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“… and when we look back on this in two years time, from the ruins of our economy and the ruins of our liberty, we will want to see some kind of justice, that the people who made this decision should pay a penalty for what they’ve done.” Peter Hitchens

Economic activity across the country has collapsed, GDP is shrinking at the fastest pace on record, and the economic data is worse than anytime in history. Every sector of the economy is contracting and every economic indicator is pointing down. According to economist Nouriel Roubini, the country is headed towards a decade of “depression and debt”, and that is probably an understatement.

What prompted our leaders to follow the path of China? Were they bullied into it by Dr. Fauci and the Vaccine Gestapo or were they simply reacting to the sudden rise in Covid cases that skyrocketed overnight? Whatever the reason might be, the country is now headed for either a short-but-severe “U” shaped recession or an excruciating-and-protracted 1930s-type slump. Small and mid-sized businesses are folding by the thousands, the states are drowning in red ink, and more people are currently unemployed than anytime in the country’s 244 year history. The lockdown has effectively obliterated the economy and left the country in ruins. Here’s some background from an article at Yahoo Finance:

“Permanent job losses are likely to be a feature of the eventual U.S. recovery, according to University of Chicago research, which estimates that 42% of recently unemployed workers will not return to their jobs amid the “profound” shock stemming from coronavirus lockdowns.

The pandemic has taken a brutal toll on the world’s largest economy, with at least 36 million people thrown out of work over the last two months….The lockdowns have cratered activity in an economy that consists of 70% consumer spending, while undoing all of the jobs created since the great recession ended….

“It will likely take a number of years for the labor market to recover from its pandemic-induced meltdown.”…researchers extrapolated their findings that over 100,000 restaurants are expected to be permanently shuttered in the near-term…”

Some employers will shift resources to other roles, while many laid off workers may have to find new positions or careers.”
(“‘Major reallocation shock’ from coronavirus will see 42% of lost jobs evaporate: Study” Yahoo Finance)

The American people have yet to grasp the magnitude of the devastation caused by the lockdown but, soon, it will be the only topic of conversation. Most people left their jobs thinking they would return to them in a matter of weeks. They never imagined that a policy blunder would put the economy into a vicious death spiral that would terminate their livelihoods, dampen their prospects for the future, and reduce them to hopelessness and destitution. They never thought that such a nightmare was possible, especially since they were just following the orders of their governors and the affable Dr Fauci. They trusted these people. They put their lives in their hands and they were misled, duped into believing that these “experts” knew what they were doing when, all-along, they were making it up on the fly. Now we’re all going to pay for the mistakes for which they alone are responsible. This is from abc7news:

“Doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek say they have seen more deaths by suicide during this quarantine period than deaths from the COVID-19 virus.…The head of the trauma in the department believes mental health is suffering so much, it is time to end the shelter-in-place order.

“We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time,” he said. “I mean we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”

Kacey Hansen has worked as a trauma nurse at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for almost 33 years. She is worried because not only are they seeing more suicide attempts, she says they are not able to save as many patients as usual.

“What I have seen recently, I have never seen before,” Hansen said. “I have never seen so much intentional injury.” The trauma team is speaking out because they want the community to be aware, for people to reach out and support each other and for those who are suffering to know they can get help.” (“Suicides on the rise amid stay-at-home order, Bay Area medical professionals say”, ABC News 7)

Here’s more from an article at the Washington Examiner:

“A study published in early May suggested that the coronavirus could lead to at least 75,000 deaths directly brought on by anxiety from the virus, job losses, and addiction to alcohol and drugs. Another study conducted by Just Facts around the same time computed a broad array of scientific data showing that stress is one of the deadliest health hazards in the world and estimated that the coronavirus lockdowns will destroy 7 times as many years of human life than strict lockdowns can save….

Earlier this week, more than 600 doctors signed their names on a letter to President Trump, referring to the continued lockdowns as a “mass casualty incident” and urging him to do what he can to ensure they come to an end….By late March, more people had died in just one Tennessee county from suicide than had died in the entire state directly from the virus.” (“California doctors say they’ve seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns”, Washington Examiner)

So the lockdown is a “mass casualty incident”?

Of course it is. What else would you call it? People are locked in their homes indefinitely while the predatory media does everything in its power to terrorize them with one appalling horror story after the other. Did anyone consider this grim scenario before the lockdowns were imposed? Did anyone think that, perhaps, fragile people — that are cut off from the world, their friends and their families– might become so depressed that they’d take their own lives? Of course none of this matters to the media that measures its success in terms of its ratings not the number of people they’ve killed with their relentless fearmongering. For that, they accept no responsibility at all. Here’s more:

“Researchers warn that socially isolated people are over 40% more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or other major cardiovascular event. Moreover, the socially isolated are nearly 50% more likely to die from any cause….The study was conducted by Dr. Janine Gronewold and Professor Dirk M. Hermann from the University Hospital in Essen, Germany. They analyzed data on 4,316 people (average age: 59 years old) who had been recruited for research between 2000 and 2003…

“We have known for some time that feeling lonely or lacking contact with close friends and family can have an impact on your physical health”, Dr. Gronewold explains in a release. “What this study tells us is that having strong social relationships is of high importance for your heart health and similar to the role of classical protective factors such as having a healthy blood pressure, acceptable cholesterol levels, and a normal weight.”…

“We don’t understand yet why people who are socially isolated have such poor health outcomes, but this is obviously a worrying finding, particularly during these times of prolonged social distancing,” Dr. Gronewold says.” (“Social Isolation Increases Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke, & Death From All Causes,” Study Finds)

Repeat– “We don’t understand why people who are socially isolated have such poor health outcomes??”

