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My grandmothers were born in the late 1800’s. They might have worn asphidity bags filled with smelly herbs to ward off colds and other diseases. Many rural folk did then. Some accounts say asphidity bags were used to ward off the Spanish Flu. So were face masks. They may have saved some lives. Who knows?
It’s not uncommon for experts to disagree. That’s why you get second opinions. Or should. If you need reminding, look at the conflicting admonitions, confusing advice about, and disastrous consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns experts advocated. And at the cynical exploitation of their bad advice to advance political narratives.
The COVID-19 narrative is that we barely escaped national disaster thanks to government ordered lockdowns — which shouldn’t be lifted too soon. It says the lockdowns prevented about 2.1 million deaths vs 2.2 million predicted. But it’s obvious the numbers don’t match the narrative.
Popular blogger Glen Reynolds recently said: “If you speak with the Unchallengeable Voice of God, and then you change your mind and speak again with the Unchallengeable Voice of God, people will notice.”
A man needs to know his limitations. Good advice from Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty” Harry Callahan character who gave it to various over-matched villains he dispatched. It also applies to Government Man who listens to Sky-Is-Falling Man and tries to fix the unfixable. And makes it worse.
Lies today are intended to exaggerate the COVID-19 epidemic and create panic and political opportunities. Some politicians see this as an opportunity to “fundamentally transform America.” Loss of freedom is a near thing.