My Thoughts

Someone I know by name and family took argument with the CDC numbers I provided in a recent essay. While there has been a lengthy thread of back and forth, the latest from Jim and an email from a friend caused me to reflect upon the desperation I have been seeing on the faces and in the words of so many leftist, progressive, Chicken Little fearmongers of late.

The latest response from Jim:

Chuck — we get the that the CDC numbers project us to have marginally fewer total deaths from all causes. I’m not challenging the CDC numbers. Do you get that chuck?

But the CDC didn’t say that because the number of deaths from all causes is slightly lower “despite the pandemic,” that means the pandemic has decreased the number of deaths, or that COVID is less dangerous than all the experts and medical science has demonstrated.

It’s your third-grade level leap from “fewer total deaths” to conclusions that this says ANYTHING about COVID.

Common sense, not counter-factual, illogical leaps, Chuck. Try that sometime.

The email from a friend was brief, containing a link to the website https://gbdeclaration.org and the Great Barrington Declaration and Petition. On the website is a declaration as well as a video (2hrs) which is well-worth every second of your time—and far more informative than watching CNN or MSNBC. After watching the video which was a panel discussion between journalists (real journalists) and three world-renowned epidemiologists and public health scientists, I found the words to respond to Jim and to those who bother to read my thoughts.   

It is you that are leaping to conclusions not in evidence Jim. No where, NO WHERE have I suggested that the pandemic has decreased the number of deaths or that COVID is less dangerous. Get that? All the numbers show are two undeniable facts: 1) COVID has resulted in over 200,000 additional deaths in 2020, additional in the sense that there were no COVID deaths in the prior three years. 2) the number of deaths from all causes for 2020 is estimated to be lower than the prior three years. No correlation was assumed or suggested.

As for your consistent assertions and unquestioned confidence in the “experts” and “the science,” there are experts and then there are experts; the problem is scientists seldom agree which is a good thing as long as there is open debate and honest dialogue between them, that is how science works. So-called experts, on the other hand never disagree with the consensus of public opinion.

The problem with this casedemic is very much the same as with climate change (which is an oxymoronic term; I would be very much afraid if the climate of a sudden failed to change) in that so many of the so-called experts (Fauci, being the most public example) are not experts in the fields which they pontificate and bloviate their favorite lines of “the consensus among scientists” and “the science is clear.” Ask them, as I have repeatedly asked you (please note I am in nowise suggesting you are an expert in anything,) for specific numbers; they can provide none. Their minds are closed, the consensus has consented, end of discussion. Fauci is a forty-year bureaucrat, an immunologist by profession, not an epidemiologist or virologist, yet he has been elevated to the kingship of experts related to all things COVID. There are over 5,000 world-renowned medical and public health scientists, over 9700 medical practitioners who strongly disagree with Fauci and other so-called experts and have put their names on the line in doing so. (see https://gbdeclaration.org/#read) So to rely on “the science” that fits your narrative is not only illogical, it is dangerous and deadly. Honest scientists will tell you straight out that they don’t know what they don’t know. What they do know is that what has been pushed on the public as science by left-wing, progressive politicians is anything but, it is counter-factual and dangerous, more deadly than this virus.

As Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations recently stated, “If someone is paranoid, going around being worried about dying from cancer, dying from cardiovascular disease, or dying from diabetes, or having a car accident or dying from the annual flu [650,000 deaths annually from influenza], then maybe they will want to add COVID-19 to this long list of things to be afraid of, and maybe they should also have some counseling. But for the most of us, this is one more thing in the things that could happen to us, but it doesn’t make sense to go around and be terrified about it.” He then added, “Instead, when we drive around we put on a seat belt because that lowers the risk. It doesn’t eliminate the risk but it lowers the risk. So, with COVID, we should wash our hands more carefully and that lowers the risk but it doesn’t eliminate it. So, we have to view COVID-19 as one of the many things that can happen in life, but we should not let it interrupt life because that has actually made worse consequences both in current time but also in the long-term and those are equally important.”

So Jim, enough with the diatribe and name calling. It does not fit you well. Believe what you want, ignore the facts and the mounting evidence, deny the expertise of “experts” who argue counter to your Chicken Little narrative. What you think of me is your business, so let’s keep it that way. The only reason that I have continued this thread is because of those who find the truth more interesting and objective reality more real than lopsided political science fiction.

One of the scientists said something that stuck with me. “Even if you are in the minority does not mean you are wrong.” Another thing that was said more than once was “Those most vulnerable underestimate the risk; those least vulnerable overestimate the risk.” Again, please, spend the time and watch the video. If you agree with what you hear, sign the declaration. All it will cost is your time.  

Wake up America.

Just my thoughts for a Thursday, for what it is worth.

Deacon Chuck

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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