Shapes of things: Facebook edition

Featured image It is past time to resume my “Shapes of things” series on our Orwellian present. This is approximately the thirty-third installment, but the first since January 1 of this year. I have fallen down on the job. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs convened on Wednesday to hear from current and former social media executives. The hearing was called to address the impact of social media on »

Young People Shouldn’t Be Vaccinated…

Featured image …or, at a minimum, they shouldn’t be boosted. I am not an anti-vaxxer, although my mind has been opened by recent events. But for now, let’s stay with the case at hand: covid 19 vaccines and boosters, which millions of young people are being required to take, whether they like it or not. College students can’t enroll without getting shots, soldiers are kicked out of the Army if they don’t »

Facing the Truth About Lockdowns

Featured image In my opinion, the responses of governments to the covid epidemic represent the worst failure of public policy since, at least, the Vietnam War. In fact, the covid responses were probably more destructive than Vietnam. You would likely have to go back to the perverse reactions of the Hoover/Roosevelt administrations to the Great Depression to find their equal. The centerpiece of governments’ efforts to “fight” the covid virus was lockdowns »

Fauci’s long goodbye

Featured image At age 81, the fallacious Dr. Anthony Fauci is living proof that self-love can’t kill you. If self-love could kill you, Dr. Fauci would be pushing up daisies instead of basking in the glow of his bottomless self-regard. His official motto — “La Science, c’est moi” — is fit for a king. Students of ancient history may recall that only last month Fauci contemplated leading the NIAID and advising President »

The Walensky confession

Featured image CDC Director Rochelle Walensky confessed to the agency’s failure last week. What was the agency’s failure? That is not so clear. The New York Times story on Walensky’s comments notes that unnamed others “said it was difficult to judge Dr. Walensky’s moves without more information, including the report she commissioned.” Indeed, Walensky’s “moves” remain almost entirely unspecified and those that are specified lack substance. It would be pretty to think »

Will Our Cities Come Back?

Featured image This Research Brief from the Institute of Governmental Studies at Berkeley measures the extent to which cities and, specifically, downtowns have recovered from the covid shutdowns. The piece is noteworthy because of its methodology: it uses cell phone data to track the extent to which people are returning to various cities and the downtown areas within those cities, so it is based on objective reality. I encourage you to follow »

Lockdown Disasters

Featured image Around the world, an accounting is finally under way for the disastrous shutdown policies that were followed by many governments. The Telegraph headlines: “Lockdown effects feared to be killing more people than Covid.” The effects of lockdown may now be killing more people than are dying of Covid, official statistics suggest. Figures for excess deaths from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that around 1,000 more people than usual »

CDC Admits Its Covid Performance Was Lacking

Featured image Today CDC Director Rochelle Walensky released a video to the agency’s 11,000 employees that was sharply critical of CDC’s covid performance: Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Wednesday delivered a sweeping rebuke of her agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it had failed to respond quickly enough and needed to be overhauled. “To be frank, we are responsible for some »

Is Covid Over?

Featured image Most Americans are over Covid, which is a very good thing. But what about the disease itself? Has it gone away, not to return, or will it be back soon in another wave and perhaps another variant? This screen shot comes from the CDC web site. It shows total deaths in the US, from all causes, by week. Over the last five or six months, total fatalities have essentially tracked »

Give Birx the works

Featured image Michael Senger read Deborah Birx’s memoir Silent Invasion: The Untold Story of the Trump Administration, Covid-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It’s Too Late so that we don’t have to. In Senger’s judgment, Birx’s book “reads like a how-to guide from the front lines of subverting a democratic superpower from within.” Given late-breaking events yesterday, I can’t declare this the quote of the day, but it deserves special attention: »

The whining

Featured image As I mentioned earlier this week, I was expelled from the daily Minnesota Department of Health Covid briefings conduced by Commissioner Jan Malcolm after I emailed a critical question to her staff. I repeatedly emailed to ask why I had been expelled. I left one or two voicemails with the head MDH communications asking why I had been expelled. I received no response or explanation. I then filed a Minnesota »

Biden tests positive again

Featured image President Biden took an ungracious victory lap when he came through his bout with the current variant of the Covid virus this week. I discussed his remarks in “What base ingratitude.” This morning he tested positive again (per an antigen test) in what his physician has deemed a case of post-Paxlovid “‘rebound’ positivity” — in a statement released from somewhere he can’t be asked public follow-up questions. He says Biden »

“What base ingratitude”

Featured image Winston Churchill was a magnanimous man of exemplary character, yet Stanley Baldwin tested his limits. He held Baldwin responsible for Britain’s lack of preparedness to go to war with Germany when the crisis inevitably came, as Richard Langworth recounts. During the blitz, when informed that a German bomb had fallen on Baldwin’s house, Churchill quipped, “What base ingratitude.” When Baldwin died Churchill rendered judgment: “I wish Stanley Baldwin no ill, »

Biden unblinking

Featured image According to the White House, President Biden has tested negative and recovered from his bout with Covid. This according to the announcement of of Biden’s personal physician today. Precautions will be taken to protect him from a “rebound” infection. Where is Kevin O’Connor, the president’s personal physician? He appears to have adopted his own basement strategy a la the Biden 2020 presidential campaign. He has remained away from the press »

Look back in anger

Featured image You may recall the 1964 fantasy film The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao. Steven Mosher’s New York Post column now gives us the 5 fallacies of Dr. Fauci. (He could easily have made it 7 or more, for that matter.) According to Mosher, the 5 fallacies of Dr. Fauci include contact tracing, failing to protect the vulnerable, closing the schools, mistakes on natural immunity, and funding Chinese labs. This one »

A Covid origin conspiracy

Featured image Although the fallacious Dr. Fauci recently appeared for a segment with Neil Cavuto, I think that Fauci has generally avoided any of the tough interviewers at FOX News. He knows he won’t necessarily be accorded the treatment to which he is accustomed — treatment as a god whose every word is gospel. He nevertheless accepted an invitation to appear on Special Report for an interview with Bret Baier yesterday and »

Kevin Roche: Pandemic of the vaccinated

Featured image Given the news of President Biden’s case of Covid, Mr. Techno Fog cruelly excavated the videos below of Biden lecturing us that the spread of the virus represents a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” July 2021: Joe Biden: “You’re not going to get Covid if you have these vaccinations.” July 2022: Joe Biden tests positive for — James Melville (@JamesMelville) July 21, 2022 "This continues to be a pandemic of »