The Covid-19 Shutdown Continues

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Gavin Newsome extended California’s Covid-19 shutdown but why? is it a plandemic?

As the Covid-19 shutdown continues, there is a lot to learn from the data. Don’t worry, this isn’t a class on statistics, but rather one on perspective. One of the things that I would hear a lot when I was younger and trying to make things go my way was “selective viewing”. I was subconsciously shifting my perspective to fit what I wanted to see.

In 2006 as the housing market was tanking, I observed that there were nicer cars and more construction going on. A local real estate broker noted that I was “selective viewing”. I was changing my perspective to match what I want. My mom got her Ph.D. for proving that we all do it, and anyone can skew data.

At the end of the day my doctor buddies tell me the only number that matters is the “all cause mortality rate” which the CDC has pulled from the records for 2018, 2019 and 2020. It looks to me like someone wants to change our perspective.

So lets put some things in perspective about Covid-19

Tobacco related deaths in the past 12 months 480,000 (cdc.gov data)
Covid -19 related deaths in the past 12 months 374,391 (Worldometers data)

Covid-19 deaths world wide past 12 months 1,910,616 (Worldometers)
Tuberculosis deaths world wide past 12 months 1,800,000 (cdc estimate)

I could go on, but the point is we don’t shut the world economy down until we kill the tobacco industry or end TB did we? Sars-1 is just as contagious and worse than Sars-2 (aka Covid-19). H1N1 was the boogie man in the middle. Both are still out there, and I haven’t been vaccinated for either. Have you?

There is more to the Covid-19 story, and the media simply isn’t doing it’s job as investigative journalists. Instead they are becoming the mouthpiece of those that are trying to change our perspective. Like the Pappy O’Daniels character in O’Brother where art thou, those in power have learned the power of the media. Somehow we let them get control of if.

Behind the scenes of the plate spinners

Now I am not saying that everything going on behind the scenes is all bad either. I have said for years that we need to find a way to get people to stop commuting for two hours each way in California. We should stay closer to home and get to know our neighbors. You don’t need a Ring camera and an app to talk trash about your neighbors. You can go outside and hang out with them.

California passed a bill to ban the sale of new petroleum powered cars in 2035. This coming from a state with huge oil reserves and massive taxes collected on that oil. At the #RWTH I am, this one I can live with. But would he have tried it at any other time? Let’s face it. Since the 1930’s American’s have been sold on the idea that the car represents freedom. The power of the media.

After spending a lot of time in France, I learned that knowing your village neighbors, riding the train into the city and walking around can be it’s own form of freedom. I didn’t once get road rage or get cut off by some idiot that decided to change lanes by swerving into my car, turning on the signal and then looking. Did SMOG (Signal-Mirror-Over The Shoulder-GO) fall off of the drivers test because it was too difficult to do while texting?

The Truth Is Not In The Headlines of the Covid-19 Shutdown

The last thing I would like you to notice if you start looking at the data for Covid-19 “cases” and deaths is this. Cases are on the rise because we are testing more, and it is flu season, but look at curves in other countries. When comparing death numbers in places that locked down like California, and then those that only slightly retracted like France, the data is interesting. France had a much higher rate early but never stretched the health care system.

California is in a very different situation right now. Because we “flattened” the curve with a Covid-19 shutdown early, it appears that more people are getting in now during the peak season. The daily death peaks in France were in February and October, about the same peaks. California’s first bump was much flatter, but the flu season spike looks like the superman ride at Six Flags with no end in sight.

The economic damage done is irreparable. Many small businesses in California have simply covered the windows and have opened up speak easy style. If the state wanted to see who they can control and what the breaking point is, I think they found it.

Was it worth it? Is it worth it? Did we flatten the curve or create a Black Friday style rush on hospitals that were no longer ready?

I’ll have to end now my wife wants a pedicure and her nail appointment is next to my favorite pancake shop. Our “appointments” are in 15 minutes.

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