Yes, we do. It’s because they’re desperately lonely and cut-off from normal human-to-human contact. That, in turn, effects their overall health and well being. Of course if it was up to the malevolent Dr. Fauci we’d never even shake hands again. Fauci would like to repeal 5 thousand years of normal, social interaction and remake the world according to his own ghoulish specifications. Unfortunately, we are now seeing the blowback from that delusional world-view in the form of growing mental health problems, depression, anxiety and suicide. Should we tally the suicides alongside the Covid deaths to see whether Fauci’s strategy is working or not or should we simply ignore the horrible human costs of this twisted lockdown experiment? Some day, the American people will demand an accounting for the last 10 weeks, but we’re not there just yet. Here’s more from Bloomberg News:

“Retail landlords are sending out thousands of default notices to tenants, a situation that could tip already-ailing retailers into bankruptcy or total collapse….Department stores, restaurants, apparel merchants and specialty chains have been getting the notices as property owners who’ve gone unpaid for as long as three months lose patience, according to people with knowledge of the matter and court filings.

“The default letters from landlords are flying out the door,” said Andy Graiser, co-president of A&G Real Estate Partners, whose firm works with retailers and other commercial tenants. “It’s creating a real fear in the marketplace,” Graiser said.” (“Default Notices Are Piling Up for Retailers Unable to Pay Rent”, Bloomberg)

More bad news. The lockdowns have triggered a tsunami of defaults and bankruptcies. With no source of revenue, merchants cannot pay the rent nor can landlords roll over their debts. The economy is an interlocking row of dominoes that tumble in sequence once the first block is set in motion. The American people were sold the idea that the economy could be turned “on and off” like a light switch. Now they can see that the theory has no basis in reality. As the bankruptcies pile up, the job losses will continue to increase pushing the country deeper into recession. Fauci’s directives have turned the country into a economic wastelands, that much is certain. Check out this excerpt from an article by is a clip from an article by Naomi Klein:

“…. former Google CEO Eric Schmidt wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that both set the new tone and made clear that Silicon Valley had every intention of leveraging the crisis for a permanent transformation….

Schmidt called for “unprecedented partnerships between government and industry

At the heart of this vision is seamless integration of government with a handful of Silicon Valley giants — with public schools, hospitals, doctor’s offices, police, and military all outsourcing (at a high cost) many of their core functions to private tech companies….

If tech companies win their ferocious lobbying campaign for remote learning, telehealth, 5G, and driverless vehicles — their Screen New Deal — there simply won’t be any money left over for urgent public priorities, never mind the Green New Deal that our planet urgently needs…

For them, and many others in Silicon Valley, the pandemic is a golden opportunity to receive not just the gratitude, but t he deference and power that they feel has been unjustly denied.” (Screen New Deal, Naomi Klein, The Intercept)

Can you see what’s going on?

The fact that tens of thousands of people are dying and the nation’s economy has been reduced to rubble, doesn’t matter to the tech giants. For them the crisis is a “golden opportunity”, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to further subsume the government, to garner more government funding for their futuristic projects, to assert greater influence over public policy, and to wrap their tentacles more tightly around the levers of state power.

The tech giants are using the pandemic as a vehicle for imposing their own vision on the country and for promoting their own malign police state agenda. Just as Corporate America is using the crisis to restructure the labor market, and Wall Street is using the crisis to garner lavish multi-trillion dollar bailouts, and Fauci and Co are using the crisis to push for universal vaccines, so too, the tech giants are using the crisis to grab more power, more money and more integration with the state until the US government is nothing more than a trifling subsidiary of the ever-expanding Google octopus. That’s the ultimate goal, privatizing the state so the corporations rule the world. It is a Mission (that is nearly) Accomplished!

So how are the people going to respond to these developments? What will the reaction be when ordinary working people realize that their lives have fundamentally changed for the worse, that their living standards will continue to slide, that full-time work and job security have gone the way of the Dodo, that the middle class is going to be reduced to the size of an acorn, and that the social safety-net has been replaced by higher taxes, fewer public services, a weaker dollar and years of grinding, demoralizing austerity? Should we expect social unrest, rioting and street violence in the near future or should we assume that that those outbursts are inevitable now that personal liberty has been strangled while the economy was vaporized?

