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  • Modelers Were ‘Astronomically Wrong’ in COVID-19 Predictions, Says Leading Epidemiologist—and the World Is Paying the Price [Stanford]

    07/02/2020 12:47:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    fee.org ^ | Thursday, July 2, 2020 | Jon Miltimore
    In a recent interview, Dr. John Ioannidis had a harsh assessment of modelers who predicted as many as 40 million people would die and the US healthcare system would be overrun because of COVID-19. =========================================================================== Dr. John Ioannidis became a world-leading scientist by exposing bad science. But the COVID-19 pandemic could prove to be his biggest challenge yet. Ioannidis, the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University, has come under fire in recent months for his opposition to state-ordered lockdowns, which he says could cause social harms well beyond their presumed benefits. But he doesn’t appear to be...
  • Don't Be Fooled, Recent Coronavirus Data Suggests the Lockdowns Were a Colossal Mistake

    06/30/2020 7:07:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/30/2020 | Matt Margolis
    In various states across the nation, there’s been a noticeable trend of an increase in coronavirus cases. While this fact makes the headlines, the detail that seems to get overlooked is the fact that deaths have declined. Florida, Arizona, Texas, California, and Ohio are among the states that have experienced spikes in cases but have maintained declining death rates or no spike in deaths. How is this possible? Conventional wisdom suggests that a spike in cases should result in a spike in deaths, but that has not panned out. The protests and riots following George Floyd’s death have been going...
  • All L.A. County beaches closed for July 4th weekend as coronavirus cases skyrocket.

    06/30/2020 12:39:13 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 49 replies
    KTLA NEWS ^ | June 29, 2020 | Mary Beth McDade
    Fourth of July revelers have been advised to stay away from Los Angeles County beaches as coronavirus cases skyrocketed. The temporary closures affects all beaches, piers, parking lots, beach bike paths, and beach access points beginning on Friday at 12:01 a.m., and lasting through 5 a.m. on Monday, L.A. County officials announced. Fireworks displays are also off-limits over the weekend in an effort to prevent gathering.
  • Gov. Ducey orders 30-day closure of some businesses, school opening delayed-AZ

    06/29/2020 5:08:47 PM PDT · by cornfedcowboy · 78 replies
    KGUN Channel 9 ^ | june 29, 2020 | Sam Radwany
    TUCSON, Ariz. — Gov. Doug Ducey announced new measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona at a news conference Monday afternoon. First, the governor said bars, gyms, indoor movie theaters, water parks and tubing in Arizona would be forced to close for 30 days. Pools will be allowed to remain open, but can allow 10 people at a time, Ducey said. The executive order goes into effect at 8 p.m. Monday.
  • N.J. restaurants NOT reopening for indoor dining this week after ‘knucklehead’ crowds at bars ruin it for everyone

    06/29/2020 1:40:59 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 35 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | June 29, 2020 | Matt Arco
    New Jersey will not reopen indoor dining this week as planned in the first major reversal of the state’s Phase 2 coronavirus reopening plan, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. Indoor dining was scheduled to resume Thursday along with several other big reopening steps including Atlantic City casinos, amusement parks, boardwalk rides and arcades ahead of the busy July 4th weekend. The canceled reopening also includes wedding venues and banquet halls. But the reopening of casinos remains scheduled for Thursday. Murphy cited recent scenes from expanded outdoor bar and restaurants showing packed crowds not wearing masks and ignoring social distancing as...
  • One of the very biggest reasons yet for why the lockdown is a scam: A federal judge struck down Cuomo’s and de Blasio’s lockdown orders for churches because the lockdown did not apply to Black Lives Matter protests

    06/26/2020 7:51:04 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    Wordpress ^ | June 26, 2020 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    One of the very biggest reasons yet for why the lockdown is a scam: A federal judge struck down Cuomo’s and de Blasio’s lockdown orders for churches because the lockdown did not apply to Black Lives Matter protests My list of reasons why the lockdown is a scam can be read at Here are 150 reasons why I’m against the COVID-19 lockdownsHere’s a new one that I’ll be adding the next time I update my list.A federal judge has ruled against the lockdown on churches and synagogues by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio,...
  • Abbott orders bars to close, reduces restaurant capacity amid Texas’ record COVID cases

