Take a look at the above picture. How many people do you see wearing a mask? Look how close the people are. Social distancing? HAH! I think not! This was the scene at the 4-day music festival in Chicago called Lollapalooza held this past weekend. Approximately 100,000 people attended each of the four days. To attend, people had to either provide a Covid-19 vaccine card or proof of a negative Covid-19 test from the previous 72 hours. Big f*cking deal. This event should not have even been held, but to allow nearly a half-million people during the event to mix and mingle sans masks is the height of stupidity.
My daughter is a member of the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums band, and as such they typically play at 15-20 events in the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada each year, including a Winter Storm festival in St. Louis, Missouri, in January. All but one of their events this year was cancelled, and the Winter Storm festival for next January has already been cancelled due to the pandemic. Yes, the organizers and sponsors of these events are losing money, but they value human life over profit.
Infectious disease expert Dr. Tina Tan said: “When you have 100,000 or more people who are in a fairly enclosed space and there’s no social distancing, the vast majority are not wearing masks, you are going to get some transmission of Covid-19 Delta variant.”
It has already been proven that even if you are fully vaccinated, you can transmit the virus. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can catch the virus and become ill. Doesn’t it just make sense to stay home??? Oh … there’s that word again … ‘sense’ … a lot of people seem to have none.
Chicago is already averaging more than 200 new cases per day, a significant increase from a few months ago. It could be two to three weeks before the effect of Lollapalooza on the city’s case rate is known, and there is also concern about people who visited the city for the festival taking the virus back home with them. Picture the parents who attended, leaving their children behind with Grandma and Grandpa … “Oh look, kids, I brought you souvenirs from the festival and one other thing … a killer virus!”
A reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times asked the question, “Why was Lollapalooza allowed to go forward?” Easy answer … $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
The average cost of a ticket was $545, and that did not include food, drinks, souvenirs, parking, etc. Multiply that times 100,000 people. Let me save you the trouble … over $54 million. Hell no, they weren’t going to give that up, no matter how many deaths may come as a result.
I have long lamented that the human species seems determined to bring about its own extinction and this event is further proof to support my premise. Climate change, chemicals in our food, plastic in our oceans, nuclear weapons, and so much more … all man-made disasters that, if we don’t wake up and work toward fixing the problem, will render this earth uninhabitable not only by humans, but by thousands of species. And now … the utter greed and stupidity of people as a response to the pandemic that has already killed more than 4 million people worldwide.
Way to go, humans.