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State of Kentucky imprisons man in his own home for refusing to self-quarantine

This is what this madness has come to. A virus in which it appears that 97% of all infected fully recover has spread such panic that the governor of the State of Kentucky ordered a man to be imprisoned in his own home because he refused to self-quarantine.

The patient from Nelson County is a 53-year-old man who tested positive at the University of Louisville, then left against medical advice, Beshear said. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department asked him to self-quarantine, but he refused.

A law enforcement officer has been posted outside the man’s home, Beshear said.

“It’s a step I hoped I’d never have to take, but we can’t allow one person who we know has the virus to refuse to protect their neighbors,” Beshear said.

Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts had to declare a state of emergency in order to invoke a little-known statute that allows him to force a “self-isolation or quarantine.”

“We’ve got to make sure that people who have tested positive, that we know could be spreading the virus, and simply refuse to do the right thing, do the right thing,” Beshear said.
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Self-quarantine. What a lovely hyphenated word. It gives the illusion of voluntary behavior. When in reality it is a de facto order from the state to imprison yourself until they deem you are ready to be re-integrated into society.

How stupid has our civilization become? The “better safe than sorry” mantra has been drilled into our heads for the better part of four decades and really took on steam after 9/11.

We’re now a world of sheep following the other sheep to slaughter.

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Is COVID-19 the silver bullet?

The attempt to prove Trump colluded with Russia failed. The impeachment and subsequent acquittal in the Senate left Trump more popular. The pandemic of COVID-19 however, is the event the media and the Democrats have been looking for to kill off a Trump re-election.

The media, the Democrats, and some Republicans have loathed President Trump since he got the Republican nomination in the 2016 election. It blew into full blown psychotic hatred after he beat Hillary Clinton in the general election. They never could conceive of a President Trump. I didn’t want him as President either but I didn’t share the same hatred and fear of him.

They tried to take him down almost immediately with the Russian collusion baloney. Two years of the Mueller investigation and all the leaks from that fiasco that ultimately resulted in NOTHING.

Then the phone call to Ukraine. Leaked by a so-called whistleblower. A whistleblower that had no first hand knowledge of anything he/she/they were alleging. They pushed through impeachment on that basis knowing the Senate would not convict and remove him from office. They expected that hanging impeachment around his neck would be the anchor that would sink his campaign. It didn’t. He came out more popular than he went in.

Now, we have COVID-19. If you read all the news reports, the virus that causes it, SARS-COV-2, results in mild symptoms of a fever, cough, and trouble breathing for about 80% of people infected. Another 15% have more serious symptoms. The remaining 5% are serious enough to be hospitalized but less than half of them are at risk of death. And most people at risk of death are those above the age of 60 with already compromised immune systems.

The virus has probably been in the United States since late 2019. China tried to hide the problems they were having with the virus and allowed free travel from the area. There are 11 million people in Wuhan and it is a business center that have people traveling about all over the world. The virus has been out and it will remain out and perhaps most of us will contract it at some point like we do a cold or the seasonal flu.

The media started to report infections as if The Plague was unleashed across the world. We would hear daily counts of 5 more people confirmed infected here and 10 more there. Mind you, not 1,000 here or 2,000 there. But single digit infections in many cases. They started to realize that the more they created this anxiety in the public the more the eyeballs were drawn to their TV screens and web sites.

Federal regulations in place long before Trump took office prevented doctors and hospitals from testing and/or developing their own tests to confirm infections. This didn’t stop the media and the Democrats from blaming Trump for any kind of response.

To be fair, President Trump hasn’t helped his case. He downplayed the virus too much in his public statements. I don’t think he realized how ripe the public is to be whipped into a frenzy over nothing. His speech to the nation on March 11, 2020 was uninspiring to say the least. Evidence of that is the plunge in the stock market today.

They tried to kill Trump’s re-election many times since his election. Like a vampire he came back to life every time they thought they had him down. COVID-19 could be the silver bullet that puts his re-election in the grave.

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State of New York to create first COVID-19 containment camp

When talking to my family about this I tried to illustrate the absurdity of the panic surrounding COVID-19. I predicted to them that camps would be set up to separate people from the general population. Low and behold my exaggeration came true today!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York would establish a “containment area” in New Rochelle to control the spread of a novel coronavirus in the Westchester County suburb at the center of the outbreak in the state.

