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Interesting (bed-wetter) items from my inbox and elsewhere …

Even WHO is against lockdowns now

Mere months after helping to start a panic that led to the job-killing lockdowns, the World Health Organization is finally admitting the cure is worse than the disease, as reported in the New York Post:

The World Health Organization has warned leaders against relying on COVID-19 lockdowns to tackle outbreaks — after previously saying countries should be careful how quickly they reopen.

WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last resort, the British magazine the Spectator reported in a video interview.

Last resort? Why are lockdowns a resort of any kind? The data shows they don’t work. (See below.) This is like saying bleeding the patient to release the bad humours should only be treated as a last resort.

Nabarro said tight restrictions cause significant harm, particularly on the global economy. “Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer,” he said.

Yup. And poverty kills. There are no words capable of expressing the contempt I feel towards people who are gainfully employed and happy to support lockdowns as long as their jobs are safe.

Other people’s lives and businesses will be destroyed? Yeah, I’m okay with that as long as a lockdown means there’s an itty-bitty, teeny-tiny reduction in the odds I’ll be exposed to a virus that has a 99.96% survival rate and is less deadly that ordinary flu for people younger than 70. We all have to pull together, ya know!

I’ve never seen a clearer example of the haves not giving a rat’s ass about the have-nots. When people argue with me about lockdowns on Twitter or elsewhere, I always ask the same question: What job or business did you lose because of the lockdowns, and why do you consider that a worthwhile sacrifice? I’ve yet to receive a reply.

It would be a different debate if lockdowns were saving thousands of lives. But of course …

Lockdowns don’t work

What have I been saying since April? The virus is going to spread, period. The most locksdown can accomplish is to slow the pace of the spread. So while this article in National Review calls the data “surprising,” I’m not surprised at all:

Governors in different states responded to the COVID-19 pandemic at different times and in different ways. Some states, such as California, ordered sweeping shutdowns. Others, such as Florida, took a more targeted approach. Still others, such as South Dakota, dispensed information but had no lockdowns at all.

As a result, we can now compare outcomes in different states, to test the question no one wants to ask: Did the lockdowns make a difference?

If lockdowns really altered the course of this pandemic, then coronavirus case counts should have clearly dropped whenever and wherever lockdowns took place. The effect should have been obvious, though with a time lag.

To judge from the evidence, the answer is clear: Mandated lockdowns had little effect on the spread of the coronavirus. As in almost every country, we consistently see a steep climb as the virus spreads, followed by a transition to a flatter curve. At some point, the curves always slope downward, though this wasn’t obvious for all states until the summer.

The lockdowns can’t be the cause of these transitions. In the first place, the transition happened even in places without lockdown orders (see Iowa and Arkansas). And where there were lockdowns, the transitions tended to occur well before the lockdowns could have had any serious effect.

What do The Anointed do when a Grand Plan fails? You already know: they decide to do the same thing again, only bigger …

U.K. government: we can @#$% you, but don’t @#$% each other

When I first saw this article from the U.K. Evening Standard, I though it had to be a parody. Nope, it’s real. Here’s how ridiculous coronahysteria has become:

Couples living apart in areas with Tier 2 restrictions are not allowed to have sleepovers unless they are in a “support bubble”, Downing Street confirmed today.

If you can read that sentence without picturing people having sex inside a giant plastic bubble, you have more mental discipline that I do.

Boyfriends and girlfriends will be able to meet outdoors in Tier 2 but are expected to adhere to social distancing rules such as hands, face and space. They must also adhere to the rule of six.

If you can read that sentence without picturing six people having sex inside a giant plastic bubble, you have more mental discipline that I do.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told a briefing of Westminster journalists: “The rules on household mixing in Tier 2 set out that you should mix with your own household only unless you’ve formed a support bubble and that obviously does apply to some couples.”

Asked why there was no exemption for people in established relationships in Tier 2, he replied: “Because the purpose of the measures that were put in place is to break the chain in transmission between households and the scientific advice is there is greater transmission of the virus indoors.”

Well, there’s a simple solution, then: have sex outdoors. Or better yet, tell the government officials to go @#$% themselves.

