Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2020 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 05:00:00 GMT Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:07:06 GMT New Medical Study: Your Face Mask Is Not Protecting You Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/18/new-medical-study-your-face-mask-is-not-protecting-you/

The long-awaited medical study from Denmark examining the ability of face masks to protect people from coronavirus was finally published on Wednesday. Fortunately, there are still some cracks through which information challenging the follow the pseudoscience torrent can emerge. Through one of these cracks, this study providing evidence counter to the propaganda dominant in media and government communications has been able to reach public view.

Providing good news for people suffering through wearing masks, and bad news for the politicians and businesses pushing the uncomfortable, dangerous, and dehumanizing dress code, the newly released medical study indicates face masks are not protecting people from coronavirus.

Daniel Horowitz provides some description of and context for the new medical study in an article at the Blaze. In the article, Horowitz also addresses some of the ways mask wearing harms people’s health. Read Horowitz’s article
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Photos Emerge of Mini-Mao California Governor Gavin Newsom Ignoring COVID-19 Protocols He Set Into Place Robert Wenzel http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/18/photos-emerge-of-mini-mao-california-governor-gavin-newsom-ignoring-covid-19-protocols-he-set-into-place/

When are people going to become outraged by this hypocritical creep?

On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized for what he called “a bad mistake” in attending a birthday party at the very expensive restaurant, French Laundry, in wine country north of San Francisco.

The Michelin-rated Laundry currently offers two menus. A "chef tasting" at $350 per person + add-ons and a White Truffle & Caviar Dinner at $1,200 per person.

At the dinner, Newsom broke the very rules that he has been preaching to allegedly slow the spread of the coronavirus, reports AP.

Newsom said he realized as soon as he sat down at the outdoor table that the group was larger than he had expected to celebrate the 50th birthday of Jason Kinney, a political adviser that Newsom said he has known for 20 years.

Newson continued:
The guests and the restaurant followed all applicable state and county public health guidance. The guests specifically required outdoor seating. And that’s outdoor seating, as confirmed and provided by the restaurant.
But photos have emerged showing the dining was inside--and reports indicate it was a very loud party with no one concerned about the Governor's COVID-19 demands of the masses.
In California, Newsom says you are supposed to wear a mask when at a dining table if you are not actively eating--even between bites. The Governor's office even tweeted about it:
This clearly wasn't being observed by Newson or anyone else in his group.

The woman who took the above photos spoke to FOX LA:
"While we were there we realized there was a very loud party going on in a room 20 feet from us. It was a bit annoying since you’re spending hard-earned money to go there."

She said, "It got louder and louder and so they had some sliding glass doors that they were able to close, so then it was a closed-off room but you could still hear them with how loud they were."

"I just happened to look over and realize hey is that Gavin Newsom, who is that? And I did ask one of the waitresses and she confirmed it was, so I was able to take a couple of photos, I was able to document this especially since nobody was wearing a mask. It was a very large group of people shoulder to shoulder, something that he’s always telling us not to do so yeah it was a bit annoying for sure", the woman said.

After the woman heard his public apology she said, "I was surprised because it didn’t look like he was uncomfortable being there until the very end until people were looking at him and staring at him as he was leaving the room."
The Governor and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents California's 12th district, have now both been caught flaunting COVID-19 regulations when they thought they were out of sight of cameras.

When are Californians and the rest of America going to recognize that politicians are lying cons especially when it comes to COVID-19?

These people are sick power freaks.

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Trump Coronavirus Advisor Says ‘Rise Up’ Against Michigan Governor’s new Coronavirus Mandates Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/16/trump-coronavirus-advisor-says-rise-up-against-michigan-governor-s-new-coronavirus-mandates/

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has throughout the coronavirus scare been imposing unilaterally in her state one of the harshest coronavirus crackdowns in America. On Sunday, she imposed new extreme restrictions on people in Michigan, announced sweeping shutdowns of many ordinary human activities for the next three weeks via a new order being imposed in the name of countering coronavirus.

Adding to the creepy factor, Whitmer presented her announcement while talking through a mask.

At the beginning of October, the Michigan Supreme Court told Whitmer to cut it out with her unilateral coronavirus mandates; they are unconstitutional, the court said. But here we are a month and a half later, and Whitmer, like Jason having risen from the dead in a new Friday the 13th movie, is still terrorizing the people of her state with economic, health, and emotional destruction.

While the order imposing enhanced restrictions is set to expire in three weeks, Whitmer admitted in the question and answer period following her announcement that the imposing of enhanced restrictions could be extended beyond that time.

A chart has been circulating relating many of the activities Whitmer is unilaterally shutting down, including activities from in-person classes at high schools and colleges to indoor dining and bar service to working in an office if the work can be done at home.

Responding to Whitmer’s newly enhanced coronavirus crackdown and the chart showing some of the sweeping shutdowns imposed on people in Michigan, Scott Atlas, a top coronavirus policy advisor for President Donald Trump, provided a strong reply. Atlas wrote at Twitter:
Atlas is right. People rising up appears to be the only way to put an end to the tyranny Whitmer and many other politicians are exercising in the name of countering a virus that poses little risk of death or serious sickness for most people. Rise up while you still can, before much more of the civilization generations of Americans have built across the country is devastated by the coronavirus crackdowns of Whitmer and other liberty-crushing politicians.]]>
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NFL Mask Rules Absurdity Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/15/nfl-mask-rules-absurdity/

The National Football League (NFL) has jumped with fervor into establishing and enforcing mandates that players and coaches wear masks in the name of countering coronavirus. The NFL is taking this action despite it not being demonstrated that masks provide any net protection against coronavirus infection, and despite the fact that coronavirus does not pose a major risk of death or even serious sickness for most people.

Indeed, most professional sports players, being young and in great physical shape, should probably be more concerned about the risks of being hit by lightning than of being infected with coronavirus.

Adam Shefter, writing Sunday at ESPN, presented a recent mask dictate from the NFL:
The NFL sent out a memo to all teams on Nov. 3 with updated COVID-19 protocols that stressed: 'All players and staff must wear masks or double-layered gaiters in the locker room on gameday -- prior to the game, during halftime, and post-game.'
Fail to adhere to such an NFL mask dictate and the NFL can take away draft picks from teams and impose six-figure fines on teams and coaches. Discussing potential NFL discipline arising from the NFL reviewing video of New Orleans Saints players, some of whom were maskless, and their head coach celebrating in their locker room after a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, Shefter notes that the NFL is likely to react with “stiff fines and the loss of a draft pick, similar to the action the NFL took against the Raiders earlier this month, when Las Vegas was fined $500,000, head coach Jon Gruden was fined $150,000 and the franchise was stripped of a sixth-round pick for COVID-19 protocol violations.”

Even supposing masks provide some protection from coronavirus, it is absurd to impose mask wearing requirements on football players who have always faced much greater health risks from their games and practices. Football is a sport where competitors crash into each other intentionally with maximum force. They also tackle and are tackled while running or jumping. Given the nature of the game, it is not surprising for injured players to be carried off the field on stretchers, players to need surgery for their football injuries, and players to suffer long-term injuries from their football competition, including brain damage from hits to the head.

For various reasons — paychecks, competitive spirit, and love for the game, included — individuals risk major injuries to play professional football and to compete before at the high school and college levels. It is downright insulting to demand that these great risk-takers put on masks for some phantom protection from coronavirus that, should they become infected with it, is likely to cause them no to minor sickness.]]>
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New York City Government Schools with 0.18 Percent Random Coronavirus Tests Positive Rate Are Shutting Down In-person Classes Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/13/new-york-city-government-schools-with-018-percent-random-coronavirus-tests-positive-rate-are-shutting-down-in-person-classes/

How absurd can the coronavirus panic become? Let the New York City government school system illustrate. Despite a random testing of school system students and teachers finding only 0.18 percent testing positive for coronavirus (a miniscule amount likely even inflated with false positive results), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to use a supposed major coronavirus threat as an excuse for shutting down in-person classes throughout the New York City school system.

