PANIC PORN ALERT!
“THAT’S ALL I CAN STANDS I CAN’T STANDS NO MORE!”
First, shout out to Popeye for the title above. Next, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
As you will know if you’ve followed my posts concerning COVID-19 over the past year, I view this whole thing with a certain aggravation and frustration borne out of a constant stream of misrepresentation, manipulation, and outright lying about the actual SCIENCE AND DATA (read my last piece “A Mask Moratorium Exception”), and the creation of an environment of PANIC PORN which has cowed many into hiding under their beds, washing their mail, wearing lots of masks, shunning their neighbors and even family, completely over-blowing the actual risks of sickness or death, and worst of all being complicit in the great damage done to our kids both educationally and psychologically. It has been my aim over the last year to try to get people to realize that this event is NOWHERE NEAR as bad as it has been made out to be through a truthful and accurate accounting of the real SCIENCE AND DATA and an examination and debunking of the PANIC PORN we have been fed. I have tried to be dispassionate in my presentations but have not shied away from employing ridicule where I could to show how illogical and downright stupid much of what we have been doing has been. But now I’m pissed.
Last week, this moron (and he’s a corrupt moron at that) who runs the World Health Organization named Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave us this headline: “WHO says pandemic has caused more ‘mass trauma’ than WWII” REALLY? At first I thought it was a joke, maybe from the Onion or Babylon Bee, so I went looking and, nope, it’s real. Unbelievable. Not only because someone would be stupid enough to have that thought but that they would actually be stupid enough to say it out loud. And even more unbelievable is that I cannot find any “news” story about this that isn’t saying what I’m about to say. This is the exact problem. The “media” has been complicit in feeding us PANIC PORN for a year and the fact that they actually report this story with a straight, even a stern face, should tell you all you need to know about how we’ve been manipulated since last March. This is outrageous beyond the pale.
Here’s an excerpt from the CNBC story (capitalization mine for emphasis):
“The Covid-19 pandemic has caused MASS TRAUMA ON A LARGER SCALE THAN World War II, and the impact will last ‘for many years to come,’ the World Health Organization’s top official said Friday.
‘After the Second World War, the world has experienced mass trauma, because Second World War affected many, many lives. And now, even with this Covid pandemic, with BIGGER MAGNITUDE, more lives have been affected,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference Friday... ‘And that means mass trauma, which is beyond proportion, EVEN BIGGER THAN WHAT THE WORLD EXPERIENCED AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR,’ he added, noting the effect on mental health.” Really? If you are not outraged by this statement then something is very, very wrong.
Just some quick notes:
In World War II estimates are that somewhere between 75 million and 85 million people died. That accounts for about 3% of the world’s population at the time. COVID has “killed” about 2.6 million people, which accounts for about 0.03% of the world’s population. That’s about 30 times more dead people (about 80 million more dead people) and a 100 times greater percentage of the population in WWII than this pandemic.
There were somewhere around 11 million “displaced persons” after WWII living sometimes for years in refugee camps.
Tens of thousands of children were left orphaned, including as many as an estimated 25,000 “Wolf Children” wandering the forests of East Prussia like feral cats. From Wikipedia: “Thousands of orphaned children were left behind and fled into the surrounding forest, forced to fend for themselves and facing harsh reprisals if caught by Soviet soldiers. Condemned to live through "begging, drudging, stealing", older children often tried to keep their siblings together, and survival—searching for food and shelter became their number-one priority.”
A significant part of Europe was reduced literally to rubble, which took years to rebuild.
Millions were systematically tortured and slaughtered in concentration camps.
Two atomic bombs. With about 120,000 people killed instantly.
Today, the percentage of “cases” of COVID that are considered “serious or critical” stands at 0.4%. The rest are considered in “mild” condition, and those designations have been stable for many months.
There is a famous essay by the late David Foster Wallace entitle “This is Water” (I highly recommend you read it or watch the video) which starts out “There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”
We have been swimming in dirty, filthy, PANIC PORN filled water for a year now, with many of us unaware of it. It’s still going on right now: the next “surge”, the new “variants” the “darkest days still ahead”. This statement by “Tedros” and the ensuing faithful reporting by the mass media should finally wake us up to that fact. Please don’t attack me saying I’m diminishing anyone’s suffering through this pandemic. That is not true. But the truth is we are not hiding in a subway tunnel while rockets rain down on our city, we are not freezing to death in the Russian winter, we are not scavenging through the rubble that was once our city looking for any scrap of food while we starve to death, we are not being tortured or used in unspeakable experiments. For the overwhelming majority of people (well more than 99%) who are infected with this virus, their experience will be akin to a common cold or case of the flu, or nothing at all. And this is what we are told is worse than the impacts of World War II? With a straight face? If you are looking for a 100% guarantee of safety and security from illness or death, I once again respectfully submit you are on the wrong planet. When did we become so small? When will we finally wake up?