We live in a female dominated society that is prone to volatile emotions. Once a “lock down” ends, the media will do a story about someone who dies after the lock down ends. Women will flock to social media sobbing on camera. That scares politicians. https://t.co/PxlK0DnhRF— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) April 7, 2020
That is why we must mock such people. Such “men” are nervous rabbits that will follow the herd. Once enough people laugh at them, they will change their behavior.— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) April 7, 2020
Women and children will follow the lead of men. So no need to mock them and their hysteria. They can’t help it. https://t.co/q3Sk2NTO0k
Swine flu (H1N1) – 60.8 million cases, 12,469 deaths, 1 year
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – 391,475 cases, 12,552 deaths, 3 weeks later, 42 state lockdown
Since we are evaluating the prophecies of Dissident Right flu truthers, what did they see in their crystal ball on St. Patrick’s Day when they compared the coronavirus to swine flu? If we want an accurate comparison, we would end the lockdown now, life would return to normal and we would come back next St. Patrick’s Day in 49 weeks and see where we are at with total infections and deaths.
Ramzpaul and other people in the Dissident Right seem to be taking their cues from Zman who recently said that “Greg Cochran has completely lost his marbles over this thing.” He also said that “Steve Sailer, a man not known for excitability, is calling this virus a great adversary of the human race” and that “geneticist and HBD enthusiast Razib Khan is in hiding, convinced the end times are upon us. In fact, the whole HBD community is a click away from fleeing to Antarctica to wait out the end of civilization.” Zman’s latest take is that coronavirus is “a piker” compared to the 2009 swine flu.
Here is Zman doing his best impression of the mayor in Jaws:
More people have died from coronavirus in the last three weeks than from swine flu in a year. The deaths were also concentrated in just four states. 38 states are still mostly in the clear with less than 5% of tests coming back positive. The two viruses are not remotely comparable in their lethality.
“That said, this pandemic is a piker compared to the past. The Swine flu, which hardly anyone remembers, despite happening just a decade ago, had twice the body count of the Chinese flu in the United States. There’s still time, but in the grand scheme of things, this pandemic is never going to be on the list of great plagues. The best chance of it being remembered is if the economic fallout is such that people remember for generations that we tried shutting down the world over a virus.”
“Current events offers some insight into why we may never meet space aliens. The panic over the virus is something new to modern society. This virus is not a threat to humanity, but it is treated as one. We know there was no panic over the Swine flu, the Asian flu, the Hong Kong flu and so on. There was no panic over the great influenza outbreak of 2017 that killed 80,000 Americans. Yet with the death toll soaring to 4,000 with the Chinese flu, America is paralyzed with fear.”
“Imagine a variant of the flu that is four or five times more lethal than the common flu and it is spreading quickly. The experts are not sure exactly how lethal this new flu variant will be, other than it will be considerably worse than the common flu that hits every fall and winter. Further, they are unsure of the origin or how to combat it with drugs and therapeutics. Before long, it is a serious problem. This new influenza is a pandemic spreading rapidly all over the world
Now, you don’t have to imagine it, because you lived through it. The Swine Flu pandemic of 2009 infected about a billion people worldwide, according to most estimates. As is always the case with these things, the number of infected is always a best guess, as many are infected but are never confirmed. The death toll is a little easier to grasp, as it is hard to ignore a corpse, but many flu deaths are classed as other things. It probably killed half a million people. …
In fairness, the doomsday fan spawns an on-line adversary that gets a similar emotional rush from these events. The dismissive cynic relished these times, because he gets to pretend to be the cool, level-headed guy when everyone is panicking. These guys show up in comment sections and in response to twitter posts. They take pleasure in telling the doomsday types that they are a bunch of hysterical sissies. These are great times for the dismissive cynic. It’s their time to shine too.”
Imagine picking flu truthism as your hill to die on.
Just to be clear, the coronavirus isn’t a doomsday virus, but it is nothing to dismiss or compare to the ordinary flu either. Even in the worst case scenario, millions of people would die but life would continue. The virus is a serious threat to American life that demanded a quick and decisive response. It demanded leadership from the president and Congress. Instead, it was laughed off by mainstream conservatives, libertarians and most of the Dissident Right, which dismissed it as the common flu. Instead of picking up a million dollar bill, our enemies are extremely fortunate we lost the plot on this.