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Facts, Fiction, and Fulcrum: The Pisa Paradox
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”He is … the reader's eyes and ears and the fulcrum of his judgment”
Imagine if you will, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Your author is standing at the top of the tower & holding a rock over the edge. If I release the rock from my hand, then it will obviously fall to the ground - fact. There can be no debating this - we all agree that gravity obviously exists. If it didn’t… we would have much larger problems, and not for very long!
Now imagine a man is standing at the base of the tower, beneath me as I release the rock. The rock falls and cracks his skull open, killing him instantly. (It’s a really heavy rock, just trust me on this one.) The surrounding tourists would scream in horror, as chunks of his brain are splattered across the park. These are all reasonable facts to assume - and I have clearly committed, at the very least, manslaughter. These are, again, all facts.
I’m going to introduce a new fact to this tale: I believe the newly deceased man is responsible for the death of my child - a horrific, terrifying action that has overwhelmed me with emotional trauma. I knew this man would be standing at the base of the tower and smuggled the rock past security in order to avenge the death of my child - now do you think that this act of pre-meditated murder is justified?
A civilized society cannot be governed by fiction - a man isn’t justified to go out and commit an act of murder because he believes he has written a really good excuse in his head. The fact is that to end another man’s life because of the fiction I’ve written in my head justifying so, means that I have committed murder, and as such, must be put on trial for my crime against society.
So what does any of this have to do with COVID?
Everything, actually. Almost the entirety of policy surrounding COVID in the West has been dominated by complete and utter fiction - that has been destructively elevated to somehow stand equal and alongside fact, actual science, and the actual work being done by real medical experts and scientists to protect the public’s lives, health, and general well-being.
Government advisors such as Francois Balloux will make obscene, utterly absurd proclamations such as claiming that donning PPE will merely extend the pandemic, as he did in December of 2021.
Then, almost a year later, after Long Covid is ruled a disability in the UK legal system and millions are either out of work or struggling to work because of their newly inflicted disability, Francois Balloux simply crosses his arms beneath his smug fucking face and declares that this “doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.” Meanwhile, the NHS is struggling to function, and there are more new COVID variants in circulation than ever, some of which achieving immune escape from treatments such as Evushield and monoclonal antibodies.
No empathy, no guilt, no shame. All of the fiction that Francois Balloux has shit out to a massive audience via Twitter or Youtube or in interviews, much of it turning out to be incredibly false, and the man doesn’t even have the dignity to admit his own pathetic, miserable failures of pandemic punditry. Just doubling down on demanding more infections, more disease, more disability, and more death.
Balloux has always had the same conclusion - and no amount of evidence will ever change his perspective; the ego evaporates their own personal desire to engage in science. Part of science is a willingness to be wrong - to be afraid of eating egg on your face, and going “damn, I made a mistake here.” Hence the Precautionary Principle of Public Health - it’s better to show up for an apocalyptic gunfight loaded for bear and be overprepared than show up with your dick in your hands and pretend that you simply had no idea of what was coming.
None of Francois Balloux’s proclamations, or of those of his fellow plague rat high priests, have been rooted in science or through the lens of the precautionary principle of public health - but instead openly embracing naked eugenics and an outright betrayal of his fellow countrymen. Balloux isn’t the only one of these freakshow frauds - there’s a mountain of them, and we’ll get to covering all of them in intimate detail.
The fulcrum of this ongoing pandemic continues to spiral out of control, with pediatric ICUs overflowing in major cities from Toronto to New York operates by these grifters, frauds, eugenicists; whatever you want to call them - driving the public’s eyes and ears away from the facts, and the overwhelming scientific consensus, towards an Ozymandian obelisk of complete and utter fiction, propped up and astroturfed by rightoid billionaires looking to profit from overflowing hospitals and a mountain of people constantly getting sicker and sicker.
These maniacs have decried PPE, protecting children, quarantine, vaccination, and every other public health & pandemic mitigation measure under the sun. No matter what the science reveals, these perverse excuses for intellectuals have always come to the same conclusion: everyone must be infected with COVID, repeatedly, ad nauseum, and the ever growing millions being crippled by Long COVID simply “do not matter” - and that’s just the “legitimate” experts whom most of the public see.
Further down the civility ladder, you get unhinged, sadistic freaks such as Alex Berenson, pictured above, whose previous claim to fame was that weed drove violent crime (somehow) and has gone full-blown anti-vaccine, anti-PPE, pro-COVID plague rat - spending all day on Twitter inciting harassment against those suffering from COVID, have been disabled by it, or those who are still protecting themselves from the virus - especially this winter, as transmission is incredibly high and pediatric ICUs are overflowing.
Don’t be confused - you cannot separate “legitimate experts” such as Balloux from unhinged freaks such as Berenson. They are all coasting atop the same river of shit, and as it goes over the waterfall, the working people without a voice are shouldering the impact of the intellectual sewage that further perpetuates this ongoing disaster.
Back at the ongoing murder scene at the Tower of Pisa, we have the facts of the action I recently committed, plus the body of the man I (hypothetically) killed. We have the fiction I imagined to justify my action. The fulcrum would be frauds like Vinay Prasad (oh, we’ll get to this jackass soon enough) using this incident as proof that hard hats don’t work, and that we need more Randomized Control Trials before they can be mandated at construction sites.
The dead man’s wife would be called an unfaithful, uptight bitch who abandoned her husband, and Francois Balloux would declare that the poor bastard had a pre-existing condition so his death didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things - so why should the authorities bother with arresting me or putting me on trial?
We already have an overwhelming consensus from hundreds of experts from around the world that can help prevent the mountain of suffering we are looking at this winter throughout this COVID pandemic. This expert consensus requires a vaccine-plus approach, the filtration of indoor air, the mandating and distribution of N95 or better rated masks, and other measures which require… believe it or not… the prevention of transmission of the airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus. This consensus is rooted in fact, and what must be behind policy decisions governing the pandemic.
The mountains of millions of dead and disabled casualties left in the wake of this ongoing pandemic are the result of chains of person-to-person viral transmission, forged by failed policies rooted in cowardly fantasy fiction. Much as one would sell pickaxes during a gold rush with dreams of wealth to be found, these dream-sellers are peddling children’s blankies to suck thumbs with dreams of nothing to worry about.
Enough is enough. It’s time to break the chains.