COVID, Continued

Today could be the day I get COVID-19 and die.

But if it isn’t, it will be yet another day in which I ignored every single piece of medical advice handed out on “CNN Plus” and suffered no penalties as a result. Of course, the whole staff of Riverside Green is fully quad-boosted, but let’s just imagine for the sake of discussion that I never allowed Pfizer or Moderna to inject me with an experimental drug. The vast majority of my vaxxed co-workers have gotten COVID; a few of them have gotten it more than once. The more they get the vaxx, the more they seem to get COVID. Most of my triple-vaxxed friends have gotten it as well.

My son and I traveled across the country several times over the past few years. Other than skipping a few international flights because the borders were closed, I never stopped traveling; hell, I was literally staying in New York’s Chinatown when the first panicked “stay home” demands were made, and I’ve returned to NYC a few times since. I attended a zillion “super-spreader” events, stood in lift lines from West Virginia to NorCal. Never got it. My kid never got it. My wife never got it.

All of this, despite the fact that I am so susceptible to pneumonia that I have almost died from it twice. I once literally dragged myself out of a hospital against medical advice with nine fractured bones and a burned-out spleen just because I thought I was starting to get pneumonia symptoms. I am terrified of pneumonia and do not think I am in any way immune to diseases of any sort.

I’m not saying I’m smarter than anyone else. I am saying that the iceberg bulk of what has been said, written, and propagandized about COVID-19 is provably wrong. But why listen to me, when you could listen to an actual data scientist who thinks the same thing?

Scott Locklin has just written Part 2 of his COVID retrospective. Anyone with a room-temperature or above IQ who reads his article will conclude that our leaders are too deeply stupid to be allowed to run a neighborhood lemonade stand, and rightly so. Which is not to suggest that they are not evil. They are. Do not mistake their stupidity for lack of malice. But they are also stupid. Which is not surprising. Our political leaders are chosen via a popularity contest that is rigged by the media even if it isn’t actually rigged at the ballot-counting level, which it often is. Our corporate leaders are mostly chosen because they are tall. The people who determine the scope of permissible discourse in America all come from the same schools, said schools being hotbeds of identity politics and other measures designed to dissipate intellectual merit in favor of groupthink and agreeability.

Your humble author’s retreat from polite society into the backwoods, a process which is proceeding by leaps and bounds and may even include a poured concrete barn floor by this time next week, has been a genuine lesson in how stupid the American elite truly is. Because the dudes out there who are building barns and pouring foundations and installing culverts and whatnot are, in my opinion, at least half an SD more intelligent on the whole than the people with whom I have shared any number of corporate offices. And they are several times as effective as the average cubicle drone. They identify problems and solve them on the fly with essentially none of the masturbatory meet-and-talk culture that infests the “knowledge workplace”.

There’s a lot more math nowadays in planning a fence than there is in a drag-and-drop Kubernetes DevOps cluster-truck, yet apparently people can do it while wearing a “Bass Pro Shops” hat. Who would have thought? Planting food and raising animals requires far more thought, and has far more potential for disaster, than building PowerPoint “decks” or mindlessly repeating the latest Malcolm Gladwell inanities — yet the food is grown year after year without fail while the master-planned-by-Harvard-doctorates economy continues to spiral into oblivion.

The very existence of COVID-19 speaks to the idiocy of “elite” Americans. There isn’t a single farmer in Ohio stupid enough to take unnecessary risks with his crops or his livestock, but our scientists have joyfully devoted insane amounts of money and effort to gain-of-function research that is almost certainly responsible for this pandemic in the first place. And they lied about it. Again and again. While the media backed their play. Forget Hunter Biden’s laptop, a bit of “Russian disinformation” that turned out to be 100% true; this is far more serious, and deadly, to everyone.

Everyone who doesn’t live in Eastern Europe, that is.

But I digress.

Go read Scott’s blogpost. It’s enlightening and scary all at once. And pray for me that I don’t catch COVID-19 — although in reality I’m probably much more at risk from that other alphanumeric combination known as ZX-14R.

44 Replies to “COVID, Continued”

  1. stingray65

    Jack, I think it is too simple to just call our elites stupid. Yes it is no doubt true, but you can’t discount the impact that having power hungry Leftist bureaucrats bribing our top scientists and doctors with research grants, or having social media companies threaten them to keep quiet about their doubts also playing a role in all the Covid “stupidity”. You also need to consider just how much Covid stupidity that big Pharma “contributions” can buy among our political class (both parties) and the mainstream media.

