The Branch Covidians

PJ MEDIA Cult of Covid

Without debating the science of vaccines or masks again, the writer has a point about the cult like behavior of many who will give up all their freedom for false hopes of protection.

It is not much different from the Climate Cultists who are willing to throw away modern civilization to avoid a foot of sea level rise.

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”  Mencken

26 thoughts on “The Branch Covidians

  1. It is a stupid and insulting polemic full of half-baked accusations.

    We spent the year 2021 pretty much as she described. (I bet you did too). And we are still careful. We got vaccinated. We got the available booster. We wear masks in public places. We avoid indoor settings with lots of people. We cancelled plans for a family Christmas gathering based on the current outbreak of the new variant. We did not do these things out of some slavish devotion to the government or to a cult, but due to an informed assessment of the risks. I trust CDC scientific guidance. That does not make me a fool or a cultist.

    If I am honest – and I try to be – I will admit to looking down on people who will not take simple measures – such as getting vaccinated or wearing masks properly in public spaces – to protect others during the worst public health crisis since 1918. I think that they are contemptible. If that makes me a “cultist,” so be it.

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  2. I am reminded of a social experiment I once read about. The researcher wanted to understand the behavior of people in grocery store check-out lines. He was particularly interested in the rules for cutting in line or asking to go first at the register.

    The researcher discovered that “because” is the main rule. Shoppers could cut in line so long as they said the word “because” followed by an excuse. The excuse didn’t matter; it could be anything, even ridiculous. But saying “because” made cutting in line acceptable.

    I’m not in favor of pretending that Branch Covidians are a real cult, but I can see how “becausing” could cause real problems. For one thing, malicious operators could exploit the technique.

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  3. Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article that illustrates the nature of the “Covid Cult” problem:

    Slow the Spread? Speeding It May Be Safer
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/speeding-it-may-be-safer-omicron-mandates-antigenic-drift-shift-covid-supervariant-mask-social-distancing-lockdown-vaccine-11641847062?st=6hmc7q5oe94nuut&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

    At issue: Once a virus achieves vaccine escape, continued mass vaccination increases the risk of forcing a supervariant of the virus to evolve, one that is more deadly and more transmissable and for which no vaccine is available. Covid cultists who persist in demanding the ineffective vaccine may actually cause a deadly outcome for everyone.

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    1. It is NOT vaccination that may push evolution of a virus into new territory. It is immunity that MIGHT have that effect. It matters not at all to the virus if the immunity is acquired through vaccination or through surviving an infection.

      With that being the case, stating that increasing vaccination is creating greater risk is absolute hogwash. Someday, everyone who survives will be immune. Getting there through vaccination rather than letting the virus have its way with us is far less costly in every possible way – suffering, expense, disruption, and deaths.

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    2. RE: “It matters not at all to the virus if the immunity is acquired through vaccination or through surviving an infection.”

      Actually, it does, for the reasons given in the article.

      RE: “stating that increasing vaccination is creating greater risk is absolute hogwash.”

      No one is stating that. The statement is that continuing the use of an ineffective vaccine contributes to the probability a supervariant will occur.

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  4. “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed…”

    Could not have said it better myself.

    “Affordable healthcare equals communism.”

    “Mexican are rapists…some are good, I suppose.”

    “If you don’t fight, you are not going to have a country anymore.”

    “Democrats want to take your guns, invade Texas, teach evolution, teach CRT…” (Pick one, or all of the above.)

    (Before someone jumps all over the quotes, they are close enough for my point.)

    The real irony here is that the same party that pushes those alarmist memes, accuses our public health officials and the administration of trying to control voters with fear.

    So stuck in their own bubble they can only see their own reflections when they try to look out.

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    1. RE: “So stuck in their own bubble they can only see their own reflections when they try to look out.”

      “Trump = Hitler.”

      “Basket of deplorables.”

      “J6 = autogolpe.”

      I could go on, but the point is made. Cult-like behavior isn’t partisan. It is just cult-like behavior.

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      1. Trump=Hitler?

        Which party has members that keep equating vaccine and mask requirements to the Holocaust?

        J6 was an attempted autogolpe.

        At least try to get your “what abouts” straight.

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          1. “Cultists also assert that they are correct in their beliefs and everyone else is wrong.”

            That may well be true. but rational people rely on reliable evidence and actual knowledge to inform their beliefs.

