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The evidence keeps pouring in showing the utter failure of all COVID mandates

Since March 2020 I have repeatedly written that the response to the Wuhan flu was an utter mindless panic that had little to do with the facts. Right off the bat, the facts, not the models, suggested the virus would resemble the flu most of all, a possible mortal threat to the sick and elderly but generally nothing more than a short sickness to the general population, with it being almost utterly harmless to the young.

Nothing that has happened since has really changed these early conclusions. I have compiled below a collection of recent studies and reports that illustrate what we have learned following the epidemic and the panic that accompanied it. Sadly, that panic did little to stop the virus, but it left us with destroyed businesses, a crushed economy, many uneducated and damaged children, and a broken Bill of Rights.

The COVID jab

The failure of the jab in the United Kingdom
Study from November 2021showing the overall uselessness of the jab
in the United Kingdom last year.

The first set of stories show some recent studies analyzing the effectiveness and safety of the COVID shots, which are not vaccines because they simply do not prevent you from getting the virus. At best — though not yet proven — they might reduce the severity of the disease should you get it. The data however now suggests that though the overall risks are not large, the jab carries enough risk that in many cases, it makes no sense to get it. To require it, as many governments and businesses have done, is downright stupid and immoral. To fire nurses and doctors for refusing the shots is beyond stupid or immoral. It is evil.

Worse, these facts were known right from the initial tests, as the last story below shows. In the company’s initial trials they found that 1,223 people died within the first 28 days after taking the Pfizer shot. Such a result in past drug trials would have made impossible the approval of that drug.

Masks

WHO's do's and don't's for mask use
The WHO graphic on the proper use of masks, first published here in July 2020.
For the full images, go here and here.

These face diapers have been the ultimate symbol illustrating the mindless panic by governments and health officials during the epidemic. No study before the arrival of the Wuhan flu had ever found masks much use in preventing the spread of this kind of respiratory virus. All studies — for the past century — had instead showed the limited value of masks, even if used properly (as shown in the pre-2020 but still valid WHO graphic to the right). Since no one has ever used them properly, the masks instead became an unsanitary and dirty piece of cloth placed where people breathed and thus likely increased they chances of getting sick.

The data now proves this conclusion, which was obvious in 2020, when the first mask mandates were being imposed irrationally.

The following five stories, all published in the past three months, merely confirm these well known facts, facts that governments and the public decided for the past two years to blindly ignore, in their panic and fear.

The last story illustrates the negative consequences to society by the imposition of masks. They are inhuman, and encouraged us to treat others as things, while instilling anger and resentment in everyone. Getting rid of them might help, but the harm has been done. Our society has lost trust with itself because of these face diapers.

Other failed mandates

Sadly, the COVID shot and mask mandates were not the only bad policies imposed by govenments. The following stories document some of the others, such as the sudden demand that everyone clean surfaces obsessively, even though respiratory viruses have always been known to almost never transmit in that manner. We didn’t know for sure at first with COVID, but by May 2020 the data clearly showed the virus was like the flu, and did not require such rules. Yet, two years later people are still compulsively cleaning things over and over again, for no reason.

The harm done to children with the school closures and mask mandates cannot be measured. The future of society will certainly suffer by their suffering. Worse, that harm will be compounded by the repeated violation by government officials of the Bill of Rights and the law. The next generations will not only be more ignorant, they will be more used to living in a society that abuses power nonchalantly.

Some conclusions

Finally, there have been a plethora of studies summing up the overall consequences of the failed and panicky response to the Wuhan flu. The first story is especially important, as it found that states run by Democrats with the most mandates did the worst (New Jersey, New York, California, Illinois and Washington, D.C.) while states with the fewest mandates did the best (Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, and Florida).

The last story is for me the most infuriating. When COVID was first discovered, all the evidence — not the models — clearly showed it was nothing more than a new variant of the flu, requiring an initial slightly more aggressive treatment but nothing that different than what we normally do. No one however wanted to look at that evidence. Instead, everyone panicked, letting government officials tear up the Constitution and destroy our freedoms, all in the name of “safety” and “security.” Fear ruled, and so freedom and common sense died.

