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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?

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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

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Republicans are truly responsible for Trump’s impeachment

For those with short memories or who were born after 1980 don’t remember or were never taught the details of President Clinton’s impeachment back in 1998. The short version is that Republicans had a strong dislike of Clinton, investigated him for things that had nothing to do with his presidency, and finally impeached him on one count of perjury and obstruction of justice. His impeachment happened ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ALONG PARTY LINES. This is why President Trump was impeached yesterday.

Did President Clinton perjure himself and obstruct justice? Yes. But, would he have committed those crimes if the independent counsel’s fishing expedition never occurred? No. The only reason he was impeached is because during the course of the investigation it was uncovered that Clinton was getting “serviced” by a White House intern. He lied about it and tried to hide it and committed crimes in the process.

The republicans at the time, and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, should have stopped the investigation once it careened out of control and away from it’s original mandate. But, they didn’t because of their strong dislike for the man and they never could let go of the 1996 election where Clinton beat President George H.W. Bush.

The impeachment of President Clinton has been in the back of the Democrats’ minds ever since. Along comes President Trump. Brash, boastful, unapologetic, and most importantly a REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. Add to that the fact that he defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, not by the popular vote, but by an Electoral College win.

So here we are once again. One political party cheapens the process of impeachment and 20 years later the other party makes it worse. None of this is good for the republic and neither side is abiding by their oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States…”.

When will this madness end?

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When will idea of Socialism finally die?

Younger generations in the US keep favoring “Socialism” even though they have no real idea what it is or what it does to a society. The history of Socialism and Communism are not properly taught in schools today and instead children are being softly propagandized of the benefits of a utopian socialist society. It doesn’t exist and never has. Every place this ideology has been tried it has failed and failed miserably. It has killed more people than all the world wars combined.

Here is a personal perspective from a former Venezuelan who watched his country and his father die due to this invalid ideology.

Since the election of Chávez in 1998, the government has removed eight zeros from the constantly inflating currency and twice changed its name. It is expected that in 2020 there will be still another currency with even more zeros lopped off—with one new currency unit equaling hundreds of billions of old bolívars since Chavism started. The International Monetary Fund has indicated that inflation could be anywhere between 1 million and 10 million percent by the end of 2019, but it’s hard to know for sure since the government has stopped bothering to publish many basic economic indicators.

Venezuela now has the lowest average minimum salary in the world: just $2 a month, one-tenth the figure for impoverished Cuba. There are general shortages of almost everything, including gasoline, despite the fact that Venezuela has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. The water and electric systems are collapsing: Major national blackouts started in early 2019, with some parts of the country going dark for weeks. Telephone and internet services fail constantly, due to the electrical disruptions and a lack of system updates. Most patients who require cancer treatments or dialysis are just dying. Our former “capital of Heaven” now has no gas, no light, no food, no water, no jobs, no money, no medicine, and no hope.

It’s no wonder people are leaving. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that more than 4.3 million people, or around 14 percent of the population, have fled Venezuela, and the total could pass 5 million by 2020. This kind of massive refugee crisis is a first in the Americas, and it’s creating serious regional problems. The number of murders has grown from 5,000 a year before Chávez to around 25,000 today, though the government has stopped publishing those figures, too. That’s about a half-million murders—a whole city dead—since the advent of Chavism.

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The latest Trump controversy is another non-controversy

First, here’s the video all the media is talking about but won’t show you. At least until YouTube takes it down.

Now, here’s a link to an article from Reason.com that tells you the truth about where the video was shown and how it probably wasn’t seen by too many people. I’m sure more people have seen it now than if the media would have just ignored the nonsense. Here’s a tweet that shows the room where it was playing. pic.twitter.com/O87stQDfrc As you can see the room is empty. It was an “art” display.

The legacy media are having their Dr. Zaius moment, paternalistically shielding their infantile audience (read: you and me) from ugly images and realities. This is not simply a revolting development but a deeply troubling one that will only accelerate the ongoing loss of confidence and trust the public has in media. According to polling done for the Columbia Journalism Review, fewer than 20 percent of us have a “great deal of confidence” in the press. The only institution held in lower esteem is Congress.
Yet the media seem happy to keep digging their own grave. Yesterday, for instance, The New York Times reported on what it called a “macabre video of [a] fake Trump shooting media and critics” that was shown at a conference held at one of the president’s own properties (Trump had nothing to do with the conference or the video, which the White House has condemned). You’d assume the paper would link to or embed the video in support of its characterization. But it refused to, even as it’s safe to say that it was the Times’ coverage that helped bring the video to a large viewing audience (that’s how I learned about it). Instead, it described the video, which was included in an exhibition of videos associated with pro-Trump “memesmith” Carpe Donktum

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I’m not defending President Trump. I’m just kind of disgusted with how the news is manipulating people. They talk about “the Russians” but they really need to look in the mirror.

Take Meet the Press and Chuck Todd for instance. I ran across this tweet from the show:

Listening to Chuck Todd talk about what the President said and refuse to actually show the clip to which he’s referring is journalistic malpractice. What right does he have to withhold the information from the public? Here’s a tweet that has a link to the video of President Trump’s comments on former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter.

Just when I think things can’t get more ridiculous they get more ridiculous.