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"COVID rules are blamed for 23% dive in young children's development". One of the saddest things/articles I have read recently was about a deaf newborn hearing her mother for the very first time with hearing aids. In the picture the baby was semi smiling or pouting as she was unsure about what was happening. Unfortunately the mothers mouth was covered with a mask. How long would it be before she is able to associate the sound with her mother's actual face and moving mouth.
So covid rules are "blamed," are they? Gee, that's good enough for me. I can't see how that could possibly be inaccurate in the Daily Mail, or anywhere else where people already assume that's true without having a clear idea what is being studied.
All of human history is children having to put up with far worse than this and somehow surviving to make a new generation.
Like, immediately. Babies have good directional hearing and there are plenty of other cues. It's not sad at all. People are looking for things to blame and get upset about.
So, still think this virus wasn't created in the lab to do exactly what it is doing?
Seems they didn't want to name the latest variant "Xi." Imagine being so afraid of China that you don't want to name a variant after the dictator of the disease's country of origin.
It's possible. I have never suggested otherwise. Yet I think arrogance, callousness, and stupidity are sufficient explanation. I believe it likely that if this were intentional it would have been far worse.
To pretend to know the dark secrets of the world because you are too smart to be taken in is just one more way of being taken in. You couldn't possibly have evidence not available to the rest of us, only suspicions based more on your own cast of mind than on hard facts.
By the way, we know Zerohedge's conclusions on everything covid without having to read it. He has motivated reasoning and less than full honesty.
They will believe whatever they hear and do whatever they’re told. They have been groomed by something far more powerful than the truth, called ‘the science,’ and they will follow ‘it’ right off the edge of a cliff.
Riddling people with guilt takes away their power, and blind obedience to authority does the rest.
So you don't run out of things to worry about:
Countries Race to Impose Controls as Omicron is 'Quite Different' Covid-19 Variant
The entire vaxx scam was doomed to failure at the start as it didn't kill the virus 100%.
Gov. Kathy Hochul orders halt on elective surgery amid COVID spike, Omicron
It's déjà vu all over again.
Never let a crisis go to waste. We are being transformed into a tyrannical form of government. The left smells victory but I think they are wrong. I think that instead of a full fledged communist government without the revolution they are going to get first the collapse of our economy and a lot of angry people who will understand that the collapse was a direct result of the left's over reach and tyranny. I don't see a good outcome from this.
This spells it out https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/martin-armstrong-warns-america-under-attack-marxist-globalists it is a quick read and makes sense.
The general rule of subsequent virus mutations is that they become more transmissible but less virulent. There are exceptions to that rule, however. This variant may or may not be an exception. We simply don’t know yet.
One thing we do know is that variants will come. We also can predict that many governments will use the news of those variants to clamp down further on people, and that the media will use that same news to frighten people.
So what? No one at Maggie's is in danger of being pulled in by them. Overcautious government agencies are part of the furniture. They are right a lot of the time but overclaim. You like the thoroughly dishonest Alex Berenson better? Why no complaints about him here? This crew falls for everyone who doesn't like them no matter what nutcase theories they offer, however. I have yet to see why anyone thinks mere doubting is wisdom. It's easy. High school sophomores manage it all the time.
This is true. But we also know that Zerohedge and plenty of people at MF will claim there is no danger regardless of the data.
We had a 16% increase in death in 2020, and 2021 is similar. We are approaching a million excess deaths of Americans. What do we think would be a serious problem? Why is the obvious not acknowledged? People are losing their shit here as if wearing masks were some actual serious inconvenience and getting a vaccination were some surprising new thing in the world. You think other people are panicking? Calling this chickenshit tyranny is panicking. Talk to people who actually lived under tyranny, thanks. I keep saying that, but no one ponies up and answers. They just murmur darkly about 1984 or whatever.
People whose businesses went under or were seriously impaired have every right to scream and even be a little crazy. That's not this crew. This is people who desperately need to feel they are persecuted. Snowflakes.
I am more interested in the ways that “COVID,” the meme (expressed in quotes), can be used to strengthen the Nation state, realign the Anglosphere and achieve important global policy objectives for the English-speaking world.
