political tool and talisman

Here’s another dose. Graphs are so sciency but will they penetrate the fog? These 12 Graphs Show Mask Mandates Do Nothing To Stop COVID. Yinon Weiss – “No matter how strictly mask laws are enforced nor the level of mask compliance the population follows, cases all fall and rise around the same time.” … “the damage created by the panic was too great to undo.” … “The mask dogma had many cracks in it from the start.” These graphs compare countries and states with cases versus time marking when mask edicts were issued so you can see the effect of the edict.

“In the end, it will be the loss of credibility in our scientific institutions, and the unnecessary division they have sowed among us, for which masks will be remembered.

Do Masks Work? John Hinderaker – “With regard to COVID, we are awash in unreliable or even intentionally misleading empirical claims. A neurosurgeon from D.C. who understands statistics analyzes a popular claim that is being made on behalf of mask mandates.” … “People need to understand what is going on here!”

Five Reasons the Diet Soda Myth Won’t Die. Tiffany Doherty – “There’s a decent chance you’ll be reading about diet soda studies until the day you die. (The odds are exceedingly good it won’t be the soda that kills you.)” There is a pattern in this.

“Moreover, too many reports still focus only on the relative risk and not on the absolute risk. If a risk increases by 10 percent, for example, that sounds bad. But if the baseline risk is 0.1 percent, that 10 percent increase winds up moving the baseline to only 0.11 percent.

It would probably be a public service if we stopped repeating a lot of this research — and stopped reporting on it breathlessly. If that’s impossible, the best people can do is stop paying so much attention.

Theologian John Piper’s Case Against Trump Is Intellectually And Morally Bankrupt. Kylee Zempel – “Piper’s argument boils down to this: It’s crazy for Christians to think Trump’s sins are less serious than Biden’s policies. Here’s why he’s wrong.” … “Piper’s framing is at best problematic and at worst intellectually dishonest, for he doesn’t make an appropriate comparison.”

“Piper’s value judgment comes at the disposal of Trump’s policy victories, many of which are advantageous to those pursuing godliness, and at the oversight of Biden’s demonstrably depraved character.

Perhaps Piper compares Trump’s character with Biden’s policies because his analysis is based on typical media characterizations rather than the men’s actual merits.

what is truly baffling, to use Piper’s word, is that a Christian could, with intellectual honesty, say that Biden’s character is better.

Eternity is more important than Election Day, but it is wrong to assume that Christians who would maintain a zeal for the preservation of the freest country on Earth would do so at the expense of eternal joys. It is likewise wrong to assume that the two cannot go hand in hand, for to save America and her benefits is to perpetuate a cultural climate in which the gospel can go forth freely, family structures are prized, children learn truth, and life is valued.

Is America Going To Let The Party Of Riots, Re-education Camps, Coups, Intolerance And Segregation Win The White House Tuesday? I & I Editorial Board – “ Today’s Democrats are defined by policy choices and actions that are not consistent with liberty and independence. They are the party of:” and here’s a list.

and again:

to save America and her benefits is to perpetuate a cultural climate in which the gospel can go forth freely, family structures are prized, children learn truth, and life is valued.

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