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Reality. Does it exist?

Jessica Curtis: Who Is Out Of Touch With Reality? – “As a Republican, I have become accustomed to regularly being accused of ignoring the facts, putting party ahead of country, and willingly supporting policies that will harm, if not outright kill, my fellow Americans.”

“What Murphy said is outrageous and obviously not accurate. However, that is not the worst of it. No, what is even more wrong is that fully 60% of Democrats polled agreed with the senator. Let that sink in. Well over half of Democrats believe the president is more to blame for our situation than the Chinese. This is unhinged thinking. This truly does meet the test of putting party ahead of anything else.

Bruce Thornton: Our Dangerous Illusions About Risk – “The most formidable risk we are facing isn’t the coronavirus.” … “The coronavirus pandemic and the draconian lock-down responses to it have given us an object lesson in just how irrationally we evaluate and compare risk.

“despite those gaps in data, a policy has been implemented that has so far cost an estimated $7 trillion dollars, lowered GDP by nearly 5%, thrown 30 million out of work, crashed the oil market, and dropped the Dow Jones by over 10,000 points, though half of that loss has been restored as of now.

Nor is it just about dollars and cents. Deeming some medical procedures “non-essential” has not only beggared and shuttered hospitals, but put people at risk for sickness, disability, or death later on.

We are witnessing a classic case of responding to panic and hysteria rather than calculating and comparing risks rationally.

Victor Davis Hanson: Do the Media Even Exist? – “The media exists in name only but not in fact.” … “The crisis instead is that they are now almost always wrong, and predictably wrong because they are lazy and biased—and they deny it to the point of self-delusion.”

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So many don’t seem to care about the path they trod and where it leads

A Triple Play at the Quadrant today: Peter Smith: A Plague of Authoritarian Fat-Headedness – “The blunderbuss policy instituted by the Australian government and by most governments was reactive and overblown. No proper and rigorous consideration was given to the consequences; to the joblessness, to the misery and to the health and wellbeing problems it would cause.” – Augusto Zimmermann: State Power, Control and COVID-19 – “sometimes I ask myself how can any rational person not see that the Wuhan virushas been ingeniously used to scare, brainwash and control entire populations, even to the point of what amounts to virtual house arrest.” … “Suddenly, our media are no longer questioning power, but colluding with power that takes away our fundamental rights and freedoms.” … “we are already living with all key hallmarks of a police state.” – Glenn Fahey: Our Closed Schools’ Herd Immunity to Evidence – “School closures in the crisis were not driven by a careful evaluation and consideration of available evidence, but by politics with a nod to ‘medical advice’ — which in reality soon admitted there was no reason to keep children out of school.

Derek Hunter: If ‘Congress Shall Make No Law…’ Why Can Governors? – “governors across the country are ignoring or suspending almost every one of those rights enumerated at the top of the Bill of Rights, with little to no pushback from the press, which just happens to be the only part of the first two amendments not under assault.” … “Governors have declared coronavirus emergencies and wiped clean the rights our nation was founded for the purpose of putting those rights beyond the reach of government.” … “These suspensions were not done by vote; they were done with the stroke of a pen.

Jazz Shaw: Cancel culture warriors still trying to cancel Masterpiece Cakeshop – “It’s now been eight years since liberal activists began their campaign to attempt to drive Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips out of business” … SCOTUS ruling of no concern to lower courts in yet another harassment lawsuit.

“Sadly, Phillips is hardly the only business owner to be targeted in this fashion and the tactics are almost always identical. The left identifies a perceived “enemy” of progressive values and tries to drive them out of business. And sometimes there isn’t even an aggrieved party to claim damages.

Clarice Feldman: Help, Officer… I’m Being Murdered by an Unmasked Gunman – “these restrictions set by the governors, and sometimes mayors or county chairmen, do violate our constitutional rights to free speech, assembly, due process, religion, and against takings. In the past, courts have permitted some limits in exigent circumstances, but for limited periods of time and when the government could prove after a hearing which afforded due process (testing the evidence) that no other, less restrictive means were available to deal with an emergency.

“Attorney General William Barr has warned that although governments had the right to impose “reasonable and temporary restrictions’ during times of emergency, they must justify those restrictions as truly necessary and ensure there are not other ways to address the interests that are less burdensome.”

Some governors and mayors expanded and extended the restrictions, and the arbitrary nature of these became apparent.

This kind of crazy is leading to more than protests. Overreaching and lunatic directives are inviting injunctive relief litigation.

Kai Kupferschmidt: Study claiming new coronavirus can be transmitted by people without symptoms was flawed – “Given how fast data are coming out amid the growing global crisis, it’s good to read even peer-reviewed papers with some extra caution at the moment” … “The fact that the paper got it wrong doesn’t mean transmission from asymptomatic people doesn’t occur. Fauci, for one, still believes it does.” This is another cornerstone supporting aggressive measures that looks to be much weaker than originally thought.

Joseph Curl: COVID-19 turning out to be huge hoax perpetrated by media – “When the postmortem is done on the media’s coverage of COVID-19 (and it will be), it will be clear that the virus was no Black Plague — it’s not even the flu on a bad year.” … “the media should be held accountable for telling us otherwise before they knew the facts. … But even if they do, asymptomatic transmission likely plays a minor role in the epidemic overall, WHO says.

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Pathway to destruction

William D. Rubinstein: Howard Zinn’s Tendentious Mendacity – “His book became a best-seller for a work of history, selling more than two million copies. It set out a pervasively radical view of American history in a crudely simplistic way, which has been widely criticised by mainstream academic historians.” … “Mary Grabar has devastatingly set out what Professor Harvey Klehr termed “the lies, plagiarism, violation of academic standards, and simple-minded platitudes” found everywhere in Zinn’s book.

I & I Editorial Board: Dems Snuck A $15 Minimum Wage Into The CARES Act — And We’ll All Pay The Price – “the bottom line is that the $600 bonus will likely spur a bout of wage inflation and provide fresh impetus to demands for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage. It will also slow the recovery, which will, in turn, hamper President Donald Trump’s reelection effort. … For Democrats, this is a political win-win. For everybody else who will suffer the consequences, not so much.

Lloyd Billingsley: White Coats, Brown Shirts – “In Soviet society, it was a given that you’d have to be mentally ill to oppose socialism,” Stella Morabito noted last year in the Federalist. So psychiatry, “quite easily became molded into total subjugation to the needs of the existing political order.” … “Sadly, psychiatry has a capacity for abuse that’s basically built in,” Stella Morabito explains. “According to the late psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, the whole field is so susceptible to being used as a means of social control that it does people far more harm than good.

Laura Reiley: The industry says we have enough food. Here’s why some store shelves are empty anyway – “Small behavior changes are having huge effects, and the industry is having trouble keeping up, said Karen Smilowitz, a professor of industrial engineering at Northwestern University.

Jonathon Moseley: C-SPAN posting inaccurate transcripts of Trump briefings – “So Trump is being falsely attacked for what Trump never said (again). The worst of it, lately, is Trump asking questions to scientists. Those questions have been transformed into statements that Trump never made.” … “One action item: The White House should be releasing its own transcript of White House events, not trusting any third party. The White House should be routinely distributing citations, supporting documentation and sources for every statement the president makes.

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Despicable, disgusting, dishonest, …

Carol Brown: Remember the Hong Kong flu? – “An I’m-so-cute-and-clever reporter recently asked the president if he deserved to be re-elected given the number of deaths from coronavirus, noting that the number is greater than American fatalities from the Vietnam war.” … “People can always find something as a point of comparison as if that automatically adds weight to what they are implying. No doubt this reporter thought stats from the Vietnam war added gravitas to her query.

