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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Nutjob Fauci Now Says Staying Closed for Too Long Could Cause ‘Irreparable Damage’; Calls for Opening Up the Economy

Posted by M. C. on May 24, 2020

https://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2020/05/nutjob-fauci-now-says-staying-closed.html

I really have no idea why so many people take Tony Fauci seriously.

From the start he has been contradictory in his remarks and distorting facts.

I spotted him as a conman before anyone else.

Here are a couple of my posts from March:

Trump’s COVID-19 Fear Monger May Be Worse Than Trump’s Neocon War Mongers

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Why is Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Lying to Congress and the American People?

I really think he is mentally ill. He is out of touch with reality but with a smooth personality. You have to look past his personality and at the coprolite he throws.

Now, he is softening on his long-term lockdown advice—but also hedging.

“I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go,” Fauci said during an interview with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell.

He said the U.S. had to institute severe measures because Covid-19 cases were exploding then. “But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal.”

However, Fauci also cautioned states against reducing social distancing measures too quickly, adding they must take “very significant precautions.”

“In general, I think most of the country is doing it in a prudent way,” he said. “There are obviously some situations where people might be jumping over that. I just say please proceed with caution if you’re going to do that.”

The man is a psychopath who wants to give orders and desires attention. His advice is useless to dangerous though he must be easing up on the lockdown demands because he sees he is losing control.

He should be ignored.

The scientists and medical professionals at Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh are providing sound consistent advice, the lockdown is counterproductive and no one needs to take  “very significant precautions” other than the elderly with serious other illnesses.

Fauci should be delegated to changing bedpans in a VA nursing home—while practicing social distancing.

RW

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Scores of Physicians Want Americans to Know the Truth about Coronavirus: Continued Lockdown Dangerous, Even Deadly

Posted by M. C. on May 21, 2020

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/20/scores-of-physicians-want-americans-to-know-the-truth-about-coronavirus-continued-lockdown-dangerous-even-deadly/#

by Penny Starr

LOCKDOWN DANGERS

Moreover, the doctors agree that while the initial lockdown for a couple weeks or so to make sure that hospitals and the health care infrastructure was prepared for a surge of the coronavirus was wise, the ongoing restrictions are not only not helping stop the spread of the disease but are delaying the inevitable course of this and many other viruses.

“The reality of herd immunity is obviously we don’t know until we know,” Dr. Jeffrey Barke, co-founder of the Person Care Physicians in Newport Beach, California, said. “But we have examples of past respiratory viral infections where we’ve been able to reach a level of herd immunity to protect the most vulnerable.”

“For every child and for every young adult that is locked indoors and is not allowed to be exposed to the virus when they overwhelming do well, especially if you are under the age of 40 or even 50, that’s one person less to achieve that level of herd immunity,” Barke said. He continued:

Even if we don’t get up to the recommended 60, 70 or 80 percent of immunity within the population – even it we only reach 30 or 40 percent – that’s 30 or 40 percent of Americans that are exposed, that are immune and that are no longer able to spread the virus and are able, in some regard, to protect the most vulnerable.

So the reality is that we are way past the time where being locked down makes any scientific or medical sense. We are taking the healthiest folks – the youngest, the strongest, our children – and we are in effect protecting the healthiest herd from being exposed and allowing them to get herd immunity.

So this idea that somehow we have to wait for a vaccination or a cure to this virus in order to open up schools just makes no scientific sense whatever.

“in my view, this is a pandemic of hysteria and emotional overload,” McDonald said. “Beyond a medical pandemic.”

“And the downstream consequences medically are very, very severe,” McDonald said…

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Do You Really Think Masks And Forced Isolation Are Going To Go Away? It Is Time To Stop The Mask Madness And Embrace The Old Normal

Posted by M. C. on May 20, 2020

A thought I had when the lockdown started was will the lockdown stop the annual flu pandemic?

Along with advice on keeping your immune system in peak condition the thing we don’t see in the news is flu data.

