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Lockdowns and vaccines

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This HND piece takes a look at some little known facts about COVID-19 inspired lockdowns and the vaccines. The basic point here is that our reaction to the pandemic is now a bigger story than the pandemic itself.

As to the lockdowns, we trace the idea behind this to 2007, and actually show you what this famous "curve," of "Flatten the curve" the fame is all about. Too bad no one has ever covered that before. Oh, and all the "science" behind the lockdowns is based on some very sketchy modeling courtesy of Bill Gates and his foundation. Spoiler alert: It's garbage.

On the vaccine side, we discuss some nasty issues that might occur with pregnant women who get the shots. As it is, there was never enough data on pregnant woman to even assess the effects, although simple in vitro tests that should have been done...weren't.

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COVID-19 quick takes--part three

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This HND piece continues on from the previous week, this time looking at a ridiculous mask study from the CDC; Pfizer deciding not to pursue the India market for its vaccine; and the WHO inspection of the Wuhan Lab.

We reveal a serious issue with that CDC, that is hiding in plain site, and was missed by almost every single media outlet that covered it. One has to wonder why Pfizer would bail on the world's second most populated country, to sell more of its vaccines. And as to the WHO inspection, let's just say that it was...flawed.

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COVID-19 quick takes—part two

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This HND piece continues the tradition started last November, in which we discuss a few current topics in the world of COVID-19. In this article we look at:

♦ What really happened to the mysterious Placer County, CA person who died hours after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

♦ The pernicious politics keeping your kids from returning to in-person school.

♦ The epic failure of the technocrats in handling the COVID-19 response, and how this was eminently predictable. (Thanks, F.A. Hayek)

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Taking a shot...or not

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This HND piece examines the rather large resistance to taking the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to the universal acceptance of the polio vaccine program of the 1950s and early 1960s. It might be hard for people to understand today that even a horrific incident in which tainted polio vaccine CAUSED thousands of cases of polio barely slowed the momentum.

But, remember that back then, people were far less skeptical of the government, even if there were ample reasons to be skeptical. Watergate and the tragedy of Vietnam were still years away. And, the public was still basking in the promise of Science.

We include some very revealing survey data. Spoiler: 47% of those surveyed will probably not get the vaccine.

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Infection control in the age of COVID-19

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This HND piece examines specific infection control procedures that are used in areas exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While the term "infection control" is most often applied to healthcare facilities, any time we don a mask or maintain social distancing, every one of us is practicing infection control.

The CDC has established detailed procedures for cleaning up COVID-19 affected areas, and most facilities outside of the healthcare industry would be well served to use professional services. We do mention a respected clean-up outfit, based in Seattle.

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California COVID dreamin’ and more

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This HND piece examines the paradox whereby California has the most COVID-19 cases, along with the tightest lockdown rules. Moreover, on a per capita basis, California's active cases are about 30 percent higher than that of Florida, which has virtually no restrictions.

About the only places where lockdowns seem to work are under extremely draconian circumstances, and then in island nations. Still, one wonders how New Zealand can claim that they have no new cases, unless they are testing every citizen every day. Since a "case" seems to be defined as testing "positive," and this is a virus that is asymptomatic in up to 80% of cases, how can such a "finding" be proclaimed?

We then segue into the work of Donald Henderson, a giant in disease control and mitigation. Would it surprise you that his recommendations for how to handle pandemic flu are mostly being ignored or contradicted by our current policy?

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2021—Commentary And Speculation

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This HND piece first takes a look back at 2020, and then offers some speculation on what 2021 will bring.

Among other things, we focus on feckless and incompetent leaders, both in public health and at the administrative level. That leads to speculation that some of them might be recalled and removed—especially if lockdowns are not relaxed within a few months. Then, there's the matter of blatant censorship of various stories before the election.

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Holiday travel 2020

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This HND piece examines the upcoming post-Thanksgiving holiday travel outlook. As you might expect, air travel is down by quite a bit, but people seem to be doing plenty of car trips. Still, the overall amount of travel is down by at least ten percent (based on figures from Thanksgiving). Airlines continue to tout studies showing that the aircraft environment is quite safe. Meanwhile, overreaching governments are urging folks to stay home.

A portion of the public is getting tired of the restrictions, and the nearly daily episodes of hypocrisy by our so-called "leaders," who are caught violating their own policies. Elite scientists such as Dr. Mike Yeadon are joining the skeptics. We also highlight a company that offers a convenient travel safety kit, for those who choose to continue with their travel plans.

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More on lockdowns and masks

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This week's HND piece features some new information on everyone's least favorite subject: COVID-19. We touch on how more aggressive measures, including curfews are being proposed, and the purposeful conflation of positive tests with "cases" of the actual acute disease. Of course, that loaded term "essential worker" has been raised again, and we destroy it—once more.

Also included is a big study crushing the notion of lockdowns, along with an American company that produces masks—at competitive prices.

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COVID-19 quick takes--part one

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This HND piece presents several new findings on COVID-19, including the retraction of a big mask study; the Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine; the Vitamin D connection; and melatonin as a possible therapy. While the authorities seem to be trying to scare us about the pandemic again, they are doubling down on lockdowns and masks.

But, here's the thing: For the most part, people have been compliant with these policies, yet infection rates continue to rise. Maybe, though, there's something wrong with the testing. Both Elon Musk and Erykah Badu have recently announced laughably inconsistent results for their COVID testing.

Under normal circumstances, we should be patient, and only post links to perfect studies, but the sad fact is, that there is almost no actual science being done these days. As such, we can only evaluate items of interest, and make them available to you.

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