Unmasking the Secret Religion of the Academics

Yesterday I got into an argument with a bright gal I knew in high school. She’s doing graduate research work at Vanderbilt and has decided she’s an expert on the Wuhan.  The gal was doing lots of sighing and impatiently lecturing me on why we must all wear masks all the time and that any contrary opinion or conduct meant I didn’t deserve the rights and privileges of a citizen (let alone that of a veteran).
 
You probably know where this is going.
 
You all know that I don’t mind people wearing masks who are sick, or vulnerable, or who must in order to safely fulfill their duties according to their state in life.  I’ve even organized the purchase of masks for liturgical occasions.
However, I pointed out that even the N95 masks often worn by medical personnel don’t protect you from the Wuhan (these masks are designed for dust, mists, fumes etc., and only offer 95% protection down to 0.3 microns, while the Wuhan virus is 67% smaller than that at just 0.1 microns in size). 
Of course, the cotton masks that most of us are wearing in public so we don’t go to jail merely increase the risks of hypoxia, hypercapnia, vertigo and seizures (plus minor stuff like headaches, tinnitus and cognitive impairment).
 
Anyway, she angrily demanded to know my sources, so I cited the CDC, the WHO, the New England Medical Journal plus the manufacturer of the masks on this point.
I mean, we all
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Here’s What the Polling Says About Trump

My online poll, which ran for five days and received more than 1,000 entries from all 50 states, produced the following data:

  1. Among those who did not vote in 2016, 67% of them intend to vote for Trump.  Only 11% chose Biden.
  2. Among those who voted for Trump in 2016, 97% intend to vote for him in 2020.
  3. Among those who voted for Clinton in 2016, 78% intend to vote for Biden in 2020.
  4. Among those who voted third party in 2016, 49% intend to vote for Trump and 11% intend to vote for Biden.
  5. 6% of black voters who say they voted for Clinton in 2016 intend to vote for Trump in 2020
  6. 8% of Latino voters who say they voted for Clinton in 2016 intend to vote for Trump in 2020
  7. 3% of white voters who say they voted for Clinton in 2016 intend to vote for Trump in 2020.

Among Republican voters, the top three issues they identified as their priorities:

  1. Ending abortion
  2. Federal Judicial appointments
  3. Reducing Taxes

Some conclusions:

  1. There is no indication of a lack of support for Trump among Republicans.
  2. There is considerable evidence that Trump will do better among minorities than he did in 2016
  3. There is some evidence of a lack of enthusiasm among Democrats for Biden.
  4. Polls showing a double-digit Biden advantage cannot be trusted.  Either the pollsters are lying, the respondents are lying or the statistical weighting decisions (turnout expectations) are unrealistic.
  5. Polling in 2016 almost unanimously predicted a Hillary
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