The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Friday, June 26, 2020


In yesterday's post, I noted that we're living in the "crazy years"—many of us feel like Alice journeying through Wonderland. I used a quote from the book to emphasize this point:
Those who work hard to think critically, to sift through the fake news, the media hype, and now widespread corporate capitulation to the narrative, feel a lot like Alice in Chapter 6 of [Alice in Wonderland]:
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” 
It is true ... we're here ... among mad people. 
Team Apocalypse can barely hide its glee as the Dems' trained hamsters in the media report a "surge" in COVID-19 cases, never bothering to mention that the death rate from the virus continues on a downward trend. 

They use terms like "skyrocketing hospitalizations" to engender the most fear and hysteria they can, never providing context that indicates that the vast majority of those who are hospitalized are very old (80+) and sick with other problems and yet, are now treated more quickly and effectively. 

They use their COVID-19 scoreboard and enthusiastically report that states are setting new "case records," never mentioning that the majority of "cases" are asymptomatic or sub-clinical and affect those in the 20 to 40 year old cohort. 

They use ominous words and music to imply that another wave of shutdowns is in the offing, never mentioning that the "experts" (e.g., Anthony Fauci, MD) who told us we had to "flatten the curve" in March, NEVER promised that we'd eliminate the virus or even reduce the long-term number of cases. 

They imply that states that opened early are seeing the most significant rise in cases, but fail to note that even now, New York State that stayed shutdown the longest, saw far more total "cases" and deaths than states that opened early—even now.

They disregard an ominous "new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association [that] finds that the number of adults reporting symptoms of serious psychological distress rose to 13.6% from 3.9% in the same time in 2018, with higher levels among the young (24%), low-income (19.3%), and Hispanics (18.3%)" (as reported in the Wall Street Journal).

The bottom line is this:
The latest CDC data show that those aged 65 and older account for 80% of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. But that age group makes up only 16% of the population... those under age 35 comprise 45% of the population.... [but] 0.8% of COVID-19 deaths.
So we try to protect 16% of the population by shutting down schools and colleges they don't attend, closing bars and restaurants they can choose not to frequent for their own safety, shuttering businesses that they no longer work at because the vast majority are retired, and otherwise wrecking the economy along with the lives and livelihoods of at least 45% of the population. BTW, the same 16% can be protected without the necessity of doing any of this, but nevermind.

Yep, we're living in Wonderland ... among "mad people."