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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Pandemic amnesty: Is it time?

My resolution for 2021, renewed for 2022, was to be kind and calm. There is enough nastiness and enough hysteria out there without me piling on. So I am receptive to economist Emily Oster's call in The Atlantic for a pandemic amnesty that would let us "learn from our mistakes" and focus on the future.


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In 2020, there was a lot we didn't know about Covid, writes Oster. She recalls masking up her family to go hiking.


Remember the playgrounds were taped off, so kids stuck in crowded apartments couldn't play outside?


Oster wrote that "schools should reopen" and that "kids as a group were not at high risk," and was called a “teacher killer” and a “génocidaire.” She's ready to forgive her attackers, forego the gloating and move on to deal with historic declines in math and reading, especially for disadvantaged students.


"The standard saying is that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it," she concludes. "But dwelling on the mistakes of history can lead to a repetitive doom loop as well."


Steyn Online's Lauren Rosen Cohen, a mother of two in Canada, says "hell no" to amnesty.


First, she wants the policy makers to apologize and vow never to do it again.


Her older child will get only one full, normal year of high school, Cohen writes. Who will apologize for that? Her severely disabled son's school was closed, then reopened for special-needs students with teachers "masked and face-shielded and in HAZMAT type space suits." His panic attacks were diagnosed as seizures. After multiple hospital trips, they pulled him out of school for months. When they tried to ease him back in, Cohen wasn't allowed in the classroom. For weeks, she stood "outside the window in the -20 C of a Canadian winter" to observe.


"Now is the time for investigation, accountability and steadfast resolve and certainly not amnesty or absolution," writes Cohen.


Babylon Bee reports from a galaxy far, far away:


"Acknowledging past decisions that, while well intended, were destructive, and learning a ragtag team of rebels might win again, the Galactic Empire has proposed amnesty for anyone who may have gotten a little carried away and blown up several planets," reports the Babylon Bee.


"Let's not bicker and argue about who annihilated whose planet," wrote Grand Moff Ardus Kaine in a guest opinion piece published by The Atlantic after polls showed destroying Alderaan just to get a politician to squeal did not sit well with the galaxy's citizens. "Oopsies happen. Forgive and forget, I always say."

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2022年11月08日

This is also acting as if there are only 2 options. Local schools opened in Aug. 2020. There were a few week-long closures over the next 2 years. But, being open for 32-34 weeks instead of 36 is far better than being open for 0 out of 36. Even our homeschool co-op, which had never closed due to illness, had to switch to online class for a few times over those 2 years. But, local schools also sometimes close when too many teachers are sick with the flu to cover everything. It's no different than a weather closure. There is a difference between responding to an acute local situation and just deciding not to open because there mig…

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2022年11月07日

"Pandemic amnesty" is more of the psychopathic authorities' typical screwing with the public's mind, for THEIR benefits, of course. Nothing else.


First the psychopaths plan and execute a holocaustal operation called Covid-19 THEN they want to be acquitted of any wrongdoing. This criminal game is one of the key traits of psychopaths when they should be in prison lifelong without parole ever.


But.... 99% of people STILL have NO clue that psychopaths are the leaders of all governments because most people prefer being asleep than awake to reality, and they have a FALSE idea of what psychopaths really are (a misdirecting brainwashing script the psychopaths have also long planned and set in place with the ignorant sleeping public) --- read…


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2022年11月07日

Uh, no. NJ/NY governors need to be tried for murder for packing nursing homes. Their pensions and personal fortunes should be forfeit and paid out to those who lost loved ones. The forfeiture of pensions and fortunes should apply to anyone in the Federal Government (FAUCI, shall we start with?) who willfully pushed lies about the need for every piece of the COVID CosPlay.


FTC needs to be unleashed on the vaccine makers who knew the jabs were useless. I'm seeing "Vaccine Reparations" in the future. And, of course, anyone fired or denied employment, etc., will be repaid for lost wages, benefits, etc. Give me some time, I can come up with more...

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2022年11月06日

No. What it is time for is the tyrants who ruined lives to promote their "mistakes" now enjoy the consequences of their actions. Preferably in prison,

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2022年11月06日

No next question. Make the tyrants pay.

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