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media nonscandals show results. again

Michael Fumento: Time To Show The Better Angels Of Our Nature With Coronavirus – “Those prior pandemics without panic caused no recessions, much less the possibility of a worldwide depression.”

“Those people stayed cool notwithstanding that flu vaccines didn’t exist, and therefore no hope of making one. There were no pneumonia vaccines, no antibiotics for secondary infections, no antivirals, no ventilators, and intravenous feeding tubes didn’t really catch on until the late 20th century.

we still have time to rise to the occasion, to show sanity and sobriety. To reveal what The Great Emancipator called “the better angels of our nature.”

Hydroxychloroquine, Me, and the Great Divide By Richard Moss, MD – “Then something happened to this wonder drug. From savior of the multitudes, redeemer and benefactor of hundreds of millions, it transformed into something else: a purveyor of doom, despair, and unspeakable carnage.”

“HCQ is only another bellwether. It represents the latest nonevent in a long string of fabricated media nonscandals. If a nation can be divided over HCQ it can be divided over anything. It shows neatly, as many of the other non-issues did, whether one embraces the U.S., our history, culture, and constitutional system, or rejects it. Whether one believes in Americanism or despises it. It is part of the ongoing civil war, thus far cold, but who knows? The passions today are no less jarring than they were in 1860. One would have thought that a man taking a medicine prescribed by his physician, even a President, would be a private matter. But no. Not today.

We swim in an ocean of manufactured disinformation created by a radical COVID media, our fifth column.

The riots are not about the police By Jacob Dreizin – “Judging by extensive photo and video documentation from the scene, the looters and arsonists in Minnesota were up to one half white, largely of the (forgive the crude expression) “scrawny commie stoner” variety.” … “The majority of these young people, of all races, seem to be having a good time.”

Nolte: The Science Turns Against America’s Mask Fascists – “The only real way to catch the China Flu is to hang out with someone infectious for a protracted period of time, so it’s unlikely you will catch it walking along somewhere, like a store or sidewalk.”

“If you believe a mask will protect you, go ahead and wear a mask. But what do you care if someone else is wearing one or not? As long as you’re wearing one what does it matter? Why can’t we just leave each other alone?

And the Atlanta CNN building became a target for the rioters.

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The red pill is a bitter one to swallow for many

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Zuckerberg Is Right—Facebook Isn’t the News Hall Monitor for Stupid People – The notion that we are all just automatons dancing to the whims of Facebook and Twitter is patently ridiculous, but that’s what the various thought and speech police would like everyone to believe.”

“We are now being plagued by the leftist notion that everything can be controlled from the top down. They truly believe that if Twitter and Facebook just police their users’ content properly, they can protect gullible people from wrong information, whether it’s unintentionally or intentionally wrong.

This theory completely discounts the fact that stupid people will always be stupid. No amount of nanny policy from Facebook or Twitter can fix that. Zuckerberg seems to be finally getting that. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey doesn’t, and probably never will. The leftist approach will always be one of central control. They diminish and discount the worth and power of the individual, but a little faith in the people is what is needed here, and that’s something else that Zuckerberg seems to be getting these days:

Peter L. Swan: Run the Numbers, Survey the Folly – “Hence, like Norway, the evidence from Taiwan and the US does not indicate that lockdown is either necessary or is more effective than voluntary social distancing in combination with protecting the vulnerable, in reducing COVID-19 morbidity.”

Tyler Durden: Lancet Study That Caused WHO To Drop Hydroxychloroquine Trials Falls Under Scrutiny – not only missing the key ingredient but also with shady data issues – i.e. bad science used to formulate policy.

Joseph Klein: WH Press Secretary McEnany Shows Up Establishment Media – “Chris Wallace responds with ad hominem attacks.” It’s what you do when you chose the blue pill.

“Many White House correspondents, past and present, believe they are members of a privileged class. They demand the right to throw mud at the president and his spokespersons with loaded, gotcha questions but insist on absolute immunity from being questioned or criticized themselves. Chris Wallace, now an anchor for Fox News, is an alumnus of the White House press corps. He was NBC’s White House correspondent between 1975 and 1988. Wallace exhibited the hubris of his exclusive club during his Sunday morning show on May 24th when he went after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. McEnany had dared to challenge the professionalism of the so-called “journalists” present in the White House briefing room. Wallace was dismayed.

The White House correspondents are not used to being reminded of the ethical responsibilities of their profession.

Chris Wallace needs to look in the mirror. So do the present members of the White House Correspondents Association.

