Peak Coronavirus Idiocy Contest

Here are some entries for the First Annual Coronavirus Peak Idiocy Awards. Since this disease, or another like it, is likely to recur, this will likely not be our last year. Enter your links below.

1

In the Era of Coronavirus and Social Distancing, Should You Go to a Tornado Shelter?

An article from the Weather Channel which asks which death is superior: almost certainly being crushed to gooey particles by a rampaging tornado, or the mere possibility of coughing up your lungs strapped to a gurney. They opt for being sucked to Oz.

2

Dr. Fauci: ‘I Can’t Guarantee’ It Will Be Safe to Physically Vote at the Polls in November

Mad doctor believes people might follow his advice to cower under their beds for seven more months. Or maybe he’s finding a way to encourage people to vote for Biden. That assumes Biden still remembers he’s running for President, of course.

3

Non-compliant business loses business license in Hollister

In San Benito County, code enforcement has been checking on businesses to make sure they’re following the county’s health order.

According to county officials, nine businesses have been investigated and deemed non-essential, leading them to close their doors until the stay-at-home order is lifted.

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In one case, a business did not comply with the request to close, even though it was deemed non-essential and its business license was revoked by the City of Hollister.

Government to citizens: Screw you. Also government to citizens: We’ll save you!

4

U.S. conservatives who detest climate models add a new target: coronavirus models

A vocal set of conservative critics in the United States have upped their attacks recently on the data modeling behind the novel coronavirus response, and they claim—despite scientific evidence to the contrary—that the flaws also prove the limits of climate change forecasts.

The group, which includes federal lawmakers, climate science deniers and conservative pundits with close White House connections, has even called for congressional hearings into the coronavirus modeling.

That’s in spite of assurances from public health officials that better-than-expected U.S. death estimates for COVID-19 are because millions of Americans responded to pleas for social distancing. The most-used model now forecasts 60,000 U.S. deaths rather than 100,000 or more

It’s not a surprise they’re beginning to tie failed epi models to failed climate models—and calling skeptics “deniers” in each instance. The practical definition of denier, given its actual uses, must be one who does his best to speak the truth.

Doubt this? See the next entry.

5

How COVID-19 could ruin weather forecasts and climate records

Climate models are lousy because of coronavirus. You just had to see that one coming.

6

Why We Can’t Trust Warm Weather To Stop Coronavirus

Or, Why we must throw away all evidence from past pandemics in order to maintain our level of fear! Whatever you do, don’t go out in the virus-killing sunshine and germicidal air! You might discover you don’t need government as much as you thought you did.

7

Plan A for the coronavirus

In which Moldbug sells his soul by calling for rule by experts (because credentialed), joins the left in calling ordinary Americans deplorables, and calls for tyranny to take away his fear of dying from coronavirus.

8

Proposed bill would provide Americans with $2,000 a month until employment returns to pre-COVID-19 levels

The brilliance of this idiocy is breathtaking. The government first throws everybody out of work, and then prints money to pay them for being out of work. The create the problem to “solve” it. Hello inflation! Hello prolonged unemployment!

Who wins?

I think a good case can be made for both 1 and 5. But 8 takes the same cake Marie Antoinette wanted her subjects to eat in absence of bread. Or takes the ice cream Nancy Pelosi has specially flown in.

The government causes the problem and then “solves” it by making it worse, all the while never learning the lesson that it never should have acted in the first place. No lessons will be learned.

