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The astonishing truth about C19 fatality rates; a nice new tax victory and two entertaining IRS dodges; and some good words about C19 “cases”

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Have You Been Tolerant Of Lockdowns And Mask Mandates?

Would you continue to be if you learned that only a few thousand Americans have died of C19, and even many of that small number could have been saved by a treatment used worldwide but effectively banned in the USA?

SO, I HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY MYSTIFIED AND DISMAYED FOR MONTHS at the persistent failure of the CtC community (and the journalists outside that community with whom I also share my posts) to notice the complete and dispositive debunk of the COVID-19 (C19) rationale for the gutting of the rule of law in America that I have, since March, been steadily assembling, posting and reposting. The latest and greatest such assemblage is here, posted all the way back in June as a simple set of thoroughly-documented facts which can be read in as little as twenty minutes.

In all that time I’ve seen not a single comment about these facts and my analyses– whether in dispute, affirmation, anger or approval. Nor have I seen any airing of the unique and key elements of either in any other venue.

Accordingly, I have been troubled very much by the fear that the vast majority of even this CtC-educated community– which more than any other on the face of the Earth must recognize that government officials lie to citizens in service to their own, private, self-serving agendas without qualm or scruple– has drunk the “pandemic” hobgoblin Kool-Aid. Or, that the community is so bruised and benumbed by the panic-attack assault as to be incapable of even so little an act of resistance and remediation as to bestir themselves enough to point as many others as possible to these liberating and energizing facts.

THE OTHER, HAPPIER(ish) POSSIBILITY is that somehow my presentations of the first (and most important) set of facts in this connect-the-dots assemblage has been less than it needs to be in order to be properly understood, or at least rapidly taken-in. Against that possibility, I am going to try a new presentation, below, with the building blocks reassembled and restated.

PLEASE READ THROUGH THE FOLLOWING BULLET-POINT LIST and then proceed afterward to the remainder of the material at the link provided afterward:

  • Both the 2019-2020 seasonal flu and COVID-19 (C19) originated in East or Southeast Asia.
  • The flu appeared in October of 2019 (see this CDC graphic— week 40 is the beginning of October), and C19 began spreading in November of 2019 (see here and here).
  • Both arrived in America (and everywhere else) with travelers from the area of origin or from places where someone from the area of origin had gone.
  • The vector (spread) mechanics of both diseases is the same (but with C19 being more aggressive, more persistent and with a longer contagion time for an infected carrier).
  • With fully a billion travelers flying during the months of November, 2019 to March of 2020, and with no restrictions in place of any kind on entry to the USA before the end of January, 2020 (and then only on travelers direct from Wuhan, and only those who were not American citizens), C19 MUST have entered the USA early in the 4+ month period of November, 2019 to March, 2020, and MUST have tracked (and most likely exceeded) the spread rate of the seasonal flu.
  • With the CDC figuring that 38-54 million flu infections happened in America between October, 2019 and March, 2020, and in light of the foregoing facts, there MUST have been many millions of C19 infections in America between November 2019 and March of 2020.

Let that sink in, please. There MUST have been many millions of C19 infections in America between November 2019 and March of 2020. All but the very last of those– which means millions and millions of infections– ran their course from beginning to end before mid-March, 2020. The total number of C19 fatalities during that period is only 97.

That’s right, 97. See the CDC’s report to this effect here; it is the column on the left, in bold, that lists “all deaths involving COVID-19”.

MILLIONS of infections, running their course from start to finish, yielding only 97 fatalities. I know, this is so much at odds with the sustained, delivered, drumbeat narrative that it almost prompts a mental hiccup making it invisible and instantly forgotten, right? “That can’t be right!” you mutter to yourself…

But it IS right. You opened and examined the documentation at all the links above, didn’t you? If you still have doubts, check any source you like.

NOW GO HERE AND READ EVERYTHING!!! Then spread it around and talk it up like your liberty depends upon it, ’cause trust me, IT DOES.

