Swansboro, N.C.

May 5, 2020

TO THE EDITOR:

As I wrote this letter, three TV programs from the late 1950s and early 1960s came to mind. Those of you around the age of 70 may recall them. 1. The Big Picture, 2. Dragnet and 3. Superman. In 1958, being 8-years-old, I remember the earth rotating at the start of this news program (perhaps an unbiased one unlike today’s news media.) Dragnet, a detective series occurring in Los Angeles, featured Joe Friday who always said, “Just the facts!” Again, our mainstream media today overlooks the facts not in their narrative. The opening narrator in Superman always ended saying, “Truth, justice and the American way.

Please consider the following facts: 1. The Wehan virus/flu came from China and probably came to the USA and Europe in December 2019. 2. China and the WHO did not alert the world of this and thousands upon thousands of Chinese citizens continued to fly into other nations (transmitting the coronavirus). 3. During November, December and January, the nation’s focus was on the impeachment of a duly elected President. ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬Perhaps, the Chinese realized this and decided to unleash this virus on the USA and the world. (my opinion). 4. State governors, not the President, shut down their respective economics. The President’s task force established guidelines for the general public.

5. The mainstream news media has sensationalized, saturated, indoctrinated and scared the general public to death with a constant “hammering” of social distancing, stay at home, don’t congregate (even in church), and the plastering of CORONAVIRUS on our minds. Fear and repetition can influence and deceive many minds. 6. The shutdown of public mobility and socializing in groups has decreased the extent of “herd immunity.” 7. The world, including the United States, has an influenza season each year.

Now consider the numbers, and remember, numbers do not lie (but they can be fudged — as in counting many deaths with COVID-19, instead of specifically from the virus.)

Let’s do the math. As of this date, May 4, world deaths attributed to this virus/flu are 250,134. United States deaths are at 68,387 (probably half that minus the fudging). North Carolina deaths are at 431.

If you divide world population of 7.8 billion into world deaths of 250,134, you get a percentage of 0.00003, (Consider one percent of 7.8 billion is 78 million).

The United States population of 330 million divided into 68,387 deaths gives you a percentage of 0.0002. (Consider one % of 30 million is 3.3 million.)

North Carolina’s population of 10.8 million divided into 431 deaths gives you a percentage of 0.000004. (Consider one % of 10,8 million is 108 thousand.)

In other words, you are far, far more likely to die from being struck by lightning on a perfectly clear day than you are from this so- called pandemic.

Furthermore, consider these numbers from the CDC. The average annual number of influenza deaths in the United States between 2009 and 2018 is 40,330. In 2009-10 flu deaths were 60,000. In 2017-18 flu deaths were 61,000. Did we shut down our nation’s economy then? No, then why this time?

Perhaps it could be political, Russian collusion, the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings, the Mueller report, Ukraine and impeachment didn’t work. Maybe a flu pandemic and closing/ruining our economy and millions of American citizens’ lives will keep a duly elected President Donald J. Trump from being re-elected.

What we have been experiencing the last 50 days, about 7 weeks, is an experiment to determine if the American people would allow the government to dictate how we should live our lives. Wake up Americas! We wouldn’t want our country to get renamed, The United States of Socialist Republics (U.S.R.) Think about it.

RANDY TYNER

(35) comments

drewski

WOW! Aside from the fox news talking points, the repetitive " duly elected president" and the clear attempt to leap on the dem hoax bandwagon. You seem to have missed a critical point. the annual flu infects on average about 20% of the total population, of that, depending on different yearly variables x % recover and Y % die. Your math uses total population to arrive at your conclusion, It is very doubtful that everyone on earth has been exposed. It is likely that less then the 20% annual flu exposure has been exposed because of social distancing. Until there is wide spread testing an informed opinion is not possible. I think this should be renamed the DARWIN virus, since people who believe in science are more likely to protect themselves, and people who believe the rants of rush and sean and laura and don the con won't.