If masks and the prison lockdown were stopping flu, as one may expect, big medicine would be shouting it from the rooftops. Not happening.

The CDC stopped publishing weekly flu data early this year but what data there is looks typical. The lockdown and masks apparently did nothing to dampen influenza as one might expect.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm

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“CDC does not know the exact number of people who have been sick and affected by influenza because influenza is not a reportable disease in most areas of the U.S. However, CDC has estimated the burden of flu since 2010 using a mathematical model that is based on data collected through the U.S. Influenza Surveillance System, a network that covers approximately 8.5% of the U.S. population (~27 million people).”

So, the annual pandemic that kills many tens of thousands just in the US every year is not a reportable illness. The CDC uses a “model”. Perhaps the same one that predicted millions of US COVID deaths?

Those that follow the money think that COVID death numbers are being jacked up because it is a money maker. $39K of government COVID cash for each person put on a ventilator last I read. About a tenth of that for each positive test.

As has been reported in COVID hotspot Italy any death may be classified as a COVID death. Goodness knows Italy needs as much free stuff from the EU as it can get.

In the US:

Here’s Illinois’ Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike saying people are listed as a coronavirus death even if they died of alternative causes. “Even if you died of a clear alternate cause but you had COVID at the same time it’s still listed as a COVID death.”

“Even if you died of a clear alternate cause but you had COVID at the same time it’s still listed as a COVID death.”

Illinois’ Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says people are listed as a coronavirus death even if they died of alternative causes. pic.twitter.com/mtButgXHn2

— MRCTV.org (@mrctv) April 25, 2020

https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/04/25/watch-illinois-explains-what-qualifies-as-a-covid-death/

If Illinois admits this, it is likely happening in less forthcoming environments. Say, New York.

A major share of the COVID deaths are nursing home patients. COVID infected patients were forced to remain or be returned to their nursing homes in hotspot New York (in PA too).

https://nypost.com/2020/04/24/new-york-nursing-home-denied-requests-to-send-covid-19-patients-to-usns-comfort/

https://www.breitbart.com/health/2020/04/26/andrew-cuomo-under-fire-for-directive-requiring-nursing-homes-to-accept-coronavirus-patients/

Government making a bad situation worse. The same government that is demanding you live their definition of a COVID life.

The bottom line is health agency COVID data is questionable if not false. I believe COVID is likely the equivalent of a bad flu season.

In any flu season the vaccine is only about 25% effective and its been 100 years since the Spanish Flu. If COVID mutates will we have to wait another 100 years for a 25% effective vaccine?

Vaccine hype masters hope so. They are the Al Gore$ of medicine.

Masks, mandatory vaccine, vaccine digital ID, vaccine passport, contact tracking, virus patents and surveillance, they are necessary because:

Coronavirus is a money maker and a grand exercise in social engineering, fear mongering and control.

The new normal is wearing a mask, no handshakes and social distancing for…ever.  Too many willingly throw away their liberty. They believe what government tells them. Government is their blanky. They will happily stand in line to become part of a government medical experiment.

Do you really think mandatory masks and forced isolation are going to go away? You are a dreamer.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8315479/LA-Mayor-attempts-play-lockdown-extension-August.html

There is no cure for flu. Think of that when you hear the control people say no…fill in the blank…until there is a COVID cure.

Do what is best for your situation. Do what YOU think it takes to stay healthy. But do not undermine those that:

Throw off the government’s symbol of subservience and control that is a mask. Do not want to be medical experiment for profit. Want their old normal.

The state will not make it easy, but we have to try.

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Coronavirus crisis management — what really happened and why it failed

Posted by M. C. on May 18, 2020

https://medium.com/@antonymueller/coronavirus-crisis-management-what-really-happened-and-why-it-failed-844b4c927942

Antony Mueller

Shutting down the economy and bringing social life to a standstill did not contain the epidemic. The virus spread and in addition to the harm done by the epidemic itself, additional immense damage has come upon many people because of the lockdown.

