Is “racism” a public health threat?

Featured image The CDC’s director, Biden appointee Rochelle Walensky, has declared that racism is a public health threat. Accordingly, she has vowed to invest more resources in minority communities. To the non-woke, Walensky’s declaration might seem like politically correct nonsense masquerading as science, in service of funneling money to a core Democrat constituency. But to leftists, the statement is true by definition, based on the following syllogism: 1. All outcomes unfavorable to »

Conditional ethics

Featured image We have written about several problematic Biden nominees for high level positions: Neera Tanden (who is probably not going to make it), Xavier Becerra (who might not), and two DOJ nominees, Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke (neither of whom should make it). Vivek Murthy, Biden’s selection for Surgeon General is another nominee to watch. Murthy, whose hearing is on Thursday, served as Surgeon General under President Obama. It’s impossible to »

Joe Biden’s villainous pick for Assistant Secretary of HHS

Featured image Rachel Levine is Joe Biden’s selection for Assistant Secretary of HHS. She will be the first transgender nominee to a Senate-confirmed position (or maybe just the first known one). I don’t care. Do you? What I care about is Levine’s record as Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary. It is sickening, as Ed Morrissey shows: While Levine ran the Pennsylvania health department, she followed the example of Andrew Cuomo in ordering nursing homes »

Are shutdowns leading to youth suicide?

Featured image They are, according to this article in the Washington Post. And why wouldn’t they be? As a result of shutdowns and lockdowns, teenagers are not going to school, not playing sports, and not hanging out with friends. That’s a formula for depression and, in too many cases, suicide. The Post’s article, which appears in the sports page, focuses on the denial of opportunities to participate in sports: For many teens »

Blacks are wary of covid vaccine. Why is that?

Featured image The Washington Post reports that African-Americans are less willing than Whites and Hispanics to be vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus. It cites a Pew Research study finding that fewer than half of American Blacks express willingness to be vaccinated. By contrast, 63 percent of Latinos and 61 percent Whites say they are agreeable to taking the vaccine. Blacks are resisting the vaccine even though, according to the Post, they are »

The opioid epidemic is getting worse

Featured image With the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic dominating the news, we don’t hear much these days about the opioid crisis. But that doesn’t mean it has gone away. In fact, opioid-related deaths are on the rise. In Washington, D.C., there were 282 fatal overdoses by the end of August, the latest month for which data is available. That’s one more than in all of 2019. 2020 looks like it will be the »

Britain authorizes use of the Pfizer vaccine

Featured image The United Kingdom has become the first Western nation to authorize a vaccine against the Wuhan coronavirus. The UK granted emergency authorization for a vaccine produced by Pfizer, an American company, and BioNTech, its German partner. The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine — enough to vaccinate 20 million people. Apparently, 800,000 doses will delivered from Pfizer’s facilities in Belgium to the UK next week, with many »

School superintendent votes on remote learning with his kid’s feet

Featured image Everyone with an ounce of common sense knows that remote learning is generally inferior to learning in school, and that it’s emotionally harmful to some children. Anyone who has studied the data is likely to conclude that keeping schools open doesn’t risk a harmful spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. Alexandria’s public schools are closed. But this doesn’t mean the system’s school superintendent, Gregory Hutchings, Jr, lacks common sense or is »

When “science” follows the left

Featured image Vaping is an alternative to smoking. It’s a way in which nicotine addicts can access that drug without exposure to the harmful tars and chemicals in cigarettes that cause cancer, heart disease, and other maladies. It therefore presents the possibility of saving millions of lives. However, much of the left hates vaping. So it’s not surprising that “science” has been marshaled against it. Last year, the Journal of the American »

The deadly health impacts of prolonged lockdowns

Featured image Since the early days of the pandemic, we have noted that an economy seriously damaged by prolonged lockdowns would be very bad for public health. In our first Power Line VIP program following the lockdowns, Steve pointed to robust research regarding the adverse health effects of major economic downturns. Since then, many others have made the same point. Even some liberals seem finally to be recognizing this reality. Writing in »

The wusselblower

Featured image I was surfing through various news channels late last night when I stumbled upon a replay of Rick Bright’s testimony to a House committee. Bright is the guy who was removed from his job as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), allegedly for being a whistleblower. The few minutes of Bright’s testimony I saw concerned his current employment status. Under questioning from Markwayne Mullin, an Oklahoma »

Does Liberalism Cause Mental Illness?

Featured image The great Zach Goldberg, the youngish Ph.D student who has been quantifying the explosion of “wokeness” in the news media and elsewhere over the last decade, has been looking through the raw data in the Pew Research Center’s latest American Trends Panel Survey, and unearthed some interesting findings, which you can see here. Top line: liberals are more than twice as likely as conservatives to be found to have a »

Maryland shuts down bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms

Featured image In response to the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, has ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms in the state. As of this morning there were 37 known cases of this virus here in Maryland. Hogan explained his decision this way: We have never faced anything like this before. This is going to be much harder, take much longer and »

Will soccer cause the coronavirus to spread to central France?

Featured image Italy is the European nation most affected by the coronavirus, so far. As of two days ago, more than 2,000 cases and seven deaths had been confirmed. Reportedly, a dozen towns, including Milan and Venice, have been placed on lockdown. Travel is permitted neither in nor out. Last Sunday, the two top-league soccer matches scheduled in northern Italy — one in Milan, the other in Bergamo — were postponed. Matches »

Trump reverses decision on vaping ban

Featured image President Trump has decided not to move forward with a ban on most flavored e-cigarettes. The mainstream media is certain that Trump made this decision for a bad reason, but it can’t make up its collective mind what that reason was. Some organs say Trump balked at the ban because his supporters like to vape. Some say he balked because the ban would have cost people jobs. Some attribute Trump’s »

The anti-vaping campaign gains momentum

Featured image Consumption of cigarettes is the leading cause of preventable death in this country. David Abrams, a professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health, estimates that 1,300 people die from smoking every day. The life expectancy of a cigarette smoker is said to be a decade less than someone who has never smoked. Vaping is a method of taking in nicotine, via e-cigarettes, that unlike smoking cigarettes, does »

Washington Post glibly dismisses mental illness as cause of mass shootings

Featured image It seems to me that any rational person would intuit a connection between mental illness and mass killings. However, the anti-gun left wants to deny the connection so that all blame can be placed on guns and white supremacy ideology. The Washington Post follows this agenda-driven line in an article called (in the paper edition) “Studies: Mental illness isn’t to blame.” The article is rubbish. Post reporters William Wan and »