On May 15, I appeared on the Arterburn Radio Transmission, hosted by Tony Arterburn. It is the third time I’ve appeared on his show, and all three times have been enjoyable. This time we discussed the hysterical, liberty and jobs-destroying overreaction to the Covid-19 virus. Here is the audio transmission:
How to make sense of the Covid-19 numbers. from Gregory van Kipnis at aier.org:
In the saga of the virus and the lockdown, the wisdom of the crowds, that is the wisdom of each of us, was thwarted by bad data, perhaps intentionally bad. On the other hand, the ersatz wisdom of the collective bureaucracy in federal, state and local health agencies was based on crafted data. In the end data didn’t matter, as the bureaucracies were more concerned with their natural territorial imperative, which is to rule and control.
The most frightening aspect of the coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) epidemic in the US is that it brought about exaggeratedly heightened fear of death. That fear, once magnified to proportions which become palpable to the individual, became the basis for dreadful economic and medical policies from governments and crushed the natural optimism of the public.
In early days, we were caught in a squeeze of conflicting information. Was COVID-19 a bioweapon gone rogue and destined to indiscriminately wipe out young and old? Or, was it another bad flu or perhaps an extremely bad flu? After all, initial information showed the victims were concentrated in a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington.
No cases were reported amongst the homeless on West Coast streets. No deaths among children were reported. And in the closed world of cruise liners and later a military ship, there were lots of early cases and some deaths. As time passed, there was little more bad news. We should have been suspicious of the data.
It the US becomes a totalitarian state, there will be better places to live. From Jeff Thomas at internationalman.com:
For many years, there have been those few people who have warned that the US, amongst a host of other countries, is headed inexorably toward a state of tyranny and that those who value their freedom would be advised to “Get out of Dodge.”
Accompanying this warning has often been a suggestion as to timing. The old saw that “It’s better to be a year too early than a day too late” encourages the early selection of a suitable new country of residence, along with the procurement of premises and the movement of assets, as these take time to put into place. It’s therefore advisable to have the new residence in place well in advance.
That, in the case of the US, is no longer possible. The “well in advance” option has expired.
By why should this be? Isn’t it all theoretical as to whether a state of tyranny is in the offing?
The answer to that question is a decided, “No.”
The coronavirus is presently being used by the powers that be to remove one freedom after another. And whilst some people vainly hope that, once the virus has subsided, freedoms will return, that notion is quite mistaken.
It’s not like staying locked up in your house is either psychologically or physically healthy. From Steve Watson at summitnews.com:
“The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight.”
More than 500 doctors have added their names to a letter to President Trump urging him to end the lockdown, warning that it will cause more death than the coronavirus itself.
In the letter, sent last week, doctors described the lockdown as a “mass casualty incident”.
“We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. The downstream health effects of deteriorating a level are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error,” it states.
The brave few who speak up often have an outsize effect on history. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
In the years just before the American movement for separation from Great Britain (it was not a “revolution,” properly speaking, as the American separatists had no desire to transform the government of Great Britain; they merely wished to be free of it) there was something called the committees of correspondence.
They were the 18th century equivalent of non-“authoritative” (i.e., official/corporate-government propaganda) Internet sites, such as the one you’re reading right now. A means by which people could share information – especially heretical information – among themselves, sidestepping the “authoritative” pabulum.
They spread more than information, too. They also spread hope, almost as important as the information itself. The people reading and back-and-forthing realized they were not alone. That others – intelligent, thoughtful people – shared their views.
YouTube and its corporate parent, Google, get a well-deserved slap in the face. From Guy Birchall at lewrockwell.com:
The comedian’s landmark shift away from the Google-owned streaming service could signal the start of a wave of creators moving away from the site – as it bafflingly attempts to pander to legacy media.
If you know podcasts, you know Joe Rogan. The American comedian has been producing his Joe Rogan Experience for more than a decade. He began just recording himself and his fellow comics shooting the breeze and smoking some weed before and after gigs.
Fast forward ten years and he has one of the biggest talk shows on the planet with presidential candidates, Hollywood megastars and billionaires queuing up to join him in the studio. The show has such enormous sway that it even managed to affect the price of Tesla stocks after Elon Musk took a toke on a joint during an interview.
In view of all this, it is perhaps not surprising that Spotify have just wooed the former Fear Factor presenter away from YouTube after writing him a cheque for a rumoured $100 million. That is proper, box office megabucks. To put it into context, that is more than Dr Phil, Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Seacrest were valued at last year by Forbes Magazine in their top five list of “World’s Highest Paid Hosts”.