“Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis”

A study out of Stanford, published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information

Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis

Conclusion

The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.

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Prosecutor: Cops didn’t do their job

I told you so.

Prosecutor: Man who fatally shot 8 at FedEx facility never had ‘red flag’ hearing, even after mom warned of suicide risk
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutor: Man who fatally shot 8 at FedEx facility never had ‘red flag’ hearing, even after mom warned of suicide risk.

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“Absolutely there needs to be some intervention and absolutely the firearm needs to be taken away. … But the risk is if we move forward with that (red flag) process and lose, we have to give that firearm back to that person,” Mears said. “That’s not something we were willing to do.”

Translation: Better to get the shotgun off the street than to get the dangerous person off the street and keep him from getting another gun. You peasants are expendable. Doing our jobs is too much work.

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What AOC Just Got Wrong About the Supreme Court and Separation of Powers
Like every new member of Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pledged to uphold the Constitution when she was sworn into office. But the socialist congresswoman’s latest criticism of the Supreme Court reveals that she lacks even the most basic understanding of the document she promised to protect.

Sheesh. Almost six hundred words to say Occasionally-firing-Cortex is an idiot who hasn’t read the Constitution and doesn’t grasp the difference between a constitutional republic and an unrestrained direct democracy.

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“Assault rifles”

I was struck by the lack of identification of the weapons used by the Indy FedEx shooter, by any official source, other than “assault rifles.” News reports cite the ATF as the source of the acquisition info, so I went to them for for more details.

  1. What is the make and model of each assault rifle?
  2. Which was purchased on what date?
  3. How was it established that these were select-fire rifles?

Astonishingly, less than two hours later on a Sunday I got a response (if you’ve ever tried communicating with the ATF, you probably realize how amazing that is). Not that it helped much.

Please direct your inquiry to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Here is their email: IMPD.PublicAffairs@indy.gov .

I asked the ATF, because they’re the ones who told the press. But whatever. I sent the same questions to IMPD.

I got a response in three minutes. Not much of one, though.

None of this information is being released at this time.

I find that somewhat odd, since the sole alleged shooter is already dead and they’ve already traced the firearms. And they’ve already said they are assault rifles (yeah, right; select-fire; sure). What could be the big secret?

I asked to be sent any press releases on the subject that they may issue in the future. We’ll see.

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Just how often do .50 caliber weapons get used in crime?

This report got me to wondering about that.

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Pushes Ammo Purchase Database, .50 Caliber Rifle Ban
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is fighting gun crime in his state by calling for a database of ammunition purchasers and banning .50 caliber rifles.

So I did a quick search and discovered that the anti-rights Violence Policy Center has a list, “Criminal Use of the 50 Caliber Sniper Rifle”. It goes back to 1989, and was last updated in 2019. They list 51 cases.

51 criminal uses in 30 years doesn’t sound like much. But it’s even better.

  • Only ten cases were criminal use of a .50 cal.
  • Of those ten, one occurred in Mexico.
  • Another one was the Branch Davidians at Waco. I’d call that self defense, not criminal use.
  • All the other cases were unlawful possession, unlawful transfer, or the gun was found when the person was busted for something else; not use of the firearm.
  • One was a stashed weapon found in Canada.

But even if we take the prosecution’s argument about the Branch Davidians, we have ten criminal uses in 30 freaking years. An average of once every three years. In two countries. Let’s drop that Mexico murder (by a cop, no less); NINE cases. In thirty years.We’ve all heard how deadly .50s are, right? In the 9 US cases, we have three people wounded in two cases, and four people killed in three cases. One of those was a double murder, but it’s not really clear that the .50 that inflicted the deaths because he also used three other guns including an SKS. No casualties listed for the other four cases.

Oh, one of those terrible crimes that didn’t result in injury, fatal or otherwise? The crime was starting a wildfire by stupidly plinking with incendiary rounds. Not the sort of thing you’d expect to hear about from the VIOLENCE Policy Center, eh? But they’ve got to get those numbers up somehow, I suppose.

30 years. Three wounded. Four killed.

That definitely calls for regulation. Especially in New Jersey where… oh. Just once case in New Jersey; felon in possession, not used.

So maybe that doesn’t call for a .50 cal rifle ban, Murphy.

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“Silencers are not tools of self-defense, they are tools of murder”

Thus speaketh congresscritter Watson Coleman [Dim-NJ]. The full quote is:

“Silencers are not tools of self-defense, they are tools of murder,” said Congresswoman Watson Coleman. “They have no legal application which is why law enforcement officials around the country have been calling for their elimination. The HEAR Act will save lives and is part of the common sense approach to firearms legislation that polls show has widespread support among voters on both sides of the aisle.”

Really? Let me quote someone else. Three guesses who it is. And my regular readers probably don’t need to guess.

“Moreover, consistent with this low number of prosecution referrals, silencers are very rarely used in criminal shootings. Given the lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not be viewed as a threat to public safety necessitating NFA classification, and should be considered for reclassification under the GCA.”

Yep, the “AFT” said that back in 2017. Suppressors (the legal term is silencer, but I prefer the more accurate “suppressor”) are used very, very rarely in crime; from 1995 to 2004, there were approximately 15 cases of criminal use of a suppressor. An average of 1.5 per year.

In that study time frame, there were roughly a quarter-million suppressors registered. That would be a criminal use rate of 0.0000006%. These days, there are more than two million registered suppressors. A sane person might think that two million cases of murder-with-suppressor are something we would -ahem- “hear” about.

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I guess that’s why I don’t get the big bucks as a protocol officer

In my ignorance, I would have handled this a little differently.

It Was Worse Than We Thought: NO ONE Met Japanese Prime Minister at the White House Door Except Stationary Marine
No one met Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the door when he arrived.
The only one standing there was a stationary Marine.
[…]
Then when Vice President Kamala was sent down to greet the Japanese Prime Minister she spent more than a full minute trashing the US as a violent place as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stood next to her waiting to be introduced.

I’d have stupidly had VP Harris meet the Prime Minister of a friendly nation at the door. Then I’d have the President do the formal introduction and photo op with the first foreign leader to come to the White House. And any remarks — probably post-introduction — would have been benign mention of our nation’s friendly relations. And I suppose I’m a complete idiot, because I would have entirely skipped trashing my own country.

To clarify, in my ignorance I would have thought that not having some official of high “station” meet the PM at the door was a slap in the face.

Having the intro/photo op with the VP, not the Prez could send multiple messages.

1. The Prez doesn’t think the PM is important enough to waste his time on.
2. The Prez is rebuking Japan for some slight.
3. The handlers know it looks bad, but acknowledging that the Prez is dysfunctional is less damaging than whatever might shoot out of Biden’s mouth.

But international relations and high level diplomatic protocol isn’t my thing. I just don’t get the big picture.

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Let’s take another look at headlines… and WTF?

So they should have seen this coming?

The gunman, who after murdering 8 people committed suicide, was flagged by a family member to law enforcement before the attack took place.
[…]

Authorities were warned about FedEx suspect’s potential for violence in the past, wrote one CNN journalist on Twitter.

He continued by saying, “the suspect in the Indianapolis mass shooting was known to federal and local authorities prior to the attack.”

It’s CNN, so take it with a grain of salt. But it wouldn’t exactly the be first time local and feddie LE blew off warnings about a mass shooter-to-be. And yes, Indiana has a “red flag” law.

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