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  1. A friend at work sent this to me yesterday –

    Here are the official Coronavirus guidelines:
    1. Basically, you can’t leave the house for any reason, but if you have to, then you can.
    2. Masks are useless, but maybe you have to wear one, it can save you, it is useless, but maybe it is mandatory as well.
    3. Stores are closed, except those that are open.
    4. You should not go to hospitals unless you have to go there. Same applies to doctors, you should only go there in case of emergency, provided you are not too sick.
    5. This virus is deadly but still not too scary, except that sometimes it actually leads to a global disaster.
    6. Gloves won’t help, but they can still help.
    7. Everyone needs to stay HOME, but it’s important to GO OUT.
    8. There is no shortage of groceries in the supermarket, but there are many things missing when you go there in the evening, but not in the morning. Sometimes.
    9. The virus has no effect on children except those it affects.
    10. Animals are not affected, but there is still a cat that tested positive in Belgium in February when no one had been tested, plus a few tigers here and there…
    11. You will have many symptoms when you are sick, but you can also get sick without symptoms, have symptoms without being sick, or be contagious without having symptoms. Oh, my..
    12. In order not to get sick, you have to eat well and exercise, but eat whatever you have on hand and it’s better not to go out, well, but no…
    13. It’s better to get some fresh air, but you get looked at very wrong when you get some fresh air, and most importantly, you don’t go to parks or walk. But don’t sit down, except that you can do that now if you are old, but not for too long or if you are pregnant (but not too old).
    14. You can’t go to retirement homes, but you have to take care of the elderly and bring food and medication.
    15. If you are sick, you can’t go out, but you can go to the pharmacy.
    16. You can get restaurant food delivered to the house, which may have been prepared by people who didn’t wear masks or gloves. But you have to have your groceries decontaminated outside for 3 hours. Pizza too?
    17. Every disturbing article or disturbing interview starts with “I don’t want to trigger panic, but…”
    18. You can’t see your older mother or grandmother, but you can take a taxi and meet an older taxi driver.
    19. You can walk around with a friend but not with your family if they don’t live under the same roof.
    20. You are safe if you maintain the appropriate social distance, but you can’t go out with friends or strangers at the safe social distance.
    21. The virus remains active on different surfaces for two hours, no, four, no, six, no, we didn’t say hours, maybe days? But it takes a damp environment. Oh no, not necessarily.
    22. The virus stays in the air – well no, or yes, maybe, especially in a closed room, in one hour a sick person can infect ten, so if it falls, all our children were already infected at school before it was closed. But remember, if you stay at the recommended social distance, however in certain circumstances you should maintain a greater distance, which, studies show, the virus can travel further, maybe.
    23. We count the number of deaths but we don’t know how many people are infected as we have only tested so far those who were “almost dead” to find out if that’s what they will die of…
    24. We have no treatment, except that there may be one that apparently is not dangerous unless you take too much (which is the case with all medications).
    25. We should stay locked up until the virus disappears, but it will only disappear if we achieve collective immunity, so when it circulates… but we must no longer be locked up for that?

  2. Someday, after much careful work, we will know enough about this virus to issue confident recommendations for avoidance and treatment.
    That day is not today.

    But let me be the first to wish you Happy Urf Day.
    Dear Gaia: Thank you for your rotation. It makes my day.

  3. @McChuck
    “This has been a test of the invocation of a police state on short notice system.”
    From the POV of those who wish to wield the powers of a police state, in the U. S., it has (thus far) been nearly a total (or should I have written “totalitarian”?) success. FIFY.

  4. Did anyone catch the recent interview with the head of CDC, Robert “Sundance” Redfield, where he claimed that the “second wave” of COVID-19 in the Fall will be worse because it will coincide with the annual increase in influenza infections? Is his statement an attempt to pave the way to make many of the lock-down provisions permanent?

  5. Trigger: No one cares. It’s CORONAVIRUS all the way and the earth can just die.
    Or suffocate under those plastic bags that are now mandatory, along with all the plastic cups needed because reusable ones are NOT ALLOWED. Take that, you earth worshippers–your plastics ban is toast now. ?

    McChuck: Well-said.

    The weather channel’s hatred of humanity is growing by leaps and bounds. Let’s hope we can test their dedication to their cause as they stand by the windows six feet apart watching the tornado hitting their building.

    California abuses businesses? Couldn’t happen to a nicer group. Why fools live there, I have no idea. That’s probably the peak idiocy.

