The 2020 Coronavirus


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Introduction added 3/8/2020:
Sensationalism sells newspapers and keeps the teeming masses tuned to the most exciting cable TV news channels, whether or not the news contains any useful or factual information.  Hysteria sells even more newspapers; so at every opportunity, the cable TV news channels go with hysteria.  Especially if the so-called news coverage can be used for political leverage or weaponry.  As we have seen over and over, the claims of impending doom are false alarms, yet the public falls for it every time.  How many contagious diseases were supposed to have killed us all, or at least resulted in massive upheaval?  The bird flu was going to affect everybody, they said, as was AIDS, Ebola, Zika, West Nile virus, SARS, MERS, swine flu, acid rain, mad cow disease, stratospheric ozone depletion, second-hand smoke, fire ants, and so on.  Heres' how to eliminate TV news hysteria completely:  Take all of the television sets out of your house and leave them at the curb for the scavengers.  You will be surprised how much spare time you have, and very soon you'll quit worrying about contagious diseases in Africa and China.

Appended 3/12/2020:
In a way this coronavirus scare is a lot like the Y2K scare at the end of 1999.  At that time, the news media was full of baseless speculation about the worst-case possibilities, as if those were the most likely possibilities.  The endless sensationalism was somewhat tiresome, and, as it turned out, entirely unfounded.  But it served a purpose, and that was to keep the viewers agitated and glued to the TV.  The same thing is going on now.  The news media is having a field day with this virus outbreak, because it keeps the TV viewers hooked, and it might be a useful weapon to use against the President of the United States, whom the so-called journalists detest.

Appended 3/20/2020:
In my opinion, the government's response to the coronavirus is far more dangerous than the virus itself.  If the virus spreads all over town, it might affect everybody.  Shutting down restaurants and small businesses does affect everybody.  The severity of the government's response varies by state, as many things should, but state-wide curfews, shelter-in-place orders, and restrictions on worship services and peaceful assembly are ingredients for tyranny.  (And this won't be the last previously-unknown virus to emerge.)  The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the freedom of peaceful assembly.  The word emergency is not in the Constitution.  If the government is asking churches to close for a few weeks, that's one thing; but if it's a demand, that's something else.  In addition to all that, the crisis of the decade occupies the news media's full attention.  If there is anything else happening — that is, if the federal government is up to something else — you might not hear about it for weeks.

Appended 3/21/2020:
About 75 percent of the panic buying and sudden shortages is due to sensationalism in the news media; in particular, the cable TV news channels.  The other 25 percent is due to social media, and the fact that nearly every adult in America has a cell phone at hand 24 hours a day.  As I've said before, hysteria keeps you tuned in, hour after hour, and the cable TV news people are spreading fear in order to retain viewers and make money from advertising.  The poorly-educated and narcissistic hoarders (triggered by the news coverage) are a problem even worse than the government's heavy-handed control of the masses.  There are ways to deter selfish customers and small-time speculators from buying up all the toilet paper and hand cleaner.  Here's what I mean:  At Costco and Sam's, there are no anonymous purchases.  Every customer's purchases are in a database, along with that customer's address, phone number, and photograph.  In my opinion, anyone who has bought more than a few cases of bathroom tissue (or paper towels, or hand sanitizer) in the last 90 days is a hoarder, and that person's card should be permanently revoked.  Today.  Yes, even the speculators and resellers.  This action should be taken immediately, and the wholesalers should make a big publicity splash about it, because the rest of their customers want to see something done about the hoarders.  This technique could be used world-wide.  Moreover, hoarding could be detected and thwarted as soon as it develops.  The big-box wholesale stores have computerized inventory, and they should be able to see immediately when there is an unusual spike in the consumption of specific disaster-related supplies, and apply strict limits at once.  Ordinary grocery stores could do this, too.  There is a bar code on everything.  The computers know when there's a sudden demand for canned vegetables, or bottled water, or what have you, and with a little extra software, the stores could apply limits within a few minutes.

Remember, the higher an "Alert Level" goes, the more power the issuing agency gets; and once a tyrant tastes power, he is reluctant to give it back.  The longer this virus panic persists, the more likely the police state is to become a permanent fixture.

Appended 3/26/2020:
In this nation-wide madness, there are some silver linings and some (much larger) dark clouds:

Silver linings:  [#1] No school zones, much lighter freeway traffic, much cleaner air.  [#1A]  Much lower gasoline prices, partly because of reduced demand.  [#2] Playboy magazine is dead.  [#3] There is now a much greater awareness of the importance of hand-washing and cleanliness.  [#4] There is now a much greater awareness of just how low the power-hungry, baby-killing Democrats will stoop, in an effort to overthrow President Donald Trump.  [#5] After this, the mother of all news media false alarms, the general public will finally share my skepticism of the news media, the U.S. government, and the Chinese Communists.

Dark Clouds: [#1] Ben Franklin was right:  "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."  The poorly-educated public has shown itself to be much too willing to quickly forfeit the Bill of Rights in order to obtain a little temporary protection from a virus that nobody would have ever noticed without the alarmist news media screaming about it 24/7.  If you're sick, the virus is definitely more than nothing, but if you're not, and you don't generally congregate with those who visit China or Italy, then it is almost nothing.  Certainly nothing worth killing the United States' economy and political system to fix.  [#2] H.L. Mencken was also right:  "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."  The general public has lost its mind over the latest hobgoblin, thanks to the Trump-hating sensationalist news media, which is fully staffed with Democratic Party activists instead of journalists.

Appended 3/29/2020:
Mrs. Editor was quick to point out that H. L. Mencken was no hero, and is hardly worth quoting.  Mencken was very hostile to Christianity. [1] [2] [3]

Appended 3/31/2020:
I think there will be a number of beneficial after-effects of this world-wide virus panic.  [#1] A lot of people who live from one paycheck to the next are learning the value of thrift and savings.  [#2] A lot of people who never turn off their TV will finally learn that the television is a liar.  [#3] The New York Stock Exchange has "circuit breakers" that kick in whenever investors and speculators go nuts.  The state legislatures should have such protections, too, so that the state government can't suspend the Bill of Rights, just because CNN told them to, without holding public hearings.  [#4] Nobody is snickering and scoffing at the doomsday preppers any more.  [#4A] Perhaps this experience will revive an interest in fallout shelters, because such a thing is ridiculous until it is needed, and by then it's too late to prepare.  [#5] Many tree-hugging hippies will now understand that there are more important issues than global warming or the mean sea level rising two millimeters per year.  [#6] Many people may adopt irrational mysophobia, but many more will finally realize the importance of keeping their hands [#1] clean and [#2] away from their faces.  This is the sort of thing that was once taught in elementary school (during the cold war), but is no longer mentioned in school.

Appended 4/20/2020:
It is now clear that we have been lied to about projections of mass death and impossible numbers of hospitalizations.  The computer models proved to be worthless, the hospital numbers have been cooked, and the truth has been hard to find.  The Trump-hating news media has been peddling anxiety and fear for six weeks or more, apparently hoping for an economic collapse, if that's what it takes to elect a Democrat president.  It is also clear that many governors, county commissioners, and mayors have demonstrated an eagerness to assume, just by decree, the vast powers they've always wanted.  Moreover, it is clear that the next Election Day could easily be the last Election Day if these tyrants aren't booted out.  The virus panic has turned out to be the most costly over-reaction in the history of the world, both in money and in liberty.  The surest way to perpetuate the "temporary" loss of our liberties is to elect or re-elect Democrats in November.  The Republicans are not exactly clamoring for the end of the coronavirus lockdown, but bad is better than worse.

Appended 5/19/2020:
This country is in serious trouble.  Nearly all of the state governments put their entire populations under a stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, lockdown/quarantine, based on irrational fear, and the vast majority of those who live in nominally "free countries" instantly complied with the spontaneous tyranny that resulted.

The whole episode had a network of causes and another network of effects.  The malevolent Chinese communists, intentionally or not, lost their grip on a virus.  The virus spread to several remote (to them) parts of the world via airline travel and basically open borders.  Then the alarm was sounded, and someone ran a deeply flawed computer model that predicted widespread death.  Right away, the sensationalist tabloid news media picked up the ball and ran with it.  Day and night, the word pandemic was perniciously employed, even though the people affected by the virus were only in specific places, not everywhere, and the victims of this new disease were primarily those who were already in poor health.

Before long, the lockdown and quarantine, announced and supported by television, made normal life impossible, and a great number of people found themselves unemployed.  Oh, but it's only temporary, and it's for the benefit of everyone!  Then week after week elapsed while the television stoked the fear and spread the notion that wearing a mask would keep everyone safe.  Panic shopping and hoarding, which would have been easily preventable had it not been a surprise, made routine shopping even more unpleasant.

Very gradually, after months of this insanity, and after the petty tyrants at the state and county level became more insufferable with their demands, voices finally emerged to say this treatment is worse than the disease.  An embarrassingly small number of people began to rise up and denounce the tyranny at hand.  All others sheepishly complied.  THAT is why this country is in trouble.  Nobody seems to mind if, for the first time, the government tells healthy people to stay in their houses.  Nobody seems to care that the government is printing trillions of dollars' worth of hot checks to appease the masses.  Criminals are being released from jails and prisons because of concern for their safety, but then what happens to our safety?  Churches are being told whether they may operate or not, and if so, at some arbitrarily prescribed fraction of their capacity, and the pastors comply!  The American people are far more timid and malleable than I had imagined.  Especially the Republicans.  We have now known for weeks that the computer models are seriously flawed, the body counts are fraudulently high, and the disease is so hit-and-miss that half the people who get it exhibit no symptoms at all.  Yet almost nobody will stand up to their elected officials, or the cops, and resist this nonsense.

The heat was turned up very rapidly, and yet the proverbial frog is still sitting in the hot water, patiently waiting for it to cool down, somehow.

Please note that the people at the CDC and WHO are unelected, pencil-pushing bureaucrats whose lives have not been interrupted by all this hysteria.  Indeed, their jobs are now more secure than ever.  Whether you follow CDC guidelines or not is entirely up to you; however, if you run a business and you are fastidiously adhering to arbitrary rules and regulations, your business may suffer (even more than it was already).  I said goodbye to my barber this morning, when I saw a sign posted on his door listing a bunch of CDC-recommended actions that would be required of me upon entering the shop.  Sadly, he is now my former barber.  (What a shame.  I was a good tipper, too!)

(Incidentally, if you aren't sick already, and your immune system hasn't been weakened, you aren't accomplishing anything by wearing a mask.  Why are so many people driving around town, alone in their cars, wearing masks?  Trying to filter out a virus by wearing a paper mask — or a bandana over your nose — is like building a mosquito net out of chicken wire.  The mask just tells everyone how fearful, weak, and compliant you are.)

And now we see censorship on social media, to squelch the dissenters, and the exploitation of the so-called pandemic as a political weapon against President Trump.  The story was already bad enough without those ingredients.  It may already be too late to rectify this mess, and if the socialist Democrats prevail in any upcoming election, this country is finished.

Appended 7/1/2020:
If you're still wearing a mask at this late date, you must be a Democrat, or a serf who lives under the thumb of a Democrat.  If you wear a mask while you drive around in your car or ride a bicycle, by yourself, you look like a muzzled bear at the circus.  (You may not know what a circus is, because they were all cancelled years ago.)  If you wear a mask while you walk around the block for some fresh air, your ignorance is on display.

The petty tyrants are trying to get the virus and its associated shutdowns into a sequel, since they enjoyed their power so much, but not everyone is buying it this time.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Except I wasn't fooled the first time.  Bureaucrats need to sit down and let the rest of us take our chances with whatever germs are in the air, as we have for centuries.

Appended 8/1/2020:
The links and excerpts on this page are in reverse chronological order:  The newest material is at the top.  There are links on this page to over a thousand articles on other web sites, offering abundant evidence that...
  [#1]   The coronavirus crisis, if it was ever really a crisis, is over now.
  [#2]   The coronavirus crisis was the product of news media sensationalism, designed to keep everyone alarmed and tuned to the TV.
  [#3]   The petty tyrants among us at the state and county levels have used this so-called crisis to grab power that they normally wouldn't have; and even when there is abundant evidence that the worst of the disease is over, and was over several weeks ago, they cling to their edicts and mandates that nobody has had a chance to vote on.  Lockdowns and restrictions that were originally supposed to have been in place for a few weeks have been repeatedly extended.
  [#4]   The entire crisis originated in China, either accidentally or maliciously.
  [#5]   The entire crisis is political:  It's all about crushing capitalism, impeding the growth and progress seen under President Trump, and ruining the United States as we have known it, in order to bring about a new Socialist government.
  [#6]   There are cheap and effective cures for the symptoms that accompany Covid-19, but any discussion of these remedies is being suppressed on social media and censored on mainstream media.  This is most likely because Big Government does not like cheap and easy solutions to nationwide problems, and neither do the drugstores.
  [#7]   If you are still wearing a face mask voluntarily in August 2020, you're either a Democrat, a person who watches too much television, or a spineless serf who will do whatever you're told, no matter how obviously unnecessary it is.
  [#8]   Entirely too many people in this country are unaware of their rights under the Constitution, and are gladly willing to forfeit those rights, just to avoid any criticism in the news media or on social media platforms.  Almost every pastor of every church has given up any claim to the First Amendment's guarantees of the free exercise of religion, and the freedom to engage in peaceful assembly.  Once those rights are lost, they cannot be recovered.
  [#9]   Even in places where masks or face coverings are mandatory, there are no standards:  Your face can be covered with gauze, cloth, window screen, or the flimsiest veil, and you will be welcomed just as if you were wearing a fresh hospital-quality mask.
  [#10]   The Covid-19 disease is so terrible that half the people who have the virus exhibit no symptoms.
  [#11A]   As long as there is money to be made from this disease, the fearmongering will persist.
  [#11B]   As long as the sensationalized news coverage of this disease keeps you glued to the television, the sensationalism will persist.
  [#11C]   As long as there is a political incentive to amplify this disease, the hysteria will persist.







Related topics on other nearby pages:

News media sensationalism and dishonesty

The road to tyranny

Bias and Censorship in Social Media

Banning plastic bags

Tracking the whereabouts of cell phone users

Releasing prison inmates because they might catch the virus

Homeschooling

Lies about President Trump

News media bias against President Trump

Snitch on your neighbor

Airline inconvenience and health hazards

Mass transit health hazards

Immigration-related health hazards

Other environmental false alarms

Voter fraud, mail-in ballots, and postponed elections

Any good news about the virus is suppressed

What's the rush?


Background, overview and recap articles:

Revolution 2020.  [Scroll down]  In January 2020, when COVID hit and Trump cut off travel from China and Europe, the ruling class predictably indicted him for racist excess.  Fauci and the CDC claimed that the virus was not particularly contagious to humans, and Democrat officials urged people to attend big gatherings.  After contagion became obvious the media, following Fauci, did not apologize for their errors.  Instead, they spread estimates that the virus would kill some two million Americans, that U.S. hospitals would be overwhelmed, and insisted that Trump urge Americans to avoid contact with one another "to slow the spread and flatten the curve" of infections.  No one suggested that any measures available might stop the virus.  Trump took that step — unnecessary, but possibly politically analgesic.  As of this point in mid-March, nothing extraordinary had yet changed the balance of power in America.  But then Trump let himself be persuaded to extend the suggestion of "lockdown" indefinitely, subject to such conditions as the CDC might make for "reopening."  Thus, having made "lockdowns" his own, did Trump largely disempower himself, enabling and legitimizing the ruling class's seizure of powers that are reminiscent of Orwell's 1984.  Subsequently, the entire ruling class — the media (especially the social media giants), every officeholder, politician, and publicist associated with the Democratic party, and corporate America — took upon itself powers over the American people such as not even Woodrow Wilson had wielded in World War I.  Foremost of these is exclusion of criticism of itself from public circulation.  Banning church services and other voluntary organizations, interactions among neighbors, as well as closing small businesses reduced communications of whatever the ruling class might decide largely to one-way, top-down conveyance.  Thus did the oligarchy manage to convince the public to let it treat a virus the infection/fatality rate of which (circa 0.01%) is either equal to or lower than that of the average of seasonal influenzas, as if it were the plague.  Worse that, for the sake of public health, the public should acquiesce in restrictions — such as quarantining uninfected persons and staying indoors — that reverse the logic of quarantine.  The ruling class use of COVID-19 is medical nonsense.  But the "lockdowns" made perfect political sense because they disadvantaged primarily the sort of people who vote conservative.  The lockdowns also made ordinary people more economically dependent on government, while enriching those best connected with it.

The Attempted COVID Coup of 2020.  What history will record as the great COVID coup of 2020 is based on lies and fear manufactured by America's ruling class — led by the Democratic Party and aided by the complaisance of most Republican politicians.  In March, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) presented the coronavirus to the Western world as a danger equivalent to the plague.  But China's experience, which its government obfuscated, had already shown that COVID-19 was much less like the plague and more like the flu.  All that has happened since followed from falsifying this basic truth.  Americans were led to believe that the virus was unusually contagious, and that it would kill up to one in 20 persons it infected — a 5 percent infection/fatality rate (IFR).  Today, we still lack definitive, direct knowledge of COVID-19's true lethality.  The absence of that knowledge allows bureaucrats to continue fearmongering. [...] An honest reckoning, if we can get one, will reveal that the COVID-19 experience in America has only tangentially been about health.  It has been, predominantly, a political campaign based on the pretense of health but dedicated to the maintenance of elite control — and it has done far more damage and caused more misery than the coronavirus itself.

The Rise of the Insurgent Right.  This is tyranny.  A free country does not strip its citizens of the right to work by edict.  A free country does not dehumanize its citizens with mask-wearing mandates.  A free country does not suspend the right of citizens to travel freely within its borders.  In "The COVID Coup," Angelo Codevilla cuts through the lies on which the authoritarian coronavirus response was built.  He makes clear that the initial predictions of death and destruction were wildly incorrect and that the policy solutions proposed in response were totally inconsistent with our way of life.  Our experts failed us.  Codevilla states the truth: the "pandemic" was never a crisis of such magnitude that it required suspending basic civil liberties for months on end.  The clearest evidence is Sweden, which never locked down, refused to mandate masks, and kept schools open.  That nation saw .057% of its population die from the Coronavirus.  The United States, on the other hand, despite numerous "interventions" and the implementation of de facto medico-martial law, saw .058% of its population perish.  Sweden's death rate peaked in April and has been in steady decline since.  Today they have deaths in the single digits.  In the United States, a nation where 3 million people (0.9% of the total population) die from all causes every year, we upended our entire way of life in the vain hope we could save 0.01% of the population from COVID death.  It isn't working.

The Editor says...
That was the good part of the article immediately above.  After that, the writer proposes some soak the rich schemes that no freedom-loving American would ever endorse, after considering them for even a moment.


Timely news and commentary:


How Expert Worship Is Ruining Science.  The coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on the question of science as a whole and biology and drug research in particular.  Now, the popular narrative is that if only we listened to the scientists, we would have prevented this, presumably contrasting scientists against "politicians" and perhaps some un-specified "non-expert" others.  The pandemic is happening against a completely unprecedented backdrop of censorship of what seems to me like normal-people discussion about the effects of different drugs and therapies.  The CEO of YouTube has specifically said that the platform would block people suggesting vitamin C has beneficial effects on helping one recover from coronavirus.  This is, of course, done "in the name of" science, because everything ought to be done in the name of science in the West.  My current view is that large numbers of fields which are considered "scientific" in the West are a complete mess and lack the essential feature of what it means to be a science in the first place.

Joe Biden Promises to Push Elected Officials into Issuing Mask Mandates Nationwide.  Former Vice President Joe Biden is promising that, if elected, he would urge state and local governments to issue mask mandates nationwide.  The Democrat nominee, who has shifted on his support for a federal mask mandate, told supporters in Delaware on Friday that it was vital for the government to implement a "national strategy to position our country to finally get ahead of this virus."  As part of the strategy, the former vice president promised not only to get a spending bill, that deals with both the economic and public safety aspects of the novel coronavirus, through Congress by January, but also to push for comprehensive mask mandates.

Joe Biden Promises Forced National Mask Mandate and Regulatory COVID Nightmare When Elected.  Earlier today those behind the Biden campaign dropped all pretense, openly having their candidate state publicly his intention to control the lives of all Americans using the authority of a weaponized federal government to advance national COVID-19 regulations.  As you watch this video from Biden's campaign today it is important to remember state government officials have already moved to define "essential businesses" and "essential workers" during the forced shut-downs.  That is going to become a bigger issue downstream; however, for now just watch closely what Joe Biden is saying here:  [Video clip]

Major Denmark Study May Show Masks Are Largely Ineffective, 'Science' Promptly Censors It.  With the United States reaching it's highest daily case total of the pandemic yesterday, the case for masks continues to become more perilous.  At no point has the country had more widespread mask mandates and usage than now, yet once again, we see almost no correlation between face coverings (most of which were never previously thought to be effective) and infection numbers.  One study may have shown just that, and it may have happened all the way back in June.  Unfortunately, the "scientific community" has decided that religious devotion is more important than an honest assessing of the facts.

Schoolchildren Seem Unlikely to Fuel Coronavirus Surges, Scientists Say.  Months into the school year, school reopenings across the United States remain a patchwork of plans:  in-person, remote and hybrid; masked and not; socially distanced and not.  But amid this jumble, one clear pattern is emerging.  So far, schools do not seem to be stoking community transmission of the coronavirus, according to data emerging from random testing in the United States and Britain.  Elementary schools especially seem to seed remarkably few infections.

Take your mandates and shove it.  "I've been preparing you for this for a while," Buck Sexton said this week on the establishment's assertion that lockdown measures and mask mandates may be a long-term necessity.  "Fifteen days to slow the spread" has become "life for the foreseeable future," he added.  "To that I say no, I refuse... They're gonna have to arrest me."  Sexton condemned the overkill of those in the media and elsewhere who continue to call for lockdowns and mask mandates regardless of circumstances.  [Video clip]

Decimal points are so inconvenient!
Kamala Harris Claims 220 Million Americans — 66% of the Population — Died from CoVID.  Senator Kamala Harris raised the eyebrows of voters across the United States this week when she claimed the Coronavirus is responsible for 220 million fatalities in the United States alone; roughly 66% of the entire population.

The City is Killing America.  New York City, with the highest population density in the country, also accounted for the highest death toll.  San Francisco, the second highest among large cities, was a major incubator.  Pandemic maps of the death toll show the deaths concentrating around major cities before making the slow trek from urban into suburban and eventually rural areas.  The urban lockdowns didn't stop the spread of the virus.  What they really did was trap poor and middle class residents in urban areas, while the wealthy fled, and the virus spread to urbanites with the least mobility.  The people with the worst immune systems, in the densest living conditions, and the least ability to get up and leave, suffered the most, from nursing home patients to minorities with large families. [...] But the coronavirus is an urban problem and all the official solutions to it are urban solutions.  And the urban problems and their solutions are killing us and taking down the whole country.

Is China Now In Control of Our Flow of Information?  The focus on China as a formidable enemy was quickly squashed by many American institutions from academia, sports, Hollywood, press, and the mainstream media.  The attention upon China was quickly replaced with the onus on our president with unfounded accusations for the spread of the virus and for not doing enough to stem it.  Regardless of President Trump's effort to halt the spread of the virus as early as Jan. 31, by instituting a travel ban on China, ordering production of ventilators, and using of our military's floating hospitals, the media perpetuated the lie that President Trump was guilty of mishandling the virus.

Trump: On Cable News, 'All You Hear Is COVID, COVID, COVID.  The coronavirus pandemic "is rounding the corner," President Donald Trump told a rally in Gastonia, N.C. on Wednesday [10/21/2020].  "They hate it when I say it," Trump said, pointing to reporters: [...] ["]That's all they put on because they want to scare [...] everyone.  And you know, the more testing you have, the more cases.  They say cases are up — yeah, testing is up.  We have more testing than India, China and almost every other country put together. [...] ["]

Lawmaker demands COVID-19 contact tracing data from Pritzker administration.  Gov. J.B. Pritzker said bars and restaurants are among the places where people are contracting COVID-19 and that's why he's targeting them throughout the state.  One state lawmaker wants to see the raw data.  State Rep. Mike Murphy, R-Springfield, used to own a restaurant and said businesses in his district are upset at possibly having prohibition on indoor service.  While Region 3 that includes Springfield isn't under stricter prohibitions, there are still limits to how many can be served inside an establishment.

Chris Cuomo is threatened with a $500 fine by his apartment building for not wearing a mask despite lecturing his CNN viewers for months on their importance.  Chris Cuomo's New York City apartment building threatened him with a $500 fine in August because he was seen not wearing a mask, despite lecturing viewers for months about the importance of face coverings.  According to an August 6 letter from the building's management, Cuomo was seen on several occasions without a mask.  A copy of the letter was first obtained by Tucker Carlson of Fox News.  It comes after Cuomo spent months telling viewers about how important masks are — and in defiance of an official mandate issued by his NY Governor brother Andrew.  The letter was leaked just weeks after the CNN host blasted a virus-stricken President Trump as a 'COVIDIOT' for removing his face covering after returning to the White House from the hospital.  'You have been observed entering and exiting the building and riding the elevator without the required face coverings,' the letter reads.

In Staying Closed, Schools Ignore Low COVID-19 Rates, Needs of Families.  Evidence continues to mount that COVID-19 affects children the least, and ad hoc school district e-learning platforms, hastily assembled in the spring, are driving families away from assigned schools.  Some of the largest school districts in the U.S. are still offering only online instruction, despite reports of losing contact with thousands of students, from Philadelphia to Houston to Los Angeles, when districts went online earlier this year.  According to reports, districts have still not been able to reach those students.  School officials have the unenviable task of balancing health and safety concerns with student learning, but those leaders should be considering the research on the spread of COVID-19 and the needs of local families and children in making reopening decisions.  Yet some district leaders are doing neither.

Delusional psychosis drives Americans to enforce fear-based COVID restrictions.  From the beginning, fear hasdriven the government response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Americans have been told they should be afraid.  More important, they have been instructed that expressing fear, through the wearing of masks and self-isolation by the healthy, is their moral duty.  For the first time in United States history, fear is no longer seen as an emotion to overcome, like jealousy or greed, but rather as one to embrace.  We should be proud to be afraid, we are told, and we should call out anyone who isn't.  In fact, any act of courage must be condemned as immoral as well as illegal. [...] This mass psychosis would be tragic if it affected only the sufferers themselves.  Its greatest danger, however, resides in what directly follows from it:  group control.  In the beginning of the coronavirus government response, mandates issued by politicians and bureaucrats compelled behavior that served their interests of consolidating power.

Small COVID Victory — Pennsylvania Restaurant Owner Wins Fight Against Unilateral State Decrees.  A Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, restaurant took their COVID-19 $10,000 state fine to court and said "not guilty."  The judge agreed with their legal position that Governor Tom Wolf's unilateral decrees were arbitrary, unconstitutional and not enforceable.  If one restaurant and/or bar opens, the state can and will target the owner.  But if every bar and restaurant in town opens; and if everyone ignores and dispatches the silly dictates of the local, regional or state officials; there isn't a [...] thing they can do about it.  Unfortunately, the cost of fighting back against these dictates is considerable.  Lawyers and legal fights cost money; thus the state enforcement authorities start out with a massive advantage to deny freedom.

Twitter removes anti-mask tweet from Dr. Scott Atlas.  Twitter removed a tweet from a top White House coronavirus adviser, saying that, contrary to official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, masks don't prevent the spread of the virus.  On Saturday [10/17/2020], Dr. Scott Atlas tweeted that evidence showed masks don't work, according to NBC News.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance in April urging Americans to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of coronavirus after weeks of recommending the opposite.

US surgeon general to be in court on Hawaii virus citation.  The U.S. surgeon general is set to be arraigned Wednesday in a virtual court hearing in Hawaii on charges he illegally entered a public park that was closed because of the coronavirus. [...] Adams told a police officer who cited him that he was visiting Hawaii to work with Gov. David Ige on COVID-19 and didn't know parks were closed.  Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell had closed them at the time to try to prevent crowding that could spread the virus.

Lesley Stahl with no face mask
Trump pounces on CBS News star for not wearing a mask with him.  [Scroll down]  President Trump's White House has had strict rules about staff and visitors using masks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  And the president sometimes has used one despite the fact he's not often actually mingling with crowds.  There also are requirements for testing.  Democrats have claimed the president personally is responsible for the more than 200,000 deaths attributed to the Chinese virus.


Court: San Quentin must release prisoners due to lack of COVID care.  Finding that state officials have acted with "deliberate indifference" to the health of prisoners at San Quentin — where 75% of them have tested positive for the coronavirus and 28 have died — a state appeals court took the unprecedented step Tuesday of ordering at least half of the prison's 2,900 inmates transferred or released.

Will Changes to American Life Become Permanent?  During the pandemic, government has become more intrusive and yet seemingly more impotent and incompetent.  Pick a month and some government official issues yet more contradictory orders on mask wearing, social distancing, and lockdowns — all to be soon reversed. [...] When institutions and politicians cannot accommodate radically changed circumstances, people will no longer value institutions and politicians.  In their place, citizens will seek to ensure their own livelihoods, leisure, and safety in ways that are more reliable and affordable — with their circumstances in their own hands rather than in those of distant others.  And their adjustments won't always be calm or polite.

Trump calls Dr. Fauci an 'idiot' and 'disaster'.  In a phone call Monday [10/19/2020] with campaign staff that included reporters, President Trump called White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci "an idiot" and said people are "tired of hearing about COVID."  "People are saying whatever.  Just leave us alone.  They're tired of it.  People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots," Trump said, according to Politico. [...] The president called Fauci a "disaster," who is a "bomb" in TV interviews but a "bigger bomb if you fire him."

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Obviously, Dr. Fauci will be fired in early November, unless Joe Biden wins the election.  Who do you suppose Dr. Fauci is rooting for?

Restaurant Won't Have to Pay Fines for Opening During Shutdown, Judge Says.  A Pennsylvania restaurant that was fined $10,000 for violating Governor Tom Wolf's coronavirus executive orders was found not guilty and will not have to pay the fines.  Pennsylvania Magisterial District Court Judge Carl Garver ruled Friday [10/16/2020] that "the family business was unconstitutionally cited and the restaurant was found not guilty," reported Harrisburg's WHP.  "The crux of the legal argument is that orders that have been issued by the governor and the Department of Health are legally unenforceable.  Judge Garver agreed with that argument," said Eric Winter, attorney for siblings Michael Mangano and Christine Wartluft, owners of Taste of Sicily restaurant in Palmyra.

Michigan Barber Who Defied Shutdown Mandates Has Charges Dropped.  Karl Manke, a 78-year-old barber in Owosso, Michigan, who has been cutting hair for 59 years, can rest a little easier.  Charges for violating local health orders and defying Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's COVID mandates were dropped last Friday [10/16/2020].  Manke gained national attention and notoriety as a "folk hero" among many who saw that Whitmer's edicts went far beyond the law.  When she shut down the state initially, Manke complied.  But after she unilaterally extended her mandates beyond April 30 without gaining approval from the legislature to do so, Manke reopened his barbershop, saying at the time, "I feel the governor is not my mother, never has been."  When reminded that he was violating Whitmer's mandates, Manke said, "I could care less.  If they want to put me in jail, put me in jail. ... I will be governed ... but not ruled.  This is a police state action."

Sweden: Lockdown Facts Fauci Won't Tell You.  As their history also tells us, Swedes are not given to mass hysteria, fear, or believing in hasty actions.  So, when COVID-19 appeared they examined the threat and dealt with it calmly and logically.  Unlike the U.S. and other industrialized countries, they did not lock down their country.  Instead, the Swedish government simply banned meetings of more than 50, asked citizens to use social distancing, and asked senior citizens to avoid contact with others as much as they could.  Masks were not required or even suggested.  Instead, Swedes were asked to exercise, work, keep their businesses open, and lead their lives as if they were experiencing an annual flu season.  Schools, shops, restaurants, and industry remained open.

Large Group Of International Doctors And Health Scientists Argue For New Approach To Coronavirus.  A large group of doctors and health scientists — over 30,000 to date — have signed onto the Barrington Declaration.  That declaration states that: current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health.  They further note these effects "include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health — leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden." In addition these specialists say that keeping children out of school "is a grave injustice."

More "Experts" [are] Being Silenced By Big Tech — What Did They Say?  America's Frontline Doctors held their 2nd Summit in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday [10/17/2020].  They are a group of physicians and researchers who feel strongly that mass lockdowns, masking requirements and the prevention of early COVID-19 treatment has caused immeasurably suffering — and likely unnecessary deaths — in our fight against COVID-19.  As of early this morning, their video and tweets appear to still be spreading on Twitter and YouTube. [...] America's Frontline Doctors held its 1st Summit in June of this year and articles, tweets, Facebook posts, and videos were widely censored online.  Just days ago, Dr. Scott Atlas — a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force was suspended from Twitter for posting that masks don't work particularly well in the fight against COVID-19.

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Fauci's COVID-19 Folly.  [Scroll down]  On May 22, 2020, the U.K. medical journal The Lancet joyously published a paper stating that hydroxychloroquine doesn't work.  Medical authorities around the world reacted by withdrawing hydroxychloroquine from treatment of the Wuhan virus.  Death rates spiked up dramatically about two weeks later.  This is illustrated by the experience in Switzerland, as shown by the following graphic from France Soir:  [Graph]  The gray-shaded area is the period of increased deaths in Switzerland due to the study in The Lancet.  The death rate jumped 13 days after the administration of hydroxychloroquine was withdrawn, and then it dropped 13 days after the resumption of dispensing hydroxychloroquine.  That was just Switzerland.  The Lancet retracted the paper on June 4, more over the damage it was doing to its reputation than embarrassment at the number of deaths it caused.  Nobody in the media has displayed any interest in who was behind this hit job.  It has been estimated that the fatwa against hydroxychloroquine resulted in 80,000 deaths around the world.


Studies: Fatality Rates From COVID Are Dropping Sharply Everywhere.  For the second straight day, a bright light shines through the gloom of a darkening COVID outlook this fall.  Yesterday [10/19/2020] the good news was that fears of schools becoming mass incubators of coronavirus appear to be overblown.  Positivity rates across a sample of tens of thousands of students and staff in NYC are minuscule.  Maybe we can have safe in-class instruction this fall.  Today's news is even better.  As cases explode in Europe and climb towards a new peak in the U.S., a tantalizing mystery has emerged:  Why aren't we seeing the same crushing death tolls in hot spots that we saw in the spring?  Deaths are rising in Europe from their summer lows (upwards of 150 daily on bad days in the UK and France recently) but they're nowhere near the gory levels of April even though both countries are setting records in the number of daily cases.

China's economy is booming during the pandemic it unleashed.  How galling it is to see China bouncing back from the global pandemic that it unleashed.  While the rest of the world wrestles with fear, mistrust, unemployment, recession, stagnation, non-Covid health catastrophes, countless blighted lives and a 'second wave' of the virus, China is set to enter 2021 stronger than it was in January 2020.  That was the month when Chinese complacency, deceit and the ruthless diktat of the Communist Party allowed coronavirus to get its first foothold among humankind.

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The Chinese economy may be recovering, but it comes at a price:  Nobody knows how many people died after being forcibly sealed inside their cheap little apartments at the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak.

A very San Franciscan president.  [Scroll down]  Another new development is Gavin Newsom adopting, in lieu of COVID, the rule by decree.  California legislator Kevin Kiley has counted over 400 laws which Newsom unilaterally changed since he imposed the statewide shelter-in-pace orders in March.  It is no wonder that Californians are leaving the state, and that the exodus sped up after the quarantine orders.  Since then, San Francisco, the epicenter of lockdowns fundamentalism, saw a 20 percent drop in rents and a 53 percent drop in sales.  Meanwhile, just 133 people have died from the illness in the city over the last seven months.  It's fair to say that if you want a vision of what Kamala Harris's America will look like, look at California.

Idaho Teachers Go on 'Sick-out' to Protest School Openings — Every Last One of Them Should Be Fired.  The first day of in-person public school in the West Ada School District in Idaho was canceled on Monday [10/19/2020] after over 600 teachers called off work in an apparent "sick-out."  Fire every last one.  Fire them for being science-deniers.  They're teachers, for crying out loud.  It shouldn't be that hard to find the transmission numbers among students and see that COVID transmission is nearly non-existent and, in fact, there is ample evidence that children don't even pass it on very well.  They are less "sticky", meaning the virus, for whatever reason, doesn't really "stick" to them and then "shed" elsewhere.  All of the school numbers from March of 2020 up until this very moment support that.  We need teachers who believe in science and information and data.  We need teachers who go find information instead of waiting for it to be delivered to them.  We need curious teachers.  If you're denying science you really have no place in the public school system. [...] If you feel you can't do the job you've agreed to do — for whatever reasons — it is your responsibility to quit.  Go find other work that doesn't require you to be in a classroom with children.

Dr. Birx Rips the Mask Off and Goes After Scott Atlas.  Dr. Deborah Birx has been less combative and openly partisan compared to Dr. Anthony Fauci, but that doesn't mean she's anymore open minded.  According to a new report, which itself is rife with false, biased information, Birx has gone after Dr. Scott Atlas, attempting to get him fired from the coronavirus task force.  More recently, she apparently praised the decision by Twitter to ban Atlas for posting factual information on masks.

Cuomo threatens to withhold eventual COVID-19 vaccine from New York until his own doctors deem it safe because he doesn't trust Trump administration.  Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to withhold a COVID-19 vaccine from New York until his team of doctors deem it safe because he doesn't trust the FDA or CDC, raising serious questions about how and when it will eventually become available and who will be the arbiter of it.  Cuomo said during an interview with Good Morning America that the American people will be 'skeptical' about a vaccine because of how the federal administration has handled the pandemic and that he won't rush to recommend it.  It's unclear if, once the FDA approves it, Cuomo will have the power to stop it from being administered across the state.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer:  If You're Tired of Masks And Wish You Could Go Back to Church, Vote for Biden.  Are you sick of watching family-owned stores and businesses in your neighborhood fold because of reopening restrictions?  Are you saddened as you watch your favorite watering holes and restaurants close their doors for good, as unconstitutional lockdowns drag past the 200-day mark of "15 days to slow the spread"?  Have you had to move your family out of your state just to find a school your child can attend?  Do you find yourself wondering just when all this madness will end, and how?  Well, look no further.  There's a solution on the horizon and it's a mere 15 days away.  If you want COVID and the ensuing restrictions to disappear forever, all you have to do is... Vote for Biden/Harris 2020.  Don't shoot the messenger.  This logic came straight from the horse's mouth this past Sunday [10/18/2020] on "Meet the Press" — the horse being Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and the mouth being one adorned with bright red lipstick and frothing with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander praises Fauci after Trump slams infectious disease expert.  Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander voiced his support for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, after President Donald Trump blasted Fauci on Monday [10/19/2020].  Trump called Fauci a "disaster," a day after Fauci said in an interview that he was unsurprised that Trump got COVID-19.  Fauci said it was because Trump regularly flouted the use of masks "as a statement of strength."  Alexander released a statement Monday afternoon praising Fauci.  "Dr. Fauci is one of our country's most distinguished public servants," said Alexander, R-Tennessee.

Illinois governor blames Trump's allies for state's wrong direction on coronavirus.  Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on Sunday [10/18/2020] that his state was not going in the right direction when it came to fighting the coronavirus, attributing its failures to President Trump's allies.  "People are not following the mitigations, because the modeling is so bad at the leadership level, the federal level," Pritzker told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" on Sunday.  "We are trying to get the word out and you're trying to continue to convince people to do the right thing but it is the president's allies in our state, all across the state, who are simply saying to people don't pay any attention to the mitigations, don't follow the rules."  Tapper noted that Illinois had recently broken its record for the most cases recorded in a single day with over 4,500 people testing positive on Friday.

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Really?  Did 4,500 people test positive on Friday, or were 4,500 positive test results reported on Friday?  There's a difference.

5 Other Things We'll Learn About Biden After The Election.  [#2] Biden doesn't have any plans to solve the COVID-19 problem.  Biden endlessly claims that Trump fumbled his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, without ever saying what he'd do differently.  When he has tried to make the case that he would have acted sooner, he comes up against his own contemporaneous statements undercutting his claims of better foresight.  Don't be surprised, then, that Democrats and the press suddenly "discover" that the threat from COVID-19 has been exaggerated.  They'll point out that the CDC has been counting deaths with COVID-19, not from COVID-19.  They'll further note that the deaths that have occurred were almost entirely concentrated among the old and very ill.  They'll discover that schools can and should reopen without posing undue risk.  They'll note that the case fatality rate has been steadily dropping.  They'll point to evidence that shutdowns don't work.  They'll call for calm and for people to get back to their normal lives.  And the press will suddenly lose interest in coronavirus death counts.

Here's how the media is misreporting COVID-19's death toll in America.  On Sept. 22, CNN triumphantly announced that 200,000 people had died from COVID-19 in the United States.  CNN tried various ways of rubbing in the 200,000 figure.  Their best effort was an infographic blaring, "US COVID-19 deaths are equal to having the 9/11 attacks every day for 66 days."  Here's a less biased, but less catchy, comparison: 2020's attributed COVID-19 deaths were equivalent to having another 2017-2018 flu and pneumonia season boosted by 13 percent.  The CDC estimated that about 177,000 Americans died during the 2017-2018 flu season, from either the flu itself or by complications of pneumonia. [...] That was a bad year, noted at the time, but mostly by medical professionals.  Those with good memories will recall seeing more "Wash Your Hands" and "Cough Into Your Elbows" posters.  Still, nobody remembers a panic.  Just as nobody remembers mask mandates or political leaders shutting down small businesses and locking the healthy in their homes.  Because, of course, none of that happened.

CDC's Method of Estimating 'Expected Deaths' and 'Excess Deaths' Is Misleading.  [Scroll down]  There are more examples of the CDC and other public health officials skewing or otherwise misrepresenting COVID-19 data.  There is the CDC's March 2020 guide to death certificate-certifiers stating that "the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not."  There is the observation that the CDC is ignoring their own COVID-19 severity criteria, which suggests that COVID-19 is not nearly as severe as they are claiming, using fear appeals to artificially heighten risk perceptions.  There is the observation that the CDC is apparently ignoring basic medical facts on pneumonia and respiratory viruses in favor of potentially wrongfully increasing COVID-19 death counts.  Such questionable interpretations, misrepresentations, and methods could collectively lead one to question the reliability of some or all of the CDC's COVID-19 data — including the CDC's weekly COVID-19 anecdotes.

Casket outside Brooklyn nursing home filled with 6,500 covers of Cuomo's book.  A silver casket was wheeled to the front of a Brooklyn nursing home Sunday — and 6,500 copies of the cover of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new book were dumped into it in protest of his COVID-19 policies.  The number of covers was equal to the roughly 6,500 people who have been reported killed by the coronavirus in nursing homes in the state — although the ralliers said they believe the figure is much higher.

Birx confronted Pence about Atlas.  White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx recently confronted Vice President Pence about the increasing influence of Scott Atlas over the administration's handling of the pandemic, a person familiar with the exchange confirmed to The Hill.  Birx raised concerns about the information Atlas was giving President Trump and suggested he be removed from the White House coronavirus task force.  Atlas is not an infectious diseases expert but has emerged as one of Trump's most influential advisers on the pandemic.  The exchange was first reported by The Washington Post, which said Pence asked Birx and Atlas to work out the strife on their own and to present data to their colleagues supporting their viewpoints.

Whatever happened to Deborah Birx?  Deborah Birx is nowhere to be found at the White House these days.  Though she retains the title of coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, Birx has not attended any of President Trump's press briefings on the pandemic since he started them anew in late July, nor was she at a recent event to tout the administration's advances in testing.  Instead, Birx has been on the road, visiting 36 states and 27 different colleges and universities since the end of June to meet with state, local and university leaders to advise on best practices for containing the coronavirus and to gather information on what's been working in each place.

Trump never had COVID, say three of 'The View' hosts who now believe he faked the whole thing.  Two of the hosts of the ABC talk show "The View" admitted this week that they believe President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis was fake.  Their admission came Thursday, a day after tech giants Facebook and Twitter began suppressing an unconfirmed story about Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden's youngest son, Hunter, that media pundits had claimed was a "conspiracy theory."  The first admission was made by co-host Whoopi Goldberg as she was responding to a fellow co-host's complaints that the idea of herd immunity — which is currently being considered by the White House — "seems cruel, seems callous."  "It doesn't look good anywhere," Goldberg responded before suddenly trotting out what could be the conspiracy theory of the year.

There's Never Been a More Important Time to Choose Wisely.  [Scroll down]  Consequently, intellectuals also have a huge personal stake and fierce resistance to risking their exalted status by testing their theories.  This dishonest approach is found in everything from alarmist global warming theory to paper face mask mandates.  Proponents presume the conclusions.  No debate permitted.  Progressives say CO2 emissions will devastatingly heat the planet, and wearing face masks will stop transmission of microscopic virus.  Even when testing these suppositions demonstrates CO2 is an essential food to grow crops and harmless in historic atmospheric concentrations far greater than today's; even when rigorous scientific testing repeatedly demonstrates face masks' utter ineffectiveness to prevent spreading viruses, intellectuals remain unpersuaded.  They know better, they say.  Not only do they reject testing, but they demonize anyone who suggests that their theories should be tested.

The Chinese Virus — Why We Panicked and Why We've Got to End the Panic Now.  [Scroll down]  It's safer, the Quarantine Karens say, to wear a mask, to "socially" distance.  Then they say it's imperative.  Safer, in a way, but only in an exaggerated and half-blind manner, and most certainly not imperative.  The rationality is never questioned ("my science beats your science").  And most especially, the negative aspects, including the negative effects on one's health, are ignored.  They don't exist for Quarantine Karens.  Look, either we pull out of this or we will be sucked in to it like into a black hole.  (Half of Great Britain is being locked down again; Germany is doing much the same; all this with a decreasing death rate.)  We've got to pull out now, because they've got something ready and it's coming down the pike.  (They had to come up with something new because the vaccine is nearly ready and even without the vaccine we have fabulous treatments [like the one that restored the stricken president in a few days]).  They're saying the lockdowns and restrictions are here forever — not because of the Chinese virus — but because of ... wait for this ... the flu.

Modern science:  Celebrating a "high priestess" instead of data.  [Scroll down]  Moreover, she [Trisha Greenhalgh] — along with the writer of this Science article — also copies another global warming dishonest tactic, posing a false argument by claiming that the opposing scientists requried a "randomized controlled trial" to demonstrate the usefulness of masks.  This is an absurd misstatement, as it ignores decades of research that already exists and was referenced by those opposing scientists, that showed that mandating widespread mask use was generally a bad idea, and would accomplish nothing good.  Greenhalgh, who belongs to a WHO committee that she forced to change from "claiming masks are harmful" to now endorsing mask use, very clearly falls into this mindset.  She is outraged that scientists would dare defy her opinion on masks.  Despite the clear uncertainty of the science and the solid evidence that improper use of masks can be harmful (as illustrated by the WHO graphic to the right), she forged ahead with her political campaign and got WHO to comply.  Apparently the editors and writers at Science also agree with her approach of ignoring data for the sake of an political agenda, as this article lovingly endorses her campaign and tactics.

Fear The Walking D(r)ead.  Richard Feynman wrote "science is the belief in the ignorance of experts," and nothing could demonstrate that point more readily than the public's growing disaffection with the experts of the public health apparatus — the WHO, the CDC, and Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Their proscriptions (often conflicting) respecting the handling of Covid-19 were simply not "scientific." They were, in fact, nothing more than guesses which did not work out.  Not that that stopped them from silencing those whose experience, both medical and non-medical, contradicted their guesswork.  Ignoring cost-benefit analysis and utterly discounting the contradictory experience of thousands of medical doctors who were actually treating patients with the dreaded Covid, they've wreaked havoc and hardship throughout the world and doubtless contributed to many more deaths than necessary.  Unfortunately, much of the media still insist that their actions were based on pure science, and many of our fellow citizens — driven to neurosis by it all — have been propagandized to thinking this is akin to the Black Death.  It's hard to know where to even begin answering this.

Pritzker's COVID-19 Positivity Rate 'Not Scientifically Founded'.  In case you missed it — and you probably did — Belleville News Democrat reporter Kelsey Landis pulled back the veil on Gov. J.B. Prtizker's biggest coronavirus crisis fib.  I'm talking about Pritzker's claim that his administration's coronavirus response has been "guided by science and data," a refrain he repeats so often that otherwise reasonable people believe it to be true.  Landis told me she didn't intend to unearth evidence that Pritzker's administration has been intentionally citing less-than-scientific statistics to justify executive orders implementing regional coronavirus restrictions.  But there it was, tucked in the scrappy downstate newspaper's story that Landis says aimed to help readers better understand the state's coronavirus "positivity rate."

15 Crazy Things Joe Biden Said at the ABC Town Hall.  Aside from many factually-challenged statements, Biden said a number of truly outlandish things. [...] [For example,] Trump could have kept schools and businesses open during the pandemic.  Biden:  "The president had an opportunity to open and allow schools and businesses to stay open if they got the kind of help they needed."  (Didn't he say Trump should have shut everything down sooner?) [...] Biden:  "Inject bleach in your arm, and that's going to work.  I'm not being facetious, he's actually said these things." (No, actually, he did not.) [...] America has 20% of the world's coronavirus deaths.  Biden:  "W[e] make up 4% of the world's population.  We have 20% of the world's deaths."  (That presumes China and other "developing" countries are providing accurate figures — a big presumption.)

Denver limits gatherings to 5 people, will require face masks in certain outdoor settings.  Citing an uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the City & County of Denver will now require face masks in certain outdoor public settings as well as reduce gathering limits from 10 to five people.  "We are, as a county, brimming on the edge of a crisis that could further endanger individuals' health as well as damage our economy," Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said during a virtual news conference announcing the two new public health orders.

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The First Amendment guarantees "the right of the people peaceably to assemble."  It doesn't say anything about crowd size.

We have all bitten enough bullets already.
Dr. Fauci Tells Americans to 'Bite the Bullet and Sacrifice' Thanksgiving.  First, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield warned that sharing Thanksgiving dinner indoors with a group of loved ones was very, very dangerous.  Now, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Mendacious Midget™, is joining the chorus.  In an interview with Norah O'Donnell on CBS News, the media darling said the following about the holiday:  [Omitted for brevity, among other things.]  It is impossible to express the level of disdain I have for this man.  The Mendacious Midget™ has been all over television, speaking out both sides of his mouth for months.  As an example, early in the pandemic, Fauci said public masking would do absolutely no good.  In fact, he said that improper use could cause infection.  Now, if you don't wear one between bites while eating at an outdoor restaurant, you are trying to kill grandma.  Still, he is ubiquitous on television and radio, complete with leisure magazine covers.  One could believe Fauci is enjoying his notoriety, with attention lavished on him largely because he is a foil to President Trump.  To maintain that position, he often uses weasel words to avoid the president's wrath.

Risk of COVID-19 exposure on planes 'virtually nonexistent' when masked, study shows.  United Airlines says the risk of COVID-19 exposure onboard its aircraft is "virtually non-existent" after a new study finds that when masks are worn there is only a 0.003% chance particles from a passenger can enter the passenger's breathing space who is sitting beside them.  The study, conducted by the Department of Defense in partnership with United Airlines, was published Thursday.  They ran 300 tests in a little over six months with a mannequin on a United plane.

Biden Muddles Through Gentle, Hunter-Free Town Hall.  Joe Biden came into Thursday night's [10/15/2020] town hall, which was originally supposed to be a debate, stung by new allegations of influence-peddling involving his son Hunter. [...] Joe appeared with Greek heartthrob George Stephanopoulos.  They started off with a question from a Democrat who was dismayed by Trump's response to COVID-19.  What would Biden have done differently?  Now listen, carefully.  He wanted more access to China; so did Trump.  After that?  Biden wrote a USA op-ed.  But he can point to nothing he would have done substantively differently from Trump's response.  Nothing.  This is important.  According to Democrats, Trump killed 200,000 people, but they can't say what they would have done differently.  Biden's big plan going forward seems to be a mix of big signs about masks in stores, ventilation systems, and bearing the example of wearing a mask.

Tennis star Sam Querrey flees Russia on private jet after positive COVID-19 test.  Mixing tennis with a global pandemic just got even more wild.  Amid quarantine bubbles and Novak Djokovic's disastrous Adria Tour, the sport has endured a rocky ride in its bid to restart but Sam Querrey's response after testing positive to COVID-19 takes the cake.  In a lengthy Twitter thread, New York Times tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg detailed the series of events that saw Querrey flee Russia on a private jet with his family after contracting coronavirus. [...] "Sam received an unexpected call from someone with the Russian health authorities who said that the family would be visited by a doctor, and if they were found to have symptoms they could be forced to be hospitalised," Rothenberg reported on Twitter.  "The Querreys, who were experiencing what they considered mild symptoms, feared any or all being hospitalised in Russia, especially so given that they were travelling with their eight-month-old son, from whom they did not want to be potentially separated in a foreign country.

Scott Atlas:  The Other Doctor on the COVID Task Force.  Dr. Scott W. Atlas joined the president's coronavirus task force in August, but after two months, he has yet to sit for a photo shoot or throw out a first pitch or inspire a single artisanal cocktail.  No one has impersonated him on "Saturday Night Live" either, and there certainly isn't any grassroots campaign to get him nominated as People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive."  Although he has a medical degree from the University of Chicago, Atlas is the other doctor, and he knows it.  "I'm not here to make friends.  Okay?" he tells RealClearPolitics in a rare interview.  "I'm here to help the president save American lives.  Period."  Every other member of the commission would say the same.  Combating the coronavirus is the whole point, and saving lives through disease mitigation and prevention remains their goal.  But Atlas, a neuro-radiologist and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, has different ideas about how to beat COVID-19. He says publicly that children do not frequently spread the virus.  He questions the efficacy of mask mandates.  He condemns lockdowns as not just ineffective but deeply destructive.

US Army Wants To Make COVID Social Distancing 'Permanent' Even After Pandemic Ends.  For the majority of Americans wondering when this socially distanced dystopian nightmare of '6 feet apart' and 'wear a mask!' and 'mandatory hand sanitizer' will finally be over, the Pentagon has just given serious cause for concern.  When will it all end?  Perhaps leading the way as an example of where we all might be headed as a country, the United States Army has strongly hinted that it's looking to make its coronavirus protective measures permanent.

Destroying the Institutions We Inherited.  The World Health Organization's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is the first person without a medical degree to hold that position.  Why?  No one really knows.  In the critical first days of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, almost every statement issued by Tedros and the WHO about the origins, transmission, prevention and treatment of the virus was inaccurate.  Worse, the announcements predictably reflected the propaganda of the Chinese government.

The Democrats' Abuse of Children in 2020.  [Scroll down]  Democrats and their indoctrinated followers constantly tell us rubes that coronavirus is not like the flu; they're right, it's less deadly.  In response to this natural biological event, the Democrats' response has been endless and harmful lockdowns.  Schools in particular have been emptied, both out of the irrational fear of many teachers (who, by no coincidence, are overwhelmingly Democrats themselves) and the same irrationality of parents.  Again, if those parents don't remove their kids from school during flu season, it's a losing argument they're making.  School closures undoubtedly hurt academics, but that's fine, because many schools have replaced traditional learning with heavy doses of white privilege and white supremacy sessions anyways.  Where school closures make a lasting impact, though, is on the emotional well-being of our young people, who rely on social interactions to meet emotional and psychological needs.

Michigan's Comrade Whitmer Declares COVID-19 Will Attack if Standing, But Not if Seated.  In the latest example of corona madness; and in the face of state supreme court rulings declaring her unilateral dictates unconstitutional; Comrade Gretchen Whitmer of the Michigan Directorate declares an even more bizarre state rule:  "... bars are now allowed to operate but they may only serve alcohol to people who are sitting down and 6 feet apart."  Apparently the moonbat-science is settled.  If standing with beer, the COVID-19 virus will swoop down and attack; however, if you take a seat with beer your are protected.  Thus continues the abject nuttery from the Michigan Directorate of COVID Compliance.

Does Recent CDC Data Show That Mask Wearers Are More Likely To Contract COVID-19?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study in late September which revealed that over 70% of "case-patients" who tested positive for COVID-19 got the virus despite "always" wearing a mask.  Additionally, over 14% of those infected with COVID-19 in the July study reported wearing masks "often."  The study results appear to show fairly conclusively that the results strongly indicate that "always" and "often" mask-wearing individuals were more likely to test positive for COVID-19.  Many doctors and scientists have been stating for months, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Dr. Fauci, that mask-wearing has not been proven effective in preventing the spread of viruses — including the SARS-CoV-2 — in community settings.

Black Trump Supporter Is Kicked Off Southwest Air Flight For Pulling His Mask Down To Eat Peanuts.  A black man wearing a Black Voices For Trump hat was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for pulling his mask down so he can eat some peanuts.  The person filming the incident before the flight had taken off asked the flight attendant repeatedly what the airline regulations were for eating on a flight.  She specifically asked if there was a rule against pulling the mask down to eat.  The flight attendant didn't appear to want to answer the passenger's questions in the video.  [Video clip]

The Globalist Elite Are Getting Ready To Lock You Down Again, This Time For Global Warming, Calling It 'The Great Reset'.  Sky News host Rowan Dean says the next World Economic Forum in Davos has morphed from a "jet-setter climate gabfest" into a sinister "anti-democratic enterprise designed to destroy your job, steal your prosperity and rob your kids of a future".  "It's a hardcore leftist eco-horror show replete with quasi fascism," he said.  Mr Dean highlighted what he described as a "disturbing trend among many of the world's left-wing elites to increasingly conflate COVID-19 with climate change.  "Many are going so far as to suggest that all the measures applied to the coronavirus, the lockdowns, the destruction of businesses, the suppression of dissent, curfews, strong-arm police tactics, should become the 'new normal' for dealing with climate change.

Hawaii "Has Committed Suicide" — Local Rages "Hardly Anyone Is Sick, But We're All Broke".  While we have grown used to the people (well, at least those who are capable for thinking for themselves) of Michigan and California complaining that the tyrannical COVID lockdown rules imposed by Governors Whitmer and Newsom are arbitrary and capricious (if not downright unconstitutional), it is less often we hear from those living on the beautiful islands of Hawaii. [...] ["]The new travel requirements will trap Hawaii residents here as securely than if they were slaves.["]

There is no good evidence for a circuit-breaker lockdown.  The Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has high confidence that planned, short, stay-at-home orders — now better known as a "circuit breaker" — would have similar effects to the national lockdown in spring.  According to newly released minutes from a meeting in September, the group believes that such a break would put the epidemic back 28 days and reduce the prevalence of infection in December.

Yale Scientist:  Fauci 'in Bed with Forces,' 'Decisions not Based on Science,' 'Killing Americans.' Why Is No One Investigating This Man?  You may not have heard, but on August 23, a guy named Harvey Risch made some shocking accusations against Anthony Fauci.  Of course, that by itself doesn't say much since a lot of people have accused Anthony Fauci of a lot of things since he stepped into the spotlight as the de facto leader of America's response to COVID-19.  But Harvey Risch isn't just anybody.  Risch is a professor of epidemiology at Yale University.  He has an M.D. from UC San Diego, a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and he's published over 300 papers in a career that spans four decades.  Harvey Risch can't be dismissed as a "crackpot conspiracy theorist."  You can't brush aside such unbelievably serious accusations with some mantra about "following the science" when a world-renowned scientist is the one making them.  Yet what's in a way more alarming than Risch's accusations themselves is the way they, nonetheless, have been completely brushed aside.  There hasn't been a single call by anyone to investigate whether there's any truth to what Risch is saying.

Ten Lessons from a Tumultuous 2020.  [#1] The Chinese Coronavirus pandemic has revealed that virtually all Democrat elected state and local government officials are fully capable of doing the unthinkable: creating a de facto police state. [...] [#2] A plurality of the American people have shown that they are willing to sacrifice their freedoms and way of life in order to empower a potential police state in the guise of conquering a pandemic.  Thus, they are emboldening those who seek political hegemony through the vehicle of the Democrat party, as governments never easily surrender power once attained.  They only seek to normalize it. [...] [#3] Far too many scientists in the medical field, once respected and revered, have been exposed to be in the thrall of corporations, political parties, foreign entities and governments as they have, for political reasons, aided and abetted the police state tactics of elected officials.

COVID-19 Lockdowns Have Been A Disaster — End Them Now.  For those who don't recall, the initial lockdowns were sold to the public as an emergency move to "flatten the curve" for 15 days during March to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.  Americans, wanting to do their part, grudgingly agreed to the two-week suspension of normal economic and social activities.  Unfortunately, governors used the opportunity to keep their economies closed indefinitely, in some cases clearly for political reasons.  In California, where the shutdown has been devastating, recent re-opening guidelines included "equity measures" ranging from gauging neighborhoods' "tree canopy" to alcohol availability and voting statistics.  To be absolutely clear, these benchmarks have nothing whatsoever to do with COVID-19.  They are merely an effort by far-left California Gov. Gavin Newsom to pander to his increasingly extreme base of voters.

The Great Barrington Declaration Is A Spark of Sanity In A Mad World.  In an era in which every dubious decision is "due to COVID-19," we hear policymakers repeating the same mantra:  "If just one life is saved," it's worth relinquishing our freedoms, our sanity, and possibly our future.  More often than not, this ethical dilemma is presented without mentioning the obvious trade-offs or long-term consequences.  Imagine you're an administrative dictator.  If you could "save just one life" — or even thousands — by crippling the youth, vaporizing a million careers, wiping out small businesses, crushing your nation's civic culture, severing the ancient continuity of religious rites, forcing healthy people into paranoid isolation, traumatizing an entire generation with viral terror, ending hugs and handshakes, depriving the elderly of intimate care in their final days, wrecking the national economy, unleashing a dystopian surveillance state, and turning your neighbors into neurotic germaphobes, would it be worth it?  It's a serious question.

Dystopia USA.  Democrats have [struck] fear in the hearts and minds of Americans over COVID — far worse than warranted.  According to the Gallup poll, Democrats are especially terrified.  They are terrified enough to ruin a school prom.  1984 is now a documentary — just the wrong year.  This is the dystopian existence we face:  [Video clip]

Nursing Home Residents Protest Cruel Anti-Science Lockdown: 'I'd Rather Die of COVID Than Loneliness'.  You know what they do when a criminal in prison misbehaves and needs a little extra punishing?  Exactly what government officials across America have been doing to our elderly nursing home residents for over six months now — they deprive him of companionship with other human beings.  It's the most effective way to punish someone without getting your hands dirty — apart from keeping him in a relentless state of dread.  But, of course, we did that too.  Deprived of visitors and even forced to keep away from fellow residents — the frailest among them unable to even leave their beds — many were left with nothing but the TV for companionship.  So they found themselves terrorized nonstop for months by fake news about a virus that, in reality, is at worst no more deadly than than a typical seasonal flu.

Another Leftist Hypocrite:  St. Louis County Executive Sam Page Orders Strict Mask Mandates for All Local Citizens Then Is Caught Out in Public Without a Mask.  St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has some of the strictest lockdown measures in nation.  The Democrat has extended unnecessary lockdowns on children and has ruined youth sports.  His outlandish rules have caused hundreds of county businesses to close down for good.  Poor and middle class county residents are hurt the most and their children are suffering.  In August Sam Page toughened his orders requiring face masks, in an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading.  Under Page's crackdown businesses are not able to serve people who aren't wearing masks, and children over age 5 will have to wear them in school.  People will also need to wear masks at indoor and outdoor businesses.  Page also forced children to wear masks in public parks on the way to their soccer games even though others in the park were not wearing masks.  On Saturday [10/10/2020] Sam Page was caught at a local business sitting, chatting and having drinks with friends without a mask.

Dr. Fauci Isn't Stupid, He Just Thinks You Are.  Over the last year, I've tried to be fair to Dr. Anthony Fauci.  I understand that a situation like the current pandemic is unpredictable and that even well thought out positions can often be wrong.  But what I've never had patience for is arrogance in failure from bureaucrats who we have no way of holding to account because it takes an act of God to remove a government employee.  Dr. Fauci is now at that place.  He doesn't deserve to have his job anymore, leaving a string of highly damaging failures in his wake which he's now couching in an incredibly insulting arrogance.  Here's one of his latest whoppers.  [Video clip]

Dr. Fauci's Mind-Numbingly Stupid Remarks About COVID Deaths.  Dr. Anthony Fauci isn't an idiot, but [...] man — are you for real with this remark about COVID deaths?  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases chief who has been a trainwreck on masks now has a new mind-numbingly stupid hot take on COVID deaths.  He simply doesn't see how there could be excess deaths in this year besides those from COVID.  He said this during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.  Tapper was teeing up whether the COVID death count has been undercounted.  Some study showed that the U.S. saw 20 percent more deaths between March and August of this year.

After supporting coronavirus lockdowns for months, the WHO just made the reversal of the year.  As recently as July, the World Health Organization was still scaring people around the world — who'd either just started coming out of months-long, localized coronavirus lockdowns or whose communities were about to clamp down for the first time — by saying that "total lockdown" might be needed to nip the COVID-19 pandemic in the bud in some places.  Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said as much during a press conference in early July.  "We all want to avoid whole countries going back into total lockdown," he said.  "That is not a desire that anybody has.  But there may be situations in which that is the only option."  The WHO was warning countries at that point that they should only very "slowly" come out of any coronavirus lockdown they'd imposed, and that every nation around the world needed to answer the "fundamental question" for itself as to when and how (and whether) there might be a need for another future lockdown period.  "Once lockdowns were ended, there was always the risk that the disease could bounce back," Ryan continued during the press conference.

Rebellion Virus.  As a second wave of infections surged in Europe, lockdown-weary populations sought another way to contain the coronavirus pandemic.  ["]Police said 'several thousand' people marched through Berlin on Saturday [10/10/2020] in a silent protest against restrictions.  Protesters also rallied in Rome, Warsaw and London against mask-wearing requirements and virus curbs.  Governments across the globe are struggling to keep up with a sharp rise in infections and manage growing public frustration over a new restrictions as the pandemic enters a second wave.["]  The costs of quarantine were taking their toll even in Spain, initially one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, where a Madrid court rejected government orders to lock down the Spanish capital.

NYT: Experts Confident Pandemic To Be Over 'Far Sooner' Than Expected, Trump Efforts 'Working With Remarkable Efficiency'.  A new report from The New York Times indicates that experts have "genuine confidence" that the coronavirus pandemic will end "far sooner" than originally expected and that President Donald Trump's Operation Warp Speed — the administration's efforts to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics — has been "working with remarkable efficiency."  The report, published on Monday [10/12/2020], comes with just over three weeks left in the presidential race between Trump and Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Even the New York Times Is Admitting Trump's Strategy on COVID-19 Is Working Now.  The New York Times may have just given President Donald Trump one of the greatest nods they've ever given him, even if they didn't mean to.  The Democrats have been attempting to sell the idea that Trump failed the coronavirus response and that there are so many dead here in America because he failed to act in a timely manner.  This is, of course, a whopping falsehood.  When Trump was closing off countries from the United States in order to limit the spread, Democrats were calling him xenophobic for doing so.  In fact, it was Democrats who were out in the streets telling everyone to come out and not be afraid of the virus at all.  Now, the New York Times released a report citing experts who have "genuine confidence" that the pandemic will be over far faster than many anticipated and that Trump's plan to combat the virus called "Operation Warp Speed" is "working with remarkable efficiency."

Idaho is arresting psalm singers.  Christians were arrested in Idaho of all places for singing Psalms and allegedly not social distancing. [...] Are the Californians moving into Idaho?  Who are these people arresting people singing and maybe not social distancing?  Is this America?

How a Feud Between Cuomo and de Blasio Led to a Chaotic Virus Crackdown.  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had barely finished a fairly routine coronavirus briefing earlier this month when he got word that the New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, had just blindsided him.  The mayor unexpectedly announced that he intended to close down schools and nonessential businesses in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, where the coronavirus was surging in communities with large Orthodox Jewish populations.  Mr. de Blasio asserted that he had been in contact with the state, whose approval was needed.  It took less than 24 hours for Mr. Cuomo to fire back.  He halted the mayor's plan to shutter businesses, calling it imprecise and incomplete, and sped up the closure of schools.  By the next day, the governor unveiled his own plan:  another phased-in lockdown, complete with color-coded maps and a barely veiled message for Mr. de Blasio.

Did the lockdowns worsen the COVID outbreak?  The response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus/Wuhan Flu is unquestionably unprecedented.  Never before have we shut down the majority of society worldwide — economic and societal concerns be damned, quarantined large groups of healthy people — sometimes indefinitely, cancelled weddings, funerals and religious services — then allowed mass protests and riots and implemented large-scale masking requirements.  Never before, at least in free nations.  The impetus for these restrictions was to save lives.  The goal was to 'flatten the curve,' so the hospital systems were not overwhelmed, but that morphed into "crush the virus."  This mimicked the Chinese response, as they allege it was successful.  In reality, the Chinese government is known for its dishonesty so we cannot know the true effects lockdowns had in mainland China.  New York Governor Cuomo, who presides over the state with the highest coronavirus deaths and one of the most draconian lockdowns succinctly put it this way; "And if everything we do saves just one life, I'll be happy."  Semantic grandstanding aside, did these measures save lives?

Oops: WHO Now Says Lockdowns Are a Bad Idea That Should Be Avoided.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its position on government lockdowns as a measure for combating the Wuhan coronavirus.  The WHO now believes that lockdowns have unintended consequences and should be avoided.  "We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus," Dr. David Nabarro, the WHO's Special Envoy on Covid-19 told The Spectator.  Dr. Nabarro then cited some of the harmful negative consequences of prolonged lockdowns that conservatives and President Trump have been warning about for months.  "Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer," Dr. Nabarro warned.

Coronavirus: WHO backflips on virus stance by condemning lockdowns.  The World Health Organisation has backflipped on its original COVID-19 stance after calling for world leaders to stop locking down their countries and economies.  Dr. David Nabarro from the WHO appealed to world leaders yesterday, telling them to stop "using lockdowns as your primary control method" of the coronavirus.  He also claimed that the only thing lockdowns achieved was poverty — with no mention of the potential lives saved.  "Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer," he said.  "We in the World Health Organisation do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus," Dr Nabarro told The Spectator.

No social distancing here!

Store Opening with crowd.  Video shows crowd crowding through the store.  Representative of the store was taken to give testimony and can be served for a crime against public health.  [Video clip, location:  Belém, Brazil]

Are COVID Case Surges More Fake News?  COVID cases are on the rise, or so we are told daily by a hysterical media.  Newspaper headlines scream panic as this recent USAToday article proclaimed, "COVID-19 cases rising in 39 states — 9 months into the pandemic:  We are overwhelmed."  It's the American people that are overwhelmed.  Nine months into masks and lockdowns, with a presidential election just weeks away, facing a daily barrage of doom and gloom from the media.  Are cases really on the rise or are these simply positive tests? [...] What exactly is a "case"?  The USA Today article doesn't say.  Neither do other articles or cable news doctors and other "experts."  Is a "case" simply a positive test?  The CDC answers this question with a "case definition."  A case is not just a positive test.  Instead what is needed is, "Presumptive laboratory evidence AND either clinical criteria OR epidemiologic evidence."  Notice the AND, meaning not simply a positive test.

Schools Aren't Super-Spreaders.  Fear and bad press slowed down or canceled school reopenings elsewhere.  Many large urban school districts chose not to open for in-person instruction, even in places with relatively low positivity rates.  Chicago, L.A., Houston — all remote, at least so far.  It's now October.  We are starting to get an evidence-based picture of how school reopenings and remote learning are going (those photos of hallways don't count), and the evidence is pointing in one direction.  Schools do not, in fact, appear to be major spreaders of COVID-19.

WHO official urges world leaders to stop using lockdowns as primary virus control method.  The World Health Organization's special envoy on COVID-19 urged world leaders this week to stop "using lockdowns as your primary control method."  "We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus," Dr. David Nabarro said to The Spectator's Andrew Neil.  "The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we'd rather not do it."

DoD Test of Viral Spread on Commercial Planes Reveals Good News, General Says.  The head of U.S. Transportation Command offered a sneak preview Wednesday [10/7/2020] of the results of a Defense Department test of particulate spread on commercial aircraft — and they are surprising.  Speaking at the National Defense Transportation Association's annual fall meeting, Gen. Stephen Lyons cited an aerosol test held Aug. 24-31 aboard two large passenger aircraft:  the Boeing 767-300 and 777-200.  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, teamed up with biodefense company Zeteo Tech Inc. to evaluate in-flight spread of airborne particles.  Industry partners included Boeing and United Airlines.

Some Facts You're Not Hearing That Might Dampen Your Enthusiasm for a Shot of COVID-19 Vaccine.  [Scroll down]  On the frightening side:  Two of the leading contenders in the race to produce a vaccine are using experimental technology that artificially stimulates an immune response by... hold on to your seats... genetically altering your cells with RNA from the virus so they start producing proteins from its outer shell.  Though it probably won't be described this way in any ad campaign, it's tough to see what's inaccurate about saying mRNA technology works by genetically modifying you into a human-coronavirus hybrid.  Moreover, not only are these potential COVID vaccines being developed with never-before-witnessed haste, mRNA technology has never been approved for use before.  In fact, this will be the first time it's even been tested in a large-scale clinical trial!  There's always some risk attending the introduction of any new medication.  But put all of this together, and it's hard to see how the impending COVID-19 vaccine won't be one of the riskiest if not the riskiest pharmaceutical product ever marketed.  The pharmaceutical companies racing to be the first to develop it certainly seem to think so.

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Warren vows Biden will 'hold Trump accountable' for pandemic.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a vow to "hold Trump accountable" should Joe Biden win the 2020 presidential election.  Warren stumped for Biden in Maine and New Hampshire Saturday [10/10/2020], during which she spoke more about Trump than about her own candidate.  She said a Biden-Harris presidency would hold Trump "accountable" for his response to the pandemic, his alleged remarks about those in the military and his response to climate change.  "For me, accountability, at this moment, means 210,000 Americans have died from a virus that we should have under control," Warren said to a crowd of 65 gathered in Manchester, N.H.

The Editor says...
The last figure I saw was 9,683. That's the number of people in the U.S. who have died from Covid-19 alone.  Not 200,000.  The virus itself will probably spread to everyone in the country, sooner or later, and there is little or no hope that the movements of a virus will ever be controlled by the government.  But that doesn't mean the situation in the U.S. is "out of control."

Trump [is] no longer considered a risk to transmit COVID-19, doctor says.  President Trump is no longer considered a risk to transmit COVID-19 to others, according to a memo released late Saturday by the White House physician, though the White House did not say that the president has tested negative for the virus.  "This evening I am happy to report that in addition to the President meeting the CDC criteria for the safe discontinuation of isolation, this morning's COVID PCR sample demonstrates, by currently recognized standards, he is no longer considered a transmission risk to others," physician Sean Conley wrote in a memo released by the White House.  The White House still has not made clear when Trump last tested negative for COVID-19, but Conley's memo provides some cover for the president as he resumes holding public gatherings and speaking to supporters.

President Trump working hard to distribute 'free' doses of new treatment he credits for swift recovery.  President Donald Trump announced late Wednesday afternoon [10/7/2020] from the White House that he'd like every American to benefit from the same medications and treatment that were offered to him after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus last week.  "I walked in, I didn't feel good.  A short 24 hours later, I was feeling great, I wanted to get out of the hospital, and that's what I want for everybody.  I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president because I feel great," he said.

No Spike in Florida Coronavirus Cases Despite Lack of Enforceable Mask Mandate.  There has been no spike in cases of the Chinese coronavirus in Florida over the last two weeks, despite Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) lifting key coronavirus restrictions and nixing the enforcement of local mask mandates across the Sunshine State last month.  On September 25, Gov. DeSantis took a major step, lifting key coronavirus restrictions at the state level.  The order allowed businesses, such as restaurants, to operate at full capacity at the state level and required local governments to "justify" any restrictions on capacity moving forward.  Additionally, DeSantis suspended all penalties related to local mask mandates, as he never issued a statewide mandate despite mounting criticisms from the left.

Mask-Shamer Joe Biden Literally Removed His Mask to Cough.  Some things you just have to see to believe.  During a drive-in campaign event in Las Vegas, Nev., on Friday, Joe Biden did something really stupid.  First, as you can see in the video below, he was unnecessarily wearing a mask while alone at his podium.  Second, he was wearing it wrong, with his only his mouth covered, and not his nose.  But the real absurdity came when he had to cough, and he literally pulled his mask down to cough into his hand, before readjusting his mask (correctly) and placing his now germ-ridden hand on the podium that some campaign intern would then be tasked with removing.  [Video clip]

Biden accidentally reveals the mask con job.  Yesterday [10/9/2020], while campaigning in Nevada, Joe Biden behaved spontaneously and demonstrated that he does not really believe masks offer protection against the spread of Covid-19. The mask mandate that Biden proposes is useful for demagoguing President Trump as a "super spreader" because he does not wear them 100% of the time but only when he is in close proximity to others.  The governmental mandates and constant drumbeat of propaganda forcing people to wear masks whenever in public serve to accustom us to automatically do what we are told by government authorities, and symbolize our submission to them, while crippling nonverbal communication among a population that may wish to resist authoritarianism.  Watch Biden pull down is mask in order to cough into his hand while speaking at a podium in Nevada, well more than 6 feet distant from other humans:  [Video clip] [...] Were President Trump to cough into his hand, you can be certain that MSMers would claim he has "blood on his hands."  The truth is that masks offer little protection, unless they are tightly-fitted (and difficult to breathe through) N95 masks.

Trump Is Now One With Countless Essential Workers.  [Joe] Biden has no real idea of who is keeping this country in general, and his own household in particular, alive — much less how hard that task is at a time of plague and quarantine.  Class differences, considerations, and interests are the real themes of this election. [...] So COVID, the quarantine, and the president's illness alike have now become class issues.  On the one hand, are the elite and entitled "Karens."  They scream and rant when they see a slipped mask.  They worship Lord Zoom and His Highness Skype.  They brag about their near-perfect quarantine, and become insufferable when talking of "the science" and "Dr. Fauci." [...] Dr. Fauci may be a saint.  But take any key issue of the last six months — from wearing masks, to quarantining, to taking cruises, to blind dating, to projecting viral loads and likely lethality — and he has not just been mistaken, but predictably self-contradictory.

World's first Covid passport technology will be trialled on flights from Heathrow this week.  Coronavirus passport trials are taking place at Heathrow this week to test technology to let people travel the globe without risk of being quarantined.  Passengers on United Airlines and Cathay Pacific are trying out an app called the CommonPass.  The phone software is a digital health pass which can hold a certified COVID-19 test status or show someone has been vaccinated in future in a way designed to satisfy various governments' different regulations.

Another Lecture:  New England Journal of Medicine Wants Trump Voted Out.  Another medical and science publication is going far left.  The New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday [10/8/2020] endorsed Joe Biden, calling for the incumbent to be voted out of office because he and his administration have "failed at every step" when responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to an article posted by Lydia O'Connor, a reporter for the liberal HuffPost website, the "rare political statement from a scientific journal" was the first such recommendation in the publication's 208-year history.  Quoting information from the journal's editorial, O'Connor declared:  "November's election will have life-or-death consequences for people across the country regardless of party alignment" since truth "is neither liberal nor conservative."

