Looks like my old buddy Aesop is at the panic button again. 😆👍 But, that’s how these guys roll I suppose. If you don’t fear their bogey man of the moment, you are on their chit list. I’ve always been on his; a hundred years ago he was freaking out over weaponized hobby drones. Our feud began when I pointed out that a two pound UAV was not going to lift tank-busting explosives that weighed 10 or 20. A couple weeks later he was flipping out about how we were all gonna die from Ebola. I saw a gif the other day somewhere, where some stubfarts are at the barber shop. One a the guys coughs, and a moron a couple chairs over loses his marbles and starts flogging the cougher!!! It was hilarious. You don’t want to get infected, but you’re more than happy to beat the pooh out of someone that may have it! HAR HAR HAR!!! HAR HAR HAR!!! The purple faced rage heads and panic zealots are what they are, I guess.
I think critically, I can read and I can do math. When I ponder these things, I start from a position 180 degrees away from that of the mass media, politicos and attention whores. It almost always works. You have to be careful with that though, because even stopped clocks are right twice a day.
If you start with the assumption that the media and politicians are lying, generally you are off to a good start. The second part of my process is harder. It isn’t enough to assume they are lying, you have to prove it. In this case, it was relatively easy. I started looking for solid data and voices that ran counter to the established narrative... and there’s tons of it out there. These are real scientists, statisticians and experts throwing their findings out there, showing their work and inviting critique. This is how real science works.
Ignoring the experts and the Usual Suspects, let us look at the stats for ourselves. Right off the bat, you’ll notice they are all over the place. You can basically ignore the stats from the chinks and the turd world - they have serious credibility and technical issues and can be safely removed from the sample lot. Generally speaking, in first world countries, the fatality rate seems to run between 0.01% and 5%. A run out like that suggests the first world may have its own problems in data management. In statistics, established procedure is that variances of results may vary by ∓ 3%, 15 times out of 20. That’s the norm for a well run study. Obviously our stats depend largely on who’s gathering them. Given the hysterics, the clowns and carnies involved... how about we split the difference and go to the median death rate? That puts us at 2.5%.
Sorry dude. It’s just the flu.
Yes, under the right conditions it can kill you. You can also fall down the stairs, get hit by a bus at the crosswalk, or fall while getting out of the tub.
For what it’s worth, I live and die at the whims of Darwin, Murphy (and, dare I say it), God. Same as everyone else. Okay, I’ll wipe and wash my hands, but that is where it ends.
It’s Monday, and hopefully you all have better things to worry about. The coming financial collapse from this idiocy might be a good place to start.