Problematic predictions

As an economist, I am trained in making forecasts and am thus familiar with the pitfalls of making predictions. Many processes in economics have similar patterns as epidemics. From the spread of new products to recessions and the contagions that happen in currency crises, processes similar to “pandemics” take place. Widely ignored at its inception, and at first, only slowly growing, crises often remain undetected until it is too late. When the problem finally gets attention, the authorities tend to overreact. Countermeasures are taken that do not contain the problem but acerbate the problems.

Often it would have been better to do nothing and let the things run its course. Yet governments are asked to do something. The population gets hyped-up as the media urges uncritically that something must get done. The same type of error as it often happens in economic policy has also been the case with the lockdown in 2020.

Epidemiological prediction models are not better than those of the economists. Not much different from dynamic developments in economics, it is also almost impossible to foresee in time and with clarity the future shape and dimension of an epidemic. Epidemic processes happen in the form of a “growth curve” which is a well-known quantitative development in economics, finance, and biology.

When a process grows at a constant rate, the overall increase starts out small but gets bigger and bigger over time until its unavoidable collapse. A bacteria culture, for example, will grow slowly at first and gain speed over time until it finishes off in a total collapse when no longer any host is left.

As can be seen in the graph below (figure 1), the coronavirus epidemic follows the typical pattern of a so-called logistic growth curve with the characteristics of almost flat growth at the beginning to be followed by an increasingly steep rise until a peak from where the curve bends down.

Figure 1: World-wide daily reported COVID-19 deaths from January 22 to May 15, 2020

Source: Our World in Data. Report May 15, 2020

One can see that the curve is almost flat from January until early March but took a sharp upward turn in the second half of March 2020, first moderately and at the end of March at an increasing speed. From the middle of March until early May 2020, the number of daily confirmed deaths surged until it peaked at the beginning of May and has been falling since the middle of April 2020.

To better explain such a growth process in more detail and to highlight its features, it helps to stylize the curve and concentrate on its beginning and the exponential part of the growth process (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Exponential growth process

The curves in this graph (Figure 2) point out that at the beginning of the process with its move from a to b along the time axis (t), the existence of an exponential process is still unrecognizable. In the real world, under data uncertainty, an early prognosis could easily have been linear as shown by line P1. During the first half of the process from almost flat at the beginning (a-b) to the stretch at which the curve becomes visibly exponential (b-c), half of the time has already gone by (from a to b) until its endpoint (d) has been reached. Nevertheless, around point b, the projection would still suggest a relatively moderate development (P2) as the movement of the curve is still only slightly bent upwards after reaching stage b and the effects of the process (Q1) are still mild compared to what they will be in the end. At the time between b and c, it may seem as if the process is still manageable. After all, the quantitative effect (vertical axis) has only moved up to Q2 on the vertical axis.

The part from c to d represents the dramatic part of the exponential growth curve. In about one-seventh of the total time span from almost flat to almost vertical (at d), the largest part of the effects takes place within the time span from c to d. In this phase, the speed of change is so fast that in the case of a harmful policy issue the authorities get overburdened by the events and fall into panic mood, which promotes taking wrong decisions.

At their beginning, exponential growth processes typically remain undetected. Yet when they are recognized, they often motivate their discoverers to exaggerate their dimension. When it is a policy matter, and the media take up the issue, public decision-making tends to discard sound judgement.

Disastrous decision making has also taken place in the confrontation with the pandemic of the coronavirus. In an attack of panic, governments around the world implemented harsh measures to block the spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown of the economy included the closing of schools, the suspension of sports and cultural events, the closing of restaurants, and the shutdown of nonessential businesses. Many governments implanted a policy of social distancing.

Failed policy of “flattening the curve”

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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: What the JC Penney Bankruptcy Filing Really Means

Posted by M. C. on May 17, 2020

But please note, it was not COVID-19 that caused the bankruptcy but the over-the-top lockdowns of much of the country by government officials who acted with no evidence (no scientific studies) that lockdowns are a sound policy to deal with the virus.

https://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2020/05/what-jc-penney-bankruptcy-filing-really.html

The lockdown has taken down a retail giant.

