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Tucker Carlson on New York Post calling for end to lockdown

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New York Post cover for May 21, 2020
New York Post columnist David Marcus called out the risks of keeping New York City locked-down.

Comment: It's good to see the Controllers getting some pushback from national elites, but unfortunately it seems that nothing will convince them to change course.

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Facebook further restricts PragerU's page, limits the reach of its posts after disputed fact-check

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Facebook's fact checkers have been accused of bias and using the feature as a censorship tool.

Over the last couple of months, Facebook's fact checkers have made a series of controversial and erroneous decisions which have resulted in genuine posts being hidden behind a "False Information" notice.

And now, another disputed Facebook fact check has resulted in digital education platform PragerU having its Facebook page restricted and the reach of its posts reduced.

Facebook claims it is restricting PragerU's page for "repeated sharing of false news."

Comment: The Facebook "fact-checkers" are fast losing credibility:

PragerU seems to have come in for special treatment lately on social media. Their stance on climate change and conservative political views seem to be the problem:

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Death by lockdown: Nursing home deaths account for 70% of Ohio's overall total

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Nursing home residents continue to make up the vast majority of coronavirus-related deaths in Ohio, according to new Department of Health statistics.

At least 1,246 residents of Ohio's long-term care facilities have died as of Wednesday from the virus, or about 70% of the total COVID-19 deaths statewide, the data show.

As nursing home fatalities continue to rise, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has promised a plan to ramp up testing in long-term care facilities, including the deployment of 14 teams of Ohio National Guard members to assist with the testing.

The nursing home death toll includes 877 reported since mid-April in facilities identified in 38 counties. Those are on top of the deaths of 369 residents who died earlier when Ohio recorded only whether an individual had been in a nursing home.

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Washington officials admit to counting GUNSHOT DEATHS in Covid-19 tally, say virus death toll likely underreported despite lapses

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Epidemiologists with the Washington State Department of Health believe COVID-19-related deaths are likely being undercounted in Washington.

In a virtual briefing with reporters Thursday, DOH officials said tracking COVID-19 death data is not an easy task.

"There are a number of nuances to the data that we report and often it is very difficult - especially quickly - to make an assessment on the cause of death," said Dr. Katie Hutchison, Health Statistics Manager for the Washington State Department of Health.

The state's current COVID-19 death count includes anyone that's tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

"We currently do have some deaths that are being reported that are clearly from other causes. We have about 5 deaths less than 5 deaths that we know of that are related to obvious other causes. In this case, they are from gunshot wounds," Hutchison said.


Oregon ballot scandal: Hundreds of Republican ballots changed to "non-partisan", denying GOP voters right to participate in primary

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Disturbing news is coming out of Oregon, as hundreds of people are reporting that their voter registration was switched from Republican to non affiliated without their knowledge or permission.

Oregon is entirely vote-by-mail, and ballots were sent out in the last week of April, and due this Tuesday at 8:00 PM. Many were shocked to open their ballot to find that they were no longer with the party they thought they were with, and they received non partisan ballots. As Oregon is a closed primary state, this effectively denies these people the right to vote in the party's primary that they thought they were registered as.

This is only reportedly happening to folks who were registered as Republican.


Top Oxford scientist: Covid-19 pandemic practically over, we already have herd immunity

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The UK government was one of many that reacted to the coronavirus outbreak based on worst-case scenario predictions. But the author of an alternative model has restated her position, saying the virus is already "on its way out."

Sunetra Gupta is a professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Back in March, before the UK's lockdown, she and her team published a study suggesting that the coronavirus may have infected 50% of the British population back in early March, before the lockdown measures were put in place. The model concluded that continuing on a path toward herd immunity would be the most sensible course of action.

Boris Johnson's government originally chose to aim for a model like Prof. Gupta's, just as those notorious irrational hotheads the Swedes were. It soon, however, gave in to public (read: Twitter) pressure. Boris called in that professional harbinger of doom, Imperial College's Neil Ferguson, instead.