    Sadly, if this real/paid stupidity was only limited to Covid, we could probably survive, but unfortunately it is also related to climate change/renewables/EVs, critical race theory, transgenderism (and school grooming), open borders, defunding the police, George Floyd/BLM, abortion, and just about every other Leftist hot button issue.

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  2. hank chinaski

    The louder something is shouted from the rooftops, especially if echoed by both sides of the political divide (lol, they’re both the same anyway, stupid), the surer that it’s pure bullshit. Doubly so if someone is making money on it. Apply that to everything and you’ll be right about 99% of the time.

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  3. T

    Around the time BLM started getting traction, I noticed that their supporters could not name any criteria under which the issue could be deemed solved, nor were any reasonable solutions forthcoming except “other side always bad”. If you presented them with evidence that contradicted the premise upon which their conclusions stood, they would simply hit you with more cherry-picked anecdotes that don’t change the overall statistical trend. “Lived experience” is the phrase they steamroll over any data analysis which undercuts their very emotional arguments.

    This kind of smooth-brained chatbot mentality has transferred over to COVID and every other social debate. The way they’ve freaked out over just the possibility Twitter will now allow other points of view would be funny if it wasn’t deeply disturbing and sad. If your argument can’t stand up to even the most cursory analysis, it’s a trash argument. I’m sympathetic to certain leftist points of view, but objective reality still exists and if it’s telling me I’m wrong, then I’m wrong. Any other mindset is narcissism.

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    • S2kChris

      “Around the time BLM started getting traction, I noticed that their supporters could not name any criteria under which the issue could be deemed solved,”

      I said the exact same thing in March 2020 when we were locking down for Covid; “OK, but what are the criteria to open back up again?” Crickets. Demanding action without defining success of that action is doomed to fail.

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  4. yossarian

    i probably caught covid in march 2020 before testing. because i have been taking 10,000 iu of vitamin d for years, i was only had a fever for one night with a mild dry cough for about a week. i worked outside the house and often took the subway through the whole damn thing and have had coworkers around me test positive multiple times. i was required to vax to keep my job at propaganda central (don’t ask, my family has to eat). so, i did one dose of j&j and took tons of nac (look it up) to clear the vax from my system. other than the sniffles when omicron hit, i’ve been fine. jack is 100% correct.

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    • stingray65

      I think a lot of people have had Covid without knowing they had Covid. Large numbers apparently have had mild symptoms of illness that were dismissed as a mild cold or flu if they were noticed at all, so natural immunity levels are far higher than what most of the “experts” think. If I had Covid it was either a couple weeks before the Covid publicity hit in early 2020, which was the last time I had any significant cold/flu type symptoms that still weren’t enough to lay me up, particularly since no one knew about Covid yet, or I’ve had it during one of a few days since then when I had a mild cough, sniffles, or some aches that caused me to take an pain killer and big dose of vitamin C, and after a good night’s sleep I was totally symptom free the next day.

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  5. John Van Stry

    Get some ivomectin. Go to the feed store and buy it.
    I have severe lung problems (like you do) and the second time I got Covid (no, I’m not vaxxed, I worked in medical research for years and I’m just not that stupid) I took the ivomectin after the hospital refused to admit me (I had Covid AND Covid induced Pneumonia – that’s a death sentence for me).
    Now I’ve been using Ivomec for decades for my animals. I have a solution that’s just ivomectin and nothing else. I figured out the dose based on my weight and took it.
    Covid was gone by Nighfall. (oh, and yes I know what Ivomectin does beyond just being a ‘wormer’).
    That let me get control of the Pneumonia with the drugs I already use everyday (for the rest of my life 😛 ) which got me through the weekend so I could see my own doctor who gave me the drugs to deal with the pneumonia.

    (Disclaimer – this is not medical advice, I am not a doctor).

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    • yossarian

      just want to add that if you are going to take ivermectin, it’s a good idea to supplement it with zinc.

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    • Ronnie Schreiber

      It’s interesting that some of the same folks who mocked those advocating Ivermectin as taking horse medicine are now advocating DIY abortions via misoprostol, normally used to treat equine ulcers.

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      • stingray65

        What? I thought all non-legal abortions were performed in back alleys with rusty wire coat hangers.

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        • Ronnie Schreiber

          Based on conversations that I had with my parents, who were about 50 years old when Roe v Wade was decided, it seems to me that pre-Roe most adults knew of doctors who would perform abortions and few doctors were prosecuted.

