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- Jul 16, 2009
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It's one of many labs in the world that study the worst of the worst viruses. They aren't used to develop biological weapons. Especially not just because you say so.Until squashed, the competing theories were eating the wrong stuff; someone in the Wuhan P4 lab (i.e., bio warfare
I have to disagree, Ax. Without the "mayhem and fear" narrative, I don't think most Americans would be taking this seriously at this point. Frankly, the press was a whole lot closer to right about this early on than anyone gave them credit for.Unfortunately, mayhem and fear are still the narrative for most media reporting. It's what they want. So that's what they report about most.
Whether imagined, or not.
I don't believe I ever said, "this is all overhyped". But parts of it surely are. To Neo's point, overhyping seems to be the only thing to slow done the total idiots group hugging at the beach. (We just seem to differ on the media's goals, and evolving participation at the outset) But there are still thousands of people going to work, everyday, since this thing began.If you worked in a hospital, pretty sure you'd be afraid buddy. I was. I still am, since both my wife and sister work in a hospital with COVID-19 patients. It's fine to argue this is all over-hyped. Everything in the modern world is over-hyped. But guarantee you New Yorkers don't think it's over-hyped, New Orleans residents don't think it's over-hyped. And you won't find an NA, RN, MD, or other healthcare provider/first responder who thinks that's the case.
I also think that our CDC and national coronavirus leaders have a point when they say, if it doesn't become a terrible, life-threatening risk in your area, it will be because of all the 'hysteria' and 'over-reaction, not in spite of it.
I agree, and disagree, at the same time. Or is it, disagree, and agree, at the same time?This meme on fear is questionable.
The argument that the Amercian people would not act responsibly without a primary motivator of fear is so condescending as to leave me breathless. If true, let's pack our bags now and go home. There are no heros, there are no people of principle, there are no altruists.....just thoughtless sheep who need to he herded by the hyping of the unknown....who cannot be trusted to think intelligently about themselves, their families and their communities. These are not the sorts of Americans I know and have served with.
There are multiple professions with constant risk. Folks know this going in. I respect these people for their courage; commitment to a higher, more compelling purpose; willingness to act on our behalves at personal risk. Fear isn't near the top of my list as a noble motivator. I suppose we are destined, just like after 9/11, to confront and see threats for what they are...and the selfless folks who act because it is their personal mission statement, because it is their calling in life.
Ax.....I'm with ya if I understand where you are going. I intentionally stayed away from assessing media/politicians and their motives because that is out of bounds.I agree, and disagree, at the same time. Or is it, disagree, and agree, at the same time?
I agree, IF, moving the herd would have started as a cattle drive. A slow methodical start, with definitive measures in place, to educate on the fly, in a calm professional manner, that enough people would have responded in a way to have a better result by the end of this thing. I could be wrong. But, when does THAT ever happen?
Instead, it was a stampede. Started intentionally, for dubious reasons. And after that happened, the horse was already out of the barn. Even smarter folk had bought in to the narrative.
Smart people sometimes do stupid things. Stupid people, will occasionally do smart things. But for the most part, stupid people do more stupid things on a regular basis. Pour a jug of panic over both groups? You got smart people doing more stupid things than they normally do. And the stupid are on steroids, and LSD.