Lolla-Pa-Whazzit???

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.

43 thoughts on “Lolla-Pa-Whazzit???

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  2. The first port of call to lay the blame is whoever granted a licence for this thing to go ahead. People must have been convinced it was safe to go ahead, which does not excuse either their stupidity mid virus nor their lack of concern for others if not themselves.. We’ll know soon enough if there’s another spike or more than one since I guess people travelled to get to the Lolla pa LOSER.
    Cwtch

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    • Yes, absolutely the person who made the decision to go through with this event this year gets the first heaping dose of blame. But the people … the people who attended … at some point we must hold them accountable for their actions, for their utter stupidity. I think it would have been funny as heck if the organizers of the event had paid for the venue, paid the musicians, and then only 15 people showed up. But alas, humans are not the brightest bulbs in the pack, and they turned out en masse. Yes, in about 2 weeks we should see the spikes in Chi-town and other places.
      Cwtch

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    • I hope that was when you were busy keeping your pillow warm! 😉 I’ve never liked crowds, am just not at all comfortable in a crowd, which is why I’ve never been to a concert. But in this, the age of the pandemic? Heck, I’m not comfortable in the grocery store with only maybe 20 other people scattered throughout! xx

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  3. oh get off your damn high horse about the stupid mask fetishization already, it’s bullshit. If you want to wear a mask 24/7, fine, it’s your choice but it’s not your responsibility or anyone elses for anyone to tell anyone else how to live their lives. i am sick of this covid shit and the authoritarian draconian response by political parasites and big parrma, both of whom just want to screw more and more people. did you hear that fizer is ramping up the cost of the vaccine because of higher demand? why no bitching about that, you do it over insulin? It’s because you’re a damn hipocrit and I have zero tolerance for hipocrasy.

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    • Scott … why do you even read my blog? You have stated that you have no respect for me, you only comment to put me down and to disagree with anything I’ve said. I think, perhaps, you are just looking for an argument. I’m not going to argue with you, but I will say that from this point on, if you cannot be respectful, then don’t bother to comment.

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    • If you have zero tolerance, stay away. Simple. People who believe in the use of masks don’t have a fetish, they can see beyond the end of their noses that the masks offer some protection against the spread of Covid. You don’t believe, that’s fair enough, but no-one is calling you on that. Show a little bit of courtesy when you visit someone else’s blog .If it annoys you so much to visit, don’t visit. As for the Pfizer price rise, who’s to say that’s not to be a post.

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    • honestly Scott, if you can’t say something nice to people then you should keep your trap shut! I have never seen a comment by you on anyone’s blog that was supportive. Instead of the rage you can not seem to help showing go do something positive, and maybe you will eventually overcome that little problem you seem to have with humanity.

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  4. I did not go anywhere near Lollapalooza. However, to be fair, they supposedly did require either a clear COVID test (within 3 days) or proof of vaccination before being allowed in.

    I think they should be wearing masks anyway, but it isn’t quite as bad as it looks.

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  5. Jill, the stories of the doctors who are asked by dying COVID patients for vaccines are not unusual. Not wearing masks in big gatherings is risky as well. With 60%-ish vaccinated, you would think 40%-ish should be wearing masks. Of course, in many of those minds, it is all a hoax, until it isn’t. Keith

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    • I hear it’s 70% vaccinated now, and that the remaining 30% are adamant that they will NEVER be vaccinated. How many of them, I wonder, will die and as you mention, on their deathbed ask for the vaccine. How many will lose children, spouses, or other loved ones because they were fools? Sigh.

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      • Jill, I saw that updated percentage as well. I saw an interview with Stephen King today. This prolific author wrote “The Stand” about how the world population was infected by a deadly disease. He was asked about his thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic and mask issue. He had an interesting response. King said this is not a personal freedom issue, it is a public health issue. Wearing a mask and getting the vaccine are things we should be doing to help our fellow citizens.

        Not wearing a mask was made into a political issue which stills boggles the mind. And, while some have more legitimate reasons for questioning the vaccine, it is still a small inconvenience in spite of small number who had negative reactions (just like with any drug on the market). Those who are not getting a vaccine for political reasons are being blinded by people whose opinions should matter little. They should be talking with a doctor.

