Weekly Roundup: You May Not Be Interested In Racism But It Is Interested In You Edition

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I don’t devote much thought to (what we are supposed to call) COVID-19. My wife and son are younger than I am and they are in good physical shape, so the risk for them is low. I’m morbidly obese, all but sedentary, and I have the eating habits of a raccoon, but I’ve also proved quite impossible to kill, so there you go. I am obsessive about my vitamins, and since Vitamin D levels appear to matter that’s a good thing.

On the other hand, COVID-19 is tremendously interesting to me as a lens through which to observe the modern idiocracy/kleptocracy/kakistocracy formerly known as the United States. The disease is almost meaningless in and of itself; it has increased the annual death rate in the United States by about twelve percent, which is not great but not exactly the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed 300,000 people in just two months across a country with a quarter of today’s population. Rather, it is the reaction to the disease that fascinates. The hypocrisy and naked urge to power given full faith and credit by the media, as discussed at Up In The Valley. The irony of our putative national search for fascists to attack — Punch A Nazi Today, Everyone, And “Nazi” Can Mean Anything You Want It To Mean! — while Amazon and the banks and the government act in literal lockstep, which, for those of you who got your education from a public school, is how fascism actually worked. We are being told that the government can’t make you take the vaccine, but that every corporation in the United States has simultaneously decided you’ll need it in order to do business with them. This is Phase II of Corporations Enforce Unwritten Law On Behalf Of The Government; Phase I was when the corporations decided that “hate speech” was adequate grounds to deny you everything from a bank account to a meal at a restaurant.

Oh yeah, about that vaccine: who gets it first?

It’s not a vaccine, by the way. “Vaccine” refers to a specific methodology in which a weakened or killed form of a Bad Thing is injected into your body. Your immune system then, for lack of a better analogy, practices against the Bad Thing. So when the Bad Thing arrives in full force, you’re ready, like Jennifer Lopez in “Enough”.

The COVID-19 “vaccine” is no such thing. It’s a virus itself, a successful one. It works the same way a virus does, by invading your cells and co-opting their reproduction methods for its own ends. A normal virus would simply cause the cell to work overtime until it burst; the liquefaction of skin and muscle due to Ebola is this on the macro scale. The COVID-19 vaccine-virus, by contrast, temporarily alters the cell production to make some “spike proteins” on its surface. The immune system sees these spike proteins, starts practicing for combat, and when the real-deal COVID-19 shows up, it will be ready. One hopes.

If the injection works as advertised, the effects won’t be very long-lasting; with just some localized cells to train it, the immune system will eventually forget about the whole thing. Thus the oft-discussed need for “boosters” in the future, perhaps a few times a year. What will the boosters contain? Primecitizen, that’s doubleplusungood of you to ask. Can the mRNA affect your DNA, essentially changing who you are and what your children will be? In theory, no; that’s a separate process. In practice, almost 8% of the human genome is supposedly made up of viruses that once infected us but have been rendered inactive. Rather famously, at least among science-y types, the “Arc” gene that allows for long-term memory in mammals operates and propagates in a fashion similar to that employed by HIV.

It seems obvious, therefore, that some large-scale human genetic engineering could be done via the COVID-19 vaccine and its inevitable successors. Said engineering could be entirely accidental; no conspiracy theory is required here. If you’d like further reason to stay awake at night, read this. Turns out that male sperm is chock full of RNA, the purpose of which is not well understood but probably has something to do with the ancient battle between nucleus and mitochondria as described in the Red Queen hypothesis. The fertilized egg would like to remain female if possible, but the well-equipped sperm uses RNA to batter the egg into submission and acceptance of the XY pragma. In a very real sense, you are subjecting your body to a sexual process via the “vaccine”, each and every time it happens.

Maybe this is the “rape culture” about which so much has been written.

Even if there is no dangerous “package” in the early COVID-19 vaccine, the worldwide mechanism for its delivery could be misused at the drop of a hat by bad actors. Imagine telling your great-grandparents that in the future they would all have to receive an injection of genetic material twice a year, the contents of that injection to be determined by close and unsupervised cooperation between government and the pharma industry. They would have more readily believed in faster-than-light spacecraft.

There are, of course, some interesting applications of this besides the usual (and most likely) dystopian stuff. Finally, an injection to make you stronger — not just in the short steroidal term, but permanently. An injection to make you smarter, one to make you faster. Insofar as these injections wouldn’t be cheap, it would return us to the feudal days, where the children of the aristocrats were bigger and smarter by virtue of being better fed. The Arc gene can be transferred via the messenger path. Take a memory vaccine. You will remember more than the competition does.

There will be many a slip between the cup of mRNA injections and the lip of enhanced human potential. Some of those slips will be deadly. Mutation kills a lot more mammals than it improves, dontcha know. Oh well, gotta break some omelets to make those eggs. If we need these kinds of eggs. which in this case we don’t. I profoundly distrust this vaccine and I will not exactly fight my way to the front of the line to get it. At the very least, I’ll want to wait six months before getting mine, because six months should be enough time to see the worst side effects of this RNA injection. The long-term stuff won’t be so readily apparent, but I’m 49, so I won’t be around long enough for all of those potential long-term effects to arrive.

Naturally, none of the above paranoid rambling has in any way traipsed flittingly through the smooth brains of the fucking love SCIENCE! crowd, most of whom think ATCG is probably the name of a band, and who therefore have the blindest of possible faith in the ability to the vaccine to immediately protect them from the world’s 17th (or thereabouts) leading cause of death. “IN THIS HOUSE WE BELIEVE SCIENCE IS REAL!” Their idea of science is a statement or product issuing from credentialed people in lab coats, said lab-coat types being preferably not white men. It would greatly surprise them to understand what a contentious and uncertain practice real science can be, but how would they know? They majored in the social sciences.

In other words, they expect the vaccine to do exactly what it says on the label. So they have therefore naturally progressed immediately to the next phase of the Atlas Shrugged As Instruction Manual philosophy, in which they lovingly craft a political philosophy for the dispensing of said life-saving vaccine. The New York Times, as you can see above, is currently obsessing over “Who Should Get The Vaccine First: The Elderly, Or Essential Workers?” The capitalist/American notion of “let’s just get it to everyone ASAP” has not occurred to them; they are proceeding from an essentially Marxist point of view in which scarcity of all goods is assumed, making it necessary to privilege some people at the expense of others.

Any sane human being who can do elementary-school math should see that the elderly are the obvious first recipients of the vaccine. They have the most to gain and the least to lose. COVID-19 fatalities are distributed five to one in favor of people over 65, and eighteen to one in favor of people over 55. If we have something that kills people over 55 18x as often as it kills people under 55, I say we give the vaccine to over-55 people first. Duh.

