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Some people have asked for thoughts on the recent Covid-19 sermon by the Reverend Danny Jones of the Northlake Baptist Church in Gainesville, GA, that went viral. Here’s my take.
We don’t know how many deaths there would have been without social distancing. Experts said a lot. But now there aren’t enough. So to keep experts from looking bad, death with Covid-19 and other morbidities becomes death from (caused by) Covid-19. See how well government ordered economic suicide works. And how well surrender of fundamental freedoms and rights to worship and assemble works. Who would have thought we would fall for the elephant repellant scam?
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.
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).
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)
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.