    Gee, they were stupid and ruined everything with Covid models and now people are wondering…

    Sure, because viruses always mess with forecasting climate, right?

    I actually think that those who worship experts should be quarantined and live under ONLY expert guidance. The rest of us will wing it, live longer and have a happier life.

    The NONWORKERS get $2400 for sitting on their *****. Why not send everyone $2000? At least the real WORKERS get rewarded, not just the sitting at home bing watching unemployed. (NOTE: “Regular unemployment” gets NONE OF THE GOODIES. You only get the extra money if you are special beloved group of nonworkers that the government deemed worthy. Republicans AGREE with this and Trump signed it. Remember that when you vote and have been out of work for months but you’re not “special” and you’re losing your house.)

    Note: Everybody is not out of work. Unemployment is only up 1 %. Most people are working their fannies off. Just no one gives a crap about them. Unemployment is far lower than the 10% under Obama.

    #8 is PROOF that knowing history just means you have a blueprint to fail over and over. The depression went 10 years long because of government FREEBIES and resulted in a constitutional amendment against turning a President into a forever Santa Claus. No lesson are ever learned short of that one constitutional amendment.

  6. Note: That question mark in my response to Trigger is cyber dysfunction. That’s not what I put there. OH NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Covid 19 has infected the internet!!!!!

  7. “The government causes the problem and then “solves” it by making it worse, all the while never learning the lesson that it never should have acted in the first place. No lessons will be learned.”

    As with every issue, the key to ginning up the panic, and hiding the real culprits, is in spin and influence–a fine game of wordsmithing.

    The media plays up story after story of people/businesses/communities/states/cities “devastated by Covid-19!” As in: “Joe’s BBQ Joint is not likely to re-open after his business was ‘devastated by Covid-19….”

    They never report the actual fact that Joe’s BBQ Joint was “devastated by a panicked government over-reaction and continued authoritarian refusal to allow people to get on with their lives.”

    Yes, some have actually been “devastated by Covid-19.” A very few. A pitifully small number.

    22 million Americans, and counting, have lost their jobs–devastated–NOT “by Covid-19,” but by panicked government over-reactions and continued refusal to release them from bondage.

    It’s a horrible scourge in old folks homes and PC-Prog “walkable communities” where foolish people live one top of each other, like rats in NIHM’s experiments.

    But it’s authoritarian government over-reactions that are “devastating” the lives of most victims–not a virus.

  8. Another petri dish experiment on humans (like the cruise ship in Japan) that gives us actual data on the effects of this virus on humans:

    The USS T. Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier, was infected.

    According to latest media reports, the Navy has gathered data–testing nearly every person who was on the ship. Here it is:

    4,800 people on the ship
    4,582/4,800 were tested for the virus
    3,872/4,582 people tested were NOT infected
    710/4,582 people tested were infected
    355+/710 infected with NO symptoms
    9/710 hospitalized
    2/710 hospitalized in ICU
    1/710 death with/by the virus

    The Navy reported that “…of the 600 or so that have been infected…a majority of those, 350 plus, are asymptomatic…”

    Summary: In a petri dish environment, where people literally live on top of each other, we can assume that everyone on the ship was “exposed” to the virus.

    The vast majority of those exposed were NOT infected.
    The majority of those who were infected did NOT have symptoms.
    98% of those infected did NOT require hospitalization.
    Of those infected, 0.3% required Intensive Care in the hospital.
    Of those infected, 0.14% died.
    Of the total population exposed to the virus, 0.02% died.

    We now have excellent data. Can this virus really be regarded as a deadly scourge equivalent to the Black Plague? So deadly that the entire economic output of our country must be exterminated to deal with the virus?

    https://www.businessinsider.com/testing-reveals-most-aircraft0-carrier-sailors-coronavirus-had-no-symptoms-2020-4?op=1

    Note: I’m not a numbers guy. Please don’t bet your house on the above calculations.

