Tomorrow is likely to be one of the more interesting — and possibly most difficult — day in several years. So in anticipation of that, I’m writing this post on Sunday night, so maybe I won’t forget half of it and wander off, as I’m wont to do.
Yes, it’s entirely possible that’s what happened to the vignettes yesterday.
To compound it all, while personal life keeps being interesting (nothing really horribly bad, so far, just one “emergency” after another. Nothing final. Yet. (Knocks on head.)) there is the fact my country has — from my perspective — lost its mind.
Look, guys, I’m not trying to be contrary. I’m really, really not. But I am incapable of not asking questions, when things make absolutely no sense whatsoever to me.
So, for instance, there’s this article: Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17.
And my mind goes: uh…. so, closing to travel in — when was it? January? — is kind of interesting, but a) it would already be all over. b)remember that nasty cold we all had?
A friend asked about Italy and Iran. And why they hadn’t shown problems earlier, if this was loose in the world from November.
Well…. You know, the US probably has more contact with China than any other place in the world except Africa. And Iran…. well, who knows when it started there? If I remember up till mid January, they were still trying to shoot people who don’t like government by mullah. Can you trust the news that come out of there? Beyond the fact that it was when we closed travel that they started LICKING shrines to prove their religion would save them from the virus… or something.
As for Italy…. I don’t know? Maybe it took that long to reach a place with an elderly enough population that it overcame the health system.
Oh, yeah, and that health system…. yes, it’s very well rated by the WHO. The problem is that one of the ways that the WHO rates systems is by “Universal access” (by which they mean universal insurance. No one can convince them that if you don’t have insurance or money you still get treated in the US. Part of it is understandable, because, you know, in Europe if you don’t have your government card, you need to have a form from another government to get treated. (At least when I went abroad, I had papers drawn up, so I could be treated in case of emergency. Note this was before the EU. Will be different now.) And single payer. So, by those accounts, Italy — particularly that region — is sitting pretty. However they seem to have something around 5x fewer beds in ICU per 100000 people than we do.
Besides having an older, more gregarious population, etc. etc. Also, FYI, this is being circulated as a joke, but has anyone considered it’s the type of crazy thing aged boomers would actually do, while the younger people would go “nah, brah, we’re cool”, where their premier? president? (Whatever the heck they call their figurehead in those parts) had a campaign anti-racism in which he told people to hug a Chinese immigrant? Apparently, btw, for strange tax incentive reasons there are Chinese nationals that have small shops all over the EU… It’s also entirely possible that these people all went home for New Year and brought the funhappy virus back.
The point of all this is that I’m still convinced I had it, Jan and Feb (and seem to be over it, but into a major case of stress-induced autoimmune attack) so bad that I had to get a refill on my asthma inhaler for the first time in a year. And I don’t think I’m the lone ranger. I think a lot of people here had it. And survived it.
I think most people who aren’t already desperately ill/elderly/compromised will survive it, in fact, with minimal distress. (Okay, maybe not minimal. It is a truly nasty cold/flu thing, the worst of it being that it won’t stop coming back, so you never know when you’re actually well. It also can leave you weakened for other infections, which can do horrible damage. So, as always, after a viral infection, watch yourself.)
And I think it’s all through the nation. I told you, and I hold to it that if testing became widespread, there would be a panic, because it would be everywhere. I still think it’s everywhere. I’m starting to wonder if the hold up on the tests — besides the fact that they’re apparently less accurate than normal tests — is because the government/administration/health services know that and are waiting till most of the people are OVER the infection before they test.
Anyway, among the questions that bother me: What about Africa? I know people that have family and friends there. I have yet to hear that there is massive distress/death/illness there. And guys, if you don’t realize most of Africa is now a Chinese colony…..
What about India and Pakistan? I actually have fans in both, and fans who have families in both. No widespread panic.
One of the possibly funnier things this weekend, was Mexico “closing” the border with us for fear of COVID-19. Not to mention ISIS issuing a travel advisory against the Wu-Flu.
But behind the comedy there is something very real.
Part of our reason for panicking is that China obviously panicked and closed most of their economy down because of this virus.
If they didn’t have massive mortality why would they do it?
Well…. you see…. It’s China. Expecting straight up rationality from China is not a good bet. Yes, they are motivated by money, but some of the things they do with/for money are more symbolic than real. See for instance their ghost cities.
