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Patteeu Memorial Political Forum>OmIcRoN!!!1111
Taco John 03:00 AM 11-28-2021
The rollout of this NeW vArIaNt!!!! feels completely stiff and scripted. It feels like a completely poorly written screenplay. I practically expect them to try to rebrand it Covid-21 at any moment now.

This show needs new writers.





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MahomesMagic 09:43 PM 12-22-2021
Inside the Omicron fear factory
Public health chiefs and the media are working overtime to gin up hysteria

Covid victim emerged from Italy. The average decedent was eighty years old, with approximately three comorbidities such as heart disease, obesity or diabetes. The young had little to worry about; the survival rate for the vast majority of the population was well over 99 percent.

That portrait never significantly changed. The early assessments of Covid out of Italy have remained valid through today. And so it will prove with the Omicron variant.

The data out of South Africa, after five weeks of Omicron spread, suggest that Omicron should be a cause for celebration, not fear. Its symptoms are mild to non-existent in the majority of the infected, especially the vaccinated; hospitalization rates are over nine times lower than for previous Covid strains; deaths are negligible. That assessment will only be confirmed as the US and other western countries gather their own data on Omicron.

Yet the public health establishment and the media are working overtime to gin up Omicron hysteria. The official response to the Omicron variant provides a case study in the deliberate manufacture of fear. The following strategies are key:

1. Create a group norm of fear
The media want you to believe that everyone around you is scared out of his mind, and thus you should be, too. Man-on-the-street interviews quote Nervous Nellies exclusively. A December 17 New York Times article headlined “As Virus Cases Surge, New Yorkers Feel a Familiar Anxiety” trotted out a parade of paralyzed city residents:

“Monday I wasn’t even thinking about [Omicron], and Thursday I’m in a panic,” said a fifty-nine-year-old woman on the Upper West Side. A teacher at Manhattan’s New School confessed: “It’s literally all I’ve been thinking about. I’m really heartsick and worried.” A thirty-six-year-old woman in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, said: “It’s scary — it feels like we’ve been here before.” A sixty-two-year-old woman in Queens reported that her travel and outing days were over: “I’m going to go home, I’m going to stay home and just keep to myself.”

It is not a coincidence that these sources are all female, since females have been the driving force behind safetyism’s conquest of American public policy and of the American mind. Their dominance in corporate HR departments helps explain the constant deferral of back-to-work plans and the restrictions that dominate what little remains of office life.

At Dow Jones, for example, green signs now designate certain desks as “usable;” red signs mark the pariah desks as unusable. Workers who plan to come into the office must be assigned a “usable” desk each day in advance of arrival. The permissible capacity of conference rooms has been shrunk to the point that normal meetings are nearly impossible.

Are there any New Yorkers who are not panicked? Presumably, but you would not know it from the Times’s and other outlets’ coverage. Needless to say, dissenters from Omicron fear in the rest of the country are beneath notice. The point of these one-sided quotes is to spread and normalize panic as the only reasonable reaction to the variant.

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2. Buttress group fear with expert opinion
The only public health experts whom the media quote are those determined to put the most dire spin on Omicron. They stress worst-case hypothetical scenarios and dismiss actual good-case evidence. At best, they may grudgingly admit that Omicron symptoms are disproportionately mild, but rush to assert that there are still many as-yet unrealized grounds for worry. “Even if Omicron causes less severe cases, the sheer number of cases could once again overwhelm unprepared health systems,” the director-general of the World Health Organization said. “I’m not counting [Omicron’s lack of severity] as good news just yet,” a disease ecologist at Georgetown University said. “Even if infection is mild in many individuals, it’s not going to be mild in everyone.”

But that 100 percent mildness standard is unrealistic. There are outliers in any disease and any treatment; the question is: what is the predominant reality? The zero-risk, zero-harm standard for public policy adopted for the first time with Covid has proven a social, economic and public health disaster.

At worst, the favored experts do not even pay lip service to the evidence militating against panic. An epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told the New York Times: “I think we need to be prepared for the possibility that this could be at least as bad as any previous wave that we’ve seen.” There are apparently no circumstances which would warrant a less-than-totalitarian response in advance of any actual disaster. The yearning for more draconian lockdowns and more control over the private sector is palpable.

3. Manufacture epistemological uncertainty and insist on that uncertainty as long as possible
The media intone repeatedly that much remains uncertain about Omicron, including how likely it is to cause severe disease. But we already have a good picture of that likelihood from the South Africa experience: very unlikely. Nevertheless, the director of the influential Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Christopher Murray, is determined to assert that we know little to nothing yet: “The most challenging question is severity,” he told the Times.

4. Bury both good news and dissenters from the bad news
The South African data should lead any coverage of Omicron, yet it has barely been reported. Though only 27 percent of the country is fully vaccinated, less than two percent of new cases are requiring hospitalization. And that number is undoubtedly too high, since many reported Covid hospitalizations were admitted for reasons other than Covid. In countries such as the US with much higher rates of vaccination, the breakthrough infections from Omicron will be even milder. Omicron will be an ideal vehicle for achieving herd immunity, conferring protection without tears on the vast majority of the infected.

The South African doctor who first reported the Omicron variant has declared herself “astonished” by the world’s reaction to the new strain, which is “out of all proportion to its risks.” “Patients typically present with muscle pain, body aches, a headache and a bit of fatigue,” Angelique Coetzee wrote in the Daily Mail on December 13. “After about five days [those symptoms] clear up, and that’s it.” The only patient with severe symptoms whom she has seen over the last month had HIV, pneumonia and other comorbidities.

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BucEyedPea 09:49 PM 12-22-2021
Originally Posted by scho63:
In 2021, 20 states and the District of Columbia lost residents via net domestic migration. Largest domestic migration losses were in California (-367,299), New York (-352,185) and Illinois (-122,460).
Not only am I seeing more New Yorkers, I am now seeing more folks from Illinois and the place is even more crowded than when the boomer retirement migration before Covid. It's basically rush hour traffic 24/7 even before the exodus from Democrat northern states.

And these northerners are very aggressive drivers. They go 20 mph over the speed limit weaving in and out without enough space to clear. Hearing ambulances far more often.
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BucEyedPea 09:50 PM 12-22-2021
Originally Posted by scho63:
Net domestic migration
National rank State Total net domestic migration (2018Ė2019)
1 Florida 133,910
2 Texas 125,660
3 Arizona 91,017
4 North Carolina 67,338
I wonder if that will turn AZ blue?
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MahomesMagic 09:52 PM 12-22-2021
Originally Posted by BucEyedPea:
Not only am I see more New Yorkers, I am now seeing more folks from Illinois and the place is even more crowded than when the boomer retirement migration before Covid. It's basically rush hour traffic 24/7 even before the exodus from Democrat northern states.

Where would you rather be America or China?

Blue Woke Cities are trying to become Chinese style bio-fascist police states.
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Pawnmower 09:56 PM 12-22-2021
clearly BEP would rather be in China

he is a fascist & commie
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BucEyedPea 09:57 PM 12-22-2021
Originally Posted by MahomesMagic:
Where would you rather be America or China?

Blue Woke Cities are trying to become Chinese style bio-fascist police states.
Yeah, there's even proggies saying that this has to do with the Chinafication of America.

I'd rather be in Florida, because at least I know I'm free.
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Ninerfan11 09:58 PM 12-22-2021

Wow. @MiamiDadeCounty pulled down the vaxed/unvaxed Regeneron chart I post from their daily reporting. It happened right after @MayorDaniella falsely stated it was the unvaxed using Regeneron, and was easily proven wrong. This smells very fishy to me. pic.twitter.com/aRjbAqzhXs

— Frog Capital�� (@FrogNews) December 22, 2021

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eDave 10:01 PM 12-22-2021
Pretty sure I have it today. Feels like how I felt after my second shot, but not nearly as bad.
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BleedingRed 10:05 PM 12-22-2021
Originally Posted by eDave:
Pretty sure I have it today. Feels like how I felt after my second shot, but not nearly as bad.
Itís definitely gone through down here in Houston. Last two weeks people went home early because they felt out of it and tired.

Meh,

Letís hope the initial reporting turns out, and itís far less deadly.
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Ninerfan11 10:07 PM 12-22-2021
Originally Posted by eDave:
Pretty sure I have it today. Feels like how I felt after my second shot, but not nearly as bad.
Damn, get well soon.
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BleedingRed 10:09 PM 12-22-2021
The cold and other virus are making rounds too. Been some wicked stomach flu going around after thanksgiving.
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GloryDayz 10:13 PM 12-22-2021
Originally Posted by Nirvana58:
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak outóbecause I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak outó because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak outóbecause I was not a Jew.

Then they came for meóand there was no one left to speak for me.
OUTSTANDING POST!!!! :-)
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Pawnmower 10:17 PM 12-22-2021
Originally Posted by eDave:
Pretty sure I have it today. Feels like how I felt after my second shot, but not nearly as bad.
if I was with you there's no way we would social distance
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BleedingRed 10:18 PM 12-22-2021
Originally Posted by Pawnmower:
if I was with you there's no way we would social distance
Fuck no give it to me, I advocate people starting to purposefully get it.
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Taco John 12:47 AM 12-23-2021

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