Today, first of all, we recognize the passing of a giant:
Rush Limbaugh, 1951 – 2021
I did listen to Rush some, on and off over the years. I didn’t always agree with him, but I always found him interesting listening. He had a way of making you think, even – maybe especially – when you didn’t agree with him. He also single-handedly invented modern talk radio.
El Rushbo was a titan, and lots of folks will miss him.
On To the Links!
Related: Kung Flu cases are dropping like rocks. Good news indeed; from that article:
Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?
In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.
Now add people getting vaccinated. As of this week, 15% of Americans have received the vaccine, and the figure is rising fast. Former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb estimates 250 million doses will have been delivered to some 150 million people by the end of March….
There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection. As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.
This Week’s Idiots:
Paul Krugman continues to beclown himself. Seriously, I’m constantly having to come up with new ways to deride this asshole, just to avoid repeating myself.
Al Franken is an idiot. But then, everybody already knew that.
This seems appropriate after last week’s Arctic cold snap that hit most of the Forty-Eight. In 1976, America’s Songwriter Bob Dylan was busy proving he could do rock & roll in the Rolling Thunder tour. And, indeed, how many songwriters can boast of a Nobel Prize for Literature?
In 1976, I was fifteen, and this was right around the time my older brother got me started listening to Dylan. My brother, being an old hippie, was more into Dylan’s acoustic folk music work, but I always enjoyed his electric rock-band music. Here’s a good example from a 1976 show in Ft. Collins, Colorado. This is the rock version of his tune Shelter From the Storm. Enjoy.