(The alert reader will notice that I’m performing my own Sandberg Comes Alive calculations of human worth here, making the assumption that eighteen over-55 people, in the aggregate, can contribute more to society than one under-55 person can. This seems like a safe bet to me. If you made the survival rate one-to-one, on the other hand, you’d privilege the young people over the old ones, for the same reason. Where’s the tipping point? For me, somewhere between one and eighteen, obviously. Where is it for you?)

In a functioning American society, this would be obvious. In this society, we have to consider intersectional politics first. Older populations, the Times tells us, are whiter. They don’t need to say “racist/sexist/evil/capitalist”; the educated reader fills those blanks in her head as naturally as breathing, having dutifully read White Fragility and many other state-sponsored tracts on the dangers of whiteness. “Essential workers”, on the other hand, are brown and black, thanks to fifty years of government policies which have specifically worked to ensure that was the case. (We don’t worry about the racism of those policies, because they keep the gated-community toilets clean and the arugula available at Erewhon year-round.)

It’s obvious that “essential workers” should get the vaccine first. Their chances of dying are one-eighteenth that of the old white guy down the street, but they have moral superiority on their side. Except, apparently, for teachers, who according to the article tend to be white. So we’re gonna cut the teachers out of the equation. When you do the logic and math all the way through, it works out something like this:

“We will accept eighteen deaths to preserve one life, as long as the dead people are white and the preserved life is non-white.”

Now, as fate would have it, I know some fairly radical Black folk who think this logic is the Tuskeegee Experiment all over again; The Powers That Be think the vaccine might be deadly in itself so they are gonna test it on brown and black people first, in the name of social justice. Insofar as I’m skeptical about the virus myself, I have no argument to offer in response.

I think the truly American thing to do would be to break the vaccine into ten tranches totaling 350 million or whatever, and distribute it based on the last digit of your Social Security number. This would still punish the elderly, but it would at least be objectively fair on the face of it. The Logan’s Run scenario planned by the CDC, on the other hand, is transparently racist. Either it’s designed to kill white people (if you think the vaccine works) or it’s designed to kill Black people (if you think the vaccine is a hack job), but either way it’s going to do some race-based killing.

The late great Leon Trotsky — my younger readers won’t know him, but if they went to a half-decent school they will have a vague sense of him through his literary existence as “Snowball” the pig in Animal Farm — is reputed to have said that “You may not be interested in the dialectic, but the dialectic is interested in you.” He’s referring to the Marxist dialectic, and he means that while you might not want to get involved with the social worldview of Communism, it will eventually arrive at your doorstep through force.

In much the same way, your humble author is not much interested in “racism” as it is continually discussed nowadays. I grew up in mixed-race East Coast neighborhoods. I didn’t hear the fabled “n-word” in real life until I was fourteen years old. During my entire adult life I have provided employment and career opportunities to people regardless of race or creed. My W-2 and freelance staff at Hagerty was pretty much all white men when I took the job. It now resembles a Benetton ad to some extent, but that’s not intentional; I just hired the best people I could find to cover each beat. Yes, I certainly lost a few academic and career opportunities because I was a white man, but I probably picked up a few because of it, most notably in the exciting field of construction-site cleanup during my late teens, so maybe it all balanced out, right? Had I gotten my professorship twenty years ago, you and I wouldn’t know each other. I’m not going to complain.

Nevertheless, critical race theory is certainly interested in me, and my family. It’s interested in making sure my son doesn’t have the same educational and career opportunities other kids have. It’s interested in making sure my parents don’t have access to a vaccine that I don’t like but nevertheless is largely considered to be a Good Thing. It is interested in creating a world where, as was the case in 1750, race is once again the most important thing about any of us. It will determine where you live, where you work, where you go to school, and the quality of your medical care. This seems profoundly un-American to me — but my idea of America has an expiration date before that of anything in my pantry. The future is tribal. Just remember: it didn’t have to be this way. Someone wanted it to be like this. If COVID-19 has done nothing else for this country, at least it’s pulled the curtain far enough back for us to realize there really is a Wizard of Oz. Even if we don’t know exactly who it is.

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For Hagerty, I wrote about a luxury-car decision, the new “Mustang” Mach-E, and a Mustang that never was.

78 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: You May Not Be Interested In Racism But It Is Interested In You Edition”

  1. Tom KlockauTom Klockau

    As I read the Mach-E(w) review, I remembered this line from Animal House:

    “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”

    • Avatarstingray65

      Your quote from AH would also be entirely appropriate for the land yachts of the 1970s and 80s that you admire. The problem with EVs is that having any range currently requires a very heavy battery that unlike the 26 gallon fuel tank on a 76 Fleetwood always weighs the same whether it is full or empty.

      Given the resources required to make and recycle batteries, and the high likelihood that most of the EVs that governments are forcing on automakers and the public around the world will be powered by coal negating all or most of the supposed environmental benefits, and that they cost a fortune to develop and subsidize but don’t make profits, would suggest another quote from AH is appropriate:

      “I think that this situation (aka overhyped climate change fear) absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture (aka mandated ungreen EVs) be done on somebody’s part.”

      • Tom KlockauTom Klockau

        However you slice it, it’ll be interesting to compare sales of the Saddlebags Mustang and the actual coupe the next few years.

        I am also curious to see how sales would compare if a gas-powered Ecoboost version of the Saddlebags was offered instead of just the electric version.

        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          The problem is that most of the buyer appeal of the Mach-E is that it can’t be misgendered as a gas powered car… so if you offered a conventional Mach-E version it wouldn’t just cannibalize electric sales, it would also DISCOURAGE electric sales.

          • Avatarstingray65

            I think a more interesting question is how the Mach-E will discourage sales of the Mustang coupe. The fast Mach-E versions promise to be as quick or quicker than most gasoline versions of the Mustang, and clearly the global market preference is now for high seating position 4 door CUV style vehicles. So now the man can enter the Ford dealership with the dream of owning a Mustang that his wife would normally veto because it is too impractical, but come out with the compromise Mach-E that can also signal their virtue as taxpayer subsidized stewards of the climate.

  2. Avatarstingray65

    The best rumor that I’ve heard about the supposed Chinese laboratory development of the Covid virus is that it was designed to deal with their demographic time bomb by killing off large chunks of the elderly and sick who don’t pay taxes or contribute to the economy, but require large expenditures for health care, nursing home care, and pensions, because it is so unlike the Spanish flu, Hong Kong flu, and Asian flu pandemics that hospitalized and killed lots of young and healthy people. As far as I know, however, I don’t think the Chinese public officials ever ordered nursing homes to accept Covid patients as several Democrat governors did in the US including the one who won an Emmy for his “leadership”.

