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The level of disease risk at which breathing becomes criminal

We know Covid has a higher case fatality rate than seasonal influenza. Therefore we've engaged in many behaviors in an attempt to eliminate Covid or reduce its spread, including:Fines of GBP 200 and more for not wearing a face mask.Indefinite bans affecting concerts and gatherings, as well as one-time life events such as funerals and weddings. Children this year do not have birthdays.Economic shutdowns, accumulating bankruptices and millions of people in severe economic distress (screenshot).Reduced access to health care, including in countries with socialized health care where doctors protect themselves first and serve patients later. Refusals to see patients lead to long delays in diagnosis, which results in increased deaths from non-Covid causes, including cancer and heart disease.Reduced effectiveness of schooling for most pupils and students. Socialization mostly eliminated.Reduction in travel by 70% or more (screenshot).Let us suspend disbelief and assume these responses are…

On wokeness

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Wokeness in the US is a movement to remove competence as a criterion for economic participation, and replace it completely with inclusivity. For example, it means prohibiting the University of California from using SAT and ACT test results in admissions in any way shape or form, because standardized tests are classist, racist and ableist:University of California System can't use SAT and ACT tests for admissions, judge rulesThis leads to gradual but ongoing destruction of US economic competence through removal of competent people and the "biased" processes that select them, and their replacement with ever so slightly less functional, "inclusivity" choices.Wokeness is the promotion of the dysfunctional over the functional, in the name of fairness. It is equality of outcome as opposed to equality of opportunity. It is the recognition that not everyone is born an Einstein, and that this is fundamentally unfair because it means not everyone gets a Nobel Prize in Phy…