        How many have more have died because of this and the former president’s broadcasting doubt instead of showing leadership? He put his strongest followers at risk and some got COVID-19 and some died. And, what is telling is he admitted to knowing the danger and still put these folks at risk.

        Keith

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        • Let’s hope that cost him votes from surviving family members in the future. And the GOP who happily passes his message on until their big reversal just recently. They don’t deserve to govern.
          Hugs

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        • King is one of my favourite authors and except for the Dark Tower series, I have read all his work and in fact just received his latest on my Kindle today! I’ve actually read The Stand twice and both times thought it may well be prophetic.

          I think that the push against mask-wearing became a political issue when the former guy mocked people for wearing masks, and from my understanding, even forbade them in some situations. You know how a portion of the people in this nation hang on his every word and practically worship him, so I think that’s where it all started. A rough guess is that half of the 630,000+ who have died might not have died had we been told the truth to begin with, and had masks been encouraged rather than mocked.

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  6. Thank you for sharing!… another example of self-centered arrogance…. elements of American (and the world) society who, in spite of a image they wish or try to portray, in the end, think of no one but themselves… again, in the past one would not be all that aware of events, but with today’s technology the whole world knows.. these are the following certain leaders, politicians, etc (Trump and others too numerous to mention) align themselves with… “birds of like feather flock together”.. 🙂

    In order to have change, one must deal with the “following” not the leaders and to do that, use technology and keep the fingers doing the walking and the heart doing the talking… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • As always, your insight is spot on! Yes, technology has given us the ability to know what is happening not only in our own backyard, but ’round the globe. And, more than many people realize (or care to admit), what happens in my backyard also affects people all over the planet, so it’s only right that we know. And you’re also right that we must educate the masses. The leaders already know they are lying and obviously don’t care, but the masses put all their faith in a set of leaders or a political ‘party’ or a church and some never bother to seek the truth, to look any further. Thanks so much for the beautiful Irish Saying, Dutch! ‘Til we meet again …

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  7. “$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$”
    It’s the American way! Cancelling the festival just to save some whiney humans is un-American!
    Remember the one asshole who said at the beginning of the pandemic 3,000 daily deaths are an acceptable price to pay if it helps keep the econoy up? I was thinking like, tell that to the 3,000 you just condemned to death justb for your fukn profit. 😦

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    • Yep, what’s a few thousand people when the country has some 330 million people? And the earth is already over-populated anyway, right? Sigh. Sometimes I really don’t think that capitalism is the best system.

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      • Buuut, it is. As much as it hurts this old democratic socialost to admit it. Capitalism just needs to be closely monitored and regulated in order to keep a human face. And it needs to know that its not free of commitments. And its first and foremost duty is towards the people/country.

        For the overpopulation problem there are better solutions than leeting already existing people die. For example use then rodent tactic: Always when the biotop becomes too small and the food too sparse, mice stop making new babies. Simple as that.

        As the Chinese have proven in the past it’s very much manageable. Just needs a stong mindset of ‘We’ instead of’I’.

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        • I suppose you are right, that if properly regulated, capitalism is a viable system, though I’m still not convinced it’s the best. But, here in the U.S., capitalism has run amok and the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. Despite continual rises in the cost of living index, corporate CEOs have bought enough members of Congress to stifle the minimum wage. It has not been raised in over a decade and many minimum wage workers must work two or three jobs just to support their families.

          Yes, I was only joking about that being a way to pare down the world’s population. And you’re right, but unfortunately the countries that will run out of food and water first are the poorest countries. Meanwhile, the U.S. uses up valuable resources as if they will be around forever … what we waste in a day could feed Ghana for a month! Yes, it’s that mindset of “We vs I” that is lacking in most of the Western world today, and it’s definitely lacking in the majority of the U.S.

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  8. Goodbye, Jill. Though I never got to meet you, I’m glad we had these few years together online. And goodbye to all the friends I have made thanks to you. It’s been a gas, guys and gals. And to Miss Goose and her Mother, please keep Jill safe as long as you can. Though the end be nigh, let it not be today…

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    • Huh? We aren’t gone yet, silly … nor are we likely to be tomorrow, so we’ll chat again then! You and I aren’t likely to live to see the end, and in many ways I’m glad of that, but I only wish we could have changed the outcome for the sake of future generations. LuL

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