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  • Yes, Children Are ‘Almost Immune’ To The Worst Of COVID-19

    08/21/2020 7:04:34 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 12 replies
    thefederalist ^ | 08/21/2020 | Deane Waldman
    With the summer drawing to a close, the big question for nearly 60 million U.S. school-age children is whether they can return to school for in-person learning, or must remain at home limited to virtual education. States and municipalities differ widely on whether and how to re-open schools based on differing assessments of the risks of COVID-19 to children if they are in direct contact with each other and with teachers. Teachers’ unions are resisting school re-opening with political demands that have nothing to do with teaching, such as defunding the police, passage of Medicare-for-All, and elimination of competing charter...
  • California's public health director abruptly resigns amid questions about state's virus testing data

    08/10/2020 10:12:24 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies ^ | 8/10/2020 | sophie mann
    Dr. Sonia Angell's resignation comes as California contends with an enormous data glitch in its infectious disease recording system. Dr. Sonia Angell, California's director of the Department of Public Health, abruptly resigned on Sunday. Angell, who had been in the position for less than a year, reportedly resigned via an email sent to the California Health and Human Services Agency. Angell has, among others, been leading the state's battle against the novel coronavirus. More than 10,000 Californians have died of the illness, and most of the state remains on shutdown following a brief reopening period in early summer. "Our department...
  • Supreme Court Supports Democrat Efforts To Make Christians Second-Class Citizens

    08/04/2020 9:44:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 4, 2020 | Nathanial Blake
    The Supreme Court has no excuse for allowing Nevada officials to use a public health crisis to fill poker tables while emptying pews. All four gospels record that the Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus cast lots for his clothing. This was not the last time government agents were more interested in gambling than God. The latest instance is in Nevada, where the state government has granted casinos special privileges denied to churches. Casinos are allowed to operate at half-capacity, while churches are restricted to a hard cap of 50 people, no matter their capacity.When this double standard was challenged in...
  • The Moral Case Against Mask Mandates And Other COVID Restrictions

    07/31/2020 6:04:31 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 17 replies
    thefederalist ^ | 07/31/2020 | David Shane
    People who resist COVID-19 restrictions are often accused of being selfish and caring only about their own freedom. While that might explain the actions of some, moral arguments can be made against many of the restrictions. Although simple appeals to “freedom” are indeed less popular today than in the past, we should not disregard them. Nearly all our responses to COVID-19 require balancing one concern against another, and individuals and institutions will come to different conclusions as they try to strike that balance.
  • 'Mask Police' is Not the Answer

    07/22/2020 10:44:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 22, 2020 | John and Andy Schlafly
    A stark difference between the approach of President Trump and the newly radicalized Democratic Party is revealed by the issue of mandatory face masks. The “mask police” mentality of the Dems is inciting an Orwellian society of snitches and bullies. Democrats are now insisting that everyone be required to wear masks and that anyone seen not wearing a mask be reported to the authorities. This is despite leading liberal television commentators, including Chris Cuomo of CNN, being spotted outside without masks while they were being quarantined for COVID-19. The wearing of masks in public places causes harm beyond COVID, which...
  • Without A Real Coronavirus Vaccine, Herd Immunity Is Our Only Hope

    07/21/2020 7:34:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 21, 2020 | Joy Pullman
    Herd immunity is exactly what the spike in cases indicates is developing, and we need it to continue. Politicians have been reimposing and maintaining lockdowns and mask mandates due to media furor over “spikes” in coronavirus cases. This has happened in 21 states and many more localities, says The New York Times. One of the many problems with this is that the nation needs people to keep getting coronavirus.That’s because coronavirus spread is a natural vaccine that protects those who survive — which is the vast majority — and even those who don’t catch it, through herd immunity. This natural...
  • UK Government Panicking As Fraudulent COVID Death Count is Revealed

