Monday, July 13, 2020

In a Time of Universal Deceit

Evil is on the rampage. It is gradual and insidious and disguised, which is the worst kind of evil because you don’t notice it and you don’t realize it’s happening and you don’t recognize it for what it is. A natural disaster is easier to handle and cope with than this kind of evil.

Some of you may be annoyed and tired of our outspoken beliefs, and may be questioning them. A lot of us are questioning a lot of things we have believed all our lives. Okay. But there is always right and wrong. There are such things as true principles. There is evil and there is good. It is a grave error to throw the baby out with the bathwater. You have got to know the baby is a good thing.

We at SoL submit that the gay movement is a primary cause of much of the evil in the world today. Most people caught up in it are being cruelly enticed and exploited and deceived. For all sorts of reasons, it is at the center of the government malfeasance and misery and unrest and anarchy and ignorance going on right now. We remind everyone that in the 1980s Dr. Fauci was also in charge of how this country handled the AIDS epidemic, setting up a propaganda campaign that convinced people that not just homosexuals, but everyone of every age was at risk of contracting the horrible sexually-transmitted disease. Sound familiar today?

Truth is, once a society gives in to the travesty of "gay marriage" it is set up to give into anything. For one example, read the Black Lives Matter manifesto. You may be shocked to learn that the gay ideology runs clear through it. They are all about “disrupting the nuclear family structure" and "resisting heteronormativity." How miserable these people must be to want to spread their misery to everyone else.

There are two worldviews at war, although at this time the correct side is very weak. The gay movement, the wrong side, is Godless; atheism is at the root of all these new movements. It is the antithesis of the natural family and the way God made us. It is out to destroy its opposite. It aims to ruin every ordinary family one way or another. And it is tainting everyone and everything.

Some of you are probably rolling your eyes and saying you know all this. We hope so. But the fact is, good people are increasingly thinking and speaking and acting to accommodate and pacify the evil rather than being strong in their hearts and minds about what they know from experience and from their own eyes to be right and true. People are very intimidated and afraid and are letting their fear guide their thoughts and words and actions, even if they don’t realize it. We have heard lots of excuses for why right-thinking people don't speak up. It's totally understandable, but there is a price for silence. It's how people weaken and begin to go along. History tells this same story over and over. Still, there are some of us who think it is worth the risk of losing friends and positions and being shunned and censored and worse in order to live and speak according to the dictates of our consciences. We are sad when our friends cave in. We are sad to lose friends. As human beings we might be annoyed and frustrated and complain about it. Nevertheless, we choose to be sadder but wiser.

We hope our readers have seen how society has degraded itself far past merely celebrating the bad. It is now recharacterizing and attacking the good. The devil and his servants are twisting and resisting and even destroying everything valuable and right and healthy, such as history we can learn from and "heteronormativity." The devil wants people suspicious of real innocence and beauty and humor. He wants people turning those things into anything but innocent, to something from uncomfortable and inappropriate and dangerously liable to be misunderstood and exploited, or to something actually wicked and ugly and nefarious.

Heaven forbid, but there seems to be coming a day when normal sexual development, male-female romance, the nuclear family, and normal sexual relations will be touted as everything from boring to repressive to unenlightened to unhealthy to evilly tyrannical. Oh wait, that is already happening. The acceptance of gay sex, i.e sodomy, has led to the dangerous practice of sodomy among straight couples. And that's just one example. The damage of increasingly sexualizing children is unimaginable. Do good people really want to let that sort of thing continue and expand and take over our culture? All it takes is for good people to do nothing.

The devil has many thinking they must live their lives conforming to and maneuvering around the dirtiest pathological minds and the most entitled victim mentalities. He wants us thinking that never offending certain people (only the certain people the current trends favor) is the highest good, that cowardliness is noble, and that reality is destructive. He wants people to toss out absolute truths, rational thinking, and real justice. The devil loves a lawless, thoughtless, mob mentality.

The devil also wants everyone distracted by wanting to be popular and having friends and being well thought of.  He wants everyone going along with an arbitrary and everchanging shallow, false virtue and arbirtrary morality, which only ends in chaos. He wants us afraid of certain thoughts and words. He wants us superfocused only on human relations, and yet he wants us hyper suspicious and critical of those we know best. He wants us to think we can be nicer (and healthier!) than God.

All good lies have something attractive and true and ostensibly good in them, such as to be kind, or use nice words, or life is all about finding your own truth and happiness and fulfillment. But shallow truisms leave out crucial facts, such as people may be hurting and deluding themselves and others, there is a time to use the strongest language available, there are important realities, and selflessness is greater than selfishness. It’s all a trick. It’s all an evil intangible trick to deceive our minds and poison our hearts and forfeit real happiness and essential freedoms.

