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Masks Signal You Hate President Trump
In March 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on 60 Minutes. He pronounced, “There is no reason whatsoever that anyone except for health care providers should be walking around with a mask.” Dr. Fauci then mocks the idea that ignorant rubes might be superstitious enough to think a mask can protect them from a virus. “Wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better. Beyond this, the mask is even counterproductive. It can become breeding grounds for germs.”
OSHA concurred, "Surgical masks and eye protection do not protect against an airborne virus." That is because the purpose of surgical masks has nothing to do with viruses. It is to prevent doctors and nurses from infecting the gaping cuts of their patients during surgery.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agreed with Fauci. "The only people who should be wearing masks are health care providers and patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. If you do not have respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, or runny nose, you do not need to wear a medical mask. Masks should only be used by health workers, caretakers, and by people with those symptoms.”
One month later, the CDC reversed itself as it “updated its guidelines to recommend Americans wear masks in public.” Had any new scientific discoveries been made? No. President Trump was asked what he thought about masks and responded, “I won’t be doing it personally.”
Suddenly, the Democrat Party; the federal bureaucracy, including the CDC; and the media that serves the Democrats and the Communist Party of China loved masks and demanded everybody wear one. This is one of a long list of positions taken by the Left, afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome. They are for anything President Trump is against, and anything he is for, they are against. It doesn't matter what it is.
As Jeffrey Anderson articulates in the Claremont Review of Books, "From that instant, the mask quickly became a sort of Black Lives Matter flag that could be hung from one's face." It told the world, "I am anti-Trump!"
The next thing you know, Democrats are assaulting people in public for not wearing masks, Democrat mayors are commanding their police to arrest anyone not wearing one, and Democrat politicians are thundering from on high at the maskless for being selfish pigs who don't care about grandmas. Grocery stores and restaurants begin denying service to the disobedient. Wearing a mask becomes the ultimate virtue-signal: "I wear a mask because, unlike you, I am a good person."
Censorship of Mask Dissent
Did you hear about the peer-reviewed study done by Stanford University that demonstrates masks have zero chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19? No? The government posted it on the National Center for Biotechnical Information, a department of the National Institute for Health. The media never reported it. Big Tech punished anyone who shared it.
YouTube suspended the account of United States Senator Rand Paul because he posted a video in which he states, “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work. Virus particles are too small and go right through.” Even though that is demonstrably true, YouTube says it “violates their COVID-19 misinformation policy.”
On the same phony grounds, YouTube deleted a video in which the eminent Great Barrington scientists from Harvard and Stanford have a conversation with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis about masks. And deleted a similar interview with Dr. Scott Atlas conducted by the Hoover Institute of Stanford University.
YouTube has decided to ban any users who question the effectiveness of facemasks. Its COVID-19 medical misinformation policy states: “Claims that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects” and “Claims that masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19” both violate the company’s new "misinformation" terms and conditions.
Twitter routinely deletes tweets that are scientifically accurate but not in line with the mask narrative of the Chinese Communist Party and its American arm, the Democrat Party.
Facebook slaps warnings on any post that does not agree with communist mask orthodoxy as being “Partly False Information. Checked by independent fact-checkers.” The “independent fact-checkers” are an outfit known as Science Feedback. Its claim to be “non-partisan” is a big fat lie. They only place ‘fact-checks’ on posts that do not comply with progressive politics.
Peer-reviewed research by German scientists published by Springer—and in Monthly Pediatrics—was deleted by Facebook censors without explanation. But we know why: It proved that over 50% of children in Germany report headaches and a remarkable decline in concentration from being forced to wear masks, and almost as many reported lethargy, melancholy, and despair. Facebook warned anyone posting it that they would be punished by "significantly reducing the number of people who see” your posts. Even the Wall Street Journal offered an opinion on that one, calling it "counter-opinion masquerading as fact-checking."
Remember the difference between science and propaganda. You can always question science; questioning propaganda will be censored.
Science Says Masks Do Not Work
The gold standard in medical research is Randomized Control Trials (RCTs). Such research shows that masks do not prevent the transmission of a virus. They do not protect the wearers nor safeguard others from the wearers. Quite the contrary, they seem to increase the spread of contagions. One team of researchers at the University of New South Wales explained, "The virus may survive on the surface of the facemasks" and "transfer pathogen from the mask to the bare hands of the wearer."
The reason masks do not work is elementary, my dear Watson. There are tiny holes in facemasks much larger than virions (virus particles). Cigarette smoke is about the same size as virus transmitting aerosols. It is easily exhaled through a mask. If every person on Earth wore a mask 24-hours a day, it would not stop the virus.
