Job losses cause extreme suffering. Every 1 percent hike in the unemployment rate will likely produce a 3.3 percent increase in drug-overdose deaths and a 0.99 percent increase in suicides, according to data from the National Bureau of Economic Research and the medical journal Lancet.
These are facts based on past experience, not models. If unemployment hits 32 percent, some 77,000 Americans are likely to die from suicide and drug overdoses as a result of layoffs. Deaths of despair.
Then add the predictable deaths from alcohol abuse caused by unemployment. Health economist Michael French from the University of Miami found a “significant association between job loss” and binge drinking and alcoholism.
The impact of layoffs goes beyond suicide, drug overdosing and drinking, however. Overall, the death rate for an unemployed person is 63 percent higher than for someone with a job, according to findings in the journal Social Science & Medicine.
Now do the math: Layoff-related deaths could far outnumber the 60,400 coronavirus deaths predicted by University of Washington researchers. This comparison isn’t meant to understate the horror of the coronavirus for those who get it and their families.
But heavy-handed state edicts to close all “nonessential businesses” need to be reassessed in light of the predictable harm to the lives, livelihoods and health of the uninfected.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
I can not determine, in the short run, which is worse, the deaths caused from the shutdown or deaths from people just living their lives as normal. So, we look at what is being said in the media regarding what we are seeing or will see.
This is a youtuber who renounced his US citizenship and now discusses doing business in other countries.
This is a call to action: That the western world is expensive, taxes are high, there are a lot of risks and if you're either starting a business or investing in businesses or looking for a place to go where you're treated best, this is a reminder of what's happening in the Western World today with Ike's Sandwich Shop and many others like it.This reminds me of Carl's Junior and the issues they had with CA a number of years ago.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
This is by far the best essay written on the subject.
The idea that the worldwide lockdown of virtually every country other than Sweden may have been an enormous mistake strikes many — including world leaders; most scientists, especially health officials, doctors and epidemiologists; those who work in major news media; opinion writers in those media; and the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people who put their faith in these people — as so preposterous as to be immoral. Timothy Egan of The New York Times described Republicans who wish to enable their states to open up as "the party of death."I have known for quite some time that poverty and life expectancy were highly correlated. After a three or four weeks of this shutdown stories started coming out of people not being able to pay their rent. Stores closing probably never to open again. The extraordinary long lines at the food banks. All this led me to extrapolate that the impact to life expectancy here in the greatest of all nations could take a substantial hit. So, in essence, in a futile effort to save lives, we may have condemned probably hundreds of thousands to an early grave. God help other less developed nations.
That's the way it is today on planet Earth, where deceit, cowardice and immaturity now dominate almost all societies because the elites are deceitful, cowardly and immature.
But for those open to reading thoughts they may differ with, here is the case for why the worldwide lockdown is not only a mistake but also, possibly, the worst mistake the world has ever made. And for those intellectually challenged by the English language and/or logic, "mistake" and "evil" are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people.
The forcible prevention of Americans from doing anything except what politicians deem "essential" has led to the worst economy in American history since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe. And the consequences in much of the world will be more horrible than in America.
The United Nations World Food Programme, or the WFP, states that by the end of the year, more than 260 million people will face starvation — double last year's figures. According to WFP director David Beasley on April 21: "We could be looking at famine in about three dozen countries. ... There is also a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than from the virus itself" (italics added).I hope to God we never make this mistake again.
That would be enough to characterize the worldwide lockdown as a deathly error. But there is much more. If global GDP declines by 5%, another 147 million people could be plunged into extreme poverty, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Foreign Policy magazine reports that, according to the International Monetary Fund, the global economy will shrink by 3% in 2020, marking the biggest downturn since the Great Depression, and the U.S., the eurozone and Japan will contract by 5.9%, 7.5% and 5.2%, respectively. Meanwhile, across South Asia, as of a month ago, tens of millions were already "struggling to put food on the table." Again, all because of the lockdowns, not the virus.
In one particularly incomprehensible act, the government of India, a poor country of 1.3 billion people, locked down its people. As Quartz India reported on April 22, "Coronavirus has killed only around 700 Indians ... a small number still compared to the 450,000 TB and 10,000-odd malaria deaths recorded every year."