Katie Pavlich: School in Session: McEnany Reminds the Media That Registered Voters in Many States Are Also Dead – “explained to reporters, with slides, detailed data and news stories, that voter fraud as a result of mass vote-by-mail schemes is in fact a real problem.” … “She also explained the difference between absentee voting and a mass mail-in voting system.”

neo: What’s going on with Judge Sullivan? [Part III] – “I believe that’s still operating with Sullivan right now. His actions since Barr’s DOJ pulled out of the case have been so outlandish, so egregious, so obviously incorrect in legal terms, that I think he has indeed reached Captain Ahab levels.”

neo: COVID-19 research: the press interprets – another cruise ship study where 80% asymptomatic could either foretell doom or be seen as indicating reduced risk. Guess which take the media uses?

Bruce Deitrick Price: K–12: Elon Musk Says Take the Red Pill – a new meme in town. Price explains and uses education as an example.

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Will they do the right thing?

I & I Editorial Board: Just How Exaggerated Is The COVID-19 Death Count? – “The Freedom Foundation findings came after Colorado’s public health department was forced to admit that nearly a quarter of those listed as dying from COVID-19 didn’t have the disease listed on their death certificates.”

“Beating up” the numbers might be acceptable to public health officials, but for the country as a whole it is turning out to be a complete disaster. If the death toll from COVID-19 is actually in the range of 75,000, then it’s more like a bad seasonal flu than an epidemic requiring a once-thriving economy to shut down.

Democrats keep bleating about how we must follow the science when deciding when and how to reopen the economy. We’d like to know what’s scientific about knowingly inflating numbers just to get people “to care.”

Jim Martin: Prevent the ‘Pandemic Penalty’ on Seniors – “Seniors are counting on CMS to do the right thing and make the necessary adjustments so that seniors won’t be hit with a 2021 Medicare pandemic penalty.”

“One Harvard analysis found that medical appointments had dropped precipitously, with cardiology, gastroenterology and urology services declining by 60% and more. This means that COVID-19 has actually led to a decline in utilization of health care and that costs this year will be lower than normal, thus skewing CMS’ calculation.

This potential “pandemic penalty” on seniors is particularly gut-wrenching because they would essentially be penalized for not seeing their doctor because their offices were either closed due to the pandemic, or access was limited to treating COVID-19 patients.

Will CMS adjust its formula? We don’t know. It has the authority to do so, and the extraordinary circumstances facing the country suggest it should. But the uncertainty only adds to the anxiety of seniors, especially those on a fixed income.

Don Feder: Democrats Invoke ‘Science’ More Than Baptist Ministers Invoke God – “Whenever they can’t think of anything else to say in defense of the indefensible (their shutdown fascism), this is the Democrats fallback position: Forget self-serving politicians like the president. Listen to those wise, heroic, selfless and all-knowing scientists.”

“Democrats have a hard time dealing with ideas. They much prefer clichés. Instead of trying to answer the growing number of shutdown skeptics, it’s easier to invoke unnamed scientists. Then, if you challenge them, you’re anti-science.

Lucianne: Fauci: Data shows no evidence hydroxychloroquineis effective at treating coronavirus – “From what I have been reading HCQ used early on will kill the virus and prevent the inflammatory response that kills most of the people that die of it.” Facebook got caught censoring a Brazilian leader on this despite such facts as decades of common use and many anecdotal reports from the front lines. The ‘science’ needs careful examination as findings that refute experience need support on a par with that experience. Instead, those who dig into ‘studies’ with the conclusion Fauci spouted often show missing variables and questionable methodology or measure. It becomes ill informed opinion masquerading as science. Those who pick up Fauci’s comments as a parade flag are providing a key indicator of irrational behavior.

Nitay Arbel: COVID19 update, May 27, 2020: Norwegian official report now questions necessity of lockdown; Dr. John Campbell on The Lancet hydroxychloroquine study – “Dr. Campbell is clear that neither this study (nor the earlier ones) include zinc supplementation, which would seem to be a fatal flaw.”

Daniel Greenfield: Blue States Take Cops and Firefighters Hostage to Demand Bailouts – “New York, New Jersey, and California are wealthy states. If they choose to have combined state budgets of over $400 billion, while maintaining a bloated bureaucracy, and spending big on welfare and green pork, that is their choice. It is not the responsibility of the rest of the country to bail them out.”

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It’s time to start paying attention to reality

I & I Editorial Board: Science Says: Lockdowns Could Kill More Of Us Than The Coronavirus – “No, we’re not “all in this together.” And doctors, economists and others are concluding that the costs in lives lost may actually exceed the benefits, a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease.” … “In fact, we may be on the verge of a far more serious long-term plague than COVID-19: a wave of what social scientists and doctors now call “deaths of despair.” see also what they’re reading today.

