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.
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”.
The risk to new yorkers for coronavirus is low, and our preparedness as a city is very high. There is no reason not to take the subway, not to take the bus, not to go out to your favorite restaurant, and certainly not to miss the parade next Sunday.
Dr. Oxiris Barbot
The commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Feb 02. 2020.
The last thought.
So, according to NYC management, the risk to new yorkers for coronavirus was low, and their preparedness as a city was very high. That’s until we learned that viruses don’t give a damn about the tough talk by city officials and do what they do best — infect people, lots and lots of people.
Here’s the bottom line. This is really about the unchecked power that these big tech monopolies have over our public discourse and how this is a real threat to our freedom of speech and to our fair elections.
After the first Democrat debate, GoogleTrends showed Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) as the most-searched candidate of Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, after entering the event in Miami as a relatively unknown. That would have been a critical time to feed the curiosity with a targeted ad campaign to benefit from such an enormous spike in interest.
Unfortunately for Rep. Gabbard, decision-makers at Google weren’t particularly amused by her new-found popularity, and her campaign encountered a strange and unsuspected obstacle. While the searches for Gabbard were at viral levels, Google suspended Tulsi’s Google Ads account..
Google has 90% of the search engine market share worldwide.
“Google’s discriminatory actions against my campaign,” Gabbard told The New York Times, “are reflective of how dangerous their complete dominance over internet search is, and how the increasing dominance of big tech companies over our public discourse threatens our core American values. This is a threat to free speech, fair elections, and to our democracy, and I intend to fight back on behalf of all Americans.”
It’s interesting to see that the internet aristocracy is targeting not only conservatives but also democrats who don’t have “approved by the management” stamp on their forehead.
Even if a $50 million lawsuit means nothing to Google, the gentlemen who run that company need to rethink the way they use the publicly-traded corporation to advance their private agenda. This lawsuit is just a first step in a marathon run, and there’s going to be many more runners joining the race.
It won’t surprise me to see multiple class-actions against Google (and other internet giants). It happened to the tobacco industry, and it can happen again, this time to the internet Barrons who think that no one can touch them.
Well, we will see what the next decade or two will bring us. As Steve Jobs said: “The future is long.” So, let’s take a seat and enjoy the action.
It was depressing to watch. Mueller seems deeply confused, at times confused about why he was there. Repeatedly struggles to hear the questions he was being asked. When he did hear them, is answers often revealed he was not familiar at all with the report that bears his name.
Mueller deflected questions over 150 times. The number of times;
Mueller said the questions were outside his “purview”: 10
Mueller asked lawmakers to repeat their questions: 30
Mueller simply directed lawmakers back to his report: 34
Mueller said he “can’t” or “won’t” get into the substance of the question: 99
I’d like to know if Mr. Mueller read his own (or Weissmann) report. After his statement that he is not familiar with Fusion GPS, I have doubts.