    06/26/2020 9:08:25 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 103 replies
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | June 26, 2020 | Tessa Weinberg
    To combat record-breaking new cases and hospitalizations of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a new executive order Friday ordering bars to close by noon and reducing restaurants’ capacity to 50%. Bars may remain open for delivery and take-out services, including for alcoholic drinks. Starting Monday, restaurants must return to 50% dine-in capacity. Previously, bars had been permitted to reopen at 50% capacity, and restaurants were allowed to operate at up to 75% occupancy. Abbott also ordered rafting and tubing businesses to close by noon, and required local government approval for most outdoor gatherings of 100 people or more....
  • Texas pauses reopenings amid COVID-19 spike

    06/25/2020 10:08:03 AM PDT · by Nero Germanicus · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/20 | Reid Wilson
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Thursday the state will pause its efforts to reopen the economy as the number of confirmed coronavirus infections spikes and hospitals begin to fill. Abbott has been warning of a mounting catastrophe for days, as new cases rise precipitously in Houston, the Dallas metroplex and in cities like Austin, San Antonio and El Paso. Abbott said businesses that are already allowed to operate under the current reopening phase will continue to be able to do so. "As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that...
  • Gavin Newsom gets power to withhold funds for counties that don’t follow COVID-19 rules

    06/24/2020 10:01:50 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | JUNE 23, 2020 | SOPHIA BOLLAG
    California counties must comply with state and federal COVID-19 rules if they want part of up to $1 billion in funding through the state budget, according to details of a budget deal expected to win approval in the Legislature.
  • Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: Dems pushing strict lockdowns run most states with highest jobless rates

    06/22/2020 11:13:25 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 22 2020 | Wall Street Journal Editorial Board | The Wall Street Journal
    The Labor Department on Friday reported jobless rates in May for the 50 states, and the news is the greater than usual variation. Some state economies are recovering much faster than others, and the worst performing tend to be those that have imposed the most severe lockdowns. The national jobless rate was 13.3 percent in May, but 10 states still have unemployment rates above 15 percent. From highest down, they are: Nevada (25.3 percent), Hawaii (22.6 percent), Michigan (21.2 percent), California, Rhode Island and Massachusetts (16.3 percent), Delaware (15.8 percent), Illinois and New Jersey (15.2 percent), and Washington state (15.1...
  • Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest in Support of Businesses Suffering from Arbitrary and Irrational Restrictions of Michigan Governor's COVID-19 Orders

    06/20/2020 4:01:42 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies
    justice.gov ^ | May 29, 2020 | DOJ
    The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in a Michigan federal court in support of a lawsuit filed by seven businesses challenging the restrictions imposed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The statement of interest is part of Attorney General William P. Barr’s April 27, 2020 initiative directing Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider, to review state and local policies to ensure that civil liberties are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the...
  • The Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest in Support of Equal Treatment of Washington State Church Based on Recent Supreme Court Ruling

    06/20/2020 2:47:54 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies
    The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in a Washington State federal court supporting the First Amendment religious freedom claims of a Pierce County church, explaining how a recent Supreme Court decision, South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom (May 29, 2020), supports the church’s claim. The statement of interest explains that Washington’s preferable treatment of secular gatherings such as restaurants, taverns, and outdoor protests compared to the restrictions imposed on indoor and outdoor religious services triggers heightened scrutiny under the Constitution.The statement of interest is part of Attorney General William P. Barr's April 27, 2020 initiative...
  • Water, Power Cut Off And Locks Changed At Oxford Gym That Defied Massachusetts Shutdown

    06/19/2020 3:25:57 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 30 replies
    OXFORD (CBS) – An escalating standoff with the town of Oxford and a local gym owner came to a head as the town moved in and changed the locks and ordered any members inside to leave. This week a judge ruled the town could use whatever means necessary to close the facility and took the first step overnight by turning off the water and electricity. In the afternoon, a constable posted a copy of the court order and soon after the locks were being changed. “I understand shutdown laws and rules but enough is enough,” said Prime Fitness owner David...
  • Hire Laid Off Restaurant Workers Back First, Encourages Former Georgia Candidate For Governor Stacey Abrams

    06/19/2020 7:07:23 AM PDT · by kevcol · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 19, 2020 | Tara Nurin
    Potential Democratic vice presidential nominee Stacey Abrams called on the restaurant industry Thursday to do better for its employees of all backgrounds as dining establishments begin to more fully re-open following the easing of coronavirus-related lockdowns. Notably, she pressed the issue of “right to return,” an idea that in this context would encourage or require hiring managers to give employees furloughed or laid off during COVID closures the right of refusal to reclaim their jobs before they get offered to anyone else.
  • Ohio restaurant names Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf employee of the month for driving business

