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COVID Albania — We Can Run But We Can’t Hide From Govt Overreach

It’s been one month since we left the confines of Chicago, arriving to a little slice of Mediterranean paradise here on the Albanian Riviera. Just as we anticipated, the world is starting to go mad again from a new wave of COVID panic porn—timed perfectly in-sync with the US election. 

This past week, we’ve had several people reach out to us informing us that “Europe is getting bad” and that “Have you heard? Cases are surging across Europe. Stay safe!”

How to Stay Safe — COVID Albania

What do people mean when they tell us to “stay safe?” Should we wear a mask and wash our hands? Should we not leave our homes? Must we never do anything again that puts our lives at risk, like flying in an airplane or swimming in the sea?

Most countries stated that they needed about two weeks to flatten the curve so that hospitals wouldn’t be overwhelmed. A large part of the population agreed and paused their lives for the greater good, with the assumption that it would only last 15 days.

“Just wear a mask,” they say. What started off as “15 days to slow the spread” has evolved into the government telling citizens who can use the bathroom in their own homes, how close you can sit to family members, and the specific guidelines for singing a song. This is clearly the definition of government overreach. Just take a look at Governor Newsom’s (nephew-by-marriage to Nancy Pelosi) Holiday Gathering Guidelines:

Little did many people realize that eight months later they’d still be in lockdown—inching closer to a self-induced economic depression. We warned many of our followers of this in a Facebook post back in April. Predictably, a handful of brainwashed people were offended. They felt like lockdowns were the greatest idea in the world. Now, some of them have finally begun to change their minds.

Bless Your Heart

Sometimes we joke that when people tell us “Stay safe!” it feels like the equivalent of the Southern phrase “Bless your heart!” As if we are unaware that for the last eight months the world has been influenced by a global “plandemic.” We must do a good job convincing some people that we are blissfully living in a bubble. Truth be told, we do feel happily isolated here. 

Life As Normal

At first, we nearly freaked out when we read Albania reinstated their mask mandate in mid-October which states that you must wear a mask at all times when in public. Part of the reason we came here was to try to avoid the COVID-induced tyranny and pre-election chaos in the United States. Thankfully, despite all the MSM-hype, life in COVID Albania feels quite normal. 

When driving around town, you’ll see a handful of seniors wearing masks. For the most part, anyone else who is wearing a mask will place it under their chin, just in case the police are creeping. These days, the “highly effective” wrist-mask is also a popular fashion trend around here. 

Thankfully, we haven’t observed any community mask nazis or judgemental Karens here. We’re extremely proud of the people of Albania. For the most part, they’re not falling for all of the media hype and propaganda. After 47 years of extreme socialist rule, which only ended quite recently, it seems that today’s Albanians don’t mindlessly take orders from the government. 

COVID Albania Rules

Did you know that cloth masks are supposed to be replaced every four hours? The average person in Albania makes about 15 USD per day and masks cost about 0.50 USD each. In order to follow proper health guidelines, it will cost the average Albanian nearly 15 percent of their income to comply with the national mask mandate.

Many people argue that reusable masks are the next best option. Clearly, they’re not. Most people are not cleaning their masks properly. As a result, these masks become inundated with bacteria and viruses.

Additionally, whether it’s access to a washing machine, dryer, or detergent some people aren’t able to properly sanitize a mask. Even with the proper equipment and supplies, the end results are questionable at best.

COVID Albania Government Will Turn Off Your Electricity

The Albanian government is threatening its citizens with 28 USD fines for not wearing a mask in public. The ironic aspect of the fines is that if citizens don’t pay they’ll have their electricity cut off. However, our region suffers from constant electrical outages here. Sometimes, the power is out 6 to 12 hours at a time. Does it really make sense to take away the electricity that only works sporadically anyway?

“The only measure he [Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama] has taken is to fine the citizens. It has turned into a government of fines. Fines for citizens, businesses, for anyone.” —Lulzim Basha [Conservative Politician]

Lulzim Basha, the Chairman of the Democratic Party in Albania, has accused the government of imposing fines on citizens, businesses, and anyone just to avoid taking economic measures that come to the aid of Albanians.

