Pandemics

Says more about Fauci than Trump

If principles were so high on Dr Fauci’s agenda, why didn’t he resign and publicly out Trump for all his wicked ways at the time he felt silenced? Was he enjoying the limelight of being in a position of power and privilege too much to do so?

Vice wrote that Fauci feels “liberated” now he works for President Biden.

Fauci said,

I can tell you I take no pleasure at all being in a situation of contradicting the president so it was really something that you didn’t feel that you could actually say something...”

Yet Fauci previously said of Trump,

The president [Trump] has listened to what I have said and to what the other people on the task force have said…when I have made recommendations he has taken them. He has never countered or overridden me…

Which is it? The second comment hardly sounds like someone muzzled by a crazed tyrant.

Don’t forget that Fauci was originally against masks as a preventive and then for them when it was politically expedient to do so. So inconsistency is a hallmark.

Now that Trump has gone, is Fauci jumping on the “trash Trump at any opportunity” cancel culture bandwagon because he’s now got a new master who welcomes criticism of his predecessor and allowed him to keep his job? Sounds like it.

Was Fauci worried that Trump might win the election and resigning early would have left him with egg on his face? Or did he just hedge his bets like he has done with so much of his advice?

Vice’s article says way more about who is really telling fibs. But of course, we can’t expect any journalistic integrity from the left wing media to call him out on his conflicting remarks.

But not letting someone earn $1,000 to survive is even more obscene

The Guardian remains true to form as ever – clueless about reality.

The author of this piece, Richard Denniss, forgets that the reason mice die in mousetraps is they fail to understand why the cheese is free.

An extra $1m may not be much to a billionaire but $1,000 to someone who can’t survive without it is way more obscene. And governments that imposed draconian laws on people who could least afford it based on junk science and activist health experts drunk on power, are even more out of line.

There is a precious irony in Denniss’ attack on the billionaires. If he took note of who the biggest mutual beneficiaries of lockdowns were, he would see that many of those same billionaires made the extra millions by hopping into bed with left leaning parties who openly supported the destruction of small businesses executed under the guise of compassion.

Still, it is easier for him to blame conservatives than admit that the ultimate impact lockdowns had on human lives by way of suicide, poverty and unemployment came from policies heavily promoted by the left.

Just like clockwork, Cuomo thinks costs of lockdown too high

Just like clockwork, Democrats, like NY Gov Andrew Cuomo, have finally seen the light that the cost of lockdowns is too high. That the cure is way more costly than virus.

Now that Biden is assured to take his seat in the Oval Office, let’s see how quickly corona leaves the front pages of the mainstream media as deaths plummet (probably by virtue of a tweak in the manner of recording by the CDC). His administration will get a big fat tick of approval and don’t be surprised to see a plethora of puff pieces which show the rebound in economic activity among Democrat-controlled states thanks to President Biden’s superior stewardship. Who knew!?

Never mind that the left targeted Republican-controlled states which saw the necessity of keeping people employed and rarely told businesses whether they were essential or not. Never mind that Republican-controlled states tended to have lower relative and absolute COVID19 death tolls despite not locking down.

Perhaps Cuomo chips will be a thing of the past and he will finally be able to lure all those rich folk that make up 50% of the tax base back from Connecticut. Best he start working on his culinary skills and making sure he buys the well heeled those drinks he promised to buy with the taxes they previously paid.

Maybe Cuomo should seek to get Hollywood actors to chip in? After all they bent over backwards to make public videos to celebrate his cringeworthy Emmy award.

However will the United Van Lines survey which showed most people left Democrat-controlled states in 2020 to Republican-controlled ones.

How do you like dem Apples?

How is it that Twitter has survived for so long allowing violence, vitriol and hatred on its platform yet Apple and Google chose to do zip about it? We know the answer.

However, when a conservative alternative is deemed to have ‘broken’ the rules, Apple comes down like a tonne of bricks. The rank hypocrisy.

Apple has never suspended Twitter from the App Store when hateful and violent bile has been and continues to be spread.

Kathy Griffin retweeted the image of a bloody decapitated head of President Trump (the one that she was desperately sorry for in 2017) the day after the election result was called by the media. Almost 10,000 retweets, 64,000 likes and a laundry list of hateful replies. Is this not violence?