Thousands of Michigan criminal charges and fines under question under now-unconstitutional coronavirus orders.  Thousands of Michiganders are wondering if criminal charges and fines levied against them are still valid after the Michigan Supreme Court last Friday ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's COVID-19 executive orders issued after April 30 are illegal.  Some don't have answers — yet.  Owosso barber Karl Manke's attorney David Kallman told The Center Square he's expecting Attorney General Dana Nessel's office to drop criminal charges against Manke, who operated his barbershop in violation of Whitmer's orders.  The administrative charges through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs are unclear.  "We've got criminal cases all over the state for gym owners," Kallman said.  "I'm expecting all of those to be dismissed shortly."

The End of Covid Hysteria.  Most of the nation was stunned by the news that Donald and Melania Trump had contracted COVID.  I found out early morning the night after it was announced.  Already the Democrat/media complex was gleefully hoping for death, reportedly focusing on Trump's "cavalier attitude" towards COVID precautions.  As the center-right media began to report the left's response, the obvious was clear.  Few on the right would have reacted that way had Biden contracted it. [...] Fact is, most of the country is sick of the hysteria.  Most simply want to live their lives, intelligently with caution, and return back to what we all remember was a decent life.

COVID & The Escalation Of Medical Tyranny.  The coronavirus crisis has served as a powerful tool in highlighting many of the faults that previously existed in society.  It exposed which politicians have an inherent need to control and which ones are guided by humility.  It reminded us of the political power that lies in fear, and how crucial it is to be skeptical of prevailing narratives.  It emphasized the different economic realities for those who live paycheck to paycheck and those who benefit from economic financialization.  Already we have seen agents of the state, at various levels, seek to leverage a viral medical crisis to expand their power.  Governors and local officials have sought to use vague "emergency" powers to lock down businesses and to create criminal penalties, and have then attacked any attempts by judiciaries to rein in their actions.  Judges have sought to leverage the power they hold in deciding child custody to force citizens to make medical decisions they disagree with.  Anointed government experts, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, in spite of his own inconsistencies, have been held up as the final word on science, at the expense of the voices of other credible scientists.  Whether by design or by the instinctual reaction, we have seen a concerted effort of government authorities — amplified by a corporate press with a particularly vivid political agenda, and supported by the credentials of an academic landscape that suffers from ideological capture — to weaponize a centralized scientific narrative for the purpose of achieving certain policy ends.

Biden's Pseudoscientific Masquerade.  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden insists that, if he wins the November election, his COVID-19 policies will "follow the science." This would certainly be a welcome departure from his rhetoric regarding the pandemic.  Biden's public statements, particularly on mask mandates, general lockdowns, and in-person education, are clearly at odds with the recommendations of an increasing number of epidemiologists and public health scientists.  His continued advocacy of countermeasures that have proven ineffective or even harmful suggest that the former vice president is scientifically illiterate or has deliberately ignored the discoveries made by genuine scientists about COVID-19 since it claimed its first U.S. victim in February.  The most risible manifestation of Biden's imposture concerning COVID-19 involves his science-free claims that mask mandates will somehow ameliorate transmission of the virus.

First Man Charged with Crime Because he Ignored Pandemic Rules.  A man from Kentucky is set to face charges in November.  John Pennington was travelling from Alaska to the lower 48 in the United States.  He has now been charged with violating Canada's Quarantine Act with accusations that he failed to follow Coronavirus public safety rules while in Banff.  If he's found guilty, he could be fined up to $750,000 or sentenced to six months in jail.  It started with a call from the Rimrock Hotel to police in late June.  "Staff at the hotel were concerned about an American guest they thought was breaching the quarantine," Staff Sgt. Michael Buxton-Carr told the News.

COVID-19 Hype is Needed In Order to Justify "Virtual Debates" Between Biden and Trump.  In order to support the most important political objectives of the DNC writ large in the 2020 election, COVID-19 hype is essential:
  •   Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot easily achieve 'mail-in' voting; which they desperately need in key battleground states in order to control the outcome.
  •   Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot shut down rallies and political campaigning efforts of President Trump; which they desperate need to do in key battleground states.
  •   Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot block the campaign contrast between an energetic President Trump and a physically tenuous, mentally compromised, challenger.
  •   Without COVID-19 panic Democrats do not have an excuse for cancelling the DNC convention in Milwaukee; thereby blocking Team Bernie Sanders from visible opposition while protecting candidate gibberish from himself.
  •   Without COVID-19 panic Democrats do not have a mechanism to keep voters isolated from each-other; limiting communication and national debate adverse to their interests.
  •   Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot keep their Blue state economies easily shut down and continue to block U.S. economic growth. [...]
  •   Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot easily keep club candidate Joe Biden sealed in the basement; where the electorate is not exposed to visible signs of his dementia.
  •   Without COVID-19 panic it becomes more difficult for Big Tech to censor voices that would outline the fraud and scheme.  With COVID-19 panic they have a better method and an excuse.

On Trump and the virus.  President Trump was discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center a few days ago. [...] Trump can now speak from personal experience, and his authority on the matter will make a difference in the COVID narrative as we hurtle toward the election.  Bear in mind:  we do not have one new piece of information about how the virus works, how fatal it is, or how to cure it, that we did not have last week.  But all this — the lockdowns, the masks, the thunderous moralizing — was never about information.  This is a virus which, according to the CDC, has a survival rate of over 99% for everyone under 70 (for those over that age, like Trump, it's 94.6%).  There is little evidence to suggest its spread can be meaningfully curbed by masks, except those of the N95 variety when used in confined spaces.  And yet Democrat rulers and their media apparatchiks have been insisting — demanding — that we practice ever-more baroque and elaborate forms of meaningless antiviral gestures.  Wear masks outdoors.  Shut down the gyms and the churches (but riots are fine). Your life must be disrupted, your livelihood ruined.  Obey or be mocked, unpersoned, condemned.  What is this all about?  Not a virus, but a story — a tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

A Failed Experiment:  The lockdowns must end.  Lockdowns are typically portrayed as prudent precautions against Covid-19, but they are surely the most risky experiment ever conducted on the public.  From the start, researchers have warned that lockdowns could prove far deadlier than the coronavirus.  People who lose their jobs or businesses are more prone to fatal drug overdoses and suicide, and evidence already exists that many more will die from cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, and tuberculosis and other diseases because the lockdown prevented their ailments from being diagnosed early and treated properly.  Yet politicians and public-health officials conducting this unprecedented experiment have paid little attention to these risks.  In their initial rush to lock down society, they insisted that there was no time for such analysis — and besides, these were just temporary measures to "flatten the curve" so as not to overwhelm hospitals.  But since that danger passed, the lockdown enforcers have found one reason after another to persevere with closures, bans, quarantines, curfews, and other mandates.

Over 4,000 Doctors, Public Health Professionals Sign "Great Barrington Declaration," Urging End to COVID-Restrictions.  Over 40,000 people, including over 4,000 epidemiologists, doctors, and public health professionals from around the world, have signed the "Great Barrington Declaration" that urges nations to return to normal life as the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

When Fear Rules.  We know now that demeaning confidence and courage is fashionable among hacks — two more American virtues to be ground under in a transformed America.  Of greater urgency, the November elections loom, so displays of courage are precisely what Democrats and their media enablers fear.  For courage in just one man can spread, serving as a remedy to fear in many others.  Voters who aren't scared into masks aren't as likely to vote for Democrats. [...] Democrats champion masks because masks acknowledge the rule of fear.  They're symbols of subordination and surrender — yes, subordination to fear of a germ, and surrender of rights and freedoms. [...] You see, fear is a means.  It's a weapon in the hands of Democrats.  The mainstream media are eager henchmen.  Power lust drives Democrats to use fear to gain what they covet.  A virus, like a crisis, isn't to be wasted.  A contagion that helps manufacture a crisis is too tempting to pass up.

White House Physician:  Donald Trump Has COVID-19 Antibodies.  White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said Tuesday that the president's blood was showing antibodies for COVID-19.  "Of note today, the president's labs demonstrated detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2 IgG (COVID-19) antibodies from labs drawn Monday, October 5th," Conley wrote in a memo sent to reporters.  He added that the president's blood work drawn on Thursday did not show any antibodies.

Dr. Fauci's Worst Is yet to Come.  Dr. Anthony Fauci is playing the long game.  That's my suspicion given his change in demeanor over the last few months and his latest comments.  Any deference he used to show to the White House is gone, and he's regularly making the media rounds to contradict and push back against Trump's handling of the coronavirus.  Now, he's predicting doom again if we don't do exactly what he says we should do, as if the lockdowns weren't disastrous and ineffective enough the first time around. [...] New York, where 33,000 people have died, was being held up as a shining light of progress by the media not too long ago.  Now, they are seeing spikes in cases and deaths again.  If that level of lockdown hasn't worked there to "crush the virus", why in the world would anyone assume something similar would work elsewhere?  There is no scientific answer to that question and Fauci knows it.  But what Fauci is doing here is setting himself up for the future.  He sees Joe Biden possibly winning the presidency, and the former VP has already pledged to retain the doctor as a top advisor.

CNN's Sanjay Gupta Makes Wild Claim About Steroid Drug Trump Was Prescribed, Then Facts Get Dropped.  As I wrote earlier this week, the media-driven hysteria over President Trump being prescribed the steroid drug dexamethasone as part of his Wuhan virus treatment plan got out of hand fast.  This misinformation being spread on cable news networks and the social media feeds of "journalists" on this issue was so bad that actual pharmacists pushed back big time against TV "medical experts" who suggested that prescribing it to Trump was "evidence" his condition was far more serious and grave than his medical team had led the public to believe.  Another "medical expert" with a credibility crisis in progress this week is CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who has been a regular fixture on the network since the pandemic started.

Texas to Re-open Bars and Saloons.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order on Wednesday that will allow bars and other entertainment establishments to re-open beginning on October 14. The order allows county judges to work with the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission to re-open, as long as they assist in enforcing health protocols.  In a video from the Office of the Texas Governor, Abbott announced protocols for re-opening bars and other entertainment facilities across the state to 50 percent capacity in areas of the state with "low #COVID19 hospitalizations."

Jane Fonda Says What Democrats Are Thinking:  "COVID is God's Gift to The Left" Because It May Defeat Trump.  Hanoi Jane is out stumping for Biden and during a Zoom call, said what many Democrats are thinking — COVID is great for Biden's election chances.  The Washington Free Beacon grabbed the video:  [Video clip]

Jane Fonda says coronavirus is 'God's gift to the left' because it could help Biden defeat Trump.  Actress Jane Fonda called coronavirus "God's gift to the left" because it allowed Americans to see President Trump isn't helping the working class.  The far-left star was busy urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and said the upcoming election is a crossroads for the nation.  "We are people who can help determine which way humanity goes.  What a great gift, what a tremendous opportunity, we're just so lucky, we just have to use it with every ounce of intelligence and courage and wherewithal we have," Fonda said in a video published online.

Thousands Of Health Experts Sign Declaration Calling For End To Lockdown, Warn Of 'Irreparable Damage'.  Thousands of medical and public health experts have signed on to a declaration calling for an end to lockdown policies in favor of a more targeted approach to combatting the coronavirus pandemic.  Harvard University professor Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Oxford University epidemiologist Dr. Sunetra Gupta, and Stanford University physician and epidemiologist Dr. Jay Bhattacharya wrote and published "The Great Barrington Declaration" on Sunday.  It has since drawn tens of thousands of signatories.  By Wednesday morning [10/7/2020], nearly 3,200 medical and public health scientists, nearly 4,800 medical practitioners, and over 73,100 others had signed onto the declaration.  The declaration comes as some elected officials in the U.S., such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are cracking down again on their states with renewed lockdown measures.

Doctor, 28, who died from COVID-19 wore same mask for 'weeks if not months'.  A 28-year-old doctor who died fighting COVID-19 had been wearing the same mask at the Houston hospital where she worked for "weeks if not months" when she became infected with the illness, her family said.  Dr. Adeline Fagan, who was from Syracuse, started experiencing symptoms while doing a rotation in July treating coronavirus patients at HCA Houston Healthcare West, the Guardian reported.  It's unclear how she became infected, but her family believes that her alleged lack of proper PPE likely played a role.  "Adeline had an N95 mask and had her name written on it," her sister, Maureen Fagan, told the outlet.  "Adeline wore the same N95 for weeks and weeks, if not months and months."

Orthodox Jewish community erupts in protests over new COVID-19 restrictions.  Hundreds of Orthodox Jewish men gathered in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, lighting bonfires and defying orders to disperse, in protest of the state's new COVID-19 restrictions Tuesday night.  The demonstrations came in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to reinstate restrictions on public gatherings and to shutter schools and businesses in neighborhoods where COVID-19 cases are surging.  The move aims to restrict capacity at houses of worship, schools and nonessential businesses in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state's rising hot spots.  Many neighborhoods affected by the new restrictions are home to large populations of Orthodox Jews, and some protesters said the community was being unfairly targeted by the policy.

Are Bill De Blasio and Andrew Cuomo Targeting New York City's Jews?  The leftists running the Big Apple and the Empire State have settled on a convenient COVID-19 "super spreader" scapegoat of choice.  Their choice should be surprising to no one: the Jews.  In a Monday press conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo did not merely single out New Rochelle, in Westchester County, as the first outbreak hotspot — he emphasized, for good measure, the "Orthodox Jewish" identity of the culprit.  "We know religious gatherings have been a problem... for weeks," he continued, belying any semblance of neutrality as to which particular community he had in mind when TV producers flashed images of black hat-clad Haredi Jews across the screen.  In Kafkaesque fashion, as Jewish Insider's Jacob Kornbluh pointed out, one of the photos appeared to be from 2006.  Cuomo's press conference followed his flagging, on Twitter last week, "20 hotspot ZIP codes" — clustered around the New York City metropolitan area — of locations to "target[]."

Sweden has destroyed the case for lockdown.  [Scroll down]  The most stupid of these excuses is that Sweden has a low population density (59 people per square mile). Forgive me for insulting your intelligence but it seems some people need to hear this:  Swedish people are not evenly spread out across the country.  Scotland also has a low population density (65 people per square mile) because most of the country is wilderness.  This has not stopped Glasgow becoming a Covid-19 hotspot.  The country with the highest per capita death rate from Covid is Peru, which has a population density only slightly higher than Sweden at 65 people per square mile.  Brazil and Chile have also had more deaths per capita than Sweden, despite having low population densities of 65 and 60 people per square mile respectively.  Like Sweden, these countries have vast areas in which nobody lives.  There is no reason to think that this should help combat the coronavirus.  It is not as if everyone in Sweden lives in little villages, either:  88 percent of Swedes live in urban areas.

October Surprises Everyone.  Anyone who has witnessed the last six months impartially is aware that from the first appearance of COVID-19 as a serious threat, the Democrats and their media allies have made unheard-of efforts to frighten the country, provoke a profound economic shutdown, and blame every death on the president personally.  It has been one of the most cynical political operations in American history.

Big Pharma's Experimental COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Horrific Side Effects During Human Trials.  The early trials of the experimental COVID-19 vaccines are showing horrific side effects, including fever, headaches and sustained exhaustion as Big Pharma rushes to get them approved for the masses.  Pharmaceutical giants Moderna and Pfizer are already injecting these dangerous shots into patients, and many of the people involved are reporting terrible side effects. [...] Tens of thousands of individuals are participating in these trials, with some receiving experimental drugs while others receive placebos.  The pharmaceutical giants are underplaying the negative side effects in order to protect their cash cow.  They stand to make billions, if not trillions, from the vaccines after the media has primed the masses with hysterical and irresponsible propaganda for months.

Fear Versus Freedom.  [Scroll down]  It's clear what is happening here.  President Trump is telling the American people to be careful, but live your lives and don't let the fear of the virus dominate your life.  Biden and the media are telling you the opposite.  The bigger question is:  Why?  It's obvious, isn't it?  Fear is what allows the government to tell you you can't go to church.  Fear allows the government to close the public schools you pay for.  Fear allows the government to regulate and control behaviors you would never allow them to control.  If you aren't afraid and don't believe the government will protect you from that thing you aren't afraid of, you will never allow them the power they have snatched in the past few months.  One national politician, President Trump, is trying to wrestle this culture of fear out of our lives and allow us to return to our liberty-loving status.  The other, Biden, wants you to continue living in that fear and is indignant that Trump would suggest that you transcend that fear.  And the media is clearly on Biden's side.

Medical experts:  Lockdowns do more harm than good.  As infectious-disease epidemiologists and public-health scientists, we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental-health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.  Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people.  Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short- and long-term public health.  The results (to name a few) include lower childhood-vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular-disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health — leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden.  Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.  Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

Finger-wagging Maxine Waters confronted for not wearing a mask.  Rep. Maxine Waters spent months wagging a finger at Americans and lecturing about wearing protective face masks but, in the end, did not even follow her own orders.  The California Democrat was caught on camera recently without a face covering, making excuses about her non-compliance and hypocrisy.  Fox News host Tucker Carlson shared a video clip of Waters on Tuesday [10/6/2020] in a segment on the double standards of Democrats who refuse to abide by the same rules they impose on everyone else.

Trump, Atlas:  Time to Face Down Coronavirus Fear.  The uproar over the president's COVID-19 diagnosis made one thing abundantly and terrifyingly clear:  Coronavirus hysteria is here to stay — and there are signs it might be getting worse seven months after we first confronted the unknown disease.  Rather than accept that nearly all the early advice dispensed by self-proclaimed "experts" was not just wrong but resulted in devastating consequences that will impact the country for years to come, lots of Americans — including the entire news industry and leaders of both political parties — are endorsing more punitive government decrees to "stop" a virus that poses almost no serious health threat to the overwhelming majority of Americans.  People are fixated on masks; the president of the United States isn't allowed to take a brief ride in an SUV with people trained to take a bullet on his behalf without enduring widespread condemnation for "risking the lives of others" even though everyone wore a mask and other protective gear.

The final four weeks of the campaign will be fought over re-opening the economy.  Sacrificing the economy, the education of our children, and our collective mental health for the purported purpose of slowing the spread of a disease that is survived by more than 99% of those under 70 who contract it is no longer tolerable, and President Trump is waging his presidential campaign on ending the madness.  Here is the CDC's best estimate of the lethality of COVID for each age cohort:
  •   0-19 years: 0.00003
  •   20-49 years: 0.0002
  •   50-69 years: 0.005
  •   70+ years: 0.054
Now that we know how to treat it, COVID is not something to panic over unless you are very old and already have health problems (comorbidities) that are very likely to shorten your expected lifespan even without COVID.  President Trump's rapid recovery, despite being 74 and overweight (which caused the MSM to go insane, predicting his impending demise over the weekend), stands as dramatic evidence that the panic used to justify devastating the economy and closing schools is foolishly overblown.

Mourners Admonished For Moving Chairs Closer Together At British Funeral.  Video from the UK shows a worker at a crematorium scolding mourners during a funeral because they moved their chairs to be closer to each other during the service.  Under draconian covid rules, funerals services are limited to 30 people, and they must all wear masks and sit 2 metres apart from each other.  The Daily Mail reports that Craig Bicknell, attending his father's funeral last week, was chided during the ceremony for attempting to comfort his mother.  [Video clip]

More Melbourne Insanity:  Mom Arrested At Beach For Traveling "Outside Her Permitted 5km Radius".  We've previously detailed protests that have sprung up in various major cities across the Australian continent over authorities' ultra-restrictive coronavirus lockdown measures, which are especially stringent and far-reaching in the southeast state of Victoria.  There's been multiple instances caught on video of police cracking down on elderly people and even pregnant women for merely resting outside on park benches, supposedly in "violation" of coronavirus social distancing measures, even as case numbers have significantly dropped since August.  And now here's the latest incident to go viral as citizens flock to newly reopened beaches, after Victoria slightly relaxed some of its more severe lockdown restrictions: [...]

The Cult of Covidism Has Invaded the Church.  What should have been a purely scientific response aimed at control and cure of a disease quickly evolved into the political-religious cult of Covidism.  Objective scientific analysis of and responses to what is the contagious pathogen COVID-19 were almost immediately suffocated by a plethora of arbitrary pseudo-religious rituals.  The capitulation of the churches to rituals radically modifying and even antagonistic to Christian rites may be because the Church, continually rent by internal crises and scandals, did not recognize the rival religion when it appeared.  It may be that the budding religious cult prevailed rapidly because Covidism was purported to be based on science.  But it is actually an offshoot of the religion of scientism, which elevates speculative metaphysics and mystery rituals on the basis of scientific-sounding but untested suppositions.

Gov. Tony Evers' administration limits capacity at bars, restaurants and stores to 25% as virus surges.  Gov. Tony Evers took action Tuesday [10/6/2020] to limit indoor gatherings including in bars and restaurants as coronavirus cases surge in the state and despite repeated legal challenges from Republicans to such measures.  The move by his administration to cap businesses at 25% of capacity starting Thursday comes as Wisconsin suffers from some of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country and as the presidential campaign moves into its final phase.  "There's no other way to put it, we are overwhelmed," Evers told reporters in a media briefing on Tuesday.

Bias alert!
What the presidential campaign has to do with this story is a mystery to me.

Gavin Newsom Edges Ahead in the Country's Dumbest Governor Competition.  COVID-19 has certainly exposed one of two things.  Either some of the dumbest people in the country are leading our states, or they are so hyperpartisan they will beclown themselves to toe the Democrats' preferred narrative on the virus.  The latest ridiculous instructions come from Gavin Newsom's office:  ["]Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend?  Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites.["] [...] One of the primary reasons that masking is controversial is because people don't know how to use [them].  Apparently, this lack of knowledge goes straight up to the governor's office in California.  As a former healthcare worker trained on how to don and doff personal protective equipment (PPE) properly, this is painfully stupid.

Reports: Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are quarantining due to coronavirus concerns.  The top U.S. general, Gen. Mark Milley, and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are quarantining after a top Coast Guard official tested positive for coronavirus, several U.S. defense officials tell CNN.  CNN reported several members are quarantining, but soon after, ABC News reported that all members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are doing so.  The vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Charles Ray, tested positive on Monday.

Scientist: No Shame In Talking About Obese Folks' COVID-19 Risk.  While the nation debated the veracity of conspiracy theories on President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, I began to worry about the one thing that The Donald, quarantined Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, hospitalized former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and 42.4 percent of Americans — including me — all have in common.  We're dangerously fat.  As soon as Trump tweeted his positive test results, news stories quoted respected physicians and "Dr. Oz" dropping the O-word — "Obesity," that is — issuing speculative warnings that Trump's fast-food physique might cause the president extreme suffering, or worse.

The Editor says...
Until two weeks ago, it was forbidden to mention obesity as a risk factor for those infected with Covid-19, because any discussion of obesity is considered "fat shaming."  But now that Trump has had the virus, it's okay to bring up the topic.  Obese or not, Trump beat the virus at age 74.

Why Won't the Media Listen to These Scientists?  This week dozens of esteemed medical experts with blue-chip academic credentials published a warning about the destructive policies adopted to address Covid-19.  Since the Sunday publication of this "Great Barrington Declaration" more than a thousand biological scientists and more than 1,500 medical practitioners have added their names to the petition.  Yet it's been almost entirely ignored by the media outlets that spend much of their days presenting themselves as obedient to science.  [Paywall]

Saturday Night Live PAID audience members $150 to attend the premiere.  Saturday Night Live paid audience members $150 to attend the season premiere in order to meet state coronavirus requirements of only allowing hired staff on the premises.  Audience members lucky enough to receive free tickets to the NBC show in New York where 'hired' as cast members on Saturday [10/3/2020].  The show opened its 46th season this weekend, having not aired a new episode since March 7, but concerns were raised about how it would allow for its usual live audience.  New York state health guidelines only allow for 'paid employees, cast, and crew' in a studio audience.

Newsom's office tells Californians to wear masks 'in between bites' of food when dining with members from same household in public.  Gov. Gavin Newsom's office told California residents they should wear masks "in between bites" of food while dining in public spaces with people from the same household.  "Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend?  Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites," the office of the governor tweeted over the weekend.  "Do your part to keep those around you healthy," the tweet added.

The Editor says...
Fortunately, a tweet is not a law.

California governor's office tells diners to wear masks 'in between bites'.  The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom has told residents in the Golden State that if they go out to eat, they should be wearing a mask "in between bites" to protect themselves from COVID-19. [...] For emphasis, the tweet shows an image of someone at a dining seat wearing a mask, then not wearing a mask while taking a bite, and then putting the mask on again.  However, the image then advises people to "minimize the number of times you take your mask off."  California has allowed limited indoor dining to resume in a number of counties.  San Francisco allowed indoor dining last week at 25% capacity.  California has had more than 800,000 cases and more than 16,000 deaths due to the virus.

The Editor says...
That is not true.  The total number of deaths from Covid-19 is less than 10,000 nationwide.  The number of people who have died with the virus (not from it) is much higher.

Gavin Newsom goes 'Bananas': 'Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites'.  So Gavin Newsom of California has gotten excited about masks again, just as Joe Biden and assorted leftists have made it mask-wearing the most recitable part of the Democrats' party platform in the wake of President Trump's diagnosis of COVID.  Joe Biden is out preaching for the wearing of masks, but for Newsom, merely wearing them at the grocery store is no longer enough. [...] It's also a day late and a dollar short, being ordered a time when COVID cases are way down in California and deaths are precipitously declining. [...] A ridiculous order like this, detrimental to public health, is nothing short of the whims of a dictator drunk on power.  It's like a scene from Woody Allen's 1971 Bananas about a fictional tropical dictator who looks like Fidel Castro.

Against Fear.  The United States has wiped out decades of hard-won prosperity by following the spirit-crushing injunction to "stay safe." The lockdowns have destroyed the dreams of thousands of entrepreneurs and have put millions out of work, leaving cities like New York moribund ghost towns.  The school closures are consigning millions of children worldwide to stunted lives due to delayed, if not now permanently deferred, acquisition of reading, writing, and socialization skills.  Children are being inculcated into a culture of fear. [...] It is not even clear that a more work-friendly policy would lead to more deaths.  While the profile of the typical coronavirus decedent has been known for months — median age 80, suffering from co-morbidities that likely would have killed the person anyway — the exact path of transmission remains mysterious.  There is no correlation globally between degree of lockdowns and coronavirus death rates.  Countries such as Britain that imposed strict lockdowns have massively higher death rates than many countries, such as Japan, that mandated no lockdowns.

Biden and the Modern-Day Front Porch Campaign.  It did not matter that Biden had revealed during the early primaries that he was neither mentally nor physically capable of carrying out the duties of the most grueling job on earth, much less of campaigning the length and breadth of the country attempting to garner voter enthusiasm for a candidate so devoid of charisma, gravitas and mental acuity.  Thus, a modern variation of the old front porch campaigning was formulated using fear of the Chinese Virus pandemic as a cover.  This was done by dramatically exaggerating the dangers of the virus, keeping lockdowns in place in blue states and precipitating a never-ending drumbeat of mandatory, but in reality, needless mask usage at all times and in all places.

Yelp data shows 60% of business closures due to the coronavirus pandemic are now permanent.  Yelp on Wednesday [9/30/2020] released its latest Economic Impact Report, revealing business closures across the U.S. are increasing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic's economic toll.  As of August 31, 163,735 businesses have indicated on Yelp that they have closed.  That's down from the 180,000 that closed at the very beginning of the pandemic.  However, it actually shows a 23% increase in the number of closures since mid-July.  In addition to monitoring closed businesses, Yelp also takes into account the businesses whose closures have become permanent.  That number has steadily increased throughout the past six months, now reaching 97,966, representing 60% of closed businesses that won't be reopening.

New Possibility as to Virus Exposure to White House Officials Puts Media on the Hot Seat.  News came out today that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.  Jim Acosta tried to blame her for not wearing a mask at a briefing yesterday, when she was outdoors and socially distanced from anyone. [...] The White House Press Corps had three members diagnosed with the virus last week on Friday, according to CNN.  So the reporters had it before McEnany did, so it's more likely she got it from them.  Three coming down with it ,and a White House staffer who sits in the lower press area and has close contact with reporters also getting it, suggests that's where a concentration might be.

President Trump Announces He Is Planning on Participating in October 15th Debate with Joe Biden and His Former Intern.  President Trump recorded a stirring address to the nation immediately upon his return from a three-day stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for treatment of an infection by the COVID-19 China coronavirus.  Trump was diagnosed with the virus early Friday morning after showing symptoms on Thursday and then Friday during the day.  Monday night Sean Hannity announced that President Trump is planning on participating in the October 15th presidential debate.  The president will debate Joe Biden and his former intern Steve Scully.

Americans really are drinking more during the pandemic.  Americans really are drinking more during the COVID-19 pandemic.  New research suggests that alcohol consumption in the United States rose 14% during pandemic shutdowns.  The most dramatic increase was in heavy drinking episodes in women, defined as four or more drinks within two hours.  Women reported a 41% increase in episodes of heavy drinking in the spring of 2020 compared with their drinking level in the spring of 2019.

Cruise ships in the scrap yard:
Drone view of a ship graveyard as cruising market collapses in pandemic.  Dozens of workers stripped walls, windows, floors and railings from several vessels in the dock in Aliaga, a town 45 km north of Izmir on Turkey's west coast.  Three more ships are set to join those already being dismantled.  [Video clip]

Don't tell me the COVID-19 virus could not have been manufactured by China.  So far, the global scientific community has been unable to identify a natural origin of, or a logical evolutionary pathway for, the COVID-19 virus.  In contrast, the entire history of coronavirus research is punctuated by the ubiquitous use of genetic engineering to produce new viral combinations, which makes a laboratory origin a far more likely scenario.  In 2008, just five years after the first 2002-2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) pandemic, Dr. Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina published an article entitled "Synthetic recombinant bat SARS-like coronavirus is infectious in cultured cells and in mice," in which he described the creation in the laboratory of an entirely new virus capable of producing a human SARS-like infection.

Massive Fight Breaks Out On Phoenix Flight Over A Mask.  A fight broke out between two passengers on an Allegiant Air flight from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Oct. 3 after one passenger confronted another for allegedly refusing the flight attendant's request to wear a face mask in addition to a face shield.  A spokesperson for Allegiant Air confirmed that an altercation happened on Flight 607 to Provo, Utah, after a passenger refused to comply with airline policy.  [Video clip]

Corporate Media Is Vomiting Trump Coronavirus Reporting All Over The Bed.  The latest news cycle over President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis illustrates yet again how destructive the U.S. corporate media are to national unity and a clear understanding of reality.  While we are all aware that COVID-19 can be a truly devastating and deadly disease for some, despite the volume of media coverage dedicated to it in the past seven months, the American public still lacks crucial context for understanding Trump's diagnosis.  Not only has major media coverage not brought clarity, but it has also, as usual, obscured reality.  This is especially harmful to a story with such significant potential ramifications for the nation and world.  As the president himself has alluded to in his post-diagnosis social media posts, it's common knowledge that the Wuhan virus hits the elderly especially hard.  Trump is 74.  Yet even among his age demographic, surviving the disease, not death, is by far the norm.

Joe Biden Proposes 'Nationwide Mask Guidance' Instead of 'Mandate'.  Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has dropped a "national mask mandate" from his platform but instead proposed a "guidance" on Saturday [10/3/2020]. Speaking to the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Biden went through a litany of changes he would implement, including ordering his Department of Transportation to create a "nationwide mask guidance".

Fauci Looks To UN To 'Rebuild The Infrastructure Of Human Existence'.  Dr. Anthony Fauci is a United Nations wolf in sheep's clothing telling America why it is so important to save lives from the dreaded COVID-19 virus while pandering for the most radical parts of United Nations agenda for the world.  That is, Sustainable Development, aka Technocracy. [...] I am mildly put off by Fauci's relishing embrace of worldwide celebrity.  I thought it a bit frivolous, for example, his agreeing to be interviewed for a cover story in the fashion magazine, In Style. [...] But now, Fauci has crossed a line that should sound the alarm — audaciously declaring that combatting infectious disease requires the mindboggling task of "rebuilding the infrastructures of human existence."  Not only that but he opined that accomplishing these top-to-bottom "radical changes" requires "strengthening the United Nations and its agencies, particularly the World Health Organization."

How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?  The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person.  When someone who is infected coughs or sneezes, they send droplets containing the virus into the air.  A healthy person can then breathe in those droplets.  You may also catch the virus if you touch a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.  The coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces like countertops and doorknobs.  How long it survives depends on the material the surface is made from.  Here's a guide to how long coronaviruses — the family of viruses that includes the one that causes COVID-19 — can live on some of the surfaces you probably touch every day.

CDC revises coronavirus guidance to acknowledge that it spreads through airborne transmission.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its coronavirus guidance Monday [10/5/2020], acknowledging that it can sometimes spread through airborne particles that can “linger in the air for minutes to hours” and among people who are more than 6 feet apart.  The CDC cited published reports that demonstrated “limited, uncommon circumstances where people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after the COVID-19-positive person left an area.”  “In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise,” the CDC said in a statement.  “Such environments and activities may contribute to the buildup of virus-carrying particles.”

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[#1] If the CDC thought the virus did not spread through airborne transmission, what were the masks for?  [#2] Now it sounds like normal ventilation and fresh air will keep the virus from being an issue, which is just common sense (at last).

How Whitmer Plans to Circumvent MI Supreme Court's Lockdown Orders.  The Michigan State Supreme Court on Friday delivered a blow to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and her Wuhan coronavirus lockdown orders.  Whitmer was relying on the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act to lock the state down without legislative approval.  The high court, however, voted 4-3 saying Whitmer's moves were unconstitutional.  A separate law, the 1976 Emergency Management Act, also prevented Whitmer from extending her original shutdown orders without legislative approval.  That means that the lockdown should have expired on Apr. 30th, unless the state legislature decided to extend it.  "Our decision leaves open many avenues for the governor and Legislature to work together to address this challenge, and we hope that this will take place," Justice Stephen Markman wrote in the majority opinion.

Michigan AG Dana Nessel Won't Prosecute People For Breaking Whitmer's Lockdown Orders, Leaves It Up To Local Law Enforcement.  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Sunday [10/4/2020] she will not continue to enforce Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders "through criminal prosecution" after the state Supreme Court ruled the orders unconstitutional Friday.  "In light of the Supreme Court's decision on Friday, the Attorney General will no longer enforce the Governor's Executive Orders through criminal prosecution," read a statement from Nessel's press secretary posted to Twitter on Sunday.  "However, her decision is not binding on other law enforcement agencies or state departments with independent enforcement authority." [...] The court issued a split decision Friday, ruling that Whitmer's extension of emergency declarations used to mandate lockdown restrictions were unconstitutional, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Why Big Names Are Getting COVID-19.  It's a common belief that our well heeled betters live in a different world than we do.  If they wish to, people of power and means can enjoy the very best nutrition, housing, and health care available.  When it comes to buying personal protective equipment, money's simply no object to them.  So why are luminaries like the president, members of the Senate, White House correspondents, and NFL stars coming down with COVID-19?  Because the measures the so-called experts keep blathering about, wearing face masks and social distancing, are next to useless.  COVID-19 is simply working its way through the population, regardless of catchy slogans like "New York Tough" and "A small ask, wear a mask!" [...] Fact is, viruses gonna virus.  This particular pathogen is very democratic.  Its effect on the poor and homeless is well documented.  But the rich and powerful are surely following the rules to the best of their ability, using the finest PPE, yet they're still catching COVID.  Does shutting down stop the virus?  No, it merely slows it, the primary goal of a shutdown being to keep the health system and infrastructure from being overwhelmed.

35 Years of Research Into Coronavirus Infections Show Long-Term Immunity Is Unlikely.  Even once a person gets sick with a coronavirus that's no guarantee they won't contract it again, new research suggests.  While SARS-CoV-2 is the coronavirus that has the world's attention right now, there are numerous others that we've known about for decades, which are not only known to infect humans, but are highly seasonal.

Stats Hold a Surprise:  Lockdowns May Have Had Little Effect on COVID-19 Spread.  In 1932, Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis famously called the states "laboratories of democracy." Different states can test out different policies, and they can learn from each other.  That proved true in 2020.  Governors in different states responded to the COVID-19 pandemic at different times and in different ways.  Some states, such as California, ordered sweeping shutdowns.  Others, such as Florida, took a more targeted approach.  Still others, such as South Dakota, dispensed information but had no lockdowns at all.  As a result, we can now compare outcomes in different states, to test the question no one wants to ask:  Did the lockdowns make a difference?

President Trump and Top Republicans (But No Democrats) Contract COVID — Now Cleveland Announces Outbreak Connected to Presidential Debate.  With only top Republicans, including the President, contracting the China coronavirus this week, Americans are curious why no Democrats contracted the virus.  Now authorities have been able to determine that a recent outbreak started in Cleveland at the site of the Presidential debate.  Now let's see if authorities can tell us who these people are and how this happened.  FOX News provided a list of Americans who have contracted the China coronavirus along with the President — note all of these people are Republicans.

Trump actions on coronavirus saved hundreds of thousands of lives, new report shows.  When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced a new select subcommittee to investigate and oversee the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, Republicans knew we were in for a fight.  Democrats were going to use this subcommittee to relentlessly hamper, harass and pass blame on the Trump administration in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century.  Over the past months, I've led Republicans on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis as we've tried to cut through the noise and partisanship.  After over a dozen hearings, Democrats have still failed to uncover any major fault in the Trump administration's pandemic response[.]  However, despite Democrats' best efforts to obstruct our investigations, select subcommittee Republicans established several key takeaways about the Trump administration's pandemic response, as well as some shocking revelations about Democratic governors' deadly "must admit" orders in nursing homes.

Don't blame the lack of masks for Trump's illness.  Many Democrats have responded to news of Trump's Wuhan virus diagnosis by blaming him.  He wouldn't wear a mask, they say, so he did this to himself — and so did the other Republicans who have tested positive.  There are two problems with this claim:  (1) Trump and the other Republicans did wear masks or were in carefully screened and tested environments; (2) there's no evidence that the masks that most people wear make any difference.  Normal, decent people, upon hearing about President Trump's Wuhan virus diagnosis, wished him well.  That included all conservatives and a small number of Democrats.  Mostly, though, Democrats obsessed about masks and blamed Trump for his illness.  They then extended this blame to those other Republicans who were diagnosed with the virus.

Pritzker Is Keeping Illinois Locked Down Not For Health But For A Federal Bailout.  Having moved past the initial shock and panic due to the frightening presence of an unknown virus, we've learned much about SARS-CoV-2 and have accustomed ourselves to new social practices.  Across the country, state governors are lifting restrictions and encouraging commerce.  We're returning to work, opening our storefronts, and sending our children to school.  Most Americans are, anyway.  In Illinois, unfortunately, life hasn't changed much since spring.  Although hospitalizations and deaths in the state have remained flat since mid-June, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker refuses to fully reopen the state.  While much of the country returns to normal (more or less), he's reimposing and heightening restrictions.  Pritzker says his restrictions are based on science.  In reality, they're political calculations based on opportunism and election-year math.

AG William Barr to self-quarantine for several days out of caution.  Attorney General William Barr will self-quarantine for several days out of caution, a spokeswoman said on Sunday [10/4/2020].  Barr, who has tested negative for the coronavirus, has remained at his home since attending a meeting at Justice Department headquarters on Friday.  All four of Barr's coronavirus tests since Friday have come back negative, Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said.  But she said the AG plans to self-quarantine for several more days.

Trump 'doing very well' and has no difficulty breathing, medical team says.  President Trump is "doing very well" and has no difficulty breathing, his medical team said Saturday — although a senior administration official warned that the next 48 hours will be "critical."  White House physician Dr. Sean Conley and other members of the medical team briefed reporters on Trump's condition.  Conley said they were "extremely happy with the progress" Trump is making.

Trump coronavirus symptoms 'resolving and improving,' doctor says.  President Donald Trump's symptoms are "resolving and improving", his physician said Saturday, and he said doctors were "extremely happy" with the president's progress, after news early Friday that Trump had COVID-19.  "The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made," said Dr. Sean Conley at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where the president is staying.  "He had a mild cough and nasal congestion and fatigue, all of which are now resolving and improving," said Conley.  Conley said that Trump had no fever for 24 hours and that the president was not currently on oxygen.  But he did not say whether Trump had ever been on oxygen despite reporters' repeated questions.

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Rabid Democrats in the news media were among those rooting for the HIPAA laws, 20 years ago, which keep your "protected health information" from being revealed to anyone else, such as random strangers and newspaper reporters.  Now they want to ignore those laws and demand the details of President Trump's medical treatment.

Regeneron co-founder on the antibody cocktail Trump is taking to fight coronavirus.  President Trump's physician is treating his coronavirus diagnosis with Regeneron's experimental treatment and his one infusion "seemed to go through very well" and "will last a long time," the company's chief scientific officer explained to "CAVUTO Live" Saturday.  White House physician Dr. Sean Conley and other members of the medical team briefed reporters on Trump's condition.  Conley said they were "extremely happy with the progress" Trump is making.  "It's all about beating the virus and so we're just helping the natural immune system beat it, by supplementing it with this antibody cocktail," Dr. George Yancopoulos, the co-founder, president and chief scientific officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, explained to host Neil Cavuto.

Trump Praises Walter Reed Staff: 'With Their Help, I Am Feeling Well!'.  In his latest Twitter update from Walter Reed Military Hospital, President Donald Trump heaped praise on his medical team, adding that he is "feeling well" as he continues to battle the coronavirus.  "Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!" the president tweeted Saturday afternoon [10/3/2020].

China Says No Need To Vaccinate Entire Population Against COVID-19.  According to reporting from CNN, the government of China has announced that they do not intend to vaccinate their entire population.  China's head doctor Gao Fu, Director of China's CDC made the statement at a vaccine summit in the city of Shenzhen on Saturday, according to state-run news agency China News Service. [...] Fu said that they planned to focus on vaccinating frontline workers and did not see the necessity to attempt to vaccinate their entire population.  China's policy is a departure from other countries who are focussed on a broader implementation of vaccines against COVID-19.

Mississippi is first state to lift mask mandate as COVID cases fall.  Mississippi became the first state in the union to lift a mask mandate to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as cases fall.  Mississippi's statewide mask mandate has been in place since Aug. 4. Gov. Tate Reeves Reeves, a Republican, has chosen to extend the mandate several times since then.  However, on Wednesday, he said the declining number of confirmed virus cases and hospitalizations are positive developments that call for the lifting of some restrictions.  The new executive order ending the statewide mask mandate, effective Wednesday at 5 p.m. and expiring Nov. 11 — after the presidential election — also limits group gatherings where social distancing is not possible to 20 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.  These restrictions do not apply to voting precincts, religious entities and schools, according to the order.

Literally Thousands of Doctors and Scientists Have Come Out Against Fauci's Lockdowns Including a Nobel Prize-Winning Biophysicist.  The Media Just Doesn't Want You to Know.  [Scroll down]  But, even putting aside how their advice seems to change with the political winds, the idea that there's some scientific consensus in favor of the extreme measures inflicted on us in response to COVID-19 couldn't be further from the truth.  Though you don't hear their perspectives on CNN, countless scientists and doctors have tried to warn us not only that COVID-19 isn't nearly as deadly as we've been led to believe; they're also confident that the real threat to public health we're facing is from the lockdowns.  For example, though the establishment media has somehow failed to make it widely known, in May, over 600 physicians from "all specialties and from all states" signed a public letter to President Trump describing, not COVID-19, but the lockdowns as a "mass casualty incident." Since the letter first appeared, the number of doctors signing on has grown into the thousands.

The Unscientific Attack On The Science Of Dr. Scott Atlas.  The news media until recently had rarely criticized the medical advice of experts — especially those who worked for federal bureaucracies, international organizations or elite universities.  Yet the much-praised Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, has demonstrably weakened the effort to fight COVID-19.  During the critical initial weeks of the virus's spread, Tedros parroted Chinese propaganda.  He falsely assured a complacent world that the virus was likely not transmissible between humans and did not warrant travel bans.  That Tedros was the first WHO director not to have a medical degree was seldom cited by the media.

Doctors: COVID-19 case counts, hospitalization numbers, and death counts are "meaningless".  It has all been lies upon lies upon lies:  According to an editorial written by Kristin Held, president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), the case counts, hospitalization numbers, and death counts published by government agencies across the United States are "meaningless" and "manipulated."It has all been lies upon lies upon lies:  According to an editorial written by Kristin Held, president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), the case counts, hospitalization numbers, and death counts published by government agencies across the United States are "meaningless" and "manipulated." [...] This article also maybe explains some of the strange numbers that have come out of New Jersey (on June 25th) and Arizona (beginning on July 25th).  On those dates both states showed sudden and unrealistic spikes in their death or hospitalization counts.  Could it be that the new definitions imposed by the CDC just prior to these dates encouraged a redefining of many deaths and hospitalizations as COVID-19, in order to cash in on government money?

COVID-19 Statistics and Facts:Meaningful or a Means of Manipulation?  The COVID-19 case counts, hospitalization numbers, and death counts are meaningless in their current fluid form.  Their malleability primarily serves those who seek to distort reality.  The morphable numbers are reported, then manipulated by federal, state, county, city, and hospital authorities and agencies.  The manipulation is driven by power and money and fueled by fearmongering, panic stoking, and promise of monetary and political gain.  All this is bought and paid for under the guise of trying to save the world from the COVID-19 pandemic.  We must ask the appropriate questions and demand answers, which must then be verified.  We must answer the question of what happened in Texas, Florida, and current "hot spot states" around Jun 14-16.  Something did, according to the statistics.  Did redefining what constitutes a COVID-19 case, hospitalization, or death change the numbers?  Did federal financial aid to hospitals change admitting thresholds and practices?

Chris Wallace Rips the Mask Off Completely, Sinks to a New Low.  Chris Wallace has been a hot topic of discussion since his recent performance as a moderator of the first presidential debate.  To be frank, he was absolutely awful in the role, exhibiting bias that not even I thought he had in him, and I've been a critic of his for a long time.  Wallace hasn't stopped since though.  He's actively chosen to lie about some of Biden's answers, claiming that the former VP answered the question about packing the Supreme Court when he clearly didn't.  In fact, it was Wallace who saved him by moving on instead of pressing.  Now, Wallace is weighing as if he's a medical expert, trashing Scott Atlas, who is serving as a senior advisor to the President during the current pandemic.

Time to End COVID Lockdowns and Mask Mandates.  Draconian lockdowns invoked by governmental fiat with little basis in science are nonsensical and unconstitutional.  I live in Washington state and I have a mustache.  I went to my barbershop when they were first allowed to open on a limited basis and got a haircut and mustache trim.  Last week, they were able to cut my hair but not my mustache.  We the people, should not blindly follow these mandates and surrender our civil rights without question.  State public health agencies during outbreaks of epidemics do have limited police powers to isolate or quarantine people who are sick or are coming from foreign areas that have highly infectious and deadly diseases.  The federal government has the same power for people entering the US and traveling between states. [...] Our public health quarantine laws are antiquated and require updating.  Notwithstanding their antiquity, one thing is obvious; there is a right of due process and equal protection.

'Never Happened': Cuomo Claims Coronavirus Patients Were Not Sent Back to Nursing Homes.  New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D.) said Wednesday that the widely reported readmission of coronavirus patients to nursing homes at the height of the pandemic in the state "never happened."  Cuomo said that despite a March 25 advisory issued by his administration barring nursing homes from denying admission to patients "solely based on a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19," readmissions never took place.  He claimed that, because the state "never needed" those nursing home beds, readmitting COVID-positive patients "just never happened."  Cuomo admitted his administration implemented the policy but said it was only an "anticipatory rule," in case hospitals became overwhelmed with patients.

Gavin Newsom Moves Goalposts on Reopening AGAIN, Now Adding 'Equity' Measures.  On the 197th day of "15 days to slow the spread," California Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat, of course) has moved the reopening goalposts yet again.  Originally counties had to meet metrics aimed at ensuring adequate rates of testing and the availability of hospital/ICU beds/ventilators.  (Contact tracing was supposed to be a part of that, but that effort's been a big fat joke).  Once hospitalization rates, ventilator usage, and death rates plummeted over the summer Newsom changed his strategy and enacted by gubernatorial fiat a tiered system that completely ignored those metrics and instead focused on daily new cases and positivity rate.  Now that more counties are set to move out of the most restrictive tier, Newsom's changed the game again and has added an "equity requirement" counties must also meet before they can move down a tier.

President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump Test Positive for Coronavirus.  President Donald Trump announced shortly after midnight [10/2/2020] that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus.  The president said he and the First Lady will be going into their "quarantine and recovery process immediately."  The First Lady added in her own tweet that she and the president are "feeling good" and she has "postponed all upcoming engagements."

Chris Wallace rips Dr. Scott Atlas' credentials after he predicts Trump will make full and fast recovery.  Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has joined the Beltway chorus throwing shade on Dr. Scott Atlas, who has been advising President Trump on the federal government's pandemic response.  In an on-air discussion, colleague Sandra Smith teed it up by asking Wallace — who in the exchange described himself as a truth teller — for his opinion about the doctor's optimism for the president's possibly quick recovery from COVID.  Wallace is neither an expert on public health nor apparently debate moderation, the latter based his disastrous performance in emceeing the presidential debate on Tuesday night.  But lack of medical credentials isn't stopping Wallace from dismissing Atlas' claim that President Trump and wife Melania will make a rapid and complete recovery from COVID-19.

Michigan Supreme Court rules against Whitmer on emergency powers.  The Michigan Supreme Court issued a split decision late Friday that ruled against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over her power to extend emergency declarations used to mandate COVID-19 restrictions over the last five months.  The court's opinion throws into question dozens of orders issued by Whitmer related to the coronavirus pandemic, appearing to void them.  At the same time, however, since the decision came as a response to questions submitted to the court by a federal judge — and not as part of a state case before it — it wasn't immediately clear what would happen next or when it would take effect.  Whitmer issued a statement denouncing the decision.

President Trump Skips Scheduled Conference Call, Pence Takes Place.  President Trump skipped the only function on his public schedule Friday [10/2/2020], with Vice President Mike Pence taking his place apparently at the last minute for a 12:15 p.m. conference call on the COVID-19 China coronavirus and the elderly.  There was no prior announcement that Pence would take Trump's place on the call. [...] Trump reportedly has a cough and a fever while First Lady Melania is reported to be asymptomatic.

Trump delivers video message saying he thinks he is 'doing very well,' after testing positive for coronavirus.  President Trump thanked Americans for their "tremendous support" and said he is "doing very well" in a pre-recorded video he tweeted out Friday as he was being flown by Marine One to Walter Reed Military Medical Center where he will be treated for mild symptoms after testing positive for the COVID-19.  The president's message was upbeat, though his tone was more subdued than usual in the video, which is believed to have been shot just before he was transferred to Walter Reed "out of an abundance of caution," according to the White House.

'Pray for him': Trump diagnosis roils Capitol.  Lawmakers in both parties struggled to digest the news Friday that President Trump has contracted coronavirus, a disease Democrats said he did not take seriously, but which may now threaten his life.  For Democrats, the news forced many to confront their own disdain for the president, and it raised new concerns about the lack of a formal coronavirus testing program within Capitol Campus.  Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, announced Friday that he, too, had tested positive for the virus, adding his name to dozens of staff and more than one dozen lawmakers who have contracted the disease.

Trump has mild symptoms, will remain on job: chief of staff.  President Donald Trump has mild symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19 but he was expected to remain on the job, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Friday [10/2/2020].  "The American people can rest assured that we have a president that is not only on the job, will remain on the job and I'm optimistic that he'll have a very quick and speedy recovery," Meadows told reporters at the White House.

Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19.  President Donald Trump said early Friday [10/2/2020] that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.

With Some Restrictions, Trick-Or-Treating Will Be Allowed For Halloween In Chicago.  Kids in Chicago will be able to go trick-or-treating this Halloween, but there are restrictions for those getting candy and those giving candy.  And forget about house parties.  "You can only meet in groups of six or less.  And you have to stay moving.  We must simply avoid congregating in front of houses on streets.  Keep it moving folks," Lightfoot said.  "People passing out candy are also asked to try to maintain social distancing.  That means no parties and traditional haunted houses, simply cannot be allowed for Halloween in Chicago.  We really want to give our kids, something to look forward to."  Dr. Allison Arwady of the Chicago Department of Public Health said everyone who's participating must wear a mask, and not the costume kind.

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Why doesn't "the costume kind" of mask suffice?  What if a costume includes a bandana over one's face?  That's completely permissible for coronavirus purposes, even though it's also completely ineffective.  These ad hoc rules and revisions will continue to pop up at random until all the mask nonsense is ended — right after the presidential election.

Every leftist [is] a doctor now:  President Trump gets fact-free hectorings on mask use.  Is there anything more obnoxious than a health scold?  About 40% of Democrats are "happy" that President Trump has caught COVID, according to a MorningConsult poll.  Some have popped out of the woodwork and expressed just that, making their "I hope he dies" tweets the words they'll be remembered for.  But some are a little smarter than that bunch, recognizing how repellent such a response is to normal people.  Instead of death-wishing, they're concern-trolling.  They're the Karens, hectoring President Trump and Republicans in general that he didn't wear a mask and of course he should have worn a mask, they know for sure he caught COVID by not wearing a mask and (they would have us think) they simply care so much about Trump's health.  Democratic pols such as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are particularly prominent in this, as is Julian Castro.

Coronavirus is the Democrats' all-purpose excuse for delaying, blocking, or restricting everything.
Democrat Chris Murphy: 'No Business Should Proceed' in Senate After Trump Coronavirus Diagnosis.  Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) wrote in a statement Friday that "no business should proceed" in the Senate, which would include the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, until the Senate understands the scope of the coronavirus spread in Washington, DC.  Murphy released a statement after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, as Breitbart News reported.

NY Times:  Up to 90% Who've Tested COVID-Positive Wrongly Diagnosed!  TRUTH: A Whole Lot Worse!! (Pt 2).  The [New York] Times looked at three sets of PCR testing data from Massachusetts, New York, and Nevada and discovered that, because of faulty procedures used at every single testing site in the country, "up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus" at all.  The experts they talked to were astonished that such cases are even getting classified as infections.  Yet, for some reason, the Times ran a weak-sauce headline completely downplaying their scandalous discovery: Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive.  Maybe It Shouldn't Be.  But those eye-popping stats exposing the pervasive fraud propping up our regime of mass COVID-19 testing aren't just absent from the headline.  Readers don't find out about the enormous percentage of faulty diagnoses the Times discovered until their article's half over!

NY Times:  Up to 90% Who've Tested COVID-Positive Wrongly Diagnosed!  TRUTH: A Whole Lot Worse! (Pt 3/3).  [Scroll down]  The New York Times goes on to say that the "C.D.C.'s own calculations suggest that it is extremely difficult to detect any live virus in a sample above a threshold of 33 cycles."  But, this is a deceptive way of stating what the CDC's data shows that significantly understates how using 40 or even 37 cycles is going to result in massive amounts of positive diagnoses that ought to be negative.  The CDC didn't just have "extreme difficulty" finding any live virus in samples whose cycle threshold was above 33.  They were straight-up unable to find any.  Moreover, they were frequently unable to find any live virus even in samples with lower cycle thresholds.  But the worst is yet to come.  Though the CDC replied to the Times by saying they were "examining the use of cycle threshold measures for policy decisions," the New York Times either didn't know or didn't want you to know that the CDC already has guidelines that recommend... wait for it... 40 amplification cycles.  Even though their own researchers were unable to find any live virus in samples with a cycling threshold greater than 33!

Could The COVID Vaccine Be Canceled Before The First Injection?  [Scroll down]  The vaccine companies, forced to enroll tens of thousands of live humans in their clinical trials, need to decide:  who will these volunteers be?  Will they be the elderly, most of whom are already ill with prior conditions, their immune systems already very weak — who could — as even public health agencies warn — keel over from any vaccine injection?  Of course not.  The volunteers will have to be healthy adults.  Yes.  But that presents a huge and fateful problem.  Remember, these volunteers, after they receive either the vaccine or the placebo, will be sent back to live their lives while everyone waits.  Waits to see who "catches COVID-19."  What sort of COVID-19 illness?  Very mild?  Quite serious?  The answer is obvious.  It can't be "quite serious."  That would mean pneumonia.  The vaccine companies could wait around for 10 years and still not record 150 cases of real pneumonia among these healthy volunteers.  No, the vaccine companies would wait for 150 mild cases of COVID-19.  Meaning, nothing more than a simple cough, or chills and fever, and a positive PCR test.  Can you see it yet?  The vaccine companies are in a box.  They're trapped.

Keywords: dictator, monarchy, tyrant.
October Surprise:  Michigan Governor Extends Her Executive Orders.  There has never been a person who has loved bypassing a State Legislature more than Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  I think she dreams of ways to bypass them and can't wait until the morning where she can excitedly run into her staffers with her crazy new idea.  On Tuesday [9/29/2020], Whitmer continued her odd balancing act of allowing the peasants to open stuff up while extending her overzealous control of the State and deciding that she and no one else should have a say in how the State is run. [...] Hopefully, the Michigan State Supreme Court will end this very soon.  They heard a case regarding the authority she is claiming she has in the Michigan Constitution to continuously do this on Sept 9th and a decision should be coming any day now.

New York City imposes $1,000 fine for people who don't wear masks in public.  New York City residents who refuse to wear a mask while in public will be subject to a fine of $1,000.  On Wednesday [9/30/2020], Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the new fine as the rate of positive COVID-19 tests in the city rose above 3% for the first time in months.  The Democrat said that the penalty is being put in place as a means to protect residents of the city from contracting the disease ahead of the flu season.  "We don't want to fine people, but if we have to, we will," de Blasio told reporters.  New York state health officials and police will be in charge of enforcing the rule, and de Blasio said that both will be instructed to offer a mask to a person without one before levying a fine against an individual.

Dallas salon owner jailed for defying lockdown orders wins spot in run-off for state senate seat.  Remember Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who reopened her business during the coronavirus shutdown?  She decided to turn her story into action and is running for a seat in the Texas State Senate.  Tuesday night [9/29/2020], she earned a spot in the run-off for that seat.  While everyone else was consumed with the presidential debate, a special election race was being held in the Dallas area.  Sen. Pat Fallon (R-Prosper) is running for Congress so his seat has been vacated.  The district is a solidly red district and stretches to the northwest around Dallas-Fort Worth.  With 100% of precincts reporting, she and state Rep. Drew Springer of Muenster ended in a dead heat.  The third-place finisher was the only Democrat running.

NWO Police State Ramps Up In NYC: "Mask Patrols" Will Fine People Who Don't Comply.  New York City is ramping up the New World Order police state.  The city now has "mask patrol" that will fine those who disobey the NWO order commands to mask up.  Apparently, 9 ZIP codes in New York City are seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases.  Because of this, NYC mayor comrade Bill de Blasio says he will use the "Trace Corps" to punish anyone who won't comply with their own enslavement and wear a face mask.  De Blasio says this campaign to catch people and fine them if they don't wear a mask will be rolled out "aggressively."  "That will happen aggressively.  Clearly, our goal, of course, is to give everyone a free face mask and get them to wear it," de Blasio said.

COVID-19 Case Number Lies Continue.  A record number of COVID-19 cases were reported on September 24 in Alabama.  Just two labs reported that there were 2,451 positive test results, but those included old numbers.  The lies continue as those who seek ultimate power and control try to lie their way through this scamdemic.  At this point, no numbers from any mainstream media source or government agency should be trusted.  There's more than enough evidence to prove this is all manipulated in order to push fear on the public.  More People Died Of Suicide Last Week In Tennessee Than COVID-19.  The department of public health says that the "record-breaking" number of COVID-19 cases is due to the fact that two labs provided test data to the state after not providing any information to ADPH (Alabama Department of Public Health) the entire pandemic.  About 1,500 of the positive test results were reported from those labs.  Some of the results dated back to June.

Pennsylvania Democrats Busted Admitting Masks Are Just "Political Theater".  Pennsylvania State Representative Wendy Ullman and Governor Tom Wolf were caught joking on a hot mic about taking their masks off just before they spoke at a press conference. [...] Just as Wendy Ullman was preparing to speak behind the podium at a press conference north of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Tom Wolf can be heard off-camera to her left, saying:  "So Wendy, I'm gonna take, I'm gonna take my mask off when I speak."  Ullman walks toward Wolf, off-camera, and says:  "I will as well, just, I'm waiting so that we can do a little political theater."  [Video clip]

Mask Madness.  Back in April, during the peak of The Virus, the New England Journal of Medicine — one of the most prestigious of medical journals and one within the pages of which Anthony Fauci and CDC head Robert Redfield themselves published this past spring — said this:  "We know that wearing a mask outside of health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection.  Focusing on universal masking alone may, paradoxically, lead to more transmission of Covid-19 if it diverts attention from implementing more fundamental infection-control measures...."  It continued:  "The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. [...] ." [...] Masks, particularly of the kind that are in vogue among the public, are theater.  For the elites that mandate their use, they are a means to augment their power and exert control over the masses.

No shutdown and no nationwide panic resulted from this:
The Pandemic On Biden's Watch Killed 13 Times As Many Children As COVID.  Imagine the reaction of the public to a new virus outbreak that targeted children, sending 10 times as many to hospitals, and killing 13 times as many as COVID-19.  Would you call the government's handling of this pandemic a success?  That is what happened in 2009 when the H1N1 — aka, the swine flu — pandemic swept across the land.  While the total number of deaths from the swine flu was much lower than COVID-19, its impact on children and younger adults was far more severe.

Mask Empire.  In a monologue on a recent episode of his top-rated show on the Fox News Channel, Tucker Carlson notes that within the last six or seven months, America has become a "different country."  Whether America has become a different country or current events have simply revealed what has always been, the bottom line is that 2020 has been [quite] a year.  And not for the better.  In this monologue of his, Tucker was referring primarily to the Virus Internment:  the transformation, under the pretext of waging "war" to prevent citizens from catching a cold virus, of America's states, cities, and homes by power-obsessed politicians into what essentially amounts to an internment camp.  There is no more ominous symbol of the present state of the union than that of... The Mask.

People Are Arrested For Not Wearing A Mask During OUTDOOR Prayer Service In Moscow Idaho.  Three people have been arrested after an Idaho church held a psalm-singing event without masks in a city hall parking lot in violation of a town's mask order.  Christ Church pastor and event organizer Ben Zornes told the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that Wednesday's event in the community of Moscow was aimed at criticizing what he called a "largely groundless" mask order.  It was issued by the city council in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.  [Video clip]

Denmark Nears Pre-COVID Normality:  No Masks Or Distancing In Schools, Just Common Sense.  One of the more diabolical aspects of the protracted COVID 'crisis' in countries like the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, is the intellectually dishonest claim that Coronavirus in their countries is somehow different from the Coronavirus in other western countries.  It's like there are two parallel universes now.  While the Anglosphere continues to ramp-up its emergency 'pandemic' measures and mandatory mask and quarantine policies, their Scandinavian counterparts like Sweden, Norway or Denmark have already returned to life as normal; no masks on public transport (although Norway just introduced a new rule today advising masks on crowded carriages), no obsessive social distancing rules, no snap lockdowns, and certainly no draconian laws and threats of £10,000 fines made by government leaders, or holding the country hostage until a wonder vaccine arrives in the spring.  The contrast couldn't be more extreme.

I got locked out of Twitter for having the 'wrong' opinion on Covid.  I woke yesterday morning to find that I had been locked out of Twitter for "violating our rules against abuse and harassment".  I was dumbfounded.  Which of my recent tweets had been abusive or harassed anyone?  I glanced down the email to see something I had posted last week in response to yet another We're All Doomed! report on the BBC news.

NY daily covid deaths
Four graphs prove the utter failure of lockdowns and masks.  The data is now in.  Not only is the coronavirus nothing more than a very bad flu, harmless to the vast majority of the population, the bad policy imposed by almost all governments worldwide has done nothing to alleviate it, and in fact has probably helped kill people, from both the virus and their bad policy.  This conclusion is starkly illustrated in the following four graphs, all of which show the history of COVID-19 during the entire 2020 epidemic, now clearly ending.  All four graphs are updates of graphs I've referenced previously, but now they take us through the epidemic's present waning, and give us a better context of both the virus' flu-like nature and the terrible policies imposed by governments in their panic over it.


Mike Pence's Superb Coronavirus Response.  Ever since President Donald Trump tapped Vice-President Mike Pence to lead the White House Coronavirus Task Force at the end of February, he has presided over more than 340 briefings including 35 governors' briefings, with over 156,000 state, local, and tribal participants.  He has discussed the federal government's strategy of deploying financial resources, supplies, and technical assistance.  He has coordinated the delivery of critical PPE, and helped ramp up testing for states, localities, and tribes.  He has stressed the importance of implementing best practices for slowing the spread of the virus, and has spoken at great length about the safety procedures and guidelines for reopening the country.  He has discussed strategies that will allow students to safely return to school.

Just 1,800 out of 110,000 occupied beds are taken up by Covid-19 patients.  Covid-19 patients are currently occupying fewer than 2 percent of all hospital beds in England, official data suggests.  The most NHS recent snapshot — released three weeks ago — shows just 478 out of 110,000 beds in use were by Covid-19 patients on September 3.  This has since risen to 1,883, according to Department of Health data.  Health chiefs have yet to update the total beds occupied figure since but it barely changed over the summer.

That's okay, the California tourism industry was already dead.
The Most Miserable Place On Earth:  Disney Firing 28,000 Workers.  In what may be the biggest mass layoff in recent history, after the market close Walt Disney unveiled its transformation to the most miserable place on earth, announcing that it would lay off 28,000 workers in its U.S. resort business, in the latest confirmation that the covid pandemic continues to devastate all tourism and communal experiences.  "As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of Covid-19 on our business," Josh D'Amaro, the chairman of the parks division, said in a memo to workers.

Tragic kingdom:
Disney to lay off 28,000 employees as COVID-19 continues to hammer its theme parks.  The Walt Disney Company's Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products, Josh D'Amaro, announced Tuesday evening that approximately 28,000 employees — known as "cast members" — will be laid off at its theme parks due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  Citing "limited capacity due to physical distancing requirements" and the uncertainty of the duration of the pandemic D'Amaro said the company has made "the very difficult decision to begin the process of reducing our workforce."  As recently as Sept. 22, D'Amaro and Disney pleaded for help from the State of California.  In making the announcement D'Amaro noted the decision was "exacerbated" by the "State's unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen."

De Blasio Tweets He Will Keep New York Under COVID-Unism Forever.  "Two weeks to flatten curve."  Remember that?  It was several months ago now.  The deal elected officials struck with the American people was to trade lockdowns for hospital capacity.  The fear in the early days of the COVID pandemic was that hospital capacity would be overwhelmed if we didn't lock down, curb activity, and so forth.  So we got "two weeks to flatten the curve." [...] Well, Mayor Bill de Blasio has altered the deal.  ["]We've made great progress on COVID-19, but we're not done until we hit zero.["] [...] The likelihood that we ever get to zero cases is, well, zero.  Coronavirus is a virus.  Once virii hit human populations, they tend to come and go seasonally.  Despite all the promising news we've heard about vaccines lately, vaccines don't mean the virus cases zero out anytime soon, if ever.

The Church Has Spectacularly Failed the COVID Test, and the Faithful.  When logic is denied to us it will literally drive us insane.  Logic has long ago left the COVID discussion and the result is that people like my friend are breaking.  They've had enough.  But where do you turn when you've had enough of the status quo but every coping mechanism you've had in your life is now off-limits?  This is where the Church (the Body of Christ in general) has failed, at least here in California.

Media Gunning For Scott Atlas Because He Keeps Exposing Coronavirus Lies.  "Dr. Scott Atlas is arming Trump with misleading data" about COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert Redfield told a colleague Friday [9/25/2020], according to a Monday report by NBC News political reporter Monica Alba.  Within hours, numerous outlets ideologically allied with NBC amplified the coverage.  Here are some screenshots of the Google News results for the story just a short while later, but is Redfield's assertion correct?  The Federalist spoke to numerous epidemiologists to find out.

Dianne Feinstein Caught Not Wearing Mask At Private Airline Terminal.  The wearing a mask dogma does not live loudly in Diane Feinstein.  Like most liberals, California Senator Dianne Feinstein believes rules aren't for her — even the rules she wants to create[.]  Tucker Carlson exposed Dianne Feinstein's hypocrisy on Monday evening [9/28/2020].  Feinstein was photographed in an airport without a mask just months after she called for a nationwide mandatory mask policy for airport passengers. [...] I wonder if the pilot is carrying Senator Feinstein's bag and dog.  After all, she can no longer rely on her former driver/Chinese spy to carry her bag and dog, or to even remind her to wear a mask.

There's a game-changer out there that should end the Wuhan virus paranoia.  The 15-day lockdown that Americans agreed to in March to prepare hospitals for a possible influx of Wuhan virus patients has lasted for over half a year in some places.  It's disrupted businesses, education, and family life while harming people's mental and physical well-being.  On Monday, though, a game-changer hit the scene when President Trump announced an affordable rapid test for the Wuhan virus.  The new test can be self-administered and will produce a result in around 15 minutes.

Tucker Carlson Shows Dianne Feinstein Not Wearing Mask At Airport After She Wrote Letter Demanding 'Mandatory Mask Policy' At Airports.  Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired photos on Monday night that allegedly show Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) not wearing a mask while at an airport, which Carlson claims came after she wrote a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration demanding that "all airport and airline employees and passengers" wear masks.  Carlson began the segment by showing a news report from June in which a reporter states:  "More and more lawmakers are calling for nationwide rule on wearing face coverings.  Senator Dianne Feinstein has written to federal agencies asking for a mandatory mask policy both in the air and on public transit."

Trump administration will deploy 150 million new COVID-19 swabs for schools.  Tens of millions of new COVID-19 rapid tests will be made available for the nation's teachers and students as schools begin to reopen across the country, President Trump announced Monday [9/28/2020].  "The support my administration is providing will allow every state to, on a very regular basis, test every teacher who needs it," Trump said at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.  In coming weeks, more than 150 million new swabs from Abbott Laboratories will be sent to vulnerable communities, nursing homes and state governments, he said.

The Editor says...
There are 56.4 million kids in public schools, so 150 million swabs should be plenty.

Teachers, walk away from unions that keep fighting against reopening schools.  More than a month into the new school year, it is already evident that in-person school instruction is not causing mass outbreaks of the coronavirus.  Researchers at Brown University have found extremely low levels of infection among students and teachers.  To be specific, the rate of suspected and confirmed student infections is just 0.21%. [...] Unfortunately, no one seems to have informed the union bosses about any of this.  The Little Rock Education Association is only the latest union to threaten or to encourage teachers to walk out of the classroom based on deliberately exaggerated and thoroughly unscientific fears about the coronavirus.

The corruption of science.  With summer 2020 finally in the rearview mirror, and after seven months of "two weeks to flatten the curve," I'm getting a little sick of "the science."  Not science, mind you, but theee science, the thing that leftists keep assuring us exists — a singular, canonical truth we all must obey.  Mind you, it sure seems like there's not a great deal of agreement about "the science" regarding COVID:  You don't need masks/You do need masks.  Hydroxychloroquine doesn't work/Hydroxychloroquine totally works.  Sunlight doesn't help/Sunlight helps.  COVID doesn't linger in the air/COVID totally lingers in the air/COVID doesn't linger after all.  Large crowds spread COVID/Large crowds don't spread COVID (if it's a BLM crowd).  Theee science is whatever today's CNN home page says it is.  If that happens to contradict yesterday's home page, well, that's your fault for having a memory.

A great deal of confusion and uncertainty': Trump coronavirus adviser infighting breaks into open.  White House Coronavirus Task Force advisers are openly disagreeing with each other, sending mixed messages about the pandemic.  Both Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, and Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in recent days, have criticized Dr. Scott Atlas, a conservative neuroradiologist from Stanford who has become the top adviser to President Trump on the coronavirus.  "Everything he says is false," Redfield said about Atlas during a phone call made in public on a commercial flight and overheard by NBC News.  Redfield's comment came after Atlas accused him of "misstating" the facts about the coronavirus.

Was the COVID-19 Test Meant to Detect a Virus?  [Scroll down]  You don't have to shout, "Stay safe!' to your neighbors.  We are safe.  We have an immune system that is a miracle like The Sistine Chapel.  It withstands toxic, microbial inundation on a grand scale at all times, while operating a super-highway of adaptive life-sustaining genetic information, on cellular bridges, emitting telegrams of vital evolutionary code, slandered as "viruses" or "retroviruses."  People die — yes.  But people don't die the way Bill Gates would have you believe, at the mercy of malicious, predatory pathogens, "lurking" on every surface, and especially other humans.  That's not "science." That's social engineering. [...] The people who have taken all your freedoms away in recent weeks, they're social engineers, politicians, globalist thought leaders, bankers, WHO fanatics, and the like.  Their army is composed of "mainstream media," which is now literally a round-the-clock perfect propaganda machine for the Gates-led Pandemic Reich.

CDC Admits There is No Proof COVID-19 is Airborne Virus and They Have Been Misleading the Public All Along.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has admitted that the organization has deceived the public throughout the entire coronavirus pandemic, backtracking on their claim that COVID-19 is an airborne virus.  "CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2," the CDC explained in a note published earlier this week.  "This was an error on the part of our agency and I apologize on behalf of the CDC," said John Brooks, chief medical officer for the CDC's COVID-19 Emergency Response, while on a call with medical professionals on Monday [9/21/2020].

New CDC Estimates:  Fatality Rate For COVID-19 Drops Again And May Surprise You.  What's are the real chances of dying if you are infected with COVID-19?  You'll probably be surprised how low they are according to new numbers from the Center for Disease Control.  We'll state those numbers simply for those of you who aren't crazy about math.  The CDC's new estimate, for the first time, is broken down by age groups.

It's a COVID Casedemic, not a Pandemic.  [Scroll down]  We later found out that deaths were over counted, with health authorities making no distinction between dying "with" or "from" COVID. George Floyd would be classified as a COVID death since he tested positive at autopsy, despite his true cause of death being a fentanyl overdose.  Gunshot deaths and alcohol poisonings were counted as Chinese virus deaths simply because of a positive test.  The CDC recently revealed that only 6 percent of COVID deaths were solely from the virus, without confounding comorbidities that may have contributed to but not necessarily caused death.  Now it is case counts, every positive test hysterically trumpeted by the media in doomsday fashion. [...] A flu virus that has been in this country for the better part of a year is ubiquitous with many individuals exposed at some point.  After exposure, the virus replicates, but not enough to cause any symptoms, much less serious illness.  Dead viral fragments may stick around deep within the nasal cavity for months, triggering a positive test, and what the media now describes as "a case".

Fauci backpedals on COVID immunity theory he previously touted.  In a testy exchange with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul at a Senate hearing last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci distanced himself from his earlier support of an encouraging COVID-19 immunity theory.  Fauci, who has headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984 and has played a pivotal role in the federal response to the coronavirus, was appearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.  At the hearing Wednesday, Fauci at one point got into an argument with Paul, who argued in part that New York City had developed a degree of herd immunity sufficient to prevent another explosion of COVID-19 cases there.

Viral Loads In COVID-19 Infected Patients Drop, Along With Death Rate, Study Finds.  A new study has found signs that the severity of COVID-19 — and the viral loads those infected carry — may be fading.  Researchers at Wayne State University say that viral loads, which is the amount of the virus in a patient's system, continue to drop, which could explain why the death rate is falling.  "Dr. Said El Zein and his team analyzed viral loads of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, coming from patient nasal swabs over two months," Study Finds reported on Sunday [9/27/2020].  "From April 4 to June 5, a downward trend in the amount of virus detected in patients at Detroit Medical Center was discovered."

The Progressive Medusa.  We do not know fully yet the lasting effects upon city living from the virus, the quarantine, Zoom and Skype telecommuting, and urban violence.  Certainly, millions are questioning the wisdom of living in high-rises, predicating their existence on constant elevator use, and riding on crowded mass transit in this age of globalized viruses.  Add in filth, crime, high taxes for terrible services, and the chance to work at home — and home can become far, far away.

News media fearmongering continues:
Surviving the plague planet.  How long till the world returns to "normal" is unknown.  The BBC writes that "a vaccine would normally take years, if not decades, to develop.  Researchers hope to achieve the same amount of work in only a few months ... Most experts think a vaccine is likely to become widely available by mid-2021, about 12-18 months after the new virus ... That would be a huge scientific feat, and there are no guarantees it will work."

Andrew Cuomo has gone loco on crime and vaccines.  Gov. Cuomo was really losing it last week.  Strike one:  His absurd vow that New York will do its own testing on any COVID-19 vaccine the feds approve. [...] The gov named a committee of 20 to advise him on distributing any vaccine — but it's stacked with his donors and labor cronies.  And it's just nuts to say he's assembling a panel of experts tasked with "double-checking" any Trump-administration-approved vaccine for efficacy and safety.  Sorry:  The work on vaccines is all being done by professionals — some of whom would be sure to scream if politicians (insanely) tried to push a bad vaccine.

Stanford expert blasts COVID lockdown failures: 'We quarantined the healthy ... exposed the sick'.  Citizens and public authorities fixated on society-wide lockdowns as a key measure to combat COVID-19 have failed to account for the devastating effects those measures can have on society as a whole, a Stanford professor of medicine says.  Jay Bhattacharya, the director of Stanford's Program on Medical Outcomes as well as the director of the school's Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging, said in an interview this week on the John Solomon Reports podcast that he found it "shocking" that, as countless countries earlier this year moved to shut down ahead of COVID-19, so many had forgotten to "think about both the cost and benefits" of such policies.  "Country after country made the same decision with a couple of exceptions," Bhattacharya said.  "And I think that was a major problem."

Massive Anti-Lockdown Protest In London Turns Violent When Police Come To Crush Speech.  London police clashed with demonstrators Saturday as they broke up a protest against COVID-19 restrictions in Trafalgar Square amid rising tensions over limits on everyday life as the government tries to stem a sharp rise in infections.  Police and protesters were injured when officers moved in after three hours of speeches in front of thousands of people who packed the iconic square in London, waving placards opposing mandatory vaccinations, face mask requirements and limits on civil liberties.  Police said they intervened because the demonstrators refused to comply with the very social distancing rules they were there to protest.  [Video clip]

Media's Wuhan Lies Lengthen, Deepen.  Make no mistake about it:  we have suffered an unprecedented loss of jobs and businesses, the shutdown of schools, entertainment, and hospitals; the mandating of masks and "social distancing"; and the like, not because of a global pandemic, but because of our foolish and unprecedented reaction to a global pandemic.  In other words, much of what was "unprecedented" in the fight against the Wuhan virus was simply unnecessary. [...] Probably the most repeated lie in this evil episode is the near-endless reporting on Wuhan virus "case counts."  As has been noted multiple times, these reports are filled with numerous deceptions. [...] The vast majority of those 300,000 cases in Georgia saw the person infected require no hospitalization and completely recover, or, more often than not, have no symptoms whatsoever.

