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Tuesday, March 14. 2023
Tuesday morning links
The Greatest Lie Told During Covid
Surprise: No COVID Surge This Winter
Fauci Has No Idea Why People Are Mad At Him
Latest existential threat to the climate: Bullwinkle
Greta Thunberg deletes 2018 tweet saying world will end in 2023 after world does not end
There's No Such Thing as 'Healthy Obesity'
Turns out any overweight is relatively unhealthy
U.K. House of Commons refuses to protect private prayer and consensual conversations
Welsh Govt Says Statues Of "Old White Men" Should Be Removed, May Cause "Offense" To Britain's Diverse Population
Wales? Aren't their immigrants voluntary? What if they want Welsh culture?
Office therapy: Banks and law firms offer counselling as a staff perk
Why the Mental Health of Liberal Girls Sank First and Fastest
Jonathan Turley Tears Into Stanford Law School After They Dig Deeper Hole
Crybullies. They need emotional support?
Manufacturers, Customers Lash Out at Biden’s ‘Climate Friendly’ Washing Machine Regulations
In ‘victory for free speech,’ Cornell to host climate change debate
Should be fun
Nothing to see here - Just 1,000 migrants storming a port of entry in El Paso
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY - DHS Just Turned 20. It's Time To Abolish It.
87 permits, 1,000 days of meetings and $500,000 in fees: How bureaucracy fuels S.F.’s housing crisis
The Harrowing Tale of a Six-Year-Old's Gender Transition
DePaul Students Seek to Ban Student Religious Group As “Non-Affirming” of LGBTQ Rights
Genderqueer Witch Conducts Teacher Training
Colin Kaepernick Accuses Parents Who Adopted Him and Loved Him of Racism
THE AGE OF AMERICAN NAVAL DOMINANCE IS OVER. The United States has ceded the oceans to its enemies. We can no longer take freedom of the seas for granted.
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Re Greta Thunberg: Let's not jump the gun here. 2023 isn't even half over yet. Irrecoverable, extinction-level man-caused climate change is still within our grasp before the ball drops in Times Square. The question is, will we rise to the occasion?
That just what I was thinking. The year isn’t even half over. We’re just coming into summer. There’s a chance this summer will be the summer that we all burn up. Greta needs to have more faith in her pagan gods.
California has four season; Flood, fire, earthquake and drought. This Spring-Summer will be the flood season. Because of California's climate and landscape the flood season is typically followed by the fire season. Sometimes it takes two years to build up the fuel level to get those big fires so it could be this fall or next fall. But don't under estimate the chance of earthquake. Earthquake season has been quiet and that is a really bad sign. Maybe this is the year that California will have all four seasons!!
We're better off here in Alberta; our two seasons are winter and construction. Though must admit this winter has been brutal; the alleyway (where our garage is) has been so icy that could have hosted an NHL game on it.
Re "American Naval Dominance": That's a pretty gaudy headline, so I clicked through to the article and saw that it was from the Atlantic Monthly. Since my name isn't Ann Althouse I felt entitled to not read it.
Good one, felt the same way. Besides Chinese have a bigger fleet than we do now. I'm sure The Atlantic will like how they protect the waves.
Fleet size doesn't mean much. Primarily there are only two categories of Naval power. Submarines and targets. For the US to consider building more aircraft carriers is rather unimaginative, but I suspect the admirals love the photo ops. And the jobs, look at all the east coast jobs close to DC. Submarines are about the only naval craft that can hope to survive an all-out war. The quieter the better.
"Welsh Govt Says Statues Of 'Old White Men' Should Be Removed, May Cause 'Offense' To Britain's Diverse Population..."
Great idea! But while they're at it, why not abolish the Welsh language too? It's definitely not inclusive enough for Britain's Diverse Population since its speakers are overwhelmingly all Welsh - and white.
Bird Dog: Wales? Aren't their immigrants voluntary?
Notably, of the two examples provided, Arthur Wellesley and Horatio Nelson, neither are Welsh.
JJM: But while they're at it, why not abolish the Welsh language too?
