In a relic (one of the few I have left) of my time as a card-carrying member of the media elite, I am on a mailing list for an occasional New York City get-together called “Drinks With Journalists.”
I don’t think I’ve ever gone - we moved to the sticks a while back - but I still get the emails. Sorta nice, recherche du temps perdu and all that. We were reporters once and young....
I digress. (Unbelievable but true, I used to be proud I worked for The New York Times.)
Anyway. As you might imagine, the parties stopped a while back, because Covid.
But last month, an email popped up in my box, Drinks With Journalists was back. Dec. 16. 6 p.m. A bar in Brooklyn (naturally).
“A march to a re-opened world… we thought everyone could use a drink.” Amen to that.
Now, the organizers weren’t taking any chances. They had chosen a place that had lots of seating “outside and well-ventilated.” And they wanted everyone vaccinated, which meant my perfect record of non-attendance would continue. (I admit, I did wonder what kind of reception I’d get if I showed. Probably best not to find out.)
Still, I was glad to see the invite. For two years, Brooklyn has been filled with scared people stuck in little apartments. Good on them to break the spell.
Yesterday, they confirmed the party was a go: “the festivities tomorrow evening are very much on.”
Or not. About two hours ago this popped up in my mailbox:
Just to be clear.
These are vaccinated people. Almost all under 50, certainly 60. Meeting outside.
Except they’re not, because of the theoretical spread of a variant that is almost surely less dangerous to them than whatever they’re drinking. On the advice of an epidemiologist who I will just about bet wanted the schools closed for all of last year and believes the only thing better than two masks is three.
Hella way to live.
Tell you what, any journo who wants a drink tonight can take the train up to our house. No vaccine card required.
These people are all coward cultists.
We are entering a world run by spoiled, unskilled, trans, queer, gay, nose-ringed, tatted, hair dyed perpetual children with zero self-awareness, zero understanding or curiosity for how things work, a work ethic you’d need an electron microscope to find, who think the world owes them everything…
And who consider themselves the all-wise all-knowing arbiters of what you are allowed to say, think, feel, and do…
What could go wrong?
The masks do not work at all:
These people are permanently damaged. They were likely damaged before but we didn't see it. COVID has just made it easier to see who the truly broken are in society.
We will be leaving the private school we've been at for years because of this. Some people are trapped in the COVID matrix and they can't get out.
Meanwhile here in Alabama, we had 30 people inside my house last weekend for a 40th birthday party. And another 40 of us got together yesterday for a work Christmas party at my boss's house (with a large portion of us unvaxxed even!!!) The horror!
WE ARE TALKING CASES!!! Not DEATHS Not even Hospitalizations . NOW everyone is afraid of CASES. WTF. I used to get mad about people wearing masks in their car or WALKING on the STREET by themselves, not a single person within 100 yards, now this really ticks me off (CASES).
Has everyone listened to the Joe Rogan, Dr. Peter McCullough podcast on Spotify yet? Incredible. You will never be the same again.
None of the fearful lost a paycheck during lockdowns. Think about that.
We really have separated the strong minded from the weak. Since when did everyone become so afraid of a cold? Survival is predicated on physical and mental toughness. Good luck libs.
It is ironic that the mild effects of the Omicron Moronic Variant holds such sway over these double and triple vaxed people. They are afraid of their own shadows. The cowardice of course insists that we all share their religious fear and obey accordingly. No thanks.
The cult leaders will never tell you to leave the cult.
This epitomizes why COVIDMania could never end. The chattering classes, largely NY-based (sorry, Alex), seem to relish seclusion plus profitable preaching & scare-mongering through keyboards and webcams. They gladly hand control of their lives over to "public health" figures who in turn enjoy the power and limelight of maintaining Eternal Hygiene Theater.
Meanwhile, in the real world, lives are largely normal. After we attend a fundraiser tonight in Houston, my wife & I will head to one of our favorite crowded bars or restaurants for good times with friends. Life is for living,
Our society and many of those in it are sick -- spiritually, mentally, psychologically. What we see happening over the past few years is simply manifestations of the illness.
Long sigh. The epicenter of hipster neurotics and perpetually anxious bed wetters.
I'm in NYC, my husband tested positive for covid on Monday. He had a headache and body aches. I got it yesterday. I have a small headache and feel a bit tired. He's already better. He got the jj jab, and the side effects for that seemed worse than covid. Pretty sure we got the new variant because it's so mild. It's almost laughable at this point, I was expecting much worse. Will people wake up when they realize this is milder than a little cold for most or will they praise their boosters at this point for keeping them safe? Already know two people with boosters that got a 'very rare' breakthrough infection.