  9. “No lessons will be learned.” That should be the motto of all political campaigns going forward. In fact, I may set those words to music, to play in the background as I listen to my friends whine about *still* being afraid to go outside or attend a concert. Really? Afraid? #MissionAccomplished

  10. Just found it this site. Most excellent writing and comments!

    CoronaCold, not Coronavirus

    PanicDemic, not Pandemic

  11. My grass is a quarter-inch tall, the wind is howling, the air is freezing, and there aren’t even any weeds in the garden; they’re still waiting for winter to end. It’s like the novel Fallen Angels: Greta told us to stop burning fossil fuels, a virus made us obey her, and the planet plunges into another ice age.

  12. Looked over Moldbug’s “Plan A for the Coronavirus”.

    The man has always been a ridiculous bullshit artist in love with the noise of his own yammering.

    Funny stuff from his Coronavirus Five Year Plan:

    Starts off like Daily Mail with terror scene of bloody froth victim asphyxiating on gurney. Hysterical.

    More funny stuff:

    ”In an exponential epidemic, all experts agree…”

    “All experts agree”. From the guy who made his chops chopping down experts. And then:

    ”…excellent work […] by the consistently reliable Marc Lipsitch, of Harvard…”

    “…some of the best [plans] like this one from former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, or this one from Harvey Fineberg of Harvard…”

    Only trust the expert Jews from Harvard.

    Mencius Moldbug is a joke.

  13. Time to sound the alarm. As bad as it is, the current COVID-19 pandemic is only a warning shot from Mother Nature. There are potentially deadlier pandemic threats on the horizon.

    There is growing evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic was caused by the accidental release of a human-optimized SARS-CoV-2 virus from a biological laboratory in Wuhan, China:
    https://project-evidence.github.io

    Whether or not the lab genetically engineered the virus is irrelevant. It’s clear that the lab’s research mission is to find and extract coronaviruses and other viruses from the wild, and then to culture and select viruses for optimal human virulence, as potential viral vectors for HIV vaccines:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29550516
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17162377
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5020417/

    Whether or not the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself contains HIV genetic material is also irrelevant. As stated in the NIH articles, the ultimate goal of the HIV viral-vector vaccine research is to “insert HIV genes into recombinant viral vectors and shuttle these genes into the Class I antigen-presenting pathway”.

    They are creating monsters. Even if we were to foolishly believe that mistakes like the Wuhan release (or worse) could never occur again, we must realize that if HIV viral-vector technology becomes routine and widely available, then it will be straightforward for terrorist states and organizations to learn to use that technology to insert fully active HIV genes into highly virulent viral vectors, and then release them on selected populations. That would be a dream come true for them, since it could devastate or destroy entire societies.

    Research into HIV viral-vector vaccines must be halted and banned worldwide as a potential Weapon of Mass Destruction. If we don’t do this quickly, the next pandemic may be our last.

  14. This should go down in history as the most successful and destructive
    psyop ever and this is no time for complacency the next hat trick could
    be a real killer. I would think long and hard about taking any vaccine
    concocted by the ringleaders of this circus. Parallels with the climate
    hoax, statically speaking, should be obvious unfortunately early analysis
    is so opaque, error prone, and riddled with fake data as to render it
    almost entirely useless as any kind of check on hysteria. This
    will go down the memory hole in about six weeks and all the pain and
    devastation will be replaced by the next sensationalist media cycle.
    The function of memory suppression in mass populations is a mechanism
    unto itself. In eight to ten years they’ll be back with some new model
    crisis for yet another haircut and even greater concentrations of wealth
    and power will emerge to save us from ourselves. The long term plan;
    to own or control everything every square inch of earth and whatever
    might lay beyond.

  15. Kent: Good information. I’m saving it for answering people on the Covid 19. I agree that the carrier was a good “lab” for studying this.

