Nov 3, 2022Liked by Mark Changizi

i have a confession to make- a couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend and i went to the farmers market on a beautiful saturday morning. sunny, breezy, not too humid, a perfect day to be outside. we saw an old couple wearing masks and i lost it. i started yelling at them as we walked by which wasn't very nice of me.

obviously, they're covid terrified and probably will be for the rest of their lives. they should be enjoying their "golden years," smiling at people, smiling at each other, feeling the sun's warmth on their faces. and yet they now have this thing hanging over them- if you breathe air through your nose, you'll die. if you smile, you'll die.

i don't want to be a non-mask nazi like all those mask nazis. i'm supposed to be better than them.

but it got to me and i took a hissy fit. these people- the whole masked mass of them- are the reason we almost lost our constitutional rights, the reason this dangerous game went on for so long, the reason those at the top were able to grab so much power so easily. they're the reason i was fired from my job of 40 years, the reason my BF had to retire, the reason we lost friends, the reason we feel uncomfortable in our own neighborhood where no one knows our dark unvaccinated secret.

it's funny because down here, we see black people all the time wearing masks. they might be outdoors, walking alone, biking alone, driving alone and we suspect that they haven't been vaccinated (fears of Tuskegee) and are just doing whatever low tech, not permanently damaging thing they can do to protect themselves without resorting to the vaccine. of course, i don't have the courage to ask them as part of an informal poll. but i guess i think they have some justification for hanging onto this bizarre and ineffective behavior.

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Nov 13, 2022·edited Nov 13, 2022Liked by Mark Changizi

The mask of public obedience - A self-regulated ritual of subservience.


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Nov 3, 2022·edited Nov 3, 2022Liked by Mark Changizi

When masking was first introduced official compliance officers were posted outside supermarkets and stores with high traffic in many jurisdictions. They observed mask compliance, checking boxes, mask on properly, mask on below nose, mask off the options. Local authorities issued fines on those businesses that fell below 93% compliance, with improper masking a gray area. Which is why you saw big box stores seemingly more tolerant of nonmaskers who ignored the signs and interdictions than small stores - 100 people an hour and 7 could enter without masks and no fines vs 10 people an hour in a small store and even one nonmasker resulted in fines. This is how it really went down early on. Video surveillance came along later.

But even states like Florida with mask penalties removed by order of the governor around September, 2020, provided a case study comparison with high enforcement states. The same compliance monitoring was observed, but without formal sanction. Florida provided a control study of how many people will comply as a result of direct government force vs voluntary compliance based on media and cultural stimuli, community norms. This data has actually been compiled and analyzed. Masks and pandemic NPI has all been behavioral science, you know, the observational results being the science data.

It's been fascinating to behold knowing this. You know when the media is pushing fear porn by observing mask usage. When cases not reported mask use goes down, when cases highlighted in news mask use goes up. After DeSantis rolled back the mandate fines mask use went down to about 40-50% from 80-90% compliance in D Broward. But when variants took over news mask use went back up to about 70%. Eventually coming down again. The media effect, the psychological manipulation efficacy is like a volume control on a stereo, higher/lower use as desired by volume of fear porn.

Florida's freedom experiment provided a control sample to the behaviorists studying how much threat of government sanction improves compliance with a desired behavior change in the public over purely psychological stimuli, applied behavioral science. Follow the science, they say. They study us, while we study them studying us.

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Did you see this in the LA Times? This is from today! #NoAmnesty


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