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Jack

Sir,

LA County apparently wants to extend the lockdown by another 3 months. This is just insane!

Old guys like me could hang out more at the ranch but the youth need to be out and about.

There’s no perfect risk-free scenario as you point out. Unfortunately we have cultivated a nanny state of big government and big business that are quite rapacious in reality. Has any state actually passed legislation to enforce lockdowns? These are just executive orders at the state and local levels. It would appear that these orders suspends the constitution? I’m surprised no one has yet challenged these orders in state and federal courts.

We sure are an afraid lot. What happened to the derring-do?

Keith Harbaugh

BTW, notice how Ukraine has vanished from the national conversation.
Who needs to keep yapping about how Trump let down (one faction in) Ukraine when they can blame him for the economic calamity which, in point of fact, is due to the vast overreaction that has been pushed by the media and Dem politicians.
For example, failing to point out that New York has unique demographics, which directly and conclusively led to its high hospitalization and fatality rate.

turcopolier

james

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_immunity Idiot

Keith Harbaugh

A key point the media doesn't adequately emphasize, IMO, is the sharpness of the dependency on age.
In Virginia, there have been, to date, roughly 900 deaths attributed to the virus.
Of those deaths, over half were to people over 80.
Roughly one quarter were people in their 70s.
About 15% were people on their 60s.
Less than 10% were people under 60.
There were ZERO deaths of people under 20.

To see a bar chart which shows the exact numbers, visit
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/
Then click on "Demographics", then set "Select Measure" to "Deaths".

Fred

"public health experts"
These folks appear to be expert only at guaranteeing thier jobs. The backpedaling, double speak and out right fraud is beyond shameless. I notice we aren't talking about the Georgia death count any longer but St. Travoon of the skittles accolyte. This thing is over but for NYC and the politicians in the democratic death traps being governed by fools. Ordering infected elderly patients back to nursing homes, which experts advised that to Cuomo and Whitmer? Suicide, drug overdoses, those deaths don't count?

"Biden? Pelosi? Juan Williams? Northam? You want them?" No, nor Whitmer nor Newsom. If we get them I won't be around much longer than your doggies and I'm much younger than you and SWMBO.

John Merryman

I think a big part of the problem is the total lack of any deeper philosophic debate, as part of a normal social functioning. People want answers not truths, so there are plenty of politicians and priests, but philosophy is neutered and left to the back alleys of academia.
We are linear, goal oriented creatures in a cyclical, reciprocal, feedback generated reality, in which there is this organic interplay between competition and cooperation, as well as public and private functions of society, etc. So when we impose this goal oriented model on those facts of life, we end up with a bunch of absolutist ideologs running the world and using the other side as boogymen to rally their cultists. Rather than appreciating such interplay is fundamental to life.
When we have such a fundamentally primitive understanding of how reality functions, having nuanced discussion of life and death issues is not possible.

Eric Newhill

The people won't stand for Fausti's nonsense, nor the Democrats'. They will just open their businesses and local governments - especially county level - will allow it. Already happening in PA. Heck even some states are doing it. As counties and states open up, the populations of those that do not will become increasingly agitated and begin to break "the rules". There will be a ripple effect. The cowards and social media magnates and leftists will call them names and wave fingers at them, but the people won't care. Actually they will continue to open with even more fervor just to give give these "elites" the finger.

As always, the socialist/dictator class ignores human nature and believes people can be programmed. As always, they are wrong. People are no longer buying the models and case rates BS, etc. that the "scientists" put out there. Geekery ain't cutting it any more.

Hopefully, this will all occur peacefully with the socialists/dictators just throwing up their hands. If they double down, then the tree of liberty gets watered. Probably the outcome that needs to happen, terrible as it is. Right now Pelosi is trying to develop a plan to bribe the people into staying locked down and vote democrat. It will fail.

Terence Gore

"The countries that are doing the worst mostly seem to be converging on something like 3,000 to 6000 deaths per 10 million population. I see this as a significant finding, in that it rules out extreme scenarios. For example, someone said today that without various social distancing and lockdowns the US would have over a million deaths.

But that would be about 30,000 deaths per ten million, which is way off of the top of the chart below. I’m sorry, but that is highly improbable."

