2020-08-03

Of Liberty And Science. Masks Are Neither

My position is simple when it comes to masks.

The science is such that the effectiveness of masks is inconclusive. In fact, the potential negative effects suggest it may not even be beneficial. Some research shows it can work in certain scenarios provided everything goes right (ie proper mask usage, social distancing, hand washing) but the odds of this are long.

The masks remain, I maintain by all the literature I keep reading, psychological more than anything. To some it gives the sense of an albeit false sense of security and may lead to a social habit we shouldn't be under taking.

But the movement is strong enough such that it became mandatory somehow based on limited evidence.

If people want to wear them voluntarily and government wants to mandate them in government spaces, so be it. Encourage its usage. People can then make the decision for themselves.

I personally believe it can have negative health consequences on my family and don't consider the science behind it to be sufficient enough to take that risk.

By mandating it the government directly threatens a) my right to decide and b) the health of my family.

Why should one belief or side take precedence over another given the available facts about masks?

The idea that masks are liberty in order to keep our economy going is a faulty one based on faulty premises made early during the pandemic. It points to the fact we're not evolving with the data and seem married to the notion of lockdowns as an effective measure.

Considering the trade-offs remains off the table which should concern if not distress us all.

The science doesn't justify mass mandates nor does it mean freedom.

It's the opposite. It's the suspension of civil liberties based on specious science.

How can suppressing your identity remotely be construed as freedom? Then again, we live in a time where freedom of speech has degrees when in fact there's no such thing as 'hate' speech. There's just free speech.

So for me it's straightforward: There's enough to perhaps encourage voluntary usage. Not enough to force it onto others.





What If You're The Outlier!?

The pandemic is an all-consuming tape worm eating out the brains of people.

Two terms I loathe. One, is the phrase 'right side of history'. Not too long ago I had a friend hurl all the usual vapid sentences all too common these days. The other is 'follow the science'. This from a guy, God bless him, who once told me to 'stop reading books'. Apparently it clouded my judgment of 'reality' since 'there's no truth'. A thought process that could only come from an illiterate mind vulnerable to illiberal thinking. How often do you hear, once you engage someone, them say, 'I'm that informed like you are but...' They admit there's a superficial outlook but still feel the need to infer you'r the 'extremist'.

Truly bizarre.

In discussing with people about the pandemic, when told about the hight survival rate and improved treatments, this is not enough. They zero in on the outliers. A family member, who knows better but is got up in the hysteria, said, 'what if you're the outlier?' in justifying wearing those utterly useless medical masks.

In that statement you have to deal with two issues. One is the concept of an outlier and the other the empirical evidence on mask usage.

So if you say, for example, 'there's a 99.8% survival rate', the comeback will focus on the .2% part. Which, when you ponder it, can mean we need to focus on all the statistical improbabilities that threaten us across various activities and diseases. In other words, a path to eliminating risk.

An impractical and irrational goal unless you cede every single bit of your agency to the government. At the moment, they're dictating where was can congregate, how many people we're allowed to be with, how we move around in a store led by arrows, selecting which businesses stay open and which don't, arbitrary protocols, mandating masks and so on.

It's complete take over of our lives and we're letting it happen because of faulty premises like relying on outliers the media loves to hammer on. They like to pluck out the stories of the 'healthy' individual who got Covid-19 and died and twist that story into your mind like a knife into someone's back.

In a way, it's a good example of how socialism would work. Pay close attention kids.

Do NOT conflate this position with not taking the virus seriously.

An outlier is:

"In statistics, an outlier is a data point that differs significantly from other observations. An outlier may be due to variability in the measurement or it may indicate experimental error; the latter are sometimes excluded from the data set. An outlier can cause serious problems in statistical analyses."

Interestingly, there are several outliers at play at the same time during this pandemic. 

For example, 47% of all cases in Italy are from the Lombardy region with 70% of all cases restricted to four regions: Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto.

The same thing can be observed, closer to home, here in Canada and the United States. Within each, we see regional outliers. For example, Quebec is by far not only the hardest hit province in the country but also in the West. In the USA, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut were mostly impacted on a case/per million basis. There are places hardly impacted (or least had manageable and acceptable levels) including New Brunswick, British Columbia, Maine,  South Dakota, Vermont and other regions. Obviously, the more densely populated places saw the most cases. Florida and California have a high number of cases but fare better than the Big Four mentioned above.

And within that comes the fact that an overwhelming number of deaths is restricted to the over 65 years old demographic in several countries including Canada and the United States.

Sweden as well. In fact, one can argue, is potentially also an outlier as the county never locked down like the majority of countries in the West. The trade-off benefits are favouring them. 