You do realize that is exactly what the English have tried to do since they annexed Wales? That Welsh "may be Englished out of Wales?"
Got to be honest Z, I never thought I would see you making such a robust case for strong borders, defense, and preservation of indigenous local cultures in referencing the Welsh. Robert the Bruce, Vlad Tepes, and Martel would've doubtless found quite the ally in you as much as Metacomet and Tuskaloosa would've.
BornSouthern: I never thought I would see you making such a robust case for strong borders, defense, and preservation of indigenous local cultures in referencing the Welsh.
We're hardly advocating strong border or military defense between England and Wales.
The problem there is, nobody speaks Welsh but the Welsh. And like the Irish speakers of Ireland, they're being outnumbered by outsiders, and so, eventually one of those antique languages nobody speaks anymore.
(Welsh is hardly an "antique language"; it's no more "antique" than English. How in the world can a language people speak every day be "antique"?)
However, if the Welsh insist on being ethnically Welsh, they're hardly setting much of a "multicultural" standard themselves, are they? Wales is far less "multicultural" than England (as is Scotland, for that matter).
So if they're going to start removing statues of "Old White Men", they might think about starting with Owain Glyndŵr and work their way up to David Lloyd George and Aneurin Bevan.
"You do realize that is exactly what the English have tried to do since they annexed Wales? That Welsh 'may be Englished out of Wales?'"
I personally know far, far more about Wales, the Welsh and their relationship with the English than you do.
Or probably ever will.
So you can drop the patronizing lecture.
In particular, see the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542 enacted under Henry VIII.
Long outdated laws from 500 years ago!
You really are s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g here in your silly attempts to blame the living for the past.
But then, that's what wokery is all about.
“The past is never dead. It's not even past.” — William Faulkner
JJM: Long outdated laws from 500 years ago!
The Americans still fight over their civil war and their legacy of slavery, and they still celebrate their Revolution. "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival." — John Adams
In any case, the Welsh language wasn't given equal status with English until enactment of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.
#18.104.22.168.1 Zachriel on 2023-03-15 10:19 (Reply)
The article on obesity was very biased. The intent, poorly hidden, was to explain away the obesity paradox. There are two major problems to this reoccurring theme of "obesity" being deadly:
1. That a BMI above 25 is obese.
2. That obesity kills.
The paradox wasn't fully explained in the article because it is contrary to what they want you to believe. Simply put the paradox is that people with a BMI between 25 and 30 live longer than those with a lower BMI AND the part left out is that people with low BMI's live shorter lives than the average. That last part is important because it is more likely that the BMI in these cases is a symptom and not a cause. That is you are thin because your body is not healthy and you are grossly obese because your body is unhealthy BUT you are merely overweight exactly because you are healthy. THAT is the paradox and that is wht they must cover up or destroy to make you believe that a BMI above 24.9 is bad for you, it isn't.
A BMI below 20 is most likely bad for you but it could be nothing more than genetics or activity. A BMI above 30 is most likely bad for you but NOT simply because you eat too much but rather because your body is telling you that you have a life threatening health condition (like diabetes for example).
But there is a whole category of "obesity" that does not seem to shorten your life and that is age related overweight in healthy people. There are a gazillion old people with high BMI's out here who are active and healthy and living life. They are as old as those in the cultures/countries that are often pointed out as "healthy" and this defies the BMI model.
None of this changes the fact that if you are young, 20-55 and are grossly obese that something is wrong with you. The obesity is your symptom.
---The Greatest Lie Told During Covid
Besides the general public this should be required reading for every doctor, nurse, pharmacist, and politician.
Everything tied to the government is panic, emergency, panic, emergency, panic, emergency ........ don't think, follow instructions.
Have a friend who was severely disabled by what I thought was "long Covid" and whose recovery has been agonizingly slow. However, chanced to meet up with his wife and got the real story; his problems aren't because of Covid but because of the treatment he received (aggressive ventilator treatment and sedation such as to essentially knock him out for far too long). At least the medical authorities here are recognizing the issue, but it's taking the vibrant and positive man I knew far too long to recover.
