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Spin Zone / How a Police State is Born
« on: April 01, 2020, 07:16:36 PM »

The United States and much of the western world, by utilizing the most draconian of tactics, is plunging many nations into potential economic and societal chaos as they attempt to stem the tide of the Chinese Coronavirus.  Relying on dubious and error-prone projections, politicians and bureaucrats constitutionally or statutorily limited in their power, are now exercising near-dictatorial authority in their edicts, which are effectively suspending or terminating numerous freedoms under the guise of protecting their respective nations.

All Americans, not be just those with first-hand experience dealing with World War II and its aftermath or living in Eastern Europe under iron boot of the Soviet Union or escaping the Communist/socialist hellholes of Cuba, Southeast Asia or Venezuela, should view these actions with considerable trepidation.

When societies lose their freedom, it is not ordinarily because autocrats or tyrants have forcibly taken it away.  It is usually the result of the population willingly surrendering their freedom in return for protection against an external threat.  While the threat is oftentimes real, it is invariably exaggerated.

This is what we in the United States are experiencing.  The general public has been stampeded by the fearmongering in the media into demanding action from the politicians at both the state and federal level.  The politicians respond and do not pause to ask whether these actions will work -- just do something!  They do not ask if the financial and societal cost to the nation is worth the unknown and perhaps nebulous return.

Any student of history and human nature would recognize that these are the classic symptoms of collective hysteria.  Hysteria is contagious.  This nation is turning itself inside out as we, thanks to the media, are exaggerating the threat and not stopping to ask if the cure is worse than the disease.

In times like these, it is to be expected that the citizenry will look to the government for guidance and assistance.  When that happens in an environment of mass hysteria, then it is unsurprising that the state will take on or assume new power, as that is what has been demanded of it.  This historically has been the process which leads to the rise of authoritarianism.

Over the past four weeks and with little or no legal basis, one state governor has outbid another in their dramatic responses to the Coronavirus outbreak.  Invariably their actions revolve around the curtailing of individual freedom.

Arrest warrants are being issued for holding funeral services, fines are being levied for not maintaining proper distance, people are being arrested for holding gatherings of over ten people, fines and arrests are the order of the day for re-opening a business the state deems to be nonessential, and the national guard has been called out to enforce state borders and lockdowns.    Pastors have been arrested for holding worship services, and in New York City the mayor has threatened to permanently close any church, synagogue or mosque that violates his lockdown order. The Second Amendment is under assault as 12 states either have ordered or are contemplating ordering all gun stores and retailers closed, thus depriving millions of their right buy a gun.  Neighbors and ordinary citizens, in the best tradition of the Soviet Union and Communist China, are being encouraged to inform the authorities if anyone they know is not adhering to state lockdown rules. Stores, deemed essential by the state, are being told what in their inventory they can and cannot sell.

Spin Zone / Hockey Sticks, Changing Goal Posts, and Hysteria
« on: April 01, 2020, 06:59:23 PM »

Quite to the contrary—prophets of nonexistent doom are often cheered as heroes no matter how many times they’ve been wrong.

Take Dr. Michael Mann, for example. The Pennsylvania State University author of the infamous “hockey stick” graph is still considered a god among the international climate change set; his graph launched the modern-day climate movement even though his work has been widely refuted by scientists and hacked emails showed how he and his fellow researchers manipulated data to “prove” their theory.

Now, we have the latest version of the hockey stick graph and it is related to COVID-19. The alarming visual indicates a huge spike in estimated deaths and hospitalizations in the United States from coronavirus infections over the next few weeks. Last week, a researcher at the University of Washington released a study that appears to serve as the scientific justification to extend the CDCs social distancing guidelines until at least April 30.

Spin Zone / Chinese Lab Bat
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:05:59 PM »


The drastic measures elected and unelected officials are taking to stem coronavirus (COVID-19) contagion reached new heights when President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act on March 18, 2020. The Korean War–era law grants the executive branch emergency powers to require American companies to increase production to combat shortages. Meanwhile, at the state level, governors have prohibited people from making purchases by closing bars, restaurants, spas, and salons.