The nationwide department store chain,  J.C. Penney, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday evening.

J.C. Penney has received debtor-in-possession financing of $900 million of which $450 million is new money.

J.C. Penney said it believes the new financing and cash generated from its business, is expected to be sufficient to sustain its business and restructuring needs.

But, as part of the financing, J.C. Penney must explore additional opportunities to maximize value, including a third-party sale process.

The company, founded by James Cash Penney in 1902, operated 846 department stores in 46 states as of February 1.

J.C. Penney hinted at some store closures in the bankruptcy filing but didn’t go into specifics. It is, however, possible the retail chain might not survive at all.

The department store chain was dealing with a heavy debt burden before the lockdown occurred and the shutdown of stores across a large swath of the United States did it in.

“The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for our families, our loved ones, our communities, and our country. As a result, the American retail industry has experienced a profoundly different new reality, requiring JCPenney to make difficult decisions in running our business to protect the safety of our associates and customers and the future of our company. Until this pandemic struck, we had made significant progress rebuilding our company under our Plan for Renewal strategy – and our efforts had already begun to pay off. While we had been working in parallel on options to strengthen our balance sheet and extend our financial runway, the closure of our stores due to the pandemic necessitated a more fulsome review to include the elimination of outstanding debt,” said J.C. Penney CEO Jill Soltau in a statement.

JCP will not be the only victim of the lockdown, overall we are seeing a shrinkage of the productive capacity in the country while at the same time witnessing a massive (trillions of dollars) Federal Reserve money pump. More money floating around and fewer products and services is a prescription for accelerating price inflation.

But please note, it was not COVID-19 that caused the bankruptcy but the over-the-top lockdowns of much of the country by government officials who acted with no evidence (no scientific studies) that lockdowns are a sound policy to deal with the virus.

RW

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Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About the Lockdown – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 16, 2020

We have to be realistic, Emanuel urges us, and accept that we will be giving up cherished things for a long time, “things like schooling and income and contact with our friends and extended family.”

You read that right.

Things like schooling and income and contact with our friends and extended family.

This is insanity.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/05/thomas-woods/your-facebook-friends-are-wrong-about-the-lockdown/

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If you prefer to resume living a normal life, or not see everything you’ve spent decades building destroyed in a matter of months, or your children not to waste away in a world of computer screens and “virtual playdates,” you must want to kill people’s grandmothers. That’s what millions of your fellow Americans think.

Think that’s an exaggeration?

Take a glance at social media. Fact-free hysteria, and accusations of murder, are everywhere.

I myself was initially very concerned about COVID-19, and my Twitter feed bears this out. I am still concerned, and I think vulnerable people should take sensible steps to protect themselves. But when I observed how people I now call the Doomers conducted themselves, I began to wonder: if this is such a home-run case, why are they acting like this?

Wild, exaggerated predictions carried the day. In Florida, my state, we were told we’d have 465,000 hospitalizations by the end of April. We had about 5500. Our governor closed down the state two weeks later than the Doomers wanted, so they predicted piles of corpses. These never materialized.

What modest numbers have been seen in Florida have been concentrated overwhelmingly in just three of the state’s 67 counties.

Then I noticed that good news from around the world was greeted almost angrily. I have never seen anything like this. It’s as if some people need the virus to be an apocalyptic problem.

I would ask questions and get curt answers. “Wait two weeks,” I’d be told. Then, I was assured, I would see that some country or state that hadn’t joined the lockdown cult would get what was coming to it.

Piles of corpses were supposed to appear in Japan. Just wait two weeks, they said, and Japan will get what’s coming to it for not taking our advice. You’ll see!

Then…nothing.

Then it was, “Oh, the Japanese wear masks and wash their hands,” etc. Nice try, Bozo. You knew they did these things before you made the ghoulish predictions.

What’s so hard about admitting: we’re not entirely sure what’s going on here?