Florida Governor Reopens State — Removes Restrictions on Restaurants, Nullifies All Local Mask Ordinances, Blocks Fines and Penalties.  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has moved the entire state into phase three of the COVID-19 recovery plan.  All restrictions against restaurants and businesses are removed by executive order and all local mask ordinances are nullified by the same order.

'We do not consent': London rally against Covid-19 measures draws huge crowds.  Demonstrators descended on London for the second straight weekend to air their disapproval of the coronavirus guidelines, with police warning they will break up the rally if protesters don't follow social distancing rules.  Several thousand protesters assembled at Trafalgar Square on Saturday, with some eyewitnesses claiming that attendance was even higher than the turnout at a similar event held last weekend.

From a Small Town in Idaho, COVID's 'New Normal'.  We have been in this lockdown for over 6 months.  By any rational standard, by now, we ought to be able to go back to normal.  When I talked to our governor's office here in Idaho, I was informed that it was now up to our local health district.  When I talked to our local health official to find out what was the standard they would use before we could go back to normal I was informed it would probably be some time next spring.  Thus, we are told that we will just have to get used to a New Normal.  Things will never be normal again. [...] People die of the flu every year.  So what is different about this year?  Many medical professionals insist that this year is no different than any other flu year and there was no reason for an emergency lockdown.  The end result of all this activity is to give the government more power.  These orders by our governors have violated the First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  Some people saw that right away, but governors were not listening.  What the CDC said was gospel permitting no other suggestions.  Some states did not require lockdown of businesses and they have had no more cases of virus than those that did.  In one state, the governor was recently sued and the court set aside those decrees, saying they were unconstitutional.

Democrats Blame a Church 120 Miles Away for Corona Deaths in a Nursing Home Owned by a Democrat Mayor.  There's over 200 miles of distance between the Tri Town Baptist Church in East Millinocket, a small Maine town with a population of under 2,000, and York County, with over 200,000 people.  But when prison inmates at the York County Jail began testing positive for coronavirus, Democrat officials chose to blame the Tri Town Baptist Church for the sins of York County Jail.  The story is a familiar one because the media loves to tell it so often.  A wedding was held at the small Tri Town Baptist Church which with its white wooden steeple and whitewashed clapboard walls looks as if it had been plucked from a picture postcard.  Democrat officials claimed that the wedding then spread the virus across Maine and to the jail.  The inmate's death can't be confirmed as due to the virus until another 50 years have gone by because of HIPAA privacy restrictions, but that hasn't stopped the media from doing it anyway.

The sickening effects of the news cycle.  [Scroll down]  Now for some positive news from the pandemic you may have missed.  "We have very much replicated what's been seen worldwide, which is over time the mortality in ICUs have decreased," Dr. Craig Coopersmith, director of the Emory Critical Care Center, recently explained on NPR.  "We should applaud and appreciate the medical community for being able to find rapid ways to improve the outcome of this life-threatening illness," Dr. George Lemp, an epidemiologist and former director of the HIV/AIDS Research Program at UC's Office of the President, tells The Mercury News.  "New data reveals that while patients are still being rushed to intensive care units, a greater proportion are coming out alive.  Since the pandemic began, the cumulative death rate for Californians with COVID-19 has fallen by more than half in the past three months," writes the Mercury News' Lisa Krieger.  Coopersmith, who oversees ICUs at five hospitals in the Emory system, notes that mortality in ICUs has decreased in the range of 20% to 50%.

Harris makes misleading statement on COVID-19 business loans while campaigning in Michigan.  Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris made a misleading claim while campaigning in Michigan on Tuesday regarding the supposed disparities in COVID-19 relief funds to Black restaurant owners, according to a report.  While visiting Flint and Michigan, Harris claimed that out of the hundreds of restaurants in Michigan that received relief funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, only one was Black-owned, The Detroit News reported.

Is The Wuhan Coronavirus Really A Chinese Bioweapon?  After nearly one year, questions remain unanswered about whether the Chinese coronavirus was natural or man-made and whether its release into the world was accidental or malicious.  Chinese scientist Li-Meng Yan has stirred up media attention with her claim that the coronavirus connected with COVID-19 is the result of Chinese bioengineering.  She's been saying this for a while, but the renewed attention follows a paper she and her coauthors uploaded to a public research repository.  Tucker Carlson recently interviewed her on his popular Fox News show, where she went so far as to claim that Chinese authorities not only created the bug but released it on the world intentionally.  These claims, which we should treat separately, have been in the air for months.

Victoria's health minister resigns after being accused of botching Covid-19 quarantine program.  Jenny Mikakos, the health minister of Victoria, Australia, has stepped down after the state's premier claimed she mismanaged a hotel quarantine scheme.  Victoria has seen nearly five months of strict Covid-19 measures.  Her resignation comes a day after Premier Daniel Andrews told an inquiry that he "regarded her accountable" for the decision to use private security guards, instead of police or military personnel, at hotels that had been converted into quarantine centers.

Governor DeSantis reopens Florida restaurants and bars at full capacity and ends fines for not wearing a face mask.  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday lifted all COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, including restaurants and bars, and dropped penalties for not wearing a face mask — sparking a protest among upset residents.  DeSantis made the announcements during a noon press conference in St. Petersburg, and quickly drew ire from residents who protested the new protocols.  He argued that threat of the coronavirus pandemic — which has surpassed seven million cases and 203,000 deaths — had eased sufficiently to allow the state to enter Phase 3 of its reopening.

Biden's Authoritarian America.  [Scroll down]  For example, Biden said he would shut down the country if necessary in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, even though the direct oversight of public health is not a power delegated to the president or the federal government.  Only the states have the power, under the 10th Amendment, to determine what is in the best interest of public health and the police power to enforce it when necessary.

Trump's New C19 Advisor Cites Research Showing Widespread Immunity!  Calls Out CDC Head Redfield's False Testimony to Stunned Press.  Most of our readers probably already know that Trump appointed Dr. Scott Atlas of Stanford University's prestigious Hoover Institution to his COVID-19 task force last month. [...] Way back in April, Dr. Atlas tried to save America from the deadly quack medicine we were convinced to guzzle down like a junkie who's stumbled on a gallon jug of cough syrup in an op-ed titled:  ["]The Data Is in — Stop the Panic and End the Total Isolation.["]  He explained five facts that were already apparent a month after lockdowns started and some of which should have prevented anyone from ever even suggesting the heretofore unheard-of lunacy.
  •   Fact 1:  The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19.
  •   Fact 2:  Protecting the older, at-risk population would have been sufficient to prevent hospital overcrowding, (which it turns out was never a danger anyway).
  •   Fact 3:  Total isolation policies, if effective, PREVENT vital herd immunity and, hence, only PROLONG the problem.
  •   Fact 4:  People are dying because medical care for other ailments was shut down due to hypothetical COVID-19 fatality projections (that were produced by a guy with a history of massively inflated projections and, predictably, turned out to be total garbage).
  •   Fact 5:  We have a clearly defined population at risk who could've been better protected by adopting targeted measures.

Democrats Are Making a U-Turn on Mail-In Voting.  Democrats used COVID-19 as a pretext to try and change the way America votes.  In fact, mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and other various and sundry election law changes were part of the reason Democrats refused to debate a narrow COVID relief bill.  Because Republicans wouldn't agree to give up every election security feature we have, you and your family couldn't get your unemployment benefits extended, schools lost money, and small business owners were left without assistance.

Oregon's youngest COVID-19 victim did not actually have the virus, according to CDC test.  An Oregon family is searching for answers after new testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that their son, once presumed to be the youngest COVID-19 victim in the state, did not actually have the virus.  Matthew Irvin, 26, died suddenly in early July after falling severely ill just a few days prior.  At the time, state health officials said his death was likely the result of the coronavirus due simply to the fact that he displayed several of the symptoms.

Dogs Deployed at Helsinki Airport Can Detect COVID-19 With Almost 100% Accuracy.  Passengers alighting at Helsinki Airport in Finland starting from earlier this week will have a speedier — and much fuzzier — way of getting tested for COVID-19.  A team of dogs has been deployed to fill their snoots with eau d'arriving passenger to sniff out those infected with the virus behind the current global pandemic.

COVID-19 surveys halted in Minnesota amid racism, intimidation.  A door-to-door COVID-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in greater Minnesota of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey teams.  The CDC pulled its federal surveyors out of Minnesota this week following reports of verbal abuse and intimidation, including an incident in the Iowa border town of Eitzen, Minn., in which a survey team walking to a house was blocked by two cars and threatened by three men, including one who had a gun.  Frustration with the state's pandemic response "is totally understandable," said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, state epidemiologist, "but that is distinctly different than taking out frustration on another human being who is trying to help and is especially galling when there is a taint of racism.  There is no justification for this — the enemy is the virus and not the public health workers who are trying to help."

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The enemy not the virus, it is door-to-door tyranny.  Covid ain't the plague.  If there is a bona fide public health emergency, with honest statistics and rational reporting, you'll get a lot more cooperation.  But what you've got today is an overblown reaction to (essentially) the flu, and a never-ending series of power grabs by petty dictators.  Don't come knocking on my door looking for DNA samples of everybody in the house, using Covid-19 as your fig leaf.

President Trump Says New FDA Standards On COVID Vaccine Are Politically Motivated.  President Trump has said the health of the American people is his primary concern when considering new FDA guidelines on a vaccine.  On Wednesday, the President announced the White House may not approve tougher guidelines on the emergency use authorization of a coronavirus vaccine.  According to reports, the FDA was gearing up to announce the stricter standards ahead of the election.  As part of the new guidelines, manufacturers seeking authorization would have to follow trial participants for at least two months after a second vaccine shot.

Civilization Requires Collective Common Sense.  The World Health Organization initially swore that the virus was not transmissible by humans, did not warrant travel bans or mask-wearing, and was not a significant global threat.  The organization's Chinese patrons had given WHO an unscientific party line.  And its director then branded the propaganda with superficial scientific authority.  American experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal health agencies were often inconsistent on travel bans, testing, masks, quarantines and medical therapies, and intolerant of dissident medical research.  Authorities rarely could consistently explain to the public how the virus was spread; why children, who were rarely stricken, were kept from attending school; and whether quarantines were aimed at flattening the curve of infection, eliminating it altogether, or just waiting out the virus.  The elderly were rightly deemed the most vulnerable.  But then, inexplicably, they were often exposed to newly arriving infected patients in their long-term care facilities.

Senator Rand Paul Confronts Dr. Anthony Fauci For Months of Lies and Manipulative Statements.  Senator Rand Paul confronted Dr. Anthony Fauci today about his history of false claims, lies and manipulative statements surrounding the COVID-19 virus and direction for U.S. mitigation efforts.  It's about time someone called the baby ugly.  Anthony Fauci, a political ideologue and leftist advocate, was the primary government influence that has led to trillions in economic damage and impacted the lives of all Americans with false assertions and brutally political virus mitigation efforts.  [Video clip]

Predicted Mass Infections From Reopening Schools Fails to Materialize.  Last month, we were inundated with stories from teachers' unions, school administrators, and public health officials about the coming catastrophic outbreak of coronavirus in the schools.  It's still happening, with New York City schools ready to partially reopen and many other school districts allowing only virtual learning.  But experts tracking the pandemic have been surprised that the expected disaster of tens of thousands of kids getting sick hasn't happened — yet.  It still might get very bad as large school districts begin to reopen, but so far, the number of infections among K-12 students has been far less than public health officials feared.

Idaho Christians Arrested for Singing Hymns Maskless Outside City Hall in County with Zero Covid Deaths.  It seems Moscow, Idaho, is going the way of its Soviet namesake, arresting a group of unmasked Christians who had peaceably assembled outside the city hall to sing psalms and protest an extension of the city's masking order.  On Wednesday, Moscow's Christ Church, whose pastor is famed Christian theologian Douglas Wilson, announced that a "Psalm Sing" would be held outside city hall that afternoon. [...] On Tuesday, the city council extended the mandatory masking order, set to expire on October 6, until January, despite the fact there have been no deaths, or even hospitalizations, due to the COVID-19 virus in Latah County.

Mother Tased & Arrested for Not Wearing a Mask at Son's Middle School Football Game.  An Ohio mother who drove an hour and a half to watch her seventh-grade son play football was tased and arrested for reportedly refusing to wear a mask.  Did I mention the football game was played outside?  As reported by the Ohio Star, Alecia Kitts was rooting for her son's visiting team from the Marietta City School District when she was reportedly approached by a police officer for not wearing a mask.  In the video below, Kitts appears to be properly "social distancing" from other families in the stands.  The encounter gets physical as the police officer attempts to arrest Kitts, and she resists.  Kitts repeatedly tells the officer to "get off of me!" and at one point screams:  "You're not arresting me for nothing, I ain't doing nothing wrong!"  After a two-minute struggle, the officer tases Kitts.

Why Biden's Repeated Mask Mandate Flip Flops Matter.  Over the course of five weeks, Joe Biden has stated five different positions on a national mask-wearing mandate.  This is the guy who says he long ago worked out a comprehensive plan to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and who keeps promising steady leadership if elected president.  For those who haven't been able to keep up with Biden's shifting position on masks, here's a timeline. [...] So why does this kerfuffle over masks matter?  It matters because Biden has made the pandemic the single issue on which he wants voters to decide who should be president.  Yet he still can't articulate a position on one of the key containment policies.  And it matters because Biden and everyone around him keep chanting about his "steady, unifying, experienced leadership."  How does that square with his wobbliness on this relatively simple issue, and what is his experience worth if still can't understand the limits of presidential power?

The Moral Case for Reopening Schools — Without Masks.  If you're a public-minded student or teacher committed to reducing the death toll from Covid-19, what is the morally correct way to behave?  According to the epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta, you should do just about the opposite of what's being preached by college presidents, teachers' unions, political leaders, and the scientific and media establishment.  Unless you're elderly or particularly vulnerable, you shouldn't be wearing a mask all day, or shaming others for going unmasked.  You should be careful not to endanger the vulnerable, but otherwise you should be exposing yourself to the virus in order to promote herd immunity.  Gupta, 55, wants to teach her classes at Oxford in person, without a mask, and she is appalled at her colleagues' reluctance to go back to the classroom.

Melbourne Police Surround & Arrest 2 Elderly Women Resting On Park Bench For 'COVID Violation'.  "Victoria Police have lost all commonsense," one Australian eyewitness quipped upon posting a video showing police telling a 38-week pregnant woman she can't sit down due to coronavirus and social distancing enforcement measures.  It's one of many recent viral videos to come out of Australia's southeast state of Victoria, home to Melbourne, showing absurd "crackdowns" by police for alleged coronavirus policy violators.  "As a pregnant woman I can't sit in the park?" the incredulous woman whose story was covered widely in local media asked the couple of officers who harassed her.  Apparently not... because COVID.  "You can only be out of your house for one of four reasons," the officer responded.  "One of those would be exercise.  Sitting in a park is not one of the four reasons."

Nancy Pelosi and the Party of 'Science, Science, Science'.  It should come as no surprise that "ardent Catholic" Nancy Pelosi is once again at odds with a bishop.  This time, the disagreement is with her local shepherd, archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Joseph Cordileone.  The archbishop has started to complain publicly at the way California's lockdown rules are specifically aimed at keeping houses of worship shuttered, and he wants his churches re-opened.  Pelosi, on the basis of no scientific evidence at all, says that because it's not yet "scientifically safe" for people to attend Mass in person, it will be "jeopardizing people's health" to follow Archbishop Cordileone's rash counsel.  "With all due respect to my archbishop," Pelosi says, "I think we should follow science on this."  But the archbishop hasn't got any problem with science.  He just wants an answer to one parishioner's question:  "I can spend three hours indoors in Nordstrom, why can't I go to Mass indoors?"

Covid is finished
Some Coronavirus Facts Democrats And The Media Want To Keep Buried.  For those who feel as if the coronavirus crisis is never going away, we offer some optimism.  Get it here, because lockdown Democrats and their pandemic-cheerleading media allies want to keep the pessimism running high.  On two separate occasions in recent weeks, we've presented data that indicate the crisis is winding down.  No, this doesn't mean that infections and deaths will drop to zero.  The virus isn't going away.  What it does mean is that the virus isn't the threat it was when deaths spiked in the middle of April.  This is primarily based on deaths in excess of the expected numbers of fatalities.  The Centers for Disease Control chart [sample at left] shows that total deaths, the blue bars, have fallen below the threshold for excess deaths.  Stanford biophysics professor and 2013 winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry Michael Levitt called it "a huge milestone."


Store operators outraged at Subway's COVID-19 demands.  After getting kudos for its early response to the coronavirus, Subway Restaurants is now being blasted by store operators for demanding that they return to business as usual despite still-sagging sales in the midst of the pandemic.  Subway this month told its roughly 23,000 US restaurants to resume operating 84 hours a week, or an average of 12 hours a day, as they did before the pandemic, sources said.  It has also demanded franchisees begin repaying royalties fees that the company graciously deferred in the early days of the health crisis after it shuttered the restaurant industry.  The demands, franchisees say, come as Subway sales continue to lag — leaving store operators unnecessarily exposed to both the coronavirus and added expenses, including higher payroll costs.

CDC Says It Mistakenly Posted Guidance Saying Virus Spreads Via Air, Travels Beyond 6 Feet.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this week it erroneously published new guidance acknowledging that the coronavirus spreads through tiny particles that can linger in the air and travel beyond six feet.  CDC officials have been saying for months that the virus primarily spreads between people in close contact (within about 6 feet) via large droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks that end up in the mouths or noses of people nearby.

NFL teams, 3 coaches fined over $1 million over masks.  The NFL has fined teams and head coaches over $1 million over their failure to wear protective face masks during games on Sunday [9/20/2020].  Following a memo last week with a strong reminder about wearing face coverings during games, three head coaches and teams were hit with hefty fines totaling $1.05 million, sending a clear message about how seriously the coronavirus guidelines are being taken by the league, CBS Sports reported.

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[#1] Wearing a mask while playing football is like trying to win a NASCAR race with a restrictor plate in the carburetor.  [#2] Does anyone at the NFL think the players are at risk from virus exposure during a football game, and that such a risk is greater than the risk of concussions, broken bones, and torn ligaments?

Trump Blasts China On Coronavirus Pandemic In United Nations Speech.  President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped China and the World Health Organization (WHO) for mishandling the virus that led to a pandemic.  In recorded remarks to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Trump blamed China for the coronavirus that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans and almost 1 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.  "As we pursue this bright future, we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world:  China," Trump said in the speech, filmed Monday [9/21/2020] in Washington, D.C.  "The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.  Later they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease," Trump said.  "The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions."

Man Is Dragged Out Of School Board Meeting By Police For Refusing To Wear A Mask.  A defiant anti-masker was dragged out of a South Dakota school board meeting by police for refusing to wear a face covering, according to footage shared on social media.  The man, identified as Reed Bender, was asked repeatedly to wear a mask at the Mitchell Board of Education meeting Monday [9/21/2020] before cops were called to the scene, local newspaper the Mitchell Republic reported.  [Video clip]

FDA Nears Approval of Injectable Biochip Implants for COVID Detection, Linked to Computers.  The Department of Defense, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have partnered with a Silicon Valley company, Profusa, to implement a technology which could control our minds and bodies.  What may seem like science fiction, is in fact happening in real-time.  A permanent chip made of an advanced material called hydrogel irreversibly ties humans to the Internet "cloud." The chip, about the size of a grain of rice, provides feedback to a database on changes in body chemistry and other biometrics.  The company says technology will be used to detect COVID in the general population, before symptoms show.  The latest revised CDC overall survival rate for the COVID virus is 99.8%, versus 99.9% for the common flu.  Nevertheless, nearly 150 days after governments proclaimed that 15 days of "lockdowns" and social distancing would be necessary to "flatten the curve" so that hospitals would not be overwhelmed, US governors still exert emergency powers based on the announcement of "new cases."

More about RFID technology and its impact on privacy and freedom.

Coronavirus cases and deaths continue to decline, but officials vow to continue restrictions.  Numerous high-ranking public authorities throughout the United States have pledged to continue enforcing COVID-19 restrictions — including social distancing rules and mask mandates — even as cases of and deaths attributed to the virus continue a steady two-month decline throughout the country.  Those officials have signaled that the restrictions will not be lifted unless and until an effective vaccine is developed, approved, distributed throughout the country and utilized by enough of the population to create functional herd immunity.

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"Officials" without names think of us as a herd.

SF archbishop asks why people can shop at Nordstrom, but not go to church inside.  The Catholic archbishop of San Francisco led a protest on Sunday criticizing the city's restrictions on reopening churches during the coronavirus pandemic.  Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone delivered an impassioned sermon at an outdoor mass at the Cathedral of St.  Mary of the Assumption after a march through the streets, calling for the right to worship indoors.  Cordileone condemned city leaders for allowing retail to operate indoors before houses of worship.

Doctors [are] studying why obesity may be tied to serious COVID-19.  Excess weight increases the chances of developing a number of health problems, including heart disease and diabetes.  And those are among the conditions that can make COVID-19 patients more likely to get very sick.  But there's some evidence that obesity itself can increase the likelihood of serious complications from a coronavirus infection.

Precaution Can Kill — During a Pandemic and Beyond.  Regulation frequently can cause more harm, in the long run, than the risks from which regulations are supposed to protect us.  Consider, for example, "chemicals-of-concern lists."  Such reports from government bureaucrats, flag chemicals that might — might — be risky, and, as a result, tend to scare firms away from developing or creatively deploying substances that likely benefit millions.  Canadians, however, stand to gain by their government's taking of a different approach.  Although Canada maintains a list of potentially dangerous chemicals, in evaluating those substances, lawmakers in Ottawa have subjected the precautionary principle to some welcome, tough scrutiny, clearing a number of chemicals as not harmful — unlike regulators in Europe and the U.S., which continue to be hostages to the idea.

Unwarranted Fear Has Won The Covid Narrative, At An Enormous Cost to the Country.  Today we live in a nation where nearly half of all U.S. citizens deeply believe they will get the Covid virus and die.  This fear is pervasive, and it is false.  Data on who is infected, who becomes ill, and who has died from Covid isn't subject to many questions; it is objective, available and knowable data.  So how can there be such a wide gap between data and fear?  It has been half a century since existential events pierced the psyche of the American mind with such abject fear.  The possibility of a global atomic attack sent children to protective bunkers in the basements of schools.  Polio outbreaks terrorized minds with the profound angst, "My entire family can be paralyzed, especially our children."  A century ago, the Spanish Flu was a virus everyone feared with good reason as it was both indiscriminate and lethal.  Covid19 has now earned its stripes as a fear-inducing menace, and yet the data across America is quite different from other historical threats to public health and safety.

From the beginning, the COVID pandemic has been shrouded in lies.  For months, as coronavirus brought the American way of life to a halt, our scientific establishment ignored the most basic question of all:  Where did this illness come from?  [Video clip]

More Coronavirus Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Andrew Cuomo Than Any Other U.S. Governor, Complaint Tracker Shows.  Thousands of lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. since the start of the coronavirus pandemic as citizens, business owners, government officials and more contested the legality of measures put in place to slow the spread of the virus.  Government officials quickly became a popular magnet for legal challenges as local and state leaders began implementing stay-at-home orders, instituted mask mandates, restricted businesses' indoor capacities and more during the spring.

Pseudonymous commentator who called pandemic a 'massive fraud' revealed to work for Fauci.  A harsh critic of the federal government's response to the coronavirus has been revealed to work as a public affairs specialist for the government health agency headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci.  William Crews, who has been editing and writing for the conservative site RedState under the pseudonym "streiff," has railed against his colleagues at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, accusing them of being part of an anti-Trump conspiracy.  He has also called Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert and the director of the NIAID, "attention-grubbing" and "media-whoring," the Daily Beast reported on Monday [9/21/2020].

Government's COVID Response Makes Us All Subjects in a Cruel Experiment.  A story in the Washington Post headlined "Pandemic isolation has killed thousands of Alzheimer's patients while families watch from afar" provides a stark and disturbing example.  The story tells the tale of those suffering from irrecoverable dementia.  Since the pandemic broke, over 130,000 of these victims have died of their dementia.  They have died all alone.  They have essentially been put in glass-windowed cages where their relatives can view them, like some wild beast.  But to enter the room and hug them or kiss them or even to just touch them is forbidden.  A wife may not kiss her husband.  A son or daughter may not hug his mother.  Its forbidden.  By whom?  Why?  Are we that worried a patient suffering severe and fatal dementia might catch COVID?  Touch is the one language still understood by someone with dementia on that scale.  Such pure cruelty.  Are we so worried about COVID that we deny this most basic human kindness?  Men and women in white coats from prestigious institutions give these cruel and inhumane orders.  But we are the ones who follow them.

GOP Report Claims China Tried To Cover Up Scope Of COVID-19, Could Have Prevented Pandemic.  A new Congressional report claims China could have prevented a vast majority of coronavirus cases before the end of February if officials followed international health guidelines after the first outbreak occurred in Wuhan.  The report, released Monday [9/21/2020] and authored by Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, found that China initially covered up the spread of SARS-CoV-2 — which causes COVID-19 — and that the World Health Organization (WHO) was complicit because it "parroted" Chinese propaganda.

Why mass PCR testing of the healthy and asymptomatic is currently counter-productive.  The CDC has updated their testing guidance to say the asymptomatic "do not need a test," a change that has, according to the New York Times, "prompted confusion and alarm from experts." [...] In a review of data from three labs, the New York Times found that "up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus," meaning that only about 10% of people who test positive may actually need to isolate and submit to contact tracing.

E-MASK-ulation: How we have been lied to so dramatically about masks.  If you are looking for the scientific rationale behind universal mask-wearing, you certainly won't find it now that the issue has become as political as guns, abortion, and taxes.  We are now at a point where Canada's chief public health officer is calling on people to wear masks when engaging in sexual activities and 19-month-old babies are being forced to wear them on airplanes.  There is no rational thought in a political cult.  But what did the governmental and scientific literature say on the issue before it became political?  On April 3, already several weeks into the unprecedented lockdown over coronavirus, but before the big media push for universal masking, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued guidance for respiratory protection for workers exposed to people with the virus.  It stated clearly what governments had said all along about other forms of airborne contamination, such as smoke inhalation — [...]

CDC removes guidelines saying COVID-19 can travel beyond six feet.  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pulled its updated guidance that the coronavirus is airborne and can travel distances beyond 6 feet — saying a draft version was posted in error on its website.  "It is possible that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes," the CDC said in an update posted Friday [9/18/2020].  The CDC had said for months that the disease is mainly transmitted between people in close proximity through large droplets.  But after adding last week that tiny particles known as aerosols could transmit the virus, the agency restored its earlier guidelines about how the deadly pathogen is spread, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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[#1] The CDC's version of what's safe and what's not safe is constantly changing.  [#2] Unless you're a surgeon, there will always be viruses in the air wherever you go.  That's what your immune system is for.  If you're already sick, you're at greater risk from whatever new germs you encounter.  That's nothing new.

The Brave New World of Coronavirus Safetyism.  We have entered the seventh month of coronavirus panic, with large parts of America still partly or wholly shut down.  What began as a 15-day expedient designed to "flatten the curve," has gradually become the norm in American life.  The goalposts have continued to shift.  First, the focus was on hospital overcrowding; then it moved to overall deaths; then it moved to number of positive cases; now it seems to be shifting to the availability of a vaccine.  The real endgame appears to be the November election. [...] Some day, however, the pandemic will be behind us.  When we look back, how will our unprecedented response to this virus be remembered?  Will it be remembered as an authoritarian and financial nightmare, something to learn from and to never again be repeated?  Or will it be viewed as the model response and a template for the future?  Dr. Anthony Fauci has left little doubt which side he's on. [...] As journalist Jordan Schachtel noted, Fauci seems to believe that we are living in a "permanent pandemic era," which is the fault of human progress, and one that requires immense action to combat.  Simply put, Schachtel said, "they are now blatantly attempting to leverage the pandemic to permanently change the way we live."

Will the Lockdowns Outlast the Coronavirus?  There is a popularly repeated regret that COVID-19 resulted in the shuttering of so many small businesses and in the loss by so many of jobs.  This rumor is false.  Coronavirus was not the disease that did such lasting damage to the economy of the United States; tyranny was.  Tyranny is a virus that once it develops in the body politic always spreads and infects all the members until the body is left lifeless or until the cure is deemed more traumatic than the disease itself.  After the arrival of the coronavirus, state legislators and governors across the union began issuing statutes and orders mandating that residents remain "quarantined" inside their homes and that businesses close up shop until the healthcare community could catch up to the predicted press of victims of the virus.  This was the so-called "flattening of the curve."  The curve was flattened, but the trajectory of tyranny was ever upward.

Buried News Reports.  [Scroll down]  On August 26, 2020, the Center for Health Statistics, a federal agency connected to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), issued an update on the number of deaths due to COVID-19 as of that date.  It stated matter of factly that the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 alone was only 6 percent of the 160,000 deaths reportedly caused by the disease since its outbreak early in 2020.  In other words, most of the deaths attributed to the Coronavirus by the CDC resulted from people dying with COVID-19, not because of COVID-19.  These were far and away mostly older people who had separate health problems such as pneumonia, diabetes, heart condition, obesity, and more.  It cannot be stated too often — or too loudly — that COVID-19 has not been the major cause of the 160,000 deaths reported then, or a larger number reported later.  Yet the American people are being told repeatedly that all of these deaths are from the coronavirus — which is a gross misrepresentation of the facts.  In numerous previous years, many Americans died during flu season without draconian mandates issued by government.  All of this means that the mandated lockdown destroying many small businesses, and the so-called social distancing, quarantines, and mask wearing have converted truly free people into obedient servants of government.  All of this has been unnecessary from the outset of worry about COVID-19.  They have been necessary, however, at gaining control of our nation's economy and its people.

It's looking like Sweden's herd immunity strategy worked.  In the global battle against the pandemic, few countries drew as much scrutiny and frequent criticism as Sweden during the early days.  While the United States and most of Europe shut down their economies and put everyone on lockdown, the Swedes largely went about their business with no mandates for the wearing of masks or prohibitions on public gatherings.  Sweden initially experienced a surge of novel coronavirus cases as compared to its neighbors.  And then it felt like we stopped hearing about them quite so much.  So what's been going on?  As this report from the Associated Press indicates, what's been going on has largely been... not much, at least in terms of the virus.  Sweden only made slight modifications to its policies after the initial surge, but largely stuck with the herd immunity strategy.  And now, just as much of Europe is experiencing a second surge in cases, Sweden has some of the lowest numbers in all of Europe.

HHS Secy. Azar Touts Progress In Fight Against COVID-19.  Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar recently announced the nation has made "incredible progress" in combating the coronavirus, thanks to the vigilance of the American people.  On Sunday, he emphasized how well the American people have responded to the President's call to action and taken individual responsibility during the pandemic.  He reported cases and hospitalizations are down by 50%, while deaths have declined by even greater rates.  Azar also highlighted the progress the administration has made to develop a vaccine.

The Covid-19 Election.  The 2020 election presents us with the mother of all kitchen table issues, the COVID-19 pandemic, because it directly affects everyone's lives.  How much danger do we have of getting the disease or even dying from it?  Does Dad or Mom — or both — still have a job?  If not, how can we pay our bills?  The virus is about 90 nanometers in size, which is about four millionths of an inch, and even the best N95 masks at most filter out particles that are about a thousand times larger.  Why wear masks that don't filter out the virus?  When will we be able to get a vaccine that can protect us against the virus?  There have been over 200,000 American deaths related to COVID-19.  Last week Biden said that all of those people would be alive if Trump had done his job.  That's utter nonsense.  Let's look closely at what Trump has actually done — which Biden criticizes so harshly — and what Biden promises he would do if he is elected.

2022: A Vaccination Passport.  The EU Keeps Quiet Over Suspicious Documents.  Surprise, surprise, the European Commission (EC) had a "Roadmap on Vaccination" ready months before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.  The Roadmap should lead to a "commission proposal for a common vaccination card / passport for EU citizens by 2022".  Last updated during the third quarter of 2019, the 10-page document was followed, on September 12th, by a "global vaccination summit" jointly hosted by the EC and the World Health Organization (WHO).

China's Pandemic Strategy.  There has been considerable controversy of late regarding expatriate Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan who claimed that China used a secretive virological process called gain-of-function to modify the SARS-CoV-2 virus genome and hide its origin prior to facilitating its release.  Yan, a virologist working on a vaccine study formerly at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, told Spicer & Co. that the process made "this not harmful virus into the human, highly contagious and dangerous virus" and that the Chinese government meant "to make it harmful."  Her appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight generated the predictable backlash.  Facebook suppressed the video, "presumably on behalf of the Chinese government," Carlson said.  Instagram followed suit and Twitter suspended Dr. Yan's account.  But Dr. Yan's credentials, Carlson points out, are impeccable.

Coronavirus:  WHO sets rules for testing African herbal remedies.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed rules for the testing of African herbal remedies to fight Covid-19.  Sound science would be the sole basis for safe and effective traditional therapies to be adopted, it said.  Any traditional remedies that are judged effective could be fast-tracked for large-scale manufacturing.  Madagascar's leader has been promoting an untested product he says can cure the disease despite the WHO warning against using untested remedies.  The WHO said the new rules were aimed at helping and empowering scientists in Africa to conduct proper clinical trials.

Big Orange Man Make Big Orange Sky.  [Scroll down]  Fail to wear a mask, and you will view the world through the bars of a cell.  Set your thermostat too low in a heat wave, and your assets will be frozen.  Still, the ultimate threat is that silence could come with the highest price tag of all.  If left unchallenged, the use of fear and stupidity for political gains could, over time, reverse the course of civilization.

What Has 2020 Taught Us?  [Scroll down]  I also hope we've learned to question "the experts."  Up until COVID we kowtowed obediently to anyone with any kind of fancy degree, anyone with an important-sounding government position, anyone wearing a lab coat.  I suspect that after nearly seven months of Fauci and Birx and their contradictory attempts to sterilize the world, that we take to questioning the so-called experts a little more carefully.  We should have learned that from the climate-change nonsense, but it evidently took a second dose for the lesson to sink in.  What is the lesson? — When an "expert" opinion contradicts common sense, common sense has more clout.  Let's not forget that. [...] I hope we've learned how precious freedom is — for a free people to be suddenly told to stay home, to always wear masks, to try sterilizing everything we touch should have been a major alarm bell to us all.  What?  We can't go to church?  We can't have weddings?  We can't have funerals?  We can't sing??  Government control of everything is not what any of us want to live with.

Biden-Harris Ticket All Over the Place on Nationwide Mask Mandate.  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have struggled to deliver a consistent message on whether they would enforce a nationwide coronavirus mask mandate in office.  [Video clip]

Van Morrison Attacks 'Fascist Bullies' In Anti-Lockdown Protest Songs.  Irish singer-songwriter Morrison has released three new protest songs railing against the 'pseudoscience' surrounding Chinese Coronavirus and accusing the UK government of being 'fascist bullies disturbing our peace.' [...] Last month, Morrison called on his fellow musicians to protest against misguided coronavirus policy.  "I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this.  Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up."

Michigan infant with COVID died from serious birth defect.  The immediate cause of death for a 2-month-old the state's top medical doctor said died because of COVID-19 was a birth defect called gastroschisis, a condition in which a baby is born with intestines located outside the body, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.  Necrotizing enterocolitis and COVID-19 also were listed as other conditions on Hudson King's death certificate, according to a medical examiner report obtained by The Detroit News.  Hudson was announced, but not named by the state, as Michigan's youngest victim of COVID-19 Wednesday, but no details were given as to the infant's gender, hometown or any underlying conditions.

'Until We Are Done With the Elections'.  Did the official in charge of public health in Los Angeles County give the political game away in early September about the true purpose of the lockdown in her area?  In a conference call with school administrators, obtained by Steve Gregory of the radio station KFI, Barbara Ferrer spoke these words:  "We don't realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either Tier 2 or to reopening K-12 schools at least until after the election, in early November... it seems a more realistic approach to this until we are done with the elections."  Ah.  And what does the timing of the November election have to do with the spread of a virus that has afflicted this country since January?  Ferrer insists on being called "doctor" — the honorific is all over every bio of her on the Internet, which, of course, she wrote — but she is not a medical doctor.  She has a "Ph.D. in social welfare," whatever that means, from Brandeis.  Which is to say, she is neither physician nor epidemiologist, but a left-wing political activist and an official appointed by a liberal Democrat.  What role do you think she was playing on that conference call?

Sit, stay, and roll over, AmericaSit!  Yes, sit still and await your next command.  Sit in front of your cell phone, tablet, or television and watch as we tell you one thing and then reverse it later.  Sit at your window and look out longingly at a world that is rightfully yours, America.  You may look, but you cannot go out and enjoy it.  Stay!  Stay in your homes till we tell you it's safe to go outside.  Stay away from your church.  Stay away from your fitness centers, restaurants, bars, parks, and other places of enjoyment.  Stay away from your jobs that we, the all-powerful politicians, have deemed unessential, even if you go broke and cannot pay your bills.  Force your puppies to stay at home, away from the schools that your taxes have paid for as we continue to pay the teachers who do not want to go near your children.  And most importantly, Roll Over, America, and surrender your constitutional rights!  Listen to us, your elected officials, whom you hired to manage the taxes we take from your pay to provide safety, roads, utilities, and schools.  We are not your employees; we are your Ruling Class.

Covert Covid Collaboration.  To all but the willfully blind, contends Angelo Codevilla, Fauci is a deep-state fraud.  The NIAID boss based his call for a lockdown on various "models," not hard data about the true mortality rate.  In the early going, Fauci said the pandemic was no threat, masks were no help, and so forth.  With new coronavirus cases now declining, Fauci tells anybody who will listen "Don't ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic.  And don't try and look at the rosy side of things." [...] "Dr. Fauci said we're entering a 'pandemic age.'  What does that mean?" runs the headline on a September 2 Mic.com report by Joseph Lamour.  Fauci's prediction is based on a paper he authored with his NIAID colleague David Morens.  He believes that coronavirus might be only the first of a series of worldwide diseases and "the phenomenon is similar to the exponential growth of climate change." [...] As Tucker Carlson of Fox News has noticed, the pandemic and climate change share a curious connection.  "Both are useful pretexts for mass social control," Carlson explains.

Federal judge in Pittsburgh declares Wolf's key COVID-19 restrictions unconstitutional; Wolf plans appeal.  A U.S. District court judge in Pittsburgh has struck down the most significant portions of the Wolf administration's efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that state-imposed limits on outdoor gatherings, its stay at home order, and its business shutdown orders were unconstitutional.  Officials in four southwestern Pennsylvania counties:  Butler, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, brought the action.  They were joined by businesses and Republican office-seekers.  "The Constitution cannot accept the concept of a 'new normal,' where the basic liberties of the people can be subordinated to open-ended emergency mitigation measures," U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV wrote in a 66-page opinion.  "Rather, the Constitution sets certain lines that may not be crossed even in an emergency."

Emails show Nashville mayor intentionally HID low numbers of COVID cases from bars, restaurants.  The Nashville Democratic mayor's office is in very hot water.  It's just been revealed they intentionally hid the very low numbers of new covid cases that came from bars and restaurants from the public and there are emails to prove it. [...] [Councilmember Steve] Glover notes that they raised taxes 34 percent and put thousands of people out of work based on bogus data.  He's furious and says 'that should be illegal'.  You know this is exactly what Trump has said is happening, that certain Democrat officials would keep businesses closed just because of the election.  And that appears to be what's happening here.  Why else would he and his office lie about these numbers?

The 'Whistleblower' Who Told Tucker Carlson COVID-19 Is a Chinese Bioweapon May Be Playing a Very Devious Game.  [Scroll down]  But, if what Dr. Yan is saying is true, the enthusiasm Chinese authorities showed for hyping the virus is tough to explain.  You'd think that they'd want to keep their bioweapon a secret, so it does as much damage as possible before it's detected.  Why would the CCP want to identify the bioweapon they'd unleashed and its Chinese origins months before it even struck its targets?  For that matter, why would they release it in China first and let it make its way to the West, instead of starting it off in one of the countries they were targeting? [...] But the problem here is that, even if you buy all the official stats, COVID-19 just isn't very harmful at all.  And it's not just a problem for Dr. Yan's first response to Carlson.  It's another reason on top of the fact that China tried their [best] to make us anticipate their bioweapon that shows COVID-19 can't be any such thing.

Email Records Show Democrat Nashville Mayor Hid COVID-19 Data To Intentionally Inflict Economic Hardship on Bars and Restaurants.  While the background story of data manipulation to intentionally inflict economic damage is stunning, the severity of the position of Nashville Democrat Mayor John Cooper is actually not a surprise.  It must be remembered this is the same Nashville Mayor who created COVID-19 internment camps to forcibly detain people in a quarantine camp at a fairground.  When one person jumped the fence to escape the police hunted him down and Nashville authorities charged him with "escaping a penal institution."  COVID-19 was criminalized.  Two months after the internment camp incident a non-domiciled Nashville citizen named Joseph Bryant (61) was arrested for refusing to wear a face mask outside.  His bail was set at $500 and he was incarcerated for not wearing a face mask.  So it doesn't come as a complete surprise to discover the same officials hid data showing low COVID-19 infection rates in order to inflict the maximum amount of economic pain on business owners.

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The mayor appears to be making the virus threat look worse than it is, in order to give himself more power.

When cameras at town hall are off Biden, he violates social distancing rules.  When it comes to wearing a face mask and obeying all the other rules of COVID-19 etiquette, the Left is more interested in selling the sizzle than the steak.  Ben Bowles noted a prime example yesterday in the person of CNN's Kaitlan Collins.  At a press briefing on Wednesday, Collins sardonically asked, "So have any medical experts told the president that masks aren't good or is he only citing non-medical experts like [sic] he did last night?" But the second the presser ended, Collins doffed her mask despite being well within the 6-foot limit of the nearest reporter.  But Collins is small potatoes when it comes to self-righteous lectures on mask wearing.  If you need an example of hypocrisy at the highest levels, seek no further than Joe Biden, [...]

Joe Biden and Anderson Cooper slammed for scrapping social distancing as the cameras pull away.  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and CNN host Anderson Cooper were criticized on social media Thursday night, after viewers noticed that the two threw social distancing out the window as the cameras pulled away after carefully staying far apart during the nominee's town hall.  Pundit Steve Krakauer shared footage of the incident, tweeting, "Joe Biden and Anderson Cooper are making a point of social distancing during the CNN Town Hall while on the stage.  But when they think they've gone to commercial break, they get so close to each other that Biden is whispering in Cooper's ear[.]"  [Video clip]

Why Can't the U.S. Be More Like Europe?  This Is Why.  The left has been touting the "success" of European countries in fighting the coronavirus and wondering, why can't the U.S. be more like the EU?  Probably because the Europeans' rates of infection are now worse than they were when the coronavirus first hit the continent in March.  For a while, there were many success stories in Europe and life was beginning to get back to some sense of normalcy.  But the coronavirus is now raging across the continent, and the WHO is warning of "alarming rates" of infection.

Modern fascist America:  No mask, no healthcare.  Today I learned unequivocally that in today's America, you will be denied healthcare if you do not wear a mask, even if you have legitimate medical issues for not doing so.  I have both asthma and heart issues, and according to numerous long-standing advisories by both doctors and government health agencies (until May of this year), wearing a mask when you have such conditions is a mistake. [...] Yet now doctors are demanding all patients, no matter their health, wear these feel-good useless muzzles, or they will deny you all treatment.  In late May I simply raised this issue with my long-standing GP, only to receive a letter from him the next day telling me he had cancelled me as a patient.  Just raising the issue with him was verboten.

The Party Of Panic.  The latest contrived issue to bedevil the left is President Trump's statement to Bob Woodward in March that he was downplaying the virus to avert panic.  Leftists have interpreted this attempt to avert panic as a "lie," even though they have never shown any ability to discern truth from lies in the past.  So this week, the leftists are betting their chips on the Woodward book.  Missing from this discussion is any description of the events of March 2020.  We all had good reason to want to stop the panic at that time.  As news of the virus began to dominate public discussion, the left did its best to create panic and oppose solutions each step of the way.

The CDC director has doubled down on masks, but is he wrong?  The CDC has had more prominence this year than usual, thanks to the Wuhan virus.  However, when America looked to it for help, it wasn't ready, whether with tests or useful advice.  Its lack of preparedness might have been because the CDC's been expending its time and your money training its people in Critical Race Theory (CRT) rather than disease control.  And while I'm currently agnostic about a vaccination's efficacy (I need a lot more information), I'm also suspicious when the CDC's director, Dr. Robert Redfield, announces that his surgical mask is what will save him and what will save all of us.  Aside from being inherently distrustful of the CDC thanks to its epic run of errors and unpreparedness, I'm also suspicious about the timing of Redfield's attack on Trump's plans for the vaccination.  The CDC just engaged in a small but significant power struggle with Trump.  Days after Trump exercised his constitutional executive authority to end CRT seminars in federal agencies, the CDC announced that it would proceed with a mandatory 13-week CRT seminar.  The administration has canceled the training, but it's clear that the CDC is at war with the administration.

Joe Biden says he would mandate masks on federal land.  Democratic nominee Joe Biden went after Attorney General Bill Barr for saying that coronavirus lockdown orders were the 'greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history' since slavery — and called Donald Trump's handling of Covid 'close to criminal.'  'Quite frankly they're sick,' Biden remarked of Barr's comments at a Thursday night [9/178/2020] CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper, held just outside his hometown of Scranton, PA.  'I never, ever thought I would see such a thoroughly, totally irresponsible administration.'

Biden says if Trump acted sooner on coronavirus 'all the people would still be alive'.  Joe Biden indicated during a CNN town hall Thursday that President Trump is responsible for every single coronavirus death.  "If the president had done his job... had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive," the Democratic presidential nominee told the audience in Pennsylvania.  "All the people — I'm not making this up.  Just look at the data.  Look at the data."  Critics on social media were quick to jump on Biden for his comments.

Biden Claims Trump Is Responsible For 'All The People' Who Died From Coronavirus: 'I'm Not Making This Up'.  Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed without evidence on Thursday night that President Donald Trump was responsible for every single person who has died from the coronavirus, which originated in China.  "If the president had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive.  All the people — I'm not making this up.  Just look at the data.  Look at the data," Biden stated.  One study suggested that a large number of people may not have died if certain measures had been implemented weeks earlier, but the study in no way stated that earlier action would have saved "all the people."  It's worth noting that Biden held eight rallies in March while Trump only held one.

William Barr Speaks Truth to (Illegitimate) Power.  The attorney general, bucking the behavior of attorneys generally, displays all the emotion of a mortician, approaches an audience with the calm detachment of a psychiatrist, and speaks in the reading-room volume of a librarian.  His bearing rarely proves contagious.  "The person in the white coat is not the grand seer who can come up with the right decision for society.  A free people makes its decision through its elected representatives," Barr noted in a speech Wednesday [9/16/2020].  "Putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest," Barr explained.  "Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history."  He continued, "Most of the governors ... treat free citizens as babies that can't take responsibility for themselves and others."

Eyes Are Rolling After 'Journalist' Jon Karl Equates Covering Trump Rallies to Taking Family Trip to Fallujah.  Every once in a while, the masks completely slip off and supposedly objective journalists accidentally reveal in no uncertain terms what their political colors to their readers and viewers.  Such was the case earlier this week when former White House Correspondents' Association president and ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl talked to National Journal, which did a story on how "the White House press corps finally drew the line" Sunday on covering President Trump's indoor campaign rallies, which they apparently find hazardous to their health in the age of the Wuhan coronavirus.

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The left-wing news media wants everyone in America to live in constant fear of the coronavirus (and the rioters, and the Russians, and 5G telephone service, and earthquakes, and hurricanes).  They want Americans to believe that it's dangerous to walk into a crowd without a face mask.  I'm not buying it.  It wasn't unsafe a year ago, and it's not unsafe today.  From where I'm sitting, it appears that the coronavirus crisis, if there really was one, is over now.  As soon as the presidential election is over, the news media will forget all about it, because America can go back to (the old) normal at any moment — just as soon as somebody sends out the "all clear" decree.

HCQ was found beneficial:  Govt.  Limited use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for treatment of Covid-19 patients was allowed as it has proved to be clinically beneficial in small single centre studies, the Centre told Parliament on Tuesday [9/15/2020], reports Mohua Chatterjee.  Junior health minister Ashwini Choubey was replying to a question on whether the government had accurate data regarding efficacy of HCQ.  The minister said, "The government has re-purposed the drug HCQ for treatment of mild (but high-risk cases) and for moderate cases.  However, the drug is not recommended for severe cases and those with pre-existing cardiac disease...."

New York City again delays in-person learning at public schools.  With only four days' notice, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday [9/17/2020] delayed in-person learning at public schools for a second time for most students as the nation's largest system struggles to find enough staff willing to teach in classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor's office show disturbing revelation.  The coronavirus cases on lower Broadway may have been so low that the mayor's office and the Metro Health Department decided to keep it secret.  Emails between the mayor's senior advisor and the health department reveal only a partial picture.  But what they reveal is disturbing.  The discussion involves the low number of coronavirus cases emerging from bars and restaurants and how to handle that.  And most disturbingly, how to keep it from the public. [...] Again, FOX 17 News wasn't told by the mayor's office this wasn't true.  We were told to file a freedom of information act request.  Which allows us now to ask the question, why are you keeping this from us?  Why would you even want to?

US District Judge Stickman Rules PA Governor Wolf's Coronavirus Restrictions Unconstitutional.  Governor Tom Wolf's (D-PA) COVID-19 restrictions have been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.  The complaint was filed back on May 7, arguing that the governor's orders, limiting the size of gatherings, the stay-at-home order, and the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses, were unconstitutional.  The original complainants in the suit were the counties of Washington, Butler, Greene, and Fayette, (although the judge dismissed the county governments from the case), Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, and various businesses including hair salons, a farmer's market vendor, a horse trainer, and drive-in movie theaters.  US District Judge William Stickman IV, ruled on Monday [9/14/2020] in a 66-page opinion that the restrictions were overreaching, arbitrary, and violated citizens' constitutional rights.

Judge rules Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic restrictions are unconstitutional.  Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered "non-life-sustaining" businesses to shut down are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday [9/14/2020].

Americans [are] against unconstitutional mask mandates.  Good news:  The anti-mask mandate movement is gaining steam.  Americans yearning to breathe free are waking up from their pandemic stupor.  Common sense and constitutional principles, now more than ever, are vital to a sovereign nation's health.  On Monday [9/14/2020], a federal judge rescinded Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's shutdown orders restricting gatherings, forcing "nonessential" business closures and directing citizens to stay at home to combat COVID-19.  U.S. District Judge William Stickman determined that the sweeping measures violated "the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment."  He noted Wolf's hypocrisy in severely limiting indoor and outdoor fairs, festivals, concerts and other gatherings and condemning a small anti-lockdown protest of small-business owners (whom he called "selfish," "cowardly" and "unsafe") — while marching with thousands of non-socially distancing Black Lives Matter radicals in Harrisburg in June.

Why are Casinos Treated More Favorably than Churches During a Pandemic?  [Scroll down]  Consider the recent decisions of the Supreme Court to deny emergency relief to churches that have been subjected by states to restrictions that are more onerous than to casinos and other secular institutions and businesses.  The churches sought emergency relief under their First Amendment right of the free exercise of religion.  The Supreme Court, in two 5-4 decisions, has denied that relief, with the swing vote being cast by the deeply religious and strongly conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined the four liberal justices.  The other four conservative justices dissented in both cases.  The first amendment's approach to religion is anything but clear or simple.  It contains several relevant provisions:  it prohibits "an establishment of religion."  It also protects against laws "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion.  Finally, it guarantees "the right of the people peaceably to assemble," although that provision seems geared more to political than religious assemblies — a distinction that may be difficult to make in an age in which everything, including religion, is political.

Horton Hears a WHO.  The editor-in-chief of the United Kingdom-based medical journal The Lancet, Richard Horton, continues to mislead the world, this time about the Communist Party of China's and the World Health Organization's responsibility for the worldwide spread of the Wuhan virus, aka the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  I have written about their responsibility for AT [elsew]here.  Several months ago Horton [misled] the world about a drug being used to treat the virus.  On June 5, 2020 The Lancet retracted an article that falsely maligned the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the Wuhan virus.  The article was used by the propaganda division of the Democratic Party, aka the mainstream media, to attack President Donald Trump.  It is time for another retraction, but this time, for statements made during an interview.

Report: Coronavirus May Permanently Replace Human Jobs with Machines.  The coronavirus pandemic could potentially see jobs for humans permanently replaced with machines according to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.  Jobs that are at risk of disappearing include retail salespersons, parking attendants, slaughterhouse workers, and toll collectors.  Bloomberg reports that a recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia claims that the coronavirus pandemic could potentially see many jobs previously held by human workers taken over by robots and machines.

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[#1] How much of the automation is due to the virus, and how much is due to the excessively-high minimum wage?  [#2] Any time an employer can find a machine that will competently do the work of a human, or multiple humans, the employer will buy the machine, even if it doesn't save a lot of money.  Why?  Because machines don't require an HR Department, a restroom, a lunch room, a telephone, or a parking spot.  They work 24 hours a day, they are more easily forgiven, and nobody keeps track of what color they are.  The biggest down-side might be that if a machine is performing its job incorrectly, it will keep doing its job wrong indefinitely, and machines are more difficult to retrain.

The Executioner's Face Is Always Well-Hidden.  Personally, I am not reassured when scientists who have no experience in offensive biological warfare and who are not privy to sound intelligence tell us COVID-19 was not produced in a lab.  I am even less reassured when, each time we see the argument, it is an argument from individual ignorance:  "COVID-19 does not have property X.  I, distinguished Professor J, would have engineered a biological weapon with property X.  Therefore, the Luxembourgeois did not engineer COVID-19."  But even if COVID-19 was not a deliberate attack or an escaped lab product, the damage it has done — and that we have done to ourselves in responding to it — requires us to think anew about the prospects of a biological attack.

Biden says he may have authority to implement nat'l mask mandate.  Joe Biden has reiterated he will implement a national mask mandate if he's elected president this year.  During a news conference in Delaware, the Democrat presidential candidate said his legal team believes he has the authority to mandate mask wearing.  This came after he previously stated he's not sure whether that order would even be enforceable.  Biden claimed if he can't impose it, he will propose the mandate to every U.S. governor.  He added, "We must do it."

Questions for Dr. Fauci.  As you may be aware, health-care providers across the country and around the world have reported great success in using Hydroxychloroquine + Zinc + Azithromycin (the "HCQ cocktail") to treat COVID-19.  According to these physicians and researchers, the key to success is to use the HCQ cocktail within the first seven days after onset of COVID-19 symptoms.  Nevertheless, ever since President Trump endorsed Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), its use has become a highly politicized and controversial matter.  The opposition to HCQ started with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  At the same press conference that the president first expressed hope about using HCQ to treat COVID-19, Dr. Fauci challenged its effectiveness and stated that he would not take it outside the confines of a clinical trial.  Since then the opposition to HCQ has increased even to the point where it is almost impossible to find physicians willing to prescribe it and pharmacies willing to provide it.

Donald Trump Opposes National Mask Mandate During Pandemic:  A Lot of People Don't Want to Wear Masks.  President Donald Trump on Tuesday repeated that he did not want to issue a national mask mandate during the coronavirus pandemic.  "There is, by the way, a lot of people who don't want to wear masks," Trump said.  "There are a lot of people that think the masks are not good."  The president commented on masks after a voter from an ABC News town hall hosted by George Stephanopoulos asked him why he did not support a national mask mandate.

Reich Down Under:  Police Drag Woman From Her Car At COVID Checkpoint In Australia For A Charging Cell Phone.  Confronting footage shows the moment a young woman was dragged from her car screaming as she attempted to pass through a coronavirus checkpoint in Victoria.  Natalie Bonett said she was making her way through the COVID blockade in Wallan, north of Melbourne, on Sunday when she was stopped by police.  They informed her it was against the law to have her phone attached to a car charger which was mounted onto her windshield.  Following a brief and tense exchange, video shows the officer reach in and attempt to scoop up the masked woman and drag her from her car.  [Video clip]

COVID-19 Should Not Become a Tool for Releasing Detained Immigrants.  An investigator is calling for the release of "high-risk" detainees at Farmville Detention Center in Virginia after more than 80 percent of the center's 300 inmates contracted the coronavirus earlier this year.  U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ordered an inspection of the facility by two investigators in a response to a lawsuit by inmates over coronavirus conditions.  The outside investigator, Dr. Homer Venters, a former medical officer for New York City jails, inspected the detention center last month and released his report on Friday, September 4, citing poor screenings for COVID-19 symptoms.  He claims that high-risk detainees face significant health risks as the center's response is often "slow."  He also claims that the outbreak was a result of transfers from other facilities facing COVID cases.

Falling for the Biggest Hoax in History.  It will probably take months if not years for the truth of the Covid-19 pandemic to emerge, but when it does will any politician take responsibility for the lies and disinformation or the damage this hoax caused this great nation?  I don't think so, but what it did prove was what happens when the Democrats are in charge.  They may not be in the White House but it is the House that wields the power over legislation and our money.  Couple this power with the useful idiots in the mainstream media to promote the widespread hysteria, and we then had the total capitulation of a frightened nation that accepted an unprecedented total lockdown of its existence.  Shame on us.  If the fourth estate had done its job or had any integrity left, it would have reported the actual figures of the coronavirus' impact instead of what would generate the most fear.  So what is the truth?  Why did hospitals and doctors count practically all deaths, even motorcycle accidents and cancer deaths, as Covid-19 deaths?  Could it be because of extra government funding for these cases?

Joe Biden Can't Debate.  [Scroll down]  The mask has become a symbol of fear.  And in times like this authorities want people afraid because they have learned, they have deduced that people are more acquiescent when they're afraid.  And if they believe that the suggestions being made by the authorities will keep them safe or safer, then they will follow the instructions. [...] And the mask conveys something.  It conveys either fear or trouble or danger, something.  And it also conveys people following orders.  It conveys people acquiescing and doing what they're told to do.

Is The Coronavirus Crisis Finally Over?  A Nobel Laureate Says It Might Be.  A few weeks ago, we asked this same question about the pandemic — is it safe to go outside yet?  The data made a good case that it was.  Today, they look even better.  According to the Centers for Disease Control's latest data, released six days ago, shows that, through Aug. 29, predicted excess deaths have moved below the threshold for excess deaths.  When we last wrote about this, after total deaths had for months exceeded the threshold, the two numbers were moving closer.  Stanford biophysics professor Michael Levitt, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, says the pandemic might have come to an end.

Twitter Shuts Down Account of Chinese Professor Who Has Evidence China Created the Coronavirus in a Lab.  Twitter is at it again.  This time shutting down individuals who tweet information detrimental to the Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese Scientist Says COVID-19 was Created by China's Military.  Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who investigated the origin of the COVID-19 virus during the initial outbreak in Wuhan China as a medical researcher in Hong Kong, has now provided unequivocal evidence that the virus was not of natural origin.  In the article, "Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route," Dr. Yan and her colleagues have offered a detailed description of how the virus was synthesized in laboratories controlled by China's military.  The Chinese Communist Party and some Western scientists have long insisted that the COVID-19 pandemic was a naturally-occurring outbreak, acquired by humans after exposure to infected animals, an unsubstantiated conclusion eagerly promoted by a politicized media.

The Carnival Cruise Ship That Spread Coronavirus Around the World.  At about 6 a.m. on March 19, William Wright, a retired Australian mortgage broker, woke up feeling a little off.  He had a cough and his nose was running, though it didn't seem too bad.  In any case, there was no time to linger in bed.  Wright and his wife, Lucia, had just docked in Sydney after a 10-day journey around New Zealand on the Ruby Princess, a 950-foot, 1,542-cabin vessel operated by Carnival Corp.'s Princess Cruises subsidiary.  The couple's disembarkation time was 8:05 a.m., so they quickly packed up and had breakfast.  They arrived on schedule in the Explorers Lounge, the nightclub where they'd been told to assemble with other passengers leaving at the same time.  Unloading a cruise ship is a complex process, and delays aren't unusual.  But the Wrights waited only a short while before being told they could go.  They made their way through the corridors, past crew members waving goodbye and offering high-fives.  Getting through Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal took only a few minutes.  Despite the accelerating Covid-19 pandemic, Australian officials had cleared the Ruby to disembark without restrictions.

The Conservative Argument Against Mask Mandates is Stronger than the Media Pretends.  People in red/conservative states are far less in favor of government mask mandates than those in the blue/liberal states (today has even been declared a day of "Mask Off" protests in some portions of the country).  This disparity was most obvious at the recent political conventions and campaign events, showing that Donald Trump supporters are very likely to not wear masks, while Joe Biden backers would rather go out naked in public after gaining the "Lockdown 15" than being seen without a facial covering.  The news and entertainment media, to no rational person's surprise, has gone all in on masks in every possible way.  Reporters regularly wear them in the field even when it appears they are not absolutely necessary, and those who dare to not wear masks, whether at a Trump rally, or at a football game (even on the sidelines of an NFL game where everyone has just tested negative), are routinely subjected to intense public shaming and ridicule in nearly every variety of media.

The Truth About Our Pandemic Response.  The curve has been flattened for some time now.  Hospitals never had to choose life or death between an elderly patient and a younger patient.  We ended up manufacturing more ventilators than we needed.  Free COVID-19 tests have been available for months across the country.  We have been experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment because we've been relying so heavily on China to provide that PPE, but now we understand why it's so important to keep critical manufacturing within the United States. [...] On March 19, the Washington Post reported that 2.2 million people in the United States could die if we didn't flatten the curve and mitigate our chances of spreading COVID-19 unhampered.  In fact, the same article noted that if we did the mitigation, we would still see 1.1 million people perish.  Six months later, and the death toll is 190,714 — as of this writing, only a fraction of what experts were expecting.

The use of coronavirus as a red herring:
Murphy's Law and Vote Fraud in New Jersey.  Since early March, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy has besieged Jerseyans with more than 70 pandemic-related diktats restricting the freedom of movement, commerce, and the practice of religion.  Some have loosely followed science; others appear to be triggered by mere hunches, random predictions, and temper tantrums.  Many were handed down with a blind eye to the Bill of Rights, a document the governor openly called "above my pay grade."  On August 14, Murphy once again skirted convention, subverting federal election laws, breaking the protected custody of an e-vote, and evoking pandemic fears by issuing Executive Order 177.  E.O. 177 writes off COVID downtrends by implying that in-person voting in a general election is a viral super-spreader.  The governor has dusted off the state's voter rolls and will soon mail unrequested November ballots to six million registered voters still presumed to be alive and living at their last known addresses.

Michigan residents get enough signatures to repeal Governor Whitmer's emergency powers, if certified.  More than 400,000 Michigan residents have signed a petition that would trigger a statewide referendum on lockdown-loving Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's draconian emergency powers provided that state authorities determine that at least 340,000 of the signatures turn out to be legitimate.  During the pandemic, Gov. Whitmer has relied on a 1945 law to enforce open-ended COVID-related restrictions, and the referendum outcome could mean the repeal of that mandate.

Spirit passenger removed from flight after bizarre tirade about white privilege.  A passenger was removed from a Spirit flight for being a royal pain — after claiming she is a queen from California during a tirade about white privilege and a trip to the toilet, according to a report.  The unidentified black woman got up to use the bathroom at the back of the plane after it landed in Sacramento last week, Fox News reported.  A passenger's video captured the woman arguing with a flight attendant who was trying to get to the front of the aircraft.  "Don't push me," she says.  "Did you see what she did?  She put her hands at me.  She wants me to go to jail, y'all.  See how she's antagonizing me?"  The woman, whose mask hangs below her chin, then tells the crew member that she has "white privilege."  "It's over with — it's 2020.  Wake up, you got a mask on.  So you're under the government, too.  You're confined and you don't have white privilege anymore," she says.

Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania "Lock-Down Rules", and COVID Compliance Decrees, Unconstitutional.  A federal judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania had ruled that Governor Tom Wolfe's dictates, decrees and rules were/are unconstitutional restrictions on liberty.  U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV concluded the governor's stay at home orders, limits on gatherings and closure of "non life-sustaining" businesses violated citizens' Constitutional rights.  The judge was responding to a lawsuit brought by a group of Pennsylvania businesses.

The left isn't fighting against fascism, they are fighting FOR authoritarianism.  [Thread reader]  Leftist-run cities have shown what happens when police and federal law enforcement are demonized and unsupported by elected leaders; when local leadership can seize "emergency powers" — then pick and choose who to punish:  rioters are exempt from lockdowns; you can sing in the streets but not in churches; masks are required, but not for them.  They can tell you what counts as a substantive meal, essentially holding businesses hostage to their arbitrary and incoherent edicts:  pot dispensaries and large warehouse stores can open; gyms and restaurants cannot.

Addiction and COVID-19: Study finds link between substance abuse and infection risk.  A new study's findings have uncovered a link between substance abuse and a higher risk for infection.  It was a global health crisis long before SARS-CoV2. Opioid use disorder.  Now researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse say those abusing the highly addictive drugs may suffer worse when it comes to COVID-19.  Compromised lung and heart function may play a role, but experts say there are other factors at play.

Scientists discover antibody that 'neutralizes' virus that causes coronavirus.  Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have isolated "the smallest biological molecule" that "completely and specifically neutralizes" the virus that causes coronavirus.  The antibody component is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, and has been used to create the drug Ab8, shared in the report published by the researchers in the journal Cell on Monday.  The drug is seen as a potential preventative against SARS-CoV-2.  According to the report, the drug has been "highly effective in preventing and treating" the SARS-CoV-2 infections in mice and hamsters during tests.  The drug also reportedly does not bind to human cells, which suggests it will not have negative side-effects in people.

What took him so long?
Federal judge rules Gov. Wolf's shutdown orders were unconstitutional.  A federal judge in Pittsburgh on Monday [9/14/2020] found that orders issued by Gov. Tom Wolf restricting the size of gatherings and closing non-essential businesses to protect against the spread of covid-19 were unconstitutional.  In a statement, Wolf said his office will seek an immediate stay to halt the order and file an appeal.  U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV wrote in his 66-page opinion that even though the actions taken in the spring by Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine were laudable, they violated the First Amendment right to freedom of assembly, and the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.  "It's a complete and total victory for the counties, the businesses and the representatives," said attorney Thomas W. King III, who represented the plaintiffs in the case.  "You can't order the entire population of Pennsylvania to stay at home."

If Masks Work, Why Don't They WORK?  Remember back in May and June when they said, "Hey, if everyone would just wear masks for a few weeks, it'll all be over and we can go back to normal!" Remember that? [...] Remember them telling us it was only temporary, that masks had the power to stop COVID-19 right in its tracks and save grandma?  Except, neither the masks nor the lockdown measures every really stopped COVID-19 in its tracks, did they?  Nope, the virus just kept right on virusing, as highly-contagious respiratory viruses are prone to do.  You can lock down and delay the inevitable, but as soon as you peek your nose out the virus will be waiting.  You can mask up 'till the cows come home, but even the CDC now admits that, with or without masks, 15 minutes of close contact with an infected person will spread the virus.  And given the fact that it has ALWAYS taken 15 minutes of close contact with an infected person to spread the virus, that means masks are generally useless.

Why More Americans Distrust the Experts.  [Scroll down]  Now comes a CBS poll that reveals that only 54 percent of Americans trust the CDC for the health information they provide concerning the Wuhan virus.  Down from 86 percent just a few months ago.  There was a time before science was politicized when health experts were trusted implicitly.  No more.  The experts have squandered their credibility largely by stifling honest scientific debate.  Anyone who questions the official narrative must be silenced.  It is sophomoric.  Witness the arrogant treatment that dozens of brave clinicians have received over their use of hydroxycholoquine.  Not satisfied with simply being dismissive, several governors (including Minnesota's) actually banned its distribution.  Our FDA now publicly discourages its use outside hospital settings.  The FDA must know that the proponents have consistently argued that once people are sick enough to be hospitalized, the benefits are largely lost.

Fauci Spills The Beans:  A Vaccine Won't End COVID-19 Restrictions.  Dr. Anthony Fauci just spilled the beans:  contrary to the implicit promise numerous politicians made that COVID-19 restrictions would only last "until there's an effective vaccine," Fauci says the arrival of a vaccine won't mean life will return to normal, perhaps for more than a year.  "If you're talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it's going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021," said the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Friday [9/11/2020].  A safe and effective vaccine produced this quickly would be a stunning scientific accomplishment that could save thousands of lives.  But Fauci warned that widespread distribution and getting "the majority, or more, of the population vaccinated and protected" won't happen until perhaps the end 2021, and therefore means we cannot be free from oppressive lockdown measures until at least that point.

Do you want to be controlled or do you want to be free?  Some people want everyone else to be mandated to wear face masks and social distance at all times and in all situations (other than Black Lives Matter protests, of course).  Others want the freedom to open up the economy, send our kids to school, and live without face diapers.

Akron's Highland Tavern becomes first Ohio bar to have liquor license revoked for violating coronavirus health orders.  The Ohio Liquor Control Commission has revoked the liquor license of Akron's Highland Tavern in connection with three violations of the state's health orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  Highland Tavern, on West Market Street in the city's Highland Square neighborhood, has also received a fourth citation, for which the commission has not yet held a hearing.  The bar's liquor permit is set to be revoked effective at the close of business on Oct. 2, according to an order issued by the Liquor Control Commission.

Kids went to open-air schools during this epidemic.  In winter.  In New England.  Nine schoolchildren sat at their desks wrapped in chunky layers of flannel, their feet resting on heated soapstones as the frigid New England air stung their faces.  In January 1908, amid a tuberculosis epidemic, these Rhode Island students were part of a unique experiment to combat the infectious disease:  America's first open-air school.  More than a century later, educators are touting outdoor classes as a way to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus among America's schoolchildren.  In the early 1900s, it was estimated that as many as 30 percent of school-age children in Providence carried tuberculosis, a bacterial infection that often attacked the lungs.  Although many of the infected children showed no outward symptoms, the infection could lie dormant for years and ultimately contribute to death in adulthood.  To combat this, medical experts urged the importance of plenty of sunshine and fresh air.

What's Happening in Las Vegas Will Destroy America.  Our clueless or suicidal (take your pick) governor made the decision to shut down the Nevada economy back in March, thereby killing the entertainment capital of the world.  Six months later, while casinos are open, bars are still closed, and churches are limited to 50 congregants. [...] Although pools are open, our guests have to wear masks while sitting by the pool, in direct sun, with temperatures around 110 degrees most of the summer.  How refreshing!  We're now the mask-at-the-pool capital of America.  While you have to wear a mask while sitting by the pool, even though you're outdoors and chairs are six feet apart, only steps away, hundreds of guests are in the pool without masks, kissing, dancing, gyrating and drinking in a tangled mass of human anatomy.  Obviously, COVID-19 only attacks people lying in a lounge chair, not dancing in the pool inches from one another.

The 'rule of six': what are the new UK coronavirus restrictions?  The phrase "rule of six" was used by Boris Johnson in his press conference last week, where he announced a ban on meetings of groups of more than six people in England, applying indoors and outdoors [beginning] Monday [9/7/2020].  The law replaces existing guidance on no more than two households meeting indoors, meaning that the six individuals can be from up to six households.  Households and support bubbles of more than six people are exempt.  In England, the "rule of six" will not be changed to exempt children under 12, Michael Gove has insisted.  Similar rules in Wales and Scotland do not include children under 11 and 12 respectively.  But Gove said the England rules were "absolutely right".

Boris Johnson needs to bin the rule of six.  When Boris Johnson returned to work in April after his brush with coronavirus, he warned that lockdown restrictions must remain to prevent a second wave.  Ever since, beset by anxieties, doubts and fear, and surrounded by a platoon of advisors, the PM has made one cautious, catastrophic error after another.  Last week's roll of the dice with the 'rule of six' could well be the policy that tips the British public over the edge.  For it is a disturbing decision that has no scientific evidence to back it up, and may well end up having major social consequences.  The government has decided to blame young people for the latest restrictions, having spent August asking them to revive the economy.  What was the purpose of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's 'eat out to help out' scheme if at the first sign of a rise in cases the PM's hasty response is to lockdown again?  We were told to get back to work, what did the government expect?  Increased activity at the end of summer leads to an increase in acute respiratory infections, as it does every year.  This is not rocket science.

Sarcasm:
The Religion of Covid.  [Scroll down]  As for the extensive list of eminent COVID whistleblowers, asserting that the global response to the disease has been blown out of proportion by orders of magnitude, these individuals are indisputably charlatans.  And there is more.  City News reports that a group of 18 prominent health experts in Canada, including two previous chief public health officers, has been calling since early July for an end to attempts to eliminate the coronavirus.  "It's a fool's errand," says Dr. Neil Rau, an infectious disease specialist with the University of Toronto.  "We're not going to win with that strategy."  The physicians argue that "business closures, mandatory masks, and complete border closures are doing more harm than good."  City News plainly must be a fascist news service.  Similarly, Common Law Assembly officials for two communities on Vancouver Island have passed a Public Safety Bylaw prohibiting COVID restrictions such as distancing, masking, quarantines and vaccinations as "unlawful, unwarranted and medically unsound."  Thankfully, these officials are being threatened with arrest.

Ten Great Deceptions Designed to Destroy the Republic.  There are at least 10 major lies that are now so ubiquitous that most people never question them: [...] Lie #7 — The Lie of the Mask:  Remember The Minority Report in which "criminals" are prosecuted before they've committed a crime?  Welcome to the machine.  Because it's all about potential, proof is not necessary, but we all need to be afraid.  Very afraid.  If it isn't the end of all life with climate changes, it's a virus that will end yours soon if you don't wear the solidarity mask even if you have no symptoms.  In this version of leftist Utopia, we are faceless disease vectors, quarantined forever in pursuit of an impossible level of safety.

Administrative Discrimination.  My own interest of the administrative state began when I became aware of its threat to scientific inquiry and publication.  Though I had long been familiar with administrative power from my practice in tax law, I became academically engaged with it only when, about two decades ago, I learned about Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).  To my astonishment, my friends in the sciences and social sciences were being censored.  IRBs were preventing access to information, delaying research, and even precluding publication.  And already then, some of the scientists were worrying about lost lives.  In order to prevent a relatively small amount of dangerous research on "human subjects," IRBs impose prior administrative licensing on the full array of such research, regardless of whether it is federally or privately funded.  I am not talking about the use of IRBs to review testing of unlicensed drugs and devices under the Federal Drug Administration, but the use of IRBs to license human-subjects research, mainly under the auspices of Health and Human Services.

Let's Not Pretend That the Left Would Have Ever Listened to Trump.  Some of the statements made by Democrats go a little something like this:
    "Trump knew it was more severe than it was and didn't do anything."
    "Trump knew it was deadly and lied to the American people about it."
    "Trump knew it was going to spread and made it worse!"
Except there's one problem.  Everything Trump has done up until this point to combat the Wuhan Virus has been opposed by Democrats.  Literally, everything.  At what point have Democrats ever listened to or gone along with literally anything Trump has ever said or done?

Chinese virologist who fled to the US after claiming Beijing covered up Covid-19 vows to publish evidence PROVING the virus is manmade.  A virologist who claimed the Chinese government covered up the coronavirus outbreak says she will produce scientific evidence the virus was man-made.  Respected Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan, who specialised in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, claimed that Beijing knew about the coronavirus well before reports began to emerge.  She has since been forced to flee Hong Kong fearing her life is in danger, and appeared today [9/11/2020] on Loose Women from a secret location, revealing that the Chinese government had 'removed all her information' from government data bases.  Dr Yan claimed that reports that Covid-19 originated at a wet market in Wuhan are a 'smoke screen', and that she plans to publish a report she claims has evidence the virus is manmade.

Vitamin D reduced the rate of ICU admission from 50% to 2%.  Given that people with dark skin are more likely to be deficient in Vitamin D, wouldn't studies like these be the best way to show that black lives actually matter?  Would you like training in cultural sensitivity or to avoid the intensive care unit?  In the Castillo study in Spain, 76 patients were randomly assorted into Calciferol treatment (0.532 mg Vitamin D).  Of the 26 who didn't get it, 13 were admitted to the ICU.  Of the 50 who got Vitamin D doses on days 1, 3, and 7 — only one ended up in the ICU.  It's worth noting that all patients got HCQ as well, and azithromycin too.  A second study tested 500 people to find out if they were deficient and followed them to see if they caught Covid.  Why has it taken 6 months of pandemic to do these small studies?

Dakotas lead US in virus growth as both reject mask rules.  Coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation, fueling impassioned debates over masks and personal freedom after months in which the two states avoided the worst of the pandemic.  The argument over masks raged this week in Brookings, South Dakota, as the city council considered requiring face coverings in businesses.  The city was forced to move its meeting to a local arena to accommodate intense interest, with many citizens speaking against it, before the mask requirement ultimately passed.

The Editor says...
Beware of one-dimensional statistics:  "virus growth" in this case apparently means an increase in the number of people who have tested positive for the Covid virus.  That number will never decrease.  It is an aggregate.  The number of deaths per capita per month is the most important number to watch, and in the Dakotas, that number is near zero.

Group tops 400K signatures to repeal Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's virus powers.  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, faced with lawsuits challenging her use of emergency powers to fight the coronavirus, could continue to prevail in court.  But she may be unable to stop a Republican maneuver that would rescind a 75-year-old law that has enabled her to issue and lift COVID-19 restrictions unilaterally.  A ballot drive said Friday it was in the "home stretch" after collecting more than 400,000 signatures in just two months.  Its goal is 500,000.

Judge Grants Injunction Barring Grace Community Church From Constitutional Right To Worship.  Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff of the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction Thursday [9/10/2020] that prohibits Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church from "conducting, participating in, or attending any indoor worship services."  The ban also extends to services held outside "unless onerous restrictions are followed."  Since the church first began meeting in-person and defying local lockdown orders in July, Los Angeles County officials have threatened fines, arrest, and even terminated the lease held between the church and the county for parking lot space claiming health and safety concerns.

School district suspends student for attempting to come to school.  Officials at William Floyd High School in New York recently hit Maverick Stow, a 17-year-old student, with a five-day suspension for coming to school on a Tuesday in early September, a "designated remote learning day" for Stow.  The school district said Stow believed he should attend school in person five days a week, not four.  That's right, Stow was suspended for not skipping school.  To make matters worse, the student-criminal returned to school on the Wednesday [9/9/2020] and Thursday following his suspension and was promptly arrested by the Suffolk County Police Department for unlawfully entering school grounds.  Though the district said it agrees with Stow's view that in-person instruction should take place five days a week, it also said it was required to follow state social distancing regulations and labeled his actions as "irresponsible and selfish behavior."  And a "publicity stunt."  Huh?  State social distancing regulations allow students to attend school "in person" four days a week but not five?  Do the powers that be think trimming the number of students allowed on campus by 20% makes all the difference?

No, Biden Didn't Support Trump's China Travel Ban.  Joe Biden's national press secretary claimed Thursday [9/10/2020] that the former vice president was in favor of President Donald Trump's decision to restrict travel from China, but all of Biden's public comments, including from the day the decision was announced, indicate otherwise.  "Joe Biden has been clear that he was not against that travel ban at the time," TJ Ducklo told Fox News anchor Bret Baier.  Ducklo's claim contrasts with Biden's previous statements on the travel restrictions, including some made on the very day the policy was announced.

