Monthly Archives: April 2020

Governors Confused on What Is “Essential” During their Illegal Lockdowns

Among the many problems this whole societal shutdown has been causing me personally is the closing down of my local GNC, where I get a particular non-GNC brand name supplement that I haven’t been able to get anywhere else. And I don’t want to order things like supplements online and have them delivered! This store among many others were closed down because of being called “non-essential.” Maybe “non-essential” to you, fascist governor, but essential to ME!

You see, these ignorant moron politicians see liquor stores as “essential” so that is why those stores get to stay open.

So, nutrition=”non-essential,” while non-nutrition=”essential”! Only in what is becoming a third-world America, sadly.

COVID-19 Fatality Rate Even Lower Than Previously Thought

A recent Stanford University study concludes that there are probably many more people infected with the COVID-19 virus than we have been previously told (and propagandized with, and bamboozled, and fooled, and duped, etc., etc. etc.). And the researchers suggest that the “infection fatality rate” is much closer to “0.12-0.2%” than the 2 to 3% previously believed. That refers to the number of people who are infected with COVID-19 that actually die from it. That means that among those who are infected, over 99% don’t die. We have already heard that “most” people who get it may have “mild, flu-like symptoms” and recover, or have no symptoms whatsoever.

So why, again, are governors keeping their citizens under house arrest, keeping businesses closed down and continuing this horrific fiasco?

Libertarians Have the Right Solution for the Coronavirus Crisis

For many decades the two major political parties, Republicrat and Demopublican, have been stealing from the people (“taxes,” taken without any mutual contract), imposing property-violation and person-violation intrusions by making up “laws” and enforcing them at gunpoint. It’s not the “America” envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

And it’s just gotten much worse, with the coronavirus panic incited by corrupt government officials and promoted by their brain-dead media spokesmen and governors ordering businesses shut down, and the economic collapse which mainly began in February with Wall Street panic selling.

So the solution for the statists in power is to print more Monopoly money and helicopter money and give people an extra thousand or two to prevent or delay the inevitable protests in Washington and state capitols.

So all this is yet another reason why I don’t vote for Republicrats or Demopublicans, and instead have been voting for Libertarian Party candidates since the 1980s. Except for the terrible Gary Johnson and the neocon Bob Barr, two invaders of the Libertarian Party in recent presidential elections.

But a current Libertarian candidate for President, Jacob Hornberger, is someone that people who value liberty and prosperity can and should vote for. He is certainly much closer to past Libertarian presidential candidates, including Ron Paul in 1988 and Harry Browne in 1996 and 2000. I have mentioned Jacob Hornberger here before. He is the founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF). Here is Jacob’s campaign website.

For instance, in a recent blog post Jacob points out that there is only one way out of the coronavirus crisis: separating healthcare and State. Like separation of church and State.  “In other words, no governmental involvement in healthcare at all. No regulations, no controls, and no central planning. No FDA. No Center for Disease Control. No Medicare. No Medicaid. No medical licensure.” (And no National Institutes for Health, no disease commissar Dr. Fauci!)

Jacob writes:

Americans don’t like to admit that they live under a socialist healthcare system. They like to think of themselves as capitalists, free-enterprisers, and ardent supporters of the Chamber of Commerce. But the fact is that while America doesn’t yet have a healthcare system that is fully owned and operated by the federal government, the core features of America’s healthcare system are based on socialist principles.

The U.S. healthcare system is also based on a core feature of socialism: central planning, control, regulation, and management. That’s what the FDA and the Center for Disease Control are all about.

Medicare and Medicaid are based on the federal government’s forcibly taking money (through the IRS) from those to whom it belongs and use it to provide healthcare to seniors and the poor. That is the essence of the socialist principle of coercive redistribution of wealth.

Prior to America’s socialist healthcare system, our nation had the finest healthcare system in the world. Prices were so low, stable, and predictable that no one needed major medical insurance. Doctors and hospitals provided free medical care to the poor, on a purely voluntary basis. Doctors loved what they did in life. Medical innovations, inventions, treatments, and cures were soaring.

That’s what a free society is all about. That’s also what a charitable society is all about.

And then came central planning, regulation, and control, along with Medicare and Medicaid, two socialist programs that launched America’s decades-long, ongoing, never-ending healthcare crisis. Owing to the enormous government-imposed demand on the healthcare system, healthcare costs began soaring. People began buying insurance for protection. Doctors began forming contorted associations to adapt to the crisis.

