How to go from two weeks to crush the curve to flu season mask mandates forever.
Covidism and wokeness are one and the same. I'm not entirely sure why, but power, control, and absolute risk avoidance are some things they have in common. Inevitably, the most woke are also the most terrified of covid and the strictest adherents to containment policies. I am not entirely sure of the reason for the link, but it's something I have often pondered.
One thing you don't mention is the idea put forward that masking has zero cost. If you genuinely believe this then it does follow that some degree of masking always make sense even if there is only a tiny chance of some benefit.
To defeat ideas like this I think people need to be convinced that there is a cost to masking and that it is not trivial. This at least opens the door to conversations about effectiveness. If you persist with the idea of zero cost then effectiveness is almost irrelevant.
I spoke with a lady recently who was supposedly sick with "covid". She told me she had two shots, two boosters, wears her mask religiously and disinfects everything all the time. I wasn't surprised by what she told me, or the fact that she was ill, what surprised me is when she said she's been spending a lot of time trying to narrow down exactly "where or who she "caught " the "virus " from. I was awestruck. These people's brains have been changed or something over the last couple of years. I don't ever remember a time when people with a cold went about trying to figure out how they got the cold. I was unable to say what I wanted to say to this lady because of the nature of my business but what I desperately wanted to ask was, "wouldn't your time be better spent finding out why all of the things you did to supposedly keep from getting sick didn't work????"
I picked up my son from Berkeley High yesterday after school. It’s 80% masked. My hypothesis is the only unmasked kids are the unvaccinated from covid. If the school district here implements the flu shot policy we are leaving the district that day.
If I go to any coffee shop in town right now it will be 80-90% masked for those in line and 100% unmasked for those sitting at tables. It is impossibly stupid here. I am living in an open air asylum.
I think Festinger's work on cognitive dissonance explains a lot of this. In his original study, his team infiltrated a UFO doom group who thought the world would end sometime in 1954. It didn't, so they concocted a narrative that the world had been saved by their ardent prayers and general awesomeness. Importantly, prior to the non-event of the world ending, they were a private and somewhat furtive group, but when the world didn't end they began to proselytise. Festinger explained this as them seeking social approval for their beliefs to relieve the discomfort of the dissonance, and this is where the forever mandates come in, I think. By insisting on them, the adherents of this barking-mad practice guarantee that there will be at least the appearance of social support from their coevals. This helps them to relieve the cognitive dissonance they feel by all of the evidence showing that their facemasks don't work. It's either that or because they are all ugly as trolls.
But Eugy ... YOU COULD SAVE LIVES!!!!!
The flu vax does not prevent transmission, and in fact there is some data to indicate that transmission is higher for people who have received the vax. The same is true of the COVID vaxes. This vitiates any justification that the University might have had for their decision.
Containment is almost ideal as the basis for a crackpot ideology. There's nothing to be said in favour of it. It's useless, burdensome, cruel and stupid. The believers are trapped by that. They've committed to the indefensible, with perfect midwit stubbornness. Now they can't back away—unless they're willing to lose social standing, friends, jobs, etc. Cults work on the same basis, as do gangs.
If these draconian, scientifically baseless mandates happened to Berkeley during the 60's, the campus would have been fire bombed. Where are the rebels? Taking gender studies classes?
Not just a deep ideological commitment, but a deep seated psychological commitment. Even now I daily observe mostly young, mostly men, walking alone down deserted suburban sidewalks with masks on. It is beyond me what the goal is. I think the pandemicists have managed to utterly break the people in our society who are the most psychologically vulnerable.
I am wondering if enough students left Berkeley to attend other universities, would Berkeley magically change the mask policy? Nothing grabs people’s attention like the withdrawal of funding. So many universities in the USA. Why waste time at one so obviously ill informed about public health measures and the complete and utter failure of masks to prevent transmission of a scariant. What else are they I’ll informed about? This is just one obvious concern.
It doesn’t take much. Remember, most of these kids have been indoctrinated since kindergarten.
None of the people saying "It's common courtesy to wear a mask, why are you so selfish?" were forced to wear it all day every day for a year and a half, do manual labor in a mask, then get done with work and go to the gym in a mask. They didn't experience first-hand the idiocy of eating lunch bare-faced with work colleagues before dutifully masking up to protect the same colleagues. Beyond the discomfort of wearing one, they don't understand how depressing it is to see everyone else in a face diaper, a constant and never-ending reminder of fear and compliance.
Is the flu vaccine a fully sterilizing vaccine? If not, then why an exemption for vaccinees?
These evil creatures really are focusing on all education. Their purpose is obviously control and brainwashing at a very young age. This is undercover video of an assistant Principal in my town- he openly discriminates against conservatives, Catholics and people over 30. Openly discusses how he needs to have the young teachers malleable to his views.
I read the UCB page you pointed at, and followed a link to a FAQ on masks. It appears from what's said there that the "requirements" aren't actually *required*.
It's as if there's a policy for enunciating to a fearful subset of the public, and another one that recognizes reality. Which I guess is at least partly encouraging.