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What does repentance look like?

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I thought about this the other day after putting up the post, NO! I want justice, apologies – and a measure of revenge, which was a response to the call in The Atlantic magazine by a New York professor for “Pandemic Amnesty” for all those people who got it wrong on lockdowns, masks and vaccines.

The act of forgiveness lies at the core of the Roman Catholic church, all that confession stuff with a priest. It’s what differentiated it from every other religion at the time, whether Roman or Jewish. Sins could be forgiven, rather than just being a mark that you carried forever and saw you shunned from society – or worse.

Funnily enough that’s exactly what the Woke cult is all about right now. You make one slip up with that crowd, even if it’s from years earlier when you’re a stupid teenager, and you’re socially dead. No mercy and no forgiveness from them.

But in the RC the act of forgiveness is not some squishy, hippy approach where you just give the evildoer a big hug, tell him it’s okay and send her on her way.

No, the act of forgiveness requires also the act of repentance on the part of the sinner who must review their actions, examine their conscience, feel contrition or regret for the past wrongs committed – and all this with a commitment to improve by vowing not to commit those wrongs again, and following through on that vow.

Of course it’s not perfect. Nothing is. The question is whether the sign above in the Melbourne cafe window falls into that category? I mean it’s nice to see and all, but what are the odds that – knowing what they now know about how they were manipulated and “coerced” – they would not do this again?

Frankly I don’t think the British are in any position to make these criticisms of us and Canada, given that they pulled all the same shit, if not for as long, but that last is not much to hang your argument on.

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Written by Tom Hunter

November 11, 2022 at 9:05 am

NO! I want justice, apologies – and a measure of revenge

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“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.” 

Source:

What America needs is not pandemic amnesty. It needs accountability. The politicians and leaders who employed the measures that resulted in these tragedies need to face consequences, full stop. We can’t get to forgiveness if there is no accountability and repentance.

But folks like Oster know this is not going to happen. The people she supported in their efforts to use the pandemic to get the state more involved in our lives will never meet justice. Indeed, the only evil people in this equation are people who expressed opinions with which she disagreed. In the end, her piece was nothing more than a pretty way of saying: “It happened. Get over it.”

I also want some solid rules put in place via legislation that will mean our society will never, ever again pull this shit. But that’s probably being too hopeful since the future can only be mildly influenced and in any case I thought we already did have barriers in place via our now-laughable Bill of Rights.

No, I think some measure of punishment in the form of a loss of power and job prospects for the likes of Baker, Wiles and the other “scientific” fanatics who pushed the lockdowns, the masks and the vaccine mandates, will likely have a more powerful effect than rules, for it will instruct future little fanatics that there will be a price to pay personally if they go too far in their fanaticism. That’s what I mean by “revenge”.

Emily Oster is a Brown University economist and supposed “parenting guru”, and she has just written an article in The Atlantic which basically says that all these things were just honest mistakes and anybody else would have messed up. Of course you can see why that’s so appealing to our political class, which went along with almost 100%, especially in NZ, Britain and much of the West. The only real Western pushback came in the USA, and those politicians are now starting to reap the rewards. Regrettably there are others also reaping the rewards who do not deserve to do so.

From what I can see on screenshots of her Twitter timeline she spent the first months of the pandemic being absolutely terrified of the virus until school closures began to hurt her own kids. She then started to come on as a kind of “lockdown moderate”, opposing the worst of the hysteria but also constantly validating the underlying assumptions that made them possible – probably so she could retain relationships with her friends and colleagues.

April 2020, with nothing else to do, my family took an enormous number of hikes. We all wore cloth masks that I had made myself. We had a family hand signal, which the person in the front would use if someone was approaching on the trail and we needed to put on our masks.  Once, when another child got too close to my then-4-year-old son on a bridge, he yelled at her “SOCIAL DISTANCING!”

These precautions were totally misguided. In April 2020, no one got the coronavirus from passing someone else hiking. Outdoor transmission was vanishingly rare. Our cloth masks made out of old bandanas wouldn’t have done anything, anyway. But the thing is: We didn’t know.

Fucking bullshit! We did know.

