Why aren’t you at the beach?
1. One reason: it’s stupid at the beach. Here’s a sign on a beach at Ocean City New Jersey:
Explain that, please. Are you OK as long as you stay on the surfboard, but not permitted to swim if you fall off? Why is a solo sunbather breaching the rules? Sitting in chairs is dangerous, but standing around is not? These kinds of arbitrary restrictions can’t be justified, and will inevitably lead to public distrust and defiance…and ought to.
Here is the obligatory clip from “Bananas” (with Greek subtitles, for some reason):
2. Here’s the “expert” who is imposing dubious restrictions in LA County: Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer, who first told the county’s board of Supervisors that the county’s “Safer at Home” order would be extended for three more months when it expired yesterday, then extended it with no end date. The reason her opinion should be worshiped without question is…well, I don’t know what. As I keep trying to explain to my Deranged Facebook friends, you only allow doctors to dictate policy if the only thing the public has to worry about is health, since that’s all doctors care about: if we are reduced to living on roots and berries and living in caves, well, if everyone is healthy, that’s a win from from a doctor’s perspective.
Dr. Ferrer, however, isn’t even a medical doctor. She’s not an expert in virology or epidemiology. She has a Ph.D in social welfare, making her a Doctor of Wokeness, and also has the degrees Master of Arts in Public Health, Master of Arts in Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies. Based on these credentials, she is paid a half-million dollars a year to tell citizens how they will be allowed to live their lives “for the greater good.”
3. Then there are dog experts...In various posts about anti-pit bull dog breed bigotry, I’ve pointed out that news reports and even supposed dog experts frequently misidentify the breeds involved in attacks and mauling. The default ID is that any dog that attacks a human being is a pit bull ( which is really a generic term for any dog that looks like what people think pit bulls look like, including American Bull Dogs, Bull Mastiffs, Bordeaux Mastiffs, and this thing (I want one!), which is called an “American Bully”…
…among other non-pit bull breeds. Two days ago, it was reported that an Illinois woman was killed by her…French Bulldog. You know, one of these:
The story said that the dog was 55 pounds. Well, Frenchies are typically about half-that size. Sure enough, a little checking revealed that the dog was a mix. Also of note, a woman commented on the story complaining that USA’s ” file pic used for this article is a Boston Terrier. How do I know? because I own one. and my daughter has a French bulldog. they are not the same breed.” No, they’re not. But the USA Today pictures were definitely of pure breed French Bulldogs…which were not implicated in the attack.
4. I still have no idea whether masks are good, bad, or indifferent. As late as mid-April, WHO was saying that healthy people needn’t wear masks. Two days ago, a neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock, wrote for Technocracy that people who aren’t sick should not wear a face mask. Blaylock said that since there have not yet been any studies of the effectiveness of masks in slowing or preventing COVID-19 transmission, we should look to the impact masks have had against the flu. He cited a 2012 analysis on this point:
As for the scientific support for the use of face mask, a recent careful examination of the literature, in which 17 of the best studies were analyzed, concluded that, “None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.”
Those wearing the most effective masks, N95 respirators, are at risk of negative effects from having their oxygen intake limited for extended periods of time.
Meanwhile, some experts are saying that it is dangerous to wear a facemask while exercising, as demonstrated by the case of the Chinese jogger who ruptured his lung running while wearing one..Never mind! The City and County of Los Angeles announced that residents are required to wear masks whenever they’re outside of their homes, even while exercising.
Of course, the expert Dr. Barbara Ferrer, who you met in #2 above, is calling the shots, so I’m sure it’s safe.
5. These people aren’t “whistle-blowers.” Dr. Rick Bright, a vaccine expert who until last month led the federal office in charge of developing measures to help guard against infectious threats and securing vital supplies, testified this week that the Trump administration is mishandling the response to the pandemic. The news media is calling him a whistle-blower. That gives him a mantle of braver and virtue that he does not deserve. Such people are not highlighting waste, fraud and abuse or unlawful activity. They are classic “disgruntled former employees.” His whistle is that he doesn’t agree with the policies his superiors decided upon, so he is exploiting the media’s hostility to the administration to strike back at those who over-ruled him.
If Congress wants to hear what he has to say, that’s fine, but the public is being deceived about what Dr. Bright is doing. Saying, “I’m right and they are wrong” is blowing his own horn, not a whistle.