The crushing lockdowns

Democrat officials — the governor of California and the mayor of Los Angeles among many others — are fond of lockdowns that push business owners into bankruptcy and employees onto the unemployment lines. All for “public health,” of course.

The State of South Dakota did not go that route, nor did the nation of Sweden, and their Kung Flu numbers are not significantly worse than lockdown zones.

Here’s how it’s gone on my Mexican mountaintop. Keep in mind that laws and rules in Mexico often are ignored, and nobody does anything about it. I used to criticize that cultural trait, but now I find it endearing, especially as it relates to Kung Flu.

Mexico has a website that purports to show the Kung Flu stats in every nook and cranny, and maybe it does. Let’s assume so. As I write this, I’m looking at the Dec. 8 report. For Mexico as a whole, there are 1,193,255 confirmed cases and 1,029,250 who’ve recovered, leaving just 164,005 with Kung Flu on that date. But the website also says there are just 53,131 active cases, which is a contradiction. Go figure.

The population of Mexico is almost 130 million, so those Kung Flu numbers look mighty small, percentage-wise. Going with the 53,131 number for active cases, that would be about 0.04 percent of the population. Very few sick folks.

But back to my mountaintop town. Our population is about 98,000 Catholic souls, and we’ve had — as of Dec. 8 — 1,073 confirmed cases of whom 977 have recovered, which would leave 96 still sick. But the website says just 27 are active cases. Go figure, again.

The 1,073 confirmed cases are about 1.1 percent of the mountaintop’s population, most of whom have returned to good health. Our death toll is 69, about 0.07 percent of the population. Bottom line is that these numbers are minuscule.

And our lockdown? In April, May, June the government tried to lock us down, and it was marginally successful. It hounded some businesses, closed a few temporarily, cordoned off the two downtown plazas, put up lots of threatening posters, etc. But most people went about their lives as usual. In real life, we are kind of like Sweden and South Dakota.

Most of us are healthy. Most businesses have long since reopened. The plazas too. Many folks walking around downtown have the bibs hanging under their chins.

And in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, etc., the new breed of wacky Democrat officials are grinding the economy into the dirt while the same Democrat officials party hearty and often get caught at it. And the United States may soon install Democrat Socialists in the White House. It’s gonna go great. You’re gonna love it. Trust me.

Relief is just a short move over the southern border, amigos. But forget the northern border because, in some ways, Canada is significantly worse. More on that soon. Stay tuned.

29 thoughts on “The crushing lockdowns

  1. There are 53,131 active cases, according to the government stats, because 110,874 of those confirmed to have been infected died. The real number of deaths is likely much higher.

    164,005 – 110,874 = 53,131.

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    1. Peter: Nice to hear from you. As for the stats, you are right, and they are statistically tiny. In any event, this whole pandemic has become so politicized that it’s hard to know what’s happening for real. The politicizing of it is primarily above the Rio Bravo, but much of that filters down here, as do so many things both good and bad.

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    2. Peter, P.S.: Let me be more clear. You math is correct, far better than mine. I never could count. That does explain the number of active cases, so there is no contradiction, as I stated. It also clarifies the numbers for my mountaintop. Again, no contradiction at all. I was not factoring in the deaths.

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  2. They just locked down my hometown for a month over the holidays, so I’m glad we’re staying down in Mexico. The number of deaths is not increasing significantly, but the number of cases are, partly because they’re testing more people. There’s also a study out that shows that the PCR tests give up to 70% inaccurate results. So there’s a lot of people out there who have tested positive who aren’t sick but are forced into quarantine for two weeks. The other thing that our media are not reporting is who is dying. I’ve looked it up, and over 90% of deaths are people over 80 in long-term-care homes.

    I assume that most of those people have other health conditions like heart disease, emphysema, diabetes, etc., and would possibly die from complications with the regular flu. But this year there have been a curious lack of regular flu cases. There’s something else going on, and I think it’s political. Trump had supercharged the American economy until this virus hit. Lockdowns, masks and the daily fear-mongering numbers game has killed many businesses for good. Who knows what the long-term psychological and physical damage has been done to children who have spent a large chunk of their lives in lockdown, not being able to see their friends. I suspect that the damage and deaths from the response to this pandemic will be worse than from the virus itself. (Brent takes off tinfoil hat and pours himself a glass of Malbec.)

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    1. Brent: No one knows for sure, or even close to sure, what’s going on with this lunacy. That’s my firm opinion. But yes, the average age of people who die from the Kung Flu is about 83, which is to say lots were on the verge of dying anyway.

      As for the regular flu, I’ve tried a few times recently to get figures on that for this year, and I just get coronavirus stats. What’s that all about? I doubt there has been any curious lack of regular flu cases. I imagine it’s running around as it does every year. It’s just of no use, politically.

      I’d never heard of Malbec. Had to look it up.

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  3. I honestly feel sympathy with all world leaders who have had to deal with the virus. There are no good choices, just less-awful choices.

    I have been fond of the Swedish model. In theory, it was designed to balance the virus against the need of people to feed their families. It turns out that the economy there is not doing appreciably better than the other European nations who spent their time lurching from one policy to another. Nor are there infections worse.

