CNN: Obesity is responsible for high rates of Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths

Let’s be honest, it is not a nice thing to say, but it is the truth and sometimes the truth hurts.  According to a report in CNN yesterday , countries with high rates of obesity in their populations, at least 50%, had high numbers of Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths. In contrast, countries with low rates of obesity, less than 40%, had low levels of Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths. This pattern appears even when accounting for the age and wealth of the nations’ populations. Here are the details:

The report found that every country where less than 40% of the population was overweight had a low Covid-19 death rate of no more than 10 people per 100,000.
Vietnam had one of the world’s lowest Covid-19 death rates, with 0.04 deaths occurring per 100,000 people. The country’s overweight population comes in at 18.3%. Other countries on the low death rate list with similar patterns include Japan, Thailand and South Korea.
But in countries where more than 50% of the population was overweight, the Covid-19 death rate was much higher — more than 100 per 100,000.
In the US, where 152.49 deaths were recorded per 100,000 people, 67.9% of the adult population is overweight, according to the report.

 

Well, here we are, one year of living with the economically and psychologically devastating lock downs. We’ve suffered an entire year of our freedom stolen from us, small businesses forced into bankruptcy, deaths of despair because of forced social isolation, and sky rocketing unemployment. And why? Come to find out it wasn’t because “covid deniers” refused to mask up and socially distance, but because  of obese people. And to think, all this time, we could have lived normal lives if we didn’t have so many obese Americans. I don’t like writing that since I have obese friends and family members and no one likes to reading it, but it is the truth. 

So what is the best way to prevent further Covid hospitalizations and deaths going forward? It is not locking down, closing gyms, staying home, and masking up. It is not getting the non-vaccine or carrying around “immunity passports.” It is getting your caboose to the gym, going outside and taking a walk, changing your eating habits to something healthier. In other words: losing weight!

Of course, the “fat is healthy and beautiful” crowd will lose their minds when they hear that obese people are responsible for the high rates of Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the US and other fat-majority nations. We can expect that they will howl that this report is “fat shaming,” that it needs to be buried and the people behind it canceled forever to make sure no one is allowed to think such unacceptable fat shaming thoughts about thin being healthier ever again. But they can not be allowed to succeed in shutting down the truth that being fat is unhealthy.
Obesity has always been a national health problem. It is a main cause of heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, and other deadly diseases. That is it also responsible for high rates of Covid hospitalizations and deaths should not come as a surprise to anyone, and denying this reality will only kill more people, no matter how many masks they may wear.

Update: The New York Post reports that a gobsmacking 90% of all Covid deaths have taken place in nations with high obesity rates, and that researchers behind this new study now want to prioritize obese people for Covid shots. How is this going to work? Will fat front-line workers in hospitals and doctors’ offices going to get the shot before healthy ones?  Will the obese teachers get the vaccine first while the healthy teachers have to wait? Will younger obese people be prioritized over thinner elderly people? The elderly are at a significant vulnerability, too, but they can’t get younger while the obese can lose weight. 

I supposed prioritizing the obese will stem the problem in the short term, but it will do nothing in the long term. Obesity will still be the main source of many deadly diseases and illnesses and is almost entirely the fault of the individual obese person. Again, no one likes to hear this and I’m not saying it to be cruel because as I said I have friends and family members who are very overweight, but it is the truth.

Kurt Schlichter: the GOP is Not Going to Divide Over Gay Republicans

Kurt Schlichter and I agree on most everything, I think. For example, we support President Trump. We believe the Second Amendment was written to protect the First. We think Twitter sucks. And Ric Grennell is awesome and will be president some day.

Kurt’s most recent article at Townhall is another subject on which we agree completely. He states in no uncertain terms that the Republican party is not going to alienate or marginalize or cancel (or whatever the term is at the moment) gay Republicans just because they’re gay. Here’s the crux of his piece here:

Arbitrarily excluding groups is therefore ridiculous, and the silliness starts with identifying people by groups. Are all gay people the same? No, some are conservative, some liberal, and some don’t care at all about politics. The same with trans people. If you’re trans and a conservative, you’re welcome in the GOP. If you are trans and support the whole erasure of womanhood agenda, we are probably not the party for you. This is also true if you are cisgender and support the whole erasure of the womanhood agenda. And it is also true if you use terms like “cisgender” unironically.

The GOP is always going to split on these social issues. It’s the party where the people who still oppose gay marriage will go, but that’s not to say it can’t also have people who do support gay marriage. In fact, the main response to the gay marriage issue for the GOP base in 2021 is to put it at about #9,001 on the priority list. We have a desiccated old weirdo in the White House drooling as he watches the damn commies run rampant wrecking everything good about America and selling us out to the Chi Coms, and the last thing we are interested in is if Ted Cruz attends Jim and John’s destination wedding in Cancun.

Democrats, leftists, progressives, in essence America haters, in Washington want to tear down the United States of America and replace it with a collectivist, everyone is equal in their poverty and misery (except for themselves of course) hellhole. The fastest way to do that is to balkanize the Republican party by pitting people against each other. We aren’t going to fall for it.

Republicans don’t buy into the identity politics of the Democrat party that categorizes people based upon race, gender, sex, ethnicity, religion, etc., and then ranks them from most important to least important based upon those categories.

The Republican party is the party of Americans who just want to live free from government interference. It’s the party of the Bill of Rights, freedom, patriotism, capitalism, peace through strength, and individual liberty. Everyone who agrees with these ideas is welcome in the GOP, no matter what race, gender, sex, ethnicity, or religion.

