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Millions Of LOLs At Billions Of People

It doesn’t take many words this time.

Here’s the current situation after two years of endless nonsense to STOP THE SPREAD!!! that has left millions of businesses and billions of lives devastated across the globe.

The Whole World, after 2 years of masks, closures, lockdowns, house arrest, distancing, quarantine, border controls, vaccines, and more vaccines, and more measures of all of the foregoing.

How do you not put all of that together honestly, setting aside your biases, and not conclude…

  • The world’s ruling elite are evil or stupid
  • The population is largely sheep or stupid
  • There is a large ostrich population too
  • Cowardice is rampant
  • Honest integrity is rare
  • It’s amazing that the human population has survived this long

I could make a longer list.

Here’s a gut-buster:

Isolated island in Pacific Ocean experiences first COVID-19 cases of the pandemic after arrival of fully vaccinated, triple-tested missionaries who were in quarantine

Through the entire COVID-19 endemic and pandemic, the remote island nation of Kiribati had managed to not have a single case of COVID-19 until Jan. 19, 2022.

Kiribati is an isolated island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a population of roughly 122,000. Kiribati closed its borders 10 months ago, then reopened the country this month.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chartered a plane to Kiribati this month to bring home 54 of the island nation’s citizens. Many of the travelers were missionaries who had left Kiribati before the country closed the border.

There were highly rigorous precautions to ensure that the travelers didn’t bring COVID-19 to the unspoiled island nation. […]

First, everyone had to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Second, passengers had to test negative for COVID-19 three times in nearby Fiji before arrival. Third, they had been in pre-departure quarantine for two weeks before the flight. Fourth, they were put in quarantine with additional testing when they arrived home, according to the Associated Press.

Despite the over-the-top safeguards, two-thirds of the travelers were diagnosed with COVID-19 after arriving from Fiji on Jan. 15. Of the 54 passengers, 36 tested positive for COVID-19.

On Jan. 19, Kiribati reported 37 COVID-19 cases. As of Jan. 28, there are 181 confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths.

Kiribati declared a state of disaster and quickly instituted COVID-19 restrictions, including lockdowns, curfews, and quarantine sites.

And just like always, when the EMERGENCY!!! strikes, the action is to do everything being done before, again.

It’s all religious ritual at this point, that’s pointless but gives idiots comfort nonetheless.

I don’t like this world very much and it’s increasingly difficult to find any point to it. What’s the fucking point to planet earth and humanity amidst this global cultist trance?

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

15 Comments

  1. Coach on February 1, 2022 at 18:55

    I wish nothing but pain and suffering for everyone that bought into this fucking charade. Every single person that complied is responsible.

    • D.M. Ward on February 5, 2022 at 05:31

      Yes as are we. We are still going along with the charade. Are you still paying taxes?

  2. D.M. Ward on February 2, 2022 at 03:04

    Oh I love what you wrote. Of course this virus business is all nonsense let alone covid. Everything is nonsense (hey someone should write a song with that title, in place of Everything is Broken?) You are right of course, going on this trajectory will only lead to not really wanting to be alive on this magnificent earth. And just think, for only a few people, what 8,000 max would you say? Billions of people enslaved to these psycho dorks. It seems like things will not change but hey, guess what? At any moment, anything can happen. Despite all the best laid plans…

  3. Roderick West on February 2, 2022 at 06:13

    It’s called Omicron. Highly infectious and less harmful. As we know it’s the normal progress of viruses. First they start out more deadly and then mutate to become more contagious and less deadly. They don’t want to kill the host. But if you were the one making the decisions to have waited for the virus to mutate to be less deadly to the point of Omicron would have been extremely brave indeed! It’s just a tad disingenuous to use the arrival of Omicron as proof. 🙂

    • Richard Nikoley on February 2, 2022 at 07:58

      All the data does is falsify the notion that any of this crap did fuck all to change anything. The virus virused, as they always do. And, the control group is Sweden, who didn’t do anything and their chart looks pretty much the same as most other countries and the world as a whole.

      https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/sweden/

      • Roderick West on February 5, 2022 at 06:29

        Statistics dam statistics. Always used to prove what ever we want to prove. Leaving out key facts. Highlighting certain bits of information and data. The real story getting lost in what we personally want to hi-light. For example to say the strategy of lockdowns didn’t assist in getting us to the point that the virus naturally mutated to become sufficiently less deadly is just denial to try to justify one position. The so called vaxers position doesn’t hold all the truth or is it completely false. Likewise the antivaxers. Individual insecurity leads us to argue our position is the ‘truth’. And while we argue China gets away with creating and accidentally releasing this virus continuing to rise in power, and arrogance.