    Mike W: I think you’re trying to change reality. Humans are what they are, so are viruses. Historically, pandemics occur regularly. Bad behavior by people occurs regularly. And once we have the technology, only significantly reducing our population through disaster is the only way to cut the tech. We can’t go back to where we didn’t know. Besides, there are so many easier ways to wipe out populations that don’t look evil or scary.

  16. Sheri, I agree that pandemics can occur naturally. But human-optimized corona viruses don’t do well in their natural habitats among animals, so their population is suppressed and rarely affect humans. It’s only when labs like Wuhan isolate them and culture them in petri dishes with human cell-based nutrients that they become dominate and multiply rapidly. Then if they get released and exposed to people, they can wreak havoc. Since it happened so quickly in Wuhan, you can expect it to happen again, and often.

    The technology to combine HIV genes with viral vectors like coronavirus is difficult, and not fully successful yet. But there’s no need to make it routine and available worldwide. If HIV viral-vector technology were classified as potential WMD, it could be sanctioned and controlled like other biological WMD. That would make it more difficult for accidental releases to occur, and for bad actors to learn how to access it.

  17. Mike W: Excellent post you have identified the existential threat
    this taxpayer funded hobby horse represents. It’s ironic that most of
    the research is published and in plain sight for anyone to see. Indeed
    they seem almost proud of their ability to manipulate and weaponize
    the common cold under the cloak of national security. No one even
    questions the rubric ‘we had to create it to defeat it’ as logic always
    follows and never precedes. The fact that the Wuhan lab was funded,
    staffed, and was in every respect an academic collaborative enterprise
    with Western institutions and governments will be lost in the ‘CHINA
    DID IT’ chatter to follow. The irony will be obscured and buried in the
    official postmortem of the made for television narrative soon to follow.

  18. Regarding point #6: This is Dr. Fineberg’s statement from the report Briggs mentions, “Given that countries currently in “summer” climates, such as Australia and Iran, are experiencing rapid virus spread, a decrease in cases with increases in humidity and temperature elsewhere should not be assumed.”

    Australia statistics as of today are 4 new cases and a total of 74 deaths. I am so scared!

    Further: ” There is some evidence to suggest that SARSCoV-2 may transmit less efficiently in environments with higher ambient temperature and
    humidity; however, given the lack of host immunity globally, this reduction in transmission efficiency may not lead to a significant reduction in disease spread without the concomitant adoption of major public health interventions.”

    Nothing new here, as the world’s population never does possess antibody presence to combat new viruses, but the herd immunity concept has historically functioned quite well.

    There is nothing in his report that gives legitimacy to the spread of tyranny as an effective means to suppress this corona virus.

  19. Moldbug has always been an overly verbose pseudo-intellectual (though aren’t all public intellectuals “pseudo”), but with the coronavirus, he has finally gone full retard. Unfortunately, not only him. Other people who I once thought were reasonable have turned out to be complete idiots – Atavisionary (Roderick Kaine), Occidental Dissent, Mike Shedlock, Steve Sailer (OK, Steve still may have a chance, maybe)….

  20. Forget tornadoes. Did you hear the news from Dhaka? Direct quote here from yesterday’s briefing by the U.N. Secretary-General’s spokeswoman: “In Bangladesh, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned of life-threatening consequences if annual monsoon preparations cannot be completed in time during the pandemic. This year’s preparations have been impacted by *the suspension of disaster risk reduction efforts* [sic], and the lockdown has also made the delivery of supplies challenging.” (Emphasis mine.)

    The suspension of disaster-risk-reduction efforts.

    The *suspension* of *disaster-risk-reduction efforts*.

    The mush-brained nematodes we have for a ruling class right now, in the pursuit of keeping everyone nice and safe from their favorite phantom menace, are SUSPENDING actual, honest-to-God DISASTER-RISK-REDUCTION EFFORTS.

    And you know the sad part? *They’re* not going to be the ones who drown.

  21. “We count the number of deaths but we don’t know how many people are infected as we have only tested so far those who were “almost dead” to find out if that’s what they will die of”
    Jeffre Jorgenson.