Catherine Garcia: Romney says government’s initial response to coronavirus ‘will not stand out as a great moment in American leadership’ – “Romney said he would surround himself with “real experts in crisis management,” listening to “people who have dealt with this more than I have. The key to leadership is recognizing you’re not the smartest guy in the room.” He has no foundation for the implied slurs and no reference for comparison to qualify his slanders. The reality of actual events does not support Romney suggesting he has a problem he needs to address for himself before he gets out trashing others or his government or his country.

Patricia McCarthy: The left’s ‘listen to the science’ mantra is growing old. Trump listened and that’s the problem. – “At every press briefing on the pandemic, the scientists to whom Trump has been listening have presented their data upon which the President has relied. But the numbers extrapolated from their models were all wrong. And now this mass hysteria that has brought the American economy to a full stop is devastating millions and millions of Americans.

“This has all been a very unscientific scam, an avenue for the left to institutionalize their socialist agenda, to destroy the ability of millions of Americans to support themselves and their families. Make them dependent on the government. Control what they can say publicly and online. This is all the stuff of fascism, not science.

President Trump rose to this occasion, confronted the ludicrous CDC and FDA regulations that initially prevented unapproved labs from distributing tests. The bitter media tried their best to undermine the use of hydroxychloroquine simply because Trump mentioned it as a possible cure; it is one of several. The same media trashed every study that proved it is very viable cure. It is the media and the Democrats who reject or ignore any “science” that conflicts with their political agenda.

Andrea Widburg: Gen. Michael Flynn was railroaded by the DOJ, the FBI, and his own attorneys – “Thanks to the dogged efforts of Gen. Michael Flynn’s new attorneys, we’re learning that Flynn was subject to the type of justice that would be found in a courtroom in the Soviet Union or Alice’s Wonderland.”

“The reason the Sixth Amendment says we have the right to counsel is that anyone going up against the vast might and police power of the government deserves to have a knowledgeable friend at his side. In this case, unbeknownst to Flynn, his counsel was at the government’s side and was setting him up to take the fall for faked allegations. To make the corruption worse, the government agents did this to strip Trump of a valuable adviser and to taint his administration with the stench of (faked) corruption. Everyone involved in this should be jailed.

Conrad Black: The Media Versus Trump – “Given the right question and encouragement to answer thoughtfully, most people would agree that Trump is certainly not afraid of the press, as has been suspected of some presidents, and that he is reasonably on top of the subjects discussed.”…It would have been inconceivable, prior to 2017, that any president of the United States would have been peppered with insolent and provoking “questions,” or interrupted so rudely, or debated with so aggressively, by the White House journalists, as this president has through many of these coronavirus briefings.” (but Black falls into the trap with a side comment presuming Trump tells many lies- too bad this deceitful a priori presumption lives like it does)

Victor Davis Hanson: Our Virus Is a Violent Teacher – “Panic ensued. Former madness was declared genius. More were needed in overalls, fewer in yoga pants. A Chevy van was preferable to a year’s pass on the metro. A first-class ticket to Milan was nothing but a trip to nowhere.” … “For a brief season in time, we glimpsed from the awful epidemic what was wheat and what was chaff, what was mahogany beneath and what a scrapped thin veneer above, who were the V8s and who the mere gaudy, tail fins—and how America ultimately got by and how it almost didn’t.

Joseph Curl: COVID-19 turning out to be huge hoax perpetrated by media – “Media hyped the virus and alarmed Americans to the point of shutting down the economy” … “When the postmortem is done on the media’s coverage of COVID-19 (and it will be), it will be clear that the virus was no Black Plague — it’s not even the flu on a bad year.” … “That’s not good. But it’s not as bad as the 2017-2018 flu season, when 80,000 -plus perished. And it’s a long cry from what all the experts were warning about just a few weeks ago: First, they predicted 1.7 million Americans dead; then they redid the models (this time apparently entering a few more “facts”) and said 100,000-240,000 dead.

The Babylon Bee: Trump Said ‘Good Morning.’ Here’s How 12 Different News Outlets Covered His Controversial Claim – yes, it’s that bad …

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Questions about proper assessment of risk

Terry Jones: Why’s U.S. Overall Death Rate Down? – “This exaggeration of death counts has added to the sense of panic that led to the lengthy national shutdown of our economy. There is no clear national standard.” … “So do we really have 55,000 COVID-19 deaths? Not likely. Meanwhile, evidence is growing that the total number of people exposed to the virus is much greater than thought. That means the fatality rate is far lower than first estimated.

Tyler Durden: Bronx ER Doctor Explains Why Reopening The Economy Now Might Actually Save Lives – “pointing out that many thousands of unnecessary deaths could result if we don’t reopen quickly enough, as millions of Americans delay or skip critical preventative care, including people with heart disease and other health issues that make doing so particularly dangerous.” … “Another huge problem that has been almost completely ignored is that child vaccination rates have plummeted during the pandemic.

“This was striking, because the community I serve is poor. Some are homeless. Most work in “essential,” low-paying jobs, where distancing isn’t easy. Nevertheless, the wave passed over us, peaked and subsided. The way this transpired tells me the ebb and flow had more to do with the natural course of the outbreak than it did with the lockdown.

Jim Hoft: Disgraceful! Hack Reporter Asks President Trump if the Man Who Lost 50,000 American Lives Should be Re-elected? (VIDEO) – “President Trump masterly responded that the “experts” originally estimated over 2 million deaths so he saved lives.” … “These aren’t reporters, they’re liberal activists.

Ace of Spades: Judges Rule Against Tyrannical Shutdown Orders in Illinois and Virginia – “The ruling comes after Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey of Xenia filed a lawsuit in Clay County Circuit Court claiming Pritzker has exceeded his authority and is violating the civil rights of the state’s residents.”

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The forest or the tree?

Jacob Sullum: Shouldn’t COVID-19’s Lethality Inform the Response to It? – “Confirmed cases are limited to people who have tested positive for the virus, and testing so far has been skewed toward people with severe symptoms. Since people infected by the virus typically experience mild to no symptoms, it is not surprising that the official tally understates the number of infections, although the apparent size of the gap is striking.

“Since the number of infections in Los Angeles County is much higher than the official numbers indicate, Ferrer told reporters, the risk of transmission is higher than expected, which reinforces the case for aggressive control measures, including broad business closure and stay-at-home orders. At the same time, she said, the fact that 95 percent or so of the county’s adult population remains uninfected shows those measures are working.

In other words, no matter what the actual prevalence of the virus is, and no matter how you look at it, that information justifies maintaining the statewide lockdown. One wonders what conceivable results from the antibody study might have caused Ferrer to reconsider the wisdom of that policy.

Policy makers right now are not choosing between lockdowns and nothing; they are choosing between lockdowns and less costly, more carefully targeted measures. That choice should be informed by evidence that undercuts their worst fears.

Richard Baehr: The Standard for Reopening States is Rigged – “This is good news and bad news. The good news is it means many more people have already had the virus or are experiencing it in very mild or totally asymptomatic fashion. … The bad news is that it could also mean that some of these many asymptomatics could still be spreading the virus

Norman Rogers: The Plan to Completely Destroy Nevada’s Economy – “Nevada, like no other state, is totally dependent on tourism. If tourism dies, the state will die. The Democrat governor, Steve Sisolak, is doing his best to kill Nevada.”

Andrea Widburg: A CNN journalist pens a fascinating insight into the left’s dystopian worldview – “The letter perfectly encapsulates everything the left hates and wants to see destroyed. … Below, in italics, are my summaries of many of Weir’s pronouncements, followed by countervailing information.” … “Aside from being wrong, Weir misses entirely that we live in an age of wonders and miracles.” … “Weir is a tragic figure because he has eyes but cannot see. The real tragedy, though, is that people like Weir, through the power of the media, drive too much of America’s political agenda.

