I know that making fun of people’s disabilities isn’t nice, but if it comes to COVID-19 preventive technics, this is way beyond anything that I’ve seen so far…, and I couldn’t resist the temptation.
Inspired by miss Milano’s wisdom, I decided to use this long holiday weekend to install a chain-link fence around my property to keep mosquitoes out.
I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours!
Show me your masks! Said Alissa Milano, and people did…, she’s got roasted on Twitter after posting her crocheted face mask.
And my favorite.
To be fair to Miss Milano, she delicately mentioned that:
Mask has a filter in it for fuck’s sake. A carbon one.
But to be fair to people making fun of her, it doesn’t look like there’s anything under that mask other then Alissa’s face.
The last thought.
Ladies and gentlemen, don’t get me wrong. There’s no doubt in my mind, that Miss Milano has the best intentions and sincerely wants to keep people safe. But why her husband, who appears to be wearing N-95 mask, has let her go out in public looking like this, is beyond me.
Do as I say, not as I do. Some mayors lift weights in a gym, and some get a haircut when the rest of us can’t. Some scientist, the hard-core-social-distancing proponent, has his (married) mistress visit him when the rest of citizens can’t even visit their family members. Some media personalities…, and the list goes on.
Do we need hypocrites with the I’m better than you attitude?
So many of the people making our policies are like this. Almost compulsively, again and again, they do the very things they punish us for doing. When they are caught, they acknowledge no shame. They are entirely lacking in self-awareness. They discredit themselves without even realizing it.
Our elected officials like to refer to themselves as public servants. Unfortunately, it’s more and more apparent that they view themselves as aristocracy and look at us, the people, as servants. That needs to change.
In his editorial New Rule, Bill argues that people should fight the coronavirus by strengthening their immune systems, rather than by sanitizing the universe.
Bill Maher has enough of the germaphobe approach to the current pandemic. He doesn’t believe that hiding from the virus will do us any good. Maher wants us to take it on and let our immune system deal with it.
So this weekend, do something nice for your immune system. Go outside that mysterious land beyond your curtains where the GrubHub drivers live and get some fresh air and vitamin D. [B]reak a sweat doing something besides eating hot chicken because at the end of the day you can’t keep all the pathogens out.
Maher has a point. Over 98 percent of coronavirus cases recover (somewhere between 25 and 50 percent cases are asymptomatic). That means that our immune system does quite a good job of defending us from it.
We can barricade ourselves in deep basements, turn the lights off, and wait for the virus to go away — destroying our economy in the process.
We could let nature run its course and aim for herd immunity.
We could try the Swedish approach, which is something in the between. Swedes let life go on, but make sure that the most vulnerable segments of the population are protected.
I like what Swedes are doing. Their mortality rate is higher than the US (as of May 3rd Sweden-265/M US-207/M) but lower than that of many other European countries that are on full lock-down.
Belgium – 677
Spain – 540
Italy – 478
The UK – 419
France – 381
The Netherlands – 295
It is impossible to tell if going for herd immunity would work well in America. However, I still think we should put a little more faith into the ability of the human immune system and let healthy (under 50 years old) people back to work.
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is creating controversy by calling for coronavirus lock-downs to be eased, and America to be re-opened. But when Elon questions the effectiveness of the lock-downs, their supporters question his reasons for opposing them.
He made it clear that he has enough of the national shut-downs and wants stay-home orders to be canceled. What’s not clear, however, are the reasons behind his opposition to prolonging the shut-down of our economy.
Freedom or $$$$$?
Some say that Musk is fed up with government overreach, and wants it to stop. His rant during the last Tesla earnings call appears to support that view.
I think people are going to be very angry about this, and are very angry. If somebody wants to stay in their house, that’s great, they should be allowed to stay in their house, and they should not be compelled to leave. But to say they cannot leave their house, and they’ll be arrested if they do, this is fascist. This is not democratic, this is not freedom. Give people back their goddamn freedom.
Others point to Musk’s performance-award agreement in his compensation package as a source of outrage. If Tesla performs in line with all operational milestones outlined in the agreement, it could put over $700 million into Elon’s bank account.
(It could surprise some of you, but Elon Musk doesn’t accept any salary or bonuses from Tesla. He’s will (or will not) receive compensation in the form of stock options based on his company performance.)
(there’s always a but.)
Local authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area decided to extend shelter-in-place order, which has kept Tesla’s sole U.S. car-making plant shuttered since March, through another month. This move is not going to make the already complicated task of keeping Tesla on the right track any easier.
So, is it about freedom, or is it about money? I think it is about both. It is about the freedom to make money. We all have a right to make a living, and it shouldn’t matter if one owns a multibillion-dollar corporation or small barbershop on a street corner. I’m sure you’ve heard an expression; “size doesn’t matter,” haven’t you?
The last thought.