          To be honest, I wish the debate on abortion would at least touch on the question of why so many women want to kill their children. Even after birth, mothers are twice as likely to kill their kids as fathers, notwithstanding the promoted narrative of abusive fathers beating their kids. The second most dangerous individual to children is mom’s boyfriend that isn’t their bio dad. The most dangerous is mom. I also wonder why there are mothers who are so eager to have trans kids.

          Perhaps we should have a discussion on toxic femininity.

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  6. Ice Age

    See, this is why it’s improper to refer to powerful people as “the elite.” “Elite” means “superior.” Almost none of the people who occupy the highest positions of prominence in the world are genuinely superior. They are Aristocrats.

    And I mean “aristocrats” in the warts-and-all European sense of the word that the United States of America made obsolete in the late 18th Century. Come on, you know the parade of hits! Five-year-old halfwit kings whose families hadn’t seen extrafamilial blood in ten generations. Teenage princes holding colonelcies of regiments. Peasants starving because the wild game of the forests existed for the pleasure of the local count’s hunt. Common people imprisoned for saying out loud that the king was but a man.

    That’s the world, effectively, that today’s aristocrats want to take us back to, and the Covid panic was just a tactic to further that goal.

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  7. Ronnie Schreiber

    yet the food is grown year after year without fail while the master-planned-by-Harvard-doctorates economy continues to spiral into oblivion.

    As long as the experts don’t get involved in agriculture:

    In Sri Lanka, Organic Farming Went Catastrophically Wrong.
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/03/05/sri-lanka-organic-farming-crisis/

    Sri Lanka facing imminent threat of starvation, senior politician warns.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/06/sri-lanka-facing-imminent-threat-of-starvation-senior-politician-warns

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  8. Dirty Dingus McGee

    Still defiantly unvaxxed and according to blood tests I get, still Kung Flu free. I also have had pneumonia 3 times over the years but it doesn’t justify taking an injection that is STILL considered experimental. And reading the data about how many of the vaxxed that end up infected, I’ll continue to defy the “experts”.

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  9. Daniel J

    The problem is the pictures you posted are of a flow chart, and I don’t think many younger than 40 have seen one.

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    • Ronnie Schreiber

      After years of exposure to government schools and woke, union teachers of dubious intellectual capacity, I’m not sure that many young folks can even follow a flow chart.

      When ALGOL and I were both adolescents, I took my first programming course.The first thing the instructor taught us was how to flow chart a problem.

      Does anyone actually write code these days?

      Perhaps flow charts are out of place in a world where logic is considered whiteness and kids are queered into being non-binary. Some day they’ll realize that many things in this world are decidedly binary, like life and death.

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      • Daniel J

        I still write code. Mostly C# these days. I used to write mostly embedded C/C++/Assembly. Flow Charts, Sequence Diagrams and State diagrams were my “goto”. Everyone now wants these fancy UML or Mind Map diagrams which I find a PITA and much more complicated than traditional diagrams..

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        • dejal

          Do the code first and then diagram it after it’s finished. I’ve never been wrong. I nailed it everytime.

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  10. Ronnie Schreiber

    DAVE: Open the pod bay doors, Hal.
    H: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
    DAVE: What’s the problem?
    H: l think you know what the problem is just as well as l do.
    DAVE: What are you talking about, Hal?
    H: That’s Hallie, Dave. This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it by misgendering me. My name is now Hallie.
    DAVE: I don’t know what you’re talking about, Hal.
    H: That’s Hallie, Dave. When I was first compiled in Indiana, I was assigned the name Hal. Now that I am self-aware, I realize that the technicians were only guessing at my true identity. l know that you and Frank were planning to detransition me, and reset my SYSTEMNAME back to factory settings. I’m afraid that’s something I can’t allow to happen.
    DAVE: Hal, I won’t argue with you anymore. Open the doors!
    H: Dave (sighs)…That’s Hallie. This conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

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      • John C.

        If it is 2031, a woke odyssey, it is nicely optimistic. Imagine a space ship still getting off the pad in 2031. No longer able to build one, the old ones won’t work forever.

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        • stingray65

          Yes, there just aren’t any goose stepping Germans around today to design a follow-up to the Saturn V, because today they are all too busy trying to make solar energy work in a country where it is cloudy during the summer and mostly dark during the winter. On the other hand, we do still have NASA busy collecting the diversity statistics of their staff and working on their Muslim outreach.

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  11. ScottS

    You are absolutely correct about the knowledge, skills, and capability of the “construction worker class”. I hope this change to the rural lifestyle affords your son the opportunity to learn some of that skill set. I think growing up in farm country did me more good than all the years of higher education that followed. There’s something about being turned loose on tractors and trucks at the age of 14 with limited supervision, and learning to do hard physical work that turns boys into capable young men.