This is depressing and sad. Don't they see all of us in other states living our normal lives and not dying? They are wasting the best years of their life.
I’ve said this all along - who in hell let the epidemiologists be in charge of ANYTHING allowing them to make the decisions on what’s open and what’s closed and what’s safe and what’s not?? We physicians NEVER listened to anything they ever said and always treated their cause-effect proclamations with passing interest.
What do you call the student at the bottom of their medical school class? Epidemiologist!!
My dad is 62. He drinks at least twelve beers a day. He smokes a pack of unfiltered cigarettes everyday. I went to his house yesterday and he was wearing a mask. I told him what the hell are you doing? He then talked some jibberish and eventually took it off. At one point he told me he might not be able to be around Unvaccinated people. The media is ruining people's brains. He fears covid yet does nothing to improve his health by not drinking like a fish or quitting smoking.
I love living here in SA, the third world. The fear porn is considerably less effective in a population where 80% have had covid. And it is lovely that we have such a low vaccination rate (relatively speaking) that vaccines cannot explain the lack of hospitalisations. And then I turn my gaze to the North, and all I can do is shake it and pray... Pray that the blind may start to see the lie, because talking ain't helping.
Still trying to understand how all these "adults" can continue to cower in fear of a simple cold.
From the first day of the plandemic, I have lived my life. Plan on doing so until God calls me home.
Watching people wearing masks outside and a niece that won't let her mother visit her grandchildren because she is not vaccinated scares me more than the politicians that are making the rules as they go. Where are the brave Americans? Have they all died in battles?
I still don't understand how seemingly intelligent people can totally not listen to other smart scientists (in So Africa) who confirm over and over that this "Omicron" is NOT dangerous and NO ONE has died of it. What in the world is wrong with these elites?????
This paranoid nonsense could not be more opposite than our SC low country lifestyle: Shopping, errands, loud crowded sports bars and, to top it off, packing into an auditorium for our kids Christmas school program...where the audience stood and joined in on the caroling! No masks. No distancing. Sad that so many are kept isolated by the prisons of their own construction.
Dr. Mattias Desmet (psychologist from Belgium) did an interview on youtube where he explained the dynamics of this situation: These people suffered from anxiety due to various issues in their own lives before Covid hit. Covid provided them a 'focal point' for this anxiety that allowed them to attribute the anxiety to something other than themselves. Looking inward is generally a very painful process that most avoid and through focusing on Covid instead of fixing their own issues they find relief. Covid to them is like a security blanket to a three year old.
I honestly think there is something psychologically wrong with these people. They need therapy to get over this neurosis they've developed over the last 20 months. And our politicians need to stop catering to their irrational fears.
Incredible. What miserable lives of self importance. Most embrace the faux-fear culture to avoid real human interaction, they’ll be the first to embrace the Meta world. Their ideal avatars will be so much cooler than their real life selves.
Cheers from below the Mason-Dixon Line where for the past year +, we’ve had bbq’s, birthday parties, Thanksgivings (with actual thanks given to our Creator), Christmas, in-person school & football games. Our blue cities are a bit weird, but the vast countryside & most of suburbia, can’t fathom the life of high 24/7 anxiety of those hip New Yorkers.
Get out. Get a life.
Please report the next 6 times this happens through 2024. I want to know every time these people are still sh**ting themselves for nothing.
These people are why we can’t have nice things.
The vaccines' most common side effect is bedwetting.
These are the same types of people I see walking down the street outside with masks on. They are mentally ill, and I avoid them at all costs.
I had the misfortune of overhearing some terrified interactions in a pharmacy the other day between the pharmacist and people desperate to get their covid boosters, but couldn't because they were temporarily out. "Oh don't worry, we'll get everyone eventually!" cackled the pharmacist (yes, he actually said that). The fear was palpable. I left wishing I didn't have to live in this world.
I just saw one of my French friends in the supermarket (he's a young gay guy). "This Covid is super dangerous, be careful!" Meanwhile the South African scientist who discovered omicron is banging her head against a wall because the UK and Europe are basically announcing the Apocalypse as she's saying it's nothing to worry about.
It's genuinely terrifying how people are being completely brainwashed by the media and governments are lying through their teeth. You would have hoped that younger people would have seen through this BS by now, but apparently not.
So happy to be living free in Florida. Of course there are still those that are masked, alone in their car, with the windows down..... you can't fix stupid.
Just shut the entire state down, just to be sure, and be safe. At least nobody will be mugged.
So...lather, rinse, repeat with new variant. Right in time for the holidays.
I left Brooklyn in 2014 - it was already off-the-charts insufferable by then. I am so grateful I left because I cannot imagine being locked down in a tiny NYC apartment for the last two years!
