We are hearing and reading a lot about “the science” these days. When it comes to the Covid-19 phenomenon, we are constantly being urged to trust the science. There seem to be many who believe that trusting the science is a knee-jerk type of thing. If it’s science, trust it, enough said. Without belaboring the point, that same unquestioning trust used to be expected by religion. Those who refused to offer up a show of obedience (trust) frequently found themselves facing harsh consequences, possibly death. But we’ve outgrown that type of thinking, right? Have we?
There seems to be a mind-set in the world the carriers of which truly want (need?) there to be an ultimate authority. A worldly parent (god?) figure, or institution, which can answer all the most difficult questions and protect us from that which we don’t understand. This mind-set is to be found within people of all ages, races, genders, ethnic groups and political persuasions. If you spend much time among people who want to dig for their own answers, those of this aforementioned mind-set are frequently called by derogatory names: sheep, cattle, or other such terms. I think using such terms just serves to muddy the water between us as human beings. Beyond a shadow of a doubt there are people scattered around the world who are more developed, in various areas of knowledge, than others. I tend to think we humans are spiritual beings, in search of a harmonious physical existence, and some of us have been around longer than others of us. We all most likely fit somewhere in the middle of an infinite spectrum of knowledge and development. So let’s be a little kinder with each other, okay?
Getting back to the original topic, in order to “believe in the science”, don’t we first have to know what science is? If you’re expecting a long, technical, complex explanation, don’t, it doesn’t take all that to define “science”. Science is just a methodical, systemized way of looking at things, or working with things. Good scientific methods can give us answers to our questions about the world which can be relied upon to be provable and consistent. And when they do that, it’s great. They don’t always do that however, sometimes the answers we find mostly give us more questions. But that’s okay too, because it means we’re in the process of understanding whatever it is we’re studying. When we’re using scientific methods in our efforts to produce a thing, those methods help us track and understand our efforts, and insure that if we are successful once, we can, most likely repeat the process and be successful again.
One of the great things about science, is that when we’re using it to understand things, or to create things, it almost always is an evolving process. Just think about all the things we humans were sure we knew at some point in our history, only to learn we missed something. Then, after a sometimes long and violent process of change, we again became sure we knew it for sure. Only to again find we needed to refine our thinking. I think it’s a safe generalization that the more complex the question being studied is, or the thing we’re attempting to produce is, the more likely it is that we are going to find ourselves facing many revisions over time. And that’s okay, because, again, science is a process and being involved with it is better than not.
It’s when we start thinking we have the ultimate answer, that we know it all, that we setting ourselves up for a fall. And that is a big problem when we have concurrently developed a culture that expects perfection. As with religion in medieval times, today people expect “science” to be infallible. It isn’t, and it never has been. It is a dangerous proposition to pressure scientists to be infallible. What that is likely to mean in a significant number of cases is that there will be a lot of effort put into defending the indefensible.
Which isn’t to say that scientists don’t ever get it right. The point is, it is often (always?) in our best interests to be circumspect when it comes to the “facts” and products brought to us by those professing to be utilizing science in their methods. The ethical position of “first do no harm” (meaning “…your actions should not cause injury or injustice to people“) is a position we should expect, if not require, from those developing new ideas and new products.
Science, scientific methodology, has no inherent ethic or morality. The positive motives and practices within scientific endeavors are there because the people involved brought them. There is nothing in our natural world, nothing in the human mind, that prevents those who may wish to do so from using scientific methodology (science) to produce things, even products which they may market as medicines, which are harmful to us. Some of the malignant things brought into the world by intelligent, highly trained, scientists include: DDT, water fluoridation, Zyklon B, the atomic bomb, microwave weapons, and many other devious means of incapacitating, enslaving, and killing our fellow human beings. Science is a method, not a product. The quality of the products produced by scientists is dependent upon the goals, the ethics, those scientists bring with them. Science is a tool, that is all. As with other tools, it’s utility is only as benevolent as the methods and goals of those applying it.