  3. Avataranatoly arutunoff

    I would–in some intellectual area–be more concerned about this disease if it weren’t for the deliberate suppression of things like hydroxy… and ivermectin. why is everybody banned/intimidated? are you saying the doctors who’ve used these accessible and cheap and safe drugs were all just lying to get a few minutes on tv? I really doubt that. and boy do I think you’ve got it figured out, jack!

    • Avatarstingray65

      Cheap drugs that have been used by millions of people over many decades with few ill effects versus expensive new drugs that are still patent protected that have been tested on a few thousand people over a few months, and which will require periodic boosters to stay protected – hmmm I wonder which solution to the Covid pandemic would be preferred by the pharmaceutical industry, FDA (staffed by former and future employees of the pharmaceutical industry), hospital administrators (who will be reimbursed cost++ by insurance companies and the government for the treatment), trial lawyers, and the politicians seeking contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, major hospital systems, and trial lawyers?

      • Avatarhank chinaski

        Regarding the ambulance chasers, they’ll have to fish through other, smaller pockets. The first thing the ‘vaccine’ manufacturers did was indemnify themselves.

        That UITV piece (‘Our House…). /shivers

  4. AvatarLynnG

    Jack, I find it interesting that even today knowledgable people are Quoting “Animal Farm” it was requied reading decades ago when I was in Junior High, now I am sure it is banned from the school library (if the school has one).

    Anyway, with a less dystopian view, as we are less then a week before Christmas and some of your devoted commentators may be heading out to see family and friends. Therefore, I would like to wish Jack and Mark and Tom and all the people that have commented on Riverside Green, Merry Christmas. Due to the fact that most of us have never met and most do not know if participatants are next door or 12 time zones away and below is a link to a commercial that says Merry Christmas better then any card because it says there will be more in the future….. LynnG


  5. AvatarDave L

    “but my idea of America has an expiration date before that of anything in my pantry”

    This pretty much sums up how most of our generation feels. If we asked people that spent most of their teens in the 80s, “what year would they choose to live the rest of their life in?”. I’d guess we’d land around 1986. Unfortunately, that America is gone.

    Side note- I do wish more people had the wherewithal to invest in crypto, specifically DeFi, giving them an opportunity to make real money outside of our corrupt traditional financial system.

  6. AvatarJames

    I was thinking about Mr. Marks’s cables today, and I thought: it really doesn’t matter that PCM over S/PDIF or coaxial isn’t packetized, because every video device available today has a frame buffer. Most buffer several frames–which leads to the whole “game mode” issue and input latency for video games, etc. But no one cares about latency when listening to music (and they care for A/V only when the V latency is much, much higher than the A latency, which is solved by. )

    So frame buffers are cheap and ubiquitous And a frame buffer needed to hold enough PCM data to cover any possible clock jitter is tiny–i assume the DTS/DD/etc. protocols/receivers already specify larger frame buffers anyway (to decode the compressed packets). 4 KB would be sufficient.

    Assuming the cables “work,” the solution they provide is so utterly backward, from an engineering point of view, that your audience instinctively reels from the idea– it’s like going back to the NES technology, where you had to forward each sample immediately to the electron gun because there was nowhere else to put it… But the DAC has a place to put it, so you can see why the engineers all reacted so violently!

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      This makes perfect sense… what interested me was that there was a clear A/B difference in his guitar cable. Which, of course, was going straight to a tube amp.

      There’s a real industry for boutique USB cables. I’ve bought a couple of them because it wanted more durability, not because I thought the ones and zeros would be more clearly defined…

    • Avatarbenjohnson

      I once very rudely ripped on Mr. Marks for seemingly ignoring the laws of physics regarding digital cable.

      I was wrong in that I was looing at it from a cost standpoint.

      If you’re buying one of his cables, you’re getting years of experience and presumably a few hours of meticulous creation and diligent testing. For analogue cables, experience and dedication can make a heck of a difference.

      So if you view it as ” I spent a few hundred dollars to *never* have to worry about that cable”, then it may make sense for you depending on the value of your own time and the application.

  7. AvatarNewbie Jeff

    If the Democrats get their way – and let’s all face it, they will – Critical Race Theory is going to go a lot higher than allocations of vaccines and educational opportunities… Representative-elect Mondaire Jones just publicly called for expanding the US Supreme Court with “color-conscious justices”. He’s not exactly just yapping from the fringes… he’ll have a seat on the House Judiciary Committee in 2021.

    That part where you feel like things are bewildering and getting out of hand is the American Left just getting warmed up…

    • Avatarstingray65

      What is amazing is that the US is becoming the first country in history to discriminate and denigrate the racial/religious/ethnic majority (i.e. white, Christian, European) of the country in favor of minorities, and it is being driven by an alliance that includes a minority of majority group that hates itself. In the past when a majority has discriminated and villainized minority groups it has often been because they were too successful (i.e. Jews, ethnic Chinese, upper caste Indian immigrants) and it hasn’t ended well for the discriminators or discriminated, but the current situation involves largely unsuccessful groups (blacks and Leftist White females) who have somehow managed to get backing from a few billionaires and a major political party to attack the most productive, law-abiding, and largest segment of the population and it is very easy to see this will not turn out well.

  8. AvatarSobro

    I’ll wait for the “R” version of the new Ford EV, the Mustang MachER.

    I know the trunk is an afterthought for the 1994 Mustang but that Cosworth wing design seems to prevent its use entirely. I suppose that feature also keeps the weight down.

    Here in Tennessee we are supposedly one of the five worst states for Covid infections. We have also tested a number equal to 75% of the entire population since March with no word on false positive rate.

  9. AvatarJustbob

    I really (used to) enjoy reading your articles over the last 10 or so years.
    I guess I’m too much a car guy cause this stuff /\ /\ /\. (and many others lately) is just to zany to bother coming back to this site. Seems like it’s become a political/conspiracy theory outlet.
    I’ll continue to read you at Hagerty

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I’m really sorry you feel that way. Just for my awareness, and to provide me with an external sanity check, what about this post feels like conspiracy theory to you?

      • Avatarsnorlax

        The part between “The COVID-19 “vaccine” is no such thing” and “Naturally, none of the above paranoid rambling” is somewhat Gen. Ripper-esque.

        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          Yeah, it’s nuts to read, but I’m not filling in any blanks myself. Everything I can tell you about the virus, and the vaccine, and the transmission method, and the science thereof, comes from frontline journals and sources. It’s not Alex Jones saying that viruses contribute to DNA, or that sperm use bulk RNA for unknown purposes that may be related to winning the mitochondria-nucleus battle.

          I feel like the person saying, “Well, you know, they can give you this backpack that lets you be snatched off the ground by a C-130…” which sounds nuts but is absolutely and completely real.


