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Radiologist and Public Health Policy. CEO @Neoavatara Foundation Occasional contributor to @NRO, @Ricochet, @AmSpectator
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Jan 20 4 tweets 2 min read
And...the nuke was a dud. "Hmm...there was supposed to be a boom..."
Jan 20 13 tweets 3 min read
The fact that some sectors of American Medicine are arrogant enough to believe that their knowledge is far better and experienced than the Medical experts through out the rest of the world is something American physicians need to show introspection on. So many claims by 'mainstream' physicians here are rejected by virtually every major modern nation on the planet. This is especially true of school restrictions.

And yet, American docs go around making these wide ranging statements as if the science is settled.
Jan 18 4 tweets 1 min read
Both of our political parties are totally fine with lying, distorting, ignoring, and purposefully misstating information as long as it helps them get to their ultimate political goal of more political power.

Politicians are by far the biggest threat to this country. We don't have to list the litany of Trump indictments on this, right?

But the Dems and 'Jim Crow 2.0' is so damn disingenuous. The mendacity, compounded by the race baiting, is so fundamentally destructive.

We can argue if 'Trump is worse!' but this is all bad.
Jan 18 11 tweets 3 min read
So on this MLK day, if we are really talking about securing voter rights (I support this in theory, absolutely) then lets get down to business.

What are our key philosophical goals?
1. Allow anyone that wants to legally vote to vote.
2. Verify quickly and easily eligibility. This is the Democrats bill. We can quibble about specifics, but I think there is a lot of unnecessary things in here.

politico.com/news/2022/01/1…
Jan 13 13 tweets 5 min read
So, I was ranting about @UPS and their CEO @CarolBTome yesterday, and some people wanted specifics. Well, here you go.

In October, I purchased two online products. I purchased them from TWO different sellers (Ebay and Etsy, fwiw). They were purchased on different days. On Oct 26th, both packages were "delivered" to my address by UPS. The problem...they weren't delivered.

Furthermore, I can PROVE they were never delivered. I work at home, and was here at the time; additionally, my Ring video never showed anyone approaching the house.
Jan 13 4 tweets 1 min read
This is something I've been alleging for almost two years; Michigan Office of the Auditor General is now accusing the state of Michigan of undercounting hundreds or thousands of deaths in long term care facilities.
freep.com/story/news/loc… via @freep "While the auditor general's office declined to comment, Hertel's letter indicates the state anticipates it will say the department undercounted the number of long-term care residents who died because of COVID-19 by nearly 30%."

Lets note the auditor general is NONPARTISAN.
Jan 12 4 tweets 1 min read
Things that the Biden administration called 'temporary blips'; a story in pictures.

Pic 1: Biden's job approval. That's no blip! Pic 2: COVID Cases. That's no blip!
Jan 11 4 tweets 1 min read
Let me tell you a little story: Here in Ohio, access to mAB has been narrowing. Most of the big hospital providers stopped using it, because the argument was it doesn't work with Omicron (even though lot of Delta cases remained).

So...the obvious problem... My wife had a patient whose mother was unvaccinated (😡) with lot of comorbidities, got sick. What was she to do? Her oxygen was dropping, etc.

My wife had to fight to get her into one of the mAB clinics that was still providing access. She did, the patient recovered quickly.
Jan 11 7 tweets 2 min read
Biden is not serious about fixing climate change, and this is more evidence of that.

Any time they talk about climate change, and don't show how they are trying to expand nuclear power, we should reject their assertions forthwith.

I'm sick and tired of the doubletalk. We could quite easily end carbon pollution by the US in a decade or two.

Democrats are CHOOSING TO POLLUTE INSTEAD. They would rather have the issue than the solution.

Well, if you are part of the obstruction to a cleaner tomorrow, you are part of the problem.
Jan 7 4 tweets 1 min read
These are among the highest vaccinated states in America.

Transmission is not being slowed ANYWHERE.

Hospitalizations and deaths are muted because of vaccines though. That is a great thing. But even hospitalizations are high, just because of the huge number of people. And there is almost no evidence that places with vax or mask mandates are controlling transmission either...no matter what SCOTUS says.
Jan 7 7 tweets 2 min read
Nothing in our lifetimes....NOTHING...will cause as much racial disparity in education as our reaction to the COVID Pandemic.

Even the funding disparities we've had will pale in comparison to the damage we are now doing.

mckinsey.com/industries/pub… This disparity is GROWING as more inner city (read: MINORITY) districts go virtual in this phase of the pandemic than suburban districts.

