It will never end

You do realize that, don’t you? The “COVID” restrictions have no expiration date. They will continue forever, unless they are stopped by force majeure.

People look at me like I’m crazy when I say the lockdowns will never end, but consider that in the US, we are now on day 301 of what was sold to us as a 15-day campaign to slow the pathogen’s spread. Dr. Doom assures us that “we can start essentially approaching some form of normality” this fall, which I would note starts on September 22 this year, or another 254 days from now.

In other words, extraordinary “public health” measures that were supposed to last 15 days have already been extended to 555 days, a timeline predicated on the success of a mass vaccination program that is already faltering as large swaths of the healthcare profession decide they’d rather take their chances with the virus than with a novel mRNA vaccine that was essentially designed on a computer in a matter of hours. We also have no idea how long immunity lasts after getting vaccinated, whether the vaccines even stop transmission of the virus, etc., so it is not hard to imagine this timeline being stretched further into the future. As the CDC website notes:

There is not enough information currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision.

To the people who think I’m nuts, my response is to ask what their major malfunction is that prevents them from seeing the simple facts that are hitting them in the face, day after day. Americans accepted lockdowns in mid-March because they were told it would be over in a handful of weeks. Ten months later, restrictions are still in place: mask mandates; offices closed; sporting events canceled; indoor dining banned in places like New York City and California; capacity restrictions in churches; mandatory self-quarantines for people who cross state lines… the list goes on and on and on, a sinister catalog of rules, regulations, cancelations and disruptions that have transformed our lives to the point where it is hard to even remember what things were like before the madness began. Many of the restrictions, like California’s “Stay Home Order,” have no end date; they are literally in place “until further notice“! Not for 90 days; not for 180 days; indefinitely. WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR SOME OF YOU TO GET THE MEMO? YOU ARE EXPLICITLY BEING TOLD BY THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES THAT THE MEASURES MAY NEVER END.

On April 4, 2020, I predicted that the lockdowns were here to stay:

Coronavirus appears to be forcing some US troops out of Iraq, a sign that America’s “forever war” in that country may be winding down after just 17 years of destructive and pointless conflict. Ironically, though, SARS 2.0 has inspired the launch of a new type of forever war: the indefinite suspension of society and commerce in the name of defeating a microbe. Call it the forever lockdown. […]

“There is no quick fix” is the message that is increasingly coming from our elites. They are preparing us for a long, miserable and ruinous battle against the microbe, one which our economy, society, and political order are not likely to survive. The forever wars weakened and demoralized America. The forever lockdown, if actualized, will finish us off. Buckle up!

I take no joy in reporting that this prediction is looking pretty accurate just about now. But let me amend it slightly. If the coronavirus does indeed “go away,” either in reality or because the media loses interest in it, then another crisis will quickly be found to replace it as the pretext for continued (albeit modified) restrictions. This could take the form of a new virus, or another fake emergency such as “systemic racism” or “climate change,” which cries out for radical action. If you think I’m exaggerating or losing it, again, I would just ask what is wrong with YOU that you seem unable to process the messages that are being screamed at you nonstop by the people in positions of institutional power.

In November, the American Medical Association declared that “Racism is a threat to public health.” In June, an open letter claiming that “White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19” was signed by a large number of medical doctors and epidemiologists. The letter called for allowing BLM protests while maintaining lockdowns and prohibiting anti-lockdown protests. As for climate change, it has not escaped our rulers’ notice that the lockdowns have slashed carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 7 percent year-on-year in 2020, or the equivalent of taking 500 million cars off the planet’s roads. It’s perhaps odd that this story has not received more coverage, given the massive ramp-up of climate hysteria in 2019 (again, these things are hard to remember). In any case, don’t be surprised if our rulers announce their intention to “lock in” these emissions reductions. New Zealand has already declared a “climate change emergency,” and the US appears poised to do the same under Fake President Biden:

“Folks, we’re in a crisis,” Biden said at an event in Wilmington, Delaware. “We literally have no time to waste … Just like we need to be a unified nation to respond to COVID-19, we need a unified national response to climate change.”

