The Covid containment sham

There’s a very informative Substack called Eugyppius: a plague chronicle. A few days back he asked his readers the following question, “What convinced you containment was a sham?” This was my response.

I knew immediately we couldn’t “contain” this virus and that only bad outcomes could come from our attempts to do so. On March 17, 2020, the second day I was working from home, I began to feel like something was not right. My degree is in economics though I work in advertising, but my background made me think that the putting the brakes on global economic activity would be catastrophic, not just for people’s bank accounts but generally. That day, I posted the following on Facebook:

Given my background and what I do for a living (which involves looking at a lot of consumer data), I started looking at reports from different geographies. Not just news reports but also data. It became clear to me almost immediately that

1: the infection fatality rate was much lower than what the media was reporting and the models were showing,

2: Only a fraction of the population was at real risk from serious covid illness,

3: that locking down Alabama because NYC hospitals were overwhelmed made no sense,

4: that the virus seemed to be spreading regardless of the draconian measures being taken,

5: that it was much easier for politicians to push people around and pretend to be doing something than actually controlling the spread of the virus,

6: that the American left and the news media were using the pandemic as a club with which to bludgeon a president that seemed to be cruising toward re-election prior to the coronavirus.

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Reuters FFS

Not only is Reuters Cuba bureau chief, Marc Frank, a former “journalist” for the official newspaper of Communist Party USA, but look at the caption on this photo in this article about circumventing censorship in Cuba.

People hold Cuba’s national flag during protests against and in support of the government, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Havana, Cuba July 11, 2021.

Are you kidding me? Not mentioned anywhere in the article: “dictatorship”.


Some thoughts on the current uprising in Cuba

In no particular order:

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There will be NO MILITARY INTERVENTION in Cuba. For those of you who are calling upon the US government or the UN (ha!) to intervene militarily in Cuba, it’s not going to happen. For one thing, we have a President who belongs to the American political party that is increasingly sympathetic to the communist regime. Even if the President were a Republican, there would be no military intervention. The hope of such an intervention is counterproductive and generations of Cubans, on the island and off, have deluded themselves thinking that Cuba would be rescued by outside forces. The reality is that the responsibility for throwing off the yoke of the regime falls solely on Cubans on the island. Fortunately, it’s possible. We’ve seen it in Eastern Europe. None of those regimes fell because of outside military intervention.

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The Cuban populace should use the same destabilizing tactics that leftist mobs use in the US and around the world. Antifa is a plague on our country. For more than a year they have terrorized Portland, making it a veritable war zone. Read Andy Ngo’s book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy for details, but in simple terms, Cubans should dress in black or unidentifiable clothes, wear masks, put on whatever protective gear they might have such as motorcycle helmets and arm themselves with stones (plenty available in crumbling Cuba) and clubs. They should execute their protests under the cover of night, barricading streets, setting fire to government buildings, especially police stations and terrorize the CDR neighborhood spies that have repressed them for years. They should also sabotage the TV and radio transmission towers and facilities in Cuba.

Cubans in Miami talk of boating to island to back protests

Cubans outside of the island have a role too. We should be posting on social media, gathering in support of our brothers and sisters on the island, not letting this moment pass and not letting people forget what’s going on. We should, of course, also be praying.

We should not be blocking streets and highways. There are three types of people: those who sympathize with us, those who MIGHT sympathize with us and those who will never sympathize with us. We don’t have to worry about the first or the third groups, but, we will never gain sympathy from the second group by blocking traffic. Keeping a mom from getting home to her kids doesn’t help anyone in Cuba and doesn’t win us any friends. Also, Florida’s legislature recently passed a law, signed by our great governor, Ron DeSantis, that prohibits this type of demonstration. Let’s not be hypocrites by using the same form of protest that we don’t appreciate when the cause is one we don’t support.

Don’t send money or goods to Cuba. We’ve been saying it for years. While wanting to help your families is understandable, these types of remittances have been enriching the regime that represses them for decades. The reason people are out in the streets protesting is largely because of the dissatisfaction lack of basic goods and services that is endemic to the communist form of government. Sorry.

The New York Times is and has been an abomination

Reading a post by Mark Judge, a childhood friend of Brett Kavanaugh who was caught up in the slanderous confirmation hearings of that Supreme Court Justice and he credits Mollie Hemingway for blowing up a book written by two Times “journalists” that sought to continue the lies.

The interesting part of the post to me was Judge’s mention of the book, The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times’s Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History. He describes how the book goes into detail on such things as how Times “journalist” Walter Duranty was actually a propagandist for Stalin’s Soviet Union and how the Times promoted a coup in South Vietnam.

I was surprised that he didn’t mention Herbert Matthews, another Times “journalist” who was basically Fidel Castro’s Walter Duranty. You can read more about him in, The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times.

Oh well, I guess it’s hard to call out every disgusting act the Times has committed over its long history.

YouTube erases video of Florida Governor’s COVID round table

While the mainstream press happily employs communists, big tech happily censors democratically elected politicians and respected scientists.

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Via the Wall Street Journal:

[YouTube] has taken down a video of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holding a policy discussion with Dr. Atlas and the three creators of the Great Barrington Declaration, a group of physicians and scientists critical of strict lockdowns to fight the coronavirus.

