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All our lives, our sadism is masterfully jerked by movies and newscasts, so we’re giddy at the sight of other people being blown up or swept away by giant waves, anything, really, as long as it’s not us being napalmed or nuked. This coronavirus crisis is so disappointing, however, for there’s not much to see. Coffins or body bags just aren’t kinetic enough, and completely empty streets are, like, whatever. Are we supposed to jizz up over literally nothing?! Where are the zombies?

Anticipating war, but elsewhere, of course, we casually say, “I’ll get the popcorn,” but the death count for this coronavirus jazz is simply too low. It’s just a bad flu season, many insist. Months into this pandemic, it still feels unreal. This is so boring. Maybe they can hire some of the millions suddenly unemployed to jiggle the coffins? Pop a few corpses out?

I’m writing to you from South Korea, still. In Daegu, I entered Shinsegae, a pharaonic temple to ostentatious, brand-name consumption. What struck me was how hard everything looked, walls, stores, shoppers, with nothing blurry, mushy, messy or just incongruous allowed to seep from any unscripted crack or hole. There was no unzipped fly, metaphorically speaking. It was the opposite from a wet market.

But that’s the whole thrust of this highfalutin modernism or postmodernism. No farts allowed! Not even the naturally aging ones. That’s why they must be quarantined. Even before this coronavirus crisis, entire categories of people were locked away, for their bodies were just not solid enough to be presentable. Twisted, mangled or practically decomposing, they ruin our appetite for Lolita or hunk hunting.

Suddenly, though, we ourselves are walled in, and since so many of us live alone, we’re effectively in solitary confinement. Shut in, we comfort ourselves with porn, the mass pacifier nonpareil.

In “America Arrested,” I talked about the American celebration of the open road, as in the seduction, challenge or imperative of running away from home, for there’s a huge wonderland of a country out there, not to mention the world. But there’s a flipside, and I don’t just mean that most Americans don’t get to run around much, what with an exhausting job or two, hardly any vacation time and barely any cash beyond the few bills in their pockets.

For decades, America has kept more people in solitary confinement than any other country, which is only inevitable, perhaps, for it institutionalized the concept in 1829, with the opening of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Denying a prisoner all social contacts was meant to be good for him, for it forced him to contemplate. Penitent, he could regain his moral compass and become an upright and productive citizen. In reality, this cruel regime turned people psychotic.

Visiting this prison in 1842, Charles Dickens concluded, “In its intention, I am well convinced that it is kind, humane, and meant for reformation; but I am persuaded that those who devised this system of Prison Discipline, and those benevolent gentlemen who carry it into execution, do not know what it is that they are doing. I believe that very few men are capable of estimating the immense amount of torture and agony which this dreadful punishment, prolonged for years, inflicts upon the sufferers; and in guessing at it myself, and in reasoning from what I have seen written upon their faces, and what to my certain knowledge they feel within, I am only the more convinced that there is a depth of terrible endurance in it which none but the sufferers themselves can fathom, and which no man has a right to inflict upon his fellow-creature. I hold this slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain, to be immeasurably worse than any torture of the body: and because its ghastly signs and tokens are not so palpable to the eye and sense of touch as scars upon the flesh; because its wounds are not upon the surface, and it extorts few cries that human ears can hear; therefore I the more denounce it, as a secret punishment which slumbering humanity is not roused up to stay.”

If this was already known by the mid-19th century, then why has solitary confinement not been phased out, but actually expanded, so that the United States keeps roughly 100,000 people in that condition at any time? Simple, because it works! Their final solution, you see, is to straitjacket not just bodies, but minds.

To rule most effectively in these decaying United States of Drugged Serfs, a citizen’s movement and access to essentials, from food to information, must be strictly controlled, but you can’t just drive a poor doofus batshit, or he might burn down the Hamptons.

To deflect his growing anger and frustration, you must hype up some bogeymen, which at the moment include China, the Chinese, Trump, the Democratic Party, Russians or even Mother Nature herself. Better yet, just let many of them think it’s the Second Coming, so the lockdown and discontinued paychecks are just bits of discomfort before the greatest rejoicing!

Though Jesus won’t show up for weeks, months, years, centuries, your serfs will at least have gotten conditioned to their increasingly strangled lives.

In 2010, the Rockefeller Foundation published “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development,” and one of four hypothetical futures is triggered by a pandemic. Dubbed “Lock Step,” it’s “a world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen pushback.”

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What’s imagined sounds remarkably like right now, “In 2012, the pandemic that the world had been anticipating for years finally hit. Unlike 2009’s HlNl, this new influenza strain—originating from wild geese—was extremely virulent and deadly. Even the most pandemic-prepared nations were quickly overwhelmed when the virus streaked around the world, infecting nearly 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million in just seven months, the majority of them healthy young adults. The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers.”