Spread the word.
--Induced unintentionally in a patient by a physician. Used especially of an infection or other complication of treatment.
--Induced by the words or actions of the physician.
--induced by a physician's words or therapy (used especially of a complication resulting from treatment)
Frances: However, chanced to meet up with his wife and got the real story; his problems aren't because of Covid but because of the treatment he received (aggressive ventilator treatment and sedation such as to essentially knock him out for far too long).
Too long? Perhaps. Doctors aren't perfect, but ventilation is used when a patient can't breathe on their own and other methods (e.g. supplemental oxygen, pronation) are insufficient to sustain the patient. There certainly are side effects from ventilation, but the alternative is often death.
Zach - would agree with you except that it has been realized that aggressive ventilation treatment for Covid was the wrong treatment and that "proning' was much more effective and without the nasty side effects.
"My God man, drilling holes in his head is not the answer!" Dr. Leonard H. McCoy, chief medical officer of the USS Enterprise
Frances: would agree with you except that it has been realized that aggressive ventilation treatment for Covid was the wrong treatment and that "proning' was much more effective and without the nasty side effects.
Prone ventilation was a common procedure before COVID; however, not all patients can tolerate prone positioning. Meta-analysis of randomized trials indicates that awake prone positioning can reduce the need for ventilation by about 55 fewer intubations per 1000 patients, a small but significant benefit. See Weatherald et al., Efficacy of awake prone positioning in patients with covid-19 related hypoxemic respiratory failure: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials, BMJ 2022.
Regardless, not using newer methods is not the same as saying the older methods were wrong or didn't save lives.
#22.214.171.124.1 Zachriel on 2023-03-16 08:46 (Reply)
One of the concerns of awake prone positioning was that it might only serve to delay required ventilation. The good news is that there was no difference in mortality. That means awake prone positioning can be tried first for those that can tolerate it, which will work for about 5% of patients, then the other 95% can be switched to ventilation without the delay measurably increasing mortality. In other words, awake prone positioning can be used as an adjunct, but not as the primary means.
#126.96.36.199.2 Zachriel on 2023-03-16 11:21 (Reply)
The SVB bailout was a bailout of China and Chinese interests. Yes there were a a lot of non-Chinese depositors and investors too but you notice the short time from "we won't bail it out" to "we will bail out ALL deposits". THAT was the time it took for China to tell Biden what they wanted from him.
'DePaul Students Seek to Ban Student Religious Group As “Non-Affirming” of LGBTQ Rights'
I'm inclined to think that they wouldn't have cared as much if the group in question was a Muslim one.
The most environmentally-friendly washing machine is a couple of rocks and a river, which is where our masters are leading us. Get used to crap that is worse than what you had before, peasant. We're going back to the Stone Age!
For the peasants there is no sacrifice too great if it will help save the planet.
The Army Might Be Ditching Its ‘Woke’ Image As It Faces Historic Recruiting Problems
he U.S. Army’s new brand and ad campaign largely omits reference to woke identity politics and could be just what the service needs to overcome historic recruiting obstacles, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Prior advertising efforts alienated conservative families that once served as the Army’s primary recruiting base, according to experts.
They “forgot that the primary market for Army recruiting is young men from traditional families, looking for a challenge,” Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, told the DCNF.
Hmmm . . . I thought the recruiting was falling short due to a robust job market and that the recruiting shortfall was "minor"?
Heh. Lying SOBs.
The article makes no mention of any continuing woke indoctrination or the forced use of unwanted vaccinations. One can only assume those policies are sitlll in effect..
Everyone can see how far the armed forces have ventured down the woke/identity politics path. While an advertising change may help mitigate the losses, the brand has been damaged. Even if the military wakes up tomorrow and discovers their mission is to defend the country by killing people and breaking things, it may be years before potential recruits believe them.
The Atlantic piece made me laugh.
"The freedom of the seas is over"
What the warmongering liars mean is that the US has lost it's monopoly of Piracy.