Sunday Rant – 3720


Joe’s Comment – I don’t know the origin of this graphic, but it is powerful!
I firmly believe that most people can make responsible choices, wise decisions, and undertake rational action if only they have facts and data to help.
However, in the current social reality, lots of data is corrupted for political advantage.
All the more reason to carefully, thoroughly, analytically digest information while making conclusions, but validate data religiously.
Wouldn’t want to step in a big cow pie…. metaphorically.


Starving to Death
I never thought Joe and I would die this way.
We have provisions to last a month or so, but we may never shop again!
The local grocery outlets have mandated masks.
Unless (duh!) we rob a bank (which is becoming more and more attractive as a protest against collective insanity).
Meanwhile, back at the lab, the fury and frenzy continues, with “science” from the progressive left typified by emotion (not logic or data) being promulgated through government and media platforms with the threat of forced compliance.
The other lab, the real science lab, keeps getting more actual and accurate data, analyzing said data, then try to make their discoveries known.
There’s the Catch-22.
The real science, the real facts, cannot be broadcast unless they agree with the froth-mouthed hysteria of the progressive left.
CORONA VIRUS  IS A VIRUS, and viruses do what viruses do.
No way around this: it’s a fact, Jack.
What government does most often is ineffective, quite often is harmful, and by the statistics of chance (a broken watch is right twice a day in a 12 hour cycle), government very rarely does it right, on time, effectively and efficiently.
Also a fact, Jack.
What to do?
Fortunate for Mud Peckers everywhere, there are some people who actually have great brains, pure hearts, and good noble intentions.
These folks are motivated by something unknown and suspicious to many in power; the search for truth, a love of humanity, a humility before doG.
A blogger named JB Handley (blog link here) has done a superior job to assemble and present the work of many real scientists who know what to make of the subject, and are trying to “tell all” (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher!).
His article, titled “Lockdown Lunacy 3.0: It’s Over“, begins with the following paragraph –
If you’re hoping the COVID-19 pandemic will go on forever, this post may disappoint you. And, I get it. We have gone frothing-at-the-mouth nuts over a slightly above-normal virulence virus, with a unique and obvious age-distribution pattern that should have made containment easy and panic completely unnecessary. And, if you’re living in the United States, like I am, you probably think my declaration that this pandemic is “over” to be somewhere between wishful thinking and incredibly premature, and I hear you, too, although forgive me if I’m not sure you’re the one thinking clearly, given some of the things I’ve recently read. I promise to support my assertion with data, and the wisdom of people far more expert than me who are having a harder time being heard in the present climate of…bats#@t crazy.”
The article is well researched, loaded with links to sources and supporting data.
Joe and I have read all of it.
Here are some highlights for those who won’t take the time:

1.  Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Oxford, identifies the multifaceted threat to “quality of life” by over-reaction to this virus, which is a strain of our old pal, the common cold.
She believes that “herd immunity” levels are in the 10 – 20% range (not 60%+ as previously speculated), and have largely been met in communities where isolation, separation, quarantine, and other methodologies have NOT BEEN FOLLOWED.  A quote from her interview –
“Question from Alastair: There’s an essential sense of contamination that pervades everything. You see repeatedly people reacting with total vitriol to pictures of young people going to the park or the beach. How do you transform a collective sense of contamination and sin into something productive?
Response from Dr. Gupta: It’s very difficult. I think there’s nothing to do except remind people that that is not only puritanical, but misguided. Because actually, the only way we can reduce the risk to the vulnerable people in the population is, for those of us who are able to acquire herd immunity, to do that.
Even if there is a little bit of a risk. I’m 55 years old, there’s some slight risk out there. But I would be willing to take that, just as I do with the flu. There’s a risk I might die of flu, but I’m willing to take that risk, because I know that if I don’t then flu will appear as it did before, it will enter the population of immunologically naive individuals, and then there will be a high risk of infection which will have a disproportionate effect on the vulnerable sector of the population.
Maybe the way to counter it now is to say, actually, not only is it a good thing for young people to go out there and become immune, but that is almost their duty. It’s a way of living with this virus. It’s how we live with other viruses. Flu is clearly a very dangerous virus, but the reason we don’t see more deaths from flu every year is because, through herd immunity, the levels of infection are kept to as low a level as we can get.
I think there is a way of living in a community where we do take some risk. We do the same with motorcars and whatnot. We say, ok there’s a risk, we’ll take it, because if we didn’t take that risk we’d be living our lives in a way we don’t want to.”
A second quote, a reply to a question about “herd immunity” –
Question from Maggie: The expression “herd immunity” has entered the same realms as austerity and Brexit. It has become a sort of danger word because of that whole debate at the very beginning. The minute you say herd immunity, the popular newspapers say you want to kill all the old.
Response from Dr. GuptaIt’s just a technical term. It’s just a technical term for the proportion of the population that needs to be immune in order to prevent the disease from spreading, which is the central concept in vaccinations. It’s a fundamental epidemiological concept, which clearly has been subverted. I guess the fact it includes the word herd has made it easier.
The truth is that herd immunity is a way of preventing vulnerable people from dying. It is achieved at the expense of some people dying, and we can stop that by preventing the vulnerable class in the process. In an ideal situation, you would protect the vulnerable as best you can, let people go about their business, allow herd immunity to build up, make sure the economy doesn’t crash, make sure the arts are preserved, and make sure qualities of kindness and tolerance remain in place.
We live, it seems, in this state of terror. Yes, international travel facilitates the entrance of contagion, but what it also does is it brings immunity.
Why don’t we get flu pandemics anymore? Because before 1918 there was not sufficient international travel or densities of individuals to keep flu on as the sort of seasonal thing it is now. Pockets of non-immune people would build up, and then they would be ravaged.
That was the pattern until the end of the First World War. Since then, many of these diseases have become endemic. As a result of which we are much more exposed to diseases in general and related pathogens, so if something new comes along we are much better off than we would be if we hadn’t had some sort of exposure to it.
If coronavirus had arrived in a setting where we had no coronavirus exposure before, we might be much worse off. It also seems that in addition to protection against severe disease as a result of exposure to related coronaviruses, some fraction of us seem to be resistant to infection.
That’s just fantastic news, actually. Hopefully that will be consolidated at a scientific, laboratory level. We ourselves are looking at how antibodies to seasonal corona viruses can impact on protection against infection and disease.
Maybe we will be able to build up a picture that will reassure the public that actually we are much better off having been exposed to related corona viruses. We are in a better place to fight off this infection than we actually thought.”
Joe and I had never pondered why the Spanish Flu of 1918 was so virulent.  Nice (as in accurate, precise) reply by Dr. Gupta.  Once again, worth the read if you have ANY ANXIETY about what is happening to you and your community.

2.  Jeffrey A. Tucker writes in the American Institute for Economic Research an article titled “When Will the Madness End?“.  Good question!  Alas, the answer is not any time soon.  Joe says it is a reminder that half of humanity is below average in intelligence.  The point Mr. Tucker makes is the collective madness of the mob in combination with dreadful political dictum is having a deep and lasting affect on the mental health of citizens.  A quote from the article –
After 2005 when the Internet developed into a serious repository for human knowledge, and it became accessible via smartphones and near-universal access, I too was tempted by the idea that we would enter into a new age of enlightenment in which mass frenzies would be quickly stopped by dawning wisdom. 
You can see evidence of my naivete with my April 5, 2020 article: With Knowledge Comes Calm, Rationality, and, Possibly, Openness. My thought then was that the evidence of the extremely discriminatory impact of the virus on plus-70 people with underlying conditions would cause a sudden realization that this virus was behaving like a normal virus. We were not all going to die. We would use rationality and reopen. I recall writing that with a sense of confidence that the media would report the new study and the panic would end. 
I was preposterously wrong, along with my four-month-old feeling that all of this stuff would stop on Monday. The psychiatrist I met in New York was correct: the drug of fear had already invaded the public mind. Once there, it takes a very long time to recover. This is made far worse by politics, which has only fed the beast of fear. This is the most politicized disease in history, and doing so has done nothing to help manage it and much to make it all vastly worse. 
We’ve learned throughout this ordeal that despite our technology, our knowledge, our history of building prosperity and peace, we are no smarter than our ancestors and, by some measures, not as smart as our parents and grandparents. The experience with COVID has caused a mass reversion to the superstitions and panics that sporadically defined the human experience of ages past. 
Eventually, people have and do come to their senses, but it is as Mackay said: people “go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
There is madness in the land.  All the forces of good, all the knowledge there is, all the facts and data and statistics are to no or slow avail.
Joe and I hope to recover our senses faster than slowly, and if we are able, to influence others to do the same.
We don’t want to starve to death because of our stubborn refusal to wear a mask.