It’s not like respiratory viruses, the Flu, were unknown. They’d been studied for more than a hundred years and the lessons and instructions on how to deal with them had been written into the Public Healthcare plans of dozens of Western countries, including our own MOH Influenza Pandemic Plan (2nd edition, 2017), and they did not include the concepts of Lockdowns, mask mandates or vaccine mandates.

Rishi Sunak has said the government gave too much power to scientists during Covid lockdowns – and was not honest about the potential downsides.

The Tory leadership contender and former chancellor told the Spectator ministers were banned from talking about the “trade-offs” involved… he said the negative impacts of lockdowns on society were “never part” of internal discussions, adding meetings were “literally me around that table, just fighting”. Ministers were also told not to discuss the potential downsides in interviews, he added.

“The script was not to ever acknowledge them. The script was: ‘Oh there’s no trade-off, because doing this for our health is good for the economy.'”

Rishi Sunak – British Prime Minister

Yeah Rishi. We noticed. I guess nobody in the Tory cabinet saw that graphic above! I was not impressed to see in that Spectator article that former No 10 aide Dominic Cummings said that Sunak was talking “dangerous rubbish” and that the interview “reads like a man whose epicly bad campaign has melted his brain and he’s about to quit politics”.

Obviously Mr Cummings still thinks that such intimidation and name-calling works. It certainly did for the lockdown-mask fanatics for about two years. What assholes they are.

“We” – or at least a fair number of people, including some world-leading epidemiologists (world-leading until Fauci and company went on a sliming mission against them) – knew all this from the start in early 2020. We were not ignorant and we were not hysterical in responding to the Chinese Lung Rot Pandemic. But all that calm, measured, rationality got buried by the propaganda cry of “Let it rip” (a phrase it turns out that Fauci and company crafted in emails behind the scenes to denigrate his far more expert scientific opponents).

Stefan Baral, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins with 350 publications to his name, submitted a critique of lockdowns to more than ten journals and finally gave up—“the first time in my career that I could not get a piece placed anywhere,”

See also:

The Covid-19 Royal Commission

Lockdowns don’t work. What does? (April, 2020)

Visible Death vs. Invisible Death

Lockdowns: a nightmare of imagination

Everything in the Lockdown, nothing outside the Lockdown, nothing against the Lockdown.

New Zealand is more frightened than Britain

Failed solutions, Moral Cruelty and Advertising

“The dark night of…

Double Standards & Changing Narratives

The British Lockdown (May 2020 where opposing opinions were already quashed)


Written by Tom Hunter

November 1, 2022 at 3:37 pm

Aliens

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The Left and Right to each other that is.

I was struck by this thought in crafting a comment for Lucia’s latest post – Never-ending Emergency Powers – and it seemed to deserve a post rather than a comment.

And then there are people like those at The Standard, The right is weirdly gleeful about the end of the mask mandate. The writer of that post – the infamous “MickySavage” (named after Saint Micky Savage), who is almost as much of ban-hammerer (even according to other Lefties) as his mate iPrent – did what I’m doing here and referenced Kiwiblog’s post on the topic, Freedom, along with the usual cautionary warning:

I did something that I do not recommend.  I went to Kiwiblog and read David Farrar’s take on the issue, as well as that of the commentators.

The right have celebrated it happening which is quite weird.  Was it an existential attack on New Zealanders fundamental rights or was it something that was quite a good thing to do in the midst of a global pandemic and something that was strongly recommended by medical experts

Seriously? Only the Right? You mean people loved wearing those fucking things for two years? Well, yes, judging by some of their comments:

Masks are a reminder of the ideological nightmare of big government working, and working well, on behalf of the people. They want to see a return of the dominance and celebration of the hyper-individualised selfish arsehole,

Bearing in mind that mask wearing is/was for one’s own good and the good of society I have always had a great deal of difficulty understanding, let alone accepting as a valid view, the anti mask wearing brigade. I am sure that the same people would mostly always fasten their seat belts or drive on the correct side of the road, send their children to school etc. Such a simple, safe move.

Right Wingers fighting to the end for their rights to endanger other peoples lives.


