Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Ugh.  I like opera too, but there might be higher priorities this month?

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Bergstrom refutes Ginn

I wasted some time warning people about the Gin. Post on Medium that got a lot of play. Here an epidemiologist takes it apart. https://twitter.com/CT_Bergstrom/status/1241565284290293760

Instapundit should be ashamed to have linked to the Ginn piece. Martin praised it. Driscoll relinked to Zerohedge after Medium took it down. Dreadful behavior.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Jennifer Rubin lying about Corona virus

The WaPo has to print a correction. Here. Again, this can only happen if she does not check. But a news organization reporting something they did not check is lying, because the very act of reporting something as a fact implies they checked.

Ioannidis on covid uncertainty

He is always worth listening to. I don’t get the sense anyone has an idea what to do in two weeks, but I guess they have ten or so days to figure it out. But I think we needed quick action, if only to buy a little time.

A small example from Frum

I have called it Spanish Flu all my life, and I grew up in Canada just a few miles where Frum grew up, and we are two years apart in age. Here.  It's maybe not a big thing, but he is always like this, and he isn’t the only one. It’s not the severity it’s the ubiquity, the monotony of it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Biden lying about Corona testing

Details here.

Let's remember too Joe's reaction to the travel ban

Jan 21: First person with coronavirus arrives in USA from China

Jan 31: Trump bans passenger traffic from China.

Jan 31: Biden calls Trump’s decision “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”

Monday, March 16, 2020

Overview of the Corona Virus and its family

A heavy duty Power Point summary.  A lot of useful information here. Not for the faint of heart.

Excellent simulations.

The Chinese communist government made this crisis much worse

We have been jettisoning traditional safety precautions for some time now. This is kinda screedy but the underlying point is worth thinking about.

Oh FFS, the NYT distorts yet another quote

Really dishonest.

And, as a bonus, CNN lies about the Ohio primary being delayed. The judge denied the request; CNN reported the wrong result without checking. I think that counts as a lie when a news agency reports it; by reporting it they affirm they have done due diligence in their reporting, and they had not.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

A Comment at Althouse

A comment about communist China.

I agree about Xi but I don’t know who or how. Perhaps a revolt starting in Hong Kong, if it isn’t squashed or ... conveniently hit by a new virus. As for disengaging, I agree again. Who is for that, in US politics?  Does that mean I have to hope Trump wins?

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Holy shit, Biden's covid19 plan

This will doubtless change once the embarrassment gets too strong but right now Biden's covid19 plan is a fundraising page. Here is a screenshot

Look at the URL.  https://joebiden.com/covid19/. Note the title of the page, which I have moused over. This really is the Biden Covid19 plan!

A commenter GingerBeer said on another blog 
"I half expect Biden to challenge COVID-19 to a push-up contest."

Reactions, over-, under-, and mis-

I have been in a few discussions about appropriate reactions to Covid19. I have seen a few interesting stories about good, bad, and awful reactions to things today, not just to the virus, and thought I would collect a few here.

Italy alone.

A prophylactic closing in Dayton.

Another fake hate hoax.  Note the ratchet effect. 

Milwaukee reacted well to the Spanish Flu. 

We have an excellent public health system. They give advice. We should take that advice. It seems trite and obvious to say that, but I have had lots of discussions with people who don’t agree. I am not the only one.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

PCR Explained

PCR is used to replicate and sequence DNA. Here is a good, but somewhat advanced, video explaining PCR. 20 minutes.

Here is a shorter visualization, with annoying music and no narration (that is, you can safely mute). Here. 4 minutes.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Facts on Corvid Handling

We had relatives over, who were convinced the Trump response was hopeless. So a few useful reminders that the WHO and even Democrat governors disagree. The governor of Washington said the same thing. Lots of balls that can yet be fumbled of course, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

And another reminder of how Obama handled H1N1.

Update. NY governor Cuomo praises Trump's handling of things.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

A little Kapsberger

By Clogs.

And for theorbo, live.

And a talk on what the theorbo is. 10 minutes.

Caning Senator Sumner

Schumer should be expelled. His threats are one step short of the caning of Senator Sumner.