The area would close facilities—including schools—within one mile of the center of the outbreak for two weeks, starting Thursday, state officials said. The containment step would close “major gathering places” and facilities, such as temples in the area, the governor said, although individuals would still be free to walk around.

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My God. What have we become?

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Illinois gives me another reason to move out

Danger Will Robinson an invasive species is approaching!

My wife and I are already starting our search to move out of the State of Illinois. Our primary reason is financial. Our property taxes are simply too high. With the knowledge that over half of what we pay in taxes goes to pension debt means that less than half of our tax dollars actually go towards government services we might use.

The new reason is that every year during crawfish season in Louisiana we order a bunch of live crawfish to do our own crawfish boil. This year, Illinois banned the entry of these live crawfish because they designated them an “invasive species”. How many people are buying crawfish from Louisiana and dumping them into ponds and rivers?

Our state is run by a bunch of assholes.

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There is a universe where we aren’t panicking over COVID-19

How can I get there? I’m a little tired of this one.

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COVID-19 is a lesson in population and behavior control

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Wash your hands. Cough into your elbow. Buy a mask. Stock up on water and canned goods. Don’t travel. Don’t go to work. YOU WILL OBEY!!!!!

Look at the numbers. There are 7.6 billion people on Earth. Less than 100,000 are infected worldwide. That’s 0.0013% or 13 thousandths of a percent. It’s minuscule.

There are over 329 million people in the US. Less than 100 are confirmed to be infected. That’s 0.00003% or 3 millionths of a percent. Even more minuscule.

It’s reported that 84% of people infected do not get seriously ill. Why worry about something that will most likely not do anything more to you than make your feel like crap?

What else can this be other than the governments of the world experimenting with how easy it is to subdue the population?

Now there’s a conspiracy theory for you.

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This is how the Democrats get money out of politics
Beyond his campaign’s enormous spending spree, the amount the billionaire former New York mayor has given directly to his campaign shows why he will likely be able to stay in the race for a long time, regardless of where he stands in the polls. The record shows Bloomberg contributed over $200 million to his campaign. His campaign had $11 million on hand going into the year 2020.” — Hmmm $200 million all before a single vote was cast. Which party is the party of billionaires?

Iowa Caucus software firm receives money from Democrat candidates
Among Shadow’s clients is Pete Buttegieg’s presidential campaign, which paid $42,500 to the firm in July 2019 for “software rights and subscriptions,” according to disclosures to the FEC. A spokesman for the campaign says the payment was for a service used to send text messages to voters. The campaigns of Joe Biden and Kirsten Gillibrand, who withdrew from the race last year, also made smaller payments to Shadow.” — Perhaps this is why Buttegieg is confident in the Iowa results before they come out. Conflict of interest????? COME ON!!!

Oregon Unions want to limit self-checkout to 2 kiosks per store
Are self-checkouts an annoyance or convenience at grocery stores? Do self-checkouts steal jobs from grocery checkers? These are the questions a federation of Oregon workers wants voters to answer with their votes. With the Oregon Supreme Court’s certification of the proposed measure’s description, it looks like the federation may have its wish. A petition to limit each grocery store to two checkout kiosks will soon move forward to signature gathering.” — They should mandate everyone use horse drawn carriages too. How many jobs were lost when the internal combustion engine took over?

Bloomberg turns 900 into 2900 in misleading Super Bowl Ad
An honest discussion of this issue would start by clearly defining the problem. Bloomberg fails that test by using a highly misleading number referring to “children,” half of whom were adults, and by using a definition of “gun violence” that includes suicides, a very different problem that is likely to require different solutions.” — He’s good at making small numbers get big. That’s how he got his billions!

Another reason why I smell so sweet
Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton, following intensive exercise by their wearers, because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.” — I’m like an inert gas… colorless and odorless

Loretta Lynn says country music is dead
Some of these country singers aren’t really country … I think some of them should be singing pop music and leave country alone,” she wrote, according to” — I’ve been saying this since the early 1990’s

Dogfights in space
But it was apparent early on that an American satellite that trackers call USA 245 was the real target. Cosmos 2542’s original orbit allowed it to pass within a few hundred miles of the KH-11 every 11 or 12 days, noted Michael Thompson, an American graduate student who moonlights with a small space company and, in his spare time, tracks satellites.” — It’s time for SPACE FORCE!!

