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What Is The World Coming To?

This letter is to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune: Editor: Do you not hear yourself? Are you deaf to the horrifying authoritarianism blaring from your call for Utah’s governor “to deploy the National Guard to ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere” (“Utah leaders have surrendered to COVID pandemic,” Jan. 15)? Would you propose that the National Guard be deployed to subject to house arrest homosexuals or trans people or communists or the...

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Some Covid Links

“UChicago Must End Its Booster Mandate—We Are Not Lab Rats” – so argue some University of Chicago students. (HT Jim Bennett) A slice: Mandates for the COVID vaccine and booster are unnecessary to protect the health of the UChicago community. COVID has a survival rate of over 99.87% for individuals under the age of 65. According to the CDC, only 5% of “COVID deaths” are solely attributable to COVID as the cause. The other 95% of “COVID deaths” involve, on average, almost 4 additional...

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Some Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist Joseph Sternberg argues that the path out of Covid authoritarianism might be paved by Covidocrats’ relentless hypocrisy and mendacity. A slice: The challenge of learning to live with Covid was always going to be that many ordinary people don’t want to feel the sacrifices they made—and supported at the time—were in vain. Arguing that lockdowns or school closures or masking were less effective than advertised may be correct, but to act on that recognition...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 207 of Cass Sunstein’s superb 2005 book, Laws of Fear: But if the restriction is imposed on an identifiable subgroup, the political check is absent. Liberty-reducing intrusions can be imposed even if they are difficult to justify. DBx: The ‘othering’ and shaming of the unvaccinated (and, soon, also of the ‘unboosted’) is already resulting in these individuals being treated either as second-class citizens or as not citizens – or even persons – at all. Future generations,...

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Some Covid Links

Wall Street Journal editorial features editor James Taranto writes about gloriously sane Florida and its Surgeon General, Joseph Ladapo. Three slices: Joseph Ladapo reached the same conclusion almost two years earlier. “Please don’t believe politicians who say we can control this with a few weeks of shutdown,” Dr. Ladapo, then a professor at UCLA’s medical school and a clinician on Covid’s frontline, wrote in USA Today on March 24, 2020. “To contain a virus with shutdowns, you must...

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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from Brendan O’Neill’s January 12th, 2022, Spiked essay, “After Covid“: And what about the culture of freedom? Forget, for a moment, the way our legally guaranteed liberties were put on ice during this crisis. That was bad, no question. But a more injurious if sometimes intangible process was taking place alongside this temporary unwinding of our rights. The culture of freedom was undermined. The individual self-confidence and social trust that freedom depends upon, which freedom...

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Some Covid Links

Thomas Fazi and Toby Green, writing at UnHerd, argue that the Great Barrington Declaration has been vindicated. Three slices: Has the Left finally woken up to the devastating costs of implementing lockdowns? In its first edition of 2022, the Observer carried a surprisingly balanced interview with Professor Mark Woolhouse, a member of Sage whose new book — The Year the World Went Mad — argues that long lockdowns promoted more harm than good and failed to protect the vulnerable. Its...

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Some Progress Against Progressivism Is Better Than None

Here’s a letter to The Atlantic: Editor: Angie Schmitt deserves applause for realizing that her political tribe – Progressives – have throughout the pandemic been both unreasonable and untrue to their stated principles (“Why I Soured on the Democrats,” Jan. 7). Progressives’ exaggeration of the dangers of Covid – especially their refusal to recognize that Covid poses little risk to young people and to the healthy – and their dogmatic devotion to school closures and the masking of...

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Some Covid Links

“Children forced to Zoom into school ended up with suboptimal immune systems—the opposite of herd immunity” – so reports Pamela Hobart. A slice: By May and June 2021, pediatricians noticed an unprecedented, counterseasonal surge in communicable illnesses, particularly RSV. Hand, foot, and mouth disease came right along with it, tearing through schools and day care centers all summer with unmistakable boils. Strep throat got in on the action too. Instead of dodging diseases, this catch-up...

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Some Covid Links

Writing in The Atlantic, Brown University economist Emily Oster explains that the Covid-19 policies being implemented now by colleges and universities are unjustifiably – even harmfully – extreme. Two slices: Many universities have announced a pivot to remote learning for at least part of January, among them UCLA, Columbia, Duke, Yale, Stanford, and Michigan State. The list goes on. This move—in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant—feels like a return to March 2020, when...

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