Tyler Durden: “Madness” – Focus On The COVID-19 Death Rate – “The most frightening aspect of the coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) epidemic in the US is that it brought about exaggeratedly heightened fear of death. That fear, once magnified to proportions which become palpable to the individual, became the basis for dreadful economic and medical policies from governments and crushed the natural optimism of the public.

“No cases were reported amongst the homeless on West Coast streets. No deaths among children were reported. And in the closed world of cruise liners and later a military ship, there were lots of early cases and some deaths. As time passed, there was little more bad news. We should have been suspicious of the data.

In the past few weeks, we have obtained more useful data in the US. There were secrets lurking in the data, waiting to be uncovered, that could help ascertain what was really happening. The purpose of this report is to do just that – to ascertain what the data are telling us. It also gives us the basis for judging the appropriateness of past and present policies

In conclusion, the relevant death rate for policy purposes has been obscured. The consequence has been inappropriate policies. They have resulted in a bizarro world of highly restricted commercial functioning and immense economic destruction, alongside no evidence that lives were saved and growing evidence of second-tier loss of life resulting from lockdown.

Carol Brown: MSM reporting of US COVID 19 mortality rate: An exercise in ‘How to Lie with Statistics’ – “Written by Darrell Huff and illustrated by Irving Geis, How to Lie With Statistics is both sardonic and a serious lesson in the abuse of math for propaganda.”

Brian C.Joondeph: Cooking the Books on COVID-19 Deaths – “Fox News, and other cable networks, run a COVID death count ticker on the side or bottom of the television screen just as they show the major stock indices during the business day. Why are they so obsessed with deaths from the Chinese virus?

“If more deaths are better for the Democrat and media narrative, expect to see inflated death counts, erroneously blaming non-virus deaths on the virus. The left is practiced at this since every type of extreme weather, from rain to snow, heat to cold, hurricanes to tornadoes, is blamed on global warming or climate change, depending on which term fits the weather in question.

As states and cities reopen, expect each new death to be trumpeted by the media, with panel discussion by “experts” discussing Trump’s recklessness and disregard for American lives.

Let’s look at some specific examples where government officials are playing footloose and fancy free with death counts.

Scott Morefield: Coronavirus, Gun Violence, and Lame Leftist ‘Logic’ – “To call this ongoing absurdity an overreach is to put it mildly, but overreach is the term that seemingly has defined everything we’ve done attempting to stop a virus that has terrified people far beyond what its capabilities would suggest.” … “they’ve taken the same approach toward gun violence for years. Just ‘ban’ guns, they reason, and gun violence will magically disappear.

Daniel Greenfield: Obama, Clinton 9th Circuit Judges Suspend Bill of Rights Until Coronavirus is Cured – “The Democrat judges did not address the fact that Newsom is discriminating against religious observance. Trump’s appointee did

Victor Davis Hanson: The Doctrine of Media Untruth – “When knowledge, wisdom, independent thought, even basic competence were no longer requisites for success, then the media naturally slid into mediocrity, and mastered networking and obsequiousness instead of valuing independence.”

“As a general rule, when the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN begin to parrot a narrative, the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite.

Jack Kerwick: Mask Nation and ‘the Experts’ – “The Internment of 2020, otherwise known by the Orwellian nomenclature of “Social Distancing” and “Shelter-in-Place,” has always been nothing more or less than an exercise in social engineering unprecedented in American history for both the magnitude of its reach as well as the speed with which it’s been executed.

“Those fears, though—those wildly irrational, paralyzing, life-denying fears—have hurled the country into the Age of the Great UnReason.

And nothing illustrates the contradictions of the age more than the Establishment’s position(s) on the wearing of masks.

The unwillingness of the True Believers in Virus Orthodoxy to so much as consider these questions, let alone answer them, proves the extent to which they are immersed in the Age of the Great UnReason.

Trivia: The human body appears to be a 37 teracells organism.

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What’s that about chickens coming home to roost?

Roger Kimball: Rage and Recriminations in the Wake of COVID-19 – “For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful.”

“In the middle of my tiny neighborhood on the Connecticut shore, there is a nobbly, plinth-like stone about 2 feet high surrounded by a circle of grass and some simple decorative stonework. On one side of the stone there is a brass plaque to “the eternal memory” of the 26 men from the neighborhood who fought in World War I, “the great conflict between liberty and autocracy.” On the other side, a plaque commemorates the 17 men who fought in World War II “that mankind might live in freedom.”

Our ancestors fought for liberty against the forces of autocracy, “that mankind might live in freedom.” We cower in our homes, constantly told to “practice social distancing,” and not to venture out of doors without a mask.

“A population-wide case fatality rate of 0.05 percent,” Ioannidis points out, “is lower than seasonal influenza.” And here was my favorite bit: “If that is the true rate, locking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational.

