The Overblown COVID-19 Pandemic

As a retired marketing executive, I have a strong background in statics. In fact, I Aced my college stats class and used what I learned extensively in later years.

I find it interesting that the mainstream media and Progressive Left constantly use scare tactics to coerce people into getting vaccinated by reporting large numbers that are exaggerated and for the most meaningless.

What really counts is how many people actually got COVID-19 and how many of them died as a result, keeping in mind:

  • Many people acquired COVID and recovered but showed no symptoms, so we will never really know how many people actually had it to use for a data point.
  • It is now common knowledge that the approved tests to determine if individuals have COVID were oversampled which resulted in false positives. In fact, the CDC has inadvertently admitted this because it is now changing the rules on how many cycles are done for a positive rating, downward, because they want to send a message that the vaccinations are working and want fewer new cases reported. So again will never really know how many people actually had it to use for a data point.
  • While other countries have more realistic guidelines for determining actual deaths from COVID, the U.S. counts COVID as the reason if the person who died tested positive for COVID, regardless of other factors, such as heart disease, cancer, etc.

Based on current numbers taken from the Coronavirus Dashboard on 5-14-21, there have been 331,626,464 confirmed cased in the United States to date. They always report new and existing local and national numbers, along with whether they are rising or falling, but when they do report related deaths, they fail to compare the percent to the total. Don’t you think that might be important!

They are not reporting that because it shows that this supposed pandemic is a total farce and the disastrous shutdown of our economy was a very bad idea.

As you can see from the numbers below the U.S. reportedly has had 331,626,464 confirmed cases to date which resulted in 598,583 deaths, or an average death rate to the population of .18%. Look carefully, that is NOT 18 percent or even 1.8 percent, but rather .18 percent. If you falsely assume that the reported “Confirmed Case” numbers are correct the National death rate to confirmed cases equates to 1.78 percent which is a much higher rate but totally bogus because we will never know the total number of people who actually acquired COVID-19 because so many that got it showed few or now symptoms. I’m probably one of them because I had what appeared to be a bad cold with a 102-degree temperature, with 8 of the 11 COVID symptoms, but my symptoms resided in about 4-days, not the typical 7-10 days of a regular cold.

I feel sorry for the people who died, but numbers like this don’t support what has been done to America by mindless government employees and politicians with an agenda that is not in the best interest of the public.

During the 2018–2019 influenza season the CDC estimates that common influenza was associated with more than 35,500,000 million illnesses, 490,600 hospitalizations, and approximately 34,200 deaths, which equates to a death rate of about .01 percent. The 1957 Asian Flue resulted in ~116,000 US deaths or a .068 percent death rate. COVID is clearly much more serious, but our total lockdown response was still way overblown.

Here are the numbers, decide for yourself.

For those of you with EXCEL skills that want to do some sorting on your own, here is the spreadsheet I used.

 

The Sad Future of Law Enforcement

One of our daughters is married to a retired police Sargeant. I know she was relieved when he finally retired because much of what is described below is well known to her. As you read it, you will probably come to the conclusion that the author is a pretty smart guy and writes well. That shouldn’t be a surprise because it is not uncommon for police officers, especially those that are moving up, to have advanced degrees and special training. The Cop in our family has a Master’s Degree.

Our good friends and neighbors have a son who is a Sargeant in the department our daughters’ husband retired from and their daughter is married to a corporal that works there. Also, I have gone on many a “ride-along” over the years and rubbed elbows with quite a few police officers.

All in all, they are great people……….. as long as you are not a criminal.

The letter below was written by a former police officer that finally had enough. Take heart at what he has to say because these “Officers of the Law” are the only thing standing between the criminal element and law-abiding citizens.

All In

The Future of Law Enforcement

I served in the United States Army, was trained at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg deployed to Afghanistan and exchanged small arms fire with the Mujahideen. When I was not on patrol, we regularly took the kind of accurate rocket and mortar fire which would later go on to kill my war buddy Shawn Walsh.

I eventually found my calling as a Police Officer and I was the perfect candidate. I have had an excellent career, developed an outstanding reputation, my rookie photos were on my Department’s hiring page twice. I have been decorated, trained recruits at the academy, and was a Field Training Officer on the streets.

