Current Events: A Few Things to Chew On

Okay, yes, I’m feeling a bit cranky. Marco blew in a lot of stuff off the Gulf and I have a headache that won’t quit.

(Not to mention some people seem to think that if the National Hurricane Center says “no more warnings”, everything is all fine. I’m just hoping we don’t have more drownings because someone has a head-on collision with construction debris in the surf.)

So if you want something to cheer you up – I know I did! – hopefully this’ll do it.


….If you want more cranky, it’s below.

I’m angry. Because of… everything. My only consolation on the first article being that I knew I was seriously sick in March, and so quarantined myself. Like a sane person. That’s what quarantine is supposed to be about. Here we are five months out from March and you’re expected to wear masks in public when you’re not sick, and it’s driving people crazy. Literally.

“The sad truth, scientists say, is we likely had no idea how widespread and pervasive COVID-19 infections already were in the early stages of the US outbreak, long before a national emergency was declared.

These hidden cases – missed by broad failures in testing and surveillance – could have meant that by the time multiple American states began declaring emergencies and enforcing shutdowns in March, it was already too late to contain the worsening infection already spreading undetected.

According to new estimates, almost 109,000 people in the US might actually have been infected by 12 March, at which point only 1,514 reported cases of local transmission had been reported.”

“1) Massive Spikes in Suicide Rates and Mental Health Crises
Even the most fortunate among us felt the emotional strain from months behind closed doors. Being cut off from friends, family, and many of the other things that give life meaning has proved too much for many of those who were already struggling.

As Managing Editor Jon Militmore has detailed, the Centers for Disease Control found that one in four young people have had suicidal thoughts during the pandemic to date. (For comparison, less than six percent of young people harbored similar thoughts in 2008-2009 according to older CDC data).”

“Across four nights and eight hours of programming, no one mentioned it — not the community activists, not the mayors or governors, not the former presidents and first ladies, and emphatically not the party’s current nominees for president and vice president.

As far as the Democrats were concerned, recent events that have had a profound effect on urban communities — places almost uniformly governed by Democratic mayors — simply never happened.”

“The timing could not have been more inconvenient for Democrats. The day before they eulogized the Black Lives Matter movement and elevated it to the centerpiece of their national convention, a white man was dragged out of his pickup truck by BLM protesters, kicked in the head and beaten almost to death.

Even more inconvenient was the fact that the victim, laborer Adam Haner, had been trying to stop these “mostly peaceful” social-justice warriors from attacking a transgender woman at the time.”

“While Kenosha, Wisconsin, residents are busy trying to pick up the pieces of their city as it burns, the New York Times would like to take this time to report that this all stemmed from “peaceful marches”.

“What’s scary about this: people like Schaffer are doing their job. They’re documenting what’s happening so the rest of the nation – and the world – know what’s happening. This rioter didn’t just brandish a weapon. He literally pulled the gun out of his pants, pointed the firearm at the reporter and pulled the trigger. Not to mention he threatened to actually shoot police officers if one came nearby.”

So. We have a perfect storm of ignorance, unintended consequences (epidemiologists not being experts in what people need to, you know, stay sane), violence, gaslighting – do I need to go on?

A hurricane would be way easier to deal with.


23 thoughts on “Current Events: A Few Things to Chew On

  1. These hidden cases – missed by broad failures in testing and surveillance – could have meant that by the time multiple American states began declaring emergencies and enforcing shutdowns in March, it was already too late to contain the worsening infection already spreading undetected.

    Huh, ‘missed by broad failures in testing and surveillance’? That’s a funny way to spell ‘missed because China lied and various agencies viciously punished places like the Seattle Flu Study for looking at the samples from December.’

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    1. And people (definitely reporters, possibly including modelers) insisted on treating the increase in cases found by increased testing as the actual rate of spread, which is like trying to estimate new star formation by watching cloud cover blow away.

      Oh wait, they’re still basically doing that, so even if deaths stay low, things must be getting immensely worse now that they’re testing people who aren’t already dead or feverish.

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      1. It made sense when Korea was doing it, it wasn’t obvious China was lying like a dog at that point.

        By March, here? It was obvious.

        Hell, look at the ILINet chart, which has a big spike starting about Thanksgiving and peaking mid-January, with a corresponding spike in pneumonia-and-flu deaths. (new standard includes SARS-2 deaths)

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  2. Kenosha makes me want to chew posts and spit nails.

    The guy had police with weapons pointed at him, yelling stuff– the triggering video shows this, shows him heading for his car– do they think he was going to grab some gum to share with them?

    Some of the reports try to make it look worse because there were kids in the car–except… domestic violence call. Kids that are in the car when someone zips off during one of those show up dead, a lot, because they are a way to hurt the other family member.

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    1. (And all of that is besides the police, and the call, and some witnesses, saying he had a knife; the video is inconclusive, the inciters say they didn’t see one. Oh, yeah, GREAT idea, to let a guy with a knife get into the car with kids while he’s ignoring cops pointing guns at him.)

