My Son is a Hero?

Apparently, according to the German government, as revealed in this video, at least one of my sons is a hero:

(Hat tip: Crooks & Liars.)

Maybe we need to create the Order of the Sofa?

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3 Responses to My Son is a Hero?

  1. Eric says:

    That’s absolutely brilliant – let’s all become couch potatoes!

    Aside from the fact that the leading cause of death in Germany is cardiovascular disease, more people die in that country than the United States when compared to the overall population. For instance, in the year 2018 there were 82.79 million people in Germany of which 0.95 million died. By comparison, there were 327.2 million people in the United States of which 2.84 million died.

    That means that 1.147% of the German population died and 0.868% of the American population died. I would also be curious to know how many people died from pneumonia this year as opposed to last year notwithstanding the superficial classification of Covid-19 being the underlying cause of death in some of them.

    So yes, let’s all follow the public health policies of a country that has 32% more death per capita than the United States and wants to place conscientious objectors of the coronavirus hysteria into psychiatric hospitals.

    The people behind the Great Reset certainly love useful idiots.

    • The second piece is in German, which I don’t read. The first presents national data.I am not an expert in trans-national comparisons of this sort, but I do vaguely recall that to a meaningful comparison, one thing you have to do is to control for the shape of the age distribution. The US has a younger population than most of Europe. If that includes Germany, then this might explain why some diseases of middle-aged and elderly, like heart disease, are more common.

      If I recall, there are a lot of moving parts. For example, at some point in the US the spike in certain causes of death, e.g. cancer and heart disease, was attributed in part to the success in stopping earlier causes of death. So we’d have to control for that sort of thing too. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that with efficient national health, Germany and other European countries managed better with preventable death in the earlier years, and paid for it with more deaths for things we are not as good at preventing later. But this is just speculation. My point is that apples to apples is very hard for long-term health stuff.

      I suspect that meaningful comparison it is a bit easier for health shocks like COVID where you might get some apples to almost-apples by comparing rates of change. as both before and after have the same differences.

  2. Eric says:

    When I went to translate the webpage into English, I discovered that the general idea behind the policy is arresting “lateral thinkers” and putting them into hospitals. However, the headline of that German article uses the word “Zwangseinweisung” which is used in the context of involuntary commitment to psychiatric hospitals. Considering that the Soviet Union considered political dissent to be a form of mental illness, the lessons of history should be rather concerning.

    I am glad that you recognize the issue of Covid-19 has many confounding variables or “moving parts” that can muddy the waters of analysis. For the last few months I have tried my hardest to review the medical literature and reveal the one-sided nature of the pandemic response. Every single conclusion I have reached has been summarily ignored or dismissed.

    The coronavirus response is the biggest hoax in modern history. I feel sorry for anyone that blindly parrots the dangerously insane sloganeering of this social engineering of the Great Reset such as “wear a mask to protect others” – those people are truly lost. You would think after an entire year of dealing with this situation the world could have produced a significant number of N95 respirators to nullify this requirement. As far as I know, the materials needed to create them – polypropylene and polyester – are not exactly rare earth metals.

    For all I know, some people actually believe the common cold does not kill people. How can I possibly hope to convince such people of this great evil unfolding before their very eyes when they choose to ignore even the most basic concepts of disease?

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