My thoughts and feelings regarding humanity went viral when I wrote Shopping Cart Theory. This carver of national and public service culminated in me being offered the prestigious position of Traffic Officer. I would have gone on to receive my own take-home police BMW motorcycle, some of the best motorcycle driving training in the entire world, and a well­paying position which would have easily put my income into the six figures. Comparable or better than the salaries of most Police Chiefs and Sheriffs in the United States, the very pinnacle of the Law Enforcement profession.

I turned down the offer.

I quit.

In the wake of the hundred or so calls and texts from coworkers congratulating and bemoaning the loss of a Good Cop I assess my decision as my final shift approaches.

The writing on the wall becomes clearer every day. The job has been murdered. Stabbed to death on a call. Bleeding out waiting for backup that Is not coming.

Hiring freezes which swept us in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis mean many Officers across the country are already eligible for retirement or will be within the next few years. My department has been playing catch up trying to rebuild the ranks as long as I have been there.

The hiring process for law enforcement can take from three months to a year, then the average academy length is half a year, and after that is usually another half a year of Field Training with more experienced Officers showing them the ropes. This produces a rookie Officer who is sometimes solo capable but will not truly be prepared to take on all the job has to throw at them until they have been on their own for a year. The total time from the date of application to hopefully having a competent Officer Is about three years.

An Officer who decides they want out can be gone in as little as half a day. The increase in academy class sizes necessary to stem this hemorrhaging manpower would be massive and beyond the capabilities of almost every department in the country.

The training and work demands foisted onto Officers are incredible. Physical fitness, already rare in our obese nation. Legal expertise at every level of the criminal and civil system. Expert marksmanship on-demand in any condition. Hand to hand fighting skills capable of subduing opponents without looking too rough on camera. The ability to drive a vehicle constantly, sometimes at high speeds through an urban area. Experience in investigating and making a legal case that will convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt the Suspect is guilty in a system that becomes more Byzantine. It has fallen on Law Enforcement to be medical experts in what is by and large the non­criminal act of being mentally ill.

Officers are expected to be masters of dialogue, adult and juvenile psychology, as well as their area. Capable of making decisions that are so “fair” as to be the envy of King Solomon. When Qualified Immunity is eroded, they will be expected to carry their own liability insurance as Doctors do. Except Officers are not going to be paid as Doctors, they are going to continue to be paid comparable to a certified forklift driver.

They need to have the mental fortitude to endure continuous exposure to traumatic events. They will see substance addiction, sexual enslavement, human misery, grotesque mutilation, violent rape, lonely suicide, and brutal murder. My dead baby call stands alone as the single worst experience of my entire life. They will be physically attacked and maybe murdered. They will endure constant judgment, both internally and externally. Their life before, after, outside, and within the profession scrutinized. Constantly inundated with criticism, the noise is deafening.

Every traffic stop, every call for service, every second an Officer is wearing the uniform they are taking all their chips, their home, their car, their family, everything they have and they are putting it on the poker table. They are going all in. Every single hand. Playing what they are dealt. Over and over and over. From day one on the street until they cash out. If by some miracle they make it to retirement what is their typical reward? Death by heart disease at age 57. For what? A department that does not care about the Officer in the slightest and will gladly sacrifice them for “the bigger picture”? The Public? Their opinion of Officers changes with the wind if it was ever positive, to begin with. How can anyone with concrete concerns for the welfare of themselves and their family rationally decide to risk these precious things for the nebulous idea of the good of a largely uncaring mass of strangers?

My advice to my fellow Officers is simple: The best thing you can do to take care of yourself and your family is to walk away from the table before the dealer decides to clean you out.

If you have the skillset to be successful in this profession you will be successful outside of it. You will have as much or greater security for your family than whatever you are gambling in an environment of self-destructive risk.

Get out of the Job before you die trying to arrest some criminal the County Prosecutor was never going to file charges on anyway and the Public does not want you “harassing” to begin with.

How long are you going to stand inside a Police Station that Is burning down around you?

How long are you going to put your life and family second for the people just watching it burn? Some of them are even holding the matches.

Fuck ’em!

 

Dan Bongino speaks out against the Defund The Police movement.