A sign that Chinese-style tyranny has become the norm in America. Policemen in Philadelphia use brute force to remove a citizen from a bus, just because he is not wearing a face mask to protect against Covid-19.
This is an extreme example but would like to point out that there is a long history of using doctors and scientists for propaganda purposes to further a transformational political agenda, as is happening with “global warming” and appears to be happening now with Covid-19 pandemic as well.
One of the first principles of propaganda is to have those who are authority figures in the eyes of the public promote your agenda. Doctors are probably the most respected authority figures you can have and scientists are a close second. People have to entrust their lives to doctors, so they are very respected, in general.
Eugenics programs are an example of a time when doctors and the medical system was used in order to propagandize the people into accepting a process that was intended to fundamentally transform nations. The public inherently trusts doctors and for that reason they can be valuable tools for propaganda purposes. Eugenics was not just a Nazi program but there were eugenics laws in the US also. Hitler was actually inspired by the eugenics program in the US.
The Nazis implemented the first universal healthcare system in a country with a mixed system, at least partly capitalist. The holocaust began in the German hospitals with the T4 program, which had a goal of exterminating unwanted members of society, such as the retarded, insane and the handicapped.
The idea of eugenics started in Great Britain and was also popular in the United States. At one time over half the states had eugenics laws. The goal of the eugenics program in the U.S. was to eliminate undesirable families in the US by sterilization. Many progressives were involved in the eugenics movement in the US, such as Margaret Sanger, the founder of International Planned Parenthood Foundation.
Eugenics can be considered to still be active in the US in such programs as Planned Parenthood, which tends to abort minority babies and those from poor families.
Dr. Fauci grossly misrepresented the mortality rate of #COVID-19 to Congress in February. The mortality rate is the percentage of those infected that will die. Doctor Fauci said that the mortality rate in China was 3-4%, implying that percentage would die. It has also been estimated that 50-70% of the population would catch the disease. These numbers can vary with conditions from place to place and the calculation depends on actually knowing how many people have been infected, which they didn’t know, but Fauci didn’t explain that. He just let people believe that those could be relatively hard numbers. If you do the arithmetic, Fauci is implying here that about 5-7 million Americans would die. This put the public into a panic, where most would accept almost anything to avoid it.
Right now, most Americans are living under what amounts to a police state where the government dictates the most minor aspects of your life, while the nation is being bankrupted. They tell you that you have to sacrifice your basic rights for the good of others, whether it is logical or not, just do what you’re told. You’re not supposed to question it because people will die, if you do, they say. What a perfect tool for socialist propaganda and brainwashing this is.
The Asian flu pandemic killed about 100,000 Americans in 1957-1958. Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the COVID-19 pandemic may turn out to be, if not like a severe flu season, then like the relatively minor Asian flu pandemic in 1957 or the Hong Kong pandemic in 1968. The Asian flu was handled in that time without media fearing-mongering, panic and hysteria. There was no socialist distancing or economy-crushing, national shutdowns. The medical authorities, media and politicians tried to reassure the public, not bully them, put them under house arrest and panic them into blindly accepting the regimentation of the most minute details of their daily lives.
A vaccine for the Asian flu was developed in about 3 months, even before the virus had reached the United States. Now, with COVID-16 they are saying development of a vaccine will take at least 18 months, if it happens at all. This means the vaccine will be ready long after the virus has done most of its damage. At that time, there was a lot less bureaucratic red-tape involved in developing vaccines. Certainly, they could cut through the red tape now, if they felt that it was a serious crisis and really wanted to do so.
The problem is our politicians, medical authorities and media do not want to deal with this current pandemic in a practical manner. They would rather use it to advance various political, financial and social-engineering agendas. As corrupt politicians say, never let a crisis — or a pandemic — go to waste.
Dr. Fauci and two co-authors published a letter on March 26, 2020 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In the article, linked below, he states that COVID-19 may turn out to be comparable in numbers of deaths to a seasonal flu or similar to two relatively minor flu pandemics in 1957 and 1968. The regular flu has killed up to 80,000 per year in the US and kills about 500,000 globally every year.
