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The COVID-19 pandemic has been over since May

We’re no longer in a pandemic. It’s been over since about May 1, 2020. We’re now in full blown government and media hysteria over an illness that is no longer killing that many people. The chart above is for the United States. But the charts below are for France, Italy, Sweden, and the world. You can see that the exact same scenario has played out everywhere and there is no longer a reason to lockdown economies. What we’re witnessing is a pure power grab and all of us are just going along with it.

Take a look at these charts for yourself. Choose any country and for the most part they all look the same.

The top red lines are daily confirmed cases and the bottom black line are daily deaths attributed to COVID-19. Even if you take these statistics at face value it’s clear that this entire episode has been over for months. If you take into consideration what has come to light regarding the over sensitivity of the testing then these numbers are grossly inflated. In addition we are learning that 33% of excess deaths reported are not attributed to COVID-19 but may be a side effect of lack of treatment for other issues due to the pandemic lockdown. If this is true, in my opinion, it’s criminal government forced malpractice.

Why is this happening? What is the push? Conspiracy theories abound. Two that I like are:

  1. World leaders dislike the disruption caused by President Trump so much that they are willing to sacrifice their populations and their economies in order to get rid of him on November 3rd.
  2. This a hijacking of a pandemic for the purposes of pushing a globalist climate change agenda.

Both may be true and have the same effect. Joe Biden’s slogan of Build Back Better has been a Green New Deal globalist climate change mantra for years. Just Google “climate change build back better” and look at the results. There’s also this video from Professor John Barry who is a professor of Green Political Economy and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University Belfast.

What ever is going on and what ever the reasons for it the effect on average everyday people is horrendous. The elimination of personal liberty should be an affront to all of Western Civilization and it must end.

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An open letter and subsequent shit storm

A group of journalists, authors, writers, entertainers and academics signed on to an open letter in Harper’s Magazine. The subject of the open letter is the signatories’ concern regarding cancel culture and open debate and discussion of “controversial” subjects. The letter is short and is benign. Read it for yourself at the link above. Here’s the gist of what they said.

This stifling atmosphere will ultimately harm the most vital causes of our time. The restriction of debate, whether by a repressive government or an intolerant society, invariably hurts those who lack power and makes everyone less capable of democratic participation. The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away. We refuse any false choice between justice and freedom, which cannot exist without each other.

Harper’s Magazine

Here’s some of the response that harmless letter engendered among the cancel culturists.

Because the American left is basically a war zone at the moment—or online it is, at least—what happened next shouldn’t surprise anyone: A group of us posted the letter and celebrated it, while another much angrier group denounced it and held it up as proof of…well, whatever it is they hate about us and want to get us fired over (this crowd likes calling the manager). Now, it shouldn’t have surprised me—I have been through multiple rounds of this stuff—but I have to admit it did.

One such reaction came from Parker Molloy, a staffer at the left-leaning Media Matters, who insisted, of a letter that includes Rushdie and Kasparov, “not a single one of them have been censored anytime in recent history.” In the subsequent tweetstorm, she said of the signatories:

“They want you to sit down.
They want you to shut up.
They want you to do as you’re told.
By them. Specifically.”

“They are totalitarians in the waiting,” she wrote. “They are bad people.”

Reason.com

The Millennial Generation once again showing that growing up being sheltered from anything that might harm them, mentally or physically, has made them quite sick. If you cannot handle arguing with people over different ideas what can you handle?

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Uncle Tom, a must watch movie

If you care at all about freedom in the United States and the division being sowed between black and white people today, especially today, you need to watch Uncle Tom.

This movie, produced by Larry Elder, is extremely important because it shows that the black community is not a single ideological voting block. It shows that some black people are tired of protesting racism while continuing to vote for the same political party that perpetuates that racism.

This movie gives a different perspective on the history of black people in the United States. It pushes a perspective that in many ways the black community was more cohesive prior to the Civil Rights Act. It doesn’t say the Civil Rights Act was a bad thing. It does say the policies enacted in the wake of it were designed to weaken the black community at the time when they should have compounded the gains already achieved.

This movie is important because black people are giving their stories. They tell of when they reached the realization that they were part of the problem and perpetuating the old way of thinking. They were the ones holding themselves and others in their communities back. They decided to stop and make the change to improve the lives of not just black people but of all Americans.

Liberals of the United States created what they believe to be a permanent victim class and people like Larry Elder are trying to interrupt the victim thought process and push people to take control.

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Here’s why you shouldn’t use the same policies for different cities and states

The panic around COVID-19 caused the people and most governments of the United States to chuck common sense in order to listen to “the experts.” The experts that were crazy wrong about most things with this pandemic. The numbers below from an article on Bloomberg.com show how stupid it is to treat places like Kentucky, Idaho, and Kansas like New York City. Heck even the rest of the State of New York didn’t have to be treated like New York City.

I’m in the Chicago area and it is stupid to treat the rest of the state like the Chicago metropolitan area. A majority of the cases in the State of Illinois are all in Cook County and the collar counties surrounding Chicago.

We reached #PeakStupid in this country.