          • AvatarHarrison Bergeron

            Man we definitely shouldn’t tell you about DNA vaccines huh? I’m all for not trusting the government, but as someone with degrees in biochemistry and biology I think you are over reacting. The covid vaccine uses a small strand of mRNA that encodes the spike proteins of the virus. Once inside the cell the ribosomes will produce the protein for us and the cells producing it will illicit an immune response. mRNA would not be encoded into your nucleus, it and DNA have different structures. You would need the vaccine to also encode for reverse transcriptase, similar to HIV, to then create DNA. mRNA vaccines have been studied since roughly the mid eighties I do believe, with varying efficacy being reported. It makes sense that we are interested in them though being that they utilize the cell to produce the antigen instead of us having to do it in a laboratory.

          • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

            I did say that in theory there’s nothing worrisome about it — it’s the actual practice that worries me.

            We live in an era of gradually decreasing competence in execution; the original 737 appears to be safer than the latest one, and so on.

            There’s a lot to go wrong in this process, from our understanding of how it’s going to work to how it will actually be produced in relatively dirty and uncontrolled overseas labs.

      • AvatarKevin Jaeger

        I’m not the guy you asked, but I’ll provide a couple of points.
        “The COVID-19 “vaccine” is no such thing. It’s a virus itself, a successful one.” Akkkshually – it’s not a virus because it doesn’t replicate itself or infect others. The other aspects of how it works are indeed very similar to a real virus.

        The musings about “wide scale human genetic engineering” are getting close to paranoia, even if this technology is opening up new theoretical possibilities and there are valid concerns about its safety or side effects.

        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          Fair enough… I would argue that this vaccine has enough viral characteristics to be called a virus, even though it is designed to stimulate production of a partial protein instead of a full one.

          The best analogy I can use is that of breeder reactors: it’s a fascinating technology and there are many benefits to it, but it is, ahem, evil-adjacent by its very nature.

  10. Avatarmoby dick

    the New York Times may as well just run a full page ad that says “Kill Whitey”

    seems to be all the rage these days

    • Avatarstingray65

      Don’t exaggerate – they only want to kill heterosexual male Whiteys and Whiteys (including white females, white Asians, white Jews, white Hispanics, white Muslims, white homosexuals, and white blacks) who voted for Trump so it is easier to unify the country.

      • AvatarJohn C.

        When the article features 3 Jewish medical ethesis, reported by a Jewish reporter, in a Jewish run paper, in a 2 percent Jewish country why would you assume Jews are among those not deemed essential. The story is so spot on, I almost believe it to be an anti Semitic trope fake story.

      • Avatarsiv

        White women are the cause of most everything that is wrong. Obviously not all of them but the worst of our current culture is created and cultivated a by a substantial subset of white wimmens. I’m not sure that is so much inherent as that they’re easily lead.

  11. AvatarEdp


    Conspiracy theories aside, you and many others are drastically misunderstanding the full impact of the pandemic. As a physician who now treats covid patients daily, you should realize that for every death there are ten others who are seriously ill. Many of these have truly awful disease and, while they won’t die, they do suffer greatly. In addition, treating these means that the medical system can’t treat what we usually do, so deaths from other causes are increasing. In the past you have decried that we no longer support expert service, but now you are falling into the same intellectual trap. Your are doing everyone a disservice with your comments.

    • AvatarMudhen

      Can I ask an honest question? It’s hard to tell over the internet, but I promise there isn’t any snark here. The several folks I personally know that have tested positive were all essentially told, “Go home, buy a pulse oximeter, and call us if your pulse ox drops below XX and/or if you can’t breathe.” It’s 2020 in the US of A, and we don’t give people who tested positive anything? I’m no doctor, but aren’t there antivirals or other meds that folks could be prescribed to expedite the recovery process? The two results of getting COVID can’t really be 1) Recover on your own or 2) End up on a ventilator, right?

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I would suggest that either I am correct about what I’m saying, in which case I am doing people a service, or I am incorrect, as I have occasionally been in the past, in which case my fearsomely intelligent reader base will not be easily convinced of my assertions.

      Deaths from other causes are increasing, but it appears to be mostly via political causes. I’ve visited two different emergency rooms in the past nine months, one of them twice, and I had nontrivial surgery in October. In almost all of these cases I was the only patient on the premises.

      Without compromising your privacy, can you share the approximate location of your practice? It sounds like there are definitely a few facilities where COVID cases are common — like, say, nursing homes in NYC. Here in Ohio there are more empty hospital beds than ever before.

      • AvatarDaniel J


        My father passed from Covid just a few weeks ago in a hospital in FL. Now keep in mind, he had 15 other things wrong with him. He honestly wouldn’t have probably lasted another year according to his several doctors, between COPD, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Kidney Disease.

        In a largish metro area in Florida, most hospitals(12 in the city) were running 25-50 Covid Inpatient with 10-15 ICU. That was a few weeks ago. In the hospital where he was at, they had two ICU, and the “normal ICU” had 6 patients, while those with COVID were at 14.

        I live in a medium sized city and the latest from the 3 hospitals has their ICUs at 100 percent capacity outside of them expanding their “normal” size. Covid inpatient is running at 1/5 of total inpatients which, according to the hospital CEO, is like having a bad flu season.

        When talking to the doctors, outside of providing Remdisavir(sp), they really weren’t keen on prescribing anything else (such as the Cocktail Trump got) for him (and many other patients) as most were too weak to get those treatments.

        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          I am very sorry to hear about your dad. Losing any time with a parent is tough even if you know it wasn’t years.

          God willing the vaccine will actually work and it will get to everyone’s parents.

        • Avatardejal

          My sister’s sister-in-law lost and Aunt this summer to it, old but no other issues, caught it IN THE HOSPITAL while admitted for something else. The Aunt was the subject of question to Joe Biden this summer at a televised town-hall. Her mom died 2 Mondays ago from COVID (other issues also in play). Her brother has brain fog from COVID. Her dad has COVID and is lingering (other issues also in play). And the SIL caught it while trying to get mom into a hospital (YOU SURE SHE HAS IT???). The SIL is in the moms house for over a week and feels like garbage. My sister is driving the 10 miles whenever needed to leave stuff on the steps. The SIL really lives over 100 miles away. Hadn’t seen her parents or brother in months until it all went south a couple of weeks ago. The hospitals don’t want her because she’s not sick enough. But she is supposed to determine when she is. She is also supposed to determine when she is better. Gonna have to leave the house to get tested at some point.

          And that’s about half this woman’s tragedy over the last 2 years.

          • Avatardejal

            She’s now in the hospital. Passed out last evening. When she regained consciousness she called an ambulance. She isn’t answering her cell phone but did text message my sister.

            MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!

    • AvatarNewbie Jeff

      “Conspiracy theories aside, you and many others are drastically misunderstanding the full impact of the pandemic”

      With all due respect, I think as a physician you might be too close to the “50m target” which prevents you from seeing the “300m target”… it might be you “misunderstanding the full impact of the pandemic”…

      I don’t think any rational person will argue that coronavirus policy hasn’t been monumentally destructive to society as a whole, often without any tangible result that mitigates the spread of coronavirus.. However, the disease itself won’t make a dent in the global population. That’s not to say that I don’t care about people who suffer from or have lost family to this disease… or any other disease, for that matter. It’s to say that those detrimental effects of mitigation strategy should be critically analyzed and discussed: is it worth keeping children out of school? Is it worth keeping college students off campus? Is lockdown a viable strategy? Are the 2nd- and 3rd-order economic effects a reasonable price to pay for “stopping the spread”… if they even stop the spread at all.

      Probably most importantly: are those in government exploiting the pandemic for political purposes, using it undermine elected leadership, sway elections, and stomp on civil liberties, the constitution, and just basic consideration for quality of life?

      I appreciate your work caring for sick people… but you should be willing to ask these questions yourself… especially before you criticize others for doing the critical thinking you may not be willing to do.

  12. AvatarDR Smith

    Yeah, random internet posting dude says he’s a doctor treating covid patients, bla bla bla.

    Ok, tough guy I’ll Trump you with my neighbor whom is head of nurses at ER unit in Wayne County Michigan- one of (alleged) top ten covid cases in country. Last we talked, her hospital had grand total of less than 10 cases…..most were over 70 and no where near dying and recovered quite well.

    So who really to believe? That is the question and big issue today – trust in nearly everything “official” is gone. Guess will have to wait until between Jan 6th and 20th to see what is real, huh?

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I will say that there is almost a Pravda-level disconnect between the continual braying reports of “no more hospital beds” and the reports I hear from medical professionals all over the country.

      • AvatarKevin Jaeger

        That Pravda-level disconnect certainly extends up to my corner of west Quebec. We are in a partial lockdown supposedly due to risk of swamping the hospitals – which currently report zero – yes, zero – Covid patients in ICU. This time of year we normally have long waits in Emergency rooms due to the seasonal flu and other winter-related increases in health emergencies but our hospitals are nearly empty now.

        I’m not exactly sure why almost all western countries have reacted to this virus in such wildly irrational and self-destructive ways. Is it just a public health bureaucracy that is drunk on power but doesn’t have any effective means to actually limit the spread? Or is thisv virus simply revealing a larger dysfunction in western societies?

        • Avatarstingray65

          “I’m not exactly sure why almost all western countries have reacted to this virus in such wildly irrational and self-destructive ways.”

          The key to answering your question is to compare conditions to earlier pandemics (1918-20, 1957-58, 1968-9) when governments didn’t order things to shut down and the economy was pretty much unaffected. In the earlier pandemics almost all the population had lived through a world war or major military conflict (Korea, Vietnam) or Great Depression that had caused many deaths, suffering, and destruction to favorably frame the potential damage of a flu bug. Today most of the population has no memory of any serious health or economic destroyer such as a major war or depression so we get scared and over-react to everything. In the earlier pandemics, almost all positions of power and influence were held by men who are much less risk adverse than women. Today women (and feminist men) are in positions of power and influence, and they are much more likely to get hysterical about flu risks. In earlier pandemics much more of the population were religious and believed in life after death and the mercy of God which tends to make people less afraid of death, but today religious beliefs for large portions of the population are about climate change, systemic racism/patriarchy, and bigger government to fix everything bad and thus the government is expected to do something about the flu to keep us from dying and turning to worm food. Finally, we are much richer than during earlier pandemics, so I expect there is a feeling now that we can afford to shut things down this time and wait for the cure from modern science, which was not the case earlier when more people were living day to day with fewer reserves of wealth, food, or welfare from the government and less confidence about a medical cure. In other words we have become a society of rich privileged wimps who are terrified of dying.

          • AvatarKevin Jaeger

            Yes, the feminization of modern society is true and the loss of religious faith has had some catastrophic effects.

    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      Cases in Michigan from the current surge peaked 3 weeks ago. Seventy-five percent of the people in the state have been tested.
      I’m over 65, but other than being a smoker and being fat I have no serious health issues, so I’m debating whether or not to take the vaccine.
      That means that I’m old enough to remember polio, and the reaction to the vaccines. When the improved Sabin oral vaccine came out, people lined up by the thousands at schools and other public facilities to take a sugar cube with the vaccine (coincidentally greatly facililitating the acceptance of ingesting LSD the same way just a couple of years later). Parents were terrified because while polio doesn’t generally kill, it crippled children. Still, society did not shut down.

      • Avatardejal

        They may have given tests out that summed up to 75% of the population. Some get tested a lot. Also, you get tested right now and are clean that doesn’t mean you won’t catch it 10 minutes after being told you are clean.

        My nephew lives in VA with his girlfriend. “Home” is PA. I needed to go into the hospital in Sept. Knocked out for a biopsy. My sister in PA and him came to Mass. Special dispensation for crossing state lines because you are a care giver. They didn’t need to get tested. Now, he’s traveled to PA from VA a bunch of times since. He’s taken a COVID test each time and has proof he’s clean. Not worth the hassle. His youngest brother goes to Temple in Philadelphia. TU is going to test students dormed on campus 2 times a week. Off campus in 6 zip codes, once a week if you regularly visit the campus (regular determined by TU) and if you live in the same 6 zip codes but are fully remote, optional once a week. That’s a lot of tests.

  13. AvatarDepressed Clutch

    Former Chrysler LeBaron owner discusses the election:

    I think that the long-term brain, lung, and blood vessel damage caused by COVID-19 can be significant, and apparently the virus LINGERS IN TESTICULAR TISSUE EVEN AFTER “recovery”:

    But I do find it suspicious that these injections are not given to the elderly first: not only are they much more likely to die, but they have less time for long-term complications. Perhaps they want to prioritize reproductive-age people in order to cause germ-line genetic changes?

  14. AvatarIce Age

    Why are conservatives and libertarians so quick to declare all hope lost and everything being over when we read about some political or social thing that we don’t like?

    Is it a consequence of the fact that middle class people are terribly, terribly aware that unlike the poor who have nothing to lose and the rich who can defend themselves from life’s depredations, they have enough of a life to be worth defending but not enough resources to do so effectively?

    Is it because the central philosophical weakness of conservatism is the ability to instantly see how one change to any point in the network affects all the other points?

    Is it because human HISTORY would be far less bloody if human INDIVIDUALS were actually MORE combative?