I got sidetracked a tad.

We know the cases spread across all age groups with the under 19 group least impacted. But the deaths are another matter and everyone is focused on. The main challenge is that older people tend to have more than one ailment at the same time. Covid-19 naturally threatens this group most and somewhat distorts the reality of the figures. That is, the concern that we're attributing the cause of death to people with co-morbidities to the virus. 87% of all cases are in the over 60 age demographic. 66% for 70 and older.

So one can understand why young people are a little less worried and want to move on with their lives. The stats back them up. As it stands, the most vulnerable are in power and they're putting measures in place designed to protect them at the expense of the youth (ie schools not reopening at full operation).

That is, rather than asking the demographic most vulnerable to adjust their lives accordingly, we're asking the healthy to do so in an effort to protect them. It's a faulty reasoning in my view and this is where we'll get into all sorts of trouble social engineering in the manner we're doing (ie masks).

In the USA, there's also to the added dimension of politics and Big Money. The former of course is the notion Democrat states are still forcing lock downs which at this point are not only illegal but incoherent to the point of malice. The theory is they want to keep the economies from reopening lest it helps Trump in November. The CDC itself is not without its possible potential political play either as media, pharma and the CDC all in different ways are in conflict of interests with different groups. Much if it tied to the lucrative vaccine and treatments.

With those basic facts, it should provide context and offer perspective.

If anything to inoculate against the media plucking out outliers to satisfy its sensationalist appetite.

Unfortunately it works.

We have to base policy on outliers now. How would you like it if you died from it!?

People have accepted foregoing their civil liberties as their social habits potentially change in order to 'save' a demographic that can achieve the objective by taking matters into their own hands. For example, if you're in the danger zone, the onus is perhaps on you to proceed cautiously. Asking society to grind to a halt is not only unfair but threatens the real common good of all.

Besides, I'm almost certain most of the elderly have a 'go out and have fun. Don't stop your life for us' though process. I know my father was that way when he was ill urging us to keep going.

They're magnanimous that way.

That doesn't mean we shouldn't observe voluntarily some requested protocols but at the moment this is traversing into a realm of social engineering that's not necessary in my view.

Again, the idea we're fining and arresting people for not following the protocols creates friction and ill-will that has an unseen negative impact on the community. I'm particularly concerned with the message we face a pandemic with severe measures that could hurt our physical and mental well-being.

In that calculus is the lockdown of an economy. For the economy is not just about money. It's the culmination of intricate and nuanced behaviours and interactions of day to day human activity.

The economy is life.

Shut that down, you shut it.

All this to say it's irrational as irrational can be to live your life in fear of becoming an outlier.

It's what these masks symbolize.

Fear. Not courtesy.

If you live in fear then you're safest bet to eliminate risk to never leave your house.

And even then there's risk.










2020-08-02

Pandemic Music

Solsbury Hill is a song about letting go.

Words of wisdom for people who can't let it go about Trump's election.

In fact, people have long memories and hold grudges. That stuff is poison. Let it go.

The Man Behind Gender Fluidity

Meet Dr. John Money.

Monster.

Daily Derp: The Derp Of Our Times

Quick derp hit.

Here's an article in WSJ about how cities are taking advantage of the corona virus to install a bicycle culture.

My thoughts.

I've been cycling (race bikes) for over 40 years now mostly restricted to riding in farm fields where there are longer roads (and mostly far less traffic) allowing for a rewarding cycling session (you can't ride at 32km/hr in the city in peace)  so I can impart some thoughts based on raw experience on this push to get everyone on a bike.

People supporting this measure in the comments tend to have a one-side, one-dimensional view of his. They figure cars are bad and getting exercise never hut anyone. But this is just paternalistic and patronizing thinking. 

Biking isn't for everyone. Some people just can't do it for whatever reasons and aren't interested in forming a habit. Some people just don't like sports.

I cycle more than the average person but have zero interest in going to the grocery store on my bike. Besides, I'd be worried of it getting stolen even if I lock it up. Expensive custom made bikes I reckon do attract thieves. 

Not everyone can or wants to use bikes as a mode of transportation. In my case, it would be impossible to do everything I need to do for my business on a bike. A bike is a neat way to get around town in short spurts, not so much if you have to zip around quickly for work.

Why should one perspective take precedence over the other? It's been said 'why is this political?' (we heard this about the masks). The drive to change habits is political by its nature and everyone has a right to decide for themselves. Not everyone has the same physical attributes (some have health issues as well) in order to ride a bike. 

Free country and all that. How does it work?