Let me conclude not with my words, but the words of my family doctor, Robert Lending, who in his weekly COVID update to his patients sent this summary out on May 10, 2022 (slightly shortened by me). Better than anyone, I think he makes very clear the number of fictions that have ruled our society in the past two years.

Facts and Fiction, Science and non-science [As of Mother’s Day 2022]:

  • Covid-19 is still around, and there will be ‘Hot Spots’…Fact, true, forever.
  • Covid-19 will become more dangerous and deadly as new strains appear…Fiction, and is already becoming a minor illness for most people.
  • Covid-19 can be “cured”…Fiction, and the body will fight it off similar to any viral infection; and generate natural immunity.
  • Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters will prevent infection…Fiction, total fiction. The vaccines, no matter how many, will not prevent infection. Vaccines with boosters will only decrease the likelihood of severe infections possibly leading to hospitalizations and death.
  • Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters will prevent spread and prevent transmitting the disease to others…Fiction, total fiction.
  • Covid-19 infection is prevented by masks, face shields, and quarantining…Fiction.
  • Covid-19 forced nasal swabs requirements prior to travel and to reenter the USA prevent Covid-19…Fiction. When will the US Gov’t. stop requiring nasal swabs to re-enter the USA, especially with many businesses calling to abolish this [people afraid to travel thinking that they might get stranded out of country]; as well as allowing 1-2 Million illegal border crossers to just come into the USA without testing and without vaccinations?
  • Covid-19 vaccination #4 [Booster on top of a Booster] will provide significant and prolonged additional immunity…Fiction.
  • Covid-19 vaccines are generally safe…Fact.
  • Covid-19 vaccine adverse reactions are grossly underreported [VAERS]…Fact.

We now live with the consequences of letting the fictions above rule. Whether we can fix this situation remains unknown, because to do so will require abandoning the fear that drove us to this foolishness, and it is still unclear Americans are willing to do so.

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22 comments

  • John

    A line at the bottom of the article about the Pfizer VP arrest says that the article is satire.

  • John: You are correct. My mistake. However, the satire was the part about the Pfizer VP being arrested. The actual data about the number of deaths during the trial is accurate. I have changed the link/story and edited my post to make it accurate.

  • Lee S

    Bob… You can pick and choose any amount of “news” regarding the wutang flu to prove any viewpoint.

    The truth is that we still don’t know the truth. There are “deaths WITH covid”, Vs “deaths BY covid”, the pretty much zero effect of the regular flu this season, the effectiveness of masks, ( still under debate ), the effectiveness of this new type of harm reducing vaccination ( my own term… I’m surprised no one else has used it..), any harm caused by said vaccine, the effectiveness of our Swedish model Vs the US model, deaths graphed by age, vaccination status, and time, the effects of “long covid”… The list goes on and on.

    As I’ve mentioned before here, I’ve lost people I knew to this strange virus, I know very healthy people that ended up on ventilation, and my father, at 82 caught it twice, even after been vaccinated, it weakened him, if it had anything to do with his demise, it wasn’t obvious.

    I still have no fully formed opinion about covid, there are way too many variables, my opinion has swung back and forth, and probably will continue until enough of the data has been processed enough to produce facts.

    Anyone who claims to understand the situation even as it stands right now is lying. The truth will eventually out.

    And one point to dwell upon, when the really bad virus comes… As it inevitably will, what shall we do differently?

  • GaryMike

    May I dare to repeat myself?

    Never once wore a mask.
    Never once got a ‘vaccine’ shot.
    Still breathing.
    Still Free.

    Old enough to have died of it; old enough I could die from all sorts of other things, too.

    Birth is always a death sentence.

  • Lee S wrote: “The truth is that we still don’t know the truth.”

