Posted On: Friday - May 20th 2022 7:07PM MST
In Topics:   Music  China  Kung Flu Stupidity  Totalitarianism
No, this is not an Abbott and Costello routine. We're hearing that question more and more these days ...
You really ought to know you're losing it when you've lost The WHO. That would be the case if you're the road manager of the tour 1/2 an hour before the show. It's also the case if you're Chinese Communist Party Chief Xi Jinping, and you can't even get The WHO to back you in your efforts to LOCKDOWN cities in a Kung Flu Panic.
Most of Peak Stupidity's Kung Flu PanicFest articles of this Spring have discussed China's stupidity in this regard. Who'd have thought (not The WHO, for sure) that the country that had DEFEATED, wiped off the face of their land, I tell ya', the Kung Flu, would have had to institute an encore PanicFest, and what an encore, indeed! I mean, this may be end up bigger than than the rest of the show!
We think it's a political show. President Xi doesn't seem to care how he ruins his country and its economy with this. He doesn't take criticism of his Covid~Zero well either.
Per a recent NY Post article, China slams WHO chief as ‘irresponsible’ for saying zero-COVID policy ‘not sustainable’. Oh, oh, there's that word "sustainable" again. It's often overused, but does have a meaning, as we explained in Toward Sustainable Stupidity. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (see, not Abbott and Costello) is right about the lack of sustainability, as you're simply not going to keep the detectable level of any variations of a virus zero. That's especially the case if you keep running around detecting it, by swiping trucks, fish, chickens, cats, and everybody! People with common-sense know that, once you're satisfied it's not a big threat, you quit checking! From Snejana Farberov's (definitely not Abbott & Costello, but maybe another routine...) article:
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian defended the controversial strategy that has placed harsh restrictions on hundreds of millions of people across many cities in China.(PC wokeness doesn't stop at the California coastline either, as Spokesperson Lijian is keeping his gender under wraps.) Well, you probably have made history with your prevention and control over there, Mx Zhao. No other country has been able to use it to instituted Totalitarianism and Orwellian control as well! We hear from Dr. TAG (we call him) and one Mike Ryan:
“We hope that relevant people can view China’s policy of epidemic prevention and control objectively and rationally, get more knowledge about the facts and refrain from making irresponsible remarks,” Zhao said at a press briefing in response to the criticism.
“The Chinese government’s policy of epidemic prevention and control can stand the test of history, and our prevention and control measures are scientific and effective. China is one of the most successful countries in epidemic prevention and control in the world, which is obvious to all of the international community,” Zhao continued.
When we talk about the ‘zero-COVID,’ we don’t think that it’s sustainable, considering the behavior of the virus now and what we anticipate in the future,” Tedros said.Actually, it is. You have to value freedom though.
Tedros was joined by Mike Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies chief, who said all pandemic control actions should “show due respect to individual and human rights.”
Countries need to “balance the control measures, the impact on society, the impact on the economy. That is not always an easy calibration to make,” Ryan said.
The WHO officials’ [Mild] comments were not covered in China’s state media and were censored on social media.C'mon, man! What are you, one of those American university students? Wait, here's the good part:
China’s leaders last week threatened action against critics of the policy, which authorities say “puts life first.”
The daily number of new cases in Shanghai reported Wednesday had fallen to less than 1,500, down from a peak of 26,000 in mid-April. Seven more COVID-19-related deaths were reported, raising the toll from the outbreak to 560.
So 560 Shanghaiers died with COVID-19 this Spring. There are 20 million people there. A very quick math calculation says that an average 500 to 600 people would die there from something EACH DAY. Over a 100 day period, that means it's one in 100 deaths with COVID-19.
Now, they'll tell you, I'm sure, "what if they hadn't LOCKEDOWNed people wherever and whenever they pleased? Huh, what then?" Well, I'm guessing a bigger, but still small absolute, number of people would have died. More people would have gotten sick for a while. Is it worth it, this new way, Chinese people? You'd better bet your life. Or life will cut you, cut you like a knife ..
Finally, we try to keep up a little here, but that's the first I've heard from WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Maybe there was a different leader of The WHO around during the big PanicFest here. I don't know, last I recall, the leader of The WHO was a guy named Roger Daltrey.
You Better, you Bet is from The Who's 1981 album, Face Dances. John Entwistle's got a lot of energy there!
Roger Daltrey – lead vocals.
Pete Townshend – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals.
John Entwistle – bass, backing vocals.
Kenney Jones – drums.