The other part of this story is people are simply not safe on bike lanes. I avoid them like the plague and would never hop on one in the city. The utter lack of basic common etiquette on the lanes is widespread. People simply don't pay attention and are thoughtless. And it becomes a toxic mix whenever lanes are shared with cars. Increase the volume of bikes, expect more accidents and possibly deaths.

This can potentially lead to requiring licenses  because increased usage means probably more accidents and that means calls for more regulation. Just what we need. There's no need to social engineer. 

Let it come naturally. But these days, that's 'extremist' talk.


Are The CDC, WHO And The Lancet Misleading The Public?

In a sea of one poor decision after bad measure based on numerous faulty models and specious science and mixed messages the people of the West have been subjected to perhaps one of the most hysterical over reactions in Western medical and political history.

The incompetence and fear mongering has reached fever pitch to the point where shallow and selfish corporate and political interests are prepared to sacrifice the overall health of people to protect their own skins and reputations.

It's like that movie. The one with the doctor accused of killing wife caught in a twisted medical corruption web. You know, the one with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Douglas.

Something is going on and it's time people start paying close attention.

There's social angst and friction at our feet. People are arguing and treating each other with hostility over something as silly as masks.

This is because they've been riled up to a point where the virus is seen as an inevitable threat to their health.

It's been frustrating watching the increasing chorus of doctors and virologists begin to speak out and question what the heck is going on as media, social media platforms and politicians shut them down.

One can understand perhaps the excessive measures are designed to protect politicians from being accused of 'not doing enough'. But at this point, I'm not sure what more they can do.

They're micro-managing and dictating how we live our lives for a virus with a 99.8% survival rate. They worry about cases but it's pretty clear that cases onto themselves mean little and don't tell the whole story.

It's been quite distressing watching people allow bureaucrats to tell them how to live.

This is not a life. We've accepted lockdowns and mask mandates. What's next?

People will have to start facing the reality of needing to calculate the trade-offs of these decisions.

We're told we have to 'save every life' but when it comes to HCQ and its benefits, this has been turned into some kind of conspiracy when in fact it looks like it's just a simple and effective way to help treat patients. So why is it so political now?

It's hard to tell but Trump and November certainly plays a role. Do NOT under estimate the fact Trump spoke well of HCQ is one reason why the media is not reporting on it fairly. Another could be the notion pharma has a lot to lose in this game particularly when it comes to the vaccines.

People have to be aware that their habits are changing but not for the right reasons.

If it's true HCQ was suppressed, this is a major health scandal for the modern era. It means people were allowed to die for politics.

Or just sheer arrogance and stupidity.

It's hard to know where to apply Occam's Razor in this sordid mess.

Personally, I have no confidence left in public officials. All they seem to do is wing and not evolve with the right data. They're just chasing 'cases'. How is this remotely a good use of resources? Suppressing a virus strikes me as a fool's game and bound to wreak havoc worse than the virus itself.

Next up is low morale among the population.

We still have Harvard experts saying lockdowns are necessary (even though it has NOT been shown they're effective. Though we DO know of its horrible unintended consequences) and MIT professors think if one doesn't wear a mask they're an 'extremist'.

Not choosing to wear a mask on the grounds the evidence of wearing one is specious makes one an extremist now? Is this where are in 2020? In addition to cancelling each other out, we demonize one another? How much more anti-intellectual can we get?

Or worse, as Dr. Arruda stupidly asserted, a murderer - of course without presenting a shred of evidence to a) asymptomatic people kill and b) how many actually did.

Either he's lying or he's a fool causing unnecessary stress among the population.

Like we should laugh about the Middle-Ages because it doesn't sound like we've evolved all that much.

Are we headed for a sickening double down of stupidity as currently being played in Victoria, Australia? Are we gonna imprison people for their own good? When does it end?

It's been sobering watching these incompetent leaders speak with a lack of clarity or wisdom throughout all this. One person has and his name is Dr. Tegnell. ONE voice among many in the West.

Like the sources used to support mass mask mandates are flawed, it's the same with HCQ it looks like. This scandal is what led to the WHO suspending studies on HCQ. Then comes the Gilead angle with Remdisivir (which Fauci is allegedly connected to but I can't find proof of this). They stand to lose, so it's claimed, a lot of money if hydroxychloriquine succeeds. The U.S. National Library of Medicine is now studying it. We'll see.

The question is why are revered and respected journals like The Lancet and the NEJM staking their reputations publishing bad science and subsequently reacting them? Once it goes out, it doesn't come out of people's heads. Are they being pressured from an outside source like pharma?

At some point, in the interest of science and human decency these papers will have to take a stand do what's right.

Or else, they're doing their part in soiling their own legacy and leading people over a cliff with junk science.