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  3. Yeah, if I can’t get my temper under control, I may find myself writing something in the comments at ATH today about bacterial infections, masking, university economics, and the implications of the aggregate numbers of back to university crowds.

    The public school teachers wanting everything online look stupid or selfless in comparison.

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  4. I saw a bit from a Dutch commentator (whole wasn’t translated), but the sentence that was stuck “confused between ‘pandemic’ and ‘mortal threat;.” They are not synonymous, but the decision makers and media took them as such. Idiots.

    Not seen it put so succinctly before.

    And now my state is burning (again) because I can’t vote the idiots out alone. And I can’t breathe or open windows…
    glum in California.

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  5. It may have already been through where I live months ago. My younger cousin got pretty sick, and they didn’t know what it was. The doctors said that it wasn’t the flu, just a virus. That was before the quarantine and everything.

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    1. Yeah, there was a really nasty “it’s not the flu, been having a lot of people get it, watch your lungs and it’s going to take a long time to bounce back” since about Thanksgiving.

      Over at According to Hoyt’s comment sections there were a bunch of folks having it.

      I suspect there are two different things going around because friends in Australia said to expect a bad a bad flu season, buuuuuut….. it’s awful suggestive.

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  6. What grinds my gears–on top of all the other stupid you mention here–is that at this point it’s basically impossible to ever know what the _real_ infection/death rate is/was. After all the oh-so-clever methods of measuring, treating the increased numbers from increased testing as genuinely increased spread, counting all people who died with COVID as having died _from_ COVID, testing centers admitting they didn’t disclose negative results…. I just don’t see how we’re ever going to get numbers that can be trusted.

    All I think we’ll ever know for sure is, it wasn’t as bad as the panic-mongers claimed. And it was a hell of a lot worse than it should have been otherwise because of said panic-mongers. The hysteria has done far more damage than the virus.

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    1. Mm. Also getting tired of people screeching about “people can get reinfected!” when the cases we know about, it was never established if the person caught Covid the first time.

      Also, “you need to wear a mask because you might be infectious!” Are people planning to require that for the flu, too? Because that is not happening.

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      1. Panicking herd. Rationality is something I’ve given up expecting on this one. Seldom have I been so glad to have zero herd instinct myself; I’ve got enough problems right now without buying into all this nonsense.

        I just hope the herd wakes up soon. This took a flying leap past ridiculous at least four months ago. …No wonder I’ve literally seen “2020” used as a curse recently.

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      2. We don’t even have pre-releases, but from what we know he didn’t have antibodies.

        Second, what are the specifics of the case? In brief: a 33year old man, healthy, not immunocompromised, got the virus back in March, had fever for several days and was hospitalized, then eventually discharged. Interestingly enough, he never tested positive for antibodies — but Dr. Campbell explains that about 8% of COVID19 cases do not “seroconvert”. (Nobody was testing for T-cells back then — I don’t know who, outside of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, has a workable testing setup.)

        Even without antibodies, it still took a different variant of a the corona virus, and he never had any kind of symptoms, even while under extreme watch.

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      3. *Points down at Foxfier’s answer* I’ve seen at least 3 instances of this trumpeted in the press, and every time – every last time – it turned out the person had never been tested for if they got Covid the first time they were “diagnosed”.

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    2. counting all people who died with COVID as having died _from_ COVID

      Worse, the “looking at X-rays for cloudiness on lungs” that was mentioned as a diagnosis before they got the test going?

      That’s pneumonia. It’s literally how you can tell you’ve got pneumonia, or had it; my mom had walking pneumonia and the doctor saw it months later. (She thought she had a nasty cold during “that use to be a controlled burn” season.)

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  7. Honestly, the masks aren’t that bad… When people are being rational about where they are needed.

    If you’re in a shop then sure, you’re probably going to be in close proximity with large numbers of people for an extended period of time and it probably doesn’t hurt (if you don’t have a condition that makes masks a bad idea regardless).

    If you’re walking around outside, and are able to give people space… Yeah, they’re kinda superfluous there.

    Our workplace has started hotdesking, and if you’re in the office you’re expected to wear a mask until you get into your ‘bubble’, then it’s just down to you to be reasonable about it. If you’re talking to people from other bubbles in a meeting room then yes, you’re expected to do so, but most of the time we’ve had no issues with Teams calls (or on one memorable occasion a teams call between 2 guys held while they had a glass wall between them so they could hear each other and one of them could draw diagrams :P).

    The worrying thing in the UK is the whole ‘shame’ nonsense being kicked up about those seen not wearing masks… And I’m sure it’s happening elsewhere too.

    You can’t tell if someone has a legitimate reason for not wearing one at a glance, and we’ve already had several cases where people have been treated horribly because people refused to believe they had a legitimate exemption. The artwork ‘shaming’ people that’s showing up in shop windows is funny at first glance, but otherwise is fairly worrying to see.

    Still, it could all be a lot worse… Somehow… I’m sure 2020 will enlighten us before it’s over…

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