Saturday, September 12, 2020

Saturday data

has arrived.  Despite New Blogger being a piece of crap(and the idiots behind it should be clubbed).

A quote from Michael Crichton

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.” 

Now throw in the proviso that an awful lot of people, having caught so many errors or- in some cases- flat-out lies, stop believing the media about ANYTHING. Which is a real problem.

I was reminded of the other 9/11 that needs to be remembered:


And some of the dickheads responsible are still active in our politics.

When that idiot "Sturgis cost billions in costs for the 200k cases of Wuflu

it caused!" bullshit came out, a disgusting number of people celebrated because "Stupid Trump lovers and virus deniers caused this!"

This is the third piece I've seen debunking this crap.  And if someone tries to dismiss it by claiming "Slate is a right-wing mouthpiece!" or something, they need to go somewhere quiet and stop breathing.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Data time

Can you say 'Destroying evidence'?

 I knew you could.

These bastard belong in jail.  Chances of any actual punishment: just about zero.

And they wonder why people don't trust the system.

No, I haven't forgotten

 I haven't forgiven, either.

That 'not forgiven' includes the Palisimians dancing in the streets and handing out candy to celebrate.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Hey, Blogger: whoever put the New Blogger together

 should receive suitable approbation.  A good beating would be a start.

"Why don't you trust the numbers?

 They were put together by experts!"

Yeah.  Experts. 

On 'excess deaths'

 Found over on Fecesbook:

This term technically means how many deaths we are currently experiencing relative to the average number of deaths we would typically experience.

But sadly, it has taken on a new meaning for me.

You can't simply subtract the current death tally from the typical value for this time of year and attribute the difference to Covid.

Because of the actions of our governments, we are actually causing excess deaths.
Want to kill an old person quickly? Take away their human interaction and contact. Or force them into a rest home with other infected people.
Want people to die from preventable diseases? Scare them away from the hospitals, and encourage them to postpone their medical screenings, checkups, and treatments.
Want someone who struggles with addiction to fall off the wagon? Take away their job or business. Maybe they will overdose.
Want to push people with anxiety over the edge? Force them to stay inside for weeks at a time and scare them to death.
Want people to shoot each other more, or go on looting sprees? Keep them cooped up inside for weeks and take away their incomes.

The problem with large scale government mitigations, is that they create the need for more mitigations.

The numbers are clear. By trying to mitigate one problem, we are creating too many others, at too high a price.

Excess deaths.

Monday, September 07, 2020

Once upon a time,

Daughter is always researching stuff for stories. I came across a book that had the old British hangmans tables in it(subject of 'X' weight should have a drop of at least 'Y' distance but no more than 'Z', to the inch yet), and sent a copy of it to her.

While after that I mentioned it to a lady I was going out with. Response:
"You people are WEIRD! If someone sent something like that to me I'd call the police!"

"It was for her research."

"You people are WEIRD!"

Ah well. Good while it lasted

A: Sue the teacher and the school, and find out how long

they've been recording kids without the parents knowledge, and what they've been doing with the recordings; discovery should be interesting.

B: Sue the idiots at the Sheriff's Department; they've definitely proven they are really sorry excuses for peace officers.

This kind of crap has to be stopped.

Due to a work situation

instead of getting some stuff ready to load, or catching the mowing up before the next rain, or going out to try to put some dove in the oven, I'm doing something else.  Which is less fun.

Making a list of "Things I should buy(when I don't have two or three renewals in a month-and-a-half period to eat money), things I should load, things I need to load", and I really need to both finish cleaning the place AND keep it that way(stop laughing, it's possible)...

There's either too much stuff, or not enough time.  Maybe both. 

I think I should make myself stand up and do a little something. 

But I'm sure there will be zero problems with mail-in ballots,

not anywhere at all...

Especially since the postal union has endorsed Biden and said Trump winning might be the end of the Post Office, no, no problems at all.