            For example, you do not want to believe that comparisons between Trump and Hitler are meaningful, so you don’t. But I do believe they are meaningful, and I could write a very long post on the MANY ways that the political careers, rhetoric and values of Adolph Hitler and Donald Trump are similar. But you are not interested because, well, you know why.

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          2. Comparisons of any living politician to Hitler are not only unfair, they trivialize the horrors of Hitler’s atrocities.

            But the left today has no sense of proportion, if calling someone a racist doesn’t work, they escalate to Nazi, and Hitler himself.

            And in doing so, lose the support of rational people.

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          3. RE: “Because they say so.”

            That’s the gist of it. In the list of cult characteristics PJ Media compiled, items 2, 4, 5, 9 and 10 would be relevant.

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          4. “Comparisons of any living politician to Hitler are not only unfair, they trivialize the horrors of Hitler’s atrocities”

            You are welcome to your opinion. Too bad it does not seem to influence the comparisons you frequently offer of Obama, Biden, Clinton, etc. with references to Mao, Stalin and, yes, Hitler.

            Whether a comparison is “unfair” depends on the facts. I think it is important to keep Santayana’s dictum in mind. . . “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

            Comparing Trump with Hitler is not mudslinging. The similarities are real, and they are instructive. Recognizing them will help us avoid the horrors that you are referring to in our time.

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          5. When I use “alternative facts” I am referring to statements of fact that are FALSE. You have never caught me supporting my OPINIONS about climate change with falsehoods. You may not like my opinions nor those of the MSM you refer to, but your disagreement is not the arbiter of truth.

            A good example of what I am referring to is when someone says, for example, that Chris Cuomo is worse than Sean Hannity and defends that opinion with falsehoods about what Chris Cuomo has done. “Chris Cuomo blocked news stories about his brother” is the sort of “alternative fact” I was referring to.

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          6. “If you find a source that differs from my source, that does not make my statement an alternative fact.”

            Uh, that depends on your source vs my sources. Many of the sites you people use are purveyors of lies. I avoid such sites and I double check before asserting facts that are convenient for me. You may have found a source that told you Chris Cuomo blocked news stories on behalf of his brother. You may have believed it. It was still an “alternative fact” as far as I can tell.

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      2. There are frequent comparisons to Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler because there are numerous similarities. Learn something about the rise of National Socialism, Hitler’s messaging (MGGA) as a politician, and Nazi propaganda and maybe you will see those similarities yourself.

        “Basket of deplorables” would never be heard again if people like you did not keep whining about that ill-conceived phrase uttered one time. With that said it contained a great deal of truth. The GOP IS now the political home of some of our worst groups and, pretty clearly, they now dominate it.

        J6 was an attempt to keep the decisive election loser in power through LIES, violence, and intimidation of Mike Pence and Congress. THAT is an attempted coup whether you are honest enough to admit it or not.

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  5. “The statement is that continuing the use of an ineffective vaccine contributes to the probability a supervariant will occur.”

    You clearly do not understand the story you are relying on.

    The author WANTS the spread if the virus. He would have no problem with an ineffective vaccine.

    And there is nothing in the article that says natural immunity is better than vaccinated immunity. This is the same old trollop – let the virus run wild – dressed in a new frock of argle bargle that makes no sense when thought through.

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    1. RE: “And there is nothing in the article that says natural immunity is better than vaccinated immunity.”

      No, there isn’t. Sorry you can’t see what the article says because you are preoccupied with things it doesn’t say. That’s the cult-like behavior the post tries to raise awareness of.

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      1. ” Sorry you can’t see what the article says”

        LOL!

        YOU tried to say what the article was about and got it completely wrong. YOU are obviously “preoccupied with things it doesn’t say.”

        Funny how Trump cultists like you accuse everyone else – in this case those seeking scientific guidance during a dangerous pandemic – of cult-like behavior. I am sure psychologists have a name for that.

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  6. I made a mistake earlier in the thread when I wrote:

    “Once a virus achieves vaccine escape, continued mass vaccination increases the risk of forcing a supervariant of the virus to evolve, one that is more deadly and more transmissable and for which no vaccine is available. Covid cultists who persist in demanding the ineffective vaccine may actually cause a deadly outcome for everyone.”

    I should have written:

    “When natural mutation causes a milder variant of a virus to emerge attempts to slow the spread may backfire. Covid cultists who persist in trying to stop the spread may actually cause a deadly outcome for everyone.”

    I regret the error.

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