Thursday, March 26, 2020

Kick the gorilla’s ass.... Morning Coffee Surf

What Are We Learning?

I’ve seen this movie before. You have too. It’s easy to forget but there’s a ready aid to recollection. Deliberately keep the events of the day at arm’s length. Perspective reminds us that most “momentous” events are forgotten immediately, the rest are forgotten gradually. Only a fraction leave a mark.


John P.A. Ioannidis Weighs in on COVID-19 Response

Are you old enough to remember the EF Hutton (a financial company) advertising “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen” back in the late '70s/early '80s?

In the world of medical science and epidemiology, when John P.A. Ioannidis talks, I listen.  Dr. Ioannidis has been mentioned many times in this column when the topic of junk science comes up (the first, I think and a recent example).  He's the author of what’s widely quoted as one of the most downloaded papers in history, “Why Most Published Research Findings are False 2,” in which he presents data that as much as 70% of published science is wrong.


Why the consumer supply chain is disrupted at present

The Last Refuge recently published an article analyzing why we're experiencing shortages of certain goods, and why the consumer supply chain is disrupted.  It's one of the best explanations I've yet read on the subject.  Here's an excerpt.

MORE HERE and do follow the link to CTH comments 

ALSO NOTE.. Be aware of your surroundings <<  


Words that have come out of our mouth as well as, in our formative years, those of others numerous times throughout our life.
Yes, His Imperial Majesty knows that he’s been saying that a lot already during the Chinese Lung Crud pandemic and we make no apologies for it. Moreover, we’re evidently going to find it necessary to do so a lot more before this nonsense is over, if the continued avalanche of “OMG WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!” panic mongering all over the media, social and otherwise is anything to go by.
So be it. Those four words are important in this crisis, in any crisis, and we’re here to tell you why.


We're Not China, We're Not Italy  <<<<

Under that post was this comment.

The media characterization — “EEEEEK! Social distancing, keep everything closed because otherwise Grandma will get infected” — is propaganda.
The purpose of all of these extraordinarily expensive shutdowns is to SLOW DOWN the rate of infection.
Not to keep Grandma from getting infected.
Keep that in mind when listening to the idiot media about “weighing economics” against Grandma’s life, and similar rot.
The numbers of people expected to get infected is the same under the “flatter curve” as it is under the quick, high curve, and a tested vaccine will not be available soon enough to prevent that.
The point of SLOWING DOWN the rate of infection primarily is to not “overwhelm” the medical system, and secondarily to have time to get treatments lined up.
But this is only expected to “save” some portion of the relatively small number of people who get a severe respiratory reaction from COVID-19.
The purpose of not overwhelming medical system, rather, is to make sure that it is available for everything else.
So when weighing the economics versus the “spread”, it isn’t about saving Grandma.
Some same portion of Grandmas and everyone else is going to get infected. It’s only a question of “when”.
And they probably will be fine, like 99% (or more) of people who get infected. The rest will not be fine, just like they are not fine getting the flu, and just like the tens of thousands of feeble or elderly who die from pneumonia every year, and we don’t devastate the economy or destroy the United States or constitutional rights because of that.
Sorry, I know it’s better propaganda to make people think that they are going to “save Grandma from COVID-19”. It’s a twist on a standard propaganda theme: if just one life is saved…
The truth is that we must limit the economic havoc so that it is not a Pyrrhic “victory” and remember that the “shutdowns” are solely in order to make sure that people with other health issues or accidents have medical care providers available.
So it’s important to understand that just as soon as the medical system “can handle” the numbers of severely impacted COVID-19 patients coming in, have their masks, have their ventilators, have their beds… everything MUST start up again.
It is simply not about “saving Grandma”.

1 comment:

  1. Here we see the major downfall of the "JIT" philosophy.


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