i see we have now entered the "performative pseudoscience is respect for others" stage of the pandemic. buckle up, the final spasms of those seeking to retain authority and credibility as the edifice of covidian impositions crumbles to dust will be pretty spectacular.
it is legitimately depressing to see a former US surgeon general (even who has been a one note flute of unsupported claims and covid histrionics) lose the plot so completely that there is no longer even a pretense of science and data driven analysis. but, alas, this is what medical messaging in america has come to.
this is not public health, it’s facile and assumptive claims about failed NPI’s using emotional corner cases and vapid, accusatory moralizing to justify having adopted stances rooted in talismanic superstition and supported by actual, unequivocal fraud.
to be making appeals to CDC authority on masks at this stage in the game is hallucinatory. they have so thoroughly discredited themselves on masks as to leave little doubt they are either incapable of basic science or so fully political captures as to amount to the same. (receipts HERE)
but this will not dissuade jerome “swiss cheese” adams who seems determined to sink to new depths of grandstanding and societal harm to inject enough squid ink into the water to escape the culpability that’s coming.
let’s look, shall we?
every single thing in this statement is wrong.
the whole argument is rooted in inherent logical fallacy.
consider: i do not believe that masks stop covid. at all. they don’t protect the wearer. they do not act as source control. this was known about RTI’s, especially aerosol ones beforehand and it has been validated 50 times since. there is not a shred of actual clinical outcomes evidence that masks, even N-95’s, prevent covid transmission. there are mountains of evidence that they do not.
it was all made up and justified with fraudy studies lacking controls, valid clinical outcomes makers, cherry picked data, and outright fabrication.
and yet still, jerome is ascribing a moral duty of compassion to me to undertake this purported mitigation out of “respect.”
respect for what?
respect for the superstitions of others about non-effective covid interventions?
this is not “respect” it’s “enabling.”
so doing does not render them safe, it invite them to unwitting self-harm because people like jerry have lied to them. this is literally giving them sugar pills alleged to prevent rashes then sending them out to play in the poison sumac.
that’s not good advice. and it’s why we do not give advice like that.
foremost, if others are vulnerable then we need to provide real protection, not the illusion of safety.
a false football helmet is worse than none at all. you’ll behave as if you are protected when you are not. you’re going to get your head split open.
what would be the moral duty on a football field if you saw another player walk out onto the gridiron with a helmet made of old cereal boxes? would it not be to warn them that this was not going to protect their head?
would not ignoring this until the damage occurred constitute the real lapse of moral duty?
adams has severely inverted the sense of duty here.
this idea that validating people’s choices to engage in riskier behavior because they have deluded themselves into an illusory sense of safety is outright anathema to their well being.
claiming it as a foundation for public health and social duty is misanthropic madness. you are putting them at terrible risk by buttressing their misapprehensions about their level of protection.
the whole thing represents an absurd jump of logic that boils down to “allow the unprotected to feel protected, because, respect.”
but this is not respect. it is predation.
it is difficult to conceive of a practice more inimical to their ongoing health.
undeterred, jerome tries to go further and casts this as supporting their “emotional well being” and frames your failure to mask as some sort of micro-aggression.
this is a gruesome derailment of the notion of public health into the precincts of post-rational emotionalism and grievance grubbing.
sorry, amigo, but my rights, liberties, and well being to not stop where your invoked frailty begins.
this is the road to “tyranny of the superstitious hypochondriacs” and to “rule by the anxious and performatively plaintive.”
and again, every single thing about this statement is wrong.
this idea that we must all accommodate the expressed emotional fears of the most frightened is not a basis for society. it has never been so. it cannot be so.
perhaps i get anxious whenever anyone stands within 20 feet of me. shall we arrange every grocery store and manhattan sidewalk such that i am never made uneasy?
and what of the comfort of the agoraphobe who needs close proximity to feel safe?
are not our needs in inherent opposition? whose shall have primacy? and why do you get to pick?
you act as though wearing a mask is not unpleasant or that people do not find being around masked people threatening, alienating, or that masking carries no costs in terms of health, social function, and child development. yet it does.
you take one tiny subset of people and take their purported needs to be swaddled in emotional support that will literally increase their actual risk by inducing inapt behavior and try to use this to stand for the whole of human interest because the narrative you’ve spun for years is now falling apart and not even the partisan propaganda mill at CDC will support you anymore. this is as desperate as it is damaging.
worse, it’s abusive mascotism.
making an immunocompromised 4 year old and their mom “feel better” by masking in stores when doing so affords them no protection but instead places them at greater risk because of a false sense of safety does not help them. it leads them to make bad choices that result in bad outcomes so that you can enjoy the frisson of “having stood for them.”
you are sacrificing their health upon the altar of your vanity and desire to virtue signal as their “champion.”
you are inviting and enabling them to engage in self harm so you can feel good about yourself.
this is not the moral high ground nor is it a basis for public health.
our duty to such people is to tell them the truth such that they make make informed decisions. that is everywhere and always the only valid purpose of public health.
the fact that you and others like you have forgotten this and become so caught up in manipulation, nudging, and dishonest messaging is why no one trusts you anymore.
you have done more than enough damage.
so just stop.
it’s time to stop scrabbling for relevance and say “buy-bye.”
take the “L” and go away.
haven’t you done enough damage already?
