A Journal of the Plague Year (61)

Data here:  https://wmbriggs.com/public/worldometer13may.csv

May 22, 2020

Yesterday, I alluded to a British politician and Cabinet member, Dr Therese Coffey (PhD Chemistry, UC London), the only real scientist in the higher echelons of the government in the UK, who mentioned that maybe BoJo was getting some “duff advice” from some of the semi-secretive “advisory” committees.

Naturally, the Fake News media unloaded on her. As the task of the media is to spread panic and lies, real objective advice will be ignored and actively suppressed.

Jump to this side of the pond, especially to Professor William Briggs (Statistician to the Stars) for a few comments on lockdowns. Now that we are getting a much better handle on how to deal with things, we need some rigorous analysis of the thinking (or lack of) concerning lockdowns.

The picture above compares countries with and without lockdowns and death rates per million people.

Not looking good for the lockdown crew. And from UK data ….

During none of the previous outbreaks was the entire economy of the country destroyed with all its concomitant deaths (which never seem to be considered by the hysterical media)?

Talking of hysteria, it’s not only the media. Many people in positions of authority, and who should know better, are peddling hysteria. Consider this:

…Consider this scaremonger from the AIDS days:
Back in 1983, one scientist and doctor was sole author of a paper in the prestigious medical journal JAMA which stated that AIDS might be transmissible through “routine close contact, as within a family household.” That turned out not to be true, of course, but in the meantime the media had widely propagated the myth, naturally setting off a wave of hysteria.
Nevertheless, within months the author was promoted to chief of the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, a position he still holds.
Who was that person? His name was… Dr. Anthony Fauci.

But let me finish with some sane words from the American Council on Science and Health[here] (Alex Berezow PhD Microbiology):

In the coming months and years, those with political agendas will use COVID-19 to criticize the politicians they love to hate. But remember that the novel coronavirus caught us all off guard. The biomedical community was always worried about influenza, not coronavirus, which is why most of us (myself included) were dead wrong about the danger posed by SARS-CoV-2. Anyone who says otherwise, namely that they “knew” this pandemic was coming, is engaging in revisionist history.

Rebel Yell

Arran Gold

> As the task of the media is to spread panic and lies, real objective advice will be ignored and actively suppressed.

The best report I read was this one. Check out his resplendent resume.


CBC Investigates
Why Germany’s low COVID-19 death rate might be a mirage

Jonathon Gatehouse
CBC Investigative Journalist
Jonathon Gatehouse has covered news and politics at home and abroad, reporting from dozens of countries. He has also written extensively about sports, covering seven Olympic Games and authoring a best-selling book on the business of pro-hockey. He works for the national investigative unit in Toronto


The strike rate award during this sorry episode goes to Vietnam. 97 million people, 0 deaths and 20,000 business lost according to BBC and their take on all this is – ‘Coronavirus: How ‘overreaction’ made Vietnam a virus success’. Of course there is no understanding that this virus had a high correlation to the climate of the country and that global warming would reduce the death rate because of this virus.

For a lot of the small businesses their business model is to “buy” a job, pay yourself a steady income and when it comes time to retire, sell that business for retirement money. That is no longer an option due to this policy misdirection.


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