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Posted 03-12-2023 at 05:52 PM by jbgusa
Updated 11-25-2023 at 07:29 PM by jbgusa

There is a school of thought, which Biden and Obama personify, which believes that Americans have acted in a “privileged” and “entitled” manner, simply by being affluent and enjoying the “good life.“ They are seeking to punish us by welcoming an unlimited stream of migrants, and by “green“ policies that imply a massive transfer of wealth to the dictators of the “developing world.” I choose my words carefully, because very little of this wealth transfer will benefit actual poor people. As for migrants, the aim is to overwhelm any opposition to unlimited migration by sheer numbers. If a more restrictive administration is elected, it will be physically impossible to enforce policy. All kinds of litigation hurdles will be imposed. As we saw with the last election, in one way or another, they will create chaos and make the country ungovernable. Take Black Lives Matter and the Covid lockdowns.

An example is the fact that early in the Obama administration, when faced with a similar nascent pandemic, Obama declined to oppose lockdowns because he was not going to make himself unable to be reelected. Lockdowns, utopian “green” policies, and uncontrolled immigration are methods by which the elites punish largely helpless middle classes. The policies are rendered not open for discussion since anyone who poses them wants to “kill millions“ (lockdowns), cause “climate catastrophe” and/or are “racist.” Thus there is no discussion or debate about destructive policies.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Set to "Return" Art Objects, Sets Course to Self-Destruction
I consider myself lucky to have been born in 1957. I believe I was first taken to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") when I was eleven or twelve years old, in the late 1960's. The works of art, from ancient Greece, Egypt and Africa were awe-inspiring. Now, the powers that be plan to "return" much of this art tot he Third-World governments of lands that produced them. See New York Times article (link). Part of the program, to return stolen works, are unobjectionable. Excerpt (link):
Originally Posted by New York Times
The moves come as the Met — one of the largest museums in the world, with more than 1.5 million works from the past 5,000 years in its holdings — has been buffeted in recent years by increasing calls to repatriate works that law enforcement officials and foreign governments say it has no right to.
Other parts are almost open-ended. Excerpt:
Originally Posted by New York Times
Some critics want museums to do far more than simply ensure that ancient objects were not stolen. Even when no laws were broken, they want museums to place a greater emphasis on social justice, ensuring that objects were not obtained by exploiting societies weakened by poverty, colonialism, war or political instability — and to return them if they were.
Here's the problem; most of the world, except for a few select First-World countries, have been part of "societies weakened by poverty, colonialism, war or political instability." Basically, this means emptying of the great museums of the world.


I think the original strain was deadly. Even Delta, by the time it reached our shores, was a shadow of the original Covid. Most people, I think, were exposed during the original wave but thankfully (except for being spreaders) gained some immunity.
Take myself for an example. I think I had a moderate case of Covid in February 2020. I rode the same train line to work as "Patient Zero" rode from New Rochelle and worshiped at a synagogue three miles away, and studied at a synagogue two blocks away, from "Patient Zero's" synagogue. I had a nasty flu in mid-February, followed by a foul smell in my nose for another three-four weeks. I told my doctor of this last year and she said "you're lucky to be alive" though at no time did I think my life was in danger.

While I think there was overreaction to Covid, I am no right-wing anti-vaxxer. I vaxxed on March 2 and 23, 2021, boosted on October 27, 2021, May 27, 2022 and January 27, 2023. I had non-symptomatic Covid in September 2022, accounting for the gap between boosts. I think one of the reasons that the disease became milder were the vaccines, as well as the initial wave exposure. I think that initial wave, between the end of January 2020 and the start of lockdowns and/or people just simply freezing in place, between March 9, 2020, a Monday, and March 13, 2020, a Friday, hit a lot of people, most asymptomatically or mildly.

I think for us now to be "doing Covid" creates the risk incurred by "the boy who cried 'wolf'." Next time around, when there is a real threat, people will just laugh it off. Could even happen 100 years from now, the interval between the Spanish Flu (1917-1920) and Covid. People remember the Spanish Flu for its deadliness. I hope people don't remember Covid for the "Chicken Little" reaction.


This is for my upcoming "review" of Origin Stores, Francisco Ayala, Biologist and Defender of Evolution, Dies at 88
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    Covid was a well used disaster. How did all of the countries know to do the same thing at the same time? And the vaccines! What a mess that turned out to be. The cure is worse than the disease. No one can deny that this was a political hard ball. The survivoribility of covid as very very high....look at the numbers and it will tell you all you need to know. Now we have a bunch of people running around with strained immune systems and God save us if something really serious gets out. Oh, and did you notice that saying that covid was a lab leak for 2 years got you thrown off social media? Now even the FBI director is getting on the lab leak bandwagon. People please open your eyes and see what is going on around you. It is in your face now...
    Posted 03-28-2023 at 06:31 PM by claire.cook claire.cook is offline

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