    I cannot tell you how sick I am of the comments sections of so many gloom-and-doom, America-is-lost articles being cesspools of despondency and surrender. When you despair and say America’s over, you give The Left a victory. Stop it.

    Stop assuming that The Left is so powerful, sneaky and dangerous that they’ll always get whatever they want, and to the extent that they want, and that nobody can stop them. That’s a lie.

    Leftists are human, just like us. Though they’re sneaky, amoral & relentless, they’re also arrogant, self-serving & dishonest, and their cause is brittle & unjust. Those things ALWAYS cause their downfall.


    Ask yourself this: How many Soviet dissidents escaped the KGB’s notice simply because their file landed on some bureaucrat’s desk at quarter to five on a Friday?

    So start channeling your inner Yosemite Sam. Don’t get sad, get angry. And fighting back isn’t the worst of evils.

    Goddammit, where’s the Tylenol?

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I think it’s an immune reaction to the so-called “fudds” who swing wildly between:

      “None of this stuff will ever happen! My senator won’t let them actually pass the bill!”


      “Until any of it affects me and my (pre-’64 Winchester/registered antique car/GoldWing/gated community) I’m not going to lift a finger in defense of liberty.”

      When you think most of your audience is deaf, it makes you a bit shouty.

    • AvatarDaniel J

      For me, its simply due to the fact that the “Left” own the culture and culture wars, which will drive leftist policies. It’s not absurd to think that by the time a 4 year Biden administration is done, we will have more restrictions on the 2A, more restrictions on free speech, more redistribution of wealth, more “corporatized” CRT training, and more wars.

      We’ve had a complete shift of the left, where the left own the corporations and the middle class workers are now stuck with do nothing Republicans.

      • Avatarsgeffe

        I seriously think we’ll never have another Republican president in our lifetimes.

        Why do we despair? Because we’re always the ones at a disadvantage! The deck is stacked permanently in their favor! They never compromise with us, they always insist that we capitulate to THEM! And for the most part, our side just rolls over and “loses with grace!” Look at McConnell practically begging the Republican Senators not to challenge anything on the 6th when Congress votes on the EC results, sealing a Harris “victory!” If they can steal it once, they can steal it again! If they got Georgia so easily with a Republican Governor and legislature, it should be a slam-dunk to pull it off again on the Senate run-off! Then with Schumer at the helm, bye-bye filibuster, followed by SCOTUS-packing, and two more Democratic-leaning states (D.C. and Puerto Rico) with their Democratic Senators sealing their majority! Then hello Green New Deal, goodbye guns, real cars, and America as it was founded!!

        And losing Arizona this last time around will be nothing when Texas (38 electoral votes) goes blue after they tear down the wall and throw open the borders—it was a three-point squeaker there this time around! Once that’s done, for any Republican to win the presidency would be a mathematical and electoral impossibility, since they’ve got California (55) and New York (29) into perpetuity now, and Illinois (20) just sweetens the pot! Those four states alone get them to 52% of 270 Electoral votes without their feckless candidate even having to leave their basement!!

        Looking back at the history books, I wonder if this is how Christmas, 1938 felt in Germany?

        “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” — Ronald Reagan

        We’re witnessing that right before our eyes! Merry Fucking Christmas!

    • AvatarNewbie Jeff

      “Why are conservatives and libertarians so quick to declare all hope lost and everything being over when we read about some political or social thing that we don’t like?”

      I’ve thought a while about how to respond to this, as I’m certainly guilty of coming here to voice the dark pessimism I genuinely feel. Sorry, but I call it like it is… that is, I’d like to think that if there was justification for optimism, I’d come here and shit rainbows instead of rain clouds. That being said, if I’m wrong, I’m listening:

      My dreary pessimism is the result of watching the ascendant American Left and its “progressive” ideology infect every corner of American society, undermine every foundation of decency and common sense, and pervert every ideal that was fundamental to our society’s unique liberty and success. Those who are even loosely paying attention to the current state of American society will almost certainly feel like we live in some sort of “Inverse Era”, where nothing makes sense and you can virtually guarantee that the worst, most dysfunctional, most detrimental course of action is the one our society will now choose. We do this solely to satisfy the ideological appetites of Democrats, “progressives”, and left-wing extremists, despite the fact that they have failed every political, bureaucratic, political, and social sphere they occupy and influence. Do you know what that’s called? Power.

      The examples of this are too numerous to cite here, but here’s one: Rayshard Brooks was found inebriated and passed out in his car blocking the drive-thru lane of a fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Police officers responded, calmly talked at length with Brooks, and tried to arrest him after he failed a field sobriety test. Brooks began to fight the arresting officers, took one of their tasers, and ran away… he turned to fire the taser at a chasing officer, and the officer shot him. None of this is up for debate… there are numerous publicly-available videos of the encounter, including police body cameras. Thus, reality is Brooks 1) drove drunk, 2) resisted arrest, 3) assaulted two police officers, 4) took one of their weapons, and 5) attempted to use it against a police officer. However, this being the Inverse Era, the police officer who pulled the trigger was 1) immediately fired, 2) charged by the Fulton DA, 3) arrested and put in jail.

      No matter where you come from, no matter who you vote for, no matter what you believe, what reasonable person would not think that our society’s course of action in this scenario is not only detrimental and dysfunctional, but completely… utterly… nightmarishly… insane?

      This is our society because the American Left defeated Jack, Bark, Stingray, Ronnie, CJ, me, and you. They won the culture war, they won the digital landscape, they won corporate marketing, they won public education, they won sports, they won motorsports, they won Wall Street, they won the suburbs, they won the cities. They won. We are the most “progressive” nation on earth… which is why everything is not only in such a wretched way, but can be virtually guaranteed to continue unraveling…

      But, by all means, tell me where I’m wrong. Show me the venue in American society where flexing your conservative muscle lifts actual weight. Show me where American conservatism, classical liberalism, or just plain common sense has a sturdy foothold. Show me where you can assert conservative ideology or just the traditional tenets of American culture, and not be shouted back into the quiet corner from which you emerged by armies – literally fucking armies – of brainwashed useful idiots and violent leftist partisans screaming “children in cages!” or “white fragility!” or “believe all women!”.

      But really, this isn’t the first time a society will succumb to its left-wing. Che Guevara in Cuba… Hugo Chavez in Venezuela… the Bolsheviks in Russia. Read about the ideologies, motivations and methods that churned within these societies before their respective capitulations… get a glimpse at how society’s left-wing whispers become movements, which become “autonomous zones”, which become forces of power in culture and government, which bear the autocrats of history who only relinquish their grip when they die quietly in bed from old age. Read about it and you will recognize a lot of what America is today… and all the George Orwell novels in the world won’t stop what will certainly happen to us.