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P.S. NOW THAT YOU’VE RETURNED TO THIS PAGE after reading everything at that link above and sending the link to everyone you can– with an explanation and powerful exhortation to them to read, share, and then beat down the doors of their local newspapers and radio and TV stations insisting that the truth replace the lies– I have one other thing to share with you on a related note:

At a meeting of a local activist organization this past Monday, Dr. Samuel T. Fawaz, who heads a team in internal medicine at Beaumont Hospital in the northwest suburbs of Detroit, addressed the group. He urged a common-sense, panic-free recognition that C19 is in no way the dire plague it has been made out to be, and passed along his own observations as a healthcare professional dealing with the real manifestations of the disease.

I asked him about his experiences treating with hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin/zinc.

Dr. Fawaz reported having successfully treated more than two hundred patients himself with the remedy. He also knowledgeably disparaged the designed-to-fail “clinical trials” of the treatment at neighboring organizations such as the Henry Ford health system.

Dr. Fawaz then made one other very interesting point which I think very much worth passing along. Observing that Central Africa has been puzzling everyone all year with its remarkably low C19 fatalities (see for instance, Central African Republic, population 4.7 million, C19 deaths so far: 62; Chad, population ~14 million, with C19 deaths so far of only 92); or Nigeria, population 206 million, with C19 deaths of only 1,116— all figures as of October 16, 2020), the doctor pointed out that in that part of the world, very high numbers of people routinely take hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), or a close variant thereof, prophylactically and as a treatment against malaria.

My follow-up research shows the same remarkably low number of C19 deaths in the one major malaria (and therefore routine hydroxychloroquine) hotspot outside of Central Africa: Papua New Guinea. There, amongst a population of 9 million– 1,188,000 of whom rub shoulders in urban populations centers– there have been only 578 confirmed cases of C19 and a total of 7 deaths (as of 10/16/20).

How about that…

Continued…

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On The “Income” Tax Front…

A fine new CtC-educated victory; a dodgy change in Form 4852; and an entertaining evasion by the IRS of an interesting FOIA request.

STEVEN AND TIA WARD have just secured a nice CtC-educated victory over the long-running “income” tax misapplication scheme. This law-respecting Texas couple claimed and received the return of everything that had been taken from them by Uncle Sam during 2019 under the self-serving and erroneous assumption that Steven and Tia’s earnings were from privileged, tax-relevant activities.

Steven and Tia filed their claim in mid July per the special calendar adopted during the “COVID-19” panic-attack. Just ten days ago they received their complete refund of Social security, Medicare and all, along with more than $1,000 in interest due to the IRS exceeding the 45-day statutory limit in sending out their check:

Continued…

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Other Voices

The Absurdity Of Covid “Cases”

Great writing and cogent observations by Jeff Deist, with a very important afterword by Yours Truly.

DON’T MISS ANY OF THIS, friends. We are not in a time suited to surfing– this is a time calling for serious intake, serious resolution and serious follow-through.

Read carefully, share widely, and stand tall.

Continued…

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And, of course, as always:

Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week!

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“I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves…too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: ‘Our country, right or wrong!’ They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: ‘Our country–when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'”

-Senator Carl Schurz, October 17, 1899

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How to get in touch with me, and how to keep in touch with me.

Please don’t leave me just preaching to the choir!

We both want to restore liberty and the rule of law in our lifetime, so share, share, share!

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Getting Faith Right

AUTHOR Tim Barnett

Last month, Brett Kunkle and I spent six hours training students in apologetics at Watermark Community Church, a very large church in the Dallas area. Brett opened the conference by role-playing an atheist. This allows the students to gauge their own ability at making a defense of their faith. During the role-play, it became obvious that most of these students were working with a mistaken definition of faith. In fact, when Brett asked the students for some evidence for their faith, one student confidently shouted, “If we had evidence, we wouldn’t need faith!” I think this student thought he had bested the atheist; however, all he revealed was a complete misunderstanding of biblical faith. Since I was on deck to speak after Brett, my goal was to clarify for the students what the word faith really means.