According to current projections, Covid-19 is expected to kill about one-third as many per million as these earlier flu pandemics, cited by Fauci. Such extreme measures, as today, were not taken in the US due to these two earlier pandemics, even though relatively speaking they were three times as fatal (per million population) as Covid-19 is projected to be.
This new estimate is much less than our hysterical media and subject-matter experts had earlier led us to believe. In the beginning of this historic, media-fueled panic, the numbers being cited implied that potentially millions would die in the US and tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, globally. Instead of a fatality rate of around 2% to 5%, as earlier, now Fauci is saying the death rate may be closer to only 0.1% of the number infected. (See excerpt of his paper below.)
Fauci explained this to his scientific colleagues that early estimates of the seriousness of the disease may have been grossly exaggerated, but he never explained this to the general American public. He just regurgitated to Congress the numbers from WHO, around 3-4%. He never provided his own opinion published in this paper. Of course, our lying, propagandist media has never reported and explained it to the public, either.
“On the basis of a case definition requiring a diagnosis of pneumonia, the currently reported case fatality rate is approximately 2%. In another article in the Journal, Guan et al. report mortality of 1.4% among 1099 patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19; these patients had a wide spectrum of disease severity. If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.“
The U.S. has experienced a number of minor pandemics before that people do not remember very well, such as those mentioned above by Fauci, as well as, the Swine Flu and others even more forgettable. Who remembers the Sika pandemic, which I believe is still on-going? Most pandemics have not turned out to be apocalyptic events as people made this one out to be early on. The pandemic we all remember is the Spanish flu of 1918, but this is not the Spanish flu. The Spanish flu killed about 30 times as many Americans per million, as Covid now is projected to kill.
The real “uncharted waters” that we are navigating is the idea of shutting down much of our entire national economy for months at a time and living on borrowed money that we cannot afford in response to a relatively minor pandemic. Though there have been pandemics in the past, we have never done some of these things before in the U.S. and it could well lead to an economic disaster, from which it will be difficult to recover.
An economic collapse can cause many more deaths in a number of ways than a minor pandemic. Just as one prime example, suppose our enemies are tempted by our weakness and we have to fight a major war, but we are not economically prepared to do that? Fauci and other medical experts are not infallible little gods, as they are being held up to be, that we should have to follow unconditionally, without question or consideration of other factors, such as the huge impact nationwide restrictions could have on the economy and the general health and well-being of Americans.
Yet, Covid-19 can be more traumatic than the seasonal flu in some specific areas, because the larger numbers of deaths caused by the pandemic occur in very large, densely-populated cities in a short period of time, such as the tragedy currently playing out in New York or the one earlier in Milan, Italy, not to mention Wuhan. This is apparently because conditions are optimal in mega-cities for the rapid spread of the virus and there is thought to be no immunity yet to this new mutation of the Corona virus. Even though it may not be significantly more fatal than the flu, it can produce an inordinate number of deaths in one place, overwhelming the hospitals.
On the other hand, deaths due to the seasonal flu are generally more dispersed and distributed around the entire country, because the population has built up some immunity to common flu strains. So, these common flu strains do not make such a dramatic impact in certain places, locally. The seasonal flu is less likely to overwhelm the hospitals — though it does occur — and also does not make such sensational, scary news stories.
One-size-fits-all is not a rational strategy in this case. The same restrictive policies necessary in New York or Milan are probably not necessary in areas such as the much less densely populated Wyoming and South Dakota and may not be necessary in California or especially in the less urban parts of California, either. Conditions vary state-by-state and county-by-county within states. Some of the more draconian policies such as quarantining healthy people are just wrong-headed, probably anywhere.
Some countries and other local political entities are developing ways to deal with the Wuhan corona pandemic, without government-dictated formal lockdowns causing so much economic disruption and trampling on peoples rights as individuals. At the bottom of these posts are some links. I will try to keep this post updated regarding status and new developments for non-lockdown developments. Please send me or post in the comments any other relevant links.
There should not be, but there is a political aspect to this. Leftists and anti-Americans may not have a problem with the prospect of the economy collapsing and more government control, while American patriots want to see the economy remain strong and our individuals rights upheld at the same time.