And although the news we’ve been hearing about declining cases in Georgia and Florida, which have been reopening, is good, “cases” are not primarily what should concern us. The more we test, the more “cases” we find. The point is, most “cases” wind up amounting to precisely nothing.

There were over 800 “cases” at that South Dakota meat packing plant, and so far over 800 recoveries.

In March we got lurid reports of a doubling of “cases” in Hong Kong. We’d better wait two weeks! Piles of corpses!

Eight weeks later, zero additional deaths.

Meanwhile, the lockdowns are having horrific consequences on a scale most people do not realize, but which I describe in a free eBook I’ve just released, called Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About the Lockdown: A Non-Hysteric’s Guide to COVID-19.

And interestingly enough, if you plot the timing of the lockdowns in the various states against their health outcomes, the result is completely random. More on that in the book.

Like most people, I am all for taking reasonable precautions and keeping an eye on the virus. And we can discuss which methods more effectively preserve biological life.

But is mere biological life worth living? This is not a question the “experts” are qualified to answer.

If people’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations are all dashed for an indefinite period of time, which purveyors of the present strategy almost flippantly propose, is that really living?

“Probably no large gatherings for a long time,” we’ve been told. How long?

And what are “large gatherings”?

Oh, just concerts, theater, lectures, church, sporting events, the arts in general – pretty much everything that makes life worth living.

The kind of “life” all this portends has a pulse, yes, but no soul.

If I may dwell on the “large gatherings” issue for a moment: for anyone who performs in front of an audience – dancers, musicians, comedians, magicians, athletes, singers, actors, whatever – the present pandemic strategy means your hopes and dreams are on indefinite hold, and may never be able to be fulfilled.

Dr. Zeke Emanuel of the ironically named Center for American Progress contends that we need to be on lockdown for 18 months until there’s a vaccine (as if that’s a guarantee, or the vaccine is effective, etc.). He says:

How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is we have no choice….

Conferences, concerts, sporting events, religious services, dinner in a restaurant, none of that will resume until we find a vaccine, a treatment, or a cure.

We have to be realistic, Emanuel urges us, and accept that we will be giving up cherished things for a long time, “things like schooling and income and contact with our friends and extended family.”

You read that right.

Things like schooling and income and contact with our friends and extended family.

This is insanity.

The response, meanwhile, has proceeded as if everyone were equally at risk. But the extraordinary thing about this virus, an aspect we had no right to expect but which should be helping us devise an appropriate response, is that it takes a particular toll on the elderly.

The fact remains: more people over age 100 than under age 30 have died. According to Neil Ferguson, the principal architect of the major UK model of the virus, between one-half and two-thirds of all people dying from COVID-19 would have died within a matter of months even in the absence of the virus.

So how about, instead of fruitlessly trying to distribute millions of “tests” all over the place, we concentrate our energies on helping the most vulnerable, and giving everyone else back the one life we each get?

For that matter, how about we avoid the approach of certain Democratic governors and not send COVID-19 patients, still contagious, back into nursing homes?

Those would be good starts.

In the UK, Lord Sumption just wrote:

What sort of life do we think we are protecting? There is more to life than the avoidance of death. Life is a drink with friends. Life is a crowded football match or a live concert. Life is a family celebration with children and grandchildren. Life is companionship, an arm around one’s back, laughter or tears shared at less than two meters. These things are not just optional extras. They are life itself. They are fundamental to our humanity, to our existence as social beings. Of course death is permanent, whereas joy may be temporarily suspended. But the force of that point depends on how temporary it really is.

Right on.