      • Richard Nikoley on February 5, 2022 at 08:17

        “For example to say the strategy of lockdowns didn’t assist in getting us to the point that the virus naturally mutated to become sufficiently less deadly is just denial to try to justify one position.”

        Hmmm. Well, general lockdown was never a policy ever until 2020. You can look that up. You protect the vulnerable, encourage the symptomatic to self-isolate. When there are quarantines, they are small scale and of sick people. Not populations wholesale. And again, Sweden is the great falsifier. They never closed a school, church, bar, restaurant, or “non-essential” business. Masks were not mandatory. Assembly was not illegal.

        And they have the same results. Now look at Israel. Most locked down, most vaxxzd, most cases per capita and now, the highest deaths per capita of anyplace and the highest for them since the beginning. It’s truly LOL.

        Then there’s the Johns Hopkins paper just out which most media sources ignore.

        Abstract

        This systematic review and meta-analysis are designed to determine whether there is empirical evidence to support the belief that “lockdowns” reduce COVID-19 mortality. Lockdowns are defined as the imposition of at least one compulsory, non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI). NPIs are any government mandate that directly restrict peoples’ possibilities, such as policies that limit internal movement, close schools and businesses, and ban international travel. This study employed a systematic search and screening procedure in which 18,590 studies are identified that could potentially address the belief posed. After three levels of screening, 34 studies ultimately qualified. Of those 34 eligible studies, 24 qualified for inclusion in the meta-analysis. They were separated into three groups: lockdown stringency index studies, shelter-in-placeorder (SIPO) studies, and specific NPI studies. An analysis of each of these three groups support the conclusion that lockdowns have had little to no effect on COVID-19 mortality. More specifically, stringency index studies find that lockdowns in Europe and the United States only reduced COVID-19 mortality by 0.2% on average. SIPOs were also ineffective, only reducing COVID-19 mortality by 2.9% on average. Specific NPI studies also find no broad-based evidence of noticeable effects on COVID-19 mortality.

        While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted. In consequence, lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.

        https://sites.krieger.jhu.edu/iae/files/2022/01/A-Literature-Review-and-Meta-Analysis-of-the-Effects-of-Lockdowns-on-COVID-19-Mortality.pdf

        ~~~

        In terms of your claim that lockdowns precipitated the virus mutating into more benign forms, that’s a pretty novel take, since the opposite is held to be true. The reason the virus mutates is because it comes up against anti bodies. It doesn’t just mutate willy-nilly.

        Maybe brush up on Antigenic Drift, Antigenic Shift, Antibody Dependent Enhancement, and Original Antigenic Sin, all of which are readily available from your favorite search engine.



    • Richard Nikoley on February 2, 2022 at 08:34

      Also, it’s worthwhile to consider vaccine efficiency and negative efficiency.

      If the vaccine is zero efficiency in preventing infection, then it would make no difference. But we seem to be seeing negative efficiency everywhere. The higher the vax rate, the higher the Covid.

      South Africa, where Omicron seems to have started, is already past it and their vax rate is only 27%.

      https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/south-africa/

      Now, compare it to Israel, about 90% vax and most with a third, and now some with a 4th.

      https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/israel/

      It’s not hard at all to compare the highest vaxxed to the lowest, and see the difference in the infection charts. Damn stark correlation.

    • D.M. Ward on February 5, 2022 at 05:31

      Why would you believe anything that censors and liars tell you? Why?

  4. Roderick West on February 5, 2022 at 09:29

    “And, the control group is Sweden, who didn’t do anything and their chart looks pretty much the same as most other countries”. Again. Statistics. Dam statistics. Sweden didn’t ‘didn’t do anything’. They had a whole raft of strategies and policies. While young kids go to school and most the rest used remote learning for example. Masks are recommended. They have strong social distancing. They limit the numbers at social gatherings etc etc. They closed their borders even to Norway. Sweden’s death rate is much higher than all the bordering countries. Mainly these are recommendations not mandates. But Sweden is a strongly socially conforming country who will follow without needed control. Mobile data suggested Swedes stayed home at the very same or higher rate. And Sweden has the lowest testing regime so who really knows. Australians on the other hand in general love rules and controls – good convict stock. We have lapped up the rules to the point of madness. You regularly see people driving in cars by themselves with masks on or walking alone in the street with a mask. The community strongly backed all controls and all governments implementing controls were re-elected.

    And back to statistics it’s also all in how things are measured and recorded. Israel on the other hand is highly controlled by government being one of the few countries with such a high level of national military service with very few objecting. They have high level of testing and reporting of Covid. In Australia there are shit loads of people with Covid who avoid reporting.