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War of attrition

Peter Smith: What We Are Learning and, Sadly, Confirming – “those few of us who are able to think outside of the present have a duty, so far as we can, to bring a sense of perspective to current affairs.” … “Want more stringent lockdowns to keep more people out of work and in despair? Look left. Want ever-longer lockdowns to maximise long-lasting damage to people’s livelihoods, mental health and wellbeing? Look left. Want the loss of yet more individual liberties and inalienable rights? Look left.

Roger Kimball: Post Hoc vs. Propter Hoc— “If you’re going to dance on someone’s constitutional rights, you’d better have a good reason.” Do we? … “As more and more data reveals that the virus was among us much earlier than we initially thought and that many more people have been exposed than we initially thought, the rationale for shutting down the economy seems less and less compelling.” … “The new coronavirus, however, is not an existential emergency but the vicissitudes of ordinary life. We should, these doctors advise, treat it “like the flu,” not the Black Death. I agree.”

Clarice Feldman: Virus Strikes Media Dumb – “There’s a lot of important news this week which is getting insufficient coverage.” … “Instead, we are back to story number one: How to refashion news on the Wuhan virus to attack the President.” … “Regular readers of this site know a great deal about press information manipulation and lies. I write this in the hope that you will share it with those others who still don’t get it.

Joe Herring: Stealing the Election in Plain Sight – “If you were still harboring naïve notions of free and fair elections when Democrats are involved, perhaps this will help disabuse you of those fantasies.” … “As you’ll see, Nevada is merely the target du jour. The same will be expected of all 50 states before November 3, 2020.”

“Elias is a prime example of all things wrong with the legal profession these days, a poster child for “whatever it takes” lawyerly maneuvering, regardless of ethics or legality. His involvement also makes it clear that this is no one-off effort concerning Nevada alone.

This well known Democrat fixer has a long history of fighting voter ID laws in state after state, with his legal challenges bankrolled by none other than George Soros. He is the point of the spear in the left’s effort to wrest control of the electoral process from the people of the United States. Having licked his wounds after the 2016 debacle, Elias has emerged again, fighting the same battles, singing the same tunes.

As all Democrats do, Elias ignores the concept of personal responsibility on the part of the voter,

In his own words, Elias reveals the framework for stealing an election. Create avenues for mischief, then exploit those avenues for all they’re worth.

This is the greatest danger we face in 2020 — not the virus, not North Korea, not even the economic effects of the virus, but rather the clear intention of one party to steal an election by any means necessary.

The Galaxy Quest syndrome (see rottentomatoes Jason Nesmith: “Never give up. Never surrender.”)

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Double standards, hypocrisy, Anyone thinking out there?

Brian C.Joondeph: Hydroxychloroquine Derangement Syndrome – “TDS, also known in infectious disease circles as Covfefe-45, not to be confused with Covid-19, has mutated into another form, namely hydroxychloroquine derangement syndrome” … “Derangement indeed. Forget the media chattering class. Think for yourself. Trust yourself.

Jack Hellner: Remember the government shutdowns? Funny how we don’t see those same sob stories about lost paychecks now – “Whenever the threat of a government shutdown looms, Democrats and their media allies give us daily doses of how devastating such a thing will be on “non-essential” government workers.” now “If a Republican governor wants to open a state’s businesses, we get attack pieces saying he wants people to die.”

Andrea Widburg: For the first time since 1861, Democrats want to see Republicans die – “While the Democrats ought to be watching the Southern experiment with curiosity, hoping it works so they can follow suit, that’s not what’s happening.” … “Those are the macabre fantasies of mentally unhealthy people — and it’s the modern Democrat party.

David Catron: Reopening Georgia and Colorado: A Study in Double Standards – “Georgia’s GOP governor gets pummeled while Colorado’s Democratic governor gets a pass.”

John Hinderaker: Is the Coronavirus Saving Lives? – “If the Wuhan flu had really killed 40,000 or so people who would not otherwise have died over the last 14 weeks, it would be obvious in the overall mortality statistics. The fact that no such effect is visible–that, astonishingly, the death rate has actually declined–is consistent only with the assumption that not many people have died from COVID-19 who would not have died anyway, at about the same time.

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An abundance of elusive

Peter O’Brien: That Elusive ‘Second Wave’ – “The indications are that this virus will take its course no matter what individual countries do. Every country, regardless of the nature of its response, has seen a steep rise in infections at some point along the horizontal time axis, followed by significant decline to a steady low daily rate. No country has experienced a ‘second wave’ ie, a significant and sustained increase in cases following the decline.

Andrew Stone: Not Merely Wrong but 265 Times Wrong – “The authors reject as “a false distinction” that there is “a trade-off between the public health and economic aspects of the crisis”. This is so absurd that it is astonishing any serious economist (let alone 265 of them) could suggest it.” … “Robust debate around such specifics, rather than content-free moral preening, would be a better use of our academic economists’ time.

Allen West: The Left’s Coronavirus Hysteria Defies Economic Reason – “The stakes are simply too high to be hysterical. … Unfortunately, many anti-Trumpers want the “new normal” to be normal into perpetuity. The Left has launched a #NotDying4WallStreet campaign, circulating fear and paranoia about the pandemic on social media. … The liberal media is on the same bandwagon

Christopher Paslay: COVID-19 lockdowns are killing thousands of Americans – “In light of horrific job losses and a crashing economy, calls to suicide hotlines are up over 40 percent nationwide. … Heart attacks are a major problem as well. … Cancer is not at all different. … The notion that keeping America locked down is saving lives — and that opening things back up is costing them — is simply not true.

Dan O’Donnell: There was No Post-Election Surge of Coronavirus Cases in Wisconsin – “It’s been two weeks since Wisconsin voted in a Spring Election that Democrats spent days claiming would spark a massive surge in Coronavirus cases across the state.” The forecasting reveals itself to be gross FUD mongering. Again.

Daniel Rothberg, Jacob Solis: Goodman says she offered using Las Vegas as ‘control group’ for coronavirus, drawing criticism from governor, elected officials and union – The mayor has put her bet on the table. What could be more typical of Las Vegas? “Goodman called the 150 deaths in Clark County a “tragic loss,” but she said, when balancing that against the fact that the county’s population is about 2.3 million, it was time to open up the economy and lift orders requiring businesses to close.” But look at the reaction: knee jerk ad hominem and all the rest.

I & I Editorial Board: Will Coronavirus Accelerate The Exodus From Blue States? – “Of the 10 states with the highest number of deaths per 100,000 residents, only two voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 … The median death rate for blue states is 4.3. For red states, it’s 1.9.” The contagion isn’t only viral…

Daniel Greenfield: Protests by the Left Get a Pass – While Conservatives Get Arrested – “Police cracked down on the ‘reopen’ protests, arresting an organizer in New Jersey, while the media condemned them, spun conspiracy theories trying to tie them to members of the Trump administration, and falsely accused protesters of causing an increase in coronavirus in Kentucky. … But meanwhile Refuse Fascism, a radical leftist organization created by members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, was holding its own anti-Trump protests with no interference from the authorities.” … “Facebook isn’t banning protests during the coronavirus lockdowns. It’s banning conservative protests.

Byron York: How does Nancy Pelosi get away with blocking desperately needed aid? – “Pelosi didn’t stand in the way of aid for just an hour or two, or a day or two. She stonewalled for two weeks while small-business people across the country struggled to stay afloat in a time in which public fear of the coronavirus and government stay-at-home orders reduced their business incomes to zero.