Or a more recent tweet from Griffin,

Look, you stupid bitch, go throw your dad that BJ he wants and then walk him out of the White House and the Presidency forever. Force him to resign immediately. twitter.com/ivankatrump/st…

Of course some will argue she is a comedian (a terrible one at that) and therefore deserves a pass on distasteful content as it is an art form.

Still, doesn’t suggesting that Ivanka perform fellatio on her father violate community standards? If anyone (including a comedian) suggested one of Obama’s daughters perform oral sex on her father, Twitter would censor it (appropriately) and the mainstream media would run with it for days lambasting this despicable behaviour and go out of their way to cancel the offender.

John Henson, host of Food Nation, tweeted, then deleted,

“I hope Barron gets to spend today with whoever his dad is.”

Is slut-shaming FLOTUS fair game? Is making fun of a minor appropriate? Even if people delete tasteless tweets, why isn’t Apple demanding that Twitter take stronger action and threaten to suspend it from the App Store until it has dealt with people who violate community standards?

What we find particularly sinister is the way Big Tech is flexing its muscles and bullying companies they have ideological differences with conform to their moral code. Maybe Apple should demand a seat on the board of Parler to approve its decision? It would be one thing if Apple put Twitter in the penalty box as well but alas, corporate double standards are a thing. It is not the principle that matters, but the side.

Why doesn’t Apple suspend Tinder from its App Store until it deals with the countless cases of sexual assault? In a survey conducted in Australia, 48 out of 400 Tinder users claimed they were a victim of sexual assault. Of that, 11 claimed they had a formal response from the company.

Isn’t Apple big on supporting #MeToo? It has an entire series, The Morning Show which deals with sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. So it is happy to make a buck off content that relates to inappropriate sexual behavior but not be prepared to stand up for real victims who get hurt by apps like Tinder where Apple’s very own words to “adequately address these proliferation of these threats to people’s safety” isn’t extended.

Spare us the double standards!

Stop Press: Now Amazon has piled in to dump Parler from its web services.

Welcome to the dystopian nightmare. Black is white. Freedom is slavery. War is peace. Got it?

United Van Lines publishes net migration between states in 2020

Net Migration by State in 2020

America’s largest removal company, United Van Lines, released its 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound.

This year’s survey results indicated 40% of Americans who moved did so for a new job or job transfer (down from prior years), and more than one in four (27%) moved to be closer to family (which is significantly up over prior years).

Data from March to October 2020 also revealed the COVID-19 pandemic influenced Americans’ decisions to move. For customers who cited COVID-19 as an influence on their move in 2020, the top reasons associated with COVID-19 were concerns for personal and family health and wellbeing (60%); desires to be closer to family (59%); 57% moved due to changes in employment status or work arrangement (including the ability to work remotely); and 53% desired a lifestyle change or improvement of quality of life.

COVID Death Rates by State per 100,000 residents

8 of the 12 states with the highest COVID death rates per 100,000 are Democrat-run. Conversely 7 of the smallest rates were also Democrat-controlled. Note this is not sheer numbers. So even South Dakota (R) which has had no lockdowns and a 171/100,000 death rate due to COVID, ranked 4th in net migration.

United classifies states as “high inbound” if 55% or more of the moves are going into a state. 11 of 17 states that fell into that category were Republican-controlled.

In states where at least 250 total moves were made, Republican-controlled states accounted for 10 of the top 12 inbound destinations. Democrat-controlled states accounted for 7 out of 12 in the net outbound category.

Florida (R) took in the most new inbound moves with a net 2,354. North Carolina (D) +1,370, Arizona (R) +1,071, Texas (R) +1,053 and South Carolina (R) +900.

California (D) the worst with -2,888 (net outbound), followed by Illinois (D) -1,898, New Jersey (D) -1,377 and New York (D) -993.

In gross figures, Republican-held states captured net 6,117 inbound moves with Democrat-controlled states seeing net 5,688 inbound moves in 2020.

What will 2021 bring?

NY legislator’s loony plans to detain people for 2 months if they pose health risk

MRCTV’s Britt Hughes discusses NY’s latest plans to forcibly detain people for 2 months without a court order on suspicion of contracting or having come in contact with anyone inflected with COVID or another deadly/infectious disease.

When will people start pushing back on this nonsense?

Then again NY is no stranger to out of touch officials when it comes to handling COVID.

Three things spring to mind.

