Bild to China: You suck!

Germany’s largest paper to China’s president: You’re endangering the world. BERLIN – The editor-in-chief of Germany’s largest paper Bild on Thursday launched a full frontal attack on China’s communist president Xi Jinping for his regime’s failure to come clean about the coronavirus outbreak and the massive human rights violations carried out by the Communist Party. Julian Reichelt, the prominent editor-in-chief of the Bild, wrote to Jinping that, “Your embassy in Berlin has addressed me in an open letter because we asked in our newspaper Bild whether China should pay for the massive economic damage the coronavirus is inflicting worldwide.”

Reichert wrote that, “You, your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it. Your top experts didn’t respond when Western researchers asked to know what was going on in Wuhan. You were too proud and too nationalistic to tell the truth, which you felt was a national disgrace. You rule by surveillance. You wouldn’t be president without surveillance. You monitor everything, every citizen, but you refuse to monitor the diseased wet markets in your country. You shut down every newspaper and website that is critical of your rule, but not the stalls where bat soup is sold. You are not only monitoring your people, you are endangering them – and with them, the rest of the world.”

He continued with his bill of particulars, noting that “surveillance is a denial of freedom. And a nation that is not free, is not creative. A nation that is not innovative, does not invent anything. This is why you have made your country the world champion in intellectual property theft. China enriches itself with the inventions of others, instead of inventing on its own,” Reichelt wrote. “The reason China does not innovate and invent is that you don’t let the young people in your country think freely. China’s greatest export hit (that nobody wanted to have, but which has nevertheless gone around the world) is coronavirus.” Gulp, and gulp again. This is what I have been thinking, and imagine that President Trump has also been thinking. Compare that condemnation with the craven pandering to China of our own press, the NBA, major tech companies like Google (though not Facebook–good for you).

The spokeswoman for China’s embassy, Tao Lil, published an open letter to Bild in German on the embassy’s website on Wednesday, stating that, “I followed your reporting on the corona pandemic in general and China’s alleged guilt in particular today. Apart from the fact that we consider it a pretty bad style to blame a country for a pandemic that is affecting the whole world and then to present an explicit account of alleged Chinese debts to Germany, the article ignores some essential facts.” She added that “We note that many countries now struggling with COVID-19 have had time to prepare for the cross-border spread of the pathogen after China reported its outbreak under IHR [World Health Organization] guidelines.She should have quit while she was behind. His best broadside is yet to come. The Bild editor-in-chief cited a Washington Post article reporting that, “your laboratories in Wuhan have been researching coronaviruses in bats, but without maintaining the highest safety standards. Why are your toxic laboratories not as secure as your prisons for political prisoners? Would you like to explain this to the grieving widows, daughters, sons, husbands, parents of corona victims all over the world?”He concluded that, “In your country, your people are whispering about you. Your power is crumbling. You have created an inscrutable, non-transparent China. Before Corona, China was known as a surveillance state. Now, China is known as a surveillance state that infected the world with a deadly disease. That is your political legacy.” Why has Xi not been compared to Hitler (while our own press has no problem conflating Trump with Hitler)?

I disagree with only one of Mr. Reichelt’s assertions “China does not innovate and invent.” They are very innovative with hacking, surveillance and intellectual property theft……..Let’s give credit where credit is due!

Here’s to Coronavirus creativity….

Did I wash these today? No problem with distancing though, who’s going to
come near a guy wearing underwear on his head?
Could you direct me to the seafood aisle? I can’t see.
Darth Vader has nothing on me.
Ugh, what did soak up with this sponge? Or is that my tobacco breath?
Is anyone asks, plastic burqas are the latest fashion.
Hey, don’t laugh, they are fresh out of the wrapper.
Would you like the bedding that goes along with that?
I wish someone would come a get this off my head, I can’t reach the handle.
Don’t mind me, I was planning to go to a Halloween party as a dumpster.
I’ve been studying woodpeckers, and this let’s me get close to them.

I sure hope my mask order comes today, I’m running out of incontinence pads.

Criminalizing church, excusing real criminals.

Bureaucrats coming through…

From Daniel Horowitz , ConservativeReview.com, April 17, 2020: Imagine a sheriff coming home to his family one night knowing that in a day’s work, he arrested a pastor for holding services while following CDC distancing guidelines, yet at the same time, released a bunch of criminals, one of whom is now accused of murder. Well, meet Chad Chronister–the face of this mix of anarchism and fascism in the coronavirus response. Joseph Edward Williams was one of over 100 prisoners released from Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County, Florida. Sheriff Chad Chronister told us at the time not to worry because they were low-level, nonviolent offenders.

