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Saturday, April 17, 2021

PANDA and Dr. Joseph Mercola Bring "COVID-19 Truth to Light"

At his website, Mercola.com, Dr. Joseph Mercola recently published "The Ugly Truth About COVID." The following is an excerpt: 

Nick Hudson, an actuary and private equity investor, co-founded Pandemics ~ Data & Analytics (PANDA) in response to the many threats to civil rights and freedoms that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic response. While media and public health institutions have engaged in a campaign of smoke and mirrors — one that is perpetuating paralyzing fear, needlessly, to this day — data and facts don’t lie.

Hudson and his team at PANDA, which include a data analyst, economist, medical doctors, big data analyst and public health experts, are using live data1 and open science to empower the public to exercise freedom of choice and preserve free societies.2

Hudson spoke at the inaugural BizNews Investment Conference in March 2021...He explains the ugly truth about COVID-19, which is that the world is being crippled by fear due to a false narrative. Anyone who challenges that narrative is being labeled as a lunatic, a menace or a danger to society, which is furthering the repression and unjustified fear.

Dr. Mercola asks, "So, what is the reality about the pandemic?" To answer this, Dr. Mercola provides the following conclusions from Hudson: 

  • A virus that presents high risk to few and negligible risk to most hit some regions
  • Few are susceptible to severe disease
  • There are available treatments
  • Asymptomatic people are not major drivers of the disease
  • Lockdowns and mask mandates haven't worked and instead cause great harm
  • The vulnerable were hurt instead of helped

Dr. Mercola continues, 
The misinformation has been spewed from the beginning, including by World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. In a March 3, 2020, media briefing, he stated, “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.”5

But according to Hudson, the 3.4% represents case fatality rate (CFR), which is the number of deaths from COVID-19 divided by the number of cases of COVID-19, while the 1% is infection fatality rate (IFR), or the number of deaths divided by all infected individuals.

“By conflating these two separate points (CFR and IFR),” Hudson said, “Tedros was effectively lying.” Quantitative scientist John Ioannidis, professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, calculated the IFR for COVID-19 in a review of 61 seroprevalence studies, which was a median of 0.23%, and 0.05% in people younger than 70.6

Based on this, the IFR for COVID-19 is lower than that of the flu.

Using Hudson's data, Dr. Mercola goes on to shine the light on the numerous lies surrounding asymptomatic spread which led to the "lockdown madness" and the foolish widespread masking of humanity around the world. He also speaks to the evil of "vaccine passports." For those who've actually been paying attention to the data (or reading my site the past year), PANDA's conclusions are nothing new. However, it is a worthy read and more verification for what many of us have known for months now. 

Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Resurrection Sunday: When Jesus “Cancelled” Death

I have bad news: I’m dying. I have worse news: so are you. Whether sick or healthy, young or old, Christian or not, conservative or liberal, democrat or republican, each of us has an inevitable date with the moment in which we will depart this world. Most of us have a bit of trouble with this. In fact, of all the things that scare us, for most, death is the ultimate terror.

As the book of Genesis reveals, it was not supposed to be this way. Death was not part of the picture “in the beginning.” We were always supposed to live forever in glorious and perfect splendor with our Creator. To live “happily ever after” is the fitting ending to so many fairy tales—and movies, TV shows, novels, and the like—because this is the way things are supposed to be.

Death was the tragic consequence of wanting to rule our own world. But thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus and His resurrection, death does not have the final say in the lives of those who have put their trust and hope in the One who died for our sins, and who was raised to life on the third day. As one scans history, no other date put such a mark in time as when Jesus Christ shed His grave-clothes and departed the tomb.

Of all the religions of the world, only Christianity claims an empty tomb for its founder. The physical resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of Christianity. British theologian Michael Green said it well when he noted, “Without faith in the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all.” Noted biblical scholar, professor, and author Wilbur M. Smith said that, “The resurrection of Christ is the very citadel of the Christian faith. This is the doctrine that turned the world upside down…” Indeed it did.