By way of introduction to this article I want to draw attention to the term “constellation of symptoms”. Sometimes when attempting to diagnose a psychological or medical condition, if only looking at a”snapshot”, or singular aspect, of the patient’s reality, it is possible to misdiagnose the condition. With some conditions, or events, the truth only shows itself when a multitude of factors around the condition, or event, (a constellation of symptoms or aspects) are taken into consideration.
Ever since the CIA coined the term to discredit Warren Commission critics, the term “conspiracy theorist” has been a staple for those wishing to discredit the people who see behind the illusions they’re trying to create and/or maintain. So, who are “they”? Are there truly highly organized efforts, by people in positions of great worldly power, conceived, orchestrated and executed, over extended periods of time with the aim of deceiving, defrauding, enslaving, or even destroying those who are not members of their elite society? Or are all the events within the world merely spontaneous expressions of individuals at any given time or place? To believe the latter says more about how the reader thinks and conducts their own life than what the reality is in the world at large. The truth is there has never been a time in recorded history when the tools, both material and intellectual, to conduct global conspiracies have ever been more readily available. And beyond a doubt there are people, some working in concert with others, who have engaged themselves in utilizing those tools for the purposes of enriching themselves at the expense of others.
The overwhelming effort of this nature going on at this time is the incredible wealth and power grab that is taking place, worldwide, by the people who are behind what I am going to term, the Covid-19 drama, or simply, the Covid Drama. It truly is a highly orchestrated effort and has undoubtedly taken years, most likely a decade or more, of * acquiring control of the world’s most well known, trusted, media outlets, * positioning people in the necessary key offices of authority, * developing the virus itself, * developing the desired “vaccine”, and I suspect in developing a few other critical technologies which are involved in the drama. I also believe there are some components of the play, some props, which did just happen to be developed concurrently, but not in concert with, the development of the plan for the Covid-19 drama. One of these concurrent developments being the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
Do you ever think about the world before Covid? How much worldwide communication and travel was taking place? People from around the world were getting to know one another. Stereotypes and other inaccurate preconceptions which some (many?) people may have had about people from other areas were being shattered. Common people around the world were being strengthened by the information they could now access via the internet. The richness of the world was becoming known, and the old, greed driven myths, lies and other ploys being used to maintain the arguments why some should share in it while others should not were being dispelled like the morning mists. Demonstrations against greed driven, special interest serving, governmental policies were taking place literally around the world. France, South Africa, Sudan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Romania, India, and other places. And in the places where active demonstrations and protests were not taking place, the currents of dissatisfaction with the old systems of haves and have nots, economic imbalance, was growing. Among the other things it has accomplished, the Covid drama brought most, if not all, of these activities to a halt. If it didn’t halt them, it certainly distracted the attention of most of the people of the world away from them.
In our complex world, major events rarely, if ever, impact only one aspect of our lives. With events put in motion by humans, the more well-orchestrated an event is, the more aspects of life the event may affect; bend and shape, to the will of those who are behind the planning and execution of the event. The Covid-19 drama is showing itself to have required patience, cleverness, and perseverance in it’s planning and execution. Unfortunately, all these qualities have been and are being applied to an effort which is driven by motives which do not bode well for humanity.
Let’s look at some of the components which had to be brought together to pull off what I find myself referring to the “Covid Drama”. Maybe “The Great Covid-19 Drama” would be more suited:
There had to be a basic governmental apparatus in place, coordinated with key people around the world, who can be relied upon to cooperate with the plan. Does this sound unlikely? Think of all the meetings, the conferences, the G-8, the World Economic Forum, the Bilderbergs, and other such networking opportunities that have been taking place for decades. Do you think everyone who attends these events just gets together and scowls at each other? For “hard cases” there are always the opportunities to compromise them in some way, and then utilize blackmail to see they get in line. I’m sure there are other, more clandestine get togethers which also take place.
World War II had shown in modern times that, when faced with a feared enemy, people would allow those in authority to draw veils of secrecy over the actions of government. Also that fear works well as a lever to compel the cooperation of the general citizenry even to engage in behaviors they would otherwise not consider.