Without “official containment protocols,” “the virus spread like wildfire” through nearly all countries, but one is singled out for praise, “The Chinese government’s quick imposition and enforcement of mandatory quarantine for all citizens, as well as its instant and near-hermetic sealing off of all borders, saved millions of lives, stopping the spread of the virus far earlier than in other countries and enabling a swifter post-pandemic recovery.”

Instead of healthy young adults, it’s mostly the very old and sick who are dying, and China is not being lauded, but demonized. Still, its anti-pandemic tactics are being imitated by countries worldwide, including the US, so what’s going on here? Was this “Scenarios for the Future” a prediction or script?

Sitting at a Busan café in an underground shopping center, I see a thin yet steady flow of people. Across the way is a greasy spoon I’ll probably eat at later. Within sight is a shoe shop called “NEW ENGLAND,” don’t ask me why, and a tarot card reader who’s busy with a dowdy marm. Life is reasonably normal here.

After China, South Korea was hit hardest by the coronavirus, yet it never locked itself down. By comprehensively testing people, regularly disinfecting places, contact tracing and having nearly everyone wear a face mask while in public, it has managed to suffer only 211 deaths in 11 weeks. On just April 8th, 799 people died from it in New York State.

Why hasn’t the Korean model been emulated worldwide, instead of China’s much more restrictive measures? If you want to explore your totalitarian playbook, however, this is the perfect window.

Many Americans believe their government is using this crisis to preempt restlessness, riots or even revolution, for the American economic house of cards is overdue for collapse anyway, thanks to decades of mismanagement. With a rising China making Uncle Sam increasingly irrelevant and annoying, the US has to unleash this bioweapon to zap its nemesis and decouple from it. So what if a few shiploads of its own citizens keel over. They’re just useless eaters anyway.

In Dean Koontz’ 1981 novel, The Eyes of Darkness, there’s this passage, “Wuhan-400 is a perfect weapon. It afflicts only human beings. No other living creature can carry it. And like syphilis, Wuhan-400 can’t survive outside a living human body for longer than a minute, which means it can’t permanently contaminate objects or entire places the way anthrax and other virulent microorganisms can […] Do you see the advantage of all this?”

During the Eurovision Finale in May of 2019, a corona-wearing Madonna is surrounded by gas masked, zombie like dancers as she sang, “Not everyone can come into the future / Not everyone that’s here is gonna last.” At the end, they all fall over backward, out of sight, so that only the 61-year-old sex symbol remains, with rapper Quavo.

Maybe they’re just cute coincidences, among many others, but don’t you sometimes get the feeling we’re just being toyed with?

With our plastic, skyscraping project imploding, perhaps we can devolve into a breed that’s simpler, muddier and gnarlier, less distracted so much saner, and more honest to those around us, since we can’t escape them. Perhaps we’ll become men again.

Or maybe not. Cowed by fear, oozing despair and dependent on those who have clearly betrayed us at each turn, we’ll become even more catatonic in our cells. After lockdown, we’ll stumble like blind fools, into this farce, again.

Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. Nodwink says:

    I think you’ll find that the 1981 edition of Koontz’s novel called the bioweapon “Gorki-400,” and this was changed to “Wuhan-400” in an edition published in 2008.

    The self-image of Americans as freedom-loving renegades is a long way from reality. There’s a reason those guys were allowed to run around Richmond, Virginia armed to the teeth a couple of months back: everyone – including the gun lovers themselves – knew it was all for show.

  2. Linh Dinh asked: “… don’t you sometimes get the feeling we’re just being toyed with?”

    Answer: Absolutely, yes, Linh!

    Linked below is some evidence. Event 201, a weird global pandemic exercise which included “players,” for example, global business, government, & public health leaders.

    http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/about

    To date, Event 201’s implemented Psy-Op plan works, & the fearful & divided “Sheeple” are obediently performing their part. * Almost all Americans welcome protection & free money from The Blue & White House occupant, The Big Bad Orange Wolf..

    * “Sheeple,” credit Paul Craig Roberts.

  3. TG says:

    Here’s a longer view: this ultimately is the result of the rich pushing for massive population growth for the last couple of centuries. OK we don’t have time for the details, but yes: the rich love cheap labor, and the best way tog et cheap labor is to have 100 desperate people competing for every job, and the best way for that to happen is to massive boost population growth. It gets no press – it is a taboo subject – but all over, we see the elites pushing for higher fertility rates, and when that doesn’t work they replace a population that won’t breed like rodents with one that will, and above that all is a massive campaign of propaganda that Malthus was wrong and there can be no possible downsides to massive population growth, we can’t even talk about it.

    However, past a certain point, as populations are increased, freedom must go away. At an extreme example, consider people living in submarines or the space station: their every action is carefully monitored and controlled, of necessity. And as human population increases, we come to a point where we must limit the lifestyle of the average person, it becomes no longer optional or a matter of political choice, but a matter of necessity. Ultimately every drop of water must be logged and rationed, every kilowatt-hour of energy, every grain of rice. With the world a human Petri dish, our vaccine status and travel records will need to be recorded and logged, for the average person to visit another country will require forms and quarantine periods just like we do today with dogs.