David Collins

Always good to hear a dissenting opinion . After all , it is an election year . Do not lose sight of that when navigating the sea of opinions out there .

CARTERETISCORRUPT

The fact remains that this WuFlu, or Kung Flu is the biggest hoax in American history. It is shameful that so many fell for this hype. Goes to show the dumbing down of the population has succeeded.

JusticeForAll

There is manipulation, but not by the democrats to oust Trump. Seems most of our government officials and their experts are linked by an indefinite stream of false or misleading information. Also seems the citizens of this great nation are at checkmate. Guess we will find out if our new theme song is "Eye of the Tiger" or "Mary had a little lamb, bah, bah, bah."

Evolution is fact and the corona virus has been among us for a while, but what is not been determined, conclusively, is Covid-19 as our "ultimate demise" virus. Messing with the natural selection process will have its consequences.

drewski

"The fact remains that this WuFlu, or Kung Flu is the biggest hoax in American history" Gee I thought the impeachment was the biggest hoax in american history.Its difficult to keep track with all the trump inspired hyperbole floating around. With 80k dead, and that number continuing to rise even with the shut down and social distancing. One has to wonder how many dead is required for this not to be a hoax? 200k 500k? 4% of patients in the 60's died 8 % in their 70's died. There are 70 million ppl in this country over 60 yrs old as of 2017. if we average at 6% of 70 million thats 4,200.000 ( if all seniors were exposed) lets assume only 20% of seniors are exposed( the cdc estimate for annual flu exposure) thats 840,000. Please tell me at what level of death will you admit it is not a dem hoax designed to "get" president trump. The wicked irony is older folks tend to be more conservative, As president Trump encourages armed protesters and suggests we have to be "warriors" The old and infirm are what collateral damage ? unavoidable consequences? Shame on anyone who thinks their need to go to a sit down restaurant is more important then my elderly parents lives.

David Collins

Why does everything come down to oust Trump ? With this flue thing , it is painfully obvious that there are no experts , just best guessers . Quite sure we will muddle and fumble our way through this with many casualties to show for it . One thing that this Covid thing could do is trim down the number of Social Security and Medicare recipients . That would help the entitlement spending deficit . Also , the locked up wealth of the wizened victims would be transferred and taxed therefore helping to refill the stressed treasury . See , there is a sunny side to all this . Just another one of life’s great equalizers .

dc

This virus from an origination & worldwide spread standpoint is the fault of no person or entity other than the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) attempt to cover up for what reason? And, the WHO helping them for what reason? The Ds are trying their crazy best to blame the president for the same reason they have tried for everything else. The criminal BS like illegally outing & surveilling citizens started when Obama & his underlings, cronies, etc tried to ensure HRC was elected. When she wasn't he & they were so fierce he & they allowed their personal anger/vendettas to overrule everything else. Sadly, the R congressional leadership didn't have the guts to initially put a stop to the BS leading to over three years of Ds pursuing every scheme they could until finally enough Rs got some backbone. What's gone on for three years has hurt our country &. citizens while essentially causing our foreign enemies to try & take advantage of the craziness. The CCPs untruthfulness about the virus & its spread could very likely be the result of the Ds trying to destroy this president believe it or not.

drewski

How sad it must be - believing that scientists, scholars, historians, economists, and journalists have devoted their entire lives to deceiving you, while a reality tv star with decades of fraud and exhaustively documented lying is your only beacon of truth and honesty.

JohnnyR

Here's some numbers for you, Sweden is roughly the same size as North Carolina where Sweden decided to remain open rather close down as NC has.

Population of Sweden (5/11/20): 10,099,265

COVID Confirmed in Sweden (5/11/20): 25,921

COVID Deaths in Sweden (5/11/20): 3,220

Population of NC (5/11/20): 10,611,862

COVID Confirmed in NC (5/11/20): 15,054

COVID Deaths in NC (5/11/20): 550

Please look these numbers up yourself.

