The truth lies somewhere in between


How can free speech mean that the truth is forever out-of-reach?

“U.S. surpasses a million coronavirus cases.”

“The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. officially exceeds the number of fatalities during the Vietnam War, ” say the news anchors this morning of April 29th, 2020.

The death toll in the country reached 58,351 as of Tuesday night, surpassing the 58,220 who died during the Vietnam War that lasted almost 20 years.

While far more Vietnamese military and civilians were killed in the nine-year conflict — as many as 612,000 civilians and 1.26 million soldiers were killed in total — the coronavirus has quickly outpaced the lethality of the United States’ most costly war since WWII.

“Hart Island is one of America’s largest public cemeteries, with more than one million people buried there.

“Typically, the city buries about 25 bodies on Hart Island per week. According to Department of Correction spokesman Jason Kersten, the city now buries about 24 bodies per day.”

Trench warfare

Unknown civilians

The current covid-19 death rate reaches 17.6 deaths per 100,000 citizens.
WHATEVER THAT MEANS.


NOW, FOR THE SPIN:

“So far, deaths from COVID-19 are way below estimates. Our hospitals have not been overwhelmed. U.S. per capita mortality rates are among the lowest in the world, and we’ve conducted far more tests for the presence of the virus than any other nation.” THAT’S THE FOX NEWS VERSION

“There’s also no comprehensive national plan to distribute tests to the places they’re needed most. This lack of planning goes back to the pandemic’s early days, when systemic failures significantly delayed coronavirus tests from rolling out and left the US trailing in testing capacity compared with other countries. For these reasons, the number of tests performed has plateaued at about 150,000 per day in the US. Experts say we need several times that.”

THAT’S THE VOX VERSION

FOX V VOX

like

SOX V COX

Now, there’s been a call for real-time live results in the U.S. (like the world population site) from the CDC. At the very least, statistics updated more than the “once a day, open during business hours, EST” bureaucratic approach seems like it might help the medical professionals trying to save people (who are different from statistical data, in case you’ve forgotten).

Frozen in time a few seconds ago- by now there have been thirty-three more births….


1) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cannot attest to the accuracy of a non-federal website.

2) CDC is not responsible for Section 508 compliance (accessibility) on other federal or private website.

What the f*@k is Section 508? Do I have time to find out? Or should I just comply? Surveillance tracing, do your thing. Protests will continue until you’re dead.

Lab Collection Dates / Date Collected / CDC Labs / US Public Health Labs 1/18401/19001/20701/21301/221001/233601/245301/2510101/267901/277701/286501/2910201/3025601/316302/131032/23312/3131

Note: As of March 12, the dates associated with the specimens tested by CDC Labs have been updated to reflect the date the specimen was received by CDC, instead of when they were collected from the patient.

“For state public health labs, the date represents the date of sample collection, if available, or the date tested. For CDC labs, the date represents the date specimen was received at CDC. Results reported as of 4:00 pm ET on April 27 were included.”

If you’re like a few other people, you wonder if this virus has been around longer than we’ve been lead to believe. I have my conspiracy theory YouTube binge watching sessions (about every 13 weeks) and despite that am pretty sure the government’s been lying to me for, at least, my adult life. When your first presidential memory is tricky dicky, that’s not much of a stretch.

From 2005, it became really difficult to get funding for work on SARS coronavirus,” says Rolf Hilgenfeld at the University of Lübeck, Germany.

Who saw it coming?

THE world dodged a bullet in 2003 when a global effort contained the SARS coronavirus after it jumped from bats to humans in China and [then spread to 26 countries].

SARS-CoV

In 2012, MERS-CoV another novel coronavirus spread in the Middle East. MERS is a viral respiratory illness that has not been “contained.”

In 2016,the World Health Organization put coronaviruses among the top eight known viral threats.

7 years late

And as you’ve probably heard, the “Spanish Flu” of 1918 kicked our asses, bad.

It was in 1918 that a worldwide influenza epidemic gripped the globe, killing nearly 50 million men, women, and children across the map. World War I, a vicious and ghastly war, only killed 16 million people in contrast.

Once again, our illnesses and our battlefields are compared, but this juxtaposition feels disingenuous at best. Networks throw around “heroes on the front line” as their rallying cry with the obligatory, nausea- inducing #AloneTogether hashtag. Whereas before this we were really together, alone. Now all that anxiety has a legitimate focal point, unless of course you want a haircut or a tattoo and are sick of waiting around to get tested.

Because if we were really where we should be by all accounts in collective consciousness (I’m sure many would disagree because they just disagree) and evolution (Godliness is cleanliness, for god’s sake), we would have decided that a self-sustaining tribe was the way to go by now. We would’ve dealt with global warming years ago instead of letting Exxon be the biggest “research” vessel on the subject. We would’ve learned from the pandemic aberrations aforementioned that when the next “novel” virus hit – we’d respond more like Iceland and less like crazed lab rats being manipulated by our political wardens.

Scholars in these fields now interpreted self-destructive behaviour, in humans and animals, in terms of innate and unconscious responses to social and ecological pressures.

Plagues R Us

American psychologist Abraham Maslow noted in 1966, “It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

Similarly, it is seemingly irresistible, if the only hero you have is a soldier, to treat everything as if it were a war.

Heroes in the throes

The co-ordinated effort to save lives is not the same as the state-sanctioned battle to extinguish them.


The newest word in our lexicon:

ylem

[ ahy-luhm ] noun

the hypothetical initial substance of the universe from which all matter is derived.


President orders ‘meat-processing plants” to stay open.

Which one is a “wet market”?

The CDC asked for my recommendations to help their website (it will ask you too if you take the survey). Here’s one thought :

Update how information can be accessed (smaller pop-ups or pop-outs with factoids and action items). Add human stories (my expertise). Add resources like hospice – we’ve lost our dignity. We’ve gained nothing with all our “wealth and power.”

I’ll leave you with this, fellow countrymen.

At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? — Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the Ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

Abraham Lincoln’s address before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, on 27 January 1838.

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