I’m not often baffled by the insanity of crowds, but I’m genuinely baffled by the insanity over the entire Winnie the Flu episode.
I mean, I’m used to the idea that people will smell the fear of others and be infected. I’ve seen it happen. As I’ve told you before (I think) if mom hadn’t reached into a crowd and slammed me against a wall so the panicked crowd went by, I’d have been one of the people trampled when the rushing human stampede got to the steps of the underground passage. You see, I was at a demonstration with mom. I was 16. We were all packed into this plaza surrounded by tall buildings (a situation that still makes the back of my neck itch, to this day) and suddenly …. I can’t explain it. Suddenly I was running with a bunch of other people running.
And though I’d heard the shots, I had no clue they’d come from above us (even though I was young, my directional hearing always sucked.) I had no idea why I or anyone else was running.
So– I get panicking crowds. It’s not a big mystery.
And yet, this one has me baffled, because people I trust, people whose judgement I trust are evenly divided between “this was utterly necessary” and “uh, no. This makes no sense.”
Also I know a lot of people in health care (no, I’m not sure why) and most are as baffled as I am. Because the …. event just isn’t there. It just isn’t living up to the panic.
And while to an extent I’m not puzzled at all by the behavior of the governors, mayors, neighbors and all the petty assholes in the world, some of which are nasty because they were born that way, and some of which are nasty because they think if they crash the economy enough we’ll get instant paradise, or at least get rid of Orangemanbad, which to them means the same, there are things that still baffle me.
I swear this week is worse than last, for instance, and I’m not SURE WHY. I mean last week people seemed to be joking about the restrictions, and my neighbors were socializing normally. Now? The three people I met on my walk practically jumped away from me, and no doggy will be allowed to be petted, because…. because…. I don’t know?
More people are driving ALONE IN THEIR CARS wearing masks too, which makes me wonder what kind of crazy world we’re living in.
And I wonder what the F*ck is going on in people’s heads. Are they all insane? WHY?
For instance, this week I saw a report that the virus can “fly thirteen feet” and “Stay suspended in the air for hours” and my reaction was “Sure, but what’s the load and infectivity? And “suspended” only if the wind is blowing really hard, in which case it will be blown apart and the infectivity will be really low, right?” Though what I said aloud was “Oh, dear lord, Winnie the flu got wings.”
Then I read the thing and they say if a breeze blows when you sneeze, the virus could go 13ft. I SWEAR I’m not making this up.
But people lap this up. Some woman yelled at me on facebook that it can fly 13 feet and stay suspended in the air. At which point I had to point out, sure. And it probably waits mid air to infect her when she walks by. AND worse of all, if she catches it, AND is sick enough to need hospitalization, she only has a 98% chance of surviving it. Which considering how many people are asymptomatic OR have minor symptoms, and that deaths so far are what? 3 per million? means that her chance of dying is far far lower than her chance of dying of a traffic accident on any given month, on any given highway in the nation.
So, why are people panicking more this week? WHAT IS GOING on?
I figured part of the reason I can’t “see” it is that I don’t expose myself to the propaganda network blared out by our Main Stream Media 24/7. Oh, that and because I have a vague understanding of science. But still too good to imagine the virus is sentient.
I mean, what the hell is going on in people’s heads when they do stuff like this?
And what the holy fandango was going on in the head of the Raleigh police department when they posted a video of them arresting protestors of the #reopen North Carolina movement, and telling them that protesting wasn’t an essential right.
At some point the dime MUST have dropped, but the video won’t play. I.e. they got a clue that posting a video of themselves violating people’s first amendment rights wasn’t a good look. …. but it took posting it first?
Look, I get not wanting to step out of line, because baby needs shoes, or whatever. BUT dear Lord, they were PROUD? They thought people would approve?
What the actual hell is wrong with them? I’m fairly sure they promised to obey the constitution. And then on my repost of the video, some *ss clown tried to argue that obeying the constitution of the United States and the constitution of North Carolina meant obeying the governor. Head>desk. Don’t people know history? Aren’t they aware that “orders are orders” was not an excuse in Nazi Germany and isn’t an excuse now? Are they incapable of the most basic reasoning?
I’m scared. I’m scared because after years and years of people talking about this or that being Nazis, I’m starting to see how we could get there from here. I’m starting to SEE it.
