
Evidence That Russia’s Coronavirus Numbers Are Almost Certainly Bogus
Wednesday, May 20. 2020
For a gym workout, the only discipline involved is to get there. Then you get in the groove whether it's a calis class or a yoga class or just doing your own thing.
Luckily for me, I am still working with my trainer 3 days/week. We figured out a way to do it and it is so cut-rate now that I can't afford not to do it. Plus I enjoy the guy's company a lot so we have a good time listening to podcasts. Scott Adams, Mike Rowe, Rogan. Of course, with heavies, you do not hear anything but you do during the rests.
I am getting myself out early for a run twice a week (sprint/walk intervals). The month of May is perfect outdoor running, but I miss the killer stair machine.
What are y'all doing now? Things are looking up around here, headed in the right direction but I don't know whether I want to pay my excessive gym fees in the future.
I spoke with one of my local pharmacists today. He was harried. I asked him what was up. He told me all four of his assistants had taken a leave from work, then got copies of their unemployment papers from the government.
They are all getting $1600/week from COVID unemployment, and he only pays them about $1000/week.
He is an immigrant from Russia. He was not happy with the situation. Stereotypically cranky Russian. Asked me "Where is the work ethic?" How did he even know about that old fashioned phrase?
A man in the Netherlands has some pretty unusual new neighbors and they spend most of the day staring at each other.
Government Announces Lockdown Of All Fast-Food Restaurants To Prevent Heart Disease
Here are the Chinese 'propaganda' centers currently operating in the US
U.N.: Stop Using Gender-Based Language. Social Media: Shut Up.
‘I am in their crosshairs’: John Brennan says he hasn’t been interviewed by John Durham — yet
Ben Smith’s NYT Critique of Ronan Farrow Describes a Toxic, Corrosive, and Still-Vibrant Trump-Era Pathology: “Resistance Journalism”
Why is the CDC a failure, with their ballooning budget?
Ticket to Cancel - Travel and entertainment will need to find new ways of doing business.
Jerk. He wants people in Alabama to help the richest and most profligate state in the US?
California’s Budget Bust-Up - The Golden State’s record-breaking deficit owes as much to its progressive politics as to the virus lockdown.
Crenshaw nails what’s fueling deep partisan divide, and why the Left’s in ‘no rush’ to re-open America
Failures of an Influential COVID-19 Model Used to Justify Lockdowns
Will Americans Submit To A Second Lockdown?
What the Cold War Can Teach Us About Deterring China
Tuesday, May 19. 2020
“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”
US Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, via Return to The Unheavenly City at Quillette
You could almost learn how to fly his airplane from these youtubes. Not much air traffic in Chicago right now.
Their Happiness Hurt My Feelings
House Democrats Say Trump-Russia Obstruction Investigation ‘Ongoing’ – Could Result in New Articles of Impeachment!
How ‘collusion’ conspirators tried to oust President Trump
Gallup: Trump Approval Rating Higher Than Four of the Last Six Presidents, Including Bush and Obama
New York’s emergence as the epicenter of the coronavirus was far from inevitable.
Grandma Killer: Andrew Cuomo Murdered 5300 Elderly New Yorkers But He's a Hero Because He's a Liberal Psychopath
Wuhan Virus Watch: NYC Mayor de Blasio’s Memorial Day Threat – Fence Off Beaches, Pull Swimmers Out of Water
Social Distancing Is State-Mandated Humiliation. Change My Mind
China slaps an 80 per cent tariff on drought-affected Australian exporters starting TODAY as brutal punishment for push for COVID-19 inquiry
Monday, May 18. 2020
How and why they dealt with the pandemic - compared with California: Two coasts, one virus
Scott's podcast: "The time to be scared is over; the time to be smart begins."
He also suggests that nursing home COVID death numbers be separated from others. Makes sense to me.
Ever since seeing A Clockwork Orange, Gene Kelly's work has taken on a whole new meaning. Along these lines, I will share this video, sent by a friend and created by a comedian, which has completely changed how I will view The Association's Windy from this day forward. I can't say I know how to describe my feelings as I viewed it, but I've settled on amused. Sorry I don't have an embed version, you need to click the link.
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