I came across a video on Twitter tonight of the Kansas City area hospital Chief Medical Officers discussing our current hospital capacity.

I found it shared in the response tweets to a local media panic porn tweet. Of course, it wasn’t shared by said media “professional”. No, he just wanted to make sure you knew that this is a problem. BIG PROBLEM!

Now is it a big problem? Potentially at some point depending on how things go here. Anyone that’s paid attention to this pandemic should be smart enough at this point to see that the virus tends to break out more when people are forced inside.

What do I mean? Think about it for a minute.

Why didn’t it break out here in February/March severely? Because it was a decently warm Spring which allowed people to get outside more. Plus, we were somewhat insulated as the virus entered the country on the coasts and larger metropolitan centers. I’m sure the public health gestapo will tell you the lockdowns worked, but all they did was delay the inevitable. This was always going to happen. Leaving the summer, case counts were present, but largely under control.

Well, guess what? It’s getting colder outside and it was really cold a couple weeks ago. Plus we just hit daylight savings time which ends our days sooner. So, we’re all inside more trading the Vid. Now we have community spread. And that community spread is increasing.

Everybody quickly panic on social media and blame Trump. We’re all going to die!

Just kidding, I’m not a “journalist”.

Are things going to get bad? Perhaps, but they’ll eventually get better. That’s what pandemics do. Viruses, well…virus. Everyone needs to remain calm.

I really encourage you to watch the video below of the Kansas City area Chief Medical Officers discuss hospital bed capacity because the geniuses at the local news agencies are probably busy turning this in to panic porn articles with little context and explanation. And you can rest assured that the geniuses in elected office and our health departments sure aren’t going to explain it to you.

After all, they have to take the day off tomorrow.

You can’t make this stuff up. Government agency that is tasked with dealing with pandemic still gets a damned holiday when case counts are exploding. An absolute failure of leadership.

Here’s the video. It runs about an hour:

https://players.brightcove.net/5434965233001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6207826931001

If you don’t have an hour to consume this, let me hit the high points for you…

-Trying to accurately report hospital bed capacity is a little more complex than it would appear on the surface. Add in government and differing definition of terms by different regulatory bodies you end up with discrepancies. Ah, gubmint, if only we had more of it we might get this stuff right…

-Those discrepancies have led to an over reporting of actual available staffed beds on the Covid-19 dashboards.

-We’re getting lower on beds by the day, and there’s a risk that if the surge in cases keeps up we may have to consider reducing preventative care, triaging patients differently, and field hospitals. None of this is ideal, but it’s challenging.

-We are seeing some hospital staff be diagnosed with the Vid, but it’s not happening in the hospitals, it’s actually happening in the community when they go home.

-Hospital staff are stressed but managing pretty well considering the situation.

-I was really pleased to see that the CMOs shied away from saying that we should lockdown, and one individual on the video went as far to say that it’s important that we still have an economy. (Thankfully, there is sanity!)

-Optimistic but concerned tone, I’m sure you won’t hear that from the news media.

My sense is this thing will spike up and we’ll deal with it, but it begs the question, is there anything else we can do?

I’ve seen little actual guidance other than the obvious stuff (social distance, wear a mask, if you’re sick get tested and stay home, etc). That’s all fine and dandy, but what else can we do (getting on social media and arguing about Trump/Biden and masks is not an answer here, but lots of people seem not to be deterred)?

Would seem to me, that if we’ve got stressed hospital workers that maybe there’s some things we can do to help them out? There are two organizations in our immediate area that are there to support the hospital staff.

For Liberty, you have the Liberty Hospital Foundation.

For North Kansas City Hospital, I found this link that allows you to directly donate to their Covid-19 efforts: https://www.nkch.org/patients-and-guests/coronavirus-information/donations

I thought NKC Hospital had a foundation similar to Liberty, but I can’t find it online.

The Clay County Health Department and Health Board have been an unmitigated disaster through all of this. There’s no leadership. They had a Covid-19 email they were sending out there for awhile. It was mostly useless. You rarely see anything from that anymore.

Their Facebook page is primarily filled with reminders to wear a mask and that Covid-19 is dangerous, but there isn’t much else. (Side note: Filing opens for the health board next month) I searched their Facebook page for anything about the Liberty Hospital Foundation. Hardly nothing, and absolutely nothing in the context of helping frontline workers at the hospitals.

Maybe the needed rest on their vacation day tomorrow will help them refocus… LOL! Right. I’m sure they’ll get a mask post in before Friday and enjoy their weekend. Two more days off, baby! Don’t you wish Covid could take a day or two off?

Virus gonna virus, gubmint workers going to take the day off!

We’ve been lectured for years about the evils of money in politics. I’ve often found it a foolish argument.

We live in 2020, not 1920, and information is everywhere and readily available. While I find a significant portion of Americans ignorant at times, the reality is they can still make their own decisions about candidates. And anyone that wants to find out more information than a stupid mailer or TV ad can and will do so.

There’s a lot to take away from Tuesday’s election results as I’m finding it just as fascinating as I thought it would be. This one deserves to be called out all on it’s own.

Take a look at this breakdown of the amount of money spent on the US Senate races by Democrats.

$356.5 million dollars spent, only to loose. I’d heard that they’d spent $20 million in Kansas on that US Senate race, but haven’t looked it up.

The money didn’t matter.

I’d be willing to bet they could have spent 2-3 times that and the results would have been absolutely the same.

The greatest irony of this massive spend shouldn’t be lost on anyone.

