Crazy Quote Of The Week

This one goes to the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  DNR Secretary Preston Cole is telling employees to wear face masks, even when they are at home and even if they are alone.  Really!

In a department email, Cole reminded employees that WI Gov. Evers has mandated masks indoors, unless you are at home. But Cole went even further, saying  “Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff” so that DNR staff can set an example for others.

You can’t make this stuff up.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo-A Hypocrite Of Notable Fame Even Among Politicians

A brief history of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcements on checkpoints for travelers.
March 28
Gov. Cuomo says that forcing New York citizens to quarantine and to seal the state’s borders would be a “Federal declaration of war”.
When other states starting checking travelers from New York, he went on “I don’t think it’s legal.” When Rhode Island begins to stop cars with NY plates at the border, Cuomo threatens to sue.
Aug. 5
Gov. Cuomo requires air passengers to be screened when coming from 34 other states and Puerto Rico.
New York City sets up checkpoints at bridges entering the city
Data note: New York state leads the nation in the number of deaths from Covid-19. The state with the second highest total–neighboring New Jersey-has less than half New York’s total. California has the third highest number of deaths. New York has more than three times as many deaths as California.

WHO Changes Its Story (Again)

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to flounder and lose what little credibility it  has left. It’s been under fire for the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and for helping China cover up the outbreak originally. China delayed reporting the outbreak and by doing so, helped cause the spread and subsequent lock downs worldwide. WHO also agreed with China as late as mid-January, and said that the virus could not be spread between humans.

Most recently, WHO stumbled when it released a statement saying that masks did not significantly stop the spread of the virus. The very next day, they changed their position again and said that they hadn’t changed from their original position on wearing masks.

And now WHO has gone back and changed its explanation of how it found out about the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China. It had said that Chinese authorities alerted them to the outbreak but WHO has changed its story, and now says that staff at its offices in China found out through internet reports.

So which is it? Was China forthcoming and cooperative or did they not even tell the World Health Organization there was an outbreak? We don’t know. We probably won’t ever know, because the World Health Organization changes what it says routinely. How are we ever to trust its competence and know that our money is well spent?

Voting By Mail-Seriously?

As Thinking Man mentioned in a ‘weekend quick take’, last week the Federal government announced that they had sent over a million stimulus checks (totaling roughly $1.4 B) to dead people by mistake. Yes, dead people. If that isn’t a good enough reason to realize that voting by mail is a bad idea, here is one more-a practical example where it was tried. Continue reading “Voting By Mail-Seriously?”

Weekend Quick Takes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Can’t Do Math

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week criticized several fellow governors for how they have handled the coronavirus pandemic. He specifically called out governors who he thought opened their economies too early such as in Florida.
The statistics:
• New York has roughly one-quarter of all the deaths in the country.
• New York has roughly one-fifth of all the confirmed cases in the country.
• New York has almost ten times the number of deaths as Florida, although      Florida has a population about 10% higher
• New York has more than three times the total number of cases as Florida.
• New York’s case death rate is also three times higher than Florida
• Though Florida’s population is the oldest in the country, New York has had    more nursing home deaths.

So tell me again why Gov. Cuomo’s opinion on how to handle a pandemic matters? He should probably look in the mirror if he is trying to find where the problems have been.

The US Government and Accurate Records

The US Treasury Dept. announced this week that well over a million stimulus checks, for $1.4 billion, where sent to people who were dead. THAT shows us why voting by mail is a really bad idea.

Facebook and Censorship

Mark Zuckerburg, founder and owner of Facebook has testified before Congress to account for several confirmed and alleged misdeeds. Facebook has had to pay fines more than once for sharing private data without authorization or contrary to their own guidelines. Among the other instances was a charge that it was disproportionately censoring conservative posts and comments. Zuckerburg denied the widespread charges and said there were strict guidelines used to monitor conversation on his platform.

In a recent undercover investigation, it seems that may not actually be the case. In the most blatant case, Facebook ‘content monitor’ Lara Kontakos is quoted on cell phone video saying that when she sees symbols backing certain political candidates she “deletes them for terrorism” She then turns to look at her co-workers and says “I think we are all doing that.”

(More) Do As I Say, Not As I Do

As is far too often the case, there are more people telling other people what they should be doing but then refuse to do the same things themselves. The Governor of Michigan, who extended Michigan’s ‘stay at home’ order and told people to limit non-essential travel, but then was caught when he husband called to have their boat ready to go in the water at their summer home about three hours away.

The most recent case is a judge on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Rebecca Dallet. Continue reading “(More) Do As I Say, Not As I Do”

LA Lakers, Harvard University and Others Get Government Money–and Why That Should Be An Example

We have seen natural disasters, perhaps some of us have been affected by ones in the past. However, none of us have seen anything like the current pandemic. It has been more than 100 years since we have seen a health crisis in the world like this, or any other natural disaster.

Such a tragedy could not have been foreseen. And no one would argue that the government needs to help limit the devastation as much as possible, to individuals and businesses that provide jobs but have been shut down. And the Federal government passed laws to give over $2.5 trillion in help.
A key part of that funding is help targeting small businesses who would struggle to keep from going bankrupt. But we are finding that money isn’t always going where needed or intended. Continue reading “LA Lakers, Harvard University and Others Get Government Money–and Why That Should Be An Example”