Sweden: The One Chart That Matters | Zero Hedge

Look. All I used to know, I read in the papers. Then they became biased and even unreliable, ignoring some important stories and featuring some either (a) not very important or (b) one-sided. So. What about Sweden and the coronavirus? How’s this for a start?

While the Covid-19 epidemic continues to drag on in the United States, it???s largely over in Sweden where fatalities have dropped to no more than 2 deaths per day for the last week.

You jest. I don’ belief you. What the . . . ?

Sweden has been harshly criticized in the media for not imposing draconian lockdowns like the United States and the other European countries. Instead, Sweden implemented a policy that was both conventional and sensible.

They recommended that people maintain a safe distance between each other and they banned gatherings of 50 people or more. They also asked their elderly citizens to isolate themselves and to avoid interacting with other people as much as possible. Other than that, Swedes were encouraged to work, exercise and get on with their lives as they would normally even though the world was still in the throes of a global pandemic.

Conventional and sensible.

The secret of Sweden???s success is that its experts settled on a strategy that was realistic, sustainable and science-based. The intention was never to ???fight??? the virus which is among the most contagious infections in the last century, but to protect the old and vulnerable while allowing the young, low-risk people to circulate, contract the virus, and develop the antibodies they???d need to fight similar pathogens in the future. It???s clear now that that was the best approach. And while Sweden could still experience sporadic outbreaks that might kill another 2 to 300 people, any recurrence of the infection in the Fall or Winter will not be a dreaded ???Second Wave???, but a much weaker flu-like event that will not overwhelm the public health system or kill thousands of people.

They didn’t panic. The media did. Got “particularly vicious in their criticism.”?? Sweden???s approach, they said, was too “relaxed.???

Recent headlines:

?????? Sweden becomes an example of how not to handle COVID-19, CBS News

?????? Lack of Lockdown Increased COVID-19 Deaths in Sweden, U of V Newsroom

?????? Sweden Has Become the World???s Cautionary Tale, New York Times

?????? Sweden Stayed Open And More People Died Of Covid-19, But The Real Reason May Be Something Darker, Forbes

?????? Sweden hoped herd immunity would curb COVID-19. Don???t do what we did. It???s not working. USA Today

?????? Sweden???s coronavirus death toll is now approaching zero, but experts are warning others not to hail it as a success, Business Insider

?????? Lack of COVID-19 Lockdown Increased Deaths in Sweden, Analysis Conclude, Virginia edu

?????? Sweden COVID-19 Deaths Linked to Failure to Lockdown as Country Prepares for Second Wave, Newsweek

?????? Sweden Tries Out a New Status: Pariah State, New York Times

No wonder its success is almost unknown.

As you can see, the media has taken a very hard line with Sweden. But, why? What has Sweden done that has provoked such a hostile response?

Nothing, really, they???ve just shrugged off the repressive stay-at-home orders and pursued their own independent policy. The Swedish approach stands in stark contrast to the lock-downs which are costly, ineffective and socially damaging. Here???s an excerpt from an article at The Evening Standard that underscores these very points:

???Lockdowns made little difference to the number of people who have died from coronavirus, a study has claimed. Researchers from the University of Toronto and University of Texas found that whether a country was locked down or not was ???not associated??? with the Covid-19 death rate.

This is heresy in today’s market, of course. Dr. Fauci would point the fingerbone of scorn.


Gun sales surge as safety concerns fuel a ‘seismic shift’ in ownership – Business Insider

Locking and loading:

Growing concerns over personal safety are fueling a striking surge in gun sales in the US, according to research and firearm experts. ???If you were to walk into any big-box store or any small corner gun store, you would see the shelves are bare, and they are bare because of demand,??? said Marc Oliva, a representative for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. ???Manufacturers are working around the clock to be able to keep up with that demand???

Getting to be a jungle out there.

Trump lays into Twitter over ‘trending’ stories, alleges illegality | Fox News

Twitter as leftist publisher, yet another arm of Media for Biden, a national organization run with winks and nods.

Trump critical of Twitter’s use of ‘Trending’ tool, claims it could be illegal

President Trump renewed his criticism of Twitter on Monday and called to question the social media giant’s Trending section that he called “disgusting.”

Trump tweeted that it is “disgusting to watch Twitter’s so-called ‘Trending”, where sooo many trends are about me, and never a good one. They look for anything they can find, make it as bad as possible, and blow it up, trying to make it trend. Really ridiculous, illegal, and, of course, very unfair.”

Twitter declined to comment when reached by Fox News. Its website says that these trends are “determined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location.”

Al Gore ithms? (Sorry, had to get that off my mind.)

Obamagate Indictments Are Overdue

A bastion of the right is not happy with Justice Dept. in its non-pursuit of anti-Trump shenanigans.

On the other hand, take note:

Barr plans all-out assault on violent crime, Russia probe when he makes his first House Judiciary Committee appearance [today]

When US Attorney General William Barr appears before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time Tuesday, he plans to take no prisoners as he will strongly condemn the “grave abuses” in the “bogus Russiagate scandal,” while also highlighting Black-on-Black violence and defend law enforcement officers, a transcript of his prepared remarks obtained by Fox News Monday night said.

Fireworks ahead.