So, I thought I’d fire up the old blog just for a moment. As we all know the hot topic for the last couple of months has been the Covid19 ….. whatever you wish to call it. Lately, in the US, the big discussion is to whether or not, or when do we re-open our various states. Now, I know I’m not the first to say this, but, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence there’s any particular benefit from locking down a state. Before some pinhead responds with a “flattening the curve” idiocy, I’ll state that I’m open to the possibility but, I just haven’t seen any evidence it did. It certainly didn’t save any lives. Now, I hope this renders; I’ve put together a little spread sheet which examines the death rate (per million people) of each state in the US (D.C. also included). I’ve sorted it from the highest to the lowest death rate, and also included the total deaths of each state, along with it’s current “lockdown” status and with an additional bonus the political affiliation of the governor of each of the states.
|state||Gov pol affil||Lockdown||deaths||deaths/mil|
|Rhode Island||D||Prtl Opn||506||478|
|New Mexico||D||Prtl Opn||265||126|
|North Dakota||R||Mstly Opn||44||58|
|South Dakota||R||Nvr Lckdn||44||50|
|West Virginia||R||Mstly Opn||67||37|
Now, there’s so much to say about this little chart. First and foremost, as always, correlation does not equal causation. Also, when comparing state to state we must all remember each state in the union is unique. They are unique in their population and distribution of said population and unique in their geography.
So, what factors dramatically increase your odds of dying from the Covid19? Clearly, living in the NE of our great Union. Also, having a governor who is a part of the Democrat party, and lastly, living under a wannabe totalitarian, power hungry nutjob for a governor, which, alas, is pretty much redundant with having a Democrat for a governor. But, then, people deserve the government they have, so there’s that.
Here’s a fun fact. The average state run by a Democratic governor has a death rate with the Covid at about 319 per million people, while the average state run by a Republican is about 114/1,000,000. In other words, you are 3 times as likely to die by the Covid if you have a Dim for a governor vs a Repub. This would have been much more interesting if there were an actual viable Libertarian party which could compete in various states, but, alas, it doesn’t exist.
Special note: I’ve no idea if I’m going to post again any time soon. But, if there are any of my former regulars which receive this update, I’d love to hear from you guys!
Also, if things don’t render well, my apologies. I’m way out of practice and this is a new blog editor for me.