If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.~ Edward Hickson (1803-70)
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.~ Einstein
Covid’s privileged oppressors are sanctimonious, self- righteous, self -serving people of every race, colour creed and sexual orientation; most often found in mainstream media, politics, Hollywood, and some in the general public. They rant and rave and lecture us about masks and social distancing and hand washing, scream about the number of new Covid cases and Covid deaths (would that be deaths from Covid or deaths with Covid?) and then yell at the rest of us for not following the rules (as if they do), while threatening lockdowns and then locking down.
All of these lockdowns are easy for Privileged Oppressors; politicians, public health experts and the well-to-do. They will not suffer from them. Their lives have not changed. I know people who spent the Covid lockdown redecorating and remodelling their homes. In the summer right up to mid-November, they played golf and went bike riding.Their lives are just fine, thank you. I doubt they have ever spoken to a shop owner holding on by his fingernails who knows he cannot withstand another lockdown. But they are quick to attack those who do not follow the rules. Blaming them for Covid.
These Privileged Oppressor politicians and public health experts get a regular and often rather large pay-cheques (Governor Cuomo is getting a $25,000 raise) and preach to others while not following their own preaching. Think California Governor, Gavin Newsome(fancy dinner party), Nancy Pelosi (she had to have her hair done),Chicago Mayor Lighthouse (needed her hair done as well), Gov. Whitmer (non-stop lockdowns and laws while her husband flaunts them).
Here it is November and we are told we are in the second wave of Covid. We must shut down as the number of Covid cases rises again, apparently astronomically. Hospitals, we are told, are overrun.
We shut down in the spring. Seems it didn’t work but here we are repeating it. Wasn’t it Einstein who said that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity?
Some areas in Ontario, including the largest city, Toronto, the largest city in Canada, are in another lockdown, for a month, right up to Christmas. The Premier, Doug Ford, seems so sad. Do you really think that the Privileged Oppressors think about the restaurants that will go under. And now in Toronto, after restaurant owners spent thousands to set up for patio service and bought outdoor heaters for winter dining, the patios have now been shut. Why? We have been told it is better to be outside than inside. Then there is the destruction in small towns as their shops board up permanently. Many lost money during the tourist season. Now they will lose out on Christmas shopping. Not to worry. The government will send you money. They are printing it as we speak.
Do you really think these Privileged Oppressors worry about unemployment soaring again? Families destroyed? Increased child abuse and wife abuse? The rise in mental illness and opioid use? The elderly dying from or with loneliness?
We are lectured that all of this is the result of not enough people wearing masks, social distancing and inviting too many people into their homes. Who decides how many people are too many? Are we to allow the “authorities” into our homes to count the number of people? And where are the stats that homes, restaurants and small stores are the point of spread? How is it that big box stores don’t spread Covid but your local small stores do?
And then there are the COVIDIOTS; the politicians who will decide for you what is and is not essential in the stores! Aisles with “non-essential items” will be covered because your politicians always know what you really need and when and what is best for you – as they do in Venezuela and Cuba and China. This was tried in Wales. And failed. If at first you don’t succeed try, try again!
How much freedom will we allow others to take from us and our neighbours in the name of public health?
Does anyone really understand the numbers? The number of positive cases is going up. Why is that a bad thing? If the positive cases are high isn’t that a good thing? More people will now be immune. And why are we closing schools when children are not getting seriously ill from Covid and school is the safest place for millions of children?The lockdowns adversely affect all other health care as if cancer and heart disease had suddenly disappeared or were no longer all that serious. How many people are missing their cancer care, not receiving elective surgery, as if not being able to walk from need of a hip replacement were a minor inconvenience? How many children are not receiving life altering surgeries; postponed because of Covid?
We have known from the beginning that the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are more prone to develop Covid and die. How is it nine months later we have no policies in place to protect the most vulnerable while allowing everyone else to live?
Will the collateral damage do more damage than Covid? Will we ever know?
Privileged Oppressor Dr. Fauci recently said during a panel with other experts in Washington, DC:
“I was talking with my UK colleagues who are saying the UK is similar to where we are now, because each of our countries have that independent spirit. I can understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”
Independent spirit is a bad thing! Do what you are told!
Dr. Fauci has also declared that masks will be needed even after the vaccine is out.
What of the thousands of others experts who disagree with lockdowns and masks. Why do we not hear their voices? What happened to free speech and critical thinking?
Dr. Hodkinson, a medical specialist in pathology, which includes virology trained at Cambridge University in England. A Royal College certified pathologist in Canada, he is the former chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons committee in Ottawa. Hodkinson served as CEO of a large private medical laboratory in Edmonton, Alberta, and now runs MutantDx, a molecular diagnostics company in North Carolina that provides COVID-19 tests.
He said masks “are utterly useless.” “There is no evidence base for their effectiveness, whatsoever,” he said. “Paper masks and fabric masks are simply virtue signaling.” Masks are not worn correctly most of the time.
Hodkinson said every business and public place should be “open tomorrow,” as stated in the “Great Barrington Declaration,” a petition launched by Stanford, Harvard and Oxford epidemiologists arguing for not restricting the healthy while protecting the vulnerable.
Hodkinson warned that what he was about to say was “lay language and blunt” and “counter-narrative.”
“There is absolutely nothing that can be done to contain this virus other than protecting older, more vulnerable people.It should be thought of as nothing other than a bad flu season. This is not ebola. It’s not SARS.”
The famous Dr. Anthony Fauci co-authored an article published March 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine predicting the case fatality rate for COVID-19 would turn out to be like that of a “severe seasonal influenza,” about one-tenth of 1%. The Centers for Disease Control now estimates the survival rate for those infected with COVID-19 is 99.997% for ages 0-19; 99.98% for 20-49; 99.5% for 50-69; and 94.6% for those 70 and older. The World Health Organization’s estimate in March of a death rate of 3.4% sparked panic worldwide, fueling the catastrophic lockdowns. Where are the apologies?
Senator Rand Paul, a physician, said about lockdowns:
“They’re completely arbitrary. They’re not based on any kind of science. There is really very little objective science to prove that any of this works.”
While commenting on mask mandates, Paul said the data shows that cloth masks objectively don’t work.
“They’re theater. You look at the cloth masks, 97% of virus particles go through cloth masks, so we’re kidding ourselves, and what it’s doing is it’s detracting from the one thing that could save and could really help us and that’s the vaccine.”
And then there is the Danish investigation into the efficacy of masks.
A high-quality, large-scale Danish study finds no evidence that wearing a face mask significantly minimizes people’s risk of contracting COVID-19. The randomized-control trial found no statistically significant difference in coronavirus infection rates between mask-wearers and non-mask-wearers. In fact, according to the data, mask usage may actually increase the likelihood of infection.
The first lockdown did not work. It only caused hardship amongst those who could least afford it. But the Privileged Oppressors are repeating it. To what end?
From the Ethics of the Fathers: “Rabbi Tarfon used to say, it is not incumbent upon you to complete the task, but you are not exempt from undertaking it.”