One of the liabilities of language is that words can change their meaning over time. Consider the word awful. A century ago it literally meant “to be full of awe.”1 Testifying to an awful sunset would have been communicating reverence for the event. However, today the word is almost exclusively used to articulate something as extremely unpleasant or distasteful.2 Ironically, the term awful has come to mean the opposite of what it used to mean. Therefore, given the mutability of words, it is very important to take the time to clarify terms.

The word faith is also a word that has come to mean something completely different than it did a few millennia ago. In fact, it is rare to hear the word faith being used as the biblical author intended it. As a result, there is a common misunderstanding about faith that is being propagated both inside and outside the church. In his influential book Love Your God with All Your Mind, Christian philosopher J. P. Moreland writes, “Faith is now understood as a blind act of will, a decision to believe something that is either independent of reason or that is a simple choice to believe while ignoring the paltry lack of evidence for what is believed.”3

Is faith really a blind leap into the darkness of irrationality? American author Samuel Clemens thought so. Writing under the pseudonym Mark Twain, he succinctly wrote, “Faith is believing something that you know ain’t so.”4 According to Twain, if you know it, then you do not need faith. Faith is for people who want to believe something in spite of the evidence against it.

In the twenty-first century, there is a cadre of atheists propagating this false belief.5 Neuroscientist and atheist, Sam Harris, echoes this idea in his book The End of Faith. He says,

Tell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give it. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence whatsoever.6 [Emphasis added.]

Harris takes faith to be any belief that is not buttressed by supporting evidence. So belief in fairies, unicorns, and Santa Claus would all fall into this category. The evidence is simply lacking.

Leading New Atheist Richard Dawkins goes one step further. In his bestselling book The God Delusion, he defines faith as “persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence.”7 Not only is faith a belief with no evidence, but also it is in spite of the evidence. As a result of this incorrect concept of faith, Dawkins concludes that faith is one of the world’s greatest evils:

It is fashionable to wax apocalyptic about the threat to humanity posed by the AIDS virus,…“mad cow” disease, and many others, but I think a case can be made that faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate. Faith, being belief that isn’t based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion.8 [Emphasis added.]

The New Atheists are touted as being beacons of reason and evidence. In fact, in Dawkins’s book A Devil’s Chaplain, he offers some helpful advice to his readers. He writes, “And next time somebody tells you that something is true, why not say to them: ’What kind of evidence is there for that?’ And if they can’t give you a good answer, I hope you’ll think very carefully before you believe a word they say.”9 It would be fair to ask, what kind of evidence is there for this prevalent definition of faith? Instead of arguing for their definition of faith, they simply assume it. Ironically, it is the New Atheists who just assert their definition of faith without any evidence. They condemn blind faith, and then expect people to accept their definition on blind faith. But is this really what the biblical authors had in mind when they described faith?

A Biblical Definition of Faith

If one wants to properly understand the biblical concept of faith, they must consult the Bible itself. Unfortunately, many of those who criticize Christian faith have never bothered to open the Bible to see what it teaches. If they had, they would have come to a completely different conclusion. Moreland says, “Biblically, faith is a power or skill to act in accordance with the nature of the kingdom of God, a trust in what we have reason to believe is true. Understood in this way, we see that faith is built on reason. We should have good reasons for thinking that Christianity is true before we dedicate ourselves completely to it.”10 (Emphasis in original.)

John Lennox, Oxford mathematician and author of God’s Undertaker, emphatically states, “Faith is a response to evidence, not a rejoicing in the absence of it.”11 Moreland and Lennox affirm that faith and reason are complementary, not contradictory. This is in stark contrast to the description of faith above. To determine which is correct, consider just two scriptural examples of faith.

