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Asphidity Bags vs Face Masks

Asphidity Bags vs Face Masks

by Kelley Williams Published July 27, 2020 My grandmothers were born in the late 1800’s. They might have worn asphidity bags filled with smelly herbs to ward off colds and other diseases. Many rural folk did then. Some accounts say asphidity bags were used to ward off the Spanish Flu. So were face masks. They may have saved some lives. Who knows? 

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Herd Mentality - Coronavirus

Herd Mentality

Sometimes there’s safety in numbers.  A Cape Buffalo in a herd is less likely to be eaten by lions than a straggler.  Sometimes there’s danger.  American Indians stampeded herds of Bison over cliffs and butchered the injured and dead.  We ordinary Americans seem more like Bison stampeded by experts than Cape Buffalos staring down hungry lions.

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Covid - The Fix Is In

The Fix Is In

If you make bad bets, you can try to fix the game to keep from losing.  The President’s medical experts, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx bet their credibility and the US economy on a lot of deaths from the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

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The Real Over / Under

What’s the Real Covid-19 Over / Under?  

Too bad there’s not an over/under for Covid-19 metrics.  It would be a useful check against numbers coming from the President’s experts, the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, reporters, and others in the Chicken Little business (i.e., the bad news sells business)

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Chicken Little Is Wrong Again

Chicken Little Is Wrong Again

If it bleeds, it’s the lede.  Disaster headlines sold newspapers (when people read them).  Now screaming talking heads sell panic on TV.  It’s contagious.  The precautionary principle becomes: assume the worst and follow the herd. 

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Herd Immunity vs Herd Mentality

Herd Immunity vs Herd Mentality

The last couple of months have seen several new phrases enter the popular lexicon: “social distancing,” “flattening the curve” and “shelter in place” to name a few.  (Somewhere George Orwell is spinning in his grave.) Another phrase which is not new, but is newly popular, is herd immunity.

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A BPF View - Medicaid 101: Part III

A BPF View – Medicaid 101: Part III

We have the worst health statistics in the United States and also the highest level of poverty. These two factors combine to make healthcare for the individuals receiving Medicaid benefits in Mississippi very expensive.

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