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The young are at much lesser risk from Covid-19 than the elderly. That doesn't appear to be the case with the vaccine shots, though. If anything, the opposite is true: Rogan was right, or at least eminently reasonable, when he hypothetically advised a healthy man in his twenties to forego the shot. There is a... Read More
The assessment Facebook banned and the corporate media destroyed people for holding looks to be the correct one. Oops, looks like the fact checkers effed up again. Despite more than a year of the merchants of mendacity running cover for the US and Chinese establishments, most Americans see through the lies: Virtually every aspect of... Read More
The dam of resistance has burst. Democrat apprehension over reopening society has been washed downstream. Bipartisan majorities support a return to normalcy: It is truly bizarre to watch national officials still carry on as though the public is looking to them for permission to have a few friends over on the fourth of July. There... Read More
Black Rednecks and White Liberals part XXVIII: It's time to declare victory and come home. As is the case with flu shots, allow people to decide whether or not they want to take the jab each year or every few months or whatever the recommended schedule is. The Biden administration gets a win, Big Pharma... Read More
The latest expiration date for the national eviction moratorium, set by the CDC (!) is July 1. Over the last six months, an average of 5.9% of renters have failed to make rent. Over the same six month period one year ago, 4.0% failed to do so. That's a nearly 50% increase in payment delinquencies... Read More
In a week we will have confirmation that January 2021 was the best month for American incomes in history, surpassing the old record set in April of 2020 at the epidemiological nadir and economic zenith of the Covid crisis. This miraculous feat will occur in spite of record trade deficits and weekly jobless claims being... Read More
Our elites, never missing an opportunity to weaponize Wokeness as means of to sowing discord among the population, have asserted it is unfair for elderly people to get the Covid vaccine ahead of non-whites. The public doesn't buy their nonsense, though. They know age is the biggest risk factor by a mile: Some humanity remains... Read More
Things are getting really bad as the third wave washes over the American landscape: The Covid-19 epidemic is sending people to hospitals and urgent-care centers in every state, and medical centers are responding with extraordinary measures: Asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting friends and family visits and canceling elective surgeries, to... Read More
What were the three biggest red pills of the year? The top three from our vantage point: - The corporate media permitting Joe Biden to use a teleprompter for interviews. The most common reaction to these revelations was, well, yuk yuk, there's even more evidence Biden is a senescent, doddering old codger! What they actually... Read More
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety are a majority: Working-class white men are a problem. They're always a problem. Nobody else except Republicans--a redundancy, since we already mentioned white men--has an issue getting with the program. The troglodytes hate The Science. They need remedial education. In camps, if... Read More
From the newspaper of record comes concern that older, affluent whites will try and elbow their way to the front of the vaccine line, pushing non-whites to the back of the proverbial bus yet again: Hey, Lipsitch, Gould, and Schmidt are the names
The percentages of people who believe more than 1 million Americans have died of Covid: Stoking hysterical fears in young, poor, politically disconnected women of color? For shame, media, for shame.
