HEALTH CORONAVIRUSNetherlands Refuses To Mandate Face Masks; Sweden Says They Are ‘Pointless’

Cardinal

Snark: a higher form of communication
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The Netherlands has decided not to mandate the wearing of face masks in public, citing the fact that there is no scientific evidence to suggest they are effective against the spread of the coronavirus.

“From a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks” announced Netherlands Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark.

The country’s National Institute for Health (RIVM) noted that it is aware of studies from other countries that purport to show masks slow the spread of disease, but will not be heeding them.

Indeed, RIVM chief Jaap van Dissel warned that wearing masks incorrectly, in addition to the effect masks have of eroding the perceived need for social distancing, could increase the risk of transmission because of a “false sense of security”.

“So we think that if you’re going to use masks (in a public setting) … then you must give good training for it,” he said.

Within the past week in the Netherlands, around 1400 new COVID-19 cases were reported, which equates to 342 more than the week before.


In Sweden, meanwhile, senior epidemiologist Anders Tegnell declared that there is “no point” in wearing masks in public.

“We see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport,” Tegnell said.

Sweden, which has not even instituted a lock down at any time, appears to be seeing a downward trend in cases.

At the beginning of this week, Sweden announced just 398 new cases, down from 767 the week before and 2,530 one month ago.

“The curves go down, and the curves over the seriously ill begin to be very close to zero. As a whole, it is very positive,” Tegnell asserted.
 

Dozdoats

On TB every waking moment
Word from Germany last night said France was opening back up and German schoolkids would be back in class this month at least half time, classes would be split with half the kids in class and half online, shifting weekly. A student tablet, school software and online access will be available to parents for about 20 euro/month.
 

Countrymouse

Country exile in the city
Indeed, RIVM chief Jaap van Dissel warned that wearing masks incorrectly, in addition to the effect masks have of eroding the perceived need for social distancing, could increase the risk of transmission because of a “false sense of security”.

“So we think that if you’re going to use masks (in a public setting) … then you must give good training for it,” he said.


Remember those early videos of nurses smearing their hands in paint, and then SHOWING us how VERY VERY VERY careful we would have to be, if we want to maintain REAL sterility and protection from our PPE?

Nearly IMPOSSIBLE on a wide-scale, in our society.

But then they KNOW that, of course.
 

Countrymouse

Country exile in the city
Word from Germany last night said France was opening back up and German schoolkids would be back in class this month at least half time, classes would be split with half the kids in class and half online, shifting weekly.

If you have a link for that, do please post it.
 

Cardinal

Snark: a higher form of communication
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Sorry, Wearing Masks Is Anything but Harmless. Here are 5 Reasons Why


When someone pushes for a radical departure from ordinary custom by asking “What harm could it do?” you can be pretty sure he’s made no serious effort to find out.

It’s the kind of justification you hear from someone with no interest in exploring the pros and cons of some new craze because he’s decided it’s just easier to go along with the crowd.


Conservatives especially ought to smell trouble when this empty rationale starts popping up.

Failing to understand that in a complex world seemingly trivial changes are liable to have momentous unforeseen consequences is, after all, a hallmark of most of the disastrous policies well-meaning liberals have inflicted on us (back in the good old days when most liberals were still well-meaning and didn’t simply want us dead).

So it’s particularly disheartening to see people who ought to know better insist that we all need to start wearing masks because, well, “what could possibly go wrong?”

Mask wearing isn’t some novel idea they came up with to control us
Surgeons,nurses & dentists have used them forever to protect patients & themselves.
If it doesn’t work,what’s the harm?
And if it has a 10% chance of getting us back to school,sports & life why not do it?
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 16, 2020

Pretty much everything can and will go wrong if we all start wearing masks.

Here are 5 reasons why masks are anything but harmless and, indeed, will only make everything we’re enduring now even worse.

I’ll be ignoring the studies indicating masks are ineffective as well as the CDC’s own memory-holed conclusion that there’s no evidence they work against the flu and just assume for the sake of argument that it’s 100% certain they impede the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

But please try to keep in mind that it by no means is.



1. Wearing masks prolongs the amount of time the virus stays around by slowing down its infection rate WITHOUT decreasing the number of people who ultimately have to get it before it fades away.

One assumption that most mask advocates (who aren’t being disingenuous) seem to be making is that after some fixed amount of time, like maybe a few months, voilà, the virus will just disappear regardless of how few people wind up catching it.

But that simply isn’t so.

Viruses don’t just lose their power to reproduce after a few months and vanish. It isn’t going away till a certain percentage of us have acquired immunity, either thru infection or the advent of a vaccine. The COVID virus will continue to cause problems until the number of infections reaches whatever its threshold for herd immunity or burnout is.

This same misconception was ubiquitous concerning social distancing. It was only ever supposed to slow down the rate of infection so our hospitals weren’t overrun. Lockdowns were never meant to prevent people from ultimately becoming infected. They were only supposed to make us get sick later rather than sooner.

As Dr. Lisa Maragakis, Senior Director of Infection Prevention at Johns Hopkins Medical School explained, flattening the curve means that “the same large number of patients arrived at the hospital at a slower rate. [emphasis mine]”





The same is true for wearing masks. The only reason for healthy young people to engage in either practice is if there’s a danger of running out of medical resources. In the absence of any such danger, all you’re doing is prolonging the amount of time til herd immunity or burnout and, hence, making sure the virus sticks around longer.

Like maybe right up till the November election.

Wear a mask. Pass it on. https://t.co/mEovJq6MMR
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) June 30, 2020



2. Um, nothing that restricts your breathing during a brutal heatwave is harmless.

You may not have heard that one of the Navy honor guards at Rep. John Lewis’s funeral passed out. One can only imagine the deluge of alarmist headlines we’d be drowning in had COVID-19 been the culprit.

But since the virus wasn’t involved, publicizing that a young man in peak physical condition passed out on the concrete while wearing a mask during a seemingly interminable heatwave would have only made everyone wake up and realize what an obviously terrible idea it is.

Some go to the hospital for wearing a mask.. Navy Honor Guard passes out in DC heat at John Lewis memorial service
— BlondeAmericanChick ╰დ╮╭დ╯ (@PonyGirl_04) July 28, 2020
If you need to see a scientific study showing that “ventilation, cardiopulmonary exercise capacity and comfort are reduced by surgical masks and highly impaired,” here’s a link. (h/t RedState reader KurtUSA)

But really. It’s been almost a hundred degrees in large patches of the country for weeks now. Anyone pushing us to wear masks during this heatwave is either depraved or deranged.



3. Everyone walking around in public wearing surgical masks feeds the fear and panic over a virus that’s less harmful to young and healthy people than the flu and delays our urgently needed return to normalcy.

The establishment media makes it a point to run headlines containing meaningless scary-sounding factoids and manipulative stories about those who’ve allegedly succumbed to the virus.

When its supposed death tally was climbing, we couldn’t escape hearing about it. As it started to fall, they started ignoring the number of deaths and shifted over to reporting about rising cases, also neglecting to mention that rising cases and falling deaths is a good thing.

The media has done nothing to make the public aware that a local CBS affiliate looked into 589 alleged Palm Beach fatalities and discovered that far less than a third (169) had actually died of the virus.

Nor have they reported that the COVID-19 death tally they terrorized the nation with for months includes motor-cycle fatalities and gunshot victims.

Most people who did hear about these stories were shocked. But, if the press had been doing its job, they wouldn’t have been. Another crucial fact of which they’ve failed to inform the public is that counting vast numbers who didn’t die from COVID-19 among its fatalities is a feature, not a bug.

Everyone who dies with the virus is being counted as dying from it. Both Fauci and Birx have told us that’s the official policy. They’ve practically bragged about it. So, of course, there will be gunshot victims, motor-cycle accident casualties, and fatalities from every other imaginable cause of death taking up a lot and very likely the vast majority of the positions in COVID-19’s official death tally.

Finally, though it’s by no means the only other disgraceful example of the national media’s failure to report anything that would stop the panic, even if we foolishly take the massively inflated death count used to scare us seriously, the median age of reported COVID-19 fatalities in the U.S. is 80!

And that’s the lowest median fatality age in any of the ten countries for which data is available. In Sweden, which avoided panicking its citizens to an early grave with a lockdown, the average fatality is 86.

The COVID virus is no more dangerous to young and healthy people than the flu and is likely even less so.

for the young, covid is no more and perhaps less dangerous than a flu. less than 1% of US deaths are under 45. there are basically none under 25.
so why this endless attack on 20 and 30 somethings that want to go out?
they are not and were never at risk. pic.twitter.com/PM0V0vsA2i
— el gato malo (@boriquagato) May 26, 2020
Data released by the Texas Department of Health a couple of weeks ago shows that COVID-19 is less lethal, regardless of age, than the flu was just two seasons back.

Thousands of working physicians who are seeing the awful toll this needless panic is taking every day have signed an open letter to the President warning in no uncertain terms that the panic, not the virus, is a mass casualty incident.

It would be hard to come up with a better way to bolster the catastrophic delusion most Americans are operating under that COVID-19 is causing some unprecedented public health crisis than having the entire population walking around in public needlessly wearing surgical masks.

It’s the panic that’s crushing all the life out of America, not the virus. And by acquiescing to the demand that we irrationally wear surgical masks in public, you’re only causing more misery and death and further delaying our return to any semblance of normal life.



4. No one has a clue what deleterious results will follow from depriving people of emotionally connecting with each other via facial cues.

Human beings communicate a lot tacitly via facial expressions — since we only speak with a fraction of the people we encounter, more than we do explicitly using words. Masks create a barrier between people and nobody knows what the effect will be on levels of violence, depression, and other social pathologies if everyone starts wearing one.

Again, conservatives shouldn’t have to be told this.

Human beings are unbelievably complex animals and human societies that much more complex. We have little more understanding of the factors influencing how we react to our environment than does a gnat.

The idea that depriving everyone of the ability to see anyone else’s face couldn’t possibly have any negative consequences is preposterous. Conservatives are supposed to understand the paramount importance of intellectual humility about the way seemingly unimportant features of our everyday life may very well turn out to be the glue that’s holding everything together.



5. You should never let anyone bully you into behaving irrationally. Especially the state.

As Theodore Dalrymple observed:

“Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intendended to.”
Dalrymple’s brilliant observation applies to engaging in absurd behavior as well as repeating absurd lies. Any situation in which the powers that be are putting immense pressure on you to do or say something irrational is one in which giving in means eroding your sense of reality and ability to tell right from wrong.

The fact that they’re irrationally demanding we wear masks, bombarding us with propaganda designed to make us comply, and comparing people who don’t to murderers provides the strongest possible reason to tell them to go pound sand.



6. Additional bonus reason not to wear a mask: Please consider who’s insisting that you do.

The unjustified panic started out with articles in the Washington Post and New York Times peddling information that turned out to be completely bogus. It’s been pushed by corrupt Democrats like Jerry Nadler and Eric Swalwell and members of the permanent federal bureaucracy who would gladly sacrifice the lives of as many American citizens as you care to name if it gave them more power or a means to damage Donald Trump.

I’m talking about the Russian collusion hoax.

At present, the most important difference between it and COVID-1984 is that, while our enemies stand united in promoting both, the conservative side is divided when it comes to the latter.

For whatever reason, apart from an occasional remark or retweet, the President has hitched his wagon to Fauci. Most of his base sees clearly that COVID-1984 is just like the other successive deep state plots to destroy him apart from obliterating our economy and creating a mass casualty incident. But a significant percentage of Trump’s supporters have, to one degree or another, been taken in.

The data, however, is clear. COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the flu. When you take into account the extent to which the death count has been inflated, it’s clearly significantly less deadly.

Any conservatives afraid to look at the data and form their own judgment ought to instead, look at the people who they’re standing with when they dutifully put on a mask or continue to believe that the economic and social catastrophes inflicted on us had any justification whatsoever.

It’s understandable why so many conservatives can’t quite accept how much of a hoax it’s all been. As Tucker Carlson observed a few nights back about its Democrat perpetrators:

This is not the Democratic Party you remember — dopey liberals with flaccid ideas that you probably had contempt for but in the end, could live with.
No, these are radicals. They despise the country they seek to govern. They claim to remake it completely. These people want power with an intensity that you, as a normal, well-adjusted person cannot even begin to understand.
They will do anything for control. So the question is, what are they doing to win? Well, they are working the right track-wrong track numbers. Democrats understand that the unhappier Americans become, the more likely they are to win. Unhappy people want change.
It’s not complicated. So every ominous headline about the state of the country makes it more likely that Donald Trump will lose his job. The more the people suffer, the greater Joe Biden’s advantage. Democrats have a strong incentive, therefore, to inflict as much pain as they can, and that’s what they are doing.
It’s hard for a normal well-adjusted person to believe that anyone could be so depraved that they’d create a fake medical crisis to inflict the equivalent of a massive bombing campaign on the American people in order to create enough misery to unseat the President.

Or that they’d insist everyone needlessly wear surgical masks in public to keep the crisis going till November.

But, when you find yourself on the same side as Jerry Nadler, Eric Swalwell, the rest of the Democrats, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and Hollywood; all of them insisting that there’s some horrible threat to America we need to take extreme actions against as they ignore the obvious terrible costs, suppress all evidence to the contrary, and flood us with propaganda that would’ve made the Soviet’s envious, you might want to consider whether you’ve maybe gone astray somewhere.

We haven't beaten COVID19 yet. As cases drop around the world, they're going back up in America. As contact tracing and testing capacity expands, please continue to wear masks and observe social distancing.
We cannot give up on fighting this pandemic.https://t.co/vUIeANWMJe
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) June 19, 2020
 

Dozdoats

On TB every waking moment
We haven't beaten COVID19 yet.

Don't need to beat COVID19. Just communists.

ETA - right now we are in the "choosing up sides" stage of the inevitable conflict. The middle ground is fast eroding and no one will have any choice about being neutral when it is gone. Choose well...
 

Cardinal

Snark: a higher form of communication
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We haven't beaten COVID19 yet.

Don't need to beat COVID19. Just communists.

ETA - right now we are in the "choosing up sides" stage of the inevitable conflict. The middle ground is fast eroding and no one will have any choice about being neutral when it is gone. Choose well...
The sides are easy to see;
Maskholes vs the rest of us.
 

seraphima

Veteran Member
"As Dr. Lisa Maragakis, Senior Director of Infection Prevention at Johns Hopkins Medical School explained, flattening the curve means that “the same large number of patients arrived at the hospital at a slower rate. [emphasis mine]”

The same is true for wearing masks. The only reason for healthy young people to engage in either practice is if there’s a danger of running out of medical resources. In the absence of any such danger, all you’re doing is prolonging the amount of time til herd immunity or burnout and, hence, making sure the virus sticks around longer."

So what do you think I should do? I'm 72, have asthma and diabetes.
 

Meemur

Voice on the Prairie
So what do you think I should do? I'm 72, have asthma and diabetes.
I'm not a doctor! This is what my 70-y.o. neighbor does:

- Use grocery pickup or pay someone else to do the shopping -- or do mail order -- or shop outside and social distance (example: farmers market)
- Limit time around strangers, and if it is necessary must go into a store, wear an actual medical mask (N-95 or N-100) and don't stay very long. Monitor whether you are feeling dizzy. Leave immediately if so (pull off that mask!)

Do not use a cloth face covering. They are worthless and may set off an asthma attack.
 

The Snack Artist

Veteran Member
It's just the flu folks. Do what YOU think is right for YOU. This site is full of dedicated preppers and people who take the Bull by the horns. And now you're going to follow the directives of your state asshat? If all the businesses just opened all at once on Monday with no forewarning to the .gov, they might get the drift. We owe them less than compliance. They've been buggering us our whole lives.
 

AlaskaSue

North to the Future
Is it just me? I have to wear a mask to work out at my gym...I love LOVE working out there....and will do what I have to (it's a mayoral mandate, so okay...)...but I always end up with a sore throat. Every single time. No fever and it goes away within 24 hours but my throat is red and sore. I hate it. Anchorage is back close to full lock-down due to a spike (fishery and cannery workers bumped it up a lot) and my gym is in the muni....other than that I just work hard here on the the property and keep trying to add to our stocks.

I thank God every day I live in Alaska...though my heart is with my kids in other states. Being rural is even better - I was driving the Ranger the other day and happened to catch a brand new baby moose as I was taping for the gkids. It's different up here....many of us are working daily to be ready for what may (and probably is) coming. God be with us....
 

Sammy55

Veteran Member
Sorry, Wearing Masks Is Anything but Harmless. Here are 5 Reasons Why


When someone pushes for a radical departure from ordinary custom by asking “What harm could it do?” you can be pretty sure he’s made no serious effort to find out.

It’s the kind of justification you hear from someone with no interest in exploring the pros and cons of some new craze because he’s decided it’s just easier to go along with the crowd.


Conservatives especially ought to smell trouble when this empty rationale starts popping up.

Failing to understand that in a complex world seemingly trivial changes are liable to have momentous unforeseen consequences is, after all, a hallmark of most of the disastrous policies well-meaning liberals have inflicted on us (back in the good old days when most liberals were still well-meaning and didn’t simply want us dead).

So it’s particularly disheartening to see people who ought to know better insist that we all need to start wearing masks because, well, “what could possibly go wrong?”




Pretty much everything can and will go wrong if we all start wearing masks.

Here are 5 reasons why masks are anything but harmless and, indeed, will only make everything we’re enduring now even worse.

I’ll be ignoring the studies indicating masks are ineffective as well as the CDC’s own memory-holed conclusion that there’s no evidence they work against the flu and just assume for the sake of argument that it’s 100% certain they impede the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

But please try to keep in mind that it by no means is.



1. Wearing masks prolongs the amount of time the virus stays around by slowing down its infection rate WITHOUT decreasing the number of people who ultimately have to get it before it fades away.

One assumption that most mask advocates (who aren’t being disingenuous) seem to be making is that after some fixed amount of time, like maybe a few months, voilà, the virus will just disappear regardless of how few people wind up catching it.

But that simply isn’t so.

Viruses don’t just lose their power to reproduce after a few months and vanish. It isn’t going away till a certain percentage of us have acquired immunity, either thru infection or the advent of a vaccine. The COVID virus will continue to cause problems until the number of infections reaches whatever its threshold for herd immunity or burnout is.

This same misconception was ubiquitous concerning social distancing. It was only ever supposed to slow down the rate of infection so our hospitals weren’t overrun. Lockdowns were never meant to prevent people from ultimately becoming infected. They were only supposed to make us get sick later rather than sooner.

As Dr. Lisa Maragakis, Senior Director of Infection Prevention at Johns Hopkins Medical School explained, flattening the curve means that “the same large number of patients arrived at the hospital at a slower rate. [emphasis mine]”





The same is true for wearing masks. The only reason for healthy young people to engage in either practice is if there’s a danger of running out of medical resources. In the absence of any such danger, all you’re doing is prolonging the amount of time til herd immunity or burnout and, hence, making sure the virus sticks around longer.

Like maybe right up till the November election.






2. Um, nothing that restricts your breathing during a brutal heatwave is harmless.

You may not have heard that one of the Navy honor guards at Rep. John Lewis’s funeral passed out. One can only imagine the deluge of alarmist headlines we’d be drowning in had COVID-19 been the culprit.

But since the virus wasn’t involved, publicizing that a young man in peak physical condition passed out on the concrete while wearing a mask during a seemingly interminable heatwave would have only made everyone wake up and realize what an obviously terrible idea it is.


If you need to see a scientific study showing that “ventilation, cardiopulmonary exercise capacity and comfort are reduced by surgical masks and highly impaired,” here’s a link. (h/t RedState reader KurtUSA)

But really. It’s been almost a hundred degrees in large patches of the country for weeks now. Anyone pushing us to wear masks during this heatwave is either depraved or deranged.



3. Everyone walking around in public wearing surgical masks feeds the fear and panic over a virus that’s less harmful to young and healthy people than the flu and delays our urgently needed return to normalcy.

The establishment media makes it a point to run headlines containing meaningless scary-sounding factoids and manipulative stories about those who’ve allegedly succumbed to the virus.

When its supposed death tally was climbing, we couldn’t escape hearing about it. As it started to fall, they started ignoring the number of deaths and shifted over to reporting about rising cases, also neglecting to mention that rising cases and falling deaths is a good thing.

The media has done nothing to make the public aware that a local CBS affiliate looked into 589 alleged Palm Beach fatalities and discovered that far less than a third (169) had actually died of the virus.

Nor have they reported that the COVID-19 death tally they terrorized the nation with for months includes motor-cycle fatalities and gunshot victims.

Most people who did hear about these stories were shocked. But, if the press had been doing its job, they wouldn’t have been. Another crucial fact of which they’ve failed to inform the public is that counting vast numbers who didn’t die from COVID-19 among its fatalities is a feature, not a bug.

Everyone who dies with the virus is being counted as dying from it. Both Fauci and Birx have told us that’s the official policy. They’ve practically bragged about it. So, of course, there will be gunshot victims, motor-cycle accident casualties, and fatalities from every other imaginable cause of death taking up a lot and very likely the vast majority of the positions in COVID-19’s official death tally.

Finally, though it’s by no means the only other disgraceful example of the national media’s failure to report anything that would stop the panic, even if we foolishly take the massively inflated death count used to scare us seriously, the median age of reported COVID-19 fatalities in the U.S. is 80!

And that’s the lowest median fatality age in any of the ten countries for which data is available. In Sweden, which avoided panicking its citizens to an early grave with a lockdown, the average fatality is 86.

The COVID virus is no more dangerous to young and healthy people than the flu and is likely even less so.


Data released by the Texas Department of Health a couple of weeks ago shows that COVID-19 is less lethal, regardless of age, than the flu was just two seasons back.

Thousands of working physicians who are seeing the awful toll this needless panic is taking every day have signed an open letter to the President warning in no uncertain terms that the panic, not the virus, is a mass casualty incident.

It would be hard to come up with a better way to bolster the catastrophic delusion most Americans are operating under that COVID-19 is causing some unprecedented public health crisis than having the entire population walking around in public needlessly wearing surgical masks.

It’s the panic that’s crushing all the life out of America, not the virus. And by acquiescing to the demand that we irrationally wear surgical masks in public, you’re only causing more misery and death and further delaying our return to any semblance of normal life.



4. No one has a clue what deleterious results will follow from depriving people of emotionally connecting with each other via facial cues.

Human beings communicate a lot tacitly via facial expressions — since we only speak with a fraction of the people we encounter, more than we do explicitly using words. Masks create a barrier between people and nobody knows what the effect will be on levels of violence, depression, and other social pathologies if everyone starts wearing one.

Again, conservatives shouldn’t have to be told this.

Human beings are unbelievably complex animals and human societies that much more complex. We have little more understanding of the factors influencing how we react to our environment than does a gnat.

The idea that depriving everyone of the ability to see anyone else’s face couldn’t possibly have any negative consequences is preposterous. Conservatives are supposed to understand the paramount importance of intellectual humility about the way seemingly unimportant features of our everyday life may very well turn out to be the glue that’s holding everything together.



5. You should never let anyone bully you into behaving irrationally. Especially the state.

As Theodore Dalrymple observed:


Dalrymple’s brilliant observation applies to engaging in absurd behavior as well as repeating absurd lies. Any situation in which the powers that be are putting immense pressure on you to do or say something irrational is one in which giving in means eroding your sense of reality and ability to tell right from wrong.

The fact that they’re irrationally demanding we wear masks, bombarding us with propaganda designed to make us comply, and comparing people who don’t to murderers provides the strongest possible reason to tell them to go pound sand.



6. Additional bonus reason not to wear a mask: Please consider who’s insisting that you do.

The unjustified panic started out with articles in the Washington Post and New York Times peddling information that turned out to be completely bogus. It’s been pushed by corrupt Democrats like Jerry Nadler and Eric Swalwell and members of the permanent federal bureaucracy who would gladly sacrifice the lives of as many American citizens as you care to name if it gave them more power or a means to damage Donald Trump.

I’m talking about the Russian collusion hoax.

At present, the most important difference between it and COVID-1984 is that, while our enemies stand united in promoting both, the conservative side is divided when it comes to the latter.

For whatever reason, apart from an occasional remark or retweet, the President has hitched his wagon to Fauci. Most of his base sees clearly that COVID-1984 is just like the other successive deep state plots to destroy him apart from obliterating our economy and creating a mass casualty incident. But a significant percentage of Trump’s supporters have, to one degree or another, been taken in.

The data, however, is clear. COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the flu. When you take into account the extent to which the death count has been inflated, it’s clearly significantly less deadly.

Any conservatives afraid to look at the data and form their own judgment ought to instead, look at the people who they’re standing with when they dutifully put on a mask or continue to believe that the economic and social catastrophes inflicted on us had any justification whatsoever.

It’s understandable why so many conservatives can’t quite accept how much of a hoax it’s all been. As Tucker Carlson observed a few nights back about its Democrat perpetrators:


It’s hard for a normal well-adjusted person to believe that anyone could be so depraved that they’d create a fake medical crisis to inflict the equivalent of a massive bombing campaign on the American people in order to create enough misery to unseat the President.

Or that they’d insist everyone needlessly wear surgical masks in public to keep the crisis going till November.

But, when you find yourself on the same side as Jerry Nadler, Eric Swalwell, the rest of the Democrats, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and Hollywood; all of them insisting that there’s some horrible threat to America we need to take extreme actions against as they ignore the obvious terrible costs, suppress all evidence to the contrary, and flood us with propaganda that would’ve made the Soviet’s envious, you might want to consider whether you’ve maybe gone astray somewhere.
Wonderful article, Cardinal!! Many thanks for posting this!! It gives a LOT of good information! I'm going to pass it on.
 
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