Some speculation about the future.
In my darkest moments, I paraphrase Clif High "Absent the idea that they are trying to kill us,none of this makes any sense."
I feel you have accurately diagnosed the current issue. Even here in the Northeast US (pandemia central outside California) there is little will to enforce measures. Mandates are over, public schools are back to normal kind of, and universities are STILL holding on to a mask mandate (thankfully only in classrooms, because the great scientists have found it doesnt spread at Gyms or the libraries.)
But, knowing many PhDs in biological sciences, they will never give up this prestige. They were absolute nerd nobodies for a while and now, having tasted power and prestige, will throw us all to the ground to be the one turned to during the next pandemic. The energy for Corona is gone, but the energy and capacity for the biosecurity state to destroy our lives at a whim has increased manyfold. Don't know what else will happen up here, I'm moving to Florida.
I went to a store yesterday and it's been 5 days since the mask mandate has been dropped. Almost 90% of people in the store were masked anyways. I asked the clerk checking me out if she was being forced to wear her mask or if she did it on her own. She told me she is high risk and has a lot of medical issues. I just thought she was fat...but anyways...the point of her being high risk is like a badge of honor now. It's like the Oppression Olympics for these people. The more scared you are and the more pills you take...the better person you are in their eyes. People are just too weak and meek in the West....and we are somehow proud it...crazy.
"Omicron has unpredictable seasonality" ~ is it the variant or the mrna shots that have changed seasonal predictability?
Among the people I admire most are those whom el gato malo calls "ungovernable," and more specifically, who responded to the tyrants' "daily health questionnaires" with the following:
"Uh, yeah, my fever is about 109 degrees, maybe 112, my hair is standing on end, I am quadruple positive on the PCR and rainbow discharge is flowing from my nose."
When you stop a wannabe tyrant from violating the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution, HIPAA or similar laws in other countries, there is no law saying you can't have fun with it.
Whatever happens, they will need some emergency to hide the financial and energy crisis whilst bringing in digital currency.
“Pandemic industry”… yep, that about sums it up. If they’re making money from it or power from it, they have no incentive to stop… 🔥
The pandemic industry persists only as long as we tolerate it. No longer. More and more people are learning that industry was more destructive than beneficial, and it won't be tolerated by most for much longer. Those people have been inoculated with new critical thinking skills that will make the world a better place.
The more important long term outlook is whether the demolition of trust in the medical system will prevent acceptance of future beneficial treatments, especially in the next pandemic, which might be much worse than this fairly routine one. That might be a good thing, if people learn to manage their own health better. The best outcome would be elimination of the primary comorbidity of covid and many other diseases -- obesity.
I will NEVER be able to understand how any human with a modicum of intelligence thought that the jabs would be anything other than dodgy! I just do not understand that.
Eugyppius: "it’s very doubtful that SARS-2 can ever summon the future variants, necessary to restore Corona to its old power"
Not on its own, but with the help of some hard-working people in labs...!
Omicron, the gift from God (the guy who invented science). But not "The Science" which is followed by the Godless. Yes, these creatures will bring crisis after crisis, inspiring their followers to move ever deeper into sub-human consciousness. From there they will strike the humans, trying desperately to eliminate the truly sentient examples of their species.
You folks need to visit Florida, with the exception of about 10% of the population who unfortunately must be related to Japanese soldiers who didn't know the war was over, absolutely none of the bullshit that is common in my home state of PA or NY or CA goes on here. That's not to say that Sleepy Joe and his Merry Band of Useful Idiots won't try and dismantle the freedoms that exist here but for the time being I feel like an American living in 2019.
I flew last week for the first time since Covid started. Masking is of course required but the effort was half hearted at best. People were barely masking and many were openly defiant. Crowds everywhere and no enforcement. Covid theater at it's finest. The prep work for a great economic reset is done. The sheep know what to expect and will comply, generally speaking. Hang on for the ride. Pray, plan, prepare and RESIST.
A well educated friend recently opined that those who refuse the vaccine are selfish ignoramuses; I decided not to remind her that I'm one of the selfish refuseniks, as I'm becoming increasingly wearied by the blinkered refusal to question the destructive narrative which still prevails.
Last week, a family member, equally well educated and successful, expressed surprise when I told her about the rising incidence of vaccine induced myocarditis in young males .
Masks are still being worn, even in the fresh air. Bossy notices are still displayed in shop windows and hands are religiously sanitised.
Our leaders are now fully engaged in the conflict in Ukraine, seemingly content to up the ante rather than acknowledging western NATO related meddling and the urgent need for mediation to bring an end to the bloodshed.
It still seems to me that the hasty imposition of sanctions and the righteous hyperbole favoured by our movers and shakers have been utilised to encourage a credulous public to overlook the collateral damage inflicted by the disastrous lockdowns and focus their anger elsewhere.
We now seem to be in a more or less permanent state of emotional upheaval, reluctant and unwilling to challenge prevailing narratives, be they covid or Ukraine related.
A drastic fall in living standards will blight even more lives and livelihoods as those who got us into this mess insist on proceeding with Net Zero.
All I know is right now I know a ton of people who are sick with everything from mysterious infections to Sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma. All vaxxed. Jesus.
I write this on a train bound for London, and as I scan this bustling commuter trainscape, I see a sprinkling of masks. No one talks about Corona anymore in this country. Life has more or less gone back to normal.