This is effective rhetoric, but it's more than just that. Children and young adults are at virtually no risk from Covid. The flu--even the common cold--is more dangerous to them than Covid is. Forcing kids to wear masks doesn't do the kids any good. To the contrary, it likely harms them both physically and psychologically.... Read More
The strong support Marginalized Americans express for a mask mandate by government fiat does little to assure those looking for hopeful signs of resistance to the Covid control consolidation. Want to bank, find a job, travel, or use the internet? Not until we scan your Salubrity chip to ensure your inoculation regiment is up to... Read More
Most Americans do not see a federal mandate to wear masks as a violation of their civil liberties: The American Civil Liberties Union presumably sides with that majority. The right to fresh air is not a right at all, and it has nothing to do with personal liberty. Recirculated carbon dioxide is perfectly functional, thank... Read More
Granting for sake of argument that we need "to get the virus under control", she's not wrong: If a lockdown is mandated, it needs to be accompanied by a UBI. It's cruel to deprive people of a source income by government dictate without making up the difference in aid. The US effectively had a means-tested... Read More
How people voted by the issue they identified as the most important one facing the country. Note the percentages of all voters identifying an issue as most important on the horizontal axis; Covid was top of mind for many: The president may have physically beaten the virus, but it pummeled him politically. The polarization in... Read More
Apropos the previous post, the partisan divide regarding the utility of the carceral Covid state has really opened up: Parenthetically, what a disappointment the Libertarian party is. Could the circumstances have been any more ideal for a third-party putatively priding itself on liberty to have staked out a bold position starkly contrasting itself with the... Read More
Tens of millions of lost jobs, the largest trade deficits in history, the sharpest GDP decline in modern American history--and yet business applications are booming. The figures are staggering: Nationwide, business applications are up over 82% from the same time last year, with every single state recording double-(or triple-)digit percentage increases. Seems a little strange,... Read More
There is an increasingly common take on the jaded right that upon Biden's swearing in next January, all the hysteria and top-down dictates concerning COVID will evaporate like the morning dew. Same with the riots. The implicit deal with the American public is if they vote Biden/Harris things will return to normal. This blogger had... Read More
One of the more helpful frameworks for understanding American cultural dynamics is Thomas Sowell's Black Rednecks and White Liberals. It applies to beliefs and behaviors white liberals implicitly disdain white conservatives for having and doing, but that white liberals are forbidden from criticizing non-whites for having and doing--even though non-whites hold the beliefs and engage... Read More
It's nothing, stop being racist against the Chinese. Hug them instead. Wash your hands and sanitize inorganic surfaces to stop the spread. Don't wear masks, they don't help. The virus is far more deadly than the flu. Not many people have it yet, but it spreads fast so if many get it, millions will die.... Read More
The first bar for each group (uniform color) shows the percentages of respondents who view coronavirus as a "very serious" problem for the country, the second bar (varying colors) the percentages who view it as a "very serious" problem locally. Respondents can assess it as a very serious problem both nationally and locally or nowhere... Read More
When middle America became restless over the forever lock downs, breathless admonitions about the coronavirus catastrophe about to brought down on the country showed up in every article the corporate media put out, on the timelines of all the blue checkmarks, and in the public pronouncements of the legions of stern-faced labcoats. When protests and... Read More
Scientist, author, and entrepreneur Spencer Wells goes double-or-nothing: Nuremberg for being too laissez faire, for not being fascistic enough--that's an interesting twist. Before tearing into the American response in general and the Trump administration in particular, Wells offered that: This humble blogger bends his knee in observation of an awesome display of audacity that puts... Read More
When the US began shutting down in response to fears about an impending coronavirus catastrophe, we asserted the health effects would pale in comparison to the economic carnage the pandemic would initiate. That take drew equal amounts of derision and incredulity. Clarifying that coronavirus was the match starting the conflagration rather than the dry brush... Read More
The subsequent graph shows percentages, by selected demographics, who view governmental stay-at-home orders to be violations of Americans' constitutional rights. "Not sure" responses are excluded, so residual values represent those who see no civil rights violations in the orders: It may be deemed necessary, but good luck getting it to square with the first amendment.... Read More
The correlation between ascribed per capita coronavirus deaths by state and the percentages of residents in each state who report being "extremely concerned" about coronavirus is a vigorous .71. Seeing is believing, as they say. The demographic and partisan divides have become starker as time has gone on. We're getting close to the point where... Read More
Percentages of Americans, as of the end of April, who say restaurants should probably or definitely re-open, with the 6% answering "not sure" excluded so that the residuals are those why say they should probably or definitely remain closed: Though a sizable minority wants to open back up, most people want to keep things closed.... Read More