From https://wattsupwiththat.com/daily-coronavirus-covid-19-data-graph-page/#001

Good charts showing percentage as part of total population. Uses
logarithmic scale to show how exponential growth is slowing down. We seem to be aligned with most northern European countries excepting Germany. South Korea is almost off the chart low.

http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/05/covid-19-drug-for-outpatients-tested.html

"A clinical trial is underway at Stanford Medicine to determine whether a drug can keep people who’ve just tested positive for the coronavirus out of the hospital, help them recover faster and make them safer to be around in the meantime.

The researchers also want to know whether the drug stems viral shedding, which would reduce transmission to family members and the community.

The drug being looked at, interferon-lambda, is a manufactured form of a naturally occurring protein that’s been given in previous clinical trials to more than 3,000 people infected with hepatitis viruses.

“Its safety profile appears to be excellent,” said principal investigator..."

JerseyJeffersonian

Don't always worship Elon Musk's POV, but he is taking a stand here with which I fully agree.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/05/11/elon-musk-states-he-will-reopen-tesla-factory-despite-unilateral-municipal-rules-if-anyone-is-arrested-i-ask-that-it-only-be-me/

Maybe he just wants an excuse to get out of Commie-fornia, or wants to stay, but beinf shut down is a no go. His attitude will be a help yo the little guys wanting to open up, with any luck.

optimax

A man I worked with said don't ever marry a microbiologist, it'll drive you crazy. He was married to one. Now that our country is basically being run be technocrats, I know what he means.

A Japanese study says 80% of people wearing masks reduces the spread of the infection significantly. Japans rate of infection is a fraction of the US. They wear masks and haven't shut down the economy. The Chinese in S.F. Chinatown suffered few infections because they prepared for the outbreak early due to Chinese returning from Wuhan warnings about the outbreak and they wore masks. Some of the Chinese were harassed for wearing masks, which is a moronic reaction.

TV

This has become a sort of "perfect storm"
The bureaucrats (Fauci, Birx, et. al.) enjoying their power trips and spotlight:
The "experts" who are more wrong than right.
The Democrat-media party whipping up the panic and getting another chance at Trump with maybe a bonus - the economy tanks and makes Trump's re-election problematic.
And feeding all this BS - the lambs (baby sheep) of the population never looking at a number (fatality rate is < 2%, predominantly elderly with underlying health issues), just want mommy government to tell them what to do and how to live.
I see dimwits riding around in a car wearing a mask.

Deap

Time to revisit the One Percent Doctrine, that allegedly Dick Cheney used to get us into the Iraq War. If there is a one per cent chance of something happening, treat it like a 100% chance.

The One Percent Doctrine is paralyzing government decision during this election year - one percent chance of a single person dying and somehow linked to Covid-19, and we shut 100% of everything down rather than take the risk.

Today's equivalent of the Gordian Knot - just bust through it. Let the chips fall where they may, because we have finally reached the no good solutions stages of this argument. The only winners are the smug Nancy Pelosi's until someone gets in her face and calls her on this.

Two battles to fight:

1. The virus itself - which is proving to be relatively benign in comparison

2. The all encompassing fear, blame and hysteria that "someone" is still stirring up for their own benefit, including those willing to let it control their lives.

We are in either a huge generational or societal shift right now - I suspect we are all too close to really see what is going on or why. But the shift was global and resonant. Historians a century from now will see it as clearly as we now see other major cultural shifts.

Hunter-gatherer to agrarian to industrial to digital information ...to ???? Those shifts were obvious now, but what did they feel like when they were happening and life forever was evolving differently?

The real virus is the spread of disinformation. Local shelves are still devoid of paper towels and toilet paper - what ever was that connection? How do we live with this reversion to symbolic and totem behavior. If I have enough TP, I am safe?

Was it Alexander Graham Bell or Marconi who experienced the first wire or telephonic communication - what hath God wrought? Indeed. What hath the Digital Age of global communication wrought.

But we are not fighting land wars, we are now truly a small world, yet we have no unknown horizons to physically explore. There is no more mystery about the world, there are no more far away places with strange sounding names...... have we mourned yet what we lost forever, before we welcome what the new future will become.

(You wanted philosophy, a ramble of thoughts, John Merryman ....whither we goest next?) Yes, what if there is no vaccine. What if we revert to dealing with randomness and loss of control in our lives .... in our souls.