This is not because of money, or greed, or whatever...this is because of POOR CHOICES.
Jan 7 4 tweets 1 min read
Maybe I am naïve, or stupid, or both, but to me the problems if 1/6 are pretty easily fixed. The combination of bad laws and police incompetence made that day possible, and both are fixable, no? Reforming the Electoral College Count act would remove Congress from the equation. This was never supposed to be in their power any way; this was always a power that was supposed to reside in the states.

washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/…
Jan 7 5 tweets 2 min read
Was 1/6 equal to 9/11?

Ludicrous. Of course not. The comparison is absurd on its face.

Was 1/6 a terrorist action?

Um...no matter what @TuckerCarlson stupidly says, by any definition, it was a terror act.

Lot of things we ignore were; BLM riots, the baseball shooting, etc. If you use violence to get political change, especially against civilians, its by any definition terrorism.

Were most of the people there to cause terror for political purposes? Nah. I bet maybe 5% of them were at most.

Were the most violent idiots basically terrorists? YES.
Jan 7 4 tweets 2 min read
The biggest problem many have is explaining what exactly we could've done to avoid the Omnicron surge.

I'm not sure there is anything.

We HAVE decreased deaths with vaccines; and hospitalizations AS A RATIO OF INFECTIONS is down.

But ultimately, hospitals are still swamped. This is the heat map.

NOBODY is doing well. The highest vaccinated states, RI/VT/ME are actually the states that got hit hardest first. CT/MA/NY/NJ are next and are peaking. The worst states, ID/WY/AL/MS are being hit or are about to.
Jan 6 6 tweets 2 min read
Ultimately Democrats' problem on COVID is they have no exit ramp.

The Warp Speed vaccines were supposed to be the gift for Biden...and although they have succeeded in saving lives, they have not ended the pandemic.

Right now, what exactly do they see as the end of this? 'Zero COVID' was quite literally the Biden position for most of the year. Now that this has become a scientific impossibility, they don't seem to have a plan B.

None of this is surprising. COVID, like so many other endemic viruses, isn't going away any time soon.
Jan 5 4 tweets 1 min read
Honestly want to know what the plan for the Chicago Schools Teachers Union is. What is their endgame?

We know no matter what, we can't stop Omnicron spread. We know that no amount of money will magically stop its spread. We have all teachers vaccinated, and most students. So? Zero COVID is an impossibility.

So, how many COVID cases are CPS teachers willing to accept to open? Noting that they have all been vaccinated already?

If they can't answer that question, they are not being serious about this question.
Jan 4 9 tweets 4 min read
So, lets do a #COVID update since I have been either on vacation or...sick with COVID.

We are now at the highest new case/day of the entire pandemic. Omnicron changed everything. And the reality is we are still MASSIVELY UNDERTESTING, meaning these are undercounts. Here is a heat map of hospitalizations, which nicely aligns with were the peak infections were about 3 weeks ago.
Jan 4 6 tweets 2 min read
At this point, I really believe that there are two choices:

1. Incompetence.
2. Malfeasance.

Our kids lives MATTER, and their schooling is integral to their lives. We should value that more than almost anything else. Most of the districts closing are not closing because there is some massive right wing opposition. When Detroit Public Schools close, does anyone truly believe its because of MAGA voters?

No, they are closing because they fear the virus. But at this point, they shouldn't.
Jan 2 7 tweets 2 min read
Liberals still can't accept one simple fact: The massive school closures in the United States are an INTERNATIONAL OUTLIER.

Europe. Asia. Elsewhere. They close EVERYTHING before they close schools...because they value their kids.

Here in America...we close schools first. EU and WHO experts have repeatedly done EVERYTHING to prevent school closures.

Here in the US, we are still closing schools at the drop of a hat.

Simply put...they value their kids more than we do.

euro.who.int/en/media-centr…
Dec 31, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
#COVID

First graph is new cases. Second is total cases/population.

Basically everyone is getting hit. There is no unique parameters saving anyone. ImageImage Here are overall deaths/population.

MS, AL, AZ, NJ, LA, NY, TN, AR, WV and GA lead the way. Image
Dec 30, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
🤔

The former Senate majority leader, who died this week at 82, was a forward-thinking political strategist who played to win. vox.com/18165142/harry… via @voxdotcom Reid's policy decisions had huge repercussions.

But NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, will be as long lived as the three people pictured here...who would not be on the Supreme Court if not for Reid. He set in motion the events that guaranteed Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett. Image