1) NY Gov Andrew Cuomo accepted the International Emmy Founders Award for his COVID19 response. Woke celebrities then lavished him with praise in a completely out of touch cringe fest.

The International Emmy Awards tweeted,

Gov Andrew M Cuomo of NY will receive the International Emmy Founders Award in recognition of his leadership during the Covid19 pandemic & his masterful use of TV to inform & calm people around the world.

How telling that the Emmy’s focused on delivery as opposed to results.

How ironic that Cuomo not only laid claim to the most disastrous COVID19 stats of any state but mandated COVID positive patients into nursing homes which directly led to the deaths of 6,000 elderly residents. Don’t tell anyone they conducted their own ‘independent audit’ and found the government not at fault. Who knew?

2) NY Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot openly welcomed BLM protests despite the lockdowns. Mark D Levine, Chairman, NYC Council health committee, went more woke stating, “Let’s be clear about something: if there is a spike in coronavirus cases in the next two weeks, don’t blame the protesters. Blame racism, 

3) or NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s wife doing a cringeworthy ‘stay at home’ unity dance despite NY businesses getting destroyed.

Making hay while the rain falls?

We were surprised to see Dymocks bookstore put former Australian Climate Change Commissioner Tim Flannery’s latest book in the science section.

Amazon’s review notes, “Tim Flannery takes aim at those responsible for the campaign of obfuscation and denial that has already cost so many Australian lives and held back action on climate change.” Really?

Exactly how many lives has climate change claimed in Australia? The Australian Bureau of Statistics record the accumulated deaths from ‘Environmental-pollution-related-condition (Y97)‘ over the last decade at ZERO!!!!  Strange that climate related deaths have plunged over 80% in the last 4 decades. 

Many of Flannery’s climate predictions have also failed to eventuate.

In 2007, Flannery said, “So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems…” Today, Sydney’s main water supply at Warragamba Dam is currently at 97.8% capacity.

In 2015, he claimed that “Sadly we’re more likely to see them [cyclones] more frequently in the future” when referring to a cyclone that hit Vanuatu. Global data shows no such trends. The UNIPCC’s extreme weather report updated in 2018 stated on page 8, “There is low confidence in any observed long-term (i.e., 40 years or more) increases in tropical cyclone activity (i.e., intensity, frequency, duration), after accounting for past changes in observing capabilities.”

We thought the nonsense peddled on the bushfires by The Climate Council, which Flannery chairs, spoke volumes. Our data concluded that one of its authors, who led the former fire chiefs’ crusade to blame the devastating bushfires on climate change, didn’t mention the topic when he ran one of the fire services. That is to say it that the severity of climate change to bushfire activity in these Magnus opera were conspicuous by their absence.

We think the upcoming 2020 annual reports from fire services across Australia will be dripping in climate change related topics which will only end up highlighting how it has become nothing more than a CYA convenient excuse to mask years of poor fire management.  Take this example of the commitment to mitigating the inherent risks of busfires in the 2018/19 FRNSW Annual Report:

“Where practicable, FRNSW crews were encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights on 30 March 2019 from 8:30pm until 9:30pm, joining millions of people worldwide in showing their commitment to tackling climate change and inspiring all generations to support environmental initiatives and sustainable climate policy.”

A study of how fire service budgets were allocated in recent years further highlights the alarming problem behind the bureaucratic mismanagement. 

What has become even less surprising than the lack of science peddled before us surrounding COVID-19 in recent months, is the convenient segue of supposed conventional wisdom – The Great Reset – pointing back to the fantastic opportunity to push the climate change agenda to solve for poverty, racial inequity and all other economic ills. After all, US Treasury Secretary-elect Janet Yellen has assured us her department will take care of it. Who knew?

Apart from climate change having zero correlation to COVID-19, despite Prince Harry ‘s best efforts to conflate the link, Tim Flannery has seen a great opportunity to make a quid off the theme. No harm in making hay while the rain pours. 

Still we question why so many climate alarmists believe that replacing fossil fuels with renewables will solve for saving the planet and put an end to poverty?

We are not sure how that works?

When one of the leading renewables-driven developed nations, Germany, has such high levels of energy poverty, how can this be?  In 2019, 4.75 million households received warnings that their electricity would be shut off (289,000 actually got disconnected), according to the German Federal Networks Agency (Bundesnetzagentur). All this because of a doubling of energy prices (despite studies that predicted a fall at the time of policy conception) which are a direct result of disastrous green energy diktats which started two decades ago.

