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Don’t hold your breath waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine

I wrote another letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune. They didn’t print my last one but hopefully they’ll print this one.

Did you know that there has never been a vaccine for ANY coronavirus? That’s right. SARS, MERS, or the illustrious Common Cold have never had a vaccine that worked in humans. Why do we suddenly think that a vaccine for COVID-19 will suddenly emerge in 18 months?

“The scientists say.” “Follow the science.” I’m so sick and tired of these phrases. Science is not exact and most of the time science is wrong. Science, if it’s good science, is never settled. The magical belief in a vaccine that is just around the corner is due to a poorly educated population that has been conditioned to cast aside their Constitutionally protected rights in favor of safety that doesn’t exist.

This lockdown is wrong and has to end. Now.

Here’s my letter to the editor:

Governor Pritzker’s 5 point plan that doesn’t allow a return to normalcy until a vaccine, treatment, or widespread immunity is sheer folly. There has never been a vaccine for humans for any coronavirus and from past coronaviruses it seems immunity may only last for months in humans. Waiting to re-open Illinois will result in catastrophic loss of life in a myriad of other ways due to economic collapse. Our state is already effectively bankrupt and now the Governor is asking its citizens go bankrupt as well.

Sweden is roughly the same size in population as Illinois. They have roughly the same number of infections and deaths. Yet, they never locked down their country, they never closed their schools, and business continued to operate. Sweden did the right thing by their citizens.
90% of Illinois’ COVID-19 infections and deaths exist in the Chicago metropolitan area. It makes absolutely no sense to subject the rest of the state to Pritzker’s draconian measures. At the very least the one size fits all policy for the entire state needs to end.

Here are links to articles backing up my opinion.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-04-17/coronavirus-vaccine-ian-frazer/12146616

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/sweden/

https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/county-map

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What’s the daily death count for businesses?

Every day governors get in front of the camera to report their daily death count. Governor J.B. Pritzker is one that seems to love to get up and tell us Illinoians what we need to do. He seems to think that he is the daddy of us all and we need his protection. He extended his bullshit stay-at-home order to the end of May. THE END OF MAY!! Because he believes it’s the “right thing to do.”

When giving his report he should also report on businesses throughout the state that have died because of his draconian lockdown order.

MacMurray College survived the Civil War, the Great Depression and two world wars, but not the coronavirus pandemic. The private liberal-arts school in central Illinois announced recently it will shut its doors for good in May, after 174 years.

Like many small schools, it faced declining enrollment and financial shortfalls. To lure prospective students, it was using steep discounts to its $30,000 listed tuition. Then the global health crisis brought unexpected costs for shifting classes online and partially reimbursing room and board for students forced to finish out the spring term at home. The loss of a $3-million-plus bridge loan was the final straw.

The pandemic “squeezed out the last rays of hope,” said President Beverly Rodgers.

The Wall Street Journal

A lockdown that wasn’t necessary for anyone under the age of 65.

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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?

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It pays to be unemployed in Oregon during the COVID-19 pandemic

This is just too funny. A company in Oregon can’t hire back their employees because they are making more now with the COVID-19 stimulus than when they were working. I wouldn’t go back to work either if the government was going to pay me to stay home.

The starting wage for a line cook in one of our restaurants is $15 an hour. These cooks receive at least $1 an hour in tips, so at a minimum they make $16 an hour, or $640 before taxes for a 40-hour week. The overwhelming majority of our laid-off cooks qualified for Oregon unemployment compensation of 1.25% of their annual gross wages weekly, or $416 in our example. The extra $224 a week provides a strong incentive to return to work.

But as of this week, that same employee receives $1,016 a week, or $376 more than he made as a full time employee. Why on earth would he want to come back to work?

The Wall Street Journal
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Maybe I should move to Sweden

Professor Johan Giesecke, an advisor to the Swedish government and one of the world’s most senior epidemiologists is interviewed about Sweden’s non-lockdown response to COVID-19 vs. the rest of the world. I started the clip at the part that makes my point but the entire interview is informative and not fear mongering. There is no panic in Sweden over this pandemic.

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Behold your future

In the video above Bill Gates talks about digitally certifying people as COVID-19 free. This is crazy crazy talk. I’ve followed Bill Gate’s career, as many people have, and he is a great businessman but a terrible philanthropist. His dictatorial style and bare-knuckle business tactics have not worked in his philanthropic efforts. Since spending billions on do-gooder projects what has been solved? Nothing. Following his advice here will lead to discrimination beyond comprehension.

Behold our future below. Fiction is becoming fact.