Once in a while we may feel this corruption trying to creep into our hearts and minds. But we mustn't stop resisting as long as we are capable.We must search out and think and speak and hold on to real goodness and rightness especially in this time of universal deceit when, as George Orwell said, telling the truth is considered a revolutionary act.

By the way, here are some more revolutionary words. We are not believing any of the numbers being reported by the news on the corona virus "surge." Nor have we ever donned a mask throughout this-- what we always thought was--a bad seasonal flu. They lied before, why wouldn't they be lying now? It's all to get rid of Trump, who is being held responsible. Who would want to vote for four more years of this madness?

Friday, June 26, 2020

Is the Cry of Present American Racism Good, True, or Helpful?

Here at our house we recently went through our books to give away some we didn't need or want. There was a big old coffee table book in the stack that sat there for months, since the thrift stores were closed and not taking donations. Yesterday we took it out of that give-away stack and put it back on the shelf. It is entitled, "The Civil War." We are keeping it because it is a record of actual horrific events that people are now completely ignoring. Therefore, it is all the more instructive and precious.

C.S. Lewis said, "Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time." Did slavery in America go uncorrected and unrepented? Are we reliving over and over the same old sins and errors? Well, no. According to the founding documents of our country and the sacrifice of  more than 600,000 lives and the abolition of slavery, it did not. At great cost slavery was institutionally corrected and repented of in an extremely dramatic way, probably unparalleled in the history of the world. When people deny this correction and blood atonement so to speak, they deny historical facts and the efforts and sacrifices of many noble and brave people.  

The error and sin of slavery was corrected and repented of. But there are some uncorrected errors and unrepented sins flourishing today and being added upon with more errors and sins. We submit that there exist uncorrected errors and unrepented sins alive and prospering in America today, which errors and sins are flooding streets and minds of many Americans and causing a lot more harm and potential danger than any respiratory virus ever did.

First we want to say we believe the current racial argument and unrest to be a construct of leftist politicians, media moguls and "journalists," or the powers that be, those with great influence over ordinary people, who exploit the emotions and struggles of the masses to further their ends. If this sounds alarmist or conspiratorial, one needs only to review some history, ancient and modern, to see that it is nothing unusual or new. It is the nature of nefarious men, from individuals to groups to nations, to grab power over others, using whatever means they can imagine, with no concern for the welfare of those they manipulate. It is also the nature of good men to go bad once they attain some power. That is why America's unique government and constitution is so suited to that ongoing potential human problem, as a representative republic with its built-in checks and balances.

Present day systemic racism in America is a lie. It's  the same sort of lie that has pushed the acceptance of radical feminism and abortion and homosexuality and transgenderism and global warming and an overblown corona virus on a gullible, fawning, conditioned public. "Those who surrender on one issue tend to surrender on others as well" (D. French).

To quote a statement from Hillsdale College, "There is a kind of virtue that is cheap. It consists of jumping on  cost-free bandwagons of public feeling and winning approval by espousing the right opinion. The fact that very real racial problems are being cynically exploited for profit, gain, and public favor by organizations and people is impossible to overlook. Hillsdale College will continue to do the work of education in the great principles that are second only to divine grace, the solution to grave ills that beset our times."  Thank you Hillsdale.

America is not a racist country. Individuals and certain regional areas may carry on old prejudices, but as a nation America has bent over backward to correct racial mistreatment and inequities. For all sorts of disingenuous reasons it has even greatly overcorrected, which has resulted in new problems. But the problems today concerning black communities are cultural rather than racist. There are murders and shootings happening within this group of people that far exceed any such white on black or police problems. And once again these certain whites feel it their responsibility to take care of blacks as if they are children. (There are more white BLM protesters than any other skin color.)

But it's worse than a lie. If you think about it, it's anti-Christ. As a country, America redeemed itself from the institution of slavery, which did not originate here. It redeemed itself and ought to be forgiven. All Americans, white or black, living today had nothing to do with slavery. The victim mentality felt by certain groups is systematically incited by those who have some ignorant, sad need to jump on a bandwagon or those who wish to maintain power over them.

Education systems, K-12, are beginning to add Black Lives Matter propaganda to their curricula. All sorts of monuments and statues of national figures, famous and infamous, are being vandalized and destroyed. Jesus Christ, whose gospel of repentance and forgiveness is the best answer to all of these ills, is next on the agenda.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

If There is No Male and Female There is No SSA

If there is no male and female, there is no SSA.

No, we didn't say that. J.K. Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter series, a noted leftist, did. Yes, on June 6, 2020 she tweeted,

"If sex [male and female] isn't real, there is no same-sex attraction. If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn't hate to speak the truth."