No country that willingly destroys its own economy should expect anything different. No people that abandon their liberty for the faux-security of state protection should expect anything different. Peter Hitchens sums it up perfectly in an article at the Daily Mail:

“I hate this word, (“lockdown”) because it does not seem to me to be fitting to describe free people in a free country. But we are no longer such people, or such a country. We have become muzzled, mouthless, voiceless, humiliated, regimented prisoners, shuffling about at the command of others, stopping when told to stop, moving when told to move, shouted at by jacks-in-office against whom we have no appeal. We are learning, during this induction period, to do what we are told and to become obedient, servile citizens of a new authoritarian State. We are unlearning the old rules of freedom.” (“Peter Hitchens: The New Authoritarian State’s Dream”, Daily Mail)

Well put. Bravo, Peter Hitchens!

 
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  1. anon[185] • Disclaimer says:

    Corrupt pro-lockdown elites and their useful idiots have declared war on ordinary people. We the people must respond with ropes, pocket knives, axes, and machetes until we have eliminated the genetic footprints of our enemies from the face of the Earth.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  2. Beb says:

    Bob Dylan hit the nail on the head decades ago with his manta “Don’t follow leaders.”

  3. Like it wasn’t before the lockdown.

  4. @anon

    Corrupt anti-lockdown elites and their useful idiots (like you) have declared war on ordinary people.

    They want you to die. And you aid and abet them. Congratulations.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  5. What prompted our leaders to follow the path of China? Were they bullied into it by Dr. Fauci and the Vaccine Gestapo or were they simply reacting to the sudden rise in Covid cases that skyrocketed overnight?

    Since it had been circulating in the Roman world since September[1] our leaders were well aware of Coronavirus and planned to treat it as Sweden did. Inter alia, they banned coronavirus testing until March and attributed deaths of youthful victims to ‘vaping’. Given the traditional shortcomings of Roman governance and Western social incoherence, their policies made perfect sense in a pre-Internet world.

    But China’s display of state competence, social cohesion, and astonishing success in containing the outbreak panicked them into condemning every Chinese move, publicizing every death, and denying that the virus would affect us.

    When it did, they had to do something, and the rest is history.


    ________________________________________________
    [1]Francis Collins, director of the US National Institutes of Health, said the virus might have been spreading quietly in humans for years, or even decades, without causing a detectable outbreak. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3077442/coronavirus-pathogen-could-have-been-spreading-humans-decades.

    Patient Zero Video: https://youtu.be/3u4Mwi4tFT0

    French doctors believe they may have treated coronavirus patients last fall.
    Video: https://youtu.be/XVZMb5oOOCE
    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/08/c_139040660.htm
    In what would mark a massive shift in the timeline of coronavirus spread, French researchers believe there is evidence coronavirus may have been in Europe as early as November 2019. X-rays obtained exclusively by NBC News show two patients with symptoms in their lungs consistent with the novel coronavirus dated Nov. 16 and Nov. 18, months before COVID-19 was believed to be spreading in the country. Researchers from Colmar, France, announced the X-rays last week and are working to confirm whether the patients had coronavirus. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924857920301643
    The study comes in conjunction with a study by other French scientists who discovered last week that a coronavirus patient had been treated in the country in December. The doctors from the Groupe Hospitalier Paris Seine in Saint-Denis said a sample taken from a 42-year-old fishmonger admitted to the emergency room on Dec. 27 had tested positive for the coronavirus. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/new-evidence-race-find-france-s-covid-19-patient-zero-n1207871

    CNN host Chris Cuomo said he believes there will be revelations showing the novel coronavirus was spreading in the United States as early as October. “The kids now anecdotally, Cristina believes, that at least two of them have had it in the last few months. Why? We don’t know, but atypically long-duration sinus, fever, lethargy. I think we’re going to learn that coronavirus has been in this country since, like, October, that there have been cases,” Cuomo said. “And as you guys both know, and I hear all the time from all over the country, how many people do you hear saying, ‘I think I had it, I had this and this, I lost my sense of smell and this and that, but I never got tested’? Those cases are, like, abounding all over the country,” he added. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/chris-cuomo-predicts-evidence-will-show-coronavirus-was-spreading-in-us-since-october.

    Belleville, NJ, Mayor Michael Melham said he has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, adding that he believes he was sick with the virus in November — more than a month before doctors in China first reported cases of the new disease. Melham said he was sick toward the end of November and suffered from chills, hallucinations and a “skyrocketing temperature” after he left the League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City.Melham said it was the sickest he had ever been in his adult life. He did not take a flu test and said he did not travel overseas. Melham said he later suspected he had contracted the coronavirus in November but dismissed the notion because the earliest cases in the United States weren’t reported until January. His November illness is what prompted Melham to ask his doctor for the blood test. He got the results Wednesday.The mayor said it is entirely possible he was exposed to the coronavirus later and was asymptomatic, but felt it was “highly, highly unlikely.The antibody in my blood is older as opposed to the more recent one showing you just finished fighting it off,” Melham said.Melham believes he could potentially be an early, undetected case of the coronavirus.
    https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/essex/belleville/2020/04/30/belleville-nj-mayor-tests-positive-coronavirus-antibodies/3057925001/

    Coronavirus was in Florida before we knew it: A Miami Herald analysis shows state health officials have documented at least 170 COVID-19 patients reporting symptoms between Dec. 31, 2019, and Feb. 29. https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/05/05/coranavirus-was-in-florida-before-we-knew-it/

    Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, said coronavirus may have been circulating in the country since November https://www.ft.com/content/aba67162-9129-41b9-b82b-d61a890e6589

    Dr. Junya Fukushima (Gastroenterologist, University of Tsukuba). From fb, “In August 2019, the new coronavirus COVID-19 had invaded and spread in Japan.” In Japan, this year’s infection is the second wave. A large-scale antibody test is desirable in the future. #covid19. https://mobile.twitter.com/isaiah_sweetie/status/1257885191864897536

    • Agree: Ultrafart the Brave
  6. Quoting – “What prompted our leaders to follow the path of China?” … Unquote.

    You might want to rephrase this question.

    The USA has its current problems precisely because it did NOT follow the path of China.
    The leadership of the USA ignored China’s warnings, and ignored the problem, until it snowballed out of control.

    And now the USA wants to scapegoat, to blame China, for its own appalling stupidity.

    For comparison, note the relative success of the Western Pacific nations – Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand – who listened to China when China first raised the alarm, and took action accordingly. Unsurprisingly, the infection and fatality rates for the Western Pacific nations closely mirrors the experience of China.

    Unlike the experience in the USA, which also unsurprisingly, is about 100 times worse.

    Never mind the Japanese and Taiwanese geneticists who independently have come to the conclusion that Corona Chan originated in the USA in the first place – that’s another bag of worms entirely.

    • Agree: Mary Marianne
    • Replies: @onebornfree
  7. g8way says:

    Fauci may have pushed nonsense, but Trump was the one who went along with it. If he had prudently simply faciliated the treatment of patients and rejected the idea of a lockdown, and sent the DoJ after any governors or mayors who violated the Constitutional rights of the citizens, there would have been no mass casualty event or economic devastation.

  8. Why should Google own the government? Why shouldn’t the government own Google? After all, Google makes its money from advertising on the Internet, but the government, ARPA, gave Google the Internet for nothing! Google owes the government more than Google is worth. Nationalize! For nothing!

    Hey, anon 185, we should respond by downloading and installing Linux, a free OS, getting it connected via modem and ISP to the Internet, and then let us all pull the smartphone out of our pockets and chuck it away. We used not to carry a phone, we don’t have to. Do VOIP at home.

    • Agree: Ultrafart the Brave
  9. @obwandiyag

    The Corona Chan lockdowns probably aren’t a black-and-white issue, especially in the USA.
    Even in countries that have fared relatively well, in hindsight the lockdowns could have been better targeted with far less economic impact.

    Sadly, the consequences of lockdown are (apparently) being used to leverage other agendas. Just a few that come to mind:

    * Blame, demonize & isolate China.
    * Shovel boatloads of “bailout” cash into the Banksters’ pockets.
    * Shovel boatloads of money into Big Pharma’s coffers.
    * Tighten the “Big Brother” surveillance noose around the common folks’ collective necks.
    * Hand creepy Kermit the Gates global consent for his universal nano-chip “vaccine” (Mark of the Beast, anyone?).
    * Ready-made “shift the blame” excuse for the otherwise inevitable economic collapse.
    * Reduce the burden of the non-productive elderly on government budgets (a stretch, I know, but it’s what I heard).

    … etc, etc, etc…

  10. TG says:

    I wanted to come up with some pithy response, but nothing came to mind.

    I could quibble about many things, but overall – you’re right. We’re doomed.

    “Optimism is cowardice.”

  11. meamjojo says:

    The media, MD’s, politicians and government health officers everywhere have seemingly joined together to shame people into continuing to wear silly masks, under the premise that asymptomatic will result in others contacting the CV19 virus.

    Yet, a bit of research turned up this rather important statement from the WHO itself, which all of the above conveniently ignore.

    ————-
    Asymptomatic transmission
    An asymptomatic laboratory-confirmed case is a person infected with COVID-19 who does not develop symptoms.

    There are few reports of laboratory-confirmed cases who are truly asymptomatic, and to date, there has been no documented asymptomatic transmission. This does not exclude the possibility that it may occur. Asymptomatic cases have been reported as part of contact tracing efforts in some countries.

    https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200402-sitrep-73-covid-19.pdf.
    ————-

    Everyone should throw off the masks and live freely again!

  12. I liked the last article by Mr. Whitney, but, after an auspicious start describing this depression, it went left in a hurry. (I can’t say I wasn’t warned – thank you, E.H. Hail.) Then there is the Chi-Com Contingent chiming in below – not Mr. Whitney’s fault. – – – Godfree – face it, you’re gonna have to stay in Thailand selling retirement plans – the Chinese will not let a REAL COMMUNIST into the country no matter how much they might see of your ass-kissing and sack-hanging on Chairman Mao.

    The descriptions of the economic problems, such as unpaid retail rents, are correct, but then I see the excerpts of Miss Klein worried about that Green New Deal garbage, and I kind of despair myself … of Mike Whitney getting a clue. It sounds like the worry here is that Big Gov will get subsumed by Big Biz, at least the computer-tech sector. It might serve the writer well to start thinking about how this can happen. Is it not the case that any government this big can by subsumed by all sorts of interests? Would the Goolag and such have such power if there weren’t a big Feral Gov’t to work through.

