Why it is easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they’ve been fooled?
The corporate media have driven many well-meaning and highly educated people into a Coronavirus-fueled, Obsessive-Compulsive frenzy. Literally overnight, countless citizens suddenly became Facebook-epidemiologists with pseudo-degrees in Medical Microbiology, policing their friends and neighbors about how they should behave, what they should wear and who they should be associating with. Fueling the hysteria are the Panic Patrol, ladling servings of distorted propaganda into our brain bowls, like the New York Post’s alarmist reports of “unprecedented” mass graves in New York City.
But as Elizabeth Nolan Brown explains in her piece, “No, NYC Is Not Running Out of Burial Space Due to COVID-19,” these graves are not new, nor are they anything to get excited about:
“Century-and-a-half-old Bronx burial site sparks panic on social media. The COVID-19 death toll in New York City right now is chilling (more than 4,400 at last count). So are images of coffins being buried in mass graves. It’s hard to see things like that and not feel the weight of those numbers all the more viscerally—which makes it all the more imperative to contextualize and not sensationalize those images.
“Unfortunately, a lot of professional media has been erring on the side of LOOK AT WHAT AMERICA HAS COME TO: THERE ARE SO MANY DEAD BODIES THEY HAVE TO START HIRING PEOPLE TO DIG MASS GRAVES. The city cemetary [sic] on Hart Island is indeed tragic. It has been for the past 151 years. ‘Since 1869, prison labor has been used to bury unclaimed and unidentified New Yorkers in mass graves of 150 adults or 1000 infants,’ states the Hart Island Project website…‘Since 1980, 68,955 people have been buried in mass graves on Hart Island,’ notes the Project, which is dedicated to telling stories of those laid to rest there.”
Funny how the New York Post divorces these 151-year-old mass graves from any historical context. In a city of millions, unclaimed bodies are a regular occurrence that hospitals have to do something with. But the Post deliberately framed this as a new development, omitting what are arguably the most important details of the story while accentuating the emotion of fear.
But the New York Post isn’t the only publication in the nation distorting the information. Most of the mainstream media are guilty of indulging in the temptation to sensationalize their stories for ratings. After all, they’ve got to generate advertising revenue somehow.
This is why it’s still largely unknown to most Americans that the number of people infected by Coronavirus is now estimated to be 50 to 80 TIMES higher than reported. This critical detail means that COVID-19 is far less deadly than the rumors that doomsayers might otherwise have us believe.
As reported by ABC News:
“A critical question in the path towards the future is how many people actually have protective novel Coronavirus antibodies and possible immunity? Two research teams in California – backed by armies of dedicated volunteers – set out to answer this very question and the first set of results are in.
“Our findings suggest that there is somewhere between 50- and 80-fold more infections in our county than what’s known by the number of cases that are reported by our department of public health,” said Dr. Eran Bendavid, the associate professor of medicine at Stanford University who led the study, in an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.
Dr. Anthony Fauci of the Coronavirus Task Force himself admits this reality in the New England Journal of Medicine:
“If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%)”
There it is from the horse’s mouth, folks: severe seasonal influenza. Not the zombie apocalypse.
E.R. Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi corroborated this fact last week, illustrating how corporate media are dishonestly manipulating the raw data, blowing the statistics wildly out of proportion and exacerbating a public health crisis by unnecessarily quarantining healthy people.
Breaking down the data, Erickson demonstrates that Californians have a 0.03% chance of dying of COVID-19 with a 96% recovery rate, New Yorkers have a 0.1% chance of dying from COVID-19 with a 92% recovery rate, and Spaniards have a 0.05% chance of dying from COVID-19 with a 95% recovery rate.
So as the media continue to broadcast a 24/7 message of fear, the science shows that while COVID-19 is very contagious, it is otherwise no different from models of the seasonal flu.
Furthermore, countless brave whistleblowers from the health care sector continue stepping forward to expose not only the Death Certificate fiasco that pressures doctors to designate fatalities as “caused by Coronavirus,” but also the Medicare shenanigans that rewarded hospitals with $39,000 for every ventilator they employed; a monetary incentive which may have actually harmed many patients.
Minnesota senator Scott Jensen, who is also a physician, revealed that hospitals actually get paid more if Medicare patients are listed as having COVID-19, and receive three times as much funding if said patients are put on a ventilator.
As reported by USA Today:
Jensen said, “Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it’s a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for – if they’re Medicare – typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000. But if it’s COVID-19 pneumonia, then it’s $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000.”
Dr. Jensen’s sobering revelations remind us that the majority of our mainstream media cannot be trusted. And after decades of increasingly absurd propaganda, it should surprise no one that the media’s spin doctors will only continue to betray the trust of their viewers, listeners and readers on a daily basis to further the agendas of their owners. What does seem surprising is the notion that there are still people who continue to purchase and partake of the corporate snake oil.
The corporate media have a long and disturbing history of lying to the American people. Facebook has a long and disturbing history of performing psychological experiments on unwitting users of social media platforms. And Bill Gates has a long and disturbing history of sterilizing millions of African women and paralyzing hundreds of thousands of Indian children with “life saving” vaccines. Are there really significant numbers among us who have any faith in these entities?
And since when does anyone trust the W.H.O.? Are the public really unaware of how many unbelievable scandals the organization is guilty of? Whether it’s protecting the nuclear industry from criticism following catastrophic meltdowns or ensuring the tobacco companies continue their toxic business unmolested, the W.H.O. are one of the most industry-captured “regulatory” organizations on the planet.
The most damning indictment of the W.H.O. may be Lilian Franck’s 2018 documentary trustWHO. Her work exposed how the W.H.O. helps the pharmaceutical companies and the nuclear energy industry more than the victims negatively affected by these institutions. As Oval Media puts it: “The WHO was created as a guardian of world health, but it has become the plaything of individual interests. … Lilian Franck shows a frightening portrayal of our present society, in which governmental politics is becoming obsolete.“
In a vein effort to keep this incendiary information from spreading too rapidly, YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that her platform will censor any video expressing criticism of the W.H.O. as such criticism now represents a violation of YouTube policies. As such, Dr. Erickson’s briefings as well as Franck’s sobering documentary now lay among the censorship casualties.
Remember how the so-called experts at the W.H.O. told us in March that ibuprofen worsens Coronavirus symptoms and lethality, before later walking those claims back and finally dismissing them altogether?
And remember how the so-called experts at the W.H.O. told us in early April that there is no need for healthy people to wear masks? They told us that unless we are exhibiting symptoms it does no good to wear a mask because doing so causes the wearer to constantly fiddle with it, thereby touching one’s face, thereby increasing one’s susceptibility to the virus. But now it’s suddenly becoming real important for everyone to wear masks, so much so that in some American cities you can be jailed for up to a year merely for stepping foot outside your home without one.
And did you know that director of the W.H.O., General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was leader of Ethiopia’s brutal minority party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, and worked as minister of foreign affairs for the violently repressive regime from 2012 to 2016? Have you ever hear about his “mishandling” of cholera epidemics in Ethiopia and Sudan? Probably not.
General Ghebreyesus was recently accused of turning a “blind eye” to China’s culpability in the pandemic, tweeting in mid-January that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of Coronavirus.
With this kind of track record, how can anybody place any trust this organization at all? These people are supposed to be the go-to experts, but continuously reveal what doddering nincompoops they really are.
And speaking of people we automatically place confidence in based purely on credentialism, did you happen to catch those medical “professionals” engaging with the decidedly unprofessional behavior of filming synchronized dance videos amid the worst catastrophe in written history?
We’re told they were filming these dance routines for “stress relief” to “boost morale,” but how are the frightened peoples of the world supposed to interpret images of a masked mob dancing through the wards of the sick and dying? What kind of macabre message does such a broadcast, whether intended or not, send to the masses? “This crisis is extremely horrific, a whole bunch of your neighbors just died, and the media is telling you that you and your family are next, so, let’s dance on the graves of the deceased and celebrate the impending holocaust”?
If this were really the end-of-the-world disaster that justifies the authoritarian power-grabs currently locking our world down, wouldn’t it be profoundly disrespectful for health care workers to spend any time whatsoever practicing – let alone filming – synchronized dance videos? Wouldn’t someone realize how disastrous such a message might be to the credibility of western medicine? Doesn’t it seem inappropriate to engage in such frivolity during a global pandemic?
Furthermore, if the hospitals are as jammed up as we’re told they are, how on earth do any of those workers have the time to practice and shoot synchronized dance videos? Especially when health care workers are being laid off by the thousands right now? Kalispell Regional Medical Center alone recently announced 600 layoffs.
The official narrative doesn’t make any sense. And neither does our current obsession with masks. Wearing a piece of cloth over your face to shield you from virus particles is like surrounding your house with chicken wire to keep mosquitoes away. The dastardly fiends fly straight through.
But there are hall-monitor hypochondriacs spreading fear like a debilitating virus who seem to entertain a delusional, eternal-life fantasy, believing they can protect themselves from death by covering their face, masking their human expressions, and rigidly policing their peers to do the same. Don’t we understand how our immune systems work yet? Are we not free to take some responsibility for our own bodies and health? How far do we have to go down this road before we see where it leads?
Bill Gates doesn’t have a college degree in anything, let alone any significant background in virology, epidemiology or medicine. And while neither he nor his associate Fauci are lawmakers or legislators, their edicts are given the force of law with unconstitutional arrests, fines, regulations, incarcerations and protocols. All of it justified by the promise that this is necessary in order to keep us safe.
Frustratingly, all this paranoia and anxiety may prove utterly counterproductive, with countries like Sweden that did not shut down schools or businesses experiencing a comparable death rate to the United States, which, quite the contrary, instituted 50 shades of authoritarianism.
A recent study by professor Wilfred Reilly examines the eight US states that instituted no lockdown or quarantine protocols. Despite not having government shutdowns of businesses based on the pandemic, these Rocky-Mountain and Midwest states all recorded infection and death rates below the national average. Because these states are less-densely populated, professor Reilly adjusted for demographic differences state-to-state and concluded that a state’s lockdown procedures have no measurable affect on the spread of the virus.