    07/18/2020 12:12:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    21st Century Wire ^ | JULY 17, 2020 | 21WIRE
    Today the public have been told via the mainstream press that UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock is now ‘looking into’ how data regarding coronavirus fatalities is being recorded. This, despite months of reporting by dissenting journalists who have been challenging the official government line . ... Dying *of* coronavirus? Or dying *with* coronavirus. The distinction is crucial, ... Public Health England confirmed that people who are dying of natural causes are also being counted as ‘COVID deaths’ by virtue of the fact that they had previously tested positive for the virus. Officials are calling this “a strange anomaly,” but it’s...
  • Remarks by Vice President Pence to U.S. Public Health Service Employees | Rockville, MD

    07/01/2020 3:17:02 PM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | June 30, 2020 | Vice President Mike Pence
    U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Headquarters Rockville, MarylandTHE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Secretary Azar.  Thank you for your great leadership, and thank you for that inspiring story about your grandfather.  And I just can’t help but think what a great country this is, that, in just two short generations, your family went from Ellis Island and meeting a member of the U.S. Public Health Service to being the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Join me in thanking Secretary Azar, would you please?  (Applause.)  What a great story.  (Inaudible.)And I want to thank someone, who has become...
  • SATIRE: Democrats say the president should use his emergency powers to mandate that everyone must wear a mask in public to improve our health and our economy.

    07/01/2020 11:37:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    Democrats say the president should use his emergency powers to mandate that everyone must wear a mask in public to improve our health and our economy. Ok, if we're now using emergency powers to negate the constitution and separation of powers, there are lots of things the president can do improve our health and our economy. For example: He can declare a total tax holiday for the next six months (hmmm... make it retractive to the first of the year), including all federal, state and local income taxes, payroll taxes, real estate taxes, sales taxes, excise taxes, fuel taxes, telephone...
  • Media Says NOTHING as HUNDREDS Gather for Pride Fest in Chicago — Totally PC Approved

    06/28/2020 2:04:13 PM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 6/28/2020 | Jim Hoft
    Gay Pride was held today in Chicago. Hundreds, if not thousands, flocked to the annual party in downtown Chicago. Of course, the media cheered this crowd since it was not a Trump rally.
  • Americans Should Never Again Comply With Pandemic Lockdown Orders

    06/18/2020 7:45:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 18, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    By treating Black Lives Matters protests differently than other large gatherings, public officials and health experts have exposed themselves as hypocrites. We’re told a second wave of coronavirus infections is coming. As businesses open back up and states relax lockdown orders, the number of new cases is ticking up in a handful of states. We’ve heard warnings in recent days from the Centers for Disease Control and various public health experts and elected officials that a new series of lockdowns might be necessary.What these experts and officials don’t seem to realize is that Americans will never comply with their lockdown...
  • Ohio Democrats Push to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis

    06/04/2020 6:42:08 AM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 3, 2020
    Democratic lawmakers in Ohio have proposed legislation to declare racism a public health issue amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd . . . “What we are witnessing around the country is a community simply begging to be seen and heard,” said Democratic Rep. Stephanie Howse, of Cleveland, and the caucus president. “Racism is real and it is the biggest public health threat citizens of color face.”
  • Mandatory Masks Aren’t About Safety, They’re About Social Control

    05/27/2020 2:26:38 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 125 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 27 May 20 | Molly McCann
    On May 26, Virginia’s Gov. Ralph Northam announced that wearing masks outside one’s home will be mandatory effective May 29. He first hinted he might issue a masking order a week ago, likely to test the water. A new refrain in public discourse is growing in volume by the day: “Things will never be the same.” The certainty with which we are assured of this pre-determined future is perplexing. Whether or not “things” will ever be the same is not at all clear, but that some people hope things will never be the same is certain. To those looking to...
  • Stop Fear-Mongering: Kids Are Safer From Covid-19 Than Everyone Else

    05/21/2020 9:22:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    The Federalist ^ | May 21, 2020 | Phil Kerpen
    The coronavirus news for kids has been overwhelmingly positive, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo is feeding fear by raising a tenuously connected specter of Kawasaki disease for children. Just when COVID death rates are declining and recovery appears around the corner in most states, the latest fear is that children are getting sick and are at risk of dying. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of those prominently pushing this inaccurate idea. He has emerged as the COVID-19 antihero due to his catastrophic policy of forcing nursing homes to accept infectious patients, which led to a surge in deaths. He...
  • Sweden stayed open. A deadly month shows the risks.

