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We now hear that wearing masks is not a safety issue but a control issue imposed on us to take away our liberty. https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/27/mandatory-masks-arent-about-safety-theyre-about-social-control/?utm_campaign=ACTENGAGE

How likely is it that every state, local, and federal health official, every state governor, every government in the world is involved in a control conspiracy? How can countries locked in intense conflict against one another be united in a control conspiracy? Can we really imagine Washington in league with Iran, Venezuela, China, North Korea, Russia? It is amazing to me how far off real concerns all of this has become. It has become more of a hysteria than the virus itself.

The emotional and liberty issues are made up. Everyone was demanding masks, the general population as well as doctors and nurses. The criticism of the authorities was the lack of masks. The lack of N-95 or higher masks was the leading sign of the unpreparedness of the Western governments.

The flip-flopping of public health officials on masks is likely explained by the initial unavailability of masks even for those treating infected patients as well as for the public. With no masks available, the authorities did not want to be criticized for their unpreparedness and underplayed the importance of the unavailable masks. When masks became available, they changed their position. It seems clear enough that the use of masks was intended for moving about in congested areas and in circumstances of close contact, not for a walk alone in the woods.

The notion that wearing a mask is harmful to healthy people is nonsensical. If you don’t have the virus, you can’t be building up the load by breathing in and out trapped virus. On the other hand, if you have the virus, yes, you could build up your viral load by breathing your own infection and make yourself sicker by protecting others by wearing a N-95 mask without a respirator valve. A respirator valve allows contaminated air to escape. If the purpose of the mask is to prevent spread of the virus, only people who are not infected should use a mask with a respirator. If you are infected, you are better off isolated at home than going about wearing a mask.

Health educator Peggy Hall alleges fake science behind mask wearing: CDC Mask Deception: https://youtu.be/OUUOq1ksiQQ So why do surgeons and researchers working with infectious substances wear masks?!

The allegation that masks are not effective—such as this one: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4868614/ —comes from confusing surgical masks with N-95 masks. A N-95 mask prevents entry and exit of small virus particles. A surgical mask does not. An infected person should use the N-95 mask that does not have a respirator valve, because the respirator valve allows unfiltered contaminated air to escape. See: https://www.cnet.com/health/face-masks-n95-masks-which-protect-against-coronavirus/

Public health is a public issue. To claim individual exemption on freedom grounds is narcissistic selfishness.

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  1. g8way says:

    How likely is it that every state, local, and federal health official, every state governor, every government in the world is involved in a control conspiracy?

    100%

    • Agree: BuelahMan
  2. Here a neurosurgeon explains the danger of masks…. A. MD not a PHD! And you Dr Roberts know there are many many more MD’s out there saying the same thing. You only want to pay attention to the Drs who reinforce your personal narrative!
    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/05/no_author/neurosurgeon-explains-how-masks-pose-serious-risks-to-the-healthy/

    • Replies: @Jestering
    , @animalogic
  3. Dutch Boy says:

    N-95 masks are available for health care workers but not so available to others. The question is: does forcing people to wear surgical masks make sense if they are not effective?

  4. Donning a mouth diaper is dangerous to one’s health. Any asseveration to the contrary is kabuki sickness theatre.

    Although Dr. Russell Blaylock is right, my own experience is “data” and “science” enough to satisfy the inquiry.

    When I wear a mask, I have trouble breathing. CHECK MATE.

    Am I to disregard the empirical evidence, my experience, for the results of a big pharma sponsored double-blind placebo “study” that might say otherwise?

  5. c matt says:

    The question is, does it make sense for the 99% for whom this thing poses no to minuscule risk have to wear a mask for the less than 1% for whom it is more of a risk, or should that 1% just stay home/take their own precautions?

    Personally, I am getting a bit tired of the 1% dictating life for the other 99%.

    • Agree: VinnyVette
    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  6. onebornfree says: • Website

    “Public health is a public issue. To claim individual exemption on freedom grounds is narcissistic selfishness.”

    Once again, like the totalitarian he is and has always been, Mr Roberts displays his unfailing faith in big government, and big government “solutions”.

    He complains that the US of his youth has disappeared, and yet remains in total ignorance of the principles which founded the US, as clearly laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, and how these rights have been totally usurped- resulting in the very social results he now complains about having to endure.

    Like many here, he needs to move to China or N. Korea or similar. I’m sure he’d be much happier there.