    This is just the start. And if we refuse to accept how the rich are, directly and indirectly, forcing population growth ever higher, there will be no political way to avoid these increasing top-down strictures.

    • Thanks: eD
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  4. utu says:

    “This dying is boring. I wouldn’t want to do it again.” – Feynman’s last words.

  5. utu says:

    United States of Drugged Serfs

    Antidepressant use
    USA>Iceland>AUS>CAN>Denmark>Sweden>Portugal>UK>Finland>Belgium>…

    Opiates use
    Iran>Afghanistan>Russia>Ukraine>…USA(#7)>…>UK(#17)>…

    Alcohol use
    Belarus>…>Russia(#4)>…>Czechia(#9)>…>Poland(#14)>…>USA(#48)>…

    Suicides
    Guyana>…>Russia(#3)>…>Ukraine(#14)>…>Japan(#30)>…>USA(#34)>…

  6. utu says:

    “Maybe they’re just cute coincidences, among many others, but don’t you sometimes get the feeling we’re just being toyed with?” – Sure, we can indulge our feelings and listen to what they are whispering but dismissing Madonna’s antics shouldn’t require too much brain power.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Jon Baptist
  7. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @utu

    They’re not her antics, utu.

    • Thanks: ChuckOrloski
    • Replies: @Alpheus Knight
  8. I don’t “sometimes get the feeling”, I know we are being played all the time. Fake murders (Manson), fake shootings (Parkland), fake diseases (AIDS), fake news (pick any channel), fake politics (Republicrat Corporate Uniparty), fake WMD’s. I could go on until I get carpal tunnel.

    This “Plandemic” may lack a pathogen, but it certainly has a plan. And it’s the only provably Chinese element in this dog & pony kung-flu show: more control over the serfs. Stay home, no work, wear a mask, disinfect everything, no friends, no church, no live music, no live “life”. No livelihood. And yes, jump! This high! Take your vaccine, we don’t want you to have kids or live too long. The cancer it will dose you with will make sure any children you do have inherit nothing. We want them to slave more for us until they die, childless. Love, Bill.

    People there is no test for the kung-flu*, so it is whatever they want to tell us. Hospitals are getting a “bounty” for kung-flu patients. Billions have been poured into the swamp’s feed trough. So go ahead, don your mask. Mine has “Phayke azz Phuck” in big letters across it.

    *The inventor of the PCR test, Nobel Laureate Dr. Kary Mullis, said it cant be used the way they are telling us it is. They are lying, about everything.

  9. Nodwink is right about the Koontz novel – in the earlier copies the disease was called Gorki-400,not Wuhan.I’m old enough to have read it in the 80s.

    • Agree: utu
  10. swamped says:

    “Within sight is a shoe shop called ‘NEW ENGLAND’, don’t ask me why”…maybe because New England has been a hub of footwear design & production for centuries. Even today, the worldwide headquarters of Reebok, New Balance, Saucony, Sperry & Converse are all in The Hub. World-famous L.L.Bean (extremely popular in affluent parts of Asia) boots & Quoddy & Eastland brands originate in The Pine Tree State. The American classic Bass Weejun started out in Maine too, as did Sebago Co. – which is named after a lake in the state-maker of the beefroll penny loafer & other favorites. Although, alas both co.’s are no longer based there; having been conglomaratized. As has, Frye boots, another MA co., of the 19/20th centuries.
    There’s not nearly as much of it now but at one time , shoe making was one of New England’s & America’s leading industries. America’s first known guild, the ‘shoemakers of Boston,’ got its charter of incorporation, from the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, on October 18, 1648. In 1798, journeymen shoemakers in the city organized one of the nation’s first strikes. B y the early 19th century Massachusetts’s shoe-stitching shops were turning out 15 million pairs of hand- made footwear annually. In the latter half of that century, the shoe industry in the state, newly mechanized, held half the patents & production in the country. And in the early decades of the 20th Century, N.E. accounted for 40% of annual U.S. shoe production.
    Today, of course, most mass production shoemaking has been off-shored to Asia, mainly China. It might be fitting then, if the hyped-up Wuhan plague scare caused a ‘re-shoring’ of manufacturing back to the U.S. Maybe N.E. can once again become a shoe manufacturing hotspot. Regardless, it might be interesting to see what’s really inside that ‘New England Shoes’ shop in Busan.

  11. anon[227] • Disclaimer says:
    @swamped

    Those companies like Converse can’t re-shore back to the States.
    They’ve been selling ching-chong made $2.00 sneakers for eighty bucks in the West.
    Would need massive tariffs on imports, and even then the (((profit))) margin will be slim.

