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COVID-19 Shows that Liberals are More Stupid than Conservatives: 1

August 3, 2021 15 comments

Here is another one of those posts which I would have never imagined writing a decade ago. To be clear, I never saw liberals as smarter than conservatives- it is just that they seemed to be better at concealing their stupidity. But times change and from 2015 onward, it became painfully obvious that liberals had given up trying to hide their lack of capacity for independent and rational thought. Some think that this might be a generational thing, with younger ones being less mentally endowed than their predecessors. While this could be a factor, I believe that a series of events within past few years (Brexit in 2015, Trump win in 2016, COVID-19 in early 2020 etc) tore away the covers hiding liberal stupidity and exposed it for all to see.

Some of you might have read a few of my more recent posts where I talk about how younger generations in west have lost with physical reality as have the elites. And while this dangerous loss of touch with reality is most easily visible in these two groups, they are far from being the only ones affected. You can see the loss of touch with reality in supposedly “educated” and “credentialed” people religiously belief in man-made climate change or not challenging claims that “zero carbon”, “renewable” energy and electric cars will magically replace existent energy and transportation infrastructure. The defining characteristic of western societies in past two decades has been widespread magical thinking and the desire to believe in outrageous claims.

With that out of the way, let us now focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has shown liberals to be more stupid than conservatives- if that is even possible.

1] In my opinion, one of the most bizarre belief widespread among liberals is that immunity acquired after recovery from COVID-19 is somehow non-existent or requires additional vaccination. With the exception of viral diseases that are almost inevitably fatal (rabies) or due to certain chronic retroviruses (HIV), post-infection immunity is always superior to that acquired after vaccination. While getting there might be expensive for diseases with high mortality such as smallpox (now eradicated) or yellow fever- immunity after infection is an undeniable fact, and also the basis for vaccination. So why would COVID-19 be any different from other human or even animal coronaviruses? Is there something magical about vaccines that make them better than post-infection immunity?

2] And this magical liberal thinking keeps getting worse.. Let us talk about face-masks, again. While there is some evidence and a rationale for why specialized and properly fitted masks such as N95 could block infection for a few hours, the same cannot be said about cloth or surgical facemasks. Tell me something.. has any properly done study before 2020 shown that cloth or surgical facemasks prevent influenza, let alone a truly airborne virus such as COVID-19? So why are liberals pretending that ineffectual and ugly rags work? Why do they keep saying “follow the science” when there is none to support that claim? Are normal facemasks any more effective against COVID-19 than medieval talismans were against the plague?

3] Then there is the issue of risk (or lack thereof) for COVID-19 in children. Every available bit of evidence we have thus far suggests that the infection causes either no symptoms or very mild ones in children or anybody under 30. The risk of death due to COVID-19 in children who are not morbidly obese or seriously ill from other chronic diseases is less than 1 in 100k cases and likely less than 1 in a million. Even factoring in all the sick and morbidly obese children gives us death rate of close to 1 in 50k cases. Also, multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) aka Kawasaki’s disease, which can be treated very easily, occurs almost exclusively in a very few obese black or Hispanic children. Children are also far less likely to transmit COVID-19 than adults. So what is the point of masking children or trying to vaccinate them?

4] Liberals also hold on to their delusional belief that COVID-19 carries a very high risk of hospitalization, even though only 20% of people (at most) in the oldest age group require it. Yes.. even the vast majority of those over 80 (especially those not living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities) do not require even simple hospitalization- let alone ending up in the ICU. In those under 50, the risk of any hospitalization is less than 1 in 100- probably closer to 1 in 200 or 300 once you factor in all the missed asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic cases. ICU use for those under 50 is somewhat age dependent but is still less than 1 in a few hundred at the upper end. For kids and those under 30, it is less than 1 in 1k.

The majority of hospitalization and ICU usage occurs for those in their 60s and 70s and even in those age groups it is 1-3%, with most of those ending up in ICU being very frail, seriously obese or with multiple comorbidities. My point is that even in the age groups who are most likely to require simple hospitalization or ICU, the actual rates of usage are pretty low. Hospitalization rates become an issue only for the 80+ AND institutionalized or those who are 70+ AND have serious cormorbidities. This does not mean that an occasional and unlucky 20-something wont end up in the ICU, but the relative risk for that outcome is really low.

The real question- why are liberals pretending otherwise over 16 months after this pandemic began in the west? Didn’t they learn anything from everything they have seen? Can’t they analyse simple data? Do they have any concept of relative risk? Are they capable of any independent critical thinking? In the next part, I intend to talk about vaccination, difference between PCR-diagnosed “infection” and a real infection, Ivermectin, the role of western internet monopolies and much more.

What do you think? Comments?