"People who menstruate. I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

She is getting all sorts of grief and backlash for voicing her thoughts, even from Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliff, the now pro-gay guy who made millions off of her. What a fair weather friend he turns out to be.

We don't agree with J.K. about a lot, but her books were very clever and imaginative and actually based on traditional values of good vs. evil and male and female, and her thoughts here are correct and important. You can't demolish the concept of the two biological sexes and then honestly insist there is such a thing as same-sex attraction, meaning male to male or female to female. It just disappears into thin air, if you think about it for a second. No male and female, no same sex persons to be attracted to each other. Here she is actually seeming to try to help gays, pointing out that they had better think about this trans thing and admit there is male and female or they themselves don't have a leg to stand on.

But LGBT activists and supporters have knee-jerk reactions to any thought or idea that limits or sheds actual light on their limitless ideology toward sexuality. All things are permitted in their world. Even things that are actually dangerous and things that make absolutely no sense.

So if there is no male or female, there is no same-sex attraction. To go further, if there is no male or female, you can't say there is opposite-sex attraction either (which you can bet some people would like to abolish). You can't say there is such a thing as trans as well, because that is a person of one of the two sexes going to great lengths to try to make him or herself over into the other of the two sexes. Male and female is the basis of all of it. There is no getting away from this reality. Boy or girl is the first thing parents want to know about their baby. As C. S. Lewis says, all evil is a perversion of something good.

We have said this before: it is a total obsession with sex (male and female) and human sexual behaviors that is at the foundation of the delusional and exploitive and hedonistic LGBT movement, which pretends to be merely about "sexual identity," and which at the same time ironically purports that male and female is merely a meaningless and hurtful social construct. Their entire platform is based on something they deny. It's a complete delusion. Smoke and mirrors. Phony wizardry.

This is how we can see that the societally approved "right" (or fatal principle as CSL called it) to designate oneself as whatever messed up or made-up gender one feels like adopting at any given time sets us up to watch the whole house come tumbling down. And we don't mean just traditional society. We mean everybody and everything. CSL called this the abolition of man, done by man himself. Yes, man is definitely capable of sweeping himself off the face of the earth in one way or another.

We have wondered why women especially in general don't rise up against the trans nonsense. As per J.K., she knows that male humans never never never experience menstruation, for example, which monthly event is serious and not particularly fun for women for decades of their lives, from adolescence to menopause. Menstruation is a big personal responsibility, and it is an insult and an affront to all females that society would wholeheartedly accept and celebrate males pretending to be females---for this reason alone. Yes, menstruation is a very big deal for females. It means they are healthy and can have babies, which is all  part of a mysterious realm males will never understand or experience no matter how hard they pretend or contrive. And the fact that they pretend and that others pretend to believe them is very sad.

There is male and female. J. K. Rowling knows it. And whether or not in the future she pretends to apologize for holding and sharing her now revolutionary ideas, she knows that's what makes the world go 'round.And what makes her books sell.

Friday, April 17, 2020

What Current Inconsistencies Reveal

How is everybody doing in the continuing China virus-related insanity? Whatever else you are doing, we hope you are thinking.

Think about this.

Why can't Americans go to church unmolested, even to sit in their cars in the parking lot with their windows rolled up to listen to the sermon on the radio, while next door people are ordering food at Sonic? Or going to the grocery store to buy donuts?

Isn't spiritual health important too?

Why can't Americans feel free to visit healthy parents and grandparents without being accused of wanting to kill their loved ones, while any pregnant woman can walk right into a Planned Parenthood clinic where her healthy body is invaded and her healthy baby is destroyed? Progressives, with all their talk of compassion and saving lives, believe that during this virus shutdown women can have the closest possible contact with others in order to kill their unborn babies.

When this virus is practically harmless to children, why are schools closed? In this case, school children are obviously the best way to spread herd immunity among the general population, while protecting the vulnerable. This would have happened in four weeks, according to Prof. Kurt M. Wittkowski.

Should we base every decision on science? Is science historically reliable? Only in the last century did doctors realize they were spreading disease and killing patients by not washing their own hands or wearing clean clothes, which clothes soiled with patients' blood and infection they deliberately wore to show how dedicated they were to their work!

How many of the behavioral changes we are being subjected to or intimidated into are due to media-induced panic, incomplete and false information, and political positioning?

Could it be that the virus was in America much earlier than has been portrayed, and that many people had it and even died of it, and that many more have been exposed and now possess antibodies/immunity? In that case, wouldn't this shutdown be absolutely unnecessary? Why is this possibility not being addressed, and rather fear of a resurgence being engendered with no facts behind it?