Wearing a facemask is theatre. Masks are “comfort blankets," as they have been dubbed by U.K. government SAGE adviser Dr. Colin Axon. Axon explains, “The COVID-19 virus particle is up to 5,000 times smaller than the holes in the mask. The small sizes are not easily understood, but an imperfect analogy would be to imagine marbles fired at builders' scaffolding; some might hit a pole and rebound, but obviously, most will fly through.”
In May 2020, the CDC’s journal Emerging Infectious Diseases published a study from the University of Hong Kong that concludes, “We found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks.”
The Annals of Internal Medicine put out a study in June that "evaluated use of surgical masks within households with influenza or influenza-like illness index case. Compared with no masks, surgical masks were not associated with decreased risk for clinical respiratory illness, influenza-like illness, or laboratory-confirmed viral illness in household contacts when masks were worn by household contacts, index cases, or both."
In July, the Oxford Center for Evidence-Based Medicine pronounced that a decade of research shows, "Masks have no significant effect in interrupting the spread of Influenza-Like-Illness or influenza in neither the general population nor in healthcare workers.”
Another study published in October in the Public Library of Science found that "facemask use did not seem to be effective against laboratory-confirmed viral respiratory infections nor clinical respiratory infection."
Analysis by the Naval Medical Research Center published in the New England Journal of Medicine in November shows that not only did masks not prevent the virus from spreading among Marine Corps plebes, but they also appeared to facilitate its spread.
That same month the National Library of Medicine published an evaluation of multiple studies that demonstrate “wearing a mask probably makes little or no difference to the outcome of laboratory-confirmed influenza compared to not wearing a mask.”
In February 2021, the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) acknowledged, “Masks, particularly as worn by the general public, have no statistically significant effect upon the transmission of virus and disease.”
In March, a Danish RCT arrived at the same conclusion: "Surgical masks did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers."
The CDC published a study in May of Covid transmission in government schools that found, “forcing students to wear masks did not result in a statistically significant benefit.”
In August, the International Research Journal of Public Health reported, "We did not observe an association between mask mandates or use and reduced COVID-19 spread in U.S. states."
That same month, the University of Waterloo in Canada declared that its research found cloth and surgical masks are overwhelmingly ineffective in blocking exhaled aerosols.
MIT published its study in October 2021, proudly titled, Decrease in Hospitalizations for COVID-19 after Mask Mandates in 1083 U.S. Counties. Alas, 12 days later, they were forced to disavow their research "because there are increased rates of SARS- CoV-2 cases in the areas that we originally analyzed in this study."
Masks Have Not Prevented the Spread of Covid
There is not one single place on Earth where masks have even slowed the spread of Covid. The other day, this headline appeared, "Masked-Up California Reporting 4x More Daily Cases than Florida.” Florida never mandated masks. California did.
Heavily masked Michigan leads the nation in viral infections as of this writing, while no-mask-mandate states such as Texas are near the bottom. Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington all have mask mandates in force. All have far more new Covid cases than Florida.
The question is, "Do states with mask mandates have lower COVID-19 death rates than states with no mandate? The answer: States with a mask mandate: 13.0 deaths per 10,000 population. States with no mask mandate: 12.6 deaths per 10,000 population.
Despite not wearing masks, the Danes boast one of the lowest death rates on the planet from the virus. Three times more Danes die from pneumonia or the flu every year than have died from Covid. There were no mask mandates in Norway, Sweden, or Finland, and yet deaths from the virus in those countries are lower than the average in Europe.
While 85% of those in Italy and Spain always wear masks in public, 85% in the Netherlands and Finland never do. As a result, Spain and Italy have suffered far more death by Covid. Dutch public health officials recently revealed why they had not recommended masks. "From a medical point of view, there is no evidence of a medical effect of wearing face masks," proclaims Medical Care Minister Tamara van Ark.
“We see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport,” declares Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s top infectious disease expert. Comparing case rates in Sweden (which never legally imposed face masks) and the rest of Europe is also very revealing.
Masks are Bad for Your Health
There is a reason human beings exhale. Your body exhales what it does not want, including waste of up to 3,500 different compounds. Wearing a mask increases airway resistance, leading to a buildup of excess carbon dioxide, a lack of oxygen to the brain, headaches, and even severe illness.
When I see your face, I discern you as a real presence. It is your face that expresses your thoughts and feelings. As Philosopher Roger Scruton puts it, “When I confront someone face-to-face, I am not confronting a physical part of her, as I am when, for example, I look at her shoulder or her knee. I am confronting her, the individual center of consciousness, the free being who reveals herself in the face as another like me. Hence there are deceiving faces, but not deceiving elbows or knees.”