Matt Welch relates the absurd details at Reason.

Even when case numbers are incredibly low — a supposed key goal of coronavirus crackdowns across America, governments can still freak out and demand people make more and more changes in their lives. The game is rigged.

An in-person classes option in the school system had only begun starting back up in late September.

On the bright side, at least students engaged in “virtual” classes will be free from mask wearing, “social distancing,” and other oppressive requirements imposed in the name of countering coronavirus — requirements that some students have been rebelling against.]]>
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Expect Some State Governments to Resist a Countrywide Lockdown Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/13/expect-some-state-governments-to-resist-a-countrywide-lockdown/

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden seems to want to impose a countrywide lockdown in the name of countering coronavirus. While some state governors who have been imposing their own coronavirus crackdowns for over half a year can be expected to cheer such a move by the United States government, other governors, along with many state legislators, can be expected to resist such a US government mass infringement on the liberty of people in their states.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who has resisted since early on the temptation to impose many tyrannical mandates in the name of countering coronavirus comes to mind as a resister to a countrywide lockdown imposed from Washington, DC. Another expected resister would be Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who has reversed many of the coronavirus mandates he had imposed in the state and in September promised “we will never do any of these lockdowns again.”

Now, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is indicating that he should be counted among the resisters to a countrywide lockdown. In a Thursday video presentation focused on matters related to coronavirus, Reeves declared, "I don't believe there is any constitutional or statutory authority for any president to shut down Mississippi's economy.” Further, Reeves stated, "we’re not gonna participate in a national lockdown."

Though Reeves does not cotton to a lockdown being imposed in Mississippi by the US government, he is far from an advocate for liberty in regard to coronavirus policy at the state level. He makes that clear in his discussion in the video of his latest executive order extending coronavirus-related mandates, including a mandate requiring mask wearing, that he issued on Wednesday.

It looks like a countrywide lockdown effort by the US government may be foiled by governors, and likely legislatures as well, saying “no way” in response. Let’s hope that these countrywide lockdown opponents hold firm and that their numbers grow.
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How About Shutting Down the CDC, FDA, and other ‘Public Health’ Agencies? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/12/how-about-shutting-down-the-cdc-fda-and-other-public-health-agencies/

Chicken Little governors and mayors across America are in the process of upping their coronavirus crackdowns. And Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden even appears to want to impose a countrywide lockdown in the name of countering coronavirus.

But, coronavirus is not a dangerous medical issue for most people. In contrast, draconian government actions taken in the name of countering coronavirus are a major threat causing great damage to people’s physical, mental, and economic condition. The “anticoronavirus” government actions also infringe liberty — prohibiting, through the imposition of prison-like mandates, much of what brings joy to life.

Instead of shutting down cities, counties, states, or even the whole country, how about instead implementing a shutdown that addresses a source of danger in America much more threatening than coronavirus? Shut down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and all the other national, state, and local “public health” agencies that have been peddling bogus “science” to justify politicians imposing, and mollify Americans into accepting, month after month of coronavirus crackdowns.

Writer Jordan Schachtel says it well in a Thursday Twitter post:
I am calling for an immediate, 15 day shutdown of the CDC, FDA, & other 'public health' agencies in order to slow the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19. America will not be able to heal from epidemiological idiocy until we shut them down. 15 days to slow the spread!
Of course, 15 days is way too short. But, I think Schachtel understands that and is making a reference to the call in March for “15 days to slow the spread” of coronavirus that morphed in the hands of tyrants across America into month after month of subjecting people to various draconian mandates supposedly purposed to counter coronavirus.]]>
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Ready for Months of Biden Lockdown? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/11/ready-for-months-of-biden-lockdown/

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been saying during his presidential campaign that he favors locking down the entire county if scientific advisors tell him that is the right course for dealing with coronavirus. This week, Biden announced his COVID-19 Advisory Board. Presumably, its members are among the scientific advisors who Biden will look to for the go-ahead for locking down all of America.

Indeed, Biden stated in announcing the advisory board that it “will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.”

A new interview at Yahoo Finance with one of the advisory board’s members suggests Americans should start preparing for a Biden lockdown.

Michael Osterholm is a member of Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board who is not shy about pushing for a countrywide lockdown. In a new interview, he says America should be locked down for four to six weeks.

Of course, many Americans know from experience that coronavirus crackdowns that were initially marketed as lasting a few weeks can remain in place for months on end.

Don’t worry about the costs of the lockdown, continues Osterholm. The United States government, he says “could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies, for city, states, county governments.” Thus, the economy would suffer from both a lockdown and from out-of-control government spending undoubtably paid for with new dollars conjured out of the air.

The costs of a countrywide lockdown will not just be economic. The costs in liberty denied will be very high. And the overall health costs from people forgoing noncoronavirus medical care and being driven to despair can be expected to be very high as well — much higher than any health gains from imposing lockdown quackery in response to coronavirus that for most people poses very little risk of death or even serious sickness.

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President Trump Can Win Reelection Even If Unsuccessful in Election Recounts and Court Challenges Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/10/president-trump-can-win-reelection-even-if-unsuccessful-in-election-recounts-and-court-challenges/

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is pursuing recounts and court challenges in an effort to establish that Trump won the popular vote in several states that media organizations have said were won by Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden. Even if the campaign’s efforts are unsuccessful, state legislators in some or all of these states, should they conclude the election in their states was won by Trump, could exercise their power under the United States Constitution to award Trump’s electors in those states entrance to the Electoral College that will vote in December on who becomes president and vice president.

Thus, there is an avenue for Trump to win the presidential election even if his recount and court efforts are not successful.

Most Americans age 18 and up can vote every four years in an American presidential election. But, the recurring November election does not directly decide who becomes president. Neither is such a popular vote even mentioned in the United States Constitution. Under the Constitution, the decision on who becomes president and vice president is made by Electoral College electors who are scheduled to meet and vote on December 14 in their respective states.

In recent years, state legislatures have generally been, without the application of much scrutiny, content to allow reported popular vote results to determine which candidates’ chosen electors meet in respective states to cast Electoral College votes. But, as Daniel Horowitz discussed in articles at the Blaze last week and this week, the power of state legislators in choosing electors is plenary. If enough legislators in a state are convinced that fraud resulted in declaring the popular vote loser in the state as the winner, they can exercise their constitutional power by disregarding that result and sending to the Electoral College the electors of the presidential and vice presidential candidates the legislators think would have won but for the fraud.

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Libertarian Party Governor Candidate Who Focused on Fighting Coronavirus Tyranny Wins High Vote Total in Indiana Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2020/november/08/libertarian-party-governor-candidate-who-focused-on-fighting-coronavirus-tyranny-wins-high-vote-total-in-indiana/

Donald Rainwater ran this year an unusually popular governor campaign for a Libertarian Party candidate. As I wrote in early October, the popularity of Rainwater’s campaign appeared to arise largely because of his standing out as the candidate in the race for Indiana governor who presented clear and strong opposition to the reelection-seeking Republican governor’s tyrannical coronavirus mandates, while the Democratic contender argued the governor’s mandates were not severe enough.

