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My take on OEN Brainstorming on Covid Social Changes

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There are as many controversies spawned by Covid as there are spikes on the Covid virus.
There are as many controversies spawned by Covid as there are spikes on the Covid virus.
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A recent article in the NY Times: Could Covid Lead to Progress? proposes the sure-to-be-controversial theory that the world's response to Covid 19 could spawn positive changes in society. There include: better response to pandemics, the rise of Work From Home (WFH: e.g. Zoom conferences), mRNA vaccines for everything from Malaria to H.I.V., which kill millions per year, etc. Before we embrace the Brave New World of mRNA vaccines, it's worth noting that the CDC just reported that more people have died of Covid in 2021 so far than in all of 2020.

The Times' article takes the rosy view that being always on-guard against pandemics will be beneficial to society, but will it? I think the Times' writer is looking at the changes spawned by the pandemic too narrowly.

Some of the OEN editors have brainstormed about these and related issues for some time, as the ramifications come into sharper focus.

There are too many issues to discuss here, and my articles and comments over the last nearly 2 years don't do it justice either. Here is my take. What do you think?

I am worried about:

1 - The effect on urbanization. Will people still be willing to live in diverse cities if they perceive them to be pandemic spawning grounds?

2 - Related to 1, will remote meeting software and WFH obviate the need for downtowns? What will happen to the city tax base then? What will urban planning consist of? How will dense office buildings adapt?

3 - If rural areas expand, it will be an ecological and economic catastrophe, as it already is - wildfires that can't be allowed to burn out because a handful of homeowners must be protected, sprawl and expensive utilities, services, and roads to near nowhere, car-dependent culture, gun proliferation culture, racism & other discrimination borne of lack of exposure, disproportionate federal dollars to rural areas & extraction from urban areas, etc. are already big problems. See below too...

4 - Hypervigilism, suspicion and distrust of both fellow humans and of our own immune systems in favor of dubious reliance on centralized healthcare (despite vaccines, masks, mandates, etc., as many Americans will have died during Biden's first year in office as during Trump's last, when Covid began: 1/20/20-1/19/21. Maybe more.

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Thanks, Scott, lots to ponder here!

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Well. If you weaken people's immune system with multiple experimental mRNA-cell-manipulation, against the recommendation from Dr. Robert Malone, and create more variants by injecting it in mass during a pandemic, then at least Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche is not surprised about larger death rates.

However, it seems that voluntary distancing and herd immunity has been great for Sweden. It looks like we will have a record low overall mortality in Sweden this year. I was expecting massive death by injections, but it seems to have landed lower than I expected ... so far ... in this huge experiment.

Mean value of all yearly deaths in Sweden is 92'000. 2020 had 98'000. But surprise, 2021 looks like it will land around 61'000 only (!!!) Source: click here

People in Sweden are mostly keeping distances and washing hands. I use a HEPA-filter mask myself because of a Japanese report on filters against Covid. I also warn the children about this experiment, and everyone else, because of the Nuremberg code and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Parents, nurses, doctors, politicians and media are committing a crime when promoting the injection of children with experimental substances. It is ILLEGAL no matter what anyone says and no matter what the child wants to do.

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Just as nothing good came out of 9/11 and the War On Terrorism, nothing good will come out of the Covid-19 pandemic and the response. Both are frauds and a worldwide power grab. As with the WOT, fear, intimidation, and police-state tactics are used to get the people to comply. Those who don't are threatened with violence, imprisonment, confiscation of property, and coercion.

The only hope is if enough people refuse to comply, refuse to cooperate and protest. All over Europe and other countries the people are taking to the streets in protest. In the U.S. the people have become easily frightened, well trained to obey, to not think for themselves, and they have become timid.

"First do no harm".

Lockdowns don't work, masks don't work, and the vaccine doesn't work. They cause more death and destruction instead of less. To keep doing more of what doesn't work is insanity.

The pandemic narrative and the statistics are fraught with lies.

Submitted on Friday, Nov 26, 2021 at 11:27:25 AM

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