• Culture,  Health,  Nationalism

    Stop International Air Travel

    How did the Coronavirus get from Hubei, China to the rest of the world, given that it can’t swim, can’t fly and doesn’t have legs? We’ve all known instinctively, haven’t we? It came in the lungs, on the hands and on the luggage of air passengers arriving at our airports Now there’s factual evidence our gut instinct was correct. The Daily Mail reports Brazilian researchers have found air travel was the main driver behind the spread of coronavirus. The busier the airports, the more people got the disease and died. It can help understand what happened if you think of the virus as equivalent to a hand grenade with the…

  • Health

    Hospital, Office and Residential HVAC Systems may spread Covid-19

    Most hospitals, offices and residential towers built today employ common heating and ventilation systems as a matter of course. They’re efficient, easy to manage and switchable winter and summer from heating to cooling. It’s now turning out, thanks to Covid-19, the whole idea is a colossal mistake. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Air recirculated through a building passes into and out of each room. Indeed, it passes into and out of each lung of the humans living in the rooms. Keep this in mind when you realize bacteria and viruses are small enough to become aerosolized so they can float into and out of the system like tiny biological…

  • Globalism,  Health

    First Principles are the solution to Virus Prevention

    Elon Musk believes solving problems can by done by reducing them to first principles, taking a problem and boiling it down to its basic parts. He’s proven this by becoming wildly successful in three different disciplines: software, automobiles and rocketry. So what are the principle factors in virus pandemics we need to consider? The first is the infection rate and the second is the fatality rate. Viruses are constantly looking for the right balance of the two so they can spread as widely as possible before killing all their potential hosts. Let’s look at the numbers. Ebola had a high kill rate (50% of cases) but a low infection rate…

  • Culture,  Health

    New Reality for Young Women

    Ask any young woman these days where she plans to retire. Most likely, she hasn’t thought of it, or if she has, one of those delightful seniors retirement centres you see in brochures and TV ads. The problem with this plan is that the covid-19 pandemic has shown seniors homes are a death trap for the elderly during a virus outbreak. The combination of communal living, short staffing and a vulnerable age group is the perfect mix for a deadly purge. I’ll take one province as an example, as reported by the Globe & Mail: In Ontario, among the facilities with the worst outbreaks are Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon,…

  • Health,  Politics

    Public Health Care is Big Brother

    Critics of state medicine have missed the fatal flaw at the heart of public health care. It’s not the quality of the care, the availability, the wait times, or the cost to taxpayers. The core problem with public health care is that doctors instinctively want to curb activities they deem too risky in order to lighten their case loads. The same goes for health care administrators and the politicians responsible for the health care system. Reducing the risk society is exposed to makes the health care system look good because it has less to do. That, in turn, makes officials look good. The problem with this approach is that all…

  • Globalism,  Health,  Multiculturalism,  Natiionalism

    Lessons from the Wuhan Virus

    Every crisis creates its own lessons; stone buildings after the great fire of London, Victorian sewers after the Thames became polluted, gas fires after choking London fogs. Politically, the League of Nations after WWI, the United Nations after WWII, along with the European Union, the GATT and the World Bank. In shipping, enough lifeboats for passengers after the sinking of the Titanic. So what are the lessons we’re learning from the Wuhan Flu, or the Chinese Corona Virus, or if you must, Covid-19? The first, and most important lesson, is that humanity has broken all the natural firewalls between societies with international air travel, meaning a bacterial or viral plague,…