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Just when we thought life was returning to normal—or, perhaps, when we thought life was being allowed to return to normal—a wacky new variant of The Virus has reared its viral head. We’re told it’s hyper-contagious, though the fact that it’s even milder than the original recipe is seldom mentioned. Just as New Coke wasn’t as good as Coca-Cola Classic, so the Delta Variant is a poor imitation of The Wuhan Original.
Well, the sequel is never as good as the original. Unfortunately, our public health overlords at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don’t see it that way. They and their lackeys in the media are going full-scale alarmist, now recommending even vaccinated individuals to wear masks.
But, wait, didn’t The Vaccine purchase our freedom from masks? Aren’t masks of dubious effectiveness, anyway? Well, never mind. The Cult of COVID holds sway among our ruling class, and they’re never wrong, and certainly never the architects of unmitigated disasters. Let’s all chant the necessary rites—“Two Weeks to Flatten the Curve!”—“Socially Distance!”—“Wear a Mask!”—and surely St. Fauci will make the necessary sacrifices of civil liberties to appease the angry god COVID.
Among the many casualties of our adherence to this death cult is the many public events, those places where we used to gather to celebrate our shared history, heritage, and culture, and simply have some fun. As the weather slowly hints towards crisp autumnality, it’s worth considering the fate of our beloved festivals.
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In the UK we have about 70% of adults double vaccinated and we still have quite a lot of curbs in our freedoms with children over twelve next in line for the jabs. I am heartily sick of the paranoia, hysteria, elevation of the NHS to God status and inability of so many to think rationally. We had three weeks to ‘flatten the curve’ eighteen months ago and most people still seem quite happy to go along with restrictions. As I like to point out anything can take you out at any time and while you are doing your damnedest NOT to catch Covid you get run over by a bus or something….
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Amen to all of the above, Alys. And my apologies for the delayed approval of and response to your comment. I’m spending the day with my family to celebrate my dad’s birthday (at a crowded fish camp, mask-free).