Michael Cutler: Fake News and Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth” – “Fake News has two elements – the use of Politically Correct language and blatant lies.

Jim Hoft: DEVASTATING! Renowned French Dr. Didier Raoult DESTROYS Liberal Trump-Hating Media on VA Junk Report on Hydroxychloroquine (VIDEO) – “The liberal media was quick to cheer the results of this random test in order to smear Trump. … They love it when Trump is wrong even if people die. … Of course, the VA released a statement casting doubt on the study but the damage was already done.”

neo on considering implications that never seem to occur to even “intelligent people”: In which Michael Moore proves his ignorance to be abysmal – “Rather simply put, energy has to come from somewhere. It isn’t magic.” and A figure we need to know… – “is the percentage of COVID-19 deaths that involve very debilitated people in nursing homes.”

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The gotcha dance

Tyler Durden: The Experts Have No Idea How Many COVID-19 Cases There Are – “One need not know anything about viruses to know from the beginning of the panic that the process of collecting data for government policymakers tends to be a biased and makeshift undertaking.” That means skepticism and care in interpretation should rule the day. The Nevada Independent has some of the actual ‘government’ numbers and they tell a story at odds with the panic.

Megan Messerly: Coronavirus contextualized, 4th edition: Exploring, through data, COVID-19 in Nevada and beyond – “Below, we take a look at what we do and don’t know about coronavirus in Nevada, how Nevada stacks up against other states and projections for the future.” 12% of tests come back positive with less than 3 cases per thousand detected in even the hottest areas; utilization of beds, icu, and ventilators runs at about half of capacity; Nevada has a per capita death rate of 53 per million or 0.0053 percent. “People who die after contracting COVID-19 tend to be older, overwhelmingly men in Clark.” Hospitalization runs at 10% to 30% of the 12% positive tests or less than 4% of those tested. A key issue is that the numbers are small which is why there is so much variance by area. This is rather typical of when a signal gets buried in the noise and it is difficult to get good information from it.

Charles Rotter: The Pandemic: Cardinal Numbers No One Talks About – “What’s the reasoning behind how we may have gotten there? And what’s the evidence?” … “It’s time to focus on a new set of numbers.

Monica Showalter: Press does the ‘gotcha’ dance over ‘Trump-touted’ NIH hydroxychloroquine non-recommendation, flunks basic reporting – “The headlines are distorted. First, Trump most certainly didn’t tout the drug as a proven treatment; he called it a potential treatment with a “real chance” of being a good one and didn’t rule out there weren’t many.” i.e. it’s the gotcha’ dance that is important, not truthful and accurate reporting.

“It’s telling that in nearly all the press reports, the link to the NIH statement goes only to the front page, not the actual recommendations page. That sounds like a media spin effort to get a gotcha dance going, without benefit of precise facts.

Update: And a Twitter denizen named ScottFantasy has found that the press is making a concerted propaganda effort to claim, in lockstep, that the combination offers “no benefit, more deaths.”

It’s all media spin designed to demoralize COVID-19 patients who might want to try the drug or who have no options other than right-to-try. … Not a single thing in some of these reports rings true.

Victor Davis Hanson: Suppression of Expression Obscures the Truth About the Virus – “What explained the paradox of near paranoia to some inquiries but magnanimous tolerance of other absurdities? Usually, one of three explanations suffice—and often all three together.”

“Lost in all this conundrum were legitimate questions of the virus’s genesis, spread, and innate nature, China’s responsibility for deceiving the world and its culpability for thousands of deaths, the chronic confusion of bureaucracies—and any sense that the coronavirus was a deadly collective enemy rather than a partisan wedge.

Mark Landsbaum: This is Who the Hell They Are – “Mr. Lemon reportedly directed his question to armed protesters who, despite the nation’s lockdown and stay-at-home orders, had gone public to demand their constitutional rights to assemble, to lodge their grievances with their government and to arm themselves. That would be the First and Second Amendments, respectively.”

Margot Cleveland: 7 Devastating Revelations About Crossfire Hurricane In New Releases – “To a new Senate website, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s staff uploaded the four Carter Page FISA applications, which were recently further declassified.”

John C. Wohlstetter: Emergency Authority: The Katrina Conundrum – “President Trump has refused to fall into the traps set for former President George W. Bush.” … “Decoupling power from responsibility poses two alternative dangers: where power exceeds responsibility, reckless behavior is encouraged; and where responsibility exceeds power, timorous behavior is encouraged.

“In the Katrina catastrophe, the decoupling of power from responsibility carried two terrible consequences: first, because state power exceeded the level of responsibility state and local officials were prepared to accept, the most helpless residents of the doomed city were left to fend for themselves when evacuation was ordered; second, because federal officials had less de jure power than the de factoresponsibility that public opinion saddled the president with, federal officials were excessively cautious, awaiting a state transfer of power that did not come in time to avert anarchy in the streets and shelters.

It’s the gotcha dance: political supremacy outranks all else.

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Leave me be! Tell me true!

I&I Editorial Board: The Economy Doesn’t Need Government ‘Help’ To Reopen – “They simply need to be released from government chains.” … “It didn’t take a global health crisis to empty the shelves in Cuban or Venezuelan grocery stores. Mistakes made by central planners, who hold monopoly power over economic decisions, did that all on their own.”

“Two years ago, historian Sean Wilentz made clear the thinking of those who wear the label “progressive.”

“Deep down,” he wrote, progressives “harbor the hope that one day, perhaps through some catastrophic event, American capitalism will indeed be replaced by socialism – a system of public property and social ownership that, this liberal notes, has been discredited through all of modern history.”

For many, if not all, progressives, that “catastrophic event” is happening right now.

Ernest S. Christian: The Disintegration Of America, Its Economy And Its Constitution – “As 2020 began, the thing that nearly all Americans had in common was a good job in the multistate and multinational American economy – but by the Ides of March, even that potentially unifying economic connection was gone.” … “Fear is now the common denominator for most Americans.

John Hinderaker: Why Does an Epidemic Bring Out the Worst In Liberals? – “When a person says that what she said doesn’t reflect her true opinion, you can be pretty sure that it does. … It’s just another day in Liberal Land. The hate flows freely, and it would be a Sisyphean task to keep track of it, let alone try to rebut it.

John Crudele: The 2016 election scandal waiting to break – “Durham’s probe could turn very political if his evidence determines that actions were taken by the intelligence community to aid the Democrats.

“Wall Street won’t be riled if there are indictments of US intelligence leaders and maybe even some Democrats. But the financial markets won’t be happy if the Democrats retaliate and cause legislative business to come to a halt before the virus has stopped hurting the US economy.

Ace of Spades: National Media Uses Fake News Photographs to Depict Beachgoers in Jacksonville, Florida as Violating Distancing Rules – “Because the national media wants to destroy the economy to win an election, they immediately began attacking Jacksonville and its mayor for reopening beaches.” … “Local news outlets have had to explain why their photos show people fairly far away from each other, while the photos from the national media show them breathing down each other’s necks.” It’s the camera lenses and where the picture is taken.

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treating us as fools

Katherine Rodriguez: Judge Blocks Democrat Kansas Governor’s Order Limiting Church Gatherings to 10 People – “Today’s judicial ruling is a much-needed reminder that the Constitution is not under a stay-home order and the Bill of Rights cannot be quarantined,” he said. “The Constitution protects our liberties especially during times of crisis, when history reveals governments too quick to sacrifice rights of the few to calm fears of the many.”

Peter Smith: Truth, the Ongoing Casualty of COVID-19 – “Greg Hunt is treating us as fools. The easy solution is to shut everything down and bugger the cost. And to then justify it with alarmist talk about imaginary deaths which would have occurred if we were not blessed with such wise government.