There had to be the realization that a virus would make a much more reliable perpetual enemy than any racial, ethnic, or political faction could ever be presented as. Who ever meets a virus face to face and says, you know, they’re not such bad fellows? Whoever weeps for the suffering of a virus? Nope, a virus is the ideal perpetual enemy for a technocracy to be built upon. At this point in time anyway. There are limited people who understand viruses adequately to contradict the official narrative, and those that do can be marginalized, censored, and people will tend to believe the “authorities” they’ve been trained to trust.
There had to be a monopolized media which could be counted on to keep the Covid narrative alive, keep the fear at a maximum. This has been in the process of being arranged for a few decades.
A suitable virus had to be developed. Authoritative sources report the initial work taking place in the U.S., however, a U.S. ban on federal funding for gain-of-function experiments on pathogens from 2014 until 2018 (which evidently only applied to laboratories in the U.S.) led to the project being transferred to Wuhan, China. With further funding from the U.S. and possibly some sharing of personnel on the project, Covid-19 was born.
Sometime in 2019 the virus was released upon the public. Probably from multiple international locations.
That brings us to where we are now in the drama. Since the introduction of Covid-19 into our world we have seen the rise of a coordinated international authoritarian presence. For many, if not all the common people, our lives have been affected, disrupted. Our incomes have diminished or disappeared. Many have found themselves in unhealthful, sometimes debilitating isolation. People are and have been dying as a result of the dynamics put in motion by the mandates, the shutdowns. The number of suicides has risen significantly. Reportedly, frail elderly are literally dying from being isolated from their loved ones. Why? The answer is that millions around the world have allowed themselves to be instilled with fear. In the vast majority of cases, not fear resulting from anything they have seen or suffered first-hand. No, the fear that is running rampant around Covid is predominantly fear which is being implanted and fueled by the media. It would not be inaccurate to say the whole drama has the characteristics of a militarized psychological operation (assault).
Regarding the news reports that are taking place, for the constant referencing of the “numbers”, to have any basis in fact, certain preconditions, additional to those listed above, had to be established by those planning the Covid Drama. They are, not necessarily in order of occurrence or establishment:
The term “case”, when referring to a disease, had to be redefined. In common usage a “case” of a disease has meant when someone is actively ill with that disease. We all know what a case of measles or chickenpox looks like. If someone is walking around, going about their life with no apparent symptoms, doing just fine, they are not a “case” of anything. Yes, they many have been exposed to one virus or another, or some germ or the other, but, if we even knew that, it was apparent their immune system was handling it just fine. No cause for concern, much less cause for alarm. Now however, that has changed with the term “case” being given a rebirth in common usage with a much different meaning. A “case” of Covid means that, using a test which is capable of detecting extremely small amounts of genetic material within a person, if any genetic material ascribable to Covid-19 is detected, that person is now a “case” of Covid. Which leads us to the next item:
Thirdly, in this chain of deceit, along with a manipulatable test and the redefinition of what constitutes a “case” of a disease, the human immune system had to be discredited and declared of little or no value in the face of Covid-19. This was simply, arbitrarily, declared to be so. It was said that this was a “novel” virus which our immune system had no reference for, and therefore was not prepared to handle it. The fact that the survival rate for Covid-19 before any declared “vaccines” appeared was greater than 99.8% shows that the human immune system was (and is) on the job. Now, blood from persons who have had Covid and recovered is being sought because it is antibody rich and may be of use in developing additional treatments for Covid.
The list of symptoms published as potentially resulting from Covid-19 was made so long, so extremely broad in scope, so as to encompass just about every ailment known. And possibly some which have not been adequately identified but which are not caused by Covid-19. There is an abundance of evidence to suggest the rollout of 5G telecommunications technology, which occurred concurrent with the appearance of Covid, may be the causative factor in a significant number of actual cases of disease.