And no one can rationally doubt that America’s socialist healthcare system is a major cause of the high death toll from the coronavirus. Every day, one can read any number of articles in the mainstream press about the incompetence of the central planners — about the shortages of masks, supplies, ventilators, and other essential medical supplies — about the ludicrous restrictions imposed on healthcare providers from providing treatment — about the shortages of healthcare providers.

All that dysfunctionality is classic socialism. The economist Ludwig von Mises called a system of central planning “planned chaos.” Can you think of a better term for what is going on today?

In contrast, things wouldn’t be nearly as terrible with the coronavirus crisis today if the system in place right now were a freedom-based, free-market system in healthcare.

A free-market system produces the best of everything. In contrast to a socialist system based on central planning, which is limited to the “expertise” of government planners and planning agencies, the free market takes advantage of the knowledge and expertise of countless individuals, including entrepreneurs, each of whom is coordinating his efforts with others that always reaches fantastic results that no central planner, in all his wisdom, could ever conceive. In a free market, people are free to make rapid adjustments without governmental permission or interference. Essential supplies and equipment and innovations flood the market.

If we had had the free-market healthcare system that FFF has been advancing for 30 years, today we would be looking to the healthcare industry, not politicians, bureaucrats, and mini-dictators for guidance and direction. Test kits would be cheap and plentiful, even delivered overnight to people’s homes. Those testing positive would be urged to self-isolate while everyone else would be going to work, keeping the economy going. Testing kits, ventilators, masks, and other essential supplies would be in abundant supply. Entrepreneurs would be rushing into the market with new and innovative tests, treatments, and even cures. The death toll would have been minuscule compared to what we have today, especially among seniors.

Now, there are many people who think that such a change back to that freedom way of life would be too radical a change. But believe it or not, things really were better prior to the imposition of Medicare and Medicaid. He is right about medical care being much less expensive prior to the 1970s, many more doctors having more ability financially to provide for the poor for free, which many did, including Dr. Ron Paul in his ob-gyn practice.

The problem is government central planning. That is indeed the problem in our society in every single area of life in which government has seized control away from the people.

And Jacob also has addressed Donald Trump’s dictatorial response to the coronavirus crisis, including Trump’s ordering companies to make ventilators or other products they ordinarily don’t make. And this outright fascism has been exercised by governors as well, quite frankly, in their ordering private businesses to close down.

As Judge Andrew Napolitano commented, these are violations of people’s rights as protected by the U.S. Constitution. Napolitano reiterated those comments in his excoriation of governors and mayors’ police-state crackdowns. (All those “public servants,” by the way, swore an oath to obey, support and defend that Constitution, whether they agree with it or not!)

In this video, Jacob Hornberger and his FFF colleague Richard Ebeling discuss the police-state crackdowns and constitutional rights-violations imposed by dictator governors and mayors as well as Trump, and why all that is a bad thing.

So, if you believe in freedom and want to live in a free, prosperous and healthy society then you might want to consider ditching the two major political parties and supporting the Libertarian Party this time around.

Dr. Thomas Szasz Born 100 Years Ago Today

As I wrote in my post on the state of psychiatry these days, I myself had been in therapy and group therapy during the 1980s as well as having taken psychology courses in college. So, psychology in general has been of interest to me, but the psychological and psychiatric professions as well.

Sadly, there are too many people in those professions who are themselves very screwed up, or ignorant, or brainwashed to follow the latest trendy fad or acceptable narrative. In these later years I think there is too much political correctness and intolerance toward those who do not buy a lot of the garbage in society today. I feel for today’s patients and psychotherapy clients who might be “needy” emotionally but whose personality goes against the grain of the practitioners who are snootily “woke.”

Anyway, one of my favorite psychiatrists was Dr. Thomas Szasz, who was skeptical of the idea of “mental illness” or of calling people with mental or mood disorders, “diseased.” He said they did not have a disease. There would need to be objective, scientific diagnostic tests such as X-rays and blood work to be done to find signs of actual “disease.”

Anyway, today is Dr. Szasz’s 100th birthday. (He died in 2012.) Author James Bovard has a good post with comments on Dr. Szasz, with some enlightening Szasz quotes, and he reprints an article he wrote in 1986 on ‘pure madness from psychiatrists.”

With COVID Hysteria, “Something Is Rotten in the State of Denmark.”

How long is this COVID situation going to last? And the government-ordered shutdown of businesses and job-losses?

Those “public servants,” ordering the people to close down and stay at home, are causing an economic collapse and devastation all over the country. All the increased impoverishment, despair, and now hunger with long lines at the food banks, will cause many more illnesses and deaths than whatever number of COVID-19 deaths that may have been prevented!

