22 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-3-22

  1. It was all for little to no gain.

    Hope you enjoyed it.

    “Lockdowns had little or no impact on COVID-19 deaths, new study shows”

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/jan/31/lockdowns-had-little-or-no-impact-covid-19-deaths-/

    “Lockdowns in the U.S. and Europe had little or no impact in reducing deaths from COVID-19, according to a new analysis by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

    The lockdowns during the early phase of the pandemic in 2020 reduced COVID-19 mortality by about 0.2%, said the broad review of multiple scientific studies.

    “We find no evidence that lockdowns, school closures, border closures, and limiting gatherings have had a noticeable effect on COVID-19 mortality,” the researchers wrote.

    But the research paper said lockdowns did have “devastating effects” on the economy and contributed to numerous social ills.

    “They have contributed to reducing economic activity, raising unemployment, reducing schooling, causing political unrest, contributing to domestic violence, and undermining liberal democracy,” the report said.

    But the research paper said lockdowns did have “devastating effects” on the economy and contributed to numerous social ills.

    “They have contributed to reducing economic activity, raising unemployment, reducing schooling, causing political unrest, contributing to domestic violence, and undermining liberal democracy,” the report said.”

    Here ya’ go.

    Click to access A-Literature-Review-and-Meta-Analysis-of-the-Effects-of-Lockdowns-on-COVID-19-Mortality.pdf

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  2. Now, about those Christian “leaders” who helped spread the Covid false propaganda our govt has pushed…..

    “How The Federal Government Used Evangelical Leaders To Spread Covid Propaganda To Churches”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/how-the-federal-government-used-evangelical-leaders-to-spread-covid-propaganda-to-churches

    “In September, Wheaton College dean Ed Stetzer interviewed National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins on his podcast, “Church Leadership” about why Christians who want to obey Christ’s command to love their neighbors should get the Covid vaccine and avoid indulging in misinformation.

    For those not familiar with Stetzer, he’s not just a religious liberal arts professor and this wasn’t just another dime-a-dozen pastorly podcast. To name just a few of his past and present titles in the evangelical world, Stetzer is also the executive director of the Billy Graham Center and the editor-in-chief of Outreach media group. He was previously an editor at Christianity Today and an executive director at LifeWay, one of the largest religious publishers in the world. That’s to say nothing of the dozen-plus books on missions and church planting he’s authored.

    In short, when it comes to leveraging high evangelical offices to influence everyday Christians, arguably no one is better positioned than Ed Stetzer. You may not know his name, but if you’re a church-going Protestant, it’s almost guaranteed your pastor does.

    Which is why, when Stetzer joined a line of renowned pastors and ministry leaders lending their platforms to Obama-appointee Collins, the collaboration was noteworthy.

    During their discussion, Collins and Stetzer were hardly shy about the fact that they were asking ministers to act as the administration’s go-between with their congregants. “I want to exhort pastors once again to try to use your credibility with your flock to put forward the public health measures that we know can work,” Collins said. Stetzer replied that he sometimes hears from ministers who don’t feel comfortable preaching about Covid vaccines, and he advises them, in those cases, to simply promote the jab through social media.

    “I just tell them, when you get vaccinated, post a picture and say, ‘So thankful I was able to get vaccinated,’” Stetzer said. “People need to see that it is the reasonable view.”

    Their conversation also turned to the subject of masking children at school, with Collins noting that Christians, in particular, have been resistant to it. His view was firm—kids should be masked if they want to be in the classroom. To do anything else is to turn schools into super spreaders. Stetzer offered no pushback or follow-up questions based on views from other medical experts. He simply agreed.

    The most crucial question Stetzer never asked Collins however, was why convincing church members to get vaccinated or disseminating certain administration talking points should be the business of pastors at all.”

    Stetzer’s efforts to help further the NIH’s preferred coronavirus narratives went beyond simply giving Collins a softball venue to rally pastors to his cause. He ended the podcast by announcing that the Billy Graham Center would be formally partnering with the Biden administration. Together with the NIH and the CDC it would launch a website, coronavirusandthechurch.com, to provide clergy Covid resources they could then convey to their congregations.

    Much earlier in the pandemic, as an editor at evangelicalism’s flagship publication, Christianity Today (CT), Stetzer had also penned essays parroting Collins’ arguments on conspiracy theories. Among those he lambasted other believers for entertaining, the hypothesis that the coronavirus had leaked from a Wuhan lab. In a now deleted essay, preserved by Web Archive, Stetzer chided, “If you want to believe that some secret lab created this as a biological weapon, and now everyone is covering that up, I can’t stop you.”

    It may seem strange, given the evidence now emerging of NIH-funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan, to hear a church leader instruct Christians to “repent” for the sin of discussing the plausible supposition that the virus had escaped from a Chinese laboratory. This is especially true as it doesn’t take any great level of spiritual discernment — just plain common sense — to look at the fact that Covid first emerged in a city with a virology institute that specializes in novel coronaviruses and realize it wasn’t an explanation that should be set aside too easily. But it appears Stetzer was simply following Collins’ lead.