It’s entirely possible it suited China to use the virus — which would be worse there for environmental reasons — as an excuse to conduct wide-scale purges. We KNOW that their numbers are completely insane and not real….
But would they shut down their economy to do this? I don’t know. And neither do you. Again, what other country in the world would build entire ghost cities that no one can live in, or would live in as a sort of symbol for investments, instead of real investments? “It’s China” is as good an explanation as any.
Okay, but what about other Asian countries getting hit? Well…. South Korea seems to have coped pretty well.
What about Italy?
What about Italy? They have the most aged population in the world, a touchy-feely culture, and a medical system that welcomes the chance to “triage” senior citizens out of existence. So– what about Italy? Honestly a bad flu hitting a large number all at the same time could have that exact result without the hype.
And you do realize that other countries are now looking at us and going “The US has to be lying. They wouldn’t shut down their country and take that hit to the economy for so few dead.”
Which means that’s how the insanity spreads. Well, that and because you know the idiot press abroad actually believes OUR idiot press who is trying Wiley Coyote like to get Orangemanbad with a virus from Acme. You can tell that from the gleeful articles, like the Atlantic proclaiming that the Trump presidency is over. (What? Again???)
Mexico and Isis aren’t just been classless loons. Well, classless as usual, but not loons. They really think the West must have this much worse than anyone else by the way we’re behaving.
What is lost in all this is the obvious populist struggles against the international left and its allied Mullahs: the Hong Kong protests, the Iranian revolt, what could have been the echoes of Brexit throughout the EU, and the fact that our socialist-lite party is a giant clown car in the middle of a dumpster fire.
The press has successfully muted all that, and the attempts to depose Hillary under oath, and the smelly bilge coming out about the attempted coup against the president (coup by impeachment. I’d say it was clever if it weren’t crazy) with the complicity of the media, and the various crazy things the left has been up to for three years, all underneath a blanket of “We’re all going to DIIIIIIIIEEEEEE.”
Meanwhile the crazy totalitarians are all over, saying how this shows we need a single payer health care (of course. That’s if we want to be triaged out of existence), how we need a stronger central government, how we need martial law and internal passports.
And it’s giving EVERY country a chance to close down and deal with “internal problems”, i.e. internal dissension, before it topples the self-proclaimed elites. And no, we’re not immune. Yes, I’d trust Trump to turn it against them in the end, but right now he’s something of an hostage. He has to go along, at least to an extent, to calm the panicked/stampeding populace.
So…. what I think is happening is that we’re destroying our economy and ultimately the economy of the world for what will amount to maybe 10 to 15k deaths in the US. Which I’m informed is a MILD flu season. There are businesses that will never recover, our debt will skyrocket, there will be people who are going to go through dire times. Far far in excess of 10 to 15k people are going to suffer badly for this.
And they’ll try to say it’s because we quarantined, just as they said that the Y2K bug wasn’t as destructive because “we took care of it.” Guys, I knew programers working in that at the time. It was NEVER going to be that destructive. Inconvenient and clunky, sure. End of civilization? Not a chance. But hey…. Great panic was had by all.
In many ways, and for many bureaucracies not to mention the left and its attached media, this is a test run for how badly they can stampede us, and how much of our liberties they can steal under the cover of some “emergency.”
My question is — if I’m right, and this all blows over and the elephant gives birth to a mouse, what then?
Are we going to allow the media to continue to take charge of our country’s psyche, like three terrorists with boxcutters taking over an airliner?
Or are we going to learn from the experience and next time — there WILL be a next time, I guarantee — they try to do this, we beat them black and blue, tie them up with belts and stuff them in the overhead luggage compartment? Metaphorically speaking?
Because I hate to tell you this, but 2016 was not the only Flight 93 Election This upcoming one, and probably the next three or four are all Flight 93 elections. If you let the people bent on the gleeful destruction of Western civilization and indeed all civilization take over, you’d better be ready to shoot your way out of the Gulag they’ll create.
So — if this all proves to be much ado about nothing, what are you going to do to ensure it won’t happen again? How do you keep the laser-pointer distracted public from forgetting all of this? And how do you make sure this is not all used to increase power over the individual?
Build over, build under, build around. Refuse to cave in to the madness. Only ruminants get stampeded.