2020-08-01

Daily Derp: Covid-1984 Lies

Gates worries about 2000 deaths a day, Harvard experts want lockdown in 13 states NOW (will they lead the charge a forego their pay checks?), and I got a bad headache.

To the derp!

Ah, what better way than to start with Paul Krugman; the Kroogster. The man with a liberal conscience.

Where would we be without Paul to explain 'microbe economics' to the poor huddled, ignorant masses.

Ahem:

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said something remarkably stupid the other day. I know, I know: It’s probably harder to find a day on which DeSantis didn’t say something stupid than a day on which he did. But this particular piece of thickheadedness, I’d argue, helps us understand why America’s response to the coronavirus has been so disastrous compared with other wealthy nations.
Florida has, of course, become a COVID-19 epicenter, with soaring case totals and a daily death toll now consistently exceeding that of the whole European Union, which has 20 times its population. But DeSantis won’t contemplate any rollback of the state’s obviously premature reopening; he even refuses to close venues that are perfect coronavirus incubators.
Let's grab Paul's balls and watch him squeal with the data his overly lying about. And really, it doesn't take hard work to do this. It's all readily available. But Krugman has such a low opinion of people it allows for this shoddy and embarrassingly stupid take. So astonishing in its sophomoric reverence, only a NYT reader can applaud it.

Florida's death rate is 307 per million.

EU Death Toll:  182,136:  Population of EU: 446MM.
That's a 408 per million death toll.

Let's look at other American states which is where Mr. Masterlass should be focused on. Let's see here:

NJ; 1789
NY: 1684
MASS: 1247
CONN: 1243
For  kicks, thrown in Quebec at 656.
Pretty astounding how Cuomo and Murphy never get pasted in the media with those horrific numbers. 
Anyway. 13 other states pass Florida. Total average for USA: 469.
So that's Europe at 468. USA at 469. And 17 states with worse numbers.
And Florida has the second highest senior population in the country. 
Paul Krugman is a liar. If you're paying for his Masterclass, I'd ask for your money back if you're getting crap logic like this.

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Wired for stupidity:  

"Dr. Anthony Fauci’s new normal is less normal than anyone’s during this year of the coronavirus. As the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases—and perhaps the most widely trusted voice on the White House Coronavirus Task Force—he has been revered and reviled, sometimes by his own boss, President Donald Trump, the sixth president he has served under. Just in the past seven days, he threw out the first pitch of the baseball season and was featured on a Topps baseball card. A vaccine that his lab helped develop went into a Phase III trial, the last stage of human clinical testing. And Trump attacked him again, retweeting a charge that the meticulously honest Fauci serially “misled the American public.”
Just another week for the scientist who has been fighting outbreaks since leading the government response on HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, and who now faces his biggest challenge in fighting both the worst pandemic of our lifetime and dealing with a president who doesn’t seem to have a coherent plan for fighting the virus. On Tuesday evening, Fauci found time to speak to WIRED about why the US has done so poorly in combating Covid-19, whether schools should open, and why no amount of abuse from Trump will make him leave his post. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.
It seems that there’s a hostility towards science and evidence-based thinking. How much does that worry you?

It does. Obviously, there is a bit of an anti-science trend in the United States, a pushing back on authority telling you what to do. Sometimes, in a good vein, that could be the independent spirit of the American people. That is part of our character. But on the other hand, it can work against you. And when you push back on someone telling you what to do, and you mix that with a trend of anti-authority, anti-science, then you get into trouble. Then you get into the situation we find ourselves now, where people are not acting in a way that is safeguarding their health."


I don't know who's more full of shit. Wired! Or Fauci.

Meticulous? Fauci is the one who said this was nothing more than the flu and that there was nothing to worry about. Does Wired! think we forgot about that? He also said - correctly - the masks are laregely psychological theatre. That was following the science, but now he has reversed and embraced it even though the science doesn't justify mass mandates. So who is being anti-science exactly?

Fauci wants everything to be closed until next year and preposterously asserts schools should remain closed even though the body of evidence and science shows it's largely safe for kids to go back as per paediatricians and Children's hospitals across North America.

Some science they follow, eh?

Is this the same meticulous Fauci who said - along with a bunch of other incompetent public health officials who said the purpose of the lockdown was to slow the spread so as to not overwhelm the hospitals but now all seem to have mischievously moved the goal posts and want a rushed vaccine to accomplish this? The same vaccine he has a financial interest in?

Is Wired! run by a bullpen of school girls with a crush on Ringo or are they real journalists?

Then comes this bizarre hate on hydroxychloroquine - a drug that's been used for over 50 years and has less side effects than aspirin I read. Fauci dismisses multiple studies and lines of evidence showing the efficacy of it and Wired! thinks he's evidence based and doesn't deserve some criticism? 