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Top 10 things I learned so far during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  1. I’m going to have to vote for Donald Trump in November.
    1. One thing is crystal clear. Joe Biden is not equipped to handle much of anything. It’s not his fault he’s just not the same man he was even 4 years ago.
  2. The U.S. Dollar is nothing but funny money. How else can the government pass legislation dolling out more than $2 trillion when the nation is already deep in debt. And there’s more to come.
  3. #Lockdown2020 is a tiny taste of socialism and it’s bad.
    1. Shortages because prices are not allowed to fluctuate according to demand. That’s how stores run out of toilet paper.
    2. Government requiring stores to only sell essential items (as defined by the government). That’s how we get Target and Walmart not being able to sell garden supplies while Home Depot can. That’s how major appliance stores can remain open while your local restaurant can’t. That’s how liquor stores can remain open while your local florist can’t.
    3. Government mandating behavior. WEAR YOUR MASK SLAVE!
  4. We’re soft and ripe for conquering.
    1. 9/11 brought the security state. COVID-19 has brought the safety state. Together we have the tyranny state.
    2. The overreaction from 9/11 gave us the TSA and security theater of taking our shoes off, taking our belts off, and putting liquids into 3 oz. bottles. COVID-19 will bring us the safety theater of wearing masks in public and permanent social distancing.
    3. If we’re afraid of living how will we fight off a true invasion and take-over of our country?
  5. No one understands our federal system.
    1. The U.S. system of government is designed to be bottom up and not top down. You are responsible first and foremost for your own health, safety, and welfare. If for some reason you can’t then it gets bumped up to your town, then your state, and then the federal government.
    2. It’s like this because the founders of the country believed that individuals were best able to decide what was best for them at any given moment.
    3. If done right, and each layer is not depending on the one above it, a federated system is more robust and is able to respond to what’s best for each location. Montana doesn’t need the same rules and regulations as New York. Broadalbin, New York doesn’t need the same rules and regulations as New York, New York.
  6. There are more fascists among us than I ever imagined.
    1. Neighbors actually floating the notion to arrest children for playing.
    2. People calling the police on their fellow citizens for suspected “illegal” behavior. We used to make fun of socialist/communist nations that did this in the past.
    3. The government is using anti-terrorist laws to go after non-terroristic threats. Any excuse to use police powers.
  7. Computer models are wrong most of the time and we should stop using them to push public policy.
    1. The old term, “garbage in garbage out” holds true.
    2. The human factor cannot be accurately accounted for in computers. Humans act in relatively random ways.
    3. Models don’t change with life. Multiple scenarios can’t predict actual behavior.
  8. The public needs to wake up to the fact that doctors and scientists are human and not God.
    1. There’s a reason they call it “practicing” medicine.
    2. Sincere scientists want their theories tested and do not subscribe to consensus.
  9. The government that helped spur the obesity and Type-2 Diabetes epidemic is the same government controlling social and economic policy to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
    1. Diabetes and obesity seem to be huge risk factors in COVID-19 morbitiy. They helped create the health condition of the people the virus is now killing.
    2. They never consider the unintended consequences of their actions.
  10. The U.S. Constitution is no longer worth the paper on which it’s printed.
    1. Emergency powers are unconstitutional and should be stripped from each executive position in the government.
      1. But Madison knew this as well when he wrote the Constitution. And he knew it four years later when he wrote the Bill of Rights. He intentionally employed language to warn those who lust to dominate that, however they employ governmental powers, the Constitution is “the Supreme Law of the Land” and all government behavior in America is subject to it.

        Even if the legislature of the State of New York ordered, as my friend Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who as the governor, cannot write laws that incur criminal punishment — has ordered, it would be invalid as prohibited by the Constitution.

        This is not a novel or an arcane argument. This is fundamental American law. Yet, it is being violated right before our eyes by the very human beings we have elected to uphold it. And each of them — every governor interfering with the freedom to make one’s own choices — has taken an express oath to comply with the Constitution.
    2. The 1st Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Just try freely exercising your religion or assembling peaceably… anywhere.
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Homeless have more liberty than your average taxpayer (assuming some homeless pay taxes)

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s illustrious Executive Order fantastically exempts homeless people from “sheltering in place.” So they’re free to spread the dreaded Coronavirus to anyone they come in contact with. But rest easy. They are “strongly” urged to obtain shelter.

What stupid ass nonsense is this? In addition, these “shelter in place” orders aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. There are all kinds of exemptions. For example, I can go out and walk my dog. I can go out for a run or a walk. But, I have to “try” to maintain the mandated 6′ distance from my fellow man.

What bullshit. I plan on going into downtown Chicago for a walk after this order takes effect. Why? Because walks are exempt and I feel the need for some air.

Fuck this bullshit.

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Joe Biden is not qualified to handle COVID-19

I’m not a fan of President Trump. I didn’t vote for him in 2016. I don’t want to vote for him this year either. But, I don’t think there will be any other choice. Does anyone honestly think that Joe Biden is equipped to handle anything of this magnitude? What if there was an actual war?

If there is one thing Trump showed during this so-called pandemic is that he knows how to delegate. If you believe that COVID-19 is a big threat to the American people there is little to argue that President Trump brought in the right people at the right time to take the right steps.

Let’s also put this pandemic in perspective. There are more than 7.6 billion people in the world. Only a little more than 250,000 (0.0033%) of the world population) have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and only 10,415 (0.00014% of the world population) deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. There are almost 330 million people in the United States. Only 14,322 (0.004% of the US population) have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and only 205 (0.00006% of the US population) deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

More people have died from, car accidents, general accidents, suicides, and other diseases.

According to the CDC, in 2018, these are the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States.

1Heart Disease655,381
2Malignant Neoplasms599,274
3Unintentional Injury167,127
4Chronic Low Respiratory Disease159,486
5Cerebrovascular147,810
6Alzheimer’s Disease122,019
7Diabetes Mellitus84,946
8Influenza & Pneumonia59,120
9Nephritis51,386
10Suicide48,344

The questions going forward are, how much of our freedoms are we willing to give up and for how long? How much of the world economy will be destroyed by this? How quickly can we get back to normal?

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Interesting video on the state of modern media