As the mother of an immuno-compromised child (now an adult), I resent using this as a reason to stifle everyone’s freedom. Over the years did I wish that parents keep their kids home from school when they were sick? Sure. It would have meant fewer sick days for mine. But illness is a fact of life. If it’s not Covid it’s something else. None of these protocols have been “about the children.” If they were concerned about kids, they’d have kept the schools open. This is about conditioning people so they don’t notice their freedoms being incrementally taken away.
To show compassion for other's superstitions I walk around in magic underpants.
Great post. It sounds really cold to say, but there's literally nothing any one of us can do to save someone from themselves. If there's one theme I've noticed over the last 2 years is the "blame game" where we point to someone who either isn't "with the program" for anything that happens to us. The "I'm a victim" mantra has gone to levels I never thought possible. I was shunned very early on in this 15 days to flatten the curve for saying, "If I happen upon you after a terrible car accident and you are bleeding out, I will render aid to the best of my ability, but I am NOT going to do something that hurts myself to make someone else feel better or "safer". Nope. It's not my responsibility to worry about everyone else and what they think of me. If someone is 200 pounds overweight should I eat 3 big macs and "super size" the fries to make them feel better about their choices/situation? Sorry. Not gonna happen. Call me a hater, but one of my favorites testimonials I heard some months back: A guy was in a store without a face diaper and a Karen started shrieking at him about it and said, "well, it's obvious you don't care about me!". The man replied, "you're right, I don't." I know the way he meant that and I agree. Human beings fail each other at every turn. If we are looking for other people to keep us healthy, safe, fed, clothed, housed, etc. We will ALWAYS be very disappointed. I look out for me and the people I love. And that's all any of us can realistically do.
I couldn't agree more.
My office lifted their mask mandate last week. The email sent by HR admonished those of us choosing to take our masks off, to please be considerate and patient with those who continue to wear masks, and if we come upon a masked coworker, to put our mask back on.
This is NOT respectful. We respect people by telling them the truth.
This is the very same thing that has been going on with political correctness, hate speech, transgenders in girls' bathrooms and locker rooms, using the preferred pronoun, taking a knee and microaggressions. All of it is the same, reinforcing a form of mental illness, and all of it needs to end now.
"The emperor has no clothes."
One day in the fall of 2020, I came across a woman wearing a shirt that said, in large letters, "if you can read this, you're standing too close." I could read it from about 50 feet away. So your analogy of how ridiculous it would be to create a 20-foot buffer to alleviate somebody's anxiety is, if anything, a conservative approximation to actual hysteria that I have witnessed.
Not to mention that this woman was walking along a sidewalk in a densely populated urban area. The arrogance of somebody who would claim some kind of moralistic dominion over a 100-foot diameter of public space is absolutely stunning.
I wonder if people like Jerome will ever realize the damage they've done to tens of millions of Americans through their lies and manipulation. Indoor mask mandate ended here in Illinois today, yet at the grocery store this morning (where I haven't worn a mask the entire 6 months of the mandate) the 5 other customers I saw were all wearing masks and almost all of the employees were still masked.
People like Jerome created an unrealistic level of fear of Covid in people and pointed to the mask as their savior. After two years of relentlessly pummeling that message into people's heads is it any wonder there will still be a ton of people masking for months if not years to come? Jerome helped create a massive mental illness problem and those like him need to be reminded of that every second of every day.
"This is not public health, it’s facile and assumptive claims about failed NPI’s using emotional corner cases and vapid, accusatory moralizing to justify having adopted stances rooted in talismanic superstition and supported by actual, unequivocal fraud"
El Gato Malo confirmed El Gato Salvaje.
“tyranny of the superstitious hypochondriacs” and the Covidian faithful in masked devotion!
“Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty”:
“I don’t give a 🤬 about you or your comfort and emotional well being when around me.” —Jerome Adams
If Dr. Adams is so concerned about the immunocompromised then I'm sure prior to 2020 he always wore a mask as well. After all, someone with a defective immune system could just as easily be killed by H1N1 as he could by SARS-CoV-2. And if Dr. Adams didn't, well, just how many people have you killed with your negligence Dr. Adams?
Why is he tweeting about this? Didn't the CDC drop the mask recommendations last week? Did he not get the memo?
