Satire always benefits when evil and stupidity collide. This gem, courtesy of the Russian-American writer Gary Shteyngart (1972-) (Figure 221.1), has been bouncing around inside my head since the fake pandemic was announced, almost three years ago. Evil certainly exists, in the form of those trying to force everyone to be injected with a lethal drug; and stupidity is equally rife, among those willing to take it without a critical thought for their own safety.
Figure 221.1: Gary Shteyngart has his own satirical style. Super Sad True Love Story is, in my view, a good place to begin.
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It is no wonder, then, that satire has recently begun to sharpen its claws. A link to an absurd article (Figure 221.2) was sent to me via WhatsApp this morning. I had to read it several times, chew it over and research its origin before deciding whether (a) it was satire or (b) the author has brain fog and cognitive dissonance from too many boosters. Both alternatives seemed, at first view, to be credible. Here is the article, verbatim.
[Title]: ‘They knew: why didn’t the unvaccinated do more to warn us?’
‘The unvaccinated knew what we didn’t. Some of them said too little. Most said nothing at all. A lot of blood is now on their hands.
‘As the world struggles to come to terms with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, one question that continues to surface is why the unvaccinated didn’t do more to warn us about the potential dangers of being injected.
‘While well intending [sic] citizens lined up, did the right thing, and received their COVID19 [sic] vaccinations — now seeming to do more harm than good — their unvaccinated friends stood by and let them do it. Some of them said too little. Some said nothing at all.
‘Even though they knew what we didn’t.
‘Our blood is now on their hands.
‘Those are strong words. But the unvaccinated had access to important information about the potential side effects of vaccines. They knew about the risks of severe allergic reactions, blood clots, and other serious health complications. They knew that vaccines did not immunize us. They knew it wasn’t effective, and that they can cause more harm than good.
‘They knew all of that, but instead of warning us, the unvaccinated chose to remain silent. They chose to look the other way and not speak out about the potential dangers of vaccines. They let millions of good folks who did the right thing (at the time) fall to death and disease, and many antivaxxers even gloated online about how their coin flip had been the right bet. The more diabolical even urged folks they disagree with to "get boosted." [sic]
‘It has become all too clear. The silence of the unvaccinated was a dangerous, sociopathic, and irresponsible decision that has had serious consequences for those of us who received the vaccinations.
‘And silence is, after all, consent.
‘It is time for the unvaccinated to take responsibility for their actions and to work with the rest of us to find a solution to this crisis. We cannot afford to let their selfishness and lack of action continue to harm our communities. It is time for the unvaccinated to step up and do the right thing.
‘The unvaccinated should by any moral measuring stick have done more to warn about the potential risks — to help us make informed decisions about our health. And they must now ask us for our forgiveness.
‘And, hand to heart, we may just give it to them.
‘Because we are good people. We took those injections because it was the right thing to do — until it wasn’t.’
Figure 221.2: The link to the original article is: https://iqfy.com/unvaccinated-silence
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The only serious point I can be bothered to make is that we, the ‘unvaccinated’, were not silent, but silenced ... and de-platformed, censored, misrepresented, ignored, discriminated against and called all manner of derogatory names. Despite being an experienced bioscientist, I have lost count of the number of scientific illiterati within my own sphere who have presumed that their knowledge and understanding of pharmatoxicology surpasses my own. (The Dunning-Kruger effect is particularly prevalent with regard to science.)
The rest of the iqfy.com website seems to consist of superficial essays, generally harmless, some stupidly ‘woke’ with no basis in fact. There do not seem to be any scientifically-educated individuals on the editorial board. There is, certainly, however, a cracking satirist among their ranks. Konstantin Kisin, perhaps? In the light of his recent one-man demolition job at the Oxford Union, the author might well be him.
‘... it was the right thing to do — until it wasn’t.’
Oh dear. Brilliant.
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