Coronavirus

Fighting Covid? It Just Didn’t Matter

Featured image Prior to 2020, I don’t believe it had ever been suggested that a government could “fight” a virus. But in 2020, lots of governments tried–the feds and every state, in one way or another. We saw catastrophically destructive shutdowns, as governments around the world and here in the U.S. claimed that they could fine-tune virus transmission by destroying businesses and ordering citizens to stay home or congregate only in small »

Who Will Be the Next Neoconservatives?

Featured image As the country going through a cycle of leftist madness last seen in the 1960s, we can recall that a number of liberals woke up to the defects of their creed, and became the founding generation of “neoconservatives,” that is, liberals who had been “mugged by reality.” That original generation were mostly academic social scientists of one stripe or another. Will we see a new generation of “neoconservatives” arising out »

Take the Damn Mask Off!

Featured image In the New York Times, David Leonhardt writes about “Irrational COVID Fears.” The subhead: “Why do so many vaccinated people remain fearful?” Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because of constant media hysteria, and the insistence by Dr. Fauci and others that vaccinated people continue to wear masks? That isn’t where Leonhardt is going, of course. He begins with the fact that most people are terrible at objectively assessing risk. That »

Masks Today, Masks Tomorrow, Masks Forever!

Featured image Some elements of our society have enjoyed covid. Many liberals like shutting down other people’s businesses, expanding government powers and generally bossing the rest of us around. Mask mandates have been especially popular on the left because they are a cheap form of virtue signaling and a visible sign of liberals’ power over the rest of us. There are, I think, many on the left who really don’t want to »

Mayor Bowser’s odd decision

Featured image Earlier this week, two Washington, D.C. high school football powers clashed on the gridiron. But the game between St. John’s and Gonzaga did not take place in D.C. Nor was it played outdoors. Instead, the game was held at an indoor facility across the river in Northern Virginia. Why? Because Muriel Bowser, the mayor of D.C., did not allow the teams to square off in the city. I’ve tried to »

A vaccination pause that seems senseless and harmful

Featured image America’s health bureaucracies have been forced by the pandemic to make dozens of difficult decisions and recommendations. Some of them have been sound and some have been flawed. In some cases, we still don’t know for sure whether the decisions/recommendations were sound or flawed. I don’t blame these bureaucracies for getting stuff wrong. They were faced with a virus about which very little was known. It was always likely that, »

Is The Coronavirus Finished?

Featured image The Centers for Disease Control is an unreliable, politicized agency, in my opinion. But I assume they can aggregate death totals accurately from local sources. For the last year, there clearly have been some excess deaths, from all causes, over demographically predicted norms. That is what the chart below, from CDC’s web site, shows. But we also know that the overwhelming majority of people who died from covid, or rather »

Today In Covid Response Fiasco

Featured image Has there ever been a time when the world’s “elites” have been either so incompetent, or so corrupt, as at present? One silver lining of the covid epidemic is the light it has shed on the quality of leadership in government, public health and media. The fiasco of leadership on covid is a daily phenomenon; here are a few current instances. Over the last year, the World Health Organization has »

“Out, Nazis!”

Featured image I don’t know the whole story here, but this two-minute video is rocketing around social media today, reportedly showing a clergyman in Canada telling the police and a public health bureaucrat to leave his church immediately. I’ll update as I find more details (here’s one early news account), but for the moment, this is the sound of someone asserting their liberty. The clergyman speaking is reportedly Polish, and from the »

An Ex-President Strikes Back

Featured image President Trump has had it with taking shots from Dr. Fraudci and, most recently, Deborah Birx. Today he sent out this email, telling his side of the story. Quotable quote: “…Dr. Fauci, who said he was an athlete in college but couldn’t throw a baseball even close to home plate…” Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters »

Coronavirus in one state (158)

Featured image Today is the first anniversary of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s self-parodying fiasco of a speech on the public health emergency allegedly created by Covid-19 (video below). I lived in blissful ignorance of Governor Walz before the speech. Now my motto is Tear down this Walz. The guy is a glorified used car salesman of the Joe Isuzu variety. I bought the car from him on March 25, 2020, but it »

Death Rates Plummeting

Featured image In my opinion, the covid lockdowns in Europe, the U.S. and some other countries have been one of the worst public health fiascos in recent history. I don’t know whether the true story will ever be written, but we have devastated the lives of our young people and destroyed countless businesses–in other words, people’s lives–in a vain attempt to reduce the death rate among the elderly and frail. The Wuhan »

Studies find that masks work [UPDATED]

Featured image There are various ways to analyze the controversial question of whether wearing a mask helps prevent transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus. One way is to examine what happened after mask mandates were imposed in various jurisdictions and compare it to what happened in jurisdictions that declined to impose that mandate. This study used that approach. It considered the top 15 states in terms of coronavirus infections in the period from »

Coronavirus in one state (157)

Featured image My pace in covering the course of the epidemic and related developments in Minnesota has slackened along with the Minnesota Department of Health’s pace in responding to my questions under the terms of their settlement agreement with me. I have yet to receive responses to my questions submitted on March 7 and March 14. They have finally responded to my question regarding cases traced to tribal casinos. It is a »

Do Masks Work?

Featured image We are surrounded by sheep people wearing masks. Photographs taken during the past year will forever be recognizable as dating from the era of covid hysteria. Dr. Fraudci and others assure us that masks work, although if you plot cases, hospitalizations or deaths against dates when mask mandates were adopted, it is impossible to see any effect. And studies that purport to “prove” the effectiveness of masks fall apart on »

Mask Theater In the Senate

Featured image In a Senate hearing earlier today, Rand Paul took Dr. Fauci to task for wearing a mask (or two) in public when he has already been vaccinated. Paul, who has been a stalwart throughout the covid fiasco, pointed out that there is virtually no chance of a person who has been vaccinated getting the Wuhan bug, so why the mask? Further, if people have to continue wearing masks for years »

The Wuhan Flu, One Year Later

Featured image As we know, it about a year ago that we began the two-week lockdown to “flatten the curve,” which will linger in the annals of government doublespeak for a long time, since “two weeks” turned out to mean “a year.” Somewhere along the way, it became “racist” to call it the “Wuhan virus,” which must be insulting to the West Nile virus, the Spanish influenza of 1918, the Zika virus, »