Back in March, I quoted the commentator Aaron Ginn, who speculated, “When this is all over, look for massive confirmation bias and pyrrhic celebration by elites.

I wondered when it would be that people would cotton on to the fact that the real crisis here was not the disease but our politician-and-media fired panic over the disease?

For the past two months, the country has been on a moral bender, intoxicated by fear and panic. As with most benders, the aftermath will be painful. But the symptoms this time will not be nausea and headache but shame at our credulousness and rage against those who exploited it.

Fraser Myers: ‘Nothing can justify this destruction of people’s lives’ – “Yoram Lass, former director of Israel’s Health Ministry, on the hysteria around Covid-19.”

“It is the first epidemic in history which is accompanied by another epidemic – the virus of the social networks.

It is what is known in science as positive feedback or a snowball effect. The government is afraid of its constituents. Therefore, it implements draconian measures.

Mortality due to coronavirus is a fake number. Most people are not dying from coronavirus. Those recording deaths simply change the label.

The only real number is the total number of deaths – all causes of death, not just coronavirus. If you look at those numbers, you will see that every winter we get what is called an excess death rate.

Among the people who die from coronavirus, the median age is often higher than the life expectancy of the population. What has been done is not proportionate. But people are afraid. People are brainwashed. They do not listen to the data. And that includes governments.

If you look at the 1950s, we had the Asian flu. In the 1960s, there was the Hong Kong flu. These were worse than this pandemic.

The virus, like the influenza virus, is saying farewell to western Europe for sure. The same in the Middle East. In the United States, we do not know yet, so we should talk in a month from now. But nothing can justify this destruction of people’s lives. It is unbelievable.

neo: Again, it appears that Trump was right (case fatality rate) – “Predicting that the rate would fall wasn’t rocket science, either. It was quite obvious to anyone studying the science carefully. … But a lot of people – and by “people” I’m definitely including members of the MSM – don’t seem to get this very basic concept

Twitter: Steve Case says AOL 35 years old today; born when only 3% of people were online for an average of just 1 hour per week. … Benj Edwards: Windows 3.0 Is 30 Years Old: Here’s What Made It Special – “In an era where VGA cards were finally going mainstream, many users began running the environment in higher resolutions such as 640×480.” This was also the debut of Microsoft Solitaire. Things have progressed since then but Solitaire is still there..

But people are afraid. People are brainwashed. They do not listen to the data.

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Looking for the happy warrior

I&I Editorial Board: Still More Evidence That Lockdowns Were A Massive Waste Of Time, Money, And Lives – “as JP Morgan’s Kolanovic noted, “Unlike rigorous testing of potential new drugs, lockdowns were administered with little consideration that they might not only cause economic devastation but potentially more deaths than COVID-19 itself.” What flies by in this look into death and destruction is that a priori assumptions for other preventive actions also suffer by the evidence noted. Lockdowns were not independent of but rather a part of a whole set of behavior impositions that cannot be easily decoupled from gross outcomes.

Julie Kelly: Useless Senate Republicans No Match for the ‘Bums of Steele’ – “In a spot-on tirade, Tucker Carlson called out Senate and House Republicans for their failures on what the president has fairly labeled #Obamagate.

“Unfortunately, in many respects, it’s already too late. The bogus collusion narrative undoubtedly influenced the 2018 midterm elections, handing control of the House to the Democrats. Reputations that have been ruined cannot be restored—Trump can’t get back the first two years of his term. Mueller’s team walks away unscathed while his lead prosecutor raises money for Joe Biden.

This whole fiasco lies at the feet of Senate Republicans. “Useless” might be too kind a description of them.

Andrea Widburg: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany gives reporters another cheerful beatdown – “McEnany’s gift is that, like Trump himself, she’s a happy warrior. She’s never unprepared, she’s never angry, and she never has the cornered quality of a trapped rat.

J.B. Shurk: Democrat vote fraud is real, and Republicans must begin fighting back – “Don’t tell the mainstream media, but another case of “nonexistent” voter fraud managed to squeak a few times this week before “objective” journalists quickly jumped on top of the story and smothered it with a pillow.” … “I’m tired of constantly being shelled by the other side without ever firing back. Democrat vote fraud is real, and it is going nowhere, but only Republicans can choose whether to continue being victims of it.

Hannah Bleau: RNC Joins Opposition to Lawsuit Demanding Ballot Harvesting in Florida – “Per Democracy Docket, created by Marc Elias, former attorney for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the figure behind a slew of the progressive cases seeking to use the court system to upend voting laws ensuring election integrity” … “Several Democrats, Pelosi included, have tried to use the in-person election in Wisconsin to justify their vote-by-mail agenda, despite the fact that the data does not warrant their proposals.