    06/17/2020 11:54:00 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 25 replies
    TribLive ^ | June 17 2020 | MEGAN GUZA
    An Ohio barbecue joint just across the border from Erie named Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf its employee of the month for bringing so much business to the lakefront eatery over the past weeks. The Facebook post from Breakwall BBQ owner Mike Morgan is a wink and a nod to Pennsylvania’s slow, gradual reopening process — a process that has nearby Erie County still in the yellow phase, which prohibits restaurants from offering dine-in services. Ohio restaurants have been open for full-but-socially-distant business since last month. “Also want to give a shout-out to our employee of the month, Pennsylvania’s very own...
  • 85 Percent of Independent Restaurants Could Close Without Direct Aid

    06/16/2020 8:01:53 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    FSR ^ | 06/2020 | Ben Coley
    Dan Wu, an immigrant chef and owner of Atomic Ramen in Lexington, Kentucky, operated his restaurant for two and a half years before COVID hit. The location’s closure turned from temporary to indefinite as the government instituted stay-at-home orders and dining room restrictions. To-go and delivery weren’t feasible lifelines. Eventually it became clear the restaurant wasn’t going to hang on, so Atomic Ramen closed permanently about three weeks ago. Wu’s situation is an example of what numerous independent operators are facing nationwide. According to a report released by Compass Lexecon in conjunction with the Independent Restaurant Coalition, 85 percent of...
  • Another Judge Rules That Ohio's COVID-19 Lockdown Is Illegal

    06/15/2020 7:13:58 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 3 replies
    Reason ^ | June 12, 2020 | Jacob Sullum
    Ohio's COVID-19 lockdown violates due process and the separation of powers, a state judge concluded today, ruling in favor of a company that sought to reopen a water park without suffering criminal penalties. "This unbridled and unfettered consolidation of authority in one unelected official is dangerous grounds to tread on," writes Erie County Court of Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette, referring to Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton's orders requiring "nonessential" businesses to close. "If one unelected, unaccountable to the public official is allowed to invoke unfettered Orders [that] criminalize an otherwise non-criminal activity only for disobedience to her...
  • New Mexico Is Open For Restaurants, Protests — But Not For This Lifelong Army Family To Bury Master Sgt. Velasquez

    06/15/2020 7:00:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 15, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    'I'm getting all sorts of excuses of why I can't give my brother the honorable service and burial that he is is entitled to. He was promised that in the event of death, this country will take care of you.' Master Sgt. Joseph Wynne Velasquez served his country in the U. S. Army for more than 20 years. He deployed once to Macedonia, twice to Iraq, and then to Afghanistan. He has six children, a grandson, and a wife of 19 years. Between him and his brother Phillip James Velasquez, Jr., their mother Wilma Maria endured a son in a...
  • Thousands of ‘Black Trans Lives Matter’ Protesters Gather Outside Brooklyn Museum as Gov. Cuomo Threatens Party Goers in the Hamptons ‘Violating Social Distancing’

    06/14/2020 4:57:49 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 32 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 14, 2020 | Cristina Laila
    Thousands of ‘black trans lives matter’ protesters gathered outside of the Brooklyn museum on Sunday. The protesters were shoulder-to-shoulder and not practicing social distancing. Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo threatened restaurant/bar owners, police officers and party goers in Manhattan and the Hamptons who were violating the Communist ‘social distancing’ orders...Crooked Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. recently announced the DA’s office will not prosecute protest-related arrests “in the interest of justice.”...
  • NYC fires back at Cuomo’s threat to shut down Manhattan over social distancing

    06/14/2020 4:34:31 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 14, 2020 | 5:20pm | Kate Sheehy
    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday fired back at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s threat to shut down Manhattan again if the city didn’t enforce social-distancing better — saying through a rep that “imprisoning people” isn’t the answer. “We must balance safety with people’s need to reopen their businesses,” a City Hall spokeswoman said in an e-mail. “We had social distancing ambassadors out all weekend distributing masks and encouraging people to disperse after making their purchases. “These businesses are allowed to be open per the Governor’s guidelines and we don’t believe imprisoning people or taking away their livelihood is the answer.”