Their decision not to gather would imply tacit admission that the vaccine doesn't work, or have they not yet connected those dots???? 😉
Alex I want to drink with you please
I've put together a model in Excel that shows Omicron killing 700 million Americans by Christmas.
As a physician who used to have respect for epidemiologists, not anymore, sadly.
Sorry, but most of the so called” intelligentsia” in this country are some of the dumbest people on the planet! Merry Christmas from a red neck southerner who has no problem drinking with friends vaccinated or not! Let freedom ring!🥂
Good Lord. And I thought Oregon was insane. Oregon is moving forward to make indoor mask mandates permanent in the state. I mean seriously? It's insanity. Just also saw a list of the 'woke' restaurants in Portland that will no longer allow any that is not vaccinated in to their establishment. Never mind the vaccinated and the unvaccinated can both spread the virus. Yes, the so called 'woke' are now pushing mandates, censorship and government control. Can you imagine them freaking out if Trump tried this? The state has lost its mind. Wife and I are both moving our small businesses out of Portland / Multnomah county (fuck their outlandish tax revenues, art taxes, etc.) and have plans to eventually leave the state. People are nuts here.
This just in from the Peoples Republic of California https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/New-California-rules-end-distinction-for-16706077.php. Punchline......a new health order which says quarantine and masking policies for vaccinated workers will be the same as for the unvaxxed. Ironically it's a tightening that is actually following the science by recognizing that the vaccinated are just as likely to get and spread Covid so they shouldn't be treated preferentially. Now, as a prisoner here, I'd prefer no police state but at least they are trampling rights without discrimination. Of course the chamber of commerce is opposed......“Treating vaccinated and unvaccinated people similarly really denies the scientific value of the vaccine and disincentivizes vaccination,” he said. WHAT? What exactly does "scientific value" mean? It denies the idea of the vaccine being effective by recognizing the actual data doesn't show that it is?
Most of the country is wide open with no restrictions and had been for quite some time. Then there are the leftist regions which go day to day with unbelievable levels of fear and restrictions supposedly to mitigate their fears from becoming reality. I live in one of the latter regions of the country and cannot believe how many people wear masks absolutely everywhere and all the time. Their mask budgets must be crazy big, or they are playing roulette with developing other serious health issues. Yes, wearing them everywhere outside and even while driving around alone in cars. I can go watch several cars at a time go by within a few minutes time with a single person driving completely masked up right down the street from where I sit right now. It is not a convenience thing. You talk to them and quickly realized how panicked they are of Covid. What is ever going to bring these people back to any sense of reality? They are literally 100% insane at this point. There is no other reasonable explanation for it. As one comedian has often stated, if they were told to wear a bright orange traffic cone on their head as a protection from Covid; they would do it and insist everyone else must also to protect them. At least we would probably be entertained a bit more by seeing a competition amongst these idiots trying to find and wear the biggest and brightest cone on their head to signal their adherence to dumb ass safety protocols.
The fully boosted crowd remains the most fearful of the VID. 61% percent reported they were afraid of Omicron compared to only 13% of the unvaccinated.
Such a sad way to live.
Or maybe "live" isn't quite the right word.
Total COVIDIOTS. Wokeness = beta low testosterone risk averseness. Also they still haven't figured out the vaccine only potentially mitigates hospitalization, does not in any measurable way prevent getting or spreading covid. That is ironclad science fact, period. But not to democrats. They live in a pansy world of fake social justice narratives. No thanks.
I think this bunch would be too frightened to be associated with you. If they're afraid of covid, they're terrified of you.
People have been fired for less.
I’ve been on a plane, train, bike & feet.
Inside, outside – both to eat.
Traveled from Arizona, New York, Florida,
And all the places in between.
Made a mask, worn a mask
And finally, Ditched the mask.
Funerals, weddings, Thanksgiving,
And now, Christmas – all with Friends and family.
Blow my nose, wash my hands, no vax for me,
All the while keeping covid away.
Life is short, let’s enjoy this day.
When this is all said and done covid will be to the medical establishment what the child abuse scandals were to the Catholic Church. It took years for the truth to come out against such a powerful institution but eventually truth always wins.
I always find it amusing, in a DUH kind of way, that one has to mask up to walk from the door to the table and then it's OK to take the mask off and get on with the business of having a few pints and a bit of a chat. But dare to stand up maskless and the Mask Police will be on you like a rat up a drainpipe. And as I have discovered asking them how this makes any sense will invariably result in the usual Orwellian retort "That's the rules - I didn't make them!!!". We are truly circling the proverbial drain of humanity.
It sounds like the epidemiologist friend just enjoys being able to tell people what to do, and to have people actually consulting him. They are all drunk on this power, which they have never before experienced.