Officials speculate the pandemic may overwhelm our limited medical resources. But as long as their data remains woefully incomplete, we must remember Newton’s Third Law of Physics: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” The draconian restrictions officials are imposing could spark an economic catastrophe more disruptive to American life than the coronavirus itself. So, officials should restrain themselves from depriving people of their freedom to transact unless or until irrefutably necessary.

Imagine if I told you that, by taking a drastic action, we could prevent tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations every single year. Would you deem that a worthy intervention? The reflexive reaction is, of course, “Yes.” However, if I told you that action was outlawing all motor vehicles so we could eliminate motor vehicle accidents, then you may rapidly change your mind. You may decide that the benefits of driving justify the risks, and you would be correct.

Spin Zone / Porkaholics
« on: March 28, 2020, 12:54:18 PM »
Here's just part of the pork fest brought to you by congress:

$7,500,000 to the Smithsonian for additional salaries
$35,000,000 to the JFK Center for performing Arts
$25,000,000 for additional salary House of Representatives
$3,000,000,000 upgrade to the IT department at the VA
$315,000,000 for State Department Diplomatic Programs
$95,000,000 for the Agency of International Development
$300,000,000 for International Disaster Assistance
$300,000,000 for Migrant and Refugee Assistance
$90,000,000 for the Peace Corp
$13,000,000 to Howard University
9,000,000 Misc Senate Expenses
$100,000,000 to Essential Air carriers
$40,000,000,000 Responsibility to Workers
$1,000,000,000 Airlines Recycle and Save Program
$25,000,000 to the FAA for administrative costs
$492,000,000 to National Railroad Corporation
$25,000,000,000 for Transit Infrastructure
$3,000,000 Maritime Administration
$5,000,000 Inspector General
$2,500,000 Public and Indian Housing
$5,000,000 Community Planning and Development
$1,500,000,000 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
$720,000,000 to the public housing fund
$100,000,000 For Native Americans
$250,000,000 for Housing Block Grants for Tribes
$130,000,000 for AIDS Housing
$20,000,000 of which goes to one time grantees
$15,000,000,000 Community Development Fund
$5,000,000,000 in Homeless Assistance
$100,000,000,000 for Rental Assistance
$7,000,000 enforce the Fair Housing Act
$227,000,000 for grants to States for youth 2 activities
$261,000,000 for grants to States for dislocated worker
$10,000,000 for Migrant and Seasonal Farm workers
$100,000,000 for Job Corps
$15,000,000 for Program Administration
$6,500,000, to the Wage and Hour Division
$30,000,000, to OSHA
$10,000,000 for Susan Harwood training grants
$1,300,000,000, for Primary Health Care
$75,000,000, for Student Aid Administration
$9,500,000,000, for Higher Education

Read the bill for yourself here:

Spin Zone / Trish Regan fired by Fox Business…
« on: March 27, 2020, 02:42:54 PM »

Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan is leaving the network.


In a statement provided to Mediaite Friday, the network announced, “FOX Business has parted ways with Trish Regan – we thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.”


Recently Regan came under scrutiny for her commentary calling the media coverage of coronavirus another “impeachment scam” trying to “destroy the president.” A few days later the network announced her primetime show would be going on hiatus, citing demands of coronavirus coverage.

Spin Zone / The Corona Virus Relief Bill
« on: March 27, 2020, 07:22:39 AM »
This bill should have come through clean, with absolutely no pork added in.   It started as $800 Billion and ended up at $2 trillion.

Here's the real problem, that $2 trillion is misleading.  It's actually much much higher because it's borrowed money.