Considering that mask-wearing to prevent the community spread of disease is a long-established practice in East Asia, one that, in Western society, was consistently derided as an illogical and unproven cleanliness fetishism until someone actually bothered to test it, I’m inclined to believe that many people’s resistance to it is rooted in the NIH sentiments of the unreconstructed, reflexively racist shithead.

But of course.

This is hardly new of course. Here’s the hideous NKVD agent, No Right Turn, bitching about being abandoned by Labour when the lockdown restrictions were lifted in late 2021

So, having saved us from Covid for 18 months, our government has just surrendered to the virus, announcing a “transition plan” to loosen restrictions while Covid is still spreading in the community. This is exactly the sort of insanity which has led to outbreaks and mass death in the UK and NSW, and there’s no reason to think it will end any differently here.

Meanwhile, I guess Aotearoa’s days of being a “model Covid response” are over. The government has just decided to surrender to the virus, because they were sick of the whining from the Auckland business class. They’ve basicly become quislings for the virus, just like Boris Johnson and Gladys Berejiklian. And we’ll be paying the price for their cowardice in deaths and long Covid.

This unbending, fanatical desire for limitless control over people until “the problem” is reduced to zero, highlights something that looks like thinking but is not and was perhaps best described by an American writer in Minnesota while battling against the same bullshit (What’s Normal Again):

What really strikes me is how wedded many people are to having the epidemic and its restrictions last forever. What kind of mental illness is this? But I have made the point many times before that I have no intention of trying to change these people’s minds.

This is belief and religion on their part, not data or science or logical analysis. I don’t even want to engage with these people. And they are a serious impediment to trying to get our society back to some kind of rational policy on the epidemic.

I’m tempted to say the mirror-image of the implication of these claims – which is that we Righties are basically Aliens to the Left, and vice versa. We don’t actually “get” each other’s basic frame of reference (Right = individual, Left=collective):

The push by the political right to frame mask wearing as a signalling of leftie political persuasion (rather than protecting yourself and those around you) is both pathetic and dangerous.

Well, I think it more signals frightened, ignorant people who cannot or will not ask any questions or do any research themselves but just do whatever the “authorities” and “experts” tell them to do, but sure, there does seem to be an element of mask-wearing as self-identifying Lefties – especially when you read those comments.

What these people are gagging for – what they’re always gagging for – is an “emergency” so vast that only the Great Collective can deal with it and that Great Collective is not a Team Of Five Million or Seven Billion all cooperating together. No, it’s The State, that almighty and all powerful organism which, if it fails, only does so because it’s not powerful enough.

Such people scare the shit out of me far more than any unmasked, unvaccinated person who’s standing close to me – and to be fair, there were and are all too many on the Right who think the same way when push comes to shove, their definition of individual freedom seeming not exist beyond the boundaries of whatever you can trade and be taxed for.

Just define something as an “Emergency” or a “War” and the State can seemingly do anything it wants, and you can take your Constitutions (written and unwritten) and your Bill of Rights and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine.

And let’s watch some evil, selfish, Righties being weirdly gleeful about being freed from masks.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 15, 2022 at 1:33 pm

Free to smile?

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Mrs Star and I are a very excited couple right now – there is a baby on the way, due early next year.

And our joy was particularly high yesterday at our first scan. This is our first child – we have no idea what to expect, but it’s all thoroughly exciting going through everything for the first time!

When we saw the baby on the screen yesterday, and could make out the feet, arms, head and belly, it really hit home for us that we’ve got a little human being growing inside, and in a bit over six months that little human being will continue growing outside!

I would say something like we couldn’t hide the joy from our faces. Except we did. Our joy was hidden. It was hidden behind a stupid cloth mask – I could only look at Mrs Star and try and grin with my eyes – you can only do that so much.

I have grown increasingly sceptical about the ability for cloth masks to hinder an airborne virus for any length of time. There are many studies by now showing the futility in trying to stop the spread of this virus, which is now endemic in NZ, by anything other than an N95 mask, which even then offers only limited protection.

So why, in a radiology clinic, surrounded by healthy and fit people, were my wife and I forced to hide our joy and our excitement from each other?

