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To all those couch potatoes who love their primetime television, there will be no more new shows in the fall due to the fact that we're too afraid to let anyone die because they may or may not get sick and die.

RLeeBarker 3 May 15
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How can I argue with that?

Pand0ro Level 5 May 16, 2020

A strange situation. Our culture now is different than when we were working against the Spanish Flu. At that time people had greater trust in the government and were more likely to follow isolation guidelines. Even though there was still wide spread infection the areas that followed them did better than the areas that did not. Today we suffer from hubris, profound selfishness and the belief that what I think is the only thing that counts. This belief has been growing and festering since the 70s when our society was strongly given to self indulgence fueled by rampant drug use. In the 90s the Contract with America started pushing the divide by sending legislators home on weekends which kept them from dealing with each other on an informal basis. With social media our opponents have been taking advantage of this and subtly encouraging and fanning the flames of intolerance. We now have a strong division among citizens that is tearing us apart. It is much cheaper and more effective to simply destroy your opponent than to try to conquer them.

Pand0ro Level 5 May 15, 2020

People were disincentivized to discuss the Spanish flu, particularly the press because of the war in Europe at the time. The congress passed and president Wilson signed, the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917. The Sedition Act made it a crime to publish or dissemination of information that the government of the time construed as demoralizing to the war effort, thus abridging the First Amendment. People were fined and imprisoned under the act. Similar acts were enacted in other allied countries such as Britain and France. The press avoided writing on things that might be seen as bad for morale. The mysterious deadly illness was one of those matters deliberately not being discussed by the press in allied countries out of fear of being labeled seditious. Spain however being neutral, had a unrestrained press which discussed the flu, and was the first to do so, thus giving the flu its "Spanish" designation. People went along with what restrictions there were for the time which came from the same government that left them in the dark, only after the matter became too obvious for the government to continue to ignore. They were left in the dark because the government muzzled the press. People still went to work in armaments factories to support the war effort despite being close together and the spread of the virus. There were restrictions on rights then and it got people killed. There are restrictions on rights now, and it will likely get people killed again. Rinse and repeat. Woodrow Wilson, the worst president that America forgot, still lives on. They got the Wilson treatment then, and we're getting it again.