Patients admitted to hospitals with whatever presenting problem, if tested for Covid and deemed “positive”, would often (always?) become counted as a “case” of Covid. Again, bolstering the numbers being widely broadcast to maintain a state of fear in the general population.
With the media sensationalizing every aspect of Covid, (outdoing every previous example of media sensationalism I can think of, including the nightly death count during the Vietnam war) it prepared the public consciousness for the introduction of authoritarian mandates which impose draconian restrictions on personal movement and contact. Mandates which, in the U.S., presume to supersede Constitutional law.
The conditions imposed by, or directly and indirectly resulting from, the mandates; isolation, masking, loss of employment, depression, the exacerbation of other mental illnesses, homelessness, not going for needed medical treatment, being some of the most prevalent effects from the mandates, have themselves had debilitating effects upon a great many people and resulted in the loss of a significant number of lives. How many? Thousands? Millions? It’s hard to tell with no reliable numbers coming forward and causes of death being reported in such a skewed fashion.
The nature of the mandates has frequently flown in the face of established medical science. Restricting people from ocean beaches with the sunshine which would help bolster immune systems only makes sense if debilitating immune systems is a part of the agenda. Isolation, being almost universally mandated by the new authoritarian powers-that-be, is known to debilitate human health and wellbeing. Prior to Covid, isolation was primarily used as a harsh (inhuman?) punishment in situations of incarceration. The lack of direct personal contact/touch is especially detrimental to elderly persons who it is known require a higher level of touch (as do very young children) in order to stay healthy. In fact, the mandates which have been so widely issued so infringe upon known what are known to be factors which help support elder health, it begs the question of whether or not there is an element of intentional escalation of deaths in persons over age 65 present in the overall drama.
Medications known to effectively treat Covid-19, such as hydroxychloroquine, and nutritional supplements which boost the immune system, and the many reports from doctors of successes using such interventions, have been either largely ignored, systematically downplayed, and/or falsely represented, in the largely monopolized “mainstream” media. The thrust of the media’s narrative has predominantly, if not exclusively, been that civilization is on the brink of destruction pending the emergence and widespread deployment of a vaccine.
Finally, for this list (because it’s getting very long, not because there aren’t more issues) there is the issue of the pervasive censorship of medical doctors and other professionals in sciences which directly relate to the issues arising around the Covid-19 reality. The professionals who express perspectives and research data which contradicts the narrative most favorable to the positions of the large pharmaceutical companies, and the others who are extravagantly profiting from the Covid/vaccine drama.
Those who so ardently believe the unending stream of numbers and declarations coming from the media and the governmental spokespeople, often cite a reliance upon “science” as their authority. Beyond a doubt, these people have not engaged in any meaningful investigation of what scientists around the world are saying about the Covid drama. There is no universal agreement with the mainstream media’s narrative. In fact, a good number of medical doctors, microbiologists, and others have written articles, letters, and made videos expressing their dismay at what they see as a fraud being perpetrated upon the public. Some of these, a very short list of many professionals from around the world, who have expressed contradictory information and perspectives, include: Dr. Lee Merritt, M.D., Dr. Rashid Buttar, M.D., Dr. Andrew Kauffman, M.D., Dr. Delores Cahill, Ph.D., Dr. Judy Mikovits, Ph.D., Dr. David Martin, M.D.
The astronomical amount of money involved in the production and distribution of the so-called “vaccines” (which are dissimilar to traditional vaccines in both design and function) and other aspects of the Covid drama, along with the wide-reaching powers which have been summarily assumed by those in public health and other governmental offices, begs the question of the motives behind what is taking place. One thing that is certain: there has been no single event in recorded history via which a relatively small number of people have managed to obtain such an enormous amount of wealth and dictatorial powers over such a large portion of the world’s population. In reality, the largely manufactured fear of a virus has accomplished what many aspiring conquerors throughout history, two world wars, and the Cold War could not: produced an international reality of dictatorial rule.
