But I think he left one out, the “Unknown Knowns”. That is, the things the government knows but doesn’t want us to know.

What are the true infection and fatality rates of the Wuhan virus? As of today, the ratio of deaths to cases in the U.S. stands at 4.24%. The problem used to be that we didn’t know the true number of infections. But now the government is messing with the actual number of deaths. Here are excerpts from the guidelines released March 24 on reporting CODID-19 on death certificates:

So now they are inflating the numbers. If some doctor assumes it’s COVID-19 then it is COVID-19. A test is not required. A cynical person might well conclude that the government knows the numbers aren’t nearly what they were predicting so they’re trying to make them as big as they can. New York is falling right into line. Today it was reported that New York added 3,778 deaths presumed to have been due to COVID-19 to their previously reported 6,589. That’s a 57% increase! Gee, I wonder if there’s some money in this...

How about the epi curves? Those are the curves that show the dates when people were infected, not the date the test was made and reported which has no meaning in determining the progress of the epidemic.  These are the curves that, I’ve pointed out many times, show us that the peak infections occurred in the 3rd week of March but the “experts” were all telling us that the worst week was last week and that we shouldn’t even go to the grocery store if we could avoid it. The CDC shows the curve for the U.S. and suburban Cook County, Illinois has it but it’s very hard to get this information from most states and localities.

And that’s not the only way to hide information from people and keep them scared. The Cook County web site shows death rates by age group. Here’s what it looked like on Saturday, April 11:

And here’s what it looks like today:

Wow, it looks like the rates for people in their 70s isn’t that much lower than those in their 80s. But see what they did? That last bar is people in their 80s, 90s and 100s combined. The graph from 3 days ago breaks those out and you get a very different picture. In that graph we can see that the rate for people in their 80s was actually slightly lower than for those in their 70s.

And what about the number of deaths of people who caught the disease in nursing homes or retirement centers where there are large populations of elderly, sick people. We know there have been numerous outbreaks all over the country in such places but the CDC and many states do not track this data, or so they say. In suburban Cook County there have been 233 deaths and one or more cases reported in 87 of these types of facilities.

But this information makes a big difference in the risk for the average person going about their daily lives. Where I live, people are so scared they walk down the streets in masks and run to the other side of the street to avoid walking anywhere near another human being.

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

--H. L. Mencken

The virus isn’t imaginary but the idea of keeping the public scared and looking to their leaders for safety is certainly a great way to maintain power and control. Dr. Fauci is out there suggesting people should never shake hands again. And let’s not forget the really scary numbers of deaths that were predicted by the models that were all bogus.