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Hacksawing the Economy: How Lockdowns Are in the Tradition of Civil War Surgeons

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Politicians and government health officials’ justification for decreeing shutdowns of vast swaths of American life has been deterring the spread of COVID-19. According to Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, almost 40 percent of households earning less than $40,000 per year have a member who has lost their job in recent months. Depression, drug abuse, and suicide are spiking as a result of the lockdowns and “shelter-in-place” commands.

Infection rates and deaths have soared despite severe restrictions on daily life. However, politicians and government health officials continue to claim victory because otherwise more people would have been infected by COVID-19. Most of the media coverage applauds politicians and officials who champion extending lockdowns regardless of the collateral damage to American life.

The political response to COVID-19 is eerily similar to Civil War surgeons’ rationales. Amputation was the most common surgical practice during that war, and more than fifty thousand soldiers had limbs hacked off after battles. Amputation was a reflexive “solution,” because limbs were sometimes shattered by Minié balls and also because that was the only trick that many untrained “surgeons” knew. Surgeons were derided as butchers and were usually utterly negligent about hygiene, leading to far more unnecessary deaths.

Surgeons justified fetching out their hacksaws, because otherwise many soldiers would die from their gangrened wounds. It didn’t matter how many soldiers died from unnecessary or botched amputations as long as surgeons didn’t get blamed for deaths from gangrene.
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Avoid The Beef Shortage With This One Simple Trick - With Guest Rep. Thomas Massie

With the ominous warnings of a meat shortage as the coronavirus scare destroys supply lines, US Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) has a great idea of how we can insure the safety and availability of food sources. Massie also pulls back the screen to reveal how Washington's endless covid bailout bills are working well for the well-connected instead of those really suffering. Don't miss this very special episode! Today on the Liberty Report...
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Home of the Brave?

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The United States of America was founded by brave men and women. People who were willing to put their very lives on the line to take a calculated risk in order to enjoy a better life of freedom, liberty and economic opportunity. 

They were not immune to fear but were willing to face those fears by leaving their ancestral homes. They willingly, even eagerly plunged into the wild unknown for what they hoped would be a brighter future for themselves, their families and their posterity.  

Many of them didn’t make it. Some died on the ships bringing them to the new world from sickness and disease. Others lost their lives in terrible storms at sea. Some were taken captive by pirates that plied the vast oceans. 

And once they arrived in the new world danger lurked around every corner of the vast, untamed wilderness. Savage natives roamed the forests along with wild, dangerous creatures like bears, panthers, poisonous snakes and a whole host of threatening critters. Many had no practical knowledge of farming or livestock production and were reduced to eating whatever they could find; bugs, roots, berries, even the bark on trees.
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The Media and Pundits Are Lying: The Flynn Unmasking Was Uncommon and Unusual

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The Deep State propaganda machine is spinning at hyperdrive. You are being repeatedly told that unmasking is common. Nothin unusual here. Move along. Reminds me of the scene from the Naked Gun when faux detective Frank Drebin tried to tell people they were not seeing what they were seeing.

Leave it to lying Jimmy Clapper to pop up as one of the prevaricators eager to feed a false meme to a gullible public. He is caught up in the unmasking with his metaphorical pants down around his ankles and his hideous junk exposed--simply put, Clapper spied on Michael Flynn. Here is Clapper's pathetic attempt to put lipstick on this crooked pig:

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper said Thursday it is “routine” to “unmask” American citizens who have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals as Republicans spark an uproar over allegations that officials spied on former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Clapper and other apologists are counting on your ignorance of intelligence community processes and procedures for collecting intelligence. What I find shocking is that there are thousands of intelligence professionals who understand that Clapper is spewing total bullshit but, because of their hatred of Donald Trump, stay silent and allow Clapper's lies to go unchallenged.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Conscription of Restaurants to Surveil Diners

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Isn’t lifting the prohibition on reopening businesses that were required to close in the coronavirus crackdown supposed to provide greater respect for individual rights? It seems that that is not the view of some politicians, including Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

Inslee announced on Monday that some restaurants will be permitted to reopen for in-restaurant dining at 50 percent capacity. That is not great, but at least it is a start. But, here’s a catch: Inslee mandated that restaurants record the phone numbers, email addresses, and arrival times of all diners, and that all diners provide such information. In other words, the governor mandated that restaurants in the state participate in carrying out a new government surveillance program.

Why? Inslee said the purpose was to facilitate “contact tracing” that will supposedly help counter coronavirus.
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Do the Most Severe Lockdowns Coincide to the Highest COVID-19 Death Rates?

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The organization Our World in Data is running an article on the severity of government lockdown policies used to deal with the Covid-19 disease, “How Are Governments Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic?”. It is shows rankings of the severity (“stringency”) on nine measures of lockdown policies throughout the world; it also addresses testing and tracking. A click-able global map showing overall lockdown severity ratings for individual countries can be found here.

The measures Our World in Data uses to calibrate lockdowns are the following: the severity or comprehensiveness of school closures, work closures, cancelling public events, restrictions on public gathering, staying at home, restricting public transport, and limiting internal & international travel. Click on any country and see the 0-100 overall score. Some of the scores may or may not conform to your impression of the government’s policy based on what you are reading; I took their ratings as given for the purposes of my analysis, below.

Unfortunately, the article did not also asses the success of these policies. I e-mailed Our World in Data asking them to do so; I have received no response.

Thus, I looked at Our World in Data’s analysis on confirmed Covid-19 deaths per million in 17 selected countries.

The table below shows what I found.
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In Times of Crisis, We Need Freedom More Than Ever

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In the past few weeks, all around the world, governments have held their own citizens hostage in the name of “protecting the people.” What they have failed to understand is that, every restriction they put in place comes at a cost. By forcing the lockdown on its citizens, the government has taken away the ability for private individuals to assess that cost for themselves.

The wounds that coronavirus has inflicted on society will only be deepened by the unheralded amount of government intervention. Governments have given the people one more foe to battle with in this war against the coronavirus. Those who argue that the measures taken are necessary to prevent unnecessary death are unable to see that these same measures will no doubt cost a great many their lives and livelihoods in the future. Too often it seems that only one side of the equation is taken under consideration during this crisis. The UN recently released a report stating that due to the economic downturn caused by the lockdown, hundreds of thousands of children could die just this year. They also estimate that 42–66 million children could fall into extreme poverty in the coming years. Although these figures are estimates, it does raise a question for authorities: How much is too much?
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