DeadBolt

Bad examle, tainted math, and science, ie: Sweden is 'homogeneous' <-----the US is 'not' . (neither is NC) Sorry, this horseshoe don't ring.

JohnnyR

You've learned well from your messiah grasshopper, make excuses and ignore facts. A true Trumper!

David Collins

You are quite correct , it is sad that the professions you named have , although not collectively , done just what you described . Politics can be quite damaging indeed . Even more sadly is that the worst is yet to come .

.

DeadBolt

Classic TDS! [wink]

drewski

tds. Is that trump deity syndrome? Or perhaps more deflection? After that childish showing yesterday " ask china"The data in a May 7 coronavirus task force report are at odds with President Donald Trump's declaration Monday that "all throughout the country, the numbers are coming down rapidly."

The 10 top areas recorded surges of 72.4 percent or greater over a seven-day period compared to the previous week, according to a set of tables produced for the task force by its data and analytics unit. They include Nashville, Tennessee; Des Moines, Iowa; Amarillo, Texas; and — atop the list, with a 650 percent increase — Central City, Kentucky.

Call tds when you can't make a rational argument. Believe opinion over science. Post a you tube video that proves Obama is actually part Muslim part Chinese and part alien. Smart ppl know better then that.

David Collins

Sweden currently has about 22 deaths /per 100,000 . It decided to play the odds game and currently leads the Nordic countries in deaths . Home schooling is banned as well as several other things we free countries enjoy . In fact it is a rather tightly controlled society unlike ours used to be . To be more like Sweden is a popular rallying cry among those that do not know .

JohnnyR

The Trumpers are now countering their derangement by calling others deranged that don't follow their deranged belief in the derange king. Don't forget to bring up Obama or Hillary as the real problem here!

dc

Okay, HRC & BO & just for kicks let's add. BC & Biden as the real problem here. Bet you can't guess why.

dc

"The Wuhan Virus, Globalism and the November Election" by G. Murphy Donovan.

dc

"Obama's Coup Attempt" by Daniel John Sobieski.

drewski

Natural selection will eventually deal with those who cling to one sided circular arguments and the conspiracy de jour. The Darvin virus is a good example of that. Much like a menhaden factory they will just slowly fade away.

David Collins

Ahhh , nothing sews fear quite like percentages these days . That is why I prefer actual numbers which are more sobering .

Benelli

Its hard to believe anyone could watch Trumps press conferences and see anything other than a game show host huckster who is in over his head. A real leader doesnt scapegoat while people are dying

JusticeForAll

Let's see how all of this shifts when the federal government stops giving away money they do not have.

dc

Natural selection may take care of all circular arguments. Believe it was old soldiers who never die but just fade away. Fish factories were the smell of money.

dc

Think Biden might be in over his head? Looks like BO got in way over his head & convinced some of his cronies to come with him.

David Collins

Anti Trumpers , just who have you got to run agains him ? Biden is in a cave , refusing to come out and pondering just which female running mates to chose from . No pun intended . This is beyond pitiful . You mean out of 325 million folks in our country , no one can rise up to challenge Trump ? Talk about an out of touch , pitiful bunch of folks . You deserve what you get and will get what you deserve . Old saying but forever true . So all you bashers just keep on bashing . Easy to run off at the keyboard , hiding behind a screen name buttttt Ain’t no one listening .

drewski

Again with the incorrect facts, Mr. Collins. Obviously YOU are listening to our comments since you reply. Just as trump mocks " morning joe" but sits there watching each day, then switches to fox hoping for a favorable mention. A sad little boy still searching for daddys love, Thankfully he has hannity to shore up his low self esteem. 123 tweets on mothers day? bashing everyone in sight. What a leadership and character example. The man is mentally ill. Too busy with his narcissism and tv and issues to focus on his job as Potus. Biden is not my ideal candidate,but i will be voting for anyone who opposes that rage,tweeting, mentally ill would be dictator currently sitting and tweeting about his golf course is now open. We will just have to wait and see what happens in NOV, I pray we can get that lunatic out of the white house,

David Collins

A wise person closely observes the opposition . Trumps tweets irritate me as well sometimes but in a target rich environment , who could resist ?