Do you find it chilling that many of the state and local measures being foisted on citizens are strangely arbitrary (such as no planting of seeds/gardens in Michigan) and mirror what Mao Zedong did in communist China for no good reason? At one point he outlawed the planting of flower gardens and cooking food at home. He actually confiscated woks. The people had to eat only the food provided in a communal location.

Why are responsible adults, who have shown every day of their lives that they can take care of themselves and each other, being treated like children? Can and will the government solve our problems or take as good care of us as we do in any scenario?

Why, when the dire predictions have not come true, are tyrannical leaders doubling down on restrictions?

Could it be that Pres. Trump's strong suit, a thriving economy, is being targeted by unreasonable exploitation of this virus and the gullibility/fear of the population for political reasons? 

Did you know that the president of the United States is constitutionally responsible and in charge of interstate commerce? Did you know that although businesses are headquartered or reside in states, they, their materials and their selling, cross state lines constantly? This means that state governors and city mayors have no constitutional right to close businesses in their states and cities. It is the president who can open them up.

Why do political leaders get to go get haircuts and flaunt their freezers filled with the most expensive chocolate ice cream products, while ordinary hardworking citizens can't get their child's cavity filled and have lost their incomes?

Why is it okay for Dr. Fauci to suggest we no longer shake hands ever again, but gays can go ahead with their promiscuous sex. This is saying: no being friendly, but unlimited sex is okay. It also  insinuates that the majority of people who want to interact in casual, traditional, civilized ways such as shaking hands, is less responsible than is a small group of people specifically known for practicing unlimited invasive sexual behaviors including in groups and under the influence of mind-altering drugs. That. Is. Nuts. 

Note 7/19/20: as Rush Limbaugh pointed out, why do we all have to wear masks because of this not very dangerous pandemic, when during the much more deadly AIDS crisis in the 1980s (which is actually still going) nobody mandated that everyone wear condoms?

Does it seem to you that certain powerful people are a little too happy and anxious to close down churches and gun stores, and otherwise arbitrarily oppress those beneath them in every way they can think of and get away with?

What do all these inconsistencies and many more reveal? They reveal the true colors of progressives, people who hate and wish to change America. We are being shown that there are true Machiavellians among us, that for them their hoped for nefarious ends justify any of their nefarious means, utilized through the exploitation of any convenient crisis.

As Mark Levin put it, "Progressives are not about humanity, they are about controlling humanity."

Monday, April 6, 2020

Contagious is Not the Same as Deadly

Note: This post was written more than a week ago. We debated publishing it, but now there are more and more voices saying the same things.

When this new virus first hit we had a difficult time understanding what made it any different from other viruses that show up now and then. Explanations seemed vague. Proof felt illusive. As time has gone on there have been a lot of conflicting reports and statistics, but it does appear that the China virus, (now politically correctly called the corona virus although there are other corona viruses), is more contagious than usual for a virus. Or not. But if so, what does this really mean?

Let's talk a little more about contagiousness. When Janice stayed for weeks and months at a time at our daughters' little house near Washington D. C. to help when the triplets were small, and another of our daughters and her family lived in the basement apartment of that house, more than once a violent stomach flu raged through the entire house like clockwork, despite stepped-up laundering, sanitizing wipe downs, and handwashing. We all got a kick out of one of the little kids naming the miserable sickness "slobbery poop water," which we shortened to the SPWs or SPdubs.

We tell this little story to highlight how each healthy person's ordinary life is interrupted, to some degree, now and then, by some illness or other getting passed around. We have noticed, since we have become empty nesters, that we don't get as many colds or flus or SPdubs as we used to, probably because we simply aren't around as many people as much, especially children who go to school every day. The more isolated you are, the less prone you are to catch whatever is going around.  But it may work the other way too. We tend to get whatever is going around if we are suddenly exposed closely, perhaps because our immune system hasn't been getting as much exercise, so to speak.

It is common knowledge that many illnesses are highly contagious. Many people think this China virus has shown itself to be one of those. This appears to be the sole reason a big part of the world is so-called quarantined (although never before in the world have well people been quarantined!). But the fact that the virus is highly contagious may have nothing to do whatever with how dangerous or deadly it is when people actually get it, especially when compared to normal rates of death from this or that which are part of life.

Now let's talk about dangerousness and deadliness. Is the China virus dangerous or deadly enough to intimidate the world into an unproved, unprecedented, indefinite period of tyrannical quarantine, people losing income, people losing their businesses, worry, fear, depression, and suicidality? Is it helpful to let criminals out of prisons endangering the public safety? What about the huge urban homelessness/tent city problem we usually hear so much about?  Suddenly, this and other societal ills and evils that obviously have a huge impact on the passing of contagions seem to have disappeared. Not only is contagiousness not the same as deadliness, but politically correctness seems to trump both. 