There is no question that New York State has borne the brunt of the crisis. The Times reports that one out of every three Americans who has died from Covid-19 has been a New Yorker — 17,000 in all. New York City is one of the few places in the country — along with Detroit and New Orleans — where the hospital system has been stretched to capacity. (Although even in New York City, the most catastrophic expectations never came to pass: for instance, the Naval hospital ship Comfort, which came to New York to provide emergency beds, is being returned after treating just 179 patients.)

New York is the densest city in the country, and density is a crucial factor in spreading the virus. Yet cities and states that are far less dense have imposed the same restrictions as New York State. Idaho has a stay-at-home order; it has had 172 hospitalizations and 58 deaths as of Tuesday. 1 Kansas: 504 hospitalizations and 124 deaths. Maine: 163 hospitalizations and 51 deaths. Meanwhile, Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas never instituted a shelter-at-home order — yet the state has only 104 current hospitalizations and 52 deaths. Which suggests an obvious question: Does it make sense for these less dense places to be imposing the same restrictions as New York?

bloomberg.com
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Letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune

I just fired off this letter to the editor. Hopefully it gets printed and people don’t try to string me up for having lack of compassion for my fellow man. I just think that everything the American people and the federal government are doing is far in excess of what was required. Here is the letter.

Just about every step the federal government and the American people have taken to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak has been an unnecessary over reaction and will be more damaging to a greater number of people than those steps are meant to protect. Furthermore, the rush to cast aside free market principals in favor of central government control is disturbing in the speed in which it’s taking place as well as in the lack of resistance from the public and across well known pundits.

From all the reporting to date, about 80% of people that get infected experience little to mild symptoms. So mild in many cases that they don’t even know they have it. 15% get more serious symptoms that are the equivalent of a bad flu. The remaining 5% may need hospitalization but less than half of that are serious enough where they may die. The high risk group are those over 60 and those with compromised immune systems.

The advice for the majority of the population to stop their lives and hide will not do anything to stop the virus. In fact, this behavior may only stretch it out over a longer period of time. The proper advice is to have those in high risk groups take necessary precautions to protect themselves. 

Unless there is more than the public is being told with this virus it does not appear to be lethal enough for the government to shut down the US economy. I don’t want people to die. But I also don’t want to see businesses die and lives destroyed all across the country. Lives that otherwise would not have been tremendously affected by this virus. Instead of concentrating the response where it needs to be we’re spreading out the misery across all sectors of life. 

Our panic reaction is like amputating both legs in order to stop gangrene on one foot from advancing to the rest of the body. Will it fix the problem? Yes, but at what cost?

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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.
Read more here: https://www.kentucky.com/news/health-and-medicine/article241200076.html#storylink=cpy

Kentucky.com

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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The relevance and prescience of “Free to Choose”

I just finished Milton Friedman’s book “Free to Choose”. This book was published back in 1979 when the country went through one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression (Seems to keep happening doesn’t it?). Comically Friedman had the opinion that socialism had been adequately relegated as a failed ideology but what he failed to foresee is the Millennial Generation. He did not know that the parenting philosophies of the Baby Boom Generation would bring back the cycle of socialist utopian ideas.

Given the current state of the nation and the opinions of people under the age of 35, I doubt Milton Friedman is discussed much in political science or economics classes in high school or universities. He should be. This book should be in every curriculum.

The final conclusion in the book says it all.

The two ideas of human freedom and economic freedom working together came to their greatest fruition in the United States. Those ideas are still very much with us. We are all of us imbued with them. They are part of the very fabric of our being. But we have been straying from them. We have been forgetting the basic truth that the greatest threat to human freedom is the concentration of power, whether in the hands of government or anyone else. We have persuaded ourselves that is is safe to grant power, provided it is for good purposes.

Fortunately, we are waking up. We are again recognizing the dangers of an overgoverned society, coming to understand that good objectives can be perverted by bad means, that reliance on the freedom of people to control their own lives in accordance with their own values is the surest way to achieve the full potential of a great society.

Fortunately, also, we are as a people still free to choose which way we should go — whether to continue along the road we have been following to ever bigger government, or to call a halt and change direction.

Milton Friedman – Free to Choose

Consider the democrat presidential candidate debates that just occurred this past week. How many of them stand for personal AND economic freedom? Every single candidate wants more control over your life and your wallet. Sure, it’s all in the guise of doing good things for the “middle class” and the “poor”. But that’s the danger. Centralized control over the distribution of wealth only leads to abuse. Human beings are fundamentally flawed that way.

That’s not to say anything is better on the republican side either. They want to do the same thing through different means. The budget deal that just passed the house and senate is proof that few republicans are interested in restraint with our tax dollars.

We need to ask ourselves what has the ever expanding government done for us? Has it liberated us to pursue happiness? Has it made life better? With all the money we spend on war, on education, on the environment, on subsidies for business and the poor have we ever seen an improvement? It seems to me the larger government has grown and the more money we spend on all these things have only made things worse. Maybe it’s time for a change in direction.

Amazon link to Free to Choose