Another bed-wetter politician is introduced to the Constitution

Since the beginning of the “pandemic,” Governor Whitmer of Michigan has been competing with other governors to see who could issue the most arbitrary and useless lockdown restrictions. (If you can explain why buying alcohol and lottery tickets doesn’t spread COVID while buying garden seeds does, I’m all ears.) She’s also been competing to see who could be the biggest hypocrite among the political bed-wetters: after she ordered citizens of Michigan not to visit their vacation homes, her husband traveled to their vacation home. He had to rake the leaves, ya see, so it was okay.

Anyway, the state’s Supreme Court recently introduced Whitmer to a document called The Constitution:

Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lacks the authority to extend or declare states of emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a 4-3 majority opinion, the state’s high court said she did not have that authority.

Three judges thought it was okay for Whitmer to decide which businesses can stay open and which ones will fail by government decree? Doesn’t the Constitution guarantee equal protection under the law? That decision should have been 7-0.

“We conclude that the Governor lacked the authority to declare a ‘state of emergency’ or a ‘state of disaster’ under the EMA after April 30, 2020, on the basis of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we conclude that the EPGA is in violation of the Constitution of our state because it purports to delegate to the executive branch the legislative powers of state government– including its plenary police powers– and to allow the exercise of such powers indefinitely,” wrote Justice Stephen J. Markman on behalf of the majority.

Whitmer responded to the decision calling it “deeply deeply disappointing, and I vehemently disagree with the court’s interpretation of the Michigan Constitution.”

Well, yes, The Anointed are always deeply disappointed when the little people refuse to bend the knee, give up their freedoms, and go along with the latest Grand Plan.

Stay in lockdown until the miracle vaccine comes along!

Uh, no. I’m not going to get a vaccine that will be rushed through the testing process. This article in the U.K. Times explains why:

Sixty people are to receive a multimillion-pound payout from the government after they suffered brain damage caused by a swine flu vaccine.

Most of the victims are children but they also include six health workers. Peter Todd, a lawyer representing many sufferers, said the government would face a bill of at least £60m — £1m for each victim.

“There has never been a case like this before,” he said. “The victims of this vaccine have an incurable and lifelong condition and will require extensive medication.”

Six million British people, mostly children, received the vaccine following the swine flu scare in 2009. It was later revealed that the vaccine can cause severe epilepsy-type symptoms, called narcolepsy and cataplexy, in up to one in 16,000 recipients.

Yes, those are low odds – one in 16,000. But given my age, good health habits, etc., I’m pretty sure the odds of me dying from COVID are even lower.

But the odds that idiotic government policies will drive me insane are increasing daily.


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38 thoughts on “From The (Bed-Wetter) News …

  1. Firebird7479

    “If you can read that sentence without picturing people having sex inside a giant plastic bubble, you have more mental discipline that I do.”

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  2. Nann

    My concern is that it doesn’t seem like we are “able” to stop the lock downs. Even with Trump in charge, nothing is changing. Media is in charge and completely out of control. (They continue to focus on cases and not deaths and ignore the number of tests per population — which USA is HIGH). Frankly I am sorry but I have to lay the indictment at many people over sixty who imho continue to push it. They are utterly selfish and simply do not care for reality. They don’t care if younger people suffer. They get paid by social security so they don’t need a job. They enjoy walking around reporting on people who aren’t wearing masks. They enjoy their special status. Where are the person or persons to put them in their place and tell them if they are concerned they need to isolate in their homes — instead of the other way around. Right now my local grocery stores open at 7 AM for the elderly and disabled to shop until 9 AM. Yet, every time I go to the store around 12, it is 99% elderly people. And they can usually be found objecting to the number of people in the store and demanding that less people be let in. While I pick through the stock as the best items have usually been taken by the early morning shoppers. As much as I despise the politicians they are only pandering to the media and this selfish, mostly elders, group that simply doesn’t care and is gaining too much this way.

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    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      I was pleased to see a video of an elderly woman basically saying she’s lived a long time and there’s no reason to ruin young people’s lives because of the virus. I wish there were more like her.