      • AvatarIce Age

        Okay, but why does any of that inspire DESPAIR? Why not RAGE? Why not A DESIRE TO FIGHT BACK? Why not A PRIMAL NEED TO HURT THEM FOR PUTTING OUT A HIT ON OUR COUNTRY?

        Why do conservatives and libertarians always write comments that make it sound like they’re this close to eating a gun?

        The Left may seem hard, but they’re actually brittle.

    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      “The entire world, all of it, is a very narrow bridge and the essential thing is not to fear at all.” – Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav.

      • AvatarNewbie Jeff

        “Okay, but why does any of that inspire DESPAIR? Why not RAGE? Why not A DESIRE TO FIGHT BACK?”

        I don’t want my tone to be misinterpreted, so let me make clear: we are absolutely allies here. You brought up despair, Ronnie mentioned fear… so let me go a little further. First, the easy one..

        I’m definitely not afraid. Despite my despair at the state of American society, I’m not the least bit personally afraid. I decided years ago that the American Left – whether it marched as the state or violent street mobs – would never take anything that is rightfully mine. If “they” want my stuff – whatever that “stuff” is – they’re going to have to be pretty motivated, well-equipped, and willing to suffer casualties to get it. I am NOT afraid of them.

        The more complex point is explaining my despair, because it comes from several places… the first is that it didn’t have to be this way. For all of its faults, the US was a great society. The absolute vast majority of citizens could be reasonably assured of happiness and comfort, which I’d say was pretty revolutionary in the context of human history… all we had to do was not squander it. But, I guess humans being human, it was unavoidable.

        The other source of my despair is that it’s futile to argue with, and extremely frustrating to be ruled by, insane people. There is a Bloomberg article out right now highly critical of NYC mayor Bill DeBlasio. In this article, the author notes that DeBlasio was the “great progressive hope” that New Yorkers had been waiting decades for… now that a progressive mayor’s progressive policies have destroyed NYC, the author’s conclusion is the DeBlasio just wasn’t the right progressive mayor with progressive policies… while still managing to get a swipe in at Giuliani, whom he indirectly credits for NYC’s “decades of declining crime rates”.

        It is despairing that someone so mentally non-functional gets to write for a publication with a lot of outreach… and of course, he’s just a blip on the radar. I’m not really complaining that some retard gets to write for Bloomberg while I occasionally comment on an obscure blog… at any rate, there are many talented and insightful conservative/libertarian/anti-Left authors and thinkers that run the gamut from Tucker Carlson to Larry Elder to Ben Shapiro to Jordan Peterson and they’re doing a much better job anyway…

        …the despairing part is that they’re doing a great job and still have very little power to thwart the rise of leftist authoritarianism. They may eloquently criticize its mechanisms, but rise it does. That was my earlier point about power… the latent radical leftism of Nike marketing featuring activist athletes has a vastly larger impact that an hour-long discussion with Jordan Peterson expertly illuminating the critical dangers of radical leftism. That’s power… and what is despair, than an individual’s sober recognition of his own powerlessness?

  15. AvatarDan

    1. The vax as vast genetic engineering conspiracy doesn’t pass the smell test. The conspiracy that isn’t even a conspiracy because they’re already doing it in plain sight in front of us is the vax as an internal passport for participation in life that will be withheld or granted based on political in favor.

    2. Critical race theory in America isn’t a return to 1750. Color meant everything then in terms of interracial relations and simultaneously meant nothing at all because the world was big enough that, for most people, there were no interracial relations. 1750s obsession with color combined with 2020s proximity to it will give us fireworks.

    3. What’s going on here? The same thing that’s been going on all along, divide and conquer. http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=61403

  16. Avatartoly arutunoff

    I’ve seen no better analysis of the points you mention since all this crap started. and every major spokesperson for just about anything has forever been in full c.y.a. mode; I’m referring to nyt down to local news outlets. we do have a guy here in tulsa with a morning radio show who puts on many contrarians. of course the societal answer is ‘you’re putting people at risk! SHUT UP!’ my personal tipoff to the deteriorating American news psyche is when, decades ago, someone on tv said ‘have a safe and happy Valentine’s Day!’ safe!

  17. AvatarCreamed Tomatoes

    No one told me to buy a pulse ox. Never saw my doctor. Took almost a week before I convinced his office that I should probably be tested. Results showed up online finally so work could officially start paying me China virus leave. On the day i started back to work my County Health Department finally called to discuss my illness.

    The virus is real and produced mild symptoms unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. What confuses me is the complete lack of urgency in diagnosis and treatment and follow up. There is definitely something going on with my lungs in that I walk 10+ miles a day and have never been short of breath…until now. Might be time to force the issue.

    Let me just say that I totally buy into the theory that China created this to take out the old and the weak and the costly. It may have leaked out of the lab prematurely but here we are destroying our lifestyles, small enterprises, and family connections. The big winners seem to be those that think China’s money is swell.

    I know I’m rambling. I’m just fucking depressed and angry. On top of it all my FiST started acting up and I traded it in for a new Escape for the wife because 2020 has just broken me. I don’t have the patience for the repair time and expense.

    And now the Brothers Baruth, instead of trumpeting some new sporty thing that will entice me back into joy and happiness, are singing songs of Korean Broughams. No science fiction story ever prepared me for Korean Broughams.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      The Korean Broughams will get us all eventually… my excuse is that I own three race cars and don’t want a race car for the street.

      If you’re looking for a Fiesta replacement, run don’t walk to your local Korean Brougham dealer and take delivery of a Veloster N with the power bump package. Brilliant, brilliant car.

    • AvatarDaniel J

      I have a Mazda 6 and because of Jack and Bark, the G80 will be my next car. The GV80 might be my wife’s next car. My sister has two Sonatas and issues with both, so I hope that those issues don’t creep into the Genesis brand. The Koreans seem to be doing something right that American car companies can’t get on board with.

  18. Avatartoly arutunoff

    I’m old so I might’ve posted something like this already: the last few days of January my wife came back from the casino to say she’d never been in a bigger bunch of Chinese tourists the the usa or on one of our European trips. a few days later she was in bed; ‘recovery’ after 2 weeks for one day, then back in the sack for another week. fever, chills, everything tasted awful with the same rancid flavor; intestinal bleeding. doc said you’ve got the flu real bad! but no breathing difficulties at all–she’s an occasional smoker! anybody remember when people could speak freely in the early days doctors said smokers are statistically highly underrepresented in hospital admissions? or a doc saying on tv ‘maybe we oughtta slap a nicotine patch on ’em when they’re admitted’? all the car events cancelled–except for Elkhart Lake! too many people in c.y.a. mode I guess, with so many lawyers poised to do something or other!