The shriekers will decry me for being a homicidal maniac who wants to kill your nana. Maybe I am, or maybe I would like the freedom to smile at another human being. Maybe I would like the freedom to fully express my joy to my wife when looking at the first images of our child.

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September 14, 2022 at 9:00 am

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Fake news you can trust

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That’s the slogan of the great satire site, The Babylon Bee.

And they just landed two great shots on The Powers That Be and how their political and ideological bigotries drive their ScientificTM decisions.

CDC Declares Gay Orgies An ‘Essential Activity.

Also…

Government That Shut Down Businesses, Parks, Schools, Beaches, And Churches For 2 Years Says There’s Nothing We Can Do To Stop A Disease Spread By Gay Sex.

Meanwhile I see that the little American gargoyle celebrating 50+ years as a medical bureaucrat and having never practiced medicine, is now bringing to bear all the Sir Humphrey skills that have helped him not just survive but thrive in the US Federal government since 1968, to the point that he’s the highest paid Federal government official.

“First of all, I didn’t recommend locking anything down, you’re asking me questions, you’re talking about — the CDC’s the public agency that uses their epidemiologists and their science-based approach to make recommendations,”

He didn’t? Wow. He must have been one of those strong believers in the ScienceTM that saw the majority of epidemiologists, prior to 2020, dismiss the idea of locking down the healthy population to prevent a pandemic.

Oh wait!

That’s from October 2020.

“When it became clear that we had community spread in the country … I recommended to the president that we shut the country down. That was a very difficult decision, because I knew it would have serious economic consequences, which it did.

“There was no way to stop the explosive spread that we knew would occur if we didn’t do that…. And unfortunately, since we actually did not shut down completely – the way China did, the way Korea did, the way Taiwan did – we actually did see spread even though we shut down.

But it could have been worse – like if he’d been as much a fanatic as our own Professor’s Baker, Hendy, Wiles and Health Director Bloomfield. Aside from not being paid anywhere near as much I bet he’s jealous of New Zealand:

“Had we known back then the insidious nature of spread in the community, there would have been much more of an alarm and there would have been much much more stringent restrictions in the sense of very very heavy encouraging people to wear masks, physical distancing and what have you” 

Very, very, heavy encouraging? That’s quite a euphemistic phrase for what it would actually have been in America. It would have meant having the Police jumping on you if you went to the beach, with handcuffs, pepper spray, batons and horses, as per Australia and New Zealand.

I think these people should read Thomas Sowell’s seven features of totalitarianism and make the comparisons to the actions of Western governments circa 2020/21.

This is not the first time Fauci has changed his tune, offering changing – and opposing – positions on both vaccine mandates and masks. On the latter, Fauci privately acknowledged that typical drugstore masks are “not really effective,” and he said in a March 2020 interview that “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”

Being that he’s a very old man I guess he has no idea that the Interwebby is forever. The silver lining here – especially with 2000+ C-19 dead and rising fast in New Zealand, mainly people aged 70+ – is that now we can talk about stuff like this without having to listening to cretins screaming about how we hate ScienceTM and love killing grannies.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 2, 2022 at 6:00 am

2000 dead

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“So, uh, yeah, just going to leave this here, then

So it was said a long two years ago.

Together with this gloating Tweet from some Jacinda worshiper at the time.

Today’s numbers.

And of course the people dying now are exactly the same sort of people we knew in January 2020 that this thing targeted:

Six were in their 70s, five were in their 80s and five were aged over 90.

As it has been for months now. It’s almost as if General Tso’s Sickness is merely a substitute for the normal 500-700 flu deaths we get annually, plus those who die from pneumonia, otherwise known as “Old People’s Friend”. The suppression of such deaths in 2020 and 2021 is likely also feeding these current numbers, as is often seen with excess mortality from year to year around the world.

Gee, I guess that since we’ve maxed out on the lockdown strategy – simply because we’re so broken and exhausted by the previous ones – social distancing is gone, and since it’s hard to see how we could force our already “world class” vaccine rates any higher, I guess it’s back to masks, masks, and more masks, especially for school children – right Professor Baker?

And as I predicted in October, 2021…

We’ve already noticed that, as the bad news of rising cases began to turn up, Jacinda and her team were quick to pull her from the daily Podium Of Truth, leaving it to her minions to deliver the news… At some point soon I suspect that Adern and company will not even bother talking about the vaccination rate, and if questions about either it or case numbers are mentioned, they’ll just waffle around them…To do otherwise would be to take numbers that have been useful to the government so far – case numbers and vax rates – and watch them be steadily turned against the government…

… is this news from the MOH:

…the ministry can now start reporting on people hospitalised where the main reason they’re in hospital is due to Covid-19 or with Covid-19 as a contributor.

They will be making a similar change to deaths reporting, away from all people who have died within 28 days of a Covid-19 infection to people who have died because of a Covid-19 infection or where it was a contributing factor.

Which will automatically drop the numbers from the ones quoted in the RNZ reports, although they may stick to the numbers counted under the original definition. You’ll also note that this daily news item is no longer top-of-page material but buried much farther down in scrolling or even having to be searched for, which fits with both it becoming “boring” background news, and also not hurting their precious Labour government.

Our source was the New York Times!

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The evidence suggests that broad mask mandates have not done much to reduce Covid caseloads over the past two years. Today, mask rules may do even less than in the past, given the contagiousness of current versions of the virus. 

Thank goodness the New York Times has spoken out on this issue. Now, all good little Centre-Right-Wingers can shake off the frightening threats of being called extremist nutters and socially shamed at polite dinner parties, and instead join in the new chorus of disapproval of stupidity.

In U.S. cities where mask use has been more common, Covid has spread at a similar rate as in mask-resistant cities. Mask mandates in schools also seem to have done little to reduce the spread. Hong Kong, despite almost universal mask-wearing, recently endured one of the world’s worst Covid outbreaks.

No shit Sherlock. Evidence you say? Like the evidence that was available two fucking years year ago for anybody with eyes who cared to look:

Or just a few months ago:

Given the quality of their reporters none of this should be a surprise. When the following Tweet was put out upon the news of the courts booting masks mandates for planes…

… it resulted in a NYT reporter, one Victoria Kim, trying to contact him about the horror, only to be informed that it was satire. Ms Kim was raised in Seoul and is a Harvard graduate in history. She is also an utter fucking moron.

The Washington Post must be pissed at the slide in their influence, since they had an article some months ago titled, Mask Mandates Didn’t Make Much of a Difference Anyway, and it barely caused a ripple.

Still, it’s a big improvement on their attack in early 2021 on Rand Paul (an actual doctor btw) after his dissection of the uselessness of masks and mask mandates. I wonder how our local MSM, whose reporting of the USA consists of copying and pasting from the likes of the NYT and WaPo, will handle this one?

Of course we could go all the way back to all those “nutty, extremist” sources that analysed the data as early as mid-2020 (see above) and concluded the masks made no difference, which was no more than a confirmation of what had been learnt from history.

On that note perhaps when or if our MSM use this NYT report as a starter question for the likes of Ardern, Hipkins, Baker, Wiles and the entire MOH, they might also like to start waving in their face the MOH New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan (2nd edition, 2017).

Compiled in 2010 and regularly updated with thousands of hours of input from epidemiologists and other medical experts, and with a shoutout to some NZ historian’s in-depth analysis of the Spanish Flu epidemic a century ago, plus inputs from similar people overseas, it does not recommend the following:

  • Lockdowns
  • Social Distancing
  • The 2 metre (6 foot) rule
  • Mask mandates
  • Vaccine mandates.

At a minimum I would like to know – as a taxpayer who paid for the fucking thing – why it was binned instead of being put on the PM’s desk in 2020.

Maybe a Royal Commission will ask these questions?

Of course a big problem in climbing down on the mask insanity – let alone other aspects – is that Left-Wingers in particular are still terrified of General Tso’s Sickness and are wedded to masks:

Just an absolutely amazing admission here. An MSNBC reporter notes that the biggest challenge for Democrat governors ending their mask mandates is that liberals have made mask-wearing such an important part of their identity that they might not be able to give it up

Since only black humour can make us laugh at all this, I present to you a classic of the genre:

Soviet Ambassador DeSadeski: But the deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a Doomsday gap.
President Muffley: This is preposterous. I’ve never approved of anything like that.
DeSadeski:Our source was the New York Times.

