I'm back from vacation and the CDC clown show has me fired up. Time for a rant. You know the drill ... a collection of standalone charts, thoughts, analogies, quotes, etc.

1. If u think getting [X]% of population vaxd will (i) stop covid & (ii) cause authorities to grant you your life back, consider the Republican enclave of--checks notes--San Francisco?

Nearly 80% of population is vaccinated. Cases up 10x.


2. Delta didn't cause vax to "fail." If there's a failure, it was the vax having been marketed as a tool for eradication, which is entirely unrealistic. That didn't happen so now they blame you.

Politicians/bureaucrats aren't interested in solving your problems; only their own.
3. Japan's COVID cases have spiked w/100% correlation to their lockdown measures to control spread during the Olympics. Same phenomenon observed everywhere else.
4. "To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity."

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Pretty much sums up lockdowns/NPIs. Purpose was to "slow the spread" so hospitals weren't overwhelmed. Now, 500 days later, we're masking 3year olds in order to prevent asymptomatic PCR +s
5. Peter, in addition to being unaware of per capita metrics, is just gleeful that >50k Texans have died because he thinks it makes him "right"

Peter is not a good person and neither are the 15k & counting people who liked this tweet

6. Big Tech Revenues (TTM); Growth Rates (Q2 YoY)
Amazon: $443 billion; 27%
Apple: $347 billion; 36%
Google: $197 billion; 62%
Microsoft: $168 billion; 21%
Facebook: $105 billion; 56%

All of these companies benefit from lockdown & 2 control the pandemic narrative. Conflicted?
6a. *Bonus - If you add up the revenue of those 5 companies above, its $1.26 trillion, greater than the GDP of all but 14 nations
7. Spot the outlier.

Hint ... they didn't lockdown
8. Spot the outlier.

Hint ... they didn't lockdown
9. Spot the outlier.

Hint ... they didn't lockdown
10. There are 40 million people in California & I would vote for any one of them to replace Gavin Newsom, including the guy I always see shooting heroin outside my office.

If he promises no school closures, lockdowns, or mask mandates, I'll even campaign & fundraise for him.
11. After a few months being active on here, I've learned Twitter is mostly an insane asylum with a radical leftist bent. Yet it has enormous influence over COVID policy.

It strikes me the political opposite of this would probably be having this guy dictate our COVID response.
12. Perry Preschool Proj, carried out 1962-67, provided quality preschool educ to 3 & 4yr old Black kids living in poverty. A recent follow up paper found a dynastic economic benefit accruing to their children w a cost-benefit = 9.1x

School closures r bad
13. If u read about hosps being overwhelmed w COVID, its usually debunked in a couple hours. Follow @AWokeZombie & @snorman1776

But also consider these 2 charts. We don't live in a fantasy land; hospitals actually need $$ to pay ppl. Another reason halting society was moronic
14. I'll bet Fauci must be big mad the name of this book was already taken
15. Engine No. 1, a small activist investment fund, recently won 2 Exxon board seats, which it plans to leverage to push 4 climate strategy change

Where r the shareholder activists that will take on the companies holding our entire lives hostage while profiting from COVID mania?
16. In 1932, the New York Stock Exchange head was asked who caused the Great Depression. He replied "ask the 123 million people of the United States"

Major events have complex interconnected causes. Covid isn't spreading bc we didn't lockdown enough or Republicans or delta or...
17. Biden says that "in all probability" we'll have more COVID restrictions. Instead of doing that - since it has failed miserably and repeatedly - how about we give doing the opposite a try & restore freedoms?

It can't be any worse. And it worked in the UK:
18. I find it ironic that the odds of blue states locking down again are equal to a healthy, recovered, or vaxd person surviving COVID - 99.99%
19. China has a stated goal of eclipsing America, especially economically, by the 100th anniversary of the People's Republic in 2049.

Do we think they are further or closer to doing so as a result of the lockdowns of the last 16 months and counting?
20. I've read countless articles re the labor shortage in leisure &hospitality. Some even dare mention paying ppl to not work might be contributing

But has it not occurred to anyone ppl may be reluctant to enter a career where the govt can take away their job/business on a whim?
21. Many say overstating severity of covid & efficacy of masks has no downside

I disagree: you wake up w cold-like symptoms, think "it can't be covid because i'm still alive. and i'll wear my invincibility mask inside just to be extra safe"


History book: How Trump caused a global pandemic and lockdowns, Biden, and Pfizer saved the world

Reality: Elites sheltered w disastrous consequences for society while the disadvantaged absorbed the viral burden, creating near herd immunity w some late help from vaccines

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As many of you know, I love history and psychology, both of which may provide some insight as to what is happening.

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