The entire model for the continuing lockdown is based on a dire prediction that came from a very leftist college in England, the Imperial College. This information was that over a million people in the U. S. would die from this virus. As more people have been tested, the more it is being seen that the deadliness of this virus is not nearly what was predicted. People have now admitted that the fatality rate is actually 25 times less than predicted. And of course only a tiny percentage of the population has been tested to date. Could be a huge number have been exposed with no harm done. Could be to most people this highly contagious virus is not dangerous at all. It appears that when otherwise healthy people contract even a very bad case, they completely recover. Perhaps most repel the virus or get such a mild case that they do not experience any symptoms at all, and kill off the virus naturally.

In fact, many many more people are said to have died of the seasonal flu already this year than the China flu, even with flu shots being prepared each year to match mutations. In the U. S. alone 20,000-60,000 deaths have been attributed to the seasonal flu in each of the last seven years.

In 2017 almost 3 million people died in the U.S. from this or that. Death is a fact of life. And suddenly people are acting like it never happens.Or that it's completely preventable. Or that people who accept this fact are monsters.

It should also be universally understood and reported by now that the vast majority of those who are seriously affected by this virus, and the seasonal flu also, have serious underlying health conditions, some even terminal illnesses. Many of these individuals would have died of their primary condition, perhaps hurried along by whatever cold or flu or pneumonia they caught. We had a close relative die in November who had several, chronic, life-threatening heath conditions, but who had been going about his life for many years amazingly well, most recently relying on portable oxygen. He even drove on a road trip the day he got suddenly so dangerously ill that he had to be hospitalized. He died six days later. This sounds very similar to the China virus fatalities: very health-compromised people who get a mysterious pneumonia-like complication on top of their main problems, which their already weakened bodies cannot combat. For all we know, he caught the virus and it put him finally over the edge.The doctor had said that if he got anything whatsoever at that point he wouldn't survive.

Very sick people succumbing to all sorts of things, including the seasonal flu, is nothing new. And yet the public is perceiving that such deaths are caused by this new virus only, even that perfectly healthy older people, or healthy people of any age, are in danger of dying of this virus. It may well be that many deaths are being attributed to the virus, when the patient actually died of their primary illness.  We don't say a person who lost a long battle with cancer died of pneumonia. We say he died of complications due to his long battle with cancer. Many are dying with the virus, not of it. In some cases perhaps the deceased patient didn't have the virus at all, but is counted as a virus statistic. This is the kind of thing that skews statistics and causes undue concern. (Note 4/17: This unscientific padding of numbers has now been admitted to on national TV by national expert, Deborah Birx. Autopsies are not done, nor is testing.)

The real facts show that while this virus is one of those highly contagious bugs, it is not very dangerous or deadly at all to the general population, thank heavens. While the contagiousness is said to be high, the death rate is quite low and is proving to be lower with each test taken. In addition, the world has a record high elderly demographic. People are living longer, even with chronic bad health, than ever before. So this unfortunately gives the China virus, along with other viruses, a large vulnerable group to prey on.

But these tidbits of real information are habitually glossed over.

The most logical and human and sane thing to do in a free country that guarantees certain rights to the people would be to warn vulnerable individuals to self-isolate until the danger for them has passed. Indeed, many people isolate their babies from RSV during the flu season, and many people with chronic respiratory problems isolate themselves too. Seriously, people know how to wash their hands and otherwise protect themselves and loved ones, friends, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances, and even strangers from viruses spread in this way.

Even as we follow the rules, everyone ought to be thinking about why the danger from this virus is being overstated and misreported, why responses are reliant on incomplete and inconsistent information, and why news reports are full of blaming and politics. Everyone ought to take into account the divisive spirit of the times, the existence of powerful, despotic, communist countries, the fierce competition between countries, the unmitigated hatred many Americans have shown for the current U. S. president, and the fact that a very popular socialist is running for president of the United States of America.

Everyone ought to wonder why such draconian measures have been indefinitely put in place to control the movements, activities, and occupations of the general public, like never before. Could be there are principalities and powers behind the scenes who have no qualms about exploiting any disaster for reasons of their own.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Comparing the AIDS epidemic to the Current Health Crisis

During the 1980s the entire public, including elementary school children, was swept up into a propaganda program to scare everyone into thinking all people were equally at risk to get the horrible deadly disease called GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) which was quickly changed to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

Now, despite persistent propaganda, even some gays admit AIDS is a gay disease, which by the way, is still a huge problem among the irresponsible, hedonistic gay population which spreads it through promiscuous sodomy and tainted drug needles, fully encouraged and celebrated by the powers that be in society and government. But back then it wasn't portrayed as a sexually transmitted disease. Oh no, it was something even school children could easily contract. By sitting on toilet seats. Not.