And last month, a collection of 538 environmental groups urged Biden to declare a national climate emergency. It’s easy to imagine his puppet-masters, drunk with power after taking over the entire federal government on January 20, pushing through such a measure. The restrictions associated with it could end up looking a lot like the COVID response: travel restrictions, limits on consumption, shuttering of commercial buildings, bans on energy-intensive activities such as food service, etc. As the London-based think tank ODI, wasting no time, put it back in early March:

The level and speed of action taken to try and halt the spread of COVID-19 has given us the chance to witness and live in real-time some of the actions that are urgently needed to reduce our carbon emissions. For some, these restrictions might represent a dystopian vision of the future, for others, a real opportunity to tackle the climate emergency. […]

People expect the restrictions on their lifestyles in response to COVID-19 to be short term. But how might governments sustain public support for such restrictions in the long term? Let’s start by being honest.

The recent unpleasantness in the US Capitol gives rise to another possibility, that a bogus “national security threat” will replace or supplement the public health emergency as a means of controlling the population in granular detail. We can see this in the propaganda campaign to designate the incident as “domestic terrorism” and the push for a new domestic terrorism bill that will be used to restrict the activities of Trump supporters. The tech giants that control the flow of information for 3 billion people also appear more than willing to deplatform everyone associated with the MAGA movement, including the sitting POTUS himself.

The conjunction of these government and private-sector actions means that Trump supporters will not only have their freedom of speech curtailed, but also their ability to find jobs, promote their businesses, attend gatherings/rallies, travel, etc. In this context it’s interesting to note that the largest flight attendant union is calling for everybody who participated in the Capitol riots (not those charged with crimes, but those who are identified as having participated) to be blacklisted from flying. Remarkably, the statement adds: “Acts against our democracy, our government, and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.”

This arbitrary, subjectively defined and elastic standard will be used to strip 74 million Americans of their freedoms and civil rights, to isolate them and disconnect them from modern society, for the sake of “national security.” One way or another, the lockdowns will never end.

The big steal

At this point, I think it is very obvious that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. The evidence of fraud and irregularities is massive, overwhelming and damning. The violations of laws and procedures alleged by Team Trump and substantiated by an ever-accreting mass of evidence are more than sufficient to change the outcome of the election, and until a full audit is conducted in each of the contested states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, there are no grounds for certification of the results. That last point is crucial. Trump does not, in fact, have to prove that any fraud occurred. He merely has to prove that the elections in these states were held in an illegal and unconstitutional manner, which they clearly were, to deny Biden his pseudo-victory.

The Democrats and the media, of course, are not interested in hearing the evidence. Neither are the courts, law enforcement or most of the Republican establishment, for that matter. Almost all of the available remedies to address this historic theft have been closed off to the president and his 74 million supporters. The attorney general (a month ago) stated in an interview that the DOJ had not yet seen fraud on a scale that could have changed the outcome of the election. The courts have rejected lawsuit after lawsuit by Team Trump, mostly on procedural grounds. On the basis of these dimly registered facts, Democrats conclude that there was no fraud. “Where is the evidence?” they ask. “I haven’t seen any evidence.” When the evidence is presented to them, they either ignore it or dismiss it as baseless right-wing conspiracy theorizing, citing the vociferous reassurances of the authorities that the election was free and fair—indeed, that it was “the most secure in American history.” But it does not follow from those reassurances that the evidence is false. Indeed, the prima facie evidence of fraud is so powerful and immediately obvious to any thinking person that another possibility suggests itself: that those aforementioned institutional actors are sweeping the fraud under the rug because they are corrupt and dishonest.

The problem is, most Democrats rule out the possibility that such widespread corruption and dishonesty can exist in our institutions, much as they rule out the possibility that our new permanent global lockdown regime is a totalitarian power-grab, so they reflexively dismiss any evidence that suggests otherwise as fake or baseless. If 2020 taught us anything, it is that there is nothing that can’t be rationalized away. The evidence simply does not matter to those with ideological blinders bolted to their heads. I have no doubt that even a “smoking gun” would fail to change their minds. If an authentic video emerged of, say, Stacey Abrams sneaking into Atlanta’s State Farm Arena in the dead of night with a huge sack marked FAKE BALLOTS slung over her shoulder, the Democrats would say it wasn’t enough votes to change the outcome.

This blog post is not written for those people. Their minds and hearts are closed, perhaps for good. We can always hope that they will have an awakening, but it’s not realistic to expect that a supporter of naked tyranny in the form of ongoing lockdowns would give a quantum of a damn about something as minor as election fraud.

