Monthly Archives: July 2020

Initiating Violence Is Never Justified

First, I’m not the biggest fan of Michelle Malkin, especially her anti-foreigner anti-immigration views, and I’m not the biggest fan of police either, at least, government police. But I try not to lump everyone as a group, and there really are some good police.

It’s just that no one should have a monopoly over anything, especially at gunpoint. That bothers me. Government police have a monopoly of “authority” over our lives. That’s not legitimate, in my opinion.

So given how authoritarian Michelle Malkin is, I can see why she blindly and obediently worships the police.

But anyway, Malkin and her cohorts recently held a pro-police rally in Denver and they were attacked by Antifa/Black Lives Matter brutes.

I am someone who believes in presumption of innocence and due process. If people are just there, and you don’t know them, and they are apparently behaving peacefully, then you just leave them alone. That rule should apply to anyone, police as well as political activists.

But apparently, we have these groups of people that news media have been referring to as “protesters” but they are not protesters because attacking others with violence or destroying their property and setting fires are not legitimate forms of “protest.” Martin Luther King, Jr. led a whole movement that went on for years demonstrating that peaceful protest is the legitimate form of protest and it works. I mentioned those things recently.

And also it is coming out only now that rioting, violence, destruction, looting and mayhem have been going on in Portland, Oregon, but for weeks the news media have been silent about these events. Until fascist Donald Trump sent in DHS storm troopers in unmarked cars to abduct people, totally unconstitutional stuff by the feds. That’s wrong, too.

And it further appears that police chiefs in various cities like Portland and Denver have been telling their officers to “stand down” and not attempt to arrest the violent thugs. According to Malkin, the police chief in Denver marched with Black Lives Matter. So it looks like mayors and police chiefs support a Marxist group that seems to see violence, rioting and setting fires as legitimate.

Now, I’m not a gun person, but it looks as though peaceful citizens having gatherings and being attacked by others are going to have to start exercising their right to self defense. That includes business owners whose businesses (and thus their livelihoods) are being burned down or looted by thugs who “hate capitalism” (even though it was capitalism that provided them with their iPhones and expensive sneakers — socialism never produces anything).

Incidentally, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, Jo Jorgensen, is supportive of gun rights and self defense. So at least she’s good on that issue, as well as immigration, trade and foreign policy. But I digress.

It should be a universal axiom that human beings have a right to defend their lives, persons and property from the intentional aggression and violence of others. Right?

There are people who disagree with that, and they do not say it overtly, but others believe that not only do people not have a right to defend themselves, but that they have a right to use violence as a means to an end, whether that be a political end or “redistributive” justice.

Sadly, this whole society will devolve into total chaos and blood in the streets if the criminals take over (taking control away from the other criminals, the government criminals, that is).

Libertarian Party “Woke”

The Libertarian Party had a virtual convention, and the “delegates” voted to nominate Jo (Joanne) Jorgensen, a Clemson University psychology professor.

But this has been yet another example of an utter lack of respect for the democratic process and the will of the voters.

You see, some states had Libertarian Party primaries along with Republicrat and Demopublican primaries. Jorgensen was the #2 vote-getter with some 5,000 votes, versus Jacob Hornberger (the candidate I have been promoting here) the #1 vote-getter who received some 9,000 votes! This tells us that the Libertarian Party apparatchiks are just that, apparatchiks.

And there are indications that the main reason the LP chose Jorgensen was because of her gender, and her being a “social justice warrior” as well. The latest tweet by her that stirred some people up, for instance, was, “It is not enough to be passively not racist, we must be actively anti-racist.” This was after she attended a Black Lives Matter rally. (Excuse me, Toots, I don’t want to attend any rallies, and I don’t care really if someone thinks ignorant, bad thoughts about others. I believe in freedom of thought and freedom of speech. Thoughts and words can’t hurt anyone. It’s actions that matter to me, such as police being criminal thugs against others, okay?)

The formal organization “Black Lives Matter” is openly Marxist and wants to abolish capitalism and the nuclear family. Hmm. Obviously, they are not for libertarianism, i.e. the non-aggression principle, self-ownership (which is associated with private property) and individualism. So I think Jorgensen is really just “virtue-signalling” here. (Okay, Jo, you’re NOT racist, I know, I know!)

However, unlike the formal organization, the general movement “black lives matter” seems to be rallying in support of “black lives” and in opposition to police brutality, as we had seen in Minneapolis recently. Although rioting and violence have no place in a movement that rallies for peace, in my opinion.

I hope readers don’t misconstrue anything I’ve written here, including my sarcastic remarks. I agree with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Anyway, after neocon warmonger Bob Barr and moron Gary Johnson, I am not surprised that in 2020 the LP apparatchiks would choose the one who didn’t get nearly as many votes in the primaries as the one who did get the most votes, Jacob Hornberger. The actual citizen voters had spoken but the higher-ups apparently know better.