As Dr. Ron Paul further explains in this week’s Liberty Report:
“South Dakota has recorded a total of 7 Coronavirus deaths. Kentucky –a strict lockdown state– is 5 times more populated than South Dakota, yet it has some 20 times more Coronavirus deaths. If lockdown and house arrest are the answer, shouldn’t those numbers be reversed, with South Dakota seeing mass death while Kentucky dodges the Coronavirus bullet?”
So why are the corporate media so completely giving in to the hype, hysteria and hyperbole? Is it all just for ratings and ad revenue? Why so conspicuously side-step such widely-available scientific evidence? Why would they intentionally provoke panic like this? Because these anxiety storms confuse and obscure the immense injustices that now threaten to run roughshod over the last vestiges of a formerly sovereign nation.
Whether we’re talking about the $6 trillion bailout rammed through congress that Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie referred to as the “largest wealth transfer from taxpayers to the super rich” in history, or America’s continued military hostilities in oil-rich Venezuela, or the sharp rise in the authoritarian measures, or sudden expansion in the global surveillance Panopticon (that were designed to exact control over our lives long before the Coronavirus provided a new and perfect excuse to realize the totalitarian wet dreams of the elite), it seems absolutely clear that the owners who run and control this system are exploiting people’s deepest vulnerabilities and insecurities to reshape society into a grotesque nightmare that none of us consented to.
Disaster Capitalists do not plan to allow the opportunities provided by this crisis to “go to waste.” Pirates and profiteers always see golden opportunities in exploiting the natural human fears of death and uncertainty. The Great 2020 Panic shows us that we cannot trust a corrupt cabal of cronies to ever do the right thing when there’s money to be made and power to be gained, and we certainly can’t expect them to ever tell us the truth about anything. They don’t care about our health or well-being. They only care about our obedience.
At this point, anyone who fails to understand that we’ve been deliberately lied to about the lethality of the Boogey-Bug known as COVID-19 is either unaware of the evidence, ignoring the evidence, or deliberately distorting the evidence. Those who willingly sell-out their neighbor’s civil liberties in the vein pursuit of obtaining an illusory feeling of temporary security are hereby declared authoritarian ignoramuses. We’ve all been lied to, and anyone who fails to understand this fundamental reality is either a paid liar or functionally illiterate.
It must also be kept in mind that the very people who are ordering this quarantine — the governors, senators, industrialists, and elite medical consultants — are not the ones who are feeling the pain of the lockdown-induced austerity.
CNN Anchor Chris “Fredo” Cuomo (brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo) has used his position to chastise those who want to go outside, hosting strangely narcissistic broadcasts from his basement, chronicling his biographical experience with the virus.
But while Cuomo insisted that “staying home saves lives” from his basement broadcasts, he failed to practice what he preaches, violating the quarantine he vehemently supported as soon as it inconvenienced him personally. Chris was caught in his own embarrassing lies this April when he got into a highly publicized altercation with a passing cyclist who knew about Cuomo’s basement broadcasts and keenly asked, “Shouldn’t you be in quarantine?”
Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi appeared on a television interview from her opulent mansion, bragging about her inexhaustible stash of gourmet chocolate ice cream loaded inside a refrigerator that’s worth more than most people’s cars. Such a tone-deaf blunder feels reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s infamous (and inaccurate) statement, “Let them eat cake.” Marie Antoinette never actually uttered the statement so infamously attributed to her, and even if she had, it certainly wasn’t filmed and broadcast for the entire world to see.
Even former president Obama demonstrated an unwillingness to lead by example when he violated the stay-at-home order to go golfing at the Robert Trent Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, which remains closed to regular golfers.
While the golf courses and the tennis courts remain open for the wealthy and the powerful, working class Americans are patronized with a chilling insinuation: “Let them eat ice cream.”
And While the Nancy Pelosis and Chris Cuomos of America suffer the burdens of choosing between gelato, sorbet and tortoni, millions of increasingly desperate Americans line food banks just to feed their families.
But the disconnect isn’t limited to national politics. In the face of a statewide eviction moratorium, Montana property management companies continue serving up eviction notices. The Montana Landlord Association is even suing Governor Steve Bullock for his order suspending eviction actions during the statewide stay-at-home order. Even with our livelihoods and homes on the line, the governor’s order to stay home hasn’t stopped landlords from demanding we continue to pay rent with money we don’t have.
The wealthy and the powerful continue to castigate anyone who might be irritated about any of this. And the media demonize those irritated enough to protest the undeniable injustices taking place all around. And nothing epitomizes the profound disconnect from the citizenry and from reality than the mischaracterization of such protests as nothing more than the misguided cabin fever of a few hateful racists.
Maybe the government and media elites like Nancy Pelosi and Chris Cuomo are so insulated from the lives and stories of average working Americans that they can plead ignorance of these painful realities. But when they can no longer ignore criticism of their apathetic disregard, whether delivered by a “jackass loser fat–tire biker” or social media drama, they reveal their true callous indifference for the hoi polloi.
These pretentious performances are brought to you by the sociopaths who just can’t seem to grasp the concept of ethics.