    Mr. Whitney wants his Socialism back, it sounds like. He’s gonna get it, good and hard. As small businesses have been put under and millions more put out of work, the US Feral Gov’t has just picked up a lot more dependents. They like that. “Want this money? Jump little businesses, through these new hoops.”

    There is some good that COULD come out of this. With people home with their children, could they possibly see the light at some point and think “hey, maybe my wife should stay home with the children, teach them in cooperation with all the other out-of-work wives and some men, and just maybe we don’t need to spend so much money on the Bread & Circuses.” “Running up a mortgage-sized debt to send Junioress to college to learn about the evils of the white man for 4 years just to graduate and get her “server” job back may not be that good an idea after all. Maybe she could get married younger and have more grandchildren for us, as is the purpose of women in the first place… Hmmmmm?”

    Could Americans become more Conservative again and make the best of what this Infotainment Panic-Fest has left us with? “Austerity!”, cries the author. Hell, most Americans have no idea what personal austerity is like. They’d have to go back 50 years.

    It’s time to re-think LOTS of things, Americans. Think locally. Big “Tech” does not have to be involved. Neither does Big Gov.

    • Replies: @HallParvey
  13. onebornfree says: • Website

    “The American people were sold the idea that the economy could be turned “on and off” like a light switch. ”

    And they all bought it, “hook line and sinker” [and covidiot mask]. However, considering that “stupid is as stupid does”, this was not a surprise [to me].

    “Now they can see that the theory has no basis in reality.”

    I very much doubt it. Idiots can never learn – thats why they’re idiots. The economic consequences and effects on their very own lives of their own willingness to go along with the “we need a lockdown to save us all” horseshit will simply be blamed on “too much freedom”, the free market, capitalism, not enough government regulations, not enough government money spent, not enough socialism/communism, and the like. Same old commie-crap mantra. As I said, idiots never learn.

    And so it goes….

    “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic” H.L.Mencken

    “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure” Robert LeFevere

    “Why Government Doesn’t Work”
    https://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Why_Government_Doesn%27t_Work

    Regards, onebornfree

  14. anon[231] • Disclaimer says:

    Refusing to stop those planes did that — along with an incompetent government (and public) response on all levels. Other governments paid employers not to fire people … they’ll likely recover faster with a lower mortality even with a more extensive lock down; New Zealand has beaten coronavirus and is now restarting its economy just the same. Nice deflection, though. Now that Sweden has been shown not to be the model after you relentless promoted it without knowing what you were talking about, you’ve got no choice but to move on conflating other subjects.

    ItStHEloCkDown that did it all.

    “but other countries beat coronavirus and are now in the recovery stage.”

    Oh, sorry. You don’t care about that. The human life aspect never mattered. Only the Dow Jones. The next time a super plague hits, just walk it off. It’d be a real shame if we had to shut down Disneyland and Water World over the summer. Where else will the masses get their bread and circuses? The humanity of it all.

    • Disagree: jsinton
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  15. onebornfree says: • Website
    @onebornfree

    From: “WHAT WOULD COOL HAND LUKE & VIRGIL HILTS DO?”:

    “After observing the reaction of the America people, over the last two months, to a virus that will not kill 99.97% of them, I wondered how could a country created upon the blood and courage of patriot farmers and leaders who knew they would hang if their revolution failed, have degenerated into an infantilized nation of obedient slaves to un-Constitutionalized authoritarianism. It saddens me that a country borne by revolutionary means against an overbearing authoritarian monarchy has turned into a nation of bed-wetters curled up in their basements sucking their thumbs, begging government overlords to protect them from a virus.

    I guess it shouldn’t be surprising after decades of government public school indoctrination where U.S. History facts have been usurped by feelings, diversity and gender agendas pushed by less than mediocre teachers. Government controlled education hasn’t taught children to think critically or question authority, but to obey rules and allow emotions to drive their actions. When multiple generations have been programmed to feel, rather than think, using panic and fear to make them do as they are told isn’t a difficult task. This pandemic reaction is a testament to their decades long propaganda and misinformation campaign. Rather than developing herd immunity the country developed a herd mentality……”:

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2020/05/24/what-would-cool-hand-luke-virgil-hilts-do/

    Regards, onebornfree

  16. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Ultrafart the Brave

    “The USA has its current problems precisely because it did NOT follow the path of China.”

    Phuck you, phuck lockdowns, and phuck China. Better yet, phuck off to China where you belong, along with all the other pro-China “for the sake of everyone’s health/safety” pro-lockdown, pseudo-intellectual, stinkin’ pieces of commie crap/retards. May you all stay happily locked down, “for ever and ever, amen.” You deserve it.

    No regards, onebornfree

    • Troll: jsinton
  17. This was a pedo’s wet dream… The other things I have been warning about since hearing of this nonsense.. But it seems in many places clinics and care homes and such were also closed. So not only did the abused not have a place to turn to, but many of those abused were locked in with their abusers. We already know the vast majority of child sexual assaults are from family or those close by, the number of assaults must have sky rocketed and wont know of the outcome for decades when people start to come out of their trauma. I am very angry that no one cares about the abused. If they cared about granny, they surly should have cared about all the other people who would have been affected during isolation.. Imagine the terror that millions of children went through for months.. The runaways and suicides in children will dwarf anything we have seen yet..

  18. Just as they pushed for socialism (heavy handed government control over private businesses) as the cure for Global Cooling, and then socialism as the cure for Global Warming, they now tout socialism as the cure for an economy messed up by the Wuhan Virus lockdowns.

    The Democrats and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) sound like a broken record. And socialism always fails. Always.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
    , @Biff
  19. @anon

    The economy is not the Dow Jones and Disney Land. It’s the small businesses of America that got forced closed who will come out the worst in this. Is that what you want?

    You’ll be alright, man, it’s just the flu. If it still has you hysterical, put on your mouth diaper and let the rest of us get some things done. Deal?

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  20. @onebornfree

    I might could have said this better or more civilly couldn’t have said this better, OBF. Thank you!

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  21. The New York Times just had a front page story about the 100,000 Americans killed by the Coronavirus thus far this year. To put this in perspective, look a the latest annual death figures from the federal Center for Disease Control. The latest they have is 2017:

    Deaths and Mortality

    Data are for the U.S.

    Number of deaths: 2,813,503
    Death rate: 863.8 deaths per 100,000 population
    Life expectancy: 78.6 years
    Infant Mortality rate: 5.79 deaths per 1,000 live births

    Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2017, tables 1, 3, 13 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]
    Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

    Heart disease: 647,457
    Cancer: 599,108
    Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
    Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
    Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
    Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
    Diabetes: 83,564
    Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672
    Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633
    Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

    Any reasonable person agrees that thousands of Coronavirus victims would have died this year anyway since most were over that age 70 while others had serious health problems. It has also become clear this 100,000 figure is exaggerated for political reasons. Note there have always been other types of Coronavirus, and I suspect deaths from these older strains are added to COVID-19 death stats. The federal government agreed to pay for all Coronavirus hospital costs. Given that some 30% of Americans have no health insurance, and those with health insurance rarely pay co-pays upon death, there is a strong incentive to mark death certificates to collect reimbursement.

    Since many listed as Coronavirus deaths would have died this year anyway, one can drag that 100,000 figure down to 80,000. With that figure we’ll see a 2.7% increase in the deaths in the United States this year. The year is not over, but I’m not sure this qualifies as a pandemic that requires wrecking the economy. Note that ending lock downs does not require anyone to go out in public. Anyone who disagrees is free to shelter at home for as long as they like. If the salaries of government leaders went unpaid during this lockdown it would have ended much sooner.

    • Replies: @jadan
  22. @onebornfree

    That’s nice.

    Now do the same for the wealthy power-elite and their organizations that rule the world, and repeat it just as often as you do your anti-government line. Otherwise the conspiracy nuts on this site might start suspecting that you are shilling for the elite by your frequent scapegoating of government.

  23. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “I might could have said this better or more civilly couldn’t have said this better, OBF. Thank you!”

    You’re welcome! Myself, as you can see, I’m way past civility with these commie clowns/shills/parasites/ murderers. Maybe you will be too, once you stop trying to win converts by playing nice and civil, because you finally realized that it has got you nowhere – and that regardless, these criminal phuckers want your freedom, your life, your property, your business, your childrens lives etc., and that they’ll just keep on coming regardless, and that the only way to stop them now is via retaliatory, defensive force, or at the very least, an AK-47 or a 50 cal. machine gun or similar shoved right in their stupid, idiotic, brainwashed, collective faces, accompanied by something like :” Go ahead, make my day, mo’fo’ “.

    And so it goes….

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  24. Jimbeaux says:

    Gee… Thanks Mr. Whitney, for adding more doom and gloom to my state of depression.

  25. Biff says:
    @onebornfree

    Phuck you, phuck lockdowns, and phuck China.

    “Phuck” is spelled “Fuck”.
    Let me give you an example:

    Hey Onebornfree, go fuck yourself, you big fucking baby!”

    There, that’s how it’s done.

    You’re welcome.

  26. @Hannah Katz

    “And socialism always fails. Always.”

    Speaking from a vantage point from outside the USA, I both agree & disagree with your statement.

    American “socialism” of the style promoted by the political Democrat cabal, is surely a poisonous chalice. “Socialism” run by billionnaires, for billionnaires, isn’t really socialism. God help the common folk.

    When strategic industries and institutions (energy, health, law & order, banking, trasnsport, etc) are managed and run by government for the genuine benefit of the people, though, socialism can work very well. Look at the resilience, endurance and life expectancy of Cubans, despite decades of genocidal sanctions by the exceptional nation. Or, more starkly, observe the far better success of Iran in dealing with Corona Chan than the USA, despite the crushing & illegal sanctions imposed on Iran (once again, by the exceptional nation).

    Socialism & communism, by the way, are not rigorously equivalent. It seems to me that China has been doing a good job of blending the two for the overall benefit of their huge population. Meanwhile, there is such a thing as democratic socialism (though I wouldn’t want to personally experience the American brand of this).

  27. @onebornfree

    “Phuck you, phuck lockdowns, and phuck China.” (!!!)

