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In The News for Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Posted Apr 20 2021 8:09AM

·       Sean McMeekin has written a new book, Stalin’s War: A New History of World War II. It looks to shed new light on some of the things that happened in WWII that were not possible to investigate until the Russian files were opened. Here is a synopsis in the author’s words. It casts a lot of things in a new light.

·       Fighting COVID? It Just Didn’t Matter. I’ve argued this from day one, and now the evidence seems clear.

Prior to 2020, I don’t believe it had ever been suggested that a government could “fight” a virus. But in 2020, lots of governments tried–the feds and every state, in one way or another. We saw catastrophically destructive shutdowns, as governments around the world and here in the U.S. claimed that they could fine-tune virus transmission by destroying businesses and ordering citizens to stay home or congregate only in small groups. And we saw mask mandates come and go in most U.S. jurisdictions. These mandates were less destructive but comically ineffective.

If you spend a little time with CDC’s interactive maps, the conclusion seems blindingly obvious: measures taken by the states to “fight” the Wuhan virus, something that was never deemed possible before last year, imposed enormous costs but have made little or no difference in the end. The smart states were the ones the press hated, that recommended common-sense measures to protect those most at risk but didn’t impose catastrophic damages on their citizens in a futile effort to stop a virus from spreading through the population.

·       Take The Damn Mask Off!  How about this for a symbol? How about if we all declare ourselves free from the nonsense, take off our masks, and get back to  in normal life?

·       From Australia a show called Outsiders. This six-minute excerpt[JW1]  features John Hinderaker of Powerline. It is about the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis and the current state of lawlessness in the city. It is a sad state of affairs.

·       As the saying goes, if it weren’t for double standards, she’d have no standards at all.

·       Judge in Chauvin trial says Maxine Water’s comments ‘may result in whole trial being overturned.’ I’d like a good explanation why she shouldn’t be arrested for inciting a riot and precipitating a drive-by shooting of two National Guardsmen.

·       What the heck? AOC maskless and rummaging through trash in Garfield Park?[JW2] 

·       Walter Mondale, RIP. A very interesting story of his vice presidency under the feckless Jimmie Carter.

·       As the old saying goes, You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.