In the Tuesday election, the Indianapolis Star is
reporting that Rainwater won about 11.4 percent of the vote. This places Rainwater’s vote total around three and a half percent below the Libertarian governor candidate vote total record set by Dick Randolph in Alaska in 1982 and around one percent above the previous second-highest Libertarian governor candidate vote total obtained by Ed Thompson in Wisconsin in 2002.

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New Medical Study: Your Face Mask Is Not Protecting You Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/18/new-medical-study-your-face-mask-is-not-protecting-you/

The long-awaited medical study from Denmark examining the ability of face masks to protect people from coronavirus was finally published on Wednesday. Fortunately, there are still some cracks through which information challenging the follow the pseudoscience torrent can emerge. Through one of these cracks, this study providing evidence counter to the propaganda dominant in media and government communications has been able to reach public view.

Providing good news for people suffering through wearing masks, and bad news for the politicians and businesses pushing the uncomfortable, dangerous, and dehumanizing dress code, the newly released medical study indicates face masks are not protecting people from coronavirus.

Daniel Horowitz provides some description of and context for the new medical study in an article at the Blaze. In the article, Horowitz also addresses some of the ways mask wearing harms people’s health. Read Horowitz’s article
here.

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Photos Emerge of Mini-Mao California Governor Gavin Newsom Ignoring COVID-19 Protocols He Set Into Place Robert Wenzel http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/18/photos-emerge-of-mini-mao-california-governor-gavin-newsom-ignoring-covid-19-protocols-he-set-into-place/

When are people going to become outraged by this hypocritical creep?

On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized for what he called “a bad mistake” in attending a birthday party at the very expensive restaurant, French Laundry, in wine country north of San Francisco.

The Michelin-rated Laundry currently offers two menus. A "chef tasting" at $350 per person + add-ons and a White Truffle & Caviar Dinner at $1,200 per person.

At the dinner, Newsom broke the very rules that he has been preaching to allegedly slow the spread of the coronavirus, reports AP.

Newsom said he realized as soon as he sat down at the outdoor table that the group was larger than he had expected to celebrate the 50th birthday of Jason Kinney, a political adviser that Newsom said he has known for 20 years.

Newson continued:
The guests and the restaurant followed all applicable state and county public health guidance. The guests specifically required outdoor seating. And that’s outdoor seating, as confirmed and provided by the restaurant.
But photos have emerged showing the dining was inside--and reports indicate it was a very loud party with no one concerned about the Governor's COVID-19 demands of the masses.
In California, Newsom says you are supposed to wear a mask when at a dining table if you are not actively eating--even between bites. The Governor's office even tweeted about it:
This clearly wasn't being observed by Newson or anyone else in his group.

The woman who took the above photos spoke to FOX LA:
"While we were there we realized there was a very loud party going on in a room 20 feet from us. It was a bit annoying since you’re spending hard-earned money to go there."

She said, "It got louder and louder and so they had some sliding glass doors that they were able to close, so then it was a closed-off room but you could still hear them with how loud they were."

"I just happened to look over and realize hey is that Gavin Newsom, who is that? And I did ask one of the waitresses and she confirmed it was, so I was able to take a couple of photos, I was able to document this especially since nobody was wearing a mask. It was a very large group of people shoulder to shoulder, something that he’s always telling us not to do so yeah it was a bit annoying for sure", the woman said.

After the woman heard his public apology she said, "I was surprised because it didn’t look like he was uncomfortable being there until the very end until people were looking at him and staring at him as he was leaving the room."
The Governor and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents California's 12th district, have now both been caught flaunting COVID-19 regulations when they thought they were out of sight of cameras.

When are Californians and the rest of America going to recognize that politicians are lying cons especially when it comes to COVID-19?

These people are sick power freaks.

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Trump Coronavirus Advisor Says ‘Rise Up’ Against Michigan Governor’s new Coronavirus Mandates Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/16/trump-coronavirus-advisor-says-rise-up-against-michigan-governor-s-new-coronavirus-mandates/

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has throughout the coronavirus scare been imposing unilaterally in her state one of the harshest coronavirus crackdowns in America. On Sunday, she imposed new extreme restrictions on people in Michigan, announced sweeping shutdowns of many ordinary human activities for the next three weeks via a new order being imposed in the name of countering coronavirus.

Adding to the creepy factor, Whitmer presented her announcement while talking through a mask.

At the beginning of October, the Michigan Supreme Court told Whitmer to cut it out with her unilateral coronavirus mandates; they are unconstitutional, the court said. But here we are a month and a half later, and Whitmer, like Jason having risen from the dead in a new Friday the 13th movie, is still terrorizing the people of her state with economic, health, and emotional destruction.

While the order imposing enhanced restrictions is set to expire in three weeks, Whitmer admitted in the question and answer period following her announcement that the imposing of enhanced restrictions could be extended beyond that time.

A chart has been circulating relating many of the activities Whitmer is unilaterally shutting down, including activities from in-person classes at high schools and colleges to indoor dining and bar service to working in an office if the work can be done at home.

Responding to Whitmer’s newly enhanced coronavirus crackdown and the chart showing some of the sweeping shutdowns imposed on people in Michigan, Scott Atlas, a top coronavirus policy advisor for President Donald Trump, provided a strong reply. Atlas wrote at Twitter:
Atlas is right. People rising up appears to be the only way to put an end to the tyranny Whitmer and many other politicians are exercising in the name of countering a virus that poses little risk of death or serious sickness for most people. Rise up while you still can, before much more of the civilization generations of Americans have built across the country is devastated by the coronavirus crackdowns of Whitmer and other liberty-crushing politicians.]]>
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NFL Mask Rules Absurdity Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/15/nfl-mask-rules-absurdity/

The National Football League (NFL) has jumped with fervor into establishing and enforcing mandates that players and coaches wear masks in the name of countering coronavirus. The NFL is taking this action despite it not being demonstrated that masks provide any net protection against coronavirus infection, and despite the fact that coronavirus does not pose a major risk of death or even serious sickness for most people.

Indeed, most professional sports players, being young and in great physical shape, should probably be more concerned about the risks of being hit by lightning than of being infected with coronavirus.

Adam Shefter, writing Sunday at ESPN, presented a recent mask dictate from the NFL:
The NFL sent out a memo to all teams on Nov. 3 with updated COVID-19 protocols that stressed: 'All players and staff must wear masks or double-layered gaiters in the locker room on gameday -- prior to the game, during halftime, and post-game.'
Fail to adhere to such an NFL mask dictate and the NFL can take away draft picks from teams and impose six-figure fines on teams and coaches. Discussing potential NFL discipline arising from the NFL reviewing video of New Orleans Saints players, some of whom were maskless, and their head coach celebrating in their locker room after a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, Shefter notes that the NFL is likely to react with “stiff fines and the loss of a draft pick, similar to the action the NFL took against the Raiders earlier this month, when Las Vegas was fined $500,000, head coach Jon Gruden was fined $150,000 and the franchise was stripped of a sixth-round pick for COVID-19 protocol violations.”

Even supposing masks provide some protection from coronavirus, it is absurd to impose mask wearing requirements on football players who have always faced much greater health risks from their games and practices. Football is a sport where competitors crash into each other intentionally with maximum force. They also tackle and are tackled while running or jumping. Given the nature of the game, it is not surprising for injured players to be carried off the field on stretchers, players to need surgery for their football injuries, and players to suffer long-term injuries from their football competition, including brain damage from hits to the head.