    No, Lee, a more correct statement would be that “Lee S still refuses to face the truth.” Almost everything you write next in your comment is your made up invention to justify your belief system. You cite no sources or data, only your opinion.

    And what did I do? As I always do, I cited numerous research papers and stories documenting my conclusions. My conclusions are based on the data as it existed at the start of the panic, as well as the data documented by me during the panic, and now, the research that is accumulating after the panic.

    You want to put your head in the sand, go ahead. I prefer to deal with reality.

  • And let me add, like Gary, I never wore a mask, never isolated myself, continued to do everything I normally did, and never got a COVID jab.

    And when I got the Wuhan flu — after almost two years and given to me by someone who had gotten the jab — it appeared to me to be nothing more than a bad case of the flu, made worse because I am now older and thus less able to fight it. Fight I did however, and recovered. As do almost everyone else.

  • John

    Not to worry Mr. Zimmerman, to err is human as they say. I know I have proved myself to be human on many occasions. However, if you consider that the number of adverse events from the Covid vaccine is equal to the total adverse vaccine events for all vaccines over the last 30 years. Also, there is the fact that the CDC and Pfizer wanted to hid the test data for many decades. Add to that the viciousness of the attacks against anyone who even slight doubted the efficacy of the vaccines and the story sounded entirely possible.

  • Trent Castanaveras

    Excellent essay Mr. Z.
    However, this is not great news any way that I look at it. Our recovery from the governmental covid response will take decades, if it happens at all. And Lee S’s accurate and extremely chilling last statement still stands:

    When Captain Trips comes along, what tools will we use to deal with it?

    Our current strategies are frighteningly inadequate to combat a truly deadly contagion. If anything, our covid track record shows us exactly what NOT to do.

  • Lee S

    “Almost everything you write next in your comment is your made up invention to justify your belief system. You cite no sources or data, only your opinion.”

    Bad argument….. My point is that we just don’t know… I just don’t know, that is not a made up invention, to admit ignorance is not an invention.

    You profess to KNOW, yes you site sources, that re-enforce your viewpoint, there are more than enough sources that refute it, I don’t even need to site them. Google is your friend.

    I reiterate, the jury is still out on this one. You do me a miss service by thinking I have my head in the sand… I have refused to take the booster jab, I am skeptical of the effectiveness of even the vaccine… And I am honest and self aware enough to admit when I just don’t know something.

    What is a fact is that no one knows the final results of this great experiment, and to believe that you do shows a disappointing lack of genuine skeptical thinking on your part.

    On a different note, due to current affairs over here I have a lot of holiday days spare… When are you on the space show next? I will take the following day off so I can call in and say hi. ( With space related conversation ;-)

  • Ann in L.A.

    How does the measles vaccine prevent you from “getting” measles? Suppose you are exposed to someone, and measles particles are in the air, and you are breathing them in. How does the vaccine stop you from “getting” measles? What are the mechanics of it?

  • Goldenfoxx

    I got covid on a Princess cruise ship 12/4/2019. Woman in the cabin next to us was sick from the day she got on board until she debarked on 12/4/2019. I was sick for 6 weeks and it wasn’t until 1/2020 that a name was given to the illness. It was Trump prodding pharmaceuticals to come up with a vaccine. Trump bragged about his warp speed jab, get it, it will save millions of lives. What could go wrong? I have better intuition than Trump. No vaccine was ever invented for the common cold, why would covid be any different? It was a lab illness and the jab as well and look what went wrong. Then the mandates, glad I’m retired. My children managed to avoid the jab – they know as well. Now we’re seeing the results of the jab. I’ve lost 2 friends recently – both triple jabbed. One developed neck cancer 6 weeks after the first jab, and the other Stage 4 bladder cancer. We’ll see if AIDS/HIV shows up this fall as predicted by: Millions get AIDS from Vax by Fall – Dr. Elizabeth Eads https://usawatchdog.com/millions-get-aids-from-vax-by-fall-dr-elizabeth-eads/

    BTW, I haven’t been sick since, never went to the doctor, took care of it myself. No masks or jabs for me – EVER!