    05/17/2020 2:55:50 PM PDT · by thecodont · 110 replies
    New York Times via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | 1:13 pm PDT, Saturday, May 16, 2020 | Lauren Leatherby and Allison McCann, New York Times
    By late March, nearly every country in Europe had closed schools and businesses, restricted travel and ordered citizens to stay home. But one country stood out for its decision to stay open: Sweden. The country’s moderated response to the coronavirus outbreak has drawn praise from some U.S. politicians, who see Sweden as a possible model for the United States as it begins to reopen. “We need to observe with an open mind what went on in Sweden, where the kids kept going to school,” Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican, said at a hearing Tuesday. But while Sweden has...
  • How Becoming A Partisan Weapon Will Destroy Medicine

    05/12/2020 6:46:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 12, 2020 | Gregg Schmedes
    Our country is in trouble. Mutually exclusive worldviews now hinder the quest for scientific truth. The accelerated politicization of medicine has me more concerned than ever. In the past year, it seems politics will leave no rock unturned. Every aspect of our lives is becoming politicized. The NBA. The NFL. Nike. Thanksgiving. Now medicine. This is even more dangerous than it first appears. Recently, an online video by ER doctors Daniel Erickson and Artin Massihi went viral. They expressed views that differed from the presiding media narrative on COVID-19. Swiftly, the video was censored by YouTube, and their own professional...
  • ICU Doctor: What I Wish People Knew About Coronavirus

    05/08/2020 7:20:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 8, 2020 | Alex Hakim
    With COVID-19, it is like that clichéd scene in the movies where the scientist looks up from the microscope and says, ‘This doesn't seem to behave like anything I've ever seen before.’ My father-in-law recently asked me if it is hard to see hospitals and death in film because their depictions are so inaccurate. Yes, it can ruin the realism for me and make me cringe. Then I realized that just watching the news or press conferences these days are giving me the same feeling.Everyone seems to be talking about intensive care units (ICUs) and COVID-19 patients. As someone who...
  • Why No COVID-19 Models Have Been Accurate, And How To Fix That

    04/27/2020 7:00:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 27, 2020 | Jon McCloskey
    The decisions that are being made during this crisis are far too important and complex to be based on such imprecise data and with such unreliable results. There’s been a lot of armchair analysis about various models being used to predict outcomes of COVID-19. For those of us who have built spatial and statistical models, all of this discussion brings to mind George Box’s dictum, “All models are wrong, but some are useful”—or useless, as the case may be.The problem with data-driven models, especially when data is lacking, can be easily explained. First of all, in terms of helping decision...
  • Elites Screwed Up Iraq, Russiagate, And Much More. How Can We Trust Their Coronavirus Management?

    04/24/2020 7:51:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 24, 2020 | Saritha Prabhu
    Virus management is about power and control, the two things the elite always want and therefore don’t want to relinquish even when the virus recedes. The big-picture story of American politics of the last four years has been a battle royale between elite power structures and millions of ordinary Americans. Donald Trump’s 2016 election win, the Russia collusion hoax, and the impeachment drama were all essentially tussles between elite control and democratic norms, between the will of the powerful and the will of the 2016 voters, a.k.a. Trump supporters. A loose assortment of unelected bureaucrats, D.C. power players, Democratic leaders,...
  • Reopening The Nation Is Now Necessary To Save Lives

    04/24/2020 7:19:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 24, 2019 | Gregg Schmedes
    Now we have better data and experience that beg a more sophisticated approach as our nation grapples with balancing public health and the economy. “First, do no harm.” It’s a saying almost as old as the idea of medicine itself. I heard it a lot in medical school. And it’s a saying that our state and national leaders need to think long and hard about right now. In many respects, I am proud of the way our leaders and experts have stepped up to find ways of fighting the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. They acted quickly, on limited information, and based...