Walz blinks

The Catholic Church in Minnesota joined with the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod in making a statement earlier this week.   They said that their churches will open for real-life worship on Sunday, May 31, regardless of the Governor’s edict.

Today Governor Tim Walz backed down.... [Read More]

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Downright Diabolical

Yesterday, while I was enjoying a cup of coffee at one of the allegedly hipster coffeehouses I frequent, the woman at the next table struck up a conversation. She and her husband had just returned from a bike ride about ten miles up the coast. I objected that the bike paths were closed by order of our scary-looking county public health official and assorted lesser authorities. I was informed that they were now open, whereupon I set off to explore.

Indeed, it was true! I was overjoyed. Everyone was delighting in a beautiful day by the beach, reveling in their new-found freedom. I was grateful to be able to resume some normal activities. Only one day before, there were orange barricades blocking entry and at many points along this path, and rent-a-cops enforcing the no-go zone. [click on photo to enlarge]... [Read More]

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The Science Is Settled

In 2005, epidemiologist and physician John Ioannidis published the controversial and famous paper, Why Most Published Research Findings Are False in PLOS Medicine. He showed there were sound reasons to be skeptical of most published research, especially those results that rely on statistical analysis to draw conclusions about the relationship between two phenomena. Familiar examples:
• How effective is a drug?
• Does a substance in the environment increase the incidence of cancer?
• What is health effect of a food?
As he suggests, the science in most of these cases is far from settled.

By 2014, Ioannidis’s fame had grown to pop-science level. He was invited to do one of the Talks at Google, where he was given a fawning introduction by the earnest and callow member of the “People Operations Team.” He can do no wrong.... [Read More]

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Kyle Bass on China, Hong Kong, and the Coming Banking Crisis

Kyle Bass is a hedge fund manager, founder of Dallas based Hayman Capital Management.  He is a founder of the Committee on the Present Danger: China, and chairman of the board of the Rule of Law Foundation.  In a one hour conversation with the Epoch Times, he discusses China’s culpability for the present COVID-19 pandemic, the systemic risks of Chinese involvement in the global supply chain and entanglement with the opaque, closed, and manipulated Chinese banking and finance system, the threat to freedom and the rule of law in Hong Kong, and the potential consequences of a prolonged global economic lock-down on a perilously over-leveraged banking system, sovereign debtors, and corporate finance.

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something to think about….

Apple and Google are combining to make an app that will automatically be injected into your mobile phone. This is the COVID-19 app. What it will do is monitor your location and proximity to another with a Bluetooth equipped device and if you are close to someone that has or has been close to someone who has COVID-19, You will be flagged!

Read that again, “if you are close to someone that has or has been close to someone who has COVID-19, you will be flagged“….

Continue reading “something to think about….”

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Follow the Money

Medical scamI never cease to be amazed how “lawmakers” in the United States continue to enact legislation while seemingly blithely unaware that their country contains one of the largest populations of grifters ever collected together in one political entity in all of human history (the inevitable consequence of legislation enacted since the start of the “progressive” era which rewards grifters at the expense of honest labour and commerce).

Have you harboured a suspicion over the last couple of weeks that the numbers of COVID-19 cases being reported in certain areas might have been inflated?  Well, let’s a take a look at the text [PDF without auto-parodic pseudo-parchment background] of the “CARES Act” (H.R. 748 / S. 3548) [and don’t you love the ironic names they give these things: “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act”?].  On page 142 (of 335) of the PDF, what should we find but:... [Read More]

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WHO did you think

was orchestrating the pandemic?  Tedros?  No; he is Xi’s stooge.   Xi?  Not him, though he did orchestrate the elevation of Tedros, and Tedros has been doing his bidding.

No, follow the money.  WHO is a pet project of Bill Gates.

Continue reading “WHO did you think”

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I’m depressed…

I’m depressed, my truck is near empty, I have not driven it in three weeks, gas prices are under $2 per Gallon, there is a ban of driving, I’m out of beer and alcohol and my wife won’t let me leave the house.

the best price in my area is $1.89  per Gallon and the closest to me, (1 mile, all downhill), is $1.99  per Gallon .... [Read More]

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Models: Heads on Sticks

Scientific models can be useful in understanding complex phenomena and to make predictions. All is well so long as everyone, modelers and users, understand the limitations of the model. It all goes wrong when the modelers become enamored of their models or the users treat the model as gospel, or both.

This drama is playing out on a global scale under the WuFlu panic of 2020.* Imperial College (London) epidemiologist Neil Ferguson predicted† about 500,000 deaths in Great Britain, which was scaled to 2.2 million deaths in the US. The UK and US political leadership were using this model to make policy decisions on March 16:... [Read More]

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Debate: Is Deliberate Infection a Useful Strategy for Managing COVID-19

Prior to the development of vaccination, one approach to protecting people against smallpox was variolation: deliberately inoculating individuals with a small dose of smallpox from an aged scab.  Since the severity of the smallpox disease usually depends upon the dose of the infectious agent (“viral load”), many of those inoculated would develop a mild case of smallpox which, nonetheless, left them with immunity to subsequently contracting the disease.  Variolation was a risky procedure: the death rate from those inoculated was on the order of 1%.

On April 2nd, 2020, Robin Hanson, who has previously advocated controlled infection for managing the pandemic, and Gregory Cochran, co-author of the 10,000 Year Explosion, debated whether variolation is a strategy which should be explored in the present pandemic.  This is more of a joint discussion than a pro/con debate: Hanson argues for variolation, while Cochran does not oppose it, but rather says it should be pursued as one of a wide variety of strategies tested in parallel.... [Read More]

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