These are currently practicing doctors and virologists saying this. Not some bureaucrat deep in the bowels of a government agency no longer seeing patients.

How did Fauci become the beginning and end to this? There many people who are better positioned to comment on this virus than he is but somehow it's anti-science to challenge him?

I thought the goal was to do eventing possible 'to save a life'. We use accept the absence of empirical evidence for masks as a 'shot in the dark' but won't use this drug to help people?

As one doctor explained to me who can't understand why people are taking this stance. Apparently this virus acts in a similar vain as malaria so it's not surprising applying this drug would have some positive results. 

If my cynical goggles weren't so tight, I'd think this is all naked, ugly politics. Don't underestimate the media's hate of HCQ simply because Trump merely suggested it can help people. Trump did the right thing having hospitals not report to the CDC. This thing is way too politicized and it's wreaking havoc on the American psyche.

I'd like to know more about this guy's record during the AIDS episode. Something tells me he was just as floppy-floppy. But don't expect Wired! to get off their damn knees and look into it.

Dr. Fauci is no dummy. But he's been anything but meticulous. 

There's no hostility towards evidence-based thinking

Fuck you Wired! Medical bureaucrats have earned their scorn.

I can read. I'm not lazy. You're nothing but a mouthpiece for propaganda. The set of balls on you to claim people are anti-science.

Go back to coding. You're part of the problem and if you keep this up YOU will have death on your hands.

It starts at about the 5 minute mark. The doctors censured by FB and mocked by magazines like WIRED! are not backing down. We're being lied to.



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2020-07-31

WE Charity Scandal: Canada Is A Corrupted Joke

Canada is a joke. At least since 2015.

This country has been subjected to so many stupid and scandalous actions by Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party, it's astonishing they got re-elected even with a minority in 2019.

The nature of the scandals are such that people go to prison for.

But not in Canada they do. In Canada, we have all sorts of toothless 'Acts' such as the 'Conflict of Interest Act' that allow for investigations to take place to the tune of millions in tax dollars only to issue a 'Bad boy. Don't do that again'.

The media has severely under played Trudeau's antics. Of course, they're being bribed subsidized now-  so they can't actually do some real journalism and take him to task. He's their sugar daddy.

Sure, there are some who do but as a whole? The news organizations with the biggest teeth are timid and hold water for him. That includes the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, CBC and the once decently conservative National Post.

There's little dignity and honour left in this country.

Trudeau and Morneau commit ethics violations, apologize and move on. A big laugh and spit to the faces of Canadians.

And so it will be with WE. A pair of corrupt politicians scammed their way into taking gifts and paying family members with tax dollars and nothing will be done.

What's most interesting is everything Trump is alleged to have done either never happened or was blown way out of proportion. Trudeau, on the other hand, is exactly what the left claim Trump is: A corrupted criminal.

This a 'new normal' Canadians should be outraged about.

But like they accept tyrants like Doug Ford, removal of civil liberties in the form of lockdowns and mask mandates, their agreeable nature will not only allow for cynicism to set in but may even get possibly one of the most corrupted government in Canadian history elected again.

If there was an ounce of honour in these two, they'd resign for the sake of this country's integrity.


2020-07-29

Push Back Against The Woke And Identity Politics Has Begun

I think the pandemic has made people weary. There's only so much you can tolerate. There's only so much angst to manage in the mental and physical tank.

It must be incredibly frustrating to go into work each day having to put up with Covid protocols (which is slowly grinding people's souls to a slow halt thanks to sociopath politicians obvious to the mental health of the population) and the activism of social justice ravaging boardrooms and break rooms across the continent. Particularly in major corporations who haven't figured out how the left plays the game. First the infiltrate with Bambi eyes and ensnare you with seduction and pull you to their side. Then they use you and eventually turn on you. That makes you a useful idiot.

The vast - vast - majority of people aren't racists. They're not mean or hate diversity. They just want to work and get back to their private lives in peace. But the woke-scolds won't let people do that.

They've politicized every single aspect of our lives. It's become impossible to enjoy anything. You can't go to a concert without some musicians imparting their political views. You can't watch sports without politics infused in it and so on.

It's bound to present a backlash. People need outlets but there are none at the moment.

The best way to deal with this is to stand up to the social justice bullies. If you don't, you get the mayhem you see in places like Portland. That chick in your office sprouting of Di Angelo gibberish? Her views end up with some cuck hurling a mortar at a Federal court house. They're destructive people. Nihilists.

Illiberal and illiterate to such a degree they're a lost generation.