In the Gospel of Mark, the author records how a group of friends brought a paralyzed man to see Jesus. Unfortunately, the house was too full and they could not get in. Determined to get their physically handicapped friend to Jesus, they lifted him onto the roof, dug a hole, and lowered him down. Jesus’ response is very informative:

And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ’Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ’Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home” (Mk. 2:5-11).12

Jesus recognizes that anyone could claim to forgive sins since this is an invisible act that cannot be directly verified. Jesus could have merely told His audience to take a leap of faith and just believe. Instead, Jesus provides His listeners with evidence so that they will know He has the authority to forgive sins. He provides physical evidence, a visible healing, to back up His claim, the invisible act of forgiving sins.

The most important verse in the Bible defining faith is found in the book of Hebrews. In chapter 11, the author of Hebrews writes, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1; emphasis added). Some people immediately focus in on the terms “hoped for” and “not seen,” and incorrectly conclude that faith is hoped for and not seen. However, that is not what the verse says.

Faith is the assurance and conviction of things hoped for. Assurance entails solid reasons to believe something. One only has assurance when they have a sufficient amount of evidence. In fact, The New King James Version substitutes the word conviction with evidence.13 Therefore, Christians should have confidence in things hoped for and things unseen, like their future resurrection, because of the trustworthy evidence that has already been established.

Many more scriptural passages could be added to the list. However, this should be sufficient in demonstrating that the biblical writers saw an important relationship between faith and reason. In light of the evidence, New Atheists, like physicist Victor Stenger, have no excuse for propagating the false idea that “faith… is belief without supportive evidence.”14 A short examination of the biblical data confirms that faith is evidence-based.

Here’s how I explain faith to students. Imagine you are standing at the edge of Niagara Falls. While you are watching this magnificent waterfall, you notice there is a tightrope walker walking from one side to the other, pushing a wheelbarrow full of rocks. You are mesmerized by his amazing ability, so you keep watching him do it over and over again.

The tightrope walker sees that you have been watching for some time and walks towards you. He asks, “Do you believe that I can do it again?” Given that you have seen him do it numerous times already, you reply, “Of course, I’ve seen you doing it all day.” Without hesitation, he dumps out all the rocks and replies, “Okay, climb in the wheelbarrow.” You believe based on evidence. And stepping into the wheelbarrow is active trust. Therefore, biblical faith is active trust based on evidence.

So, are faith and reason in conflict? It depends entirely on how one defines faith. Faith as active trust based on evidence is certainly not at odds with reason. On this view, reason assesses whether or not something is true and then faith holds the belief is true in light of those reasons. Reason assesses; faith trusts. Greg Koukl says, “So let’s set the record straight. Faith is not the opposite of reason. The opposite of faith is unbelief. And reason is not the opposite of faith. The opposite of reason is irrationality. Do some Christians have irrational faith? Sure. Do some skeptics have unreasonable unbelief? You bet. It works both ways.”15

Certainly, there are Christians who have blind faith, but that does not mean that Christianity advocates blind faith. In fact, the concept of blind faith is completely foreign to the Bible. Given the widespread misunderstanding of the word faith, there are some Christians who are opting to use a substitute term. Instead of talking about faith, they use the word trust. Greg Koukl offers a suggestion to help clarify this confusion:

Stop using the word faith. Use the word trust instead, because biblical faith means active trust. And trust must be earned. Today, just as in Jesus’ day, we have “many convincing proofs” (Acts 1:3) that God is real and Jesus is the risen Savior—evidence enough to satisfy your mind and earn your trust.16

God is not interested in a blind leap of faith. He is looking for a step of trust. Biblical faith is not contrary to reason; it is consistent with reason.

I’m so blessed to be on the front lines training Christians in the understanding and defense of the Christian faith. The impact cannot be overstated. I know that I wouldn’t be able to do this without your prayer support. Please continue to pray that God would bless this ministry.

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The Best Fall Products to Buy, According to Our Editors

 
It’s officially the first day of fall, and we are stoked to make all of our favorite fall recipes—which means it’s time to get our kitchens ready for the season! The Eat This! editors chose a few of our favorite go-to products to share with you that will make this new cooking season easier than ever.
 