"The evidence is overwhelming that masking can harm children's developmental progress," declares Jay Bhattacharya, a medical professor at Stanford. Children learn how to interact and communicate with others through reading facial expressions. Masking them and those around them intentionally deprives children of social skills development.
Pierre Manent, the French philosopher, writes, "It is by the face that each of us reveals themselves at once as a human being and as this particular human being. Presenting one's refusal to be seen is ongoing aggression against human coexistence. Europeans have never concealed the face, except the executioners.”
Charles Darwin posited that our understanding of each other is "much aided by the expressive movements of the face and body." It is "when we converse on an important subject with any person whose face is concealed" that we instantly grasp the significance of countenance.
The University of Florida performed an analysis of used children’s face masks and found eleven dangerous diseases living on them: Pneumonia; Tuberculosis; Meningitis; Encephalitis; E Coli; Lyme disease; Diphtheria;Legionnaires' disease; Sepsis; Staph and Strep. Fifty percent of the masks were noxious. Many other germs were also found that can give rise to fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, periodontal disease, et al.
The Journal of General Dentistry asserts that masking children can produce “long, narrow faces, narrow mouths, high palatal vaults, dental malocclusion, gummy smiles, and many other unattractive facial features.”
Public Health Ontario warns that masking children stresses their immune system, not only resulting in "impetigo, facial skin lesions, and irritant dermatitis" but "depression and suicidal thoughts."
Adults also suffer adverse reactions. Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock proclaims, “masks pose serious risks to the healthy.” They decrease our oxygen levels, which compromises our immune systems, especially our ability to fight off viral infections, including Covid.
Dr. Rob Ramondi, a New York dentist, says that from wearing masks, “We’re seeing inflammation in people’s gums that have been healthy forever, and cavities in people who have never had them before.”
A group of scientists and doctors in Germany performed an extensive study of “negative health effects of face masks.” They report “significant impaired thinking and concentration after only 100 minutes of mask use” and “undesired medical, organ and organ system-related phenomena accompanied by wearing masks,” with “clear, scientifically recorded adverse effects for the mask wearer” because "Ventilation, cardiopulmonary exercise capacity, and comfort are reduced by surgical masks and highly impaired by FFP2/N95 face masks in healthy individuals."
Masks trap toxins that your body is trying to eliminate. You breathe them right back in. Facemasks also “increase breathing rates over long periods,” which can cause “high blood pressure, cardiac dysfunction and damage to blood vessels supplying the brain.” Not to mention asthma, high blood pressure, and nervous disorders from “increases in carbon dioxide in the inhaled air.”
Another German study, published in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, coined the term “Mask-Induced Exhaustion Syndrome.” Wearing masks produced a “decrease in blood oxygen saturation; increase in blood carbon dioxide; increase in heart and respiratory rates; difficulty breathing; dizziness; headache; drowsiness; and decreased ability to concentrate and think.”
Mask Skeptics are not Science Deniers
Democrats love to claim they “follow the science.” However, according to a recent study by MIT entitled Viral Visualizations: How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online:
"Anti-maskers do their investigations in a very scientific manner. Indeed, anti-maskers often reveal themselves to be more sophisticated in understanding how scientific knowledge is socially constructed than their ideological adversaries. Anti-maskers' approach to the pandemic is grounded in more scientific rigor, not less.”
Do as We Say Not as We Do
The list of Democrat hypocrites who demand that you be arrested if you go out in public without a mask but are caught at parties, dining in restaurants, and at massive public events without one would take up too much space to recount here. They include Democrat politicians from school board members to cabinet members. Many are famous mayors, such as London Breed, Muriel Bowser, Lori Lightfoot, or Bill de Blasio. Some are governors; Whitmer and Newsome come to mind. Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein are among them and the Cuomo brothers. Oft times, they quickly don a mask for official publicity photos but are photographed minutes before and after without one.
As Breitbart News reports, “As was the case with the Met Gala last week, Hollywood celebrities paraded on the red carpet at the 73rd Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles and enjoyed the glamorous ceremony mask-free while staffers, a.k.a. “The Help,” endeavored in the background with muzzled faces.”
Masks are Talismans
Never think that propaganda is not powerful. Over half of the people in Britain think everyone should be forced to wear masks in public forever, pandemic or no pandemic.
Ninety percent of Democrats support mask requirements in all public spaces in America, including "their local school district requiring everyone in schools to wear masks." Fifty-three percent of them say they will "continue wearing a mask in public when the pandemic is over."
We now have a cult of masks, mask mania, a civilization of sheep too traumatized to return to normal. They do not want to participate in human social life. They have an abnormal dependency on hiding their face. As reported in Revolver, “Some acknowledge that the mask is simply an ideological totem. Like slapping a COEXIST bumper sticker on your Prius, the mask is a sign that one’s ideology is regime-compliant.”