For everyone else—for the roughly half of the electorate, including many Democrats, who know the election was in some manner stolen—and for people who may be on the fence about the issue, I here provide a handy compilation of the key documents laying out the evidence of the steal. The evidence comes in many forms, as Peter Navarro explains in his report, ranging from bizarre statistical anomalies to sworn affidavits testifying to all manner of illegal behavior. If even a fraction of this evidence checks out, every American should be outraged and no American should support the election or installation of a president on such dubious grounds.

Here it is, then—the evidence:

  • President Donald Trump’s speech on election fraud (external link | video | PDF download)
  • The Immaculate Deception: Peter Navarro’s report on election irregularities (external linkPDF download)
  • Texas v. Pennsylvania: Lawsuit filed with the US Supreme Court by Texas and supported by 18 other states (external link | PDF download)
  • Here is the Evidence: Website compiling the anomalies and legal issues (external link)
  • “Yes, It Was a Stolen Election”: Article by John Perazzo at FrontPage Magazine (external link | PDF download)
  • “Reasons why the 2020 presidential election is deeply puzzling”: Article by Patrick Basham at Spectator USA (external link)

WuFlu vs. Hong Kong flu

Remember the Hong Kong flu of 1968? That horrific pandemic that killed 100,000 Americans and triggered mass panic, economic devastation and harsh “non-pharmaceutical interventions” designed to stop people from socializing for nearly a year?

If you are like most Americans, you’ve never heard of the Hong Kong flu. And, of course, you’ve never heard about the panic, lockdowns, etc. etc., because they didn’t happen.

Let’s do some back-of-the-envelope calculations (all numbers refer to the US).

  • 1968 pandemic (H3N2 virus) death toll: ~100,000
  • 1968 population: 200.7 million
  • H3N2 deaths per 100,000 people: 49.8
  • WuFlu death toll (as of Dec. 26): 329,592
  • 2020 population: 331,002,651
  • WuFlu deaths per 100,000 people: 99.6

Ergo, WuFlu is about twice as deadly, per capita, as H3N2. Sounds bad, but not catastrophically so.

But wait! This analysis overlooks a few crucial issues. First, the US population today is much older than in 1968, so naturally we would expect a higher per capita death rate from a flu of equal severity. I am not enough of a statistician to know how to adjust the figures according to age structure (not am I able to easily find the relevant numbers), but suffice it to say the median age of the population in 1970 was 28.1, and in 2019 it was 38.4—a full decade older.

Moreover, in 1968 there were 7,187,000 people aged 75 and older*; and in 2019, there were an estimated 22,574,830 aged 75 and older.** So, there were triple the number of people from the highly vulnerable 75+ age group in 2019 vs. 1968.

Another factor to consider is the health of the population. Americans in 2020 are, obviously, far less healthy and far more obese than their 1968 counterparts. So that would also lead to a higher per capita death rate from a flu of equal severity. Again, I have no idea how to adjust for this variable, but it seems huge to me. Thus, it might be more productive to ask why Americans are so unhealthy today, and what can be done about that, than to shriek about a virus which seems to be killing mostly those unhealthy people (along with the old).

Finally, there is the ambient question of whether the reported WuFlu death toll is juiced. I say it most likely is. According to an analysis by statistician William Briggs, “excess” deaths in 2020 will come to about 250,000, of which some fraction will be caused by the effects of the panic/lockdowns rather than WuFlu. If that is true, then the actual WuFlu death rate is no more than 75.5 per 100,000—just 50% more than the H3N2 death rate, and that is before adjusting for age structure, etc.

Therefore, I conclude that WuFlu is roughly as severe as the 1968 Hong Kong flu.

*Source (PDF)

**Source (CSV)

VOPDOC

Imagine how different the global response to COVID would have been, and would be, if the media, politicians and public health officials referred to the affliction not as COVID but as VOPDOC: Very Old People Dying of a Cough.

This, of course, would not be entirely accurate, because it’s not exactly a “cough” (not for everyone), and many people who are *not* very old have died of the disease. But it would be far more accurate than the hysterical nonsense that has been endlessly peddled by our institutions for nine months, striking useless, debilitating fear into the hearts of the elderly and the young alike, wrecking countless lives and reducing most social interactions to looking at stuff on a screen.