For various reasons — paychecks, competitive spirit, and love for the game, included — individuals risk major injuries to play professional football and to compete before at the high school and college levels. It is downright insulting to demand that these great risk-takers put on masks for some phantom protection from coronavirus that, should they become infected with it, is likely to cause them no to minor sickness.]]>
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New York City Government Schools with 0.18 Percent Random Coronavirus Tests Positive Rate Are Shutting Down In-person Classes Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/13/new-york-city-government-schools-with-018-percent-random-coronavirus-tests-positive-rate-are-shutting-down-in-person-classes/

How absurd can the coronavirus panic become? Let the New York City government school system illustrate. Despite a random testing of school system students and teachers finding only 0.18 percent testing positive for coronavirus (a miniscule amount likely even inflated with false positive results), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to use a supposed major coronavirus threat as an excuse for shutting down in-person classes throughout the New York City school system.

Matt Welch relates the absurd details at Reason.

Even when case numbers are incredibly low — a supposed key goal of coronavirus crackdowns across America, governments can still freak out and demand people make more and more changes in their lives. The game is rigged.

An in-person classes option in the school system had only begun starting back up in late September.

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Expect Some State Governments to Resist a Countrywide Lockdown Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/13/expect-some-state-governments-to-resist-a-countrywide-lockdown/

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden seems to want to impose a countrywide lockdown in the name of countering coronavirus. While some state governors who have been imposing their own coronavirus crackdowns for over half a year can be expected to cheer such a move by the United States government, other governors, along with many state legislators, can be expected to resist such a US government mass infringement on the liberty of people in their states.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who has resisted since early on the temptation to impose many tyrannical mandates in the name of countering coronavirus comes to mind as a resister to a countrywide lockdown imposed from Washington, DC. Another expected resister would be Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who has reversed many of the coronavirus mandates he had imposed in the state and in September promised “we will never do any of these lockdowns again.”

Now, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is indicating that he should be counted among the resisters to a countrywide lockdown. In a Thursday video presentation focused on matters related to coronavirus, Reeves declared, "I don't believe there is any constitutional or statutory authority for any president to shut down Mississippi's economy.” Further, Reeves stated, "we’re not gonna participate in a national lockdown."

Though Reeves does not cotton to a lockdown being imposed in Mississippi by the US government, he is far from an advocate for liberty in regard to coronavirus policy at the state level. He makes that clear in his discussion in the video of his latest executive order extending coronavirus-related mandates, including a mandate requiring mask wearing, that he issued on Wednesday.

It looks like a countrywide lockdown effort by the US government may be foiled by governors, and likely legislatures as well, saying “no way” in response. Let’s hope that these countrywide lockdown opponents hold firm and that their numbers grow.
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How About Shutting Down the CDC, FDA, and other ‘Public Health’ Agencies? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/12/how-about-shutting-down-the-cdc-fda-and-other-public-health-agencies/

Chicken Little governors and mayors across America are in the process of upping their coronavirus crackdowns. And Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden even appears to want to impose a countrywide lockdown in the name of countering coronavirus.

But, coronavirus is not a dangerous medical issue for most people. In contrast, draconian government actions taken in the name of countering coronavirus are a major threat causing great damage to people’s physical, mental, and economic condition. The “anticoronavirus” government actions also infringe liberty — prohibiting, through the imposition of prison-like mandates, much of what brings joy to life.

Instead of shutting down cities, counties, states, or even the whole country, how about instead implementing a shutdown that addresses a source of danger in America much more threatening than coronavirus? Shut down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and all the other national, state, and local “public health” agencies that have been peddling bogus “science” to justify politicians imposing, and mollify Americans into accepting, month after month of coronavirus crackdowns.

Writer Jordan Schachtel says it well in a Thursday Twitter post:
I am calling for an immediate, 15 day shutdown of the CDC, FDA, & other 'public health' agencies in order to slow the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19. America will not be able to heal from epidemiological idiocy until we shut them down. 15 days to slow the spread!
Of course, 15 days is way too short. But, I think Schachtel understands that and is making a reference to the call in March for “15 days to slow the spread” of coronavirus that morphed in the hands of tyrants across America into month after month of subjecting people to various draconian mandates supposedly purposed to counter coronavirus.]]>
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Ready for Months of Biden Lockdown? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/11/ready-for-months-of-biden-lockdown/

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been saying during his presidential campaign that he favors locking down the entire county if scientific advisors tell him that is the right course for dealing with coronavirus. This week, Biden announced his COVID-19 Advisory Board. Presumably, its members are among the scientific advisors who Biden will look to for the go-ahead for locking down all of America.

Indeed, Biden stated in announcing the advisory board that it “will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.”

A new interview at Yahoo Finance with one of the advisory board’s members suggests Americans should start preparing for a Biden lockdown.

Michael Osterholm is a member of Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board who is not shy about pushing for a countrywide lockdown. In a new interview, he says America should be locked down for four to six weeks.

Of course, many Americans know from experience that coronavirus crackdowns that were initially marketed as lasting a few weeks can remain in place for months on end.

Don’t worry about the costs of the lockdown, continues Osterholm. The United States government, he says “could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies, for city, states, county governments.” Thus, the economy would suffer from both a lockdown and from out-of-control government spending undoubtably paid for with new dollars conjured out of the air.

The costs of a countrywide lockdown will not just be economic. The costs in liberty denied will be very high. And the overall health costs from people forgoing noncoronavirus medical care and being driven to despair can be expected to be very high as well — much higher than any health gains from imposing lockdown quackery in response to coronavirus that for most people poses very little risk of death or even serious sickness.

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President Trump Can Win Reelection Even If Unsuccessful in Election Recounts and Court Challenges Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/10/president-trump-can-win-reelection-even-if-unsuccessful-in-election-recounts-and-court-challenges/

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is pursuing recounts and court challenges in an effort to establish that Trump won the popular vote in several states that media organizations have said were won by Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden. Even if the campaign’s efforts are unsuccessful, state legislators in some or all of these states, should they conclude the election in their states was won by Trump, could exercise their power under the United States Constitution to award Trump’s electors in those states entrance to the Electoral College that will vote in December on who becomes president and vice president.

Thus, there is an avenue for Trump to win the presidential election even if his recount and court efforts are not successful.

Most Americans age 18 and up can vote every four years in an American presidential election. But, the recurring November election does not directly decide who becomes president. Neither is such a popular vote even mentioned in the United States Constitution. Under the Constitution, the decision on who becomes president and vice president is made by Electoral College electors who are scheduled to meet and vote on December 14 in their respective states.

In recent years, state legislatures have generally been, without the application of much scrutiny, content to allow reported popular vote results to determine which candidates’ chosen electors meet in respective states to cast Electoral College votes. But, as Daniel Horowitz discussed in articles at the Blaze last week and this week, the power of state legislators in choosing electors is plenary. If enough legislators in a state are convinced that fraud resulted in declaring the popular vote loser in the state as the winner, they can exercise their constitutional power by disregarding that result and sending to the Electoral College the electors of the presidential and vice presidential candidates the legislators think would have won but for the fraud.

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Libertarian Party Governor Candidate Who Focused on Fighting Coronavirus Tyranny Wins High Vote Total in Indiana Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/november/08/libertarian-party-governor-candidate-who-focused-on-fighting-coronavirus-tyranny-wins-high-vote-total-in-indiana/

Donald Rainwater ran this year an unusually popular governor campaign for a Libertarian Party candidate. As I wrote in early October, the popularity of Rainwater’s campaign appeared to arise largely because of his standing out as the candidate in the race for Indiana governor who presented clear and strong opposition to the reelection-seeking Republican governor’s tyrannical coronavirus mandates, while the Democratic contender argued the governor’s mandates were not severe enough.

In the Tuesday election, the Indianapolis Star is
reporting that Rainwater won about 11.4 percent of the vote. This places Rainwater’s vote total around three and a half percent below the Libertarian governor candidate vote total record set by Dick Randolph in Alaska in 1982 and around one percent above the previous second-highest Libertarian governor candidate vote total obtained by Ed Thompson in Wisconsin in 2002.