Do you believe we should put the needs and concerns of the American people before those of the rest of the world? Welcome aboard!

Do you believe in the Bill of Rights as they are written, Second Amendment and all? Come on in!

Do you believe America is the greatest country in the history of the world, even though our nation made terrible mistakes in the past that we have worked to correct? Pull up a chair!

The Republican party will accept everyone who agrees with these tenets of freedom, patriotism, the Bill of Rights, and capitalism. These ideas are winning ideas for the Republican party that benefit every American of every background, which is why there is a concerted effort to undermine it. Don’t buy into it.

Intellectuals by Paul Johnson

Prager U is a gem. If you are living under a rock and have never heard of it before, you have to head over to Prager U and sign up. I am not being paid to say this; I’m saying it because I believe it. 

Named for Dennis Prager, Prager U filled with fantastic five minute instructional videos about historical events and people, economics, government, philosophy, culture, and so on, all taught by experts in their field. My kids love them and watch them regularly.

I joined Prager U because of the five minute videos, but my favorite part of the site is a series that I just discovered yesterday called The Book Club. Once a month, Michael Knowles and another well known conservative thinker read and discuss a great book, either fiction or non-fiction. In the first episode, Knowles and Dennis Prager discuss Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. As you can imagine, theirs is a heavy discussion about one man’s experience living in the depths of despair and hopelessness of a Nazi concentration camp and surviving. I have been familiar with Frankl’s book for a long time but I had never read it. I’m reading it now.

After that premier episode there are discussions of Hamlet, the greatest play ever written, Pride and Prejudice, one of the greatest novels ever written, and The Divine Comedy, definitely the greatest (and longest) poem ever written. And, of course, no book club about great books could be complete without a discussion of the Book of Genesis.

One book in the series so far has really captured my attention because I’ve never heard of it before but I find it to be so timely: Intellectuals by Paul Johnson. It’s clear from Allen Estrin and Michael Knowles’ talk that Johnson’s book is the one you want to read if you want to truly understand the mind of the political Left today. The ideas the Left is trying to force down our throats today are very the ideas championed and written about by the secular intellectuals two hundred years ago that Johnson analyzes in his book.

In Chapter One, Johnson focuses on Jean-Jacques Rousseau. If you grew up believing he was a man of great virtue and truth and one of the world’s great thinkers of the enlightenment, you may be shocked to learn that Rousseau’s actions and his beliefs were in total opposition to anything resembling enlightenment. He was self-obsessed, arrogant, unwilling to accept any kind of personal responsibility, and a parasite who preyed on others’ generosity. In short, he was a conman.

Rousseau was shockingly cruel to his five children who he had with his mistress, Therese Levasseur. He abandoned all five of his babies, forcing Therese to hand them over at birth to a Paris orphanage that was unsanitary and diseased-ridden, with sky high mortality rate, without another thought. He justified his actions only after they came to light publicly by insisting he did what was best for his children, as he was protecting them from a childhood similar to his. In fact, he claimed that he wished he had had the childhood that he was providing his babies. In spite of his public declarations that he had his children’s best interests at heart, he never bothered to determine their sex, to name them, or to even record their dates of birth. Imagine the pain Therese must have felt knowing she would never be allowed to mother her own children.

The people in his life who knew him best came to the conclusion that he was a horrible human being. Denis Diderot, one of Rousseau’s closest friends, said he was “deceitful, vain as Satan, ungrateful, cruel, hypocritical and full of malice.” Voltaire called him “a monster of vanity and vileness.” 

It is no surprise then that the philosophy born from such a man as Rousseau, when applied in the real world, would have similarly monstrous results. Pol Pot of Cambodia caused mass murder and human depravity in an effort to implement Rousseau’s grand plan for human existence. Mussolini’s fascist system also applied Rousseau’s belief that all citizens, from birth, are to be trained to see themselves through the lens of the State, rather than as individuals with self-determination. 

After Johnson thoroughly dissects Rousseau, he places other “intellectuals” under his microscope for examination: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Marx, Ibsen, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Bertolt Brecht, Bertrand Russell, Sartre, Edmund Wilson, Victor Gollancz, and Lillian Hellman. Every one of Johnson’s analysis is the pulling back of the curtain to reveal how each of them is nothing more than a depraved hypocrite with delusions of grandeur.  

Many of these intellectuals, whether Rousseau, Marx, Sartre, et al., have many bad character traits in common: arrogance, self-obsession, cruelty, and – literally – filthiness. Really. Many of them stunk because they refused to clean themselves. Johnson also notes that one trend that wove its way through each of them is the tendency to claim a love of humanity while treating individual humans, including their own family members, cruelly. 

Unfortunately, it has become clear that modern day Leftists seem to possess the same combination of self-obsession, arrogance, and heartlessness as their intellectual ancestors. John Kerry, Bill Gates, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are just a handful of these new pseudo intellectuals who are convinced they alone have some kind of divine knowledge, the key to understanding and organizing the world and humanity, and expect everyone to submit to their brilliance. Also like the intellectuals of Johnson’s book, they break every rule they impose on everyone else, and when they’re called on it, they refuse to take responsibility and insist that their purpose and goals are more important.  

Read Intellectuals by Paul Johnson. Those who don’t understand history are bound to repeat it. Let’s not repeat the blind following of our so-called intellectuals.