The Libertarian Party has been around for nearly 50 years, and they really haven’t made any progress in advancing the principles of freedom. So, I am not holding my breath that they ever will.

Should COVID Hysteria Continue to Keep Kids Out of School?

I’m not a big fan of public education, otherwise known as government schools. Home schooling or private schools (without government-imposed curricula) are preferred, if we actually want the kids to be educated, not indoctrinated (indoctrinated with the latest wacko social or political doctrine, that is).

But in the controversy over whether the kids should return to schools this September amid the COVID-19 hysteria, I think it’s better for the kids’ emotional and social development to return to the schools. This stay-at-home for lengthy periods has been irrational and destructive, in my opinion.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has strongly advised that children return to school this Fall for in-person classes. Here are some excerpts from their guidance advisory updated June 25, 2020:

[The American Academy of Pediatrics] strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has been substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and families.

Although many questions remain, the preponderance of evidence indicates that children and adolescents are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe disease resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition, children may be less likely to become infected and to spread infection. Policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within schools must be balanced with the known harms to children, adolescents, families, and the community by keeping children at home.

Unfortunately, after all that encouragement, they then go into all these specific directions on social distancing, the 6 feet apart stuff and promoting the terrible face coverings. There are a lot of specific directions, like it’s Soviet central-planning kinds of stuff. (I don’t know what’s wrong with these people, quite frankly.)

But we have more realistic assessments, at least of the mandate that everybody wear the masks, from more rational and non-hysterical physicians out there.

For instance, Dr. Marilyn Singleton, M.D., of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, recently published a science-backed article on the face coverings, including:

Filter efficiency was measured across a wide range of small particle sizes (0.02 to 1 µm) at 33 and 99 L/min.

  • N95 respirators had efficiencies greater than 95% (as expected).
  • T-shirts had 10% efficiency,
  • Scarves 10% to 20%,
  • Cloth masks 10% to 30%,
  • Sweatshirts 20% to 40%, and
  • Towels 40%.
  • All of the cloth masks and materials had near zero efficiency at 0.3 µm, a particle size that easily penetrates into the lungs.

Another study evaluated 44 masks, respirators, and other materials with similar methods and small aerosols (0.08 and 0.22 µm).

  • N95 FFR filter efficiency was greater than 95%.
  • Medical masks – 55% efficiency
  • General masks – 38% and
  • Handkerchiefs – 2% (one layer) to 13% (four layers) efficiency.

Conclusion: Wearing masks will not reduce SARS-CoV-2.

  • N95 masks protect health care workers, but are not recommended for source control transmission.
  • Surgical masks are better than cloth but not very efficient at preventing emissions from infected patients.
  • Cloth masks will be ineffective at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, whether worn as source control or as personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Masks may confuse that message and give people a false sense of security. If masks had been the solution in Asia, shouldn’t they have stopped the pandemic before it spread elsewhere?”

Dr. Singleton continues with several more studies and conclusions from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the New England Journal of Medicine, all apparently discouraging the use of face masks by the general public, stating that they offer little to no protection. Dr. Singleton also suggests maintaining healthy vitamin D levels, and, if someone is sick that person should stay home.

So if a child has any actual cold- or flu-like symptoms that child should obviously stay home from school. isn’t that the way it should be now, anyway?

Further, the New York Times published an article that discussed the psychological effects of children wearing masks, as well as their family members also wearing masks. Such activities can affect the children’s ability to develop recognition skills. The article discussed mainly masks in the context of Halloween masks, but I think the comments should apply to what we are discussing here.

In my opinion, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ directions for children returning to school are not necessary when we are dealing with an illness and a virus that is very much like the flu for most of the people who have the virus. We are talking about an infection fatality rate of less than .1%. The CDC has said more recently that it’s an infection fatality rate of .26%. That’s one-tenth to two-tenths of one percent.

No children have died from COVID-19, although some states using the revised “count every non-COVID death as a COVID death” guidelines are now citing some child deaths (who have died from some other illness but happened to have tested positive for COVID-19). But in reality, no children have died from COVID-19.

The people who have been dying of COVID-19 are mainly elderly nursing home patients, and not just elderly nursing home patients but already very sick elderly nursing home patients who have been battling some serious illness, and others with very serious illnesses and conditions, such as obesity, hypertension, heart disease and kidney disease.

But the government bureaucrats in charge have been disseminating a lot of misleading propaganda, and the mainstream news media merely repeat the government’s propaganda and fear-mongering. They have been provoking hysteria among the general population who don’t look into these things further.