  19. AvatarDavid Florida

    Speaking of safety- One of my favorite metal bands from the late hair period was Scatterbrain:

    “now we’re way past 1984/forget about Big Brother/welcome to the 90s/when the government’s your mother!”

    Song title is Goodbye Freedom, Hello Mom. I’d no idea how prophetic it was.

  20. AvatarCrancast

    First, Counterpart was a fantastic binge watching recommendation. Anyone who missed Jack’s suggestion, go back and find the post – all true, and I will add the characters contrast in how their strengths, weaknesses, and insecurities play out is so well done. There is no better time than our current world situation to enjoy this fantastic 2 season series. It starts little slow, stick with it and you will be rewarded. Total sham it ended after two seasons. Thank you for the suggestion Jack.

    Quick hitters –

    1. ‘It’s the first EV that doesn’t feel compelled to scream “HEY EVERYBODY, I’M SAVING THE PLANET!”’ – different class, but the Jaguar I-PACE was the first although virtually no one in North America knows it exists.

    2. Having had some seat and ride time (no driving yet), the Mach-E does what it needed to do which is no small accomplishment. Ford could have totally botched it. Still, kinda, eh. The GT might save the day with Magneride, but doubt it.

    3. Sync 4 might be the most promising development on the whole thing.

    4. Congrats on all the article comments, but my goodness, that’s also why I cannot be bothered to create an account on Hagerty – lots and lots of big dum-dum commenters.

    5. And finally on the vax and the over-under privileged, some one/some group MUST lose or no one wins. The concept of do-whats-right and Win-Win solutions, nearly Dead-Dead. How hard would it be to say frontline workers over say 50 with health concerns, plus those working with Seniors, plus Seniors are prioritized? Impossible, no clear winner and loser. Matters not a bit, everyone will get a strain of Covid regardless of the temp vax, and your family genetics will determine your fate.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      You’re right about the i-Pace, although AFAIK that vehicle is almost identical to a gas counterpart.

      With regards to commenters, we do have some strong Boomer vibes. The Mach-E article really brought that out. I got almost immediately tired of people claiming I was taking the King’s shilling from Ford over what was a fairly lukewarm review.

      • AvatarCJinSD

        Is the Boomer issue a symptom of Hagerty, or a symptom of writing about something being called a Mustang? The members of that generation who like Mustangs really like Mustangs. I suspect the Mach E is all about selling EVs to traditional Ford customers; meaning Boomers who think Mustangs keep them young even as they struggle to lift themselves out of the seats. The ones who aren’t completely delusional feel betrayed by Ford defiling their last connection with their youth.

        I may know that the best selling Mustangs were often just bad cars with their rear seat space sucked out, but that’s not how people who still buy them remember the ones from the ’60s and ’70s. Putting the Mustang name on an amorphous blob with any drivetrain was a controversial move. The Mock E should have used a name that wasn’t in the current inventory, or at least not an iconic name in the current inventory. They could have hung onto inflexible Mustang buyers by adding a lifted model. Call it a Baja Racer, or call it Eleanor, but it should have kept the two-door 2+2 body and been sold as an AWD hotrod. But that’s a product for a parallel universe where consumers are as important as ChiComs.

        • Avatarstingray65

          The sad thing about Ford is the Mustang and F-150 are the only names they have that are iconic. The T-Bird and Taurus used to be but Ford basically killed them with mediocrities. Crown Vic might be iconic to cops and taxi drivers, but not sure anybody else. The Explorer was pretty good but the air went out of the name when the air started to go out of the Firestone tires. The Fiesta and Focus might be iconic in parts of Europe, but were never known as more than cheap economy boxes by most buyers in the US (with the Powershift fiasco memories for automatic buyers). So I’m sure the Mustang name was used on the Mach-E because it is the only name they have that would draw potential buyers into the showroom.

          • AvatarJohn C.

            They are doing okay with the new Bronco. Thanks to Lido, there is a lot of memories at Ford to stir. What they don’t need is new names, they need leaders half of what they had.

      • AvatarCrancast

        The i-PACE is a dedicated EV skateboard platform and not related to any JLR model. From a handling perspective, it should be the EV benchmark used for the GT although each one could use 4-wheel steering with the minivan like 118″ wheelbase.

        The only fun part of reading the Mach-E comments was the boomers trolling you and having no idea they were. “Let’s see if this young fella will take the bait again …. “

  21. AvatarKen

    Jack – thanks a ton for the “Ask Jack” column on Hagerty! Just finished reading it. Between your thoughts / advice on our options (and Mark’s on CarMax); we’re looking to have a Continental transported nearby for a test drive.

    We’re torn between the 3.7 V6 and the 3.0TT. Any thoughts? CarMax has a gorgeous merlot on cream w/the 400hp engine for mid-30s. (A little bit of a stretch budget wise, but for the next 10+ years will we have wished we had the big boy engine??)

    The 3.5/3.7 is the devil I know. In the MKZ it’s good for 263hp on a 3,672lb car. The Continental’s 3.7 is 305hp, pulling 4,396lbs. MKZ: 0.0716 hp/lb vs. Continental: 0.694.

    For reference, in stock form, the MKZ was too slow for my Wife. We ended up working with Steeda performance (hers was the 1st MKZ to get their CAI & Tune, which was originally meant for 2010+ Fusion Sports). It was supposedly good for 25hp – although we never had the car dyno’ed. She’s now happy with it’s performance (which I’m sure it has lost a few ponies over the years.)

    All things considered, my speed demon Wife at 25 drives a little bit different now at 35 and two kids. An NA V6 Continental may be just fine in the go-fast department. But I know she still enjoys the occasional jaunt, and 400hp in reserve would be a nice.

    Any thoughts on reliability of FI? Twin turbos no less? Stick with the devil I know?

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      The 3.0TT should be pretty reliable, and the water pump has been moved from the horrible setup in the Duratec V6.

      If you can afford it, I wouldn’t make any other choice.

  22. AvatarBlueovalDave

    Jack ,
    I always admire your writing, but in par. 2 you mention uptick in total deaths in USA. Where did you get your information? According to CDC, we are on pace for an average year.
    2020 right here. add cdc.gov/ in front of all of these:
    look at total deaths. as of 12/22/20: 2,835,533
    Heres 2018 which was 2,839,205, see bottom of page 2;
    and 2019 was 2,855,000

    and so on. I suppose you could argue that auto accidents may be down but somebody could find out those numbers. I think this is all you need to know. I’m not denying there is a virus, but hospitals are financially incentivised to report deaths as Covid

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      That was some stupid phrasing on my part. I meant to indicate that all the COVID deaths together only represented that much, not that there was an actual increase of that much this year.


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