The argument for total lockdown is that the health care system could become overwhelmed and collapse if COVID-19 spreads to quickly.
Those against lockdowns, say only the high-risk persons should isolate themselves and those at low risk should go about their daily business, pretty much as usual. In that way group immunity, aka “herd immunity”, would build up faster.
The pandemic will not stop until about 50-60% of the people have been infected and have immunity, achieving group immunity. An outbreak is like a fire and group immunity means that there is not enough fuel (people without immunity) to sustain the fire and it will die out. It will not be totally eliminated, but will become more like a seasonal flu.
The health care system and insurance companies, themselves, depend on the economy. If the economy collapses insurance companies and hospitals will go bankrupt, too, and that can also contribute to collapse of the healthcare system. The $2 trillion dollar bailout, which we already cannot afford, could be the first of many required. We have to borrow the money and even our national credit has limits.
In the absence of a vaccine there is no simple and easy solution, but all the possibilities should be considered. Millions of people around the world will die, before a vaccine is ready, if one even becomes available. Different approaches may be more suitable for different areas of the country and the world. As faster and easier testing becomes more available, it may be easier to lift lockdowns and avoid future lockdowns. Coming increased production of ventilators will also help avoid lockdowns.
South Korea “flattened the curve” without any lockdown by developing their own quick testing method. They did contact tracing and widely tested and then quarantined those who tested positive for COVID-19. Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong are also taking or attempting to take a no lockdown approach.
The response to COVID-19 will probably go down in history as one of the greatest mass panics and hysterias of all time. It’s a hysteria like the Y2K panic, but with much worse consequences than Y2K had. Government officials are forcing everyone to stay at home to avoid the virus, but they risk creating another Great Depression, if not worse.
People also die when they don’t have a job and can’t afford to feed and take care of their families. (Starvation has a 100% fatality rate.) National, state and city governments should stop the insanity of lock-downs and allow people to go back to work, unless they belong to one of the categories that are at high risk of dying from the disease. Those at high risk should just isolate themselves at home for a few weeks. The spread of the disease will be over in a few weeks, when the population develops a herd immunity. That would be when about 50% of the population has been exposed to the disease. Then the high-risk people can come out of isolation again and we can all go back to a normal life.
If you remember, people thought the world was going to stop when the new millennium rolled over on New Year’s Eve 1999, because all the computers in the world would go haywire, due to the date change, they claimed. All of our defense systems were thought to be at risk of going down and leaving us vulnerable to a nuclear attack. In the end virtually, nothing happened. Our leadership was virtually all wrong.
The corona virus as a cold virus. COVID-19 is producing more deaths than a standard flu season, because it is somewhat more contagious than the flu, though not nearly as contagious as some other much worse diseases, like smallpox. Humanity did survive smallpox for centuries, without shutting the world down.
The impact of COVID-19 is being much overestimated, because no one knows how many people contract the disease, but never go to a doctor, because they have only slight symptoms or no symptoms at all. If a person reports that he has the disease he will be quarantined for several weeks and that is a big incentive for many people not to report that they have the disease.
The fatality rate is often said to be about 2%, but that would be 2% of the number of cases that have been reported to doctors. Probably the real fatality rate will be much less than 1%, because most people with the disease do not go to a doctor, but just recover on their own, as most do when they catch the flu. That would mean it would not be so much worse than a normal flu season.
They talk about not collapsing the health care system, but the system will not collapse, if the most vulnerable people shelter at home for a few weeks. Everyone does not have to be forced to stay home and the economy does not have to be put in a depression.
This cannot go on for long. Citizens need to rise and stop this insanity as quickly as possible. This means by voicing your opinion, not anything physical. All of these politicians who are currently strangling our economy due to irrational fear, should be turned out of office and their political careers ended.
Hanlon’s razor states, “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Whatever their motivations, if the economy collapses, it may bring on a much more authoritarian system in the U.S. and globally. We know that some of or our political elite would like to emulate the Chinese dictatorship.
The Trump administration is already reportedly requesting that they should be allowed to detain persons in national emergencies — such as we have now — indefinitely without due process.