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

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

    “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

    No regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @animalogic
  7. swamped says:

    ‘How likely is it that every state, local, and federal health official, every state governor, every government in the world is involved in a control conspiracy? How can countries locked in intense conflict against one another be united in a control conspiracy?”…or how can governments locked together with one another be dis-united in a conspiracy to control? In the so-called ‘United Kingdom’ the govt. is advising the use of masks in most indoor locations but the advisory only applies to England. The regional govt. of Wales has made it clear that they are NOT mandating or even recommending that masks be worn in public there. As First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford has stated: “It doesn’t protect you, the wearer, from anybody else, but it may protect other people from the risk of you infecting them,”
    Even the WHO has concluded that:”Currently there is not enough evidence for or against the use of masks (medical or other) for healthy individuals in the wider community. WHO continues to recommend that medical masks be worn by individuals who are sick or those caring for them. WHO is actively studying the rapidly evolving science on masks and continuously updates its guidance.”
    The safety and narcissistic issues are made up. Nobody was demanding masks outside of the fake news & big government advocates. “The flip-flopping of public health officials on masks is likely explained by” this, not by any real safety concerns. After all, they could just as well have been recommending home-made masks or some kind of “face coverings”, as they are now, right from the start – with or without a shortage of actual manufactured masks. “It seems clear enough” that the “authorities” either don’t really know what to do or have other aims.
    “The notion that wearing a mask is [helpful] to healthy people is nonsensical. If you don’t have the virus, you can’t be” protected from it by wearing one. Or protect others. Civil liberty is a public issue. To claim individual exemption on freedom grounds is a necessary right.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  8. onebornfree says: • Website

    CDC Mask Deception:

    Regards, onebornfree

  9. Jestering says:
    @VinnyVette

    You beat me to it with that link to Dr. Blaylock’s excellent article. Here is another fine research paper where a plethora of studies meta analyze and conclude the sheer IN-effectiveness of both surgical AND N-95 style respirators against viruses.

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340570735_Masks_Don’t_Work_A_review_of_science_relevant_to_COVID-19_social_policy

    a snippet… “There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles. Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work. It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases:”
    ========================================

    I greatly respect Paul Roberts and agree with some of the points he made in his article, yet the raw science shows that masks are largely useless, and harmful over time.

    As a healthcare professional I can add that for ANYONE wearing a mask for any length of time, repeatedly, there is an additional risk. They restrict Oxygen intake slightly while increasing backwash of CO2, enough to cause what is known as “Sympathetic Overdrive”. The sympathetic nervous system enters fight or flight, releasing a cascade of the stress hormone Cortisol, which then reduces some subpopulations of LYMPHOCYTES. This is why we are told that stress weakens the immune system.

  10. anon[327] • Disclaimer says:

    Dentists and some physicians wear masks to prevent
    their breaths on patients.

    When a patient is nose to nose with a Dr, mask is appreciated.

    Surgeons wear masks probably to prevent drooling onto open cuts.

  11. gsjackson says:

    Like many of us, PCR often waxes nostalgia for the U.S. of days gone by. My recollection is that in those days germaphobia, fearing that some invisible enemy was going to jump you out of nowhere and take you down, was regarded as a mental disorder. I suspect that a large majority in those days of widespread common sense, including possibly a younger PCR, would have thought absurd the response to a virus that, even accepting the ridiculously inflated death totals, has an IFR comparable to the seasonal flu. I wonder if he even noticed in 1957 when the Asian flu probably legitimately killed 117,000 in the U.S. — a much higher percentage of the population then — and nothing at all changed in the way people went about their lives.

    Wearing the fear masks is clearly an unhealthy practice, further erodes a culture of face-to-face interaction that has all but been abolished in the U.S. anyway (speaking of better days gone by), and is a concession to a world seemingly gone mad. Anybody afraid enough of some virus should have every right to wear them and to stay away from people as much as possible, but no appeal to “public health” is going to get me to do it. I’ve seen how well “public health” has been doing for the last few decades under the auspices of the current “health care” establishment.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  12. @swamped

    Oh, stupid confused winger bullshit. Roberts knows more than you do. You are an idiot.

  13. @Jestering

    Oh, bullshit. You are not a “healthcare professional,” you are a paid troll and you are just recycling the latest talking point memo.

    • Replies: @Jestering
  14. Roberts is right. You assholes aren’t even wrong. Most of you are bots. Some just confused losers. You wouldn’t know the truth if you tripped over it.

    • Replies: @anon
  15. @Jestering

    “I greatly respect Paul Roberts and agree with some of the points he made in his article, yet the raw science shows that masks are largely useless, and harmful over time. “

    Where to look for objective orientation on this subject?