I Just Got a COVID-19 Test.  Who Now Knows I Got It?  Anytime a person gets tested for COVID-19, it creates a data point public health officials can use to track the spread and prevalence of the virus — but it also creates a financial opportunity for a private company administering the test.  There is a multibillion-dollar market for health data in the United States, and those same companies that are now scaling up coronavirus testing, like LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics, have been making money from patients' medical data for years.  When a patient gets tested at a private lab, that lab often removes the patient's name, then feeds the test information to third parties like pharmaceutical companies, advertisers, researchers, and other companies with an interest in analyzing large quantities of health data.

The Data Clearly Shows That the Dem Panic Not the Pandemic Caused the Excess Death We've Suffered:  Pt 1, the Official Stats.  The stats you've heard on COVID-19 fatalities are complete garbage.  In the U.S., we were told months ago that anyone dying while diagnosed with the virus gets counted as dying from it.  Doesn't matter how mild a case they had or how clear it is they really died of something else.  Doesn't matter if they died in a motorcycle accident or from a gunshot wound.  We've since found out that it's even worse than that.  Standard practice is to count anyone dying within 60 days of a positive PCR test for COVID-19 as a fatality.  Again, that means anyone, regardless of how patently obvious it is that something else killed them.  [Tweet]  Furthermore, the standard PCR test for the virus is itself complete garbage anyway.  It doesn't test for live virus.  It massively amplifies the number of small segments of dead viral remains until there's enough to detect.  And even the CDC admits they can remain in your system up to 9 weeks after you've beaten the infection.

Quebec city will isolate 'uncooperative' citizens in secret corona facility.  Authorities in Quebec City, Canada have announced they will isolate "uncooperative" citizens in a coronavirus facility, the location of which remains a secret.  During a press conference, Dr. Jacques Girard, who heads the Quebec City public health authority, drew attention to a case where patrons at a bar were ordered to wait until their COVID-19 tests came back, but disregarded the command and left the premises before the results came back positive.  This led to them being deemed "uncooperative" and forcibly interned in a quarantine facility.

Up to 90% who test positive for Covid barely carry any virus & aren't contagious, making it hard to grasp true scale of virus.  It has been revealed that standard tests being used in parts of US to diagnose Covid-19 cases are extremely sensitive, with the vast majority of those marked down as "positive" turning out to be asymptomatic non-spreaders.  Top US virologists have been stunned by revelations about the laxity of the US Covid testing regimen.  It turns out that tests that deliver a simple binary "positive or negative" result are not fit for purpose, as they tell us nothing about the contagiousness of each person.

The 1% blunder:  How a simple but fatal math mistake by US Covid-19 experts caused the world to panic and order lockdowns.  In February, US Covid guru Anthony Fauci predicted the virus was 'akin to a severe flu' and would therefore kill around 0.1 percent of people.  Then fatality rate predictions were somehow mixed up to make it look ten times WORSE.  When you strip everything else out, the reason for lockdown comes from a single figure: one percent.  This was the prediction that Covid, if left unchecked, would kill around one percent of us.  You may not think that percentage is enormous, but one percent of the population of the world is 70 million people — and that's a lot.  It would mean 3.2 million Americans dead, and 670,000 Britons.  But where did this one percent figure come from?  You may find this hard to believe, but this figure emerged by mistake.

The Hard Facts on Covid-19 Science Denial.  [Scroll down]  One key fact revealed by death rates is that there is not a fixed relationship between the number of C-19 cases and deaths.  For example, the people currently contracting C-19 in Florida are relatively young, and thus, they are far less likely to die from it.  During Florida's first infection peak in April, about 25% of reported C-19 cases were among people aged 65 and older, but this figure plunged to 13% by August 5.  Death rates can also cut through the noise caused by changes in testing capacity.  This is important because the vast majority of C-19 cases are mild or asymptomatic, and greater testing rates can detect such cases and distort trends.  Between April 1 and July 13, the number of tests per day in Florida increased by 6.5 times.  This can create an illusion of "exploding" cases when, in fact, Florida's tame death rate suggests that a sizeable portion of the rise in cases is from more testing, which is a positive development.

New Mass Transit Mask Refusal Fine Takes Effect in New York Monday.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he expects substantial upticks in mass transit use as New York City and the rest of the tri-state area take more reopening steps in the coming months — and he wants people who ride subways and rails to feel safe.  To that end, the governor said Thursday he was ordering the implementation of a $50 fine for MTA passengers who refuse to wear masks on public transportation.  Cuomo said that part of the reason behind the measure is that New York City doesn't need an influx of vehicular traffic, which has been the case as people tenatively return to work amid the pandemic.  The goal is to convince people it's safe to ride the subways, buses, LIRR and Metro-North with COVID precautions.

The Editor says...
No, the goal is to see how much the American people will tolerate before a widespread rebellion occurs.  If they really thought you were spreading a deadly disease, would the fine be only $50?

Also posted under The police state on wheels.

LA County's Public Health Director says what we suspected about the lockdown.  A Democrat bureaucrat finally said what we all have known to be the truth:  The Wuhan virus limitations that Democrat politicians and bureaucrats have imposed on Americans will go away after the election because that was the plan all along.  As 2019 ended, the Democrats knew that Trump was cruising to reelection. [...] The Democrats' troubles continued in 2020.  In January, their impeachment imploded.  Worst of all, the Democrat primary candidates did not excite the base. [...] The Wuhan virus was an extraordinary and unlooked-for blessing for the Democrats because they used it to destroy Trump's economy.  Right now, some might say, "That's harsh.  The Democrats have been trying to save lives.  It's worked out well for them that their efforts wrecked the economy, but that doesn't mean that they deliberately manipulated the economy, destroying thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands, even millions, of lives, only to win the election."  Sorry, but it's true.

South Dakota Officials Blast 'Blatantly Faulty' Study Calling Sturgis Rally a Superspread Event.  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and South Dakota officials are pushing back against a study from the left-wing IZA Institute of Labor Economics claiming that last month's Sturgis motorcycle rally was a "superspread" event.  The dubious study, which has not been peer reviewed, estimates that 267,000 COVID-19 cases nationwide, which accounts for 20 percent of the overall cases across the country over the time span, were caused by the Sturgis rally, costing the U.S. $12.2 billion in healthcare costs.  They came to these numbers, according to Newsweek, by analyzing "anonymized cellphone data to track the smartphone pings from non-residents and movement of those before and after the event."  The city of Sturgis released a press release disputing this ridiculous fear-mongering study and its implications.

A Tale of Two COVID Treatments.  There are only a few ways out of this quagmire.  Herd immunity has been the traditional endpoint for past viral pandemics as it occurs relatively quickly.  Sweden has likely achieved herd immunity without shutting down as did their neighbors.  Israeli Professor Isaac Ben-Israel used statistical analysis demonstrating, "The spread of COVID-19 peaks after about 40 days and declines to almost zero after 70 days — no matter where it strikes, and no matter what measures governments impose to try to thwart it."  Other options include therapeutics or a vaccine.  Viruses are notoriously difficult to cure with medications.  Vaccines provide varying degrees of protection against viruses but take many months or years to develop and earn FDA approval.  Short term, therapeutics are the best option aside from waiting for the virus to burn itself out as in past pandemics.

Fact Check:  Did Biden Deplete the National Stockpile of Face Masks and Not Replenish It?  CLAIM: The Obama-Biden White House depleted and did not replenish the nation's emergency stockpile of medical supplies, including N95 masks.  Joe Biden is attempting to rewrite history, pretending that he and Obama didn't deplete the nation's stockpile of medical supplies and leave it empty after the pair's eight years together in office.  It's the same revisionism they're attempting to do with travel restrictions that President Trump placed on China in the early days of the pandemic.  Biden not only opposed those restrictions — restrictions that even Dr. Fauci credits with saving an untold number of lives — Biden attacked the restrictions as "racist" and "xenophobic."  The Democrats didn't care about saving lives.  They were using the opportunity to smear Trump as a racist.  In a now-deleted tweet, Nancy Pelosi invited everyone to ignore the president and head on down to Chinatown.  It's pathetic, and now Joe Biden is pretending like he didn't set the whole country up for disaster when he and Obama burned through our stockpile of medical supplies and never replenished it.  So, what's the verdict?  Is it true?  VERDICT: Yup.  It's TRUE, according to USA Today.

The pandemic is history.  A curious but fortunate characteristic of virus epidemics is their limited life spans.  No one knows why, but guesses include herd immunity and mutations of the virus. [...] There's nothing unusual about the fact that the coronavirus death count is dying a natural death.  That should have been anticipated, and it should now be widely publicized.  Why are we pretending not to know this good news?  These facts are easy to find.  We ought to be celebrating as we did when WWII ended.  This COVID-19 death profile is extremely significant yet is almost totally ignored by the media.  Their focus is on cases, not deaths.  The number of cases has not decreased as rapidly as the number of deaths.  Only a small percentage of cases now end in death, and the death count is vastly more important than the case count.  The case count may linger, but that problem is becoming increasingly manageable.

The CDC Accidentally Admits Cloth Masks Are Not Effective.  [Scroll down]  They just told us that smoke particulates are too small to be stopped by a cloth mask.  While N95 masks will protect up to 95% of particles, down to .1 microns in size.  A quick Google search will tell us that smoke particles and debris are usually .4 to .7 microns in size.  According to the CDC, cloth masks are not effective in stopping materials that size.  Another quick Google search will tell us that the Wuhan Virus is .12 microns in size, about a quarter in size of the smoke and fire debris particulate.  Even if we factor for the "respiratory droplets" that are allegedly to blame for the spread of coronavirus, those droplets are as small as .5 microns, or as small or smaller than smoke and fire debris particulate.  These factors and figures aren't hidden in some CDC vault that only their scientists are capable of accessing.  Yet another quick Google search will show these figures within seconds.

Fight — or the Dems Will Steal This Election.  [Scroll down]  As Gore tried to do with his, "we count until I win" strategy in 2000, in 2020, the Democrats and their newly hired 600 lawyers are going to insist that every vote be counted no matter how long it takes.  And when the mail-in votes suspiciously turn a Trump landslide into a Biden victory, they will declare Democrats believe in science and were afraid of COVID and therefore, voted by mail.  Why do you think Biden wears the mask and keeps mentioning the pandemic?  Why do you think Democrat governors are keeping economies closed even though COVID is fast disappearing as a threat?

Biden spokesman cries foul when asked if Biden uses a teleprompter.  [Scroll down]  The virus was not the Democrats' fault.  What was the Democrats' fault, though, was the insane over-reaction to the Wuhan virus.  Initially, the American people were willing to sign on to a vast societal experiment:  A 15-day lockdown to slow the spread of the disease, which would allow health facilities all over America to prepare for a possible onslaught.  That would also give the federal government time to do what Trump, in fact, did:  Mobilize the private sector to produce the masks, ventilators, medicine, and other supplies necessary for Americans to deal with the disease.  As we say at Passover, Dayenu!  (It would have been enough.)  But for the Democrats, it wasn't enough.  Instead, they saw a wonderful vista spread before them:  A ruined economy that would wipe out Trump's chances of reelection.  Who cared if people's life savings were wiped out, if clinical depression and drug and alcohol abuse ran rampant through society, if suicides increased, if treatable diseases went untreated, if spousal and child abuse rocketed, if divorces multiplied, and if businesses were destroyed?  Beating Trump was worth it.  And so we suffered.

Washington Post January 2020: POTUS "Hyping" COVID Panic — September 2020: POTUS "Downplayed" COVID Panic.  After watching political narrative engineering for years, this attempt was predictable.  The reason why CTH maintains a "pinned thread" on the White House COVID-19 response from January and February of 2020 is specifically because we knew the narrative engineers would attempt to weaponize the politics of the virus later in the election year.  We knew the narrative engineers would flip the script.  Today [9/9/2020] they did exactly that.

Flight canceled after feud about toddler not wearing face mask.  A Canadian flight was canceled after a feud with a family over their young children not wearing masks on a flight.  Safwan Choudhry said crew members approached the family on the WestJet flight Tuesday from Calgary to Toronto about putting masks on their 3-year-old and 19-month-old daughters, CBC News reported.  "It started with my toddler and once we got a mask on her, they turned to my 19-month-old infant and said, 'Every person on the plane has to wear a mask or the plane can't take off,'" Choudhry said.

Canadian Flight Cancelled After Toddler Refused To Wear Face Mask.  A WestJet flight from Calgary to Toronto was cancelled this week after a family was ejected from the flight for refusing to make their child, a toddler, wear a face mask.  Safwan Choudry and his family were removed from the flight on Tuesday after an argument broke out about whether or not the man's 19-month-old toddler should be wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. [...] "It started with my toddler and once we got a mask on her, they turned to my 19-month-old infant and said 'every person on the plane has to wear a mask or the plane can't take off," he said.

Are Video Arcades More Dangerous Than Casinos During a Pandemic?  Casinos and video arcades, both of which feature rows of electronic games that people use in close proximity to each other, pose similar risks of COVID-19 transmission.  Yet in Massachusetts, casinos have been open for two months, while video arcades remain closed under an order that Gov. Charlie Baker originally issued in March.  Like many of the distinctions drawn by the COVID-19 lockdowns that all but a few governors imposed last spring, this one makes no medical sense.  A federal lawsuit filed last week argues that Baker's discrimination against video arcades is unconstitutional because it is scientifically indefensible.  Baker originally included video arcades in Phase III of his reopening plan, which took effect on July 6, but changed course without explanation on July 2.

At this point, the Covid-19 scare is entirely political.
Audio: Los Angeles County Health Director Says She Expects Schools To Reopen 'After The Election'.  On Wednesday [9/9/2020], audio surfaced of Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer saying that K-12 schools in America's largest county likely will not open until after the November election.  KFI News radio reporter Steve Gregory said he received a partial audio recording of a conference call between Dr. Ferrer and "a collection of school nurses, school administrators, other education and medical professionals."  During that discussion, Ferrer indicated that she does not expect schools to reopen before the November election.

Michigan Supreme Court justice pushes back on Whitmer's emergency powers.  A justice of the Michigan Supreme Court raised pointed and repeated questions Wednesday [9/9/2020] about whether the 1945 emergency law relied on by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was ever intended to deal with a health pandemic.  Justice David Viviano pressed the issue during oral arguments, pointing out that the Emergency Powers of Governor Act was enacted in the wake of Detroit's 1943 race riot, as it is known, and was referenced in news reports at the time as providing the governor with the police powers needed to respond to such events without having to declare martial law.  The 1945 law says it is intended to "invest the governor with sufficiently broad power of action in the exercise of the police power of the state."

Biden botches military coronavirus death count, campaign says he accidentally cited Michigan number.  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden misspoke during a campaign stop in Michigan, incorrectly saying that over 6,000 U.S. military members have died from the novel coronavirus.  Speaking in Warren, Mich., Biden cited the number of confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Michigan as being the numbers for the military, saying the armed forces had seen 118,984 cases and 6,114 deaths.  Shortly after the event, Biden's campaign quickly clarified that Biden had mixed up the numbers for Michigan with those from military.  As of Wednesday, only seven members of the military had died from COVID-19.

The media had hoped for the worst, but got nothing.
Cringeworthy Study Debunked:  There Was No 'Sturgis Superspreader' COVID-19 Event.  There was not a "Sturgis superspreader" event infecting hundreds of thousands with COVID-19 at a cost of billions to American taxpayers.  A recent study claimed that the annual motorcycle rally held last month in Sturgis, South Dakota was a "superspreader event" infecting more than half of the 460,000 attendees at a cost of $12 billion to our public health institutions.  The Sturgis event happened, in that same wonderfully crazy way that the Sturgis rally always happens.  The "Sturgis superspreader" event did not happen.  Not even a little.

8,000 cargo planes are needed to distribute COVID-19 vaccine, group says.  Roughly 8,000 jumbo jets could be needed to distribute coronavirus vaccines around the globe — a massive logistical challenge that will require careful planning from governments worldwide, an airline trade group warns.  The staggering estimate is how many 747 cargo planes it would take to carry just a single dose of a COVID-19 inoculation for each of the world's 7.8 billion people, the International Air Transport Association said Wednesday, calling the task of delivering the vaccines "the mission of the century for the global air cargo industry."

The Editor says...
Who says the vaccine must be delivered by air?  Who says everyone in the world wants it?  Who's going to pay for all that jet fuel, not to mention the vaccine itself?  Where are all the left-wingers who constantly moan about "carbon footprints?"

Reports of Superspreader Outbreak From Sturgis Rally Go Down in Flames.  As my colleague Brad Slager reported two weeks ago, MSM reporters were chomping at the bit over the possibility they might get to declare the annual Sturgis rally in South Dakota a coronavirus "superspreader" event because mask-shaming and guilting people for allegedly being irresponsible during the pandemic has become the MSM's gig (with left-wing protests, riots, and haircuts for high-profile Democrats being the exceptions to the rule, of course).  At the time of Brad's report, 103 cases had been confirmed, which is a tiny percentage of the 366,000 people who were said to be in attendance.  Fast forward to now, and the mainstream media are eagerly reporting on a study they believe confirms their suspicions and which alleges the rally may have caused a widespread outbreak.  Here are some of the headlines: [...] The big problem with the "study" the MSM is falling all over themselves to share on their websites and social media is that it's garbage, according to some investigative digging done by Reason.com[.]

This Obama-Biden Administration Failure Killed More Americans Than COVID-19.  What the Democrats and the media don't want us to know is that their scaremongering campaign against hydroxychloroquine, a drug Trump touted as a potential game-changer back in March, could have saved thousands of lives had they not turned public opinion against the drug simply because Trump had brought attention to it after a French study showed it had promise in treating the virus.  In fact, countries that are widely using the drug early to treat patients have much lower death rates than those that aren't.

Supermarket chain:  U.S. flag face masks too 'offensive' for employees to wear.  North Carolina-based grocery chain Food Lion will now permit its employees to wear American flag-themed face masks while working at its stores.  The company went viral earlier this week after one of its employees revealed he quit after being told to avoid wearing his American flag-themed mask.  According to a recent report from WCTI-TV, the move appears to be in response to the employee — as well as his supporters — demanding such masks after the company initially prohibited them.

Lifeguard Arrested, Led Away in Handcuffs by Hazmat Cops for 'Surfing with Coronavirus'.  Remarkable footage has revealed the moment police officers — dressed head-to-toe in hazmat suits — frogmarched a young woman up a beach in handcuffs after she went surfing after being diagnosed with coronavirus.  A professional lifeguard was reported to police by her own colleagues in San Sebastian, in the Bay of Biscay in Spain's Basque country on Monday [9/7/2020] after she was spotted surfing while placed on medical leave by her employer following a positive coronavirus test.

The Editor says...
[#1] If she's surfing, she must not have any serious symptoms.  That's how horrible this disease is:  You may not even know you've got it.  [#2] Who is going to catch Covid-19 from a surfer?  Everyone else who's surfing is young and fit, and, we now know, at little or no risk.

Andrew Cuomo Rants: 'Donald Trump Caused The COVID Outbreak In New York'.  Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday [9/8/2020], New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ranted, "Donald Trump caused the COVID outbreak in New York," then immediately chanted again, "Donald Trump caused the COVID outbreak in New York." [...] As Fox News has noted, over 6,200 elderly residents may have died from COVID-19 in New York nursing homes according to state health department statistics.  On March 25, the New York Department of Health issued an advisory that stated nursing homes had to accept residents returning from hospitals whether or not they had a diagnosis of COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci Defends Trump on Coronavirus: 'I Don't Think He Ever Distorted Things'.  Dr. Anthony Fauci defended President Donald Trump from claims Wednesday that he lied about the coronavirus, telling Fox News:  "I don't recall anything that was any gross distortion in things that I spoke to him about."  On Wednesday [9/9/2020], it was revealed that Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he had downplayed the threat of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent the public from panicking.

Why Don't Alternative COVID Therapies Get More Trials in America?  In case anyone still thinks it is, the COVID-19 pandemic is not a hoax.  How and why it originated may never be known for certain.  How societies ought to respond to it, and who are most vulnerable to the disease, are both topics of intense debate.  But deaths in America from all causes are up year-to-date by over 200,000 compared to recent years, and while we may hope the worst is behind us, this is not over.  The single most authoritative source for statistics on deaths in the United States is the CDC website, and a way to eliminate any doubt about the cause of death is simply to bypass the categories and look at deaths from all causes.  If that number is only marginally up this year, then you can argue that COVID-19 is overhyped.  If that number is up significantly, then something terrible is going on, and COVID-19 probably accounts for most of that.

Los Angeles County bans trick-or-treating this Halloween due to coronavirus.  Traditional Halloween activities won't be allowed for residents in Los Angeles County this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to local health officials.  The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a ban on door-to-door trick-or-treating, carnivals, festivals, live entertainment and haunted houses.  "Door to door trick or treating is not allowed because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors especially in neighborhoods that are popular with trick or treaters," officials said in a news release detailing guidelines for the annual tradition.

Update:
Los Angeles quickly reverses trick-or-treat ban.  Los Angeles pulled a Halloween switcheroo on Wednesday — first banning, and then quickly unbanning, trick-or-treating.  Less than a day after saying the door-to-door candy grab is banned due to coronavirus concerns, county officials changed course and said the popular children's tradition is now just "not recommended."  The revision came after parents and businesses "went apoplectic with outrage," Deadline reported, citing a press briefing by LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.  Also not recommended — but no longer outright banned — are LA's popular "trunk-or-treat" events, in which costumed kids go car to car instead of door to door.

Save Yourself: Stop Believing in Lockdown.  As Voltaire wrote during the Enlightenment — when society still had time away from the screen to reflect on philosophy, morality, and fundamental truth — "those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."  This has never been more true than in the age of social media, when information and opinions constantly bombard us from all sides, isolating us from our own thoughts and values.  We have a moral duty to critically examine our beliefs — especially our belief in "lockdown," the most oppressive and universally destructive public policy implemented in our lifetimes.  Is it the least-restrictive means available to minimize casualties in this pandemic?

Are Democrats Hiding the Truth about COVID?  COVID is not the first viral flu pandemic America has faced, yet the reaction is unprecedented.  The entire economy has been shut down for months, some sectors still closed.  Elective yet necessary medical care has been postponed leading to excess sickness and death well beyond that caused by the Chinese virus.  Many schools remain closed, as do restaurants, hair salons, and churches.  We are forced to keep six feet away from each other at all times and are expected to wear masks, whether outside and alone or inside sharing an intimate moment with a loved one.  Are these rules and restrictions for the public good or are they a means of power and control over the people?  The most draconian measures are being pushed by Democrats at the local, state, and national levels.  Yet personally they often ignore the mandates they impose on the rest of us. [...] New York quarantines travelers visiting from out of state hot spots, but waived these mandates for those attending the recent VMA award show in New York City.  Are the VMA attendees all healthy?  Or is the virus no longer the big issue that we are being told it is?

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris need to quit playing politics with COVID-19 vaccine.  Are Joe Biden and Kamala Harris trying to prolong the pandemic?  That might be the result of their reckless efforts to erode confidence in a vaccine — even as they blame President Trump for doing that.  "I would want to see what the scientists said" about any vaccine, Biden huffed Monday.  "I want full transparency." That is:  Don't trust a vaccine OK'd by Team Trump.  Harris was even more blunt:  She'd "trust the word of public-health experts" but not the president — and insisted those experts won't have the final say:  They "will be muzzled, they will be suppressed, they will be sidelined."

Trump asks politely, reporter stubbornly refuses to remove mask momentarily at press conference.  President Trump sent his critics into a tailspin when he asked a reporter to remove his face mask during a White House news briefing.  The president told a Reuters correspondent that he couldn't hear his "muffled" question during the press conference on Labor Day and asked if he would remove it, sparking instant criticism on social media and accusations of "bullying."  White House reporter Jeff Mason was hailed as a hero by liberals for his refusal to remove his mask.

The Editor says...
The virus crisis — if not the virus itself — is long gone.  Face masks are now 100 percent political.  For a left-wing Democrat "journalist" to remove his mask on camera is a concession to President Trump, and that just can't happen.  If you are a television reporter, let us see your face.  If you insist on covering your face, find another line of work.

Kamala Harris:  Mask Mandate Not About "Big Brother," It Is Making A "Sacrifice For The Collective".  Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris strongly rebuked President Donald Trump for politicizing the issue of wearing a pandemic mask during an interview Sunday with CNN's Dana Bash.  Harris, minutes earlier in the same interview, said she would be skeptical of a coronavirus vaccine distributed by the Trump administration but said a big part of the problem with pandemic response "is that we have a president of the United States who made this a partisan issue and made it a political issue."  "This is not about punishment.  It's not about big brother," Harris said about wearing a mask.

What will happen to Seattle's empty office towers when COVID-19 ends?  As many white-collar employers extend into next year the work-from-home policies they instituted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a vast amount of vertical space in downtown Seattle is leased but empty.  The vacant space amounts to more than 700 football fields, by one estimate — acres of desks, with knickknacks and mementos that few but cleaning staff, maintenance crews and interior landscapers have seen for nigh on six months.  It's not clear when workers might begin trickling back into that space or what could become of it in the meantime.

The Editor says...
A glut of office space is nothing new.  Dallas had the same situation, as I recall, back in the 1980s.  The quickest remedy, in this case, is an immediate return to 2019:  Take off your face masks, turn off your television, and get back to normal.  It only takes a few seconds to get used to seeing people without face masks.

It's now looking like the lockdowns may have been a huge mistake.  Were lockdowns a mistake?  To that nagging question, the answer increasingly seems to be yes.  Certainly, they were a novelty.  As novelist Lionel Shriver writes, "We've never before responded to a contagion by closing down whole countries."  As I've noted, the 1957-58 Asian flu killed between 70,000 and 116,000 Americans, between 0.04 percent and 0.07 percent of the nation's population.  The 1968-70 Hong Kong flu killed about 100,000, 0.05 percent of the population.  The US coronavirus death toll of 186,000 is 0.055 percent of the current population.  It will go higher, but it's about the same magnitude as those two flus, and it has been less deadly to those under 65 than the flus were.  Yet there were no statewide lockdowns; no massive school closings; no closings of office buildings and factories, restaurants and museums.  No one considered shutting down Woodstock.

We have Had Enough Lockdown.  Take off the masks and remove the "social distancing" circles from the floors.  Open the schools, liberate college campuses, fill the restaurants and the gyms and the churches and the salons.  Enough.  If 2020 wasn't twisted enough, the current political imbroglio centers around a verboten visit to a California boutique for a routine blow-out.  Americans are lining up either behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who claims she was "set up" to visit the San Francisco salon, or the salon's owner, a woman struggling to keep her business alive amid cruel and unscientific edicts issued by her governor months ago.  The incident is the latest in a series of "rules for thee but not for me" gut punches from the ruling class; whether it's mask-free trips to the park or crowded funerals for anointed heroes or casual meals munched indoors, the government-ordered shutdowns apply to everyone except the sadists running government who order said shutdowns.  But here's the rub:  No one should be talking about Pelosi's coif controversy because it should not even be a story.  It shouldn't have happened in the first place.

Why do You Support Joe Biden?  There are a lot of unanswered questions for Biden supporters.  Part of the frustration with the left and those that support it is that they never offer a convincing rationale for their actions.  Why are you voting for him?  It seems simple enough to ask.  For the purpose of understanding the headspace of liberals, what follows are a series of questions that will offer these people an opportunity to explore their vote.  The question is followed by a short description that places them in context.  Where and how exactly did Trump mess up and how would Biden have handled the coronavirus pandemic differently? [...] How exactly can Trump be criticized for the economic slowdown at the same time Biden is being promoted for proposing more of it?

Seattle accused of discrimination for closing park to Christian rally amid left-wing protests.  Seattle plans to shut down a park to prevent a Christian rally from being held there on Labor Day even as left-wing protesters descended on the city for a holiday weekend of mass anti-Trump and anti-police demonstrations.  Sean Feucht Ministries had scheduled a worship rally Monday [9/7/2020] at Gas Works Park, but Seattle Parks and Recreation said in a Friday statement that the park would be closed that day "due to anticipated crowding that could impact the public health of residents," citing the risk of novel coronavirus transmission.  "Out of concerns for the safety of all those who visit Gas Works Park we have opted to close the entire park for the day," said the department.

San Francisco gym owners livid after discovering gyms in government buildings have been opened for months.  Gyms within government buildings in San Francisco have been open for months, despite privately owned establishments being ordered to close due to the coronavirus.  "It's shocking, it's infuriating," Daniele Rabkin, of Crossfit Golden Gate, told a local NBC station.  "Even though they're getting exposed, there are no repercussions, no ramifications?  It's shocking."  The gyms that have been open for government employees include those for police officers, judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and paralegals, according to the report.  One such gym, the Hall of Justice gym, has been open since July 1.

Biden Now Says National Mask Mandate 'Probably Unconstitutional' — Gives Bizarre Non-Answer to Reporter Asking When He will Visit Arizona.  Basement-dwelling Biden did a total 180 during an interview with Arizona's Family Political Editor Dennis Welch on Sunday [9/6/2020] and said that a national mask mandate is probably unconstitutional.  A few weeks ago Biden called for a national mask mandate.  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris delivered remarks after their Covid-19 roundtable in mid-August and called for a "nationwide mask mandate starting immediately."  "Let's institute a mask mandate nationwide, starting immediately and we will save lives." said Biden.  "The estimate is that we will save over 40,000 lives in the next 3 months if that is done."

Why Does the Media Let Dr. Fauci Get Away with Major Contradictions About Coronavirus?  The media has turned Dr. Anthony Fauci into an instant saint, but in their rush to use Fauci as a weapon against Trump, the media have completely ignored the many times that Fauci said we should not worry about the coronavirus at all because it wasn't going to be a big deal.  Fauci, presidential adviser and the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, can do no wrong as far as the lying, left-wing media is concerned.  They hang on his every word and now they are even going to him — not the Trump administration — to find out when we lowly Americans should be allowed to get back to normal life.  But even as the media beatifies Fauci, they have necessarily washed away all the times he said that we should not worry over much about the coronavirus outbreak.  And he said it not just once but many times.

50+ Questions No Reporter Dares Ask Joe Biden And His Campaign.  On COVID: How do you plan on enforcing a national mask mandate if you are elected?  Should states that abide by your national mask mandate use police to enforce it?  Won't that necessarily create more interactions with cops at a time of tension?  Given its outsized role in the numbers of virus deaths in America, should there be a federal investigation into why New York patients were forced into nursing homes by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's policy directive?

Masks are political, and a constant source of friction and resentment.
Food Lion reverses policy banning employees from wearing US flag masks after Air Force veteran quits in protest.  Grocery chain Food Lion has reversed course on its policy banning employees from wearing face coverings emblazoned with the American flag after an Air Force veteran employee quit his job rather than comply with the rule.  "Food Lion deeply respects the American flag," the company said in a statement posted on Twitter.  "We listened to our associates and customers about our uniform policy.  We require that associates wear masks without writing, insignia or symbols.  We will allow associates to wear masks with the American flag that meet this standard."

Northeastern University Suspends Students For Not Social Distancing, Won't Refund $36,500 Tuition.  Eleven students were suspended from Northeastern University for the rest of the fall semester after staff members found them congregated in a temporary dorm room at the Westin Hotel in Boston.  According to the Boston Globe, the students' $36,500 tuition and housing charges will not be refunded due to the policies of a "first-year international experience" program called N.U.in.

Wall Street could empty out post-COVID-19 pandemic.  Wall Street could soon become a home office and a computer.  The big brokerage firms and banks that are headquartered in New York City aren't going to admit this publicly, at least not yet.  With the COVID pandemic waning here in the Big Apple, banks have announced that their return-to-work plans will begin roughly after Labor Day, with about half their employees returning to the city by the end of the year, and the rest sometime in possibly early 2021.

The U.S. Open Descends Into Pandemic Precaution Chaos.  For two weeks, all seemed well with the plan to hold the United States Open in New York just a few months after the city had become the epicenter for the coronavirus in the Western world. [...] The plan that leaders of the United States Tennis Association had developed closely with city and state public health officials — including closing the tournament site to spectators, regular testing, education, behavior monitoring and contact tracing — appeared to be working.  And there were protocols in place for what would happen if a player tested positive — protocols that players had agreed upon.  Organizers thought they had all the bases covered.  Then, two days before the U.S. Open, Benoît Paire of France, a 31-year-old veteran known for his smooth strokes and his stylishly bushy beard, tested positive for the coronavirus.


Masks are all about submission and compliance, not disease.
(Original source unknown to me.)

Anthony Fauci, the great 'humanist,' sets U.S. sailing on globalist, anti-freedom course.  National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci, along with his agency colleague, the epidemiologist David Morens, warned in a report in the science journal Cell that if humans don't make significant changes in all activities, that more diseases — more terrible health issues like COVID-19 — will soon come.  Beware this report.  It's a globalist dream come true, a real treatise for elites to control nearly every facet of human activity, human life, human freedoms. [...] It's called "Emerging Pandemic Diseases:  How We Got to COVID-19," and it's presented as a scientific look at why we're where we are today with the coronavirus, and more importantly, what we can do to keep from facing such dramatic disease-tied devastations in the future.  But a better title might be, "How to Take Over the World, One Medical Fear At a Time."

Aerial Banner Slamming Andrew Cuomo Flies Over New York Beaches.  An aerial banner attacking Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo flew over several of the state's most popular beaches Labor Day weekend.  The banner, towed behind a small plane like a typical shoreline advertisement, read "THE GOV KILLED NANA."

Fauci goes full pseudoscience:  COVID-19 is due to 'extreme backlashes from nature'.  [Thread reader] "Living in greater harmony with nature will require changes in human behavior as well as other radical changes that may take decades to achieve: rebuilding the infrastructures of human existence, from cities to homes to workplaces... to recreational and gatherings venues."  "In a human-dominated world, in which our human activities represent aggressive, damaging, and unbalanced interactions with nature, we will increasingly provoke new disease emergence."  Huh.  Sounds like human domination is the real problem here?  "COVID-19... should force us to begin to think in earnest and collectively about living in more thoughtful and creative harmony with nature."  Fortunately, Dr. Anthony Fauci can lead the way.  I believe this is known as mission creep.  There are other words for it too.

Massive crowds expected at beaches on Labor Day weekend amid of fears of COVID surge.  Amid a sweltering temperatures and and an ongoing pandemic, hundreds of thousands of beachgoers are expected to flock to the sand in Southern California on Labor Day weekend.  Officials urged people to conserve electricity to ease strain on the state's power grid and, in an effort to prevent a surge in coronavirus cases, to follow physical distancing and mask requirements when they hit recreational areas.

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Somebody may be in fear of a COVID surge, but it's not the people at the beach.

A TN Woman Just Got a COVID Diagnosis & Quarantine Order in the Mail.  Just 2 Problems — She's Neither Alive nor Unique.  The bad news about the unprecedented dangers of COVID-19 just keeps piling up.  We've known for months that we're dealing with the first virus known to cause motorcycle fatalities.  And health officials have warned that COVID-19 is causing fatal crashes even when there are no underlying conditions! [...] Local News station WKYC is reporting that Shelby County, Tennessee health officials just sent a woman who passed away on February 16 a letter informing her that she's been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Power Trips of Leftist Politicians, Teachers Unions Must Stop.  The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out political power trips like America has never seen before.  Governors and mayors have seized "emergency powers" that effectively shut down our economic engine and social culture.  Never before had Americans seen the day when they would be told they couldn't open for business, attend worship services, hold weddings or funerals, or send their children back to school.  Americans never anticipated they'd be forced to wear facial coverings if they so much as left their homes. [...] Many of these edicts are obvious political power grabs in order to keep people uncomfortable and inconvenienced, in hopes of affecting the November elections, but they will have destructive consequences we haven't yet fully realized and can't even anticipate.

Wun Flu over the Cuckoo Nest, brought to you by power-mad Left & media elites.  WuFlu positive test results are meaningless; death totals are bogus; masks don't work; lock-downs are ineffective; America's NOT threatened [...] They've taken a seasonal flu, turned it into Black Death, added hysterical reporting over every positive case, and turned Americans into cowering, quivering mounds of flesh.  This hasn't been 'science' driven, it's been politically driven.  If we allow their efforts to succeed, we expose ourselves to this manner of manipulation every flu season.

Drain the Swamp, Or Be Drowned By It.  It must be disquieting to the Republican campaign that the Democrats and their Siamese twins in the rabidly partisan media have been so durably successful in terrorizing the country about COVID-19.  It is difficult and requires exquisite care to explain in politically acceptable terms the very slight chances of serious illness or fatality, but we've reached the point where that task must be undertaken in earnest.  Those who are not immunocompromised have a minimal chance of a serious problem; the people of the United States, and broadly, people as a species, must be emboldened to be less exaggeratedly frightened.

Australia Goes Full Communist:  Cops Break Down Door To Arrest ANTI-Lockdown Citizen.  Dramatic video has emerged of police breaking down the door of what police call a 'conspiracist; accused of inciting an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne.  The man, who identifies himself on Facebook as James Bartolo and the leader of a 'conspiracy' group the Conscious Truth Network, live-streamed his arrest on Friday morning after police arrived at his front door with a search warrant.  He is the latest person to be arrested for allegedly inciting an illegal protest against Melbourne's tough stage four lockdown that is planned to take place at the Shrine of Remembrance on Saturday.  [Video clip]

Coming to America soon if we continue to put up with the Corona hoax.  The mask police aboard mass transit vehicle, possibly in Scotland.  [Video clip]

Cherry-picking COVID stats.  While the United States deals with a continued pandemic, it is also battling misinformation about the virus.  The United Nations secretary-general himself said that "journalists are key to countering the 'dangerous outbreak of misinformation' accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic."  But journalists across American mainstream media have repeatedly added to the misinformation.  These journalists have devoted dozens of articles to fighting COVID-19-related misinformation, largely blaming social media for its spread.  But according to a Gallup poll, the media is partly responsible for creating division on COVID-19.  And Americans' distrust of the media is growing.  Repeated misrepresentation of data within even the most respected outlets will only drive more Americans toward the very sources the media has blamed.  Major outlets have more competition than ever, so many have capitalized on what will get them the most clicks and the highest ratings:  content scary enough to share.

Rand Paul calls for Gov. Cuomo to be impeached over his handling of COVID-19.  Sen. Rand Paul called for the impeachment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the number of deaths among New York nursing home patients during the coronavirus outbreak this spring.  "I think Gov. Cuomo should be impeached for what he did, for the disastrous decision he made to send patients with coronavirus back to nursing homes," Paul (R-Ky.) said on Fox News' "Rundown" podcast on Wednesday [9/2/2020].  "And virtually half his people who died were in nursing homes."  Paul was criticizing the lockdowns and other measures that were taken to stem the spread of the virus when he made the comments about Cuomo, a Democrat.

Democrats Mistake Orwell's 'Animal Farm' for Instruction Manual.  An exceedingly strange phenomenon has been seen recently in American cities run by longtime Democratic Party machines such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  While many Americans remain locked down inside their homes, unable to open their businesses or go to work or school, or even to church, other Americans have been allowed to freely gather in large numbers.  And it has become starkly evident that what puts a person in one group, or the other is their political views.  It cannot be denied that this is a completely political phenomenon.  And that's what makes new societal development both revealing and dangerous.  Early in the CCP Virus pandemic, a case could be made for taking great precautions to stop the spread because so little was known about this new strain of the COVID virus.  At this point, it's been revealed that for those under the age of 60, the mortality rate for COVID-19 is .004%.  How then to explain the rampant hysteria that gripped the entire globe for the past eight months?

Macomb County's Hackel, a Democrat, backs petition to limit Whitmer's emergency power.  Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, the top Democrat in Michigan's third largest county, says he supports repealing the 1945 law that gives Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the ability to declare a state of emergency and keep the declaration in place without input from the GOP-controlled Legislature.  The 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act gives one person, the governor, "endless ability to create law," Hackel said in a Wednesday night interview.  He said he was surprised there wasn't more resistance to the Democratic governor's use of the 75-yer-old law to declare emergencies, which give her the ability act unilaterally to shutter businesses or require masks be worn.

The numbers are clear:  COVID is no real threat to kids.  CDC confirms — again:  Youth aren't at COVID risk[.]  The latest data on COVID-19 cases and fatalities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that young people face a negligible risk of dying from the disease, while people 65 and older face a much higher risk.  That latter group accounts for about 16 percent of confirmed cases but four-fifths of deaths.  The fatality rates are even lower among minors:  0.04 percent for children 4 or younger and 0.02 percent for 5-to-17-year-olds.  The crude case fatality rate indicated by the CDC's numbers — deaths divided by confirmed cases — is about 0.25 percent for patients younger than 50 and nearly 16 percent — 63 times higher — for patients older than 64.  While the overall crude CFR is 3 percent, the rates among adults range from 0.07 percent for patients in their late teens and 20s to 29 percent for patients 85 or older — more than 400 times higher.

Joe Biden's Denial of DNC Mask Mandate Is Pure Panic.  Joe Biden is becoming so defensive, he's being forced to blatantly lie about his own call for a nationwide mask mandate.  "We'll have a national mandate to wear a mask," Slow Joe said during his acceptance speech at the Democrat National Convention. [...] He called for all of this in front of the whole world.  It's on tape.  There's video.  And now, he's lying about it.  Says he never said it.

Democrats won't live by the pandemic standards they force on everyone else.  The public has been subjected to coronavirus lockdowns of varying degrees for over five months and counting, but prominent Democrats have decided that they should be exempt from the restrictions everyone else must abide by.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi openly flouted these restrictions recently when she got her hair coiffed at a San Francisco salon that remains closed to the public.  Local ordinances only allow for outdoor services, and Pelosi was captured on security video not wearing a mask.  Despite the evidence, her spokesman declared that the speaker "always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements."  Pelosi's not the only one.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly been caught not wearing a mask despite his incessant demands that everyone else do so.

Up to 90 percent of people diagnosed with coronavirus may not be carrying enough of it to infect anyone else.  Up to 90 percent of people tested for COVID-19 in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada in July carried barely any traces of the virus and it could be because today's tests are 'too sensitive', experts say.  Health experts say PCR testing — the most widely used diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the US — are [sic] too sensitive and need to be adjusted to rule out people who have insignificant amounts of the virus in their systems because they're likely not contagious.  Today the PCR test, which provides a yes or no answer if a patient is infected, doesn't say how much of the virus a patient has in their body.

The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime.  [Scroll down]  The world should have followed Sweden's example.  That country never locked down and has even kept children under 16 in school the entire time.  As Reuters reported on July 15, the number of Swedish children between 1 and 19 years of age who have died of COVID-19 is zero.  And the percentage of children who contracted the illness was the exact same in Sweden as it was in Finland, which locked down its schools.  As regards teachers, Sweden's Public Health Agency reported that "a comparison of the incidence of COVID-19 in different professions suggested no increased risk for teachers." Nevertheless, with few exceptions, teachers in Los Angeles and elsewhere refuse to enter a classroom that has students in it.  Their disdain for their profession has been superseded only by that of the Los Angeles teachers union, which announced that teachers will not resume teaching until the police are defunded.

Queen Nancy Personifies the Democrat Party's Contempt for Ordinary Americans.  [W]hy do we care where Queen Nancy gets her hair done? — The answer to that is simple, isn't it?  It's because she has been one of the loudest Democrat voices over the last six months lecturing the little people of America to stay locked up in their homes and only venture out when wearing a mask.  She's been one of the most ardent fans of the lockdowns mandated by despicable Democrat governors like her step-nephew Gavin Newsom, putting millions of little people out of work and shuttering hundreds of thousands of businesses.  Even worse than her act of intentionally violating nephew Gavin's lockdown/mask orders on Sunday by intimidating a single mother salon owner to open her shuttered business just for her decrepit, stringy mane was Queen Nancy's response to getting caught.  She couldn't lower herself to do the simple thing:  To admit her wrongdoing and ask to be forgiven.  Instead, she haughtily claimed at a press conference to having been "set up" and demanded that the salon owner she had intimidated apologize to her.

Virologist Explains His Quest To Track Down The Origin Of COVID-19.  Jonathan Latham, Ph.D., and Allison Wilson, Ph.D., a virologist and a geneticist, respectively, have a plausible story to tell about the origin of SARS-CoV-2 — the cause of COVID-19.  It begins with a mystery disease that struck six Chinese miners in Yunnan province in 2012.  These miners became ill while shoveling bat feces (guano) produced by Rhinolophus sinicus, a species of horseshoe bat, which was abundant in the mine.  The illness of the miners was later described in detail throughout a master's thesis entitled "An Analysis of Six Severe Pneumonia Cases Related to Unknown Viruses," written in 2013 by Li Xu.  The patients were remotely observed by Zhong Nan Shan, noting the following symptoms: dry cough, shortness of breath, fever, limb soreness (myalgia), headaches, and low blood oxygen.

Florida Gov. DeSantis: 'We Will Never Do Any of These Lockdowns Again'.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) promised Floridians during Monday's press briefing "we will never do any of these lockdowns again."  "We will never do any of these lockdowns again, and I hear people say they'll shut down the country, and honestly I cringe," DeSantis said during the briefing in Central Florida.  [Video clip]  The peak of the pandemic is now behind the Sunshine State, the governor said, explaining the number of positive coronavirus patients hospitalized is "down nearly 60 percent statewide from our July peak."

The Covid-19 Pandemic is Ending.  Covid19 has already passed through all 50 states as a single major contagious wave in each state.  There were 33 early states where the epidemic was over by June, and 14 late states where the epidemic now is ending.  Every week in America about 51,000 people die from all causes.  This number rises and falls during the winter due to flu-like illnesses and goes back to baseline in the summer.  No one panics about it, and most people don't even realize that it happens.  This year was worse than normal, but we've almost returned to baseline.  But this year — everyone panicked!

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Yes, "everyone panicked" because the sensationalist news media fanned the flames 24/7 for months.  If the news media had only mentioned Covid-19 in the same matter-of-fact manner that they mentioned Ebola when Obama was president, none of the lockdowns would have happened, and the economy would still be roaring.

Charts compare COVID deaths in countries that used hydroxychloroquine early and those that didn't.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, the left's successful war against hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) rages on. [...] It has been my personal quest to find some hard proof that compares countries that have widely used HCQ early in the pandemic with those who did not.  Some key data finally emerged from a site devoted to climate change in a 23 August article by Leo Goldstein titled "Hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 Treatment, Actual Usage in the USA."  The needed comparisons were found in one of the author's references, titled ["]Early treatment with hydroxychloroquine: a country-based analysis.["]  This is not an easy report to read, but it does provide some easy-to-understand visual comparisons between the countries known to have very limited use of HCQ use and those with widespread early HCQ use.

The Big COVID Con Exposed.  In the past week, two pillars of the COVID Con collapsed:  deaths and positive tests.  Back in April, the news was all about death counts.  Fox News ran a death tally on the screen, much like the running score of football game.  Cable news shows talked about nothing but rising death counts, spreading fear porn to justify recommendations for staying at home and shutting down the U.S. economy.  The first crack in the pillar occurred in early May when task force member Dr. Birx claimed, "There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust."  She believed the CDC was inflating Wuhan flu mortality by as much as 25 percent.  The pillar of COVID deaths crumbled just days ago when the CDC updated their mortality numbers to reflect deaths "from COVID" versus deaths "with COVID."  Death with COVID means that George Floyd is counted a COVID death because he tested positive at autopsy.  This is similar to the case of a Colorado man dying of alcohol poisoning but the death was later blamed on COVID. Washington public officials counted gunshot fatalities as COVID deaths.  The new CDC statistics show that only 6,640 deaths are due to COVID alone, rather than the commonly reported 164,280 deaths allegedly associated with COVID.

Pennsylvania mayor who banned indoor dining caught dining inside in Maryland, and chefs are roasting him.  Chefs and restaurant owners in Philadelphia are sizzling hot over a photo showing Mayor Jim Kenney, who banned indoor dining in Philly due to COVID-19, enjoying an indoor restaurant meal in Maryland.  The restaurant is owned by the mayor's friend; but the chefs fume that the mayor is a job-killing hypocrite.  6ABC in Philadelphia reports the mayor's office confirmed that he went to a friend's restaurant in Maryland on Sunday [8/30/2020].

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Pelosi used shuttered San Francisco hair salon for blow-out, owner calls it 'slap in the face'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited a San Francisco hair salon on Monday afternoon for a wash and blow-out, despite local ordinances keeping salons closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News has learned.  In security footage obtained by Fox News, and timestamped Monday at 3:08 p.m. Pacific Time, the California powerhouse is seen walking through eSalon in San Francisco with wet hair, and without a mask over her mouth or nose.  The stylist doing her hair can be seen following her wearing a black face mask.  Salons in San Francisco had been closed since March and were only notified they could reopen on Sept. 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only.

Wake Up America.  You've Been Conned.  Only An Estimated 9,683 Covid-19 Only Deaths So Far In 2020, Not 180,000.  Oh.  You mean America is not undergoing a pandemic?  On average, abut 8000 people die per day from all causes in the United States.  In the first 8 months of 2020 there were only ~1200 excess deaths per month or 40 extra deaths per day exclusively due to COVID-19 coronavirus infections, with 80% of those among American age 65 and older.  By extrapolation, there were only ~8 excess COVID-19 only deaths per day among working-age adults and school-age children.  Translation:  of the 161,392 accumulated COVID-19 RELATED deaths reported as of August 22, 2020 (80% being among Americans age 75 and older), only 6% or ~9683 accumulated deaths were classified as COVID-19 only.  Among these COVID-19 only deaths, ~60% were age 75 and older; 80% were age 65 and older.

Charlie Baker should become a Democrat and stop kidding himself.  Why doesn't Gov. Charlie Baker just get it over with and switch parties and become a Democrat?  By the numbers, he's the worst governor in America.  Highest unemployment rate in the U.S.:  16.1%.  Third-highest death rate in the U.S.:  131 per 100,000.  Of the 8,791 deaths in Massachusetts, 5,781 have been in the nursing homes the governor is responsible for keeping safe.  And the nursing-home slaughter continues unabated — 26 of the last 36 deaths this week have occurred in those same death houses whose operators gave $52,000 to the governor Joe Biden calls "Charlie Parker."  Average age of Massachusetts decedents:  85.  Charlie Parker's prescription?  Pinball machines (but not casinos) shut down, no high-school athletics.  And now his latest overreach — mandatory flu shots for most children over the age of six months.  No hearings, no legislation, no expiration date — just another imperious, tyrannical order, to be enforced selectively against any parent who gets out of line and needs to be slapped down, like a gym owner who wants to reopen.

A look at the weekly CDC report on "COVID-19" deaths and what it really means.  This weekend, there was a great deal of social media discussion on a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) table that releases information on reported deaths that were or were presumed to be from the Wuhan coronavirus.  I would have shared with Legal Insurrection readers the tweet that got the discussion started, but the Masters of Twitter decided it did not meet their standards.  Therefore, I will begin by highlighting the source material for the discussion, the CDC's Weekly Updates by Select Demographic and Geographic Characteristics — Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). [...]

DOJ Seeks Data from Four States That Issued COVID-19 Orders for Nursing Home Deaths.  On Wednesday [8/26/2020], the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing the data requests from Governors of States that issued COVID-19 orders that may have resulted in deaths of elderly nursing home residents.

New Report Suggests COVID Cases were Overblown by... 90 Percent!?  Remember how we were told to "trust the experts" and to shutdown our entire way of life out of "an abundance of caution"?  Remember how we just needed "15 days to flatten the curve" in order to "slow the spread" and stop hospitals from being flooded with coronavirus patients?  Recall all businesses which have been ruined or altogether erased from our economy?  Remember the destruction wrought on people's lives? [...] And, at least according to the latest from The New York Times, which is hardly an anti-masking crowd, as many as 90% of people who tested "positive" for COVID-19 carried "insignificant" amounts of the virus and were likely not contagious. [...] What went so wrong?  Firstly, people bought into COVID-PANIC hook, line and sinker with nary a critical thought to the bigger picture.  Here's looking at you mask-nazis.  At least you can one day recycle that dirty cloth mask to wipe the egg off your face.  But second to that, turns out the testing methods were too sensitive.

You're Still Exempt.  Just Say "I Am Unable to Wear a Face Mask Safely." Nothing More.  Many millions cannot safely wear a face mask.  With the one-size-fits-all face mask approaches, this presents a problem.  Those who can't safely wear a face mask are pressured into wearing one, to their own detriment, or they are alternately, discouraged from using vital services due to the heavy-handed enforcement measures that place personal safety secondary at best.  The reasons for not being able to safely wear a face mask are many:  from obvious issues such as chronic lung ailments and terminal heart conditions, to less obvious issues like panic attacks, dyspnea (shortness of breath), angina (chest pains), cephalalgia (headaches), migraines, internal physical deformations from injuries, or genetic abnormalities.  Since my previous writing on the topic, in addition to my own experience, I have received many correspondences from people crossing face mask compliance checkpoints and sharing what works and doesn't work for them.

Why would the FDA ban a drug that safely saves the lives of patients?  Aimed at getting to the bottom of the disparity between doctors' pro and con beliefs regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine to fight the Wuhan virus, on Sunday, August 23, radio talk show host Mark Levin had Dr. Harvey Risch on as one of his cable show guests.  Risch, a distinguished cancer epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health, has published over 300 papers and is viewed in the medical profession as an expert at evaluating research data.  Risch, who recently wrote a review article in the American Journal of Epidemiology that cites evidence that he believes supports hydroxychloroquine's use on an outpatient basis against the Wuhan virus, told Levin that the evidence that the drug has saved many lives is "overwhelming."  He also stated that there are studies that indicate no harmful effects using the medicine under strict protocol — something the FDA did not consider when it evaluated the drug.

Examples Of Word Inflation And Effective Ways To React.  As a diligent student of the contemporary face mask orders, it is my strong recommendation that every reader of a compliance order view the word "mandatory" when spoken by a bureaucrat or functionary as "recommended."  The phrase "Absolutely no exceptions!" means "Mask are advised, talk with us if that's a problem."  "You will be fined if you don't comply!!!" means "We'd really like you to wear your mask, but we probably have no legal authority nor the will to fine you, especially if you claim any of the eight different exemptions to this policy, but we'd just like to express to you, and mainly to our insurance company, how incredibly serious we are about this policy, like literally."

It seems that the Wuhan virus's risks have been grossly exaggerated.  Without the Wuhan virus, the Democrats have no meaningful opposition to Trump.  Not only have the Democrats weaponized the Wuhan virus to destroy the economies under their aegis, but they've also repeatedly claimed that Trump killed 161,000 Americans.  However, new CDC data show that, of those Americans who died in the past seven months, only 6% died from the virus alone.  The other 94% had serious comorbidities that (sadly) put them at a higher risk of death from anything that came along — and certainly from having sick people funneled into their nursing homes. [...] When the dust settles on the year 2020, we will finally accept that the United States shut down the greatest economy in the world, that the governors in the worst hit states issued executive orders turning their nursing homes into death traps, and that we significantly increased deaths from otherwise treatable illnesses — all because of a bad flu.  It's understandable that, in the beginning, as the ugly scenes from Wuhan province emerged, we may have panicked and, in retrospect, overreacted.  Thinking back to the early days, the plan was not to overreact.  It was, instead, to have a limited, two-week lockdown to flatten the curve.  Six months later, Democrats states are still flattening that curve without letup.

Shelley Luther, Dallas hair salon owner who defied Covid-19 shutdown, is running for office in Texas.  Dallas hair salon owner Shelley Luther is running for state senate in Texas to represent local business owners and individuals who want to make their own informed decisions during the pandemic.  Luther, a Republican, appears to be pro-choice as far as freedom of movement and face masks are concerned.  Moreover, Luther described Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask mandate as "ridiculous" and believes that any further measures related to COVID should be subject to the approval by the state legislature "otherwise, we'll turn into a communist state."  "I feel like if a business owner wants to require a mask to come in, then that's their right," she told Texas native Will Cain on Fox & Friends.

CDC: Just 6% of Covid Deaths Occurred Without Co-Morbidities.  This past week the CDC finally seemed to get fed up with the coronavirus hysteria that has existed in this country since March.  First, the CDC released new guidelines saying there was no need for asymptomatic people to get tested if they were otherwise young and healthy.  That's even if you were exposed to someone who had tested positive for the virus.  Then the CDC put up on their official website the following details for people who have covid symptoms:  "If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first.  Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested."  So, yeah, the CDC is telling you to treat covid like any other illness.  Stay home if you're sick, you'll probably be fine.  That's because for most people covid is a mild illness.  If, however, you get sick enough to need treatment, go seek treatment.  This is the advice we should have had since March.  And in retrospect we should have never, ever shut down at all.

CDC says of coronavirus: 'for 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned' — Twitter called this false information.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released information which revealed that the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths were the result of underlying health conditions, called comorbidities.  President Trump tweeted out this information, which is directly stated on the CDC website, but Twitter took down the tweet, saying that it was false information.  According to CBS, Trump's retweet said that "the CDC 'quietly updated the Covid number; to show a small fraction of all deaths — 6% — from the coronavirus were 'actually' a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.  The vast majority of deaths, the post claimed, were because of 'other serious illnesses.'"

Getting to the bottom of Cuomo's coronavirus nursing home scandal.  Janice Dean reports on the weather for Fox News.  She lost both of her in-laws to the Wuhan coronavirus.  Both contracted the disease at long-term care facilities, but her mother in-law died at a hospital.  New York apparently does not include cases like the mother-in-law's in totaling up the nursing home death count.  Thus, New York is under-counting the number of deaths that arose at such facilities.  Dean has long wanted to testify about New York state's disastrous response to the coronavirus in nursing homes.  However, she was removed from the witness list for a hearing by the legislature on this subject.  Dean says a Republican New York Senator told her the Democrat majority was "uncomfortable having [her] as a witness."  Dean believes the majority was responding to pressure from Governor Cuomo or his associates.  Cuomo's office denies the charge.

Sturgis mass testing results announced.  The City of Sturgis conducted mass COVID testing for its citizens after welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors for the 80th annual Motorcycle Rally.  Now, the city is announcing the results.  A total of 650 people took advantage of the free testing, with 26 people testing positive for COVID-19.  All of them were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

CNN and Twitter Target President Trump and The Gateway Pundit.  CNN and Twitter are at it again.  Today CNN slandered President Trump and the Gateway Pundit and encouraged Twitter to take down a tweet based on CDC data that the President retweeted.  CNN and Twitter don't want Americans to know the full truth about COVID-19.  Last night we posted an article about COVID-19[.] [...] The gist of the article is that COVID-19 is not nearly as deadly as first projected by the WHO and then by Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx.  Based on CDC numbers this past week only 6% of all deaths attributed to COVID-19 were instances where the only factor in the individual's death was due to COVI9-19.

This Week CDC Quietly Updated COVID-19 Numbers — Only 9,210 Americans Died From COVID-19 Alone - The Rest Had Different Other Serious Illnesses.  [Scroll down]  Today we now have empirical evidence that the WHO, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx were all wrong.  They were charlatans.  They lied.  The CDC silently updated their numbers this week to show that only 6% of all coronavirus deaths were related to the coronavirus alone.  The rest of the deaths pinned to the China coronavirus are attributed to individuals who had other serious issues going on.  Also, most of the deaths are related to very old Americans. [...] Not only are the number of deaths related to the China coronavirus minuscule, the virus is naturally dying out.

A Tyranny Perpetual and Universal?  Nothing has made this clearer than the COVID-19 lockdowns, mask mandates, and other executive directives by governors and mayors who make no pretense of even consulting legislative bodies, much less going to the trouble of passing actual laws.  They just decree what they want, and that's that.  Americans initially were willing to go along because they feared that COVID-19 would turn out to be what the ruling class and the "experts" still lyingly insist that it is: a once-in-a-century plague primed to kill millions within months.  By now it's obvious that this virus is not that.  But the "state of exception" remains.  Will we ever get our liberties back?  And if so, how many and to what extent? [...] Whatever COVID-19 is, its effects so far in no way justify the measures taken allegedly to stop it.

Democratic senator says Trump 'deliberately killing people' by holding rallies.  Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said Saturday [8/29/2020] President Trump is "deliberately killing people" with his rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic.  "Can we take the gloves off and tell the truth?  Trump is deliberately killing people," Murphy wrote on Twitter.  "He holds rallies where people get infected.  On Thursday, no social distancing or masks, sending a clear message that the CDC should be ignored."  "His plan is to kill people.  Let's just say it," Murphy continued.  On Friday, the president held a rally in New Hampshire for supporters, however masks were mandatory as were temperature checks.

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[#1] Think about it.  Why would President Trump kill his own supporters?  [#2] Where is the Senator's concern for the spread of coronavirus among the rioters in Democrat-controlled cities?  [#3] The pandemic (if it ever was a pandemic) was over at least a month ago.

Oops: It Looks Like the Vast Majority of Positive COVID Results Should Have Been Negative.  Testing, testing, testing — that's how Pelosi and the Democrats say we'll defeat the coronavirus.  Meanwhile, President Trump and his administration are conducting "operation warp speed" at breakneck pace to develop therapeutics, diagnostics, and a vaccine for the Wuhan flu.  Unlike testing, treatments will actually do something for you when you come down sick with the disease.  But now we're learning the overwhelming majority of those who have tested positive for the coronavirus should really have been found negative after all.

Scandal-ridden WHO 'listening in' on online conversations to counter 'fake COVID-19 news'.  The scandal-plagued World Health Organization (WHO) is working with an analytics company to "social listen" and monitor "millions" of people's social media accounts to combat "coronavirus misinformation."  According to an August 25 WHO news post titled "Immunizing the public against misinformation," the WHO, which is the health arm of the United Nations, claims there is "an overabundance of information and the rapid spread of misleading or fabricated news, images, and videos" regarding the coronavirus.  "We're not just battling the virus," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was quoted as saying in the news release.  "We're also battling the trolls and conspiracy theorists that push misinformation and undermine the outbreak response."

Joe Biden's unserious pandemic response.  If it were up to Joe Biden, the national shutdown implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic would never end.  When he accepted the nomination for president on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, he promised that if elected, he would pass a federal mask mandate as part of his effort to defeat the virus.  "It's a patriotic duty," he declared.  Of course, Biden didn't bother to elaborate on this proposed mandate or explain how his administration would enforce it — because he knows that such a heavy-handed restriction would be legally dubious and almost impossible to enforce.

De Blasio's inability to make a decision could be death knell for NYC restaurants.  City restaurateurs reacted with shock and disbelief to Mayor de Blasio's lack of urgency to reopen eating places indoors — an industry that employs over 300,000 people and is an indispensable part of the Big Apple's social and business fabric.  More than 1,000 of the city's 25,000 sit-down eateries have closed since the start of the pandemic — and a prolonged shutdown without a blueprint to reopen threatens to sink many more by winter's end.  "When outdoor dining is done, when PPP loans and SBA loans are spent, it's over," said Aquavit owner Hakan Swahn.  "Any restaurant will quickly run out of cash.  Without indoor dining and any additional government financial assistance we will not be open very long."

South Bay Baptist Pastor Fined for Violating Ban on Indoor Church Services.  A Santa Clara pastor posted a video this week after being slapped with $10,000 in fines for violating the health order.  "This is not a hot spot, we were told that thousands were going to die," said North Valley Baptist Church pastor Jack Trieber.  "There's not a pandemic here."  In the nine-minute video, Trieber uses the county's death rate to justify opening his doors to his congregation.  As of Thursday, the county reported 16,607 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 240 deaths.  Trieber was fined $5,000 twice over the weekend for holding indoor services and singing, which are both against the state's order.  According to the Mercury News, the pastor was fined another $5,000 on Wednesday for, once again, holding indoor services.

Moderna and Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine candidates require ultra-low temperatures, raising questions about storage, distribution.  The COVID-19 vaccine candidates being developed by Moderna Inc. and BioNTech and Pfizer Inc. will require stringent standards for refrigeration, and that may hamper how they are distributed to the hundreds of millions of Americans expecting to receive them.  Shares of Moderna fell 3.5% in trading on Thursday [8/27/2020], following a rally on Wednesday after the company's disclosure that people older than 55 years old who participated in the Phase 1 trial had demonstrated neutralizing antibody titers.  Pfizer's stock was down 0.5% in Thursday trading, while BioNTech tumbled 3.4%.

Don't Get Too Excited About a Coronavirus Vaccine.  In principle, testing a vaccine might seem simple — you give the vaccine to one group of subjects, a placebo to a second, then compare how many in each group develop COVID-19.  In practice, however, the process is diabolically complex.  Vaccine development raises many questions:  how well does the vaccine work?  (None is 100% effective.)  How much of the active material (antigen) should be in each dose?  Does one dose suffice to elicit immunity, or do you need two (as is the case for the second-generation shingles vaccine) or more (three were required for the first hepatitis B vaccine)?  Is the addition of an "adjuvant," a chemical booster, necessary to elicit a sufficient immune response?  How well does the vaccine work in the elderly, who are highly vulnerable to Covid-19 infection but who tend to mount a poor immune response?  Does immunity last long enough to make immunizing billions of people worthwhile?

Sun rising on role of Vitamin D in COVID-19 fight.  As a recent front-page Los Angeles Times report reminded us, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck America's second-largest city, its homeless population was viewed as a "time bomb" about to go off.  Estimated to be more than 41,000 individuals, beyond issues of shelter and food, many suffered from health problems that predispose them to severe illness.  It was projected that they were at risk of succumbing in high numbers to the worst ravages of COVID-19.  Yet, to date, according to the Times' Gale Holland, there has been little spread of the novel coronavirus in Los Angeles' street encampments.  "Of the more than 1,300 cases among homeless people in (entire) L.A. County, fatalities by mid-August stood at 31, a mortality rate comparable to or better than that of the overall population," she writes.  Throughout the state, as well as the nation, similar numbers related to the homeless are being recorded.  As experts look for explanations, it is believed that one reason for this outcome could be the environment where nearly three-quarters of LA's homeless people live — outside.

Kamala Harris promises national mask mandate if elected.  Kamala Harris said on Friday [8/28/2020] that a nationwide mask mandate would be among the first orders of business if she and Joe Biden were elected to the White House in November, calling it the "responsible" thing to do.  The Democratic vice presidential nominee expanded on the three-month plan that Biden has promised to enact if he won the White House, explaining that every American would be expected to wear a face covering amid the pandemic.  "Yes," Harris, 55, said when asked if that would be one of their first actions in power during an interview on NBC's "Today."  "It's a standard.  I mean, nobody's going to be punished," Harris continued when asked how it would be enforced.

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You might wonder, what's the point of a mandate if it's not enforced?  Such a "mandate" would be an excuse for low-level Democrat tyrants to perpetuate and enforce their own mask ordinances, with or without public hearings or referenda.    "It's a standard" means it's a way to tell the compliant from the non-compliant — the obedient from the disobedient.  The masks are all about conformity, not disease.

77 Positive NFL Coronavirus Tests Were a False Positive Due to 'Isolated Contamination'.  Over the weekend, 77 individuals from 11 NFL teams, including players, coaches and staff, tested positive for COVID-19.  The results led to altered practice schedules on Sunday, with affected players and coaches staying home and attending team meetings virtually, ESPN reported.  Then, the NFL retested the samples.  Retests of all 77 samples came back negative.  The NFL is currently testing its personnel daily using a firm called BioReference, which claimed the false positives were the result of an "isolated contamination" incident while the tests were being prepared.

New York's Big Brother Has Gone Bananas.  [Scroll down]  Last week, I flew into Buffalo. [...] Coming from Missouri, a state on New York's travel advisory, I had to fill out a two-sided form promising that I would quarantine in place for 14 days.  As if.  Missouri has had about 25 COVID-19 deaths per 100,00 people.  New York has had about 165.  In the western part of Missouri where I live, the rate is considerably lower.  No matter.  By some perverse calculation, my return to New York threatened to put the state's residents at some elevated risk.  To visit my own cottage, I had to promise not to be in public or otherwise leave the quarters that they have identified as "suitable." These "quarters" — how quaint — had to have "separate bathroom facilities for each individual or family group."  More than that, I had to have "access to a sink with soap and water, and paper towels." [...] Come what may, Cuomo has an assured place in history.  He will be the first head of a state to enact a costly, self-defeating law that absolutely no one will follow and, quite likely, no one will be punished for not following.

Germany Imposes Fine For All Non-Mask Wearers In New National Crackdown.  It should surprise nobody that this happens first within the EU.  While much of the world takes to mask-wearing more out of a social and health consciousness "most people are on board" type attitude, the government of Germany has announced fines as punishment for people not wearing them.  Chancellor Angela Merkel announced during a virtual meeting Thursday with state governors that almost the entire country will be under a 50 euros minimum ($59) fine for breaching the national mask mandate.  After the meeting it was announced that all federal states except the east's Saxony-Anhalt agreed on setting a minimum fine.

The Resistible Rise of Andrew Cuomo.  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's transition from Albany's long-jowled bullyboy to America's lockdown lovebug was as swift as it was unlikely.  The Empire State early on had become America's coronavirus killing ground, and who would have thought a hero could emerge from that?  Especially one best known for bombast, a withering stare, backroom brawling, and the joy he derives from tormenting the hapless mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.  By midsummer, total coronavirus deaths in New York were far and away the highest in the nation — seven times those in Florida; nine times Texas's; and four times those in California, a state with a population more than twice that of New York.  Even so, the most trusted medical voice in America on the virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was telling the country in July that because New York's numbers had fallen, the state "did it correctly." He said this even though he knew about New York's nursing-home calamity — a disastrously ill-considered Cuomo executive order that sent virus-infected patients directly from hospitals into nursing homes, where infections spread wildly and thousands died, quickly and quietly.  The governor, characteristically, blames others for the debacle, but the fact is that such things didn't happen elsewhere.

5-Year-Old with Autism Kicked off School Bus for Not Wearing Mask.  In Arizona, a school is facing backlash for its poor treatment of a 5-year-old student with autism who did not wear a mask on the bus for his first day of school, as reported by the New York Post.  On Wednesday [8/26/2020], Jack Griffith was heading to his first day of Kindergarten at Bush Elementary School in Mesa.  His mother, Beth, recalled to a local newspaper how Jack was nervous about his first day, but at the same time was excited to finally start school.  However, despite his condition being made known to the school, which had already arranged for him to be in a special-needs classroom, a bus driver refused to let Jack board the bus in the morning.  When Jack's parents, Beth and Troy, were told by the driver that Jack had to wear a mask in order to ride, Troy countered by pointing out that the school's guidelines had an exemption for students with special needs.

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Is The Coronavirus Crisis Finally Over?  Much of America has been in some phase or another of a lockdown since the middle of March.  Most of us want to know when we can return to normal.  But the officials who have cooped us up, shut down businesses, ruined personal finances, outlawed gatherings, and created an environment of fear won't tell us when we'll be free of their grip.  To call our situation discouraging is to understate the case.  Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control's most recently posted data set are reason for optimism, though.  The chart below shows the most current figures available, through the week of Aug. 15.


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In the chart above, notice that the number of deaths nationwide always surges in the winter.  That's one reason why a few degrees of global warming wouldn't be all that bad.

Lockdowns and Mask Mandates Do Not Lead to Reduced COVID Transmission Rates or Deaths, New Study Suggests.  A new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper by Andrew Atkeson, Karen Kopecky, and Tao Zha focused on countries and U.S. states with more than 1,000 COVID deaths as of late July.  In all, the study included 25 U.S. states and 23 countries. [...] The paper's conclusion is that the data trends observed above likely indicate that nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) — such as lockdowns, closures, travel restrictions, stay-home orders, event bans, quarantines, curfews, and mask mandates — do not seem to affect virus transmission rates overall.  Why?  Because those policies have varied in their timing and implementation across countries and states, but the trends in outcomes do not.

Democrats May Have Violated Civil Rights By Forcing Nursing Homes to Admit COVID-Positive Patients.  On Wednesday [8/26/2020], the Department of Justice (DOJ) formally requested COVID-19 data from Democrat governors who required nursing homes to admit patients who had previously tested positive for the disease caused by the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.  "Protecting the rights of some of society's most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country's most important obligations," Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband said in a statement.  "We must ensure they are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk."

Judge once again refuses to shut down in-person worship at Los Angeles County church.  Earlier this week, we looked at the story of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California and Pastor John MacArthur's battle with the county and the state over holding in-person, indoor services at his church.  Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff had ruled in favor of the church based on the fact that there were "no previous court rulings" forbidding the church from holding such services.  But at the same time, the judge left open the question of whether or not the county could impose fines of up to $20,000 on the church for violating executive orders issued by the county government regarding large assemblies during the pandemic.  Now the second round of appeals has been heard and Judge Beckloff appears content to allow things to continue as they have been thus far.  The county had moved to request a restraining order on the pastor, preventing him from continuing to hold indoor services.  The judge shot them down yet again, but he still failed to rule on the larger question of whether or not the county's rules violated the church's First Amendment rights.  Instead, he went with yet another technical argument.

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The COVID Testing Scam Was Just Exposed in One Graph.  [Scroll down]  Businesses are also being forced to stay closed or limit the number of patrons due to manufactured hysteria over a rise in case numbers that occurred while testing was massively increasing.  In Maine, the Governor is even forcing restaurant workers to wear their COVID shields upside down attached to a collar like a dog cone!  [Illustration]  And, again, since people without symptoms aren't spreading the virus, the continued decimation of the entire restaurant industry and concomitant destruction of people's ability to earn their daily bread serves no legitimate purpose even if the "second wave" of COVID infections were real.  Given that the virus only poses a real threat to the elderly and antecedently ill, all we ever needed to do was keep sick people away from them instead of, you know, forcing infected patients into nursing homes like the man Anthony Fauci singled out for doing such a bang-up job handling the virus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did.  But, just like Congress and the DOJ, let's totally ignore that the U.S. officials charged with guarding public health engaged in a deliberate campaign of disinformation in order to get Americans to accept a bunch of completely unnecessary restrictions that rained down untold hardship, misery, and death.


Oregon Business Owner Says State Forces Him to Discriminate Against Certain Customers, Levies Huge Fine.  The only pharmacy in a sparsely populated Oregon county has come under scrutiny by the state's Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) for failing to enforce mask regulations on customers.  The owners are now speaking out, saying that the State of Oregon is requiring them to discriminate against the large number of customers they serve who also have disabilities.  In addition, OSHA has slapped them with $10,000 in fines.

We could 'beat' COVID-19 before a vaccine is ready.  Is a vaccine the only way to return to normal after COVID-19? New research into the virus suggests not — that the infection rate may drop to tiny levels before then.  Since the spring, scientists have known the virus's infection fatality rate — how many people it kills compared to the number it infects — is under 1 percent, perhaps as low as 0.2 percent.  That lower figure translates into one death for every 500 people infected.  We have also known that deaths are seriously skewed by age.  The media says older people are at "more" risk from the novel coronavirus than younger people.  That's true, but it understates the reality.  Most people do not realize that the risks to people over 80 are hundreds or thousands of times higher than those younger people face.  The fatality rate for children, meanwhile, is very small.

Northwestern University asks Evanston residents to report students who ignore COVID-19 precautions in off-campus gatherings.  Northwestern University's campus in Evanston is going to feel less crowded this fall, with residence hall capacity reduced to about 70% and more than half of all employees still working from home, school officials said Tuesday [8/25/2020]. [...] As universities nationwide navigate reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, a large share of student infections have been traced to illicit off-campus gatherings, forcing some schools to abandon plans for in-person learning.  Mona Dugo, interim dean of students, said NU is taking a stricter approach to policing off campus behavior this year and will urge students to act on behalf of the most vulnerable members of their community.  NU plans to offer a mix of online, remote and a small portion of face-to-face classes — but only to students who abide by the rules. [...] Dugo said that anyone who sees students failing to comply with public health precautions can report incidents to her office using an online form.  Dugo said the forms should include specific details and even photo evidence so NU can follow up.

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Oregon governor considers releasing 400 prisoners as coronavirus precaution: report.  Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is considering commuting the sentences of as many as 400 prisoners in the state's detention centers as a coronavirus precaution, according to reports.  The move would come as police in the state's largest city, Portland, have their hands full with nightly riots and destruction for three straight months — with protests in other cities as well.  The prisoners eyed for early release would include those who are within two months of the end of their sentences — as well as about a dozen inmates deemed "medically vulnerable" to the virus, OregonLive.com reported.

Department of Justice wants COVID-19 data on Michigan nursing home deaths.  The U.S. Department of Justice says it wants "COVID-19 data" from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as it examines executive orders during the pandemic that "may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents."  The Wednesday move escalates a long-brewing fight over policies implemented by some governors to care for elderly individualswith the virus in nursing homes amid fears of hospitals being overrun.  The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division is evaluating whether to launch investigations under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, which protects the rights of persons in state-run nursing homes, a press release said.

Celebs Attending VMAs Exempt From NY Quarantine.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will exempt celebrities attending the Video Music Awards from out of state from his own COVID-19 quarantine orders, city officials confirmed to the New York Post this week.  The event will take place on Sunday at several outdoor venues "with limited or no audience" and will feature performances from prominent singers Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and others.

Hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 Treatment, Actual Usage in the USA.  [Scroll down]  The analysis was focused on Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ).  This study has found that Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was used for the treatment of COVID-19 in the US since January 2020.  From January to August 16, 13.5% of COVID-19 patients ages 40+ were prescribed Hydroxychloroquine in the US.  The New England and Middle Atlantic census divisions suffered from the largest COVID-19 mortality and accounted for most COVID-19 deaths from mid-March through mid-June.  This study has found that they had the lowest utilization of HCQ (average 6.1% for patients ages 40+) in the matching period early March [to] late May.

Ron Paul:  More Experts Concede:  Covid Lockdowns Were A Disaster.  From mainstream publications like the Wall Street Journal to top government health advisors in the UK, a consensus is building that the sledgehammer of Covid lockdowns has been an unmitigated disaster.  It's good news that more mainstream sources are coming our way, but the dark forces of authoritarianism are not about to release their grasp so easily.  Also today — Plasma treatment is getting the HCQ treatment in the MSM and New York sees introduction of mandatory detention and vaccine bill[.]  [Video clip]

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Five COVID-19 Charts Democrats Can't Let You Know About.  If the Democratic National Convention made anything clear, it is that Democrats are entirely invested in making the coronavirus pandemic look worse than it is in the United States.  Almost every speaker decried the response and blamed President Donald Trump for the scale of the disease in the country. [...] But the number of infections and deaths is meaningless out of context.  What matters is how many have died per capita, how many who've been infected have succumbed to the disease and where the trends are right now.  When you do that, the picture looks far less bleak. [...] Democrats don't want you to know any of this, and neither does the Trump-hating press.


Biden off on another planet:  Charts show the U.S. is beating the coronavirus.  What planet does Joe Biden live on?  In his campaign for president, he's promised more lockdowns if the "experts" tell him to do it, maybe permanent lockdown, lockdown as a lifestyle, which means shutting down the entire country.  It's bizarre stuff, given that it's already been done, with plenty of unintended consequences.  It's a supposed leadership redo of President Trump's supposedly bad leadership on COVID.  This, according to Joe, is how one really does it, so rewind the reel to March 2020 and let him start the lockdowns from there as if nothing had at all changed.