Excellent piece! This cat can write. As I told my priest when he asked why I find masking so objectionable, "it forces me to lie to others." I believe that is known as "bearing false witness." I will not do it anymore.
What sort of irresponsible mother would take her immunocompromised to the grocery store, and especially in doing so think she can rely on the “masks” of others to protect her kid?
That sort of entitled dimwittery is a big, big social problem.
What underpins the stupid of these nitwits is ignorance and inability to think and reason. If ‘immunosuppressed’ 4 year olds are so vulnerable they should not be out of doors at all - or wearing a hazmat suit - because if they are ‘vulnerable’ to one respiratory virus, they will be vulnerable to them all, plus a whole range of other viruses and disease-causing bacteria. It’s not the particular pathogen that makes them ‘vulnerable’ it’s the failure of their immune system to defend them against invading pathogens, in which case pathogens harmless in most people can be fatal in the immunosuppressed. Nobody died FROM HIV, they died of other opportunistic infections because their immune system stopped working because of the HIV. And repeat vaccination can do what HIV does - screw up the immune system.
Another guy with the combined credibility of Used Cars Joe Isuzu and Mr Haney from Green Acres. Please go away already.
NY is dropping their masks for schools the day after Biden's SotU speech. Because today it's unsafe for kids to unmask. Tomorrow it's unsafe for kids to unmask. But the NEXT day, all good.
And listen to the new gov. lay down the law:
"We will not stand for any bullying or ostracization or harassment for an individual or business who chooses to wear a mask as we're still going through this," Hochul said in a statement.
Yes, the real problem this whole time has been unmasked people harassing masked people. That's the ticket!
“tyranny of the superstitious hypochondriacs” Is as good a description as I’ve seen of the last two years. Thankfully their rule is coming to an end.
The entire scamdemic has only made me care much less about strangers. After all, these people cheered for me to be banned from society for choosing to skip a medical treatment that doesn't work.
I haven't worn a mask in public since the summer of 2020.
They can all go piss up a rope.
And the WHO are still pushing Vaccine passports - another measure which makes zero difference.
Seems like a pretty close parallel to responding to gender dysphoria by pretending it’s normal, no?
Jerome: "I care about people. No, not YOU people."
I suffer from koumpounophobia. People who don’t respect my mental health condition and wear clothing with buttons are just plain scumbags. I think I might start tweeting aggressively about it. 🤔
The first time I head this guy speak, and this was when he was still opposing masks, I could see that he was a lightweight. Another epically failed personnel choice by the Donald.
So true! If I have to hear one more person tell me that I should mask to “love others,” I’m going to lose my mind. Lies are not loving.
He also throws in the reference to vax status. Again, totally irrelevant to the discussion about reasons to mask. It's totally misleading and gives people a false sense of security when you characterize people by their vax status- vaxxed people can be infected and transmit as readily as unvaxxed. A way better question (but again one I wouldn't advocate) would be to ask if a person had natural immunity. But the real fallback for showing respect to others is not to go out in public if you know you're sick and contagious.
"...unaware of my vax status," says Jerome Adams. Remember those good old days when that was our default mode for all vaccines? Man, I miss those days.
The kindness fallacy ticks me off worse than anything. My disabled daughter has been in tears so many times in the past two years because of the masks…not only because they are hard to wear, but its also hard to see other people wear masks.
Assuming mask-wearing shows kindness is a one-dimensional viewpoint that isn’t based on fact.
What a great post, Gato. What an awful woke, manipulative, abusive man, this Jerome Adams. And then to try to beat us over the head with abuse of Jesus’ words……Jesus is not an enabler nor a shamer, nor a guilt-monger.
Speak to me more about this "culpability that’s coming."
Excellent rebuttal to the nonsense. All those dummies wearing cereal box helmets on the gridiron of real life frustrate me. One moment I feel bad that they have been so manipulated then the next moment I'm irritated that in this GREAT first world country where, with a little effort albeit, you can read non propaganda information people are too lazy and foolish to do so. It's outright embarrassing (for them). Folly, folly everywhere. Where have all the problem-solving, go getting, pull yourself up by your bootstrap people gone? They are gave down on their screens reading idiots like those in your stack on Twitter and Facebook or watching inanity and being further manipulated on TikTok. People are so dumbed down they can't see the blatant bs before them. I just want to scream "wake the f up"!
A slight amendment (in CAPS). It is “tyranny OF THE SOCIOPATHS USING the superstitious hypochondriacs and the anxious and performatively plaintive.”
This is so important. I have countless friends that buy into the “mask to show you care about people” narrative, and I’ve been over here feeling pretty lonely saying “I’m pretty sure when you care about people it means you don’t lie to them.”
