Fresh round of Covid hysteria

Flu season is upon us and in 2020 that means the COVID hysteria has been ramped up to a level not seen since April. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence this happened at the exact same moment the media called the election for Biden. No one has any time to question any of the seeming “irregularities” surrounding the voting in certain swing states. No, it’s all COVID, all the time. That’s all your allowed to concern yourself with. Avoiding the plague that Trump unleashed on the planet with his insufficiently authoritarian response.

But will the numbers allow the hysterics to pump this up to the levels we saw in the spring? Cases are “surging” but as more people have positive tests and live to tell the tail of mild or no symptoms, will the public continue to cower in fear? The answer is probably yes, but let’s take a fresh look at deaths anyway.

Here is the all-cause weekly death numbers for the last few years:

Still a bit higher than normal up through week 41. How much of that is due to COVID and how much the lockdowns, is up for debate. It remains to be seen if the “excess” deaths continue much longer. Remember, many of the most vulnerable died back in earlier outbreaks. Those may have been a lot of the same people that would have died during this flu season if they hadn’t been exposed to COVID earlier in the year.

But let’s look at excess death trends:

Seems like for most of the year, there were far more excess deaths than COVID deaths. This indicates that lockdowns may be causing deaths in their own right. Either that or COVID deaths are being undercounted which seems very unlikely, at least after the initial so-called “first wave.”

But in recent weeks it looks like maybe we’re starting to see more COVID deaths than excess deaths? Might be a time lag. COVID deaths getting reported quicker than others for some reason. Or is it that they’re slapping a COVID designation on deaths that would have happened anyway? Time will tell. Intensified lockdowns could cause more non-COVID deaths as well so it’s a real mess.

Election shenanigans

Seems like as I type this, Michigan is the only state bothering to count votes today and almost all the additional ones are going to Biden. Suspicious?

My election map I posted in September held up pretty well. So far only Arizona was wrong and that may have been called early if what the Trump partisans on twitter are saying has any basis in reality. I also failed to realize Nebraska would give one elector to Biden.

Of course, if I was only wrong on Arizona/Nebraska and right everywhere else that’s enough to give Biden the presidency.

Whole thing’s a damn joke. Maybe our country needs to just break apart and stop living and dying by this corrupt process.

Makes you want to vote for Trump

You’re sitting here thinking, I’m a good libertarian. How can I vote for Donald Trump when he increased spending to ridiculous levels, hasn’t ended any wars, and gave cover to the Democrats on the COVID lockdowns by letting Fauci run his domestic policy for several months?

And then you see this:

Does the American State have a legitimacy crisis?

We hear this every so often that the US is on the verge of breaking up. Most people usually dismiss it, and in fact, when you’re dealing with the most powerful State in the history of the world, it does seem hard to believe it can just cease to exist or even lose any significant physical territory. However, each time it comes up in public debate, it seems a little more realistic, a little more closer to reality. All empires end. When will this one have run its course?

When you combine COVID, the attempted Deep State coup against Trump, the media’s descent into being nothing but a Democrat Party propaganda machine, and the race war our political establishment is currently trying to foment, the USA seems to have taken a big step forward toward eventual dissolution. I think most conservatives, libertarians, and politically right-leaning Americans currently living in red states, may indeed welcome a breakup from the D.C. establishment and the Democratic Party.

James Bovard wrote a very interesting piece today. Here are a few of the better quotes:

The election will occur amidst the vast economic devastation inflicted by a political class that responded to COVID by seizing almost unlimited power. And Deep State federal agencies have already proven that they will trample the law to sabotage election results. 

Delayed election results and potentially millions of disputed ballots could minimize support for whoever is designated the next president. 

What’s the point of voting for politicians who merely need to invoke dubious statistical extrapolations to sow death and economic devastation?

Deep State federal agencies are a Godzilla that have established their prerogative to undermine if not overturn election results. The FBI has achieved saint-like status among many liberals for its efforts to topple Trump. 

Unfortunately, both Democrats and Republicans appear willing to bankrupt the nation to perpetuate their own power.

It’s not a very long article, and I encourage everyone to read the whole thing here.

President Biden?

It looks like he’ll be the nominee. It’s incredible because he really seems to be senile. He’s also incredibly corrupt and a pathological liar, but so was Hillary Clinton and most politicians. Trump’s corrupt and a liar too, although I’d say he’s actually somewhat honest for a politician, and his personal corruption isn’t in the same universe as a Clinton or a Biden.

No, the senility is really what’s unique about Biden. Bush Jr. was stupid, but he wasn’t senile. Reagan wasn’t senile until his late in his second term. Biden’s senile on the campaign trail!

I figure Trump will crush him if the economy holds until November. If the next depression starts before then, Biden will likely eek out a win.

I’m not sure what’s better really. In the short term, I think we’d recover faster under Trump because he might not go as crazy with new regulations and welfare schemes.
Biden’s also more likely to start another war. I’m sure either one will do a reckless stimulus and another round of bailouts though.

Either way I can’t really see any way that the Narrative doesn’t become “blame the free market.” After all, Trump has foolishly been taking credit for low unemployment and a good stock market. Trump and “free market capitalism” take the blame unless somehow Biden wins in spite of a strong economy and it crashes on his watch. This seems unlikely.

The other thing to watch out for is Biden being unable to actually be President. Whether he bows out at the convention or he resigns due to health reasons after winning remains to be seen. Could we be looking at President Klobuchar? President Harris? Could Hillary be the “compromise candidate?”

Well, it should be fun to watch anyway. Trump debating Biden might even top Trump vs. Hillary.