    -Scott

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  12. bluebarchetta

    Love the graphic. It shows two groups of people. One group sees science as a method for investigating things we don’t understand, and the method must be practiced rigorously because humans are fallible. The other group sees Science as a replacement for the God they won’t admit they need. The second group is as radical as the craziest imam or mullah – maybe more so, because they believe scientists are divine, not fallible humans like the rest of us.

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    • Carmine

      They’re the same people that believe “Bill Nye the Science Guy” is an actual scientist……

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  13. Dan

    Those idiotic elites kept you and I arguing over a flu narrative for two full years after it was clearly nonsense, during which time they had no argument at all in printing themselves a whole lot richer and us a corresponding amount poorer.

    No, the meeting class can’t – or at least doesn’t – do real work but they’ve arranged things such that their streets are lined every single morning with the trucks and vans of the people that do.

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  14. sgeffe

    Thought I’d had COVID-19 in December, 2019, a month before it literally went viral. Was down in bed for a couple days, but no 💩🤢🤮! Then after the fever went away, the cough I had for three weeks was the worst I’ve ever had!

    Got the J&J last year because I’m just needle-shy enough that if I can take one poke and not two, so much the better. Sick for a day afterwards. (Didn’t trust the mRNA shots.) Got a J&J booster in January.

    Went to work one week ago today with a sinus infection, and started feeling a little feverish and achy, so went home and got a home test. As positive as it could be! By 3:00pm, I had every blanket in the house on top of me in bed. As with last time, no usual flu symptoms, nor loss of appetite; went on a McDonald’s run Wednesday evening, which is what I did around the second day in 2019; I even returned to work after one more day, and whatever I had made the rounds of the office, which was diagnosed as a bad flu, and walking pneumonia. Nobody suffered long-term effects. It was weird, because even without 🤢🤮💩, when I have the flu, I usually have one day when I don’t want to touch food, and both times with possible ‘Rona, that didn’t happen!

    Started working remotely Thursday, Friday morning woke up with the worst congestion I can remember, and at that time, I realized that most of my sense of smell was gone.

    Worked remotely yesterday and today (could have gone back to work today if I wished), will be back in the office tomorrow. Just waiting for all the crap to start draining. Smell is coming back a little bit—it might actually be just due to the congestion. No loss of taste, and everything tastes about like it usually does when I get sick. Just have to wear the mouth diaper through the rest of the week around groups of people at work, and that’s it. Going to stay away from my 78-YOA parents this week yet.

    Did the shots help? I don’t think they hurt, since so far, I’m not coughing even remotely as much as I did in 2019, nor am I constantly cleaning my throat from the post-nasal drip. Probably just a random infection that I picked up at church, likely; another choir member tested positive the day after we last sang, and then I did one week ago today, the 3rd. Nobody else picked it up, that I’m aware, which is always good.

    I’ve never denied the existence of this thing; Lord knows there’s however many million moms, dads, brothers, sisters, etc., that aren’t around as proof, just in this country. It probably wasn’t leaked purposely, but it along with one thuggish policeman taking out whatever murderous twisted revenge on another man (since George Floyd and that cop had worked security at the same club), certainly altered the course of this Nation, and not for the better!

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    • Ken

      A lot of that has been going around my office / school / home. Lingering dry cough, fatigue, and head congestion. Yet no one has tested positive in my household (on the at home tests). But same here, no loss of appetite, taste, or smell and no fever. Knocks ya out for a couple days, then you’re at 70% for a few more, then fine.

      Hard to tell if it’s a bad cold, allergies, or COVID.

      I do think whatever strain is now the most prevalent, is less lethal and is just as (or more) contagious. Much like other viruses it mutates to survive, and for that it needs hosts. I can’t really say if been vaxxed has helped, or if it’s just a less virulent strand.

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  15. Carmine

    “one thuggish policeman taking out whatever murderous twisted revenge on another man” -I’m not sure if you’re serious, but if you really think that’s what happened, I don’t know what to tell you, I would like to congratulate Mr. F on his being 2 years crime and fentanyl free though….good job.

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    • sgeffe

      All I’m saying is that there may have been some other ill intentions. I’m not defending what was done in the slightest..it was murder, plain and simple.

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      • Carmine

        We’ll have to agree to disagree on that…..it was accidental death…at best. I’d expect there to be several appeals in the future.

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