John Nolte: Retracting My Claim that Andrew Cuomo Is Not Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths – “My earlier assumption was based on a sound premise: there’s nothing we can do about plagues. … Weeks before — literally, weeks before — the coronavirus hit New York, we knew the virus was a unique threat to the elderly. …

“For a few seconds on Wednesday, America’s useless and corrupt media, America’s fawning Cuomosexuals, actually stopped fawning to ask the governor about his deadly nursing home policy. To defend his indefensible directive, Cuomo made three absurd and easily debunked excuses.

The bottom line is that thousands and thousands of people died unnecessarily because of Andrew Cuomo’s fatal mismanagement and equally fatal error of judgment. This is all on him, hence my retraction.

Many unhappy warriors, too.

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an awful stench rising from all this

Tyler Durden: Beware The CoronaNazis – “There seem to be an increasing number of players willing to play politics to delay reopening to prize concessions and control. … All political actions have consequences – and when the government has to play to the fears of Corona-phonics and respond to the Virus-Nazis, we are going to get sub optimal outcomes.

ibid: The 2006 Origins Of The ‘Lockdown’ Idea – “What’s truly surprising is just how recent the theory behind lockdown and forced distancing actually is. So far as anyone can tell, the intellectual machinery that made this mess was invented 14 years ago, and not by epidemiologists but by computer-simulation modelers. It was adopted not by experienced doctors – they warned ferociously against it – but by politicians.”

“Thus did some of the most highly trained and experienced experts on epidemics warn with biting rhetoric against everything that the advocates of lockdown proposed. It was not even a real-world idea in the first place and showed no actual knowledge of viruses and disease mitigation. Again, the idea was born of a high-school science experiment using agent-based modelling techniques having nothing at all to do with real life, real science, or real medicine.

Ideas have consequences, as they say. Dream up an idea for a virus-controlling totalitarian society, one without an endgame and eschewing any experienced-based evidence that it would achieve the goal, and you might see it implemented someday. Lockdown might be the new orthodoxy but that doesn’t make it medically sound or morally correct.

Howard Richman: Dr. Fauci and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study victims – this is how you do it! “Fauci is about to begin a study in which he will test HCQ by administering it without zinc to mild and moderately severe COVID-19 cases. In contrast, doctors at St. Francis Hospital in New York pay attention to the medical research. They just announced a study that will test HCQ with zinc with non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients.” This is how folks like Rick Bright get their ammunition.

“COVID-19 patients are largely drawn from groups that are known to have zinc deficiencies (i.e., the elderly, Black Americans, diabetics, those with cancer, and those with low hemoglobin levels). When Fauci tests HCQ on them without giving them zinc at the same time, many will die. In the 1930s and 1940s, the NIH deprived Black Americans of life-saving penicillin in the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Now, under the leadership of Antony Fauci, the NIH is about to begin a study that will deprive them of life-saving zinc.

Edmund DeMarche: Trump blasts ’60 Minutes,’ ‘creep’ HHS whistleblower after broadcast – Bright said “I believe my last-ditch effort to protect Americans from that drug was the final straw that they used and believed was essential to push me out,” – a drug in public use for over 50 years but he wants to save the public from their doctor’s advice.

“Azar hit back Thursday, slamming Bright’s testimony as “yet another attack on President Trump” laden with “disproven, unfounded allegations.”

“The president literally did what Bright is saying should be done,” Azar told “The Story.” “This guy was singing in a choir back then of everybody. We were all singing the same tune, and now he’s trying to claim that he was a soloist.”

Jed Babbin: Rogue Judge Sullivan – “There’s no end to the tormenting of Michael Flynn — but a writ of mandamus from the Justice Department should put a stop to it.” … “Sullivan’s action is unconstitutional, cruel, and an enormous abuse of his judicial power.

“There is an awful stench rising from all this interest in Flynn, the FBI’s misconduct in pursuing him, and the actions of the Mueller prosecutors who pursued Flynn and blackmailed him into confessing crimes he didn’t commit. That stench now also rises from Sullivan’s action in delaying the dismissal of all charges against Flynn.

This has gone on far too long, and at far too great a cost to Flynn and his family. The DoJ should slap Sullivan with a writ of mandamus to the D.C. Circuit immediately. There is no reason for the toll of this injustice to continue to mount.

This has gone on far too long

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The people who obey without thinking

Tyler Durden: It Wasn’t The “Virus” That Crashed The Economy, It Was The People Who Obeyed – “Most human beings still think like slaves. Instead of asking questions or using critical thinking skills to ask if something is right before doing it, they simply obey perceived “authority”. The truth is, this lockdown is the fault of everyone who complied and everyone who used forced to exact revenge on those who disobeyed. It was the same in all tyrannical takeovers in history.