  • Cotour

    There is a fundamental difference in how the vaccines are technically generated. The measles vaccine is a true full spectrum vaccine and develops immunity upon being injected with the measles virus that has been rendered inert and more or less harmless as it develops the immunity to the virus in your body.

    But when you are talking about the *NEW* mRNA generated “Vaccine” / “Immunity” in the instance of Covid you are talking about a very different thing that is more narrowly genetically targeted and it uses various techniques of delivering in the instance of Covid of a protein into your body that develops the “immunity”. (You really need a PhD in biology to truly understand this stuff)

    That is generally how I understand it.

    And that brings us to what this entire Covid declared medical emergency reaction by the government and their being able to force policies and what big pharma in concert with them was IMO more focused on and all about. The old technology takes a long time to establish efficacy and it takes much longer to produce. The *NEW* mRNA-based technology is more targeted and faster to produce. And that really is what describes the apparently irrational and uncoordinated edicts and mandates that have come from the many governments around the world.

    This Covid event was a mass humanity proof of concept and technology experiment as well as an opportunity for government to train the general public to do as they are instructed under a declared medical “Emergency” (?). Fear and uncertainty are mass motivators for government and big pharma.

    And that is an overview IMO of what this Covid “Vaccine” event was really fundamentally all about, aside from the definition of what a vaccine is and is not.

  • James Street

    “letting government officials tear up the Constitution and destroy our freedoms, all in the name of ‘safety’ and ‘security.’ Fear ruled, and so freedom and common sense died.”

    Unless you’re a conspiracy theorist like me and think this was all intentionally planned and carried out by the swamp and therefore they were brilliantly successful in their plan.

    I saw this headline this morning. We will never know the truth by intention:
    NIH director confirms agency hid early COVID genes at request of Chinese scientists
    https://nypost.com/2022/05/11/nih-director-tabak-confirms-agency-hid-covid-genes-per-chinese/

    Good brief explanation of “vaccines”, Cotour. If you’re a Supreme Court nominee you also need a PhD in biology to define what a woman is.

  • Cotour

    James Street:

    Have you ever heard of Strategy Over Morality, The Two Conversation?

    It floats around here on BTB from time to time. That is the lens I see all of this through.

    I think Rham Emanuel said it best:

    “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

    Rahm Emanuel

    They tell you what they intend, most people do not believe them though.

  • DefendUSA

    I did not mask, but I did find the prophylactic use of Quercetin when traveling could have offered me benefit. I did not get Corona until August 2021. Quercetin was all I could get my hands on and I had taken it for several travel days, and continued for 5 days after a negative test. And I will tell you I am sure it is because everyone at work was getting the jab around me. My son had it twice, one of my co-workers is on #4 according to the crap test. None of us is vaccinated. My son is feeling some neurological effects and the docs are feeding him and sending him to “Cognitive Therapy”. (I actually believe it’s depression but he is deathly afraid of taking meds for it.) I don’t want to discount his feeling about it but I am skeptical about “long Covid”.

  • I have watched much of this unfold in real time Mr. Z and much of it I found by reading your links. Thank you.

    I have belonged to a non profit educational group almost my entire adult life. Almost in unity all those people have bought the lies hook line and sinker. I am heartbroken that this group now insists that I show “papers” to prove my medical status.

    44 yrs of fun and hard work, and I am done. I can’t associate with people wandering around in a state of panic, willing to throw away their rights, and yet cry and complain about Roe V Wade as thought they actually cared about “rights” at all.

    I am heartbroken about that group now.

    Everything you have pointed out I agree with 100%. I have bookmarked dozens of articles on the matter. These government “crack downs” on Free Speech and the demand to accept the lies as truths have critically harmed the whole danged world.

    I only have one recourse left, isolation. Me and my family are mostly in isolation except for the occasional human beings we meet who are still willing to use their own brains.

