HOW I KNEW THE SCAMDEMIC "EXPERTS" WERE WRONG
Ending the Scamdemic—at least for now—was simple. The self-styled judo expert/ice hockey-playing (but not very good, take my word for it) badass, Putin, who reportedly cowered in fear of an over-hyped virus, miraculously cured Covid by invading Ukraine. It’s as easy to distract most American adults as it is to distract children.
Further, despite 750—not 15—days of unbroken, opportunistic fearmongering, more people now understand that the media and Democrats whipped the public into a frenzy that misled many to support lockdowns, masks, test and “vaxxes” (“LMTVs”).
The Reign of Terror is losing its political utility. Mandates are being lifted. Coronaviruses will continue to mutate and weaken. But they won’t vanish into the ether. These viruses, and millions of others, will remain with us. Same as it ever was.
Meanwhile, the elliptically-speaking, publicity-hungry Scamdemic mascot, Fauci, is being marginalized. After hiding for weeks, he just resurfaced in a rare non-softball BBC interview and asserted that the LMTVs had “undoubtedly” saved many lives. This mega-lie, backed by no data, encompasses and caps the long series of deeply destructive lies that the Napoleonic bureaucrat and his crew have told for two years.
They’ll hold onto this lie like a dog holds a bone in its teeth.
Yet, data throughout the Scamdemic have repeatedly shown that the most intensively LMTV-ed states and nations fared no better—and often did worse—than those with fewer restrictions. See Johns Hopkins February 3, 2022 study, et al.
As it becomes more widely acknowledged that these heavy-handed interventions didn’t save lives— despite their many negative effects—those who supported the LMTVs will shrug and take refuge in the following, last-ditch Big Lie:
“(Oh, well) We did the best we could, given what we knew at the time.”
They couldn’t be more wrong. Anyone with any critical thinking skills knew, from Day 1, that the LMTVs were a tremendous, profoundly damaging overreaction. I did, as did more credentialed others. We told anyone who would listen. Most wouldn’t listen.
How did we know what the purported experts didn’t? In its most useful form, public health is straightforward. And when things don’t add up, it’s important to ask some questions.
While visiting Florida, I saw pelicans dive swiftly into sun-sparkled water to snare fish. As I beheld this awesome spectacle, someone confidently told me that pelicans go blind from repeatedly hitting the water, face-first, with such force. And then they die, because they can’t see and catch fish.
When I heard this, I wondered, “How did pelicans survive as a species if this was true?”
I looked it up. It wasn’t true.
If a lie is repeated often enough, people become certain that it’s true.
Diseases—especially those caused by airborne respiratory viruses—tend to be self-limiting. Despite Conronavirus, the United States has added over 3 million people in the past two years, while the world has added over 300 million. Despite all of the fearmongering, the sky didn’t fall because of SARS-CoV-2. It never was falling.
Most humans, like pelicans—like every species that humans haven’t killed off—are survivors. We’ve proved it by surviving. Healthy people have effective immune systems.
Normal life should not have changed for the over 99.98% healthy/under 65 who survive Coronavirus infection. And for nearly as high a percentage of those over that age. I know many people. If Covid had been so deadly, I would have known someone who had died from infection. I didn’t in March, 2020, and I still don’t. I only indirectly know of four people said to have died with the virus; each was old and previously, seriously ill. Sheesh, Jimmy Carter, Keith Richards and Willie Nelson are still here. The sensationalistic media, the government and therefore, the public, greatly exaggerated the virus’s lethality.
In March, 2020, the media reported that a tiny fraction of Italians and Spaniards were dying of a virus. I knew that, like much of Europe, Italy and Spain had aging populations. When I heard that some tiny fraction of old people were dying there, I was neither surprised nor alarmed. Old, unhealthy people often die with pneumonia or influenza. These diseases have often been called “The Old Man’s Friend.” I’ve spent much time visiting people in nursing homes. Death among the aged is often merciful.
While much of the world was losing its head about yet another virus—aren’t all viral strains to some extent “novel?”—I was sure that universally locking down, masking, testing—and later, vaxxing—were terrible ideas. All people—even the most vulnerable—mutually depend on well-functioning societies and economies.
In addition to college courses, abundant independent study and an intuitive sense of how the human body and natural world function, I grow plants for a living. Year after year, I see plants emerge from tiny seeds, reach full size, thrive, fade and eventually die. This is the cycle of life, which also applies to humans. I’ve lived long enough to see many people come into this world and others leave it. Younger people dying is shocking and tragic. Old people dying is the natural order.
Additionally, having done legal work involving Democrat politicians, I’ve seen that they often lie without compunction and, worse, with a sense of Machiavellian entitlement. I’ve also dealt with news people. Reporters and editors often exhibit partisan bias and exaggerate and misrepresent stuff. They also routinely, conveniently omit facts, or decline to cover stories that undermine their agenda. In news reporting, litigation or life, what one doesn’t say often tells you more than what they do say. Deliberately under-reporting the demographically clear—and very low—Covid risk profile and failing to expose the phoniness of the PCR tests and hospitals’ death attribution methods was mass-scale journalistic and governmental malfeasance. Even pre-Scamdemic, any reasonable person should have been very skeptical about any news they consumed and should rely far more on what they see with their own eyes.
After the past two years, no reasonable person should believe that the TV networks, PBS, the legacy newspapers nor NPR are honest brokers, capturing and presenting reality. On March 27, 2022, after all that’s occurred, Psaki asserted, with hands waving nervously, as during displacement activity, that “we” still don’t know if the virus is more harmful to old people than to young people.
Americans pay the high salaries of poorly-spoken individuals with zero integrity who directly and deeply damage our lives. Despite numerous government officials’ pledges, neither locking down, masking nor testing healthy people “stopped the spread.” Anyone who knows even a little Microbiology knows that viruses are unimaginably small and ubiquitous, and that neither lockdowns, masks nor testing could have ended viral transmission.
I also knew, both anecdotally and statistically, that modern medicine—relentlessly hyped by TV shows and ads—is overrated. On a population-wide basis, hospitals, machines, heroic doctors, pills or vaccines haven’t significantly extended lives or bestowed health upon the unhealthy. Human life span increases have been largely driven by improvements in nutrition and sanitation over a century ago, before any vaccines and most medications. Incremental life span increases since the 1960s largely reflect safer workplaces and much less smoking. If people have enough good food to eat and water to drink and a reasonably clean, nonviolent environment, they tend to live a long time. Age, conduct, genetics and upbringing influence health and longevity far more than do medical interventions.
And wayyy more than viruses.
Knowing this, I never bought the “We need ventilators!” (oops!), Remdesivir or, especially, the “vaxx” hype. Why take experimental, gene therapy shots when you’re at functionally zero risk of dying from viral infection? How, in six months, could scientists suddenly do what they had never done before, despite tremendous effort, namely develop an effective Coronavirus vaccine? As viruses evolve, why would anyone expect even an effective vaccine to protect them against an ever-adapting virus? Wasn’t vaccination linked to many near term deaths and injuries? Might mass vaccination cause even more widespread delayed injuries—including various forms of immune system malfunction—and/or the development of more lethal viruses? These are basic, but seldom asked, questions. Most simply assumed that anything marketed, by lab coat and business suit wearers, as a “vaccine” was good. Medicine is the latter-day American religion, albeit with a much bigger advertising budget. Questioning its value is heresy.
Thus, as with pelicans, misconceptions and misinformation abound. Those who supported, or naively fell for, any of the disruption of the last two years have caused one Hell of a mess. The mental health toll has already been painfully high. See, e.g., CDC teen data posted on March 30, 2022. The social and the economic effects will last indefinitely.
We skeptics who saw, from Day 1, the folly of the LMTVs had a realistic scientific, sociological and economic framework and asked basic questions about purported threats and very dubious interventions. We skeptics were driven by facts and reason, not by a desire for power or wealth, nor by political rooting interests, nor by blind obedience, nor by a dysfunctional desire to go along with craziness just to have other people like us. We also considered the many, high costs of the LMTVs. So many acted as if the LMTVs were cost-free.
Team Panic members: Take the L. Wear a mask forever so we can know and remember who you are, while we live in a world that you lastingly damaged. And hand in your voter IDs. Permanently. You lack the basic discernment that voting requires.
This would be getting off easy. Remember how, just weeks ago, LMTV fanatics wanted to deny access to public spaces to, take jobs away from, imprison, wish death upon and condemn to Hell, those who disagreed with them?
And not all the masked mad men—and women—have given up the craziness yet.