One of the thousands of unpaid garment workers protesting the lockdown in Bangladesh understands the situation better than almost any health official in the world: "We are starving. If we don't have food in our stomach, what's the use of observing this lockdown?" But concern for that Bangladeshi worker among the world's elites seems nonexistent
Monday, May 11, 2020
Elon Musk says 'arrest ME' after he defies coronavirus lockdown restrictions and reopens Tesla plant in California after suing local officials for ordering it to remain shut until June
Draconian edicts by the "Nation State" King/Governor and the county have crossed a line.
Elon Musk confirmed Monday that Tesla has resumed operations at its main California plant in defiance of the state's coronavirus lockdown restrictions - daring authorities to arrest him for the violation if they wish.My money is on Elon Musk.
The plant in Fremont, south of San Francisco, had been closed since March 23 in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
But early Monday evening Musk tweeted that Tesla is 'restarting production today against Alameda County rules'.
'I will be on the line with everyone else,' the CEO continued. 'If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.'
The controversial move comes as the latest salvo in an ongoing war between Musk and Alameda County, after Tesla filed a lawsuit against local officials on Saturday for ordering the the Fremont facility to shutter until June.
Friday, May 8, 2020
She felt exhausted at the end of a day she had started at her desk, in her office, at seven A.M.; a day she had broken off, uncompleted, to rush home and dress, because she had promised Jim to speak at the dinner of the New York Business Council
"They want us to give them a talk about Hydroxychloroquine," he had said. "You can do it so much better than I. It's very important that we present a good case. There's such a controversy about HCQ."
Sitting beside him in his car, she regretted that she had agreed. She looked at the streets of New York and thought of the race between the coronavirus and time, between the streets of Manhattan and the passing days. She felt as if her nerves were being pulled tight by the stillness of the car, by the guilt of wasting an evening when she could not afford to waste an hour.
"With all those attacks on Trump that one hears everywhere, " Jim said, "he might need a few friends."
She glanced at him incredulously. "You mean you want to stand by Trump?"
He did not answer at once; he asked, his voice bleak, "That report of the special committee of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — what do you think of it?"
"You know what I think of it."
"They said hydroxychloroquine is a threat to public safety. They said its chemical composition is unsound, it's brittle, it's decomposing molecularly, and it will crack suddenly, without warning . . ."
He stopped, as if begging for an answer. She did not answer. He asked anxiously, "You haven't changed your mind about it, have you?"
"About that drug - "
"No, Jim, I have not changed my mind."
"They're experts, though . . . the men on that committee. . . . Top experts . . . Chief biologists and biochemists for the biggest corporations, with a string of degrees from universities all over the country . . . ." He said it unhappily, as if he were begging her to make him doubt these men and their verdict.
She watched him, puzzled; this was not like him.
The car jerked forward. It moved slowly through a gap in a plank barrier, past the hole of a broken water main by new construction. She saw the new manufacturing facility by the excavation; the sign bore a trademark: Stockton Pharmaceuticals, Colorado. She looked away; she wished she were not reminded of Colorado.
"I can't understand it . . ." said Jim miserably. "The top experts of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. . ."
"Who's the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Jim? Anthony Fauci, isn't it?"
Jim did not turn to her, but his jaw snapped open. "If that slob thinks he can—" he started, but stopped and did not finish.
She looked up at a street lamp on the corner. It was a globe of glass filled with light. It hung, secure from storm, lighting boarded windows and cracked sidewalks, as their only guardian. At the end of the street, across the river, against the glow of a factory, she saw the thin tracing of a power station. A truck went by, hiding her view. It was the kind of truck that fed the power station— a tank truck, its bright new paint impervious to sleet, green with white letters.
"Dana, have you heard about that discussion at the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Union Workers meeting in Detroit?"
"No. What discussion?"
"It was in all the newspapers. They debated whether their members should or should not be permitted to work with the production of HCQ in this country using a toll manufacturer.
They didn't reach a decision, but that was enough for the contractor who was going to take a chance on HCQ. He cancelled his order, but fast! . . . What if . . . what if everybody decides against it?"
Two words: Corrupt. Evil.
Due to fears over continued spread of the novel coronavirus, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday the entire state will be asked to vote by mail in November.How convenient. All of CA is a huge steaming cesspool of corruption.
The governor signed an executive order that will ensure every registered vote in the state is sent an absentee ballot prior to election day, and those who choose to vote in person will have to comply with strict physical distancing measures at polling sites.
