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Samizdata quote of the day

A REALLY large number of people have now staked their political and/or personal and professional reputations & credibility on this being A Really Bad Thing, one that requires Obedience & Sacrifice & wear that fuckin’ mask in a non clinical setting, mate! No overarching conspiracy is required to understand the collective insanity & wilful stupidity on display.

Bell Curve

15 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Albion's Blue Front Door

    Small tale of how the mask-madness exists in some.

    Thanks to the kindness (allegedly) of the UK government I was able–after 6 months–to get back to playing six-a-side football. You know, fresh air, sunshine, exercise. However the people who run these limited sessions are all left-leaning big government fans (odd that none of them vote anything but Labour yet agree with everything Johnson’s lot say) and insist everyone who plays does so in a mask. I have tried to point out it is less than healthy but apparently their oracle, aka the BBC, knows best and has told them masks are good. The organisers also demand that everyone plays the game six feet apart which frankly borders on the laughable.

    We are all over 60 and therefore, reckoned to be high risk.

    The day before I had been in the local park and saw at least eight of the people I play these games with engaged in a 7-a-side game, with others. All not wearing masks, and amazingly, all eight were there the next day at our game session without having perished in the meantime. I mentioned this to one of the organisers, thinking a light would dawn in him over this mask nonsense but instead from behind his big mask he growled “That’s why I refused to go there and play!” So, we all played wearing a mask.

    Of course, as soon as the session was over people were chatting without masks but the organisers fled without looking or commenting. Best to shut one’s eyes to the obvious, hey?

  • The Statue of Liberty has a poem associate with it. One of the lines is

    “Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”

    When the Left wants to import huddled masses, they quote the poem as if it were gospel. When we yearn to breathe free, that is quite another matter.

  • Stonyground

    I’ve been driving around Beverley in East Yorkshire recently and seen people walking alone outdoors with their masks on. I think they use it like a magic talisman.

  • APL

    Albion’s Blue Front Door: “All not wearing masks, and amazingly, all eight were there the next day at our game session without having perished in the meantime”

    You know the incubation period from infection to death is about twenty one days, so you’ve a while before the Football team is decimated. [/sarc]

    Ellen: “When the Left wants to import huddled masses, they quote the poem as if it were gospel. When we yearn to breathe free, that is quite another matter.”

    The poem was inscribed in the oughties. I doubt the founders who described the new form of government as ‘A Republic, if you can keep it’, thought importing millions of opportunists from foreign parts would promote a strong unified demos.

  • Stonyground

    On Notalwaysright.com there was a story about a school head who wanted the school orchestra to rehearse wearing masks, yes, including the brass and woodwind sections.

  • Schrodinger's Dog

    What bothers me more than anything about this is that the British people have been so utterly trusting of the government.

  • Paul Marks

    The country that, supposedly, “did everything right” was the Czech Republic – very early lockdown and a Mask Mandate.

    The Czech Republic has the highest (not lowest – highest) Covid 19 death rate on the planet.

    In the United States the States that “did everything right” including that absurd clown Dr Tony Fauci, were New York and New Jersey – which have the highest (again the HIGHEST) Covid death rates in the United States.

    Someone who supported lockdowns and mask mandates in early 2020 was supporting untested theories (fair enough) – but someone who STILL supports lockdowns and mask mandates now (in April 2021) is, at best, an idiot.

    “It does not matter how beautiful your theory is, if the data contradicts it – your theory is wrong”

    The theories of lockdowns and mask mandates have been put to the test – and they have been refuted.

  • Paul Marks

    Schrodinger’s Dog – it is not that we (the British people) are “trusting”, we just do what we have to do.

    We wear masks when we enter shops – because we are punished if we do not.

    And we go for the Covid vaccinations (even though the country has, basically, reached herd immunity – so they are really ……) because it has been made brutally clear to us that we WILL NOT GET A JOB if we do not have it done.

    Of course we may not get work anyway – but we have to try.

    It is nothing to do with “trust” – we just do not have any real choice.

    My grandfather’s generation did not have any “trust” in World War One battle tactics – I knew many First World Veterans, I spent every summer as a young child down in Lancing (Sussex) and went to the British Legion with my grandfather most days.

    None of them ever believed in the tactics that were followed – but they followed their orders.

    That is what we do – we do as we are told, because we are punished if we do not.

