Author: Robert

Room for Improvement, Deena Hinshaw

“Doctor” Deena Hinshaw is the Chief Medical Officer of Health in Alberta. Given that a medical doctor’s first principle is to do no harm, she has clearly violated this oath:

Alberta health officials found themselves in something of a controversy last week when it came to how they report COVID-19 deaths. The province is now making a policy change that other jurisdictions would be well-advised to consider.

It all started when Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s top doctor, announced last Tuesday the number of COVID-19 deaths in the province. “This includes the death of a 14-year-old who had complex, pre-existing medical medical conditions that played a significant role in their death,” Hinshaw said, adding: “I extend my deepest condolences to the loved ones of all of these individuals.”

On Thursday, Hinshaw apologized to the family for making the announcement the way she had done. She also announced that, moving forward, they will not publicly report any COVID-19 deaths in anyone under 18 until a proper review of the death has been completed.

Ms. Hinshaw, how about not publicly reporting any Covid-19 deaths of anyone, of any age, until a proper review of the death has been completed? This would start with ALWAYS reporting the person’s age and a clear picture of their co-morbidities!  But asking this of you would mean that your professional responsibilities would have to supersede the political narrative you’re obliged to follow . . . and that’s a bridge too far to cross, isn’t It?!

October 17, 2021: Reader Tips

This evening we begin with an apropos quote for this current Age of Insanity that Leftists have dragged us all into:

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women

Here’s an interview of Mr. Mencken.

Your best tips of the past day are much appreciated!

Woke Mob: 0 Common Sense: 1

Woke students at M.I.T. tried to cancel a professor because … wait for it … he said that “academic evaluations should be based on merit and not racial equity” but then something interesting happened:

Professor George said: ‘I’m delighted to report that we’ve expanded the Zoom quota for Dr Dorian Abbot’s Princeton lecture – the one shockingly and shamefully canceled by MIT – and literally thousands of people have registered.’

It comes after Professor Abbot wrote on October 5 on Bari Weiss’ Substack newsletter: ‘I am a professor who just had a prestigious public science lecture at MIT cancelled because of an outrage mob on Twitter.

‘My crime? Arguing for academic evaluations based on academic merit.’ Many progressives now argue that equity – equality of outcomes – is more important that equality – giving everyone the same opportunity.

In the professor’s own words . . .

Breaking News: Southwest Airlines CEO caves into pressure

This is a beautiful thing!

Gary C. Kelly: Professional Liar, Professional Coward #GoWokeGoBroke

More here:

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC on Tuesday he believes businesses should not impose Covid vaccine mandates on their employees, but he said his company is doing so to comply with federal rules put in place by the Biden administration.

“I’ve never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of a mandate. I’m not in favor of that. Never have been,” Kelly said in an interview on “Squawk on the Street.” “But the executive order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and then all federal contractors, which covers all the major airlines, have to have a [vaccine] mandate … in place by Dec. 8, so we’re working through that.”

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Failure is Success
Unity is Division
Hatred is Tolerance

Lies are Truth. All wrapped up in Orwell’s dystopic paradoxes of peaceful war, freeing enslavement and the strength of ignorance. Erich Fromm says we escape our freedom, automatons of conformance, a society of deer in the headlights, hoping the hunters slow down.

The truly horrible question becomes how much worse can it get? Is this just the end of the beginning as Churchill might warn? If we use Covid as an example then we know every ridiculous, unproven, contradictory counterintuitive idiocy that grants them power.

Consequences are Irrelevant

Anybody who thinks this will go away after Covid or anything else including climate change doesn’t understand humanity or history. Progressivism is the correct description of an anti-ideology that degrades society while increasing its corruption and coercion.

They inevitably and inexorably become despotic, where parents are terrorists, oligarchs lord over us and rule of law becomes selective. The US Department of Justice first set on an elected sitting President, now targets those who burden teachers unions, now in the act of taking over school boards, to criminalize the franchise of deciding who sits on these boards, their influence the more important.

Your risk is their reward.

The NY Times Finally Allows a Small Glimpse of the Truth to be Seen

On his Substack this morning, independent journalist Alex Berenson revealed something interesting: The New York Times is finally coming to grips with the truth about Covid:

There is obviously some distressing news in these comparisons. For older people — especially the very old, as well as those with serious health conditions — vaccination does not reduce the risk of Covid hospitalization or death to near zero. That’s different from what the initial vaccine data suggested.

To be clear, getting vaccinated is still the best thing that an elderly person can do. In terms of risk reduction, a vaccine is more valuable for an older adult than a younger adult. Just compare the size of the bars in the above charts. Still, the Covid risks remain real for vaccinated elderly people.

For children without a serious medical condition, the danger of severe Covid is so low as to be difficult to quantify. For children with such a condition, the danger is higher but still lower than many people believe. The risk of long Covid among children — a source of fear among many parents — also appears to be very low.

All of which raises a thorny question: Should young children be vaccinated? I know some readers will recoil at the mention of that question, but I think it’s a mistake to treat it as unmentionable. There is not the scientific consensus about vaccinating children that there is about adults. It remains unclear how many countries will recommend the vaccine for young children. In the U.S., many vaccinated parents have decided not to vaccinate their eligible children yet.