  12. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @swamped

    Hi swamped,

    Thanks for the information. This New England shop, though, is at the lowest end, as are all the stores in this subway station-attached shopping center. They have names like “Popcon,” “Prttychild,” and “England.” A hot lunch can be had for five bucks. Homeless men sit on benches to stare at the wall.

    Linh

  13. @Linh Dinh

    Thanks for pointing out the Eurovision show.
    Much of it reminds you of the ultimate room in
    The Masque of the Red Death.
    But without sincerity, Gothic or otherwise.

  14. In 2010, the Rockefeller Foundation published “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development,” ….

    Was this “Scenarios for the Future” a prediction or script?

    If you find something similar from RAND, you’ll have your answer.

    With our plastic, skyscraping project imploding, perhaps we can devolve into a breed that’s simpler, muddier and gnarlier, less distracted so much saner, and more honest to those around us, since we can’t escape them. Perhaps we’ll become men again.

  15. 2019 medicine vs 2020 coronavirus

  16. eD says:

    The Eastern Penitentiary is a fascinating place to visit, but for accuracy it should be noted that the idea of isolating convicts until they repented was abandoned pretty quickly and it became a normal American prison. The model for American prisons is Sing Sing in New York, which is not a museum and I think is still in operation.

    To tie this back to the main subject of the post, I suspect that the emergency health restrictions will morph into normal totalitarian state control. It doesn’t do the rulers any good to have billions of slaves confined to their quarters, so eventually we will be allowed to go places to work for the rulers or to worship them or their gods. Entertainment and culture will be gone permanently. And as an earlier commentator noted, there is a direct correlation between over-large populations and despotism.

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  17. One thing I know for sure is that Jack Kerouac’s 1950’s “On The Road” America is dead and gone, never to return. Would Kerouac have been Kerouac if he possessed a smart phone, and had all of his travels tracked by the NSA?

    We are now all being turned into Winston Smith, complete with our CDC Ministry of Truth. But even Smith wasn’t confined to his hovel 24/7, nor did he have to wear a mask in public, or be forced to remain six feet apart.

    Linh writes: “Perhaps we’ll become men again. Or maybe not.” I pray for the former, but my gut says the latter. The Wall-to-Wall Propaganda we’ve been force-fed since birth is complete. Thanks, Linh, for another fine essay from the sane country of South Korea.

  18. Dumbo says:

    Shut in, we comfort ourselves with porn

    As E. Michael Jones doesn’t get tired of repeating, pr0n is a form of control. Even though I am right now single, I haven’t watched pr0n in years. One of the few good decisions I made. Sometimes I have erotic dreams, though.

    Why hasn’t the Korean model been emulated worldwide, instead of China’s much more restrictive measures?

    They are not looking for a solution, they already had the “solution” they wanted to apply to us years in advance, all that was missing was a good disease / excuse. Now they found it with corona, or “COVID-19”.

    About symbolism, Madonna etc, think also about the number “19” from COVID – there were “19 hijackers” as well, among other things. The tarot 19 card is the sun (corona). They love symbolism and numerology.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_(Tarot_card)

  19. Dumbo says:
    @eD

    so eventually we will be allowed to go places to work for the rulers or to worship them or their gods.

    They are already saying that we will be allowed to work but social meetings will be curtailed for a longer time. An even more atomized and lonely population if you can believe it. Church also will be limited, it’s “non-essential”.

    Apple and Facebook and Google are already including “free” and “voluntarily” in their operating system a tracking option that not only shows our movement but all people we met, to check if we met anyone “infected” — think about the possibilities for that. Welcome to a Brave New World.

  20. Dumbo says:

    since so many of us live alone, we’re effectively in solitary confinement.

    Lots of old people, especially in the Anglo world, live alone, far from their extend families for whom they are only a burden. This virus and the quarantine is a way to get rid of them. Not even allowed to go out and get some vitamin D, but dying alone in an apartment or in a hospital room.

  21. @swamped

    Before the Gold Rush California’s biggest export was cowhides for Boston shoemakers.

  22. Hacienda says:

    But that’s the whole thrust of this highfalutin modernism or postmodernism. No farts allowed! Not even the naturally aging ones. That’s why they must be quarantined. Even before this coronavirus crisis, entire categories of people were locked away, for their bodies were just not solid enough to be presentable. Twisted, mangled or practically decomposing, they ruin our appetite for Lolita or hunk hunting.

    Come on Linh, you know that’s blather. I got you because I know Korea. If you want to fart, drink under the table till dawn, run into the forest, there’s still plenty of opportunity to that. There is no country right now that combines “pharaonic” stores and rustic, piss on tree experiences better than Korea.

    Suddenly, though, we ourselves are walled in, and since so many of us live alone, we’re effectively in solitary confinement. Shut in, we comfort ourselves with porn, the mass pacifier nonpareil.

    Except in Korea people are out and about. Korea is bangin’ these daze. Admit it.

