Coronavirus

Kevin Roche speaks

Featured image Gene Galin interviewed Kevin Roche for Chatham Journal last week. I have posted the video below. Kevin is the proprietor of Healthy Skeptic and the former general counsel of UnitedHealth as well as former CEO of its Ingenix division. Kevin has tracked the data and the research on Covid-19 from the beginning. He knows what he is talking about and is able lucidly to articulate his knowledge. The video supplements »

High anxiety

Featured image President Biden’s CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper in Baltimore this past Thursday night should be a source of disquiet and consternation to anyone who cares about the United States. Fielding what must have been screened questions submitted by a friendly invitation-only audience, Biden required a number of clean-ups in aisle 46 back in the White House. Dominic Green touches on a few particulars in the Spectator column “Biden builds »

Where we are now

Featured image Tracking the party line on the course of the epidemic in Minnesota, Kevin Roche unloads on Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health in the Healthy Skeptic post “It’s not good to bottle up your negative feelings…” Kevin has been compiling data on breakthrough infections in graphic form, as he did here last week. (Kevin refers below to the updated table that he has not yet posted to his »

Are the Vaccines Failing? (II)

Featured image Kevin Roche, the Healthy Skeptic, has compiled the most recent Minnesota data on covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths. First the chart, then some comments: Breakthrough Cases 10-11-2021 The numbers jump around wildly from week to week, and the Minnesota Department of Health deliberately makes them, to some degree, opaque. But during the last week, covid deaths among the non-vaccinated were down 7.6%, while deaths among the vaccinated were up 96%. »

South by Southwest

Featured image Over the weekend through mid-day yesterday Southwest Airlines had canceled more than 2,000 flights. I take that number from the New York Times story, which seems to reflect something like current numbers. This industry report tabulates a variety of relevant numbers and characterizes the situation as an “operational meltdown.” Southwest attributes the “disruptions” to “weather and other external constraints.” Both Southwest and its pilots’ union deny that the company’s vaccine »

The COVID Mask Slips

Featured image So what’s the real story with Southwest Airlines cancelling over 2,000 flights the last few days? The airline said it was weather and air traffic control related, but somehow these conditions didn’t seem to affect any other airlines very much, and in any case there was not much weather to speak of in the southeast where most of the cancelations occurred. Southwest’s labor union was quick to deny that there »

(Not that) Bill Walton with Philip Hamburger

Featured image Philip Hamburger holds an endowed chair at Columbia Law School and is author, most recently, of Purchasing Submission: Conditions, Power, and Freedom, just published by Harvard University Press. I was a fanatic admirer of Professor Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (2014), which I reviewed for National Review in “A new old regime.” I thought it was the most important book I had read in a long time and still do. »

That’s easy for him to say

Featured image On Thursday President Biden spoke at the Clayco data center construction site in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Biden was promoting compulsory Covid vaccinations (White House transcript here). Has OSHA — the federal agency assigned to promulgate the regime of compulsory vaccinations on the private sector — gotten around to issuing the “emergency” regulation Biden has ordered up? Answer: No. On Thursday the White House also issued a 26-page report on »

Does anybody know anything?

Featured image The phrase, or admonition, “nobody knows anything” has become a popular one. It took off after the 2016 election, in which Donald Trump surprised nearly everyone supposedly in-the-know by defeating Hillary Clinton. The phrase can’t be taken literally. Even in 2016, we knew that Clinton would carry New York and Trump would carry Alabama. We can’t even say that nobody knew anything significant about the election. We knew that Clinton »

Where we are now

Featured image Kevin Roche has posted striking data on relative death risks in the matter of Covid-19. While the Star Tribune continues to wage a campaign of fear consistent with the Democrats’ agenda, I asked Kevin for a set of bullet points drawing inferences with public policy implications from the data — “broader commentary on where we are with the epidemic, in light of my relative death risk tables,” as he put »

Are the Vaccines Failing?

Featured image Pressure to get vaccinated against covid is immense. Liberals demand that non-vaccinated people be denied medical care. In New York, you aren’t supposed to be able to enter a bar or restaurant without a certificate of vaccination. Questioning of the efficacy or desirability of vaccination is banned on social media. And Joe Biden says the fight against covid will be won when 97% or 98% of our population has been »

Lockdowns and Elite Lockjaw

Featured image I’ve been arguing for at least a year that we’ll eventually look back on the government handling of COVID (in particular lockdowns) as perhaps the greatest single public policy blunder in decades. And the evidence is starting to accumulate. Like this article—which is a meta-analysis of hundreds of published studies—in the International Journal of Economics and Business, just out a week ago from Douglas Allen of Simon Fraser University in »

The lab leak exposed

Featured image RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan must read a lot of columns in connection with his work. When he singles one out, I infer it must be good. On Twitter Tom draws attention to the Wall Street Journal column “Science Closes In on Covid’s Origins.” Subhead: “Four studies—including two from WHO—provide powerful evidence favoring the lab-leak theory.” The column is written by Richard Muller and Steven Quay. Muller is emeritus professor of »

Time for Fauci To Go

Featured image Anthony Fauci is the ultimate bureaucrat. He is 80 years old and has worked for the federal government since the Lyndon Johnson administration. Apparently there is no expiration date for bureaucrats. Fauci has been wrong so often, and has contradicted himself so many times, that much of the public has lost confidence in him. Yet he clings to office like a superannuated senator. Yesterday Hugh Hewitt recited some of Fauci’s »

Promising New COVID Treatment

Featured image Today Merck announced development of a drug that appears to treat covid successfully. This account is from the London Times: An antiviral pill cuts the risk of needing hospital treatment from Covid-19 in half and slashes the chance of dying, according to landmark findings that promise to bring the world closer to normality. The potentially game-changing results offer the promise of a completely new way of treating the disease, and »

J’accuse

Featured image Of all the world’s countries that have overreacted to the covid virus, Australia ranks near the top. It has become a virtual police state, with multiple videos of police assaults on peaceful demonstrators going viral worldwide. And for what? A respiratory bug. One of the problems with trying to keep an island nation covid-free is that there is no apparent end game. Will Australia shut down forever? Presumably not. But »

I’ll have what he’s having

Featured image The new ad attacking Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (video below) is a little wide of the mark for anyone who has a clue. For Power Line readers no comment is necessary. I will only say that the ad reminds me of the famous scene in When Harry Met Sally. I’ll have what he’s having. I meant to get to this a couple of days ago and overlooked it in the »