Coronavirus: Thread

Zenaan Harkness zen at
Mon May 18 03:03:49 PDT 2020

On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 02:59:04AM -0400, grarpamp wrote:
> Now begins the grand effort, on display in thousands of articles and
> news broadcasts daily, somehow to normalize the lockdown and all its
> destruction of the last two months. We didn’t lock down almost the
> entire country in 1968/69, 1957, or 1949-1952, or even during 1918.
> But in a terrifying few days in March 2020, it happened to all of us,
> causing an avalanche of social, cultural, and economic destruction
> that will ring through the ages.
> There was nothing normal about it all. We’ll be trying to figure out
> what happened to us for decades hence.

Nothing complicated.

A decision was made on high (Lords temporal) to run this drill.

And arguably a quite reasonable thing to do in the face of the scientific research China has been conducting for years, to great concern of some international scientists, -and- its prior SARS mess, and then China shuts down Wuhan (the city, -and- the lab), burns all the records, orders all Chinese scientists to consult the CCP before publishing ANYthing related to the virus going forward (this was around January from memory), and bars anyone from outside to investigate, and the leaks out of the heavily censored Chinese social media and and and ....

This series of facts naturally leads the marginally cautious amongst us to consider there might be at least some wisdom in taking precautionary measures.

And then the circus began, as we're left with various 'authorities' at all different levels all over the world (national, state, local, medical, scientific, political, police, military), including commercial leaches such as Bill Gates, all making their own decisions, with some first worried they're "not going far enough", and some later worrying "have we gone too far" and or "should we still be concerned" - facts and the assessment thereof are literally very challenging for low IQ individuals, so we should have at least a little empathy :)

It's arguably impressive that the result wasn't a far greater gluster fsck than it has been so far... humans being human and all.

> How did a temporary plan to preserve hospital capacity turn into
> two-to-three months of near-universal house arrest that ended up
> causing worker furloughs at 256 hospitals, a stoppage of international
> travel, a 40% job loss among people earning less than $40K per year,
> devastation of every economic sector, mass confusion and
> demoralization, a complete ignoring of all fundamental rights and
> liberties, not to mention the mass confiscation of private property
> with forced closures of millions of businesses?
> Whatever the answer, it’s got to be a bizarre tale...

No, just money.  Simple is as simple is.

What China -should- have done was go against their thick face instincts and just been totally open about what happened at their Wuhan lab, what was happening in Wuhan, and publicise their documents and research properly so we could investigate the true death rates etc rather than snigger at their farcical geometric (and not exponential) "death curve" - great movie title by the way:

   <sinister musak>

   Be still.

   Listen to your blood as .. the sound of death .. rises .. from ..

   <sinister musical crescendo>

      The  P4-Lab  Death  Curve

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