Rant about Talking Heads on TV

From the Ace of Spades website from Friday, April 28,2020 in regards to the coverage of the Republican National Convention, but it could apply to them 24/7. Just report the news – with no commentary – and shut up (emphasis by me):

Attention talking heads: I can think of few things in this world more useless than you. I don’t need you, I don’t want you. I do not need to you tell me what I just saw. I don’t need you to explain it to me, I can figure it out for myself. And if there is anything I don’t know, I can easily look it up. I have the internet, too, just like you. You may not have realized this, but the flow of information has gotten a lot more decentralized over the past 2 or 3 decades. So it’s not like you’re sitting on a bunch of stuff I don’t have or can’t get to. And I can’t begin to count the number of times you professional journalismists got out-scooped by bloggers, autistic 4chan nerds, and guys wearing pajamas in their basements.

Also, you talking heads are a bunch of idiots. I mean, seriously, who can listen to you? Who *wants* to listen to you? You’re not smart, wise, nor particularly insightful. The lowliest moron commenter on this blog is better than the lot of you. I would rather read the comment section of AoSHQ in real time than listen to your dull yammering. And AoSHQ is certainly a lot more entertaining.

And I’m not just singling out CNN or MSNBC. Fox is real bad at this, too. In fact, Fox might be the worst. I saw a screen grab last week from their coverage, they had, like, 7 or 8 droning heads lined up ready to run their mouths. Unbelievable.

And then the network breaks away during a speech *I* want to listen to, but they apparently don’t, to put on your yammering idiots who never saw anything interesting and who frequently fill the air with dumb stuff. So all the talking heads do is get in the way. Like government. So just get the hell out of the way. I much prefer C-SPAN’s laissez-faire approach. Just point the cameras at the action, let them roll, and let the audience make their own decisions.”

Tell Me He’s Wrong

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/30/nolte-virginia-dems-declare-open-season-cops-judges-firefighters-prison-guards-senate-vote/

The bill says as long as there’s no “bodily injury” it’s not a felony.

So you can push and shove a judge, no problem?

You can spit on a cop, no problem? You can throw human feces at firemen, no problem?

You can throw water balloons filled with urine at paramedics, no problem?

You can grab a prison guard, or even the warden, by the front of his shirt, pull him close, and lick his entire face, no problem?

No “bodily injury” in any of that, right?

Do you see what’s happening here?

Virginia Democrats are literally paving the way to end to law and order.

That’s not hyperbole.

John Nolte

And people wonder I want to move.

Heather Mac Donald is A Boss

You now have the truth. Does it matter?

Heather Mac Donald

The thing that infuriates me most about SJWs is their refusal to stop screaming long enough to have a discussion. They can post memes and tweet their bumper sticker slogans, but they will not engage in thoughtful dialogue. If you know one who will, please let me know.

Case in point. I defy anyone who thinks that cops are racist, or they are killing innocent blacks indiscriminately to watch the two videos by Heather Mac Donald. The first one was produced by PragerU.com and is only 5-1/2 minutes long. If you can’t sit still long enough to watch that, I have no use for you.

The second one is almost 40 minutes and goes into much more detail, with – prepare yourself – more facts. Yes, facts.

Here is the link to the PragerU video: https://www.prageru.com/video/are-the-police-racist/

Here is the link to the longer video from Center of the American Experiment — “The Truth About Crime, Race, and Policing in America.

Walter Williams on Useful Idiots

White liberals are useful idiots. BLM, Antifa, and other progressive groups use the plight of poor blacks to organize left-leaning, middle-class, college-educated, guilt-ridden suburbanite whites. These people who topple statues and destroy public and private property care about minorities as much as their racist predecessors. Their goal is the acquisition and concentration of power and Americans have fallen hook, line, and sinker for their phony virtue signaling.

Walter Williams

Thomas Sowell on Black Lives Matter

If not a single policeman killed a single black individual anywhere in the United States for this entire year, that would not reduce the number of black homicide victims by one percent. When the mobs of protesters declare “Black lives matter,” does that mean ALL black lives matter — or only the less than one percent of black lives lost in conflicts with police?

Thomas Sowell

FACTS about Covid-19

​”Get busy living or get busy dying.​”

Red (The Shawshank Redemption)

​ “You either believe the science or not.  You can’t insist that you believe in the science and then act contrary to science.”  ​

Former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas

The article below is from Swiss Policy Research (SPR).  I like it because it is not from an American think tank or media outlet.  Yes, it may have its own biases, but it contains FULLY REFERENCED facts – They aren’t just taking a comment from a talking head and using it as a source. 

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Facts about Covid-19

Fully referenced facts about Covid-19, provided by experts in the field, to help our readers make a realistic risk assessment. (Regular updates below)

“The only means to fight the plague is honesty.” (Albert Camus, 1947)