    … cried the xenophobic lemming, as he plunged into the abyss.

  28. Biff says:
    @Hannah Katz

    Just as they pushed for socialism (heavy handed government control over private businesses)

    What difference is there between when government controls private businesses or private businesses controls government?

    And what do you call it when private entities control government?

    • Replies: @animalogic
  29. anon[223] • Disclaimer says:

    No, it hasn’t. Libertarian kooks who told us to ride it out like the flu did that. We could have stopped those planes; we didn’t do that because the libertarian billionaire class didn’t want to spook the market. We could have prepared in advance by creating and maintaining testing and PPE manufacturing capacity; we didn’t do that because doing so requires spending money and government intervention, things libertarians don’t like. We could have simply paid employers not to fire people, avoiding mass layoffs; we didn’t do that because the economic elite preferred corporations over people. We could have acted like the true model — Hong Kong — and shut our borders while adopting universal mask wearing; instead, we acted like Sweden — which isn’t much different from how other European countries have handled it — because libertarian market worshipers preferred to do nothing all along and that country was their case for apathy; American internet personalities like Ramzpaul and Z-man urged their audiences to shame and punch mask wearers.

    It’s been nothing but a long line of conspiracies and misinformation from the very beginning because these people never wanted to act. They were grasping at straws to justify doing nothing and we paid for it. All because they got scared for their 401ks (don’t say otherwise — they freaked from the very beginning). It’s funny that these fake macho men tried claiming it was really all everyone else who was afraid.

    Remember how Italy was just a hotspot? Nope. It quickly blew up in New York just after. Remember how things were peachy in Germany back in February, proving Italy was just a hotspot? Nope. CFR shot up 10x the next month. Remember how it wasn’t supposed to be as bad as the Swine flu? Nope. Much worse. Remember how everyone was already infected and herd immunity was just around the corner? Nope. Only around 5% of Spain has been infected so far. Remember how the IFR was supposedly less than 0.2%? Nope. Probably 0.5 – 1.4%, but closer to 1%. Remember how we were supposedly peaking in April and wouldn’t even get to 40k deaths as a result? Nope. Already 100k deaths; the true number may be 30 – 60 k higher. Remember how the models were all wrong? Nope. The latest model accurately predicted the official death toll to within 1.2% as of May 23rd.

    … and on and on and on.

    These guys were completely wrong, so obviously they have no choice but to deflect. That’s why they’re obsessed with the topic. Every article is Sweden and lockdowns. They never mention more successful countries like Australia or superior economic recovery models adopted by other countries. … because that would imply they got it wrong (they did). Perhaps the one good thing to come from Covid-19 will be the destruction of this cult ideology once and for all. Whether what comes after is better or worse I cannot say, but this nonsense cannot continue anymore.

    Why we’re seeing mass layoffs in the US but not the UK

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaraFkhonFo

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    , @animalogic
  30. Anonymous[595] • Disclaimer says:

    No mention of which gender is killing itself more. I suspect its men…whom no one cares about, not even men themselves.

    Even in normal times, there are no social-support mechanisms to help males. It all goes to supposedly equal women…who never share their vagina-based good fortunes.

    Guys are only valued for their utility. Out of work, out of mind.

    REMEMBER: Fauci said AIDS would kill gays and heterosexuals at equal rates. He also lauds WHO’s Tedros, an avowed Communist who shills for China and lied about cholera in his native Ethiopia so his fat-cat tourism pals could keep getting rich during the epidemic.

  31. nickels says:

    The Corporate Facism coming down the pipes is gonna make Communism look like a paradise. That is all.

  32. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    One effect has been the rise of a snitch culture, neighbors calling the authorities against others who haven’t fallen into lockstep with the program. We’ve all heard about how spying and the widespread use of informants were rife in the old GDR yet we’ve surpassed them by light years. Divide and conquer, don’t know who to trust anymore. It’s shocking how many people are wannabe security guards for Big Brother.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  33. @anon

    For being among the least powerful political groups in America, those nefarious “libertarians” get an absurd amount of blame and resentment.

    Must be the name. Mentally conquered folk experience autonomic revulsion from any proximal word with ‘liberty’ in it, no matter that no libertarian-advocated practice holds sway. An odd phenomenon.

    Not a coincidence that 100% lies (180 degrees from reality) are still regularly spread regarding favored whipping-girl Ayn Rand.

    Libertarians and fellow travelers lost long ago. Revel in it! Enjoy your preferred world, which is truly unaffected by dreams and principles of liberty.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  34. @anonymous

    It’s shocking how many people are wannabe security guards for Big Brother.

    When one doesn’t have the grit to resist an oppressor, he uses the oppressor for power over those who did, assuming inability to confront them directly.

    The first tangible result of being bullied is a light-speed search for a target upon which to transmit that bullying elsewhere—to make it as though the first abuse never happened.

    As with children. A parent-bullied eldest is hell for the youngest.

  35. As Americans lose their jobs, the Senate gears up to give Israel A MINIMUM of $38 billion over 10 years.

    Although it is the largest such aid package in American history, the vote by the Foreign Relations committee passed unanimously last week, and now goes before the senate.

