Why all of a sudden is the who making public comments against the sledgehammer approach of lockdowns as the rhetoric of the “deadly” consequences of letting healthy people go about their lives finally gets challenged both in the public arena and the courts.
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Why is there still such a push for draconian COVID-19 lockdowns when the British magazine the Spectator reported in a video interview WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro saying such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last resort.
Dr. David Nabarro went on to say “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
he also went on to say said tight restrictions cause significant harm, particularly on the global economy.
“Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer,” he said.
“Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”
Hungry children? Millions of them?
Trillions’ worth of real output are at stake… trillions’ worth of phony stimulus… and millions – maybe billions – of lives.
In the UK, GDP is said to be running about 10% below last year…
In the U.S., in GDP alone, it looks like the lockdowns will take about $1 trillion out peoples’ pockets. But the losses are not distributed evenly.
Here in Australia the pain of the lockdowns have pushed people to bankruptcy and has allowed the state far more powers through various dictates by leaders who continue to push the lockdown measures as the way to combat the feardemic.
If the Federal Reserve pushes up a billionaire’s wealth by just 10%… 99 million other people could actually get poorer. But the headlines would still tell us we were all getting richer – on average.
At the top, even millions of dollars – up or down – don’t make much difference.
But at the very bottom – where the World Bank says there are some 700 million people living on less than $2 per day – an economic slowdown can mark the frontier between life and death.
The “experts” say to lock the doors… stay at home… cover-up… and stay away.
The train of thought that the “medical experts” will bring us longer lives is so erroneous; it was the plumbers, the farmers, and the builders. Improved living standards raised life expediencies all around the world, it was the entrepreneurs, tinkers, and business builders, not the public health professionals.
This from professors Maryaline Catillon and David M. Cutler, both of Harvard, and Thomas E. Getzen of Temple University:
“Growth in life expectancy during the last two centuries has been attributed to environmental change, productivity growth, improved nutrition, and better hygiene, rather than to advances in medical care.”
Keep the plumbers and bakers at home and living standards fall…
So, it is reasonable to expect, as the WHO implies, that when the economy goes down, life expectancies will decline, too.
Can we guess what happens next… for every year of life saved for the rich oligarchs by shutting down the economy… there may be hundreds of years lost by the poor all over the world.
Ireland has banned home visits… France has imposed a curfew in its major cities… and London has closed bars and restaurants.
A waste of time? Worse? COVID-19 deaths, as reported by the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 website
Sweden – a country that did NOT lock down its businesses and schools – has suffered 575 COVID-19 deaths per million residents. But Sweden’s surviving residents are enjoying the lifestyle that Americans were enjoying a year ago.
Lockdown-USA, on the other hand, has suffered 600 deaths per million, high unemployment, and a miserable lifestyle, i.e. alive, but not really living.
What evidence says that lockdowns save lives with the continued eradication and censorship of the evidence and dialogue moving into Orwellian magnitudes the truth is as much of a casualty as is any reports of death counts.
Further, Sweden isn’t worried about if/when a vaccine will appear, because its populace is now mostly immune. While other Europeans are now being assaulted by a second wave of the plague, Swedes remain largely unaffected
But in the simple-minded view of the Coronavirus War warriors, détente is out of the question. Only one thing matters: beating the virus.
Liberty? Constitutional rights? Happiness? Child hunger? Who cares about those when there’s a killer on the loose!
Within two weeks of President Trump announcing his State of Emergency back in mid-March, it was clear that there was no emergency at all.
From the initial numbers coming from Italy, we saw that the killer was no mass-murderer. Instead, he was like a nursing home psychopath, singling out the weakest, the oldest, and the sickest.
The first data told us that an old person – over the age of 80 – was about 1,000 times more likely to die from the coronavirus than a person under the age of 20.
The prudent approach would have been to bring in a few good detectives; let them figure out how to keep old people and the virus away from each other.
Instead, the feds declared war, with almost the whole economy put on a war footing!
Censorship and Authoritarianism
Now, seven months and $4 trillion down the drain… the data hasn’t changed much. A lot of people get the virus. But few are harmed by it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are aged between 20 and 49, there’s no point in worrying about it. Only 0.02% of the people in that age group who get it will die from it.
Even from there up to the age of 70, it shouldn’t be a big worry. If you get the disease, you have only a 0.5% chance of dying – that’s one in 200.
Over 70, the odds get worse. The old-timers should stay away from it. But even for them, nearly 19 out of 20 who get the disease come out okay.
But the sword wavers had their blood up. It suited their vanity… their careers… their lust for power and glory. They saw that by frightening the public with a health scare, they could get away with almost anything.
Then, of course, politicians began grandstanding… and the whole spectacle soon became a sordid political issue
And the result was yet another god-awful debacle, a health crisis made worse by the feds, the media, politics… and the experts themselves.
If you are in the least concerned for your freedom of speech and right to live a self-sovereign life then you should be asking more question and demanding more real data answers from your government and the spiders that control the dissemination of news
At least the World Health Organization seems to be coming to its senses, or are seeing writings on the wall that pitchforks are going to come out and they don’t want their arse to be stuck with them.
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