If the schools are allowing the kids back to resume their “education” (such as it is these days, mainly “woke” social justice indoctrination more than the needed reading, writing, and math learning), but are going to impose all these Orwellian, draconian guidelines for kids constantly being self-aware and pathologically self-conscious, and constantly worrying if they are 6 feet apart or if they are wearing a terrible face mask or covering the right way, the educational and health bureaucrats are going to drive these little kids literally INSANE!!

Social Media Continue to Censor Non-Government-Approved Facts

The social media censorship of non-official, non-government-approved information (i.e. more factual, non-propaganda, etc.) continues especially with alternative health websites and their social media accounts.

It appears that Instagram is threatening to delete GreenMedInfo.com‘s account because the alternative health website posted an image taking Worldometer data on the increase in COVID-19 testing and number of cases versus the continuing decline of deaths.

Instagram told GreenMedInfo that the post was removed because it “goes against our Community Guidelines on harmful false information.”

Of course Instagram gave no evidence on how the information was “false,” even though the government’s information has been false, telling people that there are over 135,000 COVID deaths so far in the U.S.

Which isn’t the case because the CDC has been including deaths from other causes such as gunshot or heart disease, but simply because the person happened to test positive of the coronavirus, even though the person did not actually die from it. They count it anyway.

The CDC and the state “public health” bureaucrats say that a person “likely” or were “presumed” to have had the virus even with some people who were never tested for it. So, such a death count is not the “truth,” and is therefore “false,” according to actual scientific data.

See the CDC’s own revised guidelines (.pdf):

In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID–19 cannot be made, but it is suspected or likely (e.g., the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty), it is acceptable to report COVID–19 on a death certificate as “probable” or “presumed.” In these instances, certifiers should use their best clinical judgement in determining if a COVID–19 infection was likely. However, please note that testing for COVID–19 should be conducted whenever possible.

And see the Boston Globe: “[Massachusetts] Officials are now classifying as infected those who were likely stricken by the virus but did not have the diagnosis confirmed through a laboratory test…”

New York Times: “NYC Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count.” The article begins, “New York City, already a world epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, sharply increased its death toll by more than 3,700 victims on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.”

Project Veritas did an exposé on New York City funeral home directors just writing COVID on all the death certificates.

What “public health” bureaucrats have been doing is they are just putting “COVID-19” as the cause of death on death certificates regardless of the actual cause. This is another reason why some skeptics have been calling the whole thing a “scamdemic.”

So much for “science,” in which a laboratory confirmation for a particular virus would be required for accurate data.

GreenMedInfo actually then posted a quote by Dr. Ron Paul, MD, and was again threatened with deletion by Instagram. The “harmful false information” Instagram accused GreenMedInfo of posting was actually truthful information in that quote by Ron Paul:

The daily death count has morphed into the daily “new case” count, as 100,000 tests a day have exploded into 700,000 tests. Is it a wonder cases are increasing? But what they don’t dare mention is that deaths and even the death rate continue to decline. In fact the CDC warns that Covid is at the stage where it cannot even be classified an epidemic due to declining deaths. Still, more masks are required and petty dictators all around are calling for a return to lockdown. Can the truth ever be heard above all the lies?

But, tech and social media people take the word of government bureaucrats like the word of God, apparently. If a writer or researcher or non-Establishment physician like Ron Paul writes something that goes against Government Truth, then we must delete it, according to Instagram (and Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google, etc., etc.).

More Information on the Unnecessary, Unconstitutional and Harmful Mask Mandates

I have said that I don’t want to write about COVID anymore, because it’s getting very tiring. But the mask stuff, the mandating of wearing a mask, is out of ignorance and hysteria. That’s getting tiring, too.

But I don’t have enough time to write about the masks, their safety or effectiveness. So, here is a very good article on Health Impact News that addressed many issues with the masks, by Jim Meehan, MD, Healthy People Should Not Wear Face Masks.

And on the LewRockwell.com blog, Becky Akers has had several blog posts over the last week or two on the masks, including some experiences and thoughts about the masks from her many correspondents. Here is the blog archive for Becky Akers. She addresses the churches as well, in their obediently complying with the government’s totalitarian edicts to stay closed, or everyone wear masks and stay 6 feet apart.

Whatever Happened to the “Color Blind Society”?

I may have written this already here. But I am not a collectivist. I am an individualist. I can’t think of other people in terms of what group they belong to, such as based on their skin color, and then say this or that about them. Each one of us is an individual.

So, I don’t care about skin color or race, because they mean nothing to me. It’s who someone is as an individual that matters to me. Why do some people think otherwise? It seems to me that to some people skin color is important. Black this or black that, white this or that.

Unfortunately we have many forms of collectivism being expressed today.