Please point out some of my incorrect facts . Remember facts , not opinions or he said or she said . There is a difference .

Your anybody but Trump statement has over time and history proven to be rather disappointing and out right dangerous . The beds we make for ourselves can prove to be quite uncomfortable .

drewski

The specific fact i was referring to ( which I thought should have been clear) was you asserted that "no one is listening" and my point was obviously you, are since you are making replies. I have been a registered republican since 1980, my first presidential vote was for reagan. I vote for the individual not the party. the current GOP leadership has tied their fate to trump is a dangerous demagogue in my opinion. packing the federal courts with far right judges seems to the the priority over balanced leadership and compromise. Think reagen and tip o'neil.

If you look at the maryland govenor you can see an example of gop leadership, he has a dem statehouse , his vetos are frequently overridden, the nightmare city of Baltimore, covid, and a host of serious issues on his plate. Yet he governs, maintains dignity and works across party lines to make life better for his constituents. If only we could see that at the national level. Instead we have moscow mitch catering to a childish demagogue. While the press is biased on both sides, trump's mindless mantra about "the enemy of the people" referring to a free press is downright dangerous to a free society. he is not original lugenpresse started before ww1, was repeated for ww2 and is the go to move for wanna be dictators. " dont believe what you hear and see only i am telling the truth."

dc

How about anybody but idiots letting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) off the hook for this virus with the WHO cover to spread the virus across the world. The CCP is currently trying to steal the vaccine being worked on by our people. Listen to Navarro & what's in the works with China. Sleepy & the rest of the D anti-American sleeze will just have to put up the tweets that got the only one in the running in 2016 & 2020 willing to MAGA.

dc

"'Wingman' Eric Holder orchestrated 'Obamagate', says successor attorney general". By Paul Bedard. Not only that Holder left office early to set things up. These two buds both anti-American, anti-Constitution crooks have been planning for years to steal the upcoming election.

David Collins

Ok , you do not feel he is presidential enough to hold the office . Get it . Same question I posted about the D’s selecting Biden . Is there no one in the R party better suited to the Job than Trump and where is he or she ? Why has no one stepped up ?

Time is moving on so better get stumping .

Everyone that supported Trump knew , or should have known , what they were getting . He is a successful business person . A type A . They tend to rule with an iron fist , be it in business or in the business of leading the country . That is why he won . People were tired of wishy washy career politicians . Many could and still do relate to him . His “ get the job done or get out style “ is refreshing . The only thing is , I believe even he did not realize how rotten the Swamp really is and how widespread as well . Believe we all will become aware of this if he succeeds with his investigations of our flagship agencies . In the past things were swept under the rug “for the good of the nation” . Not so much any more . The efforts by the lying press are well documented , being lying by omission or cherry picking things out of context . No excuse for that but true news reporting has been replaced by tabloid type sensationalism . Thankfully these shows have been dead wrong most of the time but entertainment does sell in a big way and we humans tend to have short memories .

JohnnyR

Dude, step away from the Fox news, you're buying into all the political propaganda. Both sides are twisting peoples minds, CNN is just as bad as Fox. This is not a James Bond movie, there are not super-villains looking to steal vaccines.

David Collins

Sure , and life is full of pixie dust and unicorns .

dc

Vaccines? How about the world?

Welcome to the discussion.

As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to edit or remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, anti-Semitism, or personal/abusive/condescending attacks on other users or goading them. The same applies to trolling, the use of multiple aliases, or just generally being a jerk. Enforcement of this policy is at the sole discretion of the site administrators and repeat offenders may be blocked or permanently banned without warning.