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    2. kfg

      Most of the old people I know who aren’t locked up in the nursing home death traps are pointing out that in our youth we survived polio, measles and much worse without lockdowns, or even vaccines.

      It appears to be mostly the authoritarian younger crowd who are walking around accusing people of being granny killers if they won’t bend the knee to capricious and nonsensical dictatorship. It’s a slavery vs. liberty issue, and old people remember and liked liberty. Many of them fought for it.

      Except for a minority of hysterics old people tend to be fully aware that their time is short. For my part I intend to make good use of what time I have left while I can and hope to die with my boots on. Maybe I’ll take up motorcycle road racing. Unlike a 16 year old all I have to lose are a few years of decline and misery.

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      1. Tom Naughton Post author

        We need a national survey of people over 75, asking if we should continue lockdowns, remote-only schools, restrictions, mask mandates, etc., to slightly reduce the odds they’ll be exposed to the virus. I can guess what the result would be, which is why that survey won’t be conducted.

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  3. Ann

    Enjoy your posts. Thanks.

    You may find this interesting
    Lord Sumption’s Cambridge Lecture last night
    Although has many UK legal / govt references , the context is applicable to all democracies.
    Resources.law.cam.ac.uk/private law/Freshfields_Lecture_2020_Government_by_Decree
    Can also see via YouTube

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  4. tony grenier

    nice….you hit the nail on the head with this post….i feel sorry for the poor bastards in france and germany …they just announced going back into lock down….this bullshit’s getting scary…

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      1. j

        Saw an article featured on yahoo titled
        “If You Are Not Taking COVID-19 Seriously At This Point, I’ve Got A Strong Message For You”

        It featured a photo of a “nice” woman with her middle finger extended towards the reader.
        And concluded with several paragraphs of uncensored ” F*** you “s , I kid you not.

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  5. Nann

    For your next post you should highlight Vitamin D. Ever since I started taking Vitamin D my “colds” have drastically reduced. I used to get one every year and now I get one 2 times in 12 years. So when someone suggested Vitamin D for Covid I was pretty sure it was going to work. Now, 3 or 4 scientific journals into stating that this does work, and even Dr. Faucci saying he takes it, there are many people denying that fact and refusing to take it. Here is a simple and cheap thing you can do right now, and they refuse to do it and try to poo poo it for others. That tells me that they are willing to die or get sick to continue their political story. Study 80% of people with Covid were Vitamin D deficient. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201027092216.htm. Additionally another reason to not take it and prefer the “vaccine” is that the vaccine will take forever. Both allowing them not to work and hurting the economy and Trump.

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    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Yup, I’ve written about vitamin D before. Early on, Facebook and other social media giants were removing posts about vitamin D because the WHO hadn’t yet approved — because by gosh, social media should be all about limiting what we read to what The Anointed approve.

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    2. Anonymous

      My feeling exactly, but so many elderly people can’t take vitamin D supplements because the most effective absorbable kind include vitamin k2, which they are not allowed to take because they are on blood thinner meds! It’s so hard to help our older relatives who have to run everything through their doc’s approval. What a mess the medical establishment is!

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  6. Robert W.

    Some good news on the bed-wetter front. Trump had a rally in Minnesota today. The governor and attorney general imposed a 250 person limit in the event, to protect them from the rona of course, even though there is no evidence that the rona spreads outdoors. If possible the Anointed will impose the Grand Plan on other people, for their own good of course. A massive crowd showed up. Even though most weren’t allowed in, they stayed to show support. People are fighting back against this blatantly unconstitutional totalitarian bull#%^*. It made me very happy to see massive civil disobedience. Truly peaceful protests.

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  7. Kathy from Maine

    We’re becoming a society of pathetic candy-a$$es. Over-medicated and still sick (mostly from all the side-effects of being over-medicated). Everything is anti-bacterial and people seem to think if they do all the “right” things, we can live in a germ-free sterile environment. We can’t. It’s not possible. The best thing for kids is to grow up in a family that has cats, dogs, and other pets to expose them to animal germs. Let the kids play outside and … gasp! … get dirty!