Such people get irrationally hysterical upon the very sight of a healthy person unmasked. They are infected with delusional psychosis, literally crazy. Psychiatrist Mark McDonald explains it:
“Instead of facing reality, the delusional person would rather live in their world of make-believe. But in order to keep faking reality, they’ll have to make sure that everyone else around them also pretends to live in their imaginary world. In simpler words, the delusional person rejects reality. And in this rejection of reality, others must play along with how they view the world. Otherwise, their world will not make sense to them. It's why the delusional person will get angry when they face someone who doesn't conform to their worldview. It's one of the reasons why you're seeing so many people who'd happily approve the silencing of any medical experts whose views contradict the WHO or CDC guidelines. ‘Obey the rules!’ becomes more important than questioning if the rules were legitimate to begin with.”
As Daniel Horowitz opines in the Blaze, “Call it the divine rule of masks. You shall not utter a negative word about them. You shall never question their effectiveness, even when they've failed to work. You shall never be caught without the idol on your face – even on the face of your two-year-old, for that matter. You shall worship the cloth until the bitter end. Therefore, proponents of the mask religion resort to fabricating data to show masks are effective and censoring studies that show masks do not work. It's about control and idolatry. Except this form of idolatry requires more faith in cloth diapers than the men of the cloth have in God."
The Real Purpose of Mask Mandates
Sadists issue mask mandates. They crush our dignity and our liberty. Our betters intend to wear us down and overwhelm us with fear. To make us easily manipulated and train us to accept social control over every aspect of our lives. It is totalitarians exercising and aggrandizing sheer power.
S. G. Cheah writes in Evie, “Consider this — the endpoint of a mentally ill person is for them to be put under a controlled environment (institutionalized like an asylum) where all freedoms are restricted. And it’s looking more and more like that’s the endpoint of where this mass psychosis is heading.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. explains face masks this way: “If you look at the history of totalitarian regimes, they all do the same thing, which is they try to crush any evidence of self-expression. And what is the ultimate vector for self-expression? It’s your facial expressions. Yet we’ve all been told to put on the burqa and be obedient.”
To wear a mask all day is to keep a filthy old snot rag on your face. It comes with a cost. The facemask hampers interaction, communication, and understanding. Our quality of life goes down.
There is hope. Circuit Judge Richard A. Brueggemann ruled that mask mandates are unconstitutional. In his decision, the judge quoted expert witness Stephen Petty, a senior certified industrial hygienist who has testified in over 400 court cases concerning contagious or toxic hazards.
"He testified that both the six-foot-distancing rule and mask mandates are wholly ineffective at reducing the spread of this virus. Masks are worthless, he explained, because they are not capable of filtering anything as small as Covid-19 aerosols. In addition, masks are not respirators and lack the limited protections that respirators can provide. The Court finds the opinions expressed by Mr. Petty firmly established in logic. The inescapable conclusion from his testimony is that ordering masks to stop Covid-19 is like putting up chain-link fencing to keep out mosquitos. The six-foot-distancing requirements fare no better."
Judge Brueggemann confirmed that comparing data from states with and without mask mandates proves that the decrees make no difference in the “natural progress of the virus.”
I’ll leave the final word to Dr. Ted Noel, writing in American Thinker:
“Higher MERV and HEPA filters reduce the dust in your house. They also reduce viruses. An astute student of the obvious would have guessed that a better filter would reduce the number of viruses that get through a mask. So, wearing two masks would be better than one, and wearing three masks even better yet.
"If you want the very best filtration, wear a vacuum cleaner bag (top line) over your head. But that bag has so much resistance that you'll also need that eight-amp motor to get air in and out. This brings us to a critical point. When filtration is so essential that any contamination might be fatal — such as in the Wuhan Institute of Virology — you need a powered source of clean air to be able to breathe at all. That degree of protection is why Level IV virology labs use space suits and powered air instead of street clothes and surgical masks. If they need it to protect from such a lethal virus as the coronavirus, shouldn't you be wearing one all the time?
"We've known for years that mask-wearing does not affect the transmission of airborne diseases in the general population. A careful look at the charts shows that mask mandates did nothing except making money for mask manufacturers and Emmy Awards for petty tyrants pimping masks and lockdowns. COVID deaths rose and then fell, without any effect from masking.
"There is no scientific proof that the general population wearing cloth masks in public has in any way decreased, let alone prevented, the spread of COVID-19. There are no studies that anyone can find that show conclusively that kids wearing masks in schools have any effect on their own morbidity or mortality or on hospitalization or death rate in the community around them."