C.S. Lewis notes that, “In the earliest days of Christianity an ‘apostle’ was first and foremost a man who claimed to be an eyewitness of the Resurrection,” or more accurately, a witness of the resurrected Christ. He adds that, “to preach Christianity meant primarily to preach the Resurrection.” And preach they did.

The transformation of the disciples of Jesus is one of the greatest evidences of His resurrection. For decades following Jesus’ death and resurrection they preached His “good news.” Biblical references and strong extra-biblical sources have almost all of the disciples dying martyrs’ deaths. James, the son of Zebedee, according to Scripture was, “put to death by the sword (probably beheaded).” According to early church historians Peter was crucified in Rome, and Paul (of course not one of the original 12, but an apostle nonetheless) was beheaded there. Strong church tradition has Thomas, the “doubting” disciple, being run through with a spear.

The faith of Jesus’ Apostles spread to thousands upon thousands in a relatively short period of time. As the “good news” of Jesus spread, many of the early believers suffered intense persecution. Fulton Oursler, in The Greatest Faith Ever Known, notes that “Thousands of these men and women would die themselves in the arena, burning on pitch-soaked pyres, crucified, they would die for Jesus Christ, and for the Faith, the Church that Christ founded.”

The persecution of the church continued for centuries. Nevertheless, Christianity endured, and the number of Jesus’ followers continued to multiply. After Constantine’s conversion in the year 312 the church passed from persecution to privilege. Councils were called, the Scriptures were translated into various languages, and faithful missionaries carried the gospel to ever farther reaches of the world.

The impact of the resurrection of Jesus extends far beyond religious institutions. The influence that Christianity has had on the world can be measured in practically every facet of life. Everything from the family, to science, government, medicine, art, literature, business, and so on, has felt the impact of the message of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The world’s first university, birthed in 1088, was The University of Bologna in Italy. It was founded to teach canon law. The second oldest university, The University of Paris, grew out of the cathedral schools of Notre-Dame and soon became a great center for Christian orthodox studies. Dr. Alvin J. Schmidt, in his book Under the Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization, points out that every college established in colonial America, except the University of Pennsylvania, was founded by some denomination of Christianity. He adds that, preceding the Civil War, 92 percent of the 182 colleges and universities in the U.S. were established by some branch of the church.

By around 1450, Johannes Gutenberg had nearly perfected his printing press. Making use of movable metal type, Gutenberg’s press was the world’s most efficient means of large-scale printing. This process of printing remained virtually unchanged for four centuries. The first major work mass-produced on Gutenberg’s press was the 42-line Bible (or “The Gutenberg Bible”). This magnificent work ushered in the age of the printed book, and the era of mass communication. Soon, millions of homes, schools, and churches had their own copies of God’s Word, and news of the resurrection of Jesus now spread faster than ever before.

Many of the greatest artists in history—Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Donatello, Da Vinci, Salvador Dali—were followers of Jesus. This is evident in that many of the great works they produced were scenes or characters from Scripture. Beethoven, considered by many to be the world’s greatest composer, wrote some of the most profound Christian masterpieces of history. Johann Sebastian Bach was, as one scholar put it, indeed “a Christian who lived with the Bible.”

Some of the most famous and influential founders of what is considered “modern science”—Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Pasteur—were Christians who operated from a strict biblical worldview. For example, in 1595, in Kepler’s first major work, he thought that he had discovered “God’s geometrical plan for the universe.” As a Christian, Kepler believed that the universe was designed by a Creator and thus should function in a very logical fashion. He went as far as to define his view of “science” as “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”

Isaac Newton is considered by many to be the greatest scientist who ever lived. He is most famous for his laws of motion and universal gravitation. On gravitation he noted that, “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.”

Recognizing that “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it…” and knowing that we are merely stewards of the Creator of all things, those who follow Jesus are the most generous people on the earth. Take note of the number of influential charities inspired by Christianity. Among them are The Salvation Army, Campus Crusade, Feeding America, Catholic Charities, Compassion International, Samaritan’s Purse, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, and the YMCA.