    So because we’re lacking data, we should commit to confirmation bias.
    Perhaps we could politely request the “gummint” to collect & disseminate relevant info.

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  23. If you die because you were not able to see your doctor to get a proper diagnosis for a non Corona-virus condition, your death will be treated as more evidence of the devastation the virus has caused. And as such, it will be used to justify keeping more people from seeing their doctors.

  24. “So because we’re lacking data, we should commit to confirmation bias.”

    Well, while lacking data, we crashed an economy, sent unemployment into a Great Depression stratosphere, started bleeding hospitals because they have no Wu Flu patients but can’t do routine medicine, and have had American politicians put Chinese communist totalitarianism to shame with their tactics.

    I’m not sure a little confirmation bias, were it present, really ranks among the things we’ve already done out of a lack of data. It is an interesting study in human nature to see your concern, however.

  25. Trump was right on something:

    America is first

    33 percent of Covid-19 cases are in the USA

    25 percent of Covid-19 deaths occurred in the USA.

    You truly are a bunch of idiots. You deserve the leader that you have.

    His biggest success is that no one want to go the the USA anymore.

    But no one will want to deal with you either at least until you get your act together.

  26. Malcolm, your cynicism is right on. The august Dr. Fauci is well aware of the procedures used to extract and culture virulent human-optimized viruses for HIV viral-vector vaccines. He has been leading the HIV vaccine research for decades. SARS-CoV-2, and any future HIV viral-vectors, can rightly be called “Dr. Faucistein’s monsters”.

  27. Sylvain: Has your pajama boy leader done anything but hide under the bed? Didn’t think so.

    As for idiocy, Andrew Cuomo kept saying “Covid is death” yesterday. Really, the idiot thinks it’s 100% fatal, which brings to mind the question of why we needed hospitals or respirators. If “WE’RE ALL GOING DIE”, forget treatment. (Yes, he meant “we’re all going die if we get it”. He doesn’t care if you starve, commit suicide, etc because of lockdown, but HE is going to be safe, you’re going to be locked up in your houses and you just kill yourself, lose your house, your kids can starve. Of course, his brother is free to spread Covid far and wide. Yep, Sylvain, our progressive Trump hater says we can just kill ourselves. HE DOES NOT CARE.)

  28. “Dr. Faucistein” – not another Jewish doctor from Harvard!?

    Mike W. , your warning there may be more viral peril in store rings true. Given the stunning “success” of chinese flu in advancing S’tan’s agenda on earth, and also given the bio-skullduggery leading up to the outbreak, it is all too easy to imagine the lab-coated minions of various Dr.Evilsteins working hammer and tongs at concocting chinese flu 2.0 — new and improved. God help us.

    One thing that may mitigate that scenario is the obvious hazard to Dr. Evilstein himself from a viral monster that makes no distinction between friend and foe. That assumes rational actors, but if the actor’s end is destruction for its own sake we could be in for a bumpy ride.

  29. The absolute derangement abundantly evidenced by the satanic left for president Trump suggests that destruction for its own sake is a powerful motivator among them. If they fail to wrest their precious ring of power from the bad orange man then “burn it all down” may well be their battle cry.

  30. “33 percent of Covid-19 cases are in the USA.
    25 percent of Covid-19 deaths occurred in the USA.”

    If the US were the size of Italy, that would be saying something.
    But it isn’t… so it isn’t.

  31. From Plan A for Coronavirus comes this gem:

    “…- we can never again go back to believing that the government we have is wise and capable.”

    Therein lies the key difference between a Left Wing Democrat and Republican. No R has that belief to lose, and most Rs see Govt as the source of problems. The author of ‘Plan A’ (with a misguided belief in nanny Govt) is just beginning to see reality … the lengthy diatribe reveals the resulting cognitive dissonance.

    What’s sad is the ultimate conclusion will likely be for more Govt – to fix it into the fantasy of the benevolent fair-minded nanny state.

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