At the time we were personally astonished and annoyed at the distorted reporting, fear-mongering, and encroachment of false information about this STD into our young children's minds in school. It was completely out of place and outrageous. We opted our kids out of surveys and assemblies and such, which made them embarrassed, the opting out which is now something that is no longer allowed when it comes to homosexualist propaganda being taught at schools. Everyone knows, or should know, that homosexualism is being proudly promoted in schools and libraries and churches and every other societal entity today.

Please note it was public health experts that made or let that happen and continue to let it happen, even with health risks for this behavior worsening all the time. For example, drug use (which makes users forget to take meds), the ease of finding instant, one-time partners on the internet, unprotected group sex, and people who have HIV-AIDS mixing freely with the public---all of the above in some combination are common. In addition, younger and younger people are getting involved in homosex, most likely because of huge societal acceptance, internet porn, encouragement from the gay community, sexual abuse/initiation by sex predators, and the promotion of secularism. The CDC reported in 2017 that the age for the contraction of AIDS has greatly lowered, with a dramatic increase at age 15. Fifteen to 24-year-olds account for half of all new STD infections, including AIDS. Should we fully trust public health experts? Ever?

There are some similarities happening now to how the AIDS epidemic, which also disrupted the nation in some significant ways such as public campaigns everywhere and blood donations becoming tainted, was handled. While the current virus is overwhelmingly dangerous to older people with serious health problems, obese people, and otherwise very sick people, it is increasingly being touted as dangerous to everyone and proclaimed that all people are extremely dangerous to each other in casual ways, just as was touted during the AIDS epidemic. This is happening even though it is known that it is overwhelmingly older/sick people who are most at risk of fatality, who could easily be isolated, watched, and cared for, while the rest of the population, some are saying 98 %, is affected not at all, mildly, or experiences a very bad flu that is completely recovered from without hospitalization. And yet people in all categories are being increasingly ordered to shut themselves in their houses indefinitely. Is propaganda spreading faster than the virus?

Another question: Why weren't/aren't gays sequestered away from each other in the face of the terrible disease they pass around through discretionary sexual pleasures? No one ever told gays to change their sexual behavior to "slow the spread" or "flatten the curve" while we, who are doing all we can not to spread the current virus, are urged or ordered to avoid mere social visits. Meaning nonsexual. The closest they got to suggesting any precaution for spreading AIDS through promiscuous gay sex was the condom campaign, which was decided to be ineffective/undesirable for this type of sex. And they continue to insist that it is the government's job to find a cure for a disease they bring upon themselves.

Gay sexual behaviors, although not as immediately deadly as they used to be because of new drug cocktails at great cost to the public, still cause chronic health problems and shorten lives at great cost to the public. Obviously, gays weren't quarantined because the "right" to have unlimited sex was deemed without question more important than public health protocol and all sorts of costs to the not-at-any-risk vast majority of the population. And yet today, the actual right to pursue happiness, that is, work, associate, assemble, travel, speak freely, worship is obviously not more important than the public health and all sorts of costs during the current crisis. Can you wrap your mind around that? Isn't this a huge double standard?

Should gays be responsible to prevent spreading their horrible disease that causes so much trouble and suffering and expense and early death? Yes. But that is not even a topic of science or even conversation.

Not to actually compare this horrific gay disease that is completely preventable with the current serious virus which people contract through no deliberate act of their own, but there is a similar prevention methodology that should be instigated. It refers to Occam's Razor, meaning that the simplest, most logical, most obvious answer is the right one. But that is the kind of answer people these days refuse to acknowledge or even consider because of political correctness and other nonsense. That obvious answer is for at-risk people to self-isolate like they do whenever there is a bad flu, while the rest of the world carries on in order for the robust economy to most readily deal with any crisis, treat the sufferers, and save lives, and so there's a vibrant world left for everybody.

The same public health experts who officiated in the AIDS epidemic are largely in charge of us today. Is that a problem? Yes.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Viral Questions

It is our feeling at SoL, and the feelings of many others, that we are not getting the full story about the current virus scare. Notice to free people: When your way of life is interrupted, when a huge number of people's livelihoods are put on hold or lost, when the economy is grossly interrupted, when citizens are panic buying and hoarding, when children can't go to school, when parents can't go to work, when churches are closed down, all of this and more for an indefinite period of time, it is time to use our powers of critical thinking to the best of our ability.

People will hate us for bringing up doubts and questions. They will call us names and accuse us of actually killing people---yes, killing people just for asking questions, for exercising our brains, for keeping calm and carrying on mentally and emotionally. Someone has actually said to us that if we don't blindly obey orders, even suggestions, from the government (some of which are contradictory and arbitrary) we are part of the problem. Yes, we are the contagion itself.