    Here’s an empirical observation to consider. Although Japan declared a “state of emergency” over the pandemic, it did not enforce any Corona Chan lockdown, but only recommended guidelines to be followed by its people. Result – about 850 total deaths (so far). That’s proportionally about 1/50th of the American Corona Chan death rate.

    So how to account for this remarkable disparity between the Japanese and American Corona Chan experiences?

    Admittedly, a large proportion of Japanese people and businesses voluntarily self-isolated etc etc iaw the Government guidelines, to the extent that circumstances and economic necessity allowed them to. The Japanese are also known to be a very healthy people anyway.

    However, what really stands out in any television coverage of Japan during the pandemic is the almost universal wearing of masks. It’s not 100.000%, but is very nearly so.

    Contrast that with (for example) Australia & New Zealand, which achieved similarly low Corona Chan death rates to Japan, but where mask-wearing is nowhere near as universal as in Japan. Australia & New Zealand, however, enforced rigorous lockdowns very early in the Corona Chan pandemic (much like China, with its comparably low Corona Chan death rates).

    So maybe masks aren’t the complete answer – but the Japanese case suggests that they are an important factor to consider.

    • Replies: @Jestering
    , @Curmudgeon
  16. @gsjackson

    “I suspect that a large majority in those days of widespread common sense, including possibly a younger PCR, would have thought absurd the response to a virus that, even accepting the ridiculously inflated death totals, has an IFR comparable to the seasonal flu.”

    Indeed. One problem now is that the younger generation, who are today’s and tomorrow’s cultural and political captains, are being spoon-fed & raised on this BS.

    I was raised on a farm. Ran with the sheep, danced with the chickens. Never did me, my siblings or my contemporaries any harm. Now the yummy mummies all coddle their offspring in a disinfectant cocoon of biological isolation while feeding them artificial junk and medicating every issue with patented pharmaceutical poisons. God help the offspring of their offspring.

    “Wearing the fear masks is clearly an unhealthy practice”

    Not personally sold on this view. Cultural context applies. BUT I do agree suspicion is warranted when there is so much coordinated skulduggery aimed at subjugating the common folk across the Empire.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  17. @VinnyVette

    Your linked article? Well what can one say? Here’s a beaut’:
    “When a person is infected with a respiratory virus, they will expel some of the virus with each breath. If they are wearing a mask, especially an N95 mask or other tightly fitting mask, they will be constantly rebreathing the viruses, raising the concentration of the virus in the lungs and the nasal passages. ”
    So — one expels 100 viruses but somehow gets 110 virus back… Er? And please note: the mask absorbs NO virus (thus washing or disposal of a mask are saved I guess…) .
    And then there’s the horrible O2 deprivation from masks — as I’ve noted before all those dead or fainting surgeons & auto painters ” it’s an absolute scandal.
    This is also good as it “covers” the other side of the anti-mask argument — that masks are useless b/c they simply don’t work — ie they let in & out too much contagious air. Heads or tails, masks lose.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  18. @Liberty Mike

    Poor Liberty Mike, his poor lungs just aren’t up to the lung standard of the 100’s of millions of Asians who don’t think twice about wearing a mask. Clearly Asians (the Chinese! The Chicoms !) are winning Cold Respiratory War II.

  19. @onebornfree

    How I envy anyone “born free”. But perhaps you are a lion? That would explain…the cute title, anyway….

  20. Normalizing/requiring the wearing of masks would thwart facial recognition software which was a NWO conspiracy two days before the wearing of masks became an NWO conspiracy.

  21. @Jestering

    The article I linked to and the article Dr Roberts linked to are both at Lew Rockwell where Dr Roberts articles are also posted. So I am quite sure he is aware of the evidence but in this case science bad. If the science fits his narrative Fauci / Neil Ferguson et el… Science good! Severe cognitive dissonance between Dr Roberts supposedly libertarian leanings and his stance on Covid 19. Appearantly you throw all your life long beliefs away over a virus!

  22. Jestering says:
    @obwandiyag

    Your reply smacks more of trolling than mine. Deduction: You are a leftist hypocrite. And illiterate to boot.