“There’s a lot of excitement around this November’s election in terms of making sure that you can conduct yourself in a safe way, and make sure your health is protected,” he said.
California is the first state in the country to enact a widespread vote-by-mail plan for November, a time top health experts fear a resurgence of the virus.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
One day in September 1987, the phone rang at the headquarters of the Volkspolizei, East Germany's police force, in the town of Döbeln, not far from Dresden. On the other end of the line was the voice of an unknown man.
"Good evening. I have some information for you. Grab a pen!"
"Ms. Marianne Schneider is traveling on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to West Berlin for a visit. She doesn't intend to return."
"And who are you?"This is a quote from Spiegel International. A nation, Communist-ruled East Germany, surveilled by the Stasi Police and their lackey informers where multiple tens thousands well over 150,000 of them watched neighbors and snitched on the stupidest and inane stuff. And all this information was written down and meticulously tracked, building dossiers on normal individuals.
"You would like to remain anonymous?"
"What is the basis for your information?"
"She said so, to her closest friends."
Then, the mysterious caller hung up. And Marianne Schneider* had a problem. Officials immediately revoked her travel permit and began monitoring her phone and mail in addition to questioning her neighbors and friends.
I recall following the slow exposure of all of this. The archives are available to anyone that wants to go back and see who snitched on you. We all thought it was absolutely appalling. We all shook our heads with disapproval. We all said "this is what happens in a Totalitarian State."
And we looked at each other nodding in agreement saying "yes! That's right! This is what happens."
Hedwig Richter, a professor at the University of Greifswald, speaks of a "stunning reporting machinery." Wide swaths of society were a part of it, she says. "There were institutionalized structures outside of the Stasi that produced daily and weekly reports." Whether in city hall, at the steel factory or inside the local farming collective: "Everyone who had a position with some measure of responsibility filed reports" for the state, Richter says.We bowed our heads and gently whispered a prayer thanking God we lived in a nation where this sort of thing would never happen. And we hoped the perpetrators of this horrendous crossing of the liberties of people either had a deep change of heart or are burning in the fires of Hell.
Since the 1989 collapse of the communist regime, thousands of these documents have been gathering dust in the archives of Eastern German states, in the former headquarters of former East German political parties and in the basements of universities and agencies. Now, though, they are being systematically analyzed by historians and have thus far revealed the degree to which permanent surveillance was a significant part of everyday life in East Germany. Eavesdropping and informing on neighbors and colleagues was completely normal for many -- even without pressure from the Stasi and its notorious leader Erich Mielke
And yet, here we are. And it is happening. People marching in Goose Step and swinging their right hand out high and pledging their fielty to The State.
They keep a look out for violators of the 6 foot rule.
Not wearing a mask?
You went outside and visited a neighbor?
YOU MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
So you pick up the phone, requesting anonymity and you rat on your neighbor. But one day, you will be exposed for the Totalitarian Government sycophants you are.
You are not the friend of free society. You are the enemy. Just like the Patriotic Communist Germans who called the Secret Police to rat on their closest friends.
I think what alarms me is how easy it was for people to become Emotionally Invested in this and think they are on the Side of Right, filled with zeal and righteousness. Or...are there maybe some who are being paid to rat on their friends and neighbors? If not here in the USA, possibly other places?
And that would be a hearty....YES!!
If your disposable income is a little lacking then there's one way to boost your earnings by £1,000. By becoming an anonymous informant for the police you will be handsomely rewarded - but only if it turns out to be correct, and leads to an arrest, charge or a conviction.
It's perfectly safe to do, as the identity of the person who puts the call in is kept safe by Crimestoppers, who then pass the information on to the police independently.
According to The Coventry Telegraph the process allows people to fight crime without being exposed to any danger or possible retaliation.
The rewards can even be picked up at banks without showing any personal ID.
But back to exposing these traitors....the exposure has already started:
A spree of social media posts this week warn that St. Louis County released the information it got from people who reported businesses in violation of the stay-at-home order.
The document, released in response to a Sunshine Law request, included names and contact information of the people making the reports. In their messages, some asked for anonymity.
Posts and comments in response to the document invited retaliation against the people who utilized the county’s inbox for tips about non-essential businesses that stayed open.
The I-Team’s PJ Randhawa talked with a woman whose tip was among those released. Patricia asked that we not use her last name, because she fears what someone might do with the information in the document.
We have entered the era STASI.....and no one seems to care.
Darkness to Light.