VOPDOC would certainly be far more accurate than calling COVID a “plague,” less misleading than calling it a “once-in-a-century pandemic” (the 1957-58 Asian flu says otherwise), and less idiotic than comparing COVID to the Spanish Flu, in which the average age of death was 28 years old.

Let’s take a look at the latest COVID numbers for Connecticut, which I would note has a population of 3.5 million and is adjacent to New York City, as we head into this terrifying plague’s winter wave:

  • Dec. 23 current hospitalizations: 1,155
  • Dec. 15 current hospitalizations (90-day peak): 1,269
  • Dec. 23 new deaths: 33
  • Oct. 1 new deaths: 3
  • Total deaths (cumulative): 5,736
  • Total deaths in long-term care (cumulative): 3,736

Like I said. Very Old People Dying of a Cough. QED.

COVID theater (bug spray edition)

One of the first hints that something was not quite right with China’s COVID narrative during the pathogen’s confusing debut in January and February was the strange photos and videos emerging from all over the country of workers, trucks and even drones grimly carpeting the urban landscape with a mysterious misty substance described as “disinfectant.”

What was it, exactly? Nobody seemed to know:

But what the heck? I am at a loss to say what this stuff might be. I asked the same question on Twitter, and the answers were mostly variants on my own thought, that it’s basically “safety theater”. The problem is, there are such things as aerosol spray insecticides. And there are aerosol spray general antimicrobials (although I have trouble believing that you could get much good out of them deployed in the fashion shown, on city streets). But there are, to my knowledge, no open-spray viricides. I mean, viruses aren’t alive, for one thing, and the sorts of things that are used for viral contamination depend on broad denaturing chemical activity (think bleach) or physical wiping/sequestration (cleaning surfaces off).

I’m not seeing anything like that here that makes any sense. Honestly, I have to wonder if I’m looking at nothing more than fog machine mixture (usually glycerine/water or something of the sort). Maybe there’s something in the mix that someone thinks will do some good against coronavirus particles – I doubt if they’re correct, if so – or maybe the whole thing is just meant to show that the Authorities Are Doing Something.

The value of the bogus bug spray obviously had nothing to do with its supposed ability to combat a respiratory virus, and everything to do with its propaganda value as a signal that the virus is Being Taken Seriously. And also, perhaps, to induce terror in China and worldwide over a virus that is essentially of no concern to people who are not very old or (already) very sick, thence to grab more power. By March, many other countries had adopted the medically futile but politically useful procedure.

My favorite comment on the psychotic squirting comes from no less an authority than Johan Giesecke, former state epidemiologist of Sweden, as quoted in the outstanding book Corona False Alarm?:

Politicians want to demonstrate their capacity to act, the capacity for decision making and most of all their strength. My best example for this is that in Asian countries the sidewalks are sprayed with chlorine. This is completely useless but it shows that the state and the authorities are doing something, and that is very important to politicians.

They did something, all right. Let it never be said that they didn’t.

NYC collapse update

On August 16, I wrote:

New York City isn’t going to recover from this. The sad truth is that the city completely destroyed itself in a spasm of hubris, cowardice and folly and you don’t come back from that, not for a long time and not without painful introspection and remorse. There is no evidence that that is going to happen, so the death spiral continues. New Yorkers either actively support or passively acquiesce to the madness that has wrecked their city. Or they flee.

Four months later, I see no reason to revise that judgment. In the news today:

As vaccines began being put into arms in New York City and indoor dining was shut down again Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that additional restrictions could be coming — potentially including a return to a full shutdown.

“There’s the potential of having to do a full pause, a full shutdown, in the coming weeks, because we can’t let this kind of momentum go,” de Blasio said on CNN when asked about comments made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week, in which the state’s top executive said a fuller shutdown could be in the offing this winter.

The fact that this sort of thing is tolerated anyone, as we approach the end of 2020, strikes me as proof that it’s over for the Big Apple. Why is everyone cool with these draconian restrictions? Where are the mass demonstrations and civil disobedience? Where are the attempts to get a law passed allowing the recall of the governor and mayor, followed swiftly by their recall? Why does everyone seem to be in a dazed stupor all the time, as thousands of businesses are destroyed and their city implodes around them? I wish I understood.

Goodbye, New York. You were fun while you lasted.