The first hospital in North America, the Hospital de Jesus Nazareno (the “Hospital of Jesus of Nazareth”), was founded by Cort├ęs. With the aid of Benjamin Franklin, the first hospital in the U.S, Pennsylvania Hospital, was founded by a Quaker, Dr. Thomas Bond. The Catholic Church alone operates over 1,100 hospitals and long-term health care facilities in the U.S.

This great nation—the miraculous United States of America—that we inhabit was founded almost exclusively by Christians and upon Christian principles. On July 4, 1837, in a speech delivered in the town of Newburyport Massachusetts, John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, and the 6th U.S. President, proclaimed,

Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? [Independence Day] Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth?

The impact of Christ’s resurrection can be seen in individuals and institutions, in art and entertainment, in science and industry, in calendars and carols, in tribes and in nations. All of human history—from Creation to Christmas to the Crucifixion—culminates in Jesus leaving His earthly tomb. As I implied earlier, and as history clearly reveals, the resurrection of Jesus stands aloft every other event the world has ever known. Again, virtually every facet of our lives has been impacted by the empty tomb left by Jesus. Though we may acknowledge Him on our currency, and measure our years from His birth, our only real hope is in His resurrection. In the end, the only things that will matter, the only things that will be truly lasting and good, are the things we did in His name.

Copyright 2021, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Data Continue to Prove the Mask Zealots WRONG!

I've long said that the data on the Wuhan virus in no way matched the hysteria visited on most of the U.S. and the world. Whether "cases," hospitalizations, deaths, masks, lockdowns, and the like, time and again we've seen that the actual data reveal that our efforts to "slow the spread" have been largely useless and thus unnecessary. In other words, time has revealed the truth on the Wuhan virus. As I noted back in August of last year, short of an effective vaccine (which, at the time didn't seem like it was on the near horizon), each of us is going to get exposed to the Wuhan virus, and our health outcome will be determined by how our Creator made us and what treatments are given to us. 

The rise in hospitalizations and deaths over the holidays, and the subsequent steep decline we've seen over the last several weeks, has little to nothing to do with masks and the like. The rises we saw during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season likely would not have been as severe if we had allowed for more herd immunity to occur during the summer and early fall of 2020. In other words--and again, short of an effective vaccine--the increase in cases was always going to happen; it was just a matter of when. 

Also, the recent declines in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred too soon and too rapidly to be attributable to the vaccine. In other words, this decline was always going to happen; it was just a matter of when. Now, a year removed from the beginning of the panic porn, the data continues to reveal the truth on the Wuhan virus. This is especially true for masks. 

Take a look at the data on multiple school systems in Florida: those with mask mandates vs. those where masks are optional: 

Note that the cases per 100k in school systems where masks are optional are significantly lower than those systems where masks are mandated. As you've probably recently heard, Joe Biden and his fellow mask apologists foolishly described the idea of states lifting mask mandates as "Neanderthal thinking." This is especially foolish considering that democrats are the modern poster children for "Neanderthal thinking." It's also especially foolish given the latest data on U.S. states and "Daily New Cases" of the Wuhan virus: 

This is all on top of all of the other science that reveals the truth on the Wuhan virus and masks: the Danish Mask Study; the mask data from "all U.S. jurisdictions;" the mask data from Europe; the data out of Florida; data from the complete NFL season; the data from the Super Bowl; the data from school districts in Texas and Florida that began school last August, have remained open, didn't cancel events, and never mandated masks; and so on. 

Lastly, recall that Walmart, Kroger, and the like didn't mandate masks until July. We went months in and out of these stores where no masks were required, the virus was supposedly raging, and yet hospitals sat nearly empty. The masks/mask mandates perpetuate the shutdown/lockdown narrative that has destroyed hundreds of thousands of businesses, millions of individual incomes, kept schools and churches closed, etc. If the masks were truly effective, we wouldn't have the data we have. If the masks were truly necessary, there's no way the vast majority of businesses--including Walmart, Kroger, Outback, McDonald's and the like, and every small business (especially restaurants) that require people be indoors for extended periods of time--could properly operate. If there were zero mask mandates and zero mask usage across the U.S., it is very doubtful that our national health outcomes from the Wuhan virus would've been any different. 

