Man with horn faces Trump in idea shop

There’s a story here.

It’s like that New Yorker cartoon series, prizes for the best caption. Do it here if you want. No skin off my back one way or the other.

Hint: It’s a Twitter picture for one Wilfred Reilly, who also runs a serious, interesting blog, Sp!ked.

Cuomo’s Incompetence Shut Down and Sickened America – The Rush Limbaugh Show

Nicely said by El Rushbo:

Andrew Cuomo is one of the biggest empty suits running around in American politics today, benefiting, of course, from the pedigree of his father, Mario “The Pious,” another morally superior guy to everybody else. Sixty-six percent of New York state coronavirus hospitalizations are people who stayed at home. They were not essential workers. They did not leave their homes. They got sick in their homes. They were quarantined. They were locked down. They got sick in their homes and then went to the hospital.

So do lockdowns even work? Was the lockdown even necessary? If 66% of coronavirus hospitalizations in the epicenter are people who stayed at home and were not essential workers, what was the point? And Cuomo’s (imitation), “Oh, I was really surprised. I was shocked when I saw these numbers.” What do you mean, shocked? None of this ought to surprise anybody. Common sense is being stood upside down and on its head.

Gov C. (Pritzler of IL too, and many others) have put their faith in the almighty lockdown, both of them infected with the Democrat virus that says every problem is solvable by governmental officials, elected or not.

The matter is in doubt, though you wouldn’t know it from reporting and headlines of the news-dominating mediums, by whom a major, major issue is neglected, namely “What difference do lockdowns make?” The producer has passed on one answer,

There is no empirical evidence for these lockdowns –Comparing US states shows there is no relationship between lockdowns and lower Covid-19 deaths.

Opening ‘graph here:

Several weeks ago, one of the USA’s better quantitative scientists, John Ioannidis of Stanford, made a critically important point. During the coronavirus pandemic, ‘we are making decisions without reliable data’, he said.

Followed by:

As Ioannidis and others have pointed out, we do not even know the actual death rate for Covid-19. Terrifying and widely cited case-fatality rates like ‘three per cent’ come from comparing known fatalities to the small pool of people who have officially been tested. Those test cases are mostly made up of sick and symptomatic people or those who had direct contact with someone known to have had Covid-19 – rather than to the far larger pool of people who may have had a mild version of the disease. Because of the same denominator problem, we also don’t know the true infection rate. A recent German study indicates this could be as high as 15 per cent.

Is there room for the likes of Ioannidis in the thinking of these two governors?

Belloc on heresy: Precision in ideas, an unpopular concept . . .

Don’t pin me down . . . 

Like most modern words, “Heresy” is used both vaguely and diversely. It is used vaguely because the modern mind is as averse to precision in ideas as it is enamored of precision in measurement. It is used diversely because, according to the man who uses it, it may represent any one of fifty things.

He has Christian heresies in mind, as in his 1936 book, The Great Heresies (p. 7). Cavalier Books. Kindle Edition.