  • Schrodinger's Dog

    Paul Marks,

    I realise that people have got to wear masks, or face a fine. And the British police have shown a great zeal in enforcing the coronavirus regulations; much more so than they enforce the laws on burglary, for example.

    But how many people have written to their MPs to protest? Not many, I suspect, because about 80% of people supposedly support the governments policies. Why have the government’s decisions not been challenged in the courts? After all, how many legal challenges to the Brexit referendum result were there, despite the people having clearly voted to leave the EU.

  • APL

    mRNA vaccines. Wonder cure, or a perpetual revenue stream for ‘big pharma’?

  • MMG

    This one went completely under the radar.
    From the European Centre for Disease Prevebntion and Control:
    Using face masks in the community: first update Effectiveness in reducing transmission of COVID-19 issued 15 February 2021

    “Assessment of the evidence
    The evidence regarding the effectiveness of medical face masks for the prevention of COVID-19 in the community is compatible with a small to moderate protective effect,
    but there are still significantuncertainties about the size of this effect.
    Evidence for the effectiveness of non-medical face masks, face shields/visors and respirators in the community is scarce and of very low certainty.
    Additional high-quality studies are needed to assess the relevance of the use of medical face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic”

    Translated from Bureaucratese,
    Effectiveness of medical face masks in the community, little or none.
    Effectiveness of non-medical face masks in the community, zero to none.
    Conclusion: Give us more money so we can make a career out of studying this.

  • Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    Whilst sorry about Prince Philip passing away, it leads me to speculate about where the soul will be reborn. When i typed in ‘Reincarnation of Princess Diana’, I had a lot of items about a boy in Adelaide, who claims to be Diana reborn. So how long before Philip returns, and where?

  • Bell Curve

    We wear masks when we enter shops – because we are punished if we do not.

    I don’t wear a mask at work, in the supermarket or anywhere else.

    Geezer at door: “You need to wear a mask.”

    Bell Curve: “Exempt.” (keeps walking)

    And that’s that. Seriously mate, just try it, what have you really got to lose?

    Only once in the last year did some jobsworth ask why. I said “I’m not at risk”. And once again, that was that.

    But if you run into a jobsworth arse who doesn’t realise they’ve already ticked the damn box & they need to shut the fuck up now, just say “Which bit of exempt did you not understand? I refer you to the 2010 Equality Act which outlines your company’s legal responsibilities to accommodate people’s medical & psychological needs.”

    My “psychological need” is a powerful desire not to feel like an utter cunt by wearing a pointless face nappy.

  • Nemesis

    @ APL. Mike Yeardon seems to believe there has only been a very minor change to these mutant strains appearing whereas Knut Wittkowski (another lockdown skeptic) believes we are looking at ever new strains appearing, where the vaccinations will never catch up. There are a few interviews to be found on YouTube which might disappear as his earlier interviews did. Either way I’ve long had doubts that these vaccines will be the panacea that people seem to believe.

    @ Bell curve. I too have never worn a mask and feel it would take some courage to do so now. Likewise those that have adopted them from day one would find it hard to ditch them now. I keep hoping I can start a trend but not worked so far. The downsides of mask wearing I think far outway the benefits, besides being hazard waste casually discarded all over I suspect the medics will see an increase in lung bacterial infections.

  • Paul Marks

    Bell Curve – I am exempt, I have COPD. I put on a mask on entering a shop and take it off again afterwards – so I do not have to talk to people, I do not want to have to explain myself.

    I go along with this stuff – masks, vaccines and all the rest of it, more out of depression than anything else (“the vaccine might kill you when the next virus comes along” – well in my case that would be no loss). Yes I tell myself it is to get a job – but I know I am not going to get one.

    S.D. – my own Member of Parliament is against the Emergency Powers, and not because I nag him (he was against them anyway).

    What is the point of sending letters – one might as well tell General Douglas Haig that frontal infantry attacks, in line, against prepared defences are a bad idea.

    The General already knowns – or he will never understand no matter how many letters he is sent. So line up and walk towards the machine guns. No 80% did not believe this was a good idea – although they might have said they did (the grim British sense of humour).

    At least people in this town do not wear masks on the street – there is no regulation demanding that, and there never has been. People who do it are posers.

    Why have the government decisions not been challenged in the courts?

    They were – the courts found that the Enabling Act of 2020 (and previous Acts of Parliament) meant that the government could do anything they liked.

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