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Aug 19 2020

Plague Case in California

Authoritarians have treated COVID-19 as if it were the Black Death, throwing many millions out of work, spending vast amounts of money that we do not have, and smothering fundamental freedoms. Imagine the repression if plague came back for real:

California health officials have confirmed the first case of the plague in the state in five years — a South Lake Tahoe resident who may have been bitten by an infected flea while walking a dog, according to reports.

Warns El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams,

“It’s important that individuals take precautions for themselves and their pets when outdoors, especially while walking, hiking and/or camping in areas where wild rodents are present.”

Wild rodents — namely rats — are present in abundance in the burgeoning homeless encampments that increasingly characterize the Left Coast.

Or plague may come from elsewhere:

Last month, public health officials in Colorado announced that a squirrel had tested positive for the bubonic plague — the first such case in the state this year.

The mortality rate for plague is 8–10%, much higher than for COVID-19.

Normally, plague is rare. Let’s hope it stays that way until after authoritarians forget how much they have gotten away with during the coronavirus pandemic.

Randolph Bourne said that war is the health of the state. It has been replaced. Now sickness is the health of the state.

On a tip from Stormfax.

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