In the meantime, build up your intellectual ammunition against the lockdowners and civilization destroyers with my free book:

http://www.WrongAboutLockdown.com

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The Best 5 Minutes on the Internet – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 14, 2020

The face of the Covid response, if not the true power behind it, is of
course Tony Fauci. His decades burrowed into the federal bureaucracy has
given him a scientific power base using influence, money and bullying
to control the public health response to infectious disease. The putrid
undergrowth of his career as described by Judy Mikovits and others makes him the J. Edgar Hoover of public health.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/05/ira-katz/the-best-5-minutes-on-the-internet/

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The Covid debate about the lockdown is often posed as a choice between the economy (wealth, money) and lives. There are many with whom I agree with that turn this debate into lives versus lives, as the health cost of the lockdown is already enormous for many reasons. For example, in the short term the mental health of people in isolation will deteriorate potentially leading to suicide. All other healthcare is being ignored. An old student of mine who runs an emergency unit in a hospital told me the patient load is about 5% of normal. Were all of those strokes and heart attacks fake?

In the medium term, a country racked by an economic depression will not have the same healthcare system as a prosperous one. As Robert Wenzel reports, the rising food costs will really hurt social security recipients.  Stopping production across the country while creating trillions in new dollars is a recipe for economic disaster that has never been witnessed in the United States.

But let’s consider in the long term a different aspect to this Covid response that has nothing to do with data or modelling. That is the unprecedented restrictions on the population. The rule of law, freedom of assembly, freedom of worship, the freedom to work and use property (closing of businesses) have devastated the last vestiges of our constitutional order. If we understand the ratchet effect as developed by Robert Higgs, the freedom lost in this debacle will never be fully recovered short of a revolution. From September 11th we still have the Patriot Act, the TSA, and forever wars. Now the choice between lives and freedom is often put forward by our fearless leaders in Washington who fight behind computer screens. They gladly sacrifice thousands of soldiers and millions in civilian collateral damage as a necessary cost for our freedom. What is coming in forced vaccination and tracking of the population is truly frightening. And yet now, most people meekly accept this legal and moral travesty to protect lives.

The face of the Covid response, if not the true power behind it, is of course Tony Fauci. His decades burrowed into the federal bureaucracy has given him a scientific power base using influence, money and bullying to control the public health response to infectious disease. The putrid undergrowth of his career as described by Judy Mikovits and others makes him the J. Edgar Hoover of public health. His insistence on vaccine, vaccine, vaccine as the only viable response to Covid, as Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams described in his Senate testimony, could be a turning point because it is so ridiculous. He says we must wait at least another year to restart normal life. Imagine a whole year of school missed over the whole country. Will Tony isolate seniors for a whole year with no visitors. You might as well shoot them now. People must recognize that this is madness.

From a philosophical point of view, this Covid response places one aspect of health as the highest priority (a false idol) above all else. Afterall, the churches (and all other religious gatherings) are closed. This point was made in a wonderful way in a discussion that I think is the best 5 minutes I have seen on the internet in a long time. There is a little corner of the internet that I came to know through Jordan Peterson that is an in-depth discussion of the Meaning Crisis (see my description here). Now I want to mention again the YouTube channel A Quality Existence created by Sevilla King, who delves into the philosophy and literature of Robert Pirsig (e.g., Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance). She recently posted a discussion with Christopher Mastropietro. He works with John Vervaeke, a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto, who has created a project called Awakening from the Meaning Crisis. Mastropietro is a young man who speaks spontaneously in beautiful poetic phrases about philosophy. King as well has a soothing mellifluous voice (she is a practicing therapist). Together they discuss among other things the Covid situation. They make the point that life always consists of risk-benefit tradeoffs. A proper balance is essential. Starting about minute 49 Mastropietro illustrates this point with the example of smoking. Can you imagine the beauty of smoking! I have never inhaled myself, though I often thought of taking up the habit as solidarity to the truly oppressed class called smokers.

I recommend watching the whole conversation, but you must see the 5 minutes about smoking starting at about 49:00. It is wonderful.

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Sweden’s Coronavirus Strategy Will Soon Be the World’s | Foreign Affairs

Posted by M. C. on May 12, 2020

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/sweden/2020-05-12/swedens-coronavirus-strategy-will-soon-be-worlds

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China placed 50 million people under quarantine in Wuhan Province in January. Since then, many liberal democracies have taken aggressive authoritarian measures of their own to fight the novel coronavirus. By mid-March, almost all Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries had implemented some combination of school, university, workplace, and public transportation closures; restrictions on public events; and limits on domestic and international travel. One country, however, stands out as an exception in the West.