The flip side is India, a developing nation. Its electricity generation policies,  according to the World Bank, lifted 271 million people out of energy poverty between 2007 and 2017 largely thanks to low priced coal-fired power. So before all the ‘Stop Adani’ climate emergency extinction rebellion crowd start pontificating that we must go carbon neutral, perhaps they might go and survey the 271mn locals as to whether they demand change??

Michael Shellenberger’s latest book, ‘Apocalypse Never‘, takes a realistic view of how to achieve optimal outcomes for the climate, renewables not being part of the equation.

Still, the best way to truly evaluate the seriousness of climate change is by watching the consumption habits of those who peddle it.

We always found it strange that Obama moved to the shores of Martha’s Vineyard last year despite the risk of rising sea levels. Former Aussie PM Kevin Rudd has also bought waterfront property recently despite climate change being the “moral challenge of our times.

Looking at 1,500 private jets clogging airports at a World Economic Forum summit takes some beating too, not to mention the 25,000 pilgrims that fly halfway across the world to attend COP summits and then tell mothers who drop their kids off at soccer practice in a 2nd-hand SUV that they are the problem. No excuses anymore. They can Zoom. 25,000 group thinkers on a screen…their individual relevance in direct proportion to the size of their microscopic avatar.

When CNN doesn’t research its own gotcha question

So refreshing to see Florida Gov Ron DeSantis push back on CNN. The network doesn’t appear to have any real journalists. Only activists.

It is fun to see DeSantis call out the network for not investigating its own intended “gotcha” question. Funny how some on Twitter turned his take down – based on the victim’s lack of preparation – as a misogynistic attack.

Why should we believe in the science when such people are modeling it?

We were continuously told last year that we must follow the science on COVID-19. No ifs. No buts. We’re all in this together. Right?

Not so fast. Politicians continued to collect paychecks while forcing so many into financial destitution by preventing their right to earn an income. Even worse the political class continuously broke their own draconian rules which landed many of the less fortunate with fines, arrests and in the worst case scenario, prison. Rules for thee but not for me.

Back to the science.

One could be forgiven for possessing a healthy dose of skepticism in questioning the medical advisories by virtue of the constant flip-flopping on how to contain the virus.

Sweden has proven that lockdowns aren’t effective. That didn’t stop a me too approach exercised by most cities/states/countries to adopt economics-destroying stay-at-home orders. It wasn’t based on a science but a safety in numbers approach. The idea that there was less political risk by following a herd mentality rather than herd immunity.

Flu guru Dr Fauci told us masks were ineffective until they became a useful political tool for him to promote their use.

Now a multitude of vaccines are upon us, science doesn’t seem to be the only driver of decisions on how it should be administered.

Were the science to be followed to the letter, wouldn’t the best option be to save lives in aggregate? Wouldn’t that be to give it to the most vulnerable members in society first i.e. the elderly?

Well the CDC has modelers like Jo Walker. Walker identifies as a non-binary trans who goes by pronouns they/them. Walker’s Twitter handle makes a pretty strong case for putting social justice ahead of science. Walker is a fervent supporter of defunding the police and claims to live on stolen land. By that measure, it is not hard to believe that such public disclosure might reveal a certain personal bias.

We don’t know about you but all we look for in data scientists (or any other profession for that matter) is the ability to do the role competently.

Are modelers like Walker partly responsible for pushing the racial inequity narrative at the CDC? In a nutshell, given there are more whites in the 65yo and above category (who just happen to be among the highest risk of succumbing to COVID-19), the CDC believes there is a strong case for minorities being bumped up the queue even if it could result in a higher final death tally.

Put it another way, if minorities dominated the most risky categories (65+) the CDC would have no need to report it because it would merely be the right thing to do.

Expect 2021 to reveal more mind numbing social justice masked as science. So much for uniting people by promoting real equality. Use identity as the yardstick. The more oppression points the better. End segregation by enforcing it.

Then some wonder why fewer and fewer people are in this together. The CDC and many groups like it have ceased being reputable agencies and become activists pushing agendas unrelated to their mandated fields.

Media worth consuming – a recap of December 2020

My good mate Jonathan Rochford of Narrow Road Capital has compiled a brilliant summary of the recent madness in markets, politics and economics. One could be forgiven for thinking it is a lot like satire. Link here.