All of the world is a stage for epic tales, but this is the sort of tale you don’t wish to be telling.
And all of this needs to be understood, in the context of a festival in New Orleans that will attract tens of thousands of gay men from around the United States, as well as some from other countries. These men who will be attending this festival already know they’re at constant risk of catching HIV, condemning themselves to lifelong medication. How seriously worried do you think they are about catching monkeypox? Do you think they genuinely give a shit?
It tends to be one of those aspects of good storytelling that every character has to expose his true nature before his fate is sealed. And so come September the 1st, unless the Southern Decadence festival is canceled, you can be assured that Babylon will have sealed her fate, as you will have revealed to all the onlookers what you are.
And I know some of you are stupid and think you’ll be fine because there have been zero deaths so far in the US of A, but consider this: In cases among children, 42% have required hospitalization so far. For COVID, hospitalization of children is needed in less than 0.01% of infections. Current estimates for pregnant women are that in 75-80% of cases, the unborn child dies. In the other 20-25%? It’s anyone’s guess, but you can expect all sorts of developmental abnormalities for those infections where the fetus doesn’t die.
The gay men who are spreading this virus don’t look like the average American. They’re mainly lean muscular young men. Your NK cells are dysfunctional due to obesity, your bodies are incapable of properly fighting off viral infections, which are very important in dealing with monkeypox. Many of the gay men who got monkeypox have HIV, but this generally doesn’t matter for the equation as almost all of them receive antiretroviral drugs so its impact on immune function will be very limited. As a demographic, these highly mobile highly sexually active young gay men will be among those best able to fight off an infection from this virus.
Those two deaths in Spain were healthy young men who died of encephalitis, inflammation of the brain. When children start getting it in droves you’re likely to see some children die with encephalitis. Children who do survive are likely to have lifelong reduced IQ. How inflamed do you want your children’s brains to be? Most of the people who need to be hospitalized for this, need to be hospitalized because they are in constant pain. Are you looking forward to children ending up sick in the hospital for weeks, suffering constant pain?
Gay men with some degree of pre-existing immunity, like elderly gay men who received smallpox vaccines, or younger gay men recently vaccinated, are likely to select strains with enhanced transmission potential. Strains with enhanced transmission potential through gay orgies will probably also have enhanced transmission potential in general, thus encouraging spillover into other demographics.
The general rule is that newer iterations of this virus will have greater transmission potential than older iterations of this virus. This greater transmission potential, when combined with the eventual exhaustion of the incubating demographic, will mean the relative share of cases observed outside gay men will start to go up.
Remember, I’m not allowed to tweet, so I can only warn you on my blog that nobody reads. Why is that? Because I warned that it doesn’t end with gay men. If you warn that gay men are the incubating demographic, the place where this virus learns to get better at jumping from person to person until it eventually is no longer dependent on close physical contact, you get suspended from Twitter. The Taliban are allowed to tweet, but me warning you that this virus will become a threat to children as long as gay men get to spread it among themselves is not allowed.
I know Americans love their freedom (to live and die in a capitalist society where you are entirely powerless if you don’t have a lot money and get to spend most of your adult life in an office because you barely get any vacation days, but hey I guess that’s your notion of freedom), but if you’re going to organize gay festivals attended by tens of thousands of men from around the country, in a city where people will be sodomizing each other in broad daylight while they are incubating a virus that is evolving to become the next smallpox, at least comprehend what it is exactly that you’re doing to yourselves.
Don’t say you were not warned. If I am allowed to ask God for one thing, it would be to protect your children against the repercussions of your own cowardice, stupidity, greed, hypocrisy, hubris, arrogance and decadence.