It is believed that the meme “COVID” is a double-edged sword that is safest to all when it remains in its sheath. Swing it one way, and it must accuse Xi’s China of bioterror and threaten to launch a new trans-Pacific war. Swing it in the other way, and it forces America’s Deep State to take a hard look at its serial failures to impose solutions to real problems in the real world, and to finally cut the fat.
However, if one surveys the emerging picture in November 2012, that clever ‘double-edged’ cliché is beginning to lose its edge. Instead, “COVID” is more like Muriatic Acid which etches unprotected glass but leaves the wax-covered letters to rise in relative relief. Indeed “COVID” appears to cut mainly in a profitable direction for the Republican citizen, our Christian heritage, and for our Nation, by etching away at the unshielded social and governmental mal-investments of the past five decades, while leaving its fundamental Common-Law substrate intact.
Six examples of the positive trends ignited by ”COVID” globally are:
1. It stimulated new interest in protecting the Nation state as a bulwark against transmitted disease, and correspondingly reenergized the defense of national boundaries and polities.
2. It reinforced private and public corporations' methods for discriminating against uninvited newcomers, apostates and perceived imposters.
3. It cast new doubts on centralized bureaucracies charged with protecting citizens' health and welfare.
4. It indicted the urban, Cosmopolitan Elite's frivolity in political activism and underlined their serial ineptitudes. (After the drinking straw bans of 2014, how many sea turtles are dying from discarded dust masks now?)
5. It is reeducating the polities of the West about the importance of our traditional system of closed campuses like hostels, hospitals and wards, designed to solve the problem of comorbidity .
These campuses sequester the vulnerable and half-formed away from the regular population and thus permit the thriving, productive citizens to conduct their lives and commerce unfettered, outside.
6. It has reengaged America’s Toqueville-an civil society. Citizens’ oversight of school boards and private audits of elections and government contracting will only increase.
After weighing 24-months of public blather on the topic of COVID, it is these meta-effects of "the Virus," and their steady corrosion of the designs and barricades of the enemies of heritage America, that interest me most today.
“COVID,” the meme, is shorthand for “Siege Mentality,” or SM. And when SM grips an atomized society such as ours, it can restore the groups' sense of cohesion. Epidemic hysterias give these groups permission to exclude the foreign and the new (Biden’s travel bans are an exciting new example of this in action). And any new 'shocks' to the system, even if evidence proves they are contrived, are encouraged because they only harden the protective 'rind' around the group. This ‘cauterization’ is beneficial to established sects and societies that strive to differentiate their members from the larger demos, such as most credentialed societies, U.S. tribal reservations, and religious orders. Used expertly, COVID’s Cauterization Effect promises to protect citizens in the far flung Anglosphere, too, from the deprivations of globalism, like mass migration, supply chain issues, influence peddling and international crime.
Simultaneously the siege mentality drives a migration of people and talent out of these same groups. This churning of talent is a reaction to both the group’s official attempts at enforcing its bossy regimes, as well as to the drip-drip-drip oppression of sub rosa scolding inherent in societies that are being compressed under the hysteria. Think of the depressed CPA who just quit his mask-mandated, diversity-trained Department of Defense job in Tuscon, to freelance mask-free and happy in Wickenburg. This movement of talent away from the perpetually beseiged groups – usually government agencies or NGO’s - towards the freedom of the private economy is salutary because it frees those people to use their talents in venues that suit them better, and puts pressure on the cauterized groups to reject the constant drift of “woke” diversity hires, health edicts and false crises falling like snow from above.
When we look back on this in 50 years, no honest list of the impetuses behind the coming realignments will omit COVID's role in the global reshuffle. And this observer has concluded early-on that its influence overall will be judged Good by American patriots and Anglophile national historians alike.
The social costs of home health care are laid bare for all to see. The rise of out-patient procedures and elderly home health-care/hospice has demolished these campuses' sanitary walls – if our medical societies are honest, COVID will force a reexamination of these tag-and-release campaigns.
A Scared Nu World: Here's What We Know About The COVID "Omicron" Strain: Just wait...there'll be an OMIGOD strain in the offing...
Trust the administrative state at your own risk. We've seen their works on AGW, critical race theory, russia,russia,russia, and Ukraine. Why trust any of the admin state functionaries? They have proven their totalitarian creed and Covid is merely one of the latest. Civil service protections for government employees and tenure for public education employees needs to be swept aside to get them out.