LIBERTARIAN: In a pandemic, no one wants to touch it. Why cash has become the new Typhoid Mary

While many hail the shift to a cashless economy, others say that it raises equity concerns, because the poorest Americans have no access to digital alternatives. Much of the world, led by Scandinavia and Japan, has moved to assure virtually their entire populations have access to online payments. China introduced a digital currency this spring in four cities, paving the way to its becoming perhaps the world’s first cashless society.

Source: In a pandemic, no one wants to touch it. Why cash has become the new Typhoid Mary

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As a little L libertarian, I don’t like the Gooferment knowing EVERYTHING!


GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Let the patients and doctors decide, not politicians and bureaucrats

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For today, let me share with you part of an email I received from an emergency room physician who reads my newsletter. He has given me permission to share it with you, but with his name withheld:

I am a full-time practicing board-certified emergency room physician certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) — which is the real deal, not one of those “other” board-certified institutions. I have an Ivy League undergraduate degree in biochemistry, and my medical degree is from the NYU school of medicine. I have practiced medicine in urban Chicago, Boston and Quincy, Massachusetts, and for the last 19 years in Florida. I don’t mean to brag, but for what it’s worth I have seen a thing or two that most people rarely deal with when it comes to health issues….

[The coronavirus] is a real virus with real consequences, including death. I have taken care of a few young people who required hospitalization, one of whom was deathly ill and may have died. (She was transferred to a tertiary care facility, a higher level of care hospital that has more sub-specialists than at my hospital, which is a community hospital. When she was transferred I lost follow-up on her.) However, I typically will see one or two younger people who become seriously ill with every flu season, and I have seen the occasional death….

The consequences of the lockdown and the over-hyped fear that the MSM has instilled in the public are atrocious, worse than the War on Terror. In your podcast episode today (#1661), entitled “The Lockdowns and Those Millions of Lives,” you mentioned that treatments of emergency stroke patients are down 40%.

I cannot emphasize enough how devastating this fact alone is. I can honestly say that during every shift I have worked in the emergency room for the month of May, I have seen stroke patients who should have come in earlier for potentially brain-saving emergency treatment. Because these patients finally present many hours if not days later because of the fear of catching coronavirus, their chances of recovery are greatly diminished — to essentially zero. While coronavirus will pass, these patients will live with a disability for the rest of their lives. They and their families were robbed.

There are other real consequences that are just as terrible. An emergency physician like myself will typically see one or two cardiac arrest patients a week — the vast majority in people over 70 if not even older, mostly with underlying heart disease. Yet I have seen in March and in early April mostly younger men in their 50s and early 60s present in cardiac arrest. After any attempt at resuscitation, I always speak with the family to get more details, and in every circumstance I was told by the patient’s wife or partner that the patient was extremely stressed about not being able to work and provide for his family. Now the breadwinner is dead, and the family is left in mourning and without the means to support themselves.

I have also seen at least twice as many suicide attempts and also 2 to 3 times as many drug overdoses as I see in a 1-2 month period. These are the tragedies that are not counted by our wise overlords who need to protect us from ourselves with these politically face-saving lockdowns. I haven’t even mentioned the cancer patients, some of whom need time-sensitive operations let alone chemotherapy — and some of these patients, because of their compromised immune status, are at high risk of catching coronavirus, but the point is to let the patients and doctors decide, not politicians in state capitals.

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Seems OBVIOUS to me.

People have to decide what risks they want to take.


As much as I want a haircut, I’m not willing to risk my life.


GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Lockdown was unnecessary, this country now admits

That the lockdowns were unnecessary.It turns out that the virus was already on the decline when the lockdowns were ordered, and it was not spreading nearly as fast as the most extreme numbers — on the basis of which the lockdowns were implemented — suggested it was:”It looks as if the effective reproduction rate had already dropped to around 1.1 [and not 2 or 3, as a frightened public was being told] when the most comprehensive measures were implemented on 12 March, and that there would not be much to push it down below 1…. We have seen in retrospect that the infection was on its way down.”

Source: Lockdown was unnecessary, this country now admits

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What a surprise!  Another example of the Gooferment in “action”!


VETERANS: can’t decide what risks they-want to take

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politicians and bureaucrats decide what we can and can’t do.

that’s just not right!


FUN: ​”​Men with long ring fingers are less likely to die from the coronavirus: study​”​

​”​Men with long ring fingers are less likely to die from the coronavirus: study​”​

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​Nice to know if I get the WuFlu, it’ll be mild. 


Makes a much sense as anything else we’ve heard from the “experts”!​


Japan may have beaten Coronavirus without lockdowns or mass testing. But how?

No restrictions were placed on residents’ movements, and businesses from restaurants to hairdressers stayed open. No high-tech apps that tracked people’s movements were deployed. The country doesn’t have a center for disease control. And even as nations were exhorted to “test, test, test,” Japan has tested just 0.2% of its population — one of the lowest rates among developed countries.

Yet the curve has been flattened, with deaths well below 1,000, by far the fewest among the Group of Seven developed nations. In Tokyo, its dense center, cases have dropped to single digits on most days. While the possibility of a more severe second wave of infection is ever-present, Japan has entered and is set to leave its emergency in just weeks, with the status lifted already for most of the country and Tokyo and the remaining four other regions set to exit Monday.

Source: Japan may have beaten Coronavirus without lockdowns or mass testing. But how?

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Why was Japan different?


How film goddess Carole Lombard became Hollywood’s first casualty of WW II

Daily Variety editor Arthur Ungar penned a page-one tribute to Lombard that led the Jan. 19, 1942, edition.

“Carole Lombard died in the line of duty. She was the first casualty of show business in this world war. She was in active service on a mission in defense of the United States —  selling Defense Bonds — when death suddenly overtook her in the skies,” Ungar wrote.At a time when the country was polarized about whether to enter the conflict, Lombard had been an outspoken supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

It was no surprise that she was among the first in what Variety then referred to as “the film colony” to raise her hand to help the war effort. U.S. Treasury officials put the movie star to work selling war bonds to finance the enormous military and industrial response to Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Source: How film goddess Carole Lombard became Hollywood’s first casualty of WW II

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World War II impacted Hollywood differently then. After that, they no longer were “Americans” imho.