Well, a day after he was released on March 19 under the guise of preventing coronavirus spread in jail, Williams allegedly shot a man to death in Tampa. “There is no question Joseph Williams took advantage of this health emergency to commit crimes while he was out of jail awaiting resolution of a low-level, non-violent offense. As a result, I call on the State Attorney to prosecute this defendant to the fullest extent of the law,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. As WMFY reports, Williams had been arrested 35 times! Court records show that Williams had a history of burglary, assault, theft, and yes, weapons charges in Hillsborough County. Yet he barely served time in prison. A blind person could see this threat coming a mile away. Yet fools like Chronister keep releasing criminals based on the last offenses for which they are serving time without factoring in their threat to society based on their prior records. Williams is now charged with second-degree murder, resisting an officer with violence, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The murder is alleged to have occurred just 26 hours after Williams was released.

What few people realize is that this is the same sheriff who held a press conference a week later lecturing the public on the Bible and social distancing and then arrested Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne for holding services, even though his lawyer says he was following CDC guidelines for sanitation and social distancing. This sheriff is typical of the bureaucratic/totalitarian minds that get stupid with power, like many FDA staffers, Michigan governor Whitmer, and countless other petty tyrants. Remember this formula: bureaucratic mind + power = totalitarian!

Yea Trump for WHO snub!

The WHO comes in second in comedy compared to “Who’s On First”.

The reliably left-leaning, usually critical of the USA publication, The Guardian, a British publication self-described as a bastion of independent journalism, is of course dissing President Trump for his, in my opinion, overdue move: Donald Trump found himself isolated among western leaders at a virtual G7 summit, as they expressed strong support for the World Health Organization after the US’s suspension of its funding. Health officials around the world have condemned the US president’s decision to stop his country’s funding for the UN agency, amid a crisis that has left more than 2 million people infected and almost 140,000 dead. On Thursday, G7 leaders voiced their backing for the WHO and urged international co-operation. The White House insisted there was support for US criticism of the WHO in the G7 call, saying “much of the conversation centred on the lack of transparency and chronic mismanagement of the pandemic by the WHO. The leaders called for a thorough review and reform process.”

The US is the largest donor to the WHO, providing about $400m annually, but WHO director general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was unwilling to confront the Chinese at the start of the outbreak. Absolutely true. In fact, Tedros, who owes his position to China, has been carrying the proverbial water for China from the beginning of the epidemic. Plus, anyone with a name like that must have a massive inferior complex. He might be either corrupt or dumb? Why do I write that? Let’s see what his own countrymen think of him:

Alemayehu G. Mariam writes in pambazuka.org: Last week, Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization, nominated Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe as that organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Noncommunciable Diseases, a position currently held by former N.Y. City mayor Michael Bloomberg. WHO ambassadorships are often given to “well-known personalities from the worlds of arts, literature, entertainment, sport or other fields of public life who commit to contribute to WHO’s efforts to raise awareness of important health problems and solutions.” What kind of a moron appoints Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador for health? That is what the new Ethiopian-born Director General of the World Health Organization did – sparking global consternation. The appointment, now reversed, underlines one fact: Tedros Adhanom lacks what it takes to head even a village clinic. In announcing Mugabe’s ambassadorship, Adhanom said, “I am honored to be joined by President Mugabe of Zimbabwe, a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the center of its policies to provide health care to all.”

He said during a speech in early February that the spread of the coronavirus outside China could be “controlled easily,” thanks, in part, to the Chinese government’s efforts to contain the virus. He made the claim during a speech before the WHO executive board on Feb. 3, a week after he had met in person with Chinese President Xi Jinping. At the time of his speech, there were 151 confirmed coronavirus cases and one death outside of China.

I was very impressed in my meeting with President Xi at his detailed knowledge of the outbreak, his personal leadership, and his commitment as reflected in the words he told me,” Tedros said, adding that Xi told him: “We will take serious measures at the epicenter, at the source, in order to protect our people, and also to prevent the spread of the virus to other countries.” Tedros also told the WHO executive board that the public health emergency of international concern that he had declared four days prior was issued primarily due to signs of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus outside China and over concern about what could happen were the virus to spread in countries with weak health systems.