Patricia McCarthy: The left’s new hysterical narrative? Testing! Testing! Testing! – “Having essentially lost the narrative on their “blame Trump” for every death, the Democrats and their media droids have this week settled upon the lack of sufficient testing with which to castigate the president.” … “The Trump-hating American left has lost any sense of decency; these people are rooting for the virus. The more deaths they can blame on Trump, the happier they are.

“So, as with every issue the left sets out to control, the prescribed narrative is dictated from the top, whoever that is at this moment in time. It used to be the Clintons. Perhaps it is now the Obama clique. Maybe it is George Soros. Whoever it is, the prescribed word of this week is “testing.” It is doubtful that any of those people using the word as an assault understand the science behind their mindless charge. They get their talking points; they don’t bother to research the facts or science, and then excitedly spew their nonsense every chance they get. Our media is the enemy of our own nation; CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, NYT, WaPo, LAT, etc. They are all willing to see the American economy destroyed if its destruction will take Trump down.

If this virus has made anything crystal clear, it is that the left is by nature authoritarian.

Andrea Widburg: Rep. Dan Crenshaw politely destroys Bill Maher’s blame game against Trump – “Certainly, Crenshaw’s performance has resonated with people. … Crenshaw’s devastatingly polite performance, one that leaves Maher intellectually and factually disarmed, has already garnered 2.4 million views on Twitter.”

“As Maher hurls out a word soup of alleged facts, all of which are belied by the record, Crenshaw never loses his calm friendliness. Instead, he keeps setting the record straight, always focusing on accuracy rather than partisanship or the “gotcha” game. It’s a beautiful lesson in how to handle someone who is being factually dishonest.

Although people are tired of angry partisanship, they are hungry for the truth. Crenshaw, with grace and calm, is giving them that truth. This is a video well worth sharing.

Robyn Dolgin: Adam Schiff’s Dirty Impeachment Tactics Coming to Light – “Rep. Adam Schiff spent months launching secret impeachment hearings, never thinking his conduct would be called into question.” but maybe he did and assumed that his ‘higher calling’ would be considered more important?

John Hinderaker: Did the Shutdown of New York City Fail? – “Why didn’t Andy “If it saves just one life it’s worth it” Cuomo order the subways closed down? Because essential employees needed them to get to work, of course. So never mind the “one life” nonsense. I don’t think New York is unique; rather, I think the shutdowns across America are largely faux closures, given the many exceptions for favored industries, favored companies and favored activities–some rational, others not. New York is perhaps an extreme instance of a fake shutdown.

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Twisted approaches

David Horowitz: The Democrats’ Twisted Approach to the Virus – “Trump is deadlier than the virus.” … In the war against the Wuhan virus, Democrats’ have had a laser focus. But it’s not on the virus. It’s on Trump. Their blame Trump attitude was crystallized in a breathtakingly nasty and preposterous statement by Democrat Senator Chris Murphy, who said: “The reason that we’re in the crisis that we are today is not because of anything that China did. It’s not because of anything the World Health Organization did. It’s because of what this president did.

“Pelosi’s repeated claim that Trump is responsible for the economic disaster the shut down has produced is a prime example of her one-track vindictiveness. All the shut down orders came from governors, and the most consequential from Democrat governors in New York,

I am myself a Trump admirer because when Trump sees a problem as dangerous and deadly as this he attempts to do something about it. He doesn’t sweep it under the rug, and embrace the deceptions of our enemies, and use them to destroy his political rivals as Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats do.

Jim Hoft: “Nancy Pelosi’s Away on Vacation… She’s Not Doing Her Job… Nothing Unusual About That” – President Trump Rips Pelosi for Not Passing Extension to Help Small Business (VIDEO) Compare and contrast to Pelosi’s repeated claim.

Matthew Haag: They Filed for Unemployment Last Month. They Haven’t Seen a Dime. – “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has repeatedly promised to fix New York’s archaic unemployment-insurance system, which has been overwhelmed by an unprecedented wave of claims.” Remember the brouhaha when the Obamacare web site went live? Deja vu …

Jeff Reynolds: Battle Lines Drawn: Texas Opts for Liberty, While Washington State Makes Liberty Illegal – “Several states have banded together to oppose President Trump’s framework for getting America back to work, while other states have shown a willingness to protect individual liberty and the livelihoods of Americans.

David Ng: Hollywood Lashes Out at Trump for Calls to ‘Liberate’ MI, MN, VA : ‘He Is Going to Get More People Killed – “Celebrities recoiled at the president’s show of support on Friday, calling the commander in chief “deranged,” “terrifying,” and a “madman.

Deborah Franklin: Q Praises Shocking Out of Shadows Documentary and Millions Watch it – “On April 10, an underground documentary with no publicity landed on YouTube and amassed one million views in 24 hours. Despite YouTube’s efforts to hide it, Out of Shadows continues to attract more than a million viewers a day, lifting the mask “on how the mainstream media and Hollywood manipulate and control the masses by spreading propaganda throughout their content.”

New York Post: Facebook’s ‘fact checkers’ are the real fake news after censoring Post story – “The social media giant’s “fact checkers” decided this was not a valid opinion. If you tried to share Mosher’s column on Facebook, the social network stuck a “False Information” alert on top” … “this was an opinion column, not a news report.

“As a significant source of news for much of the world’s population, Facebook has a clear responsibility to do better: If it’s going to block “false” information, it needs better fact-checkers — and more people watching over those watchmen.

When your defense against “fake news” all but kills free discussion, your system is worse than no defense at all.

Byron York: How to get the economy back into gear – “What has caused the economy to grind to a halt is not some governor or mayor’s order, or some public health bureaucrat’s recommendation,” said Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who warned of the coronavirus’s danger back in January. “It’s just the fear of the virus.” … “But now, it is time to look at the reverse scenario. What will have to change to reduce public fears to the point that people will accept the easing of restrictions?

John Hinderaker: Good COVID-19 News – “At this point, it seems clear that the epidemic has assumed the bell-shaped curve predicted by Farr’s Law in the 19th Century:” It’s really a skewed population curve but that minor distinction is covered in the discussion.

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The mystery of the three shells

I&I editorial board: Hillary, Comey And Brennan Must Face Justice For Deep-State Spying On Trump – “Let the irony of that sink in. U.S. officials knowingly colluded with Russian intelligence using tainted evidence to prove that Trump colluded with the Russian government to weaken Clinton’s campaign.” … “For a nation based on the idea of one standard of justice for all, this reckoning is long overdue.

George Neumayr: Hillary Bought Russian Disinformation – “The latest revelations about the Steele dossier reveal who the real colluders were.” … “The ironies of Spygate continue to pile up. It becomes clearer and clearer that those who yelled the loudest in 2016 about “foreign interference” in our election facilitated it the most.

Mark P. Mostert: Asking Tougher Questions – “It’s clear as day that the Democrats are fighting the President tooth and nail over the Wuhan virus, despite their own staggering smugness and ingrained illogic. They’re smug, in part, because people don’t ask them some tough questions.” … “Let’s start asking the tough questions. I’ll bet legitimate answers will be in short supply — unless you call character assassination, intellectual dishonesty, and more lies a response to anything.

Michael Nadler: Rahm Emanuel can’t help himself, but what about the Wall Street Journal? – “It seems to me that the WSJ opinion page editors should do a better job vetting supposed facts in the opinion pieces it chooses to publish, especially when it comes from a political hack under the guise of making constructive public health recommendations.

Moritz v. Sivers: The Three Shell Mystery Finally Solved! – “this handwash timer by [Agis Wichert] is a very creative version that also tries to solve the long outstanding mystery of how to use the three seashells. Unfortunately, in contrast to those in the original movie, these three seashells do not replace toilet paper which many people are seemingly so desperate in need of at the moment.