A plurality of Americans now believe coronavirus was "created in a laboratory". This doesn't necessarily imply a belief that it was intended as a bioweapon. Those who suspect it was used for other research purposes before spreading to the public through carelessness or disgruntlement will be included in the plurality alongside those who think it... Read More
Four weeks ago, we looked at the change in American sentiment towards China from the beginning of March, before the coronavirus shutdown, and again at the end of March, once shelter-in-place had been instituted nearly nationwide. Of mild surprise was the discovery that Americans expressed less hostility towards China after corona came to the US... Read More
Bold Brian or Callous Kemp? Mostly the latter, though it depends on who you're asking. If it's people who voted for the Georgia governor, there's an elevated chance for the former, but the odds are still long. The following graph shows the percentages of Americans who believe it will be safe to fire things back... Read More
++Addition++As of a few hours subsequent to this post being published, Trends results for the month of November 2019 now return "Hmm, your search doesn't have enough data to show here". I’m 100% sure I entered those parameters multiple times by cut+pasting the URL as I was opening new tabs and running other potential search... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of people who prefer "the government respect civil liberties, even if that means accepting some risk to public safety". Residuals show the percentages who prefer "the government ensure public safety, even if that means limiting some civil liberties": Most Americans don't want a shot at liberty if it comes... Read More
Crude oil for May delivery plunged into negative territory today, the first time such a thing has ever happened. We have negative interest rates so why not negative rates for other prices? After all, an interest rate is fundamentally the price of money. I'm being facetious--mostly. The indications are everywhere. The global credit system is... Read More
This week's COTW duo is especially self-serving. Twinkie soberly urges patience and caution: It's obvious China has been underreporting its numbers for several weeks--even after adding around 1,500 Wuhan coronavirus deaths to the country's total death count, the number of confirmed cases remained unchanged. The cases had been identified from the beginning but no one... Read More
Iceland has a fortuitous combination of factors making it about the best place in the world to come by good data on coronavirus. It's an island, it has a small homogenous and cooperative population, and it is home to deCODE Genetics: Whatever the R0 of coronavirus is, the consensus seems to be that it is... Read More
Rusted Wardrobe? Rotted Retailville? Coin something as memorable and pithy as the phrase "Rust Belt" and you'll have made a lasting contribution to the lexicon, because the service sector shuttering is upon us. The desolation of the country's brick-and-mortar retail spaces, including bars, restaurants, botique shops, and the like will change the face of the... Read More
Correlations with coronavirus death rates as of April 11, 2020 at the state level are weak across the board: Obesity rate -- (.13) Median age -- .09 Clinton's 2016 vote share -- (.04) Population density -- .13 White population % -- (.18) Black population % -- .20 Asian population % -- .13 Hispanic population %... Read More
Majorities favor closing everything putatively non-essential. The following graph shows an index by sex, race, and partisan affiliation who maintain the minority position and think various things should remain open. It is calculated by taking the simple average by demographic characteristic across the thirteen things the survey asked about keeping open. The subsequent table shows... Read More
Searching up "coronavirus cases by country" returned these three suggested news stories ahead of the links retrieved in response to the actual query: The neo-liberal establishment isn't held together by scapegoating and subverting white conservatives. That's a conspiracy theory. What are you, some kind of bigoted extremist? Remember two weeks ago when it was racist... Read More
There is strong bipartisan (and non-partisan) support for showering the country with money. From the redwood forests to the gulf stream waters, this helicopter money was made for you and me. Yeah, ideally the Imperial capital's theater would be cut out, but it's a giveaway that can be overlooked. Support, by partisan affiliation, for various... Read More
As of April 3rd, the peak rate of growth in confirmed coronavirus cases is in the rearview mirror of every American state and territory. This welcome news comes in spite of greatly increased nationwide testing capacity that makes it less likely than before that symptomatic cases go undiagnosed. Absent a resurgence following the relaxation of... Read More
At the beginning of March, before coronavirus turned America upside down, YouGov surveyed Americans on their sentiments towards China. The survey did so again at the end of the month, after most of the country had been placed under shelter-at-home orders, the stock market lost a third of its value, jobless claims increased by an... Read More
Confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 people as of March 31, 2020: State Cases/100k New York 389.7 New Jersey 210.5 Louisiana 112.7 Massachusetts 95.2 Michigan 76.4 Connecticut 72.1 District of Columbia 70.1 Washington 68.1 Illinois 47.0 Rhode Island 46.1 Colorado 45.6 Vermont 41.0 Pennsylvania 38.8 Nevada 36.1 Georgia 35.3 Delaware 32.8 Indiana 32.1 Mississippi 31.5 Florida... Read More
Last week we found: Six days later, with the confirmed nationwide caseload approaching 20,000, the respective correlations have increased from .40 to .58 and from .09 to .16. Correlation does not necessarily mean causation, of course. When increasing the sample size also increases the strength of the correlation, though, it suggests we're onto something real.... Read More