However, by the time Tedros gave his speech, the wheels for a global coronavirus pandemic were already set in motion, due in large part to the Chinese government’s well-documented efforts to cover up its existence when the disease first began spreading in Wuhan in late December. As we know by now, some of the first doctors in the city to raise an alarm about the virus were reprimanded by authorities for spreading rumors. The Chinese government delayed acting on combating the virus and even coming to terms with the danger posed by the virus. Top Chinese officials had secretly determined by Jan. 14 that they were likely facing a pandemic in Wuhan from the coronavirus, according to the Associated Press. That same day, the WHO tweeted that Chinese authorities “have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” of the coronavirus. Xi waited until Jan. 20 to warn the public about the outbreak, the AP reported. More than 3,000 people in China became infected with the virus during the Chinese government’s six-day delay.

The Guardian goes on:Other G7 leaders harbor doubts about aspects of the WHO’s role and China’s response to the coronavirus, but argue that the middle of the coronavirus pandemic is the wrong moment to disrupt the organisation’s leadership by blowing a surprise hole in its finances. With the US acting as the current chair of the G7, and facing criticism of America’s global leadership, Trump had convened the special meeting of the G7 leaders, a grouping of mainly western leading economies that, unlike the larger G20, excludes both Russia and China. The UK was represented on the call by the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, who is still standing in for Boris Johnson as the prime minister recovers from coronavirus. He said once the outbreak is controlled “we cannot have business as usual and must ask the hard questions about how it came about. There needs to be a very deep dive and review of the lessons including the outbreak of the virus.”

Meanwhile, under the guise of “quality control” to protect the world (from the virus China unwittingly unleashed), China is delaying shipping of products made for U.S. companies. About 1.4 million coronavirus test kits made by Massachusetts-based PerkinElmer are not able to leave the company’s Suzhou factory under the new restrictions, according to a State Department document obtained by the Wall Street Journal. The document also noted that Minnesota-based 3M was told by a Shanghai vice mayor that Shanghai “relies on 3M’s locally produced N-95 respirators for its Covid-19 prevention efforts and lacks viable alternatives.” Lifting the restrictions would require permission from the upper echelons of the Chinese government, the mayor indicated, according to the State Department.

General Electric was able to extract its shipment of parts needed to make ventilators after days of negotiations. Other companies, however, have not been able to do the same. Healthcare logistics company Owens & Minor, hospital operator Emory Healthcare, and biotech company Cellex have been unable to ship their medical equipment, which includes N95 face masks, isolation gowns, and coronavirus antibody tests. China’s rules governing exports “disrupted established supply chains for medical products just as these products were most needed for the global response to Covid-19,” one of the State Department documents said. Beijing has said the rules were meant to ensure quality control of medical products and to prevent necessary items from leaving China

China steals a lot of U.S. technology, but their originality knows no bounds when it comes to surveillance (and oppression) tech. Police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are being equipped with a high-tech helmet that could quickly identify people suffering from coronavirus, it is claimed. The Chinese-made helmet, resembling technology seen in the Robocop films, was originally designed to find criminals through facial recognition and read car number plates automatically. But the UAE Interior Ministry’s official “Happiness and Positivity Council” (not scary at all) said it would now be repurposed to remotely monitor people who may have Covid-19, by checking their body temperature with thermal cameras from up to five metres (16 feet) away. The helmets were designed by Kuang-chi technology, based in Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province, and have been used in several Chinese cities including Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen.

The Guardian’s latest headline: China denies cover-up as Wuhan coronavirus deaths revised up 50%. And here I thought use of “Wuhan” or “China” in referring to CoVid-19 was a no-no! “Revised upward by 50%?” Now it’s accurate? Nope, try revising upward 900%. That’s more like it.

(If you’ve never seen the Abbott and Costello skit “Who’s On First”, check it out on YouTube. It is one of the all-time greats. Who doesn’t need a laugh right now?)

The true curmudgeon’s meaning of Farside cartoons.

I laugh out loud (LOL!) at almost every Farside cartoon. While a few are very difficult to interpret, most seem pretty obvious, and therein lies the danger. What if Gary Larson is really mocking you, the audience? What if the ones that seem obviously funny really harbor a darker meaning, and are mocking something, or someone, other than what seems obvious? I invite you to take this “hidden mockery” exam. What is each cartoon REALLY mocking?