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    , @Anonymous
  23. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Hacienda

    Man, you get all butthurt to rebut me, only to paraphrase what I’ve been saying all along. On March 16th, I wrote:

    As for my Busan neighborhood, Choryang-dong, it’s still jumping, if only on one leg. Russian whores still lurk on Texas Street, and inside talking bars named Las Vegas, Miami, Seattle and London, etc., Filipina hostesses still wait for you to entertain them.

    I’ve echoed this observation several times, including in the current article, “Life is reasonably normal here.”

    Learn how to read more carefully, young man, and do check your proclivity for asinine indignation.

    • Replies: @Hacienda
  24. Currently, I am enjoying the theory that we are being distracted from noticing a major, forthcoming ‘cosmic event’. Fun framework to look at all the ‘Holocough Hysteria’.

    Lot of candidates for the ‘event’: two asteroids doing fly-bys fairly soon. JPL says they will miss us for sure, but we would need to trust published JPL data. COMET ATLAS (humorously called C-19) on the way as well. Would miss an impact, but we might fly through its tail. Bluebeam. CME. Rod from God disguised as meteor.

    Stay indoors. Don’t look at the sky. Stay with your loved ones for the last few weeks you have left, etc. Don’t overwhelm the hospitals, in fact, keep them empty so they can deal as needed. Stock food. Free money until the end of the month (USA).

    Rebrand the flu to make people compliant, scared, docile. Plenty of time for the elite to start bugging out to the bunkers without us being in a position to really track their movements or absences. Hundreds of CEOs stepping down to likely be in a place to rebuild society after this is over. Etc.

    Everything below from this link:
    https://themostbeautifulworld.com/blog/talk-vs-action

    And this:
    https://themostbeautifulworld.com/blog/comet-atlas

    1) Half of the world is in lockdown; all 50 American states official ‘disaster areas’ for faster mobilization for a real impending disaster

    2) Air traffic has been reduced to a minimum;

    3) Limited amount of boats on the ocean;

    4) National parks closed (why–seems easy to distance yourself there?)

    5) No hunting/fishing/camping in most places;

    6) Military deployed or at-the-ready;

    7) Top Officials are in their bunkers (Cheyenne Mountain or the bunker near Israel are the two most publicized cases);

    8) Continuity of governments has been triggered in the USA;

    9) Most people have now 3 months+ worth of food, or switched to a more “prepper”-like mindset;

    10) Despite the new exciting and encouraging data coming day by day for about 3 weeks now, the governments keep increasing the amount of lockdown on its population; (Some good data, supported by over 100 doctors in Europe, or even more, are available here, alt-archive link here and back-up archive here.)

    11) Most countries have extended their lockdown until May 4th. Odd, considering the asteroid is passing closest to the Earth (still at 3.5 million miles away, nowhere near us!) on April 29th 2020;

    12) Most telescopes got shutdown 3 days ago. WHY?? Telescopes are incredibly isolated.
    https://archive.is/4ec4J

    • Replies: @eD
  25. klcard says:

    I thought the Dickens quotation was most apt for the current events. That’s the essence of LD’s writing, he can borrow as needed from past writers and add his evocative commentary.

  26. Hacienda says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Okay Linh,

    We’re just gonna have to agree to disagree. I do enjoy your writings and baseline observations of a world gone somewhat mad.

  27. @J. Alfred Powell

    Two Years Before The Mast:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Years_Before_the_Mast

    It was all about the cowhides, and California in the 1830s was not a fun place to be.

  28. eD says:
    @Loremipsum

    For a long list of reasons, I don’t believe in UFOs, but at this stage I would actually prefer this being in preparation to deal with an attack by space aliens over some of the more likely explanations.

  29. SafeNow says:

    In the movie “Contagion,” those who had received the vaccine wore a special plastic bracelet evidencing their immunity. With Covid, which is unlikely to ever have a fully effective vaccine, the immunity bracelet will evidence the fact that the wearer possesses antibody immunity to the current strain. The dentist, the hairdresser, and so on will proclaim their bracelet status. The bracelet might be genuine, or it might be a black-market bracelet.

  30. @utu

    dismissing Madonna’s antics shouldn’t require too much brain power.

    Madonna’s role in influencing the youth of the 80’s was massive. She really did a number on the minds of school-uniformed Catholic girls specifically.

    The name Madonna was hijacked so that kids would think immediately of Louise Ciccone instead of Holy Mother. That was social engineering. Planting the seed of wearing a mask during Eurovision was just as powerful an image as Ciccone’s visuals in MTV music videos. How many young girl wore heavily torn mesh pullovers in 1982 due to Louisa?

