In an earlier post, I suggested that the media and government may be needlessly panicking the public with flawed analysis of the danger of COVID 19.  Dr. John Ioannidis is professor of medicine, of epidemiology and population health, of biomedical data science, and of statistics at Stanford University and co-director of Stanford’s Meta-Research Innovation Center.  He has a detailed statistical analysis of what we know so far here: https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/17/a-fiasco-in-the-making-as-the-coronavirus-pandemic-takes-hold-we-are-making-decisions-without-reliable-data/

Are we overreacting?  We usually do.

 

 

Besides democracy, rule of law, civil rights, women’s rights, property rights, public education, modern medicine, abundant and safe food, indoor plumbing, indoor lighting, paved roads, telephones, automobiles, computers, the open market, and the freedoms of religious practice and political speech, what has Western civilization ever done for us?

Recently, the Stanford Review offered The Case for a Western Civilization Requirement at Stanford University.  The accompanying petition to bring back “Western Civ” failed by a large margin.  The current trend in media, education, and (most disturbingly) the political arena is a wholesale rejection of traditional Western values.  Ben Shapiro warns that When You Don’t Appreciate Your Civilization, there may be dire consequences.  Instead, the Association of Mature American Citizens suggests, quite reasonably, that we give Three Cheers for Western Civilization.

 

 

I watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on TV as a kid (on a black and white television). But this is NOT in the recent film, “First Man,” a biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong.

 

Plastic Water Bottle Floating in Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, California, USA

Surprise!  Only a little comes from the US.  A majority of the plastic waste in our oceans comes from China and nearby Asian countries.  Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan each throw more garbage into the waters than we do.  So does the European Union.  The US accounts for less than 1% of the plastic waste in the ocean.  (Banning straws in California isn’t really going to make much difference.)  You can read the dirty details here.