Sorry, we were taking care of a bunch of things as our state shuts down around us because our math-retarded and panicking governor has ordered no more than 250 people anywhere at the same time. I think he has no idea how many 250 people actually are. Also, frankly, sure, 250 people in a small room could be a danger (of someone catching a bad cold which if they’re stupid enough to expose themselves while they have other risk factors could kill them, yes (and I say that as someone with risk factors.)) 250 people in … oh, the Denver art museum? I don’t think in anything but free days or special, limited-time exhibits (for things people actually want to see, not installations and performance art) we’ve ever run into more than 3 other people PER ROOM. And social distance is very distant indeed. But hey, 250 people sounded okay to Polis. It’s probably the maximum people he sleeps with per day, or something. And totalitarians got to totalitarian.
This is going to destroy restaurants, hotels, anyone who depends on touristic income (a lot of people in CO) etc. etc. etc. Of course the media is amplifying the reports of job losses already, because they think this helps their cause of taking down the economy.
Who knows? It might. I just wish people with buy tulips. It’s less harmful.
I realized today we’re now one of those countries where the other countries in the world are going “well, if they only have under a 100 deaths, why are they shutting down like this? There has to be more deaths they’re hiding.” And thus the panic spreads. I mean, other countries believe US media.
Which is what has driven this insanity from the beginning.
I’m going to lay down a marker for total deaths from the Covid-19 virus in the US somewhere between 7 and 15k. IOW, bad flu season, and mostly the groups affected by the flu. (NOT that the media will tell you that. Instead they’ll talk about plague-level mortality and try to convince us those numbers are terrible.)
I’m going to lay down a marker for the deaths and illnesses from the economic disruption caused by the panic being AT LEAST ten times that, and that’s just the ones we can count, not the second, third and fourth order effects.
I hope the major media lives to know they burned what remained of their scant credibility on this.
And I’m praying that when all is said and done, people know who was responsible: the left and the media in their frenzy to get Orangemanbad. I’m not betting on it mind you, because people are stupid and might very well decide they’re unemployed/broke because — as those nice talking heads say — bad Trump caused this.
Keep in mind that when I say this about the US I’m not saying it about the rest of the world: where, never mind lies and statistics, health care is FAR worse, and social contact FAR more frequent and population IN GENERAL older (And the places it’s not the hygiene is appalling, so….). The rest of the world is going to hurt, very hard. Unfortunately because of our media induced panic, we won’t be in a position to help. (Insert shrugging emoji. Oh, well.)
Meanwhile, those of you stuck with kids at home, don’t forget The Teaching Company. If you’re not in CO and your library system HASN’T closed, you might be able to grab some. If it’s history, view them first, or view them with the kids to mitigate the spin.
And if you can get in — they’re small and only have so much time — I can’t recommend the Lukeion Project enough for the subjects that used to constitute “A Classic education.”
Younger son loved the courses he took through them and has retained a fascination with Greek and Greek history.
AND there are a number of companies offering free access to their “learn at home” things too. So if your kids are at home, don’t let them waste their time and drive you insane. Make them learn. Heaven knows, they’ll learn more than at school.
Or if you’re home, and wondering if your job will survive, maybe you can access some of those and not think about it too hard.
Other than that, join me in a gigantic ARGH over the over-blown panic.
Note, I’m not saying that people at risk shouldn’t self-isolate/people who live with people at risk shouldn’t self-isolate, etc etc. I THINK our fight should have been a massive campaign aimed at those people, keeping them safe, making sure they don’t suffer economically or educationally.
But hey, such targeted efforts at getting people to self quarantine — yeah, I know a lot would fail. You think this won’t? You can’t mother adults and some of them WILL be stupid — would be more effective. But they wouldn’t take down Orangemanbad, or destroy the safety and prosperity of our country. So, for that media that’s a hard no, I guess.