I want to believe that the BBC is running the series “The Next Pandemic” as a public service in an effort to spread honest, thought-provoking information and analysis. Unfortunately, experience has taught that the BBC is more slanted and biased in spreading fear, confusion, and angst than many of their corporate media competitors. Some of the bias is due to the differences between America and the United Kingdom, some of this is due to the intended audience, and some of this is the difference in language used. Yet always the truth will shine forth, that BBC is a news organization that survives on selling advertising, and like the adage claims, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Or more plainly stated, the more lurid and emotionally charged, the more advertisements get sold. A sad commentary indeed!
The BBC is reporting that one of the possibilities for the next pandemic will arrive through mosquitoes. Now, mosquitoes have been causing disease in man for all of recorded history. Anyone who has traveled to Maine, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Michigan, Alaska knows all about mosquitoes, knows how to prevent mosquito bites, and has probably suffered at least one instance of becoming sick from a mosquito bite. Traveling through Central America and even more mosquito-borne illnesses are included in the potential for infection. Common knowledge! Heck, Washington DC was historically known as a malarial killer due to mosquitoes.
How does a society prevent mosquito colonies from becoming a health danger? The same way we have been treating mosquitoes for all recorded history. Citronella oil, mop up standing water, drain old tires of stagnant water, wear bug repellent, all common sense, easily managed actions that work. Heck, Disney World in Florida is known for keeping guests safe from mosquito-borne infections and other bugs while enjoying the park/resort. Hence, the alarmism in the BBC Reporting, claiming new mosquito varieties are arriving in North America, really is a nothing burger, unless you are a bug scientist who finds this fascinating.
Yet, if 2020 is any example, the government, fed by the hysterical media, including the BBC, will impose new rules, new restrictions, new problems, new actions, wasting more money and other precious resources, and will remain 100% ineffective. Consider what the citizenry was promised January and February 2020, a “two-week shutdown to flatten the curve.” The curve was never flattened. The government has botched everything. Common sense effective drugs and treatments were replaced for experimental options that cost exorbitant amounts of money, and the media has fueled fear in populations worldwide. Can anyone indeed defend the actions of the majority of governments where COVID-19 is concerned?
Speaking of mosquitos, it took a private company (Disney) to prove that mosquito populations could be controlled, and the government continues to ruin that simple program to the Nth Degree! Why did Disney need to control bugs, especially mosquitos, to make money. Why has the government failed to control bugs carrying diseases; because all a government can ever do is injure!
“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” – President Thomas Jefferson
The truth is straightforward; the government cannot be the solution to any problem. Still, the media calls upon the government to act, knowing that the government’s legitimate action will injure the same people calling for government action. Why did the government build the military-industrial complex; governments cannot invent weapons, cannot invent better tactics, and cannot create a single productive item or service. So, the government began choosing winners and losers through the bureaucratic minds of those administering government largess. In so doing, more are injured, more taxes are consumed, more spending occurs, more debt that future generations are saddled with, and more injuries are passed around while claiming the injuries are really grants, benefits, and gains.
While I am grateful to the BBC for alerting me that new mosquito variants are being found in North America, and these new mosquitoes can carry more dangerous diseases, the emotional hyperbole passed along with the BBC reporting is beneath contempt! The world has been fighting viral diseases, bacterial diseases, and so much more for all recorded history. We have learned what works and what does not work, we have science trying to create new methods of fighting diseases, and we have individuals acting to protect themselves and their neighbors. Ancient Egypt is famous for the bug problems they experienced. Many movies have been made about the bugs Ancient Egypt endured. Sadly, the same problem from Ancient Egypt survives today: government!
We do not need, want, or desire more government injuries to fight bugs. We do need a smaller and more flexible government. We do need governments that live on a budget! We do need governments that provide for the common defense! We do need governments that allow the maximum amount of freedom while doing the least amount of harm! Hence, a call to the corporate media is in order; “Cease the fear-mongering forthwith!” “Cease calling upon more government!” “Cease being the incestuous partner in the government bedroom!”
As for the government, please heed the citizenry. “Cease the COVID silliness!” Viruses undergo evolution and natural selection, just like all cell-based life, and most viruses evolve rapidly; this is a common known truth. We do not need more COVID mandates restricting life and injuring citizens! What about COVID is new? The common cold, which has been around and used to kill people, occurs due to rhinovirus, coronavirus, and adenovirus. Why the lockdowns, why the hysteria, why the political gamesmanship?
As an interesting fact, here are some of the most common viral infections, which even though these viral infections are more contagious and more deadly than SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19), have never caused worldwide hysteria, mass lockdowns, ridiculous freedom stealing mandates, and 24/7 media frenzies.
- Flu (influenza)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Infectious mononucleosis
- Mumps, measles, and rubella
Hence, I ask again, what is so novel about a mutated coronavirus? Even if it did escape from a Chinese laboratory, even if COVID-19 viral variant was strengthened through the use of man-made means and scientific methods and was allowed to spread through the government’s intentional actions. Why the media emotional hyperbole? Why the year-long government injuries?
The CDC continues to affirm, “Antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as those that cause colds, flu, bronchitis, or runny noses, even if the mucus is thick, yellow, or green. Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria, but even some bacterial infections get better without antibiotics.” Will the corporate media please learn these facts, ask better questions, and demand better answers on behalf of the citizens affected? Essentially, will the media, do your bloody job!
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