April 27, 2020

Truths on the Wuflu

Timothy Birdnow

Quadrant Magazine has a fine article about the whole pandemic, and why some subsequent truths.

From the article:

This cursed pandemic, and the accompanying panicky overreaction, is a learning experience. A first thing we are learning is that massive death tolls are usually invisible. Death upon death with nary a mention. Oh, the sheer callousness of it!

I took CIA data for country-by-country death rates in 2017. Australia’s was 7.3 deaths per thousand people. On this basis, we can expect to suffer in the order of 186,000 deaths in 2020. That is on average about 3,600 deaths each and every week; mostly unmourned by vox populi.

As of late in evening Anzac Day, 81 deaths have reportedly occurred on Australian soil as a result of the Wuhan virus. Predominantly, those who have died have lived at least their biblically allotted three score years and ten and, as well, had co-morbidities. All of these deaths, about 10 per week on average, since the first death on March 1, have been made conspicuously visible.

Each death is reported on individually and with emphasis. The humbug of "every death is a tragedy” compulsorily preludes any otherwise sane comment on the government’s dystopian experiment to cure the virus by collapsing the economy. One or two people die aged 92 in a nursing home and "death toll climbs” is the typical headline.

The contrasting treatment is stark. Convulsions over "the tragedy” of just 81 deaths; indifference to the 28,000 or so people (including children) who, on average, die in the same number of weeks in other ways.


When we look back at 2020 from the vantage point of, say, 2025, the Wuhan virus deaths too will be background noise. They will be unnoticeable on the graphs. And we, who are not their friends or their families, will not remember them or, truth to say, care a wit that they have died.


A second thing we are learning is that most people are completely seduced by the moment. For them, there is no past to learn from and the future is completely coloured by the present.


We will get back to normal-normal and, yes, this will include being within kissing distance of grandparents, rubbing shoulders at sporting events and in crowded bars and, such is hectic modern life, jostling in overcrowded modes of public transport.

Shaking hands and hugging will return (though, personally, I could do without the hugging). I could say something about the return of those downright dangerous activities, to wit, fornication and casual and commercial sex but I imagine they didn’t stop.

A third thing we are learning is that many of our fellow citizens will willingly dance to any tune governments play; however discordant. Instructions to cower in your bathtub, would be greeted with, ‘oh well you know, the government must be right’. Sheep, looking for all the world like people, are seemingly in great abundance. The inimitable Eli Wallach called it out, playing the Mexican bandit Calvera in The Magnificent Seven. "If God did not want them sheared, He would not have made them sheep.”

The are no doubt other things we are learning but I want to end with a confirmation rather than with an instance of new learning. As we know from the economic desolation they cause when in charge; from their national self-loathing; from their agenda to rob us of pride in our past; from their determination to tear down institutions (like traditional marriage) which have served us so well; from their overt hostility towards Christianity; from their intrigue to divide us by race and by sex, leftists are a plague on the world, more virulent than any virus. And, true to form, is their doleful advocacy in the current crisis.

Want more stringent lockdowns to keep more people out of work and in despair? Look left. Want ever-longer lockdowns to maximise long-lasting damage to people’s livelihoods, mental health and wellbeing? Look left. Want the loss of yet more individual liberties and inalienable rights? Look left.

Read the whole article at Quadrant.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 11:48 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Dog-GONE it, but those last two paragraphs contain a whole freight-train's worth of wisdom, don't they?

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at April 27, 2020 02:24 PM (aT2qb)

2 Truer words were never spoken Dana. The whole thing was absolutely brilliant, which is why I posted so much of it. It's definitely a must read.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at April 28, 2020 07:31 AM (Wolb4)

3 On the USS Rooseveldt, with 100% tested, 20% tested positive. That is consistent with everywhere that random testing has been done. 20% positive. Nowhere has been significantly greater or lesser. 20% of every population exposed to the virus winds up infected by it.
The media is posturing wildly about the horror of 1 million cases in the US. Well, no, almost certainly it is 20% or 65.6 million cases. With 59,000 deaths, that is a mortality rate of 0.08% of people infected by the virus. That means that out of every 1,111 people infected, one person will die. That person will be 83 years old and in poor health.
One million cases. Last year, which was not a bad year for the common flu, there were 30,000 million cases of common flu. 30,000 million, and that is a disease for which we have a vaccine. Not only did we not shut down the economy, but more than 50% of the population did not bother to get the vaccine.
The entire narrative surrounding this virus has been insane.

Posted by: Bill H at April 28, 2020 05:36 PM (vMiSr)

4 The economy is seriously affected by this pandemic, more than the global economic crisis of 2008. animal crossing

Posted by: animal crossing at April 28, 2020 08:47 PM (MSGVi)

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