And the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. would say that what matters is the “content of one’s character,” not the color of one’s skin. Why do so many people reject that philosophy now? I think it’s because collectivism in general still hasn’t gone away, regardless of whatever progress society has made.

And regarding the social and political activism these days, during the 1960s Dr. King had peaceful protests and marches, because he believed in nonviolence. And he also believed in civil disobedience. If a law is unjust, such as the Jim Crow laws, then it is moral to disobey it. But I think King would have condemned the “anti-racist” violence going on today. That’s just my view on that.

Fewer Kids Getting Vaccines, Fewer Kids Dying – Related?

This article from Children’s Health Defense brings up some statistics regarding fewer children dying in the past few months, that happens to be coinciding with fewer children getting vaccines because of the lockdowns in which parents haven’t been taking the kids to the doctors for exams (and shots). Like there’s a correlation? No surprise there.

David Stockman on the “Second Wave”; The Dishonest “News” Media

David Stockman was a former White House budget director, but in more recent years he has been commenting on other, non-finance matters, such as this year’s “pandemic.” Yes, the “COVID” hysteria that I have already written enough here about, and I’m sick of it.

But we’ll let David Stockman give a more realistic assessment of what’s really been going on. The “second wave,” that some people have been saying is really still part of the first wave in some states, is being propagandized by extremely hysterical news media who are “just flat-out fabricating, censoring and falsifying the evidence with respect to the so-called second wave allegedly hitting the Sun Belt states,” according to Stockman.

The media drumbeat in recent days has especially focused on the alleged surge of new cases in Houston/Harris County, featuring the same old hoary prediction of overflowing hospitals and ICUs that turned out not to be true even in NYC – except for a few hospitals at the epicenter of the pandemic in the Bronx for a few peak weeks in March/April.

Yet just like in the case of the flooded NYC hospitals myth, the readily accessible facts with respect to Texas and Houston refute this weekend’s media blitz entirely.

And they also underscore the everlasting laziness and servility of the MSM. After all, if you start with a positive case rate per 100,000 in Houston that is currently only 17% of that recorded for the Bronx and a death rate that is only 3% of what occurred in the Bronx, why in the world would you even think that Houston is teetering on the edge of a medical calamity?

And, get this:

…it seems that Texas health officials started logging every single COVID-19-positive patient in the state as a COVID-19 hospitalization, even if the patients themselves were admitted seeking treatment for something other than the coronavirus.

As Lindsey Rosales, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Health Services, confirmed recently to an independent investigator:

“The number of hospitalized patients includes patients with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 even if the person is admitted to the hospital for a different reason,” Rosales said.

Moreover, nearly everyone admitted for some other medical condition – and presumably asymptomatic for Covid – gets tested for Covid-19 before other treatments or surgeries are permitted:

Texas Health Resources, one of the state’s largest hospital systems, says on its website that its “patients [are] tested before most procedures.” Elective surgeries and other medical procedures in Texas have gone up in recent weeks as the state has gradually re-opened following its lockdown.

In other words, the first wave of Lockdowns created a huge backlog of demand for elective surgeries and other discretionary treatments, which were banned by state authorities. But once those bans were lifted and people got in the hospital for deferred treatments, they were tested for Covid and became the statistical gruel for the so-called second wave.

But even then, the Texas hospital statistics over the last three months make mincemeat out of the national media’s weekend narrative that Texas hospitals will soon be overflowing into the hallways. To wit, here is the trend of unused acute care beds in the Texas hospital system:

  • 3/18: 8,155;
  • 4/1: 18,411;
  • 4/15: 21,489;
  • 4/29: 19,432;
  • 5/20: 16,035;
  • 5/27: 15,315;
  • 6/3: 15,219;
  • 6/10: 13,271;
  • 6/17: 14,993;
  • 6/25: 12,571

In short, Texas had gone from virtually no Covid cases or deaths on March 18 to 131,917 cases and 2,296 deaths by June 25, but it actually had 56% more empty hospital beds on the latter date!

He references some quotes from a Houston doctor and a hospital CEO with more realistic information and stating that their hospitals are not overwhelmed by people dying from COVID-19.

Stockman is suggesting that the mainstream “news” media hate Donald Trump so much, they have no problem with lying about the actual COVID situations in those states that were considered to be low-risk states.

Well, it has been obvious to me for  a while that many in the mainstream “news” media are extremely biased to the point of lying, as well as omitting and distorting information toward a particular political or social agenda, and the suggestion that they are doing so here because they just hate Trump may very well be the case.

But it may also be the case that, given the push to rush vaccines to the public quickly, the “news” media have been distorting, omitting and lying because the pharmaceutical companies are some of the media outlets’ important sponsors. In other words, greed and profits above truth.