(See this post at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2021, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Sunday, March 21, 2021

COVID Commies

 There's a reason that our approach to the Wuhan virus reeks of Communism: 

Rand Paul was somewhat right when he accused Fauci and his ilk of engaging in political "theatre" when it comes to masks and the like. Tragically, what we are witnessing with many the leftists in our government, and those like-minded, is FAR more nefarious than mere "theatre." Millions of American individuals, and hundreds-of-thousands of American businesses, churches, and schools have been duped into following--or worse: enthusiastically embracing--the "corona-communism" of the champions of Big Government in America. 

The longer this charade plays out, the more it becomes clear--as school districts in Texas and Florida have recently revealed--that almost everything we have done to "slow the spread" has been worthless and unnecessary. Along with the useless masks and the foolish lockdowns, this includes the "six feet" nonsense, as even the leftist hacks as CNBC recently had to admit:

Not only have many Americans had enough of this anti-science, freedom-destroying garbage, but liberty-loving people the world over are taking to the streets, burning their masks, and saying ENOUGH! (Video below doesn't begin until about 12 minutes in.)

Copyright 2021, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Today’s Democrats Are the Poster Children for “Neanderthal Thinking”

As most well know by now, Joe Biden thinks it is “Neanderthal thinking” for Americans to take off their masks and get back to church, work, school, and play. One would think that a U.S. President who refuses to hold a press conference, and, while in office barely over a month, has been caught numerous times struggling to put together coherent sentences, would be careful about hurling around insults accusing others of “Neanderthal thinking.” 

To be fair, Biden is likely suffering with dementia, and this is no laughing matter—for him or the country. No one dealing with such a struggle should be taunted with insults on their mental difficulties. However, a healthy Joe Biden, along with countless other democrats, have for decades provided us with numerous examples of what truly could be described as “Neanderthal thinking.” 

The quickest path into Neanderthal thinking is the “wide road” away from God and His Word and wisdom. The Democrat Party in America has been on this dangerous road for a very long time. Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler recently reminded us of this when the U.S. House debated the evil “Equality Act.” After Republican Rep. Greg Stuebe used Scripture on the House floor to help shine light on the evils of the “Equality Act,” Nadler responded by declaring, “Mr. Steube, what any religious tradition ascribes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.”

What is God’s will has long been of “no concern” to modern democrats and has resulted in Neanderthal thinking on a wide array of issues, leading to many tragic public policies. Few things illustrate this better than the democrats’ “Equality Act.” The definition of “Neanderthal thinking” should include the phrase, “unable or unwilling to articulate properly the definition of who is a male and who is a female.” 

Yet, the “Equality Act” aims to obfuscate what biology and sound morality have always known. In other words, with this wicked legislation, democrats are ignoring and undermining what was made clear “in the beginning” and attempts to make criminals out of those who live according to the biblical (and biological) view of who is a male and who is a female. 

Of course, democrats’ struggles with biology are not limited to biological sex. Their Neanderthal thinking on life has led to the slaughter of tens of millions of unborn children. Since the early 1970s, almost every time democrats gain power in America—whether at the national, state, or local level—they rush to promote and enable the killing of the most innocent and helpless among us. Led by Joe Biden, tragically—and much to the dismay of foolish “Pro-Life Evangelicals For Biden”—today’s democrats are no different. 

In 2020, abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide. This has been the case for decades. According to Worldometer statistics, last year, abortion killed more human beings than cancer, malaria, HIV/AIDS, smoking, alcohol, and traffic accidents combined. Additionally, since 1973, when democrats and their Neanderthal-thinking allies in the U.S. Supreme court legalized the killing of the unborn across America, abortion has been the leading cause of death in the United States. (According to the CDC, in 2019, the leading cause of death in the U.S.—659,041 total—was heart disease. Every year since 1973 the Guttmacher Institute reports over 700k annual abortions in the U.S.)

