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(Courageous Discourse) — When I was 15 I took my mother’s gigantic burgundy-colored Cadillac Fleetwood for a joyride, and while trying to perform a high-speed fishtail I drove it into a hackberry tree and totaled it. I still remember surveying the damage after the collision and being astonished by the scope of the destruction – the hood and trunk and every door sprung, the front-end smashed, the radiator burst, and the windshield spiderwebbed.

By some miracle I was completely unhurt, so I walked home. Mom was out of town, so I called dad at his office and broke the news. After questioning me to make sure that no one was hurt, he then asked how badly the car was damaged.

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“Oh, not too bad, just kind of banged up the front bumper a bit. Should be easy to fix.”

I still don’t know what I thought would be gained by lying about the true extent of the damage. About an hour later we drove to the Cadillac dealership, to where the wreck had been towed. My dread grew by the second as we got ever closer to the moment of truth. We parked in front of the showroom and walked back to the service department, where the wrecked hulk had been deposited. I still remember my father’s stunned silence as he surveyed the vehicle.

“Not too bad?” he finally asked.

“I’d say he knocked the snot out of it,” said a mechanic standing nearby, which caused my dad to burst out laughing.

This morning I was reminded of this “dark episode,” as my mother called it, when I read the New York Times report headlined, “Covid Shots May Slightly Raise Stroke Risk in the Oldest Recipients.”

The risk assessment contained in this report is the equivalent of my statement to my dad that mom’s Caddy was “banged up a bit around the front bumper.” Contrast this assessment with the true damage implied by Ed Dowd’s most recent analysis of U.K. disability data.

The rising incidence of cancer is especially alarming, with a 45 percent rise in 2022.

How long will the New York Times be able to postpone the moment of truth?

Reprinted with permission from Courageous Discourse.