    If you are genuinely arguing that reducing social contact does not reduce transmission of viruses I just don’t get the argument. It logically makes no sense. If the argument is that the effect on the economy is not worth it I get it. If the argument is that lockdowns for example stop people getting proper treatment for other illnesses and people are dying more from those I get it.

    “In terms of your claim that lockdowns precipitated the virus mutating into more benign forms.” No that’s not what I was saying. My point was to some degree lockdowns protected people from catching the more deadly forms while the viruses mutated from the limited transmission into less deadly forms. Omicron was the mutation we needed.

    While we try to prove I was right and you were wrong we lose sight of the essence of truth in both sides and we lose the potential to transform and grow getting locked into providing I was right and you were wrong. I tend to see it in Hegelian terms. The thesis is opposed by the antithesis. Only when those two come together to form a new thesis which includes the truth of both does society and human consciousness grow and evolve.

    Really who cares to prove about vaccines and lockdowns. It’s all actually pretty boring when there is such a bigger game at play for us to reflect on and try to understand why this full on movement in history is here at all and what are we meant to learn from it. Both individually, as a society and species.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 5, 2022 at 09:49

      “If you are genuinely arguing that reducing social contact does not reduce transmission of viruses I just don’t get the argument.”

      Nope. In fact, I said that there’s some level of distancing that’s sure to work. Prison doesn’t, of course, since there have been outbreaks in prisons everywhere. So what else can you do? plop everyone on remote Islands? Again, nope, if you’ve seen the news about Kiribati recently. Antarctica? Nope, again.

      The point is, so long as respiratory viruses virus, people are going to catch it. Everyone will get Covid.

      “My point was to some degree lockdowns protected people from catching the more deadly forms while the viruses mutated from the limited transmission into less deadly forms.”

      You mean the 0.15% IFR DEADLY!!!? That’s just 0.05% off regular annual flu, well established. And that was for the KILLER!!! variant. Did you also notice that there were a couple proceeding years were all-cause mortality was a tad low, so there was a lot of past-due-date stacking up, which is perhaps why in the UK for example, average age of death long running is about 82 and the average age of Covid death was about 83 or 84.

      I’m a falsifier. Or in Hegelian terms, and anti-theoritician.

      Bet you didn’t expect this:

      https://www.freetheanimal.com/2014/04/confirmation-landscape-dialectics.html

    • Richard Nikoley on February 5, 2022 at 09:59

      Maybe you’ll find this a bit conciliatory, I don’t know.

      Back when there was some data, not a lot, it was really easy to make biased arguments either way about masks and lockdowns and i said over and over on social media and in some past posts here:

      “More or less masks and lockdowns, more or less Covid death.”

      That’s actually from the early 90’s when a US Professor analyzed crime data county by county in the US and wrote a book: “More Guns, Less Crime.”

      I’m a gun owner and supporter of that right, but if you dig deeper, there are other factors at play, such as base culture, and where do people of inferior culture tend to congregate and where do responsible gun owners tend to congregate?

      So, I had to conclude, “More or Less Guns, More of Less Crime.”

  5. Roderick West on February 5, 2022 at 09:58

    Love it! My University Philosophy Thesis focused on Freud and Hegel mainly.

    I have to go for a swim. Will return later to reply. Now on more important matters ….. how do I get rid of my gut?

  6. Roderick West on February 5, 2022 at 10:45

    Very interesting reflection that you’re a falsifier. Made me see that my strength is that I’m a synthesiser. All perspectives are necessary and equally important.

    Years ago I was COS for a political party. To begin I would do as others did and always assert we were right and they were wrong. Then at some point it struck me. How could it be that we were always right and they were always wrong? How could it be that they saw it exactly the same way? Both sides believing they are 100% right and the other 100% wrong. To suggest otherwise was seen as weakness and a chink in the armour. Completely unacceptable. Once I had seen this I simply couldn’t continue.

    Last week I was banned for 24 hours got the first time on Facebook replying on a thread of JP Sears about guns with heaps of Americans arguing that lots of guns made them safer. Apparently calling Americans morons for this gibberish was unacceptable LOL. The best and most simple argument for guns us “I like guns and I’ll wear the downside” if also prefer to be in America’s position rather than Australia’s if China’s rise leads to war.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 5, 2022 at 11:33

      No, I generically describe myself as a dot-connector and synthesizer. But I do that by means of taking in lots of stuff. I look for the stuff amongst the rabble one can synthesize and connect dots.

      It’s only when I get involved in direct argument that i go mainly to falsifier.

      Oz, eh? They’re getting lots of falsification about now.

      One of my best mates here in Thailand is an Oz expat about my age, been here for over 30 years. We get on vid chats and laugh about all of it.

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