Mocking: A___ cats’ attitude B___ preachers who claim “God told me” C___ President Trump D___ lamestream media
Mocking: A___ Casual attitude of surgeons B___ socialized medicine C___ high fat carnivorous diet D___ Vegan diet with too much kale
Mocking: A___ Native American lingo B___ the idea of talking bears C___ hunters that allow bears to sneak up on them D___ gun owners thinking that bears care about caliber.
Mocking: A___ Chinese wildlife markets B___ dogs’ who eat their own vomit C___ Whole Foods and other trendy markets D___ lack of social distancing
Mocking: A___ Joe Biden B___ teenage boys C___ dogs who think they’re people D___breath freshener commercials
Mocking: A___ gays B___ cowboys C___ dreams of flying D___ old men with nothing better to do than diss gays

I could do this all day, but hey, why don’t you and your quarantine-mates make up your own game based on my idea? Could be fun!

Other than dirty looks, will anyone remember me?

Nick Sandmann, the 16-year-old high school student at the center of the 2019 March for Life fracas that took place in Washington, D.C., says that he has been under siege since the incident took place. Snippets of video footage featured Sandmann standing still, while Native American activist Nathan Phillips was beating a drum very close to him, went viral. From my description, which I tried to make as accurate and neutral as possible, why would such a scene go viral? What’s so exciting? Was Nick’s facial expression a smile, a smirk, or “deer in the headlights” indecision? According to CNN, the Washington Post and other lamestream mainstream media, Sandmann was smirking, betraying his intention of mocking and threatening Phillips’ protest. Protesting what by beating a drum? I never have figured that out. How did all those media outlets know what Nick Sandmann was thinking or that he was mocking rather than confused or nervous?

Neither Sandmann nor any of his classmates from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, had actually threatened or mocked Phillips. It was, in fact, later determined that Phillips had approached the group of students and infringed on their personal space. Was Nick a shy kid (who was just there with his classmates to support the idea of letting “unwanted” babies live) who didn’t know how to react to a much older and aggressive man with long gray hair beating a drum within his personal space, surrounded by cameras and reporters? Or was he an arrogant, entitled racist Catholic white kid who was there to mock and embarrass a “native American elder Vietnam veteran”? The media narrative, based solely on their interpretation of a screenshot of a snippet of video, presented the latter as fact. The real facts were the former.

So what, you ask? This story is almost a year old, and we are in the midst of an unprecedented worldwide pandemic, so why bring out old news? It isn’t old news to a kid whose only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong melanin content and the wrong religion, and the wrong facial expression (could there have been a right one)? It matters quite a bit, because that very same media is stoking fear and misportraying government efforts to manage the tradeoffs between protecting our health and our economy. Why would they do that? For the same reason they demonized an innocent kid, blew up a facial expression into an accusation of racism. In their own minds they are innocent of wrongdoing, because Trump is evil incarnate, and high school boys who are white, pro-life and Catholic deserve to be pilloried in the media….even if they are innocent!

In an interview with Fox Nation host Lara Logan, Sandmann said that his life has been threatened from day one. On Monday’s “Fox & Friends,” Logan said that Sandmann will be “tarnished with this stigma forever” and branded as “some arrogant, racist kid” because of the biased and inaccurate media coverage. Logan added that the media — some of which never retracted their initial erroneous reporting — put Sandmann at risk. “The media’s role in it has never been fully addressed,” Logan insisted. “Most outlets didn’t retract their stories. CNN settled in a massive lawsuit — the sum was undisclosed — but that was evidence. And it was just the beginning in a series of lawsuits that are to come.” During the interview, Logan and Sandmann were pictured visiting the Lincoln Memorial. “As we stood there, people began to stare at Nick and it became uncomfortable,” Logan narrated in the clip. “He was mindful of the death threats and bomb threats against him, his home and [his attorney Todd McMurtry]. So we decided to leave. The long looks followed us on the way.”

“Everywhere I go, there is someone that will point me out,” he said. As they left the memorial, Logan asked, “Does that happen all the time?” “It happens everywhere I go,” the teen admitted. “From in my community to different parts of the country. Everywhere I go, there is someone that will point me out.” The high school student added that he’s always aware of his surroundings — because he has no other choice. “It’s going to be that way for how long?” Logan asked. “Probably forever,” Sandmann responded. “It’s a constant threat and it’s a terrible threat. But you can’t choose to live your life in fear or they’ve won and they robbed you of your life.”

Do you think anyone who makes their living in the lamestream media cares? Or would be willing to say, “we were wrong, we did a bad thing”? Probably not. At least I haven’t read about or heard anyone do so. After the Covid19 threat subsides enough to look back, will these same media types admit that their fear-stoking was not helpful?

Computer modeling is great, until it isn’t.

