RUSH: Folks, this coronavirus thing, I want to try to put this in perspective for you. It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump. Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. (interruption) You think I’m wrong about this? You think I’m missing it by saying that’s… (interruption) Yeah, I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.
The coronavirus is just the common cold? Thing is, he may well be right. The world these days is one in which the threat posed by environmental tobacco smoke is so vastly exaggerated that there are smoking bans everywhere. And it’s also one in which the threat of global warming caused by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is so vastly exaggerated that internal combustion engines are set to be banned.
ETS and CO2 share one characteristic: they’re both something in the air. And what’s this new coronavirus? Something in the air. Droplets or aerosols laden with the virus. All our scares these days seem to about something in the air. They take something previously regarded as unremarkable – tobacco smoke or carbon dioxide – and they inflate it into a monstrous threat. And now they’re doing the same with coronavirus common cold. Whole cities are being locked down because people are catching colds. The Italian government has declared a State of Emergency. The stock market is crashing.
Last I heard, there had been about 691 coronavirus infections aboard the Diamond Princess, and only 3 deaths. That’s a death rate of 0.4%. And now that they’ve sent the remaining passengers home, apparently on regular airflights, we’ll probably never get to know how many passengers eventually ended up dying.
It may of course be that the death rate is actually much higher, nearer the 20% the some people are suggesting. But it doesn’t really matter how dangerous the virus actually is: what matters is how dangerous it is perceived to be. And clearly the Chinese government and the Italian government perceive it to be very dangerous.
So now there are reports that “the second-largest economy in the world is completely shut down,” and reports that Chinese workers refuse to go back to work despite Beijing’s demands. What started as a Chinese medical crisis is rapidly turning into a global economic crisis, which will be followed by a political crisis. It’s becoming one of those motorway pile-ups that result from some car swerving to miss a bird on the road.
It may well be that the coronavirus panic will rapidly subside, but the consequent economic crisis increasingly looks inescapable. There are going to be shortages, and price hikes, and a global recession/depression with millions losing their jobs as companies go bust. Zerohedge:
When Will We Admit Covid-19 Is Unstoppable And Global Depression Is Inevitable?
Thank goodness the UN has the right priorities:
24 Feb 2020: U.N. chief Antonio Guterres launched a “call to action” Monday, lamenting rising attacks on human rights, the persecution of minorities, “alarming levels of femicide” and a lack of support for climate action as evidence the world must look more closely to the globalist “family” for leadership and guidance.
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord