A trustworthy update on the science, and the future of the coronavirus pandemic, What should people do?
Three major issues are in the news recently about COVID. The first involves the possibility of herd immunity to the virus. The second is whether the US health care system will be overwhelmed. The third discusses the likelihood of SARS-COV2 transmission during air travel, especially pertinent during the holiday season. Scientists practicing science are generally reliable, but scientists practicing politics generally are not. Furthermore, the media should be acknowledged but never trusted. Here is some information you can rely on.
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Memorial Baptist Church
Villains of the Bible – First in a sermon series by Pastor Mark Harris
22 Nov 2020 – Your Love is Your Life
3 Jan 2021 – 1 Timothy 5 – How Christians Treat Others
Reality is hard, and we don’t like it. So we blind ourselves, and others blind us, to the truth, to the real world.
I work in Northern Virginia (NOVA) outside of Washington DC, a bustling metropolis of steel and glass, American history, and Federal workers, from janitors to the President. For decades, this area has been a stronghold of Democratic politics, with Republicans having nary a chance at the ballot box. I am also taking tap dancing lessons in NOVA, and the fine arts in America are another area in which you are more likely to get kicked by a Donkey than trampled by an Elephant. Last week, America endured a bitter presidential election, and waited days for the results. So, I was unsurprised when I heard exclamations of joy and sighs of relief from class members.
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Governments, all governments, are established under God by the will of the people, although not necessarily all the people. They have specific and limited purposes. Governments cannot and should not try to do everything for everyone.
Democracies, in which each eligible voter selects their favored candidate for each office in a fair process, most visibly follow the will of the people. Dictatorships, however, also require popular support. Saddam Hussein used Sunni Baathists to place him in power and keep him there. As a result, he provided choice government positions to his loyal followers, favored friendly companies with government contracts, and then leaned on the recipients to keep their people in line. Simultaneously, Hussein ensured that Sunni Muslims, though a minority in Iraq, received more consistent electrical power, better services, and more opportunities than the majority Shia Muslims received. Had Hussein not cultivated powerful supporters, he would have fallen. A careful or even cursory study of Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Napoleon, and other dictators throughout time and space shows the same thing. No man is powerful enough to rule a nation alone; he must have help from the people to gain power and keep it.
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