Contact tracing

Based on an op-Ed by Sarah Hoyt on PJMedia.com: Unfortunately, we have over the course of the last 50 years, blinded ourselves to one of the most important factors when modeling disease in human populations: culture. We have taught our kids in school that culture is food and clothing, and sometimes — but not always — language, but that culture is inherently the same underneath those trappings. Mind you, the computer modeling of humans in general is always hazardous. This is why no one can give accurate predictions of what will happen with the economy at any given time, and that is why most legislators are completely baffled when the second- and third-order effects of their legislation hit. However, culture is the most important – or should be the most important – in modeling the spread of any disease in a human population. Next and almost equal to it should be the physical home of that culture: where do the people live? How dense is the population? How much air do they share?

The models for how bad COVID-19 would be, and the measures for mitigating its spread, all, without exception, ignore these factors. looking at the clusters, you’ll find that there are reasons why it got exceptionally bad there, but not anywhere else. And it was never going to get as bad anywhere else. Consider the measures that should have been taken specifically in those places, without the ruinous cost of crashing the economy. For instance, her friend in Albany, Georgia, tells her he assumes part of the reason it got so bad in his neighborhood (the worst per capita in the U.S. last I looked) is that “we are the touchiest, most social people I know,” i.e., there is a lot of touching and hugging. At a guess, this is the reason it got so bad in Italy, too, but not nearly as bad in Germany, where, frankly, people aren’t that touchy/feely/huggy. I have read that Sweden, which is trying a different strategy than imposed isolation, is one of the least touchy feely cultures in the world, and has the highest per capita number of single person households. No wonder we can’t all do what they are trying.

I live in Spokane, Washington, which is very different both culturally and physically than New York City. So far all of Spokane county had 13 deaths from the Coronavirus, and hospitals are operating below capacity. I can go months without using an elevator. We don’t have subway trains, and relatively few people use public transport. Most people in this entire county live in single family dwellings. Now, in NYC, besides the fact they all live in modified closets with shared air, you can’t get anywhere without rubbing elbows with strangers. Subways and elevators are simply parts of daily life for most New Yorkers.

So, would a complete lockdown of the city, with perhaps distribution of food so the grocery stores could be closed, make sense for NYC? Sure it would. Of course it would. A grave violation of everyone’s rights? Sure. No doubt about that. But perhaps necessary for a limited time in a limited space. Does a complete lockdown in places where the culture is completely different make much sense? No. Our media relays scenes of panic and death without the slightest context that might make the rest of us realize that the factors leading to those are unlikely to occur in our own neighborhood. This is partly because most of our so-called journalists are incredibly ignorant and glib. And it is partly because they think crashing the economy and blaming it on Trump will get the Democrat Spokeszombie elected. But that’s a whole ‘nother matter, for another article.

So, yes, COVID-19 got very bad in spots (though the rates of both infection and death surfacing as more studies in Europe are done, as well as the rates of infection and death for the Diamond Princess, still indicate that those “bad spots” are nowhere near as bad as has been advertised). And we might have been justified in closing down, isolating, and stopping travel to and from those spots. It would have been economically painful enough since one of those spots is NYC. However, with the rest of the country (or the majority of it) working, we would have been fine. It wouldn’t have been the disaster that it’s been made into by the blithe “multiculturalist” assumption that “culture” is all about clothes and food, and not about how people behave and act in concert, due to cultural assumptions and the physical environment of their daily lives.

We can only pray that in the destroyed hopes of our children and grandchildren, in the scorched landscape of the world economy, in the revolt – dear Lord, I hope it’s a revolt to come, otherwise the United States as we knew it is dead – against the police state imposed during this madness, people will see what multiculturalism and inane computer models have wrought. She says she hopes if no other good comes of this, that people will open their eyes to the insanity of treating humans as equal widgets who all behave the same way and all cultures as essentially the same under their colorful wrappings. I don’t think the elites, the power structure or the lamestream media will; they have too much invested in their ideologies.

Speaking of which, the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing how the US Food and Drug Administration puts Americans at increased risk of sickness and death. Decades of killing medical innovation and forcing industries offshore made this inevitable. The FDA is one of those many creatures of Congress that effectively wields legislative, executive, and judicial power, with almost no real accountability. It has grown mightily since its inception in 1906. Yet, thanks largely to its treatment in the media, many Americans have never imagined how the country might benefit from doing away with the bureaucracy. That may change now.

The FDA’s most public failure is its most recent, the blocking of any private production of coronavirus test kits during the initial outbreak. How many Americans will pay the ultimate price for this policy remains to be seen.