Rather than declare a lockdown or a state of emergency, Sweden asked its citizens to practice social distancing on a mostly voluntary basis. Swedish authorities imposed some restrictions designed to flatten the curve: no public gatherings of more than 50 people, no bar service, distance learning in high schools and universities, and so on. But they eschewed harsh controls, fines, and policing. Swedes have changed their behavior, but not as profoundly as the citizens of other Western democracies. Many restaurants remain open, although they are lightly trafficked; young children are still in school. And in contrast to neighboring Norway (and some Asian countries), Sweden has not introduced location-tracing technologies or apps, thus avoiding threats to privacy and personal autonomy.

Swedish authorities have not officially declared a goal of reaching herd immunity, which most scientists believe is achieved when more than 60 percent of the population has had the virus. But augmenting immunity is no doubt part of the government’s broader strategy—or at least a likely consequence of keeping schools, restaurants, and most businesses open. Anders Tegnell, the chief epidemiologist at Sweden’s Public Health Agency, has projected that the city of Stockholm could reach herd immunity as early as this month. Based on updated behavioral assumptions (social-distancing norms are changing how Swedes behave), the Stockholm University mathematician Tom Britton has calculated that 40 percent immunity in the capital could be enough to stop the virus’s spread there and that this could happen by mid-June.

Sweden has won praise in some quarters for preserving at least some semblance of economic normalcy and keeping its per capita death rate lower than those of Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. But it has come in for criticism in other quarters for exceeding the per capita death rates of other Nordic countries and in particular, for failing to protect its elderly and immigrant populations. People receiving nursing and elder-care services account for upward of 50 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Sweden, according to Tegnell, in part because many facilities were grievously slow to implement basic protective measures such as mask wearing. Immigrants have also suffered disproportionately, mainly because they are poorer on average and tend to work in the service sector, where working remotely is usually impossible. But Swedish authorities have argued that the country’s higher death rate will appear comparatively lower in hindsight. Efforts to contain the virus are doomed to fail in many countries, and a large percentage of people will be infected in the end. When much of the world experiences a deadly second wave, Sweden will have the worst of the pandemic behind it….

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And They’re Gone! The Obscenity of Dr. Fauci’s Jobs-Mageddon – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 12, 2020

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/05/david-stockman/and-theyre-gone-the-obscenity-of-dr-faucis-jobs-mageddon/

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David Stockman’s Contra Corner

Yes, they are…..gone.

We are referring, of course, to all of the jobs created not only since the Great Recession bottom, but during the entire 21st century to date!

That’s right. The 20.5 million jobs plunge reported for April essentially wiped out the “strong labor market” brouhaha of the 244 “Jobs Friday” reports since January 2000.

In fact, the 131.072 million nonfarm payroll jobs reported for April 2020 were actually below the 131.124 million jobs reported way back in February 2000 when Bill Clinton was still scurrying around the White House looking for some place to hide the blue dress.

Total Nonfarm Payrolls, 2000-2020

Needless to say, embedded in the above disastrous chart is the boot heel of Lockdown Nation at its most vicious. That is, it has brutally monkey-hammered those channels of daily economic life that are based on social congregation – bars, restaurants, hotels, malls, salons, gyms, movies, concerts etc.

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This Is What Australia Does To Mothers And Their Children Who Protest Against Tyrannical Lockdown — Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

Posted by M. C. on May 10, 2020

Australia is less wild and carefree and more like mother England than you would like to think.

Originally posted on Truth To Power: See the video at twitter of a young mother being arrested by several police officers, one moving in front of the filmer’s camera … what’s to hide you would have to ask? For one the little child towards the end, kicking and screaming, traumatized at his/her mother being removed in such a fashion. (Mamas I […]

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