Corruption Cries Mount Over Pandemic Spending in El Salvador.  On August 9, the website on which the El Salvador government publishes all of the country's contract expenditures suddenly went dark.  The shutdown came amid allegations of corruption by the administration of President Nayib Bukele related to coronavirus spending.  When the website came back online, all information pertaining to the Bukele presidency had been eliminated, El Diario De Hoy reported.  The information was removed a day after Salud Con Lupa, an investigative news site focused on health care in Latin America, published a report alleging that Bukele's health minister, Francisco Alab', had spent $50,000 to remodel his office during the pandemic.  An investigation by Gato Encerrado also revealed that Alab' gave a $225,000 contract for rubber boots to an auto parts company of which his aunt is president.  The boots were part of emergency spending measures for medical supplies.

'No jab, no play' [is] the wrong approach to COVID-19 vaccine, doctors warn.  Doctors are urging governments not to compel Australians to get a COVID-19 vaccine, warning the fast-tracked approval process could create a risk of harmful side effects.  Australian Medical Association President Omar Khorshid said while the peak body was "very supportive of vaccination generally because of its extensive science behind the safety, it's not going to be the case for a COVID vaccine, at least initially."

Woman in Australia jailed for six months over quarantine breach.  A woman has been jailed for six months in Australia for breaching coronavirus quarantine rules.  Asher Faye Vander Sanden, 28, had spent a month in the state of Victoria, which has been hit heavily by Covid-19.  She was permitted to fly home to Perth, Western Australia, and quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at her own expense.  But she instead arrived secretly in the state in a truck and stayed at her partner's home, where she was later arrested.  In Western Australia, people found to have broken quarantine laws face a maximum penalty of 12 months' imprisonment or a $50,000 (£27,000) fine.

The Wrong-Way Washington Post Inadvertently Admits Trump Saved Over 900,000 Lives From Virus.  On March 19th of this year The Post predicted this for 2020:  "In the worst-case scenario, America is on a trajectory toward 1.1 million deaths."  As this is written this last week of August, Fox News reports that there have thus far been 176,816 thousand deaths in the United States from the COVID virus since the virus first arrived in America in January.  Doing the math?  Subtract the actual 176,816 deaths from The Post prediction of 1.1 million deaths — and that means there has been no "worst-case scenario" and that the Trump administration's relentless efforts to control the spread of the virus has in fact saved the lives of 923,184 Americans.

COVID's Gonna Do What Viruses Do.  Viruses do what viruses do, regardless of the pronouncement of pandemic modelers, elected officials, or the all-knowing Dr. Fauci.  And this won't end until the movie ends on November 4.  A recent article in Scientific American put it succinctly, "The only job of this virus is to replicate itself.  It will make its way through all the susceptibles that it can find."  The Wuhan virus is not racist, sexist, or phobic toward any political identity group, despite claims to the contrary by the left.  It is not interested in diversity, tolerance, reparations, or wokeness.  In the early days we heard incessantly about "flattening the curve."  In terms of official policy, the White House set forth a plan in mid-March, "15 days to slow the spread."  President Trump announced this initiative from the podium along with a somber looking Dr. Fauci and other task force members.  Interestingly when the virus was at its worst, Dr. Fauci didn't feel it necessary to don a large mask, unlike now when the pandemic is losing steam.

Conservative lawmakers want to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine over COVID-19 response.  Some of Ohio's most conservative lawmakers want to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine over how he's handled the novel coronavirus.  But new Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, said impeachment isn't the right path forward, effectively killing the effort on the same day it was pitched.  Cupp said the impeachment effort was an "imprudent attempt" to escalate disagreement with the governor to "a state constitutional crisis."

Democrats plan to project COVID-19 deaths outside DC hall holding RNC events.  As Republicans deliver convention speeches at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Democrats plan to use a projector to cast a slideshow about the ever-rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths outside the historic building.

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The Democrats hope to convince easily-duped voters that the presence of the coronavirus is the fault of President Trump.  Anyone who spends two minutes away from the television to think for himself can see that's not true.

Get on with your lives!  Professor says as coronavirus 'not as deadly as first thought'.  Coronavirus is not as deadly as was thought and the public fear that is stopping the country returning to normal is unfounded, a leading expert says.  Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, called for the government to intervene and "proactively reassure the population". [...] Professor Heneghan — whose work led to a lowering of the official death toll after he revealed Covid deaths were being counted even if someone had subsequently died of other causes — spoke as he released new data revealing the infection fatality rate had fallen from 2-3 percent in the height of the pandemic to 0.3 [percent].  He said if the downward trend continues the pandemic may end up no worse than a bad flu season.  Reasons for the fall, he said, could not only be down to the consequences of lockdown because cases are continuing to drop despite society opening up.

We are the victims of the greatest crime in history.  International best-selling author, Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA, explains how governments have used mind control techniques to manipulate us during this alleged crisis.  [Video clip]

From DNC Irony to Parody.  There is one rule that Governor Andrew Cuomo should follow in all discussions of COVID-19.  Given his own disastrous record, he should never claim success in battling the virus by disparaging the successes of other states or nations in combating the contagion, especially on the basis of deaths per million residents. [...] Cuomo demanded all sorts of instant federal relief.  He screamed nightly about the need for thousands of ventilators.  He wanted a federal hospital ship, a tent city hospital, and stocks of protective equipment.  So terrified of repercussions over his prior laxity and so clueless as to the proper course of action and so eager to get infected patients out of sight and out of mind, Cuomo both praised Trump's cooperation to the skies as his wish list was granted and ordered rest homes and assisted living centers to admit active COVID-19 patients.  The result was predictable: somewhere between 10,000-15,000 previously uninfected residents died needlessly from the virus.  What did Cuomo do then?  In the best tradition of progressive projection — accuse others of what one is guilty of — Cuomo immediately quashed investigations into his role in the tragedy.

Now Democrats Are Stuck With Biden.  [Scroll down]  Now there's no getting rid of Joe van Winkle; he's locked in when he should be locked up.  His first post-speech media confab, even with Kamala right by his side, super-friendly interviewer David Muir spoon-feeding him his mush, and a shock collar under his shirt, was a disaster.  The headline is that three months from now, he wants to order us into face thongs again.  Huh?  So many unasked follow-up questions come to mind, like "What about a guy alone hunting elk in Montana?" or "What part of the Constitution gives the president the authority to order us into cough burqas?"  Biden insists he would do what the scientists tell him, and you have to wonder which scientists, since a bunch of them think this pandemic paranoia is stupid — you just have trouble finding that out since his Big Tech masters do their best to squelch dissent.  Does he disagree with Dr. Fauci?  Dr. Fauci insists Trump has taken all his recommendations (for better or worse).  So, we should ignore Dr. Fauci now?

Contact tracing app at Michigan college is a surveillance-state nightmare.  Make way for the U.S.S.A. — the United Surveillance States of America.  And it's all due to COVID-19.  A contact tracing app that administrators at a college in Michigan forced on all students as a condition of their presence on campus not only identifies the app user by name — not only pinpoints the app user by geographic location — not only generates a specific code that labels the app user as either "certified" or "denied," based on required coronavirus test results — but also sends an alert to school bureaucrats about "denied" students behaving against COVID-19 protocols.  Administrators then, in turn, can lock these students' identification cards remotely and prevent them from accessing certain buildings and campus facilities.  Think about that for a moment.  An app that tattles; hmm, what could go wrong?

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Farmers' Market:  Worse Than Hitler!  Edition.  Now that people have been conditioned to automatically don masks that is no longer sufficient to virtue signal how much your local officials care about your safety.  So now the good people running the Saturday market have the larger vendors barricading their produce from the riff raff (us) displayed on their tables behind orange plastic construction/snow fencing.  [Illustration]  I wish I was kidding but I am not.  It is there to prevent you from touching anything.  So now the process of buying tomatoes consists of queuing up safely (behind your face mask) to wait your turn to point at the size, color, variety you wish to exchange for cash — which is, surprisingly, still accepted and returned to customers as (contaminated) change.  But that's not the worst of it.  The local Nazi squad has also implemented a one way only traffic flow through the market — also to "keep you safe."


Trump Announces FDA's Emergency Use Authorization For Convalescent Plasma Treatment.  President Donald Trump announced Sunday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma in treating patients with coronavirus, expanding access to a potentially lifesaving therapy.  "Today I'm pleased to make a truly historic announcement in our battle against the China virus that will save countless lives," he told reporters gathered in the White House briefing room.  "The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization and that's such a powerful term, emergency use authorization for a treatment known as convalescent plasma."  The treatment involves injecting coronavirus patients with the liquid portion of blood containing coronavirus antibodies, and Trump urged any Americans who were diagnosed with coronavirus "to go to Coronavirus.gov and sign up and donate plasma today."

In the Soup!  [Scroll down]  As for everyone else, it's time to get back to being Americans ourselves.  Take off the [...] mask and start asking your governor what right he/she has to demand this sacrifice.  In the early days, well, no one knew what was going on, but now, there is no defense for a mask mandate.  There is no defense to keep businesses closed.  Whatever sense that might have made in the early days has been destroyed by now, repudiated.  A certain amount of people will die from this virus as die from every virus that enters a free and open society and there is nothing to be done about it.  We can wear all of the masks we want, shut down all of the businesses we want and yet, when they are ultimately opened up again, there will be a spike in cases and the few individuals who have been spared a few months will contract the virus and go through the process of overcoming it or dying from it.  I don't know why we thought that in 2020 we could do something other than suffer these losses as we have during every other pandemic in history, but we tried and failed.  The virus will pass through society and claim what it will claim and doing all of the economic damage we have done to ourselves will stand out as nothing more than some sort of ritual flagellation to prove ourselves socially pious.  What a waste.

Trump to reveal coronavirus 'breakthrough' therapeutic, WH press secretary says.  President Trump plans to hold a news conference Sunday evening regarding a potential major therapeutic "breakthrough" for treating the coronavirus.  The president will announce the development at 6 p.m., accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Dr. Stephen Hahn, head of the Food and Drug Administration, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany posted on Twitter late Saturday [8/22/2020].  Earlier in the day, the president suggested someone at the FDA was purposefully trying to delay clinical trials for therapeutics and vaccines for political purposes.

Biden Hasn't Tested for Covid as Campaign Enters Busiest Period.  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hasn't been tested for coronavirus, a top aide said on Sunday, as the campaign enters its busiest period.  "He has not been tested," Kate Bedingfield, deputy manager for Biden's presidential campaign, said on ABC's "This Week."  "We have put the strictest protocols in place, and moving forward, should he need to be tested, he certainly would be."  She also said Biden hasn't had the virus, although it's not clear how this would be known without a test.

Did Biden's Deputy Campaign Manager Accidentally Reveal Why He's Hiding in His Basement?  Former Vice President Joe Biden has been hiding in his basement for months since the start of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. [...] Despite being asked about what they're doing, the Biden campaign has refused to answer whether or not the former vice president has been tested or came up positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.  Because of that, ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield what's taking place. [...] Interestingly enough, Bedingfield said Biden hasn't had the virus, but he also has not been tested.  "We've put the strictest protocols in place and, moving forward, should he need to be tested, he certainly would be, but he has not been tested yet," she said. [...] If Biden hasn't been routinely tested for the Wuhan coronavirus, how do we know that he never had it?  Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are routinely tested for the virus out of an abundance of caution.  Shouldn't the same thing be happening with the Biden campaign?

Why isn't Joe Biden being tested for COVID-19?  Joe Biden has faced questions on his mental and physical acuity throughout his presidential bid.  For example, he first said he is cognitively tested 'all the time' and then clarified to say he has not had a formal cognitive test[.]  But there is a larger issue lingering over the 77-year-old — Joe Biden has not been tested for COVID-19.  Joe Biden receives Secret Service protection and intelligence briefings similar to that of the President.  So why is he refusing to be tested regularly, as the President is, for a highly contagious virus that has killed 173,000 Americans?  As of August 19, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of approximately 41,000 Americans aged between 74 and 85.  Joe Biden is an American aged between 74 and 85.  The last time Biden personally spoke about being tested was July 28, almost a full month ago.

Here Is Joe Biden's Worst Campaign Pitch If You Live In a State That Still Feels Like America.  Joe Biden has some awful ideas for those of us living in Georgia, Florida, or South Dakota.  For now, these states still feel like America despite COVID-19.  I can speak to Georgia specifically.  We have no statewide mask mandate, and leaders are not allowed to mandate them at the local level.  Businesses are open, with some requiring masks for service.  Other than that, life is 94% back to normal.  We have college football starting in the SEC with limited stadium attendance.  Outdoor festivals are back, and restaurants are operating indoors and leaving it up to patrons to determine their distancing preference.  We are going to the gym, and the kids are back in school.  If we stopped testing asymptomatic people, they would be highly likely to stay in school.

A Pandemic of Socialism.  In mid-March of 2020, the United States of America became a socialist country, despite President Trump's promise in his State of the Union address one year prior.  To those who lost their non-essential jobs, those who met empty shelves, those who discovered that their "free" education was too costly, those driven insane by incessant fear-mongering, and those faced with capricious and nonsensical restrictions — welcome to socialism.  Deceived by the arrogance of science and appeal to authority, or perhaps with false science to mask nefarious motives, public health and safety were used as a contrivance to replace liberty, freedom, and democracy with the Game of Socialism, in which (elected) tyrants play with our lives.  Do health and safety trump liberty and freedom, and must we sacrifice one for the other?

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Here's Yet Another Graph That Shreds the COVID Lockdown Hysteria.  I admit that I overreacted to the coronavirus with the lockdown stuff.  Mid-March the Dow Jones lost close to 10,000 points in a week.  The daily 1,800-2,000-point drops were brutal and unsustainable.  Maybe a 15 [to] 20-day stay-at-home order was agreeable, but then these Democratic governors from King Murphy in New Jersey to Adolf Whitmer in Michigan kept tacking on arbitrary extensions.  No one knew anything.  We still don't, given that the so-called experts are too busy sewing panic and anti-Trump vitriol than studying the virus. [...] It's been an endless parade of nonsense.  Mayor Bill de Blasio first said that New York City schools would be closed, but the daycare centers would be open.  Makes no sense.  He also banned large gatherings, except Black Lives Matter protests.  Makes no sense.  And finally, tried to ban the 9/11 Memorial lighting ceremony over COVID concerns, whereas he has no qualms about the COVID cases that spiked... because of the mass protests.  And did I forget to mention that he ordered city officials in the contact tracing program to avoid asking new COVID patients if they were at any demonstrations?  Democrats are trash.  And lo and behold, we have a new graph based on data from New Zealand shows that cases reduced dramatically when the lockdowns were eased.


Where is the Wuhan virus researcher was named as Patient Zero?  The US government's leading health research body has raised a series of bombshell concerns over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and the activities of a secretive Chinese laboratory that was investigating bat diseases.  The National Institutes of Health has asked if Covid-19 was linked to the deaths of three miners eight years ago and questioned whether the high-security laboratory in Wuhan possessed samples of the virus prior to the pandemic's outbreak late last year.  The agency also demanded to know more about the 'apparent disappearance' of a scientist at the lab rumoured to be Patient Zero, and questioned if roadblocks were placed around the Wuhan Institute of Virology between October 14 and 19 last year.

It's time to organize protests, lawsuits against lockdowns and other COVID-19 mandates.  [Scroll down]  It's time to organize protests, file lawsuits, and engage in civil disobedience as a united group.  There are plenty of patriotic Americans who have done so already, but not nearly enough.  These "lone wolf conservatives," as I like to call them, need our support.  We MUST address this situation as an existential threat to the United States of America, the Constitution, and our future as a nation.  They said the pandemic was the existential threat.  It wasn't.  But these draconian mandates definitely are.  Suicides and drug overdoses are skyrocketing.  Destitution is rampant.  Jobs and businesses are being lost indefinitely.  The psychological effect this is having on adults but more dramatically on children is inexcusable.  We are destroying our nation and quashing our own future.  We're doing so because of a disease with a 99.96% recovery rate for everyone under the age of 40.  And yes, that includes those with pre-existing conditions.  If we were to eliminate those with co-morbidities from the statistics, the death rate would be infinitesimal.

Origin of the virus.  President Trump refers to COVID as the "China virus" or "Wuhan virus," but the Democrats have labored hard to shield China from any blame.  Senator Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's running mate, introduced legislation condemning the phrases "Wuhan virus," "Chinese virus," and "Kung Flu," for perpetrating "anti-Asian stigma." And Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his featured speech at the Democrats' National Convention, insisted on calling it the "European virus."  The Democrats are so eager to obscure the virus's origin that Nancy Pelosi blocked a Congressional investigation into millions of U.S. tax dollars that went to Wuhan Institute of Virology.  However, Q has pointed to two items that may shed some light: the arrest of Dr. Charles Lieber, Chairman of Harvard University's Chemical and Chemical Biology Departments, for not disclosing his highly-paid research for Wuhan University of Technology, and an Australian study that indicated that the virus is man-made, and not of human origin.  These facts might indicate that American talent and tax dollars contributed to the laboratory creation of this virus in China, and that Democrats want to hide that information.

Whither Coronavirus?  Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die from the seasonal flu.  This has never been considered a crisis or emergency.  As COVID joins the ranks of around 150 viruses that are currently active worldwide, that number likely will rise for years to come.  On the other hand, given the extraordinary publicity that has been given to the Wuhan flu, it is likely that many more Americans will get flu shots, including Wuhan shots if and when they become available.  Perhaps that factor will balance out the addition of COVID to the roster of viruses.  In my opinion, the tragedy of the COVID-19 epidemic is that the inevitable damage done by the virus, which no plausible government action could have prevented, was compounded by hysteria.

Twenty (Uncomfortable) Questions.  [#12] So, you can protest, riot and loot, but I can't go to a 12-step meeting, a place of worship, or a gym?  Why are grocery stores a supposed sanctuary from the virus?  [#13] Why do people wear masks while they are alone in their cars?  [#14] Why are we supposed to trust Anthony Fauci, a man who was wrong about every element of the AIDS virus — from how it spreads and among which demographic groups to the likelihood of a vaccine 25 years ago — and who has repeatedly contradicted himself about the coronavirus?

Governor Cuomo Bans Dancing.  Governor Cuomo has become Reverend Shaw Moore from the movie Footloose after issuing a new set of commands for New Yorkers that includes a ban on dancing.  This is not a joke. [...] ["]There is no dancing allowed in New York's bars and restaurants, even at a wedding reception, according to the New York State Liquor Authority.  To control the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's liquor authority has also specifically banned darts, pool, cornhole, karaoke and exotic dancing.["]  Bar owners are already struggling to stay open after being shut down for months.  The new rules are causing a lot of anxiety as business owners are being threatened with their licensing if they don't comply.

We now have the best evidence yet that everyone develops long-term coronavirus immunity after infection — and it's not just about antibodies.  Scientists may now have an answer to one of the most crucial lingering questions about COVID-19:  whether people develop long-term immunity.  Early research suggested that coronavirus antibodies — blood proteins that protect the body from subsequent infections — could fade within months.  But in their concern about those findings' implications, many people failed to consider our immune system's multilayered defence against invading pathogens.  Specifically, they discounted the role of white blood cells, which have impressive powers of recollection that can help your body mount another attack against the coronavirus should it ever return.  Memory T cells are an especially key type, since they identify and destroy infected cells and inform B cells about how to craft new virus-targeting antibodies.

Utah Students Who Are Caught Without Masks In School May Be Hit With Criminal Charges, Even Kindergartners.  Students in Utah who are as young as being in kindergarten may be hit with criminal charges if they are caught not wearing a mask in school amidst the coronavirus pandemic.  The office of Republican Governor Gary Herbert reportedly confirmed the potential for K-12 students and staff getting misdemeanors for violating the mask mandate, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.  However, spokeswoman Anna Lehnardt added that it will be up to the schools whether to press charges, which are anticipated to be rarities.  "It's enforced on a district and superintendent level," she added.  "But we're not thinking, 'Let's slap a bunch of kids with misdemeanors.'"  This comes one month after Herbert issued a mask mandate for public schools.  Violators of the mandate can be punished with sentences of up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,000, which is the same as a first offense for driving drunk.

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What exactly is the name of the law they are allegedly violating?  Disturbing the peace?  Disorderly conduct?  No matter what law the government chooses to criminally prosecute the refusal of a healthy person to wear a mask, it's bound to be thrown out on appeal.

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Man Is Asked To Wear A Mask On The Train, Knocks Out Man Who Asked Him.  A man was knocked out during an argument over face masks at Clapham Junction station.  Police are investigating after the victim, who asked the Press Association news agency to only identify him as 'William', was punched by a fellow passenger at the London railway stop.  [Video clip]

If Cuomo won't allow outside review of NY nursing home COVID-19 horror, he admits guilt.  Will Gov. Andrew Cuomo allow anything resembling an outside review of New York's coronavirus nursing-home horrors?  The test case is a bipartisan bill from state Sen. Jim Tedisco and Assemblyman Ron Kim.  At the height of the pandemic, the state's March 25 mandate put infected patients among the elderly — who Cuomo has acknowledged are the most vulnerable to the virus.  The gov insists any criticism of that order is pure politics.  The bill calls for an independent investigation to, as sponsors put it, "fully examine policies that led to the deaths of thousands of New Yorkers in nursing-home facilities" during the pandemic.  Team Cuomo has stonewalled all efforts to get answers, and lawmakers are furious.

I Am Sick of COVID Supremacists.  I am old enough to remember when Americans who were scrambling for masks in the name of safety were insulted by political leaders as being unnecessarily panicked, selfish hoarders and morons.  Dr. Fauci himself told us then that masks were only helpful for medical personnel.  Cut to this very day when the pro-mask segment of America has damn near become a cult, with Fauci as the golden idol.  A thinking person would ask themselves why they would trust this directive now when they got it so wrong — or flat out lied — then.  But leaving all that aside, and leaving aside my personal feeling that masks are more of a placebo than anything, I am willing to lean on my previously stated understanding of national compromise and don the mask.  I'm even willing to admit that I might be wrong about my feelings on masks.  I will concede all of that.  The problem is that the other side of this debate isn't willing to concede a single inch.  All or nothing is a dangerous game, especially when it is only one side that agrees to it.  Reasonable people who are forced into unreasonable acts can only be stretched so far.  When they snap they will retreat to "nothing" and then that's when real problems start.  We can already see that happening.

Biden to ABC Reporter: 'I Would Listen to the Scientists and Shut the Entire Country Down' to Stop the Spread of COVID-19.  2020 Democrat nominee Joe Biden on Friday told ABC reporter David Muir that he would shut down the entire country to stop the spread of COVID-19 if the scientists recommended.  Biden called for a mandatory nationwide mask mandate during his unhinged Democrat nomination acceptance speech in Delaware.  "I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists," Biden told Muir Friday [8/21/2020] in his first joint interview with his running mate Kamala Harris.  Of course Biden failed to explain how he would even have the authority to shut down the entire country.

Forgotten Parents Tune Out DNC to Fight for a Rational COVID-19 School Policy.  ichelle Mitchell stood behind a microphone in a mask before the Blue Valley School District board in Overland Park, Kansas.  "We as parents are not asking you as the district leadership to decide if it's too risky for our kids to participate in sports and activities," she told board members on Tuesday night [8/17/2020].  "We're asking you to give us the choice and let us evaluate the risk and do what's best for our families."  This wasn't how the meeting was supposed to go.  County health officials had just finished presenting an incomprehensible slide show to roll out their "recommendation" to end in-person learning options along with public school sports and activities.  The bureaucrats were not prepared for discussion or debate.  In the current state of things, politicized health officials simply announce new "recommendations" with an authority that supersedes all law, including the Constitution.  Good citizens obey.  They don't question.  Mitchell was not like the polished politicians of the Democratic National Convention who were being aired as she spoke.  Unlike the pre-taped doublespeak messages Democrats broadcast to the willingly-deceived, Mitchell had no pliant media to cheer and uncritically amplify her message.  She was nervous but articulate and resolute.

Governor of Maine Orders Restaurant Staff to Wear COVID Visors Like Dog Cones.  The Governor of Maine has ordered restaurant staff to wear anti-COVID visors upside down so they resemble dog cones in order to direct breath upwards.  Yes, really.  Governor Janet Mills' decree states that "front-of-house staff in restaurants who choose to wear face shields must now wear them upside down so that they are attached at the collar instead of the forehead, so that their breath is directed up, not down," reports Maine Public Radio.  Given that air conditioning units can facilitate the spread of coronavirus, Mills' order looks like another ridiculous and pointless measure.

Court Affirms Right Of California Church To Meet Indoors.  Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California is affirmed in its right to host indoor worship services after a Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled that there is no court order preventing it.  The ruling comes just a mere week after an emergency order enacted by the California Court of Appeals made it again illegal for the church to meet indoors.  "We are pleased with the outcome today.  Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff correctly found there is no court order prohibiting Grace Community Church from holding indoor services," said Jenna Ellis, one of the Thomas More Society attorneys representing the church and Pastor John MacArthur.

Virginia Health Commissioner says he'll mandate a COVID-19 vaccine.  State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver told [WRIC] on Friday [8/21/2020] that he plans to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for Virginians once one is made available to the public.  Virginia state law gives the Commissioner of Health the authority to mandate immediate immunizations during a public health crisis if a vaccine is available.  Health officials say an immunization could be released as early as 2021.  Dr. Oliver says that, as long as he is still the Health Commissioner, he intends to mandate the coronavirus vaccine.

The Stench of Mendacity at the Democratic Convention.  The opening two nights of the Democratic national convention this week produced the greatest deluge of monstrous political falsehoods in any two evenings of American television history.  The champion mythmaker was the venerable Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). [...] It is supremely irritating to have Democratic hypocrites call for unity and promise to "bring the nation together" while denouncing the incumbent president as akin to a Nazi all while failing even to mention, much less criticize, the urban mob violence they have helped provoke and have effectively condoned.  "By rejecting science," Sanders continued, the president "has put our lives and health in jeopardy, refusing to produce the masks, gowns, and gloves our healthcare workers desperately need."  In fact, Trump showed great executive ingenuity in producing those items in great quantities with astounding speed, emancipating the country from the absolute shambles in public health emergency response capability bequeathed to him by Obama and Biden.

Sweden's disease expert says just wearing face masks could be 'very dangerous'.  Sweden's top infectious disease expert has resisted recommending face masks for the general population — arguing it's "very dangerous" if people believe the coverings alone will stop the spread of the coronavirus.  Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist at Sweden's Public Health Agency, has repeatedly expressed skepticism that face masks will control virus outbreaks, the Financial Times reported.  "It is very dangerous to believe face masks would change the game when it comes to COVID-19," said Tengell, who is considered the country's equivalent of Dr. Anthony Fauci from the White House COVID-19 task force.  He noted that countries with widespread mask compliance, such as Belgium and Spain, were still seeing rising virus rates.

Final Day of the Democrat Pros and Cons — As PR Pros Combine to Con America.  The night closes with Joe Biden's speech. [...] An enormous amount of the speech is about the coronavirus.  He blames Trump for the impact of COVID, an impact that is the same all over the world.  Not a word recognizing what Trump had done for the economy until the tragedy of the pandemic hit.  Biden tells us that he could have done so much better, as happened when Ebola was controlled.  But Ebola is not COVID-19 because, if COVID were so simple to control, it would not still be rampant and devastating population groups all over the world more than six months after arriving, with great pharmaceutical companies racing to find a treatment and with nearly two dozen vaccines in various stages of trials.  It is the ultimate lie to end a convention of lies, to suggest that Biden could have done better.  Biden even opposed Trump's order to restrict flights from China when the virus hit.  And his plan now, he tells us, is to enforce a law that we all will have to wear masks.

Democrats Have Proven They are Unworthy of Power.  If a person or entity has proven to be abusive or irresponsible with power, then it is the duty of the people, while freedom still prevails, to resist and to ensure that such a person or entity is never entrusted with such power ever again or, at least until they have regained the confidence of the people.  Such is the case with today's Democrat party. [...] In six months, with the pandemic and nationwide riots, Democrat leaders have revealed that their natural penchant is not for freedom, but tyranny.  The past six months have shown that we are long past the days of mere policy differences between the two political parties.  Now our battle is against Democrats, a party that has been usurped by the radical left, is literally for the preservation of America as founded.  This election is about whether America will remain a light of liberty or descend into the darkness of Soviet-style communism with elements of Nazism.  This is not hyperbole.

De Blasio donor scored $120M in city COVID-19 contracts, board seats.  A big-bucks donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio's political campaigns not only scored $120 million in no-bid coronavirus contracts — he also won seats on two influential city boards.  Manhattan resident Charles Tebele, who owns the New Jersey-based computer business Digital Gadgets, has showered Hizzoner with at least $22,750 in political contributions since 2016 including $12,800 to de Blasio's failed 2020 presidential bid, records show.  Those contributions to de Blasio were Tebele's first to a federally regulated campaign since he gave to 2012 Connecticut congressional candidate, Dan Roberti, who lost the Democratic primary that year.

The Case for Masks, School Closings, & Social Isolation Just Collapsed!  [Scroll down]  All that stuff we were told about how super-contagious COVID-19 is was just as much BS as the garbage about its unprecedented deadliness.  In fact, if Anthony Fauci and CDC director Robert Redfield wanted us to know the facts rather than to scare us out of our wits and the press weren't so corrupt and incompetent, we all would have known the former way back in March just like the latter.  The first official U.S. case of COVID-19 wasn't diagnosed until she developed pneumonia a week after returning from China.  Her husband, who hadn't accompanied her, was hospitalized 8 days later and then diagnosed with it as well.  As you might expect, the CDC went to extraordinary lengths to track down anyone who came into contact with either.  As you ought to know darn well since nothing about this was reported by the press, it turns out they wound up infecting very few others, whether before or after symptoms appeared.  In fact, neither passed the virus on to anyone else at all.  Of the 372 people the CDC found who had contact with her in the week before she was hospitalized or with him in the 15 days he was out and about, not a single one contracted the virus.  The only person she transmitted it to was the man with whom she lived.  And he transmitted it to no one.  Moreover, despite the fact that they lived together as husband and wife, he didn't become infected until she started showing symptoms.

Hydroxychloroquine is why Uganda, with a population of 43M, has only 15 COVID-19 deaths.  Uganda, a country in east-central Africa, has a 2018 population of 42.729 million, which is 13% of the United States' population of 328.239 million in 2019.  And yet Uganda has 1,603 COVID-19 cases and just 15 deaths, wherease the U.S. has 5,656,744 COVID-19 cases and 175,105 deaths. [...] How can that be, when Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a per capita GDP of $769, where 37.8% of the population in 2012 lived on less than $1.25 a day.  This is why:  Uganda is afflicted with malaria, a disease caused by parasites that enter the body through the bite of a mosquito.  Malaria is common in Africa.  In 2012, Uganda had the 6th highest annual deaths from Malaria in Africa.  Hydroxychloroquine is a drug used to treat or prevent malaria[.]

HCQ Works.  Banning Its Use Causes Needless Suffering and Death.  For most of the spring and summer, after President Trump mentioned that he thought hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) might be effective at stopping COVID-19, the mainstream media and the medical and public health establishment engaged in a wholly unprecedented smear campaign designed to demonize the drug and take it away from doctors who might try to follow the science and treat COVID patients with it.  That science might have been somewhat debatable in April, but it isn't really debatable now.  Early investigations showing HCQ having anti-viral efficacy in vitro led some high-profile doctors in France and the United States to use it to treat patients suffering from COVID.  Alone to a lesser degree, and especially in combination with zinc and azithromycin, the results they obtained pointed to the drug's continued potential.  Subsequent retrospective studies have been even more encouraging.  It is increasingly clear that HCQ, an old antimalarial drug that has also been used to treat some autoimmune disorders, can be an effective option for COVID-19, if used properly in treatment guided by a skilled physician.

The Politicization of COVID-19 Science Is Dangerous and Inexcusable.  When science is being characterized as "right-wing" because it doesn't fit the Democrats' and the media's preferred COVID-19 narrative, we are living in a dangerous world.  The mental and physical health of millions of Americans is on the line, and the media wants to play politics with what kind of information you can read.  Take the case of Dr. James Todaro.  He was a member of America's Frontline Doctors, the group that went to Washington, D.C., to try and cut through the panic porn being pushed by the media.  After sharing their experience with early outpatient treatment with HCQ, zinc, and azithromycin, they were censored, smeared, and, in at least one case, fired.

'Our families are starving.  We'll become revolutionary citizens soon'.  A military veteran in Northern California expressed the frustration of many when he addressed elected leaders in a recent public hearing over California's business and social lockdowns.  Carlos Zapata, who owns a martial arts studio in Redding, took the Shasta County Board of Supervisors to task at a public forum this month, saying the coronavirus restrictions are threatening the lives of his and other families.  "At first we sat as concerned citizens, and we all wanted to best figure out how to navigate our way through this COVID thing," he said.  "As we realized that it's not as quite as dangerous as we thought it would be, I was absolutely appalled."  "I'm a business owner and I'm telling you, our families are starving," he continued.  "You guys can sit here with your jobs — you're going to sit here and get paid to fall asleep in your chair like that gentleman's doing behind his mask right there."  "I don't blame you for wearing masks because I would be hiding my face if I was you for what you're doing," he added.  [Video clip]

Veteran Tells County to 'Take The Masks Off,' Says 'It's Not Going To Be Peaceful Much Longer'.  Video footage shows military veteran and business owner Carlos Zapata tongue-lashing the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in Redding, California for invasive mask and lockdown policies related to COVID-19.  In the footage, Zapata reprimands local bureaucrats for their "cowardice," and states, "It's not going to be peaceful much longer" if the county does not reverse its harshest restrictions.  "As you're sitting there with your masks on, I don't blame you for wearing masks, because I'd be hiding my face too if I were you for what you're doing," the military veteran and local business owner noted.

TX GOP Chair Allen West Slams Coronavirus Mandates.  Newly-elected Republican Party of Texas chairman Lt. Col. Allen West gave an exclusive interview to National File on Wednesday, in which he criticized government officials pushing unconstitutional mandates and edicts on the American people under the guise of protecting public health during COVID-19.  Asked how the party should approach the issue of coronavirus, the strongly conservative West stressed the need for the party to take a balanced approach, rather than the reactive and politically motivated one pursued by Democrats.  "I think the party should take the position of realism, the party should take a position that's based upon fact and not worry about innuendo or not worry about political posturing," West said.

Michigan remains at coronavirus plateau, but Whitmer not planning to remove State of Emergency.  Michigan remains at the coronavirus plateau Gov. Gretchen Whitmer described last week with new case counts around 500 to 600 per day.  While Michigan's coronavirus situation remains better than other states with stable daily increases, she has no plans to remove the State of Emergency that allows many of her orders aimed at preventing the illness from spreading.  Whitmer said the State of Emergency may remain in place until a vaccine is approved and widely distributed in Michigan.

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Or until the next time her job is put to a vote.

Andrew Cuomo publishing a victory lap book about coronavirus is a sick joke.  Second only to New Jersey in deaths per capita from the coronavirus, New York has suffered more than 32,000 deaths from the pandemic overall, roughly 20,000 more than any other state in the union.  And unlike other states, New York's horrific death toll can be attributed to two specific decisions: first, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's refusal to shut down the New York City subway system, which functioned as a petri dish of the pandemic and became a main vector of its spread, and second, his disastrous nursing home directive which forced facilities to readmit patients who tested positive for the virus, forcing the city's most vulnerable to contract a disease that is disproportionately deadly for the elderly.  To date, roughly a third of New York's coronavirus deaths came from nursing homes.  When faced with a crisis, Cuomo failed worse than every other governor within his own state and then let his residents unleash the coronavirus on the rest of the country, where the pandemic rages on.

Man Pulled Gun On Group Not Wearing Masks:  Police.  A Bourbonnais man has been arrested on accusations he threatened to shoot three people in a Jewel-Osco parking lot Tuesday night for not wearing masks inside the store.  According to the Daily Journal, 60-year-old Marc L. Bourdreau was in a checkout line inside the store in the 600 block of Main Street NW while three people were behind him, not wearing masks, Bourbonnais Deputy Police Chief Dave Anderson said.  Bourdreau is accused of pulling a handgun on them in the store's parking lot after he waited for them to come outside, and asked them, "How would you like to get shot in the head?"Anderson said, according to the Daily Journal.  Anderson told the Daily Journal that Bourdreau had a concealed carry permit and valid FOID card.  Bourdreau was stopped by officers while trying to drive from the parking lot.  He faces aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon charges stemming from the accusations.

This New York Diner's Response to Snitches and the Overzealous Health Department Will Make Your Day.  The effects of coronavirus mandates on small businesses, and especially restaurants, have been catastrophic.  New York, outside of New York City, went into "Phase 3" in July, and restaurants were able to open back up under severe restrictions, including reduced capacity.  Very few of them are doing well under this arrangement. [...] One diner in Seneca County, N.Y., has had enough and took to social media to tell the public what the county is doing to them.  The trouble started when a snitch ate a meal at A.J.'s Family Diner and then called the health department to report too many people in the establishment.  This prompted the restaurant to post a notice telling people who are uncomfortable and living in fear to stay out of their business.  But the harassment had only just begun.  The snitch prompted a full-scale inspection by the health department that sent an inspector to rearrange all the tables and threaten a fine of $1000.

Hydroxychloroquine: A Morality Tale.  Early in the coronavirus pandemic, a survey of the world's frontline physicians showed hydroxychloroquine to be the drug they considered the most effective at treating COVID-19 patients.  That was in early April, shortly after a French study showed it was safe and effective in lowering the virus count, at times in combination with azithromycin.  Next we were told hydroxychloroquine was likely ineffective, and also dangerous, and that that French study was flawed and the scientist behind it worthy of mockery.  More studies followed, with contradictory results, and then out came what was hailed by some as a definitive study of 96,000 patients showing the drug was most certainly dangerous and ineffective, and indeed that it killed 30% more people than those who didn't take it.  Within days, that study was retracted, with the editor of one of the two most respected medical journals in the Western world conceding it was "a monumental fraud."  And on it went.  Not only are lay people confused; professionals are.

Fishing boat outbreak may offer virus immunity insight: study.  Three crew of a Seattle fishing boat who were found to have antibodies able to neutralise the new coronavirus remained uninfected in an outbreak that swept through the ship, sickening most people on board, researchers have reported.  The small real-world study, which has not been peer-reviewed, is among the first in humans to suggest a link between neutralising antibodies — those that stop the virus latching onto host cells — and protection from infection.

MN Governor Quietly Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine.  This past week Minnesota became the second state to reject regulations that effectively ban the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine for use by COVID-19 patients.  The decision, which comes two weeks after the Ohio Board of Pharmacy reversed an effective ban of its own, was rightfully praised by local health care advocates.  "We are pleased that Governor [Tim] Walz lifted his March 27 Executive Order 20-23 restrictions on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine," said Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom.  The reversal by Walz, a first-term Democrat, clears the way for doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine, a drug commonly used to treat malaria and other conditions but one the FDA has declined to recommend for COVID-19 treatment.

Cuomo's Deadly Mistake Was Likely Even Worse Than First Reported.  Yesterday [8/10/2020], New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed an executive order forcing nursing homes in his state to accept patients who tested positive for the coronavirus in March, informed reporters there was no need for an independent inquiry into his deadly mistake because no one can be deemed reliable enough to investigate him.  "There is no such thing as a person who is trusted by all Democrats and Republicans.  That person doesn't exist.  The Department of Health — those are just numbers.  They report our numbers.  You can see you what you want in the numbers, but the numbers are the numbers," Cuomo explained.

7 Big Stories Corporate Media Is Ignoring Because The Truth Might Help Trump.  [#5] COVID-19:  Corporate reporting on COVID-19 provides another stark example of the Trump litmus test it constantly applies to news:  Does the story help the president or hurt him?  Coverage of hydroxychloroquine as a possible therapeutic provides the clearest proof of this, as best illustrated by the national coverage of the death of a man who "ingested" fish tank cleaner, spun as a Trump-induced death.  But more subtle bias by omission is prevalent as well.  For instance, under other circumstances, the harm widespread school closings cause to especially low-income and at-risk children would be the nightly news narrative.  Personal interest stories featuring single moms, unable to work and supervise the online schooling of their children, would run.  Special-needs children struggling without individualized educational plans would be profiled.  Heartstrings would be pulled, and pressure would be brought to bear on leaders refusing to open schools.  But because Trump wants the schools open, the coverage has focused instead on the risk to children and teachers of returning to the classroom.

Andrew Cuomo, Serial Killer.  In an opening night convention speech stunning for the depth and breadth of its chutzpah and hypocrisy, New York governor Andrew Cuomo ignored his own criminal negligence in ushering patients infected with the Chinese Wuhan virus into New York nursing homes, sentencing tens of thousands of vulnerable seniors to death.  It was perhaps fitting that the first night of the party of death's national convention, a party that supports the killing of unborn life on demand up to and even after the moment of birth, featured New York's angel of nursing-home death.  Cuomo spent the evening obfuscating the disease's origins, denying the immediate and effective response by the Trump administration, and not mentioning the federal help he received — and ignored — which could have saved untold lives.

How Will Humanity Respond to Threats to Its Survival and Freedom?  Some experts say the next pandemic could kill a billion people.  Recent research suggests Covid-19 may have been lurking in Chinese caves from as early as 2012, hinting at horrors of nature still waiting to spring out at mankind from the bowels of the earth.  Certainly an event on the scale of the current pandemic had been foreseen as far back as 2006 by epidemiologists in the George W. Bush administration as inevitable.  Significantly, they warned that with a politicized reaction a "manageable epidemic could move toward catastrophe".  Not just a medical catastrophe but one of governance.  Crisis creates irresistible opportunities for ambitious bureaucrats to build empires.  All across the world politicians are now using the virus to radically expand their authority, as they have done in the past.

COVID and Climate Policy Following the Same Playbook.  As we approach six months of lockdowns, mandates, and restrictions previously unfathomable in a free society, it is important to ask if what we are being told to do is either necessary or effective in combating this viral pandemic.  Or are these empty gestures, efforts of totalitarian wannabees serving as mayors or governors, trying to control those they are charged with leading and protecting, trying to advance a political agenda rather than preserving and protecting the Constitution?  One can see numerous parallels between COVID and climate policy.  Both create fear, to a frenzy level, of the world ending, massive death and destruction, all due to a warming planet or an aggressive flu virus.  If we don't wear a mask, we are murderers and should be imprisoned.  If we don't believe in man-made global warming, we should also be locked away in jail.  Both movements have famous, often media-fabricated, leaders and spokespersons to push the agenda.  Aside from politicians, the climate movement uses Al Gore and Greta Thunberg while the COVID evangelists are Drs.  Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx.  At least the latter two, on paper, have expertise in their fields unlike the former two who are self-, or media-created experts.

A Director's Note on COVID and the Theatre.  [Scroll down]  Lockdowns that were supposed to last for two weeks to "flatten the curve" and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed persist, as does the attendant hysteria, despite the flattening of the curve, and the failure of hospitals to be "overwhelmed."  The Entertainment Industrial Complex, the purveyors of all of what passes for entertainment in our culture, have passionately embraced the narrative that this Chinese virus is so unprecedentedly dangerous, so deadly, that we must decimate our economy, the arts, sports, and education to protect a vanishingly small number of people from dying of (or with) a disease from which 99.74% of those infected recover.  This, despite ample evidence that masks are ineffective, and that draconian "social distancing" and other "safety" measures are doing more harm physically and psychologically than the disease which the measures are designed to fight.  And so, like a postmodern cargo cult, we wear our Magic Masks and perform our Rituals of Ablution and Sanitation in the hope that maybe, the Angel of Death will see the mark of our virtue signaled clearly on the lintels of our homes, and pass us over.  The narrative that all of this is unnecessary and downright dangerous is suppressed, and we have been propagandized into believing that those of us who reject the Approved Narrative are anti-science "rat lickers" who care not at all for anyone but themselves.  This serves only to aggravate an already poisonous atmosphere in America, polarizing citizens along political and ideological lines that really have nothing to do with science, and everything to do with determining the extent to which a population can be frightened into submissive compliance with anything anyone in authority tells us we must do, despite our misgivings and principled objections to the violation of our liberty.

Cuomo calls coronavirus the 'European virus' in Trump-bashing DNC speech.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic during his Monday night speech to the Democratic National Convention, accusing the White House of "negligence" even as his own administration drew flak for thousands of deaths in New York's nursing homes.  "Our collective strength is exercised through government.  It is, in effect, our immune system.  And our current federal government is dysfunctional and incompetent.  It couldn't fight off the virus.  In fact, it didn't even see it coming.  The European virus infected the northeast while the White House was still fixated on China," Cuomo said during his speech, an apparent counterpoint to Trump's labeling of COVID-19 as the "China virus."

Day One of the Democrat Con-vention: Pros and Cons — Watching PR Pros Combine to Con America.  [Scroll down]  Next we get lectured on COVID-19, on how President Trump has not handled the coronavirus battle the way the Democrats would.  Who lectures us?  The inadvertent though recklessly liable mass killer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who singularly has killed more people by leveraging government to mishandle COVID-19 than has any other person alive.  Details here.  His direction killed more than 10,000 people.  Gov. Cuomo, we thank you for your service.  And for your advice on how much better your approach to COVID would have been.  And for having told us previously that America "was never that great."  Actually, Covid Cuomo was never that great.  An Arizona young lady named Kristin Urquiza next comes to blame President Trump for her father's death from coronavirus.  It is Trump's fault that her 65-year-old father got infected by coronavirus and died.  So now she is her dead father's spokesperson.  Did she turn against Trump just now, with her Dad dying?  No. [...] Ms. Urquiza was ideologically radical-left long before COVID and long before the Trump presidency.

"We Know it's Curable; It's Easier than Treating the Flu" — Professor Thomas Borody.  Australian radio host Luke Bona interviewed this August 12 Professor Thomas Borody, from the Centre for Digestive Diseases in Sydney, Australia, about Ivermectin-based therapies for COVID-19.  The interview is short and to the point, and should be of interest to everyone in the world.  Based on existing research and his analysis of therapeutic results using Ivermectin in combination with 2 other widely available generic drugs — Doxycycline and Zinc — he asserts that COVID-19 is now curable and even easier to treat than the flu.  Here are some excerpts.

It's Time to Roll Back the Mask Mandates, Not Ramp Them Up Ridiculously.  Joe Biden recently made an effort to turn the mask hysteria up to 11, saying, "Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next three months at a minimum.  Every governor should mandate mask wearing."  Why should America broadly expand masking now?  The proverbial "curve" could hardly be flatter in most places in America, and those states that experienced a summer surge, like Texas, Florida, and California, all appear to already be on the other side of their respective "curves."  Here are three reasons why it's time to roll back the mask mandates, rather than ramp them up to ridiculous new levels like Biden suggests. [...]

Trump goes on coronavirus offense, hitting Biden as candidate of lockdowns and mandatory masks.  Long on the defensive about the federal coronavirus response, President Trump is starting to go on the offense against his Democratic challengers.  "Today, we saw Joe Biden continue to politicize a pandemic and to show his appalling lack of respect for the American people," Trump declared at a White House press conference.  "That's what it is.  At every turn, Biden has been wrong about the virus, ignoring the scientific evidence and putting left-wing politics before facts and evidence."  Trump argues that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee opposed travel bans and supports one-size-fits-all national policies that would keep economy-crippling lockdowns in place past the recommendations of scientific advisers.

Coronavirus is a long-lasting, all-purpose crisis, and the perfect excuse for all kinds of legislative mischief.
Pelosi calls members back to Capitol Hill to consider USPS legislation, calls post office 'Election Central' amid coronavirus.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested members could be brought back from August recess to address issues regarding the U.S. Postal Service, while urging Democrats to appear at their local post offices amid the battle to protect mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election.  Pelosi, D-Calif., on Sunday said the post office has become "Election Central" due to the coronavirus pandemic even as President Trump and Republicans have warned for months that universal mail-in ballots would cause widespread voter fraud in the election.

Swedish Coronavirus Chief May Have Broken Law Deleting Experts' Emails.  Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell may have broken the law by deleting emails from experts and government employees during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.  Media law lawyer Jeanette Gustafsdotter said that if Tegnell had deleted emails containing content showing how public health decisions were made, the deletion could be a violation of the law.

The Plan That Could Give Us Our Lives Back.  Many Americans may understand that testing has failed in this country — that it has been inadequate, in one form or another, since February.  What they may not understand is that it is failing, now.  In each of the past two weeks, and for the first time since the pandemic began, the country performed fewer COVID-19 tests than it did in the week prior.  The system is deteriorating.

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An alternative explanation is that the general public is waking up and realizing that the virus isn't as bad as the television would have us believe, that the restrictions are all political, and testing is therefore unnecessary.  Healthy people don't rush to the doctor for testing, unless they're hypochondriacs.

Louie Gohmert has recovered from COVID-19, credits hydroxychloroquine for making 'huge difference'.  U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert has not only recovered from COVID-19, he is crediting hydroxychloroquine for helping him combat the virus and now feels "really great."  The Texas Republican, who tested positive for the coronavirus last month, told the Washington Examiner he is now feeling better and hopes to donate plasma in an effort to help others who get infected.  He tipped his hat to the vitamins and the drug touted by some medical professionals and President Trump for helping him get back to health.

The Coronavirus lockdown is one of the biggest mistakes in the history of this country.  [Scroll down]  The news readers on MSNBC and CNN can barely suppress their glee at reporting new hotspots and big increases in the numbers dying or testing positive, especially if they are in so-called red states with Republican governors.  Because of their absolute virulent hatred for President Trump, they are also eager to report bad economic news and seemingly grimace when they have to report that the stock market has gone up once again.  Blue state governors and mayors are doing as much as they can to keep things shut down and acting very heroic or holier than thou in doing so. [...] All businesses, large and small, should have been allowed to stay open.  Were it not for the fact that history is often written by the victors, this shutdown would soon be looked back upon as one of the biggest mistakes this country has ever made.

Biden's National Mask Mandate is Absurd and Despotic.  The new Biden-Harris ticket is off to a despotic start.  Biden, armed with his new running mate Kamala Harris, held a press briefing on Thursday in which he called for a nationwide mask mandate. [...] I'm not an anti-mask zealot. [...] If a mask can reduce the chances of transmission for a nurse or doctor, then the same mask, used properly, would do the same for a civilian.  This is logic, not epidemology.  Of course, officials from Anthony Fauci to the head of WHO to our surgeon general have long since lurched to the other extreme.  In March, masks for plebes were officially a bad idea.  Now, in August, the Democratic candidate for president is calling for a mandate for all Americans to wear them outside. This is absurd.

Fauci: In-Person Voting in November Can Be Done Safely.  Voters can safely vote in-person in the upcoming election if proper precautions are followed, according to a top infectious disease expert.  "I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there's no reason that I can see why that not be the case," Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during an event broadcast Thursday [8/13/2020].  "For example, when you look at going to a grocery store now in many regions and counties and cities that are doing it correctly, they have X's every six or more feet.  And it says, "Don't leave this spot until the person in front of you left their spot."  And you can do that, if you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don't have a crowded situation, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to do that," he added, after being asked about in-person voting at the National Geographic event.

After students balk at demand to wear 'BioButton' health-monitoring device, university backs down.  Oakland University in Michigan is encouraging its students to wear BioButtons in order to keep track of potential symptoms of COVID-19.  At first, the request was framed in some written material from the university as a requirement, but the university clarified the policy after students objected and a petition titled "Make the BioButton Optional for Staff and Students at Oakland University" drew nearly 2,500 signatures.  The coin-sized BioButton is worn to monitor temperature, respiratory rate and resting heart rate through a smartphone app, according to the company.  The button will notify the user, through the use of an algorithm, whether or not he or she is well enough to attend classes in-person.

Bill Gates says hydroxychloroquine has 'severe side effects,' but little evidence they're common.  Bill Gates this week added more flame to the fire in the ongoing debate over the usage of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, claiming that using the drug to treat the coronavirus carries with it the risk of "severe side effects" and arguing that medical officials should instead pursue the numerous "good therapeutic drugs" currently in development.  Yet there is at present little evidence that "severe side effects" are common in COVID-19 patients who take hydroxychloroquine, with the majority of reported adverse events being relatively mild and only a small fraction of reported effects so far being dangerous and/or fatal.

What month is it?  Joe Biden's big mask mandate has been in place since March.  Democratic candidate Joe Biden has been stuck in his basement all these months and now wants us all to be mandated by law to wear masks.  That's his big idea. [...] Where ya been, Joe?  Governors have already been there.  Here in California and in most big-population states, we've been wearing masks for months — in the Walmarts, in the Targets, at the Costcos, to the doctors' office, to the post office, on our walks — the very few places we've been allowed to go, and during that brief period when we could go to the gym and indoor church services.  Masks do do some good, and people generally follow the idea.  So to put that idea out there as if none of us have noticed is rather obnoxious.

Soros sees 'revolutionary moment' in pandemic: 'The range of possibilities is much greater'.  Billionaire liberal activist George Soros told an Italian newspaper that he sees the coronavirus epidemic as a "revolutionary" opportunity.  In an interview with La Repubblica, the Hungarian-born Mr. Soros also denounced President Trump as a "transitory phenomenon" but expressed hope that the COVID-19 crisis has opened up politics in a radical direction.  "I would describe it as a revolutionary moment when the range of possibilities is much greater than in normal times," he said.  "What is inconceivable in normal times becomes not only possible but actually happens.  People are disoriented and scared."

Chicago Spent $66 Million on Hospital That Treated 38 Coronavirus Patients.  Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot's (D.) decision to renovate a local convention center into a makeshift coronavirus hospital cost taxpayers nearly $66 million — though only 38 patients received treatment at the facility, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Friday [8/14/2020].  The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the agency Lightfoot tasked with overseeing the project, overlooked a bid from a construction company that offered to waive fees or donate them to coronavirus pandemic relief organizations.  Instead, officials gave the bid to Walsh Construction, a politically connected contractor, which billed the city $65.9 million to renovate the McCormick Place convention center.  The decision cost taxpayers more than $1.7 million per patient.  In contrast, the city spent $50 million total to equip three other centers in the Chicago area.

Democrats Dance with the Devil.  Joe Biden wants you to be miserable when you vote.  This is not an unusual wish for out-of-office politicians.  Miserable people tend to vote against the incumbent.  Earlier this year, Joe Biden faced daunting odds.  The economy was stronger than it had ever been, ISIS had been defeated, North Korea had been silenced, Iran had been cowed, bad trade deals had been renegotiated, and the border wall was being built.  People were happy.  Then the China virus hit.  It was a godsend to Democrats.  It's real.  It can kill you.  And best of all, it has stopped Trump's huge rallies.  Naturally, Democrats want the virus to appear as deadly as possible for as long as possible.  They've done a terrific job of it.  They (including their supporters in the press and the bureaucracy) have kept the China virus in the headlines for the past five months by exaggerating its effects (overstating the numbers of infections and deaths), maximizing its inconvenience (shutting down businesses, schools, and sports), and mandating a constant visual reminder of the ever-present danger (masks for everybody all the time).

Is the coronavirus 'the worst virus in the history of medicine'?  San Diego City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell is expressing her frustration with local residents' resistance to outdoor mask-wearing and social distancing, even saying that the county sheriff should be arresting them.  "This is the worst virus in the history of medicine," Campbell, a physician, exclaimed in a Tuesday press conference on Ocean Beach, California.  But that claim isn't even close to being true, no matter how you slice it.

It's only for three months, unless Biden wins.
Biden and Harris call for three-month nationwide mask mandate.  Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris are calling for a three-month nationwide mask mandate to limit the spread of coronavirus.  During a briefing by public health experts in Wilmington, Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, told reporters that all the nation's governors should require this.  "Every single American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months, at a minimum.  Every governor should mandate mandatory mask-wearing," Biden said, suggesting that widespread mask use could save 40,000 lives over the next three months.  "Let's institute a mask mandate nationwide starting immediately, and we will save lives."

Cuomo's nursing home death blame game.  A major Associated Press report this week dove into New York's nursing home COVID-19 death count and found the numbers outright wrong.  The story was shocking.  Reporters Bernard Condon, Matt Sedensky and Meghan Hoyer noted that 'unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.'  But it wasn't new.  In fact, AP had sounded the alarm on the miscount as early as May.  They learned New York's Health Department wasn't even trying to count the numbers: 'New York's Health Department told the AP May 8 it was not tracking how many recovering COVID-19 patients were taken into nursing homes under the order.'  Back then, when AP presented their own tally, the Health Department told them it couldn't 'comment on data we haven't had a chance to review, particularly while we're still validating our own comprehensive survey of nursing homes admission and readmission data in the middle of responding to this global pandemic.'

"Be a patriot": It's time for a national mask mandate, says Biden.  There's no reason to think the president or even Congress has the power to require Americans to wear masks.  The Commerce Clause ain't what it used to be in a post-ObamaCare world, after all.  The Congressional Research Service recently took a deeper dive into the issue and also concluded that federal power to mandate masks is perilously thin.  The Public Health Service Act allows HHS to promulgate regulations to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, but only between states or from a foreign country into the U.S. And the regulations have typically been limited to temporary quarantine measures, not an indefinite mandate on how to live daily life.  Congress can pressure states to enact their own mandates by threatening to withhold federal funds but they probably can't issue a mandate themselves.  And even if they could, how would they enforce it?  Which federal agency is going to walk the beat making sure 330 million people are wearing their masks?  Under the Tenth Amendment, the feds can't make state and local cops do it.

Nasal spray could offer protection against COVID-19: scientists.  Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have devised a nasal spray to administer synthetic antibodies, which they believe will help stop the spread of the coronavirus.  A team led by graduate student Michael Schoof engineered the synthetic molecule that "straitjackets the crucial SARS-CoV-2 machinery that allows the virus to infect our cells," according to a report on the university's website.  A paper posted on the preprint server bioRxiv says experiments using the live virus show the molecule is among the most powerful COVID-19 antivirals yet discovered.  While it's not a traditional vaccine, the researchers believe one spray a day of the synthetic antibodies, dubbed "AeroNabs," from a nasal spray or inhaler could offer protection from the deadly bug until a vaccine becomes available, according to ABC 7 News.

Now the World Health Organization is meddling with our teeth.  With the Wuhan virus plaguing the world for almost eight months, things are getting better, especially here in America. [...] And we're seeing that the disease, having worked its way through vulnerable populations, while still deadly, has a diminishing fatality rate.  Meanwhile, the fact that various governments have an obsessive focus on putting masks on everyone, not just those who are vulnerable, is creating problems.  These aren't only the problems of the loss of civil rights as police, in ways that range from polite to brutal, get free rein to enforce ... well, not laws, because legislatures aren't involved, but ruling class mandates.  Even without the politics of masks, these face coverings have issues.  Some people struggle with a lower oxygen flow.  Others are finding that masks are damaging their skin.  Holland and Denmark have officially turned against masks, saying that they make a bad situation worse.  And then there's the damage to teeth and overall health.

Hawaii officials 'looking at' delaying tourist return amid spike in COVID-19 cases.  Hoping to vacation in Hawaii in September?  You might have to rethink those plans.  Given the state's rapidly rising COVID-19 case counts, officials are "looking at" delaying the start of a much-anticipated program that would allow out-of-state visitors to vacation there without quarantining for 14 days by presenting a negative COVID-19 test, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said during a news conference late Thursday [8/13/2020].  The program, announced in June, is set to begin September 1.  It was already delayed once, a month ago, due to rising cases on the mainland and in Hawaii.

First Georgia doctor dies from COVID-19.  The cancer patient was old and frail, so after the examination, Dr. John D. Marshall Jr. helped the man to his car.  This simple act of kindness may have cost Marshall his life.  Marshall, 74, a family-practice doctor in Americus for more than three decades, contracted COVID-19 from his elderly patient, family members said.  Marshall died Wednesday after spending 111 days on a ventilator, apparently the first practicing Georgia physician killed by the novel coronavirus.

107-year-old New Jersey woman who beat Spanish flu survives COVID-19.  A 107-year-old New Jersey grandmother who survived the Spanish flu a century ago is now a two-time pandemic survivor after beating COVID-19.  Brooklyn native Anna Del Priore, who turns 108 next month, was diagnosed with the coronavirus in May and her granddaughter, Darlene Jasmine, had assumed the worst, the Asbury Park Press reports. [...] But Del Priore, who contracted the Spanish Flu during the influenza pandemic in 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, didn't succumb to the virus.  Instead, she's still mobile, dancing whenever possible at Brighton Gardens, an assisted living facility in Middletown.

U.S. CDC director issues a dire warning for fall if coronavirus measures are not followed.  A top federal health official is issuing a dire warning:  Follow recommended coronavirus measures, or this could be "the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we've ever had."  According to a report by CNN, Johns Hopkins University says coronavirus has infected more than 5 million people and killed over 166,000 nationwide.  There were 55,910 reported new cases and 1,499 deaths, on Wednesday alone — the highest number of fatalities since May.

Southwest Airlines boots family after toddler with autism refuses to wear mask.  A Texas mom says Southwest Airlines kicked her off a flight from Midland to Houston after her 3-year-old autistic son refused to wear a mask.  "He is 3 and has autism and sensory processing disorders, so he wouldn't keep the mask on," Alyssa Sadler, of Houston, told ABC affiliate KTRK.  "They're trying to talk to him, tell him, 'You have to wear it.  It's not an option,' and I'm trying to explain to them, you know, he doesn't understand what you're saying."  The mom said her son "doesn't like things touching his face."

Panic buying breaks out in New Zealand after announcing 2nd lockdown.  Panic buying appears to have broken out in Auckland, New Zealand, as the city prepares to re-enter a snap stage three lockdown on Tuesday (August 11).  Auckland will be placed under 'level three' restrictions from Wednesday noon until Friday midnight.  People started to make a line in front of supermarkets to stock up on foods.  [Video clip]

Florida sheriff bans mask-wearing for employees despite COVID-19 pandemic.  A Florida sheriff is banning mask-wearing for all police officers and anyone visiting his offices — despite the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating effect on the state.  Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods wrote that "masks will not be worn" by on-duty employees, according to an email obtained by ABC News.  Exceptions include at courthouses, jails, schools and hospitals. [...] Woods said for as many health professionals who would vouch for wearing a mask, he "can find the exact same amount of professionals that say why we shouldn't."

Hydroxychloroquine works in high-risk patients, and saying otherwise is dangerous.  As of Wednesday [8/12/2020], some 165,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19.  I have made the case in the American Journal of Epidemiology and in Newsweek that people who have a medical need to be treated can be treated early and successfully with hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and antibiotics such as azithromycin or doxycycline.  I have also argued that these drugs are safe and have made that case privately to the Food and Drug Administration.  The pushback has been furious.  Dr. Anthony Fauci has implied that I am incompetent, notwithstanding my hundreds of highly regarded, methodologically relevant publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature.  A group of my Yale colleagues has publicly intimated that I am a zealot who is perpetrating a dangerous hoax and conspiracy theory.  I have been attacked in news articles by journalists who, ignorant of the full picture, have spun hit pieces from cherry-picked sources.  These personal attacks are a dangerous distraction from the real issue of hydroxychloroquine's effectiveness, which is solidly grounded in both substantial evidence and appropriate medical decision-making logic.  Much of the evidence is presented in my articles.

I'm increasingly convinced that #SARSCoV2 is a creation of the media/technology complex.  [Thread reader]  No, I do not mean it's not real or was bioengineered.  What I mean is: aside from a couple of weeks in a handful of cities worldwide — including, sigh, the world's media capital, the overall effects of this epidemic have essentially been impossible for the average person to see without a microscope.  Hospitals are not overflowing.  Bodies are not piling up in the streets.  Most of us will never know anyone under 55 (65? 70?) who has died of #Covid.  But instead many people feel like the world is ending?  Why?  More than anything else, it's the obsessive — almost sordid — fascination with death counts, updated in real time and presented without context (average age of victims, how many people generally die in a year, etc).  Why are we counting deaths this way?  We've never done this for any other illness.  Never.  And there are lots of reasons, but maybe the most important is that we're doing this largely because we can — because the technology now exists to aggregate these counts almost instantly.  And then both conventional and social media are blasting out these figures not just every day but every second — from the CNN deathmeter to NY Times heatmaps to everyone screaming on Twitter.

Investigation of COVID-19 cover-up in New York nursing homes is bad news for CNN.  An Associated Press investigation showing that more than 11,000 people may have died as a result of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order forcing infectious coronavirus patients into long-term care facilities is obviously bad news for the state's chief executive.  It is also bad news for CNN, which has done more than any other news outlet to reframe Cuomo's disastrous handling of the pandemic as a success story.  "New York's coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount.  Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there," the AP reports.

A smoking gun on the genesis of the coronavirus lockdowns.  [Thread reader] According to [a New York Times] article, the CCP launched a massive social media campaign in Italy to advertise its coronavirus lockdown measures in early March.  The fact that CCP's disinformation campaign focused on Italy is crucial.  Italy was the first country outside China to lock down.  The rest of the world followed Italy's lead.  But CCP's campaign wasn't limited to Italy.  The article states that this Tweet advertising China's lockdown policy to the world is fake.  It has 142,000 likes.  Tweets like this prove CCP was actively selling the world on Wuhan-style lockdowns in early March.  [Tweet]  Next, if you search for the URL of that fake Tweet, you'll find it retweeted by many accts around the world.  Each acct is suspicious — they Tweet incessantly about COVID until Floyd's death, then solely BLM.  The sheer scale of this operation and the number of accounts involved, and its influence around the world, is really remarkable.  Thousands of accounts tweeting incessantly about COVID hysteria, then pivoting to incessant BLM and anti-police propaganda, in every country.

Wisconsin Forces Employees to Wear Masks at Home Alone During Zoom Meetings.  Wisconsin's state government is forcing government employees to wear masks while at home alone during Zoom meetings. [...] Even if you are in your own home alone (not that that should matter), the fascist Democrats who now run the Wisconsin state government are forcing employees to wear masks during online meetings.

How Houston Defied Doomsday COVID Predictions.  [Scroll down]  Houston also had some good fortune.  Unlike in New York, Houston's surge took months to come to fruition.  Early on, Houston's 85-plus hospitals saw less than 100 COVID hospitalizations a day, a trend that continued for several months and gave the city's hospitals vital time to prepare.  At the same time, inpatient and outpatient procedures fell dramatically, in part due to a ban on "all surgeries that are not medically necessary," which Governor Greg Abbott implemented on March 22.  The pause on visits, coupled with the slow burn of cases, allowed Houston's hospitals to gain experience with treating the virus — as well as to gain a secure handle on PPE.

COVID-19 death rates reveal the states that failed the test:  New York and New Jersey.  It's hard to know what's worse — the dying or the lying.  More than 32,000 New Yorkers have died from the coronavirus, a toll higher than any other state.  New York also ranks second to the worst out of all 50 states, in deaths per million residents.  Only New Jersey did worse.  You wouldn't know it, listening to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who brags that his administration "tamed the beast."  Or the media that praise him and chide states with much, much lower death rates.  Cuomo is doing everything he can to cover up the errors.  He's stonewalling bipartisan efforts in Albany to investigate the deaths of thousands of elderly in nursing homes ravaged by the virus.

Cowards: New York Legislators Boot FNC's Janice Dean From Hearing.  On Monday [8/10/2020], Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean was set to address a committee of New York legislators investigating the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and specifically Governor Andrew Cuomo's nursing home policy, but she was never given a chance to speak due to fears that her presence would be uncomfortable.  Of course, Dean's story hasn't been covered from the newscasts and websites of ABC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC/NBC since they all don't want to upset Cuomo and take themselves out of the running for any future lovefests with the "love gov."  It must be nice to know that most of one of the country's most powerful forces won't consistently hold you to account.  In other words, they don't really care.

Kamala Harris Lies Repeatedly in [her] First Speech as Biden's Running Mate.  In her first speech since Joe Biden selected her as his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris told multiple lies.  To wit: [...] "Six years ago, in fact, we had a different health crisis," Harris said.  "It was called Ebola.  We all remember that pandemic."  Incorrect.  Ebola was an outbreak, not a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization.  "This virus has impacted almost every country," Harris said.  "But there's a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation.  It's because of Trump's failure to take it seriously."  Wrong.  Several advanced nations have suffered more fatalities per million population than the U.S.:  Belgium, the U.K., Spain, Italy, Sweden.  Donald Trump is not in charge of any of these countries.

The Wuhan coronavirus in North America.  The number of new coronavirus cases reported daily in the U.S. is decreasing.  Late last month, the number of such cases exceeded 70,000 many days.  Lately, the number has been more like 55,000 cases and we haven't exceeded 70,000 since July 31.  (Except as otherwise indicated by a link, all numbers here are from Worldometer.)  One would expect the number of daily deaths attributed to the virus to reflect the level of new cases from about a month ago.  Thus, it's not surprising that we haven't seen the daily death count decrease yet.  That number is holding steady in the 1,250-1,500 range, except on weekends when the reported number always tends to be lower than during the rest of the week.

Major League Baseball games set to add cameras in stadiums that detect fans who are not wearing a mask.  Major League Baseball teams are looking into introducing camera technology to ballparks that could detect whether or not fans are wearing masks in the stands.  The software could also flag attendees who are wearing them improperly, like leaving their nose uncovered or dangling them around their neck.  Several teams are in talks with Airspace Systems Inc, a California security firm with technology that can scan security footage for mask 'hot spots.'

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How is a baseball fan supposed to drink a six-dollar beer and eat a five-dollar hot dog while wearing a mask?

A Public Health Doctor's 10,000-Foot Take on COVID-19.  The severity of public health counter-measures overwhelmingly reflects a political calculation.  Public health authorities and civilian government leaders weigh multiple factors beyond the epidemiology or health care policy implications of interventions.  All too frequently, when making decisions on interventions to improve the health of a population, the medical discipline of preventive medicine/public health takes a back seat to non-health care considerations. [...] Massive disruptions in individual and societal norms and liberties have been implemented by government authorities of all levels.  Why have the political/public health calculations of infringing on freedom changed so dramatically?  The institutions that protect constitutional freedoms are severely damaged.  This is vastly different from the constitutional Prohibition/Repeal efforts.

New York City's Downward Spiral.  Mask compliance is almost universal on the Upper West Side: easily 90 percent.  The area is defined by college-educated white folk over 40.  These are rich people, they're rule-followers, and if following one more rule might help them ace the virus the way they aced every other test in their lives, they're going to follow it to a T.  Mask wearing, like every other habit, is also a kind of class signifier.  Less affluent-looking people are far more likely to wear them pulled down like a chin strap.  When it's 85 degrees out and you wear a mask out of doors for any length of time, though, your face starts to sweat, and breathing can become a chore.  Because there are so many people on the sidewalk and you can't avoid passing close to others, you have to spend much more time with a mask on here in the city than in a more sparsely populated place, which makes mask wearing a kind of extra New York tax or burden, along with all of the others. [...] Some of the most irritable people on earth now have a major additional reason to be irritable.

NJ gym that defied coronavirus restrictions gets license rescinded: report.  A New Jersey gym had its license rescinded during a town vote on Tuesday, ending a long-running saga that saw its owners repeatedly defy a state order to remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple reports.  The Bellmawr council in Camden County voted 5 to 1 to rescind the mercantile license of Atilis Gym following an hourlong hearing that featured arguments from lawyers on both sides, according to NJ.com.  The decision came amid a monthslong standoff between the gym's owners and Gov. Phil Murphy over the importance of limiting the spread of the virus or the livelihood of local businesses.

CDC Study Shows No COVID-19 Spike from Wisconsin's April Elections.  Despite fears that Wisconsin's April election would serve to spread the coronavirus, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control confirms that it didn't.  Symptoms of COVID-19 typically develop 2 to 14 days after an infection.  Yet the CDC notes that only 14 people out of nearly 19,000 who voted in person in Milwaukee on April 7 are known to have tested positive for the virus between April 9 and April 21, with the caveat that in about half of the new cases reported in Milwaukee during that time period, whether the person voted is unknown.

Study zeroes in on most effective face mask to block Covid-19.  At a time when face coverings of different types and sizes have flooded the markets, a study by Duke University in the US has thrown light on which masks are the most effective at preventing the spread of droplets emitted by people when talking — a crucial aspect in reducing the transmission of Covid-19.  For the study, published in the journal Science Advances, the Duke University researchers (Emma Fischer, Martin Fischer, David Grass, Isaac Henrion, Warren S Warren, and Eric Westman) devised a low-cost laser sensor device and used it to compare 14 different types of masks and face coverings.  The study revealed that the best face mask for preventing spread of droplets were N95 masks without valves while fleece coverings and bandanas were the least effective, with researchers finding them "worse than not wearing any kind of facial covering".

Trump Taps Esteemed Anti-Fauci Stanford Doc for COVID Team — Huge Game Changer.  The last couple of weeks have been frustrating for the sizable chunk of Trump's base who think lockdowns, untargeted social distancing, and forcing everyone to wear masks are neither effective nor necessary responses to COVID-19 and, in fact, are a much greater menace than the virus itself.  They believe we ought to finally start listening to the thousands of doctors and scientists that the drive-by media have gone out of their way to silence instead of blindly following the dictates of life-long bureaucrats who've been puffed up, pushed, and placed on a pedestal by professional purveyors of fake news like Jake Tapper and Chris Cuomo.  Many of the president's strongest supporters agree with Tucker Carlson that the measures being hyped the hardest by Jerry Nadler and his fellow Democrats as well as the relentless state of panic the president's enemies in the press have created don't merely contradict the data.  They think we're witnessing a deliberate attempt to create a climate of fear and inflict maximal misery on the American people to give Biden a shot at beating Trump in November.

Anti-Lockdown Dr. Scott Atlas Joins Coronavirus Task Force:  Is Fauci Finally Out?  President Trump announced Monday that Dr. Scott Atlas is joining the White House Coronavirus Task Force.  Dr. Atlas is a former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution.  Before joining the team, Atlas penned an op-ed in The Hill that showed his approach to the coronavirus outbreak is much different than that of Anthony "Chicken Little" Fauci, who favors draconian lockdowns and now wants people to wear goggles to avoid getting a virus that most people recover from easily.

Selective and cross-reactive SARS-CoV-2 T cell epitopes in unexposed humans.  Many unknowns exist about human immune responses to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  SARS-CoV-2 reactive CD4+ T cells have been reported in unexposed individuals, suggesting pre-existing cross-reactive T cell memory in 20-50% of people.  However, the source of those T cells has been speculative.

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Translation:  Some unexposed people already have immunity, and nobody knows why.

Councilwoman Karen snaps, demands arrest of the unmasked.  A San Diego city councilmember heatedly criticized those not following social distancing mandates or wearing masks in Ocean Beach, urging authorities to arrest non-compliant people.  Covid is "the worst virus in the history of medicine," fumed Councilmember Jennifer Campbell in a press conference next to a popular beach park.  "The county sheriff should be here arresting people who are not wearing masks, who aren't distancing.  Behave or you're going to be in big trouble."

Victoria Cop Strangles Woman For Not Wearing A Mask.  A Victoria Police officer has been filmed grabbing a young woman by the throat and forcing her to the ground she struggles and screams, "He's choking me!"  The distressing footage of the woman being arrested — apparently for not wearing a face mask — was uploaded to Twitter on Tuesday [8/11/2020].  [Video clip]

Cuomo pulls out all stops to avoid responsibility on NY's massive COVID nursing home death count.  Andrew Cuomo's got a load of nerve.  Imagine being one of the relatives of the thousands of elderly nursing home residents who died as a result of their residences becoming sealed incubators for COVID, which Andrew Cuomo literally ordered.  These people were banned from visits from their own families for their own "safety," they said.  Yet it was Potemkin stuff; they had no protection from COVID, as they had to breathe the air of coughing, infected patients all around them, with absolutely no way to get away from it.  Once they got it, they died alone.  It's the biggest scandal of the COVID era.  Cuomo's policy killed at least 6,000 nursing home patients, with a new report out today that the number looks grotesquely undercounted.

Ignore Dr. Fauci, Mr. President.  It is time for President Donald Trump to start ignoring Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Is Fauci trying to save lives?  Or to elect Joe Biden?  On July 2, 2020, the Henry Ford Health System released a massive study proving that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which sometimes causes the COVID-19 disease, at least when employed early in the disease's progress.  This massive medical organization of 30,000 employees announced:  "Treatment with hydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19 — and without heart-related side-effects, according to a new study published by Henry Ford Health System."

Doctor Dispels Coronavirus Fears: '99.8 Percent of People Get Through this with Little to No Progressive or Significant Disease'.  Dr. Dan Erickson, owner of Accelerated Urgent Care, spoke at Monday's [7/27/2020] "White Coat Summit" on Capitol Hill as part of a greater effort to extinguish fears surrounding the Chinese coronavirus and reminded the public that "99.8 percent of people get through this with little to no progressive or significant disease."  Erickson addressed the dominant narrative of rising cases of the virus within the U.S. and pointed out that it is causing undue fear.  "A case is a person, healthy, that tested positive.  The vast majority.  But the public hears cases and thinks, 'Oh my goodness.  These are sick people!'  No the vast majority — 99.8 percent of people get through this with little to no progressive or significant disease," Erickson said.  The focus should not center on cases, he continued.  Rather, the narrative should focus on hospitalizations and deaths that "are appropriately coded on a death certificate," he said, stressing "appropriately coded."

COVID Nonsense and Lockdown Stories.  This video clip is 18 minutes long and well worth your time.  Just watch the first half and your should be well agitated.

A scientific look at the mask fallacy — and why we're told to wear them.  It is unfathomable to me the number of people who believe fear-mongering politicians and their media cohorts who convey the idea that catching Covid is a death sentence. [...] In ping pong-like fashion, we've heard conflicting stories on masks.  We have video of Anthony Fauci telling us that masks are useless for preventing viral spread, and then we have video of Fauci telling us facial coverings will prevent the spread.  We have the World Health Organization telling us not to wear masks unless we're sick or caring for someone who is, and then we have them telling us the public should wear masks.  A little digging revealed a likely reason for this change of advice:  Neither the CDC nor the W.H.O. suggest any Covid outpatient treatments.  In other words, these agencies have zero suggested treatments for Covid UNTIL an infected person lands in the hospital.  With this, one can understand why they started recommending masks.  These organizations will make big bucks once vaccines come out, so it makes no sense for them to promote the Zelenko Protocol or Bartlett's Nebulizer Protocol.  Yet because these treatments have been successful against Covid, the powers that be had to do something.

Los Angeles:  Why politicians' COVID bullying attacks will work.  Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has learned how to govern like a third-world dictator.  His threat to shut down the water and power to large house parties that violate the city's coronavirus guidelines is right out of the totalitarian government handbook. [...] Starting on Friday [8/7/2020], Mayor Garcetti announced that the city would shut off the power and water to houses, businesses, and other venues that violated the strict corona virus safety guidelines.  This is in response to a large house party that police attempted to shut down.  It turns out these parties are cropping up because the bars and nightclubs are closed as the city institutes greater restrictions as reported cases increase. [...] And it will work.  In the Third World, which is what many of these cities have come to resemble, practical and authoritarian solutions prevail, especially when there is no one to enforce the rule of law.