The Sarah Dixon's of this world (the idiot who removed a Quebec petition at Change.org) are poison to everything that is just and right.

The problem with these social media companies is they want to do good but aren't sufficiently intellectually equipped to handle it. These people aren't remotely close to understanding want drives human nature and are ignorant to the point of being dangerous because all they can do is censor whenever they're confronted with differing views - which are often legitimate views that just happen to go against the social justice zeitgeist.

These haven't read Descartes or Aristotle. Worse, they don't want to. They just "know" in their hearts what's 'right" and "moral'.

Another way to handle them is to spot who they are and get rid of them. Don't let them grow like a cancer in your company.  Just catch it early and cut it loose. There's a narcissistic, self-entitled edge to them that can threaten the entire well-being of not only the company but the mental health of neutral employees.

Goya stood up to them and Red Bull cut two executives loose. It was the absolute right thing to do.

That's how you handle a cult.

I'm sure there, these days, millions of people just too afraid to voice their opinions across the board. This is where companies have to realize that actually hurts them because it means ideas are being suppressed and this translates into a lack of creativity eventually settling into stagnation.

All you'll be left with is a gutter alley way filled with empty virtue-signalling platitudes and boxes.

Slowly people are coming around and this new website UnWoke.hr is a good example of people having had enough. 

Naturally, the usual suspects will lash out and scream, I gather, 'hate speech!' and 'racist!' and 'lack of diversity!' and all that garbage. It's all they know. It's all they've got.

Let them sabre rattle. Let them rage. They may even get a little rough as zealots sometimes do. It's all projection with these people. I get the sense the more vocal ones are profoundly broken people inside. The way I see it, if you're obsessing over something like race, that makes you the racist. They never stop. According to Rasmussen white believe blacks are more racist - and we can actually quantify it through various polls about how groups view one another. Blacks tend to hold more racist views than whites or even Asians.

Don't you dare say that! Blacks can't be racist. Besides, 1619 makes clear that the Original Sin of slavery can't ever be forgotten. It must be held like a Sword of Damocles over the heads of all whites for al eternity. It's the greatest shakedown in history.

But eventually a vapid world view collapses under its own light-weight.

So hold the line I say. Find the courage to just stand firm. It just might set you free.

And watch your companies and companies flourish once the harpies fly off on their broom sticks.











2020-07-26

Daily Derp: Coviderp- 19




Here are some links of interest:

Models - ta-dah! - predicting mass death due to reopening the economy.....flops. Spectacularly. 

The problem we need to extricate from our mindset is the assumption lockdowns work. And the same faulty thinking is driving the mass mask hysteria.

Our entire approach has been hinged on failed models.

We need to stop.

Now.

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Open the schools.

NOW.

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For me it all comes down to one thing: We locked down healthy people for the first time in world history. And we didn't do it because we learned anything new about how to deal with novel viruses. We did it because we bought into faulty models predicting millions of deaths.

Once that didn't happen, we should have revered course.

Instead we're doubling down along with mask mandates.

All we're doing is delaying the inevitable and in the process we causing all sorts of shocks and damage to our psyche and economy.

This is the lesson from Sweden.

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India is claiming herd immunity.

It's virus we have to learn to live with.

Living in fear of it will make us accept things or orders we perhaps should avoid.

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Global HCQ studies.

We're also finding effective treatments.

Open our lives.

Now.

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That's it for now. Live your life. Every passing day is precious. Don't let them take it from you.

Taw-taw.

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Wait one more:



The stupidity of it all.

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The enormous costs of the lockdowns have been discussed here endlessly.

What about other costs?

So far, here are a couple up front consequences of the pandemic.

1) Increased and expanded powers of government. See Doug Ford and other state governors.
2) Friction between citizens. See woman who maced couple.
3) Coercion of behavioural modification through the coercion of the state executed by police. The Quebec government coyly turned businesses into de facto arms of the government to enforce their decree.

This is just there up front observations any person should detect and NOT take lightly.

In any event, I don't think it's about the virus anymore. It's just part of the overall equation of what's going on in 2020. Th riots, the culture war, the obscene media bias, TDS and the pandemic are all inter-related somehow. Within that lies the shallowness of intellectual and political and credentialed classes just plain making worse of a mess.

The voices you should pay close attention to are the progressives who are pulling back closer to a liberal root. For example, Matt Taibbi and other progressive personalities who have the wit and courage to see what many have already observed. They're an important voice in this puzzle and battle we must overcome.

People are angry. In 2016 that manifested itself in the election of Donald Trump. In those four years, the losing party refused to take stock of what went wrong instead choosing the plunge the country into an incredibly acrimonious period based on vicious lies and innuendos. Four years lost to bring the country together. The same political party was lashing out so incoherently like Damien in Church, the lack of self-awareness and odious double-standards  so overt to a sober mind.