Family Guy  – Never Visited
Joe and I have our quirks, our prejudices, our foibles, our flaws.
We admit to have never watched an episode of “Family Guy”.
We didn’t know what we didn’t know.
Our fleeting assessment years ago convinced us it would be a waste of our precious doG-given time.
In relation to current events, some wag remembered this brief scenario, and we are thinking maybe we might have missed something:


Take Down the CCP
Some long overdue heartfelt emotional protesting captured on video.
Even Toronto ON CA had a presence!:

And a song with the same title, “Take Down the CCP!” by Miles Guo made it to #1 on iTunes.
Joe says good news is welcome in any language (the music sucks but the message is a warning to tyrants everywhere):



Orange Man Bad Redux
An admission – Joe and I don’t think the Orange Man is Bad.
We think the Orange Man is crazy smart.
For those of you who don’t think he’s crazy smart, who think he is a “two digit IQ-ist” you must (at the very least) admit he is smart enough to hire fabulous people who make fabulous deals and fabulous decisions.
Two recent examples of excellence in action –
Example 1:  Trump administration brokers an Israeli – Kosovo deal.  Read the article at the link.  A Muslim country establishing diplomatic ties with Israel – imagine that.  Not an isolated anomalous event – one in a series (Saudi Arabia / Israel was first).
Example 2:  The Trump administration directs U.S. Marshals Service in Oregon to cross-deputize Oregon State Police officers.  This is brilliant.  The out of control rioting peaceful demonstrators in Oregon are now messing with Federal officers.  Federal officers who are not amused.  Hilarity will ensue.


The First Lady
Joe and I are in awe.
What presence and grace and class.
And beauty.
Does that make us racist?:


Candace Owens (Ben Shapiro)
Joe and I love both of these people.
Candace seems able to talk and think as fast as Ben.
Current events, machine gun speed, conservative perspective.
And of course the West’s favorite topic – “Black America”:
Joe and I are sick and tired of Black America.
Unfortunately, we have no solution.
Joe says this is the Ron White Paradox (you can’t fix stupid):


Blue Collar Logic
As a bookend to the Candace Owens / Ben Shapiro discussion above, here is Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic discussing the latest tragedy in American culture: the Antifa / BLM farce (BurnLootMurder):


A clash between the haters (haters gonna hate) and the MAGA singers:


Cajun Music
Joe and I were sitting in the back yard having a beer with a few friends.
Everyone went home (it wasn’t something we said).
Turned on the Internet and went YoubeTube-ing.
Damn if we weren’t in the mood for some Cajun tunes!
Here’s “You Won’t Be Satisfied”, by Cajun Country Revival:

Here’s “The Back Door” by D.L. Menard and friends:

And here are the Pays D’en Haut with “Tit Galop Pour Mamou / Bayou Noir”.
Joe’s French ain’t so good – he was disappointed there weren’t any galloping boobs – but he did like the music.
The young lady playing triangle looks a lot like Ms. Ella Mae Z. from Oyama BC.
Joe says Ms. Ella Mae is way better looking.
Neither one of us knows if Ella Mae can play the triangle:


Joe’s Garage

Vegan Criminals
Joe and I listened to the following information from Dr. Shawn Baker.
We consider the well-meaning Australian parents of the 11 pound 20 month old infant to be child abusers and criminals.
There is no excuse for denying a child the best possible opportunity to be all they can be (thank you US Armed Forces).
Joe says life is hard enough, a big enough challenge, without purposely being handicapped by your own damn mother and father:

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