It is increasingly clear that American is divided into two groups incapable of agreeing with each other. Sadly, this has evolved to the point where it literally involves life or death decisions. On one side we have liberals and the Democratic Party with almost universal support from the mainstream media (MSM). On the other side are Independents and Conservatives increasingly dismayed by the reporting in the MSM. Under circumstances like this, truth has become totally relative. Never more so than regarding two subjects, global warming (climate change) and the COVID 19 crisis.
Democrats and liberals have been telling us for years that we are in mortal danger because of climate change caused by rising CO2 levels. There have been numerous predictions of imminent doom if prompt action is not taken immediately, like getting rid of all fossil fuels and converting solely to “renewable energy.” We are told that the earth is warming rapidly, and we are running out of time. The MSM constantly runs reports saying that this was the hottest day in history, the hottest year etc. Those who do any research from sources other than the MSM are immediately skeptical. None of these predictions have been close to true. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) even admitted that there was no significant global warming between around 1990 and at least 2014. They referred to it as the “pause” which was their explanation for why none of their predictions came true. It was their own data that caused them to change from “global warming” to “climate change” because global warming was obviously not actually happening.
How many stories have you heard about the Arctic melting? That Glacier National Park will soon have no glaciers. (The glaciers are still there; they have just removed the signs warning that they may disappear). A little research would show that the Arctic is famous for periods of very cold and extremely cold weather. This is primarily based on well known natural factors like the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). You can read this for yourself. The following article from Wikipedia is one of many:
But if you only watch the MSM you wouldn’t even know the NAO exists although real scientists have been studying it since the late 19th and 20th centuries.
If the recommendations from the liberal left regarding climate change were enacted, it would destroy the world’s economy. Many people would literally freeze to death because renewable energy is not remotely capable of providing the electricity we need. But that doesn’t stop them from referring to anyone who disagrees with them as uneducated naïve fools.
We now have COVID 19. The geniuses at the CDC told us that we could lose 2.6 million lives. That was more than enough to scare everyone into submission. But was that ever a realistic prediction? Probably not, because right now, COVID 19 which has spread all over the world has infected about 2.8 million people with 197,871 deaths. Somewhere between 40 and 50% of deaths in Europe and the United States are directly associated with nursing homes. It is very clear that we did need to protect people in nursing homes. If is far less clear that we needed to shut down the economy.
But no, the experts demanded we shut down the economy. That we literally order everyone to stay home. That we ban church services, sporting events and more importantly, protests. Restaurants and other businesses considered non-essential were ordered to be shut down. Essential businesses, like Planned Parenthood clinics, tattoo parlors, marijuana distributors and liquor stores were granted exceptions.
The results have been horrific. More than 30 million Americans are out of work. Many of them are going to stay unemployed for a long time. Some small businesses will never re-open. This will result in a devastating loss of tax revenues for every level of government. The Federal Government is spending trillions of dollars on poorly designed stimulus packages with dollars they don’t actually have. Does any sane person think this will work? Where is the money coming from if we don’t have anything left to tax?
Incredibly even the portion of this aimed at helping the small businesses that were destroyed by government orders was held up to provide more money for Democratic donors and in the case of California, illegal immigrants.
Now, it is increasingly obvious that all of this was based on massively false predictions based on highly suspect computer models. These computer models are, gasp, produced by the same people who made all those global warming predictions that never happened. But we all believed. We bought it. We believed that if we went to church, or the movies, or a restaurant, or a ball game that we were risking death from a deadly peril. We now know that this is not and was never true. The more data that comes in the more obvious that all the experts were wrong. We now know that millions of people in New York already had the virus, they just didn’t know it. That is because in many cases, up to 50%, they didn’t have any symptoms at all. We should have known better. We should have learned from the cruise ships crowded with people, many of them over 60.
Take the Diamond Princess. This has a crew of about 1,200 people and passenger capacity between 2,600 and 3,114. It was famously infected with COVID 19 and several countries would not let it off load passengers. Everyone on that ship was tested. 712 people tested positive and 46.5% of them had no symptoms at all. Between the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess, 10 people died. Why on earth would anyone expect much worse results if COVID 19 infects a population the size of the United States? What would be scientific about that?
Well it isn’t much different. The fatality rate is now estimated at .1%. About half of the people who get it have no symptoms and 85% of the people who get it do not need to be hospitalized. The most obvious exception is for people in a nursing home. Everyone should have focused on protecting nursing homes. Instead in place like New York, patients who tested positive for COVID 19 and started to recover were sent back to nursing homes.
Instead of recognizing the obvious, the scientific geniuses in charge decided that everyone should just stay home, we should shut down the small businesses that are the economic engine of our economy and all hunker down in fear. Even now, when it is clear the crisis has passed the peak, when the weather is warming up rapidly and the virus is almost certain to fade away, for at least a while, we are told to continue this for weeks if not months. Fear, raw fear of that which has not happened, and which will not happen must dominate EVERY decision. If we do not obey, we are literally killing people. If you dare protest, people like the Governor of Michigan will extend the lockdown even farther, to punish you.
Yet, liberals still believe. They literally scream hatred at anyone who dares question the logic. Like that renown scientist, Gretta Thunberg, they scream how dare you? The MSM responds with thunderous applause. As if what they are telling you is written on tablets of stone by the God in which they don’t believe.
The question is whether the rest of us are still buying this. How much evidence, exactly, do we need before we are the ones demanding action. Starting with holding the people who made these idiot decisions responsible. Make sure they no longer have power over us to destroy our lives without regard to facts or logic. Fight back or we literally will die. We will die from the disease and death that always rides along on the back of massive poverty. The kind of horror that is going on in places like Venezuela.
We should be afraid, very afraid. Afraid of accepting advice from people who are so arrogantly self-righteous while being totally incapable of even considering the possibility that they are wrong.