When it comes to vaccinations, just consider; with all the lies, deceit, and manipulations that have occurred around the virus itself, why would anyone simply believe we’re being told the truth about the “vaccines”? I have the word “vaccines” in quotations because what is being called a vaccine, when it comes to the mRNA concoctions, they are unlike any prior vaccine. My position is research them for at least a full day before accepting something that will affect you, potentially, for life. When knowing both sides of the argument, considering the sources of both sides, you may well, as I have, decide they’re not for you.
I would say we are seeing the current evolution of the ongoing search for the means to dominate the world’s population. A key aspect of the strategy is the way the components for the Drama were put in place in such a gradual manner. Separated by enough time that most people do not associate them to recognize a pattern (the constellation of aspects which together expose the underlying nature of the event). There is an invisible enemy (the virus) which only an anointed few are recognized by “the authorities” as knowing the reality of. A worldwide media keeping the level of fear in the population at a level rendering the vast majority extremely responsive, obedient, to the demands of those controlling the narrative. People have been brought to obedience to the degree of having neighbors policing neighbors. Even the freedom of visiting with one’s own family, parents, children is infringed upon with scarcely an outcry. At least not that I know of, however, in reality we are not being informed by the media of much of what is going on in reaction to the mandates. For all I know a thousand people stormed the headquarters of the World Health Organization and were repelled by U.N. forces. I don’t think that happened, but if it had, would it have been reported?
What can we do in reaction to such an assault? The first thing is not to buy into it. Don’t subscribe to the fear being peddled. Treat others in a civil fashion. Keep our minds on working toward the world we want to live in, not the world someone else wants us to contribute our time and energy to constructing. It’s time to take back our lives, reclaim the vitality and relationships which others would use fear to rob us of.
I’m not going to try to introduce Dr. Delores Cahill, she does a much better job of it in the video and whatever I might say would just be redundant. I hope you’ll take the 70 minutes it takes to view this video.
What happens when an exceptional doctor finds herself with a lot of down-time and the motivation to delve into the apparent inconsistencies in the Covid narrative? What happens when the just the right set of medical and military knowledge is applied to analyzing the events and the official narrative and actions around both Covid and the “vaccine”? What happens when this person is someone, when confronted with a pack of lies and heinous motives, is compelled to share the benefits of her knowledge for the public good? The answer is we, the people of the world, are the beneficiaries. But only if we access and act upon the gift we are given.
The two videos linked below, in chronological order, represent the most comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the realities of and behind Covid, the shut-downs and the “vaccines” that I have seen. A thank you to Dr. Rashid Buttar for introducing me to this information via one of his presentations. For your own good and for the good of humanity, I hope you take the time to view these videos. It will require around an hour and half to view both of them, however, the return in terms of longevity could exceed that exponentially.
The doctor’s name is Lee Merritt, MD. Her qualifications and the sources of her information are all described in the videos.
Well before Covid-19 emerged on the world scene, in a series with a goal of freeing people who are in cults from oppressive mind control, cult expert and deprogrammer Steve Hassan had this to say about how cults gain control over peoples’ thinking and behavior: “Someone who’s skilled can figure out how to systematically and incrementally manipulate you into a vulnerable and isolated place, and start to control your behavior, control your information, control your thinking, and make you dependent and obedient.”
Bear in mind this is almost always, if not always, done with an expressed goal that involves loving yourself and others and the assurance that what you’re doing is for the greater good. There is also always a covert agenda of which the person being targeted has no idea. The covert agenda(s) are certainly never explained in any presentation by the cult. In this dominant/submissive scenario, any serious questions about the imposed ideas/rules are often unwelcome and may not be tolerated. If anyone who senses something isn’t right asks questions which threaten the leadership’s authority or in any way might address/expose the covert goals, that person may find themselves identified as someone who is suspect, possibly an enemy. They may be targeted with degrading and derogatory remarks. They may possibly experience harassments and threats to their wellbeing.
