It’s about midnight on a Saturday in Central Florida. Phillip just came home from work. His restaurant reopened a few days ago to the public. I say, his first words coming through the door were, “Well, apparently Orlando has reopened, despite the rules, everyone is open. And everyone has come out. It is CROWDED out there!”
We had heard rumblings in the service industry underworld yesterday that bars were going to defy public orders and open. “If we sell $1 hot dogs and hamburgers, that makes us a restaurant, too. We should be allowed to be open.”
It seems word got out. Orlando was alive tonight. Well, what else are people supposed to do? There are far too many conflicting stories, too much misinformation, guided, it seems, by a desire to control people with an effective dosage of fear.
We were told from the beginning that massive amounts of people were going to suffer agonizing deaths should we congregate. No, wait…too late, most of you are already infected and will perish soon. We’re going to need battleships refitted to handle contamination, field hospitals dotting public parks with cots and canvas tents, restrictions on gatherings (it is safe to go to Target….but, not to your local “mom and pop shop.” Go to Home Depot and stand right on top of each other, but don’t you dare go to church!)
The numbers of deaths will be unprecedented! We are not ready for the onslaught of mass casualties….
The problem seems to be, for the media at least, that not enough people showed up to die.
There was the prestigious claim that made it seem that we were not ready and equipped to handle the pandemic. Nothing would save us. Everyone is at risk. A calamity in the making.
But, that massive mass casualty never happened. The battle ships were sent back to sea, the field hospitals in public parks packed up like picnic baskets….
Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, even said, “If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means technically even if you died of a clear alternate cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who’s listed as a COVID death doesn’t mean that that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of the death.”
That combined with Colorado’s admission today that nearly half of the numbers they counted for COVID deaths was because of that same, screwy tally system, you can imagine why people are frustrated and want to go back to their lives.
The media sounds no more coherent, nor trustworthy than that strange, mad eyed man with a sandwich board screaming, “The end is near!!!”
You can imagine why everyone wants to be done with this. Because at first we trusted what we heard, did as we were told. But, we’re starting to feel that we’ve just been complying to help feed some lie. We’re starting to get suspicious of this issue.
You can understand why the people in our big, little town are all out tonight. And probably in towns all across America. Because the massive attempt to keep us in place by “orders” and “guidelines” is starting to feel like something of a fraud.
The best way to control someone is to frighten them, then tell them you are the only one capable of making them feel safe. “The amount of deaths in this country could surpass the bazillion mark….Tune in at 11 where we will tell you all you need to know about the Corona virus.”
The problem, though, is that not enough people have showed up to die, which the media is starting to seem pissed about, causing the rest of some of us to feel that this is all something of a lie.
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