    Britain was prepared to attempt a herd immunity approach until a couple of number crunchers informed the government that millions would die if that option was applied. No government could live with that result. It turns out that the model was greatly flawed. So, we will never know what actually would have happened. As it is, the prime minister is being blamed, without anything other than mere speculation, for killing many more people than would have died if his policy had not been implemented.

    I had dinner last night with two Canadian friends. We were bemoaning how almost every conversation (no matter the issue) will usually break down within two exchanges of information because one party will inevitably decide that everything is about politics, the other people are not of their tribe, and it all ends in tears. It is true. Earlier in the week I had had similar conversations that ended abruptly because I did not hate one thing or another as much as did the other person.

    The virus and politics are automatically off the table. As is care of children, medical care, national defense, driving techniques. I think I know why. Americans and Canadians once had a consensus agreement on what their countries should be, and they would then discuss what was the best course for getting there. Political parties were handy for that. But, now, there is no consensus. The world that Marco Rubio envisions is far different than that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Equality of opportunity and equality of outcomes are antithetical to one another. Between those two worlds, there is no political compromise. There is only capitulation.

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    1. Señor Cotton: I recently watched a Dinesh D’Souza video that explained why Democrats and Republicans were civil to one another not too many decades ago, and now they are not. Back then, the two parties were of one mind as to how things should be. Their differences were on how to get there, the path, not the destination. Now they don’t even agree on the destination. The Republicans did not change. It’s the Democrats who did.

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  4. And God only knows what the Red Chinese will release on the world next? What other plagues are they playing with? I fear for Taiwan and South Korea after the Biden crime family get into power.

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  5. Take a look at Alex Berenson’s twitter feed some day. He’s written a well-documented book on Covid and the ensuing panic. On his twitter feed he’ll often show the death certificates (or something like this that coroners’ offices put out) and these “coronavirus deaths” are inevitably of very old people already suffering serious, chronic illnesses. Yet in the USA if you die, and you happen to test positive for CV, then it’s counted as a CV death, no matter how ridiculous.

    And the “party of science” is acting like it’s still April and we still know nothing about this virus, but believe it kills 3%+ of the infected. Yet the actual infection fatality rate is now well less than half of a percent.

    More than covid, we are having a mass hysteria pandemic.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where it’s cold, dark, and dreary.

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    1. Kim: Oddly, the political aspect to the “pandemic” extends to that mass hysteria. From what I have read, it’s mostly Democrat Socialists who are quaking in their booties. Conservatives … not nearly so much.

      Thanks for the tip on the Berenson book. I just bought it on Amazon for my Kindle. Only $3.26, but it’s also just 42 pages, so it will be a quick and, I imagine, informative read.

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      1. It is quite interesting how there’s a covid fear gap between Left and Right in the USA. My take is that conservatives in general seem to be much more likely to accept that we live in an imperfect world, while leftists seem to think that if only we have enough government and cooperation that we can make it into a utopia. Obviously, one of those viewpoints is more rational than the other. And you don’t need me to tell you which one.

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  6. President Trump was impeached for allegedly withholding aid to the Ukraine for political advantage. Nancy Pelosi withheld aid to the devastated U.S. population for political advantage. Why isn’t she impeached?

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  7. I see Youtube is going to block anything referencing election cheating.

    It is all going the way of Hunter’s laptop. Gone, never existed.

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  8. Hang on to your hats. We are just now seeing the tip of the corruption iceberg being exposed. It crosses party lines and runs deep. Before somebody labels me as a conspiracy theorist, just hang on and dig deeper than MSM for your news. It is being exposed daily. We will see it, but the outcome will be determined by who will be our president. God bless Texas and the states that have joined in the case going to the Supreme Court. As for the virus, it’s real and a world-wide diversion, a means to drop the doers to their knees. I probably shouldn’t be reading about the Third Reich at this time.

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  9. Are not the poorest states in the USA those with Republican leaders? And what are the average education levels in those states compared to the ones with Democrat leaders? Aren’t the states with the better educated citizens also the most prosperous?

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    1. Antonio: I do not know if the poorest states have Republican leaders. Be easy to find out with a little internet sleuthing. I don’t know the answer to the second question either, but again, the internet. Same for the third question. The internet, bless its utility.

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  10. Of course I knew the answers before I posted. No te hagas el tonto, amigo Felipe, tú también! Aunque no quieres admitirlo!

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  11. Tienes razón, don. Solo quise mostrar que cada moneda tiene dos caras. Something many people in this world forget these days.

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  12. The states with the most debt are blue. That didn’t take long to check. They might have the best educated doesn’t make them the smartest. They won’t have to raise taxes on their own people anymore, everyone in the country can pay for them. Blue states should get the financial windfall they have have been asking for.

    Look to Italy and Greece to see what comes when you spend way more than you collect in taxes. Eventually, you run out of money that people are willing to give up.

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    1. Antonio: Snippy comments directed at other commenters is strictly prohibited here. It is one of those safe spaces one hears about, but done correctly. As for correcting grammar in comments, I do it all the time. I’ve done it on your comments too. Being a retired newspaper editor, it’s a compulsion, but I have the neatest comment section in the entire internet. And the most polite.

      But good manners are important. Thanks for understanding.

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