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SEE THE PANIC PORN FOR WHAT IT IS

10/6/21

So I came across this headline today and thought it was a pretty good example of how the mainstream media uses language to indoctrinate us with a certain belief, and more importantly, feeling, about what’s going on with COVID. As you know if you’ve been reading my posts, I’m all about what the actual data says and I believe it is important to be mindful of the manipulation of that data that is all around us and how that manipulation has led to this national, even world-wide, mass-psychosis when it comes to this pandemic. Whether the manipulation is intentional or just a symptom of the COVID hysteria, I believe it must be examined and exposed because of the damage it is doing to us as individuals and as a society. In short, for many of us, what we think we “know” about COVID simply is not true, so you might want to come in off that ledge.

Today’s headline is (caps mine for emphasis): “Illinois toddler FIGHTS FOR HIS LIFE as COVID transmission RAGES” Now anyone with a soul would feel sick to their stomach after reading such a headline. Even stupid, selfish, science-deniers like me. Before the trolls crawl out from under their rocks and try to demonize me as some kind of a monster who doesn’t care if children die, OF COURSE I CARE ABOUT KIDS. Shame on you for such an intellectually bankrupt and emotionally labile attack. But how I feel about kids notwithstanding, that doesn’t change the facts on the ground and how this particular story, sickening though it may be, is a propaganda tool being used to push a FALSE narrative. A narrative which is being employed to whip up more fear and more hysteria which will lead us further down a rabbit hole where actual facts and rationality have been completely abandoned.

The article is full of dramatic statements that create uncertainty and fear like “When her two-year-old started feeling sick early last week, Tiffany Jackson DIDN’T THINK IT MIGHT BE COVID-19… then AIRLIFTED the child to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, about 80 MILES AWAY…and concern is growing over the number of infections AMONG CHILDREN… Her boy is one of nearly 840,000 CHILDREN under the age of four to contract COVID-19 in the United States” And so on and so forth. The good news is it appears the little boy might be ok as “Over the past couple of days, his lungs have been able to do more of the work of breathing, and it is possible that he may be removed from the ventilator soon.” I guess we’ll see. And we should all pray that Adrian James makes a full and speedy recovery.

Having said that, we CANNOT allow this type of emotional story to influence our rational understanding of what’s really going on. Some numbers:

Contrary to the headline of this story, which claims “COVID transmission RAGES” here’s what's actually going on in the US right now:

US CASES


Over the last month, daily cases in the US have DECREASED by 40%.

And in Illinois where this little boy lives:

ILL CASES


Over the last month, cases in Illinois have DECREASED some 33%.

I’m not really sure in what universe either of those metrics would count as “RAGING”. Whatever works for you I guess, but it’s really important to be aware of this type of hyperbolic language being used EVERY DAY. This language informs people as to what they think they “know” about COVID, and again, purposefully or not, drives hysteria and irrationality which in turn leads to personal and societal damage that far outstrips the actual damage done by the coronavirus.

A further reality check: As of this writing, the CDC lists a total of 478 deaths for kids ages 0-17 under the heading “All Deaths involving COVID-19 [1]". But under the heading “Deaths involving COVID-19 and Pneumonia [2]” only 115 deaths in this age group are listed. The 478 figure is of course nonsense (as it the overall death count). How can I be certain? Because on another page the CDC lists under the heading “Conditions contributing to deaths where COVID-19 was listed on the death certificate [1]” a total of 135 deaths in the age range of 0-24 years attributed to “Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning, and other adverse events”. Now we have no idea how many of those deaths happened within the 0-17 range of 478 deaths, but surely many of them are included in that number. In case you’re interested, the CDC lists a total of 14,126 “COVID” deaths under the “Intentional and unintentional injury” column. Why? If I die in a car accident or commit suicide, why am I counted as a COVID death? Oh well, nothing to see here…

And here’s another interesting question. Why all the different age ranges? The article in question cites “840,000 children under the age of four to contract COVID-19”. Now I cannot find that data on any CDC website, although that doesn’t mean it’s not there somewhere, but why the different numbers? Hospitalizations are listed by ages 0-4, 5-17, 18-49 (I have previously discussed how using such a large age range here allows for manipulation of the message as it pertains to young people getting the vax), and so on while deaths by age are listed by ages 0-17, 18-29, 30-39, and so on and then deaths by contributing conditions are listed by ages 0-24, 25-34, 35-44, and so on. One might get the feeling that the CDC wants to make it difficult to figure out exactly how things are going. If you don't have your official QAnon decoder ring and conspiracy theory isn’t your thing, then the other explanation would be sheer incompetence. How hard would it be to standardize the age ranges by which you report your data? They obviously have the data, so why not standardize it? Anyway, moving on…

Getting back to the point, for this discussion let’s take the 478 deaths in kids as legit. That's 478 deaths out of about 72,000,000 kids over almost two years. That works out to a population fatality rate for kids ages 0-17 of about 0.0006% or six ten-thousandths of one percent. And if you account for the little boy in this story, who clearly would fall under the category “Deaths involving COVID-19 and Pneumonia” (a much more accurate measure of how many people may have actually died from contracting the coronavirus), the population fatality rate for kids ages 0-17 falls to about 0.0002% or two ten-thousandths of one percent. These are the actual facts. Some might even say the actual SCIENCE AND DATA. If a risk of between two ten-thousandths and six ten-thousandths of one percent scares you, you might want to rethink your worldview because your kids stand a way greater chance of dying from all sorts of other things before the 'rona would get 'em. 

So while this particular story is heart-wrenching, we must be vigilant in recognizing how the government and mainstream media constantly manipulate our "knowledge", and more importantly, our emotions surrounding the COVID pandemic. Things are NOWHERE NEAR as bad as they make it out to be. Not in “cases”, not in hospitalizations, not in deaths, not in vaccine efficacy or need to get vaxxed. We are being lied to every day all day long. Whether it’s one of Fauci’s “noble lies” or just your local talking head parroting some hyperbolic nonsense they actually believe they think they “know” because Fauci or Biden said so, please keep this in mind as you consume your COVID news. Or better yet, stop consuming COVID news altogether. We are being fed by liars and idiots who do not have our best interests at heart.

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