Elon Musk is not the only example of the coronavirus-pandemic-fatigue disorder. People in states with the most draconian lock-down regulations starting to lose their patience and take to the streets. Multiple anti-lock-down rallies are breaking out across the country, with protests in more than a dozen states. People are tired of looking at the ceiling and want to go back to work.
What bothers me the most is how easy it was to shut the biggest economy in the world down and how difficult it is even to attempt to re-open it. The panic has sunk in, and people who, after 46 days of sheltering in place, want to start moving their lives back to normal are hitting roadblocks. Roadblocks set up by people who, instead of going back to normal, want to steer us into, what they call, the new normal. Unsurprisingly new normal, ladies and gentlemen, has absolutely nothing in common with the normal, which we all got accustomed to.
Governments around the world pass more restrictive rules ever in the name of saving us from coronavirus pandemic. Are these rules an overkill? You’ll decide.
Protests against the coronavirus lock-down measures are growing. As much as we understand social distancing, and the need to wear a mask or washing hands, we don’t understand how listening to church service in a car via radio in the parking lot is putting either us or others in danger of being infected with COVID-19.
Some politicians push even farther into the kingdom of nonsense. Governor of Michigan is a great example.
Big box stores will also have to close areas off the store that are dedicated to things like carpet, or flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan
I don’t understand the reasoning for preventing people from buying home improvement articles. One would think that repainting your living room or installing a new carpet in your bedroom would be a good way of keeping yourself sane during the lock-down. But what do I know?
As usual, John Stossel does a great job taking a down-to-earth approach when presenting facts. He points to Sweden, the only country which decided to opt-out of global COVID-19 madness and let citizens live their lives with as little restrictions as possible.
Sweden is not on lock-down, but it is not “business as usual,” either.
There is a voluntary lock-down in place.
People are advised to work from home.
Maintain social distancing.
They are told not to visit elderly relatives.
The primary schools are operating normally.
Gatherings of up to 50 people are still permitted.
Restaurants, shops, cafes, and gyms remain open.
Dr. Anders Tegnell —the country’s chief epidemiologist — explains:
We prefer voluntary measures, and there is a high level of trust here between the population and the authorities, so we are able to avoid coercive restrictions.
Simply speaking, the Swedish government doesn’t arrest people for sitting in their cars watching the sunset.
Interestingly, despite very unintrusive policies of the Swedish government when it comes to its reaction to COVID-19 pandemic, statistics per capita look better than those of countries with way more strict regulations. Swedes allow some exposure to the virus among the general population while protecting high-risk groups like the elderly, creating this way something that could be very important if the virus reappears with the next flu season — herd immunity.
As of April 23. 2020
Total Cases of Coronavirus per 1M Population
Spain 4,556 Belgium 3,693 Ireland 3,566 Switzerland 3,293 Italy 3,142 USA 2,655 France 2,423 Portugal 2,192 Netherlands 2,085 UK 2,034 Germany 1,828 Sweden 1,659 Denmark 1,394 Norway 1,358 Turkey 1,207
Total Deaths per 1M Population
Belgium 560 Spain 474 Italy 423 France 335 UK 276 Netherlands 244 Sweden 200 Switzerland 179 Ireland 161 USA 160 Portugal 80 Denmark 68 Germany 67 Austria 58 Canada 57
Bill Maher calls on the (fake) news media to calm down and give a proper perspective to their coverage of COVID-19 pandemic.
Of course, Bill Maher hasn’t become a conservative Trump supporter off of a sudden. He aims his monolog at mainstream media trying to warn them against running “the daily drumbeat of depression and terror,” which in the end can help an upbeat and positive presidential candidate like Trump to win the second term in the White House.
Bill Maher gives mainstream media a fatherly spanking. He still wants them to destroy Trump’s presidency, but he proposes a different approach. The left has thrown absolutely everything at Trump (including a pandemic), and nothing sticks. It looks like Maher wants to replace doom and gloom in the media with a more positive kind of attitude. Luckily for conservatives, due to the Trump Derangement Syndrome, which the members of mainstream media are suffering from, that’s not going to happen.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy acknowledged that he ignored citizens’ constitutional rights when signing an executive order closing places of worship in response to COVID-19.
During his interview with gov. Murphy, Tucker Carlson asked the Governor a question:
The Bill of Rights, as you well know, protects Americans, enshrines their right to their religion as they see fit, to congregate together, to assemble peacefully. By what authority did you nullify the Bill of Rights in issuing this order? How do you have the power, as the Governor of New Jersey — of any state — to simply, with a wave of your hand, nullify people’s constitutional rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights?
And received a rather unexpected answer…,
That’s above my pay grade Tucker. I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this… People have to stay away from each other.
Gov. Phil Murphy
It wasn’t the only question of that interview, but because of the Governor’s response, this short exchange becomes the only thing people are talking about now.
Involving a higher level of responsibility than I have, and therefore something that should be dealt with by someone more senior than me. This expression is often used figuratively to say that you do not have the knowledge or authority to decide about something.