“Mainstream media outlets are still trying desperately to spin the narrative and fault the “invisible enemy” for the very real toll on human life the government’s overreaction has already caused. This is nothing more than propaganda, and once you pick it up, you’ll be able to see it.

The primary threat to freedom and justice is not greed, or hatred, or any of the other emotions or human flaws usually blamed for such things. Instead, it is one ubiquitous superstition that infects the minds of people of all races, religions, and nationalities, which deceives decent, well-intentioned people into supporting and advocating violence and oppression. Even without making human beings one bit more wise or virtuous, removing that one superstition would remove the vast majority of injustice and suffering from the world.

Instead of just blindly obeying the commands, think about it and ask if what you are doing is right. Do you have the moral right to take the rights of others? Applying even the most minimal amount of critical thinking to something can usually get people to what is right. But you have to do be willing to take a look at yourself, and correct your mistakes yourself, and take responsibility for your own actions. Which is exactly why most Americans won’t. Blaming a virus and blindly obeying the ruling class and it’s foot soldiers is much easier than critical thinking.

Eileen F. Toplansky: The Coronavirus Fifth Column – “As left-wing Democrat-controlled states continue to keep people in lockdown, it is becoming apparent that they are using the pandemic as a means to gain ultimate control of people’s lives. … In fact, leftists the world over are exploiting the pandemic in order to create their alleged utopias.

John R. Lott, Jr.: The US is Dramatically Overcounting Coronavirus Deaths – “Over 86,500 people have reportedly died in the United States from the Coronavirus, and the fear generated by those deaths is driving the public policy debate.” … “Relying on these flawed numbers is destroying businesses and jobs and costing lives.” ‘With’ or ‘of’ the virus makes a difference. Incentives matter as well. “It is hard to believe that we are basing such crucial decisions on such flawed data.

Scott Johnson: Coronavirus in one state (41) – “If I were following the progress of the disease in Minnesota for the metropolitan daily newspaper that dominates the state, I would have a big story on the limited risk of fatality among healthy citizens. I would also want to highlight the subpopulations at risk of death on account of serious underlying medical conditions. … Unfortunately, that is not the way it is going down at the Star Tribune.

Matt Margolis: Reporters Ask Kayleigh McEnany About The National Stockpile, Her Responses Were Epic – “She’s regularly demonstrated her ability to handle the media’s gotcha questions and throw them right back in their faces.

Tyler Durden: Understanding The Mueller Lies About Michael Flynn – “Michael Flynn did not do a damn thing wrong in that conversation and the notes from FBI agents Strzok and Pientka, which Sidney Powell finally pried loose after more than two years of the prosecutors hiding exculpatory evidence, do not support the Statement of Offense.

Editorial of The New York Sun: Judge Sullivan Ignores Shocking Record of False Guilty Pleas – “We may be slow, we often say, but then again, too, we didn’t just fall off the turnip truck.

Daniel John Sobieski: Flynn Judge Ignores Supreme Court and the Constitution – “Prosecutors dropping a case in the face of overwhelming exculpatory evidence does not damage the justice system — hiding exculpatory evidence pointing to a defendant’s innocence does, as does one administration conspiring to entrap and frame a defendant chosen to work in a subsequent incoming administration.

Scott Johnson: Obamagate explained – “This is Watergate times 10 or 100 or 1000. It is the greatest scandal in American political history by far. Richard Nixon never had it so good. Not even close.” McEnany explains.

Tyler Durden: Nevada: The Real ‘Golden’ State – “Today’s infographic from Corvus Gold showcases why Nevada may have a better case for deserving California’s nickname of the “Golden State”: we look at the state’s gold production, exploration potential, and even its rich history.”

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Grandma killier is the Godwin of the pandemic

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Let California Twist in the Wind Without a Bailout – “The progressives have been running the state into the ground financially for years, and now they want to use the present crisis as an opportunity to get some federal bailout money to cover for their past financial sins.

“While it’s true that all of these states have been mismanaged to some degree, I am focusing on California because it’s the largest and the most arrogant of the bunch.

The state has been careening towards a pension crisis that people have been writing and warning about for years

There is something particularly infuriating about governors who are arbitrarily keeping their states’ businesses shut down longer than they need to be — looking at you, Kate Brown — begging for money from the federal government. Perhaps they should look at firing up their tax bases again.

Conrad Black: Democrats Charge Into a Political Cul-de-Sac – “Democrats don’t have much hope to cling to, but they don’t deserve better.”

“Democrats, having struck out swinging on collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, and inciting a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election, in their spurious impeachment, have now just dispensed with the inconvenient relic of bourgeois formalism of identifying what it is that is being concealed.