    A continual Culture War exists on every new generation. Music is a core ingredient in manipulating kids and ultimately destroying the nuclear family.

    http://centerforaninformedamerica.com/inside-the-lc-the-strange-but-mostly-true-story-of-laurel-canyon-and-the-birth-of-the-hippie-generation-part-i/

    “You probably have no idea how much you said and did during your youth that was directly or indirectly influenced by a Copeland.” – http://www.culturebrats.com/2010/08/copeland-connection.html

    ‘No wonder Miles Copelands kids formed the Police’ – https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/secret-agent-man-52557/

    The game of nations: the amorality of power politics
    https://archive.org/details/gameofnations00cope

  31. @Jon Baptist

    1982 was the last days of Disco. Madonna did not take off until 1984-1985.

    I knew of her personally because she attended University of Michigan and had an affair with her professor, an acquaintance of my grandmother. She was a raging nympho slut with a terrible, terrible reputation in Ann Arbor in the late seventies and was basically expelled from U of M for being a raging slut. Her reputation in Bay City was horrendous even in high school.

  32. Dumbo says:
    @Jon Baptist

    Yes, now when we hear “Madonna” the first picture on our unfortunate minds is of this raging slut showing her ass and her cunt, instead of the paintings of the Virgin by Raffaello, Boticelli, etc.

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  33. @Dumbo

    Have you seen the made-at-home videos the superannuated slut has been posting online during the Coronapocalypse? Especially the one from her bathtub? Truly the return of Norma Desmond.

  34. Alfa158 says: • Website

    Test kits and face masks are manufactured physical objects.
    Most manufactured physical objects are manufactured in EastAsia.
    South Korea is located in the middle of this zone and has access to lots of face masks and test kits.
    The US can’t to do the same amount of testing and mask wearing because it simply lacks the physical assets to do so. The biggest manufacturer of face masks in the US is 3M and they make 20 million a year. Taiwan is trying to ramp up its production to 17 million a day.
    Linh, I’m not sure if you are aware, but authorities in the US are urging civilians to wear scarves over their faces instead of real face masks even if they already have them, because all masks are being directed to crucial personnel.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Linh Dinh
  35. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Alfa158

    Did the Pentagon give Israel 1 million face masks?
    The New Arab

    An Israeli press report claiming the US Department of Defense shipped one million face masks to Israel have angered Americans, causing some to question the Trump administration’s priorities

    An Israeli press report claiming the US Department of Defense had shipped one million face masks to Israel to help protect Israeli soldiers has angered Americans, causing some to question the Trump administration’s priorities amid the coronavirus pandemic amid reports of shortages of protective equipment for US health workers.

    The Pentagon’s alleged shipment was initially reported by the Jerusalem Post, however mention of American involvement was later scrubbed, raising suspicions that US public anger may have forced Israeli military censors to act.

    Israel’s army is notorious for tightly monitoring media output, having barred or redacted over 2,000 stories just last year, according to the Movement for Freedom of Information.

    “US Department of Defense give 1 million masks to IDF for coronavirus use,” read a headline published by the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, referring to the shipment that had arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday night.

    The original article said: “A plane carrying over a million surgical masks for the IDF landed in Ben-Gurion airport Tuesday night, in an operation run by the US Department of Defense’s Delegation of Procurement”.

    Curiously, the headline was later revised to: “Israel brings 1 million masks from China for IDF soldiers” but traces of the old headline can be seen in the article’s URL.

    All mention of the US Department of Defense’s alleged involvement also appear to have been removed, with no reason given in the updated article for the revision or official retraction posted.

    A yet-to-be-deleted tweet by the Jerusalem Post official account still shows the original introduction (screenshot here).

    The New Arab has reached out to the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency for comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication. The DLA on its website says it “provides logistical, acquisition, and technical support for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other federal agencies and allies.”

    Israel’s spy agency Mossad has been involved in a frantic effort to secure protective gear as Tel Aviv scrambles to respond to a major coronavirus outbreak.

    The initial headline mentioning US involvement in the shipment sparked fury on social media, where users highlighted America’s own struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

    “American hospitals are begging for protective gear, this is sickening,” wrote one Twitter user, referring to US medical workers who have complained about reported shortages of protective gear for frontline workers.

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  36. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Alfa158

    Fauci: ‘No doubt’ Trump will face surprise infectious disease outbreak

    healio.com, January 11, 2017

    Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is “no doubt” Donald J. Trump will be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency.

    Fauci has led the NIAID for more than 3 decades, advising the past five United States presidents on global health threats from the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s through to the current Zika virus outbreak.

    During a forum on pandemic preparedness at Georgetown University, Fauci said the Trump administration will not only be challenged by ongoing global health threats such as influenza and HIV, but also a surprise disease outbreak.

    “The history of the last 32 years that I have been the director of the NIAID will tell the next administration that there is no doubt they will be faced with the challenges their predecessors were faced with,” he said.

    While observers have speculated since his election about how Trump will respond to such challenges, Fauci and other health experts said Tuesday that preventing disease pandemics often starts overseas and that a proper response means collaboration between not only the U.S. and other countries, but also the public and private health sectors.

    “We will definitely get surprised in the next few years,” he said.