    I read your articles every single day, except weekends, along with loads of others. This is part of homeschooling the boys. I am showing how important “current events” really are.

    Never give up sir. If I have sounded too critical in the past, please forgive. You do more than I have the know how or the stamina to do.

    Thank you

  • Andrew M. Winter: Thank you for your kind words. Note that I myself have experienced the same thing as you did with your non-profit, except for me it was with the caving organizations I once belonged to. Very sad and depressing to discover people whom I believed were real friends only really cared about their politics, and could dump a close friend in an instant for the horrible crime of dissent.

    However, don’t isolate. Find new friends. Get another group to work with. Giving up is bowing to the will of the bad guys.

  • Edward

    Robert Zimmerman noted: “And when I got the Wuhan flu — after almost two years and given to me by someone who had gotten the jab …

    In August of last year, my county required everyone who had been faux-vaccinated to go back to wearing face diapers indoors in order to protect the unvaxxinated. Instead of becoming part of the solution, the vaccinated had become biohazards, as declared by the county.

    Trent Castanaveras asked the question: “And Lee S’s accurate and extremely chilling last statement still stands: When Captain Trips comes along, what tools will we use to deal with it?

    Centuries of medical research and medical practice has taught us how to deal with diseases and outbreaks. These past two years of dealing with the Wuhan flu violated almost everything that we have learned over those centuries and have proved to be the exact wrong things to do, causing more harm than good, not just in terms of health but in the overall society, livelihoods, and attitudes. It has shown us that tyranny can happen in America, despite what people have said for the past century.

    It has also shown us that few people have learned the lesson — even as the evidence is presented to them — and continue to insist that tyranny can save us. Tyranny never has, and it never will, because tyrannies do not care about the people, they care about the state, and those who run tyrannies line their own pockets at the expense of everyone else. The reactions to Wuhan flu was no different. Effective treatments were banned or confiscated in favor of faux-vaccine mandates — mandates of experimental vaccines, no less.

    Why do people not learn this lesson? Because they have been poorly taught. I knew in grade school how vaccines worked, because they taught us before giving us our vaccine shots, but here we have Ann in L.A. who still does not know, even after almost two years of vaccines being the number one Wuhan flu topic. Rather than make sure we are educated, the government demands only blind obedience.

  • As for what we should do when the next epidemic arrives, maybe we all should reread the Great Barrington Declaration.

    It laid out what had been done for decades, and should have been done with the Wuhan flu, and what should be done come another epidemic. All based on more than two centuries of rational research in epidemiology and health. Not on fear and panic and the demands of the power hungry.

  • GaryMike

    RZ: “However, don’t isolate. Find new friends. Get another group to work with. Giving up is bowing to the will of the bad guys.”

    Isolation has been my principle strategy to protect myself from C19.

    As for the need for new friends, over my lifetime I’ve had a very limited number who I still prefer over newbies. Most are 3000 miles away, for 30 years.

    During my teaching career, I’ve directly interacted with 6-figure numbers of folks. Loved must every minute of it. Acquired the ability to not feel embarrassment: said to be a super power of sorts.

    I self-identify as an outlier. And refusing to bow is second nature.

    “…depressing to discover people whom I believed were real friends only really cared about their politics, and could dump a close friend in an instant…”

    My ex-wife discovered that her politics and mine were quite incompatible. The ex-part simplified my life in so many ways.

    Embrace the calming silence of the empty cave.

  • Cotour

    BETTER UNDERSTNADING THE BIG PICTURE

    (Copy and share)

    Understand, most everything that you see and experience going on right now in OUR country and the world was to begin in 2017 with the installation of the Regal Hillary Clinton (D) administration.

    From the destruction of every aspect of the energy industry in America, to the disruption of our economy, to the flooding of the borders with illegals, to the inability to buy baby formula, to the forcing of the people to be absolutely compliant to the guidance and will of the government regarding their body and medical choices, in which true control over any population is strongest and absolute. According to the extreme Left (D) this is “Equity”.