Pelosi and the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), are babbling like malicious idiots about the president’s crimes, of which even desperately partisan inquiries have failed to produce a shred of evidence.

James LileksWednesday Review Of Modern Thought: “Made the mistake of looking at Twitter before the usual “let’s get irritated by the news of the day” time, which is 11 AM, and encountered someone I know and like retweeting stuff about how people want grandma to die. It’s like a switch flips: nope, not going to take you seriously on this matter ever again. Grandma killier is the Godwin of the pandemic.

Hospitals expected a dire situation. April data shows it never came – “Nevada health officials said social distancing measures stymied the coronavirus spread and lessened feared capacity issues at Las Vegas hospitals.” This is an example of bad science. Correlation is not causation no matter how reasonable the phenomena and conclusion seem to be. In this case, there would have to be evidence showing that normal behavior and social distancing produced a clear difference in results. This has not been the case. The data available has too much variability and too many variables for confidence in the conclusion drawn.

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Why is the problem bigger than you might think.

Consider this headline: William Barr’s Perversion of JusticeNew York Times, by Staff. It completely ignores the facts on the table. See Paul Mirengoff: An absurd and outrageous shot at Bill Barr or Ryan Saavedra: Democrat Law Professor Blasts Obama For False Statements About DOJ Dismissing Flynn Case then contrast and compare to the Washington Examiner

Editorial: Travesty of justice finally ends for Michael Flynn – “The Flynn case is a stunning example of an abuse of power at the highest levels of the FBI, which was determined by any way possible to bring him down as part of an effort to damage Trump.

Jason Killmeyer: Our Endangered Transfer of Power – “The 2020 election is fast approaching. If we end up with a landslide, we should be OK;” … “Our risk calculus is off. This is not the time or place in our history to rollout widespread changes to how Americans vote

Clarice Feldman: January 5, 2017: A Day that Should Live in Infamy – “This week saw two major legal developments … Altogether they show a scandalous miscarriage of justice and media malpractice, which continues to this day, instigated by Barack Obama.”

“Once again, Obama makes a statement about law which is demonstrably false. In fact, not once to my recalling has he ever made a statement about the law that is correct.

As to the facts, you simply cannot count on media reports, so I will link for you the Government’s Motion to withdraw the case.

As you read it you will see that once specially appointed U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen finally found the documents long hidden from the defense and court in the bowels of the FBI and DoJ, the government had little choice but to withdraw the case.

A number of analyses — by people who do know enough not to simply rewrite Obama press dictation — provide an accurate and chilling account of the persecution of Flynn.

Monica Showalter: Obama is panicking— “A huge Obama White House effort to spy on a political opponent and prevent him from serving in public office is slowly being exposed.” … “Sundance over at Conservative Treehouse has a very deep dive (it took me an hour to read it, but it never got boring) into the roots of Obama’s rage and why he’s running scared and starting to fight back.” but look at how he and his cohort fights back … e.g.

Charles Hurt: ‘Demand Justice’ Fight Back — Against Judges Who Like the Constitution – “The baseless accusation is even more audacious for anyone with the faintest memory of the decades-long onslaught these people have waged against an independent judiciary in America.

Rutger Bregman: The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months – “When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently from William Golding’s bestseller” … “In hindsight, the secret to the book’s success is clear. Golding had a masterful ability to portray the darkest depths of mankind. Of course, he had the zeitgeist of the 1960s on his side, when a new generation was questioning its parents about the atrocities of the second world war.

“For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from all over the world have switched to a more hopeful view of mankind. This development is still so young that researchers in different fields often don’t even know about each other.

Andrew Gilbertson: Blinded by Doomsday Predictions Masquerading as Science – “we have a serious problem with something masquerading as science: the manipulation of facts and data to create fearful predictive models.

“It is important to emphasize that these ill fated prognostications were not made by carnival hucksters or Times Square loons in sandwich boards; they were the work of highly respected scientists and statisticians, widely publicized in the national media. All were taken seriously at the time.

We need to respect science, but we must stop blindly accepting scientists’ unproven doomsday predictions.

George Neumayr: The Two Popes Problem – “When Pope Francis grants an interview, he makes news by subverting Church teaching. When Pope Benedict XVI gives one, he makes news by upholding it. Therein lies the two popes problem about which the media can’t keep complaining..”

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Scandal Free? Big lies + fake news = mythology

I & I Editorial Board: Where Does Lt. Gen. Flynn Go To Get His Reputation Back? – “It’s time to restore this good man’s good name, tarnished by an illegitimate and illegal investigation by Deep State insiders, and make just restitution for his significant financial losses. It’s the least America can do.