UPDATE: On the other, I may have underestimated the resilience and creativity of the average business owner in New York. As the tweet below illustrates, restaurants have begun adapting to the city’s psychotic and ever-changing restrictions by offering indoor dining… outdoors!

A prediction

  • Trump will prevail in his multifaceted legal and political challenge to Biden’s purported victory, which will perforce collapse like a house of cards;
  • Trump will not leave the White House in January;
  • Half of the country will have what amounts to a collective psychotic episode;
  • At some point in this crisis, Antifa/BLM/RevCom will wreck what remains of America’s major urban centers;
  • Combined with other possible happenings like a trucker’s strike, the disturbances will prompt massive internal migration and societal realignment, setting the stage for a new political order.

He’s got a fever…

And the only prescription is… MOAR LOCKDOWN:

Andy Slavitt, who led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, says the U.S. is always about four to six weeks away from eliminating the coronavirus — if we throw the kitchen sink at the problem. […]

Eradicating the virus in the U.S. will involve a very simple formula — “we just have to decide if we want to do it,” Slavitt says.

“It really involves a little bit of discipline and a little bit of sacrifice,” he says. “It’s all about very simply not breathing near one another in crowded places. In the scheme of viruses, that’s a pretty easy formula, considering that there are viruses that are much more contagious. So we can do this with a series of actions that have been demonstrated around the world.”

But of course fighting the virus involves “discipline” and “sacrifice” – in other words, isolation, atomization and emotional deprivation – because that is a perfectly rational response to a respiratory virus and is always what we do during a severe flu season – right? In any case, mass house arrest has always been the global establishment’s go-to strategy for addressing the ‘rona ever since those awful videos emerged of Wuhan residents chanting jiayou from their balconies. Discipline! Sacrifice! We’re all in this together! Viruses hate that.

Don’t worry, we’d only have to sacrifice for six weeks. Just wait six weeks!

In terms of shutting down the economy again and asking people to stay home, Slavitt says we have to do more than we did in the spring. Back in March and April, only about 50% of the U.S. population stayed home — this time it needs to be closer to 90%. That means keeping more people home, including some essential workers.

Say what? I’m sure that forcing 300 million people to stay home for a month and a half wouldn’t lead to social and economic collapse. And even if it did, it would be worth it. Because nothing in the world matters more than fighting the virus. By the way, doesn’t the virus spread most efficiently through prolonged, indoor contact? And wouldn’t it still be circulating after the six-week lockdown ended, leading to a resurgence as people not yet immune “let their guard down” and resume normal life?

How silly of me. Normal life is over – and that’s a good thing, according to CNN:

Perhaps it’s nostalgia for the world of January, a place where daily life more closely resembled our past decades. Perhaps it’s a bid to show control, to revert to a time when change was not so universally imposed upon us.

But January is long gone, and it’s not coming back. And, psychologists will tell you, that’s only bad if you can’t come to terms with it.

We are slowly learning if this year’s changes are permanent. If work — for the lucky among us — will remain from home. If we will visit the grocery store less but spend more. If we will find wearing a mask on the metro to be just part of life. If shaking hands and embracing will become less common. If most of your daily interactions will occur via video conference (rather than in person).

“Imposed” is the operative word here. The changes were imposed – but not by the virus.

Canceling Thanksgiving

The officially sanctioned atomization of society continues in the name of slowing the spread of a virus that is no more dangerous than the flu except for the elderly and/or infirm:

(Note: “those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19,” according to the CDC, includes people in their 50s and older. On the Holiday Celebrations page, follow the link under “People at increased risk for severe illness,” which brings you to the People at Increased Risk page, then click the link to the Older Adults page, which explains: “As you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases. For example, people in their 50s are at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s. Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older.”)

More from Dr. Doom:

“I mean, it’s such a beautiful tradition, Thanksgiving, of getting family together,” he continued. “I think we just need to realize that things might be different this year, particularly if you want to have people who are going to be flying in from a place that has a lot of infection — you’re going to an airport that might be crowded, you’re on a plane, and then to come in — unless you absolutely know that you’re not infected, there are many people who are not going to want to take that risk.”

Dr. Fauci made similar comments on CBS News Wednesday, saying many families will have to keep their distance this year if they want to avoid getting sick.

“You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected — either they’ve been very recently tested or they’re living a lifestyle in which they don’t have any interaction with anybody except you and your family. Then it’s OK,” he said.