5-Star and 4-Star Sources
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S&P 500 Index, 5-star. The index is the news. It is a number set by market money. All the indexes are 5-star by default.
Hussman Funds Market Comment, 5-star. Market opinion, and stated as such. Consistent message.
Nate’s Stuff, 5-star baby!!
NathanRuffing.com Big News, only the absolute biggest stories of our lives
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Sports Events 2020 – wow everything that isn’t happening.
Search Delaware Hayes Pacers
COVID-19 and Epidemiology in General
I consider this paper to be worth more than everything else written on COVID-19, combined. Literally.
Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, 5-star book, written in 2017. A must-read. It reads like it was written before the COVID-19 outbreak.
CIDRAP podcast, 5-star. Michael Osterholm does his job and reports the science.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), 4-star source. Nearly 5-star. Highly relevant. Scientific. Critical when necessary.
Deaths data table from the CDC. 5-star data table. US government statistics are usually consistent and honest. COVID-19 cases are difficult to count and classify. Deaths are more straightforward. The last 7 years average annual flu deaths for the US is ~41,000. Reference. The reason the CDC doesn’t compare average past flu and pneumonia death data to COVID-19 is because they don’t have reliable weekly past flu and pneumonia data, only estimates.
EUROMOMO is the EU equivalent.
The Fall and Rise of China, 5-star lecture series. Covers the Opium Wars through 2010. Absolute must-listen to understand China.
The following “Chinese” are not the same. We must know the difference!
- The CCP
- China the country
- Chinese people in China
- Chinese people in America who will return to China
- Chinese-American immigrants
- Americans with Chinese heritage
- Americans who look Asian
Current news on China? I lack a good source! Anybody?? Shoot me an e-mail. I’m open to suggestions.
Keys to Black Wealth: here is a great black movement.
I will listen to black people on black people. Martin Luther King Jr. speeches are timeless. Malcolm X speeches are shocking but interesting and well-spoken.was controversial, and he was a “draft dodger” but he appears to me to have been bravely speaking his mind, not a coward. I like Thomas Sowell and Larry Elder, you may not. Suggestions?
Internet Free Speech and Privacy
Bovada sports gambling, 5-star, is popular in the US and offers odds on political races. Better than the polls. Money is on the line, so their goal is to report the odds as they actually are.
MoFreedomFoundation: 4-star. Rob is the most politically-biased 4-star source on this page. Rob is a one-man polemicist show with consistent message and historical background. Though biased, he makes no bones about it. He is there to state his opinion. I watched almost all his videos from 2016 through 2019 and they remain relevant. Disagree with him? Go ahead, start a video series then! That’s what he did!
Star Rating System
5-star: Near perfect source. Totally unbiased, well cited, self-regulating. I have never found misinformation. Gold standard of information. Often says, “we don’t know …” when they don’t know. Often very boring, require a long time to understand. Demonstrates conscious and consistent attempt to be objective. When there is opinion, clearly labeled as such. Science and statistics used responsibly. Usually reserved for individual stories rather than sources because one must always be wary.
4-star: Great source. No consistent bias, but some misinformation and bias rarely. If opinion, clearly stated as opinion and supported by cited 5 star sources. Consistent, independent, individual opinion makers often receive 4 stars even if biased if they identify as opinion and consistently reveal their sources.
3-star: Usually good information. Information selected with some consistent political bias. Often more entertaining than 4 or 5 star sources.
2-star: clear bias with thin attempt to conceal. Information usually true, but heavily selected to fit a narrative. Often appear to be attempting to create newsworthy thought rather than objectively reporting news or stating opinion. Sources often receive 2 stars rather than 1 star, ironically, because so many people follow these sources that they become news. Often quote science and statistics in a weak superficial manner to support their narrative.
1-star: comical and entertaining. If reality is ridiculous, as it sometimes can be, 1 star sources will be the first to report. 90% of the information reads like historical fiction. Conspiracy theories abound.
3-Star, 2-Star and 1-Star Sources with Explanation
These sources can be useful, but should combine to less than 10% of your information unless you just want entertainment, want a quick explanation of a current “thought” movement, are starting a search for a “4-star plus” source, or you are preparing for war for some reason.
NPR: 3-star. The most publicly-funded US news source. Their bias sometimes goes both ways, so difficult to pin them on one side. Government funded. Though unbiased, they just aren’t that good. Very connected to US universities. My personal peeve is that their necessity to interview the “downtrodden” turns into endless whining and complaining.
BBC News: 4-star or 3-star. Very connected to the British government, but I usually find their stories dispassionate and concise. They must support the British government but English culture is popular – I believe – because the English value truth and transparency.
Joe Rogan, 3-star, is a great source of sources. Joe Rogan often interviews great sources and you can go directly to his interviewees as your source.
US Mainstream Media: 2-star.
