Thanks for all the concern and good wishes.
1. How can we be told that we need to trust “scientists” regarding the Wuhan Virus when they have so far proven uncertain, inconsistent, and, much of the time, wrong? Chatting with my sister about my own symptoms, which I told her did not include key pandemic features but did include others not on the list, she informed me that the list of symptoms had been recently expanded by the CDC. I checked: she’s right. As of April 30, the symptoms of COVID-19 can include fatigue, dry coughs, non-dry coughs, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache,loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as “other symptoms.”
Got it. Everything is a potential symptom, including no symptoms at all. Gee, CDC, thanks for all the timely information.
In further news, the CDC now says coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ via contaminated surfaces.
Our policy-makers have been making decisions in the dark from the beginning. The entire episode should go down in history as a massive failure of the public health establishment.
2. Speaking of being wrong…Jerry Falwell Jr. was roundly mocked and condemned in the mainstream media and social media when he opened up his Liberty University after Spring Break. Virginia governor Ralph Northam prevented on-campus classes from being held, but over a thousand students did come back to their dorms. In a perfect storm of derision for conservatives, evangelicals, faith, and supporters of President Trump, Falwell was accused of “creating a hot spot.” The New York Times quickly reported that several cases of students with “covid-like symptoms” had broken out (See #1). It was wrong, but never corrected itself. An emergency-room physician was quoted as saying, “If Liberty University reopens, people will die.”The Washington Post headlined a story, “An authoritarian power structure brought coronavirus to Liberty University.”
In the end, only one student tested positive for the Wuhan virus, a student who was online, and who hadn’t been on campus before or after spring break. Four employees either working remotely or from offices off-campus also tested positive. No infections were traced back to campus. No Liberty student living on campus tested positive.
Liberty has completed its academic year, and is not among the colleges in desperate financial straits because they kicked all the students out. That’s quite a story: is it “trending” in the news media? Are your social media pals admitting that they, once again, followed their biases and media narratives, and were dead wrong? Nah.
Of course, Falwell just as easily could have been wrong; the result was all moral luck. Nonetheless, when one calls an administrator a fool and a prayer-dependent moron, asserting that he is dooming his students to a deadly fate, and your dire predictions prove wrong, the least you can do is admit it.
3. I’m glad I’m sick enough that I can justify not devoting a whole post to this one. President Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine. Observations:
- If his doctors informed him of the risks and allowed him to go forward with this, then it’s a personal choice.
- Yes, it was stupid and irresponsible to announce it. The President taking an unproven treatment can only prompt others to do so.
- If Trump’s goal was, as it often is, to trigger his enemies—I think at this point “enemies” is a fair description—into making asses of themselves, well. mission accomplished. Nancy Pelosi responded by calling him “morbidly obese,” then yesterday complained about how the President says such terrible, disrespectful things about others, especially women. Trump isn’t morbidly obese—William Howard Taft was morbidly obese—he’s just fat, and saying so is a cheap shot that would be the cause of mass hysteria from the Left if Trump said something similar about, say, Stacy Abrams.
- Joe Biden, of course, was ridiculous, saying, “It’s like saying maybe if you inject Clorox into your blood it may cure you. C’mon, man! What is he doing? What in God’s name is he doing? There’s no serious medical person out there saying to use that drug. It’s counterproductive. It’s not going to help, but the president, he decided that’s an answer….”
Uh, no Joe, it’s not like that at all. Nice job pushing another Big Lie: the President never suggested that anyone should inject bleach into their blood. There is no definitive proof that the drug—it is a drug, Joe, and people take it for malaria, so it’s not like bleach, you lying fool—does any good as a preventative, just anecdotal accounts. There also is no proof that it is doesn’t have salutary effects, though I read several news stories that claimed this. Sure enough, they were citing this study, hich was not what the news media claimed it was.
- Meanwhile, the UK is buying hydroxychloroquine, in bulk just in case it does turn out to be an effective pandemic treatment. Since we have been told that all of our allies hate the President and think he’s a fool, some “serious medical people” must think it’s worth exploring, especially since the “experts” have nothing better to offer. (See #1)
4. She’s a censor, a nascent totalitarian and an idiot: a perfect VP choice! Senator Kamala Harris has introduced a resolution condemning “all forms of Anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19.” Such anti-Asian sentiment includes referring to the virus that originated in Wuhan, China, as the “Chinese Virus” or the “Wuhan Virus.” Co-sponsors of the measure Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.
In a memorable line from “Seinfeld,” Elaine is shocked to learn that men’s penises shrink when exposed to cold water, like the ocean. “I don’t see how you guys can walk around with those things,” she says. I don’t see how Democrats can walk around knowing their party is represented by people like Harris, Warren and Hirono.