CDC trend line
Second wave?  Not even close.  hy did politicians ever lockdown society in the first place?  Can we all agree that the stated purpose was to "flatten the curve" so our hospital system could handle the inevitable COVID-19 patients who needed care?  At that point, at least, back in early March, people were behaving rationally.  They accepted that you can't eradicate a virus, so let's postpone things enough to handle it.  The fact is, we have done that, and so much more.  The headlines are filled with dire warnings of a "second wave" and trigger-happy Governors are rolling back regulations to try to stem the tide of new cases.  But, is any of it actually true and should we all be worried?  No, it's not a second wave.  The COVID-19 virus is on its final legs, and while I have filled this post with graphs to prove everything I just said, this is really the only graph you need to see, it's the CDC's data, over time, of deaths from COVID-19 here in the U.S., and the trend line is unmistakable:  [Graph]


This is highly technical, but here it is:
Far-UVC light (222 nm) efficiently and safely inactivates airborne human coronaviruses.  Abstract:  A direct approach to limit airborne viral transmissions is to inactivate them within a short time of their production.  Germicidal ultraviolet light, typically at 254 nm, is effective in this context but, used directly, can be a health hazard to skin and eyes.  By contrast, far-UVC light (207 [to] 222 nm) efficiently kills pathogens potentially without harm to exposed human tissues.  We previously demonstrated that 222-nm far-UVC light efficiently kills airborne influenza virus and we extend those studies to explore far-UVC efficacy against airborne human coronaviruses alpha HCoV-229E and beta HCoV-OC43.  Low doses of 1.7 and 1.2 mJ/cm2 inactivated 99.9% of aerosolized coronavirus 229E and OC43, respectively.

New York's true nursing home death toll [is] cloaked in secrecy.  Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx appears, on paper, to have escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with an official state count of just four deaths in its 146-bed facility.  The truth, according to the home, is far worse:  21 dead, most transported to hospitals before they succumbed.

Good News:  Dr. Scott Atlas Added to Coronavirus Task Force.  It looks like Sweden is over the COVID-19 circumstance.  And if that's the case, then it portends good news for the rest of the world.  Scott Atlas is now part of the coronavirus task force meeting with the president.  And he is countering Fauci.  I have to tell you something, folks, just to show you how pervasive this is.  You know, I read tech blogs.  It's my hobby.  There are a couple of them that literally treat Fauci as a deity.  Whatever Fauci says is the lead item, and it's never questioned.  It is always amplified.  It is always reported as though there can be no question about it.  These are young kids in their late twenties, early thirties, that populate these blogs and do most of the writing.  And it's scary how sycophantic they are.  And it's not just Fauci.  It's anybody in government.  Any official government representative who is not affiliated with the Republicans is automatically correct, never wrong, never questioned, never doubted.

How Fauci's Stubborness Costs Lives.  Dr. Anthony Fauci [...] seems to have forgotten the cardinal rule of medicine — first, do no harm.  By downplaying the effectiveness and highlighting the alleged dangers of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), it can be argued he has cost American lives, and will cost more, coming as he has between real doctors and real patients and real world experience with a drug that has been safely used to treat conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis for six decades without any serious side effects.  Fauci is in love with clinical studies, which are fine to determine effectiveness and risk of vaccines, but pale in comparison to the results of actual use.  One can understand the opposition of Big Pharma and Democrats in Congress to HCQ use against the Wuhan Chinese virus.  There's no money in a commonly available drug that costs something like 50 cents a pill.  And if its widespread use were as effective here as it has been worldwide, it destroys a key rationale for the lockdowns which give liberals unconstitutional power to control every aspect of our lives[.]

6 Questions An Honest, Intelligent Reporter Would Ask Dr. Fauci About COVID-19.  If you had been going down the rabbit hole of COVID-19 research for long enough, a few things would be astounding to you.  First, how uninformed, uncurious, or deceptive reporters in the corporate media are on a matter of life and death.  Second, how much publicly available information about COVID-19 is on the internet contradicts what is reported and said by Health Experts™ on cable news.  Finally, it is impossible to believe Dr. Anthony Fauci enjoys a 62% approval rating.  Of course, part of the reason Dr. Fauci enjoys this level of trust is that reporters who interview him put a sort of religious faith in every word he utters.  Having worked with doctors for years, I don't suffer from any such affliction.  There are some great ones, some awful ones, and some who are great at one thing and not another.  It is also quite reasonable for doctors to disagree.  Medicine is the art of applying science and it is rarely "settled."

Mask Madness.  [Scroll down]  The truth is, there is no reason to think any of these measures have a positive impact on the progress of the pandemic.  That's the first important thing to know if you want to think about a pandemic.  It is a process.  Assuming the new bug is not 100% lethal to those exposed and humans can develop an immunity to it over time, a pandemic follows a predictable pattern.  There is the initial outbreak, where the most vulnerable succumb, then it spreads through the population and eventually burns out.  A pandemic burns out because eventually there is a critical mass of people who are immune to the virus.  Maybe they have a natural immunity or they have developed one, but over time, the ability of the virus to find a new host diminishes and it can no longer spread to new victims.  Of course, in the extreme, the virus just kills all those vulnerable to it and the rest survive.  Some researchers think this could have happened in Philadelphia during the Spanish Flu outbreak.  The theory behind these counter measures was to slow the spread, so hospitals would have time to gear up for patients.  The fact that the spread was not impeded in the slightest is a pretty good real-world test of the measures.  Maybe in theory they could work, but we don't live in theory.  In reality, months of social distancing and mask wearing have had no impact on the course of the disease.  In fact, in places like New York, their policies probably made it worse.

Lockdowns Never Again:  Sweden Was Right, and We Were Wrong.  In life, we encounter things which may work in theory, but not in practice.  Communism is famously one of those things.  Time travel is another.  With any luck, Americans will soon come to realize that strict social distancing, economic lockdowns, and mask-wearing all belong in that category of supposedly sound ideas that simply don't work in reality.  For evidence, let's look to Sweden.  As Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, an ER doctor at a hospital in Stockholm, writes on his blog, "COVID is over in Sweden.  People have gone back to their normal lives and barely anyone is getting infected anymore."  Unlike so many other countries, "Sweden never went into complete lockdown," Dr. Kendrick writes.  Non-essential businesses remained open, people continued frequenting restaurants, the kids stayed in school, and "very few people have bothered with face masks."

Cuomo rejects independent investigation of nursing home coronavirus deaths as political.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said "you'd have to be blind" to think calls to further calls to investigate the coronavirus deaths linked to state nursing homes amid the pandemic are "not political."  Cuomo, during a press conference Monday [8/10/2020], said he "wouldn't do an investigation" into the nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic in the state of New York.  "I wouldn't do an investigation whether or not it's political, everybody can make that decision for themselves," Cuomo said.  "I think you'd have to be blind to realize it's not political."

After 150 days of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the best- and worst-performing stocks.  Last Friday was the 150th day since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic.  During that period of unprecedented volatility, stocks extended gains.

Selective enforcement:
Evidence Is Mounting That Governor Cuomo Is Targeting Bars That Criticize Him for Suspension.  A week after starting a petition calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse New York's mandate requiring that a substantial amount of food must be served with any alcohol purchase, Abby Ehmann, the owner of East Village dive bar Lucky, found out her liquor license was suspended.  "Ehmann says that two State Liquor Authority representatives visited the bar on Monday night at 8 p.m. to observe if the bar's eight customers had ordered food with their drinks," according to Eater New York.  "After the visit, Ehmann received her first warning from the SLA on a piece of paper that did not list out the specific violations, she says.  Shortly afterward, and with no further warnings, Lucky's liquor license was suspended."

To leftists like Lori Lightfoot they are not people they are automatons.  President Donald J. Trump isn't the only public official prone to Twitter rants.  Yesterday after a trip to Chicago's lakefront on a hot and humid day, the city's mayor, Lori Lightfoot, let loose on her constituents.  "It's called a pandemic, people," she Tweeted.  "This reckless behavior on Montrose Beach is what will cause us to shut down the parks and lakefront.  Don't make us take steps backwards."  That "reckless behavior" consisted of people gathering at the beach.  Chicago's 18-miles of lakefront parks were closed — they were guarded by Chicago police officers for most of the spring and much of this summer.  The cops remained posted at these parks during the riots and looting in May — by people presumably spreading the COVID-19 virus.  Riots of course are now, by the liberals, viewed as free speech.  After the Lake Michigan parks opened, Lightfoot dispatched an army of "social distance ambassadors" to enforce safe-distancing.

COVID-19 Is No Reason to Empty Prisons.  In America today, millions of churchgoers are not allowed to practice their faith in their place of worship and certain business owners are not allowed to welcome customers, but hardened criminals are being released from prison.  This insanity is producing predictably deadly results.  Under the guise of protecting prisoners from the spread of Covid-19, large numbers of dangerous criminals are being freed from custody.  This is creating a horrific situation that is endangering the public and has now led to the death of a witness in a rape case. [...] This disturbing trend of releasing prisoners and endangering the public has been going on all over the country since the beginning of this pandemic.  Liberals are using the fear of Covid-19 to accomplish their goal of emptying the prisons.  There has been an undue concern for the health of prisoners during this pandemic.  In fact, the priority should not be the health of prisoners, but the safety of the public.

World's Top Epidemiologists — Masks Don't Work!  Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world.  As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.  That's less than one-third of the number of Danes who die from pneumonia or influenza in a given year.  Despite this success, Danish leaders recently found themselves on the defensive.  The reason is that Danes aren't wearing face masks, and local authorities for the most part aren't even recommending them.  This prompted Berlingske, the country's oldest newspaper, to complain that Danes had positioned themselves "to the right of Trump."

Mayor Lightfoot Blasts Crowd Near Montrose Beach.  While Chicago's beaches remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of people gathered in an area near the city's Montrose Beach Saturday, prompting criticism from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.  Lightfoot posted a social media showing several individuals, many of them who appeared to not be abiding by social distancing guidelines, in a grassy area near boat docks.  "It's called a pandemic, people," the mayor tweeted.  "This reckless behavior on Montrose Beach is what will cause us to shut down the parks and lakefront.  Don't make us take steps backwards."

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All the foolishness about masks and six-foot spacing is no longer about the virus.  Maybe it never was.  Now it's all about conformity and control.  You must submit, or the government will really crack down.

7-year-old boy in Georgia died 'from COVID-19'? Media leaving out key details.  [Scroll down]  So it seems that the boy died not "from COVID-19," but rather as the result of a seizure and a fall in the shower.  It seems that, prior to his death, the child had zero Wuhan virus symptoms, and that after he was pronounced dead, "a rapid test showed evidence of COVID-19 positivity."  I don't know about you, but I've followed the news and the science on this virus as closely as most anyone, and I have yet to hear any reports of the Wuhan virus causing seizures.  If this were the case — especially where children are concerned — it is a virtual guarantee that the media would have daily told us so.  It would seem that fair and accurate reporting of this incident would include all of the circumstances surrounding this terrible tragedy and that this is almost certainly another example of someone dying with the Wuhan virus and not from it.  All the media have done here is give us another reason not to trust them in this grave matter.

To mask or not to mask?  Americans are being urged to, forced to, guilted into, and bullied into wearing masks.  If we don't wear masks, Democrats smugly tell us, we're selfish killers who have no regard for the life and safety of others.  But is that true?  It turns out that the science about masks is anything but settled — and that masks come with some significant downsides.  Even as Fauci the Hypocrite says masks for thee but not for me, serious scientific authorities are moving in the other direction.  Holland's scientific community holds that masks don't help and could hurt:  ["]'Face masks in public places are not necessary, based on all the current evidence,' said Coen Berends, spokesman for the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.  'There is no benefit and there may even be negative impact.'["]

Why are black Americans likelier to die of COVID than Latinos?  Only part of the dramatic racial differences in age-adjusted COVID-19 death rates can be explained by racial differences.  The remainder reflects a substantially lower black survival rate because, we are told, of poverty and inadequate access to healthcare.  Once taking into account Latino outcomes, however, these factors alone are unlikely to explain the lower black survival rate.  Why are the outcomes for Latinos so much better than for black Americans?  There is no comprehensive national measure of cases by race and ethnicity.  The CDC has estimates for only 57 percent of national cases.  Using these partial estimates, together with population data, I estimated that the black case rate is 2.53 times the white rate, and the Latino rate is 11.4 percent higher than the black rate.

'Mask mouth': Dentists coin new term for smelly side effect of wearing a mask.  Some bad breath just can't be covered up.  Now that dentists have reopened their doors, they're having patients show up with a nasty set of symptoms, which the doctors have dubbed "mask mouth."  The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath.

Christians Sidestep Coronavirus Restrictions By Meeting In State-Approved Venues.  In footage of two instances that went viral on Thursday [8/6/2020] and Friday, Christians gathered in the government-approved venues of a Pennsylvania Wal-Mart and a Las Vegas casino to engage in the worship that authorities have deemed non-essential.  In a Thursday tweet that was retweeted by Vice President Mike Pence, Faith and Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed posted footage of a worship service in a Vegas casino, writing, "Packed house at #EvangelicalsForTrump prayer & praise event in Las Vegas.  NV Governor banned church services but casinos can operate at 50% capacity.  So we are praying in a casino."

NYC Councilman Paul Vallone credits Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 recovery.  A Democratic New York City Councilman says hydroxychloroquine saved his life after a near-fatal run-in with COVID-19 in March.  Paul Vallone, who represents northeast Queens, took the drug along with a standard flu Z-pack, and came back from the brink almost immediately.  "I couldn't breathe, very weak, couldn't get out of bed.  My doctor prescribed it.  My pharmacy had it.  Took it that day and within two to three days I was able to breathe," Vallone told The [New York] Post.  "Within a week I was back on my feet."

Is dying with COVID-19 and dying from COVID-19 the same thing?  In Oregon, it is.  Fred Creasy was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the end of June.  Doctors gave the 81-year-old just 30 days to live.  He died at the end of July while in hospice care at Avamere Rehabilitation Facility in Newport.  "They told my daughter you better come down here because it's going to be today.  And within five hours he was gone," said daughter Rhonda McCrary.  McCrary said her father tested positive for COVID-19 around the same time of his cancer diagnosis.  "He had no symptoms.  He wasn't even quarantined," said McCrary.  McCrary said her dad died from advanced cancer and Avamere considered Creasy recovered from the coronavirus.  A few days after his death, Lincoln County Public Health reported Creasy as the county's ninth COVID-19 death.

Why coronavirus occurs less in children than adults, according to new study.  The human cell receptor that the novel coronavirus latches onto in its victims is less prevalent in children than adults, which is likely why children may not be as susceptible to COVID-19, according to a new study.  In the recent report published in JAMA, the study authors stated that children account for less than two percent of reported COVID-19 cases.  The researchers hypothesized that this may be due to the gene expression of a specific cell receptor called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2(ACE2).  The virus enters the human body through the ACE2 receptor, which is located on the surface of certain human cells, according to the study. [...] [Dr. Supinda] Bunyavanich's study is one of only a few examining the relationship between ACE2 in the airway and age, according to the release.  These findings could lead to a potential indicator of susceptibility to the novel coronavirus, the researchers said.

Fighting Leftists' Assault on American Small Business.  Masks are the mark of the times, symbolic of so much more than a means for virus protection.  The true masking in America is the nefarious hidden agenda of the Democrat party, co-opted by socialist ruffians.  The good news is that portions of the electorate are moving from the bewilderment stage on what is happening to our country to revealing the left's inner sanctum on how and why they are attacking our nation.  The more our minds dig for the ground truth, the more the subversive anti-America plot is revealed. [...] It is amazing, the speed with which private property rights of businesses were suspended by government dictates under the umbrella of pandemic lockdowns. [...] Traditional tools for inhibiting small business growth include stifling regulation and burdensome taxation.  The weapon of choice is now COVID-19-sanctioned lockdowns and restrictions.

Rape suspect freed from jail amid COVID-19 allegedly kills accuser.  A Virginia rape suspect was released from jail over coronavirus concerns — and then shot dead his accuser, authorities say.  Ibrahim E. Bouaichi, 33, of Greenbelt, Md., had been indicted on charges of rape, strangulation and abduction after Karla Dominguez, a native of Venezuela, told cops in Alexandria, Va., that he sexually assaulted her in October, the Washington Post said.  Bouaichi turned himself in 11 days later, and a judge ordered him held without bond.  Then, despite objections by an Alexandria prosecutor, lawyers for the man, who was charged with six felonies, successfully argued on April 9 that he be released on $25,000 bond — with a condition that he only leave his Maryland residence to meet with lawyers or pretrial services officials, the newspaper said.

As always, fear of the virus does far more damage than the virus itself.
Girl Slaughtered After Her Alleged Rapist Was Released From Jail Over COVID Concerns.  An alleged rapist killed his accuser after being released from jail over concerns he and his lawyers would contract coronavirus.  According to the Washington Post, Ibrahim Bouaichi hunted and killed his accuser, Karla Dominguez, after being released from jail because of concerns the Wuhan coronavirus would put Bouaichi and his lawyers at risk of falling ill.  Bouaichi was indicted on charges of rape, strangulation, and abduction after Dominguez, a native of Venezuela, told law enforcement in Alexandria, Va., that he sexually assaulted her in October.  Eleven days after his indictment, Bouaichi turned himself into authorities, and a judge ordered him to be held without bond.  Bouaichi's lawyers requested bond, arguing their client could not be safe from the Wuhan virus because it was "impossible" to provide adequate social distancing and other safety measures behind bars.  The men added that the arrangement also put them at risk, explaining that lawyers seeking a contact visit would "also expose themselves to contaminated air and surfaces."  Jail spokeswoman Amy Bertsch pointed out that the jail implemented increased cleaning and health screening in early March "and there were no cases of covid-19 at the jail during their client's incarceration."

Italian Study:  Hydroxychloroquine Cut Death Risk 66 Percent.  An Italian study found that hospitalized coronavirus patients who took anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin were 66% less likely to die.  Science Direct reports that the study also indicates a "larger effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in patients with less severe COVID-19 disease."

An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch.  On Friday, July 31, in a column ostensibly dealing with health care "misinformation," Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan opened by lambasting "fringe doctors spouting dangerous falsehoods about hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 wonder cure."  Actually, it was Sullivan who was spouting dangerous falsehoods about this drug, something the Washington Post and much of the rest of the media have been doing for months.  On May 15, the Post offered a stark warning to any Americans who may have taken hope in a possible therapy for COVID-19.  In the newspaper's telling, there was nothing unambiguous about the science — or the politics — of hydroxychloroquine:  "Drug promoted by Trump as coronavirus game-changer increasingly linked to deaths," blared the headline.  Written by three Post staff writers, the story asserted that the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 is scant and that the drug is inherently unsafe.  This claim is nonsense.

Bad medicine:  Fauci's HCQ Waterloo.  Dr. Anthony Fauci has been hailed in the press as the nation's top infectious disease expert.  He's been feted with presidential honors and high praise for his medical acumen.  His policy disagreements with President Trump, supposedly as the voice of "science," have made him a hero on the left. [...] But it's about time this idol topples, based on this summary about Fauci's startlingly bad medicine and bad medical policy on COVID, which has in fact cost thousands of lives.  And yes, he is very specifically to blame.  Virologist Steven Hatfill, writing in RealClearPolitics, summed up just how disastrous Fauci has been for America's COVID response, based on Fauci's suppression of evidence about hydroxychloroquine, the safest and most effective treatment for COVID based on all reputable studies, and the political power he's used to halt its treatment even as the rest of the world got well from the inexpensive medication's use.

Checkpoint Charlie:
Quarantine 'checkpoint' opens at New York City's Penn Station to enforce travel rules.  A few dozen travelers got off a train from Miami at New York City's Penn Station on Thursday and were greeted by a team of public health workers and mayoral office staff who handed them informational fliers about the state's new COVID-19 quarantine rules.  The team, comprised of Mayor Bill de Blasio's public engagement unit and the city's COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps, were running a "checkpoint" starting at Penn Station on Thursday to ensure that visitors from any of the 35 states on New York's travel advisory were aware of the 14-day quarantine mandate.

DeWine tests negative for virus after earlier positive test.  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday after testing positive earlier in the day before he was to meet with President Donald Trump, according to a statement from his office.

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If someone tests positive and negative on the same day, what does that tell you?

Fauci Knew About HCQ In 2005 — Nobody Needed To Die.  [Scroll down]  This means, of course, that Dr. Fauci has known for 15 years that chloroquine and its even milder derivative hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) will not only treat a current case of coronavirus ("therapeutic") but prevent future cases ("prophylactic").  So HCQ functions as both a cure and a vaccine.  In other words, it's a wonder drug for coronavirus.  Said Dr. Fauci's NIH in 2005, "concentrations of 10 µM completely abolished SARS-CoV infection."  Fauci's researchers add, "chloroquine can effectively reduce the establishment of infection and spread of SARS-CoV."  Dr. Didier Raoult, the Anthony Fauci of France, had such spectacular success using HCQ to treat victims of SARS-CoV-2 that he said way back on February 25 that "it's game over" for Coronavirus.

Cover Up:  Fauci Approved Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine 15 Years Ago to Cure Coronaviruses.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose "expert" advice to President Trump has resulted in the complete shutdown of the greatest economic engine in world history, has known since 2005 that chloroquine is an effective inhibitor of coronaviruses.  How did he know this?  Because of research done by the National Institutes of Health, of which he is the director.  In connection with the SARS outbreak — caused by a coronavirus dubbed SARS-CoV — the NIH researched chloroquine and concluded that it was effective at stopping the SARS coronavirus in its tracks.  The COVID-19 bug is likewise a coronavirus, labeled SARS-CoV-2.  While not exactly the same virus as SARS-CoV-1, it is genetically related to it, and shares 79% of its genome, as the name SARS-CoV-2 implies.

The Two Horsemen Of The Apocalypse:  Fauci And Redfield.  America's number one health official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, because of those ballgame photos, should be the most notorious unmasked person since the Phantom of the Opera.  But, he insisted to Fox News "I had my mask around my chin.  I had taken it down.  I was totally dehydrated and I was drinking water, trying to rehydrate myself," Fauci.  Actually, the published ones either show his hands together or wrapped around a cell phone.  Further, in a virtually empty stadium, he also found no room for "social distancing," sitting between two others seat-to-seat.  Still, it may be hard to accuse the director of the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, "the nation's most trusted disease expert," of hypocrisy on anything since he has been all over the map on masks, epidemic severity, and pretty much every other aspect of COVID-19.

Philippines had the harshest lockdown and most mask wearing.  It didn't work.  Nowhere is the circuitous insanity and national masochism of lockdown policies more evident than in the Philippines.  This nation of over 100 million holds the distinction of having undergone the longest and most severe lockdown.  They also have the highest rate of mask wearing in the world, according to a recent survey.  In other words, they've done everything the propagators of corona panic porn every dreamt of.  Yet... Cases are surging because you can't run or hide from a respiratory virus.

New York Cops stationed at tunnels and bridges to scan license plates.  Travelers coming into New York City from 35 COVID-19 hotspot states were met at road entry points Wednesday under a program announced earlier in the day by Mayor Bill de Blasio.  At a press conference on Wednesday morning, de Blasio said those who do not self-isolate for 14 days once they arrive in the city from those locations could face a $10,000 fine.  He failed to explain how he would enforce the order.  Pictures taken by DailyMail.com show police officers stationed at the Goethals Bridge toll plaza Wednesday evening.  The sheriff's department scanned plates and pulled people over, onlookers say.

Why Georgia Could Be Blowing the Lockdown Meme Out of the Water.  Georgia was one of the last states to cave to a statewide lockdown.  It was also one of the first to start reopening.  Republican Gov. Brian Kemp resisted calls to mandate a statewide closure, leaving it to local governments.  When reopening was an option after guidelines were published, Kemp ensured that all Georgians would be allowed to participate in the reopening and prohibited local governments from implementing more restrictive guidelines than he did at the state level.

Trial lawyers looking for a $100 billion coronavirus jackpot.  Not everyone is suffering job loss, income declines and financial devastation from the coronavirus pandemic.  Some people are looking to get rich off the tragedy.  Trial lawyers see COVID-19 casualties and images of asbestos and tobacco lawsuits dancing in their heads.  They are drooling over the prospects of a $100 billion COVID-19 jackpot.  The Democrats in Congress who the trial bar has spent years buying and paying can't wait to help in the grand heist.  They aren't wasting any time.  The Wall Street Journal reports, "Employers across the country are being sued by the families of workers who contend their loved ones contracted lethal cases of Covid-19 on the job, a new legal front that shows the risks of reopening workplaces."  Who's in the bull's-eye?  So far, the deep pockets include Walmart Inc., Safeway Inc., Tyson Foods Inc., nursing homes and hospitals.  They are seeking millions for gross negligence or wrongful death, and the cases are mounting.  So far, the number of suits is approaching 5,000.

Dr. Zev Zelenko Gives Insightful Talk On HCQ And Deep Medical State Corruption With Debbie Aldrich.  [Video clip]

Mayor Eric Garcetti Says DWP Will Shut Off Water And Power At Homes That Throw Large Parties.  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday [8/5/2020] announced the city was taking action against those who throw large parties.  He called recent gatherings of mostly young people in the Hollywood Hills and Calabasas "flagrant violations of health orders."  "While we have already closed all bars and nightclubs, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs," said the mayor.  He then indicated he would hold them to similar scrutiny.  "The same thing we would do with businesses," said Garcetti.  If the LAPD responds to repeated complaints and verifies that there have been violations at a home, the city will within 48 hours have the DWP shut off service at that home.

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Who decides what a "large party" is?

Britain's gone from lockdown to la-la-land!  Grounded in dubious science and cowardly politics, the grievous wounds we have inflicted upon ourselves with the Covid-19 lockdown are becoming more evident every day.  Britain's economic outlook is dire and job losses are mounting daily.  It is clear many of those currently bankrolled by the Government's furlough scheme to lie on the beach, lawn or sofa will soon discover that they have no employment to return to in the autumn.  Meanwhile, disturbing figures reported in the Mail yesterday [8/4/2020], reveal how alarm is spreading among doctors and patients at the continued mothballing of sectors of the NHS.  Measures designed to help the health service withstand coronavirus cases served their purpose.  But now tens of thousands of people with cancer, heart disease and diabetes find themselves consigned to ever-longer waiting lists, left undiagnosed and untreated.

NYC looks more like a terrorist country than a city in a free nation.  On Wednesday [8/5/2020], NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio announced travel checkpoints and fines for those who do not comply with NYC quarantine restrictions.  The new rules were on top of state restrictions on out of state travelers that visit New York.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo had expanded on the already vast restrictions applying to 35 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.  If you fail to fill out the travel form that is required, you will be fined $2,000, just for landing in a NYC airport.  He announced random checkpoints to be established on the cities bridges and tunnels.  Suppose you break the rules, it is a $10,000 fine.  In his comments, De Blasio said this was not to punish people, but to help them understand the rules.  Just let that sink in a little bit.  Random checkpoints across NYC access points where they will determine if you are compliant or not.  Is this a free country?

The Bigger Covid-19 Picture Has Come Into Sharp, Clear Focus.  As Professor [Steven] Ferry had proven within this linked ANP story, most Americans are missing the ties between Bill Gates, a Covid 19 vaccine and the globalists long-held push for digital ID's and the Covid-19 deception has offered the globalists the perfect opportunity to bring about the full implementation of their 'Global Control Grid' as we're now seeing rolled out in various locations across the world.  With the lead story over at Reuters reporting that the government in Singapore will begin using 'electronic tags' to enforce Covid-19 quarantines hinting at the Orwellian direction we're now heading in, with the devices tracking their wearers' every movement and any attempts to leave their 'home detention' location triggering an alarm that alerts authorities, a new story over at Infowars gives us an even bigger taste of where the world is heading if the democrats/globalists get their way.  As Infowars reports in this new story, police in Melbourne, Australia now have the power to enter people's homes without a warrant and perform 'spot checks' to enforce compliance with new coronavirus lockdown rules.

NBC News Reportedly Laying Off Staff Due To COVID-19.  NBC News will reportedly be laying off staff due to declining revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Page Six.  The network's parent company NBCUniversal is planning cuts countrywide, according to Tuesday [8/4/2020] reports.  These cuts include employees at NBC News, sources told Page Six.  A little less than 3% of employees at NBC News are reportedly being laid off, the publication added.  These cuts come as NBC News' "Today" producer Jackie Levin leaves the network.  Levin worked at NBC for 26 years and recently accepted a buyout, Page Six reported Tuesday.

Federal Judge Rules Cuomo, De Blasio Exceeded Authority by Restricting Religious Services While Condoning Protests.  A federal judge on Friday [7/31/2020] ruled that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo violated the Constitution by restricting religious services to stem the spread of the coronavirus while simultaneously condoning mass protests that took place across the state.  U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe granted a preliminary injunction blocking New York from enforcing its stringent coronavirus restrictions on religious services.  The state's current restrictions require houses of worship to operate at 25 percent capacity and later at 33 percent capacity when New York enters Phase Four of its re-opening plan.

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COVID and the Red States.  The death rate per 1000 cases in the 12 most conservative states has improved to the point that it is currently five times lower than the corresponding average rate in the 12 most progressive states.  [Graph at left]  Note that nearly all improvement for COVID-19 survival took place in red states.  Data for political affiliation for 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 was provided by Gallup.  Coronavirus data (accessed on May 14 and July 23, 2020) was provided by USA Today.


U.S. sees fewer than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases for 2nd day.  For the second day in a row, researchers say new COVID-19 cases in the United States have numbered under 50,000.  About 45,400 new cases were recorded Monday [8/3/2020], according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the first time since late June with two straight days under 50,000.  There were about 47,500 on Sunday.  U.S. cases averaged about 60,000 per day in July.

What or Who Decides This Election?  [#1] The virus.  The coronavirus is like an out-of-control grass fire.  It dies down only to flare up without much predictability — making fools of yesterday's experts, proving them yet again today's geniuses, only to render them idiots tomorrow.  Trump's polls climbed in May when it looked as if the vicious virus was waning.  But after the public relaxed its guard, or protesters gathered for much of June in massive demonstrations that were politically correct mockeries of social distancing, masks, and disinfects, or the virus got its natural second wind, it caught fire again — and abroad as well. [...] [#2] The lockdown/quarantine.  Depending on how poll questions are framed, most Americans either want to take their chances and get back to work, or they care little about the data and simply are terrified of COVID-19.

Seven Major October Surprises Awaiting Democrats.  [#6] The China Virus.  So far, the politics of this haven't played out either way.  The public seems divided on whether to take the doctors' initial advice (that increasingly seems wrong) and mask up/social distance or to go with the more recent reports of a variety of treatments working that do not involve a locked-down country.  Suffice it to say, the small business community in the USA is getting crushed by the lock-downs, while the corporate giants seem fine with more regulation and separation.  Trump addressed this today, noting the wealth disparities that are not good for the country.  This is the same populist message, albeit with a slightly different twist, that fueled Trump's 2016 victory.

The Case-Fatality Rate Chart That Backs Up Trump's "Positive Thinking".  [Scroll down]  We learned yesterday that the hospitals are now admitting that there's money to be made in every death that can be chalked up to COVID-19.  Remember the controversy we had in Florida where 300 different testing sites, testing locations were reporting 100 percent positives?  In other words, everybody that came in tested positive for COVID-19.  It's not possible.  And yet they were reporting it at 300 different sites.  So the same thing happens with the death rate.  They're reporting people dying from COVID-19 even if they haven't died from it, but if they've got it.  If they die of kidney failure, if they die of diabetes, if they die of cancer but they also have COVID, guess what?  They're said to have died from COVID.  Why?  Well, there's a bunch of reasons, A, there's money in it.  B, there's politics in it.  Right now the more people dying of COVID, the better for the Democrat Party.  Who's reporting these numbers?  Who is in charge of reporting and interpreting these numbers?  The Drive-By Media is.  And if they want the number of deaths associated with COVID-19 to go up and rise, they can do that and then they can blame it all on Trump.

COVID-19 Lies Go Viral.  Beware of three widely circulating COVID-19-related lies and the partisan motives behind them.  These lies are dangerous to your children and how you cope with this virus.  Lie No. 1: "The United States' response stands out as among the worst of any country."  House Majority Whip James Clyburn leveled that charge, as he kicked off a hearing Friday [8/31/2020] into the virus.  Don't buy it.  A staggering 183,639 Europeans have died from the virus as of Monday.  Deaths per capita have been far higher in the U.K., Spain and Italy than in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins.  After a lull, cases are spiking in several European countries.  That hasn't stopped New York Times columnist Paul Krugman from asking, "Why Can't Trump's America be like Italy?"  Is he crazy?  A patient with the coronavirus has faced three times the risk of dying from it in Italy as in the U.S., Johns Hopkins data indicate.

Comedic rant sums up anti-mask position, 'wins the internet for 2020!'  The argument against being forced to wear protective face masks was summed up by one young woman in a short but scathing video.  Twitter users gave the woman a virtual standing ovation and agreed that her anti-mask rant won the internet after the video was shared by YouTuber Jordan Sather.  [Video clip]

Bloody brawl breaks out after woman throws coffee in man's face for not wearing mask.  A bloody brawl broke out in Manhattan Beach after a couple confronted two men for not wearing masks, causing an argument that turned violent when the woman threw coffee into the face of one of the men.  The brawl was all caught on video, recorded by James Hernandez's bodycam, which he says he has to wear as a Trump supporter.  "Because I wear a trump hat I've had a lot of confrontations, I guess," he said.  His camera was rolling on Friday when he says he and his friend, Matthew Roy, were eating burritos outside without masks on, and a couple criticized them.  "Y'all need to be wearing masks," the woman can be heard saying.  "No we don't," Hernandez replies.  "We're locals here but were on the other side of the fence, we don't believe in this stuff."

Social Media Censorship Won't Keep Trump from Being Reelected.  Remember a couple of months ago people were all excited about Dr. Robert Epstein claiming Google preventing Trump-related searches or banning Trump ads was going to throw the election to the Democrats and Joe Biden?  I certainly do, because at the time Dr. Epstein went public with his predictions about the forthcoming 2020 election, my Twitter account blew up from people bringing it to my attention.  Dr. Epstein is a prominent American psychologist and author.  He was formerly editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine and a distinguished professor at the University of California — San Diego.  Epstein has been involved in controversies and criticisms of Google and other Big Tech platforms since 2012 when Google began placing security warnings on links to his website, which reduced his site traffic.

Crazy Mask Karen Goes Berserk in Walmart, Screams at and Punches Teen Boy For Not Wearing Face Mask.  A crazy mask Karen went berserk in a Post Falls, Idaho Walmart over the weekend when she spotted customers without their faces covered.  The enraged, overweight woman began screaming at a group of teenagers:  "You guys are abusing your freedom!  Stop it!" the woman screamed as she punched the teen boy who was recording her with his cell phone.

NYC Health Commissioner Resigns Over Deep Disappointment' With Mayor De Blasio's Handling Of The Pandemic.  New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot resigned after clashing with Mayor Bill de Blasio over how to confront the coronavirus pandemic, The New York Times reported Tuesday [8/4/2020].  "I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department's incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been," Barbot wrote in her resignation email, a copy of which was shared to The NYT.

NYC Health Commissioner Resigns with 'Deep Disappointment' after Clashing with De Blasio.  New York City health commissioner Oxiris Barbot resigned on Tuesday [8/4/2020], after clashing with Mayor Bill de Blasio for months over the city's coronavirus response.  De Blasio has a history of clashing with health department officials.  In May of this year the mayor opted to place city hospitals in charge of coronavirus contact tracing efforts, despite the health department's experience with contact tracing for AIDS, measles, and other outbreaks.

CDC director admits hospitals, medical folks have 'perverse incentive' to falsely count Covid deaths.  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield has confirmed that, despite claims otherwise from the left, there is indeed a "perverse incentive" for hospitals to overcount their coronavirus deaths by falsely attributing unrelated deaths to the virus.  Asked during a House Oversight and Reform hearing Friday to comment on what Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, a Republican, described as a "perverse incentive for medical folks to claim that somebody died of COVID versus an automobile accident, for instance," Redfield admitted that the congressman had a point.  [Video clip] [...] Similarly, because of the CARES Act passed by Congress in March, hospitals receive a 20 percent premium when seeking payment for Medicare patients who died allegedly of the coronavirus.

"You Don't Have a Choice — Normalcy Only Returns When We Largely Vaccinate the Entire Population" — Creepy Bill Gates Gets Creepier.  This creepy video of Bill Gates is making the rounds again today [8/2/2020].  Bill Gates told The Financial Times, "You don't have a choice... Normalcy only returns when we largely vaccinate the entire population."  For the coronavirus flu.  [Video clip]

Texas Downgrades COVID-19 Deaths After 'Automation Error'.  The Texas Department of State Health Services revealed this week that an "automation error" in a new method of reporting COVID-19 deaths led to hundreds of people being mistakenly reported as having died of the coronavirus.  The statistical error put 225 fatalities on the state's COVID-19 related death toll.  A local Texas NBC affiliate stated:  "On July 27, the state said 675 deaths were being added to the list of those killed by COVID-19 and that the increase was due to a change in reporting method that relied on death certificates rather than reports from various public health departments."

The Real Reason Democrats are Pushing for Mail-In Ballots.  [Scroll down]  The surges in cases we are seeing across the country means that more and more of the population have been exposed to the virus.  The vast majority are not getting sick; in fact most don't even know they are ill and they are getting tested due to potential exposure, for return to work, travel, or simply because the tests are widely available and free under most insurance plans.  Once the virus tears through a population, there are fewer left to infect, and it goes away.  A summer surge in positive tests brings us closer to herd immunity and this will likely burn itself out by fall.  Normal colds and seasonal flu may complicate things, but that's another story.  The compassionate Democrats say it's too dangerous to wait in line to vote.  Yet it was fine for hundreds to wait in line for John Lewis's funeral procession.  Hypocrisy is on full display when it comes to the Chinese coronavirus.  The all-knowing, all-caring Dr. Anthony Fauci donned a large mask while standing all alone on the pitcher's mound waiting to launch his ill-fated pitch closer to the dugout than home plate.  Yet in the bleachers, he was yucking it up with some pals, forgetting all about masks and social distancing.

A New Prohibition Is Silencing the Deplorables.  Due to the draconian responses to COVID-19, America has been seeing the temporary triumph of the new ax wielders.  A whole network of institutions that are the bedrock of neighborhoods are under attack, including shops, bars, pubs, restaurants, concert halls, movie theaters and churches.  Even some church choirs are silenced by a 'no singing' rule.  The smashers of neighborliness and camaraderie are, like Carrie Nation, doing so in the name of righteousness and the improvement of American's physical health — a principle that seems fair enough.  But if the health of Americans was truly the issue, there would not be so much arbitrariness and inconsistent application of rules and regulations.  The people who are under the laws of the new Prohibition can see the inconsistencies clearly.  It seems odd to them that COVID-19 virus is apparently far more active in churches, small businesses, and eateries, than it is in densely packed crowds of protestors whose righteous ideology apparently immunizes them from the virus's deleterious effects.

Rand Paul Harshly Slams Fauci:  You Praised Andrew Cuomo.  Why Not DeSantis?  On Monday morning [8/3/2020], Kentucky GOP senator Rand Paul, angered by Dr. Anthony Fauci having lavished praise on New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo for his response to the coronavirus pandemic while studiously ignoring Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis' much more successful response, fired off a tweet targeting Fauci. [...] As of August 3, according to The New York Times, New York had reported 421,008 cases of coronavirus with 32,401 deaths; Florida had reported at least 487,100 cases with 7,083 deaths.  That amounts to 7.7% of the cases reported in New York eventuating in death, while in Florida roughly 1.5% of the cases resulted in death.

In New Interview Bobby Kennedy Jr. Claims Dr. Fauci will Make Millions on Coronavirus Vaccine and Owns Half the Patent.  Robert Kennedy Jr. and Harvard Attorney Alan Dershowitz debated on the topic of the coronavirus vaccine back in July.  During the debate, Kennedy Jr. claimed that Dr. Anthony Fauci invested $500 million in the vaccine that is not safe by any means and Fauci owns half the patent so he's due to make millions.

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These Two Charts Should Land Dr. Fauci in Prison.  The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a leading non-partisan professional association of physicians across the United States.  Today [8/3/2020] the AAPS filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to compel the release to the public of hydroxychloroquine by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  Here are two charts that show hydroxychloroquine's effectiveness in treating the coronavirus. [...] And Fauci continues to push the ridiculous notion that hydroxychloroquine treatments are not successful in treating the coronavirus.


Disconnect between FDA and doctors prescribing hydroxychloroquine.  A disconnect appears to have arisen between the Food and Drug Administration and a sizable number of physicians when it comes to prescribing hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients.  The situation garnered extra attention last week when a group of physicians billing themselves as America's Frontline Doctors insisted that the drug could treat COVID-19 in a high-profile press conference in Washington.  Clips of the event went viral on social media before being blocked on some platforms as misinformation.  At the root of the disconnect is a medical practice known as "off-label prescribing."  "Let doctors be doctors," said Dr. Alieta Eck, a primary care physician in New Jersey.  "We treat people off-label all the time."

Gambler Removed in Cuffs From Las Vegas Casino For Not Wearing Face Mask.  A Las Vegas gambler was cuffed and removed from 4 Queens casino Saturday night for not wearing a face mask.  Nevada's Democrat Governor Sisolak recently ordered a statewide mask mandate amid the Coronavirus panic.  Anyone who enters a casino must wear a face mask, or else face arrest.  According to the person who took the picture of the arrest, bystanders were wearing masks under their chin, so why weren't they arrested as well?

Sweden's No-Lockdown COVID Numbers are Even Better Than They Look.  In case you hadn't heard, Sweden is one of the very few western nations that didn't respond to COVID-19 by imposing any lockdowns.  Given the obvious hardship, misery, and death lockdowns bring, Sweden's leaders decided it made more sense to just isolate the sick and elderly.  They let the infection burn through the strong and healthy members of their population at its normal rate instead of trying to slow it down and thereby delaying herd immunity.  Way back in May, I pointed out that, if lockdowns were effective, Sweden's neighbors would see a dramatic increase in cases after opening back up.  Lockdowns, at best, only slow down the rate of infection.  They don't reduce the number required to reach herd immunity and, hence, only serve to increase the amount of time the virus lingers.  The point of locking down is to make sure hospitals don't get overrun by a surge of new cases on any given day, not to decrease the number of people ultimately infected.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank boss Neel Kashkari: 'Hard' shutdown can save economy.  Locking the country down "really hard" for a period of several weeks could save the economy from long-term pain, the president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank said Sunday [8/2/2020].  In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," Neel Kashkari said that the only way to have "a real robust economic recovery" is to quash the flare-ups of the coronavirus that continue to pop up across the country.  Shutting things down "for a month or six weeks" would allow the nation's case count to get low enough that the government's testing and contact tracing efforts could effectively contain future spreading, Kashkari said, adding that if serious action isn't taken, the country will "have this raging virus spreading ... with flare ups and local lockdowns for the next year or two."

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[#1] No disease is bad enough to warrant this kind of action.  The Covid-19 disease certainly isn't.  [#2] If you have learned nothing else this year, you must have learned that "just a few weeks" lasts about six months.  [#3] Anyone with any awareness of the state of this country (and how we got here) knows that the detrimental side-effects of the earlier shutdowns has greatly outweighed the benefits.

One Swedish Model To Copy:  No More COVID-19 Lockdowns.  Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari is the latest to create a stir by saying he favored a "really hard" four-to-six week lockdown of the economy to get the virus under control and help the economy rebound later.  The only problem is, we already had lockdowns.  We were told it would be a couple of weeks, so we could "flatten the curve."  Then, even as the infection rate fell, governors and big city mayors decided to keep their economies shut.  It didn't work, unless you count destroying people's dreams, small businesses, jobs and life savings.  Another "really hard" lockdown?  Sorry.  Recent research shows the lockdowns didn't do anything but make Americans miserable by killing small businesses by the hundreds and laying off millions of workers.  A Fed president should know better.

COVID-19 Deaths Are a Tiny Percentage of the Overall Mortality Rate.  [Scroll down]  If you walk down the steps, you risk dying from a slip-and-fall.  If you took a shower, same thing.  If you plugged anything into an electrical outlet, you risked death.  If you walked across the street, you risked death. [...] So throughout your normal course of the day you risk death 2,000 times a day, minimum.  We're afraid of COVID, which has a 98.3% recovery rate unless you have one of comorbidity issues?  Are you kidding me?  Should you be scared of COVID at this point, based on what you know, that 1.6 million people died so far this year of other things?

Dr. Harvey Risch on War Room After CNN Hit Job.  Dr. Harvey Risch joins Steve Bannon, Raheem Kassam, and @JackMaxey1 on War Room: Pandemic right after his appearance on New Day with John Berman where the host attempted to "put words in his mouth."  [Video clip]

Jake Tapper scolds Trump for airport 'mini-rally' in Florida, but John Lewis crowds still ok.  [Scroll down]  There were multiple memorials and funeral extravaganzas held for John Lewis during the past two weeks.  Most were held indoors, where attendees were packed together like sardines.  Meanwhile, countless Americans were not allowed to hold funerals for their loved ones who had recently died.  Under the District of Columbia's coronavirus rules, individuals who travel to "high-risk areas" are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon re-entering the District.  The state of Georgia is considered a "high-risk area" for the coronavirus by Mayor Bowser's office.  However, Bowser confirmed that anyone who attended Congressman Lewis' funeral in Georgia is not required to self-quarantine upon re-entering D.C.  "Government activity is essential, and the Capitol of the United States is exempt from the Mayor's Order," Bowser's press secretary told Just the News.

Sit down, Nancy:  Pelosi doubles down while Birx forcefully pushes backGood for her.  A Sunday morning [8/2/2020] political show gave Dr. Birx a chance to respond to Speaker Pelosi's snide remarks about her as she was interviewed on CNN.  She was asked about Pelosi's criticism of her during a private meeting with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchen on Friday night.  Birx delivered an unequivocal response.  Pelosi's remarks against Birx were leaked to the press, of course, and it seems that her vitriol toward Birx came from a New York Times article in July. [...] She predicted that the virus would rise dramatically but then peak and begin to decline.  No one from the NYT bothered to interview Dr. Birx before publishing the hit piece, by the way.  When the coronavirus moved aggressively to southern states, her prediction was proven to have been overly optimistic.

Scientists say public transport may not be a major source of coronavirus spread after all.  Catching coronavirus on public transport is far less likely than once feared, fresh data suggests.  Trains, buses and planes were earmarked as potential Covid-19 hotspots by experts around the world at the start of the crisis.  This is because Covid-19 thrives in enclosed indoor spaces with little ventilation and densely packed crowds of people.  But research suggests that, if masks are worn and social distancing is adhered to, the chance of the virus spreading on public transport is minimal.  Contact tracing studies looking into hundreds of Covid-19 clusters in France, Austria and Japan linked fewer than 1 percent of 'super-spreader' events back to public transport.

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The trains in Japan are notorious for overcrowding, to the extent that there are "pushers" whose job is to push people into the trains before the doors close.  [Video clip]  Thus it is highly unlikely that anyone conducted a study and found that if "social distancing is adhered to," the virus doesn't spread on mass transit vehicles.  There is no six-foot "social distancing" on overcrowded mass transit vehicles.

Houston Doctor Stella Immanuel Doubles Down — When Was the Last Time Fauci Saw a Patient?  Dr. Stella Immanuel M.D. from Houston is a courageous woman in an insane world.  Earlier this week Dr. Immanuel joined several other front line doctors in Washington DC at the "White Coat Summit" to announce the amazing success they were having treating coronavirus patients on the front line using hydroxychloroquine.  Dr. Stella Immanuel bravely came out on Monday and said that she has personally treated over 350 patients suffering from COVID-19 with Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, and Zithromax and they have all recovered.

When a Mask Becomes Part of the Required Work Uniform.  In general, the older and less healthy a person is, the more he can expect wearing a mask to cause physical trouble.  Yet, the reaction of one's body to the imposing of a new impediment, in this case on breathing, can be surprising.  People who can run a mile easily can also suffer physical problems from wearing a mask while going about their daily activities.  And psychological harm from mask wearing can afflict people of all ages and physical fitness levels.

CNN Analyst Says Non-Maskers Should Be On Their Own 'Terrorist' List.  Don't you just love CNN? [...] If there is a more target-rich environment in the news business — with MSNBC running a close second — I have yet to find it.  That said, it comes as no surprise that the dumpster fire of cable news pays on-air "talent" to say stupid [things], 24x7.  Such was the case on Sunday morning [8/2/2020] when CNN "analyst" Juliette Kayyem and the ever-irascible Ana Cabrera decided [...] that people who refuse to wear masks should be put on a "terror suspect" list.

Texas school trustee under fire for comparing COVID-19 face masks to Islamic face coverings that Muslim women are forced to wear all the time.  Red Oak Independent School District teachers and residents are debating a controversial statement made by a school board trustee earlier in the week.

Fauci Hasn't Changed — He's The Problem Not The Solution.  [Scroll down]  It should be kept in mind that hydroxychloroquine is not a new drug.  It has been widely used around the world for many decades to combat malaria.  When I served overseas it was handed out by the bottle-full to me, my coworkers, and our family members to take to head off the contraction of malaria.  The drug is also widely prescribed for the treatment of arthritis.  In many countries, it is available over the counter without a prescription.

Tucker Drops a Truth Bomb About Dr. Fauci Being a 'Total Fraud'.  Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci for being hypocritical about his stance on the Wuhan coronavirus, particularly when it has to do with churches reopening and ongoing protests and riots across the country.  "Anthony Fauci is likely the most powerful physician in the history of this country.  He is one of the forces behind the mass quarantines that tanked the economy and put millions out of work.  He says it's worth it though because the threat is so profound, so profound, so imminent that you should wear goggles and stop shaking hands, in the name of science.  So it's interesting in light of that that one thing Anthony Fauci doesn't seem concerned about at all are the riots going on, the mass protests where thousands of people are crowded into together touching each other without goggles," Carlson explained.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Vetoes Bill to Prevent COVID-19 Patients From Being Housed in Nursing Homes.  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bipartisan bill on Friday that would have protected the elderly and vulnerable by banning COVID-19 patients from being quarantined in nursing homes. [...] Senate Republicans are firing back at Whitmer for her cruel and callous decision to veto the common sense legislation.  "In a mean-spirited move, Gov. Whitmer announced she vetoed a plan that would have prevented COVID-19 patients from entering our nursing homes," they wrote.  "Only a few governors had allowed this reckless practice in the first place, and all except Gov. Whitmer have since changed course and stopped the practice, including embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo," Senate Republicans continued.

Someone is Lying About Covid.  Contrary to claims by the media and the ego maniac Dr. Fauci about a tidal wave of Covid infections, I have first hand, albeit anecdotal evidence, that there is a lot of [nonsense] surrounding reports of people who have "tested" positive for Covid.  My old friend Janet, who was the GM of a very popular hair salon, heard yesterday from two of her former employees that they had "tested positive" for Covid.  At first she was very alarmed and concerned for their welfare until she heard the rest of the story (Paul Harvey's signature line).  Both reported neither had been to any testing facility nor had they provided any sample of any body fluid.  But both were notified in the mail that they had "tested positive."

Democrats Sure Love A Funeral.  Political rallies are a thing of the past, at least this year.  Conventions are not happening, not in any recognizable way at least.  But this reality hasn't stopped Democrats from having a slice of both, only it comes with a side of death.  More accurately, death comes with an opportunity to have a rally or a convention-esque speech.  It's pretty sick, actually.  There are states that have allowed their entire population fewer funerals with fewer attendees than either George Floyd or John Lewis had.  Nothing against either man.  I'm sure their families miss them dearly, but there are bodies in refrigerator trucks that can't be claimed by family members because of state-imposed restrictions.  Their families miss them dearly too, and would love, and need, to memorialize them as well.  It's an important part of the grieving process.  Yet, they can't, or at least can't have more than a few people.  Who wants to be the person to tell family members they didn't make the cut for attending grandma's funeral because a governor said there could only be 10 people there?  Meanwhile, Floyd and Lewis were taken on tour, with Floyd receiving three services and Lewis six.  While they were allegedly subject to some restrictions, you'd be hard-pressed to spot them from the pictures and videos.

Holland's top scientists say there's no solid evidence coverings work and warn they could even damage the fight against Covid-19.  As I walked around the sun-dappled streets of Amsterdam, something felt strange in this world swept by fear and pandemic.  There was laughter coming from barges sliding along the famous canals, clusters of cyclists clogged the streets, shoppers dipped into chic boutiques, the barber shops seemed busy and cafes served couples chatting over coffee.  I heard many voices of tourists in bars and restaurants, while even the seedier sides of this celebrated Dutch city had people strolling through them.  It took me a moment to realise what was so weird.  Then it struck me.  It felt like I had stepped back in time, returning to the pre-pandemic normality of a bustling city filled with human beings whose faces were not covered by cloth.  For while 120 countries in the world, including much of Europe, have ordered citizens to wear masks in public places to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Dutch are doing things differently.

Lawmakers returning from John Lewis funeral [are] exempt from D.C. quarantine order.  Washington, D.C. attendees to the Atlanta funeral of the late Rep. John Lewis are exempt from following the District of Columbia's strict quarantine rules after returning home from Georgia, the D.C. mayor's office says.  Lewis, a longtime member of Congress and one of the major figures of the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, died on July 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  After lying in state at the United States Capitol, his body was returned to Atlanta for a funeral at that city's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.  Among the attendees at that funeral were dozens of members of Congress, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Maryland House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).

Jim Jordan Confronts Dr. Anthony Fauci on Disparate COVID Concerns.  Ohio representative Jim Jordan does a good job in this testimonial segment contrasting the political hypocrisy within the COVID shutdowns and decrees.  The political elite can assemble without issue at the funeral of John Lewis, but don't you dare try to have a funeral for your loved-ones because it's not allowed.  Within that contrast the fuel for COLD ANGER rages in the veins of ordinary Americans.  Jim Jordan gives voice to some of the most ridiculous aspects of the COVID political rules.  [Video clip]

Social Media Censorship Is Scary.  One of the many great things about being an American is that we have the right to freedom of speech.  I may not agree with what my neighbor has to say, but I will fight to the death for his or her ability to say it.  This concept was a founding principle that is now in jeopardy because of the monopoly power wielded by social media giants.  An example of this disturbing trend occurred this week when a video from several frontline doctors who questioned the status quo position on COVID-19 treatments and protocols was summarily scrubbed from most top internet and social media sites.  After going "viral," the video was immediately taken down by Twitter, YouTube, and several other prominent platforms.  Unfortunately, many Americans missed the opportunity to watch the video before it was removed.

Ohio Board of Pharmacy Reverses Hydroxychloroquine Ban After Governor's Request.  The Ohio Board of Pharmacy reversed a ban on the use of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of coronavirus infections after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) asked for a reversal.  "I agree with the statement from Dr. Steven Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, that the decision about prescribing hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 should be between a doctor and a patient," DeWine said in a statement.  "Therefore, I am asking the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to halt their new rule prohibiting the selling or dispensing of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19."  "The Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board of Ohio should revisit the issue, listen to the best medical science, and open the process up for comment and testimony from experts," DeWine said.

Fauci's Daughter Ali Fauci Is A Software Engineer For Twitter.  NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, facing harsh criticism for his response to the Coronavirus outbreak, has a daughter named Alison ("Ali") who is a software engineer for Twitter.  This comes as Silicon Valley increasingly cracks down on so-called misinformation about the virus from truth-minded individuals who do not automatically accept what the experts like Fauci have to say.  Fauci's daughter's software engineer job at Twitter was confirmed in articles by Heavy and Deseret.  Twitter has some explaining to do to convince independent-minded people that there is no conflict of interest when it comes to censoring information critical of Ali's father Dr. Fauci.

Election Interference:  Twitter Just Censored a Doctor, Public Health Expert, and GOP Chairwoman.  Twitter informed me that my account was suspended for sharing content they disagree with, and while I suppose I should be flattered by joining such august company as Donald Trump Jr., this issue is bigger than me:  it is a question of censorship.  The reason I was given by Twitter for why my account was suspended was because, according to them, I spread "false information" about COVID-19, or rather, information that goes against "accepted science."  Is it possible that the geniuses at Twitter are referencing the medical journal Lancet, which published a study claiming hydroxychloroquine was not effective in fighting the coronavirus and that this drug, which has been used for decades with great success to treat malaria, may cause cardiac problems?  Because, if so, that study was later retracted after it was discovered that the underlying data the company used was totally falsified.

By Suppressing Medical Debate, It Is Twitter that Endangers Americans.  Twitter has once again acted as judge, juro, and executioner.  For four days, Twitter prevented the @BreitbartNews twitter account from posting, only restoring its permissions earlier today.  This is in no small part because Twitter dragged its feet on Breitbart News's appeal[.]  Twitter initially locked Breitbart News's account because it posted a video of a press conference featuring Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and licensed doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic.  The event was held by the organization America's Frontline Doctors and organized by the Tea Party Patriots.

DC Mayor Exempts John Lewis Funeral Attendees From City's Quarantine Restrictions.  Lawmakers who attended the funeral of late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in Atlanta earlier this week are exempt from Washington, D.C.'s, self-quarantine restrictions, according to District Mayor Muriel Bowser's office.  According to the mayor's July 24 order, titled "Requirement to Self-Quarantine After Non-Essential Travel During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency," any residents who travel to "high-risk" areas for "non-essential" reasons must self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus. [...] The order, which remains in effect at least until Oct. 9, goes on to define "high-risk areas" as "locations where the seven (7)-day moving average daily new COVID-19 case rate is ten (10) or more per one hundred thousand (100,000) persons."  By such a metric, the entire state of Georgia is considered "high-risk," and a recent federal report listed it in the "red zone" because of its skyrocketing cases of the virus.  Atlanta's Fulton County averaged 228 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days, according to most recent statistics from The New York Times.

The New Ten Commandments.  [#1] Thou shalt wear a mask.  Wearing a mask is now the epitome of social awareness and virtue.  "There is no greater love than this, that thou apply one's mask before going out."  There seems to be no concern about what kind of mask or how we wear it, or dispose of it, but wear one, we must.  It shows concern for one's fellow man, whether one has that concern or not — it's handy that way.  It is also handy as riot-wear so no one can identify you breaking into a jewelry store or kicking in a cop car.  [#2] Thou shalt stay home. unless there's a riot going on nearby.  Attendance at those events is mandatory for guilt-ridden millennials, and will earn an earnest rioter merit badge to wear on his/her Che Guevara T-shirt.  Bricks will be provided, but bring a personal shopping bag.  Babies and young children are welcome.  White people are welcome as well as long as they really hate being white and still live with their parents.

2020: The Year That Boiled the Frog.  China, rocked back on its heels by America's newfound resistance to its cheating and bullying, released a plague upon the world. (Whether the outbreak was planned or not, it is clear that the Chinese Communist Party intentionally suppressed information and warnings about the novel coronavirus, and allowed it to spread around the globe.  What better way to smash its enemies, America in particular, than to destroy their economies?)  America responded with a robust immune response that nearly killed the patient.  (It may kill it yet.)  A drastic quarantine was imposed upon the nation, and a roaring economy bludgeoned to its knees.  Unemployment, which had been at the lowest levels in half a century (and for blacks and Hispanics, the lowest ever recorded) soared to Depression-era levels.  Hundreds of thousands of small businesses have failed.  Governors and mayors imposed quarantines, severely restricting commerce and assembly, entirely at their whim.  The determination of "essential" businesses and activities — which, for many smaller enterprises, meant the difference between life and death — was glaringly, often contemptuously, capricious.

The Misery Compact.  The wisecrack in MAGA world is that coronavirus hysteria and the catastrophic consequences of related lockdowns have an expiration date:  November 4, 2020.  That, of course, is the day after the presidential election, which our political experts currently predict will be won by Joe Biden.  Panic over the flu-like virus will disappear; power-grabbing governors will ease house arrest orders; children will go back to school; face coverings will be torched; and the news media's coronavirus dashboards will be archived for history.  Further, inner-city unrest magically will be cured.  Antifa thugs will go back to Starbucks or their bedroom in mom's Westport mansion or their Ivy League dorm rooms.  Crisis over.  But that scenario is more than just the cynical view of Trump supporters wary that the current turmoil is the latest attempt to oust the president from the Oval Office — it appears to be the election strategy of the Joe Biden campaign, the Democratic Party, and the news media.  And they are making no effort to keep it a secret.

HCQ-touting doctor says she has been fired after appearing in viral video touting the drug as a COVID-19 treatment.  Dr. Simone Gold, the Los Angeles-based physician behind America's Frontline Doctors, a group advocating for hydroxychloroquine to be used in the fight against COVID-19, says she has been fired for expressing her medical opinion.  Gold shared the news in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson Thursday night, saying she was removed from her job due to her appearance in a viral video touting the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.  "I'm a board-certified emergency physician for 20 years, and in fact, it seems like until five minutes ago I was considered a hero and people would be clapping and glad that I was doing what I was doing, and then the video came out and I was summarily fired for appearing in what was told to me is an embarrassing video," Gold told Carlson.

Physician behind 'America's Frontline Doctors' says she was fired, warns attackers she's hired attorney Lin Wood.  Dr. Simone Gold, a Los Angeles-based physician and founder of America's Frontline Doctors, said Thursday night she has been fired for expressing her medical opinion.  Appearing Thursday night [7/30/2020] on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," the doctor who appeared at a press conference Monday with other physicians during a "White Coat Summit" in Washington to tout the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 patients, confirmed that she lost her job.  "I'm a board-certified emergency physician for 20 years, and in fact, it seems like until five minutes ago I was considered a hero and people would be clapping and glad that I was doing what I was doing, and then the video came out and I was summarily fired for appearing in what was told to me is an embarrassing video," Gold said.

The War on Hydroxychloroquine.  [Scroll down]  With COVID-19, the nation's petty tyrants in state government took the opportunity presented by the crisis to revoke the rights and freedoms of the American people and impose mass house arrest.  The next phase of the war immediately followed in the form of the terrorist riots that have resulted in widespread property destruction and the sowing of intense fear among the law-abiding, who are increasingly left to their own devices in defending themselves against the tide of violence.  In total, the entire campaign is aimed at forcibly limiting what Americans do, say, and even think — trying to make social controls "the new norm."  As an integral part of this "new norm," the elitists who desire total power have devised another strategem:  institute a vaccine program — ostensibly to safeguard us against coronavirus — that will allow elites to track us at all times and control the lives and activities of people around the world.  The scheme has been heavily promoted by Bill Gates and the controlled international menagerie of NGOs and world government bodies. [...] Thus, we have an all-out campaign of demonization waged against the drug, convincing Americans to abandon hope of a non-vaccine treatment.

The Democrats' Jihad Against Hydroxychloroquine.  The Democrats' holy jihad against any medical professional who suggests the safe, controlled application of Hydroxychloroquine could provide therapeutic benefit to certain patients who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus has reached a new level of insanity.  In recent days, the big tech, social media behemoths inserted their own medical opinion into the national conversation over the use of this long-approved prescription drug for COVID patients.  They censored and removed a video with multiple medical professionals, including a professor at Yale's schools of medicine and epidemiology, providing a second opinion to the overwhelming media narrative that this drug is somehow dangerous despite the fact that malaria and lupus patients have safely used the drug for decades.

Wisconsin Orders Mandatory Face Masks.  Some Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce It.  Wisconsin this week is joining the growing number of states to issue a mandatory face mask order to counter the media-stoked fears about rising COVID-19 cases.  The order, signed by Democratic Governor Tony Evers, declared a "Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order."  Effective August 1, the order argues that widespread mask wearing is essential to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

The Worthlessness of Congressional Hearings.  [Scroll down]  Amazon is the all-time undisputed king of merchandise sales, making owner Jeff Bezos the Richest Man on Earth.  Last week, Bezos' net worth jumped $13 billion in a single day.  He's worth just shy of $200 billion, or so.  Bezos is so rich, his ex-wife is the Richest Woman on Earth, and the source of her wealth is her divorce from Jeff Bezos.  His unimaginable wealth is so enormous that his mountain of money is still far-and-away the biggest even after peeling off a huge chunk to make his ex the Richest Woman on Earth.  And Bezos is one of the very few Americans whose business is booming due to the never-ending coronavirus shutdowns that are destroying businesses across our country, making his wealth skyrocket by the day in ways never even imagined just six months ago.

Politics, Not Science, Keeping Schools Closed.  Politicians speak about following the science to set COVID-19 policy, but their decisions are more about political objectives than they are about medical efficacy.  Why else did California Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down retail businesses in March when the state had under 300 cases per day but allow them to be open in July when the state clocked in at over 10,000 cases per day?  Why else would Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear allow liquor stores to stay open but close down churches?  Why did Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer insist that buying lottery tickets remain legal but made it illegal to buy garden supplies?  And how did New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo use "science" to prohibit outdoor funerals but allow outdoor protests?

Hydroxy Hysteria Reaching a Fever Pitch.  COVID-19 can cause a fever, but nothing like the fever of hysteria gripping broadcast and social media over hydroxychloroquine, a potential treatment for the Wuhan flu.  Ever since President Trump mentioned hydroxy as a possible therapeutic, the media have castigated it as worse than rat poison.  They've criticized any use of it in a constant barrage of fear porn, telling everyone that this 60-year-old drug would kill anyone who dared take it.  When Trump mentioned he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative, Fox News crank Neil Cavuto had a seizure, telling his audience, "I cannot stress enough.  This will kill you."  Tell that to those Americans taking hydroxy to the tune of five million prescriptions written each year.  Hydroxy was FDA-approved in 1955 and is taken for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.  FDA approval means the approved drug is both efficacious and safe. [...] If it is so unsafe, why did the FDA not rescind its 60-year-old approval?

Is a Face Shield or Goggle Mandate Coming to Your Town, Next?  If Dr. Anthony Fauci has his way, you may be a seeing an addition to the mask mandate that many governors are issuing around the country.  For better protection, he says, you should wear a face shield or goggles, during an interview with ABC News.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoes bill directing COVID-19 patients away from nursing homes.  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Friday a bill from the GOP-controlled Legislature that would have shifted elderly people with COVID-19 away from nursing homes and into entirely separate facilities.  The bill was a direct challenge to the Whitmer administration's current handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has focused on caring for those with the virus in isolated spaces of existing homes.

Four Months of Unprecedented Government Malfeasance.  Over the last four months, Americans have lived through what is arguably the most consequential period of government malfeasance in U.S. history. [...] Americans huddled in their homes for months on end, believing that if they went outside, death awaited them.  This panic was occasioned by epidemiological models predicting wildly unlikely fatalities from the coronavirus.  On March 30, the infamous Imperial College London model predicted 2.2 million deaths in the U.S. by September 1, absent government action.  That prediction was absurd on its face, given the dispersal of the U.S. population and the fact that China's coronavirus death toll had already levelled off at a few thousand.  The authors of that study soon revised it radically downwards.  Too late.  It had already become the basis for the exercise of unprecedented government power.

Matt Schlapp accuses Fauci of 'playing into the politics' of coronavirus pandemic.  American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp decried what he described Friday [7/31/2020] as attempts by Democrats to politicize the coronavirus pandemic in a way that reflects negatively on President Trump.  Schlapp joined House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on "Hannity" to discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci's testimony before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

51 Global Studies Find HCQ Effective in Treating COVID-19 — 16 Find HCQ Not Effective — But 10 of Those are Late Treatment Studies.  It is becoming more and more apparent with each new day and as more information is accumulated that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, the CDC and the FDA failed in their response to the China Coronavirus.  Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx pushed a completely fraudulent Imperial College study to lockdown and destroy the greatest economy in US history.  Dr. Anthony Fauci has made at least 15 critical mistakes and contradictions since the start of the pandemic in March.

Sorry, Wearing Masks Is Anything but Harmless.  Here are 5 Reasons Why.  [#3] The establishment media makes it a point to run headlines containing meaningless scary-sounding factoids and manipulative stories about those who've allegedly succumbed to the virus.  When its supposed death tally was climbing, we couldn't escape hearing about it.  As it started to fall, they started ignoring the number of deaths and shifted over to reporting about rising cases, also neglecting to mention that rising cases and falling deaths is a good thing.  The media has done nothing to make the public aware that a local CBS affiliate looked into 589 alleged Palm Beach fatalities and discovered that far less than a third (169) had actually died of the virus.  Nor have they reported that the COVID-19 death tally they terrorized the nation with for months includes motor-cycle fatalities and gunshot victims.  Most people who did hear about these stories were shocked.  But, if the press had been doing its job, they wouldn't have been.  Another crucial fact of which they've failed to inform the public is that counting vast numbers who didn't die from COVID-19 among its fatalities is a feature, not a bug.  Everyone who dies with the virus is being counted as dying from it.

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Despite What You've Heard, The COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago.  As we have reported in this space before, the press is using daily reports from states to paint a picture of a runaway virus.  What the mainstream press keeps forgetting to tell people is that it can take the government days, if not weeks, to record a COVID-19 death.  The daily reports aren't telling us what's happening now, but what happened earlier in the month.  The chart [left] shows the impact of this.  The gray bars represent when deaths are reported by Florida, and the red bars are when the deaths actually occurred.  Notice that Florida's daily reports undercounted actual deaths in the first half of July (by more than 400).  That's when most of the deaths being reported now happened.  If anything, what the numbers show is that the virus peaked in that state around mid-July.


Just A Few Political Leaders And News Agencies Caused People To Abandon Their Senses During Coronavirus.  On first glance, the current crisis may look like a recession triggered by an exogenous shock akin to a natural disaster.  When the pandemic started, many of us hoaded flour, rice, and toilet paper and stopped going to restaurants.  These responses are not much different than what you would do if a hurricane was headed your way.  But this is more than an instantaneous capital shock.  There is something about this recession that makes it more significant than an exogenous shock.  Before we return to normal, the economy has to adjust to a new fear of others as threats.  This fear will last at least as long as our mindset is one of panic, and may be a more permanent change to our human interactions.  Just like in previous recessions, supply chains have rebounded from the initial shock and stores again carry plenty of staples and paper products.  But store inventory changes are an example of a short-run adjustment.  Longer-run adjustments must confront the fundamental change in our use of the existing capital structure.

HCQ censorship, cubed:  Social media giants shut down doctors testifying from experience that hydroxychloroquine works.  Picture it:  A robust middle-aged doctor of matronly dignity commanding CNN pampered prince Fredo Cuomo to come on in and take a urine test for her like a good boy.  It was an image not unlike that of Saddam Hussein opening his mouth for his dental inspection, but with crybaby Cuomo, it's simply funnier.  She wanted the self-important CNN anchor to prove that he's not the hypocrite she thinks he is, because, yes, those who get well from COVID-19, such as he had, very commonly do it by taking hydroxychloroquine.  That really happened, in so many words, when Dr. Stella Immanuel, a fiercely passionate doctor based in Texas, called for Cuomo to prove he hadn't been using HCQ because he was such a loudmouth about denouncing it.  For her, it was pretty obvious the treatment was easy and effective, based on her own experience as a doctor saving lives.

Big Tech Kingpins Weasel Around in Congressional Hearing.  On Wednesday [7/30/2020], kingpins from AppleAmazonFacebookGoogle slithered into a congressional hearing to shuck and jive about their predatory, politically biased companies.  Many good questions were asked, lots of spin in response but we know that these tech companies have become the gatekeeper of information disseminated to the public and the sad fact is that most people have no idea how their information is sanitized.  Zuckerberg was asked about taking down a video of a group of doctors, practicing physicians, discussing their experiences with the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19.  YouTube, owned by Google, also removed the videos.  But why?  Zuck claimed the video was immanently [sic] harmful. [...] But how?  A viewer of the doctor's press conference cannot hop over to 7-11 and swallow a handful of HQC because the drug is only obtainable via prescription.  From a doctor.  By what authority can these tech monsters claim medical authority over your personal physician who assists you in making your health decisions?  NONE.  They have none.

Thousands of Americans were sacrificed in their insane strategy to get rid of Donald J. Trump.  [Thread reader] ... as President by attacking a cheap drug that WORKS to combat the CCP Virus.  The 'expert' class won't recover from this either, thanks to the antics of the clown known as Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Here he is still lying — even now — about HCQ's ability to prevent/cure the CCP Virus:  [Video clip]  HCQ is so cheap, it's already so widely available, how are any of the 'expert' class going to make any bank on it?  Besides blaming Trump for pushing a 'dangerous drug' that 'doesn't work', this is the other reason for the anti-HCQ crusade we've seen.

'Can the virus die in a day?' FOX6 viewers report testing both positive and negative for COVID-19.  They tested positive for COVID-19, then negative, all within 24 hours.  Which test was right?  Two FOX6 News viewers who have never met share a similar story of conflicting results, and a top health official says he knows which result they should trust.  "I didn't know what to think," said Charlie Jones of Union Grove. [...] On July 16, the heavy equipment operator went to the UMOS National Guard testing site in Milwaukee to find out if he was infected with COVID-19.  They told him it could take a week to get results.  "I wanted people at work to know sooner than later," said Jones.  So Jones convinced his doctor to get him a second test at an Aurora Health Care drive-up site in Burlington the next day, but the results gave Jones a mixed message.  One test was positive, and one negative.

DeWine asks Ohio Board of Pharmacy to reconsider ban on hydroxychloroquine sales.  Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is responding to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy's decision to ban the sale of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. [...] The Ohio Pharmacy Board's rule prohibits pharmacies from selling or dispensing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for use as a coronavirus treatment without approval from the board's executive director.  It also specifies that all prior approvals for the drugs are no longer applicable.  The rule does not apply to board-approved clinical trials.  Participants must have documentation that they are part of such a trial.  It does not apply to prescriptions to treat other conditions.

Ohio pharmacy board withdraws rule prohibiting use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.  Hours after Governor Mike DeWine asked the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to reconsider its decision banning the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat COVID-19 in Ohio, the board has withdrawn the rule.  The board said the decision was made "as a result of the feedback received by the medical and patient community and at the request of Governor DeWine."

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Dr. Simone Gold:  Squarespace Shuts Down America's Frontline Doctors Website.  Website hosting provider Squarespace has shut down the website of the group America's Frontline Doctors following a press conference they held in Washington D.C., according to Dr. Simone Gold.  According to a screenshot posted by Gold, the web hosting service shut down the group's website for "activity that's false, fraudulent, inaccurate or deceiving."  Breitbart News recently reported that the Masters of the Universe quickly censored a live stream published by Breitbart News of a press conference held in Washington D.C. by the group America's Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.  Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) was featured at the event and doctors at the event shared their views on the coronavirus pandemic and the medical community's treatment of the virus.


Watch Dr. Immanuel's amazing speech of COVID — banned from FB, Twitter, YouTube.  Dr. Stella Immanuel personally treated over 350 people and counting, elderly people, people with diabetes, asthma with a drug cocktail, and she put her patients, herself, and her staff on the drug, Hydroxychloroquine.  She has not lost any patients with COVID-19. All of her patients lived.  Dr. Immanuel said "no one needs to die" if they are on Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, and Zithromax.  "It works," she said. [...] The FDA and The WHO came out against Hydroxychloroquine so this was BANNED. Read more on this link.  It was taken down from all social media and Breitbart was punished for posting it.

Are Lockdowns Necessary?  What Data From 10 Countries Show.  The 10 countries we studied have taken vastly different approaches to handling COVID-19 with varying degrees of success.  The evidence suggests that full lockdowns, such as those implemented in Italy and Norway, are not as effective as the more targeted approaches taken in other countries, such as in South Korea and Iceland.  In fact, as we discuss, those two countries have fared considerably better than the United States has in handling COVID-19 without shutting down their economies.  Another key finding is that Australia and New Zealand, two neighboring countries with similar climates, have had similar outcomes regarding COVID-19, even though they took very different approaches to dealing with the virus.  In particular, New Zealand virtually locked down the entire country in the spring, while Australia took a less restrictive approach.  Yet, both countries have contained the virus at similar levels.

Houston's paramedics told to assume everyone has COVID-19.  Houston firefighters and paramedics fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic will no longer be alerted to potential COVID-19-positive individuals they may encounter on the scene when responding to a call.  This change in procedure ends a practice dispatchers have been implementing since early in the pandemics outset, where 911 callers asking for help have been asked additional questions about whether anyone on location has or is suspected of having the novel coronavirus.  This information was then relayed to Houston Fire Department personnel responding to any type of call, from a house fire to a shower fall.

Could Face Masks Be Spreading the Coronavirus?  [Scroll down]  So now, here we are months later.  Has anything changed with these folks?  No.  Even more unsettling, the experts appear to be grasping at straws, adding more confusion to an already confused populace.  One of those straws:  face masks.  There have been many discussions about face masks here on American Thinker.  I'm going to take a different path in that discussion.  In June of 2018, five researchers published a study titled "The Spread of a Norovirus Surrogate via Reusable Grocery Bags in a Grocery Supermarket."  What they analyzed was the possible spread of a norovirus via reusable grocery bags.  Think "bring your own bag" (BYOB).  They used a viral surrogate, a virus that infected only bacteria, and contaminated reusable bags with it and had volunteers shop at three grocery stores.  The result?  They demonstrated that the viral surrogate in the bags was spread throughout the stores, with specific areas of high concentration.  So now, in 2020, here's my concern:  we may have virus-contaminated face masks worn by people with absolutely no concept of face mask hygiene and viral contamination.  They are unwitting agents for spreading this pathogen.  Is anyone looking at this?  If so, I'm not aware.

The Latest, Fast-Moving Developments in the 2020 Election Season.  I often write about the latest developments in the election area, including court decisions and legislative and regulatory changes.  An unprecedented number of lawsuits have been filed by the radical left (at last count over 150 and counting) trying to use the COVID-19 health crisis as an excuse to nullify state requirements like voter ID laws.  They are also trying to force states to make numerous unwise changes, such as taking away the ability of voters to vote in person by forcing them to vote by mail.

Perspective: St. Louis Has 12 Coronavirus Deaths in July and 47 Homicides in July.  There have been 167 coronavirus deaths in St. Louis City this year.  And there have been from 143 to 150 homicides in St. Louis so far this year.

Now Democrat Tyrant Govs and Mayors Are About To Force Everyone Into Goggles too?  [Video clip]

Ohio sees peak in coronavirus hospitalizations, bans hydroxychloroquine.  The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,122 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Tuesday [7/28/2020], which is the highest daily number seen in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, reports say.  The previous high was in late April, when Ohio reported 1,103 coronavirus hospitalizations, according to Cleveland's Fox 8 News.  By Wednesday, the department reported 1,100 COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 348 people in intensive care.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says Marlins' coronavirus outbreak could endanger MLB season.  The Miami Marlins' coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, although he doesn't believe games need to stop now.

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Why is Dr. Fauci seen as the final authority on nearly everything?

