One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

OK, that’s not QUITE right. Some of these things are not like the others.

I’m referring to the death rate in different countries. It varies widely, which would indicate that we really can’t use statistics from one country to predict what will happen in others.

In other words, using them to set up computer models of predicted outcomes will not be reliable.

See the map (from a Daily Mail story):

France shows 7, 574 deaths for a caseload of 90,843 – that’s a 8.3% death rate.

The UK shows 4,120 deaths for 42,449 cases – an almost 10% death rate.

Italy: 15,362 deaths, 124,632 cases – over 12%!

Clearly, these are NOT the numbers we are seeing in the USA. For us, as of yesterday:

9,620 deaths, 336,851 cases – death rate slightly under 3%

NY is almost 1/2 that total number of cases – 123,018. Deaths in NY – 4,159. That brings NY’s death rate to just under 3.4%

Not great, but not at the levels of many European countries.

What does that all mean?

What needs to be addressed is WHY death rates differ so widely among the states. States with similar number of cases have widely differing death rates:

IL – 274 deaths, 11,256 cases – 2.4% death rate

PA – 150 deaths, 11,510 cases – 1.3% death rate

Both states contain urban and rural parts, both have impoverished people/old people/ill people. And, yet, dramatically different outcomes. Go check out the stats yourself, and come to your own conclusions.

This epidemic will be the focus of many epidemiological studies for many centuries (should civilization survive – which, I think likely). But, for now, using the models to make policy for our country would be foolish, as long as the models are based on the extremely high death rates of some countries.

One major way America does planning for public health needs to change – I address it here.

Huh. I Thought the Left Believed That Some Lives Weren’t Worth It

Apparently, in emergencies (such as the precious opportunity to disparage a Republican), ALL Lives become worthwhile.

At least, that’s what the Left is saying now.

I mean, whatever happened to “just a clump of cells” or Obama’s famous response about how his infamous health insurance would affect unimportant people.

“Look, the first thing for all of us to understand is that we actually have some — some choices to make about how we want to deal with our own end-of-life care…we as a culture and as a society [can start] to make better decisions…at least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what? Maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”

Funny. You might almost think that it wasn’t all about the principles, but about the potential for political advantage.

LBO of the Democratic Party?

Steve Bannon makes a persuasive case for the notion that Mike Bloomberg is doing a Leverage Buyout (LBO) of the Democratic Party.

There is NO reason that he is being permitted to be on the Democratic debate stage, other than he has PAID for it.

And, I do agree about Little Mike’s motivation – he is attempting to wrest the reins of the party from the hands of the Seriously Socialist.

As opposed to the Socialist-Lite crowd that has held it in the last 50 or so years.

Now, the Socialist-Lite crowd should not be confused from those Socialists that actually want a revolution. The Socialist-Lite (SL, for short) only preach socialism up to a point. That would be the point at which the Taken-by-Force money passes through their hands – with a hefty surcharge being exacted for the process.

AOC and the other kinda-sorta Serious Socialists do want a revolution. Cue the old Beatles song.

But, in their minds, the revolution will end up with THEM in charge.

Foolish children. They don’t realize that the Original Revolutionaries (ORs) always get tossed out by the ruthless people who follow them. We call them the Kleptocrats, as their only passion is to acquire money – LOTS of money. See list below for a few:

  • Fidel Castro – he was a piker – ONLY $900 million
  • Hugo Chavez – $1 billion
  • Vladmir Putin – $70 billion
  • Michael Bloomberg – $56 billion
  • Yassar Arafat – at his death, more than $1 billion
  • Xi Jinping – personally, not known – his siblings have over $1 billion
  • Justin Trudeau – $10 million
  • Joe Biden – $1.5 billion. However, as VP, he steered a whole lot in the direction of his family members – see Profiles in Corruption, if you want an overview of just how that is done.
  • AOC – although she is just a newbie to the politics game, she’s apparently on track for greater wealth – $100,000, so far
  • The Clinton Clan – more than $300 million, so far.
  • The Obama Family – lowest estimate, $40 million.
  • The Pelosi Family – $140 million.

Hmmm. Maybe we SHOULD turn socialist – it seems that it pays off, quite well.

How to Handle the Cancel Culture Complaints

The always prescient Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, gives us directions, in a simple-to-follow template. Go to this link to view it.

Simply follow the accusation with that easy step, and – Voilà! You have photo-bombed the accuser, and can walk away, safe in the fact that you are armored against further threats.

BTW, that à? It turns out, that on a Mac keyboard, you just hold the letter you want to accent, and a little pop-up will show you the alternatives, Just click on the one you want with the mouse/trackpad/touchscreen.

I can’t tell you how long I’ve needed to know that.

Boy, Oh Boy – It’s a Full News Week

Impeachment Schiff-for-Brains is calling Trump GUILTY, before hearing the evidence of BOTH sides.

Say, isn’t that what might be called bias? Not a good thing BEFORE the evidence is in. Well, unless you’re a Leftist.

Then, of Republican Nixon (BEFORE the Impeachment hearings had concluded).

And, now – after time and maturity had kicked in.

Corruption – “There is nothing new under the sun”, as the Bible has it (I’m linking to multiple translations – pick your fav).

I haven’t bought the new Peter Schweitzer book, Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite, yet. I was hoping to find it in the public libraries.

Ohhhh. I’m out of breath – laughing when you have a cold really takes it out of you.

I kid, I kid. When I finish this post, I’m buying it. Hate to part with that much money ($14.99 for the Kindle edition), but, I need something to read while the Senate Democrats and RINOs beclown themselves in the Impeachment farce.

CelebritiesOMZ, Taylor Swift (that erudite and highly educated political philosopher) has written a new song that will galvanize the teen masses to revolution against their “sinister” GOP overlords!

Well, that’s it.

We need to give up now.

If Yet Another Aging Celebrity Poseur (YAACP) has come out against Trump, his supporters, and all that he has accomplished, there’s no alternative we have, but to surrender.

Other – our family has lost another member – my sister-in-law’s brother, at way too young. My husband will be traveling for the funeral; I will not – both recovering from an injury, and coming down with a cold. As well as two business-related events that I can’t miss.

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