Is this in fact Baby Boomers finally facing mortality, which they are demanding we all share with them? They lived their lives as the Youth generation, the trend setter and their dominant demographics dragged us along with them for their entire lives - no matter what side of the boomer curve on resided. (War Baby far side myself).

Botttom line - far more than just a virus is going on. Any flu used to the "the old man's friend" ... now even "one more death" defines our global responses. From the grit of Invictus to this current demand for Invincibility.

No I don't want to die yet, but where else am I going right now with just the turn of each calendar page.

Deap

Invictus
BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

LL

How much will it cost to keep Joe Biden protected from the infection during the elections and after if he gets elected? Will he even be able to function when he can't meet people face-to-face. He is 77 and will be 78 later this year. Trump is at least 73.

While the country is opening, the congress is voting to stay home and vote remotely! (https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/12/politics/house-remote-voting/index.html) Apparently, remote voting is needed because of "growing concerns ... that the House's prolonged absence from Washington has undercut" the ability of the legislature to function!

The 116th Congress is the oldest in history. Average age for Senators - 63, representatives - 58. Senators over 80 - 6; senators 70 and over - 28. Can these people represent their much younger constituents and carry out their duties? When the country opens, these people need to continue self-isolating.

Seems to me that all public officials over 70 should resign immediately. Special elections where needed can then be conducted Nov to elect a young congress representative of the age of the country and able to meet in person without seriously risking lives of its members.

This will set the right tone for country opening. As of right now, the elected officials representing the people are in hiding...

Yeah, Right

One common reason for an inability to produce a vaccine is when the virus mutates too quickly, so that this year's vaccine (if one exists at all) is ineffective against next years virus strain.

If that is the case with covid-19 then you are never going to get a long-term herd immunity in a population; each year will bring a new strain and everything begins anew.

You can get close by developing a new vaccine every year (as with influenza) and promoting mass-vaccination, but it remains to be seen: as you said, a vaccine for covid-19 may elude science altogether.

There are now no good choices for the USA. Those countries that are thinking of restarting their economies are able to do so because
(a) they have reduced the rate of infection to very low levels while
(b) preparing themselves for aggressive testing and thorough back-tracing to contain the inevitable flare-ups.

Neither condition is true for the USA at this point in time.

Jim

Rarely do I hear two words in a row: "safe vaccine". Instead, orthodoxy, this neo-Fundamentalism that has no place in genuine science, just assumes that vaccines are safe and effect.

Safe, effective vaccines are not the norm at all, regards influenza.

Effectiveness rates should be at least 90 percent, for someone getting a flu shot.

Rarely are they even 50 percent, according to CDC data.

And we're constantly lectured, practically brow beaten to get flu shots, with MDs and CDC, and NIH, and WHO saying even at less than 50 percent effectiveness, we are supposedly better off, and "safer" getting the shot than not.

Vaccines are matter of faith, not science, for health care cartels.

RFK's son is one of the few who demands safe, effective vaccines, and is deemed by the cartels and media lap dogs as deviant. Mocking him is in vogue. For daring to question the cartels, the vaccine syndicates, and for pointing out vaccines that kill people or make people sick -- there is no liability, on the part of the vaccine makers.

A strain of influenza A appeared late in last year's flu season, in Feb. 2019.

The vaccine used was worthless, a scandal actually, given its overall VE, vaccine effectiveness was [only] 5 percent, according to The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 221, Issue 1, 1 January 2020.

Influenza A(H3N2) clade 3C.3a, is that strain's official name.

Influenza has been around many decades, killed more than a million, and health experts were, or claim to at least, to have been caught flat footed by the 3C.3a clade. And worse, reading the JID essay: they are just guessing at times, it appear.

The JID essay says: "Reasons for increased A(H3N2) activity due to clade 3C.3a during the 2018–2019 season in the United States are unclear; before this season, clade 3C.3a viruses had cocirculated at low levels with clade 3C.2a viruses since 2014."

https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/221/1/8/5609441

They did not know at the time the vaccine was worthless? and nine months later, in this paper, it remains unclear to the experts? I suspect one reason for this neoFundamentalist enforced orthodoxy and censorship running amok is precisely because the goal is not science, rather, it is uncritical acceptance of diktats. Put another way: WHO, CDC, Fauci, Gates, etc., are vaccine traffickers.