    When we were kids, our parents got us together and had measles and chicken pox parties, and that was the thing to do. Now that same thing is likened to child abuse. There’s no way to avoid all germs and bacteria and viruses in the world. Be smart, don’t lick toilet seats and doorknobs, and get on with your life. We have to learn to live with the natural world.

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    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Yup. Jonathan Haidt wrote about the damage the “safety culture” is doing to us in “The Coddling of the American Mind.” The more we try to avoid all germs, threats, etc., the weaker we become.

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  8. Anne

    A lot of srniors can’t takee vitamin D which in it’s most absorbable effective form, includes k2. It interferes with their blodd thinners! Everything has to be approved by their doctor. The medical system is a complete mess. What can we do to help our elder family members. Once you get into the health systiem. Your health spirals downward.

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  9. Rae

    The UK is having problems, first the sex ban and then this…
    https://nypost.com/2020/10/28/uk-police-to-break-up-covid-rule-flouting-christmas-parties/
    I think we will see a lot of recommendations here, but will anyone actually try to authorize the police to come bust down your door if you have Gran over for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Oh wait, of course they will. I have a friend whose private apartment complex was patrolled by cops over Halloween weekend – not because the landlord requested it or as a response to a complaint – it was a pre emptive raid to prevent gatherings, and the cops informed the landlord they’d be doing it, like it or not.
    Luckily we still had the freedom to go trick or treating here, even though there were lots of bedwetters who had lots to say about it on our local NextDoor community. People sure do love telling others what to do in the name of “concern.”

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    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Fascists don’t think they’re bad people. They don’t sit around and think, “Now, how can I be evil today?” They think they’re good people doing the right thing for the greater good of Germa– uh, for the greater good of everyone.

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  10. CK

    “COVID trends in the US this week are reaching alarming levels, with this somehow overshadowed by the media’s attention on the elections.”

    What!?!? People aren’t paying attention to the COVID casedemic?! But, but, but, they must be told… it’s reaching ALARMING LEVELS!

    The funny thing is the “testing” trendlines kinda matches the “cases” trendlines. Holly crap! More testing equals more cases… who’d a thunk it?

    But we’re still only at about two deaths per million in the US. Wait-a-minute… testing is going up, cases are going up, but deaths aren’t! What does that mean? I don’t know, but we should lock everyone down until we figure it out!

    “the US had the most cases of any country for each day this past week, a streak
    that is now actually 17 days long”

    OMG! There’s 195 countries and the US, leads them all in coronavirus cases! Honey, start packing we’re gettin’ outta here! But Darling, could it be because the US, has the third largest population behind China, and India? Doesn’t it make sense that it would have more cases than most countries? Does China, and India, even have the same testing and reporting agenda as the US? Afterall, US hospitals make more money if the patient has COVID.

    “California, Texas, and Florida have now replaced New York as the top states with the most
    confirmed cases”

    The three states with the largest populations in US, have the most cases? I didn’t see that one coming 😉

    If you compare apples to apples and look at cases per 100,000; Florida ranks 10th, Texas ranks 20th and California ranks 36th (I’m sure governor Gavin Newsom is patting himself on the back and taking credit for that!).
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/1109004/coronavirus-covid19-cases-rate-us-americans-by-state/

    Cases, cases, cases. I’m so sick of the media with they’re headlines that are designed to “scare the hell out of people” (where have I heard that before?). The sad thing is… it seems to work on a lot of people! Every time I read a coronavirus related article that allows comments, there’s always those people that seem to think all of this coronavirus stuff will go away faster if everyone would just do as they’re told, stay home, social distance and wear masks when they’re out. All I want to know, and what I think lockdowns should be based on is deaths per million and hospital capacity percentages.

    “we estimate that the cumulative hospitalization rate is now 5.1%”

    Didn’t we go into lockdown to keep from overwhelming our hospitals? Why are we still in lockdown? I heard a doctor or scientist say something to the effect of, “if our government leaders are so concerned about the sick, they should be focusing on ways to create more beds and get more care for the sick, rather than punish everyone and bankrupt our economy.”

