What is going on? It seems the numbers are being manipulated concerning Covid-19.

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Please Click on the following link to show the U.S. death rates since Trump took office by the year. It shows the number of deaths per thousand and the % increase and/or decrease in our population (which includes a lot of illegal aliens whose health is not known). These are total deaths (period.full.stop.). One would expect to see a huge spike in deaths for 2020 to date and yet we do not see that. So look at this graph and tell me what you think is going on because I am completely flummoxed by these numbers.

https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/USA/united-states/death-rate

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11 thoughts on “What is going on? It seems the numbers are being manipulated concerning Covid-19.

  1. James

    Scoop – I think they’re more worried about what the numbers could become rather than what the numbers are now. Right now, as you rightly point out, the total number of deaths looks very small compared with standard annual death rates from respiratory problems brought on by influenza.

    The W.H.O. web page states

    `Every year across the globe, there are an estimated 1 billion cases, of which 3 to 5 million are severe cases, resulting in 290 000 to 650 000 influenza-related respiratory deaths.’

    https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/11-03-2019-who-launches-new-global-influenza-strategy

    and, right now, the current total number of COVID – related deaths looks very small compared with even the lowest annual figure. But the daily death numbers keep rising – and they don’t know what the result will be.

    I’d agree with you. It seems to me that older people should isolate (and their families bring them their shopping) while the rest of us take our chances (which seem very high for anybody who isn’t old and who doesn’t have an underlying health issue).

    Is your main problem still toilet paper? If so, you should ask yourself `What would Jesus do?’

    I don’t really know the answer to this – but I’m pretty sure that they hadn’t invented toilet paper back then, so Jesus must have been using a different method. Are there any New Testament historians who could enlighten us on this matter?

    I also looked up google to see if there were ways to make your own toilet paper. Apparently there are. You take a bunch of newspaper, soak it to get the ink out, then boil it in water with some leaves and grass. The leaves and grass are important to give it some structure, but if you use the wrong sort of leaves in the construction (for example poisoned ivy), then you won’t be able to sit down for at least three weeks.

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    1. Jock, I’m usually constipated anyway . . . it’s the curmudgeon in me.

      I notice that my dog gets by just fine without TP and I am supposedly a creature of higher order on the Darwinian scale. I imagine that since the invention of toilet paper we simply forgot how to do get along without it.

      I just want to invest in TP for the time being as it seems to be a better investment than gold. If I could simply put all my money in it I might be extremely wealthy but I do need to find a place to store it all.

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      1. Jock McSporran

        Ah – I see – so you’re becoming a Lutheran.

        Luther suffered from serious constipation and came up with most of his deep theological thinking during his rather long sessions on the can. So you’re in good company.

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  2. Jock McSporran

    Scoop – you have more time for writing blog posts than I have. Teaching remotely actually takes more time and effort than face-to-face.

    If you take this from below the line, take the basic ideas and turn them into a post, then I’d be grateful. It is specifically U.K., but I’m sure it applies equally to the U.S.A, and you’ll be able to find U.S.-relevant examples.

    You’ll find the article in question on youtube

    It is by Lord Sumption (a former Lord Chief Justice). It has been transcribed (by Peter Hitchens) and you’ll find the text easily. The relevant piece is:

    The real problem is that when human societies lose their freedom, it’s not usually because tyrants have taken it away. It’s usually because people willingly surrender their freedom in return for protection against some external threat. And the threat is usually a real threat but usually exaggerated. That’s what I fear we are seeing now. The pressure on politicians has come from the public. They want action. They don’t pause to ask whether the action will work. They don’t ask themselves whether the cost will be worth paying. They want action anyway. And anyone who has studied history will recognise here the classic symptoms of collective hysteria.
    Hysteria is infectious. We are working ourselves up into a lather in which we exaggerate the threat and stop asking ourselves whether the cure may be worse than the disease. . . .

    … the tradition of policing in this country is that policemen are citizens in uniform. They are not members of a disciplined hierarchy operating just at the government’s command. Yet in some parts of the country the police have been trying to stop people from doing things like travelling to take exercise in the open country which are not contrary to the regulations, simply because ministers have said that they would prefer us not to. The police have no power to enforce ministers’ preferences, but only legal regulations which don’t go anything like as far as the government’s guidance. I have to say that the behaviour of the Derbyshire police in trying to shame people into using their undoubted right to take exercise in the country and wrecking beauty spots in the Fells so that people don’t want to go there, is frankly disgraceful.

    This is what a police state is like. It’s a state in which the government can issue orders or express preferences with no legal authority and the police will enforce ministers’ wishes. I have to say that most police forces have behaved in a thoroughly sensible and moderate fashion. Derbyshire Police have shamed our policing traditions. There is a natural tendency of course, and a strong temptation for the police to lose sight of their real functions and turn themselves from citizens in uniform into glorified school prefects. I think it’s really sad that the Derbyshire Police have failed to resist that.

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    1. Not sure I could do it justice, Jock. Seems that what you wrote is food for thought and stands on its own. People will eventually get furious and then what will the police do then when ordinary citizens must be policed: there are not enough of them. I think it is pushing the envelope to a breaking point where all law and order will dissolve and police will be worried to walk out on the streets in uniform. You don’t want the populace at large to turn against authority and they are setting the stage for an eventual breakdown such as this. I suppose we just have to wait and see the back and forth between the citizens and the authorities in power. Something has to give . . . and my own guess is that the authorities have no choice but to start slacking up on their draconian intervention into private lives. We might voluntarily do something from fear for a while but in the end when the panic starts wearing thin or a different panic emerges like being without a job or pay then they will have to take their power to war or they will have to relinquish it.

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      1. Jock McSporran

        Scoop – thanks for yours. Yes – you mention another angle that is very important. They do this lock-down business in order to save lives – and perhaps it achieves this in the short term.

        It will lead to unemployment – perhaps serious unemployment – and there are well established links between being unemployed and increased mortality rate – so they could well be killing off more people through their policy which is guaranteed to lead to greater unemployment.

        In Genesis 2 (this is before the fall) there are three creation ordinances. There is marriage (between one man and one woman), there is a day of rest and there is also work (on the other six days). Work is a creation ordinance, ordained by God, for our benefit – and ordained before we fell.

        So a government policy which results in unemployment is anti-Christian. It breaks the creation ordinance and it also kills people.

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      2. And as God said, “It is not good that man be alone”. Thus we have the creation of Eve and families, tribes, nations etc. following from that. It seems to go against the natural law of the makeeup of the psychology of man (as God’s Creation) to live as a family.

        Even God Himself is a family of Divine Persons (Father, Son and Holy Ghost). And we (being creations made in His image and likeness) are like created sons and daughters of more extended family . . . His Kingdom as it were. So we will be adopted into that Kingdom which is His desire if we also desire that outcome and accept Him (and all those who are His) as our adoptive family as well.

        We are made to work and socialize and to love one another. Distancing and being paid to not work does not sound like a good option for man.

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      3. You’re the mathematician and I’m only an old electric motor guy. Now when I look at the curves of the peaks) if we do nothing and the flattened curves where we do all this stuff we are now doing may have the same root-mean-square present in both bell curves only that the flattened curve spreads the cases (deaths) over a longer period of time. Am I understanding that wrong. Nobody is talking about it but it has been a puzzlement to me every time I look at the curves side by side.

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