Time should run out on Tik Tok
A doctor, sporting scrubs and grinning into her camera, instructs them on how to respond if a condom breaks during sex: The pill Plan B can be 95 percent effective, the video explains.” — Doctors need to find a cure for Cringe Inducing Video Syndrome

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State of the Union Address is must see TV this year
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be seated over President Trump’s left shoulder Tuesday, less than two months after the Democratic-controlled House impeached him — and just as the Republican-controlled Senate will be deciding whether to keep or remove him from office.” — I expect to be thoroughly entertained!

Purell is not so pure
The FDA also noted that it is unaware of any adequate and well-controlled clinical trials in the published literature that support” GOJO’s claims.” — When will people stop putting this goo on their hands… It does NOTHING!

The feds come calling for TollFreeDeals
Over a 23-day period in May and June of last year, for example, defendant TollFreeDeals connected 720 million calls to US numbers. According to the Justice Department, 425 million of the calls lasted for one second or less—suggesting that many were unwanted” — I get 8 to 10 bogus calls almost everyday. Send these people up the river for 720 million years.

Murdoch’s trying to out Drudge
It’s a news aggregator just louder and more obnoxious than Drudge

NASA makes the longest of long distance tech support calls
It’s a challenge to diagnose and fix problems on the twin probes due to their sheer distance from Earth. Voyager 2 is located about 11.5 billion miles (18.5 billion kilometers) away.” — 17 hour delay between sending and receiving. We need this for cable news channels

Orwell’s 1984 Cemented in Yale University Academics
Yale announced last week that it will stop teaching its famous survey course, “Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present.” Taught for decades by Vincent Scully, one of Yale’s most celebrated professors, the course was a riveting introduction to pulse of humanism. It is being cashiered for all the usual reasons. Its focus is too white, too European, too male, too “problematic,” as Tim Barringer, chairman of the art history department, puts it.” — “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”–George Orwell 1984

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Stop recycling your plastic and save the Earth!
If the world fully converted to nonbiodegradable bioplastics starting in 2020, the carbon sequestered over the next 30 years could amount to more than 10 gigatons—which would be a good start.” — Single use plastics as a carbon sink. Huh… that’s thinking outside the plastic box.

Federal Reserve keeps printing cash
The Federal Reserve added $90.8 billion in short-term money to financial markets Tuesday.” — They’ve been printing cash since September 2019. How can this be good?

Four years a home does not make a house
According to a civil lawsuit Kroon recently filed in King County Superior Court, the 2016 letter was “the first time the City had notified… the Kroon family that Fire Station 38 was not – as the City had represented – a residential dwelling.” — The wisdom of government never ceases to amaze.

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New York Times endorsement cop-out
Senator Warren is a gifted storyteller.” — duh

Why news organizations should not be public companies
Alden’s strategy of acquiring struggling local newsrooms and stripping them of assets has built the personal wealth of the hedge fund’s investors.” — a mirror image of what Tribune did when it was a media conglomerate.

Republicans and Democrats are bathing in the same water
Democrats, too, have made up their minds, and that would be equally upsetting but for the mountain of actual evidence on which their judgment rests.” — Sometimes I feel like I’m standing between dimensions.

They know who you are and you can’t stop them
When people can be identified and their data correlated at a speed and scale previously unseen, we need new rules.” — I’ll start worrying when ads online stop asking me to buy what I just purchased.

Intentional Communities… as opposed to unintentional communities?
According to Sky Blue… ” — Yes, there is a person named Sky Blue. The article was the best ad for nut butters I’ve ever read.

America’s parallel universes are taught in school
The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides.” — Maybe… just maybe if they taught the facts and leave the nuances for college our kids would learn more.

The return of SARS
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus—part of a class of pathogens that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS—has more than tripled to 218 cases, according to Chinese state media and health authorities.” — 218 cases? Let me know when it’s 10,000. Then I’ll worry.

I wish I understood monetary policy
Global banks’ use of funding from markets rather than from customer deposits has grown rapidly in recent years, mostly in the form of short-term funding, which was a central problem of the 2008 financial crisis, according to a body that monitors global financial risks.” — I need a bigger mattress I think.

Were we better off when our life expectancy was 46?
The bad news is that the aged are too often degraded as irrelevant, useless, burdensome, ugly if not grotesque—or, not to put too fine a point on it, a pain in the butt.” — So I’ve got that to look forward to.