Ernest S. Christian: ‘A Colossal Public Policy Calamity’ – “How did it come to pass that something as patently wrongheaded and predictably calamitous as the nationwide one-size-fits-all 2020 “lockdown” of America could occur?” … “The lockdown arose from the synergistic co-joinder of two contagions: The COVID-19 virus that can kill the body and the fear virus that clouds the mind.

“The movers and shakers, the crisis makers, were those who created the fear virus with their now suspect but then hysteria-inducing predictions that the COVID-19 virus would kill upward of a quarter-million Americans, or many more, and those in the media who relentlessly spread the hysterical fear virus into every nook and cranny of the nation.

In that sense, the “deciders” were, respectively, the expert epidemiologists in the Deep State science bureaucracy who, even if wrong in their predictions, were almost certainly acting in good faith and the media mindbenders who almost certainly were not, but who nevertheless function as an extra-constitutional, unelected and largely unqualified fourth branch of American government.

Very quickly, overbearing and overreacting governors and mayors closed schools, churches and businesses even in areas far away from COVID-19 hotspots – so great was the irrational fear. Fear stalked the vast prairies as well as the rapidly emptying streets in the cities.

Katie Pavlich: ‘Scandal Free’ Obama Strikes Again – “It’s one of the biggest lies in leftist media and insider Washington politics” … “new information about the FBI’s unsubstantiated criminal investigation into General Michael Flynn proves Obama was engaged in scandalous abuses of power right up until the moment he left the presidency.

<p”>Kaylee McGhee: Fake news isn’t a problem as long as it’s anti-Trump – “A deceptively edited video of Vice President Mike Pence is making the rounds, so it’s time for a fact check: … Any claim to the contrary is fake news spread by people unwilling to do a little research.” … “Kimmel was ultimately forced to acknowledge his mistake. His apology naturally included a not-so-subtle jab at the Trump administration. Alas, what more can we expect from people whose instinctual anti-Trump mindset leads them to actively create and spread fake news?

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encompassment

Alan Moran: The Lockdown Strategy Called to Account – “From these estimates and viewed in hindsight, the policy response is excessive.” This analysis does not put a value on all the moral preening going on, though.

John Tierney: What Do We Clap For When We Clap For Government? – “The desire for communion with our fellows is inborn—but substituting allegiance to government for that urge has its perils.”

“We’re all reveling in the joy of “encompassment,” as the economist Daniel Klein terms this primal yearning to share an emotion that involves everyone around us. When we sing in church or cheer at a football game, we tap into that same feeling experienced by ancient hunter-gatherers as they chanted and danced around the campfire.

I hate to think of the price to be paid long after the clapping stops. That bill will encompass us all, too.

John Kass: The Kavanaugh-Biden double standard and an appalling lack of curiosity over Michael Flynn – “Those two stories, the one about Biden and Kavanaugh and the other about Mike Flynn, protrude from the skin like jagged bones, and painfully tell you what you need to know.

Eileen F. Toplansky: Big Tech is Strangling Us – “How ironic that the 1984 iconic advertisement that Apple used to introduce the Macintosh computer “played on imagery from George Orwell’s 1984 novella [sic] presenting Apple as rebels fighting a technocratic elite.” … “How things have changed as the tech giants have morphed into near-totalitarian giants controlling far too much of our lives. Like serfs, we bend to their will or are punished.”

“Moreover, state and federal governments are now preparing to hire “contact tracers.” Also known as “disease detectives,” contact tracers notify people by phone, e-mail, or social media platforms [my emphasis] that they may have had “sustained contact” to someone who has the coronavirus. … Given those who sponsor this program, is it prudent to inquire whether this information can eventually be used against Americans?

sundance: BREAKING – DOJ Finally Releases Less Redacted 2nd Scope Memo (Aug 2, 2017) – Still Missing 3rd Scope Memo (Oct 20,2017)… – “The second scope memo (full pdf here) authorized Robert Mueller to target Carter Page, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, and an unknown entity (Richard Gates, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn Jr. likely possibilities).

“The scope memos are important because when contrast against known evidence of investigative corruption the scope memos show how targets were selected by the Mueller team and approved by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Additionally, the scope memos show what actions Mueller’s corrupt investigative authorities were looking into.

John Hinderaker: Lawsuit Challenges Minnesota Shutdown Order – “The complaint is embedded in full below. I think it poses a formidable challenge to the governor’s blatantly discriminatory and unauthorized exercise of executive power.

Mike Wendland: Will there be resentment if I travel in my RV this summer? – “we think there will be resentment in some places about RV travel this summer because of fears over COVID-19. As we write this in early May of 2020, it’s very clear that some places will be not too happy to see RVers coming into their communities. Is some places, unnecessary travel is being discouraged by health and government leaders for the foreseeable future.

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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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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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