Monday, May 4, 2020

Victor Davis Hanson and “Southern Racism”

The political structure in the United States is often portrayed by the media and its guests via a histrionic history of federalism. However, it seems, no historian or commentator can speak without referencing Southern (and only Southern) racism. And history is always linked, era to era, as Conservative vs Liberal vs Southern. It is often linked as Republican versus Democrats vs Southern Democrat and/or Southern Republicans. This is a philosophical catch-all. This “catch-all” wants Southern votes but not conservative philosophy. No Neo-Confederates allowed–whatever that is–according to Victor Davis Hanson.

Hanson’s is possibly the most vocal voice of histrionics hidden behind history in his affected ivory tower of Stanford lore.

Why Vietnam isn’t talking about 1968

 Why do historians, educators and anti-war groups in the U.S. and ...

HANOI, Vietnam — Ngoc Dai, a 23-year-old soldier in the People’s Army of Vietnam, was fighting the Americans near the besieged Khe Sanh combat base when his unit received elating orders. They were to emerge from the jungle, “liberate” the old imperial capital of Hue in central Vietnam and stir up a nationwide popular uprising. It was January 30, 1968, three years after President Lyndon B. Johnson had ordered 125,000 American troops to Vietnam to ward off a Communist takeover of the south, and the rest of Southeast Asia. Dai and his comrades saw things differently: With nationalistic pride, they were on a mission to reunify Vietnam, launching the surprise assault on South Vietnamese and American troops now known as the Tet Offensive.

“The revenge deep inside the northern soldiers was so big,” Dai, 73, said in an interview at his Hanoi home in January. “All the soldiers believed we could liberate all the country.”

Nguyen Qui Duc, only 9 years old at the time, has a very different memory of early 1968. Duc was visiting family for the Lunar New Year, known as Tet, Vietnam’s most important holiday. His father was a regional governor attempting to maintain a semblance of normalcy in South Vietnam as the war raged. A ceasefire was in place for Tet, with much of the South Vietnamese military on leave. It was meant to be a joyous week providing a reprieve from the war. But while sleeping in his grandfather’s house, Duc was awakened around 1 a.m. by gunshots. The soldiers assigned to protect the family had vanished, with men speaking in the distinctive northern Vietnamese accent closing in.


Hospitals are paid more for Medicare patients confirmed or presumed to have coronavirus


If a Medicare patient is diagnosed with – or even presumed to have contracted — coronavirus, hospitals across the United States are given more money from the federal government to treat that patient, economic assessments show. That amount can as much as triple if the patient requires a ventilator, making some wonder whether there is a financial impetus to overstate coronavirus numbers, with others calling such potential abuse “unlikely.”

The Economy in the Last Three weeks

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Dated: Thirteen Yards in One Second: Why You Can Never Outrun a Charging Bear

Via Dan


It seems like every spring here in Alaska, we are faced with stark reminders of how dangerous bears can be. Especially in the spring, after a winter of not really having to worry about it, we can get really complacent. It’s been a somewhat early spring here this year, and already there have been at least two confirmed maulings by either grizzlies or brown bears.

Even though I am in bear country frequently, and have had several close encounters, I also get complacent, because I know the chances are slim that I'll be attacked when I’m unprepared. The unfortunate fact about bear attacks though, is that if we knew they were going to happen, they wouldn’t.

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Rem 870, M16A1, & The Shannon Street Massacre


On January 12, 1983, on a cluttered street in Memphis, Tennessee, an off-duty police officer happened upon a purse snatching. Unable to apprehend the criminal, the officer did, however, recognize the suspect. The cop subsequently drove to the man’s home in the company of two other patrolmen. Finding the house empty the officers actually contacted the suspect but were unable to understand him on the phone. They subsequently gave up, filed a report, and called it a day.

At the time the suspect in the purse snatching was at another house in North Memphis along with thirteen other African American males. These men had spent the day smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. They were all members of a nameless religious cult led by a 49-year-old mental patient named Lindberg Sanders.

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North Carolina Covid-19 Statistics—important perspective and questions

Via Mike

NC coronavirus update April 29: Wake County expected to announce ...

Compilation and Comments by Mike Scruggs

As of the above date, North Carolina had 11,694 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus. Of these, 422 had died. There were 475 still hospitalized. The number tested has risen to 143,875.        

The state has 3,018 ventilators, of which 661 were in use for coronavirus or other medical uses on May 3.  

The top seven counties in coronavirus deaths are not necessarily what would be expected on the basis of population alone.   Here are the top seven:

Mecklenburg   49

Guildford         31

Rowan             24

 Durham           22

Henderson      21

Wake               19

Franklin         19

My own county of Johnston, which borders Wake, had 14 deaths. Buncombe County has had only 4 deaths.

The population of North Carolina was estimated to be 10,448,000 on July 1, 2019.

Eighty-seven percent of 422 deaths in NC were age 65 or over. Approximately 16.1 percent of North Carolina’s population is 65 or over, numbering about 1,710,000 people. To put this in important perspective, the 367 people 65 or over killed by the coronavirus represents only 0.02 percent of that number.

Quarantining healthy older people would be incredibly stupid.

Fifty-seven percent of coronavirus deaths were male and 42 percent female and one percent unknown.

The most serious problem is in nursing homes and other resident care institutions. Of 422 coronavirus deaths in North Carolina, 198 have been in nursing homes, a whopping 47 percent. If we add 36 deaths in other adult resident care facilities, that bring the total to 234, or over 55 percent of the deaths.

Race and ethnic group show an over-representation of African-Americans , Hispanics, and “others “ not classified as white. African-Americans were 37 percent of the total coronavirus deaths versus 22 percent of the population. Hispanics numbered 19 percent of coronavirus deaths versus only 9 percent of the population.  The “other” category was not defined but made up 7 percent of the deaths. This includes Asians, Native Americans, and probably mixed race, and those who declined to answer.   Asians and Native Americans total about 5 percent of North Carolina’s population.

Most of these statistics were drawn from NCDHHS Covid-19 North Carolina dashboard.

These statistics and their possible remedies need to be weighed against significant economic, social, and other healthcare consequences affecting the people of North Carolina

~~Mike Scruggs
as of 11 AM,  Sunday, May 3, 2019

Tearful Nurse Blows Whistle on New York Hospitals ‘Murdering’ COVID Patients With ‘Complete Medical Mismanagement’


A Nevada nurse who travelled to New York to help treat COVID-19 patients has posted a tearful Facebook Live video claiming that patients are not dying from the virus, but are being “murdered” by “gross negligence and complete medical mismanagement.”

Nicole Sirotek, a nurse from Elko, Nevada, was assigned to two different hospitals in New York City.
“I am literally telling you that they are murdering these people,” Sirotek says in the terrifying video.

News agency sues U.S. government for Fauci's coronavirus communications


'Could have done a lot more to prevent or reduce this catastrophe'

The Daily Caller News Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on Monday through government watchdog group Judicial Watch against the Department of Health and Human Services for communications regarding the World Health Organization, the Chinese government, and the novel coronavirus.

The lawsuit seeks the communications of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. H. Clifford Lane, the director and deputy director, respectively, of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci is the top scientist on the White House coronavirus task force. Lane was the U.S. government’s top official on a WHO-sponsored fact-finding mission to China in February. World health officials investigated the origins of the coronavirus outbreak and monitored the Chinese government’s response to the pandemic.

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