Raoul’s 2 Cents
I had my long-overdue haircut this afternoon. I made an appointment over the phone and my barber was overjoyed to see me. I looked around and I realized why. There was only one other customer instead of the usual 2 or 3 people in the waiting room. My barber is a petite South Korean lady and I was one of her very first customers when she opened up her business over a year ago. It’s sad to think that she may be losing her business unless things get back to normal. She was glad to see me… glad to see a customer. Like many beauty shops, business plunged since the pandemic started. There used to be 3 beauticians, now there are only 2.
She echoes the plight of many other small businesses that are struggling to survive. Some people say this pandemic was conjured up while others say the lockdown is necessary. Both seem to have data to prove their theories. Who to believe?
Do you get the feeling that there’s a giant microscope above the clouds and we are being observed like lab rats? Actually, we really are lab rats. The social media gods shape our politics, our world view…. our purchasing tendencies… almost everything.
If you have access to Netflix I encourage you to watch “The Social Dilemma.” It shows you the nefarious plans of the internet giants like Youtube, Facebook and Google. Top programmers share their concerns about the power they have over people’s minds. These companies manipulate the thoughts and behavior of unsuspecting fools like the rest of us. So when we meet someone who doesn’t agree with our worldview, let’s be a little patient. He/she may have been a victim of these social manipulators.
After my haircut was done, I gave her a huge tip to encourage her that we were all in this together.
Be safe, be healthy, and remember: we may be lab rats but lab rats have been known to escape. TGIF people!
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September 22, 2020 at 10:22 am
Interesting article Raoul. I think its fair to say that the virus is real, but how it has been handled is fraught with corruption. For example, early on, Dr Fauci told everyone NOT to wear a mask. When it was clear we were supposed to wear a mask later, he said that he lied to the American people because they were concerned that there wouldn’t be enough masks for medical professionals. This is false and criminal for the following reasons:
He knew that masks would slow the spread and save lives, thousands of lives.
He knew that they could re-route any needed equipment to medical staff, even if that equipment was already being shipped to a non-medical buyer or sitting in a store, in other words, it was not “necessary” to lie to people, and
He knew that he could have advised the people to make masks as the surgeon general did several weeks later. Unfortunately, by then a lot of damage was done.
Also Fauci participated with Tenent on a 95,000 patient study that concluded that hydroxychloroquine was not only not effective, but dangerous. That was in March. In July, several studies proved that the Tenent study was a fraud. They disclosed that the Tenent study used HQ on average 6 days too late, and that they administered doses as high as ten times the recommended dosage. The Tenent study was withdrawn. The new studies concluded that thousands of lives could have been saved by HQ or other anti-inflammatory medications, but as we have known for decades (around 60 years), these medications should be given in the normal dose and given as early as possible. The CDC still says on it’s website for patients to be sent home if they have early stages, meaning that thousands of hospitals are NOT using anti-inflammatory medications early.
In addition, we have been lied to about the numbers. As we know from a recent NY Times article, only 6% of patients died purely of covid. 94% had an average of 2.6 other “co-morbidities”. These include things like cancer, heart attacks, and even accidents. So, if someone falls form a ladder to their death, if they test positive for covid, then they died of covid. If someone is in latter stages of cancer and gets covid, they die of covid. That is NOT the way we reported in the past. If a patient was in later stages of cancer and died of a viral infection, the cause of death would have likely been cancer, not the viral infection.
This pandemic, or as many are calling it now, plandemic, is clearly an example of what Winston Churchill said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
To your health and wealth,