    Why is it that logical solutions that make sense seem to be ignored?

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  11. tony grenier

    DHS: Wisconsin hospitals approach capacity….According to DHS data, 13% of the state’s beds are available, compared to 87% that are filled.

    An alternate Care facility was constructed in the State Fair Park in West Allis to specifically treat covid-19 patients…. it has a current capacity of 530 beds with an expanded capacity of up to 754 patients… As of November 9th they are treating 4 patients…

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    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      It’ll be a while longer. I’m taking a five-day weekend for my birthday, and Jimmy Moore is here for a disc-golf grudge tournament.

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    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      The guy projecting that Sweden will pass the death rate from April is just plain laughable. There’s never been a virus that caused a bigger second wave than first wave. (The Spanish Flu’s “second wave” was most likely a different virus.)

      Lockdown fascists all over the world (including bed-wetters in Sweden) are hoping for Sweden’s strategy to fail and cheering any indication that it might. What they’re seeing now is the totally expected seasonal rise for respiratory viruses, including COVID … so the bed-wetter press is running to people who were always against Sweden’s strategy for quotes. It’s roughly as relevant as running to members of the DNC to ask how well Trump’s economy strategy worked.

      As for “regret their strategy” … why? Other than a couple of small island nations, where has the lockdown strategy been proven to reduce the death toll? I’ll answer that: nowhere.

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      1. Firebird7479

        I just read an article recently that, when you extrapolate for population changes, the Flu of 1957-58 has a comparable death toll in the US to Covid — and they didn’t need to add deaths from heart attacks, strokes, bike accidents, falling off ladders, etc. to pad the numbers. Nor did they need to force people out of work, businesses to shut down or make kids stay home from school to stop it from spreading.

        BTW — my PCP’s office — using all the strategies put forth by the CDC — a nurse tested +, a Physician’s Asst. tested +. My sister works in the billing dept. and came down with pneumonia in the summer and is now dealing with very low blood pressure. Putting a mask on someone with COPD, it seems, is not a good idea. O2 deprivation?

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      2. egocyte

        Well check Italy… the second wave is arriving at the same level as the first one. I agree with Paul, we pretty much don’t know for now… With your posts series on the pandemic I realised you tend to try to make a case that goes with your opinion rather than present objective data, and cherry pick what goes along with what you think. For example what you said on Florida and deaths rates in winter is just plain wrong when you look on the CDC data on excess death, same thing on masks and oxygen levels in operating rooms (I couldn’t find any info confirming what you said). This makes me doubt of what you say on nutrition…

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        1. Tom Naughton Post author

          Doubt me all you want. I don’t actually care about your opinion, since “I couldn’t find any information about extra oxygen in operating rooms” proves you can’t do simple research. I found this in roughly 10 seconds:

          https://safety.ucsf.edu/oxygen-enriched-environments

          I’m following the data, and the data (along with a score of scientific papers) say lockdowns have no effect on reducing infections or deaths. We will see “second waves” in many countries as the annual flu season kicks in. But unless the government authorities decide to gin up the numbers, the second wave won’t be nearly as deadly as the first. Most of the vulnerable people have already died.

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  12. Paul

    Agreed. NZ’s lock down worked only because they had time to watch everywhere else, then shut down the country whilst they were still in the teens of cases. They only have 4 entry points into the country too, making short decisive action effective and much easier to control. At this point, lockdown will do nothing beneficial, the worms are out of the can already..

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  13. Ann Marie

    Tom, what do you & commenters think about this idea that the virus is being used to push through an agenda called The Great Reset, or NWO, are they really just conspiracy theories. I am starting to wonder as Boris Johnson has suddenly (after an alledged conference call with Gates) announced what seems like undoable green actions, i.e. all petrol cars banned by 2030, (not in the manifesto he was elected for) plus we seem to be being locked down tight again and there is talk about mandatory vaccinations.

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    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      I don’t buy into the idea that the virus was intentionally created and released to enable The Great Reset. However, promoters of The Great Reset are clearly using the virus as an opportunity to push the agenda. That’s not controversial at all … it’s on WEF website.

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