And I don’t understand it. I particularly don’t understand how people who are skeptical about everything else — EVERYTHING else — suddenly are saying that this destruction of wealth, of civic order, of basic rights, was “needed” and “rational.”
And the reasoning seems to be “if it weren’t all the countries in the world wouldn’t have done it.”
Which is the problem, see? China did whatever they were doing, and by their very secretive nature and the stuff that leaked, scared the world in general. So when Italy went tits up, IN ONE VERY SPECIFIC LOCATION, and a) didn’t want to admit that they’d messed up by doing the whole Belt and Road Chinese insanity and b) thought they’d get money and help from Germany by exaggerating the threat c) national authorities panicked and locked up, other countries in Europe started getting scared. And our media saw an ideal opportunity to get Orangemanbad. Because everything is. And then the US massively over reacted, and the rest of the world went “Oh, if they’re doing it they know something.” and overreacted even more. (I know from talking to relatives in Portugal that they think both our press and our secret services are “competent.” which is laughable, I know.)
I still don’t understand WHY people are panicking more now than last week or two weeks ago, even as more and more revelations of cooked books, and more and more people, including Cuomo, admitting that cases and deaths are now going down? WHY are they more scared now? Even if the cases were absolutely right, this is not a d*mned patch on the flu a few years ago, and NO ONE panicked for that.
Are they now going to wear stupid face masks forever? WHY?
And I start wondering how much of this is because people have been primed for years with story after story about post-apocalypse. It took me some time to realize part of the things the left was doing in the oughts were because they’d grown up with stupid apocalyptic fiction in the eighties, a fad started because the left thought that Reagan would of course destroy everything.
Turns out what you grow up thinking of as the future, gets sort of planted in the back of your mind and you will either do things to bring it about or coast through similar scenarios without examining the rationality.
Which probably explains why we feel like we’re living in a re-enactment of WWII crossed with the measures taken against the flu of 1918. All of which makes no sense for the precipitating incident.
And then my head hurts….
Normally I have a sense of what comes next, an upper and lower bound to “what is possible.”
Right now? I don’t know. People are stuck at home, and turning on the TV for a feeling of contact with the world. And the media is feeding the panic and trying to keep them stuck at home. It’s like what happened after 9/11, only with no good reason whatsoever.
People don’t seem to notice the bait and switch, where we were going to be locked in until the curve flattened so we didn’t run out of respirators (which btw, don’t seem to help much) but now we’re going to be locked in until there’s a vaccine/cure? WHY? Is it killing everyone it touches? Well, no. But we’re going to be kept locked in, because the media and the various authorities LOVE them the power.
Only the chances of there being a cure are close to zero, because that’s not how corona viruses work, and besides, WHY do they think they can keep lock down going for 18 months? WHERE IN HELL DO THEY THINK THE FOOD COMES FROM? And before you tell me that the farmers are planting, sure. But the economy is not THAT SIMPLE. It’s a bunch of interconnected things, some of them quite unfathomable to anyone outside the field. When governors, or HOAs or Police chiefs, or whoever the heck decides one of those isn’t “essential” because, why not? then suddenly there is no food making it from the fields to the table of those who need it.
I’m seeing various fields panic, including pork processing plants closing and it’s happening earlier than I expected. I’m also seeing that small businesses are going to crash hard, leaving us at the mercy of the massive corporations which the lefties pretend to hate while in fact encouraging them for their perfect crony capitalist/fascist society. Because you can extort them. And this makes me very, very nervous.
I’m seeing food lines this winter. And I don’t know what that will do to us as a nation.
And meanwhile the deranged fools keep telling us no, we have to continue being locked up for our own good, and election will by by mail
because it’s easier to fraud because voting is of course much more dangerous than going to the post office, or the grocery store. Because the same virus that apparently is more dangerous at night, and grows wings and ambushes people in parks ALSO attacks in polling places, I GUESS?
And people go along with it. Does it look better when repeated endlessly on TV? When will they wake up? When they’ve elected the dem spokeszombie, who promises the most “progressive” administration since FDR? Or when that comes in, the third term of Obama, and the boot crushes what is left of us?
I don’t know. This evening, I look at the last rays of sun disappearing, and I fear it’s all too apt a metaphor and that next, falls the night.