What would have worked better, IMO, would have been to offer relief on unemployment (not at the level in the bill, which is going to come back to bite them), offer bridge loans to small business, bridge loans to big business.  And then a tax holiday to everyone (under a determined income level) for the rest of 2020, IOW, no more fed tax taken from paychecks till Jan 1, 2021.   

 That would have supercharged the economy and franky been cheaper in the long run.  Couple that with letting the executive start trimming major fat from gov agencies and shutting down programs that are already unnecessary, and a moratorium on ALL pork spending for 2020. 

Pure politics in play here, and this governor is not the only one.  She's hiding behind regulations, because she realizes if this medicine works it will accelerate the end of the "crisis" and the leftist will lose their advantage.

Pure Evil.

But if you live in Michigan, and you or a loved one is infected with this potentially lethal disease, you’re out of luck.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs literally threatened all doctors and pharmacists in the state who prescribe or dispense hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.

The agency’s March 24 letter warns physicians and pharmacists of professional consequences for the prescribing of hydroxychloroquine (and chloroquine). Beyond the rational recommendation against hoarding as production of this medication needs to be ramped up, the letter deviates into open threats of “administrative action” against the licenses of doctors that prescribe hydroxychloroquine.

The letter also instructs pharmacists to ignore physician orders for this medication. Due to the debate over a pharmacist’s right to refuse to fill medications that go against their religious beliefs, this could place pharmacists in the unprecedented position of being told that they must fill prescriptions that violate their “conscience (religious belief)” but must not fill prescriptions to treat COVID-19.

Even worse, the letter indicates health care providers are “required to report” their fellow physicians who are prescribing these medications. This draconian measure carries ominous Gestapo-like overtones of neighbor reporting neighbor to “authorities.”


This is the asswipe that was pleading with Trump to shut down the country for 30 days, everything.    Now you see why.

Spin Zone / Dems Target Joe
« on: March 26, 2020, 06:32:08 AM »
Yep, the dims are getting out the playbook and using one of their favorite chapters in a way to force Biden out of the race:

 From Biden's disastrous two weeks of giving interviews and feeble attempts of giving talks from his home, now he will have this.  Expect it to keep growing with Biden to drop out.  Of course, they need a way to get rid of Bernie as well.

 It continues to shape up for a contested convention, and a dark horse to emerge.

Spin Zone / The Virus Is a Fire, and the Arsonist Is China
« on: March 25, 2020, 12:37:29 PM »

Let's say your house is on fire.

An insane arsonist put a lit match to some oily rags in your basement, and the blaze spread so slowly that you didn't even notice at first. This malevolent criminal also cut your phone lines so you couldn't call for help. (There are no cellphones in this scenario, just bear with me. It's set in the '70s, okay?) Once you finally realized you were in trouble, you shouted for help and your neighbors called the fire department. Your local fire chief might not the best one your town has ever had, so it takes him a while to get it together and make his way you. But once he does, he and his team throw everything they have into saving your house. Now you're standing there in your pajamas, huddled in a blanket and uncertain of what's next, as you watch them do their best to help you.

Then, the insane arsonist goes to your local newspaper (again, this is the '70s) and coerces them into running front-page stories about how the fire chief is the one responsible for the blaze. The big lie they push is that if the chief had gotten to the house faster, if he'd handled this or that differently, there never would've been a problem at all. The hugely destructive house fire -- which, remember, the insane arsonist set himself -- wouldn't have happened in the first place. It's the fire chief's fault, according to the press that has been manipulated into printing it. So now the whole town blames the chief, and the insane arsonist gets away with his crime against you.

Are you getting the picture? Do I really need to explain who the insane arsonist is?

Pilot Zone / Airlines and the Covid19
« on: March 25, 2020, 12:11:34 PM »

 It's starting to look like several airlines will be reorganizing and restructuring in the aftermath of all this.

 I suspect major downsizing, eliminate non profitable routes and get rid of older airframes.   The airlines are already going into contract concession modes.

Spin Zone / Imagine
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:12:31 AM »

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