Pandemic policies were deeply, profoundly stupid, in a way that we have hardly come to terms with even now.
The mask is the second highest sacrament of the covidian religion. (The primary sacrament being, of course, the jab.)
Fact is, they don't even work in surgery.
They just won't give it up. They won't stop. Science? Logic? Experience? They won't stop unless & until cessation of masking is blessed by the Grand High Exalted State Officials.
My father's visit last week to the podiatrist demonstrated that the office staff remains masked and will do so until granted absolution on or about May 11.
This is the date that the Demented President of the USA has decreed the "pandemic" will end--all evidence that masking was unnecessary be damned.
I supposed I should be grateful that patients and those in the waiting room no longer are commanded to wear face diapers. That edict was lifted two months ago. However, the waiting room chairs remain six feet apart, and there are no "germ-y" magazines for entertainment by those who deliver elderly parents for podiatry services.
I'm willing to bet that at least one or two of the podiatrist office staff will remain masked after May 11.
By the way, the plexiglass "shields" remain in place around the office staff's desks. I'm certain those will never disappear.
The mask has been attributed magical properties similar to a talisman, as I've written about. It became a magical forcefield for the most ardent of believers. It gave the user abilities beyond that just from the 'vid.
In many places now, at least what I hear/see in Latin America, is that it's mainly for ugly people or the socially awkward - those that just want to 'blend in' and be anonymous in their city.
Daylight Savings Time is emblematic of the institutional sclerosis afflicting Western civilization. Everyone hates it. Everyone knows it's pointless. Everyone wishes we could just stop. There's absolutely no reason we can't all just agree to stop.
And yet, it continues.
Universal masking was required so that they could have a "plausible" explanation (at least for the unsuspecting rubes) respecting why colds and influenza had "disappeared" for 2+ years.
"What happened to colds and flu?"
"Oh it must be the masks everyone is wearing."
(I actually overheard this conversation between a couple of people who were wearing masks)
The reality is colds and flu hadn't gone anywhere, they were simply being re-branded as "Covid", in a large part due to ambiguity in PCR testing. This of course was by design, all in the interest of preserving the illusion of a pandemic.
It really is hard to put the mask genie back in the bottle. Still seeing a minority of people wearing them in public places, driving alone or otherwise outdoors alone. It’s pitiful but if someone thinks it is a lucky charm, have at it (while the same courtesy to choose was not extended to those of us who refused). Most remarkable of all is that it is many medical facilities who know better, that to this day are virtually the only business entity demanding that everyone kowtow to the idiocy while everything else from venues, shops, restaurants, businesses are completely mask-free
It's a bit like a forest fire: The forest floor is abnormally dry, some moron throws away his cigarette and then the whole place burns down. But if the moron hadn't done it, a day later some other idiot holding a barbecue would've been responsible.
When a crisis happens, people are desperate to feel as if they can have some sort of influence on it. Masking would have happened regardless of the direct ignition source. People desperately wanted this and the scientists were supposed to come up with reasons to justify it, hence why Zeynep largely focused on the "message" sent by wearing masks.
The real luck we have is that these people retreated from the poorly fitting cloth to the N95s, before now moving to respirators (soon including goggles too, as you can get infected through your eyes). The poorly fitting cloth was turning into a fashion item among women of childbearing age, if they had held the line and continued arguing this really does something substantial if everyone does it, it would have become an irreversible cultural shift.
Let this be our reminder that just because taking off one's shoes before entering a home is sensible, courteous and a harmless hygienic custom, other customs found in the same places might *not* be equally sensible, courteous and harmless.
Never eat the whole hog. Just the good parts.
Rain occurs when atmospheric water vapor forms clouds around cloud condensation nuclei (i.e.- particulates). When people dance, they literally kick up dust into the sky. Add a fire in the middle and that creates a channel of hot air that can carry the lightest of the dust particulates to great heights. The sound of drumming and singing may even have a slight additive effect to this. All of this is a feasible explanation for raindancing actually working.
The human brain can't stop finding patterns in anything presented to it. And the Leftist brain can't stop finding ways to implement totalitarianism in anything presented to it.
How do you tell an Expert from an Idiot? Ask them if they believe that masks work.
All very valid.
However, as I have to cycle to the train station tomorrow morning and it’s been raining heavily here in Belgium, I may just do a rain dance in reverse, in order to grab a spot of dryness.
And while I know it will do nothing, it evokes that other great dictum of Covidiocy: When faced with a choice between doing something they know won’t work and doing nothing, policymakers will always choose the former.
I went to the small clinic here in the village this morning. Regulars were not masked but the doctor was. It also turned out to be a very unfriendly one, starting to scold me soon as she saw my face. Tomorrow they do bloodwork and that will probably be the last they see of me. The paperwork asked my pronouns. I should have left rightaway. But I was eager to get help (which they could not provide, I got to see a specialist. For a clogged ear)
I am absolutely astounded by the ingenuity of the argument that we should all mask up because Mongolia did and they only had one case. Ok.
Write that book, Eugyppius. I am sick to my heart of all the stupidity and probably won't manage to get through it for fear of throwing up constantly while reading, but I promise I will buy multiple copies and flood my friends with them.
"Pandemic policies were deeply, profoundly stupid, in a way that we have hardly come to terms with even now."
Just so. Similarly, the entire first world has become profoundly stupid. Which does not bode well for the first world.