    Talking point memo? You call a link to a meticulous review of multiple studies conducted by a veteran researcher including a preview paragraph for your benefit a talking point? *chuckle*

    My assessment of the deleterious effect of wearing masks (Sympathetic overdrive) comes from my schooling. Perhaps it should become a talking point for those who understand the science and wish to counter the face diaper propaganda. Anyone who wishes may copy and paste my short synopsis without attribution.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  23. Jestering says:
    @Ultrafart the Brave

    I consider the studied opinion of Neurosurgeon Dr. Blaylock and the review of scientific studies that I linked to perfectly objective science.

    People should be advised of the objective science and left to decide for themselves what to wear and when. They should not be provided with sham pseudoscientific fear porn and then coerced into wearing face diapers.

    There are situations where certain people would benefit from wearing one. Yet due to the insane and deadly propaganda psy-op being waged, I need to craft my narrative in a way that leans to dissuading people from wearing one in all but the few circumstances wear it might have a measurable effect that justifies not only the physical risks, but the greater psychological risks.

    And they are few.

    1. if a person is in a moderate to high risk category and they MUST be present in an indoor area where others are SYMPTOMATIC, wearing a mask for a short period of time will decrease the amount of virions they will be inhaling. They will still contract some, but the load will be small. Being in the moderate to high risk category, it is likely their body will not do well against the small viral load, and they will contract some illness as a result. But the mask gives them a fighting chance in that circumstance.

    2. If a healthcare provider is tending to a person in moderate to high risk category, and that provider is asymptomatic but has tested positive for antibodies, or is not feeling well but needs to provide care anyway, they should don a mask while providing care in close proximity to the patient.

    According to the science, those are the only 2 situations where the mitigation a mask will offer is justified compared to the negative effects to the wearer.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  24. @Jestering

    “Smacking” and “chuckling” are you? Sounds like a typical chuckle-headed liar Englishman. Englishmen are all liars. I have provided a link to a meticulous review of multiple studies proving it. If you think you are literate and have “schooling,” then you are living in a typical modern asshole dream-world.

    Of course, I am pretending you are not a bot. Hope you enjoy the quarter I just made you.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  25. @Ultrafart the Brave

    No, cultural context does not apply.

    How, does cultural context impact whether, in fact, donning a mouth diaper is harmful to one’s health?

    Do you doubt that wearing a mask places a burden on the respiratory system?

    Are you doubting that there is no difference in stress on the respiratory system between being mask free and wearing one?

    As I noted above, I DO have trouble breathing when wearing a mask.

    Can you articulate specific, irrefutable, unassailable facts that debunk Dr. Blaylock’s position?

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  26. @Ultrafart the Brave

    In Japan for decades, individuals have worn masks even if it is for a cold. They wear them to avoid spreading whatever disease they have. Aside from that, I suggest that the average Japanese is much healthier than the average (North) American. Being healthier means having a well functioning immune system, which is better able to fight whatever disease is attacking you.
    The masks may reduce the spread, but then so do healthy immune systems. All of the “hidden” information on what is happening with this plandemic is clear: people with compromised immune systems are the ones dying, whether the immune system is compromised by age or underlying medical conditions.
    There are many factors, including poverty and pollution, that affect people’s immune systems.In short, it is difficult to know what any single factor does to prevent (or not) the spread.

    • Thanks: Ultrafart the Brave
  27. anon[161] • Disclaimer says:
    @obwandiyag

    Or maybe they just want to be noticed, truth is irrelevant.

    “Believe in conspiracy theories? You’re probably a narcissist.”
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3482408/Believe-conspiracy-theories-probably-narcissist-People-doubt-moon-landings-likely-selfish-attention-seeking.html

  28. It’s rare for me to read a more disjointed and nonsensical article from this author.

    But then, here you have it.

  29. @animalogic

    Hardehardehar. Good one! I especially like the fainting auto painters. I used to paint trucks on the line. Thank God for masks.

  30. No-one has an answer to this straightforward truth. Because it is the incontestable truth.

    “How likely is it that every state, local, and federal health official, every state governor, every government in the world is involved in a control conspiracy? How can countries locked in intense conflict against one another be united in a control conspiracy? Can we really imagine Washington in league with Iran, Venezuela, China, North Korea, Russia?”

    Answer: It is not likely at all. It is utterly impossible.

  31. @Liberty Mike

    “Am I to disregard the empirical evidence, my experience, for the results of a big pharma sponsored double-blind placebo “study” that might say otherwise?”

    TBH I’d personally lean toward wearing some kind of face protection if there was some fearfully deadly bug on the loose.

    BUT having said that, I’m 100% on board with you on this one.

    AND I believe better targeting of vulnerable groups could have achieved better results against Corona Chan with way less economic impacts all around.