I find it hard to believe Joe Biden could win. Worse still, the idea he could win with Kamala Harris as his VP. Two long-time swamp creatures experts in navigating through its murky and deeply rotten waters.

In the meantime, moving forward, the coronavirus - it's best to remember - is just part of the political machinery now.
















Another Note To The People

We're not a good trajectory. There's a malaise across the board.

We need to take our sovereignty back.

All these riots and protests we're seeing aren't rooted in a righteous and principled movement but a dizzyingly lost one. What we're seeing unfolding is a an attempt by the far left to establish firm control of their islands with the media fully on board partly because it is Marxist in orientation and partly because they see it as a cynical wedge to challenge and undermine Trump.

The governments of the West are increasingly powerless to quell these revolts but at the same time are all too prepared to further concentrate power as we're seeing with the pandemic to control peaceful and law-abiding citizens.

We're seeing a slow change away from a Federation and more one like how the Visigoths overtook Spain after the fall of Rome. Is this what people want?

Social media giants are increasingly aggressive and hostile against speech and new players in the markets. We see people losing their jobs for having an opinion often dangerously mischaracterized in the media as 'alt-right extremism'. They've created a narrative where a non-existent threat (be it Nazis or even the virus) is about to destroy us while the real threat is on in the streets burning down property and murdering. The shooting has begun. They're in our board rooms as well.

Woke executives are seizing this to see how they can further profit off consumers. When a social media gangs up on a website labeling it 'wrong think' we're ready on a bad path. When credit card companies like Mastercard and Visa cut access to credit for people tagged 'undesirable' this is startling. It can ruin a life merely for having an opinion. The list of this sort of stuff goes on and on.

Let us not speak of what has happened to our institutions of higher learning and public education. They're all but dead now. The rot is deep from within.

I've taken to saying politicians are psychopaths and I judge this on their actions. If a politician expands powers like Ford did, it's not in the interest of the people. He weakened democracy based on a health crisis that's largely under control. Our governments are preparing us for endless cycles of lockdowns.

They extort people now. If you don't do this, we'll shut you down.

So what can you do?

Well.

Stop binge watching for starters. Extricate yourself from the poison in our midst. Stop watching sports and its embrace of propaganda. BLM is not a good organization with a good message. It's a bad organization with a bad message. My saying this, if I mattered, would cost me a lot.

Start focusing on what's going on. The left is forcing you to choose a side. They're banking that your ignorance will lazily lead you into their arms.

Read. Shift your interests to people offering unique and dissenting views on youtube channels and various publications. There's a war against them too (think Twitter shutting accounts of conservatives but leaving truly vile rhetoric from far left racists like Antifa, Farrakhan and Jemele Hill and their ilk)  but the more of us who join and listen, the stonier and louder we get.

How bad is social media and academia? This bad.

There is indeed an enemy. We just have to have the courage to say it.

Be informed.

Go read, for example, the literature on masks for yourself.

Be a citizen. Be a FREE citizen.

Don't tolerate bad education and certainly call the teacher's union out for their malfeasance.

There's still a chance and time we can reign this in.

But only if we bind together in true unity in demesne of liberty.

If you're not free or free of tyranny you're NOTHING.

Just a slave to the state.










Scheer Calls on Trudeau And Morneau To Resign

The Trust Fund Duo are at it again.

Boy, this WE charity scandal is all kinds dirty. How Trudeau remains leader of the Liberals; let alone Canada is a mystery. He's been found guilty of four ethics violations already and is under investigation again. Unfortunately, the politicized RCMP won't do anything - again. Neither will the media of course because, well, they're on the take now and have to maintain the hand that feeds it.

Still. Seriously, have some self-dignity already and resign. At some point the Liberals have to protect their image and brand. The identity politics train is running out of track. People, I think, are just getting tired of it and in some sense perhaps even see the division and angst it has caused.

Ans Judging by that apology, Morneau is a gutless squirm. What pile of insulting drivel.

There's a certain sociopathic feel to these two and their never-ending apologies.

Still more loathsome (yes, they can go lower than setting up a scam off the backs of the youth) is they're now about to make a junior Minister take the fall. A woman of course.

The two biggest yappers about women's rights have never thought twice to throw women under the bus to save their sorry asses.

Problem is Screech Chrystia would potentially become temporary PM if Justin leaves. Which he won't.

I used to watch her on The McLoughlin Group and thought to myself she was a waste of space. I had no idea why she was on. I don't think I ever saw her offer single original or thoughtful point. She'd just bop her head and agree like mid-wit.