Particularly in regard to what those in positions of political power are proclaiming and demanding of the public in regard to Covid-19, I have to ask; is the scenario that Steve Hassan describes the scenario that is playing itself out in the U.S. and other places? Everything that Mr. Hassan describes in the above quote is most certainly taking place. What I think we need to be asking is: is there a covert agenda or, are everyone’s motives and agendas in the open? One logical subsequent question is: is there money and/or other worldly value at stake? In this case, concerning Covid-19, there are billions of dollars at stake in terms of sales diverted from one retail outlet to another. There will most likely also be many real properties being repossessed and they will become available to investors. And then there are the potential billions in profits from the sales of vaccine(s). So the answer is yes, in a very big way, money is on the table.
What about other worldly value? Is there economic and political power to be gained by the way things go during this period of time? There absolutely is. As we have seen, especially since the passage of “Citizens United”, in many ways, I would say too many, money controls politics. So yes, at this time it is an inescapable fact that economic and political power, along with great wealth, is in play with the dynamics around Covid-19.
The next logical question we should all be answering for ourselves, and maybe the most profound one, the one we really need to seriously be examining considering what is at stake is: are the people who are profiting, or who stand to reap future profits, people we can wholly trust? Are they people we trust with the level of control they have established and those they are working to establish over our lives? Over our childrens’ lives? Are they people who are being completely honest about their agendas and/or other Covid related factors which affect our lives and which may affect their current or future profits? It’s a very important question. After all, we’ve been rearranging, limiting, postponing our lives on the basis of their proclamations. In some cases people are being thrown into financial hardship, bankrupted, losing their businesses, losing their dwellings, losing educational opportunities, due to the demands being placed upon us.
So it comes down to: are we being lied to? Is the data around positive test results, “cases”, and even the deaths attributed to Covid-19 being covertly, manipulated? Is it being exaggerated? Are the authoritarian demands truly commensurate with the dangers in the situation? (Despite all the uproar and superlatives being thrown around by the media, the death rate, in the U.S. is less than 1/10th of 1% of the population.) Is the authoritarian response to Covid-19 grievously harming more people than the virus itself?
Are we being given half-truths and/or outright fabrications? Two differentiations I think we very much need involving the Covid-19 statistics are: 1. What is the number of people who are in the hospital for an unrelated medical condition, are subsequently tested, found positive, as opposed to those who actually check into the hospital for Covid-19 related issues? And, 2, What is the number of people who die with Covid-19 as opposed to those who die from Covid-19? Right now those two populations are apparently being lumped together. This is not a distinction without a difference, there is a very real difference in both the reality and implications involved.
We know there is certainly a very real motive, should the temptation be too great, for some to see the current situation play out a certain way. Are those controlling the data and the media reports, those making demands upon our lives; are those individuals above succumbing to the temptation of using their position of power to manipulate “reality” in order to funnel some of the substantial amount of wealth and power potentially available in this scenario into their own hands?
What do we have to base our perspective, our answer to this question upon? In fact, the only thing we have is what we can learn about their behaviors, not their words, but their behaviors in the past. Especially if looking at the “distant” past, say 20 years or more ago, those behaviors may or may not be any real indicator of present behavior. Despite the protestations of those who maintain otherwise, people can and do change with time and experience. Some more, some less. It often depends upon the nature of the experiences in a person’s life. With this in mind, what are the more recent indicators of a person’s ethics, honesty?
So, again: can we trust those amassing and distributing the information regarding Covid-19 and, on the basis of that information, making subsequent demands upon our lives?
Conspiracy theory or conspiracy reality…I am posting this article solely for the purpose of increasing the awareness of and availability to both the 26 minute video “Plandemic” and the 1 hour 15 minute “Plandemic Part Two: Indoctrination”.