Tyler O’Neil: Trump Releases Evidence-Based Guidelines to Reopen America in Three Phases – “This is a gradual process,” Trump said. He explained that federal guidelines will allow governors to take a “tailored approach that meets the diverse circumstances of their own states.” Trump said some of the governors told him their states have already crossed the threshold to start reopening.

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Media Malfeasance

J. Frank Bullitt: Media Hope In COVID-19 They Finally Have The Event That Will Destroy Trump – “Michelle Cottle wrote last week that Trump’s media briefings were “a thick fog of self-congratulation, political attacks, misinformation and nonsense.” Would the mainstream media have ever said that about an Obama news conference, even when it was a perfect characterization, which would have been often if not always?” … “It’s unfortunate for this country, but it’s quite clear few in the press have grown up enough to even consider those questions.

Steven Hayward: Media Fail of the Day – “To paraphrase the great Will Rogers, it’s hard to single out the most glaring media embarrassment of the day when you have the whole media competing to see who can be the most stupid.* But the winner is this Associated Press story, as it appeared in a New Orleans paper yesterday:”

John F. Gaski: Hydroxychloroquine: A New Low for the Liberal Media – “As might be expected, Pres. Trump’s audacity in speaking out in support of the hydroxychloroquine treatment for coronavirus was more than enough to set off his critics among the liberal Democrats and liberal media.”

“Trump’s hopeful remarks were made only days ago but, since then, the American left, especially the media, has engaged in a rabid campaign against hydroxychloroquine even though they have no real basis for such a reaction. That is, the drug’s medical efficacy — which many physicians all over the world have been endorsing because of safe use — is clearly an issue beyond the technical competence of the mainstream media establishment. This suggests an ulterior motive. What could it be? The possibilities:

The liberal Democrat media are playing politics, deadly politics, with a national emergency.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Power of Media Ignorance – “Despite ad nauseam corrections that I had never claimed in the NRO article or elsewhere to be a doctor, much less an epidemiologist or a conductor of any such study, and that the Hoover Institution is not a medical school, the fake news still spread.” It’s the same problem Dr. Fauci has complained about. You follow the ‘more at NRO’ link at your own risk.

Scott Johnson: Steele’s Russian disinformation (2) – “To put it slightly differently, James Comey’s FBI appears to have colluded with Vladimir Putin and his stooges via the Clinton presidential campaign, Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS, and Christopher Steele.”

Stephen Green: Your Awful Media At Work: – “Why did you guys not include the earlier part of the quote?” (twitter screenshot)

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Doesn’t add up. Doesn’t make sense.

Chuck Dinerstein: COVID-19’s Math: Why Don’t the Numbers Add Up? – “The numbers associated with COVID-19, its infectivity, hospital admissions, deaths, are all being studied like tea leaves for any pattern or trend.” … “the problem is really two old cognitive difficulties, numbers appear far more precise and concrete than they actually are and a number by itself has little meaning, it requires the context, often another number – ratios.

Roger Kimball: The Seventh Seal on the Hudson – “If you are worried about human lives, you should focus your attention not on this year’s respiratory virus but on the wild, herd-like overreaction to the virus. That’s where the real danger lies.” … “The truth is, the advent of the coronavirus is less a health emergency than it is a failure of nerve.

Augusto Zimmermann: In the State You Will Trust – “Australia has effectively become a police state. … I have never witnessed so much hatred in this country.”

“I also note that many Australians have developed an utterly distorted view of what governments can do for them. Such individuals now blindly worship at the altar of the all-powerful State, expecting it to be their almighty saviour, seeing in government the ultimate provider for all things. Perhaps this is a result of society’s lost faith in the God of Christianity. Be that as it may, the undeniable truth is that far too many Australians have acquired an unshakable faith in their political class. Call it a form of idolatry if you wish.

Indeed, the Prime Minister, premiers, senior advisors and politicians have never had such an energising time as the present. They are so full of importance and power that one can only expect them to continue running the country in such a heavy handed manner once this current crisis is over.

No free and democratic society can possibly exist without the rule of law. When a legal system turns out to be so much anti-freedom, instead of government under the law there will be only arbitrary rule by “law” and by brute force. The basic question is, which authority? The authority of the law that is equitable and valid for all, or the authority of the political ruler that is arbitrary and devoid of any accountability?

Michelle Rindels, Riley Snyder: Sisolak touts expanded unemployment insurance programs, backdating of claims to help people locked out of system – here’s how it’s done. See Megan Messerly: Coronavirus contextualized, 3rd edition: Exploring, through data, COVID-19 in Nevada and beyond for where uncertainty in data is used by politicians like Sisolak for enhancing their controls and edicts both in invoking edicts as precautionary and then demanding certitude before ‘thinking about’ letting them go.

I & I Editorial Board: Who Will Get Blamed If Coronavirus Shutdown Turns Out To Be A Massive Overreaction? – “What if we learn that trillions of dollars in economic costs from the coronavirus shutdown bought us little or nothing in terms of public health?

“We are the first to admit that, because this coronavirus is new and early signs about its lethality were worrisome, extra precaution was warranted as coronavirus spread. But not everyone was hitting the panic button, it’s just that voices of calm were ignored. If it turns out that the risks were far less dire, and the disease far more manageable without draconian restrictions, how will the public react? Who will they blame for needlessly crashing the economy?

We know who Democrats will blame, of course. But if the evidence shows that massive shutdowns weren’t needed, there must be a reckoning. And it should start with the public health “experts” who brought them about.

The market is speaking. Hospitals bought in hook, line, and sinker and are now sharing in the financial suffering as the expected mobs of disease stricken have not appeared.

Jonathan F. Keiler: The Media Controls the ‘Crisis’ – “No matter what the President and his experts want to do, or even his congressional and gubernatorial rivals, the media largely dictates the extent of public cooperation or panic, which is true power.

“From the get-go, at least in the West, and especially in the United States, the coronavirus pandemic has been more a media event than anything else. Coronavirus is a serious international public health concern, but the weight of evidence currently suggests that it is also not an unusually dangerous one.

In theory, an objective media might have probed these disparities, but instead it simply latched onto the most dramatic and destructive ideations, dismissing anything else. Then — with social media platforms adding heat — it stoked public hysteria to such an extent that governmental authorities were forced to take draconian public measures whether they wanted to or not.

The media’s power is enormous, and unmitigated by constitutional checks and balances. And it’s in the service of a party — the Democrats — not the government or the people. Yet the media’s actions are entirely legal, and constitutionally protected, making it effectively unstoppable.

Regardless of the epidemiological science or governmental initiatives, the “crisis” probably won’t end until the media itself starts running out of money, or has or gotten what it wants.

John Hinderaker: Another Dishonest Smear By the Washington Post – “The Post’s article is popular on Twitter, as liberal “blue checks” use it to express their hope that lots of South Dakotans die as punishment for their temerity in electing a Republican governor.” This one is about a slaughterhouse where the employees got sick versus a governor who was not sufficiently fascist for the Left. “The entire point of the article is that the Smithfield experience proves Governor Noem was wrong not to order a mass closure of businesses.

“The point of the Post story is to convey the impression that Governor Noem’s reliance on voluntary measures, education, persuasion, and close cooperation with federal agencies, other governors, and the private sector is a failure. Strikingly absent from the Post’s hit job, however, is the bottom line: how many South Dakotans have actually succumbed to COVID-19? The answer: 6, and none have been reported within the last week. South Dakota has one of the best coronavirus records of any state, but the Post didn’t tell its readers that. It would have ruined the narrative.