And the media are shameful in their fear-mongering right along with the “public servants” causing such panic and destruction. I was talking to my 86-year-old mother on the phone yesterday and she’s definitely affected by what I consider to be non-stop propaganda on the television. I think she watches too much TV but don’t tell I said that.

The undue panic that government bureaucrats and media have been causing will cause a mental health crisis as well as an economic crisis, if this goes on any longer.

I saw some good recent articles that people should read with more clear information on the COVID panic, including The 5 dubious pillars of the Covid-19 panic narrative on Medium, and Things about COVID-19 that make you go, “Hmmm” on Target Liberty.

So first I have some questions about the manufacturers such as the fashion and apparel companies now making face masks, and Ford, GM and Airbus now making ventilators, which those companies are not used to making.

Will the makers of the face masks be putting the masks through some kind of final inspections to guarantee they are free of contaminants or viruses? And as I saw mentioned on another blog, what exactly are the masks treated with, some kind of chemical decontamination process? That people might be directly breathing in?

And by the way, this article on GreenMedInfo tells us that wearing those face masks might not actually protect you from viruses, and may even be counterproductive. And that’s according to the World Health Organization! So government “public servants” really shouldn’t be making them mandatory!

And the ventilators? Will they be inspected before being sent to the hospitals? (I assume the ones in use now are already inspected!) Will these new ones be checked for possible bacteria?

According to the National Institutes for Health (that Jon Rappoport quotes from in this informative post),

One of the most serious and common risks of being on a ventilator is pneumonia. The breathing tube that’s put in your airway can allow bacteria to enter your lungs. As a result, you may develop ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

The breathing tube also makes it hard for you to cough. Coughing helps clear your airways of lung irritants that can cause infections.

VAP is a major concern for people using ventilators because they’re often already very sick. Pneumonia may make it harder to treat their other disease or condition.

VAP is treated with antibiotics. You may need special antibiotics if the VAP is caused by bacteria that are resistant to standard treatment.

Another risk of being on a ventilator is a sinus infection.

Using a ventilator also can put you at risk for other problems, such as:

*Pneumothorax (noo-mo-THOR-aks). This is a condition in which air leaks out of the lungs and into the space between the lungs and the chest wall. This can cause pain and shortness of breath, and it may cause one or both lungs to collapse.
*Lung damage. Pushing air into the lungs with too much pressure can harm the lungs.
*Oxygen toxicity. High levels of oxygen can damage the lungs.These problems may occur because of the forced airflow or high levels of oxygen from the ventilator.

Using a ventilator also can put you at risk for blood clots and serious skin infections. These problems tend to occur in people who have certain diseases and/or who are confined to bed or a wheelchair and must remain in one position for long periods.

Another possible problem is damage to the vocal cords from the breathing tube….

Now, all those possible risks of being on a ventilator. I wonder how many of the “COVID-19” patients, especially in New York, who have been on a ventilator and who died, really may have died of lung damage, oxygen toxicity, or pneumonia as caused by the ventilator itself, in which they wouldn’t have died just from COVID-19 alone. (One New York City ICU doctor has expressed a similar concern.)

In other words, in which the real cause of death was something other than COVID-19.

We now know that the health officials, CDC, etc. are counting as COVID deaths even those deaths that were caused by other illnesses.

Dr. Deborah Birx, one of Trump’s health advisors, has already admitted that they are falsely counting as “COVID deaths” those deaths whose actual cause was the patient’s other preexisting illness, such as heart failure or kidney disease.

Birx stated, according to the Daily Wire: “we are taking a very liberal approach to mortality…If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that.” In other words, the person really died of heart failure or kidney disease as the real cause of death, but she says that if the person died “with” COVID-19, they are still counting that as a COVID death. (To intentionally drive up the death count? But why, if so?)

Dr. Birx stated, “There are other countries, that if you have a pre-existing condition, and let’s say the virus called you to go to the ICU (intensive care unit) and then have a heart or kidney problem … Some countries are recording that as a kidney issue, or a heart issue, and not a COVID-19 death.”

The CDC guidelines, which that Daily Wire article also quotes from, states, “COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death …”

In other words, the CDC is promoting fraud in the official U.S. COVID-19 death count!

And that obviously includes whatever extra deaths may have been caused by possibly bacteria-laden ventilators.

This whole thing is suspicious to me. The WHOLE thing. It “doesn’t pass the smell test.”