According to Basha, punishment is the only measure the government has taken so far during the pandemic. Essentially, Albanian citizens are stating that the only action the government has taken during the pandemic is to issue fines. In other words, the current government isn’t doing anything productive to protect the health and well-being of its citizens.

Stay Safe Stay Home – We’re All in This Together

“Did you hear that COVID cases are increasing?”

Seriously, don’t people realize that this has been the same message from the mainstream media everyday since March? Don’t believe us? Here are just a few of the panic porn headlines that we’ve all been bombarded with—every day—over the last eight months.

  • Coronavirus cases are growing rapidly: What is exponential … www.usatoday.com › story › news › health › Mar 28, 2020
  • Italy: 50% rise in coronavirus cases – CNN – CNN.comwww.cnn.com › italy-coronavirus-cases-travel-advisory Mar 2, 2020
  • US coronavirus: Cases surge in some states as Americans …www.cnn.com › 2020/05/24 › health › us-coronavirus-su…May 24, 2020
  • Brazil’s rising coronavirus toll suggests a dark week ahead …www.cnn.com › brazil-bolsonaro-grim-week-may-25-intl May 25, 2020
  • Hospitals face ‘an explosion of Covid’ and signs of another …www.cnn.com › coronavirus-hospitalizations-rates-rise Jul 2, 2020
  • Shut down the country and start over to contain Covid-19 – CNNwww.cnn.com › shutdown-us-contain-coronavirus-wellness Jul 23, 2020
  • Coronavirus in Europe: UK and France record most daily …www.cnn.com › 2020/09/25 › uk-france-record-coronavi…Sep 25, 2020
  • 21 US states are reporting increased Covid-19 cases as …www.cnn.com › coronavirus-pandemic-09-28-20-intl Sep 27, 2020

Who Takes These Headlines Seriously?

We often joke with each other that the same people who take these headlines seriously are the same people who walk into a store and think they’re getting a great sale price. If only they would pause for a moment, perhaps they would notice that every single item in the store is generously marked down.

“There’s a sucker born every minute.” — P.T. Barnum

 

To illustrate this point, consider Kohl’s, the largest department store chain in the United States. Generally speaking, Kohl’s has created an ecosystem where every customer thinks they’re getting the best deal in the world on every item in the store.

Therefore, it creates the illusion that purchases need to be made immediately. It pressures the consumer to think that urgent action—an immediate response—is required right now.

Similar to Kohl’s, these mainstream media outlets are creating their own ecosystems with their readers. As a result, people are led down a path of living a false narrative.

If only the mainstream media would’ve listened to Bill Maher back in April. | COVID Albania

Consequently, readers that don’t fall for the gimmick will oftentimes become irritated and look for information/news elsewhere, which is exactly what happened to CNN. For example, have you ever read a positive article, a single one that brings good news regarding COVID? Not really. They are far and few and must be pursued by anyone seeking additional information.

Alex Berenson Twitter

If you find our perspective on COVID to be offensive or irresponsible then maybe you’re simply misinformed? Don’t worry, we understand why you feel this way. After all, you’ve had the entire mainstream media bombarding you with lies and panic porn for eight months straight. Of course, you’re going to feel distressed by anyone who questions their narrative.

Trustworthy information and statistics without all of the panic porn.

However, if you’re interested in learning about the truth behind COVID we would encourage you to follow Alex Berenson on Twitter. He’s a former NYT reporter and author of “Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1: Introduction and Death Counts and Estimate.” Furthermore, his daily nonpartisan tweets provide much insight into the ongoing battle against COVID and our governments.

At this point, it’s time to change the safety slogan. Rather than telling people to stay safe, now it’s more critical to tell people to stay informed. Sadly, we can try to outrun it, but at this point in the game, it seems completely hopeless in the attempt to hide from government overreach.

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