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New Medical Study: Your Face Mask Is Not Protecting You Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/18/new-medical-study-your-face-mask-is-not-protecting-you/

The long-awaited medical study from Denmark examining the ability of face masks to protect people from coronavirus was finally published on Wednesday. Fortunately, there are still some cracks through which information challenging the follow the pseudoscience torrent can emerge. Through one of these cracks, this study providing evidence counter to the propaganda dominant in media and government communications has been able to reach public view.

Providing good news for people suffering through wearing masks, and bad news for the politicians and businesses pushing the uncomfortable, dangerous, and dehumanizing dress code, the newly released medical study indicates face masks are not protecting people from coronavirus.

Daniel Horowitz provides some description of and context for the new medical study in an article at the Blaze. In the article, Horowitz also addresses some of the ways mask wearing harms people’s health. Read Horowitz’s article
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Photos Emerge of Mini-Mao California Governor Gavin Newsom Ignoring COVID-19 Protocols He Set Into Place Robert Wenzel http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/18/photos-emerge-of-mini-mao-california-governor-gavin-newsom-ignoring-covid-19-protocols-he-set-into-place/

When are people going to become outraged by this hypocritical creep?

On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized for what he called “a bad mistake” in attending a birthday party at the very expensive restaurant, French Laundry, in wine country north of San Francisco.

The Michelin-rated Laundry currently offers two menus. A "chef tasting" at $350 per person + add-ons and a White Truffle & Caviar Dinner at $1,200 per person.

At the dinner, Newsom broke the very rules that he has been preaching to allegedly slow the spread of the coronavirus, reports AP.

Newsom said he realized as soon as he sat down at the outdoor table that the group was larger than he had expected to celebrate the 50th birthday of Jason Kinney, a political adviser that Newsom said he has known for 20 years.

Newson continued:
The guests and the restaurant followed all applicable state and county public health guidance. The guests specifically required outdoor seating. And that’s outdoor seating, as confirmed and provided by the restaurant.
But photos have emerged showing the dining was inside--and reports indicate it was a very loud party with no one concerned about the Governor's COVID-19 demands of the masses.
In California, Newsom says you are supposed to wear a mask when at a dining table if you are not actively eating--even between bites. The Governor's office even tweeted about it:
This clearly wasn't being observed by Newson or anyone else in his group.

The woman who took the above photos spoke to FOX LA:
"While we were there we realized there was a very loud party going on in a room 20 feet from us. It was a bit annoying since you’re spending hard-earned money to go there."

She said, "It got louder and louder and so they had some sliding glass doors that they were able to close, so then it was a closed-off room but you could still hear them with how loud they were."

"I just happened to look over and realize hey is that Gavin Newsom, who is that? And I did ask one of the waitresses and she confirmed it was, so I was able to take a couple of photos, I was able to document this especially since nobody was wearing a mask. It was a very large group of people shoulder to shoulder, something that he’s always telling us not to do so yeah it was a bit annoying for sure", the woman said.

After the woman heard his public apology she said, "I was surprised because it didn’t look like he was uncomfortable being there until the very end until people were looking at him and staring at him as he was leaving the room."
The Governor and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents California's 12th district, have now both been caught flaunting COVID-19 regulations when they thought they were out of sight of cameras.

When are Californians and the rest of America going to recognize that politicians are lying cons especially when it comes to COVID-19?

These people are sick power freaks.

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Trump Coronavirus Advisor Says ‘Rise Up’ Against Michigan Governor’s new Coronavirus Mandates Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/16/trump-coronavirus-advisor-says-rise-up-against-michigan-governor-s-new-coronavirus-mandates/

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has throughout the coronavirus scare been imposing unilaterally in her state one of the harshest coronavirus crackdowns in America. On Sunday, she imposed new extreme restrictions on people in Michigan, announced sweeping shutdowns of many ordinary human activities for the next three weeks via a new order being imposed in the name of countering coronavirus.

Adding to the creepy factor, Whitmer presented her announcement while talking through a mask.

At the beginning of October, the Michigan Supreme Court told Whitmer to cut it out with her unilateral coronavirus mandates; they are unconstitutional, the court said. But here we are a month and a half later, and Whitmer, like Jason having risen from the dead in a new Friday the 13th movie, is still terrorizing the people of her state with economic, health, and emotional destruction.

While the order imposing enhanced restrictions is set to expire in three weeks, Whitmer admitted in the question and answer period following her announcement that the imposing of enhanced restrictions could be extended beyond that time.

A chart has been circulating relating many of the activities Whitmer is unilaterally shutting down, including activities from in-person classes at high schools and colleges to indoor dining and bar service to working in an office if the work can be done at home.

Responding to Whitmer’s newly enhanced coronavirus crackdown and the chart showing some of the sweeping shutdowns imposed on people in Michigan, Scott Atlas, a top coronavirus policy advisor for President Donald Trump, provided a strong reply. Atlas wrote at Twitter:
Atlas is right. People rising up appears to be the only way to put an end to the tyranny Whitmer and many other politicians are exercising in the name of countering a virus that poses little risk of death or serious sickness for most people. Rise up while you still can, before much more of the civilization generations of Americans have built across the country is devastated by the coronavirus crackdowns of Whitmer and other liberty-crushing politicians.]]>
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NFL Mask Rules Absurdity Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/15/nfl-mask-rules-absurdity/

The National Football League (NFL) has jumped with fervor into establishing and enforcing mandates that players and coaches wear masks in the name of countering coronavirus. The NFL is taking this action despite it not being demonstrated that masks provide any net protection against coronavirus infection, and despite the fact that coronavirus does not pose a major risk of death or even serious sickness for most people.

Indeed, most professional sports players, being young and in great physical shape, should probably be more concerned about the risks of being hit by lightning than of being infected with coronavirus.

Adam Shefter, writing Sunday at ESPN, presented a recent mask dictate from the NFL:
The NFL sent out a memo to all teams on Nov. 3 with updated COVID-19 protocols that stressed: 'All players and staff must wear masks or double-layered gaiters in the locker room on gameday -- prior to the game, during halftime, and post-game.'
Fail to adhere to such an NFL mask dictate and the NFL can take away draft picks from teams and impose six-figure fines on teams and coaches. Discussing potential NFL discipline arising from the NFL reviewing video of New Orleans Saints players, some of whom were maskless, and their head coach celebrating in their locker room after a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, Shefter notes that the NFL is likely to react with “stiff fines and the loss of a draft pick, similar to the action the NFL took against the Raiders earlier this month, when Las Vegas was fined $500,000, head coach Jon Gruden was fined $150,000 and the franchise was stripped of a sixth-round pick for COVID-19 protocol violations.”

Even supposing masks provide some protection from coronavirus, it is absurd to impose mask wearing requirements on football players who have always faced much greater health risks from their games and practices. Football is a sport where competitors crash into each other intentionally with maximum force. They also tackle and are tackled while running or jumping. Given the nature of the game, it is not surprising for injured players to be carried off the field on stretchers, players to need surgery for their football injuries, and players to suffer long-term injuries from their football competition, including brain damage from hits to the head.