    ‘Risks have never been higher’

    Trump, the real estate developer-turned-Republican politician, has worried some infectious disease experts with controversial and sometimes unclear views on certain health issues.

    Ronald Klain, who coordinated the U.S.’s Ebola response for the Obama administration, said Trump’s virtual silence about the Zika outbreak and harsh comments about American volunteers infected during the West African Ebola outbreak is “not the kind of leadership we need in our next president.”

    Experts speculated about the infectious disease threats Donald Trump will face as president.

    “It’s hard to think of a more important time to show a willingness to speak out in the public health community and the global health community than it is right now on the eve of Donald Trump becoming our next president,” Klain said. “The risks have never been higher, and the question of his perspective on these issues has never been more dubious than it is with Donald Trump.”

    Fauci and others noted some of the disease outbreaks that recent administrations have faced, including current President Barack Obama, whose administration was tested early on with an H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009. More recently, the administration was forced to repurpose almost $600 million in federal funds set aside for the Ebola outbreak when Republicans rejected Obama’s request for $1.9 billion to fund the nation’s Zika response.

    Current Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Amy Pope, JD, said it was “typical” of the U.S. government that money meant for the Ebola epidemic was appropriated for Zika because of the proclivity of populations to worry about what is currently threatening them.

    “We shouldn’t ask the American public to make those choices in the future,” she said. “It doesn’t keep them safe.”

    Klain said pandemic preparedness should be approached from a nonpartisan angle. A Democrat, he referenced Republican President George W. Bush founding the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and said Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham collaborated with the Obama administration on the Ebola response.

    “The mosquitoes don’t know if they’re biting Democrats or Republicans,” Klain said. “They don’t know what party you are.”

    Other highlights

    According to some of the experts who spoke on Tuesday, preparing the U.S. for pandemics requires proper funding and starts by battling disease outbreaks overseas. This is not just the right thing to do, but the best way to keep Americans safe, Klain said.

    “There is no safety for us and our populace when infectious diseases rage,” he said. “The only way the American people can have safety and security in their lives is to promote safety and security around the world.”

    Some other highlights from the forum:

    Hamid Jafari, MD, acting director of the Division of Global Health Protection at the CDC, said the CDC has been productive during past presidential transitions and expects the same will be true as control of the White House passes from Obama to Trump: “We have room for optimism that there will be continuing support,” he said.

    Pope said there is no playbook for fighting emerging infectious diseases: “We never know what’s going to hit us, so we need to be prepared as possible,” she said.

    According to Pope, some in the health community are wary about working with the security community because they think it will be detrimental to their work, when the opposite is true: “Marrying these communities actually leads to more resources and more attention,” she said.

    Bill Steiger, PhD, chief program officer of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and former director of the HHS Office of Global Health Affairs, said his first piece of advice for the incoming administration would be to budget time for HHS to focus on things other than domestic health issues, because a larger problem is inevitable: “Some international global health crisis will happen that will divert that attention. It has happened over and over again,” he said.

    Steiger said the global health agenda, including programs like PEPFAR, is an “easy win” for the new administration: “Expand the funding if available, but at a minimum keep it going,” he said.

    Fauci said he is in favor of a public health emergency fund that would be used to combat outbreaks like those involving Ebola and Zika: “It’s tough to get it … but we need it. What we had to go through with Zika was very, very painful when the president asked for $1.9 billion in February and we didn’t get [funding] until September.”

    Near the end, Fauci speculated about the possibility that there will be a resurgence of Zika this summer. The virus has caused many travel-related cases in the U.S. and some locally acquired cases in Florida and Texas. Fauci said other concerns for the Trump administration include the potential for a new influenza pandemic and outbreaks of diseases that are not yet on anyone’s radar.

    “What about the things we are not even thinking about?” he said. “No matter what, history has told us definitively that [outbreaks] will happen because [facing] infectious diseases is a perpetual challenge. It is not going to go away. The thing we’re extraordinarily confident about is that we’re going to see this in the next few years.” – by Gerard Gallagher

    Disclosures: Fauci, Jafari and Pope report no relevant financial disclosures. Infectious Disease News was unable to confirm relevant financial disclosures for Klain and Steiger at the time of publication.

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  37. @Jeff Stryker

    I remember her becoming known in 84-85 and Michael Qseng on the radio joking around about her, that she’d “seen more ceilings than Michaelangelo”.

    In the 70s there were these books that went around, like one with a yellow cover called “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex (but were afraid to ask) by some guy named Rubin, with an MD in his name so you knew you were getting the straight poop, he was a doctor! And one about a lady who called herself the “Happy Hooker” and by her account was just that. I wonder if Madonna/Ladonna/whatever her name is, was influenced by the Hooker book?

  38. Alfa158 says:
    @Linh Dinh

    One million masks to the IDF maybe? As I said, we are asked not to wear real masks so we can save them for those designated by our leaders as crucial personnel.

  39. @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    You forgot The Joy of Sex (1972) by a British MD Alex Comfort who ended up garnering six different degrees.

