Friday, May 20, 2022

After being swindled and fooled, will we learn from our COVID failures?; Coronavirus: Beijing Students Tear Down Metal Fence Trapping Them Inside Dorms, and other C-Virus related stories

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After being swindled and fooled, will we learn from our COVID failures?
We were swindled, fooled, bamboozled and lied to during the pandemic. The public-health establishment misled the American people about the value of masking, closures and social distancing. No one has accepted blame. Understanding how badly we failed is not only an inevitable part of the “told you so” process but, more important, a lesson for next time. Just ask the Swedes.
Sweden had zero excess deaths associated with COVID-19. The United States had the most excess deaths of all nations. New York had more than Florida. That’s the whole story right there in a handful of words.
Let’s unpack it.
The key element of misdirection in the American swindle was case counts, those running numbers on screens telling us how many Americans had tested positive for COVID. If you’re curious, it looks like some 60% of us have had COVID at some point, with most of us experiencing mild or no symptoms.
How high the case numbers went in your neck of the woods depended a lot on the amount of testing taking place. More testing meant more “cases.” For me, when I had a very mild set of symptoms all clearly in line with COVID, I never even bothered to test. Like most people, I just sat around the house for a few days until I got better. My spouse, who had no symptoms, never got tested, either. Neither of us was included in the ever-growing case counts that dominated the headlines for years. --->READ MORE HERE
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Coronavirus: Beijing Students Tear Down Metal Fence Trapping Them Inside Dorms:
Peking University students in Beijing on Sunday night tore down part of a metal fence that administrators erected without warning hours earlier after the students realized it effectively sealed them inside their dormitories and prevented them from accessing any other section of the campus as part of the school’s anti-Chinese coronavirus protocol, Hong Kong’s the Standard newspaper reported.
“The fences appeared on Sunday night [May 15] without warning outside the students’ dormitories, where those inside were forbidden from leaving. Students were also barred from ordering takeaway food and restricted from accessing the school campus,” according to the Standard.
A large group of students gathered outside some of the affected dormitories and staged a protest against the movement restrictions hours later, drawing the attention of Peking University Vice President Chen Baojian. Eyewitness video footage of the confrontation showed Chen telling the gathered students through a megaphone, “Please go back to your dormitory in an orderly manner” and, “If anyone, any student has an opinion tonight, we can talk about it.”
“However, students were not buying it and insisted the fences must go before they return to their dormitories,” the Standard relayed.
Moments later, video footage captured what appears to be students forcibly tearing down sections of the metal fence in question directly behind Chen before rounds of supportive applause erupt among the crowd. --->READ MORE HERE
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