Both videos feature Judy Mikovits, Ph.D. Dr. Mikovits has had a rough time in her career as a microbiologist. Often villainized, she presents a perspective on manipulated viruses, which, if true, reveals a system within the highest levels of medicine and government perverted to the service of power and profit. Is Dr. Mikovits anything other than a whistleblower pretty much in the same genre as Edward Snowden? I encourage you to view the videos and decide the veracity of Dr. Mikovits’ claims for yourself. If you are a genuine seeker of knowledge and understanding and are trying to understand how the current pandemic came about, the scientists, doctors and other professionals in these videos offer explanations not carried in the mainstream media. Clicking on the links below should take you to the videos:
In our cultures for centuries we have accepted the need for social/governmental mandates regarding public safety. Traffic laws, and other laws which make it illegal and mandate consequences if people engage in behaviors which harm others exist in all countries. Sometimes, as we have seen especially in the southern U.S., laws may be interpreted and written primarily to benefit one group over another. No question about it, laws can be of use and laws can be misused. Yet we all know, or should know, there are some laws that are necessary to keep a civilization civilized.
Today we face a situation in which private, for-profit, prisons have become an industry. I read years ago that there is a Zen Buddhist saying that: “Where interest enters in the door, honor flies out the window.” This is undoubtedly happening with the for-profit prison system. With contracts that require a certain number of prisoners be provided, we can be sure we are seeing sentences being stretched out and incarceration being handed down as a sentence when it may not otherwise have been so (see article).
Now we are entering an age of manipulated, engineered viruses. Viruses designed to foil our natural immunities. I believe, in the long run (however long or short a period of time that is), nature and our immune systems will prevail. However, we are seeing governments stepping in to legislate, or using executive order, to compel populations to certain actions. The ultimate benefits, or curses, of the current covid mandates are yet to be known. Will the distress caused by the mandates weigh heavier, cause more suffering and death, than the consequences of the disease? That is a highly relevant and unanswered question at this time.
Which brings us to the question of whether or not an eventual vaccine will be offered…or mandated. If mandated what will the “levers” used to enforce the mandate be? Financial? Social and economic ostracization? What we do know is that some groups of people are looking to profit greatly from the sales of a vaccine. Whether it is from people paying themselves for the vaccine, insurance companies paying, or our tax dollars being used, we can be sure that if we ever see the word “free” associated with the vaccine it will be in a misleading manner. What other disreputable realities may or may not be associated with such an interest/profit driven scheme remain to be seen.
Our skin, our bodies, are our last boundary, our last physical line of retreat and/or defense from the ravages of the world at large. Is it ever wise for us to allow individuals or groups with ulterior motives to be able to demand, or surreptitiously gain entry beyond that boundary?
In almost every discussion I have had regarding covid-19 and the various governmental responses to it, one of the first issues that comes up are all the inconsistencies and contradictions in what we’re being told and what we’re being told to do. But before I get into that, I want to look at one other aspect of the covid-19 picture that we in the U.S. are hearing and reading about every day: the growing number of “cases” being found every day.
One of William Shakespeare’s most well-known questions is: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” However, it is also well known that names, words, can and do make a great difference in how we perceive a thing. The noun “case”, especially when relating to illness/disease is one of these words. We have to be aware that sometimes a word means something in common usage, and also, within the specialization of one discipline or another, that word may have a particular meaning. For example, we all know what the common usages of the word “head” are. Either a body part or possibly the boss, or leader of something. However, in the Navy, the word “head” can and often does refer to the toilet/WC. Sometimes it all depends on the context the word is being used in. The word “case” has some similar usage issues.
In common usage I venture to say we usually think of a “case” as being something that holds something else, like a cellphone case. Or, when speaking about illness, a case is commonly thought of occurring when someone is actively ill with something. We’ve all probably heard about someone coming down with a case of food poisoning, or, heaven forbid, a case of cancer. The fact that someone ate some food which somehow, later, turned up as tainted, means that maybe the person might “come down with a case of food poisoning”, but not necessarily. With cancer I have heard that at any given time most (all?) of us have some cancer cells in our body, however that doesn’t mean we’re suffering with a case of cancer. A “case” of something commonly means someone is actively suffering, ill, with whatever it is. The CDC and other public health related people and agencies however, seem to have a different meaning for the word “case” within their technical jargon. In that usage a “case” can evidently mean simply a positive test result.