    Yes Madonna only broke through around 1985. I remember she appeared in the Hacienda in Manchester, UK in 1985 and was still unknown but later became huge. In 1982 there was a far better one: Berlin.

  40. @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    She was remembered around Ann Arbor as one more post-hippie slut and aspiring dancer who entered into a very public affair with a U of M professor and borderline stalked him when, embarrassed at his transgression, he ended it. My grandmother knew the professor’s wife. Obviously nobody predicted her later fame in the mid-seventies. She also carried on with random college boys in her all-girl dorm. She was simply one of those uncontrollable nympho who violated codes of conduct.

    Madonna also shoplifted and was accused of stealing from other students in her dorm, though this was not proven. Sluts are often thieves too-generally its a sign of a female with no morals whatsoever. She was fired from a local ice cream parlor-owned by a guy who also knew my grandparents-for suspected theft, though this was not proven.

    Between Madonna’s noisy affair and theft allegations she would have been expelled but dropped out first.

    Typical persistent troublemaker.

    In late 1983 after she was on the charts but about a year before superstar status, Madonna returned to Ann Arbor seeming to harbor a grudge or love/hate relationship and she had an actor-boyfriend with her a few years younger named Sean and he got into a fight (And lost) in a club called The Gandy Dancer. People forget that Sean Penn was, when they met, more famous than she was. Sean Penn was known for abusing her, but she stayed in the relationship because he was already famous by then and until 1984 Madonna was unknown.

    People forget how old Madonna is. She was older than Penn by a few years, a child of the late fifties. She graduated from high school in 1976 and was part of the Disco scene there-though we would have associated her with the late seventies punk movement-she actually spent a full half-decade trying to break into the disco scene.

    These days, as far as music eras go, we tend to associate Madonna with the New Wave of the mid-eighties that marked the death of Disco in 1983 but by then Madonna was 26 years old. She was always slightly old for her era, just as Charles Manson was already 35 during the height of the hippie movement.

    Madonna’s roots in Michigan are typical of Lake Huron factory town stock. Her mother was the daughter of French-Canadian immigrants, part of a wave of Quebecois who immigrated to Eastern Michigan in the late 19th century, and her father was Italian. This is a fairly typical ethnic mix on the Huron coastline of Michigan in the factory towns.

    People in Michigan were less impressed with Madonna than the rest of the country. Madonna was a woman with zero morals and a vicious streak (She would steal from employers and fellow students).

    Curiously, her daughter attends U of M.

    I’m not sure whether renaming her Madonna was an assault on the Catholic church. I do know that Michigan Catholics and Italian-Americans in Detroit did not like it, did not like her, and at one point protested some appearance or another she made at Cobalt.

  41. @TG

    You’d have a solid comment if you didn’t insist on a deliberate drive to increase population. Like everything else in civilization, exponential population growth was an accident of technological innovation, all the way from man-made fire to the “Green Revolution”. You don’t need the specter of agency to achieve overpopulation, is all I’m saying. Open borders, on the other hand, was very much deliberate — for the dual purpose of low-wage laborers and low-hanging fruit voters.

  42. Anonymous[192] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hacienda

    There is no country right now that combines “pharaonic” stores and rustic, piss on tree experiences better than Korea.

    I have lived in the Philippines long enough to know that Korea may not have a monopoly on the pissing on trees (or walls) bit. Of the few Asian countries I have visited, I haven’t seen so many warnings on walls (bawal umihi dito – urinating forbidden here), usually followed by a fine to be levied on the culprits. Much like the most popular spots for dumping trash are right below notices loudly proclaiming “Bawal magtapon ng basura dito” dumping prohibited here, again followed by a fictitious fine.

  43. Saggy says: • Website

    Great article. Great paragraph …..

    After China, South Korea was hit hardest by the coronavirus, yet it never locked itself down. By comprehensively testing people, regularly disinfecting places, contact tracing and having nearly everyone wear a face mask while in public, it has managed to suffer only 211 deaths in 11 weeks. On just April 8th, 799 people died from it in New York State.

    There you have it. And, while you’re at it … you might want to familiarize yourself with the SK response …

  44. pdb says:

    Oh, trying to cheer us up, Linh…
    Patrick

  45. @Jon Baptist

    I always found that woman repugnant.

    Apparently not repugnant enough.

    Apparently, nobody ever noticed that the abbreviation for the gang of blasphemers “Pussy Riot” is PR. To my dying day I will be convinced that somewhere in Gotham city, two or three smart PR-kids were rolling on the floor laughing while clergymen all over the world seriously talked very dirty.

  46. Truth says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    That’s not a “She.”

  47. Jimsy says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Paul Craig Roberts’ website tells us that Dr. Fauci’s organization had been doing experimental work for a few years at China’s Wuhan lab prior to the outbreak. This despite warnings from some fellow scientists that this work risked catastrophe.

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