For some age groups, last year's vaccine for this clade of influenza A was less than zero percent effective, which statistically just translate to zero. At least a placebo does not harm.

It may be controversial to say this, but the Salk vaccine, to eradicate poliovirus, was a boon for the middle classes and upper classes, who did not live in squalor, and, had better access to hygienic conditions, etc., and thus, did not build up a "herd immunity" to poliovirus, -- in contradistinction to the poorer classes, who, though not totally immune, were at lower risk, much lower risk, having developed a herd immunity for this infectious disease owing to their environment.

When Jonas Salk developed a vaccine in the 1950s, how to test its effectiveness, VE, with children, was a bit of a perplexity, since middle class and wealthier parents would be more willing than poorer parents to consent to testing, since the disease was more prevalent among the middle and higher classes. The question was, how to conduct a double blind randomized experiment to demonstrate if it was effective vaccine for children.

"It was known that higher income parents would consent to treatment much more readily than lower income parents. Unfortunately, children from higher-income parents were much more vulnerable to polio than children from lower-income parents. Lower-income children lived in less hygienic conditions and were more often exposed to the polio virus. Hence, they developed a natural immunity." [1999: Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists, p. 108; Joseph Petruccelli, Balgobin Nandram, Minghui Chen, Prentice Hall]

What is worse? at this point:
1] having no safe, effective, novelcoronavirus vaccine, or
2] having no safe, effective, Influenza A(H3N2) clade 3C.3a vaccine -- yet pretend that we do, as is exactly what happened last year

At best, the rate we are going, "reopening" will go something like: they are pretending to protect public health and we are pretending to believe them.

If this is true, this best case scenario, as it were, then the entire public health cacophony become a reckless side-show, with no consensus, and more censorship -- that has effect of actually making sure there won't be consensus, since all competing perspectives won't be permitted. Rather, only those that comport to a narrative that is not in the public interest at all. But is in the interest of various and sundry vaccine traffickers, World Health Organization comes to mind, among others.

Catch 22.

Also of note:
[[One theory of the origin of AIDS is that it developed from contaminated vaccines used in the world's first mass immunization for polio. There are a number of reasons why this theory is plausible enough to be worthy of further investigation.]] This is according to research of Brian Martin, University of Wollongong, Australia, Professor of Social Sciences.

https://web.ccsu.edu/afstudy/upd9-1.htm

No one knows, nor can anyone know, the side effects of new vaccines. It is at best a crap shot, a roll of the dice.

Up until this novel coronavirus, this seemed to be generally understood, thus, it was also understood that, to use a metaphor: one can never catch ones own shadow.

But that is exactly what this treadmill, that we are now on, is. [An added irony is that too many in this day and age of drug drugs drugs want to be high on something, or in some sort of full or semi stupor.]

Massachusetts Department of Public Health data as of May 12 says two interesting things:
1] "Deaths of ConfirmedCOVID-19 Cases 5,141"
2] "deaths following completed investigation" total 2,345. Of this total, 98.5 percent, or 2,309 had "underlying conditions"; 1.5 percent, or 36 deaths had no underling condition
[see page 13, https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-dashboard-may-12-2020/download ]

So, here, we can be sure that about half the deaths have been investigated to determine exact cause of death. And only 36 deaths out of a population of more than 6 million people were directly caused by Sars Covid2 virus, the COVID-19 disease.

The increasing enforcement of an "orthodoxy" on scientific issues, exemplified by AVAAZ working hand in glove with Facebook, to ban and cancel a wide range of perspectives, to name just one egregious example of this, involving novel coronavirus content, exemplifies the un-seriousness of these pseudo scientists.

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Bill H

I watched an almost full length YouTube video of the interchange between Rand Paul and Fauchi, and then watched what NBC News showed of it on the evening news. It came across as two entirely different, contradictory conversations, which entirely reversed the gist of what transpired.

Unmentioned in Fauchi's (and others') dire predictions is that this is the SARS2 virus, successor to SARS of 2003. The symptoms are exactly the same, although mortality SARS2 is much lower. Remember what happened to SARS? We never found a cure or a vaccine. We never developed "herd immunity." The virus just spontaneously died out after its "spring offensive."