A tale of two models

Prof. Ferguson's model was nothing short of apocalyptic, featuring as it did half a million dead, and bodies piled up in car parks outside hospitals - everything but a yawning crevice in the ground and satyrs raining hell from the sky. So stark was the warning that he seemed to take it to heart, deciding to treasure a few moments with his married mistress while he could. For this small indulgence, he was eventually forced to resign from his post. But his thinking informs the government's coronavirus policy to this day.

Prof. Gupta's model, on the other hand, predicted that just 1 in 1,000 of those infected with Covid-19 would need to go to hospital, and possibly an order of magnitude less. This would have placed the true mortality rate at 0.1% or lower, something much more like the flu and much less like a Hollywood disaster movie. Today, almost two months on, the problem with all of this is pretty much the same as it was then: we just don't have enough information.


For tone-deaf feminists it doesn't matter that Covid-19 kills almost twice as many men, because 'women bear the emotional brunt'

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Feminists on the frontline of gender politics have seized on a poll they helped publish to push their agenda to the fore in a crisis that has wrecked everyone's economies and lives. Disproportionate male deaths got a side note.

A new poll by IPSOS Mori declares that UK women are bearing the emotional brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. Fair point, but is it sexist to mention that it's men who actually die more?

In fact, men are almost twice as likely as women to die from the coronavirus, but women, as the study has found, are about 15 to 20 percent more worried about various other aspects of the pandemic.

I get it. The poll was published in conjunction with the Fawcett Society, named for the iconic suffragette Millicent Fawcett, so with a touch of cynicism you'll see the goal here.


Computer modelling for Covid-19 was FATALLY flawed. And climate change models are EVEN WORSE

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The parallels between coronavirus and climate change are striking. Pandemic models exaggerated the danger and insisted we must lockdown societies. Climate change models are being similarly distorted to demand zero emissions.

Covid-19 has provoked an enormous debate about the virtues of computer modelling. The scary numbers published by Professor Neil Ferguson's team in mid-March had an enormous impact on the lockdown policy in the UK and were influential around the world.

Ferguson's team suggested 500,000 people could die in the UK without government intervention. Even the original policy of isolating possible cases and members of the same household, along with advice on handwashing, would have led to 250,000 deaths - or so the models claimed.


Sorry, Western feminists, but women want to be women: In gender-equal societies females diverge from males even more

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A major study of almost 350,000 people in 48 countries shows that sex differences in personality are higher in countries with higher levels of gender equality. The feminists were wrong again - they ignore biology at their peril.

Personality studies are one of the more fascinating fields of modern psychology. They are not, however, a very 'woke' one. These studies often find that women are higher in traits like Neuroticism and Agreeableness than men; traits which may impact on career earnings. Pointing this fact out was what got James Damore, author of the fabled 'Google memo', in so much trouble back in 2017.

Comment: Jordan Peterson also took a lot of heat from postmodern feminists and SJW-types for pointing out the same inherent personality differences that men and women have.

And a new study published in the Journal of Personality, entitled: 'Sex Differences in HEXACO Personality Characteristics Across Countries and Ethnicities', is the latest to make for awkward reading for postmodern university professors, militant feminists, and others who would deny the facts of life. This study used a six-trait model known as HEXACO, which stands for: Honesty-Humility, Emotionality, eXtraversion, Agreeableness (versus Anger), Conscientiousness, and Openness to Experience.


Government scientific adviser says Britain's two metre social distancing rule is unnecessary and based on 'very fragile' evidence

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One of the top scientific advisers to the British Government said the two metre (6'6") social distancing rule is based on 'very fragile' evidence.

People in the UK have been urged to stay at least 2m, or six-and-a-half feet, away from anyone who they don't live with, to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19.

But the distance may be a non-scientific estimate that just caught on in countries around the world, as top researchers say there is not solid evidence to back it up.

Other nations have cut their rules down to a 1m gap, which advocates say could help businesses get back to work faster and help to kick-start the economy.