Overview

  1. According to the latest immunological studies, the overall lethality of Covid-19 (IFR) is about 0.1% to 0.3% and thus in the range of a severe influenza (flu).
  2. For people at high risk or high exposure (including health care workers), early or prophylactic treatment is essential to prevent progression of the disease.
  3. In countries like the US, the UK, and also Sweden (without a lockdown), overall mortality since the beginning of the year is in the range of a strong influenza season; in countries like Germany and Switzerland, overall mortality so far is in the range of a mild influenza season.
  4. In most places, the risk of death for the general population of school and working age is in the range of a daily car ride to work. The risk was initially overestimated because many people with only mild or no symptoms were not taken into account.
  5. Up to 80% of all test-positive persons remain symptom-free. Even among 70-79 year olds, about 60% remain symptom-free. About 95% of all people develop at most moderate symptoms.
  6. Up to 60% of all persons may already have a certain cellular background immunity to the new coronavirus due to contact with previous coronaviruses (i.e. cold viruses). The initial assumption that there was no immunity against the new coronavirus was not correct.
  7. The median age of the deceased in most countries (including Italy) is over 80 years (e.g. 86 years in Sweden) and only about 4% of the deceased had no serious preconditions. The age and risk profile of deaths thus essentially corresponds to normal mortality.
  8. In many countries, up to two thirds of all extra deaths occurred in nursing homes, which do not benefit from a general lockdown. Moreover, in many cases it is not clear whether these people really died from Covid-19 or from weeks of extreme stress and isolation.
  9. Up to 30% of all additional deaths may have been caused not by Covid-19, but by the effects of the lockdown, panic and fear. For example, the treatment of heart attacks and strokes decreased by up to 60% because many patients no longer dared to go to hospital.
  10. Even in so-called “Covid-19 deaths” it is often not clear whether they died from or with coronavirus (i.e. from underlying diseases) or if they were counted as “presumed cases” and not tested at all. However, official figures usually do not reflect this distinction.
  11. Many media reports of young and healthy people dying from Covid-19 turned out to be false: many of these young people either did not die from Covid-19, they had already been seriously ill (e.g. from undiagnosed leukaemia), or they were in fact 109 instead of 9 years old. The claimed increase in Kawasaki disease in children also turned out to be exaggerated.
  12. Most Covid-19 symptoms can also be caused by severe influenza (including pneumonia, thrombosis and the temporary loss of the sense of smell), but with severe Covid-19 these symptoms are indeed more frequent and more pronounced.
  13. Strong increases in regional mortality can occur if there is a collapse in the care of the elderly and sick as a result of infection or panic, or if there are additional risk factors such as severe air pollution. Questionable regulations for dealing with the deceased sometimes led to additional bottlenecks in funeral or cremation services.
  14. In countries such as Italy and Spain, and to some extent the UK and the US, hospital overloads due to strong flu waves are not unusual. Moreover, this year up to 15% of health care workers were put into quarantine, even if they developed no symptoms.
  15. The often shown exponential curves of “corona cases” are misleading, as the number of tests also increased exponentially. In most countries, the ratio of positive tests to tests overall (i.e. the positivity rate) remained constant at 5% to 20% or increased only slightly. In many countries, the peak of the spread was already reached well before the lockdown.
  16. Countries without lockdowns, such as Japan, South Korea, Belarus and Sweden, have not experienced a more negative course of events than many other countries. Sweden was even praised by the WHO and now benefits from higher immunity compared to lockdown countries. 75% of Swedish deaths happened in nursing facilities that weren’t protected fast enough.
  17. The fear of a shortage of ventilators was unjustified. According to lung specialists, the invasive ventilation (intubation) of Covid-19 patients, which is partly done out of fear of spreading the virus, is in fact often counterproductive and damaging to the lungs.
  18. Various studies have shown that the main routes of transmission of the virus are neither long-range aerosols (i.e. tiny particles floating in the air) nor smear infections (i.e. on surfaces), but direct contact and droplets produced when talking or coughing. However, in some circumstances, indoor aerosol transmission appears to be possible.
  19. There is still little to no scientific evidence for the effectiveness of cloth face masks in healthy and asymptomatic individuals. Experts warn that such masks may interfere with normal breathing and may become “germ carriers” if used repeatedly.
  20. Many clinics in Europe and the US remained strongly underutilized or almost empty during lockdowns and in some cases had to send staff home. Millions of surgeries and therapies were cancelled, including many cancer screenings and organ transplants.
  21. Several media were caught trying to dramatize the situation in hospitals, sometimes even with manipulative images and videos. In general, the unprofessional reporting of many media maximized fear and panic in the population.
  22. The virus test kits used internationally are prone to errors and can produce false positive and false negative results. Moreover, the official virus test was not clinically validated due to time pressure and may sometimes react positive to other common coronaviruses.
  23. Numerous internationally renowned experts in the fields of virology, immunology and epidemiology consider the measures taken to be counterproductive and recommend rapid natural immunization of the general population and protection of risk groups.
  24. At no time was there a medical reason for the closure of schools, as the risk of disease and transmission in children is extremely low. There is also no medical reason for small classes, masks or ‘social distancing’ rules in schools.
  25. Several medical experts described express coronavirus vaccines as unnecessary or even dangerous. Indeed, the vaccine against the so-called swine flu of 2009, for example, led to cases of severe neurological damage and lawsuits in the millions. In the testing of new coronavirus vaccines, too, serious complications and failures have already been reported.
  26. A global respiratory disease pandemic can indeed extend over several seasons, but many studies of a “second wave” are based on very unrealistic assumptions, such as a constant risk of illness and death across all age groups.
  27. In several places, nurses described an oftentimes fatal medical mis­manage­ment of Covid patients due to questionable financial incentives and inappropriate medical protocols.
  28. The number of people suffering from unemployment, depression and domestic violence as a result of the measures has reached historic record levels. Several experts predict that the measures will claim far more lives than the virus itself. According to the UN 1.6 billion people around the world are at immediate risk of losing their livelihood.
  29. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned that the “corona crisis” may be used for the permanent expansion of global surveillance. In several parts of the world, the population is being monitored by drones and facing serious police overreach during lockdowns.
  30. A 2019 WHO study on measures against pandemic influenza found that from a medical perspective, “contact tracing” is “not recommended in any circumstances”. Nevertheless, contact tracing apps have already become partially mandatory in several countries. In some countries, such “contact tracing” is carried out directly by the secret service.

See also

  1. On the treatment of Covid-19
  2. Studies on Covid-19 lethality
  3. On the origin of SARS-CoV-2
  4. The evidence on face masks
  5. European Mortality Monitoring

Don’t let your fear be your prison.​