Interesting (bed-wetter) items from my inbox and elsewhere …
Even WHO is against lockdowns now
Mere months after helping to start a panic that led to the job-killing lockdowns, the World Health Organization is finally admitting the cure is worse than the disease, as reported in the New York Post:
The World Health Organization has warned leaders against relying on COVID-19 lockdowns to tackle outbreaks — after previously saying countries should be careful how quickly they reopen.
WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last resort, the British magazine the Spectator reported in a video interview.
Last resort? Why are lockdowns a resort of any kind? The data shows they don’t work. (See below.) This is like saying bleeding the patient to release the bad humours should only be treated as a last resort.
Nabarro said tight restrictions cause significant harm, particularly on the global economy. “Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer,” he said.
Yup. And poverty kills. There are no words capable of expressing the contempt I feel towards people who are gainfully employed and happy to support lockdowns as long as their jobs are safe.
Other people’s lives and businesses will be destroyed? Yeah, I’m okay with that as long as a lockdown means there’s an itty-bitty, teeny-tiny reduction in the odds I’ll be exposed to a virus that has a 99.96% survival rate and is less deadly that ordinary flu for people younger than 70. We all have to pull together, ya know!
I’ve never seen a clearer example of the haves not giving a rat’s ass about the have-nots. When people argue with me about lockdowns on Twitter or elsewhere, I always ask the same question: What job or business did you lose because of the lockdowns, and why do you consider that a worthwhile sacrifice? I’ve yet to receive a reply.
It would be a different debate if lockdowns were saving thousands of lives. But of course …
Lockdowns don’t work
What have I been saying since April? The virus is going to spread, period. The most locksdown can accomplish is to slow the pace of the spread. So while this article in National Review calls the data “surprising,” I’m not surprised at all:
Governors in different states responded to the COVID-19 pandemic at different times and in different ways. Some states, such as California, ordered sweeping shutdowns. Others, such as Florida, took a more targeted approach. Still others, such as South Dakota, dispensed information but had no lockdowns at all.
As a result, we can now compare outcomes in different states, to test the question no one wants to ask: Did the lockdowns make a difference?
If lockdowns really altered the course of this pandemic, then coronavirus case counts should have clearly dropped whenever and wherever lockdowns took place. The effect should have been obvious, though with a time lag.
To judge from the evidence, the answer is clear: Mandated lockdowns had little effect on the spread of the coronavirus. As in almost every country, we consistently see a steep climb as the virus spreads, followed by a transition to a flatter curve. At some point, the curves always slope downward, though this wasn’t obvious for all states until the summer.
The lockdowns can’t be the cause of these transitions. In the first place, the transition happened even in places without lockdown orders (see Iowa and Arkansas). And where there were lockdowns, the transitions tended to occur well before the lockdowns could have had any serious effect.
What do The Anointed do when a Grand Plan fails? You already know: they decide to do the same thing again, only bigger …
U.K. government: we can @#$% you, but don’t @#$% each other
When I first saw this article from the U.K. Evening Standard, I though it had to be a parody. Nope, it’s real. Here’s how ridiculous coronahysteria has become:
Couples living apart in areas with Tier 2 restrictions are not allowed to have sleepovers unless they are in a “support bubble”, Downing Street confirmed today.
If you can read that sentence without picturing people having sex inside a giant plastic bubble, you have more mental discipline that I do.
Boyfriends and girlfriends will be able to meet outdoors in Tier 2 but are expected to adhere to social distancing rules such as hands, face and space. They must also adhere to the rule of six.
If you can read that sentence without picturing six people having sex inside a giant plastic bubble, you have more mental discipline that I do.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told a briefing of Westminster journalists: “The rules on household mixing in Tier 2 set out that you should mix with your own household only unless you’ve formed a support bubble and that obviously does apply to some couples.”
Asked why there was no exemption for people in established relationships in Tier 2, he replied: “Because the purpose of the measures that were put in place is to break the chain in transmission between households and the scientific advice is there is greater transmission of the virus indoors.”
Well, there’s a simple solution, then: have sex outdoors. Or better yet, tell the government officials to go @#$% themselves.
Another bed-wetter politician is introduced to the Constitution
Since the beginning of the “pandemic,” Governor Whitmer of Michigan has been competing with other governors to see who could issue the most arbitrary and useless lockdown restrictions. (If you can explain why buying alcohol and lottery tickets doesn’t spread COVID while buying garden seeds does, I’m all ears.) She’s also been competing to see who could be the biggest hypocrite among the political bed-wetters: after she ordered citizens of Michigan not to visit their vacation homes, her husband traveled to their vacation home. He had to rake the leaves, ya see, so it was okay.
Anyway, the state’s Supreme Court recently introduced Whitmer to a document called The Constitution:
Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lacks the authority to extend or declare states of emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a 4-3 majority opinion, the state’s high court said she did not have that authority.
Three judges thought it was okay for Whitmer to decide which businesses can stay open and which ones will fail by government decree? Doesn’t the Constitution guarantee equal protection under the law? That decision should have been 7-0.
“We conclude that the Governor lacked the authority to declare a ‘state of emergency’ or a ‘state of disaster’ under the EMA after April 30, 2020, on the basis of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we conclude that the EPGA is in violation of the Constitution of our state because it purports to delegate to the executive branch the legislative powers of state government– including its plenary police powers– and to allow the exercise of such powers indefinitely,” wrote Justice Stephen J. Markman on behalf of the majority.
Whitmer responded to the decision calling it “deeply deeply disappointing, and I vehemently disagree with the court’s interpretation of the Michigan Constitution.”
Well, yes, The Anointed are always deeply disappointed when the little people refuse to bend the knee, give up their freedoms, and go along with the latest Grand Plan.
Stay in lockdown until the miracle vaccine comes along!
Uh, no. I’m not going to get a vaccine that will be rushed through the testing process. This article in the U.K. Times explains why:
Sixty people are to receive a multimillion-pound payout from the government after they suffered brain damage caused by a swine flu vaccine.
Most of the victims are children but they also include six health workers. Peter Todd, a lawyer representing many sufferers, said the government would face a bill of at least £60m — £1m for each victim.
“There has never been a case like this before,” he said. “The victims of this vaccine have an incurable and lifelong condition and will require extensive medication.”
Six million British people, mostly children, received the vaccine following the swine flu scare in 2009. It was later revealed that the vaccine can cause severe epilepsy-type symptoms, called narcolepsy and cataplexy, in up to one in 16,000 recipients.
Yes, those are low odds – one in 16,000. But given my age, good health habits, etc., I’m pretty sure the odds of me dying from COVID are even lower.
But the odds that idiotic government policies will drive me insane are increasing daily.
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