Are people a disease? No. What ever happened to those brave cancer patients who refuse to identify themselves as their illness? We have been told that if we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem, that is, spreading a deadly disease which we most likely don't have and won't endanger anyone with whom we are visiting. This accusation came right off the bat from a New Yorker, single and with one child, who has actually recently left New York for this crisis to live with his girlfriend out of state, leaving his ex-wife and grown child there in NYC. He didn't mention anything about quarantining himself, which has actually been mandated for people leaving NYC. This is the person, much as we love him, warning us not to go near our many extended family members here in Utah and pretty much shaming us for having a large, close family. Really? First of all, he knows nothing about what we are doing. Second, it smacks of hypocrisy, suspicion, know-it-allishness, and a superiority complex. Third, this is a person who has abandoned his own family in the worst danger zone for the relative safety of a tiny midwestern town. Who really needs shaming, if that's what we're supposed to be doing? We mention this to show the extreme herd mentality and double standard being used by leftists/alarmists, which is supposed to keep us all thoughtlessly in line, whatever that line is from day to day.

It is very dehumanizing even during this scare, to automatically treat all people as a contagion, to look from afar with suspicion at anyone with silver hair, to suspect those with large extended families of visiting each other and lecture them for even thinking of it. Unreasonable suspicions aside, whatever happened to people risking their comforts, even their lives, going to help others in whatever need? There are altruistic people who do this all the time, including now, like firemen and policemen and mothers. There could be situations that override a virus scare. (And we learned to wash our hands in kindergarten.) What if our children and their children ran out of food and we had plenty? What if a daughter/mother of young children broke a leg or was incapacitated in some other way? What if that earthquake near us, which we felt, had been many times worse? Would anyone not rush to the aid of their children or their neighbors or anyone in immediate trouble, come what may?We would hope so!

Should this virus scare really take priority over just about everything else, even our humanity? When Utah had the pretty significant earthquake last week nobody around here seemed to care about the virus anymore, at least for one day.

Are some hospitals/emergency rooms more busy than usual? Yes, but this is nothing novel and we don't have to use sensational words like "overrun" even before they are, if ever, actually overrun. The majority of hospitals are not even anywhere near full at this time; the immediate problem is that people are acting like they are full to bursting. Gov. Cuomo is now (3/26-27) reporting the great news that the rate of  growth in the hospitalization of NY patients is actually decreasing, contrary to dire predictions. Even so, the wonderful thing is that hospitals adapt. They transport more supplies and equipment and personnel. They find more rooms. They train more workers. They weather the storm. They do their best, which is pretty darn good. Americans figure these things out because we are free and innovative and resourceful and generous.

The alarmism on the news about such things is unwarranted. How much air time has been spent on the pretended false inefficacy or shortage of surgical face masks alone? All that alarmism, instead of simply reporting the need for help in locating, and encouraging the producing of, face masks, which has finally occurred to people. Turns out you can make a serviceable face mask out of ubiquitous t-shirts according to the Center for Disease Control. Yes, you can. Panic and sensationalistic reporting is never good. 

An astronomy professor once said to his class, Don't worry about global warming or any other disaster. What we should concentrate on is a good healthy free society and economy. In that way, we can best deal with any crisis that comes along. Right?

More questions.

Is the U.S. anything like China or Italy? No. China is a communist country that is the opposite of America in many ways. China habitually silences truth-tellers, lies to the world to save face, and wants to control the world. Italians smoke like crazy, customarily kiss everybody, live with their aged parents, and have been importing Chinese workers for years who travel back and forth from Italy to China. Italy even started a "Hug a Chinese" policy during this crisis so they won't appear racist,which is actually racist. In addition, Italy's hospitals are not great. Many coddled Americans cannot imagine what such countries are really like.

Should we allow tunnel-visioned public health experts to run every facet of our lives? No. In a time of emergency other types of experts must weigh in equally. Health experts are only experts in one category, and human life has many aspects and priorities. The situation should be continually reassessed from every angle. But it looks for all the world like these particular experts are perfectly patient keeping us in suspense. Are we mere statistics to them? Are they enjoying the spotlight a little too much? Will they ever admit it if they were wrong or alarmist or doing more harm than good? Just asking.

Should this virus scare really take priority over almost everything else? Utah had a pretty significant earthquake last week. Funny how nobody cared about the virus, at least for one day.

Are we wrong in finding almost all virus headlines misleading? For instance, the news continually highlights the rising number of cases but doesn't make a distinction between people who are asymptomatic, people with mild cases, people who are very sick but not hospitalized and recover soon, and people with underlying bad health conditions who need hospitalization, and everyone in between. The headlines are therefore needlessly sensationalized. The reaction they seem to be after is: Oh, no! So many people are going to die! Instead, they could highlight the number of hospitalizations and call them that, which number is significantly less, and actually the reason we are all shut down. Healthy people are weathering this flu, much like the seasonal flu. 

