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Juliette Sellgren talks with Jay Bhattacharya. The New York Post‘s Editorial Board is rightly critical of an unmasked Patti LuPone’s tirade sparked by someone not wearing a mask to Lupone’s liking. (DBx: You might say that LuPone displayed the arrogance and hypocrisy of, let’s see, an Eva Peron.) Douglas Murray wonders “why can’t these loathsome elites just give up the masked charade.” A slice: On a visit to DC this week I discovered something everybody might know. Which is that dwellers...

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The Wall Street Journal‘s Editorial Board understands the great damage that China’s deranged policy of zero covid is inflicting on all of humanity, but especially on the Chinese people. A slice: Large swathes of China have been under some form of lockdown in recent months. That includes Shanghai, a crucial commercial hub, which has yet to emerge from restrictions after a month. The government shows little sign of recalibrating even as other countries abandon lockdowns in favor of...

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Here’s the longer version of John Tierney’s warning that, “after the pandemic, Americans should never let public-health authorities deprive them of their liberties.” Three slices: Some Americans refused to submit to these rituals, but their resistance only intensified solidarity among the faithful. The most zealous kept their masks on even after they were vaccinated, even when walking alone outdoors. The mask became their version of a MAGA hat or a fraternity brother’s ring; some have...

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John Tierney identifies the correct lessons that must be learned from “America’s disastrous COVID response.” Two slices: More than a century ago, Mark Twain identified two fundamental problems that would prove relevant to the COVID pandemic. “How easy it is to make people believe a lie,” he wrote, “and how hard it is to undo that work again!” No convincing evidence existed at the pandemic’s start that lockdowns, school closures and mask mandates would protect people against the virus,...

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Robby Soave reports that Fauci is among the hordes of hypocritical covidocrats. A slice: Fauci is certainly free to make whatever decision he thinks is best for him: In the post-vaccination landscape, as COVID-19 becomes a milder and milder illness for the overwhelming majority of healthy, vaccinated people who catch it, risk assessment absolutely rests with the individual. Much of the public frustration with Fauci and government health officials like him is that for far too long, they...

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Here’s UCLA medical-school professor Edward Livingston’s letter in today’s Wall Street Journal: The world would be different today had “medical misinformation” been disallowed in the past as is now proposed in California (“California’s Medical ‘Misinformation’ Crusade Could Cost Lives” by Allysia Finley, op-ed, April 21). Smoking would be embraced by clinicians. In 1959 the editor in chief of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, wrote, “Neither the proponents nor the...

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Eyck Freymann, writing in the Wall Street Journal, explains that “Xi Jinping is betting it all on zero covid.” Two slices: Given the rising cost of containing the Omicron variant, this is a risky macroeconomic bet. As of Monday, 45 cities with 373 million people, representing 40% of China’s gross domestic product, were under partial or full lockdown, according to Nomura estimates. More cities and counties are under “static management,” a euphemism for quasi-lockdown. Yet Mr. Xi’s logic...

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Wall Street Journal letter-writer Michael Galassi rightly decries the reality that the Covidocrats who inflicted on society so much damage will suffer no ill-consequences for their arrogant misdeeds: Your editorial “The Mask Mandate Goes Down” (April 19) says “this has been a rough few months” for the CDC. How so? Its eviction moratorium was in place for over a year before it was struck down, and the mask mandate even longer. Was the agency penalized in any way for exceeding its...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 72 of Christopher Snowdon’s excellent 2017 book, Killjoys: A Critique of Paternalism: The ‘public health’ paternalist does not concern himself with odds, trade-offs or the size of the risk to the individual. When looking at mortality statistics he does not concern himself with the age at which people succumb to their ‘lifestyle-related diseases’, nor does he see what disease would have affected them had they avoided the avoidable disease. All he sees are the thousands of...

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Eric Boehm provides yet another – and an especially strong – piece of evidence that Anthony Fauci has the heart, mind, and soul of a tyrant. Two slices: Anthony Fauci is “surprised and disappointed” with this week’s federal court ruling that overturned the mask mandate on planes, trains, and public transportation. That’s not because the president’s chief medical advisor disagrees with the substance of Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle’s ruling. No: Fauci thinks the problem is that the courts...

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