For various reasons — paychecks, competitive spirit, and love for the game, included — individuals risk major injuries to play professional football and to compete before at the high school and college levels. It is downright insulting to demand that these great risk-takers put on masks for some phantom protection from coronavirus that, should they become infected with it, is likely to cause them no to minor sickness.]]>
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New York City Government Schools with 0.18 Percent Random Coronavirus Tests Positive Rate Are Shutting Down In-person Classes Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/13/new-york-city-government-schools-with-018-percent-random-coronavirus-tests-positive-rate-are-shutting-down-in-person-classes/

How absurd can the coronavirus panic become? Let the New York City government school system illustrate. Despite a random testing of school system students and teachers finding only 0.18 percent testing positive for coronavirus (a miniscule amount likely even inflated with false positive results), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to use a supposed major coronavirus threat as an excuse for shutting down in-person classes throughout the New York City school system.

Matt Welch relates the absurd details at Reason.

Even when case numbers are incredibly low — a supposed key goal of coronavirus crackdowns across America, governments can still freak out and demand people make more and more changes in their lives. The game is rigged.

An in-person classes option in the school system had only begun starting back up in late September.

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Expect Some State Governments to Resist a Countrywide Lockdown Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/13/expect-some-state-governments-to-resist-a-countrywide-lockdown/

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden seems to want to impose a countrywide lockdown in the name of countering coronavirus. While some state governors who have been imposing their own coronavirus crackdowns for over half a year can be expected to cheer such a move by the United States government, other governors, along with many state legislators, can be expected to resist such a US government mass infringement on the liberty of people in their states.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who has resisted since early on the temptation to impose many tyrannical mandates in the name of countering coronavirus comes to mind as a resister to a countrywide lockdown imposed from Washington, DC. Another expected resister would be Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who has reversed many of the coronavirus mandates he had imposed in the state and in September promised “we will never do any of these lockdowns again.”

Now, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is indicating that he should be counted among the resisters to a countrywide lockdown. In a Thursday video presentation focused on matters related to coronavirus, Reeves declared, "I don't believe there is any constitutional or statutory authority for any president to shut down Mississippi's economy.” Further, Reeves stated, "we’re not gonna participate in a national lockdown."

Though Reeves does not cotton to a lockdown being imposed in Mississippi by the US government, he is far from an advocate for liberty in regard to coronavirus policy at the state level. He makes that clear in his discussion in the video of his latest executive order extending coronavirus-related mandates, including a mandate requiring mask wearing, that he issued on Wednesday.

It looks like a countrywide lockdown effort by the US government may be foiled by governors, and likely legislatures as well, saying “no way” in response. Let’s hope that these countrywide lockdown opponents hold firm and that their numbers grow.
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How About Shutting Down the CDC, FDA, and other ‘Public Health’ Agencies? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/12/how-about-shutting-down-the-cdc-fda-and-other-public-health-agencies/

Chicken Little governors and mayors across America are in the process of upping their coronavirus crackdowns. And Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden even appears to want to impose a countrywide lockdown in the name of countering coronavirus.

But, coronavirus is not a dangerous medical issue for most people. In contrast, draconian government actions taken in the name of countering coronavirus are a major threat causing great damage to people’s physical, mental, and economic condition. The “anticoronavirus” government actions also infringe liberty — prohibiting, through the imposition of prison-like mandates, much of what brings joy to life.

Instead of shutting down cities, counties, states, or even the whole country, how about instead implementing a shutdown that addresses a source of danger in America much more threatening than coronavirus? Shut down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and all the other national, state, and local “public health” agencies that have been peddling bogus “science” to justify politicians imposing, and mollify Americans into accepting, month after month of coronavirus crackdowns.

Writer Jordan Schachtel says it well in a Thursday Twitter post:
I am calling for an immediate, 15 day shutdown of the CDC, FDA, & other 'public health' agencies in order to slow the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19. America will not be able to heal from epidemiological idiocy until we shut them down. 15 days to slow the spread!
Of course, 15 days is way too short. But, I think Schachtel understands that and is making a reference to the call in March for “15 days to slow the spread” of coronavirus that morphed in the hands of tyrants across America into month after month of subjecting people to various draconian mandates supposedly purposed to counter coronavirus.]]>
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Ready for Months of Biden Lockdown? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/11/ready-for-months-of-biden-lockdown/

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been saying during his presidential campaign that he favors locking down the entire county if scientific advisors tell him that is the right course for dealing with coronavirus. This week, Biden announced his COVID-19 Advisory Board. Presumably, its members are among the scientific advisors who Biden will look to for the go-ahead for locking down all of America.

Indeed, Biden stated in announcing the advisory board that it “will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.”

A new interview at Yahoo Finance with one of the advisory board’s members suggests Americans should start preparing for a Biden lockdown.

Michael Osterholm is a member of Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board who is not shy about pushing for a countrywide lockdown. In a new interview, he says America should be locked down for four to six weeks.

Of course, many Americans know from experience that coronavirus crackdowns that were initially marketed as lasting a few weeks can remain in place for months on end.

Don’t worry about the costs of the lockdown, continues Osterholm. The United States government, he says “could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies, for city, states, county governments.” Thus, the economy would suffer from both a lockdown and from out-of-control government spending undoubtably paid for with new dollars conjured out of the air.

The costs of a countrywide lockdown will not just be economic. The costs in liberty denied will be very high. And the overall health costs from people forgoing noncoronavirus medical care and being driven to despair can be expected to be very high as well — much higher than any health gains from imposing lockdown quackery in response to coronavirus that for most people poses very little risk of death or even serious sickness.

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President Trump Can Win Reelection Even If Unsuccessful in Election Recounts and Court Challenges Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/10/president-trump-can-win-reelection-even-if-unsuccessful-in-election-recounts-and-court-challenges/

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is pursuing recounts and court challenges in an effort to establish that Trump won the popular vote in several states that media organizations have said were won by Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden. Even if the campaign’s efforts are unsuccessful, state legislators in some or all of these states, should they conclude the election in their states was won by Trump, could exercise their power under the United States Constitution to award Trump’s electors in those states entrance to the Electoral College that will vote in December on who becomes president and vice president.

Thus, there is an avenue for Trump to win the presidential election even if his recount and court efforts are not successful.

Most Americans age 18 and up can vote every four years in an American presidential election. But, the recurring November election does not directly decide who becomes president. Neither is such a popular vote even mentioned in the United States Constitution. Under the Constitution, the decision on who becomes president and vice president is made by Electoral College electors who are scheduled to meet and vote on December 14 in their respective states.

In recent years, state legislatures have generally been, without the application of much scrutiny, content to allow reported popular vote results to determine which candidates’ chosen electors meet in respective states to cast Electoral College votes. But, as Daniel Horowitz discussed in articles at the Blaze last week and this week, the power of state legislators in choosing electors is plenary. If enough legislators in a state are convinced that fraud resulted in declaring the popular vote loser in the state as the winner, they can exercise their constitutional power by disregarding that result and sending to the Electoral College the electors of the presidential and vice presidential candidates the legislators think would have won but for the fraud.

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Libertarian Party Governor Candidate Who Focused on Fighting Coronavirus Tyranny Wins High Vote Total in Indiana Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2020/november/08/libertarian-party-governor-candidate-who-focused-on-fighting-coronavirus-tyranny-wins-high-vote-total-in-indiana/

Donald Rainwater ran this year an unusually popular governor campaign for a Libertarian Party candidate. As I wrote in early October, the popularity of Rainwater’s campaign appeared to arise largely because of his standing out as the candidate in the race for Indiana governor who presented clear and strong opposition to the reelection-seeking Republican governor’s tyrannical coronavirus mandates, while the Democratic contender argued the governor’s mandates were not severe enough.

In the Tuesday election, the Indianapolis Star is
reporting that Rainwater won about 11.4 percent of the vote. This places Rainwater’s vote total around three and a half percent below the Libertarian governor candidate vote total record set by Dick Randolph in Alaska in 1982 and around one percent above the previous second-highest Libertarian governor candidate vote total obtained by Ed Thompson in Wisconsin in 2002.

