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Psychotherapist: Lockdown Zealots Are Behaving Like Cult Members

They double down on their beliefs despite having been proven wrong.

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Psychotherapist Dr Hugh Willbourn says lockdown zealots are displaying all the classic signs of cult members by doubling down on their beliefs despite having been proven wrong.

In an article on his website, Willbourn highlights the work of respected social psychologist Leon Festinger, who analyzed the beliefs of a UFO cult in the 1950’s who believed that a flying saucer would rescue them from the apocalypse.

However, after the catastrophic earthquakes and floods they expected to hit the United States never arrived and their beliefs were totally disproved, “the cult members would become not less but more convinced of their beliefs.”

Festinger identified five conditions that needed to be met in order for the cult members to double down on their beliefs and avoid cognitive dissonance.

1. There must be conviction

2. There must be commitment to this conviction

3. The conviction must be amenable to unequivocal disconfirmation

4. Such unequivocal disconfirmation must occur

5. Social support must be available subsequent to the disconfirmation.

“Festinger’s five conditions and the behaviour of the cult believers correspond closely to the situation with Brexit, Climate Change and Covid-19: a prophecy is made, believers invest themselves, their time, money and prestige in it, the prophecy fails and the believers become more fervent,” writes Willbourn.

The doctor notes how terrifying predictions of how many people COVID-19 would kill have fallen massively short and the models that produced these numbers have been thoroughly debunked. Despite warnings that coronavirus would kill 500,000 in the UK alone, the disease has only claimed 318,000 worldwide.

“To put this figure into perspective, the number of people who have died of, or with, Covid-19 in about four and half months is the same as the number who die in five days from cardiovascular disease,” writes Willbourn.

The doctor notes how “experts” are still doubling down anyway, warning of mass death if lockdown is lifted too early and a second wave of infections.

In reality, research suggests that the lockdowns had a minimal impact on infection numbers, and Sweden’s per capita death toll is lower than the UK’s and numerous other countries despite the Scandinavian country having imposed no hard lockdown.

“Don’t expect an apology from our Government, or any other Government, any time soon,” writes Willbourn. “The Festinger effect is far, far more prevalent than a clear-sighted view of reality and the tragedy is all the greater.”

“Is this starting to sound familiar?” asks Toby Young. “As Willbourn points out, the sequence that Festinger wrote about more than 50 years ago is eerily reminiscent of what’s happening today: an apocalyptic prophecy was delivered from on high (“the science”), those who believed it radically altered their behaviour, the prophecy turned out not to be true, but instead of abandoning their doom-mongering the believers have become even more fervent, attacking anyone who points out the gap between fantasy and reality as dangerous heretics (“fake news”, “misinformation”, “conspiracy theories”, etc).”

“The difference, of course, is that Festinger’s UFO cult had a few dozen members, whereas the Covid cult seems to have infected half the world. If Festinger’s right, the bad news is we won’t be able to persuade people to stop social distancing if we prove that the danger posed by COVID-19 has been dramatically overstated. On the contrary, people’s opposition to returning to normal will intensify rather than diminish as the evidence mounts they were wrong.”

Meanwhile, Karens all over the world don’t show any signs of giving up on something that legitimizes their favorite thing in the world; Lecturing other people about their behavior.

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Man Punched Because He Removed Face Mask to Speak to His Elderly Mother

Perpetrator still at large.

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A man in the UK was punched after he briefly removed his face mask to speak to his elderly mother on a train while his assailant yelled at him to put the mask back on.

The incident happened in Blackpool on September 4 but is only now receiving media attention as police have yet to make an arrest.

The victim, who is in his 60’s, removed the mask so he could speak more clearly on the phone to his mother, who is in her 90s and hard of hearing.

He was immediately approached from behind by a man in his 30’s about 5ft 6in tall who demanded he cover up his face.

When the victim refused, he was immediately punched in the face, leaving him with a badly bruised eye.

“This was a shocking attack on a man who was simply trying to speak to his mother, who is hard of hearing,” said PC Laura Alves, of Lancashire Police.

“We urgently need to speak to the man in the CCTV still and I would ask that anyone who recognises him to contact police.”

As we have previously highlighted, despite innumerable experts asserting that masks are largely pointless in stopping the spread of coronavirus, the wearing of them has become a kind of status symbol.

This has led to countless incidents of petty enforcers harassing and in some cases violently attacking those deemed to be flouting mask rules.

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Senior U.S. Army Official Says There’ll Never Be a Return to “Normal” Post-COVID

Social distancing and mask wearing to become permanent.

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A senior U.S. Army official says that there’ll probably never be a return to “normal” post-COVID and that rules such as social distancing and mask wearing will likely become permanent.

During a speech at the U.S. Army’s annual conference, Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said that measures implemented across the country will remain in place across the defense industry to protect against the shut down of production facilities.

He also suggested that the restrictions should remain in place for the general public.

“I don’t know that I would ever say it’s totally back to normal,” said Jette. “I don’t see us backing off of using these same techniques on a contouring basis, even as the vaccine continues to mature.”

“I would say we don’t back off of the COVID-19 standards because it will also reduce the impact of flu and other illnesses,” he added. “We think continuing to apply these same techniques would be further beneficial to the people and to the Army overall.”

As Zero Hedge notes, the Army is the “canary in the coal mine” for such measures “that would put the entirety of American society a mere stone’s throw away from being forced to do the same.”

As we previously highlighted, CNN also pushed the notion that life would never return to normal in an article written by their international security editor Nick Paton Walsh.

In the piece, Walsh asserted that the mandatory wearing of masks will become “permanent,” “just part of life,” and that the public would need to “come to terms with it.”

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates also warned that the world won’t return to normal until there is widespread take up of a second coronavirus vaccine.

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YouTube BANS Any Videos That Question Vaccine Agenda

Company is meeting with World Health Organisation EVERY WEEK

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YouTube, which is owned by Google, will remove and ban any videos that make “medically unsubstantiated” claims regarding the coronavirus and the vaccines being developed in its name by big pharma.

Specifically, YouTube says that it is targeting “conspiracy theories” contending that the vaccine agenda has a nefarious purpose, such as sterilisation, depopulation, or mass surveillance.

In an email obtained by Reuters, the company announced that it will remove content that “promotes misinformation” about COVID-19 vaccines.

It defines “misinformation” as anything which contradicts guidance from government health authorities or the World Health Organization, So any opinion that doesn’t match what the authorities say, basically.

The company told reporters that it will allow videos covering “broad concerns” over the vaccine to remain on the platform.

This latest move is more of the same from YouTube, which is already removing any videos that encourage viewers not to wear masks or adhere to social distancing rules, as well as “medically unsubstantiated” methods of treatment.

YouTube boasted in the email that it has already removed over 200,000 videos containing “dangerous or misleading COVID-19 information”.

The company appears to be taking direct orders from the World Health Organisation.

Andy Pattison, manager of digital solutions at the WHO, told Reuters that the global body meets with the policy team at YouTube every single week to discuss what content has become popular, and what is potentially “problematic”.

Reuters notes that YouTube has said it will be announcing more steps in the coming weeks to “emphasize authoritative information about COVID-19 vaccines on the site.”

YouTube’s latest censorship move comes just hours after Bill Gates again complained that he has become the target of ‘baseless anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories’ that have gained ground in recent months.

Youtube’s crackdown also comes amid a furore over Facebook and Twitter censoring content relating to Joe Biden’s foreign lobbying scandal.

Both social media companies are also actively censoring posts and videos containing content that contradicts WHO and government statements and stances on the coronavirus.

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