    Even if America’s economy collapses in the next ten years, Americans will be obligated to give the Jewish state $3.8 billion yearly if the bill passes. Even if Americans are dying in the streets, it must give Israel $9 million each day for the next ten years.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/489598-us-aid-israel-senate-vote/

    The bill was prepared under Obama in 2016, like they new *something* big was coming.

  36. jadan says:

    “Now we’re all going to pay for the mistakes for which they alone are responsible. This is from abc7news:”

    You’re sounding like Trump, Mike. Bitch, bitch, bitch, blame everyone but yourself. Yes, you have a share of the blame! You’re part of the intelligentsia and it’s your role to be intelligent and help the herd find its way. But you’re not doing that. You’re not doing anything useful at all. I’d say you’re just pissing into the wind and getting your pants wet.

    Trump & his conservative Republican anti-government, privatizati0n stupidity are the people directly responsible for this failure to lead, that is, to do the job they were elected to do. You’re blaming the messenger, little Fauci, when you should be blaming the ass hole president who cut the pandemic unit out of the NSC. Fauci is not president. The incompetence and self-serving of this administration is breath taking and you point the finger at Fauci.

    We have 17 “intelligence” agencies that command a black budget of at least 55 billion, which we know only because Edward Snowden told us. Do you think maybe they have some blame here, the greatest part of the blame, since their whole reason for existing is to safe guard the security of the nation? We know what a fool Trump is, but it is their job to go tell the fool what they know and what they think should be done. And if he wants to keep his head up his ass and won’t listen, go around him to the media. But they didn’t do that, did they, and you don’t put the blame on them, do you, you pick on little Fauci. You sound stupid, Mike, like you’re not worthy to belong to the intelligentsia. You sound like a Trumpster.

    The government is failing in its mandate to promote the general welfare. Trump is bailinng out the people who wrecked the economy. It was failing before the pandemic came along. It wasn’t functioning like it should and you blame Fauci? Pandemics are one of the reason government exists! And you’re whining, bitching, moaning about loss of freedom. Fuck you! You don’t deserve any freedom, you useless crybaby.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  37. jadan says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    This is a dress rehearsal, Carlton Meyer, a pandemic, but not a real serious pandemic, not a 1918 influenza. On scale of 10, Woodrow Wilson’s pandemic was about 4, I’d guess, since it killed about 20% of the global population. (No one knows for sure since there was so much denial going on.) The covid19 doesn’t even register on the pandemic righter scale, but it is still a pandemic and we as a society have failed even this little challenge. And the reason is people like you. You haven’t learned a thing.

  38. @Achmed E. Newman

    Maybe she could get married younger and have more grandchildren for us, as is the purpose of women in the first place… Hmmmmm?”

    You may be on to something here.

  39. @jadan

    its mandate to promote the general welfare

    No such mandate. The term’s two appearances in the constitution are smoke (in the first) and pablum (in the second).

    The state has always, in every way, existed solely for itself. Anything it does that supposedly aids its victims is only to forestall Madame Guillotine.

    Given this reality, it’s odd to see so many otherwise intelligent humans at UR continually appealing to their prime oppressor, for comfort and resolution. There’s a microcosmic syndrome with a memorable alliterative name which is just on the tip of the tongue. If only someone would recognize it and… well, recognize it.

  40. @Biff

    “And what do you call it when private entities control government?”
    Oligarchy, or
    Plutocracy, or
    Neofeudalism.

  41. @anon

    Spot on.
    The US “lockdown”…what an abortion. Too little, too much, too late, too fucked.
    And the economy is SO bad…. & what does that say about the pre-virus economy?
    Thin ice?
    A horrible hollowed out excuse for an economy?
    A debauched oligarchs’ private opium Den? The US public as a child, parented by white-cold pedophiles?
    Again, an abortion of government response ?
    And the suicides & Ill health from the “lockdown” ? Jesus, you’d think it’s been 6 months rather than a bare 2 months. Again, the virus exposes the rust, the stress lines, the ROT, just beneath the surface.
    All the anti-lockdowners, anti-vaxers, anti-maskers, you’re kicking out against symptoms, not the disease. You’re kicking out against 40 years of corruption, 40 years of delusion, 40 years of elite malice.
    You want to fix things? Just remember: there’s the 0.01 % & the 99%. The 0.01% are your mortal enemies. All the rest, PC, racism, nationalism, most “ism’s” are distractions. You live with an elite that will kill, or humiliate you as soon as look at you.
    Love your enemies if you like, but the kick in the balls you get every 2nd day won’t be any less painful.

  42. The “Lockdown” Has EXPOSED America AS a Despotic, Cash-Strapped Basket-Case

  43. TG says:

    Excellent post.

    But you see – the real problem is ‘racism!’ And the legacy of slavery! And white supremacy!

    When the real economic impact of this whole fiasco finally hits home – when the stimulus crumbs are gone, and people have no jobs, and are mired in debt, and are being evicted from their homes, etc.etc.etc., well, everything is due to one black man being killed by a white cop! That corporate-forced meme will drive out everything else, and the people at the top will continue to sip champagne while the proles turn on each other.

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