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New Medical Study: Your Face Mask Is Not Protecting You Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/18/new-medical-study-your-face-mask-is-not-protecting-you/

The long-awaited medical study from Denmark examining the ability of face masks to protect people from coronavirus was finally published on Wednesday. Fortunately, there are still some cracks through which information challenging the follow the pseudoscience torrent can emerge. Through one of these cracks, this study providing evidence counter to the propaganda dominant in media and government communications has been able to reach public view.

Providing good news for people suffering through wearing masks, and bad news for the politicians and businesses pushing the uncomfortable, dangerous, and dehumanizing dress code, the newly released medical study indicates face masks are not protecting people from coronavirus.

Daniel Horowitz provides some description of and context for the new medical study in an article at the Blaze. In the article, Horowitz also addresses some of the ways mask wearing harms people’s health. Read Horowitz’s article
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Photos Emerge of Mini-Mao California Governor Gavin Newsom Ignoring COVID-19 Protocols He Set Into Place Robert Wenzel http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/18/photos-emerge-of-mini-mao-california-governor-gavin-newsom-ignoring-covid-19-protocols-he-set-into-place/

When are people going to become outraged by this hypocritical creep?

On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized for what he called “a bad mistake” in attending a birthday party at the very expensive restaurant, French Laundry, in wine country north of San Francisco.

The Michelin-rated Laundry currently offers two menus. A "chef tasting" at $350 per person + add-ons and a White Truffle & Caviar Dinner at $1,200 per person.

At the dinner, Newsom broke the very rules that he has been preaching to allegedly slow the spread of the coronavirus, reports AP.

Newsom said he realized as soon as he sat down at the outdoor table that the group was larger than he had expected to celebrate the 50th birthday of Jason Kinney, a political adviser that Newsom said he has known for 20 years.

Newson continued:
The guests and the restaurant followed all applicable state and county public health guidance. The guests specifically required outdoor seating. And that’s outdoor seating, as confirmed and provided by the restaurant.
But photos have emerged showing the dining was inside--and reports indicate it was a very loud party with no one concerned about the Governor's COVID-19 demands of the masses.
In California, Newsom says you are supposed to wear a mask when at a dining table if you are not actively eating--even between bites. The Governor's office even tweeted about it:
This clearly wasn't being observed by Newson or anyone else in his group.

The woman who took the above photos spoke to FOX LA:
"While we were there we realized there was a very loud party going on in a room 20 feet from us. It was a bit annoying since you’re spending hard-earned money to go there."

She said, "It got louder and louder and so they had some sliding glass doors that they were able to close, so then it was a closed-off room but you could still hear them with how loud they were."

"I just happened to look over and realize hey is that Gavin Newsom, who is that? And I did ask one of the waitresses and she confirmed it was, so I was able to take a couple of photos, I was able to document this especially since nobody was wearing a mask. It was a very large group of people shoulder to shoulder, something that he’s always telling us not to do so yeah it was a bit annoying for sure", the woman said.

After the woman heard his public apology she said, "I was surprised because it didn’t look like he was uncomfortable being there until the very end until people were looking at him and staring at him as he was leaving the room."
The Governor and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents California's 12th district, have now both been caught flaunting COVID-19 regulations when they thought they were out of sight of cameras.

When are Californians and the rest of America going to recognize that politicians are lying cons especially when it comes to COVID-19?

These people are sick power freaks.

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Trump Coronavirus Advisor Says ‘Rise Up’ Against Michigan Governor’s new Coronavirus Mandates Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/16/trump-coronavirus-advisor-says-rise-up-against-michigan-governor-s-new-coronavirus-mandates/

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has throughout the coronavirus scare been imposing unilaterally in her state one of the harshest coronavirus crackdowns in America. On Sunday, she imposed new extreme restrictions on people in Michigan, announced sweeping shutdowns of many ordinary human activities for the next three weeks via a new order being imposed in the name of countering coronavirus.

Adding to the creepy factor, Whitmer presented her announcement while talking through a mask.

At the beginning of October, the Michigan Supreme Court told Whitmer to cut it out with her unilateral coronavirus mandates; they are unconstitutional, the court said. But here we are a month and a half later, and Whitmer, like Jason having risen from the dead in a new Friday the 13th movie, is still terrorizing the people of her state with economic, health, and emotional destruction.

While the order imposing enhanced restrictions is set to expire in three weeks, Whitmer admitted in the question and answer period following her announcement that the imposing of enhanced restrictions could be extended beyond that time.

A chart has been circulating relating many of the activities Whitmer is unilaterally shutting down, including activities from in-person classes at high schools and colleges to indoor dining and bar service to working in an office if the work can be done at home.

Responding to Whitmer’s newly enhanced coronavirus crackdown and the chart showing some of the sweeping shutdowns imposed on people in Michigan, Scott Atlas, a top coronavirus policy advisor for President Donald Trump, provided a strong reply. Atlas wrote at Twitter:
Atlas is right. People rising up appears to be the only way to put an end to the tyranny Whitmer and many other politicians are exercising in the name of countering a virus that poses little risk of death or serious sickness for most people. Rise up while you still can, before much more of the civilization generations of Americans have built across the country is devastated by the coronavirus crackdowns of Whitmer and other liberty-crushing politicians.]]>
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NFL Mask Rules Absurdity Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/15/nfl-mask-rules-absurdity/

The National Football League (NFL) has jumped with fervor into establishing and enforcing mandates that players and coaches wear masks in the name of countering coronavirus. The NFL is taking this action despite it not being demonstrated that masks provide any net protection against coronavirus infection, and despite the fact that coronavirus does not pose a major risk of death or even serious sickness for most people.

Indeed, most professional sports players, being young and in great physical shape, should probably be more concerned about the risks of being hit by lightning than of being infected with coronavirus.

Adam Shefter, writing Sunday at ESPN, presented a recent mask dictate from the NFL:
The NFL sent out a memo to all teams on Nov. 3 with updated COVID-19 protocols that stressed: 'All players and staff must wear masks or double-layered gaiters in the locker room on gameday -- prior to the game, during halftime, and post-game.'
Fail to adhere to such an NFL mask dictate and the NFL can take away draft picks from teams and impose six-figure fines on teams and coaches. Discussing potential NFL discipline arising from the NFL reviewing video of New Orleans Saints players, some of whom were maskless, and their head coach celebrating in their locker room after a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, Shefter notes that the NFL is likely to react with “stiff fines and the loss of a draft pick, similar to the action the NFL took against the Raiders earlier this month, when Las Vegas was fined $500,000, head coach Jon Gruden was fined $150,000 and the franchise was stripped of a sixth-round pick for COVID-19 protocol violations.”

Even supposing masks provide some protection from coronavirus, it is absurd to impose mask wearing requirements on football players who have always faced much greater health risks from their games and practices. Football is a sport where competitors crash into each other intentionally with maximum force. They also tackle and are tackled while running or jumping. Given the nature of the game, it is not surprising for injured players to be carried off the field on stretchers, players to need surgery for their football injuries, and players to suffer long-term injuries from their football competition, including brain damage from hits to the head.

For various reasons — paychecks, competitive spirit, and love for the game, included — individuals risk major injuries to play professional football and to compete before at the high school and college levels. It is downright insulting to demand that these great risk-takers put on masks for some phantom protection from coronavirus that, should they become infected with it, is likely to cause them no to minor sickness.]]>
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New York City Government Schools with 0.18 Percent Random Coronavirus Tests Positive Rate Are Shutting Down In-person Classes Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/13/new-york-city-government-schools-with-018-percent-random-coronavirus-tests-positive-rate-are-shutting-down-in-person-classes/

How absurd can the coronavirus panic become? Let the New York City government school system illustrate. Despite a random testing of school system students and teachers finding only 0.18 percent testing positive for coronavirus (a miniscule amount likely even inflated with false positive results), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to use a supposed major coronavirus threat as an excuse for shutting down in-person classes throughout the New York City school system.