Why is Big Tech censoring doctors who have treated COVID-19 patients?  [Thread reader]  We organized a group of practicing physicians, many of whom have personally treated COVID-19 patients, and we spoke directly to the American people about our experience and understanding of the virus and its treatment options.  As a result:
  •   Facebook removed the livestream of our conference that had 15 million+ views
  •   Twitter forced us to delete video testimonials from our physicians
  •   Our web host removed our website and claimed a "violation of their TOS"
  •   The media smeared us with lies & falsehoods
Why are social media company employees with no medical degree or clinical experience censoring the perspectives of practicing physicians?  Why are journalists claiming hydroxychloroquine is ineffective when there are numerous studies showcasing its efficacy against COVID-19?  Why are state governors restricting physicians from prescribing an FDA approved medication for 65 years and empowering pharmacies to over-rule your doctor?  These actions are unprecedented and have never happened before in medicine.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Remove Video Of America's Frontline Doctors Disputing Media Lies On COVID and Hydroxychloroquine.  This video is being posted to Vidmax to give one more source to view and share it from.  From Breitbart News:  Facebook has removed a video posted by Breitbart News earlier today, which was the top-performing Facebook post in the world Monday afternoon, of a press conference in D.C. held by the group America's Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.  The press conference featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic.  YouTube (which is owned by Google) and Twitter subsequently removed footage of the press conference as well.  [Video clip]

Breaking COVID News That Could Save Your Life.  During the first six days of July, SIX positive clinical studies of HCQ were released:  three from the United States (one from Michigan at Henry Ford Health System, and two from New York state, including one primary care outpatient study by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko [and] three from other countries (Portugal, India, and Brazil).  All six studies showed that HCQ given early in COVID-19, alone or with zinc and azithromycin, reduces hospitalizations and deaths, with no serious heart or other adverse events.

The Establishment Has No Clothes.  [Scroll down]  Many of the richest men in America didn't even graduate from college.  Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg certainly didn't.  Gates and Zuckerberg, and the rest of Big Tech, hardly conduct themselves in a manner one would term as elite.  Gates engages in suspicious, if not nefarious, activity in the realm of vaccines; there are credible stories of his having corrupted the public health bureaucracies in this country and others.  Zuckerberg and his cohorts in social media are busy attempting to censor the very free speech that made them billionaires.  So much so that on Monday and Tuesday a newly formed group of physicians called America's Frontline Doctors held a two-day summit in Washington to bring public attention to the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a treatment for COVID-19 and to call for an end to economic lockdowns and mask mandates, and by Tuesday afternoon social media and Big Internet was actively engaged in scrubbing any evidence they had bothered to speak.  The doctors speaking out on behalf of HCQ were calumnied and insulted.

Hydrogen Peroxide As Treatment For Coronavirus Infection:  Does It Work?  Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) appears to be another potential treatment for COVID-19. Health experts said the compound could help prevent virus from spreading across the body and from causing damage.  Hydrogen peroxide can be found both in stores and the human body.  The immune system uses the compound to boost the natural functions of cells and prevent viral infection, Live Trading News reported Thursday [4/9/2020].  Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, H2O2 may help fight the coronavirus, according to Dr. Thomas Levy.  He said people can utilize hydrogen peroxide using its aerosolized form in a standard nebulizer.

Medical Community Declares You a Psychopath for Not Wanting COVID Microchip.  In a truly shocking development, the medical community has decided on a label for anyone who does not want to cooperate with government "contact tracing" spies.  If you don't want to rat out your family members and friends and get them sent to a 14-day quarantine, you are now medically considered a "psychopath."  Rockland County, New York is leading the charge into America's brave new medical tyranny.  After launching an aggressive contact tracing program and hiring a bunch of new workers, they've discovered that a surprising number of Americans don't want to cooperate.  Imagine that! [...] Big Tech is all-in on America's new Medical Reich.  At some point over the past three months, both Apple and Google quietly inserted a contact tracing app on everyone's smartphone.  If you didn't know it was there already, you have to go into your phone's settings to disable it if you don't want the medical Fuhrers to track your every movement to see if you went to the grocery store or the beach while an infected person was there.

A Once in a Century Fiasco in the Making.  Back in March at the beginning of the COVID 19 outbreak, the highly respected Stanford Epidemiologist John Ioannidis drew heavy criticism for expressing his view that governments were making decisions without reliable data. [...] In a recent interview June 27, 2020, Dr Ioannidis spells out the accumulated data which is now available.  Sadly, he was right all along.  Regarding the infection fatality rate, remarkably, Dr John Ioannidis says for people younger than age 45, the infection fatality rate is ZERO!  And, for people age 45 to 70, the infection fatality rate is probably about 0.05-0.3%, historically similar to other seasonal respiratory viruses.  However, fatality rate for frail nursing home patients may be as high as 25%.

Placing deadly faith in 'the models'.  Between 2 million and 3 million Americans will die!  That was the prediction from "experts" at London's Imperial College when COVID-19 began.  They did also say if there was "social distancing of the whole population," the death toll could be cut in half, but 1.1 million to 1.46 million Americans would still die by this summer.  Our actual death toll has been about one-tenth of that.

No, New York did not get coronavirus 'under control'.  Someone is going to have to explain how exactly the media are defining "under control" as it pertains to the coronavirus because it's a phrase that appears to mean nothing.  Reuters over the weekend continued the campaign to rehabilitate Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's image by asserting, as other news outlets have laughably done before, that New York is in tip-top shape, especially compared to that Republican-led state Florida.  (Ew!)  "The surge in Florida has continued as the state's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has repeatedly said he will not make mask-wearing mandatory and that schools must reopen in August," Reuters reported on Sunday [7/26/2020].  "On the contrary, New York state has managed to get the virus under control, with stores and restaurants shuttered and the wearing of masks mandatory."

Librarians Get Me Thrown in Jail for 6 Days over Covid in Williston, North Dakota.  I can't believe how aggressive the cops were to me, by throwing me in jail for having such a nice conversation about where I need to go for Covid seating.  [Video clip]

The left isn't fighting against fascism.  Instead, they are fighting FOR authoritarianism.  [Thread reader]  They claim that their political message transcends the law; that it allows them to control cities; that it allows them to destroy property; that it justifies their designs on canceling heretics; that it permits them to block roads, create no-go zones for non-rioters, prosecute those who stand against them while themselves avoiding persecution.  Leftist-run cities have shown what happens when police and federal law enforcement are demonized and unsupported by elected leaders; when local leadership can seize "emergency powers" — then pick and choose who to punish:  rioters are exempt from lockdowns; you can sing in the streets but not in churches; masks are required, but not for them.  They can tell you what counts as a substantive meal, essentially holding businesses hostage to their arbitrary and incoherent edicts:  pot dispensaries and large warehouse stores can open; gyms and restaurants cannot.

Woman Maces Couple Enjoying Lunch In Park For Not Wearing Masks.  A woman maced a couple who were eating — obviously without a mask — at a San Diego dog park.  According to the couple, the woman called them "idiots" and flipped them off.  She came up to the table where they were having lunch, pointed the mace canister in the woman's direction, and sprayed her.  Her husband then got a heavy dose before wrestling the can away from her.  [Video clip]

America's Faucian bargain.  Anthony Fauci's embarrassing face-plant on Opening Day at Nationals Park was not because he threw a crazy sidewinder rainbow that looked more like a bad throw toward first base than a ceremonial first pitch towards home plate.  To be sure, that was embarrassing.  His weak performance on the mound gave a bad name to bespectacled nerds everywhere.  Maybe it was his facemask cutting off the oxygen required for elite athleticism.  Nor was it because cameras later caught the government's top disease expert using his facemask as a chin-bikini, rather than the proper virus-guard he endlessly harangues U.S. citizens over.  Of course, that was humiliating as well.  But that was not his terrible mistake.  Dr. Fauci's great sin on Opening Day was his suffocating, intolerable arrogance.

Brave Frontline COVID Doctor Calls Out Fake News, Challenges CNN's Chris Cuomo to Take a Urine Test to Prove He Isn't Taking Hydroxychloroquine.  How many Americans died of COVID-19 because the Democrat-media complex lied about Hydroxychloroquine?  Frontline doctors from across the US held a "White Coat Summit" on Monday in Washington DC to dispel the misinformation and myths surrounding the Coronavirus.  The fake news media, including CNN, NBC, CBS, WaPO and NY Times all waged a war on Hydroxychloroquine just because Trump touted the anti-malaria drug as an effective treatment for COVID-19.  Dr. Stella Immanuel said on Monday that she has personally treated over 350 patients with COVID-19 with Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, and Zithromax and they have all recovered.

Twitter Censors Videos of Doctors' Capitol Hill Coronavirus Press Conference, Locks Breitbart Account.  Twitter deleted Breitbart News' Periscope livestream of a Washington D.C. press conference held on Monday by the group America's Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.  Breitbart News recently reported that the Masters of the Universe quickly censored a live stream published by Breitbart News of a press conference held in Washington D.C. by the group America's Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. [...] A Twitter spokesperson told Breitbart News:  "Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.  We are taking action in line with our policy here: [link]

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In other words, Twitter will decide what's true and what's not.

Head of CDC Admits Lockdown Killing Way More Americans Than COVID!.  [Scroll down]  Anyone who isn't a psychopath would take the news that lockdown deaths of despair are more than doubling COVID fatalities to mean cruelly inflicting isolation on people already struggling under the weight of depression and addiction was a horrific mistake that ought not be repeated.  But not Renfield Redfield.  The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was warning us of the dialed-up carnage our most vulnerable, fellow Americans might have to face if we don't do what we're told and stop showing our faces in public.  So much about the response to COVID-19 betrays, at best, unspeakable incompetence and, at worst, a willful effort to inflict mass casualties on the American people — without the expense or spectacle of dropping bombs.  It's impossible to single out any one of the countless criminally flagrant derelictions of duty as the most egregious.  But the way Fauci, Redfield, and their enablers in the media never once bothered to mention any potential negative side effects of the course of treatment on which they insisted does stand out for its blatant violation of the Hippocratic Oath's central injunction, First, Do No Harm.  Even those of us who saw all along that we were, at worst, dealing with a virus no more deadly than a severe seasonal flu — the assessment, by the way, that Fauci himself quietly gave to his fellow experts when you weren't looking — have a lot to be ashamed of.

Welcome To Medical Tyranny 2020.  [Video clip]

Hanging with the Silenced Majority in Covid Country.  [Scroll down]  Neither in Chautauqua County nor in Kansas City have I heard a Covid story.  In New Jersey, I heard tons of them.  I found myself the odd man out in a group of ten people the other night, eight of whom have had the disease, and the ninth was married to a guy who did.  The victims ranged in ages from mid-30's to mid-70's.  The symptoms ranged from a two-day headache to a two-week fever that topped out at 102.  No one went to the hospital.  No one wanted to, the consensus being that your chances of dying were greater in the hospital than out.  Although the death figures have been inflated, people have died.  One of them was a first cousin of mine, 60 at the time of her death.  She had two major points of vulnerability, one of which I will mention only as a public service, and that is obesity.  The front-line doctors with whom I have spoken cite morbid obesity as the dominant factor in high risk cases.  The science here is real, but the media suppress it for fear of being accused of "fat shaming."

Florida Is A Case Study In Media-Induced COVID-19 Panic.  What do all these news accounts have in common?  "Florida Sets Yet Another Coronavirus Record: 173 Deaths In A Day."  "A record 173 Floridians died from the virus Thursday, an average of more than one every eight minutes."  "The 134 new confirmed deaths is the second-largest increase on record, coming five days after the largest one-day jump of 156 last week."  "COVID-19 has ravaged Florida, with more than 237,000 people testing positive and 2,013 dying from the virus in July alone."  So what characteristic do all of the reports share?  They are all false.  It is not true that 173 people died from COVID-19 "in a day" in Florida.  Nor did 134, or 156 on previous days.  It is also untrue than 2,013 had died in July when that story was published.  All of these scary headlines are based on the number of deaths reported by the state on any given day.  This is not the same as the number of deaths that occurred on those days.

If you're under 25, you're 50 times more at risk to die from drowning than COVID-19.  [Video clip]

Fauci's Lies and the Political Cowardice of Mask Mandates.  Like anyone who's paid the slightest bit of attention during this pandemic, you've probably noticed how the narrative regarding cloth face masks has evolved.  Back in March and April, the surgeon general assured Americans that masks are "NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching #Coronavirus," so people should "STOP BUYING MASKS!"  The pre-eminent Dr. Fauci similarly assured us that there's no reason for Americans to be wearing masks, because they offer a false sense of security, they cause people to incessantly touch their faces to adjust them, and most people don't wear them correctly, anyway.  The World Health Organization concurred, saying the general public should not be wearing masks.  An interesting theory has emerged to explain how this once-government-sanctioned, sage advice evolved to become "everyone must wear cloth masks in all public settings or others will die," followed by statewide mandates to have everyone wear masks in public places. [...] I've seen an awful lot of people wearing masks around since the beginning of the pandemic, and few of them are wearing anything resembling medical equipment.  Many of them are wearing nothing more than ordinary pieces of cloth.  If Dr. Fauci had actually believed, as he seems to believe now, that loosely wearing any common rag over your face might be effective in preventing COVID-19 spread, there would have been nothing to prevent him from saying so.  If masks truly work, how many millions were infected before he advised Americans to wear them?  How many died as a result of his lie?  Inescapably, we must conclude that either Dr. Fauci was lying to the American people back in then, as he now says he was, or, much more likely, he's lying to us now by telling us he was lying to us back then.

600,000 people were told they had COVID-19 despite not being tested.  The healthcare program Tricare at the United States Department of Defense Military Health System falsely told more than 600,000 people they had been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to the Daily Wire.  [Video clip]  Turns out they had never been tested.  The email, apparently sent in error, read:  "As a survivor of COVID-19, it's safe to donate whole blood or blood plasma, and your donation could help other COVID-19 patients," the email stated.

Police chiefs, sheriffs refuse to enforce mask mandates: 'You have the freedom to choose'.  Lang Holland, the chief of police in tiny Marshall, Arkansas, said he thinks the threat of the coronavirus has been overstated and only wears a face mask if he's inside a business that requires them.  He doesn't make his officers wear them either.

The Campaign Against Hydroxychloroquine Continues.  [Scroll down]  People are talking about the vaccine as though it's a fait accompli, as though it's gonna just a matter of time.  We don't have vaccines for very many viruses.  We don't have a vaccine for AIDS yet, for example.  We don't have a vaccine against the flu.  We've got flu shots, but we don't have a vaccine to prevent it.  We don't have a vaccine for the common cold.  These are all viruses, and yet everybody's out there talking about a vaccine that we're gonna have for... I mean, I hope we do.  But I wonder where all that happy talk is coming from.

NJ gym owners arrested after repeatedly ignoring COVID-19 lockdown orders.  Two New Jersey gyms owners who have repeatedly reopened in defiance of the state's coronavirus lockdown have been arrested, police said Monday [7/27/2020]. Atilis Gym owners in Bellmawr — Ian Smith, 33, of Delanco Township, and Frank Trumbetti, 51, of Williamstown — were charged with contempt and violation of a disaster control act, according to the Camden Couty Prosecutor's Office.  The two owners have continually railed against Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order amid the pandemic COVID-19 and even sued lawmakers claiming their constitutional rights were violated when they were forced to close their South Jersey gym.

A Top Doctor Answers My Burning Questions About Coronavirus.  With all the hysteria, misinformation and just overall questionable coronavirus-related media coverage out there these days, have you ever wanted to just get in front of a nationally prominent physician who has studied the issue — someone who knows what the heck they are talking about — and ask the questions you've always wondered about but don't see the media asking?  Well, I sure have, and you'll find responses to several of my own burning questions below.  Dr. David Samadi is a urologic oncologist who specializes in robotics and minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer.  A former Fox News contributor and member of the network's "Medical A Team," he currently serves as Director of Men's Health at St.  Francis Hospital in New York.  Dr. Samadi has also made various media appearances over the past several months on the topic of COVID-19, so he seemed like the perfect expert to field my questions.

"The Next One": A Truly Creepy Bill Gates Moment.  Everyone's favorite non-scientist is back in a new interview.  Bill Gates, the cutthroat businessman who magically turned into a nice guy philanthropist, has something on his mind.  Yes, the man whose many investments in pharmaceutical companies that are somehow all related to COVID-19 has spoken.  And what Gates had to say is chilling.  [Video clip]

Miami mayor asks residents to wear face masks at home.  A Florida mayor advised residents to wear face masks at home to try to reduce coronavirus transmission between family members.  Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (R) is urging residents to wear a mask inside their house because COVID-19 spreading among families is reportedly the most common type of transmission.  "Our messaging has always been, if you're outside or if you're indoors you need to wear a mask and you need to socially distance," Suarez said on Thursday during a COVID-19 press briefing.  "I would tell our residents — and this is voluntary, this is not something that we can mandate — that they should consider, particularly if they have a multigenerational household, wearing masks indoors, at times, with their multigenerational residents and also respecting social distance when they're at home," he added.  "Because again we're seeing the largest center of spread being our house."

Yale epidemiologist says hydroxychloroquine could save up to 100,000 lives.  While speaking with Laura Ingraham on Fox News on Monday, July 20, Yale epidemiology professor Dr. Harvey Risch said hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), if used properly, could save between 75,000 and 100,000 lives and can also be taken safely as a preventative.  His findings were published in the May 27 American Journal of Epidemiology to no effect.  A similar French study in early March reported similar evidence of success using HCQ to combat COVID-19.  The French report was dismissed as anecdotal.  Dr. Risch insisted that HCQ is effective and safe, but he has become the victim of a "propaganda war" ever since President Trump recommended it back in March.  The Lancet even published a study claiming that HCQ is ineffective and increases the risk of death.  By June the journal's false claim was retracted, but lasting damage was done.

Palm Beach CBS News Finds Suicide and a Fall Listed as COVID Deaths — Only 169 of 581 COVID Deaths Did Not Have Contributing Illnesses.  This local TV report from CBS 12 News in Palm Beach county shows that the the inflation of COVID deaths in Florida is huge!  Florida officials included falls and at least one suicide as COVID-19 deaths.

NYT Fudges Data To Claim Huge Spike In COVID-19 Hospitalizations.  The New York Times on Wednesday [7/22/2020] reported that coronavirus hospitalizations have risen dramatically and are nearing their April peak.  The Times, however, either overlooked or ignored a serious factor:  Way more states are reporting hospitalizations now than were reporting at the April peak.  "The rising hospitalizations reflect the scale of serious illnesses," the Times said.  "Nearly as many people are in hospitals now as there were when New York was at its worst."  The latter part is true.  The Times notes that as of July 22, 59,628 people were being treated in hospitals for the Wuhan virus.  During the peak of the outbreak on April 15, when New York was the nation's hot spot, 59,940 were hospitalized for the virus.  The data comes from The Atlantic's COVID Tracking Project, which collects virus data daily from all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and five U.S. territories.

Non-Peer Reviewed Study Shows FDA-Approved Drug Might Reduce Coronavirus Symptoms To Those Of Common Cold.  A non-peer reviewed study released by Israeli scientists, working in conjunction with other researchers in New York, found that treating the coronavirus COVID-19 with a drug already approved by the FDA could possibly reduce the symptoms to those of a common cold.  Two of the scientists, Hebrew University of Jerusalem's professor Ya'acov Nahmias and New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center's Dr. Benjamin tenOever, said their treatment using Fenofibrate (Tricor) could hinder COVID-19's capacity to reproduce or even make it vanish.

Outdoor religious gatherings draw warnings and rebukes from health officials.  [T]he evangelical worship event took place on the sand near Lifeguard Tower 20 for the fourth Friday in a row, despite warnings that it was violating public health orders and permitting rules, officials said.  Its organizers estimate as many as 1,800 people attended for nearly two hours of musical performances, baptisms and prayers.  Days earlier, minister and musician Sean Feucht urged his fellow Christians to join him under the Sundial Bridge in Redding for a night of worship.

Is There a Connection between Coronavirus and Air Conditioning?  [Scroll down]  There are a few possible explanations for the South's infection spike.  The first is that a widespread lack of mask-wearing is causing these increases.  The national media have been quick to note that Republican governors such as Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis were reluctant to impose a mask mandate.  The second, that these states opened up too soon and busy restaurants, beaches, and bars — and a fair bit of demonstrating — resulted in close contact.  High infection rates among young people seem to confirm the consequences of increased public socialization.  The third possible reason, and the one we will be examining in this article, is how summer temperatures forces southerners into their homes where the HVAC (Heat, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning) system could be recycling the airborne virus throughout homes, grocery stores, and office buildings.

Enraged Woman Maces Couple Picnicking Who Weren't Wearing Masks.  On Thursday [7/23/2020], a woman enraged by a young couple enjoying a picnic in a dog park in San Diego while not wearing masks reportedly maced the couple.  Ash O'Brien, her husband Jarrett Kelley and their three-month-old puppy were enjoying the sun in Rhodes Dog Park when a woman in a black face mask targeted the couple with pepper spray, prompting Kelley, who was temporarily blinded, to attempt to grab the canister from the irate woman, who was accompanied by her dog.  One female witness admonished the woman, "'What are you doing?  You just maced him!  You just maced them and their food because you disagree."

Walmart, Home Depot Won't Enforce Face Mask Rules Following Violent Confrontations.  Nearly every day there's another story about a fight breaking out over the wearing of masks.  Just a couple days ago, a Starbucks barista in California was allegedly punched in the face for asking the customer to put a mask on.  And a couple weeks ago, a New York man allegedly assaulted a manager and bartender after being asked to put on a face mask to comply with their COVID-19 safety protocols.

San Francisco bus driver beaten with baseball bat after asking passengers to wear masks: police.  A San Francisco bus driver was allegedly beaten with a wooden baseball bat last week after asking three passengers to put on face masks to comply with the city's coronavirus public health order.  Three men boarded the bus operated by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency — or Muni — in the city's South of Market neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, San Francisco Police Department Officer Robert Rueca said in a statement Friday.  The driver asked the passengers multiple times to wear a mask but they refused, so the driver pulled over to let them off.

Why the CDC Is Stressing the Importance of Schools Reopening This Fall.  COVID has created another new and intense debate: should schools reopen in the fall?  If you watch CNN, you'd think to send kids back to school was akin to the death march to Bataan.  It's not.  In fact, the socioeconomic impact of a whole generation of kids not learning for a year is probably more devastating than anything COVID could dish out.  Accountability standards are spotty with this online learning protocol school boards are adopting.  In some locations, like Nashville, around 30 percent of the 86,000-student body doesn't have a home computer.  In New York City, there are horror stories about how we really cannot gauge if students there learned... anything.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a pretty thorough post about why it's key for kids to return to school.  First and foremost, kids don't appear to be heavily impacted by this virus.  Transmission among kids is also low.  And yes, that New York Times piece about schools being possible areas of spread from South Korea was flawed [...]

Roaming Mask Cops Writing Tickets for No Masks, Improper Wearing of Masks — 'We'll Arrest You Right Here'.  Another sad day for civil liberties in America — or what's left of it.  [Video clip]

Man Wanted For Apparently Punching Starbucks Barista Over Mask Policy; Tip Jar Reportedly Stolen.  Police asked for the public's help Friday to identify a man they say punched a barista over what may have been a dispute over the chain's face mask policy.  The assault happened at a Starbucks on West Avenue I in Lancaster.  According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a man punched a barista when employees asked him to put on a mask as he entered the coffee shop.

Americans kept from funerals, work, church fume over jammed demonstrations allowed in city streets.  A growing number of Americans concerned about continued coronavirus restrictions are questioning the need for such policies like business closures and mask mandates as tens of thousands gather in the streets around the country to demonstrate and protest.  Video clips from such gatherings, often involving thousands of mostly mask-less people, are replete on social media, drawing ire from Americans who are pushing for COVID restrictions to be lifted so that businesses can fully reopen, along with schools, sporting and concert venues, and others.  "It turns out you can attend church services in America.  As long as it's the church of social justice," tweeted journalist Barrett Wilson on Friday [7/24/2020], along with a Daily Caller video featuring scores of people in a tightly-packed crowd singing and holding candles.

Cuomo: Nursing Home Policy Criticism Is 'All Politics'.  During a press conference on Friday [7/24/2020], New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) stated that the criticism of his nursing home policies during the coronavirus pandemic is "all politics" and that the issue is being pushed by those who are "politically motivated" at the New York Post and Fox News.

The Key to Defeating COVID-19 Already Exists.  We Need to Start Using It.  As professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, I have authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and currently hold senior positions on the editorial boards of several leading journals.  I am usually accustomed to advocating for positions within the mainstream of medicine, so have been flummoxed to find that, in the midst of a crisis, I am fighting for a treatment that the data fully support but which, for reasons having nothing to do with a correct understanding of the science, has been pushed to the sidelines.  As a result, tens of thousands of patients with COVID-19 are dying unnecessarily.  Fortunately, the situation can be reversed easily and quickly.  I am referring, of course, to the medication hydroxychloroquine.  When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective, especially when given in combination with the antibiotics azithromycin or doxycycline and the nutritional supplement zinc.

Florida: Death Related to a Gun Shot Wound and Deaths from Weeks Ago Are Suddenly Counted as Covid Deaths in Official Mortality Reporting.  The miscounting and fraudulent numbers related to the China coronavirus just keep coming.  Unrelated deaths are being counted as COVID-19 related and deaths from days and weeks ago are suddenly being attributed to today's COVID-19 mortality counts.

Walmart, Home Depot, Walgreens and CVS are among stores saying they WILL serve customers who don't wear masks.  Days after announcing customers are required to wear face masks while shopping in their stores, major U.S. retailers appear to be showing leniency in how the rules are enforced.  Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Walgreens and CVS had initially required shoppers to wear masks but now in the hope of avoiding confrontations between angry customers and employees it appears to be little more than a suggestion, rather than a legally enforceable instruction.  Having retailers take on the role of the 'mask police' puts them in an uncomfortable position at a time when many shops are in no position financially to refuse business.

The Editor says...
As far as I can tell, Walmart has no qualms about refusing business.  Walmart makes it abundantly clear that customers are not welcome unless they comply with arbitrary local and state edicts.

When the Virus 'Experts' Come After Your Chicken Wings.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who ordered thousands of seniors infected with Wuhan coronavirus back into nursing homes — resulting in the deaths of thousands — has moved to regulating what does and does not count as a "substantive food."  In California, the same rules apply.  "To be a bar, you had to have food available — soups, sandwiches, etc.  More than just hors d' oeuvres, chicken wings.  You had to have some substantive food — the lowest level of substantive food were sandwiches," Cuomo said this week during a taxpayer-funded press conference.  Arbitrary.  Capricious.  Enraging.  How does this stop the spread of Wuhan coronavirus?  It doesn't.  Why is Cuomo talking about chicken wings at all?  Because he's allowing bars to serve alcohol to seated patrons, as long as they order food.  He's moved the goalposts from food to "meal" after some New York City bars offered things like "Cuomo Chips" for $1. He deserves the mocking.  This isn't about bars, alcohol, or food.  It's about people's lives.  People are struggling to survive as the government continues to bear down on them without data or explanation about why their efforts this time will pay off.  Studies now show lockdowns did little to slow the spread.  In fact, keeping mass amounts of people indoors may have made things worse.

CDC Sides With Trump, Says Students Need To Go Back To School.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance on Friday warning about severe consequences to children if schools do not reopen for in-person class in the fall.  The CDC's updated guidance now aligns with recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which endorsed school reopenings with limited exceptions last month.  The new guidance also resolves what many had said was a conflict between the White House and the CDC on the safety of in-person learning amid the pandemic.

Medical Experts Urge Another Shutdown As Coronavirus Cases Surpass 4 Million.  As the US hit a sobering 4 million cases of COVID-19 and the rising daily rate of confirmed cases and hospitalizations suggest the virus is far from under control, medical experts are urging political leaders to shut down the country and start over to contain the pandemic.

The Editor says...
[#1] If those "experts" have names, I didn't see them in the article above.  [#2] The Number of "cases" is all but completely immaterial, since at least half of the "cases" are asymptomatic.  The number of hospitalizations is high, because the hospitals are happy to admit as many customers as they can hold.  The number of deaths from coronavirus alone is now near zero, and that's what should make headlines.

The rules are for you, not for them.
Cuomo violated his own mask rules while in Georgia, declined to self-quarantine on return to N.Y..  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was recently spotted in Georgia violating the mask and social-distancing rules he has imposed upon his own state.  Cuomo, a Democrat, also declined to self-quarantine after returning to New York, despite his emergency orders dictating quarantine protocols for many New York residents who have traveled to Georgia and other states.  Cuomo in April ordered that "any individual [in New York] who is over 2 and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance."

Socialist Distancing:  Sacrificing science to destroy American community.  When The Great Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020 hit the United States, many Americans were more than willing to wear masks and maintain social distancing to "flatten the curve."  Then came George Floyd's death in police custody.  Then came protests featuring thousands of activists across the nation — social distancing [notwithstanding].  Not even Drs.  Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, the pandemic's two most visible experts, initially expressed concern — let alone alarm — about the blatant disregard of health protocols when the protests began.  Indeed, Fauci waited 12 days after Floyd's death to comment publicly.  Many Americans now realize that they have been — and continue to be — deceived.  Meanwhile, their emotional and psychological health rapidly deteriorate because of draconian mandates ostensibly designed to protect them.

Why Do Mass Media Keep Propagating Unproven Speculation about Coronavirus Origins?  Could the coronavirus that caused the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic evolve naturally?  Based on what is publicly known at this time, it probably could, but there is no scientific evidence that it actually has.  As of today, no animal has been found to carry the coronavirus that infected Chinese individuals in Wuhan with COVID-19 in the fall of 2019.  Yet the mass media and their so-called "fact-checkers" keep propagating the unproven speculation that the virus did not leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as if it were some kind of "settled science."  A Washington Post article titled "State Department releases cable that launched claims that coronavirus escaped from Chinese lab" is a recent example of this kind of sustained propaganda.  It downplays the fact that, as reported by the State Department in 2018, the personnel at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were not properly trained to safely handle live samples of contagious coronaviruses.

Fauci Finally, Falsely, Invokes the 'Spanish Flu'.  Ten years ago I published an article called "No More Crying 'Spanish Flu,'" in part because with every pandemic or potential pandemic that's exactly what public health service gurus and the media were doing.  And in part because the comparison to the 1918-19 flu was always ludicrous, based not on science but primal fear.  Well, it's happened again.  And this time the klaxon-ringer is no less than the nation's top health official, National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Fauci's advice and counsel during the coronavirus pandemic has been "uneven," to say the least.  Most recently, he said of New York, the state with the second-highest COVID-19 deaths per capita, that the state did it "correctly."  But he's never been particularly reliable.  In 1983, he made a huge splash with a medical journal article stating that AIDS could be transmissible through casual contact.  Fauci repeated the pattern during successive disease panics, such as when he declared 16 years ago that we're "due" for "massive person-to-person" spread of Avian flu H5N1.

The Media and the Virus.  During the early stages of the unfolding crisis, the WHO failed to take the coronavirus threat seriously, to question China's official claims about its outbreak, and to coordinate a global response.  In January, February, and early March, while the WHO was still declining to label the coronavirus a pandemic — partly because that label carries, according to Tedros, "significant risk in terms of amplifying unnecessary and unjustified fear and stigma" — the American media were also failing, systemically, to sound the alarm.  As it unfolded in the media, the story of the pandemic was initially that of a nonevent.  On January 31, Vox ran a supposedly comprehensive "explainer" about the coronavirus.  There was no need for Americans to wear protective face masks, Vox said, and "really no reason to worry."  On Twitter, Vox was still more blunt:  "Is this going to be a deadly pandemic?  No."  The hectoring tone and sham certitude are Vox specialties.  But Vox wasn't alone in dismissing the virus.

No students in class until January?  Yes, one N.J. union leader says in urging big delay.  The local teachers' union president in Paterson says Gov. Phil Murphy should hold off on reopening school buildings until January, and possibly longer, due to the coronavirus pandemic.  John McEntee, president of the Paterson Education Association, said he prefers all-remote learning to the hybrid model embraced by Murphy, in which classes will start on time in September but parents may choose to keep their children home for online learning.

'I just don't trust them': Canadian truckers afraid of coming to US.  Last week, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada-US border would remain closed for most people until at least Aug. 21, with additional extensions of the border closure possible beyond that date.  Basically, it means that non-essential travel can't take place between the two countries right now, which is no surprise given how the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the US is continuing to spiral out of control. [...] Canadian truckers can still continue their work as normal — but, increasingly, they don't want to.  That includes people like Leanne Steeves, a long-haul truck driver from Ontario who told CBC News she's concerned about being in the US because we don't seem to be taking the virus seriously enough.  "It's like they don't care," she said of Americans.  "Life is normal.  Nothing's changed for them."

The Editor says...
How I wish that were true!  How I wish life was back to normal as if nothing had changed!  As soon as we are allowed to take off these pointless and worthless face masks, life will begin to return to normal, but that day is a long way off — probably around the middle of November.  As for you Canadians, you may continue to live in baseless fear for the rest of your miserable lives, worshiping at the altar of big government, and conforming to whatever the nanny state demands.

UIL pushes start of Texas high school football season back to end of September.  The University Interscholastic League has pushed the first games of the Texas high school football season for its biggest districts to the end of September due to the coronavirus.  The modifications to the 2020-2021 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines are set to take effect August 1st.

The Editor says...
Football itself is far more dangerous than the coronavirus.  An average of twelve high school and college football players die every year. [1] [2] [3] If the UIL wanted to save lives, they'd do away with football.

No known case of teacher catching coronavirus from pupils, says scientist.  There has been no recorded case of a teacher catching the coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world, according to one of the government's leading scientific advisers.  Mark Woolhouse, a leading epidemiologist and member of the government's Sage committee, told The Times that it may have been a mistake to close schools in March given the limited role children play in spreading the virus.  Schools in England are preparing to reopen in full from September.  Some primary year groups were invited back for lessons before the summer holidays but most pupils have had no face-to-face teaching for four months.

Hydroxychloroquine could save up to 100,000 lives if used for COVID-19: Yale epidemiology professor.  Dr. Harvey Risch, an epidemiology professor at Yale School of Public Health, said on Tuesday that he thinks hydroxychloroquine could save 75,000 to 100,000 lives if the drug is widely used to treat coronavirus.  "There are many doctors that I've gotten hostile remarks about saying that all the evidence is bad for it and, in fact, that is not true at all," Risch told "Ingraham Angle," adding that he believes the drug can be used as a "prophylactic" for front-line workers, as other countries like India have done.  Risch lamented that a "propaganda war" is being waged against the use of the drug for political purposes, not based on "medical facts."  [Video clip]

Word Salad in the Time of Coronavirus.  [For example,] "Social Distancing."  Why "social" distancing?  Standing six feet apart is physical distancing.  There's nothing social about locking yourself at home and not seeing other people.  Meanwhile, we're communicating via "social" media, making us more physically distant than ever.  It's a safe bet our health — mental and physical — would be in a better state if we did actually socially distance, that is, distance ourselves from Facebook and Twitter. [...] "New normal" is a perfect example of doublethink.  "Normal" is what we are used to.  If it's new, we're not used to it — it's different.  Don't tell us we will have a "new normal" when what you actually mean is that things are going to be different.  And this is precisely what politicians don't want to say.  The power of the concept of "normal" is its utility for weasel politicians.  "Normal" is something invisible.  We don't think about it; we consider it metaphysically preordained, something we have no control over; it's just, well, normal.  The verbal construction "new normal" leads us unconsciously to accept as inevitable a radically different society crafted by the powers-that-be — there's nothing to see here; accept it, that's just the way it is — it's "normal.'

Rand Paul:  Lockdowns Were A 'Big Mistake'.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has frequently criticized the extended lockdown strategy and Dr. Anthony Fauci, denounced the current spate of lockdowns as a "big mistake" for what they have done to the U.S. economy and society at large.  Speaking on the "Fox News Rundown" podcast on Wednesday [7/22/2020], Paul said that the lockdowns have caused tremendous damage and did little to curtail the actual virus.  For example, Paul noted that states with lockdowns saw spikes in cases alongside states that didn't have lockdowns.

Several state governors announce orders requiring face masks in public.  Officials from a number of states have issued orders requiring people to wear masks when out in public.  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday [7/22/2020] announced a mandate that will require people to don facial coverings while out in public, starting on Thursday evening.  In addition to requiring masks indoors when not at a residence, people will also be required to wear coverings outside if they will not be able to stay six feet from people who are not members of their own household.  The order applies to ages 10-years-old and up.  People can forego a mask while consuming food and beverages and while working out or engaging in sports.  Individuals with medical issues or disabilities are included on a list of carve outs.

The Editor says...
I don't have to reveal my medical issues to you.  Isn't that what the HIPAA laws are all about?

And now, here is a public service announcement:
Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  The Privacy Rule calls this information "protected health information (PHI)."  "Individually identifiable health information" is information, including demographic data, that relates to:
  •  the individual's past, present or future physical or mental health or condition,
  •  the provision of health care to the individual, or
  •  the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual,
and that identifies the individual or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual.

Pompeo: The World Health Organization is corrupt.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is sharpening his denunciation of the World Health Organization, saying that "corrupt" leadership bears responsibility for the coronavirus pandemic.  "It's become corrupt," Pompeo told a Danish radio outlet while traveling in Copenhagen.  "An epidemic broke out, killing hundreds of thousands of people all across the world.  Trillions of dollars lost in economic wealth.  All as a direct result of the Chinese Communist Party covering up and doing it with a complicit World Health Organization."  Pompeo offered that rebuke to explain the U.S. withdrawal from the WHO.  The attack comes on the heels of a private accusation, reportedly delivered in London, that drew a public response from the United Nations agency.

Pompeo: US Spent Half Billion Dollars a Year Supporting 'Corrupt' WHO.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to rip the World Health Organization, blaming its "corrupt" leadership pushing the United States away from the group.  "It's become corrupt," Pompeo told a Danish radio station during his trip to Copenhagen.  "An epidemic broke out, killing hundreds of thousands of people all across the world.  Trillions of dollars lost in economic wealth.  All as a direct result of the Chinese Communist Party covering up and doing it with a complicit World Health Organization."  "That's not an organization that the United States wants to spend roughly half a billion dollars a year supporting," Pompeo said."

AP-NORC poll:  Very few Americans back full school reopening.  Only about 1 in 10 Americans think daycare centers, preschools or K-12 schools should open this fall without restrictions, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs.  Most think mask requirements and other safety measures are necessary to restart in-person instruction, and roughly 3 in 10 say that teaching kids in classrooms shouldn't happen at all.

The Editor says...
In a way, I am in agreement:  The public schools should be scrapped, and the kids should all be enrolled in private schools, where the parents have far more control over the curriculum, and there is likely to be tighter discipline and more actual education rather than socialist indoctrination.

Delusional Democrats intent on trying to fool Americans.  Every day, evidence mounts that Democratic politicians are delusional by design.  They may or may not believe their increasingly absurd versions of unreality, but they are intent on fooling the rest of us until Election Day.  Take New York's version of Dumb and Dumber, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio.  This dimwit duo doesn't just deny the errors that have made New Yorkers' lives worse than they needed to be during the pandemic.  Like true delusional Dems, Cuomo and de Blasio actually pose as our saviors.  The governor's shameless vanity poster celebrating his leadership through the pandemic took the cake.  It did not mention the more than 32,000 deaths on his watch, nor his disastrous nursing-home policy, and it pretended the virus originated in Europe, rather than China.

Fauci Files:  Celebrated doc's career dotted with ethics, safety controversies inside NIH.  Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci offered a pointed response to those who have challenged his stewardship of the pandemic as the nation's infectious disease chief:  "I think you can trust me," he declared, citing his long record of service in government medicine.  That is exactly what Fauci's National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) agency declared years ago to foster children in New York, Illinois and elsewhere, many of whom were enrolled in an AIDS drug trial without the promised patient protections.  An investigation concluded the NIAID's AIDS research division that reported to Fauci had failed in many cases to provide patient advocates to monitor the foster kids' health as promised, and in some cases, as required by law.  In other words, a trust was broken.

If the panicmongers were consistent, we'd close the schools every flu season.  The reality is that every flu season, many more children die from this common ailment than have from COVID-19.  And unlike with COVID-19, where the rare pediatric deaths are among those who have serious conditions, many of the flu deaths occur in perfectly healthy children.

Were the Lockdowns Effective at All?  [Scroll down]  Translation:  Lockdowns had little effect on the course of severe COVID-19 cases, with the exception of helping with recovery rates, which ratifies the "flatten the curve" logic so as not to overwhelm hospitals.  More important were social distancing practices, and bans on foreign travel.  (Or as the authors put it in the main body of the study, "government actions such as border closures, full lockdowns, and a high rate of COVID-19 testing were not associated with statistically significant reductions in the number of critical cases or overall mortality."  My emphasis.)  This means that if what we care about most is mortality risk rather than mere infection rate, total lockdowns should be viewed skeptically.  But as the full study makes clear, much more important in the outcomes were underlying demographics and health co-morbidities, and the general economic profile of the country — essentially another ratification of Aaron Wildavsky's shorthand axiom that "wealthier is healthier."  (Hard to believe such a common sense idea needs empirical demonstration.)

New York City's Reported COVID-19 Hospitalizations and High Hospital Death Tolls.  [Scroll down]  Looking at hospitalization statistics sheds light on the topic.  First, some general information on hospital occupancy; the COVID-19 pandemonium has included many attempts to scare Americans with hospital data.  The fear concerns hospitals filling up and not having enough space.  Unmentioned by politicians and public health officials is that hospitals apparently normally try to stay at greater than 85% occupancy rate.  This is particularly helpful to know: for hospitals, "an industry accepted benchmark for the volume necessary to break-even" is "an inpatient occupancy rate that is greater than 85%."  (Page 15)  That is, hospitals apparently try to stay near full.  Regarding specifically the COVID-19 situation that occurred in New York City, one significant piece of information is what the occupancy rate was at the beginning of the reported SARS-CoV-2 outbreak.  How many were already hospitalized when the COVID-19 outbreak reportedly began and how many more could NYC hospitals reasonably have hospitalized thereafter?

New York Times-Hyped Korean Report Actually Shows Kids Are Not Spreading Coronavirus.  In an incredible redux of when they hyped the Christian Drosten fake paper claiming children were highly infectious — when his math actually showed the opposite — the New York Times and Chicago Tribune pushed screaming headlines that a new Korean government report proves children ages 10 to 19 are highly infectious.  The Korean government report, based on data from March and ignoring all newer research, does make that claim, with qualifications, in its narrative summary.  Its actual math, however, shows exactly the opposite.  Do the elite newspapers even bother to consult anyone numerate?  As Professor Francois Balloux of the University of Lausanne Genetics Institute immediately replied, the New York Times writer completely misunderstood the report.

Time to Reopen the Schools.  It seems almost incredible that in a number of states, serious consideration is being given to keeping the public schools closed in the Fall.  Given that the coronavirus is rarely dangerous to children — less so, in fact, than the average seasonal flu — it is hard to understand the rationale for continued school closures.  The most commonly offered excuse is that the children may infect teachers.  Presumably that is possible, but a U.K. epidemiologist said yesterday that "Scientists are yet to find a single confirmed case of a teacher catching coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world."  Teachers' unions are the main proponents of continued school closings, apparently because some teachers and administrators would like to be paid in full for working relatively little.  The impulse is understandable, if not commendable.  As usual, teachers' unions are happy to throw kids under the bus.

Why Are Potentially Viable COVID-19 Treatments Being Suppressed?  [Scroll down]  What is inexcusable is the ongoing and blatant suppression of valid debate over how to treat COVID-19. We're not talking here about an irresponsible meme that recommends somebody drink bleach.  We're talking about distinguished, credentialed doctors and scientists, with decades of front line experience in virology, infectious diseases, pandemics, microbiology, pharmacology, emergency medicine, and a host of related fields, whose opinions are being banned.  When it comes to treating COVID-19, not only are dissident opinions offered by medical experts ignored by the media or only featured in the context of being "debunked," but their postings on YouTube and Facebook routinely are taken down.  Alternative websites that attract far less viewership are the only recourse.  The most notorious example of this bias and suppression is with respect to the treatment alternative that relies on hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and zinc as an outpatient therapy.  There is growing evidence that this treatment is effective in the early and mid-stages of a COVID-19 infection, before the patients end up in the hospital.

Michigan House OKs bill keeping COVID-19 patients out of nursing homes.  The Michigan House approved Wednesday a bill that would direct elderly people with COVID-19 away from nursing homes and into designated care facilities, a challenge to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's nursing home order.  If the Senate concurs on the bill, the legislation would be sent to Whitmer, where she is expected to veto it.  The bill, which was approved by the House 74-34, bans nursing homes from admitting or retaining an individual starting Sept. 1 who tests positive for COVID-19 unless the person had recovered or unless a nursing home could provide care in a separate building.  Seventeen Democrats joined Republicans in approving the bill.

The mask police are here.
Miami Enforcing Mandatory Face Coverings with Dedicated Unit.  Miami, the area of Florida hit hardest by the Chinese coronavirus, is doubling down on its mask order, reportedly deploying a team of dedicated police officers to enforce the requirements.  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez announced the updated mask order on July 1, requiring masks "in all public spaces inside and outdoors throughout Miami-Dade County."  The order essentially expanded on his April mask order, requiring coverings to be worn outdoors "with few exceptions."

Yale professor says hydroxychloroquine could save 100,000 lives — but it's being stifled by a 'propaganda war'.  Yale epidemiology professor Dr. Harvey Risch said Tuesday [10/21/2020] that he believes the President Trump-touted drug, hydroxychloroquine, could save up to 100,000 lives if used properly to treat the coronavirus.  Speaking with Fox News' Laura Ingraham Monday night, Risch insisted that the controversial drug is proven to be effective against the disease and safe for people to use, but lamented that it has become the victim of a "propaganda war."  "It's a political drug now, not a medical drug," Risch said.  "I think we are basically fighting a propaganda war against the medical facts, and that colors not just population people, how they think about it, but doctors, as well.

CNN Reporter Melts Down After Trump Campaign Spox Uses CNN Link to Disprove Her Coronavirus Claims.  CNN anchor Brianna Keilar had Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh on the network earlier today to talk about the Trump administration's Wuhan virus response.  As things often do on CNN when a Trump official is part of a segment, the interview got contentious fast.  Keilar disputed numerous claims made by Murtaugh, including statements about how Dr. Anthony Fauci has recommended the use of the Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine and how some studies have shown it's an effective drug when used in concert with other treatments.  You'll remember that the media and Democrats have spent almost the entirety of the outbreak trying to downplay the drug as a possible coronavirus treatment because Orange Man Bad.  Studies have been mixed on it, with some showing some successes in using the drug and others not.  Some of the studies the media have definitively touted as debunking the idea of using hydroxychloroquine as a treatment either used flawed methodology (read about another one [elsew]here), were discredited, or were actually retracted.

Covid-infected Patients Are Fleeing Mexico for American Hospitals.  Last month, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey uttered forbidden words that drew such hot-stove backlash that neither he nor any other border state governor has dared repeat them.  Mexican Covid patients with dual U.S. citizenship, Ducey told President Trump's coronavirus task force during a June 22 governor's conference call, were driving Arizona's spiking numbers by crossing the border and "seeking the superior healthcare of our system in our border counties."

The Editor says...
If the coronavirus cases are coming across the border into Del Rio, Brownsville, Laredo, and El Paso, and that pushes the state's coronavirus numbers up, it means I have to keep wearing a stinkin' mask (in July!) in Dallas County, which is at least a 6½ hour drive to any of those cities.

Medical directors in Texas border counties:  We're treating patients from Mexico.  Who would have thought it:  That when a neighboring country without stable medical care gets hit by the virus, anyone with the ability to come here would seek care in our hospitals when they get sick?  I've written a six-part series detailing how the border counties have a worse crisis than anywhere else in the country because of a mix of cross-border travel, medical tourism, and dual citizens traveling back and forth.  You can read the series [elsew]here.  Until now we have seen remarkable data that shows the the timing and severity of the surge in relation to the sister cities and states in Mexico.  California hospital directors have gone on the record admitting that they have been treating patients from Mexico.  Now we have on-the-record proof that this is happening in Texas as well.

Also posted under illegal immigration puts a strain on our health care system.

The Big Surge In Coronavirus Deaths Is A Media-Fed Myth.  Almost daily now we've been reading about how daily deaths from COVID-19 have reached record highs.  It's a scary prospect.  But the truth is the mainstream press is grossly misleading the public by misreporting the death counts. [...] According to PBS in Arizona, the state "on Saturday (July 18) set a record for coronavirus-related deaths reported in one day, with 147, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services."  The last story is particularly illuminating because the website the PBS article links to includes a chart of daily deaths in the state.  It lists only six deaths on July 19.  What's more, the chart shows that there have only been two days where deaths exceeded 65.  So where did that scary 147 number come from?  The same place all the other "surging" numbers come from.  Each day Arizona and other states file reports on how many people died from COVID-19.  It's not a measure of how many died that day.  In most cases, the people died days or even weeks earlier.  In fact, in Arizona's case, 106 of the reported deaths on Saturday resulted from a periodic review of death certificates.  None of those caveats made it into the PBS story.

Not likely, unless you like high taxes, crowds, rampant crime, and snow.
Andrew Cuomo Knows What You're Thinking:  Let's Frantically Flee to 'Safe' New York.  Despite pandemic problems and — at least in the Big Apple — a surge of murder, apparently, The Empire State's the place to be.  During his Monday [7/20/2020] press conference, the governor declared a major victory in the fight against COVID-19, given a July 12th report of no coronavirus deaths.  The state hasn't been able to make that claim since March.  Andrew explained that NY's pandemic progress has taken the lead over other states, and so people are running into its safe arms.  But here's the rub:  He also said the throngs of refugees may cause a corona uptick.

Media Malpractice on COVID Numbers.  [Scroll down]  Context includes what defines a positive COVID test.  Is it an actual positive antigen test result or a presumed positive case?  Some counties in Texas were classifying a neighbor or co-worker of a test-positive case, suffering from a cough or sore throat, as having COVID, even without an actual test.  This could result in 10 to 20 additional reported positive cases based on only one actual case.  Antibody test-positive individuals, having previous, but not current active infections, are also positive cases.  That would be like classifying retired military members as active duty.  Context also includes asking whether these individuals are symptomatic or not.  We never test asymptomatic individuals or contacts of those with the seasonal flu.  In fact, most with the flu treat it symptomatically until they get better, and do not get tested unless they are sick enough to journey to the hospital.  Asymptomatic individuals exposed to someone with the flu certainly don't get tested.  Why then is there such a push for COVID testing?  Unless the goal is inflated numbers to fuel a media narrative and damage President Trump.

We Can't Stop Coronavirus, But We Can Limit the Damage We're Doing to Ourselves.  [Scroll down]  While I've never been for the lockdowns and in fact spoke out against them at the time, part of me could at least understand the logic of some measures to slow things down, especially given the fear of the unknown that existed at the beginning.  There was some common sense in measures intended to "slow the spread," even though in reality they didn't actually work all that well.  We had "15 days to slow the spread," then 30 more.  Then, seemingly overnight, the narrative changed.  The expectation went from "slow the spread" and "flatten the curve" to, oddly enough, "no cases at all."  As we began to find out just how large the infection denominator was, as death rates plummeted infinitely lower than the two to five percent many were fearing at first, as actual deaths declined and flattened to less than 1,000 a day (even using their cooked-up numbers where someone who dies of a car accident or heart disease and had COVID is lumped in as a COVID death), the media-induced panic was only getting started.  California is shut down again with calls for other states to do the same, and leftists seemingly won't be happy until masks are legally required at all times on every man, woman, and child from the wilderness of Alaska to the streets of New York City from now until the end of time.

COVID death count
Never Have So Few Done So Much Damage to So Many.  [Scroll down]  And I'm not thinking of just the protesters.  I'm thinking of health experts, the health experts who have ratcheted up the fear and continue to ratchet up the fear.  They continue to portray every new case of coronavirus as an eventual death.  We don't even know the accurate numbers involving the death rate.  I got a chart I found at the CDC website.  And if it's accurate, the death toll from this virus is plummeting.

Editor's note, added 8/2/2020:
The CDC chart is located here.  The chart tapers off rapidly during the last two or three weeks due to delays in reporting virus-related deaths.  Even so, there is some doubt about whether some of those deaths are related to the virus or not.


Officials: Viral report of a surge in COVID-19 cases in south Texas infants is false.  A viral report of a sudden surge of coronavirus cases in infants in a single county in Texas is inaccurate, a local official said on Saturday [7/19/2020]. On Friday, the top health official for the Corpus Christi area said at a press conference that the county currently has 85 cases of newborns with coronavirus.  "We currently have 85 babies under the age of one year in Nueces County that have all tested positive for COVID-19," Annette Rodriguez, director of public health for Corpus Christi Nueces County, said at the press conference. [...] But Rodriguez was mistaken, according to Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales.  According to KRIS 6 News in Corpus Christi, Canales said that 85 infants have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic several months ago.  "On Friday, July 17, during a press conference, a spokesperson mentioned that 85 infants under the age of one had tested positive for coronavirus," Canales said in a statement, KRIS 6 reported.  "This number reflects the cumulative total of positive tests for infants under the age of 1 since the beginning of testing in mid-March, which has resulted in 8,171 positive test results."  "Stating this number during our press conference led many to believe that we had a sudden surge in infants under the age of one testing positive.  We have NOT had a sudden surge of 85 infants testing positive," she said.

Lockdown Myth:  All The Data We Have From Every Country Completely Proves Lockdowns Were Pointless.  As the United States experiences a surge in COVID-19 outbreaks with most of it concentrated in regions that avoided the earlier wave that struck the Northeast back in March and April, the media has adopted a new explanation to continue its longstanding rationalization of society-wide lockdowns.  As the argument goes, most European states (including those that were harder hit than the US) followed a "responsible" pattern of quashing the virus through heavy-handed lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders, and only began the reopening process when its data-driven models said it was safe to do so.  By contrast, the United States allegedly waited too long to lock down, did so ineffectively, and "rushed to reopen" before the virus was under control.  It's a convenient narrative for justifying the reimposition of lockdowns, as well as politically chastising anyone who questioned their efficacy in the first place.  But is it based on any evidence?

An American Refuses to Sign Coronavirus Documents.  Here's How the Local Health Department Responded.  Kentucky resident Elizabeth Linscott was planning to visit her mother in Michigan.  Despite having no symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus, Linscott decided to get tested out of an abundance of caution.  Her results turned up positive and she was told to self-quarantine at home.  "My grandparents wanted to see me, too," Linscott told WILX-TV.  "So, just to make sure if I tested negative, that they would be OK, that everything would be fine."  Once the health department alerted her to her positive test results, they wanted Linscott to sign the Self-isolation and Controlled Movement Agreed Order, a document stating she would not leave her house without first asking the health district for permission.  She refused to sign the documents.

Oxford University Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Produces Strong Immune Response.  An early human trial of Oxford University's experimental coronavirus vaccine has yielded a strong immune response in hundreds of people, according to newly released data.  The potential vaccine, which the U.K. university developed in partnership with drugmaker AstraZeneca, was administered in a trial that involved 1,077 people and caused an immune response in people aged 18 to 55 that lasted two months or slightly longer, according to data published Monday [7/20/2020] by the medical journal The Lancet.  The vaccine, which is made from a combination of coronavirus genetic material and a virus that causes the common cold in chimpanzees, caused the body to produce antibodies against the coronavirus and caused a reaction in T-cells, a type of white blood cell that also helps stave off infection.

Democrats, The Party Of Science (Fiction).  Before the pandemic, Democrats called anyone who didn't kneel before the shrine of Al Gore and activist researchers trafficking in climate fear to be a "science denier," just as they will again once the coronavirus no longer dominates the headlines.  "The Republican War on Science," written by journalist Chris Mooney, summarizes as well as any other rant the Democrats' contention that the political right is anti-science.  The Publishers Weekly reviewer, no doubt eager to join the charge, said the tome "is the first to put the whole story, thoroughly documented, in one place."  This is all rather funny, because the "science" the Democrats put their faith in is often little more than a set of baseless theories that fit their policy agenda.  They treat their own share of "settled science" as if it's witchcraft.

The COVID Coup.  Panicked by fears manufactured by the ruling class, the American people assented to being put essentially under house arrest until further notice, effectively suspending the habits, preferences, and liberties that had defined our way of life.  Most Americans have suffered economic damage.  Many who do not enjoy protected status have had careers ended and been reduced to penury.  Social strains and suicides multiplied.  Forcibly deferring all manner of medical care is sure to impose needless suffering and death.  In sum, the lockdowns' medical and economic dysfunctions make for multiples of the deaths and miseries of the COVID-19 virus itself.  Bad judgments and usurpations — the scam, not the germs — define this disaster's dimensions. [...] In short, COVID-19 is not America's plague.  It did not shake America.  The ruling class shook it.  They have not done it ignorantly or by mistake.  They have done it to extort the general public's compliance with their agendas.  Their claim to speak on behalf of "science" is an attempt to avoid being held accountable for the enormous harm they are doing.  They continue doing it because they want to hang on to the power the panic has brought them.

The Editor says...
The article immediately above is an excellent overview, and I encourage you to read the entire thing.  Print it out and keep a copy of it.  Or better yet, send it to your state's governor.

They're Lying to You — Florida:  Motorcycle Crash Listed as Coronavirus Death.  They're lying to you.  The Orange County Health Officer admitted this week that on of the coronavirus victims listed on their website — died in a motorcycle crash.  And yet they are pushing these numbers to the public to cause a panic?

CDC Employees Made More Than 8,000 Federal Contributions To PACs And Politicians Since 2015.  Only 5 Went To Republican Causes, FEC Records Show.  Employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have made more than 8,000 contributions totaling over $285,000 to Democratic candidates and causes since 2015, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of political contributions.  Only five contributions were sent to a Republican PAC or candidate.  Out of these five contributions, which totaled just over $1,000, three sent money to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign efforts, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records indicate.  The contributions were made by more than 550 people who listed the CDC as their employer on FEC forms.

The Quixotic Quislings of Quarantine Have No Clothes.  Today we are inundated by "authorities" who insist that we must wear masks everywhere, seemingly even in the shower.  They flood us with panic porn about a "spike in cases," and how we must consider a new lockdown to avoid having the virus overwhelm us.  But they (intentionally?) ignore the fact that deaths continue to decline.  New hospitalizations are younger people with less severe disease who have shorter stays, using fewer resources.  In other words, things are getting better.  In a hurry.  But let us suppose that there remains some sort of need to defend us from SARS-CoV-2.  Are masks a good answer?  If I listen to Dr. Carl Heneghan, the Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, "aside from people who are exposed on the frontlines, there is no evidence that masks make any difference."  This is in keeping with previous posts from Nobel-winning biophysicist Michael Levitt Ph.D., former Stanford Chief of Neuroradiology Scott Atlas MD, John Iaonnidis MD, Lisa Brousseau ScD, and a host of others.

Will Teachers' Unions Reelect Trump?  During the next six weeks the nation's 51 million public school students, with the assistance of their parents, would normally be preparing for the next phase of their education.  This year, despite the absence of scientific data indicating that a return to in-person class attendance increases the risk that students or educators will contract COVID-19, the teachers' unions are resisting school reopening.  This flouts the will of parents whose taxes pay the teachers, disregards the failure of large-scale distance learning, and ignores the emotional damage children suffer pursuant to the social disruption that accompanies school closures.  According to a recent Gallup survey, a clear majority of parents want schools reopened.

Bob Hall Hosts Medical Townhall, Criticizes Abbott's Approach.  As Gov. Greg Abbott continues to enable local governments to enforce mask orders and impose other restrictions ostensibly engineered to contain the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, a lawmaker critical of those actions is seeking input from medical leaders and challenging his decision.  On Wednesday evening [7/15/2020], State Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) hosted a Facebook conversation with six Texas medical doctors, who all described the success they are having in early intervention medical treatments for COVID-19 patients.

Abbott Tells Republicans He Shares Frustrations Over Coronavirus Orders.  Amid growing frustration from conservative grassroots over his string of unilateral executive orders in response to the Chinese coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott defended his actions to Texas Republicans on Thursday [7/16/2020].  In the first recorded address on the first day of the Republican Party of Texas' virtual convention, Abbott acknowledged the frustration and defended his actions, specifically his recent statewide mask order.  "I know that many of you all are frustrated.  So am I," said Abbott. [...] On the Texas GOP's Facebook page, party activists were near unanimous in criticizing the governor.  "We knew Abbott is a tyrant, now we know that he is a liar, too," wrote Lubbock activist Jim Baxa.  "Funny Abbott had to use his video slot to try and convince us he believes in the Constitution," wrote True Texas Project's Julie McCarty.  "He would have been roundly booed at a live convention.  This is how he avoided it," said Jim Pikl, a conservative activist and attorney from Collin County.  "He also lied about what the Fifth Circuit held.  Sad."  The comments come as more and more counties across Texas pass resolutions censuring Abbott for his unilateral executive actions under the Chinese coronavirus emergency.  Convention delegates may also approve a legislative priority calling for the governor's emergency powers to be limited.

Jacksonville sheriff casts doubts on Republican convention.  The sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida, said he isn't sure his department has the money or the manpower to provide the Republican National Convention's security.  "As we're talking today, we are still not close to having some kind of plan that we can work with that makes me comfortable that we're going to keep that event and the community safe," Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams told Politico on Monday [7/20/2020].  The Republican Party selected Jacksonville at the last minute to host aspects of the 2020 iteration after Democratic leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, refused to guarantee a crowded gathering could take place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Jacksonville's program includes President Trump's acceptance of the nomination.

Reopening Schools and the Limits of Expertise.  The last thing you want to hear from your brain surgeon (aside from "Oops") is "Wow, I've always wanted to do one of these."  You'll feel a lot better hearing, "I've done 30 operations like this over the past month and published several articles about them."  Expertise like that is essential for brain surgery, building rockets, constructing skyscrapers, and much, much more.  Our modern world is built upon it.  We need such expert advice as we decide whether to open schools this fall, and we should turn to educators, physicians, and economists to get it.  But ultimately we, as citizens and the local officials we elect, should make the choices.

The murder rate is out of control in Chicago, but the mayor is worried about masks and six-foot spacing.
Lightfoot tightens regulations on bars, restaurants, gyms after COVID-19 spike among young people.  Mayor Lori Lightfoot wasn't messing around when she warned of a rollback if young people didn't stop their risky behavior.  Now, bars, restaurants, gyms and salons are paying the price.  With the 7-day "rolling average" of coronavirus cases now at 233 — up from 192 a week ago — Lightfoot on Monday authorized a series of "surgical steps" aimed at preventing an even broader retreat.

Mesh "Anti-mask" Masks:  A New Way of Protesting Mask Mandates.  A new form of protest is "taking the mask off" the establishment's coronavirus hysteria and exposing the absurdity behind mandatory mask-wearing.  Known in some circles as "anti-mask masks," these thin face masks are made of permeable materials such as mesh and marketed as having no protective qualities whatsoever against the spread of COVID-19.  The idea behind the masks is that the wearers are still allowed to enter public places that require masks, even though their particular choice of covering is no different than wearing no mask at all — highlighting the fact that mask mandates are largely more about compliance than actual public health.

Riding the COVID Wave, Non-citizen Flippy, at $3 an Hour, to Replace White Castle Workers.  Well, Flippy finally has a new job.  It was March when I reported on the burger-flipping kitchen worker, who does his job dutifully, never goes home, doesn't get sick or take bathroom breaks and won't unionize — and can be had for $3 an hour.  He's also a non-citizen who doesn't need a visa and doesn't care if you have a beef with his taking your job.  Flippy, you see, is a robot.  Buck Jordan, the chief executive of the company that birthed Flippy, Miso Robotics, had stated in February that the robot could appear widely in restaurants as soon as early 2021.  But now it appears that the COVID-19 pandemic has improved Miso's fortunes further, as there's a desire to reduce worker contact with restaurant victuals.  (While the chances of contracting the Wuhan coronavirus from food is low, there have been outbreaks affecting restaurant workers and patrons.)

Florida Health Officer Labels Motorcycle Crash Victim a Coronavirus Death.  An individual who was killed in a fatal motorcycle crash in Florida was recently listed as a COVID-19 death for the Sunshine State, according to a state health official.  The truth about the death was brought to light after FOX 35 News asked Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino whether the two individuals in their 20s who were listed as coronavirus deaths had any underlying conditions.

Doubts.  [Scroll down]  When did we start having doubts about the masks, that they were being used as a political emblem, rather than as simple and reliable devices to slow the spread of the virus?  From the very beginning.  But in the beginning that was a fringe-kookburger idea to have, even in an election year.  But now?  As possibilities go, it's unavoidable!  Liberals have made it abundantly clear they want the visual of masks masks masks... it's the only chance Biden has.  And oh by the way, these "Biden buttons" worn on the face may also retard the spread of the virus... possibly.  We wear our masks when they make sense, because the masks can be both.  We recognize non-mutual-exclusivity; it doesn't have to be all of one thing and none of another.  We want our grandmothers to live and we comprehend functional overlap.  We have doubts about the masks themselves.  We see something is wrong when "a mask" is what's being ordered upon us — no exceptions!  Don't even think about going out bare-faced or we'll report you!  And yet... a cloth mask is the same as N95 is the same as a surgical mask.  Not how it works at all.

Montreal police tackle and arrest man in Tim Hortons for not wearing a mask.  As masks become mandatory in Quebec, many are having a hard time adjusting to the new rules.  On Saturday afternoon, a man who refused to wear a mask was tackled to the ground and arrested by police in a Montreal Tim Hortons.  A video of the incident was posted on Facebook by user Sandra Bourgoin and has since gone viral.

How COVID-19 fatality reports are distorting the data on daily death rates.  Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, state governments and media outlets continue to publicize confusing, misleading data on the spread of the disease here, perpetuating fears that deaths from the virus are skyrocketing on a daily basis even as those fatalities are generally distributed across a period of days, weeks or even months.  At issue is how state health departments publicize daily reports of fatalities within the state's borders.  State health officials have for months been publishing two sets of mortality statistics:  deaths that occurred on the publication date in question, and deaths that have only recently been catalogued from state backlogs.

Epidemic Mask Theatre, Past and Present.  [Scroll down]  Here's another example that you've undoubtedly seen or experienced.  At your local grocery store, you are standing in a line that is several customers long.  Everyone's wearing masks, but still standing several feet apart.  When you finally get to the cashier, you observe that the mask she's wearing couldn't be looser, with large gaps between the cloth and her face that you could drive a Buick through.  But, in the unlikely event she's infected, somehow the mask might still prevent coronavirus-carrying, microscopic droplets of moisture from escaping her mouth to infect anyone else, we all suppose.  There's a clear acrylic barrier annoyingly placed between you and the cashier for some reason, so you move a foot or so to the right so you can comfortably communicate with her around it.  It's time to pay, so you look down at the card reader, and there's a thin layer of translucent plastic covering it (which looks suspiciously like the plastic food wrap from aisle 13), though you notice it hasn't been changed by anyone since the six customers before you used it, and you assume hasn't been changed for hours before that.  But you confidently insert your card and press the keys with your bare fingers, anyway, knowing that the barrier provided serves as some sort of protection from the invisible coronavirus that is potentially lurking on every surface that you touch.  You don't have to be a scientist to recognize that what I've described above are nothing more than useless symbolic rituals, and it's all practically ineffective at stopping coronavirus spread, just as a plague mask was practically ineffective is stopping the spread of plague.

Los Angeles mayor says city is 'on the brink' of declaring another stay-at-home order.  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday [7/19/2020] that Los Angeles is "on the brink" of another stay-at-home order.  Los Angeles County has seen a surge of cases recently, with new record high hospitalizations and infections.  The city has more than 150,000 cases.  "A lot of things went wrong," Garcetti said.  He pointed out that cases haven't increased as quickly in LA as in some cities, but said there is "no national leadership" in efforts to slow or stop the pandemic.  "It was politicized when it should have been unified."

Anti-mask protesters with armed militia stand up to BLM in Ohio: 'I will not wear someone else's fear'.  Hundreds of open-carrying anti-mask-mandate protesters congregated Saturday afternoon [7/18/2020] outside the Ohio Statehouse to display their displeasure with the state's mask mandate, but unlike Black Lives Matter protesters, they actually behaved themselves.  During the protest, there was reportedly no vandalism, no arson, no looting, no harassment and almost no violence, though one guy did reportedly try to throw a punch at someone, but he was quickly overpowered by police and hauled off to jail.

Here's what I saw in the first half of 2020.
1. China lied to everyone and infected the rest of the world with SARS-CoV-2.  President Trump restricted immigration and travel from China.
2. Joe Biden and other liberals asserted, without evidence, that the travel restrictions were xenophobic.
3. Trump listened to the experts, Drs.  Fauci and Birx.
4. Some talking head predicted 2.2 million Americans eventually dead.
5. The pandemic fatalities petered out in late June with 130k +/- deaths.  Hopefully they stop there.  Trump saved 2,060,000 to 2,070,000 lives.
6. Liberals asserted, without evidence, the Trump rally would be a super spreader event.
7. Liberals asserted, without evidence, that the "George Floyd protests" would not be.

Hillsdale College to hold in-person graduation in defiance of Dem Gov. Whitmer's coronavirus order.  A conservative college in Michigan is planning to hold an in-person graduation ceremony that could draw as many as 2,600 guests and students, in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Officials at Hillsdale College say they have notified county health officials of their plans to hold the in-person graduation over the weekend even as coronavirus cases rise in the area, reports noted.  In internal emails, county health officials criticized the college's plans, but noted that there was little the state could do to prevent the ceremony.

The 'Fatal Conceit' of Dr. Fauci.  ore than four months after abruptly saying goodbye to the daily life we once knew, Americans still live in a surreal and virus-induced dystopia.  Summer, essentially, has been canceled:  no big family weddings, no trips abroad, no open public beaches and pools, no baseball.  Tens of millions remain out of work while small businesses close up shop, permanently altering the landscape of big cities and small towns across the country.  Mini Gestapo populated by once-friendly neighbors police face coverings and six feet of separation.  Power-grabbing, attention-addicted governors hog local news cameras each day under the guise of "Coronavirus Update!" to riff about their keen abilities to fight a virus or spew invective at Donald Trump or issue another decree to inflict further misery upon their willing subjects.  As school children and their parents anxiously check email boxes for any update about the fall semester and working parents with small children are scrambling to develop backup plans for online learning, Democrats are pushing hard to keep kids and teachers at home — at least until Election Day.

Are the state-led pandemic shutdowns a trial run for the Green New Deal?  Consider it a warning.  Meaning to get where they want, when the Green New Deal gets going, whether in 2021, 2025 or whenever Democrats reclaim the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress will require even greater restrictions on the economy and liberty.  It will be a tyranny the likes of which has never been seen in human history.

Filings show all but five political donations from CDC employees since 2015 have gone to Democrats.  The majority of political contributions made by employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2015 have gone to Democratic candidates or causes, federal election records show.  Donors who list the CDC as their employer have made more than 8,000 contributions totaling over $285,000 to various political campaigns or organizations.  An analysis by the Daily Caller News Foundation found only five contributions were sent to a Republican political action committee or candidate, totaling just over $1,000.  Only three people donated to President Trump's 2016 campaign.

Coronavirus good news for a change.  [Scroll down]  I roughly estimate the following: for August, 5.4%; September, 4.0%; October, 2.1%.  On the day you go to the polls to vote for either Orange Man or Senator Senex, by my estimate, 62% of the country will be immune to COVID-19, which is close to herd immunity.  The pandemic will be long gone everywhere except in the lying media and in the hearts of the mask fascists and those afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

A modern day parable:  Living during malignant mask madness.  [Scroll down]  As a buffoonish example of how medical "community" (the new buzz definition) Dr. Fauci, 79-year old with a medical degree and a bureaucrat's job has opined within four months that masks should be worn, and also not worn.  Over four months he has changed his opinion.  He supposedly ran tests via the scientific method during this period?  Of course not.  Then we get television M.D. stars like Dr. Oz (the wizard of Oz?) telling us we must wear then for everyone's protection.  When did he run his tests?  Between T.V. spots?  Of course, he has "experts" like Sean Hannity to support him because Sean says he wants to protect "granny."

Over 3,000 Cases Removed From COVID+ Count After San Antonio Health Dept Labeled Them As "Probable".  From NBC 4 San Antonio:  "Right now there's a discrepancy in the numbers reported by Metro Health and those reported by the State Health Department.  The State Health Department has removed more than 3,000 cases classified as 'probable' from the Bexar County and state totals, which puts our local cases at over 17,000.  Those are cases confirmed with 'antigen' or mouth swab tests."  Nothing to see here, folks, just another case of a state reporting "probable" cases as "positive" cases.  Texas had to remove 3,484 "probable/positive" cases because these cases only had the antigen.  Not all cities in Texas use the antigen test since its approval in May, and Texas wants Apples-Apples comparison between its cities.

HCQ usage by country
Hydroxychloroquine: The One Chart You Need To See.  With conflicting reports over the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in treating COVID-19, and large-scale studies pending, it would be really great to have a 10,000-foot view of everything we know about the anti-malaria drug that a host of doctors swear by — and which has been standard treatment protocol in some countries but not others.  To that end, Twitter user Gummi Bear has conducted a 'deep dive' into virtually everything we know about HCQ — which starts with this must-see chart comparing country-level case-fatality rates (CFR) by HCQ use.


Unmitigated propaganda:
Gov. Cuomo Launches 'Mask Up America' Campaign.  The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, launched a "mask up" campaign featuring the likes of actors Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro on Thursday, with the aim of pushing people to wear face coverings amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The campaign, entitled "Mask Up America," comprises of eight videos, two of which were released on Thursday.  Directed by Oscar-winning director Katheryn Bigelow, the videos include prominent celebrities Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Jamie Foxx, Jeffrey Wright, and others preaching the importance of wearing a mask.

Dr. Samadi Says Fauci Appearing On Magazine Cover Is 'Not Appropriate' During Pandemic.  Dr. David Samadi, the director of Men's Health at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York, joined the Daily Caller's Stephanie Hamill to discuss the effort to reopen schools, mask mandates and Dr. Anthony Fauci's latest magazine spread.  "I think it's not appropriate for him right now to be posing for the cover of a magazine," said Samadi.  "This is not a celebrity contest, the lives of a lot of people are at stake, millions of jobs have been lost, many families have been affected."  Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, invited photographers into his home for a photo shoot for InStyle magazine for a "special digital cover," according to reports.

Now We Have Proof Dr. Fauci [...] Can't Be Trusted.  According to a recent poll, two-thirds of voters trust Dr. Anthony Fauci, not President Trump, when it comes to information on the coronavirus.  Well, if you think you can trust Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, you now have every reason to question his judgment.  In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Dr. Fauci, the trusted expert, actually lauded New York's response to the coronavirus.  "We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases.  We have done it.  We have done it in New York," he told PBS's Judy Woodruff.  "New York got hit worse than any place in the world.  And they did it correctly."  I used to have faith in Dr. Fauci's judgement, but that faith has waned over the past few months, and is now completely gone.  How exactly does anyone look at what happened in New York and say that's a model example for fighting the coronavirus?

Fauci holds up New York as model for fighting coronavirus — 'They did it correctly'.  White House health advisor Anthony Fauci has praised New York for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state responded "correctly" to bring its outbreak under control.  "We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases.  We have done it.  We have done it in New York," Fauci said in an interview with "PBS NewsHour" that aired Friday evening [7/17/2020].  "New York got hit worse than any place in the world.  And they did it correctly by doing the things that you're talking about," he continued.  New York was once the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States with more than 10,000 new cases a day during its peak outbreak in April.  The state has dramatically reduced daily new infections to 776 as of Thursday.

Fauci: Cuomo Did a Great Job Killing 6,400+ Nursing Home Residents.  I'm not a Fauci hater.  As regular readers know.  I think he's a perfectly typical representative of the expert class with a pretty good bedside manner.  And like most of the expert class, he's failed badly in the face of the virus.  But I don't see that as a personal failing.  It's, as Marxists would say, a failure of his class.  The same failure that helped bring on much of the coronavirus death toll.  So of course Fauci happily praises New York.  As Governor Cuomo, who killed thousands of nursing home patients by forcing nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients, keeps saying, he follows the science.  Not actual science, but whatever nonsense the expert class pushed out there.  That included the false claim that unless we got everyone out of hospitals, coronavirus patients would be dying in hallways.  So instead, 6,400 New York nursing home residents died of coronavirus in the homes, and countless more died in hospitals because Cuomo's science-based regime doesn't count nursing home patients dying in hospitals.

Dr. Fauci's latest lie is HUGE, and easily debunked.  According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, New York handled the coronavirus "correctly."  Yes, the state with by far the most COVID-19 cases and deaths is being vaunted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director as having most properly handled the pandemic.  It doesn't take mental gymnastics for him to come to this conclusion.  It just requires a nefarious agenda and a willingness to tell bald-faced lies in hopes that we're all just too simple-minded to look at the facts ourselves.  Sadly, he may be correct.  Too many Americans rely on mainstream media promoting Fauci's agenda through their propaganda.  When he makes statements like he made yesterday, alarm bells should be going off ubiquitously.  Instead, the vast majority of people are taking him at his word and dismissing critical analysis.

It's Time to Shame the COVID-19 Liars.  They are everywhere!  From Dr. Anthony Fauci slyly working yet another media opportunity to the nursing assistants in my friend's doctor's office to the members of the newly formed Hysterical Church of Karen on social media.  They seek to manipulate or have been manipulated everywhere they turn, and in every direction that they look.  They are the ones who need to stop.  They need to read more, dig deeper, and attempt to do some critical comparison in their thinking process.  If after doing those things they still have reasons to keep their kids out of school, stay at home out of circulation, and demand that all in their households wear masks indoors and outdoors then they can choose to do so.

Guess How Much Money the WHO Spent to Fix Their Public Image.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has botched the entire Wuhan coronavirus saga from the beginning.  Taiwan attempted to alert the WHO about the pandemic that is now wreaking havoc on the world.  Instead, the WHO looked the other way.  The organization continually parrotted the Chinese Communist Party's talking points, particularly that the Wuhan coronavirus was not transmitted from human-to-human.  To make matters worse, President Xi Jinping personally asked Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to delay publishing vital information about the Wuhan coronavirus.  While the Center for Disease Control was recommending people wear masks, the WHO had completely different recommendations, saying only those who are sick or treating someone with coronavirus should wear a mask.  Less than a week later, the WHO told people everyone should wear a mask.

Can a Whole Country Go Mad?  The other day I was watching TV.  (We're quarantined.  Sometimes there is little else to do.)  In any case, in the mindless surfing that approaches an altered state, I saw an ad that left me nearly apoplectic.  It consisted of a series of faces covered by masks of all types and sizes.  The voice-over repeated like the peeling of bells over St. Patrick's Cathedral on Easter:  "This is not a mask.  This is not a mask.  This is not a mask.  This is solidarity."  It propelled me off the couch.  I screamed, "IT'S A MASK."  It's a mask that we would not have been allowed to wear into a bank or a federal or state office or municipal office a mere three months ago.  It's a mask.  It's a mask.  It's a mask.  Like a man condemned to psychological torture in the Gulag, I started to recount all the lies we were being told under the guise of erudition and belonging.