Search Thomas Jefferson quotes on newspapers and you will know exactly what I think about mainstream media. The most useful thing the mainstream media has done in my lifetime is help name this post.
Fox News, 2-star.
New York Times, 2-star.
Washington Post, 2-star.
Their stories are based in truth but they immediately spin them. They sprinkle in just enough truth and “science” to make you feel smart and informed. However, they pick only sources that drive their agenda and usually the most shocking and enraging sources possible. Watching just one side yields a very skewed world view. Watching both sides yields an extreme view that the two sides hate each other and one side is right or the answer is in the middle. None of these things are true. The “right answer” or “solution” appears neither in the battle between these “two sides” nor in the middle. No link here because of the crippling number of ads on their sites. As an American, their bias is pretty easy to pick out but as a foreigner you might just be confused by the chaos.
US Presidential Election 2020
Compelling Trump victory factors
- Strong economy / jobs … (?)
- Weak Democrat candidates
- Trump is social media leader.
- COVID-19 emphasizes social media.
- Trump picking up minority votes?
- Bernie splitting Democrat vote, complicating things.
- Media is so negative, Democrats happy to passively allow Trump to remain in hot seat. Not excited about getting slammed with Biden in charge.
Compelling Democrat victory factors
- Anybody but Hillary could have beaten Trump in 2016. Hillary was only candidate bad enough Trump could beat
- Anti-Trump base is energetic and will vote
- Trump support base is complacent.
- Trump barely won in 2016, lost popular vote.
- COVID-19 killing “Trump’s” economy. Bad for incumbent.
- Media is so negative, Trump supporters will be happy to see Democrat return to hot seat. Tired of constant berating.
30 Mar: US Government 15 day plan expires. Go back to work, America?
~3 Apr: UK starts mass testing for active and past COVID-19
~9 Apr: Osterholm says major testing shortages because of reagent chemicals required. Confidence crisis.
~9 Apr: check from US government for ~$1200 / adult.
12 Apr: Trump target for re-opening (Easter Sunday).
16 Apr: JP Hussman says grace period up for health system preparedness.
8 May: lawyers say Franklin County courts re-open?
~July – August: Osterholm says peak in the summer six months after emergence. No seasonality.
- 25 March 2020: with S&P 500 down only 27% – S&P ~=2,500 – I don’t think the market has priced in the effect of ongoing trade issues with world’s #2 economy. China already had probable forced child labor, oppressive propaganda-pushing government, taking over Hong Kong, “re-education” camps for Uighur Muslims, now wet markets + CCP delay and cover-up have caused a pandemic. CCP has arrived on the world’s doorstep. No matter your politics, governments will sanction and this will affect global economy.
- Feb 2020: predict Trump wins reelection in 2020 due to being incumbent, strong economy, social media use, and weak Democrat candidates.
Twitter, link goes to your Twitter home. Twitter is news by default depending on who you follow. If enough people think it’s news, they’re right. Get it off your chest. Participate. … Update: I don’t know, even good sources turn to trash on Twitter.
DrudgeReport, 1-star, collection of the newest and most alarming stories by link from around the web. Unvetted. Everything that anybody is saying. Entertaining.
World Economic Forum: Pro-globalization. I’m not familiar enough to rate.
List of definitely un-reliable sources without links: New York Post, Intellihub, Breitbart, …
Coronavirus 2020 back-story and reading
The World Health Organization is is influenced by Chinese Communist Party propaganda, reports their numbers as fact, holds China as a model (based on false numbers), and is advertising a concert in the middle of a pandemic. Stop the funding. Embarrassing. Even Michael Osterholm at CIDRAP called them out for failing.
The Wuhan Virology Lab, even if just a coincidence, is part of the coronavirus story, see below
Wuhan lab director considered the possibility in this interview.
Update on the lab story, probably not! Click here.
1977 Russian flu very likely accidental release from Soviet lab, see Chapter 10 of this book, Deadliest Enemy
1977 Russian flu, see Wikipedia article
2020 according to this article we are taking the lab director’s word that the virus doesn’t match anything her lab studied. Case closed? Really? To me this is an irresponsible misunderstanding of the situation and of China. We know lab releases have happened before. We know China lies and covers up when necessary.
Update Oct 2020: I believed an accidental lab leak was a possibility, too large a coincidence to ignore. The lab director herself considered the possibility. Her “investigation” was complete bullshit. See the links. It could have come from the lab. It would not have been the first virus outbreak from a lab. However, after weeks of digging, I stumbled upon a much better explanation for which, after several months now, I have yet to hear a serious challenge.
The lab remains a source of mystery still because we know the CCP lies and creates “reality.” The CCP knew the lab was going to be a PR nightmare and so probably delayed informing the world about the virus even more than they otherwise would have. The existence of the lab certainly influenced the CCP reaction.