Gov. Cuomo Excuses Himself

Featured image New York has been by far the worst center of Wuhan virus infection in the U.S., and it seems clear that New York’s governor, Andy Cuomo, has done a terrible job. Among other things, he went out of his way to force New York’s nursing homes to accept residents who had tested positive for COVID-19, an absolutely irrational act that killed thousands, which he has since rescinded. Nevertheless, even as »

The media’s ineffective attack on Tara Reade’s sex harassment claim

Featured imageIn his CNN interview about Tara Reade’s allegation of sexual assault, Joe Biden told Mika Brzezinski that he wasn’t attacking Reade. Instead, he was just saying the alleged assault didn’t happen. Biden knew that he didn’t have to attack Reade. The mainstream media and his other Democratic allies would do that work for him. Now, they have. They are “attacking the victim” in ways that would outrage feminists and #MeToo »

The Power Line Show, Ep 187: Freedom of the Press in an Era of Fake News, with Zach Wood

Featured imageThis episode flips the usual format, with my guest interviewing me for a change. I first took note of Zachary Wood when he was an undergraduate of Williams College. He was the president of a student group called “Uncomfortable Learning,” whose mission was to invite to campus outside speakers with a heterodox perspective (which is code for “conservative” for the most part). Invitees included Charles Murray, Christina Hoff Sommers, David »

Why No Spike as States Reopen?

Featured imageThis morning on the Sunday talk shows, Alex Azar pointed out that in states that have reopened ahead of the others, like Florida and Georgia, there has not been an increase in COVID cases and deaths: “We are seeing that in places that are opening, we’re not seeing this spike in cases,” Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We still see spikes in some areas that are, »

Never Trust the “Experts”

Featured imageEveryone now knows that Neil Ferguson of England’s Imperial College is one of the villains of the coronavirus disaster of 2020. He produced an epidemiological model that was absurdly off the mark, predicting 500,000 deaths from the virus in the U.K., and more than 2 million in the U.S. Unfortunately, Ferguson’s model was the basis for harsh shutdowns in the U.K. and other countries, probably including the U.S. Most people »

Coronavirus in one state (42)

Featured imageMinnesota Model 3.0 projected 46 or so deaths a day through the end of this month when it was released on Thursday. Yesterday the authorities reported 17 new deaths, bringing the total to 700. The new model predicts 1,441 deaths by the end of May. I will withhold further comment on it at this point. The 17 new deaths came with the age breakdown we have continued to see: six »

Andrew Cuomo’s atrocious response to the coronavirus pandemic

Featured imageIn panning President Trump’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus, Democrats and the mainstream media stress the fact that the U.S. has reported many more deaths from the virus than any other country (in absolute numbers, not per capita). Yet, Gov. Cuomo receives nearly universal praise from the same precincts even though New York state leads America by a wide margin in deaths from the virus (both in absolute numbers and »

This Could Be a Clue…

Featured image…as to why Minnesota’s COVID-19 model was wrong by at least one, and perhaps two, orders of magnitude: Before Friday, March 20, Marina Kirkeide, who graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering in 2019, was a School of Public Health part-time research assistant working on HPV transmission for Kulasingam. On a gap year before starting Medical School at the University in fall 2020, Kirkeide also had »

Be Ginn again

Featured imageAlyssia Finley profiles Aaron Ginn in the Wall Street Journal Weekend Interview “The lockdown skeptic they couldn’t silence.” Aaron wrote the censored Medium essay “Evidence over hysteria — COVID-19,” now preserved here at ZeroHedge. Finley links to the Archive.org version of the essay here.) I found this paragraph useful as a sort of who’s who we should be listening to: Mr. Ginn has…become an informal organizer of a small battalion »

Obamagate explained

Featured imageYou’d think a White House reporter might understand the crimes involved in an administration’s illegal spying on the opposition party’s presidential candidate and unprecedented undermining of the peaceful transfer of power following the election. Indeed, the operation against the incoming administration continued long into the candidates’s presidency with the connivance of the press. President Trump now calls the congeries of scandals that sought to take him out Obamagate, but that »

The Week in Pictures: Lockdown or Lockout Edition

Featured imageWhen does a quarantine lockdown become a government-imposed lockout for American business? Who could have imagined a time when a “job action” would come to mean going to work? And yet here we are. But millions are dying!, says Slow Joe Biden. Headlines of the week:   And finally. . . »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageI saw singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester perform on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota more than 25 years ago and he bowled me over. There couldn’t have been more than a hundred people in the audience. Accompanying himself on guitar, he turned in a beautiful performance concluding with “Yankee Lady.” Although Winchester had famously evaded the draft by decamping to Canada in 1967, returning only after the Carter »

To Mask Or Not to Mask? [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageGovernment bureaucrats first told us, inconsistently, that 1) masks were useless, and 2) we should save them for medical personnel. Now that advice has changed: on the theory that wearing a mask might prevent an asymptomatic person from passing on the virus, we are being pressured to wear masks of some kind when in public. This has created an interesting sociological picture. Last week, my family went up North for »

Unintended Consequences of the Lockdown

Featured imageFrom the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis three months ago, government “experts” have failed at the chief task of sound government, which isn’t to “solve problems,” because most major problems can’t be solved. Instead, the real task of government is managing tradeoffs, adjusting multiple competing factors to arrive at better or worse relative outcomes. This is a task primarily for statesmen, not single-minded “experts” in their silos, who will invariably »

Warp it up

Featured imageIn his May 14 column “Losing our fears, in war and plague,” Victor Davis Hanson recalls the monumental industrial effort that backed our effort to win World War II. Arthur Herman wrote the book on the subject. I thought of Victor’s column and Herman’s book when President Trump announced the ambitious plan to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and manufacture hundreds of millions of doses by the end of 2020. The »

Coronavirus in one state (41)

Featured imageYesterday the state authorities attributed 20 new deaths to the COVID-19, bringing the total to 683. Seventeen of the 20 new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities, bringing the total of LTC deaths to 554. The share of all such deaths now comes in a hair over 81 percent, by my calculation. The age breakdown of the 20 new decedents follows the pattern we have observed to date. »

Can I Get a Haircut? [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageMy wife and I are surviving the Bizarro Shutdown of 2020 very nicely. Grocery stores are open, Walmart is open, Target is open, Total Wine is open, Home Depot is open. But small business is being discriminated against, and one category in particular has become an issue: people who cut hair. Because haircuts are, supposedly, supremely dangerous. As a pathologically law-abiding person, this has been a problem for me. After »