As usual, the Left’s smears are boring, but what is actually happening is interesting.

neo: Dean Baquet of the NY Times turns himself into a pretzel trying to explain the paper’s “coverage” of the sexual allegations against Biden – “the utter inconsistency of the Times and its differential treatment of the two sets of allegations (against Biden and Kavanaugh) is glaringly apparent to any thinking person. Unfortunately, Baquet’s utterly weaselly excuses will probably be just fine with a lot of Times readers.”

The New York Sun: The Governors’ ‘Mutiny’ – “a bloom of stories in the press suggests states have begun doing just what the Constitution says they can’t.

“What gets us, in any event, is the way the Democrats are dragging out of every constitutional saloon some law professor to declaim on what an ignoramus the president is — while also ignoring the way the states are blowing past the compact and agreement clause. In respect of the Constitution, it seems to us, one needs to be in for the goose as well as the gander.

Wilfred McClay: A Radical Pseudo-historian Meets His Match – “it would be a grave mistake to neglect the singular influence that a single 1980 book, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, has had over Americans’ broad conceptions about the shape and meaning of their own history.

“The handful of professional historians who have deigned to comment on his work over the years have been dismissive of it as simplistic and one-sided, despite the fact that many of them shared Zinn’s general political outlook, if not his activist leanings.

You will find the book being used in U.S. History courses across the land, not only in urban and suburban public high schools, but in tony independent schools, charter schools, religious schools, and even some survey courses at colleges and universities.

So the influence of Zinn’s book is wide and deep, and yet the book itself has remained surprisingly unexamined, notwithstanding the casual dismissiveness that so many historians show toward it.

Thankfully, that is now no longer the case.

Howard Zinn isn’t the only person who has gotten rich off of anti-Americanism, but he is surely one of the most galling.

Sundance: Terms and Conditions – California Outlines Six Requirements Before Lifting Home Detainment and Reopening The Economy…Please remember the key words that all totalitarian minds use in their language. When you see the code-words: “challenge“, “opportunity“, “partner” or “support“, pay extra attention.

“The publication of this decree is actually quite remarkable. I was floored when I read it.

Notice within the six terms and conditions there is ZERO CONSIDERATION for rights of the individual. Every condition is framed around the interests of the state. The individual is literally framed as adverse to the interests of the state.

Your rights as an individual are dissolved by the state, where the state interests begin.

The State of California is accomplishing this without even attempting to create a single law; or have a single representative vote… This is all being carried out by decree.

It’s mind blowing.

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A disease revealed

Tom Manzo: Gov. Newsom Should Suspend PAGA Lawsuits Amid COVID-19 Crisis – “While these businesses face one of the most difficult periods of economic upheaval in California’s history, many can now add an expensive legal battle to their list of woes.” New weapons for lawyer income generation!

“For those who don’t know, PAGA allows a disgruntled employee and his lawyer to step into the shoes of the attorney general to enforce labor law violations. Most PAGA violations equate to a typo on a pay stub or a late employee lunch break. However, the resulting lawsuit can leave businesses owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement and legal fees. Rather than going to the employee, most of this money ends up in the pocket of the trial attorney bringing the case.

David Horowitz: Trump Derangement Pandemic – “More than the virus threatens us.”

“For anyone not in thrall to anti-Trump obsessions, the spectacle of Trump hatred is mystifying, even unfathomable. It’s not that the criticisms of Trump are harsh – that is the currency of democratic politics. The problem is that they are not merely harsh but veer on the lunatic until communication with those who voice them seems impossible. It is why the national conversation and a semblance of national unity in the face of threats seem almost hopeless.

How does one engage a mentality that claims Trump has no redeeming qualities but that historical monsters like Stalin probably do? The New York Times interviewer didn’t even notice, let alone challenge this absurdity.

As for Trump, he has reached out to constituencies like Hispanics and African Americans who did not flock to support him in 2016, and he has made it clear over and over that he is a president for all Americans. In assembling his medical team to fight the virus, Trump has flanked himself with two Democrats – Drs. Fauci and Birx – and an African American surgeon general. But that’s probably why he is so hated by the Left: he has taken America back to its roots and thwarted their desires to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a socialist state – in the words and aspirations of Barack Obama.

James Mullin: Why they hate America, Western Civilization and God – “I’ve long wondered why so many family and friends fall into this category.”

“Where is this phenomenon the strongest? It is, of course, in the “new money” suburbs of America, where fitting in, social climbing, and dying to be relevant is the new religion. These are people who don’t believe what their parents believed because they secretly (or openly) loathed the lower middle-class backgrounds of those parents, and that includes of course everything about those backgrounds.

So, if you feel alienated in your extended family or social circle, just be aware that you are experiencing the same cliquishness that you so loved in grade-school and middle-school. And like then, it’s rooted not in the realm of ideas and concepts, but in the lowest psychological and social impulses of the human spirit.

Matt Margolis: Fauci Destroys Journalist for Asking if He’s ‘Doing This Voluntarily’ and for Accusing Trump of Not Listening to Health Experts – “On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Dr. Fauci made comments that were wildly distorted by the media.” … “Bottom line: Dr. Fauci confirmed that President Trump took the advice of health experts every time. Even Dr. Fauci has had enough of the biased media.”

Patricia McCarthy: Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats’ unending shame – “There are some truly terrible people in Congress; there always have been some throughout American history. But as the country navigates the course of this mis-modeled and over-hyped COVID-19 pandemic, Nancy Pelosi stands out as a genuine enemy of America. She loathes the president so much she has relinquished any semblance of ethics and her own personal character.”

Mike Thau: Literally no one has any idea how many people COVID-19 has killed – “if you want to understand a Chinese virus, you better start listening to a Chinese philosopher: As Confucius said, “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names.” … And, it’s time everyone wised up about those daily COVID-19 fatality reports. They don’t represent the number of people it’s killed. They represent the number of death certificates listing it as a cause. And those two things are most definitely NOT the same.”

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Little tyrants. Being relevant as well as right.

Monica Showalter: One heck of a dishonest report from CBS’s 60 Minutes on the medical mask shortage – “With a record like CBS’s on this crisis, you’d think they’d be extra careful about facts, particularly since their top brand, 60 Minutes, is involved. But nope, they’re still promoting the same dishonest narrative that drove those previous credibility killers

“The ‘why’ of it is where the shoddy journalism came in. As 60 Minutes painted a picture of doom and gloom, and then featured a gotcha interview with White House advisor Peter Navarro, with argumentive questions in strong contrast to the credulous softball questions thrown out to the individual Bronx doctor and nurse (they didn’t ask anyone running the actual hospital what might be going on), other stuff around the country suggested other things:

60 Minutes has converted what’s essentially a hospital failure into a federal obligation to subsidize the hospital’s poor planning.

It was a dishonest as heck report that revolved solely around blaming Trump. How happy the hospital mismanagers and out-the-door inside crowd must have been to have read about this — do whatever you want and blame Trump. The rest of us can only see a lot of dishonest journalism, creating quite a tapestry pattern of error, and a growing credibility problem for CBS, as this nonsense keeps happening, again, and again, and again.

David Catron: What the Media Can’t See About COVID-19 – “If it causes a genuine economic collapse, they don’t get to keep their stuff.”

“Oddly enough, Irwin’s employer explains why journalists are no exception: “Finding a sizable audience has not been a problem for publishers … But with businesses paused or closed—and no longer willing or able to pay for advertisements—a crucial part of the industry’s support system has cracked.” This has led to thousands of furloughs and pay cuts at the country’s largest newspaper chains. The media should welcome good news about COVID-19 and join the rest of us as we pray that the pandemic did indeed reach its peak during Easter, and that there will be a public health and economic resurrection in May.