    To the bending of the knee and pandering to the Chinese Communists, to the irrational up is down, black is white, men are women, boys are girls, everything is racist mantra. To the irrational role that the now clearly perverted censoring media corporate techno over lords telling you what you are allowed to see, say and hear. To the destruction of anything related to founding American concepts and beliefs in a God or a creator (Or neither if you so choose) that usurps government from the apex dominant controlling position in your life. Remember, “It Takes A Village”, which is a direct reference by Hillary (D) of the superiority of government over the family model.

    All of it, most everything you see before you, and you intuitively understand that it’s all ridiculous, counter intuitive, un and anti-American and anti-freedom, designed to confuse and obfuscate, was to begin in 2017 under the Regal Hillary Clinton (D) administration as she delivered what “must be” in the world. Period.

    When Trump took over, and you may personally despise him, and I understand that. But even as the permanent state (D) and the corporate media Leftist machine was brought full bore upon him, Trump and his American oriented perspective that was 180 degrees in opposition to the Great Reset / Democrat *NEW* and more better, more compliant model for America. We were energy independent, the economy was going full bore, our military was strong and feared and the people were able to fulfill their personal individual aspirations. Everything that is at odds with the Democrat party / Great Reset defendant on government world model. Plain and simple.

    Why did Trump have to go at any cost? And I mean ANY COST. Do you really think the 2020 election was not without coordinated actions by these anti American operatives (D) within our country that were there to ensure that result? Why did Mark Zuckerberg, a Globalist oligarch, donate over $400 million dollars, nearly one half a billion dollars, to the 2020 election? Why was that?

    Because Trumps successful efforts were diverting the entire world from coming under the required compliance and control of this *NEW* more better as per the extreme Left (D) model.

    Hillary Clinton (D) not taking her rightful Regal position in being elected president in 2017 set off most everything extreme and counter intuitive and anti American that you overtly see on going in the country and the world today.

    You’re an every day patriotic American Democrat like me? (And I cringe when I write that truth) I know you, many of you are my good friends, people I love, and I do not write this to be in opposition to you, we are all Americans. But you must properly, IMO of course, understand what in reality is ongoing in our country and the world and why it is what you see before you. Nothing at this level happens by mistake.

    The only question remains: Do you agree with what is on going and support it? Or do you think things are going way too extreme and too far and must be reigned in and diverted back to a more balanced American oriented middle Right / middle Left position? You choose.

  • Cotour

    HELP, I CAN NOT FIND FOOD FOR MY BABY!

    (Copy and share with a Democrat mother)

    Federal law requires that there be pallets, upon pallets of baby formula sent to the border in order that there not be a problem with feeding the babies of illegals crossing into the country at the direct invitation of our government (D) which is subverting and threatening our country’s sovereignty.

    But American mothers find it more and more difficult to buy any formula for their babies, they are on their own.

    You as an American taxpayer are by law required to provide baby formula at the border for illegals.

    Has the Biden (D) administration created a “Warp Speed” like initiative to get problems like this, the inability of American mothers to feed their babies solved ASAP? Not to my knowledge.

    FDA refuses to say when baby formula plant will reopen despite company’s claims the facility is safe | Daily Mail Online

    Is this but one more stressor that the Federal government under the administration of the Democrats that is designed to further diminish the American people’s ability to resist the governments control? You will comply.

    You see what you see before your own disbelieving eyes. But there it is all the same. The government cannot even ensure that there be baby formula on the shelves, but they can mandate that you pay for illegals invading our country have it. Seems kind of counter intuitive, no?

    https://ecp.yusercontent.com/mail?url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.dailymail.co.uk%2F1s%2F2022%2F05%2F10%2F18%2F57641697-10801581-image-m-46_1652204084207.jpg&t=1652460211&ymreqid=dc7face7-d905-7706-2f2c-5a02bf01bb00&sig=N1KxwUo46qyWqMj9ZwB.eg–~D

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