See also:

Mask Pornography
The Hunger Masks
Masquerade

Written by Tom Hunter

July 10, 2022 at 10:18 am

The Mask. Always the Mask.

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There’s growing evidence around the world of increased mental health problems, especially among the young, resulting from two years of lockdowns, social isolation, school closures and masking.

However, amidst this problem is the fact that we may also have created a new group of people who now can’t imagine living any other way. This likely includes the fringe of hypochondriacs who have always been with us, but this doesn’t feel like a fringe when you see stuff like this on Twitter and other places.

The final comment surely must be mockery. At least I hope it is.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm

No mas. No masquerade

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The wheels of justice grind slowly but grind exceedingly fine.

Frankly I don’t believe that famous quote, having observed too many instances of the gap between the law and justice yawning exceedingly wide and never being reconciled in any time frame that mattered to people. The only saving grace being that it applies to when justice is served and when it is not, although even then there are cyclical periods of time for each.

In this case a couple of days ago US District Court Judge Kathryn Mizelle, ruled that the CDC failed to properly explain its decision to impose the mandate or follow proper rule making procedures and that therefore the Federal mask mandate could not be legally imposed in airports, planes and other transport:

Almost immediately, Alaska Airlines announced that masks would be optional for travelers and employees alike. United Airlines quickly followed suit, announcing that masks were no longer required on domestic flights and select international flights, depending upon the arrival country’s requirements. American Airlines, Delta Airlines, or Southwest Airlines — the three carriers with the most passengers pre-pandemic — also made masks optional on Monday night.

You can get a sense of the reaction with the announcement being made mid-flight in some cases. Nice to see the reaction of the crews as well…

Now the news is not all good. Some individual states are continuing with the insanity in the public transport systems they control, and while the Biden administration immediately announced a cease fire they have not surrendered and may appeal the decision to a higher court. To which my response is Lose Harder In November, Assholes. Also, Judge Mizelle accepted the CDC’s argument that masks may help prevent infection, despite them having accepted that the common, disposable cloth masks do not. In which case she may wish to read this article on the failure of masks and look at these graphs from it:

The [left] graph tracks the results of a natural experiment that occurred nationwide during the pandemic. Eleven states never mandated masks, while the other 39 states enforced mandates. The mandates typically began early in the pandemic in 2020 and remained until at least the summer of 2021, with some extending into 2022. The black line on the graph shows the weekly rate of Covid cases in all the states with mask mandates that week, while the orange line shows the rate in all the states without mandates.

As you can see from the near identical trajectories of the lines, mask mandates made no difference, and certainly did not control the virus. The article waspishly notes the early triumphant squawking of the MSM for states with extremely high mask compliance – that went on to suffer terrible C-19 case and death surges.

[The right graph] compares Germany with Sweden, the media’s Covid villain for refusing to lock down or mandate masks. Sweden’s initial Covid surge was blamed on those lax policies, but Sweden stuck to them and actually discouraged masks in most situations. As indicated on the graph, surveys during the pandemic showed that fewer than 10 percent of Swedes bothered to wear masks. In Germany, by contrast, more than 80 percent did so, but look at the similar trajectories of the daily Covid death toll in both countries from the summer of 2020 through March of this year.

I’ve already covered much of this ground in previous posts (The Mask Narrative crumbles contains links to other such posts), including graphs for places like Hawaii as far back as 2020 that showed the futility of masks.

The article notes that a resistance to mask mandates went back even further and very much included Public Health bodies.

In their pre-Covid planning strategies for a pandemic, neither the Centers for Disease Control nor the World Health Organization had recommended masking the public—for good reason. Randomized clinical trials involving flu viruses had shown, contrary to popular wisdom in Japan and other Asian countries, that there was “no evidence that face masks are effective in reducing transmission,” as the WHO summarized the scientific literature. The pandemic planners at the United Kingdom’s Department of Health had reached a similar conclusion: “In line with the scientific evidence, the Government will not stockpile facemasks for general use in the community.”