Did you know 7,500 people die of this or that, including seasonal flu, every day in the U. S.? We need some perspective. How many will die of this virus on top of that? How many people who are being reported as dying of the virus would have died anyway of all sorts of problems perhaps combined with the seasonal flu within a week? Does anybody really know it was the virus that killed these sick people? Are autopsies done on every person included in the list of casualties? Is it really accurate to say they were COVID-19 victims? Or were they very sick people who were going to die soon anyway based on a primary illness or illnesses they already had?

Should we shut down or ban everything that regularly kills people? Did you know about 100 Americans die in automobile accidents per day. If, as Gov. Cuomo famously said the other day, we should do whatever it takes to save one life, shouldn't we ban cars immediately? Many lives would be saved every day.

If human life is so important (which of course it is), why are so many people and leaders still for killing unborn babies, even born babies? Why are so many all for government-run health care, where government officials get to decide if old people receive treatment, as in death panels? The same progressives who have been pushing the likes of global warming, population control, abortion, and euthanasia are now suddenly greatly exercised about stopping the world to save old, sick people. Why this sudden uncharacteristic concern for the value of human life? Isn't this total hypocrisy? And why are they playing this card? Is it because this experiment in unprecedented overreaching government control of the masses---such as the shutting down of churches and businesses (including gun stores), and the need for mass online schooling that could so easily be centralized and controlled by government---fits into their socialist playbook?

Isn't it telling that half the world of ordinary people are stuck at home where their powers of speech, creativity, worship, innovative talents, and livelihood (read:life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) may well be materially/psychologically oppressed for an unknown period, while at the same time journalists and public health experts and government leaders are enjoying unhampered their full freedoms of thought, speech, mobility, work, pay, and assembly?

Have we been primed for this sort of public treatment in the last century or two? Yes, we have been brainwashed by all sorts of progressive -isms, among them: atheism, Darwinism, secularism, humanism, socialism, communism, fascism, feminism and, yes, homosexualism.  How about the AIDS epidemic? You may think this is stretch but it was and still is a huge deal and we should learn from it. See a coming post.

How about this question: Are billionaire churches still requiring tithes and offerings of its members at this time? Are they even stepping up their requests for financial donations? Or are churches with billions suspending tithes and offerings at this time when so many members are being laid off and even losing their employment or business? Are they giving everybody at least some of their own money back in this time of  unprecedented worry, uncertainty, and stress? Have they even thought of  offering such relief, like the federal government has, and shouldn't state governments offer relief too, that is at least suspend taxes? Aren't a church's own members entitled to some of that famous humanitarian aid it brags so much about? Or some form of it? We have an idea that no matter what is said, there is not much real concern for the well-being of some churches' members.

What about this data business? Have the powers that be been operating on flawed data? For instance, what about this testing effort? We are seeing that the more testing for this virus that is done, the lower the rate of fatality goes. In other words, they are finding out there are many, many more people who have contracted the virus and never knew it or recovered who are not part of the testing data. This makes the predictions of the death rate, or how many people will die, grossly overstated. Why did the experts say the other day that people with no symptoms need not be tested? Shouldn't there be random samples taken in order to get a more accurate understanding of the scope and actual deadliness of this virus? The great majority of people can weather this bad flu. It's the life-threatening  deadliness/need for hospitalization that should be the concern. Flawed and incomplete data cannot provide accurate numbers for that. So is every precaution we are taking based on bad information? While it's always good to take precautions against illness, is all the alarm unnecessary? And even harmful?

Here's a funny one. Do news people even know their math, as in their zeros? Just the other week a news report got all sorts of flack for pretty much mistaking one million dollars for one dollar! So why should the public take journalists' word on all these many-zeroed statistics?

We are sure we will have more questions as this many-pronged nightmare continues and will add to this post. Keep reading! Keep using your brains! Lord bless us all!

Excerpt from a previous post that applies to this situation as well:

One result of these above recent developments is that lately we have seen many confused, frustrated, and sad faces, full of pain and suffering [or panic, suspicion, confusion, and uncertainty]. And we have seen some of these same people starting to wake up, starting to think for themselves, starting to let go of their trust in human beings, and turn to God. After all, the scriptures say we are cursed if we put our trust in men, cursed as in stagnated, deceived, harmed, even led to hell, perhaps. Therefore, shifting our religious [and other] responsibilities from others to ourselves and the Lord is one very good thing that is happening. We in the trenches must engage our God-given intellects, seeking the Spirit to discern truth and error, and guide our families. 

edited 3/27/20, 3/28/20