    We are organic creatures, and no-one has the patent on our manufacture (though many evil bastards wish they did).

    From a purely personal perspective, I’d be curious as to whether you had some differential characteristic which disposed you to breathing difficulties compared to other people. I’m coming from a need to understand the bigger picture here.

    FWIW, I’m inclined to think the atmosphere had way higher levels of oxygen in past millennia, but since then we’ve lost most of the world’s forest cover (yes, most of it), so animal life has had to progressively adapt. Doesn’t do the fish any good, and it doesn’t do us any good either.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  32. @c matt

    “Personally, I am getting a bit tired of the 1% dictating life for the other 99%.”

    I think your statement unintentionally nails the arse of an elephant (in the room).

    Yes, it’s the 1% dictating terms to the 99% – but it’s not the 1% of vulnerable souls, they’re just circumstantial victims like the rest of us (and TBH, they’re really not being looked after very well).

    IMO it’s the 1% of political & corporate elites that are calling all the shots, and (since they seem to be in the driving seat) they’re mostly not doing as good a job as they should.

    Paradoxically, we’d probably all be way better off if the 1% elites just focused on identifying and protecting the health and welfare of the 1% vulnerables, and left the rest of us to go about our daily business.

    But then again, I suspect at some level that all this mayhem is being used by the 1% elites to leverage other agendas which the 99% don’t need to know about.

  33. @Jestering

    “People should be advised of the objective science and left to decide for themselves what to wear and when. They should not be provided with sham pseudoscientific fear porn and then coerced into wearing face diapers. “

    Can’t argue with that.

    In the real world, few things come down to absolutes. Individuals owe it to themselves to take responsibility and educate themselves.

    Meanwhile, if someone intends to force unwanted measures down one’s throat, perhaps one should be preparing to defend oneself (or going someplace else).

  34. @obwandiyag

    “Of course, I am pretending you are not a bot. Hope you enjoy the quarter I just made you.”

    That much?

    Seriously, dude, send my resume to Bots-R-Us!

  35. @Liberty Mike

    @gsjackson said:

    ““Wearing the fear masks is clearly an unhealthy practice””

    To which I replied:

    “Not personally sold on this view. Cultural context applies. “

    Then you said:

    “No, cultural context does not apply. “

    This is not a one-dimensional issue. Tell the many millions of Asians living in dangerously polluted urban environments that wearing facial masks is an unhealthy practice. Tell those people who have traditionally worn facial protection in desert environments that wearing facial masks is an unhealthy practice. Tell the Japanese and Korean people with strong immune systems, robust health and long lifespans that their practice of wearing facial masks to limit the spread of illness is an unhealthy practice. Tell the millions of tradies all across the world that wearing their dusk masks on the job is an unhealthy practice.

    Dr. Blaylock’s contributions provide a useful framework to work with, setting possible bounds and limits, within a larger context. Living in the real world involves making tradeoffs between competing priorities at every conceivable level. In a perfect world, we’d engineer face-masks comprising molecular sieves with zero flow resistance and zero dead-space, available to everyone at zero cost. Obviously, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

    So we’re left with compromises and cost-benefit judgements. Notwithstanding the valuable work of people such as Dr. Blaylock, I do believe that the marginal risks associated with wearing any of a myriad assortment of passive breathing protection masks is probably outweighed by the risks of not wearing them in the circumstances for which they were intended – especially where a culturally relevant extended track record supports the practice.

    It’s not a black-and-white, one size fits all issue.

    So do I accept the emphatic assertion that “Wearing the fear masks is clearly an unhealthy practice”?

    Each to his or her own, but no, I’m not personally sold on this view.

  36. @Ultrafart the Brave

    Well, on the whole, I am healthy. No cancer history, no diabetes, no cardiac issues, no prescription drugs, no meds whatsoever.

    However, I did partake of weed, on a daily basis, for 25 years and the semi-chronic cough I have probably stems from the herbal inhalation. Mind you, my use averaged a joint a day. I quit a year ago October.

    The cough has improved slightly since I quit.

    I have never had the flu as an adult. The last cold was 5-6 years ago.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  37. @Liberty Mike

    Thanks for that info.

    I’d suspect that your overall good health is partly due to your medicinal indulgence. Would that we all could be so fortunate.

    My sister has the same habit, but she also has asthma, so I’ve tried to persuade her to just make cookies instead.

    It would be interesting to know if long-term smokers in general experience problems with passive face masks – it’s not hard to make that connection.

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