In going with politics instead of science they’re hardly alone. If you’re a subscriber to the NYT (and we know some of our readers proudly are) then you’ll probably be shocked and surprised to find that the following Tweet…

… actually resulted in a NYT reporter, one Victoria Kim, trying to contact him about the horror, only to be informed that it was satire. Ms Kim was raised in Seoul and is a Harvard graduate in history.

She is also an utter fucking moron.

But as usual she and the NYT were running with the Left’s narrative, in this case masks, and you can see why in The 5 Most Unhinged Responses to the End of the Travel Mask Mandate, although I prefer humourist James Lileks list and his takes on them:

I know, I know, my mask protects you, your mask protects me. If you are wearing a mask, the virus cannot pass through it. But if you are not wearing a mask, the virus can float over to where I am, and pass through my mask.

They walk among us, and from my everyday observations I’d say we have a higher proportion in NZ.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 21, 2022 at 6:00 am

Hats Off to (Roy) Harper

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We’re not quite at the point of being able to not talk about the Chinese Lung Rot virus but it’s getting closer.

In the meantime I saw the claim over on Newshub while checking on today’s death count that, “A good rule of thumb is to wear a mask in indoor public settings as we know that mask use halves the risk of spread of COVID-19″

Well, actually it’s 53% according to that British study that Hipkins keeps referring to, which was not a Randomised Control Trial (the gold standard) but yet another observational study that was immediately pointed out as a claim that could not be made based on its own data. To be fair the authors acknowledged that RCT’s would have to be done. To be unfair fourteen RCT’s already have been done over the years, including one during Covid and the conclusions were that masks were useless against such a virus.

You have to wonder if our journalists even read things like the Washington Post, where even they recently concluded that “Mask Mandates Didn’t Make Much of a Difference”, or simply asked how “halving the risk” could be concluded when the case number growth on a chart was almost vertical in NZ, as it was elsewhere. Or looked at something like this:

Perhaps that should have been turned into a t-shirt.

Other data continues to accumulate.

On all aspects of the virus and the vaccination cure. The following is probably just a coincidence, one of those correlation vs. causation questions that pop up all the time in science.

On a different topic this one is a hoot.

If you assume that having a society that’s increasingly tolerant of LGBTQ+ folks is what’s behind the numbers of such people for Gen Z, you’d have to wonder why it’s not lifting the numbers in other generations as people come out of the closet, especially the next closest in time, Millennials. The reason is that Gen Z has been bombarded with this since they were young. The Jesuits once said “give us a child till he’s 7 and we’ll have him for life”, the Libs of TikTok have documented that trans teachers are fanatical about this stuff and…
Can’t.
Stop.
Talking about it.

Maybe that’s Why American Teens Are So Sad:

The United States is experiencing an extreme teenage mental-health crisis. From 2009 to 2021, the share of American high-school students who say they feel “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” rose from 26 percent to 44 percent, according to a new CDC study. This is the highest level of teenage sadness ever recorded

With the Disney-Florida shitstorm there was a sudden outburst of people complaining about the Right calling such teachers and their enablers “groomers”. Apparently it’s hurtful and nasty to compare groomers to people who want to talk to small children about sex while keeping that secret from the parents. I appreciated this response, although you have to be familiar with the theory of White Fragility to get it.

I think Disney have chosen poorly,

Especially given that this fight is coming up again, and this time I wouldn’t bet on GOP Senators and members of Congress being quite so friendly to a corporation.

But perhaps Disney doesn’t care about The Mouse anymore:

Disney isn’t for kids anymore. Its movie business is dominated by Marvel blockbusters. Half of Disney+ subscribers, its big bet on the home streaming future, are adults with no children.

What about the theme parks?

60% of Disneyland visitors were adults with no children. Only 36.7% of Disney World visitors had children under 18. The largest demographic for the theme parks, like the movies, are millennials. They are also members of the fandoms who are likeliest to spend money on licensed merchandise, and on toys and movie tie-ins that are Disney’s bread and butter.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 15, 2022 at 7:00 am