A major problem has been that the powers that be have massively distorted reality on the dangers of COVID and have literally censored anything that went against the panic narrative.
Early in the pandemic, sincere scientists and doctors made videos advocating against lockdown and saw their content banned. It was only the BLM street activism that broke the stranglehold of lockdown thinking, because suddenly gathering in large groups was fine.
Nobody dares publicly take the view that COVID is not so bad. Big tech actually invented a new ban category in 2020, “false” medical information as per the judgment of the blue-haired women’s studies majors at Twitter, Google and Facebook’s “Trust and Safety” teams whose medical competency is nil. Much of this new power was used against those who wanted to resist the panic.
The public has been completely failed by those who would guide public thinking. Florida has been open normally for most of the year while New York has been on lockdown for most of the year. Masks are not required in Florida and schools are open. The opposite is true in New York. Florida has a larger and older population than New York. Yet Florida has had 1/2 a many COVID deaths as New York.
How many people even know this? If you follow mainstream media you would think that Florida has had far worse outcomes that New York but instead Florida’s outcomes have been far better, while having virtually no restrictions. Can the public be blamed for giving up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety when they aren’t even allowed to know the truth?
The most obvious remedy for respiratory infections, humidifying living spaces in winter, has gotten virtually no traction. A curious person could learn about the respiratory system and figure out within days that moist air is of paramount importance. No matter how low your opinion of our thought leaders, it should be lower still.
Our intellectual overlords are profoundly intellectually incompetent. Their minds do not specialize in truth but in enforcing conformity.
The Unz Review is still banned on Facebook–even links attempted to be shared in private messages–on account of having allegedly spread misinformation about the pandemic, despite UR hosting Anatoly Karlin, one of the first people in the English-speaking world to sound the alarm on the virus. It has become a handy pretense for silencing dissent.
New York vs Florida over here, Italy vs Sweden over there. It’s an exercise in futility to try and tell by looking at graphs of cases, hospitalizations, or deaths over time of states and countries when various mandates, restrictions, and lockdown orders were issued. China rolled out a response tighter than the US could’ve managed even if it had the will to. And that’s why China nipped the problem in the bud while the US flailed around incompetently–except Japan didn’t do much of anything and fared far better than many other countries that locked down hard did, including several states in the US.
Meanwhile, for healthy non-geriatrics without co-morbidities, Covid isn’t even “just the flu, bro”, it’s less than that. Despite never being at risk from the disease, they’ve effectively had a year of living life taken from them.
The gap [between the top 1% and the bottom 90%] increased when Obama was President as much as anytime. The neolibs/Democrat establishment favor policies that lead to this gap as much as anyone.
What makes things worse is the left blames the wealth gap on “tax cuts for the rich”. In reality this is a trivial reason. It’s Wall Street bailouts, QE [ie the Federal Reserve] and other stimulus that cause the gap.
Mainstream Democrats strongly favor this and will destroy anyone who tries to get in the way.
Taxation, euphemistically referred to as government revenue, and government expenditures need not have anything to do with one another. In fiscal 2020, which ran through the end of October 2020, the government conjured more money out of thin air than it taxed from the citizenry. That isn’t an aberration. It’s going to happen again in 2021. States and municipalities are underwater all over the country and the TreasureFed is going to bail all of them out. It will be the norm until the dollar breaks.
Men pursue beauty and women pursue status.
A simple thought experiment will confirm this. Think of the person you find most attractive in the world. Removing spousal and family commitments from the equation, if you could either spend one night with that person either in a private hotel room away from prying eyes or out and about rubbing elbows with celebrities in Hollywood or Manhattan but never alone together, what would you choose to do? Men will overwhelmingly choose the private hotel room; women the conspicuous night on the town.
As a retired boomer, I feel very sad that this Covid hysteria is “destroying the lives of Zoomers and Millenials.” But, from what I’ve observed, as a group, they object to these lockdowns less than my generation. Many are so afraid of the virus that they shop at home for groceries. And they willingly wear masks more than boomers. I’ve seen many wearing masks while riding their bikes. Such is the power of propaganda, which has destroyed their free will. There was so much more freedom when we boomers were young. We grew up in a different world.
With the bars shut down, as well as most social gatherings, how many college students, living under enforced dictatorships, are even dating when they can’t see the opposite sex faces? Parents should not pay for their kid’s college ‘mis-educations’ if they are staying home in their pajamas taking classes remotely. Better to work at Walmart. I predict a Baby Bust in 2021.
Indeed, boomers appear to be twice as resistant to the restrictions as zoomers are. From the latest YouGov survey, the percentages of respondents by age cohort who perceive a federal mask mandate as “a violation of your civil liberties”:
Aged 18-29: 22%
Aged 30-44: 35%
Aged 45-64: 33%
Aged 65+: 43%