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This piece by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick on medical terminology and covid is quite informative [2]. (HT Lyle Albaugh) A slice:

[Governments locked down] because of the mad mathematical modellers. The academic epidemiologists. Neil Ferguson, and others of his ilk. When they were guessing (sorry estimating, sorry modelling) the impact of COVID they used a figure of approximately one per cent as the infection fatality rate. Not the case fatality rate. In so doing, they overestimated the likely impact of COVID by, at the very least, ten-fold.

In the Wall Street Journal, the Classical Liberal Institute’s Tunku Varadarajan writes about Scott Atlas’s views on covid and the lockdowns that it inspired [3]. A slice:

Add restrictions on medical facilities and the effects of patients’ fearing to seek care, and the health toll is apparent across the demographic range. Nearly 80% of patients in active treatment for cancer have reported [4] delays in care. Diagnostic cancer screenings have fallen [5] to a third of pre-Covid levels nationally. Half of all kids didn’t get immunizations [6], “setting up the potential of a massive future health disaster,” he says. “Did you know that almost 40% of acute stroke patients just didn’t call the ambulance [7]? We have to look at the impact of the pandemic, and the impact of societal lockdowns. It would be reckless to do otherwise.”

Warren Gibson corrects Joe Biden’s misunderstanding of profits and their role [8].

Arnold Kling explains why he leans libertarian [9]. A slice:

I believe that even if government officials were free of special-interest influence and wanted to be pro-social, they would fail. They under-estimate their own ignorance, and in choosing leaders the political process selects for a lack of humility. Officials are prone to blunders, and the error-correction mechanisms are much weaker in the public sector than in the private sector. Markets tend to correct their failures. Governments tend not to.

Damon Root makes the case for abolishing qualified immunity for police officers [10].

Here’s George Selgin on the Fed’s new policy [11].

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