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  1. MissMapp

    South Africa moves to adjusted level 4 lockdown – here are the new restrictions

    No. Lockdowns are a terrible public policy tool. They punish the poor, wreck livelihoods (in a country like SA lives and livelihoods are indivisible), and have untold repercussions reaching into the future. That’s where the death and destruction is going to come from, except of course it will be...
  2. MissMapp

    Is level three lockdown enough for now?

    What lockdowns are like, is as though in order to (attempt to) stave off death (for a while) for the vulnerable, chemotherapy is applied to a vast population of healthy people - damaging everyone. It’s not ethical at all. This remains a disease with a very high survival rate despite the hype and...
  3. MissMapp

    Ramaphosa extends adjusted level 3 COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa

    We are not very good at grasping the long view, unfortunately. News of COVID is dramatic and causes huge alarm in the present. The shortened human lives that lie in the future thanks to these lockdowns will, over our lifespans, dwarf the amount of lives currently shortened by COVID, but will be...
  4. MissMapp

    What is the objective of government during this COVID19 crisis?

    I gotta say I thought the lockdown was an appalling idea as soon as rumours of it began. It was so glaringly obvious that the cessation of all economic activity even for as short a period as 3 weeks was something our economy could not withstand. And to imagine the government would provide any...
  5. MissMapp

    Lockdown is losing the support of South Africans

    It also seems to me that we’ve been primed for this massive and largely irrational fear of the (very survivable) virus by the media, who have for years been telling us how vulnerable we are and instilling a narrative of the fragility of human beings - as opposed to one of fortitude and...
  6. MissMapp

    Lockdown is losing the support of South Africans

    This bit: Lockdown fanatics are so convinced of their moral rectitude, so bound up in anti-Covid zealotry, so enjoying their part in the culture of fear and the culture of condemnation against anyone who breaks lockdown, that they just zone out the terrible things that theyare helping to bring...
  7. MissMapp

    Lockdown is losing the support of South Africans

    I thought this was pretty good: https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/05/08/lockdown-fanatics-scare-me-far-more-than-covid-19/
  8. MissMapp

    More will die due to poverty than the coronavirus - Economist on lockdown system

    Exactly, so tired of headlines like ‘COVID 19 hits the economy hard’ etc. No, the GOVERNMENT shutting down all economic activity is doing that.
  9. MissMapp

    More will die due to poverty than the coronavirus - Economist on lockdown system

    Except of course the virus did nothing to this company. Its demise is the result of society’s out-of-all-proportion reaction to the perceived threat. Humanity has conspired to inflict this mass suffering on itself.
  10. MissMapp

    Lockdown is losing the support of South Africans

    No, they won’t listen. In my view though, most of blame for this catastrophe can be placed at the door of the global news & media agencies. Business has never been better for them as they play on people’s fears, every new death statistic gleefully reported without perspective or context. But...
  11. MissMapp

    Lockdown is losing the support of South Africans

    From the FT today: The lockdown will lead to 29 times more lives lost than the harm it seeks to prevent from Covid-19 in SA, according to a conservative estimate contained in a new model developed by local actuaries. The group have sent a letter, explaining their model, to President Cyril...
  12. MissMapp

    New rules for jogging and cycling outside under level 4 lockdown

    Nothing at all to do with the virus, agreed. I have no intention of eagerly reading every update on the petty arbitrary rules, and asking what I may and may not do. Just quietly get on with it, do whatever you can to make life endurable are the moment, use common sense and take a few calculated...
  13. MissMapp

    More will die due to poverty than the coronavirus - Economist on lockdown system

    Yes it’s been an eye-opener for me too. People I thought would easily see past the hysterical fear-mongering, falling over themselves to give up every last human right they have, in exchange for the complete illusion of safety.
  14. MissMapp

    More will die due to poverty than the coronavirus - Economist on lockdown system

    Or, no economy-wrecking lockdown since the virus will have its way no matter what (isolation never having been an option for anyone except the middle classes anyway), maybe spend a couple of billion earlier in shoring up the health service. Instead of borrowing 500 billion now to try and save a...
  15. MissMapp

    More will die due to poverty than the coronavirus - Economist on lockdown system

    Well people certainly have the luxury of time to starve to death in now, having lost their livelihoods and unlikely to get them back. The fact that it takes a few weeks is completely immaterial.You’ve got at least a 98% chance of getting over the virus with no ill effects unless you have serious...
  16. MissMapp

    More will die due to poverty than the coronavirus - Economist on lockdown system

    Beyond a shadow of a doubt, many more people will die because of this terrible lockdown strategy that the virus could ever have killed. And millions more will be condemned to grinding poverty. It has been the worst idea in history and the people who support it are clearly expecting to keep on...
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