And then comes allegations of harassment and a toxic environment in the Governor-General's office of Julie Payette.

Boy, the Liberals are paragons of integrity.

That integrity of Canada has been severely strained since 2015.



2020-07-25

Trump Calls Media 'Enemies Of The People'.

He's right.

And I've taken this stance for some time now.

They are enemies of the people.

They're fake news.

A Note To People

I implore you to engage and follow the evidence to see if the masks mandates work. Don't just blindly put them on and pretend you're special for being able to change.

There's more at stake than you think.

So pay close attention. The data and science is already not on your side for agreeing to mask mandates. Now the least you can do is do the work yourself. Be CITIZENS.

There's a price to pay for pandering to the lowest common denominator and bending to public opinion.

Low IQ people aren't able to consider context and mid-wits are just as bad.

This is what you get: A scared society. And when people are scared they do crazy things.

I should title that 'Things you won't see in Sweden.'

Other things you wont' see in Sweden is the outrageous unleashing of the police state on people across North America. People have been fined, cuffed, roughed up, and arrested during this pandemic.

On this count alone Sweden shows its superiority to us.

You won't see Swedes looking at one another as if they're a threat to them. Yet, here, through our short-sighted thinking, that's exactly what we've done.

This is why I think public officials are psychopathic incompetents.

Where Dr. Tengell speaks with honesty, maturity and pragmatism, our own Dr. Tam is out shooting off her mouth again doing her part to keep people in fear calling recent spikes as 'worrisome'.

Why? Why constantly scare people? It's obtuse, unacceptable and points to the low grade caliber of our leaders. Doug Ford in particular is just about the biggest tyrannical pumpkin during this pandemic followed closely by Legault and Trudeau. Miscreants looking to latch on to that lever of power for its own sake.

Then there's our dear Dr. Fauci. Hero to the left. He who has made so many missteps it's ever a wonder people still revere him. In a normal time with more sharp witted minds, Fauci is tar and feathered. This man once again says the country needs to stay under a police state (ie lockdown) for two years.

Ok. You want to close it you shnook? We start with you losing your job. Lead by example.
Already the unintended consequences of the lockdowns have reared an ugly head too difficult to fathom with the loss and destruction of lives. 
And this miserable man wants to PROLONG THE MISERY?! He’s another one now I think is a psychopath and is acting with malice.



Mini-Derp: Masks, Masks, Masks. Masks All The Time; Trump's Tone Changes; Black Trump Supporter Murdered

I'm looking at the case of the Czech Republic. They were among the first countries to 'mask up' in March and by May they were pretty much done.

Of course, we don't know to what it extent it worked but there were psychological fall outs that lingered. We're in July now so I don't know if people overcame these after shocks of 'getting used' to wearing a diaper on their mouth.

The Guardian:


"...The psychological effect was clear on Monday, as many people continued to wear masks outdoors despite the ending of the regulation. Some said they did not know why they continued to wear them despite it no longer being required.”
“I was in some institutions this morning that don’t allow people in without masks, but I have just become used to it,” said Natasha Manakoski, a 35-year-old architect walking through a square in Prague’s fashionable Vinohrady neighbourhood wearing a black mask, in common with many other pedestrians.
Maybe I feel a little bit safer with the mask, although it feels better without it....”
This is what’s going to happen here. It’s behavioural modification based on bad science.
"Pub and restaurant-goers are also expected to keep wearing masks when not eating or drinking.
“In reality, the rule has become inconsistently observed lately. The limited reopening of bars and cafes to provide pavement service on 11 May created the anomalous situation of pedestrians wearing masks passing by busy table areas populated by drinkers not wearing them. Parents accompanying their children to parks have increasingly neglected to cover their faces."
We're such geniuses here. 
It's Groundhog Day.

Looks like Quebec is following the Czech model.
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I’ve detected a change in tone with Trump. He’s gonna play along about the coronavirus (I’m almost certain he thinks it’s overblown but he has to pander a little here) so as to not ruffle people for no reason. People will interpret as him 'seeing the light' but he's just playing them in my view. Since they're so easy to fool. 
He has set his plan in motion.
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Here's a magic story that got no traction in the news. A black Trump supporter was murdered.

Left-wing lunatics are burning down cities and have murdered, by my count, at least four people now.

But the media says it's 'right-wingers' or 'Trumpistas' should be afraid of?

No. It's the FAR LEFT doing all the cancelling, censoring, mayhem, rioting and now murdering.

What single incident of violence has there been initiated by Trump supporters? Where there was friction, left-wing trouble makers were present.

It's in their DNA.