This is the choice

Folks seem to be oblivious to the seriousness of this situation. This is the last stand for democracy anywhere in the world. You can have fair elections in Elbonia, but that doesn't matter one fig's leaf if the world's only liberal superpower is unrecoverably corrupt, with no path back to liberalism. The one alternative is China, which is the same. This is the hill to die on. This is the turning point. From this point onward, there is totalitarianism vs. freedom. You have to choose. Unfortunately, many are choosing unwisely, and do not even realize the choice. Climax of decades What's happening now is not a culmination of 4 years, it's a culmination of 20+ years, with a climax to match. The overt brainwashing we're seeing in media nowadays, Fox coming out as an alter ego of CNN, a complete blackout on true things that are happening – the people behind this propaganda machine are now fighting for their lives, so this is the most overt lying I've s

Listening to experts

We're always being told to listen to experts. So listen to this one : Noting that he was also an expert in virology, Hodkinson pointed out that his role as CEO of a biotech company that manufactures COVID tests means, “I might know a little bit about all this.” “There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians, it’s outrageous, this is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public,” said Hodkinson. The doctor said that nothing could be done to stop the spread of the virus besides protecting older more vulnerable people and that the whole situation represented “politics playing medicine, and that’s a very dangerous game.” Hodkinson remarked that “social distancing is useless because COVID is spread by aerosols which travel 30 meters or so before landing,” as he called for society to be re-opened immediately to prevent the debilitating damage being caused by lockdowns. Hodkinson also slammed mandatory mask mandates as comp

Racism in a nutshell

Suppose the mood strikes you and you're looking for casual sex. You go to a club, and the club has two rooms. Each room has 100 people, who are on average similarly attractive. At the entrance, you are given this bit of information: In room #1, there are 99 healthy people, but also one with a sexually transmitted disease. In room #2, there are 90 healthy people, but also 10 with a sexually transmitted disease. You can visit room #1, or room #2, or both. As you prefer. Given the above information, tell me you're not going to restrict yourself to the people in room #1 only. This is racism. You could also visit room #2. There are 90 healthy people in there. Maybe your soulmate is there. But you won't. Now for a small tweak. Imagine, instead of each room with 100 people, the rooms are like this: In room #1, there are 900 people, and 9 of them have an STD. In room #2, there are still 100 people, and 10 of them have an STD. Now the decision is even cleare

Facebook and Twitter interfering with the election

Wow, this is big. Facebook and Twitter are actively obstructing reporting that could influence the US presidential election. They are going so far as to suspend the accounts of the New York Post and the White House press secretary. Notice Twitter's policy "prohibiting publishing hacked materials" . That sure sounds like a convenient policy that doesn't benefit anyone in particular! From the Washington Post : Facebook and Twitter took unusual steps Wednesday to limit readership of an article by the New York Post about alleged emails from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, one of the rare occasions they have sanctioned a traditional media outlet. The social media giants took that action before verifying the contents of the article, in which President Trump‘s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani and his former top adviser Stephen K. Bannon claimed to have obtained and leaked a trove of private materials from Hunter Biden. The leaked documents suggeste

Sun angle, vitamin D and UVB

In my previous post on this topic, I summarized the difficulty of maintaining adequate vitamin D levels, and how nearly everyone in Western civilization lacks enough. All of the risk groups for Covid-19 are people who are lower than most in vitamin D, and the average is already catastrophic. Some of the lowest vitamin D levels can be found in seniors, people with darker skin, and the obese. All of these correlate with a much higher rate of Covid-19 infections and complications. A commonly accepted idea is that the sun needs to be at least 50° above the horizon if you want to generate "any" vitamin D. If you do a quick search, Google will reinforce this. If the sun angle is lower, the UVB portion of ultraviolet light will "reflect" from the atmosphere, and no vitamin D for you! I've found this study by M. El-Nouby Adam, Effect of The Atmosphere on UVB Radiation Reaching the Earth's Surface: Dependence on Solar Zenith Angle , which suggests such popular

The reality simulator

( Image : George Redhawk) Summary of a dream I just had. The text below, that is. :) A friend takes you to a reality simulator so real, after you enter it you can't tell whether you're experiencing "real" reality or not, except for a few key details and tests which can tell you it's a simulation. Except, you're in college and the "friend" who is introducing you to the simulator enjoys practical jokes. He tweaks or makes up information about the safety details so they don't work in the simulation (making you think it's real until something impossible occurs), and so he can simulate it working in the "real" reality (making you think it's simulated). Then he proceeds to torture you / mind fuck you. He confuses you completely about what's real and not real, repeatedly getting you to "exit" from the simulation and think you're in the real world for a bit, only to reveal you're still inside. Maybe one of

Vitamin D and Covid

By now, we have several studies showing a strong correlation between vitamin D deficiency and the (a) Covid-19 infection rate, and (b) Covid-19 complications. Here's a study from Boston University and Quest Diagnostics. Here's one from the University of Chicago. Here's one from the University of Birmingham (UK). Sample finding: At the same time, we have skeptics like Leonid Schneider , who can't believe a major factor in Covid-19 could be something that simple. He ridicules vitamin D because it's associated with "natural cures", since Schneider despises placebos. He doesn't understand that placebo and nocebo are much more important than he imagines; that a major way chemotherapy works is as a more convincing placebo. (For people who don't believe simple cures work, medicine has to cost them.) If he's proven wrong, he'll find excuses. And if he did not, he will not be able to pay for the damage of these beliefs. Now, the reason so