Let me start with this clarification: I do not think that there is a Corona Conspiracy. It is just that the corona scare is so convenient. A lot of governments ‘seized the day’, as the old Latin expression has it, and are using this epidemic as an excuse.
In Israel, only the essential personnel are allowed free (but somewhat controlled) movement. Everyone else is confined to their home and if they show up outside, chances are a policeman might show up and question their reasons. Additionally, they have implemented some terror defense measures (like tracking every cell phone, to map the interactions of “infected” people) on all of their citizens.
Videos from China show masked men removing “sick people wearing respirators” on stretchers. How convenient! The human rights violations that China is being accused of are not discernible anymore. They can remove anyone from anywhere and not even bother to return them – It’s the Corona Virus man!.
In Spain, everything is shut down (except food stores). I heard that you may be fined up to 2000 Euros for going to the beach or any other public place.
In New York, most public places are closed. No more arenas of concert halls, no pubs, no restaurants, no shopping malls. Yesterday I caught Governor Mario Cuomo’s press conference and he was bitching about New Yorkers being out in parks and streets and how he was talking to the Mayor that they have to do something about it.
I just picked a few samples of what is going on in the world, but there are many other countries that implemented similar measures. Let me just add one more interesting fact to these alarming pieces of news. I became aware of this from a John McAffee tweet. I don’t like his anti-virus software but it sounded interesting and I double-checked his numbers. They did not totally agree, but there is no doubt that every year, at least 600,000 people die from the flu. Another 1,000,000 or so die from diarrhea.
Most people will tell you that the COVDID-19 is scarier than anything else because of the way it spreads. Maybe – but let me tell you what worries me more.
- Quarantines, curfews, cellphone tracking, and similar methods of population control may be adopted by a lot of countries that used to be Democratic.
- How about masked people removing other masked people from their residence, place of work, etc. Is that too far fetched? China claims that it works.
- I am not a conspiracy buff, so I will assume, that as soon as the threat is resolved, all of these restrictions will go away (it is, however, hard to believe that the FBI, CIA the Shin-Beth and other security agencies will give up these amazing tools). But what if the COVID-19 never goes away. What if they never find a cure or a vaccine?
So far, Israel has had only one confirmed death associated with this virus. Of course, they will tell you it is because of the measures they took. China, Spain, Italy, and the USA have a lot more deaths attributed to it.
Well, this is what bothers me:
Whatever happened to the sons of the American revolution?
“Give me liberty or give me death!”
“Live free or die!”
“… I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Why are people allowed to run with the bulls in Pamplona and Fermin?
Why are governments allowing people to play football, hockey, or rugby?
Or how about boxing?
There were some serious maimings and deaths associated with these sports.
But, we are not allowed to go out and confront this Corona Virus by ourselves. Do we not have a right to live or die as we please? How about we sign a release that says, “If I catch this, I will quarantine myself and if it comes to it, I will die at home, and make no use of any of your hospitals – the food sucks there anyway.” I do not need to sign that release for myself. I am 73 years old, I was born at home and I have never spent a day in a hospital (except for my kids). I intend to die at home, or any other place outside of a hospital.
I am an immigrant, who has lived in NYC for the past 45 years. I was born in Romania during the communist regime, so I know about Security (or in our “Democracy”, health) officials removing people from their homes, never to be seen again. Lady Liberty has been an inspiration for many years. Today, however, it feels as if someone took a sledgehammer and started chipping at her.