In the hour-and-forty-five minute video, Mr. DeSantis and the four panelists lambaste the U.S. coronavirus response as excessively draconian and ineffective. They emphasize unintended public-health harms from lockdowns and school closures, criticize mask mandates and generally celebrate Florida’s response.

NYT Journo worked for Chinese Communist Party

Via our old friend Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, we learn from The National Pulse that a New York Times Journalist named Jonah Kessel openly tweeted about having worked for the PRC.. Kessel had tweeted more than 23,000 times but now his account has zero.

A sampling of tweets from Kessel

This isn’t the first time that a “mainstream” journalist has worked for a communist party before. The longtime head of Reuters Cuba bureau, Mark Frank, penned over 1000 articles for the People’s Daily World, a Communist Party USA publication.

You see, if you’re working for Reuters or the New York Times it’s okay to have worked the Chinese Communist Party or Communist Party USA but God forbid you are an El Nuevo Herald Freelancer or a talk radio host and moonlight for Radio Martí, a US government broadcaster that is like The Voice of America and which tries to get uncensored news and information into Cuba, If you’re one of those you get a sloppy “exposé” written about you and get fired. Read all about the Martí Moonlighters scandal and how it ruined careers, including that of the Miami Herald’s asshat editor at the time, Tom Fiedler, at Herald Watch.

AP: When life doesn’t give Cubans lemons, they make something other than lemonade

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It’s obvious that the journalistic profession has deteriorated rapidly over the last years. Coverage of Cuba was a canary in a coal mine, though. For decades we’ve had international news organizations with bureaus in Cuba despite closing bureaus in far more important and consequential Latin American countries. And the thing is that these Cuba bureaus report no real news. They report weekly “human interest stories”. These are light reading puff pieces that whitewash the Castro regime. Case in point, the AP’s latest story about how the internet helps Cuban cooks improvise when they (frequently) don’t have ingredients to make desired foods. These Cubans are so ingenious!

Can’t find the ingredients you want? No problem: Yuliet Colón will help you whip up a dessert using the eggs you ran across, swap pork for the ground chicken in that recipe, even peanuts for beans in your Cuban-style rice.

She’s among a number of Cubans who, with more ingenuity than resources, help their compatriots cope with shortages exacerbated by the new coronavirus pandemic with Facebook posts of culinary creations designed around what they’re actually likely to find at the market or with government rations.

Yeah, don’t worry about trying to change the situation that led to the shortages and rationing in the first place, just improvise and be happy!

“I love Master Chef Spain, but where do I get liquid nitrogen in this country?” joked Colón, a 39-year-old mother of two and one of the creators of the Facebook page, ”Recipes from the Heart.”

Oh these Cubans, with their sense of humor, always joking around. Look, they watch TV from Spain and have access to Facebook!

These days, Cuban household staples come and go without warning. When toothpaste appears, deodorant disappears, and when it returns, soap and the toilet paper have vanished. The same is true for rice, beans, milk, cheese, onions, tomato and or garlic. Fruit has not been seen for weeks.

What’s this? Some accidental reporting? But wait, “these days”? Does 61+ plus years qualify as “these days”?

The Facebook page is an internet-era democratization of earlier efforts to help Cubans make due [sic] in hard times, notably following the collapse of the Soviet Union, which devastated the economy of its Caribbean ally in the early 1990s. 

Did this “journalist” mean “make do”? Good to know that Facebook is more than just. a censor of free thought in free countries. It’s “democratizing” enslaved ones, or so the Associated Press would have you believe.

They’ve also helped make authorities more accountable in some cases — as when a state factory distributed croquettes that cooks complained seemed to explode when put in oil and authorities responded with explanations in the local press.

Exploding government-made croquetas! The worker’s paradise! Good thing Facebook was there to save the day.

What MLB values?

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Great column today in the Washington Post by Marc Thiessen. It’s about the hypocrisy of Major League Baseball, demonstrated by the moving of baseball’s All-Star Game from Georgia to Colorado because Georgia’s duly elected legislature passed an election reform law that leftists aren’t happy about because it curtails their ability to stuff the ballot boxes as they’ve done in the past.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced last Friday that “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft” away from Atlanta. Apparently, Georgia’s new election law…

But apparently it wasn’t a violation of baseball’s values to hold an exhibition game in 2016 in Havana between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team. In an interview with ESPN during that game, Manfred exulted how Cuba is “a place where we would want to play regularly” and that “at a minimum” he’d like to start playing regular-season games in Havana, and eventually have an MLB team based on the Communist island…

It didn’t seem to bother Manfred that Cuba has long been home to one of the world’s most brutal and repressive dictatorships…

Well, according to the State Department’s human rights report released last month, “Cuba remains a one-party system in which the Communist Party is the only legal political party,” voting is “neither free nor fair nor competitive” and “specialized units of the [Ministry of Interior’s] state security branch are responsible for monitoring, infiltrating, and suppressing independent political activity.” The regime engages in “extrajudicial killings, by the government; forced disappearance by the government; torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of political dissidents, detainees, and prisoners by security forces; … [and] arbitrary arrests and detentions.”

MLB values, indeed.