Matt Welch relates the absurd details at Reason.

Even when case numbers are incredibly low — a supposed key goal of coronavirus crackdowns across America, governments can still freak out and demand people make more and more changes in their lives. The game is rigged.

An in-person classes option in the school system had only begun starting back up in late September.

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Expect Some State Governments to Resist a Countrywide Lockdown Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/13/expect-some-state-governments-to-resist-a-countrywide-lockdown/

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden seems to want to impose a countrywide lockdown in the name of countering coronavirus. While some state governors who have been imposing their own coronavirus crackdowns for over half a year can be expected to cheer such a move by the United States government, other governors, along with many state legislators, can be expected to resist such a US government mass infringement on the liberty of people in their states.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who has resisted since early on the temptation to impose many tyrannical mandates in the name of countering coronavirus comes to mind as a resister to a countrywide lockdown imposed from Washington, DC. Another expected resister would be Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who has reversed many of the coronavirus mandates he had imposed in the state and in September promised “we will never do any of these lockdowns again.”

Now, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is indicating that he should be counted among the resisters to a countrywide lockdown. In a Thursday video presentation focused on matters related to coronavirus, Reeves declared, "I don't believe there is any constitutional or statutory authority for any president to shut down Mississippi's economy.” Further, Reeves stated, "we’re not gonna participate in a national lockdown."

Though Reeves does not cotton to a lockdown being imposed in Mississippi by the US government, he is far from an advocate for liberty in regard to coronavirus policy at the state level. He makes that clear in his discussion in the video of his latest executive order extending coronavirus-related mandates, including a mandate requiring mask wearing, that he issued on Wednesday.

It looks like a countrywide lockdown effort by the US government may be foiled by governors, and likely legislatures as well, saying “no way” in response. Let’s hope that these countrywide lockdown opponents hold firm and that their numbers grow.
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How About Shutting Down the CDC, FDA, and other ‘Public Health’ Agencies? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/12/how-about-shutting-down-the-cdc-fda-and-other-public-health-agencies/

Chicken Little governors and mayors across America are in the process of upping their coronavirus crackdowns. And Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden even appears to want to impose a countrywide lockdown in the name of countering coronavirus.

But, coronavirus is not a dangerous medical issue for most people. In contrast, draconian government actions taken in the name of countering coronavirus are a major threat causing great damage to people’s physical, mental, and economic condition. The “anticoronavirus” government actions also infringe liberty — prohibiting, through the imposition of prison-like mandates, much of what brings joy to life.

Instead of shutting down cities, counties, states, or even the whole country, how about instead implementing a shutdown that addresses a source of danger in America much more threatening than coronavirus? Shut down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and all the other national, state, and local “public health” agencies that have been peddling bogus “science” to justify politicians imposing, and mollify Americans into accepting, month after month of coronavirus crackdowns.

Writer Jordan Schachtel says it well in a Thursday Twitter post:
I am calling for an immediate, 15 day shutdown of the CDC, FDA, & other 'public health' agencies in order to slow the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19. America will not be able to heal from epidemiological idiocy until we shut them down. 15 days to slow the spread!
Of course, 15 days is way too short. But, I think Schachtel understands that and is making a reference to the call in March for “15 days to slow the spread” of coronavirus that morphed in the hands of tyrants across America into month after month of subjecting people to various draconian mandates supposedly purposed to counter coronavirus.]]>
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Ready for Months of Biden Lockdown? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/11/ready-for-months-of-biden-lockdown/

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been saying during his presidential campaign that he favors locking down the entire county if scientific advisors tell him that is the right course for dealing with coronavirus. This week, Biden announced his COVID-19 Advisory Board. Presumably, its members are among the scientific advisors who Biden will look to for the go-ahead for locking down all of America.

Indeed, Biden stated in announcing the advisory board that it “will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.”

A new interview at Yahoo Finance with one of the advisory board’s members suggests Americans should start preparing for a Biden lockdown.

Michael Osterholm is a member of Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board who is not shy about pushing for a countrywide lockdown. In a new interview, he says America should be locked down for four to six weeks.

Of course, many Americans know from experience that coronavirus crackdowns that were initially marketed as lasting a few weeks can remain in place for months on end.

Don’t worry about the costs of the lockdown, continues Osterholm. The United States government, he says “could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies, for city, states, county governments.” Thus, the economy would suffer from both a lockdown and from out-of-control government spending undoubtably paid for with new dollars conjured out of the air.

The costs of a countrywide lockdown will not just be economic. The costs in liberty denied will be very high. And the overall health costs from people forgoing noncoronavirus medical care and being driven to despair can be expected to be very high as well — much higher than any health gains from imposing lockdown quackery in response to coronavirus that for most people poses very little risk of death or even serious sickness.

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President Trump Can Win Reelection Even If Unsuccessful in Election Recounts and Court Challenges Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/10/president-trump-can-win-reelection-even-if-unsuccessful-in-election-recounts-and-court-challenges/

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is pursuing recounts and court challenges in an effort to establish that Trump won the popular vote in several states that media organizations have said were won by Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden. Even if the campaign’s efforts are unsuccessful, state legislators in some or all of these states, should they conclude the election in their states was won by Trump, could exercise their power under the United States Constitution to award Trump’s electors in those states entrance to the Electoral College that will vote in December on who becomes president and vice president.

Thus, there is an avenue for Trump to win the presidential election even if his recount and court efforts are not successful.

Most Americans age 18 and up can vote every four years in an American presidential election. But, the recurring November election does not directly decide who becomes president. Neither is such a popular vote even mentioned in the United States Constitution. Under the Constitution, the decision on who becomes president and vice president is made by Electoral College electors who are scheduled to meet and vote on December 14 in their respective states.

In recent years, state legislatures have generally been, without the application of much scrutiny, content to allow reported popular vote results to determine which candidates’ chosen electors meet in respective states to cast Electoral College votes. But, as Daniel Horowitz discussed in articles at the Blaze last week and this week, the power of state legislators in choosing electors is plenary. If enough legislators in a state are convinced that fraud resulted in declaring the popular vote loser in the state as the winner, they can exercise their constitutional power by disregarding that result and sending to the Electoral College the electors of the presidential and vice presidential candidates the legislators think would have won but for the fraud.

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Libertarian Party Governor Candidate Who Focused on Fighting Coronavirus Tyranny Wins High Vote Total in Indiana Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2020/november/08/libertarian-party-governor-candidate-who-focused-on-fighting-coronavirus-tyranny-wins-high-vote-total-in-indiana/

Donald Rainwater ran this year an unusually popular governor campaign for a Libertarian Party candidate. As I wrote in early October, the popularity of Rainwater’s campaign appeared to arise largely because of his standing out as the candidate in the race for Indiana governor who presented clear and strong opposition to the reelection-seeking Republican governor’s tyrannical coronavirus mandates, while the Democratic contender argued the governor’s mandates were not severe enough.

In the Tuesday election, the Indianapolis Star is
reporting that Rainwater won about 11.4 percent of the vote. This places Rainwater’s vote total around three and a half percent below the Libertarian governor candidate vote total record set by Dick Randolph in Alaska in 1982 and around one percent above the previous second-highest Libertarian governor candidate vote total obtained by Ed Thompson in Wisconsin in 2002.

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