    Only two days before Stetzer published his essay, Collins participated in a livestream event, co-hosted by CT. The outlet introduced him as a “follower of Jesus, who affirms the sanctity of human life” despite the fact that Collins is on record stating he does not definitively believe, as most pro-lifers do, that life begins at conception, and his tenure at NIH has been marked by extreme anti-life, pro-LGBT policies. (More on this later).

    But the pro-life Christian framing was sure to win Collins a hearing among an audience with deep religious convictions about the evil of abortion. Many likely felt reassured to hear that a likeminded medical expert was representing them in the administration.

    During the panel interview, Collins continued to insist that the lab leak theory wasn’t just unlikely but qualified for the dreaded misinformation label. “If you were trying to design a more dangerous coronavirus,” he said, “you would never have designed this one … So I think one can say with great confidence that in this case the bioterrorist was nature … Humans did not make this one. Nature did.”

    It was the same message his subordinate, Dr. Anthony Fauci, had been giving to secular news outlets, but Collins was specifically tapped to carry the message to the faithful. As Time Magazine reported in Feb. 2021, “While Fauci has been medicine’s public face, Collins has been hitting the faith-based circuit…and preaching science to believers.”

    The editors, writers, and reporters at Christian organizations didn’t question Collins any more than their mainstream counterparts questioned Fauci.

    Certainly The Gospel Coalition, a publication largely written for and by pastors, didn’t probe beyond the “facts” Collins’ offered or consider any conflicts of interest the NIH director might have had before publishing several essays that cited him as almost their lone source of information. As with CT, one article by Gospel Coalition editor Joe Carter linked the reasonable hypothesis that the virus might have been human-made with wilder QAnon fantasies. It then lectured readers that spreading such ideas would damage the church’s witness in the world.

    Of course, Stetzer and The Gospel Coalition had no way of knowing at that point that Collins and Fauci had already heard from leading U.S. and British scientists who believed the virus had indeed escaped from a Chinese lab. Or that they believed it might be the product of gain-of-function engineering, possibly with funding from the NIH itself. Nor could they have predicted that emails between Collins and Fauci would later show the pair had a habit of turning to friendly media contacts (including, it seems, Christian media contacts) to discredit and suppress opinions they didn’t like, such as questioning Covid’s origins and the wisdom of masks and lockdowns.

    What Stetzer and others did know was that one of the most powerful bureaucrats in the world was calling on evangelical leaders to be “ambassadors for truth.” And they were happy to answer that call.

    The question was, just how truthful was Collins’ truth?”

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    Not very……

    But the govts needed these useful idiots, and they willingly climbed in bed with those who created and unleashed this on the world.

    How Christian is that?

    Read the rest, there’s plenty more….

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  3. People have their opinions. Which is why God tells us to be discerning.

    That book I am reading by J C Ryle had a section on sin. He pointed out that we believers do not really understand sin. It is at our core.

    Husband and I were talking about it and how some people he thought were solid people were dabbling in areas they should not. We all have that and we need to immerse ourselves in the Word so we can tell when we are being deceived.

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  4. Cowards.

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    Good.

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  5. The stupid…..

    It hurts…..

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  6. Indeed, and half the country is suffering from it.

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  7. I’ve asked all along, especially here in California with relatively mild weather, why can’t school just meet outside?

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  8. That’s why understanding the bad news first is so necessary for the embrace of the Good News.

    — a Presbyterian

    (And yes, this fits on the political thread, just watch the news where spiritual discernment is most definitely needed; or just about any of even our, ahem, pet political campaigns rolling out every two years, on either side.)

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  9. But it all comes back to us, first and foremost.

    Reminds me of our pastor’s young son years ago when his dad made mention, during a church camp meeting, that when you point your finger at someone else, 4 are pointed back at you.

    “That’s why I point like this!” said his son, bringing up his hand, all fingers outstretched and pointing forward.

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  10. My grandchildren have had to wear those masks for quite awhile now. One in college has a cover over the end of the instrument as well.

    My ten year old granddaughter’s school has try-out classes to help students choose an instrument. She wanted to try the trombone. She was able to take her mask off and try one, but nothing worked when she blew. The instructor told her to do a raspberry. She had no idea what that was. None of the adults (including her mom) were allowed to take their masks down to show her. She got so embarrassed that she could not figure it out that she set the instrument down and walked out. Fortunately, she did go back and did decide on the trombone. Just so stupid that no one could take off a mask to show her!

    Personally, I would love her to play violin and we would have those for her to play, so it would save them a lot of money. However, I hope she will enjoy the trombone and being in a band group.

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  11. Connecticut’s Gov. Lamont has not been as strict with certain lockdown rules as some other governors who are Democrats. He recently “hinted”, according to a headline, that the school mask mandate may soon end.

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  12. Btw, don’t take that to be an endorsement of Lamont by me. Merely giving credit where credit is due (even if it’s not much).

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