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Mask Hysteria: Moving the Goal Posts

It would be swell if the politicians would stop moving the goal posts.  But they can’t.  They haven’t gotten Trump out of office yet.  And Congress keeps announcing more and more money is to be doled out.  So, too bad for you.  We need to keep everything screwed up at least through November.

Part 7

Well, we were first told that we just needed a few weeks of downtime to “flatten the curve” on COVID then we could open back up. A hospital ship was dispatched to New York and emergency hospitals facilities were set up in strategic areas to help hospitals with the overflow.

We quickly flattened the curve. But then we were told we can’t take our foot off the accelerator now. We need to stay shut down. We flattened the curve some more. The hospital ship left New York. This is around the time politicians realized they had the money and political thing going for them.


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After months of this utter nonsense we started to talk about reopening. The damage done to the economy by this time was immense. But it seemed even the politicians were getting it. They warned that when we opened back up, there would be surges in positives reported. The availability of testing was also unmasking more cases as well. Only the wimpiest of political hacks were talking of shutting back down again.

So across the country small businesses started ordering supplies, this included small restaurants (they don’t get a do over). We opened up and…OH MY GOD! THE NUMBERS ARE GOING UP!

Across the country restaurants that had barely held on through the pretend quarantine, now with refrigerators full of perishables they put precious money into, would only to see them spoil again. Half the country went back to cowering under the bed.

Supply chains across the country were once again disrupted. 39% of businesses closed by the virus now report they will never open again.

This has been our precursor to steal us against the next flu season. I can’t wait to see how much weaker and more stupid we become as a nation when the flu and COVID are floating around.

Here’s the good news.

I never come with just the problem. I bring solutions as well. Not that they will be implemented. Politicians are too selfish and amoral to do what is actually right. Just look at the wealth wasted on ideas that did nothing for anyone for more than a week at a time. And they want to do more of the same. The GOP wants to print money and the Dems want to fund pet social projects. None of it will save a single life from COVID. Not one.

But here’s the correct course of action: Send the hospital ship back to New York. Send one to LA. Open field hospitals and emergency treatment centers, strategically, all over the country. In the meantime, open everything.  EVERYTHING.

Next we’ll discuss whether civil disobedience may be in order here.


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Mask Hysteria: Why the “science” is invalid.

I was just getting to why the “science” is invalid.  It’s about methods.  If the methods are not valid, there is NO SCIENCE.

Part 3

All the government intrusion, the destruction of the economy, the endless propaganda, has been based on “science”. Really? The numbers cited to justify all this are totally invalid. I didn’t say necessarily wrong. But they are definitely invalid to the point that we don’t know the real numbers and can’t know legitimately how to deal with them.

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The first problem is data collection. When employing REAL scienctific data collection must be uniform and accurate. In any scientific setting, data collection, whether preliminary, observed or final, must be uniform and accurate. But the data used to scare the hell out of you has been anything but.

New York City routinely added untold numbers to their COVID data collection, especially in the area of fatalities. On two days in late May New York reported that they had added over 4000 and 3000 on consecutive days to their death totals. In these cases they decided the cause of death was unknown but presumed to be COVID. And why would they do this? Well, money and politics, of course.


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In the state of Florida it was discovered that for a long and undetermined period, only positive tests were being reported. Without a full report the significance of the “positives” reported is zero. So, why would they do this? Again, money and politics.

There are many (actual numbers are unknowable) where someone tests positive repeatedly. Some professions have required frequent tests. Many employers have told people who have tested positive they can come to work when they test negative. It has been suggested that teachers test daily or every other day. Guess what they do with these repeat “positives”. You got it. They are just added to the total of positives reported.

What could possibly be the motivation for politicians to sell us such garbage in the face of a [gasp!] PANDEMIC?

Let’s get to that.


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Mask Hysteria: Everything You’ve Been Told Is Invalid! (In many parts)

Part 1

Whenever someone questions the infallible wisdom of masks and shutdowns the speaker is inevitably accused of not following the science or being (get this) selfish. Here’s the painful truth: Since Trump first spoke of containment (and Pelosi was still telling everyone to party in Chinatown and De Blasio was still telling everyone to board the commuter trains and come downtown) there has been a painful dearth of science in any government policy announced. In fact, with every passing week, the “science” we’ve been told to accept has simply gotten worse.

Let’s start with the “science” behind the stay-at-home policies. They can’t REALLY call these policies quarantines. Quarantine is an extreme measure, 100% isolation, and is scientifically proven to forestall the spread of infections. The stay-at-home, shelter in place, or whatever you call what we did for more that 3 months, was anything but scientific and was only marginal in it’s efficacy.


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Here’s why. Many homes throughout the country, and almost all homes of government employees, had family members who worked every day outside the house. Every single time that member left the home and returned, speaking SCIENTIFICALLY, the isolation calendar reset to zero. There was no isolation. The same goes for trips to Walmat, the as station, whatever.

So nothing SCIENTIFICALLY significant was accomplished. That’s why in New York, for example, at the very height of our non-scientific isolation efforts, 66% of COVID patients reported that they were staying home and practicing social distancing.

And the blind stupidity of the shutdown by no means ends there. “Science” as we know it today says a trip to Walmart is okay, but a trip to your doctor’s office, peopled by a profession that has been dealing with infection control since the laying on of leaches, is OUT OF THE QUESTION. Walmart is an essential (politically sacred) function. Your proctologist is not.

Yes, there is something to be said for the economic value of Walmart. We’ll get to that.

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