So, Governor Murphy admitted to not having either expertise or authority to make the decision (nullify people’s constitutional rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights). Still, he made that decision anyway, and then, to make it worse, he added that he wasn’t even thinking of the Bill of Rights when he did this.
It appears that many members of our government believe that for our own good, we the
People have to stay away from each other,
or otherwise, we’re going to face mass extinction.
But, should the government forced people to stay away from each other at any cost? Sitting at home all day trying to register for unemployment benefits using the overloaded internet portal could be severely taxing on one’s mental state.
So far, the lockdown has caused multiple problems:
Domestic violence is up.
Suicides are soaring.
Job-loss mortality is going up.
Mental health issues triggered by the nationwide lockdown are rising.
but, we the people, should shut up and take it because…,
All of this is just a small price to pay for being saved from deadly pandemic which, if not kept in check, will wipe out most of the world’s population and the best way to prevent it from happening is to surrender our rights and, you’ve guessed it, let the government save us.
But, there’s a small problem.
Government bureaucracies are not that good in crisis management. Usually, it cost a tone of money and involves extensive collateral damage. It’s similar to chemo-therapy, where doctors treat a cancer patient with a deadly cocktail of meds and hope that it will kill cancer before it kills the patient.
So, the question is: Should we the people unconditionally submit ourselves to brutal cancer treatment and pray to God for a positive outcome, or maybe we should search for other options?
I’m an optimist, and for me saying:
… seek, and ye shall find…,
sounds much better than:
The end justifies the means.
Of course, how you react to this insane mess is up to you. Like me, you have to make your own choices. Hopefully, you’ll pick the right ones. Keep safe.
Tucker Carlson took a closer look at the work of computer modelers and their unsuccessful attempts at predicting the future of coronavirus pandemic. The main problem is the gross overestimation of the scale of the outbreak.
For many years, the CDC has tracked the total number of Americans who die every week from pneumonia, and that number has come in far lower than at the same moment in previous years. How could that be? It is entirely possible that doctors are classifying conventional pneumonia deaths as COVID-19 deaths. That would mean that this epidemic is being credited for thousands of deaths that would have occurred if the virus never appeared here. We don’t know that for certain, but it is certainly worth considering. Something is skewing those numbers.
Programmers who create computer models for financial institutions laugh at the models used by the coronavirus task force. They say that if their models were as inaccurate as those used to predict the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, they would end up in jail.
Some people up there start to think that all those scientific models or maybe just “scientific models” are being created with intentions to scare the population into uncontested submission. We’ll see.
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC TRACKER
I decided to drop the Johns Hopkins corona tracker and switch to Worldometer’s COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC tracker. It’s not as good looking as the one from Johns Hopkins but provides more information.
If you rather use tracker from Johns Hopkins, use this link. Remember, however, that in order to get the number of people presently infected (active cases) you must subtract “Total Deaths” and “Total Recovered” from “Total Confirmed”.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, during his appearance on MSNBC, has suggested that Pres. Trump should appoint a military person, a general who knows how to deal with logistics and order mastering, to run distribution of medical supply in the country. I believe Sen. Schumer needs an update on “Who Is Who” in Washington. It appears that he’s fallen a little behind.
Pres. Trump first, reacted to Sen. Schumer suggestion on Twitter:
Somebody please explain to Cryin’ Chuck Schumer that we do have a military man in charge of distributing goods, a very talented Admiral, in fact. New York has gotten far more than any other State, including hospitals & a hospital ship, but no matter what, always complaining. It wouldn’t matter if you got ten times what was needed, it would never be good enough.
It looks like Sen. Schumer missed the memo. We do have a military man in charge of logistics — Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, who has been heading up the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s supply chain task force. I’m sure there’s a legitimate reason why a senate minority leader is unable to keep himself up to date with current government affairs. Looking for new ways to undermine President Trump’s response to coronavirus pandemic, could be one of those reasons.
If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared.
The mainstream media hate Pres. Trump, we all know that. Dan Bongino illustrates how media spin masters use word manipulation to create erroneous conclusions and then impose those conclusions on their unsuspecting viewers, listeners, and readers.
Those of you who are old enough to remember Bruce Lee and Enter the Dragon, there’s a scene in that movie where Bruce, when making fun of some overheated “karate master,” describes his fighting style as “The Art of Fighting Without Fighting.” Well, mainstream media has mastered the art of lying without (at least technically) lying, and they are holding a high degree of a black belt in distorting the reality.
Instilling maximum red line panic in you all the time based on an infantile fifth-graders understanding of basic statistics hoping you’re dumb enough to believe it.
The last thought.
There are lots of liars in the media. They lie for many different reasons. Could be hate, could be greed, could be stupidity. Every country has those. Some have more of them than others. The question is, how should we calculate the numbers to find out which nation has most of them? Should we go by raw numbers or per capita?