As a health care professional who goes with the science and therefore finds everything the CDC or Administration says to be ridiculous, I find the recent series of Surgeon Generals to be Circus Clowns. Let's throw into that mix the media whore doctors such as Sanjay Gupta and well you have quite a group. To be kind let us just say that Dr. Adams was chosen neither for his achievements nor his courage. To put a buffoon like Adams in a debate with Peter McCullough or Robert Malone would be beyond cruel.
What a Dick-Head. My child abuse patients and autistic patients suffered in horrendous ways because of these asinine masks. I even had a 15 y/o boy who hung himself in May 2020 because of these wretched masks.
Genome has never shown an ounce of compassion for any of these kids or any respect for the intellect of those of us who easily see through this grotesque manipulation and lies.
Never wore one and never will. I'm at the docs office right now for a cortisone injection in my rotator. Everyone in the waiting room is masked up. The nurse asked me "where's your mask?". The look she got from me answered her question.
She still handed me one and I put it in my pocket. Brainwashed sheep. Luckily, my doc never bothers me about this idiocy. Nor does he pester me about getting a jab.
Societal indulgence of delusional beliefs seems to be at the core of modern public health today.
Hallelujah amen. This essay is another home run. The “masking out of compassion for others” argument is one that resides outside of absolute truth. Oddly, people who believe in absolute truth (e.g., Christians) are swept up in it. Simply baffling and yet an indicator of the incredible marketing you talked about the other day.
Let the mask burning parties begin!!!! Let’s flood social media and show the fools who still worship them that it’s
O V E R!!
First is was.. don’t mask.
Then it was…it’s not a bad idea to wear a mask to protect yourself, and two masks may be better than one.
To…masks don’t protect you, but, they protect those around you.
To…wear a mask when standing up, walking, and talking, but not when sitting, or doing handstands, or rubbing your head while jumping on one foot.
I think this is nothing more than a national IQ test and the scores were not impressive.
I remember when he as a surgeon general tweeted 2/29/20:
Seriously people - STOP BUYING MASKS!
They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus….
Masks: Not much different than insisting we use gender pronouns, etc.
At the local Stop and Shop yesterday, hand sanitiser and masks were displayed at the end of an aisle, deeply discounted. I took that to be a hopeful sign. Also, most adults were not masked. Sadly, many children still were.
are masks a deductible expense on my taxes? (Asking for a friend...)
I wonder how many died because someone somewhere felt THREATENED by their expressions of their differing religious faith; that same impulse is alive & well today, but now the injury is "medical" rather than spiritual.
I am not injured by my neighbor's choice of God, and I am not injured by his or her choice in face covering; thus, I have no right to demand they pray to my God or that they refrain from paying to their God or that they wear a mask. If we do not accept this principle, we cannot be free - we can't even be decent as we must kill or punish anyone who dissents.
I do not have the right to impose a medical treatment - including NPIs - on other people, even if that "hurts" me, but especially when that injury is only emotional. Society may not be a suicide pact, but it's not a license to control other people's medical decisions.
Remember that anyone "injured" by non-masking has the option of staying locked-in at home. Their desire to be out and about is not grounds to regulate others.
If I cannot control my body, no other right has any meaning. So, long and short, I say no - even if masks work & even if nonmasking makes some people live in their homes forever. Better to live in a free society than to participate in a prison-camp.
Give me liberty or give me death - remember? That's the fundamental principle of this nation - we do NOT trade liberty for security.
If you told Jerome to wear an armband because it keeps goblins away, He'd do it.
Or maybe just start a war. Doesn't matter the nature of the crisis, WEF just needs a crisis.
Well, no one wants to say to an immunocompromised person or caregiver of same: "You can't be safe. You have a condition incompatible with longterm survival. You can't fully participate in normal life because every ordinary interaction is dangerous to you, and you've got to choose isolation and its costs, or life and its costs." Said with sorrow, but nevertheless...
No one has the guts to say that to the affected. I didn't. I have a very beloved friend whose life was absolutely destroyed by The Plague and its purported remedies. I accepted quietly for myself that I'd never be able to go visit her again in her country (we'd been making plans before The Plague hit) because I'll never get vaxxed so even if there were no travel restrictions, I would not be perceived as a safe houseguest. I didn't tell her how dangerous I thought the vax might be for her, because I knew she had to make that choice for herself, and the consequences I feared for her seem to have happened (can't say with 100% certainty it was the vax that caused them, but my doubt is zero.
And I certainly could not say to her that she had no right to demand the sacrifices of society so she might be made safe. But I knew with great anguish that is true.
Jerome Adams tweets two years ago are what first red-pilled me. He said the week before Easter 2020 was going to be the "worst week of most American's lives" and "our 9/11, Pearl Harbor moment". And then it wasn't and nothing came of it.
Those who wear a mask to enable another person's fears are doing the EXACT moral equivalent of handing an alcoholic a drink.
CDC = Center for Dunce Compassion