Civilization in Reverse — Water and Plague

Victor Davis Hanson and cohost Jack Fowler explore California’s water problem and Covid policy — both in depth. VDH demonstrates that the answer is in ourselves and not in the stars.

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6 thoughts on “Civilization in Reverse -- Water and Plague”

  1. Liked Jack’s reference to Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It’s a wonderful allegory about sin and redemption, and has some of the best imagery I’ve ever read.

    Water, water everywhere and all the boards did shrink;
    Water, water everywhere
    Nor any drop to drink

    The very deep did rot: Oh, Christ!
    That this should ever be!
    Yet, slimy things did crawl with legs
    Upon a slimy sea.

    About, about in reel and rout
    The death-fires danced at night;
    The water, like a witch’s oils,
    Burned green, and blue, and white.

    And some in dreams assured were
    Of the Spirit that plagued us so;
    Nine fathom deep he had followed us
    From the land of mist and snow.

    And every tongue, through utter drought,
    Was withered at the root;
    We could not speak, no more than if
    We had been choked in soot.

    Ah! Well a-day! What evil looks
    From old and young!
    Instead of the cross, the Albatross
    About my neck was hung.

  2. Stephen MacDonald

    Jack/VDH
    Question I need answered: Congress has one significant and irrefutable power in our Govt. – the power of the purse. Yet they don’t use it – for whatever (and probably myriad) reasons. You think (and I hope) there will be a “Red” Tsunami in November. We have proven over years, the ability of all 3 letter agencies to stonewall any and all Congressional inquiries is essentially set in concrete. They do so with impunity, albeit with widely publicized complaints – that mean nothing. Window dressing.
    – If the majorities change, why wouldn’t Congress react to egregious acts of non-compliance, with a corresponding reduction in agency authorized spending?
    -If they do not do this, why would we believe that the GOP in 2023 is any different than the GOP in 2011?
    Until now, all there has been is histrionic rhetoric. Talk has proven to be both counter-productive and inefficient. Spending and budget reductions carry weight. After all, if Congress reduced spending by 10%, do we actually believe that we, the citizens, would receive anything other than a benefit?

  3. Dear Professor Hanson,
    For a better understanding of Covid, consult Dr. Scott Atlas’ recent three lectures as you already know, but to understand on a more mechanistic level about immune reactions to Covid you should consult Professor Clancy who is interviewed by Dr. John Campbell on this podcast and in one earlier:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjGI5Wqggfk

    Regards,
    Matt Toth

  4. You are a more trusting soul than I Dr Hansen. Did Biden actually receive those vaccines and pills? Who really knows?

  5. I prefer to not overthink this. I have never had a flu shot. I preferred to just grit out that small occasional inconvenience.
    In late January of this year I tested positive at the Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul (worst airport in Europe, BTW) and spent two weeks in quarantine. I had no symptoms. In fact, my guide exclaimed that I was like a lion!
    Other than a face-plant on the tarmac at the airport on the way to the plane (from sheer exhaustion), everything turned out OK.

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