Scott Johnson: The limits of free Geach – “By early Saturday afternoon,” Dr. Geach writes, “it had 50,000 thousand views and was going viral. All of a sudden, however, I started getting notifications from people that my article had been taken down.” The link now brings up a 410 error. He received this message from Medium:

Hillary Chabot[Instapundit.com]: Sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden splits Democrats: Deleted NYT tweet fuels uproar over accusations. [Cites Boston Herald which is nagware and worse.] Also provides a favorite quote from Jim Treacher about this sort of reporting.

John Daniel Davidson: The Coronavirus Is Exposing Little Tyrants All Over The Country – “Some mayors and governors seem to think their authority is limitless in the face of the pandemic. They need a remedial lesson in the Constitution.”

“We’ve now witnessed local and state governments issue decrees about what people can and cannot buy in stores, arrest parents playing with their children in public parks, yank people off public buses at random, remove basketball rims along with private property, ticket churchgoers, and in one case try—and fail—to chase down a lone runner on an empty beach. All of this, we’re told, is for our own good.

That these officials need to be reminded of that, and in some cases restrained by federal judges, bodes very ill for America. Now more than ever, we need leaders who don’t just care about protecting us from the pandemic, but also care about preserving liberty in a time of crisis.

Roger Kimball: Herd Immunity vs. Herd Mentality – “Although we do not yet know every detail of the end of our infatuation with the coronavirus, it’s clear that the historian of this episode will include a chapter called “Mistakes Were Made.”

““Herd immunity” is a settled concept in epidemiology. It occurs when “a large percentage of a population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous infections or vaccination, thereby providing a measure of protection for individuals who are not immune.”

“Herd mentality,” on the contrary, provides immunity from independent thought. It protects a population from thinking clearly by spreading a spirit of conformity. It increases a people’s docility, thus rendering them more susceptible to the blandishments of usurping authority.

Herd immunity I regard as a good thing. Herd mentality, not so much.

Are you worried about human lives? Then focus your attention not on this year’s respiratory virus but on the wild, herd-like overreaction to the virus. That’s where the danger lies, as you can see by the sixteen million people who, over the course of just a few weeks, find themselves out of a job. Ponder the thousands upon thousands of businesses that have been shuttered by the draconian panic stirred by the president’s misguided counselors.

Rbradley: Climate Intelligence Foundation to Poynter Institute: Debate Climate Science, Don’t Insult – “Global Climate Intelligence Group (CLINTEL) is an EU-based organization promoting climate realism in the face of climate alarmism.”

Jussi: Your statement is 100% correct but misses the entire point – “In the real world being right is not a merit by itself. In any debate being right is important, of course, but the much more important feature is being relevant.” … “Being right is easy. Being relevant is extremely difficult.”

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Gullible offense and government funded media

Geoffrey Luck: We’ll Pay in Pain When the Bill Comes Due – “What went wrong? We live in an emotional and sentimental age. Too often we heard the government and its ministers talking of saving every life (as if that were possible).

“When this is over the statistics will reflect merely a premature “harvesting” largely of the old and infirm, balanced by a decline of deaths in the subsequent period. Deaths from the Wuhan virus will prove to be only a blip on the scale of the normal 160,00 deaths a year. But Australia will be beginning to face the real crisis – an unnecessarily weakened economic and financial position in a crippled world.

Tim Blair: The ABC’s Beclowned Fact Check Unit – “Apply the investigative intensity of the ABC’s Fact Check Unit to just about any broadly accurate claim—or precisely accurate, in Kelly’s case—and it could be shown as faulty.” … “The ABC, a faith-based organisation that redistributes middle-class taxes to the wealthy, needs to be privatised.

Andrea Widburg: Racial warrior offended when the Surgeon General tells minorities that behavior affects virus risks – “PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor has distinguished herself as one of the media figures most engaged in the “gotcha” game at COVID-19 press conferences, especially when she can work race into the issue.” PBS is the U.S. version of ABC.

Lubos Motl: Most Czech physicians consider permeation desirable and/or unavoidable – “The fake news media have acquired so much influence – and the ordinary people have become so incredibly gullible and robbed of the last traces of critical thinking – that the talking heads are able to confuse a large portion of the Westerners – and perhaps a majority – and make them believe that the laymen’s irrational and unscientific superstitions are the solid science and vice versa.”

“Even when it comes to the “smart quarantine”, i.e. non-permeation approaches to the virus, I feel that the discussion is much more rational and well-informed in Czechia than it is in almost all other Western countries where the dominant discourse still seems to be “mindless hysteria controlled by irrelevant factoids, cherry-picked and fake anecdotes, uncontrolled data, aconspiracy theories, and uncritical worshiping of the Flat Curve Society”.

Is California permeated?

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Hospitals, paganism, and progressive destruction

James L. Swofford: The Flu, the Coronavirus, and Hospital Beds – “The bottom line is that we didn’t hear about the U.S. hospital system being overwhelmed during the peak of the 2017-2018 flu season. It has handled surprisingly big influxes of patients then and seems to be doing so again this time.

Stuart Lindsay: The Express Road to Serfdom – “Before the Wuhan virus I radically underestimated both the cohesion with which the leftist ideas operated in every sphere of our social and political life and their effectiveness in neutering dissent, both within and without their class.

“Every day during this lockdown I encounter friends whom I never thought would surrender the glorious privilege of being independent. I refer to independence of thought, and speech, and preference, even of mere unreflective habit. But they have done just that.

I look back at this article and ask myself why I wrote it. The answer I give is that I have re-assured myself that I have not yet forfeited that hold on who I am and who my forbears were nor on my Christian faith,and that gives me my bearings again. That is important because these last weeks have been a time, not of dangerous medical emergency, but rather, of precipitous cultural decline.

Tyler Durden: Pope Francis: Pandemic Could Be ‘Nature’s Revenge’ For Ignoring Climate Change – “The remarks were cited in a Wednesday interview with The Tablet and Commonwealth magazines, wherein the pope further described the crisis as an opportunity for mankind to “slow down the rate of production and consumption.” The Pope is a pagan obsessed with socialist ideology? (see also Is The Pope A Pagan?)

Elizabeth Fortunato: Pope Francis and Mike Lindell: Two Men of Faith Confront the Pandemic – “At a time when the world needs Pope Francis to rise above secular politics and agendas and captain the boat that Jesus left in the hands of Peter’s successors, Francis clings to his secular-socialist mast, repeating outdated tropes found in ’70s-style liberation theology as if they were prayers.” … “The role Francis has unwittingly chosen for himself is that of the ancient Pharisee.”

“Meanwhile, in striking contrast to Pope Francis’s despondent, solemn, solitary procession in a deserted Saint Peter’s Square, doggedly maintaining his self-censorship, was the brief—and for reasons mysterious to all serious Christians—apparently incendiary March 30 appearance of Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow Company, at the White House coronavirus briefing.

Mark Tapson: Progressive Destruction: The Pandemic is the Perfect Time to Abolish the Family – “There’s no nightmare the Left won’t pursue to achieve its earthly paradise.”

Brian C.Joondeph, MD: Medical Advances Minus the Full Research Apparatus – “A real doctor, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist warned, “Inexcusable to ignore hydroxychloroquine side effects.” No one is ignoring side effects. Unlike the brainiac who took fishbowl cleaner, hydroxy is available only via a prescription from a licensed physician. It’s the doctor’s job to weigh the risks and benefits of any prescription they write.” … “Has Trump derangement syndrome so afflicted the media and the left that their hostility toward hydroxy is based solely on the fact that President Trump promoted it? It sure seems that way.

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