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Mask Of Tragic Comedy

August 24th, 2020 No comments


Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., watch fireworks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Masks have now gone mainstream as their deployment is being mandated across the entire breadth of our lives.  As in all things American, it wasn’t good enough to simply have just one style of mask, it was necessary to make fashion statements as well.  Hence all manner of stylish face coverings are now available from dollar stores to on line sources allowing people to be individuals: in a me too kind of way.  The marketing for this new cultural fixture is so pervasive that they are worn even when the chance of infection, the original reason for them, is vastly remote.  Driving in your own car for example; bathing in your own shower; riding on a motorcycle or rock climbing.  It’s even important to wear masks while posting on Instagram.  Imagine that.

This public mania falls on the heels of the last great hysteria which happened only recently.  Does anyone remember the hoarding of toilet paper now?  Do we recall the occasional fights that broke out over purchases of Charmin at Costco?  Do we recall those nutters that hoarded TP  as if it were an essential survival item like canned beans, freeze dried foods and bullets are for Preppers?

Only a few years from now, people will look back with amusement ( and hopefully a lot of anger) at the photos taken of their lives during this insane time.  There will be grad pictures, weddings, family gatherings, holidays, festivals and other precious times in which everyone will resemble bank robbers.  Look at the image of the Democratic nominees for President;  they look like they’ve just cleaned out the nearest Bank of America. There has been a massive push of propaganda that masks prevent the spreading of a virus that statistically over 99.5% of people recover from even if they happen to catch it.  People have been deluded to think that a mask will make them safe.  This is as laughable as the idea that shoulder pads on women’s dresses in the ’80’s made them appear more feminine.  As some have pointed out, if underwear doesn’t hold in the lovely fragrance of flatulence, a mask is not going to stop a deadly virus.

Life really does resemble art.  In 1842, Edgar Allen Poe published The Masque of The Red Death in which a Prince tries to avoid a plague by wearing masks and hiding in his room. They are exposed to a person who purportedly carries the Red Death under a mask but in fact had nothing tangible inside of it.  The Prince died anyway, though of fright not of plague.

Well the mask wearers may get the last laugh yet.  For us non mask wearers, we’ve probably been lucky to have survived the last 6 months in this viral soup which surrounds us. Our luck may yet run out, in which case, we’re taking photos of ourselves now for posterity.

Unmasking The Real Threat

August 4th, 2020 No comments


Some may recall that when there first emerged an inkling that a medical emergency requiring national action began in February of this year, there was initially skepticism among many, especially in the media, about the potential seriousness.  In fact, the usual political and media sources chided the US President for acting in an irresponsible manner by restricting travel from the virus’ source, China, citing the usual claims of racism.

Now, 6 months into the ‘pandemic’, the media are hysterically reporting about Covid as if it was the worst pandemic in history with daily infection counts running like baseball scores on their screens.  Now they are all about restrictions and lockdowns.  Restrictions and prohibitions on people’s lives have become even more severe, not less as you would expect if the danger period was 14 days and the effects of crowd immunization were allowed to work their way through a population.  In fact the restrictions and prohibitions don’t appear to have any end in sight, even as the survival rate by those afflicted with the ailment is over 99%.   The ‘experts’ in the medical community have flip flopped numerous times on the efficacy of a number of balms including the wearing of masks…or not, to face shields and eye protection to full out space suits for the really paranoid.  There is on going talk about a second wave.  Why not a third?

And yet there is ample evidence that an effective treatment for Covid already exists.  Many in the practicing medical community  insist that hydroxychloroquine, an effective and inexpensive drug used to treat malaria, has a stellar record of treatment and preventative properties to address Covid.

Despite the earnest entreaties of numerous outspoken physicians, their views have been marginalized and purposefully deleted from public view.  Apparently, only a vaccine will suffice as the ultimate fix.  Never mind that there has never been a vaccine to fix any flu, or that any such vaccine may be way off into the future given the standard pharma protocols.  Thus, a large community of practicing doctors is overruled by a bureaucrat who has not treated a patient in 40 years and effectively places the world on hold with his inconsistent utterances.

Even as numerous nations such as Sweden and Finland have elected to go with saner policies for their societies with no appreciably higher mortality statistics, in North America, the climate of fear continues to be propagated by politicians and the media.  People who advocate hiding under beds are hailed as heroes rather than the destroyers of society they really are.

If we itemize the draconian measures that have been imposed upon the people to save them, we arrive at a list which is in fact quite the opposite of saving the people.

No going to work

No going to school

No going to church

No parties and concerts

No sports events

No going to weddings

No funerals (unless political)

No going to restaurants

Close businesses

Mandatory masks

No travelling (unless political)

No going to the beach

No gathering in large groups (unless rioting)

14 day quarantine for travelers (unless attending political funeral)

It’s hard to believe that after 6 months of this bumbling and destructive narrative that people still believe that their best interests are being looked after by their political appointees.  This is gaslighting on an epic scale. The list above looks like a roster of rules for a communist gulag. Let’s not forget that the majority of people who get voted into office that make these rules are bureaucrats of the worst kind, having done nothing else in their lives but run for office.  Even worse, many of those are lawyers whose worldviews are shaped only by issues of liability.

The misguided policies that most politicos are pushing today will have long term adverse impact upon their constituents. The only good thing that can come of this on-going man made tragedy is that the vacant minds that pretended to set constructive public policy will be outed as the vacuous demagogues that they are.  The real threat to society’s health is allowing such morons to control the lives of gullible people.  Toss them all out…and their little masks too.