The Democrats are the one’s that lecture us endlessly on the evils of money in politics. Yet, this is the party that stood idly by as inner cities in this country were burned to the ground by political pawns from their side. And at the same time they “invested” 1/3 of a billion dollars on races where they lost.

Black Lives Matter… Well, only when you need their votes. Otherwise, they’re just political pawns in a sad, disgusting game.

Imagine for one minute had this money been invested in minority and poor communities to help people learn to start businesses, fix basic infrastructure, remodel homes, pay for basic healthcare, start tutoring programs, etc.

The return on investment would have surely been better than this. Great job Democrats, you won the Presidency with a candidate that is marginally less abrasive than Trump. Four years of endless moral panic and hyperventilation over one person. Hundreds of millions of dollars burned to a crisp.

America hit the economic iceberg this year with the Coronavirus. The question will become do we continue to rip one another apart in endless political tribal warfare, or do we start to listen to one another and figure out how we solve some substantial problems in our societies and country. There are solutions.

The choice is ours, but it sure as Hell won’t be solved by leaving in or taking money out of politics.

Welcome to my rundown of what I thought was interesting online this week. As I read, watch, listen I add these things to a draft on the WordPress app on my phone, and I present them to you when done. It’s a time of narrative and feelings, but it should be a time of reading and learning.


First the local stuff because that’s why this blog originally started.

Funny things happen when you don’t lock your state down. Your state doesn’t go broke.

I’m no fan of many Republicans and Gov. Parson, but we didn’t lock the state down, and it was the right thing to do.

Net general revenue increased for the 2021 fiscal year by more than 23 percent last month compared to October 2019, according to the October general revenue report.” https://themissouritimes.com/general-revenue-report-shows-high-gains-over-last-fiscal-year/

Former Missouri Democrat state rep. pleads guilty to wire fraud https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2020/11/09/former-missouri-state-rep-pleads-guilty.html

Occupational licensing reform is one of the more important things we can do at the state level to improve people’s abilities to earn a living for themselves and their families.

https://themissouritimes.com/rep-derek-grier-is-becoming-a-national-expert-on-licensing-reform/

“It’s time to rethink transportation funding. The damage inflicted upon roads is determined by how much drivers drive on them and how much their vehicles weigh, not by how much fuel they consume. A better way to match the damage drivers do to the road with what they pay for its upkeep is to charge by the mile, instead of by the gallon.” https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/state-and-local-government/commentary-funding-roads-by-the-mile-not-the-gallon


Covid-19 has certainly caused some changes. It will be interesting to see the long term effects on cities and how much people actually move versus those that say they want to move.

“An astonishing 14 million to 23 million Americans intend to relocate to a different city or region as a result of telework, according to a new study released by Upwork, a freelancing platform.”

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/30/929667563/now-that-more-americans-can-work-anywhere-many-are-planning-to-move-away

Contrary to popular opinion on the political right, the world didn’t end with the election. And, unfortunately, our drone programs and interference in the Middle East didn’t either. Watched this movie this week. If you never saw it, it’s brilliant and thought provoking.

Progress… Supreme Court Rejects Qualified Immunity Defense for the First Time in Years https://reason.com/volokh/2020/11/02/supreme-court-rejects-qualified-immunity-defense-for-the-first-time-in-years/

Oh, bring on the sweet, salty tears. Partisans pissed that Libertarian candidate spoiled their victory. https://reason.com/2020/11/05/you-are-not-entitled-to-libertarian-votes/

Random, interesting read, eels are weird. https://pocket.co/xhx2b8?cta=1&src=ph

The most important thing you should do through this Covid-19 thing is absolutely embrace the core value of science. That means you may believe the evidence points to an answer, but you’re not afraid to challenge your assumptions. The testing is a major problem.

The 2020 Election Results Look Like a Massive Rebuke of Socialism https://reason.com/2020/11/06/socialism-2020-trump-biden-rebuke-left/

America, the stove was hot, but now you’ve touched it. Enjoy your pain, it couldn’t happen to a worse group of people. Joe Biden’s Endless River of Debt and Regulation https://reason.com/video/2020/11/06/joe-bidens-endless-river-of-debt-and-regulation/

Danielle DiMartino Booth is one of the most brilliant women in all of finance. Booth is a former Federal Reserve insider. Absolute must watch interview on the Hedgeye Investing Summit.

The election could have been a lot worse!

“At virtually every level of contest, I’m happy to report that the results underscore just how out of step the two major parties are with the plurality of Americans who call ourselves independent. The Democrats were favored to win a solid majority in the Senate and expand their control of the House. They still might gain a razor-thin majority in the upper chamber early next year, when a couple of run-offs will be held, but the Dems lost seats in the House and liberals are still waiting for a “Blue Wave That Never Came.” The race for the White House will take a while to fully suss out, but we know enough to conclude that apparent winner Joe Biden could barely eke out a victory against an opponent whose approval rating is a dozen points below the historical average. The upshot is that neither party can pretend it has a mandate, which just might mean people in Washington will trim their ambitions for the next few years.” https://reason.com/2020/11/06/feeling-good-about-the-future-after-an-ugly-election/

Ian Bremmer is a geopolitical analyst who I often find worth listening, too. He’s quite mainstream, but he’s a well read and knowledgeable guy, and once you get past his politics (his Twitter feed was like a Biden love fest this week), he’s quite knowledgeable. This was pre-election, but still worth a listen. Gives you a good idea of how a Biden administration may approach the world. It’s not all bad, and it isn’t all good. https://pca.st/q1ne8wcy