MIT researchers say you’re no safer from Covid indoors at 6 feet or 60 feet in new study challenging social distancing policies. My emphasis below.
The risk of being exposed to Covid-19 indoors is as great at 60 feet as it is at 6 feet — even when wearing a mask, according to a new study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers who challenge social distancing guidelines adopted across the world.
Six-feet social distancing rules that inadvertently result in closed businesses and schools are “just not reasonable,” according to Bazant.
“This emphasis on distancing has been really misplaced from the very beginning. The CDC or WHO have never really provided justification for it, they’ve just said this is what you must do and the only justification I’m aware of, is based on studies of coughs and sneezes, where they look at the largest particles that might sediment onto the floor and even then it’s very approximate, you can certainly have longer or shorter range, large droplets,” Bazant said.
“The distancing isn’t helping you that much and it’s also giving you a false sense of security because you’re as safe at 6 feet as you are at 60 feet if you’re indoors. Everyone in that space is at roughly the same risk, actually,” he noted.
Apropos nothing in particular, I’ve added this tweet from Ian Miles Cheong who links to a quote from Miles Davis.
“She started talking about, ‘Well, you know, the black people was despondent at night and that’s where the blues came from.’ So I raised my hand. I said ‘Listen, my father’s rich, my momma’s good looking, and I can play the blues.’ I’ve never suffered and don’t intend to suffer.”
There’s been a few of late. Which, of course, brings up the need for “gun control” (aka “taking away guns from law-abiding citizens”). Jesse Kelly comments.
You know which countries don’t have mass shootings? Police states like North Korea. [...]
To which someone responded (ibid), “japan doesn’t have them either“. This answer has always annoyed me because it’s, well, true. I think there might be other places in the world that it might true as well, but I was never able to think of why this seems true. Kelly has noticed something in this regard:
Japan also has a country full of people who’ve been educated to love their nation, honor their parents, and have a sense of duty. Cultures who teach these things have low crime.
Cultures like ours that now do the opposite, don’t. Culture is everything.
Also, the responses to that tweet about “japan” above include things like “95% conviction rate helps with that”, “they hang people in Japan for murder” [don't know if this is true], and “Shared cultural norms and strict teachings of it to every generation works wonders”.
Job well done. Via Bill Glahn (among others), points to an article from the UK Daily Mail, Maxine Waters tells Minnesota BLM protesters ‘to get more confrontational’ one day after violent anti-police clashes erupted across US.
And then… Hours after @RepMaxineWaters came to the #TwinCities and incited violence from #BrooklynCenter, shots were fired at police & National Guard in #NorthMpls around 4 a.m. The suspect got away. White or gold Tahoe/SUV with BM driver. Fled toward Robbinsdale.
PS, Bill Glahn reminds us As always, to learn what’s really happening in Minnesota, you have to read the UK Daily Mail.
PPS Robert Barnes notes
Judge made a mistake keeping trial in Minneapolis. Mad Max just gave Chauvin a strong appeal.
Or, in other words, Media Relieved To Be Covering The Good Kind Of Riots Again
Media organizations across the country announced today they are relieved to be covering the good kind of riots again, now that people are looting Targets for justice again instead of protesting their government.
“It was pretty rough there for a while,” said Rachel Maddow. “We had to cover the dark days of the violent insurrection. But now that people are stealing Nikes to protest racial injustice, we can return to feel-good reporting about the good riots that are happening.”
Home run from Babylon Bee.
PRO TIP: You’ve gotten mixed messages about COVID from the beginning because of control. That’s why they present you with a constant stream of carrots and sticks. “Just do ____ and you can have your life back. But maybe not. Probably though. Or not.”
Keeps you controlled.
The latest and greatest example:
The CDC now says there is almost zero risk of getting covid via a contaminated surface. Meaning all the obsessive cleaning has been cosmetic theater with virtually no impact.
from the series of recommendations starting way back in March of 2020 when Fauci claimed there was no need for masks. Or Pelosi and Blasio claimed there was no problem with the Kung flu.
Update (20210418): Put another way:
As I tried to warn everyone from the very beginning. Government at every level in this country used COVID to test out just much power they had over the people.
They liked the results.
The beauty of battery powered devices is that the means by which rich people can have such neat and clean lives is completely hidden from them. No ugly gas stations, no smelly and loud internal combustion engines, no power-plants burning coal. Environmentalism and its suggestions for a “better world” is increasingly being exposed as yet another way for rich people to harass everyone else*. So much so that even The Guardian, a far left-wing English newspaper, sees it.
If the prophets of technology are to be believed, the best hope for solving the climate crisis is ever more efficient batteries. But the race to produce enough materials for this energy-storage revolution is creating a host of other environmental problems, as cobalt-producing nations like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Cuba are discovering.
* Way, way, way too often it’s assumed that rich people hate the poor. They don’t. They hate the middle class.
This guy has been documenting this for a quite a while, but Snaphanen published the newest numbers (this is the source tweet). The original text is below the fold.
April 4-April 9, 2021
• 8 murders
• 9 attempted murder
• 6 stabbings
• 12 arsons
There are (apparently) lots more, for example, an uncounted number of rapes and car arsons. And should you think that this was just a bad week, the numbers from the week before are
• 5 murders
• 9 attempted murders
• 17 stabbings
• 2 shots fired
• 2 bombings
• 2 aggravated stabbings
• 6 arsons
and the usual uncounted rapes and car fires.
To be honest, I don’t know if these numbers are significant. They seem so to me because I don’t remember Sweden as being particularly murderous in the 70s and 80s. Others with closer ties to Scandinavia in general and Sweden in particular, like Snaphanen, insist that these numbers demonstrate a coarsening if not a worsening in Sweden daily life. The message of these commenters is rhetorically attacked as “(extreme) right-wing” and the commenters themselves judicially threatened. There are a lot of powerful entities in Scandinavia that will not (nor cannot) admit that various social policies over the last 50 years were in any way mistaken (aka catastrophically bad).
There are very few topics on the internet that evoke reactions as ignorant as they are emotional like trying to equate Nazis with socialists. In this case, in the comments to a blog post in which one of the resident trolls fired off:
Particularly weak to call them both Nazis and Communists. Not the same thing at all.
The response below was particularly good.
National Socialists are not the same as International Socialists. I mean, obviously not: one says “inter” and the other doesn’t. The underlying relationship of the leadership to the populace, the tactics used to gain compliance, the long-term strategy of world domination – nothing in common at all.
Very nice. NB, I have edited the response because it was originally written to avoid moderation; plus there was a misspelling.