So when we hear about all the new cases of covid-19 turning up, what does that mean? Does that mean all the people represented by that number are actively suffering from the severe ravages of covid-19, which we’ve heard so much about? If we’re thinking in common usage terms, the word “case” tends to lead our minds down that path. However, the reality is that in terms of the daily covid “scoreboard”, it doesn’t mean that at all. It means more people have been tested and some of the test results are positive. Kind of like someone eating some food with some unwanted bacteria growing on it. Does that necessarily meant they are going to come down with a case of food poisoning? As with exposure to just about every potentially harmful substance on Earth, there a few other variables involved such as the amount of the “dose” of bacteria and the person’s pre-existing state of health. I think that the robustness of the human immune system is being largely ignored as the covid scenario progresses. Which brings us back to: will someone who tests positive for covid become ill, develop symptoms? Maybe. I’m not sure there are any reliable numbers on the relationship between testing positive and becoming symptomatic. But even if odds are that an infected person will develop some symptoms, as the World Health Organization states: “COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.”
At this point I find myself asking, would the daily news have the same quality of sensationalism if what is reported are “positive test results”? As it is, while typical pornography titillates feelings of lust, what is being titillated by the current media onslaught is fear. I don’t think it’s inaccurate to call it “fear porn”. So, imagine the headline: “Today an additional 1,000 people tested positive for covid.” After a few weeks, how many people are going to be on the edge of their seats waiting for the latest tally? But if they say there are 1,000 new cases of covid, especially without any qualifying explanations, our minds, our imaginations, tend to take us down the path of common usage to a forest of doom and gloom, don’t they? So, are we being misled? I think so, I think the folks putting the words together know exactly what picture those words are likely to conjure up in the minds of the general public. However, are they lying? I think it can be easily argued in a court of law that, no, the health officials are merely reporting the facts as they define them. And the media is just parroting what they’re being told.
I think the reporting which is taking place around covid by the mainstream media in the U.S. begs the question: is it okay to shout “fire” in a crowded theater?
Getting back to the matter of the inconsistencies, I probably don’t need to go much further, if you’ve been paying much attention to the claims about covid and the various orders coming from the various levels of government you could probably enlighten me about a few notable inconsistencies. However, here are a few I’ve encountered:
One major inconsistency I’ve heard more than once is that while the State Legislature in Washington State is still meeting online, the State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is looking at, at least some, students being back in the classroom.
Another I’ve heard a couple times is: if covid is so contagious, why aren’t cities, or whoever, prescribing safe methods, or providing receptacles, for disposing of all the used facemasks and gloves? Personally I’ve seen quite a few discarded masks and gloves on the street or in parking lots.
If gathering in large numbers inside enclosed spaces is not okay, why is it okay to shop in large numbers at Walmart and other “big box” stores but not okay to shop in smaller numbers within smaller, local stores?
However, one I find most notable is: with all the expressions of danger and concern coming from the CDC, State governments and the Federal government, why aren’t our leaders showing the will and wisdom to use the same medicines and methods which are being used in the countries which have already been able to return to functioning for the most part as they were before the virus showed up?
With all that is at stake, with all the losses, of jobs, homes, and lives that have taken place and will take place around the covid scenario, there possibly has been no time in modern U.S. history in which it is more important for average citizens to be diligently seeking information about the situation facing us from all sources offering such information. Then the task we face is to sort through that information, seek what bits and pieces from the various sources hold up to scrutiny and fit together with other bits and pieces which we have confidence in the reliability of. We must also factor in motives of individuals or groups which want us to do, or not do, something or another. Are we “all in this together” or are there winners and losers? Why? When a relative few of the richest are becoming richer and millions are losing significantly, when those in seats of power are obviously garnering more power through their manipulations of the situation, there obviously are some personal interests being served. What’s happening isn’t all about health. It’s also very much about economics and power. We should be looking into every nook and cranny that presents itself, then, with thoughtful analysis, we can begin to see the “big picture” of what is actually taking place. Sometimes we may not like where our own observations and conclusions may take us. Sometimes the truth is not the reality we want to acknowledge or have to deal with.