 
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Things to Know About Rubbing Alcohol

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Stronger Isn’t Always Better

You can buy rubbing alcohol with a concentration of 70% or 99% isopropyl alcohol. Even though you may think the higher concentration is more effective, experts say 70% is actually better for disinfecting. It has more water, which helps it to dissolve more slowly, penetrate cells, and kill bacteria. The disinfecting power of rubbing alcohol drops at concentrations higher than 80%-85%.  

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It Gets Rid of Plant Pests

Rubbing alcohol works as a natural, less toxic way to get rid of pests on your houseplants. Wipe the insect with a cotton swab dipped in it to stop small outbreaks of mealybugs, aphids, whiteflies, and scale crawlers.

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It Eases Nausea After Surgery

It’s common to feel sick to your stomach or throw up after surgery. It’s a side effect of the medicine that helps you to sleep (anesthesia). Some research studies show that breathing in rubbing alcohol on alcohol pads can help to soothe your stomach after surgery. It may work faster than standard anti-nausea medicines, but the effects are short-term.

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It Won’t Lower Your Fever

For years, doctors and parents sponged rubbing alcohol onto kids’ skin to treat fevers. It does make skin cooler to the touch, but today, science shows that alcohol is dangerous because it can soak into the skin and cause alcohol poisoning, coma, and even death, especially for babies and small children. Instead, bring down your child’s fever with medicine that has acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

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It Can Remove Ink Stains

Spilled ink on your shirt and don’t have any stain remover? Try rubbing alcohol. The key is to act quickly before the stain dries — older ones are harder to get out. Cover the stain with a pad dampened with rubbing alcohol. Continue to change the pad as it soaks up the ink stain.

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It Cleans Up Around the House

You can use rubbing alcohol to clean some surfaces. For a DIY glass and window cleaner, mix 1 pint rubbing alcohol with ½ cup ammonia and ½ teaspoon liquid dish detergent. Add enough water to make a gallon and pour into spray bottles. To get bugs and tree sap off of your car, first wash your car and then dab some rubbing alcohol on leftover spots with a cloth.

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It Can Make a DIY Cold Pack

To make a cheap cold pack, pour a 1-1 solution of rubbing alcohol (70%) and water into a reusable storage bag, then pop it into the freezer. You can even add blue food coloring to make it look like a store-bought ice pack. It won’t get hard in the freezer.  You can use it on minor sprains and strains.

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It Can Ease an Ear Infection

Mix a 1-to-1 solution of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Pour a little into each ear, then let it drain out. The mixture helps to restore your ear’s pH levels after an ear infection and dry them out after a long day at the pool.

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It Doesn’t Mix With Bleach

Never combine bleach with rubbing alcohol. It can release dangerous gases that may damage your lungs. Symptoms of chlorine gas exposure include burning in your eyes, throat, and lungs.

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It Disinfects (Most) Things

You can mix a 50/50 solution of water and rubbing alcohol to disinfect your hard-surface countertops, like granite and quartz. Hospitals also sometimes use alcohol towelettes to get rid of germs on small surfaces like stethoscopes, scissors, and thermometers. Experts don’t recommend using rubbing alcohol to sterilize medical and surgical equipment because it can’t kill bacterial spores, which can lead to infection.  

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It Makes Hand Sanitizer

You can make your own hand sanitizer at home with a few ingredients. Mix ⅔ cup of rubbing alcohol and ⅓ cup of aloe vera gel in a bowl until blended. You can add a few drops of essential oil, in a fragrance you like, to mask the alcohol smell if you want. Whisk the oil into the other ingredients and pour into a container. Be sure to wash your hands before you start, and clean the container to get rid of any dirt.

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It’s Not a Friend to Wood or Leather

You can use rubbing alcohol on some surfaces like marble, limestone, or terrazzo, but not on wood. The chemical will damage a wood finish. And while it’s safe to use in a pinch on coated leather, like in your car, over time, it will damage and discolor the leather. Use special cleaners made for leather and wood instead.