Neanderthal thinking among today’s democrats has now led to a “war on mathematics” in America’s schools. This has resulted in a stunningly stupid concept called “ethnomathematics.” This absurd “education trend,” among many other terrible things, argues that “White supremacy manifests itself in the focus on finding the right answer.” According to Fox News, the training on “ethnomathematics” declares, 

The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so. Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict. …

It should be totally unsurprising that those opposed to the Bible and what it reveals would also be opposed to anything that is “purely objective.”

It turns out that, according to Neanderthal-thinking liberals, not only is math racist, but so is good writing. An Associate Dean at Arizona State University recently penned a 358-page book that details how “grading students’ writing is a form of racism and white supremacy.” According to Legal Insurrection

In a book titled “Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom,” professor Asao Inoue encourages teachers to ditch grading for a “labor-based” grading system wherein students earn grades based on their effort. The quality of a student’s writing would not help or hinder their course grade.

“This book focuses on one kind of grading contract, one that calculates final course grades purely by the labor students complete, not by any judgments of the quality of their writing,” Inoue writes. 

Anyone want to guess who Dean Inoue voted for in the 2020 presidential election? 

Only Neanderthal thinking could lead one to be so often wrong on the same issue and yet continue for decades unwaveringly to preach and teach—and attempt to make horrific public policy on—the same falsehoods. This is where modern democrats are on the matter of climate change. For decades, the climate cultists from the “New Religion of First World Elites” have attempted to use fear (the destruction of the planet) and a fake cause (saving the planet) to convince Americans to vote for democrats and enact the perverse science-denying—aka “Neanderthal thinking”—climate agenda of the modern left. 

Though their meteorologists often get the 5-day forecast wrong, the same people who tell us that “gender is a spectrum” want us to take their 100-year climate forecasts as the gospel truth, because, you know, “SCIENCE!” The Neanderthal thinkers who run the bastions of liberalism in America—like San Francisco—can’t even keep their streets free of human feces, yet we’re supposed to trust such politicians when it comes to something as magnificently complex as the global climate. Maybe they should put their efforts toward building a better pooper-scooper.

Speaking of “so often being wrong on the same issue,” the only recent issue that rivals the democrats’ voluminous folly on climate change is their repeated Neanderthal thinking on the Trump-Russia-collusion lie. After years of screaming that Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the 2016 presidential election—and with their lackeys in the media giving them countless hours of airtime to do so—democrats came up completely empty in their nefarious attempts to prove such.

As Tucker Carlson put in in March of 2019, “We have lived through three separate investigations into Russia collusion, not just Mueller, but a committee in the House and a committee in the Senate and they spent years looking in this and in the end, they found nothing…” It turns out that the only campaign that colluded with the Russians was Hillary Clinton’s. As the late-great Rush Limbaugh noted, “Mueller knew from day one there was no collusion.”

Andy McCarthy rightly concluded, the Mueller report was “A hysteria without a cause; a report without a point.” As Daniel Greenfield put it, democrats “invented the Russian conspiracy, then they faked the crimes.” And when you have to fake crimes in what has been rightly described as “the biggest political scandal in the history of the United States,” much Neanderthal thinking ensues. 

That brings us back to the issue that started all of this: democrats and the Wuhan virus. In spite of what Joe Biden would have us believe, since the Wuhan virus entered the U.S., it has been democrats who have burdened millions of Americans with a mountain of Neanderthal thinking. Whether the immoral and unnecessary lockdowns, the useless masks, school closings, cases and hospitalizations, and so on, in order to cling to their COVID authoritarianism, democrats have repeatedly ignored science and the data. In other words, tragically, the Wuhan virus crisis again reveals who are the real Neanderthal thinkers in America. 

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2021, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America