Show-Me State? What does that mean? Well thank you for asking...I assure you it is nothing of a sexual nature (yes I assure you). The story is that those who first settled in Missouri were a skeptical bunch and weren't going to take anyone's word for whatever outlandish story was being told. For example, if someone said they just got back from fishing the Missouri River and caught ten gigantic blue catfish, the appropriate response was: "I don't believe it. Show me!"
Put up or shut up. Talk is cheap. Actually, talk is nothing. All you have to do is prove it. SHOW ME. That's the Missouri way. Don't expect us Midwest hicks to believe your fancy words just 'cause you have lots of letters and periods behind your name. You have to show us. So...show us. Whatchagot?
So I began this blog almost three months ago in hopes of engaging in quality dialogue which would elicit truth and enlightenment and I'm still waiting for someone to SHOW ME a better version of this elusive truth than the perspective that I have been sharing. One of the pastors at my church here in flyover country has been consistent to engage me in conversation which has challenged me to consider my words. He has shared books with me that I have read and found to be not only good reads, but also directly on point in the topic which has completely captivated the world as we grapple with this supposed pandemic. I have appreciated this dialogue more than I can express and have also taken to heart the words of a sermon that he preached just a few weeks ago which I will sum up in two words.
This is good advice which I hope to continue to take to heart. Even though I have yet to get any evidence which shows that I might be wrong in my views, walking humbly is always the right path. Not for one second will I think I am seeing with perfect vision and am 100% certain of my version of the truth. I believe the better approach is to at all times channel my inner-Missourian and say "Show me" to those who challenge me AND TO MYSELF when I challenge others. If I can't show them, then I might as well be from Kansas or Arkansas.
As I see it, walking humbly is about searching for truth while recognizing your own weakness. As much as I would like to be able to shed my weakness, it persists and is with me always. My weakness blinds me to the point where I don't even know when I am acting out of that very weakness. Therefore, I must walk humbly.
As I see it, walking humbly means that it is within the realm of possibility that I am absolutely wrong about everything. Now when a ("Show Me") Missourian walks humbly, it looks somewhat like this:
I might be wrong, but I'm probably not...unless you can convince me with overwhelming evidence which opens my blind eyes to see something I never believed possible.As of this very moment, I'm more convinced than ever that I've been right all along about this pandemic. Yet, I'm still open to listening to science that says otherwise. Here is what I believe to be true today:
- COVID is not deadly (which I've been saying from the beginning). The people that are dying are the same people that would have died regardless of whether COVID-19 ever existed. In other words, COVID is a non-factor;
- More people are immune to COVID than any model ever considered. (Please note there was science which said this was true from the beginning. It's a cold...many of us have had a similar cold which made us immune this go-around. We now know this is true.);
- Do you realize that unless you live in New York or New Jersey, chances are that the overall deaths in your state are DOWN this year when compared to the last three years? How can that be if there is a pandemic that is out-of-control?!? Here in the Show-Me State, deaths are down 3-5% from normal...while violent crime deaths and automobile accident deaths are up. For those of you in the Tar Heel State (where my extended family lives), overall deaths are down 28%!!!!!! How can you explain that? (No one ever does...they just give me a plithy reply about saving lives and the virus being real....which means nothing if people aren't really dying.)
- Sweden was right. They reached herd immunity before anyone else. They stood up against the world and had science on their side while everyone else was following silly models and scary media sources. They are better off financially and they are WAY ahead on the public health side of things. (Please note, Japan has not been getting near the press that Sweden has in this part of the world. They too never locked down and COVID has been a relative non-factor there.)
- The lockdown has been a colossal mistake. It is possible that more people have died from lockdown-related deaths than from COVID. As for the financial considerations, this will most likely go down as the biggest governmental financial blunder of all time. When you consider the hit to the economy and the billions invested in a worthless vaccine that will not be needed, it is truly embarrassing that we have these people making decisions for our country...such as...
- Anthony Fauci. I believe him to be a fraud. He has been wrong. Not once...Not twice...but in EVERY public decision that he has participated in. He has been a total disaster. If you doubt this, please tell me just ONCE when he has been right about anything. SHOW ME! He tried to link COVID with Kawasaki Syndrome, where Rand Paul (who had the COVID virus) rightly stood up to his bullshit. Fauci was wrong and has been effectively debunked on this issue. Thanks to CCN, we now know why Fauci has been so wrong. He is beholden to big-money interests and is taking orders from Bill Gates. He is bad-mouthing known effective treatments, while stumping for expensive pharmaceuticals with horrible side-effects and questionable efficacy. WHY IN THE WORLD IS ANYONE STILL LISTENING TO ANTHONY FAUCI???? Please show me. This should be easy. What one thing has he gotten right? Just one.
Test All Things
So when the media and government began pushing the idea of "More testing!", I was initially resistant to it as I did not believe it was necessary. I believe more testing is in order though, just a different type of testing. I encourage you to vet your sources. Many people stumbled across my blog early on and quickly decided that I was a blathering idiot with no medical training and clueless about infectious diseases with the effrontery of questioning the brilliant careers of people such as Neil Ferguson and Anthony Fauci. For those of you still reading, please know this was precisely the reason why I started this blog. What in the world is going on when the "world's best experts" are ignoring the science that was readily available to all of us?!? Guess what...the good science has proven true. Scientists such as John Ioannidis, Michael Levitt (both out of Stanford), Knut Wittkowski, and Hendrick Streek have tried to inform the world, yet YouTube and other social media outlets have removed their videos and tried to squelch their findings. (Why would they do that?)
It is imperative that your sources be true. Reject those who have been wrong (unless they have owned up to it). Embrace those who have been right. TEST ALL THINGS. This type of testing is important. Whether or not you are a Missourian, make them SHOW YOU!
Walking humbly means that you are always considering the possibility that you are in error. I will continue this approach. I will also ask for evidence when someone makes a claim that seems contrary to the evidence I have observed. That's the Missouri in me. If it's true, surely you can show me.
I highly recommend the following link that argues that the herd immunity for COVID is way lower than anyone thought imaginable...less than 20%. If true, it means the pandemic is over (which is how things are looking to me). If it's wrong, then we should know that soon enough.
Part Eight: A Future Full of Hope (which I'm struggling with now that masks are mandatory where I live)