Coronavirus: Why everyone was wrong.  The coronavirus is slowly retreating.  What actually happened in the past few weeks?  The experts have missed basic connections.  The immune response against the virus is much stronger than we thought.

Until We Have Faces:  The American Niqaab.  [Scroll down]  This is a harbinger of a few things that are deeply troubling to me, and should be to you.  Because despite the fact that fewer people have become ill in this pandemic than during an average flu season, and despite the medical data that show not only the futility of a rag over the face but the potential harm, and despite the fact that herd immunity suffers from artificial "flattening of the curve," people are persisting in the illusion that a facial covering can make them safe.  Why is the left so adamant about masks?  Is it a delusion about safety?  Is it something more insidious?  I think it may be both.

On WuFlu Masks.  As the Nazi Party grew more powerful, they required Jewish people to sew large yellow Star of David emblems on their outer garments.  This mask nonsense is in the same vein.  An N95 mask has a pore size of 300 nanometers — it will NOT reliably stop a virus particle that is smaller than that (the COVID-19 particle is 125 nanometers — barely 1/3 the size.)  It doesn't get any simpler than that. [...] Slowing the spread of the virus among the asymptomatic hampers the building of herd immunity, what virologists and epidemiologists of any integrity will readily admit is the ONLY way a respiratory virus is rendered inert.  And maybe that, concomitant with the psychological manipulation of constant fear mongering (frightened people are easiest to control), is the real intent.  As for claims to the contrary, where are the data that support that?  How has that data been analyzed and has it been subjected to peer-review?  In general, people shouldn't take medical advice from a politician or career bureaucrat, nor accept offhand remarks as credible.  If someone wants to carry around a rabbit's foot for good luck, be my guest.  But don't prosecute those who don't buy into superstition.

Walmart, Kroger weigh in on national debate:  Here is how your next shopping trip will be different.  Two of the country's largest retailers have jumped feet first into the national debate on face masks.  Both Walmart and Kroger have decided that all customers must wear a face mask in order to shop in their stores, regardless of local mandates.  It doesn't matter if your town doesn't require face masks in public if you are headed out to Walmart or Kroger, grab one on your way out the door.  Lots of local stores have put the policy into place, this is not anything new for them.  This is news because this is a nationwide mandate for customers.  It's a blanket, one-size-fits-all approach that overrides local government. [...] The face mask wars are real.  The issue has been politicized and it is absolutely a 2020 kind of craziness.  Wear one, don't wear one, it's your choice because you accept the risks involved with your decision.  And, we all remember how opinions have changed from the beginning of the pandemic when the CDC, Dr. Fauci, the Surgeon General, and every 'expert' around was telling us that wearing a mask wasn't necessary to mitigate the outbreak.

Georgia governor sues Atlanta mayor for defying order ending mask mandates.  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is suing Atlanta's mayor after she defied his order that revoked mask mandates.  Kemp filed a lawsuit against the state's capital city Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday for defying his earlier order eliminating mask mandates and pulling the city back to "phase one" of coronavirus restrictions.  "This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times.  These men and women are doing their very best to put food on the table for their families while local elected officials shutter businesses and undermine economic growth," Kemp said in a social media post on the lawsuit.

Data expert Justin Hart breaks down hospitalization data from a major San Diego hospital.  Data expert Justin Hart has been closely following the numbers from all over the country, especially here in San Diego County.  Hart is sure that the numbers show the virus is not as deadly as the mainstream media reports, and uses the data to prove his point.  Hospitals around the country and here in San Diego are reporting their ICU beds are over 90% capacity, but when you look at the data, most of the people in ICU are not COVID patients.

Regarding the Wuhan virus, if you think you're being lied to, you're right.  Ever since the Wuhan virus appeared on the scene, Americans have been bombarded with information, misinformation, re-information, and disinformation.  In the beginning, this information soup was understandable, given that the virus was new.  For that reason, many communities agreed to be shut down for a couple of weeks "to flatten the curve."  Since those murky beginnings, though, we've learned a lot about the virus, including how to treat it and how to protect the elderly, making it significantly less lethal.  Still, politicians — usually Democrats — are using the virus as an excuse to achieve non-virus goals.  For example, they're pushing for more government handouts and dependency, a weakened economy favorable to Biden, mail-in voting, and limited religious worship. [...] What's starting to leak out, though, is that these new data about rising cases and deaths are being manipulated, whether intentionally or accidentally.  This is especially true for data coming from Florida and Texas, two states that seemed to be handling the virus successfully without destroying their economies.

Media Should Do a Mea Culpa as French Analysis Offers a Stunning Observation About Hydroxychloroquine Use.  We have been told repeatedly by health experts to demonstrate the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine and the other meds prescribed with it we need strict clinical trials.  These are studies where some patients receive medication, and some do not.  For many healthcare providers, this is a noxious thought if there is evidence to believe a treatment may work.  How do you ethically deny a potential treatment to an eligible patient to conduct a study?  So-called double-blind studies described above are the preferred method advocated by Dr. Fauci.  These double-blind studies allow people to die in the name of "science" if a drug is effective.  They are in the "control group."  There are ethical issues with this approach that researches at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center addressed with a new concurrent trial based on machine learning developed following the H1N1 pandemic.  This method has been ignored by the NIH and FDA approval processes.

The Science Is Very Clear:  Schools Should Reopen This Fall.  Progressives like to brag that they prize science over politics.  Indeed, it's a major talking point in their effort to "transform" America from the greatest nation on Earth to, well, something else.  But one look at the debate over reopening schools this fall shows just how absurd that assertion really is.  Los Angeles, home to the nation's second-largest school district, is a case in point.  The city has long been governed by far-left Democrats, to its detriment.  But the local teachers' union really takes the cake when it comes to extremist positions on COVID-19 and school closures.

Teachers are so worried about returning to school that they're preparing wills.  Back-to-school is looking a little different for many teachers nationwide this year, as they grapple with returning to their classrooms amid a pandemic.  Added to their list of concerns:  Death. [...] Her comment comes after the Orange County Board of Education voted this week to return children to schools without face masks or social distancing, despite a surge in coronavirus cases and more than 7,000 Covid-19 deaths in the state.

The Editor says...
The teachers are at far greater risk from the violent hoodlums in the classrooms than from any germs in the air.

Texas health officials remove over 3,000 'probable' coronavirus cases from overall count.  Texas health officials removed more than 3,000 reported coronavirus cases from an overall count after "probable" cases for people who were never tested were counted as confirmed.  "Since we report confirmed cases on our dashboard, we have removed 3,484 previously reported probable cases from the statewide and Bexar County totals," Chris Van Deusen, a spokesman for the state health agency, said to the Austin American-Statesman.  "The State of Texas today had to remove 3,484 cases from its Covid-19 positive case count, because the San Antonio Health Department was reporting 'probable' cases for people never actually tested, as 'confirmed' positive cases.- TDHS," Fox 4 Dallas Evening News anchor Steve Eagar tweeted Wednesday [7/15/2020].  "What other departments make this same mistake?"

11th San Quentin inmate's death tied to COVID-19.  San Quentin inmate Jeffrey Hawkins, who was sentenced to death in two Sacramento County murders in 1987, died Wednesday at an outside hospital of complications from COVID-19, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  Hawkins, 64, is the 11th inmate at San Quentin whose death has been linked to COVID-19.  Across California, 37 state prison inmates with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have died, according to the CDCR website tracking illnesses and deaths related to the pandemic.

What the Media Won't Tell You About the United States' Coronavirus Case Fatality Rate.  Without fail, the media seems intent on making America out to be the lone failure in the world in the battle against the coronavirus.  Many media outlets have described the United States as "losing the war" against the coronavirus because of the number of cases keeps going up.  Axios, for example created a chart show that if all coronavirus patients (confirmed cases) were a city, it would be the third-largest city in the country.  The recent trend of the media to focus on the total number of cases seems to be a result of the recent spike cases that failed to produce a similar spike in deaths.  So far, we've only just seen a small bump in fatalities, and there is evidence that data dumps of backlogged data could be inflating those numbers.

Georgia's Republican Governor Suspends All Local Mask Mandates, "Unenforceable".  Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp suspended all local mask mandates in an executive order on Wednesday [7/15/2020]. Kemp overruled all local governments that issued an unconstitutional, mandatory mask 'law.' [...] Last week Kemp blasted Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' executive order mandating face masks in public.

Georgia Governor Kemp Issues Order Banning All Local Mask Mandates.  Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Wednesday prohibiting local municipalities from establishing mask mandates for people who go out in public.  His order prevents any municipality from enforcing a mask order that is more restrictive than the one at the state level, The Hill reported.  The order nullifies more than 15 mandates that have already been issued by local governments throughout the state, according to The Associated Press.  Instead of a mask mandate, the state order says that masks are "strongly encouraged," except when eating, drinking or exercising, according to The Hill.  "Previous executive orders — and now this order — state no local action can be more or less restrictive than ours.  We have explained that local mask mandates are unenforceable.  The Governor continues to strongly encourage Georgians to wear masks in public," said Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for Kemp, The Hill reported.

A permanent state of emergency, disguised as a series of small extensions:
Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan emergency declaration until Aug. 12.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday extended her COVID-19 emergency and disaster declaration.  The extension will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 11.  Executive Order (EO) 2020-151 marks the third time Whitmer has extended the declaration since EO 2020-4, issued on March 10.  Whitmer's subsequent EO 2020-67 and EO 2020-68, issued April 30, also extended her emergency and disaster declarations, but were challenged by the state legislature.  The Michigan Court of Claims ruled on May 21 that the governor possessed the authority to issue EO 2020-67 under the state's Emergency Powers Act but lacked the authority to issue EO 2020-68 under Michigan's Emergency Management Act.  Both rulings are under appeal, and oral arguments are scheduled for August.

Take a wild guess
Why the push to shut down Florida?


It's just a mask.  [Thread reader] It's just six feet.  It's just two weeks.  It's just for non essential businesses.  It's just for non essential employees.  It's just a bar.  It's just a restaurant.  It's just a salon.  It's just to not overwhelm hospitals.  It's just until the cases go down.  It's just to flatten the curve.  It's just a few inmates.  It's just to keep others from being infected.  It's just a few more weeks.  It's just church.  It's just until we get a vaccine.  It's just an app.  It's just for tracing.  It's just to let people know you have no temperature.  It's just so others know who you've been in contact with.  It's just a few more months.  It's just a few more inmates.  It's just for large gatherings.  It's just until the clinical trials are complete.  It's just an account.  It's just to prevent hateful speech.  It's just to stop hateful content.  [...] It's just to protect the children.  It's just a little fine.  It's just to prevent a spike.  It's just to achieve distancing.  It's just some skewed statistics.  It's just a few places that won't take currency.  It's just so people can safely vote.

Florida Labs Acknowledge "Major Errors" After Reporting Positivity Rates Of 100%.  Florida health officials left COVID-19 trackers slackjawed on Sunday [7/15/2020] when it reported more than 15k new infections in just 24 hours on Sunday (the data were gleaned from the prior day).  But as hospitalizations surge, questions have grown about whether the state is still trying to 'juke' its data, something that a now infamous whistleblower alleged before she was fired (she has since started her own COVID-19 data portal relying on public info).  Journalists scouring the reams of daily data for discrepancies have apparently happened upon bombshell they had been hoping for:  Orlando Health has just confirmed that some of the data it shared over the weekend were wrong, after journalists reported more than 50 labs showing 100% positivity rate, or roughly around there.  One local Fox affiliate looked into the numbers and contacted a few of the labs to confirm that their internal data matched the public data released by the state.  As it turned out, some of these discrepancies were pretty extreme:  Orlando Health, one of the organizations contacted by Fox, confirmed that it's positivity rate was actually 9.8%, not the 98% that had been reported to the state.

Are Face Masks & COVID Rituals Occultist Symbols For Submission?  For the past few weeks, I have been trying to figure out the reason behind the mandating of face masks that are ramping up even as the deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic have wanned [sic].  Since there is no logic to it, could it possibly be something else more sinister?  As with everything you see, read, hear, or are commanded to do; use your discernment.  Some will think this is crazy, but as we know, the people who are trying to take over the world to create a New World Order are Luciferian occultists, and they believe this stuff, whether you do or not.  I don't know how much stock to put in this, but again, use your own critical thinking skills and discernment and see if any of this information resonates with you.

Our Insidious New Normal.  Four months into our national coronavirus hysteria, the media's appetite for scare-graphs, doomsday headlines, and wild predictions of death and destruction continues unabated. [...] So far, 135,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 — allegedly.  That is a minuscule portion of the total population:  roughly .04 percent.  What percentage of these actually had respiratory symptoms or died from other causes is unclear.  What is clear is that America saw a short-lived and moderate spike in excess deaths in April.  The normal average of 58,000 deaths per week in April jumped to 78,000 before rapidly restabilizing in mid-May.  It isn't clear that the lockdowns or mask mandates actually saved any lives.  Sweden, which never locked down, followed a similar trajectory of excess deaths as the rest of the West.  Perhaps nature is merely mocking our efforts.  It would not be the first time.  Regardless, in a country where 3 million people die every year, 130,000 deaths is not an apocalypse.  Would the average American have noticed a 4 percent change in overall mortality without media fanfare?  Probably not.  At present, the country is in limbo.  When does all this end?  When we have a vaccine?  When there are zero deaths?  If so, this "pandemic" could last for years.

Time is Running Out for Coronavirus Course Correction.  Let's begin with a fact that undoubtedly contradicts the hysterics that you've routinely heard about the viral pandemic of 2020 — COVID-19 is anything but an indiscriminate killer of those infected by it.  A new study, released by the CDC on July 10, finds that the median age of death where COVID-19 is involved is 78. [...] Here's the first of a few inconvenient yet undeniable truths.  Half of the deaths attributed to COVID-19 have occurred among less than seven percent of the population, and the other half occurred among the other 93 percent of the population.  Already, we have a pretty good idea as to who is most at risk when it comes to the risks of infection.  But we can actually demographically narrow down COVID-19 victims much more closely than that.  Not only are those dying with COVID-19 often quite old, but they're usually very unhealthy as well.

A Pandemic of Democrat Proportions.  [T]he U.S. response to the Wuhan coronavirus has been gratuitously overblown.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current infection fatality rate for the virus is less than 0.26%.  The inordinate response to the virus resulted in the contraction of a once robust economy by 5% during the first quarter of 2020 thus ending the longest period of economic expansion in our nation's history.  An unemployment rate under 4%, the best in half a century, jumped to over 13% in a matter of weeks. [...] Never have so few done so much to debilitate so many Americans.  The medical "experts" issued frequent contradictory and increasingly draconian guidelines adding to the prevailing fear.  Don't wear a mask.  Wear a mask.  Go to the grocery store; but, don't go to church.  Protest, riot, loot, shoot, burn and run rampant through the streets of cities; but, don't go to school.  No swimming, fishing, commuting, traveling, working, eating out, going to bars, partying or sunbathing until a vaccine is developed.  Stay in your homes.  Socially distance.  Eat "contact free" pizza and tacos.  Be together alone.  Don't pay your bills.  Go bankrupt.  Do your part because we're all in this together!

Anthony Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on:  Peter Navarro.  Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.  In late January, when I was making the case on behalf of the president to take down the flights from China, Fauci fought against the president's courageous decision — which might well have saved hundreds of thousands of American lives.  When I warned in late January in a memo of a possibly deadly pandemic, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was telling the news media not to worry.  When I was working feverishly on behalf of the president in February to help engineer the fastest industrial mobilization of the health care sector in our history, Fauci was still telling the public the China virus was low risk.  When we were building new mask capacity in record time, Fauci was flip-flopping on the use of masks.

Peter Navarro just said what many people were thinking.  White House economic adviser Peter Navarro broke from the administration on Wednesday and released an opinion article criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has been advising President Trump throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  In the article, Navarro alleges that Fauci has been wrong about almost everything, and he urges people to treat Fauci's advice with skepticism.  Navarro's approach deserves criticism.  He went behind the White House's back and published this piece without the president's approval, according to White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah.  In doing so, he created a faux rift between Trump and Fauci that shouldn't be there.  But the truth is that Navarro just said what many people in the United States have been thinking:  Can we trust the health experts?  Fauci is certainly qualified, and I believe he has the best intentions.  But he has been wrong about several things throughout this crisis, as have many other leading experts we trust to guide our policy decisions.

OSHA Covering Up Face Mask Danger?  Why hasn't US Occupational Safety and Health Administration bothered to do any testing on the potential negative effects of mandatory workplace face masks?  An increasing number of individuals have tested C02 level build-up inside masks using OSHA-approved equipment and the results have been concerning.  Why doesn't OSHA take the time to either disprove or confirm whether it is safe for face masks to be mandated on workers?  Plus in today's program:  corruption in Covid testing across the country and another look at the big hype over new "cases" in Texas and Florida.  [Video clip]

Mask mandates are a public health menace.  Contracting COVID can be fatal or debilitating for the elderly, immune-compromised and physically challenged.  But there is no catastrophic public health emergency justifying sweeping government orders and ordinances that would force healthy citizens to wear masks in an increasingly oppressive climate of manufactured fear — completely untethered from pragmatic realities and risk assessments.  According to the federal government's own COVID-19 data, 120,675 deaths in America have been tied to the virus.  Tracked weekly by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, fatalities peaked on April 18, 2020, with 16,897 succumbing to the disease.  (Keep in mind that many medical whistleblowers have reported that these statistics are inflated by including "COVID"-related deaths uncorroborated by lab results and also by including patients who died with COVID infections, but not necessarily, from the virus itself.)  In the 12 weeks since April 18, as states have reopened and protests (or riots) of all kinds have brought tens of thousands of people in close contact, deaths have fallen precipitously.  For the week of July 11, 2020, guess how many deaths were attributed to the virus?  181.

Maybe the media should do their job and fact check people like Fauci instead of just repeating what they are told.  In [January] WHO and others said COVID-19 would not spread human to human.  In Jan., Feb., and early March, Fauci, the CDC, most of the media, and other Democrats said the virus wasn't very dangerous in the U.S.  In late Jan., Trump put a travel ban on China, and he was widely criticized by the experts, Democrats, and most of the media.  They called it an overreaction and called Trump racist and xenophobic, which is what they have called Trump for four years.  In early March, the CDC, Fauci, the NIH, and others said don't wear face masks.  On March 9, Fauci said it was OK to go on cruise ships.  Then, suddenly, on March 13, Fauci and the CDC made up numbers and said millions would die and hundreds of millions would get the disease.  There was no science to support this. [...] After months of saying COVID-19 would pass easily on surfaces, they said never mind.  Essentially, they just made it up, just like making up the original modeling numbers.

Sunbelt Covid 'Spike' - Just A Lot Of Hot Air?  The scare headlines are screaming: record spike in "cases" in Arizona, Texas, and Florida!  Other states are mandating face masks even where deaths and the death rate continues to decline.  New York City has for the first time since March reported zero Covid deaths.  So, is there anything to this "spike" in the Sun Belt?  Is the hype justified?  [Video clip]

Citizens Forced to Breathe Deadly Climate Change Gas.  You may recall that back in 2009 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) went on record as designating carbon dioxide (CO2) as a pollutant that was contributing to manmade climate change. [...] Of course humans exhale CO2 as a natural part of the respiratory process.  People need a constant flow of fresh air for proper brain function and for our immune system to operate optimally.  But now we're seeing a massive push to mandate mask wearing allegedly due to Covid-19.  Way back in March of this year the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were on record saying masks should only be worn by people who were around sick people.  Healthy people didn't need to wear masks.  But all that has changed.

Locking America Down Again Is Exactly What China Wants Because It Will Ruin Us.  The governors of Texas and California, the nation's two most populous states, recently reimposed coronavirus lockdowns despite falling death rates and health-care capacity far beyond hospitalization rates.  Numerous other governors have delayed reopenings or reversed them in similar situations.  Lockdowns are not necessary to prevent coronavirus deaths, since the current capacity for treating cases is far above what is needed and people are going to get this disease until there's a cure.  Further, lockdowns accelerate systemic weaknesses such as our national debt, poor education, large numbers of working-age men who do not work, failure to pay for decades of overspending at both the national and state levels, tendency to bail out corrupt institutions such as schools, big business, and hospitals, and bloated health care system.

In the Face of COVID-19, We're Not Acting at All Like Americans.  What are we gonna do?  Are we gonna keep going back and forth?  We're gonna open up and then we're gonna shut down a little bit, then we're gonna open back up, then we're gonna shut down.  Do you realize this is gonna be a cycle in California at least until November 3rd or at least until there's a vaccine?  We can't live this way.  We can't do this.  This is not who we are. [...] We're not acting at all like Americans.  Some of us are, don't misunderstand.  But we're not cowards.  We don't retreat.  We don't find the nearest corner to curl up in and cower away from things.  We don't look for excuses for inaction.  We don't look for excuses for status quo failure.  We're Americans.  We beat back every enemy we have faced.  And we have been fearless in confronting every enemy we have faced, in large part, because every enemy has come after us.  Every enemy.  I don't care if you want to talk about Hitler in World War II, the Japanese in World War II, the so-called Korean Conflict, whatever it is we came together and triumphed.  This is missing.

Masks Are Neither Effective Nor Safe:  A Summary Of The Science.  Masks are proven ineffective against coronavirus and potentially harmful to healthy people and those with pre-existing conditions.  My wife and I dined out last night in a very empty restaurant and the young waitress was required to wear a cloth mask.  I asked her how she was doing with the mask and if there were any side effects.  She related that was consistently short of breath (when away from the table, she lowered the mask below her nose) and that she had actually passed out because of it a few days earlier, taking her straight to the floor. [...] The purpose of this paper is to examine data regarding the effectiveness of facemasks, as well as safety data.  The reason that both are examined in one paper is that for the general public as a whole, as well as for every individual, a risk-benefit analysis is necessary to guide decisions on if and when to wear a mask.

German study finds no evidence coronavirus spreads in schools.  Schools do not play a major role in spreading the coronavirus, according to the results of a German study released on Monday [7/13/2020].  The study, the largest carried out on schoolchildren and teachers in Germany, found traces of the virus in fewer than 1 percent of teachers and children.  Scientists from Dresden Technical University said they believe children may act as a "brake" on chains of infection.  Prof Reinhard Berner, the head of pediatric medicine at Dresden University Hospital and leader of the study, said the results suggested the virus does not spread easily in schools.

Perspective: St. Louis Has 159 Coronavirus Deaths, 125 Homicides and 50 Children Shot So Far This Year.  St. Louis has seen 159 coronavirus deaths so far this year.  St. Louis has seen 125 homicides so far this year.  And 50 children were shot in St. Louis so far this year.  If coronavirus continue to trend downward as they have in every country after around two months of pandemic then homicides will soon pass the number of coronavirus deaths in the city.

Second Wave Myth:  South Dakota Reports No Surge In New Cases Amid Residents Gathering By The Thousands to Celebrate 4th Of July.  South Dakota has just reported there was no surge in cases after residents gathered by the thousands in huge parties to celebrate Independence Day.  This is coming after mountains of data show the hospitalization and death rates for Coronavirus have been plummeting.  Hopefully this evidence America can safely open up will make it to Washington, D.C. and if not there then other state and local governments so we can get our economy moving again and stop drug overdoses, child starvation, and suicides, in addition to domestic abuse.

Celebrate: Navarro Op-Ed Signals White House Break With Fauci.  Peter Navarro, the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy for President Donald Trump, grew weary of Dr. Anthony Fauci's grandstanding and chronic flip-flopping in public long ago.  Back in April, Axios reported on a confrontation Navarro had with the little menace to American society during a Coronavirus Task Force meeting at the White House: [...] Yesterday [7/14/2020], in response to Fauci's continuing efforts to undermine national policy in his myriad media appearances, Navarro penned a sterling op-ed for USA Today.  As is his habit, Navarro is devastatingly succinct and precise in laying out the many reasons why Fauci deserves to be ignored in the nation's ongoing efforts to effectively deal with the Wuhan Virus pandemic.

Illinois Costco shopper spits in man's face for removing mask while exiting store: police.  A woman who claimed to be a teacher assaulted a man and spat in his face when he took his mask off while exiting a Costco store in Illinois, police said.  Elizabeth Mach, 45, allegedly approached a 50-year-old man after he removed his face covering while leaving a Costco store in Mettawa in Lake County, on June 16, the Sheriff's Office announced Thursday [7/9/2020].

Mask Shamer Crashes Into Man's Shopping Cart and Spits In His Face - And Claims She Has COVID.  There are so many things wrong with the alleged spit-taker's actions in this story. [...] It sounds like he'd had his receipt checked and was exiting the warehouse store when Mach rammed his cart.  That was her first mistake.  She then, according to the report, goes into 2020 freakout mode on him.  "I am a schoolteacher and I have COVID-19," Mach allegedly told him, before taking her mask off and spitting in the man's face, police said.  She left the store, but was later identified by police, who arrested her on Wednesday [7/8/2020].  Claim of superior virtue — "I am a schoolteacher" — followed by brandishing of weapon — "I have COVID-19."  Followed by a potential assault with a deadly weapon — her saliva bearing a deadly virus.  She also violated social distancing and took off her own mask to shout and spit... in the name of shaming someone else for taking off his mask a few feet earlier than she would have liked.  Question:  Should someone with COVID be shopping at Costco or anywhere else?  Mask or no mask?  If Mach knew she had COVID and was out shopping, well, that's a problem.

Stanford Doctor: 'Anyone Who Prioritizes Children Would Reopen The Schools'.  Dr. Scott Atlas said it "feel(s) like I'm living in a Kafka novel" when watching politicians' "hysteria" against school reopening, in an TV interview Monday [7/13/2020] with Martha MacCallum.  According to the renowned doctor, school closings severely damage children's' development and generate next to no gains for public health.  "I'm not sure how many times it has to be said, but the risk to children for this disease, for fatalities, is nearly zero.  I mean, this is totally antithetical to the data," he said.  Atlas is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a health-care expert, and former professor and chief of neuroradiology at the Stanford University Medical Center.

The Shameless Gaslighting by Andrew Cuomo's Defenders.  On March 25, New York governor Andrew Cuomo made one of deadliest mistakes of the coronavirus crisis, signing an executive order forcing nursing homes in his state to accept patients who tested positive for coronavirus.  Around 4,800 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 in those nursing homes from March to May — approximately 25 percent of all fatalities in the state.  Many medical professionals opposed the policy.  A report by ProPublica, certainly no right-wing outlet, found that deaths had spiked after Cuomo's order.  States issuing similar policies — Michigan and New Jersey — saw similar disasters unfold.  By any standard, the New York tristate area's numbers are the worst in the country.  By most measures, the numbers are some of the worst in the world.

Fake news!
Did the [New York] Times Print an Urban Legend?  This week, the Times brings us a story from Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.  The headline is:  "Texas Hospital Says Man, 30, Died After Attending a 'Covid Party,'" and what we get is a story with one source. [...] It's a morality tale, really.  Don't believe it's a hoax!  Or that you aren't at risk because you are young!  Maybe don't live in a bad red state where they aren't taking COVID seriously, or go to these parties.  The only thing missing was a MAGA hat and a rueful dying admission, "I shouldn't have trusted Trump or my Republican governor!"  But, as I read the story originally earlier this week, I realized the details didn't quite add up.  If you believe COVID is a hoax, why would you attend a "Covid Party?"  And, in a pandemic for an airborne disease, aren't all parties potentially COVID parties?  Chicken pox parties were aimed at spreading a local infection purposely to younger children who have milder cases.  People don't hold them because they are skeptics.  Something doesn't make sense.

CNN'S S.E. Cupp Lectures on Masks at Beaches, Then Posts Beach Selfie Without One.  The Never-Trump Republican who's had a contentious relationship with the party over her support for gay marriage and continuing foreign wars used her CNN show S.E. Cupp:  Unfiltered and Twitter account to scold Americans who forgo wearing masks.  Despite tweeting "Just wear a mask.  It so effing simple."  [A]nd implying President Trump is "not well" for refusing to wear one, Cupp posted a picture of herself on July 12th on a public beach without a mask.

How to Create a Pandemic Panic, and Keep it Going.  If nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic is a textbook example of how to create fear and anxiety that is out of proportion to the threat, and spur panic-induced policies that needlessly kill people (like seniors in New York nursing homes). It also demonstrates how to keep the panic going, even as evidence piles up that the initial fears were wildly exaggerated. [...] Here are five steps that the got the coronavirus panic started and why it continues to this day.  [#1] Wildly exaggerate the deadliness of the disease. [...]

Does Trump have a secret well of unreported support?  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, it was revealed that the data for COVID-19 infective rates in Florida is shockingly wrong.  It appears that many labs have forgotten to report the negative results and have provided only positive infections.  In some areas, the reported positive tests were up to 100%, a virtual impossibility, which alerted skeptical reporters.  Some wonder whether the state laboratory data are intentionally being inflated for political purposes.  The media has consistently argued that the Florida situation is proof of Trump's failure regarding the infectivity rates.  They conveniently forget to mention the generally lowering national death rates per 1,000 persons.  As this information becomes available, the support for Trump in Florida will increase.  Further, the reopening of the Disney World parks will help the economy and provide reassurance that schools can reopen, too.

Scientists from Wuhan coronavirus laboratory have 'defected to the West'.  Experts from the Chinese laboratory at the heart of global suspicion over the coronavirus pandemic have "defected" and are in the hands of Western intelligence, it is claimed.  Steve Bannon, who was Donald Trump 's White House chief strategist and retains close links to the administration, said spies were building a case against Beijing on the basis the global pandemic had been caused by a leak from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan.  The 66-year-old former naval officer alleged the subsequent cover-up had amounted to "pre-meditated murder".  "I know that certain defectors are working with the FBI here to try to knit together what happened" in the Wuhan institute, which he said was "horribly run and terribly mismanaged," Mr Bannon said.

Florida man shamed in viral clip for not wearing mask fires back after [his] life [is] destroyed.  A man who was recorded on cell phone video arguing with another customer about shopping without a mask in a Florida Costco claims he was doxxed and received death threats after the clip went viral on social media.  He subsequently lost his job at a local insurance company.  In the brief video (embedded below) during which he objects to being filmed, the man yells to the other customer behind the cell phone that "You're harassing me.  I feel threatened.  Back off," along with some expletives.  Viral is an ironic term these days, but the clip has logged 12 million views on Twitter plus thousands more on YouTube and other platforms.

GOP-Run Coronavirus Hotspots TX, FL Have Fewer Cases, Deaths.  The two hardest-hit states by the coronavirus as of Tuesday evening, Democrat-run New York and California, are not getting the same level of negative attention by the leftist mainstream media as the GOP-governed hotspots of Florida and Texas, which have lower deaths and cases.  Although the ongoing spike in cases and, to a lesser, extent a rise in deaths, has spared New York, the sheer number of infections and fatalities in NY and surge-impacted California exceed those in Florida and in Texas, respectively.  Amid the recent record surge in cases, the Democrat-controlled states of New York (1) and California (2), remain the top two hotspots for the most infections, followed by GOP-governed Florida (3), and Texas (4), data from Worldometer revealed.

New York Owes America an Apology.  The grim reality of New York's coronavirus outbreak soon outpaced the worst fears anyone might have imagined in early March.  By mid-April, Cuomo's state was reporting as many as a thousand deaths a day, mostly in New York City and its suburbs, with the city's pandemic also driving up the death tolls in neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut.  By late May, those three states accounted for 45 percent of all U.S. coronavirus deaths.  Furthermore, as the New York Times reported May 7, researchers found that "the city became the primary source of new infections in the United States," as infected New Yorkers fled their disease-riddled city by the thousands, ignited COVID-19 "outbreaks in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and as far away as the West Coast."  Hindsight is 20/20, but many in the major media (including CNN, which employs the New York governor's brother) have sought to distort public perception of what went wrong with America's response to the Chinese virus.  Liberal journalists have devoted enormous effort to blaming President Trump for this catastrophe, and this anti-Trump bias obscures the unique role that Democrat-controlled New York played in the deadly pandemic.

The most important evidence regarding pediatric transmission comes from Iceland.  [Thread reader] [Scroll down]  The study isolated SARS-CoV-2 samples from every positive case, sequenced genome of virus, and tracked the mutation patterns.  This analysis, along with contact tracing, allowed the authors to identify definitively who passed the virus to whom.  This is unique.  Based on this, the senior author concluded that "[E]ven if children do get infected, they are less likely to transmit the disease to others than adults.  We have not found a single instance of a child infecting parents."

Infected contacts
Jaw-Dropping New England Journal of Medicine Report:  School Closures [are] Based on Politics, Not Science.  This is huge.  The genetic analysis in this study is the most direct evidence of the direction of transmission.  And this evidence shows that children must be less likely to transmit than adults.  No other way to view this.  These datasets are basically irrefutable. [...] Though these accounts usually proclaim hysterically that children are super-spreaders, their conclusions seem never to be based on actual tracing (much less deeper genetic analyses).  Never.  Yet these stories are getting more press than Iceland.  This is especially weird here, as Iceland is not an outlier.  It's results are also corroborated all over the world.  In fact, at this point so many datasets on point, it's overwhelming.


COVID Madness — Comrade Newsom Shuts Down California Indoor Activities.  This is nuts.  In an effort to fundamentally destroy the livelihoods of millions of California small businesses, Comrade Governor Gavin Newsom has declared that all indoor activities must shut down to top the spread of COVID-19.  The overwhelming majority of dictates around COVID-19 mitigation are not laws.  There was no debate; no input from representative government; and no option for the public to weigh-in on the decisions.

It's just nuts to praise New York's 'success' against coronavirus.  If only the rest of the country could handle COVID as well as New York:  That's the lament of progressive commentators as COVID cases spike in the Sun Belt and the South.  Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin hailed New York City the other day after it reported no deaths for the first time during the pandemic.  This is what competent government can accomplish, she gushed.  Former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett tweeted, "Short term sacrifice saves lives!!!" [...] This is all perverse given that New York is only now emerging from one of the worst COVID debacles on the planet.

Literally Thousands of Doctors and Scientists Have Come Out Against Fauci's Lockdowns Including a Nobel Prize-Winning Biophysicist.  As RedState's very own Sister Toldjah reported earlier today, the doubts President Trump recently expressed about the wisdom of Dr. Fauci's advice on COVID-19 have elicited a chorus of smug accusation from the usual suspects that he's "ignoring the experts."  Sister Toldjah pointed out that it's hard to know what their complaint even means given how often Fauci and other media-anointed authorities have done total 180s.  But, even putting aside how their advice seems to change with the political winds, the idea that there's some scientific consensus in favor of the extreme measures inflicted on us in response to COVID-19 couldn't be further from the truth.  Though you don't hear their perspectives on CNN, countless scientists and doctors have tried to warn us not only that COVID-19 isn't nearly as deadly as we've been led to believe; they're also certain that the real threat to public health we're facing is from the lockdowns.

Hospitals confirm mistakes in Florida's COVID-19 report.  After FOX 35 News noticed errors in the state's report on positivity rates, the Florida Department of Health said that some laboratories have not been reporting negative test result data to the state.  Countless labs have reported a 100 percent positivity rate, which means every single person tested was positive.  Other labs had very high positivity rates.  FOX 35 News found that testing sites like one local Centra Care reported that 83 people were tested and all tested positive.  Then, NCF Diagnostics in Alachua reported 88 percent of tests were positive.  How could that be?  FOX 35 News investigated these astronomical numbers, contacting every local location mentioned in the report.  The report showed that Orlando Health had a 98 percent positivity rate.  However, when FOX 35 News contacted the hospital, they confirmed errors in the report.  Orlando Health's positivity rate is only 9.4 percent, not 98 percent as in the report.

Florida Investigation By Real News Station Shows Labs Are Massively Inflating Positive Cases, Some Show 100% POSITIVE!.  The Florida Department of Health released its daily coronavirus testing report showing a statewide positivity rate of 11 percent, but FOX 35 News investigated and quickly noticed some shocking positivity rates.  Countless labs have reported a 100 percent positivity rate, which means every single person tested was positive.  Other labs had very high positivity rates.  FOX 35 found that testing sites like Centra Care reported that 83 people were tested and all tested positive.  Then, NCF Diagnostics in Alachua reported 88 percent of tests were positive.  [Video clip]

More Florida Covid Craziness — One Local News Station Finds Multiple Clinics Errantly Reporting 100% 'Positive' Test Results.  It is becoming apparent that injecting politics into coronavirus reporting is contagious.  The state of Florida has become the ever-growing focus of activities surrounding the coronavirus and the way it is handled by the politicians.  The reasons for this are numerous:  Florida is a swing state in November, GOP leadership is at the helm, the press is desperate to cover for the incompetence seen by the Mayor and the Governor in New York, and any good news on the COVID front cannot be allowed to make President Trump look good in any fashion.

Panicdemic! Record Number of Coronavirus Cases Hyped — But Deaths, Recoveries Downplayed.  [Scroll down]  Alex Berenson is former New York Times.  They have no desire to have him working for them anymore because he's one of these guys that just instinctively violates conventional wisdom.  He stays outside it.  He doesn't conform to it. [...] He's been doing research and tweeting on the virus and on all the numbers related to the virus.  And he tweeted yesterday [7/12/2020], the same day that this record number of cases came out in Florida, quote, "And after a week of nightmare headlines about Florida and about 70,000 new cases," which really is nothing more than positive tests...  And, by the way, that is an important distinction, folks.  When you see these numbers, like 15,299, what do you think happened to create the number? [...] This is the result of positive tests, for the most part.  There are [sick] people showing up, but it's not the entirety of the number.  This is the result of improved or increased testing and positive results.  But it doesn't even tell us how many of this number are symptomatic or asymptomatic.

Ohio County Creates Hotline for Neighbors to Report Non-Mask Wearers.  Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has rolled out a hotline for residents to snitch on those of their neighbors who do not wear masks, in line with an executive order by Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, mandating masks in public when "social distancing" is not possible.  County Executive Armond Budish made the announcement, telling the people of Cuyahoga that individuals who witness others not wearing a mask in public spaces should make complaints to the new hotline or file on a website titled "Mask Experience."  Once a complaint has been filed, county workers contact the subject of the complaint, whether it's an individual or business, to let them know.  The complaints are also forwarded to the Board of Health and the relevant village or city.  "This is not intended to be going out and finding people not wearing masks.  We want people to wear their masks....  We want people to do it voluntarily," Budish said.

Fight for Freedom.  Ask anyone in state government and they will say they are not a communist, but they work all day enforcing communist principles with relish.  It gives them a sense of individual power to enforce state dictates.  The mask is a symbol of that systematic communism worn by those who do not see the connection, who no longer recognize the individual as supreme, the only way it can be in a republic.

No more pandemic panic, please.  As expected by most observers, the number of cases of Covid-19 continues to increase across the country.  There are primarily three reason for the spike in cases:
  [#1]   More testing is being performed
  [#2]   People are moving about as the economy opens up
  [#3]   Massive protests and riots across the country
The next statistic that will be used to frighten the American people will be the increase in hospitalizations that will follow the expanded number of cases.  Days or weeks after hospitalizations grow in number, even more deaths are likely to arise.  What will not be reported in the gloomy news roundups is the fact that we now have effective treatments for Covid-19.  More appalling, many doctors and hospital systems are refusing to use these effective therapeutics.  Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a New York family medicine physician, has pioneered a treatment strategy that works well but is still shunned by most of the medical profession and ignored by the mainstream news media.

Did the state legislature pass this law, or is it a unilateral decree?
Cuomo threatens $2K fine if you break coronavirus quarantine rules.  Travelers flying into New York from states with high infection rates of COVID-19 will be required to provide their contact information upon arrival or face a fine and court summons, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Monday [7/13/2020].  Passengers flying in from the 19 states on New York's rolling quarantine list are now required to fill out a form detailing where they came from and where they're going before they leave the airport, Cuomo announced during a press conference Monday.

Comrade Cuomo Announces Visitors into New York Must Show Papers and Register With State or Face $2,000 Fine.  Comrade citizens, those who travel in the Northeast zone should beware, Minister Cuomo is going all-in with the COVID compliance mandates.  All travelers into New York from "high-COVID" states, must provide their papers upon arrival or face a summons and $2,000 fine.

Covid-19: Is a real search for the truth now taboo?  Are public health officials telling the truth when they state they are seeking information about possible early cases of COVID-19? Similarly, is it possible some members of the "watchdog" press are unwilling to publish any story that presents compelling evidence the novel coronavirus was spreading in America in November or December?  As a freelance reporter who's been investigating this hypothesis for two months, I've come to believe the answer to both questions could be "yes."  The account below shows how I reached these conclusions and why I came to believe that lessons gleaned from working on a COVID-19 story might be more frightening than the virus itself. [...]

Gov. Cuomo pummeled online for selling poster touting New York's COVID response.  Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing intense backlash for selling a poster touting New York's response to the coronavirus outbreak.  On Monday [7/13/2020], Cuomo debuted a poster he designed called "New York Tough" that he suggests captures the journey his state went through while addressing the pandemic. [...] The poster depicts a mountain with essential workers pulling a rope symbolizing the "flattening of the curve."  On top of the poster reads a quote attributed to the governor, "Wake up America!  Forget the politics, get smart!"

The Editor says...
The last two things a Democrat will ever do, during a manufactured crisis, are [#1] forget the politics and [#2] get smart.

Groundbreaking: Scientists create an air filter that kills the coronavirus.  The coronavirus is spurring on all kinds of innovation and creativity from the scientific community as well as the business community.  The main focus now is on developing a vaccine and therapeutic drugs to combat the virus.  Businesses have shut down normal production of products and switched to manufacturing essential medical equipment, like ventilators, as well as personal protection equipment to meet the needs of hospitals and first responders.  All of this is good.  Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Houston (UH) have developed an air filter that kills the coronavirus.  It is a "catch and kill" filter and it sounds really promising.

The masks have been largely symbolic for at least two months.  Now the government admits it!
Amid coronavirus surge, health officials urge people to wear masks as a symbol of respect.  Amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases across the United States, public health officials are asking everyday Americans to do their part.  Their message?  A face mask is more than a piece of cloth.  It's a sign of respect.  "Wearing a mask, ladies and gentlemen, is respect," Dr. Padmini Murthy, professor and global health director at New York Medical College, said during a United Nations panel.

The Editor says...
Alarm bells should go off at the first favorable mention of the United Nations in any "news" article.

White House releases list of Dr. Fauci's 'mistakes'.  Anonymous Trump administation officials are distributing a list of every instance in which Dr. Anthony Fauci and others have made statements about the coronavirus pandemic that have turned out to be wrong, reports CNBC.  It includes Fauci saying in January that the virus, which now is confirmed to have infected more than 3 million in the U.S., was not a "major threat."  In March, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said "people should not be walking around with masks[.]"  "Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr Fauci has been wrong on things," an official said.

Newsom shuts bars, indoor dining and most gyms, churches amid rise in virus cases.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most places as coronavirus cases keep rising in the nation's most populated state.  On July 1, Newsom ordered 19 counties with a surging number of confirmed infections to close bars and indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, zoos and family entertainment centers like bowling alleys and miniature golf.

HCQ Helps Contain COVID-19 Cases:  New Evidence and a Major Retraction.  Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) — the controversial COVID-19 treatment touted by President Donald Trump — might be gaining new traction in the fight against the Wuhan coronavirus.  The latest positive results come from Vadodara, India, where city officials have conducted a major study involving more than 300,000 people, including "health workers and other frontline staff." [...] Local health official Dr. Devesh Patel told the paper, "It has shown positive results.  We have the numbers and not one person has complained of complications.  The only side effect reported is mild gastritis, which is common with administering heavy medicines and can be effectively handled." [...] Also on Friday, Retraction Watch reported that The Lancet, the prestigious Britsh [sic] medical journal — had quietly retracted and replaced an anti-HCQ editorial by Christian Funck-Brentano it had published in May.

Dr. Scott Atlas decries 'ludicrous' level of 'hysteria' among Democrats over school reopenings.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that school reopenings present the "biggest risk for the spread of the coronavirus" is "completely wrong" and "contrary to all the science," Dr. Scott Atlas told "The Story" Monday [7/13/2020].  "I'm not sure how many times it has to be said, but the risk of children from this disease and the fatality is nearly zero," Atlas, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and former chief of neurology at Stanford University Medical Center, told host Martha MacCallum.  "The risk of children for a significant illness is far less from the seasonal flu.  This is totally antithetical to the data." [...] Atlas said he was amazed by the "ludicrous" level of "hysteria" among Democrats who are pushing to keep schools closed for the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

Never Letting a Crisis Go to Waste.  It's difficult to grasp the amount of collective suffering, anxiety, and fear experienced by Americans in the past few months as the coronavirus made its deadly way through cities like New York.  States shuttered schools and announced that families had to isolate indefinitely at home.  Forty million filed for unemployment.  The news media were filled with mixed messages from public-health professionals and politicians — you don't need to wear a mask, you must wear a mask — sowing confusion among Americans who were desperate for guidance and leadership.  By the end of May, more than 100,000 people had died.  As people did their best to adjust to a new world of empty streets, strict lockdown orders, and, for many people, the loss of jobs and loved ones, a strange reaction arose in certain quarters.  Where some saw an unrelenting crisis, others saw opportunity.  This crisis wasn't merely something to survive; it was fertile ground where an ideology could thrive.

The Wrong Governors.  [Scroll down]  The decisions of Cuomo, Whitmer, Newsom, and Murphy regarding the movement of infected patients from hospitals to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities might be the worst and most consequential of the crisis.  Whitmer made odd and difficult-to-justify decisions, including banning the purchase of seeds, and her husband apparently "jokes" about being exempt from state orders.  California's coronavirus-testing programs stumbled right out of the gate.  Murphy violated his own order on large gatherings.  Very little of this has affected the job-approval ratings of these governors — in part because only some portions of the media world are interested in the flaws of the records of these governors.  The others prefer to stick to their preselected happy narrative.

COVID spikes might be the result of bad tests.  [Scroll down]  Epidemics do not grow exponentially forever.  As people recover from infections and become temporarily immune, the numbers of people that can catch or spread the virus diminish.  The rate of new infections bends down into a "bell curve" or Gaussian.  After peaking, the number of new infections exponentially diminishes.  The longevity of a respiratory virus epidemic is about 120 days; they vanish almost as fast as they come.  For 2019-nCoV, we completely missed the rise.  PCR testing from the USS Theodore Roosevelt showed positive for 1100 of the 4850 person crew, with 60% of those testing positive showing no symptoms.  Antigen testing later showed that 60% of the crew, 2900 sailors may have been infected.  That means 2019-nCoV produces no symptoms in 78% of infected people.  Of the likely 2900 infections, only 9 (0.3%) were bad enough for hospitalization, and only 1 (0.03%) died.

How to End the COVID-19 Epidemic in the US.  Hydroxychloroquine + Azithromycin (HCQ + AZ), with optional Zinc, given upon early symptoms, is a cure for COVID-19. This combination is a strong antiviral against the Wuhan coronavirus, quickly reducing the viral load and risk of transmission to other persons.  It is a cure both for the treated patient and the epidemic in the country when it adopts this treatment widely, including middle age and young adult population. [...] If a large fraction (30% [to] 70%) of COVID-19 patients receive HCQ-based treatment early and isolate themselves for 5 [to] 7 days (until the viral loads drops to a reasonably safe level), the virus reproduction rate R drops below 1. The number of cases drops exponentially, and the epidemic ends.  This has happened in Italy, Spain, and other countries that adopted this treatment when the infection was already widespread.

Put structure back into your day:  Reclaim your life from the coronavirus.  Many people's lives have been turned upside down as a result of the coronavirus crisis.  The way we all generally structure our workdays and weeks has suddenly disappeared.  In fact, you and I don't know when the old normal structures will return, or even if they will ever return. [...] Being constantly at home with your spouse, kids and pets, combined with a lack of outside social interaction can add up to that familiar upside-down feeling.  Moreover, for working parents who are now teleworking, dealing with childcare can create additional problems.  If your child is used to you working out of the house, and now, all of a sudden, you are working from home, setting new, if temporary boundaries can prove very helpful and reassuring.

Poll: 30% of Christians Have Stopped Attending Church During COVID-19.  A third of practising Christians haven't tuned in to online services during the coronavirus pandemic, new research by Barna reveals.  Broken down by age, the survey — of adult American Christians — discovered that half of practising Millennials hadn't attended church in the last four weeks.

Video: Church Uses Tiny Remote Controlled Truck to Gather Tithes During Pandemic.  A church is using tiny remote-controlled cars equipped with money buckts strapped to their roofs in order to collect tithes in a socially-distanced way.  The video, [...] show[s] the little RC trucks going from aisle to aisle as money is dropped into the bucket on top.  At one point, however, a man tries to give but the little buggy, which is being driven by someone who definitely needs a few lessons, drives off back to the front, leaving him hanging.

A test of the CO2 concentration inside a face mask:
This Live Mask Test Shocks Viewers.  'The HighWire' host Del Bigtree and son, Ever, conducted a test, using an OSHA-approved Carbon-Dioxide meter, which revealed something about masks which YouTube, Facebook, and other video platforms are trying very hard to censor.  [Video clip]

Bannon Claims Wuhan Lab Employees Have Defected, Are Working With FBI.  One day after a report that a respected Chinese virologist fled Hong Kong to accuse Beijing of a COVID cover-up, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon told the Daily Mail that scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other labs have defected to the West and are "turning over evidence" against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for their role in the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed over 560,000 lives worldwide since last December.

To Mask or Not to Mask?  Medical practitioners wear masks to reduce the chance of infecting open wounds with spittle from their mouths as they talk above their patients and to protect themselves as patients sneeze and cough within a couple feet of their health care providers.  Despite the protective equipment, nurses and doctors still catch infections from and give infections to their patients, but properly worn equipment reduces close quarters spread by as much as 75%.  Great for the E.R. and ICU, but masks have been mandated to prevent spread from the asymptomatic in the general population, who rarely cough, sneeze, or spit into the faces of others except as a form of assault.  If the droplets emitted from coughing and sneezing fall to the ground within six feet, does it make sense that a virus spreads even without masks?  A garden hose on mist is good for plants two feet away, but not so good for plants four feet away.  Moreover, are the asymptomatic coughing and sneezing at all?

'How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?'.  Several states — including Pennsylvania, the site of one of the country's largest outbreaks, as well as Texas, Georgia, and Vermont — are blending the data in the same way.  Virginia likewise mixed viral and antibody test results until last week, but it reversed course and the governor apologized for the practice after it was covered by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Atlantic.  Maine similarly separated its data on Wednesday; Vermont authorities claimed they didn't even know they were doing this.  The widespread use of the practice means that it remains difficult to know exactly how much the country's ability to test people who are actively sick with COVID-19 has improved.  "You've got to be kidding me," Ashish Jha, the K. T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard and the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told us when we described what the CDC was doing.  "How could the CDC make that mistake?  This is a mess."

Why Aren't We Outraged?  This article will be another expansion on my regular coronavirus updates, which I've posted regularly in recent weeks.  I would think there would be, at very least, a modicum of outrage over the truth versus the hyperbole being promoted by a corrupt media.  Shockingly, there isn't!  In spite of the fact the vast majority of people I talk to, many of them wearing masks because they have to for their jobs, who believe this is all nonsense.  Oh, there are those who are panicked, make no mistake about that, but almost every one of the people I talked to agreed infectious diseases are a part of life, that people get sick, and people die, and it happens every year, and will happen every year hereafter.  But no one shut down the economy over it.  So that bodes well these two questions:
  •   Are we to shut down the economy and destroy people's lives every year from now on for every new infectious disease that strikes?
  •   Are the rantings of a corrupt and hysterical media to be the criteria for deciding public health issues from now on?

COVID Hysteria Is the Disease and It Comes from Dirty Politics.  It's frightening how many ordinary people are being sucked into the whirlwind of COVID hysteria.  We see it every hour of every day now as a biased media hoping to score points for their favorite pols and against those they hate hype the data on news cases, while ignoring the reality of the deaths and who is most responsible for them. [...] The idea was to "flatten the curve," not eliminate it and if younger people are getting it and survive with few symptoms and contribute to community immunity, isn't that good thing?  Of course it is, although there will always be tragic exceptions.  That's the case with the flu, too, but we don't go into COVID hysteria over the flu; just the WuFlu. [...] How long will the COVID hysteria continue?  As long as the media and politicians arming themselves with it continue to benefit.  Sadly, that's a simple fact.  The only cure for this disease is to spread the facts, which is the point of this post.

It's All About November 3.  As we look around at American society today, what do we see?  A confusing mélange that seems partly mindless, partly vicious.  Our response to the latest Chinese import, the novel coronavirus — what was that?  How long will we be in sorting out the petty and sometimes murderous tyrannies enacted by various state governors and other officials? [...] A new, flu-like virus is abroad in the land.  The anti-Trump establishment goes to work:  How can we blame it on Trump?  He shuts down flights from China at the end of January:  charge him with being racist and xenophobic.  He consults experts.  They tell him it is not a serious threat.  He goes on television and says that: hysteria!  Then he swings into action, mobilizes American manufacturing prowess and turns out more ventilators, protective gear, testing kits, and new therapies than anyone thought possible.  The curve flattens.  The political weapon that was COVID-19 falters.  No problem.  Declare a race war!  Smash up the storefronts.

Censored: A Review Of Science Relevant To COVID-19 Social Policy And Why Face Masks Don't Work.  Masks and respirators do not work.  There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles.  Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work.  It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases:  The main transmission path is long-residence-time aerosol particles (< 2.5 µm), which are too fine to be blocked, and the minimum-infective dose is smaller than one aerosol particle.  The present paper about masks illustrates the degree to which governments, the mainstream media, and institutional propagandists can decide to operate in a science vacuum, or select only incomplete science that serves their interests.  Such recklessness is also certainly the case with the current global lockdown of over 1 billion people, an unprecedented experiment in medical and political history.

Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy.  Dr. Russell Blaylock warns that not only do face masks fail to protect the healthy from getting sick, but they also create serious health risks to the wearer.  The bottom line is that if you are not sick, you should not wear a face mask.  As businesses reopen, many are requiring shoppers and employees to wear a face mask.  Costco, for instance, will not allow shoppers into the store without wearing a face mask.  Many employers are requiring all employees to wear a face mask while at work.  In some jurisdictions, all citizens must wear a face mask if they are outside of their own home.

How To Read Emergency Orders And Avoid Wearing Face Masks.  Every city, county or state that issues a "mandate" to wear face masks and practice social distancing must published it publicly and make it available for you to read.  Download it and read it!  Don't ever believe what the local media or other individuals say about the mandate, you must read and examine it for yourself.  The city of Englewood, Colorado issued an emergency order on March 10, 2020, that required all citizens to wear face masks when outside of their home.  The entire emergency order is reproduced below, and the emphasis is added for clarity.  The ultimate penalty for not wearing a face mask in Englewood is a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail.  It is not clear if the City Manager just made this up or if it was embedded in the ordinance approved by the City Council.  If any court action were ever brought against a citizen, it is highly unlikely that the city would prevail.

Heads Need To Roll At The CDC Following The Entire Covid-19 Fiasco.  Mr. Trump has been proved right again with another shockingly successful hydroxychloroquine study, done by the Henry Ford Health System and published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.  This new explosive study proves the experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been proved wrong — again.  Those experts have often said that the drug, typically used for malaria, was useless for the Chinese coronavirus. [...] The new study is additional proof that corruption at the CDC and NIH is deep and wide.  That would almost always be true when piles of money in research funds, federal grants, personal gifts, royalties, and patent rights are involved.  Interwoven in all this are egos, reputations, and fear of exposure.  Even highly educated people lose control when they are threatened with a loss of salary, subsidies, and status.

Won't Talk To Contact Tracers?  There's A Subpoena For That.  Rockland County, New York is ramping up to issue subpoenas to Constitution-minded citizens who tell contact tracers to pound sand.  If you don't obey the subpoenas, the court can issue an arrest warrant and the police show up at your door.  Those who were actually served with subpoenas didn't have as much backbone as they professed:  "County officials said Thursday that after issuing eight subpoenas, all eight people were now cooperating with contact tracers."

Misguided left-wing activists have been trying to rid the world of air conditioning for years.  This is their latest excuse:
Turn off your air conditioning, experts say after WHO shifts stance on airborne coronavirus.  Air conditioning units that recirculate the same air in a room should be switched off or only used with open windows, experts have urged, amid mounting concern around the role of airborne transmission to spread Covid-19.  Experts told the Telegraph that air conditioning units that only used recirculated air could exacerbate the spread of virus particles if someone was infected with Covid-19.  Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, a fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering, said there were two types of air conditioning units — ones that take air in from outside and expel it out again, or those that recirculate the same air.

Coronavirus: Why everyone was wrong.  The coronavirus is slowly retreating.  What actually happened in the past few weeks?  The experts have missed basic connections.  The immune response against the virus is much stronger than we thought.

Global Cooling Gives Nightmares To Global Warming Alarmists.  Cycles of sun spots are fairly predictable and the current cycle is looking more and more like the Maunder Minimum that created the "Little Ice Age" between 1650 and 1715.  The story below is largely propaganda that minimizes the story of impending global cooling.  The article also cites Imperial College London, which was directly responsible for the Great Panic of 2020 when it released Professor Neil Ferguson's trashy computer model on the COVID-19 pandemic.  With global warming's dead horse, this alarmist crowd needed a new champion to drive the world into their coveted deep transformation, and the coronavirus was the perfect replacement.

Hydroxychloroquine lowers Covid-19 death rate, study finds.  The anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helped lower the death rate in Covid-19 patients in the most recent study of the drug conducted by Henry Ford Health System.  Cardiologist Dr. William O'Neill, a medical director at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, first spoke with "Full Measure" about the study while it was underway in May.  The findings have just been published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Infectious Diseases.  The large scale analysis examined 2,541 patients who had been hospitalized in six hospitals between March 10 and May 2, 2020.

OPV as Potential Protection Against COVID.  Since the 1960s, studies have shown that oral polio vaccine (OPV) may have beneficial non-specific effects, reducing morbidity and mortality from other infections than polio.  Such beneficial non-specific effect have been observed for other live vaccines, including measles, smallpox and BCG vaccine.  For BCG, the vaccine for which the mechanism has been studied the most, the effects appear to be mediated through the innate immune system.  The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has now caused over 7.1 million cases and >400,000 deaths worldwide.  As everywhere else, it is anticipated that in Africa the older part of the population will be at risk of severe COVID-19.

MSNBC Evening Shows Gave 137 Mins to Expert Who Said He Had Coronavirus (He Didn't).  For almost two months in his Fourth Watch newsletter, the indispensable Steve Krakauer has been chronicling the strange case of MSNBC/NBC medical and science contributor Joseph Fair, who had claimed in May that he not only contracted the virus, but was hospitalized.  Even worse yet, he surmised he contracted it through his eyes on a flight.  But as Krakauer's reporting showed, it was all a lie as Fair "had at least five negative coronavirus tests" and tested negative for COVID-19 antibodies.  MSNBC and NBC predictably kept their heads in the sand despite this breach of journalistic ethics and peddling of bona fide fake news.

NBC News Spent Weeks Reporting On A Contributor's Journey Battling Coronavirus — But He Never Had It.  NBC News spent weeks documenting its science contributor's battle with COVID-19, but now he admits that he never tested positive for it.  Dr. Joseph Fair, a virologist, believed he had the virus and appeared on air numerous times to discuss his struggle with illness in May and June.  On Tuesday, Fair admitted that he tested negative for the virus multiple times but had originally believed he had it regardless.  Fair also tested negative upon taking an antibody test.

NBC Contributor Reveals He Never Had Coronavirus After Network Documented His Recovery.  An NBC medical expert who was brought on air nearly a dozen times to detail his struggle with COVID-19 never had the virus, he revealed this week.  After believing he had the coronavirus in spite of getting negative tests, virologist and NBC News science contributor Dr. Joseph Fair tweeted Tuesday [7/7/2020] that he had tested negative for the antibodies and that the illness that hospitalized him in May "remains an undiagnosed mystery."

It Would Appear NBC Buried Some Key Details About Their Medical Expert's 'Coronavirus Battle'.  For two weeks, not really a lot of COVID coverage and when the rioting began to subside, we needed to get back inside.  Yeah, not happening.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of the most insufferable clowns in office, issued an edict banning large crowd gatherings unless you're protesting in support of Black Lives Matter.  They don't even hide their hypocrisy anymore.  Well, over at NBC News, there was something they tried to hide as well regarding COVID, which is that one of their contributors who they peddled as having the virus... never had it.  Former CNN producer Steve Krakauer touched upon this, noting that the network appeared to just ignore that Dr. Joseph Fair had five negative tests regarding COVID.  Oh, and it gets worse, Fair had scores of interviews because he was the man who "recovered" from the virus.  He never had it.  Either this is willful deception or just an epic screw-up.  If it's the former, then welcome to the fake news hall of fame.

America Can't Take Another Lockdown.  Protect The Vulnerable And Carry On.  [Scroll down]  As I read what is left of our newspapers and consult online sources — all with an eye to the current epidemic — it's striking how nearly everything I read is noise, not news.  Take the supposed surge in coronavirus cases.  Does it matter?  I think not.  To begin with, what is being reported is the number of newly diagnosed cases.  We are rarely told this, but much of this has to do with the increased prevalence of testing.  It does not mean that the virus is spreading with alarming rapidity.  What it really tells us is that the journalists and their editors are doing a fairly poor job assessing the significance of what they report.  This means they do the general public a disservice.  The most revealing metric, the one that genuinely matters, is the fatality rate.  While deaths from COVID-19 are not down in every state, deaths are down nationally. [...] But on one question there is professional consensus:  the spread of the coronavirus cannot be stopped.

Data suggest Florida's record-breaking coronavirus days may have been inflated by as much as 30%.  Florida health officials appear to have inflated recent record coronavirus case numbers there by as much as 30%, according to an analysis of data released by the state's Department of Health.  U.S. health officials have been warning for several weeks that COVID-19 case trends in Florida are pointing to a possible looming catastrophe as the state records ever-increasing numbers of the disease.  After several months of flat infection rates, positive case results in Florida began rising slowly in mid-June before beginning a steep climb near the end of the month.  Deaths in the state have remained largely flat over that time period, leaving experts struggling to explain why surging case rates have not resulted in an uptick in mortality.  One possibility, according to data provided by the state itself, is that the new case numbers regularly posted by Florida health officials have been significantly inflated in recent weeks.

Phoenix Mayor Lied About Morgues Bringing In 'Refrigerator Trucks' To Store Overflow COVID Bodies.  As the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Maricopa County climbed to new highs late this week, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego appeared on MSNBC Friday morning for an interview with Chuck Todd and Katy Tur to discuss the situation in the state, which has moved to close bars, and rollback other reopening measures to combat the outbreak.  During the interview, Gallego claimed that the county's public health agency had just put in an order for refrigerated trucks because they were running out of space in the morgue.  Hours later, as the mayor's comments started proliferating through the media, representatives for the hospital system called and complained that the mayor's comment wasn't true, despite the fact that she made the claim -- seemingly with a high degree of certainty — on a popular cable new show.

Texas Republicans sue Gov. Abbott over ongoing coronavirus restrictions amid minuscule death rate.  Republicans in Texas have filed a number of lawsuits while sanctioning GOP Gov. Greg Abbott after he reimposed restrictions on businesses and other sectors of the economy after coronavirus cases reignited across the state.  The suits come as critics of Abbott's actions note that despite major increases in the number of coronavirus positives across the state, the vast majority of them involve patients who are asymptomatic or suffering mild conditions.  They also note that the coronavirus death rate in Texas is remarkably low.  A suit filed last week in Travis County District Court by Houston GOP activist Steven Hotze, former Republican state Rep. Rick Green, former chair of the Republican Party of Texas Cathie Adams and two Houston business owners argue that Abbott's orders, as well as the law that gave him the authority to issue them, violate the state constitution.

Why In-Person Schooling Would Be One of the Safest Activities to Reopen.  Most students around the country haven't been to school since March, when large parts of the country began to lock down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now, the data increasingly suggests that reopening schools entails the least risks and should be a goal of every level of government.  The early hope was that the closures would be temporary, such as Michigan's school-closure order that was originally meant to end in April — but that was extended for the rest of the school year.  Now, with the 2020-2021 school year fast approaching, what do we do about schools?

Man arrested after allegedly pointing gun at Walgreens customer for not wearing a mask.  A Boston man has been arrested after police said he pointed a gun at a man in a parking lot for not wearing a face covering inside a store.  Todd Goulston, 59, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace for allegedly aiming a gun at a man who did not wear a face mask inside a Walgreens despite a statewide coronavirus mask order, according to the Boston Herald. [...] Ghoulston's license to carry a firearm and the firearms he kept in his home were seized by police.

Security guard charged with murder after fighting man who refused to wear a mask.  A security guard at a Southern California market fatally shot a man who refused to wear a mask, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.  Prosecutors said that Umeir Corniche Hawkins, 38, was charged with murder in the death of Jerry Lewis, 50, according to the district attorney.  Lewis entered the undisclosed market without a mask on July 5 and he and Hawkins got into an argument, officials said.

Up to 8,000 California inmates could be released early to stop crowding at prisons during COVID-19.  Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced (CDCR) announced new programs that will allow for the early release of up to 8,000 inmates by the end of August to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as outbreaks continue to flare up across the state prison system.  "These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff," Ralph Diaz, Secretary for the CDCR, said in a press release on Friday.  "We aim to implement these decompression measures in a way that aligns both public health and public safety."

Head of Emergency Management Says Texans Should Wear Masks Inside Their Own Homes.  The head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management gave an interview in which he said that people should wear masks inside their own homes in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.  Appearing on Fox News at Nine, Chief Nim Kidd insisted that people should wear masks indoors if they have potentially exposed themselves to the virus by being outside.  "We still need people to wear the mask out in public, we still need people to keep social distance and isolation," Kidd said.  "Ryan, the one thing I want to try to get across today is we need to do that when we're in our homes also." [...] If health authorities are now moving towards patrolling behavior inside the confines of private property due to COVID-19 hysteria, how far away are mandatory vaccinations?  As we have previously highlighted, the media is continuing to peddle alarmist hysteria by hyping rising coronavirus cases, despite the fact that the death rate has been consistently falling for over two months across the country.

DNC Platform Proposal:  Flood the U.S. with Migrants.  Tens of millions of Americans are, at present, unemployed.  Tens of millions of Americans are unemployed because of an artificial economic shutdown due to the coronavirus.  They're not out of work because the American economy failed them.  They're out of work because government leadership failed them.  There was never any need to shut down.  There was no need to destroy the world's number-one economy.  But they did it.

Fauci Is a Deep State Fraud.  I knew for sure that Anthony Fauci is a fraud after listening to him for about 10 seconds — as anyone who listens carefully would have known as well. [...] A reporter asked Fauci if he agreed with Trump that the Chinese have not been fully forthcoming about the scope of the pandemic.  Fauci answered that although the Chinese had lacked candor in previous years, this time they had turned over "the sequence of the virus."  Spoken like a wily swamp reptile!  His words were factually correct.  The Chinese had turned over all they knew about the virus's "sequence" — namely, its genetic structure.  But the reporter and the audience neither knew nor cared about that.  They were interested in the Chinese government's misrepresentations of the virus's contagion, fatality rate, and so forth.  That is what they had dissembled and lied about.

A Nightmare Campaign of Outright Idiocy.  As we get into high summer, there must be a very large number of Americans now actively considering whether the country is going mad. [...] Fatalities from the coronavirus have declined by nearly 90 percent and evidence has piled up in nearly 40 million coronavirus tests that large numbers of healthy Americans have contracted the disease and had no or minimal symptoms.  This progressively immunizes the public from it, yet in a barefaced attempt to prolong economic miseries and public hysteria, the Democrats uniformly agitate for a resumed economic shutdown.

America Needs To Stop Reacting To Coronavirus Like A Bunch Of Hysterics.  America is in an epic battle with the Wuhan coronavirus.  It's not fun.  It's been messing with us.  It behaves oddly.  But Americans should want America to win.  Instead, it seems like a lot of our media and other institutions are rooting for the virus and have an attitude suggesting the virus has us dead to rights.  See, for example, "Georgia's experiment in human sacrifice."  One of the ways the media root for the virus is by hyping it like they hype local sports teams.  It's not that it's not a horrifically deadly and contagious virus — it is.  But the media routinely amplify its actual risk by many multiples.  What we know about the virus is that it is particularly bad for older Americans and those in long-term care.  It's no fun for the younger folks who have gotten it, but it's far less deadly for them.  Children are more likely to die from a flu infection than a coronavirus infection.  The country is seeing a small uptick in cases, centered around a few major cities.  That's true and concerning, but it need not be hysteria-inducing.

Some areas of New York City may have reached a 68% coronavirus immunity rate.  Some areas of New York City have recorded a nearly 70% rate of immunity to the novel coronavirus, in what scientists are calling a "stunning" finding.  Sixty-right percent of those tested for coronavirus antibodies in the Corona neighborhood of Queens received positive results, while a neighboring clinic saw results of 56%.  The findings suggest that percentage of people have already contracted the virus and at least some among them could, as a result, be immune to a second wave.

Michiganders required to wear masks in indoor public spaces or face $500 fine, Whitmer order says.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday requiring people to wear masks when they are in an indoor public space and in crowded outdoor spaces.  The order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who aren't wearing a face covering, with limited exceptions.  Governors in Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Washington have imposed similar requirements on businesses, a news release from the governor's office said.

Press Now Plumbs Its Own Depths Of Depravity.  [Scroll down]  In the same spirit, the national political press have simply dismissed the administration's view of the evolution of the COVID-19 crisis.  The fact that weekly fatalities have descended by nearly 90% in two months is never mentioned.  Also rarely mentioned are the facts that large increases in detected coronavirus cases have occurred because almost 40 million Americans have now been tested and most of these new discoveries are cures, and that a large number of healthy people have contracted the virus with no or minimal symptoms as the country has reopened and are essentially progress towards the general immunization of the country, as second infections are rare and comparatively resistible.  The failure of the administration's COVID-19 policy has been enthroned as conventional wisdom despite these contrary facts.

Maryland man may be first person successfully vaccinated against COVID-19.  A Maryland man believes he may be one of the first people to be successfully vaccinated against the coronavirus after participating in a trial that has reported promising early results in producing antibodies, according to reports.  David Rach, a graduate immunology student, was the first person to be injected in the trial at the University of Maryland in May, where US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German firm BioNTech are working together in the global race to create a vaccine, the Daily Mail reports.  Now, early indications show the vaccine is working by stimulating the growth of antibodies at rates equal or higher to those who have the illness, according to WJLA.

NBC Guest Doctor Who Was Suffering from Coronavirus in Hospital in TV Interviews — Never Had Coronavirus!.  Dr. Joseph Fair appeared on NBC and the Today Show nearly a dozen times in May during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.  Dr. Fair appeared in a hospital bed fighting off the disease with oxygen tubes in his nose when he appeared on NBC.  In one segment Dr. Joseph Fair told the Today hosts, "If it can take me down, it can take anybody."

NBC Science Contributor Who Reported About Having Coronavirus Admits He Never Had It.  NBC and MSNBC science contributor Dr. Joseph Fair documented his battle with coronavirus — until admitting he did not actually have it after all.  The Daily Caller reported Friday:  "Dr. Joseph Fair, a virologist, believed he had the virus and appeared on air numerous times to discuss his struggle with illness in May and June.  On Tuesday [7/7/2020], Fair admitted that he tested negative for the virus multiple times but had originally believed he had it regardless.  Fair also tested negative upon taking an antibody test."  Fair's timeline on Twitter documents his journey over the past two months, from announcing that he had "come down with COVID" on May 13, to revealing on July 7 that he had not.

Atlanta Mayor:  Okay, Now That I Have The Virus, Everyone Has To Wear Masks.  As we learned over the holiday weekend, Atlanta Mayor (and potential Biden running mate) Keisha Lance Bottoms has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Her husband has tested positive as well.  While she reportedly remains asymptomatic, she maintains that she has "no idea" where or when she could have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.  As I asked at the time, is it possible she might not have contracted the disease if she'd worn a mask more often?  Perhaps she's taken that possibility to heart because it was announced this week that she was signing an order to make masks mandatory in her city.  And yesterday [7/8/2020] she did just that.

Texas Republican convention in Houston canceled; Montgomery County judge offers to host.  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday, July 8, that Houston First agreed to his request to cancel the upcoming state Republican convention.  The convention was expected to bring some 6,000 delegates to the George R. Brown Convention Center from July 16-18.  "Houston is a hotspot in a global pandemic, and we cannot have thousands of people gathering at GRB," Turner said.  "This convention is not moving forward because of the public health risk it poses."  "Mayor Turner's hypocritical flip flop on public gatherings is a political stunt," Harris County GOP Chairman Paul Simpson said.  "While he joined in massive marches in the streets last month, he has now blocked Republican grassroots activists from peaceably assembling even under the most stringent health safeguards."  The mayor said Houston First's contract with the state GOP included the right to cancel during a health crisis and said the decision had nothing to do with politics.

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This decision was 100 percent politics.  That's why the announcement was made four days before the convention started, when it could do the most damage.  (The committee meetings were to start on Monday, but the delegates attend Thursday through Saturday.  I've been to a few of these.)  That aside, there is no health crisis.  The crisis — if it ever really existed in Texas — was finished at least a month ago.  The mayor's actions will immediately rob the city of a week's worth of tourism income, and jeopardize much of Houston's convention business from now on.

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Dan Bongino Vows To Defy Mask Order.  Conservative radio host Dan Bongino vowed to defy officials who passed a mandatory mask order this week in his county of residence.  "You can take your mask mandate and shove it [...]," Bongino said Wednesday on "The Dan Bongino Show," a shot across the bow to Martin County, Florida commissioners who voted 5-0 to pass the ordinance after a lengthy Tuesday meeting that saw most residents in attendance opposing the mandate.  "They have no authority to do this," the former policeman and Secret Service agent said.  "These people are just fabricating new tyrannical powers drunk on their own power."

The Press Is Already Trying To Whip Up A New Pandemic Panic.  Oh, no!  With the planet still unlocking and some parts still tightly buttoned down, and with the world economy plummeting, "China Researchers Discover New Swine Flu with 'Pandemic Potential,'" blares CNN.  "Scientists Say New Strain of Swine Flu Virus Is Spreading to Humans in China," shrieks the New York Times.  Say it ain't so!  Okay, it ain't so.  Not in any meaningful way.  The media should go back to "murder hornets," or find another asteroid with a chance in a zillion of hitting Earth.

Yakima Mayor donates to legal expense fund for Selah gym fined by state.  The city of Yakima's mayor has donated to a GoFundMe account for legal expenses for Anytime Fitness in Selah, the first business in Washington to be fined by the state for violating "Safe Start" mandates.  Yakima Mayor Patricia Byers donated $10 to the account, which has raised $9,680 over the past five days from more than 150 donors.  The state's "Safe Start" program does not allow gyms to reopen until Phase 3.  Yakima County recently moved to Phase 1.5.

First-hand account of Chinese COVID-19 censorship underscores just how much our media failed us.  It was obvious in March, back when members of the free press first began to praise China for supposedly defeating the coronavirus pandemic, that many journalists and commentators were parroting literal Chinese Communist Party propaganda. [...] "We were all familiar with China's growing censorship and had avoided using words and phrases that the Chinese government didn't like," writes freelance journalist Tracy Wen Liu, "but we fell victim to an expanding system anyway. ... A wave of new censorship has grown during the coronavirus pandemic, most of it focused on covering up the stories around COVID-19 itself."

"To Those Who Cheer Against Hydroxychloroquine — I Regret to Inform You I Am Doing Well" — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.  On Tuesday [7/7/2020] Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced he had tested positive for coronavirus.  In early April Jair Bolsonaro urged residents to keep the economy going despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. [...] On Wednesday President Bolsonaro shared some excellent news and took a swipe at his socialist critics by tweeting out that he is doing very well with the hydroxychloroquine treatment.

COVID Deaths Plummet, But the So-Called News Remains Negative.  Now, let's get into some COVID-19 news and, folks, are you asking yourself what of any of this is true and what isn't?  It's almost like the tale of two viruses.  We have an entire group of stories that are about how much worse the virus is. "[...] It's worse than we thought.  We haven't even gotten to the second wave.  Dr. Fauci says, Dr. Fauci says, Dr. Fauci says."  Whatever Dr. Fauci says, it gets amplified.  We are told how so many more people are getting it.  The number of cases is skyrocketing, but then deaths are down.  We demonstrated this yesterday.  The number of deaths associated with COVID-19 are way down.  It's why they're not being reported.  The game here is to scare you into siding up with a new lockdown.  They want you to hear all these brand-new numbers of cases as deaths.  But deaths are down.  The curve was flattened.

This Doctor/GOP State Senator Faces Investigation for COVID-19 'Misinformation' 'Recklessness'.  Minnesota State Sen. Scott Jensen (R-Carver County), a doctor who was named the Family Physician of the Year in 2016, now faces an investigation for alleged "misinformation" and "recklessness" in his public statements about the coronavirus pandemic.  The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice is investigating him for warning that coronavirus deaths may be inflated due to financial incentives to put "COVID-19" on death certificates and for comparing COVID-19 to the common flu.

CDC: Official U.S. COVID Death Count Has Plunged 88% Since Mid-April.  The number of deaths involving COVID-19 in the United States peaked at 16,394 in the week ending on April 18, 2020, according to the provisional COVID-19 death counts published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  By the week ending on June 20, deaths involving COVID-19 had dropped to 2,287 — a decline of 86 percent from the peak of 16,394.

The media says hospitals are out of beds, but here is the real story.  [Scroll down]  In a recent report by Miami-Dade, it shows that they have a capacity of 434 ICU beds typically.  The other interesting number is that they can convert 532 additional beds to ICU beds if needed.  So the media would have you to believe that they are entirely out of ICU beds, but that's simply not the case.  Yes, this is a strain on the healthcare system.  Yes, the virus has spread much more than previous, but we need to be honest, we knew it would.  In every instance of guidance that was given by the CDC, the information was clear.  Extreme measures would only slow the spread of the virus.  Every safety precaution that is taken only attempts to slow the spread; it does not stop the spread.  Many states and the media are pushing the initiative that wearing masks and handwashing will stop the spread of coronavirus.  The truth is, it cannot stop the virus.  There is not a magic fabric or chemical in hand sanitizer that prevents it.  We can only try to contain it.  This is where the mainstream media and many state health leaders have continued to mislead the American people.

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Texas says new coronavirus cases jumped by more than 10,000 for the first time.  Texas reported more than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday, a record-breaking daily surge as the state responds to a growing outbreak and rising hospitalizations.  The Texas Health and Human Services Commission reported 10,028 new cases, which surpasses the state's previous record of nearly 8,260 cases set on July 4.  It's the first time since the beginning of the outbreak that the state has reported more than 10,000 additional new cases in a single day.  There were 9,268 people in the state's hospitals with Covid-19 as of Tuesday [7/7/2020], another daily record, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.  Public health officials keep a close watch on hospitalizations because it can indicate how severe an outbreak is in an area.  It's considered a better measure than new cases because it's not as reliant on the availability of testing.  The state has also reported a jump in