It never occurs to anyone that SARS2 might do what SARS1 did.

eakens

Democrats can do what they want, but guess what states are open and people are not afraid of coming out of their homes to vote...

walrus

Col. Lang, With the greatest respect, I strongly disagree. I also respect your willingness to risk yourself and family in support of the greater good. However, You and others are advocating “herd immunity” for the general population in order to “protect the economy”. I see it as the exact reverse; We need an economy with “herd immunity” to protect the population. You are saying that the community must sacrifice members to protect business, I am saying we must sacrifice businesses to protect people.

I will not address the obvious technical issue: if there is no vaccine, then by definition, there cannot be herd immunity.

Like it or not, we are NEVER, going back to the old economy, no matter how much money Mnuchin throws at it. It’s not worth protecting J.P. Morgan and suchlike anyway because they have long ago abandoned their roots in performing the productive allocation of capital. So you and I should risk our lives for the vampire squid? No way!

I am already seeing economic changes here and I’m sure there are the same in the U.S. as the economy changes to accommodate social distancing. IT companies are being run off their feet. Likewise courier and online shopping enablers, There are numerous restaurants and cafes turning into self service businesses. There must be others I don’t know about. Tradesmen are still busy, people are working from home. We are working out how to live with this virus and prosper. The losers are shopping malls and big retail chains, airlines, tourism, personal trainers, hairdressers, dog shampooing services. That’s right! The “productive” core of the economy, not. So what does the media highlight? Mom and Pop stores! Tell the effing economy to take a few hits! Not the people.

Furthermore on the streets you will hear renewed nationalism- no chinese imports, bringing back local manufacturing - and you are saying we should protect Walmart? That conduit of chinese crap?

Furthermore as I have pointed out before, a laissez faire policy risks destroying society because even if most infections are benign, the health system won’t cope with the millions of worried sick. Once that fails, you won’t have an economy, you’ll have dystopian anarchy. That means the fights over bags of rice thrown off the back of trucks, etc., that I’m sure you have seen yourself.

we have two lots screaming for help. The people and the economy. The economy is a human construct. Businesses are not human. We can rebuild the economy. We can’t rebuild a destroyed dystopian society.

I know the Democrats are game playing. I know we all distrust the government.

Fauci has said he is basing his advice on science. Social distancing is what? A 600 year old proven technique. ...And he is wrong for advocating that? Don’t shoot the messenger.

What I’m far. more concerned about is the probability that China has calculated that an inwards looking, pampered, self absorbed, bunch of western snowflakes cannot effectively respond to a pandemic. Rand Paul dissing Fauci indicates the Chinese might be right. Trump is obviously fuming about China. That way leads to a hot war.

BillWade

Realtors in SW Florida are expecting an slight increase in home sales this coming season, Nov to Apr. The way things are going it might be more like hordes of refugees.

David Lentini

We don't need a vaccine, we have a cure: hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) + AZT + Zinc; a combination that is under $5 per treatment, has a 91% effectiveness rate at curing coronavirus, and can be used a prophylactic. Fauci himself said HCQ was effective against coronaviruses in 2005.

And Facui is not just some academic. He's a stooge for Gates and those who want to use the virus to destroy Western society and replace it a Chinese model of totalitarian control.

turcopolier

David Lentini

I'll put you down as undecided. (joke) I agree with you.

Diana Croissant

I couldn't agree more. I feel like Anne Frank hiding out from the Nazi thugs in a small "secret annex" and wonder if it will all be for naught and I will end up in the Nazi furnaces for all my trouble.

Give us the chance to take our chances.

As for Pelosi and any Democrat who may vote for her idiotic spending plan, don't forget what happened to Marie Antoinette when the starving masses rose up.

I was actually cheering when I heard Rand Paul yesterday.

turcopolier

walrus
The Economy is the sum total of all our activities, not just THE BUSINESSES. IMO you cannot reach a status of any kind of decent life unless the people are allowed to live as they wish. I don't go out unless it cannot be avoided. Neither does SWMBO. This is not a kamikaze mission for us. I am going to cook up some nice swordfish for dinner. What do you think? Are there any Tasmanian Tigers left?

CK

This might shine a little light:
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/05/no_author/coronavirus-and-dodgy-death-numbers/
or as Upton Sinclair has observed: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."

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